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The weekly tribune and the Cape County herald. (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) 1914-1918, November 13, 1914, Image 1

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Candidate For Postmaster
Says Incumbent Urged Voters
N . To Support Akins.
Postmaster Is Charged With Per
nicious Activity in Politics
War Is On.
It became known through a state
ment issued last night by Dr. J.1 C.
Vorbeck that the contest for Mr. Rus
sell's indorsement for Postmaster
would be followed by 'an effort to re
move E. W. Flentge, the present offi
cial. This was given in explanation for
the present campaign by the Demo
crats who are desirous of succeeding
Mr. Flentge. As Mr. Flentge's term
of office does not expire for about two
years, it was surmised when Dr. Vor
beck and Thomas J. Juden first an
nounced that an effort would be made
to remove the Postmaster.
Dr. Vorbeck, in explaining his state
ment, said that Mr. Flentge had writ
ten letters to voters in this section of
the state, urging them to support
Thomas J. Akins for United States
Senator against William J. Stone. A
copy of these letters has been forward
ed to Senator Stone and Congressman
-Russell, it was stated, but the name
of the party sending them was not
It became known last night that an
influential Democrat living in Cape
Girardeau filed charges against Mr.
T'le:.tge with Congressman Russell be
fore the primary election, and accord
in gto the reports, Mr. Russell said he
would take the matter up with the
Postmaster General. These charges
stated that Mr. Flentge had been too
active in politics.
If current reports are true, the man
selected by Congressman Russell to
get the rostmastership will in all pro
bability take charge of the office in a
short time. The Democrats will make
an effort to have Mr. Flentge remov
ed a soon as Confess convenes,
whifh v.H! be in December.
(iiniws that will be placed
against him have not been disclosed.
Dr. Vorbeck declined to go into de
tails concerning the accusations that
the Postmaster will bo called upon to
Dr. Vorbeck 's statement follows'
"I have been criticized in some .quar
ters for bringing about the Poctmas
tership fi:ht at this time, and have
naswered these criticisms with the fol
lowing explanation:
"I have always been an active party
man, fighting the party's battles at all
times with the true Darty spirit, al
ways zealously guarding the party's
interest and welfare. I would have
brought about this fight before the re
cent election had it not been for my
desire to avoid any disaffection in the
party, which might hav injured Sen
ator Stone, Congressman Russell and
the rest of the party ticket
"Actuated by the same motives, I
hae hrorI-.t the fight immediately af
ter the election so as to enable the par
ty to recover from whatever wounds
may have resulted before the next
general election.
"Further reason for waging the
fight at this time is the fact that one
of the avoid candidates for the ap
pointment has been silently though ac
tively promoting his candidacy since
1012 election. The morning imme
diately after his defeat for a county
office he became stik active candidate
for the Postmastership.
"My final reason for bringing this
appointment to an issue just now was
to have it settled before inaugurat
ing a movement to bring about the
r o?l E. W. Flentge, the present
, "Irrespective of any personal inter
ests and without regard as to how
v own candidacv terminates, I feel
V that my party's welfare demands this
course of action.
"His pernicious activity in behalf
of Rvblican candidates, and espe
cially his activity in school board and
' many other departments of local gov
. eminent,' have ; been objectionable : to
the ponjs he is upfio&ci to Kseve, aad
Flames Sweeping Over Great
Section Of Swamp Lands
Near The Cape.
Stock Raisers Are Rescuing
Animals "Lumber Camps
In Danger.
A forest fire is raging in the swamp
lands a few miles south of this city,
and the flames have already become
uncontrollable ard an area of many
miles is threatened with devastation.
Late yesterday afternoon the fire
had reached the rock levee road from
the west, and that area between
Drainage Ditch No. 1 and the Scott
County hills was ablaze.
A small army of fire fighters has
been engaged for the last 24 hours in
attempting to subdue the flames, but
their efforts have but little effect as
the burning area continues to enlarge
The ground is covered with dry
leaves which are almost as inflam
mable as oil, and in spite of the fire
guards that have been ploughed in or
der to check the progress of the de
structive flames, the burning section
continues to enlarge, and it is feared
that the entire area of swamp lands
between the hills, for many miles will
be swept.
The heat has become so intense that
it is no longer possible to remain in
the burning forest, and great volumes
of smoke arising envelops many miles
of surrounding country, and had be
come noticeable in this city early yes
terday afternoon.
Men who have livestock have been
busy in the work of rescue, and all
the animal life from domestic stock
to wild game common to the swamp
woods has been madly stampeding to
wards the hills for several hours.
Many dead trees are burning to the
tops, and the disturbed air currents
are carrying blazing fagots for great
distances dropping them into neigh
boring forests, spreading the destruc
tion and carrying it on.
As yet there has been no reports
received of the loss of any human
lives, but it is feared that many tim
bermen and employes along the course
of the various ditches who have bailt
temporary homes in the doomed for
est, will be lost before they can reach
places of safety.
were done for the purpose of advan
cing the interests of his personal
The contest among the various can
didates continued warm yesterday.
Petitions were circulated through
every street where business houses
were located. The campaign has pre
cipitated more interest in this city
than was shown during the contest of
candidates before the election last
R. K. Wilsoin, Mayor of Jackson, in
a letter to The Tribune yesterday, de
nied that he was to blame for the
County Democratic committee indors
ing T. J. Juden. He stated that as he
was an applicant for Postmaster in
Jackson, he did not feel at liberty to
take sides in the contest in Cape Gir
ardeau. His letter follows:
"To those interested in the post
office fight at Cape Girardeau, I
desire to make a statement ex
plaining my actions in the recent
Democratic County Committee
meeting on last Tuesday at which
T. J. Juden was indorsed for
"I am not a member of the com
mittee and have no voice or vote
in its actions. I held the proxy of
Robt. Medley in this meeting and
refused to vote for or against Mr.
Juden as I did not know Mr. Med
ley's desires in the matter. -
"Neither before nor during the
meeting did I say anything for or
against Mr. Juden. I am not con
cerned in this fight as I have my
own interests to look "after, at
Jackson. I am friendly to all con
didates and do not feel that .1
should have anything to say as to
' who shall be postmaster at Cape-, i
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This is one of the latett KruRP
His Grace Confirms Classes In
Dozen Cities And Dedicates
Archbishop John J. Glennon, who
will dedicate the new hospital Sunday,
has been in the southeastern section
of the state confirming classes in al
most a score of cities. He will finish
this work in time to reach Cape Gir
ardeau' Saturday night. A suite of
rooms have been prepared for him at
the new St. Francis hospital. Instead
of spending one night with Father
Pruente, he has decided to stop at the
hospital, because of the excellent ac
commodations. The Archbishop left Si. Louis Tues
day night and his first stop was at
Caruthersville, where he celebrated
mass shortly after his arrival, dedi
cated a new Catholic church and con
firmed a large class. From that city
he went to Portageville, accompanied
by Father Durbin of the Cape. His
Grace confirmed a class there at 3
o'clock in the afternoon of Wednes
day. From Portageville he went to Sikes
ton, reaching that city early yester
day morning, where he was met by
Father Walsh of St. Vincent's Col
lege. It was the Archbishop's first
visit to Sikeston in several years. He
confirmed a class there yesterday af
ternoon, and departed for New Ham
burg last night, Father Walsh re
turning to this city.
Archbishop Glennon will go from
New Hamburg today to Oran and
from that place to Illmo, reaching
Kelso sometime Saturday. He expects
to finish his confirmation by early
Saturday afternoon, when he will
start for Cape Girardeau to spend the
The plans for the dedications of the
new St. Francis are virtually complete.
Sister Casimira, who is the head of
the Sanfriscan Sisters in the United
States, arrived in Cape Girardeau to
be present at the dedication cere
monies. She will probably remain in
the city until the middle of next week.
"I told Mr. Glenn and Dr. Vor
beck on last Monday that I did
not think the committee would
make an endorsment at this time.
It would have been impossible for
. me to have assured them of this
fact as I could not have prevented
it had 1 so desired.
"There were five members pres
ent in person, all of whom were:
for Mr. Juden and voted for him
which they had a perfect right to
do and who have no apologies to
make. :
"In conclusion I want to say.
that my actions in this meeting
are deserving of no praise or criti
cism as I did nothing more than
record the actions of the commh-
. tee upon the record book kept for
Hat purpose.: cr-
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guns, several of idilch, it ta said, have
Is Weighted With Huge Rock
Stocking May Hold
A Clew.
Chicago, 111., iNov.
The nude
body of a youn woman about 25
years old, was found in E2 3Iu?dy
River, near De Soto, 111., this after
noon. She had been choked and gag
ged. A wire around the neck was fast
ened to a gunnysack in which was a
GO-pound rock. The body, which has
not been identified, was near the shore.
The body had been in the water
about 10 days. There are no dis
tinguishing marks on the body, except
that one front tooth is of gold. ' The
hair is dark.
No one in this vicinity is known to
be missing.
The "discovery was made by Iee
Breden, Highway Commissioner of
Jackson county. He had stopped at
the bridge to make an official inspec
tion Svhcn he saw the body in the wa
ter. It was taken out and sent to an
undertaking establishment at Carbon
dale. The woman had black hair. Her fea
tures were so distorted that identifica
tion will be difficult. The report from
De Soto was that one of her stock
ing afforded a clew.
Martin Lorberg Stumbels on Giant
Rabbit, Shoots At It and Then
Sees Too Much Game.
When Martin Lorberg returned
from a day's hunting trip in the
swamps the other evening, he related
a remarkable story of his experience
while trying to bring down some game.
He with a partv of friends reached
the swamp early in the morning, and
spent several hours in a vain search
for something to shoot at.
. Some of the members of the party
gave up in disgust, and returned to the
city at noon. Mr. Lorberg was per
sistent, and was determined to spend
the day in quest of wild meat.
Along the middle of the afternoon
he was . "aroused : by the sudden
appearance of a long eared rab
bit that sprang up at his feet and
bounded away. He was somewhat
confused and shot hurriedly at the
fleeting bunny, but he missed. The
noise of the gun alarmed a fine turkey
gobbler -which arose from - the tall
grass a few feet ahead of the nimrod,
who fired his second barrel at the
feathered prize as it: sailed away
through the dense timber.
The charge "went high and the tur
key escaped unharmed, but the pecu
liar and most unusual feature of the
hunt, occurred at this . time- - . , '
-Immediately after -shooting at the
tarkev,: Mr.-. lorberg said that he dei
tecfed a tlawin and scratching noise
fa narfeir tlri "afcmtf
been mounted on the German battle
Frisco Property Between Inde
pendence and Merriwether
In Danger.
That part of the Ffisco track ex
tending between the foot of Independ
ence and the foot of Merriwether
street has been in imminent danger
of crumbling into the river since about
7 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.
A large force of men were set to
work yesterday morning in an effort
to prevent such a catastrophe, which
was avoided by moving the track sev
eral feet back from the dangerous lo
cation. This condition is the result of dredg
ing operations along the water's edge
where a large amount of rock and
earth was removed, leaving the bank
without sufficient foundation to sup
port its weight. The mass began to
give away shortly after dark Wed
nesday evening, and the crevasse
broadened so rapidly, that the dredge
boat was compelled to cease opera
tions in order to avoid the threatened
avalanche, which had begun to give
way within two or three feet of the
The track was considered so un
steady that all day yesterday the pass
ing trains crept across the dangerous
The track men succeeded yesterday
afternoon in constructing a new dump
on safe ground and making the pas
sage secure for the time being, but
it is believed that until the concrete
base is completed, the bank will con
tinue to crumble.
Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 12 President
Wilson, in a letter to the American
Road Congress, in session here, said
the Nation was not getting the results
it should for its annual expenditure
of $20,000,000 for road construction.
"As important as the matter of pro
viding additional funds may be, even
more important is better road admin
istration and better road administra
tion and better maintenance of roads
already constructed," the President
fifty feet in front of him, and when
he looked up in the first big fork he
spied a large, fox squirrel struggling
frantically.. t: ,
- In a few moments the convulsions
ceased, the muscles relaxed and the
furry creature dropped lifeless to the
ground. A clase inspection showed
rthat at-least twenty shot had entered
.the sriuirrel,:and that if Mr. Lorberg
'had known of its presence and taken
deliberate "uiinv he' could not possibly
have- made a better jr more certain
Capture 1,000 More Frenchmen
and Four Cannons and Four Ma
chine Guns, Says Official Mess
age From Berlin British are
Worried Over Germans Progress.
Johnson Hicks Tells British Con
gress Seventy Thousand Aliens
Are in England, Working For
The Kaiser Blames Them For
Raids of German Submarines.
Berlin, Nov. 12, vii London Gprm.in general headquarters issues the
"The enemv aHvanced from Ni -unort a far as Lonibaertzyde. I) tit was
driven across the Yser. The eastern hank of the Yser as far as the sea is iu,w
clear of the enemy.
"Our attack across the Yser Canal to South Dixmude is prftssing.
"In the region east of Ypres we hae advanced farther and tapiuifd 700
French soldiers, four cannon and four machine guns. '
London, Nov. 12 The wave of optimism which has bevn .sweeping En
gland1 for the fast" week was checked today by news of the occupation of Dix
mude by the Germans in force and the renewed indication of the peril from
German submarines hy the fate of the torpedo cunboat N?er, which yester
day morning was destroyed by a tornedo launched from a submarine of the
enemy. This occurred oft" Deal within sight of the English shore in the nar
ra'w part of the channe', where severa' hundred shins lay at anchor.
iVith Dixmude in their possession the invaders were today less than ."0
miles from (Vais a"" muh rearer Ounkirk. and the fight they have hem
nutting un rn te face f tremrn'VMH "osses seems to hear ont what had aUo
been said that they wi'l not abandon this struggle to reach the roast unlosx
they are utterly crushed.
The importance of the faM of Dixmude is difficult to estimate without an
exact knowledge of how the opposing force- are disposed in this locality, hut
the town :s r-i the direct road to Dunkirk. anH if the German forces ran de
bouch from it. the al'ies probably wif be compelled to fall back to new nosi
tions in their efforts to block the way to the coast.
The English and French theory is that the holding of Dixmude is onlv
temyorary: that its history wil' he much th same as that of other towns
v.hich have heen taken a"-' retaken in the firhtiig on the Yser.
In certain p'aces north of Dixmude. the Germans are at !ea:-t on the left
bank of the Yser, tba is, on the sie nearest te French coa- towns, and
their attacks, instead of concentrating to the southward below Ypres, appar
enly have been renewed a!most en the coast line.. Here they droe the allies
from Lombaert zyde, on'y in tnrn to be driven out themselves.
The official announcement ?ien out by Paris this afternoon says the
Germans azain are trying to take Lombaertzyde, which is to the north fif
Nieuport and within a stone's throw of the sea. How they can operate in this
locality, if British and French warships are still standing guard off the shore,
is not quite clear.
For some time there has been no mention of naval activity on this coast,
but it has been assumed that this was exp'ained by the reported German re
tirement from the coast of France and Belgium, and the news that they were
delivering their attacks farther to fe south.
The allies still hold Yores, where the fighting evidently is of the most
desperate" character. Shells constantly are fal'ing in the town, which also
is the object of aeroplane attacks. Armentieres, which has been a hone of
contention, beinj too hot for occupation by either side. The Germans are on
the hills on one side of the town and the allies are attacking it unceasingly
from the other side.
The official communication eiven out in Paris last nigh! claims that the
invaders throughout the day continued their eCorts of the day before without
achieving any fresh result, and declares that the German effort is to move out
of Dixmude alon? the left bank of the Yser.
For the moment the Russian pursuit along the Silesia front has slackened.
The Germans are making efforts further to strengthen their lines of for
tresses, anticipating a Russian invasion, and the marve'ius system of stra
tegic railroads extending along the line of fortresses between Grauden,
Thorn, Posen and Cracow will enable them to. bring up reinforcement w
rapidly that the German center is not likely again to be exposed to the weak
ness which led to the retreat before Warsaw. r
Berlin, Nov. 12 The General headquarters has sent this message from
the front: 'The enemy advanced. from Nieuport as far as Lombardzyde.
where they were driven across the Yser hy our troops. Our attack across the
Tser Canal south of Dixmude is progressing in the revion east of Ypres where
we captured 1,000 French today and four cannon and four machine guns. We
have driven the enemy back several miles." . : :
' London, Nov. 12 Johnson Hicks, in the House of Commons today declar
ed there were 70,000 Aliens, the enemies 'of England in this country today.
He. charged that the coast was lined with spies and were signaling the Ger
man fleL' This, he said, was responsible for the German submarines getting
right under the. no3e of England and blowing the Eritbh yessels.
- London, Nov. 12 -Ths official-press bureau tonight issued a list f officers
losl in .e naval battle an the Chilean coast. The number, to thai announced,
inty.fwTj. Th lipcfvUnf jnn ia sot;iT"itt-vs - - - .

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