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The first Christmas celebrated in ide a house on the American con tinent was on December 25, 1618. Our Puritan ancestors finished their first house at Plymouth, Mass., hav .ingBoent more than a month in wandering about in search of a place -of settlement. The company was .divided into 19 families, and to - each person was assigned a lot for . house and garden. It was not a very cheerful Christmas for Jhe .Puritans All of them could not be accommodated inside the house, t so that some of them were left out in the cold, but the jeligious fea tures of the day were not forgot, ten. and it may be said that the Babe ot Bethelhem was prayed to and sung to in a most fervent man , tier. One of the latest development in , Hun treachery is the plot laid by the former kaiser to get .back his throne. Mackensen and Ludendorf. the two who have always been the kaiser's chief buchers, were deep into the plot. Since it has been discovered and made public, the 'Crown Prince comes forth with .the defiant statement that he has sur rendered none of his rights Then . the war may not be over yet. Any way, the peace of the world will not -be assured white that bunch are . alive. Any one of them is guilty of crimes enough to hang him a : thou sand times, but once will make the world safe if the job is well done. Election Notice The annual election for nine directors of the ' Farmer &.- Mer chants Bank of Monroe City, Mis souri, to serve during the ensuing - year, will be held at its Banking House on Monday, January 13. 1919. - Polls open from nine o'clock, a. m : to' twelve o'clock noon. W. R P. Jackson. Cashier. Mrs, R. E Leake and little daugh ter. Rosemary, of Hunnewell, spent part of the week in this city with her parents, Mr and Mrs. 0 S Sharp Christmas Epigrams It is a wise Santa who keeps his whiskers away from the candles. Better broken toys than broken hearts. Never look a gift in the price tag Many a man puts on long white whiskers and thinks he looks like Santa Claus when he looks more like a goat and perphaps he is. One thiog they missed during the Spanish Inquisition Christmas cigars! Shopping done in time is the noblest work of woman! A Christmas gift by any other name doesn't cost half as much. A gift in the hand is worth two in the postoffice. Many a man gets a girl under the mistletoe only to find himself, a little later, under her thumb. A pound of steak to a poor man is worth a ton of holiday greetings Commits Suicide News reached here Saturday that Samuel M. Gray, a farmer 45 years old, who lived about 5 miles north of Hunnewell on the Dick Thomas farm, had committed suicide that morning at 6:30 o'clock, using a shotgun with which he blew off part of his face and head. The only reason which can be assigned for his rash act is that he had been worrying about a brother he bad in France. His wife had just left the room to get him a drink of water when the tragedy " occurred. He leaves a wife, two brothers and one sister to mourn his loss. Shelby ville Herald. eady For Christmas! WE HAVE ALL KINDS OF Candies Nuts Grape Fruit Oranges Apples Candles and Snow for Decoration Fresh Oysters, Celery, Cranberries, Fresh Pies, Cakes and Bread HAWKINS -Rev. W. Garnet Alcorn., formerly pastor of the Christian Church in this city but now- of Lathrop, has accepted a call to the Fulton Chris tian Church He expects to begin his new work January 1. Rev. Alcorn will get a salary of $2309 i year, besides a months vacation each year and all expenses to -district and national conventions. Mrs. Robert C Keene went to St. Louis Monday for a several- weeks stay with ber sister. Jamie Whitecotton, son of Hon. and Mrs. J. H. Whitecotton of Mo berly. died at his home Wednesday night about 8 o'clock of pneumonia. following an attack of Spanish in fluenza. He was about 30 years old and was born in Paris. He was a resident of Paris until after his graduation from the local high school, when be removed with his parents to Moberly. He leaves, be sides his parents, two sisters and one brother," Mrs. 1 David Proctor of Kansas City, and Miss Bessie White cotton and Tildon Whitecotton of Moberly. Olney Bowles, 18 year old son of Mr and Mrs. Gratz Bjwles living near Philadelphia was accidently killed Thursday. December 12 Mr Bowles was caught in a corn shredder and received painful in juries which was the cause of his death. ;" . iiiwrai! 3 Packages. Skinners Macaroni ...... 25c 3 Packages Skinners Spaghetti 25c 1 Gallon Can Pitted Cherries - $1.35 1 Gallon Can Pie Peaches. -.....$1.00 2 Large Cans Pumpkin. ... 25c 1 Peck Baldwin Apples- 60c 1 Large Can Sunbrite Cleanser 5c 1 Large Can Apricots --30c 1 Large Can Peaches 25c 30c 1 Bottle Catsup ...... . --15c 1 Large Can Apple Butter. V....20c Mark Twain Corn. . - -- 15c Golden Corn 15c Sifted Buffalo Peas...... ...15c We always have on hand the nicest ' fresh young meats of all kinds . .Monroe City, Missouri. DIERKS Christmas Customs The children of Russia, Italy and Spain spend Christmas day in wor ship at their churches and receive their presents on January 6. On this same day. French child ren have a great celebration and cut the ' king's cake." which is a round cake, usually, with a china image baked in it. Whoever cuts the slice that contains the image is king or queen for the 'day, and the rest of the children must do every thing the king or queen does. In Norway and Sweden they have Christmas services in their churches at four o'clock in the morning and the kind-hearted children scatter wheat for the hungry birds. Germany was the first country to use Christmas trees, and from Eog- and we get our idea of hanging the the stockings by the chimneys. burning the yule log and hanging up the branches of mistletoe Io Holland on Christmas eve the children fill their stockings with hay and oats for the white horse that they believe Santa Claus rides- n the morning they find the hay ana oats gone and insteid are pre sents for good children and a rod or chunk of coal for the bad ones. The young men of the town arise at two o'clock in the morning and sing Christmas hymns, carrying a etar on a high pole that is lighted by a candle inside of the star. The sing ing ot UDnstmas carols is tne way we follow the story in the Bible, when the shepherds beard the angels sing when Christ was born 'Peace on earth; good will to men.' Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Robey and Mr aud Mra Wm. J. O'Oaniel attended the Northeast .Missouri Lumber man's Association in Hannibal, Saturday. Mr. Robey of the Robey Robinson Lumber Co, had the honor of being elected president of that organization. U. D. Orcutt, of Hannibal was elected secretary. Mre.,W. W. Tail and little daugh ter returned from Anabel, Sunday. She was called there by the illness of ber mother, Mrs. Geo. Scott, who waft very little improved when she left her. Mrs S. ,1. Robertshaw after a two weeks visit in this city went to Carruthersvilte, Mo . Monday at which place she will spend the win Watch Meetings A "Patriotic Watch Meeting" is to be held in every Missouri school- . house on Tuesday night, December 31. Missourians in town and country "will watch the Old Year out and the New Year in." As the evening passes the boy who has come back from France will tell his story of the smashing of the Hun. The sailor "home from the seas" will describe the deep-sea bunt for the U-boats. Letters will be read from the lads who are form ing Liberty's Watch on the Rhine It will be an old-fashioned Ameri can "Watch Meeting" of patriots who have watched the war through and done their part at home, or in the service, in the trench or in the furrow, at the bench or in the camp. At these meetings called bv the War Saving Stamps School District Committeemen there will be , given out, to all who have redeemed their War Saving tamps pledges, a New Year Greeting Card, to be mailed to some relative or friend in the mili tary or naval service of the United States by the one who h-js redeem ed the pledge. It is at this meeting that the names of all those who have failed to keep their obligations in redeem ing their pledges will be aunouuced. The names of those who have kept their pledges and bou nt W. S. S. according ..to their means will be placed upon the district roll of pa triots. This roll is to be preserved in order that the Americans of the future may know wno did and who did not help their country like true Americans in its time of stress. This old-fashioned Watch Meeting of patriots will close up the W. S. S. campaign for 1918. It will be the last chance for the Missourian who has not redeemed his pledge to re deem it. It gives everyone the op portunity to quit the old year and enter upon the new with his duty done to bis country. Those who attend these Watch Maetiugs will never forget them, for they are to lit? tl UIWU UIUIO IV a j vai w great endeavor and sacrifice in the winning of the world's greatest war. Mrs. Loyd Redmau aud sisjer. Miss . Cornelia Tuley have been speuding a few days in Quiucy with Mrs. Wesley Drescb' r. Miss Mae Johnson left Saturday night for Coin, low to spend two ter with her daughter, Mrs. Crew weeks with her .6i9ter. Mrs. L. L Reyuolds and family. Luke.