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MONDAY, DECE3A3EB. 26, 1SS8..
PLATTSMOUTH SEMI - WEEEXY JOURNAL
" Chester Elsman and family spent
Christmas day with friends in Om
Ray Gamlin arrived from the
south last week with another truck
load of shoats.
A baby daughter arrived at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. William Zoz
one day last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Meierjurgen
transacted business at the court house
in Plattsmouth Tuesday.
Chester Elsman has been engaged
to paint a new residence property in
Louisville, starting on the work this
E. A. Friend of Alvo spent Christ
mas in Murdock, as a guest at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. Eddie
Craig and husband.
Bryan McDonald and family and
Mrs. Hannah McDonald were guests
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lacey
McDonald last Sunday.
Edward Ganaway, the shoemaker,
was spending Christmas at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. O. H. Robson
and husband, in Lincoln.
Carl Meierjurgen and wife spent
Christmas day at the home of Mrs.
Meierjurgen's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Haertel, of Murdock.
Carl Buck cleaned out the scale
pit at the elevator last week so there
will be no danger of snow and ice
interfering with the weighing.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Jones of
Weeping iWater were Christmas day
guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
L. B. Coerthey. The two ladies are
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Tool spent last
Sunday in Omaha at the home of
their daughter, Mrs. George Work,
where all enjoyed the Christmas
Henry Meierjurgen was visiting
friends and relatives in Lincoln on
Christmas day, remaining to look
after some business there the follow
W. T. Weddell and daughter lone
and husband, W. E. Lyons, were at
Ashland last week, where they at
tended the funeral of the late J. C.
Weddell. Merideth Weddell of Lin
coln was also in attendance.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schewe depart
ed last week for California. They
expect to be gone about two months
and will visit a number of places in
T. A.. Engle and wife, of Auburn,
were 'visiting in Murdock last Wed
nesday, consulting with Manager W.
T. Weddell and looking after some
Frank A. Melvin has accepted a
contract for the erection of a corn
crib on the farm of John W. Gamble,
which he recently purchased from
the McCrorey estate. ' .
Mr. and Mrs. Charles I. Long and
the family of Emil Miller were en
joying their Christmas together. A
sumptuous Christmas dinner was
among the day's highlights.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bohn, of
Enid, Oklahoma, were visiting old
time friends in Murdock several days
last week, being accompanied here
by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dierksen.
James Boyd went to Elm wood last
Tuesday to see his son, Myron Boyd,
who had just returned from the
Bryan Memorial hospital, where he
underwent an operation for appen
dicitis and gall stones. He found the
son improving very nicely.
Christmas at Otto Miller's
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Miller enter
tained Mr. and Mrs. Milo Frisbie and
children of Elm wood, as well as the
members of their own family at a
splendid Christmas dinner.
Grandmother Carson Poorly
Mrs. Mary Carson, mother of
Henry E. Carson, has been sick for
many weeks at the farm home be
tween Murdock and Louisville, and
is being cared for by her daughter,
who is here from Springfield. 111.
Her condition is reported as serious
during the past week.
Visited Friends Here
Dr. and Mrs. L. D. Lee and son
Larry arrived in Murdock last week
and have been visiting their many
old friends here. Dr. Lee and Law
rence Race went to Omaha, where
through Mr. Race, Mr. Lee purchas
ed a new Chrysler.
Passes His 79th Birthday
Albert Zeirot, who was born in
West Prussia. October 25, 1859,
spent his first years in his native
home and when a young man came
to America, arriving here about the
time he attained his majority, in
1880. During the first six or seven
years he was employed as a farm
afterwards engaged in farming for
himself on a farm between the pres
ent towns of Murdock and Alvo
neither of which' towns were then in
existence. In the middle nineties he
purchased the farm northwest of
Murdock on which he lived for many
years prior to coming to Murdock to
reside. He and his wife live quietly
in their home here, en joying, a well
earned rest, after years of activity
bh the farm.
Wolves Becoming Menace
With a marked scarcity of vegeta
tion in which to establish hideouts
lor themselves, farmers report seeing
many Wolves roaming the country as
well as numerous night raids on the
hen roosts and pig pens. It seems that
something should be done to rid the
country of them. There is a move on
foot for the organizing of a wolf
hunt right after, the holidays and all
who are interested In Joining in a
widespread hunt are requested to
see either Frank Rosenow or his son
William Rosenow, who plan to call
a meeting in Murdock to work out
details of the bunt. The meeting is
to .be held next Wednesday, Decern
Firemen Hold .Election
Among the other business trans
acted at the last meeting of the Mur
dock Volunteer fire department was
the election of officers. All the old
officers, except the fire chief, were
continued in office for the coming
year. Richard E. Eppings was chosen
as the new chief.
Christmas at H, A. .Tool Home
Christmas clay was a joyful occa
sion at the Henry A. Tool home,
when two of, the children and their
families were present. Mr. and Mrs.
O. E, Bradford and little daughter
drove up from their home in Beatrice
and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Tool of
Wahoo came down to spend the day.
Christmas at.Neitzel Home
L. Neitzel and his sister-in-law and
housekeeper entertained members of
the Neitzel family on. Christmas day,
when a sumptuous dinner was served
at one o clock in the afternoon
Those present were A. J. Neitzel and
family, O. J. Hitchcock and family
of Havelock and Mrs. Meta MacDiar
i.id and daughter Dolly of Omaha.
Christmas Dinner in Plattsmouth
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan McDonald and
children went to Plattsmouth, where
they -were dinner guests on Christ
mas day at the home of Mrs. Mc
Donald's brother. Lester Thimgan
and wife. Other guests included the
parents of both Mr. and Mrs. Thim
gan, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thimgan
and little son Larry and Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Graves, as well as the
family of Mrs. Thimgan's brother,
Carl Graves, all pf whom reside in
- Christmas Day Guests
Relatives enjoyed a very pleasant
Christmas day gathering at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. ust Straich west of
town. Those present included Mr.
and Mrs. William Winkler and their
daughter of ElmWood, Lois Schmidt
and family of Wabash, Hilda and
family of Lincoln, Mr. - and. Mrs.
Robert -Stock and family and the
parents,. Mr. and Mrs. Herman, R
Honor Former Band Member
For nearly ten years Robert Stock
was a member of the Elm wood band
and along with a half dozen or more
other musicians from this community
helped to make up the membership 01
that organization. This long associa
tion brought into being many friend
ships which held the group together
in closest harmony.
So it was but natural that when
Mr. Stock and-Dorretta Ruge were
married last Wednesday the twelve
or fourteen Elmwood band men and
the eight Murdock boys who play in
the band should turn out en masse
to provide music following the wed
ding ceremony. This fine gesture of
good will was greatly appreciated
by the newlyweds.
(The following signed advertising an
nouncement expresses the opinion ot
the writer and the Journal neither
sponsors or assumes any liability for
statements contained therein. Editor)
A Message to Murdock Citizens
The principal topic of conversation
in Murdock at the present time is
the community building and bond
election. Like all such propositions,
there is some opposition, the most of
which is on account of the tax situa
tion. Perhaps there are some who
are not familiar with the tax prob
lem as it exists at present. There are
some who oppose any new tax, but
the main point is not so much wheth
ei it is a new or old tax, but how
much and how they compare with
When we compare the village taxes
of Murdock with other towns in the
county, we have but little to com
To arrive at a fair average as
sessed valuation, we have selected
I. , A
Laughing Around the World
. WitK IRVIN S. COBB
A Friendly Warning
By IRVIN S. COBB
A CERTAIN very -widely knowa Catholic dignitary of New York had
important business downtown and he was afraid he would be late
for the appointment. He told the chauffeur of his automobile to use
haste. The latter obeyed orders.
The closed car whizzed down Fifth avenue at an unhallowed speed,
weaving in and out of the jam. An outraged traffic policeman on duty
at the crossing threw up an authoritative arm and then, as the offend
ing driver slowed down, waved him to draw in at the curbing.
Up came the indignant bluecoat.
"What the hell do you mean V he demanded in a rich Irish voice
"bus tin' down the street like a crazy man? Who've you got inside
that boat of yours, anyway?. It's the likes of him that belong in jail
and that's where "
. The 'door, of the car opened and as the astonished policeman gaze4
into the familiar countenance of the distinguished occupant, a gentle
voice said: . .
'What's the trouble, officer? ! Why is my driver stopped in thia
, fashion when I am in a hurry to 4-ach my destination?"
The policeman's hand came up to his cap in a reverent salute.
"It's like this, Your Grace," he said, "I jest slowed your young
man up to advise him to be kind of careful about scootin' pas the nixt
corner. The cop down there is a Protestant."
four different properties, located in
different parts of the town as a
basis to calculate from. The first is
a two story nine room home, ' fully
modern. The second, a modern two
story home of seven rooms. The third
a modern seven room cottage and
the fourth a six room cottage with
The combined assessed valuation
ol these four homes is $4,800.00 an
average of 51,200.00. In order to
meet interest payment and retire the
$2,500.00 bonds in seven years, it
will require a three mill levy, which
would make the tax on one of these
average homes $3.60. The 1938 tax
on a $1,200.00 home (that is the
village tax) is $9.12. At the same
rate the 1939 tax plus the special
bond tax would make a total of
The 1938 village tax on a $1,200.
00 Elmwood home is $1S.00. In Alvo
it is $14.40 and in Greenwood,
It will be eeen by this that the
Murdock tax with the community
building, tax.add? ..will (be, much
lower than-our neighboring towns.
After one more year the school bond
tax will be dropped as the bonds will
be retired, and the total tax will be
reduced $2.16 from the 1938 amount
on a $1,200.00 home.
The good book says go sell what
thou hast and give unto the poor.
The promoters of this project are
not asking people to sell what they
have and give, but are merely ask
ing their consent to issue bonds in
a small amount to provide employment-for
those who otherwise would
be compelled to have direct relief
fiom the county for which the
property owners would be taxed. The
tax will have to be paid either under
one head or another. Those who have
been unfortunate need work or relief
and they would much rather work
for their living than depend on di
rect relief. The taxpayers of Mur
dock are asked to provide $2,500.00
for materials, and for every dollar
the people of Murdock provide, the
people of Cass county, the State of
Nebraska and the whole nation are
being taxed to provide three to four
dollars to complete the project.
There is a certain amount allotted
tn Cass county for the relief of un
employed and if Murdock taxpayers
refuse to accept this proposition it
will be used somewhere else. The
people of Murdock have helped to
Build dams and make improvements
on farms owned by private parties
and will receive no benefit from this
We are not asking for help from
the farmers who do not own town
property. Murdock is trying to take
care of their own tax burden and
are not asking for outside help so
far as the bonds are concerned, ex
cept from the railroad and light and
power company. These out of town
companies pay about 20 per cent of
our taxes' and have no voice in the
In return for our $2,500.00, on
which we have seven years to make
payments, we will have a public
building that will add ten or fifteen
thousand dollars to the town prop
erty, and a place to accommodate
any meeting that might be held in
this part of the county.
There is a party in Murdock so
liciting his neighbors to vote down
this tax burden, yet the people of
Murdock have been tared indirectly
to. help pay for the free government
labor used in improving his farm.
II the people of Murdock can be taxed
to improve farm land, why not do
something for ourselves?
W. T. WEDDELL.
Mr. and Mrs. George Kruse and
Mr. and Mrs. John Kruse of Clay
Center, Nebraska, visited with the
Jannens at their "Pine Knot Shack"
last Tuesday, returning home in the
evening after meeting many of their
friends at Murdock.
The Murdock Young Peoples Mis
sionary Circle elected Willard Rose
now as their new president for
1939. Marie Schweppe is the new
vice president: Carolyn Schafer,
secretary, and Edna Luetchens, treasurer.
Ebenezer Church Officers
Elmer Miller was elected as the
church school superintendent for the
Ebenezer Sunday school for the com
ing year; John Schlaphof is to be
the assistant superintendent; Wil
lard Rosenow, secretary, and Leroy
Gorthey, treasurer, O. H. Miller was
elected a trustee for a three year
Emmanuel Church Officers .
Mrs. William Eisele was recently
elected president of the Murdock
Ladies Aid in their annual meeting
and Christmas party in the home of
Mrs. Louis Schmidt at Wabash.
Other members elected to office
were: Mrs. Floy Buell, vice presi
dent; Mrs. John Schlaphof, secre
tary, and Mrs. Ferdinand Reickman,
Murdock Ladies Aid Elects
Harold Luetchens will serve the
Emmanuel church school for a sec
ond year, as the Sunday school su
perintendent next year. Daniel Pan
ska was re-elected vice superinfen
dent and Marie Schweppe, secretary,
and William Vogt, treasurer. Fred
Luetchens was elected as a church
trustee to succeed himself for a term
of thre years. The class leaders
August Ruge and Herman Schweppe,
were re-elected and William Luet
chens and William Vogt are to be
One hundred and sixty-five rela
tives and friends 'gathered at the
beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs
August Ruge at five o'clock Wed
nesday evening, December 21, 1938,
to celebrate the marriage of their
daughter, Miss Loretta Ruge to Mr
Jess A. Stock of Murdock, Nebr.
At the appointed time, Mr. Dan
iel Ruge and Mr. Elmer Schlaphoff
accompanied by Miss Doretta Schlap
hoff sang "A Perfect Day." Follow
ing this selection, Faith Riecke and
Joyce Stock lighted the candleabra,
as Miss Schlaphoff played "To a Wild
Rose." Mrs. Harry Stock and Mr.
August Riecke sang "Love Came
Calling." They were accompanied by
Miss Mabel Stock, who also played
Lohengrin's "Bridal Chorus." At the
opening strains of this march, the
bride's pastor, the Reverend Harvey
A. Schwab entered, followed by the
groom and his attendant, Mr. Roy
Stock and Caroline Stock, the little
ring-bearer. Miss Ruth Ruge, who
served as her sister's attendant then
entered. the Softly lighted room, Just
preceding the bride, who was charm
ing in a gown of blue transparent
velvet and carried an arm bouquet
of sweetheart roses. The impressive
double ring ceremony united the
happy young couple in wedlock.
Following the ceremony they stood
to receive the best wishes and con
gratulations of the large company
who were present.
A bountiful two-course supper
which had been prepared by the
bride's mother, assisted by the aunts,
was served under the direction of
Miss Doretta Schlaphoff. Later in
the evening, the beautiful and de
licious wedding cake was cut by the
bride, and the undivided portions
given to each guest.
During the evening's festivities,
this popular young couple was sere
naded by the Elmwood band of which
Mr. Stock is a member. They brought
with them a very serviceable gift.
Several groups of friends also
came to charivari, and to bring, best
wishes and congratulations.
The many beautiful and useful
gifts received by Mr. and Mrs. Stock
were evidence of the high regard in
which they are held. They were
both born and reared in this com
munity and have been very active
in church and community life. Their
many friends rejoice that they are
to make their home here.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Copple and
Lee plan to spend Christmas day at
the Ray Norris home.
H. L. Bornemeier was unfortunate
to the extent of losing one of his
horses Sunday morning.
Miss Marie Stroemer, who teaches
in the Lincoln schools, has been home
this week for Christmas.
Frank Cook has been laid up with
a lame leg this week due to an in
jury inflicted by a mule.
The Afternoon Bridge club met at
the home of Mrs. Arthur Dinges for
a one o'clock luncheon Thursday.
Mr. andt Mrs. Ray Norris, of Weep
ing Water were supper guests at the
W. L. Copple home Wednesday even
ing. Arthur Roelofsz was in Weeping
Water for the Farm Bureau meet,
irg held at the Weeping Water M.
E. church Saturday afternoon.
Miss Grace Muenchau, who is at
tending the Peru State Teachers col
lege, came home Wednesday after
noon for her Christmas vacation.
The Simon Rehmeier family and
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Taylor plan to
spend Christmas at the Fred Reh
meier home near Weeping Water.
The Earl Bennett family plan to
drive to Aurora Sunday to spend
Christmas with Mrs. Bennett's sis
ter, Mrs. Carl Ramsey and family.
Richard Coatman. the little son of
Mr; and Mrs. Lee Coatman, who has
been ill for two weeks at the Bryan
Memorial hospital is reported to be
Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Kitzel, of
St. Louis, Missouri, visited Sunday
at the home of Kendall's sister, Mrs.
George Blessing, Jr., and husband,
of Elmwood. Kendall is a former
Christmas eve this year will be of
special significance to Mr. and Mrs.
Earl Bennett, as it marks the date
of their twenty-fifth wedding anni
versary. Friends join in extending
The infant son of Supt. and Mrs.
Euehler has been having consider
able trouble with complications from
& cold. He has Buffered considerable
with ear trouble. Friends hope the
little fellow will soon be well.
Students from Alvo at the Univer
sity of Nebraska have been home this
week for Christmas vacation.' Some
of those we have observed are Iris
and Victor Miller, Katherine Ed
wards and Margaret Jean Stroemer
Mrs. H. L. Bornemeier's brother.
Walter Ostertag, and family, of Kan
sas City visited Thursday, Friday
and Saturday at the Bornemeier
home.Mrs. Ostertag, of Elmwood,
mother of Mr. Ostertag and of Mrs
Bornemeier, was also present.
Family Reunion Christmas Day
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams of
Chicago, Wesley Cook and Miss Dar
lene Swanberg, of Klngsley, Iowa,
who will become the bride of Wes
ley Cook Christmas eve, and Mr.
and Mrs. George Bornemeier and
daughter will enjoy a family re
union at the Frank Cook home on
Mrs. George Bornemeier will pre
pare most of the Christmas dinner
for Mrs. Cook because of her being
away Saturday to attend the wed
ding. School Gives Christmas Program
The December P. T. A. meeting
featured a Christmas program given
by the grade children.
The program was a Christmas can
tata, "Santa Saves the Day." Miss
Fender directed the music; Miss
Smock the dramatics; Miss Kroll and
Miss Ross the stage and costumes.
The High School mixed chorus,
led by Mrs. Eagleton and Dorothy
Skinner and Donna Vickers, accom
panied on the piano by Mrs. Carl
Sutton in a duet, furnished the mu
sic between acts.
A very large crowd was present to
enjoy the program.
After the program, the refresh-
ment committeein charge of Mrs
Albert Swahson, served sandwiches,
coffee and pop corn balls. The child
ren also received sacki of candy.
The entire etching was immense
Christmas Eve Wedding
Wesley Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Cook of this community, who
is employed in Chiragb, will be mar
ried to Miss Darlene Swanberg of
Klngsley, Iowa, Christmas eve.
Wesley is a graduate of the Alvo
consolidated school and has attend
ed the University of Nebraska.
Mrs. Roger Williams, a sister of
Wesley, and husband, who live in
Chicago, will attend the wedding.
Wesley arrived at the home of his
parents Thursday evening. Friday,
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cook will ac
company Wesley to Kingsley, Iowa,
to be present for the wedding. They
will return home Saturday night
with Mr. and Mrs. Williams.
Mrs. Joe Vickers was hostess to
the Mothers' and Daughters' Council
club Friday afternoon, December 16.
A large crowd was present for the
Christmas party. The Christmas pro
gram committee planned the follow
Christmas Day from the scriptures
and prayer, Mrs. Hammel.
Song by quartet consisting of Me
dames Arthur Skinner, Earl Ben
nett, Joe Vickers and Dorothee
Reading, Mrs. Emil Reiche. .
Christmas story, Mrs. Arthur Skin
Duet (Song and Whistling selec
tion), by Dorothee Skinner and Don
Due to sickness part of the pro
gram had to be omitted.
After the program the members
enjoyed an exchange of gifts.
The hostess, who was assisted by
Mrs. Ellis Mickle, served a very de
A TRAGIC CHRISTMAS
ELYRIA, O., Dec. 24 (UP) The
Rosseau children Geraldine, 11, and
Sarah, 9 were given their Christmas
presents last night because of a family
emergency. They had no Christmas
tree. Their father was killed and theii
mother was wounded while .trying to
steal one for them and that was the
reason Santa Claus came 24 hours in
. Will Case, 84 year old farmer, who
shot William Rosseau, 38, and his wife
because they were chopping down a
fir tree on his farm, chewed gum in
jail and said he didn't mind staying
there over Christmas.
Rousseau '. was '; unemployed. His
mother took his children and when
she gave them a ' dollar s " worth of
dime store presents their parents had
bought for them, "she told them what
had happened.' -
"Daddy must have thought a lot of
us," Geraldlrie said. - "
FEAR MORMON CRICKETS
. WASHINGTON," Dec. 24 (UP)
The agriculture department '.warned
farmers, in. Nebraska, South Dakota
and North Dakota' today that heavy
infestation of crop destroying Mor
mon crickets threatened vast areas
during the 1939 growing season un
less preventive steps are taken.
A department survey showed t 18,.
919,000 acres in 11 western states
are infested with pests of which 4,'
298,000 acres, largely in the three
Northern plains states are heavily
infested Approximately 9 per cent
of the areas most severely stricken
.nust be dusted with sodium arsenite
mixed with diatomaceous earth or
hyd rated lime in order to make con
trol effective the department said. The
mixture should be applied at the rate
of 5 pounds per acre.
PRESIDENT MAKES GIFTS
WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 (UP)
President Roosevelt late Friday ex
tended Christmas greetinprs to more
than . 100 White House office workers.
. The employes filed intoMr. Roose
velt's executive office in the White
House and were greeted with a hand
shake and a cherry "Sterry Christ
mas." Each employe received as a Christ
mas gift from the president a small
chromium plated paper weight made
at the Val-Kil Handicraft Industries,
a self-help enterprise near Hyde Park,
N. Y., sponsored by Mrs. Roosevelt.
HAVE YOU YOUR $191!
NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UP) If
bank deposits as of last June 30 had
been distributed equally among all
men, : women and children In the
United States each would have an
account of $191, the American Bank
ers association said , today.
Prion ntwt) nm to no. e.
Large Crop Yield
blit Values Down
Aggregate Farm Value of 1938 Crops
Was $129,732,000 a Slump
LINCOLN, Dec. 23 (UP) Ne
braska farmers harvested crops dur
ing 1938 from the largest acreage
since 1933. but low prices drove
down the total farm value of all
crops 11 per cent below last year,
the Nebraska Cooperative Crops and
Livestock Reporting Service an
The total acreage of all crops har
vested this year was 17,650,000 acres
an increase of eight per cent or
1,320,000 acres over last year. Ag
gregate farm value of 1938 crop
was $129,732,000, a slump of $16.
150,000 from the 1937 valuation.
Ca9h income from sale of prin
cipal farm products is running 22
per cent under last year in Nebraska,
the report stated. Revenue from the
sale of farm commodities and gov
ernment payments from January to
October totaled S165.6S6.000. which
is $46,833,000 below the income for
the same . period a year ago. Total
income til 1937. including govern
ment checks, was 1251.910,000.
"Lower farm Income nl 1938 re
flects lower prices for farm products
produced this year as well as lighter
income returns due to reduced live
stock production," Statistician A. E.
Data on individual crops:
Corn Acreage harvested for all
purposes estimated at 7,430,000 acres
against 7,904,000 last year; esti
mated value $47,403,000 -compared
to $42,326,000 in 1937 and $31.
156. bod id 1936: average yield per
acre 1 4.5 buBhels against 10.5 bushels
last year and 10-year average of
18.6; about five per cent abandon
ment, lightest loss In last Ave years;
91 per cent of 1938 corn acreage
harvested for grain.
Winter wheat Harvested acreage
4,402,000 compared to 3,261.000 last
year; farm value of crop $27,997,000
against ill, 741, 000 a year ago and
$47,816,000 in 1936; average yield
per acre 12 bushels against 14 bushels
Spring wheat Harvested acreage
289,000 compared to 349.000 acre
last year; Value estimated at $1.
561,000 against $1,484,000 In 1937
and $1,836,000 in 1936; per acre
yield 10 bushels as against 4.5
bushels last year.
SHIP TO AID COLONISTS
PARIS, Dec. 22 (UP) Prepar
ations were underway today to res
cue the 48. lobster fishers on the
desolate Cursed Island of St. Paul,
close to the antarctic ice fields.
;' The administrator of colonies or
dered the navy to rush coal and food
from Madagascar at once aboard the
boat rtejjie. Confirmation was re
ceived by a French radio station In
Madagascar that the Reme was en
tirely out of coal and that food was
Official message from the gover
nor of Reunion Island revealed that
contary to earlier reports there were
no woman and children at St. Paul
and that of the original group which
set out fdr the island, only one stay
ed with the Reme all the way. The
others deserted at various points en
route after bickering broke out.
"PAUL REVERES" ORGANIZED
PITTSFIELD,, Mass. (UP) The
county commissioners have organized
a "Paul Revere corps" to patrol
county streams regularly and warn
citizen of rising waters in flood
times. The men will be paid 62
cents hourly while on duty.
lrfi NO JOKE, IT'S FIRE
COLUMBIA, Mo. (UP) "Pardon
me for being Ignorant," said a Uni
versity of Missouri sorority girl to
ihe sleepy Alpha Tau Omega fra
ternity member who answered the
telephone, "but I think your house
is on fire." It was.
LOOT FLIES BACK
LOS OATOS, Cal. (UP) The bur
glar who took Jewelry and a car
rier pigeon from Mrs. M. E. Filmore
evidently didn't count on the homing
instincts of the bird. The pigeon
eventually flew home but without
PRISON iFRKEY CROP BIO
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (UP)
Missouri's prison farms this year
produced 2,600 turkeys, or enough
for at least tre feasts at each of
the state's five penal Institutions.