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VOL. XXXI. No. 1
Ourexhortive neighbor seems to be burning with a feverish de sire to get into a convention with the Springfield Herald. Setonsburg in the west part ol the county and Boston and Ston ington in the east part each had a five-inch rainfall Monday night. The fair premium books were ordered the first of the week, and next week will be here for distribution. The rains of the last week gives assurance of a big fair this year. Denver had a chance to get a great aircraft factory—the Buck outfit, but let Kansas City come right up to their door and take it away from them. What's eatin’ those Denver fellers, anyway? At 11 a. m. Saturday there i were 65 cars, 63 other rigs and three motorcycles on the streets of Springfield, and at 3 p. m. 73 cars and 65 other rigs. Cars in the garages were not counted. By an order of the army com missioning Red Cross officers, Ex-President taft became a ma jor general. If Roosevelt were dead, that would be enough to make him turn over in his grave. “Be patient—B3 sacks of mail” —displayed in the P. O. window Monday, gives an idea of the new order of things in Baca county. During the Middle Ages of Baca’s history two sacks of mail loaded to the brim wasn’t very bad. If it is patriotic to put a mini mum price on wheat, why not be patriotic all the way through and also put a minimum price on flour? If these flour men are to lose out next year as they have the last year—it would certainly be a great calamity. The shipyard at Portland, Ore., after scouring the Pacific states for help, is, through their state editoral association, ap pealing to all newspapers to ad vertise the fact that they must have 12,000 more men, and that the job will be good for years. At the Colorado State fair the government is going to give a reproduction of a trench battle in Europe, using the big guns, airplanes and other modern methods of warfare. It will be on a small scale, but they intend to make it look like the real thing. The Denver Public Forum rounded up its first year las’t week. The Forum is making a good tight for progressive dem ocracy, and we can consequently commend it to those in this state who still believe in the Wilson- Bryan-Jeffersonian brand of de mocracy. g e c. of State Noland cannot be too highly commended for his recommendation of the corpora tion tax n.' easul ' e at the ex tra session was enacted into law, which same will raise corpora tion taxes frOL n shout SIO,GC(> to over $260,000. A 1 nd there is prob ably room for stir ' another drive. Hon. Edward KeaUinK has for warded a large suppi'v of a F ri " cultural bulletins to be .distribut ed at our fair this fall. These bulletins are a good thin, T, and should be made more use »">f by farmers generally. It is \’ery kind of Mr. Keating to thus c'fi deavor to place these bulletin a where they will do the most good. The latest in eastern front warfare is the enlistment of whole regiments of young girls of Russia. One company was recently in acticn and the girls are said to have fought like little i demons. In about all wars' some girls get in as men, but we believe this the first in history of girls enlisting as girls. While it shows that women may be counted a3 heroic as men, we fail to see the wisdom of the government permitting their en listment. The Springfield Herald An interesting letter from Reg ister Beavers with reference to oil leases and oil rights on home steads will be published next week. The Special session of the leg islature is entitled to the medal for having done more work in tlie least time and witli less rag chewing and wind jamming than any other session ever held in the state, and probably ever held in any other state—for which the state owes a debt of grati tude to both governor Gunter and the legislators. At last the drouth am broke. A million-dollar rain has fallen— inches to as high as 9 inches— average probably 4 inches. Feed is thus assured for prac tically everybody, there will be much grain, while broomcorn and beaus will bring thousands of dollars into the county. The sowing of wheat is next in order. We will venture there isn’t an inland town in the west, and centainly no other town in south eastern Colorado, that is doing the growing that Springfield is —and has been for the last three years. “Marvelous, wonder ful,’’ is the common expression of visitors and prospectors driv ing into or through Baca’s pres ent pleasing metropolis. The national assets of the Unit ed States is equal to the combined wealth of Great Britian, Russia, Francq and Italy. America to day has two and a quarter times as much wealth as Great Britian four times as much as France and eight times as much as It aly. It is the richest nation in all history.— Capper’s Weekly. That is a good report, but the great trouble is that a few men have) their hands on the great er part of the increased wealth. ‘The richest nation on earth” I doesn’t mean anything more than a country of millionaires j and near billionaires—in these modern days. The Cyclone At Two Buttes About G p. m. Friday evening a cyclone funnel dipped down to the ground about a quarter ol a mile southwest of the town of Two Buttes, and passed through the town diagonally to the north east, apparently expending its force about a mile or a mile and a half from town. Id. D. Gaither tried to get in to the hotel after seeing the cy clone coming; failing, he laid down and tried to hold onto the side walk, but was picked up and thrown into the middle of the street, breaidng some ribs and otherwise seriously injuring him. At the same time the wind caught up Dr. Verity’s store room and residence, wrecking the former and tearing the lat- ; ter to pieces. Luckily, Dr. Ver- | ity was in Lamar. It also about the same time caught up the Fred Kempin res idence, tore it to pieces and smashed up everything in the house. Luckily, the Kempin [ family was also in Lamar. ! The Wheeler and Stanton store (concrete) was caught at an an gle, and only the south wall left standing. Peculiarly, the dry goods that were on shelves ajong this wall were left in their plac es, while other things were blown away or smashed up— Fiats, caps, boots and shoes be in,T among the former. Loss will probably reach two or three thousand dollars. On da Young and printer Pru-1 itt saw it coming, and Young said “let’s run out of its path.” I They became separated, however. 'and after the storm Pruitt was] found in the torn-to-pieces [ Wheeler and Stanton store with his skull crushed in. Gifford’s real estate was next picked up and scattered promis cuously. It was a new building and is a total loss —building and fixtures probably over SI,OOO. U. J. Warran’s building was SPRINGFIELD, BACA COUNTY, COLORADO, FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 1917. next hit —picked up and torn to pieces and scattered for half a mile. It was just being built and was nearly completed. Metcalf’s barn back of his res i idence wascaughtin the whirlpool torn to pieces, and littered the patli of the storm for half a mile. The Parks house, half a mile northeast of town, was the last of the tornado’s victims—scat tered everywhere. In this case again the family was luckily away. Half a dozen cars were injured and two ruined. This is the second damaging cyclone to hit the county since its settlement, the former one pass ingoverthe Short Grass country, wrecking buildings, killing on?., and seriously, injuring others. The sympathies of the whole county go out to the Two Buttes sufferers. PASSED IT’S 31ST MILE POST The Herald is the only paper inißaca county of the thirteen that once here nourished that is h°re today to tell the story. On ly one other paper of those old days antedated the Herald in pub lication—the Western World of the screamiDg, boosting, boom ing town of old Beston, then the largest town in the county and the wildest in the west. The World was started the Bth of March, 1887, by the present editor of the Herald, and the Herald was started in August of the same year. The Herald during these years, like the country, has had a kind of submarine existence —some- times with its nose under water and sometimes above water, and sometimes with one boss and sometimes with another;- but al ways somehow it managed to survive and have its continued being, and sometime it will take its place with the big dailies, with Brer Jones still declaring that it doesn’t lead and isn’t the Great County Builder. After its baptism in fire and water (don’t get this “fire-wa ter,” please), the Herald starts out on its thirty second year, with a town and county of which no old moss-back or carivas-cov ered mortal ever dared to dream and with prospects of a still greater future town and county transformation. With greetings to the great Herald army, and the thousands of other good people in Baca county, the Herald passed its thirty-first mile post, and in en tering its thirty-second year asks for a continuence of your kind favors, and is hoping that the god of prosperity may smile on you, and thus that your future happiness and prosperity may be assured. The Tri-State Broomcorn Association | Met at Stonington Thursday, Aug. 9, called to order by the * president at 10 a. m. with the room well tilled with growers from Holly, Vilas, Big Flats, Webb, Konantz and other places over the territory. Enthusiastic discussions fol lowed revealing real enthusiasm on the part of all present. Bylaws were amended and many new members were added and the meeting adjourned till 1:30 p* m. when more new mem bers were received, and t he elec tions of officers followed —Presi dent, J. H‘ Holton, Holly, Sec. Sam Dean, Wes tola. The dues for membership is SI.OO per year. , Those wishing to share the benefit of the organization should correspond with the secretary. | Contributed. • Pilot Point j Mr. Harris returned from Kan-1 sas Thursday evening. Mr. Swanson and wife went to Kansas Tuesday to be treated. J. J. Pulliam and Mr. Anthony went to the cedars Wednesday. Mrs. Boles and chijdren went to Lamar Wednesday evening. Teachers at this Normal A good teacher to go on to the retired list is one who dosn’t need to attend normal or teach ers’ gatherings—so long as his certificate is good. School boards wanting a first - grade teacher we believe should find out first whether they attended normal. We believe a living second grader, or even third grader, is worth more than a dead first grader every day in the week. The following are those who attended normal this year: Earl C. Denney, Louis G. Gunkel Margret E. JacltsoD Minie Lepel, Frances M. Pettit DolHe E. Dunn Bertha Bryan, Christina Nihof, M-s. McCreliis, Freda Hays, Rachel Alexander, Leah Gant, Annabelle Handley, Isla Pearson Mae Beecher, Charley Einley, Mary L. Black, Elva Evans, Ina Van Gieson, Virgie.Conaway Bess Turner, Ruth Rosengrants, Margaret Hanley, Hope Brown, Elra Cokeley, W. C. Benefiel, Marie Herndon, H. Blanchat, Elmer Ballart, Holbert Bonto, Mary [ Lockhard, H. Y. Robb, David H. Murray, Cora Mordica, Mae Trussed, Elster Skinner, Daniel Durkee, Ilutb Seymour, Anna tinley, Moline Chamberlain, Wilber Shepard, Grace Seymour, Theodore Omaley, Howard Beecher. Our W. B, A. W. Springs Another Joke Frorri the Democrat. The Herald has it figured out that the reason we are entering the war now is that it will cost less to fight Germany now than it would if we were to fight them alone later oh. This may be the view of a very few who are so absessed i which same of course is not plagiarized) with greed that they can see nothing but the dollar mark, but we are glad that the gireat mass of American peo ple an d especially ’ hoys who will give up their lives for their country are able to see beyond to the principal which has actuated every war in whiolr we have had a part—freedom. Alberti's Appoint The'following letter will ex plain itself. L.H.Alberti, Deptuty Di'st. Atty. Baca county Colorado. Dear Sir: Under the authority con ferred upon me by Sec. fi-of the act of congress approved. Way 18, 1917, known as the Selective Ser vice act, and in conformity with instructions from the president of the United States, I hereby designate you as the representa tive of ihe government, to tak.e appeals in behalf of the govern ment from decisions of the local exemption boards having juris diction within your county grant ing exemptions or discharges from liability to military service. Upon application to said local exemption board you will be supplied with both forms as are within its power to furnish and will be notified of its procc :ed ings. You are directed to proeeei I at once to the discharge of the im portant duty entrusted to ,ycu and to give all possible public ity to the fact of your appoiutmi mtj and the nature of your duties- to the end that all persons liaxiiiig information leading them, ortShn community at large, to bc-feve that exemptions or disci targe s j granted are not in the best, inter ests of tlie nation may knew tc whom to apply to obtain a. review of such action, if sucli a rule seems to you desirable.. Enclosed herewith yon will find an acknowledgement and ] acceptance of this designation. I which you are requested, to fi-ltl out, sign, and return at i mce. | In full reliance upon /our pn-| triotic acceptance and discharge.! of the responsibility fo r the pro- 1 tection of the interns ,ts of thej nation, I am Respectfully, Julias C. G anter Governo'.--of Colorado. | CROP OUTLOOK By the estimate of the agricul tural bureau we find that in this state there will be over 2,500,000 1 bushels of corn than last year, nearly 2,000,000 bushels more of wheat, oyer 1,000,000 more of potatoes, and a million more tons of hay. For the United states we find nearly a billion more bushels of corn, nearly 200,000,000 more bushels of wheat, nearly 2,000,000,000 more bushels of potatoes, with hay about the same. It will thus be seen that the crop outlook for both the state and the nation is a great deal better than it was this time last year. North Flats Wilbern Shiflet left Monday for Ft. Lyons where he enlisted in the army. Several from this part were called in the draft. Encell Swem, who left here five years ago, is here visiting friends. Bickford, Adams and Ira and Floyd Chenovveth hauled lumber for the new M. E. church at Springfield last week. Among those drafted were Man.ey Grant, Leoriard Dale, Ed. Tombleson and Arthur Bick ford. West Pretty Prairie Chas. Fouiks consider ably worse and was taken to the hospital at Dodge City Friday. His wife and son accompanied him. W. A. Greathouse’ well caved in, so he had to take the stock to the noignbors for water two or three days. Some ol the fishers didn’t have very good luck while at the lakes, and returned sooner than ?xpected. Veta and Earl Mathew accom panied their lather to Holly tbia week. Floemont The social given at the home of Frank Thompson’s Saturday evening was very much enjoyed. R H. Dickey and wife and Mrs. Will Scott returned home Saturday from a five weeks’ visit tli rough west Texas and Okla homa. DeWitt Kirkpatrick is working for Foster Elliott. J. A. Messer and W. D. Kirk patrick were having some notary work done at Robert Dickey’s Saturday. Zion Chapel Needing rain badly—no more. Threshing has begun in this vicinity. Dillon’s and Kockhill’s visited tferf*: Williamson’s near town Sun day. The many friends of Cal. Thompson were sorry to hear of his accident. He is getting along nicely. - Arch Davis and wife and daughter Bertha and Jess Shel ton started for Colo. Springs Sunday for a few days’ outing. We extend congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gulick of Clyde, and wish them many hap py years of married life. Big Rock Work was begun on the new | school house Monday. F. M. Noris and Portor Cliat- I ham made a trip to Lamar for lumber for the school house Wednesday. Big Jim Ice is driving a new Ford. He says whoa to it when it gets unruley, but guess it will soon get gentle. Earl Kaufman is back from Oklahoma to look after his beans. John Richard is putting up his alfalfa hay. R. N. Bender was circulating a petition for a new road through these parts. We need more good roads. Everybody sign it. From a pumpkin roller. T. O. Maynard traded his Sax- j on car to Alga Adams last week. Mrs. T. L. Stagner and child ren visited Mrs- L. Fancher l Wednesday. Miss Clarabelle Beckman of Baker visited Miss Hankins Sat urday and Sunday. T. O. Maynard and family and Mrs. F. H. Mitchell attended the Cole Bros, show in Lamar the 13th. ■ : It is estimated that 200,000 new troops will be In camp by September Ist. E. Lepel and son George, were in town on the ilth—here to meet Miss Christina, who is at tending commercial school at Denver. The Dinius Hdw. Co. now has a large sign displayed over the awning to their store building, and also a doth sign in front. R. W. Fox and family and Mrs. Geo. Oollier were in from Edler Friday. Rodley Lots of raid in this vicinity— plenty to make crops. Mr. and Mrs. O. C. MeShard left Saturday for a visit with relatives in Beaver county, Okla. G. M. Wilcox has hiß well near completion. G. A. Shultz went up Satur kay to be examined for the army. He g raded 100 per cont. Others from here will go this week. Crops are looking well. pretty p rairie j The grange picnic on Bear creek Wednesday was well at tended and all enjoyed them selves. But there will be no" more picnics there as so many had no regard for fences and gates. A large crowd from this vici nity went to the Two Buttes and Lamar lakes tlie latter part of the week to fish. Frank Morgan sold the south quarter of-his 4m), bought him a Ford and went to OkTShntna last week. G. R. Rentfrow and wife, W. A. Greathouse and Orie Stig ers went to Vilas on business this week. The state master made the grange meeting very interesting Thursday night. Fletcher Hughes started for their home in lowa Tuesday, af ter a two weeks’ visit here. Buster Most of the crops in this neigh borhood look good. If it keeps raining there will be more feed raised than yie people thought for during the dry weather. Mrs. Chas. R. Fosnight and children have gone to Oklahoma to“ visit their parents. Chas. R. is locking lonesome. Osca. r Eslinger went to Trini dad to be examined. Hugh Culberson has come home from K.’' nsas- Lee Nickel 1 c’* me home from Las Animas wher. ** ke as keen working, Lee says, home looks good to him. Mrs. H. Nickel 1 and tv* o daugh ters, Mildred and Esthe r i kave gone to Oklahoma on a visit. 1 Vilas Miss Feton Yokley has gone tc ' Kentucky on a visit. Grandma Mitchell is visiting at her son’s home in ViUs. Mr. and Mrs. Pard Collins and little daughter and tlie two Thorqe children are visiting Grandma Capansky, and brother Andrew’s folks. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Yokum made a trip to Lamar Friday af te-- fresh fruit for Wheeler. Several of our neighbors at tended the picnic at the Holly crossing. They renort a large crowd with very good speeches. Mrs. Chase and family have moved to Denver. Several of our young people attended the dance at Springfield Saturday night. Mrs. Roy Hagerman’s parents from Kansas are visiting the Hagerman family. $.50 Per Year. Several of our boys rec’d their notification of draft. We are just begin to realize we are in WAR. . The Rutherford boys caught about eighty fish at the dam Saturday and Sunday. Pretty fair catch. The Grange at Big Flats is gaining notoriety. About forty members, and still adding to their numbers. Mrs. Campbell und daughter Pearl are spending this week with Grandma Conner. Thompson Bros. passed through Vilas early Monday o-g ing to Lamar for coal. Nothing like preparedness. Milton Amrine has returned from his visit to Nebraska. Murray The crops in this locality are looking very well, but we are needing rain—no more. Flour has gone up to seven and a half dollars a hundred: The Friends begin their camp meeting Aug. sth. Rev. Fisa with an evangelist from Wichita will conduct the survices. They are bringing a tabernacle witli them, and accomodations will be made far all. Everyone "wel come." Elmer Terry and wife started for the cedars Thursday. They have planned to stay a few days and visit Mrs. Terry’s sister. All the farmers in this locality have declared war on Russia (thistle), but they are about to get the best of us after all. Ufoint Crops are still bolding on. R. G. Grover, J. J. Pulliam and S. L. Hickcox helped R. 1. Johnson Hx his pump this week. Roy and Bill Hickcox went to Lamar the first of the week. W. L. Tandy and Rose Wright returned from Lamar the first of the week. V. B. Bamber and wife were visiting In this neighborhood the first of the week. Clarence Palmore and mother went to the cedars the first of the week. The Simpson boys are building quite a barn on their place. Willard Harris left the first of the week lor Lamar. Lamport August 8 Everet Thomas purchased a team of mules at Elkhart Tues day*. Clifford Smith and sister Mrs. Beulah Falls returned from liar vest last Thursday. The stork visited Everet Thom as and wife last Friday and left a big nine-pound baby girl. Math er and baby are getting along nicely. The grange lodge was very well attended Saturday night. Ed. Rogers is building a four room bungalow, which looks good to us. Mrs. Matt Thomas is spending the week at Everet Thomas’. Monroe Fowler went over , cross the river to visit friends Wednesday. ' (iraft young people went to Al um Springs in the cedars for an aj M day’s picnic last Tuesday. Tlu'y left soon after sunrise and cook, ‘'d their breakfast after they reach* d the Springs. Mrs. Scar borough aml M rs - Van Buskirk chaperon party. Miss Rb 'by Seal borough left for Pratt K. lns ” last Thursday. Frank Scarborough is visiting his mother dur his vacation. There was ap. at tli e home of Mrs. Ruskin f° r the young people last F riday evening. Wm. Van Buskirk has brought in bOO head of cows a< calves to pasture. ! A fine-rain last night ought to improve the crop outlet 'k. The crops have been standing had weather fine, but now out to do much better.