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You not only protect your savings, but you get paid for doing so when you have a savings account at this bank. Money that's idle means money wasted. Put your savings to work and watch the interest grow. We watch both the principal and interest for you and relieve you of all the banking worries. CAPITAL AND SURPLUS $100,000.00 OFFICERS J. S. Scott, President M. B. Proctor, Cashier J. J. Brown, Vice President J. S. Rutledge, Asst. Cashier DIRECTORS J. S. Scott, Wm. Buckman, P. W. Huston, R. S. McClintic, J. J. Brown, J. V. Proctor, Leo. Bell, D. R. Davenport, M. B. Proctor. ' MONROE CITY BANK. Blue Language The war has made us more pro fane, which gives my gentle soul a pain. In olden time9 we used to( swear when sick or burdened down with care; if in the darkness we arose, and on the door jamb broke a nose, we'd spring some red-hot parts of speech which made the weary welkin screech But when . no stern occasion called for lan guage that would scorch and scald, -our speech was soothing and refin ed, the output of the placd mind But now we cuss the whole day long, and no one seems to think it wrong. The stories in our public prints are full of words of lurid tints, and e'em the pastors shock the pews, the sort of adjectives they use. Profanity was always coarse; and now it's losing all its force, when it is sprung in constant flow it lacks the pep of long ago. In war it may have been all right, this damning everything in sight, for we were racked by dread and -doubt, and cuss words seemed to help us out. But now that peace is come again, let's be polite and godly men and quit this foolish, stupid stunt of pushing swear words to the front Walt Mason. It is a question which brings the greatest aggregate amount of joy to America the day when a transport from France arrives or the day when the price of butter drops a cent a pound. Please bring the little tots in the MORNING. Miss Belle Johnson. w E have just entered into a the Star, both papers at the price of one, both' one full year for ONLY $1.00. The Kansas City Star is a big family paper that no farm home should be without. It is devoted to -news reviews, agricultural articles, editorials and many helpful departments for the farmer and his wife. Remember ...'- Both Papers for One Year for ONLY $1.00 Democrat, Monroe City, Mo. That Obligation There has been a great deal of talk in France and England about asking the United States to assume its share of the cost of the war from the year of 1914. A few un business like statesmen in our own country have suggested that all of the debts owed to us by the allies should be cancelled. The people of the United States, who are about to be burdened with the greatest taxes ever known here will view with genuine alarm any plan to cancel the allies debts or to permit this country to tax itself further to pay for a war it did not start. If the allies desire to press the plan, it will be well to suggest that instead of asking us to bear the war burden back to 1914. we should put in an additional bill for having saved England and France from the rapacious German. If there is to beany readjustment of the financial relations between the United States and the allies, ' it will have to be in our favor. France and England owe us a debt that they can never pay and they will retain their popularity in this coun try in just ths measure that they recognize this fact. Secretary Daniels has been accus ed of being the most talkative man io the Caboet, and be went far to prove it by opening a wireless tele phone conversation with the Presi dent while he was 800 miles out at sea. Announcement! publishers of the Kansas City Star which enables us to offer you the Democrat and Be Prompt Letters ' containing blank forms for income-tax returns are now re- j minding the people that although ; the war has been woo. it has not' been paid for. A large army is still in the field and is still eating up millions of dollars every day, but that expenditure is nothing compar ed to obligations that were incur red in the last months of the war To meet those expenses hundreds of millions in short-term obligations were disposed of through the banks every months, and . these must be taken up. Great sums will be need ed to settle contracts which were terminated by the end of the war, and the Government now has, what it bad not had iQ many years before, a very heavy interest bill to meet. The Government is asking the people to remember these facts and to pay up. promptly and cheerfully. Those who wait for the last-day rush to make their returns gain no thing and subject themselves to great annoyance and loss of time. The news from Jefferson City is that nearly everybody connected with the state government want their salaries increased. If they thought the pay was insufficient, it would seem that they would have done well hot to have sought the jobs. It is not at all likely that any considerable number were forced in to the service of the state. The government has just issued a pamphlet of 26 pages telling about prices and the cost of Jiving. No body needs this a: ray of figures uor the testimony of investigators to know that living costs have in creased nearly 20 per cent in a year's time, and that considered on a ten. year basis, the increase is ap paling. . Some heavy legal artillery firing is to take place at the March term of the Macon county circuit court at LaPlata over the comparatively light offense of having sold a water melon on Sunday. A grave constitu tional question, if civil tourts'lhave any right to enforce religious rules, is to be argued. Lack of transportation facilities, it is Bali, has delayed theljdeporta tion of undesirable aliens from the United States. The delay is inex cusable. Cattle cars and cittle ships are plenty good enough for the purpose contract with the THIS TELLS HOW TO FIGURE INCOME TAX Squarely Up to Every Individual to Get Busy by March 15 or Suffer Penalty. "Don't watt until the final due .data, March 15th, for paying your Ineom Tax and making your return.' Avoid the laat minute rush. Any person can figure out his liability today aa well aa be can next week, and If there Is any point on which he needa advice he caa now get In touch with a Revenue man." This word of advice la being given out by Internal Revenue men. Re turns and payment are bring col lected In Missouri by the following Collectors of Internal Revenue: George Moore. George F. Crutchley. Every aid of their ofilces and field forces Is being given freely to the public. But the Income Tax men will -not pull your door-bell or your coat-tails, according to the Collector's announce ment. It Is squarely up to every Indi vidual to figure out his own caa and to get busy If he comes within the scope of the new Revenue law. Did You Earn Thla Much Every unmarried person who re ceived income averaging $19.29 a week during 1918 and every married couple who Jointly received Income averaging $38.50 a week should secure at one from the nearest Deputy Collector or the nearest bank a blank Form 1040 A. That form contains the Information ho will need to enable him to figure his .correct net Income and any tax that he owes the Government The law requires that every unmar ried person who had a net Income of $1,000 or over and every married per son whose net Income was $2,000 or over (Including the Income of husband or wife and the earnings of minor children. If any) must make a return on or before March 15th. And this re quirement does not hinge on whether the person owes a tax. Taxable Income. An Individual must Include tinder gross Income all gains, profits and In come derived from salaries, wages or compensation for personal service of whatever kind and In whatever form paid or from professions, vocations, business, sales or dealings In property of all kinds, Interest, rent, dividends or profits derived from any source whatever. Very few items of Income are exempt. Deductions Include ordinary and nec essary business expepses, interest paid or accrued on indebtedness, taxes of all kinds except Federal Income and excess profits taxes and assessments for local benefits, losses actually sus tained, debts ascertained to be worth less and depreciation on buildings, ma chinery, fixtures, etc, used In business. A further deduction Is allowed for con tributions to corporations operated for religious, charitable, scientific or edu cational purposes or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals to an amount not exceeding 15 per cent of the taxpayer's net Income as computed without the leiietlt of the contribution deduction. The taxpayer Is not allowed to de duct any personal, living or family ex pense, any amount spent for improving property or ranking good its exhaus tion for which nn allowance Is clulmed under depreciation. Figuring the Tax. Before figuring the normal tax the dividends are deducted as credits from net income, together with the personal exemption. As In previous years, divi dends of domestic corporations aro ex empt from normal tax when received by the stockholder. The normal tax rates for cltliens and residents are as follows: On the first $4,000 of net Income In excess of the credits the rate Is 6 per cent; on any further taxahle Income the rate la 12 per cent. The surtax rntes apply to net In come of each Individual In excess of $fi,O00. The personal exemption and the dividends are not deductible before computing surtax. In the ense of re turns by husband and wife, the net Income of each is considered separate ly In computing nny surtax that ma? be due. Form 1010 should he used for mnking returns of net Income .exceed ing $r,000, and the Instructions on that form will show how to figure the sur tax. Business House Returns. Employers and others who, paid wages, salaries, rents. Interest or sim ilar determinable gains In an amount of $1,000 or over during 1918 to any person must file an Information return with the Government. Blanks may b secured from the Collector. x Every partnership must file a return showing Its Income and deductions and the name and address of each partner, with his share of the profits or losses during the past year. Personarservlco corporations will tile similar tnfonua Um for 1913. As the banners and placards come down the housewife exults in her opportunity to really wash tbe windows. Business "Beating Back" A statement from the Department of Labor says that " the enlightened business men of America know that it is impossible to come back to the conditions of 1913 when the rest of tbe world is liviog in 1919." The intimation accompanies the state ment that a lot of our business men are short on nerve. A sort of psychological state has become general and it has induced timidity. Secretary of Commerce Redfield has taken affirmative action to in duce business to "go ahead." He declares (hat the slow economic process of allowing factories to close. and workmen to stay idle until con sumption resumes, is dangerous. To prevent uncertainty as far as possible, he is organizing a board that will fix the prices that the Gov ernment will pay for its own pur chases. Tbis price does not bind private purchasers, or industry, but it is expected that the Government scale will become a basis upon which others may agree in carrying on their affairs. Mr. Redfield is "very much hear tened by Che attitude which indus trial leaders have taken." He says that "capital should absorb the first shock of readjustment, not only because it is better able than labor to do so, but because capital has profited more largely from war time business." According to the Secre tary, capital i3 carrying the most of the present burden, aod doing busi ness without profit. He maiotaios that prices must come down, and that a readjust ment that will make everything cheaper than it is now, must be ar rived .at. The following from Mr. Redfield seems to reach the crux of the situation; "Who will complain then, if the Government now lends a hand to business to enable it to get back to a peace-time footing: providing always, of course, that tbe things which business seeks to do and which the Government helps it to do are for the general good? "In substance, finally, we purpose to bring capital, labor ana the Gov ernment into common counsel to gether around one table and with one purpose to do the best possible for the country." Tbe world wants peace. No na- tion is seeking war. They have all had enough of the bloody business for some time to come. In the United States we are all of one mind as to tbe objects to be attain ed, but we differ, as well we may, as the methods to be employed in reaching those objects. There are some men who honestly believe, that tbe proposed League of Na tions will keep the world at peace forever. There are others who, with equal or better reason, contend that tbe League is certain to draw us into war. Taking the situation all in all, it's a pretty good time for the average American to study history. Have you noticed that ihe young soldier just home from tbe army never sits down if he can help it? He argues with you towering up above you in a position of vantage, or he tells his adventures while striding up and down the room. It will be ruinous to the chair manu factories if this keeps ou. But we now understand for the first time why it is called a "standing army." The Fulton Sun says that the Fulton Laundry makes a specialty of rough, dry family washing, where upon The Louisiana Press-Journal remarks that there may be that kind of folks in Fulton, hut over its way the rough families are mostly wet. One of the best things that could possibly happen in Missouri would be to vote $60,000,000 bond issue for good roads Every county in -1 i j . i. .. . u . . L. i me oiuic wuum prom uy iuui uuuu issue Illinois will spend a billion dollars on her roads.