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DIDN'T DO A GOOD JOB.
The Scott County Court
Skipped a cog.
While it was the evident intention
of the county court to leave nothing
undone, yet, the job before them was
so great that some minor details
were overlooked. They ordered that
Mr. Lcftwich be allowed pay as his
own deputy, but, in their frenzy to
cover the whole thing up, they failed
to notice that even this allowance
did not cover the case.
However, it seems that many of
our readers do not thoroughly under
stand this matter, so we will try to
make it plain to them. For the past
fifteen years Mr. Leftwich has been
circuit clerk and ex-officio recorder
of Scott county. As his salary he is
allowed to retain, of the fees earned
by him, in any given year, eleven
hundred dollars (if he don't earn it
he is not allowed it) and shall ba al
lowed to pay for deputies or assist
ants not exceeding seven hundred
dollars making eighteen hundred
dollars the limit which can only be
reached by paying out seven hundred
dollars for deputies and assistants.
The statute does not say that he,
shall be allowed seven hnndrcd dol
lars for deputy hire, but says that he
shall be allowed to pay not exceeding
seven hundred dollars. The statute
further provides that if the county
court has any doubt as to whether
any deputy was necessary, or whether
the amount paid was unreasonable,
they may "examine anyone as to the
correctness of the same." If the
statute intended that a clerk should
be allowed eighteen hundred dollars
per year, it would say so. A plainer
law was never written. Mr. Hunter
knows it; Mr. Lcftwich knows it ; the
county court knows it, and the pros
ecuting attorney ought to know it.
The salary or fees of the county
clerk and the fees of the circuit clerk
arc governed by the same section of
law. Mr. McPheeters pays less than
three hundred dollars per year for
deputy hire, and his office pays about
twelve or thirteen hundred dollars
per year. Suppose he should apply
for the limit of eighteen hundreddol
lars, would ho be entitled to it ? Ac
cording to our all wise county court,
he would. It is true that the county
clerk's office has never reached the
limit, but according to our county
court an official is entitled to all that
is in sight and then some.
In order to make it plain, we will
give our readers the figures for the
past nine years, showing the receipts
of the circuit clerk's office for each
year, the amount paid for. deputy
hire and the surplus which should
have been paid into the county.
YEARS. RECEIPTS. DEPUTY 81'BPLUS
1885 1 1,817 67 300 $417 67
1886 1,492 65 400 000 00
1887 1,715 20 300 315 20
1888 1,421 15 400 000 00
1889 1,953 68 500 353 68
1890 1,813 10 500 213 10
1891 1,857 26 300 457 26
1892 1,845 90 300 445 90
1893 2,377 20 300 977 20
Amount due the county, 3,180 01
From the above figures it may be
seen that after allowing Mr. Left
wich $1,100 per year and the amount
actually paid for deputy hire, the
county is still entitled to $3,180.01.
But, for the sake of argument, let
us admit that the county court has
the right to allow Mr. Leftwich to
act as his own deputy, and that he
is entitled to eighteen hundred dol
lars per year, then there is still a
ballance due the county of $864.81.
They have abandoned the nonsensical
' idea of applying the surplus on
"short" years, and made no mention
of it in the order. By referring to
the figures it will be seen that dur
ing six of the years the office paid
exceeding eighteen hundred dollars,
which, when added together, amounts
to $864.81. The court made no order
concerning this particular amount,
except by its sweeping order that
Mr. Leftwich "be discharged from
any . further liability." Here the
court evidently skipped a cog.
It may interest some of our read
ers to know that one member of that
court is a brother-in-law to Mr. Left
' '. wlch and that another ion his bond.
It just so happen, you sih, . v
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Diehlstadt vs. Blodgett.
by the medal-bearers
to the fol
lowingtune set to common metre Diehlstadt, 9,
Blodgett, 8. A large crowd, among
them a Newsboy reporter, witnessed
the game which was hot from start
to finish. The features of the game
were Jim Malone's second-base play
and a double play by the Blodgett
shortstop, Scarborough, who took a
jump and doubled a man on second.
John Austin also, according to Mr.
Malone, played a "dirty Irish trick"
on Diehlstadt by bunting a ball which
fell on the home plate, letting in a
run. E. C. Myers also got the same
old finger disjointed by a hot ball
from the Blodgett catcher.
These clubs have played three
games, two of which were ties, one
standing 1313, the next 1010 and
the last 9 8, a difference of one run
in 63, the totals being for all the
games Diehlstadt, 32; Blodgett, 31.
The Blodgett team still think they
are in it, and a game is on hand in
the near future, to be played under
the Euspices of the celebrated Anan
ias Club, of which the Blodgett team
is a part.
Here's a Pointer For You.
Last winter a Jew firm opened up
business in Oran and advertised in
the Newsboy. They reported a nice
trade. Later on the editor of our
contemporary made the firm a pro
position to do their advertising
cheaper, and take it out in trade.
This suited the firm better than pay
ing out the cash, and .they accepted
and began advertising in the Record.
Last week the sheriff closed them up.
Moral: Don't monkey with aCheap
Friday night of last week a Kan
sas Populist, Frank J. Mirch, spoke
in the courthouse to a fair audience.
He is a good speaker, somewhat on
the Sam Jones model, and keeps his
hearersamuscd bycalling them fools,
dolts, idiots, paupers and slaves. He
had no end of so-called statistics to
support his assertions, such statistics
as prove that a railroad can afford
to carry a passenger from New York
to San Francisco for three dollars,
and transport all freight free of
charge. The most amusing thing
about it was that some few of his
hearers actually believed him.
A cold wave swept down from
the north Monday evening and gave
distinct notice that winter is not far
away. Putting up stoves will soon
engage the delighted attention of
the householder, and he will com
ment in choice language on the ease
with which stove-pipe joints fit into
Posters are out for a grand pic
nic and church festival at Woodland
Park,-Oran, on Wednesday the 26th
inst. The ladies of the Guardian
Angel church will see to it that all
visitors are handsomely entertained,
and an all around good time is sure
to be enjoyed by all who attend.
Leo Grojean was in town Thurs
day and reported that the creamery
at New Hamburg was nearing com
pletion. He says the machinery is
all in, and that the plant will be
ready for operation by next month.
Score one for New Hamburg.
The Euehnert lot in Benton
was sold at trustee's sale Monday,
and realized $150, C. F. Bonnefon be
ing the purchaser. He will probably
put up a brick building on the old
We have increased our list of
reasons from 16 to 17, and the 17th
reads: We recommend OLD LYNCH
RYE as the best rye whisky in
America, and we know whereof we
Mrs, L. A Townes went to St.
Louis Monday on a two weeks' visit
to friend.' -
BENTON, MISSOURI, SEPTEMBER
Dr. S. K. Smith, the champion
dentist, left last Tuesday for Char
leston where he will stay for a short
Rev. D. J. Leake began a revival
here last Monday night to be con
tinued all week. He anticipates a
prosperous meeting and is moving
things to that end.
Miss Minnie Baker, of East Cape
Girardeau, is visiting Miss Laura
Pigg at Pleasant Valley, this week.
The ladies of the several churches
here made things interesting for the
youngsters last Friday evening by
giving a box supper at the Baptist
church. They realized over seven
dollars net, and as it happened,
everybody got the right box, owing
probably to the gift of second sight
possessed by the scribe who fingered
the plunkers and divided the Pass
over. After the proceedings had fin
ished proceediu' we adjourned to
Mrs. R. J. Peal's parlor, where a
musicale was the centre of attrac
tion. Miss Jane Sewell, of Commerce,
visited here last week the guest of
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Congleton.
The dining-room girls at the great
Commercial Hotel are of the gold
medal sort when a man has to take
a cold dinner with him. One man
we know of carries a ten quart buck
et full of the substantials of life.
The long-standing, oft-repeated,
time-honored, coal-burning, smoke
consuming and -sunset's glow quest
ion of superiority between the Blod
gett ball club and the famous Diehl
stadt champions was temporarily
settled last Saturday on the Diehl
stadt grounds where the Blodgett
aggregation fell down before the
medal carriers for the first time.
Score, Dichlstadt 9, Blodgett 8. The
boys all say it was red-hot from the
jump, and both clubs made a driving
finish. Our gang are loud in their
praises of the good fare and treat
ment accorded them by their lucky
opponents. The boys made desperate
efforts to again tie the score as they
had succeeded in doing in the two
previous games, but to no purpose.
It wasn't their day to win. Next
time it will be, and don't yovf forget
C. C. Halstead made a flying trip
to Benton last Monday.
The Ananias Club met last Satur
day night at 1:30. After the Ordi
nary Liar had shot an inoffensive
man's suspenders in two just where
they cross, the M. W. L. stuck his
wax above his ear and appointed a
committee to produce the "Mens
sano in corpore sano" of a seeker
after truth who had run a-muck
through the town trying to make a
speech which he interlarded with
fragmentary remarks like this: "Cor
porations are enthroned," "Lincoln
said," "Hazard Circular, " "Control
wages, "etc. Bros. Dickerson and
Peal went after the gentleman and
in a short time it was narrated in
the hall that they had him, for one
member had seen the three draining
the flowing bowl at Bro. Adams'
rosewood counter, and singing "Com
rades," "Bicycle built for two, " and
Boom-de-ay." The Watermelon and
Pumpkin Liar went out and brought
in the three of them. The strange
brother from a distant clime was
given a Georgia melon to sit on and
a Blodgett melon to eat while the
Truth Exterminator searched his
wardrobe for contraband of war. He
found a pint bottle, empty, and a
quart bottle, full, and a box of in
sect powder. On being asked why he
had the quart of care-annihilator on
his person the stranger said it was
to keep Sunday on that a man
could keep Sunday on a pint, but to
keep Sunday like it should be kept a
person needs a quart, hence his pur
chase. The gang fell in with this
idea in so much as they kept the fluid
until the picket guard had finished
firing a few shots at the stranger
who was rapidly retreating in the
The road scraper purchased by
the county court is doing good and
expiditious work.'. In one day it fixed
Up the stretch of road between Nor
rid's Creek and Benton. It is now
on the Comm-rve road.
A. J. Horn did not find a better
place than Oran and will probably
remain with us.
Miss Lucy Taylor, of Macedonia,
attended church here last Sunday.
Mrs. Wm. Greer, of Morley, visited
relatives here Monday.
J. W. Hobbs is confined to his
room with malarial fever.
Mrs. Githcns and sons moved to
the country since our last letter.
Mr. Engel moved into his new resi
dence near the picnic grounds Satur
Luin Montgomery sold his farm,
near Simon Heisserer's, to the lat
ter, and bought out Sam Ancil in the
Reed Settlement. Real estate is on
a boom in and around Oran.
Lish Bryeans has one of the best
stock farms in Soott county, and he
knows exactly how to handle it.
Prof. Carlisle, of Sikeston, is
teaching at Caney where he taught
Wm. Taylor, of New York, has
opened up a paint shop in the Mike
Judge Joe Hess and a gentleman
from Hamburg are erecting a black
smith and wagon shop on the street
leading from town to the Catholic
Rev. Reeves preached Miss Lona
Arterberry's funeral at the Baptist
church last Sunday.
Mrs. Robt. Wright is reported ser
iously sick at this writing.
Ed. Leslie, of Morley, was here on
The Jew store is closed for the
time being. We do not know the
We chronicled Dr. Joe Wright's
trip to Commerce one week too soon.
He is there, however, at this writing.
The subscribers of the Newsboy
who are silly enough to order it
stopped because other candidates for
their patronage halloa "wolf," will
not be missed by the editor. The
Newsboy is on top in this and neigh
boring coun'ces, and don't you forget
Lampson, the lumber man, is here
buying lumber to-day (Tuesday. )
Dr. Radcliff is building a barn on
his property north of Hughes' hotel.
Rumor says our Jew friend, who
bought out the Mandelshon firm, will
make it hot for the sheriff who took
charge of his property and papers.
Judge Friend has several thousand
feet of lumber stacked on the yards
Not By a Jus Full.
Editor Larcy, of the Headlight, and
Frank Moore, of Sikeston, dropped in
to see us Wednesdaj'. Editor Larey
said that we had been charged with
"bolting the ticket," and wanted to
know if it was true. We assured him
that it was not. We are very well
pleased with the ticket having lost
only three of the fifteen candidates
we voted for. No matter if we had
lost all, we should have supported
the ticket just the same. When we
handed in our ticket at the primary
we did so with the understanding
that we were to support the choice
of the majority, and when November
rolls around we will vote the straight
Democratic ticket just as everyone
should do who voted in the primary.
However, when we obligated our
self to support the ticket, we did not
obligate ourself to become a party
to the crime by shielding county offi
cials by failing to make public their
wrong doings. Besides, when the
Newsboy first began the exposure of
the irregularities in the affairs of
Scott county, our enemies argued
that it was only a campaign yarn.
We propose to show the people that
there is something in it besides cam
paign thunder. .
Of all the parties connected with
this mess, the prosecuting attorney
is the only candidate who pulled
through. The rest were laid up for
repairs. Joe is a pretty tough dose
to swallow, but we are going to hold
our nose and gag him down.
Fob Sale: 200 bushels of Rye.
Apply to C. C. Halstead, Blodgett,
'Squire and Mrs. Lambert so
Jojrned with friends ill New Madrid
county from Saturday until Wednes
A CYCLONE DID IT.
Wreck of a 'CatM PaS
senger Train near
One Dead ami Many Injured.
Thursday evening at 3:10 o'clock
the "Cat" train was wrecked by a
small cyclone when about a quarter
of a mile west of Charleston. The
wind struck the rear coach of the
train and threw it over on its side,
and it, in its turn, overthrew the
smoker, baggage car and tender. The
engine kept the rails.
Steve Hunter, of Sikeston, one of
the passengers, gave this account of
the accident to the Charleston Dem
ocrat: "Just after we left the depot, I
looked to the south and saw a small
whirlwind approaching the train. It
was moving rapidly, twirling boards,
leaves and other debris within
its grasp. Thinking some of these
missies might be hurled through a
window, but all unsuspicious of the
mighty power soon to be exerted, I
dropped from my seat to the aisle,
where I lay lengthwise. Suddenly
the coach in which I happened to be,
reared upward and fell over ou its
side. Shouts and shrieks and moans
and groans immediately told of the
occurrence of another horrible catas
trophe. But the shock was all over
in a few moments, and I escaped un
Willie MeClellan, a three-year-old
boy travelling with his father and
mother, was thrown through a win
dow as the car turned over and fell
beneath it. He was crushed into the
earth. That was the only fatality,
but sixteen of the passengers received
more or less serious injuries. Among
those who escaped unhurt were Steve
Hunter. J. P. Youngwirth and S. G.
Parker, all of Sikeston. The train
men escaped injury but Jim Coyle,
the express messenger, was badly
Charleston Democrat: The Char
leston school board introduces this
year an innovation, in that Monday
instead of Saturday lias been set
aside as the regular weekly holiday.
"We did this, " said a member of the
board to-day, "after careful consid
eration. On Saturday the town is
full of people, there is more or less
drinking going on. more bad language
than usual is indulged, horses and
teams are driven about and some
times hitched carlessly, and children
are thus brought into contact with
influences and dangers they almost
wholly escape on Monday the quiet
est day of the week. We hope par
ents will appreciate the motives that
prompted the change and approve of
the change itself."
Mrs. McPheeters, Mrs. Frazer
and Mrs. Button, of Commerce, and
Mrs. Emma Mason, of St. Louis, vis
ited Mr. and Mrs. Jas. McPheeters
Geo. Roth, the tobacco man from
Cape Girardeau, was in town Wed
nesday. As a result the natives
were surprised by noticing the edi
tor smoke a cigar.
Emil Stock accompanied his
brother, Roscoe, as far as St. Louis
on his way to school at Fulton. Then
he took in the Exposition and other
lions of the city.
Maj. Ward and R. A. N. Kings
bury, of St. Louis, were in Benton
Thursday. Mr. Kingsbury is a young
attorney and thinks of locating here.
We have had rain enough for the
present, thank you. Our roads can't
stand very much at a time. The
bottom is apt to fall out of them.
Prof. D. W, Lutes Suudayed in
Benton. He takes charge of the
Sikeston public school next Monday.
A Floating Palace show at Com
merce Friday and Saturday of last
week was well patronized.
A pleasant musical party met
at Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Stone's Fri
day evening last week.
--Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Daniels, of
Diehlstadt, Were in Benton Monday
fNotice L. P. RuffV card rise
Where in this i.ssuo.
Do you Read the
SCOTT COUNTY NEWSBOY?
It is always with the People, and is
The People's Paper !
You lose more than we do
If you do not patronize it.
We Need Uood lloads.
The great need of the agricultural
regions of Missouri Scott county
especially is g(Xd wagon roads.
Within the last quarter of a century
the county has been gird-ironed with
railroads, while the improvement of
wagon roads has been systematically
neglected, as if the latter were ren
dered useless by the former. Never
was there a greater mistake. A
good deal of missionary work is still
needed among farmers to persuade
them to a knowledge of the truth
concerning good roads. Too many of
them fail to realize the heavy tuxes
they are now indirectly paying for
bad roads, from which good roads
would relieve them.
We are constantly deploring the
growing tendency to crowd into the
cities, but of all things which con
tribute to make the country repul
sive os-a dwelling place to make
life in it dull, monotonous, gloomy,
miserable ar.d not always healthful
the badness of the roads stands first.
That the subject of good roads is im
portant enough to be considered by
Congress, and in a broad and liberal
way, there can be no doubt. Before
the advent of railroads it was a com
mon saying that a country's civiliza
tion might be measured by its roads.
If such were the case now, Scott
county, as Well as the rest of the
State, would be far down in the
Let the press of the State continue
a unanimous howl for better roads
until something is done.
Dr. L. P. Ruff, the dentist
will be in Oran. Tuesday,
September 25th; Benton, Wednesday
26th; Commerce, from 27th until Sat
I will sell at my farm, one mile
northwest of Oran, Mo., on
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, '94.
One Mare, four Mules, four head of
Cattle, fortv head of Hogs, Binder,
Mower, Grain Drill, Hav Rake, Sulky
Harrow, Plows, two 'Wagons, one
Cart, Gears, a let of Hay t-nd other
articles too numerous to mention.
TERMS: All sums of $5 and under,
Cash. Over $5, a credit of 12 months
will be given, pmchaser giving note
with approved security, bearing 8
percent, interest. If paid at ma
turity, no interest will be charged.
Thos. J. Deaton and daughter,
Miss Mollie, who spent several days
in the neighborhood visiting relatives
and friends, have returned home.
C. D. Hutchison has a handsome
new two-seated hack on his Benton
station star route.
Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Bonnefon
went to Diehlstadt Sunday and re
Miss Daisy Leedy returned to
school at Forest Park, St. Louis on
afiy-The OLD LYNCH RYE- does
not intoxicate, it only gently cxhil
eratcs, and this because of its per
Probate court was in session in
adjourned term Monday and Tuesday
"Timothv,bay for sale bv Millar
& PiviRit, Benton,
Under The Microscope.
'' What u wan. that Thou rtyardmr
him. or the son of man that Tla'V oil
mindful of him?" The Scriptures.
Of all nature's works, man is the
most egotistical. He has assumed
that he is of suchexcepi iniitU iniKrt
ance in the scheme of ti'e Gi'entorj
that for him the sun, moon ;md stars
were made to shine, that to minister
to his wants the lower animals were
created, that for him the flowers
were made to bloom, the fruits to
ripen, the rivers to roll, and eVeis
the most distant planets some of
them hundreds of times bigger than
our earth -torevolve in their courses.
Such an assumption, however
pleasing and flattering to our self
love, will not stand the light of rea
son, and it takes only a few facts to
demolish it. Flowers "blush unseen"
in regions untrodden by the foot of
man. and they bloomed countless
ages before man appeared upon the
face of the globe. Many of the
planets arc older than the earth;
The man-forsaken regions of the earth
have their fauna unci their flora, ad
carefully nurtured by mother nature
as those which are man's constant
companions. For other purpwes they
were assuredly created than the sup
port or gratification of the supi enid
When we call in the microscope id
aid of our clumsy eyes, it opens to us
a whole under-world of beings whose'
existence was undreamed of by man
before he found optical help. And
every one of these minute organisms
is as great a marvel in its complete1
mechanism, its exquisite beauty or
repulsive ugliness and its adapta
tion to the sphere which it inhabits,
as is man himself. The tiny gnat
a mere speck in the sunbeam to oui
unaided vision becomes a wonderful
piece of complex mechanism tindei
the microscope. The compound eyes
of insects, the wings, limbs and ar
mor of all flying things, the spinner
etts of spiders, the scales on a but
terfly's wing, the pollen of plants
nay, even the grains of sand Which
constitute the soil of oUr bottom"
lands all these things and thous
ands more teach us that the great
Architect of the Universe Works as
carefully for the good of all as for
the good of any. it is even as He of
Nazercth pointed out to his disciples!
"Behold, , your Heavenly Fathei1
caret h for even these. "
The Newsiioy's Natural History
Man is a mere amateur, and doesn't
pretend to handle a microscope in a
scientific manner. But he has bad
6iich a world of wonders revealed to
him by the instrument that it had
humbled him as to the all import'
ance of his species, and he proposes
to give the readers of the paper some
account of what he finds in a drop or
drops of pond or slough water. : The
instrument used is a compound tnic
roscope, which multiplies up to (our'
teen thousand surfaces, No scion'.'
tific names or jargon will be used, for
the meanest of the creatures ttsWim
in a seemingly clear water-drop are
sufficiently puzzling without itemed
in eight or ten Greco-Latin sy!tble
. ( fit hfi 0mttrnntt. i-!f r .."
Read . ' The Protectbai Cc
Nun" on our fourth p3. 2? f "