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1 HE OiAMOND DRILL
C11YSTAL FALLS, MICH., FERHFAHY 21, 1917. Subscription $2.00 Per Year. 20th Year No. S. ALPHA CARNIVAL A BIG SUCCESS WAS HELD ACCORDING TO SCHED ULE REGARDLESS OF ELEMENTS SKI RID1HGWAS INTERESTING Much Praise is Given the Promot ers of the Affair by Ail Who Witnessed the Events Tlie Alpha Mid-Winter Carnival was hold last Saturday according to sched ule. The people of Alpha were not at all dismayed by the revenue In the weather; a reverse that would have ppelled complete defeat for a com munity not as determined as Alpha. The weather of Friday was all that could bo desired for carnival pur poses. During Friday night the wind began to blow hard and before ten o'clock a howling blizzard was rag ing. It continued all of the night but towards the morning It grew Ichh and gradually died away. Couldn't Re Interfered With. The Friday night festivities were carried out with more or less Inter ruption because of the weather but the wind was not of the piercing cold variety and everyone made the bent of it. When Saturday morning opened no bleak, it was thought that the carnival might be postponed but early in the forenoon Prof. Bishop, who was mas ter of ceremonies for the day, tele phoned In that the festivities "Cannot be interfered with by weather condi tions: that many people have come here expecting us to do us we adver tised and we intend to keep our word." That settled matters. Those In ""Crystal Falls who could make ar rangements to get to Alpha started making their preparations. The teams were put at work ploughing out the " "rul, nd Just before noon "Hilly" Eldrcd mado a trip to open up the road. Mr. Eldrcd ran three cars all the afternoon and evening and every horse and cutter that could be got were hired by local people who want ed to visit Alpha. Mildred Martin Won Skating Coiilest. The first real important event of the forenoon was the girl's skating race which was won by Mildred Mar tin, daughter of Captain and Mrs. Al fred Martin. Mis Mildred had to ex ert herself but little in earning the title of champion girl skater of Iron county as the two entries against her began to lag early In the race and on the fourth lap one of the girls dropped exhausted on the Ice. A heavy head wind was blowing when the race was pulled off and the girls had to work exceptionally hard to combat that agency alone, not to mention the ex ertion necessary to race. The entries and prize winner;! In tills event were as follows: The ski riding contest was the prin cipal event of the day and attracted n large crowd, considering the severe cold that prevailed. The hill was new to the riders and the sport was new to Alpha so that It was viewed with Interest by all. Four professionals entered In the contest, two from Ncgauneo, Kudy Carlson and Tiovo Alio, and Carl Peterson from Ishpcmlng. A fellow named Nelson w;u entered also but where he came from was not dis closed. The professionals didn't exert them selves as they were afraid of the fiat landing but In the special standing Jump contest there was a partial let out of energy that carried the boys a pretty fair distance. In the original contest advertised Itudy Carlson got the first prize mak ing sixty-three feet in the first Jump and sixty-four In the succ eeding two. Alio won the second Jump with Jumps of fifty-five, sixty-three and sixty-two feet. Carl Peterson got third money but as he fell In the three Jumps there was some dispute between he and Nelson but the Judge gave the con test to Peterson. Nelson fell In all of his Jumps. After the professional clatfs ride was over with the management offer ed a special prize of $10 and $5 for the longest standing Jump. lngle try. In t til i contest Itudy Carlson won the money with a Jump of 68-feet. There were three entries In the amateur contest, Oscar Dahlgren, Joe (Continued on Page Four.) MAY ( 'I.OSK SCHOOLS. Shoffar oV foal Liable to Affect Cry '. tal Falls In Near Future. Crystal Falb may havo to close Its schools. The board and other school officials hope to avert such a happen ing and it is probable that they will succeed but there is no certainty that they will do so for the supply is so limited from all posible sources that ft is hard to get relief anywhere. There Is coal enough at the central plant to keep the schools going for about three more weeks. If the weath er warms un considerably it may last longer. When that Is gone no one knows where more Is to come from. The board contracted for the usual supply from the F. & A. Lumber com pany and that concern filled Its con tract. They can get no more coal, not enough to fill what orders they have taken about town. Mr. Fritzburg of the F, & A. com pany tells us that they have two car loads of soft coal coming and when that is distributed they will be at the end of their rope so far as present outlook is concerned. They have tried all over and have had all of their orders turned down with the excep tion of the two cars mentioned. Crystal Falls I3 not the only place where the schools are tnreaieneu wun an enforced closing because of a lack of fuel. In Detroit half of the schools closed last Thursday and in many other places there is liable to be a closing down also. The situation Is bad all over and the only solution of it neonis to be an em bargo upon all traffic excepting fuel ami food, unless, of course, the weather moderates so that the car ferries can be operated again. . . ; , o GETTING Till: RIGGERS. Sheriff ' Wilson gathered in several blind plggers during the week among them John Voronie of the Dunn mine at whose place was found a five gal lon keg of whiskey, two bottles of beer, one-half barrel of beer. Voronie was taken to the jail and Pete Jonnl and John Dafranski were taken along as witnesses. He was arraigned before Judge Davison and bound over to the circuit court as he is an old offender. At the home of Sam Relongo a half barrel of beer was found. This place Is a candy store. Sam was brought to town and arraigned before Judge Dav ison but as he is a new man in the business he was let go on probation with the charge hanging over him. o III V ANOTHER THAWER. A special meeting of the council was held cm Thursday evening for the purpose of talking over the thawing out of water pipes about the city. Supt. Sanders represented that an other thawing outfit could be used to advantage and asked for authority to get the same. The council told him to pet it as quickly a possible and get It working. -CAPTAIN RACKET." Everything portends to a most suc cessful Issue of the program entitled "("apt. Racket" that will be pie-scnted Monday Night, Feb. 2t'th, under the juusplccs of the 1'aUern Star Chapter. Miss Robards, who Is directing the I work, expresses herself highly p!eas I ed with the re ndition of the c aste, each member being up to the stand ard In their own particular line. Great tare has been taken In the se lecting of material and with the do- Jtail of co tnme. The entire affair j promises to be a most artistic onter 'tainniont that Crystal Falls can well he proud of -even to the tiny little Sea-Shore Nymphs adorned in a color scheme of pale blue bathing suit when tripping to the melody of "The Reautiful IUue Danube as they ap pear In maze of the Terpslc horlan Revel, proving a Joy and a delight. I Judging from the advance sale of ! tic kets a big house h assured. I Reserved Scats are T.Oc, the remain ing seats 3." c. Only two prices, :?. ) arid r.Oc. for a high class show. Monday. Feb. :r.th. at City Hall j Auditorium. ! LP. L. PARMENTER PEAR. ' Edward L. Parmenter, Jr., for many years county superintendent of schools of Dickinson county and well known In Crystal Falls, died at Rattle Creek la.U Tuesday. Mr. Parmenter was in th sanitarium at Rattle Creek for treatment at the time of his death, going there from Itlpon, WU., where be was encaged In business. MICHIGAN G. 0. P. BACKS WILSON RESOLUTIONS IN CONVENTION AP PROVE PRESIDENT'S STAND THE UPPER PEN. LOSES OUT Neither Vandenboom Nor McCor- mick Given Any Attention by L. P. Delegates We approve of the declaration of our temporary chairman tli l the Republican party is not an or ganization of obstruction nor of opposition.' In all the line of Its history it has aflirnied and enacted and accomplished. At this time of national stress and of deepest eon cern, we are not less persuaded than on any former day in the val ue of Republican policy and of our party's prluHples. Rut, ue recog nize also tlie higher call of coun try and the larger demand for uni ty In purpose and In expression on the part of all our people. We, therefore, pledge to the president of. the l ulled Mates and to Its tougress, prompt! and loyal accep tance of etery national mandate Intended to establish the rights of our people and the pcltlou of our country. There will bono water ing or hesitation on the part of Hie men of today who hate upon their lips the names of Lincoln and (.'rant and Garlicld and Mckinley, us Interpreters of American obli gation and American duty, In re spondlng to tln wishes ul our na tion's rulers and In upholding their decrees and their desires be fore the nations of the world. Republican Slale Ticket. Justices of tlie Supreme Court John W. Stone, Marquette; Frank (!. Kuhn, Detroit. Regents of the University of Michigan W. L. Clements, Hay City; James O. Murfin, Detroit. State Superintendent of Public Instruction-Fred L. Keelcr, Lan sing. State Mould of Education Thomas W. Nadal, Olivet. State Hoard of Agriculture Jason W. Woodman. Paw Paw; John W. Heauniont, Detroit. State Highway Commissioner Frank F. Rogers, Lansing. All the nomination were for a second term except that of James (). Murfin. Tor regent, which is a llrst-term .selection t succeed Harry C. Rulkley, of Ix-troit, who was not a candidate for another term. Michigan republicans are no ob structionists. As may be seen from the resolutions above, the (1. O. P. stands Fejuarely behind the president in hi effort to uphold the dignity of tlie nation. The re uilutioiiH were adopted at the spring convention of tlie party, held at Detroit last Tuesday and attended by over 1.000 republican leaders from all parts of Mic higan. Nominated Present Incumbents. The convention was strikingly har moniou unci the slogan "Re-nominate 'em all" soon spilled oil over what little expanse of troubled waters there was. Only In one case was there a change for a new ollicial ami that was when J. O. Murlin of Detroit was chosen regent of the university be cause the present Inmmbent, II. C Huckley of Detroit, dtdn't want the oflice any longer. One vote was taken by the conven tion ori tlie otlice of member of the bean! of education. Three? candidates er" 1:1 f T the position, Thomas W. Nndal. H" present Incumbent. T. E. Johnson "f Cohlwater and M. A. Free land of (Irand Rapid'. On the first ballot neither candidate had a major ity as Wayne divided its vote equally. On the se cond ba'lot Wayne" gave Na dal 200. votes and Johnson 100. He fore the vote were totaled Mr. John son moved to make the nomination of Nadal unanimous and It carried .with a whoop. Vandenboom Withdrew frotn Race. The scrap over the support of the upper peninsula between Frank Van denboom of Marquette and George (Continued on Page Four.) INTERESTING CONTESTS, Dog Derby and Skating Races Were Highly Enjoyed. Ry All. The annual dog derby was run again this year on Superior avenue and it was a much better contest than the last one as the boys brought out a new lot of dogs that were fairly well trained. Three heats were run, the feature of which was the winning of a place In the money list by a little Scotch terrier that was about as big as a good sized torn cat. The winners of the dog derby were as follows; Vanner Johnson, 1st; John Slavic, 2nd; Rob Sanders, 3rd. The Girls nkating race was another victory for Mildred Martin. Sho had easy sailing, the contest resolving It self Into one for second money. The skaters and places are: Mildred Martin. 1st prize; Rosle Schmld, 2nd and Marble Hie 3rd. In the boys' free-for-all skating race Charlie Guenther demonstrated that he has a shade the best in a ten lap race. He was passed on the start but soon caught up and passed his competitors ami was never headed after that. The contestant!) and places were as follows: Chas. Guenther, 1st prize; Willis Rregger, 2nd prize, Yalmer Carlson was third when he quit, Arvid Kuller was next with two laps and Ieslle Rogers stripped before he made the first lap. , o NO JFRICIAL PRIMARY. The supreme court has relieved Iron county of the expense of the Judicial primary. In a decision hand ed down last Monday the highest tri bunal of the state holds that In dis tricts where there Is no opposition a primary need not bo held and a certificate of nomination can be Is sued to the one candidate. There Is no opposition to Judge Flannlgan and this condition exists la several other circuits. In all casei where there Is no opposing candidate the counties will be relieved of the expense of a primary. SITUS II FT II 1TR CLNT SHORT Government statistics Issued during the week show that the world's pota to crop Is only 14 per cent short of a normal crop. Frequently In former yeurs the potato crop has been as short as it Is today and there was not the spectacular rise In prices that has occurred this year. The reason for the exorbitantly high value of potatoes this year may be ascribed more to a lack of trans portation facilities and to speculation than to a real lack of supply. There are a lot of potatoes in the country In the? hands of farmers who are hold ing for very high prices. The short age has been so widely advertised that farmers are worked into a great case of expectancy that may spell loss to them unless they use a little Judg ment. Already some new potatoes are uppearing In the; city markets from tlie south ami in another month there will be a fair supply open from that source that can be sold at a protlt in competition with old potatoes at $2.00 per bmhol. Minnesota has many potatoes held by farmers who will put them on the market as soon as tho weather will admit of the root cellars being opened. u mrer oititt ini reasi.r. Incomplete reports received from the sawmills of the country Indicate a probable lumber production In the I'nltc.l States approximately 11.2 per cent greater In 1'JlO than In 191.r. ac cording to an announcement made by the Forest Service. This estimate Is based on pre liminary figures compiled In connection with the collection of sawmill statistic In cooperation ' with the National Lumber Manufacturers" Association. About :'...000 sawmills are on tlie mailing li-.t of the Forest Sen loo otllces In tho Western States Of tlie mills In the eastern part of the country, approximately 0." per cent I ad reported up to February lf. For the I'nlteel States as a whole the Increase In production as shown Is 11.2 per ce nt. For the Eastern States alone the Increase was 7.9 per cent, and for the other States shown the Increase was 16.7 per rent. Carl Vechel. of Larch, Is handling the operator's work at the North Western station while Mr. Roxhon In away. PRIMARY BALLOT IS ALL READY CLERK CRIBBLE HAD THEM PRE PARED DURING THE WEEK ONE NAME ON DEM. BALLOT Contests on Treas. and Alderman in Third Ward Mark the Only Contests by Republicans City Clerk Gribble received from the printer during the week the bal lots for the city primary which will occur this year on the 7th of March. Owing to the absent voters' law ballots for all primaries and elections must be issued earlier than formerly so that the clerk of the election dis trict may be able to send the ballots to any absent voter and get It back in time for election. The Republican Ticket Tho primary law makes It necessary that the contest shall be held under the party auspices and for that rea son there appears a republican and a democratic ticket. The republican ticket is as follows: City Ticket. For Mayor - Robert Munns. For Clerk William J. Gribble. For Treasurer - Clyde Henry. Joseph Cheney. For Justice of the Peace William II. Morrison. Ward Ticket -First Ward. For Supervisor Josiali S. Jacka. For Alderman Thomas PonglasC. For Constable Charles Dove. Ward Ticket-Set end Ward. For Supervisor John Edward Udd. For Alderman Knud Nelson. For Constable Ward Ticket Third Ward. For Supervisor Viano Osterberg. For Alderman John Klesges. William Eldrod, Jr. For Constable Ell Massie. Heinocrat TIrfcet. For Mayor James J. Caffney. All other positions on the Democrat ticket there are tio candidates filed but blank lines are left under the ollico headings for Individual nomina tions. o FINDING A .JOR IN DETROIT. A friend of ours -who went to De troit a month ago to take a good po sition writes as follow regarding con ditions In tlie metropolis of the state: "I have- been on the go since I have been down hero, looking for work and. believe me, work, well It is very sc arce tight now. Automobile factories are laying off men from f.00 to 2.000 at a time. I applied at 2 different place 1 and was always turnce! clown. Car shortage Is the cause" of the trouble. Fac tories cannot get the raw material I have been here a month now and today I landed a Job. Could hardly be lieve It nt first but I got one. I like De troit very much. It Is a great town to live In but a fellow needs a lot of money, 1 never saw the likes ef It." Houghton Mining Gazette. - o ; NOT A RAH IDEA. A oung mail went to a dentist the tle-r day to have several teeth 01 " ae'ed. "I suppose I ought t. take tnething to deaden the pain, but I'm ifral-l of this gas you use," said th Mospoc ttvp patient. , The dentht reassured him, nnd wound up with: "You'll only be un conscious two or three minutes at the most." The patient took out his poeketbook. "Never mind that now," nahl the dentist: "you can pay me when I've finished. " "I wasn't going to pay you!" ex claimed tho patient. "I was going to count my money!" All Around Maga zine. Get your Job printing done here. TONNAGE TAX FIGHT. Contest In .Minnesota Legislature h Now on In Puniest. The fight for and against u tonnage tax of 2-ccnts per ton on Iron ore proposed by a bill entered In the Minnesota legislature is on In earnest and a bitter fight Is being waged by partisans of both sides. In the light that is being waged the same arguments that have been used in Michigan are put forward and the arguments arc pretty near those that we have been used to hear for theso many years. The fight that has been on between factions In tho iron districts of Minne sota Is reflected in this tonnage tax contest. A N N 0 1'.N C E M K X T PA UT Y. Lugagenieiit of 3INS Lcela Henry and lr. Hot Ik Announced Saturday . Miss Ethclyn Henry entertained twelve of her girl friends last Satur day at tho home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Henry in Maple Grove. The room was tastily decorated in pink and green and a four course dinner was served at six o'clock. At this dinner the engagement of her sister, Miss Leela Henry, to Dr. L. E. Hovlk was announced. ITALIANS TO JIKKT 1IKKK. Annual Coinentlon of Italian Soeietie Will Re Held In July. Crystal Falls is to entertain the Citizen's Italian League next July. This city was selected as the meeting place for 1917 at the meeting held at Hancock last year. No arrangements haw been made by the local commit tee yet but it Is thought that those interested will .soon commence mak ing the necessary arrangements. The delegates that represented Crystal Falls nt the meeting last year wore Peter Rivalaoiua and Autillio Camilli. These gentlemen assured the members of th League last sum mer that Crystal Fulls would give them royal entertainment and It will soon be up to the people of the city Irrespective of nationality to redeem those pledges. SCLH MACKINAW COCNTY. I. F. Rojlo k Co Loeul Contractors, Claim County Owes Them. A suit against Mackinaw county was tiled by D. F. Royle & Co., through their attorneys. Morlarty & Dwyer, last week. Tho local firm claims that Mackinaw county owes them the sum of $12,000.00 for extra work done upon some of the roads of tlm county. Tho suit was tiled In Mackinaw county and will be tried In that coun ty some time during the year. IILARING ON COMPENSATION RILL The labor committee's of the senate and house will hold a public hearing at the senate chamber the evening of Wednesday, February 2.Sth, on Sena tor Martin's workmen's compensation bill. The hearing Is granted at tho request of the Michigan Manufacture ers Association and a large and rep resentative attendance Is assured from all the Industrial centers of the state. Compared t) the present Michigan compensation law, which Is regarded as one of tho most liberal In the Fnlted Stats both as to benefit), and pay pe riods tli e Martin bill In brief pro vides: reduces the waiting period from two weeka to one week ; Increase-., I fr.. If, ...I -... il ... in' uii.il nvillli; IIWIII I I I t-tT III thiiteen weeks; Increases the weekly compensation from f0 per cent to GJ 2 .1 per cent; Increases the mini mum weekly compensation to $.' and thi. maximum compensation from $10 j to $1.1 pe-r week; all specific Indemni ties are Increased 33 1-3 per cent; six fornij of Injury not now Included lu the act nre added and call for the two-thirds wage compensation for perhMls ranging fnm fifty to two hun dred weeks. Rased on the latest avail able figures from the State Industrial Accident Hoard, the Martin bill will Increase tlie compensation expense to Michigan manufacturers and employ ers upwards of one million dollars annually. o ; Sheriff Wilson went to Sldnaw ye terday to get a fellow who Jumped a board bill at one of the local boarding houses. .'