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THE AKQU3, ygTIUncDAgV APItTIi.gn. 1007.
oeonrred the marriage-of MiM Till
Koaski and John Krspp. The bridal
couple were attended by Mist Mary
Kouski. titter of tbe bride, and Fred
J. Krtpp, brother of the groom. Be?.
Mennioke. of Book Inland, officiating.
The young eon pie were the recipient
ef a number of ery detirable present.
While retaining home Saturday at
abont 11 o'clock Kbert Seckville
attacked by three men. Just
oora tiuBTa mArnmmom.
8oath jleights, April 8L At tbe
chool election held here lait Satur.
day aftrauoo, B. 8. BUrit was
looted director for a term of three
Earl Law head visited Saturday
with relatives here.
Mlsies Edith and Susie Johnson
visited relative here Tuesday.
Mr. Chapman and family hare
mored Into Juha Campbell'a home,
lately vacated by Mr. Lucas.
Mm. MofBt, of Beynolds, la spend
ing e few days with her daughter,
Mrs. H. K. Walker, and family.
Clinton Stafford, who attends
school In town, is spending his vaca
tion at his home in Green River.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Willms cele
brated their 25th wedding annlver.
tary Saturday evening at their home
Mrs. . William Tllbrook and sin
Clarence, of Port Byron, spent a
short time with Mrs. E. J, Sajder,
el. Iten. of tbe firm of L. Iten &
Son, of Clinton, visited a short time
with hit sitter Mrs. John Alter Sat
nrdty and Suodsy.
Mi. J. J. Lucas left last week for
Mitsouri, which v. Ill probably bs her
future home. Mr. Lucas espects to
go In a short time.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Irvin left
Saturday for Cedar Bapid to vlait
relative. Mrs. Irvin will be gone
about a week, but Mr. Irvin will
probably return sooner.
Miss Llzxle Gilbert, of Green Biver,
Is spending tbe week with Mrs
CspU Deck. She will also attend
the Teacheaa' convention, which
meets In the citv this week.
A little 4-je'sr-old boy went to
the store tbe other day to buy some
marbles. When asked what kind he
wanted, he aeil, the kind George
told me te get.n -What kind Is tbatr"
asked the storekeeper. "Bonnd ones,"
replied the little fellow.
COAL YALUCT CULLIKO.
Cos! Valley, April 11 Steward
Dow, of the eouoty poor farm, re
turned from Jacksonville Saturday
with six incurable imane patient
The number of insane at the county
hospital Is now 80.
Friday evening prepatatorv ser
vices will be held at the Presbyterian
Grandpa Gilpin and Mrs. M. Gil
pin, of Cotdova. arrived today on a
visit to w. J. liiipin.
Ur. W. W. Buley and wife re
turned from St. Louis last week.
Mr. Bailey is now a full-fladged M
V , having juat graduated from the
medical college of St. Louis.
Tbe school election this year was
nnusuauy quiei, none oi me women
turning out to vote. The full num
ber of votes cast was 74. of whloh
Joieph Woolly received 39 anl S. L
The publlo schools observed Arbor
dty by appropriate exercltes. Ow.
Irg to the r xtrtme cold the eseroises
e e not ae well attended as they
would have been under more favora
Wednesday, at the residence of
the bride's mother at 8 o'clock p. m
A Graphic Description of
ahesd of Mr. Sackville were three
men on horseback. He was driving
a yonng horse, and on its becoming
restless he asked them to let him
pass, whereupon they dismounted
nd began an assault upon him
James tfaokville, his brother, bad
ost iert mm ana was partly across
the fields near his home, but on
hearing his brother's cries went to
the rescue, when upon reaching the
4cene he was struck with such force
ts to knock him down. The assault
took place juat on the southwestern
uno oi this townsbip. Robert Sack
ville sustained several cuts and
TAILQB BIOUSS TOPICS.
Taylor Bidze, April 21. Press
Ball was a Bock Island visitor last
a. i. layior is quite sick mis
Godfrey Schneider lost a valuable
cow last week.
Mrs. T. J. Starkey went to Bock
Mrs. John Spickler went shopping
In Bock Island Monday.
John Ziemer had the misfortune
to lose bis best horse last Friday.
u. r. tsioaaara, oi idgington, was
t koce iiana visitor last Thursday.
Frank Badham, our popular post
master was in Bock Island on busi
nm Me wart has taken the con
tract for bmldlbg a large horse barn
lor ionn maaeiy.
iwenty-nve people from Taylor
cuage ooogni lionets lor tbe Uttum
era quartet concert in Milan on the
farmers are very busy just now
mowing oats. This is the late;
pring record In many years, for
Mrs. Forest Yonng. of Edgington,
is Improviog slowly, though she has
to depend on the use of crutches to
Kev. Holmes went up to Oquawka
to bring his wife home. She ha
oeen ou a visit to her parents for the
pats two weeis
C. II. Wayne, Dr. Birchard. James
Morrison, Nathan Taylor. Gdorge
Maxwell-and M. Burnt came over
Monday evening fur the Sheldon mu
The school election tor Taylor
Bidge was held last Saturday after,
noon at the Exoesior school house.
Only six were present, as thee wa
very little business to be transacted
John Spickler was reelected director.
no propositions or other business to
aiiena to, Having all been settled at
the township election. The election
for Taylor Bidge. at the Miller school
was a j so neid last Saturday after-
oo-n. Tbe town Is divided into two
districts east and west.
Kejnolds, April SO Mrs. S.
What Is Meant by This Fern ef Aeate
HlMiT Wbcre Doctors
When a cheerful, brave, light-hearted
woman is suddenly plunged Into that
perfection of misery, the blubs, it is S
It ia usually this way :
" She haa been feeling " out of
for some time; head
haa ached, and
back also; haa
once or ' TJV
twice; Head kTjf-j
disxy, ana . y
heart haa F I
fast! then that bearing-down feeling.
Her doctor eaya, "cheer up, you have
dyspepsia; you'll be all right eoon."
But she doesn't get "all right" She
grows worse day by day, till all at once
ahe rcallzea that a distressing female
complaint ia established.
Her doctor haa made a mistake.
She haa lost faith in him S hope van
tehee; then cornea the brooding, mor
bid, melancholy, everlaatlng blubs
Her doctor, if he knew, should have
told her and cured her, hut he did not,
and she waa allowed to suffer. By
chance ahe came across one of Mrs.
Pinkham's books, and In it ahe found
her very symptoms described and an
explanation of what they meant. Then
ahe wrote to Mrs. Pinkhatn, at Lynn,
Mass., for advice, feeling that ahe waa
telling her trouble to at woman.
Speedy relief followed, sad vigorous
Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Com
pound Instantly asserts ita cnratiTe
powers In all those peculiar ailments
of women. It has beea. the standby
of Intelligent American women for
twenty years, and the story recited
above la the true experience of hun
dreds of women, whose letters of
' ftatitoda are to be soonA on Ale ba
Mrs, llokhams library.-
The Little Town of Aberdeen a
REFUGE FOB RU5ATTAT COUPLES.
Tn OU Baalres Who Called All C-M.it
Wttnoa Legal Form r Aataortty Stow
Many of Their Victims Wonder tf They
As Really Mmrrted.
Opinions recently ejiiiessed by two em
inent Jurists regarding the legality of mar
riage contracted in Ohio by Don residents
of tbe state bring ap a question which In
volves tbe internet of tent of thousands of
families all over the United States. The
situation Is a peculiar one and ts the re
sult of the extraordinary laxity with which
the marriage laws have been observed tn
SQCTRE MASSIE BEASLET.
the little town of Aberdeen, which lies on
the Ohio river opposite Maysville, Ey.
The Ohio lnw provides:
Previous to persons being Joined in mar
riape notice thereof shall bo published in the
presence of the congregation on two differ
ent davs of public worship, the first publi
cation to be at least ton days previous to
sncb marriage, within the county where tbe
female resides, or a license shall be obtained
fur that purpose from the pro'oate Judge in
the county where such female may reside.
The meaning of the above provision
seems obvious enough, says the Louisville
Courier-Journal. But probate judges
throughout that state have seen fit to con
strue it very liberally, holding that they
could Issue lloense to people coming from
out of tho state, which seems In direct con
tradiction of the law. The majority of
tho thousands of victims of the Aberdeen
marriages have not even the shallow pre
text of a questionable license, however, on
which to base their claims to holy wed
lock. All they have or ever did have is
a document purporting to be a marriage
certificate and bearing the signature of a
mnn who, in the eyes of the law, had no
right whatever to iicrforra such ceremony
without n lawfully issued license.
Tbe history of Alierdeen aa a matri
monial center and tho Mecca of harassed
lovers is uniquo and interesting. It has
been called the "Gretna Green of the Ohio
Volley," tho "Grotna Green of America,"
etc., but the term "Gretna Green" is piti
fully inadequate when applied to a place
whose importance far exceeds that of tbe
little Scotch border town where a certain
brawny blacksmith tied tho hymeneal knot.
Episodes transpiring in the latter place)
wnicn were wont to be sung by Scottish
bards have been of everyday occurrence In
Aberdeen far a period of more than 75
The popularity of Aberdeen as an elope
ment rendezvous dates back to the days of
ono 1 nomas tehelton, or "tho old squire."
as bo is spoken of by the people of Aberdeen
in order to distincuisb bim from his suc
cessor, Squire Massie. Ikasley, who will
always be known and spoken of aa "the
Squire oi Aberdeen.
It was In 1823 that Thomas Shelton was
elevated to the office of justice of tbe
peace, then as now an important position
in tno social and political life of Aber.
dcen. Immediately upon his accession he
began to set the marriage laws of the
state at defiance. During the course of
his regime, which endured continuously
until bis death in 1870, he married many
thousands of eloping couples, not one of
whom bad a lloense.
But it remained for his successor, Massle
Beasley, to give to Aberdeen tbe reputa
tion It deserves of being tbe greatest Gret
na Green the world has ever teen. The
good people of the village paraphrase the
Biblical passage apropos tbe prowess of
Saul and David by saying that Squire
Sbelton married his thousands and Squire
Ben nle J his tens of thousands.
Tho matrimonial traffic as carried on
by Squire Beasley ia something unprece
dented. Be construed the marriage laws
even more liDcrally than bis predecessor,
ana anting nis term or ollice, which ex
tended over a period of 29 years, and
which, like that of Squire Shelton, en
uured continuously nntil his death, he
married more than 20,000 couples. A ma-
jorlty of these marriage ceremonies were
performed without a license. At Squire
""""7 s aeatn in isus a stop was put
upon tho nonlicense marriages at Atwr.
decn by the state's fining a number of lay
men who took it upon themselves to fol
low tbe lucrative practice built up by the
Elopements have always been tbe life of
tae town, ana there Is not a man, woman
or cnua tnereln who Is not proud of Aber.
oecn t unparalleled record. The little
country paper published In tbe village is
uk ureras ureen, ana tbe ferry,
boat which plied between there and Mays
ville for 1 years was named the Gretna
Green. It was on board this boat that
many hundreds ef eloping couples were
married. This was a matter of accident
as often as of choice, for tbe reason that
when the squire was not to be found fa
his office or at tbe tavern he was strolling
about the ferry landing or on board the
bquire Beasley waa In the hmhiM fn
all there was in it. He began operations
uy awing we wonia oe Benedict if be
rcauxea toe great risk be was imposing
upon a magistrate of the law should that
official grant his request, and if be was
aware of tbe fact that a heavy fine and
i song term or Imprisonment awaited tho
I perpetrator of such crime. After imnm.
A Ufa roe se Ceass. log She love stck swain with tbe gravity of
Many people have been cored ef situation and with much hem-tng and
kidney disease by taking a 50 cent r."!?8, I8 "quir8 wonW ficJ agree to
bottle of Foley's Kidney Cure. Sold
vj as. . Duaaa a.
Ash has returned from her
Mrs. Smith went out to Cable Mon
llliam Stanley was a visitor in
Kock Island Saturday.
nir. ana Mrs. x. S. Bowes spent
Easter Sunday in the country.
Mrs. Tom Moftit is barely able to
oe out again after her severe illness.
miss Kschel Sherrard was a Rock
Island visitor last week f.ir . f
Messrs. Wairuer. Wait. Rirrh.r
and Hogan spent last Sunday in the
A hue baby boy arrived at the
nome oi ur. and Mrs. John tw.n
Mrs. Walter Uoyd. of Milan, came
over aaiuraay evening for a visit
wim nome ioiks.
Mrs William Coffen. of Chicago, la
pending a few weeks at her daugh
ter aire. Rev. rnbank'a.
Miss Nols Ekstrom returned tn
Rock Island Monday morninu. ftr
having Sundayed at home.
Mrs. Margaret Ober and grand
daugbter. Miss Mabel Webste., leit
last Wednesday, for Ohio, where
they intend to spend the summer.
At the school election Saturday
W. II. Wbeaton was elected director,
rtceivini; 32 votes. There was no
eppo ition, and no unusual issue involved.
Mm. Rev. Houck has recovered
from her throat troub'e, but is not
fully recovered otherwise, as she had
a com pile Uiou of troubles whioh
kept her bedfast for two weeks or
It was tbe pleasure of your corre
spondent to attend the Baptist Peo
ple s senior league last Sunday. This
branch of christian work is carried
ua vj ootn oia ana yonng ana some
cry excellent papers were read. The
one by Miss No a Ekstrom is espe
cially deserving much credit. They
would be gristly pleased by a larger
attendance, and all are cordially in
vited to attend. The hour is 6:30
stipulated was always a big figure. Sqsdre
seasiey was a shrewd observer, ana sue
amo-iot fixed by him usually correspond
ed pretty accurately with the waUet of the
rjqnire Beasley would accept nothing mn
oaab as a marriage fee, bis business motto
being, "No money, no marry." In this
respect he differed materially from his pred
ator. Squire Shelton would accept a
pocketknlf e in fee for such service rather
than miss tbe job.
Many of tbe elopers came by carriage.
on horseback or on foot, but tbe majority
of the runaway marriages took place on
board tne Gretna Green, or on the ferry
landing .itself. Scarcely a day passed
without some sncb incident. The squire's
ton Thomas was pilot of tbe Grotna Green,
and as he is said to have received a com
mission on - every bridal couple whom be
landed on the Ohio snore, it goes without
saying that he was not idle during all
these yeera. When an agitated and breath
less couple came hnrrying down to tbe
ferryboat, with an infuriated father or
guardian following close at their heels, it
was Thomas Beasley who calmed their
fears by tbe assurance that be would see
them safely over and that he would not
give their followers an opportunity of
boarding the boat, And be was always
true to his promise. As soon as the elopers
sad crossed tbe gangplank the good Gret
na Green was turned toward the welcom
ing green shores of Aberdeen.
Thus roiled, tbe enraged and outwitted
parents were wont to follow in skiffs.
Then there was excitement, not only for
the boat's erew and the contracting par
ties, bnt also for the residents on both sides
of tho liver. Tbe pilot bad his own code
of signals, whloh be had arranged for the
purpose ef facilitating his father'a busi
ness methods. Everybody knew when the
Gretna Green emitted six short, sharp
shrieks of ber whistle that there was a
ehaso to Aberdeen, and it was then a race
between squire and people to see who
would get to the landing first. Long be
fore the boat had touched shore every man,
woman and child in tbe town, who waa
able to run, walk or crawl, had congre
gated about the squire, who was taking tn
the situation through tbe immense spy
glass which he always carried for that
purpose Be was always ready for such
emergencies, his vest pocket containing a
goodly stock of blank marriage certifi
cates, and as bis marriage ceremony was
short, he made quick work of an elope
ment once ne stood face to face or even
within earshot of the refugees.
Uhe only people who ever said harm of
Massie Beasley, or who ever tried to do
him serious injury, were the local members
of the clerical profession on both sides of
tbe river, who openly denounced him from
their pulpits. But in spite of all their
preaching and teaching against him.
when members of their congregations
wanted to get married It was often Aussie
Beasley, and not the minister, who was
favored with the job of tying tho knot.
One of the most bitter and vituperative
denunciators of what he termed "this
crying evil in our midst" was a preacher
who received a call to Aberdeen some fow
years before the squire's death. This
worthy man coaxed and pleaded, urged
and exhorted, but to no avail. Wedding
parties passed the parsonage door every
day on their way to the squiro's and still
the fees that by rights should hnvo helped
to swell the meager salary of the minister
rolled into the already full, and overflow
ing coffers of tho merry magistrate. At
last, seeing that all his earnest exhorta
tions to bis flock wero as teed sewed on
barren ground, tbe discouraged parson de
cided to make a specialty of the matri
monial business himself, seeing that there
was more money in it than in preaching
mo. minister introduced many new
wrinkles into the business. Indeed he
was obliged to do so in order to get a start.
To this end be cut rates and established
agents at the ferry landing in Aberdeen
and at the wharf and railroad stations in
Maysvilla Of course tho squire was
obliged to follow suit In order to keep
abreast of tho times. As a consequence
every couplo who landed on either side of
the river, whether by ferry, steamboat or
railroad, if they boro any evidence of be
ing matrimonially inclined, wore imme
diately pounced upon by these persistent
The squire oT Aberdeen enjoyed a pres
tige, however, that it bad taken genera
tions to establish, and the parson, not
withstanding his brisk and brilliant be
ginning, was destined to enjoy bnt a short
career in this profession. He realized in
dne time that it was useless to try to com'
pcto with tbe squire, and so when he re
ceived a call from another part of the coun
try it was gladly accepted, and tbe squire
was once more and ever afterward cock of
Sometimes, through a spirit of mischief.
a wag of the town would wager that he
s A. -TRIBUTE TO ART.
aia eenmies provided be
use lane to mifw ua
running the risk lacexred. Tho Brass
THE BOAT THAT CARRIED THEM OVKB.
could beguile a couple in search of tbe
squire Into believing that he waa the man
and actually marry them himself. His
opportunity usually eame when tbe squire
was absent at the county seat, where be
was frequently called and whither be al
ways went reluctantly. A 11 Aberdeen folks
were adepts in spotting elopers, and It was
not a difficult matter to find victims for
the practical joker and his boon compan
ions. The selected couple were conducted
to tbe tavern parlor, where tho presumptu
ous wag, In wig and spectacles, waa intro
duced to the green and gullible swains as
tbe squire of Aberdeen, who straightway
performed the ceremony, signed their mar
riage certificate with tbe name of hlaasle
Beasley, congratulated tbem and pocketed
the fee. When the couple, supposing them
selves to be married, had departed, tbe
counterfeit squire repaired to tbe barroom,
collected his beta and spent the whole
amount in treating tbe amused and amazed
crowd.' Incidents of this kind were, alas,
of only too frequent occurrence, and thus
many people who are now trembling with
the thought of having been married by
Squire Beasley may be in an even more
; . ' Soldiers oa the Crawl.
A French colonel at Po micro is teaching
his officers and men to crawl on their stom
achs and haa invented a leather glove to
Mln Ik. .imii Tlu. Moinunt .u . M
I travel 10O sid In this lixAnnjif. withanS
StiSnewhera in WaahlmMm w
, " r-
W berets not neccsnarr to tha main Mint
at Issue in this abort article on the de
velopment and nndevelopment of sit ia
tbe national capital is a mansion pre
sided over hv a Trunin nf nwhli nJ
refinement She is a most artistic wom
an, too, ana in ber house are some un
usually fine trinrea nf mlnMna .nH
nary. There ia also a Milesian maid, by
won juuBgie, wno anows a deal more
shout housecleaning than she does about
SCUlnture. and Manris has hnAn Irvinn
for a long time to cultivate her taste up
w sue puimoi properly appreciating tbe
painted and carved beantv with which
ahe daily comes in contact.
Xot many days ago the mistress and
the maid were going over tbe house with
brush and broom, putting it in especial
order for s musicale that was to be given
to a few artists and fashionables, and
tbe mistress observed that tho maiil n
three several occasions passed by with
cold neglect or cloth and brush a beau-
cuui ngure ox tne venus ae Medici,"
in an suoove just on tne naiL
"Here. Maggiol" she called. "Why
don't you brush tho dust off this figure?"
"Which wan. mem!' ' inanired Mas.
trie vcith meat innooence.
Toe 'Venus' thero tn the alcove, of
anuiaa. Haa" .find tha lanv cnnrhM It
with her finger "you have left dust all
Tis. mem." confessed Mamria. "bnt
I do be thinkino for a lnnfr timn. mum
that there aht to be something on it.
It was a delichtfnl and lacteal enrnaa.
Tier bans, bnt tho ladv eon Id acareelv an
oeps it, ana maggie s nrusn removed
even the dusty drapery she wished to
leave. Washington star.
It may be worth something to
know that the very best medicine for
restoring the tired out nervons sys
tem to s healthy vigor is Electric
Bitters. This medicine is purely
vegetable, acts by giving tone to the
nerve centere in the stomach, gently
stimulates the Liver and Kidneys,
and aids these organs in throwing off
impurities in the blood. Electric
Bitters improves the appetite, side
auesuon, sna is pronounced by
those who have tried it as the very
nest Diooa puriner ona nerve tonic
Try it. Sold for 50 oents or 11 per
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