Just a few lines to let you know
Im still alive. Im writing this slowly
because I know you cant read fast. You wont know
the house when you get home, cos weve moved.
Your sister, Colleen had a baby this
morning, but I havent found out if its a boy
or girl, so I dont know if youre an uncle or
Your Uncle Mick drowned last week in a
vat of Whisky at the Dublin Distillery. His mates tried
to save him, but he fought them off bravely. He was
cremated and it took four days to put the fire out.
It only rained twice this week, first
for four days the second for three days.
Your loving Mother XXXX
P.S. I was going to send
you 10 Punt, but Id already sealed the envelope.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
He Was Tired of Walking.
Constable A. L. Yoder, of Alba, last
night brought in a young man from Alba charged with
stealing a horse at Clinton, Mo. The young mans
name is John Hoover. He was reared near Clinton and comes
of a good family. On the way to Carthage he told Mr.
Yoder that he took the horse, but had no intention of
stealing it. He was tired and took the horse from a
pasture, rode it to a neighboring village and turned it
loose, thinking it would go home again.
Hoover has been mining at Alba for
about three weeks. He has a half brother there who is a
steady, honest miner, respected by his acquaintances.
Hoover is now in jail here awaiting the arrival of the
Clinton officers who will probably be here this evening
and take him to Clinton tonight.
Mrs. Will Garland, formerly Miss Adah
Turner, is up from Muscogee, Indian Ter., for a
months visit with her mother.
ON THE ARTS
Mid-America Arts Alliance Performing Arts Grant.
Carthage Council on the Arts
announced that it is among a select group of
regional presenters chosen to receive a
Mid-America Arts Alliance grant. This award will
support an upcoming performance of the Sugar Free
Allstars at Carthage 4-9 Auditorium on Tuesday,
November 24th. The Sugar Free Allstars will
present a performance to 7th and 8th grades at
Carthage Middle School during the afternoon, and
perform at 6:30PM that night to all Carthage and
surrounding communities and their families at no
Funding for the Carthage
Council on the Arts Mid-America Arts
Alliance grant is drawn from generous
underwriting by the National Endowment for the
Arts, Missouri Arts Council, and foundations,
corporations, and individuals throughout
Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Additional funding support is provided by the
Springfield Regional Arts Council and the U. S.
Department of Education.
Sugar Free Allstars is a
Hammond keyboard/Drum duo that creates a unique
new sound by blending elements of New Orleans
funk, Memphis soul and quirky pop. The connection
and fire between the two performers includes a
good mix of humor, making their performance a
one-of-a-kind rock and roll party.
Children and adults alike enjoy
the high energy performance with an attitude that
music is primarily for dancing, laughing, and
having fun. Families of all ages are invited next
Tuesday night, November 24th, at 6:30 pm, at
Carthage R-9 Auditorium by Carthage Council on
the Arts. For more information call:N.Sanders
NASCAR THIS WEEK
By Monte Dutton
by Curry Automotive
Johnson Takes a
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jimmie
Johnson kept saying homilies like
"theres a lot of racing left" and
"its way too early" to declare a
fourth straight Sprint Cup championship a
Johnson, of course, could take
no solace from being proved right in Texas Motor
Speedways Dickies 500. The race had barely
started before Johnson, who had seemed so blessed
by the fates, found himself wading through a
On the third lap,
Johnsons Chevrolet, riding just outside the
top 10 near Sam Hornish, who had started
alongside him, was in the wrong place at the
wrong time when Hornishs Dodge first
wobbled and then, as Hornish tried to gather it
in, took a tap from David Reutimanns
Toyota. Hornish bounced into Johnson, and
everything went out of control. Johnsons
Chevrolet slammed into Hornish a second time,
then eventually clobbered the wall at the inside
of the Texas back straight.
Johnson had to return to the
track in his patched-up No. 48 just to finish as
high as 38th. By days end, Johnsons
184-point lead over Mark Martin was down to 73.
On the positive side, with but
two races remaining, Johnsons margin is
somewhat comfortable, though the incident with
Hornish offered testimony to just how fleeting
such a margin can be.
Afterward, Johnson was
amazingly upbeat, saying he was still "very
"I felt like we had a
chance to win the race," he said. "I
felt like at least we could stretch the margin or
keep it like it was. But it wasnt meant to
be. We still have a nice lead, and well
take it from here."
Only Martin is within 100
points. Only Martin and Jeff Gordon -- both of
whom are Hendrick Motorsports teammates, by the
way -- are within 150.
Odds in Johnsons quest to
become NASCARs first winner of four
consecutive championships remain in his favor.
Its always odd to run
into folks ya know in a place ya didnt
expect to see em.
I happened upon several at
a bluegrass music festival a while back. Some
of em didnt surprise me that they
were attendin the event, just
didnt expect to see em. Others I
had no idea they had an interest in such
things. Some were folks I hadnt seen
for several years, others I see ever now and
then around these parts.
Then there were those that
I was wantin to run into that I never
found. I know they were there, just
didnt make contact.
There were also the three
or four folks I didnt know, but kept
seein em at various times. I
wasnt followin them around, but I
wonder if they dont think I was. Or
maybe they were keepin an eye on me.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
CLICK and CLACK
Dear Tom and Ray:
Is it ever safe to start a car
with no oil in it? I have a 2004 Honda Civic, and
when I change the oil filter, it always drips all
over the place, down the side of the engine and
onto the struts or CV axles, Im not sure
which. My brother-in-law says to start the car
after I drain the oil, and it will pump the oil
out of the filter so I can remove it without a
mess. I told him he is insane! Was I right? I
told him I would rather clean up the mess than
buy a new engine. ---James
Ray: Im assuming your
brother-in-law is a man with a very clean garage
floor and lots of experience rebuilding engines,
James. Hes also nuts, by the way.
Tom: You should never, ever run
your engine without oil. Not even for a few
seconds. The engine is full of very expensive
metal parts that slide along each other at high
speeds. To keep them from ruining each other,
engine manufacturers go through a lot of trouble
to make sure these parts are ALWAYS bathed in
Ray: They even go so far as to
put a big, red idiot light smack in front of the
drivers face that lights up if the oil
pressure drops. Apparently, the lights not
big enough for your brother-in-law.
Tom: So thats not a good
option, James. But theres no perfect
solution. Oil filters often are attached at odd
angles, and crammed into hard-to-reach places.
And theyre generally hard to remove without
spilling oil. On your Civic, the oil drips-
harmlessly, but messily-right onto an axle.
Ray: What you CAN do is punch a
hole in the oil filter with an awl. After
youve drained the crankcase, slide you oil
tub underneath the filter, loosen the filter a
little bit to let air in, and knock a hole in the
lowest part of the filter. After about 20
minutes, most of the oil will have drained out.
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