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THE WEEKLY TRIBUNE AND CAPE COUNTY HERALD, THURSDAY MORNING. JULY 19, 1917.
in " THE CAPE WEEKLY TRIBUNE AND THE CAPE COUNTY HERALD Every Friday byj THE CAPE GIRARDEAU PUBLISHING COMPANY. JAMES P. WHITESIDE. Editor. ONE DOLLAR pIr YEAR IN ADVANCE FOOLISH LAWS IN CAPE GIRARDEAU. The City Council has ordered the City Attorney to arrest owners of dogs who have not paid their licenses. This is one city ordinance that ought to be destroyed and it would be, if it were tested th court. It has now been in effect several months, and nothing has been accom plished, except to "shake down" a few citizens who own dogs. The object of this ordinance, if it had an object, undoubtedly was to free the city of stray canines, which roam the streets and frequently bite pedestrians. These stray dogs are still at large, unmuzzled and without licenses. The dogs that are now wearing city permits are pets that belong to people who keep them under control. This dog law was foolish ordinance No. 1. Number two is the street car regulation ordinance, which makes it a crime for a motorman to attempt to furnish good service. If he stops his car after he has passed the near corner of a street, he subjects himself to arrest and fine. This law was copied after a St. Louis ordinance. It is needed there, but it makes boobs out of people when applied to Cape Girardeau. Foolish law No. 3 is the new license ordinance. A painter who works by the day is compelled to pay a license, although the Constitution says Americans cannot be taxed to labor. It is necessary, of course, to get revenue to maintain the city, but there ought to be some legitimate method used to get it. The question cf taxes is becoming almost as disastrous to business men in this city as the seventeen-year locust pest is to a field of grain. A WARNING TO SCOTT COUNTY. The object of those who are determined to saddle an SSOO.OOO bond issue upon the people of Scott County no doubt is to bring down the value of farm land. The older residents of that county will surely remember the experiences that the people of Cape Girardeau and Cape Girardeau township following the railroad bond issue which was passed in 1SGS. In that year this city voted a bond issue of $150,000 and Cape Girar deau township vote 1 a similar amount. The city paid the interest on this sum for a few years and then collapsed "busted," if you please. It finally settled with its creditors for Co cents on the dollar. The township ulti mately collapsed alio in about 1SS2, and then spent many years in litiga tion. That distinguished patriot, John B. Henderson, long since dead, bough: uiflkhe entire amount of the bonds for 15 cents on the dollar, and then induced the taxpayers to pay him $180,000 in bonds that with their accu mulated value aggregated $200,000. The township issued new bonds to the value of $180,000 and took up the ok! issue. IJ. H. Whitelaw of this city, who was then serving this county in the Legislature, had a law passed, setting aside two-thirds of the saloon licenses of this township to be used in paying this debt. From the saloon revenue, the township received between $0000 and $8000 annually, which with the tax levied upon the real estate for twenty-five years, nearly pairt off this old railroad debt. Although forty years have elapsed since the original bond issue was voted, a few thousand dollars still remain unpaid. As soon as the crushing effect of this bond issue was felt, the price of land and lots in the city of Cape Girardeau (Kindled to almost nothing. Every farmer, who could, sold out and moved to some locality where there was no railroad tax. The grass grew in great abundance in the streets of this city. In fact, there was excellent grazing on Main and Spanish streets? the town looked li!-:c a deserted village, and all who could moved away. Those who remained, apo'igized for doing so. The old-timers in St-ott County will remember visiiing Cape Girardeau in those days to sympathize with the residents, but things have changed. Those who mourned for Cape Girardeau forty years ago, would no doubt be glad to dispose of their Scott County holdings today, and say: "Let the blasted bond jssue come." They witnessed the struggle of Cape Girar deauans and thoy know what their own fate will be, if the bond issue is eventually forced upon them. Scott County farmers, who are not familiar with bond issues, should get some old resident to tell the story or Cape Girardeau's railroad bond issue, the moral of which is: "It is easy to. swallow poison, if you don't care what happens to your gizzard." IGNORING THE REAL WAR LOSS. Francis Ncilson, a member of the a book, entitled "How Diplomats Make War." In this book he delivers a his toric sermon in a few words, by showing how the world prattles about the less of a rare book, yet ignores the sacrifices suffered in the trenches. He says: To those who cannot understand why certain people should be horrified at the burning of the Louvain library, the ruination of beau tiful buildings, and not be just as shocked at the loss or mutilation of a soldier, it must be pointed out that it is the custom of the world to regard the body and soul of a man as something inferior in value to a rare volume or a grand cathedral. There is nothing so cheap as human life. It is the popular notion that men are easily replaced; and so long as men permit certain sections of their fellows to think they are cheap, not worth the interest bestowed on a book or a build ing, the world will have little rest from war, and only very few men will ever have t'ac chance of learning how to appreciate the architec ture of their own country, or why the art of Elzevir should be revered. BUILDING THE DRAINAGE DITCHES. Cape Girardeau City and Cape Girardeau County are up against it. The Little River Drainage District, great because it is spending $5,000,000 and by reason of the interest charged will fatten almost a State debt upon 500,000 acres of land, has obtained a court decision compelling Cape Girardeau Coun ty to spend approximately $100,000 for bridges over its projected canals, which divert water from the Ozarks from a route it has been accustomed to follow from the beginning of time. We do not want to comment upon the engineering feasibility of this scheme. We do not know anything about engineering. It may be that water can be made to run up hill, and it may be true that the Mississippi River will not back up into a country heretofore not subject to overflow. It may be that the floodkvay will not sand up and fill up and will have to be kept open by d' edge boats. In fact, we know nothing about this gigantic scheme. But we do know that Cape Girardeau and its business men are now cut off from doing busi ness with the counties below us, at least if these people must reach this city by wagon, auto, horseback or on foot. The only way to cross the big ditch a few miles to the south is by swimming or emulating the 'possum, and crawl ing across on a log. Now this is a condition, not a theoiy, that confronts Cape Girardeau. Therefore, we ay, Cape G:rar3eau city and Cape Girar deau County are up against it. British Parliament, has just written MEAT COST QUIZ BEGINS PRESIDENTS INVESTIGATION 9S UNDER WAY AT CHICAGO. Auditors Are Investigating Packers' Books to Determine Outlay, and Fixing Fair Profit. Chicago. July 18. Auditors of the Federal Trade Commission began ex amining the books of the big packing houses of Chicago to determine the cost of producing and marketing meats and similar food commodities. This is the start of a far-reaching investigation into the cost of pro ducing food, steel, iron, coal and oil, in accordance with an order of Presi dent Wilson to ascertain what con stitutes a fair profit. Joseph E. Davies, meflber of the commission, who arrived recently. In spected a number of plants at the stockyards and later held a confer ence with representatives of the lead ing packing houses, who agreed to give the investigators access to the books. The inspection of books and records will Include not only packers but cattle raisers, commission men and wholesale and retail dealers. Davis will visit the steel plants at South Chicago and Gary, Ind., Later on other members of the commission are expected here to assist In the In quiry. I! EACH ADDED BUSHEL IS BLOW TO KAISER. Qsllege Reports That All Grains Show Increase, and Gardens Grow 30 Per Cent. Ames, la., July 18. Iowans want the world to know that they can help lick the kaiser without moving a foot off their soil. This was the declaration that ac companied the crop report given out by the agriculture extension depart ment of the Iowa state college here forecasting immense gains in grain and garden products If favorable weather continues. The state's largest increases this year will come in corn, oats, potatoes and garden foods, the report says. The total income from all crops, live stork, dairying, poultry and honey produc tion Is estimated at $677,500,000. or a gain of $60,000,000 over last year. The report estimated that the corn production will be 400.000,005 bushels, an increase of 54.000,000 over last yar. Oats production Is estimatpd at 200,000,000 bushels and potatoes 10, 000,000 bushels. Increases in wlntfr wheat, hay and alfalfa are nlco pre dicted. The acreage of corn is shown to have an increase of 1.048,000, the total acreage being 10,242.000. Rust is practically absent from the oats crop, according to the report. Iowa housewives contributed 40, 000,000 quarts of canned food, valued j at $10,000,000, for war consumption, the report asserts. Gardens, it Is estimated, have In creased their acreage 30 per cent throughout the state. COAL PROMISED GOVERNMENT Five Hundred Eastern Operators to Supply All That Is Needed by the United States. Washlntgon, July 18. Coal opera tors of four eastern states at a con ference here assured government of ficials they would meet all the gov ernment's coal needs, and that they would furnish amounts alloted to them by any agency the government might name. The government's coal require ments for the next year were puttt slightly more than 5.000.000 tons. Much of it must be of the so-called smokeless variety, for use by war ships and transports. More than 500 operators were . at the conference. ACCUSEGERMANS0FR0BBERY Alleged to Have Forced Bank Safes at St. Quentin and Stole the Contents. Geneva, July 18. A French lawyer who is Interned at Geneva received news through an indirect route from a banker friend at St. Quentin that the Germans recently forced the safes of all the banks in St. Quentin and stole the contents in money, notes and script and even the private account books, which were sent to Germany. The operation was carried out in presence of the bank directors and employes, who refused to open the safes. TROOPS SAVE LIFE OF MAN Austrian Miner Taken From Two Americans After Rope Is About His Neck. Flat River, Mo., July 18. Captain Edward J. Ruff of troop B of St. Louis rescued an Austrian from two Amer icans as they were attempting to hang the foreigner. A rope had been placed around the foreigner's neck and the men were looking for a tree large enough to hang him when Ruff ar rived. The Austrian had been almost beaten to death. Hopes for Settlement. Berlin, July 18. Germany hopes that the affair of the torpedoing of the Argentine steamer Toro will be settled amicably, according to a semi official note. 01 RECORD CROPS Villi TOUR DBAFT GAMPS BROADWAY SHOWS AND BIG STARS TO VISIT TROOPS. Caruso, Paderewski and Charlie Chap lin Are to Be on Entertain ment Program. Washington, July 18. Uncle Sam will have all kinds of entertainment and sports for his 500,000 drafted Sammies in cantonment camps thi fall. Chairman Raymond D. Fosdick of the war department commission on training camp activities outlined to the press the program now nearing completion. Each camp will have a monster the ater. Broadway successes will tour them on a regular circuit. Caruso, Farrar, John McCormick, Fritz Krels ler, the violinist; Paderewski and oth er world-famous artists will appear. Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Doug las Fairbanks and kindred movie stars. Including a brigade of "vam pires," will appear in person. There will be picked vaudeville acts. Well known theatrical men will organize home talent shows, famous play wrights framing the plots. To teach wrestling and boxing will be Frank Gotch, Mike Gibbons, John ny Kilbane, Tom Gibbons, Johnny Dundwee. Frank Moran. Fred Fulton, Jack Dillon, Kid McCoy, Packy Mc Farland, Jess Willard, Sam Langford and others. Boxing is fine bayonet training, the war department has learned. Such masters of the cue as Willie Hoppe will give exhibitions In the camp billiard halls. A monster Y. M. C. A, building and another of equal size for the Knights of Columbus are being erected at each camp. Branch libraries will be established by the American library commission. The government will Install college professors to teach French, Italian and other languages. Intensive courses will be taught in any trade de sired. Sixty-seven war department experts are scattered through the towns near each cantonment, teaching the citi zens their share in entertaining draft ed Sammies on leave. Small towns are virtually being re built and doubled in size by the war department. At Junction City, Kan., near Fort Riley, movies, clubhouses, swimming pools, bowling alleys, bil liard halls and reading rooms are go ing up, in addition to those at the camp. A "take a soldier home to dinner" campaign Is being urged among the citizens of cantonment towns. Lodges are being equipped by the government to provide special entertainment for members among the soldiers. THOMPSON PRO-AMERICAN NOT PRO-EUROPEAN, HE SAYS Chicago Mayor Replies to Judge Lan dis, Who Expressed Wioh That He Would "Do One Patriotic Deed." Chicago, July 18 Mayor William Hale Thompson issued a formal an swer to tho remarks made recently by Federal Judge K. M. Landls, dur ing a speech in which the Judge said he "wished that Mayor Thompson would do one patriotic deed." In his answer the mayor declared that he was pro-American rather than "pro-European," explaining that he believes in "keeping the price of food down within the reach of the poor people of our own country and ex porting only our surplus. Looting America of everything is what I call pro-European. By everything I mean food, men, money and resources. "I put those who favor this war in the pro-European class. If they want to ship everything to Europe they oer. tainly can't be classed as pro-Americans." Mayor Thompson said that he be lieved our first duty was to the pro tection of our own country before sending any troops to Europe. BRAZIL DEMANDS $8,739,000 Reported Interned Steamers Will Be Seized if Money Alleged to Be Due Is Not Paid by Germany. Bio Janeiro. Julv 18. The attorney for the treasury, according to the newspapers, has sent a summons to the German shipping companies de manding the payment of 16,000 contos (a conto is the equivalent approxi mately of $546), representing the money due for a period corresponding to the time the German steamers have been interned in Brazilian waters. In the event of non-payment within 24 hours, the companies are notified, the vessels will be seized. TRIAL COST STATE $25,000 Poison Expert in Case of Mrs. Gilli gan in Connecticut Got $10,000 for His Services. Hartford, Conn., July 18. To prose cute and convict Mrs. Amy E. Archer Gilligan for the murder of Franklin R. Andrews, who was a patient In her home for elderly people, cost the etate of Connecticut about $25,000, ac cording to State's Attorney Alcon. Dr. Victor C. Vaughan, dean of the medical department of the University of Michigan, who was called to testify as an expert on the action of a poison, crystals of which were found in An drews' body, received $10,000. Billy Sunday Arrested. . Portland, Ore., July 18. Rev. Billy Sunday, famous evangelist, was ar rested for speeding. CAPE GIRARDEAU NORTHERN PLANS IMPROVEMENTS Service To Be Bettered By Expenditure of Several Thousands. CHANGES ORDERED BY COMMON PLEAS JUDGE $21,000 Realized From Sale to be Spent for Improvement of Road. Several sections of the Capo Girar deau Northern Railroad will be great ly improved and the necessary repairs to begin at once, it became known yes terday afternoon, when Attorney John Hope of St. Louis, representing the receiver of the railroad filed several petitions in the Common Pleas Court, asking Judge Snider to make the or ders for the improvements also for the discontinuance of other sections of the road. The branch between Perryville and Perryville Junction and the section be tween Anceii ana several towns in Scott County are the sections of the railroad to be improved under the or der of Judge Snider. Service on the railroad between Jackson and Perry ville and Perryville and Farmington will be suspended, temporarily at least, while the service on the remaining lines of the railroad will be greatly improved. The cost of the improvements will le defrayed from the $21,000 received from the sale of two engines last April. Ore petition relating to the improvements of the road between Ancell and Jackson., asks that $5000 ie allowed for the purchase of rail road ties. This money will also be taken from the fund treated by the : a!e of the two engines. It is further planned to erect cradle for the road between Perryville and Perryville Junction for the accom r.iodation of the coal car traffic be t g j Til 1 i 1 - tct.!i vut'bicr, in., ana me points in Perry County along the railroad. This improvement is estimated at $1000. Attorney Hope arrived from St. Louis yesterday morning to attend the special session of the May term of the Common Pleas Coart, arranged by Judge Snider for the convenience of the railroad, in order to allow the pe titions filed by the representative or the railroad. Ralph H. Schultz, for i.ier manager of the Capo Girardeau Northern, and B. W. Fletcher, his suc cessor, were the only witnesses heard by Judge Snider before granting the petitions filed by the attorney of the receiver. Both agreed that the lines asked to be discontinued did not earn the op orating expenses of these branches, while the charges asked by the rail load and the improvement planned for tho service of the railroad would great ly increase traffic on the lines to be maintained in the future. The change would mean a great financial success for the railroad, the witnesses said. The improvements asked and grant ed seemingly strengthened the general opinion that the Iron Mountain will take over the Ancel-Jackson section cf the Cape Girardeau Northern. Offi cials of the former railroad said some time ago after inspecting the lines, they could not afford to take this branch, because it appeared to be in adequate for the purpose for whicn the tracks would be used. It is be lieved now that the deal will be trans acted as soon as the tracks have been repaired and the railroad has been put in first-class condition. An "increase of business and reduc tion of the operating expenses as fore cast in the petitions submitted to the court yesterday are an indication that the receivership of the railroad will soon be lifted. FINAL SETTLEMENT NOTICE Notice is hereby given to all credit ors and others interested in the estate of Allen Snced, deceased, that I, the undersigned, intend to make final settlement of the estate of said deceased at'the next term of the Pro bate Court of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, to be held at Jackson, Mis souri, beginning on ihc 13th day of August, 1917. John'S. Medley, Administrator. FINAL SETTLEMENT NOTICE Notice is hereby given to all credit ors and others interested in the estate of Mahala C. Stearns, deceased, that I, the undersigned, intend to make final settlement of the estate of said deceased at the next term of the Pro bate Court of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, to be held at Jackson, Mis souri, beginning on the 13th day of August, 1917. David Seabaugh, Administrator. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISMKNTS FARMS FOR SALE If yo want to buy farm land in Southeast Mis souri cheap, here is your oppor tunity. The land ii filled with min eral and a fortune in ore is buried in every tract. Address C. H. O., Tks Tribune office. FOR SALE A handsome Shetland pony with buggy and harness. Ap ply to Edward D. Hays. HOUSES FOR RENT OR SALE; also lots and farm lands. D. H. Harper Realty Co., Cahoon Bldg. Phone 29. O. E. MABREY U. S. MAIL CAPE to JACKSON Leave Jackton 5:00 a. m. Leave Cape 6:30 a. m. Leave Jackson 1:00 p. m Leave Cape 4 :00 p: m Phone Jackson 13 Phone Cape 1270 BAD EYESIGHT BARS BLANTON FROM CAMP Scott County Prosecutor to Re sume Duties After Two Months Training. Prosecuting Attorney Bianton of Scott County will resume his duties a3 prosecutor in a few days, following his discharge from the Officers' Reserve Corps' training camp in Fort Riley, Kans., several days ago. He leturncd from the camp yesterday afternoon, after being discharged because of a defect of his eyesight. Prosecuting Attorney Bianton spent two months in the officers' training camp. The final physical test reveal ed that he was afflicted with bad eye sight, and was released on that ac count. Mrs. Bianton was one of the few. from Southeast Missouri who wore ac cepted on the first call for the officers reserve corps. He spent nearly two months in the camp before his defect was found. The five young men from Cape Gir ardeau County, who were among those called to the training camp last May, a-c still in the camp and all are word ing ao hard as possible to obtain a commission as officer of the regular army. When Mr. Bianton departed for the camp he appointed C. N. Mozley, an attorney of Benton, to act while he was fcrccd to be absent from the of fice. Gordonville News Mrs. Bertha Sander and children of Denver. Colo., are the guests of Mrs. F. H. Rasche. Miss Mary Bain of St. Louis is spending her vacation with her aunt, Mrs. W. O. Medley. L. Siemers returned home last night from a business trip to St. Louis. Mrs. E. R. Schoen entertained with a luncheon in honor of Mrs. Geo. Schmoll of St. Louis. Those present were: Mesdames AI Niemann, M. Nie mann, H. V. Bamrert, Geo; Schmoll, and the Misses Alma Kiehne, Alma Bingert, Georgia Sthmo!! and Flora Schoen. Mrs. Hcnrv W'csscl made a business trip to Jackson today. Mrs. A. M. Spradling of Jackson is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Lupkes, today. Mr. Stein, who has been sick for the past week, is able to be up and around again. Mr. and Mrs. Al Ahrcns returned to their home in Oran yesterday after spending several days with Mr. and Mrs. J. Ahrcns. Miss Mary Kuss of the Cape is visit ing her aunt, Mrs. G. C. Siemers. Mrs. E. W. Hink. who has been very sick, is improving. FINAL SETTLEMENT NOTICE Notice is hereby given to all credit ors and others interested in the estate I, the undersigned, intend to make of Theodore Obermillcr, deceased, that final settlement of the estate of said deceased at the next term of the Pro bate Court of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, to be held at Jackson, Mis souri, beginning on the 13th day of August, 1917. Lena Obermiller, Administratrix. FOR SALE You have heard about the discovery of iron ore in Wayne county. I have farms to sell in that county. Address "O," care the Trib une. FOUND Key on ring, in front of Black's garage. Owner may have same by calling at Tribune office and paying for this ad. FOR SALE on account of leaving the city: One large enameled gas stove, one big ice box, one kitchen cabinet, chairs and table. Only in use a short time. Telephone 921 and ask for Mrs. Harris. WANTED White woman for general housework. Apply at once Singer Sewing Machine Co. FOR RENT Furnished or unfurnish ed rooms; house redecorated. 12 S. Spanish St. Proprietor formerly of Blytheville, Ark. FOR RENT Four rooms for small family. Apply 1009 Bloomfield St LOST Green silk umbrella, with long silver handle. Initials, "M. E. v O." on top of the handle. Finder please return to The Tribune, or telephone 1108 and receive reward. QRREN WILSON LAWYER JUSTICE OF THE PEACE NOTARY PUBLIC Suite 3? First National Bank Building NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given to all cred itors and others, interested in the es tate of J. II. Doris, deceased, that I, Teritha E. Doris, administra trix of said estate intend to make final settlement thereof at the next term of the Cape Girardeau Court of Com mon Pleas of Cape Girardeau County. State of Missouri, to be held at Cape Girardeau on the 23d day of July, 1917. Teritha E. Doris, Administratrix. PROPOSALS W ANTED. Proposals wanted for the construc tion of an alley between Themis and Independence streets, and Main and Spanish streets, a distance of .6 feet, Mo. in the city of Cape Girardeau, Scaled proposals will be received by the undersigned, for the city council of the cfty of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for furnishing all material and labor and completing the work of construct ing an alley between Themis and In dependence streets, and Main and Spanish streets, a total distance of 377.6 feet, said construction consisting of grading said alley from property line to property line and placing there on a concrete pavement six inches in thickness; also the construction of a concrete catch basin and intake, in ac cordance with profile, plans, specifi cations and estimate for the said work of improvement now on file in this office, and of ordinance No. 958, a gen eral ordinance concerning streets, and cf ordinance No. 1153, authorizing the improvement aforesaid. Bidders to comply with the folrow ing conditions when submitting bids: Enclose certified check for $100, pay able to the mayor as a guarantee in fhe event they arc awarded the con tract they will enter into the same and give the required bond; and shall state in their bids that the work will be commenced within ten days from the date of the award of said contract, and fully completed on or before 90 days from said date. That on the completion of the vrk and the same has been received by the council, they will accept in payment therefor special tax bills to be .issued against the abutting property, liable proportionately therefor. That they will in no event hold the city liable, either directly or indirectly. for the cost of the work or any part thereof, and when the improvement is completed, will pay the cost of the en gineer's services, and any other costs that may have accrued in fulfilling the contract. Bids to be plainly endorsed: "Pro posal for construction of alley between Themis and Independence streets, and Main and Spanish streets," and filed in this office on or before August 6, 1917, at 7 o'clock p. m., which bids will be presented to the council at the regular meeting to be held on that date. Plans and sr firationr fc said work are now on file in this fT'ce, for inspection of prospective bidders and others interested in the same. July 17, 1917. R. W. Fri;-s-j:. City Clerk.