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Lessons in Economy
The people of the United States, ; Four years ago it cost about $13,
of the states, of the counties, of the 000 to build a mile of sixteen-foot
cities, of the towns and of the farms
have, during the world war. learned
lessons of economy, and are yet
learning them, with no very bright
prospect of a reduction in the high
cost of living for a long time to
come, making it possible for them
to seek no farther education in
The school of economy is stil
open. There is ttiii need of its ed
ucational facilities. The instruction
therein given cannot yet be dis
pensed with. Its students are still
numbered by the hundreds of
thousands. There are very few
who feel that their course is com
pleted, that they have graduated,
that they have learned all that can
be learned, that their education is
The people, or very many of
them, have been close and diligent
students. They have learned many
valuable lessons that they will nev
er forget There is less waste and
there are less extravagant expendi
tures. There are more gardens and
more garden truck raised in the
gardens. People are eating more
white bread than they did a few
months ago, but that is not an ex
travagance, for the white bread, al
though not a real cheap food, is
costing the consumer no more than
did the not exceedingly palatable
mixture known as war bread.
The people, the common people,
the bone and sinew of the land,
have learned lessons in economy
that will doubtless be heeded for all
time to come.
But while this is true of the peo
ple, of the taxpayers, of those who
pay the expense of government,
whether the nation, of the state, of
the county or of the city, how about
the governments? How about the
congress of the United States? How
about the legislature of the state of
Missouri? How about even county
courts and city councils?
Have they learned lessons in
economy and are they profiting by
those examples, or rather are they
acting in such manner that the peo- j
pie may. profit from such lessons?
Are they practicing strictest econ
omy consistent with efficient ser
vice? Are they guarding the peo
ple's money with a zealous care,
that it shall not be wasted or
squandered, or are they creating
additional' offices and increasing
salaries in all cases where they have
the power Jo do so and fixing sal
aries out of all proportion to the
If the former is not the case and
the latter is the case, is it not high
time that a shade of economy, a
shade at least, be practiced by the
powers that be, by the gentlemen
who make and by the gentlemen
who execute or who are presumed
to execute the laws? We are mere
ly asking a question, not express
ing an opinion. Any citizen nas
the right to do that. Brookfield
Gets Life Term
F. C, Lankford, confessed murder
er of Emil Licht the Quincy pawn
broker, and Robert Bumster, detec
five, was sentenced to life imprison
ment in the Illinois penitentiary
when he entered a plea 6f "guilty"
at Quincy Monday of this week.
Licht was murdered on the night
of April 2, when his store was rob
bed. Bumster was shot and killed
on Burlington train near Clarence
on April 19, while returning from
Kansas City with a brother of the
Mrs. Harry Hall, of Macon attend
ed the graduation exercises of the
Public School given here the last of
the week. Her sister Miss Maao
Wolf, being one of the graduates,
Mrs. 0. C Webb and children
went to Mt Sterling, III, Monday
for a visit with relatives.
Push Road Building
concrete road in Wisconsin. Last
y ear it cost about $19,000 for a mile
of concrete road in Wisconsin.
This means that in four years
the cost of concrete roads increased
about $6,000 a mile, or almost fifty
per cent. These figures are for
Wisconsin, but it is safe to say that
the cost of roads has increased in a
similar way over all the country.
Yet good roads are cheaper than
ever before. Country people today
can buy more roads with their pro- J
uucis man tney ccuid a few years
ago under normal price conditions.
While the cost of road building has
gone up, the price which farmers
receive for their products has also
gone up. so that 100 pounds of milk,
or a bushel of grain, will buy more
good roads today than it would four
Today a bushel of wheat at $2.26
will buy 115 square yards of con
crete road at $1.79 a square yard.
Four years ago with wheat at ninety
cents and concrete road surfacing
at $1 25 a square yard, one bushel
of wheat would buy threequarters
of a yard a difference of almost
one-half a yard in purchasing power.
A similar comparison can be car
ried out for gravel and dirt roads.
and show the same results. There
fore, road building should be push
ed this year.
Buy a Home
Every laboring poor man should
buy himself a town lot. get that
paid for and then work to make
the necessary improvements. A
little here and a little there will in
due time produce you a home of
your own, and place you out of the
landlord's grasp: remember that
fifty dollars a year saved in rent.
will in a very few years pay for
your home, and the money it cost
you to move and shift about with
out a loss of furniture and time, pay
the interest on a five hundred dol
lar judgement against your property.
until you can gradually reduce it to
nothing. You can all buy that way
why do you risk it? If you fail
you are no worse off if you suc
ceed, as any careful man is sure to
do, you have made a home and es
tablished a basis equal to another's
which will start you in business.
The many friends of Miss Mary
Loid formerly of this city were very
much surprised when they learned
that she had been married to Mr
Marvin Greeves near Goss Sunday
a ftercoon at the home of her mother
Mrs. W. V. Jacobs, the Rev. J. 0.
Whit worth officiating. The bride
is well known to many in this city
a nd is a most excellent young lady.
She attended the High School here
for four years from which she grad
uated in 1915 She was also a
member of the Teachers Training
Course in this city and has taught
two successful terms of school in
this vicinity. Mt. Pleasant and Yaler.
The groom is the son of J. R. Greeves
and is a prosperous young farmer.
The couple went immediately to
their home southeast of this city
following the wedding.
Ready to Teach
There were only three graduates
from the Teachers Training Course
this year. This is the smallest class
to graduate since the Course was
taken up by the High School. The
graduates are: Misses June Rouse
and Virginia Jacobs, members of
the Senior Class and Miss Jessie
Shank, a post-graduate.
T. C. Jackson is confined to his
bed at bis home in. this city as a
result of a severe attack of heart
trouble which he suffered Sunday
night For a time Mr, Jackson was
in a serious condition and was very
low. But his many friends here are
glad to learn that tie is very much
improved and is getting along
The recital given by Miss Bess
Wharton, daughter of Rev and Mrs.
B. T. Wharton, of the Christian
Church in tbiscity. Friday after
noon proved to be a most pleasant
affair and Miss Wharton displayed
her wonderful talent along the
musical line. Each pupil as well as
a few others who took part did so
with credit. The following program
"Catch Me If You Can" - Schmidt
"At School March" - Streabog
.' Alice Lee Waddill
"The Skylark Mounts the Blue
Sky" - - - Schwartz
Danella Johnston and Edith Walker
Reading - - - Selected
Mrs. Roy Meriwether
"Old Black Joe" - - Foster
, Danella Johnston
Vocal Solo - - - Selected
Miss Ruth Wilson
Reading - - Selected
"On the Ice at Sweet Briar" Crawford
PART II Music in the Home.
"The Lullaby" - - Gaynor
Danella Johnston and Mrs Johnston
"Curly Locks Waltz" Lynes
Alice Lee Wad Jill and Mrs. Waddill
Reading "How Reuben Played"
Rev B. T. Wharton
'Minute" - - Beethoven
Opal Vaughn and Bess Montgomery
"Anniean-Louise" - Gaynor
Edith Walker and Mrs Walker.
Roosters not needed as breeders
should be put in the same class as
flies when it comes to swatting. It
is estimated by the United States
Department of Agriculture that $15,-
000,000 worth of eggs spoil yearly
simply because they are fertile. Fer
tile eggs, when subjected to high
summer temperature, begin to hatch
just as when placed in an incuba
tor or under a hen, and even though
the process continues but a short
time the egg becomes unfit for food.
This spoilage of eggs can be entirely
prevented by swatting or disposing
of the rooster after the breeding
season is over. The campaign for
the production of infertil eggs has
been waged several years by United
States Department of Agriculture
po ultry specialists, and is being tak
en up with renewed vigor in States
where summer temperatures are
highest and "Tosses are greatest,
Weeks have been designated "Swat
the Rooster" for the sale of surplus
male birds. Enormous quantities
of roosters, not needed and being
fed needlessly, have been marketed
during such weeks. It is much
more generally understood that bens
will lay just as well without a male
in the flock.
Mrs. P. Y. Thiehoff, of St. Joseph
visited relatives here the last of the
week. She was accompanied home
by ber two little daughters, Isabell
and Carolyn Thiehoff who had been
spending the week here at the home
You will find all kinds of good
things to eat at Christian's Cafe.
SUNDAY, Ell AY 31.
Monroe vs. Clarksville
Clarksville. has a strong team this year,
they have heard what Monroe did to London
and say they are coming loaded to the guards
and intend to reverse that score.
Admission 25c and 35c
The government has many mil
lion of pounds of meat on its hands.
These supplies were to have fed the
army that is now being demobilized.
The government has been con
sidering the advisability of selling
this meat abroad, for fear of cans
ing too great a slump in meat prices
at home. It seems, at first, rather
unreasonable that the government
should object to lowering the prices
of foodstuffs in this country. It
hardly seems consistent with the
function of a body appointed to pro
tect our interests.
On behalf of the trade it is urged
that the meat was sold to the gov
ern ment under contract, and that
the conditions made by the govern
ment were stvere. Profits made
out war deals were cut to the
minimum by restrictions applied
early in the war. The amount of
co ramodity covered by the transac
tion was enormous, but the profit
meagre. . And now, if the bulk of
that commodity is dumped on the
market, the meagre profit, in the re
sult, will be turned to serious loss.
And a disaster to a tremendous in
dustry with innumerable ramifica
tions is a disaster to all of us. So
many industries are interlocked
with the meat industry that the
damage done would be spread over
a large area.
It all seems fairly plausible. But
the American meat trade today,
supplies the world. If the meat is
sold abroad, foreign prices will drop,
although they are maintained here.
So, whatever happens, there will be
a drop somewhere here or abroad
And as our meat trade is supply
ing the world, there is not much
danger of the industry languishing.
One glance at the prices of packing
bouse bond issues should reassure
the most despondent Cheer up,
packers! You are doing pretty well.
Lieut. Walter Dierks, the first
Monroe City boy to be commis
sioned in war has returned to the
United States after seeing many
months of service in France and
Germany. He is expected to arrive
in this city most any time.
Six telegraph students of the
Chillicothe Business College were
placed with the Union Pacific R. R.
last week, all starting at $87.50
per month. Calls were also received
from the Rock Island and C &. N. W.
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Kendrick
who were recently married return
ed Friday from a few days -visit
with relatives in St. Louis. Mr. and
Mrs. Kendrick will go to bouse
keeping on a farm near Hassard.
Miss Georgia Vaughn has been
elected again to teach in the Canton
High School. She has been granted
a $200 raise in her salary making
a salary of $1100 a year.
F. F. McGee, of Fayette, spent
the week" end here with his family
and also to attend the Commence
ment exercises of which his son,
Harry was a member
Mrs. Viola Ryan is visiting her
aunt, Mrs. L, H. Noble in Hannibal.
John W. See
John W. See, who died at a
hospital in Hutchison, Kansas., from
dropty following an attack of flu
was brought to this -city Sunday
afternoon ..where funeral services
were held Mouday afternoon at 2:3&
o'clock from the First Baptist
Church conducted by the Rev. J. C.
Cook. Burial was in St. .UAe'a
The deceased was 58 years old
and unmarried, was born in Marion
county two miles north of Monroe
City and spent most of his boyhood
days in this community. For the
past sixteen years he has resided
in Grigsby, Kansas.
He is survived by two brothers
and two sisters, H. M. See. of Grigs
by, Kan., W. M. See, of Los Angeles,.
Cal , Mrs. Rose Baldridge, of Irvin,
Mo., and Mrs. Maggie Keeley, of
San Jose, Cal , The remains were
accompained to this by his brother
W. M. See of Grigsby, Kan.
Congressman M. A. Romjue in
troduced a bill in Congress to re
peal the law setting the clock ant.
hour ahead, and has asked as early
consideration of it as po6iule. Con
gressman Romjue in presenting the
Dill said this law works a hardship
especially upon the farmers, and
others as well, and is no more need
ed now than a law to require a mam
to bat his eyes so many times a
minute, and it should be repealed."
Raymond Lewis who just a few
days ago returned home after man
months service as an instructor in
in the Aerial branch of the army.
left Monday for Arkansas where he
has accepted a position as platform
manager of the Southern Circuit 'of
the White-Meyer Chautaqua System.
His work will take him over the
States of Texas, Louisiana, Okla
homa, Arkansas and Kansas.
An infant born to Mr. and Mrs,
Walter Bixler of Quincy was brought
to this city Friday where- burial
was in St. Jude's cemetery. The
mother was formerly Miss Gertrude
Evans and is the daughter, of Mr.
and Mrs. Charlie Evans of this city.
Miss Virginia Fields is spending
a few days visiting ber sister. Mrs.
Leon Martin, near Goss. Miss Fielda
also attended the wedding of her
cousin Miss Mary Loid who was
married to Mr. Marvin Greeves near
S. B. Thiehoff after a two months
leave of absent from work owing to
an operation he submitted to in a
St Louis hospital about - a month
ago, was able to resume his duties
as Burlington agent at this place
Mr. and Mrs J. E. Wood after a
several days visit with Mr. Wood's
sister, Mrs E. W. Schweer and fam
ily have gone to Windsor for a visit
with relatives before returning to
their home in Bremerton. Wash.
Mrs. J. H. Rice, of Quincy and
niece Miss Judith Booth of Camp
Point, 111., who were called .here by
the illness of the former's' mother
Mrs. B. H. Welsh returned to their