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L War Saving 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. TEE CELINA DEMOCRAT Traitor dollars the dollars ipent for the KaUer arc those spent for any itrm that deprives the govern merit of any element of war supply. Patriotic dollars those spent for Un cla Sam can be mode to do double dnty. Buy 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 effer one way. BtublUtMd Mr . 11 fS. Batmd si th C.lln. ' M, pt-ttHt u mmi-c1m Mil ttf . Volume 23, Number 1 Carlin & Carlin, Publishers Celina, Ohio, Aprill 2, 1918 YANKS BEGIN TO GET IN THE GAME With British Army In Franc ana Belgium, April 11. The fight ing was continuing this morning north of Armentieres, with the British still holding Messines rulge and Wytschaete, which yesterday changed bauds several times. During the day the enemy succeeded in entering not only these positions, but LaCreche. Nippe and Hollebeke. Vig orous counter attacks forced the enemy from all these places. REAR ADMIRAL TAYLOR Chief of Bureau of Construc tion of the Navy Department Lndon, April 11. The Germans pushed on yesterday from Croix Da line. southwest of Armentieres, and parties of I them are reported in the neighborhood of Steenwork, about five miles west of Armentieres, Reuters correspondent at British headquarters reports. Yesterday noon the enemy occupied Lestrem, but in the course of the alter- noon the British drove him out and across the River Lawe. With t"e American Amiy in France Wednesday, April 11. The Germans attempted an attack aga'nst the America! positions northwest of Toul Just before sunrise this morning and were completely repulsed. Two Ger man prisoners said the enemy planned the attack w'th a force of 800 men, but that it was stopped in its full strength by the effeclve fire of the American artillery. The Americans lost no prisoners. One of the Ger man pr'soners died later of wounds. WILL TRAIN WITH BRITISH FORCES 4 American Troops to Receive Thirty Days' DrllllDg. WILL BE FITTED FOR FRONT WEEKLY WAR REVIEW AGE FOR SERVICE WILL BE RAISED Ireland to Be Included In the Draft Provisions. LLOYD-GEORGE'S DECLARATION Situation In Great Britain Extremely Critical From the Standpoint of Man Power, the Premier Says Irish Nationalist Leader Declare There Will Be No Conscription In Ireland. London, April 10. That the Unite! States may determine the issue of battle on the west front was the dec laration of Premier Lloyd-George at the opening session of parliament. The premier said that while the most critical phase of the war is in a lull "the hurricane is not yet over." "The fate of the empire of Europe and of liberty may depend on the suc cess with which the final attack is resisted," he said. He declared ii will probably involve extreme sacri fices by tho people. Until the strain is relaxed, said the premier, it will be difficult to ascertain exactly what hat happened. "As long as we hare a ship afloat we will not accept a German peace," he added. "If we win the present battle, the doom of Prussian ism is scaled." Lloyd-George' added It waa im possible longer to justify the' exclu sion of Ireland from conscription. "You'll not get a single Irishman by compulsion," shouted John Dillon, Irish leader. The premier said that a home rule bill, baaed on the report of the Irish convention, would bo Introduced as soon as possible. An Irish member shouted "keep it" The government's proposals; include the drafting into service of every able-bodied man in the British domic ions between the ages of 18 and 50. It was announced that the cabinet had decided to recall General Gougb, who was in command of the Fifth army, against which the Germans made their principal gains. Until ail the ctrcumslances of his retlremen: were known, however, it would be unfair, it waa said, to censure him. The cabinet has taken every step to hurry reinforcements. The number ot guns and prisoners taken had been grossly exaggerated by the Germans. The ministry of munitions has boon able to replace the guns and there were substantial reserves left. The cabinet was confident the army would would be equal to the next encountei. FOR GRAND JURY The grand jury of the April term of Common Pleas Court, which con vened Monday, made its report to Judge MHler on Wednesday. It says: "We have carefully examined into all such matters as have come to our notice, having examined over 24 wit nesses,, covering eight cases and pre sented three bills and ignored five caso3 considered by us. "We further reapectifully recom mend to the court that the basement of the jail shall be lowered 10 to 12 Inches and a oement floor two Inches thick be placed over the floor." This recommendation will probab ly go the same way others have gone the past x 5 or 18 years. The three indictments returned are: Lester Beining, burglary and petit larceny. Frances Thompson, petit larceny. Adam Alt, assoult and battery. The American war department's weekly review of military operations states Hint Ftench and British tenac lty has upset the ambitious plans of the German high command for the battle of Picardy in France. The enemy, determined to gain some sort of success at any cwt, Is now throwing fresh forces into the battle in an effort to secure HmlUd objectives. Because of this the sttu atlon is expected to remain uncertain for some time to come. ' General improvement in the strat egic position of the allies is noted, and the review declares that under General Foch the allied military ma chine is working smoothly and eih ciently in stemming the German as- t-ault. The review says: "After a reriod of relative calm early in the week, during which the enemy was busy bringing up his heavy guns and repairing the wast age of battle by replacing tired units by fresh troops, another powerful at tack was launched along the seg ment of the line now held by tUe French, stretching from the Amiens- Koye road to Grlvesnes. The enemy was able to make slight headway Fierce fighting continues and hostile units have penetrated westward to within five miles of the main line of the Paris-Amiens railway. "Allied forces are massed to check the invaders !n this area. The French have extpnded their lines northward, which will enable toe British to se cure greater depth of concentration. "There has been relatively less ac tivlty north of the Somine, though the Germans have made a number of serious attempts to encircle Arras All attacks in this sector have bean beaten off by the British and the 1m portant Arras defenses held aim in spite of all the efforts made by the enemy to weaken the British line in tbis region. "Our own forces engaged have been relatively busy. Under the cover of a heavy barrage, the enemy raided one of our outposts in the Woevre area, and the inc rease of artillery & tivlty is ncted in this sector. Our troops units have taken up a new pO' sition on the line and are occupying well-prepared entrenchments aloug the Meuse hills south of Verdun. In the Italian theater there has been an Increase in hostile activity. Lively shelling took place along the Aslago plateau. Italian batteries ef fectively broke up enemy parties in various areas. Reports continue to he received that the enemy content plates launching an offensive thrust. The secretary of war has concluded a visit to the Italian iront. "In Finland the red guards have suffered reverses at the hands of the white guards, who are assisted by thh German. A large additional force has landed at Hango and it would bp pear that a serious effort is being made by the enemy to gain a ttrm foothold in Finland. In the Ukraine the German-i still continue to advance and the occupation of various centers Is reported. "Th? Turks are busy in the Black tea area, and are attempting; to oc cupy the Crimea. In the Trans- Caucasus the Turks are encountering some opposition on the part of the Armenian and Georgian populations. April 9. A new offensive has been launched by the Germans in Picardy, which has for its object broadening of the field of action and reduction of the menace of a counter offensive. From La Basse canal in the north to sectors west of Laon the great artil lery forces of the enemy are thunder ing with the bombardment, deepening; at places to the intensity of drum tire. The length of this front is approxi mately 120 miles. Southeast cf Chauny the French gave ground, Ber lin claiming the capture of 2,000 pris oners. The bombardment is proceeding. April 10. The Germans switched the center of their main operation from the Amiens sector and are now hammering the British and Portu guese hard over a front of about 11 miles, running from Glvenchy and Ia Basso to the vicinity of Armentieres. t nome, points the enemy was able to penetrate the British lines, espe- f'allv i" the neighborhood of Neuvs 'file, Faiiqulssart and the Car 'i r,iri. Near the Coucy for r.il Cri'cy la Chateau, the ' : i 'idea slight retirement -".iously prepared. Transportation of American Troops to France proceeding at an Accel erated Rate, According to Acting Secretary Crowed General Per hlng to Take Charge ot tho Boys When Trained. Washington, April 9. Acting War Secretary Crowell declared that trans portation of American troops to France already is proceeding at tho accelerated rate coi. tempted by the speeding-up measures taken after the battle of Picardy began. Acting Secretary Crowell made this statement, but would give no details. Following the conferences between Secretary Baker and allied officials, orders were given under which a Brit ish official statement was issued say ing that American forces were to be brigaded with British troops in order to hasten American participation in the war. Ofliclals explained that the process to be followed was similar to that adpted in placing American troops in the front lines with the French for training. It has been estimated that 30 days' draining of this character with Amer ican battalion units assigned with the British organizations will fit the new comers for active duty at the front. All divisions now moved from this side are composed of men who have had several months of preliminary training and who need only final In struction to take their full share In the fighting. The training process will be quick er with the British than with the French, it It. believed, because the language difficulty does not exist. American units will find every Brit ish veteran an instructor, and there will be no need for interpreters. It was indicated that the new plans call for a mere extensive framing scheme with the British army than Ms been the case with General Pershing's orig inal force. There probably will be no attempt to set up a purely Amerl can force within the British ranks, as has been done with the French. The Americans are to be withdrawn when trained and turned over to Gen' eral Pershing as a part of his army. They will share fully with the British the battles on their front and the be lief here is thai they will not be with drawn as long as there is pressing need for their service with the Brit Ish lines. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Greek, well known uploneer people of Celina, celebrated their golden wedding last Sunday, surrounded by their children grandchildren and nearest of kin. At the opening shoot of the Celina Gun Club at Mercellna Park last week Dr. Vernon Noble, of St. Marys, got flint honors with 92 out of a possible 100. W. A. Miller was second with 91 and Ferry and Mlllelr, of Lima were tied with 88. In the special 25 bird handicap Miller was first with 23, Reed, Ferry and Blockburn 22 each. THE GRIM REAPER Jay Martin, a well known farmer of Franklin township, died at his home mere last Friday alter a brief illness. aged 68 years. Death was due to paral ysis. Mr. Martin never fully recovered Irom the shock sustained last summer. when a buggy in which he was riding was stride by a Cincinnati Northern train and demolished at the Logan street crossing. He was thrown a considers ble distance, striking on his bend and shonlder, but he made light of the acci dent at the time. The deceased was born in Canada, and is survived by his wife. Fnneral servi ces were conducted by Rev. Turner, of tne Church of God, from the Swamp College church last Monday, with inter tnent in the cemetery near by. AMERICAN ENGINEERS MOW DOWN GERMANS Help Allies Stem the Teuton Tide In Picardy. Paris, April 10. The American railway engineers who helped stem the iide of the onrushlng Germans during the opening days of the batuc now in progress, fought shoulder to shoulder with Canadian engineers in carrying out their task. They held their ground stubbornly and only re tired to previously prepared positions when forced to do to and inflicted casualties by the thousands upon the Germans as they advanced in close formation, in one place In as many as seven waves, each wave 10 men deep and 100 yards apart The Amer icans with the Canadians had all tne ammunition they needed and, a! though they were unsupported by th artillery and armed only with rifle and with a few machine guns, they poured scythe-like streams of bullets into the enemy at several different times, until the weapons were so hot as to be useless. The handful of American soldiers. who were not hardened to such ter rific slaughter, was sickened by the shambles it created, but fought furi ously for several days, helping to hold the enemy all the way from St. Quen- tin to the vicinity of Noyen. These were the Americans mentioned at the time in the official communiques, but these details ot their exploits have only now been possible to secure. AUSTRIA'S CHARGE France Tok the Initiative In Recent Peace Talk. Vienna, April 9. Premier Clemen- ceau in January of this year took up discussions with Austria respecting the possibility of peace negotiations, says an official statement Issued in reply to the official denials at Paris that France had taken the initiative in the exchanges. The statement says the negotiations were begun when Alexander Ribot was premier of France, that they were broken off and again taken up by M. Clemen-ceau. German Dropped. Galeaburg, 111., April 10. French was substituted for the study ot Ger man in the public schools here. HERE'S YOUR CHANCE Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fisher, daughters I .1 r. . . i. : .1 Hava vou enlisted in the army of savers "uu " u -cuicr luwu.uip, were i for your country and yourMifT Buy We Sunday guests of Dau Fisher and wife, Savings Stamps. West lyogan street, Samuel E. Schuyler, aged 45, a son of the late J. O. Schuyler, died after a few days illness at the hospital at Avondale, Cincinnati, last Saturday night. Leakage of the heart was the cause of his death, and for many years his health has been anything but good. Last Friday morning Mrs. Schuyler, who, with their little son, has been here since the death of the deceased's father, last fall, received a message to come to is bedside, as he had been suddenly stricken. When she reached his bedside Jaturday morning he had revived and seemed better throughout the day, but the end came that night. Mr. Schuyler had been a government meat inspect or for many years and was prominent in lodge circles. He is survived by his wife and one son, his mother, Mrs. T. J. Blake, and one brother, John Schuyler, the well known meat dealer. The remains of the deceased were brought here, where funeral services were held Tuesday, and afterwards taken to Se. Marys for Interment. SUPT. POAGUE TO GET A VACATION Mrs. Naomi Howlck Garwick, wife of Supt. E. E. Garwick of the Center township schools, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. R. E. Pierce, in Center township last Tuesday morn ing. She had been in declining health for some time, and her demise was not unexpected She is survived by her husband and two children Parker and Clifford. Focr brothers and two sisters also survive her Charles H., Jomes M., Thomas H. and Grover C. Howlck, and Mesdaraes B. F. Lutz and R. E. Pierce. Funeral services were held from the Church of God, at Neptcne yes terday, Rev. Turner conducting the services. Interment was made at the St. Marys cemetery. Peter Eicher, aged 68, a well known and prominent farmer, of Dub lin township, died on the 4th inst. Besides his wife, five children sur. we him Mrs. Bourelle, of Oklaho ma; Mrs. Shingledecker, of Rock- ford; Chas. Eicher, of Van Wert; Le- Roy Eicher, of Camp Sherman, and Ada, at home. John Reed, aged 38, died at his home at Ft. Recovery last Saturday night after a brief illness. Death was due to heart trouble. The de ceased was a telegraph operator at the L. E. & W. station at that place, and was a nephew of Mrs. John Spriggs, of this city Funeral ser vices were held last Tuesday conduct ed by Rev. A. H. Roebuck. Mrs. Caroline Green Watkins, aged 39, wife of Dr. Watkins, of Chatta- sooga, died at her home there last Friday. Death was due to compli cation of diseases. The deceased was born at Ft. Recovery and was a for mer well known teacher Besides the husband she is survived by two child ren. Funeral services were conduct ed from ehe Lutheran church at Ft. Recovery last Sunday, Revs. Huber, of Chattanooga asd Emch, of Ft. Re covery, officiating. Miss Minnie Myer, a sister of Mrs. W. H. Freeman, of Hopewell town ship died at the hospital at Galllipolis last Tuesday. She had been afflicted for several years. Her remains will be taken to the home of her sister. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at Swamp College church. Mrs. Nancy McMakin, one of The Democrat's oldest readers in this city, sent in her usual prompt renewal Satur day with her son, Albert Palmer, for which she has our thanks. Frank Rice, father of ex-Mayor Rice, who was stricken with paralysis a couple weeks since while in this city, is in a critical condition and his life dispaired of. He suffered anoth er evere stroke, Sunday. Dillon R. Smalley, who has been connected with the County Surveyor's office, last week accepted a position as traveling representative of the fa mous Portland Cement Co. The village board of education, at its meeting last Friday night, took up the matter of employing a teaching force for the coming school year. Supt. Pogue, whose work the past year was more or less broken on ac count of ill health, asked for a year leavi of absence, which was granted C. V. SenBenbaugh, who filled bis place during his absence the present school year will take up Mr. Pogue'i duties ag superintendent. The va cancy in the science department caused by moving Mr. Sensenbaugh to advancement, has not yet been filled. Prof. J. G. VanDeusen's position as teacher of history, has been made va cant by iiis resignation. Otherwise the leaching force in the public scools for the coming year recalns the same Following is the list of teachers for next school ttrm: ICast Building W. H. Thorns. Mabel Andrews. Mary Langel. Rowena Hight. Freda Wplsman. -Emma Karr. Naomi Feimig. ' Katheryn Cook. West Building Albert Malick. Kathyrn Hight. Ruth Cotterman. Elma Mowry. Belva Dine. Claudia Kenney. Leona Winter. Elizabeth Cook. High School English Mary Braddock. Mathematics Harriet Bretz. Latin Edith Raudabaugh. Specials- Commercial Louisa Gray. Domestic Science Lela Crockett. Art Maudo Collins. Music H. L. Kohler. Manuel Training Robert Staeger, LOOKS LIKE MORE IS DUE RED CROSS CHAPTER EACH MEMBER OF SUNDAY SCHOOL TO PLANT MURPHY Last spring the pastor, Rev. F. H, Snavely of the Celina Circuit of the Churches of God asked that each member of the Sunday schools from the cradle roll department to the Home Department plant just one po tato each, and bring the crop to the church at the appointed time, as a result there yere nearly forty bush els of potatoes. These were sold at $1 per bushel and the proceeds giv en as a missionary offering. As this was quite new to the schools there were a number who did not grow a potato, but as it met with such suc cess and favor it was decided to make it an annual affair, so It will grow in interest and if every member does their bit the harvest will reach a hun dred bushels. A contest will also be conducted by rewarding the person who grows the most pounds to the potato- with a .prize. Each person can grow as many potatoes as they desire, but the count must be kept, and reported when the harvest is weighed. LOCAL BRIEFS Ruth Vantilburg, plaintiff, vs Sallie Barber et al., have filed a peiition in the Common Pleas Court for the partition of certain real estate located m Union township. Dr. F. E. Ayers of this citv has re ceived a telegram from Sergeon General Gorgas of TJ. S. armv at Washington to report for active duty April 25. The Doctor tendered his services to the gov ernment shortly after the declaration of war against Germany. Heis now arrang- ng his business affairs and will be re port at the date set. The WUHs Townsend family In Cen ter township, are again quarantined with scarlet fever, two children aged 12 and 6, being victims of the disease. Chas. Wilkins and wife, residing southeast of St. Marys, were in town, Saturday on their way to the wast part of the county, for an over Sun day visit wttl. Roy Coate and family. Mrs. Mollie Schmidt, of Liberty township, was adjudged insane in Judge Younger's court last Friday, af ter an examination by Drs. Miller and Otis, and afterwards taken to the State hospital at Toledo for treat ment. Ft. Recovery had a most success ful celebration last Sunday for the benefit of the Y. M. C. A. fund and Smileage books, at which $1800 was raised. The crowds were addressed by young men from Camp Sherman, who got an enthusiastic reception. A feature of the afternoon was a drill given by 60 high school girls, which followed a meeting at the city hall. Oillcer Fred Dlener, who was taken to the Lima hospital a few weeks since for an operation due to injuries sustained last winter, has improved to such an extent that he will prob ably be brought home to-day. The Mercer County Red Cross Chap ter desires to publicly thank and express meir appreciation to tne newspapers, the Relief Corps, McDaniel & Meister, the Keu cross organizations and the various committees, and to every one who so no bly aided in making the Belgian relief call such a huge success. The work was indeed a splendid one, and was nobly responded to. The Mercer County Red Cross Chao ter desires to extend their appreciation to the newspapers, Manager Frank Stark of the Ideal Theater, and to every one who so kindly assisted in making the tilm, "The Re-Making of the Na tion," such a splendid success here The theater was crowded to its full ca pacity at every performs ce, and to our regret, a number could not be accommo dated. CENTER Y.M.C.A. WAR WORK FOND Reports are still coming in from the Y.M.C.A. war work fund of Mercer connty. Center township bas shown ber colors bv responding wiih a total amount of $486.95, which exceeds the quota as- Hignen 11 ior ner snare ot tne land This fund was raised by an organization of the school districts in the township and neanen oy into Li. Dine as chairman and Ray Copeland as secretary. Following is a complete list of the funds raised by school districts, with the name of the committeeman in each district. Committeeman District Cecil Ewey No. 1 FOREST HEIGHTS TO BE ADOPTED Arthur Fishbangh Bernire Lewis... OttoL. Dine.... Archie Piper.... Chas. E. Malick. Henry Miller.... Ray Copeland . . . Harry Young. . . . 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Amount f 54 00 14 25 16 20 127 50 52 50 47 50 42 50 57 00 95 50 Total $486 95 LIBERTY'S FIRST ANNUAL SCHOOL FAIR AND FIELD DAY First Annual School Fair and Field Day and Track meet of the Liberty township Public Schools will be held Friday, April 19, 1918, at the Center School House. Program begins at 2:00 o'clock. The list of events follows: 1. 50 yard dash, open to all grades, 2. Girls' ball throwing contest. 3. 100-yd. run, grades 1 to 5 in clusive. 4. 100-yd. run, grades 6 to 8 in elusive. 5. Running broad jump, open to all grades. Girls' nail driving contest, open "to all grades. Running high jump, open to all grades. Tug of War, teams of not more than eight pupils per team. Pole Vault, open to all grade boys. 440 yard relay, teams of four to township. Thite legged race opento all grade beys. 220-yd. dash. Sack race. Ball throwing for boys. Cracker eating contest. Shoa race. Potato race. Honping race. Lunch and refreshments will be served on the grounds. W. A. BAIR, Dlst. Supt. 6. 7. 8. 8. Cincinnati Dally Post and The Demo crat, both on year, IS.I0. MAUDE WANTS THE PARTNEREHIP DISSOLVED Maude Beiersdorfer, through her attorney, F. V. Short, has filed suit for divorce in Common Pleas Court, from her husband, Albert Beiersdor fer. The couple were married in 1908. She charges defendant with abuse and a few other things and says he has failed to provide for her in any way the past three years. She also wants to be restored to her maid en name of Morris. Council, In special session last Tuesday night, was told by Council, man Morrow, chairman of the sewer committee, that Echo street needs scraping and filling in as result of sewer work. If council has any com- m'ttee whose business It is to look after unfinished work, It will find an Inviting field along the cement road on West Logan street, where dirt Is piled about promiscuously as the re sult of putting In the water extension last summer. Of course, it might be left over for another year or two, If it inconveniences the contractor any. A resolution, annexing Forest Heights to the village, was agreed up on, and Solicitor Johnson was In spected to frame one accordingly. Clerk Winter was instructed to no tify the Clnlnnati Northern and the D. T. & C. railroads to repair their crossings on Logan, Fayette and oth er otreet3. They sure need it Council has turned over the unus ed ground at the sewerage disposal plant to Pumper Byerly for $10 per annum. The other part of his con tract In to cut the weeds and keep the ground ir- apple-pie order. The reports of the Mayor and the Board of Public Affairs and the monthly apprapriatlng ordinance were read and passed upon. The resignation of Councilman Schunck was read, but action was de ferred until the next meeting. We hope Pete will reconsider his move. We need some sidewalk construction about town, and he should stay on the job. There has not been much doing in that line since he served on council a few years ago. Business as usual bhould be the slogan. Ill CUPID'S DOMAIN A- very pretty wedding took place last week on Thursday at 5 p m. at the parsonage of the Church of God. when one of Center township's prom inent young men, Mr. Naaman Young and Miss Nora Hikley, of Rockford, had the nuptial knot tied by Rev. F. H. Snavely. The bride was attended by her cousin, Miss Mary Hays, of Men don, and the groom by his broth er. Dee Young. The couple will re side on the Young farm In Center township. A quiet wedded took place on the 4th inst. at the Lutheran parsonage in this city, when Miss Flossie Cook became the bride ot Waller Viereck. ine mar riage service was read by Rev. Reitx. The bride was becomingly attired in blue with white bat and gloves. Both arc popular young people of Hopewell town ship, and have many friends who wish them success and happiness. Miss Agnes Hammer and Norval Grimm, young people of this city, were wedded at the home of Rev. C. S. Johnson, on Godfrey avenue, last Tues day evening, that reverend gentleman officiating. For the present the young couple will reside with the groom's par ents in Center township. Miss Maggie Shepherd, of Monteznma, and Alfred W. Smith, a young farmer of Jay County, Indiana, were married at the Presbyterian manse in this city last Saturday afternoon. Rev. George Horn performing the marriage service. The voung people will reside in Jav county. Miss Lottie Alger and Walter Bmans, well known Union township vonng peo ple, were wedded in this city last Satur- av, Mayor Scranton performing the service tnat mane tnem nunarn ana wife. A partv of intimate friends wit- nessep the ceremony and showered them with congratulations. BROWNS AND REESE RETURNED TO CHARGES Rev. P. W. Browns, pastor of ihe Evangelical church of this city, and Rev. John Reese, pastor of Hope church, in Hopewell towsship, were returned to their charges by the Evangelical conference held at Elk hart, Ind., last week. They have both proven their yorth in their re spective fields., and their congrega tions, as well as the public in geseral, are glad to see them returned. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Groth, of Rock ford, Route 6, were among our business and social callers yesterday while down at the hub looking after some business matters. Civil Engineer Hinton, of this city, fornter county surveyor, has accepted a position at Dayton with the Morgan Engineering Co., working undar the direction of the Miami Valley Con servation Board on its gigantic flood protection scheme. Have you enlisted In the army of savers for your country and yourself T Buy Wi Savins Stamps. MONTEZUMA THREATENED WITH LOSS OF STATION The threat of the new owners of the D. T. & . . railroad to abandon the station at Montezuma caused a small delegation to go to Columbus last Monday and appeal to the State Util ity Commission to prevent such ac tion. The plea that the road has lost $10,000 or more the past three months and that to reduce its expen ditures it must cut out its small sta tions was me with the fact that the road was in no condiion to render ser vice, partly to its run-down condition and partly to the weather over which it bud no control. The commission, of which our former townsman, Hon. B. M. ClanDenlng is now a member, took the latter view. At any rate the commission will not permit the abon. donment of the station unil better reasons can be shown hat the exhibit of the past few months. The road could not have handled any business if it had been offered. It may be, too, that the people of that vicinity have not thrown the business to their sta tion that they should, and the future rests with them and the amount of bualress they can divert to It. If hey want to retain it, to use a com mon expression, "they must deliver the goods." Private A. C. Heffner, of Ft. Oma ha, Nebraska, who is on a furlough, recovering from an operation, visit ing friends and relatives in this dty and county, piad The Democrat a visit yesterday, accompanied by R. G. Heff ner, of Chattanooga, who enrolled la The Democrat's big class of subscrlb. ers.