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THIS OMAHA SUNDAY BKK: JUNK 10. 1W17.
.WOMAN PLAYS TRICK
' UPON KANSAS MEN
Slips One Over During Valley
Center Election Day; Fem
inine Officers Are
That the little city of Valley Cen-
iit. Kan., is governed entirely and
inclusively by women is due to the
prankish disposition of Gene Talcott.
ionner city clerk. The municipal
election, was held last April. There
was only one ticket up and very little
interest in that. At noon on election
day only two votes had been cast.
'"I'm gonna start somcthin'," said
ills waggish Mr. Talcott, taking liitn-
toll out of the polling place. "It's too
tleepy around here."
There was a mysterious conference
with a few crcwiies and a new ticket,
written oil cardboard, was placed by
, somu unidentified agency outside the
voting place. It was a feminine ticket
Irom top to bottom. Someone had se
lected the candidates withut consult
' ing them, and someone started things
w ' if by writing in the womens' names
Tu ilic blank place ot Ins ballot. Lit
tle realizing what they were doing,
S voter after voter smiled and cast bal-
? lot after ballot for the women. When
th polls closed at 6 o'clock and the
score was figured up Miss Avice
Francis, spinster, had been elected
mayor by the count of thirty-two out
of , forty-three cast. She led her
ticket, and the other women were
close behind. Mrs. S. A. Ridenour
went in as police judge, Mrs. S. W.
Pike as city clerk, Mrs. George
Bright as street commissioner, Miss
Delia Talcott as city treasurer, while
Mrs. Mary .Kohle, Mrs. Nan White
lock, Mrs. J. G. Cliipp, Mrs. W. T.
i Taggart and Mrs. Gene Talcott were
elected as councilwomen. To make
the job complete, Mrs. Susie Good-
ictl was appointed as marshal.
None of the women had ever been
n. politics, but since the honors had
Isought them out they decided to make
lob ot it and run the city.
Vallev Center has a population of
pbout 450, and, generally speaking,
is not a difficult place to govern. It
Jias a little stone jail, but there hasn't
fbetn a prisoner in it in twelve years.
Having elected the women, the men
eat back and waited to see what they
I would do. ine opportunity lor aa-
Iranced legisla'.ion was rather limited,
irbut the new administration speedily
y louna an evil to correct, it was tne
custom of the gentlemen- of Valley
' Center to spend their Sundays pitch
ing horseshoes on Main street in
front of the blacksmith shop.
"It was just terrible," as Mrs. Susie
Goodrich, the marshal, put it. "They
would gather there in great crowds
a dozen or two."
No More Horseshoes.
An ordinance was passed forbid
ding Sunday horseshoe pitching and
was published. It was not necessary
to go farther. The hint was, suffi
cient. The menacing figure of Mrs.
Goodrich can now traverse the length
and breadth of all Valley Center any
Sunday and there is not a ringer in
sight. He who defies the law. and
t pitches does so at the risk of a $5 fine.
Haying cleaned up the horseshoe
gang, the women turned their atten
tion to the larger malefactor the
Atchison, Topeka' & Santa Fe railway.
It seems the Santa Fe freight trains
had been ignoring the ordinance that
provides that no crossing shall be
blocked for longer than five minutes.
If the trairi happened to be a long
one,' not only Main street, but two
other crossings, would be blocked.
For years, under masculine rule,
Valley Center had suffered bisection
from the trains. Under the new re
gime the railroad people were warned
politely, but they failed to heed. The
fair, tittle town must have appealed to
the loafing instinct of the tram crews,
for it was their custom to loiter some
times as lone as twenty minutes, sep
arating the north side residents from
L the south siders. On the 10th day of
this month Conductor M. A. McNeil
l nulled his string of box cars into
Mown, barricaded two of the three
crossings and settled down to stay
a while. Mrs. Susie Goodrich, from
her home, could not see what was
going on, but Miss Avice Francis,
from her home, could. Telephonic
communciation was established be
tween Miss Francis, speaking as the
mayor, and Mrs. ausie Ooodnch,
the official capacity of marshal.
"Thev're blocking traffic." the
mayor said. "Hold them right there.
I m coming- with the police judge.
- The Unlucky Trainman.
No sooner said than done. The
three women started for the train and
Conductor McNeil saw them. It
must have been his guilty conscience
that prompted him to step up and ask
if they were looking tor mm.
"That's what we are," said Mrs.
Susie Goodrich, "and I want you to
consider yourself under arrest."
.The conductor was marched over to
the station, where Mrs. Ridenour con
vened court. Court is held wherever
the judge happens to be, since there
is no court room. Conductor Mc
Neil tried to beg off, but his pleas
were rejected in concert.
"No, sir," said the women, "you've
Whereupon Mrs. Ridenour fined
him $5. .The costs amounted to $1.25.
"But suppose. I won't pay this
SJine?" asked the conductor, just to
? try the mettle of his antagonists.
"Then you go to jail," replied Mrs.
Susie Goodrich, with a significant
gesture toward the little stone struc
ture which lies close by.
"But what if I haven't got that
much money on me?" Conductor Mc
Neil ciueried hopefully. "
"We'll 'just hold your old train
here until you dig it up," the marshal
told him with feminine firmness and
a vague idea that she was within the
Conductor McNeil capitulated. "Oh,
. all right," he said, as pleasantly as
possible, "I'll pay it."
And he did.
"Let this be a warning to you,"
said the judge.
"You tell the world it is," replied
So . ended the first showdown of
the forces of law and order.
After the Cigaret.
Minors' who smoke cigarets are hav
ing their troubles, too, for thewomen
are after them. The young daughter
of the marshal saw a 16-year-old boy
smoking a cigaret the other day and
when the young man saw her he fled
with all his might. Resisting the
temptation to pursue him, the young
woman eeported the incident to her
mother. The county attorney has
" been consulted and he has advised the
gathering of evidence with a view of
beginning prosecutions. It is ru
moredr too, that certain dealers in
Valley Center sell either cigarets or
cigaret papers and it is not violating
A svetzvs -tht rwe U I sJ3t 0m?0r,
s;X W MUCH MONEY IN WAR. t$ f MR. $PRI(J5MS rtRouNO tMgr
STOCK ? ThSYVe IHVlTEO ' oJH. fVEW ESTTfc Jf"&.
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'y Genuine STERRtTT J JJ l
i ' ' cjf,
r-rherVs Y TflNcY f no I BuT or COURSE
CHICKENS C?ST 6 I IN COR VRtSENT V,
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?q. a isrzr - They TJon'T Have Le-
v w rZ-f Do They V -To
Supposedly Dead Man
Wakes Up the Morgue
"A ghost 1" gasped the atendant at
the coroner's morgue last night as he
stared into the visage of a form that
faced him. The ghost's features
"S-s-s-s-s-s-say," he began.
"Y-y-y-y-y-y-es," answered the
morgue attendant. wna-wna-wnai
can I -d-d-d-d-d-d-do f-f-for y-y-y-y-you?"
"T-t-t-tell 'em I'm n-n-n-not -d-d-
aren t y-y-y-your
All of which was a pertectly logical
question, ror in the back room ot
the morgue was the body of a man
taken from the Platte river yesterday
morning and identified by four per
sons as that of John Moran, other
wise known as "Stuttering Jack." And
yet, before the morgue attendant was
another just such person and he was
stuttering denials. t-
The attendant took a hurried and
shivering peek into the chapel of the
morgue. The body of the man iden
tified as Stuttering Jack still was
there and it gave him a bit of reas
surance. Whereupon his teeth grad
ually ceased chattering and he gath
ed the information that there had
been a mistake in identification.
Hence the visit of "Stuttering Jack"
to refute the assertion that he was
The body later was identified as
that of John Barrett, 1405 Umatilla
street, an employe of the Denver Gas
and Electric company. His drown
ing still isa mystery. Denver Post.
Notables Extoll Red
Cross Volunteer Workers
Washington, May 23. The colossal
relief and rehabilitation task that con
fronts the American Red Cross if the
United States is to do its full part
in the war was detailed by a notable
group of speakers today at a confer
ence of men and women from forty
cities who have volunteered to assist
the society's war council.
Major General John J. Pershing,
Herbert C. Hoover, Secretary Baker,
William H. Taft and Henry P. Davi
son, in turn told the volunteers that
they must go to work expecting a
long, hard task, but one which would
stand out in history as the greatest
philanthropic effort of the age. While
the conference was in session Presi
dent Wilson issued a proclamation
designating the week of June 18 to 25
as Red Cross week during which the
people of the United States will be
called upon to give generously and in
a spirit of patriotic sacrifice for the
support and maintenance of this work
of national need.
Mr. Davison, who at the president's
request became chairman of the war
council, declared the $100,000,000 fund
which, it is proposed to raise quickly,
would be only a beginning.
Will Kill Menagerie
' Animals to Save Food
(Coirefipondcnce of The Associated Press.)
Paris, May 22. A part of the im
portant menagerie of the city of Paris
in the Jardin des Plantes is to be sac
rificed to economic necessities. Every
animal feeding on hay or grain, ex
cepting rare specimens that cannot
be easily replaced, is to be killed to
save fodder for horses and cattle and
bread for the people.
Certain species of bear and other
animals, such as the wild sheep or
Algiers and wild horses ot prehistoric
origin, will be spared.
The wild boars and the kind will be
sold as game. The camels, because
of their frugality, will be preserved.
a confidence, as they say in Washing
ton, to state that those dealers have
a little package of trouble on the
Another little thing the men prob
ably will be glad to hear is that the
poll tax is to be collected from now
on. In the past the subject of poll
tax was dropped by common consent,
but it is going to be revived.
Nevertheless, the rule by women is
proving popular. An elderly man who
was painting a house paused in his
labors long enough to comment on it.
"In some respects," he confided, "I
believe they are doing better than the
men. For one thing, they stopped the
trains from standing on the crossings
and I'm right glad of it. I'd been an
noyed considerable that way, living
as I do on the other side of the
tracks." Kansas City Star
And So It Goes
FIVE -MINUTE TALKS BY
By JOHN J. LENTZ.
Former Congressman from Ohio.
Society and government have fought
their way step by step to a free press,
free school, free speech and a free
pulpit, knowing that all four of these
agencies are necessary to promote and
procure a correct public opinion.
We live in an age that is cursed
with the speed craze in forming opin
ions as well as driving automobiles.
Shallow pates come to a conclusion
on a tew tacts.
Opinions of today may be as far
wrong as were those of the past.
Half a century ago public opinion on
opposite sides of the Mason and
Dixon line justified a civil war, in
which hundreds of thousands of men
murdered each other. Today public
opinion on either side would brand
a man a traitor who would suggest
that the controversy over states'
rights be opened up again.
Universal education, through a
free press, free school, free speech
and a free pulpit is enriching and en
nobling the average mind and equip
ping it to practice the deliberations
of a great judicial tribunal and attain
a more wholesome and righteous pub
We now have a world-wide war
demonstrating that the rulers of all
these nations have not taken their
own prayers seriously, or, if they
have, it demonstrates the inefficicacy
of prayer and the impotency of Diety.
Silently, persistently, and to most
men unconsciously, there are three
forces at work which will kill the war
germ prohibition, suffrage and insur
ance. War, prohibition and equal suf
frage will hold their places on the
first page for a short time and then all
three will become relics on the junk
heap of a barbarous age. There will
be no more tyranny of war, no more
diseases and death due to alcohol; no
more serfdom for women.
Fixed Residence in Germany
Is Construed as Prison
(Correspondence of The Associated Pri'is.)
Havre, France, May 20. A number
of Belgian officials who remained in
that country after the invasion have
retused to continue their service un
der the administrative division of the
country decreed by the German gov
ernment. One of these patriots, M. Sauveur,
general secretary to the minister of
the interior, wrote a letter of protesta
tion in which he resigned his office.
The governor general then "fixed his
residence in Germany," the "fixed res
idence being construed here as prison.
Fewer Holidays Now
In Russian Territory
(Correspondence of The Associated Press.)
Petrograd, May 12. One important
reform which the revolution has ef
fected has been the abolishment of
excessive holiday-making in Russia,
Before the revolution, not only were
twelve great chiurch holidays cele
brated, but also the birthdays of the
emperor, empress and the heir appar
ent, the anniversary of the accession
to the throne, the coronation, etc. In
stead of these, the 1st of May it to
be instituted as a national holiday.
JAPAN IS WARNED
Dr. Nitobe Tells His People
that Calamity to Orient
Would Follow Defeat
of the Allies.
(Correspondence of The Associated Press.)
Tokio, May 30. A warning against
the spread of pro-German sentiment
among the Japanese people has been
uttered by Dr. Inazo Nitobe.
Through the columns of a business
organ he has declared that two dan
gers confront his people during the
present war. The first is the pro-
German illusion, and the second the
tendency to luxurious living. He
"Though Japan is one of the bel
ligerents, we did only a little fighting
at the outset of the war. and for the
rest we did nothing but make gain.
We realized unexpected profits
through war trade. Some Japanese
make no hesitation in ottering un
stinted tribute of admiration at the
No Lauding the Germans.
"This is no time for the Japanese
to indulge in lauding the Ger
mans and disparaging the en
tente people. For if Germany
should wia victory in this war and
control Europe, it would be an ap
palling calamity for all the states of
the orient. If the Japanese were so
much bewitched by the splendid Ger
man organization as to adore other
objectionable Uerman qualities, sucn
as disregard of justice, humanity and
international treaties, it would be a
most deplorable misfortune for the
"If the German ambitions should be
realized, Japan itself, unless it were
conquered by Germany, would have
to become ultra-military, and sacrifice
all other aims of civilization at the
altar of accumulation of warlike
weapons and military preparedness.
With a country like Germany roam
ing about at large in the world there
could never be a guarantee of peace
without powerful military strength."
Dr. Nitobe condemns the extrava
gance of those who have become rich
through the war, and says they are
exercising a degenerating influence
on the morality of the masses of the
Movie Romance Blasted
When Girl Pinched Cupid
Ona Ragsdale, 17 years old, who
said she came from Arlington, Ky.,
is a prisoner in the East St. Louis
jail because she eloped with Bernard
La Blanc, 14 years old, 320 North
Fifth street. East St. Louis, and now
Ona says she is "done with the love
stuff for the rest of her days."
The girl said she met La Blanc, or
"Buddie," as she calls him, in a mov
ing picture show. In some manner
she accidentally pinched "Buddie's"
hand in the seat. She apologized,
started a conversation, and then,
they, having nothing more to sa'y,
fell in love. This was some time ago.
They planned to go to Kentucky,
starting Wednesday. The girl stanced
the elopement. They got as far as
Red Bud, III., and meant to go to
work, but "Buddie" became homesick
and cried. The girl gallantly paid
for a telegram to "Buddie's" mother
telling her how badly he felt. There
was no answer, so she purchased
tickets back to East St. Louis. Ar
riving there, "Buddie" was not posi
tive of his mother's expression, and
ran from her. The mother captured
Ona, took her to the police station,
and the girl was ordered to the Belle
ville jail. But a case of smallpox there
caused her return to East St. Louis.
She probably will be sent to the state
industrial school for girls at Geneva,
but she wants to go to her mother
at Wickliffe, Ky.
The girl said her parents were di
vorced when she was a year old. Both
remarried and she lived with her
father and stepmother until the lat
ter died. Then she came to East St.
Louis and found work as a house
maid. Later she was employed at the
Deaconess hospital and earned $12 a
month. She had hoped to become a
nurse, but then she met "Buddie."
Now her careers will be shaped by
the state, unless her mother inter
poses. M. Louis Cjlobe-Democrat.
Persistent Advertising is the Road
to success. '
LOW COST OF WAR
TO GERMAN EMPIRE
French Economist Gives Six
Seasons Why Kaiser Is
Able to Keep Down
(Correepondenre of The Associated Press.)
Paris, May 14. On the supposition
that Germany would be glad to call
the war a draw, Andre Cheradainc,
an author and journalist, points out
some advantages that Gcrmanv would
gain from such a settlement, tiie prin
cipal of which is the relative low cost
of the war to Germany, to this time,
as compared with the outlay of the
There are six fundamental reasons
why Germany has been able, in his
opinion, to' conduct the war with less
expenditure than any one of the en
tente allies in proportion to the num
ber of men put into the field:
Ataence of ImprovlMHttoti In tho Oerntan
Salaries well established for the produc
tion of armament and munitions
Absence ot wastage due to the abevnee of
Free Iron ore and coal from Invaded re
gions. Economical transportation by reason of
the grouping; of tho central powers Inside
the battle lines.
Work Already Standardized.
Germany, he asserts, had only to
develop with machine tools built on
its own territory, in order to produce
the enormous series of types of can
non and the different calibers of pro
jectiles that were needed. All these
had been carefully and minutely
worked out in the tranquility of
peace, while, on the other hand, the
production of war material was in
significant in France and almost noth
ing in Great Britain and Russia at the
beginning of the struggle.
In all of the entente countries it
was necessary to improvise, to con
struct rapidly new works, to equip
old ones with new machine tools
brought from America at enormous
expense and at the same time to im
provise new types of cannon and
Improvisation Is Costly.
This improvisation, M. Chcradatne
declares, in time of war occasions a
great many false steps, inevitable
wastage of material and an immense
increase in general expenses.
The remarkable extension to a state
of war of indusrial methods that were
highly developed and systematized in
time of peace, says M. Cheradame,
enabled Germany to avoid in every
branch of construction enormous
losses of raw materialstoif every kind,
from which all the entente allies have
Germans Work Prisoners.
So far as labor is concerned, the
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Germans have been able to utilize a
force of about 2,000,(100 prisoners of
war. The official report of the in
vestigating commission oppointcd by
the French government and dated
April 12, I'M 7, concerning acts com
mitted by the Germans contrary to
international law, shows how ihey
utilize this labor in the manufacture
as well as in the construction of de
tense works. Besides these 2.1100.000
prisoners of war, the Germans had
under their control 7.500.000 Belgians,
.(.000,000 Frenchmen. 4.500,000 Serbi
ans. .(,000,0000 Roumanians and 22,
000.000 Poles, in the invaded regions.
To show how they utilize these civ
ilians in work connected with the war.
Cheradame eltes an example of a girl
from l.ille, 20 years old, who was
obliged to work .six months during
the harvest season digging potatoes
or at similar tasks from o o'clock in
the morning until dusk. The amount
(he Germans paid her for litis six
months labor was equivalent to less
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While the entente allies have been
obliged to pay the high ocean freights
on coal and iron ore, Germany found
in the invaded regions of France all
the iron ore needed, and in Belgium
and Poland immense quantities of
coal that it had only to take, paying
the labor at a very low rate, bring-
ing down the raw materials that enter
into its munitions to a very tow
M. (.'Iicraclamc estimates that, when
Germany expends 100,000,000 francs
for raw material, France must spend
!50.000,00il. which would make the
war cost between the two countries
in the pr portion of two for Germany
to three lor France.
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