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Wednesday, February 25, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 175

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... A benefit for John Baugh will be held Sunday, March 8th from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Carthage Auto Plaza, 892 E. Fir Road. Lunch will be served, raffles and a 50/50 drawing. LiveWire will also be preforming.

Did Ya Know?... The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Church of the , 200 Grand St., Thursday, March 5th, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

today's laugh

Great truths about life that adults have learned...

• Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.

• There is always alot to be thankful for if you take the time to look. For example: I’m sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.

• One reason to smile is that every seven minutes of every day someone in an aerobics class pulls a hamstring.

• Car sickness is the feeling you get when the monthly payment is due.

• The best way to keep kids at home is to make a pleasant atmosphere and let the air out of their tires.

• If you can remain calm, you just don’t have all the facts.

• Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.

• Laughing helps. It’s like jogging on the inside.

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.


Carthage Man’s Experiences With Insurgents.

A Carthage citizen who has been for two years in the insurgent army in Cuba and is going back at once to resume fighting, was in the city yesterday to visit his family, who live in the west part of town. His name is C. W. McAfee and he was seen by a reporter, to whom he told the following interesting story of himself and Cuba:

"I have lived in Carthage four years. I left here on February 7, 1896, to join the Cuban army and have been on the island more than two years, being located at Princeville, in the province of Rto, sixty miles from Havana, under Gen. Gomez, who has an army of 12,000 to 15,000 men under him.

"I have twice been a prisoner; once under Gen. Weyler and once under Gen. Blanco. I was placed in a stockade by Weyler, but with three others made my escaped through a ditch under the stockade. I was released from prison under Blanco through demands of Gen. Lee because I was an American citizen.

"I have been through two rainy seasons in Cuba. It rains every day and some times two or three times a day there for four or five months. But there is very little yellow fever in Cuba, and my experience is that it is a healthy country back from the coast. With reasonable care our troops will be just as well off in Cuba as in the United States. Food has been a rather scarce article among the insurgents, but, of course, the United States soldiers will be provided with plenty to eat. The insurgent army has had to depend almost entirely on the wild growth of the island for sustenance and many times we got pretty hungry. Sweet potatoes are the chief wild product and we ate them raw. Occasionally a filibustering expedition from the United States would bring us supplies, but, usually we had only the wild resources of the island to depend on.

"There are said to be 8,000 Americans in the insurgent army. We get nothing for fighting for Cuban liberty until the island gets its freedom, then we are to have royalty from the Cuban government. The army has been poorly equipped, but its arms are becoming much improved now.

"I left Cuba on April 2 to get recruits in the United States. I have been at Wichita where we have 600 men ready to join Roosevelt’s rough riders at Galveston for the journey to Cuba. There is a total of 1,700 men going with Roosevelt. I am one of them."

"There is no humanity in the Spaniards," said Mr. McAfee. "The insurgents are far more civilized in their treatment of the enemy than the Spaniards are."

"There has been no doubt of victory from the start, but the news that the United States has taken a hand will, of course, spur the insurgents on to far greater efforts."

Mr. McAfee says he is a veteran of the late war, having served in the First Virginia Cavalry. He left last night for Wichita to join the volunteers there who will depart in a day or two to join the main command at Galveston.


Today's Feature

Parking Spaces Not for Sale.

A request for a ticket-free parking place just off the Square was not acted upon by the Public Safety Committee last Monday evening. After a lengthy discussion, no committee member was willing to make a motion to allow the request.

One proposal discussed was to allow anyone with a residence on or around the square to have a designated space for a fee. Committee member Bill Welch brought up the idea for discussion. Welch and citizen Jerry Gilpin, who initiated the request, became involved in negotiating what a fair price would be. Welch was thinking fifty cents or a dollar a day. Gilpin thought the thirty dollar amount too high, but was agreeable to the fifteen dollar suggestion.

After some discussion among committee members about the difficulty of defining a designated space and who should be considered a resident, Welch told Gilpin that he didn’t think a motion to allow the arrangement would pass the committee.

Chairman Claude Newport informed Gilpin that the committee would not take action on the request at this time.

Just Jake Talkin'


Used ta have a dog that would start shakin’ all over and hide behind the couch whenever it started to thunder. No matter how calm we spoke, or how much we petted that dog, it wouldn’t move from it’s security furniture.

I don’t suppose it really hurt anything that the dog was so fearful of a rumble or two. There was somethin’ that made us kids want to get the dog to face the thunder.

‘Course we were prob’ly lucky not to be struck down by lightnin’ durin’ some of our adventures durin’ rain storms.

I suppose now there would be some dog shrink tellin’ us that we could somehow work the animal through its fears and make it a more functional pet. The dog lived a normal and healthy life. Sometimes you just have to let shakin’ dogs lay.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

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• To extend the time between dusting blinds, use fabric-softener sheets. They repel dust and give wood, plastic or metal blinds a nice cleaning.

• "In a hurry to pay for a large order of groceries? When unloading the cart, turn all bar codes toward the cashier!" -- D.M. in British Columbia

• "Here’s a great way to save money on expensive greeting cards: Make your own. My children make all their own cards for birthdays and holidays. We save cards that they were sent, and the kids cut out the pictures and write their own sayings. The grandparents and extended family really love these cards, and the kids are able to express themselves." -- T.D. in North Carolina

• To keep pets off furniture, try using a piece of tinfoil to cover the areas where your pet likes to go. You can use it to wrap around the arms of furniture or the corners, where cats like to scratch.

• "Use the return envelopes found in junk mail as grocery lists and coupon carriers. I write my list in bold, dark marker on the front, then carry the coupons I need for that trip inside the envelope. When I’m done, I recycle it." -- I.L. in Massachusetts

• Go Green Tip: Replace the five most-used lamps in your home with bulbs that are Energy Star qualified. It can save you more than $60 a year in energy use.

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