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THE WEEKLY TRIBUNE AND CAPE COUNTY HERALD, FRIDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 13. 1916.
FIRE DESTROYS STEAM LAUNDRY; LOSS IS $11,000 Origin on Second Floor in Rear Is Unknown Men Save Books. J. A. RIGDON, OWNER, SAYS WILL REBUILD New Plant Will Be on Sprigg Slreet-None Was Injured. Fire of an unknown origin which htartcd in the rear part of the secor.d floor, last night resulted in the com plete destruction of the Cape City Steam Laundry, at 18 South Aquamsi .street. The fire caused a loss of ap proximately $1 1,000. The embers were not dead after the il.ur.es had completely gutted the pl:icc, before J. A. Rigdon, manager and proprietor of the laundry, an nounced plans for the erection of a nr-.v laundry plant on Sprigg street, to lo ready for occupancy by Febru- ary 1. Mr. Rigdon last night said ! tli it arrangements will be made today to operate his wagons and he will tr'kc are of the city's trade by having the work done outside of the Cape. The fire first was seen about 1) o'clock. Owing to the location of the blj.ze at the start being in the rear and on the second floor, it was not noticed by anyone on Main or Inde pendence street, although many per sons passed the corner at Main and Independence within a stone's throw of the fire. The first alarm was given when Ber tha Vogt, a daughter of F. W. Vogt, tinnor who resides on South Spanish street and in the rear of the laundry, saw the flames from her home. She ran down tKb rear steps and summoned John Doyle, who was on duty at the J. L. Miller bar. He sounded a fire alarm, and by the time that the fire department arrived at the scene, the flames had gained a headway that could not be overcome. The front door had to be broken down to gain an entrance there and some of the firemen and persons who aided them, succeeded in saving a part of the equipment from the laundry of fice. A typewriter, adding machine, and filing cabinet were taken out of the ofiicc as well as virtually all the account books of the laundry. By the time that the ofiicc equip ment had been carried out, it was im possible to withstand the flames in side the building and the fire soon re duced the entire inside of the struc ture to ashes. The stuff that was saved was Io'cked into a box car nearby. Mr. Rigdon last night said that as near as he can es timate the damage to the laundry property, it will amount to $7500. He said that he had just received a large ssupply of soap and wrapping paper which boosted his loss considerable. He had his property covered with $6000 insurance. The insurance policy car ries a 90 per cent clause, he said, which provides that in the event of a flic and total destruction, he may re cover but 00 per cent of the face value of the policy. The laundry was filled with work from all parts of the Cape as well as shipments from various small towns near here. Yesterday a large basket of laundry to be handled was received from Thebes, 111., as well as one from Clarkton. St. Vincent's College had about COO pieces in the building which were to have been delivered today, and COO pieces were delivered yesterday. There were hundreds of pieces that belong to private families in the Cape. Mr. Rigdon declared that he was one of the last to leave the building last night before closing. Just as he de parted, he said, he pulled a switch that cuts off the electric power in the j building at the office. He said that he was convinced that no gas jets had been left burning. The building is owned by Herman Boch. The laundry has a payroll of 17 men and women, and about 40 persons are dependent upon its work. Steps will be taken to keep them employed in taking care of the laundry business un til the company may get into its new plant, the construction of which will bo rushed. The new plant will be located be tween Themis ' and Independence streets on Sprigg. The architects and contractors were to have started the work next week. Mr. Rigdon acquired the laundry from J. H. McPherson, former pres ident of the Commercial Club. He has been in the Cape for several monh? and no resides at 147 Broadway. HUGHES DEFENDS TARIFF VIEW OF REPUB'N PARTY Asserts That Law of Protec tion Is the Only Road Leading to Prosperity. WANTS AMERICA TO STAND FOR ITSELF Says Nation Must Not Have Any Entangling Alliances, if It Wants Peace. Clarksburg, W. Va., Oct. 11. Charles E. Hughes told an audience whicn gathered at the station here to day that in his stand for the protec tion of American lives, property and commerce he had "no agreements" with anybody." "1 stand for American rights throughout the world without fear or favor," Hughes said. "I have no un derstanding, no agreements, no in trigues with anybody, but I stand for the interests of the United States and the protection of American lives, American property and American commerce throughout the world "Our friends on the other side talk about their policy, particularly in Mex ico, as though it were a policy of peace," Hughes continued. ,-It has not been a policy of peace. It has been a policy of destruction of the lives and properly cf American citizens, be cause of the withdrawal of protection that should have been accorded. "There is only one way for this country to have permanent peace and that is to stand firmly for your honor and your just rights. I stand here to say that nothing at this time is more important than to maintain the dignity of American citizenship and to show to all that we propose to maintain our peace and security by firmly de manding recognition of all our known rights. "We propose to protect American rights. We propose to safeguard Amer ican peace. We propose to maintain the national honor." Hughes spoke for the protective tar iff, declaring that in its application he would not "aid any particular sort of American citizens at the expense of the others." "If you want a protective tariff," he said, "you have got to put in power a Congress whose majority believes in the principle of the protective tariff. I want to see the success of the Re publican ticket in the House and Sen ate in order that we may place Amer ican prosperity on a sound founda tion." The nominee assailed the administra tion again for the enactment of the Adamson law and for extravagance, asserting that the Democratic party four years ago had arraigned the Re publicans for extravagance and then "proceeded to break the record for extravagance." JUDGE HAYS SAYS REPUBLICANS GAIN Are Moving into Mississippi County From North, He Learns. Judge Edward D. Hays early this morning returned to the Cape from a campaign trip through Mississippi County and declared that he is con vinced that the normal Democratic ma jority that has been returned there will be cut down this fall by the influx of Indiana and Northern farmers who have migrated there from Republican States. As a result of the change in the po iltical complexion of Mississippi Coun- jty, Judge Hays declared that he is convinced that he will be elected. "The Republican gain in that county is due to two causes," he said. "The first is the direct conversions from the ranks of the Democrats to the Repub lican party, and the second is found in the immigration into that farm land of men from Republican communities the North." The Democratic majority in former years in that county has been 400 to oOO. This year Judge Hays says he believes the race will be close and he declared that he was given to under stand that the Republicans believe they will elect four or five county officers. Fosr years ago Judge Hays got a majority pf the votes cast in the three counties that now form the twenty eighth judicial circuit, namely, Cape. Scott and Mississippi. The heavy Democratic majorities returned for his opponent, Judge Kelly, in the other Democratic counties were two such counties: New Madrid and Peiniscot. ; GROCER, PUT OFF TRAIN. PLANS SUIT ON I. M. S. Is Forced to Walk2 l-2MUes to Station Because Con ductor Lacked Change. HIKES TIES WITH ONE ARTIFICIAL LEG, SAYS M. B. Welty, Cape Customer, Puts Treatment in Hands of an Attorney. M. B. Welty, formerly a fireman on the Frisco who had his left leg cut off below the knee and new is in the gro cer business, last night was n the Cape and told the story of how he was put off an Iron Mountain passenger train a half mile out of Allenville Wed- nesday morning and was forced to walk two and a half miles into Delta, when the conductor of the train re fused to accept his money in payment for a fare. Welty lat night declared that he had placed the matter of his ejectment from the train into the hands of an attorney and will seek to learn if he cannot make the railroad make amends to him. Welty boarded the train at Allen ville and offered a $1 bill with which to pay his fare. Welty said he offered a dime for the three miles and it like wise was turned down when the con ductor demanded 16 cents fare or the train would be stopped frr Welty 's ejection. When Welty offered no change for the fare, the conductor had the train stopped and Welty dismounted to walk the ties. He said that he met the conductor in the yards after he arrived in, Ill mo, when the man endeavored to square with Welty. Welty then in stituted an investigation by an attor ney. CROCKETT AUTO IS FIRED; BURNS ON DIRT ROAD Flames Break Out When Owner Prepares to Change a Punctured Wheel. STANDS BY HELPLESS AND WATCHES BLAZE Walks 2 1-2 Miles Back to the Cape-Carried $800 Insurance. Fire that started in a mysterious way under the hood of the big car which J. H. Crockett of 705 South Boulevard drives as a service machine, last night resulted in the complete de struction of the machine on the Gib oney lane or dirt road leading from thj Bloomfield to the Rock Levee road. The fire occurred at about 9:'-'Q o'clock at a place about two and a half miles south of the Cape. Mr. Crockett was preparing to change wheels on his machine, when the fire broke out and before he could save a thing from the machine, ;t was en veloped in flames. He was on his way from his home to Illmo where he expected to get some passengers for the Cape. One of the tires on the machine was punctured as he was rounding a bend in the road. He drove around the curve in the road and drew up at the roadside to make the alteration in the wheels. He dismounted from the machine and as he stepped away from the side of the car, he saw a light that seemed to be coming from under the engine. He had just started to make an ex amination when the flames, which ap parently gained headway after the car stopped, burst out from the hood. It was but a few minutes until the en tire body of the machine was a mass of flames. Mr. Crockett was not accompanied by any passengers and was forced to stand at the roadside and watch the machine burn. He remained at the scene of the fire for a half hour and then walked back home. Last night he said that the machine cost $1300 when he acquired it and he has insurance "pon it sircwiin" to JS00. DRIVER TRAMPED AS HE TRIES TO STOP A RUNAWAY Hughes Hoover Misses Hold on Bridles and Falls Under Feet of Mule Team. JUMPED TO SAVE HIS THREE-YEAR OLD SON Is Recovering After Operation at Hospital-12 Stitches Taken in Head. Wnen he made a flying grab for the bridles of his runaway mule team, missed his hold and fell beneath the feet of the animals, Hughes Hoover, a driver for Hirsch Bros.' store, was injured seriously yesterday afternoon !at Hanover a Independence streets. He made the leap for the heads of the animals as they started to run in order to save his 3-year old son from injury. The boy was in the wagon as the team started, and although the father was trampled and run down, the boy was unhurt after the team had been stopped by a negro a short dis tance further along the street. Hoover last night was in a serious condition at St. Francis' Hospital where he was taken for an operation a short time after the accident. He had stopped with his son at the home of Darb Cato, a negro living on Hanover street near Independence. He loft the wagon to deliver a consign ment of groceries at the Cato place and was returning to the wagon when the team of mules became frightened in some manner. Hoover last night was able to tell but little about the accident. He said chat he had reached a place about six feet from the heads of the animals when they reared and started to run. He grabbed at the bridles and after his fall, he said he did not remember anything more about the accident. There were no other witnesses to the accident, besides the boy who could not tell how his father was hurt. Hoover was picked up by the negro who stopped the team, loaded back into the wagon and taken to the Hirsch store in Haarig. By the time that he reached the store, he was regaining consciousness and was taken at once to the office of Dr. Faul R. Williams. He subsequently was taken to the hospital where an emergency opera tion was performed. It was necessary to take 12 stitches in order to close a long cut that extended down over the left side of his face. Hoover is about 40 years old. He lives with his family on South Benton street and had been in the employ of the Hirsch store but a short time. He came to the Cape a short time ago from Sikeston. BUILDERS BIDDING ON SWIMMIN' HOLE Women Wish to Get Price and Work This Winter to Raise Funds. Following the preparation of com plete plans and specifications for the municipal swimming pool which the women of the Civic Improvement As sociation propose to build, bids now are being' received from contractors in the Cape to learn what will be the ex act cost of installing the pool. The pool is to be located at Lorimier and William streets. When the bids are closed and ex amined, the women will be able to know definitely the amount of monr-y they will have to obtain in order to realize the establishment of the pool. They expect to continue working for the fund this winter so that they may start operations in the sprli'g and have the pool in shape for use next summer. When the plans for the municipal pool first were projected by the wom en, some opposition to the scheme de veloped among property owners in the vicinity, but when they .were shown the sketches and plans for the work which illustrated a veritable park instead of hallow as it is now, their objections were converted into a boost for the pool. A small alteration will have to be made in the plans for the pool on ac count of a mistake in taking the meas ure of the city's land. It was believed that the city owns a strip of land 200 feet wide at the park, but it was learn ed that the city park is but 112 feet in width. This will necessitate a cut in the size, of the bathhouse and gar dens, but the pol ""ill be maintained the same size. MAUSOLEUM IS STRONG AS U.S. FORTIFICATIONS Floor Will Hold Giant Loco moti?e Without Strain Walls 2 or 3 Ft. Thick. FOUNDATAIN TO BE COMPLETE THIS WEEK Plans Provide for 206 Crypts and All But Few Are Reserved. Concrete construction work that will rival the defense works of Vei-dun is a feature of the Cape's mausoleum, the foundation for which is approaching completion at Lorimier Cemetery. From the ground to the tip of the gable, when it is built, the mausoleum will be made fit to stand till Gabriel blows his horn, and a view of the foun dation readily convinces one that the structure will be well placed. The foundation is bottomed upon hard dirt. The walls of the founda tion are two feet six inches thick in some places and more than three feet thick in other places. The interior of the place will be crossed and re-crossed vith lines of the powerful floor sup port. When the foundation is complete, the interior will be filled with a bed of cinders, and a concrete mattress floor six inches thick, built with 15.000 pounds of reinforcing steel, will be placed over all. This floor will be so powerful that giant locomotive that runs on the risco could be sent across it without harm to the building, Joseph M. Shor tal, builder, said yesterday afternoon. Upon this floor the building will be constructed. The walls will be of hol- ow tile, concrete, and Bedford stone. The wals will be nineteen and a half nchs thick throughout, and on the in terior the building will be finished in marble. The structure is on a commanding eminence in Lorimier Cemetery. A driveway will be made leading to the door ot the mausoleum whicn will make a complete turn around the building. The building will be composed of 20fi tombs, virtuallv all of which have been old. A few good locations in the cor ridors remain unsold. There will be four private rooms, four de luxe sec tions and other special crypts which will be decorated with special carved marble. A chapol and small pulpit will be on the interior and in the center of the building. The building on the outside will measure o feet long by 42 feet in width and about 22 feet 8 inches in height. Five men are kept busy constantly the concrete mixing and a corps if carpenters manage to keep jut ahead of them in preparing the forms for the concrete. Mr. Shortal vester- ay declared that his progress on the Cape building has been better than uo on any other building in his experi ence in making mausoleums. The foundation will be completed this week. Many Cape people have been out to orimier Cemetery to visit the new building since the construction work commenced a few days ago. LUCKY BALDWIN'S WIDOW VISITS HERE She Is on Her Way to Home of Son in Arkansas Has Millions. Mrs. Thomas Baldwin, widow Lucky" Baldwin, the California multi millionaire, who died a few years ago, is stopping at the Cape for a few days on her way to Arkansas, where she goes to visit her son. She is accom panied by her only daughter. They are registered at the Idan-Ha. Mrs. Baldwin has been living at Brownwood, Mo., since the death of her husbnad. She only recently re- ovcred Jrom an attack of pneumonia, and since her arrival in the Cape, she has visited St. Francis Hospital for a rest. Mrs. Baldwin owns estates in Cali fornia, said to be worth several mil- ions. Since the death of her husband she and her daughter have spent much of their time in travel. The European war has forced them to remain in the United States during the past two years. Mrs. Baldwin and her daughter will depart for Arkansas t&e letter part of th week. HOW FARMERS CAN TELL GOOD ALFALFA FROM POOR VARIETY Washington, D. C, Oct 10. The in creased interest in varieties of alfalfa and the need for the farmer to know whether a certain variety is suitable for his neighborhood have led to .the publication of U. S. Department of Agriculture Farmers' Bulletin 757 Commercial Varieties of Alfalfa. In this bulletin of 24 pages, the authors, R. A. Oakley and H. L. Westover, of the Bureau of Plant Industry, discuss in detial the characteristics and habit, of the nine fairly distinctive commer cial strains of alfalfa now recognized in the United States, together with their adaptation to climatic conditions borne give the best results in the North and Northwest, while others succeed only in the South and South west where the winters are mild Wherever possible, the authors have indicated methods of distinsruishine the seed of one variety from another. "Common alfalfa" is a term that is used to include all of the alfalfas that are not clearly of hybrid origin or that kdo not have distinct and uniform vari etal characteristics, such as the Peru vian and Arabian varieties. Numer ous strains are coming to be recog nized in the "common" group. They are often designated by the geographic name of the locality where grown, as Kansas-grown alfalfa, Montana-grown alfalfa, and many others, or by some term descriptive of the conditions un der which the crop has developed, such as dry-land alfalfa, irrigated al falfa; and non-irrigated alfalfa. Strains developed in the South usual ly produce larger yields than those dej veloped in the Northern States, but they are less hardy. The "dry-land" alfalfa seed offered on the market has so far failed to show any noticeable superiority in ability to resist drought over that grown with an abundance of moisture. The commercial Turkestan alfalfa has been tested quite thoroughly in all parts of this country, and in nearly every case has proved inferior to American-grown strains. The leading commercial strains of variegated alfalfa are the Grimm, the Baltic, the Canadian variegated, and sand lucern. With the exception of sand lucern, they have been found more resistant to cold than other com mercial varieties or strains and are therefore recommended for sections where winter-killing occurs frequently. Peruvian alfalfa is not resistant to severe cold and can be grown success fully only where the winter tempera ture is comparatively mild, as in the Southern and Southwestern States. Under favorable conditions it outyields any other commercial strain. INDICTED ON MANN ACT; BROUGHT HERE Officials Says Man's Brother is Chief Witness Against Him. On a charge of a violation of the Mann white slave law, Russell R. Fos ter, of Crowder, yesterday afternoon was brought to the Cape by Deputy U. S. Marshal George C. Orchard. His trial will be taken up in the term of the United States District Court which convenes tomorrow. Foster was indicted by the Federal Grand Jury last April and the indict ment remained secret until Orchard made the arrest yesterday. Details of the circumstances sur rounding the charge against him, have not been learned in the Cape, but they will be brought out at the trial. Or chard said that when the indictment was returned, Foster's' brother was jthe leading witness against him. and Orchard said that he had been inform ed in the United States attorney's of fice in St. Louis, that Foster ran off with his brother's wife, which forms the basis of the charge. Foster himself is married and has several children. When he was brought to the Cape yesttfday, he was taken before Mayor Kage as U. S. Commis sioner. His bond was fixed at $2000 and he was released on bond when Sam D. Bowett signed the document. Bowett pwore before Kage that he is worth about $5000 above all his in- debtedness. Foster was accompanied to the Cape by Bowett and another, both from Crowder, who desired to go on his bond. He whs able to satisfy Kage, however, that he is worth but 5500. so the Mayor refused to take him o the bond. After he had succeeded in making bond, Foster departed and left the Cars te return tlu3 -,ve?k fer bis trial. CAPE BOY WINS PROMOTION IN PERSHING FORCE Robert Stevens, shoe worker, Rises From Corporal to Sergeant. WRITES TO HIS FATHER FROM MEXICAN PLAINS Expects Withdrawal -Scribbles on Wrapping Paper Was in Honolulu. Robert C. Stevens, formerly a shoe factory worker in the Cape, has won a promotion as a non-commissioned of ficer in General Pershintr's column in Mexico, according to a letter which his father, William C. Stevens, has re ceived from him. Stevens until recently was a cor poral in Perslyng's command. He was a member of Company M, Sixth United States Infantry. Since the expedition into Mexico left the States, however. he has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Stevens lived with his parents at 1C0 Pearl street in the North End, and he worked at the shoe factory. He left to join the army only a short time ago, but before the Mexican crisis came, he saw service with his rriri- ment in the Hawaiian Islands. He was stationed in Honolulu. Stevens' father formerly was a pa trolman in the Cape. Stevens, while he was in the Cape, was interested in military affairs and at the time that Company K of the old Sixth Missouri National Guard regiment was hre, he was a member of that organization and was made a corporal. In his letter to his father, Stevens said he was allowed to say but little. The life of the soldiers in General Pershing's command is comparatively uneventful, he said, and all the men are expecting to be recalled to the United States at anji moment, he de clared. In the camp where he is htationed, writing materials have become short ened and he was forced to use a pen cil upon a piece of wrapping paper and a scrap torn from a paper bag. Cotton Blossom Time In Haarig Smacks Of Dixie John Frcnzel's Crop of South ern Plants Now Arc Mak ing Filling for the Comforts Stalks Laden With Blooms. John Frenzel, the well-known tinner on Good Hope street, has a cotton crop right in his front yrad. In spite of the cold weather, the cotton is bloom ing like it does way down in Dixie. Mr. Frenzel planted some cotton in his front yard last spring just as an experiment. When the plants broke through the ground a few weeks later, he thought some one had played a joke on him and presented him with some weed seed. The plants resembled a cross be tween dog fennel and mullen, but h was not dismayed. After he had gone that far he was determined to see the experiment through, whether the seed he had planted turned out to be dan delions or paw-paws. But a few spring rains put a little "pep" in the plants, and they soon con vinced Mr. Frenzel that they were at least tryinR to look like cotton. Th warm summer came and helped the plants to develop. In the early part of August big white blossoms burst forth. Then the cold weather came, and Mr. Frenzel thought his experi ment had failed. He covered the stalks with paper to keep out the frost and when dawn came, he would uncover them and let them enjoy the sunlight. And in spite of the unseasonable winds, this cotton patch has really produced a crop. Every stalk now is laden with cot ton, just in the making. The blossom is first white and then it become slight ly pink. From thio stage it becomes cotton. Mr. Frenzel said yesterday that if winter will only hold off two more weeks he will have cotton enough to stuff a pair of comforts. Wayne Copeland of Steele, Me., transacted business in the Cape yes terday afternoon and last night L. K. Karns came up to the Cape yesterday from JonesbT?. Ark., on a b"sm?s5 visit. v