OTTAWA FREE TRACER
Fair tonight and Thurt
day. Somewhat colder
tonight in eastern part.
VOLUME 1.--NO. 12
OTTAWA, ILLINOIS. WEDNESDAY, .JANUAKY 3, 1917.
PBICE, TWO CENTS.
GIGANTIC PROJECTED AMERICAN WARSHIPS
WILL OUTCLASS WORLD'S GREATEST VESSELS
IK TO DEMAND INCREASES
AT EXPIRATION OF AGREEMENT
EXPECT PERSHING WITHDRAWAL
TO END MEXICAN DIFFICULTY
CONTRACTS EXPIRE APRIL 1
L'AY FORGE ANOTHER
DLAME H, C, OF L
WORKMEN SAY THEY CANNOT
MAKE ENDS MEET BECAUSE
OF EXPENSIVE LIVING HOPE
TO END DISPUTE WITHOUT
That all building trades would allien
for a material increase in wages at
the expiration April 1 of their present
agreement with contractors was ad
mitted this morning by a prominent
labor official to a representative of the
Free Tracer-Journal. What demands
will bofiade have not been agreed up-
on, butt is understood the new con- j
tracts will embody a substantial in-!flgurC3 compiled by R. D. Mills, who
crease per hour over what the men in naii tnc work of Fprn,ading the tax
the pilled trades are now getting. Jn cftarB0, The greatest individual
A strike looms as among tho possi-i payers will bo tho city and the two
billtles but representatives of both ! utility corporations using the down
factions hope to avert a repetition of j town Sts. The C, O. & P. assessment is
the experience!! of two years agoj 4.07.1.60, while the Northern Illinois
when all building was tied up for tev-j Llht. & Traction Company is eharg-
ral weeks, pending a settlement of led up with f 8,190, worth of benefits
inferences existing between members ! from tho paving when it is completed,
of the Contractors' Arsoclation and of! The city's share is $10,(80.
the union bodies. Tho roll shows the following assess-
making ready to
, kiitiun cuieis arc
draw tip their contracts for prcsenta-i
tioa to their employers and will have
Ihem duly prepared and signed by the
lime the present work'ng agreements;
- have eioired. What the demands will
Vbe they are not prepared to state at
Mhta time and are keeping all their ac
tions In confidence.
Cite H. C. of L.
The high. cost of living is cited asi0tt!,wa Tnrnvrrrtn ..... r . ..... l.oM.flO
cae of the pr'rupal reasons for wage;
Jnewwe claims. The present prices;
of foodstuffs, fuel, clothing and oth-j
er necessities, union heads avor, have!
made the advance allowed Iwo years j
ago look like a paltry pittance in
comparison. At the present rate of'
going they maintain it is hard for a
tradesman to make both ends meet at '
the end of the month and something:
must be done to alleviate this condi-,
Effects Many Trades. i
' p.. oh uni bn pffpfted bv theitrlr,s wil1
. i,r, r ihni
iZZT cm V, Bi foot than they are in recent, y paved
mtTL l Zr. Lather;, Pla-I Portion-. This i.s assigned by city au
7 . Points nnd nrrJthoritles to tho extreme width of all
orators, Building Laborers.
fhev comnrlse about ono
men, neany an m wihhh im.u..i.
i ...t A.tin;nniAH i
In tho memorable strike
when air work was at a
ponding settlements of tho disputes.
There is a possibility of another
fight to establish n Teamster's organi
latlon In Ottawa upon a more firm
basis than the present union is now.
SEEK RICH CLUBMAN US
SLAYER OF GIRL MODEL
Philadelphia, Jan. 3. The man who
killed Grace Roberta and loft her pa-Jama-clad
form amid the wreckage of
her luxurious apartment, is believed to
he the person who fled panlc-strlkpn
thru Norrlstown on tho night of tho
murder, leaving a trail which was be
ing eagerly followed by detectives to
day. The man was driven rapidly to the
1-ome of an attorney at Norrlstown.
To the attorney he incoherently ex
plained that he wanted to be defended
on a murder charge, and before de
tails could be secured from him ho
Harry Bateman chauffeur of hO
taxlcab In which the disheavoled
young man fled so proclpitately, was
questioned by detectives today.
According to tho lawyer the young
man said he lived In Haverford, fit.
The chauffeur said he was well sup
plied with money of large demonna
lions and spent It readily.
From Norrlstown the flight of tho
Rtranaer led thru Reading, and ho
tnlmvprfnrrl nrmr.llnP In
Ihe information supplied detectives.
At Haverford the trail ends.
TWELVE HOBOES GIVEN
RIDE OUTSIDE OF CITY
Twelve hoboes were hurried out. of
town this morning after they had heen
arraigned before Justice Koeulg.
i Chief of Police Eurlch ordered that
the men be taken out In the police
patrol. Thev were given three miles
rid in an easterly directloi and told
to bid a fond adieu to Ottavii for ever.
FILED III COURT
ROLL FHOWS CHURCHES AND SO
CIETIES ARE ASSESSED LARGE
SUM CITY TO PAY $10,080 FOR
The county clerk's oflico was the
center of much intercut this moVning,
following tho announcement yesterday
that the Assessment Roll showing the
apportionment of the costs attached to
repavlng tho ' loop" district bad been
filed with that worthy. Judge Henry
Mayo received the roll and fixed Wed
nesday, January 17, as the final day
for filing any objections that might
be held against the assessments.
- Public buildings, city property,
churches and clubs as owners of
large parcels of downtown properties
are aspessed tho largest amounts
thown u,)0n the rolls, according to the
mcnts against these cliurches:
First M. E,
Episcopal ..' 64S.0O
Christian Science f.13.00
Clubs Must Pay Large Sums.
The various lodges and social or
ganizations will have to pay:
Mn-lr Temnln $1,296.00
club rr)3 Sr)
L!b"ry Hcav.ly Assessed,
An assessment of $1,612 has heen
made against the trustees of Iteddick's
library for tho property owned by
them at tho comer of Columbus and
Lafayette streets. La Sallo county is
down for $1,034.10 for the court house,
wide Streets Blamed,
Comparisons with the amounts paid
by property owners of the on! lying dis-
show that the downtown as- j
nessments aro higher to
. K Hlirlrt iw im tih;'.i,;h j ... ......
ordinance. All of the Uiorofaros with-;
m imp imaiui i" ut; mi muni on i
tr " "" . '"."I )
standstill,10" central uuawa iy stvnm i- i. nu.
for this re-ison (tie cost is jumpou pro
portionately. YOUNG CHURCHILL IS
NABBED AT DENVER COL,
The apprehension of John Church-,
II and William Johnston, Marseilles
I youths wro broke jail and flod tho city j
'after threatening the life of Marry T.
i Avprv on November !). 1016. at Denver, !
Colo, has ended a nal ton-wide search
instituted by Sheriff Davis for the re-j
Notification of tho detention (il,"iis ram io iiuiiiiki .: mnras,
Churchill and Johnston was received
in Ottawa this morning and deputy
will bo Rent for them. They are be-
i,in- t,i,i nt the Colorado Industrial
School, pending the arrival of county , Iy impossible to get freight, consign
authorities. They were arrested in cd here until lato this afternoon.
Denver as "Juvenile Disorderlies," nf-l A member of the wrecking crew in
...imiMinn. th limi trnvelleti Hint an interview with a Free Trader-Jour-
auiiii(.i.iii) i-i.vj ......
Churchill and Johnson tire also tic-
,.,.,h1 ,,f ha vine robbed tho Frank TV;
Neff residence shortly after tho af-
" . . , . I1IW, vn,,nJ
Uttiuiltw 1U inn ti.M.v -.
'.Churchill went to Molino to get him;
to take tho trip west.
MARSEILLES COUPLE ATTAIN
50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.
Marseilles, III., Jan. 3-Mr. and nr.;' '"' " , nv,v..
Klton lirundage, old residents f; was cleared a wi.y in time to let the.
! Hutland township today 111'
o celehrat -
I h ""nnaZ
iul ",m,u 1,1 ll,m l"'' ,
3, 1807 in the old Ottawa House,
which stood upon the silo of the
present Boat Club.
I always ullow for n depreciation of
50 per cent of n play's face value on
production1 25 per cent Ih lost through
tuy own Incoiiipelence, and the other
U5 per cent through tho disabilities of
the iilayei's. riuero.
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UPPER-US. BATTLE CRUISERS NOS I LOWER-U S. BATTLESHIP COLORRDO UNO CLASS
To.permlt ihe people of the United States
to soe what the projected battle cruisers
of their navy will look like and to show
thn features of the new battleships of the
Colorado class, the secretary of the navy
hag had prepared the accompanying rtr.iw
Iiiks ef the new vrsseln. Hy nie.1T of
"wnli" tlrawlnss such as flies the effects
of photographs are olitnined, and It Is dor
ulliie to Kln from tt.eoi almost us definite
lileas of the npfiearances of the vessels as
would he obtained from actual photo
graphs. The new battle cruisers authorized
by concress will be the first vessels of jty flfty-callber five Inch gun, foul- three
thilr type. In the American navy, although Inch anti-air craft runs and eight twenty-
TIES UP TRsFFIC
EAST ANDJVEST BOUND ROCK
ISLAND TRAINS DELAYED BY
ACCIDENT AT "Q."
Mail connections were served, ex-,
press tied up, and freight shipments
wero delayed in Ottawa today as a
result of a wreck on the C, R. I. &
P. last evening at 12 o'clock. The
wreck occurred at the junction of the
"Q." and Rock Island tracks in North
Oltawu. Ten cars were thrown acroH3
the right of way of thn Rock Island
when a brake beam broke
caught in the "Q." tracks at the cross-
Wrecking Crews Here.
Wrecking crews from Hlue Island
and Rock Island .labored for five
hours before the debris was cleared'
away. The train wrecked was a west
bound freight niado up largely of em
pty1 cars. Ten cars left the tracks,
nine of which were empty and one
loaded with barrels.
, n , j
Ma Servlce Delayed-
This morning more than a dozen
freight trains were side tracked from
Points east and west, Railway official
j from ltock island and mue island
rushed hero to handle tho situation
ja'nu" nt 50 o'clock this morning traffic
trains did not arrive here until late
as a result of tho tieup. Express com
panies were greatly hampered in mak-
mg tneir unliveries.
It was practical-
nnl reporter: stated that if the freight
train going west, was traveling at a.
very fast rate of speed that the tleup
would have been of much greater
magnitude. The train had slopped to
Eot water near the depot and had not
.- . . ,
attained a very fast rate or speea
wnen trie aecment occurred, roriiin
; ately also the car In which tho brake
beam broke was at the rear of of the
string of empties.
Freight service over the "Q." was
' . 1 .. ..H1n,l FPUs inKnrilrnn Vl r
! norm oouno phbsuiikit vy in
Members of the train crew, which
was wretkod, were In tho caboose at
the time of tho accident and escaped
Injury. Several tics that were torn
up were replaced by section hands
Albert Trail, Ottawa
Miss Jennie Hilton, Ottawa
Floyd niehardfion, Marseilles 21
Miss Cora Corrlgan, Marseilles ....18
battle cruisers have been constructed for
several years for foreign navies, notably
the liritish and German. King George's
and the kaiser's battle cruisers gave splen
did a counts of themselves in the Jutland
The American battle cruisers, names for
which have not been selected, will be X74
feet long and will carry crews of 1,274 men.
The displacement will be HSK) Rnd the
speed thirty-five knots, five knots faster
than that of any German or l5rltsh battle
cruiser. The armament will consist of
ten fifty-caliber fourteen Inch guns, twen
CERTAIN NO RESULtS-MRE I '
Washington, D. C, Jan. 31. The
pall cf gloomy certainty that no
immediate result can expected
from the peace moves of the cen
tral powers and the United Statea
Administration officials and dip
lomatic representatives of neu
trals and of the Teutonic alliance
expect nothing more than the tin
iest loopholes for the continuance
of diplomatic exchange after the
entente reply to the Wilson note
EXPECT ENTENTE REPLY
London, Jan. 3 Diplomatic ex
changes between London, Paris,
Petrcg-ad and Rome have made
such satisfactory progress that it
is probable that the allies' an
swer to President Wilson's note
may be handed to Amaassador
Wm. C. Sharp in Paris tomorrow.
The reply is said to contain cer
tain statements that were pur
posely omitted from the reply to
tho German peace note 'and those
are understood to refer to terms.
GERMANS PREPARE TO STARVE
New York, Jan. 3. Germany's
attempt to Isolate and starve
England Is under way. Mine3
and submarines are being used
in this ambitious scheme to short
en the war by famine instead of
Passengers who arrived on tho
Holland American liner Nelue Am
tterdam, said tcday that the en.
tire coast of the British Isles has
been minad. Submarines espe
cially built and equipped were
used In planting the mines, It was
POSf.E SLAYS NEGRO WHO
Greenwood, Miss., Jan. 3. Dave
Pierce, a negro, who had killed
his sweetheart with an axe, was
shot and killed early today when
a posse stormed the house In
which he had barricaded himself
and from which he exchanged
shots with the officer all night.
Two bytanders were wounded by
OTTAWAIANS LEAVE FOR
CAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.
Dr. Dana Palmer, Mr. and Mrs. Duf
field, Walter Mitchell and William
fleorgo left yesterday for San Antonio,
Texas, with the intentions of purchas
ing land In Texas. Tho partv was
headed by Mr. t.eorge, a representa
tive for the San Antonio Land: company.
one-inch torpedo tubes. These vessels will
be uriven by electric turbines.
With the picture of the battle cruiser
(upper picture) Is shown that of the new
projected battleship of the Colorado class,
which will comprise the Colorado, Mary
land, West "Virginia end WashlnKton. They
will be vessels of 32,600 tons, with twenty
one knots speed snd carrying eight six-teen-Inch
guns each. There will be twenty-two
smaller guns besides four anti-air
craft guns and torpedo tubes.- Hlg as these
ships will be they will be outclassed by
the three still newer battleships already
authorized, the ships of the Nos. 49. 60 ani
BUILDING OCCUPIED BY CHOCOL
ATE SHOP SOLD BY W. C. VIT
TUM FOR ABOUT $13,000.
An imitortant real estate transfer
took place today, when the store build
ing owned by W. C. Vittum and occu
pied by the Chocolato Shop was sold
to Mrs. Mary J. Flanagan, wife of
M. J. Flanagan, owner of the store
building next door to the north.
The three-story building now occu
pied by l J. McManus, M. J. Flanna
gan and the. Chocolate Shop were pur
chased by Mr. Vittum from tho Sher
wood estate about fifteen years ago.
Since that time this property has
practically doubled in value increasing
in .... r f..f t tirum
r I C.t.i ....... 1,1. 1 I.... ....1.1 tnf
IlOlll KHH.. J Iir I l.'llnl'l. I ill MMl UKf M'l
I this building is not given out but It
is reported to 1)0 about $18,000.
This store wa;t leased a short time
ago to the Chocolato shop for a period
of ten years.
GEORGIC IS REPORTED
LOST; LONG OVERDUE
New York, Jan. 3. Concern was
felt in marine insurance and shipping
circles today for the safety of the
White Star steamship Cenrgie, one of
the hirgest cargo carriers in the world,
which was due to arrive at Liverpool
Dec. lf, hut has not. been reported.
The Georgio sailed from Philadelphia
on Dec. H for Hrest and Liverpool with
a cargo insured in New York City for
Local officials of tho line believe the
steamer may have been disabled and
that dipt. Summers, fearing to betray
his position to German submarines,
did not send out wireless calls for aid.
Tho Georgio usually carried from 12,-
ir i to 1,'HO'I tons of cargo on a voy
age, After walling Iwo weeks for news
of the Georgic, marine insurance men
sent rates higher today.
WANT OLD FORM OF CITY
RULE FOR MARSEILLES.
Marseilles, Jan. 3 Petitions to have tho heart. Death was instantaeous.
Marseilles return to Ihe old alder-l Wilmcroth met his death while play
nianic form of government are being ing with the weapon In a shanty In
circulated In this city today. No par
ticular set of people claim authorship
of the petition, but. it, is believed the;
"wets" aro making the movo to foro-
stall a vote under the commission '
form law upon the license ordinance.
Where She'd Suit.
Tho bride who tried to kill herself
when her husband stayed away from
home 11 few hours would make 11
dandy wife for 11 rich InvnlDl. Ornnil
WIT GIRL U
MARGUETTE STREET WOMAN DE
TAINED WHILE PARAMOUR IS
HELD IN JAIL START DEPEND
Attabella Thomas, little daughter of
Nettie Thomas, Marquette street wom
an who was arrested last Saturday
and locked up in the county jail on a
charge of living in a state of open
adultery with Harry Miller, suspected
forger, as her paramour, today was
made defendant in dependency pro
ceedings Instituted against her In the
county court by Miss Launia Aussem
The petition as signed by Truant
Oincer Aussem alleges that the moth
er Is an unfit person to have the cus
tody of the little girl, as a result of
her conduct with Miller.
Judge Mayo after receiving the peti
tion, set January 6, at 10 o'clock a. m.
as the day and hour of the hearing.
Mrs. Thomas and her other Infant
wero removed to tho county homo
where they are now being detained
Miller is said to be the father of the
Miller was arrested Saturday, as
told exclusively in the Free Trader
Journal, and yesterday afternoon was
bound over to the grand jury on a
complaint charging him with adultery.
In the meantime officials are looking
Into his record as a check casher.
He admitted knowing Stephen Mc
Kinley, wholesale forger, now In jail
for passing halt a dozen worthless
checks, and it is believed: by the po
lice and sheriff's office that he helped
McXlnley get rid of some of the bad
paper. The propr'etor of the Colonial
chocolate shop where a check for $7
was cashed believed Miller was the
man who defrauded him. Tho checks
bore the name of William Iiozeman.
Miller was employed as a dishwasher
In a downtown eating house. Ho de
nied any knowledge of the check Ir
regularities. Mrs. Thomas, tho mother of the
little girl, has heen divorced from her
husband, Asa Thomas, of Marseilles.
Several months ago they staged a
dramatic court trial in which posses
sion of the children was tho objects
for whom estranged parents were
striving, tho ex-husband complaining
against his erstwhile spouse upon
moral and financial grounds. He said
she was incompetent to have the care
PALMER PENS VERSE AS
NEW YEARS WISH TO BOYS
Pnmmluui finer W'llfcir. Pultnni. thn
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and effective strides as a pome wriler
of no mean skill. Several of his
works have appeared In public prints
of national circulation and when he
pens an ordinary little skit it Is only
natural that the home-folk be given a
chance to see it.
The appended display of poetic tal
ent was expended upon the police
force and was written hurriedly upon
the "slato" at headquarters as a New
Year's greeting to the "boys." A nos
ey news wriler of the Free Trader-
Journal uncovered it and herein gives
It to you:
A bright, new year I wish you
And a winning brush at the last.
And a race that Is fair and a Judge )iere are frank in stating that the
that is square, j withdrawal of Ambassador Designate
And a winning brush at th last. Arrendondo altho under the guise of a
And its not alone in the year to f'ome't.mimrary absence, removes another
That I wish these things to you Lwacln toward establishing a better
It 1 1 1. through every year til life s race
May your load tie light and your
skies bo blue.
w. n. p.
PERU YOUTH KILLED IN
John Wilmcroth, aed eighteen
years, prominent Peru lad, met in
stant death last evening at S o'clock,
when a 212-ealiber revolver accidental
discharged, wounding Wilmcroth in
- Peru In. company with four
Tho youth was a member of a Jit-
venllc club that held their gathering
in a shunty. He was explaining tho
use of the revolver when the trasedy
occurred. A physician was called but
the lad was dead.
Tho coroner's jury this morning re
turned a verdict of accidental shoot
ing. The deceased was well known In
Peru. ... J
AUBASSODOR FLETCHER MAY
SMOOTH OUT RUFFLED
CONFERENCE IS ENDED
JOINT COMMISSION WILL CON
CLUDE EFFORTS TO SOLVE
PUNITIVE EXPEDITION PROB
BLEM VILLA CONTINUES SUC
CESSES. VILLA HAS MORE SUCCESSES
NEAR LOS MEDINOS.
El. Paso, Texas, Jan. 3 At
tacked by Villistas at Lea Medt
nos, 500 Carranza soldiers tent
south from Juarez deserted to the
command of Colonels Ochoa and
Tames, according to word receiv
ed here today.
This defection bringing the
number of Villistas between
Jaurez and Chihuahua City up to
about 10,000 men. They are In
position to cut off General Mur
guias escape north from the capi
tal. Villistas sympathizers here pre
diet another attack on Chihuahua
today by the forces of General
Washington, D. C, Jan. 3 Termina
tion of tho conference of the Ameri
can Mexican joint commission, with
drawal of the Pershing column, and
then resumption of some form of
conferences to settle the disputed
points in the relation between the
United States and the defacto govern
ment Mexico Is expected to the pro
gram of the administration.
It Is confidently expected that the
American section of joint commission
today will brms tfc an end-ttw-deMV
orations of the body which Qelieral
Carranza has rejected the Atlantic
City protocol because It provided spe
cifically an arrangement concerning
tho withdrawn! of the Perahln col
umn.. As lie has never officially rec
ognized Its presence on Mexican aoll,
ho felt that it would jeopardize his
control of the defacto government of
Mexico to sign the protocol.
It. is practically certain that the
plans of the Administration to re
call General Pershing from " Mexico
were not forced by the Insistence of
the defacto government, but by tho
fact, made clear by Administration
officials and by Americans in Mexico
that the continued presence of the
American troops would result eventu
ally in" the overthrow of Carranza.
This would lead to control of small
portions of Mexico by various ele-
s making long!n,ent3 in Mexico, with none of whom
the administration could deal.
Once tho troops are out, it was point
ed out today, arrangements for
adequate border protection and for
the protection of Americans and their
property in Mexico would be discus
sed. It is generally understood here
that another attempt to adjust these
points will be made thru the medium
of a special commission of Americans
Dispatching Ambassador Fletcher to
Ids post, expected now at any time,
j c.()U1,i0(i with the withdrawal of the
American column, will go far towards
smoothing the ruffled feelings of the
riefiirto officials of Mexico. Officials
basis for negotiations with tho Lar
It Is not, to be expected that an
nouncement of the Pershing withdraw
al will be made immediately. Unoffi
cial and informal arrangement with
the Mexican defacto government to oc
cupy the territory evacuated by Gen
eral Pershing must bo completed be
fore this step is taken, army officers
BREAK OPEN LA SALLE SAFE
AND SECURE $300 IN W
l.a Sail", 111., Jan. 3 Robbers last
evening broke into the office of
P.aker Hros. wholesale plant here last
night and made away with $300 In
cash, which had been placed In the
j vault by employes before closing the
at the end of the flay s worn.
No attempt was made to blow tho
safe; the burglars managing to force
tho door open. No clews were found
that lead to tho Identity of the yegs.
From Haker Bros, they went Into the
Schlits Drewlng Company's office, but
failed to get into the safe.
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