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KANSAS SENATOR URGES EDUCATION IN INVESTMENTS SAVINGS LOST TO STOCK SHARKS TOTAL VAST YEAR LY SUM (By ARTHUR CAPPER) Editor’s Note—Senator Arthur Capper of Kansas was for many years head of a string of papers, both daily and weekly, the latter farm papers with immense circulations Thous ands of his subscribers fell victim to men with stock schemes and blue-sky sales and thousands of them wrote to- the editor and publisher asking his advice. In the following he gives that advice to all who care to read and, as Senator Capper’s entire life is in dication of careful advancement, su perior business judgment and the con fidence of his fellow citiens, that he has to say may be accepted without hesitation as the advice of one who knows. Among all the impressive evidence of American solidarity during the war, hardly any was more awakening than the subscriptions to the Liberty Loans. The country had not suspect ed the potential capital fund of the American people. It was amazed by the response of the people to the ap peals of the government for funds. And this astonishment grew as one great loan drive followed another in swift succession. There seemed to be no bottom to the popular purse, as there was no faltering in popular patriotism. More than 21 million subscribers offered nearly 7 billion dollars for the government bonds. This was the cul mination. The fifth lean was for a smaller amount, w r hich was over-sub scribed, like all its predecessors. Here, out of the income of two years, a minimum of 21 million per sons had subscribed for some 22 bil lions of war loans Only Books Showed Until this exhibit of the potential savings or capital fund of the people the only concrete indication of this fund was the books of the savings banks, which prior to the war shower upwards of 11 million depositors with balances of above 5 billion dollars. And it may be remarked incidentally here that three years after the war notwithstanding the huge Liberty Bond payments, savings deposits not only have not declined but have in creased by a billion dollars, with an increase net of 300,000 depositors. The effect produced by this extraor dinary demonstration of the savings capacity of the people is seen in sev eral organizations, governmental and private, since formed to promote . av ing and thrift by publicity propa ganda. The Treasury Department conducts such a publicity campaign the Reserve Banks also, and one or two private organizations, all urging the people to save. Campaign is Needed While the government and other agencies are very active in endeavor ing to induce people to save, it is evi dent that such a campaign is direct ed to the non-savers, and the only systematic campaign to help the sav ers to preserve their savings by ju dicious investment is a constant cam paign in behalf of Treasury notes, short-time investments. On the other hand, there is unin terrupted bombardment of savers by swindling stock promoters and an ev en more injurious crusade by well meaning but ill-advised promoters of new enterprises, wholly untried, usu ally undercapitalized, in such specu lations as oil and mining, and similar ventures. At a hearing before the Judiciary Committee of the House in the pres ent session of Congress the Federal Reserve Board asked for additional legislation to protect savers from swindling stock jobbers, the board making the statement that in the last year these swindles had taken from the American people more than half a billion of their saved capital. Prob ably injudicious speculations took a very much larger sum. Private institutions engaged in le gitimate bend, mortgage and other investments, it seems to me, should awake to the duty of educating the 21 million savers of capital in the Unit ed States in caring for their capital, once saved. The people need a cam- i paign of primary education on what j capital is, and what an investment is. j They unstintingly deny themselves luxuries in order to save, and billions of this saved capital, of incalculable value to the nation and all its indus tries, regularly are wasted in specu lation. Many are Ignorant Students bf this subject report that it is not the untrained mechanic and artisan alone who is ignorant of the A B C of investment, but among the WOOD COUNTY REPORTER. victims of promotion are merchants, professional men and even bankers. Billions of dollars wisely invested every year which heretofore have been dissipated in speculation will ev idently have a capital effect in mit igating panics, business depression, and unemployment. An increase, such as it seems there is an oppor tunity to secure, in the annual incre ment of saved capital that will be permanently saved by sound invest ment, will by steadily enlarging the national fund at a greater rate than heretofore lower the cost and price of capital, give to every kind of legit imate enterprise a greater sense of security and courage, tend to a stead ier employment of labor and to a low ered price level and cost of living, consequently a higher standard of liv ing. The country should not permit the opportunity to slip by which the Lib erty Loan experience opens to it of adding yearly to the capital fund the great savings of the peovle. A sys tematic, intelligent, organized attempt should be made to counteract the pro paganda of promoters, not merely in the negative way of legislation a gainst criminal practice, but. by pos itive propaganda setting forth the superior attraction of Safety First in investment. Beware Promoter It is a large undertaking to get to the people the Safety First idea, worth whatever effort is necessary. The promoter appeals to raw cupidity and to that propensity to speculate, to accept a chance, to gamble on the future, which is instinctive in all of us. He is no mean hypnotist and en deavors to put caution to sleep and by suppression of all conflicting im pulses and ideas intensify the passion for quick gain. His propaganda is al luring, but there is enticement also in other instincts, in self-preserva tion, in security in retaining what one has. These are also primary hu man instincts and are capable of be ing played upon effectively, if one i r-an get the knack of it. ANNUAL M SALE QPEJS THANKSGIVING With the annual sale of Christinas seals, which finance Wisconsin’s or ganized campaign against tuberculo sis, opening Thanksgiving Day, cheery Christmas posters with the urgent message, “Christmas Seal Your Christmas Mail,” are making their appearance on billboards and in store windows all over the state. During the past week millions of the little stickers have, been shipped out to campaign managers in all parts of the state from the Milwaukee headquarters of the Wisconsin Anti- Tuberculosis Association, official rep resentative in Wisconsin of the Na tional TuberculocF Association. The bill posters of the state have volunteei'ed their services in securing bill board space for the posters and putting them up. The posters are un usually attractive in design and bright coloring. They feature Santa Claus and a small boy. eagerly mailing a Christmas sealed letter. In the larg er cities of the state immense twen ty four foot posters, the largest ever issued for the national Christmas seal sale, will be displayed. MRS. EDWARD HOiEN ENTER TAINED MONDAY Mrs. Edward Houg'jn, 439 Fifth street north, entertained the members of the Woman’s Club, and a number of invited guests at dinner Monday evening. Following dinner, after bus iness matters had been disposed of, Mrs. Lacy Horton presented an un usually creditable paper on Indian Balalds, which was read by Mrs. John Farrish and illustrated with Indian songs sung by Mrs. Horten with vi olin and piano accompaniment by Mrs. St. Louis and Mrs. Edgar Kel logg. The three ladies appeared in | beautiful Indian costumes, greatly j adding to the effectiveness of the u j niqus paper. Mrs. I. E. Philleo, Mrs. A. U. Mar vin, Mrs. Belle Butcher, Mrs. O. A. Labus and the Misses Eliza Mont gomery and Marjorie Kerr, were guests of the club. Alfred Johnson of Milwaukee and Irving Johnson of Minneapolis, ar rived in this city Monday, called here by the serious accident to their fath er, Nels Johnson, who w r as injured by an automobile Saturday. Entered June 2, 1903 at Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, as ssccnd-class matter, under Act of Congress of Mar. 3, 1 879. WISCONSIN RAPIDS. WOOD COUNTY. WISCONSIN, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1921. IS A BUSINESS THAI ISN’T WORTH ADVERTISING WORTH PATRONIZING? Occasionally we see a man in business —actually try ing to establish a business —who says he does_not adver tise because he would have to increase his -prices if he did. It is not often we see such a man in business because man with such limited business vision seldom remains in business long enough to be seen. The truth of the matter is that the merchant who does not advertise and increase his volume of sales must in crease his prices on the limited amount of stuff he sells and actually charge more than the merchant who by the use of regular advertising turns his goods three or four times to the other fellow's once It is simply the old story of the nimble nickel. The nationally advertised brands of goods, with few exceptions, are the best and the lowest-priced products that we can buy todav. The big busy store that advertis es and draws trade for miles around is always the best and the cheapest place to trade, and has always been so. No one ever hears it said of the big mail-order houses that their great advertising expenditures in sending out millions of catalogs and follow-up literature, including large monthly supplements on groceries, clothing, dry goods, shoes, furniture, hardware, farm implements, paints, wall paper, etc., made them charge more for their goods. But you do hear just the opposite. Ask any farmer who buys goods of a mail-order house why he patronises them and he will tell you that he believes he does a little better in the way of price. If you ask him why their prices are lower than the local stores, he will that it is because of the great amount of business they do thru sending out catalogs and other advertising matter reg ularly to every farm house throughout the country. The home newspaper affords the. only effective means of counteracting the trade-pulling influence of these mail-order catalogs in taking business away from your home community. - , By the use of regular space in the local paper a merch ant can soon educate the home folks to appreciate the fact that he is doing everything he can to serve them to the very best of his ability. This can not be done as quickly and successfully in any other manner as by ad vertising. Advertising is the economic factor of business. With out it few buyers woul dknow of the exceptional values offered and the turnover would be reduced to almost no thing. Merchants would be compelled to increase their prices in order to remain in business, and higher prices would mean fewer buyers and business failure to those merchants who have not taken the time to study and learn the real value of persistent advertising. Of course, there are some moochers in business who get by on the other fellow's advertising and efforts to boost business and keep it at home. MISS CLARA KNOLL DIES IN HOSPITAL Avery sad death occurred in the pasing away of Miss Clara M. Knoll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Knoll of this city. She was born in Wisconsin Rapids June 5, 1902 and was just nineteen years, five months and thirteen days old at the time of her decease. She went to Green Bay Thursday, where on Friday morning she submitted to an operation for goitre at St. Vincent’s Hospital. She survived the operation and was getting along nicely, when a sudden change for the worse oc curred, and she passed away at seven thirty o’clock Friday evening. She attended the public and paro chial schools in this city and later the Lincoln High School and Wood County Normal. She has been engaged in teaching in the public schools and at : the time of her decease was a teacher in the East Side Lutheran parochial i school. She was possessed of a fine Chris tian personality and was greatly be loved and very popular with every one who knew her. She leaves to mourn her loss, her mother and fath er, one brother, Harold, and three sisters, Mrs. Rudolph Hahn, and Miss and Mrs. Arnold Wachs of Mosinee, besides other relatives and a host of friends. The remains were brought to her home in this city Saturday, where short funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at one-thirty o’- clock, and also services at the East Side Lutheran Church at two o’clock, Rev, F. H. Kretzschmar officiating. The body was laid away in the For est Hill Cemetery. BOARDM COSTS $1,567 The seven day session of the Coun ty Board of Supervisors, completed Tuesday, cost the county $1,567.04 in salary and mileage paid to the mem bers. Each member of the Board receives $5 per day while the Board is in ses sion, in addition to his transporta tion. Total salary paid the forty three supervisors for the seven day session was $1,505, the balance being mileage. County Clerk Sam Church “gave the members of the board their checks when the body adjourned at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.—Daily Trib une. B1)HS, STUBS, HEELS AND FIRE We will leave it to the wife and mother to discuss stagnant smoke and morality of smoking. The right to smoke may be an in dividual matter; but what the smoker does with the lighted match, cigaret butt, cigar stub or pipe heel, is of vital concern to the public. Each day Americans smoke 5000 miles of cigarets, and carelessly tos- sed buts burn $11,000.00 worth of property each month. The cigaret is the most dangerous of all smoking materials. It burns until consumed; hence every cast-off butt becomes a menace and a potential fire cause. Smokers and match users caused a fire loss of $91,000,000.00 in the Unit ed States during the five-year period of 1915 to 1919. Careless smokers and users of mat ches caused a fire loss of $479,570 in Wisconsin in 1920. This waste of property affects us all, and the public may well protest against that part of the smoking hab it which jeopardizes life and proper ty. No censure is too severe of the thoughtless • smoker who carelessly tosses lighted matches, cigar or cig aret stubs thru open car windows, into open sidewalk gratings, wastes baskets and rubbish heaps, on oil soaked floors or other places where combustible or inflammable materials and substances are present. The proper way is to blow out a match or break it, to stamp on cigar and cigaret stubs and pipe heels and to provide a metal, glass or china ash receiver. The public and employers of labor further have a right to limit smoking to places where life is not endangered. Many disastrous fires and explosions have been caused in factories, mills and other business places by careless smokers and the lawless ones, who snatched a puff against all rules, re sulting in heavy loss of life and prop erty. The Triange Shirt Waist fact ory fire, in which 142 women employ ees lest their lives, was so caused. “No Smoking” rules should be | strictly enforced in all such places of jemployment, in garages, dry cleaning establishments, paint shops, in barns, |near hay, straw and grain stacks and elsewhere where volatile oils are kept or used or combustible materials are present. The careless workman must be taught that he has no right to en danger the lives of his fellow employ ees or to rob them of their jobs thru careless fires. A fire in a factory may put all out of work. mm (Contributed) W. H. Bowden, whose tragic death by an infuriated bull occurred last week on his farm in the Town of Bab cock, was born in Lisbon, New York, in the year 1845. He came west to Saginaw, Mich., •in the Fall of 1865, remaining there until the Spring of 1866, when he came to Madison, Wisconsin, coming later to the Town of Remington, Wis., as foreman in the sawmill of W. H. Remington, at that place. He remained with Mr. Remington for eight years. Then entering the employ of James Joy of Detroit, Mich, as manager of Mr. Joy’s extensive cranberry interests in Wood County. He was also a pioneer in the cul ture of cranberries, having bought a large tract of marsh on first coming to Remington. He remained with Mr. Joy until the year 1885, when he went into the lumbering business for him self. After the destructive fires of 1893, destroying the cranberry marsh es, he turned his attention to farm ing and stock raising, continuing in that occupation up to the time of his death, in company with his only son, James R. Bowden. He always took an active part in all things connected with the public welfare, holding offices in the Town management, as Chairman of the Tow r n Board of Supervisors and Treas urer of the Town for several years. He was School District Treasurer for thirty-three years, a member of the County Board of Supervisors for 18 years, and a member of the Drain age Board in three districts for 20 years, always perfoiuning the duties of the different positions with efficien cy and fidelity. He was loved and respected by all with whom he came in contact. jHe.was united in mariage with Miss Margaret Plunkett of Wilton, Wis consin, in the year 1887, who with their only son, James, and family, one sister and two brothers, still sur vives him. CARD OF THANKS To our friends and neighbors, the County Board of Supervisors and the members of the Drainage Board, we extend our heartfelt thanks for their sympathy, expressed by words, and deeds of kindness, and for the beau tiful floral tributes. Mrs. W. H. Bow r den. James R. Bowden and Family. MARRIAGE LICENSES The following marriage licenses have been issued by County Clerk Sam Church: Wenzel Lilly of Sherry and SteT Fisson of Milladore. Arthur C. Barnes of Milwaukee, and Edna DuFour of Marshfield. Hugh Gilman of Gilman, and Me lissa Shofer of Marshfield. John H. Mongan and Ella Dough erty, both of Dexterville. Percy Ingraham of Bancroft, and Arline Herman of Marshfield. Mrs. John Bovee of Plainfield re ceived a message Monday from Indian apolis announcing the death of her aunt, Mrs. John Aber, a former resi dent of Wisconsin Rapids. Her death resulted from cancer of thp breast. The funeral ?.nd burial took place at Indianapolis Thursday and the re mains were laid to rest beside those of her deceased husband, John Aber, in that city. Mrs. Aber was an aunt of Chas. and John Margeson and Mrs. Alfred Emmes of Wisconsin Rapids. Mr. and Mrs. George Hill, Jr., have the sympathy of the entire commun ity in the loss of an infant daughter born at the Riverview Hospital Mon day morning, and living only a short time. The remains were taken to the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George M. Hill, where short ser vices were held at eleven o’clock W ed nesday morning and the body of the little one was laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery. ’The Wisconsin Valley Home Eco nomics Teachers’ Association held a meeting here Saturday in the Domes tic Science building of the High | School. The meeting began at ten | o’clock in the morning and lasted un ! til luncheon at one o’clock which 1 was held in the Domestic Science rooms. VOLUME 63, NO. <6. WOOD COUNTY ASSESSED VALUATION $49,227,500 The Board of Equalization, by its Chairman, E. C. Kellogg, in their an nual report to the County Board, read their report as follows: The valua tion shows an increase of over three million dollars. Towns Arpin $ 1,660,500 Auburndale 1,771,500 Cameron 637,500 Cary 486,000 Cranmoor 414,000 Dexter 466,00(T Grand Rapids 891,000 Hansen 1,348,000 Hiles 370,000 Lincoln 2,369,000 Marshfield 1,378,000 Milladore 1 1,628,000 Port Edwards 572,500 Remington 797,500 Richfield 1,269,500 Rock 1,159,000 Rudolph 1,623,000 Saratoga 524,500 Seneca 514,000 Sherry 1,348,000 Sigel 2,003,500 Wood 1,227,000 Total $24,458,500 Cities and Villages Auburndale 360,000 Biron 1,065,000 Marshfield 8,378,500 Nekoosa 3,047,000 Pittsville 325,500 Port Edwards 2,044,500 Wisconsin Rapids 9,548,500 Total $24,769,000 Grand Total $49,227,500 CLINICS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2-3 Wide interest throughout the coun ty is being manifested in the Free Chest Clinic to be held in Wisconsin Rapids on Friday and Saturday, De cember 2 and 3. The hours will be as follows; Friday, 9 a. m. to 9 p. m., and Saturday, 9 a, m. to 6 p, m. The clinic will be held in the First Na tional Bank building. “The object of the clinic is to seek out early cases of tuberculosis,” says a statement from the Wisconsin Anti- Tuberculosis Association. “The early discovery and treatment of tubercul osis is important for two reasons: Ist because proper treatment at this time will usually effect a cure: secondly, because early cases are often danger ous carriers of infection. Members of families where there has been a death from tuberculosis or where there is a living case should be ex amined because it is not unusual to find several other active cases. By getting these cases early and inducing them to start treatment, we hope to check tuberculosos from sweeping through entire families, as is often the ease. “The following are also urged to be examined: anaemic and underweight children, persons who have had influ enza, bronchitis, pneumonia and pleu risy and have not completely recov ered their health; ex-service men and draft rejects, who were pronounced tuberculous; persons having any sym ptoms of the disease. “Among the most readily recog nized danger signals of tuberculosis are: indigestion, loss of weight and appetite, dun-doyn feeling, loss of pep. feverishness and a slight, persistent cough. Persons having any of these symptons should be examined at once. “Local physicians are invited to bring in cases for consultation and to watch the examinations. All findings are held in the strictest confidence, and every patient is given individual attention. No treatment is given but the patients are given a thorough ex amination, told frankly what their trouble is and advised as to what the best method is of recovering their health.” Anew machinery storage house to cost about $6,000 will be built imme diately by Wood County, in Wisconsin Rapids. The shed will be about 18 by 100 feet and will be sufficiently lai'ge to house all the road building mach inery which the highway commission owns. The members of* the county highway commission will proceed at once to have the building erected.