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MONRO DEMOCRAT Volume XXX Monroe City, Missouri, Friday, January 11, 1918 Number 41 Boost for Monroe City Every Day During the Year of 1918 E CITY h Astrology of New Year. It really seems as if there were whole lot of grounds for the as trologers' faith in planetary ioflu ence upon human affairs. At any rate, one has to admit that there are coincidences of astrologic theory and earthly conditions that are in . teresting, if not startling. ? In the horoscope the planet Mars will dominate, this year. We call ' liars "the god of war," and we cer tainly will have war a plenty in 1918. But there's another side, or attribute of Mars that we don't often consider he's also the god of mechanical and other constructive enterprises. Certain it is that, should peace come, there will iol low such constructions, or re-constructions as the world never be fore saw. The astrologers kindly inform us that, next to Mars, be he warrior or brickmason in 1918, the dominating influence will be Venus, goddess of love There will be remarkable ad vancement in women's interests, they predict. We believe it. The women are already busy, all over the earth, and the only question is as to how far they advance. Venus, too, is expected to exert her tender, soothing, penetrating influence to often the warlike disposition of Mars, who, we are informed, is to approach her cycle with some coy ness but a desire to join in the more " gentle affairs of life We're not eaucauu m i.w usirai spamu of this pair but here's hoping that they marry and settle down in . peace, if possible. Will Stand By France. Lloyd George says Great Britain will stand by the French democracy to the death in its demand for the return of Alsace-Lorraine This is the attitude of the United States also. France bore the brunt of the fighting while England was getting ready, and the is still holding more than half of the west front. While it has not even been hinted tbat the English-speaking "associated belligerents" would fail to support faer in the just and proper demand for a return of the territory taken from her in 1870, France will be stronger to withstand the coming blows by reason of the British Preimier's utterance to the trades unions Saturday. Furthermore, as he truthfully says, Alsace-Lorraine has been a sore which poisoned the peace of Europe for half a century, and no permanent adjustment, along the lines of "consent of the governed," which is a phrase brought into the war by the United States and now used by Entente statesmen on all occasions, is possible while it re mains in German hands. Agents Shot By Mistake. John F. Kelley of Kansas and A E. Rithal, internal revenue agents, were shot and seriously injured Monday afternoon by a city detec tive while making a raid. Both men are in a serious condition. Three city detectives and the federal agents were on the same investiga tion and did not know each other whenlbey met in the house where $300 worth of "soap" was unearth ed. The prisoners escaped when the men began to shoot. A motor parcel post route be tween Springfield and Marshall will be established immediately accord ing to news received today from Representative Hamlin. The route has been authorized by the 4th assistantant postmaster general Daily trips will be made and four trucks will be used. This is the first parcel post route in Missouri Guatemala City Destroyed. The entire city of Guatemala, capital of the republic of Guatemala, has been wiped out by a renewal of the earthquake that began Christ mas day, the state department was advised . Monday evening. Three hundred more people were killed when the latest shocks completed the devastation of the capital. The great cathedral in Guatemala City has fallen as has the Las Vacas bridge connecting the city with Baries, according to the latest word, which came from the Central and South American Telegraph company manager at San Jose Intense cold prevails, he cabled, rendering still more desperate the plight of thousands of homeless. It will be quite an experience for a tough old jail-bird to be tapped on the shoulder by one of the new policewomen and told to "come on now." The Dry Goods Trade The trend of the general dry goods business throughout the year 1917 has been largely toward such ai tiviiies as will be of greatest ser vice to the government. The rising prices of merchandise, especially of wood or cotton con struction, has been an incentive to retailers to buy, and "buy" they have. They have bought so much tbat retailers all over the country now have more merchandise on their shelves than they should have, especially if the prooer turnover of capital is to be made Most retailers have been telling in recent months of the increases in sales they have made over corre sponding months of last year, but in practically every instance in vestigation has shown that stocks are so much heavier that even the increased sales are not in confor mity with the size of -stocks Resolve now that you will never again buy or accept of any article whatsoever that may have been or will in future be manufactured in . Germany. The nation of Bloody Huns should forever be placed on the black list by every individual who believes in the rights of man. Teach this to your children. Furth ermore, listen for the unpatriotic remarks of pro German merchants and give them the same sort of ' treatment. Tbey are not wanted. Porter Bush, grandson of S. H Baynum, of this city, died Sunday at his home near Shelbina after a weeks. illness of pneumonia. wa t Amu t Would w E are defending our rights as a FREE NATION! We are resolved that there shall be an end of brute force in inter iialfe victory would V mean to the world is plain. There would be no right except might, no peace save at the price of humiliations to bitter to be borne. Small nations could not exist. There would be no sanctity to a pledge, no solemnity to a covenant. With the dominance of Prussian 'militarism, the Anglo Saxon struggle for free institutions and liberty, persisting from Runny mede to Yorktown, with its Magna Charta, its Bill of Rights, and its Dec aration of Independence, will have been in vain. It is to prevent this, to defend our rights, and to make possible an orderly and just peace in the world that we are at war. The nation calls on its citizens for high and noble service. On some it calls for service in the field; on others for serv ice at home; on all, it calls for financial help. Army Officer Under Arrest. Sergeant Major Thomas Ritter, assigned to the adjutant's office at Camp Lewis, is under arrest at Seattle charged with being a Ger man spy. He is alleged to have stol en valuable papers with damaging consequences. Ritter, who is said to be a relative of General Von Ludendorff, quartermaster general of the German army, was taken into custody November 12, but news of the arrest was withheld until late today. . Dr. Romulolo S. Naon, Argentine Ambassador to the United States, has resigned. ' Perhaps he grew tired representing a country which has failed to break with Germany despite such great provocation. Mrs. Ed Feeny. of Ely was shop I ping in this city Saturday. Rabbit As A New Food. The rabbit is coming into his own. From a despised pest he is rising rapidly to the dignity of a popular food. He is already re ceiving consideration in many quarters. Australia has converted this farm pest into a food and today frozen rabbits take third place in her exports. Housekeepers have discovered, too, the value of the adaptable rabbit which can be roasted, fried, stewed, potted or turned into a pie. Indeed, it can be used in as many forms as chicken Mrs. E. W. Fprd, west of this city went to Shelbina first of the week to attend the funeral of her nephew Porter Bush, whose funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. City And Country Boys. A comparison of farm boys and city boys as they show up iu the statistics of the selective draft re veals that there is virtually no dif ference between them in point of size and physical fitness This is announced from Washing ton with accompanying matter which treats the discovery as some thing unexpected, but why should there be any particular difference? The bulk of the population in any city will be found to have a coun try ancestry close up. Country boys are constantly pouring into the cities and rearing families there. In countries which have an ancient history there may be sharp differences between the city" with its peasantry, but there is no such difference here. There may be considerable differ ence in muscular strength between city and country youths, but the addiction of city school and col lege boys to athletics tends to re duce even this distinction. The United States, notwithstanding the influences of immigration, is, in sho't, composed mainly of one sort of people. The Kaiser Bsil. whose many above Judge Slate Loses Case. Not in contempt, tne supreme court ruled Monday afternoon in ordering the discharge of Assistant Attorney General Howell and Lee Ewing, special prosecutor, who were jailed by Judge Slate following their refusal to proceed in the trial of John W. Scott, former com missioner of the permanent seat of government. The prosecutors charged tbat Judge Slate was pre judiced and refused to proceed with the trial of the case and he held them in contempt and fined them $50 each. They refused to pay the fine and were sent to jail. They got out on an appeal to the supreme court. Judge Virgil Huff was named as a special commissioner to take the evidence. The supreme court upheld bis finding. J. W. Cox of Shelbina was here oo business rriday. The great "Kaiser" bell, mighty, sonorous voice Americans may have heard the roars of Cologne, has now been removed from its c-iue in the Southern 'tower of rhe Grand, Cathe dral. 'Deeply moved, trie -Cologne cinzens listened to th1 Maria Gloiksi, as the bell w is named, ring out a funeral chru on New Year's Night. Since then the bell has been tak en down and w ill be sarrificed for tne Fatherland's 1efense. It was impossible to remove the bell in tactit weighed 56.UOO pounds without injuring the beautiful mas onry of the steeple, so the bell was sawed in pieces and thus brought to the ground. French guns captured in 1870 and 1871 were the material from which the bell was made, and it was urst sounaeu on iviarcn di. 1877. the birthday of William I, who gave it to the cathedral. At that time it took 27 bell ringers to operate it. Since then it had been worked by an electric apparatus. English Nobleman To Speak. The Right Honorable Sir Frederick E. Smith, attorney-general ot Eng land, who has just arrived in this country, and secretary Lane will speak before the Missouri Council of Defense, which will meet at Columbia during Farmer's Week, on the night of January 16. Sir Frede rick Smith has been attorney general of England since 1915. He was created a knight of the realm the same year. For several years be has been extension lecturer iu modern history at Oxford University, where he was educated, and in Victoria University. He is widely known also as a writer on legal sub jects. As captain of the Kings Own Oxfordshire Hussars, Sir Frederick was on active service in the Euro pean War in 1914. Miss Lillian Weekiv, who attends school at this place spent Saturday and Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Weekly near Ely. Mr. and Mrs. E. L Bitter, of Dal ton, arrived in this city first of the week to visit the lattera sister, Mrs. Joe Crim, northeast of this city.