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OWOSSO THE CITY OP PUSH"
OWOSSO. MICHIGAN; MAY Jl, 1917.
; Years of
Txes Willie Raised in Overwhelming Amounts From
Every Person in Country Roosevelt Denied
; Privilege of Raising Volunteer Army Despite
Almost Unanimous Sentiment of Country.
Thevconferces of the United
Representatives agreed on a report on the conscription bill
yesterday making the draft age from men over 21 years and
up to 31 years of age, a compromise between 21 and 27 asked
by the Senate and 21 to 40 by the House.
The conferees reported against allowing Col. Roosevelt to
raise a volunteer division for immediate service in France.
, The Fall amendment for
. The prohibition section will forbid the salo of liquor to
officers or enlisted men and makes it unlawful to sell or have
liquor in an army post or training camp. ,
The draft tribunals will be
courts and the right of appeal will be made possible from the
first to a second tribunal as to exemption. It is expected that
within three months the. first 500,000 men will bo selected.
It is now proposed to add a second enrollment of cadets from
18 to 20; first line men from 21 to 27; second line men from
27 to 35; third line men from 36 to 45.
Washington, May 9. The way tax
bill extending its excises into every
American homo was formally present
ed to the house today by the ways
and means committee with plans for
As a foretaste of what may como
.later, -it . proposes special taxes to
raise $1,800,000,000, in addition to
the present normal annual revenue
of $1,500,000,000. When its terms
jRreeffoctivp tho American, people will
bo paying' dircci " taxes' "6f ' $33 .' per
capita, " The people of the British
Isles half as ; many now pay per
capita taxes of $60.
v Reaches Every Home.
While the principal features of the
new war levy arc the increases in in
come and profits taxes, increases in
internal revenue rates, and increases
of customs duties, many of. its pro
visions reach the innermost structure
of every home and, make up a list of
taxes, probably the most formidable
ever faced by the American people.
The household, light, heat and tele
phone bills, admission tickets to
amusements, fire and life insurance,
railway tickets, automobiles, automo
bile tires and tubes, soft drinks, post-
' age rates, golf clubs and base ball
bats, club dues and a host of every
day necessities or luxuries come un
der the taxation.
Increased postage rates on news
papers, arranged in a zone system,
arc such that publishers say they will
force many newspapers out of busi
ness. Already protests are pouring
in, and attacks upon it will cent: in
the senate finance committee which
will conduct public hearings on it and
probably , make some amendments.
The committee estimated the war
expenditures for the remainder of
this and the whole of the next fiscal
year at about $3,800,000,000, exclu
sive of the bond issue to finaneb the'
foreign loan. .
' "We have already authorized a
bond issue of $2,000,000,000,' 'it add
ed, "to Yrovile a portion of the
necessary funds to finance the war.
Therefore the amount necessary to
raise by taxation, or & further bond
; issue, at this time is $1,800,000,000.
The bill today is calculated to raise
in exact fibres. $1,810,420,000. It
is expected to produce this yield:
Income tax: New war incomo tax,
$532,700,000; retroactive tax on in-
Excess profits, $108,000,000.
Tares on Liquors,
Liquors : Distilled spirits, $100,
000,000; rectified spirits, $7,500,000;
fermented liquors, $37,000,000; wines,
. ' Soft drinks, syrups, etc., $20,000,
Cigars, $100,000,000; cigarettes,
$25,000,000; tobacco, $30,000,000;
snuff, $2,000,000; cigarette papers
Stamp taxes, including documents
and playing cards, $33,000,000.
Increase in customs duties, $200,
Increase in first class mail matter,
ANSWER NATION'S CALL
From Men 21 to 31
States Senate and House of
regiments to patrol the borders
separate from the military or
$70,000,000; in second class mail mat
(Continued on page eight.)
High School Cadets.
Prof. Robert Linton recently held
a theoretical examination of-the ;40
students in the" high school cadet
corps, basing upon it and a written
examination, the selection of officers.
man. .a; .practical demonstration. iu
voice, military bearing, headwork
and the giving of commands. The
following officers were chosen:
Captain, William Oliver; first lieu
tenant, Frederick Storrcr; second
lieutenant, Marlowe Stevens; first
sergeant, Burr Shellenbarger; second
sergeant, Forest Crampton; third ser
geant, Cecil Rhodes ; corporals,
Arthur Picrpont, Harold Crane, Ber
nard Mattson, Don Stratton, Merle
Oliver and Albert Cook.
Furnish Seed Potatoes for Scholars.
The school board has voted $200 to
buy seed potatoes for scholars who are
to till vacant lots this summer under
the direction of Prof. Linton. The
amount will be replaced in the fall
when crops are sold.
Theodore Roosevelt is the one man in
America who could transform the draft
into a patriotic rush to arms, according
to Attorney General Alex. J. Groesbeck,
who has just returned fiom Washing
ton. "Roosevelt would be the same
kind of an inspiration to America that
Kitchener was to England," said Groes
beck. 'LoTd. Kitchener's greatest asset
was the fact that he was known as a
first class fighting man. Men were glad
to serve under him. Roosevelt's execu
tive ability, his dynamic energy and his
nonnlaritv with the nAnnla all nmm.
mend him as the man who can make,
the draft a success."
Charles Williams, of Detroit, form
eny oi mis cuy, uco xiougnianng
and Paul Ball, of this city, haveicen
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accepted for training at the officers
reserve training camp and are await
ing orders. Ollie Slock was unable to
pass the physical examination. Capt.
rranic n uvans, lormcny oi co. n,
nas applied ior a training at tne en
campment, as has Carl G. Simeon,
of Vernon. Lyle Griffin, son of Sher
iff Griffin, was rejected at Saginaw
on examination for enlistment in the
navv. Franlr J. DavU ha hen nrd.
cfed to the training camp at Fort
Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Dayies and Miss
vaxX rT T ' " W iT
Edith Dories leavextext week to make
u i i i i i n-i t m
their home in Minneapolis. The Dud
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ley home in which they have lived will
be occupied by Mr. Field of tbe Field
Mfg. Co. -
Lieut. Harold Miner of the U. 8 Ar
my nas Been ordered from Arizona to
Philadelphia, Pa. Mrs. Miner and son
win prouauiy come io y wosbo ior a visis
wire ner parents.
Mr. and Mrq C. 8 AHNon will return
next wck worn h nfverai ujjuins tup
In California and Arizona. . ;
Under this flag 1.00,000,
000 dMERICdNS unite
Owosso 2, M. A. C 3.
The M. A. O. reserve team defeated
the Owosso high school at base ball at
East Lansing, Saturday, in a fine base
ball contest, ending 8 to 2.
Owobso plays Alma high at Alma
today, and Fenton here Saturday.
Ban on Fireworks Modified.
Mayor Wright has modified the order
prohibiting the nse of fireworks, and it
will not include small fire crackers and
Roman candles, and some other harm
less pieces. An ordinance governing
the matter is to be passed by the com
mission: Dr. A. M. Mume Honored.
The American Association of Railway
Surgeons at its meeting in Chicago,
Monday, elected Dr. A. M. Hnme of
Owosso, vice president. Dr. Hume 1b
chief surgeon of J,h& Ann Arbor rail
road and is highly regarded by railroad
men as an authority on sanitation and
medical matters directly pertaining to
City Budget $96,000.
The commission at a special meeting
Monday morning presented the esti
mates for this year's budget showing a
total of 95,000, and this will be finally
acted on at next Monday night's meet
Ing. The total is f G,000 higher than
l&8t7eapsTtercaWrig "but ..several in-
tended improvements, including sewers
on Cass, Genesee and Park streets.
Extend Hand of Fellowship to 61.
Communion service was held at the
First Baptist church, Sunday morning,
and the right hand of fellowship was
extended to sixty-one persons. The
Red Cross work was the theme of the
sermon as in other churches in the
morning, and in the evening Rev.
Walte gaye the first of a series of ser
moDS on the food problem, urging that
with everyone doing his share America
could feed the world.
Raise Money for Dorcas Home.
Means of raising funds to defray the
expense of erecting tbe addition to the
Dorcas home, which will cost $1,500,
were discussed at the regular meeting
of tne King's Daughters held at the
home of Mrs. Fred Woodard, John
street, Friday afternoon. It was decided
to negotiate .with the management of
tbe county fair, for a lunch stand to be
conducted by the ladies during the fair.
Tnis it is believed will yield a consider
able amount of money.
The annual county convention of the
Kicg's Daughters will be held May 23
Sher,ff' Co.unty. C'rk and Med,Ca
omcer in counties.
The Shiawassee county conscription
board consisting of Sheriff Griffin
County Clerk Nichols and Medical
: 0fficer Dr. u&roU A. Hume, is waiting
the final orders and date to begin its
work of registration of men liable for
service in the U. 8. army. Tbe work
I done by the reguiar registration
boards In cities and townships,
Camp Fire Ceremonial.
A public ceremonial of the Camp Fire
5lnb WM held !7en,n in the
ecture room 0f tn Congregation al
huurcb wIth f fftIr B,"d crowd Pref nt
The ceremonies, as they are carried on
in the closed meeting, were given
Friday evening, that the public might
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know of the work being done by the
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young ladies. There are about 1 1 in the
organization, . with Mrs. B. G. Mattson
as leader. A new member, Miss Win
nifred Whittemer. was taknn in and
- ' Miss Helen Gaylord was made -wood
eatherer" Misses Marr Mande Thomn
BOn and Margaret Reineke 'wjre given
the aegree 0f "fire maker.
Beyen tableaux were given, repre
senting the seven laws of the camp fire,
Hongs were sung and a pleasant evening
Sixty-Ninth Annual Session In Owosso
i May 14, 15 and 18.
The sixty-ninth arinual session of the
Grand Encampment of Michigan Inde
pendent , Order of Odd 1 Fellows and
Patriarchs' Militant will be held in
Owosso, Monday, Tuesday and Wed
nesday next. Over one thousand mem
bers are' expected and the program for
the three days Includes annnal business
meetings, paradss,prize drills, public
exercises, Decoration of Chivalry on
Chlyaliers, a reception and dance.
Monday the annual session of the
Department Council will be held at
Owosso Lodge hall, East Main street
at 2 p. m. The Ladles' Auxiliary will
meet at 7:30 p. m. at the same place,
the degrees being conferred by Detroit
ladies.. The Patriarchal degree will be
conferred at 7:80 p. m., the Golden Rule
degree at 8:45 and the Royal Purple
degree at 9:45 at Odd Fellows' temple
East Mason street.
Tuesday business sessions will beheld
in the forenoon followed by public ex
erctses at Odd Fellows' temple. An
address of welcome will be given by
Mayor Wright with responses by Grand
Encampment and Patriarchs Militant
officers, and Beveral musical numbers
are' on the program.
At 1:80 a grand parade will be formed
of Patriarchs MiKtant and Encampment
dejf gates, marching on Main and Wash
lngton streets, closing with prize drills
on Exchange street.
Tuesday eyeninir the Decoration of
Chivalry will be conferred at the new
armory followed by a reception, grand
march and dance.
Wednesday will be given np to bus!
The school census enumerators will
start work tomorrow, and will continue
their woik until June first. It will be
appreciated by the enumerators if tbe
people will answer the door bell the
first time, thus doing away with calling
the second time. , . -
Eieot Officers. '., .
The regular monthly business meet
ing of the Corunna Avenue Epworth
League was held Monday evening at
tbe parsonage. The following officers
were elected: President, Harold Har
mon; 1st vice, Monna linstock; 2nd
yice, Grace Rice; 3rd vice, Era Alder
ton; 4th vice, Clyde Reed; secretary,
Dorothy .Harrison; treasurer, Mary
Harmon; organist, Edythe Cudney;
assistant organist, Frances Harmon.
Mayor Durham of Corunna has ap
pointed the following officers: City
Attorney, Walter M. Bush; marshal,
John Lewis; street commissioner and
city engineer, W. F. Striggow; fire
chief, John Elkins; park caretaker,
Mark Martin fire warden, Chester Stod
dard; water works engineer, A. J.
Withington. Aid. Edward Chaffee was
elected president of the council, and
Dr. W. .T. Parker was chosen health
officer. Aid. Fred Peacock reuigned.
being now employed in Lansing. No
successor was chosen.
The council increased the salary of
the city engineer from (60 to $70 a
month, and the marshal from $35 to 140.
Aid. Bilhimer called attention to the
fact that not a road had been built in
Corunna in two years, and was disap
pointed that the prospect 'for doing so
was not good this year. Mayor Durham
took to himself the chairmanship of the
street and park committee. Corunna
is bonded for 154,000 and an extra effort
will be made to pay some of the bonds.
ADDS 400 MEMBERS
Campaign by Ladles, Saturday, Swells
Red Cross RjII.
Members of Owosso Chapter of the
Red Cross conducted a campaign for
new members Saturday, by having
ladies at tbe banks, several stores, the
postofflce and other places, to give
everyone a chance to join the society,
and as a result over 830 names were
added to the roll and $15 donated by
those who did not feel able to join.
The chapter has now over 800 members
and will easily reach 1000 in the next
The ladies are making hospital bed
shirts this week, and shipping of sup
plies to headquarters has begun, band
ages, bath robes and bed shirts being
Bancroft has organized an auxiliary
to Owosso chapter as has Perry, and
Morrtee will also aid the Owosso
A dancing party will b given at the
armory Friday, May 18th for Red
The May term of the circuit court
opened in Corunna Monday and prob
ably will be very short, as many cases
have been put over the term. Only
two criminal cases were listed for
trial, those of Frank Strellic for
stealing beans , and Frank Quick for
The case of Sarah Powers vs. J.
Menzo Bentley was put over the
term. Mrs. Powers declares she was
injured when an automobile struck a
carriage in which she was riding. Mr.
Bentley and Fred Douglas, who was
riding with him on the day in ques
tion, deny absolutely that the auto
mobile struck a rig or even frighten
ed a horse. ,
In the slander case of Mary Brad
ley against Jennie Sturgis a settle
ment has been reached, a judgment
of $100 being agreed on.
John Willard of Owosso, plead not
guilty to a charge of carrying conceal
ed weapons, and the case went over
tba term, with the young man's father
on his bail bond for $300. A divorce
case is also pending aeainst Willard
who admitted that he had been arrested
once before on a disorderly charge pre
ferred by his wife and her father
when they found out they couldn't
run things" at his house.
John Bell, traveling nogro, plead
guilty of attempting to rob a Durand
clothing store when arraianed, Mon
day, and is in jail awaiting sentence.
Judge Miner succeeded in getting
Mrs. Arthur Fox of Owosso, to make
one more effort to effect a reconcilia
tion with her husband before he grant
ed her a divorce. They have one child
16 years old. They have a home in
Owosso and tbe trouble arosa over the
husband's staying out late nights.
Mr 8. Avis Green Young, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Green of Corunna,
was given a divorce from Dr. Glen D.
Young of Detroit, by Judite Miner,
Monday, with permission to resume her
maiden name. After a few weeks of
married life Mrs. YouBg left her hus
band last December and began proceed
ings for divorce charging groes cruelty.
I contest the case1 but 'was' not present' at
Mary A. Runyon of Owosso town
ship, was granted a divorce by Judge
Miner, Tuesday, from Noah Runyon.
A stipulation had been filed in regard
to the property settlement. Mrs. Run
yon charged cruelty. They have three
children and the farm will be sold and
$1 000 provided for the care of the
(Continued on page four.)
Home Guard Formed.
At a meeting at the armory Wednes
day evening the Owosso unit of the
Michigan Home Guards was formed,
22 eniis'ing. It ie expected the com
pany will be brought up to 65 or 70.
Tbe meeting was the result of a gen
eral ca'il issued by order of tbe Michi
gan Preparedness Board and was at
tended bv over fifty men. Geortre T,
Campbell presided, and talks were made
by S. Q. Pulver, A. J. VanEpps and
Drills will be held Monday'evenings
In charge of Lieut. Whitebearse of Co.
H, Sergts. LaClear, Wilson, Thompson
and Gadola. Tbe list of enlisted men
is as follows: 8. Q Pulver, A. B. Cook,
Rev. B. G. Mattson, Sr., B. G. Mattson,
Jr., O. H. Voelker, G. T. Campbell,
Charles F. Crane, William Lewis, Wal
ter Butler, George North, Joseph M.
Hoover, George H. Craft, Jr., William
J. McCnllough, J. J. McDonald, Alba
E. Green, Clare Lewis. Clarence Porter,
Elmer Braley, Clyde Patterson James
M. Pierce. Frank M. Miller and Clar
INITIATE CLASS OF TWENTY-FIVE
Pythians of Central Michigan Will See
Work Done at Owosso May 22
by Grand Lodge Officers.
Owosso Lodge Knights of Pythias,
will initiate a large class of candidates
at a meeting to be held May 22. the
work being done by tbe officers of the
grand lodge. .Following the initiation
the dramatic production "A Lesson of
Friendship" will be put on by the grand
lodge at one of the Owosso theatres, all
the work being done by the team which
conferred the work on Governor 81eeper
and other public men at Lansing li
March, and which will Initiate a clats
of several hundred at Grand Rapids
next week, and 1000 candidates at De
troit May 24. . - ;
Owosso lodge, which was formetly
one of the leading-lodges in Central
Michigan and one of the most prosper
ous ana popular loages . in uwosso,
suffered a depression through poor man
sgement, is, to be brought back , to its
former status under thai leadership of
L L. Conn and former active members.
W. C. T. U. Convention.
The most successful convention
both from a standpoint of enthusiasm
and attendance in the history of the
Shiawassee W. C. T. U. came to a
close last night at the First M. E.
church in this city, with the gold
medal oratorical contest and pro
gram. Thursdays sessions of the con
vention were devoted mostly to rout
ine business, although the work was .
interspersed with musical numbers
Wednesday the convention author
ized the sending of the following tele
gram to President Wilson :
"The Shiawassee county W. ,C. T.
U. in convention, sends greetings and
asks you to use your influence for the
protection of our boys from dring and
social evils and to this end we earn
estly urge you to conserve the grain
of our country and its manhoo as
Signed: Rev. Bt W. Hampton, Rev.
E. J. Warren, Mrs. Florence Richard,
Mrs. Estclla Gardnes, Mrs. Cora Has
kin, Rev. F. D. Draper. '
Mrs. Estclla Gardner, of Hender
son, was elected county president for
the ensuing year. Mrs. Etta Killian
of Burton, was re-elected secretary
and Mrs. Etta Small, of Corunna No.
1, treasurer. .
Tho following department super
intendents were named:
Young People Miss Mildred Bald
Foreign Speaking People and Rail
road Departments Combined Mrs.
Delia Moore, Owosso.
Loyal Temperance Legion Mrs.
Al-lie Hart, Owosso.
Scientific Temperance Instruction
Mrs. Martha Almendingcr, Corun
na. Press Mrs. Mary Coburn, Perry.
Sunday School Mrs. Etta Killian,
Anti-Narcotics Miss Alma Fulton,
Jails and Almhouses Miss Hattie .
B. Lyons, Corunna. - c ' j
Flower Missions 'Mrs. Blanche
Sociaj ard .lied -Letter DaysJrty , ;
ylplna' Spitler," Owosso No. '7.' '
Franchise Mrs.- Flora Galligan,
Bureau of Exchange Mrs.
Parliamentary Usage Mrs. Abbie
(Continued on page eight.)
Perhaps the one thing that more
than anything else will restrain peo
ple from coming to the free tuber
culosis examinations that the sfcnto
board of health will conduct in Shia
wassee county during the week be
ginning May 14 will be fear to face
the faets about their nhvsical con-
lition. There is in many people an
unreasonable, fear of tuberculosis
which, Dr. William DcKleinc, direc
tor of the survey, assorts is respon
sible for a great denl of real harm.
Many a man who feels himself run
down is afraid to' be examined for
fenr that his suspicions that lie mav
have tuberculosis may prove to' bo
"Fear should not hold anyone
back," said Dr. Do Kleinie. "A
person who is run down and w"0 is.
told he has tuberculosis ihould bo
glad he has learned the real state of
things in time. If he takes the ex
amination early enough he has .nine
chances out of ten of getting well.
Personally I would rather have tub
erculosis than many another disease
that is lightly regarded, provided 1
knew it in time. In fact, more peo
ple get well from tuberculosis 'than
from almost any other important dis
ease. "But the point must "be borne in
mind that the disease must be at
tended to early. And that is what
the stac board of health is trying to
do in these county campaigns, to help
people to attend to it early. I hope
for that reason that all persons who
are physically run down will come to
the free examinations when they, are
held here." . ' '
Figures gathered from the. county
records show that the death rate in
this county from tuberculosis is about
as high in proportion to population
as in most of the other counties in
the state. It simply proves onco
more, what is well known to tuber
culosis workers, that there is no com
munity that is free froin-4 he disease
and that much hard work has to be
done here as well as everywhere else,
if tho death rate is to be out dewn in
Michigan as the stato board of health
hopes to cut it down. There is much
npporuniiy jnt this county for con
structive work along health lines, the
state health workers assort."
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