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SUBSCUIl'TION, 100 1'Kll YEAIi
Entorp.d at the I'oototTlee at Monroe
City, Mo. as Second-Class Matter
FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 22. 1918
Bailey T, Turner
Will Practice la all Court.
Monroe City, Missouri
Lest We Forget.
If we today lived in a colony,
ground down by unjust laws, our
passion for national life secretly
-and tragically burning, if Washing
ton had failed, had died in vain for
the cause which in fact he brought
to lasting triumph then for poor
eentimental humanity he would
shine with a luster greater than now
is his, writes J yce Kilmer in the
New York Times. His cause
triumphed; the dream became a
reality, and therefore lost the charm
of the dream Washington, dying
on his bed, in his honored old age,
his hopes realized, is a noble figure.
But he lacks i he dramatic appeal of
Washington bidding farewell to his
children at the foot of the gallows
By some strange perversity of
human nature the cause we con
sider romantic and picturesque is
always a Lot Cause. The names
most deeply loved are those of the
fallen leaders whose partisans met
with defeat Robert Bruce and Ro
bert Emmet, William Wallace. Sars
field and Sohinski, that "fair and
fatal king," Cnarles I. and his perse
cuted and Microwned heirs Child
ren of Union soldiers though we
may be, our hearts beat more quick
ly at the thought of Lee than at the
thought of Grunt. We rise when
the band p. iys The Star-Spangled
Banner,' I if we rise and shout
when it plays "Dixie."
And it n ust also be acknowledg
ed tnat a tragic neatn endears a
statesman to the generations that
follow him. If you are a great
leader and want to be sure of
posterity's affection, see that your
cause fails. Then the conquerors
will legisl ce against the honoring
of your memory, and that will make
your fame secure. But if your
cause succeeds, then at least see
that your death is eudden and
violent Give the world a drama.
a lege i;l.
Wnshington triumphed. At York
town hi captured Cornwallis' red
coa's and put an end to tyranny on
our shores. It is not forbidden to
honor his memory; the wearing of
the red. white and blue is attended
by no perils. And so we take things
for granted; we forget the hideous
dangers through which we passed
only some hundred and two score
years ago; we take for granted our
nationality, our freedom, and the
fearless warrior, the enlightened
statesman who gave them to us.
When we speak of Washington as
the Father of His Country we do so
with a laugh, as if the phrase were
empty rhetoric instead of sublime
truth. Liege means more to
we read in history book in echool.
This year the Declaration of Inde
pendence takes on a clearer signi
ficance; we know, as we did not in
bygone years, what it means to be
free and independent states, absolv
ed forever from all allegiance to
foreign powers. And so this year
Washington's birthday is no routine
holiday, but a day of solemn yet joy
ful commemoration, a day on which
we honor with full hearts him who
made us a nation, the warrior whose
sword cut the bonds of our thrall
dom. the statesman who bade us.
avoiding entangling alliances, go our
free way, an independent republic,
no nation's sycophant, no nation's
tool. "With malice toward none."
said Washington's greatest successor,
"with chanty for all" It was a
summing uo of Washington's own
political creed. No lost cause,
however glorious with the blood of
martyrs, seems tody so tioble as
the still triumphant cause of
American independence. No mod
ern hero, fighting overseas, is today
so dear to us as our founder and
preserver And to his examples
and his counsels we cannot look for
guidance and look in vain
Look After Farm Tools.
Edith Cavell, we give no thought to
We may well thank God that the
war of American independence has
not the glamor of battles fought in
vain, that our freedom is no lost
cause, that Washington's halo is
Dot that of a martyr whose life and
death were unavailing. To those
who look at the world's events in
true historical perspective, without
sentimentality and with love of
Farm macinery in recent years
has played a very important role in ,
crop production, and this year its;
place in farm operations is more
important than ever before The
proper amount and kind of tools
will enable the farmer to work more
land and obtain better returns In
fact, the increased use of farm
machinery frequently makes it
possible to manage the farm with
less help. One of the greatest causes
of deterioration of farm tools and
implements is their exposure to the
weather and the failure upon the
part of the farmer or laborer to
clean them properly before they are
put away for the season when they
are not in active use There is a
wide variation in the length of lite
of those farm implements treated
properly and those left to rust out
in the fields. This difference is
sufficient to pay high interest on
the initial cost of good farm
machinery, the lack of proper
storage and care during the winter
months is responsible for much of
the depreciation. This season also
is the nest time in which to repair
machines and put them in proper
The farmer has everything to gain
and nothing to lose by placing his
order as early as possible for new
machines and repair parts which
will be needed next season If this
fact is true in normal times, its im
portance is magnified many times
now that shipments frequently re
quire longer time
The farmer has been advised
times without number concerning
the desirability of overhauling farm
tools and implements during the
slack season. Whether such ad
vice is necessary or whether it is
acted upon in normal times is not a
question to be considered now. The
need for ample machinery, running
smoothly and without breakdowns
us in 1918. is more important to the
and remembering farmer than ever before. To this
end steps should be taken now,
The newly organized Woman's
Land Arm, modeled on that of
England, in which 258,000 women
are enrolled, has started out to re
cruit for the job of harvesting next
summer's crops They agree on
fertilizers, how to take care of
animals, etc.. but differ on the Ques
tion of costume. The great bulk of i Important.
these girl farm-hands are to be re-
Missouri Presbyterians Put
On Big Campaign.
At a preliminary conference of
representative laymen and minis
ters, members of the Systematic
Beneficence Committee of the Syn
od of Missouri, Presbyterian Church,
U S , a plan was outlined and the
Synod was organized for one of the
biggest and what promises to be
one of the most effective cam
paigns for Beneficent Causes yet
conducted in the Synod.
This meeting was held at Mexico,
Mo, last Wednesday afternoon,
which place will be the headquar
ters for the next several weeks for
Rev. Robert S Boyd, Synod's Man
ager. The campaign is not confined
to Missouri but is a part of a large
movement in the whole General
Assembly of the Southern Presby
terian Church to quicken religious
zeal and raise $3,000,000 for ALL
Benevolent Causes to be given dur-!
iug the year beginning April 1st. j
Never has there been such an '
important and far reaching move-!
ment undertaken by the Presby-1
terians. It challenges the best ef-!
forts, the most generous gifts and
most fervent prayers of tne church
people. It is in keeping with the
spirit of the times because it is an
effort to more adequately minister j
to Others as represented in the 1
Foreign and Horns Mission gifts.
Ministerial Relief and Education.
Sabbath School, Bible Cause, Or-'
phanages, and all phases of Local
Home Missions now included in
One of the reasons why this Cam
paign is worth while is that it came
from the thought, prayer and in !
terest of a great Christian layman. I
Mr. James B Spill man; who. sees '
the work of the church from a
practical business p:int of view I
and has a great vision of. it As'
chairmin of the Central Committee
Mr. Spillman outlined for us the
purpose of the movement:
(1) To intensify the growing
spirit of Stewardship of Life and
Substance, now being felt.
(2) To arouse the whole church
to a better performance of its be
nevolent work. To raise in pledges
for 1918 1919 $3,000,000 in all the
Assembly, $150,000 being Missouri's
Through conferences, church pa
pers, advertising, study classes and
the distribution of the best litera
ture, to bring our people to recog
nize the world-wide responsibilties
and opportunities of the church at
(3) To hold throughout the
church in March three simultane
ous meetings bearing directly upon
the objects of the campaign, using
the regular morning service hour on
the first, second and third Sundays
of March. To do this, because
many pastors have more than one
church, will require the drafting at
least of 1.900 laymen to conduct
services in what would otherwise
be vacant pulpits. Specially pre
pared and printed programs will be
supplied for these services, and'
abundant literature for addresses
can be secured from your group
It is believed that the progress
of this campaign will be closely
watched by Christians of all denom
inations, who will rejoice when it
is achieved and profit themselves
by a zeal it awakens and the spirit
of giving it promotes. It is a tre
mendous task, but it is Supremely
It is The King s busi
ness. lime is snort and it requires
cruited from New York Citv It
SnariP nnrt frppHnm in their hronara 1 aaamo a m.yttr onlir nn. EiVerV time W6 DUy 8 811C6 01
the American Revolution fills the on rhi mixtion nt Hi-m. Snm bacon we are reminded of the flag.
most encouraging page in the ; of them want to wear smock. ! Tne streaks of lean and fat repre
chronicle of the centuries. But for breeches and puttees to pull on the , 8ent the red and white and the Prlce
most of us it is only in times of hay and milk the cows Others 8'vea us tne piues.
stress like the present that we can want the plain overall and the gray , We've often wondered whether a
come to an actual sense of our ex- flannel skirt. The farmers don't knocker laid his work out before
ceptional privileges to a realization care a tinker's darn as long as they coming downtown in the morning.
of the radiant truth of the stones get good working farmerettes. " - or just trusted to luck.
THE UNIVERSAL CAR
QWhen you buy a Ford car you buy an es
tablished quantity, a proven quality a mo
tor car that is giving satisfaction in practi
cally every form of service under every con
dition where an automobile can be used. A
car that may be depended on in every cir
cumstance. No one will dispute this fact.
Then why not place your order for a Ford at
once? Runabout $345; Touring Car $360;
These prices f . o. b. Detroit.
Woodson & Graham.
THE man who lets us make his clothing
once is sure to come back to us the
next time he needs anything in our
line. Our long experience in cutting and fit
ting enables us to tur.n out every job abso
lutely correct in every detail. We know how
to build clothos on correct lines so. as to in
sure perfect fit and hold their shape.
Cleaning, Pressing and
L. L. LANE
Congress is laying plans for six
years of war and is making arrange
ments along this line The mem
bers of congress are making arrange
ments so that every soldier of the
United States wilt have everything
that he may need while he is fight
ing for the country. Meantime ev
ery effort is being made to end the
war as soon as possible and the
army and navy have accepted the
presidents challenge to make this
year the end of the conflict. Let us
hope that congress is mistaken in
the length of time that we will be
in the fight '
The extra cent the government
receives from a patriotic public
for postage should not be dissipated
carrying through the mails tons of
franked speeches and letters ad
vice wnicb never get further than
the waste-paper basket.
Don't get hysterical. This is a
time for cool, well matured judg
ment. We are in a world war but
will pull through with colors flying.
Old Glory has never gone down in
defeat and never will.
Poor old Russia. She had her
Catherine II and 6he has had about
everything . else . undesirable, and
now she baa reached the condition
when she has very little of the de
sirable. . . , .
Prices Higher in 1776.
You without doubt arecompalain
ing of the high cost of living. Bark
in the days of the Revolution Apgi
.ail Adams was doing the saVne
thing. Here are some prices quot
ed from a letter she wrote her hus
band, the second nresident of tl l
United States, given out recently
by the state food admintration:
Meat $1.00 to 200.
Corn -$25 00 a bushel,
Potatoes $10.00 a bushel. ,
Molasses-$l2.Q0 a gallon. j
Flour $5.00 a hundred weight.
Cider $4000 a barrel.
Cheese $200 a pound.
Butterine $3 00 a pound.
Sugar $3.00 a pound.
This was Abigail's list in 1776. '
In 1779 sugar rose to $400 a pound 'l
and tea the same lo 1780 butter '
sold for $12.00 a pound and tea
for $4000. '
Such were the prices in revolu
tionary times when we were trying
to carry on a war and feed only
ourselves at the same time.
A hasty reading of the new auto
mobile law gives us the impression
that horsps rntrln em! V,,i i.
u.,u UU(3 tJIO a
fully protected under the law, buH
ma,, ircucouiuiis una otner insects
must take care of themselves. '
Read it in the Democrat.