There is only one thing in the world
worse than being talked about, and that is not being
talked about. - Oscar Wilde
There are two times in a mans
life when he should not speculate: when he cant
afford it, and when he can. - Mark Twain
The liars punishment is not in
the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot
believe any one else. - G.B. Shaw
The terrible thing about the quest for
truth is that you find it. - Gourmont
One kind of happiness is to know
exactly at what point to be miserable.
The people who have no weaknesses are
terrible: there is no way of taking advantage of them. -
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
A $20,000 DAMAGE SUIT.
A damage suit in which the plaintiff
asks $20,000 for injuries received, was begun at noon
today in circuit court. It is still in progress and
likely to last to tomorrow.
The title of the case is Theodore L.
Hurst vs. the Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf railway.
The plaintiff, who was formerly a freight brakeman on the
road, alleges that at Stillwell, Indian Territory, in
August, 1897, he, while attempting to board a caboose
tripped over stones left beside the track and was thrown
to the ground so violently as to be rendered unconscious.
He rolled under the wheels and his right leg crushed. He
also received a cut on the head which greatly impairs his
hearing. For all of which he asks $20,000 damages.
Kinley, Carskadon & Hamilton, of
Kansas City, and McReynolds & Halliburton, of this
city, represent the plaintiff and John Eaton, of Kansas
City, and J. W. McAntire, of Joplin, the defendant.
71A Deal Back On.
The Budget/Ways and Means
Committee put the 71A Partnership contract back
on course Thursday evening with a 4-0 vote to
recommend the Council approve the $900,000 cap
for infrastructure paid for with fifty percent of
new sales tax revenue generated by the
Committee Chair Jackie Boyer
had requested that the cap be reduced to $450,000
at last Tuesdays regular Council meeting.
Boyer said that she had since talked to Economic
Development Director Max McKnight and others and
was now convinced the project should move
Committee member Donna Harlan,
who also voted for the reduction on Tuesday, said
after further study, could find nothing in the
agreement she could object to. Those two votes
will tip the 5-5 tie registered earlier by the
Mayor Johnson, who was in
attendance at the Budget meeting, commented that
he was always in favor of the agreement, but
wanted a clear consensus of the Council. He had
broken the tie vote during the Council meeting by
voting for the reduction, but then moved the
issue back to the Budget Committee for further
City Administrator Tom Short
and McKnight both told the Committee that they
were in favor of the agreement.
Mike Woody, a partner with
Danny Ross in the 71A Partnership, told the
Committee that the $450,000 level of
reimbursement was not acceptable.
The Committee did not reach an
agreement on the issue of the so called
"hold harmless" funding of the Carthage
Public Library and the Carthage Parks and
Recreation Board. As reported in the Mornin
Mail on Friday, a 1985 ordinance stated that
the two entities "shall be held harmless
from any loss of tax income due to the
elimination of personal property taxes."
According to City Administrator
Tom Short, in 1989, the Library Board "hold
harmless" money leveled off after three
years of increase. That same year the City began
paying both the Library and the Park Board funds
from the State reimbursed Manufacturers
&Merchants tax fund. Short says there is no
documentation as to why those payments started.
According to minutes of a 1989
Council meeting, City Attorney David Dally
advised the Council that there was no statutes
that required the City to use any portion of the
reimbursement as funding for the Library.
The Committee will address the
issue again after more information is gathered.
The Budget Hearings
continue tonight and the pressure is
beginnin to build to find ways to cut
down on the amounts that have been requested.
So far some shavin has occurred but
nothin too drastic. I havent seen
the numbers yet, but there must be a million
or so ta go before we could have anything
close to the sought after "balanced
Outside agencies have again
been warned that the intent is ta use only
the lodgin tax to fund tourist type
activities. There may be some teeth in the
statement this time, but it may take another
couple a years ta get a real bite.
The Park Board requests are
scheduled tonight after the meetin last
Thursday ran outa time fore
gettin to em. At least
theyre first on the list for this
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Carthage Farm & Home
every time we use PVC pipe, we wind up with
leftovers. Here's a way to turn that trash into
Set all your 4-, 5-, and
6-inch-long scraps vertically, side by side,
either in a line or in a group. The don't even
have to have the same diameter. Then glue them
together with some PVC cement.
That gives you a super bench
top storage area for all sorts of small stuff.
You can keep screwdrivers, pliers, knives,
chisels, paintbrushes and lots of other things in
You can even glue a board to
the bottom so things don't fall through, if you
It's fun to do and can be very
Dear Al & Kelly: I finally
figured out what was smelling so bad in my
kitchen. It was the food disposer in our sink. It
worked fine, and I never realized how dirty it
could get. My sister told me to drop some ice
cubes down the disposer and crush them up. Then I
dropped in a lemon. The disposer ate them all up,
and it smells really nice now. My sister says
that if I do this once a month, it will never
stink again. - M.J.
Q. I dropped some instant glue
on my Formica-topped kitchen table. How can I
remove the stuff? - J.Z.
A: The makers of at least one
brand of such glue have a special remover on the
market. You should be able to find it where such
adhesives are sold.
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