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VOL. XXXVIII.-ED, L, BLUE, Publisher,
PEERYSBURG, WOOD CO., 0,, SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 1890.
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J. H. PIERCE, Prop.
CiriiaiieufuiiiiMicd un teu-.oiiiblu teiniB,
T mnat confess to having ofton felt (in
Intense dortlro to capture Frank llront,
and on hla part ho had boaatcd, vlth
Romcthlng of an Indian's ferocity, that
ho would wear my ucalp at his bolt bo
foro tho war was over. Hut tho Joy I
had anticipated In his humiliation was
not mine -when In tho duslc of that
stormy evening wo stood faco to face.
VThon I last saw Frank Hront ho was
as handsome a youth as could bo found
In all tho Illuo Grass country, but tho
two years of strife and privation had
told on him tbls and tho tcrriblo or
deal ho was then undorffolnfr. His flno,
tall form was still erect, and hla bearing
half defiant, but tho a3hy pallor of his
cheoks, tho haunted expression in his
dark oyes, and tho nervous twitching of
tho lips told how keenly he felt tho sit
uation. I pavo him my hand, and nald, as I
led him to a seat:
"Frank, lam mighty sorry to And you
In this iix."
"I havo no fault to And with my be
ing a prisoner, for that is tho fortune of
war," ho said, with a nonchalant air.
"As good or ovon bettor mon than my
self havo had to submit to capture. Hut
I do object to being convicted of a crimo
which I am incapable of committing."
"Hut there must havo been evldonco
against you?" I said, quietly.
"So thero vaa!" ho exclaimed, "but
from first to last tho condemnatory part
"You refer to tho murder of John
Harding, near Pcrryvillo?"
"Yes, that's it, Captain.- Harding was
killed, how or by whom I know not, but
I do know that at mo dato of the mur
der I was still with n:y command, two
hundred miles away," .said Frank, with
a fierce cavncstwNsi that convii:ed mo
ho was telling tho truth.
"Hut could you hoc provo your where
abouts it tho timo?" I asked.
"Prove -my whereabouts at the time'"
ho repeated. "Why, lvow could I brin-j
any of my men boforc a Yankco courv
martlal to provo an alibi?"
"Hut. are thero no Union troops who
might have boon aware of your vicinity?
It is your custom to lot your where
abouts bo known," I said.
Frank Hront rose and began pacing
tho floor, whilo ho stroked his soft,
brown board in a perplexed way. Sud
denly coming to a halt beforo me, ho
fixrd his oyes on tho floor and said:
"There ls ono oT your men, an old
friend oT yours, who is now in Iiibby
prison, who, if ho wero here, could
prove that on the very day John Hard
ing was killed I was in Powell's valley,
near Cumberland Gap."
"Who is tho man?" I asked.
"Howard Scott a prisoner?" I er
claimcd. "Yes, captured by mo on tho tenth
day of October tho day of tho murdor,
mind you captured by mo two hun
dred miles from tho placo whoro Hard
ing's body was found. I am usually
wo'll-mounted, but no horso could make
thatdistanco in a few hours," said Frank
Hront, with a nervous laugh.
"I shall not deny what you state,"
I said, "but as you can not corroborato
it, it does not help your case. As wo
aro not exchanging prisoners now,
Lieutenant Scott's prrssonco is out of
tho question, though I will confess
that Jils evidence would s:vo you."
llo bad evidently been thinking over
every chanco to avert his bontence, for
ho said quietly:
"General Iloylo believes ho can get
Hour President to postpono tho date. If
that is done, Scott can be paroled, spe
cially exchanged, or his evidence, taken
In Kichmond can bo .sent through under
n. flag of truce. Ho does not liko jne,
and thero is no lovo lost between us,
but ho is a bravo man and ho would not
lie, not oven to get square with mo for
tho trick thai led to his capture."
I did not ask what this trick was,
nor did I dream that I was shortly to
bear tho infamous story from tho lips
of tho man in question.
"ICvery thing," I said, "dopends on
tho outcomo of General Hoylo's oflorts
with lh; President. If there is a re
prieve, and I sincerely hope thero will
be, wo may got Lieutenant Scott's evi
dence in thno to save you. Meanwhile,
keep a stiff upper iip, unci command my
purso and my time. 1 bhall bo hero till
I roso to go, and again gavo him my
hand. Still holding it, lie looked about
i.oas mh youit knivk.
to make, sure that ho could not bo ovor-
heard, thon bont towards mo and whis
pered: "Thoy havo taken away my knife;
loan mo yours."
I was in tho act of putting my hand
into my pockot, when his purposo
struck me, and I withdraw it.
"It Is against tho rules" I said, "for
yon to havo a knife; you cannot oxpeot
mo as a good soldier to violate them."
"Hut I will not hang!" ho Bald, with
an oath. "Thoro is a way somo way,
to avoid that, and my Bister will holp
me, if you do not!"
I mado up mind to prevent his suicide
I tried tO'Soolho him, but was not dlsap-
1 pointed at my failure. A man with a
ropo about his neck and tho gallows in
sight is in no mood to listen to platl-
Promising to spond tho night with
him I went out to attend to tho duties
that had boon my oxcuso for oomlng to
camp Dick Robinson. Every few min
utes I dropped into tho telegraph ofllco
at headquarters in tho hopo of hearing
I that a favorable answer had been re
ceived from Mr. Lincoln; but ton
1 o'clock came, with Increased wind and
1 rain, without a word that might give
hopo to tho condemned man.
I had no appetite for my supper with
General Roylc,. Wo left tho food un
tastod, whllo wo discussed Frank
"Thero aro two Kontuckians in Wash
ington," I said, "who should have
weight with tho Presidont if thoy woro
to intercede. I am suro thoy know
Frank's kinsmen, if thoy do not know
"Who aro thoy?" asked tho General.
"Tom Speed and , I udgo-Advocato Gen
"By Jove. Captain, I did not think of
thorn!" osclalmed tho old man, as ho
started to his feet. "Join mo in a telo
graph and wo will send it at once."
(X. II. -At this time, tho word "tele
gram" had not cotno into use.)
Wo hurried into tho telegraph office,
and within ten minutes thomessago was
i being flashed to Washington, thero to
j bo duplicated and copies sent to Tom
I Speed and General Holt.
I As a drowning man Is said to clutch
nt a straw, so I drew comfort from what
wo had done and at 0:100 went down to
tho prison to communicate tho fact to
, Carrlo Urent and her brother.
I passed tho guards alxmt tho cnclos
I uro; passed tho guard pacing beforo tho
j door, and camo to a halt on tho tbrcs
1 'lold. Within I saw ton soldiers wear
ing their side arms and etandirT t
' parade rest. It was my first experience
. with a military execution, but I did not
need to bo told that those men woro
tho death watch and that thoy or their
relief would remain with tho cofcf cmned
man till ho stood on tho scaffold and tho
trap was sprung.
I Adlm lamp, suspended from the heavy,
rough-hewn cross-beams, rcvealod tho
prisoner and his sister seated beneath
it, while in front of thorn stood tho old,
wmte-iiairett post cuapiain, mmscii a
Ken tuck Ian.
That picture Impressed mo powerfully.
Thn rnln nnmn ilnwn nn f-.lin Klilnfrlnil
1 - - - '"
1 roof with tho rattlo of a hundred tnlnla
1 turo drums to the accompaniment of
tho wind's shrill fifing. I had grown fa
miliar with funeral dirges and hurried
burial services, and although I never
witnessed ono unmoved, tho most sol
emn of them had nover affected mo as
did tho preparations for death going
on boforo my oyes.
, Many a night when lying near tho
mangled dead and listening to tho
heart-rending cries of tho wounded,
Ihavo cursed tho cruel barbarities of
war, and this feeling of loathing has
grown on mo with tho years. As I
looked In at tho whlto faco and loved
form of the woman doarcr to mo than
life, I felt ltlco shrieking out a protest
against tho conditions that, without any
deserving, had crushed her pure, bravo
After a few words of exhortation that
impressed mo as being tho very cssenco
of heart-born eloquence, tho old chap
"laln began Tom Mooro's oxqulslto sa
cred song: "Come, yo disconsolate,
whoro'er yo languish." During tho sing
ing, in which tho prisonor and his sis
ter jolnod, I went in and sat down be
side her, and with a broken volco I tried,
as did tho stolid guards, to givo ompha
sl3 to tho closing lino: "Earth hath 110
sorr"'v that Heaven can not heal."
Ionising to call again boforo day
light, tho chaplain went out about
twolvo o'clock, and tho fury of tho storm
seemed to bo Intensified by tho sllenco.
I mado a-i effort to speak, but realizing
how weak words wero for my purposo,
I whispered to Carrio that I wpuld go
down to tho telegraph ofllco and find out
if a mosBago had been received from
"Xo word yet, sir," replied tho opera
tor to my Inquiry; "and," ho added, as
ho bent his car ovor tho receiving instru
ment, "I'm afraid wo can got no news
from Washington to-night."
"Why not?" I asked.
"Tho storm covors a wide area," said
tho operator, "and I fear our communi
cation with tho North will bo shut off
"Has this happened before?"
"Yes; several times."
'And how long boforo repairs wero
"Tho bhortost tlmo was twenty-four
hours," said tho operator.
Fooling that ovon tho elements wero
arrayed against tho unfortunate pris
oner, I mado my way back to tho log
Carrlo gavo mo a quick, searching
look, but sho asked no questions; she
know as well as if 1 had "told her that
no word of comfort had been recolvod
I suggested to Frank to Ho down, but
ho shook his head and said, grimly:
"Tho tlmo Is too short to spond It in
slcop. Whon tho end has como ono can
rost through otornlty."
It soomed as If tho sun had gono down
for tho lost tlmo, so long was tho night.
Just boforo daylight tho chaplain re
turned, and, thankful for tho oxouso hla
prosonco gavo mo, I again Bought tho
tolegraph ofllco. Tlicro I found Goncral
Hoylo, and ho did not need to toll mo
that ho had not 'closed his oyes In sloop
during tho night.
In answer to my question, tho operator
"Tho dlroct Hno3 working west from
Washington aro down."
"Thon," I gasped, "you can not com
munlcato with tho Capital?"
"Yes, Cincinnati has just Baid that
thoy woro about to operate over tho long
circuit by way of Cleveland, Huffalo,
Now York and r.outh along tho coast,
but as tho storm Is moving rapidly in
that direct ion, I should not bo surprised
to find all communication sliut off bo
foro ton o'clocl!'," said tho oporator.
Whllo wo stood bonding ovor tho In
strument on whoso mysterious ticking
so much depended, tho gray dawn of a
stormy morning stolo in tho room, and
tho rovoillo wont ringing through tho
I looked at my watch; it was ton min
utes to six. In four hours Frank Hrcnt
would bo standing in tho placo of exe
cution, from tho direction of which I
could hoar tho hammering of tho mon
making tho scaffold ready.
I was about to walk out with tho Gen
eral when tho clicking Increased In a fe
verish way, and tho operator called out:
''Walt, gentlemen, I think thoro is
something coming noon!"
Wo turned back and bont over him,
reading tho word3 as thoy camo from his
"Washington-, D. C, Nov. 10, 1S03.
General J. Hoylo, Commandant
Camp Dick Robinson, ICy. : Tho Pres
ident directs mo to say that after an in
terview with Messrs. Spocd .nd Holt ho
dooms it best for tho Intcrv3t of tho
sorvico to "
Then tho writing stopped and tho
clicking died out whllo tho operator
nervously worked tho switchboard key,
but with jut making a sound.
"What Is up?" aRkcd tho Gonoral, his
strong faco twitching with excitement.
"Tho lines 'are down to tho North; wo
aro shut off from Washington, and wo
must remain so at least for tho day,"
Baid tho man.
TO BE CONTINUED.
A Good Suggestion.
From The Dubuque, Iowa, TelCRrnph.
The adjourning of tho impeachment
court lnt Saturday, on account of Gen.
Weaver's belly-ache, cost tho people of
this common-wealth nearly $500. One
doso of Chamberlain's Colic, Cholera
and Diarrhoea Remedy, would havo
saved this expense. And we suggest,
us a matter of economy nnd humanity,
that the state provide against future
contingencies of this nature, by fur
nishing each senator with a bottle of
that valuable remedy, ii and fiO eotit
bottles for ' sale by A. R. Chatnpney.
A Gciitlciimii't ncNcriptinn of Ills
Monday. A thick fog no seeing
Tuesday. Gloomy, and very unsea
Wednesday. Frosty, and at times
Thursday. Bitter cold in the morn
ing, red sunset, with flying clouds,
portending hard weather.
Friday. .Storm in tho morning, with
peals of thunder; air clear afterwards.
Saturday. Gleams of Hun-diino, with
partial thaw, frost again at night.
Sunday. A light south-woator in tho
morning, calm and pleasant in tho af
ternoon, hurricane and earthquake at
Just as hu re as hot weather comes
there will be more or less bowel com
plaint in this ieinity. Every person,
and especially families, ought to have
some reliable medicine at ban d for in.
stant use in ease it is needed. A 25 or
50 cent bottle of Chamberlain's Colic
Cholera and Diarrhoea Remedy is just
what you ought to havo and all that
you would need,evcn for tho most sovero
and daugorous cases. It is tho best, the
most reliable and most successful treat
ment known and is plottbant to take.
For sale by A. R. Champnoy.
lilltlo Johnnie' I'raycr.
Sistor Lizzie was to be married in a
few months and sho was putting in tho
interval of loiburo from preparing for
tho eoremony in tho way of dress by
experimenting on her family m the
Little John was going to bed and
wont through his Ubual prayers up to
tho point of baying, "Givo us this day
our daily bread," when some depressing
memory struck him and he added :
"But don't lot our Lizzie bake it."
Uucklcn'a Ariilcu Mtilve.
Tho licHt hiiIvo 111 lilt) world fur cilia,
brulMv, Bort'H, ulcere, hhII rlieiii'i, fovur
norm, letter, cluipiiBil Ii.hiiIk, rliillilniiih
ciiiiih, mill 11 II hUiii euiptlnnH, null i)xilive
ly curi'H piles, or 1111 y requiieil. Il in
gii.truiiti'eil lopive peifect s.itinfiiclnii, or
moiipy refiuxliiil. Puce !i5 cenh per box.
For tfalo by A, Ik Chuuinuer. ' '
Tin: iti.iivn WAict'-Mcrrcii iv.
II Y I. N. SADDLr.lt.
UR last sketch dealt with Fort
Minml, nnd closed with tho
2 limit evacuation 01 1110 urmsn
' troops under thathotirtlesq nnd
incornpetont lender, General Proctor.
Fort Miami never, after that day
floated a British ting, but she wns
destined to bo once mora garrisoned by
troops, but this tlmo by tho force culled
out In 18S.) by Governor Lucas of Ohio,
to protect tho interests of his State,
not agiiinst tho "ravages of tho British
lion," but against ' tho misguided
enthusiasm of tho territory of Miehigan,
under that very hot headed stripling
governor, Steven T. Mason.
Mn.son was not tho governor by
appointment, but was secretary of
Michigan, then n, territory of the
United Sfates. and ho was also "Acting
governor," ;o trmjwre.
Tho original ordinance of 1787 pro
viding a government for "all tho
territory northwest of the river Ohio, "
fixed tho northern boundary of our
Stato as being a lino "beginning at
the most southerly point of luko Michi
gan, and extending duo east until said
lino meets tho waters of Lake Erie ;
and that tho portion of said line east
of a north and south lino pnssing
through tho mouth of tho Great
Miami, shall bo the boundary on tho
north of Ohio."
Such a lino docs nof'moet tho waters
of Lake Erie" until it reaches a point
twenty-five miles east of the Maumoo
River; and, hence, it was an impossible
boundary, under existing conditions,
founded on ignorance of the exact
position of the two lakes.
On April 30th, 1802, Congress author
ized the peoplo of Ohio to form a stato
government ; and, In conformity to
that authority, a new boundary was
chosen by the Constitutional Conven"
tion to divide Michigan territory from
Ohio. This, new boundary was the
present ono; viz., tho eastern portion
of a lino running from tho most south
erly point of lake Michigan, to tho
most northerly caiio of Maumeo Buy.
A man named Harris surveyed' this
line, and it was, hence, called the
Michigan authorities objected to the
Harris boundary, and Ohio people
objected to the old "Fulton lino" as
Indicated In the ordinance of 87. The
disputed strip was about beven miles
wide, and contained .'570,000 acres of
land, and included tho location of the
present oity of Toledo, then called
The Michigan boundary, the "Fulton
line" came just below Perrysburg, and
this place wns, hence, tho Ohio center
of the "Lino War," or as it was often
called, thy "Toledo War."
Governor Lucas of Ohio determined
to enforce the claims of his state, and
acting governor Mason of Michigan
was equally determined that Ohio
should not encroach upon what he was
pleated to call her "sacred soil."
Here wtus a conflict of authority, and
Toledo people did not know to which
organization they owed allegiance.
Ohio officers were there, and Michigan
officers wero there, ench disputing with
tho other the ' right to act. The
peoplo of the strip woro divided in
their opinions, and some recognized
tho organization of tho county under
Miehigan laws, nnd some determined
to obey Ohio authority.
Governor Lucas of Ohio determined
to make a ro-survoy of tho narris line,
and Governor M.tson sent him word
that he would drive away tho surveyors
by tho use of arms, If necessary.
Six hundred volunteers assembled at
Fort Miiimiready to enforce tho orders
of tho Ohio governor, and a liko num
ber of Michigan Militia came together
Perrysburg was a lively town at this
time. Sho was the frontier Ohio city ;
and here, at tho old'Exchauge Hotel,"
Governor Lucas mado hla headquarters
during tho "war."
Capt. .1. A. Scott was in charge of
tho Perrysburg company, and toolc a
novel method of recruiting.
Hu hired a man by tho nunr of Odlo,
a regular giant, to boat, a drum up and
down Front street, and to cry out lor
volunteers for the war with Michigan.
Thin man Odlo woro a white stove
pipe hat on which was pasted 11 paper
marked "recruiting olllcer," and lio
was dressed in a greun suit of clothes,
trimmed in black lace.
Up and down tho btreet, day after
day, went Odle, thumping 011 his big
base drum, and bawling to tho inhabit
ants of tho place to "turn out and
This man was qutlo successful, and a
good company was it last organized,
and crobsud to the rendezvous at Fort
Thus tho matter btood, tho Ohio
army iutiutlvo at Fort Miami, and tho
Michigan army under tho great "fire
spitter," Mason, at Monroo. Neither
dared to begin opon hostilities, nnd
after much negotiation, without Bottle
ment, tho two armies woro disbanded,
and the bloodless war camo to nn end
for tho tlmo. It did not rost long thus,
howovor, for Governor Lucns again
determined to run tho Hnrris line, and
appointed three comml?sloners to do
it. Governor Lucut again camo to
Perrysburg, and his commissioners
began the survey of tho lino tit tho
northwestern boundary of the State.
Tho Michigan authorities wore in
waiting however, and arrested ono of
tho commissioners. The other two fled
through tho woods to Perrysburg,
where they arrived without hats, and
in a very dilapidated condition, bo' that
it gavo riso to the waggish statement
that tho government in summing up
tho loss in tho so-called "Toledo War,"
mado an entry liko this :
"Ankles sprained, one'.
Hats lost, hro.'?
Tho difficulty now became n matter
of brain rather than of gunpowder, and
each of tho contending parties bont
every energy to outwit ' tho other, and
established civil jurisdiction In tho
disputed strip of territory.
Tho legislature of Ohio hnd ordered
that a Court of Common Pleas should
bo hold 011 Sept. 7th., 1835, in Toledo,
which was mode tho county seat of tho
now county of Lucns. If such a court
could be held, and a record of its hold,
ing could bo presented to tho United
States government, tho claim of Ohio
would thus bo materially strengthened.
But Michigan was on tho alert, and
sent an armed force of 1200 moij with a
battery or two, to prevent tho holding
of the court.
On Sept. 0th, 1835, Col. Van Fleet
arrived again at Miami with a forco of
a few hundred men, accompanied by
tho judges and officers of ,tho now court.
His forco was not sufficient to war
rent his going into Toledo in tho dtiy
tlmo to hold 'the court, so ho resorted
to stratagem. Selecting twenty of tho
bravest of his men as un escort, ho and
tho judges, sheriff, clerk, nnd other
court officers," rode from Fort Miami
into Toledo at one o'e'ock in die morning,
nnd quietly breaking into tin old Bchool
house which stood where Washington
street crosses tho canal, thoy proceeded
at that early hour to open court in due
form, the judge appointing John Bald
win, Robert Gowor, and Cyrus Hollo
way commissioners for tho "county of
Lucas, State of Ohio." ' '
Tho cleric made a record of tho pro
ceedings, and put tho papers in the top
of his high h-d, and the court adjourned
to a tayern, where all took a drink. '
Whilst thus engaged, a miin cumo
running in and cried out, "Mason's
Miehigandors aro after you !'.'
The party rushed out, mounted thoir
horses, and galloped away. As they
went, tho limb of a tree knocked this
clerk's hat off, and the record of tho
court was lost.
After riding furiously fav a short
distance, they came to a halt and
listened. They were ut the top of tho
hill where tho Oliver house now stands.
They could hear nothing of any pur.
suit, and several meti' dismounted and
went back in search of the hat. It was
found and carried in triumph to their
friends on tho hill. Tho party now
fired a salute and rodo away to Fort
Tho Michigan authorities were much
chagrined when they learned that a
court had actually been held, and that
it was held on Sept. 7th, 1835, just "as
tho Ohio law had required. They
could do no bettor than' to go home,,
and thoy went. The forces at Miami
did likewise, and so ended the peculiar
trouble which was known us tho "Lino
But tho question is asked, "How did
Ohio finally get possession of that,
On Juno 15th, 183(1, Miehigan
becumo a stato, and her southern,
boundary was fixed by tho government,
as being the Hnrris lino.
So, Ohio obtained tho strip, and
Michigan was givon valuable mineral
lands on lake Superior iustcad of hor
It is a question whether. Toledo,
gained or lost by bejng admitted into.
Ohio. If she had remaiucd'lu Michigan,,
sho would likely have been ' fostered,
with such care that aho wuuld havo
been herself with Detroit added j whilbt
her interests ut that timo 'seemed 'all
with tho State of Ohio, in that aho was.
to bo tho terminus of Ohio's great
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