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MONROE CITY DEMOORA nn Volume XXXII Monroe City, Missouri; Friday, October 10, 1919 Number 27 NOVEMBER 11, 1918 mm H HAC . S! A COMPETENT engineer has given as his opinion that the money available from the sale of bonds proposed will now build less than 100 miles of approved road. What will the voters living along the other 153 miles of the proposed paper lines do to themselves for being so easily caught? Many of the bond boosters who are attempting to put the bond issue over, believe that the land should be and must be ASSESSED AT ITS FULL VALUE! This will be the next progessive step. Some merchants who know that they will pay their additional fax by raising the profit on their goods are taking a vital interest in what they call a "farmers' road." Why? The county court directs that notice of election be published in SIX papers in the county; the law provides (Sec. 84 Session Acts 1917) that notice shall be pub lished in TWO papers. Is this a sample of the manner the same county court would spend the money raised by the bond issue? If so one-third only would apply to building roads. Monroe County taxes for 1916-was $147,499.91; fbrtl9 $209,395.82. If any man states that his taxes are not about 50 per cent higher he is not paying his part The county court states that the agreement to pay $64,000 to Monroe Special Road District is not binding nOW. x Advertisement MOVE FOR GOOD ROADS It is exhilarating to note in the good roads movement something that looks as though it had the making of real action. For years we have been dragging along in the road movement, dealing in generali ties, -spouting excellent theories and, in general, talking much, but doing little. Every organization has had its little roads committee and every committee has had its own pro gram, with the inevitable result that a conflict of action and a division of interests have thwarted consolidated efforts. Maj. Harry B. Hawes, on his re turn from service, srfw the futility of this method of procedure and quickly set in motion the machinery by which all the roads activities of the various civic and business or ganizations were to be consolidated On September 24 a meeting of the most prominent citizens of St. Louis commended the program of Maj. Hawes, and, pledging their m oral and financial aid, authorized hi m to proceed to make a Federat ed Roads Council, a permanent and ac live organization. This'is a way to get good roads. The movement should have the in dor eement &nd material 4nd moral support pf every citizen, of every or ganization ana of every interest It is idle to talk further of the bene fits to be derived from food roads, 1 so d we will, therefore, lend strength to our convictions by refusing to speak on this subject. But we take occasion to suggest to every man who knows what good roads mean and who is sincerely interested in their construction to get behind the federated roads organization and bring to realization all the dreams and hopes of a community which for years has pinned these hopes on a program that lacked unity and con certed efforts. As Maj. Hawes aptly 6aid at the first meeting of this organization, "We have enough roads on paper; let's put some on the ground." Carried in Osage At the election held in Osage county September 27 to bond the county in the bum of J500.000 for road improvements, the proposition carried by 150 votes over the re quisite two-thirds. A popular fea ture of the proposition was the provision that the funds derived from the sale of bonds must be ap portioned to the six municipal town ships of the county in proportion to their assessed valuations. Miss Blanch Heatherington of Oakwood end Mr. Virgil Summers of this city were married at Palmyra Friday Oct. 3, 1919. The happy couple will make their home in this city. Mr. Summers being operator at the Katy depot. Mrs. J. D. Scobee went to St. Louis Sunday to spend a few days with her husband who is under treatment again at that place for throat and facial troubles. They hope to be able to return home in a few days. I have plenty of ,. good Jonithan 8ppks for eale. Frank Gentry. GET BUSY AND DO IT NOW Next Tuesday the people of this c ounty will again vote on the prop osition to bond tbecounty in the sum of $972,000 for good road purposes. There has been plenty of time for all to study, the question in its dif ferent forms, and all should have their minds made up by this time. The Democrat has listened to argu m ents on both 6ides, and we are firmly of the opinion that if this county is ever to enjoy good roads now is the time to get busy. If we figure rightly, good roads are com ing some time, in one way or anoth er, and we do not think we will ever be again offered as much Fed eral and State aid as at the present time This being the case, why postpone the issue? Monroe Coun ty has always taken the lead in progressive work of all kinds why refuse now on a proposition of such vital importance to every resident of the county? Had the proponents of good roads gone to the polls and voted when the question was first before the people the proposition would have carried by ax large majority at that tme. Do not make that mistake again. Take a few minutes of your time next Tuesday and cast your vote for progress and advancement vote for the bond issue. Rev. W, A. McKee, pastor of the Methodist church returned Sunday evening with bis family and will re sume bis pastoral work in that church. He Was Converted wnat it takes to make a man change his mind about the nine foot road proposition, E. C Hess, south of Paris, found on an auto mobile trip he and his family took recently to Illinois and Indiana. Mr. Hess confesses that , he voted against the bond proposition at the last election because he thought nine foot road wasn't big enough. but after seeing the splendid roads of Illinois and Indiana and all of them nine feet wide, he says, be has decided the nine foot plea is pretty flimsy argument against proposition. Mr. Hess is uow sorry he voted against the proposition at the last election, but mighty glad he will have another chance to put in a vote for the roads. Congressman William W. Rucker told Congress a few days ago that great stride towards reducing the high cost of living would be made if the tax were removed from mar garine. Let the people decide, he said, whether they will take mar garine pr btftter. He declared mar garine to be healthful and palatable and the tax to have no other pur pose nor effect than to cut out fair competition with butter. Moderate purses need relief, he said, and the food is in every respect fit for table use. Rev. C I. Hoy, formerly pastor the Methodist church in this city and who now has the Lakenan cir cuit, has moved his family to Bevier. Rev. Hoy. experienced some difflcul ty in finding a suitauble house con veniently located to his work. The calendar makers have mark ed in red a certain day in the early- part of next month which will commemorate the first anniversary" of the most eventful day in the history of whole world. This day, Tuesday, November 11. 919, to the thoughtful will recall the hours of delirious joy that spread throughout Christendom just one year ago, and paved the way for the celebration of the 1918 Thanksgiving that a month before appeared to hold out no joy to America or the civilized world On November 11, almost a year ago, these United States of America broke forth in the hours long before dawn into one wild, hilarious flame of joy, that as it was carried on the electric wings of the telephone and the telegraph the glad news fresh from the cables that span the At lantic, across the continent to the acific, and then by word of mouth and by rural telephone routes until every nook and cranny of this great Nation had been reached, gathered in volume as it went, and continued for many hours after the sun went down on a country that was su premely happy. Not in any metropolis, city, ham et, village or town in the Uuited States, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, nor from the Lakes to the Gulf, was a dime's worth of work done on that memorable day. And never for a moment in the long days and weeks and months that have intervened has there ever been a whimper because of the un precedented waste of human energy. And there are a few of us who will take a different view now. For that day, November 11. marked the end of tbe greatest war that ever threat ened to destroy the world A few hours before the officially delegated representatives of the new German Government, that had succeeded that monstrous machine manipu lated by Emperor William, had signed the armistice terms, and the German knee bent in submis sion before the Allies invincible hosts. In those days, nearly a year ago, the fiendish purposes of tbe repudi ated Emperor, with his ruthless sub marine warfare; with his attacks on unfortified English towns where his baby-killers violated every known usage of civilized warfare; with his attacks on hospitals and hospitals ships, and his boastings of his partnerships "Me and Gott" ver f'esh in ev?ry mind.- There wa- reason ... luut tumult. There was reason for that joy. It was not confined to America alone. In every land where Christianity pre vailed there was the same exurber ent outpouring. The waters of the ocean-streams have changed many times since. And there is the same reason for rejoicing now as then. And Ger many, rejuvinated, relieved of the dross of royalty and imperialism, will derive almost as much joy oar November 11 this year as the peo ples of other nations, for in the great scourage that enthralled the world for more than four years, they have been given a new na tional life, and are permitted to be gin to reestablish themselves and the powers that humbled them will see that new German Republic minus tbe dangerous feature creat ed by William and his junkers, has its opportunity to gain the point of eminence their industry, their tal ents and their just ambitions warrant.