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VOL. <> RAMBLING REMARKS By Geo. O. Blake It i> the comment of observant foreign visitors that American towns and cities are the worst governed and most expensively managed of any in the world This is not because American of ficials aie less competent or less honest than foreign officials but because of our very cumbersome municipal machinery and because municipal electors permit too many side issues to enter into the choice of officials. Take a town like Taenia, for instance, what value is there in the politics, religion or social ideas of an official? What possible difference can it make in an official’s effi cicncy whether he is a republican, a democrat, a socialist or a mug wump? What difference whether he is a Methodist. Baptist. Pres byterian or outsider? There is no important issue in Paoma beside* municipal improvements and cco nomical administration Hereto fore voters have divided on po- I lit teal lines, on the liquor ques tion and other like irrelevant issues. So far as the welfare of our town is concerned it does not matter what political or religious views arc entertained by the mayor or councilmcn So far as the liquor question is concerned, ■ o one at all familiar with the public sentiment regards it as open The great majority of our citizens are in favor of a dry town and no competent official, no mat ter what might be his private opinion on the subject, would entertain ihe idea of grai.ttrg license for the sale of liquoi. What we need to make our town what it should be is to put all these extraneous matters out of consideration and select our town officials solely for their fitness to carry out systematic and in tclligrnt municipal improvement on economic business lines. It is time to stop puerile controversy over closed questions and imma terial issues and get down to real business management. No one cares about the private opinions of the man who builds his house or conducts his legal business. The only matter considered is fitness to do the work as you want it done. Let us get together this spring and select town officials who will give us the most satis factory returns for the money expended Let the Hogan be. “Beautiful Paoma.” A civic im provement league could an 1 should formulate plans for sys tematic improvement. If the league includes all our enterpris ing citizens who take pride in our town, it can be of great assistaace THE NEWSPAPER to officials in their work. We j ‘ haven't any bosses here and need 1 none. but every enterprising citizen should recogt ize his duty I to work with ihe rest for the i accomplishment ot much desired improvements. Let some citizen call a meeting for the format'on ol a Civic Improvement League, so there may be a responsible body to formulate plans for the betterment of our tow n. Who will call such a meeting? Periodicals In Good Housekeeping Maga zine for January appears as the first number an article on House hold Science, by Mary R. Orms bce, in which she recites in a most interesting way the work of train ing in housekeeping as carried on in Pratt Institute and the Manhat tan Trade School in New York It is a most commendable article, and we will suggest to the thoughtful parent and teacher much that may be adapted to her needs in educating girls in the do ntestic arts and sciences Among the many good things in the Feb ruary number is an article on The Cost of Living by Frank Julian Warne, Ph D . in which he takes the stand that the high cost ot living is due chiefly to monopoly. The question, “Why is Living so High ?" is timely and pc. tinent. It will be an interesting study to note how variously our Seuators and Representatives at Washing ton answer this momentous ques tion in assigning causes for the general increase of prices in life necessities That some new remedy will be proposed and a start made by Congress in applying it, we be lieve. When Attorney General Wickcrsham said in his prosecu tion of the tobacco trust that the common law is as effective an in strument as is needed in prosecu ting trusts he uttered a truth con ceded by lawvi rs everywhere. It seems some of our laws serve chiefly to befog our vision of economic questions, so the appli cation of the common law in deal ing with the trusts is a most hope ful sign. The meat tiust, oil trust and sugar tiust arc just now (from the people's standpoint) in need of a drastic application of the common law for the statutes do not seem to bring about the abol ition of their evil practices. One of our citizens remarked the o thcr day that he was unable to determine how the ordinary wage earner here was able to make both ends meet on account of higher prices for food, clothing and shelter, while the upward tendency of wages has been so slight as to be hardly appreciable. PAOXIA. COLORADO, FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 4. 1910 The best answer wc have seen to | this great question is Warne's. The current number of LaFol lette's seems stronger than ever in presenting public questions. It brings to the reader eveiy week mfoiniation that can not be got ten elsewhere. The contributors the past) ear have betn leadu g statesmen and a large staff ot in fiuential writers, who will con tinue as contributors. The current number of The Fra. while it may appear too icono clastic in some respects, neverthe less provokes thought by its unique expression of what it pre sents whether in the form ol ad vertisements or editorials. We enjoy reading The Fra and be belicvc it is a great ?gcnt in dis seminating and \ revoking thought and inducirg proper activity. We have alwa\ s considered The Youth’s Compirjon a periodical of more value to the toy « r g«il at school than any one of many subjects in the course ot study, and as uc glow older we are more firmly convinced than ever ot the soundness of the opinion. The Cimpamon has always been a favorite with us and we enjoy readinp it. Ist. ter the informa tion it gives; 2nd, for thepleasuie of reading its clean presentation ol matter in the best of Knglish. We do tt ink it would be a mis fortune to te deprived of the pro fit and pleasure it gives us. The Literary Digest presents public opinion as expressed by the leading editors and publicists of thr world, always wi»h -eason It ii n mciD. thus aiding one in the “digts u n” ot such mu tail L»od as is ot the greatest impi r • ancc In these days of poli'ical and social unrest it is well for any citizen to get what light he can from those close to the men who I are doing things, so we commend to the attention of our readers La Follette’s, Republican) Mack’s Monthly. ( Democcatic) and Bryan’s The Commoner. ( Demo cratic) as exponents of the amis ot politician-, statesmen, to whom we are all looking for a bcttei ment of our condition They are in a position to better our ma terial condition. Let us in all ways consistent with common sense urge our servants at Wash ’ ington to help us out in our trouble. Rev. C W. Dean, of Pueblo, , State Evangelist for the Christian . church, has been in this county . speaking at various churches. He left on the Saturday morning train for Delta where he spoke Saturday evening at the Christian , church. He was here on a visit; to bis old triced, Rev. C. G Stout. Missionary Convention Under Auspices of Men The great interest which the men of the churches of the coun try are showing in mission and other movements i* emphasized by the fact that a big three days’ Missionary Convention for south ern and western Colorado is to be held in Colorado Springs on March 1.2, and 3. next. This convention is one of stv enty five great conventions held in the principal cities of the coun try und.r the auspices of the Lay ; men's Missionary Movement. These conventions began in Oc tober and end in Chicago in May. . They are inter-denominational in chaiacter and have the advan tage ot being addressed by a re l niarkably strong list of speakers, who go from one convention city , to another, explaining the nerds I and purposes ot the movement Among those who are sched ulrd tor the Colorado Springs Convention are J. Campbell White , of New York. Col. E. W Ha - , ford of W ashington. Geo. She r j wood Eddy of India, Dr. John E. , Merrill ot Turkey, George Hcbcr , Jones of Korea, C C. Rallct, Bis hop W. S. Lewis of China. Bishop . J. E Robins* n of India, S. Earl! Ta>l. r of New York, and many other eminent missionary speak ers. A few of the subjects are. “Men and Missions,” “A Survey ot the World Field,” “The Awak tmrg of Asia.” “Thirty five Years in India,” “Missions and Civilizat ion,” “America's World Respon sibility." etc. Much interest is already de v« loped among pastors and lay men in this torthconvng conven tion and it is expected that the churches of southern and western Colorado w II be well represented, from 500 to TOO delegates being looked for from these sections i | Pastors and laymen ot Paoma have alicady expressed an inter cst and will send representatives Special convention rates are to be made on the railways, and alto gether it is expected that this convention will be the greatest rehgious event of the year in Col , orado. Bean Sapper The "boys" ot G. A. R Post, No. 111, Paoma, assisted by their wives and daughters, will give in the M isonic dining room. Ken nedy building, Friday evening. | J Feb. 4th, 1010, a Mean Supper! 1 ; After the supper an interesting I entertainment has been arranged, tor, consisting of Patriotic Songs, War Stories and a Drill by the Bowie Cadets Supper will be| , served from 5:00 to !>:00 p. m. tor 1 ‘.’s cents. Let everybody come and cheer up the “Boys in Blue" j and share in all the good things ' provided. One Mother to Lose Her face may be wrinkled and Her clt*t*k* may l*e xunken and wan: Her even may Ih* tlltn ax the gloaming. That once were an bright a* the dawn. But xmooth ye the lock* that are faded And make but little ext-uxe. You never can pay back her kindne**— You have but one mother to lo**e. Or. if *he'» **till cladxotne an.l bonnie. With ro«w of youth on her lip*. Ami look* ju*t ii* bright a* t!»e Inmcn. That ne*tle*» to get you in grlpa. Oh. stand like H man by your mother. And tenderne** never refum*. Remember' there'* plenty of laa*e*— But only one mother to lone. —Exchanj Link Lad has Ten Grandparent Corning, lowa— The young of Mr and Mrs. Ralph Bohan born recently, has the distinct 'of having ten living grandpare On the father’s side is Willi Bohanan of Corning, great gra father, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ja son, ot Colony township, gi grandparents, and Mr. and \ James Bohanan. of Presc grandparents On the moth i side are Mrs. Enos Fowler, Strcator. 11l , great grardmotl Mr and Mrs. Martin Riley, ot Mercer township, great gra parents, and Mr and Mrs. J. Fowler, of Prescott townsl grandparents.— New Era, Spri ville ( la) Resolutions Paoma, Cclo., Jan 29, 1910 We, the people of the Cong gationa! church Paonia wish extend to Rev. G. E. Wood regret at the termination of services as Pastor of the chui for which he has planned so w and labored so efficiently a faithfully in the name of Master. The love and prayers of < people go with him to his n field of labor to which he \ bring the same thought, zeal s faithful service which he has well used here in building up work in the Father's Kingdc Our prayer at parting is that faithful, unselfish discharge duty, his splendid preparat and adaptability for service a ever be set apart for Christ a His Wisdom Resolved, that we extend Mr. and Mrs. Wood our love a appreciation of their work amo us, and be it further, Resolved, that a copy of th< | resolutions be presented to 1 Wood and the newspapers I Paoma. Merle A. Miller Wm. H Johnston. H H Wilson. Dr. Harry A. Smith Of Delta, Eye, Ear, Nose a Throat specialist, will be at Taonia hotel the Second Tuck ol every month. Glasses Fitted NO. 'l '