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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR, NO. 21
Tj slateH OCKAT. Entered at the Post Office, Mineral Point, Wis., as second class matter. Subscription Price, 3J51-&0 per year in Advance. Published Every Thursday by CRAWFORD BROS. Charles Burgliardt, Manager, GEORGE CRAWFORD Contributing Editor. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1922 THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. Let the spirit of peace and good fellowship continue throughout the year and all will be well. There is work to be done and services to be performed. Let us do our parts bravely and well. AN INCORRECT RUMOR. We are glad to report that the ru mor that T. M. Priestley is about to remove from Mineral Point has no foundation in fact. He has formed a partnership with Vroman Mason of Madison for the general practice of law, but his offices here will remain open as usual, and he will be in Min eral Point a large part of each week. We could ill afford to loss so good a citizen as Mr. Priestley. GET TOGETHER; WORK TOGETHER. A citizen who has the welfare of Mineral Point at heart recently said to the writer that Mineral Point’s greatest need for the coming year is for the people to get together, under stand each other, and work together for advancement. If such a purpose is carried out all will be well with our good old 'city. Let us get to gether, and pull together for the ac complishment of every worthy pro ject. PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY. Thg Legion boys of Mineral Point have given us an object lesson in practical Christianity that all should “read, mark, learn and inwardly di gest.” In extending good cheer and good will to all our people by the erection of a beautiful Community Christmas Tree. They exemplified the spirit which prevailed among American soldiers “over there” dur ing the world war, when differences in politics, in religion and other mat ters were forgotten and the purpose was service for each other and for all mankind. GOOD TRADE AND GOOD CHEER. Mineral Point has enjoyed a large holiday trade. The business houses of the city were well stocked with goods suitable for the season, and very many of the displays were beautiful to behold. Good cheer pre vailed. The injunction to mail early was generally observed. The receipts at the post office exceeded- the re ceipts of any former holiday season. There was no great rush just before Christmas day. It is a fact worthy of note that nearly every parcel pre sented for mailing was securely wrapped and properly addressed. A TIMELY SUBJECT. On page two of today’s paper we print from Hoard’s Dairyman an art icle to which The Democrat recently called attention. It is entitled “From Stone Fences to Alfalfa,” and was written by Prof. Lawrence Gra ber of the Agricultural department of the University of Wisconsin. The article deal with a subject which is of the utmost importance to the peo ple of southwestern Wisconsin. It is clearly shown that the old or der of farming has changed, and that dairying, and not grain growing, is what our land owners must now en gage in for profit and prosperity. Canada thistles in many places have become a menace to farmers, and the necessity of fighting these pests by growing of alfalfa is pointed out, as is also the importance of the use of lime to fit the soil for growing alfal fa. The lowa County Democrat OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. Fennimore Times: With a pang of regret we note the passing of former governor J. O. Davidson. “Jim”, as everybody called him, was a “good jfcout,” honest as the day was long, and typical of the hardy, industrious and persevering Norwegian race, from which he sprang. Sincerity, the great Norwegian characteric, marked his private and public life. Heroes of Life. The Milwaukee Journal; Out standing events tell the world of most of its heroes, and it enjoys ac claiming them, even sometimes re warding them. But now and then there is a search for a hero that re sults in recognizing some of those priceless virtues by which the world struggles upward. To such a hero — a heroine, as it happens—a French newspaper has just awarded a prize of 40,000 francs as the result of a contest to find the most worthy girl. This is her simple story:* When she was 12 her mother died, leaving her with six younger brothers and sisters. In some way she managed the house and kept on at school as her father insisted she should. But when she was 16, he fell in the ser vice of his country. For over there few men were exempt because of fam ily necessity. She was 18 then, and since then she has kept the family together, cared for a sister suffering from tuberculosis, helped another sister get a schooling which has given her more pay than the little mother herself earns, taken up the slack when a brother who had begun to help was called for military service. She has kept together a family of six until they are old enough to take care of themselves and be useful members of society and good citizens of their country. It is a quiet story. There are no high lights, no heroic moments or deeds of spontaneous bravery, why, there must have been a thousand, 10,000 girls who have done some thing very like this. There have been and there are. That is why it is a good thing that recognition coming to just one such girl should remind the world who its heroes are.' 29,671 Samples of Seeds Tested By Department. During the fiscal year 1922, the seed-testing laboratories of the Bur eau of Plant Industry, United States Department of Agriculture, received and examined 29,671 samples of seeds. Of these 17,100 came to the laboratory at Washington, and 12,- 571 to the five branch seed-testing laboratories maintained in co-opera tion with the State institutions. These samples represent both veg etable and field seeds from farmers, seed dealers, and investigators, to whom reports of analyses were sent, showing the presence of weed seeds and worthless material, or the germ ination, or both, as requested. Though this service the work of the seed-testing laboratories is immed iately applied to practical agricul ture. A total of 5,962 samples of vege table seeds was purchased and tested for germination, and the results of these tests will be published. Some of these seeds —garden peas—were also grown in the field for trveness to name. Sweet-corn samples are be ing grown for field stands and obser vation as to the presence of disease. School Entertainment. % C. A. Spencer of DodgevUle, teach er at Burrough school two miles west of this city and pupils had a Christ mas tree and entertainment at the school Friday evening. A splendid program was rendered. The event was a much enjoyed. Red Cross Drive. Red Cross Membership Drive will be put on early in January. Help the Red Cross to continue as an or ganization in your city. You can do this by being a member. Family Gathering. A joyous family gathering was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sieger Christmas and a bounte ous dinner served. Among those present were,* Mr. and Mrs. Nels Holm and Eddie Fine of South Mil waukee, Fred Quier of Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Correll and daugh ter of Linden, Eddie Harris of Dodgeville Mr. and Mrs. George Eck stein and son John of this city. Fifty Wisconsin telephone men, from 14 cities, recently attended ten lectures on the radiophone given for them at the University of Wisconsin. MINERAL POINT, WIS., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1922 Community Christmas Tree Provided by the American Legion Symbolizing Peace and Good Will On Friday, December 22, a beauti ful evergreen tree about thirty-five feet high was placed in the center of the space formed by the intersection of High and Chestnut streets. When surmounted by a star and lighted by electricity with bright colored globes the tree was indeed beautiful and a delight to young and old. On Sunday, (Christmas Eve) at 5 p, m. the Mineral Point Band with singers from the different churches and a great many people gathered there to celebrate the birth of Him who came to be our Savior, by sing ing many of the familiar carols so dear to the hearts of Christian peo ple. Among the carols sung were: Joy to the World, While Shepherds watched their flocks by night; O little town of Bethlehem; O come all ye faithful; Silent night, Holy night; A GLAD NEW YEAR It is the sincere wish of The Democrat that every one of its readers may have a prosperous and glad New Year. Nineteen hundred and twenty-three is about to dawn upon us, with its privileges, its duties, and its re sponsibilities, which we should meet with hopeful and stout hearts. As we play well our parts in the great drama of life so will our happiness, so will our strength be. The first duty at hand is to work and to live in friendship and good will with those about us. The world needs World-builders, and each community needs community-builders. As embodying good thoughts and good purpose for the new year, we reprint the fol lowing verses written by Sam Walter Foss: / . THE HOUSE BY THE S|DE OF THE ROAD. i. ... ‘‘He was a triend of man, and lived in a house by the side of the road.” —Homer. \ There are hermit souls that live withdrawn In the peace of their self-content There are souls, like stars, that dwell apart, In a fellowless firmaipent; There are pioneer spjuls &*kt blaze their paths Where the highways never ran; But let me liVe in a house by the side of the road • And be a friend to man. Let me live in a house by the side of the road, Where the race of men go by— The men who are good, and the men who are bad, As good and as bad as I. I would not sit in the Scorner’s seat, ' Or hurl the cynic’s ban; Let me live in a house by the side of the road And be a friend to man. I see from my house by the side of the road. By the side of the highway of life, The men who press with the ardor of hope, The men who are faint with the strife, But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tears— Both parts of an infinite plan; Let me live in my house by the side of the road. And be a friend to man. I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead, And mountains of wearisome height. That the road passes on through the long afternoon. And stretches away to the night, But still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice, And weep with the strangers that moan, Nor live in my house by the side of the road Like a man who dwells alone. / Let me live in my house by the side of the road, Where the race of men go by— They are good, they are bad, they are yeak, they are strong, Wise, foolish—so am I. Then why should I sit in the scorner’s seat, Or hurl the cynic’s ban Let me live id my house by the side of the road And be a friend to man. J. J. Eulberg Passes Away at Portage. Dodgeville Chronicle: J. J. Eul berg of Portage, passed away at his home in that city Friday, December 15th, age 61. Jake (as he was known by his boyhood friends) was born at Mineral Point, moving to Dodgeville when quite young, pass ing through the public schools here. He moved with his father, %.dam Eul berg, to Portage in 1884, living there ever since. He was a very prominent and highly respected bus iness man in that city, being a mem ber of the Catholic Order of Forrest ers and of the lodge of Elks. Mr. Eulberg will be remembered by many of the olden" residents of Dodgeville. Home furnishing and decoration was recently studied by 150 women in Wisconsin cities through classes furnished by the State University Extension division. All honor is due to the* members of the Homer and Lee Parkinson Post, American Legion, for the plan ning and carrying out of the idea of this Community Christmas Tree. Public Service company gladly saw to the lighting and any help needed was willingly donated. It is indeed gratifying in this time which we sometimes think so far re moved from peace and good will that among those who as scarcely more than boys served their country there are those who returned as men with! I high . ideals. From men of high ideals the United States of America may well take courage and go for ward. To some few the Community Tree may not seem a great thing. To others it is the outward and visible evidence of an ever spreading desire 1 for That which is best and true. Red Cross Contributions Acknowledged. Miss Mary Healy has received the following l:rom Washington, D. C.: “This will acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of your generous contribution of miscellaneous cloth ing for Athens, Dec. 13. The mater ial will be forwarded on the next available sailing. Cordially yours, B. A. HARLAN, Business Mgr. Platteville DeMolay Chapter Organized. The Witness: The Platteville De- Molay Chapter, R. A. M., No 2, Platteville, was organized Wednesday evening at Madison. The degrees conferred by DeMolay Chapter of the later place, the initiates being be tween 16 and 21 years of age. Yon will flu* it In the Want Column, Col. Marshall's Body Found.. The Marshall-Webber Plane Fell in Arizona. A dispatch from San Francisco, dated Dec. 21, brought the sad intell igence of the finding of charred bod ies of the missing aviators, Col. Francis C. Marshall and Lieut. Charles Webber, have been found in the Pablo canyon reservation, about seventy-five miles west of Tucson, Ari., the Southern Pacific railroad offices here were advised this after noon in dispatches from Tucson. A cowboy, the advices stated, came upon the bodies near what is known as Indian oasis. The bodies, lay in the wreckage of the flyers’ airplane. It is not known whether Col. Mar shall and Lieut. Webber were killed when they crashed to earth or burn ed lo death after falling. The message to the Southern Paci fic said: “Some cowboy found those two aviators near Indian oasis. Both apparently were burned to death. About seventy-five miles southwest of Tucson on Papago reservation. No railroad there. It is on a wagon track. Suppose airplane fell to ground and burned to death.” Indian Brings in Report. Up to a late hour there was no con firmation of the report of the finding of the wrecked airplane and charred bodies of the missing officers, but the report was brought by an Indian late last night that the smashed plane had been found. According to the Indian’s story the plane apparently fell in a nose dive, the nose of the plane being stuck straight into the ground, with such framework as remained unburned, standing straight in the air. The partially burned body of one of the flyers was located under the wreck age, but no attempt was by the Indian to identify it. Col. Frank C. Marshall was quite well known here. He was born in Darlington, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George A. Marshall, high ly esteemed residents of that city. He was an army officer who had won distinction by merit. His sudden and apalling death is mourned by very many friends. “Windmills of Holland.” “Windmills of Holland,” a quaint and picturesque operetta, recently given by the local high school was written by a Californian and dedica ted to the musical department of the Union High School of Sequora, Cali fornia, ten years ago, “the music be ing especially fitted to high schools.” So popular is this operetta that it has been given by most of the high schools of California and the other coast states and is now one of the most popular productions among high schools through out the United States. Miss Rufsvold is to be congratulat ed on having chosen this well known production for our local high school and on the credible manner in which it was given, all members of the cast having acquitted themselves well. The quaint Dutch costumes and the windmill song with which the operetta opened and closed were es pecially pleasing. It is unfortunate that on account of the cold weather and the nearness to the holidays the production was not better patroniz ed. Janesville High School is to give this operetta on January 15. Received Nearly S6OO for Turkeys. Richland Democrat: were not scarce on the farm of Vivian Ewers, over on Mill creek, and evi dently were a fair remunerative part of the farm's product during the past season. Mr. Ewers brought over a load of these holiday dinner table delicacies on Monday for which the buyer, O. J. Campbell exchanged a check which called for close to S6OO. A Cleverly Managed Affair. Blanchardville Blade: Avery cleverly managed affair was the im personation of the people of Blanch ardville going to school here about twenty years ago held at the High School Monday evening. The mem bers taking part were students in the High school and were very ably assisted by the faculty. * VOICE OF THE PEOPLE * The Operetta that was given at the Municipal Theatre was well rendered notwithstanding the Democrat's Mu sical critic, and showed future talent that we may be proud of; and no doubt was accomplished only through great efforts of Miss Rufsvold. Lets have more of this and less simple plays. A Booster. SI.BO PER YEAR IN ADVANCE WALD WICK George Bambrough spent the holidays with friends in Racine. Mr. and Mrs. William Ross were Mineral Point callers Monday. Harvey Uren spent the week-end at Henry Nygard’s near Darlington. Mike Cummings left Thursday to spend Xmas with his friends in Can-* ada. Rev. Supplee was a Mineral Point caller Tuesday. Kathryn Babcock of Freeport, 111., is visiting her grandfather, Mr. Geo* Reynolds. * Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Ball left Fri day for their home at Kearney, Nebr* Mrs. W. J. Tomlin of Madison, spent Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Teague. Jerry Humbert and family of Min eral Point, spent Friday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Hum bert. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Harker spent Sunday at Willard Proctor’s. The annual Sunday School meeting waa. held Sunday and the following officers elected: Supt., George Hum bert; Asst, supt., Wilmerth Ching; Sec’y, Mae Uren; Treas., Roy Teague Supt. cradle roll, Mina Reynolds; Supt, home department, Clara Buck ingham; Alberta Harker; Librarians, Rella Ferrell and Harvey Reynolds. Mrs. Stansmore Vivian of Barne veld spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. G. White. Wilmerth Ching and Tom Teague, were Mineral Point callers Friday, Mrs. James Wedlock of Mineral Point, is visiting her daughter, Mrs, Fred Ross. Mrs. Clara Buckingham and daugh ter Mildred, spent the week-end with Mr, and Mrs. Roy Buckingham. Dr. Ridley of Mineral Point, is car ing for Stephen Ferrell, who is very sick. Robert Darrow of Mineral Point, was a business caller here Tuesday. Mrs. Will Lambert and daughter Ethel of Minnesota, are here to visit her mother, Mrs. Fred Burgess, who is sick with pneumonia. John Crase of Jonesdale was a bus iness caller here Wednesday. „ Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gant arrived home Friday from a two months' vis it with friends at Wolf Point, Mont. Dorothy Terrill spent a few days with her friend, Mae Uren. Mrs. Byron Stevens and daughter Margaret, spent Christmas at the George Chandler home in Darlington Mr. and Mrs, Paul Meyers and fam ily, spent Christmas at Rev, Liml sley’s at Livingston. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Moore and family of Darlington, spent Sunday at J. C. Barker's. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Uren and Mina Reynolds, spent Wednesday at the Matt Uren home near Hollan dale. Peter McGlenn is spending the holidays with friends at Gratiot. PLEASANT VIEW Rev. Supplee preached a splendid Christmas sermon here Sunday morning. A number from here attended the entertainment and Christmas tree at Bethel, Saturday night. Miss Lewis' box social and enter tainment at the Broad school Fri day night was a success both socially and financially. Mr. and Mrs. John Kuskey and family, are spending the holidays with his people in the northern part of the state. Miss Albertson gave a Christmas tree and The Better Knowledge Lit erary society *gave a short program at the Sweet Clover school Friday afternoon. Miss Lucy DeMuth 'is home from MilwauAe much improved in health. Ray Jackson spent Sunday with his parents in Mineral Point. Charles Reynolds is on the sick list. Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Fitzsimons and family, spent Christmas day at the Charles Buckingham home near Jonesdale. Robert Dunn of Rewey was a re cent visitor at the Charles Dunn 'home. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Day enter tained on Christmas with a dinner. All the members of the family were present. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dunn and family and Mrs. Charles Dunn, Sr., spent Christmas at the Frank Dunn home near Rewey. Mr. and Mrs. Henry DeMuth and family, were entertained Christmas day at the James Regan home in Mineral Point. Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh James en tertained Christmas day with a din ner. All were present except Miss Veva who is in Dubuque.