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1868. topav NEWS TODAY FAIRMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY ^1917. MEMBER associated PRESS. PRICE THREE CENTS
ftOUR A
DEEPEST SNOW
OF WINIER STOPS
i MANY ACTIVITIES
Was Wet and Clinging And
* -?m m *v
Iwiu luucn lfamage to
Wires.
AM ONE FOOT FELL
' Railroads Without Telegraph
Kept Trains Nearly
On Time.
A wet clinging snow falling BWlftly
and continuously from midnight until
noon today and showing no signs of let
up at that hour had by early forenoon
) succeeded in very nearly paralyzing
i 1 the electric light and power supply; dek
laying interurban traffic about an hour
on all lines out of the city; holding pas^kunger
trains from 10 to 40 minutes;
q hundreds of trees and incidenttearing
down great longths of
HPansmlsslon wire; weighting down
^^telephone wires until service was very
Wf nearly destroyed and causing the
" greatest blossoming of Bnow shovels
i and scoops seen on Main street this
k winter.
At noon the snow was between ten
F and eleven inches deep in open places
with from 27 to 30 Inches on Main
street where snow plows and sidewalk
shovelers had plied it so that vehicular
traffic Was almost impossible. Toward
noon the great flakeB of white wetness
were giving way to finer flakes which
are expected to turn to rain this evening
or tonight
Thjjlshti^^^ywi helng con
unuojiy inierrupioa mm n?or?niK, uw
tng trees and overloaded wires caus.
lng the mischief. Considerable Incom
venlence Incident to the non operation
of elevators was felt. Elevator No. tat
the Watson building being caUght once
between floors with passengers and
forced to wait until the current came
, on again.
Traction company employees were
set to work early this morning climb,
ing poles and shaking wires, pound,
lng the poles with heavy sledges, and
- In other ways trying to relieve the
wires of the great weight they were
forced to carry. For a time telephonic
?Aw>mi<nlnqt<nn wOli fVio nnntrnl afrn.
-.Hon at Hutchinson was cut oft. Inter
\ I tjrban cars were having a terrible time
k! 1 to1 make headway but by noon were
Itv operating nicely. City cars operated
jrunder difficulties, although the snow
* plows wero In use constantly.
No. 68 from Pittsburgh on the Balti
more and Ohio was 25 minutes late this
morning, with the other trains aboul
10 mlnuteB behind time. All the rail
road's telegraph wires were down, all
, trains being handled with telephones
and blocks. Freight movement Is par
aylzed and will remain so until the
snow can be cleared away,
i On the Monongahela the noon trait
\ from Pittsburgh was ten minutes lat<
| but all trains were moving and the tel
i egraph wires were all up.
Ik The telephone Bystems were dolnj
V Mil until about ten-thirty when loca
1 y trouble began to be reported. TrunV
lines out of the city are all In goot
shape. The placing of the majority o
the wires under ground last fall prob
ably prevented a serious tie up today.
l? Great destruction of trees is bcitif
reported, the weight of the snow tear
lng out the tops of the trees or els<
uprooting them entirely. A big tret
in Coal run ravino was broken dowi
A this morning.
Today's snow is by lar uie neavies
of the winter and Is more than fel
during the entire month of February
| either this year or last. The tempera
[ ture fluctuated from 32 to 47 as op
posed to last years 33 to 11.
If the old adage holds good, Marcl
will go out like a lamb for no one bit'
will deny that she Is coming Is like t
. lion.
; $400,000 Voted for
/ High Cost of Inquiry
(By Associatod Press)
I WASHINGTON, Feb. 28.?Over thi
protest of Chairman Fitzgerald of tin
appropriations committee who declar
ed the Federal Trade Commtsslon'i
investigation Into the high cost o
living was chasing a "will of the wIbp'
the House today voted the necessary
"appropriation of $400,000 and the civt
sundry bill on roll call vote.
GORGE MOVES OUT.
H ) FRANKLIN, Pa.. Feb. 28?The lei
B;' gorge .which caused the wtater in th<
S jL Alleghany river to hack up until i
stage was reached of 19 feet, 2 1-2 fee
above the flood level moved out ear
J ly today causing the river to fall II
r, feet in five hours. Although man;
families were compelled to flee fron
their homes, no lives were lost am
reports today indicated that the dam
age would be small.
Much of The W
Wv> xy . 'j;j: *'"r.
MERICftl
Five Men Drown*
Across Valley R
(By Associated Press)
GRAFTON, Feb. 28.?Five men were
drowned earljr tbli morning when the 1
wire swinging bridge across the river
at O'Brien station between Pbllippl <
RTIll Rftllnfftnn nnna wa.> nnA tkoaur
seven men Into the raging torrent
beneath,- the river being greatly swol- I
len by the rain.
The bridge was used to transport I
lumber across the river from the Sawyer's
mill to the railroad and the men I
wero on the bridge with a truck of i
lumber wben the wires gave way. i
ilnlffi
OURJEUTRAUTY
Chancellor Bet.hmann-Hollweg
Says We Play One
Sided Game
BERLIN, Feb. 28.?(By Wireless to
; Sayvtlle, N. Y.)?The attitude of the
United States in the war was critlciz|
ed In a speech by Chancellor von
Bethmann-Hollweg before the Reichstag.
He criticized the United States
for having protected "lnternaltlonal
law In a one-sided fashion, only
again us."
Speaking of relations with the Unltod
States, the Chancellor said:
1 "I would full understand it If the
' United States, as a protector of International
law, should have bartered for
Its re-establlshment In equal fashion
; with all the belligerents, and If deBlr1
lng to restore peace to the world, had
1 taken measures to enforce the end of
; the bloodshed. But 1 cannot possibly
conslder it a vital question for the
' American nation to protect international
law In a one-sided fashion, only
against us. Our enemies and AmerInSM
nlwnlss ?V, Ink awA imManilln #*_
vou vumcs niuvu uiuiiouutjr iuward
us, thought that they could point
out an important dmarance between
our course, of aetlon andctnaf ot the
British. Bnglahd, they hare satisfied
themselves, destroys only material
values which can be replaced, ;
whlls Germany destroys' hurnnn lives', ,
which are impossible to replace.
"Well, gentlemen, why did the British,
not endanger American lives? Only
because neutral countries, and especially
America, voluntarily submitter
to the British orders, and because
the British therefore, could attain
their object without empolylng force.
What would have happened If Americans
had valued unhampered passenger
and commodities traffic with
Bremen and Hamburg as much as that
with Liverpool and London? If they
had done so then we should have been
freed from the painful impression that,
, according to America, a submission
tn ttritlRh nnwpr anH control ta com
patlble with the essential character
' ot neutrality, but that It Is Incompati.
ble with this neutral policy recognize
| Gorman measures ot defense."
=WE AND HOUSE
: ARE WIDE APART
:
i House Appropriation Bill
Was Introduced at To,
day's Session.
i
j (By Associated Tress)
i CHARLESTON, \!?. Va., Feb. 28.?
Both houses of the Legislature In ext
traordlnary session met today, the
1 House adjourning till tomorrow mornr
lng and the Senate recessing to 4 to
day.
The appropriation bill of the House
similar In nearly all particulars to that
t passed by that branch in regular sest
slon was Introduced. Delegate llall
i made a speech In which he asked the
House to exercise common sense In
considering the bill.
Senator Rosenbloom addressed the
Senate saying that it Is becoming more
evident that the possibility of the two
r bouses agreeing; on tbe appropriation
bill is vanishing. He called attention
to what he called active leadership
against the appropriation or any mon3
ey that Is in due course coming into
3 possession of the state and that if that
r money is seized on by any creditor of
3 the state it will be necessary in the
f period of the ensuing year to raise an
equal amount in order that the busier
ncss of the state can be conducted and
I not allow any opportunity, if the Virginia
debt judgment is sustained, to
meet the judgment, because practically
at least one-halt of it will bo lmmeditaoly
available to the Suprome court
a to attach as the property of the state
a and unexpended. Senator Fox replied
i that no Buch leadership is exercised
t by the Democrats.
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5 IRON WORKS BOMBED.
r LONDON, Feb. 28.? British aero,
i planes made a raid over German terrl1
tory Sunday attacking the iron works
i- near Saarbruescken in Rhenish Prussia
pbout 50 miles beyond the border.
est Virginian's Popul
n com
id When Bridge
iver Gives Way
The dead are:
Charlee Mitchell, of Clemtown, Barjour
county.
Scott Brown, eon of George Brown,
it Grafton.
H. Bennett, of Taylor county.
William and Lewis Martin, of Thornton.
The other two escaped with slight
Injuries.
The river Is being dragged for miles
below the scene of the accident for
the bodies which have not yet been
recovered.
UUnUHLOO OIILL
IHHHillVEH
AMERICAN m
House Foreign Relations
Committee Reports Unsatisfactory
Bill.
MORE FlUBiEfl TALK
Prospects for An Extra Session
More Promising
Today.
_______
(By Associated Press)
WASHINGTON, D. C., Feb. 28.?
The situation In Congress fell Into a
tangle again today and the prospects
that jtjipr# would be no extra session
were rift so promising as last night.
The House Foreign Affairs committee
reported the bill to empower'the
^protect, American rights
against the German submarine menace, but
with changes which' are Unwelcome .
to the administration.
It declined to make provision for tho f
President to use "other lnstrumentall- I
ties" which he desired and prohibited
giving government war insurance to
ammunition ships.
The bill reported yesterday by the
Senate Foreign Affairs committee is
practically agreeable to the President.
The two measures may be reconciled
in some way although the Presi- I
dent has given notice that he expects
no material changes.
Prospects of a Republican filibuster
loomed up again in the Senate.
Senators who today began to insist
upon "free and full" discussion of all
measures openly assert that the reason
for their course is to force an extra ses- P
sion of Congress. 1<
The major part of the Republican op- F
position apparently does not lie against b
the bill to grant the President broau a
powers to deal with the submarine sit- li
uation although there are probably a p
half dozen senators on the minority s
side opposed to it either in principle or p
because they regarded it as too sweep- r
ing in character.
? . li
Significant Orders
For Civilian Police I
i]
CUy Associated Press)
NEW YORK. Feb; 28. ? The New t
York civilian police force organized at h
the time of the Lusltanla crlBis received
orders today describing their
duties in case of an emergency making |
It necessary for them to servo. I
The organization numbers, 15.000 and I
is known as the Home Office League. I
The members were told to report at
their precinct police station carrying
night sticks and emergency rations.
They will serve four hour shifts
mainly at night.
1 (
City Hall Notes
Removing the snow from the city
streets is a good job which yesterday
afternoon was not anticipated by the
city street department officials. The c
men figured on getting ready to do B
HnmA nnvinir nrtri tn finiah nut thn loh *
of beautifying the city's thorough- y
fares and were looking forward to t
the dayB when they could eat their c
lunches at high noon while sitting un- t
der the leaf covered trees. But the t
removal of the snow has to be done
and gangs of men have heen put to c
work clearing the bridges and keeping ii
the sowers open. 1
Because the bonds for the city brld- e
gea are being held up |t was decided t
at the city hall to allow David Dean s
and Domlnlck Castillucl build .' the
bridges. The commissioners who have
learned more about bridges In the past
few months than any bridge builder t
ever knew will lend their aid to the o
project. David will collect the money I
from the city and pay the mon ofT, i
Domintck will do the work. t'
arity is Due to the
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BRITISH VESSELS
inland Arrives Safely And
Brings This News to
the U. S.
NEW YORK, Feb. 28.?Reports that C
asHonger traffic on all British vessels I
ajivlncr PntrloniO for Amnolon -"<1 I
'ranee has been suspected were
rought here today by passengers who
rrlved on the steamship Finland the
ist American line boat to leave Liverool
and the third unit ot this fleet to
aid from that port after the Germans
iroclamation of unrestricted submaino
warfare. ,
The American line steamship Fin- "
sad which arrived today left Liveriool
at 1 a. m. February 18, with all
Ights out and for 58 hours, persons on E
lonrd, said, the tension among the
lassengers was acute, few of them takag
off their clothes in fear ot the Geraan
submarine peril.
At tho end of that time, they said,
he tension relaxed. The Finland
rought 170 passengers.
lURDERCiMITIEO
IN A COURT HOUSE
d
v r% m a
sne man ueaa, Anotner is
Dying And Two People
Are Wounded.
(By Associated Press)
NASHVILLE. Tenn., Feb. 28.?E. 1
S. Tompkins was killed,- Will Hoff- T
tetter fatally shot, and Jim Hotfstet- B
or and Mrs. W. A. Bevlngton were 1
rounded In the Davidson county court 11
louse today at trial of a cdse in clr- t
ult court In which Tompkins Is suing 1
he Hoffstetters for alleged aleina- i
Ion of his wife's affections. '
The case was postponed today be- 1
ause of Tompkins' council withdraw- t
ag. As the party left, the court room
t Is alleged Tompkins drew a pistol
nd opened fire. The persons lnvolv- J
:d are farmers and live near Donation.
BRITISH CASUALTIES.
LONDON. Feb. 38?BrittBh casualles
during February reached a total i
f 1,243 officers and 17,185 men. The (
February figures for British casualties t
ihow a total but little more than half '
bat for January. !
Fact That it is a jR
Miiiii
NG HELI
MED NEUTRALIT
b* HlW'ipj n^'i*>?l*>'m'<li
IfttTISH ARMY I
AGAIN THREATENS
CITY OFBAGDAD'
)ne of the Gun Boats Lost to
The Turks in 1915 Has b
Been Recaptured. ?
p
ei
The British are rapidly pushing way
p the Tigris river toward Bagdad. J1
Today's otticial statement from Lou- lr
on on the Tigris operation show that n
ifter forcing the Turks from Kut-el- 81
tmara General Maud's forces have ?
ursued the Ottoman troops more than G
0 miles west and northwest of Kut.
mi. I., s 11 ? ? ~e n
i inn uiun.iuua uu ttuvaiict; ui suiuu
.5 miles since the last report but ?
ilaccs the British not more than 75
nlles in an air line from Bagdad, "
heir objective. cl
In their first expedition, made in
915, the British were within 18 miles
if Bagdad but were forced to retreat ri
o Kutel-el-Amara after defeat at Ctesi- '<
ihon their nearest point of approach. 81
In the retreat from Cteslphon the
iritlsh were forced to surrender two 8
tun boats but the British officially "
eport of today announces that one of D
he gun boats, the Firefly, which 1b a ?
155-ton vessel, has been recaptured. 1
lapture of one Turkish vessel and the P
estruCtion of another Is reported, "
*
American Marines (
Are Landed in Cuba .
(By Associated Press)
WASHINGTON, D. C? Feb. 28.?
'wo squads of American blue jackets
rare sent from the American naval I
tatlon at Caimanera. Cuba, Into the
own of Guantanamo Monday to quell
. small riot and protect foreigners and
heir property if it became necessary,
teports received at the Navy departnent
today said order was restored
vithoiit violence and unless there is a
ecurrence of the trouble the blue jack- ,,
its will be withdrawn. ^
Amha.Rsn dnv fi-Avnrrl a
Has Sailed for Homej^
i d
(By Assoclntcd Press) I a
OOItUNNA, Spain, Feb. 28,?James ! a
iV. Gerard, former American ambassa-' A
lor at BerKn, soiled today on the | tl
iteamshlp Infanta Isobel for Havana.' tl
rhe steamer is cxpectod to reach thatj
port March 8 or 9. I e
eal Newspaper-- No
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DIN GE
? Hi
^ ..jfe !?
" ^ II
|b
.sTOww *5 11.
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iinMfl
NOI SINK THE Ul|;
i i<
11
Vas Either German or Tur- c
kish Boat Penfield Re- b
ports.
F
<By Associated Press)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2S,?It has ! jj
een officially established that the | .
merican sailing schooner Lyman M.
aw was not sunk by an Austro-Hun- j
irian submarine. It had been presum- J
1 that the Law was destroyed by [
ustrian submarine because she was J
alted on her way to Palermo, Italy,
t a region It was thought there were
o German U-boats. The submarine (
Itowed no marks of identv and it is I
ssumed that she must have been
erman or possible Turkish.
Ambassador Penfield at Vienna caIcd
this report today In response to
iqulriea from Secretary Lansing.
The law was sunk according to of- (
rial dispatches, by a bomb after Us t
rew had been under shelirire. t
LONDON. Feb. ?8.?'The Austrian t
sply to the American note In regard c
i the submarine Issue will be handed, [
dortly to the United States ambassa- I
Dr and will probably endorse the po- I
ition of Germany according to a 1
outer Amsterdam dispatch quoting a e
erlln telegram to the Weser Zeitung t
f Bremen. The telegram says that i
he Vienna government clearly ex- I
reused the view that there is no turn- c
lg back for the-Central powers. e
jREA T COLDL
INTERS ON St
t is Easy to Become Interesl
Sure to Be Rewardec
I That Is
One week ago last night The West 11
'Irglnlan announoad to the public a | e
reat Golden Festival, <n which It was t
roposed to give away to the public c
small fortune In Gold. In this an^ 1
ouncenient awards ranging all the (
ay from one thousand dollars, which I
! the highest Award, to twenty-ftve t
ollars In gold^tere detailed. As this t
nnouncement stated, these valuable e
wards are to be given on the 14th of r
.prll to the ton people who will secure c
lie most votes between now and that 1
Ime. i
The,awardB are vjry carefully dlvld-11
d and plans made so that everyone!
Outside Interests C
RMANY
IELAY AT HAVANA 1
IFGERMANGONSOL
ilVEH AS EXCUSE
farrow dale Men Are Alsi
Held by the German
Authorities.
WO NOTESFROM BERLIN j
loth Indicate That American
Officials are Held
as Hostages.
(By Associated Press)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28?Ftml
.mcrlcun consuls are being detained
1 Germany while the Berlin govern'
lent awaits official advices that all
erman consuls In this country order
d to Central and South America have
een permitted to proceed.
The German government action If
ased on circumstances which through
o concern of the t'nitpd States defined
Consul Mueller at Havana, Cua,
while he was on his way from Atinta
to Quito, Ecuador. ,
The American consuls detained Is
iermany are Consul Henry C. Damm
ransferred from Achcn to Hjarput,
'urkey; consul John Q. Wood, transerred
from Chemnitz to Messina, vlcf
onsul W. Bruce Wallace, transferred
nd vice consul Q. Inness Brown transerred
from Mannheim to Constant!
ujnr,
Two notes have been received from
he German government on the sub- , 4
act; the first a week ago charging
hat fho United Statos had detained
tu&llor'at Ha<faha and the second to- m
ay asking for a reply to the flret and J7
lso containing a statement of charg- "
s that American consuls and their
rives departing from Germany have
ieen subjected to indignities.
This added that as soon as Mueller
ad been allowed to proceed the Amer
can consuls could go on. ;
That the German government hat tia*
icen informed regarding consul Mueler
and other German consuls former
y stationed in the United States li
ertain.. The departure of none bar
een hindered by this government
Yarrowdale Men Still Held.
BERLIN. Feb. 26?(Via Sayvllle,
'cb. 27?The release of the American
irlsoners brought to Germany on the
teamcr Yarrowdale although ordered
ome time ago says the Overseas News
igency, cannot bo carried out for the
nnment, an an infectious disease has
men discovered at the place of their
esldencc, which has been quarantlnid.
The American citizens, it is an
lounced are safe and well. $i??
Soy Beans Will Be
Popular 1917 Crop
Marlon county farmers, according to
toun'y Agent 11. L. Smith, will go In
his year for intensive rather than excnslve
farming and It Is not antlclpatid
that there will be any increase In
he areas under cultivation. This Is
lue to the fact that the large wages
mid by others are attracting men away
rom the farms and making it almost
mpossible for farmers to secure hired
lelp. Crops used for the feeding of
itock will be the principal things cultlrated
and already unusually large
imounts of soy beans, which are the .'-jj
test for this purpose, have been purihased
for seed by the farmers of this
W FESTIVAL ]
XOND WEEK fj
["All in T4 A *1*1 flffllMv Ama U(
uvu lu Ab zxnu J3TOTJ Vlic AD
I for All the Work
rho might take part would have the
ame equal chance of securing the
housand dollars or any one of the
ther ten awards of definite value, to
ie made. To this end, the territory
overed by The West Virginian haa i,
ieeu divided Into two districts. All
he city of Fairmont Is known as <Usrict
one, while all the territory outide
the city of Fairmont is known
.s district two. This is simply for tho
onvenience of making the awards and las
nothing to do with the candidate's
fork of securing votes, In any way.
Co matter where you may live, wheth(Continued
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