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-p Girard THE WEEKLY TRIBUNE THE TRIBUNE'S CIRCULA TION IS THE LARGEST IN CAPE GIRARDEAU. J t i THE TRIBUNE COVERS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI LIKE THE DEW. : : : : A NEWSPAPER THAT PRINTS ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT AND PRINTS IT FIRST VOL. XV. AND THE CAPE COUNTY HERALD, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI, APRIL 28. 1916. NUMBER 16. C. C. FREEMAN IS RECOVERING AT CAIROJOSPITAL Former Cape Man Injured in Sikeston Auto Accident Has Chance to Live. SPEEDING IS BLAMED AS CAUSE OF SMASHUP Ted Wettich Is Out of Danger One Man Was Thrown 30 Feet. C. C. Freeman, wealthy fanner liv ing at Sikeston. and former Cape saloon man, who was dangerously in jured late Wednesday night in an automobile accident near Sikeston, late last night was reported to be re covering at Cairo, where he was taken to a hospital. Mrs. Freeman and his children are in Cairo with him and it is expected physicians will pronounce i jut of danger within a short time. Ted F. Wittich, St. Louis plow salesman, who was also injured seri ously, yesterday was doing well at the Marshall Hotel in Sikeston. His wife, who had been visiting relatives in Campbell, came up to Sikeston yes terday and is with Mr. Wittich. The third man who was hurt in the smashup is Ruby Davies, and he was able last night to be up and hobbled about the hotel lobby at Sikeston. Davies is about 25 years old. His home is in St. Iouis and he has a wife living there. He is a traveling man for a machine manufacturing concern. The accident in which the three men J were hurt. Freeman perhaps fatally, occurred about 11 o'clock Wednesday night fn the rock road from Oran to Sikeston. The men were motoring from Oran into Sikeston after having attended a lodge meeting in Oran. Gus Stelza, Freeman's chauffeur, was driving the car. They were trav eling at a good rate of speed, and in making a sharp turn in the road the machine struck an imperfect place in the highway and was turned turtle. As the car flopped in the air it threw the four occupants out of their seats. Freeman was thrown heavily against r telephone pole, fracturing both legs above the knees. He likewise suffered bruises and cuts. Wittich has a broken left arm and three dangerous cuts on his head. He was thrown into a barbed wire fence and in that manner sustained the cuts. All the men were thrown clear of the machine as it over turned. Davies escaped with a sprained right leg and a cut on the right hand. Davies, who was sitting in the rear seat, was thrown more than P0 feet from the car and over the fence into a wheat field at the side of the road. His fall into the wheatfield probably saved his life or more serious injury. The chauffeur miracuously escaped injury and fled from the scene to tele phone for aid from Sikeston. Free man and Wittich were knocked sense less by the force of their fall. A rescue party soon was formed in Sikestcn and the men were borne into Sikeston in automobiles On their arrival in the city they "4C a' - took Freeman, who they learned at ! friRnd of Ma'or Kf' organized an once was hurst worst, to his home. J tn company in 186.,. Without tak From there he was taken to the rail- counsel with his parents, the May- road station early yesterday morning and hurried to a Cairo hospital. Wittich and Davies were taken to a physician's office and about 3 o'clock yesterday, morning wre taken to the Marshall hotel, where hey were quar tered last night. All three men who were in the wreck are well known in the Cape. Mr. Wittich has traveled through this city selling farming implements for the last 25 years and for 15 years he has been with the Parlin & Orendorf company. He is about 48 years old and resides in St. Louis. Freeman until about 12 years ago in the Cape conducted the St. Charles bar, the Silver Moon (next to the Sturdivant bank), and a saloon at the present location of the A. Ray Smith store. He also conducted saloons at Oran and Sikeston. When the latter city became dry he went out of the liquor business and has since been fanning about 500 acres of wheat land. He is about 55 years old and lias two sons and two daughters. KAGE, SOLDIER 50 YEARS AGO IS RECOGNIZED Adj-Gen. O'meara Sends Mayor a Certificate of His Service. TELLS HOW SOLDIERS HUNG GUERILLA IN '64 Kage Carried Mail on Horseback Between Cape and Bloomfield. Nearly fifty-one years after he had been mustered out of service in the Volunteer Missouri Militia, Mayor Kage yesterday received a certificate of his service signed by Adjutant General John II. O'Meara of the Mis souri National Guard. The Mayor's certificate shows that he served in a company under Captain Ezra King as a bugler and he was mustered out of service at the close of the Civil War, after having been a member of the company for 120 days. The Mayor's most important mili tary service was performed prior to his connection with Captain King's company, however, when he was a member of the McNeal P.lack Flag regiment. As a member of that mili tia he saw real fighting in the Civil War days and was prevented from going from the Cape into the opcra- j tions in the West by his parents. McNeal's Black Flag regiment was the Second M issouri. The Mavor en listed in the Cape Girardeau company of the regiment when he was a lad under age. Eventually his militia company was called into sen-ice in the war. He wanted to go along, but his parents refused to allow him to re-vol- unteer and re-enlist for the Federal service. He withdrew as his comrades do parted far the war. Prioj to that, r. 1864, they had been in service around the Cape and Mayor Kage then rode the post-road between the Cape and Bloomfield, carrying the U. S. mails on horseback between the two towns. The road was only a trail and the country was infested by guerillas. One time before the company de parted for war service, the men were called upon to go to Bloomfield to capture a guerilla named Bolden. He was caught after a battle in which several shots were fired, none taking effect in any of the men. Bolden was brought to the Cape and was placed in the guardhouse. A short time after the arrival of the guerilla leader in the Cape, a band of soldiers went to the guardhouse here, over-powered the sentries, took their man out and proceeded to have a hanging party. They selected a site located in the rear of where the Hospital now is located. Mayor Kage declared there used to be an old German butcher who lived on the site and who had one of these old-fashioned front gates which had an arch under which the visitor to his home would drive. This arch was about eight feet from the ground. The soldiers selected it as an admir able location for a hanging party and proceeded to attach the guerilla's body to the cross-bar and raise him so that his toes missed touching the ground. After the Black Flag company left i ronfoin Vino n nprnn.ll I or enlisted on February 28, 1865, and was ordered into active service on April 15, 1865. He was relieved from duty on June 20, 1865. Mayor Kage obtained the certificate of membership in the guard after hav ing had a conversation Sunday with William Surrell of East Prairie, Mo., who was a comrade of the Mayor in the company. Mr. Surrell had receiv ed his certificate but a short time before and suggested to Mr. Kage that he could obtain his likewise. The records on the certificate are taken from the rolls in the office of the auditor of the War Department. BASEBALL SCORES. Xational League. Xew York 2; Bostona . St. Louis 5; Chicago 0. Others rain. American League. Xew York; rain. Philadelphia 2; Washington 4. Chicago 5; Cleveland S. Detroit 7; St. Louis 2. German Crown Prince Receiving Favorable News From the Campagin Around Verdun i Iff i x . 'fir 'A v r42&J s a 1 The crown prince of Germany, ranks of his troops at Verdun. Behind 2 STEEPLE JACKS FIX ST. MARYS SPIRE Find Brass Ball Shot Full of j Holes-Home of Beehive and Sparrow .Nest. ! Chester Fitzgerald and Andy Lutes, steeple jacks, yesterday began clean ing and repairing the St. Mary's church steeple at Sprigg and William streets, and found that the round brass ball atop the spire was literally shot to pitces. The ball had remained in its place for the last 52 years, the target for anvonc with :i cat-rifle wishing to ex- . ercise his skill at marksmanship. j In all that time the sphere had j picked up 48 round bullet holes, and j when taken down and examined it j contained both a bee-hive and a spar-! row's nest. Both occupants of the j brass steeple ball had made their entry into the interior through bullet j holes widened by the ravages of time '1 and weather and the rusting proclivi ties of metal when exposed. The ball is about tu feet three inches in diameter. When Lutes clam bered up the leeward side of the steeple yesterday morning to take a ; look at the ball, he discovered that in 1 the last six years since it was painted ' last, the ball had about rusted from its fastenings. It came away easy in ! his hand, and he lowered it to the j i ground. ! Tony Hass thereupon got into long- f distance telephone communication with Father E. Pruentc, the pastor of the church, and it was determined to have another brass ball constructed at a tin shop and put in place today. Joe Sandman and Joe Baumgartner are preparing the steeple ornament and will have it ready to be mounted this afternoon. The bail was painted in t!)10 ami at that time the entire steeple was painted by the same men who are do ing the work this week. At that time j f -1 A 1 - 1 -A J one or me steepie .lacns stepped upon the ball and it slid down the spire about six inches. The weight of the man's foot and the slide made a dent in the surface of the ball which was plainly discernible on it yesterday when taken down. In addition to making repairs on the steeple and painting, the directors of the church also are considering mak ing repairs to the steps leading to the main entrance of the church, as well as the substitution of new doors for the ones in use at present. The direc tors wish to obtain doors which open outward to conform to fire laws, and the second doors will be double-swinging doors. HEALTH BOARD MEETS. Stone Reports 53 Calls in April and Says Law is Complied With. The Board of Health yesterday morning held its organization meeting in the City Council chamber in the courthouse, following the announce ment of the Mayor's appointments several weeks ago. The Board in reality holds over in tact from the identity of the last "snapped" as he was. reading a pleasing wireless message from the front him are several French officers Just brought In as prisoners. BAND MAY JUNKET TO POPLAR BLUFF Cape Drummers Want Music to Land 1917 S. E., Mo. Convention. Negotiations now are pending be tween leaders of the Cape Girardeau contingent of the Southeast Missouri Drummers' Association and Dr. C. E. Schuchert, director and manager of the Cape band, whereby the Schuchert band may be taken to Poplar Bluff in the middle of May to aid in obtaining the next convention site for the Cape. The drummers 'V" this city two years ago, when they staged one o! the biggest events in the commercial history of the city. D'ummors and representatives of commercial houses doing business all through the Middle West attended. The Ca.e traveling men want to bring the meeting to this city again next spring and make it bigger and better than before. They plan to take the band to Pop lar Bluff in a special car and parade through the town advertising the C.'p with its countrv-wide famous band and large banners exhorting the drummers to boost for the Ca-oe. The Schuchert band also is nego- tiating with the committee in charge of the music at the annual Confod-' erate Veterans' reunion encampment to be held in Birmingham, Ala., this rarlv summer. The Cape band went to Birmingham in 1!0S and has made trips to several other places where the reunion has been held. Last spring they went to Richmond Va ti u i i r ,i u. The band lor the last few weeks has been rehearsing each Wednesday eve ning. The organization now number thirty-four with the director, the per sonnel being as follows: Cornets Spike Lesem, Ben Rudert, Doc Edwards, John Fronzel and Harry ; Foster. Clarinets Elmore Kassel, William Clemens, Chester Kassel, Edward Ru dert, Henry Kimmich, Albert Kim mich, Emil (Baker) Koeppel, Oscar Kaiser and Louis Schultz. Flute-piccolo Harry Danks. Baritone William Sh-velbine. Double B-flat base Toby Foster. E-flat tuba base Charles Armgardt Base August Kempe. Saxophones Lowell Lane, alto; Leslie Patton, tenor; Abbie Kempe, barritone; Arthur Harrison, soprano. Trombones Alvin Harness. Moses Foster, Hirsch, Curtis Reaves and Keith Brombach. Altos Walter Kempe, William Wil son and Gordon Allison. Drums Oscar Shivelbine, snare; "Toots" Kernpe, base. organization, but under the law the inauguration ceremony was conducted by swearing the men in. This was done by City Clerk R. W. Frissell. Health Commissioner Stone made his monthly report for April in which he set forth that he had received 53 calis from persons in the city for his services, and in each instance, he de clared, defects had been remedied to comply with tht city ordinances. "DOC" BLACKFORD TO RUN FOR CONGRESS Traveling Man to Have Support of Tom Brown and N. A. Mozley. The political thrill of the season came yesterday in the announcement by G. W. (Doc) Blackford that he would make the race for the Repub lican nomination for Congress in this district. Mr. Blackford makes Cape Girar deau his home, but travels for the Meyer Drug Company of St. Louis. U? has been traveling over Southeast Missouri for ten year-, and is in:i mate'y known in every city ard ham lot in the Fourteenth Congressional District. He rtated yesterday that he would have the support of X. A. Moziey of Bloomfield, a former member of Con gress, and Tom Brown of Charleston, who was the Republican nominee for Congress tw o years ago. Blackford, Mozley and Brown held a conference : this week, and it was at their solicita- klilil UmL 111 HI h lit 'I IU IllU.kt AV V . Blr.ckford is one of the best Tcnown ; " this part of the State. His .territory covers virtually all of tin I Fourteenth Coi:g: t ssional District, and j I he i. its evoiy town in Southeast Mis-j several times each year. He j claims to be personally acquainted j ! with every voter who has moved into ! ; the district since he was assigned to! ' thls tor; ltory. j : Tho fnt,'.v Blackford in the politi- j cul arena caused tongues to wag ye.- ' terday, and it is expected to lead to j i:cn' li"pups in the near future. j Henrv Brinkopf will have a clear! i 1 . field in his race for tiie namination on j the Republican ticket for Sheriff. Ben Gookoi, his friends say, has decided to keep oat of the fight this year. W. F. Schade of Jackson is expected to be Mr. Brinkopf 's opponent in the gen eral election. Judge Edward D. Hays is repairing his fences for a whirl-wind campaign for Circuit Judge this fall. He will have no opposition for the nomination, according to veil informed Republi cans. Judge Hays was urged by Republicans all over this Congression al district to make the race for Con gress, but he preferred to run for Circuit Judge. 64 ATTEND Et'CHRE PARTY. Alice Schwcpker Wins Prize Quilt and Six Others Get Awards. Sixteen tables last night were filled at the euchre party given by the wom en of the St. Mary's Catholic church in the school hall on South Sprigg street. It was one of the most elab orate card parties given since the close of the Lenten ban upon cards. The card playing was followed by a three-course luncheon. Miss Alice Schwepkcr won the quilt prize which was awarded to the best player at the function, whether man or woman. The other prizes were won as fol lows: Women Alma Vandeven, first; Mrs. Joe Barenkamp Jr., second; Mrs. J. H. Strain, third. Men Norman Seib, first; John Behel, second; W. G. Donnelly, third. LAWYERS SHOW DRAINAGE LAW MISCONSTRUED Opinion Followed by Judge Kelly was Written before New Law Passed. DRAINAGE MEASURE TO BE GIVEN TEST Law Is Said to Conflict With! Statutes that Were in Effect Before It. I Attorneys who have been studying j ihe drainage laws since Judge Frank ; Kelly handed down his decision order- ing Scott County to build the Little J River Drainage bridges, are c ontend- I ing that the court erred in following ' i the ruling of the Supreme Court. i In a similar case, Judge Woodson of the Missouri Supreme Court, wrote a lengthy opinion, compelling Chariton County, Mo., to do work similar to that asked of this countv bv the Little River Drainage Company. j Under the Drainage law, which was ! fathered by men now connected with J the Little River Drainage District, cor- j porations are amenable to the wishes j of the drainage company. On the j theory that the County is a corpora-1 tion, the drainage company, under the j ruling of the Supreme Court, has the; right to compel Cape Girardeau Coun- ty to construct the bridges. i The Drainage law was enacted in j !!! and in the State Legislature J amended the statute, eliminating coun ties from the penalties of the law. The amendment concludes: "The word corporation as ued in this section shall not apply to counties." This amendment became effective March 21, 1!)10. !n July of the same' year, Judge Woodson wrote his opin-t ion upholding the contention that aj county was a corporation. In his j decision he made no notice of the j amendment to the law which he quoted as his authority for his decision. A prominent lawyer yesterday ex plained Judge Woodson's action. "You sec. when Judge Woodson first took up the case the amendment to the drainage law had not been written, and he was compelled to de cide the case upon the lav and facts as they were originally presented to him. "To make this point perfectly clear. I will give another illustration: Sup pose some man in Cape Girardeau was arrested on a charge of speeding. Suppose the law was l." miles an hour and the man arrested was driving 20 miles an hour. Suppose the case was appealed and while it was awaiting for the court to pass upon it. a new speed law placing the speed limit at ."0 miles an hour was passed by Cape Girar deau. The fact that the new law had been passed would not affect the case in court. The case would take its turn in court and be decided by the law which was in vogue when the case was tried and then appealed. "Judge Woodson did just what he was expected to do. Had the amend ment to the drainage law been in effect when the ease was originally heard and then appealed, the case would have been thrown out. "Judge Kelly no doubt failed to take the amendment to the Drainage law into consideration when he decided the Scott County case. He simply based his opinion on the interpretation of the Drainage law as written by Judire Woodson." Another lawyer, who is an auth ority on railroad law, contends that the drainage company is seeking an easement over an easement, ju-t as one railroad frequently aks of an other. "In all requests of this char acter the railroad first asks permis sion and when the easement has been granted, the railroad asking the favor repairs the damage that it inflicts. Every railroad crossing illustrates the question in point between the drainage company and the County. Under es tablished law, the bridges must be built by the drainage company and not by the County." Out of the present legal controversy is expected to be filed a suit testing the constitutionality of the Drainage law. Attorneys say it conflicts with statutes that were in effect before the drainage meausre was put through th Missouri Legislature. BRITISH FLEET IS READY TO LEVEL CITY OF DUBLIN Fleet Will Bombard Metro polis If Outbreak Isn't Calmed. UPRISING SPREADING OVER ALL OF IRELAND Report in Mexico City Says Villa Has Been Wounded Again. Soecial Dispatch to The Tribune . London, April 27. In Dublin Bay a tlot't of British waiships have their guns trained upon the city, but the authorities are hopeful that military men in the Irish metropolis will i. able to restore order without the hor ror of a naval bombardment. Because of the country-wide feeling in Ireland, it is almost a certainty that the trial of Sir John Casement will be postponed. There was rioting in many Irish cities all day today, and cries of "Down with the crown and up with a Republic" were heard in Dublic when the Biitish fleet was steaming inio the hav. Paris, April 27. Artillery activity was reported today on the left bank of the .Meuse. The German attempted assault on the right bank of the river failed to materialize. On the West front the day was calm with only some aerial activity reported. Mexico City. April 27. Gen. Ore gon sent President Carranza a tele gram tonight, stating that Villa had been wounded in a battle with the Mexican troops at Guerrero. Paris, April 27. It is indicated by the Germans that by failing to take Verdun they have inaugurated a great drie on part of the front held by the British. The bombardment of the British coast and the Irish upri.-ing are believed to be a part of the pl:i:i. Berlin (via London). April 27. An official statement issued here on tin bombardment of the English coast Tuesday by German warships says: "At daybreak parts of our high sea forces bombarded with good success the fortifications and important mili tary buildings at Great Yarmouth arid Lowestoft and afterward opened tire on a group ol enemy airmen, sin;.!! cruisers and destroyers. : t i' vtn tr.- cruiser a Dig lire was . served. One destroyer and two enemy scout boats were sunk, one .f the lat ter being the English fishing steamer King Stephen, which formerly refused to save the crew of the German air ship L-II when in distress. The crew of the fishing steamer was taken pris oner. The remaining enemy naval forces withdrew. On our side there were no losses and all the ships re turned undamaged. "The previously reported outpost encounters off the Flanders coast on Monday were continued on Tuesday. A British destroyer was badly dam aged by our naval forces and an aux iliary steamer sunk and the crew cap tured and taken to Zeebrugge. Our forces also returned from these enter prises undamaged. The enemy with drew again from the region of the Flanders coast." London, April 27. Martial law was proclaimed throughout the whole of Ireland today, as reports reached the Government that the rebellion is spreading. Premier Asquith shocked Parlia ment this afternoon with a frank ad mission that western counties are showing signs of disaffection and that street fighting continues in Dublin. The rebels still hold some import ant public buildings in the Irish cap ital, the Premier admitted, despite the efforts of troops from England to dis lodge them. He characterized the situation as "still serious." though expressing hope that the rebellion will soon be quelled. The Prime Minister's statement as a thunderbolt in the midst of a ses sion of Commons primer! to receive the expected announcement that the revolt had been completely crushed. All previous unofficial advices had indi cated that the rebellion had collapsed and public attention had turned to disposition of the case of Sir Roger Casement, a prisoner in the Tower of London.