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Iiitfi wfc-t- ---L O J' 'VOL.'4S'7' ' " ' 47857 . FARMINGTON, ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY. MISSOURI, FRIDAY, JANUARY, 7. 1921 " ' li tele Jeter M OUtt OOC SAVS SKIRT MEANS SOME-THING , TWA-- OSTE. TAKE '." " A VARD AND MALf . oe"i-tta- GO0O3 BlT gOW.i'ftKES ONL MALff:1 . v-ARD OF . ANNUAL MEETING OF i THE FARM BUREAU , The annual meeting of the St. , ' Francois County Farm Bureau will ''be held at Farmington, Saturday, Jan. 15th. The meeting will convene at 10 a. m. Speaker! from other parts . " of the State will be present-to give addresses.1' ' - Each member of the local J Farm Bureau that fails to attend this meet ing will miss something worth while, .v An opportunity to help plan the work of the Farm Bureau for the year 1921 ' will be lost, as the Farm Bureau is an organization of fanners to further : the interests of the farmer in eco . nomic production, in securing better market for farm products, und in im . 5 proving the living conditions of the . farm families. A large attendance of farmers should be present at the - meeting. , ' Farmers, tell your neighbors about tlifl meetimr. Urire them to be pres ent, even if they are noj members of the Farm Bureau,' ns attending the meeting may cause them to see what . the local r arm .Bureau, cna i&T.aiB ana ( jiational Federations of Farm Bureaus are doing. Tell them that it is ; the strongest national organization of i fnimers that there (a in the country. It ii the strongest, even, though it is the- youngest. The interests of the 6,000,000 farmers, with a wealth of more than $50,t0,00,00 justify the v national organization, of whicn the i local Farm Bureau is a resrahewi has a voice in, by col'etiviction to .: m1ra mnro exhauHti.i nveatigutions .t of any technical or ecwmi question Y -jt may confront thvjndiwtry. . I t.,totyin. pioti.niy iff - t.. t 'jeot wirtn-while' things of a yf.i nature are brought about. jrivt in nc-riulturA. t.hn railroad in- 5ustry ranks eecond In iraportancet It costs more annually to operate our Taiiroads than it does to run the Gov ernment. Our transportation bill last year was $5,184230,244. r Manufacturers and jobbers ordinar ily enre very little about what the amount of the charge is, providing they are on an equality with their , ' competitors because thev can pass on the burden. . The ntuation is different 'with the farmer.. The price of his ' I pfduct is ths prioe at the market, - less the-transportation cost of get ' " ting it here. He miint absorb practic- ally every general advance in freight ?hargss. Service is of first iinpoit .' iwice The charge for it is also of im- portrinoe. rAdvanres nnd changes are ieing proposed daily in the rates and ' regulations affecting the transporta tion of the products of. the farnj, Other great Industrie T-'iu.ypeo with the 1t"U"IC experts nvnil able. ' ' At the present t' me, when rail road goes to trial, the counsel is equipped with a large corps of highly trained rate arid statistical experts. As the value of the interests of the farmer are, so great, the , National Farm Bureau would be justified in 'having a traffic organization nniur '.'' passed by that of any other industry u in the United States. J ' ' The referendum whereby the -Jeside nt th f;irnier on any issue of im- ' i portance that comes up could be ex pressed is somsining oi greai, , mi portance. The lack of this has worked WrUihin : on the f armmir industry. Py a simple referendum system, the ''i voice of the farmers cm. be, mode ' heard in the united States biinate. . V".''.... 'V ' i V t:;,L " M ARRIAGE UCENSES' ' " Dec. 29 Walter Dixon, of Monroe, 5 ' Mich., and Etta May Cureton, of Flat River. . ' Dee. AO Hoy C. Gann and IreDe AuBUchon, both of Bonne Tr Pec. 30 Charles E. Close, of. Flat - ; River, and Virrinia Moser, of Salem, ent coflnty. , Deo,. 3 1-Julius Bennett, of , Flat -River, mid Belle Cauv'of Esther. : Dec. 31 Cleve H. Davis and Nellie ThomasMon, both of Flat River s Dec 31 Wilburn T. Hensley and Hazel A-Halter both of Mine La Motte. r V . ; - Jan. 1 Walter Villiam6 of Flat River, and Mabel Westovcr, of Farm- Jan, 1 Louie E. Cooksey, of Bonne Tmvei' Alii Aduiine uougias, oi ue .oto. Jan 3 Joe Davis, of JElvina, and loa Wilfong, of Bonne Terre. Miss Virginia ;Lnnjf returned . the 'i",t of t';e week to the'Arcadia bem !4iry, after sjwnding the holiday at Easy Moiiey . , j Human cupidity and credulity are responsible for many a bad bargain that promises large nd ,l quick , re turns.: So many of us are too easily persuaded that there fa S quick and sure way to get rich, and we listen with credulous minds to the smooth-; tongued, suave promoter, who . hail something to sell. These promoters are usually strangers in the commun ity where they operate, but they come with pleasing address and are adepts at enlisting the confidence of those with whom they come in contact. They are, too, in many Instances honest and have good investments to offer, but not always. Past experiences and ev idences of futile results hould open the eyes of the credulous to the fact that a majority of the roseate meth ods of making easy money are pure ly theoretical, or outright swindles. Tu investor in any business scheme, or other money-making project, who does not understand all its intricacies is not wise, for too frequently he the dupe, and the promoter gets the1 easy money. ' - t . The profitless schemes and frauds that have been foisted upon the cred ulous of every community are many, and they are as confidently practiced today as in the past. Many of us re member, with a mental dimness of vision perhaps, the old race-track get-rich-quick scheme that not many years ago appealed to the gambling instincts of our nature. The bubble didn't last long, and when it burst there was lamenting of dollars gone wrong. The cigsr slot machine chain that promised riches to those who en tered the plan was a plausible theory, but an impracticable scheme that eat up the dollars of its investors, as was also the ratent hemp machine that was to revolutionize the hemp-growing in dustry'. Oil wells and mining pros pects have hold out roseate induce ments and swallowed up the dollars of venturesomo investors. Legiti mate business, yes, but like all such searching after underground wealth, speculative and uncertain, and where one realizes hundreds fail, as a good ninny of our people can attest. That Is all right if you can afford to lose and are a good loser, but if you can not afford it, the risks better fly low;. An attractive scheme to many who have a little spare money to invest til ',h chain store systam, It i .n '' an incorporated company, -of course'. and promises quick returns and cheap commodities to the consumer. Stores are opened in different communities. Promoters are sent into towns where a store is contemplated. The promot ers have a plausible theory tS present, of large profits and other advantages. They first, seek out one or two locai "wise old owls", who know what peo ple have a little money they would like to invest, and then the fun begins. A roseate view of the large profits to be made out of small, investments is set out,, and shares of stock offered to all who can be persuaded to buy. The company, engaged in buying and sell ing on a large scale, enables it 4 uuy Nail commodities i & vast scale at nw-h 0er prices than the local mer chants can buy, to undersell the latter and thus attract unprecedented sales, so the propaganda goes. It is not a-very difficult matter for the promoters in the circumstance to secure stock subscribers to the amount of f 15,000 or $20,000, to start the lo cal store. The promoters and the lo cal "wise old owls" who assist them get about 25 per cent as their part of the graft, leaving out of a $15,000 subscription of stock only about $11, 000 that goes into the business. .This $11,000 is turned over to the corpora tion company, which stocks up the lo cal store with $3,000 or $4,000 of mer chandi3e, so arranged and displayed a to make a good 'Showing. - The expany keeps the 1 store supplied from its general large warehouses, lo cated probably in another state, un der -whose laws it is incorporated. Of course the head directors manipulate all the capital and do all the buying, while ft few local stockholders are paid to ran the store. r- There is ap parently easy money for somebody in the scheme, but whom?- Doubtless the main officers-of 'the , company, with their headquarters an alleged big distributing warehouses located in another state, but the local stock holders ars not liable to realize heav ily, even if they do ... not auffer . a shrinkage in the -value of their stock. ' People who have a little money to invest would do better to place ifcber hind something more tsrigriMe than a foreign purchasing scheme, with an alleged big distributing warehouse away off somewhere, from which to supply its chain branches. The the ory may sound plausible; but human V ' A POINT OVERLOOKED ' I l-.'U 1 1 ' , 9 -THANK Vr" nature is behind the centralized busi ness control and human nature, as well as human judgment, however honest, is "mighty onsartin.'' Better be satisfied to go a little alow and sure and put your surplus change ift 'the home banks, the building and loan associations, established and reliable local mercantile establishments or real estate, if you want to help build up your town and community. . The .profits will be just as large, or larger, and the security safer, for, beileve us, there is no royal highway to quick and easy money. AN OBSERVER. AN INTERESTING MEETING Dr. Ivan Lee Holt, of St Louis, will give an address on Christian Educa tion at the Southern Methodist Church next Tuesday evening at 7:30. Dr. Holt is the brilliant young pas tor of St. John's Church, in some re sepcts the greatest church -in South era, Methodism.' Everyone is oordi ally invited to hear him.: ': ',, ' Several members of the faculty and students of Marvin Colleere will ren der an excellent program of vocal and Instrumental music , preeeeuing anu following Dr. Holt's address. The college numbers on- the pro giam will equal the beat lyceum en tertainments and will be free., file community i icvited lo attvrii both the Tuesday evening meeting and the sessions of the District Edu cational Conference, which convenes at 2:30 p. w. Tuesday, and adjourns at noon, Wednesday. Dr. J. M. Brad lev, Conference Educational Secretary, will preside Rev. C. N. Clnrfc, f St. Louis, will be one of the speakers and all tha pastors of the Farmington dis trict are expected. O. H. DUGGINS. BURKE MEYERS Wednesday evening Miss Ada Mey ers irnvn a luncheon at the home of her parents, t a few or her Intimatei friends to inform them that..c liad , been Mrs. Thos. S. Burks "since Sep- ! tember 6th, 1920''2he had planned to 1 make the-sr.nouncement in the spring, bt uome one let the "cat out of the bag." The dmingroom was beauti-l fully decorated, carrying out the col-, or scheme of black and white. The ' tp.ble and place cards were decorated with cats conveying the idea the "cat . out of the bag." . The groom is well and favorably i known here, having for a number of . years resided here while he was cash-1 ler of the Bank of Sto. Genevieve, ' which position he now holds in a St. Louis bank. The bride is one of Ste. Genevieve's most popular and highly respected young women.. Both bride ' and groom have a host of admiring: friends whom we gladly join in wish-! ing for them the best that is in lire. Ste. Genevieve Herald. . Thomas S. Burke is & Farmington product, having grown, to maiihood here, where for several years previous to moving to Ste. Genevieve he was cashier of the St. Francois County Bank. - He has many relatives and a host of friends in this community, where he itt still remembered as an excellent and exceptional young man. who unite in best wishes to he ana his bride for long life, replete ; with happiness. , WILLIAMS WESTOVER On Saturday evening, Jan. 1st, in the Southern Methodist v parsonage, Miss Mabel Westover, of this city, was married to Walter Williams, of Hat River, Rev. CL P. Thugmorten of ficiating. Miss Westover was one of our most efficient young ladies, hav- ing been connected with the Farming ton Mercantile Co. for some tuna, She has also bjen a devoted worker in the Southern Methodist Church, where she was a teactwr in the Sun day SchooL ' ' ... The happy couple will live in Flat Riverf where Mr, Williams-is In bus iness. A wide Circle of friends wish them a long nd happy life. ; . 1 t Some cf thft earliest of .early gard. eneis have already begun operations. While such work affords pleasure to some, there no doubt but that there is still considerable time for planting of early gardens. . : :.' - " (. Applicant for U. S. Attorney The Times is informed that Hon. B. H. Boyer, of this city, is a candidate for the appointment of U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, and indications are that his chance for securing such appointment are ex cellent,' as he has an unusually strong list ,of : endorsers for such appointment-' k 1 '-rii':.' ;,,!'!.'; : s Should Mr. Boyer secure such ap pointment, the duties of that office Will bo ably and efficiently looked af ter, as he has splendid and unusual qualifications for the work of that of fice Several years ago he. served with distinction as Prosecuting" At torney of St. Francois county, and his entire .practice has been marked with much . success. He has a remarkably clem; and complete knowledge, ef the law, but his power before Judges and juries is perhaps his strongest asset iav. successful practitioneer. His clear and concise knowledge ot the law, tn well, as ability to ea that it is yroperly .applied, makes him .i . ...):.!..!.. t .Kw.A;MMnAHi. n. I V-15- strict Attorney,, for -which f place Ttm Times hopes he will e- a' I lected. V " '..;':'.''." ; ;:' Two Negroes Domesticated Mose Bridges and Tom Clay, Farm ington darkies, became noisy on the streets last Thursday evening, and when remonstrated With by Night Mari! Sutherland, they became very indignant and went to clamoring for trouble. They succeeded in that also, as the Marshal escorted them to jail, after bringing bridges to his knees with a blow on the head with a heavy club, which George thought was suf ficient to fell an ox. After they bad been shown to their cell to permit the troublesome brew", with which they were overloaded, to evaporate, Bridg es decided that he was still feeling ex cessively mean, and told the Marshal he would "cut him open," And -apparently started to carry out such threat. George immediately drew his re volver, and fired in the general direc tion of the belligerant negro', the cell being quite dark.' While the negro was not bit, the fireworks were suf ficient to cause" him to become sub missive. The next morning they were arraigned in 'Squire Zolman's court, and a fine of $10 and costs was as sessed against each of them for the city, and a like fine was levied against Clay by the county. Bridges was al so bound over to Circuit Court on the charge of resisting and; threatening n officer. ' This experience may cause them to inquire more carefully into the percentage of the . stuff th7 drmk hereafter, in order not to xceed their limit. ' n, :. Hospital No. 4 , Self-Sustaining Stats Hospital No. 4 closed the bi ennial period Dec 31, li20, clear of debt, and with fund of $14,828.02 unused, which will revert to the Gen oral Revenue Fund of the State on Jan. 1, 1921, ' ' , This is one ot the State institutions that haj passed through the period of high prices without a deficit, and is now on a self-sustaining basU, : Mrs. E. L. Jerrold suffered a licart attack. Tuesday evening, from which 1ie is now recovering. . , , Important Meeting , Cham. Commerce The next regular monthly: meeting Of the Farmington -Chamber of Com merce will b held next Monday eve ningt in the Masonic hall.- This hoald be a meeting of great interest, as it is expected that a number of matters of greatest importance will, be brought op for discussion and disposition. Every member is expected to be in attendance, and if each one will bring with him an applicant for membership, such actibn will have the hearty sup port of tht entire membership. The Chmber of Commerce bas number of excellent promotions in view; the success of all or any of which would be a real triumph for this community. The fruit is now ripe and ready to be gathered, but it will not garner itself. Nothing will do that, save tares. -" J' Do not permit anything, uther than serious illness, to keep, you from at tending the meeting next Monday night. Reduce Over head Expenses Farmington, Mo., Jan. 4. Editor Times: I have .noted with interest your articles on needed civic improvements in our town, and your advocacy of a bonding system to car ry out the suggestions for a sewerage system, and the perhaps more press ing need just now of extending our water nystem, reinforcing the water mains and overhauling the machinery of the water and electric light plant. While these Important matters are being considered there is another that should engage the earnest attention of all of our citizens the more econom ical operation of our water and elec tric light plant. There is much over-" head waste in the operation of the plant that "could be avowed, and hai been since the system was trst faiaug' urated. If remedied, a it should be, light -and water could be furnished at less cost to both the city and con sumers. :. . But to the point: The cost of fuel alone could be reduced at least $100 a month. Since the plant has been run ning it has been the practice of load ing wagons with coal from the cars at the tatjnjv isu"iing it to the jjl-nut by teams and unloading there, thus han dling the coal two or three unneces sary times. This all eats up money, and as I have said costs: the city about $100 a month for the extra wor?(, to say nothing of ? nt coal in loading, hauling and unload- j ing; as well as wear and tear of the streets. This has already cost the taxpayers and consumers of water and light between $20,000 and $25,000, enough to have long since retired the original bonds. . j The remedy for plugging this leak is so simple that I am surprised our City Council has not insisted upon in troducing and applying it. It only re quires the laying of a switch track from the electric railway to the plant, so that, the coal cars for the plant may be switched and taken direct to the plant and unloaded. The plan was suggested some years ago, I believe, and it -was estimated then that the switch would cost about $1,200. Since then the city has paid out for hauling coal in wagons from the main track ten or fifteen times more than the cost of a switch. A total waste and loss to the city because of some short sighted policy and the opposition of a few property holders along one or two blocks Where the switch would have to be laid. There ought to be some - way of overcoming such oppo sition, of a few where the whole city might be benefited instead of being taxed for the whim of a few. That the water mains have to be reinforced and improved and new ma chinery be put in the plant, goes with out saying, unless we intend to make scrap fceap of the whole system. Machinery wears out, and when the water mains were laid we bad no guarantee thai, the class of pipe used would last more than Wi or twelve years. We have been . exceedingly fortunate to have had as little trouble with ihem as we hp.vo had. And while this is being done, it is only simple jusjtice that the water tnums be laid to all parts of tho city, so that those portions which lie outside the water circuit and have been paying taxes to help pay the bonds may have the use of the . rity water in their homes and ths protection of , their property from iire. , ' CITIZEN. ' T, -J. Cianln purchased a new Ford while m St Louis the last of Hie week, motoring home hi his new purchase. ; Aumtor Hackman Should Tell Truth The Times -is sorry to note ..that State Auditor Hackmann Is out in a - statement which, if not absolutely un true, at least is filled with errors, judging from the rank in which he has , placed St. Francois county.' Such er rors or falsehoods, are likely to be in the figures he gives in regard to all other counties referred to as in those concerning Stl Francois1 county.- " i For Stats' Auditor Hqckmonn'a in formation, if he is in need of such in formation, The Times will state that. St, .-Francois county, has no deficit. Before the present month shall have -passed all outstanding county . war rants will have been called for. ' This has not always been true, however, and since the State Auditor is doubt less attempting to make political cap ital out of his late report, we will draw a little political 'comparison, which are? nevertheless facts not ru mors or reports. '.v 't''-'':'':'-' When a Republican coun'y court ex pired in 1916, St. Francois county in herited a deficit of something-' like $25,000. ' Since then until the first of the present year the county court has been Democratic Notwithstanding the enormous expense account that must be looked after in this county, . the Democratic court not only liquid ated such deficit, but has accomplish ed more in every line of development and progress than perhaps any other court the county has ever had. . Much splendid and expensive road machinery has been purchased during the past four years, so that the coun ty is now abundantly equipped for the carrying on of such . important work. .-' Neither has the county court been in the least penurious in helping along any., meritorious; work;- The court has never failed to meet any community 'more than half way in con tributions to good road work, bridges, etc.' ' The record the outgoing county court has made should serve not . only as a pace-maker, but as an inspira- tion as well, to the present and suc ceeding county courts. . Chickens Real Money Producers v Mucb hag txerijai4, by thicken ex- v pcrW and &m &j siwikry. ' as revenue- producers. "Does it pay to raise poultry and eggs,'' ha come to . be a rather thread-bare question with many, but as a rule the sentiment is, we believe, very largely in the af- nroitilir'-But here is another argu ment that eeem t'linch, such con- , tention, which facts nave come to The Times the past week: , W. B. Phillips, whose place is just south of town, on the Knob Lick Toad, . has 200 White Leghorn pullets, last spring chickens, from which he se cured 171 dozen and 4 eggs' during ,, the past December. Such egg produc tion seems rather remarkable, es pecially for a winter month, where there has often been insufficient eggs to supply the local market.' ':i At least such production is altogether satis factory to Mr. and Mrs, Phillips, who certainly understand how to turn their work in looking after chickens .into profit. -;'""''' ''-:' These' eggs were sold , on the' local market for from 58c V 70 a dozen, the averoge price being about 63c per dozen, so that the eggs obtained from these 200 pullets amounted to prac tically $108 for the month. ' Mr. Phil-, lips estimates the cost of feed for the' month to' have been $40, leaving profit of $ttj, which is certainly a fair profit w' the investment and, care of the chickens." Chopped meat scraps, bran and shipstuff, with .occasional , cabbage leaves, is the food used, 'for. those chickens; Whose eggs are iiu- -usaally b.rge and white, which would grade as Al. ' ' ' Miss Hiawatha Boyer resumed the first of tha week to her studies in the , Arcadia Seminary- V The weather for the flrat week at 1921 could not be improved upon. At is simply glorious. e , t f During the past, week the weather has - closely : resembled spring more ; like May than January. -Oran Nugent has moved l-.is restau rant into the room lately occupied by ; the Lotz barber Shop. " , : Is thi really1 the- beginning ; of spring? We think not.: Better keeo up your fuel supply, and don't pot; away your winter clothing. , f i Miss Plielan Keith left yeiterda for St. Louis to take a puaition, hav-r-Ing finished her course the we jk..b fore at fie Czxr Business , College. , - !vy 'i''0' '"'S a.