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MEXICO, MISSOURI, JAN. 23, 1913
The banquet given by the Mex
ico Commercial Club at Hotel
Clarkson Inst Thursday night
proved a most enjoyable and
profitable gathering. About 143
persons sat down to the iestal
board; it was 9:30 o'clock, and
all sat and ate and talked till 1 ::!)
in the morning. Now you know it
was a great occasion.
Nate Phillip called the assem-.
blage to order and introduced
Pres. John W. Million of Hardin
College as toast mast er. Rev. J.
II. Harvey, of the Episcopal
church, offered prayer. Mr. Mil-
C. President John W. Million.
lion then in a plea for a get-together
spirit introduced the
Henry 1). Llewellyn told of the
money the club had handled dur
ing the year and how it had been
expended. The collections amount
ed to $1,107.95; after all disburse
ments there now remains in the
Fred A. Morris in a happy man
ner responded to the toast, "Gol
Darn the Man That Throws Ashes
Where the Hoys Slide" an idea
suggested by Eugene Field. Mr.
Morris hit the knockers and rap
ped those citizens who are oppos
ing the moves for progress which
the club has in hand.
Prof. Herbert Pryor, the super
intendent of the Mexico schools,
talked on "First Impressions."
He has not known Mexico many
months, but at every turn, so to
speak, he has been surprised to
get ideas relative to Mexico's im
portance. "There is the best
Superintendent Herbert Pryor.
school spirit here," he declared,
that he had ever seen in any city.
Our people are cordial, consider
ate and progressive.
Clarence A. Barnes spoke on
"The Tardy Bell." It was one of
the very best efforts of the even
ing. He urged better school con
ditions in Mexico, and suggested
that the tardy bell had rung on
the North Side school building.
The old building has about served
its day. It was good enough per
haps 40 years ago, but it is seri
ously lacking ir. present needs.
Mrs. W. W. Botts-was the "sin
gle lady" on the program. She
responded to the toast, "The City
Beautiful," and kept everybody
laughing from first to last. She
wanted all rubbish removed from
all side streets and alleys, an or
dinance prohibiting the leaving of
patent medicine samples on door
steps, declared for more hand
some homes, more children and
that all the bachelors get married.
T. J. Williams made a charac
teristic speech on the subject,
"Hrickbats and Boqucts." It was
full of wit and was delivered in
the same vein as was the effort by
Col. Fred A. Morris.
F. L. Crosby, who Tarms three
miles south of Mexico, spoke on
"The Farm Advisor." He had
investigated the work done by the
farm adviser in Pettis county, Mo.
and thinks there should be no let
up until such a man Is secured for
Fred W. Pilcher discussed
"The New Creed." He empha
sized the idea of getting together
merchants getting together,
farmers getting together. Unity
of action ; it encourages good feel
ing and always builds toward suc
cess. It was a fine speech.
Dr. J. C. Parrish, president of
the Vandalia Commercial Club,
Was present and made a fine talk,
bringing greetings from the east
end of the county, calling special
attention to Audrain county's two
great interests, Agriculture and
Fire Clay. "Let's have the Farm
Adviser, and also let's look after
this clay interest of our county
you have a field of it here at Mex
ico and we have it at Vandalia.
This get-together meeting here to
night is a great thing, and its go
ing to result in greater ' things,
too. Keep up these efforts toward
Mr. Bloonner, of St. Louis,
made a speech, urging that every
man if he would succeed in life
should have a wishbone, a jaw
bone and a backbone.
C. A. Davault, of the Farbcr
Forum, and Mr. Ellis, a business
man of P.ellflower, each made
R. I). "Worrell, president of the
Club, reviewed somewhat the
work of the club during the past
year, in the following words:
"Last year I told you I had had
a dream about spending $400,000
in Mexico during 1912. This
dream was about making Mexico
look more like New York. While
we didn't 1 spend $400,000, yet
more than $300,000 was spent and
most of the 'items' of my dream
came true, after all.
"We didn't do quite as much
paving as we intended, but we got
East Love street and the thor
oughfare through 'Peckerwood
Addition,' paved nicely," with a
glance at several resideuts of
Uur iuu,uuu bona issue we
learned wouldn't carry, so we
dropped that and let the Bell Tel
ephone Company spend $100,000
"We lost the new jail, but we'll
carry it next time. The Elks
headed by that prince of hustlers,
Col. Fred A. Morris, built their
"The Masons,' who build slow
ly, but surely, have almost fin
ished their new temple.
"When we took the handles out
of all the hammers last year at the
get-together banquet, we must
have hidden or lost the spades be
cause we ve never been able to no
any digging on that subway nu
der the railroad tracks.
"As to the hospital I dreamed
about, it's a fact there hasn't been
enough sickness in Mexico to war
rant building the institution.
"We had to fight to get the li
brary, but through the efforts of
the women of the town, we landed
it. Hardin College has not built
that new addition I dreamed of,
but the old buildings are still
there and they are packed with
young lady students from all over
the United States.
"Just a few more things I waut
to say; some of the kickers, who
never attended a luncheon, never
helped the club iu any way, have
the nerve to kick because we have
a weekly luncheon. Let me say
right here that everybody pays
for his own dinner, nor fears the
Secretary R. E. Race's report
for the year was printed in pam
phlet form and lay at each mem
ber's plate. It was a story well
The Mexico Commercial Club is
Buries Diamond in His Arm
Mrs. Trimble, Preacher
Win. Yager, of Minnesota, has
i.i -i if i it . i
renteu tnc uen Miuaicton larm,
southeast of Auxvasse, and has
moved to the same.
Clifford Ovcrfelt, of Auxvasse,
has been elected Assistant In
structor in Chemistry at West
minster College, Fulton.
Pete Lanners, employed at the
Pickcl quarries, north of War
leiisburg. while engaged in push
ing a wheelbarrow near the edge
of a hole, slipped and fell (15 feet
to the bottom, lauding under the
wheelbarrow on a pile of snow.
His employer, Ben Pickel, think
ing Lanners dead, descended into
the hole and found his employe
only stunned, but suffering from
a broken arm.
A man who gave his name as
Hilchcocjt had a diamond weigh
ing n caret and a half cut out of
the flesh of his arm in Columbia
recently. He declared that the
gem had been sewed in his arm in
Souh Africa. Hitchcock asked
I Ik- : ; eon to do the job in a hur
ry, as liu wanted to give the
diamond in a ring to his wife for
Christmas, Hitchcock failed to
give any details as to his reasons
for having the gem imbedded in
Mrs. Martha Trimble, pastor of
the Christian church at Renick,
has been employed to preach on
two Sundays of each month for
this year. She is the only woman
pastor of a Christian church in
Missouri, says the Renick Enter
prise. She was greeted by large
audiences at each service during
the revival just closed and the
church should be congratulated
on being able to secure her ser
vices for another year.
Former County Clerk Nim R.
Long and wife of Troy are the
parents of a baby boy born Janu
ary 13, 1913, at thirteen minutes
before 7 o'clock, weighing thir
teen pounds. The baby has re
ceived the Irish name of Ilanley
to overcome the 13 hoodoo.
Monroe county will vote on
local option this spring.
The Baptist and Presbyterian
congregations over at Paris arc
each planning to build new houses
W. M. Overfelt, of Auxvasse, is
going to help bis neighbors to
keep cool next summer he has
put -up about 1,500 tons of ice.
Like a Letter From Home.
C. T. Howard, at Moberly, Mo.,
formerly of tins county, writes
under recent date as follows:
"Find enclosed one dollar for the
Message another year. We can
not do without it. It is like a
letter from home."
John Million and His Dictionary
The Devil After Tom
Albert Davis: Say. Mr. Editor,
that was a good article you had
last week by Prof. 1'onville on
how 1o raise a boy. "Put the lit
tle scamp in a barrel and feed him
from the bunghole" is a thought
Ceorge Marshall and John
Million, Jr., meet on the street:
"Johnwhcr'veyou been?" "Been
up town and bought me a diction
ary. Ah, it's a great book. Has
all the cuss words in it. I looked
up the word dam, and it said dam
is an obstruction that obstructs.
That dictionary is a dandy, I tell
A. B. Weidler: We have a
lively Sunday school out at Bethel
church. Your bumble servant is
superintendent. We had the fol
lowing interesting program some
time ago, which 1 have been
carrying in my pocket, neglecting
to hand to you: Song, Joy to The
World." Four recitations
Blanche Roberts, Elbert Booth,
Myra McClintick and Wallace
Dean. Flag drill. Recitation,
Mildred McClintfc. Solo, Nellie
ilooth. Recitation, Jennie Dean.
Recitation, Lucile Horton. Reci
tation, Lucile Horton. Recitation,
Ethel Sehoemaker an extra fine
effort. Recitation, Elsie Waugh.
Vine Drill. Recitation, Sadie Al
lison. Closing song. It was a do
lightful program, Mr. Editor.
T. F. Dews: Here, Mr. Message
Man, is a dollar, let your good
paper go to my son, Carl Dews, at
Lansing, Kan. I like your publi
cation and I believe the boy will
Rev. George Orlowski : I lost
my pocketbook, containing some
money some time ago. I adver
tised the fact in the Message, as
you know, Mr. Editor, but I have
not heard from the finder. If
said finder saw that adlet and yet
does not report if I knew him I
would call him a dishonest man.
W. G. Armstrong: I am here
from Seneca, Mo. Am here to
visit relatives and especially to
see Uncle Joe Armstrong, oin
northeast of Mexico, who is iu
feeble health, lie is 83 years old.
I like it down at Seneca. Land
sells at $7 an acre on up to $50.
It's the place for a man with
small means. I lived here in Au-
lrain for a long time, but I am
doing far better where I am now
than I was ever able to do hen-.
We're all Bull Moosers down our
way; we expect to put Teddy in
next time sure.
Wm. Duckworth: This is Sat
urday. The frost all went out of
the ground. But last night there
was a freeze which has made the
roads awfully rough. But, to our
friends in distant States, this a
overheard in ilis-
Rev. W. F. Dunkle: I talked at
the Methodist church last Sunday
night on the subject, "The Devil
and Tom Walker." I did not aim
to be sensational ; I aimed only to
tell the truth. I urged that there
is a devil, and that ho "goes about
like a roaring lion, seeking whom
he may devour." He lives iu
many places and has a residence
in Mexico. He is here by invita
tion of many of our citizens. He
is given a place to live and is wt
oomed with open arms, lie is after'
Toni Walker one of our good
citizens, a man who pays his debts!
and whoso word is as iood as!
gold. The devil wants Tom
Walker and his family of good
boys and girls, and Mrs. Tom, and
their home, and their property.
The devil has been around Tom's
home, peering in his windows.
Neighbors know this; tiny hav
seen his tracks. But Tom doesn't
know the devil is after him, and
neighbors fail to tell him. Why
don't you tell Tomf Tom is a
good fellow, as we have said, but
he stays away from the meeting
house and the preacher :his
neighbors fail in their duty to
ward him ami the devil's going
to get Tom Walker. Now won't
you wake up, good people, and
help kick the devil outt These
and other things I said and 1 hope
it may put folks to thinking.
Next Sunday night I expect to
talk about the "Missouri Mule."
I know something about the mule
more than some of his owners
PREACHING IN BRAZIL.
Man Well Known in Mexico
Tells of His Experiences.
Rev. Walter Borchers, raised
up here at Moberly, Mo., educated
at Fayette and well known by
many in this city, is n missionary
down at Rio de Janerio, Brazil,
preaching for the Southern
Methodist church. In a letter to
the Christian Advocate he writes
During Ihe last month six per
sons at each of my churches have
accepted Christ at the regular ser
vices. Three weeks ago two splen
did young men noticing the
change in the lives of some of
their relatives, accepted an invi
tation to come to church. That
very night they both" accepted
God and applied for membership
in the church.
Three weeks ago a young man
who had been a member of a club
of rationalists, noticing that the
Christians were happier and purer
than the rest of mankind, came
out to church to see what we
taught. He came again the
lowing Sunday and when
service was over he came to
and said that he wanted to quit
his sins and accept Jesus as his
Saviour. He said he had been told
that we worshipped the head -of
an ox, but that seeing how much
better and happier Christian peo
ple were than others, he had come
ro see what we believed and
taught, and that he was fully con
vinced that we were teaching the
truth, which he and his wife need
ed in order to be happy.
I have mentioned these cases
because they are a little more
striking than some of tbe others.
There is, however, a very inter
esting story connected with the
conversion of every soul, especial
ly those who have not been raised
up in the midst of Christian in
fluence. Rio de Janerio, Brazil, Nov.
Mrs. Bradley Dead.
Mrs. Susan Bradley, (0 years
old, died at her home in this city
last Friday morning after a long
illness. She was the mother of
B. R. Middleton here, and another
son, T. A. Bradley, resides at
Danville, Ky. A grandson, Mor
ris Middleton, resides here and
also a great grandson, Lawrence
Deceased was a splendid Chris
tian woman. Rev. W. F. Dunkle
held funeral services at the home
Sunday afternoon. Burial in Elm-
wood. The pall bearers were: S
P. Emmons, Judge Alex Carter,
W. J. Botts, W. F. Atkins, Sam
Locke and John B. Graham.
Mrs. Harriett McCune, of Aux-
vasse, came over to Mexico last
week to spend the remainder of
the winter with her chilldren
Douglass' Turkeys T.
Smith Quits Farm Mr.
Shelt Douglass, of Benton City,
has a big flock of White Holland
turkeys that are said to be beau
Robert Dye bought at public
auction in Mexico last Saturday
the SO acre S. M. Stokes farm.
two miles southeast of Rush Hill.
at $(53 per acre. Mr. Stokes lives
in Tennessee. Ns. Myers adver
tised the sale and had the matter
in charge. A large crowd was
present, interested in the sale.
Dr. J. E. Murdock and wife
both died last week within two
lays of each other, at their late
home in Ypsilanti, Mich. Dr.
Murdock was a resident of Mexi
co a number of years ago.
Mrs. Frances Cook Clay, daugh
ter of S. B. Cook, formerly of
Mexico, now of Jefferson City, is
suing her husband for divorce, al
leging incompatibility of temper.
Miss Mary llassell Montague,
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
James Webb Montague, of thi
city, was married, on the 15.
Wist., to Mr. Frank Witherspoon
Jr., at Kansas City, where tin
Montagues have been spending
The Auxvasse Review says that
Mike Shire has leased the Aux
vasse Hotel and will take charge
the first of next month. Mr. Shire
is a brother of Philip Shire, north
east of Mexico.
T. W. Smith, near Gant, will
have a public sale Feb. 4. lie has
rented his farm to Charles Crump
and will move to Auxvasse and
will take employment with the
Illiuois Coal Co.
SANTA FE ITEMS.
Real January weather.
The sick people are all getting
A large crowd in town Satur
lay. Uncle Jack Sterrett was able to
be out in town Saturday.
Mrs. Crump left Saturday for
Perry to make her son a visit. She
goes from there to Hannibal to
visit her daughter, Mrs. Beam.
Mr. and Mrs. Compton have a
very sick child.
Mrs. Trimble of Montgomery
City has been visiting in the
South Fork neighborhood.
Mr. Parish, our mail carrier
from Santa Fe to Paris, is on the
Homer Bozarth and wife enter
tained a crowd of young folks
There was a good crowd at
Sunday school Sunday.
Mrs. Frank Harlow is on the
John Thompson will move onto
the Downey farm "in the spring.
Earnest Hale will move to the
llendrix farm. That will call for
a new telephone operator.
Miss Alta Beamer is spei.din;
the week with Mrs. Doll llaug'M
Will and Claude Sterrett spent
last week in Columbia.
LU. W llhams. or this city, was
robbed of his watch and ring and
pocketbook containing $12.50 iu
a hotel in Chicago one day last
week. The robber was caught
and the watch and ring recov
ered. II. B. McKinley, who has been
traveling for a jewelry company
for several years, has bought the
restaurant and confectionery bus
iness of his father here, J. W.
McKinley, and took charge Monday.
The examination for appoint
ment to the U. S. Naval Aead'-mv
it Annapolis, Md., authorized by
Congressman Champ ( lark, was
held in Mexico last Saturday.
No Audrain county boys took
The examination was on I lie fol
Arithmetic, Grammar, U. S.
listory, Geography, Aim-bra and
'lane Geometry. The applicants
stood also a physical examination
.,'iven by Drs. R. C. Strode and
1. F. Harrison.
The young man receiving the
highest grade and passing a satis
factory physical examination will
he appointed to Annapolis. The
next best will be appointed alter
nate. Those in charge of the exami
nation wore: Supt. Herbert Pry
or, of this city; Prof. Henry Vos
noll, Central Wesleyan College,
Warrcnton; A. G. Flam. Supt. at
Perry; J. W. Davis, Supt. at
Wellsville; Miss Elizabeth Whit
taker, former Supt. at Louisiana,
and R. V. Ellis, Supt. u l; .
i'l.e young men who in , Ilie
examination were: Lee l-'inley,
Wellsville, Montgomery county;
Ellis Young, Troy, Lincoln coun
ty; Theodore Gupton, Montgom
ery, Montgomery county; James
Connally, of New Haven, Frank
lin county; George Housman,
Washington, Franklin county.
Ellis Young was the successful
contestant, James Connally was
second and George Housman was
third. Two boys were barred in
the medical examination on ac
count of defective eyesight.
The roads are very bad.
Mrs. Ollie Sims who has
quite sick is better.
Buck Beatty and wife of near
Centralia visited his mother here
John Rutter of Centralia was
the guest of Allen Duffy and
family last week.
Ben Robinson has rented a farm
north of Mexico and will move
this week, and Ezra Petty of near
Sturgeon will move to the place
where Mr. Robinson now lives.
J. F. Edwards attended Farm
ers Week at Columbia.
Mr. and Mrs. Hickman enter
tained their daughters, Mrs. Fan
nie Juelfs and little daughter of
near Mexico, and Mrs. Jennie
White and little daughter from
Tom Duffy sold hogs to Powell
of Mexico at $7.10 to be delivered
W. M. Stowers sold a horse to
Mexico buyers at $150 Saturday.
There is to be preaching at Salt
River next Sunday, the 2Cth.
Miss Leta Rudasill is in Okla
homa City, the guest of her aunts.
Mrs. Bedford and Miss Jennie
F. L. MoGee and family are
guests of Dr. B. C. McGee "and
family of Sherman, Texas.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. K.
Stamper, Jan. 14, a son, Jas.
Dr. Clarence Rothwcll is not im
proved in health lately and is
thinking of going back to tl:. hos
pital iu St. Louis.
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