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HERE'S A DIME
CHAIN; HOW FAR DOES ITTRAVEL? Ask 5 Friends to Ask 5 Friends to Ask 5 More Friends ' Etc. to Give. LETTER TO SALESMAN REVEALS UNIQUE GIFT After 50 Rounds of Friends, How Much Does He Get "Figger" It Out. An endless chain of dimes that forms an intricate network over the entire country, all to be devoted to charity for a helpless former traveling sales man, last night was uncovered in the Cape in a letter received by E. R. Rob lee, a St. Louis traveling shoe sales man. The intricacies of the chain started a group of traveling men at the St. Charles Hotel lobby to calculating in an endeavor to ascertain how far it would go and they figured, multiplied and argued till early this morning and had only reached the $2,000,000 mark and had gone but a tenth of the way around the chain. According to the story revealed in the letter announcing the chain, Frank Wetherbee, a forwcr salesman for a wholesale drug house, is down and out. Through a malignant disease, he has lost the use of both legs and recently he went blind. He has been supported by a few of his friends, the letter de clared, until the idea of starting the dime chain was worked out, to enlist the support of other traveling men. He is now living at a place 2," miles from Bemidji, Minn., the letter states, and is 16 miles from the nearest rail road. This is the way in which traveling salesmen are asked to contribute only a dime toward his support: "Here is the propostion," the letter says. "Please make five copies of this letter, as I have done, only changing the date and putting the next higher number at the top; number and date each of your live letters the same, sign your name and mail the live copies to tive of your friends whom you feel will do likewise. "Mail this letter with ten cents to T. J. Bulk, trustee, care of Northern Grocer Co., Bemidji. Minn., who will .-ee that the funds are properly deliver ed. This chain ends at No. f0. The party receiving Xo. 50 will please re turn with ten cents and make no copies. Don't break the chain." A study of the letter reveals that the first man who started the chain, num bered his letters Xo. 1. He asked live men to contribute a dime each and "pass the buck" each one of them to live of their friends. Consequently, each of the second ring of letters would be numbered Xo. 2, and would be sent to 2o men, each of whom would be asked to give a dime. This group of 25 men in turn ask 125 men all in letters numbered Xo. 1, to do likewise. That group of 125 men, in letters which they numbered Xo. 4. would ask 62' men to "kick in" with a dime for the support of Mr. Wetherbee, or $62.r0. The letters bearing No. 5 would go to 3123 traveling salesmen, who would pay up and make a similar request in letters numbered No. 6, for 15,625 men to pay up with their bit of $1,562.50. It simply becomes a case of who can multiply the fastest as to who can calculate how much Mr. Wetherbee is to get at the end. Mr. Roblee's letter was number 26 and by that time Mr. Wetherbee must have been worth sev eral millions. It is The Tribune's guess that he will be capable of financ ing a European war by the time the fiftieth letter gets around. DR. CUNNINGHAM'S MOTHER IS DEAD Crief Over Husband's Death Kills Her Funeral Last Monday. Eleven days after the death of her husband, Mrs. R. B. Cunningham, mo. ther. of Dr. H. L. Cunningham, died last Sunday at her home in Farming ton, it became known in the Cape yes terday. Mrs. Cunningham was SO years old and her husband was 81. Her death was caused by grieving over the death of her husband and old age, combined with an attack of indigestion. She had been slightly ill for several days prior to her husband's death, and wheii he passed away, the shock was go G. 0. P. TO FILE CONTEST SUIT IN ST. LOUIS TODAY Lamm Managers Say Demo crats Stole Election by Police Activity in City. HARRISON, IN CAPE, EXPLAINS THE PLANS Says Democrats Refused to Per- mits Negroes to Enter Polls Over 1100 Arrested. William E. Harrison, who managed Judge Lamm's campaign in Southeast Missouri, arrived in the Cape this morning to confer with political friends. He announced upon his arrival that the Lamm managers in St. Louis would tile a contest suit in that city today. Six of the most prominent attorneys in St. Louis have been employed by the Republicans. They are: Charles W. Bates, Henry S. Caulfield, Charles Xagsl, George B. Webster, Charles P. Johnson and Henry Rosskopf. An effort will be made to open the ballot boxes, Mr. Harrison said, but the suit to be tiled today, is intended to compel the election commissioners to count the votes of about 2000 ne groes who were rejected on election day. "Almost every negro who appeared at a polling place was arrested," said Mr. Harrison. "During the day over 1100 were placed under arrest by po licemen who were working under or ders from Democratic leaders. We have i 1500 affidavits of men whose votes were rejected. "The Lamm managers expect to show that about 20,000 Republican votes were not counted. If we could get one-half of the votes that were re jected through police intimidation, Lamm would lead Gardner by several thousand. "Charles W. Hates, who is one of the most distinguished Democratic lawyers in Missouri, after examining the evidence in the contest suit, said he was confident that he could prove that the election had virtually been stolen. "We have evidence, obtained from election judges, that the Democratic judges in one ward, at the request of leaders, added 100 Democratic votes to the total cast in every precinct. The police were as active in St. Louis as thev were back in the Butler Indian days, when elections were carried for any men Butler wanted, and when men were slugged at the polls. "If the Lamm managers succeed in getting a square deal, and they are prepared to fight the case to a finish Judge Lamm is the next Governor of Missouri. We have elected the Gov ernor all right. We are now asking the courts to seat him. We have the evidence to substantiate our case, and we expect to win. "There have been evidences of fraud in several parts of the State, and there will be some startling evidence reveal- ! ed before this matter has been settled. Judge Lamm is unwilling to submit to defeat brought about by fraud. He is determined that the vote of the peo ple will be cast as counted, and he does not propose to have political lead ers cheat any man out of his right to vote for the candidate he prefer?. Our lawyers say we have evidence enough to almost hang the men who were re sponsible for the crimes that have been committed." great that she could not recover. She grew worse gradually and the end came last Sunday. Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Cunningham, who reside about two miles west of the Cape on the Jackson road, and who had motored to Farmington the week before to attend the funeral of Mr. Cunningham's father, had returned to the Cape when the news of the mo ther's death arrived. They returned to Farmington at once and their daughter, Miss Leona Cunningham, who had accompanied them on the first trip, remained in the Cape. The funeral of Mrs. Cunningham was held last Monday afternoon, and burial was at the side of her husband. Mrs. Cunningham was born and raised in Kentucky. As a girl, how ever, she came to St. Francois County, Mo., with her parents and lived there the rest of her life. She is survived by five children, two daughters and three sons. The duagh ters are: Mrs. C. T. Poston. wife of Dr. Poston of Bonne Terre, Mo., and Mrs. Harriet McDaniel of Farmington. The eons are: Dr. Cunningham of the Cape, Van Cunningham of Portland, 6re., and James Cunningham, who is a farmer residing on the old home stead near Farmington. THE WEEKLY TRIBUNE AND CAPE "ARRESTED" COWIJQE J. RUSSELL EVAPORATES; IS FOUND IN WELL Patrolman Groce Goes Into Pitfall Looking for Vanish ed Bovine. 'BOSSIE"LANDSON HER HEAD IN OLD DRY-PIT Chief Hauls Out Lantern in Search on West Morgan Oak Street. "When is a cow not a cow?" Tiiat was the question that confront ed Patrolman Groce of the Haarig beat last night when a bovine that ho was driving in from the southwest part of the citv went into eclipse in . ... ... ' . the middle ot the road disappeared in thin air The policeman .searched for the cow for several minutes to no avail and as he was about to give it up, he himself went into eclipse. He fell into an old abandoned, dry well in the middle of Morgan Oak street between Pacific and Ellis streets. The cow did too, but into a dif ferent well, and Patrolman (Iroce's search was not ended until he and Chief Hutson had procured a lantern and made a thorough investigation of the premises. The disappearing cow is owned by Adolph Seabaugh. The animal broke her tethering chain late yesterday aft ernoon and wandered to the southern part of the city. Groce went after her and was coming back toward Ilaarig with the animal, when she became dis. contended with tS policeman's gait and broke loose from him. Mr. Groce followed in the cow's wake up Ronton street to Jefferson and over to Morgan Oak. As the cow was charging down Morgan Oak street, Mr. Groce was several paces in the rear. While his eyes were fasten ed on the roadway immediately in front of him and ho was not gazing directly at the cow, the bovine started across a small gully in the middle of the road and disappeared. A sort of a thatched roof of dirt, leaves and sticks had been built over the top of the old dry well, that once had been a part of a brickyard. The cow had stepped on the middle of this roof and went in head first. Mr. Groce wer.t through the same sort of a covering into a hole about nine feet deep, as he was looking for the cow. After floundering around lA the bottom of the hole, the patrolman clambered out and went in search of the chief. While searching for the cow with a lantern, the two men heard her breathing, but could not locate the animal for several minutes. She eventually was found standing on her head in the bottom of the well and in danger of being strangled to death. Henry P.runke. Mr. Seabaugh and (Jeorge Meyer, together with sev eral other men were summoned and thev final I v succeeded in digging the cow loose and hoisting her out of the j hole. t When Seabaugh led the cow home, she took a long drink of water and was little worse for wear. SHOE FACTORY GETS A SUPPLY OF COAL Car Reaches Cape in Time to PreT.ent Plant From Sbutiing Down. A shutdown at the shoe factory, tem porarily throwing about 600 men and women out of work, which was threat ened yesterday by the prospective coal famine, was averted late yesterday afternoon by the arrival of a carload of coal. The coal situation at the shoe fac tory will be alleviated to a greater ex tent bv the arrival todav of even more fuel, it was said last night, and the factory, which now is working upon Government shoes, will not have to cease its operation. On account of the lack of fuel, the cement plant has been put on a part time basis and other heavy fuel con sumers arc running low with their sup plies. Manager A. M. Tinsley declared Monday that the Public Utilities Com pany has but a limited supply of coal at this time. However, there is a sup ply of gas coke that "may be used in the production of power. The price of ? a ton on coal which was established last Saturday, con tinued yesterday with a prospect of a further advance if the coal famine con tinues. The car shortage is blamed for the difficulty in getting coal. Many private families for the last two days have been directing their energies toward laying in supplies of COUNTY HERALD. FRIDAY MORXIXC. NOVEMBER 17, 1918. HAS WON, HILL WIRES TRIBUNE Republican Says He ha3 been Defeated by 339, But Plurality is Almost 1000. CONGRESSMAN SAYS HIS LEAD IS 1200 Discrepancies in Reports to Can didates Certain Big Vote Polled. David Y. Hill. Republican nominee for Congress from the Fourteenth i (Congressional District, in a telegram j to The Tribune last night, admitted ! that he had been defeated bv Con- ' , . T ,, ., j;Tossman Jo.--.eph J. Russell. While 'lin ns the various counties, re ceived by Congressman Russell and Mr. Hill do not tally in every parti cular, it is apparent that the Republi can nominee has been defeated by a safe plurality. Congressman Russell's figures show that Mr. Hill lost the district by 1256. Mr. Russell, however, wired The Trib une that his reports were not official, but they are substantially correct. Mr. Hill says he has been defeated by only 'V'.'.K but this estimate is not in keep ing with the returns from several counties, as printed in the newspapers. According to incomplete newspaper return-;, .Air. Russell has been re-elected to Congress by a plurality of ap proximately 1 000. The figures received by both Congressman Russell and Mr. Hill were from the various county chairmen, and in some instances are not exactly accurate. The pluralities of the two candidates in the district, as reported to Congress man Russell, and which were wired to The Tribune by the Congressman last night, are: Russell. Dunklin 1S20 Mississippi S.7 New .Madrid 542 Oregon 11 "7 Pemiscot 45 Ripley 260 Scott r:r. Stoddard 771) Total, C: Hill. Putler f.sn Cape Girardeau Christian Douglass Howell Ozark .",74 . W- 017 2:55 c;o Stone 779 Tanev 420 Total, T.M27 Mr. Hill's figures, as reported to The Tribune by wire last night, are: Russell. Scott Mississippi . Stoddard . . . New Madrid Pemiscot . . . s.;r, 1 1 200 412 Dunklin 100 Ripley 2R5 Oregon 11 SI Total, G100 Hill. Butler r,S0 Cape Girardeau 374 Howell HO Douglass 974 Stone 833 Christian 1200 Ozark 639 Tanev 600 Total, T770 The reports from the various coun ties to the two candidates were in sev eral instances incorrect. For instance, Mr. Hill's figures from Xew Madrid indicate that Mr. Russell carried the countv bv onlv 200. The official couiu gives Mr. Russell 642 votes over his opponent. On the other hand, there are discrepancies from Dunklin, Pemis cot and Scott in the reports sent to Congressman Russell. The official count from these three counties re due Mr. Russell's uluralities 174 votes. The official report has not been received from many counties, but it seems certain that Mr. Russell has been re-elected by a lead of almost 1000 over Mr. Hill. fire-wood to take the place of coal. The coal" famine is accompanied by weather virtually unprecedented for this time of the year. At midnight last night, the thermometer on the north wall of the St. Charles Hotel registered 19 degrees above zero and earlier in the morning it dropped even lower than that.. The cold snap that is sweeping over the country is said to have been equalled only by that of 1859. G. a R Cock Is Shot As It Pays Wilson Tribute Democrat, Thinking Rooster Was Crowing for Republi cans, Assassinates Him Henry Suedekum, the Owner, Sees Democratic Joke. Henry Suedekum Sr., the well-known farmer, who is an active Republican, lost a prize barred rock rooster .is : result of the victory of Woodrow Wil son. A neighbor of Mr. Suedekum yester day sent The Tribune an account of the assassination of the cockerel. A Cape County Democrat, accord ing to the statement, who knew the political faith of Mr. Suedekum, shot the bird as it was attempting to crow the morning after Tile election. At that time the indications were that Charles K. Hughes had carried the country, and the Democrat was- passing the Suedekum home when the rooster flew up on the fence and started to crow, apparently in celebration of the Re publican landslide. The Democrat removed a shotgun from the bottom of his auto and fired at the cockerel. The rooster tumbled over the fence and ran as fast as it could toward the barn. The autoist fed his machine a little more gasoline and hurriedly disap peared. The cockerel was a Republican bird, it is said, and had captured a blue rib bon at the Cape County Fair. But since the complete returns of the elec tion have been received, it is believed by Democratic neighbors of Mr. Sue dekum that the rooster was assassinat ed while attempting to pay a barn yard tribute to Woodrow Wilson. The fact that the Democrat played a joke on himself is the only satisfaction that Mr. Suedekum gets out of the inci dent. "WE'VE JUST BEGUN TO FIGHT"C. G. N. Attorney Hope Makes Statement in Merriwether Street Case. "Open Merriwether street! We have ! ' jusi oegtin 10 ngni, jonn a. nope. attorney for the C. G. & X. Railroad, declared last night while in the Cape. Mr. Hope was discussing the refusal of the Missouri Supreme Court to is isue a writ of prohibition against the Common Pleas Court and its board of commissioners who are to assess bene fits and damages in the improvement of Merriwether street, restraining them from carrying on their work. "Xo, the litigation in the Merriweth er street case has just been started. and I don"t believe it will be ended now under four years." Mr. Hope was sitting before the fireplace in the lobby of the St. Char les Hotel as he talked, and he shrug ged his shoulders as he spoke: "It is true the Supreme Court denied I With the Elks ballroom magnificent our application for a writ of prohibi-Jly decorated with great, large yellow ... ' 1 1 l . . v. tion, but they handed down no opinion. The court did not give any reason why they refused to grant the writ. "As a consequence, their refusal does not necessarily mean that they did not believe that our position is right, but on the other hand, they may j have refused to grant the writ and take uup this case at once, because hey believe we are right but have rem edy at law in another way. "Thev are behind with their work and they may have determined that! we must wait and come before them on appeal, which is just exactly what we will do. "The Common Pleas Court and the commissioners can go ahead with their work, to all of which we shall enter ex ceptions upon the record and when they are through, we shall appeal and go right back to the Supreme Court. "We believe we are right in our contention and because it is an impor tant matter, wc expect to have the thing tried out to the end." The improvement of Merriwether street, which already has been pend ing for nearly three years, provides that the hump just west of Lorimier street oe removed, the C. G. & N. Railroad be forced to bridge the street and the entire thoroughfare be paved from Sprigg to the extension of Main I street. The Board of Commissioners who have been appointed by the court to assess benefits and damages are A. C. Vasterling, C. C. Hawley and Dennis Scivally. The railroad has oppesed to move since its inception. J. Henry Caruthers, prosecuting ati torney, went to Jackson yesterday on a business visit. WEATHER PROPHET SEES WILSON FROST Co). Matt Morrison Saja He's Glad Hughes Muffed Presidency. Col. Matt Morrison, goosebone weather prophet and pioneer politician, announced the sleet storm four hours before it it struck Cape Girardeau yes terday afternoon and then turned his attentions to the political outlook. "I see the Democrats are going to celebrate the Wilson victory with a torchlight parade and a grand .jubilee," said the goosebone prophet, looking wise. "Well, you can just put it in the paper that Col. Matt is glad the Re publican party got hooked. I'm a Re publican, mind you. I simply know what's good for the party. "Just take it from me, the Demo crats are going to have mighty hard sleddin' during the next four years. Why, if Hughes had been elected, we never would have elected another Prsi dent. "In two years we'll all be tramps. A silver dollar will look as big as a doormat six months after that Euro pean was is over. Them New York bankers are sending all the money we got over to the French and English to help whip the Dutch, and when this fighting stops, there won't be enough change over here to start a tight about. "When Woodrow Wilson gets out of the White House four years from now, he'ell be tickled to death. He'll be the last Democratic President we will ever see. "You know I have made a study of that tariff stuff, and when you haven't got any tariff, the country's worse off than a dog with the mange. Why, we'll be trading calves for stray torn cats in less than two years. "I can't imagine what the Demo crats wanted to elect a President now for. If they had been wise, they would have tipped Wilson off to lay down and slip it to Hughes. I don't care what politics the man had, he never could make a success in the next four years as President. "I knew all along that if we elected Hughes, we'd all be planned before this administration was over, but I never said much about it. I have been so busy gathering my persimmon crop that I haven't had much time for politics. But I want those Democrats who take part in that celebration to inght to clip this predicion out and paste it in. their hats. Why, I tell vnn wp'11 all be tramus in less than j wan(. al, the Democrats to read what I have to say. I have hit every weather prediction that I have made during the last several years, and I know what I'm talking about now. Mark my word, we'er up against it." SOCIETY DANCES AT! HIMMELBERGERBALL Elks Dance Floor is Beauty Spot Decorated With Big Chrysanthemums. anu wnue enrysamnemums, tne cape s young society people danced till early this morning at the function given by Miss Kathryn Himmelberger in honor of her guest, Miss Kathryn Crismond, of Logansport, Ind. Dressed with the large flowers that alway.; bespeak the Thanksgiving foot ball game, the ballroom presented a sight never before equalled. Shivel bine's orchestra played. Miss Crismond is a cousin who has been visiting Miss Himmelberger for several days. She was accompanied to the Cape by her mother, Mrs. J. Crismond, and her father also arrived in the Cape last night for a short visit. Miss Himmelberger was aided in receiving her guests by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Himmelberger and others who attended the dance were: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Chalres Himmelberger, Mr. and Mrs. Crismond, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Friant, Miss Hazel Stubbs, Miss Paul ine Byington, Miss Wills, Joe Stubbs j Jr., and Herman, Henry of Sikeston; Miss Frances Helmkamp, Miss Erna Linxweiler, Miss Blanche Oakley, Miss Josephine Keck, Miss Irene Williams, of Jackson; Miss Irene Pott, Miss Marie Friant, Miss Helen Vogelsanger, Robert Bcckman, George Bolz, Robert Harrison, Harold Stubblefield, Russell Deal, Leslie Patton, Renfro Gibbs, John F. Lilly, Harry Gaines and Ben Moore of Charleston. Late in the evening b'ght refresh ments were served, and the dance broke up about 1 o'clock this morning. Lloyd N. Brown of Bethany, Mo., was a visitor in the Cape yesterday Bet On Hughes; Must Push Man In Wheelbarrow Fritz Vorweg May Take Fred Hartle Out for Joyride To day Skninner Speak Will Not Tickle- Peanut Until Hughes Admits Defeat. Fritz Vorweg announced yesterday that he had lost a bet with Fred Har tle, and would therefore push Hartle around the city in a wheelbarrow. Vorweg had a "hunch" two weeks ago that Charles E. Hughes had the presidential situation pretty well sew ed up. He offered Hartle the advantage of his political insight, urging him to bet his bankroll on the Republican nominee. "He won't get away from the post," said Hartle to Vonveg. "You're just kiddin' me, Fred, ain't you?" replied Vorweg. The latter looked Vorweg in the left eye and said he was prepared to take care of ail the Hughes money Vorweg tarried about hid person. After taking an inventory, Vorweg decided a money bet wasn't worth while. He thereupon made this propo sition. "If Hughes is elected, you wheel me about the city in a wheel- j barrow, and if Wilson gets over the plate, I'll shove you over the city." The offer was accepted. Hartle called on Vorweg yesterday to remind him of the bet. Vonveg agreed to take Hartle out for the joyride any day Hartle suggested. If the weather is pleasant this afternoon, the wheelbar row party will tour the city. Skinner Speak, who will be com pelled to shove a peanut up Broadway with a crowbar, if Hughes isn't elected President, announced yesterday that he would not pay the bet today. He hasn't conceded Hughes' defeat, he said, and will not until the official count is completed. If he loses, he said, he would enter into diplomatic negotiations in an effort to get per mission to use a whiskbroom instead of the crowbar in "goosing" the peanut up the hill. CAPE MARKSMEN YIE FOR 14 FAT TURKEYS Arthur Bowman Gets First Shooting Match-Quail Season Opens. at Fourteen turkeys gobblers and hens yesterday afternoon were prizes for which 42 Cape marksmen tried their skill at one of the biggest shoot ing matches of the fall Kksoa on Sloan's Creek just west of the bridge jin Xorth Cape. ' The match was staged by Chris M. eman. A not of 442 at SI rwr j r x- entrv was made un "to oav for the - - - A birds, pay expenses and provide for three money prizes at the close of the turkey choices. About 60 men went out from the Cape either to take part in the match or to witness the shooting. It was the first that had been held in the after noon this season. All the shooting matches conducted by the farmers close to the Cape and which hare been at tended by marksmen from the Cape, have been at night. The result of the match was as fol lows: Arthur C. Bowman, city coun cilman, first choice, who got a fine large gobbler; J. Frank Lawler, sec ond choice of the birds; Carl Powers, third; Otto Vogt, fourth; C. M. Free man, fifth for W. F. Koerber; Fred Stammer, sixth; C. W. Weiss, seventh; Walter Schlueter, eighth; Oscar Rue- diger, ninth; Fred Rouse, tenth; Dr. J. V. Braham, eleventh; W. F. Berg mann, twelfth; Carl Powers, thir teenth, and W. F. Bergmann, four teenth. Lawler, who got a large fat bird on second choice, won his choice on the first shot he fired. The three money prizes were for each. Freeman last night decided that next week he expects to organize a shooting match for a beef to be held at the same, rela tive time as the one yesterday. Turkeys alive now cost 20 cents a pound delivered in the Cape, and this month is the time when the open sea son for shooting wild turkeys starts. - Quail season opens today and lasts till Xov. 30. The squirrel season now is open and duck season is open. Mayor Kage, who obtains virtually all the hunters' licenses for Cape Girardeau woodsmen, last night said that he had three on hand to deliver and in all, he has abtained about 50 for the season. DOING THE WORK. W. T. Nanney, Noel. Mo., writes. "Your B. A. Thomas' Hog Powder la doing the work down in this part of the world. It proved to ba what w need to prevent tod cure bog che!eara and earpel Vremj." P. r. BBAUN & BJROS. afternoon and last night.