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AND OTTAWA FAIR DEALER. OTTAWA, ILLINOIS Till KSDAY, MA IK 'I I IK, 1D2U. OTTAWA FREE TRADER Established 1840 OTTAWA JOURNAL Established 1880 WEATHER. Unsettled tonight; Wiirmer tonight and Fri day; shifting winds. PRICE, TWO CENTS. VOLUME l.-ao. 75 FREJh LEADE 7vr pram A 7S P T A CDUIICII SEES HOPE OF ENDING mm NATCO TO INSTALL GAS PRODUCERS ON ALL , ITS KILNS ! WILL COS! SUPERINTENDENT FISHER CON VINCES ADMINISTRATION HIS COMPANY IS MAKING EFFORT TO OVERCOME THE OBNOXIOUS FUMES EMINATING AT DOWN TOWN WORKS. The tirst tangible hope of possible v-lii'f from MiiuiKc iiml ga.-ses com plained of by West. South ;ui(l Cen ter Ottawa residents us 11 result of kiln unit s'.ack fumes eminatinft a: tin Nutiouul tin proofing works, was pre sented at ils regular meeting la; night by Superintendent George I-, l-isher, who offered to the city coan-i-il his plan lor overcoming tin- evil which seems feasible and practical, il not very ei oncmieal. To Install Gas Producer. The proposition inc'nides the ins'al lalion of ftirmice gas producers on each tiro liole of :he thirty some kiln; scattered utiout the r-umiiany's yards, west ot l.u Salle street and south of the hydraulics basin. The producer, it is claimed, converts coal, smoke and other fumes into gassos wlik'li ate burued us rapidly as l hey enter the. kiln, leaving virtually nothing, it I" audi, to emit, from the slack but heat and a small quantity of smoke which could do no harm. fli-.U.rw Imvi, linen lilaoo.l till' .1 i;otiin'glH oi gas producers for one liilii a! a' cost of $i, "Uil. The machines w ill he j tested out, and il they prove s.uis I lai lory the company will completely niui its works with the ,b vice at an; expenditure of i 'proximately $'! .no '. If the scheme fails to do the work Air. Usher saiil his company was pre pared to go further into the proposi tion and seek some other form of re lief from the trouble, again:-! which scores of cities have risen up in amis .and made dire lineal-; The device is made by tin- lnt rua tional Clay Machinery company ai Dayton, und is said to have been in tailed in some worss in Illinois. It. the complete satisfaction of the man ufaclurer and people who. e bonu s are .'Ituated near the kilns. Council Pleased With Move. Superintendent Fi.-dn r went before .the adniiiiistiution to st in growing J charges that neither the council noil 1 he Natco people were doing unylhitifc I during cold vve.tiher. Tin to alleviate a condtiioti both roeog- which had previously been nized as bad. His apnoaratice wa, ;,,, ('iiiinissiiner SlieUlen, voluntary. Armed with literature j which showed the device his compatij ji, intends installing in i.s kilns, which jj hasT proven successful elsewhere, Air. Fisher clearly explained the working" of the contraption, and at -he conclu sion left the mayor an. I commission ers satisfied that there was the chance if abating the smoke nuisance with out further ado. COMPLETE JURY TO HEAR DU SHANE CASE Taking evidence in the Du Shane city $."i,tlOti damage case was Halted this afternoon. The iirst witness on the stand for the plaintiff was Henry W'yman of Christie street, who testili ed as to the condition of the ravine ami the drainage system on Christ!" street at the time the Du Shane cellar was flooded. Attorney .lames J. Conway made the opening plea for the city, slating that the municipality was not liable tor the damage. Attorney A. I-:. Ca ters spoke for the plaintiff, outlining Hie ease. A special panel of twelve jurors had fo he called in In ;'ore the twelve men eould be obtained. The jurcis linally chosen to hear the case are: Thomas Karroll, I-rank Cariihardt . 1. A. Call and Daniel Sullivan. Otta wa; .Manuel Uri.Iley, l a Salle; Mal colm Trenor and John llatyer. St t ea tor; J. II. .lennings. Kagle; Crank llartnagle. Albeit VoighN. .limes White and Thomas Anderson, Cruce. $25,000 SUIT GROWS OUT OF LAND DEAL! A $2a,ii()0 damage suit growing out nf a land deal has been started in the Circuit Court by Mr. and Airs, lienja iiian Anderson of Dixon against Sam uel Alillikeu. a forme.- l.a j-alle county man. The suit was Hied several w'ecka ago. but was ni prcsh-od until lliis afternoon so that the defendant om lil he reai lied by process servers, j The land involved in the deal ia sit uateJ near Dlxoa. - - CITY EMPLOYES 10 BLANKET BOOST OF 20 PCT IN 1917 IS ALL GOtiDLED UP BY H. C. , RAISE TO BE ALLOWED EUT OFFSET BY REDUCTIONS IN SIZE OF DEPARTMENT. While nothing v al 1:1 1 - I i ! i K i.f tin alter thai body I said at i h t - form .iiin it la-I night, pas: thru tin- process of udjnuri.mi lit ami tin- mem bers opened a general discussion of civic affair;:, it was broadly hinted that the municipality is about to be touched itp for another raise in aiies by all men in the variou part im-nt s. In 1 :! 7. while the old regime ,l di at- in control, under a. blanket or linance the city's help was given a -U per cent boo: I ill pay. bin old H ('. I., etc. it is pointed out. has. made Jhal .increase a bagatelle in comparison to! , the rapid rise in prices ot looils a, in I necessities. At lh" informal disciis ! ion it was intimated the petition prob ably would be honored, but. as an olf : m I :ill ileicu t ntetii s would have lo be i . j I reduced lo th" vet y lowest minimum i 1 -and placed upon an active working ; and result getting ha-'K The clmiinu-j llie'n of a man hen- and there, il was; I. w ill give the real workers j their raise and still ma cost tin- it-, jauy more money lo operate the vnr S ions branches oi its govemui. m . l ! a. man, it is hi! dilated, u ill be ! In j aiii'.iuiil asked for. i The pet it ion. il is ilatcd. will lc niade individually', Mislead of collect ively as before, when a strike o; tire ; men and police threatened. It vll j i .ppea r lieiore the cum. d in a mpb j time lo make pos. ibb- tin- prov isii.n I for a ra ise I elore i he a n nii.i I , is adopted for the ih.cal yeai budget hegill . uinr, lll'l .1 utie. Asks PlumbinQ Inspection. ! Keunesl in,; that tile city lake smile I steps in cor reel a error in t he in ( st'.iilal ion of water connection.; with jlhe main at her borne. Miss lOmily liollluaii. '.iyj. U'e- I .lellerson. o-l i I ii n I ell the ci ill iii i I la order a re inspec jlioii of -Mirk done for her in a love of preventing home from he pipes lending into her eontinuou.-dy freezing up mallei', referi ed will he ike'i care of. il was announced by Slick!, n. as soon as the weather ; settled and the ground will permit iguiug ill. Ambulance Down. ( '..mini ssioiicr Calmer, in charge of public health and safely ib pa it uietll . announced thai the police ambulance was out of commission as a resitll of a broken spring and that repairs could not he completed before two or three days ::lter which the machine would be pul back into service. The payroll, amounting lo $ I.J lli.li I was ordered paid. TROY GROVE BANK IN ITS NEW BUILDING The Farmers' I: yesterday moved m v.- quarters j.i m The new building is arranged alou; auk of Tr.'V drove into ns handsome recently completed, is coinmodior ; and the mo.st mode.'!) and np-toilate lines. I! :h the s'ruc tiiro and its ai poinlm.-u s would he creditable to any town ol double t!r size of Troy drove. 1 nder tin; direction of .lames Wel don, ils capable prcsl lent . fie batik has llouri.-hed and grown and is coti sideied one of the strong and progres sive, financial institutions in this part f the country. In i s now home wi'h many conveniences add"d it will con tinue to extend its scop., of service to the coniinunit v. MANY AT FUNERAL OF LILLIAN MARSELLE Funeral services lor the late Lillian Alarselle. daughter of Mr. and Airs. Amos Alarselle, U'i 7 Main slrei-;, who died Sunday evenina, alter a lingir ing illness, were held yesterday after neon from the home at :i o'clock. The Jit were attended by many ndalivis and friends. Interment was made a' tile Ottawa Avenue cemetery. The pallbearers were Lawrence Kelly, .lo se h N'evins. John Dougherty. William Noser, William llosaack i.nd Walter Wulkling. IKE DEMAND FOR $30,000 NEW WAGE INCREASE A AM I OWNERS COUNCIL IS TOLD THAT WEST-, ERN SECTION OF SOUTH SIDE j IS UNANIMOUS FOR IMPROVE- MENT DELAYED IN 1&17 BY U. ; I S. ENTRY INTO WORLD WAR. ! ! I llevival of a demand for an im- , I provciiicut which advanced as far as ! the court.-; (luring i!ie old adiuinistru- ' ' lion, and then was blocked by the v. ar. ha.; In .-n brought to I lie city I council by residents of Adams si reel Ullld tile people; -whoso home:; are si!-' j uated in the weslern portion of the 1 sout il side. i That a movement is being organized , in thai section of the city with the' i end in view that pavement w ill be ! laid this spring am! .suin.ner was an ! i noilliced last night at Hie regular meeting i.f tin- mayor and commis- ' sinners last, night bv I'umniissio.ier , Kdward Dnugher! y. I Mr. Dougherty said he had been up- j preached by several owners of pro)- : jeity in the territory and n-iiuested : to espouse their cause belore ins col- , j leagues. j i l;i his siaiciueut Air. Dougherty; i forecasted unanimity of opinion fori j the improvement and was coalidenl there would be no objectors in event iilie administration went ahead ami got the proposition under way. T(1 (, yh.u My ,(ms;1(1.,v sai(! j embraced three blocf ' street, one each on (ill Adams iter aad ier. ('( I Houston streets. I I'mler the old regime an ordinance I providing: for this work wan adopted! and the matter gat as far as lhe j courts, wln-n the war industries board' ! ordered all unnecessary improve-J j inents stopped. The preceding coun-1 j t-il abandoned further steps in the I 'inalter and it ha; lain dormaul uniili 'resurrected for the tirsl lime in three years last night. ; After hearing the commissioner tin mayor suggested that the families in ! forested in tin- project prepare a pe i I i t it m and present it lo 111;- council. "I cert a provt Miieni il. as the it.' said t ily will not keep an im lii mi anyone who wants - people appear to want .- mayor, 'and I think it i Id give I In in Hie pavo- is up IneiiL The View S cent iv I. commissioners a ntniiiiiced l hell is coinciding with the chief ox Othjrs Want Sewer. Cight or nine hollies on Adams street, soiilh of Clover, have started an agitation for a. sewer on their sec lion ol tin- street, according to Com missioner Dougherty, and he recom mended that some step be taken ini ini'diatelv to provide Ihein with means j of draining llieir cellars and carry j iug off wastage from their houses. Tin- part of the street lying north of I Clover is provided with a sewer, he announced. That Library Sewor. library The sewer thru Keddick's alley, which has been a bone ol coii tetilion for three or four vears. bios- j somed nearer a reality last night when Mayor Weeks instructed City Attorney W'eese lo obtain at once ! conlirmat ion of the assessment roll, i now on lilo in the county court, before I the end of the week, if possible, so that bills could 'he advertised for and early letting of the contracts acquir ed. It was announced that confirmation was delayed for failure of the author of the roll to tile an atlidavit of post- ing and liiailiim notices. This little incidental. Air. W'eese said, would he; attended to at once and by the next : meeting of the council continuation ' will have been obtained and the board ' of local improvements will (hen be1 ready lo proceed with advertising for bids. Conditions in the territory af fected by the improvement are de plorable, it was lirotight out, many cellars being flooded with water and ihreals being made lo sue the city. OTTAWA PASTOR IS NAMED DIRECTOR OF NEW WORLD PLAN Kev. O. W. Capiist cbur lies: man. pastor of t cli. w is appointed din lor of a new world movement of the Caplisl cf'iirc'i al a meeting held yes terday a ft enioon at the Silet'iuan Hole, f hii a'-o. A' the Sunday meeting of the local Ca-itist church Dr. .ludson Thomas of Chicago, leader of tin- newly formed movement, will speak Id the people and relate to them the main points iP Hie proceedings. Kev. Vonckx was also present, at yesterday':! meeting. .More conferences: will be held later. THE CALL .thi n 5 tX h ' ' DIRECTORS ELECT CHARLES P. TAYLOR PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL CITY BANK SPECIAL MEETING CALLED LAST NIGHT TO NAME SUCCESSOR ' OF AL F. SCKMCH RESULT- IN; UNANIMOUS tyOICE O VICE 1 PRESIDENT HOUSE. TO HEAD BANKING Last ly inc. of (he eveiiing at ling of the National ( the re-.nlar moni h hoard of directors I "it v bank of Olla-! wa. Charles C. Taylor was unanimous ly chosen president of that splendid financial institution. Air. Taylor suc ceers to the presidency of the hank AI Schoch whose resignation as president and director became off".- j live on March la. Mr. Sclioch was; j elected III t 111- position ill CM". I j Air. Taylor's election as president j comes after a connection with the. (.National City of nearly a quarter of j a cetilury ( I went y I Ii roe years, lo he, j exact I. during thirteen years of ( j which lie has been all active vice i j president . I i Crartically all of Air. Taylor's burr ness hie lias been spent in banking., In 1 SUL', shorlly after his graduation! frcin the I'niversily of Michigan, lie j ! took ! t ion in active part in the orga.nfr.a-! if the Stale I ta Ilk of Seneca, of which In- became the lirsl cashier. The bank was under his management lllllil IIIUT, when he was' elected vice I president of the National City. In i CUT, succeeding the late Thomas 1 1. iCallin. he was elected presi lent of ,H. s;tali Cank of Seiu-ca. which po sition he still holds. In Cm:; he join ed in organizing tin- I-'ir.-t National lank of ('.rami I'nlge, of which insti tution he is no wvice president. Well known among' the hankers of I h is county and stale for his ability as a thorough, conservative banker, he carries with him to his new posi tion lh" ultitosi respect and confidence of tin! people; of this community, and the stockholders of Ihe National City are to he congratulated on having a man of his character and ability at its head. Air. .lames Catlin assumes the en tiro vice presidential duties of the National City and brings lo that de partment; a banking experience of seventeen years. WMh his father, tin late Thomas I). Catlin, and others, he was active in the organi.tal ion of Ihe First Na'.ional bank of Crand Kidge in r.Mi'i. and as ils first cashier wa in charge of that institution uuii! call ed lo the National City bank as a vice president in IH17. lie succeed. 'd his father as president of the Craml COURT ASKED TO TAKE TWO WEDROM GIRLS A el il ion was tiled ill the County Court today by Mrs. Augusta CpHi i.tter of this city, asking thai Harriet Kolliu and Louise Cartel' of Wedrou Iv- declared dependent -The petitioner alleges that the father of the children, Harry Carter, died on March It, CU!t and their mother, Louise Carter, died j March !i, 1!i"a. Siie stales that Ihe j children are now l:i the custody of i Hndr grandparents, Hichard and Katie ! Creihaiier in Wedron. Mr. I'.rethaiier is said to be an i-l ! derlv mind and the grandmother lo a j ci.-itain i.'Xieiit childish and addicted Id OF THE WILD President Charles P. Taylor, Newly Elected Executive of National City Bank. Kidge and continues at Ihe bead of that linn liltle concern for Hie sir cess of 'Which his sound judgment and cniirleous persona lily is largely re sponsible. His continued connect ion with the management of Ihe National City bank affairs is therefore a strong asset. The National City dates back to the middle of tin- last ceulury as one of the leading financial concerns of Ot tawa and l.u Salle coiinly. In IS.'.ii Henry F. Karnes orgatii.od a private bank, one of the tirsl in this vicinity lie was later joined by bis brothers. Kdward and I .ester II. They sunn as .e.'iaie.l with lln-iu Kdwin C. Allen. Cussing through the stages of a pii vale and slate 1 ank. in lsid a nat ional charier was grant ed and in Augii'-I of that year iln- lank opened for busi ness as the National City bank of Ot tawa. During ils til'-y-live years of business success this institution has had six presidents, and i'l Mr. Toy lor as its seventh president tin- direc tors have chosen a most worthy suc cessor to its splendid list of former president Henry Lester 11. 1 "oni i 1'.. I'ldward and , I'M Will O. All"!!. Tlionia D. Ca'lili and Albert F SelllH h. During these more than half a ,al City ha- grov b ailing bank.; of years, c'-nt u ;y . n to lie Ihe stat comprising lit.' Nalioa niie of I'ue . With it-; st rung boa rd of d i reel or -officers, all of viiuiii hav tieally ilcir cn'ire lives ing business, it i . well take can- of its share of ami eflieielil sp.-ul prac i'l the bank .U;.li!ie. lo Hi" bunking i Is of l hi: .imiiiunit y. wandering avvav from hoiii" and i: able lo care for i In- cbiblreii. tin in; old ing lo the pal il i; 'II. Mrs. Kmilv Vincent of I'lica. Until" a.,lt . I hal she be grai I a uuii her':: pen- ion for the ear.' of I., r the 1 1 i I ! ten. Waller fieed ;., lo.i, a:; d s a'ul i Thoina ,11-eil 152 ARE ENROLLED run pnniini TfTOTC run oonuuL iloio Fifty f.vo enrolled mr ne li-acb-rs 'N.iiuiiial ion which i; being condtlct- d bv M-lino!. M'-: r.s I he e ,,'eiiml I'oiiuty S''pci litt "ildont of '.'. Ii. I'n ii i- in I he supervis- 1 .a I he coin I b nisi- today. munition is fur both lit' t and r;ide c.-rt iliciitc.;. VON (OFF SAID TO HAVE CULLED SEP; m?j at mm tliy tin.' Associated J'ii-hh ) London, March 18. Rumors are current in F3erlin that Dr. Wolfgang Kapp, who was head of the reactionary government set up in Berlin last i 1 1 1 M P PDMANPr IqI juml iiuninnuL 1U GONE WITH ARRIVAL! OE FEBRUARY THAW BRIDE OF TEN MONTHS ASKS COURT TO SEVER MARRIAGE TIES, ACCUSING HUSBAND OF MANY ACTS OF CRUELTY. That he showed love for his bride of a few months by throwing biilche; . knives at. her, knocking her down and giving her blackened eyes to beautify ,her facial expression are the charges made by Mrs. Frances I oudon of Striaior against William Loudon in ai , divorce bill ('.led in the Circuit Court 'this morning. Airs. Loudon claims llial. she married Ihe defendant in June. IhCh and lived with him until lib. 1.7 of this year, when she was t forced to leave on account i.f his mis I reaimem. Mrs. Loudon claims that her hus band knocked her down Nov. L's. IhCh injuring her severely; that she left him for Ihis offense on Dec. I, hut : I ; : 11 1 two days later, upon many prom-i is. s lo be good being proffered In him, ( sin- leturncl. She claims that on I Dec is he auain struck her ami threat : ened to kill him. Again she left . noiue. accor.iiug 10 ner pica, uiu n-, m,U-x have been fo.'ine 1 at Durl tui'ned to 1 1 1 ii i on .Ian. tl. Her I'd! mlln,, in Westphalia, ami at. (iera. siau-M 1:1:11 in- uurieii a iiuirnii rune at her on !'eh. i:i. and on (he :h',:h of I he sa ni" 1.1. .ill Ii heal la r i lied her e e. ; lie- husband I; furllcr ihe w ile of gambling ami o and black accused by I using pro iu :i i Id i i ".-: - lane in;:, I All n. inn nal or. . I. of obscene l:i Hi.'. nag nudon Franc a .;k:: th. ; U lute I her maiden; l. ASK EX-COP ABOUT AUTO TIRE ROBBERIES ( Hi y Wads v, oi ; i to;- ;; I .'obher. i tbe 'Chicago poii, several rol, belies . !n. r;ii--' lo be qui i ill cuius conimitt; dull and I. and winter. Wadswi rth of the san; Somnll.'iuh 1 1 1 1 1 ! 1 1 lis ago sal!. ' el.lllllies police b.-Ii 'I'l na have been a ..I bandits i ha lo Kane; ii.. and then captured bv posse of farm The ires st the I loUer ,v- el's Ilea,- Ihe hit! o'eii by I tie band Creiinig garage ; r low r. is iroin I I Soiuo ed. All; nauk have n.-v. ; Jour ol I lie ha ud in tin- .loliet thai they were be. Il ri'l ii; e; I s. now serv iug term -o -ii it i'iit i.i r . i lainio. i innocent of lae rob Is ry 'file peace advanced the iheorv that companions of the four men ar rested escaped ill another aeionu.bile wiiii the slol.-n tires and b'-lieve that Wiils.u oi ; h may have been one .. the"- who esea p.sl . Wad.-wor'h, who wa- arresied two years a .o lor slealin:- the auiomnl.iie Louis Mombleaii, i-isittant ca hier Hi" Aurora National sank, litis con sod to several lire r.. liberie.- since was arrested two we l;s ago in Oh' jo. If' ah ii told the police that a-' I $i usual worth ni Liberty l :! mri I'a:.;; il on his suburb, of Slat. , count v ta :in ilea r Dol loti. a i in I letect i is from th" .. s Attorn.". 1 1 1 1 i ; i ot dug I: ii I iio li.iml , Sat-. NAME COMMITTEE TO DRAFT LAW ON I. & R. HV the Ass, ..'I iringlield, .March nil iat ive- an I n I siibinissioii to tin it. s rr-ss ) is. I'm niulat ion retiiliitii i'l'' sinsa i I llmois const it u- im- tional convent ion was left today to a sub conimitt. -e of live iiieinebrs by ihe w hole i -i 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 . o:i Ihe I. and II ' The cotniiiittee dei i'b'd this morning ; il would be advisable lo submit thej lu-npo.sit ion to the entire convent ion. j The sub-coinmillee will dralt the lia- sis for the committee's report to thei . ..iii-.'iil ii.n The ci i n veil I i. oi ail iollru- ed until Tuesday Unlay. after a brief session : I .nhiirr in v anrl whn r- signed yesterday, has committed suicide, ac cording to a dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph Co. from Amsterdam. The reports were received by tele phone in Amsterdam from Berlin. American Appeal for Help. Ooblen.t. March IS. Two hundred Americans, principally lu.yers, who have boea attending the fair at Leiji sic, have telegraphed and telephoned Alajor Ci-ncral Allen, commanding the I'niied States army of occupation, urgently asking help to leave Leipsic, where (Dry describe, conditions as dangerous id their lives. A special train in charge of L'nitd States sold iers is being sent to bring them away. Firing is almost continuous in various parts of Leipsic The water supply has been turned off, while no lights are allowed to burn. Orders Trial of Leaders. London. March IS. 1'resident Fjbert arrived in Hcrlin last night, according to a message received here. The imperial court at Leipsic has been ordered by F.hert to bring action against the leaders of the revolution. Dr. Kapp, Gen, Luettwilz, Von Jagow, Admiral Trotha and dipt. Krhard1, the correspondent says. Lively Fighting in Leipsic. Copenhagen. March IS. -Advice from Leipsic state that armed work men who yeslerday and this morning ocupied a niim'oer of the suburb! have advanced Inward the center of the city, which is being defended by vol unteer troops. Lively lighting has been going on in si reels since -I o'clock this after noon. Fifty Killed at Dresden. The Hague, 'March IS.--Sotiet re tliiily live miles southwest of Leipsic, according lo di. patches received here. l tin- latter place, which was for merly t!ie capital of I'm principality of lleil '.s Sciilei., there has been sav age lighting, it is understood. In the lighting at Dresden hlty per ns have been killed and 4!ia wound- ed, I'. ports stale, and Ihe cl.y is iso J.il.'ii (mm the rest of Germany. Assembly Meets. SI ul I j: a rt . March I".- 'I'vvo hundred ami liitv laeuibers of the German na tional assembly niei in the Art Hall here this afternoon. Military forces occupied the great open place before the hall. No disorders occurred while Ihe members were assembling. Air .,. and con-''hi lies Hew over the city warning the itioi.ed lo 1 peopl" against demonstrations. ,-ljoti with1 Luettwitz Flees Berlin. . in Ken , Amsierdnui, March lei. General ; last fab Vi .ii Lite! I w il ., vvlni coinmanded the 0 ) ha I : I roups which supported the Kapp re lember , ginie, has left Cefliu wilh his armed 1 from i fin i os. according lo a telephone uies--ev oral ; sage received fro in Merlin Ibis morn ing. Strike Drought to Eend. Stuticart. March Is.- The strike called in ibis region in sympathy with the Khcrt administration has ended and trallic and communication have been restored. Several thousand Hoops are guarding the public build ings hut it i.s asserted that this is not. because trouble is feared. Giistav Nuske. minister of defensrt in the Chert government, today said his failure lo use force before, depart ing from Merlin lor Dresden by de el' ring his generals had abandoned him, "1 always knew these generals were not altogether friendly to the gov ernment." he siiid. "but never thought, 'hey would be .aich fools." Wipe Out Artillery Force. London. March Is. -A battery of ar liibi'v ai Wetter. Westphalia, has boon wiped out by Sparlaeaiis accord ing to an ollieial Merlin dis-patch. The Spartiu tins killed till the olUcers of the battery and nearly all the men. Berlin Crowds Ugly. Caris. March K--Ollieial advices trom Merlin today describing condi tions there last night said the public i be es of the city were filled with crow ils in an ugly humor. The mill, tary appeared to he of a panicky elis ion, .Many oi the I la I tic troops, niviees added, had joined forces the a ! with the iiiil"pendeiit socialists, who were reported to have l.'.m-o armeit men al I heir command. Negro Superstition. " 1 A wood superstition not well knowri except among the southern negroes 1 that evil will follow if you touch tb ! lal patches of brown froth. fi'iiitent ly seen on stumps ami rotten lojjfl known generally as snake jit.