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23 March
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This Week in History… 100 Years Ago, the week of March 31, 1917

NAVY OFFICER MAKES APPEAL FOR MEN

The navy department states that eight hundred men are required from the states of Colroado and Wyoming immediately to fill the navy’s emergency complement. They must be enlisted by April 20. You are requested to take this matter up at a mass meeting, appealing to all local American citizens to stimulate recruiting for the navy and urge every young man between the ages of 17 and 30. Navy men are being placed on gun crews on all merchant vessels sailing for the war “zone”.

FORKED STICK NO GOOD FOR DISCOVERING ORE

The idea that a forked twig or so called diving rods useful in locating minerals, finding hidden treasures or detecting criminals is a curious superstition that has been the subject for discussion since the middle of the 1th century and still has a strong hold on the popular mind, even in this country. To all inquirers, the United States geological survey gives the advice not to expend any money for the services of any “water fork” or for the use or purchase of any machine or instrument devised for locating under ground water or other minerals.

MAY DECALRE STATE OF WAR

President Wilson is expected within the next forty-eight hours to indicate definitely that he believes a virtual state of war exists between the United States and Germany. News received from Plymouth that fifteen men, some of them Americans, had been drowned when the American merchantman Vigilancia was sunk without warning by a German submarine, added, if possible to the already grave view of the situation held here as a result of the destruction of the Vigilancia, the Illinois and the City of Memphis.

NABBED WITH 105 PINTS

Albert Morris and E.E. Leister, supposed to be from Denver, were arrested as they stepped from the train here carrying suit cases in which the sheriff afterward discovered 105 pint bottles of whiskey.

JUMPS FROM THE TRAIN AND ESCAPES

Everett L. Songer, 24, arrested in Walnut, Kansas several days ago, after a country-wide search following a long series of burglaries in Pueblo, sprang from a window in a Santa Fe passenger train near Rocky Ford while the train was speeding toward this situ at forty miles an hour and escaped.

MRS. BONNIE NEWELL GETS DIVORCE

Mrs. Bonnie Baber Newell, who as Bonnie Baber, created a sensation last July by eloping from this city to Colorado Springs and marrying Floyd Newell, has been granted an interlocutory divorce in the County Court here. She charged habitual drunkenness.