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Remember The Demo crat's advertisers when in Celina shopping. ' They will give you a square deal ONE PAPER In th HOMK It wrtN a In lh byway, and Jutt nmtmbtrTHI DEMOCRAT la hama aapar at Maroar Count. a a a EtUblUhad Mm . 1143. Entr4 ith-Ctltn. f M. wttH m Hnid iUM snail mmtxmt. Volume 21, Number 46 Carlin & Carlin, Publishers Celina, Ohio, February 23, 1917 THE CELI LONGEST Forward Step Taken for Prohi bition in Country's History When National Bonio, by a Vctt of More Than 4 to 1, Made Vat Area "Bone Dry." MASS MFWINU OF TF.MPF.IUNCK foim i:h, MARCH 2 There will be a mass meeting of Ik? temperance forces of the country at the City Hall, In this city, at 1:30 o'clock, Friday, March 2. At that time tho nominating committee will make its report. A large attendance Ib much desired. ML Might As Well Pull Up Stakes and Move Out Washington, Feb. 21. Absolute prohibition legislation took its long est forwaid stop in the nation's his tory today when the House, after two hours of uproarious debate, approved bv a four to one majority a Senate measure which would raise an iron clad barrier against the importation ol liquor Into prohibition States. It is expected to receive the approval of President Wilson within a week, add ing immediately to the "bone dry" territory about one-third of contlnen tal United States. The vole, as officially announced was 321 to 72, but a recheck of the roll changed it to 319 to 72. Party lines were completely broken down, and numerous lepresentatives from prohibition States were recored In the negative. FIVE AND COSTS For Scotching- IjmI Who Would Rath er Take Him Medicine Than Return to Home HI M), Till; WOULD IK) MOVE Albany, N. V., Feb. 20 The As sembly voted today, 124 to 14, to pass the proposed amendment to the constitution granting equal franchise to the women. Divorcing of Old Pond from St. Marys and Restoration to Maiden Name Awful. a first-class Wihskf.y pof.m Taylor Jeffries, of Franklin town ship, was fined $5 and Costs by May or Scranton. acting us Justice of the Peace, last Saturday morning, for se vere tn-atnient of his adopted son, Fmmet Gratton. a twelve year old lad, taken by Jefferles from a Cin ciunatl orphans' home several years a m." The an est was made by Hu mane Oilicer Ellis. Jefieii.is ch.liiied he only gave th bov a severe whipping for continual lv telling falsehoods, which seems to h the case. When it was suggested that hs be fwmt back to the Home, he begged to be permitted to stay with Mr. Jeffries; An oilicer irom in Home anived here tht, first of the v.vek. howevtr. and took the boy brick to Cincinnati, asserting, they iiwavs found it the best policy where there was trouble of any kind to.take tho child back to ths Home. C. E. NOTES The Presbyterian Endeavorers held another splendid meeting Sun diiv evenintr. Irene Wngner was lailpr for. the meeting. The attend ance and participation was good Mvrtle Crockett chairman of the in formation committee gave some items oi interest. A number or new mem hers were voted into the society which will taken in the first Sun day in March. The members are still working for more to be added to this list. PERSONAL Mrs. M. K. Hemphill was the guest of friends at Findlay the first of the week. Rev. and Mrs. Alonzo Shafer are home from a visit at Buffalo and New York City. Mrs. Henry Lennartz is home from a two weeks' visit with relatives at Dayton and Piqua. Miss Florence Hughes, of Lima, Is the guest this week of Miss Blanche Meyer, East Market street. Mrs. William Daugherty, of New' ark, came Tuesday to visit her par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Casteel, S Mill street. Misses Emma Ott and Mary Wesk er are home from Dayton and Cleve land, where they attended the spring millinery openings. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Baucher, of Detroit, Mich., are guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Dysert, In Center town hsip. Miss Mary Meier, of Dayton, has accepted a position as head trimmer at the Ott & Wesker Millinery store the coining season. Ralph Heffner and his bride of a couple of weeks, are home from a honeymoon trip to Palm Beach, Fla., and other Southern points. Ben Nickel and J. Z. Riley, of the Riley & Nickel Hardware company, and Jim McGee and 'Wife are at Day ton this week attending the Ohio Hardwaie convention. Miss Minnie Jannlngs, of Dayton, was the guest last Friday of Joseph Gross vnd family. North Walnut str., while enroute to St. Anthony for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs Fred Janning. Mrs. James Byer is home from a visit with her sister, Mrs. B. L. Slos eer at Fostorta. Her daughter, Miss Bernette Byer,-who has been a guest at the iSlosser home for several weeks returned with her mother. Mrs. Emma Cordier and daughter, Wilma, who for several years past lias conducted a boarding house on South Walnut street, has moved to Lima, where she will join her daugh ter, Mrs. Anna Beutels,pacher. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Leiser left on yesterday afternoon for Lake City, Florida, where they will make an ex tended visit with their daughter, Mrs. O. Fisher and family. They will also visit other Southern points of Inter est betore returning home. Mrs. Henry Goslee, of Wapakone ta, is the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Deltsch, East Living ston street. While here she is acting as book-keeper at the Celina Furni ture company's store, during the ill ness of MIbs Lucille Belersdorfer, who took the place upon, Mrs. Goa lee's niarrlge. IN THE NAME OF PATRIOTISM The Jingo newspapers are constant ly giving reasons why we should go to war, but they denounce as unpa triotic anyone who dares to present reasons for not going to war. And, whye advocating war, they pretend to be supporting tno President, who is hoping t rvold war. They wis- represent tin President's position and try to put h'lii In the attitude deslr lug to entei this war. They libel the President, too, vhen t,hey ivssuiie that he wants to take from congress the constitutl mal right to cleclar w&r a right wri'e', belongs exclusive ly to congress: and they ibel con crcpp also v ti" i they assur e thai congress objects to anti-war pet! tlons from the people or evi to I "inendum vofe by the peo 1.0 on audi an Important question. An.1 the jingo papers do all this in the name of patriotism. W. J. BRYAN. A Columbus special to the Cincln- natl EiHjdJrer. under date of Febr uary 21, says: Senator George Holl, of Auglaize cou'ay, caused the undoing of one of the works that was the pride of for mer Senator Daniel F. Mooney, now America;: minister to Paraguay. "The senate. In .passing the Wdlder- Miuth house b'll, making Lake Lora- mie a public park, like Buckeye lake, and others, revived an old quarrel be tween St. Ma; j s and Celina. They have been at odds lot years over the proper name :'or tho lake which first was called Mccer lake and then Ce- to Grand Reservoir, booting both St. changed by Moony to Lake St. Marys. 'Today Hoh had the name changed to Grand eRsi rvoir, booting both St. Marys, which is only two miles from the lake, and Celina, which Is on the lake front. Holl believes he will win the gratitude nf the antl-milkarist el ement in both towns." The suloon is sometimes called Bar that Is true A BAR to Heaven, a door to hell; Whoever named It named It well. A HA It to Manliness and wealth ;i A door to want and broken heallh. A HAH to honor, pride and fame; A door to grief and sin and shame. A BAR to home, a BAR to prayer; A door to darkness and despair. A BAR to honored, useful life; A door to brawling, senseless strife. A BAR to all that's true and brave A door to every patron's grave. A BAR to joys that home Imparts; A door to tears and aching hearts. A BAR to Heaven, a door to hell, Whoever named It named It well. The author of the above lines only one of the many thousands in the great penitentiaries of our coun try serving long sentences for of fenses committed In the great major Ity of cases when under the influence of liquor. Guardian of Liberty. AVIATOR BROCK And His Pupils Source of Interest Home Folk and Strangers, "Who Flock Grand' Lake Field GRAJDLAKE So Mote It Be, and Right at Our Front Door And Poor Old St. Marys Mourns for Child She Never Had Dry Yer Tears and Come Over St. Marys Argus. Senator George W. Holl, of this county and district, has yielded to the clamor of Celina citizens and con sented to change the name of "Lake St. Marys" back to that of "Grand Reservoir, as St was formerly known Ever since Senator Dan Mooney had our big pond christened "Lake St. Marys" the p'.ople .and newspapers over at Celina have been beside them selves wifh astonishment and wr.v.h. The fact that Senator Holl has yield ed deference to their wishes will, no doubt, be hailed with exultant de light over on the western shore of the "unsalted sea." It's Grand Luke Now Later A telephone message to the Evening Leader from Senator Holl, at Columbus, this afternoon, announces that he has secured an amendment to the reservoir hill, and it will now be called "Grand Lake," instead of "Grand Reservoir". A. B. Kohler, of the Western Fish and Game Commis sion,, assured Senator Holl that "Grand Lake" would be satisfactory. Aviator Billy Brock has his hands full now. Fiom morning 'till night he has had the big aeroplane sailing and circleing above the city and out over the big pond. The pounding, singing, hum-drum of the big mr-tor, consistently draws big crowds of home-folks and strang ers to the west bank of the ice cov ered lake, which, during the colder days has been used as the aviation field. Many heads are turned skyward during the day, when the big bird's defiant spurts announces its presence over-head. And with every dip and turn, with every swerving and up ward climbing of the air-boat the many spectators know that Billy Brock, the skillful aviator at the helm is teaching some new feat to the student at his side, how to handle the big craft and meet with any un rdinary currents that may be in the path. Eugeno Purcel, one among the first of the pupils under the instruction of Billy Brock has completed his course, but will remain here until the THE GRIM REAPER James Dague James Dague, aged 78 years, died Jitft before twelve o'clock last Sun day night at the county Infirmary as the result of a stroke of paralysis sustained Sunday morning. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Andy' Bishop of Dayton, who v.as here to attend the funeral ser vices held Tuesday afternoon. Dague was admitted to the institu tion in September 1915. .Last sum mer his daughter took him to Day ton, but after a short visit he asked to be taken back to the Infirmary, where ho preferred to stay: Wm. Ellsworth Wolfe Sick two days, William Elsworth Wolfe, aged 19 years, four monthB and eighteen Cays, died at 4:15 a. m. Friday, February 16th, 1917, at the residence of his parents, North Wayne street, St. Marys, Ohio. - Wil liam Elsworth Wplfe is survived by his parents and by the following named brothers and sisters: Freder ick Wolfe, Isaac Wolfe, David Wolfe, Mrs. Joseph Hammond, Mercer coun ty; Joseph Wolfe, Huron county, O.; Mrs. L. A. Flisher, Auglaize county. The' subject of these lines was a native of Mercer county. He there spent his early childhood and attend ed school. During the month of Oct ober, 1916, he removed with his par ents to St. Marys, residing here the few remaining months of his life. Employed at ttbe St. Marys Wheel and Spoke Works, he was at work when stricken with the sudden, fatal visitation. St. Marys Leader. A; "f : r A. " s SCHOOLS Of Montezuma and Franklin Town ship to Have Community Fair March 3 at Montezuma I Ed win G. Knepper, Dist. Supt. The schools of Montezuma and Franklin township will hold their Community Fair and display of school work at Montezuma on Saturday, March 3. This is to be an event of interest to every person in the com munity. ,The entire day will be de voted to tne work of the schools. The forenoon will be used for arrang ing and Judging the display. At noon the display will be open to visitors and may be examined any time dur ing the afternoon. At two p. m. the school children will give a program. In the evening at 7:30 there will be an address by Mr. J. R. Clarke, Director of the Junior Corn Growing Contests. The Montezuma urcnestra will rurnisn music at this session. This is to be a gala day in the schools and it is to be hoped that all patrons of the schools will avail themselves of this opportunity to see the work of the schools. The articles to be displayed are made entirely by pupils under direc tion of the teachers. They consist of sewing of various kinds, manual work, compositions, writing, map rawing, art, etc. Competent Judges will rate each piece of work and the prizes will be awarded for the best. cnool prizes in each grade for the best display by grades. Teachers and pupils alike have worked hard nd a splendid list of entries is cer tain. ThoBe who miss this event will havo cause to regret. The afternoon program also has been carefully pre pared. Mr. Clarke, won addresses the evening meeting is a speaker with message for the community. He is school man with a wide experience and a keen sense of humor. There ill not be a dull moment in his ad dress. This Is a real opportunity to take pa t In a forward-looking move ment. The public is Invited to at tend all sessions. No charges for ad mission made. ?. - George Hooper George Hooper, aged 84 years, died last Friday afternoon at his home on TouVelle street, following a lingering illness of a complication of troubles Deceased was born in Clermont county) this utate. He came to Mer cer county abour35 years ago. His third wife, 3 children and two step children survive. The children are Hiram and Ed Hooper, of Aurora, Ind., and Wiiibur Hooper, of Lima The step children arc Mrs. Frank Betz and Wiiliam Mcllroy of this ci ty. Funeral services were held from the Hooper home last Sunday afler nccn, with Lev. Waller Martin, of ihe Free Methodist church in charge. IVITHOUT Ceremony Governor Cox Sips Presidential Suffrage Bill Giving Ohio Women Right to Vote -And Yet the Old World Still Continues to Revolve. Columbus, O., Feb. 21. Without ceremony and without a nroment s resltation Governor Cox signed the Reynolds bill .passed by both ancnes of tno General Assembly, I ranting Presidential suffrage to wq- n en, late today, when It was present ed to him hy Representative James Reynolds of Cleveland, author of the bill. The Ohio Association of Wpmen Opposed to Suffrage have announced it will start a referendum to repeal the measure. The members have ninety days in which to petition for referendum on the bill. Governor Cox gave Reynolds the pen with which he signed the bill. Reynolds announced he would present It to his fourteen-yeur-old daughter, Nina Reynolds. 1 1 i iii.i: miii i ( ini.i)iti: In a recent speech Judge Scully of Chicago said there ure 2800 feeble minded children in the Imbecile home it Lincoln, III., who are paying for the sins of their fathers. The Judge says there are two sources for all this misery alcohol and social dis ease, conditions for which t he fath ers are responsible. But the bur dens of all this woe are distributed throughout the community. Vice and drunkenness put a burden on ev ery shoulder. Every week a hundred of these melancholy patients, the vic tims of a low morality, come to that institution. They come from the re gion of bad habits, wnere education Is a method and religion Is a joke. and yet the men who are devoting their lives to making that region saf er and truer are set down as cranks. Hut that will pass by, and the duty of men to make their fellows hap pier and truer will be recognized as the greatest of all duties. Ohio State Journal. BUDGET Presented by Governor Cox Establishes Precedent No Longer Will State's Fiscal Af fairs Be Done by Cuoas Fav orable Balance Expected. BAD WRECK AVERTED BY AN OHIO CITY BOY FATHER Victim of Young Son's Viiulictiveness Is Claim Made by Albert Shelter's Friends BILLY BROCK (Ace of the Air) Above is a good likeness of Avlutor Billy Brock, Head Instructor of B. Ward Beam's Aviation School, located in this city. summer season, when a machine of his own, now nder construction, will be completed. W. It. Wilkins, another student, who a short time ago arrived here from the South, is progressing very fast and has done credit to both him self and Mr. Brock. Mr. Wilkins has accompanied Aviator Brock, so far, on only sixteen flights, and has pro gressed so rapidly that outside of the starting and landing has, with the instructor by bis side driven the big plane himself, and on next Monday will make his trial flight alone. Miss Miriam Kremer, the young lady, who gave up a musical career and left the conservatory of music at Cincinnati to enroll as a student in the school here, arrived the first of the wek, and has made numerous trips to the lieavens with Aviator Brock, and is progressing, nicely. An aviation field has been secured about a mile and a half north of the city and with the beginning of the warm days the field will be pressed into B'Tvice. At present thee new machines are under way ol construction in the school's factory here and, B. Ward Beam promoter of the school, is at present in Chicago, where he will en roll a number of new students and probably confer with a number of ar my ofiicors, preparatory to their en rollment as students. Clements Barenbrngge Clements Barenbrngge, aged 71 years, died last Sunday morning at his home on North Mill street. He hid been in failing health for more than a year past and had been con lined to the house'siace last Septem ber. Deceased was a native of Germany mid a atone n ason by trade. He has been a resident of this city for about 85 years. lie is survived by his -ife and four children Henry, of Siindusky; Frank, of Ft. Recovery; Mrs. Glen Keudig, of Detroit, Mich. and Mrs. Josephine Donoho, of Hay ton. Funeral strvices were held at the Catholic church in this city Wednes day morning. Jennie Monroe Miss Jennie Monroe, the fifteen year old daughter of Mr. ana airs, j F. Monroe, of Montezuma, died last Tuesday evening, following a linger ing illneiio. Beside.! her narents she is surviv ed by two brothers Otis and Dallas, both of Montezuma i nd three sisters Mrs. Ida Bennett, of Oakwood, end Mrs. Ethel Harrison and Miss Stella Mor roe ,of Montezuma. Funeral servces will be held at the Montezuma M. E. church this morn i'ic, with Rev. Richardson In charge. Prominent Ft. Itecovery friends of Albert Sheffer, of Gibson township, were in town the first of the week to deny the published reports that he was drunk and had abused his wife, as appeared in The Democrat and other public prints last week. They alleged that all of Mr. Shelter's troub- ler were cauued by his son, a boy bout 14 years of age, who sought to even up matters with his father for hreatenlng to chastise him for a very serious offense and one that suggest ed that he needed it and needed it badly. The mother however object ed and the lad went unpunished. It seems the lad had circulated the story printed, knowing the conditions nder which his father was paroled om thu penitentiary, and it soon fained credcace. The friends of Mr. Sheffer, who say he is trying to make good, ask that simple justice be done him. This all should accord him, and a boost instead of a knock be his portion. COURT MATTERS Common Pleas Judge Miller last week designated Probate Judge Younger as Judge of the Juvenile court. Tim Putman, son of Alick Putman, of near Ohio City, deserves a Car- nagie medal and then some. Early Monday morning as Mr. Putmpn was going to his work on the Almanding- er Oil lease, he discovered a broken rail on the Clover Iveaf railroad. The rail wa broken completely off at the end 20 Inches or more In length. After waiting almost two hours in the bitter cold, the thermometer that morning ranging about 15 degrees below zero, he was able to flag an east hound passenger train. The train was late and was running about 60 miles an hour. Had it hit the brok en rail the train would have been wrecked and probably many lives lost. REASON Of Young Washington Township Man Detnroned While Pondering Over Gate Patent Bert Brigner, aged 38 years, of Washington township, was adjudged Insane by Drs. Hattery and Ayers at a hearing before Probate Judge lounger last J.onday morning. Mr. .urigner s loss or mina came very suddenly, and is supposed to have come from over study to unrav el a small defect in a patent farm gate he was expecting to place upon the market, coupled with a religious craze. tie Decame very violent ana was brought to town about one o'clock last Sunday morning by Sheriff Pum phrey and lodged in a cell. He be came so violent that Sheriff Pumph' rey found it necessary to strap his hands and feet to prevent him doing injury to himself. He is the father of five childien ,the oldest but nine years of age. W. T rey, O. f'led an Barney Otting, aged 60 years, died at his home at Dayton Wednesday. He had been ill for several months with a complication of troubles. Deceased was a former resident of this county and well known here. He is survived by his wife and several children. Funeral services will be held at Dayton to-morrow. TEACUP And Xortli Star, Original Route for Highway, Will Be Followed in Spite of Petition Greenville Advocate The intercounty highway between Greenville and Celina will not be changed as was asked for by several farmers living in the vicinity of this road. The opinion was received at Coun ty Auditor Garrison's office, Friday morning. The petition as presented to State Highway Commissioner Cow en asked that the route of the road be changed so that instead of going half a mile west of Brock and then into North Star, it would be located so that it would follow the route of the St. Marys pike into Teacup and then west into North Star. In ruling on this matter. Commis sioner Cowen stated That after a due consideration of the matter before him he thought that for the best in terests of the State and Darke coun ty the route of the road be left as it ia at present. Andrews, through his attor Raudabaugh, last Saturday, action against Alcy Cannon et al praying for Judgment in the sui t of $19&0, with interest on a promissory note, and for foreclosure of mortgage on the following proper ty, given to secure the note: The northeast quarter of the north east (inciter of Section 36, Butler township; alsr 10 2-3 acres, undivid ed interest of said defendant Alcy Cannon, in tht northwest quarter of the, southeast quarter of Section 10, Granville township. Going suddenly insane, the result brooding over an invention by which he proposed to open and close a gate without getting out of his rig, Pert BrigJer, a farmer residing west r f Celina, near a little village known as Wabash, was taken from Celina to the Toledo hu:i;ital for the insane on Monday morning. He was taken through Lima securely bound to a steel cot, sleeping under the Influence ot an opiate. Sheriff William Pum- phiey of Mercer county and his dep uty, Clyde Miyer, were in charge of the sleeping man, and they stated that he was the most violent insane person tney have ever had in their leepini;. Lima Times-Democrat. Columbus, Feb. 22 Wholesome precedent was set when Gov. Jamei M. Cox presented the budget for the next two years to the Ohio General Assembly. The business of Ohio is now approaehtu In business like man ner. Not as a dictator but as the business manager of the biggest bus iness In the state the governor went before the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to consult them as sharers in responsi bility. The Kpirit of helpfulness and co-operation prevailed and partisan chip vanished. This augurs well for the state and its people. In the first executive budget ever presented in the United States it was fcliown Just what a budget means. The budget is in reality the states purse. Governor Cox had gone into every r.eed personally and made rec ommendations with full explanation, showing reductions here by force of necessity, and increases elsewhere where pressing requirements had to be met. If the executive budget is followed the appropriations for the next two years will be $42,660,841. which is three millions less than the state in come as estimated bv State Auditor Donahoy, who places the receipts for the period at $45,179,321.21. This is astonintiinc in view of the fact that the preceding administration for the first time in history made no ap propriation for the general assembly which began work at the adminis tration close, and in view of the fur ther fact that the population of the state nas greatly increased, and costs cf operation have more than propor tionately increased by reason of con ditions over w hich the state has no ocntrol. It is estimated that lapses from appropriations will be more than one million dollars so that the f.tate will be more than safely with it its income. In the last two year period, for the first time since the Civil War, the state expenses exceed ed the state income. In the budget presented by Gover nor Cox every need is anticipated. Emergency appropriations are recom mended of $250,000 for state Insti tutions because of rising costs of food, $250,000 for the national guard in case of need. These will lapse it unused, and the Governor recom mended that it require a four-fifth vote of the Board of Control to re lease them. Other extraordinary ex- (Contlnued on Eighth Pag) BIG LOSS Sustained by Cincinnati Northern In Wreck Xear Ansonia, When Six teen Ca' s AVero Derailed DIDN'T D. H. Miller, throguh his attorney, John Kramer, Wednesday filed suit against W. M. Nolan, Ira E. Wagner et al., prayint for judgment on a promissory note of $365, with inter- e:-t, and sale of chattel property mort gaged to secure said note. ' Frank H. Warrick through his at torney E. L. Bryson, Wednesday filed suit against Abraham Lingfelter et 8i., praying for quieting o ftitle to the following property: Being the south east quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 4, Hopewell township, con taining 40 acres of land ;also the west half of the northeast quarter of Section 4. Hopewell township, less ten acres off 'he entire west side of the south west quarter of the north east quarter of Bald section, leaving 0 acres, remaning Kfter said excep tion. Frank Boinholt, through his attor ney, J. M. Sctilosser, last saturaay, filed suit, against Barney and Frank Dabbelt praying for judgment in the sim of $ii?3, with Interest on a cog novit onte. Judge Miller ordered judgment. Williii'n C. Marker, through his at torney. J. D. Johnson, last Monday filed suit against Hiram Green, of Ft. Recovery, praying for judgment against defendant for $200, with interest. Plaintiff claims he procured a pur chaser for the St. Clair Hotel at Ft. Recovery, then owned by Green, and was to receive 2u0 if tne sale was :iade. The sale was made, so he al leges, to his prospect, L. C. Blnkley, but Gr?cn has so far failed to come across. OFF FOIt PACIFIC COAST Our old friend, John Stillbarger, the well known horseman, living west of town left Tuesday morning for San Francisco, Calif., to visit a sister he has not seen for over fifty years. He has heard little of her in that time, and then only through an other sister in Boston. Last week he was able to locate her in a tele gram to the oast. He left In fine spirits and beaming eyes and expects to remain until the last of March. The Democrat will keep him posted on homo doings while in the west. Know It's Crjuuisli Ways, and Mech anic I'.roun Was Surprised At Actum of Old Auto Wm. Brown, head mechanic at the Celina Auto Co., was painfully injur ed this morning in a peculiar manner. Precious to overhauling an old car that belonged to the company, Bill cranked the r-.achine, and it being in reverse gear started at a goodly speed bacitwarcl toward the big doors the rear. In order to save tearing the doors down Mr. Brown leaped in the machine to turn off the power, hut was too late. The machine crashed into the big doors tearing them to pieces. One of the doors fell on top of Bill and his arm was badly cut by glass which formed the upper portion of the door. He hurried to the office of Dr. Mil ler where it was found necessary to take sevoral Witches to close a three inch gash in his left arm. Mr. Brown considers himself lucky in escaping with the few cuts on his arm. It is estimated that a freight wreck which occurred on the Cincinnati Northern railroad, two miles north of Ansonia, will cost that road In the l oighborhoou of fifty thousand dol-' lars. Sixteen cars, mostly empties. v ere derailed by a broken axle of one of the coal goadolas. Fortunately no one was Injured. The wreck was at the second bridge north of Ansonia and one of the other two cars of the sixteen toppled over the bridge into the water below. Hay, which was in the car, filled the river bed. The other filk-d with soda ash fell to the same side smashing the car and scat tering the ash over the embankment. uailway officials say that possibly six of the sixteen cars will be worth re pairing, leaving them a total loss. The company sent its trains from Ce lina to Versailles, thence via Big Four to Ansonia and from there south on their own lines while a wreck crew was busy clearing the track. A number of horses and cattle in transit from Coldwater to Columbia City, Indiana, were held here last mght cn account of having been in jured by the kicking of a sick ani mal. The injured stock was placed in the hands of Dr. F. F. Sheets for surgical attention and treatment. Van Wert Bulletin. GET-TOGETHER Meeting at Maple Center Wednesday Night Will Have lie Along With Entertainment A get-to-gother meeting will be held at Maple Center school house on Wednesday evening, February 28. An entertaining February program will be rendered and a pie social en joyed. A' most cordial invitation is extended to all. Ladies bring pies. Gentlemen bring cash. We wish to emphasize this invitation to patrons of the entire school district. Re served seats for members of school board and their families, county and district superintendents. Come and bring a good time with you. Yours most cordially, ALICE NEWCOMB F. M. Lee, of Geneva, who was a guest i. this city with his father-in-law, J. i. Lor., at thn home of Thos. Hutson and family. West Water St., went to Celina, Ohio, Tuesday for a visit witli his mother. Mr. Lee ex pects to leave Geneva in March, re turning to Montana, where he will continue as an oil driller for a yea; oi so. Portland. Ind. Sun. CELINA BOY Tenders Resignation When His Chief Quits Service in Bureau of Vital Statistics Mercer County Observer B. H. Gilberg of Celina, Assistant Statistician in the Bureau of Vital Statistics, tendered his resignation to Secretary of State W. D. Fulton, on Wednesday, to take effect March 8, 1917. The Celina boy called upon the Se cretary of Stare Feb. 3 aitd expressed his desire to step down and out at the same time his chief. State Regis trar, Dr. M. W. Bland retires, which is March 8. Dr. Bland was re-appointed for 4 years last fall and because of his fed eral connections could have served his term, unmolested but he chose to retire in favor of Dr. Monger of Greenville, and to resume the prac-. tice of his profession. Gilberg ac cordingly, would be the only Repub lican in the Bureau and to prevent unpleasantness chose to retire. The December birth certificates re ceived during January were 1000 more than were received in any one month and the head of the bureau attributed this record almost wholly to the work of Mr. Gilberg.