The following items were taken from the Dec. 14 through 20, 1913, Examiner.

• Blue Township was recently organized at the Court House in Independence. The enthusiasm for organization work was very fine and nearly every person present became a member of the J.C.A.B. A good live bunch of progressive and energetic farmers were elected as township officers: President, J.D. Hifner; vice president, J.S. Livesay; secretary-treasurer, Boyd Beets; and township representative, Fred A. Stewart.

• Uncle Sam makes an effort to lower the cost of food by issuing a good cookbook. One of the reasons for the high cost of food is the lack of knowledge of the average housewife about the actual cost and value of meat. The “Economical Use of Meat in the Home” cookbook contains more than fifty economical, practical recipes for meat dishes.

• A warranty deed filed for record has pasted upon it revenue stamps as required by the United States government for a few years after the Civil War. The deed was dated September 22, 1869, at which time Uncle Sam was making strenuous efforts to pay up the big debt contracted in settling the Civil War. There are two of these stamps for 25 cents each. The land conveyed by the deed was a 20 acre tract lying between Lee’s Summit and Lone Jack. The consideration was $50 or $2.50 per acre. The same land would probably sell for $100 per acre now.

• The Independence Electric Supply Co. has several electrical gifts available for Christmas: Flash lights, $1; toy motors, $1.25; reading lamps, $4; American Beauty irons, $5; American toasters, $4; American coffee percolators, $9; American hot plates and small stoves, $4.75 to $12.75; Phelps toasters, $2.50; and travelers irons, $4.

– Jillayne Ritchie