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UUSCATINE JOURNAL AND NEWS-TRIBUNE, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 s' J TEXT OF DECISION ON DOY SLAYERS GUILT PLEA ENTERED WITHOUT ; TILLING PROSECUTION i ; Does Kol Make Special Case la Faver ' of Defendants, Says 'I ! i.1 Caverly, '!,! I ' 4 Chicago, Sept. 10 (By the Associated PressW-The text of John 1 R. Caverly's decision in the Franks case follows : ' 1 - :MS j, i In view of the profound and unusual Interest that this case has aroused, not only in this community, but In the entire world and even beyond its boundaries, the court feels it his duty, to state the reasons which have led him to the determination, he has reached. - i "It Is not an uncommon thing that pleas of guilty are entered In t criminal cases, hut almost without exception In the past, such pleas have been the result of a virtual agreement between the defendant and the state's i attorney and in the absence of special reasons to the contrary, it is the practice of the .court to follow f ucb recommendations, j. S :j --i . ! "In the present case the situation Is a different-one. A plea of stifUy has been entered by the defense without & previous understanding i with the prosecution- and without any knowledge whatever on its part. Moreover, the plea : of guilty did not in this particular case as; it usually does, render the task of the prosecu tion easier by substituting; admission ef guilt for an uncertain chain of proof. :- jj'jiy . i ' State lias Confessions 1 "Here the state was lu possession, not only of he essential, substantiating facts, but also of voluntary confessions 1 on the part of the defendants. The plea of guilty, therefore does not make a special case In favor of the defendants. 1 1 1 j "Since both of the cases, that, namely of murder and that of kidnaping for ransom, were of a character which invested, the court with discretion as to. tha extent of the punishment, it became his duty under the statute to examine witnesses as to the aggravation and mitigation of the offense- This duty has been fully met. ' By consent of counsel for the state and for the defendants, the testimony in the murder Case has been accepted as equally applicable to the case of kidnaping for ransom. In addition, a ; prima facie case was made out of the kidnaping case as well. The testimony introduced bothi by the prosecution and the defense has been as detailed i and elaborate as though the case had been tried before a jury. It has been given the widest "publicity and the public is so fully familiar with all its phases that it would serve no useful purpose to restate or analyse the evidence, i ; ..' , f i Admit. Legal Responsibility, f ' i "By pleading guilty, the defendants, have admitted legal responsibility for their acts. The testimony has satisfied the court that the ease ls not one in which it would have been possible to set up successfully the defense of insanity, as Insanity is defined and understood by the established law of 1 this state for the purpose of tire; ad ministration of criminal justice. The court, however, feels impelled to dwell briefly on the mass of data produced as to the physical, mental and moral condition of the two defendants. They have been shown in essential respects to be abnormal; had they been normal they would not ' have committed the crime. It is beyond the province of this court, as it is beyond the capacity of human science in Its present state of development to predicate ultimate responsibility for human acts. f; . - - j-..-; Contribution to Crimfnolojry.1 i j "At the same time the court is In a position to recognize that the careful analysis made of the life history of the defendants andnof Jtbeir present mental, emotional and ethical .condition, has been of extreme interest jand is a Valuable contribution to criminology.- ; And yet the court feels strongly that similar analysis made of other persona accused of crime would probably Te veal similar or different j abnormalities. The value-of such tests peems to. He in their applicability .; to crime and criminals in general. Since they concern the broad questions of human responsibility and legal : punishment, and are in no wise peculiar to these individual defendants,: they may be deserving of . legislative 1 but not Judicial consideration. For jthis reason the court is satisfied that; his judgment in the present case cannot be affected-thereby. ' 1 . . Crtm of Singular Atrocity; ' "The testimony In this case reveals a crime of singular atrocity. :. It lis, in ! a nenss, inexplicable;, but it la not thereby rendered less inhuman of Repulsive; it was deliberately , planned and prepared forduring a cnnslder-able period of time. It was executed with every feature of callousness and cruelty. - - ; ( ' ? "And here the court will say,j not for the purpose of extenuating guilt, hut merely with the object of dispelling misapprehension that appears to have found lodgement In th public mind, that he is convinced tyl conclusive evidence that - ther was no buse offered to. the hpd,y ef Hie! victim. 11 But it did not need that element to make the crime abhorrent to every instinct of humanity, and the court Is afraid that neither in the act itself nor 'in Its. motive or lack of motive, nof in the antecedents of tbe offend- era,.: can he find any mitigating! cirr cumstane. 1 Different Pnnlshmenis ' "For both the crime of murder and kidnapin for ransom the law' prescribes different punishments in the alternative. ' - 1 , 'Tor the crime of murder, the' statute declares: - ,.. j " "Whoever is guilty of - murder, ball suffer the punishment at death r imprisonment in the penitentiary for his natural life, or for a terra not jess than 14 years. If the ? censed is found guilty by a Jury, they shall fix the punishment bv their vefdlctj upon a plea of guilty, the puuishment fcbs'l be fixed by the court. I j "For the crime of kidnapjngj for ransom the statute reads: -M-iV ... t i . 'Whoever It guilty of kidnaping . for ransom shall suffer death, or be paaished by lmprlaonment : In! -the DISTRICT COURT Mrs. , Jessie Tomfleld end Henry Tomfleld. defendants la suit based on promissory notes, bought by C. A. Pore, filed an answer In which they asserted that although they admitted having negotiated the notes, they defied that they received any cons'dera-tion for the note v or that anything of vs'ue passed between plaintiff and defendants. Attorneys are Nichols, Tlp-Uc A Tipton for Pope and J.C Km-merer for the Toraflelda. , ? 4 . V K. C. Nichols, attorney tor the late O. M. Nichols, who was administrator of the estate of Anna Rolf, filed a re port In which -he explained that he was thoroughly familiar with the affairs of the estate, showed that it was nearly settled, and asked that the ad ministrator's last report be considered as final and the estate closed up Judge W- w. Scott set Sept 17 as tb date for a hearing. , - The will of Harriet Olds was filed. Letters of administration were" Issued to E. G. Wilson In tbe estate ct Mathlas Wilton. J. E. Mcintosh Is( attorney for the estate-... 1 j - ; Seven defendants in suits brought by Honore Cooling Mooney, heir of the late Dr. W, A. Cooling, of Wilton, to collect alleged unpaid bills for medical services, filed , demurrer's through their attorney, A. R, ',Whit-mery They claim that 1 the I petition shows on its face that the causes, of the actions are open book accounts, ana mat neitner sucn accounts or copies . are incorporated in the petition and no . reason i is given tor - the failure to do so. The defendants who demurred are Charles Whitmer, F. L. Duffy,-. Clarence Grummer, Gale Looneyt Lowry Ford and Earl Atkin- . -0Ah'rr- , R. H. Rockafellow filed an answer and counter claim in the suit brought by Nellie Horris, i administratrix of the estate of C. W. Morris, to collect $866 on a promissory note. J Rockafellow alleges that Morris was indebted to; him ,tO; the extent of $883 for nine, hogs which he says Morris purchased from him at a; stock sale. Attorneys aro J. E. Mcintosh ,'t or the administratrix and i Robert Brooke for Rockafellow. .'-i . penitentiary1 for life, or any term not lesss-than five years.' , .V. - 7f . . Rule for Guidance. 1 . "Under the plea of guiltyj the-duty of determining the punishment: devolved upon the court and the. law indicates no rule orpolicy for the guid-1 ancei of Bis discretion.. In reaching his .decision, the court would have welcomed the counsel and support of others. In ' Some states the legislature in its wisdom lias provided for a bench of three judges to determine the penalty In cases such as this.. Nevertheless, the court is willing to, meet his responsibilities. It would have been the path of least resistance to impose the extreme penalty of the law. In .choosing imprisonment instead of death, the court is moved chiefly by the, consideration of the age of the defendants, boys of 18 and 19 years. It is not for the. court to say that he will not in any case enforce 'capital punishment as an alternative, but the court believes that it Is within 1 his Provlnce to decline to impose the .'sen tence Of death on persons who. are not 01 iuu age. ' ' I" Record With Progress : ' : . This determination aonears to be in accordance with the progress of criminal law all over, the world and with 'the dictates of enlightened 1 hu manity; More than that, it seems to beiin accordance, with the precedents hitherto observed in this state. The records of. Illinois show only two cases , of minors who m were 1 put to death bv,legal process-Ao which number the court does not feel inclined to mass an addition, f ' i1-. "Life imprisonment may not, at the moment, strike the public imagina non as lorcioiy, as. would death by hanging; but to the offenders, particularly of the type they are. the prolonged suffering of years of confinement may-well be the severer form of reinouiion ana expiation. !- May Be Denied Parole. "The jourt feels It proper to add a r,nai word concerning the r effect of the parole law upon the punishment or these defendants. ; In the case of such atrocious crimes, it iis entirely within the discretion of j the depart roent of public welfare never to admit these defendants to parole. To such a policy the court urges them strictly to adhere. If this course is persever ed in, the punishments of the defendants' will both satisfy the ) ends of justice and safeguard the Interests of society.' .. :.' r.-.vfcy ., f "In No. 33623, indictment for murder, the sentence of the cturt is that you, Nathan F. Leopold, Jr, be confined In the penitentiary at Joliet for the term of your natural life. ' The, court finds that your age is 19. i (. "In No. 33623. indictment ,for murder,- the sentence of th3 court is that you, RichardvLoeb. ba confined in. the penitentiary at. Joliet for thjb term of your natural life. , The court finds your age i IS. . . r l-';': '; ' rv' 1 89,TeaM for Kidnaping. ,! i J "In No. 33624. kidnaping for ransom, It Is the senteneo of this court that you, Nathan F. Leopold, Jr., I be con fined in the penitentiary, at Joliet for the term or 99 ! years. .The " court finds your age 19. 1 i ; "In No. 33624, kidnaping for ransom, the sentence of the court is that you. Richard Loeb. be confined in the penitentiary at Joliet for the term of 99 years.. . The clerk will distribute to the newspaper men copies of the opin ion. to these who want them. '. The sheriff may retire with the prisoners.' Judge Caverly remained "In .his-chambers for about three-quarters of an hour after delivering his sentence When he left it was by a private cor ridor and elevator. He was again surrounded by guards and went away f from the building so swiftly, that on lookers in, the street were not aware 01 nia laccucy BEITZ ANSWERS HIS WIFE'S DIVORCE SUIT William Belts filed an answer in dis trict- court today to the divorce suit recently filed by his wife, Mrs. Anna Beits. Belts dentes her charges of abuse and non-support, i Attorneys are Thompson A Thompson for Mrs, Beits and J. G. Kammerer for Beits.. , ImriT wmf Af FROM EUROPE, TELLS OF STORES AND SHOPS THERE AD CLUB MEMBERS HEAR TALK v BY MAS. LITTLE SOME SHOPS GOOD :.r-vhH.'.. -r Others She Finds Unsatisfactory Wisdts Grave ef BRxer, First Mu- l j catdae Tlctlm of War.. Condition in Europe as they affect merchandising and styles, with particular reference to women's wear, was th areneral theme of an address delivered today before the openinc meeting of the year of the Muscatine Advertising club by Mrs. Amelia Timm Little, who recently returned from an extended trin abroad. Mrs, Uttlo began her remarks with a reference to show windows in hen don and other European cities. For tha most rart she said she did not find foreign show windows attractive be cause thev were overcrowded tnougn certain windows which she described in detail, stood out in her memory as more artistic and impressive than any thing she had ever seen in America Biar London Store Disappointing. Mrs. Little referred to Selfiidge's, the great American department store of London, which she declared, was somewhat disappointing to the American party of which she was a mem ber. It did not compare, for instance, with Marshall Field's in Chicago, she said. : English people largely resent Seltridge's, Mrs. Little found, regard ing It as "cheap and nawsty-" 1 Amer ica and things American are not over ly popular in England though the Eng lish like Americans better than any. of their continental neighbors, said the speaker. Tbe specialty shops in many of the European centers are very fine and splendidly conducted. Mrs. Little de clared, safcjsmanship having been developed to a fine art and the greateest taste being shown in the display of goods and the arrangements of show rooms, k I " ' - j Americans Dress Better Women abroad, and men too, wear very much the same sort of clothes they wear in America with the excep tion that as a rule Americans are bet ter dressed. , The English In particu lar seem as a nation to be dowdy, men and i women alike, though of course there are many individuals who are well dressed. Remote regions, some times apparently for commercial pur poses, cling to their national or prov incial forms of dress, but there Is little or none of this in the European cities. One decided difference in styles abroad and at home, however, was the bobbed head. Few bobbed heads are seen in Eurppe and these are for the most part visiting Americans. - Airs. Little spoke of the tipping evils of Europe and of ways and means whereby unsuspecting American tourists are victimized. Europe is breeding a race of beggars, she declared, and not only do servants, porters, guides and the like whine for tips but shop keepers in many instances are not above taking advantage of the visitor's ignorance of the strange cur-ency. j f tislts BltzerV GraT ; In sharp contrast to the universal whine for more tips found abroad was the speaker's experience at a great Americas cemetery. Stopping between Rheims and Chateau Thierry at the American cemetery where Edward Bitzer, first Muscatine man killed in the great war is buried, Mrs. Little visited Bitzer's grave. In finding, it and in looking for graves of other veterans in whom she had an interest she was most courteously served by the guard in charge at the gate. Returning to her party she attempted to tip tbe guard but was informed that the latter was an American well paid by his government and untippable. V You're the only man I found in Europe who wouldn't take a tip" Mi's. .Little, told him, adding "I'm glad you arei an American. No mortals have been or could be placed in a more beautiful resting place., where their graves are better cared, for than is the case with these American dead who slumber in tbe American cemeteries in France, said the speaker. Latest reports are that the stories that Panama hats are woven by candle light under water, are untrue, but that the hats are merely left out of doors one night to be dampened by tile dew. 1 . Anna Valanis (right) and Luclle of fun." So they went out and killed two flapper slayers can't understand they boast the state cant hang them also are held in connection with the ft. H; V. i :, 1 ' , , i " s , . 1 1T?TTTITV!I?TY Palace Theatre to Extend Showing of Historical Picture v ;. ' ' . : In order to accommodate tbe large crowds which have been turned away from the Palace theatre nightly during the showing of the historical picture, "The Covered Wagon," arrange ments have been made by Ludy Bos-ten, manager, to continue the produc tion through Saturday night,; Each night the theatre has been filled to capacity and many were unable to gain admittance. The special orchestra, secured for the showing of this picture, will be retained permanently, the Palace management announces. ; MUSCATINE TO BE BAPTISTS' HOST! DAVEXrORT ASSOCIATION j TO - MEET HERE IX 1923 ; 1 Rev. W. H, Rogers Elected to State Board at Convention of Association at Clinton ! ; Muscatine was selected as the 192S convention city by the Davenport Bap. tist association meeting ; at Clinton this morning, and the Rev. W. H. Rogers of Muscatine was elected to the state , board by the convention. Word of the decision reached : here this afternoon. ; . i ! Other officers for the association include C H. Wills of Camache, moderator, M. C. Christian of Clinton, vice moderator, J. O. Hawk of Davenport, treasurer ; and Mrs. Mary Parkhurst of Davenport, clerk. j ..! ! Kidnapping the Falls ef Niagara. The Great West Is stealing tbe Great Lakes and kidnapping the Falls of Niagara and an agitation is impending to prevent further depredations. . Water in rapidly ' increasing amount is being diverted from Lake Michigan and directed into the Mississippi Tiver and finally finding its way into the Gulf of Mexico, instead of the Atlantic Ocean, through the St. Lawrence river. . The Canadian : government has already lodged a protest at Washington and it ,is likely that something will be done about tbe matter. All the country along the Great Lakes and the St. S Lawrence river should be interested in this project directly and the country at large indirectly for It means the partial extinction of the Niagara Falls, r An effort has been made recently to Interest the State of New York on account of the threatened drying up of Niagara and this may appeal to the State government sufficiently "to i Join in some movement to stop the diver sion of water. An unfortunate feature of the pilifering of the water is that it is practically wasted. ' The elevation is so slight in the contour of : the country that the water which is stolen is enabled to "perform a ' very , small service as compared with its possibil ities if allowed to follow the national course. . ! ' ' !'.!'! RESUME REPAIRS AT 10CAL HOUND HOUSE After a lapse of over a month, reconstruction work, at the Rock Island round, house has been resumed. New platforms and storeroom Interiors are being built, and other repairs started. The work on e buildings was stopped a number of weeks ago,"; when the workers were called to the Illinois division of the road to repair washouts and other damage done by the heavy rains of last month. , I . I Mr. Billhardt's 24 Callers ' Edward Billbardt.l a factory worker in Grausehutz,. Germany recently stopped work to celebrate his 100th birthday and welcome 264 of his descendants. ' These; Flappers Are Held Marshall, 18-year-old Chicago girls, wanted "excitement; good clothes and lots Mrs. Bessie Gaennlslen because, they how "Leopold and Loeb could hit that because they are "too young." Anna's murder. OCIETY COMMITTEES A5D OFFICERS OF SCHOOL CLUB A.OL JCt-w with tha aoDointment i of commit tees at a cabinet meeting last eve ning, the organisation of the senior high school reserve corps of the Young Women's Christian association has been practically completed ior the school year. Mrs. Lauren Henderson, chairman of the i girls' work committee. Miss Mildred i Kemble, Y. W. worker, and Miss Virda Homan, faculty advisor, met' with the group. Miss Roxie De Weese is club president. Miss Jean Petersen vice presi dent. Miss Esther Rohblns, secretary, and Miss Mary Howe, treasurer. The committees for tha year are: ' -: Membership, Misses Jean Petersen, Marion Oalpln. Pauline Jamison. Publicity, Misses Frances Brandt, Ruth Stirlen, Dorothy Fox. . Program, Misses Dorothy Tobias, Zelma Funck, Marie Van Tryffle. Edna Belle 8hepard. Assistant committee. Misses Eunice Chamberlln, Tada Correll and rrene Naber. 1 ! Service, Misses Mildred Rlemcke, Geraldlne Hawkins, Lillian Rasley. Social. Misses Pauline Smith, Irene Oueseregen, Ruth Snyder and Alma Klndler. ; . - PROGRAM WTLL MARK FIRST : MEETING. OF BAPTIST GROUP. A kensington with a program 'will mark the resumption of meetings of the Ladies Aid society of the First Baptist church Thursday afternoon in the church parlors. Each member will give a report of methods employed in earning a dollar during the vacation season, the funds to be collected at this time. J The program will consist of piano solos by the Misses Dorothy Kief ner and Lorraine Johnston, readings by Misg Elizabeth Barrows and vocal solos by Mrs- George Zoller. - i OTTERBErX GUILD GIRLS !' WILL GIVE E.TERTAIXMET Girls of the Otterbein j guild of the United Brethren church! are arranging a benefit entertainment to be' given the forepart of October in the church, for funds of the Organization. Readings and musical selections will also be a part of the program. A guild meeting Friday, Oct 2, at the home of Miss Dorothy Toyne, 812 East Sixth street is announced. 1 TOUXG WOMFX'S GUILD HAS FIRST MEETING OF SERIES, i The Young Women's Guild of the First Presbyterian church Inaugurated its series of meetings with a business session at the church last night. The attendance was large. The class will hold another meeting in one month and will conduct a rummage sale at the church Oct. 15. : METHODIST SOCIETY WILL i ELECT STAFF OF OFFICERS Election of a staff of officers for the year will feature a meeting of the Ladies' Aid society of the First Meth odist Episcopal church, to be held Frl day afternoon in the church parlors. The meeting Is the first since , the summer vacation. Work for the year will be outlined, the meeting to open at 2:30 and to be for all women of the congregation. The Ladles' Aid society of the First Congregational church has arranged to begin its bi-weekly series of work meetings for the fall and winter program, the first meeting to be at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon, 'in the church, parlors. , Work foj -the next several months will be mapped out at that tjme. ' ' i I The Rhoda Bible class of the Protestant Evangelical church will: meet Thursday evening in the church parlors. The hostesses will be Mrs. Eva Klndler, Mrs. Martin Heussner, Miss Ruth Kurtz and Miss Mildred Kerapt- ner. The Ladies of the Elks' lodge will combine a business meeting with a card party Thursday afternoon at the club rooms. The hostesses will 1 be Mesdames Ed Gremmel.l RaIph Ro- mann, William Mull, William Fuhl man and jWHJ Liebbe. 1 The Industrial ; society of the First Presbyterian church wilt bold a work meeting In the church parlors Thursday afternoon. Mrs. John Nischwits will serve as hostess. ; 1 ; for Murder say, she owed them f SO. Yet these poor little kid and kill- himT" And brother,' Tony, 19, and Bi 1 Lydon, II . - - i - . . . ! i DECREASE OF IN TAX IS PROPOSED BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CUT AM0F5TS TO $7,408; BRIDGE LETT REDUCED , Mitis TOTAL IS 32 Amenat to be Raised This Tear Will be tSOft County Tax Largest on Preposod Schedule. . A cut of $7,408, or tbe lowering of the bridge tax one mill, was the only reduction made in the tentative levy schedule completed by the board of supervisors in session yesterday. Four other changes in the tax were made, but the changes counterbalance. The amount raised will be 1202,826. . The total tax levy, according to the proposed plan, is 31 mills, including 10.25 state tax and 1.25 bonus 1 tax levies. The greatest of the proposed tax levies Is six mills on the county item, and the least is three mills for the county insane. t . . ! ' One Mill Equals $10 SS. One mill I equivalent to I $10,285, and one mill for bridge equals $7,408, according ta the schedule. The tentative levy follows: TEXTATIYE LETT SCHEDULE. State . Bonus 1 . - 11.6; Mills. . : 6 . . . . 2.5 1 '' 1 ... j . . . . 1.4 ! Amount Raised. 61,710 10.285 Item County ., Schools . . Bridge ... 18.520 less 1 Road ...... . State Insane . 10.2S5 14,400 less 2 3,084 plus 3 County Insane ...j -3 Juvenile .... .... .8 8,224 less 1 Relief... i. 12. Court Expense ..i 1-5 County Road Bldg.2. Bridge Funding , Bonds . ....11. County Funding M .20,570 15.428 plusl 20,570 .'! 7.403 , J 10.285 2,057 Bonds ... ...... 1. j' il $2. MUSCATINE DAY ATALEDOFAIR - - 1 : I-'- '-.. ' , MERCHANTS PREPARE TO ATTEND TOMORROW WIU Not go in Caravan, as In Previous Tears, But Will Meet at Fair, Groands at 2 O'clock Merchants of Muscatine are preparing to Journey to Aledo, 111., tomorrow, to attend Muscatine day at the Mercer county fair. Plans for the trip were announced this morning by C E. Fox, secretary of the Association of Commerce.!) :f - j ' No "caravan" will be sent this year, a departure from the former custom. Tbe business men will go at any time they please and over any route they choose. This will make ft ' unnecessary tor them to have to "eat the dust' of cars ahead of them. It is requested, however, that all from Muscatine Tfys at the Aledo fair grounds by 2 o'clock, ready to follow the band in tbeparade past the am-pitheatre. This parade will be on foot. .. ! . " - Zlegler's band will leave from the Hershey building at noon. : Efforts are being made to recruit as large a delegation as possible from Muscatine, and most of the leading lo cal business; firms will be represented. PLAN FOR MEETINGS OF SCHOOL SOCIETY A series ' of monthly meetings for the school ' year was opened by the Parents-Teachers association of tlvi Garfield school at the school last night. The program consisted entirely of stereoptlcon slides relating to school work. I ' A program Is being arranged for the October session, while theNovember meeting will be featured by the election of officers, j : 1 , . .;. .1025 ; 1.25 MARSH, EUEDTKE AND MACKENZIE ft ARE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK IN COUNTY T. E. Marsh & Company of Sigour-ney, Herman Luedtke of ' Muscatine and Morrell Mackenzie of Muscatine were the successful bidders for county improvement work when bids were opened at the court house yesterday afternoon. 1 The board of supervisors selected these bids from 21 filed with the county engineer. The Marsh company, awarded the bridge contract,, will do the work for $(,380; Herman Luedtke will make channel changes and do tiling for f 6,-211, and the culvert contracts, awarded to Mackenzie, .went at $642. 1 The new bridge will be located at the RJchman crossing, one mile from Muscatine on rona 38. it win te an Innovation as far as . southeastern Iowa Is concerned, according to County Engineer F. P. G. Halbfass, as it will be the first concrete arch bridge on a primary road In this part of tbe state. The bridge will , cross Mad creek and will He between the C, R. I. k. P. and C, D. & M. railway tracks. It will be four feet wider than the old bridge.. The contract calls for completion April 20, 1925. Changes in the channel will be made thia ; fall according to present plans, and the creek be made to flow under the bridirea. .Dirt taken f'om the channel will be used in building np the roadway i whdn that work is done next spring. Grub and Clear Read. The contract price of $8,281 in ONE MILL River Is Not Low Enough to Pave, Is Verdict of Mayor A fall of the river to about 5.2 or 5.3 ft. will be necessary before paving construction can start on the levee at the foot of Iowa avenue, according to Mayor Joseph B. Miller. The Western States Paving company orvDavenport, holders of the contract, have asserted that about a six or seven inch fall is necessary before work can be started. The river stood at 5.9 this morning, falling about four inches in the last 24 hours. - The paving company is now engaged in street work In the city and it is believed that by the time present construction is completed, the river will be low enough to allow work to be started on the levee. , . : JOSEPH MANTHEY, PIONEER, 86, DIES ILLSESS IS FATAL TO U LOCAL KESIDEXT TEAR Buildings Constructed by Mr. Man. - they Stand In Muscatine Born ' j and Raised In Germany. Joseph Manthey. 86. a resident of this city for over 53 years, died at 10 o'clock this morning from a general breakdown following an illness of y more than a year. His death oc- curred at his home at 218 Roselawn. Mr. Manthey was born in Germany, -March 17 1839. 1 He married Miss Anna Weise of Germany. The couple came to this country tfnd lived in Minneapolis for several years, coming to Muscatine in 1870. They have lived here since. . x They celebrated their golden wedding-anniversary here Nov. J4, 1916. Mason by Trade i , Mr. Manthey was a stone and brick mason by trade and followed that occupation until his retirement 20 . years ago. Many buildings constructed by him are still standing In Muscatine and vicinity. . He is-survived by the following sons and daughters: John and Albert Manthey of , St. PauL Minn, Martin Manthey' of Minneapolis. Minn., Mrs. Frank Fass of Davenport, Mrs. John O'Connor of Wilton, and Mrs. John Tauly and Henry Manthey of Muscatine. One daughter. Mrs. William Mahoney,. died 23 years ago. Eight great grandchildren and 27. grandchildren also survive. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. r : ; TOWNSHIP BUREAUS MEETING THIS WEEK Two township farm -bureaus ef the county, will hold their regular monthly meetings this week. Montpelier township will meet Thursday eveninifTn the New Era gym. A local program will be provided and County Agent Joseph J. Wilson will show - moving picture films on the eradication of bovine tuberculosis. Members' of the Fulton township bureau will meet Friday evening at the home of -J. C. Egel. The moving pictures wfll also be shown there, in addition to the program. ' : REPORTS COMPLETED FOR CHURCH YEAR Reports for the fiscal year of the United Brethren church were completed at a meeting of the official board .Monday evening. Nomination of officers was made, the election to be held at the 11 o'clock service Sun-, day, Sept. 14. The conference of the district will be held the closing week in September In Albia, la. ILLINOIS FARMER IS FINED $5 AND COSTS Amos Ziegenhorn, a farmer in Illinois, was fined $5 and costs this morning in police court when he pleaded guilty to a charge of intoxication before Justice H. D. Horst. Ziegenhorn wa arrested Aug, 30. . ; cludes all the work of grubbing and clearing along the 12 mile of numbeT 38 road to Wilton. This will also be. done this fall, according to present plans' so that grading can get promptly under way in the spring. One of the culverts which Mr. Mac-Kensle will construct will be located on Elslie's . hill, and will serve to carry water from the road ditches down to the bottom of a ravine there, to prevent washing damage. The other culvert will be constructed on the gravel .road which' runs past the Slnnett place. ' 1 " , Other Contractors. Other contractors who bid on the bridge work Include Max Hartung of Muscatine, the Iowa Bridge company of Des Moines,' Fred J. Smith of Tipton, ' Herman Luedtkek of Muscatine, the Miller Taylor Construction company of Waterloo and Morrell Mackenzie of Muscatine. - f . Those bidding on the tiling other than Mr. Luedtke were C. P. Nlelson of Ames, and L. M. Cisco of Mason . City Other bidders on channel work were Jaaner brothers of Davenport, the Littig Construction company of Davenport, Korneman brothers of Muscatine, Ryan ft Fuller of Muscatine, Lec Plumb of Wapello, Nick las & Sons o( Muscatine and Thompson St, Barklow of Atallssa, ; , -

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