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A COAT OF WHITEWASH.
It was Smeared on Heavily by
Our County Court.
A Fixed Prosecuting Attorney.
He ItecoinmendM that the Court
Carefully Cover up its Track.
On Tuesday the County court in
quired (for the first time, we believe)
into the practice which has prevailed
as to the payment into the county trea
sury of moneys over and above the
clerk's salary and the actual outlay
made by him for deputy hire. As
members of the court had alreadyex
pressed themselves outside to the ef
fect that Mr. Leftwich'smodeof pro
cedure was legal, little expectation
was entertained that the outcome of
this so-called investigation would re
sult otherwise than it did. The coun
ty court and Prosecuting Attorney
Moore alike had heretofore taken Mr.
Lcftwich's interpretation of the
statute, without inquiry as to its
correctness, and it was not to be ex
pected that they would stultify their
The Prosecuting Attorney as the
legal advisor of the court was the
only man having any standing in
court in behalf of the taxpayers. His
opinion was mat Air. leftwich was
entitled to retain his salary of $ 1,100
ami as much for deputy hire as h
could collect up to $1,800. no matter
whether or not he had paid it out
Judge Ballentine. speaking as a pri
vate citizen, held that the statute
clearly meant that $1,100 was the
full compensation allowed the clerk.
and that all money over that amount
not actually paid out for deputy hire
belonged to the county.
Mr. Leftwich had hodannrder pre
pared by his attorney which was de
signed to cover up the former pro
ceedings (or non-proceedings) of the
court in this matter and give him a
clean indorsement. This he asked
the court to sign and put on record,
Judge Ballentine asked that no such
action be taken at present and that
the matter be takeu by agreement
to the circuit court. To this propos
al Mr. Leftwich would not agree
Judge Ballentinc asked the court to
direct that all moneys over and
above the clerk's salary and actual
deputy hire for the year 181)3 be paid
into the county treasury pending the
decision of the matter in the higher
courts. This action the court de
clined to take, and Mr. Lcftwich's
request for a clean bill of health was
That, in fact, was a foregone con
elusion. Just previous to the taking
up of the case, the court had wrang
led over a little bill for drugs sup
plied to the prisoners for quite
while this case, involvingthousands
of dollars to the taxpayers, was put
through in less than half an hour,
The way in which tho court tried
to shelter itself behind the Prosecut
ing Attorney's advice and the latter
got out of it by reminding the court
that it was simply his opinion and
might bo right or wrong, mode a very
pretty interlude. Joe was too foxy
for the court, and reminded them
that in a saloon license case they had
acted contrary to his advise. He ev
idently forsces the ultimate outcome
of the case, and wants to bo as far
out of the shower as possible.
Assertion took the place of proof
as to the decisions of the Supreme
court and the usages in other coun
ties in the talks made by Messrs,
Leftwich, Moore and Hunter. The
opinion oi Ibe Attorney ueneral so
carefully kept from the open light of
day by Judge Norrid, was not con
sidered worthy of attention, Messrs.
Moore and Hunter being notoriously
better lawyers than Attorney Gen
. eral Walker. Judge Norrid, one of
Mr. Lcftwich's bondsmen, had mor
ally disqualified himself to take any
part in the investigation by his for
-'" mer declarations. Gratuitous abuse
of all and sundry who have had
' the presumption to call for an inves
-: tigation or question Mr. Lcftwich's
right or ability to interpret to hi
, superior officers the statutes govern
; ing bis duties was indulged In by
' Messrs. : Leftwich and Hunter.. The
' latter gentleman and Moore, talked
as if Mr. Leftwich was entitled to
all he could earn as his own deputy
or assistant, which remarkable piece
of absurdity (like a man lifting him
self by his boot straps) was accepted
by the Three Wise Men, and they
put on record a full indorsement of
Mr. Lcftwich's course, that of the
Prosecuting Attorney and their own.
The following is the order approved
by the court. Read it and see if you
as a tax-payer, can approve of it :
It appearing to the satisfaction of
the court that John M. Leftwich,
from term to term to the May term
18!)4 of this court inclusive, has filed
with the clerk of this court his quar
terly reports of fees collected by hiin
as clerk of the circuit court and ex-
ofticio recorder of Scott county. Mis
souri, as required by law, and the
court further finds that the said John
M. Leftwich as circuit clerk and ox-
officio recorder as aforesaid has, in
addition to his duties as said official,
performed the duties and labors of a
deputy; the court therefore allows
the said John 31. I.ieuvich the lull
amount allowed bv law, regardless
of whether the full amount has been
paid to deputies or not; and the court
further finds that the approval of
said reports has not been entered of
record in this court. It is now there
fore ordered bv the court that all of
said reports of fees be, and they
hereby are. approved bv this court.
and said John M. Leftwich as clerk
of the circuit court and ex-officio re
eorder. as aforesaid, be discharged
from any farther liability on account
ot said tecs.
But what else could t he poor things
do ? And how da the taxpayers like
the farce ? The next act comes off
in the Circuit court.
in conclusion we will say that no
man is infallible. It is our honest
opinion that the county court has
misappropriated over three thousand
dollars of the people's money. It is
possible that honest people may hon
stly tuner with us. V e have care
fully investigated the matter, and
have published the law, the Attorney
General's opinion. Attorney Elliott's
opinion, and the decisions of the Ap
pollute and Supreme courts. All
these boar us out in the stand we
have taken. The opposition have
imply abused us, and accused us of
lying, but they have been very cleav
of taking up any particular state
ment we have made and attempting
to contradict it. Even with the At
torney General's opinion in- his pos
session directly opposing such action,
Judge Norrid eagerly grusps the
whitewash brush with both hands
and swipes it over the whole affair.
Why was it that no one was allowed
to see the Attorney General's letter,
except Mr. Leftwich and, perhaps,
his counsel? Why was this opinion
not produced in court? We will al
low the people to draw their own
Of the Village of Benton, Scott coun
ty, Mo., for the six months ending
August 31, 18114.
Dramshop License $100 00
Show License 2 50
Fines 18 50
Sale of old jail, rock, etc 112 65
Old jail and hauling same to
Jailor Fees 7 50
Total 204 00
Phil. A. Havxer,
Ch'm Board of Trustees,
llave You Any Brickwork ?
Parties wishing brickwork of any
kind will do well to apply to Edward
Tenc, Oran, Mo., who W ft practical
The candidates defeated at the
primary will do well to remember
that the law requires thein to make
a return of their expenses to the
county clerk within thirty days after
the date of the primary. A heavy
penalty may follow neglect.
"-Fob Sale i COO bushels of Rye,
Apply to C. C Halstead, Blodgett
According to tho official weather
reports, corn in this State will make
little more than half a crop. The
drought and chinch : bugs . took the
balance. Late potatoes are also re
ported a short crop, owing to tlte dr
BEISTTOIT, JISSOTJIR.!, SEPTEMBER 3,
The socially inclined portion of our
town attended a large sized social
gathering at the residence of Mr. M.
B. Stubblefield last Thursday
evening. All had a fine time, es
Rev. D. J. Leake preached his last
sermon of the conference year at this
place Sunday night. He will, how
ever, hold a revival beginning Mon
day, Sept. 10th, and lasting two or
Deputy G. M. Frank L. Bohn, of
the A. O. U. W.. will lecture at the
M. E. Church in Blodgett, on Thurs
day evening. Sept. 13, 18114. E-ery
one should turn out to hear one of
the brightest young men of St. Louis
advocate the grand principles of his
Blodgett like Hamburg lias a club
of dog punchers, which was organized
about three years ago. We very
vividly call to mind a shot fired one
bitterly cold night about 1:30 a. m..
at one of the offending canines. The
ball from the big hammerless hit the
frozen ground near the critter, and
ricochetted into the big sign which
hangs In front of the great Commer
cial Hotel, after which the writer
and Charley pulled suddenly for bed
having the consciousness of duty well
Prof. W. G. Atchison, who will
teach our school the ensuing session,
was down Thursday seeing after the
seats, etc., at the schoolhouse.
Miss Mary Clayton and Johnny Ut-
terback were in Blodgett last Sunday
cu route to their schools, which begin
this week. They are both from Mor-
ley. Miss Clayton teaches the Pleas
ant Valley school while Mr. Utter-
back holds forth at the Hatcher
Blodgett sent eight wagon loads.
four buggies full, two carts jammed
and horsemen enough to make a to
tal of fifty-five Republicans to the
famous County Convention at Ben
ton last Saturday. She was well
rewarded in the matter of nomina
tions having three to her credit
namely, J. M. McCormick, forPresid
ing Judge of the County Court ; R. G
Williams, for associate Judge, and
V. O. Scofield. for Circuit Clerk. Mr
Williams eventually withdrew in fa
vor of Esq. John Rushing, of Diehl
stadt. It is now fixed that Blodgett
has a full share of candidates in the
field. Sail away, rabbit!
Isaac L. Smith, the champion bar
ber, left here last Saturday for Mar-
quand where he has a fine shop in
The Ananias Club got together in
the vacant caboose ou the north
switch and the committee on Osteol
ogy and General Cussedness made an
informal report concerning the con
duct of two or three members of the
gang. The Traveling Liar, who acted
in the M. W. L. 's place, he not hav
ing returned from the Republican
convention asked that the charges be
stated. Bro. Heraclitus Pendragon
then said he had seen one of the
charter members carrying his watch
in his boot. He inquired of the
brother his object and was told
"None of your blanked business'
and he thought that perhaps the
brother had had some transactions
with the senatorial and sugar trust
combine. Another brother was
charged with having mixed beer and
whiskey in the proportion of beer
3 qts. whiskey, i pt. and having
induced a purchaser to partake of the
banquet to such extent that the gen
tleinan became hilarious and shrieked
himself and danced a high-low and
announced in capital letters that he
Rev. So-and-so, could run faster,
jump higher, dive deeper and come
up dryer than any duck in these dig'
gings. He also linked his arm
that of the Ordinary Liar's and
walked him up and down the street
proposing that they hold a series of
meetings and all of this on top
what had already been said. Inves
tigation showed that in. the first
case the brotlier was excusable for
carrying his watch in his boot as
was gold and liable to get cut in two
If a man made a slam mt him with
knife, the wound might heal but you
can't cur a divided Watch. In the
scmk1 ease it wan khown that the
! preacher a only m voUug Moiuoti
elder anyhow, who several days pre
vious had got so drunk that he hid
his own socks and when he got sober
he couldn't find thein so he hud so
licited the aid of the club to help him
bowl up. so that he could again get
hold of his sexks. Howdy?
"Tate" Querry is canvalcsccnt.
The long looked for rain came Mon
day evening and did a vast deal of
ood. Our neighl irhood is now al
most sure of a good corn crop.
Mrs. Frank Zundel has been on the
puny list during the past few days.
Mr. Gordon, the picture man, is in
Win. Savers has intermittent
John Ashley's new saloon fixtures
Mr. Githens is in St. Louis on bus
Wm. Stubblefield. Jr., is at White
Rev. Kennedy was not able to fill
his appointment here Monday morn
ing, but was present in the evening.
Eugene Brider has miningitis.
Dr. Joe Wright is in Commerce
this week. He has a complete . out
fit for dental work and gives satis
faction so far as heard from.
Lona Arterberry, a young lady
living with Uncle John f riend, was
nund dead in her bed Tuesday morn-
ng at 1 o'clock. She had been ill
tor several days, .viiss l;ona was
well known in this community
and her untimely death is regretted
by her many friends. She leaves
sister and two brothers to mourn her
A. J. Horn has sold his barber
nop to .ir. Liett. and has gone in
search of a new location.
Miss Lora Forrester began her
school in the Reid settlement Mon
day. Miss Estelle Querry began her
school in the same nighhborhood Mon
Our public school opened up Mon
day with Mrs. J. W. Clemson as
principal, and Miss Bcatty in charge
of the primary department.
Choir practice at the Baptist church
Sunday morning at 8:30. Everybody
Mr. Engel is having a house built
on his land northwest of town. Lyon
and Revelle have the contract. The
Duiiding win De close to the picnic
Louis Nichols resigned his position
with Matthews, Stubblefield & Co,
Prof. Scholz opened his select
school at the Catholic church Mon
Mr. Mansfield, the musiciau, favor
ed our people with a few selections
on the mandolin last week.
Wm. Meyers and family have re
turned from White Springs.
Mrs. Thos. Moran returned from
Dunklin county last week.
Uncle George Metz is having hi
store painted up in good style.
sickness considerably on the in
Tat on Playing Cards.
tvery dealer must make a sworn
return and pay the tax at the rate
of two cents per pack. Every dealer
must write his initials with ink ou
each stamp and the date when such
stamp is placed on the pack. Omis
sion to stamp each pack and cancel
such stamp will subject the violator
to a penalty of $30 for each omission,
To Democratic Central Commit
Morley, Mo., Sept. 3, 4
Democratic Central Committee
men who were elected at the la
Democratic Primary election are re
quested to meet in their respective
townships sept, id, lSii4, at 1 o clock
i. m., for the purpose of organizing
y electing a chairman who shall re
present his township id the County
W. G. Atchison,
Ch'm Demi Cen Com
FINE SllEEl FOH SALE.
I have a lot of fine Cottswold ewe
for sale. I have 115 and give picking
choice in lots of 20( at $3.50. Apply
tO JfLKS VBVItYi
Lusk Farm; Kelso.
B&"He1sseier A Miller have just
received a large invoice of tho fa
mous Priesmyer Shoes for ladies and!
children. Ktvlo on. m nU-r. riunlit I
is better ant M-iceM are lower than!' An adjourned term of Probate
Republicans fu Mass Convention.
The Republicans of Scott county
met in mass convention at the court
house in Benton last Saturday, to
nominate a county ticket. Dr. R.
Sparks, of Blodgett. presided and
Clymer, of Commerce, was secre-
ary. 1 he utmost harmony prevail
ed throughout the pnx'eedings and
the humorous sallies of Judye Bal-
ntine kept the convention in ex
llent spirits, considering the forlorn
hope the party has on hand in old
cott. Long-winded speeches were
ot wanted, and none were inflicted.
The Populists had hoped for a
fusion with the g. o. p.. but the lat
ter couldn't see anything to fuse
with and, with one exception, quietly
gnored the nominees of the Third
Party. Voting for the various nom-
nees was effected by a show of
heads, and it worked like a charm.
For Representative at Jefferson
City, Maj. Rose, of Commerce, was
the unhesitating choice of the con
dition. For Prosecuting Attorney.
os. . Jloore, ot 5iKeston, was the
unanimous choice. Kolen cannon
was tendered the aid of the party to
wipe up the earth with Judge Leedy.
V. O. Scofield had no opponent for
Circuit Clerk. As botween R. II.
Querry and G. P. McCoy for Record
er, the convention's choice fell toMr.
McCoy. R. H. Querry, Robt. Finley
and Jas. II. McCormack were put be
fore the convention for the County
Clerkship, and Mr. Querry was the
choice. For Sheriff. L. P. Clymer
was chosen by acclamation. For
Collector. B. J. Teukhoff, Joe Hess
and Frank Miller were submitted,
and Mr. Miller won by an enthusias-
ic and overwhelming majority. For
Treasurer. Judge Ballentine was put
in nomination. The Judge objected
for two reasons, namely: that he al
ready had more money than he had
any use for; and that his son-in-law
was a candidate for the same ofhV-e
and he didn't want any suicide in his
family. Nevertheless, the Judge
had to take it. The Judge created a
ripple of laughter by submitting the
name of A. W. Fizer for Assessor.
Not being able to say that Mr. Fizer
would accept. J. B. Messmer, of Kel
so, was the unanimous choice. J. II.
Cooper, for Public Administrator;
Dr. G. H. Butler, for Coroner; Jas.
H. McCormack, for Presiding Judge;
R. G. Williams, for 1st and Henry
Petz for 2nd District Judges com
pleted the nominations.
Iu brief and acceptable fashioii.
Messrs. Rose, Cooper, Ballentine.
Proffit and Scofield addressed the
convention, which immediately there'
Beuton has invested in a couple
of balls and chains, which will be
used in working the town's prisoners
on the streets. The present system
of feeding them gratis for a few
days is played out.
"The paramount duty of a news
paper to its constituency is the ex
posure of all lapses in duty on the
part of public officials. This duty it
must perform without fear or favor."
Forest fires in Minnesota have
caused the death of some 400 people,
rendered thousands homeless, wiped
out several towns and caused enor
mous destruction of property.
Frank Miller is bvlsy hulling clo
ver and Charlie Proffit is baling hay.
Both of these products pay better
than 40 cent wheat.
The rain we needed so much fell
copiously Monday evening and fresh
ened things greatly. We can stand
ever so much more, however.
Mr. Thos. Deaton and daughter,
Miss Mollie, of St. Louis, have been
visiting relatives in and around Ben
ton this Week.
The rock road from Cape Girar
deau to Scott county is being regrav
elled and improved generally.
Nick Schlosser contemplates the
erection of a brick business house on
his lot on the southeast corner of the
Ou Monday Bob Wado returned
to school at Caledonia and Lee Left
wich entered at the Normal, Cape
court sit next Monday.
An Enterprising ToWn Board.
The present Town Board of the
Village of Benton is certainly of the
progressive class. Th y don't pn pose
to let anything slip that will add to
the building up of the town.
Last October the property owners
around the courthouse square met
with the Town Board and took in
active part in havii'g an ordinance
passed establishing fire limits. Ac
cordingly an ordinance was passed
prohibitinv anything but fireproof
buildings from beinu erected within
a prescribed area. This was not u
voluntary act of the Board, but was
clone by agreement and by request of
the property owners around the
Everybody recognized the ordin
ance, and everything went well. All
recognized that times were hai-d. and
that there was no building going on
in any part of the county, but hoped
that when times did open up. brick
buildings would surround the square.
But the crises came. One of our
citizens wanted to build a stable and
he wanted to put if where everybody
could see it. Consequently, he bought
twenty-six feet front of the most
prominent lot fronting the court
house and asked permission of the
Board to build the stable. The Board
is composed of our most enterprising
and progressive citizens, and they
were not willing to let the cranky
ideas of the projierty owners stop
the erection of such a structure, and
knocked the fire limits ordinance into
a cocked hat.
If any of our neighbors want to
erect a slaughterhouse, stink factory
or powder magazine anywhere within
the fire limits, we can assure them
that, in their eagerness to "improve
the town," our Board will grant
them anything they want.
While we are chairman of that
august body, we wish to make it
generally known that the stable per
mit was granted over our veto. "A
new stable or bust," seemed to be
the determination of every member
of the Board, and now they nlay be
seen with paper unci pencil in hand
diagraming and explaining to Visitor's
what a model town Benton will be
when the new 20x30 box stable
A ciTivsp. indent at Price's Land
ing reports that E Ii. Brown is ad
ding a story to his house; that J. W.
Moore hns moved to Dr. Bagwell's
farm on the swamp; that health is
good in that vicinity and that plow
ing goes on merrily.
Our County court scored a good
point in favor of better roads by the
purchase of a scraper which does in
a day what takes a week wider the
present system. We need about six
of these implements.
The Benton public school opened
Monday with an attendance of about
sixty pupils. This will be largely
augmented when farm work is more
nearly over and the older boys are at
liberty to attend.
'The return game between Com
merce and Charleston base ball clubs
was played at Charleston Wednes
day, and resulted in a victory for
Charleston 8 to 5.
12" Parties who prefer to take
their toddy mth romi should use OLD
LYNCH RYE. from which there is
no strong odor to betray the act.
James Walker went to Creal
Springs, 111., Tuesday, in quest of
better health. He was accompanied
by his nephew, Tonl Donovan.
Roscoe StctV will go to the State
school for the deaf and dumb at Ful
ton, Mo. next Tuesday;
The Arkansas State' election re;
suited in a Democratie majority of
thirty thousand vote's.- So, there !
Miss Daisy Leedy will return to
school at Forest Park, St; Louis
next week. .
'-Otto Holnij tlie artistic painter
of Cape Girardeau, was in Benton
. "Labor Day ' was observed in
and around Benton lust Monday by
everybody laboring ne much as usual
Timothy Clark has bten danger
ously ill with brain trouble, but is
Mr. ami Mrs. Chas. Proffit Sun
dayed at Cape Girardeau
tioiinty Court Proceedings.
County court ntet hist Monday in
adjotirnetl term, and the following
business wt transacted Jilrinl thtt
three days' Session ':
August Schlege! resigllcti us road
overseer and Casper Ifiifert Was ay
pointed to fill the Vacancy;
Fifty dollars wils appropriated td
levee the Reeveswud slough onSikes1
ton and Mu tone's Mill roud and com
In road petitions of John Schlitt
ct al and J. H. Crowder et al sur
veyor's rejiorts filed and approved
and commissioners appointed.
In road petitions of J. F ttagvell
and Alex. Armstrong surveyor's rc;
ports filed and approved.
In that of D F. C. Roberts com
Change of road granted oil petition1
of Thos. Howell.
In the matter of building a bridge!
near Dick Hunter's residence com
missioners' report filed and approved
undC. McClain. contractor, allowed
The following allowances were
made: John J. Dicbold. lumber(
SI 1.50; Ferd Ostner, amount ex
pended on rond, $150; same as special
commissioner oh road. $32; Martin
Bischer, care Of Martin Goedet't; f 13 j
Thos. N. Myers, pauper's coffin, 6j
R. L. Harrison. Surveyor, $Gtf; A: K;
Boutwell. lumber. $r;V.7; G. D- Oar
nard& Co., printing, fi.10.60; W. B;
Schafer, go.ds furn'shed prisoners
$2.10; Drs. Henderson and Vineyard,
medical attendance oii prisoners
at Jackson. SS.70; A. L. Daniel j
special constable, $1; Win. Hunterj
swair.p lands commissioner, $27; Geo.
Hart, work in court yard. 2: J. S:
Fivcling. medical attendance. $1K
E. H. Smith, printing. 3.!0; P. A.
Hafner. printing. 4.."0; Friend &
McMullin. $10.75; Sain Tamier. slier":
iff fees. $32; lleisserer & Miller j
gtxids. $20.50; F. C. Austin Manufae
turing Co., road scraper, $2(Kf; J.ls.
McPheetcrs, $144; J. E. Marshall)
$25.70; W. F. Friend, 25.50; and J.
li. Nofrid, 23.50.
Justices of the Peace, Schooii, Har
rison and Halley filed reports.
E. H. Smith rented the old circuit
clerk's Office at $30 per year;
$172 was appropriated for the Moi'
ley and Little River road.
Court adjourned Wednesday even
The Newsboy Not in "De Push.''
The New'sHoy could be right in"d1
Jtilsh" if "de push" were permitted
to dictate what shall appear in its
i . . . . . ; . j . ; .
columns. i.)e push may oe aoie
to control the prosecuting attor"riey"j
the courts, etc.. but when they un
dertake to dictate what shall appear
in the NewsUoy they get gloriously
left. However, they have a sheet
right on the square which is the "offi
cial organ, " and it wili. ho doubt,
applaud and approve of the entire
farce. It dare not do otherwise;
Messrs. Linton Jones and E. B
Mills, of Sikeston, were at the emm
ty seat early in the tVeek.
From sheer force of habit, Judge
Albrecht attended County court last
A patent gsle is oii exhibition!
in Benton olie of the kind y"oU oped
and close without dishlottntiflg.
Messrs. Ander'soii's warehouse'
at the Bentoil depot is approaching
Mr. Pott has set afloat some)
iuill talk again, but it sliould he
taken with the proverbial grain of
Wm; Reedef, Sr., Is still very
sick with typtloid.fever;
Little Meredith hcedy" is quite"
sick with typhoid fever'.
'fequire Peal, bf Blodgett, was In
Denton on legal business Thursday;
KF Besides be'ma the woi-ietord
of the famous OLD LYNCH RYE, .
Lynch & Co. are said to be the larg'
est holders of fine Kentucky, fenns-'
see add Pensylvania fcTiislue in tt;
LOUIS. : :. ':,.
aro terrors to evil dottfe, , V "
landed our gang of native t.
lar behind the . ,tr. '" t 1 -are
out of l.-k. '
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