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THE OWOSSO TIMES-
PAGES 1T0 8 OWOSSO THE CITY OF PUSH VOL. XXXIX OWOSSO. MICHIGAN. JAN. 11. 1918. vNO. 42 Forty Stars on Qervics Flag The service flag of Owosso Lodge No. 81, F. A. M., now nying irom ine hall, baa forty , stare showing a large percentage of its members now in the service of Unole Sam: , m in n A Announcement has been made of the marriage of L. B. Allison, late of Owosso, and Mrs. Louisa Q. Poet at Los Angeles, Cal., Jan 1. They will 'maka their home at 640 South Serrano : Ave i Los Angeles. Congratulations nd beet wishes. " Buys Allison Blook. The three story brick block on North Washington street owned and used for many years by 0. S. Allison & Son, has ! been "old to Mrs. Emma Wolaver for $12,000 It will be occupied as at pres 'ent by the Allison jewelry store con ducted by Paul Ball. Free Seed Tests. East Lansing, Jan. 9. As a meas ure towards lightening the seed corn and seed bean troubles of farmers, the departments of farm crops and plant pathology of the Michigan Agricultur al college, it has been announced, will run iree vew vl bccu, h saiuyKn . mailed in to them. More detailed in formation, if it is desired, can be had by writing to J. W. Nicholson of the farm crops department, in East Lan ding. Give S500 t Dorcas Home. By the will of the late Albert E. Hartshorn the Dorcas Home of this city was given $500 "for the care and sup port of homeless and orphaned chil dren. " The amount was paid to the King's Daughters by Fred E. Harts horn last week and is most highly ap preciated by the society. Mr. Harts horn was a contributor-during his life to the support of the Home and desired Us good work continued. D. A R. Anrual Meeting Shiawassee Chapter D. A. R held Its i annual meeting ana eieciiou oi wauerg at the home of Mrs Fi ed Woodard JaD. 2 and elected the following officers: Recent Mrs C. S Watson. ' 1st vice regent Mrs. J. M. Bentley. , 2od vice rKn' Mrs. W J. Melchere. Secretary M: Aoy Matthews Treasurer Mrs. C. 8. Allen. IIiAto-.in Mrs. Fred Woodard. Registra- vire. Albert West. v. JOINT INSTALLATION L. B. Quackenbush, G. A. R. No. 205 ana w. k. j. xo. o nem juua instal lation at their hall Saturday after noon. The installing officers were W. R. Smith of this city, and .Mrs. Agnes M. Wilev. nast department president of Grand Kapids. Alter tne ousiness of installation was finished a" social hour was held with short talks by the new commander Geo. Dalley, Comrade Wiley, C. W. Jennings and Mrs. Wiley, Mrs. L. H. Norton favored us with a song. Recitation by Mrs. Rathburn. When tables were brought in and a dainty luncheon was served. Press Correspondent. Entertain Grand Officers. A special meeting of the Owosso Council No. 218 U. C. T. was held Saturday afternoon at Odd Fellows hall on Main street. About 40 mem bers were present. Several members of grand lodge were nresent including Grand Sr. 'Council Hatch of Hillsdale, Grand Conductor Bullan ofLansing, and Past Grand Council Brown of Sagi naw. The annual reports were given, the books audited and the local council was found to be in exceptionally good shape. The Owosso organization has at present 64 members in good standing.- . . ' Two candidates, George S. Brown and D. Miller were initated, after which light refreshments were served and a smoker enjoyed. Clean Up Your Wood Lots. East Lansing, Mich, Jan. 9. Fore sighted farmers who- have . woodlots capable of supplying cordwood should take time by the forelock, in the opinion of A. K. Chittenden, head of department of forestry at M. A. C, and make ready now to meet 1919's fuel demands. "The unusually heavy drain this season upon the available supply of dry cordwood means that much of this will be cleaned up this winter," says Professor Chittenden, "and if events follow their wonted course, this will bring about a shortage in 1919. Men who have woodlots from which cord wood can be obtained, and who have as well the labor necessary for cutting it, would do well to get out as large a supply as possible now. This green wood, if dried during the coming year, will stand the state in good stead in 1919.". , ---I HON. R. P. HOBSON Soldier, Statesmsn, Orator to Sptak at Union Servloes. Tti hniftia nf thA dtv will hold a anion meeting at the Baptist church Snnday evening to be addressed by Hon. ( Richard P. Hobson of Alabama. Mr.' Hobson is an orator of some note and , will have a message for the people well worth hearing. His subject, ;,America( in the War," is timely and of particular interest as bearing upon the campaign for the adoption of the amendment to the constitution prohibiting the manu facture and ssle ol liquor io the U. S. Everyone is invited to be present. Final Result of the Thres In-One Campaign. It is believed that the final report i. .v.. i" ! from all the precincts of the campaign to raise funds for the army Y. M. C. A , the Y. W. C. A. and the Army and Navy War Camp Community Recre ation Fund has been turned in. These reports show total subscriptions amount log 10 815,242 4618 good oyer the top subscription as the sum originally asked for was $10 000 which was later in creased to $12,000 before the work ot securing the pledges was commenced. Payments of the pledges are being made in a satisfactory manner. PAST GRAND MASTER'S SWORD Given to Corunna Command :ry by - Mrs. Emma MoCurdy. At the annual inspection of Corunna Commandery Knights Templar, Friday evening by Grand Commander Mark N orris, W. A. Rosenkraus on behalf of Mrs. Emma McCurdy presented to the Commandery the sword of the late M. E. Sir Hugh McCurdy, past grand mas ter of the Grand EncampmentKnights Templar of the United ' States. Tbe presentation was a surprise to the com mandery. Commander Shipman called on Clark D. Smith to speak for the Com mandery. A resolution of thanks to Mrs. McCurdy was passed and the sword will be hung on thewall in a suitable case. King's Daughters Annual Meeting The annual meeting of the Owosso circle of the King's Daughters and ouua nig nciu a w 111c uuiut? ui mia C. P. Boyles, Friday, January 4. The annual reports given by the several departments show that more company, appeal; Appeal in the cs work than ever before has been ac-Jtate of Bert Wilson, deceased; Tattle complished by the King's Daughter's Coal Company vs. Henry A. Sprnker, this year. . assumpsit; Saginaw Medicine Com- The relief committee has made, dur- pany vs. Howard C. Allen, ct at., as ing the year 1917, 715 calls, 201 of Mimpsit; Orphia McClung vs. Frank these on the sick have given out 262 ( M(.clu trespass; Clem Chalkcr vs. articles of new clothing and 1,644 ar- , , , tides of -second hand clothing, 49 ?rand rnk. Railroad Company, pair of new shoes and 89 second hand trespass; Ldwm R. Johnson vs. The pair; have hired a nurse on different Grand Trunk Railroad Company, tres occasion, amounting to nine weeks, pass; William E. Robb vs. LC. besides helping in many ways on num- Mountain, assumpsit ; Thomas Wilson erous other occasions. vs. Robert Bartlctt, appeal ; Appeal At the Dorcas Home, 47 children from probate court in the estate of have been cared for during the year, Walter c Baird deceasC(1. 30 committed by parents and 17 by . . the probate court. Thc fivc f asos m whlch no progress A great deal of credit is due Mrs.'"as been madc during the last year C. H. Pattee and her committee for J arc: Katherine Titcomb vs. Michi the manner in which they conducted gan United Traction Company, tres the sale of the Christmas seals. Two' pass; Adelbert Spangler vs.' Stanley hundred and thirty-four dollars wasH, Wallace, trespass; Mary Binco vs. realized from the sale this year. One Martin Kuchar, trespass; Thc Ault hundred and fifty-six dollars of this -,-, t r amount remains" in the treasury, while ian . Machin1 TrComPany vs. V. D. the remainder goes to the state work. ! IJroway and Herman Brandahl, as As this is the only means for carry- j sumpsit ; Helen Shavronoc vs. John ing on the tubercular work the circle Sccan and Helen Sccan. is indeed very grateful to Mrs. Pat-j The following divorce cases are on teei A , , ... . , , l the calendar for trial: Bcryle vs. All told, the circle has received and tv1, tI;,.0 i . c .,, Ti. disbursed $5,114.16, all of which has , T ? T ? V been spent, either for the support of lllaTd' John V8' JJt'e Corcoran, the Dorcas Home or the relief of the I)oroty vs. Henry Buhl, Ralph vs. needy. Were it not for the genero- Gladys Miller, Vera vs. Frank Har sity of the people of Owosso and Shia-jris, Jennie vs. Joseph St. John, Wil Vassee county the circle could not ac-j liam J. vs. Florence J. King, Sidney complish this work. So it takes this vs. Ora Willett, Fred vs. Katheryn opportunity to most heartily thank Hibbard, Albert E. vs. Sarah Maudlin, those who have assisted in so manyjPcarl V8. Chcster pratt Minnie M toS, M.W- a B. L. vs. ond indivMnaN wfcn hpin mv Eugene Allen Pitts, Maud vs. Edward Christmas a happy time for the chil - dren of the Dorcas Home. The newly' elected officers for the ; ensuing year are: President, Mrs. E. F. Kohler; first vice president, Mrs. H. E. Payne; second vice president, Mrs. H. E. Payne; second vice presi- president, Mrs. Harry Northway; re- !n. rftrt-MnnnHW .Arrptju-v. 1 Mrs. John Roos; financial secretary,' Mrs. Frank Kohler; treasurer, Mrs. Claud Craig. Mrs. rrta vaoujue 11 spending a lew: Nvc ct oilI to get asidc win. days in Detroit with frlendd. Benton Specrs vs. Ella Slocum, an- ' EmtlLeeof Lalngsburg, was in tbet nullment; J. C. Banghart and Susan city Thursday on business. He reports Banghart vs. Walter II. Ellsworth, the scarcity of coal as a great hardship Amelia Ellsworth, and Clarence on the people of his village. Croel, to restrain waste; William W. H. Ream, formerly a resident of Parker vs. Josiah Beers, bill to quiet New Haven towothlp, died at his home title; Marie Fricsekc vs. Nellie Bea Lake George, Tuesday evening. Tbe mish and Truman Beamish, forcclos remains were brougnt here for burial urc. . '. - - Circuit Court. The calendar for the January ses sion of the circuit court has been an nounced. It contains 60 cases f wnicn only, six are criminal, 'lhere are 30 law cases in five of 'which tncre nas Deen no progress during the There are diyorcc " the chancery calendar as well as one suit for the annulment of a marriage in the seven other chancery cases. Court will convene on 'Monday, January 14, when Judge J. II. Col lins will take the bench for the first time. He will hear to naturalization matters on that date. Adjournment will then be taken for two weeks to permit the attorneys to give most of their time to the aiding of regis I" I.. "V" "'r "T .b" trants n answering questionnaires. The jury has been called for Monday, January 28, when the work of the court will be taken up in earnest. The criminal cases are as follows: John Santrucek, larceny; Alva II. Wilder, assault with the intent to commit the crime of murder; Charles Cooney, assault; Wilder Main, as sault; Frank Dalton, larceny; Sidney Harder, receiving stolen property. The issues of fact to be tried are as follows: Prank J. Sayer, admin istrator of the estate of the Charles II. Sayer, deceased, vs. The Grand Trunk railway; R.'D. Letts vs. The Owosso Sugar Company, assumpsit; Dalphus Bruno vs. William Bruno, appeal ; Rhoda Pearsall vs. Walter J. Colby, trespass; Sarah Powers vs. J. Menzo Bentlcy, trespass; Irving W. Norris vs. Thomas Clarey and Kath cryn Clarey, assumpsit ; Thomas J. Bresnahan vs. E. II. Delano, assump sit; Charles F. CJrane vs. Richard Smith, trespass; appeal from the probate court in the case of the es tate of Gustave Knop, deceased; Or pha J. L. Chalkcr vs. Grand Trunk railway, trespass; John L. Schleider vs. Elton Cherry and John Doc, at tachment; Frank Weitke vs. John Calvct, Charles Cross and Alvin Parks, trespass ; The France Coal Company vs. Russell Judson and Ephraim Judson, trespass; Lyle La- 1)ue vs Ann Arbor raiiroad company, trespass. Max August vs siks Pierce,, trespass; Charles E. Van- 'ke vs- Western Union Telegraph 'J - Ellsworth, Grace vs. William A. Schutte, Louisa vs. Albert Brown, Lucy C. vs. Albert L. Lindscy, Maud M. vs. Ross McEachcron, Mabel vs. John Perkins, Anna vs. Benjamin Fairbanks, Etta vs. Elgie Loachridge. Two cases for divorce in which no Pofrrcss has been made for a year arc oarah M. Vs. Obcdiah W. Eggles- worm, ana raaie vs. ADrananyjopew. The other chancery cases are: Anna Hilborn vs. Bernie Fuller, to nuict title: Amelia Nve vs." Georce SUPERVISORS VOTE TO -SUBUIT PATUE1IT OF COOIITY DEBT TO PEOPLE Citizens Savings Bank Offers to Accept Amount Loaned to County Without Interest. .The Board of Supervisors voted Thursday to submit the question of the repayment to the Citizens' Savings Bank of Owcsso of 120,000 borrowed from it in 1905; to a vote of the people on Mon day, April first. .The action was taken at tbe rt quest of the bank and of bun dreds pf citizens in all parts of the county ( who believe the stockholders of the bank should receive a return of tbe amount loaned to the county in good faith and used to pay its honest obliga tions. A large percentage 'of the peo ple of the county have always been in favor of repaying this loan, and as the last of the court house bonds are to be paid this year, tbe payment next year and in l9i0 of one half each year of the amount due tbe bank will not causa a hardship in tbe matter of taxes, it is thought to be a proper time to vote the amounts. - The proposition will be submitted to bond to pay 110,000 in May, 1919, and $10,000 in May, 1920, with no interest on the bonds or on tRe original loan. By ap act of the legislature the tech nicalities which made tbe repayment directly of tbe notes issued illegal may be done away with by a vote of the people to pay the amounts. The bank has cancelled tbe obligation so far as its being held as a part of the bank s assets, and the stockholders have accepted smaller dividends than could have been paid in order to do so, and the county, is not bel l as a debtor by the bank, but tbe stockholders feel tbe moral obligation still rests on tbe peo ple and that they will gladly pay it under the legal authority given by the legislature. The board on Wednesday renewed its contract with Dr. F. A. Watts to act as pbysician to the indigent sick of Owoeso for another year at a salary of 11,000. Tbe many changes in the election laws by the last legislature were ex-' plained to the board Wednesday by assistant prosecuting attorney Walter Bush. Tbe county treasurer was authorized by tbe board Wednesday to place part of tbe county's funds in the banks -at Bancroft and lalngsburg. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS The January session of the board of supervisors has been held this week with a full board in attendance except Supervisor Chase who was in Chicago attending a National shoe dealers' con vention. Monday was givari to receiving re port of county officers and communica tions from various organizations and officials. The war department requested through Donn A Meeker, Shiawassee county agricultural expert, tbe address of men who have lost a limb or other wise physically handicapped, who are making a success of farming. Tbe use of these names and the success i f these men will be to enconrage men in the war hospitals ana In trenches. The matter of seed corn for Shiawas see county was discussed by the boaid and it was estimated that of tbe 12,000 crates necessary for planting for a full crop in the county there are but 4,000 crates of good seed in tbe county, and it would be a difficult matter to get the balance. Agent Meeker has secured an option on one thousand crates and a committee was appointed of Supvs Clark, Dewey and Harryman to arrange for tbe borrowing of money by the supervisors personally to purchase this corn and let the farmers have it at cost an-i continue if possible to purchase lots of good corn until spring. A petition was circulated and unani mously signed by the supervisors ask ing the legislature to place partridges on the protected list of wild game for a number of years or restrict tbe killing in certain zoned so as to prevent them being exterminated. You can pay taxes in Owosso city until January 19th without paying the four per cent penalty the date set is tbe limit. Tbe ice harvest will be a bountiful one throughout Michigau if tbe present weather continues. ' , . Township treasurers are beginning to pay . to County Treasurer Richardson taxes collected during the month of December. WASHINGTON LETTER Washington, D. C, Jan. 9, 1918 We exported S360,000,000 -worth of goods to Russia by way of Europe and Asia during the first nine months of 1916, and $366,000,000 worth during the first nine, months of the current year. Prior to the European war our ex ports to Russia averaged about $30,- 000,000. How much of the 1916 and 1917 exports to the Land of the Bear will fall into the hands of the Bolshe vik! J Now that Russia is apparently out of the struggle, will this marvel ous growth in exports' be credited to Mr. Redfield's activities as a salesman of American goods in countries outside the war zone? " During the first part of Mr. Wilson's first term about a dozen Congression al investigating committees were ap pointed, known U3 "smelling commit tees," to track thfl wolves of big bus iness and "insidio:u lobbies" to their lairs, drag them forth and strangle them before an admiring populace. This pack started on the round-up with Wilson master cf the hunt. Af ter months of sniffing, and no end of expense, they dug out one small field mouse, Mulhall, by name, who was said to have made five or six thousand dollars posing as a legislative scene- shifter. He was so utterly irrespon sible that the whole matter was drop per, and no reports were rendered. This session some more investiga tions have started. Already a sure enough trail has been struck and more has been brought to light in a few days than in as many months when the "smelling committees' were at work. For one thing, Congress is exasperated because of the attempt of the War Department to saddle blame for delays onto the legislative branch. For another, there are sever al Republicans on the investigating committees who spent the interim be tween the two sessions of Congress in a little quiet inspection at first hand. No one need be surprised if some big game is pulled out by the tail in the course of these investigations or that the game had fattened for a long winter on "cost plus" conracts and other food from the public crib. Re sponsibility for many delays in war preparations has now been fixed. The public may get a little peek inside to see how its money is being spent. Theinvestigations are bound to prove salutary. Arthur Brisbane, in his own paper the Washington Times lets the cat out of the bag. Discussing the pas sage of the prohibition amendment by Congress, he warns the South that if their representatives and voters in sist upon this invasion of the "person al liberty" of the North, the North, when its turn comes in the swing of the pendulum of politics, will retaliate upon the South by insisting that the colored men, down there shall be free to vote asthey please something, de clares Mr. Brisbane, which they are not now permitted to do. We do not care what the moving cause may be, but any such a movement to secure equality of civil rights in the South will be welcome to those who believe in constitutional government and in common honesty in politics. The con fession which Mr. Brisbane makes re garding the manner in which the South is maintained in a state of solid Democracy is interesting almost as interesting as the fact that the truth had been blurted out in an excess of anger over the rum question. It is another demonstration of the old La tin adage; In vino Veritas. It must be clear to every observing and thoughtful person (hat America has not yet realized the magnitude of the war task she has assumed nor de termined to make the sacrifices neces sary to its speedy and successful ac complishment. The American people either do not understand the need for self denial, or they are unwilling to make the sacrifice of personal comfort and gratification. There are illustrations on every hand. The diamond1 and jewelry bus iness is as thriving as usual. Pleasure automobiles are as numerous as ever upon the streets. Theatres are at tracting crowds that fill space to standing room. With a shortage of freight cars, loaded cars are left standing on the side tracks awaiting the convenience of consignees. With the railroads unable to handle their passenger and mail traffice, relatives of men in the training camps make even transcontinental trips to visit the soldier boys, thus hampering the government in supplying their needs. In almost every line of merchandise and service, business is going too much on a peace basis instead of adjusting itself to the needs of war. . And this is true not merely of pri vate business but of public business as well. The administration is con tinuing many activities that could as well be curtailed or discontinued un til the war is over. Adrnissions re luctantly made . before investigating committees show that government de partment heads are unwilling to sub stitute action for talk. Every propos al . must be ' formally submitted through a tedious line of bureaus where all the peace-time delays are encountered. Partisanship prevails as usual. The services of men of strenuous activity are rejected and men of vision are kept in exile. All this lack of comnrehenaion of the need of economy and of the im portance of self-denial casts a cloud upon the prospect for early and effec tive participation in the war by the nation upon which the final burden most heavily fall. Americans as individuals and as a nation must rise' to the demands of the day or the penalty will be paid in loss of life and treasure beyond computation. Mr. McAdoo will have to go some if he excels the record of efficiency which the railroad managers themselves have made with their properties since the war began to load them down with responsibilities. Under their own management the railroads of the coun try, without governmental assistance, have carried 29,000,000 tons of coal to the Northwest and averted suffer ing in that district; they have trans ported thousands of head of cattle from the drought stricken regions of the Southwest to more fertile pas tures, thus preserving the meat sup ply of the country; they have handled, without delay or mishap, the priority shipments ordered by the food admin istration and have provided supplies not only for our own people but for our allies; they have sent more than 200,000 cars into the timber regions of the South for the transportation of material for ships and for canton ment construction, though this Involv ed a tremendous wastage of car capa city which had to be made up by more efficient methods elsewhere; they have instituted intensive loading and, by co-operation with shippers, have speeded up . transportation and deliv eries; they have brought about a pool ing of fuel which has not only releas ed cars for the general service but has been of great advantage to the fuel situation in general; they have rearranged their passenger schedules to the saving of thousands of miles of car service and to no considerable in convenience to the public; they have nanaiea nity per cent more business in 1917 than in 1915 and twenty-five per cent more business than in 1916 and all this with only three per cent. in crease in equipment. Here is a mark for the Federal administration to aim at. Annual Meeting of Bar ks Tbe Citizens Savings and the State Savings banks of this city, held their annual meetings Tuesday, and chose directors and officers. Tbe banks are both in a flourishing condition, and despite the heayy purchase of govern ment bonds tbe depot-its have largely increased, the State Savings -bank pass log tbe million dollar markin resources recently. v The officers of the State bank are: W. F. Gallagher, president; A. L. Ar nold, vice president; T. M. Euler. vice president; W. A. Rosenkrans, cashier; C. A. GladJen, assistant cashier. The directors are as follows: T. M. Euler, EI. B. Sturtevant, A L. Arnold, W. F. Gallagher, W. A Rosenkrans and L. C. Hall. Tbe directors of the Citizens' Savings bank elected are Albert Todd, Julius Fiieseke, Rudolph J. Colby, Willis E. Hll, Albert L. Nichols, Frank Rush. Dudley E Waters, James Mulhall, Gil bert L. Taylor. The officers are W. E. Hall, chairman of tbe board; Rudolph Colby, president; Albert Todd, vice president; Gilbert L. Taylor, cashier; Oliver L. Davis, first assistant cashier; Frank W. Raj: en, second assistant cashier. Beet Growers Ask Ten Dollars Per Ton About 600 farmers from the beet growing sections of Michigan gathered at Saginaw, Friday, to consider the question of tbe price to be asked for sugar beets this year. A ter going over the questiou as to the cost of raising beets and delivering them to tbe sugar factories. It was decided to insist upon a price of $10 per ton. ' A committee of seven, headed by J. C. Ketch am, master of the state grange, will go to Washington to confer with Herbert Hoover upon the matter. A. B. Cook and J. N. McBride are mem, bers of the committee. ' . Supervisors to Help Constituents. Twenty members of the Board of Supervisors borrowed 3.700 Thursday from J. A. Richardson and have turned the amount over to Don A. Meeker, cmnty agricultural agent, who wil secure tested seed corn aud furnish it to the farmers of the county at cost. As fast as corn is received and sold unre will be secured. Tbe great neces sity of securing seed corn is realized by the supervisors and as no legal war Existed to use county money to protect 'he rarmers of tbe countv, tbe members a-tKumed the responsibility personally and tbe action will probably mean tbe saving to the farmers of the most valuable of tbe farm's crops. .