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A movement is spreading over the country to organize the farmers for the protection of their inteiests. The first object would seem to be to secure better representation of the farming interest in the making of state and national legislation The farmers of Illinois have gone about as far as any. They employ . a secretary at an annual salary of $10,000. and have formed plans for enrolling every farmer in the state The farmers will accomplish the mo6t for themselves by unifying these various movements. If in one state they organize through their farm bureaus, in another through an independent state or ganization, there will be a lack of concerted action. This will prevent the influence of the farmers from accomplishing the maximum of which it is possible. The farmer does not have, in the forming of legislation, the influence that is exerted by other economic elements. The mechanic classes have a tremendous power. This is largely because they concentrated their efforts in the one organization of the American Federation of La bor. This unified movement has become so far the spokesman for this type of people, that it com mands a tremendous influence. A great many law makers are very much afraid of it. Similarly the business interests while not so closely unified, exert a large influence through Chambers of Commerce and like associations The farmers' organizations will pursue less radical measures than the labor movement Thev are mainly concerned to see a reason able proportion of farmers in legis lative bodies, and still more to see their point of view fairly presented in hearings and public discussion. This movement is likely to sweep over the whole country soon. In so far as these organizations can be united into one body ag recognizea spokesman of the agricultural inter -est, it will wield the most influence. Jane and Catherine Lee, In "Alad din and The Wonderful Lamp." the noted fairy tale. Gem Saturday March 8, 15 and 25 cents. Don't try to get something for nothing unless you are prepared ' to pay about twice as- much as it is worth. Pub c AT WADDILL'S VETERINARY BARN MONROE, CITY, MO. Sstc Mch A CAR LOAD ...OF.... IOWA MARES AND MULES This stock is all first-class and in good condition Sale Starts at 2 P. M. . Ki ricai d & Youel 1 . Llllard, Keller and Caldwell, Aucs. The Business Outlook The history of American business after the Civil War proved that a period ot expansion and prosperity may follow after the destruction sod waste of a great war. While Europe is now impoverished, re ports are already given out of great orders for materials that they will place in this country. They will buy great quantities of food. These demands will go far to keep the farms and factories busy. Up to April. 1917. the United States was growing rich on the war. Enornmous quantities of food and munitions were shipped across. America in effect swapped its sup plies in return for the cancellation of vast debt owed by its various in terprises to Europe. Thus the war turned the United States from a debtor to a creditor nation. And all through the period after this country entered the war, it kept shipping great quantities of supplies to its allies and the neutrals, from which a constant stream of wealth is still flowing in. Furthermore people lived more simply during the war period and rut down many lines of expenditure. A great deal of money was put into Liberty bonds that used to go to luxuries. National wealth is not much af fected by the war debt. If a man's own personal share of that debt is $1000, and if while the debt was being incurred he made savings of $1000 in bonds, he is neither poorer nor richer. Paying the debt would be simpb paying the money from one pocket to another. It seems a fair judgu ent that the war period of 1914 1918 has not impoverished the United States at all. There is probably more wealth in the country than at the begin ning of the period. The total bal ance of property over all debts is probably greater than then. If so, there is more capital for productive enterprises and for the employment pf labor. Don't rock the business boat. This country is sound to the core and will come out of the war recon struct ion period on the wave of a business boom if every man will put bis shoulder to the wheel and keep pushing. Maybe the fellow who don't ad vertise knows his business but no body else does. Millions for Farmers Fifteen million dollars will be ex pended this year by the Federal Government and the various States in placing at the disposal of farmers the 8cicntiSc knowledge and prac tical methods developed by the De-1 partment of Agriculture to increase 1 their production and deduce their costs. Of this sum, $4,680,000 is contributed by theUovernment un der the provisions of the Smith Lever act; $6,200,000 is ' derived ' from funds directly appropriated to . the Department of Agriculture: $2,-' 500,000 Is. allotted by counties, ! and the remainder comes from State colleges of agriculture and lo cal organizations. In addition to the regular appro priation of $2,000,000 authorized by the Smith-Lever act, there was a temporary addition of $4,000,000 during the wat. Although this fund was available in 1918, the benefits of its expenditure will be reflected in this year's crops. There will be annual increments to the allowance under the Smith-Lever law until a maximum of nearly $5,000,000 is attained, This amount will then be provided each succeeding year un- ess Congress enlarges it. On July 1, 1918, there were in the field 6,216 extensions workers, ncluding 3,000 county agents, 2,- 034 home demonstrations agents, nd 1,181 boys' and girls' club workers. More than 1.000,000 farmers were in organizations form ed to assist county agents in their work, and an equal number of worn en belonged to community clubs or centers organized by home demons tration agents . These representa tives of the Government and the several States teach the farmer to select seed, fertilize land, cultivate his crops, manage his livestock and tduce his ccsts. Worn: n on the arm are taught the art of prepar ing, drying and presrrving fruits and vegetables and are grounded in general home economics. Hie results of this constant co operation of the . Government with the agricultural workers are maini- fest in a larger production per acre and in a promise of a still bigger in crease in the average yield. In the midst of the war, with labor scarce, high costs for seeds and implements and unfavorable weather, American farmers were able to produce enough to feed not only their own countrymen, but also the peoples of Europe. Weather Affects Markets Any given weather condition cold, rain or heat may affect one market one way and another market in the directly opposite way. A period of rainy weatner. for in stance, might put peacn prices away up in New York or Chicago and away down in Atlanta or Au gusta. The effect of any particular weather condition is likely to be different in the big consuming mar ket from what it is in producing sections. In the cases cited, the rain might delay gathering. Then at the beginning of fair weather, great quantities of more or less damaged peaches would come in at once, instead of being distributed over a period of weeks, and prices would go down sharply. At the same time a shortage would bave been caused in some of the large cities and prices would go up. Another set pf conditions might reverse the pro cess, making prices high in produc ing sections and relatively low at consuming markets. The crop and market reporting service of the United States Department of Agri culture, "carrying full information on weather and crop conditions, keeps both the . shipper and the consumer posted as to such condi ditions and, in, a general way, works to smooth out such discrepancies. It Is the unexpected' that hap pens, especially to the fellow who Is dead sure he can never be wrong, 521 Maine Street. of Newest Spring Capes Bin w Petticoats Are arriving daily. A most extraordinary show ing of distinctive spring fashions, replete with exclusive innovations that are delightfully char acteristic of the world's foremost designers. Priced QUINCY, The Kickers A newspaper paiQgrapb states that the city of St. Louis is spend ing $3600 a year in maintaining a complaint board. It is its duty to hear complaints regarding local con ditions and remedy same if possible But the board reports it has no complaints to handle. It is possible that the citizens do plenty of knocking in private con versation. Yet they may lack the energy to place their complaints be fore any public . authority. This condition is one found in most towns. There are many people every where, and no doubt here in Monroe City who are always kicking in an irresponsible way. They are full of of complaints of home town con ditions, at times when their talk can do no possible good. The only effect is to distribute pessimism and discouragement , They give the impression that their town is a run down place witn everything at loose ends. Now there will be room for im provement even in Heaven, the Judicious kicker, who sees real com munity defects, should bring these matters before the people responsi ble or in a position to remedy them. Also it does take public agitation to accomplish any kind of progress. PBut aimless kicking, distributed witb no purpose to organize senti meat for improvement, distributed among people who themselves will never do any thing, but kick, is dead weight on any town's advance. So. a complaint board is a good proposition. But a town does not need any separate organization for that purpose. There should always Moderately Sill s Mm Skirts Very ILLINOIS be some authority willing to receive complaints courteously, investigate them carefully, and take steps to remove them if such action is prac ticable. i . " New Foods Veer Off tiappuy. many oi tne tnreatenea food innovations never reach us. Belgian-bares, after- all the talk; about : them, were not visited upon us; "dog fish" got no "farther west than . Boston, and a - dispatch a few days ago lightened our hearts with the information that whales enough bad been caught to feed the Eskimo . sledge dogs of Alaska this winter. ' The whale meat that was to help us win the war, placed ou our tables as a substitute, now finds its proper classification as dog meat. We are not begrudging the Alaska dogs at all. What seemed Dronadnnda litera ture' paving the way for a small invasion of the United States is also seen no more. Perhaps it worked too slowly. It will take a long while for snails to crawl into iavor as an American article of diet, offered tastefully on a background of lettuce or otherwise. Our splendid isolation as a na tion stands us in good stead., gas tronomicallv speaking. Chop suey and chile con carne are found in the good graces of the people, but it was necessary to first quite materi ally Americanize their composition. Secretary of War Baker has or dered that enlisted men arriving at a camp and attached to a convales cent center be taken up on the rolls of that, detachment and 'paid im mediately, and that before being tra as f erred from one camp to an other they shall receive their , pay In lull. V, . !"