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Fifth installment of our Great War Serial, "Over the Top," this week
THE CELINA DEMOCRAT $1.50 The Democrat in now $1.50 rer year iu Hilvunce. Cincinnati Daily Tout and Democrat, both one year, $4,110 $1.50 The Democrat i( now fl.50 per year in advance. Cincinnati Daily Port ami Democrat, both one year, 4.00 Eubli.h4 Mar, II 3. I Dtrd ! Ih Cattna. 'siopot-offtc aaeond ) mail atttar . Volume 23, Number 15 Carlin & Carlin, Publithert Celina, Ohio, July 19, 1918 Celina Chautuqua July 24 to 28, inclusive. 5000 HUN SINGLE U. WITH THIS A MICHIGAN July 1H (8:05 A. M.) The fourth day of the battle finds the Germans still halted in their Stubbornness of the American and French resistance at the extremities of the fighting front east of Ghateau-Thierry and east of Iiheims safely' holds The Americans not only are inflicting the heaviest punishment on the enemy. In the region of Mezy and Jaulgonne the IJoche dead are piled four and five deep. One American regimental front of his cammand alone. The attack today was centering against the French on the American right, in an apparent As an instance of th5 German losses, prisoners said the American artillery wiped out one able to cross the Marne. Of a 20 men, live were destroyed. The famous Sixth Grenadier ted, every man being killed or captured. Three German divi sions (36,000) were so demoralized that Ihey have not appeared in the battle since the first any. Extraordinary werther has ing sun has buen socceeped by cloudiness and rain almost every hour with monotomous regularity. The latest information shows that 45 German divisions (520.000 men) are being used on the entire front. ENEMY DRIVEN BACK 2 MILES ON PARIS, July 18. The allies morninff by attacking on the 85 - ward to Aisne. The French communique, issued at noon, stated that initial gains of from a mile to nearly two miles had been made and that prisoners were taken. The Franco-American attack giant fighting front of nearly 100 miles from Main De Massiges the region of Soissons. Additional American forces have tjsus been hurled into the Maelstrom of blood and steel on the west front. Marines and regulars are known to be in ihe line from Vaux northwestward Vinly, ond it is probable that numbers of American reserves have been thrown into this fighting. The allied assault apparently comes at a time when the Ger man effort in the Champagne is at its lowest ebb, the French re port saying that in this region there was "no change" LIEUT. ROOSEVELT KILLED PARIS, July 17. Lieutenant Quentin Roosevelt, aged 20, youngest son of the former president of the United States, has been killed in an air tight, the semi-official Havas News agency announces. llis machine fell into the enemy lines. Lieutenant Roosevelt was last seen in combat Sunday mor ning with two enemy airplanes about 10 miles inside the German lines in the Chateau Thierry sector. He started out with a pa trol of 13 Anjerican machines. They encountered seven Ger mans and were chasing them back, when two of them turned on Lieutenant Roosevelt. WEEKLY The iong-expected renewal of th3 German offensive in France has be gun. Fierce battles are In progress on both sides of the famous cathedral city of Rheims, which,' since the last offensive began along the Marne, has stood the apex of a sharp salient into the German line. West of Rheims the Germans, with the pressure of large numbers of troops, the unleashing of which was preceded by a veritable hail of high explosive and gas shells have beer, enabled to cross the .Murne at sev eral places. East of the city, how ever, they have been held for the smallest of gains by the tenacious resistance of the defenders of the line. Altogether the two battle fronts aggregate about 65 mil93 in length American troops are fighting val iantly on the sectors they have been holding and at two points have met with notable success. At Vaux "they not only broke down a violent attack by the enemy, but drove him back several hundred yards and only re turned to their former positions when the advance of the Germans south east of Chateau Thierry, across the Marne, made the reoccupation of their trenches of strategic value. Along the Marne between the town of Fosscy and the river Surmeline, where the Germans crossed the Marne the Americans in a strong counter - attack forced back the en emy to the right bank of the stream. At other- points along the river they usad to the greatest advantage their mPtine guns against enemy ele n which were crossing the river oft .. pontoon bridges, killing or wounding many of them. In the counter attack near Fossoy 1,000 Germans were made prisoner by the Americans. The captured contingent included a complete brigade staff. The French general In command on this sector sent a congratulatory mes sage to the general In command of the American troops. The Germans, in addition to their tremendous expenditure of explosives and gas shells, used numerous tanks against the line? of the defenders and also opened with numerous naval guns, bombardments of towns and cities far behind the battle line, drop ping upon them shells from 10 and 12-inch pkcfSi. DEAD BEFORE S. REGIMENT ARMY IN THE CHAMPAGNE, attempt to envelop liheim. the allies' Hanks holding their ground, but are commander estimates 5000 dead in effort to reach Epernay. entire regiment before it was group of six boats, each holding lirgiment was utterly annihila marked the battle daily. Scorch 35-MILE LINE started a counter offensive this mile front from the Marne north extends the battle he into a IN AIR FIGHT Near Vaux the attack fame atter a mist violent bombardment of high explosives ami '-;as shells throughout Hie night. The American troops sought shelter wnrrever It was avail able. VUien the enemy infantry ap peared ti e Americans swarmed out and met the attackers with a rain of machine gun bullets. The Americans wora their gas masks as they fought the attacking Germans. The only important gain made by the Germans thus far Is to the west of the city of Rheims, where they crossed the Marne river. The French and Italians fighting in Albania have carried their lines steadily northward. The town of Berat, the most Important point In southern Albania, has fallen Into al lied hands. It is reported that largo quantities of Austrian supplies stored at Berat were destroyed by the re treating Austrian Official reports would appear to show that the ad vance of the French and Italians is reaching farther and farther east into the mountains and toward the rear of the Bulgarian positions around Monastir. British and American troops have been landed and now are in control of tho entire Murman coast In north ern Ruesia. It is through this terri tory that it is hoped ultimately to lend aid to Russia by way of the Arctic ocean Turkish troops attacked the British positions in Palestine commanding the crossings of the Jordan aud tho ridges north of Jericho. In the ridga region, the war office announced, the British completely restored by a counter attack the positions that had been penetrated. More than &00 Turks were taken prisoner. July 17. Strong resistance of American, French and Italian armies has checked the German offensive In Ihe region of Rheims. Americans and French operating on the Marne have retaken all Important positions lost in the first rush of the enemy These include St. Agnan, Hill 223 End La Chapelle-Monthodon, south of Dormans. Berlin claims small gains in the region of Rheims. In the fighting tho first day they claim the capture of 15,000 prisoners. American state de partment advices say the enemy's losses In the drive hare been enormous. REVIEW OF WAR 83 MORE SELECTS LEAVE MONDAY Program Under Auspices of Celina Business Men The Celina Business Men's Association will have charge of the exercises that will precede the departure of the eighty- three Mercer county selects that will leave Celina next Monday at 11:25 a.m. for Camp Sherman. The program is as follows: Music Celina and Coldwater bands. Meeting called to order bv Chairman VouiiKer ut 1U a.m. Music Kockford male quartet. Invocation Rev. W. E. Turner. Music Kockford male quartet. Address J. W. Loree. Presentation of Comfort Kits T.n.H.-v of Celina Red Cross Chapter. rresentation of soveinrs by the Celina Business Men's Association. The order of march to the C.N. denot and bodies participating are Ladies ol Relief Corps. Civil war veterans. Ladies of the Red Cross. Hand Citizens. Draft Board Selects. THE SELECTS Frank Hess Augustus Schroeder Harvey E. Schock James Clem Iloice Joseph Hein, jr. Richard Hickernell Robert Steinbruuuer Roman John Rose Henry Otto Lange Clarence O. Harper Elmer Rhoades Albert Beiersdorfer August Bruns Orel Rickard Herman Winer Hurles F. Lime Herbert 11. Fecber Thurman F. Graf Wilson George Meyers Charles J. Boice Andrew C. Kuukler Joseph B. Kunkler William O. Alger Leo S. Harb Clayton Yocum Clarence C. Fetters Theodore F. Bollenbacher Jerome J. Obringer Albert John Meyer Herbert Gottas Jacob H. Brehm Christian Huwer Edward L. Pottketter James E. Denney Albert Hole Raymond N. Carpenter John August Moorman Elmer E. Bollenbacher Charles J. Link Albert C. 1'ierstorff Charles F. Andress Lawrence S. Baker Leon Magato John W. Kinkley Eucil N. Small Howard Schaffer M. D. Lewis Joseph E. Meeker William H. Post Harlan O. Harmon Charley W. Meyer Bernard J. Siefering John G. Hundley Forest F. Mcilinhael Rudolph A. Slahl Henry W. Wuebker Frank Mueller Robert L. Boice Peter John Heckler Bernard Howick Anthony H. Heitkamp Zura M. Walters Aloys Will Walter Harry Shirey Edward Oicke William T. Kantzer Leo Braun Melchion Knapshafer John R. Williams Aloys H. Moeder James II. McDonald Leo Silk Henry H. Thieman Robert Sutter Lonis Urban Moorman Wilbur McDarling Leo Bruggemau Edward Hay Clyde McDonald Alois BecksUdt Eli Eichler Murvil H. Cranfill Irvin Dammeyer Autuony Obringer Ralph Ebersole Aloys Uppenkamp Roy E. White Peter Obringer Joseph Mescher Scarlet Fever Cases Reported Scarlet fever is reported in two fami lies in the west end, south of Logan street. Seven members of the family of John Pfeffenb rger are quarantined, and the May family is reported with a case. LANGE GETS OFF CHEAPLY Frank Lauge, a farmer, residing near St. Henry, who was reported last week as having turned his hogs into his wheat field .appeared before the authorities here last Friday and acknowledged doing so, giving as one of bis reasons that he had no way of gathering it. He has a fine lot of neighbors if he could get no one to cut his grain, if he had no way of do ing the work himself. But it would be hard to make anyone believe it. No such thing would work in Germany, where his sympathies seem lo be. Over there they would stand him up against a wall and perforate his hide with lead for such action. He has neighbors with sons oyer seas in the American army fighting the Huns and off ring their lives for his benefit and those who may come after him, and to think other peo ple over the land are making sacrifices without complaint, that Uncle Sam tnay (Continued on Eighth Page) Sycamore, Elm, Cottonwood, 60 feet to the first limb, is the character of the Bilter farm. Sells July 27. A descrip tion of the property will be found on another page under the head, "Admin istrator's sale of real estate." Flies Petition In Bankruptcy Clarence H. Beitler, of this county, giving bin occupation as laliorer and thresher, filed a petition in bankruptcy in the Federal court at Toledo last In day. He lists lii-t debts at JJ78O.70 und and his assets at 51126.20. ANOTHER BOOST FOR CEUNA-WABASH ROAD Another section of the Celina-Wabash Inter-County Highway will be sold at Columbus next Friday, the 26th. This will add another mile' and a half to that now under construction, and give a 16- foot concrete road more than a third of the wav from Celina to the Indiana st.ite line. The date set for the completion of this section (D-l) is June 15, next. This will take t!e improvement to the road leading south to the Swamp College Cemetery. Plans and specifications are on file at the office of County Surveor Morrison as well as at Columbus. OUR CHAUTAUQUA OPEN WEDNESDAY The Celina Chautauqua, which opens next Wednesday at Mercelina pnrk, will have its program rendered under a tent, the old auditorium being unfit for use in its present state. The park and its facilities for enter tainment, however, have been placed at the disposal of the Chautauqua people by Manager Brandts, who has always been a consistent booster in promoting these great gatherings. Supt. Pogue, who is at the head of the Chautauqua workers, has his office at the Weber jewelry store, where information can be obtained and tickets may be pro cured. As the Celina Chautauqua comes next week one can not help but be impressed with the three-fold mission of this year's program. It stands out as clearly defined as if it had beed painted in black and white. First there is the patriotic purpose- so ably instilled in each day's program the desire to help Americanism find it self and to help Americans find their place in the ever growing war service of the nation here at home just as well as over there". Second, there is the educational as pect the boardening influence, which is seen iust as truly in the work of the "story lady" of the Junior Chautauqua as it is in the wonderful messages of the brilliant lectures and iu the softening influence of the musical numbers. And third, there is the purely enter tainment side of the program-the pro vision that hrs been made to gratify the human longing for relaxation and en joyment, certainly more necessary lo America in those times of war than it has ever been before. Those groups of able and patriotic citizens who have been djing the work of our local committees are seeing visions of their tasks crowned with suc cess. TUe ticket committee, tue au vertising committee and all other com mittees see signs of record-breaking crowds to see and hear the record -break ing programs that have been provided And they are assuring every one never has a Chautauqua program that held such rich promise of reward those who attend. From the moment the Original Strol lers Quartette opens the program next Wednesday afternoon, and Alexander Cairns, the gilted orator, delivers his great war lecture "Potsdamnation", down to the last night, when Hann's Jubilee Singers send lorth the sweet strains of soutuern songs as only real darkies can render them, and George P. Bible, another masterly speaker, de livers his lecturette, "Carry On" as the closing feature of the Chautauqua-there will not be an idle moment. The five days are packed with feature numbers including, in addition to the above, such attractions as Rohert Parker Miles in his gfeat lecture "Tallow Dips" Hett'e Jane Dunavvay in her singlehnn ded production or the great dramatic success, "Just Plain Judy"; the Mozart Orchestral Ladies in rich musical num bers; a lecture on "Community Effi ciency" by James S. Knox; and the massed music of the Royal -Blue Hussars Band, assisted by. Eva Qnintard, the grand opera etar. Altogether our Chautauqua this year is going to be a memorable one. Mrs. M. Thomas, after spending a few days at home, has been called back to St. Marys. Mrs. Charles Johnson, of Lima is visi ting her mother. Mrs. Ed Rison spent a few days at Cincinnati last week. Clarence Harper received a serious cut aqove the left eye in an automobile wreck near Celina Sunday. C. W. and Jasper was at Celina Tues day on important buiiness. A lady speaker from Spencerville will speak here at the Baptist church Sunday and Sunday evening. Everybody in vited. Mr. and Mrs, Lon Bose and son have returned from a short visit with rela tives at Richmond, Indiana. Thomas Bise and family, of near Rich mond, John Bealer and wife and Everett Aller of near Lima, were Sunday guests of John Aller and family. Mrs. Zerah uersiioacK oi Kicnmonn, Is visiting friends in and arovnd Mercer. Mrs. Ralnh Oueen. who was operated upon two weeks ago at the OtisHospital, is much improved and was able to leave for her home at Coldwater Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walters, of Cron street, are the parents of a baby girl, born Monday. Take the best expert and look at the soil of the Bilter farm. See notice of administrator's of this property in an other column. MERGER CARDS ON Now that Uncle Sam's place in the world tablished, and being emphasized daily in the lists, it is time for us stay-at-li'dnos to take a personal inventory and fix our own positions from the standpoint of patriotism. None of us but will insist that we are wholly loyal. None of us but will declare that we will do our part for American success abroad. None of us but will we can. Hut have we ? It's time to lay the cards on is what. ' It's time to begin playing the game according to the necessi ties of the situation. Time to see just where we stand patrioti cally. Time to get down to brass tacks. The simple facts of the case are that there are comparatively few of us who have gone the limit in lending our assistance, financially, to the government. Not that we wouldn't if we thought it necessary. But we haven't thought it necessary. We have all been wholly confident that the country would meet every demand, and that confidence has been justified. ft very aemanu nas oeen mei to oaie. Aha we naveri t by any means exhausted our capacity. But what of the future? That's the big question NOW. The next Liberty Loan will in nil probability be for an amount far in excess of anything that has been asked to date. The needs are becoming greater, more imperative, every day! Are we getting ready for such a condi tion? It's up to every man to take his personal inventory. To fix his own capacity, his limit, and to get ready to play it. The business of the country right now is war, war to the death. And we don't want it to be our death. One way to win it and live is GET READY! S.S. INSTITUTE SUNDAY NIGHT Next bunday evening, beginning promptly at 8 o'clock, a Sunday-school institute will be held at the Evangelical church in this city. All Sunday-school workers in the city and country are in vited. A splendid program has been prepared for the occasion. It will con sist of addresses on appropriate subjects, songs, class songs, and readings. Following is the program: Song by congregation. Invocation. Evening offering. Announcements and remarks by the pastor. Piano solo Miss Leona Stedcke. The Teacher's Qualifications Hattie Rvpkema. Duet Edith Hellwarth and Lucile Stedcke. The Teacher's Preparation Edward Hellwarth. The Adult Bible Class; Its Activities L. B. Pumphrey. Class song. Address. "How Can the Church En courage Sunday -school Attendance" Rev. Johnson. Song by the congregation. TWO DEATHS RESULT FROM EXPLODING COAL OIL CAN Two deaths resulted from a coal oil explosion at the home of Win. Swigert, east of Montezuma, a week ago yester day. One victim, a little fifteen-months- old son of the Swigerts, died in a few hours after the accident. Mrs. Peter Boesel. of New Bremen, a sister of Mrs. Swigert, was burned so badly that she died next day at a Lima hospital, where she was taken. The mother of the child was also badly burned while trying to remove the burning clothing from the little one. THE GRIM REAPER Mrs. Elizabeth Knight, a pioneer Rockford lady, aged 89 years, died at her home at that place last Monday. Funeral services were held Wednesday. To Build Community House. Columbus, July 15. Elks aie tak ing steps to build a community house at Camp Sherman. A committee of Ohio Elks was appointed at the na tional convention at Atlantic City last week to take charge ot the com munity house project. Six Breweries to Close. Dayton, O., July 17. By Aug. 15 only one brewery will be engaged in business In this city, six other con cerns engaged In a similar line be coming Inoperative The uew fael order makes such a move necessary, it is announced. The Bilter farm, 4 miles east of Mon tezuma, on pike; house, barn, out-buildings; fountain, and the soil all a garden. Sells July 27. Into Germany From Walt Mason's "Rippling Rhymes"! I hope before this wr is done, and we've suppressed the frightful Hun, our men will inarch on German soil, and sundry treasured landmarks spoil. The German people ought to know just how it feels to have a foe shoot up their .houses and their kirks and overturn the whole blamed works. They should be given half a chance to see what deeds Mere wrought in France, their cities made an aching void, their sauerkraut factories de stroyed; they ought to see the bombshells buist among their fields of winerwurst and see the their waving pretzel trees. I would not advocate their plan of dealing death to dame and man, of slaying babes and hanging priests, for allied soldiers are not beasts: but I would see our men in line somewhere along the storied Rhine, and have them rake the country well, and show the Touts that war is hell. Un less we brinpr it to their door, they'll soon forget their years of gore, and say it's what they're yearning for, when some mad ruler lusts for war. Oh, let the blood and carnage stuff. THE TABLE war is firmly es growing casualty declare that we have been doing all the table. Time to see just what j for each fellow to do his part. Local Briefs Mrs. John Now is reported quite sick at her home of West Livingston Mreet. There will be an ice-cream social on the lawn at the Chas. Ricketts home, five miles north of town, to-night. You are welcome. Chas. Bobeninoye", operating a join ter at the furniture factory, had three fingers nipped by the machine, two on one hand and one on the other. Haskell Vining, who recently bought the Dillon Smalley residence on Fulton street, has moved it to a lot on Forest Heights, where he is fitting it up for a home. I. F. Raudabaugh, it would seem, continues to be a much abused nisn. The town wants him to pay assessments just like other fellows who have a little prop erty but are a little lame when it comes to Hlackstpne tactics. lie lias fetched suit now to enjoin county i reasurer liaker from collecting an assessment on the Cherry street sewer in this bailiwick. Nora Masonbrink (nee Flavler) wants a divorce from Roy Masonbrink, proper alimony and the custody of their child ren. She says that Roy has been cruel to her, cursed and abused her, called her vile names, failed to provide, and a few days since gave notice that he was done I with her for good. The couple were married here in May, 1909, and have four children, ranging from eight years old dow n to a baby of three months. Drunks are getting so common here that you are likely to fall over one when vou step out of doors. Local officials seem to be impotent in dealing with the situation. A little fine is assessed, the culprits jailed, then turned loose; then they come back, the performance re peated, the mill grinds again, and again. To think we have voung men of charac ter and worth over seas fighting to main tain the liberty of such cusses is enough to make one's dander rise. COL GEORGE DUNCAN Commands One of Regiments In General Pershing's Forces, flash of snickersnees beneath Teutons have enough of all this i 1 '.W. ll i SUDDEN DEATH OF MAYOR SCRANTON Mayor S. S. Scranton, better known Judge Scranton, one of the most widely known men of the town and connty, died suddenly at his home last Friday noon, , a few minutes after leaving his office at the City Building, where be spent most of the morning. It was like a bolt of lightning out ot a clear sky a shock to the -community as well as to his family and intimate friends. Always in good health, the only notice of ill feeling that morning was when he got up to start to dinner, w hen he spoke of a severe pain in his chest. On his way he stopped at Dr. Hattery's office, and the Doctor's practiced eye noted his condition with considerable concern. He had him lie down and at once notified Mrs. Scranton and her brother, F. A. Snyder, of his sudden illness. Mr. Scranton was then assisted to his home. About his last words were to his wife, that she should not be alarmed, he would be all right. A few minutes after, when the doctor was again called to his bedside, he was breathing his last. Mayor Scranton was a couple months past seventy years of age, though he scarcely appeared a man of sixty, so kindly had the years dealt with him. He was born at Ft. Recovery, April 23, 1848, in the vicinity of which he spent his boyhood days. In 1872 he came to Ce lina and took up the study of law in the office of the late Senator T. J. Godfrey, and was admitted to the bar in 1976. Previous to this he taught school several years. He w is many times honored by the people of the county with public office, whom he faithfully served, with credit to himself and his party. He served six ears as county recorder and two terms as probate judge. He held minor offices of public trust, and was filling his second term as mayor at the time of his passing. Mr. Scranton was a prominent Mason and a member of the K. of P. lodge. In religious faith he was a Methodist. The deceased is survived bv his wife. ann: two daughters by his first marriage Mesdames Zoa Havden, of Toledo, and Ileryl Stauffer, of Cleveland. Funeral services were held from the home last Sunday afternoon, nnder Ma sonic auspices. Religious services were conducted by Rev. Lance. His remains were laid to rest at North Grove. PIONEER MEETING SET FOR AUGUST 8 The next annual meeting of the Mer cer County Pioneer Association will be held at the Fair-grounds on Thursday, August 8. A program of the day's ex ercises will be given to the public later. This announcement is made so you can trim your sails accordingly. Everybody nvited. Bring your lunch basket and j njoy the day. Marriage Licenses Issued John V. Colton, age 18, tool grinder, Celina, and Beatrice L. Crouch, age 18, housekeeper, Washington township. Lewis Epsteen, 21, mechanic. Indian apolis; Ind., and Mary Neel, 19, house keeper, Gibson township. AmongSoldierLads Notification cards announcing their arrivval overseas are still being received by parents and brothers and sisters of our boys. Miss Tillie Sacher has a card from her brothei Frank, and Mrs. Hazel Hess has one from her brother, Fred G. Erysinger. Wm. Stein, John B. Puls kamp and Chas. Krogman are also among those to hear from their sons. Mrs. Rose Taylor has received a card from her son Neal, and FredLaudahn, John A. Yaney and Geo. Koepple have likewise been informed of the safe arri val over seas of their bovs. ST. HENRY BANK VALUT LOCK TAMPERED WITH It is believed an attempt was made to rob the safe of the bank at St. Henrv ast Sunday night, as its officers found the time lock on the vault door tamper ed with when they opened the bank for business morning. Being unable to get the vault door open an expert was sent for and business resumed Tuesday. Outside of footprints on a file case near a rear window, no further clue of the visitor was obtained. - Police Court Victims John Meyers, of Wabash; Cluney Mc Calley, of Anderson, and Bert Andrews were xrrested by Marshal Duncan Mon day night charged with being drunk and disorderly. Each were given f5 and costs Tuesday morning. The latter was locked up, being short of funds. Henry K irch and Roy Hein, who also got into trouble Saturday night, were also handed Jo and costs. DRY FEDERATION MEETING TO-MORROW The dry federation of Mercer connty will meet at their headquarters in this city to-morrow (Saturday) afternoon at 2 o'clock. All members of the federa tion are urged to be present at this meeting- Boosting Red Cross Fund The Fairview church entertainment last Sunday evening netted the Red Cross $11.75. Mrs. James Janes, secre tary of their branch, was in town Wed nesday to turn it over to the county or ganization. Montezuma ladies, to boost the fun1 along, have a comfort quilt on exhibi tion at the Hoel store at that place they propose to give some one. The holder of the lucky ticket gets it. Go and take a look at it and boost a good thing. The Bilter farm sells to pay the debts, July 27. It must sell. Be on hand at the court house, Some one will get bargain.