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N #?fe t lev I lu- f* Lu rr i!y*' ESTABLISHED IN 1857. DITCH WORK IS CHEAPER Prices for Drainage Construction Work Take Big Slide Dur ing Past Year— Much Lower. MONEY SAVED BY WAITING. Supervisors of Webster and Hamil ton Counties Save Twenty Per Cent by Wait. The cost of drainage construction work in -this vicinity is noticeably cheaper this year than last. A good example of the relative -cost of ditch work this year and last may be had in the contract Just let for the construction of the Whisler drainage ditch. It exempli fies the value of the old adage, "make haste slowly." Advertise iments for bids on this work were made a year ago and the lowest bid received at that time was $7,600. All bids were thrown out and the contract has Just been let to I. Woods & Company for $6,515. The Whisler ditch lies in Fremont j"'*township in Hamilton county and Colfax township in Webster county. It drains a large district and the farmers in the district have been ^clamoring for a ditch for some time. However, they are all satisfied now over the delay in the matter by the supervisors, as the wait of one year saved them considerable money. $1,000 FOR BETTER ROADS & Hamilton County Will get That Sum *r .-V 1 From the State Treasury- Fund to be Di- A" 1 vided. AUTOMOBILE TAXATION Fund Will Exceed $100,000 and Will be Distributed Among the Counties. Each county In the state of Iowa if'* will receive approximately $1,000 for good roads purposes when Treai urer of State Morrow divides the f?(: fund created by the new auto law. This is the estimate which has been made by Secretary of State Hay ward and Treasurer Morrow.' f| According to a Des Moines dls patch the secretary of state has al ready turned a little more than $21, 000 into the state treasury in fees collected under the motor tax law This deposit was made July 15. Un der ordinary circumstances another deposit would not be made until Aug. 15. too late for the Aug. I ap portionment. Secretary Hayward has decided, however, to make a de posit of all the fees collected during July on the morning of Aug««J. which will be In time for the appor tkrament -||*sPpom July 1 to July 27, the sec- "rotary of state has collected a little )£r: more than $76,000 In fees. Tho daily collections have averaged dur lng the last week between $10,000 and $12,000. This will make the total July collections In the neigh borhood of $100,000. After the state treasurer has de ducted fifteen per cent of all monej received from the motor tax, which 1 per cent Is to be used to defray the expense of the state in complying with the law, the remainder of the fund Is divided equally among the counties of the state in proportion 4o the number of townships In the county, to the whole number of townships in the state. It Is estimated that, after the state'a fifteen' per cent has been de Lv ducted, the fund will amount to 1 about $100,000. There are ninety nine counties in the state, hence it la figured that each county will draw In the neighborhood of $1,000. The next apportionment of funds as provided by the motor tax law, will be on March 1, 1912. It Is not anticipated that any greater amount of money will be available at thit time. Every indication is that the tax will not create a fund of $350, 000 as was anticipated and predict ed when the measure was under dis cussion in the legislature before Its passage. 50 Bushel to the Acre. Oats on the Henry Arnold place near Kamrar, threshed a day or two ago, yielded fifty bushels to the acre. From other sections of the county come similar reports. It is evident that the oat crop In this section of the state is much better than was expected. Of course son^e fields suffered more than others from dry weather, but we are much better off here than they are in many other states and even In some portions of Iowa. The yield is run ning from 25 to 50 bushels. CART. LUND IN NEW ROLE Captain F. J. Lund Does Some De tective Work at Des Moines and Captures Two Boot leggers. CAUGHT THEM RED HANDED Noticed Guardsmen Carrying Beer Into Camp and Looked for Source of Supply. Capt. F. J. Lund, commanding of fleer of Company of this city stepped into tho limelight Friday down at Des Moines by arresting two bootleggers who were selling beer to the militiamen in camp at "Camp Dodge," the state encamp ment of the 56th regiment. The bootleggers were caught in the act by Capt. Lund, who was in charge of the provost guard at the time, and they were taken Into cus tody by him and placed In the guard house. Sheriff Ne$s of Polk county was then notified and the prisoners were removed to the jail In Des Moines. Lund's suspicions were aroused when he discovered guardsmen com ing Into camp with bottled beer un der their arms and he started an in vestigation- which resulted In the capture of the bootleggers. Wanted. Good second hand spring wagon. P. O. Box 113. dlfl Wedding Announced. M*. and Mrs. John E. Quacken bush sent out cards Saturday announcing the coming marriage of their daughter, Miss Lorene Made Ion, to Dr. Forest Frank Hall, son of Dr. and Mrs. O. A. Hall, of this city. The wedding will be a quiet home one, occurring on Wednesday, Aug ust 16, at 6:30 o'clock In the even ing. BOTTLE EXPLODES WOUNDED IN HAND E. Symons has Startling Experi ence With Bottle of Gingerale —Hand Hurt. O. E. Symons Sustained quite a painful Injury to his hand Sun day, when a bottle of ginger ale ex ploded as he was taking it out ot the case. Splinters of glass from the bottle were blown Into his hand, piercing some of the arteries and he lost considerable blood before med ical attendance could be summoned. How the ginger ale became so heavily charged as to explode, Mr. SymonB cannot understand, as he did not touch it hut to remove the bottle from the case to the refrlger aton •*.-• n\ •. r'r .if.. mmmvM Historical Department ot :.:r PLANS FOR A COMEDY GAME Special Baseball Game to be Played Between the Fats and the Leans Under Special Rules. MAYOR TO ACT AS UMPIRE Every "Beefer" to be '"Pinched" and Fined $5.85 Which Goes to Commercial League. The latest in the way of freak baseball games Is one that is now being pdanned by (the representa tive business men of the city. It '8 a game with a purpose, the object being to replenish the exchequer, of the Commercial League. The game will be between the fat men and lean men of the city, great care being exercised In the selection of the members of each team. A weight limit Is to be established, and the rules governing the game will be made especially for the oc casion. The most Important of these rules are that Mayor Sparboe is to act as umpire, and whenever any player or fan does any "beefing" he Is to bo arrested and fined $5.85—the nomi nal fine for drunks. The money from all fines imposed is to be turned in to the treasury of the4 Commercial League. The plans for this big game have not been perfected yet, but will be in shape before long. The noisy fans will have to have some patience to keep from getting "pinched." ROE MAKES STATEMENT Fire Chief Newman's Stand in Mat ter of Making Reports of Fires Calls Forth Reply. CHIEF NEWMAN STANDS PAT Says That City can Make Report if it Likes—He is Too Busy Himself. The refusal of Fire Chief Ora Newman to make reports of fires to state Fire Marshal Roe of Des Moines, as called for In a recent en actment of the Iowa General A« sembly, has called forth a statement from the state official with reference to his stand In the matter. Mr. Newman Is the first fire chief In the Btate to Ignore the request of Mat shal Roe that all fires be reported to his office. Chief Newman wants some re numeration for his work if he makes the report The law does not pro vide for pay to chiefs for making the report, unless they are not paid for their services by their own city. The Webster City fire department is & volunteer organization and the salary of the fire chief is but $50 per year. After a careful perusal of the new law regarding the reports to the state officer, Mr. Newman learned there was no penalty attached for refusal to make the report. Hence he has decided not to do so unless he Is paid for his trouble. The blanks for the report call for a lot of information about the cause of the flrfe the day and hour of oc currence value of building amount of insurance, and many other things that would require quite a lot of time for the fire chief to find out and as Newman Is a business man with but little time to sp'are, he says that he will not make the report Here is State Fire Marshal Roe's statement made after he learned of the stand taken by Chief Newman: "All I have to say Is that Chief WEBSTER CITjr, IOWA. TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1911. Newman is a servant of the city council of Webster City. The law makes it his duty to report all fires to this office. It is up to the Web ster City council to see to It that he complies with the law." The above statement from Mar shal Roe appeared in Saturday's Register and Leader. When asked what he thought about it this morning, Mr. Newman replied: "My office as fire chief of the city is one that not many peo ple want as It is only volunteer work with nominal pay. I have net the time to devote to looking up the information called for in these reports unless I am paid therefore and as there is no penalty attached, for refusal to comply, I will leave it to the council. If the city wants to make these reports, let some of the city officials do it, I am too busy." The way the matter stands, it looks as though Newman had the best of the argument, for there nev-' er was a law passed that did not provide for some penalty that could be enforced in case of its violation. COMPANY GETS HOME Local Militia Boys Made Good Rec ord at State Encampment— Took Second Honors in Company Drill. -I-' WERE FIRST IN SQUAD DRILL Dropped Out of Baseball Tounw- ment After Winning One Game and Losing One. Company arrived' "home Satur day afternoon from the state en campment of the 56th regiment at Des Moines. Capt. Lund and pri vates Irving Clark and Alva Brin golf did not arrive home till yester day, bfclng detained to give evidence in the case of the two bootleggers arrested by Lund the evening pre vious to breaking camp. The captain reports that this Company took one first prize only, being first In squad drill. Squad drill is an evolution by a corporal and eight men and Is one of the most difficult of the military dr'lls to excel in. Company al so tied with several other compan ies for second place in company drill—Company of Fort Dodge being awarded first In this compe tition. The honors in the baseball tour nament went to Company of Ida Grove. Company had a good chance at the prize, but dropped out of the running after playing two games—winning one and losing one—on account of the sickness of two of the players. They won a game from the Emmettsburg com pany and lost to the Ida Grove com pany. The case of the bootleggers de veloped the fact that an organised gang were operating in the busi ness of selling beer to the soldier boys, and" the federal authorities are still working on the case. The final disposition of the matter rests with them. M. E. CAMP MEETING OPENS AUSPICIOUSLY Twenty-Five Families Pitch Tents First Day on Grounds at Fort Dodge. News from the Methodist camp meeting at Fort Dodge Is to the ef feet that the session opened ver auspiciously on last Friday, July 28th. twenty-five families having pitched their tents upon the grounds Si ilf •mM .i If •-MP, tyww?"A Tfp ?*'f v, •/, I .» "r* cennati vantage of regular price. them in stock. BIG SUIT SALE. Rev. W. N. Bump, of Jewell, and Rev. J. L. DeWitt, of Williams, are among those from Hamilton county who have already erected tents up on the grounds. Many Methodists from this city will no doubt attend the camp meet ing during the present week. Card of Thanks. I wish to thank the kind friends year's camp was one of the best who assisted me in caring for my that he has experienced for years, husband, J. H. Adams. Especially camp accommodations were excel- the W. O. W. who sent a nurse, lent, much work was accomplished which I appreciate very much. and He purpose of the camp la general was realized more fully than ever before. Are you one of the lucky ones who have taken ad Our Great 1-4 Off Sale? Any suit in our immense stock is offered at off the It will pay you to investigate fhis proposition, as we are offering all colors, and many Fall and Winter weights, as well as Summer weights- These goods must go in the next few days, as our Winter goods are arriving daily, and we will soon put Ask for Coupons. Charles T. Smith 4 Son, Head-to-Foot Outfitters. in Oleson Park the first day. Many more have arrived since then and Sunday was quite a notable day. This is the annual camp meeting of the Fort Dodge District, in whicn Webster City is located. Evangelist Mather, of Spencer, preached the opening sermon. Rev. C. E. Van Metre, of Clarion, has charge of the singing. Bishop W. S. Lewis will preach the closing ser mon on Sunday, August 6th. Var ious Methodist ministers in the dis trict will preach throughout the meeting. Dr. W. W. MacDonald, »of Storm Lake, conducts the Bible reading each afternoon. The taber nacle in which the sessions are be ing held Is comfortably seated and well lighted and is an enjoyable place to spend a few hours each day, or better still, to spend several days. MrB. Arvilla Adams. Looking for Guilty Party. The humane society Is looking for the person who shot one leg off a dog Saturday fnd then left tho creature to die in its misery. The suffering animal was found beneath the porch of the Wickware resi dence on Walnut street, and tbe matter reported to the police. The poor brute was soon put out of Its misery by Marshal Nickerson. The owner of the dog was finally locat ed. His name is Blair and he wa3 very much grieved to hear of the fate of his dumb friend. "Stung." The Freeman-Tribune has it "wireless" that Rev. Arthur Met calf, who Is on his vacation in the west, struck a nest of hornets while climbing a mountain a few days ag\j, and thereby hangs a tale. The hunch we have has It that the rev erend gentleman unwittingly ran •his head into the hornets' nest and he did not discover it until tho business end of the varmints got busy. He had his specks on, too. They came off, however, and stuck fast in the bushes in close proxim ity to the hole in the hornets' nest where they go in and out and watch for unsophisticated preachers and other poachers upon their domain. How to capture those specks and get away with his cuticle whole, was the problem that confronted the ser monizer. He recovered the glasses in some way, but report says that when he appeared upon the Chau tauqua platform at Ogden the next day with one eye nearly swollen shut, his hearers all wondered "how the other fellow looked." His parishoners had hoped that the preacher might enjoy himself during his surcease from minister ial cares, but they hardly expected such an "Interesting time" as all this. PS?' NO. 11. HYATT NOW RANKS AS LIEUT. COLONEL Major N. (P. Hyatt Successful in Candidacy for Office Nearest Colonel. The candidacy of Major Hyatt for the lieutenant-colonelcy of the 66th regiment I. N. G. was landed w*th no trouble, he having no opposition. The majorship made vacant by Hyatt's promotion to the higher of fice will probably be filled by Cap tain Phllpot of Company G. Fort Dodge, as he is the ranking senior captain. Hyatt will probably be the next colonel of the regiment after Chant land, as his record *n the guards Is such that when Chantland steps out, he will be the logical choice for the place. Lieut. Col. Hyatt. Sounds a little queer Just yet, but It's all right. WHAT'S IN A NAME? WELL, THAT DEPENDS Unique Name Given to Lund Baby by Commanding Officers of Militia Companies. The new son recently born lo Captain and Mrs. F. J. Lund Is qulto a distinguished youngster, though but a few days old, and has already received a good start in life. It all happened because Capt. Lund was called home during the first day of the state encampment at Des Moines, on account of the birth of (the •.'El .. iv- on Cm I 1 new son. His fellow officers In jj I the first Battallion insisted on being allowed the privilege of naming the Infant. After consulting his wife, the captain consented, and this is the name given the young Mr. Lund: Stewart Helmer Murphy Lund. The names are Scotch, Ger man, Irish and Scandinavian, which should make the boy a good mixer among those. nationalities. The lengthy and much mixed cognomen was derived by a combina tion of the surnames of the officers of the battaUIon. Stewart is cap tcin of Company A, of Mason City Helmer Is captain of Company D, of Carroll, and Murphy is captain of Company B, of Ida Grove. After the name was selected the officers made up a handsome purse for the new baby, the amount to be put on deposit till the youngster comes of age. "Buster" Brown, tho druggist, has added to the equipment in his store one of the latest (Improved National Cash Registers. It is the largest thing of its kind In the city and cost in the neighborhood of $400. This register comprises an adding machine, separate registry for each clerk separate account for different sales departments and many other desirable features. '.-m-i •s jtc.