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iviu'in jtvu'-ej uii Lyiiiyijjij. Volume XXXII Monroe City, Missouri, Friday, August 29, 1919 Number 21 Bond Issue Loses As predicted in last week's issue of the Democrat, the proposition to vote $912,000 in bonds for hard sur face roads in Monroe county was voted down at the election held last Saturday. The Democrat has no hesitation in saying that the chief reason for this was the unpopularity of the present county court, the members of which have not shown good judgment in handling the county's' finances. Had the court followed out the suggestion that the money be turned over to a commis sion appointed by the people we are firmly of the opinion the result of the vote would have been quite different. This was practically what was done in this end of the county the judges agreeing to turn over Co the commissioners of Monroe Special Road District that part of the money to which the district would be entitled. When this ar rangement was made known the last of the opposition was removed and the east end of the county vot ed practically solid for the proposi tion. We have been advised that petitions are now being circulated to ask the county court to call an other election, but do not know if it is true, and the Democrat is strong ly in favor of good roads and would like to see good roads at an early date but we do not want to see the county revenue wasted. It costs considerable to bold an election in this county, and we are firmly of the opinion the people will never vote the bonds while our present county court is in office. These are plain words but this is no time to beat about the bush. Until our county court has satisfactorily explained that unnecessary expenditure of $434 94 printing bill they can hard ly expect the people to trust them implicitly with nearly a million with which to build good roads. If the road money were spent in the same proportion as the printing money it is safe to conclude that only one fourth of the 253 miles of roads contemplated would have been built. Monroe Chautauqua The Monroe City Chautauqua commenced Thursday with fine prospects for a good attendance throughout the entire six days. The program, printed in these columns last week, is exceptionally good, and so far as we have been advised, only one change has been made, the Chicago Choristers being substituted for Carmeling's Band on the opening day. A war tax of 57 cents made the price of season tickets $257, a pretty stiff price just dow, and an efiort was made to get a reduction which failed. Afternoon and evening sessions will be held each day, the big tent is waterproof in case-of rain and am ply large to seat all who attend. . Miss Alpha Elzea entertained eleven of her young lady friends with a porch party Monday morning at her pretty country home a few miles south' of this city- Misses Charlesa Elzea and Aleen Orr dur ing the occasion served a two-course luncheon. The following were present: Misses Frances Rouse, Helen Southern, Mary and Ruth Kern, Dorothy Patterson, Lois Owen, Vivian Proctor, Vivian Lee, Mary BriBtow. Aleen Orr and Mrs. John Doak. Mrs. John Warren and Mrs. Anna Brooks of near Ely and both well known by many in this city have gone to Rochester, Minn., where they will enter Mayo Bros., Hospital for treatment. Increase of Taxes. Municipal 8Dd government ex penses are increasing. The tax payer is in for increased assess ments. However, be does not al ways settle the bill himself. The greater part of the taxes come out of the mass of the consuming public. In the case of real estate this is what usually happens. If taxes are so high that it becomes unprofitable to build and rent houses and busi ness structures, no one will put them up. That makes them scarce. Soon existing owners of such pro perty can get a higher rent, which in effect means that the occupant pays thetax. The people who pay no taxes or only small ones, have an interest in seeing that the levies are kept within reason. It seems inevitable that taxes should rise. The building of good roads must continue. They will cost much more per mile than formerly. School teachers have been paid such low salaries that it is very difficult to secure competent ones. They must be paid enough to make the calling attractive. And so it goes in every department. Public officials should realize how keenly the public resents advances in taxes, and should go the limit to keep tbem down, in so far as they can without detriment to public service. The idea of the budget system must be made applicable to all public expenditure, not merely of the national and state govern ments, but of counties and munici palities. Some one man, or a board having ebarge of fionrj'ial matters, must in all cases be field" responsible. This financial authority should control all expenditures, and should not permit any single department to ab- tain appropriations disproportionate to the general scale. It' will not pay to adopt a mean and parsimonious policy. But an application of strict business system could cut off many projects of secondary importance that could be postponed. Win Shelby ville Game The Shelbyville Herald gives the following account of the game play ed there last Sunday. The best ball game played this season in Shelby county was staged here Sunday when Monroe City de feated Shelbyville in a pitcher's duel by a score of 1 to 0. Dr. Alex a nder, who did the twirling for the visitors, was in fine form and is one of the best pitchers the locals have faced this season. He allowed three hits, striking out seven men. DaveDport did the receiving and good support was given the battery throughout the game. The locals had two splendid c hances to score in the sixth and eighth innings in each instance. However, they were unable to get a hit which would have meant one and perhaps two runs. Our boys did not have their re gular lineup, the places of the re gular center and right fielders, O'Bryen and Ward, being filled by Taylor and Ziegler. With the re gular lineup we believe the result would have been different, as both the regulars are good hitters. The game was umpired by John Bates of Shelbina An effort will be made to match Monroe with the locals for a game here on Old Settlers day. Monroe has an aggregation of fast players and if they come a hot contest is assured. Mr. and Mrs. I. B. Kern returned to their home in Leonard Friday after a visit with relatives here. The Official Count The tabulated vote on the bond issue election last Saturday by pre cincts is as follows: Monroe City For 181 AgainBt 49 Indian Creek For 60 Against 19 Stoustsville For 145 Against. For .62 Florida .50 .55 Against.. For Victor 103 Against. 31 Santa Fe For 127 Against. 51 Long Branch For 18 Against 12 Tulip For Against For .39 .23 Cecil .9 Against. 59 Middle Grove For 94 Against. 35 Evansville For : 6 Against. 24 Ash For 9 Against i 70 Leesburg For ..38 Against 26 Woodlawn For;?;. 74 Against 39 Spencer Chapel For 21 Against 26 Granville For.! 82 Against . 51 Greenwood For 21 Against 18 North Fork For 47 Against.....! 9 Deer Creek For 45 Against 28 Madison For. .184 Against 148 Holliday For. .75 Against 86 Goss For. .59 Against 29 Paris For. .326 Against .. 342 Toe total vote for the issue 1813, Total vote, against 1292. Total number of votes necessary, 2071. Number of votes short of the two t birds majority required, 258. Ralph W. Nolen, of Paris and well known in this city has assumed other duties than the job of sheriff requires for he is now a full fledged truant officer. His bond was accept ed and be took the oath of office Aug. 17th, making bim hold two county offices at once, the first per son to have that distinction in Mon roe county. R. G. Vasey and family, of near Jacksonville, III., spent the week end with Mrs. Vasey 's mother and sister, Mrs D. J. Ebey and Mrs. W. J. Rouse and family. Mrs. A. S. Maddox and Mrs. Sam Pollard went to Shelbina, Monday for a visit with their brother, W, D. Erwin and family. Back to Old Time The daylight savings act was re pealed by the Senate last Wednes day, that body voting to sustain the house in passing the repeal measure over President Wilson's veto. The vote was 57 to 19. The repeal of the law, which now takes its place among the very few which have been passed over a presidential veto, becomes effective after the clocks are turned back to normal in October. It will go down in legislative history as one of the very few measures which have twice been vetoed by a president and become a law after all by the vote of more than two-thirds in both h ouses of congress. The president said he returned the bill without his approval with 'the utmost reluctance" because he realized "the very considerable, and in some respects very serious, incon venience to which the daylight sav ing law subjects the farmers of the country." Declaring the pressing need of the country was for produc tion by industry, the President said he had been obliged to "balance one set of disadvantages against an other," and decide which was the more serious for the country. Receive Honor Badges The Red Cross honor badges have been received in this city by the workers of the Monroe Chapter. All the workers of this chapter have shown a great patriotic spirit they having accomplished a most wonderful amount of work, and have the honor of receiving more honor badges than any other chap ter or branch of the county. Among the nine winners to receive these badges are: Mrs. M. C. Hawkins. Mrs. E. W. Schweer, Mrs. H. Levy, Mrs. T. M. Boulware. Mrs. Ollie Wil son, Mrs. Will Green. Mrs. J. C Ensor, Mrs. Julia Fuqua and Miss Grace Turner. Mr. and Mrs Evan Smith and daughter. Miss Margaret, of this city, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Julius Jackson and children, and Mr. and Mrs. G. A Quick and chil dren, of near this city motored to Keokuk, Sunday and spent the day Rev. and Mrs. Wharton. Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Kent, Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Henderson and Mrs. Emma Bush attended the Annual Convention of the Christian Churches of Monroe county at Madison last week. Mr. and Mrs. John Doak will leave Monday for Brookfield after -a visit here with her parents Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Bristow. Mr. Doak was recent ly appointed superintendent in the High School at that place Mr. and Mrs. R G. Scobee return ed to their homes in Sublette, Mo., Thursday after a two weeks visit in this city and Florida while in this city they visit their son, Dr. J. D. Scobee and family. Miss Georgia Renshaw returned Saturday from a visit with Miss Edna Shearman, of Santa Fe. Miss Virginia Fields who accompanied Miss Renshaw remained for a long er stay. Ben Frederick of this city, and J. B Morthland and Robert Christian of Warren, went to Yahima, Wash., Saturday for a visit with relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. George Williamson of Indiana and Mrs. Hal Gardner of Kansas City, have been recent guests of Mrs. Ella Lyon and daugh ter. Miss Delia Smith has returned from a several days visit with re latives in Palmyra. School Time at Hand The Monroe City Public School will open next Monday September 1st The majority of the rural schools in this vicinity will also open on that date Superintendent F. E. Bridwell, with his splendii corps of teachers are going to try and make this year 1919 one of the best of all years. The course of study offered by the Monroe City High School is second to none in a town this size and includes history, English, Latin, Civics and Sociology, Science, Ma thematics, Domestic Science, includ ing cooking and sewing has beeo added to the curriculum. Manual Training is to be taught. Music and Art will again be taught both in the High School and in each of the grades, Teacher's Training will have its regular place in the High School and a course in Home Nursing un der the guidance of the Red Cross will likely be added to the other courses later, the News Class of Journalism will be continued, and a regular school paper, which was carried out last year will again be edited and managed by the students- The position of instructor in Domestic Science was offered to Mrs. Rush Buell of this city by the board at a meeting of the members last week. Mrs. Buell is undecided as to wether she will accept the place or not. Miss Mabel Winne of Marion, Kans.. was elected by the board as teacher of music and art. The other teachers for the year are as follows: Superintendent F.E. Bridwell., In the grades; Miss Lenna Evans, in grade one. Miss Lucile Wright, grade two. Miss Sailie Pollard, grade three and four. Miss Belle Threlkeld. of Pal myra, grade five and six, Miss Georgia Renshaw, grade seven and Miss Jeanette Vaughn, grade eight Mrs. Gertrude Bell will be in charge of the colored school Par?nts who would have their children become good students in school by taking proper interest in their studies s'.iould have them ready to enter school the first day of the term. Rural Carrier Exam. The United States Civil Service Commission has aauounced aa ex amination for the Couoty of Shelby. Mo., to be held at Monroe City on Sept. 27, 1919 to fill the position of rural carrier at Hunnewell and va cancies that may later occur on rural routes from other post offices in the above-mentioned county. The examination will be open only to citizen. wVi :tr actually domicil ii in iue leiruory of a post office in the county and who meet the other requirements set forth in Form No. 1977. This form and application blanks may be obtained from the offices mentioned above or from the United States Civil Service Com mission at Washington, D. C. Ap plications should be forwarded to the Commission at Washington at the earliest practicable date. Miss Ruth McFarlaod, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James McFarland entertained about thirty of her girl and boy friends Friday afternoon, the event being Miss Ruth's 10th birthday anniversary. The after noon was much enjoyed by the little folks, all kinds of games being played, after which dainty refresh ments were served. S. J. Duncan of Slater, Mo, was. a visitor in this city Friday. Mr. Duncan and family were former residence of this city where Mr. Duncan was superintendent of water and lights here.