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Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, August 4, 2012
ACTIVITIES AT CAMP GRANT: The "Red Course" of the Citizens' Military Training Camp is now under way at Camp Grant, Illinois. It began July 21st when candidates reported and will end on August 20th when they start for home. The men in attendance are enthusiastic and believe that many people in their home towns would like to know something about the camp:Candidate Wilfred Dixson Jones, Sixth Co., Second Battalion.
"Soldiers are again in the making at Camp Grant at least one so judges who is in the vicinity hears the shouted commands or see the rhythmic movements of hundreds of men going through the physical exercises or the long lines of khaki-clad men wheeling into line and column. Closer inspection reveals that these are very young men, full of enthusiasm, "pep" and the proverbial American spirit; they are officers in the making; they are candidates enrolled in the Citizens' Military Training Camp.
The twelve hundred candidates picked from an application list of over 10,000 names from three states in the Sixth Army Corps Area-Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin-arrived here on July 21st for a four weeks' intensive training course in the duties of a soldier camp is the first of this kind to be held and is known as the "Red Camp." Colonel William P. Jackson, infantry is in command.
The men are quartered in the central part of the cantonment in buildings formerly occupied by the 42nd Infantry. These building in excellent condition are comfortable, commodious and sanitary; by reason of their splendid ventilation; the men spend practically the whole twenty-four hours in the open:Arrangements for feeding the candidates are the best and though the spirit of contentment shown by every candidate is ample evidence that the mess is being conducted in a satisfactory manner, special attention will be paid in order that it be kept at is present high standard. The War Dept. is paying the expenses of candidates both to and from the camp and their homes and all expenses while at the camp" (This is part of a larger article.)
SALE ENDS IN ROW: A public auction of furniture was advertised to be held last Thursday afternoon by Mrs. Hattie Pendry, who recently disposed of her hotel property here to Mrs. Mahnesmith. A fair sized crowd was present at the appointed hour for the sale, but the bidding did not start off very briskly and after a few articles had been knocked off at what Mrs. Pendry considered too low prices, she ordered the sale stopped. A leather upholstered davenport had been knocked off to Dr. H.L. Marshall, who proceeded to remove the same from the premises. This action met with opposition on the part of Mrs. Pendry who declared her intention of retaining possession of the property and assumed a decidedly belligerent attitude in regard to the matter. Dr. Marshall then applied to Justice W. H. White for a writ of replevin, which was granted and Marshal James Rezner was directed to take charge of the property. When the marshal essayed this duty, he found that neither oral argument nor the art of diplomacy would avail in inducing the surrender of the davenport by its erstwhile owner, and he was obliged to resort to physical force in retraining the fury of the woman whose home he had invaded in the performance of his duty while some assistants carried the davenport out of to the dray which was waiting. The air in the vicinity of the scene is said to have been very sulphurous during the brief period required in getting the davenport out of the house; and when the job was accomplished and the dispossessed owner released by the marshal, the frantic rush of the spectators to get out of the danger zone would have done credit to a London street crowd during a zeppelin air raid.
The trial of the rights of property in the case was called in Justice White's court last Thursday morning and as the defendant failed to appear, the ownership of the davenport was awarded to Dr. Marshall by default.
DOES JAZZ PUT THE SIN IN SYCOPATION? Dancing to Mozart minuets, Strauss waltzes and Sousa two-steps would never lead to the corset-check room which now holds sway in hotels, clubs and dance halls. Nor would a girl who wore a corset in those days have been dubbed "Old Ironsides" and left a desolate wall flower in a corner of the ballroom," says Mrs. Mary E. Oberndorfer, National Music Chairman of the General Federation of Music Clubs.
The quotation above appears in an article appear in the Ladies Home Journal entitled "Does Jazz Put the Sin in Syncopation?" written by her in the interest of better music. This article points out how music may become an influence for evil. It directs particular criticism to jazz.
Offering proof that Jazz produces a definite demoralizing effect on the human brain she continues: "Jazz originally was the accompaniment of the Voodoo dancer, stimulating the half-crazed barbarian to the vilest deeds." After pointing out the evils created by Jazz, she concludes with a plea for good music because of the help and inspiration it can and will give. She says, "The Music Department of the General Federation of Music Clubs has taken for its motto-"To Make Good Music Popular and Popular Music Good!" The article shows how the women of America can help the club women carry out this motto in every home firmly, steadfastly, determinedly, until all the music in our land becomes as influence for good. (And later such critics labeled "Rock and Roll and Hard Rock" sinful. History does repeat itself.)
***OBITUARY***MRS. OSCAR MARSHALL: The remains of Mrs. Oscar Marshall whose home was near Danville, Iowa, and who passed away at the Burlington Hospital July 31st, were brought to Stronghurst and sepultured in Hope Abbey mausoleum following funeral services at the Olena Methodist Church. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lant of Olena.