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HAYTI, MISSOURI, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1922
Pres. Harding's Letter an Apology for a Do-Nothing Congress
WASHINGTON, October 16. The letter of President
Harding to Representative Mondell, praising the work of Con
gress, which was made public yesterday, was declared by
Chairman Hull of the Democratic National Committee in a
statement tonight to be "in effect a plea for the re-election of
his Republican do-nothing Congress."
"With the exception of the Republican members defeat
ed in the primaries," Hull said, "practically the entire mem
bership of this Congress are candidates for re-election, and
when President Harding asks the American people to approve
this Congress he asks for its re-election.
" 'It is befitting to appraise the general results (of the
Congress) ,' says President Harding, 'which have been so help
ful to American welfare that they will not fail to appeal to
the approval of the American people.'
"This is the Harding roundabout way of doing what
President Wilson did in 1918 in a direct way when he asked
for the election of a Democratic Congress to aid him in mak
ing a just peace, for which he was criticised and abused by
Republican leaders, Republican speakers and the reactionary
"President Wilson's plea was for continuance of a Con
gress to sustain an administration which had entered upon
and was successfully conducting a great war, and which he
deemed necessary to the making of a successful peace. It
came at a time when Republicans in the Senate were plotting
to disparage him and deprive his administration of the credit
for what it had already done and what it planned to do.
"President Harding's plea, on the other hand, in effect
asks the American people to condone the faults of a Congress
already discredited in the eyes of the American people and re
pudiated and denounced by Republican leaders, including a
member of his own Cabinet, and the honest and intelligent
element of the Republican press."
The following editorial, comiinui'.
ing on the President's letter, is
taken from th Commercial Appeal:
AN APOLOGY FOR CONGRESS.
"it in well that President Hard
ing is able to find a period in Amer
ican history behind which he can
take refuge from the attacks upon
the do nothing Congress just ad
journed and from which position he
can by way of comparison offer a
defense, oven though the defense is
hardly more than an apology. The
president may have been hard put
to it to find another Congress that
for lack of use or value can be com
pared to the one just adjourned, but
he has found it in the Congresses
that held forth immediately after
tho Civil War. At that time the
passions of a fratricidal struggle
were still at white haet and legisla
tion in the interest of one section
as against another was produced by
minds embittered. President Hard
ing maybe right when he says that
the lust Congress was better' than
several of the reconstruction Con
gresses, but that is not saying very
much and it is going a long way olf
to find a comparison.
While the President asserts that
the most recent Congress rendered
very valuable service to the nation,
he takes the precaution to hide his'
.claim's behind the generality that it
is unnecessary "to suggest an enu
meration of its accomplishments."
Ho might have added with equal
truth that it would bo very difllcult
also to do so. The three chief claims
that he puts forth are the reduction
of taxes and expenses, the care for
disabled soldiers and the passage of
the tariff bill, but there is a lanje
sized fly in the ointment of each. In
tho reduction of taxes the only bene
ficiaries have been the profiteers and
those persons possessed of swollen
Incomes. The average citizen still
carries tho same burden of taxation
ho did during the war. And as for
tho reduction of governmental ex
penses it will he known to all that
this has been brought about largely
by the elimination of war expendi
tures and the demobilization of over
4000,000 men who were in the
armed service of tho nation.
It must appear that the President
selected an unfortunate time to
lay claim to adequate cure by tho
administration for the sick and dis
abled soldiers of tho World War be
cause simultaneously with the mak
ing of the claim a committee of tho
American Legion gathered In New
Orleans reports that tho hospitali
zation work of the administration
"Judging by actual results is a trag
edy for the sick, a discredit to the
government and an affront to the
American Legion." For equally
good reasons, we feel that the
President should hesitnte to eulogize
the Fordney-McCumber tariff when
it has been and still is being ex
coriated by some of the leading Re
publican newspepers and statesmen
of the country. Had he claimed
that the tariff would bring benefits
in the way of monopoly to the large
manufacturers and big interests of
the nation he would be justified, but
he presumes upon the intelligence
of the people when he says that the
tariff will encourage and develop
our foreign trade.
It is unfortunate also that the
country emerged from the great war
with its linancial stability unim
paired and "with less of distress and
disaster than many others of the
great powers." The natural re
sponse to this will be why? And
the only answer can be that the fi
nances of the nation were put on
such a sound basis by the preceding
administration that the country
was able to go through the greatest
war in its history without being se
riously menaced financially. Also
the fact mat we came out fn sucn a
healthy condition from the war is
the best possible answer to the Re
publican charge that President Wil
son neglected to prepare for the
Nor can wo understand how the
President, in defending Congress
and his own administration, should
use these words: ,
Tim last tliliiK In our thoughts
Is aloof liens from tlie iesl of the
world. We wish to liu helpful.
iicIkM lioily anil iimful. To pro
tect oui'KclveH first anil then to
uho tliu HtrmiKlIi urcruinK thrnjigli
that policy for tho tfenernl wolfnro
of mankind Is our sincere purpoho.
If it has been our purpose to be
"neighborly and useful" to the
world wo have pursued it in a
strango manner. It is true that we
have been charitable and given
money and goods to relieve distress
In tho world, but what have we
done to prevent this distress? Can
tho millionsof people who are suffer
ing because of continued disorder
in the world consider us neighborly
when we sit at homo, refuso them
the slightest support to prevent
threatened evils and even decline tj
offer our advico as to the best means
by which they might suve them
selves? Or of what use has our
strength been in preventing the
cruel and uncalled for slaughter of
Innocents In Asia Minor and else
where throughout the world?
These questions clamor for an an
swer, hut we doubt they will receive
one. Anyhow, we are glad to know
from President Harding that the
Congress Just adjourned is no worse
HAYTI SCHOOL NOTES
The Ilayli schools weie closed
lust Thursday and Friday for- the
Teacher1-' Association at Cape Gir
ardeau. The meeting there was one
of the bast in years and was well at
tended. The educational exhibit
consisting of books, pamphlets. j?l
turn", etc., on display was alone vcJ"
worth tho trip to the Cane. T
program was interesting and iu
spiring, causing one to return f
school work with more zest and zerft.
The Ilayti public schools sent t'".
to the meeting the highest number
of any one &chooJ in Pemiscot coun
ty. Those attending from hero
were: O. E. Hooker, superintend
ent: Mrs. H. D. WulK principal;
.Mr. K. V Propst, Miss Katherine
Mcllaney, Mrs. Emma Reinhav,
Mrs. O. E. Hooker, Mrs. Netti
Reeves, Mrs. Leanora Coudit; Mi'tts
Hattie Mae Argo and Edith DavS.
The becoud grade room, sponsored
by Mr.s. Ellison, gave a sandwhih
sale last week. The members of the
second grade made their own an
nouncements, unassisted, in the viij'i
ions rooms. They sold the entire
stock which netted them $4.70,
J. J. RUSSELL DEAD
Elected Prosecuting Attorney in
1880 and Served in 60th, 62ml,
63rd, 64th. nnd 65th Congresses.
which will be used to purchase
frame for Washington's picture.
On next Friday, October 27, wo
have our first foot ball game on
Brittln Held with Maiden. Tickets
will be on sale early next week. Wo
are going to have a real team with
all kinds of pep. We need your
help. Come out and see us snow
Charleston, Mo, Oct. 1!). For-,
mer Congressman Joseph J. Russell,
CS years old, died at 1:IS0 o'clock
i.f i i.. i.i
I liii- iiiurniiig in ins rooms at tue
, unseen iioioi. ins (leatn was un
expected, and was caused by heart
disease, it is stated. lie suffered a
.stroke of paralysis in 191S, while
Kserving the Fourteenth Missouri
District in Washington.
Mr. Russell was born August 211,
lSHi, in Mississippi county, which
always has been his home. He was
educated in the public schools and
at the Charleston Academy. Ho
graduated front the law school of
the Missouri State University in
1KS0 and began practicing in
Charleston. He was elected Pros
ecuting Attorney in 1S80 and served
in that capacity for four years.
;- He was Democratic Elector in
'.lSSi, a member of the Thirty-fourth
,and Thirty-fifth General Assembly
of Missouri, and was Speaker In the
latter term. He was placed In nomi
nation for the speakership by the
late Champ Clark, then a member
from Pike county. He served from
the Fourteenth District in Congress
for 10 years, and was elected to the
Sixtieth, Sixty-second, Sixty-third,
Bixey-fourth and Sixty-fifth Con
gresses. He was chairman of the
Democratic State Convention in 1910
There is not near as much road
dragging in and around Haytl this
fall as formerly, anil not near as
much as should be done The con
dition of all the highways in am:lo
proof of this. We don't jin'rivv''
it is so. But there should be no ex
cuse except a valid one, and the
only valid one, we think, would be
lack of funds. Is that the case? If
not, let the work begin at once, and
be kept up as it should be.
Emerson fans, oscillating ,and
non-oscillaing. AH sizes. Leller
Hardware Co., Hayti. tf
than the Congresses that followed
the Civil War.
A PLEASANT SURPRISE.
In the editorial below the Post
Dispatch expresses its views of the
MR. HARDING'S WRETCHED LETTER
President Harding has written a
letter to Representative Mondell
which satisfiedly compares the Sixty-seventh
Congress with the recon
struction Congress following the
Civil War and the financial condi
tion of the United States with that
of the other nations In the World
War. Both comparisons are odious.
If there is one chapter in our his
tory where the dead past's dead
should be left undisturbed, it is the
Republican party's uncouth, malev
olent, incompetent and graft-ridden
reconstruction record following t lie
Civil War. Any effort that wouldn't
shine in comparison with that
abomination would bo vile indeed.
It is difllcult to read with patience
or respect the presidential statement
that "Our country has borne its
part in this experience (the World
War and its aftermath) without
even menace of our ' gold-standard
money system." It is a statement of
fact, admittedly, but it is a shockim;
disregard of truth. With most of
tho gold of other nations in our pos
session sent here by the other na
tions to purchase their war supplies
in tho period of our fabulously pro
fitable neutrality it is the shallow
est kind of boasting for us to claim
any credit for that fact, or to offer
it as evidenco of our superior capac
ity. To try by implication to list
that condition among the accom
plishments of Congress is a decep
tion to which President Harding
should not have stopped,
The letter, of course, is a partisan
appeal. It Is a campaign document.
Its purposo Is to win votes for Re
publican candidates for the Senate
and the House.
F. M. Perkins had a pleasant sur
prise this week when his uncle,
Moses Petty of Pomona, California,
atd his brother, Charlie Perkins of
Lawrenceville, Illinois, dropped in
on him Tuesday evening unan
nounced. Mr. Petty, a brother of
Mr. Perkkins' mother, is S4 years
old, and apparently in as good
health and as spry as most men are
a't 50. He has lived in California
about thirty years, and was travel
ing alone. He came east several
days ago to attend a meeting of the
G. A. R. held at Des Moines, Iowa,
and from there took occasion to visit
his old home in Illinois, which he
had not seen in many years. And
after visiting there he decided to
come on to Hayti and visit his
nephew, F. M. Perkins, who had
lately spent a year or so in the
same California town where the el
derly geitleman resides. Mr. Petty
left Thurfday by way of Des Moines
for his California home, being ac
companied as far as St. Louis by his
nephew, ( harlie Perkins. It is very
remarkabl; that one of the age of
Mr. Petty would bo able" to aake the
long trips ho takes unaccompanied,
but the olll gentleman appears to
have no cincern on that score, ex
cept that le seemed to be in some
liusto to git back to California, t
tlie climatil of which he attributes
his well-pjeserved faculties. Mr.
Petty is alluver a Democrat, though
ho packed ilgun for four long years
to help frel the negroes, who give
all tho appreciation to the Republi
can party, llle says Johnson will
be re-electeil Senator from Califor
nia not, hot ever, bv his vote.
Pemiscot County Sunday School
Association Meets at- Hayti
The Pemiscot County Sunday
School Association had its first an
nual Elllciency conference at the
Baptist church in this city Sunday,
October lo. The officers of the
Hayti district served a cafetaria
lunch to forty visitors at the Chris
tian church at 12:30.
Miss Bess Lltzenfelner, county
ioung Peoples Superintendent of
Cape Girardeau county, and Mr.
Carl Asmus, field secretary of Mis
souri Sunday School Association,
were the out-of-county visitors. Mr.
Asmus, in his address, brought very
forcibly before the people some of
the things necessary to be done in a
county-wide way toward religious
education. Miss Lltzenfelner gave
inspiration and encouragemunt to
the officers in her talk on standards
and how Cape county came to the
front, from 74th to 2nd in the State
of Missouri on the county standard
in one year.
ah or tne county officers were
present except one and held di
visional conference with the district
This conference shows that Pem
iscot county Sunday schools arc
alive and pushing the work for bet
ter Sunday schools. Twenty-five of
the thirty-five districts were pres
ent. County officers:
President, Rev. McCullough, Ca
ruthersville. Vice-president, Mrs. H. D. Wells.
Secretary-treasurer, Mrs. George
Young Peoples Superintendent,
Mrs. J. W. Carmean, Caruthersville.
Children's Superintendent, Mrs.
W. P. Robertson, Caruthersville.
Adult Superintendent, Mrs. Lea
nora Condit, Hayti.
Mr. O. E. Hooker, Hayti.
The following is the district offi
cers of the live districts in the
South Pemiscot District:
President, Mr. W. E. Kennedy,
Vice-president, Mrs. Minnie Tu
Secretary-treasurer, Mrs. John
Assistant Sec.-Treas., Miss Jessie
Young Peoples Superintendent,
Miss Neva Luckie, Steele.
Assistant Young Peoples Superin
tendent, Miss Vera Coleman, Hol
land. Children's Superintendent, Miss
Maggie Harbor, Holland.
Adult Superintendent, Mr. S,
Mrs. Fred Copeland, Cooter.
President, Mr. Bert Skinner, Brag
gadocioi Vice-president, Miss Mary Jack
Secretary-treasurer, Mr. J. C. Gal
Young Peoples' Superintendent,
Mrs. Earl Coppage, Braggadocio.
Children's Superintendent, Mrs.
Tom McCIoskey, Braggadocio.
Adult Superintendent, Mr. Ever
ton Speers, Braggadocio.
Mr. J. A. Morgan, Braggadocio.
Little Prairie District:
President, Mrs. Charles Cunning
Vice-president, Mr. Bailey Brooks
Secretary-treasurer, Mrs. Harry
Young Peoples' Superintendent,
Mrs. Paul Horner, Caruthersville.
Children's Superintendent, Mrs.
Ralph Hutchison, Caruthersville.
Assistant Children's Superintend
ent, Mrs. Curtner Pierce, Caruthers
ville. Adult Superintendent, Mrs. G. IE
Mr. C. G. Ross, Caruthersville. ,
Hayti District: rf'
President, Miss Irene RaybucK
Hayti. Vice-president, Mr. C. B. Li'uctv
Secretary-treasurer, Mr. Sam E.
Young .Peoples' Superintendent,
Mrs. J. L. Dorris, Sr., Hayti.
Children's Superintendent, Mrs.
T. H. Ansell, Hayti.
Adult Superintendent, Mr. P. s.
iur. l,. h. Gale, Hayti.
President, F. M. Dillard, Wardell.
Vice-president, Mr. L. E. Butrey,
Secretary-treasurer, Prof. Pickler
Young Peoples' Division Superin
tendent, Miss Leugenia Young, War
dell. Children's Superintendent, Miss
Ruth Young, Wardell.
lAdult Superintendent, Mr. J. M.
Mr. W. E. Brown, Wardell.
TWO POSTMASTERS INDICTED
Both Charged by Federal Grand
Jury With Embezzlement.
For Rem: 240 acres, in 40
acre tracts larger. Six good
houses and bilns. Some new groun.l
and some cle.rlng. Good cotton,
corn ground, three miles west of
Ilayti, on Kenlott road. J. S, Porter
44 18 MurylnndlAvo,, St. Louis, Mo.
Those from wre who attended
the 50th nnnivtUary of the Masonic
Lodge of Cnnlhersville. Monday
evoning were: Hinry Ilyars, Joe and
Ellis Kohn, "llilch" Brasher, Earl
Raybuck, W. 'i Nethery, Jack
Toaster, Dr. Llmiaugh, Dr. Cress
well, Capt. B. F.IUlon and Arthur
Allen. There werlalso othors whoso
names wo did notlearn. Those who
attended report a'lno time. An ex
cellent supper wul served and sev
eral interesting splches were mudo.
Cape Girardeau, Mo., Oct. 14,
The Federal grand jury yesterday
indicted Walter Gully, Wardell, Mo!,
postmaster, charging him with em
bezzling $1200 of postoflice funds;
Jumes R. Pollock, postmaster ,u
Campbell, Mo., charging him with
embezzling a $014 check from the
mails, and L. M. Morrow, a carnival
follower, who was charged with sell
ing and transporting opium through
Federal Court was adjourned rt
noon by Judge Paris after ho had
sentenced two moro men to jnil for
violation of the prohibition Inw
John C. Baker, Poplar Bluff, was
given four months in jail for sell
ing liquor. L. B. Branhnm, Poplar
Bluff, was sentenced to serve four
months for possessing liquor.
Genuine oak llvn swings, well
bolted and re-inforcU; the kind that
will stand hard use. We nut them
Dr. R. C. Cresswell went up to
Cnpe Girardeau Wednesday, where
ho attended a meeting of the South
east Missouri Dental Association.
Screen wire, poultry netting
Leller Hardwaro Co., Hayti tf
Charles Shields of Caruthersville
Was hern Tuesday nflnrnnnn nMn.wl.
up for you. teller hardware Co., ing to business matters.
HIGHWAY COMMISSION WILL
MEET ON OCTOBER 19
Jefferson City, Mo., Oct. 1G.
Meeting of the State Highway Com
mission scheduled for October 10
and postponed until October 17,
because of Illness of Vice Chnirman
S S. Connott and absence from the
State of Murray Carletou of St.
Louis, has again been postponed un
til October 19.
This was done because of the fact
that all of tho members of tho com
mission could not bo present tomor
row. There is nothing of impor
tance outsido of routine road mat
tors to eomo before tho meoting of
tho Commission this month, as Con
sulting Engineer R. L. Windrow and
State Highway Engineer B. H. Piep
nielor are not yet ready to report
their recommendations on the Fed
eral primary system of highways.
This system will compose sonto
1S00 miles of road but littlo Infe
rior, if any, in types of construction
to tho 1500 miles of designated Stato
Mamma's pancake and buck
wheat flour, at Buckleys. Syrups,
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Teaster and
Mrs. It. N. Brasher and little son
motored over to Caruthersville last