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511.0Q0.000 IN j STATE TREASURY s I Henry Johnson Estimates Bal ance in General Fund July 1. WOMAN JURY BILL ADVANCED Provides Women on Juries and Sepa ration of Mixed Juries in Separate Rooms When Not Considering Verdict. Madison.—On July 1 the state of Wisconsin will have in its general fund a balance of $11,000,000, accord ing to a recent statement by the state treasurer, Henry Johnson, who pre dicts a flourishing financial program. Johnson says his statement is not Issued for the purpose of influencing ‘tax legislation, but is given the people of the state for the purpose of showing the general financial condition of the commonwealth. Following is the statement by the ■'state treasurer: “According to my estimate at this | time there will be on July 1, 1921, i about $11,000,000 In the general fund. Hn addition to this, we have SBOO,OOO coming from the federal bovernraent for equipment of troops during the late • war, which no doubt. If effort is made, can be collected. Only one-half of the railroad taxes are Included in above statement. The last half, due next fall, will amount to about $3,300,000. These 'amounts, with other revenue coming ■ in, should be sufficient to run the state j government if the legislature does not ;venture into new enterprises. / i Glenn P. Turner of Madison, a mem ber of the Nonpartisan league and for mer Socialist member of the assembly , from Milwaukee, has been denied the j right to visit the assembly chamber by •a vote in the house, which carried 52 to 25. The ruction arose over an al leged movement started by Turner to have Assemblyman H. W. Shields of ! Waterloo, Jefferson county, either vote with the Progressives or resign. Petitions circulated in Stokes’ district asked that Stokes change his course of action In the legislature in the future. The house, adopted a resolution which declared that such petitions were “an : effort to intimidate a member of the house.” The resolution bars Turner from coming into the assembly be cause of iiis activity in this matter. No sooner had the resolution been adopted than a motion to reconsider was entered, which comes up for consideration on April 7. This is the first time that the legislature has taken such action in 25 years. There are now registered at Madi son 249 lobbyists—nearly double the number of members of the legislature —and more are coming on every train Every hill calls forth anew delega tion. Any man who appears even for one minute on one bill must be classi fled for that day in the lobby. Women are more numerous in the .lobby at this session than ever before. Probably it is their admission to citi zenship and the vote that has stirred Interest in legislation. Most women appear on legislation of a social turn. Others make a specialty of measures supposed to correct high prices, the bane of the housewife. Several organizations are represent ed permanently. The Wisconsin Asso elation of Progressive Women, which Is linked with the T.a Follette Progres sive movement, has several represen tatives; Mrs. E. Ledwith, Mrs. Jncol Fehlman, Mrs. Lillian Davis, Misr Gena Thompson and Mrs. E. C. Hoebe’ all of Madison. The Citizenship Studi club. Milwaukee. Is represented h\ Mrs. Alicia S. Upham, Mrs. Clintor Barr, Miss Ellen L. Minahan, Mrs Gavle L. Nichols. Mrs. E. M. Bassle’ and Miss Ella Seligmann, Milwaukee. ; Other organizations and their won en representatives are: Wi scons'! League of Women Voters, Luelln M Hardy, Milwaukee; Parents am Friends’ Association for the Deaf Frances Wettstein and Mrs. Ida C Ragsdale; State League of Nurslnj. Education. Mrs. Adelaide Northern Ell B. Smith and Sue N. Mormann Wisconsin State Nurses’ association Marian Rottman, Milwaukee; Wlscou sin Nurses’ club, Levina Dietrichson, Milwaukee; Milwaukee association. March C. Smith; Women’s Fair Price league, Mrs. Frank Howe. Mrs. C. Duncan, Mrs. Louise Fuellermann and Mrs. O. W. Jackowskl-Peterson. ; The Mark bill providing for the es 1 tabllshment of comfort stations in *parks and camp sites was advanced to Ithe third reading. The senate ordered to engrossment the Nye hill providing that where employers shall be In doubt ,as to the age of prospective employees the county court shall determine the age. I Stamp Will Bring Response. Here’s a tip to those who write leg islators and desire answers : Enclose postage — and there will be no doubt about the answer. So much mail has been received of late by legislators that they find it a considerable ex pense to supply postage. “On SSOO for two years answering 50 or 60 letters a day can’t be afforded. If there is no return postage I’m not answering,” one legislator frankly said. It takes care ful figuring and more careful managing tc drag that SSOO out for what looks like a seven months’ session. WOOD COUNTY REPORTER. Would Abolish R. R. Commission. Assembly man F. J. Peterson, Mil* waukee, has drafted a bill for tae prac tical abolition of the railroad commis sion. This Dill provides that the pres ent railroad commission be abolished and that in its place a public utility commission be created. Agricultural Aid to Counties, Plan. The Marks bill which has passed the house and is now being considered in the senate will extend state aid to all counties in the state by 1924 desiring to employ the services of a county ag ricultural advisor. The number will he limited to 58 in 1921, 65 in 1922 and 71 In 1923. Not to Reduce Fair Aid. There will be no change in the ap propriations in the form of state aid to the county fairs at this session of the Wisconsin legislature. After a long debate in the assembly it killed the Atcherson bill on this subject. Before the bill was defeated, at the sugges tion of Assemblyman Anton Holly, Kewaunee, the assembly attached the amendment which would nave reduced the amount of state aid from 80 per cent of the premiums to 40 per cent of the premiums. Holly explained that this would save the state approximate ly $66,000 annually. After this amend ment was attached the entire assem bly, with one exception, voted to kill the amended Atcherson bill. Blaine Resubmits Webster’s Name. Gov. John J. Blaine took direct issue with the senate and resubmitted the name of Bray ton O. Webster, Dela Held, as a member of the state con serration commission. He points out the qualifications of Mr. Webster for the position and declares that the stat ute does not disqualify a man from serving on the commission if lie be longs to no political party. “I am convinced that I am serving the public interests in resubmitting the name of Mr. Webster,” declares Gov ernor Blaine. “It is unthinkable to be lieve that party affiliation is necessary for public service. For emphasis, I re peat that the satute does not provide that the members of the commission must belong to auv party.” State Has Low Ratio of Deserters. That Wisconsin probably has as few deserters as any state in the Union is the belief of Adjt. Gen. Orlando Hol way. Immediately after the war the federal authorities sent a list of 5,000 men to the state officials, but through tracing men who had enlisted in for eign armies and in the United States army previous or immediately follow ing the draft the list has !>• t reduced to 1,150. “The total list oi deserters for the country is approximately 160,- KX),” declared General Holway, “while Wisconsin lias but 1,150 of that num ber. Tlie ratio for Wisconsin is appar ently very low. Just last week 1 cleared the names of 69 Polish men in Milwaukee who had enlisted in the Polish army.” With the announcement i hat the adjutant general of the army at Washington will publish the com plete list of men who have any reason to believe their names might be on the list are urged to communicate with their draft boards or General Holway at once. That many names will be published which should not be is the •pinion of General Holway, but he said bat it was impossible to get a com pete check on every man. The list is .aide up for the most part of technical leserters. Men who evaded the draft •r failed to report are classified as de serters. Badger “Leaf” Growers Fleeced. Many cigars labels “pure Havana” contain a sprig of Havana and much .Visconsin tobacco. Wisconsin tobacco is sent from the state labeled “binders” ;nd comes back into the state labeled ‘wrappers.” Tobacco growers are be ng beaten out of thousands of dollars >ach year because of an improper grad ing of Wisconsin’s products, the joint finance committee of the legislature was told by C. M. Pulley, representing the tobacco growers of the state. “Wis consin tobacco is the only leaf grown *.n this country having a neutral fla vor,” Pulley told the committee mem bers. “It is therefore mixed with Ha vana and Porto Rico tobacco and sold ns foreign product. Cur short tobacco is resweated until it becomes dark and heavy and then passes onto the market as a foreign tobacco. The tobacco grower sells Wisconsin tobacco, but the middleman sells Wisconsin tobacco as foreign tobacco and gets the higher price.” The tobacco growers want a obacco division added to the division A’ markets. They have asked the legis ature for an expert to assist them in marketing their product. “Buyers tell .he Wisconsin growers they cannot raise wrapper tobacco here,” Pulley said. “They say that Connecticut is the only state in the Union that can produce this variety. Yet Wisconsin wrappers are sold on the general runr :et. In the Last there are quotations •n Wisconsin wrappers, yet none are old by growers in this state. All our :obacco is sold as binders at 55 cents per pound. Wrappers bring $3.50 per pound.” Guard Quota Set at 10,000. With the annual federal inspections if companies of the Wisconsin National Guard completed, the attention of state guardsmen is being directed to the four months of activity before the mnual summer encampment at Camp Douglas in July and August. Chief among the activities of the guard be fore the summer camp will be the •ampaign to recruit all recognized units up to full strength and to organ ize addit.onal companies to fill the Wisconsin quota set by the war de partment at about 10,000 men. Entered June 2, 1903 at Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, as second-class matter, under Act of Congress of Mar. 3, 1879. CITIES CAN’T CHANGE SCHOOL FOND, RULING MADlSON—Requests of local boards of vocational education for funds with which to carry on the vocational schools are final and not subject to re view by local councils, the supreme court held Tuesday in reversing the decision of the circuit court, which upheld the mayor and aldermen of the city of Beaver Dam. The opinion given by Chief Justice R. G. Siebecker held that the legisla ture had not intended to give city councils power to change the request of local boards of vocational educa tion for funds, nor could they require the boards to make an itemized report of the way in which they expended the funds granted. The vocational board of Beaver Dam had requested $14,361.66 and the coun cil granted $5,724. This action was upheld by the circuit court, but re versed on final appeal. DEATHOFIKVING E, DUNAVAN W T e received word from Cornwalis, Oregon, the past week dated Mai’ch 28th, 1921, stating that Irving E. Dun avan died Saturday afternoon March 26, 1821 of paralysis. He had a stroke of paralysis last June from which he did not recover except to walk about with the aid of a cane. On Wednes day the 23 of March he had a second stroke from which he never recovered. Had he lived until March 28th, 1921, he would have been 72 years of age. Mr. I. E. Dunovan will be kindly remembered by many old time friends ,m Grand Rapids where he married and lived on Bth street north. He was a carpenter by trade and a man well thought of and highly respected. His widow and family have the sympathy of many old time friends in this great hour of their bereavement. COUNTfROADS IN GOOD SHAPE County Highway Commissioner Ed Morris has returned from a hundred miles trip thru the country and re ports the roads to be in fairly good shape thruout the county. In some localities, however, there still re mains numerous chuck holes but by the end of the week it is expected that the various patrolmen will have their sections in first class shape. The good condition of the roads at this time of the year is rather unuual and local motorists are taking advant age of the fact and are enjoying many trips thruout the country. County Engineer A. Westenborg left Tuesday morning for Marshfield where he will make surveys on the trunk lines in the north end of the county. ELLA WHEELER WILCOX’ EARLY HOME BURNS MADISON —The childhood home of Ella Wheeler Wilcox, ten miles from Madison, was burned to the ground Saturday evening. The frame build ing, with a leanto in which Ella W T heeler wrote her first poem, was one of the oldest homes in the state. A movement was started recently to preserve the homestead as a mus eum. DIARYOF EDWIN MILLER The State Historical Society has re ceived recently the diary of one of the pioneer farmers of Dodge County, Mr. Edwin Miller. It was loaned, for copying, by Mr. Arthur H. Miller, son of Edwin Miller and the present proprietor of Burroak Farm, one and one-half miles east of Waupun, the land of which was purchased by Edwin Miller in June, 1846 at the Green Bay land office and settled by him in Octob er of the same year. WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WOOD COUNTY, WISCONSIN, THURSDAY APRIL 7, 1921. Edwin Miller, bom in 1819, was reared on a farm near Newark, Arcadia, in Wayne County, New York. On May 4, 1846, he started West, tak ing the canal boat to Buffalo and a steamer, the Empire, to Detroit. From there he rode in the cars to Kalama zoo, staged to St. Joseph, riding all night, caught a steamer to Chicago and walked out from there to Joliet, visited with friends at various places in Illinois, and still tramping viewed the lands in Wisconsin till he found a tract that exactly suited. We want ed not only good soil, but timber and “stock water.” The return trip, a very rapid one, was made in five days. The diary also gives us a dotailed account of the emigration of Mr. Miller, his wife and baby, to their new home in the fall. The building of the log shanty goes forward day by day despite cold -winter weather and other obstacles, till on December 5 the family “moved in.” The pioneer records, under date of December 6, 1346, “Slept very sound last night.” All the logging, woodhauling, chop ping and rail splitting operations of the winter, the clearing, breaking, fencing and planting of the first sea son are recorded with great minute ness. But, aside from these, Mr. Miller records the sermons preached at the schoolhouse, the prayer meetings at neighbors’ homes, the speaking at an anti-constitution meeting, and the important public questions decided at the spring town meeting. The diary is a valuable source for the pioneer ing age. WANTEDF GET II RIGHT A traveling salesman died sudden ly and was taken to his home in the West. His relatives telephoned the nearest florist, some miles distant, to make a wreath; the ribbon should be extra wide, with inscription, “Rest in Peace” on both sides, and, if there was room, “We Shall Meet in Heaven.” The florist was away and his new assistant handled the job. It was a startling floral piece which turned up at the funeral. The ribbon was extra wide and bore the inscription: “Rest in Peace on Both Sides, and if There is Room We Shall Meet in Heaven.” Mr. and Mrs. George W. Mead, Belle Isle, who have been spending the winter at Miami, Florida, return ed home this morning. STATEMENT OF THE OWNER SHIP, MANAGEMENT, CIRCULA TION, ETC., REQUIRED BY THE ACT OF CONGRESS OF AU GUST 24, 1912, Of Wood County Reporter, published weekly at Wisconsin Rapids, Wiscon sin for April Ist, 1921. State of Wisconsin, County of Wood, ss. Before me, a Notary Public in and for the State and county aforesaid, personally appeared A. L, Fontaine, who having been duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that he is the publisher and owner of the Wood County Reporter, and that the follow ing is, to the best of his knowledge and belief, a true statement of the ownership, management (and if a daily paper, the circulation), etc., of the aforesaid publication for the date shown in the above caption, required by the Act of August 24, 1912, em bodied in section 443, Postal Laws and Regulations, printed on the re verse of this form, to-wit: 1. That the names and addresses of the publisher, editor, managing editor, and business managers are: Publisher, A. L. Fontaine, Wiscon sin Rapids, Wisconsin. Editor, A. L. Fontaine, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Business Manager, A. L. Fontaine, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 2. That the owners are: (Give names and addresses of individual owners, or, if a corporation, give its name and the names and addresses of stockhold ers owning or holding 1 per cent or more of the total amount of stock.) A. L. Fontaine, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3. That the known bondholders, mortgagees, and other security hold ers owning or holding 1 per cent or more of total amount of bonds, mort gages, or other securities are: (If there are none, so state.) W. E. Coats, Chicago, Illinois. A. L. FONTAINE. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 14th day of March, 1921. (SEAL) Frank W. Calkins, Notary Public. My commission expires December 17th, 1922. HORSES We will unload a car load of horses at Wisconsin Rapids, Saturday, April 9, which will be for sale or ex change at Dr. Norton’s Bam. BEALY-BROWN COMPANY SAY MAN KEEPS LEGS BROKEN TO GETTHEBONUS STEVENS POINT—A case which probably has no parallel in the an nals of the Wisconsin industrial com mission came up before the commis sion at a hearing held here as the re sult of the filing of a petition by the Railway Materials Cos. to stop com pensation of Benoist, a laborer, who had both legs broken at the plant of the company here last October. Benoist was immediately removed to a local hospital where he is still a patient. It is alleged that he refused to permit his wounds to heal and that he may be permanently disabled as a result, making the applicant liable for payment of a large sum. Benoist, in answer to the charge, admits that he removed splints from his legs but con tends that he did so because the itch ing of his limbs became unbearable. It has been found necessary for many weeks to watch the man day and night so that he will not further prolong his disability. TABLEGRAPES NOW AVAILABLE YEAR AROUND New varieties of fruit different from those usually found on the mar ket are always of interest. New va rieties of table grapes brought by the United States Department of Agriculture from Europe recently formed the basis of a mid-winter dem onstration of the keeping qualities of these valuable sorts, new to the American vineyard industry. The varieties used in this test were introduced by the department of agri culture; grown in the vineyards under its direction near Fresno, Oakville, and Colfax, Calif.; packed by its in vestigators, transported to its experi mental cold-storage plant at the Arlington farm near Washington and held until mid-winter, long after the holiday season, with the result that at least six new varieties of potential commercial value have been demon strated to possess keeping qualities beyond any hope which the investi gators at the department entertained. While repeated seasonal tests will be necessary fully to determine the value of these varieties under Amer ican conditions, the prospect of their proving superior in dessert and keep ing quality to the varieties now gen erally grown appears excellent. In view of the profound changes which the viticultural industry is now un dergoing, the lengthening of the con suming season for American-grown table grapes is highly desirable to both producer and consumers. The experiments under way indicate the strong probability that by growing varieties, especially adapted to the purpose, and following packing, trans portation, and storage methods which have been worked out by the depart ment, our markets can be supplied with American-grown grapes of high quality for at least two months later in the winter than is now the case. APPLES WRAPPED IN OILED PAPERS CUTS SCALD LOSS Wrapping apples in oiled paper has been found to prevent apple scald, a cause of heavy loss during storage and transportation. Asa result of investigations by the U. S. Depart ment of Agriculture, a great many of the fancy packed apples are likely to go out next year in oiled instead of plain wrappers. Scald, department specialists have discovered, is caused by gases given off by the apples themselves. The gases contribute to the flavor of the apple, and recently were segregated and identified by de partment chemists, who even went so far as to build up a synthetic apple odor from chemicals obtained from outside sources. Pending practical use of this discovery, which is at tracting scientific attention both here and abroad, the specialists of the Bu reau of Plant Industry have applied the distilled chemicals to apples and checked up on their theory as to the cause of scald. Scald, it has been found, can be entirely prevented by storing apples in oiled (not waxed) wrappers. A good quality of oiled wrapper can be prepared by hand, but the cost of labor is to great. The oiled paper on the market in 1920 had been pre pared for other purposes and was too heavy for convenient use, but manu facturers are now preparing lighter weight oiled papers for the 1921 crop. Ventilation has also been proven to be a remedy for apple scald, but it has found extremely difficult to secure under commercial cold-storage condi tions. MOTBRBUB SERVICE BETWEEN WIS, RAPIDS AND STEVENS POINT The Stevens Point Transportation Company started interurban bus ser vice between that city and Wisconsin Rapids on Monday morning. A special body has been built on a Chevrolet one ton chassis and contains upholstered leather seats with mahogany finish. Eighteen passengers can be carried at one time. The interior of the bus is also equipped with dome electric lights and two exhaust heaters while a fold ing step is operated by a lever from the driver’s seat. Anti-rattler win dows have been installed and felt plac ed between the panes of glass and the sashes to do away with the noise. There is room for light baggage near the front of the machine and push but tons for stop signals are to be instal led. Two trips daily except Sundays are to be made between this city and Stevens Point. The bus will leave Stevens Point at 8:00 a. m., arriving at Plover at 8:20, at Meehan at 8:45, and ■at Wisconsin Rapids at 9:25. Return ing k \yll leave Wisconsin Rapids at 10:25 arriving at Meehan at 11:05, at Plover at 11:30 and at Stevens Point t 11:50. In the afternoon the bus will leave Stevens Point at 2:00 o’clock, reaching Plover at 2:20, Meehan at 2:45 and Wisconsin Rapids at 3:35. Leaving Wisconsin Rapids at 4:30, it will arrive at Meehan at 5:10, Plover at 5:30, and Stevens Point at 5:55 o’clock. The Hotel Jacobs in Stevens Point and the Hotel's Witter and Dix on in this city will be the leaving and arriving points. J. H. Miller, of this city, who also expects to make regular runs to the Point will start his service towards the end of the week. It is also possible that he will continue service on thru to Wausau but nothing definite will be announced until later. Mr. Miller is undecided as to the schedule he will follow and would like suggestions on the matter. MILWAUKEE MILK PRICE IS LOWESTIN STATE Milwaukee consumers pay less for their milk than any other city in the state, except Ashland, Madison and Wausau, which pay the same rate, 10 cents a quart, according to the state market division’s current news letter. “The city milk business has been featured of late by so-called ‘milk wars’ in certain cities,” the states. “Prices paid to farmers have been steadily dropping, the average paid in cities being $2.45 a cwt. in March as compared with $2.58 in February. Superior continues to pay the highest price and Madison the lowest, there being $1 a cwt. difference. The con sumer in Madison pays 4 cents less a quart than the Superior consumer. The average price to city consumers dropper from 11.3 cents in February, to 11.1 cents in March.” Milwaukee paid an average price cf $2.28 a hundredweight to produc ers. The price to stores was BMj cents. —Milwaukee Journal. Through advices from W. R. Cham bers, we learn that there was a very destructive tornado passed through the south western comer of Minnesota a week ago and he was sent there to report the loses held by his company, The Fidelity Phoenix Fire Insurance Cos., when through he will return home for a short stay. VOLUME 63, No. 14 BUILDING-LOAN ASS’N TO MEET FRIDAY NIGHT Friday evening has been set as the date of the first meeting of the stock holders of the Building & Loan As sociation which was started here sev eral months ago when the articles of incorporation were granted by the state. The meeting will be held for the purposes of organizing the associa tion permanently and the choosing of officers for the-association. The chief position in the association is the sec retary. Has Big Future. Many local people who have lived in other cities know the advantages of the building and loan associations and have built their homes through the help of the association. There is a great need for houses in Wisconsin Rapids and it is said that the associa tion will do more for the building pro gram for the city than any other one agency. There ai’e many people who are anxious to take advantage of the association, people who have saved for the purpose of building but as yet have not laid aside enough to build. The association serves such people by making it possible to build. Get More Stockholders. Several local people are now sign ing up stockholders in the association. The results are said to be very grati fying as many are anxious to see the association get into action and are subscribing to the stock. WHEAT AND FLOUR PRICES TAKE DROP The price of flour is expected to drop at least $1.50 a barrel by July 15 because of the slump in wheat. These reductions will be reflected in a drop in the price of bread in September, when contracts for northwestern spr ing wheat flour are made by bakers. No. 2 hard winter wheat sold Tues day at sl.lO a bushel for July delivery. This is within 20 cents of the price in 1914, and 30 to 35 cents under the price for immediate delivery. Mil waukee grain men predict dollar wheat by mid-summer, unless the buniper crop is blighted. JUNIORS RAISED $65.00 TOWARD NEW PIANO FUND Two hundred people were served at the supper Wednesday evening given by the members of the Junior depart ment of the Congregational Sunday school, in the church basement. A starting fund of $65.00 toward the payment of a piano for the Junior department was realized from the pro ceeds of the supper. BILL SEEKS REPEAL OF ESCH CUMJINS LAW MADISON The repeal of the Esch-Cummins railroad law is urged in a resolution offered in the lower house by Assemblyman Anton Holly, Kewaunee county. He declares that deficits of railroads have been about $105,000,000 a month and believes that under government operation better re sults were obtained.. The debate on the resolution has been set for April 13. Miss Alice Damon, who has been ill for a w T eek with a severe attack of quinsy, has sufficiently recovered to be able to resume her duties in the Taylor & Scott Insurance Cos. Mrs. Ferdinand Link, Eighth Street North, left Thursday morning for Mil waukee where she will remain for a week’s stay visiting relatives and in cidently shopping.