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M 3 VOLUME XIII. MEADE, KANSAS, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1912. NUMBER 42. I BARNS, HIGH SCHOOL LAW To Be Voted on at The Next Election Tie purpose of this article is to bring1 before our readers the subject of The Barnes High School Law, It is a topic that is of vital interest to you as a resi dent of Meade county. To you who have children it means splen . did high, schools, and free tu ition. To you who own farms and city property it means an in crease of value, therefore it is your duty to carefully consider this question, and vote to have The Barns High School Law ap ply in Meade County. Briefly, the Barnes Law pre sides that the County Commiss ioners may levy a tax not to ex ceed six-tenth of a mill upon the total valuation of the county. The income from this tax will go toward the running expenses of those high schools that main tain for one year an accredited college preparatory course and a four-year general course. Any school receiving a benefit from such fund must offer free tuition to all county students. Naturally, one ot the first questions of the tax-payer is, "What will it cost?" Answer that question for yourself. You iDow you own situation better than we do. We do, however, urge and insist that you consid er both what you pay and what you receive. To find what you must pay, take your total valua yf ion. Mat the extreme calcul ation and then a reasonable one. The utmost limit of any tax that the County Commissioners could possibly lay, would be six-tenths of one mill. Thus, sixty cents on one thousand dollars would be the largest amount possible, according to the State law. A moderate estimate would be from ten to forty cents. After y have figured the cost, now consider your receipts Should you have a single child abat within the next ten or fifteen years wishes to enter a high school of Meade county, the amount of your tax under this law would be refunded two or three times at least, in tuition alone. In addition, you would have the benefit of better and more efficient schools. "But," you may say, "I have no children, and wherein am I benefitted?" The theory upon which any system of schools must be based, is that of the general welfare. You do desire to make Meade county a better place in which to live. While you may own much property, and have no children, yet your neighbor with much less proper ty may have three or four. Now, face the matter fairly and squarely! Do you believe that your neighbor should have to pay nine or thirty-six dollars a year, while seventy five cents or a dollar from you, if you are a heavy property owner, would educate his children free of tu tion. Then, again, you own proper ty, and you relize that a good school system means better land values. A prominent citizen of Meade county says. "You have no idea bow many times inquiries land, have this question, 'What kind of schools have you.'" The "Barnes High School Law" is known all over the U. S., and a statement that it was in effect in this county would be a satis factory answer to all such in quiries. ...... Court Notes Judge Preston B. Gillett, of Kingman, held court in Judge Finley's place. Former Court Stenographer Baker, now practicing law at Coldwater, acted as official Sten ographer in the absence of Carl Turner. The following cases have been disposed of up to tbis time: State of Kansas vs. Bert Pen nington continued. State of Kansas vs. Julius Newman continued. The City of West Plains vs. L. Chamberlain Jury retured a verdict of "not guilty" in favor of Chamberlain. The City of West Plains vs. J, M. Myers continued The City of West Plains vs. E. Marsh dismissed. Edna Henderson vs. Wm. Butler et al. Sale of real estate confirmed. B. F. Cox vs. Henry Water man et al. Sale of real estate confirmed. George Their Jr. vs. David M. Friend et al. Sale of real estate confirmed. Julius Riley vs. M. A. Fetty et al. Judgment taken for forclos ure of mortgage. A. J. Webber vs. John W. Williams et al. Judgment taken quieting title. The Kansas Law also provides that in the year 1917 all school teachers must be graduates'of some accredited high school. Mr. Tax-Payer, what are vou going to do in your district for teachers within the next four years? Where are they coming from? Other counties will not be able to supply their own de mand. We must provide for our teachers at home, and a Barnes Law will be the cheapest. most efficient and satisfactory way. If you believe ia Meade coun ty; if you believe in public edu cation; if you believe in public education, as applied to Meade county, we ask not only for your vote, but we want vonr work and interest for the Barnes High School Law. Mr. Voter, the question of the Barnes Law will be on the ballot at our coming general election. VV hat are you going to do about it? If there are questions in your mind, phone or write to our present County Superintendent, or to either of the present can didates. We want vou to know the situation. If the people of Meade county understand the proposition, we have nothing to fear. Do not lose sight of the fact that a good education is the greatest gift it is within your power to give to your children, and is the one possession that neither poverty nor adversity can take from them. It is no burden for them to carry and no better recommendation could possibly be given. ' With one or more good high schools within your own county you can give your children the advantage of a higher education right at home for less than half what it costs you to send them away. Under the Barnes High School Law a fully accredited high school could be maintained in fowler, Meade, Plains, and perhaps in some of the consolid ated districts, and were" this the case, there is not a student with DEMOCRATIC SPEAKING To Be Held In Phelps Opera House October 26 Hon. Tbos. II. Gresham, and other prominent men will speak in Meade Saturday afternoon, October 26, at 2:00 p. m. This will be a big Democratic day, good music all day long. Five minute speeches will be allowed to all County Candidates for office on the Democratic Ticket. Speaking will begin promptly at 2:30. Don't for get the date, October 26, and wether you are a Democrat or not, come out to this speaking, you will not re gret it. Preparations are being made for one grand big time. in Meade county who could not attend high schooland visit home at least once a week, where as it is in the case of your children being away attending school, in the event that they want to come home to spend their Thanksgiv ing or Christmas vacation) you are put to the expense of their trip home and back to school. The fact that a good school is an advertisement to a county is another fact to be kept in mind One of the first questioes asked by parents who have children to educate is "What school advant ages does Meade county offer?" when anticipating a change in lo cation, and is especially asked by parents whose children have bad the advantage of an accredit ed school. If they can be told that the schools are first class they do not hesitate. In 1917 any person desiring to take out a teacher's certificate must be a high school graduate. If you have children who desire to become teachers, and you fail to make any provisions for the maintainance of a high school within your own county, you can easily guess what the result will be. You will be compelled to send your children away to com plete the high school course re gardless of what it costs. Isn't it better to assist in getting the Barnes High School Law into ef fect in Meade county this year and avoid ever having to face such a proposition in this coun ty? Keep the fact in mind that if this proposition is voted down tbis year it will be impossible to ever re-submit the proposition to the voters of Meade county. By your vote at the November election assist in passing the Barnes High School Law in Meade county. Records show that one half of the total valuation of Meade coun ty is owner by outside residents and under this law their land would be taxed at the same rate as yours. If they are to derive their share of the increase in the valuation of land, which is bound to result with the coming of bet ter schools, it is only fair for them to assist in supporting our schools. There are now about one hun dred twenty high school students at school in Meade county. It would cost about $36,000 to edu cate these people outside of the county. Vote to keep this money at home. . If you are sending your child ren out of your district to school you pay one dollar per month tuition for each pupil, thus you are doubly taxed. The Barnes High School will save you this extra expense andgiveyou better schools. ' DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES Who Will Appreciate Your Vote John Cordes, Democratic can didate for County Commissioner from the 2nd district will make Meade County a valuable com missioner; His knowledge of values and business qualifications in general are far above the av erage. He will be impartial and for the best interests of the whole County. J.H. Randolph, Democratic candidate for re-election to the office of Probate Judge is the right man, and in the right place. He ia ever faithful to the duties of bis office. His knowl edge of law is good and his qual ifications are of the best, Pearl Wood Smith, Democrat ic candidate for County Superin tendent is well known to the peo ple of Meade county as a scholar ly and accomplished lady. Her recommendations and her quali fications best known to the peo ple where she lived all her life. She asks your support on Nov. 5th on the grounds that she is competent, and willing to faith fully perform the duties of the office for which she aspires. H. J. Sloss, Democratic candi date for representative of Meade County, is a man of common peo ple. He represents no clique, ring, or groupe of interests. His understanding of the laws of his state is broad enough to grasp the particular demands of the day. ' Jle stands ready to , de vote himself exclusively to the interests of all the people of the County. He will serve them with fidelity and conscientious regard for success that will re dound to his own credit and de liver to the people the results they most hope for. Facts to Remember The Farmers' Free List bill, passed by the House, would have saved the people $390,000. 000 annually. This bill removed the duty from agricultural im plements, of which 136,000,000 worth were exported and only $165,000 worth were imported during the last fiscal year; sew ing machines, fence wire, bag ging and cotton ties, lumber, laths, shingles, meats, flour, salt, leather, shoes, etc. Under our U riff law a barrel of Hour valued at $4 abroad is taxed 25 per cent, ad volorem at our ports, or $1 on the barrel. This bill removed the entire tax. Beef valued at $5 30 per 100 pounds abroad pays a tariff tax equivalent to 25.88 per cent., or $1.50 per !00 pounds. This bill proposed to remove this entire tax. The Democratic wool bill pro posed to reduce the average rate of duty on wool manufactures from 90.10 per cent, to 48.36 per cent. President Taft's veto of this measure means that the American people will pay $50,- 000,000 more for their clothes this vear than they would have if President Taft had signed it. A wool hat valued at $1 abroad and taxed 78 cents upon its en try into the United States, under the present tariff law, would have been taxed only 49 cents. Flannel underwear valued at $27 per dozen suits is taxed un der the present law at-the equiv alent ad volorem rate of about 106 per cents. The Democratic bill proposed to reduce this to 49 percent. A suit of. ready-made Married Mr. Joseph E. Lulz and Miss Florence I. Barlett, both of Fow ler, Kansas, were united in mar riage by Judge Randolph at his office Wednesday afternoon. These young people will reside north of Fowler. The News congratulates. Mr. Edward J. Wehrle and Miss Nelda Wisselt, both of St. Louis, Missouri, were united in marriage on October 12, 1912, and are at home at No. 1285 B Hodiamont Avenue. Tbis announcement will come as a surprise to Meade people as it did to the relatives of the' groom. Mr. Wehrle is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wehrle of this city, and a brother to The News management. He formerly re sided in Meade, but about four- teen-years ago went to St. Louis where, with the exception of two years spent in the Philippine Islands, he has since resided. For the past few years he has been engaged in the railway mail service. Miss Wisselt is a refined and accomplished young lady and a favorite in St. Louis society. While it has never been our pleasure to meet the young lady who recently cast her lot with our older brother, having con fidence in his judgment, we feel sure that the most we might say would be but little compared to the true worth of her whom he has chosen. Ed is well known in Meade and bis many friend will wish he and his wife much happiness and prosperity. The News being a relative, is unusually interested in these newly married people and our wish to them is that , happiness and prosperity may be theirs in abundance, and that they may ever have a calm sea and a clear sky on Life's voyage. woolen clothing worth in Europe $10 is taxed under the present law at the equivalent ad valorem rate of 75 per cent, or $7.50. The Democratic bill proposed to re duce tbis tax from 75. to 49 per cent, and save the consumer $2.60 per suit. The cotton bill reduced the duties on cotton manufactures from 48.12 per cent, to 27.06 per cent., a reduction of the tariff burdens under this schedule from not less than $200,000,000 to about $112,000,000 for a year, or a saving of about $88,000,000 for a twelve-month period. Men's cotton half hose valued at eighty cents per dozen pairs wholesale ure taxed under the present law at the equivalent ad valorem rate of about 92 per cent. The Democratic cotton bill proposed to reduce this to 40 per cent. It is proposed to reduce the tax on cotton thred from an equivalent rate of 34 per cent, to 15 per cent. A suit of ready made cotton clothing valued at the foreign port at $6 is taxed under our present law 50 per cent, ad valorem, or $3 a suit. This Democratic bill proposed to reduce this tax to 30 per cent, and save the consumer $1.20 per suit. The bill revising the metal schedule reduced the average rate of duty on the entire sched ule from 33.35 percent, (imports of 1910) to 22.42 per cent. This revision, it is estimated, would have saved the ''American con turners in a twelve-month period CHAMP CLARK COMPLIMENTS Governor Woodrow Wilson And Congressman Neeley In an address made by Champ Clark, to the people of Reno county, he has the following to say of Congressman Neeley, the Democratic candidate for re election: "I want to say to the people of this district that dur ing the last eighteen years George A. Neeley is the most promising young man who has been elected a member of the House of Representatives." Of Governor Wilson. Demo cratic candidate for President, he says. "I need not tell this great audience that Governor Woodrow Wilson was not my first choice for president of the nation, but after he was nominat ed, he became a9 much my can didate as be is that of any other democrat betwixt the two seas. That's the kind of a democrat I am, always have been, and al ways will be, and he is going to be elected, Taft and Roosevelt will see strictly to it. I never think of those two distinguished statesmen, that I don't think al so of the couplet "two souls with but a single thought; two hearts that beat as one" and the thing that each one of them is beating for is that the other shall not be elected president under any circumstances what ever. Now if Wilson or the National Committee had been locked up in a cage when the canvass began and kept there until the election, be would have been elected all the same." more than $80,000,000. -The revision of the chemical schedule would have effected a saving to American consumers of about $17,000,000 by reducing the price of all chemicals and at the same time the revenue to the Government would have' been in creased. The bill placing sugar on the free list would hare saved during a year not less than 1115,000,000 to the consumer. The tariff tax on sugar amounts to about 1 1-2 cents per pound. The amount of sugar consumed in contin ental United States in 1911 was about 7,663,000,000 pounds, and the application of.l 1-2 cents per pound to this consumption af fords the estimate of $115,000,- 000 as represented the saving to the people. The House passed a bill pro viding for an excise tax on in comes, thereby transferring a considerable portion of the tax burdens to the wealthy, which are escaping their proper pro portion. The Excise Tax bill passed by the House provides for the extension of the Corporation Tax law so as to include indivi duals, firms and copartnerships. It accomplishes the very desir able purpose of transferring tax ourdens from those less able to carry them to the shoulders of the wealthy, who have hereto fore escaped from a proper share of taxation for the support of the Government. The present burden of indirect taxation falls upon people having incomes of less than $2,000 per year. A man whose net earn ings amount to but 15,000 per year would under this, bill pay no tax. A man earning 110.000 per year would pay nothing oa the first 15,000 and $50 per year on the second 15,000, '