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VOL. 48 FARMINGTON, ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, MISSOURI, FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 1921 NO. 3 Gov. Gardner Extends Thanks Replies to Eetertaining and t A Meeting of ; Profitable Event i Real Interest "Observer" an argument; in. favor of thrift Under date of Jan.: 7, 1921, Gov. Gardner -writes The Times editor as follows: v - '." i I cannot retire from Office without . expressing to you my deep apprecia- tion for the loyal support you have always given this . administration through your splendid paper. We have worked hard up here for .four years during the time in which the whole world has been in the re- - making. At times it has eeemed that we were unable to meet the superhu man expectancy and yet, now that my term is drawing $o a cloBe, I cannot help indulging the hope that the good people of Missouri are satisfied with my work. , '' v ? , With very best of wishes and hop ing that, if there is at any time in the future anything that I can do to be of service to you, you will not hesitate ' to call on me, I beg to remain, Faithfully your friend, FREDERICK D. GARDNER. One They Didn't Get Editor The Times: Your article in last week's issue, entitled "Easy Money," should be a warning to the people who are running at large with a little ready cash. Not so very long ago an automobile drove up to my house, with three very distinguished appearing individuals in ' it. One of them must have been "The Wise Old Owl" and the other two the "bird dogs", for, no doubt, they are the ones who located me. Ufter an in troduction to the "Wise Old Owl", he proceeded to submit to me a proposi tion whereby I could make some "big money" on what loose change I hap pened to have around, by investing it in the enterprise which he was pro moting. He promptly displayed a morocco-bound, book, with fine -steel-engraved certificates and a photo graph of a handsome business house, that would almost make one's eyes sore. ' His proposition ran along a line something like this: "We are estab lishing a chain of stores throughout this section, which will save the peo ple a lot of money, for the reason that we buy in large quantities. Now, for instance, we buy our spaghetti from the macaroni factories, and we buy our macaroni i.-nm the spaghetti fac tories, and we buy our ketchup from the tomato factories and our tomatoes from the .ketchup factories. We can furnish meat so much cheaper, be cause we shall own our own packing plant." .Then he whispered quietly to me that it woudl be but a short time be fore they would be able to get their hams off a ham tree and their eggs from the egg plant. I'll admit he had me all worked up, and about ready to dig down after what surplus cash 1 had and toss it in his mitt. But when he sprung on me the news that the par value of the certificate was $10, and it would cost me $12.50, 1 hesitat ed, for I couldn't see it that way. I went to see my banker the next day, and was advised that if I wanted to buy soma of these certificates, I could do it at a priee of from six to seven dollars, thereby saving from five to six dollars on each certificate. So my conversation with my banker saved me dough. I would advise any one who has presented to them an opportunity to get rich quick,, to con. i.it 1.1a m- Vioi- Knnkpr. and lie richer thereby. - v I prepared myself, before I . left town, with a bottle of turpentine and a tin can, and if these bird dogs should ' . . i i i i - - i return i lncenneo. io apv'i "iB turpentine and start them howling down the lane. So I consider that through my interview with the banker j I saved myself two thousand dollars. ONE THEY DIDN'T GET. NO JOBS PROMISED, HE SAYS. : Spencer declared he is not commit ted to the appointment of any man for any federal job in Missouri and has given consideration to none except the district attorineyship at Kansas City. ' President Wilson's vacation appoint ments. Spencer said, will not be con firmed. . Missouri post office appoint ment as sent in by President Wilson will not be confirmed, he added. '- Spencer said two courses have been considered in connection with the post offices of thiB and other states,1 these being: (1) .To advocitfrthe revoca tion by President Harding of the ex ecutive order putting postmasters un 0(fl civi service, and (2) to maintain some sort of a civil service regulation. Ha made it clear that Missouri Demo crat who are holding down good post office jobs in Missouri would lose them when , the new administration goes in . - , Editor Times: I read the labored effort of "Observer" in lBst week's is sue of the Times and it has excited my curiosity just a little, though not enough to hurt. I have been making some guesses on Mr. or Mrs. "Ob server." ' I just think it must be some body pecunarially interested in the competition with the chain of stores proposition, and I made two .other guesses and you. very promptly in formed me that I was mistaken all aleng the line. If it had been cucum ber time, I would have had but one guess. His gyrations remind me of the seizures one would have after they had eaten a very large yellow cucumber without salt, and with the usual proverbial result. However, it doesnt matter who he is, since he don't think enough of that great men tal effort to sign hit) name to it. He reminds me of the fellow that wont hunting and got very impatient because he could not get all the squirrels up. one tree. If he prefers to appoint himself public instructor (or all the people, he ought to fit him self up a good comfortable office on the band stand in the court house yard where he would be easy of ac cess. . The belly-aching of "Observer" re minds me of some of the Republican criticisms of the war administration, wherein they found fault because they didn't use all the stirrups the govern ment bought. I heard that down on the Hindenberg line in Cape county they thought it was a reckless use of money because they didn't use all the coffins the government bought. Now, Mr. Editor, I don't think anybody went into' this business with any thought of making easy money. To me, it looked like a united effort to down this profiteering, and Farming ton has been very, very longsuffering along that line. "Self preservation is the first law of nature". That idea is not only characteristic of our higher civiliza tion, but it goes down, to the very low est depths of the lower animal in stincts. And that is not strange to thoughtful people. - I am not defending the character of these promoters that are led around our town and shown where the money is, by these "Wise Old Owls." Fori argument's 6ake, I will admit they are frauds, which I do not think they are, You must confess that when the Bynn Yann opened up here sugar was Bell ing at 30c or 35c a pound. No sooner than they opened than sugar began to recede in price, cent by cent. 'And when the Industrial Transportation Co. opened, sugar got on the toboggan and dropped from 20c or 25c to 11c In a night. Canned goods that had been selling as high as 65 cents, sold for 46 cents. Whether the housekeepers bought from the two chain stores or from other merchants, they got the benefit of the good influence of the chain stores, which "Observer" is dirty enough to class with race track swindles. Mr. Editor, I would gladly give the little money I have put into this bus iness if it will help to break up the system of merchandising that has been afflicting the dear people for the last few years, and I am not charg ing this against the local merchants. I dont know where the trouble lies. It is sufficientt o say that the Bynn Yann and the Industrial Transporta tion Co. has had results in bringing down prices. It is easy for these high-brow hundred dollar drummers to join with "Observer" in these im polite criticisms of the people whom they describe as "dupes" and "wise old owls," but there is not many of these "dupes" and wise old owls" that have had to surrender their last home for debt and go out to boarding, I don't know how Judge Orten will enjoy this soft epithet of "Wise Old Owl", but he is the one that brought the promoter to my home, and I pre sume one of the "Wise Old Owls" that Observer" refers to. I had never dis covered that he was unusually wise. In fact, I don't think he is very much wiser than I am. But I claim to be wiser than Bill .Tedferd. p It is said Bill swam his horse across the Mis sissippi river to let his horse . drink out of a favorite sl6ugh over in Illi nois. :"J'V:i"'' Now, Mr. "Observer, come out of the wood and show rUs ,, "dupes" and "wise bid owls" who you are, and if you want to rent ihat band stand down in the court house yard I will help you secure it. I don't think a man that presumes to write for the welfare of all the people should dodge behind an alias or nondeplume. If yen are ashamed of your writing .you could perhaps do- better to make a long move and start in new. . S. R. TURLEY". P. S. I forgot, Mr. Editor: The farmers have an association here that is selling feed and flour under the Hindenberg price. I wish you would please see "Observer" and find out if Mr. Burlbaugh is laying himself lia ble. The same kind of people are be hind that with (he same kind of money that is behind the chain stores. S. R. T. Another Change in Meat Business W. E. Barbier has purchased of Tom Burnette the Burnetts Meat Market, which he had very successful ly conducted for several years past. This is Farmington's only meat shop, though a number of merchants han die both fresh and salt meats. Under the management of Tom Burnette this meat market has always " presented busy scenes, and that his business has been entirely prosperous there is no reason to dobut. The new owner,, who is well known in Farmington, where he hag lived for several years, coming here from Ste. Genevieve, is a good and enter prising citizen, and while not an ex pert butcher, he sees and understands the needs and desires of the people, and such need he will try to supply. He has already decided to handle meat on a closer margin of profit, just enough to allow him the smallest fivable percentage of profit. He will also make any other improvements in the business that may add to the con venience of patrons. Fine Opportunity for Good Service The incoming new State Tax Com mission certainly has a splendid op portunity to render real service to the people of the State by agreeing upon a system that will eliminate the pres ent fraotipnal assessments in the State, a matter on which the former Tax Commission failed to agree. A correction of the inequalities in the assessments and tax burdens in the different counties of the State will en title the present Republican adminis tration to much credit. A special from Jefferson City under date of Jan. 12th, gives a few facts that indicate how far the present hap hazard method of making assess ments have gone. The r conditions shown are truly alarming, and their correction would be hailed with de light by taxpayers m the state,, with the exception of the habituaal tax dodger: Values Different in Every. County The report shows that lands of the same character and value were as sessed and equalized at a different value in every county of the state. Land in Taney county was assessed in 1919 at $6.70 an acre; in Barry, ad jacent, at $18.44; in Newton, also ad jacent, at $14.02, and in Stone at $10. 20 an acre. Land in Monroe county wag worth, for taxes, $13.01 an acre; in Randolph, adjacent, $17.25; in Shelby, $46.31; in Marion. $20.07; in Ralls, $16.49; in Pike, $15.88; in Lincoln, $48.39; in St. Charles, $19.64, according to the .-as-sessors. . -. ., Platte county land was worth, for taxes. $23.28;, Buchanan, $53.43; Clin-: ton, $22.64; ami Caldwell, $81.95. j - Counties in which the average land sold at from $50 W $200 an acre re turned it in some instances at less than. $20 an acre. , t-w -if , t.-. ! A few of the assessors apparently complied with, the statutes, notwith standing the policy of . the former State Board of Equalization as fixed by. a majority of Democratic officials, to strike down all assessments to a fractional basis. wii--' Town lots, the report pointed out, were- assessed upon an average of $546 in Worth county and in Harrison at 4221, although the Commission says that there can be no "great real dif ference in the two adjoining counties." Live Stock Values Vary Sheep, horses, cattle and other live stock have a different value in each county, both in assessments and in the final equalizations, the commis sion's reports and the records of the State Board of Equalization disclose. The commission's report shows that sheep wire assessed at $11.10 in Stod dard, while in Scott, which is adja cent, they were worth for taxes but $5.20. The Tax Commission, as now con stituted, has during its existence worked in perfect harmony with the exponents of fractional assessments upon 'the State Board of Equalization. It does not recommend that property be asessed at its true value. It does, however by its map present a con crete example of the inequalities which exist under the fractional as sessments which the predecessors of the present Tax Commission attempt ed to abolish. ' After pointing out that the maps appended are to indicate the inequali ties of ..psessmenta, the commission made this observation upon , land as sessment: . "It must be clear to any one with but a slight knowledge of the geog raphy and land values in the state that land in Worth county, situated in the northeast section of the state, which the assessor found to have an average value of $72 an acre, must be assessed far too high if land in Har rison, adjoining Worth county to the east, is correctly assessed at $19 per acre." "Without advocating any drastic change in the present system of choos ing assessors, we do believe that if only qualified persons could be elected to this hiehly important office, vast ly better results would follow," said the commission in discussing assess ors. Even on Bank Deposits Saline county's bank deposits are $6,627,219,' which are assessed at $33, 306; Monroe county, $2,736,674, as sessment swzo; aneiDy county,. 967,625, assessment $33,067; Pike, $2, 823,445, assessment $77,231; Chariton, $3,511,023, assessment $18,877; Pettis, $6,255,371, assessment, $438,044; Greene, $10,492,741, assessment $805, 584; St. Louis City, $215,978,959, as sessment $31,600,580. The Legislature will take up legis lation looking to the reduction of the state and local tax rates so that prop erty may be assessed and equalized lawfully without danger of collecting too much taxes. The commission recommends that if property is equalized and assessed at its. true value that the commission be empowered to require local levying boards to reduce the rates to prevent an "orgie of spending." The commission recommended that state income tax requirements be made the same as federal returns, and that the corporation tax be reduced. All tax laws should be put in the hands or a permanent body to administer. the report recommends. MEETING OF LIBRARY BOARD The annual meeting bf the Farming ton Library Association was held Monday evening, Jan. 10th, in the li brary room. An interesting talk on the early history of the library, trac ing it on down to the present date, was given by Miss Beeson. Mrs. Harry Denman and Prof. W. L. Johns were re-elected to the Board of Managers for a term of three years. , A resolution was placed on the minutes thanking the business men for their hearty support of the li brary, also to the following tadies who have so willingly contributed their services to necessary work in its behalf: Miss Beeson, Miss Emma Lang. Mrs. Wm. Rottffer, Mrs. J. H. Jones and others. ''- The treasurer's report ' showed & balance of about $100 in the treasury. The secretary's report showed a to tal of 6,392 books issued during the year; a total number of 269 member ship cards issued: 63 books boueht. and 381 books donated. . t ' Mr. and Mrs. George Jerrold at tended the funeral of Miss Mary Brown at Doe' Run Saturday after noon. Death occurred at the home of deceased in-Esther on Friday. ; The ladies of the M. E.. Church, South, on Tuesday evening again earned and received much praise from all those who profited from the splen did 6:30 dinner they served in the church basement. The primary cause for this dinner was the presence of most of the ministers from the Farm ington District at the Educational Conference that day. The energetic and enterprhjing ladies of the church, who long ago established a reputation for whole-hearted hospitality, could not let the opportunity go by without adding their contribution, in an es pecial manner, to the entertainment of the visiting ministers, as well as to many invited guests from the city. That their efforts were fully ap preciated the manner in which all par took of the many good things that were set before them bore abundant testimony,' and it was indeed a happy and contented gathering that finally adjourned to the main auditorium to enjoy the further excellent program that had been prepared, and which m eluded the. general public. The church was soon crowded to hear one of the most interesting and edifying programs that has recently been given in this city. The program opened with a quar tette of female voices from the mus ical faculty of Marvin College at Fredericktown, composed of Mes- dames Damron, Huskey and Andrews and Misses White, and Mary Barry, pianist, who gave a liberal and highly enjoyable program of vocal and in strumental music and readings. Ev ery number presented wa3 excellent, comparing most favorable with any of the higher class lyceum programs, and to say that their performance was most pleasing to all present is but slight expression of the pleasure de rived from their initial visit to Farm ington. That good things can come out of Fredericktown the Marvin Col lege quartette proved beyond perad ventare, and it ia the earnest desire Of ll-thoy!tfvb!t J"re, fortunate as to have heard them Tuesday evening that splendid aggregation of talent will favor this city often in the future. There was an intermission in the musical program for a lecture on Christian Education by Dr. Ivan Lee Holt, the brilliant young pastor of St. John's church in St. Louis. He brought out many important, and some really alarming conditions that are now facing this country, as well as the entire world, in a manner and with . an eloquence of delivery that forced an entrance into the minds of his hearers, who had been lulled into a receptive frame of mind by the ex cellent music that preceded and which was to follow his lecture. It was the general opinion that the evening had been a most unusual one, having been filled to overflowing with pleasure and profit for all. Homespun Suit for the President On the pictorial page of the Globe Democrat on Dec. 25th, last, appeared the picture' of an old lady operating an old-fashioned loom and spindle Wheel. Below the picture appeared the following: "A suit of real heavy homespun cloth is being made for President-elect Harding by Mrs. Lau ra Jackson, of Needham, Mass. Do ing all the work herself and using a loom and spindle wheel more than 150 years old, she is rapidly completing the cloth, which is known as "virgin wool homespun." The cloth will be of popular heather' color in a subdued shade, and made from wool clipped from sheep on Mrs. Jackson's farm in Vermont. The photo shows Mrs. Jackson at work on the old spinning wheel." The picture aroused the interest and curiosity of Capt. W. A. Kennedy, of this city, sufficiently to cause him to write to Mrs. Jackson, stating that his boyhood life was in the homespun age, and asking if she would kindly send him a sample of the cloth she was making for President-elect Hard ing's suit. The first of the week Capt. Kennedy received reply, which con tained, besides a courteous acknowl edgement (if the receipt of his letter a liberal sample of the cloth she had woven for the President's suit, which she has perhaps before1 this sent to: him. The cloth is of a most ottrac- tive and up-to-date pattern, and the weave is also modern, quite unlike that of the homespun days. The only mtt- mate resemblance the cloth bears to the pioneer days is that it is all wool. The suit, if in keeping with the cloth, will be attractive and serviceable, and doubtless President-elect will receive! much pleasure, satisfaction and profit ! from such a sensible gift from one of his admirers. v , " The most Interesting meeting of the Farmington Chamber of Com merce that has thus far been held was that of Monday night. More things of real interest to this city and com munity were brought up for discus sion, was the reason for such interest. Things apparently began to line out as they should in such an organiza tion. The "star chamber" methods . that appeared to at first beset the club, is apparently giving way to a free and untrammeled discussion of things of public interest, among all members of the Chamber. Now that' the correct . , course is being pursued, the organiza tion appears at once to be struggling to s feet, with brightest possible prospects that it will yet mature into a genuine, angible asset to thjs com munity.; '-' ' ! There was a spirited discussion 03 to the best plans to pursue to secure the paved highway, which ia to go through this part of the State, through Farmington, and it was de cided to put forth every possible ef fort to secure such highway. Many en gaged in this discussion, which not only disclosed greatest interest, but also brought out considerable infor mation of importance. The secretary also reported considerable work done in preparation for the organization of calf clubs in the spring.- He stated that arrangements had already . been perfected for securing three or four car loads of calves for this enterprise, many of them to be full-bloods. R. L. Allen gave a report of the financial condition of the Chamber. While his report showed considerable cash balance, it also showed that many members havo not yet paid their first semi-annual dues. When all members have - liquidated their ini tial dues, the- financial condition of the Chamber will be splendid, and ev eryone who is now delinquent is urged to pay up immediately, -JTie work that the Chamber is d'Ang, and that it has in contemplation, requires money. But.il will be pifMnf fafctffelieedw in salubrious soil it will be returned . many fold. The most important tiling, for the city of Farmington, that came up for discussion, was the sewerage proposi tion, as well as the extension and im provement of the light and water lines. All present were enlightened and apparently edified by the scraps of information that were given out by different speakers regarding these propositions, and everyone secured a better idea of how this contemplated work should be carried forward. At least a start was made in the right di- . rection when a motion carried that it was the sense of the Chamber of Commerce that the City Council should be requested to secure a com petent engineer to map out a plan of sewerage and give an estimate of the cost of same, so that the Council, as well as the Chamber, would have something to work on in an attempt to carry on this important work. When such plans and estimates have, been secured, then the . sentiment seemed to be that the Chamber would get up the necessary petition to au thorize the City Council to call an election for the purpose of voting on a bond issue for the purpose of im proving and extending the light and water lines and putting in a sanitary sewerage, r.ll of which Farmington stands in such great need of. If these promotions are successful, then indeed will Farmington be an ideal city in which to live. Then would every res ident be truly thankful that they lived in Farmington, and there would be a great rush from the outside to get in. What more could one wish than that? ' A communication from the Monday Club was read, which congratulated the Chamber on its endorsement of the sewerage proposition, and offer ing any possible assistance from that organization in pushing forward - such splendid work. The communica tion was heartening for the reason that it demonstrated that the interest in such great work is already making iself manifest. SURVEY SHOWS INDUSTRIAL ,:, SLUMP WORST SINCE ' MONEY PANIC OF 1907. Washington, Jan. 6. A total of 2,350,000 workers are out of employ ment in this country, according to a , survey of the industrial situation made ' by Clint Ci'Houston for the current issue of Labor, official organ of the Plumb Plan League. Houston, assert that his inquiry disclosed the greatest industrial slump since the money pan ic of 1907. " - . j. -i : , . - Building trades,' 300,000 automo biles, 250,000; textiles, 225,000; cloth ing, 150,000; railroad, -200,000; steel and iron, 150,000; shipping, 125,000; shoes and leather, 50,000.