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SUGGESTIONS FOR MEN'S CHRISTMAS GIFTS Will and Dick’s clothing store is headquarters for practical Xmas gifts for men: Smoking Jackets, Sweater Coats, Kid Gloves, fur and silk lined, / Hats and Caps, Silk and Wool Mufflers, Silk Handkerchiefs, Initial Linen Handkerchiefs, A Fine new line of Neckwear and Hosiery. Fancy suspenders in Xmas Boxes. One pair of hose, one silk hand kerchief, and one tie, all packed in fancy box, matched colors, Traveling bags and suit cases, Cuff buttons with stick pin to match. Fancy negligee shirts and nifty vests. Call at our store if in doubt as to what you want in the way of a practical Xmas gift for your men folks. CORRELL & MARUN. THE BEST way to secure sa ’’sfaction in DENTISTRY is to entrust your work to the judgment and skill of DR. W. G. HALES Til E D EMOC RAT. Subscription, AM.26 per year In Advance. Telephone 74-2. LOCAL NEWS ITEMS. Joseph Schaumburg is slowly recov ering from his severe illness. He has been confined to his home for about three months. The Misses Pearl Ball and Mattie Pratt of Kerney, Nebraska, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J, B. Barker during the holidays. George Kirkpatrick has returned to Mineral Point, after residing four years at Minot, N. Dak., Although Mr. Kirkpatrick is one of the older surviving veterans of the civil war, the last four years have dealt kindly with him and he returns improved in health. Born, on December 20, to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas 11. May, a son. Mrs Rebecca Miller returned to Chicago on Tuesday, after spending a few weeks at the home of her brother John Martin, who had been very ill, but is somewhat improved. The Democrat is put to press this week earlier than usual so that the paper may reach its readers on the rural routes and nearby postoffices one day before Christmas. This will be a benefit both to advertisers and readers. Richard Gundry and Clyde Terrill have opened up their cigar factory in the west room of the Hornung build ing. Their many friends are glad cf their return to Mineral Point. Clarence Thomas of Linden called in this city on Monday. Mrs. Leslie Phillotson of Cedar Rapids, lowa, is the guest of Mrs. Useful Presents There has been a gnawing tendency to buy Use ful Xmas Presents and most especially is this the case this year. Below we offer a few sug gestions: FOR THE MAN: Suits, Overcoats, Sweater Coats, House Coats. Fancv Vests, Caps, Neckwear, Mufflers, Hosiery, Shirts, Night Robes, U mbrellas, Gloves and Mittens, (silk, fleece and fur lined) Handkerchiefs, (pure linen, plain, fancy and Initial silk) Suspenders in boxes, Suit Cases, Club Bags, Scarf Pins, Cuff Buttons. Special reasons why you should investigate our offerings before purchasing. The most Com plete Assortment in all lines, and the exception al values we give. G. VARLIN, Mineral Point, Wis. Reliable Clothier. John U. Oates. Mrs. Phillotson was formerly Miss Mary Evans. Bert and Henry RundelJ of Dodge ville and Wilbur Flint of Argyle visited relatives in this city the first part of the week. Mrs. L. C. Stair and son Robert are visiting relatives in Spring Green. The Democrat wishes each one of Its readers a Merry Christmas. Rev. Thomas Kent came here this week on account of the illness of his daughter Mrs. S. P. Deahofe. He returned to Boscobel on Wednesday. Mrs. Thomas Stephenson left here Wednesday for a visit with her son Elvin in Beloit. The Woodmen will hold their annu al banquet on Monday evening, Jan. 4, 1909. A number of young people from Mineral Point attended the box social at the Plum Grove school house last Friday evening. All report a good time. W. H. Bennett was here from Madi son last Friday and Saturday. Mrs. John Proctor, who has been very sick, is now recovering. N. H. Linden is at Prarie du Chien taking treatment for rheumatism. Wallis Salmon is visiting at White water Normal this weea with his friend Alen Uren. Strong Line Pure Linen Handkerchiefs including our Holiday special loc each, 2 for 25c pure linen. G. Varlin. Will he Absent from City. The Quaker Dentist and family will not be with us for a week or so. The Doctor has joined a special class taking a post graduate course in pros thetic Dendistry, in Chicago. His family will visit relatives in Mil waukee. China at Cost. We are not cutting down our stock, but actually closing it out at cost. The Toay Grocery Cos. Ladies’ Shoes at SI.OO $1.25 and $1.50 per pair at Day’s Shoe Store. Parlor Tables. See our line. Bishop Sc Stephen son’s, Cut Glass. A Beautiful assortment of Cut Glass at popular prices, consisting of Bowls, Nappies, Vases, Pitchers, Oil jugs, etc., at H. S. Hurlbut & Cos. A Fine Line silk-lined Kid and Mocha gloves.— Useful Gifts. G. Varlin. DAYS Daylight Shoe Store Winter is here and we are supplied with an abundance of WINTER FOOTWEAR consisting of RUBBER FOOTWEAR FELT SHOES, ARTICS, GERMAN SOCKS, and in fact everything to make your feet glad Also a complete lino of Leather Shoes. Come early and avoid the rush. J. H. DAY & SON, Props. We are agents for the Edes RobeTanningCompany of Dubuque, lowa. All parties wish ing hides tanned suitable for robes may learn full particulars by calling at our store. J. H. DAY Sc SON. FOR THE BOY: Suits, Overcoats Sweater Coats, Caps, Gloves and Mittens, (fleece and silk lined) Gauntlets, (fleece lined) Shirts, Hosiery, Night Robes, Neckwear, Mufflers, Handkerchiefs in boxes. Suspenders. FOR CHILDREN Stocking Caps, Neckwear Handkerchiefs in boxes, Neat and Warm. Fur and Kid Mittens. IOWA COUNT £ DEMOCRAT: MINERAL POINT, WIS., DECEMBER 24, 1908. Unclaimed Letters. Mineral Point, Dec. 24.—Letters addressed as follows remain unclaimed at the Mineral Point postoffice: A. E Boos, T. F. Fox, Maggie Begnette, Lue Meilril. In calling for above, please say advertised. B. T. Prideacx, Postmaster. You Can Find at H. S. Hurlbut Sc Co.’s just what you are looking for in the line of jewelry for a Christmas present. Their stock is the largest and finest ever displayed in lowa county. Dissolution Notice. Notice is hereby given that the firm of the J. J, Penhallegon Hardware Company has been this day dissolved, Ethelbert Bennett retiring. The busi ness will be continued by J. J. Pen hallegon & Son. All persons knowing themselves in debted to this company will please call and settle. J. J. Penhallegon, L. Roy Penhallegon, Ethelbert Bennett. December 8, 1908. UNJUST FROM THE FIRST. Need For Tariff Reform Not Dua Merely to Changed Conditions. The fact that certain schedules are too high is ascribed by Mr. Taft in his speech of acceptance to changes in the conditions of production since the Dingley tariff was enacted. Unfortu nately he makes no specifications of such changes. The truth is that most of the Dingley schedules were outra geously excessive In 1897 and have re mained so ever since, though the injus tice may be a little more or a little less now than then. Let us look at a few schedules. It Is admitted by all, including the tariff beneficiaries, that Iron and steel and their immediate products can be made In the United States cheaper than in any other country. This was so in 1897, when the Dingley tariff was framed, and manifestly no protection was needed. Yet the iron and steel in terests then, as now', having tremen dous political inluencc, secured duties ranging from $4 per ton uu pig iron to $25 per ton on certain steel products and even SIOO per ton in a few cases. In the fiscal year ending June 30,1907, Import duties on iron and steel and their products averaged 30.29 per cent. But the tribute exacted by the steel trust and its friendly competitors was certainly much more than 30 per cent, for in computing the average rate on goods imported those on which the duty is so high as to be prohibitive, or nearly so, have little or no effect on the result. What a tax of more than 30 per cent means on the enormous out put of iron and steel products can be imperfectly imagined when we know* that, according to the United States special census of manufactures in 1905, the rough products of steel works and rolling mills were of the value of $G73,905,020 without considering the further manufacture of this material Into nails, bolts, wire and other high ly finished products, if this taxing of the people in figures that run into the hundred millions on iron and steel was robbery in 1907, it was no less so In 1897. In fact, owing to the lower scale of general prices in 1897 and the presence of many specific duties, the actual ad valorem rates were higher thau now. In the first fiscal year after the pas sage of the Dingley act, 1898-9, the average duty on iron and steel and their products was 43.58 per cent as com pared with 30.29 per cent in 1900-7. Let us look at the duties on wool and its products. In the year 1900-7 cheap woolen yarn, worth not more than 30 cents per pound, bore a tariff tax of 143.02 per cent. Possibly this is one of the schedules Mr. Taft would consider too high, it being unlikely that the dif ference In the cost of production and even a liberal “reasonable profit” wmuld be equal to 143 per cent of the entire cost and profit abroad. If so, was the tax any more just when the Dingley act was passed? In the first fiscal year under that act yarn of this grade under then existing conditions paid a tax of 177.58 per cent. In like manner the cheaper woolen and worst ed cloths, which in 1907 paid 134.97 per cent, in 1898-9 paid $140.37 per cent, and all flannels for underwear were taxed 105.94 per cent in the later pe riod and 110.97 per cent in the earlier. In speaking of schedules that are too high perhaps Mr. Taft has in mind the duty of 98.03 per ceuf imposed on crude mineral oil in 1907 for the pro tection of the Standard Oil company, which exports annually more than a billion gallons of oil and its products, sending them to nearly every foreign country in competition with the whole world, but charges American consum ers more thau foreigners Yet if the “oil joker*’ in the Dingley tariff is a thief now it was none the less a thief in 1807. Perhaps Mr. Taft has in mind the borax duty of 5 cents per pound. untW which the borax trust in 1900 was charging Americans 7"i cents per pound for its product, which sold for 3 cents in Europe. Yet American borax needed no more protection in 1897 than in 1907. A candidate who has high praise for the Dingley tariff, judging conditions as they were in 1897, who shows no live appreciation of tlje tariff graft filched by the trusts to the amount of many hundred millions annually, can not command the confidence of citizens who have an intelligent and lively In terest In the cause of tariff reform. JESSE F. ORTON. Elgin Price for Butter Fat. For all hand-separated cream deliver ed at the Mineral Point Creamery will be paid this week, ending Dec. 20, 30c per tb for butter fat. CALLING CARDS AND INVITATIONS in correct sizes and styles, and neatly printed at the Crawford Printery. Mineral Point. Engraved work also fnruished, 1 We wish all our customers and patrons A MERRY CHRISTMAS and we want you to bear in mind that our prices are always the lowest in dependable mer chandise. WE SAVE YOU MONEY AT ALL TIMES Buy your goods where you can save money. The place is the Boston Store Mineral Point, Wis. Opposite Public Library. Christmas Gifts FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. The Christmas gift problem is being* talked over at this time. Our aim is to help every gift buyer in his selections. We g-ive you a list of articles. It may help you in making* a selection, the quality of goods you buy here and the price meets every purse. FOR FATHER Box Christmas Cigars, Ash Trays, Cigar and Tobacco Jars, Fountain Pens, Collar Boxes, Razor Strops. FOR BROTHER Military Brushes, Shaving Mirrors, Fountain Pens, Fancy Playing Cards, Collar Boxes. FOR BABY Baby’s Toilet Set, Powder Puff, Rattle Box. We are Closing out our China at 25 per cent. off. Red Cross Stamps for sale here. MESEROLE & HORN. WHEN IN DOUBT LEAVE YOUR ORDER WITH THE OLD RELIABLE J. GORGEN & SONS OUR PRICES ARE AND HAVE BEEN: BEEF Beef hind quarters.... 8c “ fore “ .... 6 YzC BEEF STEAKS Poterhouse 16c Sirloin 14c Round 12f^c Shoulder 10c BEEF ROASTS No. 1 rib roast ll^c Pot roast 8c BEEF BOIL Short rib 7c Neck 7 c Brisket 5c Lean Flank 8c Fat Flank 6c Shanks 25c CORNED BEEF Home made 10c HAMS Armour’s, Swift’s or Plank ington’s brands .... 15c Good sugar cured... 13c Picnics 8c Cos mplete line of clean fresh groceries, fruits and vegetables also famous SEAESHIPT ovsters. LOOK! LOOK! COME TO HORN BROS. NEW HARDWARE STORE and see the f.nest display of O JUST THE THING FOR THESE COOL Vjll OtOVCS EVENINGS. PENINSULAR RANGES PENINSULAR HARD-COAL BASE-BURNERS We also sell the famous Round Oak Ranges and Round Oak Base-Burners Prices to Suit the times. Give us a call. HORN BROS. FOR MOTHER Christmas Perfumes, Cut Glass Bottles, Jewel Cases, Toilet Sets, Handkerchief Boxes, Glove Boxes, Chamois Vests, Hot Water Bottles, Manicure Sets. FOR SISTER Hand Mirrors, Hand Bags, Jewel Cases, Perfumes, Post Card Albums, Purses, Stationery, Cut Glass Dishes, Candle Sticks. BACON Swift’s, Armour’s, or Plankington’s best... 23c Fancy smoked 18c Dry salt 15c PORK Roasts, steak 12/4c Chops 14c Side meat 10c Spare rib(all the time) 10c Pork Shoulder 9c VEAL Roasts, Chops, Steaks 15c Stews 10c LAMB Chops and roasts.... 16c Stews 10c LARD HOME RENDERED By lb 15c “ jar 12^c PISH EVERY FRIDAY Trout 14c Pike 12^c Pickerel 10c Mackerel 15c Canned Salmon . 3 for 25c MINERAL POINT OF TODAY NOTES BY THE DEMOCRAT’S NEWS GATHERER. Mr. ani Mrs. Dr. Birkbeck ami two children, of Gratiot, visited Mrs. Jos. Ellengen the past week. Mrs. T Bainbridge of Mifflin was a caller in this city Saturday. Miss Lillian Baker of Edmund vis ited friends here on Tuesday. Jno. C. Martin was here from Mad ison last Saturday. Miss Augusta Loreh is spending her two weeks vacation at her home in Madison. John Fiedler, who attends high school in this city, left on Tuesday to spend the holidays with his parents at Cuba City. Frank Jenks is spending his vaca at his home in Dodgeville. Byron Alton of Linden called on friends here Tuesday. Misses Margaret Kinn and Evelyn Fiedler spent a few days this week at Elk Grove and Darlington. Lester Kelly of Dodgeville was a caller here Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Boss and chil dren have returned from Chicago. Helen is the owner of a nice pony since their trip to the city. Homer Snow was up from Galena the first of the week. Charles Neill left for a short trip to Dubuque last Thursday. Mrs. H. J. Ramsey is home from Chicago. Miss Bess Collins came home on Wednesday evening from Chicago. Albert Schultz, who has been an employee at the White Hardware Cos., left today for his home in Salem, this slate. Erom there he will go to the state of Wyoming, where he has se cured a position. Miss Pierce, English instructor, in our high school is spending her vaca tion in Chicago. Mrs. Wra. Walker left for Boches ter, Minn., last Saturday. Mrs. Amy Crellen is here from Des Moines, lowa. Miss Rhoda Hughes went as far as Whitson Junction Wednesday morn to meet her grand-mother Mrs. A. H. De Long of Monfort. Mis. De Long will spend a couple of weeks here. Dr. W. G. Hales and 11. J. Hughes attended a masonic banquet at Bewey last Thursday. George Bennett left for a visit in Janesville on Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Snow and fam ily are spending a few days at the home of Homer Snow in Galena. A. L. Philp left for St. Thomas, Ontario, Monday. B. F. Durnviddie went to Milwaukee Tuesday. He returned Wednesday accompanied by his wife who had an operation performed about two weeks ago. Mrs. Frank Potter and son Claranee left for Faribault, Minn., Wednesday. T. Kretchmer left Wednesday for his home in Chicago, where be will spend the holidays. Christinas China. Get busy and buy your Christmas China at once. We are selling our entire stock at cost. The Toay Groc ery Cos. Saffron in the bulk at the Home Bakery. Gossard Corset. FRONT LACE. This excellent corset is sold in Min eral Point, by the agent Mrs. Orville Williams. Telephone 373. Got Your Overcoat Yet? 15 per cent discount sale on over coats still on at G. Varlin’s. Raisin’s, Currants, SatTron, Candied lemon, and Citron at Wallace Bros. New Hair Rolls, Puffs and Switches. A. Masten. STUDY WHILE THEY ARE EARNING PAY Practical University Extension .Meth ods of Teaching Men Employed in the Shops. The University Extension Division of the University of Wisconsin com menced work with its first regular class in a shop in the Filer-Stowell plant in Milwaukee last March. Mr. Thomas J. Ncacy, the general man ager of the plant, is enthusiastic in commending the work done in the class. In describing this work for a newspaper reporter he said; “Classes are held in the shops at stated inter vals in mechanical courses, one day being given to one subject, and an other given to another course.” The instructors from the University Ex tension Division carry a collapsible blackboard and illustrate as much as does the teacher in the school room. These instructors are the men who have been teaching individual mem bers of the class by correspondence. By means of the classes, the teacher has an opportunity to come in per sonal contact with his pupils, and ex amines them and knows exactly the progress of each. The pupils are able, by this method, to propound and an swer questions, and get a far clearer Idea of what they are trying to do than by the long distance style of con tact which is the one in use in the ordinary commercial correspondence schools. Mr. Neacy adds to his state ment the following which is drawn from an extended practical experience as manager of a large plant: “A young man working in a shop or manufacturing institution of any kind gets a certain amount of practical experience—he can work with his hands. Before he is competent to handle others or even attain a high degree of proficiency as a mechanic or engineer he must have a little train ing in using his head—to be able to unravel some of these perplexing problems which constantly arise in this work. Then to be properly finished, he should take a course di rect at the state university. The capable man who has this shop ex- LF you have anything to huy or sell, a little want advertisement in the Democrat will satisfy you. HURLBUT & CO. Holiday Jewelry H. S. HURLBUT & CO. have the most complete stock of Holiday JEWELRY in southwestern Wis consin, Below is a partial enumer ation ot articles which they carry 1 hey invite you to call at once and make your selections For Christ mas and New 'l ear s presents. W atches, Jewelry, Brooches, F lat I ins, Belt Pins, Beauty Pins, Waist Pins, al! kinds Emblem Pins, Rings—plain and engraved. Rings,—with all precious stones,— Diamonds, Garnet, Ruby, Tur quois, Saphire, Topaz, Opal and P earls. Signet rings, for ladies or gents, Souvenir Sterling Silver Spoons, plain, and home views engraved in the bowls, Berry Spoons, Cold Meat Forks, Butter Knife and Sugar Shells, Childrens sets t Knife, Fork, and Spoon, A beautiful assortment of Cut Class, at popular prices, con sisting of Bowls. Nappies, Vases, F’itchers, Oil Jugs, etc. Ladies Fancy Back Combs, set wi th precious stones. Every lady should have one for a present. Sterling Toilet Sets, and Silver plated sets complete, Gentlemen’s Gold Fobs, with in itials engraved on them, which pleases everyone. Also Ladies’ Fobs. All Goods bought of us will be engraved free. H.S.HURLBIIT&CO. Mineral Point, Wis. IF YOU want what you want when you want it, COME TO US and we can supply your needs in all the branches of Hard ware. Christmas season is at hand and you will be look ing-for that little present to give to some relative or friend. There are hundreds of in expensive articles to be found in our store that will surely please you and the recipient. Such as, Universal Bread and Cake Mixers, Keen Kutter Food Choppers, Cattaraugus Carvers, Cattaraugus Scissors, Fancy Work Scissors, Bread and Cake Boxes, Nickeled Tea Pots, Nickeled Coffee Pots, Chafing Dishes, Asbestos Sad Irons, Hand Decorated Enameled Ware, and Savors Roasters, Ladies’ Pocket Knives. FOR MEN AND BOYS U. S. Hockey Skates, Gillette and Keen Kutter Saf . ety Razors, Razor Strops. Pocket Knives, Rilles and Shot gmns. Flexible Flyers, and many other items too nu merous to mention in this space. Be sure to see us and watch for our window display during this season. N. T. Martin Hardware Cos. Mineral Point. Phone 25. pLASSIFIED or Want advertisement* In tke V'' Democrat bring profitable returns. Five, cents per line per week.