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The Holt County sentinel. (Oregon, Mo.) 1883-1980, September 04, 1908, Image 3

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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
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.
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.

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