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Mail Tribune 100

July 23, 1917


"A Romance in Rags" is the title of a film being shown tonight at the Star theater. "Very few people understand the manufacture of prepared roofing," says Mr. W. L. Maahon, representative of the Certainteed Products corporation, "and consequently this film is intensely interesting.

"Each year sees an enormous growth in the roofing industry," he states, "and this year, with the Certain-teed people supplying literally train loads of roofing to the government for cantonment work, will see a new high record made without a doubt."


Private Burton T. Brown, 19 years old. of Company I, committed suicide at 3:50 o'clock this morning in the company armory at the corner of Central Avenue and Sixth Street, by shooting himself in the head with his service rifle. Death was instantaneous, as the bullets blew off the top of his head.

No cause for the act of self-destruction is known except that Brown had been troubled with insomnia for four or five days past, and his inability to sleep worried him greatly about his general health. He spoke of this worry to a number of his comrades.

The dead man's home was at Canby, Oregon, and he had been a number of Company I since last April. On the company's records his father's name is given as E. C. Brown, and the latter's address as Oregon City, rural route 3.

The dead solider was of a quiet and reserved disposition, and was popular among his comrades. Both Captain Grover Todd and his enlisted members of the company speak in the highest terms of his character. His tragic death has cast an air of gloom over the command.

Private Brown was on guard duty at the armory building until midnight last night. When relieved from duty he at once went to bed in the company barracks on the top floor. He arose about 3:45 o'clock this morning and came down stairs to the balcony floor where he entered a small room. His movements attracted no notice whatever from the guard on duty, nor of the several other soldiers who were awake.