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' £oßt His First Law Suit, but Won
a Wife, Which Has Ever Since
Been His Strong Right Bower-
Visited v Washington ; City on
Her Bridal Trip and Predicted,
"Some Day Her Husband
Would Be President," and Has
Ever Stuck to it- Happy Remi
nicences of His ' Early Career
as an Attorney at Canton.
fk President McKinley, as > a young
attorney, lost his first case in the
Common court of Stark county,
*j as shown by the records, but he
■ won a bride. He also was elected
prosecuting attorney during the
trial. ,•«This case was . first » heard
before i Justice 'Philip Loew of
Navarre, Stark county, in 1869
. Loew is a rock-ribbed Democrat,
but has much love for McKinley.
„ Loew, strange as it may seem, is
v still a justice of the peace in the
valley of Navarre, and has held
the office in an unbroken line all
these years.
John JRostetter, a farmer of
r> Bethlehem township, Stark county,
$ brought action against Philip.
Sheets, his tenant, to recover
■* damages of $213.20. The farmers
@ had a quarrel over some horses
Vi breaking into a wheat field. The
plaintiff caused an attachment to
be issued to satisfy his claim,
'" should he win the suit.
o Summons was served on Sheets
# March 18, 1869. He demanded a
rt jury trial. This was granted, and
April 6 was fixed as the time to
1 hear the case. The parties were
not ready and tUe~caßtT-ttta—nor
come to trial until May 8. It took
three days to hear the evidence
and the arguments. The jury
.finally gave judgment for the
defendant, Sheets, amounting to
$136.85. McKinley's client was
not satisfied with the issue of the
case and took an appeal.
During the trial of the case
McKinley had become engaged to
marry Ida Saxton, the belle of the
•town of Canton, and while the
. case was pending between Rostet
ter and Sheets, M*cKinley was
getting ready for the wedding
tour. He' 1 was married January,
1871. His interest in this import
. ant event of his life is shown in a
letter written a short time before
his marriage to Judge Ambler of
Salem, Ohio, then Congressman
from this district. The young
Canton attorney sent a letter of
inquiry to Congressman Ambler
of Washington, asking about the
I hotels of Washington and inform
ing Mr. Ambler of his approaching
marriage. This letter is now in
the possession of Attorney Ralph
Ambler of this city, * son of the
former Congressman. Ralph Am
bler, curiously enough, is now a
Republican candidate for common
pleas judge in this county.
The visit of William McKinley
and his bride to the national
capital was an eventful occurrence
in the young bridegroom's life.
It is said that the bride was so
pleased with the trip that she t hen
declared her husband would some
i day be President of the United
States. It is certain that such a
statement was made by Mrs. Mc-
Kinley early in her married life
and that she always clung to this
belief and repeatedly declared it
v to ■ friends, j
Another important event in the
life of McKinley that caused him
• to delay the case of Rostetter and
Sheets ''was his canvass for prose
cuting - attorney of Stark county.
He was nominated, as well known
here, partly as a joke, for the
county had been strongly Demo
cratic. The opposing candidate
was William A.| Lynch. McKin-'
ley, probably inspired with th«
idea of distinguishing himself in
the eyes of his prospective bride,
turned out and made such a vigor
ous campaign that he won and
when the ballots were counted in
the fall of 1869 he was elected
prosecuting attorney.
Here is another strange thing
clustering about this period of
McKinley's experience. The op
posing counsel in the Rostetter-
Sheets case was also this same
William A. Lynch. McKinley
won the election and his bride;
Lynch won the law case. Two
years later McKinley and Lynch
were again opposing candidates
for prosecuting attorney. This
was Lynch's turn and he easily
defeated McKinley. Mr. Lynch is
now a prominent business man
and lawyer here and one of Mc-
Kinley's strongest friends. He is
a gold Democrat and in 3896
worked for McKinley
The presiding judge in the case,
the parties to the suit, and moet of
;he jurors are dead. The little
house used as a court by Justice
Loew still stands near his grocery
store and serves as a small
Frink and I,abor.
From White Kiver Journal.
In the Journal a week or so i
ago reference was made to the «
charge that Frink, while in the
legislature, had voted against i
the eight-hour law, and the ]
lien-law. We have been to ]
the trouble of looking up the ]
record and find that so far
from opposing those measures, <
Senator Frink has voted for 1
them. Ln senate journal for t
1891 there appear the follow- i
34, by Mr. Adams; An «ct de- I
daring eight hours' labor shall i
constitute a legal day's work t
on all work done by and for i
the state, or any county or (
municipality therein. \
"Those voting in the affirma- 1
tive were: (Frink and four- 1
teen others)." (
The bill having failed to i
receive a majority did not i
pass, but later in the session it t
was called up again; as ap- <
pears by page 359. Senator \
Frink, with sixteen others,
voted for the bill, but it still
failed of a majority.
Among other labor measures
voted for by Mr. Frink was
one "relative to payment of
employees" (page 522); also
a bill (page. 244) "declaring
Labor day a legal holiday."
A member of the legislature
says that the only time Mr.
Frink was ever called to order
was on an occasion when a lien
law was under consideration,
and he said hotly, in answer to
another member, that he would
make a lien law strong enough
to take . the shirt off a man's
back if he didn't pay his help.
The Washington Iron Works, of
which Senator Frink is manager,
is the only strictly union labor
shop of its kind in .Seattle.
Seattle Banquet. The ova
tion tendered ex-Senator John L.
Wilson was the most remarkable
triumph in the political history of
the state of Washington. It wa&
not only an ovation but the cheer
ing continued until it seemed that
Senator Wilson's speech was to be
cut out by the long continued ap
plause. When he did take the
stand and began speaking, he
made the address of his life. I|
was a wonderful effort. —Everett
Tim es.
Kindly remember our advertisers when
j you buy. Also speak a good word for
The Republican,
And His Soldiers—He Told
of Their Bravery in Captiring
San Juan Hill-As Hospital
Nurses the Negroes Became
Double Heroes—But Governor
Roosevelt Had a Different
View of Them—They *rere
Cowards, Scullions, Trritors
and Unfit for Army Promotion—
His Nomination May Coe^ Re
publicans Many Negro Voltes.
Notwithstanding the personal
popularity of the tail end of tie
National Republican ticket for fttie
part he played at San Juan, y*t
trouble seems to be brewing for
the ticket among Northern Negro
voters, and for 'no other reason
than that Theodore Roosevelt was
nominated on it for the vice presir
dency. No military leader that
ever led a charge in battle array
ever spoke more commendatory of
'he gallantry a particular company
played under fire than did General
Roosevelt of the Twenty-fourth
and fifth Infantry (colored), that
came to the rescue of the famous
Rough Riders just as they were
about to be cut to pieces and
driven pell mell from San Juan
Hill by the Spaniards. la ihe nich
of time came the famous black
Indian fighters yeßi^g and singing
like demons and leaping over the
heads of the crouching Rough
Riders, who were hiding behind
whatever they could to ward off
:he deadly Spanish bullets. On
md upwards they pushed—in an
nstant a volley from the enemy
>lack troopers is swept into eter
lity—instantly it is refilled, when
igain it is swept away and so on
mtil more than half of the entire
;ompany are dead heroes on the
mttle field. Then it was that an
English officer (a spectator) rode
;o the front and begged of the
jolored troops to desist from try
ng to scale that Hill, "for no living
nan can ever accomplish it," but
;he colored soldiers were not made
>f the desisting stuff, and, ere night
"all, tfieir shiny faces were to be
jeen resting in the Spanish block
liouses. The Rough Riders fol
lowed in their wake, but the
laurels of the day belonged to the
Negroes and any other country,
save the United States would con
sider it an honor in the highest
to have history^ so record it. It
was then that General Roosevelt
sent the news to the headquarters
that soldiers in battle never dTs
played greater bravery than the
colored boys, who led the charge
at San Juan Hill.
The Spanish war at that memor
able battle came to a sudden end.
There was no more fighting to be
done, but there was still more
gallentry tor the Negro soldiers to
display, and they quickly laid
aside their swords and muskets
and with the tenderness of trained
nurses went to the hospitals and
nursed the wounded and fever
stricken white soldiers that were
sick unto death in that sun scorch
ed climate. There were few Ne
gro soldiers sick, for them to
nurse, for, as to the fever, they
were im amines, and they were not
as a rule wounded in that fight,
but simply killed. So grateful
were the mothers, wives, sisters
and daughters of the white soldiers
for the kind treatment their men
folk received at the hands of the
colored soldiers, that wherever
tfa.e Negsoes appeared after t.he>
had returned from Cuba their
paths were strewn with flowers by
those good ladies in every city,
and General Roosevelt continued
to speak m the highest praise of
GTON, FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 1900.
' Home again and the hero of San
Juan is nominated for the gover
norship of New York and during
his entire campaign he never made
a speech; without saying nice
things about the bravery of the
black soldiers.
ia But Governor Roosevelt was a
different man from General Lloose- %
velt. It suddenly occurred jto
Governor Roosevelt that the Negro
soldier was a coward, a scullion
and no more fit for army promo
tion than apes and monkeys. Not
one of the Negro soldiers that
drove the.f Spaniards . from San
Juan Hill, in Governor Roosevelt's,
estimation, merited the first promo
into. -, In fact the Negroes only r
fought at all, because he, Roose
velt, , drew : his revolver and
"threatened to kill the first man
that fled from; his post of duty as
they were doing. This was news
to the world, and -especially to all
persons who witnessed c that
famous San Juan charge, and the
statements were severely criticised
by all manner of man.
The Negroes in the North have an
opportunity now to show their dis
approval of Governor Roosevelt's
utterances, it would not surprise
the writer, if the Republican party
did not lose many Negro votes on
Roosevelt's account in such doubt
ful states as Indiana, New York,
New Jersey,. Kentucky, Kansas
and others where votes are most
needed. Should they do so in any
great numbers, as they could, it
would mean defeat for the Repub
lican presidential ticket, which
would be a most deplorable oc
currence. President McKinley
should not be made to suffer for
the sins of Governor Roosevelt
W&ft^Jt^W&yo**** to do any
that very thing.
Where Is'Oleson's.
Clayson's body was first found
3eyeral weeks since in the waters
of the Yukon; Relf's body has
been found not far from Claysons.
Several steamers have arrived
from the North since the finding
of the body of Relf, but no news
has as yet come to hand of the
finding of the body of Oleson. '• It
is generally supposed that all three
of these were murdered together.
Now Oleson was a lineman be
tween Mink and Hootcheco, and it
was in this immediate neighbor
hood where the murders occurred,
and it was here where O'Bryan,
the man who has been held for the
past six months by the Canadian
authorities upon suspicion of
having committed the murders,
was staying in a hut. Oleson
knew O'Bryan, but no intimacy
appears to have been shown to
exist between them. Now, if
Olesons body is not found before
long, a suspicion will arise that he
is not dead, but is implicated in
the murder of the other two, in
connection with O'Bryan.
Edward Clayson, Sr.
Who has permanently retired from politics.
Spend Much "Money for Drink
and Gamble—Saloons Get
Three Thousand Dollars Per
'■ Month from Colored Miners—
In Twelve Years Time it
: Figures 'up '.' ■to an' Enormous
Exceeds the Combined
Wealth of the Negroes of Cali
fornia, Oregon, Washington
and Idaho—More than All of
the Negroes in the West.
It is reported by a man that can
speak authoritatively that, the
colored citizens of Roslyn, this
state, spend the snug sum of $3,000
every month in the saloons of that
camp for drink and at cards, which,
if true, demonstrates the assertion
that has been frequently made in
times past by persons, who have
made a careful observation 'of the
race that, "the colored folk are
liberal spenders." What propor
tion this amount is of the whole
amount that they draw each month
in that camp the writer hereof is
not prepared to say, but be it a
large or a small proportion of it,
there is no doubt but that it is an
enormous sum to be squandered
for articles from which no good in
the world can be derived. That
means in the course of a year an
aggregate sura of $36,000 to say
nothing of the interest that the
amount would bring to any one
having that much to invest one
year with another. A-f^;
If no mistake is made the color
ed folk have been in Roslyn for
twelve years, and at one time there
aTfffiif tllites7Sn vf "ti;iie and' of course
they must have spent mor^e with ,
the saloon keepers than they do *
now, but suppose they have only
spent on an average $3,000 per
year, then in twelve years the j
saloons of Roslyn have gotten i
from them in round numbers
$432,000. What a vast sum of
money to be. paM out for drink and
fun, both of which are exceedingly
degrading to humanity. What an
amount of business can be done on
a capital of $432,000. With a
capital of that much cash in hand,
business enterprises worth almost
four million dollars could be
put under headway. That much
money with the labor that those
men could put behind it would be
equal to almost, ten million dollars
in bonded transactions. With the
labor that it took to make it in
twelve years, if properly handled
it would prove a power sufficient
to all but clog the wheels of this
government if ; it so desired.
Should $432,000 in actual cash be
withdrawn from the Northern
Pacific Railway system it would
come pretty near bankrupting it
and again putting it in the hands
of a receiver. That sum in hand
would buy the whole Sunnyside
irrigated territory and its improve
ments. To suddenly take that
much from the Jim Hill railroad
interest would cause the estate to
tremble and quake less it go to
pieces. That is more money than
all of the colored citizens in Cali
fornia, Oregon, Washington and
Idaho have in property. It is
more money than all of the color
ed citizens West of the Missouri
river have invested in business
enterprises. If the amount . was
invested in land it would" buy
every colored man in the state a
nice twenty acre home, and still
have a small bank account to lay
up for a rainy day.
It will thus be seen that it
behooves- the human family to
look after the little things even
more carefully than the big things.
There are hundreds of communi
ties in the South where equally as
many colored men work : just as
liar.l as those at Roslyn, and yet
do not spend &,tiOO,.yea, not half
of $1,000 for<driuk j and gamble in
a year to say i nothing of each
mouth. It appears that our Ros
lyu bretheren have come to the
conclusion that, inasmuch as them
that have must to lose, it shall be
equally true that, them that make
must spend, and spend foolishly
at that. Were ttiat amount of
money now hoarded 'up'among the
colored miners of .Jtoslya either
in cash or property, it would be a
community the entire state would
struggle to do homage to. The
color of the persons having it
would no longer be a barrier to
prevent the Caucasians from grant
ing them every recognition that
any other American citizen gets
regardless of his color or nation
The time for any race or nation
ality to save money 8 when it is
making money. The man or
woman who does not take the ad
vantage of an opportunity must
expect to see himself become the
slave, m away at least, to that
man or woman that i never f fails to
take advantage of every oppor
tunity to succeed that presents
itself. „.:' .. „,; !;;, v .; . „,i ;, ,: .
This articles by no meah ß in
tended as a tirade against tfeose
Koslyn men and women that do
those things, for every man has a
right to spend his money, after he
has made it. as suits him best, but
it is intended to show to the color
ed foU of the Northwest that if
they are not owners of valuable
properties, splendid' enterprises
and successful business houses and
blocks they themselves -'- are 1: to
blame for it^^lwauarioV^o^
o<w own all of those things, fcut
yon preferred to spend it for drink
and over the green cloth, : J To com
plain of the white men for not
giving your children an oppor
tunity to do any thing else but,
be hewers of wood and drawers of
water, should be!. the last thing
you should kick about as a race.
The opportunity has been present
ed to you and you simply uncere
moniously turned it down and
your children are , the "sufferers
therefor. So promote it be. ■
Charley Edmonds, who so mira
culously escaped death, being
dragged from the bottom ,of * the
mine by having one foot caught in
one of tlie ascending coal cars, is
able to hobble about 1 and :: the
doctor thinks by uo means will he
be a permanent cripple. ■■• j
Persons' wishing to subscribe
for The Republican can leave
their orders with John L. Robin
son at the barbershop, or Rev.
Bailey will also send in your order
if you will mal^eyouivwants known
to him. ~
A number of the well known
miners of this city are preparing
to leave for Seattle and the-Sound
country to spend the JjCqurth of
July. They, for the most part,
will take a week off. ;-,
This section -is being favored
with some good weather now,
which is very acceptable, owing to
the continuous cool w6ather that
ban prevailed. „ „'.; . ? ,
The report of a rich- strike in
the mountains just above Roslyn
has caused a good many of the
coal diggers to suddenly turn
gold diggers. :v^<.' r
Mr. J. iL. Chisholm, the only
colored census enumerator in the
state of Washington or the entire
Northwest for that matter, has
finished up his work and has made
his report to Superintendent
Myers. Mr. Chisholjir; was the
first colored man to hold a position
in the legislature of this state,
which was ; some ten , or twelve
years ago.

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