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lesdmqton ntclUaencer. LEXINGTON, LAFAYETTE COUNTY, MISSOURI, SATURDAY, AUGUST 24. 1901. No. 30 IE BOOKS OPEN WW Have a Lock at MIs- 'sonrrs Pobllc Ledger. flU GIVES RIGHT TO ALL vni frrrv Out Globe aj aisr ' Dcfflocrat's Bald-Facel Bluff. veral years put the St. Looia kmocrat has been railing a 1. bowl anent democrats rule Lorl, making cbargas that flung Ctbewlod and outraged decency, f Jot Flory was running around lb elate ai tbe candidate of the ican party for governor be, too, tbe claim that be should be (or tbe reason that democratic jWJed an overhauling. Fioallj tor Dcxery became incensed to exieot at the prevaricating o( the Globe-Democrat tnat be Challenge to ihe editor of that . .. !..nl!i.t!'in r, ft ii W 10 m&SB all iincoiiganuu, vu. ery possible assistance that the could bring to bear, T he conse was I Imt instead of accepting . vrrnur's challenge in a manly r the managers of the St. Louis uftliag. o. p. paid no attention l kepi up a running lire ol .....1.1 .... 1 . M, .. . hit was MS uuuiirRH as iv ;((ju( the respect of decent Rim, w ooruwi the tit. Louts Star, r republican newspaper, and ihe governor If the same courtesy lie mended to that pipiir a was lo the IS. 1) . to which Mr. k Editor of tbe St. Louis Star, Louts, Mo. sort 21, 1901 Dear Sir: I have lonur to acknowledge receipt ot tatter of the 20lb instant, m i jou state that as the Globe jcrsl has seen lit to decline the uiuQ to examine tbe financial Ji of tbe state, you accept the aiion oo behalf ot tbe St Loots extending this invitation to the Je Dtoiocrat I expressly stated that plied to any one w no desired to ine the hooks, and I shall be glad Ive you undertake tbe work which B lobe-Democrat has declined. er waiting a reasonable time for ilobe-Denjocrat to accept the in od to examine the books, and that r failing to do so, I requested the auditor to prepare a complete t"l of ibe receipts and disburse i of all stale moneys bandied rg tbe years ot democratic control x state. The clerioal force of tbe lor s oltice has had its time com. J taken up with tbe work inci to the gtate board ot equalization "ther regular duties. The auditor res nie tbat as soon as the force is ed ( the stress of Ibis important 'be exhibit will be prepared. Jou will need tbe co-operation, to p extent, of tbe office force in inR a i borough examination of all accounts, I beg to slate that tbe k and office force of the auditor's artment will be at your disposal as aoon as the work referred to H ii oompleted, which will be m a few dava. j b invitation heretofore extended Globe-Demoorat is row extended oo. ire to state further in answer to jr letter: First, tbat there will be Sitation to the proposed examlna- as to its time or scope ; second, Jon can rely upon tbe aid and co ition of all the state offloials whom I llliD'1 can serve yoo 10 acoomplisu ithe most thorough Investigation. " 1 tated in my letter to tbe Globe- ""tom, it lhflre hM beeB uay abuge Public funds, or dishonesty prac ticed in any of the departments, the people ought to know It. It there has been, as I assert, an honest accounting of the publio moneys on the part of the state officials, it is libelous upon the good name of the state for any newspaper to charge the contrary. Very truly yours, A. M. DOCKERY, Governor. JOHNSON IN MISS0UE1. Come Up From New Orleans to 8ee Friends. Joe P. Johnson, perhaps tbe best known man who ever figured in Mis souri politics and who has managed to hold on to a job In the postofflce de partment for many years under tbe adverse conditions of being a rabid domocrat, spent Monday in St. Louie and then came on to his old home Id Johnson county to take his mother to the exposition at Buffalo. He has been stationed at New Orleans for several years and it has been some time since be paid Missouri a visit. Johnson Is always made welcome in bis native stale and upon his arrival at Sc. Louis the Republic printed a lengthy inter view with bim. making it a first page feature. A portion of tbe interview which sounds as much like Joe as pos sible for words to portray an individual and which will be found interesting 10 Missourians, is appended: "Your barber is ool ' always much of a sutjeet to Ulk about, " buid the Major at tbe Laclede Hotel, "Will I have in roy mind a story of my barber thai is as good as anything thai the romancers of this lime hive written You will remember that Insulin one wrote a sonnet oo opportunity, it. wi))(;h be made il say, , . ' MtMi-:;' of bt'ttisn destiny pti 1 k, "II I aiu not" iiiUiaktui, .ShsKeipear hit off the same idea in oilier ' worth years before. And it is so. Will, in barber in New Orleaus bad a hruthei living at Galvesioo al the time of Hit famous storm there. The day afiei tbat great tragedy I started for it scene. My barber aked me to see if I could find the matting brother. 1 hm no trouble in doing so. lie bad goii to Beaumont, wito bis family, wbeii be set up a tent on a piece of ground several miles from tbe town, there beiug no accommodations in the place. At my suggestion the barber went over to Beaumont to look after his stricken relatives. Incidentally, be learned that the piece of land on which they bad taken refuge might be bad for - $300. A family council was arranged, and it was decided tbat H would be better lo go back to Galveston after things bad become somewhat settled. " 'And what of that' I asked my barber, somewhat imp tliently. 'Well,1 he answered, and the tears came into bis eves. 'Most of the laud was on top ot what is now known as Spmdle-Top Hill.1'1 I have obseived,11 continued Major Johnson, "that my friend Walter Stevens is the secretary of tbe World's Fair organization, I met Stephens at Galvestiou soon after the flood. I had previously met bim in Si. Louis, Wash ington, Chicago, New Orleaus, Boston, New York, Omaha, Kansas City and at other points. He can work a longer number of hours without rest than any mas I bave ever known. Twenty boors on a stretch is as easy as falling off a log, You bave not heard tbe latest joke on Charley Vandlver of the Keyiesville Courier, have you?'1 the Major went on. "It happened at New Orleans while the Missouri editors were down there not long ago. Several of the boys bad asaed to be taken to a place tbat is famoos for tbe beautifully-ool-ored poosse cafes. Oo the way there Vandiver somehow got into his bead ibat we were about to see the manu facture of a gin fizz. After the bar man bad made tbe coffee pushers most carefully, Charley held bis up to the light, and, after admiring its rainbow boes for awhile, he said: Woll, I've often heard of your gin fizzes, but that's the first one I ever saw."1 THE LOST CAUSE. War Incidents Bright in Memory of Those Who fought. I r j WEST VIRGINIA AND MISSOURI Homes ol Mea Beloarjof to Same Compasy of Confederate Veterans. Several weeks ago Captain Frank Thornton, Lafayette county's clever and accommodating clerk, received a letter from his old home la West Virginia bringing the news tbat those with whom he soldiered in the confederate army bad instituted 'a camp of veterans at Suoimervllle and bad christened ltCampTboroton. Tbe letter cf course brought up most pleasant reminiscences, taking the captaia back to his boyhood home and Its innumerable pleasant atid never to be forgotten surroundings. Love for his comrades Inspired him to remember them in a substantial way, ana ne forwarded t thetu a beautiful silken banner bearing the stars and bars to be used as the guidon for the new camp. In response Captair. Thornton Is now in receipt of the following letter which be naturally prlr.es very highly and of r C iPT. FKANK THOKNTOM. when your flashing sword so often led your comrades. With sentiments of the highest personal regard, we remain most truly your comrades, R. A. Kincaid, F. G. Shackelford, 8 am "l P. Sen in del, John A. Preston, Committee. 8ummervll!e, W.Va., Aug. 15, 1901. Capt. Thornton enlisted in the confederate army at the beginning of hostilities and went out in a com pany which was organized by himself and bis brother, George W. Thorn ton, now of Kansas City. The latter was made a first lieutenant and tbe former an orderly sargeaat. Lieu tenant Thornton, however, was dis abled In the first engagement In which he took part and was forced to retire from the service. Captain Thornton soon earned tbe raolc be now carries and with two exceptions never left bis command during the entire period of that bloody interne cine strife. Those two periods were when be was a prisoner In the bands of the federals. He was captured at Winchester September 19, 1863, when Early was defeated and Captain mormons entire command was nearly lost. lie escaped from the prison in thirty days and rejoined his comridcs In grey and continued to battle for the couth's rights. He was captured again In March; 1804, near Harper's Ferry, but only re mained In the "pen" three days. Captain Tliornton came to Missouri soon after the War closed uud lias hecn a resident of Lafayette county 'itiuc 1HUH He is now serving his .irst term as .yount.y clerk to the 'iitire sat in fact tin of those who lected him and to the citizens of iafayelte county generally. t . Thonra Harwood, ot Higgin,vi)i. aid Preston UarwoodTof Dover, this jiunty, who went lot the con red- rate service from West Virginia. ere members of I'aptain Th irotouV omruand, while N. M. Nutter of (ansa City was a member of his oiiipany. Breathitt in State. Major Joou U ' Kreai hm, of Tucson, Ariz , is visiting Missouri fi lends. lie npenl several risys in St. liun, mak ing bis tieatiqiinrters al ilie Southern ht"l. M'jir Brunt hut his just re. turned from' a huiiien trip east, him', although he is the A'tz na member of tbe democratic national committer , he says be didn't pHy sny particular attention to the politicul situation In the cast. Major Bteathitl is much Interested in gaining ihe admission of Arizona lo statehood, but be is ii( hopeful so lout; as congreHS is con. trdled by ih- republican party. A'tz iia is about 2,000 'emucra ic, and would, ot course, ii aamitteu to state bood. elect two democratic United THE COUNTY FAIR. Coralog Meeting at lilgglnsvllle to be Most Interesting. EXHIBITS WILL LAST FOUR DAYS. Splendid Races and Big Parses Each Afternoon -Most Liberal Premium List. c turse will keep .-aon-d anions the family ' relics to b;- limided down t- future ifcnerat Ion-: Capt. Frank Thornton, Lexington, Missouri. Dkar Comhadk: At a meeting of Camp Thornton. United Confederate Veterans, held In Humnierville, Nicholas county, Wist V rwinla this day, tne eati'ifo1 - It 'imfed-raiei . dig sent. h -i ns .i giti- pre. sen ted to the cmi . and t he under-j signed appointed a committee 1 States senators. Delegate Smith twice return the thanks of the camp to you gluured lne ptt9gHge ol a statehood bill for trie i-ame. In discharging this . h h , ,PDrMeniuilveH. hut duty allow us to "ay that there were th those present .tt. me meeting who urt,ttlhlll had passed uiroiinu the war in the, both died in Hie SHiiaie, M"j r Hays i he pupolation of ibe lne lerriton ix now about 20,000 same comuitiv anil reitimeni. wiwii . k , rriiu,v ,u ti uminlnentlv with ,ou. I n- enthusiasm or l"i.se m(Mt1.n(i(, (ur BU,nt he senate, present was greatlv silned by one of , Mi)j,,r iire(t,hlU wd. "I regard' John your coturailes who told of you and ' nernjon 0 Tucson, n.rmerly of How. of your record as a soldier froiu! 0unly M,.Huri. as the atrong-Hi orderly sargeant to capiaiu or your company and coiniiiaudiug oRlcerof your regiment The cimp i ind-ed grateful for the beautiful' banner and lenders to you its most heartfelt thanks. Its stars and bars call up many thrilling memories, heroic actions and lastiug friendships. Your kindness and gen erosity in sending it remind us tnat you still feel a deep Interest In the welfare of your comrades Jo this ouoty. Long will that 11 ig be kept by the cauv and your memory c.ier Ished. Whenever, In the future, t lie ctuD appears In marching order I hat man in the territory. Ii he can induued lo accept ihe office be can, ahead of any oiher man In the territory, be elected to the venate. Mr nerndoo has made a great name ouri west. He bas built up au extensive and Incrative law practioe, and whether be would accept tbe offi le is a question. Mark Smith is also strong with the people ot Arizona, and bas rendered both tbe territory and bis party valuable services." Major Breathitt will visit Jefferson Citv, where be resided six jears when a member of Him Mixnurl board of railroad and warehiois- C"Uiuii(iioneri The big fall event of Lafayette county will be the fair to be held at Diggics ville, September 3, 4, 6, and 6. This fair is not a Iliggiosvilla enterprise ex-- cluslvely, bat should be and Is tbe pride of the entire county. Lexington and every other city aod town wilhin La favette's borders are jointly interested with Iligginsville aud should go in to make tbe 1901 fair tbe banner event la tbe history of the association. Regard less of tbe blighting drought that so severely damaged all agricultural grewths this summer the promise is made tbat this line will be good ibis fall and generally up to the standard. The board of directors is made up of the very best men in the county and i-ach lias the welfare of ihe coming ex hibit at heart. Mr. Sara J. Klein schraidt, the secretary and Mr. C A. Keith, tbe assistant end acting secre ary, are kept buiy arranging ior ibe coming show and there is no doudl but thai when the first day of ihe fair ar rives everything will be in readiness for the big week at Iligginsville. Good premiums are offered on Agri cultural implements, mechanical de vious made in Lafayette county, farm and garden products of Lafajelie cni.: h-'jX'a -f ?fAiiia,- home-made Cannod gods, preserved goods,' bread. hio , works of textile and art, drawing, house plants, eul flowers poultry and pel stock, sheep swine, etc. The county coorl bas offered some special premiums for fine swine. The cattle and horse premiums in the different clttssea are especially inviting. Hieing will be a prominent and en tertained feature each day of ibe fair and the premiums offered are very lib eral. On Tuesday, the first day, there will be a stake race for three-year-olds and under, premium $300; farmers green trot, premium $50; pony raoe fourteen hands high and under, half mile aud repeat, premiunm $25; mule raee, naif mile, best two in t"hree, premium $10. Second day: Stake race 2 : 25 class, pace, $500; stake race trot, 2.45 class, $400; tvo-year-old paoe, $200; run ning race, half mile heats, best two in three, $25; mule race, half mile, best two in three, $10. Third day: Trot, 2:23 class, $1000; paoe, 2 : 17 class, $500: running raoe, balf mile beats two best in three, $1C0. Fourth day: Trot, 2:30 class, $500; pave, 2:35 class, $400; running race, balf mile beats, two best in three, $40. It will be atonoe noted that these premiums are more than liberal and they will draw to Iligginsville some of tbe best horses in the country. The racing feature of a ooonty fair is always attractive, but of course not so instructive and useful to tbe observer as tbe agtioultural and stock depart ments. An Intelligencer supplement will be found accompanying this issne con taining tbe full premium list. It is instructive. Read it. Gov. Dockery has offered a reward of $300 for the apprehension of the murderer of Caselle Wild, who was killed by a negro at Pierce City. Two negroes were lynohed at tbal place this week pn accouLl of the excitement in. incident upon the murder. Dr Andrew Kincannoo who was a surgeon lo Price's army died at rt.itKlinlltruidoltie lollerinif st i8 of From J.ff'r-on Cm lie will return Its memo -re as through the smoke : home via Kansas City., wtiere he will Walker, Mo , Wednesday. He was 81 and flime of battle ... days of yore' vi.lt fneuda for a da, j years of age. i I ' . i '