A boy was taking care of his baby sister while
his parents went to town shopping. He decided to go
fishing so he took her with him.
"Ill never do that
again!" he told his mother that evening. "I
didnt catch a thing!"
"Oh, next time Im sure
shell be quiet and not scare the fish away,"
his mother said.
The boy said, "It wasnt
that. She ate all the bait."
"Lou, sit down. Ive got some
bad news. You dont have much time to live."
"How much longer do I have,
"Ten *what*? Ten weeks? Ten
months? Ten years?!?"
"Nine ... Eight ..."
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Bad Accident At
Marshal Dowell Will Lose
His Right Foot.
Yesterday afternoon Marshal Dowell, a
15 year old lad, fell under the wheels of a moving
freight train at the Frisco depot and had his foot nearly
cut off and a bad gash in his head. His foot will be
He had left Eureka Springs, which in
his home, Monday morning and was "bumming his way to
Galena to see his sister, May Dowell, of that place. He
had gotten this far and been in town most of the day and
was at the depot when the train pulled out and attempted
to catch on with the above result.
He was taken to Dr. Chesters
office and the foot patched up as best it could be and
arrangements were being made last night to have him sent
to Springfield to the hospital.
His fathers name is George Dowell
and he is a stone Mason. The boy was in rags and did not
have a cent of money.
The Chamber of Commerce Maple
Leaf Committee is seeking nominations of local
persons to be given special recognition as local
heroes or to individuals who have contributed to
the rich heritage of the Carthage community. This
years theme is Heroes and Heritage.
Nominations should include the
persons name, address, and phone number as
well as a description of the facts pertaining to
their basis for distinction in these categories
as well as a brief biography including current
information. The person nominating them should
also include their name and contact information
so the committee can contact them if necessary.
A limited number of nominees
will be given a place of honor on a special entry
in the October 16th Maple Leaf Parade.
All nominations should be
submitted by mail to Carthage Chamber of
Commerce, 402 S. Garrison Avenue, Carthage, MO
64836 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by fax to 417-358-7479. Deadline for receipt
of nominations at the Chamber office will be 4:00
p.m. on Monday, September 20th.
On past trips through
Nevada (the state) Ive wondered why
someone would want to live out in the middle
of the desert, isolated by miles of sand. No
services such as sewer, water or street
maintenance. As odd as it may seem to those
of us who choose to live in a community,
those who live in the desert like it that
Im thinkin it
comes more from the fact that they enjoy not
havin to answer to anyone. They may be
responsible folks, but they dont have
to be responsible to any other person. If
they live in a fire trap, attract rats, or
raise pigs, only they have ta live with it.
Livin in a community
brings the obligation for some responsibility
to the health and welfare of the community.
Folks tend ta locate in communities that
match their level of that responsibility.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
THIS IS A HAMMER
By Samantha Mazzotta
Concrete Steps With Quick-Set Cement
Q: Two of the corners of the
steps leading up to my front door have broken and
crumbled away, so that I cant even glue the
fallen corners back into place. Can these corners
be repaired? -- John in Elk City, Idaho
A: Sure. With a few materials
and by placing a wood "form" around the
stair tread corners so they hold shape, you can
create a reliable patch for these damaged areas.
Youll need some sturdy
sheets of plywood (about 1/4-inch thick) -- two
cut to the height of the riser (the vertical part
of the step) below the damaged areas and two cut
to reach from the damaged corner to the bottom of
the steps as theyll be placed along the
Also, youll need a wire
brush, an old paintbrush, a chisel, hammer and
nails, a trowel, wood float and edger, sturdy
gloves and eye protection. Your repair materials
include concrete bonding adhesive and quick-set
First, prep the corners by
clearing out dirt and crumbled cement with a wire
brush. Next, take a look at the broken corner: If
its somewhat deep and a bit jagged inside
the damaged area -- as long as its clear of
crumbled cement -- thats a nicely fillable
area. If its a smooth break, chisel a
couple of inch-long, shallow angled cuts into the
center of the area.
Next, set up wood forms around
each corner, so that the sides of the plywood are
flush with the sides of the concrete steps.
Secure with one or two nails and, if needed,
brace with a heavy object like a concrete block.
Mix your quick-set concrete
fairly thick (the necessary ratio should be on
the side of the container). With the old
paintbrush, spread bonding adhesive over the
first repair area. Follow by pressing the
concrete mix into the repair area with a trowel
until the corner of the form is filled and flush
with the top of the step. Smooth with a wood
float. Repeat this with the second repair area.
Let the concrete set for about
30 minutes, then carefully pull back the forms
and use an edger to round off the front edge of
the patch and then the side edge. Smooth excess
from the bottom of the corner patch, then replace
the forms and brace.
Let them dry for at least 24
hours, and keep foot traffic away from the new
corners for about a week.
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