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"White House Office Uncomfortable,
Unhealthful and Ugly Represen
. tatlve Longworth Laboring
J for Needed Reform.
The scent of the
moth ball will
noon be out of
'Washington at
mosphere. There
U only one more
reception at the
White House and
after that the ma
J o r 1 1 y of the
young officers,
and old ones, too,
for that matter, In the army, navy nnd
marine corps can put away their dress
uniforms In cedar closet and chests
and fortify them with camphor and
moth balls. The odor of those moth
destroyers and preventers is first no
tlced on New Yenr's day, when every
officer of the army and navy and reve-
nut cutter service within the city Is
expected to put on his finest dress unl
form and repair to the White House
to greet the president and his wife.
During the Spanish-American war
!. order was Issued requiring officers
to wear their uniforms while on duty,
and they all became so accustomed to
doing so that their official clothing
was In use most of the lime. Gradual
Jy the order came to be Ignore:!, and
to-day army and navy officers holding
positions In Washington go about
their duties In civilian dres and the
Mne and drab uniforms which are
vostly affairs are kept safe from
moth and rust. When the New Year's
reception Is on It Is no exaggeration
to Ptate that the odor of moth balls
can be detected a square away from
the White House. Then come the offi
cial evening receptions, which are
given fortnightly, and again the offi
cers must turn out In full regalia, so
that the sweet odor of the flowers dec
orating the executive mansion and the
delicate perfumery affected by the
ladies must contend with the sharper
And more insistent smell of camphor.
These official receptions are now
ever, and the thrifty officers can once
more don civilian dress and attend
evening functions In the formal black
dress suit. Officers as a rule grow
very tired of the color of their uni
forms and are very glad to lay them
.aslile for civilian dress.
Reforms at the White House.
has worked a re
form In the mat
ter cf evening
receptions at the
White House. In
the old days the
Invitations Issued
for each reception
would fill the ex
ecutive mansion
with such a
'throng as to ruin gowns and tempers.
: Since the Roosevelts came to the
'White House a different system has
'been in force, under which there Is a
.Judicious division of invitations, so
that everybody who ought to be in
cited will get at least one Invitation
'to each reception. The capacity of the
old mansion Is limited, despite the
wide-famed East room, which Is sup
1 posed to accommodate thousands.
.Every function at the White House
proclaims loudly the necessity of an
executive building where the presi
dential offices could be located and a
large hall be provided for official re
ceptions, leaving the present mansion
exclusively for the private use or the
.president and his family.
The Idea of a grand executive build
ing Is at present kept in the back
ground, although the insignificant ex
ecutive offices where the president
does his work were erected as tempor
ary quarters in expectation that con
gress would take up the matter and
provide a proper place for executive
headquarters. There Is not a day
passes that the inadequacy of the
White House offices Is not emphasized.
"There is no more beauty about the
ibulldlng than there is about the aver
age country railroad station. The
rooms are uncomfortable, ugly and
not yery healthful.
The worst feature about these tem
porary quarters la that the president
la separated from the public by only
one or two doors, and noises in the
outer offices penetrate easily into the
cabinet room or into bis own office
The deplorable Mrs. Morris incident
could not have occurred in a building
that had been constructed for protec
tion as well at use of the president.
:She raised a row within ten feet of the
.president's room, something she could
mot have done in a properly construct
d building.
Long-worth a Man of Action.
does not propose
to go down Into
history merely as
the husband of
A lice Roosevelt
The young man
has political am
bition and laud
able desire to ac
complish s o m e-
thlng as a member of the bouse. He
already demonstrated on the floor
TT a V
that he 1 capable of taking pJ care
of himself In debate and he caa
make an Interesting and Informative
speech. His experience on bis Phil
Ipplne tour last summer was not alto
gether that of love-making. He
studied intelligently conditions in th
Islands, and when the Philippine taflfl
bill was tip In the house he had an op
portunity to display his knowledge of
the whole subject He does not best
tate to speak plainly about the Phil
ippines, and declares that the United
States will be well rid of them when
they can be properly governed by
their own people.
Mr. Longworth Is now advo.-atlng a
very Important measure which, If it
becomes a law, will distinguish him
as a man who has accomplished a real
reform. His bill provides for the pur
chase of land and the erection of em
bassies and legation buildings for our
representatives in foreign lands. His
own travel abroad In Europe and In
the orient has Impressed blm with the
very shabby showing the united
States makes In the matter of homes
for her diplomats. For posts In Eu
rope very wealthy men have to be se
lected as ambas8.tlors in order to do
credit to the government In the mat
r of embassies and in entertaining.
Whltclaw Held, at London, pays $35,
000 a year merely for the rents! of a
mansion, or twice the salary he re
ceives from his government.
Compared with the generous sala
ries paid foreign ambassadors in
Washington and the liberality of their
home 'governments In purchasing for
them permanent quarters here, the
United States cuts a very sorry figure
A Canadian Yankee.
NE of Canada'!
bright railroad
men was observed
In Washington re
cently, and th
capital city Is al!
the better for his
visit. This Is
George H. Ham, a
special agent oi
the Canadian Pa
cific railway, who
has left a trail of
"glad hands" all
the way across the continent and
wherever his big system of railroad
goes, and who is a Canadian Yankee In
w-ith, humor and enterprise. Mr. Ham
Is one of those rare characters that a
big corporation gets hold of some
times, whose personality counts for
more than the name of the company.
He has made 29 trips from Montreal
to Victoria in the interest of the Can
adian Pacific railroad, and they have
resulted In a wider diffusion of knowl
edge regarding the wonderful terri
tory this system serves than has been
accomplished by any other means.
Mr. Ham personally conducts tours
of homeseekers, investigators nnd In
vestors, with an occasional party of
newspaper men, across the continent,
and there is scarcely a mile of the
3,000-mile trip with which he is un
acquainted. He can give the depths
of soil in every section, and the acre
of the big 1,000-mile square wheat
farm In northwestern Canada, and can
tell within a thousand feet of the out
put of the lumber in eastern Canada
as well as on the Pacific slope.
Wherever he goes a bright light is
shown for the Canadian Pacific rail
road, or, as many of the natives in
Canada are in the habit of calling It,
the "C. P. R. railway." While Mr.
Ham was In Washington he did not
neglect to call attention to the ad
vantages of his home country of Can
ada a3 a winter resort as well as sum
Cheap Intoxicants.
ELECT and com
mon council for
the District of Co
lumbia are now
In session. In
other words, con
gress Is assembled
In the national
capital and Is for
a large part of
the time engaged
In managing the
affairs of the dis
trict. As the peo
ple in this ten-mile square territory
have no franchise, they are' the wards
of congress. The two district commit
tees of the house and senate look
after affairs in Washington JuHt as the
branches of councils or boards of al
dermen would do In any other munic
ipality. It seems to be a rather
trifling business for bodies represent
ing the entire country to have their
time occupied in discussing the open
ing of streets, the laying of pave
ments, building schoolhouses, etc. The
system, however, cannot well bp
changed, the sad experience of a ter
ritorial form of government 20 or 25
years ago precluding the thought of
changing back to that form.
Just now there is a good deal of talk
concerning the prohibition of the sale
of intoxicating liquors in the district
or the imposition of an extremely high
license. The great capital of the na
tion, supposed to be the center' ol
statemanshlp, art and literature, is no
better off hi the matter of common
drunkenness than a manufacturing
center. A United States official has
written to the excise board stating that
conditions are deplorable on account
of cheap beer and the bucket trade
He declares that most of the alle
fights, - assaults and other violation!
of the law are traceable to cheap beei
and to the bablt of "rushing the growl
er." The matter will be brought tip
before congress and aa attempt made
to cut oft the trade in cheap intoxi
cants and to do away with a multitude
of low groggerles where the colored
element of the city get their inspira
tion for all sorts of misdoings.
Different Countries Which Are PIo-
torlally Represented by
Birds, beasts and even fish are used
n various ways to plctorlally repre-
lent particular nations and countries.
Maybe fantastically treated, they .fig-
are, for Instance, la cartoons; copied
airect from nature, they appear on
postage stamps, and so forth. In this
ay the Hon, first here seen, repre
sents Croat Brit-
sis, being for
this occasion sup
plied, we ncr
tice, wild a man
o-warsmans cap
and a turn-down
sailor collar, and
portrayed as very much on guard on
some rocky cliff of our island. We
will notice some other creatures In
this way which serve as emblems of
Like the king of beasts, the king
or birds finds a place In our gallery;
indeed, be has
two places. The
American eagle,
the emblem of
the United States,
Is shown as hav
ing feathers grow
ing in such a
away as to form
a stars and
Btrlpes pattern.
He is a very united states.
fine bird, often depicted as in the act
of soaring, has wings of huge extent,
and plenty of talon and beak.
The German eagle, we notice, Is a
somewhat different looking bird, with,
in this instance,
a distinctly mar
tial appearance.
He has a mili
tary helmet on
his head, and
wears a decora-
,V4 tion of some
GERMANY. --b'"b
a collar. The
treatment of the bird's wings, tall
and leg-feathers la quite Teutonic.
The bear, big, shaggy and flat-footed.
stands for Russia, having in that re
spect quite ousted
the wolf, once
sometimes so
used. A wolf
may, on occa
sion, look like a
dog, or something
like a large fox; but a bear Is a bear
always. The cap that the bear is
wearing, from its shape, insists on the
fact that this bear is a Russian one.
It may, by the way, be mentioned
that the want of what we term a
national animal
to be taken as
representative of
Japan has been
much felt by
artists called
upon In recent
times to draw
fancy pictures
of affairs relat
ing to the Jap-
an e s e nation.
France, next on
"Gallic fowl," a
cockbird from the
our list, has the
sprightly looking
farmyard. He wears wooden sabots
on his feet, has a Cap of Liberty set
launtily on his head, and has slung
round his neck a medal bearine trm
Initials of the French republic.
Canada Is here doubly represented
by us. The picture shows the Cana
dian beaver hold
ing between Its.
teeth a maple
leaf, which as re
gards Canada is
equivalent to the
English rose. Scottish thistle, or Irish
Of course, when it is said that, for
Instance, a Hon represents Great
Britain, a tiger India, and so forth, no
law is laid down as to the attitude
that the animal Is to adopt. There
are, therefore, any number of vari
eties of each of our 'examples; which,
Indeed, are offered as typical of pic
torial treatment in each Instance.
Newfoundland Is sometimes, repre
sented by a dog of that breed; by a
ptarmigan, a cari
boo, or American
reindeer, or by a
seal, but on ac-
KKWFOUNDLAND. count of the great
fishing industry of
Newfoundland, the natural history em
blem mere often chosen for . that
country Is a codfish.
Holland has the
quaint bird, the
stork in the pic
ture, rendered.stlll
more quaint by
being depicted aa
wearing a Dutch
cap, and smoking
a long tobacco
Among more
ponderous quad
rupeds that are
taken as emblems,
the Republio ot
Liberia baa the
hippopotamus, just
aa we
here per-
eelve the Congo Free State has the
elephant The
particular 1
phant selected by
that state is, ot
course, a very
large "tusker,"
which is usually
depicted aa be
ing In a rather truculent mood.
"Do you know the young woman
whom' you lust spoke to very wellT"
"Mere calling acquaintance."
"Oh! Telephone glrir--Glevl&Qd
Very Graceful in Its Movements
How It Alights and Perform
Other Maneuvers.
"The mocking bird's movements," says
an observant writer, in the St. Louis
Globe Democrat, "excepting In flight, are
the perfection of grace; not even the cat
bird can rival him in airy lightness, in
easy elegance of motion.
"In alighting on a fence, he does not
merely come down upon it; his manner
Is fairly poetical. He flies a little too
high, drops like a feather, touches the
perch lightly with his feet, balances and
tosses upward his tall, often quickly run
ning over the tips of half a dozen pick
ets before he rests. Passing across the
yard, he turns not to avoid a taller tree
or shrub, nor does he go through it; he
simply bounds over, almost touching it,
aa if for pure sport
"In the matter of bounds, the mocker
Is without a peer. The upward spring
while singing Is an ecstatic action, that
must be seen to be appreciated; he rises
Into the air as though too happy to re
main on earth, and, opening his wings,
floats down, singing all the while.
"It is indescribable, but enchant
ing to see. In courtship, too, he
makes effective use of this exquisite
movement In simple food-hunting on
the ground a most prosaic occupation
truly on approaching a hummock ot
grass, he bounds over It, instead of go
ing around. In alighting on a tree, he
does not pounce upon the twig he has
selected, but upon a lower one, and
passes quickly up through the branches,
as lithe as a serpent.
"So fond Is he of this exercise that
one which I watched amused himself
half an hour at a time In a pile of brush;
starting from the ground, slipping easily
through up to the top, standing there a
moment then flying back and repeating
the performance.
"Should the goal of his journey be a
fence picket, he alights on the beam
which supports it, and hops gracefully
to the top.
"Like the robin, the mocking-bird
seeks his food from the earth, sometimes
digging it, but often picking it up. His
manner on the ground Is much like the
robin's; he lowers the head, runs a few
steps rapidly, then erects himself very
straight for a moment. But he adds to
this familiar performance a peculiar an d
beautiful movement, the object of which
I have been unable to discover.
"At the end of a run he lifts his wings,
opening them wide, displaying their
whole breadth, which makes him look
like a gigantic butterfly, then Instantly
lowers his head and runs again, general
ly picking up something as he stops.
"A gentleman In South Carolina, fa
miliar with the ways of the bird, sug
gests that his object Is to startle the
grasshopper, or, as he expresses it, to
'flush his game.' "
Brilliant Slelght-of-Hand Perform
ance Which Any Boy Can
Learn to Do.
Present a glass full ot Ink to the view
of the spectators, then prove that it is
ink by dipping a visiting card in it and
showing the card. Now announce that
there are live fish in the tumbler that
just thrive on ink, and you will prove
they are there by changing the Ink to
water, so that the onlookers may seo
them. Throw a handkerchief over the
glass bo as to entirely envelop It, repeat
an incantation and then suddenly whisk
the handkerchief away. The audience
will be very much astonished to find the
glass filled with water, clear as crystal,
with several fish swimming about la It
The trick, explains Good Literature, la
performed in this way: Get a piece oi
thin black rubber cloth and line the In
sides of the glass with it; then tie t
black thread to the upper edge of thi
cloth. Attach a little button or bit ol
cork to the end of the thread overhang
ing the tumbler, as shown in the draw
ing. Fill the glass with clear water,
and Introduce several fish, live ones II
you can possibly procure them, but 11
not, toy fish will serve, though the trick
will hardly be so effective. The ink teat
with the visiting card is accomplished
by meanB of a confederate who is in the
audience and who hands you a card
which is marked with ink on one side.
As you dip the card Into the tumbler yon
contrive to turn it around, and the audi
ense then sees the black side, thinking
naturally that it has just been Immersed
in the Ink. The startling change from
ink to water is effected by pulling put the
rubber cloth by means of the attached
thread and button when the handker
chief is whisked away. Some practice
Is needed first in order to do this with
out spilling the, water In the glass.
A Boy Hero.
A boy of 13 went into the jail at Jack
sonville, Fla., and asked the authorities
to allow him to serve out the sentence
of a boy who had been imprisoned for
vagrancy. The justice who sentenced
the boy was appealed to, and was so af
fected by the lad's devotion that he or
dered his young friend's, release De
troit Fjrea Prw. '
Man M of Eeiica
Mexico, Mo.,
Capital stock all paid np iiso.ooo.C
Burplus .SOS.OOO.OO
Interest paid on all deposits
J. A. Outhrle, President; C. F. Clark
Vice Presidents A. D. Jackson, Cashier
Dlre:tors: W. W. Harper, J. T. John
ton, J, A. Unthrle, 0- ff, Lewis, and O.
r. Clark.
Dr. W. F: Tranrhber,osteopatu
Ic.will be found in his office, east
of postofTiee, every dsy except
Monday and Friday afternoons.
Treat acute and clirunio casees
Cnlla answered day or niht. Office
hours 8 a. m. to 5. p. m. Phon
ft, fcnnw I I I kLVI J4
Office: South side fo Sauare. 5
It wijl be to your interest to aee tot
before placing aa order for mon
ument or anything in the monu
mental line. Yard and office,
Glandon B'ld'sr, .Mexico, Mo.
Branch office, Vandalia, Mo.
yj; - - - W , AA 1 fcj W W A J.. "
Mexico. . VIo
Southern Bank Building.
' Attorney-at-Law
Will practice In all courts, both State
ind Federal. Bonds executed. Patents
procured. Notary In office.
113 E. Monroe St. ' Mexico, Mo
Track Marks
Copyrights Ac.
Anyone sending: s sketch and desorlptlnn ma
qnlcklr Ascertain our opinion free whether ma
Invention la probably patentable. Communica
tions utrictlT confidential. HANDBOOK ou Patent -
ent free. Oldest encf fur aeourtDfpateut.
fAteiiia laser. mrougQ muiiq & fjo. I
tptciai notic, without obani. in ui
Scientific jFlmcricam
A handtomelr lllnitrated weekly.
I,!WMt tr-
eulatlun of tnv sctentido hturnal.
'jernii, 3 a
Four: inur montne, u. DoiaoTaii newsdealers.
&Co.88lB""'- New York
Offloe, 636 F BU Washlugtun, IX G.
; Will give all business prompt atten
tion. See hint whea yoa want No-
'trr work dnrm.
Physician and Druggist, north
west corner Public . Square,
Mexico, Mo.
Foil line of Staple Draft and
DrnzgiBt'a Sundries, Patent
Medicines, Dye Stuffs, Etc. v
A fall assortment of .Homo
pathio Medicines always
band. These remedies aest by
mail wben ordered.
. .Will do strictly, an offloa prae)
. -IMMo 60 YEARS' .
A Family Affair.
Othello had Just smoihered rade
"She had wakened him twice to walk
the baby, three times to hunt burglars
In the cellar and twice to close the
back parlor windows so the rala
wouldn't come in," explained hie
friends. .
Fearing, however, to make the tra
gedy too somber, Shakespeare wrota
np a different version. N. Y. Sun.
Keen .Observer.
Bessie Oh, Tommy! My new baby
dolly is almost human! When I
squeeze her sho begins to cry, and
when I put her np to bed she closes
her eyes!
Tommy Huh! She'd be more hu
man If she closed her eyes when you
walk the floor with her, and began to
cry when you put her to bedl Puck.
War Notes.
"That young Mrs. Potter has a queer
hobby," said Mrs. Henpeck. "When
ever she sees a wedding notice In the
paper she clips It out I wonder what
she wants with themt"
"Probably," replied her husband,
half-hoping, half-fearing she'd catch
his meaning, "probably she puts them
Ui a scrapbook." Philadelphia Press.
A Bride's Sad Fate.
Mrs. BHfklna 1 am afraid my darter
la awful unhappy with that new hus
band of hers.
Mrs. Gab Do tell! Have you heard
"No; but I've seen him on the street
erery day since he got married, and he
walks along just as chippy and 1 ride
pendent as ever. He doesn't look sub
dued a blt."--N. Y. Weekly. '
The Mystery of Life.
"The Mlllyards keep house on $10 a
"That's very different. The Mill-
yards can afford to be beggarly.
They've got money to burn. We. are
poor, and if we try to live on less than
$50 a week, we shall certainly be
ruined." Puck.
The bright clerk was tacking up the
new calendar.
"It's right pretty," commented the
boss, "but you have It crooked."
"Oh, that's all right," laughed the
bright clerk. "It was given out by a
crooked insurance company." Chicago
Dai.y News.
Striving to Flense.
'It grieves me to find that you pre
fer saying disagreeable things about
people," said the considerate woman.
'Yes," answered Miss Cayenne, "and
it grieves me to find such a universal
preference for hearing disagreeable
things." Washington Star.
Orown Wise.
"Is yoh husbaa' lookin' foh work?"
"Yes," answered Mrs. Pinkley.
He's done foun out dat Its less work
to go out lookin foh work dan it is to
stay home ah chop wood an' carry
water foh de wash tubs." Washington
The Sanger. '
"Why didn't you permit your client
to testify: didn't you think he would
acquit himself well?"
"He mlght've acquitted himself well.
but the jury would have convicted him
as sure as preaching." Houston Post.
Honest Confession.
"At any rate," said the woman who.
sneers, "I am not a parvenue."
"Neither am I," answered Miss Cay
enne. - "But I hate to think of the fool
ish Investments I have made trying to
become one." Washington Star.
The Theorist.
My duty 'tis the world to teach
Just how things should be run.
I go ahead and make a speech
And feel my duty's done.
Washington Star.
Cannibal Chief Won't you stay an4
take pot-luck with us?
" 1 1 1 " I
Miss Sweetie's Suitor.
Ke wooed with the dash of a' meteor
He said: : "You will wed me, Miss Hwsteor,
You are due to find out
I will marry Miss Stout,
She's not sweet as you, but she's meteor.'
Houston Post.
Thoroughly Broken.
"Is the new cook at your house
broken in yet?" - , -
"Thoroughly. She's broken into
ecry set of china we've got" Mil
waukee Sentinel.
First Millionaire How Is your ma
chine worlkig? . , i
Second Millionaire Very , poorly.
Haven't jald a One for over three days.
A Remnant
KnicVer Has he an auto tuee?
Bother Not all of It; he left four
leeth, two ears and one er li -curlocs,
ecclGants. N. Y. Sua..

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