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HOLT COUNTY M1SSOUR! SHOWINC RURAL FREE DELiVERY" ROUTES CONSTITUTING COUNTY SERV2CE. REFERENCE: Coarse of routes Route Jo 1 . . 2 . 3 - 4 - - - S Road .... Section Line ... County Line . . Railroad . . Star Route (Operation) Star Route (Discontinue) Strew- Post Office p Post Office (Ols.3 House ... . ... School x Church 4 Cemetery 3 F Ilston, Rural Agent. Missouri's Road Laws. Two of the amendments to the state constitution to be submitted at the gon eral election of November 3 relate to pro posed road improvements throughout Missouri, a subject that ought to inter-j est every citizen. One of the amend ments would permit a special levy of 10 i cents on the 8100 valuation on all prop- j erty subject to taxation, to be collected ! by the state as a special state road tax. The other amendment referred to would give all county courts the option tomake a special levy of 25 cents on the $100 j valuation to create a road and bridge fund for each county. Last year the legislature took a more active interest than usual in roads. Distributed among the counties for the purpose $473,000 re- J ceived from the national government for war claims, and also appropriated $500, 000 for permanent roads on condition that local communities provide a sum equal to thsir allotment of state money. At the beginning of the year a new system of working the roads took effect, with a state highway engineer in charge, and county highway engineers appointed by the county courts. Compensation for 1 road dragging is now allowed. But the means provided are not large in compari son with the size of the task. Missouri has 103,593 miles of roads, of which only 2,025 are of macadam or gravel. In 190G there were 543, 2TS days' poll tax worked on the roads and $1,061,532 was appropri ated for road purposes. Vet little pro gress is made in general road betterment. Missouri is one of the foremost states in the number of rural delivery routes, which is an additional argument for road improvement. Voters should not fail to examine and vote on the two constitu tional amendments that bear on thesub je2t. Globe Democrat. Value of State Troops. The Springfield riots have served to impress upon the public the value of state troops generally, and the rapid mobilization of those of Illinois in par ticular. In quiet times there are many scoffers at thecitizen soldiery "tin sol diers" is a common slur. It is not until there is some outbreak when life and property are in danger that the impor tance and desirability of a well-equipped, well drilled and steady-going militia is brought into observation. The gover nor of Illinois was m position to copo with the mob at Springfield because of the encouragement that has long been given by his state to the militia. Greater horrors might have been wit nessed but for tho presence of the state troops Missouri has not been over-generous with its militia, though of late there has been more encouragement than formerly. The exhibition of value that has just been given in Illinois ought to help tho cause of our militimen materially. Missouri State Pair. Everybody should remember that the eighth annual exhibition by the Mis souri State Fair, Sedalia, will be held Oct. 3rd to 0th, inclusive Write these dates down somewhere where you can find them and plan to attend tho State Fair. Talk to your friends about it and induce them to go with you. It is a great educational institution and will do everybody good that attends it. There you can inspect the fine exhibits of Live Stock, see the Big Horse Show; study the Machinery Exhibits and learn what is doing in Missouri. This will en able you when you go home to help make things go better than ever before. Poultry Facts Wanted. Do you raise poultry? If so, what kind? How large a flock have you? What did your sales amount to last year? How many eggs did you gather during tho year? How many during the best month? The poorest, month? How do you house and feed your birds? Have you a good local market? Secre tary Geo. B. Ellis, State Board of Agri culture, Columbin. Mo., will appreciate answers to these questions; also any thing else concerning your experience with poultry. Mr. Ellis would also like to get some pleasing poultry pictures to be used in a pamphlet soon to be issued. We hope that many of our readers will write to him. Our county should be represented. The July record of excavating at Pana ma was 3,16?,G10 cubic yards of dirt, more than enough to bury the pessi mists who declare the canal will never be finished. Little Bugs and Others. The government is going after tho weevil bugs and the other bugs which get into th- wheat and work havoc with the qaulity of the flour. As nobody likes to eat bread made of flour in which weevils form a considerable and conspic uous part, this is a very commendable thing on the part of the government, but its attention is directed to a number of bigger bugs it seems to have missed. This reference to the fat bugs which in fest the grain marts and make millions in speculation on the farmer's product without giving a stroke of labor in re turn can hardly be mistaken. They are the Insects which threaten wheat the most. They are the agents which work more destruction every year than all the weevils in Christendom. This being tho case, how can the government refrain from pointing its powder guns toward the big bugs? How can it view with calmness the turmoil they create and the destruction they cause, when it knows a puff or two of its celebrated Washington destroyer will do the business and relieve the farmer of a p'St wl ich ha been eating his sub ' stance for i gn'.fr-'toD? W repeat, . though knowing that it. not only onn but j will, how can r do the$e things? A bug parable might or drawn from ithis situation, but ;-.e refrain not be cause we art? afraid of offending the government, but because everybody knows beforehand what it would be. Representative Wanted. We want a representative to handle FORD automobiles in Oregon, Missouri, and vicinity. Liw hustler, with or without previous experience, car. easily clear $2,0OO.CO in season Write with references at once. FOKD MOTOR COMPANY, Dept. II, Detroit, . Michigan A country editor in Wisconsin died the other day, leaving $10,000. Tho miracle is not so great when it is learned that in addition to good habits, ambi tion and frugality, he had $9,993 his uncle gave him.