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1 1C 1T."V'-Vr" A T" UJINlfciSl n i til ISBpBl Here is an opportunity to secure a first-class Adam Schaff Piano for a little hustling. It costs nothing to enter the contest. Send name at once and be gin work. Rules of Contest. First Announcement. This Piano Contest is conducted on Btrict busi ness ui'iticmlcs of honesty and justice to all concerned and under such a system a Piano Contest has never failed, although dishonest methods never niive uuuo " uiui; uive man cause trouble. All inquires will be promptly answered. Coupootjwill be given on job printing and sub scriptions from Sept. 20, 1!H4 and on advertising from Oct. 1. 1!H)4. Earlier received cash will not be counted. The date of olosing will be announced at least .'() days before the final end of this contest. Any reader may. Dominate a'o&ndldato with out cost. For the present, at least, names will appear without figures. - 2nd Piano and CANDIDATES. The most popular lady is the one who shall receive the largest number of votes, and to her shall be awarded the beautiful new upright Adam Schaaf Piano by the awarding com mittee whose decision shall be final All respectable white ladies, regard less of. where tbey may live, are elig ible ascandidates. 3d Votes, How obtained. Por all cash received on subscription, votes will be given as follows: 400 votes for each dollar when su,lHorip tion is not paid livcycars in advance; when $5 is paid to advance subscrip tion five years in advance of date of payment, 3000 votes will be given, life subscription 20,000 votes for $25. Votes will begiven'on all advertising, except patent medicine, foreign and legal, and on all job printing. 100 votes for each dollar on advertising and 400 votes for each dolllar on job printing. No ballots given on ad vertising or job work until same Is paid for and must be settled for not later than the tenth of month follow ing that in which work Is done. Bal lots delivered only to party ordering work or on their written order. Mer chants coupons 100 votes for $1. Fractional part of a dollar not count ed. All ballots must be sent In within 15 days of their date. Coupon good for 25 votes will appear in Democrat after Oct 1. 4th Instuctions to Candidates Each candidate is allowed 25 per cent extra in votes on all cash that she collects. And another special is the additional 25 per cent in votes al lowed on all cash voted before Nov. 1, 1904. The week's voting closes on each Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock In the paper each week the relative standing of candidates will be an nounced. Ballots shall all be pre served In a locked ballot box. Cash or check must accompany report by each' candidate. Vote once cast can not be transferred. Postmaster and agent's cash commission is suspended during contest. Each candidate has the world h her territory and may solicit by correspondence. 5th Miscellaneous RULES.-Re-sult of a week's voting will not be told privately. Votes will not be al lowed on subscriptions collected at less than regular price. Nojelection eerlng Is allowed within this office. So relative ( as near as second cous in) of; the editor, publisher or em ploye Is eligible to candidacy. No employe Is allowed to take sides In this contest, 6th Special Instructions. In filling out the "Cash Ballot" write name carefully. Keep list of staff satin eaoh week. Each candidate Is requested to send as soon as possible A cabinet photograph for publication. :: : : : : : : ::::::::::::::::::;; CLEARANCE SALE!! 4 cts 3 5 5 71 8: FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY TCut prices in all departments. TfVVe will save you money, don't fail to visit us and secure the bargains. All the best Prints Good Prints at Fine Brown Cotton, was 7c, now Best Apron Gingham 10c. Flannelette, now goes at 10c Shirting LADIES' and CHILDI EN,S CLOAKS at 25 per cent, discount. MEN'S and BOYS' OVERCOATS and CLOTHING at Big Reduction. Big Reduction in all DRESS GOODS. Men's DUCK COATS from 85c. up Men's DUCK LEGGINS 30c per pair. 100 Pairs MEN'S. WONEN'S and CHILDREN'S SHOES at Half Price. Entire STOCK of SHOES at a discount of from 25 to 50 cents per pair. Big Lot MEN'S UN LAUNDERED SHIRTS' were 50 and 75c, now go at 35c Ladies' 25c Underwear, now 20c Ladies' and Children's Union Suits for 20c If We still have a good assortment of Winter Goods. Come before they are picked over. J B Anderson :::::::::::::;;;;;; 9 9 9 . 9 : J. W. Settle and J. W. Rouse were Hannibal visitors. Fri day. DeWitt Davis of near Warren, spent Saturday in the city witb friends. Harry Scbeetz, ot Palmyra, spent Sunday in the city with relatives. Ernest B. Mudd, of Hannibal, has been the guests ot Monroe relatives. Mrs. Charles Lawson has been visiting friends in the Bluff City. Isaac Mclntire was looking after his business affairs in Pal myra, Saturday. Wm. Byland, of Clarence, spent part of the week with the family of J. W. Rouse. Misses Bessie McClintic and Octavia Redman have bet 11 visiting friends in Palmyra. Miss Susie Guocb, of Shelby ville, has been visiting her friend, Miss Velma Mc Masters. John Graves of Camp Point, 111 , wae called to this city Sat urday, by the serious illness of his father, William Graves. Mr. Graves is 82 years old and there is no hope of his recovery. Joseph Hilderbraid of Quincy has had a bunt with Indian Creek friends, Will Wimsatt aod Geo. A Montgomery were of the party and George acci dentally shot his uncle Marcel us in the foot. Little Hop. Fred McClintic and "Pat" Yates gave a very enjoyable dance to fifteen couples of their young lriends, the last night of the old year, at the opera bouse. They tripped the light fantas tic 'till the clock struck twelve. $6 75 Friday evening, Nelse White Jr., who happens to be not of the same color as bis name, got on a high lonesome and the next day his honor said; $6.75. William Fuqua. a former resi dent of Monroe City, came in Saturday from Winfield, Kans.. to visit his father, Henry Fuqua and renew old friendships. The boys do say; "Jack Con way is a fine shot, why he went bird bunting and with thirty shots brought down tbiity-four birds that were on the wing." Now lets hear from Dr. Carver. Ferd Wood, wife and pretty babe, spent the first of the week with bis parents, Dr. and Mrs. Wood at Lentner, Mo. It Pays One would suppose that trap ping was a thing of the past in this section of the country and yet, if a man doesn't want the earth, he can do very well at it Gil Warren Ust week banged the following game and got the price for it from Sam Morris of Mexico: Five coons fetched 5 OD. two lynx $3.20. one fux $'2 '2o, four opossums 2 00 anil seven stripped cats, sometime called skuoks $7.00, A total ot 19.45 for his weeks woik. Missouri Missouri, Grand Old Missouri, with the best record of 'em all and inspitr of her having $2 -116,563 011 hand, has been turn over to the Republican party by whom? If the Republican party stays in power three terms, will it ha ve anything but a hole to show, as it is doing in Washington. Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Cearfoss, of Chicago, have been visiting his brother, C. M. Cearfoss at Warren. Col. W. T. Youell sold a pony on the streets Saturday after noon for Foster to Watts. Miss Nell Blakey, of Paris. i has been visiting Mrs. Thomas Proctor. C. L. Drescher and James Gor don were with Palmyra friend Saturday. How Is 1 his. During the year just flown, Iowa bankers have made a record. Ten cashiers have com mitted suicide. Forty banks wrecked and surplus "blowed. ' Twelve million dollars lost to depositors, mnles a miserable record. Fancy. R. F. (Dick) Pierceall has re ceived an Oakly Hill bitch from J. W. Booth ol Oceola, Iowa. Mr. Pierceall is a lover of fan cy bred dogs and his latest ad dition to his kernels was ol the $73 variety. T:ie faultfinder .s the mud hole on the road to success, the puncture in the lire ot prosper! ty. the faise sole in the song of victory, the smutty grain in an abundant harvest, the wart on the Grecian nos-, the straddle bug on the raspberry, the ele ment which puts a bad taste in the mouth, discord to harmony, and a clog to progress. Torchlight. Few people have any idea of the millions of dollars which are wasted by the modern so ciety men and women in pander ing to their love of luxury. "The Reckless Luxury of Mod ern Hotel Life'' in the January Woman's Home Companion gives a glimpse of this expendi ture that will startle the aver: age reader. The Oceola Democrat seems to have sized up the situation pretty well: "MissouriQRepub licans will auction off a United States seriiiursnip on January 27, and if Niedringhaus outbids the others he will get the job. Palmyra papers claimed that their little city was not troubled with the "scratches," but last week they chronicled the fact that the quarantine has bem raised. If it did not "scratch'' why the quarantine. Edward Veach of Ontario, Ore., has returned to his home. He was called to this part of the country by the death of bis daughter, Miss Birdie. Jno. F. Baxter and wife, of tbe Elm woods, have been visit ing their daughter, Mrs. Oscar Cocblin at Hassard. James Johnson and wife, of Barry, 111., have been the guests of their kinspeople, Mr. and Mrs. Galtskill. Dr. C. E, Henderson, of Paris, has been the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Henderson. Hugh A. Ford went to Pal myra, Sunday to see, well,' we guesa be saw her, ntVi V S . Louts. D -ember 19th, 1904: Mr. A Jai'tter, Monroe City, Mo. My deac M. Jaeger: I am to-day in receipt of a copy of the Monroe City Demo. crat date I December 15th, which contains your handsome end. announcing your readi ness to sell holiday goods I sincerely trust that the hol- day business with you will be most satisfactory From tbe attractive lines of goods you pre.ient in your advertisement, I am sure that anyone can find something suitable for Christ- mis. With best wishes, we are, Yours very truly, Norvell-ShapleiL'h Hdwe. Co. A L. Su.ipleigb, Treas. Were we tickled? No, it was a fit of disgust that struck us at the Joe depot Saturday after noon. A young man of 18 or 19 summers was runin' at large with a handsome white silk vest on and easy, we'll bet his Dad didn't know he was out, for as his patent leathers struck the platform, he whipped a chamois skin haudkerchief trimmed with lace, out of an iuner pocket and proceeded to wipe his face with it. He may have been a "showing" the Monroeites, but forgot that he was making a "holy show" of himself. Oh Lord deliver us from au effeminate Choi lie boy. In the Missouri house o; rep resentatives two years ago tlieie were eighty-two Demo crats and sixty Republicans. In the present bouse there are eighty-two Republicans and six ty Deraociats. This transposi tion of forces, very naturally, is exceedingly distaste u! to the Ditu cntts. but then, after all, they have no one to u ame but themselves Too many stay-at-homes! The federal grand jury has found truebi!is against United State Reruitrv T '- H. Mitch, ell and L 4 . -sman Surges Hermann. Tue charge against them is conspiracy to defraud the government of public land. A Shelbina paper said recent ly: "Owing to the crowded condition of our columns this week, a number of births and deaths are postponed until next Thursday." Quincy Herald. After an -extended visit with relatives southeast of the city, Richard Elder and family of Hays, Konsas, returned to their home. Thursday. George Walker, civil engineer left Thursday morning for Am bridge, Pa., where he has a good position with tbe Ameri can Bridge Co. Mrs. R. L. Woodson left Thursday for Guthrie. Ok., where she will spend several weeks witb relatives. Mrs. Allen Young and inter esting babe, of Ashley, Mo., have been visiting the home-folks. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Combs, of Carthage, 111., nave been the guests of friends in the city.. 1 . tfcy. Mrs. A. D. Glascock, of Oak wood, has been the guest of friends in tbe city. Node Green was a business visitor in Shelby ville, Friday. Worley Stephens visited iW tbe hamlet'of Ely, Friday, .-a 1 Mrs. Josgpb Smith was shop, ping in thei city, Friday.