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OFFICIAL PAPER OF CITY AND COUNTY VOL. LVIL NO. 17 "Within the Law." Dramatic'success of recent years offered by the Opera House Co., as one of their twelve attractions. Whatever the evils of the present police situation and wrong-doing un veiled by the Rosenthal and Bertsche affairs, the sponsors for "Within the Law" are fortunate in having the scandal develop at this time. A more timely play play under the existing cir cumstances could not be imagined, for the story deals with police oppression, disclosed in its most brutal form. Cropping out from the main story is a preachment against a capital that underpays its hirelings and forces them into dishonesty. Mr. Veiller has not hesitated to take his fling of depart ment store methods, whereby shopgirls are compelled to stand on their feet nine hours a day for a wage too small to allow them ordinary necessities. It is with a theft in a big department store that the action of the play be gins. Mary Turner, unjustly convict ed of stealing goods, is sentenced to prison for three years, but before she starts out on her term takes occasion to hurl a tirade at the store's owner and avow that she will be avenged. Once out of prison, Mary Turner is disclosed as a blackmailer and accomp lished confidence worker. But she al ways keeps "within the law" by the aid of skilled attorneys, one of her as sociates declaring that "Habeas Cor pus is my lawyer's middle name." Ma ry's plan of vengence is to marry the son of the department store man who sent her to prison, and she finally ac complished her purpose. But when she goes to the elder Gilder's house to prevent a burglary planned by her as sociates both she and Gilder's son be come involved in the murder of one of the crooks—a stool pigeon in the em ploy of the police. It will be seen at the "Cresco" on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1916. Cut Glass makes a-very nice gift for someone who you have on your list. You will find new designs at ROLAND BALDWIN'S. 'sl VV «r jv .. -iA' r.?:$^PS *$ Our Library Given State Recognition. The Public Library of Cresco has been designated as an official deposi tory for the publications of the State Historical Society of Iowa. Accord ingly, this Library will receive all of the publications of the Society as is sued. As an official depository, the Public Library of Cresco will acquire a large collection of books and pamphlets on the history of Iowa for perma nent preservation. Indeed, with such recognition and encouragement from the State Society, this Library shoul become a center for the collection of, materials of all phases of local history. Thus the materials of State and local history will be made accessible to ev ery citizen of this community. The State Historical Society of Iowa, which is one of the oldest of our State institutions, was organized in 1857 and is located at Iowa City. It is now per haps the leading State Society for his torical resercrch and publication in the United States. Our Seed Corn Shows a Splendid Teat. A test made by C. C. Nichols shows 93 per cent. Julius Doolittle tested 100 kernels from 100 ears and got 99 strong plants. H. Shuttleworth, Phil Hayes, Dan McGee, Carl Thayer, Jake Powers and others are making tests and will report same in a few days. M. M. Graf or J. J. House. Modern Woodmen of America. Come out to the meeting Saturday night of this week, we expect to work on three candidates. Don't forgetyour assessments and dues for this month for they must be in by Jan. 1st so that your clerk can get the books ready for installation. Please come now. J. A. Cutting, Clerk. Christmas Cantata. The Methodist choir will render the Christmas Cantata of the "Star of the East" next Sunday evening at 7:30 at the Church. All are cordially invited to this service. Enj »y the hour and catch the larger spirit of Christmas. 200 Titles in Boys' and Girls9 Books. 200 Titles in 50c Copyright Books. All the Newest Copyright Books. We have Books for everyone. Bibles, Prayer Books and Testaments. You will be sure to find what you want here. New Opera House Lease. The board of directors of ?the Opera House Co. met last Saturdayjnight and leased the opera house to O. G. Peter son for a term of four years at a rental of $1200 per year and he paying|$2000 for the picture show equipment and as a bonus for the lease. Mr. Peterson is confined to moving pictures, vaudevill and theatrical attractionsjapproved by the directors. As in the previous^lease, the Opera House Co. reserves twelve dates during each year. Mr. Peterson has closed the]"Cozy" and taken Walter Wheeler, machine operator, and Mrs. Ray Glass, pianist, with him to his new location. Bad(y Inured in Fall. As the result of the breaking of a scaffolding last Friday noon at the new house being erected for Mrs. T. E. Glass, W. H. Taubman sustained a broken bone in his right thigh just be low the hip. F. E. Barber, G. A. and Walter Morris were also at work on the scaffolding. Barber received a broken rib, Walter Morris an injured foot, but G. A. Morris escaped un injured. For Sale. One pair large geldings, one pair of mares in foal, two mare colts—yearling and suckling, all farm machinery, wag ons and harnesses, priced to sell. Phone South Orleans No. 13. C. L. WILSON, 21 miles North-west of Ridgeway. 17t2 A Great Concert Dated. Mme. Ohlson-Solem, a great vocalist who for several years was the teacher of operatic stars in Berlin, Germany and temporarily in this country, will give a concert in the Methodist Church at Cresco, Jan. 7th, 1916. Call and Settle. All parties owing me, either on ac count or on notes past due, must call and settle before Jan. 1st. Office over Kraft, Odell & Co's Clothing Store. 14-tf ..... R. J. WOODS. BOOKS. BOOKS TOILET ARTICLES We have a large assortment of Pari sian Ivory Bolt in separate pieces and in sets. The prices are right and the goods the best that can be bought. The New Mors Artie Ware in Jardi neres, Vaces, Um brella Stands, Hang ing Baskets and Candle Sticks. I PLUCK, PKOGRESS, PERSEVERANCE AND PATRIOTISM IN POLITICS Plain Dealer. CrtESCO, HOWARD COUNTY, IOWA. FRIDAY. DECEMBER 17, 1915 $1.00 PER YEAR Baptist Church. A deep interest was manifest in all of our services last Sunday. All serv ices at the regular hours next Sunday. Subject for the morning sermon: "Bethlehem's Babe." This sermon will be especially for children and young people. All of our Sunday School pupils and friends are urged to be present. Theme for evening sermon "A Great Question." Preparations are being made for our Christmas exercises, also for our yearly meeting to be held on January 5, 1916. We are to have an all day meeting. Further notice will be given later. Come to our Prayer Meeting on Wednesday evening and study God's Word with us. Get acquainted with the world's best literature. J. A. PETTIT, Pastor. Methodist Notes. The pastor will preach Sunday morn ing on the theme, "The Power of the Highest Shall Overshadow Thee." Sun day School will convene at 11:45 and Epworth League at 6:45. A Christmas Cantata will be rendered by the choir at 7:30. All are cordially invited. Let us show our appreciation of these splendid efforts of the choir by filling the church. Box Social. On Thursday, Dec. 23, 1915, at 7:30 p. m., there will be a plain box social at Liberty school house. Ladies will please put tie in box and a correspond ing one in a sealed envelope. These envelopes will be sold at 25c. There will be an evening of plays given by the school. MARY A. EATON, Teacher. New- M. W. A. Officers at Protivin. V. C.—Henen Lukes. W. A.—Thos. Chyle. Banker—Wenzel Cisar. Clerk—J. J. Lukes. Escort—Ferd. Lukes. Sentry—Mike Kovarik. Watchman—James Zichek. Trustee—Frank Zahasky. TOYS. TOYS A Big Line of Games and Toys. Buy the boy an Erecto Set and let him learn while he plays. Leather Goods Bill Folders, 50c to $3. Card Cases, 25c to $2. Purses, 25c to $1. Traveling Sets $3.00 to $9.00. EDW. T. LOMAS Cigar Cases 50c to $2. Death of W. T. Irvine. Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Farnsworth were called to La Crosse on Monday to at tend the funeral of W. T. Irvine, a former resident of Cresco, and a broth er-in-law of Mrs. Farnsworth. W. T. Irvine was born in La Porte, Ind. in 1858 and learned the jeweler's trade at South Bend, Ind. moving to Cresco in. 1878, conducting a jewelry department for Dr. H. C. Price and af terwards establishing in business him self. In 1880, he Was united in mar riage with Adeline Peck and to them two sons were born, both of whom with the wi5e survive him. In 1883, Mr. Irvine moved to La Crosse where he has since at all times been an important factor in its mer cantile life, enjoying the respect and confidence of an extremely large circle of friends and business acquaintances. Forgotten City Property Valuable. The City Council, on Monday even ing, sold for $800 to the highest bidder, Geo. Melaas, a lot irregular in shape with a 92-foot front and with a width of 40 feet on the alley, lying across the street east of the German Lutheran church. Almost everyone supposed that the land in that block was platted, but someone discovered that it was part of the street, and it was accord ingly vacated and sold. A triangular strip south of this lot was sold to Geo. Hamilton. Since the new council took charge of affairs they have sold, including the stone quarry, $2400 worth of land. Schley M. W. A. Officers. Schley Camp No. 11,679, M. W. of A., elected the following officers for the year 1016, at their regular meeting, Saturday, Dec. 11th. V. C.—C. A. Fosse. W. A.-L. H. Derr. Banker—L. V. Svestka. Clerk—James Malek. Escort—Will Valvoda. Watchman—Joe Barnes. Sentry—G. D. Paul. Trustee (for 3 years)—John Malek. SI KODAKS The Christmas Gift that provides the means for a hap py picture story of the day. Kodaks $6.00 to $22.50 Brownies $3.00 to $8.00. Kodak Albums 60c to $3 Waterman's Ideal Fountain Pen's, safety and self-filling, plain or sterling silver mounted, in Christmas boxes. we will exchange pen point to suit any hand writing after Christmas. ^8 Second Section BY MEAD PUBLISHING COMPANY Suffragists to Organize County. Miss Mabel Lodge, State Organizer for the Iowa Equal Suffrage Associa tion, will visit this county on Monday, December 20th. The purpose of Miss Lodge's visit is to make arrangements for the organization of the county ear* ly in January. The plan of organization and work adopted by the State Board calls for a County Chairman and also a group of workers in every election precinct. Regular committees are to be form ed for the purpose of circulating litera ture, placing speakers, raising funda and caring for any other activity that th6 county chairman deems advisable. Removal Notice. E. O. White & Son have moved the former F. A. Daubersmith dray offloo into A. L. Peterson's building and into the office formerly occupied by him in the Electric Specialty Co., where they will be pleased to meet all their friends and customers. This will be headquarters for the Hawkeye Oil Co. and Napervillo Lounge Co. Phone all orders for dray, oil, gasoline and flax straw. Phone No. 287, same as heretofore. 2-50 E. O. White & Son. Modern Brotherhood. President—I. L. Eaton. V.-President—Mrs. Ed Miller. Secy—W. W. Johnson. Chaplain—Mrs. Minnie Harris. Conductor—M. F. Harris. Watchman—Mrs. G. E. Owen! Sentry—Mrs. Katie Stinson. Physician—Dr. Roome. Auditing Committee—C. V. John son, G. L. Gill, B. Headington. Bring In Your Logs. I will have my saw rig set up at my place ready for spring sawing. Bring in your logs any'time. 17t4 S"SM Frank Rink. Big Christmas Gift Sale. Some mother, father, brother, sister, relative or friend will be selecting a gift for you at Roland Baldwin's. I"