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Tuesday, October 2, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 75

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... A Four Person Scramble Golf Tournament in memory of Dick Mansfield will be held Sunday, Oct. 14 at 12:00 at the Carthage Golf Course. Deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 5 by 5 p.m. Limited to the first 20, $40 per player/non-members, $30 for members, includes golf, dinner and prizes. Proceeds benefit the Grace Episcopal Church Youth Group. Call 417-237-7036 for more information.

Did Ya Know?... VFW Post 2590 Men’s Auxiliary will hold a Turkey Shoot Every Saturday and Sunday through November 18th at the VFW Post home, W. of Carthage, Intersection of 96 & 171 Hwys. 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. Splatter board, Public Invited, Male & Female. Food Concessions available.

Did Ya Know?... October 9th: Friends and Family CPR will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the McCune-Brooks hospital conference room. This FREE class teaches the basic of CPR. Anyone who doesn’t need certification, including care-givers, babysitters, parents, or those who have a loved one with medical problems should take this class. Call to make a reservation at 359-2452 or 359-2432

today's laugh

Johnny, can you tell me what a waffle is?
Yes’m, it’s a pancake with a non-skid tread.

How do you play hooky from the correspondence school?
I send them an empty envelope.

Do you know your alphabet?
Well, what comes after "G?"
Right - and after "Whizz"?

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

Tumbling Barrels.

Charles Glick, son of the transfer man of this City, was quite badly hurt yesterday while unloading barrels for S.B. Griswold in the frisco yards. Glick was inside the car and did not know that a switching crew was making a running switch. The car was struckw ith great force by the cars whichw ere sent in a high speed and Glick was tkaen off his feet and buried under an avalanche of barrels. He was badly cut and bruised but fotunately was not seriously hurt. He cam uptown literally covered with blood and Dr. Coe took seven stitches in a long ugly gash in his head. Glick looked much worse for the wear.

Came Out Second.

Harry Alexander returned last night from Clinton where he participated in the bicycle races yesterday. He came out second int he mile race and second in the two mile lap race. Will Gray, of Aurura, won the medal in each of these races.


Today's Feature

Verizon Collects Unwarranted Tax.

Carthage Users Charged Extra 1%.

At least one known instance of the collection of an unwarranted tax has been discovered on a Verizon cell phone bill. Under the heading of Taxes, Governmental Surcharges and Fees, a one percent tax was collected for the Peachtree Community District Tax.

According to City Administrator Tom Short, the tax should not be collected by Verizon.

The Peachtree tax district was established last February by the City and allows businesses within the district to charge an extra one percent sales tax. Half of the tax is returned to the district to help pay for infrastructure improvements, the other half goes to the City. The only time the tax should be imposed would be for sales within the area included in the Peachtree district just south of the HH/Hazel intersection.

Various calls to Verizon and to the Missouri Department of Revenue to get the tax removed from all bills have so far left the burden of getting the tax removed from Carthage bills up to the individual.

The State recommends calling Verizon. A Verizon representative stated there is a policy to deal with the unwarranted tax, but it seems to take several complaints to get that process started. Verizon users can call 1-800-922-0204 to lodge a complaint. Only callers named on the phone bill will be able to get information or results.

As of September 1, a Carthage Local Business License Surcharge has been added to Verizon bills. This tax is the equivalent of the franchise fee paid by land line phone systems in the City. It is a lawful charge.

Just Jake Talkin'
I’m sure anyone who has planned a vacation or tried ta set aside a day ta get somethin’ in particular done is painfully aware of the difficulty involved in puttin’ together several projects and makin’ all of ‘em come out as planned.

I think sometimes with all the structure we build up around us, we forget that the natural state of things is chaos.

Prob’ly most tend to forget the high school chemistry lesson involvin’ the basic principle of chaos. The most common example is ice meltin’ and turnin’ to water then evaporatin’ on a hot summer day. Ever’thing tries to get back to that natural state of things. Pure chaos.

What’s really scary, though, is to see a chaotic situation and realize no one has the foggiest notion of what’s goin’ on.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

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

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I’m my own boss. I live not far from my office, and I go home for lunch. I take a short nap after eating. It really refreshes me. My wife thinks I might be throwing my body clock out of sync by taking the nap. Am I? -- G.K.

ANSWER: A nap of less than 30 minutes invigorates many people and increases their afternoon performance. One less than 10 minutes doesn’t do much good.

After a nap, many people experience a light lull in mental functions for about half an hour, but they make no more errors in that time than they would have if they hadn’t taken a nap. From then on, their performance improves. Napping doesn’t throw off your biological clock.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Do migraine headaches result from a magnesium deficiency? I heard an infomercial on TV that said low levels of magnesium are responsible for migraines. The commercial’s sponsor just happened to be selling a product that contains magnesium. Would it be worth my while to send for it? -- R.P.

ANSWER: Some studies have shown that magnesium can block migraine headaches in a few people. It’s not a universal antidote for all migraine headaches, and not many, if any, migraine specialists believe that all such headaches are due to magnesium deficiency.

The daily magnesium requirement for women 31 and older is 320 mg and for men of the same ages, 420 mg. If you want to try a supplement that doesn’t exceed those requirements by very much, it would be safe to experiment.


More Letters from
a Self-Made
to His Son

by George Horace Lorimer
First Published 1903

From 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, at the Union Stock Yards.

No. 1

From John Graham to his son, Pierrepont. The old man is laid up temporarily for repairs, and Pierrepont has written asking if his father doesn’t feel that he is qualified now to relieve him of some of the burden of active management.


CARLSBAD, October 4, 189-.

Dear Pierrepont: I’m sorry you ask so many questions that you haven’t a right to ask, because you put yourself in the position of the inquisitive bull-pup who started out to smell the third rail on the trolley right-of-way--you’re going to be full of information in a minute.

In the first place, it looks as if business might be pretty good this fall, and I’m afraid you’ll have your hands so full in your place as assistant manager of the lard department that you won’t have time to run my job, too.

Then I don’t propose to break any quick-promotion records with you, just because you happened to be born into a job with the house. A fond father and a fool son hitch up into a bad team, and a good business makes a poor family carryall. Out of business hours I like you better than any one at the office, but in them there are about twenty men ahead of you in my affections. The way for you to get first place is by racing fair and square, and not by using your old daddy as a spring-board from which to jump over their heads. A man’s son is entitled to a chance in his business, but not to a cinch.

It’s been my experience that when an office begins to look like a family tree, you’ll find worms tucked away snug and cheerful in most of the apples. A fellow with an office full of relatives is like a sow with a litter of pigs--apt to get a little thin and peaked as the others fat up. A receiver is next of kin to a business man’s relatives, and after they are all nicely settled in the office they’re not long in finding a job for him there, too. I want you to get this firmly fixed in your mind, because while you haven’t many relatives to hire, if you ever get to be the head of the house, you’ll no doubt marry a few with your wife.

For every man that the Lord makes smart enough to help himself, He makes two who have to be helped. When your two come to you for jobs, pay them good salaries to keep out of the office. Blood is thicker than water, I know, but when it’s the blood of your wife’s second cousin out of a job, it’s apt to be thicker than molasses--and stickier than glue when it touches a good thing. After you have found ninety-nine sound reasons for hiring a man, it’s all right to let his relationship to you be the hundredth. It’ll be the only bad reason in the bunch.

I simply mention this in passing, because, as I have said, you ain’t likely to be hiring men for a little while yet. But so long as the subject is up, I might as well add that when I retire it will be to the cemetery. And I should advise you to anchor me there with a pretty heavy monument, because it wouldn’t take more than two such statements of manufacturing cost as I have just received from your department to bring me back from the graveyard to the Stock Yards on the jump. And until I do retire you don’t want to play too far from first base. The man at the bat will always strike himself out quick enough if he has forgotten how to find the pitcher’s curves, so you needn’t worry about that. But you want to be ready all the time in case he should bat a few hot ones in your direction.

Some men are like oak leaves--they don’t know when they’re dead, but still hang right on; and there are others who let go before anything has really touched them. Of course, I may be in the first class, but you can be dead sure that I don’t propose to get into the second, even though I know a lot of people say I’m an old hog to keep right along working after I’ve made more money than I know how to spend, and more than I could spend if I knew how. It’s a mighty curious thing how many people think that if a man isn’t spending his money their way he isn’t spending it right, and that if he isn’t enjoying himself according to their tastes he can’t be having a good time. They believe that money ought to loaf; I believe that it ought to work. They believe that money ought to go to the races and drink champagne; I believe that it ought to go to the office and keep sober.

When a man makes a specialty of knowing how some other fellow ought to spend his money, he usually thinks in millions and works for hundreds. There’s only one poorer hand at figures than these over-the-left financiers, and he’s the fellow who inherits the old man’s dollars without his sense. When a fortune comes without calling, it’s apt to leave without asking. Inheriting money is like being the second husband of a Chicago grass-widow--mighty uncertain business, unless a fellow has had a heap of experience. There’s no use explaining when I’m asked why I keep on working, because fellows who could put that question wouldn’t understand the answer. You could take these men and soak their heads overnight in a pailful of ideas, and they wouldn’t absorb anything but the few loose cuss-words that you’d mixed in for flavoring. They think that the old boys have corralled all the chances and have tied up the youngsters where they can’t get at them; when the truth is that if we all simply quit work and left them the whole range to graze over, they’d bray to have their fodder brought to them in bales, instead of starting out to hunt the raw material, as we had to. When an ass gets the run of the pasture he finds thistles.

I don’t mind owning up to you, though, that I don’t hang on because I’m indispensable to the business, but because business is indispensable to me. I don’t take much stock in this indispensable man idea, anyway. I’ve never had one working for me, and if I had I’d fire him, because a fellow who’s as smart as that ought to be in business for himself; and if he doesn’t get a chance to start a new one, he’s just naturally going to eat up yours. Any man can feel reasonably well satisfied if he’s sure that there’s going to be a hole to look at when he’s pulled up by the roots.

I started business in a shanty, and I’ve expanded it into half a mile of factories; I began with ten men working for me, and I’ll quit with 10,000; I found the American hog in a mud-puddle, without a beauty spot on him except the curl in his tail, and I’m leaving him nicely packed in fancy cans and cases, with gold medals hung all over him. But after I’ve gone some other fellow will come along and add a post-graduate course in pork packing, and make what I’ve done look like a country school just after the teacher’s been licked. And I want you to be that fellow. For the present, I shall report at the office as usual, because I don’t know any other place where I can get ten hours’ fun a day, year in and year out.

After forty years of close acquaintance with it, I’ve found that work is kind to its friends and harsh to its enemies. It pays the fellow who dislikes it his exact wages, and they’re generally pretty small; but it gives the man who shines up to it all the money he wants and throws in a heap of fun and satisfaction for good measure.

A broad-gauged merchant is a good deal like our friend Doc Graver, who’d cut out the washerwoman’s appendix for five dollars, but would charge a thousand for showing me mine--he wants all the money that’s coming to him, but he really doesn’t give a cuss how much it is, just so he gets the appendix.

I’ve never taken any special stock in this modern theory that no fellow over forty should be given a job, or no man over sixty allowed to keep one. Of course, there’s a dead-line in business, just as there is in preaching, and fifty’s a good, convenient age at which to draw it; but it’s been my experience that there are a lot of dead ones on both sides of it. When a man starts out to be a fool, and keeps on working steady at his trade, he usually isn’t going to be any Solomon at sixty. But just because you see a lot of bald-headed sinners lined up in the front row at the show, you don’t want to get humorous with every bald-headed man you meet, because the first one you tackle may be a deacon. And because a fellow has failed once or twice, or a dozen times, you don’t want to set him down as a failure--unless he takes failing too easy. No man’s a failure till he’s dead or loses his courage, and that’s the same thing. Sometimes a fellow that’s been batted all over the ring for nineteen rounds lands on the solar plexus of the proposition he’s tackling in the twentieth. But you can have a regiment of good business qualities, and still fail without courage, because he’s the colonel, and he won’t stand for any weakening at a critical time.

I learned a long while ago not to measure men with a foot-rule, and not to hire them because they were young or old, or pretty or homely, though there are certain general rules you want to keep in mind. If you were spending a million a year without making money, and you hired a young man, he’d be apt to turn in and double your expenses to make the business show a profit, and he’d be a mighty good man; but if you hired an old man, he’d probably cut your expenses to the bone and show up the money saved on the profit side; and he’d be a mighty good man, too. I hire both and then set the young man to spending and the old man to watching expenses.

Of course, the chances are that a man who hasn’t got a good start at forty hasn’t got it in him, but you can’t run a business on the law of averages and have more than an average business. Once an old fellow who’s just missed everything he’s sprung at gets his hooks in, he’s a tiger to stay by the meat course. And I’ve picked up two or three of these old man-eaters in my time who are drawing pretty large salaries with the house right now.

Whenever I hear any of this talk about carting off old fellows to the glue factory, I always think of Doc Hoover and the time they tried the "dead-line-at-fifty" racket on him, though he was something over eighty when it happened.

After I left Missouri, Doc stayed right along, year after year, in the old town, handing out hell to the sinners in public, on Sundays, and distributing corn-meal and side-meat to them on the quiet, week-days. He was a boss shepherd, you bet, and he didn’t stand for any church rows or such like nonsense among his sheep. When one of them got into trouble the Doc was always on hand with his crook to pull him out, but let an old ram try to start any stampede-and-follow-the-leader-over-the-precipice foolishness, and he got the sharp end of the stick.

There was one old billy-goat in the church, a grocer named Deacon Wiggleford, who didn’t really like the Elder’s way of preaching. Wanted him to soak the Amalekites in his sermons, and to leave the grocery business alone. Would holler Amen! when the parson got after the money-changers in the Temple, but would shut up and look sour when he took a crack at the short-weight prune-sellers of the nineteenth century. Said he "went to church to hear the simple Gospel preached," and that may have been one of the reasons, but he didn’t want it applied, because there wasn’t any place where the Doc could lay it on without cutting him on the raw. The real trouble with the Deacon was that he’d never really got grace, but only a pretty fair imitation.

Well, one time after the Deacon got back from his fall trip North to buy goods, he tried to worry the Doc by telling him that all the ministers in Chicago were preaching that there wasn’t any super-heated hereafter, but that each man lived through his share of hell right here on earth. Doc’s face fell at first, but he cheered up mightily after nosing it over for a moment, and allowed it might be so; in fact, that he was sure it was so, as far as those fellows were concerned--they lived in Chicago. And next Sunday he preached hell so hot that the audience fairly sweat.

He wound up his sermon by deploring the tendency to atheism which he had noticed "among those merchants who had recently gone up with the caravans to Babylon for spices" (this was just his high-toned way of describing Deacon Wiggleford’s trip to Chicago in a day-coach for groceries), and hoped that the goods which they had brought back were better than the theology. Of course, the old folks on the mourners’ bench looked around to see how the Deacon was taking it, and the youngsters back on the gigglers’ bench tittered, and everybody was happy but the Deacon. He began laying for the Doc right there. And without meaning to, it seems that I helped his little game along.

Doc Hoover used to write me every now and then, allowing that hams were scarcer in Missouri and more plentiful in my packing-house than they had any right to be, if the balance of trade was to be maintained. Said he had the demand and I had the supply, and he wanted to know what I was going to do about it. I always shipped back a tierce by fast freight, because I was afraid that if I tried to argue the point he’d come himself and take a car-load. He made a specialty of seeing that every one in town had enough food and enough religion, and he wasn’t to be trifled with when he discovered a shortage of either. A mighty good salesman was lost when Doc got religion.

Well, one day something more than ten years ago he wrote in, threatening to make the usual raid on my smoke-house, and when I answered, advising him that the goods were shipped, I inclosed a little check and told him to spend it on a trip to the Holy Land which I’d seen advertised. He backed and filled over going at first, but finally the church took it out of his hands and arranged for a young fellow not long out of the Theological Seminary to fill the pulpit, and Doc put a couple of extra shirts in a grip and started off. I heard the rest of the story from Si Perkins next fall, when he brought on a couple of car-loads of steers to Chicago, and tried to stick me half a cent more than the market for them on the strength of our having come from the same town.

It seems that the young man who took Doc’s place was one of these fellows with pink tea instead of red blood in his veins. Hadn’t any opinions except your opinions until he met some one else. Preached pretty, fluffy little things, and used eau de Cologne on his language. Never hit any nearer home than the unspeakable Turk, and then he was scared to death till he found out that the dark-skinned fellow under the gallery was an Armenian. (The Armenian left the church anyway, because the unspeakable Turk hadn’t been soaked hard enough to suit him.) Didn’t preach much from the Bible, but talked on the cussedness of Robert Elsmere and the low-downness of Trilby. Was always wanting everybody to lead the higher life, without ever really letting on what it was, or at least so any one could lay hold of it by the tail. In the end, I reckon he’d have worked around to Hoyle’s games--just to call attention to their wickedness, of course.

The Pillars of the church, who’d been used to getting their religion raw from Doc Hoover, didn’t take to the bottle kindly, and they all fell away except Deacon Wiggleford. He and the youngsters seemed to cotton to the new man, and just before Doc Hoover was due to get back they called a special meeting, and retired the old man with the title of pastor emeritus. They voted him two donation parties a year as long as he lived, and elected the Higher Lifer as the permanent pastor of the church. Deacon Wiggleford suggested the pastor emeritus extra. He didn’t quite know what it meant, but he’d heard it in Chicago, and it sounded pretty good, and as if it ought to be a heap of satisfaction to a fellow who was being fired. Besides, it didn’t cost anything, and the Deacon was one of those Christians who think that you ought to be able to save a man’s immortal soul for two bits.

The Pillars were mighty hot next day when they heard what had happened, and were for calling another special meeting; but two or three of them got together and decided that it was best to lay low and avoid a row until the Doc got back.

He struck town the next week with a jugful of water from the River Jordan in one hand and a gripful of paper-weights made of wood from the Mount of Olives in the other. He was chockful of the joy of having been away and of the happiness of getting back, till they told him about the Deacon’s goings on, and then he went sort of gray and old, and sat for a minute all humped up.

Si Perkins, who was one of the unregenerate, but a mighty good friend of the Doc’s, was standing by, and he blurted right out: "You say the word, Doc, and we’ll make the young people’s society ride this rooster out of town on a rail."

That seemed to wake up the Elder a bit, for he shook his head and said, "No nonsense now, you Si"; and then, as he thought it over, he began to bristle and swell up; and when he stood it was to his full six feet four, and it was all man. You could see that he was boss of himself again, and when a man like old Doc Hoover is boss of himself he comes pretty near being boss of every one around him. He sent word to the Higher Lifer by one of the Pillars that he reckoned he was counting on him to preach a farewell sermon the next Sunday, and the young man, who’d been keeping in the background till whatever was going to drop, dropped, came around to welcome him in person. But while the Doc had been doing a heap of praying for grace, he didn’t propose to take any chances, and he didn’t see him. And he wouldn’t talk to any one else, just smiled in an aggravating way, though everybody except Deacon Wiggleford and the few youngsters who’d made the trouble called to remonstrate against his paying any attention to their foolishness.

The whole town turned out the next Sunday to see the Doc step down. He sat beside the Higher Lifer on the platform, and behind them were the six deacons. When it came time to begin the services the Higher Lifer started to get up, but the Doc was already on his feet, and he whispered to him:

"Set down, young man"; and the young man sat. The Doc had a way of talking that didn’t need a gun to back it up.

The old man conducted the services right through, just as he always did, except that when he’d remembered in his prayer every one in America and had worked around through Europe to Asia Minor, he lingered a trifle longer over the Turks than usual, and the list of things which he seemed to think they needed brought the Armenian back into the fold right then and there.

By the time the Doc got around to preaching, Deacon Wiggleford was looking like a fellow who’d bought a gold brick, and the Higher Lifer like the brick. Everybody else felt and looked as if they were attending the Doc’s funeral, and, as usual, the only really calm and composed member of the party was the corpse.

"You will find the words of my text," Doc began, "in the revised version of the works of William Shakespeare, in the book--I mean play--of Romeo and Juliet, Act Two, Scene Two: ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say good-night till it be morrow,’" and while the audience was pulling itself together he laid out that text in four heads, each with six subheads. Began on partings, and went on a still hunt through history and religion for them. Made the audience part with Julius Caesar with regret, and had ‘em sniffling at saying good-by to Napoleon and Jeff Davis. Made ‘em feel that they’d lost their friends and their money, and then foreclosed the mortgage on the old homestead in a this-is-very-sad-but-I-need-the-money tone. In fact, when he had finished with Parting and was ready to begin on Sweet Sorrow, he had not only exhausted the subject, but left considerable of a deficit in it.

They say that the hour he spent on Sweet Sorrow laid over anything that the town had ever seen for sadness. Put ‘em through every stage of grief from the snuffles to the snorts. Doc always was a pretty noisy preacher, but he began work on that head with soft-pedal-tremolo-stop preaching and wound up with a peroration like a steamboat explosion. Started with his illustrations dying of consumption and other peaceful diseases, and finished up with railroad wrecks. He’d been at it two hours when he got through burying the victims of his last illustration, and he was just ready to tackle his third head with six subheads. But before he took the plunge he looked at his watch and glanced up sort of surprised:

"I find," he said, "that we have consumed more time with these introductory remarks than I had intended. We would all, I know, like to say good-by till to-morrow, did our dear young brother’s plans permit, but alas! he leaves us on the 2:17. Such is life; to-day we are here, to-morrow we are in St. Louis, to which our young friend must return. Usually, I don’t approve of traveling on the Sabbath, but in a case like this, where the reasons are very pressing, I will lay aside my scruples, and with a committee of deacons which I have appointed see our pastor emeritus safely off."

The Doc then announced that he would preach a series of six Sunday night sermons on the six best-selling books of the month, and pronounced the benediction while the Higher Lifer and Deacon Wiggleford were trying to get the floor. But the committee of deacons had ‘em by the coat-tails, and after listening to their soothing arguments the Higher Lifer decided to take the 2:17 as per schedule. When he saw the whole congregation crowding round the Doc, and the women crying over him and wanting to take him home to dinner, he understood that there’d been a mistake somewhere and that he was the mistake.

Of course the Doc never really preached on the six best-selling books. That was the first and last time he ever found a text in anything but the Bible. Si Perkins wanted to have Deacon Wiggleford before the church on charges. Said he’d been told that this pastor emeritus business was Latin, and it smelt of popery to him; but the Doc wouldn’t stand for any foolishness. Allowed that the special meeting was illegal, and that settled it; and he reckoned they could leave the Deacon’s case to the Lord. But just the same, the small boys used to worry Wiggleford considerably by going into his store and yelling:

"Mother says she doesn’t want any more of those pastor emeritus eggs," or, "She’ll send it back if you give us any more of that dead-line butter."

If the Doc had laid down that Sunday, there’d probably have been a whole lot of talk and tears over his leaving, but in the end, the Higher Lifer or some other fellow would have had his job, and he’d have become one of those nice old men for whom every one has a lot of respect but no special use. But he kept right on, owning his pulpit and preaching in it, until the Great Call was extended to him.

I’m a good deal like the Doc--willing to preach a farewell sermon whenever it seems really necessary, but some other fellow’s.

Your affectionate father,


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