1 HE OiAMOND DRILL
C11YSTAL FALLS, MICH., FERHFAHY 21, 1917.
Subscription $2.00 Per Year.
20th Year No. S.
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
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
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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.
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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.
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.
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
! 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.
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
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
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
Vandenboom Withdrew frotn Race.
The scrap over the support of the
upper peninsula between Frank Van
denboom of Marquette and George
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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
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
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
The contestant!) and places were as
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
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
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:
For Mayor -
William J. Gribble.
For Treasurer -
For Justice of the Peace
William II. Morrison.
Ward Ticket -First Ward.
Josiali S. Jacka.
Ward Ticket-Set end Ward.
John Edward Udd.
Ward Ticket Third Ward.
William Eldrod, Jr.
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
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.
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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
"Never mind that now," nahl the
dentist: "you can pay me when I've
"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
The fight that has been on between
factions In tho iron districts of Minne
sota Is reflected in this tonnage tax
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
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
Sheriff Wilson went to Sldnaw ye
terday to get a fellow who Jumped a
board bill at one of the local boarding
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