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Mexico Missouri Message.
VOL. 14
NO. 1-4
Valuable Business Houses
Are Wrecked.
Palace Clothing Co., Buckner Drag
Co. and W. L. Craddock Also
Suffer Loss.
Mr. Greer Will Rebuild at Once
Other Buildings Being
Last Wednesday night Mexico
suffered oue of the most destruc
tive fires in the history of the city..
I. M. Greer's furniture building
and stock were completely de
stroyed, and the Palace Clothing
Co. and W. L. Craddock 's book
store on the north and the liuck
ncr Drug Co. on the south met
heavy losses also.
The fire started about seven
o'clock in the evening in the base
ment of the Greer building, from
an overheated furnace, it seems.
It was extinguished, but later the
blazes broke out again in another
quarter. The fire department was
on hands promptly, but after an
hour's stubborn fighting they had
made no headway and soon the
flames, having crawled to the
fourth story, broke thru the roof.
The fire now had its own way and
soon the great front wall cupped
and pitched forward into the
street. If it had hot been bo hot,
that spectators could not endure
the heat, a number of by-standers
would most likely have been
caught and killed. Soon now the
walls on either side fell outward,
thus smashing in the roofs of the
Buckner Drug building on the
south and the Palace Clothing Co.
on the north. In the ineantinu
steady streams of water were
poured into the flames to keep
them from spreading across the
alley east, thus endangering the
Mexico Intelligencer plant and
other buildings. The books and
files and mailing galleys of the
Intelligencer were carried across
the street and stored in the Mes
sage office for safer keeping.
It was a cold night but the fire
fiuhtera battled on. Not until
near midnight was the Fire King
conquered. But several of the
fire department remained on the
grounds the rest of the night, nor
did they cease throwing water tiL
after the sun had come up next
morning: Flames broke up thru
the debris at different times thru
the day Thursday and in one spot
smoke was still pouring forth
down to Sunday afternoon.
Mr. Greer '8 building and stock
were a total loss. The biulding
was valued at $23,000; stock, val
ued at $35,000. He had only
$12,500 insurance.
The Palace Clothing Co., M. R
"Wise, owner, practically lost their
entire stook, valued at $16,000
insured for $13,000.
The roof of the Buckner Drug
Co. was damaged about $2,000,
covered by insurance,
Mr. Greer's furniturestore was
one of the finest in the State of
Missouri. He is" undaunted and
will rebuild at once and soon will
be in on the ground floor again
Wilbur Bridgford, Parker Mar
shall, Turner Ballew, Ode Wil
lingham and others did valiant
service in assisting -the regular
fire department force.
One of the young men who is
studying Agriculture 1a the High
School when he looked on the de
struction that was wrought was
led to observe, "The farm looks
good to me; I'm going to follow a
vocation where the earnings of a
life time do not have a chance to
burn up like that."
When that big front wall fell,
four stories high, plate glass
were broken out of the fronts of
ucker & McClure's real estate
building and Pitts 's barber shop
across the street.
The fire fighters, covered with
ice, had no time to get cold and
later in the night sang song. and
histlcd and still fought on.
The members of the Fire Com
pany are: Vernor Morns, Chief;
W. Flittner, Ed. Prait, Otto
Patrick, A. II. Meeks, Lon Smith
and Stewart Garrett all a brave
set of fellows.
Parties began razing the walls
of the ruins Saturday morning
when the back brick wall of the
Greer building fell out and filled
the alley with debris which work
men were all day Sunday n re
moving. The Methodist church Sunday
by a rising unanimous vote ex
tended sympathy to the men who
ost their property in the big fire
Wednesday night. Likewise a
vote was extended the members
of the fire department, and other
helpers, commending them for
their assiduous and unfaltering
efforts, at times at the risk of
their lives, to save the burning
property and that adjacent.
That Farm Adviser Wanted
Hog Property a Valuable
- Asset.
M. H. Shoup: I belonged to a
family of eight brothers and three
sisters. We brothers are yet
alive but the sisters are all dead;
one was Mrs. Ranee L. Day, an
other Mrs. E. B. Norris and an
other died in younger life.
once had a farm near Rush Hill,
sold it and bought a home near
the Fair Grounds in Mexico. I've
been trying for two weeks past
to get another farm want to go
back but I have failed. Guess
I'll continue residence in town
now at least for another year.
Chas. E. Sellers: By the way,
tell that Farm Adviser I want to
see him soon out at my place, one
mile west of Gant. If he can help
me out any Barkis is wiinn.
Dick Thomas : I bought 22 head
of young cattle last fall and now
every buyer is tempting me with
offers to give them up. I am puz
zied as to what to do about it.
They are worth the stuff, how
ever, and I think I shall keep
them. I haven't but a few hoes
on hands. I wish I had; they're
going to be good property in a
few months.
T. II. Slavens: I have charge
of a Sunday school class in the
Methodist church at Laddonia
all men that, without boasting,
believe is the best in town
Every fellow studies his lesson
and all are ready to to give
reason for the faith that is with
in them. I notice that the Sunday
school habit is getting ncld of the
men all over the country. It's u
hopeful 6ign. Mrs. Slavens and
I are visiting our son and daugh
ter in Mexico, J. B. Slavens and
Mrs. Bert Ingram.
Edward Macnin : 1 own a nice
farm down northeast of Martins
Durg. About two years since
I leased it out and moved to Illi
uois. I was badly afflicted with
rheumatism, but since nave re
covered my health. I have been
homesick ever since I left Au
drain and I m going to fiove
back, but 111 move to Mexico. My
family will be here after the end
ox the school year where l now
live. I expect to travel for the
Watson Remedies Co. ; 1 nave the
west part of Audrain county.
C. Y. Torter : I live over to
ward Auxvassc, three miles south
f the Audrain line. I drove iu to
Mexico Monday and I nearly fell
out with your county soon as i
crossed the liue from "The King
dom." Nobody over this way
had dragged the toads. Why
don't your farmers get at that!
It's worth more than all the other
work you can do on the roads.
iYnd the work doesn't cost much
either. For three dollars cost
Monday I could have drug 12
miles of road that I traveled over
and made it almost as smooth as
floor, it's full of ruts as it is
now. the condition ot the roads
for dragging were Ideal this
week. Callaway is doing more
for her roads than you Audrain
M. J. Jones: I now live north
Wellsvillc. I once lived near
Rush Hill and before that was a
resident of Molino neighborhood.
have a plan now to move to
Utah. I have a son, M. J. Jones,
who lives at Woodruff, Utah. He's
been out there several years and
likes the country. I don't say,
however, that I have gone from
Audrain tor good; 1 may come
A Lecture on Road Dragging In
teresting Live Stock
Weather fine and spring-like.
Roads are Retting quite good
where they are kept well dragged.
All late grading ou the roads is
rather muddy. All roads should
bo graded before the first of July
to make them good for winter
T. A. Boyd and Mrs. Schumau
shipped, last week, one car oi
heifers and cows to the East St
Louis market.
C. Y. Porter sold, a nice bunch
of porkers, weighing 230 pounds.
to J. W. Bade? for $125, the
bunch of seven head.
J. J. McPheeters & Son sold
their saw mill to Brewer Bros, ol
near Auxvasse for $50, for the
saw rig.
Hiram Threlkeld and son, Mar
cellus, and daughter, Miss Eunice,
of South Audrain, took dinner
with Mr. and Mrs. C. Y. Porter
last Sunday.
W. Ed. Bojd is carrying thru
the winter a car load of 24 good
yearling steels and 12 head o
mule colts.
J. T. Kenuon and sou, C. V
sold to Charley Dunn 12 head of
good stock hogs, average weight
160 pounds, at $8 per cwt. ,
Harry . Henderson's sale
mulea at Auxvasse last Saturday
was well attended and mules sold
from $175 to $300 per head; one
span of extra good ones sold
Mr. Harrison for $000.
Ed. Johnson of North of Mexico
has rented a large farm known as
the Turner farm, six miles east of
Columbia for the coming season
and will move next week.
J. W. Moseley and son are car
ing thru the winter 40 head of
good coming two year old steers
they will put on feed in the early
Finley Smith shipped to the
East St. Louis market last week
one car of good porkers of his
own feeding.
E. E. Kennon is carrying thru
winter one car load of extra good
steer calves he will put on feed
early in the spring.
W. R. Dudley, of Rush Hill, is
afflicted with stomach trouble
and is at a hospital in Minnesota.
Mrs. Henry Haycraft and two
daughte rs and one son have
moved to Mexico from Laddonia
The editor of the
company with l-outi
y Nuperin
tendent J. L. Shobe cnioved a
rive last Friday afternoon out
Hedjedale Debaters-From left to right:
Smith, Raymond Snook and Norma Kircher.
to Prairie Lea school house, four
miles northeast of Mexico, to hear
debate between pupils of that
school and pupils of Iledgedale
school on the question, Resolved,
That the Indians have more right
to this country than the whites.
It was a lively time; we have
not, enjoyed a more pleasing pro
gram in a long time. Represent
atives of five schools were pres
ent Prairie Lea, Iledgedale, Car
ter, Rush Hill and Lawder.
At tne appointed hour the
chairman of the Prairie Lea Lit
erary Society called the meeting
to order. The following program
was carried out preceding the de
bate. Each number was well ren
dered and several created great
merriment :
Prairie Lea "Away to
t;y4 :$ fcr?
v? uwzzQ-
Prairie Lea- From left to right:
Shire and Orville Johnson.
School," Sr. members Prairie
Lea; recitation, Clyde Dunn; reci
tation, "A Fortune,"," Nellie
Pierce; motion song, "Leap Frog
John," Prairie Lea, Jr. Members;
recitation, "Compensation," Sam
uel Shoup; recitation, "And,"
Althea Bell: recitation, "When
I'm a Man," Paul Dunn.
Hedge Dale Recitation, "Prior
to Miss Belle s Appearunce,
Leona Kircher; song, "Just You
Wait Till After School," Roy
Snook; recitation, "What's the
Use," Edmond Witchie.
Song, Hedge Hale School.
Recitation, Mary K. Holloway,
Lawder School.
Following this came the de
bate. Prof. J. L. Shobe, John
Beal and Mrs. Eulalia Andrews,
teacher in Lawder district, were
appointed judges.
Prairie Lea affirmed and the
speakers were : Glen Ruse, Irene
Rogers, Lyndon Davis, Leo Shire
and Orville Johnson. The Hedge
dale speakers denied and were as
follows: Clyde Weaver, Cordelia
Miller, Milton Smith, Norma Kir-
cher and Raymond Snook.
The speakers went into the con
test, like grown-ups and many
sharp hits and points were record
ed for both side. Some of t lit
speakers were cheered to the echo
and at different stages the hous
whs convulsed with laughter. The
ages of- these debaters ranged
from about 12 to 13 years. They
have talent and showed careful
.i.-' r -fii'r'
Cordelia Killer, Clyde Weaver,
preparation. We have seen a big
bunch of men before now in like
contests who could not have
equaled tnese young tolas, l lie
judges decided two for the nega
tive and one for the affirmative.
following this there were
school songs and other variations,
and then a committee opened
"mail box" and every pupil and
the teachers received a valentine
Prairie Lea school is taught by
Miss Abbie Sullivan, one of the
very best teachers in the county
and Hedgedale is taught by Miss
Mabel Cook, also a progressive
and up-to-date teacher. There is
a fine school spirit in these two
districts, and Misses Sullivan and
Cook are doing all in their power
to foster it, and you are going to
hear more from Prairie Lea and
Si '
Lyndon Davit, Glen Ruie, Irene Rogen, Leo
lledgedale in the future. Parents
and patrons, be sure that you do
your part; the children may be
depended on to do their share,
rW. J. L SHOBt.
lie is a booster or tne rura
schools all right. He was the first
to introduce Agriculture in the
Audrain schools and now be sees
it taught in every school io the
Geo. Piatt Leg Broken James L.
Timberlake Is Dead.
Miss Elizabeth Powell, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. A; V, Powell
f this city, is suffering from an
triiction of erysipelas in the face.
Mrs. Powell, who has been ill
since Inst summer, is now improvi
ng slowly.
"Uncle Bobbie" Hagan in
Southwest Mexico, fell the othei
lay and. suffered bad bruises i.
ihe face. Mr. llagau is about t
years old.
Fifteen divorce cases arc o.
the docket for the March term o.
the Audrain County Circui.
oung Bros, have sold then
esiauratit on tne south side oi
the Square to Howard Uodgers
getting $800. Mr. Rodgers hai-
been in the restaurant business ii.
Mexico before and is well know
James E. Timberlake, an unck
of Mrs. John Vaughn of this city
died at his home in Orange, Va
one day last week. He had beei
in the habit iu late years of seim
ing Mrs. Vaughn a cheek for $Oi
for her birthday. Deceased wa
a Confederate soldier and serve.
in the army with A. G. Turnei
now living in this citv. and lu
was also a war-time conirad
with the late Gen. W. II. Kennan
and Gen. D. H. Melntyre of this
Mr. Al Coil, of near Bento
City, and Mrs. Christina Evans
of Martinsburg, were united ii
marriage at the Hoxsey Hotel ii
this city Wednesday of last week
Rev. Darner on, of Centralia ty
ing the nuptial knot. The hapiv
couple will make their home o
the groom's farm, southeast oi
Benton City. We join many
friends in wishing them long life
and happiness.
John Wayne and family, uei.i
Beaver Dam, are thinking of go
ing to some Western State foi
Hunt Bros., of near Bachelor,
have rented the John Davis 2(Jt
acre farm, iu south Audraii
George Piatt, a section mai.
working for the Wabash, suffer
ed a broken leg last Friday morn
ing, in Mexico, by a railroad rail
falling upon it.
Bert Was Surprised.
Last Thursday night as Bei .
Ingrain was enjoying his eve,
ing's rest in his family circle am.
feeling at peace with all maukim
he was called to the door to tiuu
about 25 of his neighbors at the
door who immediately bombarded
him with a shower of socks, and
also informed him it was his
birthday. There were socks that
were dreams, some that were re
seams and some so loud that it i
a cinch if Bert ever attempts t.
wear them down town the mar
shall will arrest him before he
ever reaches the court house.
If Bert was surprised his wife
was evidently not as she appear
ed at the proper time v.-it') '
'ine l e! i f.Mi.n, ni - ; , .
went all too i'ut in uia-iui..ioin.-.
games and jokes until at a late
hour we left Bert to regain his
balance and wonder how it all
One of The Crowd.
C. W. Kindred of Vandalia is
planning to go to Washington
Stute in a few weeks.
II...:.. p. n i i
tyitilM, SiSO.OOO.CO
43rd Year in Business.
W. W. FRY, Pre.ldent.
nil ii v 1 1 ii nui nrrn u n n u
fells About Learning Steaks as
Well as Music.
The following, printed iu The
liuralist last week, should iulcreat
very mother who has u daughter
in Audrain county :
Housekeeping is the most iin
oi t lint accomplishment a woman
an have. It is an ace'oinpu.su-
nent that may be tu'iuueu i,v
unly and experiment, nut Uiu
jouug housekeeper generally
caches success only thru great
rihulalioux. If young irl.i who
taught to take as much L'euuiuu
rido in dusting a room well.
lunging a cuitam ineenuiy,
sweeping well or bulling steak to
a nicety as they feel when they
iuvc learned a diilieult piece of
music there would be fewer eom-
laining husbands and unliappy
vvives. the woman who is satis-
iied only with the highest perfec
tion, in her work is the one w ho
will succeed. She drops the
drudge and becomes the artist.
.o mother who has the happine.v,
jf her daughter at heart will ncg-
oct to teach her the dunes of the
iiousehold and no daughter who
ispires to be queen at home und
in her circle of friends can afford
to remain ignorant of the smallest
details that contribute to the
peace, comfort and attractiveness
jf a home. Everything works by
exact rule. There must be a place
:or everything and everything iu
ts place. A time for eeiy tiling
ind everything in its time. Your
.uisbaud may admire your grace
and ease in society, your accom
plishments in music or painting,
but all in perfection will not
atone for an ill-ordered kitenmi,
sour bread, muddy coffee, unpala
table vegetables and the whole
.rain of horrors which result from
ad housekeeping. Uu the other
iiand success wins gratitude ami
attachment iu the home circle and
adds luster to the most brilliant
accomplishment. By keeping
everything neat, cleau and in or
der you also save yourself nni li
onfusion and worry which tend
to bring old age.
Mrs. Ed. Crawford,
Thompson, Mo.
Mr. Gatewood Dead.
T. J. Gatewood, 79 years old,
died at his home near Skinner la-it
Thursday morning, suffering f o:
a stroke of paralysis. The tune
al was held at Midway chun i.
Saturday, burial at that place.
Deceased is survived by his see
ond wife, Mrs. Jennie Gatewood.
The following children also sur
vive him, all by the first wtte.
Misses Alice, Ollie and Minnie, all
of Kansas City; W. O. Iliiinnun!
of St. Louis; Beauregard (iate
wood, of Texas, and Elmer (I. t"
wood, at home.
Mr. Gatewood wa9 a brother-in-law
of Misses Lily and Lutie
Dobyns of Mexico. He was a
splendid citizen and neighbor:
Mr. Win. Kuigge and .Miss
Edith Day, both of Columbia,
came to Mexico last Saturday
and were united in marriage by
Judge. W. W. Botts. The groom
formerly lived here. Our best
wishes extended him and his
J. R. Ilodne. n ..v ! -h
has rented a farm n.vti. of K.n-lee
which he will move to in a slnvt
For Sale. Pair Pereheron
draft mares; weigh .1,000. .Tames
Quinlan, Mexico, Mo., R4. Tele
phone Molino. tf

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