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Federal Lead Co. To Jts Employees and to the Public On September 18th a circular letter addressed presumably to all of the Lead Companies in this district and signed by Edward Crough, Vice-President of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, was received by this company, the letter being as follows: "Owing to a great feeling of dissntisfaction and unrest exist ing among your employes at this time, I respectfully ask you to met a committee of your em ployes in conference, to the end that sqme satisfactory agree- , ment may be reached, regarding, the right of the employes to be- . long to a Trade Union, the wag es he is to receive for his labor, ; as well as improvements in gene ral working conditions. "The great majority of your employes are members of the In ternational Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, and a gen eral feeling exists that they are being discriminated against be cause of said affiliations. Be cause of this alone, if nothing else, we feel a conference should be held at the earliest possible date and all possible done to bring about a satisfactory ngreement so that peace and harmony may ex ist and production go on unceas ingly. . "Your employes instruct me to Tequest your permission for In- ' ternational officers to take part in any such conference that thay may give their assistance in the settling of existing grievances. "Asknig you to give this mat ter serious attention immediately and that you notify me at Bonne Terns, P. 0. Box 126, by Sept. 25, We do not recognize the right of an officer of a miners' union, unless ho is himself one ol our employes, to speak for our employes, and we have tharofnrn nnf wnllMli tft t.hlH letter. but we are taking this opportunity of publicly stating our position wiui rei nvannn a nninfa rninAii in Rflid lot- tor, as well as certain facts pertaining 10 our mining operculums. 1 Wo in nt nil limps clad to meet .. nAmm;f-AA nf mi num otnnlnvps if lUllIlillVKCt. w. j. j , they have anything whatever to take un with us. irrespective oi waeiner such employes are members of a un 2. We do not discriminate against any of our employes because oi tneir mntrnka rf a minflttl' Union. 3. The working conditions of our employes compare very favorably witn those of the best equipped and best conducted mines in tne United States : MBm in all aiinh matters as change rooms, housing, safe-guards from accidents and skilled medical at- in all oaaoa nf arriiipnfc. 4. We have also had in effect for some years a life insurance system whereby, without any charge upon the 1 Mn.,l anh ruvlir from fltlV viujuuyc, diiuuiu . cause to an employe of ours, of one year's service or more, a substantial I . - Vi Kanafipinrv. - payment is muuo w im 6. We have had in effect for. some years a pension system for employes of long service and advanced age. 6. As to wages, due to the high cost of living, we are paying a wage scale within about 10 per cent of the highest wages paid during the war time price for lead and with the great drop in lead price after the armistice, we were confronted with such a heavy loss in operating our lower grade mines that early in January of this year we closed mines B, 6 and 11 and in March also closed mines 1 and 4, keeping in operation only the two better-grade mines Nos. 9 and 12. Even upon this better grade ore our operations for the first seven months of this year have shown a loss of $270,072.58 upon the basis of account ing laid down by the Federal Govern ment. - ' FEDERAL LEAD CO., Per H. A. GUESS, Pres. His Own Father WalkedBeforeHim Capt. W.- A. Kennedy returned the last of tne ween, irom tne annual . A. R. encampment at Columbus, Ohio, which he reports was a great gather ing, with about 30,000 Federal and Confederate veterans in attendance, for several years. Perhaps the rea- on nniiaiinl attendance ouu iwi oww j TV" was that the Government offered the old veterans railroad transportation of the very unusual low price 01 nan. Capt. Kennedy tells of the following remarkable occurrence- in connection with his trip: It has long been an un- : i.nk;i. wifl, him tn writn his son, W. A. Kennedy, Jr., in New York City, each week and every week, tut on account of making this trip the Captain was unable to get off his regular epistle that week, which onus ' sion caused his son more or less un nn hi Pantain's return vttaiucBa. v v. --1 - . home he found awaiting him a letter from his son, in wiucn ne spoxe 01 n great ' disappointment in failing to f 1,; ftLor at the accustomed iiwnrAiwi" , time, but that on the evening succeed , it nrhih tho father's let- ter usually reached him, that he and 1. . i.t.AA ill ftranfl. on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, the leading moving picture mouse m tne country, where was flashed on the screen e i.u 1 A vatnrana' reunion in ; BCUIU)3 Ui Hie v - " - , 1nliim"iHi. . flmasioe y ?nn and Attendance Offiqer Working Overture County School Attendance Officsr R. C. Tucker is working overtime dur ing firaf fiava nf Krhnnl. in ffet- ting things in shape for the proper en forcement 01 tne compulsory cnooi at tendance law. Mr. Tucker is a strong Hoiiovo. in rio-M law enforcement, and his voluminous daily mail is but slight indication 01 tne many oub he is now being called upon to per form. He now has assistant attend ance officers in the larger towns of tho rniintv. which should relieve him of many details, as such assistants have been given every power possessed by Mr. Tucker, except n regard to ex-' emptions from scnooi attendance, which still remains exclusively in the hands of the Attendance Officer. three letral exemp tions to minors from regular school attendance, and Mr. Tucker is stick ing close to the law. He has not yet, nor does he propose to, issue a single exemption from school attendance un less the applicant comes under the strict legal provisions for such ex emption. The three legal exemptions are: Mental incapacity, pnyaii.ni m Jtv nnA rnmoletion of elemental studies 8th grade work. He says it is truly remarkable tne many ana va ried excuses on which is based re quests for exemption. But he turns a deaf ear to all such requests, unless they come under one 01 tne mrue le gal exemptions. He requests The Times to state that personal calls, as well as letters, will be useless for the purpose of asking exemption irum anal oiianrlnncA fnr nnV Other than the three reasons above stated. He has been asked Tor exemptions for children to assist the parents at home for a few dayson most urgent work, the parents representing, in some instances, that assistance of their children was necessary in order to gather their crops, or break their ground, as it was impossible to hire help. But even in such cases Mr. Tucker has refused to grant the de- '.-A .vnmntlnn foaWniT that Rlirh &C- nucu - tion on his part would "pull the teeth from the law, wnicn ne teeis ne aa no right to do. However, he stated tun4- DM..n m.aiMtni'iniia raRPB. while 1IIO.b ill ouvii inn........ , the parent would have to assume re sponsibility tor any prosecution umi :ul AnD..n that iifh nrng. flllgnt yvooiviy wiouv, .., ( ecution would not be the result of any action on his part. While in Bonne Terre Tuesday se- noaiatfiTif attanilnnrA offi- iuuwuk 011 - - . cer and looking after other matters in connection with nis omce, mr. mciier had his attention called to a case of a vonnrtesi aa heme aere Kill niiv i u . t. - . ( " - , i:- : n.UAnl aftAti1iiTH. anrl unon in IlUb III BVHWl B....v., t vestigation he louna wib me ouu was married. While he had thought . u .. nHHA4,iAoiiir Avorvrhino had been "sprung on him" as Attendance Offi cer, he was iree to admit new method of escaping school at tendance. This childor rather mar ...v.nm nnvinir neither narents lieu nuiiHi ' !- ' . nor guardian to "fight it out" with, irt- in na nor finH kpeointp of her husbond, with the blessings of At tendance Officer Tucker. But ne sun contends that the new compulsory at icnuuncc BCZ1UU1 jy "compulsory, tendance school law is reany pracutai Grand and Petit Jurors At ononiol mootinc of the County Court last week the following names and Petit Ju rors for the regular November term of Circuit Court. Petit Jurors 01 tA-itnaVtii Tator T.AUT la aim viv. , rnln Tomno I nnninDhnm. J HrTlftH AD nlhorrv. Henrv Beattv and E. E. ow 11m. Randolph township Wm. totraugnn. Pnllc And Irfl UVO J.1UIDCJ, a Unmotna Taa. MpClananaTl. John Tullock, Thos. Ruffing and John Hibbits. Perry township J. J. Bowman, Ailiua iiui wtirei Cook; Alternates Abe Ringer, Jess Strong, Wm. Dain ana turner ciuck l.nn tnurnchin Tnhn Rlish. Allie West and Lynn Mutkin; Alternates-- Henry r orsnee, onn ionuon aim xmi ... f..An Liberty townsnip rvoov. nuiuua anH .T. A. Eaves: Alternates W . L. Matkin and Raymond Oraham. 11. tnumchinWIUinm Cruncls llldlivil " .... ton and Monroe Kerlagon; Alternates -D. A. Moon ajid ineo. norn. Dig IUVCI WWllOiiif " v nnri I, r. Alternates oua. n.u on1 JiVa Mnttv. PnrllorTi num sh 1 1 Albert Wll- kerson and Pink Welker; Alternates- Philip Uruner ana J. . wooas. Grand Jury Rnndnlnh townshin Emmett Belk II0U B11U Jm Jt VJW11VVW St. Francois township J. C. Wat son ana a. w, junzer. Perrv townshin W. R. Bruce ana Big River township J. M. Perkins. Marion township en oneway. :i Liberty township Bert. Beard. Pn rll ot A tnumshiri H. RPfti 't - lrnn otwnshin R. L. Sherrill and M. Bisplinghoff. i .. ploaptiro," writes the son, "when soon my own latner, aisunctiy recoenisss bleij walked out before me. Then it su 1 nw whwour usual letter had not arrived." - Ward 'Fleming went to St. Louis WAilnnariao fr anrnll in. the Wfljihinir ton University Medical School. Of Course, When One Is Soused to Gills, There Is No Desire for More Drinks. SSEWSf-' where where pick MmSi, ' T0M Wti ANP HARRY J--p; rf SmS&ii&miBm Knocking at . Our Door Numerouslv signed petitions are just now hpinc Hiyned un for nresentation to the County Court of St. Francois county, asking that body to can a special election at an early date to vote on a proposition to acquire a County Hospital. For this purpose a special tax levy 01 not to exceea 2 mills taxes is to be levied on the coun ty taxes, for a period of not to ex ceed twenty years. The facts appear to be that a 1 mill levy would De sui ficient to carry out the purposes of the petitioners, to not only buy and equip the hospital, as well as to keep up any possible dencit tnac may occur in the proper operation of such insti tution. The Dlan in mind is to buy the Cari- eton College property in this city, which is thought can be purchased for not to exceed one-nith 01 its actual worth. In other words, it is thought this splendid property can be secured for hospital purpose for not to ex ceed $20,000. Besides fifteen acres of land, there is included in this proper ty a number of splendid brick and stone buildings, une ouiiuing uiun, Science Hall, a large and splendid buildine. which was constructed in 1912, cost about $40,000, and contrae-1 tors claim that a Bimilar building) would now cost about $80,000. With but few changes and additions, this building could be converted into a modern and model hospital, with but a minimum of expense. It is the opinion of the hundreds of signers of these petitions that thi3 is a very exceptional opportunity for St. Francois county to equip itself with a most exceptional hospital property, where pay patients, as well as county patients, can be treated. Neither does the supposition appear to be largely overdrawn that, with good hos pital service, the pay patients would soon be sufficient to carry the county patients.' If that is true,, then it would appear to be one of the best possible; Investments thr.t the county could make, as it would relieve it of consid erable burden in having its patients, which are constantly ; increasing in number, treated at a nominal expense to the county. - Then, too, such an Institution would be a very great convenience to the people of this and 'adjoining counties, as this property could readily be con verted into one of the finest hospitals in the State. The spacious grounds could also be utilized to advantage in farming and recreation grounds aor convalescing patients. If thi propo ritidn meets with the approval of a majority of the voters of thiounty, then St. Francois county ,' will again lead the way among the progressive counties of the State in taking a long NO, WE PONT WW NO BONO liW, -MiTALOTOF VMllED FOR CXPEW5E- f XTMVA6MCE!-WHr, advance step for the good of man kind. It will require some work to put this splendid proposition over, but will it not be worth the honest and ear nest effort of every progressive citi zen to get industriously to work for this proposition? County Court Inspects Roads County Court was in session one day last week and drew the Grand and Petit Jurors for the next regular term of the St. Francois county circuit court, which will convene on Nov. 10th. They also disposed of some other pressing business. The Countv Judees also spent sev. eral days in looking over and famil iarizing themselves with roads in dif ferent parts of the county. They are doinir evcrvthine in their power to keep the roads of the county in the best possible condition, which often proves to be a somewhat difficult task, with the small amount of money that is usually at their command for that purpose. But they are doing their work re markably well, when it is considered that the road fund is now. and gene- rallv is. somewhat overdrawn. The in 1 Times believes that all of the County Judges have reached the conclusion, as anyone else would when put to the task of seeing to their upkeep as the County Court is, that the one and on ly way to provide tor permanent gooa roads is by voting a good roads bond issue. A term as County Judge will convince anyone, The Times believes, or tne aitogetner surpassing impor tance of permanent good roads roads that will not have to be worked over after every hard rain. On Monday the County Judges held another ibrief session and transacted a little business. They also visited the experimental road, that is being constructed at the entrance to the Flat River road, for the purpose of inspecting the work that is under way there. The work that is going on there appears good, and the sample will soon be ready to be opened up for public use. It will be a concrete sur face roadway,,. on the old rock foun dation, which is as .solid as .the Rock of Gibraltar. !, ; . Mr. and Mrs. M. Di Riley, of Oma ha, Nob., spent two days the first of the week with Mrs. Riley's uncle, -a. C. Watson, and family. They were onroute home from a visit with Mrs., Riley's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert 0. Allen,- .New Madrid, to which place they, have decided to return. They returned to, Omaha to make final preparations ef or moving back to "Old Mizzoti'V which Mrs. Riley is free, to confess is the finest member of the entire family of States. , Our Cartoon This Week The Times desires to call special at tention this week to its cartoon, illus trative 01 the road situation in St. Francois county, as our artist sees it. We feel that this cartoon brings out. in most forceful manlier, at least one faulty characteristic which is dis played by many of those who are op. posed to the building of permanent good roads that 01 selfishness. The unbalanced one shown in the cartoon is opposed to a good roads bond issue, out the real reason for such opposition is plainly discerned on looking at the lower pictures, which show that he already has a good road in front 01 his place, which perhaps he was aided in securing by the two other parties he is now trying to convince that a good roads bond issue would be extravagance. There is an alarming amount of just this sort of selfishness now creeping out in arguments of those who are opposed to a good roads bond issue. Th'ey have the full use and benefit of good roads, and are therefore op posed to extending such a boon to .others. Of course they would not ad mit that such was the case they would even resent such an accusation but if you will study the surround ings of those who are talking against a good roads bond issue, the chances are very large indeed that they are quite accurately represented in this week s cartoon. Notice, too, the look on the faces of his neighbors, which clearly indi cates that they see quite clearly the position of their neighbor on this ques tion, in which they are so deeply in terested, and the fact that they per haps assisted him to the good road he is enjoying, causes a slightly veiled expression of disgust to shade their countenance. There is room for close study of this cartoon, and especially to all those who are fighting a good roads bond issue for St. Francois comi ty,, there are several lessons to be ob tained therefrom. The Times man agement is particularly pleased to be able, to present to its readers -each week such excellent cartoons, which we. believe is fully appreciated by many of our readers. ' The ice cream social at Aulsburry Chapel Saturday evening drew a con siderable attendance, notwithstanding the stormy weather. , The affair was for the henefit of the Free Will Bap tistchuraHi and it proved both interr. esting and profitable. The committee in charge desires to thank the good women of the community for their, ef forts in adding much to the success of the occasion. ; The amount netted was $39.35, which was very good, con sidering the condition of the weather. Silver Dam Will Be Opened for Fish The Fredericktown Democrat-News of last week denominates the decision of State Game and Fish Warden Tun Birmingham to open Silver Dam, in Madison county, as an attempt at "wanton destruction". That paper further states: . ." "Local people are anything ; but pleased at the attitude of Mr. Bir mingham. He apparently ignored the fact that the owner of the dam, Mr. Handlan, has already gone to consid erable expense to construct a fish lad dor to meet the requirements of the law as interpreted by a former State official. He also failed to make any extensive inquiries among the people of Silver Mine vicinity and fishermen and others frm here, dozens of whom will testify to having seert fish pass over the dam. ! He also apparently ig nores the tremendous loss that will be entailed to the owners of the property and those who have it leased for min ing purposes." The Times will state, for the bene fit of the writer of the article appear ing in the Democrat-News, (for which Bro. Ferguson must stand responsible even though he probably did not write it,) that if the owner of Silver Dam , las been put to any expense in con structing a fish ladder, such money was fritted away, as there is no fish lad der about the dam. An alleged "fish ladder" was inspected by Mr. Birming ham and party, a sort of crevice cut in the rocks on the east bank of the river, into which the largest fish could not mount, unless the river was at high tide, and then it would per haps be fated to pound itself to death on the rocks andnever be permitted to roach its home again. As to making inquiries, Mr. Bir mingham did that too, not on a par ticularly extensive scale, however, but sufficient to learn that "fishermen and others" there have acquired a habit 01 catching the poor deluded nsh on the lower side of the dam, which of ten accumulate there in vast numbers in looking for a possible passage of the dam, in gunny sacks. The fish following their natural instinct to go toward the headwaters, especially for spawning, will take desperate chances, and are therefore led into a blind pas sage under the dam, the upward end of which is closed, though considerable water passes through. When the de luded fish attempt to turn back they are taken captive in gunny Backs. The information obtained was that a number of Fredericktown "sportsmen" have become quite expert fishermen with that kind of bait. We could go on. and tell several other stories of things the Birming ham party were told goes on at the dam and thereabouts. But what's the Farmington wants no trouble with Fredericktown. We are neigh bors, so let's be friends. And above all, let's be fair. Let's be fair with one another, and also let's be fair to the nsh, which are constantly becom ing more and more important in hu-, man affairs. By artificial means the streams can soon be practically de populated of fish, while if left un trammeled in their natural condition, they will multiply and propagate, and furnish both food and pleasure for humankind. It is true that if fish were permitted to pass Silver Dam that fishing on the upper bt. r rancis river would be very materially improved, to the great sat isfaction of sportsmen in this and other counties. Is there anything un lawful in that? But while the supply of fish would be increasing in the up per end of the river, through natural spawning towards the river's source, is it difficult to understand that the waters of the lower end would also be more abundantly supplied with fish? Human artifices invariably succumb when they conflict with nat ural laws. And finally, The Times will say that nothing was further from Mr. Birmingham's intention than the destruction of Silver Dam, even though it is not now, and apparently has not for years past, been serving any useful purpose. Therefore he has determined to make only a ten or fif teen foot opening through the dam on the eastern end. This is his right, du ty and privilege as the efficient Game and Fish Warden of the State of Mis souri. ' ANNUAL SCHOOL CARNIVAL The annual carnival of the Farming ton Schools will be held in the Gym nasium of the High School, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, under the auspices of the Parent-Teacher Association. Entries will be received Thursday afternoon and Friday morn ing, and the doors will be thrown open to the public at 2:30 Friday afternoon. At 8 o'clock Friday evening, there will be a Community Sing in connec tion with the program and at this time the awards of the judges will be announced. Everyone interested in the progress of our school should at tend the Carnival and see the handi work of the children. ' LEGION POST IN DESLOGE The Robert Jesse Ste. Gemme Post of the American Legion, was organized in Desloge Tuesday evening with a membership of twenty-five, which is expected to increase to fifty within a week. Ste. Gemme was the only boy from Desloge losing his life in the war. He was with the 138th Infantry, and , was killed in action September 21,, 1918. Mai. W, H. Comins, county post! commander, assisted in organiz ing the post. Charles E.. Porter was elected post commander and Harold Neustaeter finance of ifcer. Walter S, Clark was elected a delegate to the State convention in Jefferson City, Oc tober 10.