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The weekly tribune and the Cape County herald. (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) 1914-1918, October 29, 1915, Image 1

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24,000 PAIRS OF
International Plant Now Run
ning at Record Rate With
700 Employes at Work.
Shoe Sales in South Greatest
in History Merchants
Have Money.
The Cape Girardeau shoe factory is
producing 24,000 pairs of shoes each
week, its full capacity, and the largest
number ever manufactured here. The
factory officials have received instruc
tions from St. Louis to run the plant
full time and with a full crew.
Seven hundred employes are now
working in the factory, fifty of whom
have been employed within the past
two weeks, and the indications are that
the factory will be operated through
the winter at record capacity.
"We have not been informed by St.
Louis why the unusual output is nec
essary," said Pat Murphy, treasurer
of the local plant, "but I presume it
is due to a revival of business over the
country. I don't believe we have filled
a single war order, and I am quite sure
that all of the shoes we are now mak
ing are to be sold in the United States.
"All of the International Shoe Com
pany's plants are running on full time,
and on the whole, I believe we are
making more shoes than the company
ever did before.
"This time last year the local fac
tory was running only four days a
week, and with a very small force. We
usually take -stock the last week in
November, and during that period, we
close down. Last year we were closed
' two weeks before the stock-taking pe
riod, but we have so much work on
hard now that I believe it will be nec
essary to take stock at night. This
would not necessitate our closing
Wylie Creel, a stockholder in the
International Shoe Company, who was
in the Cape last week, informed The
Tribune, that his company exceeded all
previous records last month. The com
pany's sales, he said, were $2,000,000
greater in September of 1915 than for
the same month last year.
"There has been a business revival
all over the country," said Mr. Creel,
"and especially in the Southern States.
There has always been plenty of
money in the United States, and the
general belief among big business men
was that the depression was caused
by the war and the fear that the
United States might become involved.
"It seems to be the general opinion
among the large money interests now
that the United States is certain to
keep out of the conflict. The shoe
business, therefore, is no different
from any other industry. When the
war conies to an end, and that may not
be far distant, the European countries
that are now torn asundpr, will call
upon the United States for shoes and
other wearing apparel, as well as
meat, flour, wool and cotton.
"The general opinion every where
seems to be that the United States is
sure to pass through a period of great
prosperity for a few years immediate
ly following the war. I believe one
reason why there is such a demand
among the merchants of the South for
shoes now is due to the belief that the
demand for them will be so great after
the war that the price will be ad
vanced. "But as familiar with the business
as I am, I do not anticipate an increase
in price. The factories will have sup
plied the demand in the United States
by the time the war is over and they
will be in a position to make shoes by
the million for consumption in Europe.
"Last year the merchants of the
South were very conservative in their
buying. This was due to the fact that
there was a scarcity of money in the
South. That whole part of the country
was swamped with cotton, and there
was no money to move it. This cramp
ed the merchant, because he sold to
the cotton grower with the understand
ing that he would wait for his money
until the grower sold his cotton. And
when the cotton was not salable, the
grower could not obtain money and the
merchant was not paid. This prevent
ed the merchant enlarging his stock.
"As a consequence he was virtually
(Continued on page three.)
She Will Organize The
Children In Navy League
- '
' Ik.
Mrs. Benjamin Reevet Rueaell, wife
of Lieutenant Colonel Russell of the
United States marine corps, Is the
organizer of a children's auxiliary to
the Navy League of the United States.
The purpose of this new organization
Is to Interest the children of America
In preparedness for defense and the
doctrine of "America first."
Hook Worm Has
Stung Kimmers
Prize $500 Nags
Span of Charmers Straddle
the Tongue Just When Sale
is to be closed and
deal is off
Frank Kimmel, bachelor, beau brum-
mel and horse trader, has just become
the owner of the best looking team in
Cape County, but they are opposed to
They look well, eat well and do not
object to being taken out for an airing
now and then, but that is as far as
they are willing to go. Speaking con
fidentially, they are valued at $500 by
their owner.
"They are just colts," said Mr. Kim
mel a few days ago when he reached
the Cape Brewery & Ice Company, and
asked M. J. Koeck if he wouldn't like
to buy a span of real horses.
"Do you guarantee them to pull?"
Frank was asked.
"Did you say pull? Why, that's
their middle name," replied Mr. Kim
mel. "Now, I want you to give them a
trial," he continued. "You know Frank
Kimmel don't want you to buy some
thing you don't want. Just take this
pair of charmers and use them for a
A moment later Chris Wolf was
leading the Kimmel team to the barn.
After giving them a banquet of hay
and corn, Christ took them out, har
nessed them and hitched them to a
wagon. ' .
Proudly mounting the seat, Chris
took hold of the lines and clucked to
the beauties. One looked over its right
shoulder at the driver and then the
other did likewise, as if they had not
been properly introduced to Mr. Wolf.
Chris clucked again, and once more
the horses looked around and acted
like they had a good notion to switch
their tails at the driver.
"None, of that rough stuff with me,"
snanDed Mr. Wolf. "Let's go." And
he gave a stiff yank on the lines to
let the team know that he couldn't call
on the trade and stand still.
One of the horses gently raised it9
right front foot and stroked the
tongue of the wagon. Then the other
kicked over one of its traces.
"I 'spect I've hitched these birds on
the wrong side," murmured the driver.
"Guess I'll unhook 'em and swap
A few minutes later he was again
in the seat, and gave the team the
signal to start The horses turned
and looked at Mr. Wolf defiantly, but
didn't budge an inch.
Seizing the whip, Mr. Wolf cracked
it over their rear ends. With studied
precision, the horses raised their rear
(Continued on Page 5)
Supposed Highway to Run
From St. Paul Minn, to
New Orleans
Cape Must Join Eastern Missouri
In Fight on Western
Tentative plans to enlist Cape Gir
ardeau business men in a campaign to
secure the routing of a proposed Lake-Superior-to-the-Gulf
highway running
from St. Paul, Minn., to New Orleans
through the eastern section of Mis
souri yesterday were discussed by
State Highway Engineer Frank W.
Buffum with President J. H. McPher
son of the Commercial Club.
The road, a continental-bisecting
trade artery, if routed through East
ern Missouri will pass through the
Cape and become of vast commercial
importance to the city.
It would link the Cape with both the
North and the South, and the volume
of traffic that would be directed along
the proposed road would accelerate
virtually every business in the Cape.
The proposed routing of the high
way will be the subject for discussion
al a conference of business men at
Ne-v Orleans during the latter part of
The route through Missouri has
presented some difficulty to the men
who are to settle that question finally.
Business men in the western part of
the State are planning to make a cam
paign to secure the road for their half
of the State.
The matter will result in a commer
cial contest between East and West
The route that is asked by Eastern
Missourians would have the road cross
from the eastern bank of the Missis
sippi probably at Cairo or perhaps
further south, follow a course to
Sikeston, from Sikeston into the
Cape, from the Cape north to Ste
Genevieve, thence west to Farmington
and on into St. Louis.
From St. Louis the roadway would
go through St. Charles County and
north along the river through Louis
iana and Hannibal to Keokuk. It then
would make connections with segments
in States north of Missouri.
The Western Missourians ask that
the- road be routed b yway of St. Jo
seph, Kansas City, Joplin and also
passing through several other cities
in that half of the State.
Mr. Buffum urges that if the high
way follows the eastern course in Mis
souri, the road is graveled already vir
tually all the way and the expense of
putting it into the first class shape
essential for such a tremendous trade
artery would be diminished to a great
South of the Cape, the road would
enter the city over the Rock Levee
road. The work upon the highway
from Cairo into Sikeston and thence
north into the Cape could be accom
plished at a reasonable cost, he de
clared. The most important piece of road
building that would be necessary be
tween the Cape and St. Louis would
be in that segment from Ste. Gene
vieve to Farmington, he declared. He
said that the aid of State trucks prob
ably could be obtained in making that
part of the road perfect. From Farm
ington into St. Louis there is a first
class rocked road.
The roads north of St. Louis along
the eastern tier of counties are in ex
cellent shape to handle the highway's
routing through there, Buffum stated.
Business interests along the eastern
side of the State are preparing to
make a strong representation to the
conference at New Orleans in order
to overcome any arguments that may
be advanced by the men from Kansas
City and St. Joseph.
Business men in every town along
the proposed eastern routing are being
asked to organize delegations to at
tend the conference next month in an
effort to win the road routing. Many
towns are chartering two and three
Pullman coaches to carry their groups
of men. St. Louis and the counties
north of there are planning on large
delegations. It will be necessary for
(Continued on page two.)
Efficient American Submarine
Crew Which Won Prize Pennant
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This is the crew of the United States submarine K-S which won the
efficiency pennant in the recent maneuvers oil the Pacific coast.
Wade Anderson and Barney
Wagner Says Price is
Going Skyward.
Because of the shipment of more
than 400 mules out of Cape County
and ' counties immediately adjoining
within the last few weeks, their price
in the last 30 days has advanced $25 a
head on all grades. Tlie raise is the
direct result of exportations of the
animals for war purposes.
In recent days, the animals have
been going through the Cape in herds
as high as twenty or thirty each. The
farmers who are selling them as orig
inal owners are getting prices ranging
from $80 to $175, at present.
Continued exportation of. mules is
expected to send prices higher than
ever before in the history of the Mid
dle West ami Missouri, popularly
known as the "home" of the mule.
Exportations out of Cape County
and this vicinity have been made by
Wade Anderson, of Commerce, and
Barney Wagner, of Oran. Both An
derson and Wagner have been buying
extensivejy in various localities, send
ing their purchases to their respective
homes, where they are held till a large
enough number is gathered together
to make a car load lot to St. Louis or
New Orleans.
They in turn sell to commission men
in St. Louis, who have the contracts
with foreign governments, to supply
the horses and mules wanted in the
Both Anderson and Wagner each
have shipped out approximately 200
head of mules each recently. Last
Sunday, Anderson made a shipment of
47 head to St. Louis. The animals arc
shipped 23 to 25 head in a car.
The $175 mules are those used for
war purposes, lne smaller animats
that bring the farmers here in the
neighborhood of $80, are shipped again
into the cotton fields, where they are
used in the business of getting the
crops harvested.
The war mule, which is proving to
be unquestionably a better animal than
the horse for war hauling, must be
heavy, at least fifteen hands high and
must have big bones.
The contractors in St. Louis ship to
concentration points in the East,
whence they load the cargoes at New
Port News for the most part. A vast
deal of the shipping to European ports
is done from that point, but New Or
leans is a shipping point for some
stock as well.
According to horse and mule dealers,
the contractors are not paid their
money for the mules till they have
been loaded aboard the transports that
will carry them abroad. For the most
part, the shipments are made to
French ports and ports on the Med
iterranean sea.
Owing to the fact that mules are
much hardier when being shipped than
horses, the danger of loss and the ac
tual loss to the contractors furnishing
(Continued on page 4.)
Annual "Round-Up Will go Full
Blast Today on Teach
ers Arrival.
In an address on "General Road
Construction and Specifications for a
Standard Road," last night, Frank
W. Buffum, State Highway Engineer,
outlined the most important features
that obtain durability and safety for
persons using highways. His address
was delivered at the Normal School
auditorium at the first evening general
session of the annual Round-up com
prising four conventions and two prod
ucts shows.
"Keep all your roads a full forty
feet in width," Buffum urged. "That
is the proper width for the highway
which traffic is entitled to and more
over, by keeping that width, you pre
vent farmers from encroaching upon
the road by moving their fences out.
"If a farmer is given the proper no
tification that his fence is encroaching
upon the public highway, he is subject
to a penalty of $5 a day.
"And that penalty can be collected
also, for it was but a short time ago
that a man in Cooper County paid in
$1820 in such penalties.
"Bridges and culverts ought to have
cement flooring instead of wood; have
the hedge fences pulled back on cor
ners for the safety of traffic.
"Recently a case came to my atten
tion of a man who had been warned
about a hedge fence protruding into
the roadway at a corner on his own
place. A few days later that man him
self drove around that corner and
wrecked his automobile because he
could not see well.
"It likewise is a good idea to insist
that all hedge fences be kept trimmed
to the legal height of five feet.
"Another practice that we are urg
ing in our department for the safety
of traffic, is that engineers, in making
roads, make the corners round. All
jogs in roads due to errors in survey
ing at some time or other, should be
taken care of with what is known as an
'S curve.
"Railroad crossings in many in
stances may be eliminated and a vast
deal of safety is insured to traffic by
bells at important railway crossings.
These should be insisted upon.
"I think that any county organiza
tion will find it true economy to invest
in the proper heavy equipment for re
pairing and constructing roads. I sug
gest that heavy trucks and tractors be
obtained and the roads will be better
for that investment.
"There is no question but that oil
upon a road reduces the cost of main
tenance. "Another feature that we have taken
up to a great extent is the re-location
of roads to eliminate bad hills. That
is, routing highways around hills."
Buffum declared that the State
Highway Department also was en
deavoring to have roads leading to
school houses and all post roads put
in first class shap .e
(Continued on page 2).
Teutonic Army Effects junction
East of Brza Palanka With the
Bulgarians, Says Message From
Says Present Procudure Will Lead
Nation to Disaster Bomb
Throwers May Cause Crisis Be
tween United States and Berlin.
Special Dispatch to The Tribune.
London, Oct. 27. The Germans have opened a road for the troops from
Perlin to Constantinople. The Teutonic army, which crossed the Danube at
Orsova, has effected a junction at Brza Palanka with General Boyajieffs and
the Bulgarians who have invaded Servia near Prahovo.
Patrols of the two armies met today, according to Berlin, but before the
railway line for transport can be opened, the Austro-Germans will face serious
fighting. The opening of the direct route to Constantinople, through Servia
and Bulgaria, is hailed in Berlin as the forerunner of the total collapse of the
Allies' Dardanelles campaign, and a blow at the Suez Canal.
It is declared to be the ending of the first stage of the war in the near
East. But there is still hope here that the Allies will get the support of
Roumania. Berlin dispatches state that the impression prevails there that
Roumania will jo'n the Entente forces.
London, Oct. 27. The London Times will print in its tomorrow's (Thurs
day) issue, an article by Lord Charles Beresford, the retired admiral of the
British navy, and one of the foremost naval authorities of the world, in which
he scathingly cauterizes the present administration. He declares that "if
we continue our present procedure, we will head straight toward disaster
before the latent energy of the nation is awakened.
"We are in a crisis that means life or death to us," he says. "We have no
folicy, no objective, no decision at any point." He advocates a cabinet of six
for war purposes, three members of which should be the present Minister of
War, Minister of Munitions and the late Attorney-General.
New York, Oct. 27. Fresh confessions of the German conspirator Lieut.
Kay carried the inspiration for a gigantic bomb plot directly into the German
Foreign office. Not only steamships carrying munitions of war, but railroads
transporting same, American plants in which they are manufactured, and
decks from which they are transported, were involved in Fay's plans.
Not by direct order, but by a subtle insinuation, he claims he was in
structed how to act. This was learned today had bpen embodied in a state
n ent Fay made to William J. Flynn, chief of the United States Secret Service,
during the two hours that he was being subjected to the third degree in Chief
I'lynn's office yesterday.
Washington, Oct. 27. The State Department, it is understood tonight,
has cabled Ambassador Gerard in Berlin to ascertain immediately what con
nection, if any, exists bet-ween the German Government and Lieut. Fay, the
bomb plotter, who is under arrest in New York City.
Unless the Kaiser's government formally disavows the responsibility the
relations between the United States and Germany will become the most acute
since the European war began. At a conference between Mr. Gerard and the
German Foreign Minister within the past twenty-four hours, it is said the
bomb conspiracy was discussed. Ambassador Gerard made it plain that com
plications would arise if tho theory of the Department of Justice is proven
correct. Secret Service reports ar e-aid to disclose connections between Lieut,
fay and at least one branch of the German Government.
It was reported on good authority here tonight, that Ambassador von
Bernstorff had telegraphed his personal disavowal of Fay. Secretary Lan?
irg, however, denied emphatically that he had received a communication from
the German Ambassador.
Amsterdam, Oct. 27. Anna Bcnzet of Verviers, Belgium, was sentenced
j f death by a German courtmartial at
persons convicted by the courtmartial. Seven of them were Belgians and
the others French.
In four cases sentence of death was passed and the other prisoners were
condemned to terms from 10 to 15 years in prison. The charge against them
was having collected information useful to the French Government for which
it was intended.
The sentences of death have not yet been carried out.
Athens, Oct. 27. A British submarine on Sunday sank the Turkish trans
port Carmen, laden with munitions, in the Sea of Marmora.
The Austrian steamer Carmen, of 4424 tons, was tied up at Constan
tinople at the beginning of the war. It is probable that it was this steamer,
converted into a Turkish transport, that the submarine sent to he bottom.
London, Oct. 27 Premier Pachitch of Servia has sent the following tele
gram to Dr. Seton Watson and Dr. Burrow of Kings College, London, the
Chronicle reports:
"Servia is making superhuman efforts to defend her existence in response
to the advice and desire of her great allies. F'or this she is condemned to
death by the Austro-Germans and Bulgarians. For 20 days our common
enemy has tried to annihilate us.
"In spite of the heroism of our soldiers our resistance cannot be expected
to be maintained indefinitely. We beg of you and the many friends of Servia
in England to do everything you can to insure your troops reaching us as
soon a spossible, that they may help our army, and that we may defend to
gether the common cause which is now so gravely menaced."
Berlin, via London, Oct. 27. German troops under Field Marshal von
Hindenburg have penetrated Russian position ove ra front of more than a
mile in fighting near Tymschany in the Dvinsk region, the War Office an
nounced today. They captured six officers and 430 men.
Liege on Monday. She was one of nine

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