An Antartian was walking through the Sahara
desert, desperate for water, when he saw something, far
off in the distance. Hoping to find water, he walked
towards the image, only to find a little old man sitting
at a card table with a bunch of neckties laid out on it.
The Antartian asked, "Please,
Im dying of thirst, can I have some water?"
The man replied, "I dont
have any water, but why dont you buy a tie?
This one goes with your robe."
The Antartian shouted, "I
dont want a tie, you idiot, I need water!"
"OK, dont buy a tie. But to
show you what a nice guy I am, Ill tell you that
over that hill there, about 4 miles, is a nice
restaurant. Walk that way, theyll give you all the
water you want."
The Antartian thanked him and walked
away towards the hill and eventually disappeared. Three
hours later the Antartian came crawling back to where the
man was sitting behind his card table. The old man said,
"Couldnt you find it?"
The Antartian rasped, "I found it
all right but they wouldnt let me in without a
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
COMMERCIAL CLUB PLANS.
The meeting of the Commercial Club was
held at the Elks club house last night as per
announcement, to consider plans for the reception of the
members of the State Board of Railroad commissioners.
As is well known the meeting was called
for last night when it was thought the board of railroad
commissioners would be here today, but as is also known,
a telegram was received yesterday afternoon continuing
the case and stating that a letter would follow more
fully explaining the situation.
In the absence of the letter nothing
was known as to when the commissioners would be here, but
the meeting of the club was held as originally appointed
and the plans for meeting the board were proceeded with
on the assumption that they would be here soon.
There was much interesting discussion
of the proposed connecting spur between the two roads and
the need for it was emphasized by many reasons from many
It was arranged to systematically
present the claims of Carthage in demanding that the two
railroads here be connected by a switch which will allow
cars to be switched from one road to the other.
A committee was appointed, composed of
W. R. Logan, J. D. Clarkson and S. B. Griswold, who are
to see the merchants and have them call on the commission
when it arrives and urge the desired point. The committee
is also to collect and systematise the evidence.
J. F. Barker was appointed a reception
committee of one to receive the commissioners when they
Highway Patrol Discourages
The Missouri State Highway
Patrol is discouraging travel during this
weeks hazardous weather conditions.
Freezing rain followed by sleet, heavy snow,
wind, and bitterly cold temperatures will make
driving treacherous and dangerous should you
break down or slide off the road and become
Troopers will be out in full
force during these severe weather and driving
conditions. All leave days have been canceled and
troopers are working 12-hour shifts , some in
four-wheel drive pickup trucks, to provide
coverage. However, motorists need to be aware
response times will be much longer than normal
especially on secondary roads. The Patrol is
working with the State Emergency Management
Agency (SEMA) to preposition manpower and
resources throughout the state in preparation of
the winter storm, which will enable the Patrol to
provide the best possible service.
Whether rain, sleet, ice, or
snow, drivers need to make adjustments when the
weather changes. The Patrol encourages motorists
to plan ahead and drive safely or not at all
during inclement weather. If they must drive in
the inclement weather, drivers should plan extra
time into their schedule to clean snow and ice
completely from their vehicle. Make sure the
windows are completely cleared to ensure
visibility. Remember: Missouri law states if
youre using your windshield wipers, your
headlights must be turned on. It takes only a
second to turn on your vehicles headlights.
But, that second could make you more visible to
other drivers and prevent a traffic crash.
Keep in mind that Section
307.020 RSMo. states lighted lamps are required,
"from a half-hour after sunset to a
half-hour before sunrise, and at any other time
when there is not sufficient light to render
clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the
highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead."
Before you travel, gather an
ice scraper, tire chains, battery boostermcables,
blankets, flashlight, and a bag of sand to place
in your vehicles trunk. Emergencies cannot
be predicted, but planning for them can help you
if one should arise. A fully charged cell phone
is an additional asset when driving in hazardous
weather conditions. Missouris Road
Condition Report (1-800-222-6400) can help you
plan your route before you leave. This number
gives an automated listing of road conditions
throughout the state. You may also view
MoDOTs Road Condition Map by going to the
Patrols web site www.mshp.dps.mo.gov and
clicking on the Road Condition icon. Drivers
should also allow more time to reach their
destination at a slow, safe speed.
Section 304.012 RSMo. directs
motorists to exercise the highest degree of care
on Missouris roadways. This part of
Missouri law states, "Every person operating
a motor vehicle on the roads and highways of this
state shall drive the vehicle in a careful and
prudent manner and at a rate of speed so as not
to endanger the property of another or the life
or limb of any person and shall exercise the
highest degree of care." When inclement
weather hits, please adjust how you drive, so
that you continue to "exercise the highest
degree of care". For instance: Stopping
quickly in the winter on snow-covered or icy
roads is next to impossible. Use care by
increasing your following distance as you drive.
Increase your following distance to five seconds
or more. Ask yourself if the speed youre
traveling is safe for the weather conditions.
Driving the speed limit may not be
"exercising the highest degree of care"
during inclement weather; driving over the speed
limit never is.
If you are involved in a minor
traffic crash, one of the first thoughts you
might have is whether or not you should move your
vehicle. The answer is yes. Ten years ago a state
law took effect which requires vehicles involved
in a minor, non-injury crashes to move off the
traveled portion of the road. For every minute a
vehicle stops on the highway and blocks one lane
of traffic, it backs up approaching traffic for
four minutes. Section 304.151 RSMo. states,
"Except in the case of an accident resulting
in the injury or death of any person, the driver
of a vehicle which for any reason obstructs the
regular flow of traffic on the roadway of any
state highway shall make every reasonable effort
to move the vehicle or have it moved so as not to
block the regular flow of traffic.
The Missouri State Highway
Patrol is here to serve and protect. If you
become stranded or see another vehicle stranded
on the side of the road with passengers, please
call the Missouri State Highway Patrol emergency
number at 1-800-525-5555 or dial *55 on a
cellular phone. These numbers ring at the nearest
Planning ahead and being a
courteous driver are important every day. In
winter driving conditions, this becomes crucial.
Please slow down and wear your seat belt.
Ive been known ta own
a horse, but not in some time and I had an
uncle that used ta train horses ta pull a
carriage. Ive never been thrown, but
got kicked pretty good once. Left a horse
shoe shaped bruise on my upper thigh.
Didnt hurt much. (I was a kid at the
I know ya need feed and
some a that fly spray and ya need ta keep the
stall clean, specially if ya dont
have any a that fly spray. Most horses would
rather ya mount from the left side, so
its always a safe bet to start there.
Ya pull on the reigns in the direction ya
wanna go. If ya get a decent horse, you can
pretty much guide it by squeezin with
your knees on one or both sides.
One thing for sure, ya
gotta let the horse know whos boss. May
be onea the reasons I dont have a horse
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
To Your Good
By Paul G. Donohue,
Sometimes More Than Skin Deep
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Your article
on arthritis was very interesting, but you did
not explain about the arthritis that comes with
psoriasis. I have it, and I know of two other
people who have it. We dont understand it
at all. Please explain. -- B.E.
ANSWER: Autoimmunity is the
explanation for many illnesses, including both
skin and joint psoriasis.
"Autoimmunity" indicates that the
immune system -- our protection against germ
invasion and other harmful attacks -- for reasons
not yet understood, turns against our own bodies;
in this case, its the skin and joints. The
immune system targets joints in as many as 7
percent of those who suffer from skin psoriasis.
Thats a considerable number of people when
you consider that as many as 3 percent of the
entire population suffers from skin psoriasis.
Skin psoriasis precedes joint
psoriasis most of the time, but there are
instances when both occur simultaneously or when
joint involvement appears before any skin
The fact that skin and joint
psoriasis run in some families also points to a
gene influence on these conditions.
Any joint can be affected. The
topmost finger joint, the one below the
fingernail, is frequently targeted. Back, neck,
knees, you name it -- psoriasis can strike it.
Like all arthritic joints, psoriatic arthritic
joints are swollen, red, tender and stiff. The
severity of joint involvement doesnt always
mirror skin involvement, but it does correspond
to nail changes. Nails have small pits, become
loosened from their attachment to underlying
skin, often turn yellow and crumble.
Treatment of psoriatic
arthritis depends on how bad the arthritis is.
For mild to moderate cases, NSAIDS do a good job.
They include the familiar Aleve, Advil, Motrin
and many others. For more severe involvement,
doctors prescribe drugs like methotrexate. And
for severe arthritis, a breakthrough has come
with the introduction of drugs like Enbrel,
Remicade and Humira.
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