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Exico Missouri Message
MEXICO, MISSOURI, APRIL 11, 1912
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR CELE
BRATEMARCH IN STATE.
Rev. J. C. Handy Delivers a Schol
An immense audience gathered
i,t the Methodist church Sunday
afternoon for special services in
celebration of Easter. The Knights
Templar order inarched in grand
parade, headed by McMillan Band,
to the church, where Dr. J. C.
Iliimly delivered a splendid ad
dress on the subject, "The Per.
mnneiit in Life." Miss Maude
AVall.'ice presided at the organ
nnd had charge of the splendid
musical program rendered. The
music was pronounced the best
ever heard upon a like occasion
in the city. .
Rev. Handy took for his text
this passage from Amos, 7:8,
"And the Lord said unto me,
Amos, what seest thouf and 1
said, a plumbline."
Some of the thoughts the speak
er presented were:
This Scripture takes us Lack
to the eighth century, B. C. Amos
whs a member of the famous band
of eighth century prophets. The
world has never produced anoth
er group of men comparable to
them in vigor of statement, in
range of thought and in ambition
for righteousness. (
In the year 760 B. C. Jeroboam
II is reigning in Israel, holding
sway practically from the Nile to
the Euphrates. A great feast is
on at Bethel. Amos comes up
from the south and standing by
the great altar of sacrifice Bays
that he sees a plumbline in the
hand of Qod, dropped betide the
wall, Israel, indicating the ob
lique condition of the wall. Forty ,
years from this time'the Assyrian
army sweeps across the country
westward, and Israel is taken into
captivity, known ever since as
the ten lost tribes of Israel.
The lesson. here to learn on a
large scale is that the nation
whose God is not the Lord cannot
long continue in existence. " At
this time there wal a great gulf
between the rich and the poor.
The former stretched ' themselves
upon ivory couches, ate the lambs
nut of the flocks and the calves
from tho stalls, and joined
field to field. Israel was therefore
Egypt enslaved many people,
nnd showed no disposition to lib
erate and elevate them. Thus
she was doomed.
Rome is an example to the same
In her palmiest days she
was half slave, and her farms had
1'i'come great estates. She did not
fall by the inrush of Vandals and
ioths from the north but rather
hy internal moral decay.
The great lesson to learn is that
righteousness is the law of nation
1 " idea contained in the above
s 'iilure is also capable of an in
''M'lual interpretation. From
point of view the lesson to
) imi is that character is the re
s" of building. In this process
'h'1 p.'rsonnl equation is very
prominent. pjVery ,an j peV80n.
ally responsible for his character.
puts the stamp of his own will
"poii it. While this is true every
man appropriates something from
" fellow men something from
MH' ty. Thus character is a very
-Hireover, every man who lives
""'f "1 the World diPrtvpra fbnl
character is subject to the uni
v isal laW of development. There
u a long process of develop
'."'" the nature of Socrates be
' lie was able to say, "Know
" wlf," as the end of life. The
J" was true for' John Wesley
fore hs could stand upon his
,ilhers grave and say, "The
world-i my parish.: The same
true also f0P Lutlu.r before
was able to write hi. famous
hymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is
It sometimes happens that the
development is downward for a
long time and then a great change
comes in the life and the develop
ment becomes an upward one.
Augustine, Utinyan, (lough, Mc
Auley nnd a host of others repre-
Every character is built around
some central element, such as
leasure, sensual or otherwise;
realth; position; power: morali
ty. Righteousness is the only true
core around which to build a life.
All things come sooner or Inter
to a testing time. In the ease be
fore us the instrument of the test
is called a plumbline. This is the
instrument of construction. We
hang it beside the wall to build
accordingly. It is also the instru
ment of destruction. Held up to
a wall it pronounces upon it the
correctness or error of that wall.
If it shows the wall to be oblique
the wall is doomed. It will fall in
the course of time.
The plumbline of life is right
eousness. It is Christ. It is a
Christly character. All things
stand or fall by Him. Nothing is
destined to immortality except
what is Christly.
New Suits Filed.
Philip Roberts, of Rowena
neighborhood, is charged with dis
turbing the peace of his neighbor,
J. A. Morrow has sued W. E.
Bever for $100 as commission in
a land deal.
James Itay, of near Thompson,
is charged with stealing some hay
from J. 0. La Force. He is under
$200 bond and denies stealing the
hay, saying that he moved a quan
tity of hay to get rid of it.
Dies at Columbia. -
Samuel Smith, 23 years old, of
the neighborhood of Gant, south
west of Mexico, a student in the
State University, died Tuesday of
last week in the hospital at Co
lumbia. His trouble is said to
have been appendicitis. A- young
wife survives him besides his
mother and several brothers and
sisters. The burial was at ' Gant
Wednesday. We extend sympa
thy to the bereaved ones.
How He Got There.
The Madison Times printed this
item last week :
Frank Crow closed his school
in the South Fork district last
week. He took the electric car at
Molino for Mexico and then re
turned to Paris by Way of Mober-
ly, traveling some 75 miles by rail
to avoid 20 miles of liiutl. His at
titude toward tho good roads
question need not here be stated.
Married in California.
Miss Marie Houston, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Houston of
this city, was married a few days
ago to Mr. Hubert Whitlock in
Fresno, Calif. The bride has been
a director of kindergarten work
in the Fresno schools for three
years past. The groom is a prom
inent newspaper man. Our best
wishes extended them.
Married Last Week.
Mr. Charley Allen and Miss Vi
da Mundy, both of the vicinity of
Benton City, were united in mar
riage in this city last Thursday
Judge W. W. Botts offeiating.
Here's wishing them long life and
Mrs. B. A. Thornburgli renews
for the Message. We are sorry to
report that Mr. Thornburgli has
been suffering worse of late
months with that neuralgia afflic
tion of his face. Great pains
strike him at times so that for
long or short intervals he is not
able to speak. On the whole lie
has been a great sufferer since the
first of the year.
I)r. X. B. Barnes of Emmet t.
Idaho, renews for the Message
and writes this note: "We think
we cannot gt along without the
Message, as it brings to us weekly
news from home."
j Farmers Get Seed Corn.
j Paris, Mo., April 5. Pure
; breed seed corn furnished by the
Paris Commercial Club and John
II. Braytou, member of the State
Board of Agriculture, was distrib
uted to sevent v-live Monroe Coun-
ty farmers to-day. S. M. Jordan,
the Missouri corn man, was here
and officiated at the presentation.
Each recipient will return to
i the Commercial Club Ibis f;tll
I twice the amount of selected corn
he received and this in turn is to
be distribnted again next year,
and so on. The scheme was origi
nated by the Monroe County Corn
Growers' Association, of which
Mr. Drayton is president. It is in
tended to double the yield of corn
in this county in ten years.
A Good Man Gone.
Geo. M. Doeblin died at his
home April 1, 1912, of a complica
tion of diseases.
Was born nt Marine. Madison
county. 111., Feb. 4, 1871. Mar-
tied to Julia E. Geisel March Hi,
1904. To this union one child was
born, Dora age three years and
six months. P.-sidcs the wife ami
child he leaves father and mother,
Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Doeblin, four
sisters, Mrs. C. A. Mollett, Mrs.
Joe Mongler, Mrs. E. Kroencke
and Mrs. Will Britt ; alsD five
brothers, Will, Fred, Albert,
Louie and Emil Doeblin.
George had been a sufferer for
four years, tried many different
remedies to regain his health; but
He was a good, honest, up
right man. His friends were num
bered by his acquaintances.
These friends .extended their
deepest sympathy to the bereaved
family. Funeral services were
conducted at the home Thursday
morning by Rev. Orlousky, assist
ed by Rev. Rice, burial at Laddo
nia. . '
RUSH HILL ITEMS.
(Too late for last week.
The winter weather is almost
over now. i lie red birds and
meadow larks say Spring is here.
and the boys have begun to dig
fishing worms; that's always a
sure sign of Spring.
II. C. Carnes and sou, Cedric,
made a business trip to Louisiana
one afternoon last week.
The Ladies A. and M. Society
met in regular session last Thurs
day afternoon with Mrs. Ethel
Armstrong. After tthe program.
Mrs. Armstrong, assisted by Mrs.
Mudd, served delicious refresh
ments, and they adjourned to
meet two weeks from that day
with Miss Lizzie Poorman.
L. W. Roberts is moving out
Grandma Gay has gone to Ken
tucky to visit relatives.
L. D. Uzzell, who has been in
St. Louis for the past vthree
months, returned home last Mon
day. "They all come back."
Miss May Coleman went to
Pleasant Hill, 111., last Sunday to
visit her aunt.
Several of the boys here attend
ed lodge' at Laddonia last Friday
Mrs. Ed. Baehr of Mexico was
in our town shopping and visiting
relatives last Saturday.
Geo. Doeblin, who lived north
of town, died last Monday night.
His death was not unexpected as
he had been in poor health for
some time. He leaves a wife and
small daughter, Resides his par
ents and several brothers and sis
ters tor mourn his death. The be
reaved family have the sympathy
of the entire community in their
The following good people have
lately subscribed or renewed for
the Message: R. J. Oflfutt, Mrs.
Fred Clapper, .Df. M. E. Craw
ford, Homer Dilliard, Mrs.tJ. W.
Gowell, Otto Hopkins. George By
ais. Georgt Mongler and M. H.
Robert Johnston, who is attend
ing the State University, visited
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Everett
Johnston, near Santa Fe, over
Easter. , -
No Bass in The Frog
Songs This Spring.
We haven't seen our friends
Philip Shire or Mike Donnelly
lately, but we are afraid they will
have no bull frogs this spring.
George Kasticn, near Vandalia,
wants to buy a co.qdc of live
frogs. We thought at first Shire
or Donnelly could supply Mr. Kas
ticn, but have our fears along that
line, as R. Porter, of the Missouri
Fish Commission, who knows, says
there will be no bull frogs this
year, at least not nearly as many
The Message is sorry about
this. The deep bass of the melan
choly dusk chorus, the world-old
intermezzo between night and
day, that is wont to ascend in
lrowsy monotones as the balmy
spring nights come on. will be
either missing entirely or be so
reduced in volume as to be scarce
The city visitor to the country
shall hark in vain for nature's
rhythmic and swelling lullaby
song to soothe tired nerves and
the twinkling night stars, search
ing for ancient friends, peep into
pools from which all voice has
Bull frogs being scarce, other
frogs, big and little, save the
"bone rattlers," will 'necessarily
be diminished in numbers and the
frog leg market will make even
the most plutocratic epicure
bounce back. The shortage, ac
cording to Mr. Foster, will con
tinue for two or threyears as a
result of the hard winter just
"I have noticed it from boy
hood," he says, "and it never
fails. The bull frog does not go
deep enoutrli to escape t lie excep
tional winter and the deep freeze
always catches and kills him. Two
or three times in my life I have
seen winters less severe than that
just closed virtually wipe the
frogs out of existence."
Judged the Debate.
The Vandalia Mail uses the fol
lowing paragraph :
Prof, and Mrs. E. A. Irvine
went to Mexico Saturday. They
visited at J. W. Daniel's while
there. Prof. Irvine was one of
the judges at the debating eon
test that night between the Mex
ico High School and the Teacher's
College High School of Columbia.
The question debated was "Re
solved that good roads should be
maintained." Mexico having the
affirmative won two to one.
Misses Alberta Keiinen, Trix
Turley and Bessie Scobee of this
city attended the Rice-Torreyson
wedding in Laddonia last Monday
Mrs. Norton Melson and littlt
daughter, .Mary Virginia, returnee
a few days ago from a visit to Mr
and Mrs. Mat Melson at Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Considine and
daughter, Mrs. Frank Wales, have
returned to Elgin, Kan., after a
visit to friends at Thompson and
in this city.
The Baptist Missionary Socie
ties held a convention in Fulton
last week. Mrs. John A. Guthrie
of Mexico acted as chairman of
Jay Phillips of Mexico, employ
ed in the shoe factory at Colum
bia, was operated on for 'appendi
citis a couple of weeks since. He
is recovering all right.
j Paul, 12 years old, the son of
;Mra. Alice Thompson of this city,!
while playing at school one day
last week suffered a fracture of'
one of the bones of his right arm.j
Buys 3,250 Freight Cars.
Contracts hae just been b-t bv
the Wabash Kailroad for 3.250
reight ears; the equipment is di
ided as follows :
1200 box ears with steel under-
frames, ft. (i inches long. ft.
ligh, HI.OOO lbs. capacity.
1000 stock cars steel center con
st ruction, -Id ft. ti inches long. 7 ft.
750 automobile cars steel under
frame and steel superstructure, )o
ft. (i inches long. 10 ft. 0' inches
;tOO gondola ears, all steel eon
struelion. 100.000 lbs. eapacily.
This is one of the largest order.-,
'or freight equipment recently
placed and indicates the faith of
the Management of the Wabash
iailroad in the future of the
property as well as the future of
the country through which it op
Everett Johnston renews for
the Message. !
G. W. Elzea called and renewed
for the Message Tuesday.
C. A. Raines was in St. Louis
this week on legal business.
George Johnson has returned
from a sojourn at Hot Springs.
Born, on the 6th inst., to Mr.
and Mrs. Edgar Stuart, near Mex
ico, a son.
The annual banquet of Hardin
College alumnae is to be held Mon
day, May 27.
Dr. Collier and Miss Jennie
Xeal, both of Rowena, were mar
ried one day last week.
Mrs. Iva Craig and two chil
dren, Fritz and Rena, of this city,
have moved to Martinsburg.
M. A. Thomas, father of Mrs.
James Squires of this city, is re
ported critically ill of paralysis.
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Woolery
visited their daughter, Mrs. R. B.
Kidd, at ((hiincy, 111., last week.
Win. P.iggers, formerly of Mcx
ico. was elected last week as a
member of the Moberly council.
Messers. Guy and John Barnes,
of Parkersbnrg, W. Va., were the
guests of friends here last week.
Mrs. Charles Bronaugh of Bat
tle Creek, Mich., is visiting hei
mother here, Mrs. Lamertiiic
Sylvester Jackson, colored,
stole a clock from another negro
and is serving CO days in jail
C. R. Adams of Caruthcrsville
formerly of Auxvasse, visited his
nephew here last week, Dr. C. A.
Miss Dora Sellard returned a
few days since from Franklin, X.
C, where she taught musie the
Mrs. Peter I. Pierce of Laddo
nia visited the family of her son
in Mexico last Friday and Satur
day, J. A. Pierce.
Misses Bcuncttn Dilliard and
Nannie Weidler. southwest of
Mexico, visited relatives and
friends at Laddonia rocciitlv.
Born, Tuesday, April 2, to Mr.
and Mrs. Loren Smith, of this city,
a 10 pound son.
Irvin Franklin of St. Louis vis
ited his parents here last week:
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Franklin.
Master Paul llutchersoii, son of
Mr. and Mrs. A. llutchersoii, who
has the measles, is convalescent.
All the Mexico churches held
special Easter services last Sun
day. Everybody went to church,
the ladies especially, with their
millinery marvels. It was an
ideal day, and there was no ex
cuse to remain at home.
FLEW OVER AND ABOUT
MEXICO LAST SUMMER.
Cuts a Smart Caper and Then
Goes to His Fate.
The Message last fall had an
article headed, "Rodgers Made
Good."' lie was the first man
who ever rode over and about
Mexico in a Ilying machine. He
cumc that day from a point in
Illinois and dew straight over
Mexico on west and a few n 'mutes
later lighted in a field near
Thompson, to take oil. About
three hours later he tlew back to
Mexico and circled three times
over the city and then was away
again to the west, two or three
hours later in the evening reach
ing Marshall, Mo., where he re
mained over night, lie was mak
ing a trip across the continent,
and he won his goal, too, but the
following dispatch will tell ol
what his daring at last led him to:
Long Beach, Cal., April 3. Cal
braith 1 Rodgers, the first man to
cross the American Continent in
an aeroplane, was killed here at
3:15 this, afternoon, when his
Wright biplane, in which he had
been soaring over the ocean, fell
200 feet and buried him in the
His neck was broken and his
Lbody badly mashed by the engine
of his machine, lie lived but a
Rodgers for a week had been
making daily flights and had tak
en up with him many passengers,
both men and women. To-day he
started from his usual place and
soared out over the ocean. Cross
ing the pier, he turned and dipped
close to a roller coaster in a beach
Seeing a flock of gulls disport
ing about a great shoal of sar
dines, just over the breakers, Rod
gers again turned nnd dived down
in them, scattering the sea fowl
in all directions.
Apparently elated with the out
come of his dive, he flew farther
out, all the time gradually rising
until he had reached a height of
about 200 feet.
Making a short turn, he started
at full speed for the pier, then,
suddenly dipping his planes and
his machine began a frightful fall.
Rodgers was seen by hundreds
of persons on shore to relax his
hold on the levers and, seuiiiinf.dy
realizing his danger, make stren
uous efforts to pull the nose of
his machine into a level position.
Failing in this, he managed to
turn his craft further inshore.
An instant later it crashed to
the edge, of the surf, not 500 feet
from the spot where, in Decem
ber, he finished his oeean-to-oceaii
Many person.'! rushed to his aid.
Rodgers' head was hanging over
one wing of the machine, the hen
vy engine was on his back ami his
feet were drawn up, nearly dou
bling over his shoulders. Blood
was flowing from his mouth.
The aviator was lifted from the
wreck and hurried to 'the Bat
house Hospital. lie died on the
Examination showed his neck,
jawbone and back had been bro
ken. The machine that Rodgers used
to-day was the one with which he
won $11,000 in prizes last July at
the Chicago endurance meet. It
is a total wreck, many parts hav
ing been swept out to sea by the
Charles Schaffer, a close friend,
who came here on a special train
that followed the aviator on his
trans-continental trip, witnessed
In speaking of Rodgers' care
free spirit, while in the air, Mr.
Schaffer said ho had taken many
flights with him, but the most sur
prising example of recklessness j
he had ever seen was yesterday.
"We had risen to a height of
about 5,000 feet," said Schaffer,
"and were oil to the northeast.
The wind was strong but not puf
fy. Rodgers feigning he was
tired, leaned back, folded his
hands behind his head and stretch
ed his feet, seemingly enjoying
the scenery. 1 said to him, 'You
better watch out, Cal, the wind
might get you.' but he answered.
Oh, we're all right; she's ridden
the wind before and she'll ride it
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Pearl at
Thompson have a new son in
their home, born the 5th inst.
The Mexico Christian church
Sunday school had an attendance
of (05 last Sunday and the collec
tion was $fi2.47.
(Too late for last week.)
Plenty of rain. Pastures are
greening" up. Wheat doesn't
look very good as yet.
Win. Mason made a business
trip to Illinois first of this week.
Miss Lena Hamilton has 170 lit
tle chickens and her incubator
going again. Several others have
nice lots of little chickens in this
Claude Powell of Mexico was in
this vicinity Sunday afternoon.
All were glad to see him.
Earl Carter is shearing his
sheep this week. Has a sheep
shearing machine. Shears 300 a
day. He has several hundred
August Sehutte purchased a
nice young horse from Win. Ma
son. Mr. and Mrs. Win. Mason's lit
tle daughter Eleanor has the mea
sles. Miss Pauline Powell's school
closed last Friday at Sneed.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Conrad. i
Sehutte, Jr., March 15, a son.
Central Lynn Items expressed
our views exactly, only we don't
have our mail regular as yet.
To the Democrats of Audrain
Mexico, Mo., April 8, 1912.
I announce myself as a Candi
date for the Legislature of the
said County, subject to the Demo
cratic Primary vote, on the (itii
day of August, 1912.
My Platform, upon which 1 pro
pose to make the raco: State
rights and personal liberty. There
are a few specific questions, im
portant in themselves, that I shall
endeavor to .explain, in this can
vass over the County. Everybody
knows where I stand on the Good
Roads question. I shall endeavor
to force to the front every practi
cal plan to build good roads, re
membering that good roads, or
any other necessary improvement,
can only be consummated when
we are willing to pay expenses. I
am in favor of Convict labor, in
making improvements for public
utility, within the State, and giv
ing the convicts a reasonable per
cent of their earnings. I am op
posed to the Inheritance Tax, and
will work and vote for its repeal.
I shall take special interest in the
providing more liberal provision
for the old ami needy Confeder
ate Soldiers, in and out of the
Home at Higginsville, Missouri. I
am opposed to State-wide Prohibi
tion, will vote for and support Lo
cal Option, believing every town
or county should have a right to
regulate its own affairs. This is
Democratic. 1 am in favor of pro
moting and providing every
means in the iiiterest of Rural
Public Schools. These questions,
with others, will be discussed be
fore the people of the County as
J. B. HAWKINS, M. D.
i Mexico Savings Bank
i Capita Stock, 150,000,00
d 4 3rd Tear in Busintsi.
W. W, FRY, Pwaldent.