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Williamsport Review Republican (Newspaper) - October 13, 1921, Williamsport, Indiana Review Republican new series vol. 8, no. 1 Williamsport Indiana thursday october 13, 1921 i. W. Gripe owner and publisher. C. Amp e. I. R. R. Pleads before commission the hearing held at Attica required four Days until completed it is the opinion of Many who heard the evidence that was put before the Public service commission last week at Attica that the 0. Amp e. I. Railroad officials Are really in Earnest in their expressed desire to abandon the c. Amp e. I. Railroad and Ink the outfit while a number of persons living along the Routa whose property interests Are Sepor died by the Abadic Dorment of the Road presented much convincing evidence that the Road could be made to pay if the company so desired it the evidence presented by the Railroad consisted of a multiplicity of exhibits carefully compiled All of one trend leading to the one idea of convincing the commission that the Coal tranch Railroad was a Millstone hanging around the neck of the main line of the c. Amp e. I and that the neck was very weary of the Job of holding the dead weight. In finding his testimony tuesday we. H. Lyford in answer to an inquiry by attorney Coapstick stated that he did not believe the Road could be divided into sections and operated at a profit. He was also asked to give his explanation that if the Road was valued at from $500,000 to $1.00 ,000 As scrap Why they could not get a bid of $10,000 for the Road free of All indebtedness. The witness answered it was because of the obligation to operate the Road which reverted to the buyer and which would involve a loss to the purchaser. R. D. Stevens receiver for the Road was the second witness. He re cited his experience in trying of dispose of the Road to various Railroad corporations always Wilh the same results no Sale. The Star witness for the Railroad was Frank r. Austin auditor who was kept on the stand for Over two hours and thirty minutes. Or. Austin gave a lengthy and concise state meat As to the Cost of operation expert As to per cents showed the monthly and yearly deficits of the Road and proved by his statements that the More business the Road did the bigger the deficits making it worse off than when business was bad. Or. Austin offered a Large budget of prepared statements which were sled among the exhibits. Edwin s. Harper general accountant testified As to the Bonds of the Railroad. L. C. Hartley of Chicago chief Engineer for the c. Amp e. I. For the past fourteen years testified As to the reliability of some maps that were submitted to show the valuation of property along the right of Way of the c. Amp e. I. Also As to Miles of rails and condition and valuation of same and ballast Etc. Also gave the rules governing Speed of trains to show the physical condition of the property. Or. Hartley submitted an estimate of the scrap value of the property putting the figures at $450,-000.00. The next witness was George h. Kenimer assistant general freight agent for the c. Amp e. I. For Nineteen years and supervisor of the Coal traffic. He stated that the Peak of the Coal business on the c. Amp e. I. Railroad was in 1892 to 1896, with a Short interruption in 1894 during the Cleveland panic. He submitted old warehouse reports and gave detailed history of the Road s Coal business referring to it time and again As quot ancient the first witness called by the Railroad on wednesday morning was h. B. Bowman of Danville 111., Geneal agent of the c. Amp b. I. Railway. The witness gave a detailed report of the industries of the various counties thru which the c. Amp e. I. Railroad passed also an approximate amount of freight shipped Over the Road from the various stations. The report being offered to show that there was Insu Focient patronage to make the Railroad a paying investment. The attorneys for the people in the Cross examination of witness scored a Point by obtaining partial admission by the witness that his percentage estimates were incorrect. F. J. Freeze assistant superintendent of the c. Amp e. I., Chicago division was the next witness. He gave testimony along the same line As or. Bowman. By his testimony it was endeavoured to show that the various industries along the line of the c. Amp e. I. Could be Well served by other railroads operating in the territory. The evidence thursday showed losses to be sustained by business concerns along the Road if it is abandoned. The first testimony offered by the objectors thursday morning was an affidavit signed by John b. Lyons of Brook who was unable to be present. The affidavit related to the matter of the citizens of Brook donating $1,000 to the building of a depot at that place. Objection was made by the counsel for the Railroad but was overruled by the commission. W. P. Carmichael president of the Carmichael gravel company a corporation doing business at Attica and Wau Keville lud., testified As to the business of the Attica Plant. The company has 440 acres of land at this Point situated about two Miles Southwest of the corporation limits of the City on the Covington Branch of the Wabash which runs contiguous to the Coal Road Plant is valued at $175,000, with a capacity of 6,-000 car loads of gravel and Sand per year. Has shipped from .100 to 300 cars Over the Coal Road per year. Are contemplating a Large business on account of the proposed construction of hard roads in Indiana. Expect to deliver a great amount of material for these roads in touch with the Coal Road. Business has been curtailed in the past by the railroads inability to furnish sufficient cars. Earning capacity of the Plant would depreciate 25 per cent if the Coal Road should quit operating. Walter Hadden of Morrocco ind., testified he is manager for the lawyer amp Rapp ranch of Newtown county. This ranch comprises 8,800 acres and is conducted on the same plan As Western ranches having great herds of feeding cattle watched Over and rounded up by regular cowboys. Or. Haddon testified that they used the Coal Road extensively for shipment of cattle to Chicago Market and used if from Chicago in shipping feeders. As a part of the land is Farmed they also ship Grain out and fertilizer in. Land is increasing in value and will probably eventually be divided up into Small farms. If the Road is abandoned it will be compelled to drive cattle to Distant shipping Points and thus lose on shrinkage. Shrinkage will amount to 50 cents on each 100 pounds. Complained of car shortage. Jas. O. Pape of Fowler ind., manager for w. F. Starz amp company dealers in Grain and Coal at Barce and the Wadena Coal company valued each of the elevators at $30,000, total loss if tire Road is scrapped. Presented exhibit showing Money raised for Railroad by residents of Benton county. Spoke of car shortage. Joseph a. Stone manager of the Farmers elevator at Lochiel on Coal Road. Valuet at $30,000, capacity 90,000 bushels. Ship to Chicago Indianapolis and Buffalo. If Road is abandoned Plant will be Worth $1,-000 for junk. Business has been curtailed by car shortage. This witness testified that he started out to compile an estimate of How much the town invested in freight. Saw the agent of the r. R. To get information and was told by said agent Headquarters not to give out this Ferguson of Fowler said a lived in Wadena when the depot was built there and said the people went Down in their pockets and dug up the Money to build it. Joseph h. Howarth of Pine Village manager of the Howarth lumber co., testified that they handle Coal lumber Lime Cement wire fencing Etc., Plant Worth $6,500 Independent of Stock. By.,the abandonment act would suffer nearly total loss. Presented exhibit of freight business. Company serves the whole Community. Fred g. Mcbroom manager of the Pine Village ble Yator company valued the Plant at $28,000 scrap value Only $1,000 to $2,000. Car shortage last two years. Made exhibit of 1919-1920 shipments. Paul Stewart of the Kalcl Capo Sand and gravel company read a prepared statement to the commissioners. Said his Plant was on the Coal Road North of Attica. Said Plant was Worth $a0,b06. Said he would be compelled to quit business if Coal now Heads bed a Oss Succo Eding former president Wilson president Harding was recently elected president of tiie american red Cross. He is Here seen accepting the office. From left to right maj. Gen. Merritte w. Ireland surgeon general u. S. A. Or. Livingston Farrand chairman Central committee of the red Cross the president asst. Secretary of the Treasury Eliot Wadsworth rear Admiral Edward r. Stitt surgeon general u. S. N. Road was abandoned As it was the Only outlet for his product. Plant would Salvage at about $10,000. R. B. Ladd of Oxford test Fleo. That he was a town councilman and a druggist by business. Testified of his knowledge of the municipal relations Between the town and Coal Road. Light and water Plant is situated on this Road. Get their Coal Over this Road. Plant wag Worth $35,000. Used about 30 cars of Coal a year. Harry e. Towell bookkeeper in the Kingman Bank said he was formerly in the lumber business at Kingman. Gave minute description of conditions at Kingman in regard to abandonment of Coal shipping Point. Gates five Miles. Is an agricultural District land Worth $275 pier acre. Good livestock Point Stock pens there. Are 27 business firms in the town. Tried to ascertain amount of freight shipped to and from the town but the agent told him he had been instructed to withhold such information. He also submitted copies of deeds to Railroad for right of Way. Frank Marvi of the firm Marris amp Dillon living South of Kingman used about 100 cars in 1919-1920, Good Stock territory do Over $400,-000 Worth of business per year. Had car trouble. Thinks farm land will depreciate if Road is abandoned. J. M. Lewis manager of the Kingman elevator is also a Farmer. Sixteen thousand dollars was paid for the elevator. It is a combined elevator and grist Mill. Elevator would bring junk Price. Mill would be damaged to a lesser degree. Gave statement of shipments. Ralph Darling Kingman. Is in the lumber and saw Mill business. Shipped 510 cars of lumber in 19j9 and 1920. Value of Plant $11,0.00 would be Worth nothing. Employ 41 men. Has had plenty of car trouble. Thinks farm land will depreciate if Railroad quits. E. S. Booe of Kingman state Bushel. 3,000 tons of gravel per mile to keep roads in repair. If Road was abandoned it would increase the expense of some of their hauls. A. D. Bradley of the Clay product company of Brazil testified. Said they had two plants in Brazil and one in Illinois. Their no. 3 or North Plant is on Coal Road and is valued at $150,000. They shipped from their two plants Over the Coal Road 250 cars in 1919 and 301 in 1920. Said Brazil had nine Clay factories and was the largest producer of Clay products in the United states. Eugene Wardlow of Brazil testified that he represented the Crawford Coal company near Coal Bluff. Mine was served by Coal Road. Capacity 354 tons. Worth $100,000. Junked $5,000. T. A Jackson of Kingman. Buys Hay and livestock also owns 18 acre farm near Kingman. Ships from Yeddo and Kingman. L. A. Culver of the Veedersburg paver Brick company Plant Soutth of town on the Coal Road and Clover Leaf. Plant is Worth $250,000. Ship out about 550 cars per year on Coal Road and receive about 450 Over same Road. Coal Road hauls shale from pit to Plant e employ 150 men. Main Industry of the town. Harry Vandeventer Attica Grain amp Coal Dea ler also has elevator at Winthrop. He presented Type written protest and statement. Objection. Objection overruled. Winthrop elevator Worth $10,000, Attica elevat9r $25,000. Had car trouble at Winthrop. Would junk Winthrop elevator at $1,000 if Coal Road is abandoned. Hiram Jones manager for the Jones Brothers elevator at Stone Bluff. Elevator is Worth $15,000. Capacity 28,000 bushels damage would be full loss. Had car shortage patronage diverted on account of this. Trucked Grain to Wabash railway at Cost of Twenty cents per present switch to connect with the Wabash. F. E. Poston manager of the pos ton Brick Plant at Attica. Produce 50,000 Brick per Day. Coal Road natural outlet for Chicago Market. A change to other routes would affect profits in Chicago Trade. Offered statement of freight shipments Over Coal Road. Shipped 414 cars of Brick to Chicago in the year 1919. J this being the last witness for the objectors the commission asked if there was anyone present who wished to Volunteer testimony. Troy Glasscock of Yeddo responded stating that he owned a Stock farm near Yeddo. He said that there was a Coal proposition at that place that was almost ready to be started. The Coal men had succeeded in obtaining leases to land in which it had been divulged a Fine vein of Coal was lying. It has also been discovered within the past year and was not generally known that on top of this Coal there lies a Fine Deposit of fire Clay which has a real commercial value. If the Coal Road was abandoned this Coal and Clay could not be utilized. On Cross examination the Railroad attorney made Light of the statement and wondered Why the Railroad had never taken advantage of it. The witness retorted Good Nat redly that he did t think the Coal Road wanted Gross working for healthier a a. aided by instruction in care of the Siok food selection and first Aid. Uncle Joe quot Cannon Points out blessings Washington oct. 13.�?"uncle Joe quot Cannon 85-year-old youngster of the House of representatives laughs at pessimists who Are worried Over business recovery. Quot americans today in the Rush for the almighty Dollar forget the blessings they enjoy quot said the Veteran of a Hundred political Battles. Quot Why Back in years ago before the Days of Gas and electric lights the Telephone electric railways and other marvelous inventions that have brought Comfort to the people the folks of the town opened to Weir eyes in amazement at Liq sight of an Oil lamp in a store window. Quot just look Hack at those Days. Well do we remember when the people thronged Down the main Street to see the first kerosene Larfis burning in that shop window. It was in the Days of the tallow dip Candle. When Gas lighting came the people scoffed at this Marvel just a. Some do today in discussing the wonderful Utility services of this Day. Quot new see what we enjoy today in life s comforts and conveniences. Look at the revolutionary changes Gas and electricity and the other Public Utility services have wrought. These Are the Happy Days but so few of us realize it. Quot the gloomy Gus of business must Wake up to the big future ahead. Most prosperous most resourceful of All nations the citizens of these United states Are Blind to the Many advantages in which they should be Bank quot if this Railroad should Tje abandoned the effect on conditions at Kingman would be serious. There would be a general depreciation of property value in City and surrounding Community. If we had no Railroad Here the Farmers would take their Grain and produce elsewhere. Naturally where the Farmer Sells his stuff he deposits his surplus Money and does his trading there. I will illustrate years before this Railroad was built there was a prosperous Little country town near Here called Harveysburg. The Railroad came thru a station was built on the site of Kingman and around this station has grown up a prosperous to if inhabited by Thrifty people. We have our business houses our Banks our Fine Public school and our Pavid streets. While Kingman was growing the old town of Harveysburg slowly decayed. History repeats itself. If the Coal Road goes King Man will go population will gradually slip away to other towns that Are hooked up with the world by steel rails. Lawrence Lyons of Brook member of the state Highway commission is construction overseer of the roads says there Are 56 Miles of state Road served by the Coal Road. Named the various gravel roads in reach 6f such service. Said it takes Edward Foster of Attica. Has elevator at Rob Roy on Coal Road and valued at $14,000, in Good agricultural District. Used 116 cars in 1920. Lost business due to Lack of cars. Will junk Plant if Road quits. Arthur re in of Rockville manages elevators at Mecca and West Union. Plants appraised at $11,678 and $12,660 on july 15, 1921. Served Only by Coal Road. On basis of ten year estimate used 23 cars at Mecca and 43 at West Union per year. On quot account of car shortage were compelled to truck Grain to Montezuma and Rockville. B. P. Freeland superintendent of Attica Light and water Plant. Value of Plant $245,000. On switch running from Coal Road. Use Coal Froin Clinton mines almost exclusively. Use 100 cars annually. Furnish electricity to Williamsport West Lebanon Newtown and other places. Coal would Cost 30 cents More per ton shipped on Wabash. Questioned As to changing switch to Wabash r. S. Mccord manager of the Attica lumber company. Deals in retail lumber and building supplies. Valued Plant at $6,000 Stock at $12,000 to $15,000. Claimed the abandonment would damage business would necessitate extra trucking to reach Sheds. Cross question Rochester woman tells experience How the american red crops guides thousands of persons to health let shown in a summary of the society s activities in the health Field based upon the annual report for the last fiscal year. Through its nursing service its Home Hygiene and care of the sick courses nutrition classes. First air classes life saving classes and health centers and in no Mertus other ways designed to acquaint masses of citizens with proper methods of living the red Cross carried its message of health into All parts of the country. The work of the red Cross during the War in its Tad Lyional Field of nursing furnishing the military and naval establishments of the nation with 877 nurses is Well known. And ther Are today 37,787 nurses registered with the american bed Cros and subject to it it Call in emergency. Thiring the fiscal year 1,551 red Cross nurses were accepted for assignment to Yovera ment service 888 by the army and Navy and 1,168 by the to tatted state Public health service. In addition to the nurses enrolled by the red Cross for gov Mirament scr re ice the red Cross itself a a played a total of 1,348 Public health nurses in the United states and Burby far the greatest number was a a ploy a la the United states 1,257,�?� while 81 were in foreign service. Home Hygiene and care of the sick classes giving thorough instruction in the proper care of the sick in instances where the illness is not so serious As to require professional nursing care during the fiscal year numbered 5,179. A statistical picture of the red orom operations in this Field follows new classes formed during year. 5,179 glasses completed during year. 6,299 new students enrolled .101,068 students completing course. 7s,433 what the red Cross accomplished in giving proper instruction through its nutria Tlam service is indicated by the following table new classes formed daring year. 14a classes completed during year. 189 new students enrolled. 2,341 students completing coarse. 2,013 in addition to the above a total of 22,006 children were Given inst Mcgloa in the proper selection and preparation of foods. Through its 260 health cent nth bed Cross reached 90,252 person. In these health centers 4,015 health lectures were Given and 780 health exhibits held. In the United states last year 75,-432 persons were killed and �,500.000 injured in Industrial accidents. To prevent this enormous waste the bed Cross held 5,100 first Aid classes with a total of 104,000 students enrolled. Quot i Suft ered for ten years from nervous indigestion. I had no appetite and always Felt miserable. I was in such a serious condition i thought my time for this world was getting Short. My food did t seem to nourish me at All and i Only weighed 85 pounds. Quot after taking Tarlac i now weigh 108 and am gaining every Day. Of there is such a wonderful change now. Tarlac relieved my troubles so quickly it surprised me. My appetite is splendid. I have plenty of strength and feel better than i have in years. I would t take one thousand dollars for what Tarlac did for the above statement was made by mrs. Clara Lehman Bristol hotel. Rochester n. Y. Tarlac is sold by All leading druggists everywhere. Advertising not for quitters advertising has never been and never will be a thing for the quitters. Once started it can no More be dispensed with than the from door of the retail store or firm s Letterhead. Until advertising is ranked at least As High As finance production and distribution in the mind o the average business Man and is a matter of vital concern to the principals in every business those principals Are not fulfilling their duty Edas to advisability of changing the to the Cross rescued 600,000 from death spent $1,200,000 for Relief of famine sufferers in China last year. To help overcome conditions of acute distress in five famine stricken provinces of Northern China where Mil Lions of persons were affected by an unprecedented shortage of food tie quot american red Cross during the last fiscal year spent More than $1,200,000, $1,000,000 of which was contributed i Recty by National Headquarters and the remainder by various groups interested in the welfare of China. Through the wide reef operations thus made possible it is estimated that More than 600,000 famine sufferers were saved from starvation. Off it the end that similar prompt Relief measures by the organization May always be possible the bed Cross la asking continued support by the american people by Universal renewal of membership at the annual bed Cross Boll Call november 11 to 24. The method of Relief employed by the american bed Cross in its operations in China was particularly effective for in addition to saving hundreds of thousands of lives it provided China with More than 900 Miles of permanent roads that Are sorely needed to Prev vent a recurrence of famine. At on t me the bed Cross employed 74,000 it Nese workmen paying them in food for themselves and dependents this food being brought in from Manchu iii and elsewhere. Mrs. John h. Smith and Threa children of Clinton Illinois returned Home Friday after spending a week Here with mrs. Sarah a. L. Smith and family. A want and brings results. Quot a. T a

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