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Ottawa. 111., S itunlay.IMay 13, 18H3.
urJ at the I'oni Ofli-f K vtlaiea, 111., m Second Clam
jruii .vdiirr.
We urc prepared to club the Fuee Tkadkk
with tl'.e lVUowiu puMicut ionsurniHhin !j th
it tun prices named, postage prepaid. The
olfer iqiea to old subscribers or new at any
post orhse m the county la the CHEAfKBT
bveh made in this county:
Freb Tkaper and Chhago Weekly Times.. 12.00
Tkeb Tiuohii anu v. lucago Weekly Trilune. 2.A5
Fbee Tkadbk ana Chicago Wuekly Inter-
Free Trader and Chicago Weekly Journal. 2.fi5
Fare Thper and St. Louis liqiMkan 2.B5
Fhbb Tbader and St. Louis Globe-Ikmncrat. 2.(15
Fkeb Tkadbk and N. Y. Weekly Jlerahl.... 2.50
Free Tkadeh and American Airtculturut. .. 2.60
Frbb Tkaprh and J'rairit Farmer 3.00
Fkcu '1 1UDBU and either of Harper's publi-
cation? 4.7.r
?ree Trader and WWr 4-75
FiiKB Traubh and (inUu' hutU' Hank 3.00
Funs Trader and r'.rnolokal Journal.... 3.00
Frke Tuaoeu and St. Xicfu lu 3 . 1 W
Kkeb " raubr and hutn-V Mimthl, 3.7(5
Fkek Traubh and LltteW Living Aile 8.25
Fkhe TRAnEiiand IImto Rural 3.00
Vbbb Trader and Jfourt't Rural Xeui Yorker 3. BO
Fki.e Trader und Ciww Wnkhi Jlmwl... 'i.'.V.
Pi.itTiiii,viiiii,1 P.. H' 1".
T!ie Guion steamer Alaska made her last
pass"e across the ocean in fi days, !1 hours
act! '10 minutes, wnich is said to be the fastest
time on record by some four hours.
Peoria is happy. Congress has voted her
lO.OOO for a post office building and United
States court room. As no Tnitud States Court
meets at Peoria, is that a sly way to steal a
county court house?'
The Supreme Court ot the United States has
denied the habeas corpus asked for Sergeant
Mason, holding that his sentence by a court
martial is strictly legal. So there is no hope
for the Guiteau hooter except in a pardon by
the President.
The New York Swi is ot opinion that if the
next Illinois legislature is democratic, of
which there is a strong probability, there
hhould be no thought of sending Carter liar
nson, Trumbull, or any such man to the sen
ate, but that "David Davis is the right man.'
Kendall county has $24,000 in U. h. bonds
laid asidu in her treasury towards paying the
bonds she issued for $140,000 stock in tho
r r Pivcr Valley llailroad; Aurora has quite
a sum laid by fur the same purpose, as havo
rv -ral other towns along tho road.
A tire ac ."Hacine, Wisconsin, last Saturday
destroyed property valued at half a milllion
of dollars. It burned ovorseven whole blocks
and destroyed 10,000,000 feet of lumber. It
wa, however, in the lowest and least orna
mental part of the town, and a large propor
lion of the loss is covered by insurance.
The Supreme Court has just decided that
the new county courts of this state havo no
prcbate powers, all such business being exclu
sively within the province of the probate
courts. The new county court will therefore
be exclusivelvy a common law court, which
will greatly relieve our circuit court.
During a trial before a justice of the peace
at Oswego, on Friday of last week, a negro
thief named William liradford, becoming en
raged at John Winn, a respectable farmer and
a witness against him, made a furious assault
upon him, whereupon Winn drew a revolver
and shot him through the heart.
Po'.L Wells, the noted desperado whose es
cape from the Iowa penitentiary was mention,
ed in our last in company with Cook and Fitz
gerald, two other convicts who escaped with
I:im, having been recaptured, were ar
raigned lust Friday 'it Des Moines for the mur
der ofjohu Illder, the prison guard, whom
they had cloro'orined to death. There Is no
question now but all three will be sentenced to
the gallows.
The arrival .if emigrants from Kurope at
Castle Garden !- said now to averaee .1,000 a
day. A large proportion of them are said to
he skilled lab'Tcrs, their object in coming
here being to f titer into competition with the
t:k;l!ed laborer? of this country. We have laws
itvying tnom.v.us taxes t protect our manu
facturers aipiiu.t the importation of foreign
goods. WouM it not be equally just to levy a
heavy tax to protect American labor against
this foreign Competition V
Amoui; tUe l itest eccentricities of the slorm
!iiu was the f.',l, during a severe thunder and
hail sloii.-i at Hertford, Ind., last Saturday
night rf ash"wer of white flint stones, some
ts large as a um's fist. The stones are of a
n"t fou:..: in that vicinity, and fell so
plentifully tL:. one man picked up a barrel in
.n his front y:ird. At Morning Sun, in the
fiuue Stat, during apparently the same storm,
there was a lull of a i;trge number of Huh,
moat ot then, minnows, but among them a
catflah t-lx inches long.
The Pennsylvania Republican State Con
ventlon mi Wednesday went off to the entire
satisfaction of the Camerons, their elate hav
ing been endorsed without exception. General
James A. Beaver was nominated for governor,
W. T. Davie for lieutenant governor, Henry
Kawlefor judge of the supreme court, and
Thomas Marshall for congres-man at large. It
is true, at the Philadelphia conference iwo
weeks ago between thr: Cameron ring and the
zn.lf-pecelenir. w o:v, :i e- : rot the latter,
was bougLt off by the former with the prom
i of the nomination for congressman at-lare,
but tvheri the convention met, Cameron either
fo'.nd tL -t part his programme impracticable,
-r, which is more probable, he had no inten
tio i from tLe 6tart to carry it out Wolfe nev
ertheletis Las gone out to the Camerons, but
the remaining independent leaders, in spite ol
him, have called a convention to place anoth
er ticket in the field.
Of course, considering the heathenish weath
er we Lave had for a month past, no one will
be surprised to learn that the peach crop is
again rained. Like the sentimental tramp or
genteel beggar, the peach is always getting
into trouble Two weeks ago wo looked down
into the bottom ot the blossoms of our favor
ite peach tree ami wero certain the germ at
the root of the stamen was blasted. Hut some
how said germ has kept on swelling and is
now developed into a little peach as large as
a No. : shot. On examination we found the
same to be the case with about every peach
tree in the city. Considering that of course
the peach crop is ruined, the phenomenon is at
least curious.
In the published report of decisions rendered
at tho last term of the Supremo Court of the
United States occurs the following:
The Amkcity National Hunk, plaintiff in
error, vs. The Toim of Ottaunt, and AwjuMut
7. K plaintitt in error, vs. 1 m mnra ot u
pennon of Kendall County. In error to the
Circuit court ot tno iNortncrn uisinci oi 1111-
noes. these actions are urouK'ii upon money
bonds purporting to have been 'asued under
an act of the General Assembly of the stato of
Illinois of February I j, 1M,)7. the tacts Uo
not substantially diller from those which ap
peared when one of tho cases was betore tlie
court at a previous term, and the principles
then alllrmed must control the present deci
sion (South Ottdini vs. I'crkim and .Siiiinni
on, f Kmihill ys. Post, 0-1 U. S. 100;. Judg
ment alllrmed with costs. Opinion by Justice
Tho history of the litigation which has thus
terminated in relieving Ottawa of an indebted
ness winch ut this tmu would amount to
about !f:iT5,0IKl, to say nothing' of court ex
penses and lawyer's tees involved, could by a
competent hand be worked into a readable
Tho bonds l."i0,000 in face value were is-
sued in 18(1!) in aid of tho Ottawa, Oswego and
Fox Kiver Valley llailroad, the proposition
being that the road was to commence on the
Illinois Central railroad at Wcnona, pass
through the Stn ator coal fields to Ottawa,
thence up tho Fox Hiver to Aurora, and from
iVurora northeastward so bb to forma junction
with the Chicago and Northwestern railroad,
thus giving the latter city a route competing
with the C, B. it (J Jto Chicago. The original
proposition was not adhered to. Though
built from Wenona to Streator that part of the
road was sold to the Chicago and Alton before
the balance to Aurora was constructed, and
the continuation from Aurora to Geneva was
never built at all. Points were made of these
failures in the subsequent litigation but cut
little figure ill comparison with other points
to be noticed further on.
All the subscriptions to the stock from Wc
nona to Elgin amounts to some $600,000. Ot
tawa as well as the other towns paid inter
est on the bonds without disputo for two years,
In about 1872, seeing that the understanding
on which Ottawa voted her bonds had not
been complied with and that the town was vir
tually fleeced of its stock by a transfer of the
road to the C, B. & (j., when the collector-
Patrick Ryan came around for the tax to
pay the interest on tho bonds due in 1872, Mr.
Andrew Lynch applied to Judge Lcland, in
the La Salle county circuit court, for an in
unction against its collection. The injunc
tion was denied. Mr. Lynch, who had em
ployed I). P. Jones as attorney in the case,
was not willing to give it up ho, and in fur
ther delving into the case, in conjunction wilh
his attorney, the two made the important dis
covery that the law under which the bonds
had been voted had never in due form passed
tho legislature of Illinois. Having verified
this fact by a search of the records in the of
fice of tho Secretary of State at Springfield, a
new injunction against the collector was ap
plied for, the declaration being reinforced by
this important point, and thistimo the injunc
tion was granted. The case was appealed to
the Supreme Court of Illinois, and that tri
bunal sustained the injunction, on the ground
that where the issue ot town bonds was with
out authority of law and void nh initii,no sub
sequent action of the town could cure the de
This ended the case so far as tho state courts,
were concerned. Soon afterwards, however,
Mr. Perkins, (father of L. aud N. Perkins of
this city,) a citizen of Massachusetts, who held
some of the South ( ittawa bonds, commenced
a suit on them in the U. S. Circuit Court at
Chicago, and Judge Drummond gavo a decis
ion in his favor.
Tho case was appealed to the Supreme Court'
of the U. S, and that court, standing 5 to 1,
alllrmed the decision of Judge Drummond.
Well, this looked discouraging, and any
man wilh less pluck thau that possessed by
Mr. Andrew Lynch would have giveu up in
despair. But he had by this time so thor
oughly studied the case himself, and having
read the dissenting opinion ot Judge Bradley,
was so thoroughly convinced that he was in
the right, that he had the boldness to apply to
the Supreme Court of the U. S. for a re-hear-nig
a thing that in the whole history ot that
court had been granted in but two previous
cases. But the rehearing was obtained!
Judge Hunt having come over to the side of
the four dissenting Judges, and on a second
hearing the case was decided in favor ot the
Here ordinarily it ought to have ended. But
on a petition to tho Supreme Court of the
U. S. by parties holding bonds, representing
that in the previous case due importance had
not been attached to the point that the law
under which the bonds were voted had not
paused the legislature, and that the petitioners
sUxhI ready to prove the contrary, that Court
granted them jiermission to commence another
cac in the U. S. Court at Chicago noro,
The case came up betore Judge Drummond
during the July riots in 177. No such proof,
however, as Im! lu e't ; t:-:- -! being pre-etit
ed, Judge Druiumoiui, h.U ml bis feeling lu
favor of the plaintiffs but unable to give them
the decision, carried the case in his pocket a
year and a half, and then sailed for Europe.
Then Judge Harlan came to Chicago, and be
fore him a new caie was brought by thcl;;t
kiag Xittiunal Jltnk v. The Toicn of Vtttitca on
$14,000 of the bonds. It was heard before,
Judges Harlan and Lleaigett, and while Harlan
decided in lavor of the town Blodgctt held the
other way; but Harlan being a Justice of the
Supreme Court of the U. 5. and Blodgctt only
a.District Judge, ontranked him and his de
cision prevailed. The case, however, with the
disagreement of the judges duly certified to
was carried up to tho Supreme Court of the U.
8. and there the decision, as mentioned above,
has again been rendered in favor of the town,
this time by the unanimous agreement of the
court, and thus of course forever ending it.
Important, however, as the result is in a
pecuniary view to the people of Ottawa, it is
no less so as a personal triumph to Mr. An
drew Lynch, to whose intelligence and pluck
alone our people are indebted for the relict
Irom so heavy a load us the decision brings
them. Mr. Lynch had opposed issuing the
bonds in tho first place, being assured that the
Hock Island Company stood ready to build
tho road from Streator to Ottawa, which would
have been better for our city than to have the
road pas on beyoud us. When subsequently
ho found that by a piece ot sharp practice the
value ot tho stock tho city had bought was
virtually extinguished, he initiated on his own
resjionsibility tho proceedings to enjohi the
collection of tho tax to pay the interest on the
bonds, and from that day to the end he fol
lowed up the litigation with a tireless energy
and persistence which it is fair to say he
never would have given had the case been his
own. He not only employed the best legal
talent to aid him, but himself so studied the
case and made himself master of all Its details,
jioints and bearings as to inspire him with
that unlllnchingconfidenccln ultimate victory
which sustained him to the end. More than
once his attorneys themselves lost faith and
would have consented to a compromise.
When the first decision at Waihington was
adverse even the town went back on hi in and-1
the collection ot the necessary funds to con
tintie tno litigation was enjoined, and Mr.
Lynch was compelled to advance large sums
from his own pocket, besides making frequent
trips to Chicago and Washington at his own
expense. We bolieve the lawyers in the case
are to have a conditional fee equal to one
year's interest on the bonds for their services.
If they are erlitled to such a sum, what ought
the pay ot Mr. Lynch to be? On that point,
however, we feel well assured that our people
need borrow no trouble. Mr. Lynch will ask
nothing that is uareasonable. If we are not
called upon, bowcvr, to offer him adequate
pay in money for such princely services, it
would be worse than niggardly not to accord
him freely and heartily all honor and grati
A week ago the Fukb Tuadkk cangratula
ted its readers from the Emerald Isle on the
happy turn affairs had taken in that country
through an apparent change of program me on
the part ot the British ministry. Forster had
resigned, tho policy of coercion had been aban
doned, the imprisoned Irish members of parli
ament wero released, the suspects turned loose,
back rents were to be remitted, and generally
instead of coercion a policy of conciliation was
to be Inaugurated.
By a fatality which seems to have pursued
Ireland1 as an evil genius since the days of
Cromwell, all this hopeful outlook to-day is
reversed. As if in derision of the idea that
peace annJ quiet, material prosperity and com
fort could ever again be the portion ot that un-
happy inland, the sweet dream that had open
ed upon it for a day was quickly changed Into
a hideous cloud of despair by a crimo which
has thrilled the world with horror. Earl Cow-
pcr as Lord Lieutenant and Former as Chief
Secretary installed as nutuetere of coercion
and vengeance had been withdrawn, and Earl
Spencer as Lord Lieutenant and Lord Caven
dish as Chief Secretary, had been sent in their
place as ministers of conciliation and peace.
They had arrived in Dublla on Saturday and
by appropriate ceremonies had lieen inducted
into otllce at the castle, anil then Lord Caven
dish had started in company with under secreta
ry Burke, nliout 1 o'clock in the evening still
broad daylight to walk to the chief Secreta
ry's residence in Plm nix Park to dinner. The
evening was pleasant and hundreds were stroll
ing about through the inviting grounds. Loni
Cavendish and his companion had walked to
within a hundred yards of thePluenix Mo
nument, when four men in slouched hats drove
up in a car and two of them alighting at once
attacked the two pedestrians with long knives.
There was a short, sharp struggle, but in a few
seconds both were mortally wounded, and the
assassins jumping into the car drove rapidly
out of the park through the Chapel izod gate.
The first to arrive on the spot were a couple of
young men on velocipedes who at once report
ed to tho police that they had just passed two
men lying on tho ground badly hurt, and on
hastening to tho spot the police discovered
they were liord Cavendish and Mr. Burke,
both being already dead. Nine ghastly wounds
wore found on the body of the former and sev
en or eight on the latter.
Of course the news rapidly spread and crea
ated the wildest consternation in the city. The
murder had occurred within sight of the chief
secretary's lodge, to which Lord Spencer had
just gone down to dinner.
Who were the assassins! Tho men have
been traced to an inn twelve miles no, th west
of Dublin, whero they stopped to take a drink,
but beyond that tho strange car and its occu
pants seem t. have vanishenl into mid air. The
region beyond is rough, broken and wooded,
in which to hide or through which to escape
was a mere question of endurance. It is true,
half a dozen of arrests of suspicious persons
have since been made, but with no probability
that any are of the guilty parties.
What could have been the motive? Surely
the land league and its friends could have had
no part in it, tor it was mainly through the
Instrumentality of Parnell and the league lead
i r- 1 1 -i l liie U"vi r. iiieii wu induced to in.-ti
tute its change of programme tor
relaud. I
None, therefore, are more prompt and unques
tionably sincere in Iheir denunciation of the
crime and in deploring it as an overwhelming
Was it the result of a Fenian conspiracy?
The Fenians indeed, whose aim is to achieve
tho independence of Ireland, and who can
hope for no success except through continued
violent agitation, would have a motive for at
tempting to frustrate Gladstone and Parnell's
scheme of conciliation, but were they so sense
less as to be unmindful of the storm of indig
nation and abhorrence against their organiza
tion and cause the crime would evoke through-
out the world ? Our opinion is the crime will
not bu fastened on tho Fenians.
Were the assassins a brace ofdemi cranks
Irish Wilkes Booths orGuiteaus Most likely.
It is to be remembered that (luring the past
year assassination has been almost epidemic
in Ireland. Obnoxious policemen, hated stew.
ards or offensive tools of odius landlords have
often enough been shot from behind hedges.
The spirit of assassination seemed to be in the
very air. Lord Cavendish, it is true1, had pro
bably not an enemy in Ireland, but it was
different with Burke, who haJ been under se
cretary under Forster and had a host of enc
mies. May not the attack tiave been that of
a braus of enraged, desperate evicted tenants,
intended against Burke but involving Caven
dish for coming to his defense ? But the mys
tery must soon be cleared up, for the f 100,000
reward offered for the detection of tho assassins
will prove too strong a temptation long to close
the lips of even their most devoted friends.
As to the effect of the crime on tho future of
Ireland there is no room for conjecture. The
vision of peace Gladstone and Parnell had con-
j u red up is dissipated. Coercion in its severest
orni will be renewed, and now no longer
against the protest and active opposition, but
with the aid and concurrence of the landleaguc
and the better class of tho Irish people;. This
Is the sort of boon assassination will bring
to Ireland.
The town of Ottawa, in consideration of
lod.OOO which the courts say she need not
pay, holds -M.iO.ooo ot stock in the Ottawa
Oswego iV: F. B. V. Railroad Company. Is
that stock worth anything ? To the town of
Ottawa nothing, obviously. Having cstab
lished the point in the highest court of the
country that she had no right to purchase that
stock, aud having therefore never paid for it,
bow can the town claim to own it, or dispose
of it in any way ? The stock must revert back
to the company.
But suppose the town hvlpaid for live bonds
in gotxl laith ? When the road was leased to
the Burlington company tcr 00 years the in
tention probably was to extinguish the iock.
The road had been mortgaged for $1,200,000,
Tho Burlington agreed to apply annually 40
per cent, of the gross earnings ot the road to
the extinguishment of that mortgage, proriiftd
the holders of the mortgage shrvxld on a cer
tain day in each year apply at a certain place
in Boston and demand the 40 per cent. Oth-
terwise the said 40 per cent, was to be merged
in the ordinary revenue of the frurlingtor
company. Aow as the JJuningtou company
itself was the holder of the mortgage, of course
no demand each year was made upon it tor
said 40 per cent., and no part of the mortgage
therefore was ever paid. But suppose the
stockholders of tbeO., O. & F. li. V. railroad,
who paid for their stock in good faith, eiould
commence a suit against the Burlington com
pany and ask them- to report how much said
40 per cent, for the past 12 years has amount
ed to, and to explain why the said Burlington
company, itself being the sole owner of the
mortgage, has not cegularly each yar Applied
said 40 per cent, to the extinguishment of said
mortgage, is it imagined that any conrt of
equity in the U. S. would accept as satisfac
tory their answer that they did not choose and
were not by the terms- of their lease obliged to
do so? Few roads in the country have been
more profitable than the Fox IUver branch
of the C, B. & Q. and 10 percent, of its gross
earnings have beyond 11 doubt been sufficient
long before this to pay that mortgage, and
after such payment the stockholders have an
undoubted right to their full share of the net
earnings of the road.
We are not able to state how much of the
stock of the road, paid for in good faith, is now
in existence. Tho amount cannot be large.
But whatever it is, our decided impression is,
that, the managers of the Burlington road
would do a sensible tkmg if they would buy
up that stock at a round figure as soon as pos
Editoiis Fiikk Txajjkk There are a few
men who would make themselves appear vir
tuous by an ostentatious exhibition of sympa
thy for the bondholders mid expressions of re
grets for the defeat of the bonds. To this I
have to say: Centuries ago the Good Book
warned the people against believing in every
man that cried "jrd,LnnI," for among them
wero many hypocrites. Out of sympathy for
the childish innocence ot the conscience
stricKcn over the defeat of the bonds, 1 would
here suggest a iueaus by which they can indi-
vidually remove from themselves any stain of
sin or dishonor which might attach to them
trotn what they are pleased to call repudiation.
Gentlemen, there is no law to restrain you fremi
ascertaining the amount of your individual). ami Masnic Hall at Atlanta,
idiligationsinca.se the bonds were paid andjooo.
paying this amount over to the bondholders.
Should you do this you will givo evidence of
your sincerity. Should you tail to do it yon
will establish your hypocrisy. Now don't, as
usual, "put your light uneler a bushel." When
you pay over the cash please advise the peo
ple of your act. To give your act publicity is
due from you to the bondholders, as a great
many may be led tolollowyour magnanimous
and' virtuous example.
Oh! virtue, virtue! well may you smile,
Knowing their tears are crocodile.
A. Lvm h.
The Belfast (Maine) Aye, the leading green
back paper of that state, ndvises its party to
give up all hope of becoming a powerful, dis
tinct party and at once to unite with the demo
crats. The Aye presents a table showing that
the party for tho lust half dozen of years has
I beii iliiit; 11 c-osieuiiny ih:il it la l.uy to
build upon it any hopes of ultimate success.
The programmeim Maine for the year, it inti
mates, is for tho democrats anil greenbackers
to act together as one party, with the under
standing that Ladd and Murco, the presen
greenback congressman from that state, are to
Engineer Melville, of the unfortunate Arctic
steamer Jeannette, who had went w ith a party
to the delta of the Lena river to search for
Cantaiu 1H Long and his party, sends a dis
patch to the Secretary ot War at Washington
from Urkutsk, dated May 5th, announcing
that Pe Long and his party had been found
dead, with all their papers and books. The
party consisted of 13 men. One of tho three
boat crews that escaped from the Jeannette,
that under Chipp, is still missing, and Mel
ville states that tho search will now be prose
cuted to find them.
While we have no disposition to underrate
Mr. David McCullough as a passably able
judge and a personally pleasant and presenta
ble gentleman, we have a right to challenge
he good taste not to say decency of his
being personally present at tho Galva conven
tion that nominated him as a party candidate
for Supreme Judge; nor is it to his credit that
in the struggle to get tho nomination, which
ho entered as the hindmost man, his case was
largely engineered, at least so far as the im
portant point of "laying out" Mr. Bull was in
volved, by D. L. (Dirty Little) Hough, who was
also, we presume, the author of the dirty screed
against Mr. Bull that appeared in several Chi
cago papers the day before the Galva conven
tion. It is true, Hough's victory consisted in
his ability to return to Chicago with Bull's
scalp in his belt, but as that victory included
the victory of McCullough, tho two were es
sentially one job, and it makes no difference,
in the outward aspect of the case, at least,
whether he was in the pay of McCullough, or
whether he was actuated alone by "pure cus
sedncss" in his desire to wreak personal ven
geance on Mr. Bull.
With tho understanding that neither con
gress er the President could restore Gen. Fitz
John Porter to his rank m the army while
resting under sentence of n court martial, and
that there was no way of getting rid of that
sentence except by a pardon from the presi
dent, Gen. Porter has consented to accept such
pardon, which President Arthur ha promptly
granted. This leaves the way ojien lor con-
now to restore him to the position in the army
of which tho sentence of tho court martial de
prived him.
Mr. Warner, of the Rochester (N". Y.) Ob
servatory, renews his oiler of last year of a
reward of $200 to the discoverer of every new
comet during the current year. The discov
ery may be made in the U. 8., Canada or Great
Britain. He offers a like reward to the tineJer
of any mctoric stone during ltWS which shall
contain fossil remains of animal or vegetable
life, thus proving Ihe inhabitability of other
planets. And lastlj he oilers a reward ot $50,
lor any meteoric stone over tw ounces in
weight that was seen to fall during 1882.
Persona Mention.
Victor. Victor H, Dumbeek, of Peoria, was
in the city this week.
Du. Dr. Marrlner Is in Qulncy tide-week at
the Dental Association meeting.
Allbn. E. C. Allen, Ksq., returned homo from
his Denver trip on Thursday evening-
Juw.bs. Judge Craig and Wants-to-be Judge
McCullough, of Peoria, were In the city this
'ffaiuBi.E.- Misa Elsie Trimble left Ottawa on
hylurdy (or Iuwn, where shs will spend the
Morris. Henry Baum aud our former towns
man, Jonn Shobert, were in Ottawa yesterday
calling on friends.
Clcb. Miss Kittle Hamilton ontertainel her
friends on Thursday evening at the residence of
her sister, Mrs. L. Leland, on the west side-
Ybntzbr. Frank Ventzor retarned from south
ena Qlinois yetterday, petting over the flooded
lands via the rail fences, tlioy tell us at the office.
TZTKk. liazcttt, tith: "3ls. M. D. Learned
at present in Ottawa. Mr. Chas. Plielps, of Ot
tawa, has taken charge of: Pulsifer's warehouse
at this place."
Streatok. Monitor, 8th: "Mrs. Griggs, of
Ottawa, Is visiting friends in this city. Mr. John
I)::yhotr, of Ottawa, spent Sunday with his
friends In this city."
Mum: it. Mrs. Miller, wji'ow of the late Chas.
G. Miller, formerly a prominent merchant and
business man of Ottawa, is visiting friends in this
city, stopping with Mr. Criah Miller, on the east
(I:o. Geo. Griffith returned this wesk from
Kansas, where he spent tho past few wouks.
George has bought a piece of land, intending to
begin a sheep ranch.
PfiKTBK. Another Ottawa man comes to the
front as a western otllce holder. Georg R. Por
ter, who left this city a Jw years ago, now holds
I'prlo Sam's commission as postmaster at Mount
StH'ffels, Colorado.
Warnkii. Dr. C. J. Warner, of Ohio, has been
in tho city this week, tae guest of his brother, J.
I- Warner. The Doctor Is somewhat of a news
payer man, wo are told; and certain lias been
looking over the town with a newsj-apor man's
t'oi.wEi.i.. Thos. A Hugh Colwel), builders of
this city, were given two contracts this week
from Iowa: a huildiug for medical tollege of the
Iowa Stato I niversity at Iowa City, to cost $:;5,-
to cost f25,-
Keep. 8. W. Reed, of East Ottawa, is slowl-i
recovering from bis long sickness, and is now
ablo to sit up a portion of the day. Ho has been
con lined to his room for three weeks or more.
much of the tliuo the chances of life or death be
ing about etpinl.
Wks. Our old friend Wesley B. Hall has been
during the past two weeks seriously ill at his
home in Mt. Pleasant, la., so that some of his
relatives of this city went to him. Ho is now re
ported considerably better a fact most gratify
Ing to a host of friends hero.
Ham.. D. M. Hall returned on Thursday eve
ning from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, where lie had
been to attend his brother, W. 1$. Hall, who has
been and is still dangerously sick. It is expect-'
ed that tho sick man will be removed to this city
next week, if that can bo accomplished. I
Puilmi-s. From a private letter received aj
few days ago It was expected that Will it. Phil-
lips would leave his Florida home ycstercUv for
Illinois. Af.ur i.-iiiiig ,i .-imrt t'nuu in this v'.rin
lty he will proceed to Iowa. His health, we are
pleased to say, Is much better, the southern win
ters evidently agreeing with him.
Doit.hektv. P. J. Dohgherty, for several
years a printer in tho employ of the Itniihlimn,
ot this city, has accepted a situation as foreman
of the f'rw V job rooms of Sandwich. Put
Is a faithful and obliging young man as well as
a good printer. He has the best wishes of the
fraternity in Ottawa for future success.
Wo are prepared to till orders for advertising
cards from stock on hand ororders from samples.
We can fill at short notice orders of any size
from any of over 875 different styles, all attrac
tive, at a wide range of prices.
Fan Trader Job Rooxs.
Thn Klin O, Heck Cut.
The preliminary examination of Klla O. Heck,
charged with tho murder of the two Infants found
In tho well on tho farm of Henry II. Hess, In tho
town of Dayton, on Friday, the Ulstof April last,
by Howard Buck, took place on Thursday after,
noon before V. H. Weeks, Ks.
Before any testimony was taken, Mr. Blake,
her attorney, entered a motion to quash thu writ
and warrant on tho ground that V. U. Weeks is
not a justice though he issued the papers as such.
Tho motion was overruled, tho Court holding
that a jurtico aud police niui;istrate aroaboutthe
same thing.
Coroner Wois was the chief witness for tho
people. Ho said ho saw the babies, on Saturday
afternoon. They were lying on a grass plat,
near the well, which was about .'100 yards from
tho Hess house near where Howard IIi:ck aud
KUaO., his sister, lived. This well was about 225
ft. north of the barn, and some W) ft. from the old
plank road. Both children were males; and to
all appearances bad not been washed after birth.
They were wrapped up lu a woman's old under
shirt and an apron, and a woman's stocking lay
near them; tho string of thu apron was wrapped
around tho nock of the children. Both were dead.
Having examined tho bodies, ho empannelled a
jury whom ho adjourned for a week. Tho chll.
dren ho brought to Ottawa, where they were ex
auiinud by himself and Dr. Dyer, in the latter's
office The head of otie was dark, but from what
cause is not clear. They appeared to have been
In tho well two or three days more or less,
though they were not sbrivled up. Tho larger
weighed 7 lbs. and tho smaller lbs. The
smaller had a dark spot on its faeo as if from de
composition; the abdomen was nut dark. From
the mouth of this one a piece of a lucifer match
was taken. On their necks were distinct marks
of violence, us of linger marks on their throats.
The eyes blood shot and projected, and tho navel
cords were torn from tho body. On cutting intc
tho breasts the lungs were found to fill the entire
cavity; had the color of lungs that had beon In-
fisted, and pieces cut from them floated on water
and if held under water sent up air bubbles.
These are proofs that tho children had been born
alive. Under tho skull bono was found in the
larger clotted blood, and tho skull was cracked
into four pieces as by a blow or coming in con.
tact with bard substance. The smaller child had
Its tongue partly torn from the jaw bone. The
bodies were left with Dr. Dyer. Having spent a
few days in looking up points In the case with
the sheriff, the Doctor called at Heck's house and
asked for defendant, and talked with her about
her sickness. She said she had had dropsy for a
year or two and had suffered much. He pressed
her ankles with his Augers (saying he was a
young physieian Intercstod in her peculiar case)
hut found no dropsical condition of flesh. After
he had recalled his jury he told her that facts he
lad obtained cast a suspicion on her as being
the mother of the children; and that the best
way to show that she had not been a mother re.
cently would be to submit herself to a physical
examination. He explained to her that he could
not aompel this but that if he made the exami
nation it must be entirely by her consent and de
sire. He made the suggestion as likely to be
uie'AU to her. After some hesitation and on the
advice of her sister-in-law she consented to an
examination, and the Doctor made it In the pres.
ence tf Mrs. Heck, who also assisted. This ex.
ainination showed that she had been delivered of
a chili or children very recently thought within
ton days of the examination. On being informed'
of the Doctor's conclusions and urged to explain
she burst into tears, and said she had, some six
months before, given birth to a six months' fee
tus whijh sbe cast into Fox river near Aurora,
at which time she was living with a Mr. Benja
min, some distance from Aurora. At the Inquest
she testified she had had sexual intercourse with
one Geoi Morrison at dates eight and 18 months
before. Tho dead children were fully developed
and had been born alive.
II. B, LHjnsinore, father-in-law of the Mr. Ben
jiiinin meationed, was called. He lives with his
son-in-law, 4J miles west and half a mile north
of Aurora and four miles from Fox river. Ella
Heck cane to Iheir plaeo about 27th Sept. 1M81,
and llveii there until about 85th March, 1S82.
When hhe came she was fleshy and In poor health
and during her stay shu increased very much in
size. She said it was from dropsy. When she
left for r4tawa she was very large. She was al
ways complaining of poor health but was not
confined to her room or Interrupted in her work.
Never heard, of her having glveji birth to a fo-tus.
During October aud November she went a few
times with the family to Aurora; but never knew
of her leaving the pluce after the middle of De
cember until she came to Ottawa; and In day
time could hardly have gona away without his
knowing of it. She increased in size gradually
during her stay there, and was much larger than
she now is. On cross-examination ho said she
might) have been absent from the place during
tho night; and that she hud onco gone to Kane,
villa (some four miles in a northwesterly direc
tion from his house) to look after a carpet.
Henry II. Hess, of Dayton, owner of the farm
on which the babes were found aud who lives in
the same house with the Hecks, said he had seen
defendant last Summer and also about April 1st
wlen she came from Aurora. Her appearance
was unusual with her. Her feet, ankles and face
were swolen, and her body very large. During
the first week ho saw little of her. On Saturday,
a week after her arrival, as he started for town)
Mrs. Heck asked him to bring some elder flowers
for defendant's dropsy. Some five or six days af
ter this Mrs. Heck called his attention to defen.
dam's appearance, asking If ho didn't think her
looking better. He said the change was decid
edly tor the better. Her color was better less
"pussy" In appearance and with breasts much
reduced in size. After this change he saw much
more of her about the house- and met her fre
quently. On cross-examination he said during
the first week of her stay ho frequently was ab
sent a whole day at a time. He added that the
well was about 10 feet deep and generally had
about 10 feet of water in it. It was covered with
boards and had a chain pump. In the side was
a rabbit hole and where the babies were found
was a loose board In the covering,
Thos. McAfee, of Freedom, while on his way
home, was called to from the field by Howard
Heck to see the bodies. They were then lying
on the surface near the well. They were wrap,
ped lu the clothes described, drawn together and
;c1 ii:i the Ieeves of liu l.-o on-lit, but the top
was open so we could see their faces. The bot
tom of the casing was tied with a piece of edging
about an inch wide. The stocking was between
them Inside of th-j vest. One looked very nat
ural, while one was black on one cheek.
Christopher Simon and A. E. Beach testified to
seeing the bodies at thu same place at later hours.
j Howard Heck, defendant's brother, said he
. found the bodies in the well about 3 o'clock.
Both ends of this case were tied, one with the edg
ing the other with a bit of calico string with
polKa dots on it.
Here the people rested and the hearing of fur
thur testimony was postponed until yesterday
morning. On yesterday the Court announced that he
would admit the defendant to bail and fixed the
mount at 2,000. No testimony wss on" -red by

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