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Monroe City Democrat. (Monroe City, Mo.) 1888-1919, October 17, 1919, Image 6

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Office in C. S. Jackson's Drug Store.
Office Phones, Bell 356; F. & M. 214
Residence, Bell 300; F. & M. 148
Corn is Menaced
The European Corn Borer which
baa been in America for about
three years is attracting the special
attention of eastern and federal en
tomologi8ts. It is recognized as the
most serious menace the corn in
dustry of this country has ever fac
ed. The pest is still confined to a
unall region near Boston and Al
bany, N Y. That it will move west
into the cornbelt can not be doubt
ed unless immediate action is taken
to check and ventually exterminate
it, says L Haseman of the Universi
ty of Missouri College of Agricul
ture. Congress recently appropri
ated two hundred and fifty thou
sand dollars to carry on the work of
control and New York state also
appropriated seventy five thousand
dollars for the same work.
(a the latter part of August a
special conference was held in the
infested areas of New York and
Massachusetts and a course of ac
Cion was planned. The seriousness
of the pest and its rapid spread has
necessitated a much wider campaign
of control than first started, and ad
ditional federal aid is to be asked.
The cornbelt is perhaps yet safe
although some fear that the pest
may already have reached it. How
lom! this region can expect to be
safe will depend upon the co-oper
ation given the eastern workers and
the support they get in establishing
an effective battle line in the east
Farmers of the middle west should
keep in touch with the situation
and urge that their representatives
at Washington do likewise and
stand ready to support necessary
action in keeping the pest from the
The pest is a small boring cater
pillar. It is about an inch long
and as large around as a wheat
straw. It is pale in color and car
ries rows of dark spots. The cater
pillar bores into the tassel, stock
and ear of the corn. It also bores
into various garden crops, weeds
and other plants. If any of our
readers find suspicious looking cat
-erpillara boring into corn or other
plants, send samples to their state
agricultural station for examination,
Adair County does not know just
what is causing it, but the fact9
and figures are there, and the pop
ulace is shocked as a result. Dur
ing the past four months 43 divorce
suits have been filed in the Circuit
Court, breaking all records, and
theorists are trying to figure it out
During that time only 80 marriage
licenses have been issued to citi
zens of the county. Altogether 11
licenses have been issued during
that period, but 31 of them have
gone to couples who live outside o
the confines of the county. Adair
is a prosperous agricultural county
Kirksville has several colleges and
the best sort of schools. The city
is noted for its women's clubs, sev
eral of which are in the process of
formation, and it does not lack in
the Dumber of good cooks, so the
ratio of more than one divorce to
every two marriages is a mystery
, to its citizens.
Now that the government has
fixed the price of sugar, some of us
have managed to scrape up the
Drice but we can't seem to find the
augar. .
Tbev tell us raeo are to wear
gaudy colors" in the new styles
Ye godsl And tbey say the world
has been made safe for democracy I
Responses by the Hundreds Pouring
In to Appeal For 1,000,000
Mobilization of the vast army of
Red Cross workers has begun. Re
ports reaching Red Cross division
headquarters in St. Louis indicate that
plans for the Third Roll Call, Novem
ber 2 to 11, are well under way In
almost every one of the 655 Red Cross
Chapters in the five states Missouri,
Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkan
sas comprising tne aoutnwestern
Chapter Roll Call Directors have
een appointed in virtually every city,
town and county and with but few
exceptions working organizations are
In process of formation at each place.
State Directors have been appointed
to take charge of the rapidly forming
machine. Added impetus has been
given to the preliminary campaign by
the holding of State wide Roll Call
conferences recently at St. Louis,
Topeka, Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma
City and Little Rock, at which definite
campaign plans affecting every section
of each State in the division were
decided upon.
Meanwhile, responses to the call for
1,000,000 volunteer workers to serv
during the coming drive are pouring
in by the hundreds to Red Cross
headquarters. "Once a Red Cross
worker, always a Red Cross worker"
Is the slogan adopted. Soldiers,
sailors and marines, some of whom
were in the thick of the fighting
overseas, are offering their services.
Many of these men will be utilized
as speakers to describe some or tne
benefits accruing to the fighting men
by reason of the presence of the Red
Cross in the field of hostilities.
During the first part of the cam
paign there will be a nouse-to-nouse
canvassing for Red Cross member
ships under a distinct arrangement;
but on the last two days district lines
will be disregarded and former service
men as well as women volunteer
workers will take up their tasks with
roving commissions. Not only are
discharged service men wanted as
Red Cross canvassers but State and
National Guardsmen are urged to
enroll as quickly as possible. The
Red Cross welcomes assistance of all
former Army and Navy officers and
men who approved of the work of the
Red Cross during the war.
Speakers and' writers are being
ought by the organization and asked
to "do their bit." Numerous accept
ances already have been received from
speakers and at present a determined
effort Is being made to obtain the
services of all newspaper men who
saw service overseas and are qualified
to speak or write of their adventures.
A Preliminary campaign 1b being
waged through text posters and other
printed matter that has been sent to
throughout the country.
Red Cross officials are stressing
the point that the drive Is to be made
lor memberships only and that no
appeal Is contemplated wherein the
general public will be asked for funds
An encouraging, number of public
spirited men and women through the
division already have applied at Red
Cross Chapters asking a renewal of
their memberships for next year.
The October enrollments at the
Chillicothe Business College have
been so heavy that Monday the
college placed an order with the
Remington Typewriter Co. for thirty
new machines. These added wil
mage over zou typewriters in con
stant use.
"Strike and the world strikes
with you" is the modern version.
For Sale A nice lot of Jonithan
; apples. Frank Gentry.
American Legion
The Missouri branch of the Amer
ican Legion held its first conven
tion at Jefferson City this week.
Sidney Houston of Kansas City, a
private in the 128th Machine Gun
Battalion, was elected commander
of the Missouri Branch. The other
officers elected were:
Vice Commander, Robert Clayton,
Jr., Hannibal; Adjutant, Edward J
Cebill, Jefferson City; finance offic
er, J. E. Kirkhead, rornlelt. mo;
historian, G. C. Houston, Troy;cbap-
aiu, James E. Reigler of Kirksville,
former commander of the 138th
nfantry of St. Louis; master of
arms. Jack Williams of Joplin.
The Executive Committee is com
posed of one man from each of the
congressional districts, os follows:
Chairman, Gen. Harvey C. Clark.
First Frank S. Middlekamp, of
Second Dr. A. Mittsteiuof Tren
Third J. L. Milligan of Rich
Fourth Ray C. Arnold of St.
Fifth Ruby D. Garrett of Kansas
Sixth Howell H. Heck of Rich
Seventh Carl Ristine of Lexing
Eighth Albert Lizweiler of Jef
ferson City.
Ninth Grover C. Houston of
Tenth F. M. Curlee of St. Louis.
Eleventh W. L Bedal of St.
Thirteenth Carl Trauernicht of
Fourteenth J. M. Strong of Cape
Fifteenth Wesley Halliburton of
Sixteenth Frederick McMillan of
Thirteen Mistakes
Judge McCormick, of San Francis
co, says there are 13 fundamental
mistakes of life:
1. To attempt to set up your own
standards of right and wrong.
2. To try to measure the enjoy
ment of others by your own.
3. To expect uniformity of opin
ions in this world,
4. To fail to make allowance for
5. To endeavor to mold all dis
positions alike.
6. Not to yield to unimportant
trifles. .
7. lo look for perfection in our
own actions.
8. To worry ourselves and others
about what cannot be remedied.
9. Not to help everybody, wher
ever, however and whenever we can.
10. To consider anything impos
sible that we ourselves cannot per
11. To believe only what our
finite minds can grasp.
12. Not to make allowance for
the weaknesses of others.
13. To estimate by some outside
quality, when it is that within which
makes the man.
In these days of big salaries, high
taxes a lot of them big wages
and high prices for everything, who
is looking after the interests of the
non-producer and the tax payer?
We have labor unions galore, bank
era' conventions, teachers' associa
tions. farmers clubs, press associa
tions andimeetings innumerable to
protect and advance the interests
of all lines of business. There are
many thousands of men, women
and children who have no earning
capacity who must live. In the
mad schuffle this class of our peo
ple eeemsjto be overlooked. At the
present High cost of living it is a
oroblem. It is a time when "a
feller needs a friend."
- A smile knows no seasons. It is
appropriate for wear any time
Why not become a regular sub
scriber to the Democrat?
If a speculator buys actual food
products and stores them until they
are needed, he of course performs a
service entitled to some compila
tion. The modern storage ware
house has bad a wonderful effect to
stabilize prices and tide over periods
of scarcity.
There always should be enough j
in the warehouses to provide the
people with all products uutil the
next crop is available, and a
surplus beyond that point, if hand
ed with public interest in view, is
helpful. It has a notable effect to
keep down prices, if it is known
that there is a reserve that can be
drawn upon. However, the amount
of goods that can be stored should
be strictly regulated. It may be
possible by combination to hold
back vest quantities of foods, and
produce an apparent scarcity lead
ing to extortionate prices, at a time
when there is an ample supply.
While it takes intelligence to run
a storage plant successfully, yet the
abor and difficulties of it are small
compared with raising the crop.
The stroage man should not assess
a heavy tax for his service.
The principal argument alleged
in behalf of food speculation, is
that it provides a market for the
farmer through which he can get
what bis goods are worth. Were it
not that a great body of men are
always bidding for and buying and
selling his product, he would very
often have to sell out at a very low
price and get so small a reward for
his work that few people would
care to go into farming.
That argument is perfectly good
in so far as it goes. But the dif
ference between what the fartrer
gets, and what the consumer or
even the retailer has to pay, is so
great as to suggest that the speculat
or is being tremendously overpaid
for this service of stabilizing price
Good Judgment
The wise man Solomon remark
ed a long time ago that if a man is
to have friends he must show him
self friendly; and it might be said
now that if a man is himself a
good neighbor he is mighty likely
to have good neighbors as a rule,
Un this point we recently ran
across an interesting .farm story,
fresh from the prairies of the West
The moral is one that cannot be
too often emphasized; and this is
the story:
"They tell of an old grandma
who was sitting in front of her
home knitting in the sunshine.
when laa immigrant with covered
wagon drew up his team and gave
them a rest and a drink.
Howdy 1" spoke up grandma
"Where you a going?"
"To Nebrska, grandma."
"An' where be you from?"
"From back in Indiana State"
"Wall, I s'pose you jest hated to
leave the old home and neighbors!"
again asked grandma.
"No! "Deed -we did not; we had
the peskiest, meanest neighbors; we
was glad to get shet of 'em!"
Yes, but you 11 find more just
like 'em where you're a-goin'."
And then grandma went on knit
A few days later another immi
grant wagon with its family drew
up at the water trough. And again
grandma asked the usual questions
as to where they were going and
where they were from.
"But this time the answer to the
question of whether or not they did
not hate to break up old borne ties
was different
"Indeed, we did hate to leave
grandma. It nearly broke our
hearts. We had the best neigh
bors that anyone ever bad.
"Yes," consoled grandma, "I
knowjhow 'tis, but you'll find plen
ty more just like 'em where you're
a-goin." .
Corn for Silage
The feeding worth and payabili
ty of good silage depends on the
quality of the corn and the period
of maturity at which it is cut..
Where the corn is cut when it tr
im mature, not well glazed and dent-
ed. and still in its juvenile stage, it
makes washy, low quality, acid-
forming silage which is likely to
sour On the other
hand, corn?.
harvested when it is well dented,
and at the proper degree of ripeness
for best use as silage, gives a winter
feed which is one of the best pro
ducers of milk and meat Cora
should be -allowed to pass well ;
through the milk stage and become
thoroughly dented before being:-.
siloed. Investigations of the United'.
States Department of Agriculture
have demonstrated that it is much
preferable, for silage of the best.
quality, to have the corn a little.
overripe rather than underripe
In some sections farmers, and?'
particularly dairymen, are accus
tomed to ensile combination crops
using mixtures of soy beans and.
corn, cowpeas and corn, sorghums
and corn, or a combination of theses-
three for canning purposes. As a
general proposition, where other"
branches of animal husbandry ins
addition to dairyiug, are taken into
consideration, corn or some other:
coarse forage is most desirable for
ensilage purposes. Acre yield is
the end sought, the chief objection
to the valuable protein forage such:
as cowpeas, soy beans and the likes
being that they are low yielders bet
ter adapted for hay than for silage..
Dairy farmers who require am
abundance of succulent silage of at.
rather balanced composition highly
prize the leguminous crops men
tioned as supplements to corn and-
usually realize an adequate returns
from the sale of their milk to al
ow them to produce these crops at.
a profit.
Hannibal people read in The Con
gressional Record a few days age
an account of an address by Champ-
Clark, in which he called the atten
tion of Congress to the fact that.
Missourians were at the bead of the -
United States Army and Navy, Gen.
John J Pershing, who was born at
Laclede, Mo., and Admiral Robert
E. Coontzof Hannibal The Han
nibal Chamber of Commerce and.
City of Hannibal have received a
telegram from Admiral Copntz inr
response to a message sent him in
viting him to visit his home city
while on his way to Washington..
D. C. from the State of Washington.
The Admiral said he would endeavor
to make the city a visit while on
bis way East. He is a brother of-'
Mrs. Mary Paradise of Hannibal.
Expert Auctioneer!
Monro City
Will get you more money for your'
sale, and do it in less time. Ask;
anyone for whom I have worked.
We both lose money if you don't
employ me. '
For Sale!
A nice 80-acre grass farm; a good
house in good condition, good large -barn
in good condition, wagon and '
stock scales, fruit, cistern and two
wells, plenty of outbuildings, a love
ly farm home situate on County
seat highway, telephone lines and
rural route and only half mile front
school, in splendid locality a few
miles south of Clarence and prairie -road
all the way to the farm; land
lays rolling. There is 35 acres in
corn this year, meadow-clover and
pasture, and the price is only $57.50 -per
acre and terms to suit, will
carry part on place if it is desired .
to do so.
Clarence, Mo. .

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