Underwood St. was the site of a barn fire. Both firebox 14 and 19 were pulled. Company 1 responded to the second call, but stopped at 9th and Greenbush instead of going all the way to the fire. The fire could be seen for miles and the barn, full of hay, was lost. Neighbors saved the livestock. No word on the cost of the loss, but the owner did have some insurance.
Wabash Valley Sanatorium was in danger of being sold for back taxes. The facility’s owners were in court attempting to get an exception from the tax. They asked that the sheriff’s sale be postponed while the court case was on going. In another part of the paper, the sanatorium advertised a sale on some of their services.
Fans of the polar explorations were saddened to learn that Robert Scott (link) and his party were found dead. Roald Admundsen (link), Scott’s competition, commented on the loss. He painted a picture of what he believed Scott went through.
A Tippecanoe County branch of the Anti-saloon League of Indiana was formed in Lafayette. Officials from the state league met at the Y.M.C.A. here. The league was open to all Tippecanoe County churches in addition to all the residents. The mission of the anti-saloon league was to outlaw traffic of liquor as well as shut down establishments selling liquor.
There were mixed emotions of locals upon reading of the assassination of the president and vice-president of Mexico. The ongoing rebellion had been a political problem for the United States. President Wilson would have to deal with the issue.
One of the islands captured in the Spanish American War, Puerto Rico, was considered for citizenship. The house passed the bid in March of 1912, President Wilson was in favor, but the bill was held up in the Senate. A senate report finally finished prompted the senate to finally move on the cause.
The Insurance Title and Abstract Company was formed by local citizens. President William Mitchell said the insurance protected real estate buyers from fraud. Unscrupulous people were selling real estate with no clear title. Later law suits usually found for the true owner and the buyer rarely got his money back from the imposter.