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w Mmwi Mil WHIf A "'Tis Cheaper to Build Well at the Start Than to Make Repairs All Your Life" Don't make the mistake of buying building material by price only. Under-size timbers that cannot stand the strain of weight are a poor in vestment at any price. A little care ful attention to the requirements of your material will often save the expense of frequent repairs. Strength Where Needed When you buy lumber here, you get with it the benefit of our years of experi ence. We will gladly check your speci fications with the plans and verify the correctness of the sizes you order. We will see that the sizes or dered are adequate to carry their load safe- and enduringly. Don't let thii important feature escape your attention Conway Lumber Co. A Service of Safety A bank, of course, keeps your money safe. And it just as surely can help you handle your money safely. For instance, a checking account here is more than a simple convenience. It is a guarantee of security to you in the trans mission of funds. It enables you to keep your money instantly accessible without danger of loss. Checks Protect You Your checks drawn on this bank carry your money to all parts of the country at the cost to you of a postage stamp. Checking enables you to keep track of your money in a systematic way. The stubs in your check book carry sufficient entries to do this. The cancelled checks, returned to you each month, are legal receipts for your payments. These and many other benefits are yours if you establish a checking account here. We will be glad to 'discuss it further with you. . 'if lb Saw "Yowt Momtf and Mak iBsm WITH US Farmers & Merchants Bank According to the Mexico Intelli gencer, the $4,000 fine paid recent ly by John T. Gentle of Vandalia in the Audrain County Circuit Court for violation of the local option law was the largest fine ever paid in Audrain county, says Eppa F. El liott, clerk of the circuit court. Mr Elliott has looked on the complete record of the court, and has found no other that exceeds $1,000. and very few which reach that amount. He said he believed the $4,000 fine also to be thr largest ever paid in any sister county. A farmer near Cameron, it is said, has for ' a number of years been shipping bluegrass seed to KentucKyi Missouri; y6u 'see, is ' glad, to" come to the aid 6f her sister state of Ken tucky in her laudable effort to pro duce a first class quality of blue .grasb. . Catile Shows and Publicity The desire of psogressive farmers for cattle shows and agricultural fairs was originally due to the need they felt for publicity for their en terprises. Therein they showed themselves more progressive than some merchants who always criti cise farmers for lack of enterprise. This type of merchants say that a man who sells good goods can market his product solely on his reputation from past sales, without any effort for publicity. The progressive farmer found that without publicity he could not get prices for product warranted by their merit He might turn out a superior product, but buyers might not hear of him and might not know what he was doing. To disseminate this information. wide awake farmers started the agricultural 6hows, and impartial judges awarded prizes to those who were producing the best goods The result was to help these progressive producers to win attention and mar ket their product It also improv ed the product of all who partici pated in these fairs by stimulating them to get into tb.3 game, and use the best methods. Thus the result was to improve the product and the service of the whole community In any community, Monroe City for instance, the displays of the merchants at any time constitute a fair just as interesting as the dis plays at a first class agricultural show. Without advertising, there would be no sufficient means for those who make the best showing to command the most attention. Advertising promotes rivalry in the service of the public and it enables those who collect superior stocks at the lowest values, to call public attention to them and get the bulk of the business. Thus ad vertising improves the service rend ered the public, and does the same for a retail center, that the cattle show does for the farming lommuni ty. Retailers' profits in food in Wash ington are said to be 100 per cent. Is that all? From the way return ed government employees talked, we had got the idea that prices in Washington were unreasonable. Some things are inevitable, but one of those caterpillar mustaches is a man's own fault. Presidential Campaign The subject most in the minds of the people just now is that of the Cost of Living Politicians who are out of office always bank heavily on this issue. To hear them talk' one would think that all the people had to do to bring prices down to the pre-war level, was to put these candidates in office. A great many men have obtained office on this pledge alone. Yet when they got into office they ac complished nothing. They might make a great noise and flurry and start investigations. These ac complished oothing but print voluminous reports that no one read. Meanwhile the cost of living kept going up. So the voters should discount the promises of the Outs that they will right these evils if they are only put in office. It should consider the re cord of the present administration During the war the food adminis tration accomplished much to keep prices down'. Had it not been for the food control, sugar would pro bably, have sold for 50 cents a pound, and ouly the rich could have had it. It was keep down practical ly to pre-war prices. So with other staples A general pressure was ex erted which kept war time prices far below the figures to which they would have gone. The administration at the present moment has responded with the ut most promptness and energy to the demand that the present level of prices be broken. Its inspectors are at work all over the country, prosecutions are promised, and this campaign will show results within a short time. The' people should consider which party is more apt to work sincerely and earnestly for moderate prices The Democratic party stands closest to the working masses, it responds most quickly to their demands. Consequently it can fairly be expect ed to do the most to protect them. The New York World attempts to solve the problem by saying that when a man becomes so full he is a nuisance, he is drunk. The defi nition won't serve. That applies to too many who never drank a drop Perhaps a permanent improve ment in service cjuld be made by having the postmasters distribute food all the time, and let the cor ner grocer attend to our mail. Inefficiency In this time of social disturbance, every element charges every other with inefficiency If the farmer, says the manufacturer, would rua his business systematically, food prices would be lower. The farmer passes the buck to the railroad and other services, which if run efficient ly, he says, would need no higher rates. And so it goes. And the people who find the most fault are often the most unproductive them selves. Yet it is in the main true that modern industry is not efficient. It takes centuries to perfect the processes in any form of work. Two generations ago the American peo ple either worked on isolated farms, or in small factories. They toiled long hours but in an easy going way. As their demands were few. their inefficient methods were suf ficient to provide for their simple wants. The present generation has inher ited their lack of system and of in dustrial education. The technical arts and sciences have had to be built from the ground up, keeping pace with the marvellous develop ment of invention and discovery. Factory production has developed efficiency better than anything else, as it is the simplest problem. With a lot of people working together un der one roof, it is fairly easy to or ganize them well, Another generation will give young people destined to be manu al workers, a far better preparation. People will not blunder into their life work so much, nor waste long years in haphazard and undirected effort. They will be fitted for their special careers, so that shall have high standards of achievement and know how to work them out. So it will be in all callings. A race of scientific and highly organized workers will produce a common standard of comfort far beyond the present level. Education, training, 'and business government are the factors that produce most of this advance, rath er than quarrelling over the divis ion of the profits of business. Every year somebody predicts that the world will soon come to an end. But in former years the public either ignored or scoffed This year a good many seem to be hoping the prediction is true. An exchange thinks it possible that the pilfering of state furniture at the close of legislative sessions may eventually be stopped entirely. Possibly it might help by adding to the oath taken by members of the legislature, in addition to support ing the constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, to not steal any state furniture at the close of a session. The one notable feature concern ing the latest effort to depose Ban Johnson, autocrat of the American League, is that most of the previ ous efforts have been launched sometime in the winter. " It is suggested that the Ford cars in 1920 be equipped with Maxim silencers Or, if Maxims are not; practicable, the ones employed by" the telephone, company will do just as well. OIL WELLS DO Not Grow Everywhere! SSEB9 But our bargains in real estate possesses the same rela tion that an oil well does to the enterprising oil man who seeks that sort of soil for his business. Our bargains consist of profitable farm lands the most sensible investment on earth. We have lists that should not be overlooked by the ener getic man who is willing to spend his time looking them over for the benefit to his purse and time. Our promises are real and the satisfaction you will have after looking at our lists is that you will know you have seen the best there is to see. Drescher & Woodson Land Co. Monroe City, Mo.