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At tne prices named, postage prepaid. The
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post othse in the county is the cheapest
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Free Trader and rhrnh,ictil Journal -Oni
Free Trader and St. Xicfmlat
Turi TmiiEM and Ikmorrtt't .VnutMu 3.75
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A Peoria distillery the other day bought
from the internal revenue bureau whi.-ky
stamps to t!io amount of $2,014,200.
The weight of a cask of water pulled out the
teeth of "The Man with the Iron Jaw," w hile
he was performing at the Indiana Mate lair,
the cask falling on bis bieast, find crushing
him to death.
Professor King, the aeronaut, made an as
cension in his big balloon from Chicago on
Thursday and after rising about a mile in the
air sailed off southward and up to yesterday
bad not been beard from.
Now that Foster is safely out of the woods
m Ohio, tne "Horsey and laughter" he was
6o earnestly begging the eastern banks to send
him can be transferred to Virgina, where Ma
hone is making such an earnest fight in behalf
of equal rights and repudiation.
The Peoria Democrat has put on a new
dress, and comes out clear and clean as a pm.
The Democrat is the leading demorratic paper
in the state ably edited, sound in doctrine,
and always up with the times. It ought to be
a household pet In every democratic family in
the state.
Charles Fuller, a farmer living five miles
cast of Illoomington, was struck dead by
lightning in his barn-yard on the 8th Inst., and
was found two hours alter wards barely in time
to prevent his body from being eaten up by
the hogs.
Dr. John G. Holland, well known in the lit
erary world by the title ol "Timothy Titcomb,"
and fur the last half dozen of years as the edi
tor of Scribner'a Monthly, died suddenly on
Wednesday in New York. lie was born In
Holchcrtown, Mass., in 1H10, and graduated
Irom the J'.moklino Medical college in 18-11.
John Taylor, the present head of the Mor-
mon Church, at tho close of a recent six days'
conference at Silt Lake City, put on his pro.
phetic robes and cried, "If the American na
tion will not repent of its sins, God will destroy
It." It is a comfort to know, at least, if the
prophecy proves true, that the destruction
roust liicluilo all of that nastiness known as
Dr. Thomas appears to havo abandoned his
purpose to appeal to tho "Judicial Confer
ence;" at least we sec in tho Chicago papers
the announcement that ho will resume his
preaching In tho "people's church" (Haverly's
theatre) next Sunday, while his appeal can
only be heard in the higher conference on
-condition that in the meantime he stop"
The cable dispatches for a week or two past
have made occasional, mention ot transactions
in London in confederate bonds, and now it is
mentioned that Gideon Townsend, a New Or
leans broker, is paying $25 per $1000 for cer
tain confederate bonds. Tho transactions are
said to bo based on a movement to secure, in
payment of these bonds, a considerable deposit
Btill lying in tho bank of England of the de
funct confederate state government.
The Diyid Davis party in the United States
Senate, though heavy, is not very numerous.
Still the party seems to have had confident ex
pectatious of being elected president pro tern.
ff. )hc senate, and as the democrats were other-
wise minded, while the republicans were quite
as willing to enter in a bargain with the I). 1).
party as they were last spring with the Ma
hone party, the I). R party votud with the re
republicans; until the dicker finally succeed
ed, no doubt to the great joy of the I). I), party.
Mississippi is pretty well south, and its cli
irate such as seldom to be liablo to September
.frosts, but the republicans and greenbackcrs
thereaway must have felt all the cibllerating
aeasations of a snow storm when, a few weeks
ago, their candidate for governor, the redoubt
able anti lJourbon apostle, Jo King, told them
in bis opening speech, that "though he had
been nominated by the republicans and green
backers, and gratefully accepted their nomina
tion, candor compelled him to say that he did
not sympathize with either party in their
New York received with due honor and hos
pitality last week the distinguished French
visitors who have come over to represent
France at the Yorktown celebration. The
party Includes representatives ot the President
of the French Republic and the various de
partment of the Government, and eight de
scendants of French officers who took part in
the sie.'e, one of theia. being a grand-nephew
of Lafayette. The Marquis de Ilochambeaa,
perhape the most eminert of the civilians, is
accompanied by his wife. On the roundabout
way to Virginia the party made a brie! visit
to Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, Baltimore and
The remains or rreetaeat uarneld were
transferred last week from the eaglet to which
they were brought from Elberon, N. J, to an
air tight metallic case of bronze, with gold
trimmings and a golden plate on top, for
which Mrs. Garfield will direct an appropri
ate Inscription. This bronze casket will not
be placed in a vault, but will bo exposed to
view on s catifalquo In a crypt. Upon remov
al, in presence of Dr. Robinson and Mr. Fair
field, tho remains wcro tound to bo In a good
state of preservation. Tho casket waa made
by the New York Hurial Case Company, and
presented as a gift to tho Cleveland Monument
Committee. Mrs. Uarfleld very decidedly ob
jects to the project of removing the remains
to the little burying ground at Mentor.
While reform in the national civil service
lias been talked about a good deal for the last
six or eight years, its main use thus far has
been to serve as a sort of rehetoncal flourish
in party platforms and presidential inaugural
addresses nnd messages. Since the violent
shock the country has received in the assassin
ation of Gen. Garfield, a cruno for which our
wretched civil service system not inaptly
called the "spoils system" is generally held
responsible, public thought has been turned
with much more seriousness to the subject,
and is rapidly shnping itself into such a de
mand that something shall be done, that con
gress vull hardly dare to pass through another
M'ssion Ignoring the subject.
It is true, Guiteau's narrative, of which the
material portions are printed on nn inside page,
In a measure contradicts tho theory which
holds the spoils system responsible for his
crime, by the statemei.t that his failure to get
the Paris consulship, or any other office, "did
not have the slightest influence on mo one way
or the other in my removing tho President."
Yet in another part he admits that his mind
was worked up to tho commission of the crime
by tho quarrel between the President aHd
Conkling, and the protracted Btrugglc between
the half breeds and stalwarts at Albany, and
what was that but a shameful and disgusting
wrangle arising out of the spoils system?
Hut whether Guitcau's crime is directly at
tributable to the spoils system or not, no one
can look for a moment into our national civil
service system aa now practiced but will ad
mit that "reform is necessary." Even Ex-Secretary
Kvarts, premier of the Hayes adminis
tration, by which the civil servico was prosti
tuted to baser uses than by any other adminis
tration since tho organization of tho govern
ment, felt impelled, in a brief tribute to Gen.
Garfield two weeks ago, to say: "It is a very
sad fact for us as republicans 1 speak of our
republican form of government, and not of a
party that four of our cliiel magistrates have
died in nfllee, two plagued to death by impor
tunities ot office seekers, and two slain by as
sassins really incited by tho same cause. Let
us consider whether all this plague of patron
age, tho placeman's ride, tho statesman's scan
dal, and the natives' shame.cannot be avoided,
Who shall stand before this people, between
the living and tho dead presidents, that this
plague may be stayed?"
But bow is the "plague" to be "stayed?"
The most common Idea is, that congress shall
pass some sort of law that shall put a stop to
all appointments as rewards lor party services;
that shall regard competency tho main qualifi
cation; and that shall protect com pi tent nnd
faithful public servants lrom removal on ac-
count iif lu'liim'imr to nno or nnoll.. - rwililu'.il
party. No measure of reform, in this .view of,
tho subject, it is generally conceded, has yet
been proposed that Is superior to tho bill intro
duced In the U. S. Senate last winter by Sena
tor Pendleton, of Ohio. Tho bill, in brief,
provides for the appointment by tho President
of live commissioners, not more than three of
whom shall belong to the samo political party,
whose duty it shall be to devise and submit
to tho President for his approval and promul
gation suitable rules, and to suggest such ac
tion as shall make this act operative, and when
these rules are so promulgated and approved
it becomes the duty of the heads of the depart
ment to which they rclalo to aid in all proper
ways in carrying such rules into effect.
Theso rules are to declare and proyido for
competitive examinations, that all offices and
places shall be filled by selections from among
those graded highest in such competitive ex
aminations ; that the original entrance into the
public service shall bo at tho lowest grade;
that ihero shall be a period of probation before
final appointment; that promotions shall be
irom tho lower grades to tho higher on the
basis of merit and competition ; that no person
in tho public service shall be underobligation
to contribute to any election fund or render
any political service or be removed for refus
ing to do so; that no person shall havo any
right to use his official authority to influence
any person; that thero shall bo non-competi-live
examinations betore tho commission in
such cases as they see fit; that written notice
shall be given to tho commission of thoso se
lected from the applicants in tho examina
tions; of the rejection of any such persons
after probation, and of tho date thereof, and a
record of the same kept by the commission.
This plan is open to the very Berious objec
tion, however, that something very like it was
tried during the last Grant administration, and
resulted in such a conspicuous failure that the
very phrase "civil servico reform" became for
several years a laughing stock and jibe.
A better system undoubtedly is that propos.
ed in a late letter to tho Monmouth (111.) He.
rj'.tfbytho somewhat eccentric but none the
less acute and sensible Henry Clay Dean, now
a resident ot Putnam county, Missouri. Hi
plan, elaborated in a letter of three or four col
umns, is, in a word, that all public officers, as
far as practicable, shall be elected by tho peo
ple, or where that is impossible, as in tho case
ol cabinet officers, chiefs of bureaus, collectors
ol ports, foreign ministers, Ac, they shall be
elected by a joint vota of the two houses of
In support of this plan Mr. IX an very forci
bly contrasts the comparative purity and euT
ciency of Uie civil service of the states, where
all the officers from governor down to consta
ble are elected, with the inefficiency and seelh
lng corruption of the national civil aervire,
growing out of the appointing system. Whe.e
the people elect, "if the officer should fall to
do his duty," tayt Mr. Dean, "the people can
promptly remove him, as the would any
other servant employed by them. Where such
direct responsibility exists by elections there
can bo no nepotism, no centralization, no fa
vontism, no civil list, no families built up at
tho public expense, and no life estates in a
public office, the most odious featuro in the
governments of Europe."
The plan of Mr. Dean, now that the discus
sion of the subject promises to lead to practi
cal results, certainly deserves serious attention,
and once the people generally get hold of it,
they will not allow congress to ignore it.
The democrats of New York held a state
convention at Albany on Tuesday and Wed
nesday of this week. The reason why it took
two days to transact business which was usu
ally disposed of in one day, was tho necessity
to settle, once for all, tho question whether the
representation of the party in its conventions
lrom New York city should hereafter bo con
troled by the democratic voters of the city and
county of New York, or, as heretofore, by
Tammany or Irwing Hull, both the "Halls"
Having appeareu wnn delegations, tiiougn a
full delegation for tho city and county of New
York bad been elected m obedience to the re
commendation of the state committee, by the
democratic voters in representative districts,
as had been done in the rest of the state.
The committeu on credentials having been
appointed on Tuesday soon after the meeting
of the convention at 2 o'clock, asked, in view
of tho importance of the business in their
hands, until next morning to report, nnd the
request was acceded to.
John Kelly of course appeared before the
committee in behalf of his Tammany delega.
tion, and the Irving Hall leaders presented
their case. After hearing arguments until 3
o'clock in the morning, the committee decided
unanimously against admitting the delegates
of either Hall, and to admit the delegates op
pointed by the representative districts. The
decision, on being reported to tho convention
next morning, was unanimously approved
amid the liveliest demonstrations of Bpplause
The decision Is of course regarded as one of
tho utmost importance, ridding, it is hoped,
tho democracy of Now York lorever hereafter
of tho pestiferous hall nuisance, through which
heretofore the party was so often placed at the
mercy of unscrupulous adventurers and
thieves like bosses Tweed and Kelly.
The question of contested delegations being
thus happily settled, Erastus Brooks was elect
ed permanent president, and made the custom
ary "eloquent speech" on taking the chair.
The following ticket waa then nominated :
Eor Secretary of State William Purcell.
Fur Controller George II. Lapham.
For Attorney General Boawell A. Par
For Treasurer Robert A. Maxwell.
For Stato Engineer Thomas Evershed.
For Judge of tho Court of Appeals Ex
Atty. Gen. Schoonmaker.
The platform adopted is a reiteration ol the
platform adopted in 1871, 1876 and 1880, with
the addition of a resolution deploring the as
sassination of President Garfield, and resolu
tions in favor of free canals, agalnBt monopo
lies, and denouncing the subserviency of the
last republican legislature of New York to the
bidding of corporations, Ac
While the Irving Hall democracy express
their purpose to give the ticket nominated
their hearty support, notwithstanding their
exclusion from the convention, John Kelly
and the Tammanyites promise not to oppose
tho stato ticket, but say they will sparo no
effort to defeat the local nominees of the coun
ty democracy.
Tho democrats, as foreshadowed in our last,
organized the senato by electing a Democrat
president pro tern., in spito of the efforts of the
republicans to tho contrary. The latter were
very anxious for a compromise. So important
did they regard tho temporary presidency of
the senate, involving as it did a possible suc
cession to tho executive chair, that they seem
ed to regard the death of Arthur as an almost
imminent probability and were willing to give
tho democrats not only all tho other senate offi
ces, but half tho committees, if they would let
tho republicans havo tho president pro tern.
But the democrats refused to treat on tho sub
ject, and having in caucus on Saturday even
ing nominated Bayard, of Delaware, and on the
meeting of the senate on Monday elected
him. Edmunds tried, before tho election took
place, to have the new seuators from New-
York and Rhode Island sworn in by the oldest
member, but the democrats 6tuck to tho law
whiuh made that the duty of tho president oi
tho senate, and elected Bayard of Delaware
such president. The vote stood 34 to 32, Davis
of Illinois, after voting in lavorolthe Ed
munds motion, refusing to vote for Bayard or
Anthony, whom the republicans voted for.
The republicans, however, were not satisfied
with the result, and on Wednesday, after the
three new republican senators had been sworn
In, held another caucus, and resolved to
oust Bayard by electing David Davis president
of the senate. The movement, shameful as it
was, was carried out on Thursday, when Lo
gan offered the caucus resolution lor the elec
tion ol Davis in plate of Bayard, and it was
carried by 30 to 31. Davis and Bayard both
declined to vote. On being escorted to the
chair, Day is made a short speech, saying if the
honor conferred carried any party obligations
he should decline it.
No movement baa yet Ix-en made towards
the election ol any other senate officers, but a
resolution has been adopted to leave the com
mittees as constituted lost spring in favor ol
the republicans.
Endless speculation continues as to the com
position of the new cabinet. It is decided that
none ol the present cabinet will be retained ex
cept secretary Lincoln, and possibly James,
whom there is a strong pressure to retain un
til the end of the star route prosecutions,
though he says he will remain only on condi
tion that his re appointment is permanent.
Frclinghuysen.of New Jersey, it is understood,
will succeed Blaine, and Judgo Fotger, of New
York, will get Windom's place, unless James
remains, in which case T. O. Howe of Wiscon
sin will get the treasury portfolio. The presi
dent has Intimated that be will leave for York
town on Tuesday and remain most of the wee k,
and that no cabinet appointments will bo au
nounced until after his return.
Tho senate has thus far transacted no bu.sl
ness except to uct on a long list of appoint
ments sent in on Wednesday and Thursday by
the president. Most of them thus far are re
appointments that had been made by Garfield
Tho quidnuncs were considerably exercised
on Saturday by tho sudden appearance id
Conkling in Washington. Ho arrived on Fri
day night and early on Saturday called on
President Arthur and remained closeted with
him all day. P.ut not a syllable has leaked
out as to what was talked about.
The president seems to be anxious to have
it understood that he is not the guest of sena
tor Jones, though he occupies his house. He
found tho White House uninhabitable and
then-lore rented the Jones mansion, its owuer
having no use for it, and occupies it witii his
own servants ns his own establishment.
Scoville, Guitcau's counsel, is unablo to get
any prominent lawj or to assist him. No New
York lawyer is willing to join him without a
large retainer, and It. M. T. Merrick declined
the job in any event. There is some prospect
however, of E. A. Storrs accepting the unpleas
ant jolj.
Pension Commissioner Dudley has discov
ered that about thirty employes of his office
have been concerned in frauds which will
reach into the millions. He is nearly ready
to make arrest of the thieves.
The session of the Kock Kiver Conference o
the .Methodist Church at Sycamore last week
was unusually interesting and exciting on ac
count, of course, of the trial of Dr. II. W
Thomas lor heresy and matters growing out of
it. The trial took place before a jury or com
mittee ot fifteen selected by the conference,
and as Dr. Thomas objected to u number of
the jurors on account of prejudice, the objec
tionable members were removed and others
appointed in their place. Dr9. V-.rkhurstand
Hatfield acted ns prosecutors and Dr. ililler,
of iho upper Iowa Conference, and Brothers
Artell, Bennett and Sheppnrd conducted the
defense. The charges were three, elaborated
In a long string ot specifications, but alleging
in substance that Dr. Thomas held heretical
views in denying the plenary inspiration of
the scriptures, and in denying the doctrine of
atonement and the doctrine of everlasting pun
ishmcnt as taught in the standards ot the Meth
odist Church.
Of course we have not the space, nor is it
necessary, to go over the incidents ot tho trial,
which lasted three days from Saturday to
Tuesday. It Is sufflcent to say, that Dr. Thom
as was adjudged guilty on all the counts and
sentenced to expulsion as a minister and mem
ber ot the Methodist Church.
This judgment, however, is not final, unless
Dr. Thomas chooses to regard it as such. He
has an appeal to another court, called the "Ju
dicial Conference," composed of seven mem-
bers from each of the three annual confer
ences from which the appellant is expelled;
and to this tribunal Dr. Thomas has signified
his purpose to appeal.
While the trial of Dr. Thomas was proceed
ing on Saturday, the doctor started a counter
irritant by way of presenting charges against
Dr. Parkhurst and demauding his trial. Tho
charges alleged lying nnd slander in circulat
ing that Dr. Thomas indulged in beer, theatri
cals and cards. They were referred to a com
mittee of fifteen, who, alter a patient hearing,
on Wednesday evening returned a verdict of
Aside from the trials, the proceedings of the
conference possessed no special interest. The
usual appointments for the year were made,
among which we notico that Mr. Arnold is re
turned to Ottawa, T. II. Ilazcltine is assigned
to Peru, A. T. Horn to Marseilles, E. II. Beal
to Earlville, O.K. Bibbins to Freedom, Ac.
Rev. J. M. Caldwell is made presiding elder ol
this (Joliet) district.
Tuesday's elections in Ohio and Iowa show
no unexpected or striking results. Iowa was
carried by the republicans by their usual off
year majority, the only notable feature being
the meagerness of the greenback vote. That
party was really the only one that made an ac
tive canvass, yet its vote of 40,000 in the off
year 2,879 is cut down to less than 25,000. Con
sidering that the democrats in 1879 wero beat
en 72,000 against 50,000 now. notwithstanding
so many greenbackcrs have returned to the re
publican fold, the Des Moines State IJeakr
is justified in saying that, under all tho cir
cumstances, the result on Tuesday must be re
gardeii as a democratic victory.
In Ohio Foster is re elected governor by 20,-
000 majority, which, without explanation,
would look like a disastrous democratic de
feat. It is to be borne in mind, however, that
tho leeling in regard to Garfield was still so
fresh and deep that it bad a large influence in
deterring men from voting in a way that bore
a sort of semblance ot ill-feeling towards him.
Besides, tho great body of the democrats were
dissatisfied with Bookwalter, their candidate
for governor. Ho was a democrat of less than
a year's standing, nnd in tho canvass ignored
all the democratic committees and party load
ers. Tho vote on both sides was small, but
two democrats are believed to have staid at
home to one republican. Both houses of the
legislature, bs well as governor, are carried by
tbe republicans.
While no doubt the Extern states are full
of democrats who arc protectionists, they are
so scarce in the west, that there is a general
newspaper expression of Burpriso at finding
Senator Dan Voorhees, of Indiana, in his ora
tion on the ojienlng of the Atlanta Exposition
last week, giving utterance to expressions like
the following: "Freedom of trade," said he,
"has a seductive sound, but if it be not recip
rocal and ol equal advantage among nations,
H is attractive only In sound, and nothing
more." "The people ot Indiana, with all their
tremendous capacity for agriculture, are not
content to ignore the other branches of remun
erative Industry. They are reaching forth
their hands, guided by skill and intellect, to
develop all the bounties of nature and to pluck
fruiU in all tbe fields of labor. And if In pay
lng a tariff tax for Government support airev-
euue.they find that the laws compelling them
to do so alike foster, encourage, and protect
their young and growing manufactures of iron,
hard wood, glass, wool and cotton, they will
regard them with favor as tho result ot wise
legislation. Indeed, thev will demand such
an adjustment of tho tariff as to insure that
Galileo demonstrated tho revolution of the
earth around the sun over two hundred years
ago, and 6till there are Joseph Jaspers who be
lieve that ' Do sun do move." Anti-free trad,
ers, a hundred years hence, will be as reat
rarities as Joseph Jaspers are to-day.
Our readers remember tho excitement in
England a few months ago occasioned by the
discovery at Liverpool, in the hold of a vessel
from the United States, hid in barrels of ce.
ment, of several diabolical machines a sort of
combination of dynamite and clockwork so
contrived that the machines could be placed
under a bridge, building or other structure,
wound up, and m a given time the dynamite
would explode nnd general devastation follow.
Of courso the contrivance of the machines and
their shipment to England with tho most hel
lish purpose was charged upon the Fenians,
and now a thorough investigation proves the
charge true, exactly to the extent anil in the
sense admitted by O'Donovan Ilossa at the
time, it seems it was au a scheme to scare
some money out of tho British Government.
Stories in regard to the construction of infer,
nal machines by the Feiiians in this country
for use in England were first so largely circu
lated that the English government believed
them, aud offered a large reward tor their dis
covery before put into use. This was exactly
what the conspirators wanted. The machines
bungliugly constructed aud really harmless
were made at the order of a Philadelphia
saloon keeper named Foyc nnd turned out to
I'Donovnn Hossa, who had them packed in
cement and placed on board the vessel at Bos
ton. Then Foye entered into negotiations with
the British Consul at New' York and for the
formation in regard to the shipment of the
machines which led to their capture ut Liver
pool ho received the reward the plot had in
view, amounting to $10,000. The whole busi
ness was unraveled by United States detectives,
but when they went to lay their hands on Foye
it was found he bad lied to parts unknown.
There is little news beyond indefinite and
unintelligible rumors in regard tolodiun hog-
tilities in Arizona. There is no doubt that a
number of "bucks'" are missing from theageu
cics 40 lrom l nomas and OOo lrom San Car
los, and there Is no other explanation of their
absence except that they have joined the hos
tiles. Tho understanding is that all are gath
ering in the southern end of Chiricahua, on
the Mexican border, to be ready to cross if
pressed too closely by the troops. There nrc
three columns in the field against tho hostilcs.
Bernard's troop is west of the Chiricahua
range, Wagner's to the east, and McLellau's
moving southwest, the objective point of meet
ing being at the Mexican line, which they will
all cross if the Mexican authorities permit, nnd
co-operate with their troops. The line is up
to Fort Thomas, and everything is reported
quiet at the reservation.
The report brought to Santa Fo on the !nh
by passengers via tho Southern Pacific rail
road, that on Thursday night (lith) when the
train was passing Wlllcox, Arizona, "a right
was in progress between tho citizens and Indi
ans; that tho Indians seemed to have made the
attack and the whites were in great confusion,"
Ac, Ac, has been confirmed by no subsequent
dispatches from that quarter. A few train
men beyond Wlllcox had been murdered by
the Indians and it is probable the firing heard
was upon these.
Too Many Vknnok's. We have before us,
in our exchanges, three different weather prog
nostications for Octolier all by "Vennor."
One says "October 1 to 5th warm, followed by
cold, heavy rains to !ih ; warmer weather 10th
to 15th," Ac. Another says: October will en
ter cold and wet ; heavy rains during first of
the week, with probable snowfalls in many
sections between tho 7th and 10th. Cold and
wintry weather on tho 14th, 15th and lG'th.
Warmer 18th, 19th and 20th," Ac. And the
thud reads : "A general stoim period of sever
ity is probable about the loth and 10th in the
southern and western sections of the United
States, and also in the Upper Lake regions and
maritinc provinces in Canada. Cold weather
in Newfoundland." Of course all these con
tradictory prognostications are not by the same
man, for everybody knows the real Vennor is
always truthful. But somehow people seem
to have gotten the idea that the name means
something else, and whenever any one pro
ceeds to make a lot of absurd and improbable
predictions about the weather, he thinks he
can make them harmless and himself all right
with the public by calling himself "Vennor."
A very discreditable story leaks out in re
gard to the polico officers who captured the
Arkansas tram robbers. They found upon the
robber some $9,000, and this three of the four
captors concluded to divided among them
selves, besides tho large reward of some $25,
000 offered for tho thieves; and in order to
prevent tne latter from "peaching" on them
the enptors agree that no efforts should be
spared to save the robbers from going to the
penitentiary. The fourth man or the captors,
who favored the return of the money to the
express company and passengers, after two at
tempts at his assassination, revealed the facts
to thn authorities, who, in consequence, have
locked up both the robbers and three of their
Dispatches from Yorktown report that mul
titudes are already gathering there to be pres
ent at the celebration which opens next Wed
nesday. At present there are sleeping accom
modations In that place for barely 3000 per
sons, though 100,000 Bre expected next week.
However, as there will be abundant provisions
to teed the multitude, the sleeping matter will
be of small consequence if the weather is fair
as it will cost little to erect enough tenU and
booths for all. Then large numbers can be ac
commodated on board the numerous vessels
there will bo in the harbor.
Mac John L. MackbiUy Is In tlio city.
Gilmav William Gilmvi, of Chicago, was In
tli city this week.
I.otk. Mr. L. Perkins has returned from his
trip to New England.
TitiMiii.B. Mrs. Washburn, of Tilnecton, k
Urn Kiiest of Mr. and Mrs. C. I). Trimble.
Simceh. Marseilles RnjUter: E. II. Spicer,
E ( , started for Xubrai-kn, Wednesday last.
Skikk. Billy SkIiI, J. K. Porter's missionary!
returned from the h fairs of the west on SatuN
III. Mrs. J. P. Croson, who has been 111 for
oHie time, is improving, and on the road to re
covery. Ooi. -Dr. J. O. Harris Instructed tho La Sulle
Odd Fellows In unwritten work on Wednesday
evening Inst.
Keeov. Thos. Reedy, of the Caton farm, near
Joliet, w as In town this week. The farm's stock
made a sueecs;ful show at the State Fair.
(.'olwkll. Mrs. Carrie Colwell, who lias been
ill for some time, Is Improving; but her sister
V.i.-s Sarah, aillicted with typhoid pueuinouia, I
in a very critical condition.
Collins. Mr. John Collins, of South Ottawa,
who was seriously Injured several weeks ngo by
the kick of a horse, is able to be about. He will
soon bu able to be ut his tailor-shop nguin.
Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. L. Smitb, of this
city, bud the great misfortune to lose their son,
Artie, who died on Sunday evening. Tho little
fellow was a bright, beautiful boy and idoli.ed by
bis parents.
I)i:a.. He v. Fathf r Terry has be.-u assigned
as parish iriei-t of St. Patrick's elitu t h, Chicago,
tbe leading Catholic parish of the city. His
predecessor, Father Conway, becomes near gen
eral and ex-oflielo priest of the cathedral.
J. I). II. We expect to publish next week an
interesting letter by "J. D. II." on Deer Park.
The writer some weeks ago spent a day there,
and bus written a very interesting letter on the
topography of thut part of La Salle couuty.
Akizona. On Wednesday last, Messrs. N.
Wimple, Sheridan, James Gregg and Will Good
man, Freedom, and three other gentlemen of
this county, whose names wo did not learn, left
Ottawa i'iu tho Hock Island road for Arizona
Poktf.u. J. E. Porter's hay tools took first
premium ut the statu fuirs of Iowa uud Illinois
and at St. Louis. The tools were shown at Co
lumbus, Detroit, Jackson, Mich., and many
other places where no other premiums wcro of.
fered. Wherever premiums were offered they
captured the first.
Kennedy. Aurora Bnacon: "Tho tenth weJ.
ding anniversary of Conductor Matt. Kennedy
and wife was happily celebrated last Fridey ev
ening by a large company of friends, who sur
prised them at their residence on West Park
Ave. To commemorate the event they were pro
sented w ith an elegant easy chair and foot rest,
lady's rocker and a tete-a-tete, all handsomely up
hohitered in raw silk and velvet, W. Li. Hawkins,
In his happiest mood, making the presentation
in behalf of the visitors. A bouutiful snpper
was spread by tho ladies of the party, and the
evening was joyously spent."
Kim hall. Chicago Tribune: "Mr. 0. II. Kim
ball, for many years chb-f clerk in the general
freight olllco of the Chicago, Kock Island & Pa
cific railroad, has resigned to accept tbe position
of traveling freight agent for tho Lake Shore &
.Michigan Southern railroad. Mr. Kimball Is an
able and eUlcient freight-man una tho Lake
Shore may consider itself fortunate in having
beeu uble to secure his services. Last Saturday
Mr. Kimball was presented by hlsold associates
on the Hock Island with a tine gold chain and
locket, the latter propeHy inscribed, as a token
of their regard and esteem." The business men
of Ottawa will regret Mr. Kimball's resignation,
for he was one of Ottawa's best friends in the
Rock Island management and at ull times work.
ed for Ottawa's interests. o have uot learned
who is to bo his successor; we hope ho will bo as
friendly as Mr. Kimball.
Tho very best assortment of ladles' muslin
underwear and ladies', nilBses' and children's
woolAi underwear will bo found at Lynch's
Messrs. Dinneen & White, at tho scale office of
tho Kock Island elevator, at the depot, in this
elty, have been doing a very considerable busi.
ness in hard and soft coal this fall. Their quail
ty of hard coal, from the Pennsylvania "Dia.
niond" mine is extra good as fine as the finest
hard coal ever brought to Ottawa, aud much On
er than D-lOths of that we usually get. They also
havo the 3d vein (exclusively) La Salle coal one
of tho best soft coals for household use we get.
Their prices are always at the bottom, and they
guarantee satisfaction every time. Call on them.
See adver. on 5th page.
Tho meeting of Chas. Green's juvenile class in
singing was postponed from yesterday afternoon
until Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. The class
will meet at tho Baptist Church.
On Tuesday evening Denman Thompson gave
his celebrated Impersonation of t wle. Jmhx
Wltitcomb to a large audience. At this late day
criticism of Denman Thompson as I'ttelt Josh is
quite oui of place. The audience were quite en
thusiastic and wers very much pleased with the
Halght Ganey's Novelty Co. give "Mul-
doon's Pic-Nic" at the Opera House on next
Wednesday evening, the 19th. "Muldoon's Pic-
Nic" Is a very funny piece of broad Irish fun, and
in the hands of good comedians very laughable.
On next Friday evening the well know An.
thony A Ellis "Uncle Tom's Cabin" party, with
Miss Partington as Topvj, will occupy the Opera
House. Tho company is one of the best now
playing "Uncle Tom's Cabin" aud have been
drawing largo houses during tho season thus far.
The scenery is Rood ; and a pack of 10 genuine
Siberian Blood Hounds, the largest of which
when they arrived in New York weighed 230 lbs.,
the smallest 170 lbs. And a band of colored sin
gers are among the special features Introduced.
-At Joliet on Wednesday evening, in spite of a
heavy rain, which set in at 7 o'clock, "standing
room only" was hung out before the curtain rose,
tho Xeirt says. Prices, 50c first floor; 35c gal
lery; children, 25c, no extra charge for reserved
On nest Saturday evening Mclntire & Heath's
Minstrels will be at the Opera House. They
were here last season and gave an enjoyable
entertainment. We have have not seen their list
of talent, but are lud to believe from all account
they are as good as, if not better, than they weru
last year.
In "Mssbeth," as played by Frank Mayo's com
pany, Hecate Is represented as a young and beau.
Uful woman Instead of an old hag. This Is an
old Idea, but has not been used of late years.
Clara Louise Kellogg gave a grand and suc
cessful concert at the Globe Theatre, Boston,

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