A man was in bad shape. He constantly gasped for
breath and his eyes bulged. The doctors didnt give
him long to live. He decided to live it up. Withdrawing
all of his money from the bank, he went on a shopping
spree. His last stop was at the most expensive
haberdashery in the city. He pointed out a dozen silk
shirts. He wore a size fourteen.
The clerk said, "Your neck looks
bigger than fourteen. You need a sixteen."
The man said, "I know my size. I
want them in a fourteen."
The clerk said, "Ill get
them for you, but I want to warn you...if you wear a
fourteen youll gasp all day and your eyes will
Its not who you know, its
whom you know
Is Marxs tomb a communist plot?
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
A Piece of War-Time Money.
A little girl who was buying something
at Weesners yesterday, paid for it in coppers.
After she had gone Mr. Weesner, in handling the money,
noticed that one of the pennies looked peculiar. On
inspection he found it was a private copper check issued
during war times by a well known firm in his old home
town of Peru, Indiana. Mr. Weesner, welcomed that copper
to his store with the cordialty he would a familiar face,
and is treasuring it up as a mascot pocket piece.
College Engages an
A representative of the Max Bendix Co.
was here last night and closed a contract for the company
to appear here under the auspices of the college. The
company is a fine one and is composed of Max Bendix,
violinist; Frederick Carbery, tenor; Elaine de Sellen,
contralto; Emily Parsons, pianist.
George Washington Carver
National Monument invites the public to
participate in Prairie Day on Saturday, September
11, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event
is free of charge. Prairie Day is a celebration
of life on a southwest Missouri farm during the
mid-1860s and1870s, the years of George
Washington Carvers childhood.
Features include horse-drawn
wagon rides through the prairie with a
storyteller to entertain.
At the 1881 Moses Carver House
history comes alive with candle dipping,
Dutch-oven cooking, wool spinning, soap making,
weaving, crochet, rag rugs, laundry & making
lye soap, butter making, corn shucking, corn
shelling & grinding, a chuck wagon, and a
kitchen garden. The Town & Country Quilters
will host a quilting bee and other quilters will
demonstrate fancy quilting and tied quilts.
include John Anderson as "Brother
John", with music and stories about African
American life on the prairie from the 1860s &
1870s; Richard and Judy Young presenting Ozark
traditional stories; and Bobby Norfolk sharing
African American folklore.
A special feature is the music
of Rev. John Wilkins with his selections of
blues. Ripplin Creek and Flyin Buzzards play
traditional bluegrass, Ozark Wilderness Dulcimer
Club play hammered dulcimers, Panhandle Slim
shares songs of African American life, and
Bramble & Rose, an old-time string band,
present Civil War-era selections.
At the Carver Family Cemetery
visitors may explore the hidden meanings of
epitaphs & engravings. Edible & medicinal
plants found on the prairie are displayed and
prairie walks are conducted. Near the pond basket
weavers create works of art, and interesting
exhibits show woodland & prairie animals and
birds. Kid-friendly activities include painting
with natural dyes, old-fashioned toys &
games, and a special Junior Ranger badge. An
exhibit near the site of the slave cabin shows
Civil War medicine, and the role of archeology is
explored. Tri State Carvers Guild demonstrates
wood carving techniques, the Missouri Department
of Conservation discusses the benefit of
prescription fire on the prairie, and the Neosho
Fish Hatchery presents interactive exhibits.
Visitors are also invited to
enjoy the 18th Annual Gem City Days, September
10th & 11th at the Diamond Christian Church
parking lot. The theme this year is
"Honoring our Heroes." The
Saturday parade begins at 10:00
a.m. followed by the Diamond Jazz Band, Old Fat
& Ugly Band, a Car, Truck, & Bike show,
childrens games, Billy Jo Gentry, No
Apparent Reason, and
Coldcreek Rockin Country Band.
For more information about Gem City Days please
I was given a copy of an
article in the Clinton (Mo.) Daily Democrat
the other day. In a column called Bits &
Pieces, the author quoted a friend who has
lived in Carthage at some time. "The
dawgondest place shes ever been,"
said the article.
"Unless your family
has been there for a century or more and
moved on higher planes, you might as well be
invisible.," it quoted the friend. Guess
I never made her acquaintance. I suppose
there are some expectations associated with
everone when they move into a
community. Im sure, like most small
towns, Carthage has its share of folks who
are slow to warm up to new arrivals. Might
even be a few some might call snooty. But
bein a part of this community
doesnt take much effort, just a little
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
To Your Good
By Paul G. Donohue,
Failure Patients Need Activity, Not Rest
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I carry the
diagnosis of congestive heart failure. Medicines
have made me feel pretty good. My wife thinks
that I should do nothing. If I do much more than
sit, she is all over me. A little bit of activity
isnt dangerous, is it? If I dont do
something, I am going to turn into a blob of fat.
ANSWER: Youre in a boat
with 5 million other Americans who have chronic
heart failure. Heart failure means the heart
doesnt pump enough blood with each beat to
supply the body with oxygen. Shortness of breath
on slight exertion is a principal sign.
Rest used to be the rule for
heart-failure patients. Too much rest, however,
deconditions the body and makes it even more
difficult for a heart-failure patient to do
things that are part of everyday life, like
walking and a few household chores.
You have to ask your doctor
what limits you should be bound by. If
theres a supervised exercise program for
heart-failure patients in your area, join it.
Many hospitals sponsor such programs. I encourage
you to become active. Youll find that
regular exercise permits you to do more than you
believed you could do.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: As you can
see from my address, I live in the Deep South. I
coach high-school football as well as teach two
history classes. I worry about heatstroke in my
players because of the high temperatures here.
Any suggestions on preventing this? -- L.P.
ANSWER: Your concern is
justified. Between 1995 and 2007, 25 high-school
students and five college students died from
heatstroke while practicing football. These
fatalities occurred in the first week of
practice. It takes a good two weeks for people to
acclimatize to heat. My best advice is to consult
these Web sites for definitive tips: www.nata.org
(NATA is the National Athletic Trainers
Association) and www.acsm.org (the American
College of Sports Medicine). Im positive
your school has a computer.
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