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The weekly tribune and the Cape County herald. (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) 1914-1918, November 19, 1915, Image 1

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Executive Arranging to Build
Small Homes For Ani
mals in Fairgrounds.
Park Fence to be Rebuilt And
Grounds Will be a
Beauty Spot.
Now that the city has purchased the
Fairgrounds to be used as a park,
Mayor Kage has turned his thoughts
to plans for establishing a zoo. Of
course, the collection of animals that
he expects to locate in the park will
not be as large as a metropolitan zoo,
but it will be complete enough to fur
nish amusement for the children.
"I cannot think ot a greater attrac
tion than a 200," said Mayor Kage
yesterday. "While I have not yet de
cided on any definite plans, I am ready
for suggestions and have given the
subject much thought.
"We will have to construct some
Fmall cages in some location that
would be convenient to the entrance
to the park. I want to establish the
zoo by spring bo that the boys and
girls, and their parents, too, may get
the benefit of it next summer.
'There will be many people who will
present the city with small animals or
birds. We will not be in a position to
take care of large and dangerous
beasts, but we will be glad to receive
small animals, such as coon, 'possums,
squirrels or even a wolf. While we are
not 8ituated just now so that we could
care for the animals, but I should b?
glad to have the names of those who
are willing to contribute an animal or
.a bird when our houses are built.
"We are going to employ an attend
ant who will look after the park with
in the next few weeks. I have not de
cided on any one as yet, but as soon
as I have looked over all of the appli
cations, I am going to send my recom
mendation to the City Council, for
their approval.
"We are going to begin work on the
park, just as soon as we get the trans
fer formally made to the city. As
Boon as the property has been turned
over to the city, the present buildings
will be repaired. All of them will be
painted; the stables will be revamped,
and the clubhouse will be gone over
"We will build a new fence around
the grounds, and the grounds will be
leveled. Just back of the ball park
there is a low strip of land that I want
filled in. Some of the trees need atten
tion and this will be attended to
"This park, I think, should be made
the city's chief beauty spot. I am go
ing to leave nothing undone to make
it attractive to men and women as well
as children. I have not decided about
the playgrounds yet, but this matter
will get careful attention.
"I was informed by two Cape Gir
ardeau business men today that if the
city was dissatisfied with its bargain
in buying the Fairgrounds for $30,000,
that they would be glad to take the
nronerty off the city's hands and pay
the city several thousand dollars more
than it pad for the land. I told them
that during my administration the
grounds would remain in possession
of the people. If the city wanted to
Fell the Fairgrounds, I believe it could
double its money, and would not have
to search for a buyer, either."
$1,000,000 BEQUEST TO YALE
N'ew Haven, Conn., Nov. 17.- Ap
proximately $1,000,000 is to g oto Yale
under the will of Justus S. Hatchkiss,
a retired lumber dealer of this city,
filed for probate today. The estate is
appraised at about $2,000,000. Rela
tives and friends are to receive $700,
000, and there are bequests to several
public institutions.
Yale is to have the residue, the in
come from which is to be divided
equally among the academic, law and
theological departments.
Newbern, K. C, Nov. 17. Fire last
night destroyed the Norfolk & South
ern Railroad shops here. The loss is
placed at $200,000.
Little River Company Re
strained From Cutting
Through County Roads
Spans Across Canals Would Cost
County $100,000 to
Judge R. G. Ranney of the Com
mon Pleas Court yesterday afternoon
issued a temporary injunction order
against the Little River Drainage Dis
trict, restraining its officers and sub
contractors from cutting Cape County
highways to make way for the dis
trict's main diversion channel and
flood way.
The suit was brought to determine
whether the county or the drainage
district shall have to pay for the con
struction of approximately $100,000
worth of bridges that the diversion
channel will require.
If the suit is won for the county, tho
taxpayers of Cape County will be re
lieved of the payment of that sum in
the county tax assessment.
The injunction was obtained by Pro
bate Judge Edward D. Hays before
Judge Ranney. Hays has been retain
ed a? counsel for ths county, and the
case is brought by the State in the re
lation of J. Henry Caruthers, prosecut
ing attorney.
All the officers of the drainage dis
trict are named defendants in the peti
tion for the injunction filed by Hays,
i.e., John H. Himmelberger, Charles W.
Henderson, A. J. Matthews, of Sikes
ton; Alfred L. Harty, of Bloomfield;
S. P. Reynolds, of Caruthersville, and
George Hanford, of the Cape.
The temporary injunction that was
granted by Ranney was served upon
Hanford last night. The injunction re
strains all officials, servants and sub
contractors employed by the drainage
district from cutting any of the roads
in Cape County to make the way for
the diversion channel.
The drainage district engineers had
planned to make a cut in one of the
roads in about four weeks, but the
most of the road cutting is not to be
done for about another year.
Where the Cape County highways
are cut by the diversion channel, it is
necessary to keep the road open by
means of a bridge. The construction
of all the bridges that will be neces
sary in this county amounts to con
siderable, the county claims, in return
for the small portion of land that is
benefited by the drainage scheme.
The drainage district officers sup
port their contention that the county
ought to pay the cost of the bridges
with a case tried before the Supreme
Court, the State statute upon which
the drainage district is based and on
opinion from the office of the attorney
general of the State,
The reasons why the county con
tends the drainage district should bear
the expense of the bridge building is
set forth in detail in the petition for
an injunction filed by Judge Hays.
The diversion channel runs along
the foothills of the ridge northwest
of the Cape. It aims to gather the wa
ters from streams draining an area
1000 square miles in extent and divert
them from lands below Cape and Bol
linger counties eastward into the Mis
The channel starts at Greenbrier and
follows a course southeast to the river.
The petition sets forth that scarcely
5 per cent of Cape County is south
of the diversion channel and will con
sequently be benefited by the drain
age scheme, whereas 500,000 acres of
land lies in counties south of Cape and
Bollineer which will receive the bene
fits of the drainage.
Only 22,846 acres in Cape County,
will, in the opinion of the drainage
supervisors, be benefited by the diver
sion channel, out of 345,000 acres in
side the county on which a tax would
be levied for payment for the bridges.
As the diversion channel approaches
the river, a flood plain, 1000 feet in
width and lined by high dykes, is to
be constructed. This is to hold in the
great volume of water that will be
taken off through the artificial chan
nel. Three bridges will have to be put
(Continued on page three.)
Austrian Sharpshooters In The Alps Are
Making Progress Against The Italians
According to official statements from Vienna, the Austrian s are successfully combating all efforts of the Ital
ians to break through tbe Alps. The little post of Austrian sharpshooters here photographed was nearly S.001) feet
up in the mountains.
English Orders That n Greek
Ships be Loaded in
Allies Ports.
Athens, Nov. 17. The Bulgarians
under German officers, have captured
Copenhagen, Nov. 17. Two squad
rons, consisting of nineteen German
warships, passed from the Baltic into
Cattegatt this morning. The Catta
gatt is a strip of water separating
Denmark from Sweden, on the way
from the Baltic to the North Sea.
Milan, Nov. 17. A dispatch from
Bucharest says that an official journal
there has published a decree, authoriz
ing the Minister of War to requisition
immediately all things and material
necessary to national defense. This is j
done, the paper says, as the indications
are that Roumania sees it impossible
to maintain her neutrality much
London, Nov. 17. It was officially
announced today that no further load
ing of Greek ships in British ports will
be permitted A dispatch from Liver
pool denies that Greek ships in that
port have been seized. This is taken in
London as evidence that Greece is
about to cast her lot with the Central
The stopping of loading ships af
fects sixty vessels and 1500 Greek
sailors in Liverpool alone.
London, Nov. 17. Eighty-five lives
were lost by the sinking of the British
hospital ship, Anglia, in the English
Channel today, according to an an
nouncement made by the War Office
tonight. The Anglia was sunk by a
mine. Another ship, hurrying to the
rescue, was also sent to the bottom.
The Anglia was the ship which con
veyed King George across the chan
nel. London, Nov. 17. The main Servian
army, under Gen. Putnik's command,
is in a critical position. A few days,
perhaps only a few hours, will decide
'ts fate. The Austro-German wedge,
which has been driving across the mid
dle of Servia has almost completed its
movement. The Austrian official re
port tonight states that on the border
of Old Sanjak of Novibazar, the last
Montenegrin guards have been forced
across the Lim River and that the
colum is advancing against Sienitza.
Rome, Nov. 17. The Austrian air
men have bombarded Belluno in the
Adige valley. Three persons were
E. J.
Bank Ite-elects Old Directors and then
Sets Aside Dividends.
E. J. Deal was re-elected president
of the Southeast Missouri Trust Com
pany yesterday, and John H. Himmel
berger was again chosen vice presi
dent. The other officers of the bank
were re-elected. They are: Steven B.
Hunter, second vice president; Sam
Carter, secretary, and Martin Bender,
assistant secretary-
These directors . were re-elected to
serve for the ensuing three years:
William H. Stubblefield Jr., William
H. Harrison, J. H. Himmelberger,
James McPheeters, E. J. Deal.
The Board of Directors, all of whom,
except S. B. Hunter, were present,
jjim Kinder Goes
For Game But He
Can't Find Camp
! Invited to Join Nimrods, He
Accepts Invitation, But
They Vanish Before He
When J. A. "Jim" Kinder, Demo
cratic county chairman and prominent
Haarig merchant yesterday marched
up Horsehead Knoll in Wayne Coun
ty to shoot ducks, he did like the man
in the old "Yankee Doodle" song.
He "marched right up turned right
'round and marched right down again."
Kinder came back home last night
on the Hoxie empty handed. He did
shoot off his duck-slaying 42-centimeter
implement and got a couple wall
eyed owls who undiplomatically got in
his way on the way back from the
"Jim" received letters from his
brother, I. B. Kinder, of Lownes, and
Charles JVIilster and James Meadows,
both of McGee, to "come on down, the
shooting's fine," all week. They were
in camp on the knoll, five miles out of
Yesterday morning "Jim" determin
ed to go. He donned his hunting
jacket, threw his heavy rubber boots
over his shoulder, picked up his trusty
gun and took the train.
He had to walk when he got off at
Kinder. As he trudged along, he
imagined all sorts of things about how
he would tear into that meal awaiting
him at the camp.
He began to see a little curl of
smoke going skyward from the fire, to
smell the crisp bacon slices and the
hot coffee.' "Jim," you understand, is
not used to walking five miles through
the swamps to a Horsehead knoll and
his stroll had a peculiar effect upon
He began to look for the smoke of
the campfire. It never showed up. It
was like a desert mirage it was a
fleeting, elusive thing.
Finally "Jim" gave another hitch
on his gun and mounted the knoll.
There was the ashes of a camp of yes
terday. He scanned the sky. Not a duck in
sight. Not a soul in sight. Not any
thing but himself and the swamp.
He remained in the vicinity peering
about now and then for a foolish duck.
He saw two fly by, both about a mile
high and three quarters of a mile to
'Jim" got disgusted with the same
thing that his hosts-to-be did, so ho
pulled out for Kinder again. Another
party pitched camp as he left, but he
refused to stay with them and 6leep
with his boots as a bed.
"It's what I deserve" he said, "for
trying any place but my 'regular. I'm
an advocate of Lilbourn for ducks.
Anytime I try any place else, I have to
b4 content with owls."
adopted the proposed changes in the
constitution of the bank, which had
been advertised in The Tribune. These
amendments were necessary to make
the constitution to conform to a new
tax enacted by the last session of the
Missouri Legislature.
The semi-annual dividend, which
was large, was ordered paid.
Undergoes Operation and Clan
grene Developes Wife
Hastens to City.
After word was received in the Cape
yesterday morning that Harry Flent
ge, express messenger, who was taken
to St. Louis Tuesday for an operation
for appendicitis, is in a critical condi
tion, Mrs. Flentge departed imme
diately for St. Louis to be at her hus
band's bedside.
When the operation was performed,
the surgeons found that Flentge's case
of appendicitis had been allowed to go
so far that gangrene had set in around
the region of the appendicitis inflam
mation. After he was revived following the
operation, for a time it was tloubtrul
if he would recover. Word was sent
to his relatives in the Cape at once.
Mr. Flentge had been ill for some
time before he went to St. Louis to
have the operation performed. He
consulted physicians in the Cape re
garding his illness and an accurate di
agnosis could not be made.
He kept growing worse and finally
decided to go to the Frisco Hospital in
St.- oLuis to have an operation per
Frank Caldwell Will be at Court
house Today and Tomorrow.
J. Frank Caldwell, of Jackson, Coun
ty Collector, today and tomorrow will
be at the Courthouse for the annual
collection of the county taxes. Mr.
Caldwell will be located for his two
day visit in the Cape in the office of
D. A. Nichols, clerk of the Court of
Common Pleas.
All the county tax bills have been
made out and Caldwell will have nil his
books on hand to receive the payment
of the county tax assessments. The
tax that will be paid to him includes
the $1.50 school tax which will be re
turned to the Cape subsequently.
The law requires the county col
lector to make the annual trip to all
parts of the county for the collection
of taxes. It will require a full two
days, it is estimated to handle all the
money that will be paid in at the Cape.
Several thousand dollars are expected
to be collected by Mr. Caldwell.
Vice President Sends Gorgeous Nava
Jo Blanket as Wedding Present.
Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 17. Vice Presi
dent Thomas R. Marshall's wedding
gift to Mrs. Norman Gait, President
Wilson's fiancee, is a gorgeous Nava
jo Indian chief's blanket, made at the
reservation in Northeastern Arizona.
The gift was sent East today.
Mobile, Ala., Nov. 17, Fire last
night destroyed the plant of the Har
lett Manufacturing Company, with a
loss of f S0.000. The firm had a con
tract for the British Government for
whet officials ealled "pit prop
be need in trenches.
Eighty Votes Needed to Have
Tripled Opposition to Plan to
Buy the Fairgrounds Officials
Are Pleased.
Pres. Blattner Says He's Pleased
and W. H. Bohnsack, a Director
in Fair Board, Expressed Delight
That Matter is Settled
Cape Girardeau yesterday voted to bond the city for S40.GO0 to buy the
Fairgrounds for a city park, to improve it and beautify other city property.
The vote was 4S." for the Bond Issue and IS!) against it. It lacked eighty
votes of winning by a three to one ratio.
The vote was light, as had been generally expected. But as small as tho
otal vote was, it was virtually 200 more
lied last April to vote the school tax,
schools open this year.
Many supporters of the bond issue were unable to get to the polls before
they closed. Owing to the unusual amount of work on hand at the shoe fac
tory, the employes were not permitted to leave their benches until 5:0, and
when they prepared thr m.selve.4 to depart, it was almost f o'clock, or too late
to get to the polling places before they closed.
Some of the shoe workers did manage to cast their vote?, but when the
polling place in Haarig closed last night, there were probably thirty men
asking admittance. The officials in this polling place, however, kept open as
long as possible in order to accommodate the voters.
The total vote cast
by wards, fol-
First Ward.
Second Ward.
Third Ward.
Fourth Ward.
. 82
04 1
The election was one of the most
quiet ever held in the city. People n
tered the polling places, voted and de
parted without even inquiring the
number of ballots cast. The heaviest
voting took place before 1) o'clock in
the morning and after 5 o'clock yes
terday afternoon. During the closing
hour almost fifty per cent of the vote
was cast in the Third Ward, which
polled about one third of its full vote.
The Second Ward, where it is said
the greatest percentage of property
owners lives, cast the largest vote in
favor of the bond issue. Only twelve
negative votes were found in the box
when the vote was counted, to 82
against it. This was almost eight to
one for the purchase of the park.
Richard W. Frissel, City Clerk, was
one of the city officials who worked
for the passage of the bond issue, and
he spent the best part of the day in
specting the various polling places.
Mr. Frissell reported to Mayor Kage
at intervals during the day, and dur
ing the afternoon both officials almost
abandoned hope that the issue would
carry- The light vote during the early
afternoon also created the belief
among many leaders of the bond issue
movement that the proposition had
lost. But it later was discovered that
the votes believed to have been cat
against the bond issue were, in favor
of it.
When he learned that the people had
approved of the city's plan to buy the
I Fairgrounds, Mayor Kage said: "I am
delighted at the result. While it was
not as large as I had hoped it would
be, the result is the same. A two-thirds
majority is a terrible handicap, and
when I learned that the vote was quite
small, I was afraid the bond issue had
been lost. The city has made a groat
bargain and the people will never re
gret it."
Charles Blattner, president of the
Fair-and Park Association, learned the
outcome of the election from his home
in the country by telephone from The
Tribune office. "I am glad we won,"
he said, "but had we been defeated, I
would have been satisfied. The city
got a $60,000 tract of land for $30,000,
to but as the matter is dosed, I suppose
I . ' j 1 1 A 99
J everything has Den xor xne rest.
than was cast at the special election
which was necessary to keep The public
William H. Bohnsack Jr., a member
of the Fair and Park Association, said:
"Of course I am pleased with the re
sult of the election. I feel sure that
every member of the organization is
well satisfied. This matter has been
before the public in a somewhat un
pleasant light for a long time, and I
can frankly say that I am glad it is
at an end. But I could never believe
ihe p oplo would turn down suih an
offer. I never thought for a moment
that it would be defeated, because I did
not believe that even the open op
ponents of the bond issue would vote
aga;nst it. It is an excellent thing fr
the town, and i.-; a. necessary as the
street cars."
Two officials at the Courthouse poll
ing place spent the day making curb
stone speeches against the bond issue,
denouncing the man who first suggest
ed parks, and admitting that if they
had their way about it, park. would Jx
confined to back yards and coal chute?.
When the election judges and clerks
at the polling place in the Courthouse
announced the polls were closed and
refused to give three qualified voters
an opportunity to cast their ballots at
5:40 o'clock last night, 20 minutes be
fore the time set and announced by
Mayor Kage as the closing hour, a
storm of protest resulted that opened
the ballot box till 6 o'clock at that
The men who applied for ballot?
were C. E. Kage, son of the Mayor,
Dr. Henry Breide and William Cooley.
The polling place was in the Com
mon ricas Court room at the Court
house, and at 5:."0 o'clock the clerks
and judges retired to a jury room on
the south side of the court room.
They were in the jury room sitting
about a table when Dr. Bre;de and
Kage appeared and asked for ballots.
"The judges have closed the polling
place and we have finished the count.
The book is all made out and every
thing is through," one of the clerks
told Kage and the doctor.
"But it's not 6 o'clock yet," Kage in
sisted. "The polls are supposed to stay
open till 6 o'clock. I want my vote."
Lafe Caruthers, one of the judges
at that polling place, already had de
parted. Mr. Cooley then joined the little
group that was arguing for the re
opening of the ballot box at that place.
The clerks declared that they had
"nothing to do with it" because tho
judges had closed the polls.
Eventually Deputy Sheriff Sea
graves became spokesman for the
judges and re-opened the ballot box.
Bv that time Dr. Breide had left, the
place and had started home.
Continued on page 3.

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