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BL AZE TRAPS WORKERS ON THIRD FLOOR A 17-y- ar-cld girl was killed and several firemen in* :red late yesterday afternoon in a fire which destroyed the offices of Coats & Burchard, en gineers and appraisers, at 21 W. Elm street. The girl—Miss Maude Geering, 2160 Maplewood ave.—-was hurled through \ window by an explosion which punct uated the early stages of the blaze. Three firemen were Jmried benealh a fallen wall of the biulding after a fire escape collapsed. Others were in jured, I ineman John Hamilton of Engine Company No. 11 perhaps fat ally, when apparatus collided with a street car at Erie and Clark sts. as it was speeding to the scene. Flames Trap Girls, There were many spectacular res cues. The building at the Elm st. ad dress is five stories high, and'on the third floor fifty girls were at w T ork. The flames ate rapidly through the structure and swept the stairway be- ; fore the alarm could be spread. Girls, panic stricken, appeared at the win- ! dows prepared to leap to certain 1 death. Pedestrains waved them back, how ever, and volunteers were called. A dozen firemen leaped forward, and, ascending the fire escape, took their stations from the street to the third floor. One by one the girls were passed along the relay cf firemen to safety. The origin of the fire and of the ex plosion which followed its discovery ; within a minute or two could not be ascertained. Blast Kills Girl. Miss Geering, who was at work at a desk near a window on the first ; floor, was hurled bodily across the i street a distance of forty feet. Her I head struck the curb, crushing the i skull. She was dead when she was taken into the Passavant Hospital. The injured also were hurried to j the hospital. Examination showed that Pipeman. Hamilton sustained a* broken leg and a possible skull frac ture. The captain of his company I ah o was injured. An extra detail of police was sent to the scene to keep back the crowd j of several thousand people. The w r alls collapsed and narrowly missed i burying scores of the spectators be- i neath the redhot bricks and mortar. The loss is estimated at about SIOO,OOO. —Chicago Record-Herald Ex amined. The above account of explosion and j fire taken from the Chicago Herald j and Examiner of Tuesday which oc- i currcd Monday afternoon in the office j building of Coats & Burchard Cos., public appraisers and engineers, was a great surprise to the writer; Mr. H W. E. Coats, president of that com pany, is a brother-in-law of the writer and is well known to many residents i.i Wisconsin Rapids. SLOWING UP IN WINTER Lack of outdoor exercise, and heavy meat’ in winter disturb digestion. The bowels should not be clogged with un digested, poisonous waste matter. Fi - ley Cathartic Tablets cleanse the bow els without griping or .nausea, banish biliousness and headaches, bloating, gas and bad breath. Sold Everywhere. MARBLE MEMORIAL TO SUFFRAGE PIONEERS TO BE PLACED IN CAPITAL. The photo shows the memorial statue to the throe suffrage pioneers Lu cretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, which is to be placed in the Capitol at Washington on February 15, as a gift of the Nation al Woman’s Party. The statue was photographed in one of the ear’y stages of development from the block of marble in the sturio of Adelaide Johnson Carrara, Italy. This will be the first national memorial erected by women to honor women for their work for their sex. WOOD COUNTY REPORTER. I CARMEN COMING 10 PORT EDWARDS “My conception of Carmen,” and Miss Lorna Doone Jackson, prima donna contralto of Ralph Dunbar’s 1 grand opera company smiled as she I sought to answer the-query. “I try not to give the Carmen of years ago” said the pretty star who will be heard at the Port Edwards Auditorium Friday, December 31st. ‘lt is my constant aim to make au diences feel that there are Carmens all about us. The Carmen of my idea, and of my husband, Mr. Dunbar, as well, is that of an American girl with Carmen in clinations. In other words a girl who is flirtatious, vivacious and filled with the desire to spell temptation to men, without the coarseness generally as sociated with the idea of the Carmens of strictly sensuous appeal. “If it is required that I make Car men revolting, repulsive, or wholly sensual, I will not play it. We make our appeal to a refined clientele and I do not wish to run the risk of a lionating these persons of refinement. Nothing could make that worth our while.” It is Miss Jackson’s ambition to as sume the role of Carmen’s “Shanewis, the Robin Woman,’ ’an opera based upon an Indian theme. Mr. Dunbar says this is a possibility the futur is apt to grant his wife. SUFFERED TWENT Y EIGHT YEARS. Nora Erney, 1331 Popular St., Terre Haute, Inch: “For 28 years I had rheumatism in my back. I tried everything. Foley Kidney Pills helped me right away.” Cold weather makes aching joints, sore muscles and ir regular bladder action more unbear able. Foley Kidney Pills help kid neys eliminate pain-causing poisons. Sold everywhere. SCHOOL BOARD CONVENTION. The Wood County School Board Conventions for the year 1920-1921 will be held at the Pitteville High school on January 6, and at the Wood County Training School Building, Wisconsin Rapids, January 7 and 8, 1921. “Each district clerk shall, and each director and treasurer may at tend the convention.” A school board member attending the school board convention is en titled to $4.00 for each day’s attend ance and mileage at the rate of three cents a mile going and returning from the meeting. This amount is paid from the school district treas ury. If teachers attend the conven tion, the school boards may regard their attendance as service to the dis trict. If this is done, the teacher docs not need to make up the time later on. Each school officer is urged to at tend one of these conventions. Insist on permission being given your teacher to* attend the convention. The meetings are planned for teachers as well as for school officers. The wives and husbands of school board mem bers and all friends of education throughout the county are cordially invited to attend the meetings. Robert Morris, County Superinten dent of Schools. Entered June 2, 1903 at Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, as second-class matter, under Act of Congress cf Mar. 3. 1870. ■ -If ijj I ■ * * ** lik , £ i : ■ * \ . mm ■ iiiwuwunfm ^~<ocoooooociftPf>iw<Wwiaohooooceoo::>oooooW!<^o<goecocoo<ooooo <<> j 1 ——————i- ——— r -f — —< rntMaotoomamtsstommoo* -tT-n— i The Old Year and i the New • • • ■~ l f I A Sermon for New Year’s Eva I • • t by ? • • REV. STEPHEN PAULSON t • t J.Sv Times are in Thy hand.—Psalm 31:15. SAD and solemn are the last hours of the dying year. Only a few inpuths ago a New Year was given unto us, fresh and pure from God's great storehouse of time. It has spent its life upon the earth, and its footprints will never be effaced. The departing year has brought to us j God’s numberless blessings; it has; seen many noble deeds done, and it bus seen progress in many depart- | merits of life. The passing of another year must emphasize to every thoughtful person the swift flight of time. Looking backward over the past years of our life they seem to shrink to the size of heads strung around a child’s neck. Seeking an image of man’s career, the prophet sees his days swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; his years swifter than an arrow, curving as it rises to its fall. What is man’s life? he asks. It is a cloud dissolving in the sun- i shine. It is a summer brook swollen by sudden rains, but soon running out and leaving the stones bare again. ; It is a tale that is soon told. These last days of the old year urge us to husband well the time that is still given us. To a shrub a year means only a leaf; to the vine, a clus ter; to lhe tree, anew ring of wood. But to a man a year means a large portion of his life which has been used or wasted. Youth often unthink ingly throws all responsibilities on the years to come. To him everything seems possible in the future. Then h* thinks to have time for education. Then he will practice economy and thrift, let the present be prodigal as it may. The morrow will suffice for the forming of habits and the building of character. So dazzled by the fu ture the youth allows the years to slip through his hands, and the result is a man who is an intellectual infant and a moral feebling. As you pause now and think over the past, you must realize that the morrow holds no harvests which the laborers called yesterdays did not sow and cultivate. There was an ancient custom of put ting an hourglass into the coffin of the dead to signify that their time had run out —a useless notification to them. Better put the hourglass into the hand of every living man to show him how swiftly the sands of life do flow. But, after all, time is of value only as we make the best use of it. We live In deeds, not years; In thoughts, not breaths; In feelings, not In figures on a dial. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives Who thinks most, feels the noblesl, acts the best. The old year may hold our many failures, many disappointments, many hitter regrets. The New Year holds out to us hope and promise, for my times are in Thy hand, O Lord. It ; should comfort us when we think of the brevity of our years, to realize i by contrast the length of God’s years We have but a short time to work and it is well to remember that ir order that we may be dllligent. But God has a whole eternity In which to work, and It is well to remember that also, so that we may cease from fretfulness and impatience at the slow progress of His kingdom among us. Jesus Christ has not ceased from His redemption of the world, nor lias God ! been defeated in His plans for hu manity, for the times of men and nations are In His hand. WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WOOD COUNTY, WISCONSIN, THURSDAY DECEMBER 30, 1920. j For most of us the iuemory of Hu past is a Chamber of discontent. Let therefore the o!d year bury from sight its story of sin and sorrow and failure. Let there bes lice re repent ance for the follies of the past, and then let anew man step forth to meet with hope and determination the glad New Year which God desires shall be a blessed year for every child of earth. When God forgives, He for gives utterly. He casts man’s sins “into the depths of the sea.” Why then should memory thrust its hooked pole into the sea to dredge the bot tom and bring up by (She locks some pale memory whirls God has plunged into the ocean of forgetfulness? Man’s life Js not in the past, but in the days to come, for our times are in His hand. And how many of us are waiting for the opportunities of the coming year? With how many of us Is it the unuttered hope that tomorrow may he free from the sins and the mis | takes of yesterday? I pray God that for you it may be so. Your times are in His hand, and let your Father shape the new year for you; let Him rule it, and strive with the help of the Spirit to walk the way of His commandments. “Forgetting the things that are behind, let us press on for (he prize of the high calliug in Christ Jesus.” The passing year also must remind us that there will come a last year for each one of us. Perhaps this coming year is your last. Are you therefore ready to see the curtain rise upon eternity? Are you now ready to hear the midnight cry, and to enter Into the marriage supper of the King's Son? Our times are in God’s hand, and no man knoweth what day or hour he may he called from his labor. Though we live to be counted among the oldest inhabitants we must depart at last. Others have gone before us and are going every day, and yet we seem so eagep to forget our own mor tality. Nay, let us rather look for ward with anticipation, believing that God will then give us a New Year ; which shall he without sin and tears and sorrow and pain, where love shall rule, and where happiness shall be complete in the fullest service to our God. The New Year bells will soon be ringing. Do not fail to make some personal preparations for its coming. Make resolutions for the future on rhe basis of your experience of the past. JEvery heart knows its own needs, and its own weaknesses. Be not discouraged by past failures, but pray to God earnestly to help to fu ture successes. Take this New Year as a holy gift from a gracious Father and begin to live it carefully and prayerfully. Do not strive to carry the burdens of future months, but live each day as if it were the last and the best. In spite of all the ills which we see in the world today, let us be lieve that the New Year will be a blessed year to all mankind, and let each one of us do our uttermost to make it so. May God look upon us ail in mercy, and may He let this New Year Ring out old shapes of foul disease. Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old. Ring In the thousand years of peace. Jjf*et the nrut gear be a gear t|| of freeborn from sin, a *** gear of s mitre, a gear of trust in (Sob. anb tt mill be a fjaggg gear from first to last 5t mag be fife fyarbest gear roe Iraae bnoum, but it mill be fife tfaggiest —3. IS. Surkleg, 3. S. Our | Superstitious | Vein | Encircling Wreath of Fancy :S Bedecks New Year’s Day $j EVER since the dawn of time the happenings of New Year’s day have been said to foretell the luck of the coining months. For there is a vein of superstition in the human race, and all of us share in its delu sions. There is no day in the year without its encircling wreath of fancy; this first day of them all is wondrous iy bedecked. Not even Christmas is so ancient, and so world renowned, and it stands first in the folklore of every language. On New Year’s day in ancient Egypt, when as yet the pyramids were unbuilt, there were grand processions and smoking sac rifices. In Sparta It was celebrated by tbe consecration of youths to mili tary service. Among tbe Saxons and old Germans were great rejoicings, feastings and carousings on this day, and the was saii bowl passed merrily around. This was a great vessel filled with ale, sugar, fruits, nutmeg and spices. There was enough for the whole community and the great bowl ran freely all day. In all countries there have been charms and devotions peculiar to the opening year, for a desire to peer into 1 lie future is really common to us all, no matter how we affect to deride the idea. The Bible charm was one famil iar to our grandfathers, and was used by religious people even down to the present generation. It is solemn and interesting, and well worth recording. “When the clock strikes 12 on New- Year's eve, pick up your Bible and open it at random, and walking back ward to a table, lay the book down, face open, upon it. Turnaround three times, take up the book, read the verse upon which your thumb falls. It will tell your fate for the coming year For instance, If it should be; “And He will love thee and bless thee and multiply thee,” or “If I take th<- wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the earth,” we ex pect a very pleasant year. But conceive the horror of one who should open to these words: “So he died, and was gathered to his fathers,” or “In heh he lifted up his eyes, being in tor ment.” In Switzerland the maiden borrows her mother’s wedding ring, ties it with ‘a hair from her own head, then sus pends it just over the rim of a tea cup, ail the while counting rapidly the years of her own age. Of course the hair-hurg ring trembles and knocks against the cup, and each little tap counts one year before she will wed; so she must count very fast, or be shocked at the number of taps. In Norway the kind of fish caught oi the day foretells “fisherman’s luck for the coining year. In rural Nev England almost every locality has some special charm of fortune-tellin; of its own for this day of fate. Th- Chinese have used cards for thou sands of years, and the queerest thin; in the world is a Chinese New Year’s card. It gives all the complimentary titles of the owner, and is almost a* large as a wall map. In olden time it was rhe custom for tenants to give New Year’s gifts to their landlords and every loyal subject owed a gif’ tc his sovereign. We read how goo' Queen Elizabeth was such a favorlt** that her gifts were marvels of taste and extravagance. In our country w,- give presents on Christmas day, but in France they are reserved for the first of the year dijfiM o nu i in id 11 | INAIiIiKAL ' We are in receipt of an invitation to attend the Inaugural Ceremonies in the State Capital which take place at 12 o’clock in Madison on Monday, January 3, 1921. The invitation reads as fellows: ‘‘You are cordially invited by the General Arrangements Committee in charge to attend the Inaugural Ceremonies in the State Capital, Mad ison, Wisconsin, Monday, January 3, 1921, 12 o’clock noon.” The oath of office to Governor-elect John Blaine and his official associ ates-elect will be administered by Chief Justice Robert O. Siebecker in the hrst-floor rotunda of the Capital at twelve o’clock noon. The newly elected officials will re ceive informally in their respective offices in the Capital from throe to five o’clock. At eight-thirty o’clock in the eve ning the Inaugural Ball, informal, will be held in the Capital rotunda preceded by a general reception in the executive chambers. This inauguration introduces to of ficial responsibilitiey your chosen representatives. They will appreciate your presence and support on this oc casion. MERRY VISITORS Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Seymour of Minneapolis were guests over Christ mas ofMr. and Mrs. H. D. Wake, Eh Street, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Allie of Wausar spent Christmas in this city with friends and relatives. Miss Elizabeth Lindahl of St. Paul spent her Xmas vacation at the horn of her parents in this city. J. L. Marvin of the Homer Pipeless Furnace Cos., left Friday for Madi son to spend the holidays with his daughters, Mrs. D. H. Briggs and Mrs. Ethel M. Kruger. George and Harry Gibson who ar employed in Milwaukee arrived Fri day to spend the holidays at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Gibsons Mrs. R. A. MacDonald and son, Eldred G. MacDonald, left Thursday evening for Ladysmith, where they will spend the holidays at the home of Bert MacDonald. John Dorney of Chicago arrived Friday morning to spend the holidays with his father and sister, Dennis and Sadie Dorney. Miss Kathryn Van Ert left Friday to spend the holidays with relatives in Milwaukee. Miss Eva Hannah who is employed by the Consolidated Water Power & Paper Cos., left Friday to spend the holidays at her home in Oconto. Miss Lynda Cruck who is employed in the E. Garber Store left Friday to spend the holidays at her home in Racine. Henry Karnitz. foreman of the Tri bune Job Department, is spending FORMER T.SSIAN PRINCESS EARNS LIVING AS “RAG DOLL MODEL ER” IN LONDON. Mine. Wolkoff, formerly the Princess Troubetzkoi, forced to fiee Russia after her property and estates were confiscated, is new eking out a living in London as a “Rag Doll Modeler.” The former Princess is shown here at work in her home on Gloucester Place, London. VOLUME 0-2. N 52 Christ i as with friend's in Plymouth and Milwaukee. D. V it ;ovt I Passenger Conductor ■*n tlie C. B. & W. Ry., arrived home Friday to remain with his family over the holidays. Miss Zulika Morrill who teaches at Ar.awa, Vis., arrived Thursday to spend th<? holidays at her home in this [ city. James Sayles, a student at the Mar quette College in Milwaukee arrived Friday to spend the holidays at his home in this city. Dr. and Mrs. W. G. Merrill spent Christmas with friends in Sparta. Mr. and Mrs. David Lutz, Jr., en j tertained as their guests, Mr. and Mrs. | D. Lutz, Sr. ! Mrs. Esther McCann had as her guests Mrs. G. R. Gardner and daugh ter, Mabel, and son, George. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Zeaman had ! for Christmas guests, Mrs. Susan | Bradford and daughter Ruth of La- Crosso who arrived Friday. Mr. and Mrs. W. 11. Michelsen en ; lontained Mr. Michelson’s brother, *F!arl Michelsen of Austin, Minn., who arrived Saturday. Mrs. Jeanette Dal lerston had for Iter guests, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Daly and family, Mr. and Mrs. Chester IRidgeman and daughter. Miss Jessie Fairish and Mr. George N. Wood. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hill spent Christ j mas in Merrill at the home of Mrs. Hills’ parents. Mrs. Sarah Steinberg entertained her son Joe Steinberg of Marshfield, her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Epstein of this city, and Aaron Cohn of Chicago for Christmas. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Reinhart did entertain.Mr. and Mrs. Peter Reilaiul and family for Christmas. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Dunn entertain ed Mrs. Amelia Key and her son H. J. Key on Christmas day. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Fairbanks and son, Wayne, left Friday to spend Christmas with relatives in Alma Center. Dr. and Mrs. T. M. Mills had as their guest" Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Bald win on Christmas day. Miss Theresa Chase loft Friday to spend Christmas with friends in Be loit, Miss Ruth Chase left Friday to spend Christmas at her home in Wau toma. - Mr. and Mrs. Frank Slake and sons, Hendy and Leland, Mrs. Esma Syr ing and the Misses Olga and Alma Syring attended the Christmas pro gram given Thursday by the pupils at the Seneca school. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Goggins en tertained Mr. Goggnis’ father B. R, Goggins and brother, Wiliam Goggins of tlie Great Lakes Station. Mrs, Mary Ranthum entertained her sons, Albert and William Ran -1 them, of Byron, Minn., who arrived Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Love entertained Peter Love, Jr., and family, Ray Love and family of this city, and Miss R.vvena Love of Milwaukee on Christ mas day. Mr, and Mrs. W. F. Herschleb had as their guests Mr. anil Mrs. R. D. Feni.es-; of La-Cr. sse and Mr. and Mrs. G. li. Schuman and Miss Nina Schu : man of this city on Christmas day. E. N. Pomainville entertained Dr. and Mrs. George Pomainville and family of Nekoo.-a, Dr. and Mrs. F. X. Pomainville and Mrs. Hooten of this city on Christmas day. Mr. and Mrs. George P. Berkey en tertained Mr, Berkey’s sister, Mrs. Lucius C. Boltwood of Grand Rapids, Mich., who arrived Thursday for ; Christmas. Mr. G. A. Van Camp of the Johnson & Kill Cos., left Friday for Mdrinette to spend Christmas with relatives.