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The Somerset Journal-The Oldest Democratic Newspaper in the Mountains of Kentucky

Friday December 24, 1920

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Merry Christmas to All
No newspaper December 31, 1920- taking the week off.
Your Editor

May Hear Harding.  Somerset Republicans and others who desire to do so, may hear Senator Harding's inaugural address and remain here in Somerset.  It has been announced from Washington that any city in the United States could hear the address if it desired.  The plan as announced from Washington is to erect a giant "magna vox" over the speaker's platform in Washington, which will be connected with trans-continental telephone wires leading to all parts of the country.  Any city or organization that desires to have the necessary receiving apparatus installed in an auditorium or public hall may do so and hear the address as it is given in Washington.

The World War And Some Facts That You Probably Did Not Know.   Read It Carefully.  From an Article by H.O. Bishop, in the Dearborn Independent.   The war cost the people of the United States considerably more than $1,000,000 an hour for more than two years.  The direct cost was about $22,00,000,000, or nearly enough to pay the entire cost of running the United States government from 1791 up to the outbreak of the European war.  Our expenditures in this war were sufficient to have carried on the Revolutionary War continuously for more than 1,000 years at the rate of expenditure which that war actually involved.  In addition to this huge expenditure nearly $10,000,000,000 were loaned by the United States to the allies.  The army expenditures were over $14,000,000,000, or nearly two-thirds of the total war costs.  During the first three months our war expenditures were at the rate of $2,000,000 a day.  During the next year they averaged more than $22,000,000 a day.  Despite the fact that the army expenditures are less than two-thirds of our total war costs, they are nearly equal to the value of all the gold produced in the world from the discovery of America up to the outbreak of the World War.  The pay of the army during the war cost more than the combined salaries of all the public school principals and teachers in the United States for the five years from 1912 to 1916.  The total war costs of all nations were about $186,000,000,000 of which the allies and the United States spent two-thirds and the enemy one-third.  The three nations spending the greatest amounts were Germany, Great Britain and France, in that order.  After them came the United States and Austria-Hungary, with substantially equal expenditures.  The United States spent about one-eighth of the entire cost of the war, and something less than one-fifth of the expenditures of the allied side.  Of every 100 American soldiers and sailors who served in the war with Germany, two were killed or died of disease during the period of hostilities.  The total battle deaths of all nations were greater than all the deaths in all the wars in the previous 100 wars.  Russian battle deaths were 34 times as heavy as those of the United States, those of Germany 32 times as great, the French 28 times, and the British 18 times as large.  The number of American lives lost was 122,500, of which about 10,000 were in the Navy, and the rest in the army and the marines attached to it.  In the American Army, the casualty rate in the infantry was higher than in any other service, and that for officers was higher than for men.  For every man killed in battle seven were wounded.  Five out of every six sent to hospitals on account of wounds were cured and returned to duty.  In the expeditionary forces battle losses were twice as large as deaths from disease.  In this war the death rate from disease was lower, and the death rate from battle was higher, than in any other previous American war.  Inoculation, clean camps, and safe drinking water practically eliminated typhoid fever among the troops.  Pneumonia killed more soldiers than were killed in battle. Meningitis was the next most serious disease.  Of each 100 cases of social disease in the United States army, 96 were contracted before the entering the army and only four afterward.  During the entire war, available hospital facilities in the A.E.F. were in excess of the needs.  Two out of every three American soldiers who reached France took part in battle.  The number who reached France was 2,084,000, and of these 1,390,000 saw active service at the front.  Of the 42 divisions that reached France 29 took part in active combat service.  Seven of them were regular army divisions.  11 were organized from the National Guard, and 11 were made up of national army troops.  American divisions were in battle for 200 days and engaged in 13 major operations.  From the middle of August until the end of the war the American divisions held during the greater part of the time a front longer than that held by the British.  In October the American divisions held 101 miles of line, or 23 per cent of the entire western front.  On the first of April, the Germans had a superiority of 324,000 in rifle strength.  Due to American arrivals the allied strength exceeded that of the Germans in June and was more than 600,000 above it in November.  In the battle of St. Mihiel, 550,000 Americans were engaged, as compared with about 100,000 on the Northern side in the battle of Gettysburg.  The artillery fired more than 1,000,000 shells in four hours, which is the most intense concentration of artillery fire recorded in history.  The Meuse-Argonne battle lasted 47 days, during which 1,200,000 American troops were engaged.  The American battle losses of the war were 50,000 killed and 236,000 wounded.  They are heavy when counted in terms of lives and suffering, but light compared with the enormous price paid by the nations at whose sides we fought. 

Hospital Notes.

Mr. Fred Catron, who was operated on for appendicitis, is getting along nicely.

Mrs. Willie Sweeney of Ferguson, who had a serious operation, is getting along nicely.

Mr. S. Gill, dispatcher of Danville, had his foot very badly mashed and was brought to the hospital Monday night and had his foot amputated.

Mr. J.C. Wright of Russell Springs was operated on last Thursday and is getting along nicely.

Mr. Beaty Wilson of Huntsville, Tenn., was brought to the hospital on Monday suffering with a gun shot through the abdomen, and is in a very serious condition.

Mrs. H.P. Day who had her eyes operated on Monday, is doing very nicely.

General Strunk, who has been in the hospital for about ten days, returned to his home Tuesday.

Dr. Foster of Huntsville, brought Mr. Beaty to the hospital Monday where he was operated on for a gun shot in the abdomen.

Marriage Licenses.  The following marriage licenses have been issued since our last report:  Charlie F. Griffin, 32, to Montie J. Black, 29; James A. Halcomb, 24, to Betsey Garner, 18; Vance Dykes, 22, to Zula Hicks, 21; Pleasant Edmund King, 22, to Nova Hyden, 20; John Raymond Moore, 20, to Zella Mize, 29; John J. Aker, 40, to Tony Boyles, 29; Wiley Burkett, 18, to Eva Scrimager, 21; Rufus A. Godby, 21, to Mariah E. Baker, 20; George M. Godby, 27, to Lou Hargis, 19.

Sad News.  Mr. Thomas M. Thatcher received the sad news Tuesday of the death of his brother, Amos D. Thatcher, in Los Angeles, California.  Mr. Thatcher had just visited his brother on a recent trip to the Pacific and he was in good health when he left him.  He was 82 years of age last April and was a veteran of the civil war.  He and another brother, Isaac B. fought side by side in the three days battle of Shiloh, April, 1862, more than 58 years ago.  The latter brother died in Berkeley, California, last June.  Our Col. Tom has but one brother left, R.M. Thatcher, of League, Texas, who is 87 years of age.

Notice.  In reply to the girls looking for work in Hosiery Mills will say no one girl makes a complete stocking, each girl doing a part only.  We will have a teacher show her how.  The price is governed by the dozen pair and any girl ought to earn $10 a week after learning, while some exceptional girls may go as high as $20 a week.  Every girl has the same chance.  As to when we will start, I do not know.  We will start to work on our building at once.  Alex Beattie.

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Mrs. Pennington Dead.  Ethel is dead.  It seems it cannot be.  As the solemn truth downs upon us it stirs a thousand memories of the loving kindness of a devoted daughter, sister, and wife.  Ethel B. Roberts was twenty-two years, ten months and three days old at the time of her death.  She was the daughter of Geo. Roberts, and married Ezra Pennington, son of Tim Pennington, January 18th, 1920, and died December 13th, 1920; was laid to rest in the Weddle cemetery on December 15th, 1920.  Ethel had been a member of he Nazarene Church at Faubush for five years.  She was dearly loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.  She had made her home at Dry Ridge since her marriage, where she gained many friends.  She leaves a father, mother, four brothers, five sisters, a loving husband and a wee baby just fourteen days old to mourn her death.  Weep not, Ezra, as those who have no hope, for Ethel is beckoning you to meet her in the land of pure delight, where Saints immortal reign, Infinite day excludes the night and pleasures banish pain.  A friend.  Sara A. Weddle.

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The Approach of Christmas
By Rev. Wagner A. Reese, Norwood, Ky.

With the approach of Christmas tide each heart begins to swell with cheer,In valleys broad, on mountain side, sweet songs announce the day is nearThe little ones with happy hearts look forward to old Santa ClausTo bring them dolls and horns and carts and stockings full of candy toys

The blushing maiden thinks, no doubt, her beau will bring her something niceAnd spend all day, or just about, or else all day and part the nightThe business man must be alert to build his trade and make new friendsHe meets each one with jolly mirth and far and near his greeting sends.

The old folks sit around the fire and watch the children skip and play,They think, perhaps, of days gone by, before their hairs were turned to gray,And thus each one, both old and young, delights in his or her own way To see the happy season come that brings the greatest holiday.

Too seldom we e'er solemnly consider why this holiday Is kept each year by bond and free, with shouts of joy and festives gay,In giving gifts we oft forget the gift we thus commemorateAnd in our joy perhaps neglect to praise the Lord, the Good and Great.

This was the time that Christ was born, the greatest gift of God to man,Then raise your voice, in shout and song, and tell His name o'er sea and land,Make glad each heart with gifts and cheer, for Christ has come - our dearest friend.The One who calms the greatest fear and keeps us safely to the end.

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Letters to Santa. 

Nancy, Ky., Dec. 22, 1920.  Dear Santa:  I am a little girl 11 years old.  I would like for you to visit our home Xmas night and to bring me oranges, bananas, and candy, and bring my little sister, Octavia, a doll and my baby brother something nice.  Say, dear Santa, don't forget dear old grandpa and grandma, as they would like something too.  So I will go to bed early and go to sleep.  Your little girl, Zollie T. Hudson

Nancy, Ky., Dec. 22, 1920.  Dear Santa: I am a little boy 9 years old.  I would like for you to bring me a gun and some fire crackers, and anything else you may wish to bring me.  I have two little sisters, please remember them, and one baby brother. Please don't forget him.  Bennett Hudson, Nancy, Ky.

Dear Santa Claus:  How are you getting along this year?  I want a doll, candle, kitchen cabinet, dresser, and a comb and brush.  On speech day, I was dressed up like you.  They laughed at me.  Ruth Hunter.

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Hon. C.I. Ross.  The Commonwealth is pleased to present to its readers in another column the announcement of C.I. Ross, who is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Sheriff at the regular primary election next August.  The people know this candidate so well already there is but little left to say by us.  When it comes to knowing faces and names, "C.I." is almost in a class by himself and there is not a nook anywhere in the county where Mr. Ross is a stranger. 

This is due to the friendly disposition and big heart of the man who has filled the office of Circuit Court Clerk most efficiently and who has been one of the most active Republican workers the county has ever had.  At the recent election, Mr. Ross was appointed by the National Committee to organize Harding and Coolidge Clubs all over the county, which he did so thoroughly and with so much zeal and enthusiasm, the result was the largest Republican majority ever given in the history of the county.  He spent more time preceding the election and did more effective work for the ticket than any other man, and good and loyal Republicans are not going to soon forget this service and other services just as valuable he rendered during the past years.  From a political standpoint no man anywhere is better qualified for any position within the gift of the party, and in all other respects, Mr. Ross is amply qualified to fill the high office of Sheriff and if nominated and elected no one need doubt but what the best interests of all will be carefully preserved and handled according to law under all circumstances.  This candidate has been successful in every race he has made, and his friends are legion who say this race will not be an exception and when the votes are all in, "C.I." will be declared the winner.  >From The Commonwealth, Issue of December 23, 1920 - Advertisement.

Announcements.

For Circuit Judge.  We are authorized to announce Judge B.J. Bethurum a candidate for the Republican nomination for re-election to the office of Circuit Judge of the 28th Judicial District of Kentucky, subject to the will of the Republican party as expressed at the primary election to be held first Saturday in August, 1921.



For County Court Clerk.  The Journal is authorized to announce C.M. Langdon a candidate for the Republican nomination for County Court Clerk of Pulaski County, subject to the vote of the party at the August primary election, 1921.

For County Court Clerk.  We are authorized to announce Miss Stella May a candidate for the Republican nomination for County Court Clerk of Pulaski County, subject to the will of the Republican party, as expressed at the primary election to be held the first Saturday in August, 1921.

For Sheriff.  The Journal is authorized to announce C.I. Ross a candidate for the Republican nomination for the office of Sheriff of Pulaski County, subject to the vote of the party as expressed at the regular August primary, 1921.

Sells Delco.  S.A. Waddle, local agent for the Delco Light Plant, sold a complete lighting system to Mr. J.C. Stallard.


Personal Mention.

Henry Parsons will arrive this week from Decatur, Ill., where he has been working for the past several months.

Miss Bessie Crawford is at home from Hamilton College to spend the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.T. Crawford.

Mrs. Harry Hudson of Cincinnati arrived this week for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.T. Crawford.

Mr. Paul Brown, who is in charge of a large farm in Maryland, is visiting home folks this week.  He is located just forty miles from Washington City.

Miss Blanch Kennedy arrived this week from State College for the holidays with her parents, Judge and Mrs. Kennedy.

Miss Flora Winfrey will arrive today from Louisville to spent several days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Winfrey.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodson May left Wednesday to spend the holidays with Mrs. May's parents at London.

Mrs. A.C. Peffer spent several days in Cincinnati this week.

County Agent W.C. Wilson is attending a meeting of the County Agents from all the mountain counties this week, which is being held in Lexington.

Mr. and Mrs. John Bowser and children of Winchester, Ky., are visiting Mrs. Bowser's parents, Judge and Mrs. V.P. Smith.

Miss Fostine Cooper is at home from college at Bethlehem, Pa.

Mr. Clarence Smith spent several days in Louisville with friends.

Dr. and Mrs. Elrod Hines are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben P. Hines.  Dr. Hines is a student at the Cincinnati Dental College.

Gilmore Bobbitt is at home from State University, Lexington, for the holidays.

Sam Adams is spending the holidays with his parents.  Sam is attending school at Lexington.

Charles Curtis came home this week from Bowling Green Business College for the holidays.

Miss Mary Roberts of Maryville, Tenn., arrived this week for a few days visit with her parents.

Miss Bert Roberts will spend Christmas in Louisville with her sister, Mrs. M.E. Burke.

Sid Cruse, one of the Kentucky Utilities Co., most valuable employees at Louisville, is at home for a few days.

Captain Jake Bethurum, stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., is expected here the holidays.

Col. Chas. H. Morrow of Camp Travis, Texas, is spending the holidays with is brother, Governor Morrow at the mansion.

Misses Ella Mae Waddle, Marguerite Owens, Katherine Stoms, and Thelma Waddle are visiting Governor and Mrs. Morrow this week.

Drake Thompson is at home from Gatliff, Ky., for the Christmas holidays.

Clay Alexander who is attending school at Nashville, Tenn., arrived this week for a visit with his mother.

M.E. Golson, of O.K., was in town on business Monday.  Mr. Golson is one of The Journals boosters in that section of the county.

Arthur Bradshaw, a Junior at the State Univ., is at home for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Bradshaw.

Joseph Claunch and James Williams are home from State Univ., Lexington.

Rex Sharp returned today from Knoxville, Tenn., where he has been visiting his parents.

O.W. Moore is spending the holidays in Raleigh, N.C.

Murrell Munsey has returned from Indianapolis, Ind., where he has been working.

Mr. W.L. Vallandingham of Science Hill was in town Tuesday.  Mr.
Vallandingham has an advertisement in this issue of The Journal about Indiana and Ohio farms for sale.

Mrs. Farris Ball of Whitley City, Ky., is visiting Mrs. Ed Taylor who has been ill for the past several weeks.

Mrs. Rodney Mowery, of Dayton, Ohio, who has been visiting her mother, Mrs. Geo. Woodall, has returned to her home.

Edward Gover is at home from Georgetown College for the Christmas holidays.

Miss Ata Lee, who is attending school at Georgetown, came home this week.

Cadet Joe Hardin, of the United States Military Academy, will arrive today for a short visit with home folks.

Miss Margurette Cooper arrived Tuesday from Georgetown College for the holidays.

Mrs. Sam Shepperd of Covington, Ky., is visiting the family of J.S. Cooper.

Miss Katherine Buckner of Campbellsville, and Miss Porter Hudson of Danville will be guests of Miss Fostine Cooper during the holidays.

Mr. J. Colson McKeehan left today to spend Christmas with the family of Mr. J.A. Warriner at Seventy-Six.

Mrs. Judie Higgins and daughter Miss Willie, and son, Harry, will leave the first of the year for San Francisco, California, where they will make their future home.

Mrs. Mary Higgins of New Carlisle, Ohio, is the guest of her son, Mr. Ray E. Higgins.

Mrs. R.E. Higgins most delightfully entertained the Five Hundred Club at her pretty home on Columbia St. last Monday afternoon.  There were four tables playing.  The prize was won by Miss Thelma Waddle.   Dainty refreshments were served.

Judge and Mrs. B.J. Bethurum will spend Christmas with relatives in Mt. Vernon, Ky.

Miss Helen Baute arrived this week from Nazareth Academy for the holidays.

Misses Mary and Nora Rourke of Paris are guests of Miss Marietta Farrell.

Mr. W.A. Wroe left this week to spend Christmas with his parents at Cloverport, Ky.

Mr. C.A. Bond, secretary to Supt. Clements, left today for his home at Decatur, Ill., to spend Christmas.

Mr. Guy Coomer is spending several days in Danville.

Andrew Baute is at home from Notre Dame University for a visit with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.A. Baute.

Miss Agnes Smack is spending several days in Cincinnati with friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Crozier of Owensboro are spending the holidays with her mother, Mrs. Mary Carr.

Mr. Max Kammerer of Williamson, W.Va., will arrive this week for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Joseph.

Miss Ruth Beck of McKinney, will arrive Monday for a visit with her sister, Mrs. Jas. Davis.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Ball of Danville, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Carter.

Mr. Arlie Reagan of Detroit, Mich., is spending several days with his parents.

Mr. Neil Thurman is at home from State Univ. for a short visit with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Ed Thurman.

Miss Janie Bobbitt arrived from Cincinnati Tuesday to be with relatives during the holidays.

Earl McElhaney, who is stationed on the U.S. battleship North Dakota, is at home for a visit.

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