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Mexico Missouri Message,
MEXICO, MISSOURI SEPT. 2G
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JUDGE CARTER IS PRESI
DENT Of COUNTY CLUB.
Judge Wallace Deliver! ' a Most
The Audrain County Anti
Single Tax Club was organized in
Mexico last Saturday. The court
house was crowded with an eager,
interested throng ot people.
V. W. Pollock called the meet
ing t order. S. D. Stocks was
elected temporary chairman and
R. E. Riice, acted as secretary.
Three committees were named,
of seven members each, one from
a township. They were :
iVrmnncnt Organization llu
fns Jackson, Geo. Coakley, Finley
Johnson, C. C. Bledsoe, Senator
II. It. K. Biggs, Frank Canada.
Finance C. F. Clark, Finley
Johnson, Val Erdel, J. S. Brown,
Tom Crawford, T. It. DoTiene,
Resolutions E. A. Shannon.
Geo. Kellerhals, Jr- B. Devault,
Ceo. Pool, Judge J. W. Beagles,
C. G. Duniel and Willis Angel.
Judge Alex. Carter was
elected chairman, of the
county organization, R. E.
Race secretary and Rufus
Jsckson treasurer. An executive
committee composed of Judge C.
Diedsoe, J. W. Dowcll, George
Kcilerlials, John Johnston, Oscar
Smith and Robert Lockridge,
horn each township was selected.
The club adopted a resolution
to instruct! its Congressional
Committeeman to investigate the
report that several professors at
the State institution in Columbia
are supporting the single-tav
amendment. The resolution citts
these professors are drawing
money supplied by the tax-payers
of Missouri and have no right to
work against the interest of the
At the close of the above pro
ceedings Prof. J. W. Million intro
duced Judge W. II. Wallace of
Kansas iCty, one of the leading
jurists of the State, who delivered
a telling address in support of the
honest election" amendment,
No. 8, and against the single tax
amendments, Nos. 6 and 7. The
speech was one of the most forci
ble, on any subject, heard in the
Mexico court house in a lone
In the first place Judge
Wallace plead that you
houhl not vote no on all
the amendments simply because
you want to be sure to kill a
certain otic of the amendments.
That would be a reflection on
tu- intelligence. You should
vote yes 011 amendment No. 8, for
't is to open ballot boxes of the
States in eases of fraud it's a
provision -o catch election
If you don't fix the law to make
tlie elections pure in the big cities
they may vote the single tax on
ou or impose any other infamous
law upon yon they may want.
As to the single tax, it is
against all natural, common and
divine laws and its object is to
Put the ownership of all lands in
inc btate. The practical opera
tion of the single tax would end
in the confiscation of all land.
0r if you are able to hold on to
Jour land you will have to have
twice the returns from it you get
now; the renter, if he rents, will
have tO T1J1V twlflfl vliDt Iia nova
now, and that he cannot stand. -All
the big breweries in St.
Louis and all the saloonkeepers
are for the single tax. The single
tax would abolish saloon licenses.
A whole lot of other ieople in
the big cities of the State are for
the single tax. Watch 'em, spot
'cm. These fellows, when they
vote for the single tax, vote
against the interest of the farmer
Judge Wallace closed with ar
guments that were unanswerable,
showing that. the single tax is in
famous and would result in chaos,
ruin and destruction.
.air. warmer, vore .o on
amendemnts Nos. 6 and 7, the sin
gle tax, but vote "Yes" on
amendment No. 8, for pure elec
HIGH HILL DISTRICT.
Canning Factory Scheme
Some Live Stock Sales.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lanham at
tended church at Union, south of
Centralia, last Sunday.
Elmer Tulis and family visited
at his fathers' B. F. Pulis', last
John Botkins has a canning
outfit and has been having good
success with his canning. He has
canned near 1,000 quarts of to
matoes and is not through yet.
Hill & Co. lately drilled a well
for Luke Spencer and struck an
abundunce of water at 100 feet.
The water comes in at the rate of
10 gallons per minute.
Lillian Lanham visited her
aunt, Mrs. Henry Adams, the past
two weeks, south of Centralia,
HONOR SOCIETIES ALL PU
PILS ON EQUAL FOOTING.
Pennington Gives Bond Mrs.
Moore Dead Mr. Sey
Ed." Spicer, while running a
power wood saw the other day, aiui attended the protracted meet
got his hand too close to the buzz ig at Union church.
saw and he lost the thumb of his
A revival meeting is in progress
at the Auxvasse Baptist church.
Rev. C. A. Mitchell, of Mexico.
pastor of the church, is conduct
ing the services.
Dr. Henry Pennington, charged
with assault on Judge John Gat-
son witn intent to kill, was rc-
Chas. Sellers bought 2" head of
stock-hogs from Oscar Settles at
The residence of W. F. Barnes.
in north 1 entraiia. eaiigni lire.
about 2:'M) Tuesday morning and
burned to the ground. The fam
ily was not at home at the time
and the origin of the fire is not
known. Onlv two or three pieces
leased last Thursday on his being Lf furniture were saved.
able to give bond for $:!,000 for
his appearance signed bv 1. IV
Moore, of andalia, and F. R.
Jesse, his attorney of this city.
Mrs. John Moore died at Kan
sas City recently of paralysis. Tin
body was brought to this county
for burial, interment at West
Cuivre. She was the mother of
Ed. Moore, of near tins city, and
the mother, also, of J. S. Moore, of
Alex. Seymour, who a couple
of: years since, lived on a farm
south of Mexico, has sold his late
home in Montgomery City and
bought 2" acres of ground adja
cent to I entraiia and will move
to his Centralia home next month
Mr. Seymour tells the Message
that he is but moving back home.
He was raised near Sturgeon.
Mrs. L. W. Roberts and Mrs. J.
R. Snook were called to Neosho,
Mo., last week to the bedside of
Mrs. E. II. Skelly, who was re
ported very ill, at the home of her
daughter there, Mrs. W. E. Veer-
kamp. Mrs. Skelley is the mother
of Mrs. Roberts and the aunt of
Mrs. Snook and she is a sister, al
so,' of Mrs. C. M. Skelly, north
cast of Mexico.
TO BUILD SOUTHWEST.
Electric Railway to Be Extended
Plans are on now to extend the
electric railway, southwest from
Mexico, from the point where it is
already finished, to opposite the
Kev. II. I. I ohb Jarin. tour miles
out on toward tiunt and then
Inter of course on to Hereford.
The contract for this extension
is as follows:
For the purpose of aiding the
Mexico, Santa Fe & Perry Trac
tiou Co. in extending its railroad
southwesterly from Mexico, I
hereby promise to
Urbv iAnham bus been working
for Ed. Roberts, of soulh of ten
tralia. Last week they drill
ed a well for a man north of Cen
tralia. Ed eels plenty of this
work to do.
('has. Sellers sold one sow and
pigs to Manuel Hedigcr lor .t42."0.
Ora Miller is visiting her sister,
Mrs. Bruce Spiva, in South Dako
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Pulis visited
Mrs. Pulis' brother, John l. Pulis
at Thompson, last "Sunday 'and at
tended church at Hopewell.
John Rcdiger is entertaining
his brother and family from Iowa
J. E. Lanham is entertaining
his Aunt Sallie Lril'am, of south
of Columbia this week.
Chas. Sellers sold one hog to
Homer Roberts of Cent'-a'ia at
cents a pound, weight 1:." pounds,
Luke Spencer sold Chas. Sel
lers 8 hogs at ! cents n pound.
A Cutting' Scrape.
Mike Jordon and Charlie Rob
inson had a nuxup on the stree
ahou seven o'clock last Friday
night and Jordon was badly
worsted. Robinson used a. knife
He carved Jordon thru the left
cheek, whacked him in other
places on the face, slashed him
across the throat, cutting a small
irtery, and then got in some ugly
cuts on the back of his head. Jot
Ion lost a good deal of blood, but
iftcr a while the flow, was stop
ped and now he is on the way to
recovery. Robinson was arrested
is was also Alono Quails, the
latter charged with giving Robin
son the knife. There had been a
ipiarrel between Jordon and Rob
inson for some time.
Superintendent Pryor Has Set a
Prof. Herbert Pryor, superin
tendent of the Mexico public
schools, in his management and
general grasp of the school situa
tion, tho he has been at the helm
but two weeks, has already
will be done for McMillan High
School before the beginning of
another school year. And this
means many things, among which
is the completion and proper
equipment of the building. I
think the very best is none too
good for the high school bovs
ind girls of Mexico, and I believe
our fathers and mothers will
agree with nie when they under
stand conditions. It is a shame
that you have to work under such
disadvantages as you are forced
to face here this year. Yon can
not possibly derive the greatest
good from your high school
course. Jiy wiithlul work and
loyal support you can do much to
assist the Board and management
in providing the things you need.
Ed. Beatty and family visited
pay to said his mother Sunday.
Company or to its order j110- jt.rmim i,as returned to
dollars, three-fourths of said sum
when the track is laid to Prairie
View church, and the remainder
when the said track is laid to the
corner near the residence oi
Judge S. C. Groves, so that cars
can run thereon from Mexico to
It is agreed that said sum and
fr.r the partial payments hereto
his neighborhood after several
months spent in visiting relatives
in several western states.
W. O. Smith has erected a silo
on his farm and is, now engaged
in filling it.
Dr. W. T. Todd's father visited
him the latter part of last week.
J. L. Hickman got one finger
ruof. HEituEur riuoit.
pfovcii himself a master, lie has
aroused a school spirit of the
highest pitch and worth, and of
ourse there is promise that th
Mexico schools will go further
ind further to the front durina
the coming year.
There are 275 enrolled in tl
High School uikI it is expected
thattiO more will be enrolled dm
ing the .next J'ew
High School is badly
and the new third story of McMil
Ian High will have to be com
pleled and equipped .if the re
quirements are to be met for next
Mr. Pryor estalished a prece
dent last week, which is giving
him note thruout the State, a pre
cedent which rids McMillan High
School of secret fraternities
which have menaced discipline
and school work here several
years. Members of the "E. A
!.,'' a high school fraternity so
eiety, having branches in many
high schools of the country, met
the superintendent in his oflic
and signed a pledge renouncing
their allegierce to the secret so
eiety, afterward burning then
constitution and by-laws on th
school steps.. Passers-by saw four
or five boys quietly and unostcuta
tiously fanning the blazes and
wondered what it meant. Patrons
of the school are enthusiastic in
I heir commendation of the bovs for
this voluntary surrender. It
promises better Ihings for ever
boy who was concerned. M
ryor win organize honor so
ieties. in which all the students
will participate on an equal tooling.
Tuesday morning the lliirh
School students jammed into the
study room seats all full and
many standing, not able to get
seats, and Prof. Prvor made them
i happy little speech, 'lie an
nounced that the School Board
ind just appropriated .f-UO i'ora
gymnasium equipment. The
Board had also authorized an es
timate of cost for uilding a bal
cony iir the gymnasium
fore made bv me for bonds I am to caught m a washing macnine one
u day last week and mashed it so
IIOTC tl Villi. Ull lilt: V m.
Company, and to receive therefor badlX thut St w necessary to
bonds of the said Company at par
as soon as thev can be allotted to
me. It being understood that no
bonds can be distributed by said
Company until the Fruin-Bam-
brick judgment is settled.
amputate the finger at the first
joint. Dr. W. T. Todd did the
Lakeiian & Barnes are building
n four-room cottage on t heir farm
iorth of Gunt
Tom Roden's Barn Will John-
son's New Style of the
Frank Breiiton: I live down
on Littleby. Moved there some
months ago from Washington dis
trict. Crops good in the Littleby
Creek country this season.
12 HORSES BURNED.
One of Lee Bros'. Large Earnes
Goes up in Smoke.
One of Lee Bros', large horse
tarns, on the nonlevard, was de
stroyed by fire just before mid
night last Sunday night.
Eleven horses and six mules
were m the barn. I he tire was
inder such headway before it was
discovered that the horses could
not be gotten out and one mule
The fire department was on
lands early, but there was but
little that could be done, tho the
lepartment by hard work, no
loubt, saved the large main barn
on the west.
It is thought that the tire was
started by tramps, who aecidently
Iropped a match in the wrong
Lee Bros, place their loss at
iliout $5,000, partially covered by
A SHORT VISIT
EVERYBODY TALKING THE
SINGLE TAX QUESTION.
GREAT COON HUNTER.
Centralia Man Runs in 16 Ring
tails This Season.
J. L. Sappington of Centralia
.vill be protected from the cold
his winter by a coonskin over
oat made lrom hides or coons
which he himself caught with his
anions coon dog, Buck, whose
eputation as a tinder and killer
of coons is by no means confined
to Boone county.
Sappington has been offerei
'UOO for Buck, but says he is not
for sale at any price. Sapping
ton 's coat was made from th
skins of thirty of the 1H2 of the
'ing-tailed species which he and
his past master canine Jiuve cap
hired in the last three years.
Three years ago Sappington
bagged fifty-two coons; two years
ago he captured forty-eight; last
year but sixteen, and so far this
year he has sixteen to the credit
of himself and Buck. The seaso'i
isn't over and he thinks he will
probably equal his record of fifty
two, if hunting conditions are
Besides being one of the largest
dealers in jacks in the country
and the champion coon hunter,
'-'appihgton is the owner , of one
if the three deer parks in Boone
Sappington 's deer park in
cludes thirteen acres at ('entraiia.
lie only has five deer now, but
usually has about fifteen or
In addition to the deer, Sap
pington has also domesticated a
number of wild fowls. In the
These I deer park are to be seen Mallard
announcements met with hearty ducks, pheasants, wild turkeys
appl ause from the students. The j and wild geese, which still retain
editor was a visitor and we 1 1 heir wild appearance, although
caught these further remarks, thoroughly domesticated,
made by Mr. Pryor : j
Will W. Johnson: Plague
take it. I've been having the old
fashioned chills lately. Don't get
in with my style for I'm sure you
wouldn't enjoy it.
Neal WaMs; I'm proud of my
good little 40 acre farm in "Mud
dauber" school district. Happy
people out our way. Crops good,
everybody against the single tax
and for Democratic success in
George l.aird: I am a traveling
man out ot uiidalia. as you
know. 1 made a trip up thru Iowa
ecently. They have fine corn
crops up there and everybody is
for Wilson or Taft. Teddy will
not be in it much.
Wilbur Shotip: I belong to a
family of eight brothers ami 1 sus
pect we II everyone vote to kill
the single tax. I'm against it. 1
have a little laud and I'd like to
have some more, yes, even if we
.should happen to get the single
F. V. Shryock: 1 and my son.
I. C. Shryock. are here from our
Illinois home looking after our
two Audrain county farms. One
is four miles northeast of Mexico
and the other near Farber. We
think a great deal of tliis Audrain
(i. W. Peek: Tom Roden is
building a large new barn on his
farm, southeast of Mexico. Why
I id n't. he locate it a little further
west, on the steep hillside, and
put a basement under itt Tom, it
would have been cooler for your
Out on the Farm and Among tho
Things of Nature.
"And all over upland and mead
ow The charm of the golden rod;
Some of us call it Autumn
And others call it God."
The editor goea back to his old
home town of Laddouia occasion
ally and there he always meets
neighbors and friends of other
days. We were in that splendid
little city a few hours last Satur
day. One of the good mothers in
Israel. Mrs. Peter I. Pierce, whom
we had known ninny years, had
passed from her labors here be
low to her reward in the world
beyond, and we attended tho
We visited the outskirts of
town, tramped among the "blue
stem," the "ticklegrass" and
the golden rod and breathed nn
ozone that we imagined was purer
than back in the more or less
Nevertheless we were soon back
again to the streets.
We called on Mrs. J. II. Cou
ncil, who has been ill so long, to
speak a word of cheer if possible.
Frank Ilendrix. who might call
himself a kind of recluse, looked
from his door and said "howdy"
and urged us in.
John DcLaporte, Nick Smith,
I). C. llatton. Will Braden, Char
lie TorreysoiiG. W. Hampton,
"Bud" Kendall, T. II. Slavens, J.
R. I lodge, Horace McCoy, "Bib"
I ;i til ni in, John Summers, Arthur
Wilder, Fred Hamilton, George
Barton, and a dozen others gave
us warm greetings. Albert Hale,
Editor C. E. Mayhall of the Her-
stock in summer and warmer iu',,ld, Doctor Hancock and as many
winter and saved you lumber in
Tom Dudley: I live on the old
"Roc" Melntyre place, south of
Mexico. The house is the second
oldest building in that neighbor
hood. It's been there a long time,
but it 's a good old house yet ;
built when they didn't know any
better than to build a house right.
I have a fine corn crop this year;
all my crops have been good.
W. P. Ball: My wife and little
daughter, Willie, and myself, are
here from our home in Pueblo,
Colo., on a visit to my wife's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Coak
ley, at Rush Hill, and Mrs. T. I.
Ecton, of Mexico, Mrs. F. L. Me
Get,', of near Molino. and tnv
sister, Mrs. II. B. Rice.
of L a d d o n i a , a n d ui y j
brother, "Rush" Ball, and my!
father, B. K. Ball, both at Troy.
Father will be !K years old this1
next month. He had whooping I
cough this summer and it went j
hard with him. I used to live near
Rush Hill. Left Audrain 11 years'
ago. My wife was Mis:i Ida j
Coakley, We like our homo in the j
West all right. i
The Board and patrons of Mex
ico are willing to give you what
you need, if you do your work
well. If you continue to show the
same fine spirit you have shown
Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Roberts
and family, of Sunnyvale, Cali..
are here on a visit to Mr. Roberts'
mother, Mrs. Fannie Roberts,
southeast of Mexico. Mr. Roberts
during the past two weeks, I is a prominent newspaper man at
predict that everything needed j Sunnyvale.
Farley Campebll, at
Mont., in remitting for the
sage says that he
in that country.
a little too much rain lately.
Threshing is on- sonic beginning
and sonic just finished. This sen
tence to close, "Here's hoping
you'll get the dollar and I the
Message for another 12 months."
C. F. Bush and daughter, Miss
Grace, northwest of Mexico, visit
ed in Columbia this week.
more saluted us also and then has
tened on with the activities of the
Everybody else was talking
single tax. or rather anti-single
Henry Koehs, of Laddouia, it
was jokingly said, thinks he
started all this single tax agita
tion in the State. He has been
talking single tax in Laddouia for
20 years and has two or three fol
lowers in the town, it is said.
r.. i . Keiinen says, answer one
question: The siugletaxer argue
for "full rental value." What
does he mean? That Ihe tax shall
be for all the land will rent for?
If so. how absurd bis position.
j J. W. Stevens is so much dis
jgusted and impatient with the un
j reasonableness and unfairness of
Itlie singletax idea that he can
j scarcely find words to express
J. II. Jenkins sometimes jokes,
lie says they arc bad against the
single lax in Laddouia, but he un
derstands we arc so mad about
the tax in Mexico that we would
mob a fellow if he should an
nounce that he favored the tax.
Well, we enjoyed our visit
j among the people, as we always
do. Our experiences thru the
shoit day were varied, and that's
Creston, ,jlc way )f !(, w,)r(, 1S tll(, tjavs
and years come and go.
is prospering up
Fine crops, but! Miss Freda Selmtte Feuds the
Message to her sister, Mrs. James
Morey. at Evanston, III.
IVhh SavinnQ Rant
Capital Stjei, S253.C00.00
43rd Year in Cusines.
W. W. FliY. Pn;.w
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