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Old Railroad Man Answers Call
Home Here Following An
Illness of Over a
'came to fceokuk When a Young Man
—Was Yard Master for the
Burlington, Thirty
eight Years.
James Russell Roberts, Sr., former
yard master for the C. B.
& Q.
:jnd lately engaged In the real estate
business here, died at his home, 1029
Franklin street at 11:30 o'clock last
'night after an Illness of over a year.
Death was the result of asthma,
Bright's disease and complications.
Mr. Roberts came to Keokuk when
a young man and had been living here
for over forty years. He was well
known throughout the city and highly
eiteemed by a wide body of friendB.
Mr. Roberts was born at Beach
Creek, Pennsylvania on September 21,
1854, being in the sixty-third year of
bis life. He was married shortly af
ter coming to Keokuk to Miss Julia
Culbertson on October 18, 1877. He
forked as yard master for the Chicago
tinrlineton A Qulncy railroad for
ibiriy-eight years, retiring a few years
ago. Since that time he had been en
gaged in the real estate business until
inness confined him to his home.
The survivors are his wife, and
three sons, H. L. Roberts, J. R. Rob
erts, .Jr., and fedgar Roberts, all of
this city. Mr. Roberts was a member
of the Knights of Pythias fraternal so
ciety, Masonic order and Order of
Railway Conductors.
Roads and Insurance Sure to Stir up
Things for Coming General
Two big contests which will he
staged during the coming legislature
will be on the road question and on
Insurance laws. It appears to be taken
for granted that the prohibitory con
stitutional amendment will go. through
with little, if any opposition. Tem
perance leaders claim that even some
of the members whose natural incli
nations are vet will vote for it an
they see no hope for any opposition In
the legislature. The fight wll! be made
against it in the election before the
people if there appears to be much of
a chance. And In case It wins, the
opposition will devote Its attention
to proving that prohibition Is a failure.
The repeal of the primary law or
amendments to it Is also another fa
vorite theme of discussion on the part
of legislators. Thus far but few de
fenders of the primary law as it Is
now, have come to the surface. If the
taw has any friends they are not sav
ing anything.
4s to road legislation, such leaders
as Governor Clarke do not believe
Ihsre will he any reactionary road leg
islation. It is believed the highway
commission will be sustained and the
law1 which created it will not be
The real trouble as regards the high
way commission appears to be in the
fr'.cton wheh exsts between boards
of supervisors and the commission in
carrying out the provisions of the law.
The average supervisor resents having
a state commission or a county engin
eer given authority to dictate what
the bridges shall be or not be or hav
ing any powers over and above those
given to the supervisor* themselves.
It is claimed that, county engineers
have not always been diplomatic nor
have the members of the highway com
mission and hence the opposition to
the commission has thereby been In
creased. But that the law is funda
mentally right appears to he the ver
dict of many of the leaders who de
clare they will not permit, if they can
help it, any crippling of the highway
Skin Troubles
May Find in
and Ointment
Speedy, Grateful
and Permanent
Besides, anyone
anywhere may
try them before
he buys them.
Free Sample Each
With 32-page Skin Book by return
maO to any sufferer from skin
troubles or scalp troubles with loss
of hair, who has failed to obtain per
manent relief from other remedies.
Foe Ttm Samplaa addr*
Ml fa enenr to-u and vWsro In S.
18 YEARS COST $2.75
ATLANTIC, Dec. 27.—Frank
Nebe purchased a pair of shoes
from Mrs. Agnes Gllmore of
Marne, something unusual for a
shoe dealer. The shoes had been
sold to the customer in the first
year that the Nebes went into 4
business in this city in the build
ing now occupied by the Unique
theatre, eighteen years ago next
March, a ad are an old model.
They are still in good condition
and Mrs. ilmore stated that she
had worn them continuously for
all that time. She bought them
for $2.75 and now sold them to
Nebe for $2. Mr. Nebe intends
to send them to the Boot and
Shoe Recorder of Boston in the
near future, as curiosities.
For Iowa: Fair tonight and prob
ably Thursday not much change in
For Missouri: Fair tonight and
probably Thursday colder south and
east central portions tonight.
For Illinois: Fair tonight and
probably Thursday except unsettled
extreme south portion colder tonight.
Weather Conditions.
The temperature is mild in the cen
tral valleys, the southern and Atlantic
states, with rain in the Ohio valley
and the eastern states, and the rain
fall has been heavy at St. Louis and
From the Mississippi valley to the
Rocky mountains the weather is fair
and colder, the temperature ranging
from near zero to 28 below in the
northern portion.
Local Observations.
Dec. Bar.Ther.Wind.Weat.her.
26 7 p. m. ., 29.72 46 SE Foggy
27 7 a. m. .. 30.08 16 NW Clear
Precipitation, 6 hundredths.
Stage of river, 7 a. m., 8 tenths be
low low water.
Change in past 24 hours, fall 1
Mean temperature, Dec. 26, 36.
Highest, 49.
Ixwe8t, 24.
Lowest last night, 16.
Young Man From East, Left Letters
Before Committing Suicide.
In Denver.
[United Press Leased Wire Service.]
DENVER, Colo., Dec. 27.—Two let
ters addressed to two young women,
one in Portland, Maine, the other a
Denver girl, may conceal the mystery
in the suicide of J. Bdmond Mosley,
twenty-two, who swallowed cyanide
of potasslm in a local hotel here last
evening, dying soon afterwards. He
had been in Denver only a few
months, coming from Portland. He
is said to have been a student of
medicine at the unievrsity of Maine.
His father is Beecher Mosley, of
Chandler and Farqubar, Boston.
According to associates, Mosley
landed In Denver penniless and went
to work as driver of a laundry wag
on. His employer, W. S. Huffman,
yesterday asked him to go to head
quarters to go over his accounts.
Mosley did not appear at the appoint
ed time. Huffman sought him at the
hotel last night, finding the young
man in bed Just after he swallowed
the poison, stiU holding a glass in
his hand. The glass was found to
contain a cyanide solution.
On a table were four letters, one
addressed to 'Miss Hazel V. Homans,
Portland one to his brother, William
Mosley one to Omar Wish, postmast
er Portland, and the fourth to Miss
Edith A. Hoar, Denver. Miss Hoar
refused to talk about Mosley's affairs
or to venture any explanation of his
suicide. _____
The present Are rating law will
have some staunch defenders also.
That it will be vigorously attacked is
now certain. Friends of the law say
they will be able to show that it has
been and now is- strongly opposed by
the Are insurance companies, that it
was written by a man whom the fire
insurance companies recognize as a
real champion of the people's interests
and that, while it has probably increas
ed rates to the big insurer who was
getting favoritism. It has equalized
rates and made them lower
small property owner.
to the
Billy 8Unday Corporation.
New York Evening Post: A cer
tified copy of Incorporation papers
has been filed In the county clerks
office here by the New York William
A. Sunday Evangelistic association,
The objects of the association, as
given in the papers, are to Promote
evangelical and religious work in the
city of New York and vicinity. Among
the incorporators are John D. Rocke
feller, Jr.. George Gordon Battle. Wil
liam S. Bennet, William Fellows Mor
gan. William
Stltt, W.
lin. and Stephen Baker.
The objects of the association are,
_j set forth in the certificate, in the
following words: "To promote evan
gelistic and religions work in the city
of New York and vicinity, and for that
purpose to hold a series of evangelistic
and religious meetings in "W city. to
rent and acquire real and
property, and to erect or provide a
building, rooms, furniture, equipment,
and articles for such purpose, and to
do whatever is usual.
yen lent, or proper In connection there
provided that the association
shall have principal offices in Man
hattan and that there shall be thirty
Promoters of Soaps, Suits, Cold
Creams and Petticoats- Want to
Use Her Name
In Ads.
[U. S. Department of Agriculture,
Weather Bureau.]
For Keokuk and vicinity: Fair to
night and probably Thursday not
much change in temperature.
Bird Woman, Who Broke All Records,
Is Besieged by Advertising
Men Right
NEW YORK, Dec. 27.—Ruth Law
has discovered that being famous
isn't ail fun. She can't get any rest
from people who want to make her
more famous.
The woman who broke the Amer
ican non-stop cross-country record in
her flight from Chicago to New York
has two telephones in her suite at
the Hotel McAlpin and they ring all
day and part of the night,, bringing
offers of wealth and fame if she
will only do what tne persons at the
other ends of the wires want her to
The offers she has received run
from a contract with fk theatrical
firm that wanted her to ride upside
down on a motorcycle to an invita
tion to lecture In girls'- schools. In
between these offers are invitations
to allow her name to advertise pet
ticoats and raincoats, perfume, soap,
and the ''kind- of cold cream Ruth
Law uses."
After reviewing all her ofTers
Miss Law said that she was looking
most kindly upon a contract by
which she would get $25,000 for a
ten weeks' lecture tour of the large
cities of the United States, taking
along her little biplane in which she
made her flight. In fact,
seemed almost committed to an ac
ceptance c. this contract. She said
she would not accept any of the of
fers from theatrical managers who
wanted her to do "stunts," because
she was a very serious-minded
young woman.
Unless she changes her mind, she
will not attempt a non-stop Might
from Chicago to New York this
year. The lecture tour, which wiii
probably begin at once, will take her
into February. She has promised
Want Use of Name.
An offer whicfi came to Miss Law
recently was from a professor in a
well known eastern college, who
wanted her to fly from college to
college and give lectures this winter.
She said she prlted a letter of con
gratulation she received from the
women employes of the Guaranty
Trust company.
It was a very determined woman
who gained Miss Law's ear the other
day. She represented the manufac
turers of a new kind of waterproor,
wlndproof, coldproof cloth, and of
fered Miss Law five suits and $100 in
cash If she would pose In her little
aeroplane for a trademark picture for
the new fabric.
Another concern which manufac-
tures aviators' clothes wants to put on jtry
the market the "Ruth Law suit," withian
an offer to Miss Law of three com- t„ the
It was a man who wrote Miss Law
that he wanted her to manage a new
Aeroplane factory. "I will give you
$500 a week," he wrote, "and you
don't even have to be here.' Miss
Taw suspected that her name might
be used to further the s"hle of stock
and paid no attention to the offer.
Miss Law told of the proposal of the
theatrical manager who wanted to pay
her $35,000 a year for riding a mo
torcycle on an Inverted track. She
didn't see that that would help tho
cause of aviation, to which she says
she Is absolutely devoted.
"It all shows what advertising 'will
do" said Miss law. "Nine-tenths of
the people who make me these offers
do not want any real service I can
live them. They are merely after the
use of my name. I dont' want any
such business. I don't mind taking
money for flying or for aiding flying,
but that is the
I Intend to engage."
-%T9j,.yv -,?A
Large Crowds at Orpheum.
The Ambler Players Stock Co., are
drawing ever increasing crowds at the
Orpheum. The class of plays that
they are putting on are' far above the
average and are filled with a "good
streak of comedy clear through the
entire performance, that keeps the
audience in an uproar during the en
tire evening. The vaudeville special
ties between the acts are well worth
the price of admission.
Owing to the fact that so many
people come early to the show, there
will be shown each day between 7 p.
m. and 8:15, four reels of pictures in
order to furnish entertainment for the
early patrons. This will give you the
most complete show to be seen in the
city, a complete evening's entertain
ment that is well worth $1.50, all for
the small sum of 20c for Fhe main
floor and 10c for the balcony. There
will be a complete change of pictures
and a new show for Thursday, with
another complete change on Sunday.—
Frank Keenan in "The Thoroughbred."
With the vivacious Fay Tincher in
a new two-act Keystone called "The
French Milliner," as a variation on
the Triangle program, the Grand to
night offers Frank Keenan in the fea
ture photoplay, "The Thoroughbred."
The Thoroughbred" acquires its ti
tle not from Keenan's characteriza
tion, but from a horse about which
the plot of the story revolves. It
tells the tale of a fine old southern
gentleman and his daughter, whom
"Miss Minta, the thoroughbred," has
helped to maintain in dignified com
fort by her earnings on the track. It
concerns, too, the efforts of a young
minister who is instrumental in
causing the abolishment of racing in
the state, and thereby ruins his
chance of Winning the girl. The cli
max ,of the story finds expression
through the clergyman's subsequent
repentance for his anti racing activi
ties and his efforts to make good the
damage they l.ave done.
Keenan is seen in the role of Ma
jor Ainslee, and a more sympathetic
Interpretation has never been seen on
the screen. He is depicted now as
the gentle, forgfving war-veteran,
then aB the hot-tempered warrior
fighting for his own and his daugh
ter's existence. His acting at times,
it is declared, is intense to the burst
ing point.
Tomorrow the favorite Mae Marsh
and Robert Harron come to the
Grand in their new Triangle play,
"The Little Liar," in which the little
star makes fun and drama as a de
lightful young fibber. On the same
program, Mac Swain will cavort
through tvtf comical Keystone reels,
called "Vampire Ambrose."
her services from June 1 to Novem-|cal comedy which the Orand brings jage
ber 1 at $1,000 a day for not fewer jto Keokuk Friday night- as a special
than five flights a week, she said. holiday attraction. 1
hey are selling
There are plenty of seats left for jage8
She would not go into the details rapidly, howevef, and a big audience however, is -,o mixed up with the re
of this arrangement She intimated will be present to support Manager j{gj0U8 beliefs of the native that Jt
that she would most probably attempt Dodge's policy of giving Keokuk only
the Chicago to New York flight next
May. However, she made It plain
that she might change her mind and
try the flight within the next week or
so, "if things shaped up." If she
could get the proper machine and tni
proper offer if something to fly for.
Miss Law would attempt the flight
at once.
the best.
"Katinka" gives forth music of
most unusual charm and swing, the
company carrying their own complete
orchestra to properly Interpret the
pretty songs and choruses with which
the piece is filled. Only an additional
violinist is asked of the management
of the grand for the orchestra, "Ka-1
tinka" supplying the remainder of an|Ther0
In which
"The guest is always right." This
motto, in Bulbstance. was the rule
which governed the relations of the
late George C. Boldt, famous New
York hotel man, in dealing with his
guests. Service and unvarying cour
tesy sent his patrons away pleased,
and thif* proved a big asset in the
success achieved. Mr. BoJdt rose from
humble station to first place among
hotel proprietors of the world-
—Advertise in The Gate City.
World's Most ftamoiis Seeress of Mod-
ern Times Did Not Always
Hit the Mark.
[United Press Leased Wire Service.]
PARIS, Dec. 27.—The world's most
famous modern day seeress, Madame
DeThebes, is dead. She had not been
as successful in foretelling the future
during the last two years, at least
her prophecies of future world events
did not come as near to the mark in I
1915 and 1916 as they did in years
gone by. Mme. DeThebes always!
claimed to have foretold the famous
Cailleux trial and the assassination•
of the Archduke Ferdinand at Sara
jevo, which started the European
war. She cited h»r statements to
prove she also foretold this world
In 1913 Mme. DeThebes correctly I
foretold an automobile accident to
Aristlde Briand, death and scandalj
surrounding Armand De Pardussen's
quarrels between the kaiser and the
crown prince, and made these strange
comments which were taken by her
admirers today as showing she sensed
the coming European conflict:
"Austria will be deceived.
"Open hostility between slavs and
Germans is approaching.
"Who thinks he will reign will not
reign and a young man who was rfot
to have reigned will reign (this con
cerns the Archduke Ferdinand, later
assassinated, June 2S).
"England must watch for her enemy
inside more than outside."
In 1914, the seeress however, made
the wrong prediction of "a happy
year for France." This was before
the European war began in August.
She did, however, foretell a new pope
and "bad days" for England.
In 1915 she failed on what was ap
parently a prediction for peace on
Frowns on Snake Dance.
Tucson Citizen: That the United
States government frowns upon the
annual Hopi Indian snake dance
which is held every year by the sav
age remnant or the Moqui tribe in
the northern part of Arizona, is the
statement made by Leo Crane, super
intendent of the Moqul Indian reser
vation where the dances take place.
According to Mr. Crane these
dances are the last relics of barbar
ism exhibited by the savage race in
the country aud are the only surviv
ing dances which still hold sway
Katinka among the native tribes.
At the dan^e recently at the vll-
"Katinka, the merry, tuneful ™UBi- Priests" of the Hotevllle vil-
eight-piece organization. natives in the reservation
"KatinRa" possesses beautiful set-' which is bounded on all sides by
tings for three acts, a large company that of the Navajos and they live in
who can dance and sing, and a separate groups or communities. Each
chorus of girls who are really pretty. village administers to its own affairs,
"Rickety Coo," "I Want to Marry having nothius iu common with the
a Male Quartette," and numerous I other settlements. Any disputes oc
other song nits swing through the curring are settled by each band
rapid action of the piece and leave separately, eve.i when the question
you whistling or humming after the
final curtain. Manager Dodge will
give special attention to out of town
mail or phone orders from auto par
ties and others.—Adv.
Swapping Horses.
plete outfits If she will agree to the!furtiVe of vision and inclined to shy cational purposes among the Hopis
bargain. at fishtails, still It would he risky to and much of this is wasted through
Miss Law said that a very wealthy swap for a thoroughly dependable, the counter teachings of the Snake
New York woman had come to her to stout hearted, sound beast. No such Priests who control the religious
sav that she was interested in thejtimidity is shown in the warring coun-j belief of the people.
manufacture of a new aeroplane en-1 tries. Strange to say, every one of Government Rations arPbecom
Kine that had been designed, but not them has swapped horses while ford-, ing stricter eve
Ztri Miss Law to agree ing war's torrents. Both in the mil-, the witnessing of the dance, and it
built, a rhiraffo to-Nev York itary and in the civil branch of nation- is the hope of Mr. Crane to exclude
they ... ch«.„d I. ,h. public .1=
non-stop flight in a machine equipped
with her engine. Miss Uw said she
replied that inasmuch as she wished
to make the flight within the next year
she could not agree to wait for the
development of a new engine.
midstream. Germany. France, Russia,
Great Britain and Italy have had the
bolder view of their national safety
and national purposes. They have
had the courage of conviction and of
objective. But they also have had a
policy and have demanded a horse to
match it-
Duluth News-Tribune: During the: the course of the next few years to
last presidential campaign there was I stamp out th-? dance entirely as it
much said about "swapping horses has the effect of undoing to a large
when crossing a stream." The coun-, extent the beneficial effects of the
Orabi and Hotevllle, the
were au
arrested by Superin-
Craae In an endeavor to
gtamp out
the practice. The dance,
Is almost impossible to make any
headway In preventing the ceremony.
About two hundred white people
witnessed the dances this year which
were participated in by about six
natives. There will be two
more of the ceremonles
with a gelatine backbone, 1 borhood of $200,000 annually for edu-
at other vil-
lages thla tall. A curious
re|ard t0 the
no centrai
fact in
Hopis is that they have
organization in their tribe,
are about
twenty-five hundred
issue has to do with the white
At the recent dance at Orabi a
small child was bitten by an enor
mous rattler, and although ill for a
few hours, soon recovered.
Mr. Crane says that he hopes in
-warned of the danger of such schooling given the young Indians,
Even if the horse was weak I The government spends in the neigh-
of the white mar. seems to act as an
incentive to the Indian in the pen
formance of the barbaric custom.
New York World: Between civil war,
ultimatums and blockades. Greece as
a neutral Is enjoying all the Blessings
of peace.
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The bridesmaids -Katinka" in
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Show vour emplovor von appreciate vonr bonus by
putting it in a SAVINGS CERTIFICATE y\
contract where it will bring von /O
You can start a contract any day, any month and
make payments weekly, semi-monthly or monthly.
Call and let us tell you about it.
Keokuk Trust Company
"The Place for Safe Investments"
611 Blondeau St. Phone 257
Population Guessing.
New York Suri: Perhaps "guess
ing" is scarcely a good enough word
for the careful estimates now mak
ing in Washington of the population
of this country by the close of this
year of 1916. Until an actual census
is taken such estiamtes are the best
information obtainable, and tbey are
elaborate and so well composed as
to bo very acceptable. I
According to a Washington des
patch, the staticians of the census
bureau find that the population of
continental United states on Janu-1
ary 1, 1917, will be 102,2Sf.,:$09, and
with outlying possessions, included
the population will number 113,309,
286. These figures are based upon I
the increase shown by the federal
dismemberment of Germany death or censuses of laoo and 1910. Statis-i
disappearance of the kaiser a bril
liant future for Belgium religious
war in England: and hit the mark on
Italy's war entrance Sert)ia's re
newal of fighting strength financial
and labor troubles In the United
ticians in the treasury department,
working along another system of com
putatlon, reckon that the population
of continental United States on the
first day of tills month of November
was 103,002,000.
Whichever figure be nearer right.—
and they are not far apart—it Is clear
enough that the check to European
Immigration to this country caused by
the war has not been strong enough
to' stay the rapid increase in our pop
ulation. The treasury department
figures of our iopu]atlon for Janu
ary 1, 1914, gave the United States
98,200,000 if we already count up
103,000,000, as noted above, the tide
is resistless, with 5 per cent in two
years of what we have called "stag
Burning Up Wealth.
Dayton Journal: People generally
do not appreciate the seriousness of
the paper shortage of the present
time and it would appear to be a
practical Impossibility to
tion of the fact that a real crisis is
Impending. From every quarter of
the country comes complaint and
large users of paper, especially the
newspapers, are eloquently preaching
the gospel of saving. Of New York
it is said that five tons of newspaper
prints are' datly thrown away in the
cars or stations of the lnterboro
Rapid Transit Subway every day. It
is fair to presume that nearly all this
waste is ultimately reclaimed by the
cleaners, and returned to the papor
mills for remanufacture, but In other
directions uncounted tons are wasted
every day by careless people. Vast
quantities are cast Into the trash
heaps and burned. That is simply
wanton destruction of actual money
for this wa3te paper is worth money
to the person who will save It and
send word to the paper dealers when
a sufficient quantity has been accu
mulated. There are such dealers in
every neighborhood and they will re
spond to a telephone call at any time.
It is notorious that an ample for
tune awaits the man who will con
duct a reclamation business of this
character along right lines. In fait
the head of one of the great marine
companies of Now York City has sa:J
a man speedily could become a mil
lionaire if he could get the papo"
waste of New York City alone. Con
sider tho possibilities for the country
at large.
Many paper mills are lying idle at
this moment bccause of lack of ma
terial with which to operate. TS"
moment has arrived when it is really
a public duty to prevent the needless
waste of paper.
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis of
the federal court of Chicago con-
dispensing Justice with th"
»iark on. In a bankruptcy case now
under way five witnesses who trie!
to deceive ihe court as to the wh"ie
abouts of missing assets were bound
over to the grand jury for perjury
under bonds of $10,000 each. As a
rule frame-up testimony doesn't go
very iar in th it court without getting
the framer into trouble.
the musical comedy at the Grand opera house Friday even.ng,
Don't Stop 1
ade to Run.
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and named in honor
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of price..
We guarantee this watch to not
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Come in and wt fhgyy
it I
If you aren't going to uae
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battery in our care—and avoid
"freeze-ups" and the deteriora
tion, that neglect will cause.
If you're going to use the
car, bear in mind that long
nights and "cold" engines drain
batteries and that the WEAK
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Have us TEST and WATER
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thla danger.
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