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MEXICO, MISSOURI, MAY 23, 1912
I k XI.HIIIM "line high school tor uext year
DR. BENNETT'S GREAT AD
DRESS TO THE SENIORS.
Seventy-Seven Get . Certificates
From The Eighth Grade.
Miss Deulah Marshall, daugh
ter of Mrs. Laura Marshall, is
valedictorian of the Mexico High
School Class for 1912. Miss Har
riet Winans, daughter of Dr. ami
Mrs. T. II. Winans, was a very
close second to Miss Marshall.
There was but five-hundredths of
a per cent between thein. Miss
MISS PFX'LAIl MARSHALL.
Winans, therefore wins as saluta-
torian. There were three others
who won high grades, as follows;
Miss Maurine Heizer, Agatha
Copeman and Lee Duncan. Tin
class numbers 40 and is the
largest graduating class in tin-
history of the Mexico schools,
Their names have been published
in these columns before.
The commencement exercise
were held at the Opera House last
Thursday night. Superintendent
L. B. Hawthorne delivered a short
farewell address to the gradu
ates, diplomas presented by S. i
Emmons, chairman of the School
Hoard. The commencement . ad
dress was delivered by Dr. Wm.
Dennett, a Chautauqua lecturer,
of Chicago. Mr. Dennett's con
tribution to the exercises of the
hour was a gem. He-referred to
Missouri as "The Houn' Dog
State," of course throwing out a
compliment for Champ Clark, lie
talked on the topic, "The Man
Who Can," and he drove home
many a well rounded thought.
lie believes that people must be
lilted and inspired to higher
tilings. Only a few centuries ago
hack in Europe- our ancestors
killed and ate oneanother and
used human skulls for drinking
vessels. This was so in Australia
and New Zealand. But look at
the leaders of thought in science
and governmental affairs now.
They have been educated ami
lifted to higher grounds.
He advocated scientific agri
culture as the highest calling of
this century. The scheme of
farming is being completely revo
lutionized. It requires thought
and experience and education
brains mixed with mud to bring
what we ought out of the soil
The school curriculum need:
changing, it ought to include Do
mestic Science, Manual Trainiu
and Agriculture. The boys ne
thoro training in practicnl thing".
and the girls should be taught to
sew, keep house and do scientific
cooking. Too many girls dodgt
Ihese things, thinking it will hurt
their standing, but it is the big
gest mistake of their lives to fee
that such things as cooking, sew
nig and keeping house is beneath
He plead that every boy and
gin siiouhl liave a good purpose
in life firm and true, that's
wealth of the true stamp good
purpose, happiness and health.
The man who can is Ihe man
Twenty pupils from the South
Side School were presented cer-
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tifieates of graduation from the
eighth grade Thursday afternoon
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They were ns follows:
Slella Whitson, Aubrey Toal
son, Kuth Franey, Margaret
Averitt, Gertrude Flittner, Lil
lian Wright, Marj Kearins, Anna
Dudley, .Jennie Dean, Margaret
Dyke, Lucile' Duncan, Thelma
Harrison, Rilla Powell, Mar
guerite Thomas, Rryan Ridgway.
Roy Reed, Jesse Ream, Andrew
Wright, Frank Staples, Raymond
Fifty-seven pupils received cer
tificates same ns above from tin1
North Side School. Their name:;
are as lollows :
Paul Angert, Prynn Atchison.
Richard P.arth, Perry Clayhrook
Alan Cnalsworth, Eric Cunning
ham, John Keton, Fletche
Fnhrer, Jesse Gibbs. Lloyd Gilpin
Guy Holliday, W. O. Johnson
Russell Jones, Morris heath, Sam
Locke, Prynn Mars h a 11 ,
David M c ( ' 1 u re, Rnhei !
Montague, Frank Owingx, ('ha.:
K'lbilisoil. Mabel Rndhousc, Ethel
Rodhnusc, Glenn Siuircs, Ernest
Watson, Edna Pickley, Janette
'P.ractr. Mnrv Lcc Pnrks. Olivia
j(,n,,,, 1M"CU Coatswortlli Isal)),
, Craddock, Elvadine Dermody.
'Gladys Estes, Lelia Fuhrer, Ethel
jnenrich. Rachel Hamilton, Hazel
Ilardine. Mary Scudder, Elaine
, Silverstein, Evelyn Threlkeld
Julia Tucker, Maltie Ward, Hel
ena'Wonneman, Dlanche Harris
Carrie Howdeshell, Louise John
son, Tazzie Johnson, Amelia
Knoebel, Pauline Kunkel, Anne
McClure, June MeDonough
Esther Menefee, Lenore McEl
hiney, ,Ruth Miller, Nina Pearson.
Edna Phillips, Lucy Pulis, Lillk
Robinson, Mabel Rodhouse, Tthel
SINGLE TAX AGAIN.
A Correspondent Don't Want Us
To Extend "That Feeling."
Laddonia, Mo., May 18, 1012.
Editor Mexico Message: Ir.
your issue of May 16 you any
'We kinder think we feel it iv
our bones that we shall oppose
that single tax law." Let me beg
you to keep that feeling in your
bones and not let it extend to
your head ami heart until yon
have studied the proposed tax
amendment from the standpoint
of justice and equity. The Mcs
sage will do a noble work if il
will earnestly try to enlighten tin-
armcrs and all citizens on tin
question of taxation. I enclose q
short article, "Our Tax System,''
from the editorial page of " Suc
cessful Farming," printed at Pes
Moines, Town. I should be glad if
you would publish it, ns a brief
presentation of the inequalities of
the present system.
A Seeker After Truth.
Elsewhere- is an article on the
ingle tax. Some of the farm-
ers nave an utea that tne single
tax or land tax will hit them
hard and is for the benefit of
the city man. This isn't so
where the single tax has been
partially tried out.
We need only point to the folly
of trying to raise tax money by
taxing personal property. Ihe
neb escape ami the poor man
pays the running expenses of
goverment. The farmer gets
taxed because Ins wealth can't
be hidden. The rich city man
escapes, for his money in
vestments can be hidden
The following from the Now
York Times points a moral:
"Alfred (S. Vanderbilt called
at the department of taxes yes
derda and vore. down an
assessment of $."i()0,()00 on pei-
Charles 0. Gates,
of the estate of JohnflW. dates,
which was valu-l as to personal
property at $:,000,00) obtained
a reduction from iUO,00 to
$.'!OO,O0O in the valuation of his
You've alMioard of New Jersey,
the homo of the St andard Oil,
the Sugar Trust, the Steel Trust
uid oil, almost every other trust
worth mentioning. Ihe laws
of New Jersey require assess
ment 'at full value. Hut they
don't obey the law. Hence
these remarks in the American
Magazine for March, l!Ul,by
Albei t Jay Nock:
"Hudson county contains in
its area of forty-three square
miles, the manufacturing city
of ('amden. Hunterdon county.
in the west of the Mate, ami
Salem county, in thesouthwest,
aggregate 774 miles of farms
They are purely rural counties,
having no considerable towns,
and dopendingcntirely on agri
culture, (lovcrnor ( Iriggs' com
mission reported in 1S!I7 that the
(!,)IM) farming propuhilioii of
Hunterdon and Salem counties
paid a personalty assessment of
$17,72!,-J7i;, while the :j()(),()00
city propitiation of Hudson and
Camden paid $U,SSl,i;44 $H4li,
less than the fanners!
"A handful of farmers in the
two rural counties paid a per
sonalty assessment nearly a
million dollars larger than the
two city counties taken together
the two counties, containing
probably the richest and most
extensive and heavy manufac
turing on the whole seaboard!
Three hundred thousand city
people, corporation, factories,
the Colgates, Lorillard, the
Steel Trust, Standard Oil, the
Sugar Trust and so on through
a long list were assessed nearly
a million dollars less than the
Ii00,000 farmers of Hunterdon
and Salem! "
And these are the people these
over rich citizens who come
and have their personal tuxes
reduced when they are far too
low in the first place. And the
fanners have to make up for it
so far as to keep up the running
expenses of goverment.
There is something wrong with
our tax system ami a little in
vestigation, a little light from
any quart er should be welcome.
Narrowly Escaped Drowning.
Mrs. Emmett Gibbs and two
small children, who live south of
Mexico, narrowly escaped drown
ing at Scattering Fork, just after
the very heavy rain of last Satur
day, nearly two weeks since. Mrs.
Gibbs was driving from Mexico
and she realized that the creek
was deep but upon advice of a
neighbor she met just before
reaching the ford she started her
horse across. The animal at first
plunge went into water nearly
over its back. With great pres
ence of mind Mrs. Gibbs, realiz
ing that she and children would
be swept down stream, quickly
pulled the horse to turn back, and
in that the vehicle barely escaped
being turned over. She tele
phoned home and Rtaid with a
neighbor on this side the stream
that night, and withal she's glad
that all's well that ends well.
Mrs. Mary J. Dybee paid this
office a pleasant business call a
few days ago. She resides with
her son, Horace Dybee, of near
Santa Fe. Her son has 1(10 hem
and 150 vonng chickens, all doing
fine, lie does not use incubator.
Harrison Drown, of Mexico, has
been elected a director of the Mis-
sourian, published at Columbia by
the Department of Journalism.
Joseph Sandbothe is arrangin.
to build a new grain elevator at
THE BUSINESS FIRMS AND
THEIR LINES OF TRADE.
That "Confederate Senate"
The Farmers and Live Stock
(Message Special Service.)
Martinsburg, Mo., May 21.
Readers of the Message will be in
terested in a list of the business
men and firms of this little city
one of the most hustling little
towns of the countv. It has one
of the largest department stores
in the county and also has one
other enterprise that has them
all beaten, a picture frame manu
facturing plant that ships its pro
ducts to all parts of the United
One of the oldest business
houses is the drug house of C. T.
Peyton, established in 1892. Mr.
Peyton was born and raised at
Martinsburg Dank was estab
lished in 1893. Stephen Dertels is
president, X. M. Friedman, vice
president, and Pinckney French,
cashier. The bank has alwavs
lone a good business.
N. M. Friedman is another of
the town's early merchants, lie
makes picture frames and ships to
all parts of this country. His
business was established in 1882.
Jacobi Druthers conduct a large
department store in the little
town and have alwavs done a
flourishing hushies ..
The town boasts of a good
newspaper, the Audrain County
Oracle. J. D. Devault is the
editor. The town is civinir him
Martinsburg has two barbel
shops. Joe Jarboe conducts one
and Gus Tillman the other.
Krieger & Christrup conduct a
meat market and grocery store.
Henry llilkemeyer keeps n
C. D. Williams is the Wabash
station agent. Wm. Mear has a
like position with the Durling
ton. Koehler & llolternuin are the
J. D. Iloltcrman keeps a hard
ware and tin shop.
Dr. L. T. Carr looks after the
sick of the community.
George Stutler has the care of
the La Crosse Lumber Co. yards.
Ed. Turner sells shoes, gro
Wm. Wallace keeps the Mar
tinsuurg Hotel, and lie sets a
good table, too, so his patrons say.
Miss May Jarboe has charge of
the switchboard for the Rush
Hill & Martinsburg telephone
Miss Mamie Verhoff is the town
Geo. Mcyerpeter is a retired
Jap Stephens is the auctioneer
for all that corner of Audrain,
Montgomery, and Callaway.
Father J. L. llaar, of th
Catholic church, is the only resi
dent minister of the city.
Joe Fennewald and John llilke
meyer are carpenters and build
ers. Dr. Jos. Jeeobi is the resident
Edward Pritchett is Marlins
burg's postmaster. lie is ably as
sisted by Miss Mnttie Matthews.
Joe Sandbothe is the grain
S. T. McGrew sells harness.
W. T. llughlett is undertaker.
Detienne Pros, and Mort Lieut
do concrete work.
Chas. I). Hyde is the town
The Martinsburg Coal Co. is an
organization doing a flourishing
J. S. Muster is called the hist
settler of the town. He and ('apt.
X. Dix, who has been in the place
4'1'yenrs, ami S. T. McGrew com
pose an organization called the
"Confederate Senate." Formerly
the membership was larger, but
the roll call to "over the river nn
der the shade of the trees" has
thinned the old veterans out.
The following are among the
prominent, farmers and stockmen
living near "Martinsburg : August
Dertels, Martin lloer, Frank
Seckler, The Fennewalds, L. A.
Harris, Tom Mitchell, E. P. John
son, E. W., C. T. and G. K. Crane,
J. R. McMurtry, .1. E. English, F.
P. Davis, A. R. Davis, Scannell
Dros., W. G. Pike, Wm. Rintcel.
L. Ahreus, Jno. Davis. Joe
Dertels, Wm. Danks, J. J. John
sten, Frank Eckler, J. P. Robnett.
Henry Youngblood, and others.,
MRS. THRELKELD DEAD.
A Beautiful Life Has Been Called
From This to That Be
yond. Mrs. Eliza Threlkeld whose
maiden name was Smith was born
in West Morland . county, Neb.,
June 10, 1832.
She died at the home of her
son, lliram llurelkeld, southwest
of this city, May 17, 1912.
When the deceased was quite a
child she moved with her parents
to the State of Missouri and set
tled near Fulton, Callaway Co.
She was married in 185G to Mar
cellus Threlkeld. To this union
're born four children Edgar.
Hiram, Thaddeiis and Mrs. (VI lie
Calhoun, all of whom reside in
this vicinity. One brother sur
vives her, S. L. Smith, of Fan
net te, Texas.
Mr. Threlkeld died in 18(i5,
leaving the deceased with this
family to care for. Mrs. Threl
keld lived in the lonely state of
widowhood 47 years; reared her
family to manhood and woman
hood. Deceased was converted in
early life and became a member
of Grand Prairie Dnptist church
and when Deaver Dam church
was organized she became one of
its charter members and remain
ed a faithful member of that body
until her death.
Her funeral was held on the
19th inst at the Richland Dnptist
church, conducted by Rev. C. A.
Mitchell, after which her remains
were laid to rest in the old church
cemetery. She was a grand good
woman, beautiful in life and char
acter, and the world is much the
better that she lived in it.
Mr. Jesse Pulis, son of County
Collector S. A. Pulis and wife,
and Miss Xeoma -Xelda Smith,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L,
Smith, late of bant community,
were married one day last week,
at the bride's home, on West
Whitley street, Rev. W. A. Shul
lenberger officiating. Doth are
popular young people ami many
friends extend them very best
wishes for perennial happiness
PRESIDENT OF METHODIST
Two Great Societies Are Merged
The Woman's Foreign Mission
ary oeletv aiul the Home .Mis
sionary Society of the M. E.
church South, wih delegates
from all over North Missouri, be
gan its session at the Mexico
Methodist- church Wednesday
afternoon of last week. Reports
were received. The most import
ant in this line was the one by
Mrs. S. P. Emmons of the com
mittee on the union of the two
organizations. The commit tee
favored the union.
Tuesday night 's session was de
voted to music and the opening
exercises. Mrs. W. 1. Reed de
livered the welcome address,
which was responded to by Mrs.
R. (i. Terrill, of llunlsville.
Wednesday was given over to
organization, appointment of com
mittees, bearing the reports of
vice - presidents, corresponding
secretaries, treasurers, etc. The
report of the committee on union
was taken up and after discus
sion was adopted by unanimous
vote. It was an important action.
Hereafter the organization will
be known ns the Missouri Confer
ence of Women's Missionary
Society of the M. E. church.
mi i .
inursciay morning me de
votional service was led bv Mrs.
E. 13. Sheldon. "The Year's Re
sults," live minute reports by
Mesdames Lester, Cnson, Drown.
Post wick and Miss Perry. Mrs.
J. M. Xiswander, of Kirksville,
talked on "Institute Methods of
Auxiliary Work." Miss Ruth S.
Holliday of Carrollton, explained
how to use the literature. Mrs.
A. E. Jones, of Shelbinn, told
what to do with the Missionary
Voice. Mrs. IT. L. Davis, of Mex
ico, addressed the conference hav
ing ns her subject, "From n Pre
siding Elder's Standpoint." The
exercises of the day were con
cluded with a memorial service
conducted by Mrs. W. P. Row
land, of Mexico. Miss Nina Stall-
ings, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Allen Stallings of this city, was
pledged two years' training for
work in the foreign missionary
Id. Miss Stallings is now a stu
dent at Howard-Payne College at
Fayette, Mo. The annual sermon
was delivered by, Rev. J. C.
At Friday's sessions reports
were heard on children's work,
young people's work, resolutions,
etc. The song sung by the local
young peoples' organization, of
which Miss Zola Deal is president.
Miss Alice Lieurance is vice
president, and Miss Gertrude Fry
is secretary, words composed by
Mrs. J. C. Handy, of this city, was
adopted as the State song for the
young people's societies of .the
Miss Mabel K. Howell, State
Superintendent of Social Sender
at Scan-it t Dible Training School.
Kansas City, was present during
each of the sessions and delivered
a number of most helpful talks.
The election of officers resulted
as follows: President, Mrs. W. L
Reed, Mexico; first vice president,
Mrs. J. S. Xiswander, Kirksville;
second viee-presinedt,, Mrs. J. C.
Handy, Mexico; third vice-president,
Mrs. S. P. Emmons, Mexico;
fourth vice-president, Mrs. M. S,
Palmer, Moberly; corresponding
secretary of the Home Depart
ment, Mrs. Turner McPaine, Co
lumbia; corresponding secretary
of the Foreign Department, Mrs.
F. F. Stevens, Columbia; record
ing secretary, Mrs. R. F. Keeley;
treasurer of the Home Depart
ment, Mrs. Paul Floweree; treas
urer of Foreign Department, Miss
Hallie Sosey; Superintendent of
Press and Literature, Mrs. J. R.
Lycll; Superintendent of Sup
plies, Mrs. W. P. Rowland; Audi
tors, Mrs. C. D. Clapp, Mrs.
. F. Davis and Mrs. Frank
The District secretaries are:
Mrs. W. II. Hutcherson, Carroll-
ton, Chillicothe District; Mrs. M.
E. Dealing, Columbia, Fnyc(1i
District; Miss Louise Peery, Gal
latin District; Mrs. J. A. Lannius,
Palmyra, Hannibal District; Mrs,
Jas. Gooldy, Fulton, Mexico Dis
trict; Mrs. R. W. Howell, of
Kirksville, Macon District; Miss
Mary E. Maine, Liberty, Platts
burg District; Mrs. C. D. Avery,
Troy, St. Charles District; Mrs. G.
R. Williams, St. Joseph, St.
Little Child Breaks Arm Farm
ers More Encouraged in
(Message Special Service.)
Miss Edna Hale of near Santa
Fe spent Saturday night and Sun
day with her sister, Mrs. Edgar
J. E. Dluin and wife and sister,
Miss Annie Heizer, also Miss
Amelia Mongler, of Mexico, spent
Sunday with John Heizer ami
Misses Anna Crawford and Ella
Dlaze were guests of the former's
cousin, Mrs. Mary Dotts Cau
11. L. Heizer and family visited
John Heizer and wife Sunday.
The little daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Prussner, east of Moliuo,
fell out of a wagon Sunday after
noon and broke her arm. Dr. J.
F. Flynt was the attending
The farmers in our vicinity aro
more encouraged than they were
two weeks ago since there has
been quite a good deal of corn
Miss Emma Marshall, of Mex
ico, and Mrs. Homer Dridgford
and little daughter, Thelma, of
near Santa Fe, spent Thursday
with Mrs. T. E. Anderson here.
Tint Madison Times stales that
the Cotsworth Lumber Co. of
Mexico, Mo., has leased five lots
in Clarence for a period of ten
years and expects to put in a lum
ber yard. They say they will have
one of the biggest stocks in
A Mexico relative Rends the
Message to J. R. Creascy, in Tex
as. Father Creasey is well re
membered here, lie is four score
years old, but is healthy and
strong for one of his age.
Hog Bites Child.
The little 9-months' old daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. James Keck
of this city was badly bitten by a
hog Wednesday afternoon of last
week. The child was with a play
mate and while at the hog pen
was permitted to thrust her hand
thru the fence and her hand was
snatched by the hog. It was
thought at first the child would
lose four of her fingers; it is not
that bad. Dut you should keep
your baby away from a hungry
IVICAIUU OdVllip Ddllfv
Capita.1 Stock, SISO.OOO.OO
43rd Year in Business.
$ W. W. FRY, President.
a SAM LOCKE, Cashier.