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w,war Saving Stampg are the answer of a jrreat democracy to the demand for a democratic form of government security, They have behind them the entire resources of the government and people of Ununited States. The
L- War Savings Stamp plan is simple, straightforward and certain. The holder of the certificate cannot lose unless your country loses, and If it loses your money is worthless and your liberty in the hands of Prussians. NA DEMOCRAT Traitor dollars the dollars tpent for the Kaiser art those spent (or my item that deprive! the govern ment of any element o( war supply, Patriotic dollar thoie spent (or Un cle Sam can be made to do doable duty. Bay War Savings Stamps, We are altogether now In this struggle. 1 we win, you win. If we lose, you lose. Will you help win? Thrift stamps offer one way. H BitoblUb Mir .!. Catr4 l th CIIh. ; ,KU, Ml-fftM u mm4-Um Mil mmtxm Volume 22, Number 52 Carlin & Carlin, Publishers Celina, Ohio, April S, 1918 CELI IMS fo) 0) m Duels of Great Proportions Under Way in the Neighbor hood of Amiens and Other Points. London, April 3. Although the fighting along the pntire front of the new Somme oflensive remains slight, there still pre vails the feeling that soon again battles on a large scale will be gin, and with the allied troops, after the respite of several days strongly arrayed in battle formation and eager to test their strength against that of the foe. Prom the Somme to the Oise River, along that portion of the -battle line which bulges out toward Amiens, the big guns of the opposing sides huve opened in duels of groat proportions, and either side may at any moment take the offensive. Ssince the be ginning of the week there has been no marked change in the opposing sides from Arras southward to Chauny. The American sector has been heavily attacked with gas. THE FORT STARTS TO CLEAN HOUSE (Dally Standard April 3. Amid the cheers of over 400 resi dents of Fort Recovery Tuesday ev ening, four citizens who had uttered pro-German remarks were made to salute the flag while the band play ed the "Star Spangled Banner." Those who were suspected of pro Germanium by uttering remarks in favor of Germany were: Tony Hlnkle, blacksmith. Otto Sommers, tailor. J. Heffner proprietor of the St. Clair flour mill Harold Anthony, cashier of the Fort Recovery bank. The demonstration started at 7 o'clock and lasted until 10 o'clock Tuesday evening. Through the downpour of rain the crowd cheered as each was forced to salute the flag. They were taken one at a time and after saluting the flag they were made to carry it and march of the public street at Fon. "?covery. in front of th6 band the entire length Mayor Frank Jones delivered an address on atriotism in which he urg ed citizens to report any evidence of treason to the authorities. The band niayed patriotic airs throughout the evening and a crowd consisting of men, women iuu child ren carried banners and gave vent to continuous cheers. When the suspected .parties were made to salute they did so without protesting. FRANKLIN FARMER TAKES OWN LIFE John T. BUter, one of the most prominene and successful young far mers of Franklin township, killed him&elt last Saturday morning at his home three miles east of Montezuma when he turned a single barreled shot gun upon himself, inflicting a wound near the heart, from which he died instantly. While his wife was getting breakfast he went to the cow ehed and while she was thus en gaged she heard the report of a gun, and goln gto the door, saw his life less body at the doorway of the shed. Mr. Bilter was 37 year old and leaves a wife and six children. The deceased had been in: poor health for several months and worry is supposed to have caused the rash act. He was In splendid financial circumstances. Funeral services were held at Swamp College last Monday, conduct ed by Rev. Snavely. Services were also conducted by the Celina Lodge of Odd Fellows, of which he was a prominent member. NOTED LODGE MAN DEAD Walter B. Ritchie, aged 68, one of the best known men In the state, died at bis home at Lima last Tuesday. He was particularly known from his lodge activities, and was one of the original charter members of the Knights of Pythias. He wrote the "Pythian Catechism" aaopted by the Grand Lodge. He was a 33rd degree Mason and a rriember of the Elks. Mrs. L. N. Hamilton, of St Marys, aged 53 years, was stricken with paralysis on Main street .this city. last Tuesday morning, shortlf after her arrival here to attend to some legal business She was immediately taken to the Otis Hospital where she died about 2 o'clock in the afternoon w'thout regaining consciousness. Mrs Hamilton is survived by her husband and nine ch ldren, three of the young men being In the service of their country. This thing of making the kaiser's sympathizers in this county salute or kiss the American flag should be discourage. Such curs should never be conceded such a privilege. Turn them over to the authorities. They have a better way of treating such cases and they do It effectipely. CENTER'S FIRST FIELD DAY MEET It is very noticeable that the out croppings of kaiserlsm and disloyal ty in this country today Is always to bo found in a beer soaked commun ity. , IN CUPID'S DOMAIN At a pleasant social event at the Gast home, on North Walnut street, last Monday evening, at which Miss Nettie Gast entertained a number of Intimate friends, announcement cards inscribed "Gast-Ockuly, April 30, 1918," were given each guest. Miss Gast and Mr. Ockuly are among the best known and yopular young peo ple and have a host of friends, who, while not particularly surprised at the coming nuptial event, will wish them the fullest realization of theft dreams of wedded bliss. The news of the marriage of Miss Hazel Pumphrey, a former Celina girl, to Charles Ofman, a well known young Ft. Wayne. Ind., man, which was solemnized at the latter place last Sunday, was the surprise sprung on Miss Hazel's relatives and friends here when the young people came to this city Sunday following their marriage. The first annual field day of the Center township public schools will be held Saturday, April 13, on the N H. Griffiths Athletic Field, one mil? north of Neptune. There wil be a grand brass band concert at nine a. m. of the Neptune and Montezuma Bands. A basket ball game will be calleJ at 9:30. The Kiser vs. the Piper an J Plank Road Schools. Two great games of base ball will be played, Neptune against Monte zuma, at 10 a. m., to etermine the championship. An excellent dinner for 25 cents will be served by the high school girls. The second grand concert will take place at 1 p. m. The second ball game at 1:30, be tween Celina and Neptune High schools. Running broad jump, open to the include: The afternoon contests will in oounty, prizes: $1 and 50c. Running high jump, open to the county, prizes, $1 and 50c. Boys' pole vault, boys over 12 yrs., prizes, 75c, 50c and 23c. Putting the shot, open to all high schools in the county, prizes: $1 and 50 cents. 440 yard dash, open to county, prizes, $1 and 50c. Boys' stilt race, 15 years and us- der, prizes, $1 and 50c. Girls' potato race, open to all, prizes, 75c, 50c and 25c. 220 yard dash, open to county, any age, prizes, $1 and 50c. Boys' three legged race, 15 and un der, prizes, 50c and 25c. Pole vault, open to all high school prizes, $1. an 50c. Boys' shoe race, 15 and under) prizes, 75c, 50o and 25c. Men's dash race, 220 yards, open to ah men, prizes $1 and 50c. Relay run, one half mile, eight prizes, $1 and 60c. DOMESTIC SCIENCE Best layer cake, open to all high school girls, prizes, $1 and 50c. Best loaf cake, open to all girls, prizes, $1 and 50c. RULES All entries free. Onlv Center township pupils eligi ble to contests except where desig nated 'open to county." No more than three prizes to one person. Entries now open. Close Satur day, April 13, at 1 p. m. An admission of 10 cents will be cl arpod to each ball tame to help Ac fray necessary expenses. . AMERICAN TROOPS JOININGTHE FRAY Presence Will Be Felt Soon on the Western Front. GENERAL VON EICHH0BN Commands On of th Car man Armies In Russia. MERGED WITH ALLIED MACHINE Losses of the British and French Will Be Immediately Made Good Wiii- Young Americans Keen For Battle. Believed by Officials That This Will Be the Decisive Year of th wond Conflict. Washington, April 3. While Hip battle In Plcardy halted in a lull that may only foreshadow the breaking cf a new and more terrible storm, Aintr- lean troops were hastening to ioii the fray with their French and Brit ish comrades. Formal announcement lrom Lon don that these units would be merged with the allied war machine indicated to officials that loetcs of the allies would immediately be made good with vigorous young Americans, keen ior the Daltle, and the stage set with out delay not only lor a counter of fensive, but for aggressive warfare without pause until the German in vader shall not only be checked, but hurled back to ultimate military defeat. President Wilson has predicted that this will be the decisive year of the war. In the opinion of military offi cers here American and French and British he has now taken the deci sive step toward making his words good. The power of American man hood is to be brought to bear without delay, not only In the American expe ditionary array Itself, but also in the fighting ranks of the allied armies. By this means the effect of American intervention in the war, it was said. will be doubled or even trebled, and in coming days of the battle which may last for months Americans by the hundreds of thousands will play their part. No explanation of the announce ment from London was made at the war department. Probably not more ihan a. very few of the highest offi cials know precisely what method is to be adopted to rush additional forces to France. Instead of an ex planatlon. Major March, acting chief of staff, made public an order from Secretary Baker, now in Europe, dl recting that all information hereafter regarding the activities of American troops overseas be centralized In Gen eral Pershing's hands. The war de partment will not give out any state ments relating to those forces. Presumably under the new plan of merging American units in the allied armies and also because of the selec tion of a supreme commander in the person of General Foch, under who39 direction General Pershing as well as General Fetatn and Field Marsha' Haig are now operating, it has been found advisable to provide for a uni form system of reporting military operations. Ik :V!- d 1 4 . 3 D i a t, ! WEEKLY WAR REVIEW MAY TAKE OVER PACKING PLANTS President Would Abolish Prof Iteerlng In Meats. ACTS ON HOOVER'S SUGGESTION Indications are that the retrograde movement of the allies defending tho western front has reached its limit Everywhere German onslaughts are being repelled and on several sectors counter attacks for gains have been 'waiting for th. entente forces to J"" if tha fad rwn 1 H t swm mice i rT Tn r Entrusts to Commission of Five Gov ernment Officials the Determina tion of a Po'icy Governing Meat Production, Sale and Distribution During the War May Include Price Fixing and Government Control. Washington, April 1. Determina tion of a national policy goveruius meat product'pn, sale and distribution during the war, which may Include virtual price fixing and definite con trol or actual federal operation of the big packing houses, has been entrust ed by President Wilson, to a specal commission of five prominent gov ernment officials. This step was taken at the recom mendation of Food Administrator Hoover, who advised the president that he found himself powerless to protect properly all branches of the cattle inuustry, and that tho govern ment's present course "Is almost In tolerable in criticism from both pro ducer and consumer." Mr. Hoover asked that the president extend to meat the policy initiated in steel, copper and other commodities, which are sold at prices fixed on the basis of conferences between producers and the government. The food administrator suggested, and President Wilson now has ap proved, the lan that a national pol icy be determined by tho following officers, acting personally or through authorized delegates: The secretary of agriculture, representing the view- Get Somebody Else The Lord had a job for me, Hut I had so much to do I said, "You get somebody else, Or wait till I get through." I don't know how the Lord came out, Hut he seemed lo get along; Out I felt a kind o' tneakin' like K no wed I done God wrong. One day I needed the Lord, Needed Him right away, Hut He never answered me at all, And I could hear Him say Down in my accusing heart: "Nigger, I's got too much to do You get somebody else, Or wait till I get through." Now, when the Lord He have a job lor me I never tries to shirk; I drops what I have on hand And does the good Lord's work. And my affairs can run along, Or wait till I get through; Nobody else can do the work That God marked nut for you. Paul Lawrence Dunbar. AIM OF DRY FEDERATION Want Prohibition Plank In the State Republican platform. Columbus, April 3. A dry plank in the state platform, a dry state and ratification of the federal prohibition amendment, are throe aims of the Re publican Dry Fedeia-tion, as An nounced at the meeting of the execu tive committee here. To get a suit able plank in the platform, the or ganization will work to insure the election of dry state central and ex ecutive committeemen, dry chairmen of county and central and executive committees, dry legislators ai d othpr state officers. These persons consti tute the state convention which meets after the August primaries lo draft a platform for the campaign. The following were named officers of the dry executive committee: jl. N. Huggins. Columbus, chairman; W. O. Jackson, Springfield, vice chair man: Foster Copeland, Columbus, treasurer, and George L. Stoughton, Westerville, secretary and campaign manager. NO STRIKES DURING WAR Representatives of Capital and Labor Reach Agreement. Washington, April 1. An agree ment that there shall be no strikes or lockouts during the war and a recom mendation that all industrial dif puates be settled by a government mediation body are the principal pro visions of a national war labor pro gram projected by representatives of capital and labor and made public by Secretary of Labor Wilson. The pro gram was diawn up by six representa tives of capital and tlx of labor and two men representing the public after conferences lasting for more than a month. The public represen tatives were former President Talt and Frank P., Walsh. To Merge Express Companies. Washington, April 3. Merging of the express companies under a new corporation to operate them as a unit and work out a basis for distribution of profits, is under consideration be tween the railroad administration and representatives of the companies. Some announcement is expected irthln a wekt. Cincinnati Dally Post and Tha Demo crat, both on year, 3.f 0. Believing in the early bird, the Wo men's Relief Corps are said to be prepar ing to celebrate Flag Day, June 14, in patriotic fashion, with basket picnic. strike back hard at the foe, German efforts are converging on Amiens, the railroad center of north ern France, which is known to be the ganglion from which run the main communications of the British army in northern France. The railroad from Paris to Amiens was cut by the Germans at Montdldier, but this would not be vital if Amiens itself is held by the allies. The German thrust in front of Ar ras, while, according to Berlin It net ted thousands of prisoners, has ap parently come to 'a i-top before Or ange Hill, Telegraph Hill and the Labyrinth, strongholds heid by the British in thir sector. Repeated mass attacks by the Ge.-mans or these .points have resulted in terrible losses to them, without, however, breaking the line and causing mora than a straightening of the front before Arras. The extreme depth of the German penetration into allied positions is about 40 miles. From Albert south to Montdldier there has been a slow movement to the webt, but the hibs of Montdldier are still being held by the French. A German official state ment declares that since the offensive began 70,000 prisoners and 1,100 guns have been taken. Allied officials 3ay the enemy's losses have been enorm ous. General Pershing has turned over to General Foch, who haa been se lected -supreme allied commander, 100,000 American troops to aid in stemming the Teutonic tide. The American boys have been intensively ! trained and are fully equipped. They are now being rushed to the front. During the week American forces fought shoulder to shoulder with the French in the vicinity of Noyon. Paris is still undr bombardment of the big German gun, which has been located in a wood near St. Go bain, 76 miles from the French cap ital. One shell from this gun struck a church In Paris, killing 75 wor shipers and wounding 90. The British forces operating in the Hit area of Mesopotamia captured or destroyed the entire Turkish force i there. Three thousand men were made prisoner. Hit is on the Eu phrates river, 100 miles west of Bag dad. In Palestine the British attack ed west of the River Joran and ad vanced their line here two miles on an eight-mile front. April 2. Berlin reported the cap ture of heights and woods north of Moreuil. This effort Is considered a3 being an attempt to reach the Paris Amiens railroad. Other German at tacks along the battle front were put down, A French official estimate of the German losses in the great battle put their total casualties at betweyn 275,000 and 300,000 men. Italian lines are in imminent dan ger of an attack by the Austrian, it) great force, according to reports re ceived at the Italian embassy at Washington. April 3. The heavy bombardment of Arras and St. Pol, reported official ly from Purls, is accepted as further evidence of German preparation for an attempt to break through the Brit ish lines in the vicinity of Arras. Only local actions occurred along the wes,t front, tho allies taking the initiative. London announced that American troops will be merged with the allied war machine under command of Gen eral Foch. of the federal trade commission, rep resenting the influence of trade con ditions; (he chairman of the United States tariff board, representing eco nomic theught; the secretary of la bor, representing the viewpoint of the civilian consumer, and the food ad ministrator, who has to carry out any policy adapted. Since the United Slates entered the war. allied purchases of meat for both NO SLACKERS IN THIS GRANGE Montezuma Grange 2100 are holding regular meetings again alter being closed (or lack of fuel. Meetings are interest ing and helpful, lue lecture hour is proving the fact that we all bave talent. and those that have had latent talents are getting the opportunity to use them. The lecturer appoints from 3 to 4 fami lies to furnish the program each meet- ng niKht, and this furnishes variety. :This Grange has five members in ser vice for democracy and several others in the draft. A service flag is to be dis played in honor ol patrons at our next meeting. If the "stay-at-home" members don't want to miss the good times, come out next Friday evening. MASONS PAY TRIBUTE 4 TO THEIR SOLDIER LADS From the Daily Standard, April 4.1 There was degree work, inspection a flag presentation, and a luncheon featured at the regular meeting of the Celina lode F. & A. M. Wednes day night. It was the occasion of the annual inspection and C VV Faulkner, of 1 Kenton, was the district lecturer in BAD NEWS FOR KAISER'S FRIENDS civilian and military purposes havo ' attendance. been consolidated, and it is becom ing neccpfiary for this government to co-ordinate them with orders for the American army and navy to pre vent conflict in execution. The re sult, Mr. Hoover said, is practical domination of prices, which was rec ognized in pork last September by rough assurance lo swine producers of a minimum of $15.50 for their prod uct. Present indications are that beef purchases will be increased soon lo the point where they may aCect price materially. Pointing out that increased quan tities needed for export must bo ob tained either by greater production or by reduction in civilian consump tion, and probably by both, Mr. Hoover expressed the opinion that re duced consumption can be had most equitably by voluntary sacrifice aud moderate restraints, such as meat less days, and emphatically disap proved any attempt to lessen con sumption by in-creasing prices to the public. MORE THAN 3,000 SALOONS CLOSED Indiana Dry Law Also Hits Breweries and Distilleries. Indianapolis, April 3. Indiana be came dry from border to border last midnight. The statewide prohibition law, so written that intoxicating li quor may not be manufactured, sold given away or shipped into the state, j except for medical and sacramental i purposes, took effect at that hour. Members of tho Indiana Anti-Saloon league estimated that 3,400 sa loons In the state cleeed their doors. They estimated that 30 breweries in the state were affected, and possibly 12 to 15 distilleries. The amount of money, the league members say, that has been spent annually for intoxi cating lijuor in the state is $25,00G, 000, which they say under the prohibi tion law will be "saved." The closing of all places where liquor might be purchased followed strenuous efforts of tbe wets to have the law declared unconstitutional. The Indiana supreme court heard oral arguments in two cases involving the law yesterday, but no decision waa rendered. Degrees were conferred upon can didates, the 'manner in which the work was done being highly commen. ded by the inspector. A feature of supreme interest was the presentation of a large service flag, 5x3, which contains the names of ten members who are in the ser vice of their country. The names enrolled upon the flag are: Charles O. Ellis. John T Gibbons. Bronsart Gilberg Russel R Hattery. Clarence Leifeld. Joe Myers. I J. uan8bottom Ralph W Schlencker. Robert D. TouVelle. Vernon E. Vinlng. Mayor S S Scranton made the presentation speech and the lodge ac cepted the bag with pride and joy as an evidence of patriotism on the part of the members. Sandwiches, spring onions, pickles and coffee was served to the large number present. Yeggs Make a Haul. Cleve'and, April 2. Cracksmen blew open the safe of the Hanover Shoe company store, on the public Rfjuare, and secured $ 1.500 in cash. Dolphos is not the only place in this neck of the woods where booze and disloyalty rears its nasty head. Record Price For Maple Syrup. Chardon, O., March 30. Maple syrup buyers here increased the price of bulk 3yrup from $1.30 to $1.40 por gallon, the highest price on record in Geauga ccunty. Only 60 per cent of a normal yield is reported this sea-eon. Celtic Reaches Port. New York. April 3. The bia Whlla Star line step mship Celtic, which wa torpedoed a dav or two ago while da a voyage co the United States, ha reached a British port safely. Marriage license issued to Arnel Sto ner, farmer, aged 21 years, of Union township, and Miss Grace Tigner, house keeper, 17, Center township. LOCAL BRIEFS Mercer county business men are asked to help in the third Liberty Loan cam paign by giving space in their show win dows for the display of posters, mottos, &c, to be used from now until tbe close of the campaign. That pigs are beyond the reach of com mon humanity is well known, but tl'at did not keep John Beams from pursuing one Wednesday morning. But the re sult was disastrous, for as he was near ing his prize near Dr. Ayers's residence he fell and fractured his left wrist. "The Remaking of a Nation," shown at the Ideal picture house here this week drew crowds at every show beyond the capacity of the house. The total receipts were $530.40, and after a deduction of the expenses the remainder was equally divided between the county Red Cross Chapter and the Eighty third army di vision. Mrs. S. R. Wilson, a well known pio neer resident of this city, had the mis fortune to fall and fracture her hip yes terday. That troubles do not come sing ly is evidenced at this home. ine nas been in ill healtn for some time, and her husband the veteran Doctor Wilson, acred about 90, is in feeble health and confined to his bed. Mrs. Wilson's maiden name was Isenhart. scupper" Bn-ly Felver and family, of Piqua, spent Easter with Frank Myers and family and other friends. Mrs. Clarence Bricker and son, Dale, spent Wednesday with Mrs. Clelle Jenkins. Roy Jenkins of Wapakoneta. spent Saturday evening with Mrs. Ezra Laf. C'eve Smith and family spent Easter with Clyde Kincaid and fam ily. Samuel Sell and family spent Eas ter with relatives here. Win. Hoover and family of Mont polier, Ind., spent Easter with Wm. Bastia" and family. B. B. Wjllson and family and Elsie The local war aavings and thrift stamp organization has been doing excellent work, and it seems our people are be ginning to get on their fighting clothes by furnishing some of the sinews of war. The sale of these "baby bonds," inttnd ed to permit those with limited incomes to participate in Uncle Sam's war activ ities, is most gratifying. Tbe limit of 110,000 for Mercer county 's'quota for one week was more than trippled 37.000 in round numbers. Chairman Weia and his co-workers are surely to be cone-rat- nlated. The state organization surely thinks so, as the following telegram lo cates: "Columbus, April 2, 1918. "Committee on War Savings, Celi na, Ohio: "Warmest congratulations on the splendid sales report for March 28. Mercer county in selling three and one-half times its weekly quota dem onstrates its patriotism and apprrci tion of the world 'a best investment. It also reflects great credit opon committess of Mercer conntv. "WOLF. ' ' CELINA CIRCUIT CHURCHES TO GET ENTERTAINMENTS Special entertainments on the Celina Circuit of the Churches of God will be given by two members of the Findlay College Volunteer Band. The band is sending its members out two by two on this coming Sunday to the different churches of the eldership, with the in tent of creating a better interest in the missionary work of the church. The two who are cominir to Celina are vounar ladies one from Ohio and one from Pennsylvania. They have dedicated themselves to God for fereign service, and are in training at Findlay College. The program will be miscellaneous, be ing composed of reading, dialogues. music, &c. They will make their ap pearance as follows: Fairview Saturday evening, 7:30. Pleasant View Sunday morning, 10:30 Mt. Carmel Sunday afternoon, 2:30. Tabor Sunday evening, 7:30. An offering will be lifted at each ap pointment. THE GRIM REAPER Joseph Brinkman, a pioneer resident of Granville township, aged 74 years, died at his home near St. Henry, Wed nesday afternoon. Death was due to a rupture of the stomach. Thedeceised is survived bv bis wife and several child ren. 'Funeral services take place from the St. Henry Catholic church to-morrow morning. Alexander Wrigley, aged 63, a formerr well known Center township farmer, but for the last few years a resident of this city, died at his home on South Su gar street yesterday morning. Mr. Wrigley had been ill for some time, and his demise was not unexpected. Tbe deceased is survived by his wife and three.cbildren Mrs. Grace Rother, of Memlon; Clarance Wriglev. of Lima. and Mrs. Arthur Gray, at home. Fun eral services will be held Sunday. News of the death of Charles T. Fox. a former well known resident of this city, was received bv friends here yes terday. His death recurred at Charles ton, S. C. He will be remembered as serving two terms in the office of County Recorder some twelve or fifteen years ago, and was a brother of ex-Postmaster Fox of Coldwater, Mrs. WL W. Timmonds, of Port land, Ind., died suddenly last Mon day evening at her home In that city. The deceased was a sister of Mrs. S. E. Snyder, of this city, and well known to many Celina people, being a frequent visitor here for many years. Her husband survives her. Fun eral services were held at Portland Wednesday, from which place her re. mains were taken to Bellefontaine, her girlhood home, yesterday, for fi nal services and interment. (Continued on Elflhtn Pag) Private Bevan Fishbaugh, the old est son of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Fish baugh, of Wabash, died suddenly at Camp Sherman last Wednesday. His parents had expected him home on a furlough Easter, but Instead that night a message came to them that he was ill and urging them to hast en to h's bedside. Evidently he had been ill before that time, but they only got cheering messages from him. Bevan is the second Mercer County boy to die at Camp Sherman. FIRE DESTROYS FARM EKTY PROP- A large barn on the W. A. Beou gher farm about four miles north of Celina, was destroyed by Are last Tuesday afternoon by fire of an un known origin, which started on the inside of the building and was be yond control when discovered. Neigh bors who appeared on the scene Im mediately were unable to be of any particular service and the building, granary, and woodshed were soon consumed. Two horses, hay, grain, and farm implements were burned. The loss was only partly covered by insuiance. The farm is occupied by Mr. Beougher's son, Domer. The non-appearance of Sergeant Gardiner, scheduled to speak on th war, from h's experience with the Canad'ans at the front, was a keen disappointment to the biggest crowd of people who ever attempted to get within its walls. His few remarks to the boys who left here for camp last Friday seemed to make everybody eager to hear him.