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The ozark spectator
A SEMI.WEEKLY NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY VOLUME 6. OZARK, FRANKLIN COUNTY, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 2, 1917. NUMBER 80 People's Service Company Making i ’ Many Improvements I - Tho Mir owners of the light plant sre doing a large amount of improvement on all their plants in tho state, but especial ly in Ozark. They have opened an.sAse in the W. C. Bill brick building and are installing fine furniture and are preparing to konp a full supply of light fix tures. Miss Alma Roach is casli iv far tho company and will lw> fouad in the office in charge at ail times. They are replacing their poles w with heavier ones and will run 'tads in sections not now served. Tho; have placed a car of poles in Alma. Dyer and Mulberry and will rewire those towns as well as Alius and Denning. They have decided not to rs tabliah a central power plant as tbty considered doing at one tbps. hut improve their Ozark and Alma plants and abandon their Mulberry plant. They am preparing to put in aa ice plant in connection with their light plant. They have had the water from severai wells aaalised by Prof. Otto Martin of Part Smith to ascertain if it is para enough for ice. Every encouragement should be givep them, as they are ■pending thfir money freely to Improve their service and benefit the town. Their rates are being on a more equitable baais. The mininum rate for Ugbta has been reduced from * fL&o per meath to $1.00. This it appreciated by the users and •hows the.fairness of the com pany. They are not receiving eaeugh for lighting the streets aad the city council will be •abed to raise the rate slightly. Ozark pays a third less than many towns smaller than this and it aoema reasonable and just that the rate be made more in accord with other towns and the oorvice rendered. We will be glad to see the eiti atas give this company their hearty support. Former own ere have failed to make it profit able and have been forced to 4Uit It seems to be up to the dtissue and council to get be hind these people and secure business for them. Dav service will be started in th# near future. Ysy Can Serve Uncle Sam. )by taking a buisness course or telegraphy in the Springfield (Wo.) Buisness Collage, helping With buiapesa or transportation, If students are drafted or volun tear, tuition will be retunded except far time in school. School all summer. Flag Raising Day Last Friday was flag-raising day at the High School. The regular school work was carried on until 11:80 in the morning, when a picnic dinner was served on the lawn and it was a great "spread,” enjoyed by the young sters and parents. Baseball and basket ball were enjoyed for a time, when the large crowd gathered in the school auditorium to be enter tained with a well prepared pro j gram. The musical numbers de i serve especial mention. M. V. Waterfield, president of the board, Harley Russell, mem ber of the board, Hon. J. D. Benson and G. T. Reeves spoke on the importance of the occa sion, that of showing our loyalty ami patriotism in placing the beautiful flag on the tower of ! the school building. A number of national guards were present and raised the flag. ■ --- Company K at Church Monday evening a good sized representation from Company K, with their captain, Marion Ed wards, attended the Methodist Church in a body, marching to the church in military tormation. They occupied front seats, re served for them, and to the side of the altar the beautiful Ameri can flag, the gift to Company K from the business'men of Ozark, was artistically drapped. Rev. M. L. Oliver, pastor of the Van Buren church, requested that the audience give the sold iers the chautauqua salute. Handkerchiefs were waved as the last stanza of “My Country ’Tis of Thee” was sung by the audience. Mr. Oliver delivered the mes sage, subject: "Being born again,” to which the closest at tention was given and which seemed to evince silent apprecia tion of every man and woman. The male quartet was composed of Raymond Copsey. Harlan and Hill Burns. Leo Paul sang "I Need Thee Every Hour.” Rev. W. J. I^eRoy offered the closing praver. Why Not? It has been suggested in some places that a company of men 40 to M years old should be organ ized, and that the business men who should form such a com pany, should meet and drill pegu larly through the summer months, and longer, if necessary. These men would not drill for I active service, but they should be ready for emergency duty if ! such duty should be necessary. There may be need of men of men of tins class as bridge | guards or patrols. These drills would set a splen did example to the boys of Franklin County of military age. INN THE ELECTRIC WAY f ' * Mil WIITHOM • '<* • • $3.80 HCH 1 * v ip order to introduce our line of Hot Point Irons we will * hril fifty of these irons at $£50 each, one to a customer. ThoHlft Point Iron is guaranteed for five years and ordi* aortty rotails for $4 50 See April 28 ih issue of the Satur do§ Evening Post for detailed description of this iron Why i IT over a hot stove this summer when an electric iron <Ml lo operated constantly for 7 5 Cents Per Hour C$izen8 Service Company < a * V % ‘ 4 Franklin County Equal Suffrage Central Committee Formed At a most enthusiastic and rep resentative meeting called by Miss Josephine Miller, the Na tional Suffrage Organizer, the Franklin County Equal Suffrage Central Committee was formed. Mrs. M. V. Waterfield was! elected chairman: Mrs. W. W.! Jennings, 1st vice-chairman, Mrs. J. S. Turner, 2nd vice chairman; Miss Elgin Milton, 3rd vice-chairman; Mias Gladys Mcllroy, secretary; Mrs. Whit ney Johnson, treasurer; Mrs. R H. Burrow, Chairman of Public ity Committee; Mrs. W. J. Le Roy, Chairman of Program Com raittee; Committee: Mrs. Anna Bill, Mrs. J. H. Benson, Mrs. T. H. Moore, Mrs. R. L. Swindler, Chairman of Finance Committee; Mrs. W. L. Haskew, Chairman on “First Aid” class; Board of Directors: Mr. C* C. Colburn, Mrs. F. N. Wilson. Miss Sula Fleeman. Rev. W. J. Lelioy. The suffrage committee will meet on the the fir9t and third Monday in the month at 3 p. m. at the court house. All white women believing in woman suf frage are eligible as members There are no dues. The study of government—national and municipal —will be taken up as a preparatory step for the use of franchise. Under the auspices of the committee. Mrs. Haskevv, Chair man of “First Aid” class and her Board of Directors will re cruit this week. Any one desiring to attend lectures to be given by Dr. Dou- \ glass, will please send or phone, in their names to Mrs. Haskew. Thgse lectures that Doctor Dou glass has so kindly consented to give the women at this critical ’ time afford a great opportunity ' to the women and mothers. Time and place will be announ-; ced later. Miss Miller introduced her subject, “Woman Suffrage”1 with a quotation from Mr. Wil son’s war message to congress. “We shall fight for the things we have always carried nearest; our hearts, for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own government.” To every woman who reads this message must come at once the question. If the nght ot those who.snb mit to authority to have a voice in their own government’ is so sacred in the case of foreign people as to constitute a reason for entering upon an interna tional war in its defense, whyj defer the enfranchisement of one-half the population in our own country?”’ If we would have our voice heard by the nations of Europe, nations which, with Jone accord, are increasing political liberty within their own borders, we must speak with sincerity our The Misses Sneed Marry Misses Matissie and Margaret Webb have received announce ment of the marriage of their nieces, Misses Martha and Ag nes Sneed of Dallas, Texas, to Joseph Patterson and Lee Roy Farris, April 15th. Mr. and Mrs. Patterson were married at Hillsboro, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Farris were married on the same date at Rusk, Texas. The young ladies are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Sneed, who are well known in Ozark and at Clarksville, their old home. They are most excel lent young ladies and will make true helpmates and companions. We wish them all the joy and happiness. Two More Suffrage States. The legislature of Rhode Island and Michigan have granted pres idential suffrage to women, and the legislature of Vermont has given municipal suffrage to tax paying women. Women now vote for president in eighteen states. The impor tance of the extension of the suffrage right in Rhode Island is that it is the first jump the women have made over the Alle gheny Mountains. Suffrage is to be voted on in Maine and New York this year. But the actual voting of women in Rhode Island without the calamities and dis asters which the antis dread, will be a splendid object lesson that will spread suffrage in the i East rapidly. The Michigan victory merely consolidates the middle states group—Ohio. Illinois. Indiana and Michigan. Next year proba-; bly Kentucky, West Virginia, i Wisconsin and Minnesota will be infected with the contagion. This year s victories are Arkan-( sas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Rhode Island, an addi tion of one-third to the suffrage area in one year! If a sirailiar proportionate gain comes next year, nine more states will be added, and a majority of the American states will have women suffrage. And then the fire works! selves. We must give honestly in our own land that political liberty we ask for them, but which, without freedom for wo men. is unrealized in America. Miss Miller then gave the his tory of “Woman Suffrage,” its three preceding steps: 1st. De mand for Education; 2nd, Im proved Legal Status; 3rd, Econo mic Independence. In 1848 four women issued a call for First Woman’s Right's Convention. Now, in 1917 there are eighteen states where women may vote— nearly 9 million women voters. Besides Australia, New Zealand, Norway. Iceland, Finland, Den mark and the Canadian province of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatche wan, British Columbia and Otta wa have given their women the right to vote. The Alarming Food Situation All of Europe -neutral as well as warring countries—has been : placed upon food rations ty eke out supplies until the new crop is harvested. This country en tered the present crop year last July with 164.000,000 of wheat carried over from the crop of 1915, and in 1916 produced 482, 000,000 bushels of winter wheat and 158,000,000 bushels of spring wheat; total supply 804,000,000 bushels. This year there will be practically no wheat carried over and the government’s esti mate upon the winter crop fore casts a yield of only 430,000,000. On this basis the spring wheat crop must be 214,000,000 bushels larger than last year in order to give us a wheat supply equal to what we will export and consume in the crop year now closing. This is an alarming outlook. The spring wheat crop is notoriously subject to weather conditions. More spring wheat should be sown, but it is doubtful if the wheat shortage can be made up. Other food products must be grown to meet the deficiency. Our allies—Belgium. Great Britain, France and Italv—are dependant upon us for food. They will have no reserves and1 must have more from us in the I coming year than in the past, or* they will not be able to feed all their people. We must divide what we grow this year with these countries and with the neutral countries —Holland, Den mark, Norway Sweden, Switzer land and Spain—which are not self-sustaining in grain supplies. And not only must we supply enough te keep these people from starving, but enough to cover the heavy losses at sea which re sult from the submarine war fare. If we grow no more food than we did last year and so; far the outlook is for less—there; is danger of a food situation such as the world in modern times has not dreamed of. No other country has the re sources in land and population to meet this emergency but the United States. All other business de pends upon the growing of a big crop in America this year. There is no time to wait for organi zation from outside. The emergency can he met only by spontaneous ac tion in every state coun ty and school district. The country is aroused, but , mere alarm will not accomplish results. There must be organ ized personal work, headed in every locality by men of force and influence. What can you do in your own neighborhood ? — Ex. For Sal*— My home in Ozark Property must sell, A bargain for some one. Geo. W. Barham. For Goodness Saketaea use M| KC Baking Powder IgH Purity Pint ^EXjH It will never disappoint you—try HMhHI it if you like good things to eat. jflHfc fjBm ^^Ounccsfor «>«y HHfl War Briefs On April 28 the French an nounced that since April 6. they had captured 175 cannons, 412 machine guns and 119 trench mortars and 20,708 prisoners. Guatemala has broken off dip lomatic relations with Germany. President Cabrera assigned as the reason that he wished to stand by the United States in the fight for democracy and the preservation of international law. He also stated that there was increasing evidence of Ger man plots which threatened the peace of Central America. With Guatemala breaking with Ger many, the United States is af forded access to coast waters as far south as the Panama Canal except Mexico and Honduras. The U. S. tank steamer Vacu um was torpedoed Saturday while returning from England. She was armed and had a crew of naval gunners abroad but they failed to discover the sub marine. She carried a crew of 34 men. A bill has been introduced in Congress making it unlawful for any one in the manufacture, storage or distribution of food, | seeds or fertilizer to commit or j allow preventable waste or dis tribution of their products. It also regulates the distribution I and prevents excessive prices. The bloody battle about Arras continues with extreme fury. The Germans have brought up several new divisions to stem the onslaught of the English, i who are doggedly pushing for ward foot by foot and putting,_ 'down all counter attacks. The house and senate are try ing to reach an agreement on the selective conscription bill. Under this bill Arkansas will be called on to furnish 7,700 men for the first 500,000 called. The state will have 11,000 men in all branches of the army and navy. & PLOWSHARES ARE SWORDS Ordinarily, agrieultnre has been considered one of the arts of peace, but it seems that a war was necessary to awake in the minds of the American people a real appreciation of the value of crops, and the importance of making every foot of ground “do ihs bit" in winning the war. Never has such a propoganda for better farming and more de pendable farming been in evi dence in the United States. Hun dreds of schemes are being de vised for making all of the land produce its crops, and hundreds of plans are being discussed for securing the labor necessary to handle the largest crop acreage the country ever has known. Undoubtedly much of the cam paigning for back-yard and vacant-lot gardens started before the war was declared, and was caused by a general desire to re lieve the high cost of living due to the food shortage, but since the declaration of war the plant ing of a garden and the raising and harvesting of all the food possible has come to be consid ered an act of patriotism equal in importance to actual service with the colors. Join Reserve Officers Judge D. L. Ford and David Partain went to Fort Smith Sat urday and were examined for entry to the Reserve Officers camp at Fort Logan H. Root at Little Rock. Every day ia flag day this year. .