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VOL. 44 FARMINGTON, ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, MISSOURI, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1917 NO. 38 Important Announcement Monarch Entertainment Course Buy Your Tickets Now FIRST NUMBER, COMMUNITY QUARTET FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 By far the best entertainment course ever brought to Farming ton has been booked by the Monarch Management for the coming winter. A Redpath course consisting of five unexcelled numbers, everyone of which you will thoroughly enjoy. COMMUNITY QUARTET LAURANT & COMPANY BOHEMIAN ORCHESTRA PtYMOUTH SINGERS ROACH-FREEMAN COMPANY Tickets are now on sale during the day at Karsch's Shoe Store and at night at the Monarch box office. Over 300 tickets already sold and we expect to sell the capacity of the house, so you had better hurry. During the next few days tickets will be delivered to those who subscribed for them last Bpring. Season Tickets, Adults $2.00; Children $1.00 Seats reserved Monday Morning, October 8th, at Karsch's Shoe Store at 7:30 a. m. NO SATURDAY NIGHT DATES. EVERY SEAT IN THE HOUSE A GOOD ONE. Second Contingent Being Examined Farmington has been fairly alive with the Dick of St. Francois county's young manhood since Wednesday, when the hrst ot the dratted men u make up the second contingent be gan to come in for examination. The examinations begun Thursday morn ing, and have been proceeding rap idly right along. Elsewhere in The Times a complete list of the 700 men called is published, and as soon as practicable we will publish a list of those accepted and certified by the board for service. St. Francois coun ty's quota being the larges of any county in the State, exclusive of those in which the largest cities are located, the number called is unusually large, and the town presents a scene of a most uncommon activity during the examinations. This City to Have Lyceum Course Through the enterprise of the man agement of the Monarch, Farmington will again have the opportunity to enjoy a splendid Lyceum course this fall and winter. It is said that over 300 tickets have already been sold, so the success of the course, from the viewpoint of whether people will pat ronize it or not, is already assured. Also we are told that the merit of the course is considerably higher than any previous course that Farmington has yet had. The first number, to be given Friday, October 12th, is the Community Quartet, a musical com pany of high order of excellence. This is to be followed by four other attractions during the winter, which will be Laurent & Co., music and magic; the famous Bohemian Orches tra; the Plymouth Singers, and the Roach-Freeman Company of dramatic and musical artists. This should form a course unusu ally pleasing to a Farmington audi ence. The talent is bought from the Redpath people, and the companies selected are known to be among their very best attractions. The course tickets this year will cost only $2 for adults and $1 for children, so Farm ington people who appreciate pleasing and educational entertainment are sure of getting the best at a very moderate nrice. No up-to-date community tries to "get along without" its winter lyceum course nowdays, and the Monarch management is certainly to be com mended for taking the responsibility and financial risk upon themselves. Roll of Honor The following new and renewal subscriptions to The Times have been received the Dast week: New Subscriptions P. H. Gibson of Route 2, and Mrs. Zoe Hermann of Farmington, L. J. Shaner of Desloge, W. B. Cole of Flat River, J. A. big man nf St Louis. Renewals Mrs. J. M. Perkins of Route 5, W. E. Matkin of Route 6, P. M. Randall, Boswell & Helber, K. C. Weber, Miss Emma Cornman and Will Fischer of Farmington, St. Joseph Lead Co. and John T. White of Bonne Terre, Chas. H. Blackledge of Ste. Genevieve, J. W. Horn of Fresno, Cal. PIANO TUNING R. W. Vorhees of St. Louis is in town tuning pianos. A card dropped at the Farmington post office will re ceive prompt attention, or phone 408. A Statement From Sergeant Smith Elvins, Mo., Sept. 25, 1917. Mr. John D. Vance, Elvins, Mo. Dear Sir: Inasmuch as your article which amieared in The Farmintrton Times of September 21st, reflects so mightily upon the character of both Companies "D" and "G", and conse quently upon myself, it would appear that" a reply would be quite in order, just as it appeared that you exceeded any authority bestowed upon you by signing your tirade "Citizens of El vins." The writer has taken it upon himself to have a personal interview with the representative business and professional men of this city, and finds that the vast majority oi tnem knew nothing of even an intention on your part to have printed such an in famous story. As an enlisted man, one who has sacrificed much more lucrative pur suits in civil life and donned Uncle Sam's uniform in defense of his flag and such people as the citizens of Elvins, and yourself, I beg to state that vou very evidently have forgot ten the adage, "that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. You speak of the soldiers' lawless ness. The lawlessness of your own community brought our three hundred men here. You speak oi our immoral ity, yet you admit that the immoral overtures were on the part of your "well known" prostitutes. You speak of our drunkenness, staggering while on guard. I personally challenge you to prove one instance when a sentry from my camp was in such a condition. drawing your attention to the fact that the major portion ot our disagreeable duty has been to quell Srunken brawls between your "outraged citizens" and pour their whiskey and alcohol into your own gutters. You say that you welcomed the coming of the soldier boys. Why? Because you were forced to admit de feat 'at the hands of your own local lawlessness, debauchery and vandal ism. You sapped our nation's war strength to fight those who enlisted to fight for you. You overlook the vir tues of two hundred and ninety-four and magnify the faults of six. You close your eyes to that which might personally reflect, and bend your mis guided efforts toward hindering those would civilize your imported bar barians and thugs. You forget that history points to but One perfect man. Are You the second? I speak not only for myself but at the instigation of two hundred and nirtetytfour law-abiding pober, up right .citizens, soldiers, who sorrow as greatly over the downfall of six of their comrades as they do that any where in our land there should exisf anyone who would apparently foster such conditions as called us here by blocking the efforts of those who en deavor to better them. IRVING R. SMITH, Sergeant Commanding Detachment at Elvins, Missouri. SMALL FIRE THURSDAY An alarm of fire Thursday proved to be an outbuilding burning at the home of Chas. Snelson, in the South western part of Farmington. The building was destroyed. Some con fusion was occasioned by the simi larity of names between "Snelson" and ''Nelson." When the fire de partment showed up at the home of C. O. Nelson, Mrs. Nelson, who was sit ting on the porch, was quite sur prised. It seems Central had under stood the name wrongly. John T. Burks of Charleston is a Farmington visitor this week, shaking hands with his many friends. ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY HONORS DEPARTING Thousands in Crowd Gathered to Bid Good-Bye to Soldier Boys Leaving for Camp Funston St. Francois county's first conting ent of 117 young men departed by way of DeLassus last Friday after noon for Camp Funston, Ft. Riley, Kansas. The occasion was made a memor able one by the ingathering of thou sands of people from all parts of the county to bid the boys god-speed and do honor to theit- patriotism. The streets of Farmington were thronged all day with the crowds, the farewell demonstration being by far the larg est even of its kind perhaps ever wit nessed in this county. The contingent leaving was about 30 per cent of the quota to be furnish ed by the county, which is the largest of any county in the State, except those counties in which are located some big city. The ceremonies were held under the auspices of the county's council of Home Defense, with sixteen other pa triotic and church organizations par ticipating in some way. Business houses and schools closed in honor of the occasion, and large delegations came from all over the county. At 10:30 a. m. a parade was formed at the High School, headed by the famous Lead Belt Concert Band, fol lowed by a company of regular sol diers, the drafted men, boy scouts, G. A. R. veterans and Confederate vet erans, Gower's Band, school children and others making a parade fully a mile in length. Later at the Court House, the crowds were addressed by Rev. Velvick of Bonne Terre, Dr. T. L. Haney, of Flat River, a member of the local board, and other speakers. Each one of the drafted men was pre sented, in a speech by Rev. R. S. To the Parents and Friends OF THE Boys in Camp. If you get any letters from "the boy" remember that THE TIMES will be glad to publish them or part of them of general interest and not in conflict with established censorship. News of the boy is of keen interest to his friends and the public generally. Let's co-operate in this. Bring or send the boy's letter to The Times office for publication. Successful State Press Meeting The Missouri State Press Associa tion met in St. Louis on the 20th inst. and held a busy and profitable two-days meeting. Thursday morn ing's meeting was held in the assem bly room on the tenth floor of the Annex hotel. It had been previously given out by the program committee that only brief talks, with a punch in them, or pointed and pithy remarks would be expected at these meetings, and no one trespassed in the least. In consequence of which many good and practical suggestions were brought out that all present could convert to their own personal use and profit. The editorial party were the guests of the Suffrage League at 1 o'clock luncheon in the dining room of the American hotel, where the splendid eats and bright, happy speeches put all visitors in a mood to enjoy to the uttermost the "seeing St. Louis" au tomobile ride which filled the remain der of the afternoon, and gave many including the writer a somewhat enlarged and improved idea of the magnificence of that place as a res idence city. The first stop was made at the old Grant homestead, on which the original log cabin is still intact. This homestead is now the site of the splendid Busch country home, being several miles outside the city limits. The party spent a half hour at the barns of this splendid estate, inspect ing the horses, came, hogs, etc., and wondering at the inequalities so often seen in this life. From here the route continued countryward, until "Sunset Inn" was reached. Here the party again alighted, washed up, and for an hour enjoyed the splendid hospitality that was extended thern, "without money and without price." This is really an ideal place to rest and recuperate, and it fitted in so snugly after the long auto drive. "Sunset Inn" de rived its name rfom the surpassing loveliness of the sunset as viewed from that point. From here the party was taken to the "Bevo Mill," a unique building erected mainly as an advertisement of that popular drink. DRAFTED SOLDIERS Boyd of the Presbyterian church, with a Testament, these being the gift of the Lutheran and Presbyterian Sun day Schools. A fine chicken dinner was served the boys, in the Court House, each one of them later being presented with a huge box of lunch to take along, by the local ladies, and the drafted men and crowds boarded cars and automo biles for DeLassus, where the final ex ercises were held till the special train pulled in. The speakers at DeLassus were Hon. E. A. Rozier, of Farming ton, J. H. Malugen of Bonne Terre, and Albert Wulfert, of Farmington, secre tary of the local board. The train pulled in at 3:25, the boys climbed aboard, and St. Francois county's first contingent was on its way to actual war. Tears were shed yes. But every mother there was proud of her boy, and every individual in the crowd shared that pride. Geo. Wm. Amburg, whose home is at Piedmont, but who was registered from Flat River, failed to report to the local board for transportation with the other boys, but came into town on Monday of this week. He explained that owing to the death ot his loster father, at Piedmont, he was detained and could not get here. The local board was sorely puzzled for a few hours, but on Tuesday, acting upon telegraphic instructions from the Ad jutant General, they provided him with transportation to Ft. Riley, and he left Tuesday afternoon. This was, under the rules, technically a case of "desertion", and it was feared would go pretty hard with the young man, but owing to the circumstances the Adjutant was disposed to be leni ent. Here a splendid dinner was served, whiehwas followed with several talks, on different subjects, by notable men. All of these courtesies were extended through the courtesy of the Mercan tile Club of St. Louis. At 9:30 Friday morning the par ty was aboard the excursion boat "Grey Eagle", at the foot of Olive street, and were taken on an excur sion up the river, above the "Chain of nocks , thence down the liver to Jef erson Barracks. There was dancing and a general good time was enioved by all. Luncheon was served on the boat, and another business meeting was held, concluding with the election of officers. The party was shown throuM the Barracks, enjoyed a drill by ;he troops, and were also treated to a regular soldier's dinner in the me33 room, all of which was hugely enjoyed. Here new recruits are quickly fashioned into real soldiers, and they look the part. At about 7 o'clock in the evening the editorial party were again returned to the foot of Olive street, from which plac they dispersed to their hotels, this being the end of the regular annual pro gram. For Friday's most enjoyable program also thanks is due the Mer eantile Club. As a side trip about 140 of the party boarded the "Scenic Limited" on the Missouri Pacific railroad at. 9:00 Sat urday morning for Jefferson City, where they had the pleasure of in specting the splendid new htate Cap itol building, which is approaching completion. Their trip through that truly magnificent building, one of the finest to be found in the entire coun try, appeared to give the visiting newspaper folks a more dignified ap nearance. to think that thev are stoc-k holders in that exceptional structure. The party was entertained at dinner while there by some of the "live wires" of the State Capitol. Some of the party had the pleasure of visit ing the penitentiary before catching their (trains, and enjoyed the many evidences of Improvement in that in stitution over former days, when the wearing of stripes and administering of severe punishments was the general order there. Such things have gone out of practice, and practically all the prisoners were out enjoying ball games and other athletic amusements, every Saturday. THE BLUE CROSS if marked here means your time is up for THE TIMES and is an invitation to renew your subscription If the blue cross appears here, this is the last issue of THE TIMES you will receive until we have your renewal dollar. We are compelled to enforce, without discrimination, the cash-in-advance rule for subscription, and October 1st is the date we announced some time ago would mark the beginning of this system. We want you to continue with us, and will appreciate your renewal. The price is still $1.00 a year, but it must and will advance soon. Save money by re newing your subscription NOW. More Auto- Hoodlums Sunday night, about the time the churches were finishing their evening services, and the streets alive with people, an auto truck infested with three or four loudly cursing and sup posedly drunk hoodlums passed up Columbia street at a break-neck rate the driver, so it is reported, loudly declaring, "if these b don't want to get run over, let 'cm get out of the way." Proceeding on out the road, some where near Rock Springs, the crew ran into the rear of a buggy driven by Thomas Depper, who, with his wife, was driving along the road, seriously wrecked the buggy, and inflicted more or less serious injuries on both occu pants. It is said that Mr. Depper has the number of the car, and intends to follow the matter up and obtain some redress. But how long is this sort of thing going to be tolerated in Farmington? It has been suggested that the frank publication of the numbers of the cars driven by reckless speed-maniacs might be helpful, but to pinch a few of them and make an example of them might be more so. Another sug gestion that seems worth while, is that if the city marshal would take a look around a little further out from the court house square, he would be able to get his eyes open as to who is who in this sort of law violation. The speed demons are getting wise to the survelience of the officers down town, and very little speeding is done about the down-town streets. But further out on residence streets where little tots are playing, and peaceable citizens walking or driving the speed-fiends "cut 'er loose" in a feeling of security that the law can't get 'em. There is no good reason why Farm ington should put up with a nuisance that is being effectually suppressed everywhere else. Public sentiment is back of any move to suppress the auto-hoodlum, and those whose duty it is to put an end to it can take what ever action is necessary, with com plete sureness of the solid backing of the public. Get after it! Why Not Have a Fire Truck ? Other towns the size of Farming ton and much smaller have far more up to date fire fighting apparatus than Farmington. Formerly, before autos became relatively cheup and reliable in their operation, the horse-drawn vehicle wa3 well enough. But nowa days, before someone can be found to hitch up, the fire wagon started on its way, considerable damage can be done by fire. And even with far bet ter horses than we have available for the purpose, a horse-drawn fire-fighting equipment is as slow, to use the slang expression, "as the seven year itch." Fighting fire is a matter in which every citizen of this town is, or ought to be, vitally interested. If a prop erty owner, it is vital to protect prop erty. Even if not a property owner, every person in the town runs more or less risk of injury, personal loss, cr even death through fire, and no other improvement in the town i3 so prac ticable and so keenly needed as bet ter fire-fighting means. We have a splendid waterworks system, with ample pressure to put out almost any fire. But of what avail is it with a slow-moving horse-drawn wagon lum bering along at a slow pace bringing hose to the fire? We suggest that the Commercial Club jump on this problem at once and push it through to success. An auto truck, either with or without a pumping engine should be secured at once. Also some system should be de vised to more quickly reveal the lo cation of a fire. As it is now, when the first whistle sounds, one sees scores of people scurring aimlessly about the streets, each asking his neighbor "where's the fire," and frequently it is fifteen or twenty minutes before it is really known. And it would'nt hurt to practice the fire laddies a bit in their several du ties. Something like a cash prize for the fireman who can first make a con nection and get hts hose playing would stimulate interest. These fire drills are a popular sport many places, serving to keep the fire fighters volunteers, just like our own boys up on their toes and in trim to put out a fire in a jiffy when one breaks out What the Blue Cross Means Did you notice a blue cross on your Times this week? If you did, it is just a friendly way of letting you know that your time is out for the pa per, and reminding you to renew your subscription at once, so as not to miss any issue of the paper. Several weeks ago we announced through the paper, and for several weeks repeated it, that on October 1st the cash-in-advance rule for subscrip tions would have to go into effect, without discrimination, under an "equal-rights-to-all, special privileges to none" policy being adopted by most of the newspapers throughout Missou ri, and indeed the whole country. The time has gone by when a coun try newspaper can pay the high prices for paper, labor, and everything that enters into its production, and wait a year, or two years for the subscrip tion price. There is no question of the honesty or good intentions of sub scribers to pay up. In fact some of our most valued subscribers, who have stuck to us for five, ten, twenty, thir ty years even, have always had the habit of paying at the end of the year, or some other convenient time. But nil that is and must be changed now days. The Times labors faithfully for the interests of everything worthy in St. Francois county, and has become, we think, a paper thoroughly worth the subscription price in any home in St. Francois county, as well as to citi zens living elsewhere who want to keep in touch with the things going on "back home." We ask simply the reasonable co-operation of those for whom the paper is edited and printed, and that co-operation is best expressed by a willingness to pay for the paper in advance and thus enable us to keep up the standard and improve all the time. If there is a blue cross on your pa per, lose no time in renewing your subscription. We value your patron age, appreciate your help, support and good will, and want to keep you on our lists indefinitely. It is not our wish to stop anybody's paper, but the blue cross is final notice before dis continuing the paper to the addresses of those who have not paid in advance for it. Simmering Down to Six The article in The Times last week, signed, "Citizens of Elvins," and in fact written, sponsored and brought co our office by a group of Elvins cit izens we believed to be entirely trust worthy, seems to have caused a good deal of feeling among the decent ma jority of the soldier boys encamped in the Lead Belt. A captain and a lieutenant called at The Times office on Wednesday, and asked us to publish a statement from Sergeant Smith, which we are very glad to do, and it will be found in an other column. Also wc are glad to say that we are assured by these offi cers that the offending roughnecks, only six in number, have been sifted out and put in the guard house. Who actually commits the outrages of which citizens generally have been complaining is of little moment so long as the offences against common de cency are effectually stopped. This, It seems, has been done since the visit of a special investigator from Wash-r ington who came to the district fol lowing the publicity The Times and other county papers gave the mat ter, and The Times is more than glad to express fullest confidence that the better element among the men will, each for himself, make it his business to see that no erring comrade brings discredit upon the entire command by acting like swine instead of like sol diers. There was no time to investigate the truth or falsity of the statements made by our contributor before go ing to press last week, but the echos from scores of eye witnesses and suf ferers from the lawlessness and lack of regulation of some of the boys in uniform, have been so frequent and persistent that some airing of the matter was due and deserved for the very purpose of clearing the good name and honor of the decent, well behaved two hundred and ninety-four by bringing the delinquencies of the six outlaws against discipline to the attention of those who could and did put them where they belong.