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DAILY E8TABLI8HKU 1878. RICHMOND DAILY PALLADIUM, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 1904.. ONE CENT A COPY. T J V CIVIC MOMENT MR. H. L. WEBER TALKS IN OPEN CHURCH ON IMPORTANT TOPIC A Well Written Paper by Our City Engineer Entertains Many People. The development of Public Im provement from an aesthetic point of view is not always an easy matter, but from this view point observa tions should always be made. There is no public improvement made, but tbat some Art could be introduced into its general make-up, even if it is only the laying of a cross walk it is entitled to some consideration from the artistie view point, or if not, the work should not be done. A thing worth doing is worth doing well ; worth doing artistically as well as economically, for all little things go towards making up the one great whole, and when the little things are well done the whole will be a work of art, of more or less beauty, de pending of course greatly for its attractiveness upon what the object of the piece o worknay be. You may say "How can Art be applied to many of the public im provements?" True, it is hard in some cases, but work well devised and well executed will always pro duce satisfactory results. I have seen more Art exhibited in the con struction of a flush tank for our sew er system than some persons have used in the binding of a residence, but we must be considerate and re member that not all houses nor even sewers are built by artists, but they should be. In the building of the ideal city an ideal plan must be de vised and ideal improvements must be made, and for this it is very es sential that the inhabitants should be idealists. The greatest task is not the building on a New Ideal City, but the making of an ideal city out of a place that may not be so for tunately situated as Richmond. The regeneration of many cities would present far the greater task. Rich mond possessing great natural re sources, ideally situated, with a pop ulation appreciating all these, pre sents no difficulties. We are now well started on the way to being an ideal city. This is the verdict of all visit ors so it must be so. It is up to the Civic Improvement League, which T interpret to moan the People of Rich mond, to make her the ideal city. When the people undertake to do a thing it is going to be done. The ob structionist and the kicker might just as well stand aside. As the Irishman said, "When the bulk of the population is made up of the masses of the people, the priv ileged few are not in it." Richmond is on the ascending scale; let us all put a shoulder to the wheel and help, and it will be seen that "she does move." In any city the first consideration should be paid to the sewerage sys tem but in ma 113 cases it is last. In designing and constructing a sewer age system, the highest degree of art is required to make this obnoxious necessity an agreeable and harmless neighbor. We are blessed with both kinds, the artistic and non-artistic. We have work to perform along this line and expect your assistance. Sec ond, comes street improvements, of which the first essential is a reasona ble, pleasing, harmonious grade. In the laying out of the ideal city, this can be accomplished with easebut to make an ideal grade iii the recon struction of a city requires not only art but the highest grade of engineer ing skill in connection with diplo macy to avoid conflict, with some one 'who may desire to take a fall out with flip artistically inclined engi neer. From an artistic as well as an engineering standpoint the grade of a street should be established before any building or improvements are made along it, taking into considera tion all probabilities of the future as to requirements, changes and effects likely to be made on the property. These are very serious questions, but one thing we all agree on, that a grade should be established once for all time if possible. People get so weary of seeing the engineer tramp ing up and down the street, with his bazarine on his back, "giving this day our daily grade." An ideal plan for a street will be something like this, a nice" walk say six feet wide, a lawn plat six to ten feet wide with grass base and flower beds in artistic designs be tween the trees; cement curb and gutter and a good metal road to meet the requirements of the traffic. Poles of every kind should be avoided as far as possible, and where not avoid able the s number should be reduced to a minimum. They should be paint ed as near the color of the foliage as possible and ke)t in good repair. I have this to say for Richmond and I am sure the Tourist Club will corroborate me, that in a trip of over 8,000 miles through Cuba, Mexi co and part of the United States, I saw no better city than Richmond. While many had advantages we have not they had environments too that we would not appreciate. All that they have that is desirable in a sense that it is possible with the people to provide, Ave can have, and many things we have that nature has pro vided, they can not have, but we en joy.. While their climate is an ideal one, ours ,is not so bad, but our peo ple and their ways are nearer the ideal. In order to appreciate our city we must visit others, for by com parison only can we be justly meas ured. It does not make a just people vain to tell them of their good pos sessions, but encourages them to fur ther endeavor to have more and bet ter things and surrounding's, and T am one who believes in telling them these truths. So I say to our people nature has provided amply for your needs and pleasures, take advantage of this most desirable environment; strive to make Richmond larger and more beautiful. Your advantages for a manufacturing city have increased ten fold the last three years, and as for a residence city our advantages aren ot surpassed by any. The two districts are remote, therefore both can enjoy its advantages without en croaching upon the other's rights. This advantage is rarely met with. It would be well to consider the ques tion of a more permanent roadway for some of our most travelled streets. Beauty in bridge design presents a knotty problem. When the length height and carrying capacity are taxed to any extent the stresses lie along such hard, cold, straight lines, that it is very difficult to add beauty without increasing materially the dead load, and thereby the cost. In most bridges beautv means addi tional dead weight; additional dead weight means more metal, more metal calls for the almighty dollar we Americans love so dearly; the god upon whose altars beauty is often offered as a sacrifice. Now what, is the Civic Improvement League going to do first, I am asked. Let me say, they are going to map out their work. They are going to have surveys and plats made of all parks and proposed parks. They are going -to assist in building a pavilion in the Glen, and do it right away. This will cost $10,000, yes, perhaps $12,000. It will be a work of art and beauty as well as utility. It will be built by August 1, and will be an advertising medium for Richmond to an extent of twice its original cost, as all good improvements are. Pericles in a sin gle generation made Athens the won der of the world by simply turning the funds collected for war into art and beauty. Of course we have no war fund to draw upon for we are Quakers and do not believe in waste and destruction and consequently Ave haA-e bank accounts, and when the people of Richmond Avant a thing they generally get it. What Pericles did for Athens the Civic Improvement League can and Avill do for Richmond, you can rest assured. Let everyone join the League; let us put a high estimate on what Ave can do. remembering the AA-orld takes us at the estimate Ave put upon ourselves. Do not let the world be deceived. The opportunity has presented itself. The Civic Im provement League can make history and are doing today jut as Pericles did in his day. C. B. & I SUED FOR $15, FOR FAILURE TO CARRY OUT A CONTRACT MADE WITH THE PANHANDLE COMPANY The Case in Question is a Grade Crossing at Converse, In diana. John L. Rupe, attorney for the Pennsylvania lines, has filed suit against the C, R. & M. (now the C, C. & L.) 'railway company to recover $15,000, said to be due said company and unpaid. The complaint avers that the afore said company entered into an agree ment Avith the P., C, & St. L. rail road to construct and maintain an undergrade crossing at Converse, In diana, to cross the Panhandle tracks, all costs to be paid by said C, R. & M. railroad. The complaint says that up to January 3, 1904, the costs, which noAv amount to $15,000, remain unpaid, although bills for the amount have been rendered time after time. Girls' Basketball Team Defeated by Franklin High School. The Franklin high school girls' basketball team defeated the Rich mond high school girls' team in a game.4da.ved in that city last Friday eAening, by a score of 5 to 3. The teams Avere Aery evenly matched and Franklin Avon only on account of su perior playing. For such a game the score is an extremely Ioav one, and shows good AA-ork on the part of the players in the defensive positions. The Misses 'Marie Campbell, Marie Kaufman, Florence Corwin, Alice Hill, Lena Coffin and Ethel King, of the team, remained OAer Sunday t ing friends and relatives in Franklin. THE FOB Something Very Disagreeable Yester day and Last Night. Such a dense fog as that which A'isited this city yesterday all day and last night has scarcely eA-er been experienced here. It was so thick that it AA-as difficult to discern who AA-as walking ahead of you on the street. It Avas especially bad on railroad crews, many of Avhom had to resort to ihe use of torpedoes to clear away the fog. theITamer Manufacturing Company Moving to Their New Quarters. The Kramer manufacturing com pany are just moving to their recent ly purchased building, the old Em pire plow works. The new quarters Avill be larger and more conA'enient. It is now arranged so that the Avork can be started from the rough and run through straight without the loss of time usually consumed in truck ing the work back and forth. The old building has been thoroughly overhauled new floors and AvindoAvs and an immense cistern. Additions are to be made to the Avest of Ihe building in the near future. SOL. DICKINSON ILL. Mr. S. W. Dickinson, who removed to Los Angeles, Cal. last fall, is just rceo-ering from a seA-ere siege of illness. His many friends here Avill be pleased to know that he is almost as A'igorous as ever. Frank Ridge Avitnessed the produc tion of "Ben llur" in Dayton Satur day afternoon. , , :, , 00 HIGH SCHOOL DELEGATES MI) ALTERNATES NAMED ON SATURDAY TO THE STATE AND DISTRICT CONVENTIONS. GOOD SELECTIONS MADE State Convention to be Held in May and the District Meeting on March 3 Saturday the elections of delegates to the district eon7ention and the state com-ention took place OA'er the county and in this city. Meetings for the election of ward delegates took place in the respeeti'e wards Saturday evening and the township elections were held Saturday after noon. The district convention will be held at Shelby ville on March '3d, and the state conA'ention Avill prob ably be . held about the 1st of May, after the city election at Indianapo lis. Candidates for governor, lieu tenant governor, state statistician, supreme eourt reporter and secretary of state will be nominated at the state conA'ention. The following is the result of the delegate elections, in the city of Richmond: First Ward State conventionWil liam A Bond, delegate; Edward Hol larn, alternate; district conA'ention, L. A. Knopf, delegate; J. T. Pylei alternate. Second Ward State conventional. W. Deuker, delegate; J. E. White, alternate; district conA'ention, Chas. Dunn, -de-k'ate; Charles Jordan, al ternate. Third Ward State conA'ention, II. C. Starr and Joseph Iliff, delegates; Jesse Reeves and Fred Knight, alter nates; district convention, Byram Robbins and Hiram Nost, delegates; Frank Ensfield and Ottis Sprung, al ternates. Fourth Ward State com-ention, J. II. Taylor and A. C. Huey, delegated; E. C. McDivitt and Arthur Ellis, al ternates; district conA'ention, A. L. Spekenheir and W. C. Converse, dele gates; Dr. Colburn and J..R. Norrell, alternates. Fifth Ward State conA'ention, T. R. Jessup, and J. L. Smith, dele gates; Howard ridge and James Bee son, alternates; district conA'ention, O. II. LeftAvick and Henry Kehlen- brink, delegates; D. C. Genu and C. E. Newman, alternates. Sixth Ward State convention, W. H. Cook and E. M. Haas, delegates; W. P. O'Neal and Lafayette Larsh, alternates; district convention, W. J. Rhoads and J. R. Hart, delegates; Chas. L. Wolfer and Alonzo Mar shall, alternates. Seventh Ward State convention. A. M. Gardner and R. E. Kirkman, delegates; O. P. Norman and Ed. Muh! .alternates; district com-ention, I. M. Ridenour and G. N. Oliver, dele gates; John A. Reed and David A. Dennis, alternates. County Elections. Dalton and Perry toAvnshijis State convention, John Macy, delegate; Marshall Swai, alternate; district com-ention, Charles Harris, delegate; Nelson Weaver, alternate. Jackson and Harrison Townships State convention, Junius Knipem, Peter Zehrung and Lincoln Hebble, delegates; Robert Hicks, Omar Guy ton and Elmer 01 da ere, alternates; district convention, Josiah Reynolds, W. A. Goings and Fred Dryer, dele gates; Thomas Ilenby, Harry Penny and Robert Beesoo, alternates. Greene and Webster Townships State convention, Linas B. Meredith, delegate; addison Stuyn, alternate; district com-ention, DeWitt C. Jay, delegate; John Coltraine, alternate. New Garden Township State con vention, J. B. Chenoweth, delegate; H. B. Love, alternate; district con vention, Frank M. Lamb, delegate; Alva Study, alternate. Wayne Township (outside of the city of Richmond) State convention, Harry Meeks and J. C. Harrold, dele gates; Frank J. Brown and Isaac Dougan, alternates; district conven tion, Sanford Jlenncsey and Thomas Mertz, delegates; Jas. S.Cook and Al exander Reid, alternates. Abington and Boston Townships State com-ention, M. W. Yencer, dele gate; Joseph Bennett,. alternate; dis trict eomention, Win, Robbins, dele gate; Moses Mitchell, alternate Delegates to Convention. Delegates to the district conA'en tion at Shelby ville, Ind., Thursday, March 3, avIio desire to leave Rich mond on Wednesday can make con nections at Cambridge. Citv at 2:50 p. m., and on Thursday at 7:10 a. m. DESERVED PROMOTION. Prof. C. M. Marble of Jefferson- ville serAed seAenteen years as prin cipal of the high school in that city. Upon the death of Supt. GoodAvin last Aveek, Mr. Marble Avas unani mously promoted to the superinten dency and without his asking for the place. Prof. Marble is a brother of Dr. Marble, pastor of Grace M. E. church in this citr. Miss Esther Griffin White Avent to Indianapolis Saturday for a visit with friends. She will make one of a party to hear the Patti concert next Wednesday evening. TESTSlEfflGMOE Of the New Fuel Invented by James M. Dennis. The comjany which is being or ganized for the purpose of manufac turing the neAV fuel invented by Mr. J. M. Dennis is rapidly assuming ul timate proportions. Mr. Dennis has sent away for estimates on the ma chinery to be used in the making of the new fuel and thinks that by the last of the Aveek eAerything will be finished but the purchase of the ma chinery and the beginning of the manufacture of the substance. Mr. Dennis is Aery confident as to the success of his neAvly invented substitute for coal, and thinks that by the latter part of this summer the machinery Avill be in Avorking order and orders can be! filled. A company is being formed of Richmond merchants and promoters and Avill doubtless be incorporated in a few Avceks. It has not been de cided as yet exactly Avhere the fac tory will be situated. Mr. Dennis and the company promoters haA-e only as yet receiAed a few offers from out of town, most of Avhich are, for A-arious reasons, not Avorthy of consideration. It is probable that the factory, if, as is hoped, it will be located in Richmond, Avill be situated in the south part of the city, as the South Side Impro-ement association, with its desire for large factories, has already made an offer for the fatcory, the terms of which offer are unknown as yet. Almost the only thing lacking at present is a name for this substance, but it is probable that a reAvard Avill be offered in the near future for the best name suggested for the fuel, as the name is a A-ery important asset. Tests of this substance are being made in the Earlham chemical labor atory, and, in a few days, the re sults of this chemical testing Avill' be made known. Mr. Dennis thinks that the greater heat and all around good qualities of his fuel Avill be proA'ed to all by the chemical tests and im-esti-gations. MORTGAGE EXEMPTIONS Now Ready at the County Auditor's Office. County Auditor II. J. Hanes an nounces that March and April mort gage exemptions are now in order, and they are ready to receive the same at his office. Persons wishing to take adA'antage of the laAV Avill do AA-ell to call at the auditor's office at their earliest com-enience. .North of the Starr Dam at Present. Whitewater river is usually low but not so at this season of the year. At the present time, with a fairly good stage of water, one can plainly see the bed of the rier. Of course all of our sewage flows into WhifOAvater liver, ar.d is sup posed to be carried off. Bur, if the river is Ioav now, Avhat will be the condition next summer? GEO. SCHEMANFS APE ACCIDENT FELL FROM A MOVING TRAIN AND IS CRUSHED BENEATH THE WHEELS. HAD LEG AMPUTATED In the City Hospital at Indianapolis Crawled Half a Mile Into a Field. George W. Schepman, the mer chant tailor, left this city Saturday morning for Indianapolis on busi ness, as he often does. He spent, the day in the Capital City, and left for home at 1 6:50 OA'er the PennsylA'ania railroad. While attempting to go from one train to another the lurch of the train threAV Mr. Schepman be tween the cars at the crossing of the railroad and Sherman drive. It was a . terribe moment for Mr. Schepman, and, hoAV he escaped with his life, railroad men are at a loss to explain, as the train Avas running at a high rate of speed, and he was thrown between tA'o coaches and ' slightly to one side. The remainder of the scene is bet ter imagined than described, by placing one's self in Mr. Schepman's position. The place where the accident oc curred is one of the loneliest spots on the road, and it seems as if no one heard Mr. Schepman's cries or saAV him fall. There he lay with his right leg mangled and his body bruised, sixty-eight mil?s from his Avife and children, out in a lonel' spot on the road, no one to aid him in his terrible misfortune, he lay there ""unconscious Avhile his life blood ebbed aAA'ay and made a pool in Avhich he uneonscious-1a- remained for a short time. When he recovered consciousness, seeing that he Avas unable to make his cries forhelp heard, Avith superhuman ef fort, he sloAvly and painfully dragged himself doAvn the railroad in search of help. He had gone o-er a half mile in this condition, and, when he found his great strength failing, and, fearing further injury on the railroad, he managed to drag his heaA'y form into the field. His cries for, help were finally heard by two good Samaritans, Avho Avere passing by. One of the men hurried to the nearest telephone, a mile away, while the other remained and ministered as best he could to the wants of the injured man. It was no one and one-half hours since the accident occurred, and the City'' Dispensary ambulance arriA-ed, and the injured man was taken to the city hospital, Avhere the doctors found it necessary to amputate the leg aboA'e the knee. Mrs. Schepman, avIio resides at 25 so'uth seventh street, received a tele phone message at 11 o'clock Satur day night, telling her of the terrible accident that had befallen her hus band. It Avas a sudden and fright ful shock to her and she became pros trated at once. It was a long night for her and her three children, and it seemed as if daylight would never come. XerAing herself for the or deal that was before her, she left for Indianapolis yesterday morning. Mr. Schepman is one of the best known men in this city, where he is held in the highest esteem by a large ch-cle of relatives and friends. He is a member of the B. P. O. EV and Masonic lodges. It Avas just. a Aveek since the burn ing of the green houses of Chessman & Schepman, and Mr. Schepman spent all of that Sunday helping to saA'e the property of his brother not destroyed by fire, little dreaming that in a week's time an accident would befall himself that would make him a cripple for all time and possibly cost him his life. Word Avas received here this morn ing from the bedside of Mr. Schep man that lie AA-as getting along A'cry Avell; in fact, better than was looked for. He had a very bul night, but that was expected. It looks now as if he Avould reco-er. .