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Volume 23, Number 8
Carl'm & Carlin, Publi$her$
Celine, Ohio, May 31, 1918
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
RED CROSS DRIVE
Subscription Likely to Reach
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Red Croaa Social at Montezuma
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.
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.
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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
These events alone, however, do not
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
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?
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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
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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
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
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 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
SERVICE FLAG TO
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.
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
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
LADS MUST ANSWER
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,
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
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?
6. If not a citizen, of what nation are
you a citizen or subject?
7. Father birthplace.
8. Name of employer. Plaae of em
9. Name and address of nearest rela
10 Race White, Negro, Indian, or
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
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
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
Cincinnati Dally Post and TI- Demo
crat, bulls one year. S3.S0.
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,
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.
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