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Volume XXXII
Monroe City, Missouri, Friday, November 28, 1919
Number 3
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
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
maine and "Store of Onalif v" quincy
Preparing for
Spread Real Happen
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
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-
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
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
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
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-
Mrs. L. Wolf, of Quincy, returned
to her home Saturday after a visit
at the home of Mrs. Mathew
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.

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