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MALff:1 . v-ARD OF .
, 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
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. .
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" 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
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.
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.
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. ,
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
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
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. ,
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