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"THE PAPER THAT EVERYBODY READS"
INDEPENDENCE, POLK COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, MAY 4, 1917
THE RHYMING SUMMARIST
K. C. Eldridge is a hero now,
Tho it took a lot of pluck,
He jumped in front of a moving Ford
To save an auto truck;
He sure deserves a Carnegie badge
For his tact and knowing,
Think! To stop a Ford
When not aboard,
And the varmint going!
But it's best to cut the story here,
It's best for all to drop it,
For tho K. C. wrestled with the Ford,
He failed to really stop it;
To boost the road bonds on their way,
Many men are meeting,
For Spence and Brown
Are going 'roun'
With one aim defeating.
City dads have-received the hook
And told to change no streets,
Supreme Court makes the final guess
And their contention beats;
Sb back up now to where you were,
I Tho the road is pricking,
You'll find the line
Where Charley Dick is sticking.
Enroll the name of Sadie Shucks
With the big crop boosters,
She has her stock for poultry farm,
A hen and eleven roosters;
Sadie sure gets out in front,
Despite the pert assumers, -
And the time is near
When she'll appear
In H. G. shirt and bloomers.
I stood and watched ai the troops marched past to war, grim, terrible war,
I heard the blare of the bugles blast si d an aching heart I bore.
I Razed on the flower of our youth and I thought of another day,
Again I beheld an army brave, aa they proudly marched away.
I aaw a gray haired mother again, as she waved her last good-bye
To a atnooth faced boy in a suit of blue, while a tear welled to her aye.
I was with this boy ut Gettysburg, midst cannons' shriek and roar,
Where shot and shell like blant from hell, through dead and dying tor.
1 was with this boy the last sad day, and I heard his last good-bya,
I broke the news to that mother gray and I heard her anguished cry.
Oh, tell r."t to me ef glories won midst cannons' shriek and roar
For there is no glory to be gained on the blood-stained field of war.
God speed the day when o'er all lands, the banner of peace waves high,
When no more we'll hear tha battle's loar or the anguished mother's cry.
E. L'. Sharpe.
ICTS) It Was Clear Emh L
A COLONEL f a P.rillsh regiment In Smith Africa was re
pairing a rullroad after one of ;ciu-rul De Wet's many
breakups dlm-overcd a lire empty Imnxe, which be pro
(WiW to occupy as bKidiu:trtpr-.
When the news of the c,,:. mil's cuinfurtulile quarters
reached lilocmfmitciii lie rcctivod a telegram which read:
"G. T. M. wuiits house.''
The colonel was unable to iimke out what "G. T. M."
meant nud inquired of ottuern, hu translated It "general
"All right," said the colonel. "If be can use hieroglyphics,
so can I."
So be v Ireil bark:
"G. T. M. can G. T. H."
Two diivs later he re eiv.i a dNpat'-h from Bloeinfontcln
ordering him to attend a l-.urd of inquiry. On appearing lo
due course he vu n.-kel what he meant by fending aueh an
lusultinc mesfBL-e to a superior elii.-ef.
"luKUitlnsV repatel the coionel Iiiiuk eutlr. "It was
uuthiiix of the kind."
"Iiut n hat il you mean," detijunded hi superior, "by tell
ing me I can !. T. H.Y "
"It was simply an abl.rei -iathiii.'' replied the colonel "O.
T. M. (geberal truific manaeri can T. II. (yet the house)."
. . SEEMS INCONGRUOUS , .
"yOC take a fifty ter.l tiif.ir,
A common m&'.-U Fut'C' light.
Tha contrast ratier :nt to Jar
And duw't really m quit right.
:ia vial's mad,
i t ii- vuJe
. "r,.e for awclj
The tig booster meeting will
be held tomorrow afternoon in
Independence. It is for the pur
pose of explaining the proposed
bond issue to be voted on at the
special election Jure 4. Com
missioners Adams and Benson
will be present and deliver ad
dresses. The meeting will be
held at the Isis theatre commenc
ing at 2 o'clock, preceeded by
several films of good moving
pictures. Everything free. Ev
erybody is invited, and it is hoped
that the women will be present
as well as the men.
The following reasons are be
ing advanced by the advocates of
the measure why the road bond
bill should be passed: "Because
Oregon needs good roads, be
cause a dollar's worth of road is
assured from every dollar ex
pended, because every favorable
vote is a vote to help pull Oregon
out of the mud, because the
state is now spending four mil
lion dollars annually without
getting adequate results, because
all sections of the state will
benefit directly from the roads
to be constructed, because good
roads increase real estate values
both in the city and thruout the
state, because the proposed bond
issue will provide good roads at
no greater cost than the state is
now paying for poor ones, be
cause the automobile and regular
one-fourth mill state road tax
pays the bonds and interest and
because general taxes will not be
The Salem bridge is no nearer
built than it was two years ago
when it was discovered that the
old one was unsafe. All this
time there has been a continual
broil and fiddling around, ad
vancing, reversing, on again, off
again. Two weeks ago it was
thought that everything was
settled and so stated, but last
week, Marion threw the switch
and run into a siding. There
"she" stands today.
H. G. UNIFORM
According to Miss Lucile Dan
forth, national organizer, the
official uniform of the Girls'
National Honor Guard is a light
flannel shirt of army gray with
bloomers and leggings of the
same color and the emblem of
the Guard on the arm.
Whether this uniform will be
worn by the members of the
Guard in Independence has not
yet been determined.
DIN NEK FAKTY
A pretty event of the week
was the dinner party presided
over by Miss Emma Henkle last
Saturday evening, in honor of
Miss Gladys Irvine's natal day.
The table was artistic with
spring flowers add dainty place
cards marked covers for the
Misses Gladys Irvine, Lcona
Hanna, Bessie Swope, Mrs.
Hattie Henkle and the hostess.
L. ; Pott-IlFpalcJl.
RED CROSS -
Chairman B. E. Smith presided
over an enthusiastic meeting of
the Independence Rtd Cross
Auxiliary at the Moose club pa--lors
last evening. Eleven new
members were added, making a
total of 47. Work on bandages
and other surgical dressings w.ll
be started as soon as supplies
can be secured.
Following the lied Cross meet
ing, Mr. Angier of Portland
BDoke of the Army Y. M. C. A.
jwork. A local committee was
j appointed to secure funds for
The. supreme court handed
down an opinion the first of the
week affirming the decision of
Judge Belt in the North Inde
pendence street line question.
The city attempted or did remove
several street lines in that part
of the city, aftr ar. official sur
vey by County Surveyor Canfield.
The new line was not satisfactory
to residents living on Main
street who sought an injunction
fronV.Judge Belt. The Judge
notofly granted the injunction
but made it permanent after
a hearing. Then the city ap
pealed to the supreme court
which lesulted as above stated.
All the costs of the case, includ
ing briefs, witness fees, etc.,
must be paid by the city.
While the case hss been pend
ing jn the t ourts, it has "balled"
up improvements in North Inde
pendence. Now that the case
has been settled it is hoped that
sidewalks will be built at once so
that portion of our city will get
out of the mud.
The large bean acreage in this
section has attracted the atten
tion of manufacturers and can
nets. V. A. Kober of Pittsburg,
representative of the II. J.
Heinz Co., makers of the fam
ous 47 varieties, and J. C.
Young of the E. M. Stark
weather Co., of Portland, the
Heinz Oregon representative,
were in Independence yesterday
looking over the field. If the
yi-ild and grade of beans come
up to requirements, the gentle-
m.-n tell the Monitor that a
cleaning and grading plant will
be erected here.
HELPING THE FARMER
Farmers tell us that the-e is
no great shortage of labor in this
vicinity; that most of them will
be able to get thru with what
they have. They are not much
impressed with all the newspa
per talk about the sending of
city and school boys out to the
farm, and the latest is for Port
land society women to go the
country and kelp the farmers'
wife. Most farmers' wives have
enough to wait on now.
Congress has passed the army conscription bill
which provides for compulsory service of 500,000
men every six months. The minimum age limit
is 21 and the maximum has not yet been de
termined. It is not likely to be over 35. All men
of the legal age will be required to register and
the necessary number picked by lot. There will
be a number of exemptions, among them most
probably married men. Those drawn must also
pass the physical examination and the term of
service will be for the war.
Oregon's quota will be 3500. According to
population Polk county would have to furnish
MRS. JASPERSON DEAD
Mrs. J. L. W. Jasperson died
at her home in Battle Lake,
Minn., of hemorrhage of the
lungs. She was a resident of
Independence for several years,
owning property here at this
time. Five children survive her.
Her husband died in Independ
ence three years ago. Mrs.
Jasperson was here for several
weeks about a year ago.
A special garden train will ar
rive in Independence next Fri
day, May 11. Information rela
tlre to vegetable gardening,
home canning, poultry raising
and food economy will be given
out. The train is run under the
direction of the Southern Pacific
and K. D. Hetzel, director of the
extension service of the 0. A. C.
GLEE CLUB TO-NIGHT
A Bplendid evening's enter
tainment of music and mirth is
promised for to-night when the
Girls' High School Glee Club
makes it debut at the opera
house. Seventen pretty girl in
seventeen pretty songs is an
MRS. CAMPBELL'S LONDON LETTER
T. J. Fryer hut received the follow
ing letter from his daughter. Mm.
Mildred Campbell, written in London
on April 6:
"I was out to an American meeting
yesterday called for the purpose of
confirming the action of the United
States in declaring war on Germany
and believe ma there was some excite
ment. There seemed to be two or
three thousand present all Americans
and they cheered everything that
was said to an aeho. I found myself
cheering Wilsoa and Teddy in the lami
breath, and didn't know before what
thoroughbred Yankee I was. There
were several hundred among them in
uniforms of the British and her colon
ies, including two colonels and several
majors and captains. The American
battalion from Canada was there in
full force. The meeting was held at
Queen's Hall and when the band play
ed -My Old Kentucky Home," "Dixie,"
"Marching Through Georgia" and oth
er patriotio airs, there were many
weeping eyes to be seen. I shook
hands with an old Grand Army man
wearing tha Civil War badge. He is
old and feeble but still filled with the
old spirit After the people had filed
out of the hall, a big bus passed, dec
orated with the Stars and Stripes and
Union Jack, and was tilled with a few
white men but mostly American ne
groes. A young omcer from Miasisiip-j
pi in uniform railed out in his rich
Southern accent, "There's My Nig
gers", and everybody cheered. Well,
now that we really are in it, I hope we
do it right for they will expect lots of
America and they hare a right to. If
America knew what they had been
thru here and in Fresco, and after all
it has been for the protectiea of the
United States aa well as themselves
from this awful German tyranny."
"There has been great excitement
here about Aanerica coming in but the
moat excitement has been treated by
the Americans themselves. Tha Eng
lish think we should have come in long
ago, and except for the moral effect on
conditions, don't to admit that we will
be any great help to them. They for
get all about our food and munitions
and only yesterday they were calling
for a half million more men. The food
situation is a very serious one and I
would like vary much to be back homo
with you. Sometimes I think I will go,
but Tom Dr. Campbell won't consent
to me trying to cross as thii.fra are
now. I don't think there is any chance
for Tom to get a way now as they are
so short of doctors. There ware 400
doctors killed on the Somma offensive
alone so that shewa how much they
need men, and when you consider that
Tom went thru all that fighting, wo
have such a lot to bo thankful for that
he wasn't killed or wounded." .
ROMANCE IS SHATTERED IN POETRf
All the romance that a certain
Salt Creek girl has been building
up for more than three monthB
has been shattered all to pieces
by one little letter. It all came
about in this fashion: She knit
ted a pair of socke and sent them
to a relative in Canada to be sent
to one of the "Tommies" in the
trenches over in Europe. She
carefully pinned her calling card
to the pair of socks on the inside.
Naturally she expected a letter
in return. She was not disap
pointed. It came. She had
pictured to herself a tall, hand
some, kahki-clad Adonis care
fully planning a missive of
thanks which would lead to
well who knows what
She quickly tore off the "Op
ened by Censor" label and here
is what she found written in the
"Socks received Lady;
They almost fit.
I wesr one for a helmet
And one for a mitt;
I hope to meet you,
When I've done say bit
But whore in the devil
Did you learn te knit?"
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Spoiling a Joke
O. F. Cosper has purchased!
the telthone system at Lebanon. I
a dinner at which he presided the bishop of Lon
don entered into conversation with a Tlvscious
voung American lady who, in the course of the
"talk. Hnkiid to be allowed to put a conundrum to
lordship. Receiving ready permission, she merrily
"Well, then, does tha butterfly because the tomato
The bifchon laughed heartily at the sally, but not so
harti!y as when later a young Englishman approached
"I want to know," said this person, "about that joko
,,t Mix r-rown's. She asked if the butter flew because the
timato4 could. Praj tell mo what the Joke is."