SCOTT COUNTY KICKER
V0L- xy BENTON, MO., NOVEMBER 2, i912 NO 48.
THIS IS NOT AN "OPEN LETTER'
But it Tells an Interesting Story of Official Despotism
I don't reckon there Is any use
addressing any more letters to
our prosecuting attorney, since
he refuses to make any reply. Vo
I will Just tell the story to the
people about It. Maybe they will
In the libel 'soot " against the
.Klcker they have fUed a motion
to strike out all of my answers
concerning matters that happen
ed prior to January, 1911, when
Mr. McWIUiams took office
claiming that he had nothing to
do with what happened before
then, and that If violations of
law were committed he was not
responsible for the non-enforcement
of the law.
All right. Let It go at that.
But lets' see what has happened
since January, 1911. I shall
speak on(y of printing because
that is II matter with which I
am familiar. And if there is stu
pendous waste in the printing de
partment who will say that it
does not exist elsewhere?
In 19)8 it cost the tax-payers
$7 to tave their financial state
ment published. See county court
reeordj. book 13, page 442.
In lit n it cost $90. See coun
court records, book 15 page 3S.
Mr. HcWilllnms was then pros-
editing attorney And I eaiiei his
attoir. ion to it through the Kick
1912, I went be
ne county court ami asked
printing would be let to
I west bidder. I was given
rive answer and handed to i
.1 . 1 1 !
Fraser the following:
(the Scott county Court tlie
county Kicker herein
to publish the 'inancial
lient of 1911-1- for Si'".;
kct (or the April term of
circUt court for $20. and ditch
and tther notices that tlie cour t
or cirk are authorized by law to
navoj published for one half tlie
rateipald in recent years.
Phi, A. Hefner, Editor Kicker.
.in j;e F rater ordered it filed.
By viis action I felt that per
naps bids would be asked for and
explained that in case case the
printing should be let that I
wanted the prlvlllge of withdraw
ing that bid and put in another
for Anyone could easily underbid
mc v ith my bid on file.
This was agreed to.
Time passed and no bids were
asked for. The court docket was
pr'ui ted ; the financial statement
appeared, and so on.
One day I met Judge Frazer In
Commerce and naked, -what did
ihe Court do with my bid?"
Th Judge hesitated a bit and
replied, "Why. the other fellow
took it for a dollar cheaper."
Too1", what for a dollar cheap
er?' I insisted.
"Why, the financial statement."
"But that was not the under
standing. It was understood that
if competitive bids were to be ac
cepted, I was to have the right
to withdraw my bid and put in
To this there was no reply.
Returning to neutou I went
over the records to see if any ul
lOWaaoa had been made for pub
lishing the financial statement of
1912. No bill had been presented
nor has there been to this day
although the Democrat has faith
fully presented bills and collected
for all other printing.
And you wonder why.'
Well, as I sae it, it is some
more, of their "funny work."
They don't want me to be able
to prove in their libel "soot ' that
this statement that ;ot $120 In
lttlO and $90 in 1011 cost only
S24 In 191 "J. But .iuuc rrase
"let the cat out." 1 he statement
: 1912 occupied one-tnirq more
pace than eith-v ! the former
statements, yet it "ost only .ne
Jlftn M much as in WtO and enc
fourth as much as In 1.11 all
because the Kicker had B bid on
file to do It for $25. But for the
Circuit court docket which I of
fered to print for 20 they paid
950. See book 15, page 304.
And they again paid '$50 for the
docket of this October term.
And it is your money that is do
ing the paying.
By examining my bid you will
notice that I agreed to publish all
other notices for one-half what
they had been paying. For pub
lishing the list of primary candi
dates in 1910 the Democrat re
ceived $53 See book 14, page 349
One-half of this, which is the a
mount the Kicker agreed to do It
for, would be $26.50. Yet the
Democrat and Sikeston Standard
received $74 each-WHICH IS IN
EXCESS OF THE MAXIMUM LE
GAL RATE I
e e e e
Understand, I am only hitting
the high places. It would take too
much space to tell it all. On Sep
tember 30 I addressed the fol
lowing to Judge Frazer at Com
merce "Sec. 5895 says the pruiting and
publishing of the ballots 'shall be
done under the direction and with
the consent and approval of the
county court.' Will the court ask
for bids on this work? If so. It
should be done soon, so that the
printer can lay In the necessary
"received no reply. I did not
expect any. A day or so later I
went Into the county clerk's of
fice and asked Mr. McPheeters if
kids would tie asked for on the
tnat would be Hard to Duplicate.
Of course he didn't know. He
said he had not received the copy
from the secretary of state and
ventured the Information that It
was presidential year and would
be a big Jobt
I assured him that that made
no difference that I was ready
to offer a bid on the work.
Then he said the court had giv
en him no Instructions in the mat
On Saturday, October 12. I was
at Commerce. Judge Frazer met
me saying, "I owe you an apology
for not answering your letter. I
knew I would be out soon and
was there this week and intended
seeing you, but. somehow, I didn't
"Oh. that's all right," I answer
ed. "What did you decide to do ?
"Well, the court meets on the
24th, and we can take the matter
"That will be too late. The bal
lot has to be published two weeks
before the election."
The Judge agreed that this was
true, but said he didn't like to
call the court together just for
Why, doctor." I went on, "It
would save the. people from 6150
to $800 and it stems to me that
THAT would be or as much im
portance as the granting of a
saloon license, and you have spe
cial terms ror that."
judge seemed to
would call the c
I expected to see notices up on
Monday for n special term of
court, but there War none. So
Tuesday I again went to clerk
Mcl'heeters and asked what
would be done about printing th
"I have already arranged to
have them printed." he said.
I banded aim this:
"To the Scott county court and
the clerk thereof
For the election of Nov. ". 1912.
the Kicker will furnish ballots
and publish same as follows :
Constitutional amendments, bal
lots, per 1.000, S3 35.
Voting ballots (candidates), per
1,000, 1 25.
publish same In
weeks for $20.
In one other
weeks for S15.
paper for two
If supplements are furnished,
Kicker will publish same for two
weeks for $15. Resp.
PHIL. A. HAFNER. "
"I want that bid FILED." 1 in
sisted, "and if there are ajiy
c barges I want to pay them."
The clerk said there would be no
charges and 1 went out.
A few days later, with pencil
and tablet in hand I went to the
clerk who said he "had made ar
rangements" to find out what
the printing and publishing of
the ballots would cost this year.
He said he didn't know.
I Insisted that if arrangements
had been made he ought to know.
He said the cost would be more
than niybid. Rut I could "worm"
nothing from him except that the
Sikeston Herald would get (50
for publishing it. As to what the
Democrat would get he said that
would not be known until the al
lowance was made by the court.
Ain't that queer?
The bid that I put in amount
to about onethajl what it , cost
two years ago although this is
a presidential year and the ballot
is much larger. Ordinnrially I
. pould have done the work for one-
third less, but I had a law-suit
to look after and fixed the1 price
so that, If necessary, I could have
the work done in St .Louis and
yet make a profit.
I had spoken to two Democratic
publishers of the county either
of which agreed to publish the
ballots for two weeks for $10. if
I furnished the supplement. You
notice that I agreed to do this
for $15. Yet the Sikostq.il Herald
gets $50 and we will find out
what the Democrat gets when
the allowance is made.
At the same time this "trig
gering' was going on In the ballot
job Mr. Harris, the suei intend
ent of schools wanted some print-
ng for public schools and asked
rr, nmn,.of .
$30 25. ' The Kicker I bid was
$17.90. Here was a saving of
about 40 per cent. If the Demo
crat bad been given a free hand,
without competition. Its charge
would have pnbbably been $50 or
No doubt you wonder why the
Democratic officials do not do
likewise end save money for the
It is because the money does not
come out of their pockets.
YOU pay for It, and with this
patronage they control the paper
that tells you of the honesty, the
efficiency and capability of Dem
ocratic officials. You are made
to pay for your own misinforma
tion and deception.
But eo long as "the party" has
the prosecuting attorney and se
lect the grand Juries they are
sale You can't reach them. The
grand Jury of a year ago created
quite a furore and very few peo
ple knew how it happened. But
Judges Frazer and Bandy were
both new men and not "onto thei r
Job." It wa' their first attempt
at picking a grand jury and
they made a fearful mans of it.
Judge Farls was also new and 1
dont reckon anyone around here
had the nerve to try to give him
the tip as to who should be ap
pointed foreman. W. 0. Bowman,
the Republican candidate for
county judge from the first dis
trict was appointed foreman, and
a grand jury composed of ten
Democrats and two Republicans
contained this in their report :
"WE ARE INDEED SORRY TO
MAKE THE I FOLLOWING RE
PORT about the poor farm, but
we feel that is Is our duty to do
so. In the first place the farm
has been badly located, being a
quarter of a mile off the high wa.v
Hardly a more desolate spot in
the state could have been found.
We believe that land lying be
tween the farm and tlie highway
should be bought, and the proper
kind of buildings erected. We
found the fences ell down and
the yards surrounding the build
ings turned into a regular pig
pen and cattle lot. Horses, mules
and cattle, goats and hogs went
wherever they pleased and were
right by the doors and windows
of the buildings occupied by the
inmates. The buildings were in a
very unsanitary condition. Many
of the rooms being used for the
r1"" wi hiui iuk ni twu, iuu
1 i iinir T. .1 .1 . . I T.i , . . . ..... nr
.iwnimfi .an, auu ina ,-. knJUJV Ul
iuv rooms were usexi io store a-
way various kinds of machinery.
"We also believe the rooms oc
cupied by the inmates should be
disinfected more frequently, as in
several of these rooms where we
visited it was almost unbearable
on account of the offensive odor.
We also want to call at
tention to a sick man whom
we found In one of these rooms.
His bed and room were anything
but sanitary, and this man told
us he had been sick all summer.
Something should be done to re
lieve his suffering, and he should
should receive the proper kind of
medical treatment. His bed and
room should be disinfected and
put In bettercondition. We found
this poor fellow lying upon a bed
with his head entirely covered on
account of the flies being eo bad.
If his room was screened it
would no doubt be a great relier
to him from these pests. No doubt
the stock having the run of the
yard drew a great many of these
"Possibly the greatest surprise
to this jury was the case of a
woman whom we found to be an
epileptic. This woman had never
been married and has been on the
farm for several years and has
given birth to three children and
is again pregnant. Surely this Is
a deplorable state of affairs and
a disgrace to the fair name of
Scott county. Two of her child
ren are dead ; the one living is a
bout two years old. We think the
woman; should be sent to the insane-asylum
at Farmington or to
the home for the feeble-minded at
Marshall, Mo., and the child to
the orphan's home. Some action
should be taken in this matter at
once to clear the county of the
"In conclusion we cannot help
but say this farm is indeed poorly
managed and not fit for the pur
pose it is intended."
SAYINGS OF LINCOLN.
By Burke McCarty.
Away back in 1S47 Abraham
Lincoln uttered the following
"in the early days of our race
i the Almighty said to the first of
our race, "in the sweat or tuy
face shalt thou eat bread.'' And
since then, if we except the light
and air of heaven, no good thing
has been or can bo enjoyed by us
without having first cost labor.
"And, In as much as most good
things are produced by labor, it
follows that ail such things, of
right, belong to THOSE WHOSE
LABOR PRODUCED THEM.
' But It so happened, in the ages
of the world, that some have lab
ored and others have, without la
bor, enjoyed a large portion of
"This is wrong and should not
continue. To secure each laborer
the WHOLE PRODUCT OF HIS
LABOR, or as nearly as possible.
is a worthy object of any good
i government See Lincoln's Com
i plete Works. Nicolay & Hay, vol.
flw: Wh ln
1847,, at about -he time Marx
and Engels were printing the
Manifesto, Abraham Lincoln, an
unknown and self-educated law
yer In swampy Illinois got hold
of this central concept of Social
ism? Isn't It strange that the grand
old party, which always parades
the NAME of Lincoln and rarely
quotes the LANGUAGE of Lin
coln, has given no attention to
this, the greatest thought of
Lincoln THE RIGHT OF LABOR
AN INDUSTRY THREATENED
"What you want to do la to
have this mud bole in the road
fixed," sild the visitor.
"That goes to show," replied
Fanner Corntosael, "horar little
you reformer understand local
conditions. I've party nigh paid
off a mortgage with the money
I made hauling automobile oat
o Wat mud now." Wj
THE "INTELLIGENT" VOTER.
The average "free born Ameri
can" voter is a rare article.
Shackled hand and foot he will
yawp about his liberty and his in
dependencewear a party badge,
march In a parade gotten up by
his master and shout himself
hoarse. A few swigs of booze
helps along the enthusiasm.
Rut this free born American ci
tizan often has a rude, awakening
after the ejection. If liejLs a
wage-slave the boss may stop his
pay. Very naturally he looks
around for another boat and
sometimes these are hard to find.
He often parades the highways
for months looking for a Job not
with bannei's and flags fifing,
nor to the musiu of a brass band,
but if he is not too broken in spir
it he may whistle "tramp, tramp,
while his rags flutter In the
If he be a tenant farmer the
boss mav notifv him t.i vsnata
e 1 p , Knofl will onnnn , I. .
V. .r. -.u ' ' ..1 . 1,11 a
big. long contract In which this
free born American signs away
every right the law may have in
tended for him. But he signs. It
is either that or get off the earth.
Visions of that patriotic parade
return to him. but he tries to for
get. He sees his family suffering
j for the necessities of I'fe. He be
comes sullen, restless and dlscon
I tented and damns the government
I Ha keeps this up until just be
I fore the next election. Then his
boss begins to appear Interested
i In him. . He goes to town and the
i well dressed men notice him even
shake hands and chat With him
They tell him about prosperity
i and so on, and the merchants
even extend a little credit. They
pin on a badge ami enroll him ms
member of the club. He i- told
that his bom belongs to the club
I and that be ought to. And In a
i few days Mr. Free Born American
is again seen in the parade mak
ing a fool of himself.
And on ejection day'.'
Well, there are always some
! Work-mules who act a little stub
born. And the rooters In the
towns know exactly who they
'are and watch for their coming.
! They also know their prejudices
and weaknesses and are prepar
I ed. If Ruben Jones Deacon of the
Brown Creek church, is a little off
: they have the preacher or some
! other good brother laying for
! him. If Ike Smith, who is fond of
; his "tea," is in rebellion, the wet
goods brigade attends to him and
And this will be worked at eve
I ry polling place in Boott county
'and everywhere else on November
I 5 just as it has been Worked In
! the past. And this will continue
1 until the masses are sufficiently
intelligent to Know ana realise
the value of a vote. When that
point has been reached, then it
will bo as impossible to talk or
wheedle you out if your vote as
it would now be to talk you out
of giving up a farm without get
ting anything In return.
The average citizen has not the
remotest idea of the value of his
vote. The plutes know -and they
spend millions upon millions in
getting what you throw away
and then make you dig up the
millions in interest, rent and prof
it. They do not make a cash pur
chase of your vote not unless :t
becomes necessary. It is cheaper
to hand a rooter a $10 bill and a
jug of liquor. He keeps the bill
and you get the liquor.
But when you reach a point
where you fuse to exchange
your vote fijF'honied words or li
quor, they will come at you with
the cash as they did In Adams
county. Ohio, and in Uncle Joe
Cannon's district In Illinois, two
IT IS SAID THAT
"No rogue e'er felt the halter
With good opinion of the.! aw'
Then why should we find fault
with the exploiters of the people
for not haviug a good opinion of
Socialism which would shut off
If I were a capitalist, and a
defender of capitalism. 1 don't be
lieve I'd want a Socialist paper In
my home either. Do you believe
that an exploiter could look his
wife or children ln the face if he
knew that they knew the means
by which he secured a living for
them and defended those moans?
Some may want to know why
Socialists accept rent, interest or
profit If it is wrong? Well, a So
cialist likes to eat, sometimes, and
so long as 'the other fellow Insists
on wanting to bring the grub to
him although his own children
be hungry why 11 would be im
polite not to take It. Socialists
do not blame the capitalists for
letting the working people feed
and clothe them, bo long as the
workers vote for that privilege
and would fight rather than have
It any other way.
While there la no moral differ
ence between taking the wealth
created by another "according to
law," and taking It under the
cover of darkness, yet society ap
plauds the one and Jails the other.
Besides, It Is easier to ride than
to be ridden and so long as there
are so many suckers ready to
walk up and. tell you to get on,
why not ride?
It is the law of the church that
ln order to sustain life one may
teal without committing a sin.
This to a no natural law. But the
law of capitalism Is contrary to
both Tes;lon and nature. It says
tyi akvb I that U you
you are n criminal,
FACTS AND FIGURES.
From the Kicker of Aug. 1911
Mlssourlans want to be shown.
If I told you that one per cent
of the (people own ninety per cent
of the wealth of this nation you
would pass the matter up as
something you had heard before
very probably. Thla state of
affairs was shown up in the
United States Senate two years
What does It mean'.' SOW, think
a bit and s:'e If you can figure
it out. "One per cent of the peo
ple own ninety per cent of the
wealth of this nation.'
No? Well, on an average, it
means that where one man has
a hundred dollars, men have
a little Over ten cents each in
this "land of equal opportunity."
Well, now if I said that this
condition existed in Scott county
you would ask to be shown.
You don't believe it is that bad
right here lu the "garden spot"
of Southeast Missouri, do you?
Of course you don't and I had
my doubts about it until Collec
tor Buck produced the official
Mr. Buck didn't know he was
doing It. He is always messing
around "getting his foot in It?"
Week before last Mr. Duck took
up the cause of the rich Ln Scott
county and undertook to show
that they are "the people." and
that the majority pay so little
taxes that "In a VAST majority
of cases the amount Is so una.'
that the cost of collection would
be greater than tlie tax."
That in quotations is Mr.Buck'l
exact language. Cut It out and
show it to h:m the nest time he
comes around as the poor man s
f (lend, "raised on tae farm." Here
is another gem from Collector
Buck's defense of the rlohl
"You have had this statement,
the poor pay all tUe taxes, dishel
up to you iu so many ways boil
ed, baked. FrUvi. nplnnunrl rhrit
believe it. The fact Is, the class
of which Mr. Cooksey speaks pays
practically none. When I tj'o'.
charge or the tax books on March
1st. 1011. there were 1,700 names
unpaid. Between four and five
hundred have paid since. Prob
ably a hundred or two more Will
pay within the next two months
ana the remainder will be carried
along on the back tax book until
barred by limitation.
"Now Jet's apply the teat acd
see how it works. A J Matthew,'
contribution to the different tax
funds of Scott county for the
year 1910 was In the neighbor
hood of 52,OdO. (I want you to
get in mind here the difference
between an assessed t ix payer
and a tax paying tax payer.)
Counting an even thou.-and who
will pay no tax whatever and
another thousand whose tares
will not amount to over 2.00
apiece, we find that Mr. Mat
thews has paid a tax equal to the
first two thousand men oa the
There you have It you o'.d vote
'er straight bone-ttead. That
showing is even worse than the
general average thruout the na
tion. Mr. Buck tells you that A.
J. Matthews, of Sikeston. pays
taxes equaling that of 2000 other
citizens and Mr. Buck does not
accuse Mr. Matthews of giving in
his p -operty values too liberally,
nor the poor of understating
thoir wealth. Hence this one man
A. J. Matthews, owns as much
of Scott county's wealth as 2.000
of our poorest people! And you
vote for the system that makes
this condition not only possible,
but unavoidable. Smart, aint
But bar in mind that A. .f. M,
Is not the wealthiest man in this
county. He is only among the
wealthy. A. J. Matthews contri
buted only S2.000 to the differ
ent t ix funds of the county, while
Mr. Buck credits C. D. Matthews
with contributing S4,ooo to the
Sikeston .School District in taxes!
Let's take another chunk from
Mr. Buck's defense of the rich. He
"Mr. C. D. Matthews is another
tax sinner. Volumes have been
written and talked about how ho
stays with the Republican part
while certain other business n
stay with the Democratic party
in order that tho.v may be able t
control any set of officials that
might chance to be elected. This
particular Mr. Matthew- paid a
school tax for 1010 in the Sikes
ton district alone amounting to
over 94.000. The teacher- force
In the .-'ikeston school cost proba
bly In tlie neighborhood of 81,000
a month. He paid the entire for e
for four months during the li-t
scholastic year, while Cooksey, D,
J. McC iy, Mangrum & Co. combin
ed paid fifty-four cents."
Don't that sound a little queer,
coming from tlie man "raised on
the farm?" He taunts and ridi
cules the property less class be
cause, they have so little to pay
taxes on. But
Have I proved, with Mr. Buck
as witness, that one per cent of
the people own ninety per cent of
the wealth? And the Joke or it all
Is that the ninety per cent who
have so little produce all of the
wealth. How do the one per cent
get It? Mr. Buck did not go on
and give us facts and figures on
that line. But wi should not ask
too much of him. The figures he
baa furnished will do for .general
Now, dont blame the rich. It is
not their doing but yours. They
are giving you what a majority
of you vote for. Some of you are
sap-beaded enough to shoulder a
gun and fight ratlier than have
Soak It to em. Messrs, A. J, C.
D. Buck & Co, Give the suckers
what they vote for and then
THE CIRCUIT JUDGESHIP.
To many jsvople the resignation
Of .lulge Farls Jnay wojti strange,
but to me it is hot at all haty,
it is conceded on nil side that
Judge Farls Is a clean man. and
cannot be "handled if he knows
it. Tnat sort of a man. ! not at
all satisfactory tu the landed in
terests Who have so much litiga
tion with their tenants. This
was evidenced by the fact that
In the primary two years ago
Judge Farls was nominated by
his own county Pemiscot. He
lost the remaining four.
However. Fari received suTfi
cient majority in hi own county
to overcome the majorities In
the remaining. four, and was elect
ed that fall.
The question now uppermost in
the minds of the interests was
how to get ' rid of Farls. And
the average citizen who does not
understand politics will wonder
at the methods used.
Do you rejnember how. soma 1H
months ago there w;is a unlvei sal
demand echoed by various court
house organs of the district that
Judge FarU become a candidate
for supreme judge.'
Of course you do. And the ball
was set to rolling right, here by
the Hon. Thus. F. Rucker,
Paris was nominated In the pri
mary and. with a split iii t: Re
publican party, his election -assured.
Therefore t e reslgned
thus giving the politicians, thru
their committ-e. a chance to ; it
vp a man after their own he 1 1
The paonle had re sty in the se
lection of Frank Kelly as the
Democratic andldate, it w !
done by a little group oi men at
Who is Frank KUy'.'
On what I am about to say I
must depend largely on mem ry
and am not able to point to the
records a- In the Mc Williams case.
But what appears Is 'proxi
mately true according u n y
Some twelve yea; - ago Mr. Kel
ly entered politics in si Francois
county by becoming a candidate
ior justice of the peace. Re was
Being turned down at home he
sought greener fields and came to
this county. He nos considered an
Irish Catholic and when he first
came here attended church at
New Hamburg. He s'e:;ie l to
think that he had discovered
something that the other politi
cians had overlooked the Catho
In this Mr. Kelly was mbttakefi.
But he was no more mistaken
than I was when 1 ran against
Mr. Mcl'heeters for county clerk
along about that time. I felt
sure I would sweep that precinct
I was raised a Catholic, my fa
ther is buried at New Hamburg,
and th- preist had solicited me to
make the raca
But or. election day the P est
was ogaiust me and. although I
was there personally all day fur
nishing the usual "enthusiasm,"
Mr. McPheeters, who was not
there received as many votes as
This was a crushing blow and
I couldn't understand it uritt. 1
discovered the underground
connections THE PAROCHIAL
SCHOOL THERE WAS DRAW
ING SUPPORT FROM THE PUB
LIC SCHOOL FUND a direct -olatlon
Of course Mr. Kelly had his eye
on the office of prosecuting at
torney. He wa. evidently ci'.e'i
the tip that to be know;, as a
catholic in the protectant com
munities was not popular. At
that time the catholic vote of the
county was comparatively small
and the issues were usually wet
and dry or some other harmless
Mr. Kelly ceased his visits to
New Hamburg and became a
Methodist. That was th" popular
thing to do, The big landlord
are quite all Methodists, He an
nounce! for prosecuting attorney
and was elected, He became so
unpopular that he was re-noml-nated
by a majority of less than
20 votes, if I remember correct
ly, over Norman Atwood, ami i
fore hW second term aspired he
left the county and moved to
H iving no candidate of our own
for this office, the .Socialist- arc
free to choose the "lessee of two
Socialism is not so far off. It is
on the road and coming RIGHT
NOW ! You can see evidences of it J
on every hand- The old order is j
breaking up. For instance, take
a peep at the Republican party.
And then take a peep at the Dem
ocratic party, with the Bryanites
meekly yelping for Wall Street s
candidate in order to prevent a
split similar to the one in the Re
publican ranks. Wall Street never
surrenders. That was proven in
in 1896 at Chicago But the peo
ple of the central and Western
states are asked to believe that
Wall Street was floored at the
Baltimore convention. They know
better In the east.
TO BLODGETT READERS.
Joe Mackley has agreed to act
ae agent for the Kicker at Btod
gett and receive subscriptions for
the Kicker. Parties wishing to re
new or 'subscribe can do so conven
iently through him.
Subscribe for the only Kicker.
WHERE THEY STAND.
On October 17th the Kicker ad
dressed the foltowing inquiry to the
two candidates for prosecuting at
torney: "Since there lias been consider
able controversy among the peo
ple over the law regulating the
letting of public printing, will
you please tell the voters what
YOU understand Sec. 7(Ss to
Sikeston, Mo.. Oct, is
Phil. A .
nauier, jienton, no
S'ir : I aju in r eceipt of
ii. . . . .
your letter of yesterday hi which
you request my understanding of
.Set:. Sflfl of the Revise 1 Statutes
of the State of Missouri. Upon in
vestigation I find this section to
read as follows :
"Officers to Procure the Best
Rates Iu procuring the publica
tion of any law. proclamation,
advertisement, order or notice, as
ia the nest proceeding section
mentioned, the public officer
shall accept of the most advan
tageous terms that can be ob
tained, not exceeding the rates
limited in the preceding section."
My interpretation of this sec
tion is that it means that any of
ficer who has the letting of "pub
lic printing should get it printed
or published on "the most advan
tageous terms." or at the best
rate that can be secured, so as
to save to tae public treasury all
the money possible.
Yours vary truly,
RALPH E. BAILEY.
Mr Bailey Is the Republ '-a a
nominee for prosecuting at tor
rey for Scott county.
No reply has been received ireut
On the same date I nddresseotha
following inquirj ro the five candi
dates , ir connty judge
'3ince there la considerable sen
timent In the county favorable to
an auditing of the b oks of tlie
county, will you pleas state for
the Information of voters wheth
er you, if alactej county judge,
will favor an early auditing of
' There ha been considerable
controversy o. the law regula
ting the letting 1 public print
ing. Will you plegje give your
constr iction of Sec "it ?"
Sikeston, Mo., Oct. 18, K12.
Phil a. Hafner, Benton, Mo.
Dear Sir Ian: ,n receipt of your
letter of the 17t.; Inst and have
noted same fully, Vtt reply, beg to
state, if I am elected as a county
judge of this county I shall pn
daavor to put the same energy
and judgment Into the adminintra
tion of the county's business that
I have always put Into my own
boslnetw. 1 shall! favor auditing
the county s booka
Replying to that part of your
letter referring to sec s, will
say that not having the Revised
Statutes before me, I am not fa
miliar with this section; but las
sure voj I will comply with the
law to the host of my ability, at
all times and under all circum
stances Yours very truly.
W. C. BOWMAN.
Mi .Bowman Is the Republican
nominee for county judge from
the fist district
Risco, Mo., Oct. 18, 1912
Phil. A. Hafner, Benton, Mo
Dear Sir Your favor or recent
date to hand and contents noted.
With regard to audit In gthe books
of the county, I am in favor of it.
I don't see why any official can
'. be opposed to such an examina
tion .If be has been faithful he
6hou!i be glad to let the people
know it: if unfaithful, then the
: people should know it.
1 understand sec ri-x to mean
that all public printing should be
let to the lowest and best bidder.
I am, yours truly,
W. B. QBICE
Mr. Qrloe is the Socialist nomi
nee for county Judge from the 2d
Kelso. Ma, Oct. 21, 1012
; rhii. a. Hafner, Benton, Mo.
Dear Sir Yours of the 17th re
ceived and in answer to question
No. l. 1 beg to say that if elect
ed. I will favor an immediate aud
it of the Comity Books by experts
in that line. J
In answer to question No. 2,
beg to say that I am n ota law??
yer, and might not be correct in
my construction of section refer
red to, but that if I am elected
I will favor the letting of all
printing for which the County
' has to pay to the lowest bidder,
i thus giving to this section the
; broadest meaning.
yours very truly,
Mr. Thomas Is the Republican
nominee for county judge from
the second district.
No reply has been received from
either Judge Bandy or Josh Mason
I have for sale a fine lot of
one and two-year-old ginseng
roots at $10; $20 and $25 per
1,000. Will fill orders every Moo
day and Tuesday. Special price
on orders for 5,000 or more. Call
or address, Excelsrlo Ginseng Gar v
dens, New Hamburg, Mo. 47-3t.
ANNUAL MEETING 1
e fas hereby given that the
meeting of the Scott Ceu
ualAsoinahMWttbbMI annual :
at Kelso, MOn oa
' s0ftfca D setts
retnry. " Tnffi&NHE
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