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i NA DEMOCRAT $1.50 Commencing Monday, July 1, 1918, The Democrat will be $1.50 per year In advance. Do you catch it ? $1.50 Commencing Monday, July 1, 1918, Kitabldhw My , IKS. r nr4 th Clle. 1 M. Htl-'llM m hmiI-iIui Mil Mtm. i Ue ueniocrat will Mil.: .50 per year in advance. Do yon catch it t Volume 23, Number 8 Carl'm & Carlin, Publi$her$ Celine, Ohio, May 31, 1918 CELT "innr idL A II ii pr LONDON, May 29. After desperate resistance and fighting in the streets, lastine several hours, the French have evacuated Siossons. which the Germans occupied, according to the officia announcement from the French war office. Eli M WW PARIS, May 80. The battle along the fignting front con tinued all night, with the French maintaining the western outlets of Soissons, the war office announced to-day. Northwest of Rheims the Franco-British forces broke all the German assaults and maintained the defensive positions. French reserves are continuing to arrive on the front and the German advance is being resisted with great tenacity. AMERICANS HOLD GAINS With American Forces on French Front, May 29. Further enemy counter attacks against tne American troops, who yester day stormed their way into Cantigny, have been repulsed, and the overseas men are holding their positions in the shell-torn village strongly. WEEKLY REVIEW OF WAR Germany's great offensive on tn western front has been resumed. With only brief artillery preparation, two blows have been struck by the Teuton armies. One attack was on the line from Voormezeele to Locre, southwest of Ypres; the other on a 35-mile front from PInon, north of Soissons, to Rheims. This is known as the Aisne sector. In Flanders, the Germans have Kalned virtually nothing, but further south the Berlin official statement claims that the German crown prince's troops have carried the whole ridge of the Chemln des Dames and now are fighting on the Aisne river. On the Aisne front the present bat tle recalls the fearful fighting of last summer along the Chemln des Dames, where for weeks the German crown prince hurled his men against the French positions, only to see them crushed and beaten. Last year 75 divisions were engaged In the Ger man attacks along this line alone. The attack here Is really In the na ture of a line-stralghtenlng operation. It is being launched from Laon-as a center and Is aimed at the elbow in the line formed during the fighting in Plcardy in March and April. Here, however, the Germans must face permanent works which have been occupied by the French for long peri ods and which can be defended quite easily. The German crown prince is - In command In this sector, and this may . Indicate a serious effort to break the , allied line. Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria is the nominal commander In Artols and Plcardy and the Ger man crown prince, for dynastic rea- sons, will strive to outdo whatever success was attained by his col leagues further south. It is probable that American troops are engaged In the fighting in both I the battles on the French front It Is known that American troops are close behind the allied lines in Flan-j ders, while some time ago it was re ported that' tney we're near Rheims Almost coincident with the new German assault the Italians launched a blow at the Austrian lines in the mountain region to the northwest of Lake Garda. According to reports, Ihey have carried Montloello pass, the village of Presena, Monte Zigolon and the mountain spur to the east. May 29 British and French, great ly outnumbered, are giving snrouiid before the onrush of the Germans along the 20-mtle front in the Aisne river sector, between Herry-;iu-Bac and Vallly. According to the German omcial communication, numerous towns and villages In the fighting zone have been taken by the enemy and 15,000 allied troops already have been made prisoner. The Germans have crossed the Aisne and are press ing back the allies upon the Vesle river. The enemy has advanced about seven -miles. General Pershing reports that Ameican troops In Plcardy attacked on a front of one and a quarter miles, captured the village of Cantigny. took 200 prisoners and inflicted se vere losses In killed and wounded on the enemy. RED CROSS DRIVE the Subscription Likely to Reach $150,000,000 Mark. Washington, May 28. The Ameri can people answered Germany's re newal of the offensive on the west ern front yesterday with an outpour ing of more than $32,000,000, swelling the American Red Cross second war fund to $144,000,000. Reports still are coming in from districts, and the final total of the drive may not be known until tomorrow. The oversub scription was much larger than to the first J100,O0O,0OO fund last year and Is believed by officials to have reflected the determination of the people of the nation to see that the Red Cross work, not alone among the American troops, but among the civ ilians of France, should be extended- ARIZONA FALLS IN LINE Last week Arizona ratified the Federal prohibition amendment. The vote in the Senate was unanimous for ratification, and in the House it was 29 to 3. The state is dry under state-wide prohibition, and the almost unanimous vote in the legislature is in harmony with the will of the people. One-third of the States necessary to write prohibition in the National consti tution have now ratified, and this has been done within six months from the time Congress submitted the amendment to the states. A year from this time it will all be over but the shouting. MONEY PROBLEM NEATLY SOLVED IColdwater Chronicle. The Mercer County Farm Bureau had two car loads of seed corn some 1,500 bushels shipped to Celina, which was sold to the farmers at IS per bushel, a saving of f 1.75 to $2 per bushel to them. At the time of the delivery of the corn the price could not be definitely fixed, but it was sold to the farmers at $5 per bushel by those who had charge of the delivery, and which was guaranteed not to be more than that price, After all bills were in and paid for the corn, transportation, &c, it was found that the sum of $475 was on hand. It would have been a somewhat difficult task to refund this to the individual buy ers and a happy thought came to those in charge of the purchase and sale of the corn. They donated this amount to the American Red Cross. It was a generous act and we believe it will meet with a hearty amen by every one who purchas ed corn from these shipments. Here was not only a saving of $1.75 to , $2 to the farmers on each bushel of seed they bought, but a surplus of J475 tlfat was generously contributed to one of the noblest causes ever born of man. It was a happy thought, well applied, and sure ly commended by every patriotic person in the country. Cincinnati Daily Post and The Demo crat, loth ona year, $3.50. COLDWATER BOY IS DROWNED AT DAYTON STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN! On and after July 1, 1918, the price of The Democrat will bo $1.60 per year in advance. There is no need to tell our renders why the pi ice is advance d, though many of tbem do not remember the conditions prevailing in the newspaper business at the time the price of $1 per year was made. Previous to and at the time of the establishment of The Democrat the price of country newspapers was $1.60 per year, and the size 6 columns to the page. We have been referring to our tiles at that time and find the top price for hogs to be $3.00, cattle $3.25, wheat 70c, oats 18c, corn 20, butter tic to 12c, lard 4ic to 5c, potatoes 20c. Print paper, ink and everything in the art of printing was at the same low level. Remember, this rate goes into effect July 1. Most of our readers are paid up until Janu ary 1, 1919; some until 1920. The new rate does not effoct those paid ahead. It only begins at the expiration of the time paid for. Back subscription up to July 1 is payable at the old rate. Renewals and new subscriptions will be taken up to and including Saturday night, June 28, at the old rate of $1 per year. Dollar a-year papers have had their day. Word was received here about mid night Sunday thai Leo Oliger had been drowned in the Stillwater river, near Dayton, Sunday afternoon. In company with a number of companions he had gone to the river for an outing, and in the afternoon they went in bathing, when he was accidentally drowned. The body was recovered shortly afterwards, and Undertaker J. R. Desch went to Dayton and returned with the body on Monday morning, and it was taken to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Oliger. Leo was 21 years old last AugURt and had been employed at Dayton for the past two years. He was a sterling young man, and the news of his unfortunate death was a great shock to his parents, brothers, sisters and young friends of this place. Funeral services 'will be held at Holy Trinity church this (Friday) morning, and burial will be in Holy Trinity cem etery, east of town. Chronicle. A Servant Always on the Job E. E. Dibble, of Center township, is having a Delco light plant installed by the Crown Auto Co., local agents. Mr. Dibble believes in efficiency, as the in stallation of an electric light and power plant on the farm means the savin? of several hours of drudgery each day for himself and his wife. THE FORT VERY MUCH IN EVIDENCE That Ft. Recovery is never a slacker when fully woke up was in evidence last Saturday, when her officials and citizens done the honors in bidding Mercer coun ty's big bunch of selects God speed on their departure for Camp Taylor, Ken tucky. It looked like every man, woman and child was here to say good-bye to the boys. The program outlined for the occasion was carried out in the most im pressive and dignified manner, and was a fitting tribute to the lads and the great cause in wnicn they go lortli. People from all parts of the county were out in numbers, anil the assemblage was the largest that has yet witnessed the de parture of selects for camp. MERCER COUNTY AGAIN ON RECORD Mercer county has again gone on rec ord, clearly indicating that the hearts of most of the people are in the right place. The great drive closed at 12 o'clock midnight Monday. Mercer county went over the top. Complete returns are not as yet available, but we have gone be yond the f34,0U0 mark. In behalf of the boys, the American Red Cross and Celina chapter, I want to express my appreciation to the local chairmen, the solicitors for their hearty co-operation, and to the people for their generous contributions. The services which you rendered has been unselfishly performed, which is a beautiful display of patriotism, loyally and love. Again thanking one all all, I am Kespectlully, W. T. PALMER, County Orgaizer. Gift from Catholic Children The patriotism of the little people of the Celina parochial school was shown in a gift from them to the American Red Cross fund, when their pastor, Rev. Goorge Hindelang handed County Or ganizer Talnier a check for f 55.75. The children's pennies surely count. ILLUSTRATED 1ECTURE, THE "FRUITS OF C. E." What's up? An illustrated lecture, "Fruits of C.E.;" a county officer's pan orama, a Christian Endeavor play and a county C. E. banner, to le given to the C. E. society having the best turn-out to hear and see. the above at the Mercer County C. E. rally at the Presbyterian church, Celina, Friday evening, June 14, at 8 o'clock. Do Yon Know? How many county commissioners and township trustees know how to get main market road money for their part of the state? Is this not worth knowing? Some body gets the money. If others do, why not you? The state road levy is three tenths of one mill. This levy nets the state treasury $2, 500,000. One-fourth of this goes somewhere in Ohio on main market roads. The wide awake road officials are getting it. Are you asleep? It is much yours as anybody else's. Ask for it. Do it now. MERCER COUNTY'S PREMIER ATHLETE Among various revelations of the Mer cer county field and track meet of high schools, which whs held at the fair grounds on May 10, none was clearer than the fact that Lewis Shnffer, of the Rock ford Huh school, was easily the peer of all the assembled athletes. This wis shown not alone by the twenty On behalf of the people of Mercer county, without regard to race, creed, color, or other conditions of serviture, and the workers and contributors so generously mentioned, The Democrat lses to thank Mr. Palmer lor all the good qualities and generous impulses he has detected in others in his capacity of organizer, believing he has been thor oughly innoculated with the same microbe. Red Croaa Social at Montezuma To-Monrow Evening There will be a Red Cross social at the band stand to-morrow (Saturday) even ing, the Montezuma band, assisted by the Neptune band, furnishing the music. Ice-cream, ice-cream and strawberries and other attractions. You, and even your mother-in-law is invited. WINXLEIOHN SUCCEEDS SCHUNCK IN COUNCIL At the regular session of Council last Tuesday night Mayor Scranton an nounced the appointment of J. H. Win klejobn as a member of Council to suc ceed P. H. Schunck, who recently re signed. A resolution transferring $330 from the general fund to the service fund was adopted, and ordinance No. 357, accept ing a plat of lots, was passed ana goes into effect from and after the earliest period allowed by law. ' f X i i Mi 1 il ' i ! M 1 J.-1 li' '-'"J 1 I ' II "t I ? t !? LEWIS SHAFFER points which he collected as his indi vidual total, but by the consistency and ease with which he performed as well. Shaffer was entered in oi ly four events shot-put, quarter-mile, half mile and relay, in all of which he pulled down a blue ribbon. These events alone, however, do not Top By an American Soldier Who Went ARTHUR GUY EMPEY When the Lusitania was sunk Arthur Guy Empey decided that he could not wait for his country to declare war so he sailed without orders for England, and enlisted as a Canadian. He recounts this incident in "OVER THE TOP" in less than five hundred words. In a few thousand more words he completes his experiences in England and after that he is in France for the greater part of the eighteen months before he was invalided home, in the "Front Line Trenches." "OVER THE TOP" is the first story by one of the American soldiers who went to France, has been a real com batant and has seen long service in the trenches. Sergeant Empey tells what it actually means and feels like: to be wounded seven times; to live for a year and a half with mud and rats and shells; to be covered with "cooties" and never to get rid of them; to go "over the top" in a charge; to grasp for your gas helmet when a second s delay mean s death; tn ranhirA Prussian? - 1 n to get tangled up in barb-wire with that machine gun working a few yards away; v to lie for thirty-six hours wounded and unconscious in xno Mans lzxio. For a year and a half, until he fell wounded in "No Man's Land"this American soldier saw more actual fighting and real warfare than any war correspondent who has written about the war. His experiences are grim, but they are thrilling, and lightened by a touch of humor as original as the Soldiers Three. And they are True. We take pleasure in announcing that we have secured serial rights to this remarkable storyw and that it will appear in installments - - in this newspaper It Is trie Heal oturtl ii " ' y on 1I; ; J The Greatest War Story Ever Written give a complete line on Shaffer's versa tile ability, as nothing but thetxcel- lence of hi team-mute, Foor, Fiferand Keopple, all of whom are splendid ath leteskept him from being entered in the short dashes and the broad-jump. His ability in the dash was well shown in the quarter-mile and the half mile runs. These two races also served to how his wonderful qualities of endur ance. Shaffer has a wonderful physique. He is alKiit five feet eight inches tall and tips the tcales when stripped at 175 pounds. The casual observer would guess him as a weight man, but hardly hs a sprinter because of his stock build He gives a good account of himself on the foot-ball field, and has captained Rock ford High's base ball team for two seasons. This all-round athletic performer will be a senior in Rockfnrd high school next year, and we confidently predict that whoever takes from him the title of "Mercer County's Premier Athlete" will have just reason to be proud of the dis tinction. Jefferson B.ofE. Selects Teachers Edith Fisher, Elmer Smith, Hael Bet, Ella Fogt ami Louise Andrews were employed to teach the district schools at a meeting of the Jefferson township board of education at their reg ular session last Friday. The board also made their annual levy for school pur poses. A. H. McMuray was given the job of conveying school children to Dis trict 2 and 5. DECORATION DAY WELL OBSERVED Decoration day was generally observ ed in this city yesterday. Business places were closed. The exercises for the day, as outlined in the program of theG.A.R. and Women's Relief Corps was faithfully carried out by the handful of civil war veterans that remain to do honor to their comrades who rest under the sod at the local cemeteries. The Women's Relief corps, the boys' and eirls' band, and a small springling of ittle tots was about all of their escort. Local lodges and benevolent societies and citizens were only notable for their absence. The cemeteries, however, and their silent hosts were in no way neg lected nor forgotten, for crowds of peo ple visited them and placed tokens of love and rememberance Jupon their rest ing places. SERVICE FLAG TO BE DEDICATED The Fairview Sunday-school of the Church of God circuit, of which Earl Poor and Dee Young are the superin tendents, will dedicate a service flag next Sunday, at 2pm., with a special program, in honor of the boys that have gone to the colors from that community. Rev. Horn, pastor of the Celina Presby terian church, has been engaRed as the principal speaker for the occasion. A flag exercise, music, recitations and other things will feature the event. The community should do honor to the boys by turning out for this service. Let everybody give flowers to the living and not the dead. FOURTEEN MORE SELECTS ARE OFF The first contingent of Mercer county selects to be sent to the Columbus bar racks left here Wednesday mornig at 7 o'clock over the Cincinnati Northern. They were presented with comfort kits and souvenirs. There was no pub lic demonstration on their departure, only relatives and intimate friends see ing them off. However they can rest atured the people of the county have as big a place in their hearts (or them as any that has left it border. The Co lumbus contingent was mad np of the following lads: Seymour Anhbaugb, St. Marys. Adolpb Borger, Celina. Ernest Kelley, Celina. George Severns, Mendon. Leo Scbafer, Cold water. Martin Jackson, Celina. Russell Morrow, Celina. George Bernard, Burkettaville. Clyde McGilvary, Mendon. Eugene Bettinger, Coldwater. Albert Newcomb, Cel'na. Francis Carl Hoyn, West Virginia. Henry V. Weyer Abel Pearson IMPORTANT QUESTIONS LADS MUST ANSWER Political Gossip It looks like there will be little change iu Congress this fall. There is a ten dency to keep the present members on the job. A few days ago in the Pennsl vania primaries two democratic members of Congress received nominations from both parties and two republican mem bers were likewise indorsed by the dem ocrats. Two weeks from to-day will see the close of the time for filing petitions lo get on the ballot at the August primary. There is little scramble for office. It was thought there would be several can dates in the field for Sheriff and Clerk of Courts, but it has n.irrowtd down to two candates for each office. It was expect ed that Wolf, for Recorder, might have opposition, but none is visible. All can didates seeking second terms have now made their announcements but Huber, for Representative. A sheet containing ten important questions that must be answered on reg istration day, June 5, by lads who have become 21 since last June, has been is- sued and should be in the hands of your local postmaster. They must be answer ed in writing, with ink. They are as follows: 1. Name in full. Age in years. 2. Home address. 3. Date of birth. 4. Where were you born? 5. Are you (1) a native of the United States; (2) a naturalized citizen: (3) an alien; (4) have you declared your in tention to become a citizen; (5) or are you a citizen or non-citizen Indian? (Specify which.) 6. If not a citizen, of what nation are you a citizen or subject? 7. Father birthplace. 8. Name of employer. Plaae of em ployment. 9. Name and address of nearest rela tive. 10 Race White, Negro, Indian, or Oriental. THE GRIM REAPER Fred Brune, aged 68, a well known resident of this city, died at hi home here last Friday. The deceased was born in Germany, but came to this coun try when a lad, and had been a resident of Celina for almost 40 years. Mr. Brune had been in ill-health for some time, but his death came rather unexpectedly. He was a stone and brick mason by trade and a very conscientious workman. Hi death was the third in the family in a few months his wife passing away five months since, and a daughter about three weelcs ago. Surviving are four children William Brune, of Chicago Heights; Frederick Brune, of Oak Park, III.; Mrs. J. D. VanDusen, of Kipton, and Mrs. Joe Heckler of this city. John Colgan, a former resident of this city, aged 57, died at his home at Pine Bluff, Ark., last Saturday. Tuberculo sis was the cause of his death. He is survived by his wife and seven children. One son is in the national army, and another will soon enter the service. The deceased was a brother of Mrs. Andy Zender of this city, and was here to at tend the funeral of his brother, Wm. Colgan, only a couple months ago. The remains of three-months-old baby of John Roberts, of Piqua, was brought here Saturday for interment beside those of its mother. The mother, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Goudy of this city, passed away about a month ago. Clerk Petrie of the Board of Public Affairs of this city, who has been much ment oned for Clerk of Courts, told The Democrat a few davs since that he was not a candidate for the place. He wiuld j have made a strong candidate, and the j mm who would have headed him off j would have had the nomination in his 1 vest pocket. County Surveyor Morrison and Com missioners Hill and Now made this office a pleasant call Monday afternoon. They are candidates for renomination to their respective offices. We will say this much for them: we have not heard any com plaint about their work and that is say ing a good deal therefore it must be satisfactory. Mendon Herald. Daniel S. Bricker, aged 71, one of the best known teachers ot this and Auglaize counties, died at his home at St. Marys last Sunday, his funeral taking place Wednesday. The deceased was a broth er of the late Mrs. Isaac Hainline of Cen ter township, and was born at Lebanon, Pa. A brother, Wm. Bricker, resides east of this city. Mr. Bricker had a rec ord of 50 years of successful teaching. He also served in other educational ca pacities during his half century of school work. ANOTHER INDIANA MAN VICTIM OF AUTOMOBILE Indiana people, drunk or sober, seem to play in bad luck as soon as tbey get over this way. Last Saturday Lafayette Giradot, of Monroeville, was here fish ing, and while crossing the bank road with a party of friends was struck by an automobile driven by G. W. Jackson, the well known local well driller. Giradot had several ribs fractured and received a severe cut on the forehead. His injuries were dressed by Dr. Hattery. He was later taken to his home in an ambulance. Jackson is one of the craziest drivers about town. Whether he was at fault in this case, we don't know. But he will kill some one one of these days, and then may be the officers will take notice. School Enumeration Falls Off Mrs. "Minnie Stemen, who has been taking the enumeration of pupils of school age. reports a total of 1079542 boys and 537 girls. The total lat year was 1114. The loss is attributed to the exodus of young married people to the industrial centers. Cincinnati Dally Post and TI- Demo crat, bulls one year. S3.S0. Local Briefs The recent meeting of Willard W.C. T.U. at the home of Mrs. D. K. Jeffrie was an unusually patriotic one, and they are always patriotic. They decided to make a knit blanket in National color. The next meeting will be held with Mis Mae Nuding, Willard's president, at her home near Mercer, June 19. The Mercer County Brotherhood of Threshermen at their meeting in this city on the 23d, listened to sage advice on their business from State Organizer Durban and J. B. Parker, representing the American Thresherman Magazine. The officers of the county organization are J. H. Now, president; Frank Rosen beck, vice president, and Chas. Malick, secretary. W. E. Envart, Allen Enyart, Wn. Rush, Roy Coats and J. M. Rush left Tuesday for points in old Virginia, and are making the trip by automobile. They will look over the farm land situation there, which seems to be attracting the attention ot quite a number of our peo ple and has caught some. Congressman Welty has been notified by the pension department that Peter Stevens, of Celina, has been granted an increase of his person to 130, and that Mrs. Magdalena Reuter, of Ft. Recov ery, has been granted a pension of $25 per month, A bill was recently passed granting Herman Mott, also of the lat ter place, an increase. Jailed for No-Sagprt At a hearing in Justice Scranton 'a court last Friday, Oda Buck, arrested at Dayton the day before on a charge of non-support, was bound' over to court after a plea of not guilty. He has wife and child at Ft. Recovery.