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February 11, 1921.

Open Meeting Of The Board of Education Held Monday Night At H.S. Building.  The City Board of Education held their first open meeting at the high school building last Monday night.  There was a small crowd present to watch the board in action.  A full membership answered the roll call.  Judge James Denton, chairman of the board, made a short talk at the opening.  Judge Denton impressed on the membership and the audience the fact that nothing should be done to injure the progress of the schools.  He pointed out the fact that it took considerable money to operate the schools and that many repairs would be necessary this summer.  He said that Somerset had the best school system in the state.  Superintendent Hill brought up the matter of employing the teachers for next year and the salary schedule.  He said there could be a readjustment of the wages paid the teachers in order to hold them for next year.  Mr. Hill pointed out that Burnside, Science Hill and other small towns paid a higher minimum salary than Somerset.  Somerset will have to meet the salary of other towns if the splendid corps of teachers are to be maintained.  Mr. Moore vehemently opposed the raising of any salaries.  No other members of the board expressed themselves.  The matter was laid off until the next meeting.  Several resolutions were passed.  The matter of collecting the school tax was brought up and Judge Denton said that he has investigated the matter and that it was the duty of the city to collect the school taxes and turn them over to the schools.  Judge Denton said that the board might be willing to pay 2 per cent of the cost if the taxes could be collected for (missing) per cent.


About Miss May.  The Louisville Courier Journal of last Sunday carried a picture of Miss Stella May and the following article:  Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 5 - Miss Stella May, Somerset, clerk in the Workmen's Compensation Department, was the first woman in Kentucky to become a candidate for county office under the general suffrage law.  Miss May is seeking the Republican nomination for County Clerk of Pulaski County, a position her father, the late J.S. May, held for twelve years.  Miss May, herself, was deputy clerk for eighteen years, entering the office during her father's administration.  So she is well acquainted with the duties of the office, and is experienced in the work.  Her father was Superintendent of Schools of Pulaski County for several years and represented his district in the Constitutional Convention and afterward in the long session of the General Assembly.

Good Showing.  There were 114 took the common school diploma examination on Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29.  Eighty-seven made the passing grade and will entitle them to enter the County High School.  This is the largest number of applicants in the history of the county.  This was made possible by the urgent request of Superintendent Meece that each eighth grade graduate take this examination.  Mr. Meece wrote each one individually.  He hopes the entire number will enter the high school.

Meece Announces.  Mr. Marion Meece has announced for the Republican nomination for Representative from Pulaski County.  Mr. Meece is a former school teacher and has been working at Stearns for the past few months.  Mr. Gladstone Wesley, who represented Pulaski in the last session, has not decided whether he will be a candidate again or not.  His friends are urging him to get in the race.

Passes Through.  Madam Tetrizinni, world's famous singer, passed through Somerset Tuesday in her private car en route to Knoxville, Tenn., where she appeared Tuesday night.

A Senatorial Investigation Of W. Va. Coal Fields.  Investigation of Industrial Relations In Fields Also Proposed.   The Trial Is The Result of a Gun Battle In The Main Street of Matewan, Which Resulted In The Death of Ten Persons, Including The Mayor.  Western Newspaper Union News Service.   Washington, -  West Virginia's coal war is to be made the subject of a Senatorial investigation, it was learned.  For the last week a number of Senators, including Senator William S. Kenyon of Iowa; Senator Hiram W. Johnson of California; and Senator William E. Borah, of Idaho, have been interesting themselves in a plan to bring the Mingo County killings before the Senate this week by asking for an investigation of these cases.  At the same time, it is intended to inquire into the entire subject of industrial relations in the West Virginia fields.  The Mingo County cases will come to trial at Williamson, W.Va.   The Senators plan to conduct a preliminary inquiry while it is in progress.  There are 24 defendants involved in the leases, most of them mine workers, who are accused of the murder of mine guards in recent clashes between miners and operators.  The trial is the result of a gun battle in the main street of Matewah, May 19 last, which resulted in the death of ten persons, including the mayor of the city and seven Baldwin Felts guards.  The fight is said to have had  its origin in the attempts of the guards to arrest Sid Hatfield, Chief of Police of Matewan. 

Will Investigate Nightrider's Activities.  Frankfort, Ky. - An immediate investigation will be made into the activities of "night riders" in Bath and Fleming Counties, Governor Edwin P. Morrow declared.  The Governor was informed of the night riding and declared that he would order the officials of Bath and Fleming Counties to make a thorough investigation immediately and to make complete reports to him.  "There will be no night riding while I am Governor of Kentucky," Governor Morrow said.  "However, I do not care to make any statement at this time.  When I am more familiar with the details I will be able to discuss the policy to be followed by the administration."

Quarters of Harding Destroyed.  Headquarters of President-elect Warren G. Harding, the loss being estimated at $3,000, fully covered by insurance.  An
overheated furnace was the cause.  A mass of campaign records, together with much other valuable correspondence of the President-elect, was damaged by water and smoke.  Charles Patten, custodian, who is 70 years old, first noticed the fire, but was so overcome with excitement that he says it took him an hour to find a telephone.

Bandits Hold Up Train and Loot Cars.  Buffalo, N.Y. - Police are searching the country for bandits who perpetrated one of the most thrilling and sensational train robberies in the vicinity of Buffalo, near Forks, when nine men, after stopping a fast freight but cutting the airbrakes, entered the caboose, forced the conductor, two flagmen and a brakeman to board the engine and directed the engineer and fireman to disconnect the engine from the train and drive toward Depew.

Alabama Town Burns.   Florence, Ala. - Practically the entire town of Killeen, nine miles north of Florence, was destroyed by fire, five stores, the post office and three lodge halls being consumed.  The origin of the blaze has not been determined.

A Real Sheriff.  Sheriff Andrew Combs, of Knott County, is a real, genuine, blown-in-the-bottle sheriff, who understands the meaning of an oath of office and has the courage to keep it.  He is one of the county officials who did not need Governor Morrow's letter, urging that the prohibition laws he enforced.  Sheriff Combs reported that since July 1, 1918, he had destroyed 104 moonshine stills, 588 barrels of fermenters, 19,170 gallons of beer or mash, 27 still "worms," 228 gallons of singlings, 10 bushels of malt corn and 16 guns.  "We have the shiners about cleaned out," said Combs.  And if all the sheriffs in Kentucky will do as faithful work towards cleaning up their respective counties the "shiners will be about cleaned out" of every county in Kentucky before three months and that without federal officials aid.  More power to Combs arm and we wish there were 119 more sheriffs in Kentucky just like him.  In Letcher County there is a Circuit Judge who sent his own sons to jail for being mixed up in a whiskey selling scheme.  Concerning his activities n the enforcement of law the Sunday papers carried the following special dispatch from Whitesburg: "Judge Roscoe Vanover said of the twenty-six murder cases tried within the past year in Letcher and Pike Counties twenty-five were directly caused by whiskey.  "Stamp out whiskey, you put down murder and other forms of lawlessness," Judge Vanover said.  He asserted that with the help of the officers and the juries he would be able to stamp out bootlegging in two counties.  In the recent investigations ordered the grand juries have returned nearly 400 true bills against whiskey traffickers - Stanford Interior Journal.


Americans to Return Home.  Coblenz - Fourteen hundred Americans of the demobilized Polish army are being repatriated on the transport President Grant.  The vessel will sail from Danzig January 25 and is expected to arrive in New York February 5.

Baptist Revival.  The revival which began Sunday at the High Street Baptist Church is growing in interest daily.  Evangelist J.B. DeGarmo is conducting the meeting assisted by the pastor, Rev. T.C. Duke.  The singing is in charge of Paul Ballard of Tupelo, Miss.  Services are held twice daily, at ten in the morning and seven in the evening.  There will be a meeting for men only Sunday afternoon at 2:30.  All men of Somerset are invited.  The church has been crowded at each service.

Case Reversed.  A dispatch from Frankfort Wednesday said: A traveling salesman who has lost his sample cases cannot recover from a railroad speculative damages for business he might have done if he had his sample, the Court of Appeals said, reversing the Pulaski Circuit Court in the suit of A.S. Denny.

Gambling Going On In Somerset By Young Boys, It Is Said.  Get Busy.   The Journal is in receipt of the following letter signed W.A.C.  It is against our rules to publish a letter that is not signed but this one seems so important and touches a matter that is of interest to all, so we have decided to publish it:  Somerset Journal, Somerset, Ky.  Gentlemen:  The people of Somerset should wake up to the fact that our young men are on the down hill run to shame and disgrace.  I am told that recently some of our young men were caught shooting dice and were fined in the city court.  It is said that crap games and card games are played every night in which there are gathered all the young men of the city.  One just has to stand on the streets and hear the games discussed.  The police should get busy and raid these places if they can find where they are.  The parents of the youngsters should be told about the matter.  Everything should be done to keep these young men out of hell.  I am not against pool rooms when conducted in the right way but all pool rooms should be on the main street where everyone can see in and know what is going on.  I am told some of our pool rooms are not just what they should be.  Somerset needs some place where these young men can gather in the evenings and be away from evil influences.  We are sure if Somerset had a Y.M.C.A. or Community Hall of some kind where they young folks could go and play basketball, bowl, or engage in some other kind of recreation, that there would not be so much meanness going on.  Let the parents talk to their sons.  Let the mothers talk to their daughters.  The young girls walk the streets when they should be at home with their mother.  Yours for a better town, W.A.C.

Should Raise Salary. The City Council should at once pass an ordinance raising the salary of the Chief of Police to $125.00 a month so that the office would attract men qualified to hold the place.  Very few are willing to serve for the small pittance of $75.00 a month.  This is a very important office.

Likes Pulaski.  Mr. H.B. Wild, who recently purchased the Logan Denny farm on Clifty Creek, was in town Saturday and called at The Journal office.  Mr. Wild came to Pulaski from North Carolina.  He says that he likes Pulaski County very much and finds her people most hospitable.

Tartar Endorsed.  Mr. Jerome Tartar, formerly of Somerset, has been endorsed by the Republican County Committee, of Anderson County, for post master at Lawrenceburg, Ky.  Mr. Tartar has been in the revenue service for the past sixteen years.

Attends Meeting.  Col. J.M. Richardson was in Frankfort, Wednesday, attending a meeting of the Fish and Game Commission, of which he is a member.  Mr. Richardson is very much interested in fish and game laws and the Governor made no mistake when he named him on this commission.

Stop Recruiting.  Secretary of War Baker has sent out orders to all recruiting offices to stop recruiting for the army.  The recent bill passed by Congress reducing the army to 150,000 made this necessary.  There are now about 213,000 men in the service.

Sears - Roby.  Mr. Everett A. Roby of Gulfport, Miss., and Miss Maggie Sears of this city, were married last Friday evening at the home of the bride, at 8 o'clock.  Rev. G.C. Sandusky of the Baptist Church performed the ceremony.  Immediately following the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Roby left for their home at Gulfport.  Mrs. Roby is the daughter of Mrs. George Meece of Ferguson and has
a wide circle of friends who extend congratulations.

630 Pounds Brings Grower 95 Cents.  John J. Carter, who lives on Halls Gap, showed this paper a check he received from Fenner's Warehouse last week for 630 pounds of tobacco he sold there.  After the warehouse charges had been paid there remained 95 cents for Mr. Carter.  He says he sold about the same class of tobacco last years at 30 cents per pound.  Stanford Interior Journal.

For Chief.  It is rumored that Denny Shadoan will be a candidate for Chief of Police.  Mr. Shadoan's friends have been after him to get into the fight, but it is said, he has not made up his mind yet.  A good many prospective candidates are waiting to see what salary the Council will give the Chief the next four years.

Machinist Hurt.  W.R. Burton, a machinist helper, was injured at the shops Tuesday.  He was hurried to the hospital where he is getting along nicely.

Frost In May.  Those who have been close observers say that when there is a thunder and lightening storm in February, it will frost on the same day in May.  Rev. T.C. Duke of the High Street Baptist Church, told The Journal man that he knew this to be a fact.  He says that he remembers years ago that there was a very heavy thunder and electrical storm in February and he put the date down on a calendar.  When that date rolled around in May there was a heavy front and killed lots of vegetation.  Put May 6th down in your calendar and see what happens on that date.

Hospital Notes.

Mrs. Brutus Trimble, who is here for medical treatment, is improving very rapidly.

Mr. Tweedy Dutton, who has been here for some time, still remains very sick.

Mr. Hadie Shepperd is in the hospital for treatment.

Mrs. Mina York, who underwent a very serious operation, is able to return to her home.

Miss Rebecca Keller has returned to her home.

Mrs. Carl Love underwent an operation and is getting along very nicely.

Mr. Newton Boytt (possibly Roytt)  is getting along nicely.

Miss Atta Martin of Stearns who was operated on for appendicitis is getting along nicely.

Mr. Dewitt Hudson still remains very sick.

Mr. Geo. Davis is at the hospital for treatment.

Mr. W.R. Burton was brought to the hospital Tuesday with a broken arm and a very badly dislocated shoulder.

Joe Sumptor, son of Archie Sumptor, who was brought to the hospital Friday and was operated on is getting along nicely.

Gerald Doolin is improving and it is hoped he will soon be able to return home.

Marriage Licenses.

County Clerk Langdon has issued the following marriage licenses during the past week:  Bruce O. Estes, 26, to Dewey McMullin, 23; Everett A. Roby, 19, to Maggie M. Sears, 19; Leotis G. Dodson, 20, to Ina L. Childers, 15; Robert E. Latham, 33, to Flossie E. Cummins, 17; George W. Perry, 21, to Baby M. Sims, 16; Chancey G. Sears, 18, to Bertha Woodall, 19.

For Sale - Bargains.  Wishing to devote all my time to the Undertaking Business, I will offer the following for sale at a bargain: a farm containing 95 acres, situated on Fishing Creek above Hogue.  One large span mules, wagon and harness, one mare, one jack, also 800 bushels corn, 24,000 lbs. No. 1 timothy hay.  Also have 200 pairs new shoes for men and children at 50 cents per pair less than city cost.  Also have 10 vacant lots on Mt. Vernon St. in new addition.  Jason E. Lawhorn.

President Asks Aid For Chinese.  Wilson Calls On Kentuckians To Save 40,000,000 From Starvation.  E.Y. Mullins is Chairman.   Forty million Chinese face starvation and although relief be sent immediately, many millions will die before it can arrive.  This is the summary of President Wilson's proclamation asking the Nation to help the Chinese and which appeal the Rev. Dr. K.Y. Mullins, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., answered by accepting the chairmanship for Kentucky of the China Famine Fund.  Dr. Mullins in making public the President's proclamation said no campaign, in the sense of a personally solicited canvas, would be held, but beginning early in February the people of Kentucky would be asked to send voluntary contributions to the State Headquarters in Louisville. 

 

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