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SCOTT COUNTY KICKER
Pmt. A. Hamm.
UKKTCIAt. TAl'KK OK BCOTT COUNTY.
KSTKIIKU AH KKCOXD CT.ASS MATTKIt
AT llKNTOX, Mo.
crty, and there is no reason Tvliy In-
dividual should go higher. If It in
right to assess n U,000,000 rail
road nt $0,000,000, tlicn it is tight
to assess a f !I0 cow at JO.
kepuhlicans roil iuissell.
Hon. J. J. llusscll has ut least one
newspaper In Itin homo county thnt
Is advocating Ills claims. It is the
(.'hitrlestoti Star, a ltcpnhllenn mvtv
that hits ho tiso for a "fifty tt'iit dol
lur." In fart, all the llcpublicitti
luilHjrw hi tin district favor Sir. litis.
sens cnnuinncy. me uiiuriesron
Enterprise, a pnpcr that litis always
udvocoted unadulterated Peitiot racy
fliKt not take kindly to Mr. llusscll.
It hell'?vo In Selecting HH'H to Office
can stnn the Kousns City pint- lheker.
nnuH.lv in ilm f.u.i without1 ' The Cardwell inquiry might
squ.irel. in tlic fnec without vcn the chief actors in this
the situation in Scott
Much lias boon said and written
nhout tin tux-dodgers, hut he is ho
numerous that the average num
HHtially feels that it in llu "other
fellow" who in referred to. Tliat the j
present system of levying taxes Is
both unjust and unpopular is proven
by the uni vernal effort at evasion.
When a law Im jtfst and equitable it
may lie depended upon that at leant
a majority of the people will respect
it. but when a law Ih unjust, no
amount of legislation or supreme
court decisions will create respivt for
it. The veto of tho state assessment
net, nor the killing of tlte third
amendment by the supreme court
does not In any way right the wrongs
of the present system,
lint since the governor, the leg!'
Inture und the snoreine court tell
us that we must continue to hobhl
idling under the present system, we
must make the taut of it, and the ol
jeet should not Im to increase taxa
tion, but to eqiinllre it as near as it
is possible to do so. During the
past season ipiite a p'lteriil discus
siott of this question was brought
iibnnt iH-ennsc the Scott county I turbmu-e over the matter hi Scott
hoard of equalization raised the iMr-' county, and the noise is all belnjj
minal assessment of one man from made by theorgansofthepollticiaus,
975,0011 to 9-00.000 an incretise of
91'J5JMM. This, however, was not
done wholly in the Interest of tax-
GETTING AWFULLY HOOD.
The St. Louis Hepubllc ht getting
awfully good since tho infamous ox
poaures in the Cardwell cnr. ' That
pnpor is now busily engaged in work
lag it semi-weekly confidence game
on the people and wants the "lobby"
thnt has controlled all legislation for
tho pnst quarter of a century de
stroyed. It appeals to the people to
be careful in the selection of represen
tatives. It Hayn:
"In both parties there are men
who seek legislative nominations
solely to levy blackmail when they
tiiKetnetr seats, jh itotii parties
tanre are lounyists who under cover
conspire in city and county to nomi
nate ami elect men wiiom tney can
control or witn wiiom tney can
filnl iitliulilriifv nut tvli.i,, flint miltlil
In It hist Issue the Star devotes a bo seen mill iirnitilmi. If It Mtnnticil
greater portion of its space to the too soon, it yet went far chough to
arouse tlte people to a crusade
against tlte looby and the sandbag
ger. That disgrace does exist. It
must lie driven out with the scourge
at least out of the Democratic
whole of Scott county, but
care to take the masses into consid
ii yon i ,
merely a case of
Havers, but was
.lust how the trouble came about
is not dear, but V: 1. Matthews anil
Senator Marshall both have very
Hue residences in Sikeston. It seems j
that an effort was made to increase
tlm assessment on the residence of
Mr. Matthews when he called atten
tion to it that he was already pay
ing a higher rate than Senator Mar
shall. This caused an increase in
the assessment of the senator's prop
erty which did not please him.
Accordingly Senator Marshall had
the records of this and adjoining
counties searched to discover the
amount of loans Mr. Matthews had
out and recorded in these counties.
When the board of equalization met
the senator appeared by attorney
and produced extracts from the rec
ord showing that Mr. Matthews
had out recorded loans of more than
9WI0.O0O. Mr. Matthews was also
represented by an attorney who nr
trued that the extracts from the rec
ord were not evidence lsvutise the
loans mav have been paid off and
the records not satisfied; that Mr,
Matthews was the heaviest personal
tax-paver in Southeast Missouri:
that lie paid in proportion as others
paid, and that it would lie unjust to
single him out as a victim. The
senator's attorney urged that the
record extractsTwere evidence and
that because there were others dodg
ing taxes it wasnoargument against
forcing Mr. Matthews to pay hi
fchare. The board took this view of
it and the assessment was raised
. from 975.000 to 9200,000.
Following this action Mr. Mat
thews wrote n letter to the board
asking why it was that the stock of
tlte firm of Miirshnll.-Emory-McMuI-
litt & Co.. of Sikeston, invoiced at
900,000 and was assessed at only
91 1.000? In reply the board raised
the assessment to9-'0,000. Senator
Mursholl is the principal stockholder
in this firm and on tlte day set for
hearing complaints the senator und
hislirni appeared by attorney and
prcM-eeded to show that they were
assessed in proportion to other mer
chants, of tho county and contended
that they ought not to bo singled
out as victims. The board again
sustained tho contentions of the
senator's attorney and the assess
ment was cut down to the original
It Is quite evident that the board
blundered in both instances. In the
latter cose the board corrected its
blunder, while in tlte former it was
allowed to stand. It Ik quite, prob
able that a personal assessment of
9200,000 is none too high for Mr.
Matthews, yet, it will not be disput
ed thnt hi former assessment of
975,000 will compare favorably with
tho assessment of tho average capit
alists of the county. It is not tlte
duty of tho board to increase assess
ments, but to equalize them. It is
not a board of Increase, but a board
The propo thing, it seems, would
huvo boon for tho board to allow all
assessments to stand for the present,
and then tuko a basis of twenty por
ccufc of the actuul valuo, just ns rail
road, telegraph und other coqiorato
property Is assessed, nnd equullzo
matters all over tho county. In
struct the assessor to assess upon
the same basis, and if wo hold our
no8smont down to correspond
with tlw ossownnentH of railroads wo
will find that our taxou are not so
burdensome. Twenty per confcol the
cash vnluo 1 the rnU laid down by
tWstnto board for corporate prop-
"Scott county is up in arms
tiwittt-u- Vnttilttmt nt1 ft tin till tiu
I "If the central thought of next
The press of Scott county do not v,"r s state politic is expulsion of
mince words in publishing some of j ! lobby from Jefferson l ity. the
the inside lights of the meeting." lanlwell ,-ase will ha ve served u bet
, . , ter purpose titan Its undignified end-
es, "Scott county is up in arms jK might nuggest.''
igaitisi HiKtiver, w you cons.u.-r .. Thnk ,)f ir ml,lr! A ...Htoflal
lewpo.mciuusami ine.r organs u.e . f, , ..,..,,,,..,,. nlmonr.inr In the
..( t c
very pnpor thnt linn mlvomtwlevery
! ill til v mrt:iiiiu lta.fittvt i Ito Itauontt
eration the result will lie quite differ-; ltvMj.,turi.. ,),. lt Ilot lnMmU,
nit. In fact then. Is no wtous dts- tmt oven the rlngsters mvlH-glnnlng
turbanee over the. matter hi Scott , t .,.i..jf, , ,,lf t,
r tiiiti irillllil I till I I uv njnv- mv
going to take a hand in tlte iiomiua-
1 ttfll Jlfllt witlikiitlnl, .if f,fHi-lil1a Ii..--..-
Aim wnat is so remaruuiny remat K- (ter?
antetsTttati.tese organs t.nve not. Tile Itepublle advises tlie
II!,Y'l, IIISMI IIUI'." Ill jlll"l II UilW III
Mr. Vandiver's record as a repivsen-
Mil. CURD ASKS A QUESTION.
Mr. D. 8. Curd, of Morley, writes
the Kickkii and wants to know why
it Is that n ditch chn be rut through
a public highway without provision
being made for a bridge. It seems
that a ditch has been cut across the
road leading from Morley to Bikes-
ton, and that travel has been tem
ThoKtcKKU has investigated the
matter ond finds that the contract
provides that the dredging company
has a" specified time in which to go
back over Its work and put the ditch
in proper condition. The caving of
the banks, or other onuses may ne
cessitate the return of the dredge
boat, and for this reason the con
tract provides for a limited time
that all crossing shall be left open.
The time, as near as the editor can
ascertain, is ten days. After the ex
piration of this time the court hits
Instructed Deputy Surveyor Wnrtier
to see to it that bridges are out In
Why i it that John H. Carroll,
lobbyist for the Burlington railway
manage to keep himself compara
tively in the background? He 1
quite a successful as Hill Phelps in
his operation with the Missouri
legislature, and he was also elected
as a delegate to the Democratic
national convention in 1000! In
stead of selecting our two United
States senator our "loyal Demo
crats" selected two railroad lobby
ists to represent us in selecting n
ennilidn u for president.
i sion of the lobby ut Jefferson City.'
That is just what the Kickek is ad-
Please bear in mind
that we are as usual
Our stock does not consist of any "left over"
goods. ' They are all fresh from the markets.
7r 7t 7 sis
Our Prices are
We sell for CASH, and thnt nlono insures you thnt you enn buy
goods Cheaper thnn you could were you to buy f mm n Long
Credit bouse. Courteous Treatment nnd Cash Bargains
wefennrnntec when you trade nt
W. H. STUBBLEFIELD, Jr.. Proprietor Oran, MisSOUfl.
wers the questions the editor will try
to. We want to get the Kickkii so
far along that the neighbors will do
frill, M'l'tl !!. tV'tlll.. tt't, ..itmit rni1l
the selection of the nest concretion-' t,..,,,,!,,. . t ... 1 . , ... ..0....1
t ... ... , . . .... .v ..... .,.-. iii.f..v iiivi. i.i niiiiiui in m'nii 111 ,11111 rtniiiiiiiiiiiiim wu iii-
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1 ...., i.a ii nj. ..j nii(,iui jiei or 111 j. uuuuc.n iiii imi u,-
fVtiv Tvi 'wiif la it tintii.t tiiiii.K nf
ii,...i i w. rode on the blind or trot a miss,
m,. .... i...-,-,-..,..,-. 'whenhewasdiwovereil they tried
exchanp- ideas and ask questions of 1 ,., m,t , ,m nnt i,ut ,u, nifllHtH to w.
public Interest. If no one else nns- Then they hunted all over heaven
tattv,M,ftl.epeopleoftheImrtceiith vMfr 0tJP rtntt, ofn,.,.ll8 tuv t,K,
District. Tlteony kick they have lobbyists and the Kickkii wants
turn nine to narcn up to tiate is tnai 1 -1 ,. . j-lvkoil out
people in primary election
bad for the politicians.
Hut the Charleston Star gets off
another joke. Here it is:
Some of the Democratic politici
ans claim timt anilivcr saw nts ext
Jvoaixo from the testimony of our
high oliicials in the Cardwell-Ilepub-
"What are the net political results
of the Cardwell depositions? A
mighty effort will lie made by He
publican spellbinders and assistant
Heptiblicuus to persuade the npotuV lie libel suit it would seem that the
x,r that corruption has been traced to ! iransr had hidden "shells" cnomrh in
trout tlte nails 01 congress alter 111s , "mo oiKaiimaiioii. amj m.umi tj,u Htnte
Pivsent term expires unless nesiioutu 1 " n i un w susuinieu
turn some trick to defettt the will of ! by facts?
Nov.-, don't that "cork" you? Van-
diver saw that he was irointr to lose
his job unless he could "turn some
trick to defeat the will of the people,"
and then they abu-e bint beittuse he
insisted on submitting hi case di
rectly to the people.
It's funny this machiuepolitics is.
Later on the Kicker will compare
the meeting of the congressional
committee at Thayer with the meet
ing of the scnntorinl committee at
Hloonifield last year, when the com
mit has appeared that Secretary
of State Cook supported the breeders'
macadamize the streets
bill and permitted a subscription of
William ii. 1'helps to be placed in
ins name on rue hooks of
"Next unions the heinous offenses
is Judge Priest's collection of 4(1,0110
among bis friends.
I "Third is the campaign subscrip
1 tion of !f2.."0l) by the brewers, offset
liy a contribution of $.",000 to the
lltepublicuu campaign of the same
, "This seems to be about all fori
which the Democratic organization
Many of the best country journals
are of the opinion thnt the present
the state mixture of gold-bugism will have to
be pretty well shaken before it will be
uwallowed by Missouri Democrats.
Dili. Phelps must have furnished
a special train todrngoff the "shells"
that were hidden as a result of the
of the Cardwell-Republic
mittee had to "back up nnd come
again," and it was openly charged ' Did you expect
that one committman got several , the brewers to give
Isn't that enough?
Phelps, Priest and
WILL OPEN YOUIt EYES.
hundred dollars to change his vote, organization a title deed to the cor-
ipornte property represented by
I.iUPi.vo Democrats from
counties of Southeast Missouri gath
ered in St. Louis last Saturday to
discuss the situation and start a
boom forjudge Fort, of Stoddard 1 should beconienreadcroftheKicKKn.
county, for supreme judge. Hons, j This paper lins only liegun a work
John E. Marshall and Marshall, that it will take years to complete.
Arnold represented Scott county. I It proposes to knock the K-ulcs from
The papers report it largo ga t hering, ' tlie eyes of the small home owners
but it is not stated whether Hill , and tenant farmers and convince
Phelps or Mart Clurdy furnished the them that it was not intended bv
Mr.i. nickel's, widow, aged if) years,
weighs i:io pounds and is 1 feet. 4
inches in height, residing at I'isk.
Mo., writes Chief of Police Mahonoy,
of Cairo, t-tatine- that she wants hint
tn MN'urintr for her a r"
for 11 lawyer to serve ejectment pap
ers on nun, imt tney coiiui not nno
oite.so tlte editor held the fort aud
he is there yet.
llloomtield Courier: Phil Hafner
has made a good choice in a name
for his new venture Scott County
Kickkr for he is 11 kicker himself,
albeit he is not mulish, but always
kicks with his front end, and aims
every kick at what he considers a
deserving mark. He evidently has
no admiration for recent Democratic
state administrations, (it is difficult
to understand how any honest man
could), and he is not content, like
most other Democratic papers, to
pass the shame in silence. It would
tin a good thing for the Itepublicau
party to have a few kickers, to keep
the party out of mischief. Hafner s
party evidently learned nothlngfroin
his hints, but liourlionlsnt never
learns anything anyway.
Eloped on Sunday, pursued on
Monday. Married on Tuesday, for
given on Wednesday, separated on
'luursiiny, iini-K noine 011 many
and divorced on Saturday is the
short story of Marie Tompkins Hen
ry, aged 17 years, daughter of a
lilchmonil, a.. faintly. Tlint it
tninly lieats any record that Scott
county can offer, though we have
some swift people.
Hon. William Jennings Bryan, of
Lincoln, Neb., made application for
Hie insurance to a .MiiwauKeo com
mt is at the
GREAT BARGAIN STORE
AT NEW HAMBURG,
Where rare bargains will be on tap during the next
ten days. In addition to a nice selection of
it ...... a
to assist her in Keetirimr for her pany, ami one.oi ins answers n ine
husband. She is unltii.uit.beix.d with I examiner s quest l.ms is unique.
free passes. Just now it scorns that
when leading Democrats want to
discuss matters they either go off 011
a trip to Montecello or quiet Iv meet
in some fashionable hotel in some I Kickkk. They realize that it fur-
either God or nature that
should rule while others serve.
Already the farmers of Scott coun
ty are tukinir an interest in the
large city, to which tie "rank and
file" are not invited. But the "rank
and file" will have a say in November
The people were finding some
mighty iuterestiug reading in the
testimony given by our leading
Democrats in the Cardwell case, and
it was very unkind to pull down the
curtain so suddenly and thus leavo
us to guess at the balance. The peo
ple wanted Seibert's testimony.
Why did he resist every effort to bo
placed on the witness stand?
Oliver Thompson was sentenced
to fifteen years in the penitentiary by
a St. Louis court for stcaliug .'17
cents on the highway robbery plnn.
If Thompson had stolen ijH7,000 he
would pass as a "shrewd business
man." If he had stolen $.'17,000,000
he might buy a sent in the United
It is evident that a mighty closo
relationship exists lietween tho state
administration and tho "attorneys"
of the corporations. In fact, tlte re
lationship is so closo that it is diffi
cult to distinguish which from
The so-called Democratic platform
011 which Mayor Wells was elected
declared for public owuorship, and
an effort was mudo this last summer
and full to have tho city own and
oomtoitH own garbage reduction
plants. Ed Iiutlor.the "boHsreform
or," objected because he is in the
garbngo reduction business himself.
As a compromise tho city now pays
Butler just- doublo whut it did before
the "reform" wave struck vHt. Louis.
Uutlerls a Democrat for revenue
either children or property.
11 citance for some lonely man.
v (2.....1....... ....... ..!...... r.n
T. ... . r, I AJ Vl MJlllllllll. 11 lllttll HIMIllV IW
bon citizen of Seott county v..iunf .1.... nwi.tinir nt aui. win.
was arrested iasr wcok ami pietui
guilty before the Hutlur county cir
cuit court to the charge of having
practiced medicine without a license.
He was fined ."( and trimmings.
Tlte white people of Necley ville,
Mo., are again up in arms against
tlie negroes of tlint town, so says
tlie Poplar Bluff Sentinel. Tlie ne
groes were once before run out of
that town oy tlie white people:
It is conceded that tho West
Plains blacksmith who continued
shoeing horses while his shop was
Itelng moved ucross the street, was
better employed than if lie had been
pitching horseshoes in the street.
There is somo talk among the
country editors of dedicating a mon
ument to a Scott county man who
drove '21 miles simply for the pur
pose of paying Ills newspaper sub
scription. Cane Democrat: A government
whiskey ganger was in this city tho
other any. We have whiskey gnugers
here who do some gauging overy
morning before breakfast and keep
gauging all day. And they are not
Nino men arc under arrest in Butler
county, charged with unlawfully cut
ting timber. One firm over there
hits a standing reward of $100 for
tho conviction of any timber thief
who cuts timber to the value of $;().
A couplo of slim-fingered gentle
men were "copped" by tlie city mur
shulof Morehouse one night last
week while manipulating the paste
boards. No gambling allowed in
that town, says tlte Post.
Handkerchiefs made and contrib
utor! liv Mrs. Hoosnvelt' unit Mrj
Dockery to tho ladies' bazaar of the
Christian church nt Chilllocothe,Mo.,
was auctioned off at good prices one
any last wcok.
Work has again been resumed on
tho artesian well at Morehouse, snvs
the Post, and we wonder when this
much-talked-of "gusher will be com
plected? Two indictments for perjury nnd
embezzlement were returned by tho
Butler county grand jury nguiust
rostninstor usaerev lust wecK.
E. L. Brown, of Charleston, has
250 head of cattle on rnugo five
miles south of Morohuuse. It is said
that there is good range down there.
nishes information that cannot bo
obtained from tho muzzled press of
the country. And it Is upon the
farmer's support that the Kicker
depends, lt cannot look to the laud
lords and capitalists for support, for
they do not support newspapers, the
utterances of which thoy cannot con
trol. The farmer is all right if you give
him a chance. But wlint chance has
he when, for information he must do
jiend upon politicians who are the
servants and hirelings of corpora
tions, and their muzzled organs?
Again wo repent that the Kicker
should be a visitor at every homo
during the coming year especially
should it visit the homes of tenant
fanners who ure tho victims of ex
Somo time during tho early part
of the year the Kicker will print n
series of articles entitled, "Phil Haf
uer's Stump Speeches to tho Beau
ville Natives." These "speeches"
were written during the editor's re
tirement from journalism. They
point out existing evils and their
remedy. From theso tho reader can
obtuin more information nnda clear
er view concerning existing bocJhI
und political conditions than ho
could by listening to all the hired
spell-binders iu tho country.
Subscribe now! And If the speech
os to the "Beauvillo- Natives" aro
uot worth tho price of a yonr's sub
scription your money will be refund
ed. In the ease of Czolgosz justice was
speedy. Now what Is tho matter
with having a little court scene with
Neoloy and Taylor as the prlncipul
The Kickkii 9I.u0 js-r your.
TV. ..1,1 11 itl. f r..n. nt i
I'll ,111 XI, IkUlll, IH VII.JV UIIUIUL'UU,
committed suicide in Si. Louis last
week by taking carbolic ucid.
Friday, December 20, was "Flag
nay, so appointed by uov. uovKory.
There is one editor iu heaven,
though how he got there the Lord
itnly knows, wit it is Mtppowd b
In replyinir to the interroiratory as
to whether he ever hail any fevers.
and. if so, what were their character,
Kilitor Jlrvan suiil: "hulieretl twice
from presidential fever, followed by
severe cliills, out imveiuiiy recovered.
Cairo Dally Telegram.
Ten saloonkifjiers of ('aim wore
recently fined $10 and costs for oil-
era ting slot machines iu their
An old-time fiddlers' contest will
be held In tho near future at Doni
phan to raise funds to pay for ahiixh
There will be 0 speria I reduction 011
CLOTH1NO, HATf. VXDKlt--VYKAIt,
DltY (iOOIM ami
theIvst shoe in tlfe"
HERE IT IS-lg
Great Bargain Store,
C. BANKS, Proprietor.
New Hamburg, Mo.
James Cisco was given 10 years iu
the penitentiary last week atCamth
ersville for the murder of. James
Montgomery in 11)00.
Dining cars will be put on all
through trains 011 the Iron Moun
tain railroad January 1.
The new State Bunk of Poplar
Bluff ocncd its doors for business
The Morehouse Post came out last
week enlarged and ""otherwise very
much improved. Business must Is
picking up witli Guy.
Wesley Frame, of Medora, III., ate
two fried chickens, weighing three
pounds each, in SO minutes, last
You'll want a
And You'll Want
I hnndlo the very
and Choice Cigars.
J. T. GITHENS,
Bouucfon'M old Stand, OUAK.
Is at hand when every
one , who expects to
make his relatives or
friends happy should
select the presents for
Aud tho best as
sortment to be
We Have the Best Selections
found in the country, and we sell Holiday Goods just as wo sell all other goods,
and our motto will continue to be, as it always has been: "Fair Dealincrs!
Best Goods for tho Least Money 5 Legitimate Profits." We have Expensive
and Inexpensive Holiday Presents. We have CamrSrAa KloaHf
nnamAtiffll Holiday Presents. SerVICeaDieailU
VSrilCUllwlliai we have artistically decorated Oil Lamps? we have
the finest assortment of Albums in Southeast Missouri. We have Toilet Sets,
Manicure Sets, attractive Chiuaware, Jowelry, Toys, Dolls, Jumping-Jacks;
in fact, everything in
Santa Claus' Line
ine extent of
l macrn Iff cent
Drawing to take' place at our
fESSt: Elegant Display. ESW
One Dollar will receive a Ticket good for One Chance In a
Combination Toilet and Manicure set.
store on Christmas day.
Scott County Bargain Store....
Hinkle & Qirnberger, Proprietors, Oran, Mo.