The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Thursday, March 7, 2002 Volume X, Number 184

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will have a free Hunter Education Class on March 20th, 22nd & 23rd at the Masonic Temple, 215 W. 7th (behind the library). To reserve your seat call the MO Dept. of Conservation at 417-629-3423.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Family Literacy Council has Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs for sale. Eggs will be available for $2 each at local Carthage business or may be ordered by calling 358-5926.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library’s "Record Breaking Readers" and "Hobbits and Hot Chocolate" winter reading programs will end on March 11th. Awards day will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th in the Library Annex.

today's laugh

Two hunters had been out several hours and one of them had been growing uneasy. Finally panic overtook him. "We’re lost!" he cried to his companion. "What shall we do?"

"Keep your shirt on!" said his hunting companion. "Shoot an extra deer and the game warden will be here in a minute and a half."

Did you hear about the wife of a speaker who took her husband’s temperature with a barometer instead of a thermometer. It read Dry and Windy.


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

Harvest Every Ten Days.

For the benefit of any persons who might fear a bread famine, Wm. Doebler states that "if Missouri should fail in a wheat crop, or even the whole United States, the world would not starve by any means, for it is an astonishing fact that wheat is harvested in thirty-four different countries, and there is a harvest on an average of every tenth day of the year."

Heavy Loss on Center Creek.

A report came to town this afternoon to the effect that A. P. Carlson, on the Yost farm, southeast, had lost 15 cows, and three horses in the high waters of Center creek. This is not verified, however.

Farmer up and down Center creek and Spring river are said to be heavy losers by washing away of lumber, cord wood, shock corn, farm implement, fences, etc., but the wash will not hurt the growing wheat.

  Today's Feature

The Dangers of Fireworks.

by the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Fireworks are enjoyable and exciting to watch, but each year they injure thousands of people, many of them children, and cause thou-sands of fires. Federal and state laws prohibit the sale of certain types of fireworks, but even those that are legal can be dangerous. For example, sparklers, which are legal in the majority of states, burn at temperatures of approximately 2,000o F.

To prevent injuries and property loss from fireworks, the federal government has banned the sale of the most dangerous types (Class B fireworks). These include M–80s, cherry bombs, firecrackers containing more than 50 milligrams of black powder, and mail order kits for building fireworks. Working with the U.S. Customs Office, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has seized nearly 400 million pounds of illegal fireworks at U.S. docks since 1988.

Studies have suggested that state laws regulating the sale of fireworks directly affect the occurrence of fireworks-related injuries. In one state, the number of injuries seen in emergency departments more than doubled following the legalization of fireworks.

An estimated 8,500 people sought treatment for fireworks-related injuries in 1998. Forty-five per-cent of those were children under the age of 15. Further, fireworks caused 13 fatalities.

Despite the increasing consumption of fire-works over the last decade, fireworks injuries have actually decreased. This trend is possibly due to the increasing popularity of large, professionally executed public fireworks displays, which use thousands of pounds of fireworks and rarely cause injuries.

Despite this downward trend, fireworks remain dangerous. Each year, newspapers report numerous instances of people injured or killed by fireworks. Examples include:

• On July 6, 2000, a man was killed while launching powerful, professional-caliber rockets near a friend’s home. He apparently leaned over the rocket when it did not immediately launch and was struck in the head when the rocket fired several seconds later.

• In a similar accident, a New York man was killed when he peered into the mouth of a launch tube for an aerial bomb. When the charge initially failed to fire, he looked inside the mortar tube and was nearly decapitated when the charge went off several seconds later.

• In Colorado, a 10-inch mortar shell thought to be a dud exploded after a fireworks display had concluded. Six firefighters standing nearby were taken to the hospital for hearing tests.

• In Iowa, a teenager was killed and five were injured when fire-works thrown from their sport util-ity vehicle blew back into the vehicle, causing a fire and a crash.

Of injuries caused by fireworks:

•70 to 75% occur during a 30-day period surrounding July 4 (June 23– July 23)

•Seven out of 100 persons injured require hospitalization

•Males are three times more likely than females to be injured

• Boys between the ages of 10 and 14 have the highest rates of injury

• Common injuries are to the hands (34%), face (12%), and eyes (17%).

The following discussion is based on a 3-year average using 1996–98 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data and reflects injuries, fatalities, and fire loss associated with fires caused by fireworks, which are different from the figures presented earlier that reflect injuries, fatalities, and prop-erty loss caused directly by fireworks. Fireworks fires cause approximately $15 million in property loss, injure 50, and kill 15 annu-ally. Most fires are clustered around Independence Day, New Year’s Eve, and other holidays or celebrations. Fifty-seven percent of fires caused by fireworks occur in July, and nearly 20% occur on July 4 .

Given the high number of children injured by fireworks, it is not surprising that the most common ignition factor for fires related to fireworks is children playing with or otherwise misusing fireworks. Casualties from fireworks fires are somewhat less than those from all fires, and property loss is significantly less because most fireworks fires are outside fires with lower dollar value than structure fires.

In addition to civilian injuries, fireworks fires are also deadly to firefighters. For example, in separate 1998 incidents in Alabama and Oklahoma, two firefighters were killed as a result of fires caused by fireworks. Because fireworks can be dangerous and deadly, the safest way to enjoy them is through public displays conducted by professional pyrotechnicians hired by commu-nities over July 4 or at other times during the year.


• Fireworks were the cause of 13 fatalities, 8,500 injuries, 7,000 fires, and $40 million in
property loss in 1998.

• State laws regulating the sale of fireworks have a direct impact on the incidence of loss. More stringent laws have been respon-sible for a
decrease in injuries in the last decade — from a high of 12,100 in 1990 to a low of 7,800 in 1996.

• 70-75% of fireworks injuries occur during a 30-day period (June 23-July 23). In addition to Independence Day, other peak periods for injuries are New Year’s Eve and other holidays.

• 45% of fireworks injuries are to children under the age of 15. Males are three times more likely than females to be injured.

NASCAR to the Max

Sterling Marlin claimed the win in last Sunday’s UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 from Las Vegas, NV. Marlin had been in contention for a win the past two weeks but handling problems late in the race last week and a penalty with less than five laps to go the week before at Daytona had kept him from the winners circle. Near the halfway point of Sunday’s race, Marlin’s chances to win appeared to be in jeopardy. As he was attempting to enter the pits for a routine stop, Jerry Nadeau bumped him from behind. The contact sent him spinning toward the pit lane. Marlin managed to control the car but exceeded the speed limit down pit road which usually results in the driver being held an additional 15 seconds in the pits. The NASCAR official assigned to Marlin’s pit never received the message to hold Marlin for the penalty and NASCAR felt bringing him back in to serve his penalty was too harsh. The race was slowed by 6 caution periods for 25 laps. The first caution was brought out when Bobby Hamilton spun into the outside wall demolishing his car, relegating him to a last place finish of the 43 starters. Prior to this Did Not Finish (DNF) designation, Hamilton had been running at the end of the previous 40 races and held the longest current streak of no DNF’s.

The team’s now head back east across the country for Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, GA. The 1.54-mile, high-banked oval track boasts of being the fastest track on the circuit. Qualifying speeds are usually in the low 190-mph range with race speeds approaching 200 mph. Last year’s Rookie-of-the-Year Kevin Harvick won this race last year but will be challenged by previous winners Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte who should be among the 43 starters. If Ricky Rudd qualifies for Sunday’s race, it will be his 648th consecutive start and would tie him for second place all time with the late Dale Earnhardt. Ironman Terry Labonte holds the record for most consecutive starts at 655.

Just Jake Talkin'


Council Members
First Ward:
Larry Ross
Chuck Tobrock

Second Ward:
William Fortune
Ronnie Wells

Third Ward:
Jackie Boyer
J.D. Whitledge

Fourth Ward:
Jim McPheeters
Bill Putnam

Fifth Ward:
Don Stearnes
Jim Woestman

Kenneth Johnson

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column

Click & Clack

by Tom Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray: I’ve been enjoying your amusingly informative column now for many years thinking I might never need your help. The Chevy had a much more powerful eight-cylinder engine and ran great on regular gas. The Volvo is only a four-cylinder engine, yet both the manual and the Volvo employees say it must run only on 89 octane gas. Are they nuts? Or do they know something I don’t know? - Floyd.

Ray: You’ve probably noticed that the Volvo is more sluggish than the Chevy was, right? But it’s not HALF as sluggish, even though it has only half as many cylinders.

Tom: And that’s (partly) because the Volvo engine is squeezing more power out of each cylinder in part due to a higher compression ratio.

Ray: The compression ratio is the difference between the volume of the cylinder before and after the compression stroke. In English, it’s a measure of how much the engine compresses the fuel-and-air mixture just before the spark plug ignites it. And, the more compressed the mixture, the more power it produces when it "explodes".

Tom: Higher-octane gasoline is simply gasoline with a higher ignition point. That means it takes a higher temperature to ignite the 89 octane than it takes to ignite the 87. So using 89 eliminates the pre-ignition in this engine.


Copyright 1997-1999, 2000, 2001 by Heritage Publishing. All rights reserved.