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TALK VOL XVIII NEWPORT, TENNESSEE, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 1918 NO. 49. PLAIN i.; MRS. GEORGE O'DELL Is Having a Good Time, But Remembers Her School Chil dren. Bunker, Mo., June 7, 1918 -To my many children, Greet ings: ; I am so much like the old woman who lived " in a shoe, that I' scarcely know what to do, when it comes to writing to my little folks. For if I should aend one a card and neglect an. other some little heart might feel it, and some little voice might utter "Miss Ruth sent , Johnny a card, but I never re ceived one." So I take this method to write to each of you. My own little girl and I did not waste much time after school closed until we slipped away to spend a few days where we could rest and at the same time visit some of our kith and kin. We had a most de lightful trip. Spent one day m Memphis, where Iris Ruth enjoyed visit ing the Zoo and many other in teresting places. Then we crossed the great "Farther of Waters," we wished that all the other little folks might en joy the sameprivilege. After we reached our desti nation, we were shown much attention and taken many places of interest, one of which was across part of the Ozark mountains to a beautiful river to fish. We caught more things call ed "ticks than we did hsh. That is, Iris Ruth did. When I went to give her a bath on ,. our return home I discovered she had only "10" on her little body. But your teacher was less unfortunate for the sim ple reason that she spent her time during the day, perched high on a box, with her feet resting on some canned corn. And at night when it did not rain she slept in the wogan bed. And when it rained she slept in the tent on top of a table. While the N remainder of the party slept on the ground with the "ticks and creeping rep- .:, tiles.'' v - --.- I hated to have , so much " "persnigity" as my teacher, i Prof. H. H. Morgan terms such a feeling toward "snakes and bugs and mice, and all such things as girls are scared of, he , thinks are awful nice." The man of the party caught many fish, and killed eight squirrels. So our first experience at camping will be remembered pleasantly, despite the rain and all the weired and awful screechings of the owls and frogs and other inhabitants of the forest and of the water. We heard our first wolf and had to be told what it was. As we returned, we came through and apple orchard with thous ands of apple trees all set in rows, and all old trees. This was also a sheep ranch. We saw 400 big sheep and 200 lambs. They all seemed to be bleating at the same time. We could not hear each other talk through this place. We also went through a ranch on the very top of the Ozark mountains that had long been the home of many "deers but we did not get even a peep v at one of those shy creatures. ' I am hoping my little folks are all well and happy and en joying their vacation time very much. With much love to each of you, I am Your teacher, RUTH W. O'DELL. Frank Early of Loudon, spent several days here on bus in ess last week. .-. THE GREAT WAR PICTURE , Fall of The Nation Is Coming. To The Gay Theatre on Sat urday, June 29th. This splendid and ever pop ular picture has been revised " and added to and now consists of seven big reels of thrills and patriotic appeals. It is pecu liarly appropriate at this time when the German U-Boats are destroying our ships at our very doors and its appeal to patriotism and love of country calls every red-blooded Amer ican to the defense of the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. If you have seen the picture - before you will doubly enjoy it now as it is bigger, better, more thrilling and timely than ever before. In order that all may see this great War Picture the management of the Gay ineatre will give three per formances, at 10 a. m., 2 p. m. ana t:3U p. m. Admission to all will be 25c CLAYTON OTTINGER Is Full of Enthusiasm and Wants to Get Into The Big Game. , 647 Aero Squadron, .Aviation Branch. Va., Jun.i 14, 1918. Dear Tom: Wish you were up here for awhile for I could show and tell you more in an hour than could write in a week. I am feeling Al as usual and wondering when our time is coming to leave, as it makes me want to get into the "big business' when I hear of all those good old Cocke county boys going over. I do hope how soon we can get thousands of airplanes over there for of course we feel that when we do it is going to be unbearable for those dirty Huns and that they will beat it for "der fatherland." We feel now like we aren't so far from the war zone, since the subs are so close to us, but they can't scare Uncle Sam and you would say so if you were here and see what is going on at this part of embarkation. Tom, you can't imagine the pleasure it is is to read the let ters in your paper from those boys from home who are wear ing the kaki. I am always glad to know where they are and how they are standing the times and I hope to meet them in France, for I feel sure we will -be a happy bunch even tho we are in such a grim bus iness. We have lots of air planes here now and several are up all the time. My pal went up a few days ago and he told me he went ten thous and feet and I don't doubt it for his machine looked a "wee bit" small. I really believe he will make a great "bird" for that is all he studies about and I know he has the nerve. If we don't "ride" pretty soon I think I shall run down home for a few days. Wish you would come up and stay a few days. I'd show you how well Uncle Sam is taking care of us. " Keep good old Plain Talk coming for it is all interesting even th$ ads, As ever, CLAYTON. Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Henry and little son are here from Knoxville for a few days visit with Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Henry and family. Program for July 4th has been outlined by the govern ment and will be presented by a committee appointed by the council of defense. Program will be printed next week. Mrs. Carl Blackstock and two children left Tuesday for their home in Seattle Washing ton. Mrs. Blackstock has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Mims for several weeks. The Misses Swanson, who have recently taken charge of Carson Springs hotel, have agreed to, feed a pig for the Red Cross and the ladies of the Red Cross are now looking for some one who will give them a pig. This fall the pig will be sold at auction. GOVERNMENT SALARIES FOR STENOGRAPHERS The United States Civil Ser vice Commission announces that through some misunder standing an impression seems to prevail that the Government has. raised the usual .entrance salary for stenographers and typists in the department at Washington, D. C., to $1,400 a year. The commission states that there has been no change in initial salaries for positions of this kind ; the usual salaries at the beginning range from $1,000 to $1,200 a year, ap pointments at $1,200 beiiur in the minority. The War De partment makes all appoint ments to such positions at not less than $1,100 a year, and agrees to promote to $1,200 a year after three months satis factory service. Appointments at salaries higher than $1,200 a year are rare, and the ap pointees must possess excep tional qualifications. There is still great need for stenographers and typists in the Government offices at Washington. Those who have had considerable office exper ience are most desired. The Civil Service Commission urges qualified persons to offer their services to the Government. Full information may be ob tained from the representative of the Civil Service Commis sion at the post office in any city- 1 GUY LILLARD Met Otto Boyer In France Wants to Hear From Friends Here. American Sector in France. May 19, 1918. T. H. Campbell, Editor Plain Talk: Enclosed amount of sub scription for one year. Altho it is likely to be a couple of months before it is possible to get the home town paper, nevertheless the items of news from near home will be more than important for it is very seldom that , a sure enough U. S. A. paper reaches us within a couple of months or six weeks at the shortest. There is many things that I would be glad to write that I know would be of interest to persons of my acquaintance but they would not be allowed to pass the censor. I can say tho that the boys over here are in the scrap until the finish and every one feels that the finish is going to be a credit to the boys that wear O. D. Still would be better if the people as a whole at their homes would begin to realize the greatness of the thing that is going on over here day after day. There is times that is very trying and I think I can sefely say that not a great number if any can real ize what the scream of of ' a large shell sounds like. Altho one gets used to the sound after a time and if they pass by all right. I think above all other little things the one that is most highly appreciated is the letter one receives from the ones they know. Anyway after the mail is dis tributed you can hear more laughter and the smiles are more pronounced, and after all those are the things that count. The days here are most the same as summer, the trees are green, the flowers are bloom ing and everything and every body is devoted to work. It is wonderful to see how promptly and thoroughly the older women have taken the burden of the agricultural work from the -younger. t- I wonder if any of the boys of Newport have reached the advance zone. If so 1 would appreciate very much to have a line from them. By the way, at the port at which I sailed, I ran on one of the boys most of you will know. I did not recognize him until he called my name, and after I had talked with him for quite awhile he had to tell me where I had seen , him before. But after he told me his name I cer tainly did remember "Toe" Boyer. He was the last boy I had expected to run across. He looked well and happy and is driving a motor truck for some transportation branch of the service. .. Well if possible hustle the Plain Talk along for I will cer tainly appreciate it very much, and also any lines anyone cares to scratch. GUY LILLARD. Headquarters 1st. F. A. Bgr. American Expditionary Force, France. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Saylor and two children of Knoxville, are spending a few days with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Saylor. 7 Kin Davis of Trenton, Ky., is here. He came to see his mother, Mrs. Sarah Sutton, who suffered a stroke of paralysis last Wednesday. His friends here will be pelased to know that Kin is doing well. He lives seventy miles West of Nashville. MUSICAL TREAT Music lovers were given a decided treat on Thursday evening at the First Baptist church. Prof. Nelson, of Knox ville, one of the best known musicians of the state, gave a delightful organ program. He was ably assisted by Miss Mar garet Connor, who rendered several much appreciated vio lin numbers. Miss Carrie Lou Stokely, who has recently re turned from musical studies in New York, favored the audi ence with two excellent vocal selections. ' The large and appreciative audience present testified to the musical taste of our people and the recognition of the un usual ability of the performers. No admission was charged, but a free will offering amount ing to $100 was given for the work of the Red Cross. It goes without saying that the people of our community fully appre ciate the gifts of time and tal ent given to this great cause. OLD BEESWAX Reports Big Corn Crop And No Idles In The Costner Com munity. " The weather is extremely hot and the ground soon becomes very dry after rain. It is ideal weather for killing weeds, cut ting wheat and making hay. Corn is looking well every where. I took a five mile hike last Saturday to see. what I could learn and to set who was working. I never saw' but 2 idle men (W. S. Large andUD.' C. Waters.) I notice sheriff Wm. Bamsey in close conversation with'Mr. Waters, he must nave been trying to ge: Mrr'WatersTfact one of them dates to the to run for the legislature, since his brother-in-law. Razor Back has declined making the race. I decided I could supporf Mr. Waters, provided my father-in-law. Mr. Boyer, does not run. There has been a wedding anticipated since last Thnrs day, but has not materafized yet. They say they can't get license. Whats the , mater with Short that he don't issue the license? I never saw a couple want to marry worse than they do. Judge Garren says he is getting tired of the young man that wants his step daughted laying around there, and is afraid Flint Ray will come and get him. ' "- Misses Ada and. Mae Webb of near Newport, were visiting Belva and Ida Maddron Jast Saturday and Sunday. We had a Red Cross put up in our church and some low down, cowardly wretch who opposes the Red Cross and the flag of our country broke in the church and cut the Red Cross in two. Members of the Red Cross at this place are offering a reward for the person and proof to convict him. I am sorry to say it of our country, but there are 2 or 3 young men near here that will never stop this side of the jail or peniten ary. , There are 3 young men of Costner that are to be called to the military service the 24th, we hope to see our noble youngs down in value to about ten men return crowned r not or. 1 ;ct ts. - It took us about five withe victeryj butfwitft hohitf a.Tfefautes to get oiito the money well. J. L. Ramsey run a carload of boys down to Knoxville last Friday. I am sorry to say the people in this community are gener ally poor men, not able to buy war savings stamps. Most of them are willing, if they were able financially, but we will do the best we cam The peo ple need more light, more in structions on the mater. I hope the editor will make it plain to everybody through his paper. J. P. Gilelspie and his daugh ter, Mrs. Lena Griffin are quite sick at their home on the Par rottsville pike. Gay Clark came over from Morristown Monday and spent a few hours with Newport friends. On Wednesday night of last week a theif or thieves perfect ed an entrance into the store of C. E. McNabb & Co., by break ing a glass over the rear door. Three suits and a quantity of other merchandise was missing. R. 1, DEL RIO Sunday school was re-organized at Raven's Branch last Sunday. The hour was chang ed for the meeting to be at 2:30 p. m., instead of the regu lar morning hour. ; The follow ing officers and teachers were elected: Prof. B. R. Baxter, (re-elected) Supt.$ Mrs.B. R. Baxter, Asst. Supt. ; Miss Annie Knight, Sec. and Treas.: Jacob Hall, Chorister; Creed Rollins, Ass't Chorister: Osborne Ball. Senior Class; Miss Ellen Jones, Intermediate Class ; Miss Pearl Laws, Junior Class. Some of the Odd Fellows of this place attended decoration held by that organization down in the 15th, Sunday. Robt. Ball of Bluffton, spent Saturday night and Sunday with friends at Ravens Branch. Floyd Green was seeing the sights of Hartford Sunday. Wm. Green was in Newport last week. The two small sons of Riley Green, Brady and Burnett, were the guests of their grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Toby in the 15th. Sunday. The apple crop seems to be splendid so far and the most peaches we have had for sev eral years. Farmers are very busy "mak ing hay when the sun shines" harvesting rye and wheat, and working in the corn crops. BURNETT SMITH Is In France And Is Delighted With The Country. He Is Doing Some Heavy Work Dear Mother: We are at last off the ship. I was detailed there for couple of days to help unload. I can say quite truthfully that it was the hardest work I have ever done. We are now at a camp temporarily, a government camp somewhere in France, of which 1 can tell you nothing. France, that is what I have seen of it is beautiful. This is a very old city. Some old castles date back to B. C, in time of the Caesors. Only wish I could get to see some of them. The houses look like miniature castles, most of them built of white stone. Some of them are beautiful. I have seen some of the coun try too, everything is green. The farms or rather garden? are queer looking patches of ground, with hedges instead of fences. Queer hedges too, looks like its made of small trees. Have not been out much as we were supposed to stay on the ship except, on a street down by the wharf which I Jiope is not typical of all French streets. But I'm afraid it is to a certain extent. Most everything seems to be sold in wine shops, some of which are very nice however and always tended by a wom an, in fact all the stores are run by women and girls. Most of these shops are very clean and tidy. Beer and wine are about the only things that are cheap. Cakes or wafers are about $1.20 a pound. There is no candy or sugar. Fruits are not so high. I bought a great big sack of strawberries, great big juicy ones for a franc, (a franc is about 20 cent.) The money is small, that is their value is small, a dollars worth of small change looks like a fortune. The paper money looks like igarette coupons and runs proposition when we saw we had to. I would give a good deal to see a bath tub any kind of a tub. Haven't had my clothes off in more than two weeks. During all that had work we had unloading the ship we only had seawater to wash in. Did you ever, try to wash anything in sea water? Well it won't wash. I am in aferrible fix, got mixed up with a lot of coal dust, and haven't been able to get the black out of. my mus tache yet, which leaves things in a most embarrassing posi tion. You will excuse writing, not conducive to good writing, kinder like my French. But I can make myself understood in that terrible language and can say one as fast as' any Frenchman. Am " just tickled to death with France. The difference between this place and the good old U. S. A. is simply the old and the new. Here they have dinkey little carts and freight cars and engines. You coud pack a couple of their en gens on the tender of one of our six hundreds. One thing looks natural tho Fords, they seem to be omnipresent, the only place we have not seen them was in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Were the folks here glad to see us-? well I guess. There is always a smile, for an Ameri can soldier, sometimes in Bon jour. Of course I cannot tell you where we are and there are no Bill Jones methods of saying thincs I want to say. You re- member the little luiiaoy L.una used to sing about a kinky, ..... V t wooley, head Well hope springs eternal and that sometime we will come back. There is no doubt about who is going to win this little war and we are going to shorten the time consider- ahlv Say, this is Sunday, I didn't know it until this afternoon, I was coming out on a truck load o f havensacks. We passed lota of neonle. men and women and girls, all out for a stroll, and believe me everything was ideal for a Sunday afternoon stroll. At anvtime you can ston nr rest on the Brass be side the road; all kinds of little nooks and dells. Did I tell you about the walls, . Gee I never saw so manv walls in my life, the town is on a kind of a cliff over looking the sea. The incline is terraced by walls some of them forty or fifty feet high and built of some kind of Proclamation of Mayor Allen City of Newport, State of Tennessee. By virtue of a proclamation of Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States, setting apart FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 1918, as NATIONAL WAR SAVINGS DAY, I, L. S. Allen, Mayor of Newport, am duly authorized to call upon our people to suspend their ordinary business on said date from the hour of 12 o'clock, noon, until evening, in order to give every person the opportunity to answer the summoms of the government to attend meetings to be held for the purpose of securing pledges for the full quota of War Savings Stamps required of this community. This is no voluntary matter, the pow erful influence of the government being behind the movement, and no person is exempt from this call to duty. It is the marshalling of the army of War Savers on this side of the great waters for the support of the army of fighters on the other side. Oor duty is as binding as theirs and we are required to take orders from our commander-in-chief just as the soldiers are required to obey every command of their commanders. Our duty is to make our arrangements now to save a definite sum from our ordinary expenditures during the coming six months and to invest those savings in our government's securities. We are called upon to record our sacred pledges for such patriotic service and no man can escape the duty. On the 28th there will be meetings at places and hours announced by the con stituted authorities of this movement. Let there be no slackers in this community but let all attend and see that we are not remiss in coming up to the expectation of the President. WITNESS my hand and the Seal of the Corporation of Newport, this the 17th day of June, 1918. ' L. S. ALLEN, Mayor. white and gray stone. They are certainly strong for ma sonry. They say most of this work is mediaeval. Napolean bult a lot of roads around here. Nopoleon. Well I will write He built a lot of other things too. He was a great duck more when I see more. Love to all, " BURNETT. COCKE COUNTY BOY SLIGHTLY WOUNDED But He Is Well And On His Way To Berlin. B. Bat. 53rd Art C. A. C. Amer. Exp. Force. May 28, 1918. Dear Mr. Campbell: Just at present I find ample time to drop you a few lines, such as they may be. I know how anxiously they all are waiting for the final day to come, and to hear we are on our way back. Just how long this will be no one has been able to say. But things look very promising. Better, the future has never looked to any of us. v This also shows how comfident we are. Last night as I listened to the band play the Star Spangled Banner, it sent a chill through me to think, yes, how peaceful it used to sound when I heard it, when I was back home, and now, here we are on the war path. The world is at stake, Old Glory will float high and we will see that she always will. Things have slowed down a great deal on the western frontNand it will continue doing so if it is left up to the Ger mans to do the fighting. But times have changed. We are not over here for a picnic or anything of the kind. So let me say they will now have to get busy and retreat for Berlin. The great success of our Third Liberty Loan must make the Huns jump with anger. They now see that Americans can not be blocked out of France. This you know, was the Kaiser's dream. Their long range guns did not last long. This sure was another very sad experience. Things are getting to look home-like over here, as there are so many American soldiers over here. At places they already have towns for themself , so you know there is no small amount of them over here. The clhn ate also agrees with them Though I must say for myself I had a little hard luck. Have been spending some time in the hospital of late, but am better again. Was slightly wounded in mv knee, at first it did not bother me much but later on 1 was competed to give in. Have now been out about a week. Would sure love to be back in Newport for awhile and see all of my old friends. I have noticed that my letters have cheered my friends up a great deal, nave received numer ous letters of late, and take it from me they sure were all wel comed. Was pleased to learn that everything is in full bloom around Crestmont, this you know was another favorite place of mine. I have recent ly had a leter from a girl friend who expressed sympathy for me. I appreciate good wishes, but need no sympathy. I have quirrel hunted all over the Smoky mountains, have done the west and am now on my way to Berlin. , Some journey, but,I'nr with-a bunch, that can't be stopped. " Every time I get a chance at a German Tsure send him west. The French are good people and treat us very kindly and the same ap plies to our English comrades. Respectfully yours, JAMES BROWN. Henry Clift spent several days in Knoxville last week. Judge Kyle of Rogersville, was the guest of his sister, Mrs. W. is. Robinson last week. Mr. and W. C. CooDer snent a few days last week with homefolks at Clinton. Thomas Cline of Snartan- burg, S. C, is spending a week with relatives and friends here. Mr .and Mrs. P. T. Barrow, Mrs. L. S. Allen and Mr. Geo. Willis spent Thursday in Knox ville. , Charley Mvers of Lvnp.h. Kv.. spent a couple of days here last week. He wanted a few hands to go back with him to do grade work, but could not get them. . PARSONS-STOKELY The weddinc of Paul M Parsons, of New Florence, Mo., ana miss Adelyn Stokely, daughter of D. Bradford Stoke- Iv Of El flentrn f!al woe solemnized last Wednesday morning at the home of the bride's aunt, Mrs. C. T. Bur nett, Newport, Tenn. The Rev. J. W. O'Hara, pastor of First Baptist church of Newport, of- nciatmg. "At Dawning" was sung by Mrs. B. W. Hooper immediate ly before the ceremony. Miss Eleanor Susong pianist. The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, Dr. C. T. Burnett. Miss Lesline Beazley, of Social Circle, Ga., a cousin of the bride, acted as maid of honor and Hugh M. Allen, of New port, Tenn., also a cousin of the bride, was best man. The bride was graduated this year from Central Union High Schol, El Centro, Cal., and is a young lady of splendid attainments. Mr. Parsons was also a "raduate of the same school in 1916 and is now doing his bit by patriotic farming. Immediately after the cere mony the wedding party motor ed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. -G. Allen where a lovely wedding breakfast was served. Mr. and Mrs. Parsons left Friday by automobile for New Florence, Mo., where they will reside in the future.