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Mexico -Missouri Message,
MEXICO, MISSOURI, PBB. 13, 1913
To the Editor of the Message:
la your issue of February Gth
you state in your editorial col
umns that you have been inform
ed that a capable and honorable
man of means offered us $200,000
for the property of the Traction
Your information in this tu-i-ter
is very incorrect. Nobody has
ever offered us $200,000, or auy
other sum, for the property. In
fact, we have had no offers at all.
The gentleman you referred to
in your editorial asked us to
make him an offer to sell bim the
property, and give him 30 day
time in which to accept, and the
terms of the sale were about as
follows: Leave $43,750 in bonds
in the hands of the people who
now hold them; leave the $35,000
in partial payments for bonds' as
they stand, and leave it to him to
settle with those people; pay all
the debts, including accrued in
terest on bonds, except the prin
cipal of the Fruin Bambiick
judgment, and guarantee that
there, should be no other debt
against the company. Then leave
enough stock outstanding to
make up the $200,000.
To recapitulate : We were to
offer to sell all the property to
the company to "him, so that there
would be against it in round num
bers: Fruin Babrick judgment
$48,000; Bonds $43,750; Partial
Payments for bonds, $35,00;
Stock, $73,250. - ' '
This proposition, remember,
we were to make to him. It made
it necessary for us to pay about
$10,000, possibly more than .that
amount. This meant that we
were to pay $10,000 cash to get
him to take the v thing off uur
hands . It put all the losses on the
directors and left them practical
ly nothing but stock which we re
garded as worthless. But, mark
you, wo were to make HIM this
proposition and give him SO days
time iu which to TRY to see
whether he could raise money
enough' to build the road to Here
ford and Santa Fe. If he could
find the money he would accept
the proposition. If he could not
he would not accept. We learned
that he expected to get a large
part of his money from the old
subscribers and did not believe
lie could ,do it in 30 days or many
times 30 days.
Hut all of those of us, who have
brought the foreclosure suit,
signed the document, giving him
tlie option as soon as it was re
duced to writing, and tried for
months to get the thing through.
We warned all 'the interested
parties that we could not let the
mntter run past the March term
of court. We waited until the
last day and filed the suit.
W. W. Botts.
Mr. F. L. Crosby is the man to
whom the Message referred last
week as the party who would
have bought, built and extended
the electric railway. Judge Botts,
of course, as an officer of the
Traction Co., sees the situation
os he gives it above. The' Mes
age gave the situation from the
outside, and as other officers of
the Traction Company see it.
Apropos to all this we give wie
interview below handed us by
"t regret that my name hai-
been brought into discussion of
the affairs of the Mexico. Santa
'e & Perry Traction Co., which
discussion was -. precipitate'd by
the effort to have a receiver ap
pointed to sell out the road. How-
ever, since the question has been
opened up I feel that it is my
duty to state the facts relative to
the mntter, which, briefly stated,
are as follows:
"About the latter part of last
October I was approached by
members of the Board of Di
rectors of the said traction
company and requested to sub
mit to the board a proposition by
wheh I would undertake to com
plete the road to Santa Fe and to
Hereford. I told them that I
could not make a proposition that
would bind me without first be
ing given a little time in which to
investigate the legal status of the
road, and also a little "time in
which to perfect my organiza
tion. , But that I would prepare
a proposition, which, if the board
of directors would sign up, would
give me thirty days in which to
investigate the abovestated mat
ters and that if I found them in a
satisfactory condition I would un
dertake to complete the road, to
the points above named before
January 1, 1914, and that if I
failed to do this I would forfeit
the sum of ten thousand dollars
for such failure.
The proposition as prepared by
me was in the form of an option
to purchase and embodied the
following conditions: That 1
should pay in cash or assume, the
payment of the Fruin-Bambrick
debt of approximately forty-
eight thousand dollars; that I as
sume the company's obligations
to subscribers for partial pay
ments made by them on bonds to
an amount not exceeding $35,000 ;
and these obligations which I was
to assume and which- added to
outstanding bonds and stock that
I was willing to let stand, would
make two hundred thousand dol
lars, which was the agreed pur
chase price of the road.
"At that time the companj
owed debts other tliHn those
stated, aggregating about ten
thousand dollars. But it held
notesthat were considered good
to the amount of something over
five thousand dollars and which
the terms of my proposition per
mitted it to collect and apply on
the payment of these debts so
that members of the Traction Co.
would really only have to raise
about five thousand dollars in or-
der to meet my requirements.
Members of the board of direc
tors talked in favor of my propo
sition but the matter dragged on
and they failed to sign up; along
about December I told them that
since so much good time had been
lost since 1 made the proposition
that I would require more time
in which to complete the road.
They agreed to this, but . some of
them still failed to sign, and the
fact is that up to the present time
there are some of the directors
who have never signed the propo
sition and of courso I could not
afford to start in on the work un
til I had a contract authorizing
me to do so, which has never yet
been fully signed up by the board
Allene Crosswhite and Susau
Zeyes, 13 and 14 years old, ran
away from their home at Colum
bia one day last week, walking
seven miles to Hallsville, and took
the train for Mexico. They said
they were on their way to Chica
go. They were arrested here and
Mrs. J. W. Summers, of Lad
donia, visited her brother's fam
ily, Mr. James Braden, in Mexico
Mr. S. II. Bennett of Farber
and Miss Jessie Trower of Van
daliu were married in Mexico
Wednesday of last week, Judge
W. W. Botts officiating.
At the February session or The
County Court the following road
overseers were appointed for the
A. A. Gannaway, overseer for
road district No. 1; Isaac E. Dye,
3; W. E. Ball, 6; S. S. Coons, 7;
O. T. Miller, 8; O. E. Snedeker,
11 ; John M. Young, 13; John Ha
gau, 14; T. U. Stuart, 17; J. A.
Hendreson, 18; J. W, Beamer, 21;
C. A. Candy, 22; Jesse Burnett,
.13; J. W. Curry, 24; W. W. Zum-rt-alt,
25; F. E. Curry, 26; C. E.
Sims, 27 ; Geo. D. Gorman, 29 ; II.
II. Long, 30; Terry Palmer, 31;
W. Y. Jones, 33; J. A. Given, 34;
E. F. Carper, 35; James Childers,
36 ; L. B. Winterhalter, 43 ; E. W.
Lierheimer, 44; C. L. Sinalhvood,
45; George Kellerhals, 46; John
11. Scott, 47; Floyd Lewtow, 49;
Buell Edwin, 50; D. B. Barnes,
51 ; B. L. Frisbie, 52 ; W. E. De-
tienne, 53; John Culwell, 54; J.
Lank Heim, 55; Jce Linneman,
57; J. W. Peery, 58; Grover Wb-
er, 59 ; II. II. Rhoads, 60 ; F. D.
Parsons, 61; A. C. Pledge, 62; II.
P. Crum, 64; Rothwell Crews, 66;
Gillis Wilson, 69; Jesse White,
Bills were allowed as follows:
A. T. Chase, bridge, $8; S. S.
Coons, bridge lumber, $28.63 ;
LaCross Lumber Co., bridge sup
plies, $27; O. W. Hoffmeyer,
bridge lumber, $10.45; Intelli
gencer Pub. Co., supplies Re
corder, $12.50; Mexico Power
Co., supplies Court House, $1.05;
Mexico Power Co., light, Court
House, $53.50; Mexico Power Co.,
water Court House, $6.20; Joe B.
Daniels, repair Court House,
$2.25; Horace Mundy, supplies
County Farm, $2; ( Standard
lrinting Co., supplies .Circuit
Clerk. $2.08; R. C. Paul & Sons,
suppi.t.; jail, $4.60; Ricketts &
EminoiM D. G. Co., supplies jail,
$15.50; Berger & Ball, repairs
jail, $2.70; L. W, Roberts, sup
plies jail, $13.50; Mexico Power
Co., water, jail, $1.50; J. W. Bar
net t, board, jail prisoners, $216.
50; J. B. Graham, stamps, freight,
etc.,.$10.6(i; State Hospital No. 2,
County Inmate, $83; J. W. Bar
ni'tt, supplies poor person, $5; J.
L. Shobe, Ralary, superintendent
schools, $300; II. II. Grafford, sal
ary Treasurer, $83.33; E. F. El
liott, stamps, etc., $10.75; J. W.
Dry, supplies County Farm.
$4.35; Mexico Message, supplies
Supt. of Schools, $14.90; Moore &
Fields, supplies County Farm,
$27.30; W. S. Hamilton, supplies
County Farm, $55.21 ; II. II. Graf
ford, stamps, etc., $2.05; W. L.
Crnddock, supplies Recorder,
$2.65; Llewellyn & Sons, supplies
Court House, $3; LaCrosse Lum
ber Co., supplies bridges, $27.30;
W. Iv Craddock, supplies County
Clerk,N$4; W. L. Craddock, sup
plies Assessor, 40 cents; Mexico
Ledger, printing, $8.50; E. O.
Snedeker, bridge wprk, $12.25;
W. It. Rodes, examining insane,
$1.50; R. W. Berrey, examining
insane, $1.50; A. C. Whitson, sal
ary for Jan., $66.67; Otis Purdy,
bridge supplies, 85 cents; Otis
Purdy, supplies 'County Farm,
$1.70; Otis Purdy, Board of
Health supplies, $2.65;- D. B.
Barnes, bridge supplies, $5.60;
Dr. R. W. Berrey, jail physician,
$12.50; Dr. R. W. Berrey, Co.
Farm physician, $12.50; J. n.
Wayne, J. P. supplies, $1.65; R.
S. McKinuey, salary road and
bridge com.. $11.56; C. C. Bled
soe, four days' justice, $20.75; J.
W. Beagles, same, $21.80; C.. L.
Leitch, agent Pan-American
Bridge Co., on contracts, r-,500.
Petition presented by J. II.
Bryan and others to change pub
lic road in 34-53-12 examined, and
approved and ordered to the
Quarterly settlement of II. II.
Grafford, treasurer, with county
revenue, examined and approved.
S. I). .Stocks appointed Justice
of the Peace of Salt River town
ship to serve the unexpired term
of John T. Baker, deceased.
Report of J. L. Shobe. County
Superintendent, examined and
Dr. Robert C. Strode appoint
ed a member of the Boan of
Account of Dr. Ira L. Miller,
$221.05, for waiting on various
colored and white persons in
East end of county was refused.
Court granted the application
of Frank Weinand for dramshop
license for. six months, from
Feb. 22. v
Cost bills in State eases allow
ed iu the amount of $288.60.
Cost of inquest, body of Miles
Cost inquest, body Willit Lil-
Court advanced $1,200 out of
Mexico's part of the road and
bridge fund for the rock road,
north of Mexico, as per agree
ment with Mexico Special Rodd
Annual settlement of the Mex
co Special Road District Com
nission made and approved.
Total expenditures of the com
nissiorv'for year ending Feb. 1,
i7,085.93; amount in treasury,
elonging to the rock road fund,
$415. Matter of electing a mem
ber of the commission to serve in
jlace of John H.4 Lane, term ex
pired, was continued to March
Petition of G. T. Woolery and
others to open a road between
cctions 1 and 12 and 2 and 11,
Township 50, Range 10, granted
and road ordered opened. Dam
ages of $150 assessed and paid by
Two Girls Leave Home Eppa
Pasley'i Hurt John Mag
Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Harris and
their two children, 7 and 9 years
old, and Mr. Harris's mother
were burned to death recently at
their uome ueur llienlaud, Iowa,
according to the Martinsburg
v)racle. Mrs. Harris was a sister
of Mrs. J. E. Barker of Martins
burg. John Maggio, who killed his
wife in Kansas City some nine
ago, who before her marriage was
.uiss Maggie Fox of Mexico, was
adjudged insane last week and
A' ill be confined in an asylum.
Maggio and his wife were both
We are sorry to hear that Eppa
Pasley, of Rush Hill, who was
hurt last fall in a railroad acci
dent in Illinois, is still in quite a
serious condition. Mr. Pasley has
lately returned from a hospital in
Chicago where he was confined
for a month. He is suffering
from curvature of the spine.
Arthur Wright, down Laddouiu
way, and his young friend, How
ard Risk, paid the Message an ap
preciated call a few days ago.
Mr. Risk subscribed for the Mes
sage. Ilia father was the late II.
D. Risk, a member of the County
Court at the time of his death two
George Downs, of Rush Hill, is
in ureensburg, Kansas, audi
thinks of making that city his
The representatives of eight
mutual telephone companies wt
in Mexico last Saturday and
completed the arrangements for
buying the Mexico mutual ex
change. The eight companies
will organize with a capital stock
of $5,000, $2,500 paid up. The
organization will be known as the
Audrain Mutual Telephone Co.
The companies interested are
Benton City, represented in the
meeting last Saturday by Amos
Ilai l is, who pledged for his
company $1,000 on 200 shares.
Auxvasse, Ed. Boyd, $500; Mar
tinsburg, Mr. Kleinsorge, $75;
Harris & Pfitzer, Noble Barnes.
70; Beaver Dam, John Bum
$1P0; Worcester, R. W. Wilker
sou. $75; Molino, Mr; Boler, $100;
Rush Hill, Val Erdel, $490. Toial,
The following committee is to
report in Mexico on March 8th
to perfect organization, corpora
tion papers, and to have constitu
tion and by-laws ready to be
acted upon: W. C. Atkins, Rush
Hill, chairman; W. E. Boyd, of
Auxvasse, and Noble Barnes,
Frank James and Sara Burns, of
The men in the meeting Satur
day were determined ; they did n
splendid work and we hope to see
the other mutuals of the county
come across and help them out of
their pledges nnd guarantees of
MRS. ESTHER JOHNSON.
Mother-ln-Law of Judge John
Beagles Passes Away.
Mrs. Esther Johnson, 78 yeitrs
old, the mother-in-law of Judge
John W. Beagles, died at. the hit
ter's home, near Worcester, last
Friday morning. Deceased is sur
vived by two daughters, Mrs. J.
V. Beagles, of Worcester, and
Mrs. John Himnan, of Mobcrly,
and one son, Situ oluison, of
The funeral whs held at the
Beagles home Saturday morning,
funeral discourse by Rev. Alonzo
Pearson of Louisiana, after which
the body was brought to Mexid,
lor interment, burial in Elm
wood. Mrs. Johnson was a devoted
Christian and beloved by a large
circle of friends. The community
mourns her death.
Count; Judge John W. E;ales.
Mr J. T. Anderson and Miss
Bertha Fuqua, both of the com
munity north of Luddonia, were
married at the Ringo Hotel in
Mexico Wednesday of last week,
Rev. II. B. Rice ofticiating. It's a
splendid young couple and the
Message wishes them happincsi
and prosperity thru life.
T. J. Bybee's Purchase Chaflie
Martien's Prosperity Dr.
G. G. Beebe: I lived I'm1 sever
al years at Farber and then 1
moved to Laddonia. Epli Beebe
and I ran a briek yard at Lad
donia for some time. Epli is now
at Boswell, Okla., and I am in
Wyandotte, Kan. I am doing
well have a position with n
street car company. Mrs. Beebe
and I are just returning home
from a visit to relatives in St
Louis, Calhoun county, 111., and
Pike county, Mo. We slui'l never
forget our many friends iu good
Dr. J. C. Parrish: About 29
members of the commercial club
of Yandaliu went down to
Louisiana Friday night to hear
Mr. Chas. Cooper lecture on the
Keokuk Dum project. We want
to have that power extended to
Yandalia if we can get a better
rate than otherwise. The people,
generally, do not realize what a
wonderful scheme that Keokuk
dum project is. They'll be send
ing electric power all over the up
pvr Mississippi valley in a few
years. We're glad you're to
have Mr, Cooper's lecture iu
Mexico in April. He's a wonder
ful fellow; it is said that his
company thinks so much of him
that they have put $3,000,000 in
surance on his life.
T. J. Bybee: I have become the
proprietor of the Sueed home,
residence nnd 10 acres of ground,
near the Fair Grounds, and
moved to it from north of Mex
ieo a few days ago. It's a val
uable little piece of property and
I wouldn't take a big commission
over what it cost me. '
R. A. Boyd: Mrs. Boyd and 1
were oxer at Auxvasse last week
to see my father, J. A. Y. Boyd.
Father takes the Message, but he
has to get somebody to do all his
reuding for him. He will be 90
years old if he lives to next
August. He is healthy ami hap
py as the years come and go,
even if his eyesight is dimiueu.
Charlie Marlien: I live up
near Tulip, just over the line
from Audrain; one of the best
farming localities iu this section
of the State. I used to live out
north of Mexico, and my wife and
I have been visiting relatives and
friends out thut way this week. 1
am doing nicely up at Tulip. Am
caring for a 240 ucre farm. Then
is a 100 acre bluegrass pasture on
Hie place, und it is a daisy too. 1
am feeding load of extra guod
two year old cattle; they will be
ready for the July market I
have a load of hogs on feed also
I have lost no hogs, neither have
any of my uearby neighbors, but
some out from us have .'ost
heavily. Keep the good old Mes
sage coming, Mr. Editor, it's the
best paper that we get in our
Representative E. A. Shannon
and wife were over from Jeffer
son City Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. Shannon's bill introduced in
the House to repeal the Collateral
Inheritance Tax was defeated in
committee and that means its de
feat before the House.
Sheriff J. W. Bnrnett was the
happy recipient a few days ago
of a handsome gold badge, with
his name engraved thereon, pre
sented to him by his friends
about the court house.
Robert and Bert Davis have
opened a livery barn in Rush
The stockholders of the Molino
Hunk met last Friday and organ
ized. The directors elected were
us follows: T. C. Botts, James
Crawford, W. W. Mundy, Joseph
Ware and Dr. J. F. Flynt.
The bank is to have it eapitul
stock of $10,000 una ail ine
money has been subscribed. Ar
rangements were perfected this
.veek toward getting a charter.
Molino is a splendid farming
ind stock community is ai me
present terminus of the electric
railway and 'we predict that a
junk there will do a splendid
business. We wish the new en
terprise every success.
('oldest of the winter. Snow on
the ground all week.
Miss Ruth Cook will give a
Valentine box to her school Feb.
14. The pupils autieipute a
Earl Carter purchased some
stock hogs of Euell Pasley, deliv
Milford Berry bought some
corn, 45c bu., from Clarence
Conrad Sehutte and family
moved last week to near Littlc
by Station, to the farm known to
many as the J. Smith farm.
Frank Brenton, east of Mexico,
spent Friday with his aunt, Mrs.
T. J. Powell, and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Milford Berry
spent Thursday of last week with
Mr. and Mrs. Win. Floyd, of
Mrs. Earl Carter and children
spent last week with her parents.
Mr. nnd Mrs. Gill of Mexico. Mr.
Carter has been nt the bedside of
his father for quite a while. We
are glad to hear the condition of
Judge Carter is improving.
Several attended the funeral of
little Earl Wilson from this vici
nity at Rising Sun church, lust
Sunday. All extend sympathy to
Locates in Texas.
Theo II. Miller, son of E. C. S.
Miller of Mexico, writes us the
following note :
Bay City, Texas, Feb. 4, 1913.
Mr. John Beal,
Dear Friend : Will you pleuse
end my Message hereafter to
ila.v City, Texas. This is a tine
country mid I expect to make it
my home, but 1 must have the
Theo. II. Miller.
Jeff Allison and family, near
Beaver Dam, are enjoying a visit
from their daughter from Colo
rado. J. W. Lee, the dairyman, has
leased the lower floor of the new
Masonic building und will use it
us a milk station.
Earl Hickmau, of Farber, who
has been seriously ill, is now
inuceh better, we are glad to re
port. R. II. Crews, near Laddonia,
called the other day and added
his name to the Message subscrip
The infant son of Mr. and .Mrs.
R. E. Coose, of this city, died
MnviAA Cii! I") .... I, r
43rd Ytar la Busines.
W. "W. PRY, President.
HAM LUUKE, CMhlar.