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COLUMBIA Ml&OUftI MONDAY, &fOB&k 14, 1912
found Dead This Morning
in His Room at The
Athens Hotel.
Packed Trunk Last Night to
Start Today to Visit His
Was Founder of Many Large
Light and Water Com
panies ih West.
Fair with Little Change In Tempera
ture Tonight and Tuesday.
The 'official weather forecast for Co
lumbia is fair tonight and Tuesday.
There' -will be little change in tem
perature. Frost is predicted for to
night in low places. The tempera
tures today:
7 a. m 39 11 a. m 64
8 a. m 48 12 (noon) .6
9a.ni 57 1 p. m 67
10 a. m 63 2 p. m 68
Sylvester Watts, millionaire owner
of gas plants, packed his trunk last
night preparatory to leaving Columbia
for a tisit with his daughter, Mrs. A.
R. Smyth of St. Louis. This morning
an hour before he was to leave he
was found dead in his bed at the
Athens Hotel when an attempt was
made to arouse him for breakfast.
His death is supposed to hae result
ed from heart disease according to
the coroner, Dan Hulett
The absence of Mr. Watts was no-'
ticed at the breakfast table at 7
o'clock this morning. He was a man
of regular habits and for the first
time since he had been a guest at the
Athens Hotel he had failed to get up
for his 7 o'clock breakfast. Mr. and
Mrs. J. W. Poor, managers of the
hotel, were eating at this table when
one of the guests there mentioned that
Mr. Watts had not come down for
"erer Late to Breakfast.
"Possibly he is sleeping late." said
"Why I can't understand it This
is the first time I have ever known
him to miss breakfast," added an
"Yes, he is a regular man," said
Mrs. Poor.
"Why, I'll have to have him called,"
Mr. Poor commented, "because he is
going to St. Louis this morning to see
his daughter."
But Mr. Poor was detained at the
office by some hotel duties and in the
discharge of these forgot his mission
which he had started on. Presently.
W. H. Watts, superintendent of the
Columbia Gas Works, nephew of the
millionaire, as he was passing the
hotel stepped in and asked about his
"He must be sleeping late." Mr.
Watts said. "He hasn't been oer to
the office yet."
Ills Room Was Locked.
"That reminds me," replied Mr.
Poor, "that I was going to wake him
up as he hasn't been down to break
fast." The hotel manager went up to the
room and knocked on the door but
could get no reply. Neither did call
ing do any good. It was near 8:30
o'clock and the man was to catch the
9:40 train to St. Louis. Mr. Poor
tried the door but it was locked and
the key was on the inside. He then
called a porter who was sent up over
the transom by the aid of a step
ladder. The porter dropped to room
floor and unlocked the door so that
Mr. Poor could come in.
Mr. Poor went over to arouse the
sleeping man. There Mr. Watts lay
in the bed on his left side and with
his left hand just under the side of
his face. He did not look as t he
were dead and Mr. Poor did not real
ize that the guest had died until he
tried again to arouse him. He shook
the man and then noticed that he
was dead.
The Coroner Notified.
The coroner was promptly notified
and gae his decision as death from
a natural cause, probably heart trou
ble. The windows of the room were
open as Mr. Watts had always been
an ardent believer of fresh air. And.
fresh air he always got, even if it was
chilly and he was 75 years old.
After the coroner's examination the
body was taken to the undertaking
establishment of the Parker Under
taking Company. The nephew was
soon notified and the few relatives
Mr Watts was born in St. Louis and
is survived there by a daughter, Mrs.
A. R. Smyth, whose husband is secre
tary of the Watts Engineering Com
pany. The only-other near relative is the penitentiary where text books for
Joseph R. Watts, a gas plant owner the public schools would be printed.
in Tuscon, Ariz. The body will be
sent to his daughter whom he was to
visit today. The burial will be in
St. Louis.
W. H. Watts, nephew of the dead
man, says that he presumes that his
uncle went to bed between 10 and 11
o'clock. He had helped pack the
trunk before lb o'clock. This morn
ing the arrangements for the funeral
hadin'ot been made. , The death oc
curred sometime last night while the
man was sleeping. Mr. and Mrs. Poor
said that he looked as if he had been
undisturbed and that he had met his
quiet death In the same position that
he was when he went to sleep.
Last night Mr. Watts had bom
plained three or four times about
having a pain in his breast. Several
persons had heard the man complain
about the slight pain.
Mr. Watts is the owner of the Col
umbia Gas Company and has inter
ests from the Pacific Coast to the
East. One of ,his gas companies is
in El Paso, Texas, and he has inter
ests in St. Louis. His Columbia plant
has been here since 1875 and his visits
to Columbia are known by practically
every citizen. Since April, however,
Mr. Watts has been coming here more
often as the plant is undergoing sev
eral improvements. He has been here
for a month looking over the last
work. He is'a millionaire and was
known to few St. Louisians and he
was somewhat exclusive. Mr. Watts
was a member of the Catholic church.
Had Known HItn Forty Tears.
R. B. Price said of Mr. Watts:
"I have known him forty years. He
was a leader in the establishment of
water, gas and electric works in the
Wst, especially in Arizona, Texas
and Missouri.
"Mr. Watts was really an expert in
water and light engineering. He gae
especial attention to municipal water
plants. In fact his work always cen
tered about the municipality.
"The gas plant of Columbia was one
of those owned by Mr. Watts. He was
a Iban of wealth and was a large real
esWe owner in St. Louis. .
"Mr. Watts was a widower, his wife
haing died ten years ago. He had
only one child. She is the wife of
A. R. Smyth of St. Louis.
"Having traveled widely and being
an intelligent traveled, Mr. Watts was
a very interesting man. He was
doubtless one of the most widely
traveled men in the state. And has
seen much of America and Europe. In
every respect Mr. Watts was a most
excellent gentleman."
Boone County National Buys
Property on Eighth for
Kew Structure will be Started
as Soon as the Old Lease
The property at the Southwest cor
ner of Broadway and Eighth Street,
known as Hayes corner, has been
bought by the Boone County Na
tional Bank. It will be remodeled
Into a permanent home for the bank
aB soon as the present leases expire
and possession can be obtained. The
consideration was $35,000.
The property is now occupied by
the Gillaspie drug store and the- Pal
mer and Johnson hardware Btore on
Broadway, and by four other stores
fronting on Eighth street. It fronts
forty-eight feet on Broadway and
142J4 feet on Eighth.
"We expect to remodel the building
bo as to conform to the wants and
needs of our increasing business,"
said R. B. Price, Jr., vice-president of
the bank, "and it will be commensur
ate with the growth and prosperity of
the city. No definite plana of remod
eling, however, have yet been made."
Just fifty years ago R. B. Price, Sr.,
the president of the bank, purchased
the present site on the northeast cor
ner of Eighth and Broadway, from
J. W. Lamme for $1200, and later
transferred the property to the bank.
At that time a substantial brick build
ing was on the lot. This the bank
used for ten years, after which more
room was required. The old struc
ture was torn down and the present
three story building was erected in
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Mia .Elsie Warren and
Stephen Owen To Be
- Mtrried Soon.
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Seebod JSnpgement of Uni-
pwy uxors vritnin a
VJ'; F Weeks.
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- TW proauctlqp of college comedies
hasfeirea the UalTerslty of Missouri
its second robttnee. Following the
anfttaaceineftt a few day's-ago of the
coming wedding of Miss Josephine
Hale-of -Carroll ton, Mo and George
Boyle of Kansas City, both principals
in die students' comedy "The Land of
the Toreador" presented last year,
now comes the news of the engage
ment of Miss Elsie Warren of Kansas
City to StepTttei Owen of St Joseph.
Both Miss Warren and Mr. Owen had
leading parts ift "Hundred Dollar
Bill", the play- produced by the same
organization of students year before
laat '
Miss WarreH 1b a member of the
Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and
Mr. .Owen Of the Phi Delta Theta fra
ternity. The young couple were well
known among-University students. It
was there through their meetings at
Other Cases Tried Today in the Clr
euit Comrt
"I am going to do what I please and
you can do the same," said Cornelius
BurnB to his wife, Annie,- about "a'year
ago. He then left her. Today Mrs.
Burns Is asking" the Circuit Court for
a divorce. She said her husband was
good to her only at times.
John Shelby, a negro, was fined $50
frfr hitting his wife oTer the head with
a chair after she had called him some
bad names. He said he was 57 years
old. He seemed to enjoy being fined
for he smiled often.
The parole of Willis Perkins, the
boy charged with stealing, wat re
voked this morning by Judge Harris.
The paroles of Emmet Points and
Ollie Tyson were continued. Good
conduct was proved. These men vio
lated the local option laws.
1872. It was the first three-storv brick
business, building in Columbia, ariiai..j!-- -i , s-.; - j
Reminders of Ames Victory Tacked
on Doors at. the Gjm.
i i.
The Tigers are not to be allowed
to forget that Missouri has never won
a game from Ames.
"We must and will beat Ames Oct.
That Is the slogan printed on cards
which were tacked on the door of
every Tiger football player's locker
Saturday afternoon. When the 'men
dressed for the game with Rolla they
found this slogan facing them.
The simians aro intended to aid in
creating a figntihg spirit among the
men. Prof. C. L. Brewer, director of
athletics, says that no man Is worth
much on the football field if he will
not fight and he is trying to get all
the Tigers to do this. The cards
given to the football men also had
printed on them the scores of the
Ames games in the last four jears:
190S, Missouri 0; Ames 1C. 1909.
Missouri G; Ames 6. 1910, Missouri
."; Ames 6. 1911, Missouri 3; Ames 6.
also had the first glass front In 'ttiis
cny. ii was considered one or the
most complete banking buildings ii
this part of the state at that time.
Mr. Price, Sr., the president of the
bank, is the oldest banker in Mis
souri. He will be eighty years old
next Thursday. Since 1856 he has
been continuously in 'he banking bus
iness, occupying the positibn of presi
dent or cashier of the various 'insti
tutions with which he has been con
nected. He has spent fifty years in
building up a substantial business in
The purchase of the hew bank home
was made late Saturday evening by
R. B. Price, Jr., from S. F. Conley.
agent for the owners.
University students and the peo
ple of Columbia will have the op
portunity of hearing a scholarly
aid forceful address when the Rev.
W. C Bitting, pastor of the Second
Baptist Charch of St Louis speaks
.at Assembly tomorrow morning.
Doctor Bitflags has addressed the
students fa former years. His sub
ject will be "Men of Today and the
TNifed Infirmary Inmate.
A committee of twelve from the Ep-
worth League, went to the County In
firmary yesterday afternoon and vis
ited those who are being cared for
there. The committee was directed by
Miss Mabel Bailey, chairman of the
Mercy and Help Department. This
department of the league plans to
hae a committee visit the Infirmary
at least once a month.
-University Folk" Will Have Party at
Y. M. C. A. Thursday.
The first of a series of parties
planned by the committee of the
"Uniersity Folk" will be given Thurs
day night at the Y. M. C. A. Others
will follow at intervals of a few weeks.'
The purpose of this first stunt is to
get everybody acquainted with every
body else.
The "University Folk" is an organi
zation which has no exclusive mem
bership. Its object is purely social
to promote good fellowship among the
students. The advertising committee
met last Thursday and decided upon
a form of invitation which will be
sent out to the students early this
of the1 play, their schoolmates here
say, that their friendship ripened into
something more. Miss Warren had
the star's part in the play and she
made a decided hit among the four
big 'audiences to which the comedy
played. Like Miss Hale and Mr. Boyle,
each had to take part In a love scene
but unfortunately for them they never
had each other for partners.
But in a story published recently
about the production the student ac
tor who "went through" a love scene
with Miss Warren said this of his
own acting:
"I' made very tame love and all of
the girls in the show lost their re
spect for me; all but the heroine."
Perhaps this explains the absence
of complications in the romance.
Miss Warren took the part of a
freshman girl in college, portraying
the many exciting events that come
into the life of a co-ed during her
first year in college. "I'm In Love"
was the title of the song in which she
made her biggest hit. Mr. Owen was
featured" in the "The Gridiron Glide,"
a song and dance act
Mrs. E. W McGllI Is Saceeeded by
Miss Leila Willis.
Miss Leila Willis has been ap
pointed librarian of the public library
maintained by the Tuesday Club to
replace Mrs. E. W. McGill, former li
brarian who recently resigned. The
only immediate change introduced by
Miss Willis will be In the library
hours. Every Wednesday the library
will be open till 4:30 o'clock so the
school children can get books.
The library now has about two
thousand volumes. These are classi
fied as juvenile books, fiction and mis
cellaneous books. More than two
thirds of the books drawn from the
library are Juvenile works.
Hasan Offer from Omaha
Church., but rfas Not .
Matter to Be Considered by
( Members at Prayer
Meeting Wednesday.
Outing Planned by Them 'ext Satur
day Sight
The cadet officers of the Military
School are planning to go camping
at Rollins spring next Saturday. They
expect to pitch camp in the afternoon.
After supper time they will entertain
young women at a marshmallow toast
at the campflre.
Atfer the marshmallow toast . the
young women will be taken back to
town. The officers will return to
camp and spend the night. During
the stay at the spring there will be
instruction in field exercises.
Columbia Represented at the Conven
tioB In Bowling Green.
Several women departed from here
today to attend a meeting of the Dis
trict Federation of Women's Clubs ,to
'be held in Bowling Green today and
tomorrow. Mrs. D. A. Robnett, presi
dent, and Mrs. L. D. Shobe, Mrs. J. M.J
Belcher, Miss Mary Wadsworth will
represent the Tuesday Club; Mrs.
Jonas Viles went as the representa
the of the Fortnightly Club. Miss
Wadsworth will speak on "Good Read
ing in the Home."
Union Atrainsf Penitentiary Piintlnr.
The Columbia-Typographical Union
passed a resolution yesterday against
establishing a state printing office in
Kappa Kappa Gamma Celebrates Its
Birthday with a Dinner.
The Theta chapter of the Kappa
Kappa Gamma sorority was 30 years
old Saturday night. This anniversary
was celebrated by a banquet at the
chapter house, 315 Hitt street. The
Kappas present included the active
chapter, Columbia alumnae and sev
eral members from out of town. Mrs.
Charles Bowling acted as toastmis-
tress. Miss Katherine Smith's greet
ing to the freshmen was responded to
by Miss Marie Able. Miss Caroline
Jesse gave a toast on "Culture in Mu
nich." Miss Bob Mary Lindsey gae
the upper class toast.
Recital Tonight by Basil Gauntlett.
Basil Gauntlett of the Stephens
College faculty will play numbers by
composers of the nineteenth century
at his piano recital this evening. This
is the first of a series of recitals by
the faculty members. The recital be
gins at 8:13 o'clock and is open tq
the public.
Will Be Married to Cowglll Blair,
Former Student Next Monday.
Announcement of the coming wed
ding of Miss Rebecca Harris to Cow
gill Blair was made at the thirty-seventh
anniversary celebration of the
Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Miss Harris entered the Uniersity
at the beginning of the year but
dropped out Mr. Blair is a former
student of the University and a mem
ber of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He is
now telegraph editor of the Joplin
The wedding will be at the home of
Mrs. F. W. Xiedermeyer, 1001 Uni
versity avenue, at 3:30 Monday after
noon. The ceremony will be per
formed by the Rev. C. W. Tadlock of
the Methodist Church. Jack Blair, a
brother of the bridegroom and for
merly of -the University Savitar, will
act as best man and the bride will be
given away by her uncle. Judge DaId
Harris. There will be no bridesmaid
or other attendants for Miss Harris.
Onlv the relatives and the close
friendsof the bride and the parents
and brother of the bridegroom will
be present The young couple will
be at home soon in Joplin.
Giants Took Lead In First and ''Won
Contest 5 to S.
The New York Giants beat the Bos
ton Red Sox 5 to 2 in the sixth game
of the world's championship series to
day. O'Brien started the pitching
for Boston but was taken out in the
second innning and replaced by Col
lins. Marquard pitched for New York.
The winning score was made in the
eleventh innning.
Address by St. Louis Pastor on "Men
of Today and the Bible."
Rev. W. C. Bitting, pastor of the
Second Baptist Church in St. Louis,
will speak on "Men of Today and the
Bible" at Assembly tomorrow. Doc
tor Bitting addressed two assemblies
here in February, 1911.
Boone Coalty Coaple to Wed.
A marriage license was issued to
Thomas Warren and Miss Lena Tay
lor this morning. Mr. Warren lives
it Rocheport and Hiss Taylor at Salisbury.
Leo E. Collins Will Wed.
The engagement of Miss Harriet
Browne of Carthage. Mo., to Leo E.
Collins of Kansas City was announced
yesterday. Miss Browne is the daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Whitney Browne.
Mr. Collins is a former student of the
University of Missouri and Is a mem
ber of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H.
The resighatibn of the Rer. W.
Jasper Howell, pastor of the Baptist
Church; was read at the church ser
vice yesterday morning Mr. itowell
wlH Bot-iy.wheT he ia going. He
has been offered the pastorate of the
First Baptist Church of Omaha, but
has not accepted. The following is
a copy of his letter bt resigaatldnr
"To,tthe members of the First Bap
tist Church:
"For more than three years, as pas
tor and people, we have labored to
gether in this noble church. It was
a gracious Providence that brought
me to you. The record of the work
done requires no review. That record
is on high.
"It is a cause for mutual gratitude
that the church has had a decided
growth along all 'lines of spiritual ef
Jbrt I trust that the Gospel preach
ing ofthis pnlpit has made you one
and all more Christlike; and has made
clearer life's pathway.
Grateful to Congregation.
"The future can never efface the
memory of these happy and fruitful
years. I shall never forget loyal
hearts and true friendships. I have
gratefully felt the pressure of your
kind hearts. Life is nlled with mem
ories, and with 'Joys too exquisite to
last, and jet more exquisite when
past' In the words of Wordsworth,
'to me the meanest flower that blooms
doth give thoughts, that do often lie
too deep for tears. The memory of
my pastorate in your midst will be
one of undiminishing joys of my life
In future years.
"I now desire to surrender my stew
ardship, and I hereby asked to be re
leased fro mthe pastoral office. I
hereby-tender my resignation as pas1
tor, to take effect at a time conven
ient' to this chtlrch.
"It has not been easy for me to
write this resignation. My heart has
written it I have reached my decis
ion after careful and conscientious
deliberation. My best judgment leads
me to believe that I have done arlfit
"I suggest that the church consider
this resignation at the prayer meeting
on Wednesday night.
"Fraternally your pastor.
"W. Jasper Howell."
Came Here in 1909.
Mr. Howell came to Columbia in
September, 1909. from the University
of Chicago, where he had been doing
graduate work three years. He is a
graduate of Rochester Theological
Seminary of Rochester, N. Y., and of
Wake Forest College. N. C. He was
pastor of the Firsth Baptist Church
of Cortland, N. Y., six years.
Mr. Howell was married last sum
mer to Miss Juliet Carpenter, then
an instructor in domestic science in
Stephens College. She is a graduate
of the University of Kansas.
Action on Mr. Howell's resignation
probably will be taken at prayer
meeting Wednesday night As yet the
church board has no one In view to
fill the vacancy.
IV D. Club Elects Conncllmen.
The members of the University
Dining Club of the University of Mis
souri elected three councilmen last
Thursday night, one for two semes
ters and two for one semester. Those
chosen are: A. J. Heinicke for two
semesters, T. J. Talbert and C. G.
Lueker for one semester.
Annual Cross-Country Run Won by
Him Saturday.
Rex Wickham of Tuscumbia. Mo,
won the championship of the Univer
sity in cross-country running Satur
day by winning the annual five-mile
cross-country run. His time was
28:25, which is within a minute of the
time made by E. T. Steele three years
ago. Wickham Is a member of the
track team and is a student in the
College of Agriculture.
J. E. Chapman, a sophomore In tho
College of Arts and Science, finished
second and Terry and Moss third and
fourth. These men are probable en
tries for Missouri in the annual Mis
souri Valley Conference cross-country
run to be held here November 9.
He's a Writer of Scenario.
W. t W. Campbell, a sophomore in
the College of Arts and Science, has
had two scenarios accepted by moving
picture firms. Mr. Campbell is a mem
ber of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

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