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