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HILLSBORO, HIGHLAND CO., O., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 1886.
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X. O. BMITH, Clerk.
And His Weekly Batch of Pi.
A Talo of Jackthompson Bow in
Two Chapters A Cariosity
A Momentous Question
Our New Opera
What An Eye.Wltness Says of Gasper
Collins' Heroic Charge Only
The scriptural injunction to let ho
that is without sin among you cast the
first stone has most undoubtedly been
well, at least, seriously disregarded. It
is a matter of congratulation that the
people of the city have the courage to
refrain from casting more atones. When
a wrong hasbeen righted in good spirit,
and that in tho face of popular preju
dice, where many a person would hare
failed from lack of courage, it is something
deserving of praise. When an attempt
is made 'to undo a right thus 'done, the
persecutor is more deserving of censure
than had he made n charge tolehj for
the purpose of persecution, and with
tho full knowledge of its untruthfulness.
There resides in this city a youthful
sport who, though a great hunter, is not
remarkable as a marksman, and who is
always glad to see something to blaze
away at. There also resides on Jack
thompson Row an estimable lady who,
one day last month, discovered a strange,
white bird resting, as if after a long
flight, upon a topmost bough of a large
tree that grows right in he center of
the beautiful reservoir that was so scien
tifically and artistically constructed up
on paper four or five years ago. This
reservoir or lake is just south of the
fill in the old uncompleted railroad line,
and near Jackson Springs, opposite and
a little above the colored school build
ing. Tho lady looked again, and was
convinced that it was certainly a bird,
and she called the attention of numer
ous neighbors to it. There it was.
When the wind blew it lazily flapped
Its "sail-like wings," as if about to fly
again, and then the lookers-on from the
various back yards along the Row dodged
behind the trees that they might not
frighten it until the youthful sport and
bis (t)rusty gun could be found. One
old-roeidetrtor stldit was a white" pagle
that had visited the treo every spring
for the past eighteen years, and declared
that he had often spoken about its visits.
Another lady was laughed at when she
suggested that it might be a wild goose.
Another resident of the neighborhood
(who had been as far west as Missouri)
said it was a white pheasant, and that
frequently while hunting along the
Missouri river he had bagged dozens and
dozens like it. He could tell by the way
it flopped its wings. Of course he was
not to be laughed at, but when he had
told his lie and vanished another of the
group wanted to bet that it was a crane.
"Yes, sir, a white sand-hill crane why,
sir, Ie seen them on Bayou Lafourche
in Louisiana in countless numbers.
Neck ? Why, man alive, they draw their
necks and legs in when they light on a
tree," and he turned up his nose at "the
ignorance of aome folks." Meanwhile
an urchin had been dispatched for the
youthful sport, who soon arrived, breath
less, but eager for fresh honors. He
was out of powder, but ran post-haste
up town and secured the article, and was
proceeding to load when it was found
that his supply of shot was about ex
hausted. So the eager throng waited
until he ranup to John Matthews' after
some shot. Then, with loaded 'piece,
and perspiration trickling down his
spinal column, he went down past Cass
Wright's and over into the field where
the reservoir is nix, and strode down to
ward the monarch of the wood. Soon
after the watchers on the Row, who
were holding their ears, awaiting the
discharge of the gun, saw him return
with a sad, disgusted look upon his face,
and when he got near enough to answer
their many inquiries he told them that
the white object wasn't a new ornitho
logical specimen at all ; it was simply a
newspaper that a playful March whirl
wind had placed there.
Then there was a tableau, fter which
the crowd slowly and silently dispersed.
The old residenter has since casually're
marked that he knew all along that it
wasn't an eagle ; be was only joking.
The youug man who had been as far
west as Missouri refuses to talk of
pheasants, and he who had wooed soli
tude along tho shores of Bayou La
fourche holds his peace as becometh one
who has nothing to say ; while it would
be dangerous to mention a "strange
white bird" to certain elderly ladies of
Jackthompson Row. It was the Naws
Hsbald as ever at tbe top. Selah.
(Not by Bob Burdette.)
I didn't write that Nsws-Hbbald.
Barren No. 2 set it that way instead ot
following copy. I add this to prevent
the Enquirer or Columbus DUpatch from
getting smart and referring to the fact
that there wasn't any Nxws-Huuu in
Perhaps no. calling In lifo is recraited
frem more di-sraat classes of sooiety
than It that of the barat cork asuwtrsl.
Hadyoa btM abto to overtook the fct
en of the members ot the company t t
appeared on our boards Saturday night,
you would have found, most likely, law
yers, physicians, ministers, and why
not? in all probability some draymen,
stone masons, or even politicians. As a
rule tho minstrel ia of good family and
well-educated. At all events he is not
necessarily an outlaw. Sometimes he
wears diamonds and sometimes he don't.
He don't wear celluloid cuffs because
they are cheap, but because they are
easier kept clean than lii.en, and he
don't wear the silk hat because ho pre
fers it or thinks it the most becoming to
his style of beauty, but becauso the
manager requires it. When the flowers
bloom in the spring, tra la, ho will go
home to his wife and little ones or live
at the expense of "the old man" during
Tom Feasley, principal comedian with
the Home Minstrels, is an old friend of
mine that is, we've shared tho accom
modations of Texas (so-called) hotels to
gether, and Bohemanized together
among the one-night stands in Arkan
sas and Indiana, and other states and
territories too numerous to mention.
Tom is a son-in-law of old Irving, a fa
mous comedian of the Madison Square
forces, and a brother-in-law of McDowell,
the 'superb leading nian with Fanny
Davenport's "Feodora" company. Tom
is the husband of a beautiful and ac
complished little lady and (although yeu
may not have guessed it) the fond and
doting father of a pair of little Peasley's.
He is probably the most successful imi
tator of Geoige Wilson (of Barlow &
Wilson) now before the public, and
"the genial" (that's what he used to call
me) is glad to note his success in the
much misunderstood field of sable com
edy. Those fond of the curious mav see at
this office a copy of the Cherokee Advo
cate, published at Talequah, Indian Ter
ritory, which I have preserved as a
souvenir of my tour through "the Na
tion" last fall. Three pages are printed
in English and the other in Cherokee,
using the characters invented by that
Cadmus of the children of the forest
Sequoyah, or, as he is better remember
ed, George Guess. The sheet is well
edited and would be a good example in
many ways for tho emulation of the
The silver question and Chinese in
demnity are of no consequence, but the
world waits in breathless anxiety 'for
the Capitol City to settle the question as
to whether or not it is right to read
" 'Ostler Joe." And' strange to say, as
soon an Mrs. J. Brown Potter's ability to
make blooded society blush became so
well known a number of rival theatrical
managers made haste to try to secure
her to star in -various society dramas,
and offered her salaries in proportion to
her rare abilities. So, should she ever
desire to become an actress she will
have no trouble in securing an engage
ment, and few people have had more
free advertising. And the row that has
been kicked up by her recitation of
"'Ostler Joe" may also result in making
Washington society less economical in
the matter of dress materials, and as
that will give the mills more work to do,
the country will be benefited consider
ably thereby. Set 'em up agin.
The new opera house, which Joe Clif
ton, of the Myrtle Ferns Combination,
announced as going to be immediately
erected in this city, will be of Wahsatch
granite, and the interior will be frescoed
by artists from Italy. The stage will be
00 feet wide by 118 feet deep and the
proscenium arch will be GO feet high.
There will be a circle of private boxes
around the balcony, gallery and orches
tra circle, and the chairs in the parquet
will be of mahogany, upholstered with
silk, and the entire seating capacity will
be 4160. The contracts are not yet let,
but soon will bo. (As the project will
probably never get any further than on
paper, we may as well boom her up
great, and make neighboring villages
jealous.) There's no mistake about it
When Hillsboro capitalists talk of build
ing there can be no such word as
An interesting account of the fatal
fight at Platte Bridge and the death of
heroic Caspar Collins, written by an
eye-witness, J. Matt Long, who was a
member of the same regiment, appeared
in the West Union New Era, of March
10, from which I take tbe liberty to clip
the following description of that almost
unparallelled exhibition of bravery and
heroism. He writes: "Over the river a
fight was going on between a wagon
train and the Indians, and there being
no way to cross only by a narrow bridge,
probably twelve feet wide and some 2500
in length, there could be but few men
pass over without great danger to them
selves and horses ; and what were there
did not care to go over. There only
looked to be from where we stood about
one hundred Indians ; and we could not
estimate how many train men for they
had corralled their teams to make forti
fications to protect themselves. And
now came orders from Col. Walker that
some one m'ust go to the relief of those
men. He ordered a captain from his
own regiment to take twenty-five men
aad go, but he refused to go, and he or
dered a lieutenant to go, but all bis or
ders seemed fruitless. No one wanted
to cross that bridge. Then he said, 'I
will ask the youngest officer in camp to
go,' calling to the-bravest boy that ever
straddled a horse, Lieutenant Caspar
Collins, 'Lieutenant, will you take twenty-five
men and cross that bridge and
make tho charge on thoso Indians?'
(which wore then almost at the north
end of the bridge.) 'If you can roust
them and drive them back I will imme
diately send more men over to assist
you.' Collins' reply was : 'I will try,
Colonel.' Calling the men that had
been detailed they fell in line on their
horses. Although pale, they looked
firm. Collins at the same time ordered
his servant to bring his horse. Tho
First Lieutenant remonstrated with him
and urged him not to go, but to no pur
pose. I can yet boo him standing there,
like a statue. Not a muscle twitched,
nor were there any indications of fear
on his countenance. He never moved
until he put his foot in the stirrup to
mount his horse. 'Boys,' he said, 'fol
low me,' and led the way across the
bridge. AVhen half-way across the In
dians discovered tho coming soldiers,
and, giving a war whoop, attempted to
stop them before they could get out of
tho bridge, but Collins, with ono wave
of the hand, made a rush for them and
they scattered to the four winds. But
in a few minutes some 2000 Indians
came rushing over the bluff, and before
aid could be started they had the bravo
men surrended and the bridge block
aded, and in less than ten minutes after
there could be seen no trace of Lieuten
ant Collins or his men. The last seen
of the brave lieutenant he had his bridle
rein in his teeth, and a navy revolver in
each hand, firing right and left.
He died as heroes die, and of the men
who followed him only two were found
alive, they being mortally wounded
and dying in a few hours." And tho
writer adds: "Those brave men crossed
over the river as we all have to do soon
er or later never to return." I may
add that few of us may hope to have
that sombre crossing illumed by the
dazzlingly beautiful heroism that rob
bed death of its terrors and made that
fatal charge a pageant of glory.
As twilight fades and darknoss comes
To pall the sinking, dying day
Then something comes to seek me out
Amid the gloaming's sombro gray :
Though winds of summer gently blow,
Or though the earth be wrapt in snow,
At morn, noon, eve where'er I go
Cometh a memory.
The roaring grate may blaze and bum,
Tho flrcBide glow be warm and bright,
Bat day on day, with each return,
Or day on day, with sunbeams' flight,
Brings to me like a whispered tale
The spirit of a conquered wail,
It is-alas, that hearts are frail !
Only a memory.
Rheumatism had complete control of me and
I was qnite broken down. I began with a
teaspoonful of Athlophoros three times daily
and immediately commenced to feel better. I
nsed one bottle and it cared me. Mrs. Msgill,
217 West Park St., Sandusky City, O. Uo
Harvard has 1,500 students.
Bcrofnla diseases manifest themselves in the
spring. Hood's Barsaparilla cleanses the
blood, and removes every taint of scrofula.
Six women took out patents the first
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A National Sanitary Convention will
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Old people suffer much from disorders of
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The strike will go into history as La
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Triplets were born on a railroad train
while it was speeding through the West
Parker's Tonio kept in a borne is a sentinel
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the blood pure, and the stomach, liver and
kidneys in working order. Coughs and colds
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Overwork is the most ridiculous vice
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To his surprise, a Wisconsin minister
has been dismissed Irom an orthodox
pulpit because he built a fire under a
The Dally Experleace of Every Use
Is that neglect of the bowels is the prime
causa oi m neaun. leatunony oi tne laie
Chief Justice of jQeorcia i "I have nsed Sta
mens Liver Begnlator for constipation of my
bowels, caused by a temporary derangement of
the liver; for the last three or fonr years, and
always when need according to the directions
with deolded benefit. I think it ia a good
medloloe for tbe derangement of the liver, at
least euch baa been my personal experience ia
the nee of it. Hiram Warner,
Chief Justice of Georgia."
For Ibe News.
THE ARKANSAW TRAVELERS,
A True Story for the Boys.
II Y Hlailt.AXO I10Y.
He rekindled tho fire and then called
up Bob, whoso turn it now was. Thus
the boys passed the night. Tho nexf
morning the pony was in a sorry looking
plight with her mane and tail a solid
mass of ice and her body covered with
snow, in spite of Alec'siiaresses, which
he kept up incessantly during his watch.
The boys decided to have duck soup for
breakfast and accordingly the duck was
placed in the coffee pot, for want of any
thing better, and boiled and boiled until
they thought it certainly would be ten
der. Upon trying the soup it was found
to le "no good," hardly equal to board
ing house soup which the fowl goes
through very quickly, and on stilts, for
fear it will bo so very strong. The duck
and soup was thrown away in disgust,
and a rabbit cooked instead. On this,
with somo hot coffee and the indispen
sable johnny cakes, their breakfast was
made. After breakfast the guns were
cleaned up, with only one slight acci
dent and very nearly a serious one
Bob was trying to take the cap out of a
shell as he thought it would not ex
plode. Tho shot had been removed and
all the powder except what stuck to tho
sides of tho shell. He had unscrewed
tho top of the powder llask, poured in
the powder taken fiom the shell and
still held the flask as he kept on trying
to remove tho cap. Under the repeated
blows of tho iron instrument ho was
using, that cap suddenly did what many
an unloaded gun has done, i. c. went off.
Luckily tho mouth of the shell was
turned away from that of tho powder
flask or Bob would have been blown in
to smithereens and perhaps his compan
ions with him. The slight accident was
that Alec had been drying somo rags at
the fire and being thoroughly dry, ns ho
thought, had put them into his pocket
with fire on them. This might havo re
sulted very disastrously, but, as luck
would havo it, Alec discovered that ho
was in close proximity to a pocket-full
of burning rags and therefore moved
away from them in timo to avoid a very
The boys were now almost to Arkan
saw. They had crossed Lawrence
county and were in tho southern part of
Barry, which is said to be the best deer
county in Missouri ; but not a deer had
they seen they ha 1 traveled fully ono
hundred miles sinco leaving home.
It was resolved to break camp and go
over into Arkansas that day. They did
so, and when they were sure tho line
had been crossed and they were "Ar
kansaw travelers" indeed, all declared
that they did not feel one whit better
than when in Missouri. Iu fact, they
felt worse, for the country was becoming
wilder and wilder and more "bar-like,"
and they were not just ready for bears.
Furthermore, that $1.05 had dwindled
down to a nickle, and now, that would
soon be gone, for it took ten cents worth
of corn meal to mako johnny cakes to
last two days.
This being the state of affairs, it was
decided when they went into camp that
night, to call a council of war. Accord
ingly, after supper that night the council
was held around the campfire, before
the headquarters of Major General Alex
ander Holz. The Major called the meet
ing to order, and after briefly stating its
object, he first called on General Cax
ton, as he was the oldest officer present,
to give his opinion as to tho best mode
of procedure. The General arose and
delivered the following speech :
"Mr. Chairman, and fellow officers ;
It is with a deep sense of the responsi
bility resting upon me, that I, as the
eldest member of this council, give my
opinion as to the course that Bhould be
pursued by us. I feel that tho success
of our army and the success of our
cause, depends upon the decision we
here make. But we are approaching a
crisis and therefore, must act and act at
once. As you, fellow officers, are all
aware, our base of supplies is behind us.
The enemy is before us; whilo the
country through which we are march
ing is not sufficiently rich in forage to
support our army. We all thought
when we cut loose from our base of sup
plies at Greenfield, Missouri, that our
army would De self supporting. But,
fellow officers, we have been woefully
mistaken. It is truo our army has
plenty of ammunition ; but what can
this avail us, when our best of supplies
is behind us, our provision trains ex
hausted, the treasury empty and the
country almost destitute of forage, i
would bo in favor of striking tho enemy
at once, it we could do ao with any hope
of victory ; but we know not whether
we can bring him to battle next week,
or next month and to lie here in the
enemy's country with no permanent
base ot supplies is to suffer an igno
minious defeat. We know not how
soon the enemy may all be upon us in
the rear and with troops weakened by
famine, the chances of breaking through
his lines and again reaching our base of
supplies will be against us. Our men
have not twenty-four hours rations
ahead. In yiew of these alarming facts,
I think it would be the part of wisdom
to fall back, at least, far enough to com
municate with headquarters and receive
instructions from our superiors, ns to
how we shall proceed."
With tliis Gen. Caxton sat down, as
though it was utterly impossible for
him to longer sustain that load of "re
sponsibility resting upon" him.
Tho chairman then arose and said:
"We will now hear from Brigadier
General Robert Hardy."
Gen. Hardy arose and said : "Mr.
Chairman and fellow officers: My
opinion in this important crisis is ex
pressed in ono word, rktrsat."
The chairman, Major Gen. Hoi, then
addressed tho council as follows: "Fel
low ollicers: I see the unanimous de
cision of this council of war is, to fall
back toward our base of supplies. I,
therefore, as commander-in-chief of this
army, give orders to march at day-light
This was received with three cheers,
the council broke up and that little
army was ready to march at day-break.
This is how tho "Arkansaw travelers"
decided to start back toward Greenfield.
They stopped at a town in Lawrence
county where Alec sold a ring lie had
for $1.25 as they were completely "bust
ed." At another town called Verona,
they communicated with headquarters,
i. e., they wrote to their parents as had
been agreed upon in council. They
told them that they had done very
wrong and asked permission to come
About this time, March 17th, was
Otis' birthday. Alec thought it ought
to be celebrated in some way and so
gave him a nickle with which he bought
bunns and divided with the boys.
On tho 19th was Alec's birthday. He
invested a dime in bunns and treated
the crowd. Time did not pass as pleas
antly as might be supposed, for the boys
had to live on the cheap here. Besides,
they were getting desperately homesick
ond growing worse daily. On tho third
morning after writing, Alec and Bob re
ceived letters from home. Alec's moth
er was of course, very anxious about
him and told him she guessed sho still
had a little love in her heart for her
boy, badly as ho had acted. Bob's
mother wrote him along letter in which
she poured, out only such thoughts, as
can well up from the heart of a loving
mother, who is yearning to see a darling
son turn from the error of his ways.
Bob could seo from the mention mado
of his father that he was not disposed
to get down on his knees and implore
him to come home and that if he could
find greener pastures he had perfect
liberty to browso therein. Neither of
the boys had been forbidden to come
home by their fathers and being welcom
ed by their mothers, their "monkey
shines" could not havo been equaled by
any two monkeys P. T. Barnum ever
owned. Those seventy-five or eighty
miles intervening between them and
home did not seem like any greater ob
stacle to be overcome than if they had
been so many steps. They felt that
they must start for home immediately, if
not sooner. But as they, in their joy,
beheld Otis' serious countenance they
remembered that he had not received
any word from home and consequently
they could not go off and leave him.
He was assured that his letter would
come the'next day and so it was decided
to lay over one day longer. Sure enough,
upon going to to the post office the next
morning, there was a letter for him.
Tearing it open, he first pulled out a
letter from his father, which read :
Greenfield, Mo., March 20th, '8o.
Son Otis : Yours of March 17, at hand.
As to your coming home, I havo only to
say, you can do soon one condition, viz,
that you will "turn over a new leaf." I did
not drivj you away from home and will
not welcome you back except on the
abovo mentioned condition. If you
can't brace up and be a man and don't
like the chance I am giving you, "jmt
root for 'your own liiing." Yours etc,
VWhew!" said Otis, "that's as cool as
a load of ice in February." Then, he
pulled out of tho envelope two other
letters, one from his mother and the
other from his sister. But how differ
ent were they from the first one. All
the passionate tenderness of a loving
mother and an affectionate sister, war
portrayed in every line and the burning
tears of remorse rained down his cheeks
and fell upon the white page before him.
Surely a mother's lovo and a sister's
tears would melt even a heart of stone.
Within an hour after this letter was
received, throe boys and a pony might
have been seen leaving Verona, going
north. On the evening of the 22d of
March, tired and foot-sore, they reached
Mt. Vernon, in the central part of Law
rence county and about thirty miles
from Greenfield, Dade county. Here Alec
knew a gentleman named Hukill, who
had formerly lived in Greenfield and so
the boys went around to see if ho could
accommodate them for the night. He
welcomed them and was greatly enter
tained that night by a narrative with
which the reader is already familiar.
At its conclusion, as he rubbed the
palms of his hands together, ho said,
with a merry twinkle in his eyes, "Ah I
boys, there is 'no place like home,' even,
to 'Arkansaw travelers."' "Thqt't to"
chimed in three voices simultaneously.
"But a fellow don't find it out till he
thinks differently, tries it on and then
has to cave in," remarked Otis, dryly, to
tho increased merriment of Mr. H.
The boys' thought they had never
slept on such downy beds in their liyes
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A PERFECT NEWSPAPER
That Pleases Everybody.
The Kind of a Thing It Would
Have to Be.
A News-Herald Reporter Inter
views Some Critics Who
Know It All.
Permeated by a desire to know iiow
many different ways a newspaper would
have to be run were it managed to please
everybody a News-Hehalw reporter set
to work last week to interview a number
of our intelligent citizens in town and
country for the purpose of gathering in
formation and possibly profiting by their
suggestions. Now some of these peo
ple, in fact most of them, are extremely
modest and don't want to appear in
print in Disconnection. When it came
to criticism their bashfulness was not so
apparent. For the purposes of this ar
ticle wo shall merely designate them by
alphabetical characters, although you
can recognize most of them by taking
notes from the following and listening
to gossip about to mi.
Mr. A looked up at us from a green
backed account book and a summery
smile dawned on his florid countenance
as we made known the object of our
"Well, sir, since you ask me I must
confess that if J owned a newspaper I
would pursue a policy entirely different
from that 'of the News excuse me, the
News-Herald. Now you stuff that pa
per chuck full of advertisements and
leave not half enough space for news.
There ought to be at least five columns
of local nows in the paper every week."
The reporter interrupted, "But, seo
here, Mr. A, there is no news to fill that
amount of space. The greater part of it
would be write-ups and padding."
"Well, tho Gazette gets it, why can't
"I beg your pardon, sir, but the Ga
zette does nothing of tho kind."
"Don't, hey?" and Mr. A seized a copy
of that organ and turned the local page
uppermost. "Now, look at that."
"Yes," we replied, "and there are
half a dozen editorials on tho local page
and none on the editorial oage. There
are advertisements that look like news,
and lengthy items from Samantha, Sink
ing Spring and Portsmouth on the local
page. Besides, that paper is set in lead-
ed minion and ours in nonpareil, and
their columns are three inches shorter
"Well," said Mr. A after a pause, "you
allow the advertisements to encroach on
your news space, and you give the cor
respondence too much prominence."
"You will please recollect that news
from Hillsboro is local here and news
from other towns is local there and one
is just is important as the other."
Mr. A began to write something in his
ledger and we thought perhaps he was
figuring out the cost of starting a rival
journal. Presently he noticed that we
were waiting expectantly and looked up.
"When you came in you said you
wanted my opinion in regard to tho
management of a newspaper, and as you
have contradicted everything I said, I
don't care to get into an argument with
"It seems to me," the reporter re
marked, accepting a plain hint to evacu
ate, "that you have not attempted to an
swer the question, but only to pick
flaws." The last word is a sweet mor
sel, but the reporter felt sad when he
remembered that another life-long friend
was on his ear. (Wo havo been in
formed since our interview with Mr. A
that he used almost identically the same
language when asked how the manage
ment of the Gazette suited him.)
Mr. B said : "My ideal of a newspaper
is one that devotes much of its space to
the instruction of its readers. On many
political subjects the majority of our
people are uneducated they need polit
ical training such as a good newspaper
is capable of giving. I would say you
fellows are a little deficient in that line.
Th work of the Legislature's investi
gating committees in Cincinnati ought
to have been published in full, and these
messages of the President to Congress,
about papers, etc., ought to have been
giyen to the people. They need the in
formation. Your editor very seldom oc
cupies more than two columns of space.
Now, if I owned a paper I wouldn't stop
short of four. Another thing. You fel
lows are too afraid of hurting somebody.
If you are going to run a Republican
paper why don't you jump onto tho
Democrats with both f eet ! Make things
warm. There's no use in being so con
servative." At this juncture tho reporter attempt
ed to make a few exculpatory remarks,
but not heeding the interruption, the
speaker proceeded :
"Now there was that articlo of the
Chillicothe Leader's. A few extracts
from that would have been interesting
and for the benefit of the party. And
there's Dittey. You never say a word
about him, and he's the d est"
But the reporter could restrain him
self no longer.
"Mr. B, that article in the Leadef was
untrue, and the News-Hebald is 'all for
truth,' like the immortal J.N. It la so
with two-thirds of the matter garbled
by the seasational press. W are not la
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