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T he P olk C ounty P ost
(TWICE A WEEK.)
cmts m e t
rot rein m
ANOTHER BACK IN AMERICA
Cyril Richardson is back in
America. Because 6f a wound
in the arm he is at present in
an arm y hospital near New
The retu rn of A rm ine Young,
now in u hospital in M inneapo
lis. w as noted in The Post of
Nov. 22. Both these young men
enlisted in Co. L. at the begin
ning of tiie w ar, both have been
in the worst of the fighting,
both were wounded in the arm
and both returned to America
at about the sam e time.
IT FEELS TO DIE IN BATTLE
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1918.
The local Red Cross has been pre
sented w ith $300 by the Civic Club
an d Liberty Chorus, the receipts of
the Liberal C arnival given by them
on Oct. 12.
L ast Tuesday being the first m eet
ing of ttie Civic Club since the flu
ban w as lifted, it w as thought the
$300 would m ake a splendid Victory
T hanksgiving present for the Red
Cross. The few rem aining dollars
will he applied to expenses of the
C om m unity Service Flag. The Club GOLDEN ANNIVERSARIES FOR
had planned to do other sim ilar w ar
TWO WELL KNOWN COUPLES
work before the close of the year
hut health conditions together w ith
A golden day in the lives of two
the com ing of peace, have som ew hat well known and popular fam ilies of
altered plans an d it is not thot best Polk county came on Sunday, Nov.
now, w hen so m any outside affairs 24. Mr. and Mrs. Jam es H iltibrand
are planned to begin work proper and Mr. and Mrs. M ark ScrafTord
again until the New Year. In the celebrated th eir fiftieth w edding an
m eantim e help will be given the niversaries at the home of the Hilti-
P arent-T eachers’ Dept., co-operating brands and a large num ber of rela
w ith th e financing of the soup k it tives and friends were present. Not
only were the refreshm ents delight
A m eeting of the executive of the fully satisfying, b u t the affair was a
club will be held early in December happy and enjoyable occasion such
to plan the y ear hook w hich will be as can only be had w hen good fel
gin w ith the New Year. Besides the lows get together.
The Post regrets th a t it has no
study, m usic and social features, the
club will tu rn its atten tio n to Vic more p articu lars regarding this dou
tory Civics an d it is probable th a t a ble anniversary event for the m any
Victory m onum ent or some fitting friends of Mr. and Mrs. H iltibrand
m em ento w ill he erected to our and Mr. and Mrs. ScrafTord would
brave hoys who so g allan tly fought have been m uch pleased to have
for th e ir country in the w orld's great learned m ore of it. They join The
Post in w ishing th a t the golden
The New Y ear’s calen d ar will open days on the incline of life be filled
w ith some social features which to overflowing witti pleasure, happi
w ere necessarily postponed on ac ness and plenty.
count of h ealth regulations. The
Belgian Baby m ilk bottle stand VALLEY & SILETZ RAILROAD
ALLOWED RATE INCREASE
w hich w as erected by the club has
already received $19.50 for the most
Salem —Commodity rates on the
w orthy cause.
Valley <fe Siletz road were allowed to
increase approxim ately 25 per cent
in an order issued by the Public
WHAT THE WAR COST
■ ■■ —
Service Commission W ednesday,
w hile class rates w ere reduced in
Tiie great w orld w ar cost the
some instances and increased in
U nited S tates approxim ately
tw enty billion dollars. The cas-
The commission some tim e ago
ualities will exceed 200,000.
suspended tariffs of the road pro
viding for a general 25 per cent
W illiam Hollenzollern has offici horrizontal increase, pending hear
ing w hich w as held in September.
ally vacated the Germ an throne.
(By Edith O’Shaughnessy.)
Now comes to m ind a conversa
tion I had w hen I talked for three
hours of battles and scars w ith a
young hero w ounded on Hill 304,
Ju n e 9, 1916. He is a flashing-eyed,
straight-featured, tali, slim -w aisted
young hero, who knows w hat it is
to have m ade, and w ith astounding
ease, the sacrifice of the life th a t he
loves so, and d rin k s in full bum pers.
And th is is p art of w hat he said,
one of a thousand, of ten thousand,
of a hundred thousand happenings,
of w hich V erdun is the golden
“T here w as som thing hanging
about Verdun. If the enem y could
have but know n how th in ly , poorly,
in so m any places it w as defended!
It w as seem ingly the will of hyaven
ra th e r th an the strength of m ortals
th at they w ere not to pass; not m an
not artillery , but the high destiny
“W hen I lay d u rin g those hours
a t the observation post on Hill 304,
in front of the French arm y, sig n al
ing ‘Shell square 17 or 16 or w h at
ever it m ight be, I could see clearly
the havoc in the G erm an ra n k s as
the shells would fall. Great groups
of m en would be blown to atom s and
new form ations w ould press in to
tak e th e ir places. The whole hor
ror w as there before me, m apped
out in num bered squares.
“I dism issed all m y m en except
Dueso, m y orderlw of the 4th Zou
aves, who w ouldn’t have gone an y
w ay. It was w ork I could do alone
lying w ith a sandbag ag ain st my
head, m y field glasses in m y hand,
and before me m y field m ap held
d own by four sticks. We lay there
ju st und er the crest of the hill from
2 o’clock in the m orning until the
next afternoon, w atching seven a t
tacks: Tow ard 3 o'clock I was
w ounded and I knew it w as only a
question of tim e and chance when
I would lie like th e dead m an a t my
side. Almost at the sam e m om ent
I caught sight of Dueso spinning
around, holding his elbows to his
side, and crying out: ‘Nom de Dieu!
Nom de Dieu! ^’ve got it in the arm !'
—but try ing w ith the other h and to
undo his cravat.
“Two jets of blood w ere now sp u rt
ing like two faucets from my leg,
the big artery was cut. In five m in
utes I’ll be dead, I thought, and
there cam e a fainting aw ay and a
thinking, not of God, but on still u n
tasted joys of the flesh and life—
not even on my m other’s grief; and
w aking up after years, it seemed,
and culling for w ater, and Dueso
bending over me, after a frantic
tw isting at his crav at and a frantic
pulling and tightening of it about
my leg, w ith one hand and his teeth,
and then a pleasant, happy fainting
away. A delicious sensation of ease
invaded me, and I said to m yself:
‘Is death only th is? ’ I have seen
so m any men die, and w hatever
th eir agonies, if long or short, m in
utes or hours or days, as it m ay
happen, just before dying som ething
gentle and sim ple takes place."
“The inevitable dust to dust, the
natu ral law fulfiilling itself?” I ask
“It m ay be. I have heard men
scream ing and cursing and praying
in the trenches as they got th eir
blow, a n d w atching th eir agonies,
but before death som ething else,
softer, alw ays happens. Unless it
comes too suddenly. I »remember
once on the dunes in Belgium, and
against the yellow snnd, men were
sitting in red trousers and chccluas,
and one was telling a tale of laugh
te r w hen a shell burst. In a mo
m ent the blood of his. brains was
flowing red upon the yellow sand
and then it got blue, and then sank
and w as no more, like the laughing
m an him self from whom it flowed,
and his tale of laughter.
“About 9 o'clock we were brought
in. Dueso had been lying w ith his
head under my arm pit and his feet
still on the dead m an, and we would
both come out of a faint from tim e
and ask for w ater.
"Dueso! ah, Dueso! for a hum an
being il est plus chic que moi. He
had been in jail for various reasons
not very chic, and I w as w arned
against him when I took him for
my orderly, hut to him I owe my
THE COUNTY TAX LEVY
A levy of 16 or 17 m ills has
i been tentatively agreed upon
by the county court.
, AGED 91,
IS CALLED AWAY
Mrs. S arah J. B urbank Alphin, one
HUSBAND DECLARES WIFE
the pioneers of Oregon, one who
IS FALSELY ACCUSED
helped break the trail to th e far
Independence gave thanks individually and collective
Jesse T ann, husband of the P a rk West in the forties, passed from th is
ly yesterday for the end of the world war and the passing er postm istress who with J. R. How earthly sphere on Monday, Nov. 25,
ard w as arrested last week on com to the realm s above where th ere is
of the recent epidemic.
plaint of neighbors charged with no sorrow, grief nor pain. H er age
Old King Turkey was attacked with a gleeful spirit by unlaw
ful co-habitation, declares th at at the tim e of death w as 91 years,
those who could afford it. However it was not a day of his wife is guilty of no w rong and five m onths and eleven days.
S arah J. Alphin was born in In
joy pure and unalloyed. The service Hags in the windows th at the arrest was spite work.
in 1827. In 1844 she w as m ar
Mr. T ann says it w as a t his re
for loved ones away from the home circle added solemnity quest th a t Howard became a mem ried to Thom as L. B urbank an d they
crossed the plains to Oregon in 1848.
to the occasion. Yet our toll has been slight. Up to this her of his household a t Parker. As Mr. Burbank established th e first
Mr. T ann was aw ay from home a
time it is thought all our boys, save one, will return for great deal of the tim e he personally store in Independence in 1850 a t
invited Howard to stay a t the T ann where is now called Talmage. Un
which we feel doubly grateful.
home so Mrs. T ann would not be til his death in 1869, Mr. an d Mrs.
A special Union Thanksgiving service was held in the alone.
“I have known Mr. Howard Burbank were leading and influen-
Methodist church in the evening at 7:H0. Special music for two years and my wife for th irty tials citizens of Independence in
those pioneer days. They w ere the
had been prepared by the choir. The keynote of the ser and neither could he guilty of any parents of two children, Jam es T.
unlaw ful act," he says.
Burbank and S arah J. Stansberry,
vice was thankfulness to God for the victory which has
of whom survived th eir
come to the Nation and its allies.
VERY PRETTY CEREMONY mother.
“ Crashing Through to Berlin” or “ How the Allies
Mrs. Burbank was m arried in 1876
W on” was shown at the Isis both afternoon and eveniug. A rth u r B. Hule, who recently mov to Mr. Alphin of Jefferson where she
lived until he died in 1909. Since
This was one of the best war pictures ever exhibited in ed onto a farm a few m iles south of th at time she has m ade her home
Independence and Miss Addie P a t
terson of Salem w ere m arried at the with her nearest relative, Mrs. E lisa
beth Stew art, a sister, north of In
The military ball given by the State Guards was a grand home of the bride's m other on dependence
at whose home h er
T hanksgiving Day. Mrs. Hale has
success. About $100 was cleared. 90 tickets were sold tau g h t scliool in Polk and Marion death occurred.
at the door. Dancers were present from all the neighbor counties, and is a g rad u ate of the Funeral services were held a t th e
home on the following day, Tues
ing towns, including a number of soldiers and sailors who S tate
The happy young couple have the day, Dr. II. C. Dunsmore officiating.
were not charged anything for admittance or dancing. well I wishes of neighbors and num Interm ent w as m ade in the I. O. O.
The hall was artistically decorated and certainly looked erous friends for a blissful and pros F. W cemetery.
hen this good woman w as born
beautiful. The occasion will long be remembered by those Of the ceremony, the Salem Jo u r Jam es Monroe was president of the
nal says: The hom e of Mrs. C. E. United States and as we rem em ber
fortunate to be present.
Patterson on South Cottage street the long list of presidents since then,
w as the scene of a pretty T h an k s we can partially realize w h at Bhe
METHODISTS PLAN FOR
DEATH ANGEL CALLS FOR
giving dny event when her daugh has passed th ru du rin g her life.
HOME COMING DINNER
MRS. MARY A. ROBINSON ter, Miss Addie Grace, and A rthur Those of us who were born since the
B. Hale of Independence were unit- Civil w ar perhaps th in k we are
At a m eeting of the board of di
(Continued on Page 4)
(Continned oil Page 4.)
W hen it became known in this
rectors of the M ethodist church held
Tuesday evening, W. G. G rant w as city th at Mrs. M ary A. Robinson
elected recording stew art to fill the had passed aw ay at her home last
vacancy caused by the resignation Friday m orning, Nov. 22, a wave of
VILHELM AT THE BAT
of Mrs. L. L. Hewitt. P lan s are be deep sorrow w as felt and a prayer
ing m ade for a Home Coming Din breathed for one who had alw ays
n er for the member» and- constitu been a friend to those around her.
(By L. C. Davis in the Kuusas City Post. To be sung to the
ents of the church Sunday, Dec. 15. For one w ho had Hived so entirely
tune of "Casey a t the Bat” w ith or w ithout piano or drum s.)
The event will be sponsored by the for the pleasure she reaped from the
The outlook w asn’t brilliant for the G erm ah troops th a t day,
Ladies’ Aid. Each m em ber will be duties of home life? and to provide
B ulgaria and T urkey had struck out and quit the fray,
asked to furnish som ething for the as m any pleasures as possible for
W hen A ustria retired, huviug failed to h it the pill,
dinner. Messrs. .1. G. M cIntosh, W. her children. Only a few m onths
The eyes of all the Fatherland were tu rn ed on K aiser Bill.
G. G rant and Mrs. I. H. Ingram com ago she was heard to rem ark a t a
pose the com m ittee who will have social gathering: “I know I have
lie goose-stepped to th e rubber w ith a proud and haughty
the best children in the world; they
charge of the plans.
never forget “m a", and we do have
Resolved to knock the pellet from Berlin to P aris, France;
GOLDEN WEDDING BELLS
The P russians wildly cheered him as he twised his m outache,
RING FOR THE BELLS together.” These words should car
And hollered, “Hoch d er K aiser!” when he grabbed his
ry a message of comfort to the chil
m ighty ash.
(Benton County Courier.)
The end enme following n brief
The hundreds of friends of Dr. .1.
Ten m illion eyes were on him ns he dipped his hands in
R. N. Bell in this p art of the state illness, a retu rn of a chronic trouble
m ay be interested in know ing th at for w hich she subm itted to an oper
m illion hands applauded as he rubbed them in the
ation at the Good S am aritan hos
he is soon to be m arried. Fact.
The hundreds of friends of Mrs. .1.
And when upon the um pire he contem ptuously spat,
R. N. Bell in this part of the state tim e the specialists agreed th at she
No person in the crowd could doubt 'tw as Vilhelm at U*s
m ay also be interested to learn th at
she is also to be m arried. More facts. would be prolonged, tho a second a t
Besides this everyone is invited to
But Pershing's pesky pellets had the Kniser on the run,
m edical skill and w atchful an d lov
The first one split the platter and the um pire said, "Strike
This is not an ordinary wedding.
Lots of people are m arried once but
He looked the next one over ns across the plate it flew,
few people ore m arried twice to the h er passing coidd not he stayed.
"Dot a in ’t my style," said Vilhelm, and the um pire said,
F uneral services were held from
sam e w om an w ith the second wed
"S trike two!”
ding fifty years after the first. Since the fam ily residence Mondny a t 1
Dr. and Mrs. Bell have the distinc
The th ird one fairly sizzled ns it sped across the plate,
tion of having paddled th eir canoe pressively of her exempliury life and
And Vilhelm pounced upon it, but he sw ung a trifle late;
together for fifty years on life’s added words of comfort to the be
Then front the m addened populace there rose a lusty roar,
stream , w ithout having broken a reaved. Interm ent was m ade a t the
For Vilhelm, m ighty Vilhelm, had struck out and lost the
single o ar (w hich goes to show the I. O. O. F. cem etery in the presence
kindly forgiving spirit of Mrs. Bell) of a large gathering of life long
they will celebrate th eir golden friends and neighbors who left all
w edding at th e ir home on South 9th th a t w as m ortal of Mary Robinson
Oh, som ewhere in the fatherland there is a ray of hope,
street T hanksgiving day and all beneath a m ound covered with beau
And som ewhere there are people who have sau erk rau t and
th eir friends are invited to visit tiful floral gifts which were offered
them in the afternoon, the receiving as a last m em ento of love.
And som ewhere there is w einerw urst and lager beer and
hours being from 3 to 7 o’clock.
M ary A. Robinson w as born in
They were m arried the first tim e M arion county, Oregon, Nov. 3, 1854.
But there is no joy in Potsdam , m ighty Vilhelm hit the
in V irginia and will repeat the oc W hen ju st a mere girl she moved
curence in Oregon. There is no w ith her parents to Polk county
doubt about the crowd being present w here she grew to womanhood and
to wish this popular couple m any lived m ost of her life. She was a
m em ber of the C hristian church,
Dr. Bell adm its he is a whole lot Eastern S tar and Rcbekahs. In 1871
more nervous this tim e th an he was she Was m arried in Independence to
the firs t He ought to be—Mrs. Bell Asa B. Robinson. Six children were
is le tte r acquainted w ith him after born to them , five of whom nre liv
living w ith him for half a hundred ing, Asa B., Jr.. Lee, Mrs. Ella Don
years and there is a possibility th at aldson, Mrs. Eva Wood and Cleve.
she will say "no” this time. Could The last nam ed is a m em ber of the
m erchant m arine and it was im pos
you blam e her?
sible for him to be present a t the
funeral. Five brothers and two sis
VERY FORTUNATE PEOPLE
A HAPPY THANKSGIVING ters survive, also an aged mother.
Mrs. M argaret Osljome. who is 91
Not very m any couples, g ran d p ar
ents them selves, are
fortunate “I cannot say, and will not say
“ FIRES OF YOUTH.”
enough to he able to have for th eir T h at she is dead. She is ju st away!
(Also a comedy.)
T hanksgiving guests the parents of T hink of her faring on. as dear
both. But it is the happy lot of Dr. In the love of there as the love of
and Mrs. O. D. B utler to be able to
do it, and here’s hoping th a t there T hink of her as the sam e I say,
She is not dead, she is ju st away."
will be m any more like occasions.
SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 1