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: Intelligencer; Published by the Intelligencer Publishing C?9UJ. j ^ TER1I8 FIB TEAS. BT MAIL IN ADVANCB. Daily. (? Daya Per Week). 1 nv J 8-30 , l>-aity. Six Uoclha .- S.SS I 1.63 l Dally. Three Month*... Daily. Three !>?}?? per Week... Ttailr Two Daja yer Wee* Dili 7. One Month Weekly. One Ye*r. In Adrxnoe. Weekly. Six Mentha 5.80 j 3.30 ! .33 1 1.00 .90 ; TELKPHONZ& Sdllorfil Room*? Bell S33 SdltorUI Roami ? Xatlocal....' 823 Counting IUhiid? Bell S&i Counting Bmiu National 822 Hie InteltUencer receive* both the day ud ul*ht ?tnlce of the Aaecelated Pre**. (THB INTELLIGENCES embracing II* aereral j editions. l? entered In the poetofflce *i Wheeling. W. Vi., u ?eeond-cUs* matter.) ? Wednesday, April 25, 1917. > DELAY GERMANY'S GAIN j Congress is wasting precious time 1 in discussing the selective draft meas- , ure. Those who are delaying the en- 1 actment or the hill are not only post poning the inevitable but exposing the country to actual danger. It will not; do to believe that we are going to have , a mere dress parade out of our en- J " trance into this war. There is going - to be fighting for some time to come j which will call for the participation of * our troops. America must prepare at ^ * once for a long war. This was thej " first advice given by Mr. Balfour and: ? the members of his party on their ar- j 1 rival in this country. The United; States faces supreme sacrifices. It. r may be years before victory comes, * especially if Russia fail3 the Entente Allies. In that event it will probably ? be necessary to call on America for i 5,000,000 men for the Western front. t Why do men in Congress hesitate in m the face of such obvious perils to hag '? gle and obtrude' their specious plea3 T for a system of enlistment that has been discredited by dear-bought expe - rience? - , Just what does Speaker Clark mean; ?when he declares that he wants toj "see the youth and flower of the coun-; ? try volunteer its. services and not be ; dragged into th?- army: not to fasten, the disgrace of a draft on a man wheni he wants to enlist voluntarily." Con-; scripttor. does not prevent volunteer- 1 ing. Mr. Clark is playing to the gal-j , leries. He. is dabbliug in sentiment | - when war is practical, one of the stern est of realities. It is true, as one dis- . * tinguished observer of the antics of j ' ^ some of these obstructionists points' out, that if conscription is defeated in j 7 Congress Germany will have won a ; signal victory: in fact, the greatest , victory of the war. Failure of conscrip-; tion in the "United States, from a stra-j getic viewpoint, would - bo of more ( value to Germany at the present time j than a Hindenburg drive against Pari?. , Failure of the conscription bill woijld i delay \ls two years in putting an effeo-. *?* tive army in the field. Such a failure j " might mean victory for Germany. i JUDGE JOHN W. MASON | In service to State and Nation Judge * John W. Mason gave tbe fullest meas-; * ure and the best years of his life, and I now he lies at hi? home in Fairmont at . the end of his journey pulseless, after j attaining to a few more years than die i allotted span of three score and tea. ! ? A's the young soldier, the educator, the - lawyer,' the jurist he brought to these * spheres of endeavor a sincere de-j votion and the highest Ideals. The; State is better off for his having lived ^ in it through the example of his striv- ; ing and the standards he observed in t his nrivate and public conduct, which ; w were irreproachable and unimpeach- ( able. His long tenure on the circuit', court bench was rounded out as a Su-.j preme Court Judge, and he brought to . these duties the tempered mercy of his ~ fine conception of justice. ? John W. Mason was a manly man, in 1 commanding stature as well as com-j . " roan dins: virtues. Hock firm for the !- right against wrong as he was given! the vision, he was gentle and sympa-; thetlc with those in distress. His j wholesome heartiness, the simplicity ? of his heart won for him the confi-l dence and love of all who came within the influence of his delightful human companionship and a personality that r melted the most reserved of mankind. ; The Republican party owes him. much for his faithful adherence to its : tenets during the lean years and its ^ early struggles in this State. His was ; a loyalty without a shadow of turning. ; He was a strong figure in the days of j his political activity, and when he withdrew from the turmoils and exac-j ' tions of party service he came away j with clean hands and a clear con-j science. In his death West \lrginiaj loses one of her most, distinguished; sons and Christian manhood one ofi * its noblest exemplars. , THE GERMAN AMBITION No more can Germany flutter the al leged" expedient which she claims forced her into war and that the pres ent struggle is to avert a destruction her enemies threaten. She went in:o the conflict covetous for territory nnd ? with the ambition to smash all rivalry. . On her part it is simply a war of ag gression against the freedom and lib erty of other peoples.' All this hs?s - "come out in the washins" ? the free discussions in the Prussian ' Chamber Of Deputies. Not long ago a member ? of this body gave vent to the following; ? illuminating expression: "With th^j . Chancellor of the Empire, we ask foi l ' real guarantees protecting us in future! against fresh surprise attacks. Wei 4 must aol be satisfied, as regards guar antees. with paper treaties, which, aa we have already ma<>r the experience, disappear In England's waste paper basket o t public law. We cannot admit the return to the statu quo ante hel ium. Belgium can 110 longer be al lowed to be considered as the ad vanced citadel of the Entente, and par ticularly of England. That is why we will not allow another to lay hands on Belgium." This Is a very frank confession, and that it contradicts flatly Germany's early professions of her disinterested intentions as to territorial aggrandize ment is not surprising as her govern mental word is no longer to be relied on. And the supreme impudence in the reference to "paper treaties" which "disappear in England's waste paper basket of public law." And we get a still better idea of the German Imperial mind and thought when we | read this, coming from another mem-] ber of the Chamber of Deputies, with j regard to France and Russia: "Hlndenburg has shown the high Im- j portance of the coal basin of Br ley and I Longwy; that is why we cannot restore] this territory. Even the Socialists nre, of the opinion that certain frontier lim its must be changed. The statesman j who should return from the war without; Rriey. Longwy. Belgium, Courland and ? Lithuania would be considered by his-j tory as having dug the tomb of German j power and grade ur." There never was a war won by volun teers ? that is untrained troops. I'ni versal training provides against defeat. SANE USE OF CHILDREN "To organize the children of Amerr- j ca to serve in war time in the produc tion of foodstuffs under supervision of educational directors and at the same i time safeguard the children against; overwork and general neglect." the | National Child Labor Committee has j sent a letter and leaflet outlining a j workable plan to every State, county, j and city school superintendent, the 1 Secretaries of Agriculture and Labor, j the Commissioner of Education, the ? Chief of the Children's Bureau, mem- 1 bers of the Council for National De-| fense, and others Interested. The plan ! calls for the co-operation of teachers, scout masters, and playground direo- 1 tors. The plan divides children into two] classes, those 14 years old and over, who may be hired out or sent in groups to work in farm districts, and those j under 14, who would be a burden to the farmers but may be used ln,thelvj home towns under supervision. For , employing the younger children, towns j are advised to form a "Summer AgrI- j cultural Faculty" composed of teach ers. scout masters, and others, get the \ use of vacant lots and raise a smail sum to have them ploughed, and se cure a special resolution from the local ! school board providing that children enrolled for this supervised agricultur al work and performing it regularly may be credited with it in lieu of reg-| ular school attendance from June 1 to j October 1. "But allow no general ex-! emption," says the leaflet, "that will turn children out of school without providing both occupation and super vision." The children thus enrolled are then to be set to work to raise foodstuffs appropriate to the soil ana j location under direction of the "Sum- j mer Agricultural Faculty" who will "appreciate the limits of a child's strength and will not allow him to be overworked." For older children, it is suggested that since "to send any children xo farms without knowing the actual need for them, or without regulation, would be wasteful and a hindrance to the farmers who do not want a horde of in experienced laborers on their hands, each state should create a committee of school officials to confer with th3 State Agricultural department and farmers' organizations, meet whatever need there is of child labor and draft regulations for it. The suggested reg ulations are that children 14 and over, only, be permitted to work for farm ers other than their own parents, since, as the National Child Labor Committee states, the farmers them selves repeatedly say that children younger than the 14 or 15-year-olds are no use to them: that such children be excused from school for farm work be tween June 1 and October 1; that no children so excused be permitted to work more than S hours a day or G clays a week; that children shall be so] excused only on the issuance of a spe- j cial permit, by the State committee of) school officials or persons authorized by them, state that the child has been 1 examined by a physician and found physically fit for work, and is to be employed on a farm known to be a suitable place. England ought to change her mone-| tary units from pounds, shillings and p^nce to dollars, cents and mills. LOOKS LIKE A POSSUM TRICK' The Intelligencer is inclined to look on that story from Germany by way of Rome, about the Kaiser being urged j to abdicate, by his own family, to! avert the collapse of the German Em pire, as pure fiction, or else it was in spired to deceive. The same may be said of the strike and riot reports coming out of Germany. They are written in too free handed a style, and bear the suspicion that the gov ernment is playing possum with the outside world. It should be borne in mind that since the beginning of the war no news of any kind has leaked ] out of Germany that Germany did not want to leak out. It seems to be a ruse to lull the Al lies to a repose of self-confidence. Wily prize fighters resort to the same! sort of a trick, by feigning exhaus tion at a critical point, and ihen, when their opponent is moved to the ela- ] 4. 'It's Only ? Catarrh" How often people delude themselves with the idea that catarrh isn't serious 1 They regard it as a local disease, annoy ing but not dangerous. As pointed out in our free book, "Health and How to Have It," catarrh spreads. It weakens the re sistance to severe diseases, and it pre pares an inviting field for them. After it Decomes systemic, in itself it is likely to bring on asthma, indigestion, constipa tion, and impure blood, until the sufferer endures great distress. ? That's all unnecessary, too, because in thousands of cases it has been found that Peruna Gave Relief Mr. M. Vau Btiren. an engineer on the G. R. & I. railway, at Grand Rapids, found catarrh moat distressing. Ho ?ay?: "I have time and again been com pelled to take to my bed for days. The first bottle of Parana gave relief, and while I always keep It In the house for emergencies, I consider myself entirely free from catarrh of the stomach, the trouble from which I suffered for so long before taking this remedy." Many others have enjoyed the same relief from this remedy. But the time to take it ia before the disease gets so bad. A box of Parana Tablets in your vest pocket will enable you to ward off colds and to overcome catarrh. A bottle of the liquid Peruna In your home Is a real application ?f the "safety first" idea. Manalln Tablets are the ideal liver tonic and laxative. As good as any candy : as effective as need be: and all without unpleasant effect*. Con stipation can be overcome by their use. 25 and 10 cents, at your druggists. The Peruna Company, Columbus, Ohio It* Get the free book, "Health and How to Hare ' of your druggist, or write to us for It. tion of carelessness, send in a smash ing blow at some vital part. How do we know but what Germany Is work ing the same dodge? This view is strengthened by Count Rentvenlow's comment on the reports that the So cialist propaganda for turning the au tocratic government into a democracy is likely to be successful. Rentven low dismisses this speculation as ab surd, and that it ie merely meant "for consumption in the United States. It would be the part of wisdom there fore, to take all these tales we are being fed with, not only cum granOj salis, but with a whole barrel of salt, j i The trouble with the autocratic G?*r-| man mind is that it is incapable of con-! ceivlng an unselfish attitude. Let "Washington provide for our J armies, but in the name of war let tho i generals do the commanding. Secretary Balfour Is (surprised nt the happiness of of the American people. The tears are yet to come. I And above all Russia, must be saved j I from lapsing after the spurt she lias made a_s a democracy. Germans are said to be firing glass bullets at the Russians. They probably I come from Lens. 1 "When the melancholy meatless daysj come they will be the .saddest of thei year. r The selective draft means that those! who are needed at homo will be left j there. j We shall have to come to It, so Con- 1 I gross might as well stop talking about it.| As you sow so shall you reAp. If yam | don't sow you'll come out only so so. j Sing It now with a new meaning,) "Come'ilnto the Garden. Maud." "The' man with tho hoc" is the man with a glow. A grudging sacrifice is a grouchy patriotism. It isn't a reproach to be seedy these days. . epilogue Into a land Storm-wrought, a place of quakes. , All thunder-scarred. Helpless, degraded, desolate, Peace, the "White Angel, comcs. Her eyes are as a mother's. Iter good hands Are comforting, and helping; and her voice Falls on the heart, as, after winter,, spring I J Falls on tho world, and there is no morel pain. ! And, in her influence, hope returns, and life. And tho passion of endeavor: so that, soon. The idle ports are insolent with keels: The smithies roar, and the mills thrum j With energy and achievement; weald j and wold Fxult; the cottage-garden teems | With innocent hues and odors; boy and J girl , Mate prosp'rously; there are sweet j women to kiss; There are good women to breed. In a golden fog. A large, full-stomached faith in kindli ness | All over the world, the nation, in a I dream Of money and love and' sport hangs at the paps. I Of well-being, and so Goes fattening, mellowing, dozing. rot-| I ting down Into a rich deliqulum or decay. Then, if the Gods he good. Then, if the Gods be other than mis-l chevious. Down from their footstools, down With a million - throated shouting. ) swoops and storms War, th* Red Angel, the Awalt'n^r. j The Shaker of Souls and Thronos; and I at her heel j Trail grief, and ruin, and shame! | The woman weeps h<*r man, tho mother j J her son The tenderling its father. Tn wild hours.) A people, haggard with defeat. J Asks If there be a God: yet sots its! teeth. ! Faces calamity, and Rons into the fire ' | Another than It was. And In wild hours! j A people, roaring ripf With victory, ris?\s. m<-naccs. stands r<~- 1 newed. Sheds Its old peddling aims. Approves Its, virtue, puts behind itso'f The comfortable dronm. and goes | Armoured, and militant, , New-pi telied. n"W-si>tilod. n?*w visioned. ' up the steeps To -those grout altitudes, whereat thej weak Lire not. F? ii t only the strong Have leave to strive, and suffer, and' achieve. ?WILLIAM Fit MOST I1FXLFY. ; Ilarry C. Hunter Shows open today, j [Bridge Park; twice daily. apr25tf j | The ball is the oldest toy. , WASHINGTON-. D. C.. April 24.? All letters postmarked Washington now boast a cancellation stamp hearing the inscription "Twenty-seventh reunion 1:nited Confederate Veterans. "Washing ton. D. C.. June -1th to 8th. 1D17." The matter has been commented on here largely because It has raised the Question of why this advertising was rot done by Washington popst-offico of ficials for the G. A. It. re-union two. years ago. Inquiry at headquarters, however, revealed the fact that the Grand Army had none of this advertis ing, but; it was due, not to discrimina tion against the veterans who wore the blue, but, to the fa c hat it wasn' asked for. The privilege is frequently grant ed where patriotic or local celebrations are concerned. It is understood, also, that the gov ernment is considering using this ad vice in its war propaganda anil will prchably begin as soon as the details of the scheme can be worked out, so that West Virginia postmasters may very soon liav? the pleasure of slumping each separate piece of mail which pass es through their offices with n message bringing home to its recelpient the fact that the country is at war and is in need of his or her loyal allegiance and support. It may also bring joy to the heart of many a fighting postmaster to amply stamp the -pacifist literature which is flooding the mails. Mr*. W. G. Brown, widow of the late Bepr<ssentatl\c Brown of Kingwood. who has spent the past two weeks in "Washington with her small daughter, left yesterday for a few days stay in Xe\y York. Mrs. Brown was here to at t'-tvl the congress of the G. A. it. and matin one. of the most telling nominat ing speeches of the congress. She was the hostess at a charming supper given at the Willard on the last night of the session, in honor of Mrs. Parks Fisher, of Morgantown. the retiring state re *>-nt; and Mrs. William Brannon, newly elected to that office. The guests in eluded members of the West Virginia delegat ion. Mrs. Atkinson, wife of Judge Oerirge W. Atkinson, recently retired from the < 'ourt of Claims, is here to spend a few weeks of the spring season. Mrs. Atk inson is a member of the P. A. U. or ganization, and will remain to attend the convention of the Daughters of 1812 which is in session here this wtfek. and of which she is also a m?mber. B. Walker Peterson, leading banker of Wheeling, is in Washington. Mr. Pet erson was prominent as the author of a resolution passed by a large and repre sentative meeting of Wheeling business men recently, favoring the administra tion's "selective conscription" military bill now pending in Congress. He inter viewed the members of the "West Vir ginia delegation in Congress, and found them divided in sentiment on supporting the bill. Mrs. Holmes Moss- of Parkersburg. is visiting friends in the city. A commission as postmaster at Cu cumber; W. Ya.. has been issued to ileorge A. Ko-jer. An addition al allow ance of Sl.L'fM per annum has been .al lowed the postmaster at Madison for clerk hire. A postoffiee to he known as ? 'oalbloom has been established in,Moone county with J. D. Powell in charge. You do not want a slow treatment for itching scalp when hair is falling and the dandruff germ is killing the hair roots. Delay means ? no hair. Get, at any drug store, a bottle of zemo for 25c or $1.00 for extra large size. Use as directed, for it does the work quickly. It kills the dandruff germ, nourishes the hair roots and im mediately stops itching scalp. It is , a pure, reliable, antiseptic liquid, is not i greasy, is easy to use and will not stain, j Soaps and shampoos arc harmful, as j they contain alkali. The best thing to use for scalp irritations is zemo, for i>: j is safe and also inexpensive. The E. W. Rose Co.. Cleveland. O. Gray and Champagne Casko Cloth. 8-in. Cut Boots $5.00 The season's newest creations in' moderate price colored Footwear.! Kasv to clean with' the fitting! qualities of hiffh-srradc colored" leather shoes. M. H. & M. SATISFACTORY SHOES 1047 Main Street. Wheeling. A Reliable, Ice-Conserving REFRIGERATOR Is a Necessity in these days of Higli-Priced Food, but in buying a Refrigerator be certain that it is Reliable and that it does Conserve the Ice. - BOHN SYPHON REFRIGERATORS Answer these specifications. They're made of Heavy Oak, per fect insulation, and lined with Seamless Porcelain Steel. The Syphons insure a circulation of absolutely dry air to every part of the Food Compartments, the absence of all odor, and an aver age low temperature not obtainable with Refrigerators built on any . other principle. Considering what they do, they are the CHEAPEST RE FRIGERATORS you can buy, as they will SAVE THEIR COST in FOOD and ICE SAVED. $25. OO TO 967. SO Art Department Specials In Seasonable Stamped Pieces Children's Madc-Up STAMPED DRESSES in Sand, Blue or Pink. Numerous attractive styles to choose from, at a price which does not cover the present cost of the Materials alone. Each ?dt)\s The Summer Porch and Swing demand CUSHIONS. Here is a line of STAMPED CUSHIONS', Pure Linen Tops and Backs, regular 50? values anywhere; special, each JmifJX/ L1NENE CENTRES ? Fresh, clean White Linene Centres with Novelty Torchon Lace Edges and Inserts, in two sizes and prices which cannot be surpassed for Beauty or Value; 34-inch, 49?; 18-inch mOC Stil a few Odd Lines in Cliochet, Perlc and other ART THREADS at exactly ONE-HALF "ONYX WEEK" Wise women are accepting the opportunity to provide a supply of Reliable Onyx Hosiery at prices which are possible only for this Special "Week: In Mercerized Lisle, in Silk Lisle, in Fibre Silk, in Pure Thread Silk. Special Values at 25?, 50?, 65?, $1.00, $1.50 LINOLEUMS Will Not Be Lower Than Now Ringwalt's 37 * Printed Cork 55^ Inlaid 89^ Underwear Headquarters "KAYSER'S" "HARVARD MILLS" "STRETTON" For the Women. "ROCKING CHAIR" "VASSAR" For the Men. A range of sizes to fit every in dividual eccentricity of figure. [''KOLORENE'' "COLORITE" Two C.reat Straw Hat Dyes, in wanted Colorings. Choice of them 19c Wednesday Basement Bargains I BABY TOILETS? The "Cadillac" Seat with j guafd attaches to the regular I Toilet Seat. A $2 (JM -I Q 1 valup, Wednesday.. ALUMINUM CLEANER? "Wear Ever" Aluminum j Cleanser, the perfect medictae for Aluminum Ware. ~i Q 25c boxes Wednesday J_*7C STEP LADDERS? Strong Five-Foot Ladders with iron brace under each step. A regular $1.15 I value Wednesday WASH BOILERS? Heavy Tin Wash Boilers with rustless metallic bottom; No. S size, a $1.39 tf?1 Ar value "WIZARD" DUSTERS? A che mlcally treated Oil Dus ter and Polish er. A 50* Dus ter and 50* bottle of Oil ? the TWO for. . . 50c GARDEN SETS? Consisting of Spade. Hoe and Rake ? 39c Large Sets 28* 10c Small Sets 8* "SCOUT" ELECTRIC FLASHLIGHTS? A practical nickle-plated Flashlight, regularly 65 <*, Wednesday 48c I GEO. M. SNOOK CO.| Ml INDUSTRY DOMliTED " 8f S.O., DECLARES COilSSlBW WASHINGTON. April IN? Domina tion of the gasoline industry by Stand ard Oil interests, tlx1 Federal Trade Commission reported to the Senate to day lias been largely responsible for high gasoline prices of lite last two years. The report, written after am exiiaus live inve*i iualion into the entire pe troleum industry, declares interlo-k ing stock ownership prevents any real competition among the various Stand ard Oil companies and the commission recommends legislation to permit re opening of the Oil Trust case to obtain modification of the Supreme Court's dissolution decree. No conclusive evidence was found, it is stated, that collusion exists amoug the Standard companies in violation of t he decree, but the commission's find ings have been transmitted to the at torney general. Prices are declared to have been raised arbitrarily, although natural causes contributed. Pronounced price inequalities were found in different parts of the country. The principal findings of the com mission are; That in most marketing territories tin* Standard companies are domi nant. That the Standard companies have maintained a distribution of territory in marketing gasoline, and that no suu stantlal competition in the chief petro leum products exists among the Stand ard companies. That the absence of competition )'.?? due to a community of stock owner ship. That the facts disclose advances in prices of gasoline and differences in / ! price, corresponding to Standard mar- 1 keting territories, which could not be | explained except under the conditions i charged. . . I That the combination of pipe lines iiwith other branches of the industry I has tended to establish and perpetu- 1 late monopoly. That there is no conclusive evidence : of collusion among the Standard com ! panics in violation of the dissolution 1 decree. ! The commission recommended thes<? i measures as necessary 10 remedy con ditions: ? I A law providing for the reopening | of anti-trust cases on the application of I the attorney general by a bill of re view for the purpose of obtaining such j modifications of decrees as are requti led by new conditions. I Legislation to abolish in certain cases common stock ownership in cor porations formerly members of com binations dissolved under the Sherman j law. I Effective limitation of common own ership of stock in potentially competi tive corporations by withdrawing the I power of voting and cotjtrol. Legislation, which while recognizing i Icotnmon ownership would fix' upon! such common owners the responsibil ity for the acts of each of the several subsidiary companies which prevent [competition. Segration of ownership of pipe lines from the other branches of the petro Ileum Industry. Congressional enactment to fii [standards for gasoline. [ Federal collection and publication ol accurate statistics and information concerning the industry. Conditions in the gasoline industry as uncovered by the investigation aro declared to be: ? Gasoline marketing ia divided into eleven territorial divisions at least :nine of which are said to be under ! Standard Oil domination. Stockholders oLthe Standard com panies to a greafaegree are the samo individuals or interests, with more | than half of the stock of the various I companies in. their hands. i Leading officers of the Standard [companies hold considerable stock in I two or more companies. j Standard Oil refineries produced .more than sixty percent of the gaso line output in 1915, sold about 66 per icent of the total marketed and held jmore than 70 percent of gasoline ?stocks. "Correspondence of the different [prices in 1915 with Standard market ing territories," says the report, "it | self points to arbitrary price-fixing. But the arbitrary character of the in- < [equalities in price is conclusively dem- ^ ;onstrated by the facts that as between,, [most of the territories there were r.o [such differences in demand and sup i plv xxx and the margin between cost and price was widely different in the different territories." ? Wholesale gasoline price rose be tween 75 and 85 percent in 1915, says the report. Retail prices kept close be hind them. The part increased demand and scarcity of the product played in the increase is shown in figures giving the increase in demand 38 percent in 1915 and the production seven percent below the year before. The Standard books show large earnings, says the report, as also was evidenced by th"? enhanced stock market value of Stand- * ard securities. CAPITAL NEWS * CHARLESTON", "VV.. Va.. April 24.? Begining Monday, May 7, the' board of public works will be In session at the ( eapltol for three days. The meeting is for the purpose of hearing: all persons who wish to speak concerning assess ments for taxation against the steam and street railroads, bridges, car lines, oil and gas lines, wa^er, electric and power plants, telejrraph and telephone* linos, express companies and other oper ations coming under the taxing jurisdic tion of the board. The board will hear representatives of express and steam railroad companies on the llrst day. The street railroad, toll bridge, water, electric power and car line companies, will be heard the second day and on the last day the oil and gas and telephone and telegraph companies will be heard. J. S. Lakin. president of the stato board of control, issued a statement. to day assuring assistance of the state in obtaining seeds for spring planting. He announces in the statement: "The state council of defense having received reports that It is difficult or impossible to secure all necessary seed locally in some parts of the state, has requested the state board of control to canvass the situation and secure such seeds as are not now available." Commissioner Lee Oat of the work? men's compensation department an nounced today the election of the follow ing new subscribers: ? Clell Smith, general contracting. Hunt ington; C. H. Sutherland, lumber, Cllf tonville: Goodsell Utility company, elec tric light plant, Durbin; Hall Coal com pany, Morgantowti; C. E. Trumbly, elcc tric light plant. Terra Alta. The commissioner allowed to Zeb Can nada, of Otsego, a lump sum of J45S. 8t>, for an fnjury sustained by being caught between coal cars last May. With an authorized capital of 110.00ft, the .Houghton Cement Block company, of Charleston, was Issued a charier to day by the secretary of state. The pur pose of the concern Is to manufacture building materials and construct houses to rent and sell. Tho Incorporators are M. J, Houghton, C. E, .Green, Floyd Houghton, Lrnnit Given and W. A. Jtobb, all of Charleston. > T.ewla-Hubhard and Company, of rharleston, was authorised to Inorea&o its authorized oaplfaT from I8M.000 to 1 S750.000, and to Issue 1,500 additional shareB of preferred stock of par value of $100 each, to the 3,000 shares at arm out under old authority, . liH