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ADAIR COUNTY NEWS S" WELL DRILLER I will drill wells in Adair an adjoining counties. See me ue fore contracting. Latest im proved machinery of all kinds. Pump Repairing Done. Give me a Call. J. C YATES HENRY W. DEPP, DENTIST Am permanently located in Co lumbia. All ClaMei of lental work done. Crow djteand Inlay work a Specialty. All Work Una ran feed Office: Over Sullivan's Barber Shop L. H. Jones Veterinary Surgeon and Dentist Special attention given Diseases of all Domestic Animals Office at Residence, 1 mile of town, on Jamestown road. Phone 114 G. Columbia, Ky. I 3 Yar- Practice Consultation Free Dr. James Menzies OSTeOFftTH Butler IJ'IM'S on Public Square COLUMBIA KY., PRESSING SHOP. Cleaning, Pressing, Dying and Altering Ladies and Gents Garment. Also Agents for CRACK-A-JAOK BRAND CLOTIIES. Blair & Barker, Columbia, Ky. Montpeiier. Measles have broken out in this vicinity. We have several cases on hand now. Measles and foul weather have seriously impared the attendance at some of the schools in this, section. Messrs. Oral Helm and Henry Conover, who have been in Ohio, for several months, spent the Christmas holidays at home. On the account of the severe cold weather only a small crowd attended Lucian Blair's sale. Rev. R. B. Grider of Bovling Green, recently spent a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Grider. Miss Maili Clayton who has been visiting at the home of her uncle, Ruel Jones, of Cincinnati, for several weeks has returned home. Born, to the wife of Willis Blair, a son. The mother and child are doing well. Mr. Luther Williams sold his farm to Eldridge Montgomery for $3,500. He has also sold his stock of goods to Eldridge Mont gomery and Osbern Lawless, the purchasers will take poses sion about Jan. 1st. Mr. Lucian Blair who sold his farm to Everett Petty, of Pettis Fork, and has moved with his family to Columbia where he will temporary locate. Mr. Blair is a good citizen and has a excel lent family. John Calhoun who has been in Cleveland Ohio, for the past year is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Calhoun. A large crowd attended Luther Williams' sale. Everything sold well up to its full value. The U. S. A. Railroad employs 1,700,000 people and represents a capital of 17 billion doll ars. From North Carolina. Casar, Dec. 24th '17. Editor Adair Councy News: This is to tender the compli ments of the season to your es teemed journal, as well as to the surviving friends of the "Old Kentucky Home." My rule is to judge a workman by his chips, and while not personally acquaint ed with Hon. Barksdale Ham lett, he evidently knows how to edit a local paper. In the lan guage of the book of common prayer, from these fawning, time-serving, spineless broad brimmed rural roosters that sur feit its readers with glorifica ions of some imaginary endown ments of some ordinary local or acle, or the charms of some back woods belle: "May the good Loid deliver us." As everywhere else, ve have that infliction among us m North Carolina. Among other extrav agant claims, they also assert a monopoly of courage and pa triotism. To read their lurid ar raignments of Prussianism, you would expect to see them smear ed with war paint, with reeling tomahawks; and we expect, dai ly, to read the thrilling an nouncement that they have the gory scalp of the unspeakable Kaiser in their belts while his pelt ornaments their stable doors. But, strange to say, they re main on this side of the Atlantic, and associate with Theodore the Unspeakable and Boisterous Boanerges, Billy Sunday Both these worthies are the incarna tion of war; but when it comes to a showdown their fangs are not venomous. Certain sky-pilots, dough-faced lawyers and belicose goods-box-statesmen are in same category, but are not missed from home, nor are they clad in uniform. The most mil itant talkers in our midst are an cient and faded crowbaits who know they will not be drafted, and move heaven and earth to have their patriotic sons exempt ed on pleas of "weak eyes," 'undersize," and "dependents." I am 60, have three sons who are volunteers and one drafted; and tendered my own enlistment last spring. So far, I have not been accepted; but am ready to march forth at tap of drum. Yet, strange to say, I deliver no militant speeches and indite no fierce philipic3. I have whined around no exemption boards, and can take care of mvself. At present 1 am teaching, as prin cipal, in a three-teacher school, and have oversight of 124 pupils, with more to follow after the holidays. I have one son, aged 12years, at home in public school and I look for some "called" but unendowed skypilot, or some long-haired dough-faced lawyer to raise a wailing protest' because I don't send him as a drummer boy. If I suggest that their sons might toe the firing line, I am charged with sacrilege and dis loyalty. A man who permits a boy of 19 to enlist, and whose parting injunction to a son on his de parture to the tented field is the language of King Saul to the shepherd youth who went to try conclusions with the blustering giant, is of course an unmitigat ed slacker, coward and traitor, and for him no minsttfel raptures swell. His proffering his own enlistment at 60, and not asking a ccAnmission as major general, is proof that he is a cringing coward. Turning to themes of a local nature, I desire to pay a sincere but tardy tribute tn memory of the lamented Jim Cager Yates. Four years ago I was a guest at his palatial home; and never was recipient of more unstinted hos pitality. The commonwealth ot Kentucky is pre-eminent for that virtue, and Jim Cager wa its true exponent. I had been teaching school in Carroll county Missouri, and was on my way home. Jim Cager importuned me by letter to visit him, and drove his car from Bradfordsville to Louisvilteto welcome and con vey me to his ideal home. I was a day late, and he missed me. But I got around, and his royal welcome had the genuine Ken tucky spirit. He had kept a bar rel of crab cider, palatable as the nectar of the gods, from Octo ber to May for my delectation, and sundry potations of this elixir explored, cheered and sat isfied my internal improvements He took me in his buzz wagon to see the dignitaries of Bradfords ville, and to temples whose tow ering spires proclaimed them churches of the living God. He was a votary of melody, and his daughter and I led the songs of Zion in earthly tabernacles of worship with organ and violin, and the appealing cadences of "The Old Kentucky Home" for delectation of visiting auditors. We also made parlors vibrant with rollicking notes of ' Dixie" the sad refrain of "Massa's in the cold, cold ground the plaint ive strains of, "when you and I were young, Maggie" and some airs fast and furious enough to suggest the revels witnessed by Tarn O'Shanter. When 1 lef t, the parting injunction of Jim Cager was: "Good bye, Melvin, God bless you." He also gave me tangible evidence at a later date, of what St. Paul declared the greatest Christian virtue. Of course human perfection has never been attained; for the wis est of men was beguiled from the path of rectitude; but I have the comforting hope that Jim Cager will be welcomed to a room in the house of many man sions. Yes, Sid Snow, you are em balmed in precious memory, and I tender to you the compliments of the season. 1 affectionately hold you, Belle, Etta, Loren, Les lie and Corinna in fadeless mem ory. I have a pretty fair knowl edge of 12 states and the citi zenship thereof; but the memory of Old Kentucky linger. "Like the touch of a hand that has vanished, and a voice that for ever is stilled." Ere you read this the joyous yuletide will be, as I hope, a pleasant memory; but like Tiny Tim, my articulat ed wish is, "May heaven bless us, every one." Melvin L. White. iesldence Phone 13 B Business Phoe 18 P DR. J. N. MURRELL DENTIST Office, Front rooms 'in Jeffries BTd'g up Stairs. Columbia, - Kentucky DENTAL O'ETO'ICEJ Dr. James Triplett NTIST OVER PAULJj DRUG OO. Columbia, Ky. RK8 PHONO 30. OFFICE PHONB Uncle Sam's Debis Reach Great Total. Washington, Jan. 1 The Unit ed States enters the new year with a national debt of 6,615,000, 000, more than five times great er than when it entered the war nine months ago, but only one third of the debt which promises to develop by the first next year. The debt per capita is about $51, and the percentage of debt to es timated national wealth is 2h per cent. The Treasury financial sum mary statement, issued to day for the first time since last June 80, shows that actual disburse ments during the first half of the fiscal year have fallen below the estimates, particularly for the military establishment. An enormour prospective increase in War Department expenses, for munitions and materials con tracts o be filled in the spring, will raise the Government out lays at that time but officials feel some doubt that ordinary dis bur3ements will reach the $12, 316,000,000 estimated for the fiscal year ending next June 30 The actual outlaw for the mil itary establishment up to Decem ber 1 was $1,311,000,000; the es timated outlay for the whole fiscal year is $8,790,000,000 The Navy spent $426,000,000 and the estimate for the year is $1,300, 000,000. Shipping Board ex penditures were $118,000,000 while the vear's estimate is $901,000,000 Each of these three principal departments has outstanding contracts for which big expendi tures will have to be made with in the remaining half of the fiscal year, however, and the ag gregate of these is tue uncertain element which make it impossi ble to determine at this time pre cisely how many additional Lib erty bonds must be issued be tween now and next June 3. Great as the national debt seems to this country, whose debt before the war was only a little past the billion-dollar mark it is only about one-fourth that of either Great Britian, France, Russia or Germany. The debt of all America's co belligerents is about $84,000,000,000, or 14 per cent, of the estimated wealth of those nations, and the Teutonic Allies' debt is about $40,000 000 000 or 28 per cent of their esti mated wealth. Farmers Doing Their Sit "Farmers of the great agricul tural states have responded to the pleading of government officials to plow and plant in a manner that only the future can make understandable," remark ed F. O. Holt, , a farmer and stockman of Iowa, who was in Washington this week. "In my state the acreage under cultiva tion this year was far greater than ever, and the farmers gave more attention to their planting than in any other year, because they were anxious to do their part toward winning the war by making two blades of grass grow where only one grew before, if it were possible to do so The yield of corn per acre and of wheat in some sections of the West has been remarkable. As sistant Secretary of Agriculture Vro'oman set the pace for the farmers when he produced on one of his farms inlllinois 90 bushels of oats to the acre, while his axerage was 73 bushels. Trie j average production of oats Der I acre in that state is something like 34 bushels to the acre, s you can see that intelligent farm ing will bring results. T is fact has come to t-e farmers all through the West, and where once you would find the farmers ' doing their planting, cultivating ana narvestmg according to their own methods, now.- they are adopting the advice of the De partment of Agriculture as laid down in its reports. "I venture to say that next year this country will raise more lood than ever before or more than even the most optimistic expect. We shall be able to sup ply not- only our own needs at reasonable prices, but shall have sufficient to feed our allies over there. It took the farmers a long time to come to a realiza tion that we are in this war, but I believe most of them fully un derstand it now, and they are going to bear their part. I don't think I have seen in the cities any boys more anxious to go into the trenches than the farmer boys of the Western states." From Nebraska. Riverton, Dec. 31st, '17. Editor News: As the New Year draws near it reminds me to keep the dear old home paper coming. I must write to the Editor and enclose $1.00. In the 19 years I have i been in Nebraska I have never missed a copy of the News. I see by the News that the good people of Columbia are doing a great work for the Red Cross. I want to say in behalf of our town, we have a Red Cross of one hundred and thirty members and are doing all we can, sewing and knitting. Last Sunday night the Sunday schools gave a Xroas program for the Belgian chil dren and raised $96.00. So you see Nebraska is doing her part. Every thing is very high here. Coal $10.00 per ton, wood $6.00 per cord, Alfalfa hay $20.00 per ton, corn $2.00 per bu., flour S6.00 per hundred and every thing else in proportion Will say for the benefit of our many friends in Kentucky that my mother, Mrs. James Dice, now 82 years old, is quite well and has knit fifteen pairs of socks, one sweater and a pair of wristlets for the soldier boys and is still knitting. We sure have had some winter here. 20 below zro. v. ith a wind from the north oing al the rate of 60 miles an hour. Wishing the News and its many readers a happy and pros perous New Year, I shall say good-bye tor this time. Mrs. Ella Farlee. A bill providing for national rohibition during the war wash pintroduced by Senator Shafrot and referred to the Agricultural Committee. It also would per mit commandering ot distilled liquors for Government purposes. Moscw is cut off from railroad communication and Turkestsn has declared itself independent of Russia. Tr, 0 ioQh ,;, TTn,0rf Shu Mil t I-IUJ" "" wn.uvi utui,. troop3 six Mexican bandits were killed in Mexico just across the Rio Grande. Bitter cold has stopped fight ing in prance and Italy. form Uregin. Ednor New I' as been qiW a a' i I'mc&z I havf written a letter i tbe News, so deiidd as our subscrip tion expire the 14:n of Jan. Am sending $1.00 for it another year. We like the News as i1 is . ab lished near our o'.d him' ' is1 like a letter trom home. see in the paper that so mam c mr boys there have or.y . wir. Oh! we would be so gi id t i vsr- that peace could be declar i andf' war over for all time and . ne boys come back home v. ithou the loss of one. But some moth er's son will fail to corne i ue. So far the war ha3'.it ide as much difference nre a- ' here so far as thinning out the yoosagr men, but several have enlisted i and lots more to go. The oung . men in our neighoorhc- : are scarce, only two enlists- i tiaoi were accepted near us and oiWrs were rejected for one cau- && another, some have detective sight others bad teeth and vnri ous other defects. This has been an u .isu-vi-f year all around, an abundance o rain in the spring and none from. May until the last of Septernoer. The summer was so dry that there was very little of any cning raised. The hay crop v.-as al most a failure in some part, and4 many are selling off their tock . at prices that would ast nsh . one. Good mil. cows for $25 and some times lower, good young horses from $15 up. The man that hasn't much stock e the lucky one this time. So far we have had a good fall' The grass is still green and we have had very little ice snd na -snow on the ground, only we.--could see it on the mountains, and on the tree tops on the higrt hills. We had an awful ta(I. winter last year. Every thing that we have to buy is clear oon of reason here as at other places . Mrs. C. S. Mooney. DenmarKv The health of this community very bad at this writting-, is there being several cases or measles and pneumonia. Mrs. Williams Akers died test wrek with measles and pni monia. Xmas was very dull at this place. Mr. J. H. Cain bought Mr. A G. Coffey's farm near here. Messrs. Dowell and Mann ship ped a boat load of cattle and. hogs last week. John Helm is moving to aie mother farm. Rev. Oscar Capshaw and Mr J. N. Meadows of Jamestown, came out to Moores School house one night last week and organia--ed a Red Cross. Almost the ere tire crowd took membership. The Sunday School at Moores school house is progressing nice ly, with a large attendance. Miss Nina Acre who has beein visiting her mother at Tex:re Haute, Ind., has returned horce In Palestine the Turks have received another defeat having: been driven back three miles cuj l a nine mile front with heavy slaughter. Mrs. Edna Atkins, at Franfe fort, was killed by the exploskaii of a cook range due to the water- being frozen in the water back i Lv a? tJT - VJt-SL i'J. jr'imtTVte S .i v7-j:"H X- t'J ir'tm . m&U'