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THE NEWS-HERALD, H1LLSB0R0, OHIO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1S14
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Catered at Post Otllce, Hillsboro, Ohio, as Second Class Matter.
ADVEKTliflNG KATES Will Be Made Known on Application.
To preserve peace it is necessary for a nation to be prepared for
war, is a favorite argument of those who believe in a large army
and navy. At frequent intervals in the last few years some promi
nent man has come forward with a demand for a large army and
navy for this country and paint a doleful picture of the helplessness
of this country in case of war and of the terrible disasters that
would befall us in case of war ; how our seacoast cities would be
destroyed, our ships of commerce captured and the great loss and
damage we would suffer. Congressman Gardner is the latest agita
tor for a large army and navy.
That you can preserve peace by being prepared to fight is in
our opinion a fallacious argument. The European War would seem
to forever settle the question. All of these nations were prepared
for war and none of them has peace. The United States is the
only great nation in the world without an immense army and a great
navy and is the only great nation of the world not engaged in the
war. And it would seem especially foolish for this nation to have
a large army and navy. While if we were to have war with a
powerful nation it might be possible that a number of our large
cities along the the seacoasts would be destroyed, our geographical
location it would seem would protect us from any real danger from
an invading army. No nation could land an army on our shores
large enough to march across the country and overcome all resist
ance we could bring against it. The army of any nation that
would attempt this would be certain to be annihilated.
Further nations we think are very much like individuals. Ac
cording to our observations the men who have the most fights are
the ones who are prepared to fight. The men who go around armed
get into more trouble than the men who are unarmed. The man
who never carries a weapon with which to fight seldom has a fight
forced upon him. If to be prepared to fight will preserve peace
among nations, would it not do the same thing among individuals ?
Following out this reasoning to its logical conclusion would result
in requiring men to go armed to keep them from fighting. And
still there is a law in this state making it a felony for a man to
carry concealed weapons.
Waste of Public Aloney.
The office of county recorder should be abolished and the work
done as a department of the auditor's office. In Highland county
the recorder receives a salary of $1550 a year.
This may sound like a foolish proposition, as the office has
been so long established, but to those familiar with the work of the
offices its feasibility will be evident. As is well known the duties
.of the county recorder consist in keeping a record of deeds, mort
gages, mechanics liens, etc.
The combining of the recorder's and auditor's offices would
.mean not only a saving in money, but would simplify the work and
make the transacting of business easier and more convenient for
the general public. Under the present system if a piece of prop
erty is sold the purchaser must first go to the auditor's office.
There the deed will be transferred and he pays for that. The
auditor then tells the person that he or she must go the recorder's
office and have it recorded. The recorder collects a fee for this,
marks the deed filed, turns it over to his clerk for record and tells
party when he can get it. If the two offices were combined, the
auditor or his deputy who made the transfer could have collected
the fee for transfer and record, have done every thing the recorder
now does, in the same time he was making the transfer. It would .
have saved the man or woman who was having this done from '
visiting two offices. It would have cut out an unnecessary official
and saved time in the transaction of the business.
If the offices were combined in this county the work could be
done in the auditor's office with one additional clerk besides the
present force ; that is with the recorder's deputy. We do not be
lieve that anyone conversant with the business of the two offices
will deny this. We, however, do not want to be understood as
claiming that this would not throw some additional work on the
present force in the auditor's office, because it would. People visit
the recorder's office to have mortgages and liens recorded, to have
them released, to examine records, who do not now visit the audi
tor's office. To handle this work might possibly at a liberal esti
mate require one hour of some person's time each day and the
auditor and his assistants would have the time to devote to this
without either being overworked or slighting their other work.
A law should be passed abolishing the recorder's office and
establishing a record division of the auditor's office. This would
cut out a waste of $1550 of public money each year.
In our editorial on'"Waste of Public Money" last week, deal
ing with the combining of the Common Pleas and Probate Courts
in this county there was a mistake. When the law was passed in
3913 authorizing thecombining of these courts the salary of the one '
judge for the two courts was made the same as that of the common j
pleas judge. At the special session of the legislature in 1914, the
law was amended, giving an additional salary of $1000 to the com
mon pleas judge in counties where the courts were combined. This
law we overlooked in our examination of this question or rather we
did not look to see whether the law had been amended as it had
been passed so recently. With this change in the law, to combine
the courts would mean a saving of $1345 instead of $2345, as we
stated. The amendment of the law increasing the salary we think
was wrong. If any change was to be made it should have been to
decrease the salary at present received by the common pleas, judge,
which in this county is $3700. With the two courts combined, if
the salary of the judge was placed at $3500,' we do not believe the
office would go begging. In fact we are certain that any lawyer
in the county would be glad to get the job at $3000 a year. And
we have always believed that a salary for any position was large
enough when all the people qualified and eligible to fill it would be
anxious to get it at that salary.
Some Observations on Much Dis- 5
cussed Problem by City
Euitou ok Nkws Hhiiald:
An unsigned circular printed on yel
low rard board entitled "Ten Cents A
Month," has just recently been left at
nil toe residences in Hillsborn evident
ly for the purpose of influencing the
voters in favor of the light contract
which has been prepar'd bv the Light
Company and is to be submitted to the
electors of our village on thev15th day
of this riionth.
This nrtlrle was evidently prepared
by aome one connected with or on the
pnyrole of the Unlit IMant, because
all its argument lead to the conclusion
that the only salvation for Ilillsboro
lies in it3 voting through the tpn year
contract for street lighting asked for
b the Light Company.
The wonJer of it all is, that the per
son or persons who prepared this ar
ticle should have suddenly become so
much intetested in the welfare of our
town. This article charges that Hills
boro is the object of ridicule in all
sections of the country; it is the only
town in the state whose inhabitants
are so far behind; that it Is being
avoided by traveling men, the property
of the town is depreciating in value;
that, the streets are unsafe for travel
and women greatly annoyed; that sev
eral minor accidents due directly to
darkened streets have occurred ; that
num rous cases of sneak-thieving have
been detected; that the Business Men's
Association cannot "Boost" the town
while these conditions obtain, etc. etc.
What a wail of woe and what heart
pangs the writer nf this circular must
have had while preparing the same.
Great alarm is also expressed for
fear the Christmas shopping will be
interferred with. Has the Light Com
pany any toys to dispose of that it
need be so alarmed about the con
dition of the town?
Fear is also expressed that 'The
Great.FauIconer Tabernacle Meetings"
will not reap the resutls that they
should and that those coming here dur
ing those meet'ngs will get a bad im
pression of our town. When were
those actively connected with the
management of the Light Plant ever
before seized with such a spasm of con
cern lor the success of any evangel
istic effort that has bpen put forth in
It is certainly remarkable how much
the writer of this circular is interest
ed in the civic, industrial, and spirit
ual development of our stricken city.
The article also intimates that un
less the people vote this light confact
through next Tuesday, the village will
remain forever thereafter in utter
Are the people1 of this village go
ing to be fooled by such sophistry
and fallacious argument, advanced by
one whose real interest is not the
welfare of the town, as he would have
you believe, but that of securing for
the Light Plant a contract in iu inter
est and perchance to continue himself
un its pay role?
If the matter of arranging for lights
i,s left to the village Council, who have
been working diligently for the best
interest of the village in that regard,
I am quite sure that our streets will
soon be lighted and at a price com
mensurate with its worth and of our
ability to pay.
J. W. WATTS
Legal Counsel for the Village of
Living Thing On
Free ; a 500 1 page book on the treat
ment and care of "Every Living Thing
on the Farm;" horses, cattle, dogs,
heep, hogs and poultry, by Hum
phreys' Vetlnary Specifics ; also a sta
ble chart for ready reference, to hang
ap. Free by mall on application. Ad
dress Humphreys Homeo Med. Co.,
Corner Williams & Ann Sts., N. Y. adv
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' A paper chimney, 50 feet high and
fireproof, Is a curiosity to be seen ut
Dec. 6, 1914.
Charles Sprinkle and wife spent
Sunday with J. E. Hamilton and wife.
Jacob Fling spent Saturday and
Sunday with Milton Easter and wife.
Mrs. Macy RotrotT, of Sugartreo
Ridge, Is visiting her sister, Mrs. Hat
W. S. Halgh has received a car load
of corn shipped from Indiana.
Mrs. T. O. Kerr left last Friday to
visit friends near Washington.
Rev. T. C. Kerr had a sale last Sat
urday afternoon, no and his family
will go to Bloomlngton this week.
The people here regret very much to
see them go.
W. R Noland and wife gave a re
ception for their son, Hilton, and bride,
Miss Mary Mllllgan will have an
oyster siipper at her school at Mt. Zion
next Friday night. Everybody cor
dially invited to help In their effort to
place a library In their school.
SPECIAL LOW PRICES
I closed out from one of the lar
gest clothing manufacturers a
lot of fine Suits and Overcoats
at prices less than cost to make.
This is Your Time to Save taey
CALL IN AND SEE THEM
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5 This store with its three floors overflowing with Holiday Goods of jj
H every description for man woman and child is the one big, real, ideal store
H for you in which to purchase your Holiday supplies. a
OUR FIRST FLOOR
Contains Ribbons, Handkerchiefs, Hosiery, Gloves, Corsets, Mesh Bags, Fancy
Ej Combs, Fancy Barrettes, Bar P,ins, Post Cards, Hair Pins, Neck Beads, Neck Wear, EE
Scarfs, Aprons, Bootes, Towels, Napkins, Stationery, Seals and Cards, House
Dresses, Wear-U-Well Shoes, Sad Irons, Table Cutlery, Pictures, Pocket Knives, S3
Harmonicos, Mirrors, Fancy Baskets, Cut Glass, Toilet Cases, Perfumes, Jewelry, .
Cigars, Music, Gold Fish, Electrical Goods, Waste Paper Baskets, Calendars, S3
Oranges, Bananas, Nuts and
I CANDIES 1
Our Basement Department
Contains Fancy Chinaware, Queensware, Glassware, Lamps, Jardinieres, Enameled
Ware, Tinware, Woodenware,Coal Vases, Aluminum Ware, Vases, 5c Counter, 10c
Counter, 15c Counter and a big assortment of
25c and 50c Salad Dishes and Cake Plates
Our Joyland Department (Second Floor)
Entrance Outride, Next to Laundry
Contains Toys of every description for Boys and Girls, Books and Games, Sleds,
Skates, Base Ball Supplies, Christmas Tree Ornaments, Dolls Pictures, Doll Car
riages, Go Carts, Express Wagons, Velocipedes, Drums, Crokinole Boards, Post
Cards, Phonographs and Records, and
10c Alger and Boy Scout Books lOc
It will pay you to do all your Christmas shopping early and as much as you can
at this store. Our prices are reasonable. We do not sell below cost. We
couldn't stay in business if we did. We are here to serve you in every way possible,
and we get our joy from the service rendered you. Our store never looked Jprettier
than it does now. Make it your headquarters now and all the time. Electrically
cooked coffee and tea served Free at our Electric Booth every day from 2 to 5 p. m.
Come! Come! Come!
COME HERE FIRST
STABLER'S 5 and 10c STORE
"We teach your $ $ $ to have more cents."