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i 3 FAIJRMEOUNT NEW PRINTED FOR A PURPOSE TO H ELP FAIRMOUNT GROW TWICE A WEEK Monday and Thursday. SOUTHERN GRANT COUNTY FIRST ALWAYS. Forty-Fifth Year FAIRMOUNT, INDIANA, MONDAY, MARCH 20, 1922 Number 31 . . . M E. CONFERENCE WILL MEET SOON MANY WILL ATTEND COUNTY INSTITUTE FAIRMOUNT UNIT HAS BIG MEETING BLUFFTON JUDGE HOLDS LAW VALID Registration Law Defined Chairman Jones Points Out That Registration is Not Compulsory For Primary Election H. S. Orchestra Play Wednesday "What Next" Different From Other Plays and Productions Presented By the High School "What Next" one of the most clever entertainments of the season, will be presented at the Fairmount high school auditorium at 8:15 on Wednesday night, March 22. This entertainment is being presented by the Fairmount high school orchestra, and just that explanation is suffiiei- Registration days for the general election next November will be held j Sept. 9 and Oct. 9, and no regjstra tion will be necessary in order to cast a ballot in the primary election May 2, according to John A. Jones, Republican county chairman. Numerous inquiries have come to r Mr. Jones regarding qualifications ( the Methodist Episcopal church will for casting a ballot in the primary j convene in Elkhart, April 5 to 10, election, and the announcement was and the church membership all over made by him in order to eradicate ' the conference area is looking for-any doubt in the minds of voters re- ward with especial interest to the garding their qualifications. j coming session. The program for the No change has been made in the . conference has just been issued, and registration laws, other than the law ' it shows that many eminent speakers which makes the registration in Sep-( of the denomination will deliver ad-tember and October, a permanent . dresses. The forenoons will be en-registraiion. This does away with j tirely of a business character, con-the necessity of holding a registra- sisting of reports from pastors, stand-tion, and incurring much expense ' ing committees, and the different or-prior to each general election. j ganizations and departments within The Indiana registration law pro- the conference, vides that voters shall register the j Wmle it is ?enerally believed that x.u v.-.ii.,. V- ? " lv ; V .C- whl5h wo"id the lates this year O . 1 " -a rt r Al ' I i zi r ; l t Ft i nrt i up ithii- erai ejection win oe neia luesaay, ( .primary election because young men who will reach the age of 21 before - - . tne eenerai election believe thev are ! t.-i.eiii tit-vi.ioii icmc int are ot pvstit,- trt vnte in the nrimarv ' en.itiea to ote m tne primary. : ; ent to assure every one that a mighty ! good time is forthcomings Every one remebers with distinct pleasure1 not only the play "Uncle Rube " but I also the minstrel, "Darktown Follies" presented last fall. Both of these productions were very good, but the prediction is made that "What Next" jwill be even better. "What Next." is entirplv Hifforont from other plays and productions that have been staged in Fairmount. It is a white face minstrel, in the na- ture of a musical comedy and vaude- J ville. Moreover one of the special at tractions of the evening will be a moving picture, either comedy or travel, which will be presented between acts, using the new picture machine. The first act of "What Next" is a sketch entitled "School Days" which brings in all sort of fun and clever stunts. Glancing at the plot we find a young lady who has contracted to teach a small school. The school and come on the first day to tell her ! She is "fired." She OUtwitS them : ami renins Tir' A,n,A n tr experience of going) to school again, and thence springs the fun The In the second act evervone will be in Colonial style dress and a very in- teresting and pretty Colonial Party is staged. The final act will be chiefly musical with the members of the orchestra appearing in their new white military looking uniforms. All sorts of numbers, ranging from rag time to classics, and from concert selections to solos, have been arranged for this finale. All told this program will present a range of entertainment that will ap- r,c,i owT-,nr.a Fvon-nno ltnmvs evervone. j AR" 15 erroneous- -Mr- Jones sa'5';not be so much shifting of pastors Ior a young man wm oe si on tne d f thp Pwtion or anv time nre- ida ot the electlon or anv time Pre" ;NiOUSj he will be entitled to a vote in ; , jthe pr;mary election, for quahfica- ; f rom tho Muncie district to the Wa- tions to Young Crusader and Union ' pranks in which they participate and on a voter an1 thJhe rt'stra-jtions for the primary election are ; bash district, and succeeding Rev. E. Signal. (the stunts they pull are simply side- tion law placed an additional burden .the same as for the general election. ; B. Meginity in the pastorate of the j " Discussion of State Plans, Mrs. splitting. on the voter not constitutionally re- quired. INTERESTING PROGRAM IS ARRANGED FOR TWO DAY SESSION OF W. C T. U. Goodly Number of Fairmount Members Arranging to Go, Mrs. Hol-Iingsworth to Have Charge of Question Box on Morning of Second Day Much Interest Shown. A number of Fairmount ladies who are members of the local W. C T. U., and others interested, will go to Marion on March 22 and 23 to attend the institute for 1922 of the Grant County Women's Christian Temperance Union which will be held in the Central church, corner of Third and Delphi streets. The program sug- gests that each one bring lunch the first day and that the second day din- j ner will be served for 35c. Mrs. Nettie Hollingsworth, of the local union, will have charge of the Ques- i tion Box on Thursday morning. The program will be as follows. Wednesday Morning 10:00 a. m. Devotional, Mrs. Edith Burrier. Business Session and Conference of all County Workers. Noontide Prayer. Wednesday Afternoon Crusade Hymn. Words of Greeting by County Presi- ' dent, Lida Outland. Organization of Institute. Appointment of Committees Mem- bership, Press, Courtesy, Subscrip-; Elizabeth Stanley. Reading, Miss Lucile Stackhouse. Union Signal, Mrs. Dora Pierce. Young, Crusader, Mrs. Bertha Irwin, T i: - TWIT! "tl-o TTllor. I Reece. Violin Solo, Miss Kathryn Butts. Adjournment. Wednesday Evening Music by the Love Orchestra. Devotional, Mrs. Lillian Coolman. Duet, Mrs. Wm. Julius and Mrs Small Gold Medal Contest in charge' if : xt:.i:..i- rv.,,r Qnnr,'n. 1 tendent. Lecture, Mrs. Elizabeth S.tanley. Benediction. Thursday Morning 9:30 a. m. Song. Devotional, Mrs. Emma Harrigan. Importance of Primary Election, Mrs. Alice Geary. What Can be Done in Preparation for the Legislature of 1923? Elizabeth Stanley. Reading, Mrs. Dean Havens. Bible in Public Schools, Mr. Albert Hall. The Growing Menace of Tobacco, Mr. A. E. Ilighley. Harpophone Solo, Hillis Barney. Question Box, Mrs. Nettie Hollingsworth. Noontide Prayer, Mrs. Kate Stevens Thursday Afternoon Songv What the Anti-Prohibitions are Doing to Overthrow the Eighteenth Amendment, Mrs. Cora Carr. Reading, Mrs. Grace Booth. White Ribbon Recruits, Mrs. Sadie Harvey. The Disarmament Conference, Rev. W. R. Mains. Duet, Mrs. Wm. Julius and Mrs. Lova Dimmick. ' Practical Suggestions for Depart ment Work by Superintendents. L. T. L. Demonstration. Final Reports of Committees. Adjournment. ST. PATRICK'S SOCIAL AS SURPRISE PARTY. A surprise was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Trice, near Fowlerton, Friday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Trice have recently moved from a farm near Summitville to the , old "Hite Homestead.' The evening was spent socially and in getting acquainted, after which refreshments of pie and coffee were served to the fol- lowing: Mr. and Mrs. John Haisley ahd children, Harold, John, Charles and Mary; Mr. Winans and children, Ellabell and Walter Forest; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Dorton and children, Robert, Alene and Alma; Mr. and Mrs. Holland Nottingham and children, Mr. I j REGISTRATION OF INDIANA VOTERS IS SUSTAINED IN WELLS CIRCUIT COURT Amendment to Constitution Made in 1881 Unnecessary, Court Holds, Hence Nothing Was Lost by its Removal Through Recent Amendment Court Decides. Indiana's registration law for voters was held valid in a decision made by Frank Gordon, judge of the Wells . juage oi tne Wells Ult ouri 31 n"n Friday. His action was taken in sustaining) a de murrer filed by attorneys for the state in a suit brought by Abram Simmons, of BlufFton, questioning the legality of the act. The defendant included county officials, the chairman of the Democratic and Republican parties in Wells county and the trustee of Harrison township, Harrison county. U. S. Lesh, attorney-general of Indiana, as- sisted by W. H. Eickhorn, represented the defendants. Mr. Simmons is a member of the law firm of Simmons, Dailey & Simmons of BlufTton. He said after the decision that he did not know what course he would take, but in all probability the case would be appealed to the state Supreme Court. Mr. Simmons filed the suit January 3, and the case was argued at a night session of court, February 4. Mr. S'mnio"s and Charles G. Dailey, who -"ueu i.mt me uuop- : . i o i i r : j. r i : oepieniuer u i u nuiensnip amendment to the Indiana constitu- 'on fixe,l ne constitutional qualifica- Arguing for the defense, Mr. Lesh and W. H. Eickhorn, of BlufTton, asserted that the registration law does not fix additional qualifications for voters, but requires that voters regr ister and make of public record their constitutional qualifications. It was 1 contended that for such purposes the I amendment was not in conflict with previous constitutional requirements j and did not add to the constitutional i requirements. The attack on the registration law was based on the fact that when the in it no reference to registration. Be fore the constitution was amended last summer it read tnat a man wno j was qualified to vote, as set forth in ! the section, shall be entitled to vote ;"If ne shall have been duly registered I i: 4. " j accoiume j The assumption of those attacking the law appears to have been that the law was founded on the words taken out of the section. Another section of the constitution, not changed at the special election last summer relates to the time when elections shall be held and provides for registration. The attorney-general contended that this remaining provision for registration was a sufficient foundation for the registration law. Judge Gordon expressed the belief that the legislature has had a right to enact a registration law ever since the first constitution was adopted. He held that a registration law could have been enforced just as readily under the old constitution of 1821 as well as the new one of 1852 and that an amendment in 1881 to Section 2, Article 2, which provided for registration, was unnecessary and did not add to or take from the constitution as it stood. "I take it that the state legislature always had the right to provide for the registration of voters," said Judge Gordon. "If my view is correct, the amendment to the new constitution was unnecessary and when it was removed through recent amendment of the constitution nothing was lost." The judge asserted that the registration law was not an added qualification, but a method of procedure to-show proof of rights of franchise. "WARNING NOTICES BEING POSTED ALSO ' In addition to the gfuide posts and signs which are being installed at the various points of entrance to the town, the town board is also having erected near the two school buildings signs calling upon motorists to conform to a speed limit of eight miles an hour. ANNUAL SESSION THIS YEAR TO BE HELD IN ELKHART FIRST WEEK IN APRIL Expected That Fewer Shifts in Pas- torates Will be Made This Year Than Last and That Rev. C B. Sweeney Will be Returned to the Local Church. The North Indiana conference of Kev a B Sweenev, who is just com feting his hrst year as pastor of the Fairmount church, win returned r . i Ior ariotner vear, one can never ten what pastoral shifts may made by the bishop and his cabinet, which is" cnts of th? conference. There is no j , i limit UI1 UdMOiaifS, its lilt lltllU IS j t j - e toward longer duration of appomt- . . , . , ments lt 1S beheved that there may thi v nrevious vear RPv Ur I preMous ears. Ke. Mr. Sweenev came to Fairmuont last April from Gaston, being transferred Fairmount church, Rev. Meginitv be- tran5ferred to the Muncie district and succeedi ing Rev. Sweeney in the Gas- ttm charpe. Rev. Sweeney has had a very successful year in the Fairmount church and during the vear he and his amilv have made manv friends ;n Fa;rmount both within the mem- K-oi,; r ,.v.v -;v. onU and th? close of the vear finds the church work in an departments in iit r,;;,. This will be the seventy-ninth annual session, and will be presided over by Bishop Fredrick D. Leete, of Indianapolis, resident Bishop of the Indianapolis area. Every interest of benevolent work of the church will have its special service, showing not only the progress made during; the past year within the bounds of this conference, but also reviews of the activities throughout the Methodist Episcopal church. The conference lecture, which is always a 'pay lecture given on Friday night of conference week, will be delivered this year by Dr. Russell H. Bready, pastor of the Central Methodist church and mayor of Pontiac, Mich. His subject will be, "The Four Square City." The Bishop will deliver his sermon on Sunday morning. Dr. Daniel H. Guild, pastor of the church where the sessions are to be held, is working with his local committees to adequately entertain the hundreds of Methodists who will attend. Usually, over one thousand Methodists from over the conference are in attendance on conference Sunday. Some idea of the magnitude of the Indiana Conference can be gained from the following facts. Last year the total money given for general and conference benevolences amounted to $665,238. The Sunday Schools of the Conference enrolled 71,805 scholars, with 8,852 officers and teachers. The expenses of operating! the Sunday Schools, including literature, was $62,654. The total church membership of the Conference is 88,564 . according to latest reports. There are five districts within the bounds of the conference, each having a superintendent presiding over it. These districts are Fort Wayne, Goshen, Logansport, Muncie, Richmond and Wabash, the latter being the one in which Fairmount is located. The total salaries paid to the min isters, including house rent ,is $451,-159, and the number of active ministers having appointments is 257 and counting the retired ministers and those having detached appointments bring the total ministerial roll to about 350. Thomas Sheedy and wife enter tained a number . of relatives from , west of town Friday. OLD FASHIONED FIDDLERS' COX-TEST PROVES TO BE A LARGE DRAWING CARD Clyde Dean Wins First Prize, With Arlie Addison Second, and Art Haynes Third Co-Operative Cream and Intcrurban Stock Yards Questions Discussed. Fairmount unit of the Grant County Agricultural Association had one of the biggest meetings they have ver had on Wednesday evening of last week. Whether it is the growing interest taken in the work of the association, or the old fashioned fiddlers' contest that was the drawing card, the members of the association found they had their hands full in trying to take care of the crowd. The room was full to overflowing and seating capacity was at a premium. The business session, which opened at 7:43, and was presided over by Joseph Holloway, president, was pushed through with vim, much business of importance being transacted. One of the chief matters for consid-1 eration was the eo-onerative cream station ior t airmount ana a commit tee as follows was appointed to con- f er with Liberty township ur.it on j the matter: W. O. Leach, William ' "Wright and E. E. Payne. TV . . , i T - -r , ' he matter with the L mon T raction - , ,1.1 COTirany Ol putting m small Stock' i? f t-r, If 7--J discussed, the members beinar very , v, - . -j 1,u',im-v impiru im iu al association having a commission agency of its own at Indianapolis, the Fairmount unit's stock loading pens Vr tv tTHf here would mean a freight and shrinkage. However, the : matter was left over until the next meeting for consideration. Fowlerton Elevator compar.y had some representatives at the meeting with a prooosition for co-operative i'u iiifi it-fu, Him, .tii aiRi uiuci 1 products. Tliis matter will also be taken up at the next meeting. Following the business a most interesting program, including the fiddlers' contest was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. When the musicians assembled it was found they had quite a.i orchestra of stringed instruments, composed of four fiddlers, three guitars and one banjo. There was also an organist to accompany them. Clyde Dean, Arlie Addison, E. JL Brown and Art Haynes were the contestants on the fiddles, with the result that Clyde Dean won first, Arlie Addison second, and Art Haynes third honors, the prizes being as follows: 1st, sack of flour; 2d, 50c worth of sugar; 3d, one pound of coffee. After the contest and program the meeting! was turned into an informal social, during which time refreshments consisting of Esquimo pie and apples were served. From every point of view it was considered a most successful meeting. TO MAKE SURVEY OF ALL WAR VETERANS A complete survey of all World War veterans in Grant county, including those in the Marion National "Sanatorium, to determine who are eligible for relief from the veterans bureau, will be made during the present week by John Ale, of Indianapolis, central Indiana manager for the bureau, it is announced. Mr. Ale will spend the entire week in the county. "BONDING" CREW ON INTERURBAN BUSY During the past several days the "bonding" crew of the Union Traction company has been busy in Fairmount repairing the cable bonds which con .nect the rail joints of the track, in an effort to stop the frequent outbreaks of electrolysis which developed among the water pipes which cross or parel-lel Main street in the vicinity of the traction station. TO SOW SEEDS AT THE SNIDER PLANT. Preliminary work has been commenced at the Snider factory for the sowing of seed in steam heated hot beds which are expected to grow plants for the greater portion of this year's crop. The steam pipes are being installed and connected up with boilers at the factory, and it is thought that the seed will be sown -within the next week or ten days. ! that the musical numbers alone will j suffrage section oi tne state consti-be well worth hearing, but this in I tution was amended by a vote of the reality will furnish only a very small ! people last September, there was left 4 The re?istration is the chief cau?e ! 'of confus5cn reeardinjr an election, and many votes are iost through ig- ! norance of the registration sions. There should be no provi- confu sion this year, in the opinion of Mr. j Jones, ior tnere wia oe to nays to - . t. i Mer, ana no regiM.ranon is neces : to ca a ballot in the primary. The purpose of the primary elec- ! tion is to nominate township, county j and state officers of all parties, to ! be voted on at the November election. Entry lists in the primary campaign will close April 1. BLACK CR' W OUTLAW AMONG HOOSIER BIRDS Has Some Economic Value, However, And Should Not be Exterminated Entirelv The black crow is an outlaw among Hoosier birds. However, according to Indiana con servation officials who favor its de cimation, the crow has some economic values and should not be exerminated entirely. Crows are increasing in Indiana ac cording to numerous reports to the conservation department. At Marion, Shy Birley, local hunter, started out to rid that section of the state of the pests, Birley wrote to Richard Lieber, director of conservation in Indiana, suggesting that the department set aside a "crow day" and appeal to persons to make a concerted offensive against these birds. Replyingh Mr. Lieber said that he favors reducing the number of crows but doubted the wisdom of complete extermination for the reason these birds, admittedly destructive to crops and terrors to insectivorous bird by reason of their nest raiding habits, have some fixed place in the scheme of nature for maintaining a fine balance. The most effective drives against crows should be made early in the spring, preferably in April, for then crows propagate, conservation officials say. The offspring usually numbers four and an early offensive against them will do much to -rid the state of excess numbers this summer. EDWIN SEALE RECUPERATING FROM OPERATION ON HEEL Edwin Seale, son of Mrs. P. M. Rat-liff, has been brought back from the Grant county hospital at Marion where he submitted to an operation for an infected heel and is reported to be getting alongi all right. About five years ago in some manner the heel was bruised and during all those years it has troubled the lad, at times necessitating a series of treaU ments and it is thought that the op eration of last week will correct the trouble altogether. i part of the program, vv ith such stars as "Vic" Love, Leslie Wilbern, Roy and Kenneth John, Loren Cain and Dee Briles to take the led in the moAv ,rts and with Tlva Salvers. iThelma Hill, Anna Bosley and Llora ! - . Brown to help liven the action, every one knows that an entertainment out of the ordinary is to be expected. For this production there will be no reserved seats. The general ad mission will be, children 15c and adults, 25c. The doors will be open at 7 o'clock. With the new seats and new elevation arrangement in the auditorium, which is now completely redecorated, every seat is desirable. One can see and hear well -from any part of the auditorium. For this unusual production every one of the five hundred seats are expected to be taken. Victor A. Selby Bank President Stockholders of Citizens State Perfecting Reorganization of Local Financial Institution The stockholders of the Citizens S.tate bank held a meeting Thursday night at which time it was 'announced that E. M. Blose, of Summitville, had resigned as cashier and director; that W. W. Ware had resigned as assistant cashier and director, and that Charles T. Parker had resigned as vice president and director. In the reorganization Victor A. Selby was named as president and Palmer Ice as cashier, with the offices of vice president and assistant cashier being left vacant. A tentative list of directors was agreed upon, but an nouncement of the personnel of the hoard of directors was deferred until ' another meeting. The Woman's Benefit Association of the order of Maccabees will have pot luck supper and initation in the and Mrs. Oren Kirkwood, Mr. and K. 'of P. hall tonight. It is desired Mrs. A. G. Couch, Mrs. Maude Scott, that the entire membership be pres-and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Trice. ent.