From the Nov. 20-24, 1920 editions of the Princeton Clarion-News:

45 YEARS FOR FORMER CHIEFMOUNT CARMEL, Ill. — After being out for ten hours, the jury in circuit court here today found J.M. Bunn, former chief of police here, guilty of murdering Frank Slanker, an engineer, last June. Bunn was sentenced to prison for a term of forty-five years.

MILITARY RITESA number of members of the local legion post are planning to go to Owensville tomorrow to attend the funeral of Athol Church, who died overseas from the effects of the flu and whose body was brought back to Owensville yesterday morning.

The Owensville Legion men have formed a firing squad and are awaiting shipment of rifles from Indianapolis which are expected to arrive today.

All ex-service men of the community are asked to attend in uniform.

JOHNSON ITEMSCorn husking is in full blast, and despite the fact of a late planting, a record crop is being harvested.

Garrett & Harmon have sold their meat shop to C.C. Johnson.

Ford Garrett will take charge of the A. Wallace & Co. elevator at this place soon, to succeed Alfred M. Johnson, who was elected auditor of this county.

MYSTERY OF TAXI DRIVER’S DISAPPEARANCE DEEPENSDennis Kuhen, 16 years old, Evansville taxi driver, disappeared last Tuesday, alive or dead?

Kuhen’s parents and brothers feer the latter alternative. All day yesterday and all day today they and their friends are scouring the country in the vicinity of Fort Branch and Princeton and Hazleton, hoping to find some trace of the missing boy. As yet they have no tangible clue.

Young Kuhen was the owner of a five-passenger car which he purchased in September. He operated the car as a taxi and was making good money in Evansville. Last Tuesday afternoon a heavy set, well-dressed man, according to other taxi drivers, hired Kuhen who was at the Union station at Evansville to take him to Fort Branch, where he said he was to meet a woman and bring her to Evansville. The boy took another passenger to some place in the city and then, after calling at his home and telling his mother he was going on a hurry-up trip and that he would not eat supper, started off.

Before going he asked his mother for a .32 caliber revolver she had in the house, saying he wanted to take it along as a matter of precaution. She gave him the firearm and that was the last she saw of him.

WEDNESDAY IS DONATION DAY FOR THE METHODIST HOSPITALWednesday is donation day for the Methodist hospital and every resident of the city will have an opportunity to make a donation to the institution.

...Fruit of all kinds, vegetables and canned goods of all kinds, anything to eat, in fact, anything used in the home can be used in the hospital.

BOOM IN COAL MINING SEENAyrshire Coal Company building 24-room hotel at Francisco. Many new shafts to be sunk in county during next year, work on Wagon Mine.

All indications are that Gibson County may expect a boom in coal mining for the coming year.

At Oatsville, five miles north of Francisco and eleven miles northeast of Princeton, a shaft is to be sunk early next year, it is said.

On the Dap Grech farm a mile northeast of here on the Oatsville road, Boonville and Princeton men are cleaning up the shaft of a wagon mine which is expected to open a four-foot vela chiefly to Princeton trade.

Somerville is to have two shafts and these are to be sunk within the next few months by Terre Haute and New York capitalists who are said to be affiliated with the Evansville, Terre Haute and Indianapolis railroad, the old E.& I.

A four-mile spur from the same road will connect with the Oatsville shaft.

The Deep Vein Coal company of Terre Haute and Princeton, owners of the Princeton mine are to sink a hoisting shaft just south of this city tapping the six-foot vein which is now being worked by the south entries of the local mine and still another mine at Kings, south of here, is assured for the coming year.

CAN’T CATCH THE REAL FLU TWICEPARIS— If you had the real Spanish Flu back in 1918 and 1919, and didn’t die of it, you won’t have it again.

You can start the winter with a perfectly light heart and no worry whatsoever as to how you would treat yourself in the event of a fresh attack — now that the time honored whisky and quinine cure is no longer integrally available.

This is the solemn and scientific assurance of Professor C. Dopter of the famous Val-de-Grace hospital at Paris.He has just published the full statistics and reports of the hospital on the Spanish Flu epidemic wince its original arrival in 1918 and which demonstrates conclusively that one attack of the disease establishes immunity.

From the standpoint of statistics Professor Dopter points out that the Spanish Flu of 1918 and 1919 came in two waves. It was quickly demonstrated that those who had the disease during the first wave did not contract it during the second. This has proved equally true in all subsequent epidemics.

HOPE TO SAVE GIANT SYCAMORE IN PATH OF NEW WABASH LEVEEEfforts made by the state department of conservations and citizens of the county, as well as citizens of Mount Carmel, Illinois to prevent the cutting of a sycamore tree which towers over the Wabash river bottoms at a point where a new levee is soon to be constructed near the junction of the Patoka and Wabash rivers, wand which engineers for the levee project claim is in the path of the improvement.

Unless public sentiment is sufficiently strong to cause the commissioners of Gibson County to slightly change the survey, or a public subscription can be raised to pay for such a change, it appears this monarch and sole survivor of the days when that portion of Indiana was a thickly wooded sector, is doomed to fall before present day commercial interests.

That sentiment is strong in Gibson County as well as at Mount Carmel, Illinois, just across the river, toward saving the big sycamore, is evidenced in numerous letters reaching the state department asking that no efforts be spared on behalf of the old monarch.

Robert Ridgeway, a noted ornithologist connected with the United States Biological Survey whose home is at Olney, Illinois, has written the department, registering a plea on behalf of this tree.

He says that in 1875 this tree was one of the twelve of the same species growing on an area not exceeding half a mile square, which averaged 23 ½ feet in circumference and 127 feet in spread of top by actual measurement, and about 150 feet in top. The lone sycamore remains of all of its former sturdy brothers.

This tree stands near the site of the new levee that will be constructed along the Wabash river...Because the line of survey for the $2,000,000 levee runs through the ground on which the tree stands, it is believed that the new improvement sounds a death warrant for the old forest monarch unless public sentiment can intervene.



Harve McGarrah, well known restaurant man of this city, has purchased the Princeton hotel, Main and Water streets, for $20,000 it was announced yesterday morning. Mr. McGarrah said this morning he would take charge of the hotel December 15.

The Princeton hotel is a fine property which has passed through many hands since early days in Princeton when it was known as the Donald House and before that when it was one of the old mansions of the early town. Within the memory of most citizens it has been a hotel.

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