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THE WEEKLY TRIBUNE AND CAPE COUNTY HERALD, FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 1915.
I ther die We a mm m imi m MAJOR WILL BE ASKED TO ORDER NORMALINQUIRY Influential Men Drafting Message to Governor, Based on Teachers Complaints. SCHOOL'S DEBTS ARE SUBJECT FOR GOSSIP Banks Doubt Value of Certifi cates to Cover Normal's Debts. A rare system of handling its cred itors is employed by the Cape Girar deau Normal School, according to those who are familiar with the scheme, and Gov. Major is going to be asked to pass upon it. When the school is unable to meet its obligations, it issues "certificates of debts" to its creditors, and this pa per bears interest just as notes. Whether the Normal officials ac tions are legal ',without having been approved by the Legislature, has been questioned by banks in this city, but those in charge of the school say they are. It is said that the Normal School established a precedent when it pur chased the Kaiser tract of land sever al years ago. This was bought with out an appropriation from the Legis lature or without the Legislature hav ing approved of the deal. "Certifi cates of debt" were issued for the tract and these were taken up on in stallments. It is presumed that the money paid for the land came out of what i3 known as the "incidental fund." The incidental fund represents fees paid to the institution by the students. Each student is charged $21 for the winter term, which gives the Normal more than $21,000 for the season. Out of this money, the fuel, light ing and water bills are paid, with other "incidentals." As the fuel bills have not been regularly paid, it ;s supposed that a, part of the "inci dental" money has been used for other necessary purposes. Those who question the right of the Gape Brewery & Ice Company Normal School to buy land, believe that if the school authorities possess this authority, they can also construct buildings without the consent of the Legislature. However, officials from the school appeared before the Appro priations Committee of the Legisla ture during the last session and plead ed for an extra sum to erect an Agri cultural building. It is known that the Normal offi cials have not asked for a special ap propriation to cover the indebtedness that has been carried in this city for several years. The holders of claims against the school are protected by "certificates of debts." If it were found that these certificates were not legal because of the fact that they were not authorized by the Legisla ture, the holders of claims against th school may be compelled to prove their claims. It became known yesterday that several influential business men are drafting a letter to Gov. Major, ask ing him to order an investigation of conditions at the Normal School. Com plaints of teachers will be included in this document. One of the principal charges of the men and women instructors is that the school is without a head. They say that complaints made to their super iors are met with this statement: "What you have said is not news to me, but I can do nothing." The Governor is to be asked wheth er or not objectionable features at the school can, be eliminated, and who is responsible for existing conditions. The message Is to be signed by a num ber of prominent men, but the charges of teachers will be included in it. The removal of several members of the faculty will be asked. Governor Major will also be asked to give his opinion as to whether the Normal School has the power to create debts and carry them from year to year, se cured by interest-bearing "certificates of debts." HANK JOHNSON IS FINED Hank Johnson, a negro, was yester day fined $1 and costs in Judge Wil ler's court for disturbing the peace. Not having the money with which to meet the obligation, the prisoner was given ten days time in which to earn the required amount with the under standing that if he failed to make the raise, that he would again be taken into -custody and forced to pay the penalty by confinement in prison. -Ideal is the -It is a Pure, 'When You Drink D SIMON HARTZELL STRIKES A MINT IN JOPLIN MINE Cape Boy, Home for Visit, Says He's Going to Make a Killing. FOUND ORE BENEATH A DESERTED SHAFT Forty-Acre Tract on Edge of Jop lin Has Mineral 50 Feet Thick. Simon Hartzell, who is visiting his parents in this city after an absence of several years, has a remarkable story to tell of his success as a miner. Mr. Hartzell, who now makes his home in Denver, has endured incon ceivable hardship and deprivation as a prospector for mineral in the remot est parts of the roughest ranges of the Rocky Mountains. His search has carried him from the parched and burning sands of Death Valley to the snow capped peaks of the frozen North, and through it all he was frowned upon by Dame Fortune, and finally returned to Missouri discourg ed and desperate. While visiting his brother, Henry Hartzell, a mining engineer at Joplin, the tide turned and all former disap pointments were overcome by the volume of success that was visited up on him. An apparently worthless piece of property which the two brothers ac quired for an insignificant sum, has developed into one of the richest zinc properties in the Joplin district. The tract embraces 40 acres and is situat ed in the edge of the city of Joplin. What was believed to have been an old worked out claim, rendered value less 20 years ago, is now recognized as a wonderfully rich property. Mr. Hartzell relates the story of his change of fortune as follows: 'Henry had been out in that district for seven years, and be looked over that particular tract and talked with men who worked in there 15 or 20 years ago. From his knowledge of i Best Drink Made. Wholesome Food Product. Want Something Refreshing, the geology he concluded that there ought to be another run of ore deeper down. "Last year, just before Christmas, we put down six drill holes and got ore in them from 38 to 56 feet thick, below the lWjToot level. "We are going to drill 15 moreloles on the property and prove up con clusively as to the tonnage, and then construct a concentrator large enough to work it all out in two years. . "The Joplin district is the only one in the United "States that produces a zinc that is sufficiently free from im purities to enter into the manufacture of fine brass suitable for shells. Shell brass is made in the proportion of 28 per cent zinc and 72 per cent copper. "Other zincs are full of iron and other foreign substances that spoil it for fine brass. "There are 310 tons of brass con sumed daily in the European war, and figuring that the war will last two years longer, we will be enabled to market our entire deposit at a high price. Our zinc is now selling for $60 per ton and six months ago it sold for only $32 per ton." Henry Hartzell is a graduate of the Missouri School of Mines at Rolla, Mo., and for several years was em ployed as a mining engineer for the Granby Mining & Smelting Company, one of the largest zinc mining con cerns in the United States. Simon Hartzell will leave this after noon for Joplin where he-will stop over for a few days, after which he will continue his journey to Colorado where he has a 2000 acre alfalfa ranch on the South Platte River, a few miles out of Denver. EDITOR HURT IN AUTOMOBILE H. T. Burckhaxtt of Fayette and Woman Companion Pinned Under Machine. Fayette, Mo., April 17 H. T. Burk hartt, editor of the Fayette Deriocrat Leader, was seriously injured, in his automobile ' when returning from a music recital at Columbia Thursday night Burkhartt and Mrs. Callie Grif fon, who was riding with him, were pinned undsr the machine an hour and a half until rescued by President H. E. Stout of Howard Payne CoRege and members of his party, who also were returning from the recital. f Burkhartt was hurt interaally but it is thought aot fatally. ' i -jCape Girardeau, BLACKLEG KILLS FARMER'S CATTLE AT DUTCHTOWN Herds Belonging to Albert Nieman and Henry Mus tard Stricken. BLOOD COAGULATES IN LEGS OF SICK COS Dr. Crites Diagnoses Maladj and Vaccinates Cattle Not' Afflicted. Considerable alarm has been arous ed among farmers and stockmm in the vicinity of Dutchtown, since the de velopment of blackleg in the lierd be longing to Albert Nieman afd Henry Mustard, well known farmeis in that community. A few days ago some of. the cattle belonging to this particular herd be came ill and died soon sltei their sick ness became known. ' Mr. Nieman, who had never seen a case of blackleg, but had become some what familiar with the symptoms through reading of it, was soon con vinced that the dreaded malady had reached his herd. He had read that stroking the legs of cattle afflicted with the disease, would produce a clearly distinct crackling sound as the hand passed over the affected area. His suspicions were confirmed when he made the test, and he immediately summoned county veterinary', Dr. Crites of Jackson. When Dr. Crites arrived and was advised of the noticeable symptoms he, too, felt certain that blackleg had found its way into the herd. An ex amination of some that had died, dis played uncontradictory evidence of the presence of the disease, and no time was lost in vaccinating the remainder of the herd. The morbid examination showed that the blood in the legs had coagu lated and turned to an inky blackness in both veins and arteries, which is evidence irrefutable of the existence of the destructive contagion. j When the disease once develops, it I is only in rare cases that the afflict ed animal recovers. By the use of certain vaccine the spread of the disease is prevented, but before the discovery of this valuable preparation a few years ago, thou sands of cattle in a stock-growing community have been known to perish from this fatal infection. The disease generally attacks young cattle, and rarely will a case be found except with cattle that are fat. In the western country where the disease is more common, when a ranchman finds one of his cattle af flicted, he is sometimes able to save the animal by chasing it on horseback and keeping the circulation active for hours, finally overcoming the ravages of the disease germ with which it has been infected. , The disease has developed in a herd recently purchased at a sale in the Dutchtown neighborhood by Mr. Nie man and Mr. Mustard, and as the cat tle are native born it is known that the presence of blackleg has never be fore existed among them. Dr. Crites vaccinated the entire herd, and it is said that other stock growers in the community intend to have their herds vaccinated, in the hope of preventing a disastrous epi demic among the cattle in the com munity. THOMPSON SEES THE CAPE Chicago's Mayor Taken Over City in Gasoline Wagon. Mayor William Hale Thompson of Chicago with a party of friends and newspaper correspondents, arrived in the) city yesterday afternoon at 1 :30 on phe steamer Kabekona. Immediately after the arrival of the boa, President J. H. McPherson and Secretary A. H. Hinchey of the Com mercial Club went aboard and extend ed a greeting of welcome to the dis tinguished visitor and his party. The party was in the city for about an hour, and during their stay, were takkn over the city in automobiles. At about 2:30 o'clock in the after noon, they departed for Cairo where they remained over night. They will reach Memphis tomorrow, and after a short rest will return by boat to Peoria. Judge H. C. Riley of New Madrid was a business visitor in this city yes terday, i Mo. THIEF GETS RARE WATCH AT OLIVER'S Time Piece, Worth $250, Struck Hour, Quarter and Minute, it is Said. Robbers entered the palatial home of Mr. and Mrs. W. Palmer Oliver at an early hour yesterday morning, and while the members of the household were peacefully slumbering, the mar auders were making a deliberate in spection of the elaborately furnished rooms on the second floor. A watch valued at $250 and a small amount of money were carried away by the burglars, who evidently had no intention or desire to remove the vast amount of valuable jewels and silver with which they came in contact while making an inspection of the premises. After several unsuccessful attempts to gain access to the building by way of the windows on the first floor, porch climbing tactics were resorted to and admission gained through a window in the second story. The stolen watch was of Swiss make and would strike the hours, quarters and minutes. It was regarded as a rare specimen of the watchmaker's skill, and was prized highly by Mr. Oliver by reason of it having been presented to him by his mother as a Christmas gift in 1912. The thieves entered the sleeping room and took the watch from Mr. Oliver's vest. The pants were carried into the hall and there the pockets were searched and a small amount of money, a pocketbook and some keys were removed. The keys and the pocketbook were found down stairs where the burglars had gone after looking through the different rooms on the second floor. After reaching the downstairs, they helped themselves to cigars, and then went to the ice box but found it empty. They left by way of the rear door, which was left standing open. The officers are conducting a care ful search for the offenders and it is believed that their apprehension and arrest will follow in a short time. R. E. Estel of Perryville, a silo salesman, is in the city on a business trip. C. W. Henderson of Jackson trans acted business in this city yesterday. ' t , :