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Former City Attorney Will Be
Denied Request For.
Prominent Citizens Appear Be
Farmer and Wife Restrained
from Interfering With Work
of Colored Farmer.
fore Council to Advocate New
Street in North Cape.
Councilman Kaess Asks That
Street Cleaners Be
Kaess Says Cleaner is Burden to
City Failed to Give
A move to have the street sweeper
abolished was made last night by City
Councilman Kaess, who moved that
the apparatus be taken off the streets
and that the negro street cleaners be
reinstated. The motion resulted in
the calling of a special meeting of the
City Council Thursday night.
Councilman Kaess declared that he
had received numerous complaints
from citizens all over the city and a
petition was being prepared by some
citizens to have the street sweeper
abolished. He advir,ed them that he
would bring the matter up before the
council, and if this body would not
heed his requests he would be in favor
of the petition against the use of the
Mr. Kaess told his colleagues that
the primary objection to the use of the
apparatus was the unsanitary condi
tion created by the sweeper. Some
times, he said, the sweeper hurled up
a cloud of dust visible for several
blocks. Besides, he added, it meant
an added increase to the expense of
the city instead of a saving as had
been represented by those who favor
ed cleaning the streets with the
Councilmen Schuchert and Vinyard
attempted to offset the arguments of
Mr. Kaess. Dr. Schuehert asserted
that the apparatus had done more
work in the past two weeks than the
six street cleaners had done in six
years. He contended that the use of
the apparatus saved the city from $7
to $10 a week.
Mr. Vinvard declared that the clean
ing of the streets had become neces
snrv. Even though it would cost the
city more, he believed that the sweep
er should be maintained. "The city
has grown in the past years, and we
must get away from that small town
idea of attempting to save money by
annoying antiquated methods."
The bill regulating the street car
A bill regulating second-hand stores
on crossings and automobiles to pass
street cars while discharging or taking
on passengers was passed by the coun
cil. The bill providing for the collec
tion and removal of garbage and
refuse was also passed. The City Cleik
was instructed to advertise for bids
for the removal of the garbage.
A bil lregulating second-hand stores
and the sale and purchase of second
hand goods was passed by a unani
mous vote of th-" council. Under this
'idinance second-hand dealers will not
be permitted to accept anything from
fny person under 10 years of age, nor
to accept rnything from any person
who can not establish his ownership to
the goods he offers for sale.
City Engineer Stiver presented a
petition to the council asking for an
i-'rroase pay of his helpers. His re
quest to allow his assistant $2.50 a
day, and hi3 rodmen $2 a day, was
granted. He pointed out the fact that
the living expenses had increased
enormously in the past few months.
: nd for that reason he could not em
ploy anyone at the old wages.
The poolroom of Young Bros, on the
lvee was ordered closed by the City
Council at the request of Chief White
rer, who reported the recent cutting
rffrays in front of and in the pool
room hade made the hall a nuisance.
The council voted to revoke the license
rf the owners of the poolroom and or
dered the chief of police to notify the
brothers of this action.
The report of the City Engineer on
the estimate cost of the reconstruction
of Broadway, between Middle and
I.orimier, showed the improvement
would cost the property owners a total
of $2644. at the rate of $1.78 cents
per running foot.
A bill for the opening of Main street,
north of Independence, prepared by
the City Counselor, was adopted. This
ordinance was enacted in order to clear
the way for the paving of that street
by the Frisco. The railroad has al
ready agreed to do his work at its
expense, and this action was taken by
the City Council so that the paving
could be begun as soon as the Frisco
decided to do so.
The Street Commissioner was order
ed to repair Good Hope between Sprigg
and Pacific and 'Middle between Good
Hope and Morgan Oalc streets. ,
Young Men to go to Cairo
Today for Final Ex
amination. SIX CAPE MEN WERE
Central Department issue 1 Ad
ditional Orders for Applicants
Nine young men filed their applica
tion with the local Training Camp As
sociation for the Officers' Reserve
Corps, which will begin its training at
Fort Riley, Kan.' The applicants will
leave for Cairo today to take the men
tal examination.
The new applicants are: Joseph
Selle, Oliver "Doc" Edwards, Leon
Bahn, all of Cape Girardeau; Earl
Walker, of Lutesville; Herbert Wick-
ham, Otto L. Whitener, Roy W. Par
ker, Harry Dudley and Roscoe Pierce.
The last four are students of the Nor
mal. Wickham is employed as con
ductor on the Hoxie.
A number of young men of the Cape
who previously had applied for the
Officers' Reserve Corps, were accepted
after they had been examined in Cairo,
III., Sunday afternoon. They were told
by the officers in charge of the Exam
ining Board to be ready at any time
to leave for the training camp.
These young men are: George P.
Marsh, Leslie Patton, Harry Gaines,
Harry Crumb, Howard Frissell, Nor
man Mozley and Renfro Gibbs. These
with the exception of Crumb filed their
applications with the members of the
local Training Camps' Association,
and were ordered by the Central De
partment of the Army, in Chicago, to
report at Cairo at once. They left
Sunday morning, returning later dur
ing the evening. Earl Schultz, Boswell
Fox and Hugo Wilder, son of Rev. A.
Wilder, have passed the examination
in St. Louis.
The officer in charge of the Exam
ining Board in Cairo told the Cape
boys that of every ten who applied for
the reserve corps, seven were rejected.
Not one of the local candidates failed
to pass either the mental or physical
J. S. Lehr, a veterinarian of the
Cape, yesterday received orders fromj
the War Department to be ready at
any time. He served in the army dur
ing the Spanish-American war, and
received a commission as officer. He
will be required to take the physical
examination before he is sent to the
The training camp at Fort Riley has
been selected for four States, each
State is to furnish a proportionate
number of applicants. The total num
ber the camp can take care of is 2500
Additional instructions for the ap
plicants were, received yesterday by
The Tribune directing the applicants
how to go about in joining the reserve
corps, these instructions read:
"In view of the short time remain
ing before the opening of the train
ing camp, all examining boards of the
regular army are now authorized by
the Department Commander to con
duct the examination without making
a return on the documents to the Cen
tral Department before admitting the
applicant to the examination.
All those applicants who have sent
their papers to the Central Depart
ment should not wait until they re
ceive an answer from the Central De
partment, but immediately make out
a duplicate of the application and se
cure their letters of recommendation
in duplicate and report at the nearest
army officer in charge of an examining
board. These duplicates may be pre
sented to this officer, who will admit
the applicant to the examination at
once. -
New applicants are advised to take
a preliminary medical examination,
and present these to the nearest ex
amining officer.
No applications should be forward
ed to the headquarters of the Central
Department. If the applicant is in
doubt as to the city in which the Ex
amining Board is conducted, he may
receive this information at his expense
by wiring the Central Department of
the Army in Chicago, which is in com
mand of General Barry."
For Infaats and QiilriTea
In Use For Over SO Ycno
Always bear
Signature of
A delegation of citizens appeared
yesterday evening before the City
Council to ask for the construction of
a parkway, connecting Main wit
North street, which has been advo
cated by several prominent men of the
the city for a number of years. The
petition, bearing about 600 signatures
of citizens living in that section which
will be effected by the improvement.
was referred to the Street and Whar
Committee of the City Council for in
Attorney B. C. Hardesty, Prof. W.
S. Dearmont, Ed Regenhardt and sev
eral others, asked the council to act
favorably on the matter. All pointer
out the dire need of the new street
and the great enhancement of the
value of the property by this improve
The street will abut on the Mis
souri Park on the south, placing part
of the costs of the improvement on the
For this reason several councilmen
have voiced their objection to the
proposition. The advocates contended
that the taxes the city would realize
from the increased value of the prop
erty abutting the parkway would more
than pay for the city's share of the
improvement in less than five years.
The petition for the paving of North
Main street, from Broadway to Ma
son, which is directly north of the
shoe factory, was granted by the city
and bids for the work will be adver
tised for by the City Clerk. F. W
Morrison, who circulated the petition
for the improvement of the street
called attention to the condition of
North Main street. The petition has
been signed by more than a majority
of the property owners.
A remonstrance against the im
provement of Morgan Oak street from
Pacific to Aquamsi street, was accept
ed by the City Council. Only a few
property owners in that section of the
city had refused to sign the remon
strance which was presented to the
council yesterday evening. The prop
erty owners took this action because
of the high cost of paving material at
this time. The City Engineer had es
timated the costs of the improvement
at more than $3000.
A resolution asking for the construe
tion of a bridge across the tracks of
the C. G. N. railroad on Morgan Oak
street was introduced by Councilman
Kaess. Upon his motion the City
Clerk was instructed to notify the rail
road to make the improvement which
has been found to be of the utmost
necessity. An attempt made by Coun
cilman Bowman to file the resolutior
failed after Councilman Kaess had of
fered his substitute to the question.
A collateral sewer leading through
the alley west of Main street between
Independence and Themis will be con
structed at the cost of the property
owners. A petition signed by W. H
Bohnsack, Sam Sherman and other
business men along Main street was
read. They agreed to pay their pro
portionate share of the costs of the
work, and merely asked the council
for the approval of the plan and the
permission to connect with the main
sewer. The entire alley will be re
constructed after the sewer has been
Gordonviile News
Mrs. John Gassier of St. Charles
and Mrs. Spilker of St. Louis are visit
ing Mrs. A. G. Hink.
Harry Poe, who has been employed
in the rubber factory at Akron, O., is
visiting home folks.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Moll of Maplewood
are visiting relatives and friends here.
W. A. Denecke and Wm. Winkler
Jr., made a business trip to St Louis
Saturday, returning home Sunday.
Mrs. H. W. Bangert entertained a
few of her friends Sunday evening in
honor of Mrs. Spilker of St. Louis and
Mrs. Gassier of St. Louis.
Aug. Schoen and family of Poca
hontas visited at Dr. E. R. Schoen's
Henry Gerecke left Saturday for
Winnfield, Kans., to continue his
studies at a theological college after
spending several weeks with his par
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hager were de
lightfully surprised Sunday, the occa
sion being their thirty-first wedding
WANTED to hear from owner of good
farm for sale; state cash price, full
particulars. D. F. Bush, Minne
apolis, Minn.
The request of Robert H. Whitelaw,
former City Attorney, for the salary
alleged to be due him for 15 months,
will be rejected if the report of the
Judiciary Committee of the City Coun
cil will be adopted. The committee
met yesterday afternoon and decided
to recommend that the council reject
the request of Mr. Whitelaw.
Whitelaw filed a petition with the
city council several weeks ago asking
that he be given $260.75 as salary for
the time from Jan. 1, 1916, to April
7, 1917, the day on which his term
expired. After consulting the City
Counselor yesterday afternoon, the Ju
diciary Committee decided to recom
mend that this petition be denied.
City Counselor Knehans said that
the ordinance regulating the pay of
the City Attorney for the last three
years provides that this officer should
receive only a fee, but not salary. The
fee is regulated by the number of con
victions obtained in city cases.
In his opinion t othe Judiciary Com
mittee, the City Counselor said he did
not believe that Whitelaw was entitled
to this money. The committee then
decided to report to the council that
Whitelaw's petition be refused.
The ordinance which created the of
fice of City Attorney, provided that he
receive $500 a year. Later the amount
was reduced to $200, and the latest
ordinance eliminated the office from
the regular city pay roll, allowing the
City Attorney a fee for every case
tried for violation of the city ordi
21 Young Men Sent to Jefferson
Barracks Yesterday
Because he was rejecter! by the offi
cers of the local recruiting station ves
terday afternoon, Adrian Samuels, 19
years old. of Oak Ridsre. broke down
and wept. He begged Sergeant
O'Rouike and Private Stokes to ac
cept him in spite of an injury to his
arm which he received when a small
boy. The officers explained to the
youth that he was unfit for military
service, but the patriotic youth refused
to be consoled. He was still weeping
when he left the office.
Young Samuels, a son of J. M,
Samuels, of Oak Ridge, told the Sei
geant that he fractured his arm when
aoout six years oin. ine arm was
not properly set at the time. Samuels
came over yesterday afternoon with a
number of friends from Oak Ridge to
join the aimy. He was the onlv one
While examining the applicants Pri
vate Stokes noticed that Samuels mov
ed his left arm rather slowly, and aft
er putting him through several exer
cises, told the young man that hf
could not be accepted. Young Samuel?
made an effort to convince the offi
cers that his arm, while a little stiff.
did not cause him any trouble and beg
ged to be accepted.
Twenty-one young men who had
been enlisted during the past few days
at tne local recruiting station were
sent to Jefferson Barracks .yesterday
afternoon for their preliminary train
ng. Of this number seven had been
accepted yesterday. These were Allan
Randol and Homer Aterton, both of
Morley; Archie Reid and Harold V.
Beal, of Oak Ridge; Ernest Anderson,
of Caruthersville, and Robert Rey
nolds, of Whitewater.
Robert Daugherty, a son of former
Prosecuting Attorney Daugherty of
Scott County, was one of the young
men who were enlisted yesterday. He
intends to join the coast artillery. He
was sent to Jefferson Earracks yes
terday afternoon with the other re
cruits. Archie Thompson, 17 years old, and
Harry Jenkins, 17 year old, are being
held at the recruiting station until the
Sergeant can obtain the written per
mission of the boys'- parents for the
bojs to join the army. The youths
applied for enlistment yesterday, but
when the Sergeant learned that they
were only 17 years old, he decided not
to accept their applications until he
ad the written consent of their par
ents. Both assured the Sergeant that
they had come to the Cape with the
ermission of their parents.
The other young men who were sent
to Jefferson Barracks yesterday are:
Leo McLain, Jesse Bolin, James Jones,
Herbert Avey, Oscar Townsend, Jo
seph Anderson, Byron Alexander, Hen
ry Colmor, Noal Nevois, Albert Jacobs,
Charles Speer, Herbert Probst, Luther
A permanent injunction restraining
Henry Kuss and his wife, Mrs. Anna
Kuss, from interfering with Samuel
Davis, a colored man, and his work
on the farm he has rented from the
couple on the Bloomfield road, was is
sued yesterday by Judge Kelly of the
Circuit Court in Jackson after hear
ing the evidence in the trial, which
consumed two days. A temporary in
junction had been issued against Kuss
and his wife last winter by Judge
Snider of the Common Pleas Court,
and the case was referred to the Cir
cuit Court for further action on a
change of venue.
At the conclusion of the trial, Har
ry E. Alexander, who represented the
plaintiff, announced that he would
have Kuss and his wife cited for al
leged contempt of court. He said it
developed during the trial yesterday
that Kuss and his wife had stopped
Davis' employes from working in vio
lation of the temporary order of Judge
Davis testified in his own behalf
that he had leased the farm for
period of five years, beginning in Oc
tober, 1914. Last, fall, he said, the
owners of the farm had a field plowed
vp and destroyed his wheat. Kuss and
iiis wife contended that Davis was not
properly cultivating the land and for
that reason they had requested him
lo give up the farm so that they could
operate it themselves.
The divorce suit of Edward Miller
against his wife, Mrs. Gladys Miller,
was dismissed yesterday at the re
quest of the plaintiff following the
reconciliation of the couple. Miller,
several months ago, filed his petition
for divorce in the Common Pleas
Court, alleging that his wife had as
sociated with other men during the
past years. The case was sent to
Jackson on a change of venue, and
Mrs. Miller filed a cross-bill, in which
she not only repudiated the allega
tions of her husband, but charged him
with jealousy, mistreatment and non
support. When the case was called
for trir.l yesterday morning, the at
torney for the plaintiff asked that the
suit be dismissed at the cost of the
plaintiff. The motion to quash the
depositions in the case and also to dis
miss the cross-bill of the defendant
was sustained by the Judge.
$5,300 IN BANKS
Mrs. Matilda Bremmerman given
One Tenth of Estate Balance
to Other Relatives
The will of Mrs. Fralerica Yeager,
who died last week, was filed yesterday
for pronation in the Common Fleas
Court by her brother, F. W. Vogt
who is made the executor of the will
The largest portion of the estate left
by Mrs. Yeager is bequeathed to her
step-daughter, Mrs. Matilda Bremmer
mann, jvith whom she made her home
during the last years of her life.
The total of the estate is given at
$5"00, representing the investments of
Mrs. Yeager in the banks of the city
and a note of $1500 against W. H. Hu-
ters. The money is divided as follows:
$1000 in the Southeast Missouri Trust
Co., $800 in the First National Bank,
$l.r00 in the Sturdivant Bank, $500 in
the Cape Girardeau Building and Loan
Association, and the above note. The
estate will be increased by the accrued
interest on the investments.
:urs. eremmermann is to receive
t- . .
one-tenth as her share, and the rest is
to be divided among the nieces and the
brother of Mrs. Yeager. Her brother
is given one-third of the money after
Mrs. Bremmermann has received her
share. Mrs. Anna Coffee, a niece liv
ing in Galveston, Tex., also gets one
third. She is the daughter of Mrs.
Wilhelmina Strunk, a sister of Mrs.
Yeager. The remaining three other
nieces, namely, Mrs. Olga Burkhardt,
Martha Fisher and Mrs. Emma Maul
of St. Louis. Each one will receive
The children of Mrs. Henrietta Ba-
der. another sister of Mrs. Yeager, are
excluded from any share of the es
tate, "Because they are so numerous
and scattered, that they could not be
located," the will cites.
The will was witnessed by I. Ben
Miller and Fire Chief Barney G.
May, Henry Hoist. Lansing Lewis,
Lester Henson,- Theodore Kipping
John Buchanan, Enlil Hirsch, Oscar
Si-hack. The last six are Cap boys.
"Busy" Lines Mean Lost Orders
F a merchant finds that customers leave his
store without buying, because his clerks are
too busy to wait on them he gets more clerks.
If customers complain frequently that they
cannot get his store by telephone because
"the line is always busy" he needs more tele
phones. Ordinary business judgment demands that
customers shall be able to telephone to his store
without annoying delays, for busy lines mean !oss
of profitable business and dissatisfied customers.
Every Bell Telephone is
a Long Distance Station
Cape Girardeau Bell Telephone Co.
Councilman Vinyard Inform
ed by Inspection Bureau
of General Decrease
Rates to Apply Since January 5,
Vinyard is Told Second Re
duction Probable.
A general reduction of five per cent
on all fire insurance policiss has been
granted Cape Girardeau, according to
information Councilman Ben Vinyard,
received yesterday from the Fire In
spection Bureau in St. Louis. The
new rates date back to Jan. 5. As a
consequence mary policy holders will
be refunded 5 per cent of the pre
miums they paid on fire insurance
since that time.
The reduction of the rates will mean
a general saving of from $1500 to
$2000 every year, Mr. Vinyard said
yesterday. He was responsible for the
action taken by the Inspection Bureau
by urging the bureau to live up to the
promise the fire insurance companies
had given the city sometime ago, be
fore the new fire apparatus was pur
chased. The enactment of an ordinance
eliminating the license tax against fire
insurance agents in the city, was an
other factor in effecting the reduction
of the fire rates.
It is believed that another reduction
wiU be given on fire insurance rates
in the city in a short time. Several
inspectors have visited the city for
several weeks investigating the con
ditions and fire risks in the city. They
have pointed out the danger of fire by
defective wiring in most all buildings
of the city and have instructed many
owners how to remove the defects
which would result in a reduction of
fire rates.
Before the new fire apparatus was
purchased by the city, fire insurance
agents representing the large firms,
promised the citizens a considerable
reduction of at least 10 per cent on
every hundred dollars' insurance, pro
vided the city would secure a better
protection against fire loss. The in
spectors of the Fire Inspection Bureau,
however, have added another condition
upon which the reduction hinges,
namely an increase of the force of the
fire department.
One of the inspectors called on Fire
Chief Kraft two weeks ago and in
spected the new apparatus. He inti
mated that the Fire Inspection Bu
reau would expect the city to employ
at least seven firemen, before the sec
ond reduction could be made which
would place Cape Girardeau in the
third rating class. Other improve
ments such as better water service
and an alarm system would have to
be installed also.
Grand Jurors Find Present
Buildings not Adequate for
Care of Inmates.
Twenty-seven Indictments Re
turned Names of Indicted
are Withheld.
The recommendation that a tract of
land south and west of the County
Farm be sold and the proceeds of the
sale be used to rebuild and remodel
the present County Farm buildings,
was contained in the final report made
yesterday afternoon by the grand jury
to Circuit Judge KpIIj-. The report
dealt at length with the conditions f
the present buildings, and concluded
that the reconstruction of the institu
tion was absolutely necessary.
Any action to be taken in this mat
ter rests with the judges of the County
Court, who can authorize the recon
struction of the buildings. The mat
ter was strongly advocated years ago
by former County Judge William B.
Schaefer, now president of the Cape
Exchange Bank, but nothing was done
to carry out the suggestions of Mr.
Schaefer. He recently explained his
idea to The Tribune and the recom
mendations yesterday followed.
In recent years the institution ha;:
proven to be solely inadequate for in
mates. The management has done
everything to care for the patients and
inmates as well as possible under the
existing circumstances, but the condi
tion of the buildings have become such
that something must he done in order
to further the sanitary conditions of
the institution.
The recommendation made by the
grand jury was the result of the visit
paid the institution during the session
of the body. The report of the grand
jury regarding the improvements on
the County Farm will be forwarded to
the County Court, that is expected to
take some action in this matter.
The final report of the grand jury
was quite lengthy, relating the work
done by this body. Twenty-seven true
bills were returned, and the sheriff
was given a number of bench war
rants issued by Judge Kelly for the
arrest of the persons who were in
dicted. Owing to the fact that the
proceedings of the grand jury are kept
secret until the result is known by the
arrests of the persons indicted it could
not be learned against whom the bills
were found.
The grand jury was in session four
days. The members were called into
session Monday morning and were dis
charged yesterday afternoon after the
final report had been submitted to
Judge Kelly. .

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