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. i xtumrwrtwu.ii , , -rinnu, l hi..m ' f For Highway Improvement Reconstruction must be applied literally to the highways of the Unit ed States, and the farmer, the busi ness man, the truck owner and the tourist are all joining in demands upon Washington and their State and County political authorities for better roads. Government statistics demon strate that moving farm products by wagon costs 33 cents per ton mile as compared with 15 cents per ton mile by the motor truck. The element of time is equally im portant, and since motor traffic has increased 100 per cent in these last two years there is not only a need for new highways, but the old main traveled roads must receive atten tion", Ooly thirteen per cent of the high ways of the United States are of bard surface, and the "crack" roads of the east have been "cracked to pieces" by the strain of motor traf fic. "Wagon leads" have an average capacity of five tons; the heavy motor trucks when loaded weigh two or three times as much, and with eighty per cent of this load riding the rear wheels, and gliding cicss country at the rate of twenty miles an hour, the result has been ruin to'lightly constructed highways. Road building in its relation to reconstruction, is recognized by the Federal Government as of immedi ate importance, since it offers a means of providing work for return ing soldiers and discharged muni tion workers. It is added that it will take contractors of the "noth ing doing" class and make them the busiest of the busy: it will give road supervisors something to talk about besides making excuses for bad highways; it will make the quarries and stone crushers prosperous; boom sales for ' road machinery, ceroenO asphalt, tar, etc.; as well as to en able the farmer to get more closely in touch with town and city mar kets, sell more cheaply and deliver produce more regularly; decrease transportation costs, relieve delays and increases the pleasure of auto mobiling4These are the arguments that are alive in every community, and which are stimulating the da maml for more modern methods of highway building that constitute a complete revolution and evolution of this phase of our National pro- . gress. In this revolution of highway con struction it has been found that the old methods of building highways are entirely inadequate. Dirt and clay roads that were made possible Dy eioow grease, simple scrapers and the pick and shovel are now achieved in a more modern manner through the compelling power of sticks of dynamite fortified by en ergiz'mg steam shovels, road build ing macmnery, and modern road building products. It may be said, with . the definite ness to be attached to the highest sources of information, that Con gress will attempt to create a brand new set of laws for the purpose of "making the public roads as much a part of the nation's business as are the offairs of the Army and Navy, Road building, it is contended, must be recognized by the United States Government as a profession and trade. That the country is alive to the necessities of reconstructing the highways is further evidenced by the fact that Illinois has authorized a bond fesue of $60,000,000. while Pennsylvania has voted $50,000,000 of bonds for public highways. These are the two biggest bonds issues for , state road building in the history of the world. For the same reason that it be- . came necessary to replace fifty and : eixty pound rails with double that nveignr. upon an tne standard ran- roads of the United States when in creased transportation demanded heavier locomotives and rolling stock, so has it now become neces sary to meet a similar condition in respect to our principal public, high ways, in view of the increased weight and speed of vehicles. The new conditions confront every part of the country and each community must assume the initiative in get ting road building started. Those that will be favored by better high ways first will be those that are most insistent upon having them. "Put our taxes to a real business use" is the demand in many parts of the country. Our "14 Points" 1. That all restaurateurs, grocers and butchers shall be informed as expeditiously as may be that the war is over. 2. That hens be forbidden to lay 10 cent eggs, and any hen laying an egg that shall reiail at more than 2 cents shall be decapitated. 3. That anybody who suggests the advisability of holding another war shall be committed to Mattea wan, there to reside in a straight- jacket for eighteen years. 4. That the amount of hemp in all 6-cent cigars be reduced from 60 per cent to 20 per cent. 5. That the activity of all corn ea unity committees organized to save tinfoil and old hairpins to help win the war be adjourned until the next war. This also applies to com mittees organized to save catsup bottle corks to nrake life preservers for the navy. b. inat hotel lobby and corner store experts be notified that there services are no longer needed by the government and that they be put into some useful peace employ ment, such as whittling full rigged ships in'glass bottles. 7. That the butter patties in res taurants shall not be cut hereafter with safety razors. 8, That the variety of feminine unifoims in this country shall be cut fcom 1.894 to 109. 9. That postage on business let ters be reduced to 2 cents and post age on all love letters be increased to lo cents, ituswiu be a money making venture for, the govern ment. 10 That when a parson or jus tice of the peace or alderman has married 1,200 soldiers he shall call it a day's work, and that he shall establish union hours. 11. Inat soap boxes be exter minattd for the duration of time. bosp nereatter to be snipped in begs. Speakers will not be able to stand on soap bags and attract much attention. 12. That it be stipulated with Sweden that one out of every four teen of (be safety matches import ed from that country shall strike. instead of one out of every thirty seven, the present average. 13. That knitting needles for peace times shall not be more than eighteen inches in length when car ried in street cars or used in the aters. 14. That all captured one-man tanks be returned to this country and turned over for the few pedes trians who .are left, so they may negotiate street intersections safely. The past week- the Federal Re serve Bank again recognized the Chillicothe Business College by se lecting 88 stenographer another its students, Miss Verda Locke, now with the Little Rock branch at 2000 per week iinital salary. Mrs. uee Morton and little son, Arnold, of Hannibal visited over Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Shearman of near this city. . ' y ' Farmers Adjourn Stats "One of the best meetings ever held in Columbia" was the general comment of the more than 1,700 isitors at Mis&ouri Farmers' Week, January 20 to 24 The Monday'" evening program,' presented in the University of Mis souri auditorium, brought out a re cord attendance crowd Interest on the part of visiting farmers in-, creased thoughout the week, finding its fultest expression in the enjoy-: ble College of Agriculture banquet , riday night at Rothwell Gymnas lum. "Co-operation" and "organization" ; were the watchwords of the week.' n the four-day short course offered ' by the University of Missouri Col-. ege of Agriculture the aim was to , present the subjects as to gather to ; gether in congenial groups those . aving similar interests and to make- possible some specially ap pealing subject for each period,! from 8:30 in the morning until 3:00; o'clock in the afternoon. Each group, though, was found to agree ! as to the need of organization and j co- operation on the part of pro-' ducers asan aid to meeting the fter-the-war problems. ' j From 3 to 5 o'clock each after I noon association meetings were eld, more than a dozen associations j participating. Evening programs were under direction of the State: Board of. Agriculture, singing by! he entire audience being a fine feature. Visitors were given a "balanced j ration, there being something of j merest to everyone. ' Rural welfare and community betterment were discussed by such authorities as Miss Jane Addams, of Chicago, and Rev. C. O. Gill, of Vermont. Lieu tenant Emile Rif.aud and Mademoi selle Jacqueline Bertillpo brought messages from France. Former G overnor H C. Stuart, of Virginia, and who as chairman of the Agri cultural Advisory Committee to the ederal Food Administration, has occupied a responsible position, de clared that the Government can do nothing less trfan make good the guarranteed price for the 1919 wheat j, crop. Dr. W. C. Thompson, Presi dent of Ohio State University and head of a commission appointed by President W ikon to study European agricultural needs and conditions, stated that the United States should take the lead in an international agricultural commission to consider the problems arising from the war. Thomas E. Wilson, president of Wil son &. Co , packers, urged organiza tion on the part of meat producers. reeding costs of live stock were dis cussed by Prof. John M. Evvard, of Iowa State Ccllege. Boys' and Girls' Club work was creditable represented, notwith standing the general interruption of public school work, many, schools having been closed temporarily ow ing to influenza. The corn show was up to the high Missouri standard. Officers elected for the Missouri State Corn Growers' Association were: John F. Case, president; J. C. Hackleman, Secretary treasure, with district vice presidents as follows: W. P. Brinkley, Northeast; Alva Mann, Northwest; F. H. Russell, Central; Cbas. Scbweer. Southeast; J..R Sbelton, Southwest. At a meeting of the Missouri Farm Bureau Association, arrange ments were perfected to have a re presentative at Jefferson City dur ing the present Legislative term. The Missouri Live Stock Pro ducers'. Association,, which held largely attended meetings, will not elect officers until reconvening in Kansas City. The Missouri Women Farmers' Club was reorganized. Other state associations met as scheduled. 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