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ONROE CITY DEMOCRAT
Monroe City, Missfcu'ri, Friday, November 29, 1918
Union Thanksgiving Service
'AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
morning 10:30 a. m.,
Alliance the special Thanksgiving program will be rendered. There will
be no imported distinguished churchman to speak, but one of our own
men, a -gentleman, pastor, preacher, a home worker who has distinguish
ed himself in helping Monroe City go "over the top "
Rev B. T. Wharton is one of Monroe City's best ministers and we
owe it to him to bear him on this occasion.
The Mayor, J. G. Wade has issued a proclamation that we unite in
a special service of Thanksgiving and prayer and that we dispense with
our usual vocations.
Never before in the history of our nation have we had so great oc
casion for Thanksgiving. Surely we have prayed and already the
Victory is ours now lets be practical in our shouting, but shout!
Following is the program:
Invocation , Rev. J. C. Cook
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Scripture Reading Rev. H. C. Bolen
Duet Mutt and Jeff
Solo Miss Altman
Sermon Rev. B. T. Wharton
Prelude - Mrs. Thos. Dawson
The Wage Question
One of the most perplexing of
our after the war problems, is the
matter of wages. A great many
wage earners have had no ad
vance comparable- with that
of the cost of living. Retail
mrcbents have not usually
'Secured any forger income- Tench
T9, clergymen arid many -other
classes of people have to get along
on about the same jay they always
had, while the cost of living has ad
vanced from a third to a half. The
majority of people have had ad
vances in wages or other increases
of incomes, but as prices have gone
up ' about the same amount, it is
doubtful if they are better off. The
result is to check production in
many directions. Building and re
pairing -houses for instance has
largely stopped on account of the
cost of labor. Repairs are postpon
ed until the last possible moment.
The producers of manufactured
articles and food products have
not suffered by the advance ir
wages. They add the higher cost
of labor, to the price of their prod
" uct and get the same old profit. As
it is impossible to adjust these mat
ters evenly some people ere better
off and some are worse off, and the
distribution of wage advances has
been very unfair and uneven,
Where strikes are threatened,
employer roust be veiling to submit
their case to disinterested arbitra
tion. Public sentiment will not
tolerale violent ac.tiou. .
People must be willing to leave
their problems to fair arbitration of
disinterested parties. Producers
ought not to expect profits that will
quickly amass wealth. Wage earn
ers us t remember that prices
must be 6irch f that goods can be
sold without checking consump
tion. If wages in any industry reach
so high a point that the people have
to cut down on- their use of the
product, the inevitable result will
be to throw people out of work. We
must all be reasonable, and try to
see things from the point of view of
other interests than our own.
J. Mrs. W, B.'A. McNutt went to St.
Charles, Saturday where she will
spend the winter with ber daughter
-vMiss Ethel McNutt who is teaching
- school at that place.
under direction of the Ministerial
Edgar E. McCann.
Word was received in thiscity
Saturday evening, November 23,
1918. by Mr. and Mrs.'H. W. Mc
Cann from the war department that
their only son. Edgar E. McCann hud
given his life iu the supreme sacri
fice for his country. He died Oct.
23, 19io, death rt&o.ung from
wounds received in battle. Edgar
McCann is the the third from this
community, but the first from this
city to give his life for his country.
Edgar E. McCann was born in
Camp Point, HI.. December 2, 1894
and was nearly 24 years , old. He
came to this city with his parents
in 1910 He was a graduate of the
Monroe City High School of the
class of 1913 In 1917 he spent 8
months on the Mexican border, be
ing a member of the Nebraska sig
beptimber 19, 1917 he went to
Camp Funston, be being a member
of Monroe County's first draft May
28, 1918 be landed overseas. He
was bugler in Co, L, 354th Infantry
of the 89th Division, now with the
American Army of Occupation.
Besides his grief stricken parents
he leaves to mourn hi3 passing
away a sister, Miss Hazel McCann
Mrs. Roy ,Buell who has been
dangerously ill or the past several
days was reported Monday as very
much improved which her many
mends in tnis city are glad to
' Mrs. W S. Harwood who has
been seriously ill at. her home in
this city for the past several weeks
was taken to a hospital in Hanni
bal Sunday fcfternoou for treat
ment Mr. and Mrs. Burch Mendenhall
and two children, of Brookfield
spent the week end in this city at
the home of Mr. and Mrs, John
Henry A. Hays, of Chetopa, Kan.,
was called here Saturday by the
death of bis brother, William' T.
Hays, who died Thursday Nov. 21
- mr. and Mrs. u. h. Ktogeway re
turned Saturday from a several
weeks motoring through Arkansas
Miss Lucile Bejl is in St Louis
this week where she is attending
the Patriotic Food Show.1
POWER OF ADVERTISING
Never has there been given such
a demonstration of the power of ad
vertising as is shown by the results
of the War Work, Red Cross and
Liberty bond drives. If any one
had suggested two years ago that
these huge sums could be raised.
the effort would have called impos
While house to house solicitation
has been necessary in these drives,
yet it was advertising that prepared
the field. The solicitors have re
ported that they had to do but lit
tle arguing. By a .tremendously
widespread advertising campaign
the minds of the people were pre
If these splicitors had bad to do
their work unsupported by newspa
per advertising, a great many peo
ple would have refused to give. The
solicitor could not convince them
of the necessity in the few minutes
of conversation he would have se
cured. People would have refused
off hand, and thep would have stuck
to their refusal, from a certain feel
ing of consistency that leads many
people to refuse to reconsider a de
cision once made.
The advertising campaign pre
pared people's minds for these
drives. They had time to reflect
upon the arguments before thi
wtie !ked to make a decision. It
was jiiM like raising a crop in a
field that had been thoroughly
ploughed, and fertilized in advance
But soliciting without advance work
is like rhibir.g a crS'-without culti
The success of these campaigns
bucked by 'advertising will lend
many business men to apply ih"
same principle in a small way to
thtir business. 'lf Uncle Sam can
get shcn a grand result by adver
tising bis proposition, and telling
people about it in advance, wny
can't I get the same results in my
own small way by tellirfg people
about my goods before they start
out on a shopping trip?"
, Red Cross Election.
The following officers were elected
Friday evening for the next year by
the newly elected executive com
mittees of the Monroe City Red Cross
Chapter at a meeting held at the
Red Cross rooms Friday evening
November 22, E. W. Schweer, chair
man. Miss Grace Turner vice-Chairman.
G. E Chipman secretary and
M. B Proctor treasure. The direct
ors of the department are the same
as tho6e this year. Miss Grace
Turner, director woman's work; Mrs.
H. Levy, director hospital supplies;
Mrs. M. B. Proctor, supervior of sur
gical dressings, and Mrs. M. C.
Hawkins has charge of the knitting.
Following are the standing commit
tees tbe first name being the chair
man. Membership Mrs. J. M.John
son. Mrs. E. W. Scbweer, Miss Edna
Nolen, Mrs. Ivan Yates, Mrs. L L
Hagan, Mrs. J. S. Conway. Finance
JM. Johnson, J. D. Robey, J. J.
Rogers, T. M. Boulware, Tom Christ
ian. Publicity Miss Anna Nolen.
Military and Civilian Relief R. L
Wilson, Mrs. R. F. Pierceall, Mrs. T.
M. Boulware. and D. R.' Davenport.
Junior Red Cross Prof. F. E. Brid
well, Miss Lenna EvanCMrs. Wm.
O'Daniel. Conservation A. A Mel
son Mrs. W? S. Woodsoa, Mrs. Joe
Smitb, Miss Tib Evans, Mrs. A. A
Melson. " -
Mrs. H. G. Johnson went to 'Coin
Iowa Tuesday night for a several
weeks visit with ber daughter Mrs.
Dr. Edward Luke
Playgrounds for Children
By CHARLES E. HUGHS
Tbe successful worker must have
the spirit of play in his heart, and
the successful man is only a boy
with a man's experience. He must
have the zest, the devotion, the
spirit of comradeship, th capacity
for self forgetfulness, the boys whole
some outlook upon life, if he is to
do a man's work in the world.
How are we to save civilization
from being caught in its own toils?
How are we to 'preserve childhood
from being too early drawn into the
contests of lifer now are we in
our great urban population to make
possible tbe spirit of play, the op
portunities for childish sports which
are essential to the development of
normal manhood and womenhood?
To the solution of that problem you
are devoting your study with no
little measure of success already at
tained. I cannot aid you by experi
ence or suggestion, but I bid you
godspeed from the bottom of my
We want play simply play, for
the children of our great cities.
Those who are fortunate enough to
live in the country have in their
own homes the prayground. The
orchard, the meadow, the brook,
the swimming pool, the near-by
wood, constitute the never failing
source for gratifying the appetites,
the normal appetites, of childhood
jn the country. And with whit
teiing akin to despair do we look
Locates in Monroe
Dr. A. T. Waddill, the new veteri
ii.iridn, his wife or d daughter hive
.! rrived in this city from Moberly to
make their home where Dr. Wad
uill has leased tlip veterinary hos
pital property from Mrs. Nelle Daw
son and has purchased the equip
ment of the late Dr. J S. Martin
Dr. Waddill comes highly recom
mended to this city having spent
twelve years with the federal de
partment of agriculture in the con
trol of contagious and infectious
diseases, the latter two years of
which he was a specialist on hog
cholera in Missouri, co-operating
with the Missouri College of Agri
culture and the State Veterinarian.
Dr. Waddill and family will accupv
the resident property of Mrs. Nelle
Rev. and Mrs. T M. Barbee, of
Polmy;ra have been recent guest at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. R.
Davenport. Rev. Barbee conducted
th e morning and evening services
at the Presbyterian church Sunday.
Mrs. Edgar Shores visited at the
home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
B. F. Handley from Saturday , until
Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Maddox,
of Hannibal spent Saturday and
Sunday in this city with their par
ents. The Royal Neighbors will meet
Friday afternoon instead of Thurs
dayMrs. Chas. Evans, Rec.
Mrs. J. T. Elliott is spending sev
eral days with ber son, J. B. Hagan
and family in Louisiana
Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Watts and
Miss Mae Johnson were Hionibal
Broaddus Christian ' and family
Mrs. G. W.' Howe were Hannibal
visitots Tuesday. , V
Mr 8. J. D. Robey and son, J. D.,
w ere Hannibal visitors Saturday.
Mrs. W. J. Rouse was a visitor in
upon the growing thousands teem
ing in the congested quarters of our
cities) with the slight opportunities
of the roadway to take the place of
the open country!
We do not think of them in their
early years alone, but we look for
ward to the time when they come
to play the parts of men and women
in the world, and we wonder what
is to be the future. Is their experi
ence of life merely to be that of the
bard taskmaster, the struggle for
bare existence? Is the growing feel
ing of discontent to be accentuated
and increased because of abnormal
We want playgrounds for child
ren in order that we may conserve
tbe health of our people. A great
deal is being done in these days to
protect us against the spread of
disease We are fighting wifh in
telligence and with new-found zeal
the great white plague, but the
dread disease of tuberculosis must
be successfully fought y develop
ing stamina, physical strength,
through exercise in all the physical
activities. We must nourish that
strength in childtiood. Ve do not
want simply tio-p:tals and pavilions
and notices giving instructions to
tiioe who ore onf.iimli.ir with'
necessary prmiuti .-, Ae '.-.ant to
sav? tr.e health ' ,o.r hitnren. s
that we may nurture a str s g. well
favurvd coinmumtv T: i :.s the
surest way to stamp out disease.
Good Man Gone
Th'' fu ierai of J - pa D.ri-.o who
died Friday. November 22. 1918 was
htrln So. day afieriio m m Jude's
cemetery con '..cied by R-v E L
Joseph Dirigo was burn in Ober
sloershein:, Rr.iric Province, Hassen
Darnstadt, March 1831 and died
Nov. 22. 1918 at the nome of his
son, John Dirigo, south of this city
of heart trouble.
He was a native of Germany and
at the age of 14 he came to tbe
United States to escape German
military service. He located ia
Palmyra in the year 1848 going
from there to Schuyler County
where he was naturalized.
He came to Monroe City in 1874
at which place he has since made
his home. He was a stone mason
by trade and the stone work of the
majority of tbe business buildings
in Monroe City was done by him.
He was married to Wary Hart
man of Schuyler County in 1861,
she passing away in the year 1874.
To this union four children were
born, two of whom are left to
mourn his death. They are: Henry
Dirigo. of Coffey ville, Kansas and
John Dirigo, of this place. He also
leaves six grand children and one
great grand child.
The Democrat appears a day
early this week on account of
Thanksgiving, which is our regular
press day. Tbe prospects for a
feast for the writer ie very slim,
but we trust our readers will have
plenty and to spare.
Mrs. Nancy Maddox and daughter-in-law,
Mrs. 0. E Maddox are
spending several days in Hannibal
visiting at tbe home- of Mrs. Mad
dox's daughter, Mrs. T. E. Hardesty
Dr. C A. Noland and Dr. W. T.
Rutledge were in Macon, Monday
where they attended the Northeast
Missouri Dental Association.