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Mrs. Augusta Holmes, of Vernon,
was instantly killed in Flint yester
day afternoon, when in attempting to
cross the street she was struck by an
She had been a resident of Vernon
for many years, and the news of her
death came as a great shock to her
many friends here.
A Jury of 12 men late Friday after-
"noon completely exonerated Miss Jud
ith Broker, of Owosso of the charges
made against her by George James,
when both were employed in an
Owosso factory last summer, giving
her a judgment of $75 in her f?5,0UU
slander case. The jury was out less
than two hours.
Articles of incorporation of the
Shiawassee county farm bureau -have
been filed with the county clerk. They
state that the purpose of the organi
zation is to promote the welfare of
farmers and to aid in buying and sell
ing. The signatures attached to the
articles are those of C. M. Urch, P. P.
Bishop, F. M. Crowe, J. W. Shippee,
A. W. Augsbury and 0. J. Snyder.
Every member of the 125th infan
try, 32nd division, of whom Company
M of this city was a part, is urgent
ly invited to attend the first annual
reunion of the 125th Infantry Veter
ans' association to be held at the board
of commerce building, Lafayette and
Wayne avenues, in Detroit, on Sun
day, May 30, at 2 p. m.
The Michigan Central announces
the following changes in time of run
ning trains, effective Monday.
North bound Daily 5:57 a. m.,
8:23 a. m. daily except Sunday 12:58
p. m.; 6:47 p. m.
South bound Daily 11:40 p. m.
daily except Sunday, 7:13 a. m. 11:32
a. m., 5:36 p. m., Sunday only 9:10
a. m.
Team No. 5 in the Owomo TBowling
League captured the championship of
the league by defeating team No. 3
in the tie for first place in the second
half of the year, and winning from
team No. 7, which won the champion
ship of the first half year's play.
Team No. 5 is composed of Frank
Rayen, L. H. Parker, George Valen
tine, George M. Dewey and Claude
The marriage of Miss Gladys Hoov
er of Owosso and William Skinner of
Henderson was solemnized at 5 o'clock
Friday afternoon in. the presence of
the immediate relatives at the home
of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
R. A. Hoover, 518 Grover street. They
were attended by Victor Henderson
and Miss Alma Lehman. A six o'clock
dinner was served. Many beautiful
gifts of china, silver, cut glass, linen
and aluminum were received.
Mr. and Mrs. Skinner will reside on
a farm near Henderson.
The arbitration board which has
been sitting in Jackson hearing testi
mony of the carmen and the Michigan
Railway Co., has issued a new wage
schedule for the men, granting them
a considerable increase. Under this
schedule crews on city cars will draw
60 cents per hour for the first six
months, and 62 cents thereafter. On
interurban runs, they will draw 65
cents per hour for the first six months
and 70 cents thereafter. They will
also get 10 cents additional per hour
. for overtime, which would include
every seventh day, which they are
supposed to have off duty.
The crews employed on the Owosso
and Corunna line, are classed as city
crews. The increase means nearly
$50 a month more to them.
The fine home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo.
MeKenzie, 515 North Hickory street,
was virtually ruined by fire Tuesday.
The flames were not discovered un
til they had mad? great headway, and
when the fire department arrived, the
entire attic was a seething furnace,
and the fire had broken through the
roof and was shooting high in the air.
Two lines of chemical failed to
check the fire and the department was
compelled to throw water for nearly
half an hour. As a result, the entire
house was soaked and a great deal of
damage done in this way.
Builders declare that to put it back
in the condition in which it was before
the fire will cost at least $3,000, and
probably nearer $5,000 while the dam- j
age to the furniture will be considerable.
Rev. Homer B. Dunning, former
pastor of the Presbyterian church of
Corunna died at a hospital in Kala
mazoo Monday.
The remains arrived Tuesday morn
ing and funeral services were held at
Rev. Dunning's home in Corunna
Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Green of
Mt. Pleasant officiated.
Rev. Dunning was 79 years old. He
was born in Perry and spent his boy
hood days on his father's farm. Af
ter entering the ministry he preach
ed at Corunna for several years, and
later went to Flushing. He had also
preached at East Jordan and Holt.
About ten years ago he retired from
the work.
Labor organizations of Owosso are
planning a big celebration for Labor
Day, and it is announced that an all
day program will be provided which
will surpass that of last year.
The celebration next September will
cost $3,000 and it is believed that it
will bring to Owosso one of the larg
est crowds that has ever gathered in
the city.
Representatives of twenty-one lo
cal unions met Sunday and appoint
ed the following on the Labor Day
Board and general committee: E. B.
Shults, president; H. E. McCall, first
vice president; H. Miller, William
Ross, O. W. Kebler, vicepresidents; L.
H. Retan, secretary and S. M. Camp
bell, treasurer.
G. Robert Koopman of Falmouth,
Mich., and Miss Gladys Hatfield,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan
Hatfield, East Comstock street, were
married at high noon Saturday by
Rev. Green of the Church of Christ,
They were attended by Mr. and Mrs,
Horace Jenkins, sister of the bride.
The bride has been bookkeeper at
the Arthur Ward Co. for the past five
years. She graduated from the Mc
Bain high school.
Mr. Koopman is a graduate from
Mt. Pleasant and at present is princi
ple of the high school at Falmouth.
They left on the evening train for Mc
Bain and Falmouth. There were
guests present from Flint, Lansing,
Carson City and St. Johns.
..;Mr,.-and Mrs. Koopman ' have the
best! wishes' of their many friends.;
Saturday afternoon in the Baptist
parsonage occurred the marriage of
George Grove Freeman and Goldie
Merintha . Brown,, both of this city.
The ceremony was performed by Rev.
H. A. Waite, The young couple are
well known here and a host of friends
join in congratulations. Mr. and Mrs.
Freeman will reside on North street
at the close of the wedding journey.
Mrs. Emma Bryant, widow of Ed
win Bryant, aged 71 years, died Sun.
day evening at ther home in Vernon.
Mrs. Bryant's maiden name was Em
ma Clark. She was born in Vernon
township, June 8, 1848, and was mar
ried to Mr. Bryant Sept. 23, 1868,
coming to the village of Vernon to re
side at that time and has lived in the
same house for the past 51 years. Mr.
Bryant died about 10 years ago. She
is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W.
W. Reed, of Vernon, and three sons,
O. C. Bryant, of Chicago; C. S. Bry
ant, of La Cross, Wis. and C. C.
Rev. Dunning Idle received a tele-,
gram Saturday from M. W. Longman,
for several years superintendent of
the public schools of Owosso, stating
that Mrs. Longman had passed away
at Kalamazoo Hospital. The funeral
was held at Climax, the old home
Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev.
Idle officiating.
Rev. Idle received a personal letter
from Mr. Longman only a few days
before. They were at that time still
in New York City where Mr. Longman
had been taking a post graduate
course in Columbia university, receiv
ing the Ph. D. degree. He expected
to teach this summer at the Western
State Normal at Kalamazoo, as he has
for two or three years past.
. Mrs. Longman still retained her
membership in the First Methodist
church of Owosso. She had many
warm friends in this community who
admired her for her many excellent
qualities. The deep sympathy of
friends is extended to Mr. Longman in
the sad bereavement he has been call
ed upon to experience.
Superintendent B F. Reed of the
Michigan Free Employment Bureau.
Saginaw, writes The Times that he
wants to go to congress via the Repub
lican ticket and that be will soon call
upon us. It I understood that Emorv
Townnenrt, a1o of 8aginaw, will make
another unsuccessful attempt to beat
Hon. J. W. Fordney for the place be
now tills so satisfactorily to th people
of the 8th rvn preagonal dhtri'rt The
inie I be luniier.
Endorses Freight Rate In-crease.
Endorsement of an increase in
freight rates, sufficient to insure to
the railroads a return of five and one
half per cent on the aggregate value
of railroad property in the country, as
provided for by the transportation
act which became effective on March
1, was given by the Chamber of Com
merce at a meeting held at the city
hall Monday night. The motion auth
orizing the sending to the interstate
commerce commission of a telegram
endorsing the increase, was passed
unanimously after representatives of
the Ann Arbor, Michigan Central and
Grand Trunk railroads had presented
the railroad 8 case.
H. N. Bradley, traffic manager of
the Ann Arbor railroad, and Presi
dent Erb did most of the talking for
the railroads, although W. H. Spicer,
assistant general freight agent of the
Grand Trunk railroad, also spoke
Referring to conditions in Owosso,
President Erb asserted that the Ann
Arbor road needed new and bigger
shops here far more than the people
wanted' them. He declared that the
present shops have not the facilities
to do all of the companies' repair work
or its new construction work, and said
that the company is now sending lo
comotives out of the state for repairs
because they can't be made here. More
sidetracks are badly needed here, ha
said, but shortage of money makes it
impossible to contruct them, he as
serted. Mr. Spicer, representing the Grand
Trunk, put the whole situation in one
sentence. He said: "We must have
higher rates or we will be bankrupt."
Dr. A. M. Hume, chief surgeon of
the railroad, announced that Presl
dent Erb has authorized him to make
public the fact that the road would
completely equip and furnish one oi
the two operating rooms in Memorial
hospital. C. P. Bentley, president of
the hospital board, thanked Mr. Erb
and the railroad for the most generous
gift, and the assemblage greeted the
announcement of the gift with en
thusiasm. In responding, Mr. Erb de
clared that the railroad was prompted
to make the gift by its desire that it?
men employed here have the very best
care in case of an accident or sickness.
The Ann Arbor officials, in addition
to President Erb and Mr. Bradley,
who attended the meeting were E. F.
Bomeyer, vice president and general
manager; :E. W.' Wells, ' traveling
freight and passenger agent; V. Par
vin, superintendent, with headquar
ters here; Joseph Goldbaum, comp
troller, and J. E. Osmer, superinten
dent of motive power. W. H. Spicer,
assistant general freight agent of the
Grand Trunk, and F. R. Newman, as
sistant general freight agent of the
Michigan Central, were also present.
Site for New High School Changed
Probably No Building This Year
A long session of the school board
Monday failed to break a deadlock on
a resolution calling for a special elec
tion on June 9, for balloting on a pro
posed bond issue of $350,000 to defray
the cost of erecting a new high school
building. The vote stood three to
three on the rate of interest to be
It is announced by the board that it
has decided that the new high school
when built, will be erected in the Em
erson grove on East Oliver street, in
stead of on the site adjoining the ar
mory, which was purchased some time
ago for this purpose. The reason for
the change is that the architect has
informed the board members that the
Water street site is not large enough
for the building planned.
The board voted to increase the
amount of the annual tuition fee to
non-resident pupils, from $40 to $50.
This is because of the increased cost
of operating the schools.
The Stcere Engineer team defeated
the high school team by a score of
12 to 3 Saturday afternoon. Hurst
pitched for the student team and wait
The Owosso City Team invaded St.
Johns Sunday and defeated their
semi-pro. team by the score of 9 to 4.
The Owosso City Team defeated
the Detroit Weather Proof Body Co.,
Saturday at Athletic Park by the
score of 14 to 6. It proved another
walk away.
The Owosso Manufacturing Co.
team defeated Bancroft village team
at Bancroft Sunday afternoon by a
score of 9 to 8. A week ago, the lo
cals won from Bancroft, 13 to 12.
Geo. W. Cook of Bennington town
ship, is numbered as one of the fortu-
Date ones in Shiawassee county who
will have the pleasure of attending the
Republican national convention in
Chicago week after next. Ha ban been
appointed as an assistant sergeant at
arms. Consider how foruna U.
when the" t15 noo written mppHc-
Hon f. r t-k-t ? H(tui-nr and 151 500
set in ths hml. CiirrHnHMnDi, !
Big Capture of Auto Thieves
Sheriff J.i W. Sproule of this coun
ty, has again proved his high-class
ability as an officer of the law as well
as adding a reputation as a detective
by the rounding up of the worst case
of auto thievery ever carried on in
the United States. Many second
hand cars were offered for sale in this
county and the sheriff became suspi
cious and six weeks aeo be can an in.
vestigation which last Friday result
ed in the recovery of 41 stolen autos
and the arrest of Clarence and Allen
Somers of Kerby, Keo Isca of Detroit,
an Italian, here, and of two other for
eigners in Detroit. Deputy Sheriff
Louis Pardee ably assisted the sheriff
and Deputy Coe did good work in se
curing positive evidence so that when
the arrests were made the case against
the men was complete.
The cars were stolen by the gang
in Detroit, sold to the Somers broth
ers and by them to J. N. Thomas,
west Owosso liveryman, Orbin Moore
and Peter Dellamater, jitney men of
this city and others who re-sold to in
dividuals. Five kinds of cars were
included in the lot, but they were
mostly Fords, and most of them were
nearly new.
The gang in Detroit took orders for
cars, sent out their thieves with in
structions and paid $25 for a Ford
car and $50 for larger cars. Isca act
ed as go-between for the Detroiters
and the Somers brothers in this coun
ty. !
The Somers brothers, aged ll and
18, sons of a well known farmer, are
held in the county jail and Isca fur
nished bond for $2000 and was r
leased and probably never will be seen
again in this state. The Somers
brothers confessed and told all they
knew of the men and the methods.
Money belonging to Somers and
others has been attached and it-. t
hoped that innocent buyers will be
protected and their losses made as
small as possible.
With the members of the sheriff's
department and Detectives Navarre
and Foley, of the Detroit police de
partment, still working on the recov
ery of automobiles stolen in Detroit
by the ring of Italians, and sold by
Clarence and Allen Somers of Kerby,
the number of cars recovered by the
officers totals 49.
J. N. Thomas, who bought several
cars from Somers, has refunded to the
people whom he resold the cars, the
money they have paid him, while the
Hartshorn Auto Co.. whirh'
bought and resold two, has replaced
mem with new Sedans.
Leo Isca, the Detroit Italian arrest
ed with Clarence and Allen Somers
last week, in the big automobile theft
expose, furnished bail in the sum of
$2,000 Monday and was released from
the county jail. Justice Hugh Nichols
fixed his bail at that fieure when Iae
was arraigned on a charge of defacing
a motor number to prevent identifica.
Coincident with the ending of the
school year of the Owosso Business
College, announcement is made bv
J. E. Aitken, president of the college,
of its sale by him to E. E. Baker of
Flint, and H. M. Briggs of this city,
president and vice president, respec
tively, of the Baker Business Uni ver-
sity of Flint. The new owners will
take possession on June 1.
Mr. Aitken has been in school work
for the past 21 years and has been ;
here 13 years. He has done a splen
did work in the colleg,e and under his
direction it has become recognized as I
one of the best in the state. Graduates
from this school are oaeerlv sone-hfc
after by those wantincr bookkeepers
or stenographers. i
Mr. Aitken is not vet certain as tn 1
what he will do, but he and his f am-'
lly may move to Colifornia. Tie also
has a fine position that would take ,
him to Ohio, under consideration. j
Charles J. McNally, city sealer of,
weights and measures and inspector'
for the board of health, sustained in-!
juries when he was struck by a street .
car in Lansing Tuesday. He was!
taken to Sparrow hospital and his1
wife and son Charles summoned. He 1
was brought home Wednesday. No
bones were broken but he was bruised 1
considerably and is suffering from
This city and almost all cities and
towns in the Htate are overrun with
agents promoting some outside enter
prise peeking subscribers." Any one of
the banks is glad to tell the public of
good, safe investments. Better buy
government bonds and hold them until
redeemed by the government.
Elmer Ricd, a driver employed by
the Owosso Lumber and Elevator Co.,
paid costs of $4.45 in justice court
yesterday . for driving over a cross
walk with a load of coal. Carl Gosch
ke paid five dollars for driving a car
without an operators' license.
E O Dewev on Mondav ipp1 hv
exrri wn .Trv heifers to (io O.
Z eboM nf Wnterloo, Monl. Th heif
era were o' the rxpn1'r OH fritHf
Tm? .T-tn Hm.,1 Mr. Zi.H Min-hnd
of the an- pnrtv w i snrntN a )ar
ago of similar breeding.
Author of Ford Publicity, Editor of
Dearborn Independent, Was
Against Newberry
Without exception the most con-
! vincing article we have read on the
Newberry trial, its origin, conse
quences and whether Truman H. New
berry and the others convicted with
him should be sent to jail appeared in
Pipp's Weekly, May 8. Pipp's Week
ly is published by E. G. Pipp, who
was publicity manager for Mr. Ford
during his senatorial campaign, is a
personal friend of Mr. Ford, manager
of Ford's Independent Magazine, The
Dearborn Independent. Naturally he
would not be disposed to favor Mr.
Newberry, but his knowledge of con
ditions as to the legitimate expendi
ture of money in campaign, is so ex
tensive and his sense of justice so
acute that those who read this article
can not fail to be impressed with it.
He says
"I have stood at the advertising
counter of the Detroit News on a Sat
urday anight before a primary elec
tion and have seen the candidates
come in with their last frantic appeal
to the public.
I have seen money placed on that
counter in wads and rolls, in bunches
and bags and certified checks.
I have seen candidates come with
bills of all denominations as though
gathered from friends, a few dollars
here, more dollars somewhere else;
and have seen them place the size of
the advertisement according to the
amount of money.
I recall seeing Milt Oakman there
once, as he was there in everv cam
paign. He was having one of his
famous fights with Tommy Farrell.
He had spent his last dollar in adver
tising during previous days, but felt
that to save that he should spend
more, and so he borrowed here and
there and put his pile on the counter,
I saw Eddie Fitzgerald there once;
it was when Oscar Marx was mayor
and up for re-election, and Eddie was
furious. He had been told that he
must comply with the rule applicable
to all candidates, that cash must ac
company the order for advertising.
There was no question as to the .may
or's; credit, but the clerk in. charge rhad
no' authority to suspend the rule, and
the mayor's secretary hunted up the
Great for Newspapers
The primary law was a great snap
for the newspapers. They charged
what are known as ."circus" rates and
took no chances on a losing candidate
being unable to pay after election."
Amusement rates are about double
the rates paid by business houses.
They are rates charged theatres and
other amusement places, it being un
derstood that the amusement geta a
free reading notice in the paper along
with the advertisement. There is no
direct charge for the reading notice,
the amount being covered in the ,
charge for the display advertising.:
"Circus" rates are a notch higher
than amusement rates.
Candidates, however, pay the high
est circus rate without getting the
free notice.
This system of political advertis
ing brings tens upon tens of thous
ands of dollars into the cash drawers
of the big newspapers, and propor
tionate amounts to the smaller ones.
In fact, of late years, nearly every
campaign has been a money campaign,
the newspapers getting a double shot
at the candidates, first in the primary
and then in the election, the amount
of money spent usually being meas
ured by the amount the candidates
could raise, many successful candi
dates taking large portions of their
income while in office to pay up debts
incurred in the previous election.
Occasionally a rich man would as
pire to a place of honor and trust and
then money would flow freely.
Denby's First Campaign
I recall the first time Edwin Denby
ran for Congress. Truman H. New
berry was his opponent for the Re
publican nomination.
"The Newberry people are spend
ing great sums of money," said Den
by. "I am not a man of means and
unless I can get free publicity I can't
Publicity given a worthy but finan
cially poor candidate by the editorial
department usually brought a whine
from the business office which had lit
tle more effect than making the editor
feel rather uncomfortable.
Denby got the publicity and won in
the election, serving in Congress.
It was a few years later that Denby
came in again. In the meantime he
had lined up with Joe Crnr.on m-l
other r?nctionrri"s in C.rv7vos3. Ho ;
had also invested a snail amount in j
the Hupmobile company which had j
made him wealthy.
ITend-T'?prs hd Irn o-v f-r
hini on Gr'swoM sreef. and there was
evidence of a lively end mntn or lcts
stlv campaign. None vn kno'vs
Mri Denby would think of his hiving
a dishonest thought much less of hi
doing a questionable act. -..'
But money was a power in politic!.
The candidate had to place himself
before the people; it took advertising
and posters and circulars and litera
ture of all kinds. Denby said he did
not see how he could get through the
campaign without spending the mon
eyand he spent it all for legiti
mate purposes. v
Then Came Doremus
Denby had no more than rinsed thm
door than in came Frank E. Doremus,
Denby's opponent.
The Denby people are unending
lots of money," Doremus said, "I have
got to overcome a majority of 9,000
to beat him. I haven't the monev ta
spend, and unless I can get publicity
in me news columns I am a goner."
Doremus was eiven publicity, hut:
not a word was said against Denby's
cnaracter in any way. It couldn't be
said. Denby had taken what seemed
n Vw 4U f n
mo wrung course in congress
had taken it honestly and fearlessly
and was beaten on that issue.
Campaigns for the mavoraltv rr fn .
other offices have cost money, large
quantities of it. In vears crr no Kit
to expend $35,000 in a mayoralty
campaign was just an ordinary affair.
The poor man without . wealths
friends as a rule would have no show
at all, so great were the costs of
newspaper publicity.
1 he same held true in state politics.
Nor does that mean that the monev
was used to buy votes outricht . nor
for what under the old rule was con-
siucreu illegitimate purposes.
Paul H. Kinir stated that the ran.
didacy of a man as honest and with an
little financial means as Senator
Townsend cost $20,000.
Money has not ruled in everv in
stance, but it has alwavs been ther
and has always played its part, the
most of the time being used for ad
vertising, clerk hire, literature, post
age and the like.
In the Roosevelt-Taft-Wilson fie-hfc.
Roosevelt's friends and Taft's frienda
and Wilson's friends put up large
amounts of money for newspaper and
other advertising, and it was repeated
m the Wilson-Hughes campaign. ;
And Newberry Entered
It was into this svstem. into, thi'i
i-unuiuon, into mis mess pi., politics
DV monev that Tmmnn IT MowKamv
entered, as a candidate for the United
States": Senatorship. from Michigan.
YiThe'Newherrv family ia r,no Vi
"old and wealthy" families" of , Micjui v
gan. Mr. Newberry has always' had '
an tne money he wanted, more than
ne could spend. And he married into
a wealthy family. Mrs. Newberrv.'
tnrougn ner lather being a large own
er or stock in the American Book Co.
jviucn money meant nttie to Mr.
Newberry. Money meant little more
to inose close to him. All about him
were relatives and friends who wor
willing to spend large amounts to
bring the honor of a United States
Senatorship into the family.
The Law Was Changed
But we are makintr progress aa a
Democracy we move slowly, but we
move just the same.
This was notmeant to be a covern-
ment of the dollar anv more than
it was meant to be a government of
the aristocracy.
More and more do our laws reflect
the will of the average man. More
and more do we attain a real demo
cracy. There have been so many evidences
of elections being secured in recent
years through the use of money, that
the public wearied of it. There was
not what could be called a wild clam
or for reform but there was a grim
determination to do away with the ex
cessive use of money in elections.
Our system was no worse nor any
better than it had been in the past.
With the entry of Mr. Newberry in
the senatorial campaign there was no
take effect a change in the law.
So fat as the evidence produced at
the Grand -Rapids trial goes the meth,
ods of Mr. Newberry's supporters
were not as bad as the methods used
in many a campaign that had gone be
fore in the election of United States
Senators and other officers.
There was nothing to show that Mr.
Newberry or those directly responsi
ble to him boucrht votes or did manv
things that are likely to come to mind
in connection with a corrupt election.
The evidence did show a vary lavish
use of money for organization and
advertising purposes.
Prejudices to Overcome
The organization started out with
the proposition that Mr. Newberry
was little known personally to Michi
gan; that he was looked unon hv
many as an ansto:r?.. "' r
with r-r r'jn :
i touch
!V pro
"Ii'dice ""-.re,
ire.1 ' rrc -riY. 4 V ':
bv shT"in'r Z1- 1'
li" ps thv be'ieved him to h.
The i?w had placed a Unit on the
aiorn4 in invidnal cr a perml cam
paign commit eovld snnd -Mth the
knowledge. or direction of the candi- 1
d?tc althoi'fh the sam? a-r'vint spent
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