The following items were taken from the Dec. 21 through 27, 1913, Examiner.

* Preliminary arrangements are being made for the organization of a new bank at Sibley. The capital stock will be $10,000, and practically all the stock has been subscribed. The stationery and a new safe have been ordered, and it is the expectation of stockholders to have the bank open for business about the first week in January.

* There is an unprecedented rush of package business at the post office. Nothing like such a tidal wade of Christmas packages, it is safe to say, was ever seen at the post office before. This is due, mainly, to the establishment of the parcels post system during the past year. Last Christmas you could not send by mail a package weighing more than 4 pounds, now you can send packages weighing up to 50 pounds.

* The fame of Independence as an o’possum center, owing to the five consecutive annual o’possum hunts and dinners, has spread from sea to sea. From Kern County, Cal., there came a letter addressed to the “Secretary of the Board of Trade,” Independence, Mo. There being no such functionary in this town, the letter was turned over to E.C. Herrington, secretary of the Commercial Club. The letter said: Do “possums” come under your jurisdiction? If so will you please hand this to some one who will let me know if they will ship me two “possum” by express, C.O.D. A prompt answer requested.

* It was decided that the city of Independence has no right to sell a tree that may be standing in a public street, even if the city is badly in need of cash, and the tree is very much desired by buyers of logs. The matter started a week ago when Councilman William Peters told the council that an Independence buyer of logs had offered to buy the tree if the city would sell it.

– Jillayne Ritchie