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ROE CITY DE Volume XXXII Monroe City, Missouri, Friday, November 28, 1919 Number 3 MOCKAT TO DEMOCRAT READERS With this issue the Democrat ? forced to discontinue publication until the paper situation is cleared up, and it is possible to get print paper. One month ago the Demo crat contracted for a six month's supply of news print to be shipped on December 1. We bought that amount thinking that by that time some kind of stable market might be reached and that possibly a lower price might be obtained. Whether or not the wholesale bouse had the paper on hand when our ordei was taken we do not know, but on Mon day of this week we received a letter stating it would be impossible to make shipment as per schedule, in fact they could not make a sure offer of anything in the future. Tel ephone calls to St. Louis and Quincy brought the same report no paper, it is a situation the publisher can nnr inercfimo The Dpmnnrot will resume publication when paper canJ be procurred, end in the mean time the cffice will remain open and take care of the job department which will be giveD our entire attention The following taken from . the Publishers' Auxiliary, the best au v thority on print paper, gives some light on the situation: The past week has brought about co material change in the news print paper situation unless it is to make it worse so far as the users of sheet print and the poller users of roll print are concerned. Mill owners are profiting to the limit on what President Glass of the News paper Futlisherb' Associatkt-TJtf an "auction market." There is a print paper shortage that will run about 200.0CO tons for the year, end manufacturers are taking full advantage of the condi tions tbis shortage has caused Standing behind the aged law of supply and demand they are per mitting the publishers to bid against each other as each of the big fellows makes effort to get all, and a little more, than they will need to main tain the maximum size of their publications and in this way the manufacturers are getiing the full benefit of tremendous profits. They ere not making a price based on what it costs to make print paper plus a fair and reasonable profit, simply taking all the publishers will offer. To be sure, one of the largest of the manufacturing companies has offered a fixed price for the first three months of 1920, provided the publisher who accepts it has been one of their regular customers, and provided also that be will sign a waiver for all claims he may have against the mill for not complying with the price agreement made with the attorney general in 1917. -Such a proposition is an excellent thing for the manufacturer, for the price to be charged is considerably more than 100 per cent above the -1914 and 1915 price, and to get even that price for a period of three months only the publisher must sign away all chance of getting back any of the excess be bad paid over and above the agreed price of 1917. During that three months the publisher is limited as to the tonnage he can buy, and is not even 886ured of enough to meet his cur 'rent reautrements. or, in fact is not assured of any specific amount of tonnage. Current quotations are sill rang ing all the way from seven to thir . teen cents for roll print, with a higher price of anywhere from one- half to one cent a pound for sheet print, and with a constantly de creating supply from the mills. There is a valid reason for the de creasing supply found in the coal situation. Ooe of the big mills of the country, a mill that works al most exclusively on sheet print, re ported on Tuesday that it would have to shut down by Thursday if it could not get additional coal The conditions at this mill can be dup licated at a large number of others, and unless a remedy is quickly found for the coal situation it is al most a certainty that half the mills in the country will be closed within the next two weeks. ' No one can do anything more than' guess at the paper prices of the immediate future, but those who claim to be on the inside are guessing that the top in paper prices has not been reached, and that the "auction market" conditions will continue, with a constantly increas ing price. They are also guessing thai the small consumer who can not deal direct with the mill, or with mill brokers, are very likely not to get paper at all. . Helena, Ark , evidently does not believe in allow iug riots to prosper in their community. One hundred and eleven negro rioters are being tried and convicted as fast as the court can handle their cases. Elev en have been sentenced to electro cuiion and others probably will fol low, consequently rioting will not be popular at Helena in the future -;The Store HALBACH SCHROEDER (0. maine and "Store of Onalif v" quincy FIFTH STS. 3IU1C Ul yUdHty ILLINOIS. Preparing for Spread Real Happen IT IS EASIEST AT The Big White Store Because the assortments here are larger than, at any other store in this section of the country and the prices here are lower. Prices are lower here than elsewhere because we buy in larger quantities than any other store in this section buy for less, and, the most natural thing in the world we can and do SELL FOR LESS! Suits, Coats, Dresses, Dry Goods, Yard Goods, Accessories You will find them here in the most beautiful as sortments, the newest style and color creations, in finest qualities, very newest effects. Use the Mail System REMEMBER, The Big White Store is prepared with an expert shopper service, and you can buy by mail just as satisfactory as though you came to Quincy. The Big White Store is just as near you as your rearest mail box. Test this service. Ev erything you buy here must give satisfaction. You owe it to yourself to take advantage of the savings and service offered you here. School Benefit A new Catholic school building is to be erected in Monroe City in the near future and as a means of as sisting to raise funds for the purpose it has been arranged to give a bene fit show at the Star Theatre Friday night, December 5. The Democrat printed tickets yesterday for this purpose and they will be on sale on and after Thanksgiving day. It has not been decided at tbis date Just what program will be shown, but we are assured it will be well worth the price of admission which has been placed at 15c and 25c Several alarmists among the re ligious workers of the country are declaring that unless the church fails to meet the challenge of today its usefulness has ended. Nothing of the kind. The church isn't a patent medicine that is guaranteed to cure all ills. All that it seeks to do or agrees to do is to regenerate men who will accept it and make it a great instrument in spreading good nmcui! men It stands there ready for men to make use of it wben they will. Miss Viola James, of Perry, and Mr. O'ee Johnson,, of this city, were married in Hannibal Sunday after noon. Judge Totsch performing the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. John sun left for a short trip through Iowa. They will make their home with the grooms parents Mr. and Mrs. C. L Johnson in this city. of Quality" (lite to Ballard's Statement The Democrat this week gives the statement of Harold Ballard, whose name was mentioned last week in these columns in connec tion with the Robey Robinson Lumber office burglary. In this statement gives his movements on the night in question as follows: Monday night, November 17, 1919, I went to Henderson & Sons poultry house and worked until a bout 8 o'clock. I went home, chang ed clothes and went to Star Theatre. After the show I walked up to Mr. Wood's drug store, I turned around and went home and to bed about 10 o'clock. Shortly after that my brother, Charley, came in and went to bed we sleep together. Tuesday night I was with the crowd wben they started from Mr. Robey's lum ber yard with the blood hounds They went down the railroad track where they picked up my brother's trail who had only gone past about twenty minutes before on his way home from the school house where he had been to practice for an en tertainment the Freshmen Class are g ing to have. The hounds came past the depot, on across to the next corner, out into the road, across the corner of a vacant lot out into the alley, up through the back way to my father's home; they went to the kitchen door, just as Paul had come in. The side door was not locked, the dogs pushed the door open; my father jumped out of bed and closed the door and put a chair against it thinging the dogs would come in; the dogs did not offer to go over to the next house where , I sleep, but went but in the yard and picked up a bone-the men could do nothing with them. They final ly got the dogs away from the bone and they came out on the walk where I was standing and smelled the blood on my shoes that I had been picking chickens in Now, Mr. Robey wants me to confess to something that I know nothing a- bout. HAROLD E. BALLARD" Wool Imports Doubled Imports of wool during the five- year prewar period, J 910 1914, averaged 207,583,742 pounds an nually, or something less than half the present imports, according to the Bureau of Markets of the United States Department of Agriculture As the population of the United States has been increasing so have the imports of wool. For the fisca! year ending June 30, 1918. this country imported 379,129934 pounds. During 1919, the total im portation amounted to 424.414,644 pounds, or more than double the prewar average From January to August, inclusive, of the present year (eight months) more wool was imported than during any of the prewar years mentioned, and if the present average monthly imports of 36,238.982 pounds is maintained throughout the remaining months of this year, the United States wil import more than 430.000.000 pounds during the present calendar year. Most people would be a little more enthusiastic about pushing Amer ican trade abroad if the men who will be the chief beneficiaries of it were not inclined to use this as an opportunity for holding up prices in this country. They, are selling a broad in a market that must have whet they offer at high prices, and because they can get these prices a broad they demr nd them at home Missts Laura Bell and Maud Evacs went to Quincy Monday The Holiday Trade What useless truck used to be- distributed as Christmas gifts! Mem had fancy calendars and embroider ed necktie holders and scented shirt cases, and one could not begin to enumerate the futile frivolities with which the women showered each other. Housewives had gaudily bound books for the parlor tables which were never read because the reading matter was worthless'. There were vases that would hold no flowers, drinking pitchers that had false tops and would hold no water, brie a-brae in limitless amount, much of it ugly and all of it imposing a laborious penalty of care taking. Houses were littered from top to bottom with this futile stuff. You had to exclaim over it when you got it, and pretend it was just the thing you had been longing for. Then when you got home, you chuck ed it into the dump at the earliest possible moment To day the great majority of the holiday gifts are substantial and useful articles, that people really want. No Christmas gift is worth) making, unless it has some practi cal use or permanent beauty for home decoration. In the case of cuiidren it is bard to draw a posi tive line But in a general way a toy that won't give good solid wear isn't worth giving. The most suit able gifts for the youngsters are those that help them develop phys ically and mentally. Anyone who looks over the stores of Monroe City must be impressed with the Degressive manner ia -wtltcft tb'fOSioinrii3 Spirit of the times They are full of honest and beautiful objects, that will bring; happiness and comfort, and make Christmas a day of real ministery to each other's desires. Miss Delia Wi.nsatt was in Quin cy Tuesday. Miss Edna Noland spent Tuesday in Hannibal Miss Ethel Hagan was shopping; in Hannibal Tuesday. B. F. Wunch, of Hannibal spent the week end with J. O. Wade and wife Mrs. Geo. Howe and Mrs. Ben Christian were among the Hannibal visitors Monday. Mrs. Vesper Buell visited from Saturday to Tuesday with her sis ter. Mrs. Mark Smith, of near Hun- newell. Mrs. L. Wolf, of Quincy, returned to her home Saturday after a visit at the home of Mrs. Mathew Blickhao. Mrs. Ethel Blodgett, of St Louis, returned to her home Tuesday after visiting her granddaughter, Mrs. C. A. Noland Mrs. Chas. Evans has returned from visiting her granddaughter. Miss Wilma Ellen Whitchurch at Sullivan. Mo Mrs. S. J. Melson returned to her borne at Jacksonville. Fla, after visiting her parents Mr.' and Mrs. J. D. Crawford. Miss Lottie Montgomery went to Quincy Tuesday to see her brother-in-iaw, Elmer Vaughn, who is ill in a hospital at that place. Mrs. A. Leibungatt and children, of Burlington, Ia, who have been visiting her father, H. Behne, return ed to their home Monday. Mrs. Geo. Hardy, of California, and Mrs. Oscar Hardy, of Hannibal, returned to their homes Monday after a weeks visit at the home of S. S. Hampton.