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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number72

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... There will be a Union Civil War Monument dedication Oct. 3, 2009 at the Cave Spring School, 4323 Co. Rd. 4, Sarcoxie. The event will be from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The dedication will begin at 1:30.

Did Ya Know?...Paws for Books will be at the Carthage Public Library 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 30.

today's laugh

Three sons left home, went out on their own and prospered. Getting together for Christmas, they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother.

The first said, "I built a big house for our mother." The second said, "I sent her a Mercedes." The third smiled and said, "I’ve got you both beat. I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took elders in the church 12 years to teach him. He’s one of a kind. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it."

Soon thereafter, Mom sent out her letters of thanks: "Dear Milton," she wrote one son, "The house you built is too huge. I live in only one room"

"Dear Gerald," she wrote to another, "I stay at home most of the time, so I rarely use the Mercedes."

"Dearest Donald," she wrote to her third son, "You have the sense to know what I like. The chicken was Dee-licious!"

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


Has Regained Consciousness and May Completely Recover.

Julius Mayerhoff, who swallowed what was thought to be a fatal dose of carbonic acid just after noon yesterday has been growing steadily better since about 4:30 yesterday afternoon and some hopes are now entertained for his recovery.

He was removed from the bindery to his home about five o’clock and a few hours afterward had so far recovered and regained consciousness as to take some nourishment. He slept fairly well last night and this morning was able to rise from his bed unaided but is not able to sit up. He complains of much soreness in his stomach, and is kept under the influence of opiates much of the time. It is this soreness which indicates the trouble of which the doctors are most apprehensive. If he can escape a serious inflammation of the stomach as the result of carbonic acid he will likely get well. The doctors think there is a chance.

It is considered remarkable that a man could have swallowed the amount of acid taken by Mr. Mayerhoff and live, but that it should have stayed on his stomach half an hour and life not have been snuffed out within a very brief time is regarded as almost miraculous. The fact that he had eaten a heavy dinner just before taking the deadly drug was greatly in his favor. It is also probable that it was considerably diluted with water, and water may have been used to wash it down.

When a reporter called at the residence on Fulton street this afternoon Mr. Mayerhoff was sleeping and no change in his condition from that above stated was noticeable. He does not see anyone except his daughters, the nurses and the attending physicians. Although perfectly conscious and rational he is not inclined to talk and has made no statement. He discourages all efforts leading to a discussion of his trouble or his act of yesterday.

Miss Mollie Mayerhoff is bearing up bravely, but Miss Cora, the other daughter, is in a nervous state closely bordering on convulsions. She is kept under the influence of opiates and has been in bed since yesterday afternoon.

August Mayerhoff, the only son, is in Washington county, this state, engaged in lead and zinc mining and efforts to reach him by wire have so far failed as he is off of all telegraph lines.

  Today's Feature

Heart Failure Indicated.

Initial indications of autopsy results of former Director of Public Works Chad Wampler are that he died of natural causes according to the Carthage Police Department. There was no evidence of anything other than natural causes for the death of the thirty-six year old City employee. Heart failure is suspected as the cause of death, though more test will be necessary for that to be an official conclusion.

Wampler had headed the Carthage Public Works Department for about six years at the time of his death. He was found Monday morning by family members in his home.

Funeral arrangements are being taken care of by Knell Mortuary. A visitation is planned for Thursday evening at the Fairview Christian Church from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at the church Friday morning at 11 a.m.

The Public Works Department is responsible for the administration of the building and zoning regulations, subdivision and infrastructure development. Wampler supervised and directed the Building Inspector, Code Officials, Engineering Tech, landfill operator, and the entire Street Department.


Just Jake Talkin'

The hardest thing for most folks dealin’ with any government is the time it takes ta get things done.

It’s seems ta be especially aggravatin’ when dealin’ with City government ‘cause ya figure things could get moved along easier at the local level.

The fact is, the system is built to go slow. Not the most efficient way a gettin’ things done, but it serves the purpose of keepin’ things from jerkin’ from here to there without due consideration.

The main objective is to give folks in the community a chance to get their two cents in. On the other hand, once things get set, it’s not easy to overturn it.

Change is tough on ever’one, as hard as it is to admit it.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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By JoAnn Derson

• To keep moisture in a cake that has been cut, secure a slice of bread to the cut sides with toothpicks. This will eliminate the need to slice off a bit of the cake to get rid of the dried-out portion. It works well for most types of cakes.

• Pick up an old spice rack at a garage sale and use it to store art supplies. The ones that spin are really cool and can hold many different items.

• "If you’re thinking about sewing a Halloween costume, start looking through the remnant section of your fabric store for good deals. This is especially true if you have little ones to sew for. You can find small but valuable pieces of good, fun fabrics at a great price cut." -- W.E. in Missouri

• Here’s another tip from M.W. in Saskatchewan, Canada: "Moth balls repel bees and wasps, cats, mice, skunks, raccoons and deer." Too true!

• "My son loves to bring his little cars with him, but he has a habit of mixing them with other kids’ cars. We used a bright color of nail polish to make a mark on the underside of each of his cars. Now there’s no argument -- he knows which are his." -- P.L. in Connecticut

• Go Green Tip: Here’s a great green tip: Quit smoking! It’s the right thing to do for your heart and lungs; cigarette smoke is a major indoor-air pollutant; and landfills and the side of the road will thank you. Over the course of a decade, a pack-a-day smoker puts 73,000 cigarette butts into ashtrays and out car windows.

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