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1 i 1 PAIEMOUOT MEW 3 1 PRINTED FOR A PURPOSE-TO HELP FAIRMOUNT GROW 7 TWICE A WEEK Monday and Thur.da7 " SOUTHERN GRANT COUNTY FIRST ALWAYS. Forty-Fifth Year FAIRMOUNT, INDIANA, MONDAY, APRIL 17. 1922 Number 39 FILE PETITION GAS INDUSTRY VINSON'S BODY FOUND IN PIT Honors In County Meet High Winds Cause Damage Heavy Storm Sweeps Over County Sunday Night Father of Mrs. Weirauch Killed in Storm Mrs. William Weirauch of South Walnut street has received word that her father, John Hasty, was killed at Williamsport in a cyclone which MAY BE REVIVED GOVERNMENT TO EXPEND LARGE SUMS IN PRODUCTION OF HELIUM GAS Indiana One of Fire States Believed to Offer Big Opportunities for Development of Paying Quantities Used for Inflation of Air-Craft by the Government. Through one of its great natural resources, this time natural gas, Indiana is becoming the center of national, in fact world-wide interest because of the possibilities of helium gas development. Reports are in circulation to the effect that the federal government will shortly appropriate several mil- lion dollars for the avowed purpose of investigating prominent sources of Academy Athletes Capture First Place in Track and Field Events st With Fairmount High School Sec ond. and Firsts in Oratorical Contest Go to Miss Covalt of the Acad emy and Gregory Dale of the High School Weather Ideal and Both Events Attended by Largest Crowd in History. ! i Before the largest crowd that ever gathered at such an event in the county, Fairmount schools Saturday captured first honors in the Grant County High School Track and Field Meet duringi the afternoon on Rush field and at the Grant County Oratorical Contest held in the evening in the Fairmount high school gymnasium. The academy thinly clads captured ths field meet with a total of 40 1-3 points. Miss Ruth Covalt representing the academy was awarded first prize among the girls and Gregory Dale representing the high school was the victorious boy in the oratorical contest. WitVi ir)nl wpnther conditions, it was estimated that more than 1200 helium, and for providing the means ! struck by lightning duringi the early of producing it in quantities sufficient ' part of the storm. to be used in military aeronautics.) The lightning entered a window, From the fact that Indiana is one of breaking the glass. Mrs. Lewis five states the others are Ohio, Kan- states that what looked like a red ball sas, Oklahoma and Texas where of fire crossed the rpom. No damage helium occurs in natural gases to any other than the broken window result-great quantity, that great possibilities , ed and no one was hurt, for the development of this important g(as in this commonwealth appears 1 QrAI POSTOFFIPF people witnessed the events at Rush . 1-5 seconds. field during the afternoon with the j Mile run Haisley, Fairmount Ac-academy takinp first place. The high j ademy; Barker, Swayzee, Osborn, school took second with 18 points, ; Fairmount high school. 5 minutes, Sweetser third with 16 points, these j 1 4-5 seconds. being gathered in by Sweetser thinly j 440-yard Anderson, Sweetser; Lit-clad runner Burvia Anderson, almost , tie, Fairmount Academy; Gaither, nosing out the Fairmount crew for Fairmount Academy. 56 seconds, second honors. Anderrwn was the in- 220-yard low hurdles Brookshire, j- i - i i , t tv. oir tTo Fairmount Aoademv: Gaither. Fair- certain, in iaci so certain aoes 11 appear to many that the federal gov ernment's program will go ahead, that the division of geology of the Indiana conservation department is now beseiged with letters and inquiries from well drillers and individuals convinced that helium in large quantities exists under their property. Natural gas in Indiana contains Oiviuuai siai aim nviu vie... - - i i nt,. rorrl in tVio 920 and 440 yard runs, clipping a few seconds from the time of each made in the preceeding meets. He also equaled the 100-yard dash time of eleven seconds made by Payne of the academy at the meeting last year. He took the individual high point honors with 16 points, every score made by "his team, and won three first awards in the track events and first and third in the field program. Brookshire of the academy was second individual high point entrant with eleven points and his team mate, Haisley, came close behind with ten. The academy V IV.t fc-L ....- ...... j also won tne reiay rate m nu. av. runners from the high school partici-j pated. Gas City placed second and j tv,ifA in this event. helium, says Dr. W. N. Logan, state Postmaster General Work that it was geologist. Natural gas is being or . his desire for all third and fourth has been produced in large quantities ciass postoffices to remain closed on in a number pf Indiana counties Sunday, beginning April 16 the spe-among which are Jay, Blackford, cial mail pouches which have been Madison, Howard, Grant, Tipton, De- made up at the Marion postoffice and catur, Delaware, Shelby, Henry, Han- j on Pittsburg and Chicago train No. cock, Sullivan and Pike. The total, 1x8 and forwarded from Warsaw in amount of helium which may be pro- care of the baggageman of Big Four duced in Indiana probably lies be- j train No. 39, will be discontinued on tween 500,000 and 1 ,000,000 cubic Sunday. feet, though a careful examination of i This means no mail will be received the natural gases of the state will be . in the Fairmount postoffice from 6 necessary to determine our resources ( o'clock Saturday evening until 8:45 in that line, he contends. o'clock on Monday morning, therefore According to Dr. Logan, next to the Fairmount postoffice will not open hydrogen element helium is the light- j at all on Sunday. est of the known elements, weighing. ' It has been customary m the past only 0.1782 g. per liter. In the liquid to open the general delivery window form it has a density of only 0.15. from 11 until 12 o'clock each S.unday Helium gas has been used almost ex- morning following the distribution of clusively for inflation purposes in the morning! mail. Only a small aeronautics. The qualities commend-J amount of mail was ever received m WITH AUDITOR GREEN TOWNSHIP REMONSTRATES AGAINST ISSUE OF BONDS Claim Taxes Too High to Warrant Building of Consolidated School and High School at Point Isabel State Time is Not Yet Opportune for Proposed Improvement. There was filed with the county auditor Thursday afternoon a petition signed by 140 citizens of Green township, remonstrating against the issuance of bonds for the proposed consolidated school and high school build-;ng to be located at Point Isabel in Green township. The remonstrance reads as follows: "We, the undersigned, as taxpayers and patrons, interested in the proposed consolidated school and high school of Green township, do hereby protest, remonstrate and object to the issu ance of bonds for the purpose of building said school building) and remonstrate against the building of said school building," followed by the 140 signatures. Three out of the 140 signers state that they are opopsed to the high school program. The plans for the building of a cen tralized grade and higih school building at Point Isabel were recently announced by the county school superintendent and the program included tbe building of a strictly modern balding at the cost of several thousand dollars. Previous to the announcement, citizens of Green township had signed a petition asking for the centralized consolidated grade and high school building. A good many of the people of Green township, it is stated, believe that on recount of the raise in taxes the opportune or proper time to erect the school building has not come, the tax problem being the leading reason for the remonstrance. It is also stated that the petitioners do not want the petition carried out as it is j signed. They do want a centralized grade school building at Point Isabel, but they feel that they can do without a high school included in it, and although they desire the construction of a centralized grade building, they believe it should be postponed until tax conditions are different. Band Concert In H. S. Gym. Benefit Concert Given by Band Under Auspices of War Mothers Receipts to Augment Memorial Fund The Fairmount band will give a concert in the gymnasium of the high school Wednesday evening, April 19. This concert is given under the aus pices of Fairmount Chapter of War Mothers and the proceeds are to be applied on the memorial fund. The band will be assisted by Miss Floy Huston, student at DePauw univer sity, vocalist, and Mfiss Dorothy Shinn, of Hartford City, violinist. The pro gram will be as follows: March "Royal Australian Navy," Alex E. Lithgow. Overture "Dramatic, Keler-Bela. Vocal Solo "The Old Refrain," Kres- sler Miss Floy Huston. Violin Solo, selected Miss Dorothy Shinn. Tone Pictures "North and South," Theodore Bendix. Old Folks at Home "In Fpreigin Lands," Charles J. Roberts. Vocal Solo, selected Miss Floy Hus ton. Violin S.0I0, selected Miss Dorothy Shinn. Descriptive Scene MA Hunt in The Black Forest," Richard Eilenberg, March "The Southlanders." Alex F. Lithgow. WAR MOTHERS TO HAVE NEW NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS Of interest to War Mothers all pver the state is the fact that new rational headquarters for the Ameri can War Mothers will be opened soon in Indianapolis, with Mrs. Elisabeth Carr in charge. Heretofore the na tional headquarters, which the consti tution provides shall be maintained in Indianapolis, has been in the office of Mrs. Carr in the State Life building where the Indianian, the official pub lication, was edited. Plans for the maintainance of separate offices have MYSTERY OF DISAPPEARANCE OF SUMMITVILLE MAN FINALLY SOLVED Gravel Pit Where Body Was Found dragged Many Times and Even Dynamited Found Floating on Surface of Water by Automobile Party of Summitville People. Floating with face downward in the McClain gravel pit one and a half miles southwest of S.ummitville, the body of Robert Vinson, 26, youne farmer living) near Summitville who mysterially disappeared from his home on October 6, wasound about 5 o'clock Friday afternoon by some Summitville people who were returning home in an automobile along the Alexandria state road which passes the pit. The body was quickly brought to shore and placed upon the ground and a Summitville undertaker called. A crowd soon gathered at the pit and assisted m the identification of the body as that of young Vinson. At the time he disappeared he was clad only in overhalls and moccasins. These articles were still on him and his gold watch and chain he had taken with him were still in his pocket. According to the undertaker, Clint Tomlinson, the body was still in a fair shape of preservation considering the time it had been in the water and from all indications his death was suicidal. At the time of his disappearance it was thought he mig;ht be the victim of foul play, but everything seemed to point to the fact that he had gone to the pit and immediately jumped in. Vinson was well known in Fair-mount and at the time of his disap pearance was the leading item of conversation all over this part of the country. Most of the newspapers of the state carried articles for some time in regard to the disappearance and many theories were advanced as to what had become of him. His family and friends in an attempt to locate him offered a reward of $100 for information leading to the finding of the man, alive or dead. Reports were current that he had been seen at various places near Summit- v:?le, in cornfields or along roads and even in distant cities, but these reports could never be confirmed. Gravel pits around Summitville were dragged and the very pit which held his body was dragged several times and even dynamited. It is thought that weather conditions were largely responsible for the body coming to the surface just at this time. Vinson is survived by his wife and a small son who live on the small farm one mile south of Summitville tiom which he disappeared. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Vinson, living one and a half miles west of Summitville, also survive him. The body of Vinson was taken to-the morgue of an Alexandria undertaker where the coroner held an inquest and conducted his investigations. GRAND MATRON VISITS FAIRMOUNT O. E. S. Mrs. Cora B. Holland, Grand Matron of the Eastern Star came over from Indianapolis Friday evening and was entertained by the local chapter at an extra session called by the Worthy Matron, Mrs. Samuel Leer. The attendance was unusually largie. the seating capacity being overtaxed and additional chairs brought from the dining hall to take care of those present. It was also an appreciative audience that listened to the splendid talk given by the Grand Matron, concerning the work of the Eastern Star and it contained many helpful things. Dr. L. D. Holliday was initiated into the order on this occasion. Follow ing the adjournment of lodge, the honor guest was escourted to the banqueting! hall where a ppt luck sup per, such as only Fairmount people know how to serve, was spread upon the long tables that filled the room. Another enjoyable evening is expected at the Dinky Dance to be held Thursday night at the local chapter in the ropms of the Phi Delta Kappa over Cox's shoe store. There will be good music and several addity features have been arranged for the evening which will assure every one good time. Members of surrounding faternities are cordially invited to attend. ' i p- TRACK AND FIELD SCORES. Team Total Points Fairmount Academy 40 1-3 Fairmount high school 18 Sweetser high school 16 Swayzee high school 8 2-3 Van Buren high school 8 Gas City high school 7 Jonesboro high school 2 High point individual Burvia Anderson pf Sweetser with 16 points, making every point credited to his team. Events : 100 yard dash First, Anderson, S,weetser; second, Brookshire, Fair-mount Academy; third, Clark, Sway-zee. 11 seconds. 220 yard dash Anderson, Sweetser; Brookshire, Fairmount Academy; Clark, Swayzee. 24 1-5 seconds. 120 high hurdles Rich, Fairmount Academy; Harshbarger, Fairmount Academy; McKinney, Gas City. 20 - - - - , mount Academv: McCormick, uas City. 29 3-5 seconds. Half-mile Haisley, Fairmount Ac ademy; Coleman, Gas City; Lewis, , Fairmount Academy. 2 minutes, 14 4-5 seconds. I Shot put Pickard. Fairmount high school; Malstron, wayzee; Harper, Jonesboro. 35 feet, 4 1-2 inches. j High jump Flanagan, Fairmount ; high school; Sparks, Van Buren; three J tied for third place, Malstron, Sway- ( zee, Saunders, Swayzee and Harsh-; barger, Fairmount Academy. 5 feet, 5 inches. Pole vault Cecil, Fairmount Aca- ' . um. , iiuimWc..i., - ..-- ( school; Bly, Jpnesboro. 10 feet, four; inches. j Broad jump Spark, Van Buren; Inspectors Goble, Swayzee; Brock, sweetser; nenaerson, or., i uncauuiu. Sjcorer L. Little, Jonesboro. Announcer McCombs, Fairmount. Estimated crowd 1200. DAVID G, LEWIS OUT FOR TP. TRUSTEE Makes His Campaign on Previous Record as Trustee of Fairmount TownshipWell Known in Township The Democrats of Fairmount town ship will again have the opportunity snip Will again nnvc wppui.um.j qt myid Q lvris, one of known men in our township. Mr. Lewis belongs to one of the oldest families in Fairmount township, and also in Grant county. Our people are already familiar with his method of doing business. He has always stood for right and morality in every public question. He has served his party in many public capacities, and was elected Township Trustee in 1914, and served the peo nle in that capacity with one of the cleanest and most economical admin istrations ever given our township, No one can Question Mr. Lewis s character and ability. Having consented to make the race he announces that he will do so on his past record and will make an honest effort to win this nomination. Fresh fish shipped direct, received at the May Flower Thursday after noon for Friday. : struck that place some time Sunday night. No details of the tragedy have as yet been received and nothing further is known of the extent of damage done by the storm. The wind and electrical storm which swept over Fairmount Sunday night bid fare to develop in tornado proportions and as it was much damage was reported in the way of destruction to trees, some being uprooted and others blown down, most of the streets be j ing covered with debris pf broken j limbs of trees. The home of William 1 Lewis of South Walnut street was CLOSED SUNDAYS Postmistress Mrs. Walpole Announces Hereafter No Mail Will be Distributed on Sunday Mrs. Minnie Walpole, ppstmistress, lias announced that in keeping with the widely published statement of me special poucnes aim iu p-Mu.. of the local office will experience but little inconvenience. Fairmount has oeen tne omy town m ww , many years to u,. HIGH SCHOOL PLAY PLEASING SUCCESS Lads and Lassies Acquit Themselves in Truly Professional Style An All Star Cast The play "Nothing But the Truth," given by the high school on last Thursday evening, was, generally speaking, one of the best ever gtfven, some even claiming that it was the best play ever given in Fairmount. Although the audience was not so large as at former plays, there was a very gratifying attendance considering weather conditions. While the play was put over in truly prpf ession-al style, and the cast might be con sidered an all start cast, spceial mention migjht be made of Fredrick Edwards as Bob, the person who succeeded in telling the truth for twenty-four hours, Mary eright as Dick Downly, salesman, Laura Brown as the bishop and Vic Lpve who played the part of Mr. Ralston, a business man. The play itself is one of the best, being a $25 royalty play and one of the most popular that has come ont in the oast few years. The fact that the play was received with so much appreciation Thursday night demonstrates that the high school has developed some rare talent among its students. BEVERIDGE IN MARION SATURDAY, APRIL 22. Albert J. Beveridge, republican candidate for United States senator, will speak at Civic Hall in Marion on Saturday evening, April 22 at 8 o'clock. Mr. Beveridgie's presence in Marion always attracts large crowds and the committee in charge has Following, the conclusion of the af- j Craw, Fairmount high school; Ander-termoon program the academy domes- j son, Sweetser. 19 feet, 7 1-2 inches, tic science class served supper to a Relay race for W. C. Corryell cup large number of visitors. Fairmount Academy, first; Gas City, The new high school gymnasium second; Pwayzee, third. 3 minutes, was filled to capacity in the evening 56 4-5 seconds. Members of winning with friends of the schools to hear Academy team were Little, Bnook-the county oratorical contest program shire, Smith and Haisley. which was pronounced the best ever j Referee and starter Dale Miller of yet given under the auspices of the Anderson. Grant County Inter-scholastic Associ-! Clerk of course Professor Otto T. ation, with Miss Covalt of the acad- Hamilton, Fairmount. emy and Gregory Dale pf the high J Timers Baker, Jonesboro; B. school taking first honors. Algae Lewis, Gas City; Eager, Matthews. Spencer of Sweetser high school won ; Judges of finish Sutton, Montpe-the second girls prize, while Clyde Her; Mullins, Summitville; Coryell, Prine of the academy took second Marion. -place in the boys' division. Six high . Field judges Lewis, Fairmount; schools participated in the program Mittank, Fairmpunt; Couch, Mat-...... tntorsnersed with music by thews. ing hydrogen for this purpose are its; lightness or bouyancy, and economy j and ease of production. Its disad- vantages for inflation are its high in- ; flamibility, and its high percentage of wastagie by diffusion tnrpugn fabrics due to its lightness and high parabolic velocity. Air ships are in constant danger of ignit?pn from light ning or engine, at all times, and, in time of war, from incendiary projectiles. As in inflation substance helium has several aavanuigea wci w v V 1 A. 1 . ix. itm AT m gen. in tne nrst pmce it " mw.-flamable and the air craft usig it would be in no dangjer of ignition by ightning, engine flame or incendiary projectile. The greater weignt 01 helium reduces the wastage 01 ainu- sion throueh fabrics. There is a loss of bouyancy due to the fact that helium is nearly double the weight of hydrogen, but this disadvantage is not as great as it would appear ior the lifting or ascensional power of helium is 92.6 of that of hydrogen. Helium was produced only in small quantities for experimental purposes Dripr to the entry of the Untied States into the world war, according to Dr. Logan. When this nation entered the war an attempt was made to find a non-combustible inflation material for observation balloons. me recoras showed that more than 90 of the casualties resulting from the use of such balloons were due to the imflam-able character of the inflation materi al. As helium was a gas meeting the requirements, an attempt was made to secure it frpm natural gases in Texas with the result that when the armistice was signed, 147,000 cubic foot vF tacg, helium was stored m steel containers and on the way to our armies. BAPTIST CHURCH There will be a special called business meeting of the church, following regular prayer meeting! Wednesday night. Every member requested to fc. hieh school orchestra under the direction of Miss Mary Sample. The judges for the contest were Messrs Sutton of Montpelier, Mullen of Sweetser and King of Sweetser. n the winning girl reaa, "Jimmie Brown's Chair," while Gregr ory Dale of the boys' division nu his subject, "Mrs. Casey at the Euchre Party and Clyde Prine, winner of second honors, 'The Deacons oilier high schools represented and their representatives, were: Ora Henderson, Jonesboro high school; Suzanne Barruet, Fairmount high school, anne - I Within the Law"; Ora Fprmaicry, j "Van Buren high school, At siwasn, end a girl from that scnooi At the Mlatinee"; Mary uen i s Tnna.Wn hien scnooi Frank Williamson pf Sweetser high school who read "A General camping. m . . , Following the decision of the judges M. J. Lasher, president of the Inter-Scholastic Association, presented the awards to the winners of the oratorical contest, while the academy track and field squad was awarded the banners and cups for winning! the meet and the academy relay squad was presented the W. C. Corryell loving cup. The high school was awarded the banner for second place, Burvia Anderson the prize for being high point individual winner, while th various entrants finishiutf first, second and third in any of lh "events were awarded ribbons designating tTaelr feats. made preparations to take ' care of them. - not yet been completed. be present.