SCOTT COUNTY KICKER
BENTON, MO., JANUARY 11, i913
tast February I went before the
county court and presented a bid
to do the county printing. Judge
Frnzer handed it to the clerk for
to put on file. Of course the bid
was not asked for, nor did I ex
pect Its serious consideration, but
when It was ordered filed. I felt
that something might happen It
was agreed that If the printing
was let to the lowest bidder, f
could withdraw my bid and put In
another-for anyone could easily
underbid me with the bid on file
In this bid, among other things,
the Kicker agreed to publish the
financial statement for MB.
Hear In mind that this bid was
filed in February. The state
ment was published In May. Lat
er In tho summer I mot Judge
Frazcr at Commerce and asked
what action tho court had taken
on my bid for the public printing.
"The other fellow took It a dol
lar cheaper," was his reply.
"Took WHAT a dollar cheaper"
T asked in astonishment.
"The financial statement."
nut it was azreed that In case
the printing was let to the low
est bidder, I should have the priv
ilege of withdrawing my hid and
putting in another?"
To this I received no reply, in
fact, my bid covered all or the
printing, while the financial state
incut was only one Item.
All summer 1 watched the court
appropriations for an allowance
to cover the cost of publishing
the rinanclal statement. Hun
dreds of dollars were allowed the
Democrat at each term of court
iiut 1 his item did not appear.
A 'dollar cheaper" means .c24.
And 1 figured that the appropri
ation was being withheld to pre
vent me from proving that It
cost only 814 in 1912, while the
court paid $90 In 1911 and $120
Rut Judge Frazer had let the
cat out, and I had him subpeona
cd as a witness In the Ubel "soot."
1 have not the stenographic re
port of his testimony, but it was
moniethlng like this:
Q. What did It cost to publish
the financial statement In 1911?
A Ninety dollars.
U. What did it cost in 1912?
A I don't know.
Q.-Dldn't It cost ?24?
A. 1 believe it did something
Q. How come It to cost 90 in
1911 and only 24 In 1912?
A I don't know.
Q Wasn't there a bid on rile
to do the work for 25?
A 1 believe there was a bid
banded to me personally.
This is tho testimony as I re
On Deoambw ST the appropria
tion Tor this work makes its first
np; e - ranee. With .li d re Frar.er
refusing to stand for it .Indue
Bandy and Myers allowed NINE
TY DOLLARS for the work. Of
tho retiring Judges the Demo
crat, list week, said:
It is certainly in order tc
peak a word of praise for thr
Official record of the two retir
tag members, Jud-res Jos. W. My
crs and J. V. Bandy Th? count.v
tins never hid a better adminis
tration of Its affairs than hap
lieon given during the time that
these rnen were on the bench
They have ee-ilously worked for
the county's best interests, and
lin e stood for improvements and
progress, at the same time prac
ticing economy and good business
Alnt that hot stuff? I would
aot dispense slobber like that for
all the cash In the county treas
uryand that Is why I have no
eat at the pie counter.
With public patronage news
papers are Influenced to applaud
en the most corrupt officials as
honest and capable and efficient.
And the newspaper that tells the
people the truth about conditions
rets no pie.
Had the retiring Judges fol
lowed the law, and secured "the
most advantageous terms that
can he obtained" in letting the
-county printing, the Democrat
would not have upset Its slobber
pot o er their retirement.
It is this condition the control
of ( he press by those In authority
that has practically eliminated
freed on) in this country.
Some Seven years ago Rev.
wont held a revival meeting
t-er" At that time It was quite
fasliionabie to be a Methodist
tiero -for It was the filth of our
lest people. Among others. John
jdc Williams became a Swope con--.crt-and
a very devout one.
The ' deok" was destroyed and 1
lia e not the least doubt that It
was his desire and Intention to
I, e a Christian life an taught by
Me hudlsm .
John and I were close friendB.
tils off oe was across the street,
and I called on him often. He
was also a frequent visitor at
the Klcter office. One day a con
versatloa like this occurred:
Mc . how do you expect to live
Christian life and make a suc
cess In the practice of law?"
WhyT' he aaked.
' Suppose you had a client that
voj knew was guilty of murder
and that his only ohanoe to es
cape tbe gallows was delay. Sup
pose the case la called and the
inly 1 ope of getting a contlnu
o depended on your advising
vo r client to make a false af'l
.", i what would you do?"
W' y, il I would tell him
v ' a ve to go to trial."
i" -n you would get your cll
' ng and you would fail as a
I "Well, I coul In t help that."
hui, two years ago, when I ad
dressed a letter to him as public
prosecutor, exposing 'the graft In
this county, be filed suit against
me, and one of his chief conten
tions was not that I lied about
those in authority at the time of
which I spoke, but that I had ac
cused him of misconduct at a
time when he was not in office.
Well, John, you were in office
when the above transaction oc
curred. Let's see what you will
do about It.
HOW IT WORKS.
Have you noticed in recent
years how the state agricultural
departments and the railroads
are assisting the farmer and urg
ing him on to greater efforts?
Of course you have. The state
agricultural departments are
anxious to give him all kinds of
information in seder to teach him
how to make two blades grow
where one grew before.
The good railroads send the
special agricultural cars over the
state to demonstrate to the far
mer how he can do it and free
lectures are always on tap.
"Increase your crops" is the
slogan. But the Kicker has not
been carried away with this new
effort to show the farmer some
thing. The Kicker knows that
under present conditions, with
the exploiters fixing the price of
what the tiller of the soil produ
ces, there Is a 'string" to all this
sudden Interest in the welfare of
President Carnahan, of the So
ciety of Equity, perhaps the larg
est farmers organization in the
nation has also been taking notes
Recently Jim BUI, the railroad
king of the northwest, suld that
by applying modern methods the
farmers could double their yield
Mr. Carnahnn stops to inquire
what good that wo ild do the far
mer and pulls out the govern
ment figures on Mr. Hill.
He shows that by the govern
ment crop report that In 1910
the farmer marketed 17.078.00
bushels spring wheat more than
in 1909 and, by the same report,
shows that they got f 45.579,000
LESS for the 1010 crop ihau for
that of 1900.
To make It plainer.
In 1909 the spring wheat crop
was 440,366.000 bushels In
1910 It was 404 044 00).
Yet the farmers received 439,
154.001 for the crop of 1909 and
only 413,575,000 for the larger
crop of 1910.
From the same report President
Carnahan shows tlmt in 1000 the
corn crop was 2,772,370.000 bush
els and in 1910 3.125.712,00
RED TAG SALE
Starts Saturday, January 11.
$550 Emerson Piano and 24 Beautiful Framed Pictures
"TWILL BE GIVED AWAY!-!
Everybody welcome, whether you buy or not. From time to time new goods will be brought
on at a special price. Everything that has a Red Tag is a bargain. We have only time and the
apace to give a few prices:
500 cans Bon-Ton baking pow
der will be given away at one
cent per can.
10-cent plugs cup Greenville to
bacco at 5 cents.
50-cent plugs Index tobacco at
500 cans corn will be given a
way at 5 cents per can.
5-cent and 10-cent ribbons at
one cent per yard.
There never was such a time to buy goods cheap. Hundreds of articles specially priced for
this sale. A car-load of poultry and rabbit fencing, lawn, barbed wire and field fence just in.
The $550 Emerson Piano and the 24 Beautiful Framed Pictures will be given away absolutely
FREE to the lucky person on the 20th day of March, 1913.
Every $5 cash purchase, or $5 paid on account if the account is paid in full entitles you to
one ticket on the piano and pictures. Each $10 paid on account, where the account is not paid
in full, entitles you to one chance on the piano and pictures. Save your cash tickets, and when
they amount to $5 bring them in and exchange them for a ticket on the piano and pictures.
YOU GET THE BARGAINS
And get the chances on the Piano and Pictures ABSOLUTELY FREE! Don't forget to bring
your Tickets, or have them here on March 20, 1913, at 2 o'clock, p. m.
A. & D. SCHRIEFER,
Yet the cash paid for 'this was
$1,052,822,003 for trie 1909 c op
and only $1,528,908,000 for the
larger crop of 1910.
The reason for this is that ev
ery Industry except farming Is
organiced, and the persons engag
ed fix the price. But the 'Intel
ligent farmer" as the politicians
like to call hlin With n wink -he
lets the other fellow fix the price
on what he has to sell and on
what he must buy. How oti
earth can he ex pee i to beat R
game like that? Mr. Cum.-thau
goes on :
"I would ns'; Mr. Hill if he haul
ed the 17.078,001 extra bushels
for nothing nnd he will say No!
No! No!! I will ask the farmer
ir he produced the 17,078,003 ex
tra bushels for nothing and he
will say, Yes! Yes! Yes!!
"Now, Mr. Farmer. Is It not n
fact that If you had doubled the
crop of 1910, you would not have
been able to sell it for enough to
pay for hauling it t market?
And I would ask Mr. Till if he
would not have doubled his mon
ey for hauling it as freight, and
he will say yes."
But, Mr. Farmer, don't try to
change this. It would be agin re
ligion. "What always has been
always will be,' you know.
WOMEN IN LEOIHLATl'RE.
Denver. Col., Jan. 8 "You dear
sweet thing." said Mrs. Agnes
Riddell. the woman Representa
tive from the First District, as
she planted a rousing smack on
the lips of Senator Helen Ring
Robinson. "Happy New Year."
"Thanks; a happy New Yenr to
you, dear," said Senator Robin
son as she returned the warm
greeting of Representative Rid
dell with a kiss.
This scene was enacted in the
Senate chamber in the presence
of men colleagues of the women
legislators and everybody knew
that the Nineteenth General As
sembly of Colorado had opened In
a manner entirely distinct from
all previous sessions.
A GOOD PATRON SAINT.
New York, Jan. 8. J. P. Morgan
has been designated Patron of
Fine Arts and Letters by the
i Catholic University of America.
located at Washington, 1). C.
That distinction was conferred
on him at a meeting of the board
of trustees of the university It
! Is of unusual Interest because It
is the first time any honorary
distinction has been conferred by
!thc government of the institution
(And J. P. Morgan is a protest
ant -a Presbyterian !) Editor.
Get busy right now and help to
swell the Kicker circulation
Ladies' $5.00 and $10.00 short
cravanette and wool jackets, silk
lined, will be given away for 4S
Only a few dozen pairs of ladies'
8.00 French heel shoes to give
away at 98 cents per pair.
1,000 yards of 5-cent black
braid, half inch wide, to give n
way at one cent per yard ; by the
bolt at half cent per yard.
DIG UP MR. FARMER.
A dispatch from Augusta. Main,
tells us that the Harvester Trust
has Increased its capital stock
from the sum of $8,003,000 to
Now, this does not mean that
the owners of the Harvester
Trust have a'dded any real
wealth. Oh. no! They just sc.
the printini presses in motion
nnd turned out $82,003,000 addi
tional paper titles that enables
the holders to participate i:i
whatever amount th". ean suc
ceed in squeeiln ; out of the fn--
In other wonts. When the far
mer goes to market to buy ma
chinery he will be tuxel to meet
the payment of dividends on Just
five times the amount he was
called on to dig up last year.
It was "taxation without rep
resentation" that the fathers of
the revolution rebelled against.
Yet the trusts can tax the people
with much less ado than can eith
er your congress or state legis
ture. When the Harvester Trust says
you must pay ten per cent more
for machinery this year than last
there is nothing to do but pay It.
When Standard Oil demands a
cent or two more per gallon for
oil, you have it to pay. When the
paper trust notifies me that 1
must pay five cents per quire
more for paper, I Just loo': pleas
ant and pay It.
There is no way out uuder ex
isting conditions. These trusts
control the market in their parti
cular line and you can get It no
where else, and this Is the con
dition we "free born American
citizens" have voted ourselves
We are absolute slaves of the
money power and there is no
more tyranical power anywhere
There Is but one remedy. Let
the nation own the trusts. The
largest and most successful en
terprise in the nation today Is
conducted by the government
the postal system. And if the
banks and express companies
were not permitted to compete
with it In Issuing of money or
ders or exchange. It would be
even more successful.
If the government ean deliver
a letter or a ten pound package
of merchandise at your door on n
rural route or In the city, don t
you think it could do nlost any
thing it undertook and far bet
ter than private citizens who ere
not at all Interested In service,
but only In profits?
Think this over. While I am
not in favor of our cruel prisons
In any form, yet if we m-'st hue
them, don't you think the con
victs at Jefferson City could
Mens' Si. 00 dress shirts given
away at 24 cents.
S10 00 black broad-cloth suits
sizes 12 to 20, to be given away
at S8 98.
500 40-cent large galvanized
water pails to give away at 10c.
Mens' S4.00 and $r.00 Oxford
shoes at $1.98.
Birdsell and Luedinghaus Wa
gons included in this sale.
make shoes and other things for
the people quite as well as they
now make them for the prison
Do you know that there is such
a thing as a prison trust, ami
that your "peace officers" are
ever on the alert to furnish labor
recruits? Only last week the
governor of Arkansas, who is evi
dently a very humane man. set
310 convicts free because r.f the
lease system that prevails In i -cry
state, and which he denounces
'as a "burning, seething hell con
suming huflBan beln-zs w Ii are be
ing fed into it in a mann ir wh eh
results in nothing but making
fortunes for contractors."
The reason the people tolerate
the existing order is because the
truth is kept from them. If the.v
knew of what trocs on inside of
legislative halls and prison walls
i they wouldn't stand for It a du.v
And the men and women who
are engaged In educating the
masses are hounded and persecut
ed by the beneficiaries of the
It was so In Christ's day, and
It is so in 1918.
Those In the saddle take what
the workers produce, and then
wonder why tho worker steals in
stead of Btarvlng contentedly In
St. Louis a young man out of o
Job and starving woh arrested for
' taking a few buns from a bakery
wagon. The boy said he is of
(good family, but refused to give
; bis name or home saying he di'l
not want to disgrace his parents.
WHOSE FAULT IS IT?
As is well known. Roosevelt .
platform stands for the initiative
referendum and recall. On this
question Roosevelt and a Mr.
Retts have been having a news
paper controersy. Retts oppose
direct legislation and In a lette;
addressed to Roosevelt says
pure democracy, when reduced to
the last analysis, means govern
ment by collective ignorance
j while a representative democra
cy means governed by selected
By "collective Ignorance" Mr
I Retts means the masses. That
the masses are shamefully igno
rant is true. But whose fault is
this? We Socialists are trying to
educate them, and it is because of
this that we are so universally
hated by Mr. Betts and his kird.
By 'collective intelligence' Mr.
B"tts means the lawyers and pol
iticians that now govern us. Can
"collects e ignorance" do worse"
When the masses understand B
question their decision is Invaria
bly Corrte . And when voire l e
Intelligence" can no lonsrer- i'.e
cehe them there is nothing to
fear from their verdict.
AMONG THK USELESS
From the Cincinnati, O., Post.
With greater funeral honor -than
are accorded to many men,
"Monkey." a pug dog owned by
Mrs. Mary Jackson, 645 West Nov
I entli avenue, will be buried at 1
I o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
'Monkey died of old re Mon
day morning after four veterlna
ry doe torn had been in attendance
Mrs Jackson was almost pros
trated Tuesday, end sat Weeping
beside coffin containing the
Mrs. Jackson spent more then
S3.U01 for the comfort and health
of Monkey in the last 1- months.
. During the dog s illness of three,
months, the four doctors were in
almost constant attendance.
When it was seen that there waH
1 little hope of averting death, Mrs.
Jackson was about to send to
: Chicago for a specialist In ani
mal ailments. "Monkey died be-
: fore this could be done.
I The body, in Its eostly casket,
i lies In the best room of the Jack-
; son home. Flowers have been
sent by neighbors of Mrs. Jack
son and admirers of "Monkey."
A hearse will carry the casket
to Prince Bill, where Monkey '
will be buried in a lot furnished
by tbe Ohio Humane Society of
which Mrs. Jackson is an active
member lYobabiy twenty car
riages will be In the cortege.
Funeral services consisting of
short addressee by members of
the Humane Society Will Ik- he'd
at the residence.
It was arranged to have the
dogs body lie in state until the
bour of the funeral. Score of
visitors called Monday and Tues
day to see the !orT. Many of the
callers were strangers to Mis
'Monkey" was a Russian pug.
and had carried premiums at the
Madison Square and Nlarrla Fall
shows as the smallest in the pug
class It was brown with smaller
feet and head than is usual for
Puts Mrs. Jackson had refused
offers o' $"00 'or the pet.
The dog slept between blank
ets, with a p'llow for its head,
and would sleep no place else. It
permitted no one to occupy Its
chair Nevertheless Monkey. Mrs
Jackson siys. ne-er showed jeal
ousy when attention wis paid to
docs or eats from the street
brought into her home for care
San Francisco. Cnl. Jan- 2.
Coming up from his Ran Mateo
County home with se e:nl auto
mobiles carrying guests t a din
ner Charles W Clark, s n of the
Montana copper king, iel a 'ro of
the streets for se eral ho rs
last night and thn decide I to
gl e a d ir.ee. Ooing to ore of
the l u cafes CI r'i requea ed the
use of the ballroom.
"I'm sorry Mr. Clark," s-u,i the
man :ger. "but it would cost you
a thousand dollars to ,;et that
Well, 1 gi.es.s we'll take it."
said CI irk, drawing his chec ;
book from Ids pcc-iet
Tae cafe man fumbled he cliei
a moment, then ordered v lie room
Cleared, and Clark arid his guests
waltzed and Texas loiuiuif-d for
Chicago. Jau. 2. It cost $595
to trai.sport a pomernidan do-:
from New York to this city by
Pullman. The i!og weighs three
pounds and U valued at $5,000.
THE SMART M12N
Tire man to be pi1 .'! in t Is
the man who thinks l&et'O is noth
iug mure for him to learn. Tue
truth is. that the more a man
learns the more he realizes hew
little he knows. In my owti esti
mation I am not near as smart
as I wis 3J years ago. 1 have
, For a long time 1 have been
told that 'you can t change hu
man nature." Tlds is the knock
down argument of the defenders
of the present order. They mean
that we will always be govern
ed by crooks and thieves because
"human nature is corrupt."
This silly argument is based on
that other contention that "we
are born in sin."
But what I am driving at is
1 that the best refutation to the
j claim that you can t change hu
iman nature came frr.n a capital
ist publication Collier j Weekly
In discussing the very rotten
conditions in New York especial
ly in the police department Col
i lier's takes up the Socialist posi
l tlon In an effort to point the way
lout. It argues that the lndividu
lals are the victims of conditions
"We are constantly assured
that you cannot change human
nature; that you cannot make
people over by process of law.
But If you cannot reform men by
reformlng the conditions that
make men what they are. how is
it that you can so easily debauch
and degrade them by reversing
Isn't It a poor rule that wont
work both ways?
Philadelphia, Pa. A $75,000
Christmas gift "from a New
Yorker," and which rumor here
says the donor was Miss Helen
Oould, was received by the Pres
byterian Board of Disabled Minis
ters. Of course It Is only "rumor," but
our great philanthropists see to
It that the rumor is well circula
ted.. Old John D. can drop !r'20 in
a contribution box and have it
RICH AND POOR.
AMONG THE USEFUL.
From the Ht. Louis Star.
Buford B. Winn superintend
ent of the Municipal Lodging
ttouse, Tweirtn street and Clark
avenue has issued orders that all
applicants for free lodglric muht
present vneeiuatlon certificates.
ersPnus Will be permitted to re
main at the house one night
without being vaccinated, but on
their second application they
must be able to shoiv a vaccin
ation certificate. The crowded
condition of tbe sleeping rooms
makes this precaution necessary.
Superintendent Winn says, to
prevent contagious diseases gain
ing a foothold.
Arrangements are bcinc made
to provide each sleeper a wooden
board as a protection from the
granitoid floor, which is causing
the lodgers to contract colds.
The board proposition will be pre
sented to Mayor Kreismann when
be returns from Seattle, Wash.
Baturdry. Should the boards be
considered too expensive an ef
fort will be made to move tbe
sleeping quarters to the second
floor of the building where the
floor is of wood.
Free soap, towels and shower
baths are furnished the lodgers,
on request, but only fifteen or the
1,100 have taken baths in the
lod ling house.
The attendance is increasing
nightly. Monday night there
were 294 registered ; Tuesday
night there were 40.", and Wed
nesday night there were 420.
From the St. Louis Star.
As the birth of 1918 whs being
noisily celebrated by merrymak
ers in t he down own distrirt, the
shadow of the dying year passed
through the Municipal I,odginic
House in the basement of the Old
Four Courts Building and from
the number of sleeping nomads
chose one man to accompany him
on his Journey.
Just as the clock tolled 12,
John Daley. 48 years old, home
less, died of heart disease in the
basement room where he and oth
er men slept on the hard floor.
Daley had in his posession enrds
Indicating that he had been sent
from the Provident Association
to the home of Mrs. Sinclair at
4300 Palmar avenue to obtain
New York, January 4. Dr. W.
Maxwell, city superinterdent of
schools is author! ,y for the state
ment that one-third of tie pupils
lu the public sch-'O's of New York,
are suffering from malnutrition.
In his annual report Dr. Max
well says an establishment at
each school where pupils can ob
tain wholesome foo-! -it cost price
is sorely needed. Commenting on
the ill-fed children, he says:
What a commentary it is upon
our boasted chilization that in
the largest and rlcherst city In
America l7,ro children should
be suffering 'from bad oo.l and
lack of food I And how ridiculous
it is to compel children to attend
school when their hungry stom
ac.s will not permit them to
The labo"ors are alwave an the
scaffold, the rich are always on
the thron-;. But that scaffold
sways the future and behind the
dim unknown stands Socialism
ever keeping watch above its
telegraphed all over the world.
H Helen Gould really wanted to
do something really worth while,
why doesn't he apply a part of
her unjust income to the relief of
the thousands of workers who
have become disabled on her rail
roads while earning dividends for
But Helen is going to get mar
ried, and oh. the slush that we
renders of the plute press will
have to put up witn until that is
BE KIND TO YOUR HORSE.
Take advantage of every oppor
tunity to give your horse a
friendly word or pat. It will en
courage him to greater efforts,
and incidently place you on
more friendly terms with your
self The horse freely realizes
when one speaks kindly to him,
and will do anything he can for
the master he loves and trusts
One of the secrets of the skilled
trainer is the low. evenly-moderated
voice. A horse with a sensi
tive, excitable nature is made
miserable and is unstrunir whan
angry words are yelled at him, ca
me wmp xnreateneo ; he is apt to
lose his head entirely, and a per
manent bad effect in nftan 1m.
planted. Star Farmer.
IN THE CARPENTER SHOP
"Life is a hard grind," Bald the
It's a perfect bore." said the
"It means nothing but hard
knocks for me," sighed the nail.
"You haven't so much to go
through as I have," put In the
"I can barely scrape along,"
complained tbe plane.
"And I am constantly being
sat upon," added the bench.
"Let s strike," said the hammer
"Cut it out I" cried the chisel;
"here comes the boss."
And all was silence. Boston
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