Ada Evening News (Newspaper) - September 17, 1919, Ada, Oklahoma
A Vote For the Waterworks, Sewer and Park Bonds Tomorrow Is a Vote For a Larger and Better City—The Liberty TheatreWyt evening Jletosi
VOLUME XVI. NUMBER 160ADA, OKLAHOMA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1919
THREE CENTS THE COPY
Victorious Army Which
In Nation's Capital Today
By th«* Associated l*n*?s
WASHINGTON. Sept. IT Over historic Pennsylvania Avenue, the Vmerican Win of Victor) marked out more than fifty years ago by the returning blue clad legions of the Army of the Potomac, the first division. American Expeditionary Force, marched today The parade started at one o'clock p. in., eastern tim \ 11 was Washington’s first great parade of the war and it was conceived and carried out as the nations Tribute not alone to the veteran fighting men who marched, but to the whole great army the nation created to make certain the atte’ defeat of German dreams of
Marching in mass formation and equipped with all the guns, gas throwers and countless other death-j dealing dei ices of front line sen- J nee. the First Division, fresh home fro u Fra lice, moved along the broad avenue, a living tide of sunburned fighting manhood that filled the street from curb to curb. In their khaki and olive drab uniforms. the nit n swung by as resist* lesslx .vs the spring Hoods of the Mississippi. Above tach solid block of infantry, rose the grim line of bayonets, the blued steel glinting dully as it caught the light. Farther back came the long lines of field
VTO’ENDS LUNCHEON WITH THE LADIES; VISITS LELAND STANFORD AND WILL SPEAK TONIGHT.
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SAX FRANCISCO, Sept IT President Wilson arrived here at 9:30 today on a special ferryboat from the Oakland mole.
Governor W. D. Stephens of California and Mayor James Kolph of San Francisco, headed the reception committee that greeted President Wilson upon his arrival here for a five days* speaking engagement in ut Toited States Senator Johnson, one of the chief of the league of nations
tile home Hiram VV opponent? covenant.
The president will attend a luncheon today given by the associations of women’s clubs where he will
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salvation and. atter all the trains i w ill not address the students. His and wagons had rumbled by. came a main address is tonight at the Civic battalion of tanks, streaked and!-Auditorium.
gun-. French “75V” to which French; speak briefly. He afterwards plat officers have said France ow**> her vi>it Leland Stanford University
yellowed with paint to conceal them fro a . tie my eyes, but now growling and clanking their way behind the troops in noisy response to lite cheers that greeted them.
There was nothing lacking to make the parade an epitome of the whole' vast arm> American skill and indomitable will had created to meet and beat the enemy ut his ow a ^aiue. There w et e guns of all the types used in France that could be moved through the streets. Machine ~uns, big and little, bristled ainoi., g th* riflemen; squat HMH tars to bur: bombs from the trenches; hign mounted rifles which peered skyward as though Mill in search of enemy flyers. Some ol the guns were horse-drawn, some trundled behind panting motor trucks or tractors The show was as complete a? tile ingenuity o? the War Depart meat could make it, a cross section of the American Expeditionary Forces.
Bm it was to the line.- of khaki-clad. brown faced men themselves that first interest of the thronging crowds all along the wide axc-ue mimed. The home coming of this first unit oi American man pow-**r to cross the submarine-infested -ea.- Aa- in marked contrast to its silent, mysterious, unreported depart at*, and rhe men and women along the way seemed lo feel the significance o tie spectacle. They recalled the days when the nation waited in wordless anxiety to hear that the?* same -nilling, lree-strld-ing boys had come safely to a French harbor, those other days when the first word filtered back that the boys had begun lo prove 'heir courage in action and the slow coming Bm* that carried the names of the men who sleep forever in France.
To one regiment of long, trim ''75V’’ an unusual honor was accorded. The Sixth Field Artillery was placed bet wert» the try brigade?, instead of with the rest of the artillery brigade behind the infantry, for it was C battery of the Sixth which fired the first shot at the Germans on Oct. 23, lh IT. A standard told the on lookers that at last they saw the very gun- whose thunder had carried that first message of defeat into the enemy ranks. ,
Throughout the loin- line markers Were frequent telling what the strange implements of war over which thy floated were used tor. Among the watchers wer* upon thousands of clerk- who have dealt with endle-s streams 01 papers talking ol nom os and guns and mortars, Of motor nae bine shops, pontoon bridges, machine guns, gas throwers, flame projectors aud all the other complicated war equipment of the troops. Never before have these workers at home seen all these tools of warfare in their own warlike setting, however, and the parade was an education for them.
Up the avenue at the head of the division rode Major General Edward F. McGiachlin, commanding, and with him rode two former commanders of the division • he first to go aud the last of the divisions to cone home. They were Major General Wiillaiu L. .Sibert, who took it *o Fiance, and Lieutenant General Robert L. Bullard, who took it into action and surround*red command only to take a higher post. .\lHivhinj. ahead of the formations.
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Pools Grocery Scene of Lively Bonds Debate
WHO HI SPEND I HW?
I he money voted tor public improvements tomorrow will be spent by the best talent of Ada. rhe two classes most vitally interested, the labor interests anti the business interests, both will have representation on the committee that will supervise the work and direct the expenditure of the money.
From the beginning: of this campaign there has been the heartiest co-operation between the city commissioners and the public. A committee representing the public gave tho report of the engineers the most careful scrutiny. They eliminated every item that the city can get along without. They indorsed, after careful study, only such items as the city is sorely in need of. There is not an item in the proposed appropriation that has not been indorsed by the best talent of the city, after the most painstaking investigation. The commissioners have submitted to the public only what representatives of the public have already approved.
The public has co-operated with the commissioners at every step in the proceedings* The public will continue to co-operate till the last penny is spent. All the talent of the commissioners will De utilized in the expenditure of the money. That talent will be reinforced by the best talent of business and union labor. The argument that the money will be squandered is equivalent to saying that the commissioners are incompetent, that union labor is incompetent, and that the business intents of the city are incompetent.
If the labor organizations of Ada and the business interests of Ada do not have sufficient sense and honesty to supervise this work efficiently, then tne city is indeed in a deplorable condition.
USI OF SIflRM VICTIMS UDOH
BODIES NOW BEING REC OVERED ARE IN SK H CONDITION THAT IDENTIFIC ATION IS IMPOSSIBLE.
By the AsmkiuimI Ere4** •
CORPUS CHRISTI. Texas, Sept. IT.—Fifteen additional storm victims were brought to the temporary morgue here early today, fringing th** known death list in the city up to sixty-two, as a result of Sunday’s hurricane. Forty-seven bodies had been recovered here up to last night. The total known dead now exceeds 160 according to reports received here,
A I'ST IN, Texas, Sept. IT.- Rockport anil Port Aransas suffered tremendous damage and require outside assistance immediately, accord-appeals from those here today bx Three lives* known to have been lost at port and lour at Port Aransas
What's the Matter With the Engineers Who Made Our Waterworks Plans?
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The ‘contract for the public improvements contemplated iii tomorrow's election specifies that home labor shall be used
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ing to delayed cities received ernor Hobby.
A Horne) K. S. Ha Bit t announced b> circulars yesterday afternoon that h** would M>«*ak at Poops grocery in north Ada at S:30 in the evening on th** question of the proposed bond issue. t
Probable forty or fifty men of voting age, and nearly half that number of women and children, assembled at the grocery store at the appointed time to listen to the ad-, *1 ress,
Mr. Ratliff had documents with bim which he asserted were the waterworks propositions submitted bx iii** Johnson a Benham Engineering Go., and which he attacked on the ground of wrhat he claimed was inconsistencies in the reports compared with the reports made by the same company in 1917, while he (Mr. Ratliff) was yet mayor of the city.
His opposition to (he bonds was based almost entirely on th** report of the engineer?*, rather than on the efficiency of the city commissioners.J He stated in the outset that he intended to slav with th* engineers’ report. j
Mr. Ratliff denied that there was a water shortage in the city; attacked the report of the engineers throughout; but in no instance did lie oppose the sewer Or park propositions.
After he had finished his discourse Attorney R. Roland asked to be heard and was granted the prixi-lege. He detailed his familiarity with the growth ol the city from its early inception; declared his two infan- to the city and made a strong J
marching to the citizenship of the!
town to stand fdr the bond issued and all other progressive measures,) the intent of which wert* to give;
an opi'Oimniy to grow and
TRIAL TOR MURDER
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WEWOKA. Okla., Sept IT. The trial ot Joe M. Grisso of Seminole began lier* yesterday before Judge Bolt ii in district court. Grisso is chai ca d with killing Jno, Griscoe. a banket at Seminole Iasi March.
It seems that trouble had arisen between th** two men on account of til** alleged intimate relation between Briscoe and Crisso’s wit**. Briscoe had just paid Grisso several thousand dollars to settle the matter the afternoon before the killing occurred. After taking the mon*) Grisso hid near the Briscoe home and when the banker drove up in the darkness he was riddled with buck shot.
The prosecution is being conducted by County Attorney Cobb, W. J. Crump of Muskogee. W. A. Bishop et .Seminole, and Al Nichols of Wewoka. The defendant is represented bx Pryor A Stokes of Wewoka and T. O. Criswell of Seminole. The defense is pleading temporary insanity.
Mrs. Kastman and two children, who liaxe been the guests for several days of Mrs. Eastman’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Moore, 219 West 16th., returned to their home in Oklahoma City yesterday.
CONSTITUTION OAT OBSERVED AT NORMAL
Pod ax is “const nut ion Day” at East Centra! Stat* Normal, the chapel hour this morning having been set aMd** to celebrate the signing ot the Federal Constitution 132 years ago.
In th* presence of the faculty and student body Dr. IU G. Sears deliv-ere I a scholarly and able address on the constitution and entertained the audience with a review of the struggle of Americans for freedom and constitutional government. A delightful reading xx as given by Mrs. M. L. Perkins, and several patriotic songs w*re given by the audience.
From the flag staff on the normal building ther** is floating today the same flag That floated above the national capitol at Washington when con vt csv declared war on Germany in 1917. This flag was presented to th** normal bx Congressman Tom D. McKeown in 191k.
BELG tit MN PEALE TREATY
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PARIS, im pt. IT. The supreme council of the peace conference has defln lei) adopted th* Bulgarian peace treaty which will he delivered to the Bulgarian d«*legafion Friday morning.
governor announced that a relief train will be started from Austin within the next few- hours.
The appeals came to the governor in two telegrams dated 8 p. rn.,
September 16, and said that 75 per
cent of the dwellings at Rockport had been completely wrecked and Port Aransas practically destroyed 'with half the people homeless.
COR PFS CHRISTI, Texas, Sept. 17. The most reliable estimates later today placed the loss of life
at Corpus Christi, Port Aransas and
Aransas Pass at about 250. The bodies being recovered today are in such condition that identification will he almost impossible. A drenching rain began falling this forenoon and handicapped relief work and added suffering.
Proposed Strike In Steel Circles Still Foreboding
Statement friHii AY. Ii. Jones.
To til** citizens of Ada:
I have been informed that a certain c*itiz**i) of this city (I don’t mean Mr. Ratliff, for he fs better informed > has made the statement publicly that I ain not competent to take care of the office of Commissioner ol Accounting and Finance because of tile fact that I have never accumulated great riches, lf this gentleman or anyone else interested will take a a few minutes off tomorrow morning about 8 o’clock to come to nay office before they vote, I will take pleasure in showing them the record, and if any one of them can show me wherein I have not kept a more complete record in compliance with the law than any of my predecessors, and held the expenditures within the estimate for the fiscal year as the law requires. I agree to resign.
1’his statement is not made to influence any one s vote on the proposed bomi issue, hut in justice to myself.
W. B. JONES, Commr. Acctg. A Finance.
A IHM TOR HELD FOR
RANSOM IS LIBERATED
J PAREZ. Mex., Sept. IT.—Dr. J. W. Smith, an American physician for the Potosi Mining Co., in Chihuahua. reached Chihuahua City late yesterday after having been liberated by Villa .soldiers who were holding him for a six thousand dollar ransom, according to a message today to American Consul, Dow-.
j By the Associated Press
PITTSBURGH, Pa.. Sept. Ii:— The national committee for the or-j ganization of iron and steel workers went into session here shortly before I noon today to take definite action on the matter of postponement of the strike of iron and steel workers called for Sept. 22.
Before going into the meeting, John Fitzpatrick of Chicago, chairman of the national committee, said that unless there was a last minute telegram from Elbert H. Gery, chairman of the board of the United States Steel Corporation, no postponement of the strike would be considered. Fitzpatrick said that the men were fully organized and prepared to w*alk out on next Monday
The meeting of the national committee was called principally to make preparations for the proposed strike.
PITTSBURGH, Pa,. Sept. 17— At two o’clock this afternoon the national committee of the steel workers took a recess until four o’clock. No announcement was given out after the meeting. Chairman Fitzpatrick. when asked concerning the postponement of the strike, said that the thought of such an act “was a dream.”
It was reported that a telegram lias been sent to Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor, asking him to attend the meeting of the national . committee here this afternoon. Labor leaders refused to discuss the report.
The Carnegie Steel Co. gave out a letter from E. H. Gery, chairman of the Uinted States Steel Corporation. advising the presidents of the subsidiary companies, stating that the corporation does not combat labor unions as such and that it does not negotiate with the unions because it xxould indicate the closing of the shops against non-union labor.
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Roland was visibly iii crowd, and the meeting I tined) a Ratliff meeting. point was th* actions of J
a hostile was dis-A case in . P. Pool,
Free Cars for Voters
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oi the grocery store meeting was held. u*ho Interrupted Mr .Roland, stated that he w'as not connected with the water or ne wert thousands j and furthermore didn’t intend to he. j government Mr. Roland informed the gathcringj for months j thai if that was the sentiment of Hie* major it) of the people that it was; I heir duty to line up against the bond issue, go to the polls and vote again?: them and let the town go!
to hell where it belonged.
Mr. Rat I if i made a heated rejoin-! der, after whic h the meeting closed. ■ It is doubtful if any votes were} changed either one way or the other! as a result of the meeting.
BEAR ADMIRAL ILLEGALLY
DETAINED ON THE SHORE
H> the AftMH*iAt«**I Pre****
PARIS, Sept. 17.—The latest official advices report the situation at Flume as without material change. Of th** Italian sailors who landed in Flume only on** hundred re** maine*! in th* city, according to latest advices. It is announced, however, that Rear Admiral Casa-inoxa, who landed yesterday in an attempt to restore order, has been “illegally detained” on shore.
Free cars will be at the service of voters tomorrow. Any person who desires to ride to the jxdls i$ requested to call telephone No. 73. The cars will be parked in front of the office of the Ada Title & Trust Company on South Townsend.
Voters, do not be backward about calling for a car. They
will be on hand for your convenience.
The ladies who vote are especially urged to take advantage of this offer.
Any citizen who will furnish a car is requested to be on hand early.
W E YTH ER Ft >R El VI KT
Cloudy in eastern portion tonight and Thursday. Rain in western and central part.
J. C. Braly of Kansas City, Mo., who underwent an appendicitis operation at that place a little more than two weeks ago, arrived here today to visit with his parents, Mr. and Mruu-Lon A. Braly. and daughters, 123 West Thirteenth, until he recovers more fully from the operation.
The champion opponents of the bond issue for waterworks to be vot“d on tomorrow seem to be absolutely without an issue. We have heard practically all the opposition fliers is and invariably the fight is on the engineers who made the plans for the proposed system.
They can’t find any reason for fighting the bonds, so they saddle the whole load onto the poor engineers who made the plans.
They as good as insinuate that rhe negineers are incompetent.
In view' of that fact the News is going to give you a little bit of history concerning the Johnson & Benham Enginering Co.
We want to give you a list of the concerns, including the United States government, for which they have worked.
After reading this list, and the record of the Johnson & Benham Engineering Co., tell us if you believe these men are not capable of designing and constructing a little waterworks system for a little city the >\y.e of ^.da!
Colonel George A. Johnson and Major Webster L. Benham have formed a partnership for a general consulting engineering business under I he firm name of Johnson & Benham, consulting engineers, writh offices at 150 Nassau street, New York, and Firestone Building, Kansas City, Mo.
Colonel Johnson is still in the service of the United States but anticipates discharge in the fall. He was originally officer in charge of wrat.*r supply and sewers in the utilities branch of the construction division of the army. Later he succeeded to the position he nowr occupies as second in command of this branch which has sole jurisdiction over the water supply, sewers, sewage disposal, electric light and power, ice and refrigeration, heating, highways, railroads, buildings, fire departments and systems In several hundred military establishments in the United States end dependencies. Prior to Colonel Johnson’s entrance into the service he was engaged in a consulting engineering practice at 150 Nassau St., New York City.
Major Benham was discharged from the service on May 1st, 1919, having served with the construction division of the army since October. 1917, as officer in charge of utilities and construction quartermaster at (’amp Funston, Kansas. Irater he was promoted to regional suprvis-ing utilities officer for camps in the middle west and south in addition to his other duties, and on March 24. 1919, was ordered to Washington as assistant to the chief of the construction division Prior to his entrance into the army he was president and chief engineer of the Benham Engineering Company. Consulting Engineers, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Th*- new' firm will handle rhe design, estimates, supervision of construction, maintenance and operation. water supply and purification; sewerage and sewage disposal investigation of epidemics; electric light: heat, power. refrigeration
systems, water pow*er development; roads and pavements reports and appraisals; public utilities management.
Until Colonel Johnson leaves the service, Major Benham xviii be the active head of the firm.
September, 1895 to February. 1898.—Junior member of staff of experts investigating methods of purifying the Ohio river water in connection with the improved water supply projects at Louisville. Kentucky.
March. 1898 to February. 1895. Assistant bacteriologist to the commissioner of water works. Cincinnati, Ohio, on preliminary investigations of a character similar to those conducted at Louisville.
March. 1899 to July, 1899.—Operation and investigation of wrater purification works at York, Pennsylvania and Norfolk, Virginia.
July, 1899 to October, 1899.—Assistant engineer,’George W. Fuller. Consulting Engineer, 220 Broadway, New York.
November, 1899 to March. 1900.
Bacteriologist, equeduct department. United States government, conducting preliminary investigations on purification of the Potomac river water for the City of Washington. DI C.
March, 1900 to December, 1900. —Associate Director of a special city department of St. Louis, Missouri, investigating effect of the Chicago drainage canal upon the water supply of St. Louis.
January, 1901 to June, 1901.-Assistant Engineer, Hering & Fuller. Consulting Engineers. IOO William street. New York.
June, 1901 to March, 1902.- Resident Engineer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, representing Hering £ (Continued on Page 6)