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The weekly tribune and the Cape County herald. (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) 1914-1918, November 19, 1915, Image 2

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The Eond Issue election yesterday demonstrated that an overwhelming
majority of the people try to follow the Biblical injunction, which says: "Do
unto others as you would have others do unto you."
By voting in favor of the city buying the Fairgrounds, the majority
hl owed their willingness to help others enjoy themselves. A city park will
not be appreciated as much by those who voted to create it yesterday as it
will be to those who will live in the distant tomorrow.
When St. Louis first established its park system, less than ten per cent
? the people considered parks beneficial. Few visited them and no one looked
upon them as a necessity. But the people changed with the times. When
Si. Louis voted on a park bond issue twenty years ago, virtually no interest
was exhibited.
Less than ten years ago the people of St. Louis were called upon to say
v bother the city should own the Fairgrounds, and the opposition to the bond
issue was insignificant. So it is with Cape Girardeau. A city park is an
untried luxury. One year from now it will be more appreciated than it is to
d.iy, and within ten years it will be looked upon as being a.s necessary as the
Mayor Button found opposition to his plan to pave the city streets, but
there is not a man in this city today who would like to go back to the days
of mud and cinders.
The Fairgrounds will be the city's first park. It stands for progress and
a better Cape Girardeau. It means a picnic ground for the grownups and a
h-nd of play for the boys and girls. It means that Cape Girardeau takes its
place among the cities that look to the future and not to the past.
The Tribune congratulates itself because it fought for the city park,
instead of against it. To those who opposed it, we merely ask that they be
allowed to rest in peace. Why bury the dead by beating torn tioms or blowing
Now that the bond issue election is over, it is being characterized as only
a newspaper fight. The Tribune would hardly engage in a contest merely
for glory and attempt to get two votes for each one its opponent received.
'Ihi.s was the situation in the bond issue to buy the Fairgrounds, which re
quired a two-thirds majority. The Tribune, without the support of the
owners of the ground, championed the bond issue because it was a progressive
Measure. And the bond issue carried by a vote of almost three to one.
The Tribune began a fight to force the Light and Water Company to live
up to its contract with the city. This was eighteen months ago, and The
Tribune made its campaign against a united opposition. The people soon took
sides with The Tribune, and then the City Council arrayed itself on the side
of this newspaper!
The Missouri Public Service Commission called a public inquiry, and yes
terday it handed down its opinion, ordering the Water and Light Company to
grant every demand that had been made by The Tribune. These results only
exemplify one fact, namely, that a newspaper can serve a great purpose if
its opinions and self respect are not for sale. '
Missouri cities, especially those like Cape Giiardcau, '-which manufacture
:-hoes, will find satisfaction in the recent decision of Judge Dyer of the
IVderal Court in St. Louis, which virtually dehorns the United Shoe Machinery
Company, a monopoly, which in past years has held the American shoe in
dustry in bondage.
There are possibly two hundred machines which are used in the manu
facture of shoes. The United Shoe Machinery Company produces all of these
:md holds the exclusive patent rights upon three or four of the most important
or all of them. Competiting companies manufacture all of these machines,
except the three or four which are a part and parcel of the United Shoe
Machinery Company by means of patent rights.
The United Shoe Machinery Company, not content with the patent
monopoly on the three or four essential machines, compels the shoe manu
facturers to sign "tying contracts" by which they agree to use only United
Snce Machinery Company machines throughout their entire plants. Thus,
in order to get these three or four essential machines the shoe manufacturer
is compelled to tie himself down by contract to get all of the other machinery
u.-eil in his plant from the United Shoe Machinery Company at its own
monopolistic price.
By this practice independent shoe machinery companies were soon put
cut of business, and a high tribute was levied upon all of the shoe manufac
turers and the shoe wearers. The practice of using "tying contracts" has
I-. en one of the most iniquitous methods by which monopolies and trusts have
established themselves.
The "tying contract" clause was made part of the Clayton Bill in the
House of Representatives. When the bill came to the Senate, the Senate
Judiciary Committee favored striking th's clause from the bill. Senator
J'.'od made a fight on the floor of the Senate, but the clause was stricken
out. He then forced a restoration of the clause and added a criminal penalty
to it. The bill as it finally became a law contained the clause prohibiting
tying contracts and declaring them to be illegal, but without a criminal
The Government recently brought suit in the St. Louis Federal Court
under the Clayton Anti-Trust Act to enforce that section which relates to
"tying contracts." In enjoining the United Shoe Machinery Company from
enforcing the terms of its monopoly, Judge Dyer justly excoriated the vicious
practice of this monopoly.
The decision of Judge Dyer is especially important to Missourians, be
cause this is a great shoe manufacturing State; because the suit was brought
in a Missouri court and because the section under which the proceedings were
i'.tituted was enacted by a Missourian.
Senator James A. Reed was the only member of the United States Senate
who insisted on the "tying contract" clause being made a part of the Clayton
bill, which was intended to supplement the Sherman act. Judge Dyer, by
his decision, has set aside the United Shoe Machinery Company's right to
c dlcct its graft from industries that are absolutely bound to patronize it.
And by depriving the machinery company of its license to sandbag insti
tutions that are dependent upon it, the illegal tolls that have heretofore gone
i?:to the monopoly's tills, will be prorated among the people, because if the
st of production can be decreased, the price of the shoe must simultaneously
As a United States Senator, James A. Reed has served all of the people
of all of the States, and Missouri, which inherits the credit from his services,
. iiould see to it that Jim Reed goes back to the Senate.
Col. Fred A. Morris Boosted by North-
rn Missouri Democrats. j
Col. Fred A. Morris, who is being j
boomed in counties in Northern Mis-j
souri for the Democratic candidate for j
Governor, is well known to many men j
in the Cape and Southeast Missouri. !
He is best kno.wn in this part of the j
State for his connection with the j
Elk's Lodge. !
He has been deputy grad exhalted t
ruler of the eastern district of Mis
souri in the Elk's Lodgs and he was
second president of the State Elk's
Morris has not announced himself,
but he is receiving strong support from
many newspapers, in the north-central
part of the State.
Oscar Conrad, a shoe factory work
er, yesterday morning became serious
ly ill while at work and was removed
to his home in Donnybrook. It is be
lieved he may have appendicitis.
weds ow: eccles
Couple Depart For The West,
Where They Will Spend
Miss Lossie Ross, a daughter of the
late Alexander Ross, U. S. Referee in
Bankruptcy, yesterday afternoon was
married to Charles William Eccles,
traveling man and scion of a one time
wealthy aristocratic family of Ireland.
The marriage was a quiet home af
fair with only members of the Ross
family and a few close friends pres
ent. The ceremony was conducted by
Rev. J. J. Clopton of the Episcopal
Church, at 2 o'clock. The couple de
parted for St. Louis yesterday after
noon and from there will go to Kansas
Mrs. S. M. McAtec, sister of the
bride, came over from her home in
Jackson to attend the wedding.
The marriage of the couple marks
the culmination of a very pretty ro
mance that has had the Cape for its
dramatic setting. Mr. Eccles met Miss
Ross while he was recovering from an
injury to one of his arms, and he
wooed her while the doctors made him
remain here for qufet and rest.
Mr. Eccles is about 50 years old and
has snowy white hair. His bride is
about 30 and vivacious.
The wedding follows closely upon
the marriage of Miss Linette Ross to
an Indiana newspaper man a few days
ago. Both couples attempted to main
tain a secret of their weddings.
Mr. Eccles was born in Ireland and
was educated at the University of
Dublin. His family one time controlled
large land holdings. When the family
died out, leaving him as the last of
the race, he came to the United States.
He has been in this country for sever
al years and has traveled widely.
Several weeks ago he sustained an
injury to his arm, whereupon a phys
ician ordered a rest. He selected the
Cape as the resting haven.
While here he became acquainted
with Miss Ross in a romantic fashion
and while he remained in the city, car
ried his courtship to a conclusion.
Seth Babcock Gets ' Affidavits
to Crops of Above 100
Bnshel Mark.
The acre-yield contest in corn rais
ing that has been conducted this sum
mer by Prof. Seth Babcock of the Nor
mal School, in connection with the
Products at the Round-up this fall, will
be closed Friday, this week, and the
winners in the contest will be an
nounced. Yields far above the 100 bushel to
the acre mark already have been turn
ed into Prof. Babcock, and the man
who takes first place will have some
corn on his ground.
Prof. Iiabcock is requiring all the
entrants to send affidavits of their re
turns to him. The contest began last
June when entries were made and
those who have been trying for the
$100 in prizes have been in communi
cation with Prof. Uabcock almost con
stantly since. The contest was not
closed at the time of the big series
of meetings, at the Normal School,
three weeks ago, because many of the
entrants had not finished gathering
their corn and were not ready to make
returns on their yields.
j Freeze-Montgomery Concern Will Saw
! Wood in -New Madrid County.
J. H. Freeze and A. J. Montgomery
yesterday organized the Freeze-Montgomery
Lumber Company of New
Madrid County, and simultaneously en
tered into a contract to buy 4,000,000
feet of lumber. This material will be
sold to the consumer through the Gar- j close.
ver Lumber Company of this city. i The various strata or belts of lime
The new company has purchased a stone and sand that arc encountered by
mill in New Madrid County, and their
total investment, according to Orren
Wilson, who drew up the papers, will
exceed $10,000. It will require four
years to finish the contracts now on
hand, he ?a;d.
It's 2 Below Zero at
Washington, D. C, Nov,
degrees below zero .at Sheridan, Wy., j
and Yellowstone National Park, zero j
at Billings, 'Mont., and freezing weath- '
er at many points along the Canadian
border in the Northwest, today herald-
ed the first touch of winter. There has j
been a sharp fall of temperature in i
the Atlantic Coast and Golf States, j
but it has not reached freezing.
Shaft Now i503 Feet Deep,
Yet Produces Insignifi
cant Water Supply.
President Dearmont Says Project
Will End if 500 Feet Fails
to Find Supply
That efforts to save $5000 worth of
work on a deep water well at the Nor
mal School will be made by sinking
the shaft from 100 to 500 feet deeper
at a cost of $3 a foot yesterday be
came known. The well now has been
drilled to a depth of 150.') feet and the
proper volume of water has not been
struck. If, at the end of a 2000 foot
bore, the return is not satisfactory,
the venture will be abandoned, it is
A contract was closed Tuesday by
the officers of the Normal with a St.
Louis well-digging company to sink
the shaft deeper.
The well water is to replace the wa
ter furnished by the public utilities
company for all purposes at the Nor
mal School, with the exception of fire
protection. The franchise of the utili
ties company provides that the com
pany shall provide high pressure fire
lines in the Normal School district.
The well water will be used for
drinking purposes, for use in all the
laboratories of the school, for use in
the dormitories, and it is desired that
it be used in the engine rooms of the
power plant.
In order to make the well practica
ble for this extensive use, it is essen
tial that a flow of about 63 gallons
a minute be obtained.
The test of the well at the 150.", foot
1 t
ievei gives a return oi oniy n 10 10
gallons a minute, which might, under
j ordinary circumstances, be sufficient,
;but it is not estimated as being high
enough to cover an emergency of any
The drill work on the 1503 foot well
was competed last Saturday and
Tuesday tests were made.
Assistant State Geologist Wilson of
Rolla Mo., and Prof. E. M. Sheppard
of Springfield, of Drury College, were
in the Cape Tuesday to advise with
the officials of the Normal School re
garding the extension of the drill.
The well was commenced last Au
gust. At a depth of 200 feet, a free
supply of water was encountered, but
it was deemed that it was too close to
the surface of the ground to be the
right quality for the purposes it is
wanted for.
The drill continued and passed
through a stratum of substance known
as St. Peter's sand which is a belt 30
feet thick and 1240 feet below the
surface. This stratum of sand gave a
good supply of water, but the drill
was continued.
It was hoped that a stratum of sand
yielding a better and larger volume of
water would be encountered before the
1500 foot lever was reached.
As the 1500 foot level was ap
proached, the drill was sunk into a bed
of Jefferson County limestone. Any
limestone is not as good a conductor
of water as a sandy stratum. This
accounts for the low flow of water.
The experts who advised with the
Nornfal School officials estimated that
by sinking the well from 100 to 200
feet deeper, the drill would pass
through the limestone belt and strike
the sand, known to geologists as the
Robideux sand. This will contain the
proper flow of water, it is believed,
and as soon as that is struck, the drill
ing will stop.
However, President Dearmont. last
night informed The Tribune that if the
Robideux sand is not encountered in
the next 500 feet, the venture will
the drill get their water supplies from
the Rocky Mountains, hundreds of
miles west of here.
The exp'anation' of how the water
may be conducted from the Rockies to
; this region, itself is a study of geolo
i gy. At various times in the history of
j this part of the world, these belts of
sana ana stone nave Deen spread out
Sheridan, j over the entire Mississippi Valley, ex
pending to the rockies, in much the
i same fashion that a merchant would
13. Two j pile his rugs, one upon the top of the
Compression has made them solid
At another period in the world's his
tory, these belts or "rugs" have been
up-ended at the place where the
Rockies now appear. The belts have
maintained their individual textures,
so that when water is poured upon
them in the Rockies that water travels
Relationship of
Babies Puzzle
Cape's Experts
Even Parents Ppn't Know
What Kin Infants Are And
Still They're Related
Have you got a genealogical turn of
mind? Do you believe in Spooks ? Or
do you think you are capable of
straightening out a plain and simple
little problem in ordinary relationship
between men?
Here is one that will make the
"tired business man" sit up and take
notice verily, it may even stump the
penuchle-worried minds of some of our
best thinkers.
One must listen closely to grasp
firmly by the coat-tails all the prem
ise and facts in the case.
About two years ago, Albert Moore,
of Jackson, was married to Miss Kate
Floyd. Well and good!
A year later approximately, Charles
Floyd, of the Cape, brother of Kate
Floyd now Mrs. Kate Moore was
married to Miss Stella Moore, daugh
ter of Albert Moore by his former
wife. Mr. Moore was married twice.
Now that move alone makes Moore
both a brother-in-law and a father-in-law
to Charley Floyd. Which is right ?
And which relationship should the two
men observe?
This is serious, because they want
to know?
But here is the final move that has
set Moore's and Floyd's heads in a
whirl and they have about given up
trying to figure it out.
Each family has a baby son, both
youngsters born only within the last
few weeks.
What are they to each other? And
why? And how does it happen ? And
all about it?
"I sure am that Floyd babe's grand
daddy, ain't I ?" Moore argues, "be
cause he's a son of my own daughter,
but then I guess I'm just an uncle be
cause oh, gosh, I can't make it out!"
Floyd has quit trying to scheme
around the problem and he is willing
to let others get twisted up. The two
men, however, when they get together,
scarcely can refrain from discussing
the phenomenon.
Moore is worried more than Floyd
and he says if anyone can find a solu
tion, he wants to hear of it. Chart it
out on paper, he says.
Em a Thilenius and Gerald A. Wright
Motor to Jackson Parents
Give Blessings.
; An elopement to Jackson in a motor
'ear when Erna Thilenius, High School
student and daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
j Emil Thilenius, and Gerald A. Wright,
transfer man, were married yesterday
j afternoon was happily completed when
j the couple received the blessings of the
, parents of each.
They then departed yesterday after
noon for St. Louis to be gone a week
on a honeymoon.
Miss Thilenius went to her wedding
instead of to classes at the High
School. She attended her morning
classes but after luncheon, met young
Wright and together with Miss Essie
Hines, a close personal friend of Miss
Thilenius', and Doc Edwards, they mo
tored to Jackson.
Rev. L. R. Jenkins, pastor of the
Methodist Church there, performed the
Mrs. Thilenius,' the girl's mother,
said that before the marriage she
thought her daughter too young to be
married, but said she was content
now. R. J. Wright said he had not met
his daughter-in-law, but felt sure she
will meet with approval.
Cape Cooperage Company Official Has
Narrow Escape from Drowning.
George Bolz, superintendent of the
Cape Cooperage Company, in the
southern part of the city, came nearly
losing his life yesterday, when he ac
cidentally fell into the river, while at
work near his plant.
Had he not been able to swim, he
would have been drowned, his co
workers informed The Tribune last
night. While working on a pile of
lumber near the stave mills, which
is a part of the cooperage p'ant, he
slipped and dropped into" the water.
He sank beneath the surface, but
soon appeared again, and began sMim
ming for the bank. Workmen, who
were near him, aided their superior to
tow himself to land.
along its belt, gradually seeping
through the sand.
It is downhill all the way from the
edge of the belts in the Rockies to the
place where the Normal School has
drilled its well and even further eastward.
Jackson Johnson Writes Pres.
McPherson Encouraging
Letter About Plans.
Informs Commercial Club Head
City's Invitation Will be
Taken up by Board.
"We think well of the Cape," wrote
Jackson Johnson, president of the In
ternational Shoe Co., of St. Louis to
President J. H. McPherson of the
Commercial Club, in discussing the
latter's request on behalf of the city
for a new shoe factory that Johnson's
firm proposes to build shortly.
The letter from the head of the shoe
concern was received by President
McPherson yesterday morning in re
ply to a written "bid" that the Cape
made for the proposed industrial es
tablishment. Mr. Johnson indicated in his letter
that several places are under consider
ation by the members of the Board of
Directors of his company, and he
stated that they have not reached any
conclusion as to the factory's loca
tion. Then he wrote, "We think well of
the Cape." There are other towns un
der consideration, his next sentence
said, and in making their determina
tion concerning the location of the
proposed factory, there will be many
considerations that will come into
Johnson declared that he was con
vinced that the business men in the
Cape fully understand and appreciate
the opportunities that a shoe factory
of the d-rtiensions of that of the Inter
national Shoe Company bring to the
city. In view of that fact, he said, he
felt that the company would be mighty
glad to consider the Cape as a pros
pective location for the new factory.
This statement may mean that the
shoe concern no longer entertains the
notion that they have enough capital
invested in the Cape in the one shoe
i factory here.
! Factories are the basis of a citv's
j growth as well as merchandising, he
urged, and said that he felt the Cape
I people know how wide employment the
! factory gives.
"Feeling that you appreciate the ad
vantages to be derived," he concluded,
"we expect it to be handled from this
At the meeting of the Commercial
Club last Friday night, when the mat
ter of "bidding" for the second shoe
! factory was brought up, virtually all
the Cape merchants present, who had
contributed to the fund for the ac
quisition of the present shoe factory,
agreed that the investment so far as
they were concerned had paid amply.
j The city purchased a tract of seven
j acres of land for the shoe company.
and erected the building. The total
I investment by the city was about
This was made on the stipulation
and guarantee by the shoe concern
that in working the factory, wages
aggregating $1,000,000 would be paid
out in the course of the first ten years.
That amount virtually has been paid in
the first eight years of the factory's
President McPherson last night re
marked that the price of the land
would be removed from any bonus or
gift the city would have to make up
for the acquisition of the .second plant.
The tract of land already in the pos
session of the company would accom
modate three plants, it is said.
Twin factories such as may become
a reality in the Cape already have
been established at Hannibal, Mo. This
is urged as a precedent in the Cane's
activities to get the new establish
ment. Belleville, 111., also is a strong
competitor for the factory.
One of the most potent arguments
in favor of the Cape as a location for
the proposed factory, it is said, is the
fact that since the shoe company has
been operating here, there has been
no labor trouble. This will encourage
the capital to enter this field, it is
said. Workmen to take their positions
in the new factory quickly wou-'d come
to the Cape, President McPherson re
marked last night, if there already are
not enough hero.
Sikcston High School yesterday aft
ernoon defeated the Jackson High
School at football by a score of 27 to
33. The game was played at Jackson
and was one-sided from the start.
The Sikeston victory makes them a
contender for the championship of
Southeast Missouri, Charleston being
the other candidate.
Defeat Team From Herculaneum
in Both Singles and
A tennis team representing the Cape
Normal School yesterday afternoon
swamped a team of four men from
Herculaneum, Mo., who came down to
the Cape to take the local players'
measure. The sets were played on the
courts at the Normal School and were
watched by a large crowd of Normal
The feature of the entire match was
the team playing of Nelson Dearmont
and John Kochtitzky. They defeated
their opponents, who had played to
gether often, although they themselves
never had teamed in a game before.
Each of the Cape players won in the
singles with the exception of Kochtitz
ky. He won the second set of his
match in singles against Hugo Wilder,
but lost the other two, the final sot
going to a score of 7-a.
Some of the playing of the Normal
men was brilliant and steady through
out. The Herculaneum men were bril
liant players and had excellent form,
but their accuracy was not as good a.;
that of the Cape men.
The team from Herculaneum was
brought to the Cape through the ef
forts of Hugo Wilder, son of Rev. A.
Wilder, of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Young Wilder is a graduate of the
Normal School, and now is teaching
school at Herculaneum. He arranged
for the match play. The Normal team
will visit Herculaneum next spring.
The summary for the match is as
Singles H. S. Moore, Normal, de
feated Wade, 6-2, 6-2. A. W. V'aughan,
defeated Smith, 6-3, 6-0. Hugo Wilder,
Herculaneum, defeated John Kochtitz-
! ky, 6-4. 2-6, 7-5.
Doubles Moore and Vaughan, Nor
mal, defeated Wade and Wilder, 6-1,
6-3. Kochtitzky and Dearmont, Nor
mal, defeated Smith and Damaron,
6-1, 6-2.
Alexander Gets Letters From
Many Leaders in Lower
Democratic leaders in all parts of
Southeast Missouri this week have
been writing to Harry Alexander, in
dorsing the movement to organize a
Southeast Missouri Democratic Club.
Letters have been received from
Congressman Joseph J. Russell, of
Charleston; former State Senator J.
W. Farr."s, Stoddard County chairman;
S. E. Juden, postmaster at Hayti;
State Senator C. P. Hawkins, of Ken
net; J. A. Chewning, of Chaffee; Judge
J. L. Fort, of Dexter, and others.
"I am for any kind of organization
that will aid the Democracy of South
east Missouri or the State," Farris
says in his letter.
"I think it would be a capital idea
to have a special train to run us South
east Democrats up to St. Louis on
Jackson Day.
"After the proper plans were for
mulated, it would then be a question
as to the location of the Southeast
Missouri club. No doubt, Cape Girar
deau would like to be the place, per
haps Poplar Bluff and may be others."
Congressman Russell said: "I will
be glad to contribute to the succscs
of the club in any way I can."
Russell said that he will not be able
to attend any of the meetings held to
organize the club, because he expects
to leave this week for Washington to
prepare for the session of Congrcs-,
that will open in three weeks.
Russell is going to Washington tw
weeks in advance to take rare of work
that awaits him there. He will be in
St. Louis Saturday and will depart for
Washington from there.
He told Alexander that he has talk
ed with many of the county commit
teemen in that part of the State, and
they all have expressed a desire to
co-operate with the club in making th
party stronger in this section of the
Alexander, who is at the head of
the movement, expects to receive let
ters almost daily from now on in re
sponse to the "feelers" that he ha.i
sent out. He will call a preliminary
meeting with the next week or ten
days, he said last night, when the ten
tative plans for the party order may
be outlined.
Patrolman George Talley retu. !-
from New Madrid County vaster-!:!
afternoon with thirty-three squirrel
fifteen rabbits, thirteen quail and
very large mink which represent
day spent in the woods. Mr. Ta':; .
was the guest of a friend at Hfi't ?

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