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Mainly P&iAonal Comes Groundhog day next Mon day with the answer to the $64 question as to how much longer we’re going to have to battle these cold waves—each one more so than the one before—fact is we feel like putting out the welcome mat and do ing most anything else to get a fav orable forecast—and maybe there’s 1 Without FIT, no combination window can offer top performance. Genuine INTERLOCK construction is the Weather Seal answer to the FIT problem? A rugged, permanent construction feature that offers a positive’ lock, yet permits easy interchangeability. No need for springs ot gadgets .. it's built-in! ... for a lifetime. FOR FREE ESTIMATE ANO HOME DEMONSTRATION raouxsuRi Justin Basinger 136 Thurman St., Bluffton Phone 378-T Who’s 3 wrendi i The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engi neers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Fire men and Enginemen and the Switchmen’s Union of North America, representing 125,000 railroad employes, have refused to accept the offer of the Railroads of a wage increase of 15^ cents an hour. This is the same increase awarded 1,000,000 non-operating employes by an arbitration board in September, 1947. ^This is the same increase accepted by 175,000 conductors, trainmen and switch men by agreement on November 14, 1947. Agreements have been made with 1,175,000 employes, represented by nine teen unions But these three unions, rep resenting only 125,000 men, are trying to get more. They are demanding also many new working rules not embraced in the settlement with the conductors and train men. Incidentally, the Switchmen’s Union of North America represents only about 7% of all railroad switchmen, the other 93% being represented by the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and covered by the settlement with that union. Strike Threat The leaders of these three unions spread a strike ballot while negotiations were still in progress. This is not a secret vote but is taken by union leaders and votes are' signed by the employes in the presence of union representatives. When direct negotiations failed, the leaders of these three unions refused to join the railroads in asking the National Mediation Board to attempt to settle the dispute, but the Board took jurisdiction at the request of the carriers and has been earnestly attempting since November 24, 1947, to bring about a settlement The Board on January 15, 1943, announced its inability to reach a mediation settle ment. The leaders of the unions rejected the request of the Mediation Board to arbitrate. The railroads accepted. some way to 4iatract a groundhog’s attention so he won’t see his shadow if the sun shines anyway we’ve gotten to the point where there’s no thrill in nursing along a bad heat ing stove—one that smokes and goes out nights reminds us of the bobbysoxer in the post office Tues day who said she never could get a thrill out of smacking a lipstick kiss on the back of a letter to her boy friend and Bluffton this week digging itself out after last Satur day’s blizzard—worst of the winter —town truck rolling down sidewalks of the business section snovenng up WinJo^ 'UfDSUlMISCKDB wxtei wkdows 121 S. Elizabeth Street Phone 49611 Lima, Ohio W. J. Reagan Beaverdam, Ohio Phone 175-472 I 1 I I I I I 3 Unions Block Labor Peace—Refuse Wage Boost Already Accepted by 19 Other Railroad Unions! What Now? The Unions having refused to arbitrate, the Railway Labor Act provides for the appointment of a fact-finding board by the President. The railroads feel it is due shippers, passengers, employes, stockholders, and the general public to know that through out these negotiations and in mediation, they have not only exerted every effort to reach a fair and reasonable settlement, but they have also met every requirement of the Railway Labor Act respecting the negotiation, mediation, and arbitration of labor disputes. it seems unthinkable that these three unions, 'epresenting less than 10 per cent of railroad Here is a comparison of average annual earn ings of engineers and firemen for 1939 (pre war) and 1947. Also shown is what 1947 earnings would have been ii the 15H cents per hour increase, of fered by the railroads and rejected by the union leaders, had been in effect throughout the entire year 1947. I snow by the ton and speaking of winter, some thirty Blufftonites boarded the Nickel Plate special Sat urday night in near zero tempera ture to see some more winter—the Ice Follies skating extravaganza at Cleveland and got home in the wee hours Sunday and more seed catalogs coming through the mails which is a sure sign of spring and farmers looking up seed oats for early planting and the boys who should know will tell you that $3 corn in Bluffton this spring is more than a possibility—it’s a prob ability and so is television— fact is some say it’s to be here in three months and congratula tions to Dode and Med the two sur viving Murray triplets who were eighty last Thursday—they should be the oldest of Bluffton’s native born since the death of their elder brother Lloyd who carried that dis tinction for quite a few* years. Roy Hauenstein who last fall bought from the Zehrbach interests the two story building occupied by the Barnes grocery on North Main street is remodeling the place in pre paration for the opening of a bakery next month. From way back in the early days a bakery has been an in tegral part of Bluffton’s business picture except for comparatively brief intervals. For many years the bakery operated by the late Henry Ruhl on Cherry street was a land mark. It was located in the quar ters now occupied by the Rauenbuh ler plumbing shop and Ruhl, who learned the trade in Germany was a master-baker and Ruhl’s hearth bread was a top-seller here. Although he’s a grandfather, Guy Corson, Bluffton’s firechief can still cut a neat figure-8 on the ice. That was amply demonstrated last Sunday afternoon when three generations of Corsons were skating on Riley creek near Howard Stager’s on Grove street. There were Guy, his son Don and the latter’s young son, all hav ing a wonderful time amid a group of skaters enjoying the bracing weather of near zero temperatures. New England temperatures of 20 below zero don’t seem any colder than Ohio’s zero weather writes Roberta Biery, instructor in the Northfield School for Girls at East Northfield in northern Massachusetts. Four feet of snow have made an ideal setting for skiing with every one from 16 to 60 out for the sport. Railroads run week-end special trans from New York city to the ski trails at Northfield and the big ski jump for professionals at Brattleboro, Vermont, twelve miles distant. n Compare these wages with what you make! ENGINEERS Road Freight......................... (Local and Way) Road Passenger ................. Road Freight (Through). Yard........................................... FIREMEN Road Freight......................... (Local and Way) Road Passenger................... Road Freight (Through). Yard........................................... Railroad wages computed from Interstate Commerce Commission Statement M-300. Full year 1947 estimated on basis of actual figures for first eight months. BOOM 314 143 LIBERTY STREET NEW YORK, NEW YORK We are publishing thia and other advertisements to talk with you jat first hand about matters which are important to everybody. THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON. OH1O And here we are in the midst of winter and never a sound of sleigh bells—fact is probably some of the younger generation wouldn’t recog nize a smart cutter and spirited horse going down snow-covered Main street as hundreds of them did years ago about the turn of the century. Those were the days when the great mid-winter sport was to hire a bobsled at Harry Patterson’s or Bill Morrison’s livery stable and hie off to the country with a couple of quarts of oysters for a big oyster stew. Those were the days when oysters were 35 cents a quart—yes, we said quart, not pint. Winter season provides a flourish ing business and a tidy income for Kent and Justin Klingler over to ward Ada, who have attained the distinction of being among the dis trict’s top coon hunters. The boys checked up the other day at the close of the season and counted a total take of 27 pelts, the largest being a coon weighing 25 pounds. On their forays they are invariably accompanied by their four coon hounds, all registered thorobred black and tans. The coons were all taken in Allen, Hancock and Hardin coun ties. With a continuation of winter weather, Bluffton’s bird feeding pro gram sponsored by the Sportsmen’s club is being continued. Sacks of feed will be placed in the Bluffton News window this week free to any one "who will distribute it to the birds during this season when their usual feeding grounds are covered with snow. A variation from the snow and winter picture in Bluffton is word of a devastating California drought which comes from Edgar Neuensch wander, former Bluffton photogra pher, now living in Los Angeles. Be cause of the deficient rainfall, it is costing the citrus fruit growers thousands of dollars extra to irri gate their lands. The drought is termed by observers the worst in 70 years. For 37 days no rain has fallen in the great crop-producing San Joaquin valley, the longest con tinuous dry spell on record. Because of additional demands for irrigation conservation dams are low and in Santa Clara county five reservoirs are empty. NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT THE STATE OF OHIO 1 Alien County, ss. employes, and those among the highest paid, can successfully maintain the threat of a par alyzing strike against the interest of the en tire country—and against 90 per cent of their fellow employes. The threat of a strike cannot justify grant ing more favorable conditions to 125,000 em ployes than have already been put in effect for 1,175,000, nor will it alter the opposition of the railroads to unwarranted wage in creases or to changes in working rules which are not justified. A glance at the box shows what employes represented by the Engineers and Firemen make. They are among the highest paid in the ranks of labor in the United States, if not the highest. IM? Iwrifi Aval Urahts $3,966 3,632 3,147 2,749 fl k Estate of John C. Heiser Deceased Iva J. Heiser of R. D. No. 2, Ada, Ohio, has been appointed and qualified as Executrix of the estate of John C. Heiser late of Alien County. Ohio, deceased. Dated this 14th dav of January 1948. RAYMOND P. SMITH Probate Judge 42 IM? Inogi ImmI fioiin win WA tuti Ftr IwrMM $6,757 $6,126 6,025 5,169 4,539 5,399 4,684 4,081 5.268 4,683 2,738 5,165 3,891 3,553 4,544 3,460 3,136 2,732 2,069 1,962 ___ _____ _____ Auto a Killer Twice as many Americans hav been killed by automobiles in th past 25 years as by all the wars ii the nation’s history. NOTICE LEG. ilnor of the age of 15 Marilyn Neely, a ____ years of 561 Madia* n Avenue. Elizabeth New Jersey, and Lawn nee Neely, a minor of the age 14 years of 561 Madison Avenue, Elizabeth. New Jet tey, will take notice that Robert M. Neely, ^iministrator of the estate of Jessie M. Neel? day of December, 'the Probate Court, County of Allen at State of Ohio, alleging that demand has bi of the beneficiaries i deceased, on the 22nd ,947. filed his petition in within in and for the n made upon him by all of said decedent's estate that he proceed to ile an action for the sale of all real estate ivned by the decedent at the time of his de M. Neely died seiz in fee simple of the following described i sal estate, situated in the County of Allen and State of Ohio, to-wit:— Tract No. 1:— I “Inlot numbed Twenty-two Hundred th: that the said Jessie Fifty (2250) in Klbby’s Sub-division to the City of Lima, Aslen County, Ohio. The dwelling house on paid premises is number ed 728 South Elizabeth Street, in the City of Lima. Ohio.’' Tract No. 2:— Situated in the Township of American, County of Allen and State of Ohio, to wit: “Being all that part of the northeast quarter of the sou'diwest quarter of Sec tion -number Twenw-two (22) of Town ship Three (8) South. Range Six (6) East, American Township, Allen County, Ohio, which lies sotkh of the Pittsburgh. Ft. Wayne and Chgrago Railroad right of-way.” "Also, a strip of ’land, in the North west quarter of the (southeast quarter of said Section number (twenty-two (22) ly ing between the half (section line and an angling road which Hegins at the south west corner of lot ngmber Ten (10) in Horner's Tract and (running southwest with an angle of said .road, to the south west corner of the Northwest quarter of the southeast quarter 1 of the aforesaid Section, Township ana Range, and all lying south of the aforepaid railroad right of-way, and containing in all thirty seven (37) acres of land, more or less. excepting one-hundred I and forty-eight (148) feet in width north and south off of the south side of the' above described premises. The premises hereby conveyed contains thirty-two (32j acres of land, mor® or less.” Also all tha'c part of the East half of the Northwest quarter oflSection Twenty two (22), in Township 'Khree (3) South, of Range Six (6) East. I lying south of the right-of-way of th® Pennsylvania Railroad, being a triangular tract of land, bounded and described as follows: Commencing at the southwest corner of the said Bast half of the northwest quar ter and running thence North, on th*? West line of said East half, 393 feet to the southwest line of the tigh’c-of-way of said Pennsylvania Railroadj thence in a southeasterly direction, alogg the south west line of said right-of-way, 780 feet to a point thence West along the Sou'rh line of said Ejwst half, 64:3 feet tc» the place of beginrting, contairitng two and less. s) acres ot l|nd, more or Said three ti•acts are locited on yhe West side of :i private n Road a idinpr south from the Lima-Del phoe the Pennsylvania Railroad tol and along the above described tracts. The prayer of said Petition is that the Court may order said real estate bold in ac cordance with the law. The persons first above mentioned will further take notice that they have been made parties defendant to said Petition land that they are required to answer the saine on or before the 13th day of March, 194B. Robert M. Neely, Administrator of the Estate of Jessie M. Npely, de ceased. Oren E. Dickason and John H. Romey. I 45 Attorneys for Plaintiff, i -...... u------ NEW ISSUE District Office Wapakoneta, Ohio Phone 28304 January 29, 1948 Youthful charm and beauty are either the alm—or the envy—of every woman .. just as the aim of those who have beauty—Is to retain It Info the advancing years. Vitamins are just as essential in the diet as fats, proteins or carbohydrates, and If lacking—vibrant health takes a v Wil W QiU rrwna. VITA VIM FORTIFIED CAPSULES contain vitamins A—the Complex factors—C-D-G with yeast and Iron •. all of the essential vitamins for health, growth and development •. sold at Nyal Stores oniyi A. Hauen stein/ & Sen Better than new- our repa motto Take advantage 12,200 SHARES CENTRAL OHIO LIGHT & POWER COMPANY COMMON STOCK Central Ohio Light & Power Company has just placed in operation a new 10,000 kilowatt unit in its Woodcock Plant at Bluffton. This unit, to gether with a boiler having a capacity of 120,000 pounds of steam per hour, an extension of the Pldnt building and all auxiliary equipment cost approxi mately $1,200,000. Tqtal construction expenditures last year were about $1,350,000 and it is expected that construction expenditures for 1948 will amount to approximately $860,000 which includes the cost of a duplicate circuit from Findlay to North Baltimore in order to provide increased service for customers in that ardp. The Company is also installing two new boilers in its St. Marys Power Plant. It is proposed to raise a part of the money required for these important additions through the sale! of shares of Common Stock which the Company is today offering tp its stockholders at a price of $24.50 per share pursuant to their preemptive right, touch right to subscribe expires February 2, 1948. If all of such shares are ^subscribed, the total offering price would be $298,900. The Company will pay solicitation fees of $1.25 per share, or a minimum of $15,250, to investment bankers and security dealers with re spect to subscriptions obtained by them. The Company may also pay com missions, not exceeding fifty's cents a share, to employees who are instru mental in selling shares of tne Common Stock not subscribed for through investment bankers or security dealers. In addition, expenses for printing, legal fees and other matters are estimated at $11,600. The Company may make a public offering of any! unsubscribed shares. The net proceeds from the tale of these securities will be used to re imburse the treasury of the Conipany for amounts expended for additions to its property, plant and equipment. Anyone desiring further information about the Company, or desiring to purchase any unsubscribed shares if and when they become available for sale, may obtain a copy of a Prospectus descriptive of the Company and its affairs from any Company representative or at the following Com pany offices: General Office 120 North Main Street Findlay. Ohio Main 2240 BECAUSE THESE SECURITIES ARE BELIEVED TO BE EXEMPT FROM REG ISTRATION, THEY HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION BUT SUCH EXEMPTION, IF AVAILABLE DOES NOT INDICATE THAT THE SECURITIES HAVE BEEN EITHER AP PROVED OR DISAPPROVED BY THE COMMISSION OR THAT THE COM MISSION HAS CONSIDERED THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE STATEMENTS IN THIS COMMUNICATION. 1 New and Used G. E. Cleaners See our electric ranges on display—one model now selling at the new low price $169.75. This full size Hot point range formerly sold at $189.75. This is more than a 10% reduction as advertised by Hotpoint. THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 1948 APPLIANCE STORE 105 S. Main Phone 255-T of Hotpoint’s recent reduction in prices. Ranges, water heaters, washers are now available for immediate delivery. District Office North Baltimore, Ohio Phone 2251 Adv.