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We are altogether now In this struggle. If we win, you win. If we lose, you lose. Wilt you help win? Thrift stamps offer one way. Traitor dollars the dollars spent for the Kaiser are those spent for any item that deprives the govern ment of any element of war supply. Patriotic dollars those spent for Un cle Sam can be made to do double duty. Buy War Savings Stamps. H BublUhl May, 115. tuml thrCll. ' '., pwl-cfMe u Hm4-ilHi Mil MttM. Volume 23, Number 7 Carlin & Carlin, Publishers Celina, Ohio, May 24, 1918 TH CEL MERCER COUNTY BOYS Who Leave for Camp Taylor, Ky.f To-Morrow Citizens of Ft. Recovery to Have Charge of Exercises The pntrlotic exercises that will precede the leave-taking of the Mercer conn ty selects who leave Celina to-morrow will be under the direction of the citizens of Ft. Recovery, wbo will come in large numbers, business there being suspended from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program here Music Invocation Rev. Emch Address O. A. Reuter, Chairman Music Address Rev. A. F. Linbeck Music Presentation of kits by Ft. Recovery Red Cross ladies. Presentation of boxes by committee of Ft. Recovery business men. Presentation of carnations by commit tee of Ft. Recovery ladies. Announcements of Dr. C. A.Brown, grand marshal. Line of march to C. N. depot. Formation of parade on north side of BenJ. Sidle Arthur R. Pond W. H. Bruns Anthony Hlerholzer Leon Pond Joseph Meier Aloys Moorman Chancy B. Kettering Frank H.Gengler CarlM. Helby Edward J. Hartlngs Guitsve A. Nlekamp Barry O. McDowell Earl E. Snyder John Thleman John W. Barber Albert Vondrell Lonla B. Belby Barley Theese Roman J. Becker Charles V. Snyder Lewis Kallmyer Louis B. Gast Rail Ayera Bold Anderson Robert Dyaert Cyras Collins Barry Wagner Edward Bamberg Albert Bhodes James Wlnans Jacob Kremer Barry L. Gerdes C. E. White John A. Feltx Clemens Knnk Thomas N. Caster Ferdinand Kemerer Stanley D. Miller Irvln Wade Earl Franks Sylvia E. Boston Balph Jordan, Anthony L. Kemper Barry A. Bomer Bolland G. Archer Bay Newland Alfred Wlnt Alonzo Lemnnyon Dallas Powell Henry Badde George Boaston Loals J. Bauer Wm. Breymler Wm. Woeate Alexias B. Glere Vincent Goecke Richard L. Knntz John B. Granden Roy Blakely John Welsklttle Frank McKlrnan Ferd Woeate Clemens Frenzer Edward Vesper Ernest P. Krlemendahl Raymond M. Wertz Jacob Baber Arnold Shock Charlea McFlowers Carl W. Vesper Norman Myers Charles A. Seltz Jesse E. Boaston Bart Anthony Aloys J. Backs Benjamin Blossom Leo G. Bernard John B.Osterfeld Mahlon Redman Dorth Felver Jesse Arnett Lndwlg Bauafeld John J. Ledwedge Charlea Lane FredMnether Daniel C. Breymler Jesae Black Gerhard Bertke John Grim Ray Tester Urban DeCurtlns Aloys Braggeman W. E. Snyder Perry S. Wright Vernon Counterman Forest Jenkins Alonzo Rice Jallns Boehmer Barold L. Murlln Albert Mlehla John B. Klentz Franklin R. Collins Wm. Searlght Stewart Scott Philip Cable NOTED CHARACTER Riley Colton, probably Celina's most noted character, committed suicide at eounty infirmary, where he bad been an inmate for the past year, last Wednes day evening about 6 o'clock. He was found dead shortly after the occurrence, when his supper was sent t5 his room by an inmate. A flobert rifle be had borrowed was the instrument he used in bringing his life to a close. A brief note told all he had to say: "I was born in New York in 1850, and came WEEKLY WAR REVIEW Every Indication points to th probability that, the present week will witness the renewal of the Ger man offensive began March 21. The, entente allied staffs, so far aa their opinion can be learned, appear con vlnced that the enemy has about com pleted his reorganization and read justment of forces suitable to his pur pose to strike his sew blow. German public opinion is being pre pared by Chancellor Von Hertling and others for the Imminence of re newed heavy fighting. On the allied aide confidence la expressed in tha outcome, particularly with the Ger mans crippled In reserve powei through their losses In the earlier at tack, while the allies have received notable reinforcements from the United States, which day by day is increasing the number of its men on the Franco-Belgian front The total mileage of front held by American troops, indeed, la revealed to be the third greatest, the French standing first, the British second and the Americans exceeding the Belgian -total. Artillery duels and raiding thrusts featured the week on the fronts in Flanders and Picardy. American po sitions were shelled heavily, but the fire was returned with interest. Along tha Italian front all enemy attacks were put down. In Great Britain the Irish question looms large again with the announced discovery of a "treasonable conspir acy with the German enemy," on the part of certain Irishmen and the making of 500 arrests in Ireland. The persona taken in custody Include the Sinn Fein organization's president, Professor De Valerea, most of its leaders and all the Sinn Fein mem bers of parliament. Tha government'! begins promptly at 9:45, and follows: of court-house sauare. Mayor, council, clerk, treasurer and board of public affairs of Ft. Recovery. Boys' Band. Ladies' Relief Corps. G.A.R. veterans. Woodmen Band. Red Cross ladies. Young ladies of Ft. Recovery. Chairman Reuter, Rev. Emch Rev. Linbeck. Ft. Recovery band. Draft Board. Soldier boys. Citizens. and Celina business houses are asked to close from 9:30 a.m. till 12. COMMITS SUICIDE to Celina in 1858. Have lived here ever since. Good bye to all." He gained much notoriety for an at tempt to blow up the bulkhead at the east bank of the reservoir several years ago, for which he served a term in the penitentiary. It is believed others were implicated in the affair, but he could not be induced to "squeal" and the in cident is sealed so far as is concerned. He was noted as a fisherman, was close mouthed and a rather quiet man. Funeral services will be held at the in firmary this afternoon. descent upon the Sinn Fein headquar ters and leading personnel was sud den and bold and the rounding-up pro cess was not accompanied by disor ders. The bringing of the conscrip tion question to a head seems likely to result txm the government's ac tion. May 21. French forces west of Kemmel in the Ypree sector advanc ed their line over a two mile front Near Rhelms the French advanced into the enemy's positions as far aa the third line of trenches. Austra lians on the front before Amiena im proved their positions. May 22 The allies still continue to harass the enemy all along the battle line. The French are the most ac tive. They have engaged in raiding operations near Lassigny, on the flank" of the German line as it stands since the advance toward Amiena and gained ground. Dispatches from Vienna state that Austrian troops are being concen trated along the Italian battle front Cut Output of Toledo Breweries. Toledo, Ohio. The brewers of this city say their output of beer this year will be 250,000 barrels less than last year. One local brewing concern will reduce its output by 110,000 barrels. The brewers claim the decrease is due to the order of the government, cut ting the output of the brewera to one third 'of the production of last year. However, it is doubtful if the govern ment cut worries the brewera to any great extent, as the widening area of dry territory, together with the de crease in drinking in wet territory, has a tendency to decrease the de mand. Raymond Studer, of Camp Sher ma was home this week for a brief visit with his father and sisters, going from here to Camp Taylor, Ry., where he has been transferred. MEMORIAL AND DEC0RATI0II DAY PROGRAMMES Members of the D. J. Roop Post and the Women's Relief Corps will meet next snnday, tne Zbtn, at y:JU a.m., at the G.A.R. hall and march tothePres byterian church, where the memorial day sermon will be preached by Rev Roebuck at 10:30 a.m. All veterans are invited to participate. The following program has been ar ranged by members of the G.A.R. for the observance of Decocratton day next Thursday: Rev. Horn of the Presbyterian church will deliver the address of the day at the City Opera-house at 2 p.m. Members of D. J. Roop Post and the Waman's Relief Corps are requested to meet at G.A.R. hall at V a.m. and march to the City Hall, where all fraternal or ders are invited to join them and march to the North Grove and the Catholic cemeteries. All school children and the Boys' Band are requested to meet at the court house park at 9 a.m., wttn tne patriotic in structor to lead the procession to the cemeteries. The program at the City Opera-house next Thursday afternoon, beginning at 2 o'clock, is as follows: Song America Invocation Kev. Lance Music. . .M. E. Sunday-school Orchestra Lincoln's Gettysburg Speech Mrs. Ida Mohr Solo Jerome Grothjan Reading Helen Barr Song Parochial School Solo Kathryn Cook Address Rev. Horn Benediction All citizens who will donate the use of their automobiles to convey the veterans to the cemeteries on Decoration Day will please be at the City Hall at 9 a m. H. a. r eeman, commander. Liberty Townahlp Memorial Services The people of Liberty township will hold memorial services at Center chapel next Sunday, the 26th. at 11 a.m. Rev. C. S. Johnson, of this city, will have charge of the services. FIRST ACT UNDER THE NEW LAW Wilson Divorces Air Service From Signal Corps. ISSUES AN EXECUTIVE ORDER John D. Ryan, Recently Appointed Director of Aircraft Production and Chairman of the Aircraft Board, Given Full Legal Status and Power. Signal Corpa Revert to Ita Old Functions. Washington, May 31. The first act of the president under the new law permitting him to readjust govern ment departments was the complete reorganization of the army air serv ice. In an order the president directed that the air service be wholly di vorced from the signal corps, and also that the functions of producing and operating aircraft of all kinds in the military service be separated. The order formally creates a bu reau of aircraft production, described as an executive agency which "shall exercise full, complete and exclusive jurisdiction and control over the pro duction of airplanes, airplane engines and aircraft equipment for the use of the army, under a director of air craft production, who shall also be chairman of the aircraft board." This gives full legal status and power to John D. Ryan, recently ap pointed director of aircraft produc tion and chairman of the aircraft board, and the order transfers to him all funds, lands, buildings and personnel, of the signal corpa having to do with aircraft production. Similarly the position of director of military aeronautics now held by Ma jor General William L. Kenly is formally established and all funds duties, equipment and personnel of the signal corps connected with the operation of aircraft and balloons and with the training of aviators placed under his direction. The signal corps reverts to its old functions, having to do only with army signaling and the transmission of military information. Major Gen eral George O. Squier, chief signal officer, remains in that post, but with out connection with the air service. except that by law, as chief signal officer, he continues aa an ex-officio member of the aircraft board. shoots ana runs wire. Warren, O., May 21. Thomas Felles, alleged pro-German, shot and killed his wife while she was placing en American flag in a window of their rooming house here. Felles fired four bullets into her body with a re volver and then made an unsuccess ful attempt to kill himseir. Physi cians say he will recover. Italian Aviator Killed. m Hempstead. N. Y., May 18. Cap tain Antonio Sylvia Resnati, 35, the famous Italian aviator, was killed in an airplane fall here. Resnati was testing an American airplane. He fell only 100 feet. The wings collapsed. Captain Repnatl gained fame in this country piloting the giant Italian Caproni trlnlane. Cincinnati Dally Post and The Demo era t. both one year, 13.(0. Red Croas Benefit June 1st is the date of the first of a series of social affairs to be given this summer by the Franklin township Red Cross. There will be good music by the Montezuma band, ice-cream, Strawber ries inrl rrrain anH nther thinira VOU cannot afford to miss. The time is, Sat urday, June 1st; place, Montezuma Dana stand. Bock ford Lad Sent to Industrial School Oscar Hook, of Rockford, aged 14,was arrested last Tuesday and taken before Judge Younger of the Juvenile Court, where, after a hearing, he plead guilty and was ordered committed to the Boys' Industrial School at Lancaster, where be was taken Wednesday. Young Hook was charged with steal ing money at different times from his grandfather, a blind pensioner. He came to Celina to blow in the money, taking several boys to St. Marys for a joy ride, and was a liberal cigarette investor and dispenser. LADS OF 21 MUST REGISTER JUNE 5 Chairman Warren L. Trenary of the local selective service board, under date of May 21, furnishes the following for publicatiou by direction of the Adjutant General: "The Provost Marshal General, in a telegram to the Governor this morning, announced that the act providing for the registration of men who have become 21 years of age since June 5 last, has been passed by Congress and the proclamation by the President will be issued shortly, naming June 5 next as the day for registration. "Please expedite the completion of arrangements for the new regis tration and give the widest publicity possible in your community as to its date." Remember, registration takes place at the Court-house, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m GIBOONS HOLDS FT. CHATTANOOGA .From Daily Standard. In the matter of the application of Perry Gibbons for the newewal of his saloon license at Chattanooga, the two members of the Liquor Licensing Board, having failed to agree, a third member, R. L. Mattingly, was sought to render an opinion on the case. After reviewing the protests and complaints in lull, be summarizes his opinion that Gibbons should have a license as follows: "I therefore find from the evi dence that his license should be re newed as applied for, and so decide, and as a third member of this board, vote in favor of granting (he same." He holds that the acts of public inde cency and disorder, as occurring at Chat tanooga, areall provided for in law, forms of procedure and punishment. But the liquor license board nas no power, so long as the personal acts of the licensee are not involved, and that if it might be prudent to make Chattanooga dry terri tory are not matters within the power of the board to remedy. On March 14 Gibbons filed bis appli cation for renewal of bis saloon license, and on April 30 the protests and com plaints were filed: (1) Selling to an in toxicated person; (2) selling quantities of liquor to be carried into Indiana ter ritory; (3) various other offenses against law, and () me material cnarge mai Perry Gibbons is not of good moral character. In the opinion of Mr. Mattingly, the sole question for the board to determine, is Perry Gibbons a man of good moral character? That it must be admitted that the mere fact of being a saloon keeper and selling liquor does not in any wav abridge the claim of good moral character of the applicant, for the law itself has made the business moral m a legal and public sense. So, he concludes, that inasmuch as the accused applicant has in fact wilfully violated no laws of the state and that the courts are ready to remedy all the nnhappy conditions Drevailinir in and about Chattanooga, and so to try and convict the applicant for renewal of license for any actual offense against the law, this board should not take action which would destroy invest ments made by such applicant in god faith in a business which evidence shows he has conducted in a praiseworthy man ner until conditions inflamed public opinion to some extent against him with out sufficient proof of guilt on his part. NEARLY 200 EMPLOYES UNACCOUNTED FOR Additional Bodies Taken From Ruins at Oakdale. Pittsburgh, May 21. More than 90 bodies have been taken from the ruins of the Aetna Chemical com pany's plant at Oakdale. near here, the total representing the "known dead" as a result of the terrific ex plosions which wrecked the plant last Saturday. Searchers have been work ing in shifts since tha disaster occur red. Of the total bodies recovered, 43 have been identified, while the re mains of the others are charred and blackened beyond recognition. Coro ner'a deputies hold the hope, how ever, that many of the unidentified bodies will be claimed later when pieces of clothing and trinkets taken from the dead are recognized. Compilations show 94 persons In Pittsburgh hospitals, and company officials say that 190 members of the working force of the plant are yet unaccounted for. Federal, state, coun ty and local Investigations of the dis aster are in progress, but nothing has thus far developed to disclose the cause of the explosion. rinrin.ii n.iiv Post and The Demo crat, Loth one year, 13.60. PUT SANDLES TO SPEAK AT GRANGE PICNIC The second annual all-day picnic and field day of the Mercer couuty Granges will be held at Erastus, June 8, opening at 10 a.m. with music by the Neptune band. There will be many interesting neld contests stsnding jump, running jnmp, liop-step-and-iutnp, high lump, pole vault, 300-yard dash, 3-legged race, shot put, ladies' long throw, tug of-war (juveniles). Contests confined to Grange members. Teams of two contest in each event from each Grange; six points given in each event; one judge from each orange Three for winners, two for seconds and one for thirds. 12 noon Dinner. 1 p.m. Band music, followed by sing ing "America." 1:30 p.m. Address.Hon.A.P.Sandles. 2:15 p in. Base ball game, Montezu ma vs. Unity. The Grangers of Mercer county are urgd to be present, and the public is cordially invited to spend the dav with US. FRANK LOATH, Master of Ceremonies. RICH LOAFERS IN CLASS WITH HOBOS ' Over in Lima 12 men have been ar rested on secret indictments charging that they won't work. Some of them have independent incomes and make that an excuse for loafing. The police are searching lor 13 more ot these alleg ed vagrants. One of the men arrested has an income of $150 a month and lias not worked for years. The prosecutor says tne men will be tried nnder an old law making vagrancy a felony, punisha ble by a prison sentence. It is said that many men are frightened by these ar rests and are getting to work. One well dressed young man who wears diamonds has seized the first job offered and is now driving a garbage wagon. This is a great reform. It is in the air that men must work. Loafing is be coming a severe experience. In Omaha the police are arresting idlers nnder a new law which declares that those able to work and won't work shall be found guilty of sedition and liable to a fine up to S10.000 or imprisonment from 1 to 20 years. How will that law suit the young chaps living on dad and the family pat rimony? But they will nave to come to it. Loafing is to be regarded ns an of fense against the public welfare. Ohio State Journal. What are our authorities doing the Marshal, the Mayor, Prosecuting Attor ney? No doubt some loafers conld be found around town, just as worthless and as much a menace any that floats from town to town. Look 'em up you may find some of them wearing good clothes. Get them all. SOUTH END IS UP AND DOING Columbus, May 21. Vacation Thrift Committees the organizations perfected to direct activ ties of the participants in the Vacation Thrift Contest of the Ohio War Savings Committee have been formed in nearly every county in the state. These committees are responsi ble for the direction of the local activi ties in the state contest, for which prizes aggregating Jo, OOU in value are to be distributed to winners. The educational division of the Ohio War Savings Committee, which has su pervision of the prize contest, insists that notification be forwarded to Colum bus of the organization of vacation thrift committees. Specially prepared report ing cards have been issued to each coun ty war savings organization and to the city and county school superintendents. It is especially important that the state headquarters be informed of the organ ization of vacation thrift committees. Only through such information will it be possible to establish direct communica tion with the local committees. These committees were to have been formed before May 5. A reasonable extension of time has been granted, however. Im mediate notification shoald be forwarded to the state committee. In Mercer county the following vaca tion thrift committees have been formed to May 18. according to records in the offices of the Ohio War Savings Commit tee at Columbus. The place, school and chairman is given in the order named: Burkettsville.lR.D. 1 Cranberry, John Seitz. St. Henry Franzer & Uppenkamp.H. Franzer. v Maria Stein Elementary, H. H. Fors- thoefel. Carthagena Carthagena II,S. J. Hem- melgarn. Cold water- Holy Trinity, S. H. Yansa. District No. 3 Crouch, J B. Albers Chickasaw Chickasaw village, W. H. Gross. Maria Stein Elementary, Sister M. Soursa Huss. St. Henry, R.D. 2 Cassella, Louis Hnelsman. Celina Bennett, Clara A. Moorman. Buy fuel now Coal Delivery May Be Prohibited Later In Many Counties. Columbus, May 18. From the fed eral fuel admnistration for Ohio comes the warning today that de livery of both bituminous (soft) and anthracite (hard) coal may be pro hibited in many counties during the coming fall where wood supply is available. While this information is not final, the probability is sufficient ly strong to cause the federal ad ministration for the state to issue a warning on the mattter so that tha people of the state may have ample time to prepare themselves. The stop page naturally will apply principally to rural counties. An explanation is promised later. Tohn Studer. of Dayton, was np here over Sunday for a visit with relatives and old-time friends. - Girls Wanted Two white girls for housework; sisters or friends preferred; .four in family Give reference when applying. Mrs John C. Wickham, 253 Douglas avenue, bpringtield, U. Ice-Cream Social at Eraatne There will be an ice-cream social at the town hall at Erastus Tuesday even ing, May 28, given nnder the auspices ot M. E. Sunday-school, for the benefit of tne Ked Cross. Everybody invited. FAVORABLE REPORT ON BARGE CANAL Dayton News. According to word received from Wash ington, Saturday, the house committee on railways and canals, of which Repre sentMive Brumbaugh is the chairman, has decided to report favorably the bill of which Representative B. F. Weltv, of Lima, is the author, looking toward the construction of a barge canal connecting Lake Erie and the Ohio river, with Cm cinnati and Toledo as the terminal, and a branch extending from Defiance through northern Indiana to Lake Mich igan at Chicago. This, if completed, will be one of the largest artificial waterway systems in the United States. Still Maiming Hooeier Boozers Another automobile, with three booz ing Hoosier statesmen, came to grief on the St. Marys road, east of town, last week. They were on their way home to New Castle from Flint, Mich. One of them, Howard Van Meter, was caught in their overturned car and badly cut and bruised, but was able to return home with his companions. The car was left with Crown garage for repairs. FARM BUREAU NEETING MAY 28 A meeting of the members of the Mercer County Farm Bureau and all in terested, will be held at the City Hall at Celina on Tuesday, May 28, at 1 p.m. A. E. Anderson, of the extension serv ice, will be present to assist. KindU ask all having petitions to send list of names on same to J. Z. Riley, secretary, Celina, at once, and be sure to bring or send petitions to meeting. Yours for a permanent farm bureau and a county agent. F. B. BIRKMEYER, Temporary Chairman. BIG CLASS RECEIVES FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Class of twenty children made their first holy communion at the local Catho lic Church last Sunday, with the usual notable service that attend these exer cises. Rev. George Hindelang, pastor of the congregation, officiated: The little communicants were: LeRoy Gebele Norbert Gerlach Ivo Hasllnger William Pax John Bomer Louis Ungerer Mary Belersdorfer Bosa Beckstedt Beralce Dnrbln Isabella Hecfcman Leona Hlerholzer Bertha Kramer Alvlna Knapke Mary Mersman Margaret Mersman Agnes Mertz Elizabeth Meyer Marie Puthoff Juanlta Schlosser Evelyn Stelnbranner THE GRIM REAPER Mrs. Lewis Eckhart, aged 67 years, one of the best known women in the north part of the county, died very sud denly last Monday evening at her home at Rockford. She was apparently in her usual health until a few hours betore her demise. Death was due to paralysis. Besides her husband the deceased is survived by five children Mrs. Lucy Robinson, residing near Rockford; Chas. Eckhart. liviug in Dublin township; Clyde and Glen Eckhart, serving iu the U. S. navy, and Wm. Eckert, Deputy Sheriff, at Ft. Benton, Mont. Christopher Fetters, aged 82, eighty one of which was spent in Mercer coun ty, died at the home of bis son John, in Liberty township, on the 16th inst. He was one of ihe county's best known pio neer citizens, aud was privileged to see it in its most primitive state. He en joyed good health until a tew months ago, and was able to look after his affairs until about three week ago, when Ue be came critically ill. The deceased was born in Baltimore, Md., but came to this county with his parents when a child. His wite died about three years ago. The deceased is survived by fuur chil dred Mrs. Caroline Wright, of Para-g-m'd, Ark.; Mrs. Laura Weaver, of Hopewell township; George and John Fetters, of Liberty township. Funeral services were held Sunday. Mrs. Maggie M osier Younger, a form er well known Celina lady, wife of the late John Younger, died at her home in Findlay, O., last Monday, alter a brief illnt-ss. She was 61 years of ago, and was born a few miles east of this city. She was the mother of four children, three of whom survive Jefferson and Perry, who reside at Lima, and Mrs. Leona Gipe, of Findlay. Her remains were brought to this city Wednesday for interment at North Grove cemetery beside those of her husband. Henry Bock, who is on dredge work in Darke county, was in town Monday, and had the address of his paper changed from Ansonia to Versailles. His next move will probably take him up in Mich igan. Have you enlisted in the army of savers for your country and yourself? Buy Wa Sayings Stan.pt. 22 GRADUATE FROM CELINA HIGH NEXTWEDIIESDAY THE CSADUATES Balph Beanchamp Barry Hall Keleey Schloaser Leon Boettger Garrold Hoffman Bnaael Younger Thodore Weinman Balph Short Fred Suavely Edward Baner Henry Bollenbacher Mabel Begedanz Mary B. Ho wick Gertrude Hoffman Mary E. Howlck Helen Euyart Gaynell Boring Lenore Stoner Winifred Johnaon Wanda Shambangh Zella Slier Mae Slelschott The comencement exercises of the Celina High School will be held at the City Opera-bouse next Wednesday even ing, when twenty-two boys and girls will graduate. The program for the evening is as follows: America Class Invocation. . . ....Rev. Horn Duel, vocal Winifred Johnson and Ger- trde Hon man. Introduction of commencement speaker Garrold Huffman. Commencement address Dr. Daniel Mc- Gurk. Alma Mater Song Class Presentation of Diplomas by the Presi dent of the Board of Education, Dr. J. E. Hattery. Star Spangled Banner Class Benediction Rev. Browns Music Boys' and Girls' Band The baccalaureate sermon will be de livered next Snnday evening by Dr. W. W. Lance, at St. Paul's church. No String to Center's Giving The finger of scorn baa been pointed at Center township for not coming across with her quota of Liberty bonds in the recent drive, and that she takes fewer newspapers than any other township in the county. It's to be noted, however. that she was the first to go over the top in the Red Cross drive this week. There are no strings to her giving. THIS SURE WILL MAKE YOU SMILE Extracts from an article in the Brewers' Journal for May. Like all other destructionists, the Prp- hibitionists, in their stupidity and mad ness, are unable to offer anything with which to replace what they destroy. There is not even method in their mad- ;ss. Millions and millions of human beings have been and are consuming alcoholic beverages, not only because the laws of nature have implanted the irrepressible desire for the consumption of sugar and ts decomposition products, carbonic acid and alcohol, into their organisms, as they implanted it into the organisms of all the higher animals, from the in sects upward, but also because the effects of such consumption are comforting, pleasant and enabling the consumer to think progressive and noble thoughts, produce more efficiently than the non- consumer of alcohol works of art and instruments of a constancy higher ris ing civilization. With the destruction ot the industries producing alcoholic stimulants, humani ty would be thrown back into the dark axes, not merely into medievalism, Dut into the sges not recorded by history, tar behind the times of the ancient Egyptians, who were drinkers of nine and beer in large quantities. A non alcoholic world would be a world of bar barians and savages. Our drinking ancestors who developed civilization; who built cities, cathedrals, palaces, roads, ships, after having in vented tools and machinery; who painted pictures; were sculptors, musicians, poets, historians, scientists, teachers, physicians, chemists, lawyers, soldiers. artisans, were all consumers of alcohol, and their lives were made happy and joyful by drinking wine and beer, the beverages which civilization had enabled them to produce. They were the foun ders of organized industry, the means of making possible our own collective lives as we I've them to-day. And whatever we owe them is to be destroyed by the yelpings and ravings of fanatics, ignorant boors, madmen and designing political scoundrels wbo pur sue their own selfish ends, availing themselves of the opportunities offered by the temporary and local success of these destructionists. Earl Jenkins, who has been at Blan ton burg, Ark., for some time, has gone to Lecompte, La., where he will help to drain some of the swamps of that state. John Dicke, residing in Franklin township, near the county line, was among our business and social callers Saturday. A Ford touring car belonging to Tboa. Florence, stolen Saturday night from Walnut street, where it was parked, was discovered in a ditch near St. Henry Saturday morning. Meeting of Soldiers' Belief The Mercer County Soldiers' Relief Commission will meet in the Commis sioners' office at Celina, O., on Monday, May 27, at 9 a.m., to review applications for relief from the township committees. We invite those entitled to relief not otherwise represented to appear before the board in person on the above date. No allowance will be made to any per son not represented by the committees or in person. D. H. ROBISON, Sec'y.