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Railroad and the Goal Pile.
Whatever is to be the destiny of the railroads of this country, it will be bound up with the subject of coal. It was the rising coal bill of the carrieis that brought them be fore the Intertate Commerce Com mission with a plea for higher rates It was the fact that coal was not being moved to the satisfaction of the Fuel Administration in Wash ington that precipitated the agita tion for government authority over the railroads and sent a chill over the business and banking worlds where government ownership spell ed losses of great size on invest ments and brought up the picture of the inefficiency of state-oper9ted roads in France and Italy. The railroads had twice umbled over the coal pile when the Inter state Commerce Commission did an -astonishing thing. It leaned down -and tried to pick them up. For years it had been trying to see just how little it could give, how far it could take away, and still preserve 1 ' -1 i ' 4 -!A CliZIGHTON HALE (Pathe) I IS i it At Private Sale! Q I have for private sale a lot of household goods, consisting of Bedroom Set, complete Dressers, Wash Stands Beds, Chairs, Etc. If you need anything in this line call early and investigate. J. H. JAMISON, Monroe City, Mo. PLENTY OF FUNDS The time will come, young man, for you to march up the aisle with the dearest girl in the whole world beside you. When You Marry You will want to have on hand a substan tial bank account, for there is no affinity between iove and poverty. Monroe City Bank the credit of the carriers. Like the railroads and the employees of the railroads the commission did not relish the idea of govermnt ownership Bi-fore it was an appli cation for a 15 per cent increase to the Eastern carriers on those com modities not included in the June rate advance. Asked for bread the Commission on December 5. gave the railro ids some yeast. It recommended that Congress remove the anti trust laws against pooling, allow the unification of the rail roads for the period of the war, and possibly guarantee to them their pre-war average of net earnings, so that interest and dividends might be maintained, whatever the for tune of the particular road whose traffic was disjointed in the com mon cause. Eight members of the commision said these things, but the ninth plainly told the railroads that they were incompetent and had not lived up to their oppor tunities. The blame of the one had a greater reaction on Congress than the side-stepping of the others ..YOUR, The popular star in the "Iron Claw" serial, Jan. 28th in the new and pop ular Pathe serial The Seven Pearls" at the Gem the opening of this serial is the night the "Fatal Ring" closes. . ... 1 1 o... AFTER SICKNESS IEY GAVE HER VIOL And She Soon Got Her Strength Back New Castle. Ind. "The measles left me run down, no appetite, could not rest at night, and I took a severe cold which settled on my lungs, so I was unable to keep about my house work. My doctor advised me to take Vinol, and six bottles restored my health so I do all my housework, in cluding washing. Vinol is the best medicine I ever used." Alice Record. 437 So. nth St, New Castle, Ind. We guarantee una wondertui cod liver and iron tonic, Vinol, for all weak, run-down, nervous conditions. L. M WOOD FARMERS' WIVES CAN HELP One Dozen Eggs Will Buy Two Thrift 8tampa or 12 Cartridge In ' America's Fight for De mocracy of World. The Missouri hen, already famous, has the opportunity of her life to add to her renown. Every dozen of Missouri hen eggs will now buy 10 cartridges for the Amer ican army. If the Missouri hens get busy on the Job during the next year they can lay enough eggs to supply the United States soldiers with enough ammunition to win the war. Eggs are now bringing 60 cents per dozen to the poultryman and the farm er in the rural districts of Missouri; 100 cartridges cost $5. At the present prices practically every egg laid by a Missouri hen is equivalent to a car tridge for Uncle Sam's army. The "Ozark Queen," single-comb white leghorn, champion egg layer In the state of Missouri for 1915 and 1916, owned by S. S. Hlnnerman, Marshfield, Mo., has to her record 273 eggs out of 365 days. The poultry Industry of Missouri, according to the United States Census report, the year of 1910 has a greater value than the wheat and oats crops combined. Missouri's greatest cereal crop is corn, the Value of which Is ex ceeded by the crop of only two other states in the Union. The value of a single year's crop Is $100,00,008. Vast as this sum is, the little Missouri hen and her product for two years would buy the great corn crop produced in any one year. Missouri has more than 25.000 acres of coal area, and also great fields of iron, zinc, lead and oth er minerals, supplying manufacturers with more than $30,000,f00 in these materials, but Missouri's hen brings more wealth to the state by $16,000,000 than all the mineral products com bined. The farmers wife and the poultry man have a rare opportunity of aiding the government in equipping the great new anr.y. One dozen eggs per week will Luy two Thrift Stamps, and in wo months a War Savings Certificate an be secured for the 16 Thrift J'.amps and the additional amount 's or 14 cents. This will mean 100 bullets for some soldier at the front righting for the cause of liberty. That same amount. Just a little per sonal sacrifice, would mean a comfort :ible pair of shoes; would about pa for two woolen shirts; would buy I wooi -n blanket; would buy four win tcr u-dershlrts; would more than pa? for a shelter :en'. and would go a long way toward buying him an overcoat, wool service coat, wool breeches for his comfort, and would buy a steel helmet and leave a balance of $1.12, for his protection, for soma other needed article. The equipment of a United States infantryman is $156.71. Then ht must have food and plenty of it A new railroad bridge a mile and a quarter in length, spanuing the Ohio at Paduchah, Ky . has just been completed, built by the Burl ington and the N. C &. St L It contains the longest simple span 720 feet ever constructed. It is supported by seven piers, the larg est of which is 60 by 110 feet at the bottom and 187 feet high. It is designed to carry a load fifty per cent greater than the present day maximum train load. All told, 17.000 tons of steel, 150.000 barrels of cement and 100.000 cubic yards of gravel were used in the construc tion, the cost of which was $3,100, 000 This structive is the final link in a new low grade line from Puget Sound to Florida. DEAR 4 PER CENT INTEREST Official Intention la to Have The Evidences of Loyalty Scattered Widely Among People Redeemable In Qold. By FESTUS J. WADE), Director for Missouri War Savings Committee. Explanatory statement relative to War Savings Thrift Stamp and War Savings Certificates: A campaign for the sale of $2,000,- 000,000 of War Savings Stamps and War Savings Certificates was Inaugu rated in the early part of December. The primary purpose of this new is sue of government securities is to cre ate thrift among the people of the na tion and place within the means of every man, woman and child ef the country an opportunity to buy a gov ernment security in units as low as 25 cents. Therefore, arrangements are rapidly being made to place on sale at all postofflces, all banks and trust companies, all railroad offices and all business houses, wholesale and retail, two kinds of securities: (a) The Thrift Stamps are sold for 26 cents each, and when the purchaser has accumulated 16 of these stamps he may go to his bank or trust com pany, or to a postofflce, and by paying 12 cents and turning in $4 in stamps be can secure a $6 Government War Savings Certificate Stamp, due five years after Jan. 1, 1918. The differ ence between the purchase price of the Certificate Stamp, i. e., $1.12, and $5, the face of the Certificate Stamp, is Interest at the rate of 4 per cent per annum compounded quarterly. (b) Those who wish to purchase the Certificate Stamps ..p to $1,000 may purchase same by paying $4.12 ' for each of the Certificate Stamps pur chased. The difference between the purchase price, $4.12, and $5, the face value of the Certificate Stamps, repre sents Interest at the rate of 4 per cent per annum for a period of five years and compounded quarterly. The purchase price of Thrift Stamps remains the same at all times, namely 25 cents. The purchase price of War Savings Certificate Stamps, being $4.12 in the months of December, 1917, and January, 1918, increases at the rate of 1 cent per month thereafter. In order to absolutely secure the widest distribution of these Certifi cate Stamps, it is against the law for any one person to own more than $1,000 of them. In order to avoid inflation in the currency of the country, these stamps are made non-negotiable, payable to the purchaser and not to the bearer, and, therefore, are not transferable. Should a purchaser wish to cash them in before they mature, they will be redeemed at any postofflce, and inter est will be returned at the rate of ap proximately 3 per cent per annum, but they cannot be sold from hand to hand. It is the hope and expectation of the government that these notes will be distributed among at least 25,000,000 Inhabitants of the United States of America. The underlying principle behind this whole issue is that $2,000,000,OOC of the war loan will be held by at least 26,000,000 people of the nation who have really saved that amount within the war period, as it is distinctly a thrift and saving issue and is known as the Thrift Stamps and War Sav ings Certificate Stamps. It has for its additional object the inducement of those who carry pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars in cup boards, safe deposit boxes or other places to turn in the ready currency or coin to the government in order that it might be circulated throughout the nation and thus strengthen to that extent the financial power of the na tion. It will be seen, therefore, that, aside from the raising of a war fund, each (5 cents or $4.12 contributed to this distinctly thrift war saving plan will leave with the people of the nation these stamps, which will be redeemed at the end of five years, thus avoiding to that extent any Inflation and also putting the people of the nation, irre spective of their station in life, in a position of owning $1,000,000,000 of the war loan. A better security was never issued, nor can be issued. It Is the mortgage of all the United 8tates and its pos sessions. It Is guaranteed by the loy alty, fealty and confidence of 100,000.' 000 people of the nation, and, there fore, it Is expected that it will receive the unanimous endorsement of the men, women and children of the na tion. These War Savings Certificate Stamps are better than gold, silver or paper money, tor the simple reason that $4.11 In gold, sliver or paper at the end of five yean is worth only $4.12, whereas If jroa Invest each $4.1$ yon own in these war Savings Certifi cate Stamps they will be worth $( la gold at the end of tlvs years. Are You Going South? To the Land of Winter Sun shine, where cold is forgotten and summer pleasures mock the calendar? Golfing, bathing, mo toring all the exercises and rec reation you crave, all the rest you 6eek. The next best thing to getting there is the pleasure of going there if you take a Burlington-planned trip. Wheth er Florida every winter is a year ly custom, or you're experiencing it as a new joy Burlington Serv ice will add to the pleasure of the trip. To keep well is your first and most important duty. The best way to do this is to get awav from zero temperature, blizzards and slush. Let's talk over your Winter health, rest and pleasure plans. Low round trip Winter Excursion Tickets now on sale to Florida West Indies, Gulf Coasts points, Central and South America, and Texas. Let me help you plan a perfect Winter tour. S. B. THIEHOFF, Tkt. Agent the Pleasant Way to Travel. Bailey T, Turner ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Will Practice in all Courts. Monroe City, Missouri Railroad Efficiency. The efficiency of the railroads since the war began is subject to proof through easily available sta tistics This is relative to their past performances. These may not have been as good as they should have been, but we have always had the word of unprejudiced European railway managers that the Ameri can lines were conducted with greater skill than all others The trouble was that each manager looked upon his road as a complete entity and was absorbed in it as an individual problem, failing to see its relationship to the transportation of the country as a whole He has fought and crippled all intiative in water transportation when be should have nursed it. He has jealously guarded bis own termi nals when he should have made them a common operating ground in the interest of a national devel opment From the extreme of pooling he weut to the extreme of overcom petition. But, so far as he worked for one proper t and for one set of stockholders he v orked well and conscientiously, but not with overmuch vision. It does not appear probable at tbis writing that the Government is to interfere greatly with the man ner ia which the railroads are now being operated. It will undoubted ly demand a closer supervision of of management and satisfy a pub lic craving for centralzrd authori ty by placing a government officer in charge of the question of priority of shipments identified gov ernment work. Priority has been much abused and is responsible for a great deal of the coi.fision and congestion. Whatever hoppers now government owoersbp after the war seems to be one of the inevit able developments. Tts Democrat (or Job Work.