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THE UNION COUNTY PAPER EVERYBODY READS IT
PUBLISHED TWICE EACH WEEK TUESDAY AND FRIDAY
"THE UNION COUNTY PAPER EVERYBODY N"SDS IT
VOL. 26. No. 99.
MONROE, N. C, TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1921.
$2.00 PER YEAR CAI
IS STRONG ADYOCATE OF
THE EXPORT CORPORATION
Sheriff Griftltli Says Its IMnw It
lo Get I'M of lite Yellow
FARMERS KEENLY INTER
ESTED IN TRACTOR SCHOOL
FOUR MILLIONS IX STOCK SOLD
Sheriff Johu Griffith, after hearing
former Governor Richard I. Man
ning's address before the cotton con
vent ion at Raleigh last week has be
come a strong advocate of the cotton
"The plan." says the Sheriff. "Is
lo export our yellow cotton to Czecho
slovakia and Germany, where there
is a demand for it, leaving our white
cotton here for home consumption.
Thcie is no market for the yellow
cotton in the United States, yet the
government, in making io ginning
report, makes no distinction between
the yellow ad good white cotton. Nor
is dere any distinction made between
the two grades in the figures an
ituituriiiK the 'carry-ov.'r each year.
The advantage of this to -bear" spec
ulators is tuo obvious for mention.
The thing to do, as is the plan of
the export corporation, is to get the
yellow cotton out of the country, and
"force the domeotic mills to pay a
good premium for our white cotton.
'Over two million dollars worth of
Mock in the corporation has been
sold in South Carolina, and Texas
farmers end business men have taken
an eiiual amount of stock. North
Carolina will also be asked to sub
scribe tor this much stock, payment
to be made in either Liberty Honds
or yellow cotton. Eight per cent on
the Investment is guaranteed.
"Not only will the corporation ex
port cotton, but will extend credit
for its purchase to Germany and the
nations of central Europe. Cotton
will also be exchanged for commodi
ties, particularly potash. In which
Germany has practically a world sup
ply. Nome cotton, two ship-loads, I
think, have already been sent to cen
tral Europe, and I understand that
a handsome prollt will be realiied.
The corporation is not solely de
, signed to give temporary relief to
Southern planters, but will be a per
manent institution. The promoters
sav Its success is assurred, and that
its btnelUs will be wide in their
scope, directly affecting the humblest
"Hut, as Governor Manning said,
the export corporation, or anything
else, will not help the farmer who
does not 'live at home.' The men
wln plant nothing but cotton will he
out of the game altogether, sooner
DEATH OF Mll J. I). MrKAE
After Short Illness Prominent Wo
man Passed Away TIU Morning;
Mrs. J. I. .McUae died this morn
ing at two o'clock at her home on
ll.t: ne street, i-iie had been ill about
two weeks with pneumonia and a
c -omplii ."ion o:' other liiMUsos, ami
her death was not unexpected, her
family realiziii ; l:is .-'aiutilay that
thcie was no h'ipe for her recovery.
At T.'i.cM'meut for the fuiural have
no; 1. "ii t: ;'.(!e. Imt It is understood
that it will be held some thin- tuinor
rov. The deceased was a daughter
of the late-Win. E. Hun. and was
tibout Oil years old. She was !. n in
Anson county, where her father was
one of the lending and most influen
tial citizen? in his day. Mr. and Mrs.
McRae moved to Monroe about 30
years ago. Surviving Mrs. McUae
live her husband, and the follow In?
children: Mr. Thurman McRae of
Nov York. Mrs. Albert Miller or Al
lan!:", and Miss Oulda and Mr. David
McUae of Monroe.. She also leaves
three sisters and two bro'lir. They
are: Mrs. Mnttie Candy of Society
Hill, S. C; Mrs. Haltie McCall of
Monroe; Mrs. YV. P. Kendall of Indi
an Trail. Mr. Y. W. Horn of Winston
Salem, and Mr. H. H. Horn of Char
lotte. Mrs. .McRae Joined the
Methodist church In childhood and
lias since been a faithful and conslnt
ent member. She was a devoted
A Number of Imminent Fanners nnl
Other Interested in Power I anii
iiiK Will Attend.
Judging from inquiries and state
ments made by a number of (immi
nent farmers and other interested
in power farming, the trac.or school
to be held by the Iire'nattoual llai
vesttr Company of Aiaerica in the
Chamber of Commerce ioous, Mon
roe, N. C., n Thimday, Friday rnd
Saturday, January 20th. 21st, and
2:Jnd is an event in which the farm
ers are keenly interested.
The subject of power farming Is
being consid-M-el jy rhc. modem
farmer more a.ii moi- each day. and
he realizes the importance of under
standing his engine or his tractor
thoroughly. This accounts for the
keen interest displayed.
The Associated Implement Com
pany, International dealers in Mon
roe, who have sold a large number
of tractors in Union county, and who
are co-operating in holding the
school, are expecting a large attend
ance of farmers from the county, and
a number of fanners are expected
from adjouling counties.
A large attendance is also expected
at the schools to be held at Lincoln
ton, January 24-26, lloyle Implement
Co., co-operating; Salisbury January
31-February 2. Salisbury Hdw. &
Kuril. Co., co-operating; Lexington,
February 3-5, D. A. Shoaf & Son co
operating; Winston-Salem, February
T-!, Brown-Rogers Co., co-operating;
Greensboro, February 10-12, M. G.
Newell Co., co-operating; Burlington,
February 14-16. K. A. Coble Hdw.
ATTACKS 'TOP-SOIL IDEA;
REPLIES TO NOYUS HOMO
Senator lrice Says Fanner Have
Itot-n Missing a Good Thing for
The News or Corinth.
Monroe, It. F. D. 5. Jan. 17. Rev.
C. H. Martin will preach at Corinth
church next Sunday at 11 o'clock. .
Mr. W. A. Griftin, who farmed In
Mecklenburg county last year, has
moved back to his old place In this
Mr. llroadus Usher has sold his
farm to Mr. M. 11. Richardson, and
lias rented a place from Mr. G. W.
Chambers, near Matthews, and will
move to It Tuesday.
Miss Deulab Iiurgess of this neigh
borhood and Mr. Will Deese of Bu
ford township were married recently
at the home of the officiating magis
trate, Esq. J. P. Rogers.
In looking over the 1921 calendar,
your correspondent finds that Janua
ry Is the only month of the year con
taining five- Sundays and Are Satur
days. Corporal John If. Hannah, who is
in tho Walter Heed hospital at Wash
ington, receiving tieatment for
wounds received in France, broke a
bone in his leg the other day when
he accidentally slipped, falling to the
lloor. He Ib getting ulong line, how
over, and is expected home on a fur
lough some time in February.
We notice In The Journal that the
union meeting of the Union Baptist
Association will be held at Corinth
church, Jan. 23 and 30. We wish to
;nli to this item that dinner will be
served on the grounds. Rev. A. C.
j Sherwood is expected to preach hero
in Siiii. lav at 11 o'clock.
DEFENDS LEGISLATIVE RECORD
TU.ns.Wi S OF CHINESE
I IVIN.i ON DRIED GRASS
M.inv Parents Ar.- Selling Their
Children to rociire Food, So Ter
rible the Fnmiiic.
The l; mine In northern China Is a
terrible calamity. Thirty million
people nt lea"! are affected by the
scarcity of food, and thousands die
daily from starvation or disease.
Missionaries in that region report
that the poorest people have literally
nothing to eat except the dried grass
of the Held and that parents are glad
to sell their children for a small sum,
in order to save them from starva
tion and to ,buy a little fnod for
themselves. It is a sad demonstration
of the Inevitable results of overpop
ulation, a condition that must bear
its share of the blame for the war
that has devastated Europe. Misled
by the temporary abundance of land
In mir hamlunhuM and I ha aitvniira
mother, evsr loyal to her friends, and i , producton that machinery has
n good neighbor.
To the Voter mimI Tax Payers of t'n
Wc are advised that a meeting has
been called lor Saturday, the 2Ctl-,
Instant, at 11 o'clock at the court
house, and that said :niM;n-; Is for
the purpose of discussing the road
This Is a very vital and Important
matter and we r.lneeroly hop that
the courthouse will w packed and
Jammed to such an extent that the
' Shirt tails and toe nails" will Hick
out if the windows. We not only
will have a full and detailed report of
all receipts and disbursements, 'but a
general report and recommendations
that will be Interesting.
We hope that Messrs. Ezzell and
Limerick, our two representatives
now in Raleigh, will attend this meet
ing. Some Implications, Imputations,
and false reports which have been
circulated, will be refuted by facts
The great question of roads Is of
as much Import s the low price of
farm products and the prevalent un
precedented depression in all lines of
Industry. Union County Road Com
mission, W. C. Heath, Chairman.
Thonia Melglmn Coming
A prime favorite with motion pic
ture fans Is Thomas Melehaii. who
made possible, the world has turned
up Its nose at Malthus and his phil
osophy prematurely so, for, given
time enough, the facts are reasonably
sure to bear him out.
Over Inflation of Prices In Monroe.
To the Editor of The Journal:
One can't help but wonder how the
prices of food stuffs, gasoline, cold
drinks and In fact most everything
stays as high as during the war while
the same commodities are cheaper In
every other city and town in the
For Instance, gasoline is 34 cents
l:i Monroe and 32 In every other
town In the State. Coca-Colas sell
for eight cents here and six cents In
every other city and town In the
South. Lard sells for $2.00 here and
$1.40 In Charlotte. Creamery butter
Is 70 and 75 cents here and 69 cents
In Charlotte and other places. Com
pound lard Is 20 cents here and 14
cents In other towns. Canned goods
tire much higher here than other
One could stand the high (axes
here in view of the fact that we have
so many Improvements to show for
them but there Is no foundation for
the continued inflation of prices here
aud It is an open secret that many of
our citizens are ordering their food
stuffs from Atlanta, Charlotte, and
cveu from smaller places near here.
will appear in the Strand Theatre on ! would like very much to. hear an
Wednesday in his latest Paramount nm-wer to this article from anyone
Marring vehicle. "Contad In Quest of i felling the nbove things mentioned
His Youth." Margaret Loomls plays for the time for profiteering has
oprosite the star. I passed. Citizen.
To the Editor of The Journal:
"Novus Homo" Is right when he
said in his article that he was of the
opinion that I was partly responsible
for the revaluation act and the road
law. This act on my part does not
mean that cither of them are cor
rect. When I err I am always will
ing and ready to acknowledge my er
rors. Yes I was on the job at Ral
eigh at all times; my record there is
an open book for any and every one
to see. I acted in all matters as I
thought for the best. I thpught then
and believed the revaluation act was
right. I think all property should be
placed on the tax hooks at its true
cash value. I so stated this fact In
my former article aud if "Novus''
had read my article carefully as he
should he would have seen just what
1 said. It Is the administration of the
law that I am up in arms about.
When I was supporting the measure
in the senate how in the diuah could
I tell who was going to administer or
how the law was going to bo admin
istered. ! admit I am not as far
sighted as "Homo" is. "Homo" fur
ther said that "it seems" that I did
not become aroused till I went to pay
my tax. You are wrong here "Ho
mo" and here you let your mouth go
off agsin without being Informed. I
became "aroused," if you wish to
term my actions .is being aroused,
last summer and went before the
board lo get my assesnient lowered
but failed to a great extent.- I knew
then my land was unjustly assessed
and condemned the assessment. I
knew then my taxes would be high
and dreaded to pay them. There Is
hardly a landowner in the county but
knows that land in this county is not
justly and equitably assessed and that
mo" and here let your mouth go off
again without being informed. I be
came "aroused," if you wish to term
my actions as being aroused, last
summer and went before the board
to get my assessment lowered but
failed to a great extent. 1 knew then
my land was unjustly assessed aud
condemned the assessment. I knew
then my taxes would be high and
dreaded to pay them. There is hard
ly' a land owenr in the county but
knows that land Is this county is not
justly equitably assessed and that
land Is unjustly bearing the burden
of tax. If 1 help do a thing and later
si".' that it Is not properly ailinlnis-
itere.l is no reason that I should close
liny mouth to the fact; but on the
I contrary I should put forth every c f
jfort to correct any error that I have
-committed or helped to commit. This
I am doing and shall contiue to do as
ln; as I live in nil matters, "Novus
I Homo'' to the contrary liotwiihstaml
; In :. 1 am not a rich man by any
means as he Indicates, neither have I
rich- lands. I am a common farmer
anil have honestly made what little I
have under many adverse circum
stances. I. like the great majority of
farmers and landowners, have been
put to It nt limes, hut by em rsy anil
grjm determination partially succeed
ed. And that W why we who have
succeeded to a certain extent do not
wish our property or the proceeds of
our hard earned land confiscated as
i Is being done under a good law
but Improperly administered. The tax
commission sees the mistakes that
have been mnde and In Its report to
the governor asks that a remedy be
given. Gov. Dickett sees and knows
the mistakes and the unjust admin
istration of the same and in his mes
sage calls attention to some and aslft
that the tax books be made to speak
iho truth. If my land is assessed twice
too high then I am paying a $1.20
rate and not a 60 cents rate. If It Is
assessed at one-half more than Its val
ue then I am paying 90 cents and not
60 cents. Any darn fool can see this
and can surely see or anticipate what
I am driving at. It Is no trouble to
get to the true value of personal
property as there Is almost a fixed
market value on same and especially
is this so when It conies to cash,
notes, stocks, bonds, etc. But on land
there Is not a fixed market price.
There Is hardly two tracts or percels
of land In the same community that
will bring the same price either at a
public or private sale. These are
farts and 1 defy contradiction. And
again I want to say here in passing
that all farming land should be as
sessed at a value fixed upon the pro
ductive qualities of that land. Land
that produces one-fourth bale of cot
ton to the acre should not be assessed
at ns much as land that produces
one-half or one or two bales of cot
ton per acre. I think now Is the time
while the legislature Is ia session to
become aroused as there Is some
changes In the machinery of the
law that should be remedied. The
Farmers Union of the county In called
session at Waxhaw (as 1 notice In the
Waxhaw Enterprise) expressed them
selves In fine lanuguage which should
be read by every fanner and business
man In the county. This article
reads as follows:
Farmer' Union TCesolution
"The Farmers' Union of the coun
ty met In called session at Waxhaw
last Monday for the purpose of con
sidering the much agitated road and
tax questions. There was a preat deal
of discussion, a noticeable degree of
warmth being developed, the discus
sions finally culminating in the r"
polntment of a committee to fra v.ic
MARSEILLE MAN GIYEN
THE RADIUM TREATMENT
1W. Roy A. .Marsh in - lbiliimore
IJoCspiUil willi ery Distress,
A STATE roTAIU I.AKY
I KG ED I IDX I.K.II.ATl RE
COMMUNITY MEETING IS IIEIJ
Marshville, Jan. 17. Mr. Oscar
Bowman, one of Uncle Sam's efficient
mail carriers of Marshville, had a
very annoying accident when he start
ed forth on his route Friday morn
ing. A bridge inside the incorporate
limits of the town had been washed
completely away by the down pour of
rain, and when Mr. Bowman attemp
ted to drive across the small branch
his Ford plunged its nose completely
under the water, elevated its hind
wheels on the bank and gave up the
struggle. Mules were pressed into
service to drag the car from it3 pre
carious position, and quite a quantity
of water was found in it. Dr. Blair's
car had to be extricated from tho
same branch the following morning.
Friends over the county of Mr. Roy
A. Marsh will be interested to know
that he underwent a very serious op
eration in Johns llopkiu's hospital
on last Monday lor the removal of
tumor on the brain. When the inci
sion was made however, It was found
that the tumor had became so deeply
embedded that its removal by the
knife would be very unwise, so the
attending physicians have decided to
give Mr. Marsh the radium treatment
in hope that he may be prevented
from having any further trouble.
Mr. Marsh has been superintendent
of the Kutherfordton school for sev
eral years and ranks among the fore
most high school teachers in the
state. He was married on last Au
gust to Miss Bessie Mae Hallman of
Marshville. Mr. and Mrs. Marsh
have a number of friends over the
state who will regret to learn of Mr.
Marsh's distressing illness, and hope
that his recovery may be complete.
He and Mrs. Marsh will remain in
Baltimore for some time. Mrs. J. F.
Hallman, Mr. E. E. Marsh and Rev.
A. Marsh who have been In Baltimore
with them for a wek have returned.
The second meeting of the recent
ly organized community club was
held on Wednesday afternoon at the
Presbyterian church. Miss Eunice
Watson presided over the meeting,
and read the by-laws of the organi
zation .which were unanimously ap
proved and adopted. It was decided
to hold two meetings a month; one
in the afternoon for business transac
tions, and the other to be held at
night when all citizens of the town
can be present. The programs of
these public meetings bid fair to be.
unusually Interesting; various sub
jects relative to community welfare
will be taken up from time to time
and treated from a profititble stand
point to nil. Dues of ten rents per
month will be taken as membership
offering nnd the funds Used for the
benefit of the town. The first tneet
ii i to be held for the general public,
wili be a sort nf get together affair.
The purpose of the club will be set
forth in interesting, short and snappy
speeches by some Jf our local orator-;.
Music will le furnished by the
iii'i -ic department of th.' school, both
mi il ami instrumental under the di
ii'i'ion of Mrs. F. W. A-hcraTt and
Mi-s Rachel llayues. while Mrs. J. S.
Ha '.Toll's expression class w ill give
sol io humorous readings. The date
w ill be .innotined soon, so watch for
it ;.nd be prepared to come and tive
tliis worthy organization n boost. Tho
ch: mic kickers and conscienlious-ob-Jectors
- to - all - things - progressive
please stay at home;
Mr. Talmage Austin has returned
home after a week's visit north.
Concluded on Page 8.
Whigalc. People to Arkunsas.
Wingate, Jan. 17. Mr. M. D. New
some, Mrs. J. K. Bivens, Mis. J. P.
Griffin and Mrs. Laura Bivens, with
several others left last Wednesday
for Arkansas to visit relatives and
to i.'o sight-seeing.
Mr. Hugh Helms, who has been
sun Ting from an attack of pneu
monia, Is Improving fast.
Mrs. E. C. Snyder of Monroe, pres
ident of the Red Cross of Wingate,
met with some of the members last
Wednesday afternoon to decide In
what way to dispose of the money the
Red Cross had In the bank. It was
decided to send It to the Baptist Mis
sionary Board to be sent to the needy
Mrs. Daisy Thomas who has been
right sick for sometime Is improving
Messrs. Clegg Vaughn and Mr.
Sam Perry botn seniors of the Win
gate high school went to Monroe last
Saturday and stood an examination
for mail clerk.
Mr. B. D. Austin is suffering from
an attack of pneumonia, but his con
dition Is somewhat improved.
Miss Georgle Dean of Marshville
was the guest of Miss Mary Bivens
Mr. Clyde Bivens visited his moth
er, Mrs. Minnie Bivens; last week.
Misses Eva and Llna Webb of the
Wingate high school spent the week
end with their parents at Wadesboro.
Miss Bess Bogan of Chatlotle Is
spending a few- days with her par
ents. Mr. and Mrs. Y. M. Bogan.
Mr. Hugh Smith of Raleigh visited
the high school last Saturday. He
made an Interesting talk to the stud
ents. The students always welcome
Mr. C. M. Perry ts suff 'ring from
a V 't v se vere at lack of pneumonia.
M.." Charlie Mclntyre of the United
States navy Is visiting his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Mclntyr?. Scout.
Organization Wanted in StipiMtrt Fed.
ei-ul Prvhioitioii Agent., in Nup.
Organization of a state constabu
lary to support the fedeial prohibi
tion aud county authorities in sup
pressing the widespread manufacture
jof liquor in North Carolina will be
j urged at the present session of the
North Carolina general assembly, it
has been learned.
Federal authorities admit that the
job has grown too big for the limited
staff of forty-six federal agents now
employed in this state.
The annual report to William
Brame, prohibition agent, by H. C.
Gulley. chief of the North Carolina
division, declaies that a conservative
estimate would show an increase of
a hundred per cent in illicit distill
ing in the state during the past year.
Illicit distilleries captured number
4,668 and the number of men and
women arrested niimbeied 2,317,
two-ihirds of the number being taken
by federal agents.
"We are not able to take care of
the complaints that are made lo our
department, said Mr. Gulley. "The
rural population of North Carolina
is Infested with violators of the pro
hibition laws and in some communi
ties it is very serious."
During the past year '8.257 gal
lons of contraband liquor were seized
by federal agents and half that quan
tity by the sheriffs of the various
counties. Federal agents seized 13,
405 fertnenters, 2 l.t 5U gallons of
apple cider, 4,450 gallons of mo
lasses. 3.070 pounds of sugar and
1,048,264 gallons of beer. Forty-six
horses and 91 automobiles were seiz
ed and sold at public auction.
The total value of the property
seized and not destroyed was $65,
047 and the value of property seized
and destroyed was placed at $412,
947.. Taxes and penalties assessed
against violators of the law totalled
$1,153,181, which does not include
the penalties imposed by county au
thorities. The cost of adniitiistiation
in the state was placed at $150,000
leaving the federal government a net
prof.t of $1,074,238,
J. W. Kowell In Hulcigh.
Wingate, Jan 17. Prof. J. Henry
HigliHiuith, state inspector of high
schools, paid a visit to the schools
here last week. Saturday morning,
he conducted the opening exercises
at the high school and delivered on
of the best lectures on "Life" that has
been given during this session. The
purpose of his visit was to lay plans
for the organizing of a teacher train
ing class here to aid students who
expect to teach in the public schools.
We learn that the plans have not
been fully completed but it is a line
undertaking anil would materially
help in raising the number of teach
ers for the county.
Rev. J. W. Howell, assistant grand
bctnrer, for the Grand Lodge ol
Masons of the State left this morn
ing lor Raleij.li to iiitl-iid tin- annual
session ol tin' grand lodge. The board
of custodians and lectltreis nice!
Monday and Tuesday before tin
opening session of the grand lodge at
seven o'clock Tuesday evening.
Mr. 0. W. Vnughan is supplying at
the Snyder school while Mr. Kowell
liishep Darlington, who was io
preach and dedicate at tho Methodist
church here Sunday afternoon tailed
to arrive on account of sickness in
his family and will come at a later
date lor this service.
Rev. Mr. Edwards, the pastor
preached an excellent sermon or.
"Prayer" at the Sunday hour.
Wingate Telephone company suf
fered some loss by the Ice the past
week and communication has been
, cut off to some extent but will soon
l.e repaired and in good order.
Our jovial doctor reports that the
health of our people Is good. Only a
few mild cases of grippe. Refro.
CHINESE GIRL BABIES
THROWN TO THE WOLVES
Union County Roy W rites of Horrible
sight That He Vitnesfl in
Che too, China.
Mr. Green Seeks Some Information.
To tho Editor of The Journal:
The "movement" to place the Regis
ter of Deeds and the Sheriff back on
the fee basis seems to be getting up
as much speed as itoss-ible with the
exceedingly limited motive power
that Is behind it.
May I ask who is interested in this
"movement" and who expects to
prollt by lt
Ate the salaries of the Sheriff and
Register of Deeds too small to pay
them for the services rendered? If
so, why did they seek these posi
tions? Will the reactionaries who are fur
nishing the motive power for this
"movement" also ask that the office
of County Treasurer be re-established
on the commission basis? If we
are going to re-act why not make a
complete Job of It? J. Z. Green.
THOMAS MKK.IIW A
NEW lONCE DE LEON
He Discovers That Hie Fnhlcd Foun
tain Docti Not Insure Youth, Hut
That Heal love keeps One Young.
Thomas Meighan does the Ponce
de Leon stunt in the new William De
Mille production. "Conrad In Quest
of His Youth," which comes to the
Strand theatre Wednesday. Mr. Mei
ghan plavs the title role, and he finds
that the secret of youth lies not in
'the fabled fountain, nor the elixir for
which scientists have been experi
mciitl'i? for the past centuries. bit In
love. This story by Leonard Merrick
has provided Mr. Meighan with one
of the most pleasing photoplays In
jwhieh he has been si cai in some time.
I FILVN k PLVI.KR IS IN" SIBERIA
Mineral Springs. Jan. 17. In a
letter received hero by his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. Plyler. Mr.
Fiank Plyler relates a horrible scene
that he witnessed in Chefoo, Japan,
while there on a furlough. It was
hundreds of bodies of Chinese girl
babies thrown into & canon .whre,
when he saw the place, they had been
hall-devoured by wolves. That part
of China is now in the midst of a
great famine, and the parents say
that they are unable to procure food
for all of their children, so they slay
the girl babies.
Mr. Piyler is stationed on the U.
S. S. Albany, at Vladivostok, Rus
sia. Since calistod in the navy in
August, 1919, lie has made several
i rips lo Japan. Chinca nnd the Phil
lipines. On his last trip to China,
lie was given a live-day furlough to
visit Pekin, the capital of China. He
h' now spending his second winter
in Siberia. Mr. I'lvler's leMer res.U
"Dear folks at home:
"Just a few lines tonight to let
you know I am still O. K.
"I had four letters from you all
yesterday, nnd you bet I was glad to
"We have been working for the
past week, taking on coal and sup
plies. We were to leave here to
morrow, but the Helena, the ship
that was on her way to relieve us,
lost one of her propellers in a storm
and had to put in at Nagasaki for
repairs. So we may be here for some
time. I was very much disappointed,
for I am anxious to leave here. It
Is so cold now our desks can't be
scrubbed. The water freezes as fast
as It leaves the hose.
"Everything Is very unsettled here
now. We are not allowed to go
ashore after five p. in. The Vladi
vostok government is expected to go
bolshevik. It it does the Japs are
going to take over the city and there
Is likely to be trouble. Sometimes I
wish something would happen. It
Is so dull here.
"Say, mania, you asked me to tell
you something about these people.
The preater part of the Chinese are
illiterate. They work hard but are
dirty and filthy. Every Chinese port
we go to you will see the Sampans,
Chinese boats, around the ship pick
ing up scraps of hi end or anything
else to eat. They fight to get to the
slop chutes where we throw the
scraps from our table. Of course,
fomc of them are well educated, and
wealthy. They are dean and dress
like civilize. 1 people. 1 ay iivili:.ed
for the greater part of them are lust
in a state of seiiii-civilia1 1 m. Vhry
have a great fancy for bright "Oiots
and their cloihes sure look odd. In
the Middle anil I wer clas.-es, the
ladies, I if you want to call thorn
that I wear pants and a kind of
jacket. The nun wear p:i::ts wl'.h
enormous le'.'s, the neat of them
hanglnff to their knees.
"Their houses are of all kinds of
wood, stone, brick, mud, bamboo,
reeds and rushes. In the interi r the
fanners live mostly in mud houses.
If they had any tools some of them
would be good farmers.
"There is a lot of difference In
the Japs and Chinese. On an r.umgo
the Japs ars much smaller than The
Chinks, ind as a rule arc much bel
ter educated and more inclined to
modern dress. Like the Chinks, a
lot of them worship idols. But to go
back to the Chinks, they have some
of the most horrible looking 'dols
at all, and some are fine spec, mena
of wood carving and sculpturing. In
some of the Umlhist Temples' at
Peking I saw their Gods. Thev have
a god for everything a god of love,
of fire, of water, of war, of peace,
and many, many others.
"You asked about the missionaries.
There are some in almost every port,
but I can't tell anything touch abod
their work for we are never at one
pott long enough.
"About fifteen miles from Chefoo
Is a gorge or canyon. Tliere you may
see the most horrible dght. it is a
pile of the partly ''alei! bodies of
little girl babies that were thrown
in there by their parents. They
claim they can't support them and
throw them away for the wolves to
eat. Believe me they are some
wolves too. A hunch of them came
near us one day when we were on a
hike. They were long, lean, hungry
"The Russians live and dress like
others. Of course n winter they wear
furs and most all of the men wear
"What is (he trouble with the
price of cotton? Surely the price
will soon be better.
"I must stop for this time, write
often. As ever, Frank."
Margaret Loomls plays opposite the
Curd of Thanks.
We desire to express our sincere
thanks to these who were so kind
and rynipathetlc to us during the
sickness and death of the wife of
John A. MeCollum. The McCoIlum
"My dear," remonstrated her hus
band, "don't you cook much more for
dinner than we can use?"
"Of course." retorted his wife. "If
I didn't ho- could I economize on