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UNIVERSITY MISSOURIAN, SUNDAY, APRIIj 21, 1912
n Evening Daily by the Students in the School
of Journalism at the University of Missouri.
ItUFORD O. Brown -Iakry
. Managing Editor.
UNIVERSITY MISSOURIAN ASSOCIATION. INC.
James G. May, President.
Henry H. Kinyos. Secretary. , ,
Harry D. Guy Harrison BrownI I
Ward A. Nekk Paci. J. Thompson
Kex B. Macee. B. O. Brown.
OFFICE: 12 NORTH TENTH STREET. PHONE 53
fcnterwl at the 1'ostoflice of Columbia, Mo., as
second-class mail matter.
By earner or mail $3 a year.
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"ItltOKK. IIIT HAI'I'V."
After giving away more than ?C,
uOo.o(M) for battering (.'duration, I).
K. I'eaison announces on liis ninety
second birthday tliat lie is "broke,
.Mr. Pearson, it seems, is living on
a small annuity under tile agreement
that interest at the regular rate shall
he paid him on one or his gilts dur
ing his lifetime. While this insures
him enough to live on, Mr. Pearson
certainly is not wrong in announcing
that he is hioke; we believe he has a
right to be happy.
Others hae said that it is a dis
grace to die rich; Mr. Pearson is the
lirst. so far as we know, with the
courage of such convictions. May
piosperity, health and happiness at
tend him for a long time to come!
CAN IT UK IM)XK7
Senator Bourne of Oregon will
make no campaign for re-election.
This does not mean that he will not
be a candidate. He is making a new
departure in politics.
This is not the lirst new idea
Senator Bourne has contributed to
our political development. He was
the originator of the presidential pri
mary in Oregon, and through his in
fluence lie has aided in its inaugura
tion in other states. Now the sena
tor desires to see if the voters of his
state "have the intelligence to rec
ognize and appreciate good public
service by retaining publrc servants
who make good." or whether they
"prefer the old campaign system
use of money, character assassina
tion, personal contracts, sophistry,
misleading statements and skillful
straddling of leading questions."
I'ndoubtedly campaigning is too
often carried to extremes, and Sena
tor Bourne's act may be the begin
ning of a movement in the other di
lection. But at present the interest
ing thing will be. Can he do it?
XO MOKK "lKAI)VOOI I1CK."
"Deadwood Dick," hero of hun
dreds of dime novels, is dead. He
died in a jail hospital at Denver.Like
many an other hard lighter of the
plains he developed in later years
into a common vagrant.
The thrilling stories of "Dead
wood Dick" had some foundation in
fact Robert Dickey, to give his real
name, was one of many noted char
acters of the early days of the West.
He was a Civil War veteran who
passed from the army into Indian
fighting on the plains. He was not
the hero, however, that the stories
The popularity of the "Deadwood
Dick" stories long ago began to
wane. Bookstores no longer find the
ready sale for such novels that once
made their publication a great bus
iness. The American boy has more
to do these days than to read "Dead
wood Dick" and other stories of the
Dickey himself was not responsi
ble for these stories. I'nprincipled
writers who saw in these tales human
interest to lire the imagination of
the average boy. turned them into a
highly colored, grossly exaggerated
type of fiction. Dickey's gun doubt
less had earned many notches, his
long knife perhaps had carved its
share of Indians, but the load on
Dickey's soul can hardly be greater
than the responsibility that rests
with the men who perverted the
ideals of their profession to reap
large towards from this incendiary
brand of fiction.
THKY WI'KK S.VYIX( TIMK.
The Titanic with 1 X"0 of its pas
sengers is at the bottom of the At
lantic ocean. The Titanic was the
greatest ship afloat; it was the
greatest in point of cost, greatest in
point of capacity, greatest in luxury
but size and strength apparently
do not mean greater safety to pas
sengers. A smaller siiip, it is said,
would have weathered the shock of
collision much better.
The Titanic was built to meet de
mands of speed, of capacity, of lux
ury. It could carry 3,."i(H) persons
and on its first and last voyage car
ried more than 2,200 passengers. It
would seem that such a ship would
take the safest route across the
ocean, that its owners would take
the fewest possible chances, but this
was not the case.
There is a northern and a so.ithern
route across the ocean. At this time
of year the northern route is made
dangerous by floating icebergs, such
as the one the Titanic struck. Nat
urally one would expect the Titanic
to take the southern route. The rea
son it did not seems to have been
one of time economy. The northern
route is quicker and ships ate aided
on American trips by the Newfound
The desire of owners, anil of pas
sengers as well, to save a few hours
on the trip over, caused the Titanic
to be sent over the northern route.
(!o eminent reports had announced
danger to ships from floating ice
bergs, other ships had encountered
them with damaging results, but
ships had taken chances before.
This tiling of taking chances with
lies of others is an old and sicken
Holiday in Texas.
War declared against Spain, 1S!8.
.Iohu It Spears, journalist and
author, born 18.10.
Battle of San Jacinto. Texas, lSSU.
James K. Kendrick. clergyman and
educator, a president of Vassar Col
lege, born 1821.
Kdward T. Cox, geologist, a pro
fessor at the I'niversity of Indiana,
(leorge P. Gordon, inventor and
printer, invented the Yankee and
Franklin presses, born 1810.
Henty W. Shaw ("Josh Billings"),
humoritthumorist, born 1818.
Henry K. Bush-Brown, sculptor,
iiis "Indian Buffalo Hunt" atraotcd
much attention, born 1S.17.
Echoes of Yesterday
Five Years Ago.
According to Jefferson City news
papers, the inter-urban railroad was
'almost an assured fact."
One of the biggest real estate deals
ever made in Missouri was in Fulton,
whereby Samuel W. Roberts of Boon
ville became owner of a Callaway
County farm of 4,120 acies for which
lie paid $1 .'.1.000.
Ten Years A so.
The graduating class in law of the
I'niversity of Missouri decided that
its members must ride in a special
Pullman when they went to St. Louis
and Jefferson City at the. close of
school to take court examinations.
They were to enter practice in the
I'nited States District Court at St.
Louis and the State Supreme Court
at Jefferson City.
Twenty Years Ago.
John S. Clarkson resigned as as
sistant cashier of the Exchange Na
tional Bank of Columbia and was
elected a director. He was succeed
ed by W. W. Carth.
Thirty Years Ago.
The Rev. W. R. Rhodes of St.
Louis accepted the invitation to
preach the I'niversity baccalaureate
I'oity Years Ago.
The Rev. It. S. Campbell was in
stalled pastor of the Columbia Pres
Pi fly Years Ago.
A Hag with thirty-four stars was
given to Colonel Lewis Merrill's reg
iment by Boone County citizens.
Colonels Merrill and Guitar formed
their commands on the campus of
tlie rniersity of Missouri, where
the ceremony was held. Dr. John H.
Lathrop made the presentation
IHCH SCHOOL YKAK BOOK SOON"
The Cresset Will Be Oi initial in
Showing School Life.
The Columbia High School year
book, the Cressett went to press yes
terday and will be out about May 1.
It will contain snap shots of school
life, essays and short stories by the
students. Everything in it is original.
The ground on which Columbia
now stands was bought at the gov
ernment land sales. November 18,
ISIS, by an association known as
the Smithton Company. The town
of Smithton was started the same
j ear about one-half mile west of
where the courthouse now stands.
Smithton grew to be quite a city,
fifteen or twenty log houses built in
the course of a year. It seems that
the first year or two the town had
no waterworks but depended on Flat
Branch for its water supply. How
ever, some of the good citizens con
ceived the idea that waterworks were
a necessity and tried to put down a
well. But no water could be found
under the surface of the ground.
Then it was decided to move the
Columbia was laid out early in
1821. The first land boom struck
the county when the lots were offered
at auction May 28, 1821. They went
like hot cakes and the entire town of
Smithton was moved bodily over.
This was the beginning of Columbia.
The lirst house in Columbia was
built in 1S20 by Thomas Duly. It
stood on what now is the southeast
corner of Broadway and Fifth street.1
At lirst it was an unpretentious log
cabin, one story high, with one win
dow, one door and one chimney.
Later on it was weatherboarded and
an ambitious landlady obtained pos
session of it and started a rooming
house. This was the beginning of
.1 lonir line of rooming bonnes v-
tending down to the present day.
In 1821 A. J. Williams built the
first store in town just across the
street from the first residence and
looming house. General Richard
Gentry built a hotel the same year
on Bioadway. Columbians can see
still standing near the Katy tracks
on Locust street a brick house built
by Charles Hardin in 1821.
By the end of 1821 there were all
told about twenty houses in Colum
bia. With the exception of the brick
house of Hardin's they were all log,
mud daubed, with one window and
Columbia became the seat of jus
tice for the county after Smithton (lis
appeared from the map. Court was
first held in 1S2'" in a log cabin
about lifty yards east of the present
jail. The first jail was 'built a few
yaids northwest of the present court
house and the first keeper was John
In 182:! missionaries, who had
been sent to the far west by the
Home -Missionary Society of New
York, organized the lirst church in
Columbia. The first meeting was in
the brick house of Charles Hardin.
The Rev. Allen McQuire was the first
pastor, serving from 1827 to 183.1.
In 1830 the first execution took
place in Columbia, when a man was
hanged to a tree on the ground
where Christian College now stands.
The man was stood on a cart. The
The man was stood on a cart. Rope
was fastened around his neck and
drawn taut over a limb. Then the
cart was pulled out from tinder him
and he was allowed to strangle. He
had been convicted of murder.
In 1832 the good citizens of Co
lumbia were favored by a theatrical
production of a home talent com
pany. On the night of December 2.1
the company presented "Pizarro, or
tiie Deatii of Rolla" at the opera
house, which was an extra long log
cabin. Not wishing the people to go
home with this terrible tragedy still
burning their minds, the players then
gave a comedy, called "My Uncle."
This first theatrical company found
Columbia audiences very apprecia
tive, for it later on gave the same
play over again.
Columbia College, the forerunner
of tiie I'niversity, was founded in
1S31. The year before this Mrs. H.
T. Peerce established a school for
young ladies. She advertised that
she "taught spelling, reading, writ
ing. English grammar, geography,
painting water colors, body colors,
Here is a list of some of the text
books used in the first schools of
Columbia: "Torrey's Primer,"
"Toney's Pleasing Companion for
Girls and Boys," "Torrey's Moral In
structor and Guide to Virtue,"
Smiley's I'nited States Speaker."
The first newspaper published in
Columbia was the Missouri Intelli-,
gencer, first issued here May 4, 1S30.
The first postoffiee was established
in 1.S21 with Charles Hardin post
master. It was on Flat Branch. The
first stage of coach route to go
through Columbia was that estab
lished by Wetzel, McClelland, and
Stephens, who were in control of the
leading stage lines of the state. The
first stage coach reached Columbia
in 1834, bringing the mail overland
from St. Charles. Previous to that
the mail had been brought over from
New Franklin, whither it came by
The corner stone of the first Uni
versity building was laid July 4.
The North Missouri Railroad, now
the Wabash, reached Columbia Oc
tober 29, 1SC7. Even before that a
railroad had been much talked of
from Mexico to Jefferson City via
The lirst county fair held in .Mis
souri was at Columbia October 10
and 17, 1S;;.1.
George C. Bingham, the Missouri
artist, opened a studio in Columbia
The first resident lawyer of Colum
bia was probably John IS. Gordon,
grandfather of Marshall Gordon. He
came to Columbia to live about 1821".
Before that there had been plenty of
lawyers here transacting business,
but none lived here. They resided
at St. Charles, St. Louis or some
other city, and rode over the state,
following the court.
The lirst bank in Columbia was
the Banking House of Prewitt and
Price established in 18.17. This was
the first national bank in Missouri
and the third west of the Mississippi
William B. West owned the first
automobile in Columbia. He brought
it here June 1, 1UU.1. Mr. West still
has the car in his garage. It is a
runabout with only one cylinder. The
lirst time lie ran it down the street
he was told that he would not be al
lowed to run such a tiling in tills I
part of the country. A little later i
F. A. Sampson bought one. It was'
the pioneer work of these two ma-
chines to "break in" the town.
Columbia lias nearly twenty miles
of paved streets. The lirst pavement
brick was laid in 11)06. C. A. L.
The New Books
The Little Count of Normandy.
"The Little Count of Normandy;
or. The Story of Kabul, is a delight
ful and fascinating medieval romance
for young readers by Evaleen Stein,
author of "Gabriel and the Hour
Hook" and other pretty xaies of early
France. ihe scene is laid in Nor
mandy dur,i.j His reign of Charles
VI. and to a :e:iurkable degre repro
duces tiie utmos.ihe.c of the days of
chivalry. The inter-st of the stone-enters
in lilt'c Itcoul. the sun of a
brave count ,vho had fallen fighting'
for his king. The little heir to a
great title and estate thus Becomes
tiie object of the jealous hatred of a
wicked uncle, who lays snares to kiil
the lad. But a mother's love and
wise strategy circumvent the clumsy
schemes of the recreant uncle. How
the little Raoul escapes from his
University Missourian 's Official Weather Report
J w 9m.
April 20. 1912
Observations taken at 9 a. m.
of equal ic rressure. Isotherm, (dotted
O dear; Q partly cloudy: cloudy:
---y. -i y
I .L A. i V--- . zv. - -P lit ."irw.
ill ' I ' I r Ao I . tw I -iiTi
peraiure ptsi n nours; secona. precipiuwon oi .ui men or more for past 21 hours: third,
WK.XTHKK rOXIMTIOXS: A storm ana covers the Rocky Mountain country, attended by tin. Lake
region, upper Mississippi and Missouri valleys, and generally along the I'aciiri- Coast. Freezing temperatures
this morning are confined to Colorado, Nevada. I'tah and Montana.
The weather in Columbia will be more or less unsettled for the next two or three days, probablv
with showers. The temperature should continue inode.-ate.
hireling villains, how he is secretly
sent in charge of a shrewd and kindly
peasant for refuge and training to
the great abbey-fortress o- alount
St. Michael, how lie is again stolen,
but revenged and rescued by the sa
itself, and how through his gentle
courtesy and true manliness the
brave little Raoul touches the heart
or his bad kinsman, makes an exceed
ingly absorbing and entertaining
story. The customs of a romantic
day, the character of the people, are
vividly brought out and the nobles
and peasants gentle rolk and simple
who move through the tale are
portrayed with charm and pictur
esqueness. (L. C. Page & Co. Bos
ton. $1.2.1. J
Adding Machine Kim 1.V Motor.
A new adding machine has been
purchased by the Boone County
County for the county clerk's office.
It is i uu by an electric motor or by
hand. An old machine was given as
Do You Want Work
to Do in Odd Hours ?
A Missourian Want Ad rdll Get It for You.
Three lines, three times - 25 cents.
Five lines, three times - - 35 cents.
One week, each line 15 cents.
The University Missourian
For the rest of the school year
Phone 55, and receive all the news,
delivered daily and Sunday
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