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30 1 h Year NOT 0. CJiYSTAL FALLS, MICH., MARCH 3, 1917. Subscription $2.00 Per Tear. I IRON COUNTY'S SYSTEM IS BAD investigation OF poor expendi tures SHOWS MEED OF CHANGE SIICULDUAVECOUIITYSYSTEM Present System of Township and City Distribution Brings Much Extravagance Into the Work .The Diamond Drill has several times In the past warned the people of the county against their extrava rant system of caretng for the poor. While it has been impossible to get any line upon expenditures, from the fact that the expenditures are not cen trallied, yet It was apparent that the amount ran well up in the thousands of dollars from the annual reports of the townships. The supervisors of the several town ships administer the poor funds and that fact alone works against an effi cient system from the reason that su pervisors are elective each year and they change frequently. This fart makes them subject to pressure from those who impose upon the public. Hollln (.cti Letter. In this connection, Mr. Hollln. man ager for the Iron County Tax ravers' Assn., received a letter from the com ' mission which was appointed to make u report to the legislature on "Public Heller which conveys a lot of impor tant information. It Is as follows: Lansing". Mich., Teh. 1C, 1917. Mr. O. S. Hollln, See. Iron Co. Taxpayers Assn. Dear Sir:-- Pursuant to your request I am giving you u somewhat detailed report on conditions In Iron county in rela tion to Public Relief, and will also hand a copy to your representative. Hon. P. Oiirien. I am unable at this time to give yon a complete . report on the case work in Iron county compiled by Miss Iva T. Tyler, but have looked over her work and based on this report it Is evident that at least 30 per cent of the public outdoor relief In Iron coun ty is given to those not worthy or (Continued on Page Four.) o - PINCH F.D A HOl'SK FULL. Mr. McDonough .Make First Arrest Cnder Recent Warning. If anyone thinks that Prosecuting Attorney McDonough didn't mean what he said when he gave notice that hereafter all frequenters of blind pigs would be arretted as well as the keep ers he has only to take notice of what happened to a fellow named Johnson, an alleged keeper of a blind pig In Frenchtown at Iron Hlver. Three weeks ago Sheriff Wilson rked this fellow up short on a blind pig charge. He didn't have enough, it seems, for Mr. McDonough got word that ho was "pigging" again and sent around officers to "pinch the house." Johnson, hU wife and five men found in the Johnson houne were tak en into custody. The five men were arraigned on a disorderly" charge fi!'d It cost them $H.C0 apiece. John ton and his wife, It is claimed, will spend a period of. their lives in the Iron county Jail, (JRANR OFFK FRS HLRF. Hugh MrCurd) Commander VNIted by Stale Officer Last Thursday. Thursday afternoon and evening Hugh McCurdy Commandery was vis ited by Hon. Fred A. Aldrich of Flint, Hight Kmlnent Crand Commander and Hon. Seth II. Jones of I.anaing, grand Instructor for the state. The local commandery was called In scasion for inspection during the afternoon and at 6:20 a banquet was served in the banquet room of the masonic temple. An evening session was held later and a large attendance was recorded, several members form surrounding communities being present at the ses i Ions. From here the grand officers went to Ironwood where they were yester day and then they will go to the cop per country for Sunday. o A.D.V.K.K.T.I.S.E. hist m: posit .. Michigan Ilondlng k Surety Co. Afraid of Saloon' Behavior Next Tear. The Michigan Bonding & Surety Co. has announced a stunner of a demand for Michigan saloons. No bond will be Issued to saloons In this state by the company unless a deposit of $500 In cash is made with the company or Jn some bank to the order of the com pany, the said 500 to be forfeited by the said saloon keeper if he fails to be good during 1917. The bonding company states fraak ly that the reason for the requirement Is a fear that tbe saloons will "cut er wide open" during the next twelve months In an effort to get all the money that they can while the getting is good. All dealers know that they must go out of business on May 1, 1918. That fact removes all fears of license for the following year and other fears that have induced saloon men to be careful during the past. They know that they must get all the money that they can out of the busi ness during the next twelve months. The deposit requirement specifies that the $500 must remain on deposit for two years after the state goes dry so as to be available in case of any de layed action that may be started after the dry regime comes in. o CAPTAIN RACKF.T PLFASFD. All Who Attended the Play Monday Night Praised the Work of the Cast The much advertised play. "Captain Racket." which Miss Hobards put on the boards in Crystal Fall under the auspices of the Kastern Star Chapter pleased everyone who attended it and we have yet to hear a criticism of the play or of those who took part In it. Ml Hobards worked hard and those who assisted her were certainly hard and faithful workers or they couldn't have produced the play as they did. Some of the characters showed a lot of individuality in their work and all were well fashioned to their parts, showing a careful selec tion by the director. Tlie attendance was not as large as was expected but that was owing to the number of local talent attractions that have been put on here this winter. The affair, however, was a financial success and the ladles feel satisfied with the result. MKT MAM' C. P. PLOPLF. Alvin Hlchards says tliat they met quite -a number of upper peninsula people on their tour through Florida. Among those from this part of the country was Andrew Nelson whom they found well and busy upon his farm. While spinning along the brick road from Miami to St. Petersburg they saw the sign "ISHPKMING" over a gate way. Captain Hlchards ordered the car stopped at once for he knew of but one Ishpemlng In the world and lie proposed to Investigate to find out If the resident at that particular place had any right to the sign. He was soon convinced that the owner came honestly by his sign for the surprised countenance of Captain Johnstone appeared on the veranda and there was a hearty welcome to the travelers. Mr. Johnstone's place lie In a sort of a valley so that his fruit crop was not destroyed by the killing frost that had leveled everything In the state except at isolated spots. Mr. John stone insisted that the party help thernselvei to fruit and they took all the grape fruit, oranges, etc. that they could t arry and lived high f r the balance of the trip. At (lulfport they called upon John Parks. John Is famous as having the only cow In Florida at least that's his reputation and It was a treat to get real milk, right from the cow instead of from a tin can. Mr. Parks is quite a real estate dealer in Qui port and likes the country very much. YRV.Y. BAND CONCERT. TheCorrlgan McKinney Hand wish to announce that a Free Hand Concert will be given for the benefit of the public at the City Hall Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, March 16th. at 2:30 o'clock. In addition to music by the Hand, there will be several musical selections by first class home talent. Kverybody Invited. Everybody wel come. Don't ml It! No admission charges. Everything free. Remember the date. WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH OUR T0WH? "Crystal Falls la dull." That's the expression that one hears on very side. Ask one who makes the statement what he means and he'll tell you, "Why there's nothing going on; there's nobody on the streets; the town Is deserted." The businessmen are the ones most given to this pessimistic talk. If the said business man happen to be a "wet" he places all the blame upon the town being "dry." If he's a "dry" he places the blame upon the "wets" who countenance blind pigging and out-of-town excursions. Never yet have we heard one of these complalners place the blame where it really belongs; upoo himself and his fellow businessmen who constantly grouch about the town being "dull." Crystal Falls is dull. How can It help but be dull? Is anyone doing anything to liven it up? There's Just as much money here as there ever was. Pay days are more frequent and bigger in total than they were in the palmiest days when more men were at work in this vicinity. If you doubt this fact check up the statements at the various mine offices. It isn't a lack of money that makes it dull. There's Just as much business here as there ever was. If you don't believe us go to the two railway stations and check up the amount of supplies that are coming in by freight and express from the mail order houses to the, people of the community. Then go to the post office and watch the packages come Jn via parcels post. If you check up the packages closely you'll find that many of them are addressed to our business men and contain merchandise that they don't happen to sell themselves. Crystal Falls has the reputation along the line of being the "greatest mail order town on the range." Nice reputation, Isat It! ' Husiness men say that they can't Mop it. Dave you ever noticed their trying very hard? Other places have Husiness Men's Clubs, Not Crystal Falls. Other plates have something doing to get the people out and liven up the town. Not Crystal Falls. j Other plates have merchants that are nlive and active In fighting the mall order business. Not Crystal Falls. Other plates have business men that put confidence in one another and pull together to build up the town and Incidentally their own business. .ot Crystal Falh. We're ashamed to have to ray this. We've spent 20 years booming and boosting and have tome to the conclusion that the liesf way to boost is to knock. Probably we can arouse enough antagonism to allow a few facts to sink in and bring about an efl'ort ut improving conditions. What Is the reason for this condition! Ask the people, that's the best way to find out. Let the business man forget his boxes und bags for a few moments and circulate out among the fellows that spend the money. They've all got you pegged right. Don't ever think differently. The people of the community in answer to inquiries by The Dia mond Drill reply, "We're not getting' a 'square deal."--- - ' Are they I Let's pee. We'll let them answer for themselves In subsequent Issues. GOT SO MF, COAL. Pres. Corcoran of the Crystal Falls school board Informs us that the board of education has succeeded In getting 100 tons of slack coal from the Ksca naba docks and that as a result the schools will not have to close for some time at least. The coal that they succeeded In get ting is not of the hest kind but in these days "becgars can't b choos ers" so they are putting up with what they get and hoping for better things )ater. The coal dealers feel that they wiP he abl to pet some soft coal now that, the car ferries have been released and the embargo on the roads lifted. HIC LAND Dr. A I.. Robert (lerstner. the lumberman, ha sold to the Skidmore Land com pany, of Marinette and Chicago, :!,0X) acres of land east of Anderson's Spur on the St. Paul road. The lands are in Wisconsin, about three miles south of Iron Mountain. The consideration was $1.1.000. Mr. (lerstner purchased tie lands several year ago from the Citizen's National Hank, of (Ireen Hay. The soil is well adapted for agricul tural purposes and contains some tim ber. The Skidmore company will col onize the tract. A considerable acre iKe has already been sold to Indiana parties. Three families have already arrived and fourteen more will arrive in the spring. The settlement has a bright future and should prove an asset to Iron Mountain. Iron Moun tain Pres. o - IMF. I) SFPDF.NLT. Mar'-o Marlnt. an Italian who came here from Calumet a short time ago to engage in the dry goods business in this city, died quite suddenly at his home In the Dalpra block last Sunday. Marlnl had been ailing for some time but it was not considered that his ailment was at all M-rious. He Is i survived by a wife ajid four children, the youngest being but a month old. The funeral was teld from the Geir dlan Atgel's cturtb on Tuesday. ' SAW IH'HRllMJF CO.MINO. A. Lewis Hurridge, county engineer of Iron county, believes one panhand ler had advance Information of his visit to Detroit. Mr. Hurridge was here Tuesday attending the Republi can convention. He Rays that a man met him outside the Union station and demanded a dime. He gave it to him. Five times during the day the northern peninsula delegate declares tho same beggar met him on the street and each time it coat him a dime. When he was solicited the sixth time he gave the man .10 cents and begged him to pit k another candidate. --Detroit Journal. ITS HICK IS HROKKN. The C. S. weather man is authority for the statement that the back of old King Winter ha been broken and that the worst is over. The weather will continue to moderate from now on ami there will he no more extreme cold In tlit? eastern states at least, he says. May the prophecy come true, U the earnest prayer of the residents of tills section. Tiie winter has been the coldest In a number of years and by reason of a shortage of both coal and wood there lias been a great deal tf suffering. ST. PA TRICK'S DAT tl.NTKRTAINMKNT To keep the memory of St. Patrick green the ladles of the Guardian Angel church are preparing their annual entertainment for St. Patrick's day. March 17th. Hon. M. S. McDon ough will deliver the principal ad dress on tin. occasion. A very fine program of the best vocal and Instru mental music of local and Invited tal- ent will be presented The program will appear in the next Issue of this paper. Reserved seats will be sold In advance fit Jacobs Pros.' Jewelry store All cordially Invited. Mr. Hamilton, engineer for tbe tax commission, was In Crystal Falls yes- , terdsy on business for tbe commission, SllNtJ THE (UMItLKHS. Sfaiubuugh Sports Pulled Off a Sur prise on a Couple of Tin Horns. A good story comes from the west side in which the discomfort of a couple of professional gamblers la revealed.' A short time ago a couple of gamblers struck Iron Hlver and nosed around for a 'game." They were told that over In Stambaugh they would find a couple of "easy marks" so they patronized the street ratlway and landed in Stambaugh. The "easy marks" had been warned and were easy to be found. Sure, they'd like a game. Yes, they knew of a place where the gama could be pulled off. The "proprietor" cash ed a check (in chips) for one of the easy marks In the sum of $100. Then the other "easy mark" wrote out a check for another hundred and got his chips. The "gams" put up cash and got their chips and the game started. Along In the early hours the "gams" were hid behind a pile of chips each while the "easy marks" were down to their last legs. The "proprietor" had an excuse to go out and he didn't return and it didn't take the profes sionals long to tako a tumble. They made several inquiries about Iron Hlver and departed. o ORRFRKD JAIL RKPAIRS. Inspectors Visited the Institution Mon day for First 1917 Inspection. Tlie Jail inspectors of Iron county. Robert Munns, Olof Helgcmo, Ed. Scott, Clias. Neugehauer and Judge Lott, visited the Iron county Jail last Monday for the first Inspection for the year 1917. They report finding the county Jail In need of considerable renovation and ordered a complete kalsomining and painting of tlie Institution at once. They claim that the Jail is not as sanitary as they would like to see It. There were seven prisoners in Jail when they visited the Institution, a larger number than lias been record ed there for some time. The law makes the poor commis sioners, the county agent and the county Judge the Jail inspectors and they are required to go through the building several times during the year. o DISAPPOINTF!) WITH SIRKN. The city authorities are very much disappointed with the siren fire alarm that was erected during tlie week. The alarm is not at all like it was repre sented to be. Instead of it's making noho enough to be heard ten miles nway It couldn't be heard In The Dia mond Drill office on Thursday when tlie linotype machine was operating. When all was quiet It could be heard faintly. Tlie wind was strong from the south west on Thursday and the alarm fail ed to attract attention at the Odgers mine which Is only half a mile from the city hall. The signal was purchased through (J. H. Webb and cost $47ft.OO. A signal that co ts that amount of money ought to be able to wake anyone out of a sound sleep anywhere In tlie city. Yesterday morning It was put In com petition with the small siren on the truck --one that cost $lS.()0-and the truck signal seemed to have it over tlie big one. It Is the general opinion that there is something wrong, either with the Installation of tlie signal or with lis ability to produce $47.7 00 worth of noise. FIRF ALARM CP. Was Prectcd en City Rnildlng Lut Tnesda). The new fire alarm was received here on Monday and on Tuesday I was erected upon the fire station nt the city hall. The siren will mske sufficient noise to bo heard for a dh tance of ten miles all around and It Is calculated that It will awake every person In the city when blown. The signal will be used again as a curfew warning, we understand, and hereafter "kids" will be locked up If they are found wandering about the streets without escort after the warn inr Mmal Is given. The curfew ordi nance hai not been enforced for sev eral years because of the absence of a signal. PROGRAM OUT FOR INSTITUTE M. E. RICHARDS WILL EXPLAIN METHODS AT AM AS A-PORTER OVER ONE HUNDRED ON TRIP Round Trip From Chicago Will Tike About a Week and Cost About One Hundred Dollars A meeting of the executive commit tec of the Lake Superior Mining In stitute was held at Ishpemlng last week and tho final touches put upon the program for the meeting. A number of prominent mining men will present papers and take part In the discussions that will be brought out by them. Among those who will tako part In the program Is M. K. Richards of this city who will present a paper explain, ing the mining methods at the Amasa Porter mine. The Amasa-Porter has proved to bo a very profitable property and Mr. Richards has perfected a system of mining there that allows tho mint being worked at a minimum of econo my. The Program In Full. The program with the papers to be presented and those wtio aro to take part in it is us follows: "Mining Methods on tho Menominee Iron Range"- Hy O. H. Haxter, Ru dolph Krleson and M. K. Hlchards, committee. "Methods, of Mining at tlie Chapiti Mine"-- Hy W. C. Cordon, Iron Moun tain, Mich. "The Hloik Cuving System Ued at tlie Pewabie Mine" Hy A. J. Myers, Iron Mountain, Mich. "The Method of Mining at the Lo rotto Mine"- Hy C. H. Haxter, Loretto. Mich. "Mining Methods in tho Iron River District of Michigan" Hy' Rudolph Krleson, Iron River, Mich. "The Sub-Stopihg- Method of Mining as Used at the Chatham Mine" Hy F. J. Smith, Iron River, Mich. "Mining Methods in the Crystal Falls, Amasa and Florcnco Districts" Hy M. K. Hlchards, Crystal Falls, (Continued on Page Four. I o COVKRNOR MAY LFARN. Of Alleged Actions of ('banning Sii. loon Keepers Law Violation. City Marshal Rroad says that com plaints are being made regularly about tlie action of Channing saloon keepers in selling liquor to minors. Tlie parents of the young men are complaining and it is time that the attention of the sheriff of Dickinson county is tailed to the law violations In Channing and if he does nothing to stop It a complaint will he made tti the governor. One night last week three young men from Iron River, all minors. were drunk on the train returning from Channing and frequently boys from Crhtal Falls return from ('ban ning drunk. Tlie marshal has re frained from enforcing the rule to place the.so boys In Jail so far but will no longer allow these tilings to go on and there is liable to be somo interest ing developments If one of these minors lands in Jail. ' Latt Sunday morning a man a JI woman, seeking passage from Chan ' nlng to Crystal Falls, were not al low ed to rlde.hy the conductor wht said In Justification of his action that it would be a tlisgrace to land that pair in any civilized community on Sunday morning. Channing gets most of the "young" trade as it doesn't cost so much to go. there as to Florence. This kind of trade may prove a poor line if sjmo discretion Is not ued by the Chars-, nlng saloon men. K.MIL II I'll J A TO ALASKA. The last Issue of the "Cntverslty cr Washington Dally" contains a picture of Kmll Ilurja. one of the students at the university and an editor of the university paper, and the announce ment that Kmll will leave soon for. Fairbanks, Alaska, to engage In news paper work. Mr. Ilurja will return to Washing ton next fall and resume his work at U unltenity.