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Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 56

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Did Ya Know?...The Carthage VFW will sponsor a dance with the Country Boys Sat. Sept 12 from 8 p.m. until 12.p.m. $4

Did Ya Know?...Spare Cat Rescue is raffling off a Queen Size Cat Quilt. Proceeds will be used to sponsor low-cost cat spay/neuter events. To see a picture of the quilt and/or buy raffle tickets, stop by the Pancake Hut. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. Drawing to be held some time in mid-September.

today's laugh

Things I’ve learned from my boys (honest and not kidding):

You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.

The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn’t stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.

When you hear the toilet flush and the words "uh oh", it’s already too late.

A six-year old Boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year old man says they can only do it in the movies.

Certain Lego’s will pass through the digestive tract of a 4-year old Boy.

Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.

Super glue is forever.

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


B.E. Wilbur, of East of Town, Defended at Winfield, Kan., by David Roper.

David Roper returned last night from Winfield, Kansas, where he has been for a week defending an old friend, B.E. Wilbur, at a preliminary hearing on the charge of murder. The defendant was cleared.

Wilbur formerly lived eight miles east of Carthage in the Roper neighborhood. He is said to have a good reputation. His brother, J.H. Wilbur, now lives in this city on Case street, and was with his brother and Attorney Roper all through the trial, helping them all he could. He also returned to Carthage last night and says that Mr. Roper made one of the finest speeches he ever heard and handled the case admirably.

The story which led up to Wilbur’s arrest is an interesting one. He and his wife have not been married long. They went to Kansas to take a ranch. That did not pan out to be what he expected and he left it to go on the road for a patent stained window glass concern. He was working with a man named Zerfoose in selling these goods on the road. They went to Winfield the first part of April to see what business they could do there, and arriving in the evening put up at a hotel.

It so happened that that night, after midnight, the Santa Fe night operator was murdered while alone on duty in his office. The railroad and others offered rewards aggregating $1,700 for the apprehension of the murderer. The prospective reward led to a diligent search, and certain parties charged Wilbur and his partner, Zerfoose, with the crime.

Wilbur’s hearing came first. After his attorney had sifted the evidence carefully and hunted up vindicating evidence of his own, the case against Wilbur was found to amount to nothing. It was so slight that the justice before whom he was tried refused even to bind him over to the grand jury. Zerfoose’s preliminary hearing is yet to come, but is almost certain to follow the same course.

  Today's Feature

Free Language Classes.

The Family Literacy Center, located at 706 Orchard, is now offering classes to the Carthage community. There is no fee.

Classes for English as a second language will be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. These classes are for beginning students who speak no English at all, to levels more advanced.

A computer class will be offered at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday mornings for students of all ages who wish to learn keyboarding on to advance, with letter writing and excel spread sheets. Internet usage will also be taught and trips to the Carthage Library.

On Wednesdays at 11 p.m. the Center will have Citizenship classes each week. These classes prepare the student for becoming a citizen of the United States.

Wednesday afternoon from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. will be free to help children and adults improve their reading skills. Spanish classes will also be offered to children and adults that want to learn the language.

For information call 358-5926.

Just Jake Talkin'

Now I suppose that if a fella was out pear pickin’ and happened to be standin’ exactly where the perfect pear was fallin’, and he happened to see it on the way down and caught if ‘fore it hit the ground and got all bruised, most would call that good luck. Some would call it the ultimate windfall.

The fact is, the pear was gonna fall whether the fella was there or not. The fact that he happened to be standin’ in the perfect spot was most likely ‘cause he was lookin’ for the opportunity. It wasn’t luck at all. He had prepared himself to be ready to take advantage of any opportunity that happened to arise, then took action to take advantage of the the situation. Lotta folks woulda been lookin’ at their feet and ended up with pear juice in their hair.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Constipation Relief

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please do me a favor. Repeat your recipe for relieving constipation. I tried it for a week and got good results. Unfortunately I have misplaced the directions. I suspect others must be in the same boat. -- A.T.

ANSWER: The mixture consists of 2 cups of Miller’s bran (the kind found in health food stores), 2 cups of applesauce and 1 cup of prune juice, sweetened or unsweetened. Refrigerate the concoction and take 2 or 3 tablespoons twice a day. Feel free to add anything you want -- nuts, fruits or your favorite spices -- but don’t omit the three basic ingredients. I am not the author of this recipe. If I knew who was, I’d give that person full honors.

Constipation is a problem that afflicts a sizable number of people. Readers who would like more information on the subject and its treatment can order a copy of the pamphlet on that topic by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 504W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.50 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please say something about concussions. I am a coach for a Little League Baseball team, and I want to be prepared for everything. Last summer, a kid was knocked out, and no one knew what to do. -- G.P.

ANSWER: There’s a mistaken notion that loss of consciousness is required to make a concussion a concussion. Not so. After a head blow, being dazed and not being able to follow directions constitute a concussion. Any deviation from normal clear thinking is a concussion.

If, after a head blow, a player is a bit confused but the confusion clears within 15 minutes, that player can resume play if someone keeps a close eye on him or her. Any lapse into confusion requires pulling the player and having a doctor examine that child -- or adult.

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