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in Southeastern Vermont VOL.10. NO. 73. BIG REDUCTION IN FREIGHT RATES Interstate Commerce Com mission Orders 10 Per Cent Cut July 1 PASSENGER FARES NOT AFFECTED No Benefit for Agricultural Products Commission Holds Railroad Are En titled to 5 Per Cent Profits Instead of 6 Stabilizes Business. WASHINGTON', May 21. Reduction in freight rates averaging about 10 per cent were ordered today by the inter state commerce commission in a decision resulting from its inquiry into the gen eral rate structure of the nation. The cut was fixed at 14 per cent in eastern territory; 13 per cent in western terri tory and 12 per cent in the southern and mountain Pacific territory. All re ductions ordered are effective July 1 and constitute a greater cut than -was gen erally expected. The commission held that the nation's railroads are entitled to earn ! per cent on the value of their property rather than th 0 per cent under the transportation act of 1020. Transporta tion charges on -passenger travel and Pullman charges were left unaffected. Agricultural products will not be af fected. The commission declared that a gen eral reduction in rate levels, as sub stantial as the condition of the carrier will permit, will tend to stabilize con ditions "of all business." ' ' Transportation charges have mounted to the point where they are impending the free flow of commerce." the decision said, " and ; are thus tending the defeat of the purpose for which they were es tablished, that of producing revenue which would enable the carriers to pro vide the people of the United States with adequate transportation." The general question 'of whether rail road transportation charges in the United States had attained levels too high for business and industry to sup port was brought formally before the interstate commerce commission in the fall of 1021 on the commission's own mo tion, although in response to nation wide commercial and political sugges tions. Farm organizations and repre sentatives of western states, particularly those in the grain-producing area, ob tained marked concession '- about that time to which railroads voluntarily adilcd a 10 per cent reduction on practi cally all agricultural products all over (Continued on rage 6.) St. Michael's Church (Fpiscopal) Wednesday, May 24, at 7.30 p. m. Regular meeting of the Women's Aux iliary to the Presiding: Bishop and Coun cil in the parish house. Thursday. May 25, at 10.30 a. m. Holy Communion. Thursday, May. 25, at 3.30 p. m. Reg ular meetiner of the junior auxiliary in the parish house. Thursday, May 25, at 7.45 p. to. Heauseant commandery. Knights Temp lar, will attend service. Rev. Edward T. Mathison of Kockville, Conn., past pre ' late of Beauseant Commandery and for mer rector of St. Michael 's will preach. The public is invited. M asonic Temple TWO Sections Today Get Them Both 13R ATTLEBORO, VERMONT, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 21, 1922. TEN Px.?55L -NEARLY MAIL EDITION BLAKE JUMPS OFF FOR WORLD FLIGHT CROYDON, Eng., May 21 (Asso ciated Press). Maj. W, T. Dlako and Ids companion started from here at 3.05 o'clock this afternoon on their attempted 30,000-mile air plane flight around the world. SEN. WATSON FLAYS DEMOCRATIC RULE OCHtSTER MM SUES GAVMISSING Seeks to Recover $1,500 Note Given by Gay Eight Years Ago GAY SUPPOSED TO BE IN MONTREAL Sounds Keynote Before Indiana Repub lican State Convention More to De Accomplished. JND1ANAPOL1S, May 24. Efficient and wise management of the nation's affairs, both domestic and international, and substantial results in relieving "the evils of eight years of Democratic mis rule" were claimed for the Harding ad ministration in an address here today by Senator Watson, Republican of Indi ana, before the Indiana Republican state convention. For years it has been the eustom of Indiana Republicans to have the keynote of the national campaigns bounded be fore them, and Senator Watson's speech, which was discussed in advance with President Harding, will be incorporated in the party literature for the congres sional campaign this fall. Senator Watson praised the executive, legislative and diplomatic record of the present administration and flayed the recent Democratic administrations as "debt-incurring, deficit-creating, bond issuing, surplus-scattering, factory-closing, industry -paralyzing, prosperity-destroying, social-upheaving, and cataclysm-producing. ' ' "We are not responsible for all this waste," he declared. "We did not pro duce all this wreckage. We did not in cur these debts. We have not piled up this mountain of obligations, and those gentlemen who are responsible for all this riotous orgy of extravagance and all jug for which he can be extradited and u:s upsetting ot industry and unset- & tling of tmauciai conditions now stand and jeer at us because in 1-1 months we have not overcome all the evil they pro duced in eight years." ,"We have not yet accomplished all that vro set out to do,", he continued. "We have inot cured all the ills and cor rected all the mistakes and overcome all the evils of eight years of Democratic misrule, but certainly we have taken lone strides in the right direction and assuredly if the Republican party can not adjust matters what hope is there in turning to the organization that caused all the disaster in the begin ning? " . Reduction of taxes' and appropria tions, reorganization of the shipping loard, agricultural relief, the - tariff bill and diplomacy of the present admin istration were emphasized by Senator Watson. ' "This administration does not need an apologist," said Senator Watson. 'No administration "ever loftro came into power confronting such problems of such complexity and difficulty as those, which were inherited by President Hard in" and the Republican congress." The pending tariff bill, which he helped draft, was a prominent subject of Sen ator Watson's address. It would do much, he said, to restore business and pros perity. Protection, he added, nad been a proven policy. '"This tariff," he addd, "is not being made to please free traders. We did not formulate it to suit importers." The Fordr.ey emergency tarif law, the senator asserted, had "saved the wool and sheep industry . . . and been of im mense value to the dairy interests, . and to the great, benefit of the farmer." AVIATORS TO BLOW I P FORT. Sheriff Tracy Places Search In Hands of Montreal Detectives State Has Spent. About $1,000 Looking for Him and Gives Up Search. (Special to The Reformer.) MONTPELIER, May 24. S. F. Hubbard of Rochester has brought a ,$l,fi00 suit against William E. Gay, Granville farmer, who the authorities say was not murdered in this city last week but has skipped to Canada. Suit is to recover on a promissory note given eight years ago when Gay went to farming. - His bullet-scarred and blood-smeared automobile has been attached, as welt as funds in the Barre .Trust Co. As Hub bard evidently believes Gay alive, the defense will be interesting. Sheriff Tracy left the search for Gay in the hands of Montreal detectives when he came back yesterday. It is believed Gay would hang around Montreal a few days to read what newspapers said about him. Although the state has been put to about 1,000 expense, he has done noth- ng for which he can b( search here has stopped. SEC. MELLON DROPS DOVER APPOINTEES Fnits of the Internal Revenue Hureau Are Combined, Thus Ousting Their Chiefs Victor- for Blair. WASHINGTON, May 24. Another chapter was added yesterday to the re cord of differences between Elmer Dover, assistant, secretary of the treasury, and David II. Blair, commissioner of inter nal reVenue, when Secretary Mellon is sued an order consolidating two units bf, the internal revenue bureau and thereby "legislated" out of office their two chiefs who otved their appointment to Dover. On the face of this develop ment Blair seems to be on top. The offices consolidated are the ac counts unit and the- supervisor of col lectors offices. The chief of the first was A. 1). Summers of Iowa, who had the title of deputy commissioner. The other chief "legislated" out is C. C. Child of Ohio, who came from the ship ping loard. The two units will become the accounts and collection unit and Deputy Commissioner Chnrles II. Nash will take charge of it. He has been a supervisor in the bureau -a long time. ARMED MEN FIRE TRAMCAR IN DUBLIN Brattleboro Council. Knights of Birm ingham Grand Ceremonial Wednesday, May 24. Banquet at Masonic Temple, 5 to 7. Parade 7.30. Ceremonial in Festival hall 8. Members are requested to have their membership cards for identification. Thursday, May 25. Ascension day. Beauseant Commandery. No. 7. Knights Templar, will attend service in St. Michael's Episcopal church. All Sir Knights are invited to attend, and wear regalia if possible. Service at 7.45. Re prepared to leave Masonic Temple at 7.35. Kev. Sir Edward T. Mathison, past prelate of Beauseant Commandery, will deliver a sermon to Sir Knights. Masonic choir. Mr. Braman will play a few selections on tho organ after the service. Public invited. Lunch at tem ple after service for Sir Knights. Fridav.. May 20, at 7.(10 p. m. Drill for all Sir Knights who are planning to attend the conclave at Bellows Falls. Important. Mondav, May 20, at 7.30 p. m. Bean scant Commandery, No. 7, Knights Tem plar. Special, Order of the Temple. Part of Aircraft Exhibition of Flying Club of Baltimore. BALTIMORE. May 24 Army avia tors will attempt to blow a fort off the map here next Tuesday. The demonstra tion, scheduled as n part of the fourth annual arieraft exhibition of the flying club of Baltimore, ' will be directed against a reproduction of Fort Carroll, which workmen have been engaged in building for the last three weeks at Logan field. Army air squadrons will use 25 pound high explosive bombs while screen ing themselves with smoke bombs. Redwood is one of the best lasting woods in the. world, having in it a na tural preservative which resists decay to a remarkable extent. GOV.-GEN. WOOD REPORTED SAFE He and His Family Took Refuge on Is land During Recent Typhoon. 51ANILA, May 24? Associated Press).. Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood, governor general of the Philip pines, is safo after being missing 30 hours in the " yacht Apo follow ing a typhoon, according to word received here early today. The gov ernor, accompanied by his wife and daughter, are reported to have taken refuge on an island near Min dora. For two day efforts to reach the Apo were unavailing.. PILGRIMAGE TO BE MADE AUG. 6 Old Rockingham Meeting House Associa tion Holds Annual Meeting and Elects Board of Officers. (Special to The Reformer.) BELLOWS FALLS, May 24. The annual meeting of the Old Rock ingham Meeting House association was held at Hotel Windham yesterday and the following officers were chosen : Pres ident,. N. !. Williams; vice presidents, C. W. Osgood. C. X. Vilas, X. L. Divoll and Hon. John Barrett: secretary, II. W. Mitchell; treasurer, W. C. Belknap; librarian, L. S. Hayes; and an execu tive committee of 15.' Arrangements for the 10th annual pilgrimage were made, the date chosen being Sunday, Aug. 0. These annual services have brought to gether audiences varying from MK to 1.50O people and are looked forward to with much anticipation as the association has been able to secure each year speak ers of national and international reputa tion. A sermon by an eminent divine, and an address upon civic affairs by a speaker of wide repute will be had. the speakers discussed not being fully decid ed upon. The old meeting house was erected in 1787 by the town and has been entirely restored to its original con dition, said to be the- best example of colonial architecture remaining in New England. THIRTY-FIVE M SPELLING CONTEST . Elimination Contest Held to Determine County School Team TWO TO ATTEND STATE CONTEST Warren G. Rawson Quarter Million Dollar Fire Loss Early Today in Slack Shoddy Plant TINDELL STORY OF MURDER DISCREDITED Started It on Runaway Workman Pulls Off Trolley and Stops It Woman Shot. BELFAST, May 2t (Associated Fress). Eight armed men boarded a tramcar in Falls road today and while two covered the crew with their weapons set the car ablaze and sent it speeding toward the city. A workman boarded the runaway and pulled the trolley, thus stopping it. A young married woman was struck by a bullet last -night and dangerously wounded. A wounded sailor died today. Bad Blood Between Him and Law-horn, Who He Claims Admitted Killing Brewster. WINCHESTER. Mass., May 24. In vestigation of the story told by Charles Tindall, who declared to the police that John Lawhorn, ng- private in the United States marine corps, had 'confessed to hiiu the murder of Station Agent Ralph W. Brewster here on April 20. has de veloped that Tindall was discharged from tho marine corps July SO, 1021, frr stealing a suit of Lawhorn's clothes. Lawhorn. recently transferred to Quantieo, Va., where he was arrested for the crime, was expected to be re turned here for trial today or tomor row. According to officers and men at the navy yard there was bad feeling be tween Tindall and Lawhorn. ARMED WARDENS PROTECTING FISH The Night You've Waited Nearly All Winter For Is Tomorrow Night When America's Best Dance Orchestra Tinker's Will Give THAT BIG DANCE AT FESTIVAL HALL This will be. Tinker's last appearance in Brattleboro this season. Vaudeville 8 to 9 Dancing 9 to 1 Gentlemen Ladies . . . 95c 60c Including Tax First Baptist Church Thursday, at 0.30 p. m. World-Wid guild supper and entertainment in church parlors. The Philathea class will have a busi nefs meeting and social Thursday aft ernoon in the home of Mrs. Albert Thomas. Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. F. I Sears will be the hostesses'. Friday and Saturday. May 2fi and 27 Rummage sale in the parsonage barn. Friday, at 4 p. m. Junior Endeavor; 7.00 Regular church prayer meeting. Methodist Episcopal Church The Ladies' Aid society will hold a business meeting and silver social with Mrs. Covey, 87 Western Avenue, Wednesday from 3 to 5- All ladies of the church whether members or not are most cordially invited. Conference in Ixmdon. LONDON, May 21 (Associated Press). Representatives of the Irish provi sional government are coming to London Thursday for a conference with repre sentatives of the British cabinet concern ing the agreement reached last Saturday between -the two Irish, political factions. This announcement was made this after noon by Austen Chamberlain, the govern ment leader. Guarding Spawning Sturgeons at Mouth of Lamoille" State Preventing Taking of Iioe. MILTON. Mar 21 The raw mate rial f-jr American made caviar will not be obtained from Vermont waters this year if the state fish and game depart ment can prevent it. Armed game war- leris are patrolling the Lamoille river near the point where it empties into Lake Champlain to prevent poachers from hooding up spawning sturgeon in violation of the American fisheries treaty with Canada. The sturgeon roe is said to be valued at ?4 a pound in the Boston market for use in making caviar. The wardens who lave received threats of violence have been instructed to enforce the law firmly. Universalist Church Opening Thursday . May 25 Inwood Inn Two Miles North of Brattleboro on Putney Road Accommodations for Tourists . Meals A La Carte . Gifts Antiques Telephone for Reservations When Possible. Thursday, May 25, at. 3 p. m. An nual meeting of the Mission circle in the vestry. Supper for members and invited guests. 7.30 p. m. Meeting of the. Daughters circle in the vestry. J nday, at t p. m. Junior union. The Daughters' Circle will' hold a rum mage sale- Saturday afternoon in the Barber building on I lat street. Articles donated for the purpose should be left at the room r nday afternoon. Odd Fellows Temple Thursday at 7.30 Regular meeting of Ladies' Auxiliary. Thursday evening, May 2.". Regular meeting of tanton Palestine, No. J. Re port of our representative. The Twins Inn Home of Plenty BRATTLEBORO ROAD HINSDALE, N. H. Open for Business We make ?. specialty of ban quets none too large, none too small. Special Daily: Chicken, Steak and Lobster in any style. Select service for particular people. D. F. SMITH, Mgr. One woman, Mrs. Mary W. Aldridge of Alabama, merely smiles when men tion is made of "swat the lly. ' Mrs. Aldridge some time, ago was a guest of a hotel in Mongomery. Another guest guest became disturbed by flies and be gan chasing them. He "swatted" one with a towel which dislocated a Bcreen in a window. The screen hit a skvlisrht and the skylight hit Mrs. Aldridge. Now die is $2,500 richer by award of the court for injuries suffered by her dig nity and anatomy. Centre Congregational Church The Woman's society will have a one-day rummage sale in the chapel Sat urday, June 3. On account ot tne stormy weather when the sale was held May f and 6 there are many articles left to be disposed of. Red Mens Hall Thursday, May 25, S p. m. Regular meeting of Pocahontas Council, No. 4, D. of P. Members please attend. All members of Brattleboro Lodge, 003, Loyal Order of Moose, are requested to attend Bro. Laurence Waite's fun eral in a body Thursday, May 2.1, ot 2 P. m., at Mitchell's undertaking rooms. Bring badges. A special meeting and initiation Thursday night. Mav 25, at Red Men's hall at 10 n. m. All Loyal Moose are requested to be present at this time. Officers please meet at Brother John son 's store at 8 p. m. Fifteen candi- Hiitoo nnfi n nnmler of visiting brothers Afemhpra of I. O. R. M. are requested to meet at the hall at 1.30 Thursday afternoon to attend the funeral of Lau lence Waite. Please wear white gloves and badges. Dance every Saturday night. The meeting of Squakheag tribe of Hinsdale, which members of Quonektieut tribe planned to attend, will be held Wednesday, May 31, instead of May 21, as announced. Members with cars are rermesto.l to take as many brothers as possible. Brown of Vernon and Agnes of Dummerston Center to Compose Team 798 Oral Words Used Both 100 in Written Test. Thirty-five pupils representing the schools of Windham county gathered at the high school building here yesterday afternoon to participate in the annual county t-pelling match to determine which two pupils should represent the county in the state match to be held in St. Johnsbury Oct. 12, at the time of the state teachers' convention. School superintendents, teachers, parents and friends attended the match, which was said by John D. Whittier, state super visor of elementary schools, to be one of the most enjoyable he ever attended. Mr. Whittier' pronounced the words. The match was won by Warren G. Brown of the South school in Vernon, who was awarded the county silver lov ing cup to be held by his school for one year.. The last pupil 'to go down was Agnes Rawson of the Dummerston Ccn- I ter school. These two. it was announced. wi.I represent Windham county at the state contest. The -rules provided that the pupil of the last two standing who had received the higher rank in the written contest, which included 50 words and waich was conducted before the oral contest, should be declared the winner of the contest. Examination of the papers showed that both Warren Brown and Agnes Rawson nad received a perfect mark in the writ ten contest, and. therefore, it was neces sary to continue spelling to determine the winner. It was 4.-10 when the last round was started, but it was soon brought to a close, for Miss Rawson missed her first word correspondent and the match was over. The cup was awarded and the pupils and audience scattered quickly to board the north bound and southbound 5 o'clock trains for their homes. The oral match began at 2.50 o'clock and the pupils spelled once ground be fore'lhe spelling down" began. At the end of an hour only half the pupils had been spelled down. A recess of 20 min utes was then taken and the pupils and judges were -served ice-cream cones by the Parent-Teacher associations of Brattleboro. At 3.50 the spelling was resumed and when a total of 707 words had been given young Brown and Miss Rawson were the only pupils remaining in line. In the Orleans county match .S28 words were used' in the oral contest, but in that county 3S pupils partici pated, making the average number of words spelled by each less than, the aver age in Windham county. Much laughter was caused when Helen Alexander was given the word "casket" following a series of disease words which had fallen to her lot. in cluding chicken-pox, appendicitis, bron chitis and pneumonia. Inasmuch as the words were taken from a printed list and pronounced consecutively it seemed a peculiar coincidence that all these words should have fallen to the same speller ami in the order in which they Came. . The pupils to receive, a mark of 100 in the written test were: Clara S. Cro sier of Halifax. Carlotta Nido of New fane, Agnes Rawson of Dummerston. Marion Akley of West Brattleboro, Wa'r ren G. P.rown of Vernon, Ira Uharnoek ot Londonderry. Seventeen hail marks of from 00 to OS in the written test. Thev were: John F. Wbod of Westminster, OS; Elmer Rowley of Westminster, OS; Marion Rice of Brattleboro, OS; Leta M. Thurston of Wilmington, ' OS ; Ellen Hammarlund of Brattleboro town school, OS; Charlotte De Witt of Newfane, OS; Florence Worden of Townsheid, 00; Stacia Pilusky of Bellows Falls,' 00; William A. Putnam of Wardsboro, 1M ; Cora Gillett of Whitingham, ?H; Charles Coleman of Guilford, -05; Hattie Davis Of Dummerston, 00; Helen Alexander of Rockingham. 01: Harvey Carrier of uhitingham, 04; imam Breslin of Brattleboro incorporated district. 04; William L. Marsh of Townshend, 04 ; Clarence W. .Butler of Londonderry, 00. Others who took part in the match were: . r,va .MctAiiiock ot l'utney. Ma bel Fitzpatrick of Wardsboro, Clarice Poland of Putney, Ruth Turner of Wil mington. Gladrs Thomas of Guilford, Clara Miner of Halifax. Charles L. Park of Grafton. Harold Mmer of vernon. Warren J. Bruce and George Coates of Marlboro, Malcolm Brandt and Beverley lyvlrew of isrooktine. : The towns were Athens, Dover, Ja maica. Somerset. Stratton and Windham. There is no school in the town of Strat-' ton. i The judges were Principal E. It. Cav erly of the Brattleboro high school; Frederic K. Brown of Brattleboro, Com munity Service worker, and Mrs. Henry W. Frost of East Putney. . Following is the list of words on which the pupils spelled flown: Fortunate, balloon, patriot, vaseline, consumption, prejudice, maintenance, marshal, terri tory, circuit, axle, excusable, naphtha, quarantine, abscess, confederate, tenant, disinfectant, mattress, corrugated, crys tallize, collateral, all right, maintain, obligation, requirement, remittance, as signment, fraternally, distribution, cou pons, prior, correspondent. ROBBERS CAPTURE $12,G00 PAYROLL Chased Info Stratford, Conn., Captured and Money Is Recovered by Con necticut Co. BRIDGEPORT, Conn., May 24 The $12,000 payroll of the Connect icut Co. was stolen by robbers who held up an official of the company and escaped in an automobile today. The bandits were captured and the. pay rolt recovered following a pistol fight in Stratford, it was later re ported. . MOVEMENT TO LAY PUTNEY ROAD DUST 250 Feet of Mill 1,200 Feet Long Now in Ruins ONE OF LARGEST . PLANTS OF ITS KIND Town Funds, State Funds and Private Subscriptions May Bring About Solution of Problem. There is yet some hope that the dust" on Putney road may be laid, although at the recent meeting of the selectmen, village, commissioners and some resi dents along l'utney 'road the outlook did not" seem eneouraging and in re sponse to an inquiry by Selectman W. E. Stellman none of the residents on the road in question gave any encourage ment that they would heip out finan cially as is done in the village by special tax. In a letter on this subject to The Re former .Stte ." Highway Commissioner Thurnwin W. l)ix writes in part: "I am very happy to say that there is now a move on foot whereby the town, through town funds and private subscription, will co-operate with the state in laying the dust on this road. I am very much in hopes that nothing will happen to prevent this action being taken." KURN HATTIN HOMES GIVEN AUTOMOBILE Mrs. Fletcher D. Proctor Presents Cad illac Car for Tse in Publicity Work 100 Boys at Homes. (Special to The Reformer.) WESTMINSTER, May" "24. The New England Kurn Ilattin Homes. . which are now caring for an even 100 boys, have received a gift -of a Cadillac automobile from Mrs. Fletcher I). Proctor of Proctor for use in their publicity work. Last Sunday Head Mas ter Howard A. M. Briggs took 20 boys to Springfield (Vt.), where they attended the service of the Congregational church and Rev. Mr. Briggs occupied the pul pit. The "boys were entertained in the homes of the people of the parish, two of the boys and Mr. Briggs dining with Governor and Mrs. Ilartness, and the en tire party being entertained .upon the grounds of the governor later in the day. Watchnian Unable to Find Source of Odor or Burning Rags (Special to The Reformer.) SPRINGFIELD, Vt., May 21. A loss estimated, at .$250,000 was caused early this morning at the plant of the John T. Slack Corp., about 250 feet of the 1,200-foot wooden building, with contents, being destroyed. The fire was still smouldering at 11.30 o'clock today and some of the riremen1 were still on duty. The building, which was 50 feet wide and the last wooden building of the plant, was -used as the main stock room of the plant and was filled with foreign and domestic woolen rags. A quantity of orders had just been received and the factory was very busy after a dull period. When Night Watchman John Ham mond went through the stock building at midnight he detected the odor of burn ing rags, but after searching thoroughly could find no trace of fire, so went to make Lis rounds of the rest of the plant, which requires about a'n hour's time. On his return to the stock building flames had broken out in the rags, which had been smopuldering. He pulled in the fire alarm, but the fire destroyed about 250 feet of the building before it was brought under control. The loss is covered by insurance. The Slack Corp. is One of the largest shoddy manufacturers in the world. SURPLUS OF SUPERINTENDENTS Two Men in Charge of Lowell Police De partment Today. LOWELL, Mass.. May 24. The city had two superintendents of police today, Redmond Welsh who was removed by Mayor George II. Brown-several months ngo reinstated Saturday by city council after advice from the supreme court that such action was authorized and sus pended again by Mayor Brown last night, was back on the job. "Winthrop C. Macbrayne, Mayor Brown's appointee in place of Welsh, also apieared to act as superintendent. No substantial conflict developed, however. THINK FATHER KILLED BOY Body of Henry Schmei, 11, Found Near Home Father Under Arrest TUCKERTON, N. J., May 24 Henry Schmei, 11-ycar-old schoolboy, supposed to have run away from home to erape punishment, was found drowned in a little lake within 300 yards of his home here yesterday. The authorities believe after all-day investigation that the lad was murdered, perhaps beaten to death. Iiate last night the boy's father, Henry Schmei, a .German farmer, was arrested 1 on the charge of murder. The father, de nying that he had killed the boy either intentionally or through too severe chas tisement, submitted quietly. Sassafras Oil from Southern . Stumps. Oil of sassafras, formerly much used as a blood purifying medicine, and now used as a flavoring extract, is a char acteristically American product, as are birch and wintergreen. About 85,000 pounds f it are produced every year, says, the Newr York World. It is prepared from the stumps of sass afras trees, which the Southern farmer is anxious to have removed from his land. The distillers furnish stump-pullers; and the farmer's only expense is the labor of pulling from the cround and de livering the stumps at the nearest rail way station. ; At the distilleries the stump3 are chopped up with axes and the pieces are fed into "hog" wbfeh cut them into small chips. -These are placed in the distillinsr tanks. Distilling takes from 4S to 55 hours and the yield is only slightly in e-xcess of 1 per cent. The exhausted chips are ground and sold for use in sweeping compounds. " THE WEATHER. Fair Tonight . ' and Thursday Little . Change in Temperature. WASHINGTON, May 24. Weather forecast : Fair tonight and Thursday. Little change in temperature. Light . to moderate variable winds. 'A larger proportion of Russians wear beards than ; any other nation in the world. MRS. F. W. JEFFORDS DIPS IN HOSPITAL Weil-Known Hinsdale Woman, Daugh ter of Mr.: and Mrs. E. Cv Robertson, Had Been III Long Time. ( Special to The Reformer. ) HINSDALE, N. IL, Ma 24. Mrs. Christina (Robertson) Jeffords, 32, wife cf Frank W. Jeffords, died at 8 o'clock last evening in the Brattleboro Memorial hospital. She had been ill a long time and was operated upon Monday morning. She seemed to rally from the operation as- well as any patient could, but symptoms for the worse developed toward night, heart trouble causing her death. . ' She was born in Hinsdale. N. II.. March 24, ISpO, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Robertson. She attended the public school and the McDuffee school at Springfield. Mass. On June 22. 1010. she married Frank Wesley Jeffords of Hins dale. Two children were born to them, Rose Helen and Eleanor. Besides her husband, daughters and parents. Mrs. Jeffords leaves one brother, Winfred F. Robertson of this town. Mrs. Jeffords was interested in the Parent-Teacher . association, was past matron of Naomi chapter. No. 30. O. E. S., and had acted . as past, grand Esther to the grand chapter of New Hampshire. She was a devoted wife and mother and a congenial companion. She always made her home with her parents. Much sympathy is felt for the family. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 o'clock at the Robertson home. Rev. J. II. Sargent, pastor of the Congregational church, officiating. LIABLE TO SERVE PRISON SENTENCE Mentally Fatigued. Alice "I'm tired of golf." Virginia "But I didn't know you rplaved?" Alice "I don't. My husband does." New York Sun. Clifford Dura nt Brought from Hartford and Locked Up Here for Violation of Terms of Parole. - Because he violated the conditions of his parole Clifford Durant of Keene, N. II., is in the 'Brattleboro lockup await ing the convenience of Sheriff Frank L. Wellman, who will take him to Newfane jail. . After county court re-convenes July 5 Judge Stanley C. Wilson will say what shall be done with Durant. who faces i state prison term of not less than five years nor more than six years. Durant was sentenced Nov. 10, 1021, after pleading guilty to the charge of oh Taining a coat from Goodnow, Pearson 6 Hunt-of Brattleboro under false pre tenses. He gave a check that proved to b worthless. In view of the fact that this operation proved to be the means of his being-taken to the New Hampshire state prison at Concord to serve an un expired term the court at Newfane was lenient and gave him a suspended sen tence, putting him on parole. Last February Durant went to ITarf ford. Conn., with Marion Bragg of Marl boro, N. II., 10 years old, discharged a taxi driver paying his fare, and as a re sult of his escapade was sentenced to 100 days in jail. 'I'll is term expired yesterdaf and Sheriff Wellman went to Hartford after him. bringing him to Brattlebon last night. " Went Too Far. She Why did you break your en gagement to Alice? He 'Well, you see it was this way. She made me give up smoking, give up cards, give up clubs and well, I"got so used to giving up things, that at last I gave her up. Boston Transcript. Miss Ivy Ilawke. an English mermaid who plans to try the Channel swim this summer, has a record of having remained in the - water twelve and a half hours and covering! about twenty-five miles. The steamship Majestic, the world's largest liner, has three wireless stations on board, one for maintaining communi cation with both continents throughout the yoyage, another for use up to a dis tance of eight hundred miles, and a third for use in case of emergency, t i I V t ' i i I; f I i i! i! !f X t i' f ' t'i 4 i 'I? !'S i i ii f: i ' 4 '