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Cold Facts About
The Great Hold-Up
Journal And Advocate Again dash
On Question Of Robbery Of Public
The Journal officially announces
that a state of hostilities un
doubtedly exists between it and the
According to certain accusations
which the Advocate is industriously
circulating, the Journal is guilty of
the flagrant and unpardonable crime
of examining into some of the
facte relating to the Great Hold-Up,
otherwise kmown as the eight-hour
law. Of course these facts are pub
lic, for the railroads make monthly
reports of their affairs to the In
terstate Commerce Commission. But
it seems that whosoever looks into
any such report is thereby contam
inated and corrupted. The Journal
lias drawn upon this source of in
formation and therefore, according
to the Advocate, it is engaged in
fighting the railroads' battle for
them and is trying evem to curry
favor with Wall Street,
It is of course all bosh and non
sense. It is the foolishness of child
ren. Come out of it, Brother Spen
cer. Our merry little quarrel is not
going to be settled by personal
reflections and abuse. The Journal
awards the palm to the Advocate
for this particular accomplishment.
Suppose, then, that we omit this
equalled again. And it has said, andt^0 take
It now repeats, that a considerable that confronts them.
number of important railways madei
less than one per cent on their
common stock during the five years
preceding 1915. It can name them
if you wish. It secured its infor
mation just as anyone else might
have secured it. Is this treason?
Then make what you can of it.
Let us make it "tit for tat."
The Journal is ready to back up
its statement of fact. Can the Ad
vocate do likewise? The Advocate
has said that "a great many rail
roads long ago recognized the
eight-hour law ai..d adopted it be
fore this matter was ever consid
ered by Congress" and also that
there are 'several hundred thousand'
employees of such railroads. The
the details. The Journal knows the
ly willing to let the Advocate cor
rect its owo blunders. Let us have
this one straightened out.
The Journal's statement is true.
Its readers may ask just what bear-
men, barely able to make ends
meet? It actually makes a lot of
go up as a result. Yes, the advance
in rates ia coming, just as the pres
cient intimates and when it comes,
it must be general.
Here is the 'naked truth in the
matter. The Advocate probably has
not a person on its entire subscrip
tion) list whose cost of living will
not be boosted when normal times
return to help pay the traiimman's
big increase in wages. Then why
does the Advocate stand afar off
shrieking "Unclean. Unclean," when
others tell the truth about
the matter? If it is tryirng to di
vert its readers' atttention from
the "rotten deal" that was handed
to them by the administration, theft
it is destined to get a rude awak
ening. The stand that it wishes to
take iuu the matter is of course its
own business yet it seems that it
might have chosen a better part.
phase of the entertainment in the ^yj,y js this? The reason is as
future. transparent as air. They have of
Wby -not get down to facts in- ficial assurance that "no obstacle of
stead? The Journal is NOT misin- law"' will be put in the way of an
formed and it is not misrep- increase kii rates when they need
resetting the truth. It insists
Inn making its stock accusation
that the Journal is fighting the
railroad's battle, the Advocate dis
closes another of its many illusions.
Evidently, i.t thinks that the rail
roads are still in the fight. But
getting down to actual facts, lias
a .you© heard a "cheep" from the
railroads since the eight-hour law
%v is
passed? Not a word, of course,
that the only rational way- to de- grated that the president has pledg
termine the ultimate effect of the jjjg "word of honor as a geiLtie
so-called eight-hour law is to look
into the earnings of the railroads in viding for such increase when it
nuormal or average years rather passei_ Then what fight do the
than in this year of abnormal pro
fits, which has never been equalled
before and probably will never be
that he wiill sign the bill pro-
railroaads have with anybody? They
are simply out of it. They know
where the money is coming from
car0 0f
question is, Cain the Advocate name
some of these numerous railroads this thing?_ Who can tell. The Cold,
that are on the eight-hour basis?
We wish to know just what roads
they are, since there are so many
of them. Come along, please, with
facts in the case but it is perfect-. !^ted _p0^vely„^f.,!
the Advocate's statement were
true, it would mean something in
,, take any action or mot. Who knows
connection with the probable eltects
of the eight-hour law. The trouble
is that it is not true. Hence, this
urgent invitation to the Advocate
•to correct it.
ing it has upon the eight-hour law.|Thi« PIa'"J followed by the ail
lu other words, what difference dees ministration in this case. No one
it make that, some railroads in nor-, k"°ws whether the surrender was
mal years are, like some
this, for the railroads must keep
running air.d the laws may not be
confiscatory. But do you think that
the weak roads will get this increase
in rates an.d the prosperous roads
'We all know better. It isn't done
this way. An increase MUST ef
fect 841 alike and alll rates must
the increase inn wag-
You, dear reader, are going to
dig up a part of it. Make no mis
take about this for it is the exaat
truth. You are going to pay a part
of it whether you like it
or not notwithstanding the fact
that you may not be making as
much as the trainmen are already
getting. Is it right or just
that you should be required to
pay it? God knows. Mr Wilson
doesn't. Neither does Congress for
neither was allowed to make any
investigation! whatever. They "stood
up and delivered"—you—bound and
helpless. And the Advocate express
es its unqualified approval of the
whole miserable affair.
Why did the administration do
hard fact is that no one knows
how serious the tlireateend strike
would have been. The trainmen
could tie
P^Kleuts of the roads
h€?:i WOU^
able to rut:.! a considerable part of
their trains and they backed their
judgment by calling off most of
the freight embargoes before any
one knew whether Congress would
then, what would have been the re
sult? Where is there a man wise
enough to $ay?
Oi'.ie way to keep out of trouble
is to raise the white flag and sur
render before the trouble begins.
"pessary or not. Vet by it, a now
difference. These weaker roads must *'a'l uiost heavily upon the farmers,
have an increase in rates when'w'10 originate or receive most of
normal timesretura to cover the big the railway freight traffic of the
increase in wages. Nothing under country, and who in either case
heaven ca«j be more certain than l)ay the trasnportaition charges. No
undeserved1 bttrdeiii' was laid up-
the public. It is inevitably to
one in Washington seems to love
the farmer.
Later—In a speech delivered since
the foregoing was written, the pres
ident flatly states that he does
not consider the eight-hour day ar
The Journal will not quarrel with
him on this score. But the ques-
Boost For Exira, Tlx© Gity Begfixtifixl
tio«i is, Does he mean by this that I
a twenty-five per cent increase in
wages for the trainmen is mot ar
bitrable? For the "eight-hour law"
does not establish an eight-hour
day at all, but does provide for
the increase named in wages. This
is the thing that President Wil
son forced thru: Congress.
An eight-hour day may or may
met be fair and just. Farmers do
not have iit by a long shot. But if
it be just, is this any reason for
forcing down our (throats something
altogether different?
crux of the whole matter. In word®, J10®1®110111'*
the president says the eight-hour ^8
day is inot arbitrable. In deeds, he I
is went arbitrable.
It follows that wages become a
mere matter of foroe. Then why not
make the price of corni and pork
a matter of force, since they rep
resent ith-e farmers' labor? Why not.
doubled, or even trebled. Why mot:
try it? Words are hollow. Let us
transmute them into deeds. Others
are "feathering their own nests"
in these prosperous times. Let us
look out for ourselves and let us
do it now before others have "hog
ged it all".
Nate Turner, 7 miles N E of Exi
ra on Greeley Center Farm. Wednes
day, Oat. 4, 10 o'clock, cleaning up
sale. Good free lunch
Albert Nelson on the Lawrence
Nelson farm. 3 1-4 miles west of
Exira 6 miless east of Elk Horn
Free lunch.
one mile north of Exira, two and a
half miles west and two miles south
of North Branch »n the to
Road. Tuesday, October 10. Leaving
the farm everything will be sold.
Free lunch. Terms one year without
High honors were won at the Wa
verly, Iowa Buttiermakers Conven
tion last wtek, by our townsman,
Mr. Chris Petersen, the buttermak
er at the Exira Creamery Company's
His score was 93 and he was a
wadred a CJoltl .Medal on points,
this was a fine tribute to a young
man for producing such excellent
quality of butter.
Mr. I'i'terseii is not only a mas
ter in his occupation of manufactur
er of fancy butter, but lie enjoys
tile happy faculty of pleasing his
patrons and making the business
pay his employers.
The establishment
known as the Exira
The Yeoman'Lodge effected an or
ganization her,e last spring and ear
ly summer and have been In a pros
perous condition since.
But, the dark angel visited the
•membership, and erased from Its
roll the fair name of one of its
This is thei'most popular members, Miss Viola
has said that a twenty-five per Policy the organization for $2000
cent increase in wages, which lays I Payable at her death to her par
an additional burden upon all of us,!
brajted their
ing the farm, everything goes. Free 19®®. Mrs Wolf died the 13th day
lunch. March 1911 and from that date
Thue Kyndesen. Going to Den- daughter Mrs Soren Madsen of Ex
mark. Closimg out everything, seven t''a. where he died from apoploxy,
•miles southeast of Exira, six mdles
east of Brayton, eight miles north- day September, 1916. His
west of Anita. Monday, October 2
will now he
Gold Menial
of thoughtful and
duty, she took out a
All will remember of her death
several weeks ago in am automo
which occured near
bile accident,
Recently William Spoo, the clerk
of the Lodge received a draft to
In another column, the Jounmal liquidate the Policy held by Mr and
submits a plan by which the pric- •Mrs °8Car Joh.rson amounting, to price of pork to twenty cents per
es of corn and hogs in Iowa imay be.
001 River to River Road. Thursday, Avoca, Chris and Welberg of Ex
Oc/t. 5, 1916, 10 o'clock. Free lunch ira, Mrs Chas. Jensen of Atlantic
Carl A Rasmussen. 1-2 mile east, Soren Madsen of Exira and Mrs
2 north of Exira on old Frank Beers
farm. Friday, Sept 29: Free lunch,• partook in the German-Danish War
sale immediately after. in 1864, emigrated to S America
in 1883 and came with his family
Carl A. Rasmussen half mile east! t.0 Audubon Co., Iowa First they
a :d two miles north of Exira. On resided on a farm until 1902 then
the old Frank Beers place. Tomor- moved to Exira where they cele
row, Friday, September 29. Leav-:
being t'he amount earned pound
golden wedding in
Mr Wolf made his home with his
a fewi hours suffering, the
leave3 t(
and 23 days
mourn his departune
five daughters, three sons, .thirty
Jake Wahlert Jr. seven miles east' grandchildren and 7 greatgrand
services were held in
the Danish Lutheran church, Tues
day at -:30 M, conducted by the
Rev Rasmussien. The interment
was made in Exira Cemetery.
A large number of relatives and
friends attended the last sad rites
of this good, kind and inoffensive
old gentleman.
He will be greatly missed by
our townspeople. His example, that
was always for good, should be
emulated by the living.
We desire to express our sincere
thanks for assistance, kind sympa
thy aud the beautiful flowers sent
during our late bereavement. Also
to those who furnished the music.
J. VaiuleBrake and family future.
were afternoon visitors Sunday Mr Cliristensen has for many years
with her parents, B. Cliristensen hot eastern holdings of Iowa land
and wifo in Brayton. an'd fitted the estates into smaller
farms and improved tthem for farm-
Mr. and Mrs Arthur VanAernam ers who could awn handle the larg
left last week on a two week's er tracts.
visit with numerous relatives in These farms he has disposed of
South Dakota. Miss Mary Basham, to men of integrity auU lie has
who has been staying with her sis- put many on the road to prosperity
ter, turned to her home in Exira that otherwise would be renting,
until their return home. I Write hign. for catalogue.
Children and families of the
late Peter Wolf.
Chris lloover made
trip to Anita, Sunday.
a business
•Mr N Christesen formerly of
Kxira but now of Atlantic will
hold a sale of farm lauds iiw Adair
aud Adams Countty in the near
Journal Launches New
Plan To Raise The Price
Of Corn And Hogs
P°licy to the time of Miss Briefly the plan is for every farm
Johnson's death.
Peter Peterst?,ii Wolf was born the
1st of January, 1S33 in Alslec par
ish of Hojst North Slesvick, being
the son of Mr and Mrs Jens Peter
Wolf. He was baptised and confirm
ed in tli© Ev 1-utli church in which
church he was a member until his
death. On July 2, 1S59 lie., married
Anile Margrete Petersen and to
that union eight children were born,
who all survive him. Mrs Thilde
Hansen of Elk Horn, Jens of
Mrs Mose Knudsen of Exira, Mrs
Jensen of Audubon. Mr Wolf
It must have occurred to readers
of the Journal that there should be
some means by which, farmers coulfd
secure by force or otherwise more
money for their products, just as
the trainmen have recently secur
ed more money for their labor.
The Journal believes it has fouind
a practicable means of doing this
and it is asking its subscribers to
join during the coming week in a
concerted effort w.hieh it believes
will raise the price of car,a in Iowa
to two dollars per bushel an'd the
er to write a letter to the presi
dent of the United States demanding
the prices earned and asking that a
law be passed to this effect within
fifteen days. The two-fold threat
should be made that unless such
a law is passed without delay, all
food products will be taken off the
market, so that the folks in tl big
cities shall all starve, and also that
the writers will vote the republican
or some other ticket at the comiuig
election. Also the writers should ab
solutely refuse to arbitrate the mat
ter of prices, lu writing this letter,
•the form below should be used:
Washing to .', 1). C.
I hereby demand the immediate
passage of a law, making the legal
price of corn in Iowa two dollars a
bushel and the legal price of pork
twenty dollars per hundredweight.
This law must be enacted within
fifteen days from the date hereof,
which allows or.e week for re-con
vening congress and one week for
the enactment of the law in ques
Unless such a law shall have
been legally passed within the time
limit :.amed, then I shall use my
best endeavors :to have all corn,
pork and other farm produce of ev
ery kind taken off the market, even
though it should mean that "ba
bies in the cities should die for
want of milk", that thousands of
laborers in 'the factories should
starve, and that 'the business of
the nation should be paralyzed be
cause all people engaged in trans
portation are unable to secure
Moreover, unless such a law is
enacted as demanded I shall refuse
to vote the democratic ticket aud
shall use every effort to induce my
acquaintances to do so.
I absolutely refuse to arbitrate the
matter of prices.
Th above terms must be com
plied with in the time stated, or
you may expect u:e to take part in
a concerted effort to cut off the
food supply of the nation.
Respectfully yours,
Dated 1916.
The Journal invites every farmer
to write the above letter, but
to send it directly to the Journal of
fice instead of to Washington. Then
when the number has become large
enough to be impressive, all will
be forwarded at once to the White
House, where it will undoubtedly
create great consternation and with
in twenty-four hours, we shall prob
ably see such a hurried calling to
gether of congress as has not been
witv.-cssed in a generation.
In a matter of this kind, of
course, blnffii is an importtant
part of the same. Hut since, Mr
Carra.' za, of Mexico, has succeeded
so well with it on so many occasions
anil since the admi: istration was so
frightened that it fell all over it
self trying to pass laws quickly
enough to suit the trainmem when
they worked the same game, the
Journal believes that this Letter
coming from so many farmers cati*
not but have the same effect. In
fact, the threats which it contains
are as bad or even worse than
those made by the trainmen as all
can see and when we remember
that .there are three times as many
farmers as trainmem' in the United
States, there is every reason to
expect that the record-breaking time
in which the eight-hour law waa
passed will even be beatemi in this
case. Indeed, the Journal will be
very much disappointed if the law
demanded, which by the way will
meau several million do
are to the
farmers of Audubon. County, is not
on the statute books withiou ten
days from the time that the let
ters are forwards to Washington.
All Journal readers are urgently
invited to make this their first bus
iness during the coming week.
Thursday Club met at the home
of Mrs E Wilson with Mrs Lance
lot as hostess.
Current Events were givaa and
discussed. A very interesting paper
"A Short History of Ireland arad Its
Present Condition" was read by
Mrs Lancelot. Mrs Gault gave, aa
instructive reading, Describing the
Queeiii's visit to Ireland in 1900.
The Greatest Poem of the Tenth
Century, recited by Mrs. Williams,
was appreciated by all.
Roll Call was answered by "Quo
tations from Irish Authors.
Club adjourned for social hour,
and a very nourishing luncheon was
served by the hostess' daughters,
Mrs Wilso..', Spoo and Egbert.
E. J. TO
Mr. and Mrs E Freeman left
here for Long Beacih California, last
Monday, where they expect to re
main indefinitely. As old agje- is
creeping upon them (Bert was 76
last Tuesday) they find the aches
and pains incicjent thereto accumu
lating and having tried the exu
berance of the Pacific coast last win
te^r and found it so congenial to
their health, they determined to
return to California on a Occur
rence after they cam© back last
As the season, advances tl^ei
trouble seems to come again so
they have decided to ta}|r» up their
permanent home there.
They live about t\\| uty-five feet
above the Pacific ocean and enjoy
the pur/| air that comes from it
every minut'te' of day or night.
May they live long is the wish of
all of Audubon County where they
have lived honorabl|d lives for fif
ty years.
In conformity with Govenor
Clarke's Proclamation in this issue
1 desire and admonish you all to
spare tile water now at your com
mand for fear of a conjugation.
Our supply in case of a serious
lire would soon be exhausted and
the loss might be very
To conserve now what is ordinar
illy wasted should be the duty of ev
ery citizen of Exira.
We thank you for your response
to a siniiliar request from this of
fice during the droughty period this
summer which helped the supply of
the city very materially.
We are hurrying the well mew and
they are down seventy feet at this
writing—Saturday—and prospects
are fair for a good well. We are .de
termined to find water and desire
your co-operation.
O Hu'.: t,
Rev 11 Beveridge, of Wood
word, evangelist, gave a sermon at
the M. li church Sunday He is
holding meeting at the Hamlin,
church this week.
A birthday surprise party was
held on Mrs. Sturgeon at the A A
Seibert home last Friday evening.
The Ladies Aid Society of tha
Congregational' Church and the
lady members cf he church were
present to help her celebrate.
Everyone pneseut had a delightful

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