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Moan! Main Library THE WEEKff 1 W ALL THE JffiWS.Wrffll ITIS I 3vTW WEVS c La J THE CAPE COUNTY HERALD! CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI, MAY 17, 1918 NUMBER 20 TRIBUNE -a. VOL: XVII BIG TIMBER WOLF SLAIN BY FARMER AT WHITEWATER Animal Believed to Have Been Driven in by Flood. FIRST SHOT IN 20 YEARS, IT IS SAID Killed Near Home of L. H. Pru itt by Farm Hand Was 3 Feet High. A large timber wolf, one of the largest of its kind ever seen in this section of the state, was killed at Whitewater Tuesday by Vic Gangel, employed by L. H. Pruitt at White water. It was said to be the first wolf slain near Whitewater in twenty years. The animal was killed in a small field surrounded by many hous es. He had evidently been driven out of the weeds by the flood. Pruitt brought the hide and scalp of the wolf to the Cape yesterday to have it tanned. The scalp indicates the size of the wolf, the ears being as large as those of a middleaged greyhound. According to Mr. Fruitt, the wolf was nearly three feet tall. The hide was exceptionally good, the hair being long and course. The tail is as bushy as that of a wild cat. Farmers around Whitewater believe the slain wolf was the same that made his appearance on their farms last witner. An unusually large male wolf was seen near Whitewater sev eral Jimes during the winter, but ev idently did no damage to the live stock of the farmers. Tuesday morning Gangel was work ing on the Pruitt place, when he saw the wolf emerge from the thicket that covers the field and approach him. He hurried inside and got a shot gun. The animal was evidently hungry, paying little attention to its sur roundings. Gangel let the wolf come within a short distance, when he raised his gun and fired, killing the wolf almost instantly. A reward of $00 is paid by the State on each wolf scalp. Residents of Whitewater say it was the first wolf killed in that vicinity in at least 20 years. Several weeks ago a farmer in Bollinger County shot a wolf, it being a small one and not such a fine specimen as was the one killed by Gangel. Wolves are becoming a rare animal in this section of the State. It is be lieved that Gangers victim lived in the woods along the south county line and was driven out by the high water to hunt some food. SWITCH ENGINE RUNS OVER AND KILLS EMPLOYE G. J. Williamson Struck as He Steps Off Flat Car. BODY TO BE TAKEN TO ILLMO TO BE BURIED Coronet's Jury Returns Open Verdict Only Two Witnesses Eiamined. The body of Garrett Jefferson Wil liamson, a pile driver in the employ of the Frisco, who was run over and almost instantly killed by a switch engine, a short distance south of the freight depot yesterday morning, will be shipped to Illmo this afternoon for burial to take place, probably Sunday afternoon. A son of the dead man, Ms pie Williamson, arrived here 'io n Illmo yesterday afternoon to make all arrangements for the funeral. Testimony given at the inquest, which was held by Justice of the Peace Kage, acting coroner, at the J L-J D Field Signal Corps in Action 0 DR. BE VORBECK WILL U. S. SURGEON Passes Civil'Scrvice Examination With Average;of95 Per Cent, A High Record. Dr. J. C. Vorbeck, the well-known physician, was' yesterday notified from Washington that he had passed the Ciil Service Examination for U. S. Public Health Surgeon, and will be assigned to duty in the marine hos pital service in October. Dr. Vorbeck passed the examina tion with an average of 95 per cent. he was informed by John A. Mcllhen nv. uresident of the United States Civil Service Commission. Under this branch of the govern ment, Dr. Vorbeck will not be requir ed to leave the United States. He is expected to be assigned to duty at some port of entry where he will ex amine immigrants. undertaking parlors of the Lorberg Undertaking Company in Haarig, failed to reveal whether the death of Williamson was an accident or wheth er the accident could be attributed to criminal carelessness. An open ver dict .stating that the man "came to his death by being run over by a Frisco switch engine," was returned by the jury. Two witnesses were heard- E. W. Segraves, foreman of the pile driving train, and Lee Taylor, conductor of the train. Doth testified that they saw Williamson jump from the pile driving train, which was standing still, but paid no atten.tjonL.to him until they saw him standing right against the tank of the tender of the switch engine which they testified was moving at a' moderate rate of speed on the main track. j Both said they believed the engi neer of the switch engine sounded his whistle when he approached the street crossing near the freight de-j pot. They could not state, however,) whether he gave a warning when he approached the place where William son was crossisg the track. Other witnesses were not examin ed. The jury, after a short delibera tion, returned an open verdict. The jurors were ex-Mayor Will Hirsch, foreman; Frank Kinder, Horace Si berell, William Liles, Ed Frenzel and Elbert Kice. Williamson died within a few min utes after the accident. His right leg was mangled from his hip to his an kle, his left leg was also badly in jured near the knee. He had also suffered somp cuts and bruises about the head, probably a fracture of the skull. The engine was stopped immediate ly, and the injured man extricated by the crew and the two witnesses who testified at the inquest. He died after being placed on the engine to be tak en, to the passenger station, where the body was met by the ambulance. It was taken to the Lorberg Undertak ing establishment to be held for the coroner's inquest. Williamson was born in Neely's Landing and was employed by rail roads for many years. He is said to have been in the employ of the Frisco for about 12 years. He was well nown in this city, having worked around the Cape for many years. He was 50 years old, and leaves several grown children. Two sons live in Ill mo and a daughter in Arkansas. 4 JDDG B. F. DAVIS LOSES LIFE AS BOAT OVERTURNS Returning From Farm with B. C. Hardesty Drowns NearRanneys Switch In Drainage Ditch Yester day Evening. BODY NOT RECOVERED DESPIE CAREFUL SEARCH OF WATER A. M. SPRADING WEDS IN KENTUCKY Well-known Lawyer Takes Miss Alma Wilier of This City for His Bride. Albert M. Spradling, one of th most promising young lawyers in this section of the state, was married to Miss Alma Wilier of this city in Pa ducah, Ky., Wednesday. The newly weds are now honeymooning in. the Eluegrass State, and will likely re turn home early next week. The couple have been seen frequent ly together and it was reported sev eral weeks ago by close friends that they were engaged. Miss WHler de parted for Paducah last week to visit relatives, it was stated. Tuesday of this week Mr. Spradling departed for that city, but he left the impression that his visit was of a professional nature. Thursday, morning his friends in the Cape received messages that in dicated he had married. Yesterday it was learned officially' that the wed ding took place in that city. . The bride is one of Cape Girar deau's most popular young ladies. JOHN DOYLE HIT BY TIRE, SUFFERS FRACTUREDSKULL Tire On His Auto Bursts Hurling Rim Against His Head. CHANCE FOR RECOVERY SMALL, DOCTORS STATE Unconscious al Hospital Parts Of Skull Removed In Operation. GERMANY PROMISES TO GO NO FURTHER INTO RUSSIA Washington, May 17 A Moscow dispatch today to the State Depart ment said Germany had given assur ance to the Russian Soviet Govern ment that German armies would ad vance no further into Russion terri tory. POPLAR BLUFF GETS 1919 K. C. MEETING YOUNG MEN 21 SINCE JUNE 5, ORDERED TO REGISTER FOR ARMY Jefferson City, Mo., May 17. The registration of young men who have become 21 years old since June 5, 1917, will be done under the supervi sion of the present local boards in the various counties of the state and the City of St. Louis, according to unof ficial regulations which were today forwarded by Lieut. Col. J. H. McCord selective draft officer, to local boards. This measure has not been approv ed by President Wilson, but the pro vost marshal general wanted the reg ulations governing the rerrlstr:i'.;--jn in the hands of the lorn! b.:irl; i-ic;. can familiarize themselves wi:h provisions. Luke Hart of St. Loafs is Made State Deputy to Succeed i Joseph Kane. COUNTY ASSESSORTO LISTALIENPROPERTY Meeting of Assessors to be Held In Jefferson City May 20. Poplar Bluff will have the State convention of the Knights of Colum bus in 1919, it was voted at the State meeting held at Columbia, Mo., a few days ago, which was attended by Ed Schindler and Joseph Jarsik, the Cape Girardeau delegates to the annual convention. They returned from the university city yesterday. The convention next year will b held on the second Tuesday and Wed nesday in May. It is expected to be one of the largest meetings ever held in Butler County seat. More than 500 delegates of all councils of the order in this State attended the con vention in Columbia, Mr. Schindler re ported. Luke Hart .a prominent attorney of St .Louis, was chossn State Depu ty to succeed Joseph Kane, who de clined to be a candidate for re-elec tion to this office. Mr. Hart is well known to the members of the local council of the Knights of Columbus. He will have an opportunity to make a closer acquaintance with his fellow Knights as the State Deputy confers the degrees of the order. While filling a tire on his automo bile in front of the Hope-Cotner ga rage on Broadway yesterday evening about 7:30 o'clock, John Doyle was dangerously injured, when the tire burst, hurling the rim against the left side of his head with such force that he suffered a cross fracture of the skull. He was rushed home in a pass ing automobile and thence taken to St. Francis Hospital where an imme diate operation was performed to save his life. Mr. Doyle, accompanied by his mother, Mrs. H. S. Doyle, 118 Themis street, was returning from a drive. When they reached the garage he stopped to fill the tire. He was stoop ing over to remove the air hos? from the tire when the latter burst. The rim was torn from- the wheel and struck him on the left side of his head. He was rendered unconscious. Several persons who were attracted by the heavy sound of the bursting tire, ran to his assistance and carried him into the garage. Dr. O. L. Seabaugh was called and after a preliminary examination ad vised that he be taken home. The automobile being unfit for immediate use, a passing machine was halted to ronvev the injured man home. An other examination revealed the seri ousness of the injury and Mr. Doyle was rushed to the hospital. Two noted surgeons of the city were called into consultation and they decided upon an immediate operation It was performed two hours after the accident. The attending physicians declared after the operation that although Mr, Doyle's injury was very serious, he has a chance to recover. He was still tl ATI C 1 All at an earlv hour this mornincr. it was said at the hospital. He was resting well, being under the influence of the narcotics. Dr. W. C. Patton, one of the best surgeons of the .city, was summoned to perform the operation. He removed part of the skull on the left side to relieve the pressure on the injured man s sneech center. He declared after the operation he believed Mr. Doyle was also injured internally, thinking ha might have been struck by the lower edge of the rim. If the speech center of the brain was af- County Assessor Ernest Caldwell has been ordered by the State Tax Commission to record all alien prop erty in .the county and forward the list to the Federal director of the bureau at Washington, D. C, where all property owned by enemy aliens in this country is recorded. The report on this class of proper ty must show how it is invested and whether the owner has invested any of his money in Liberty bonds. The State Tax Commission, in issuing a general order to the local assessors, emphasized that the request was made at the behest of the Federal bureau of investigation under the su pervision of the custodian of alien en emy property. A meeting of the county assessors has been called at Jefferson City May 20. All county clerks and the county judges have also been invited to at tend this meeting, which is held for the purpose of bringing about har mony between the State Tax Com mission and the State Board of Equalization. In that manner, it is believed a repetition of the contro versy over the assessing of property can be averted. Discussion of the enemy alien prop erty will be one of the chief problems confronting the conference. The meet ing will be continued probably two days and might be extended owing to the new question brought before the county assessors. Suggestions as to how to ascertain the amount of property owned by alien enemie and how it is investeJ, will be given to the county assessors in order that no alien's investment can escape the at tention cf the Federal authoritie. Had Spent Day with Law Partner On His Farm Near Dutchtown Skiff Hurled Against Pier. Judge B. F. Davis, one of the most prominent attorneys in Southeast Missouri, was drowned yesterday evening in the small drainage ditch near Ranney's Svvith, while returning from his farm, where he and his law partner, Benson C. Hardesty, had spent the day looking after the live stock and viewing the damage done b the flood. The jurist lost his life in view of a gang of Frisco workmen, who were repairing the trestle over the diversion channel at that point. His body was not recovered despite a careful search by his companion and the Frisco employrs. Hopes of recov ering the body last night were abandoned when dark fame. An effort will be made again this morning to recover it. The news of the death of Judge Davis was telephoned to friends of the family by Mr. Hardesty and spread rapidly through the city. Friends gathered at the home of the late jud ge on Themis street to assist his wife, who collapsed when she learned of t hp tragedy. Mr. Hardesty. and Judge Davi3 left terms, but resigned to devote all his for the farm near Dutchtown yester-jtime to the practice of law. Shortly .lay morning. They drove in a wagon, after his arrival in this city he form taking with them a skiff to rescue what they could, if necessary. After spending the day on the farm they decided to return in the boat on the small ditch, known as drainage ditch No. 2 and located immediately north of the floodwav ot the Little River Drainage District. "The water was calm," said Mr. l cil a partnership with Judge D. L. Hawkins. They remained in partner ship till January. 1S8G. In November. 1S87, he was united in marriage with Miss Olivia Wanlcs of Dover, Del. One child. Miss Eliza- jbrth Waples Davis, was born to the union. The daughter has been very I Hardesty, in relating the details of , prominent in public work for several the drowning of his friend and law, years. At the pi-sent time partner. "There appeared to be no ! Washington. D danger, so we continued our trip 'this district to the national conven- ne is in a delegate of Patton said, Mr. speechless for Doyle J several fected, Dr, would be months. Dr. W. E. Yount, a noted eye spe cialist, was also called into consulta tion to determine whether the sight of the left eye of the injured man had been affected. Although the optic was badly swollen, he said he did not believe that the vision had been im paired. Mr. Doyle regained consciousness only for a fey seconds after the acci dent. It was on the way to the hos pital when he opened his eyes and asked his brother Mike, who was ac companying, where he was being tak en. When informed he was on his way home he relapsed into uncon sciousness. Friends of Mr. Doyle, who is well known in the city," expressed deep re gret at the accident. All agreed it was unusual for a careful driver as Mr. Doyle is known, to meet with such an accident. down the ditch toward the washout of the Frisco track near Ranney's Switch. "The judge was seated in the front part of the skiff. I occupied the rear seat. As we approached Ranney's Switch we noticed that the current was getting swifter, but still not swift enought to alarm anyone who was familiar with a skiff. "The force of the current was in creased by the influx of water through a gap in the levee near the bridge. We left ihc skiff and walked around on the bridge and the place inspecting the work of the raiiroad men. We considered this somewhat of an outing and were not in a hurry to return home. "We returned to our boat and de cided to float under the bridge. The stream of water pouring into the ditch through . the gap pushed our skiff against one of the pier of the bridge. The skiff was fcjrced into what appeared a whirlpool, and be fore we knew what happened the boat capsized. We both fell into the water. My first thought was to rescue my friend who was about 20 feet in front of me. Just as I caught sight of the Judge I saw him go down, and that was the last time I laid eyes on him. He did not reappear another time. I jerked my rubber boots off, which made swimming much easr jfcnH ! rushed to the bank. Immediately the bridge workers came to my rescue and we began to search the water for Judge Davis. We continued our efforts until dark." ' nother search party will be organ ... i , , . . . ized twiay to conunue loosing ior xne body. Judge Davis was born in Delaware in 1885. He was a son of Thomas J. and Mary Davis, who lived at Mil ford, Del. He received his first edu cation at Amherst College in Massa chusetts and in 1878 was graduated in the classic course. He then took up the study of law at Dover, Del., where he was admitted to the bar in 1882. In that year he came to this city to practice law. For a short time he was a professor at the Normal, teach ing Greek and Latin. He was a mem ber of the Normal faculty for several tion of the Women's Council of Na tional Defensp. She was notified of her father's death yesterday evening. Judge Davis had an appointment to meet his daughter at Washington and go to Amherst to attend the com mencement exercises as was the ju Ige's custom every year. Judge Davis was onp of the lead ing Republicans of this county. He was elected judge of the Common Comynon Pleas Court in 1910, and at the expiration of his term again was a candidate for the judgeship of the Common Pleas Court. He was defeat ed, however, by the late Judge Ran- ney at the general election. His de feat, it was generally conceded at at that time, was due to a split in the Republican party. Judge Davis was one of the lead ing jurists of his days. As judge of the Common Pleas Court he always manifested careful judgment in ren dering his decisions. He was often consulted by younger attorneys. His desire to -help youngei co??pagues caused him to form a partnership with Mr. Hardesty, when he left the bench. He was the legal advisor of the rst National Bank and also of the Cape Girardeau Building and Loan Association. Judge Davis was considered one of the largest real estate owners in this city. He is said to have loaned a helping hand to the poor when in need and did much for charity purposes. CRAWLS HALF MILE WITH BROKEN LEG Summons Aid for Sturm Victims in Dunklin County Little Boy Killed. Extricating himself from the wreckage of his home, which was de stroyed by a terrific windstorm last Friday, a son of W. T. Trobough, liv ing near Kcnnett. crawled half a mile with a fractured leg to summon medi cal aid for the 'other injured members'' cf the family, says the Dunklin Court-1 ty News. The house was blown front the foundation and buried the occu pants under the debris.