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INDEPENDENCE, POLK COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 1917
THE RHYMING SUMMARIST
"And so he trudges back to town,
The fun for this year ended;
He clambers on the good old stool,
His loose change all expended;
The sunburned back, the fleas and ticks
That dined on his exposure,
The dust, the smells
Of bum hotels,
Beruffle his composure."
Thusly sings a rhyming chap
About those just returning
Back to the old job once more
' Where blistered backs are burning;
A vacation's sure a joy to man
Wherever he can find it,
Without the roar
To snooze and snore,
And not a soul to mind it.
"Our mother's bought a lounging dress
Of midnight colored satin;
It really couldn't be described
In anything but Latin;
The neighbors look askance and claim
We're starting up a harem;
They cannot see,
No more can we
How Ma can dare to wear 'em."
The borrowed verse, the one above
As it concerns a lady,
Presents a splendid opportunity
To quote these lines from Sadie;
These, days I'd wear a lounging dress
Or a-pair of netted trousers, -
Or any cold air rousers."
THE GEM OF
By DAVID T. SHAV
O COLUMBIA, the gram of tha ocean j
2 Tha horns of the brave and the free,
The shrine of each patriot's devotion.
A world offers homage to thee.
Thy mandates make heroes assemble
When Liberty's form stands in view
Thy banners make tyranny tremble
When borne by the red, white and blue,
When borne by the red, white and blue f
When borne by the red, white and blue
Thy banners make tyranny tremble
When borne by the red, white and blue.
VlfHEN war winged its wide desolation
And threatened our land to deform,
The ark then of Freedom s foundation,
Columbia rode safe through the storm.
With the garlands oi victory around her,
When so proudly she bore her brave orew,
With her flag proudly floating before her,
The boost of the red, white and blue.
pHE wine cup, the wine cup bring hither,
And flU you it true to the brim.
May the wreaths they have won never wither
Nor ths stars of their glory grow dim I
May the service united near sever,
But hold to their colors so true I
The army and navy forever I
otm cneer- xor Uia red, white and blue I
That Russian "drive" always seems to
be pulled off on a circular track. New
The Kaiser imagines that changing the
needle changes the tune, but it will be
the same old record on the same old
machine. Wall Street Journal.
The hum of the threshing ma
chine it heard in every direction,
said hum being sweet music to
the owner of a few acres of grtdn
this year. Threshing is on in
full swing. Yu know the dic
tionary calls its "threshing"
and so does Pauline and Paul
when they come from college,
but "Urashin " sounds more
homelike and more just as it is.
There's lots of fun at "tkrash-
in' " time, in tpite of the work
and dust, and some mighty good
stones are told wfcen the men
and boys are resting or eating
At a thrashin' bee" you didn't
get a thimble full of salad.
wafer, a cup of tea and a tooth
pick, but a big piece of pig or
chicken, potatoes, beans, peas
cabbage, home made bread
jelly, preserves, Jam, cake, pie
and three cups of coffee. But
back to pitching bundles. While
the quantity is not as much as i
could be, still there is a lot of
good grain going into the sacks
Worth its weight in gold, too,
but don't think for a minute that
the farmer has it on anybody.
tie used to come to town and
buy what he needed with
pocketful of silver. Now he has
to bring his check book along
and use it.
OFFICIAL DRAFT LIST
The official draft list from No
to 400 of those in this section is
published elsewhere in this
Monitor. There are but few
changes from the unofficial list
published a few weeks ago.
When the sail for the second
army comas, the boys roust re
spond in the order given in the
lift. If Polk county must fur
nish 100 men, those on the list
from 1 to 100 must report for
service. If out of the hundred.
hfty are exempted, Nos. 101 to
150 will be called upon to fill the
vacancies, and so on until the
required number is obtained.
lhe official list of those who are
above 400 will be published later.
Offers of 33c are now made
for hops but vtry few are letting
go. The spectacular advance in
price has aroused much interest
in how high "she will go" and
what it will be when the buyer
slips around to contract for next
The Portland employment
bureaus are having trouble in
securing enough pickers to meet
the demands. A few growers in
the . Independence district are
anticipating a shortage of pick
ers tho the decreased acreage of
this year makes it possible to
eitimate that if all the "local
talent" gets on the job, a larre
portion of the labor will be
Among those who have re
ceived commissions in the new
army after training at the Pre
sidio for several months are J. S.
Cooper, Jr., with the rank of
second lieutenant and Walter L.
ooze of Dallas and Mark V.
Weatherford of Albany who will
FIERCE FOREST FIRE
If you had been near Black
Rock Sunday, you would have
thought that all the timber in
Polk county would be burned.
Every available man that could
be found was pressed into ser
vice and their efforts finally got
it under control. It was the
worst fire in many years. Six
trestles on the logging road, six
donkey engines, a sseam ditcher,
five Espee cars, six residences
and the commissary and club
houses at Balderee Camp were
John S. Byrd and Miss Cleo
patra Fuller were married last
Sunday at the home of the
bride's sister, Mrs. G. W, Baun,
near Monmouth, Rev. F. M.
The decorations were of ferns
and sweet peas and the bride
wore a blue silk gown with gold
trimmings. Preceding the cere
mony Miss Wilda Fuller sang.
"It's a Beautiful World, My
Mr. and Mrs. Byrd will reside
A SOLDIER'S SWEETHEART SUGGESTS
A young lady makes this sug
gestion and after reading it yo
will think it not only neighborly
but patriotic, and worthy the at
tention of any or all of the
women's organizations in
section. The young lady, who vicinity
expects to be closely related to a
certain young man now in the
army, wants no prominence, and
has asked us not to mention her
name, only give the idea which
you will admit is a splendid one
equally among them all, and
send it to them with this card
attached: "From the mothers,
wives, sisters and sweethearts of
the soldier and sailor boys from
The Monitor would
print the cards, wouldn't you?
f(The Monitor sure would). We
could give an entertainment to
get the money to pay the trans
portation charges. Wouldn't the
Independence boys on a battle-
Now the young lady is talking: ship, in the trenches and in a
"There are now over fifty boys training camp be awfully pleased
from this vicinity in the army to receive this fruit, enough for
and navy and more are going each one to last several weeks,
every week. There are hundreds and wouldn't it be just a lovely
of bushels of fruit here, part of kind at, one that every boy
which is going to waste. If
every woman in this vicinity
would put up two quarts of pre
serves, jam or butter extra, 'long
about Christmas we could gather
it, take our list of soldier and
sailor boys wherever they might
be, missing no one, divide it
would appreciate and be very,
very thankful for? Would it be
too bold for me to suggest that
every woman or girl who would
'put up' two quarts of fruit send
her name to the Monitor on a
MERCHANDISING IN WAR TIMES
, LOCKELEMETI MEETS
; The Lockelemeti Club is hold
ing its annual session this week
far from the crowd and din. Its
entire membership, consisting of
J. V. B. Butler and Georcre
Boothby of Monmouth and Dr.
O. D. Butler of Independence,
answered roll call in the wilds of
Douglas county. While in ses
sion the members discard all
clothing and paint their bodies a
carlet red. Anyone approach
ing within a mile of their ren
dezvous is promptly shot and
every year each member returns
home with a few more notches in
"If I sell a dozen pair of shoes
that cost me three dollars a pair
for four dollars a pair, how
much do I make?" asked a
merchant of a Monitor reporter
yesterday. "Twelve dollars,"
answered the reporter quickly.
"That's what they all say," said
the merchant. "Figures don't
jlie," exclaimed the reporter,
j "They sure do in war times,"
said the merchant, and 1 11
prove it to you. The dozen pair
of shoes sold must be replaced,
don't they?" "They sure do,"
answered the reporter, "if you
expect to remain in business."
While walking along the street
an epileptic dropped in a fit and
was quickly rushed to a hospital.
Upon removing his coat one of
the nurses foud a piece of paper
pinned to the lining, on which
was written: "Tkis is to inform
the house surgeon that this is
just a case of plain fit not ap
pendicitis. My appendix has
already been removed twice."
McMinnville Telephone Regis
"Exactly," said the merchant.
"1 have received $18 for the
shoes sold but to replace them I
must pay $1.25 a pair which not
only wipes out the first profit but
forces me to dig down in the
cash register and find three dol
lars mare to get them back on
my shelf. Besides I have sold
part of those shoes on time and
must wait six months for the
money. This illustrates what
the merchant is up against now."
The reporter had to admit that in
war time "figgers" are not al
ways what they seem.
A POLK COUNTY SHEEP STORY
This is a sheep story and R. C.
Shepard of Spring Valley, Polk
county, about eight miles from
Salem, vouches for its truthful
One year ago Mr. Shepard
owned GO sheep which he valued
at $8 a head. That is he tried to
sell them at this price to a
neighbor, but no deal was made
and he finally let out 35 head on
shares. The fint hapter of this
story is to the effect that Mr.
Shepard had 56 sheep one year
ago, valued at $8 a head, nr a
total of $4 18.
The second chaptes closes the
tory wherein Mr. Shepard sits
down and notes thai in one year's
time, from those 56 sheep, he
now has, after telling $000 worth
of wool and mutton, twenty-five
ewes valued at $12.50 each and
20 lambs worth $9 each or a total
value of $492.50. In other words
he alues his small flock of sheep
at more than its worth one year
ago and at the same time has as
a clear profit $600 for the wool
and mutton sold. And if he
hadn't let the 35 head out on
Bhares the figures would have
been very muck larger lo his
Of course the biir increaiA in
number had much to d with his
profitable transactions. He avn
that his ewes lambed 170 per
cent and that he saved 130 per
cent a remarkable record.
Salem Capital Journal.
James A. Simmons, an invalid
for years, died at his home in
Independence yesterday after
noon. The funeral will be held at the
Baptist church Saturday after
noon at 2 o'clock.
Miss Beatrice Thurston of the
Ellison-White Co., has been in
Independence this week solicit
ing support for a Fall Chautau-
j qua. she is trying to secure the
support of fifty people in guar
janteeingthe three dyg' attraction.
PRISONERS CONTINUALLY FLOWING TO THE REAR
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