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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 Volume XV, Number 252

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Spare Cat Rescue will help pay for the spay or neuter of your cat. Call for details. 417-358-6808.

Did Ya Know?... Sign ups will be held this week for the Carthage Public Library 2007 summer reading programs "Get A Clue @ Your Library (ages 1-12) and "You Never Know @ Your Library" (young adults). The summer session of Wednesday morning story times begins on June 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the new children’s department.

Did Ya Know?... Crossroads Chapter No. 41 will meet Tuesday night, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. int he Legion Rooms of the Memorial Hall. The sons of Veterans can now join the auxiliary of the Disabled American Veterans.

today's laugh

How much gas do we have?
It points to one-half, but whether the thing means half full or half empty, I don’t know.

I was riding on the train, and the conductor threw my suitcase out the window because I didn’t pay my fare and my little brother brought back the suitcase.
How could your litle brother bring it back?
He was inside of it.

Golf is the game that turned the cows out of the pasture and let the bull in.

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

Rumors of a Flood Victim.

Since Saturday afternoon a rumor has been constantly in circulation that the dead body of an unknown woman was found in the flood debris ten miles west of Carthage. All efforts to verify the report have brought no results and the story is likely a hoax.

Two of Chub’s Hounds Stolen.

Chub Hornback reports that two of his prize fox hounds were stolen from his place Monday night. The police have been informed and are looking for them.

To Rescue the Campers.

Lee Brown and George Kelley drove out to Adams’ mill this afternoon to rescue and bring in George Perkins, Willie Maxwell and Arthur Pearman, three daring young explorers who have been camping there a week. Frank Ross came in several days ago and reported that the heft them with nothing in camp to eat but a can of kidney beans.


Today's Feature

Maple Leaf Festival Artwork Contest.

News release.

The planning committee for the 41st Annual Maple Leaf Festival, hosted by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, is holding an Artwork Contest to select this year’s Maple Leaf Festival design. This year’s theme is "A Hometown Celebration."

The week-long festival, which brings over 50,000 visitors to the local community, is scheduled for October 13-20. The selected artwork will be featured in all festival promotions and prominently displayed on festival shirts. Guidelines for submitting artwork include;

Submitted artwork must be no larger than 8.5 by 14 inches.

Digital artwork is accepted (JPEG format only with a minimum output of 600 dpi.)

Non-digital pieces must be submitted on white paper (no 3-D images, sculptures or animated entries will be accepted.)

For maximum reproduction quality, vivid colors are encouraged.

All entries must include "Maple Leaf 2007" and "A Hometown Celebration"

Artwork must incorporate images representing Carthage and relating to the Maple Leaf Festival. Suggested images include maple leaves, the Jasper County Courthouse, music and/or marching bands, historical figures.

All entries become the property of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.

All entries must be at the Chamber Office by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22. For additional information contact the Chamber at 358-2373.

Council Meeting Tonight.

The Carthage City Council will meet this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. The agenda includes the first reading of the ordinance that would approve the annual operating and capital budget for fiscal year 2008 as well as a number of the contracts approved by the Budget committee during the budget hearings. The contracts include those with the Carthage Over 60 Center, the Chamber of Commerce, the Carthage Humane Society and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Other items on the agenda include the second reading of an ordinance leasing real estate to McCune-Brooks Hospital for the purpose of constructing a building for doctors near the future site of the hospital.

This item was postponed during the previous Council meeting at the request of Council member Larry Ross. Ross said he felt there was some confusion about the ordinance and wished that the item be clarified by McCune-Brooks CEO Bob Copeland prior to the Council vote.

Just Jake Talkin'

There are some things that just naturally take care of themselves.

Growin’ up in an agricultural community meant bein’ ‘round the equipment associated with that means of livelihood. That meant learnin’ to operate the tractor, drivin’ the truck, and possibly even’ makin the final leap ta bein’ trusted with the combine durin’ the wheat harvest.

Even such a sophisticated machine as a combine has natural limitations, however. There is a distinct relationship ‘tween the volume of straw it takes in and how much it can spit out after removin’ the seed.

If ya try to push the limits to the extreme in combinin’ most likely you’ll spend a sweaty afternoon pullin’ hot, dry packed straw from the internals of the monster. Sometimes slowin’ down is the fastest way.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Endometriosis Questions

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have some questions about endometriosis. I have seen three doctors who think I have a case of it. One doctor put me on birth control pills, but they made me sick. Another wants to check if my fallopian tubes are blocked. If so, I couldn’t have any more children. Would I have a painful pregnancy if I did? Is it a good idea to try for more children? I have two now, the last one six years ago. -- S.W.

ANSWER: The endometrium (IN-doe-ME-tree-um) is the covering layer of the uterus. Each month, during the menstrual period, the endometrium is shed. Then the uterus begins forming a new covering in the event an egg is fertilized.

Sometimes pieces of endometrium get to places they shouldn’t be. They can pass through the fallopian tubes into the pelvis, where they implant on ligaments, ovaries, tubes or even the bowel or bladder. Like the endometrium in the uterus, these transplants respond to the monthly hormones. They cannot be shed like the uterine endometrium. They stay where they are and irritate structures they have landed on, causing pelvic pain, pain during intercourse and infertility if they have narrowed the fallopian tubes.

The diagnosis of endometriosis can be made with 100 percent certainty when the doctor introduces a scope into the pelvis and spots the displaced tissue.

For mild pain, anti-inflammatory medicines can bring control -- Advil, Aleve and the like. For greater pain, birth control pills often put an end to it. Medicines that reduce the production of estrogen are also quite effective. Surgery is another way to treat endometriosis. Pregnancy just about always relieves endometrial pain.

to his SON.

by George Horace Lorimer
First published October, 1902

Being the Letters written by John Graham, Head of the House of Graham & Company, Pork-Packers in Chicago, familiarly known on ‘Change as "Old Gorgon Graham," to his Son, Pierrepont, facetiously known to his intimates as "Piggy."

FROM John Graham, head of the house of Graham & Co., at the Union Stock Yards in Chicago, to his son, Pierrepont Graham, at Lake Moosgatchemawamue, in the Maine woods. Mr. Pierrepont has written to his father withdrawing his suggestion.

July 7, 189_

Dear Pierrepont: Yours of the fourth has the right ring, and it says more to the number of words used than any letter that I have ever received from you. I remember reading once that some fellows use language to conceal thought; but it’s been my experience that a good many more use it instead of thought.

A business man’s conversation should be regulated by fewer and simpler rules than any other function of the human animal.

They are:

Have something to say.

Say it.

Stop talking.

Beginning before you know what you want to say and keeping on after you have said it lands a merchant in a lawsuit or the poorhouse, and the first is a short cut to the second. I maintain a legal department here, and it costs a lot of money, but it’s to keep me from going to law.

It’s all right when you are calling on a girl or talking with friends after dinner to run a conversation like a Sunday-school excursion, with stops to pick flowers; but in the office your sentences should be the shortest distance possible between periods. Cut out the introduction and the peroration, and stop before you get to secondly. You’ve got to preach short sermons to catch sinners; and deacons won’t believe they need long ones themselves. Give fools the first and women the last word. The meat’s always in the middle of the sandwich. Of course, a little butter on either side of it doesn’t do any harm it it’s intended for a man who likes butter.

Remember, too, that it’s easier to look wise than to talk wisdom. Say less than the other fellow and listen more than you talk; for when a man’s listening he isn’t telling on himself and he’s flattering the fellow who is. Give most men a good listener and most women enough note-paper and they’ll tell all they know. Money talks - but not unless its owner has a loose tongue, and then its remarks are always offensive. Poverty talks, too, but nobody wants to hear when it has to say.

I simply mention these things in passing because I’m afraid you’re apt to be the fellow who’s doing the talking; just as I’m a little afraid that you’re sometimes like the hungry drummer at the dollar-a-day house - inclined to kill your appetite by eating the cake in the centre of the table before the soup comes on.

Of course, I’m glad to see you swing into line and show the proper spirit about coming on here and going to work; but you mustn’t get yourself all "het up" before you take the plunge, because you’re bound to find the water pretty cold at first. I’ve seen a good many young fellows pass through and out of this office. The first week a lot of them go to work they’re in a sweat for fear they’ll be fired; and the second week for fear they won’t be. By the third, a boy that’s no good has learned just how little work he can do and keep his job; while the fellow who’s got the right stuff in him is holding down his own place with one hand and beginning to reach for the job just ahead of him with the other. I don’t mean that he’s neglecting his work; but he’s beginning to take notice, and that’s a mighty hopeful sign in either a young clerk or a young widow.

You’ve got to handle the first year of your business life about the way you would a trotting horse. Warm up a little before going to the post - not enough to be in a sweat, but just enough to be limber and eager. Never start off at a gait that you can’t improve on, but move along strong and well in hand to the quarter. Let out a notch there, but take it calm enough up to the half not to break, and hard enough not to fall back into the ruck. At the three-quarters you ought to be going fast enough to poke your nose out of the other fellow’s dust, and running like the Limited in the stretch. Keep your eyes to the front all the time, and you won’t be so apt to shy at the little things by the side of the track. Head up, tail over the dashboard - that’s the way the winners look in the old pictures of Maud S. and Dexter and Jay-Eye-See. And that’s the way I want to see you swing by the old man at the end of the year, when we hoist the numbers of the fellows who are good enough to promote and pick out the salaries which need a little sweetening.

I’ve always taken a good deal of stock in what you call "Blood-will-tell" if you’re a Methodist, or "Heredity" if you’re a Unitarian; and I don’t want you to come along at this late day and disturb my religious beliefs. A man’s love for his children and his pride are pretty badly snarled up in this world, and he can’t always pick them apart. I think a heap of you and a heap of the house, and I want to see you get along well together. To do that you must start right. It’s just as necessary to make a good first impression in business as in courting. You’ll read a good deal about "love at first sight" in novels, and there may be something in it for all I know; but I’m dead certain there’s no such thing as love at first sight in business. A man’s got to keep company a long time, and come early and stay late and sit close, before he can get a girl or a job worth having. There’s nothing comes without calling in this world, and after you’ve called you’ve generally go to go and fetch it yourself.

Our bright young men have discovered how to make a pretty good article of potted chicken, and they don’t need any help from hens, either; and you can smell the clover in our butterine if you’ve developed the poetic side of your nose; but none of the boys have been able to discover anything that will pass as a substitute for work, even in a boarding-house, though I’ll give some of them credit for having tried pretty hard.

I remember when I was selling goods for old Josh Jennings, back in the sixties, and had rounded up about a thousand in a savings-bank - a might hard thousand, that came a dollar or so at a time, and every dollar with a little bright mark where I had bit it - I roomed with a dry-goods clerk named Charlie Chase. Charlie had a hankering to be a rich man; but somehow he could never see any connection between that hankering and his counter, except that he’d hint to me sometimes about an heiress who used to squander her father’s money shamefully for the sake of having Charlie wait on her. But when it came to getting rich outside the dry-goods business and getting rich in a hurry, Charlie was the man.

Along about Tuesday night - he was paid on Saturday - he’d stay at home and begin to scheme. He’d commence at eight o’clock and start a magazine, maybe, and before midnight he’d be turning away subscribers because his presses couldn’t print a big enough edition. Or perhaps he wouldn’t feel literary that night, and so he’d invent a system for speculating in wheat and go on pyramiding his purchases till he’d made the best that Cheops did look like a five-cent plate of ice cream. All he ever needed was a few hundred for a starter, and to get that he’d decide to let me in on the ground floor. I want to say right here that whenever any one offers to let you in on the ground floor it’s a pretty safe rule to take the elevator to the roof garden. I never exactly refused lend Charlie the capital he needed, but we generally compromised on half a dollar next morning, when he was in a hurry to make the store to keep from getting docked.

He dropped by the office last week, a little bent and seedy, but all in a glow and trembling with excitement in the old way. Told me he was President of the Klondike Exploring, Gold Prospecting and Immigration Company, with a capital of ten millions. I guessed that he was the board of directors and the capital stock and the exploring and the prospecting and the immigrating, too - everything, in fact, except the business card he’d sent in; for Charlie always had a gift for nosing out printers who’d trust him. Said for the sake of old times he’d let me have a few thousand shares at fifty cents, though they would go to par in a year. In the end we compromised on a loan of ten dollars, and Charlie went away happy.

The swamps are full of razor-backs like Charlie, fellows who’d rather make a million a night in their heads than five dollars a day in cash. I have always found it cheaper to lend a man of that build a little money than to hire him. As a matter of fact, I have never known a fellow who was smart enough to think for the house days and for himself nights. A man who tries that is usually a pretty poor thinker, and he isn’t much good to either; but if there’s any choice the house gets the worst of it.

I simply mention these little things in a general way. If you can take my word for some of them you are going to save yourself a whole lot of trouble. There are others which I don’t speak of because life is too short and because it seems to afford a fellow a heap of satisfaction to pull the trigger for himself to see if it is loaded; and a lesson learned at the muzzle has the virtue of never being forgotten.

You report to Milligan at the yards at eight sharp on the fifteenth. You’d better figure on being here on the fourteenth, because Milligan’s a pretty touchy Irishman, and I may be able to give you a point or two that will help you to keep on his mellow side. He’s apt to feel a little sore at taking on in his department a man whom he hasn’t passed on.

Your affectionate father,

John Graham.

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