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Mrs. Martin Presides At A
Mass Meeting Held At
Pass Resolution Denouncing Ser
vice And Supporting City
Against Utilities Co.
After discussing the gas situation
from all angles at a mass meeting
at the court house park yesterday
evening, several hundred housewives
of this city resolved to support the
City Council in its efforts to compel
the Missouri Public Utilities Com
pany to comply with its franchise
and give the city the service that is
sanitary and can be demanded under
the terms of the franchise.
The meeting was presided over by
Mrs. W. W. Martin, who explained the
purpose of the gathering and outlined
the reasons for calling the protest
meeting. Following the address of
Mrs. Martin a number of housewives
arose to relate their experience dur
ing the past six months, and all were
unanimous that something would
have to be done to get better gas ser
vice. Mrs. Martin outlined the situation
from several points. She told of the
uncertainty of the gas service at the
present. At no time in the morning
she said, when the housewife in this
city began to prepare breakfast, could
she tell whether she could finish her
work. Often, she said she had ex
perienced that she had to leave the
breakfast undone.
The obnoxious odor issuing from
the gas she said was unsanitary and
injurious to the health. At times she
said the gas was so bad that it could
not be used even though a ful stream
was forced through the pipes.
"If the present situation," Mrs.
Martin said, "was due to the shortage
of labor, then the women can step in
and easily relieve the condition. Ev
erywhere the women were taking the
places of men who had been called to
the army, and no doubt the women
of this city could replace some of the
men formerly employed by the gas
company. I am satisfied," sh? em
phasized, "that the women workers
could give the city just as good serv
ice as we have received during the
past six months.
"On the other hand, should the
present situation be caused by the in
adequacy of rates, then let the rates
be raised, provided this will insure
better service. The cost of every
thing has increased to such an extent
that prices had to be raised in order
to supply what is needed for daily
use, and if the present rates for gas
are not sufficiently high to permit the
Missouri Public Utilities Company
to give us good service, then let us
tell the Public Service Commission
that an increase of rates is justified.
"We have a right to look after our
own interest in this matter of our
health. If the Missouri Public Utili
ties Company wants to be fair with
the people, then it should open its
books to the city officers, to the Pub
lic Service Commission and other of
ficers of authority to prove that the
present rates are not sufficietn to per
mit the company to give good service
without operating with a loss.
"If everything fails, and if all our
good will shows no results, she said,
then we have a last resort, a boycott.
We can abandon the gas stove and
go back to the coal oil, gasoline
stoves or coal ranges and ignore the
gas company. But we do not want
such extreme measures, we want to
bo friendly with the utilities com
pany, provided its officers meet us
with the same spirit. If the men had
to suffer the same inconvenience as
are forced upon us housewives by the
poor gas, I believe the situation
would have been improved long ago."
A number of women then arose to
tell of their experience in the use of
gas during the last six months. Mrs.
(Continued on page five.)
Dr. Dcarmont Heads New
. Organization For Food
Cape And Jackson Grocers Made
Members Of The New
A Fair Price Board has been or
ganized for Cape Girardeau County
to fix the prices for all staple gro
ceries used in every household. Dr.
W. S. Dearmont. president of the
Normal, and food administrator of
the countv. temporarily heads the
board, which will be permanently or
ganized for the duration of the war
at a meeting next Monday afternoon
when the first price list will be issued
by the new board.
The board is composed of the lead
ing wholesale and retail merchants of
this city and in Jackson. They are:
George L. Meyer, president of the
Meyer-Albert Grocer Co., C. W. Stehr
owner of the Stehr Mercantile Co., H.
R. Wilier, a retail grocer on West
Broadway, Henry Nussbaum, who in
itiated the cash and carry system in
this city, Emil Teichman, owner of
the Boston Grocery, Guy Miltenber
ger, of Jackson, and H. S. Moore.
The board will meet every Monday
to fix the fair prices for all grocer
ies. These lists will be published by
the board in order that the consumers
know the weekly variance of prices
for groceries.
Th fair price board was formed at
the suggestion of Dr. Dearmont, who
has been county food administrator
since the creation of the national food
administration last year. Every coun
ty and every large city in the United
States will have such a board to con
trol the prices of food stuffs for the
purposes of preventing profiteering
from the sale of food.
The large cities of the county have
been regulated by the fair price board
for some time. The merchants in
smaller cities may regulate their
prices in accordance with the stand
ard fixed by these boards, but condi
tions have arisen that warranted the
appointment of price boards for each
Both the wholesale and the retail
trade will be represented on the board
in order to determine what might be
considered a fair price for all food
stuff brought on the market.
The following food articles will be
affected by the regulations of the
Fair Price Board: Flour, corn, corn
meal, corn grit, dried fruit, sugar,
butter, lard, meats, in fact every kind
of food that is used in the kitchen.
M. E. Leming To Address Resi
dents Of Suburb On Good
Roads gg?-'
The taxpayers of the Red Star Ad
dition will hold a meeting tonight to
discuss the proposed bond issue to
build bridges and improve the roads
in this township. The meeting will be
held in the Methodist church on North
Main street.
M. E. Leming, chairman of the
Cape Girardeau Township Highway
Commission, has been invited to ap
pear before the meeting and explain
the proposed bond issue. He' has
agreed to address the meeting. Resi
dents of the Red Star Addition have
appealed to Mr. Leming for aid in
repairing the roads and bridges in
that section of the township, but as
all of the available funds have been
used to build temporary bridges over
the drainage ditches, no improvement
can be made in the Red Star Addi
tion unless the bond issue carries.
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Dr. Dearmont Predicts Wheat
Crop Will NotTake Off Food
A relaxation of the food regula
tions by the national food administra
tion is not likely despite the prospect
of a big wheat crop in all wheat-
growing states of the coiatry.IhiB
was th prediction made yesterday
by Dr. W. S. Dearmont, county food
Dr. Dearmont declared that in his
opinion the food administration would
build up a reserve of wheat supply
this year to balance a possible crop
failure next year or at some other
future date.
At the present, he said, there was
little or no wheat supply in reserve,
and to relax the restrictions on the
use of wheat and wheat flour in view
of an abundant wheat yield in the
country, would be unwise as the next
year might see a failure of wheat.
It has been the general belief that
with the harvesting of this year's
crop, the food administration would
revoke some of the restrictions placed
on the use of wheat, said Dr. Dear
mont, but this is very unlikely.
The wheat crop of this year, he de
clared, was not yet available at this
time for the general use, and besides
the demand on the United States by
her allies for wheat was increasing
with the increased number of soldiers
that are being sent to France and are
in training in the various camps of
the country.
The food demonstrations given un
der the direction of the government,
he said, have taught the housewives
the way of using substitutes hereto
fore disliked by many, instead of
wheat and its products, and for that
reason the food administration would
likely continue to urge the use of
these substitutes that have become a
favorite food in so many homes since
the beginning of the war.
Commits Suicide In Jail, While
Awaiting Trial On
Marble Hill, Mo., June 20. Charles
Oswald, aged 74, who lived alone five
miles from Marble Hill, and who was
being held in jail awaiting hearing
before the federal authorities, com
mitted suicide last night.
He had made seditious remarks
against the government, President
Wilson, Congress and the American
When arrested he had in his home
pictures of the kaiser. Under com-;
mand he had saluted the flag when
brought to Marble Hill by Sheriff
Enoch Underwood one week ago.
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Charged With Deserting His Wife
And Children-Recently Re
Returned From Army
Wilson Eaves, whose domestic trou
bles have been aired in the justice of
the peace courts in this city on vari
ous occasions, is nqw being sued for
$ divorce by his wife, Mrs. Ida Eaves,
from whom he has been separated
since last February, The petition was
filed in the Common Pleas Court yes
terday afternoon by Harry E. Alex
ander, attorney for Mrs. Eaves.
ine couple nave two children, a
girl five years old, and a son two
years old. Another boy was fatally
burned a year ago, while playing in
the back yard with his sister and
According to the petition Eaves
failed to support his family, compell
ing his wife to seek employment in
order to make a livelihood for herself i
and children.
Eaves was drafted a few months
ago and sent to the training camp.
He had been placed in a deferred
class but when he left his family the
local board advanced him to Class
One A. He did not remain in camp
but a short time and was sent back
home on account of physical disabil
ity. Eaves has been arrested repeated
ly on charges of non-support by his
wife. He was given a jail sentence,
but did not serve the sentence im
posed upon him by the judge.
Prof. Sperry, Of Syracuse Uni
versity, Holds Lectures At
Normal Here
A series of lectures on the German
intrigue in the United States, togeth
er with documentary material in the
possession of the Department of Jus
tice, was started at the Normal yes
terday afternoon by Prof. Earl E.
Sperry of the University of Syracuse.
He told of the annexationist senti
ment of the German government and
the political philosophy underlying
its conduct before and after the be
ginning of the war.
Another lecture on this subject will
be given this morning at' the Normal
at 10 o'clock and again Saturday
morning at the same hour. Prof.
Sperry will tell of his personal expe
rience in gathering proof of the in
trigue and conspiring plots of the
German government.
Mr. Sperry is Professor of History
and librarian at the Syracuse Univer
sity. He received his education at
American universities and then spent
ione year studying French in France
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Prizes To Be Fixed At Meeting
Of Defense Council Here
Nest Month
Jefferson City, Mo., June 20 When
the State Council of Defense meets
at Cape Girardeau, July 12, it will
indorse the proposition of the Mis
souri Historical octy for an essay
contest in which it is proposed to give
prizes as follows:
Five $100 war savings certificates
for the best five articles on "Missouri
and the War."
Three $100 war savings certificates
for the best three articlles on St.
Louis and the War."
Three $100 war savings certificates
for the best three articles on "My
Country and the War."
Three $100 war savings certificates
j for the best three articles on "Kansas
City and the war."
One $100 war savings certificate
for the best article on the "Univer
sity of Missouri and the War."
The Missouri Historical Society
asks that the Missouri Council of
Defense offer the three certificates
for the best article on "My Country
and the War."
Waupun, Wis., June 20. The gray
walls of the Wisconsin State Prison
today closed behind Grace Lusk, slay
er of Mrs. Mary Newman Roberts,
wife of Dr. David Roberts, former
state veterinarian.
"This is the end of all things for
me," said the former school mistress,
who more than a year ago killed the
wife of the man she loved and then
sought to take her own life. Miss
Lusk was sentenced to nineteen years
imprisonment for murder in the sec
ond degree.
The convicted woman was brought
to the prison from Waukesha in an
and Germany.
During the past year he was em
ployed by the United States govern
ment to prepare a brief history of
German plots and intrigue in the
United States and was accordingly
given access to all, the material on
this subject in the archives of the
various government departments.
His investigation of German plots
to undermine national sentiment in
the United States caused him to be
summoned by the Judiciary Commit
tee of the United States Senate to
give information concerning the Ger
man organization here engaged in
that work. He has written a pam
phlet on this subject which was pub
lished by the National Security
21, 1918
Vienna Claims Italian Counter At
tacks Were Failure, While Aust-
rians Continued To Make Gains
On Piave River.
Riots Reported From Austria And
Germany American Troops
Make Advance Of Mile On Ger
man Positions.
Rome, June 20. The Austrians have been fcired to withdraw toward
the eastern salient on Montrilo as a r esul't of the counter attacks of the
Italian forces ,who captured nearly 1 ,."00 prisoners in this sector of the
battle lines.
North of the Bclluma railway the i:ght is continuing with bitterness.
French troops took enemy positions at Bertigo and Pennar, capturing
several hundred prisoners. Around Monte Castolungo the French were
also successful taking more than 100 prisoneis.
Vienna, June 20. All lefforts ofthe Italians to take the new posi
tions obtained by the Austrian troop; falleld. six heavy assaults being
beaten off by the Austrians. At certain points in the Montello region the
Italians advanced slightly, but were driven back. Because of the heavy
losses the enemy was forced to calll i n the reserves. Along the Fossetta
canal the Italians were pushed back t o a point south of the Treviso railroad
With the Italian Armies in the
Field, June 20 The elements are aid
ing the Italians. Heavy rains in the
mountain regions have changed the
Piave from a sluggish stream to a
rushing flood.
British airmen report that twelve
of the fourteen bridges flung across
the Piave by the enemy have been
carried away. Trapped on the west
bank, Austrian detachments are sub
jected to almost constant mauling by
the Italian artillery and bombs drop
ped by allied airmen, with no avenue
of escape.
London, June 20. Italian force3
are now counter attacking at various
points along th? whole Piave River
line, it was authoritatively learned
On the middle Piave, the Italians
have driven forward to the west bank
of the river, splitting the Austrian
forces in that region and rolling them
back to the north and south.
The enemy detachments on the low
er Piave have been pushed back un
til now they hold only a third of their
original advance toward Venice.
The Italians also made further
slight gains at Uervesa. in the Mon-
tello region.
With the American Army on the
Marne, June 20. The Americvans
squeezed the Germans out of a salient
a kilometer, two-thirds of a mile,
deep and the same distance in widtSi
west of Torcy, six miles northwest ot
Chateau Thierry, early this morning.
The Germans did not remain to
fight aftAr they wlere struck by a
barrage beginning at 1 o'clock am?
when the infantry went forward
there was no one to oppose them.
Total German casualties in the
fighting in this sector since the Amei
icans arrived are now estimated ar
800 killed and 5,000 wounded.
London, June 20- Philip Morrell
declared in the house of commons thi3
afternoon that Great Britain's losses
since January were 72,140 killed and
300,000 wounded and missing.
Mcrrell proposed a resolution stat
ing that the government should not
lose a diplomatic opportunity to set
tle the war by agree merit.
Lndon, June 20. Heavily censored
private messages indicate there have
been great peace demonstrations in
Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg recent
ly, according to a Stockholm dispatch ,
published in the Post. Military police
dispersed the crowds, killing several
workmen and arresting others.
Amsterdam, June 20 Cavalry
imenis nave Deen rushed to Vienna
where extremely serious bread riots
have broken out, according to advices
from German sources today. The
mobs are reported to have stoned
Fremier von Seydler's residence and
to have plundered bakeries. Estab
lishment of martial law is declared
London, June 20. An unusual
phase of. the Austrian offensive is
the capture of 9,000 prisonrrs, an
nounced by the Italian war office.
This is regarded as novel in defensive
"There is nothing new to report,""
the German wa rofllce announced lata
Wednesday evening.
Conncil Of Defense To Award
Thrift Stamps For Best
A thrift rhyme contest will be held
in connection with the national Thrift
Stamp Day, June 28, under the aus
pices of the Council of Defense.
Rhymes with cdntent3 touching on
the Thrift Stamps will be accepted
by the Council of Defense and judged
as to their poetical value.
The contestants have been divided
into four classes as follows:
First class Children up to the
fourth grade.
Second class Children from the
fourth to the eighth grade.
Third class Students of the high
Fourth class Graduates of the
high school under 18 years of age,
and all those over 18 years not at
tending High school.
Three prizes, consisting of Thrift
Stamps, will be awarded to those who
are named the winners in the contest.
Any number of rhymes may be con
tributed by any contestant, but no
rhymes must be longer than four
The contest begins today and will
be continued till June 25. AH rhymes
must be in before four o'clock on the
closing day. The name, address and
age of the contestant must accom
pany the rhymes entered in the con
test. The grade of the contestant
must also eeb given. Those who are
attending a school must state wheth
er they are under or over IS years of
Springfield, Mo., June 20. A south
bound Frisco freight train was
reg-Wrecked late yesterday between Ok-
mulgee and Schulter, Okla., killing
Engineer Edward J. Doity and seri
ously injuring Fireman M. C. Skaggs,
both of Sapulpa. Fourteen cars, in
cluding six cars of oil, left the rails
and piled up. The oil set the wreck
age afire. The wreck was caused by
a "sunk kink" in the rails.

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