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rilmt&c VOL.36. NO. 2. CALDWELL, IDAHO, FRIDAY, JANUARY 3^ 1919. WEEKLY; $2.00 PER YEAR. BUE «II CO. DIES BIG BUSINESS Union Stockyards Scene of Great Traductions in Cattle, Mules and Hogs—Total Figures Surprising. We wonder if the people of Caldwell aind vicinity have any idea of the busi nes' done at the Union Stock Yards during the course of a year. We won der if the have any idea of the money distributed by the Caldwell Horse & > Mule Co., in the conduct of their business. We imagine the figures will surprise most Caldwell people. Yesterday The Tribune asked F . *G S H offm an,'" s cc r e t ary %f* the"com nànv for the actual figures which for the actual figures which nànv for the actual figures which pany, for the actual figures which measure the business of the Cald\vell Horse & Mule company. Mr. Hoff man said: "The Caldwell Hors e & Mule com pany handled 600 cars of all kinds of cattle in lQlß'; 2S0 pure bred registered bulls, Shorthorns and Herefords; 1500 head of mules and 10,000 head of sheep. Some Hay Stack. "We bought 10,000 tons of hay this year and are right now feeding 2000 head of cattle at Caldwell, Nyssa, Ore gon, and Shoshone, Idaho. "During the year the Caldwell Horse & Mule Co., pan! out to the farmers and stockmen of southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon over two million dollars. Improvement« at Yards. "During the past year ^ie company li4S made improvements af'the Union Stock Yards to the value of $15,000 Of). The greatest improvement was the alfalfa meal mill with a daily capacity of 30 tons of alfalfa meal. Other im provements consist of sheds, pens, feed racks, and other necessary build ings." The cold figures furnished The Tri bune by Mr. Hoffman will give the people of Caldwell some idea of tb* magnitudejof the business pf the Cald well Horte & Mule Co. Great Cattle Market. Mr. John Smeed of this city is th moving spirit at the Union Stock Yards. He is a man of great energy and abiliay and handles and manages one of the greatest businesses of the kind.in fhe west. Mr. Smeel said: "The Caldwell Horse & Mule Co, proposes to establish, and will estab lish a permanent cattle market right here in Caldwell. We will deal ex clusively in the cattle business in the futur* Up to the present year we dealt exclusively in horses and mules but henceforth we will fcive our entire time and attention to d«a1ing irf cattle anf establishing a permanent cattle market at the stock yards. "I believe that the business /ve have done during the past y«?ar iusjtifies our plans for the future, and that the cat tle market which will be established in this city will he of the greatest value and assistance to the .stock industry and to farmers generally." Associated with Mr:- Smeed in the business are his brothers. Mr. Ross Smeed, Messrs. Robt Sundheimer. T. A.. Halev. F. G. Huffman and Bob Caiyin. These are ah4ut as wideawak» and up-tOüth^nninutc inen as yon will find in the stâte of Idajio. Mr. Smeed as manager, directs the entire busi ness but he has surrounded" himself with a buncK_ of assistants who know the business. thoroughly. Great Hog Business. Mr. Hoffman called our att^'ion to the fact that Messrs. Bjkcr. Ward and_ Herrington are doing a great hog business at the yards. During the past year these gentlemen paid to hog growers of this section of th.- countrv over $1,000.000 for hogs. They ship to all markets but mostly to Portland and Seattle. The good rtViilagement of Messrs. Baker, Ward and Herrington. in the opinion of both Mr. Smeed and Mr. Hoffman, has meant a great deal for the swiné industry of the Boise valley. They make a ready cash mar ket for hogs fver v day in the year. Death of Pioneer Woman M " ' ~ and died January 1st,-of kidncv trouble. Mrs Maxey was at the bedsifle of her daughter but Mr. Mnxrv wafctinstole to be there. Mrs. Stull came to Oildwell some 23 years ago hut for many years has not lived here. She it survived by her parents, three brothers, Will S. Claud and Rov Maxey; and hy five children. \wo bv her flmt husband, Dudley and Omtd Snyder, and three bv her second hus band. Anna, Harvey and Geneva. L»eatn ot Pioneer woman. 1rs. Maucj Stull, daughter of Mr Mrs. H. N, Mafxcy qf Caldwell, 1 at Stockton. Cal.,j at 12:15 a. m. Baasty Buvt Residence Mr. Glen Beattv. new Mounts^ S tates Telephone ft Teleirrarh irtnn ager, has purchased n residence in 1 Caldwell. He bought the Frank M. u Bovd residence on south si\th stri-«-t The consideration SHXKi The deal WW» made through the. Chappel real estate agency. \ McCall Marchant in City James Harris, merchant and con stable of McCall and mayor of I aVe port, is a business visitor in the city. Mr. Harris says its a little cold at Mc Call right now hut not much worse ^Jhan down here In the valley. Giwst of Miaa Twnpkint* Miss Viola Christenton of Minot North Dakota, arrived in Caldwell Wednesday night and will remain war. She will be the guest of Miss Pauline Tompkln*. HAS RAILROADS ANYTHING TO DO WITH APPENDICITIS? Never Was a Case in Long Valley Until Railroad Came—One Case Devrfoped at Once. Have railroads anything to do with appendicitis? Does the approach of a railroad train bring the dread afflic tion? Do the two travel together? Those questions are questions that should be studied by médical societies and physicians generally. Dr. G. E. Noggle who has returned to Caldwell, to practice medicine after an absence of IS years says that prior to the coming of the railroad a case of appendicitic was never known in Long Valley; and that hardly had the railroad reached Smith's Ferry than a case developed. Dr. Noggle prac ticed medicine in the Long Valley country for 10 years before the rail ro ® d ,lT T rive<1 1 a " d he ought î° know - Drj lNoggle does not attribute ap pendicitis to the railroads. He does not llaim that there is any relation ship Ibetween the two. He cites the facts! as curiosities only. Noggles Return to Caldwell. Dr. Noggle and family have re turned to Caldwell to live. They have lived in Long Valley for the past 15 years. Dr. Noggle states that with weather running from 10 to 30 de grees below zero the practice of medi cine in that section is no sinecure. He has opened offices in the Commer cial Bank building. Dr. Noggle and his estimable family are well" known to the people of this city and need no introduction. CALDWELL BOYS IN FRANCE SOON HOME U6th Engineers Among Units Desig nated for Early Return By General Pershing. General Pershing has designated the 116th Engineers as on of the units in the American army in France to be re turned home at an early date. The famous old Second Idaho was divided bet'ween the 116th Engineers and an artillery outfit. A great many Cald well boys are in the 116th Engineers. Company D, in particular of the 116th, is composed largely of men from this city and surrounding country. Tuesday the war department an nounced that General Pershing had designated additional units with a total strength of approximately 15,000 men for early convoy home. The 116th Engineers is one of these units. Many Caldwell Homfcs Happy. Many Caldwell homes were made happy New Year's day by the an nouncement of the early return of the 116th Engineers. At the time of going to press the Tribune was unable to get a complete list of the Caldwell men in this outfit but we hope to get such a list and publish it at an early date. * 1 ROSWELL * **.»j*********** + ** Mr.-and Mrs. Willard Robinson and little daughter Mariana, of Homedale and Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Hill, Miss McKenzie and Kenzie Robinson of Parma were guests Christmas day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Rob inson. Mr. find Mrs. M. R. Taylor and sons Holis and Kenneth spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Bain of Nampa. Guernsey Abbott, who is a student at the Oregon Agricultural College at Carvallis, is upending the holiday va cation with his aunt, Mrs. Leta Brown. Elwin Rockwood who has been for the past few months in eastern train ings camps, arrived home Friday, having received an honorable »Bs- 1 charge. , Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Dickerson and children spent Christinas at the A. L. Johns home. Mrs. A. J. Rockwood and son Chel sea who have ben ill with influenza are canvalescent. Word came Saturday that Omar Gleen, who had been severely wound ed in France, had died. Mrs. C. V. Cottier and children and Mrs. D. B. Grosvenor and children were guests Christmas at the F.. P. MeCormick home. Mrs. A. C. Johnson, Miss Fern Johnson and Ray Johnson of Sunny Slope were guests in the E. P. Me Cormick home Sunday. Mr. and Mrs, W. E. Gooilell and daughter Charlotte, returned home Saturday after spending two weeks in th home of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Dew hirst in Meridian, Prof. P. A. Murphy and H R Oliver of Caldwell visited in the G. L. Mc Cormlck home Monday. Miss Rttekncr and Miss Reese, who hive been having Flu. have returned home from the Parma hospital. Mr. and Mrs. G. I,. MeCormick spent Christmas in the home of Mr. and Mrs Frank Olmstead of Caldwell, Mrs. Ada Schweitzer has moved to Caldwell, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dutton of Port land and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Dutton of Nampa were New Year's day guests of Dr. and Mrs E. E, Dutton. Mrs. A. F. Canter and Miss Lisle Canter are spending the holidays in Caldwell, the guests of Mr. and Mrs C. G. Baker. City and County Intelligence Mrs, Becktold was a Boise visitor Monday. Stationery at Laughlin's Jewelry Store. Judge Ed. L. Bryan was a Boise visitor Monday. Wrist Watches at Laughlin's Jewelry Store. Mrs. John Cotton of Midway was a Caldwell visitor Tuesday. A. E. Hall of Nampa was a business visitor in the city Monday. Take your sick watches and clocks to Laughlin, the jeweler. Austin Bissitt of Jordan Valley was in Caldwell the first of the week. Judge G. T. Moore of Nampa was a business visitor in the city Monday. Judge Curtis Haydon was at Boise Monday looking after legal business. E. C. Curtis left for Willows, Calif., to spend the winter_with Mrs. Byron Frost. Presley F. Home was at Boise Fri day last on business of the I. O. O. F. lodge. F. R. Miller has returned from the east. He states he had a most pleas ant trip. Mr. and Mrs. Boyd of Fargo were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Shook New Year's day. J. J. Gilgan of Watertown, N. Y., spent the holidays with his sister, M. E. Sarchet. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. William B. Akers Sunday, De cember 29. Hon. R. S. Madden, private secre tary to Governor Alexander, was in the city Saturday. A marriage license was issued Sat urday to Elza Pulliurn and Miss Dorris Imlay of Parma. Mrs. C. W. Dresser of Kuna is in the city. She is a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Dresser. W. H. Harrington and Miss Lenora Tighes. both of Caldwell, were mar ried Monday afternoon by Probate Judge Edgar Meek. A marriage license was issued Mon day to G. B. Stone and Miss Ca>roline Hastings of Nampa. C. R. Shaw, pioneer lumber dealer of Caldwell, was in the city from Boise on business Monday. All Hats go regardless of cost, to make room for spring stock. M. E. Gilgan-Sarchet, below Saratoga. Mrs. L. H. Burns spent Saturday and Sunda3 r at Sunny Slope, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. AI Schaffer. Arthur Fry and sons and U. Spear of the Lake Lo-well section were busi ness visitors in the city Monday. All Hats go regardless of cost, to make room for spring stock. M. E. Gilgan-Sarchet, below Saratoga. Jas. Barber, a student at the Uni versity of Idaho training camp, is in the city, a guest of H W. Dorman, Jr. All Hats go regardless of cost, to make room for spring stock. M. E. Gilgan-Sarchet, below Saratoga. Miss Dorothy and Master Trow bridge Sebree left yesterday for San Diego where they are attending school. Foster Bissitt left for Montpelier Monday evening after spending Christmas in Caldwell with Mrs. James Bissitt and Miss Lalia Bissitt. Enos Campbell left Tuesday even ing for Camp Lewis. He had been hom e on a furlough and visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Camp bell. Frederick Red'way, a student at the University of Washington, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Redway, was a guest of Mr, and Mrs. Redway and Sir. and Mrs. J. G. Flynn New S 'car 's day. Mr. and Mrs. Hartzcl! have moved to Caldwell from Nampa. Mr. llart zcll is a carpenter b ytradc. They have sccurcd the cottage on Everett street formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Burns. A suit for divorce was filed in the district court Monday afternoon by Oliver F. Mason against Rachael Mason. The papers were at once withdrawn from the files. The grounds of action are unknown. A marriage license was issued Tues day to V. L. Deaton and Beatrice Nordyke, both of Greenleaf. A mar riage license was issued the same day to Telford II. Window and Ula E. Tucker, both of Greenleaf. Mr. and Mrs. Archie Bissitt re turned to their home at Salt Lake City Saturday after spending the Chirst maa holidays in Caldwell, the guests of Mr. Bissitt's mother and sister, Mrs. James Bissitt and Miss Lalia Bissitt. Marriage licenses were issued Mon ray to G. B. Stone and Caroline Hast ings, both of Nampa: and \V. H. Har rington and Lenora Hughes, both of Caldwell. Miss Hughes and Mr. Har rington were married immediately at the court house, Judge Edgar Meek, officiating. Miss Florence Hoffman returned Tuesday evening from Sioux City, Iowa, where she had been since Octo ber. Miss Hoffman was employed in the Sioux Citv bank that Mr. F. G, Hoffman left when he came west. She has accepted a position as stenograph er for County Prosecuting Attorney elect, Curtis Haydon. FOUND—Bunch of keys. Owner can have same by paying for this ad vertisement. 1-3 Strained honey for sale. Palm Con fectionary. Miss Orabelle Raymond, who had a snug ease of Flu in November is once again perfectly restored and anxious for the Parma cshools to start on the 6th. Miss Iva Raymond is keeping house for Mrs. Hart's tots in the Rico home on Canyon Hill and Mrs. Rice has been for five weeks caring for Mrs. Hart in her tussle with the Flu. If there arc any children in Caldwell who were overlooked entirely at Christmas time, it is desired that some body report their names at once to Mrs. B. W. Rice. If any families are not tolerable during this cold weather, report them also. Trappers are catching many Musk rats along the sloughs and ditches from the Boise river. A few sljeep pelts with the brands cut off have ben drifting into the markets, and the cinches are being prepared for the next bunch. Boise river has not yet closed over solid, but the skating is good around th c edges, whore scores of the young folks are having a good time. Old timers a<re tolling us that this weather I will continue up to the 20th of Jan I uar v when a season of rain will carry ! us up to the middle of Fabruary and j then spring loom with all its Idaho ! glory. ! C. B. Ross left Tuesday night for ! Pocatello where he was called by the i serious illness of his father, John M. Ross. John M. Ross is one of the j oldes pioneers of the Boise Valley. He I packed into the Boise basin in 1863. j He lived in Boise for a number of years and then located at Star. Mr. j Ross was born in New York, Septem jber 13, 1833. ' Funeral services were held Tuesday ! afternoon at Canyon Hill cemetery for P. D. Sasser, Jr., who died Monday of Spanish influenza. Mr. Sassar's home was at Emmett. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Sassar of Boise: his wife and two children: and two sisters. Mrs. R. A. ; Thornton of Caldwell, and Mrs. Don ald Merritt of Portland. Patrons of the Caldwell Lecture Course are notified that the next at traction will be the delayed appear ance of Ralph Bingham and his com pany. For 15 years Mr. Bingham has been considered the peer and probably the superior of and humorist on the ' American stage. In addition he is a splendid musician, and an impersona tor of ability. We feel that Mr. Bing ham's entertainment will be one of the best attractions to appeaT in Cald well for many a day. Remember the date. Thursday, January 9. The genuine esteem in which the Rev. W. A. Winters and family of the M. E. church are held by their people was plainly evidenced Monday, Dec. 22, when they were called over to the basement of the church. A long table filled with dressed chickens, canned fruit, jellies, vegetables, apples and oranges indicated that Santa Claus was unusually thoughtful and generous this year. The gifts and good wishes were very much appreciated by the pastor and his family who recently came to Caldwell from La Grande, Oregon. County treasurer-elect Hart has se lected Charles Oakes for her chief deputy during her term of office. Mrs. Hart has been in bed five weeks with weakness following the Flu. She will be able to take her office. Mr. Oakes has been employed in the court house for fifteen years in one capacity or other and is one of the very best n>c for the Parma schools to start on the her chief deputy are planning the pre liminaries at the present, and will step into the harness at thc right time. Mrs. Hart starts her public life with hope and alertness and will trive her responsible office her undivided at tention. When our soldier lads begun to go to France, the girls here figured that half of them would stay. There sprang up a nation-wide work of changing the minds of the boys. Soon it began to be evident that not more than a quar ter of the "soldiers would remain for ever in France. Later the wise heads figured that not more than ten per cent of them would marry the pretty French girls and stay among the vine clad hills and citron groves. Now one boy who has had an unusual and exceptional career in the navy and who is now ashore in Franc, living in a castle much of which was builded two thousand years since, and where Napoleon dined and wined and slept and where Dad Nelson anchored while his ships had the French fleet bot tled up. writes hi« folks that the good old U. S. beats it all. This lad is exploring old musty passages and tun nels in the castle and opening up nichs and corners never befor,- seen by any American. He says no French girls for him, but that he is coming back to Idaho and get him a pinto girl with red blood and a heart like thc engine of the Winson six, and with a cherry laugh and with eves like 'he Idaho sunrise and cheeks like the sunset, l't is thought now that fifteen hovs out of the million will re main in French territory. Community silver at a big reduction at Laughlin 's Jewelry Store. Flash lights at Laughlin Optical Co For straw, call 279 R 1. Mcnroe Dille. 1-3 I-10 NEW STATE OFFICERS TAKE CHARGE MONDAY ! Governor-elect Davis Returns From Governor's Conference—Confer ence Was Failure. Boise, Dec. 31.—The new state ad ministration will be inducted into of fice next Monday. The ceremony will be informal and brief. Governor-elect Davis has returned from the cast where he attended the conference of governors. There is no secret made of the fact that it was not a profitable session because cabinet officers from Washington monopol ized practically all the time and the governors were given little oppor tunity to discuss state matters. Wise Expenditures. Mr. Davis has been at work on his message, which, it is promised, will depart from the stereotyped linos of promise and visionary buncombe. Mr. Davis has some ideas of his own and it may be judged from conversations with him that they are to be strictly business-like. Not only talking econo my, he will suggest ways to bring about, but .not to an extent to impair a growing public service. His idea, as your correspondent gathers, is to give thc people a hun dred cents forth of service for every dollar spent and not to retard the state's development by a penurious policy. Official Family. Mr. Davis has been in consultation with other officers-elect, on appoint ments, but as yet no announcements have been made. All agreed that thc best men available should bo into the official family and serve the state. It is understood frequent consulta tions between state officers and be tween heads of department will be held—a sort of cabinet program—to produce team work. It is also stated that a departmental budget system is to be installed as a check against un nessary expenses and in order to have a ready record of accountability. SCHOOLS OPEN II Unless Unforseen Deveüopments Arise —178 Cases of Flu—Nine Deaths Is Record of the City. Unless something unforseen arises the schools of Caldwell will open again next Monday and remain open for the balance of the school term. Such was the statement of Superin tendent Clifford, Tuesday. The Flu epidemic is now under con trol in the city and the school board considers it safe to reopen the schools. Miss Ida Gowey, public school nurse, has made a thorough canvass of the city. There are now less than a dozen ases under quarantine. 178 Cases All Told. According to the report of Miss Gowey to the school board 178 cases of Spanish Influenza were reported and quarantined from the beginning of the epidemic to and including Monday last. There were nine deaths from influenza in this city and there are now eight cases under quarantine. This record, in the opinion of the school board, and present conditions warrants the reopening of school Monday next. ***************** + CANYON HILL + ***************** Mrs. A. B. Lewis was called to Salt Lake b v telegraph Friday. Her daugh ter and two grandchildren were seri ously ill with the Flu and tu>t expected to recover Mrs. Lewis «ft on the 7:23 train for Salt Lake, find A. B. is batching while Mrs. Lewis is away. Fred Myers and family are recover ing from the Flu. There were nine of the Myers family confined at Fred's home at one time. We hope fcr their speedy recovery. Roy Houdyshell is suffering with a severe cold, but is able to be up and around. Mr. Short and family arc all down with the Flu. D. B. Myers was down to the city Monday, paying his taxes. A. B. Lewis received a letter from Mrs. Lewis stating that one of her grandchildren had passed away. LINVILLE BAKER WRITES OF TRIP OVERSEAS Now in England—Visits Historical Places in Great Britain. Base Hospital 204, Hursley Hants, England (near Winchester). Dear Folks: It has been some time since I have written but 1 haven't had a word from home yet so I don't, know what to say. The Stars and Stripes says that we Can tell about our trip now, so I might tell you the way we came. When we were getting ready to leave Camp Lewis 1 heard that we were going straight across but I wasn 't sure of it. We were supposed to be going to Allentown, but instead we went to Camp Merritt. N. J. We crossed the Hudson on a ferry and were in New York City about a day. We left there on the Scandanavian— an English ship—in a convoy of 17 vessels, including an American cruiser. The convoy iig*agged all the way across and it took 11 days. North of Ireland we got to see the English CMELL ems HID Harold Foote Reports That Feed Was Greatly Enjoyed—Pick and Soveil Comments. "The non-commissioned officers in Company D are credited with having set the best table in Headquarters camp Thursday. They put on a menu that would make a man leave home, and invited their officers to eat with them. The big meal was made pos sible through the generosity of thc people of Caldwell, i'daho. the town from which most of the non-commis sioned officers of the organization come."—Pick and Shovel. The Pick and Shovel is published at A. P. O. 733, France, by the 116th Engineers. The Thanksgiving Menu. Harold Foote of Middleton sent his mother a copy of the Thanksgiving menu and also of the Pick and Shovel. Through courtesy of Mrs. Foot we are abl e to publish the above and the menu. Music. Music furnished by the 116th "Jazz Band" presenting Thomas and Jere miah—The boys with a "Kick." 116th Jazz Band— M. E., H. B. Brockman: Sgt. Charles G. Boise, Sgt. Joseph P. Ronning, Sgt. Joseph Glover, Sgt. Walter Klingman, Sgt. William H. H. Keen, Sgt. Otto Bar tosh, Cpl. Jack O'Brien, Cpl. John H. Jackman. "Liberty Bell" "Havancla" "Missippi Volunteers" "Army Blues" "Darktown Strutters Ball" "Uncle Sammy's Gals" "Homeward Bound" Committee— Ma« H. Gibbons, Harold E. Foote, Bruce L. Fleetwood. Menu. Oyster Stew Fruit Salad Venison Steaks Mashed Potatoes Brown Gravy Green Peas Celery Olives Bread Jam Coffee Pumpkin Pie Layer Cake Nuts Dates Figs Cigars sub-chasers give a U->boat a little chase. There was a ship sunk in the convoy ahead of ours, but no one was drowned. The vessel sunk on an is land off the coast. I met several of the boys at the mumps quarantine camp. They were from the south. The boys I met were taking a bath when the torpedo struck and got out with their hat, overcoat and shoes. They wouldn't take all the money in the U. S. for their experience. Our convoy went through the North Channel between Scotland and Ireland and the Scandanavian went up the Clyde river to Glasgok. Scotland. We were there about 30 hours and took the train for Winchester, stop ping for a short time at Carlisle and Oxford. At Winchester they dis covered that some of us had thc mumps and we were sent to the American quarantine camp near Hurs ley where we stayed about a month. The Americans were building â 4000 bed hospital near Harsley and I got transferred here to do some electrical work. The work has closed down now and we are preparing to go to France, Italy, Siberia, the north pole or some other place, maybe home, 1 don't know. When the Flu first started we had it pretty bad. but now there is hardly a case. Last Sunday I went up to Winches ter, which was the capital of England for over three hundred years, and took in some of the sights. The citv was started by the Romans, B. C.. and there is a well under the cathedral which was dug bv Caesar's nvn 56 B. C. Sividay before last I went to Southampton and was invited out to "tae." Don't you know? That night I ran across some Yank sailors and we started out to paint the town red and came darned near doing it. I had the satisfaction of finding out that one Yankee half stewd is as good as 17 Englishmen and two Irishmen. Of course. Dad won't believe this hut he hasn't seen 'cm perform. Southamp ton is the-port where nearly all of the troops leave Engla.nd for France. There is an old castle near Kursley that was built at the time of the Nor man conquest in 1066. There is also a monument near here built to the memory of a hors»- who with his rider fell into a chalk pit 25 feet deep and the next year won a famous race (1737V It sure has all the appear ances of being built before the revolu tion. Say, by the way, when 1 went to work the other day I got weighed and without a blouse on T weighed 172 lbs. That's a gain of 18 pounds since last August, and nine pounds more than I ever weighed. Every one seems to have gained and some of the boys as much as .30 pounds. I sent you and Dad and Gladys an Xmas present and I hope you know what yours is. I sent May a farthing for a souvenir and the rest of the kids a postcard euch. When 1' got my Xmas package coupon 1 forgot about mailing it till it was too late, but I don't care anyway. You can save my present until I get home. Well I have written about all the news, so I guess I will colse, hoping to hear from you soon. Yours with love, LIN.