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Dr. Wharton Making Favorable Impression-Services
Well Attended.
Visit to tils Parents in
Won During the Week.
Lof the Great River ol Which
it Have All Heard So Much.
K. Hoclscher, son of Frank
ier. engineer on the ferryboat,
is here from St. Louis visiting
from Alaska and talks most
tjUClV 01 UM.Miiiuuai.iiig "ii iiic
Iloelscher's life has been
ii bating on the Missouri and
ppi rivers and when the steam
,i supplanted by the railroad
. 1,4- s.tlii- Liqti..nc
1110 lie SOllKUU UtiHTl .UVUl.UII
a. could utilize his knowledge
navigation with advantage to
.tent to Alaska in the spring of
1ml began 8teaml)oating on the
He is now master and pilot
steamer William Isom, which
ii connection with a deep sea
imcctiiig Seattle with Iawson
E. H. Korsnieyer, the Inventor, in
Town Tuesday of this Week.
hi (apt. Hoclscher arrived at
irhads in the spring of 1808 the
1 was frozen at its mouth and
messed several sea going vessels
fast in the Ice as late as the
( June. The boating season for
sivsCapt. Hoclscher, opened on
1 (it .1 nl v and the last lxtat to
at Itawson City was on the 3rd
ulier. At St. Michaels naviga-
MjiKd on ru'ptember 15, it
a pecidiar fact that the river
- first at Its mouth. For in
i the river opened at Dawson
.Vjy 8, 1901, and at Its mouth
The revival services in vogue at the
newly erected tabernacle and at the
Presbyterian church under the min
isterial charge of the noted evangelist,
the Rev. Dr. Wharton, have been
well attended during the week, the
spacious tabernacle auditorium having
been crowded every night. The after
noon meetings at the Presbyterian
church have been also well attended.
The people of Lexington have fallen
In love with Dr. Wharton, whose
earnestness of purpose, indisputable
igic and pleasant delivery impress
most favorably all who hear him. The
music continues to be an inspiring
feature of the worship at these meet-
ngs, the talent of Lexington in this
line lending ready and willing aid.
As per arrangement at the incep
ion of tliis series of meetings, no
meeting are held on Saturday, hence
there will be none today; but the
regular Sunday services at the taber
nacle will le held tomorrow, although
services as usual will be held at the
various churches during the forenoon.
Tbe ministers of Lexington have
taken earnest hold and arc lending
all possible aid to the visiting evan
gelist; and if the meetings do not
result in a great revival of religion
here it will be none the fault of
the 'preachers, who are laboring to
gcther In harmony for the licit er-
inent of spiritual conditions in this
This good work has the very best
wishes of the Intkllioknckk and so
fur as tliis paper is concerned uotliin
that it can do will be left undone U
make the meetings the success they
should Ite.
Phil E. Chappell Tells of Palmy Days for the "Missouri
River Palace."
Fortunes Made on a Single Trip River Now a Grave Yard
for Former Great Carriers.
Phil E. Chappell recently read a ' $350 per month; clerks from $125 to
most Interesting paper before the '-"'; mates from $100 to $250, and
engineers about the same as mates,
Yukon, says Capt. Hoclscher,
les the Missouri regarding
sand bars and shifting channel
iwer WW miles the stream is
wide, with many flats, similar to
piississippi from Vicksburg to its
'i. Above the wider stream,
N'oare to Rampart, the river is
narrower and swifter and many
abound. It is very crooked.
Uanipart to Fort Hamlin, 150
lie says that the Yukon re
ts the Missouri at Lexington,
is particular part of the stream
is a seven mile current, while
" rher broadens out the current
wsto five miles. From Hamlin
He City. 380 miles, is known as
Yukon Flats. The stream like
;icoiiade is very crooked, narrow
ift. At Circle City the stream
;,ns out. and is tiftv miles wide
outside chute to outside chute.
:iter rushes between canons
inks and is very swift, making
ui'iii iMdli difficult and clan-
A very pretty home wedding took
place at bait past four o'clock Thurs
day afternoon at the home of Mrs.
Bird Sluslier, when her daughter,
Miss Elizabeth, was joined in mat
rimony to Judge Pearl R. Smith.
The nuptial knot was tied by the
Rev. Dr. Manly, pastor of the Baptist
church. The attendants were Mr.
Horace Blackwell and Mr. Keith
Goodman and Miss Dalsie Thornton
and Mrs. Eaton. Only relatives and
a few of the immediate friends of
the hifjh contracting parties were iu
Judge Smith and his bride left soon
after the ceremony for Kansas City to
remain a few days and upon their
return will take up their residence at
the home of Mrs. Slushcr.
The hlli contracting panics in
this wedding belong to the very best
families of Lafayette and are to be
congratulated on the step they have
taken. They have the best wishe
..f i tin iTi.-Tr uiKM'Kii along with
Wl IMVf i.inMi-
the earnest hope that tticir married
lire may be one of unalloyed hap
uiilKiats on the Yukon, says
lloclseher, always go prepared
into winter quarters. They
supplies foi six months and if
to reach St. Michaels and go
lie wavs in t lie ennui tlicv tie un
'w foot of some Island or behind
protecting point for the winter.
'"ld weather is employed in
"K the crew cut, eordvvood from
"wood, spruce, birch and fur
s- which abound along the bmks
Uliilc the Ice forms from six to
f,''t in thickness," said Capt.j
N'lici'. "We are wcn provisioned
H"not sutler there more than vou
:iPl- Hoclscher says that the
ir,'S Paid rlvnr nmn i .n Hid Yukon
'd. Captains receive $2,400
'Iiiihiiii: pn(s 11,800: engineers
second engineers $1,500: mates
l; deckhands and roustalioiits
l l' II M tilt i - t.t
nii'Mli: electricians $100 per
I It 1 bill !(... A I 1111 1J.I llWtlltll
'"'Jil Tll'U im..'.'1
'!" Hoclscher likes his new Held
'bor Vcrv iiii,.l, .....I ruluril to
ika. in tin unpin. ti f-iLit i'hm'ri
I, , p Miiiu hp iunv n"
'w tsi.ln 1
Wedded Wednesday.
At half past six o'clock on last
Wednesday evening, at the home of
Hie bride sister, Mrs. Neil Puslcy,
at Cartilage, Mo., occurred the mat
rlattc of Miss Annie Elizabeth Ncale,
sister to the editor of the Intklli-
Kh, and Mr. Nathan M. i-ooper,
farmer ot Lafayette
a prosperous
county. The ceremony was perform
ed by the Rev
Early Settlers Historical Society at
Kansas City on "The Rise and Fall of
Stoaniboating on the Missouri River."
Among other things he said:
"The Independence, the first steam
boat to ascend the Missouri, left St.
Louis May 15, 1819, and arrived at
Old Franklin, an abandoned town
situated opposite Boonville, on the
28th. She continued her voyage to
Cherrytown and returned to St. Louis
June 5. Her arrival along the river
occasioned wild excitement and great
joy among the few inhabitants, and
an old-fashioned barbecue was given
the otllcers of the boat and passengers
at Franklin. The Question of naviga
tion on the Missouri river had been
"Other boats followed the same
... .. i
season, among which were mree or
four steamboats and several barges or
bat leans, In charge of Major Long, a
government otllcer, who was Instruct
ed to proceed as far as the mouth of
the Yellowstone to ascertain if the
upper Missouri could be navigated,
and also to establish military posts on
the banks of that str?am. This fleet
onsisted of the steamers Jefferson,
R. II. Johnson, Exposition and West-
ern engineer, ine aeiiersou uuuck
snag and was sunk in Osage chute,
at the mouth of that river, being the
first boat wrecked on the Missouri.
The Western Engineer had been
built expressly for this expedition.
und from her unique appearance is
worthy of description. She was a
small side-wheeler, and on her bow,
running from keelson forward was the
escape pipe, mane in liuiiauou ui a
huge serpent, painted black, with its
open mouth and tongue painted a
tiery red. The steam escaped from
the mouth of the serpent and in its
passage at intervals created aloud,
wheezing noise or puff, like the dying
groans of some sea monster, which
could lie heard for several miles. The
Indians saw this wonderful piece of
marine mechanism, t he power of the
great Manitou, and after one view of
it, lied precipitately in great terror
from the banks.
"It was in the year 1830 that the
first cabin was built on a steamboat
for the accommodation of passengers,
In the history of steamboat naviga
... : -I.-.,,. 11,,,
tion on the Mississippi nci
period between 1840 and 18C.0 may be
properly called "The (iolden Era."
The Improvements which nan ueon
. t.. .I.. T.iiiliiiinl.v !inrl
Iliai C. DOlll IU U'- nun "...v...
. . . .i.,. iiillc tlio nil:mt;i-
consn ucuoii "i 1 1 ii- "'i ra
tion of the stateroom cabins, the
systematizing of the business, all
tended to lessen the danger of naviga
tion and to increase the profits.
The fully equipped passenger
Dr. Pugslcjr in tne
presence of relatives ana a rewnoi me
immediate friends of the family, the
..oMinir bavin.' been a very quiet
iionin :itT;lir.
II u - .
r.,r n vhlt of a few days at
furttisiisc Mr. and Mrs. Cooper .vill
i limit- home in Lafayette
I'fiimt v.
The IsTKLUoKNCKii extends ear
...... - t, inns to the newly
IlCSlj liuut,'"1-
wedded couple.
. . , c..wicn i,f St. Joseph, who
JlHIt: urn.!....,
m Lexington looking after his
:r..n1.,,sasacaudid..te for judge of the
supreme court, left Wednesday morn-
1 .it ..l.ill'i nun !l
ii ror lliwmsviiie, of.i. -
few other points and thence home
On Tuesday afternoon the judne paid
,i,mri,ii room or ine im.-
Of course these wages included board
It was the pilot, however, who divided
profits with the owners and some
times received the larger half. Their
wages ran from $500 to $700 per trip
and often amounted to as much as
$1,500 per month.
"The cause of these unusual wages
was a combination among the pilot:
on the Missouri river caned "ine
1 'Hots' Benevolent association." in
corporated by the legislature.
"It is a remarkable fact, in this day
of Uusts and combinations, that this j
i. Jfibine was the first formed in the
west, and for compactness, rigid en
forcement of its rules and complete
success as a labor organization, ex
ceeded any other ever formed in this
country. It was the only labor organ
ization that ever had a dead sure
cinch. ?s'o man could learn the river,
as it was called, or become a pilot
without an apprenticeship with one
who knew It; hence the association
only permitted a certain number of
Ljroung men to be taken as appren
tices each year.
"Steamboating on 'the Missouri
river from 1830 to 1800, when it
began to decline, was an exceedingly
profitable business, and through it
many fortunes were acquired. The
rates of freight depended, of course,
te . 1 J .1!.. .lnHMtr.4
on ine ciass anu uisuuice cawcu
The rate to Kansas City was fre
quently $1.00 for 100 pounds; for moun
tain trips to Fort Benton and other
points the rates were often as high as
10 to 15 cents per pound, the rate on a
sack of flour being $10. Passenger
rates were correspondingly high. It
was not unusual for a boat to clear
$10,000 on a round from St. Louis to
Kansas City a trip requiring a week
or ten days, and boats making trips to
the mountains, requiring from 00 to
90 clays, frequently paid their cost to
their owners in one voyage. The
steamer, W. J. Louis, E. T. Herndon
master, made her first trip to Fort
Benton in the spring of 1805 and on
her return her net profits had paid for
her cost, $00,000.
"In 18ti(i the Wavcrly, a side-wheel
boat, made her maiden trip to Fort
Benton and cleared $50,000. Captain
John Keiser, who died in St. Louis a
few davs ago, was one of her owners,
The steamer Cora, Captain Joseph
Kinney of Boonville, during the win
ter of 18(15. ran from Hermann to
f Jefferson City In connection with the
Missouri Pacific railroad and cleared
$00,000 in 00 davs it was twice her
cost : she was a small boat.
"Probably the most profitable trip
was that made to the mountains In
lstio by the Peter Balen. She was a
large, stem-wheel boat, worth $15,000,
E. II. Korsnieyer, Inventor and
theoretic, practical machinist, of
Kansas City, was in Lexington Tues
day en route from Sedalla to his home
and while here paid the Intellioen-
ceb an appreciated visit. Mr. Kors
nieyer Is the inventor and patentee of
the celebrated Lightning Balanced
Gasoline engine, one of which is in
use in the press rooms of this office,
Mr. Korsnieyer is in the employ of
the Kansas City Hay Press company,
one of the largest concerns of the kind
in the world. Seeing the value of
Mr. Korsmcyer's gasoline engine this
firm bought from him, about a year
and a half ago, the right to manufac
State Building at World's Fair to
be of Home Material.
Let Us So Build That the World Will
Look oo With Earnest Admiration.
Let us go to vyork and erect a
building on the big world's fair site
at St. Louis that will be the talk and
admiration ot the civilized world.
Wre have the material with which to
ture them, paying him a handsome build it and an enterprising people to
royalty in addition to a lucrative push to a grand, magnificent corn-
salary to overlook the engine depart-L)leUon the ullllly ot these materials
mnnt. tt i hfilv livimnnvft (rni'firn I
...... , . , into one of the handsomest buildings
"II1CC UCllllllll Ulf IlldllUUlCI 11, U Ul
this engine the demand has so ln. the Inhabitable globe hasever known
creased that the firm has been forced The Missouri board of world's fair
to increase its producing capacity, commissioners met in the Laclede
and Is still broadening out in that building, St. Louis, on Tuesday or
particular. They have made the this week, says the Republic. All
engine line their main one, subordina- the members were present. Governor
t,inr tho h:v nresv and other articles Dockery was also in attendance. The
"n J I I
of manufacture that they make and commlssionapproved.wlthoulchange,
shin throughout the country. the plans for the Mlssourt exhibit
Mr. Korsnieyer was born and raised building, drawn up by Isaac S.Taylor,
on a farm near Evansville, Indiana, The commission also authorized
and is vet a voumr man. He is a the appointment of a building corn-
descendant of one of Germany's best mittee of two members. M. T,
families, the members of which were Davis, chairman of the board, was
all of an inventive turn of mind, cnosen cnairman or mis committee,
His grandfather was owner of the and power was given him to appoint
celebrated Korsmeyer estate near a colleague ana, wnen necessary, an
Dippe Petmold. additional auxiliary member. Gov
i . . . .
The "Western Edison" would be eroor uockery is also an advisory
an approprite name to apply to this member ol the committee. The
ngenious young German. In seeking otlier members nave not yet oeen
the results which his engine gives the appointed. These members are to do
old established gas engine companies all the work on the buildiog up to
and the steam thresher companies the pomt or letting the contracts,
hn vfi snrnt hundreds of thousands of wincii must oe done oy ttie entire
dollars, but failed by not adopting, or commission.
perhaps not thinkin? of the principle "ilie Missouri uoara or worlds
- - .t . i w
employed by Mr. Korsnieyer in the Iair commissioners, .- saia wr, wvu
invention of his engine four or five atier lIie meeting, -nao a very in-
VOtlXS HO I 11C''9UIUK ooiuij iuuaj iiuiuu viuu
In addition to this engine Mr. l,"nSs aone wa e acceptance or a
Korsnieyer has several other valuable proposition from W. II. Marshall,
luitonta. 11a U tho mntnnt-e of a treasurer of the board, in behalf of
corn drill and planter combined on
which letters were granted in 1884;
and of a printing press, operated
automatically by electric magnets
alone. This press has no combs or
gears and not even a wheel is used.
Southeast Missouri, asking the priv
ilege of furnishing and finishing one
of the rooms of the Missouri exhibit
building free of charge, with the
wood known as sweet gum. This
wood has recently come Into great
1 1 - . n I. .1.1 .a
It was patented In 1892 and its prou.me.icB ' u a u...s...uK
patentee expects of it ereat things in '"er''u
the future is tlie aesire of the commission
Mr. Korsmeyer has spent the best t0 recognize as many sections of the
vonrwnf his life aiiflo.iitft.i fortune on s'ate as ...ay ub prucucuu.B ... u.c
his Inventions and is now harvesting
the fruits of his labor and his perse
The home of Henry Elara, colored,
construction of the Missouri building
that is to say, they have already
accepted, subject to the approval of
the architect, the offer of Southeast
Missouri to furnish one room with
situated in Irish town, was destroyed sweet gum, and it is understood that
by fire Wednesday afternoon. The other sections of the state are ready
lire department responded promptly to make similar offers. There is a
to the alarm but upon arriving In the well defined rumor that Northwest
neighborhood of the fire found that Missouri will ask to furnish one room
the blaze could not be reached with with oak and South Central Missouri
the hose available. The house was a Is expected to come forward with a
good sized frame and was compara- generous offer to furnish one or two
tively new. Very little of the fur- of ttie rooms witn yellow pine.
niture was saved and very little "The opportunity will be afforded
insurance was carried. Elam seems every section of the state to be rep-
fated to meet loss by fire as this is the resented In this building by the fur-
second lime he has been burned out. Dishing of stone or wood suitable for
i t .1,1,1,
tt,.nmer. II t 10 lieyuitv ui on.au.
'" 1 ' t 11 ..!.!. ib im iif
, , i,, the Missouri, was a mag- ana cleared on tins one mp tou.u....
nificent specimen of marine archi
tecture. She was generally about 250
feet long, 40 feet beam, 7 feet depth
and hold", and had a full length cabin
N 'lolui 1W..H iv.mi. t.n Kansas
l'Tliuis,i :iv iiu.f. t,i tuir frlniuN
, iiioi UMI jJ iinii""--
the e
r.u an appreciated visit,
As a
urlst and citizen Judge
lilnh tnrounnuui.
capable of accommodating 300 or 4oo
passengers by using cots. Tlie"texas,"
m-upied solely by the officers, was on
the hurricane roof.
The floors of the cabin werecoVered
with the softest, Brussels carpet, and
tin- staterooms were
cverv convenience. The ladies' cabin
was 'never complete without a grand
piano. The table was elegantly
furnished and the menu was equal to
that of the first class hotels of the
cities. Each boat always cuuu-u
Htrlii'"' bin"1 a,,a "i'tliiu's a brass
Um and every night when the
tables were cleared away, a dance was
enjoyed by the passengers in the
ladies' cabin.
"The cost of such a uoai
$50,000 to $75,000, and to run it
tailed an expense or jou a uhj
"I have in my possession a list of
more than 400 steamboats that once
ran on the Missouri river. It probably
does not embrace one-half the num
ber, but is perhaps the most complete
list that has ever been preserved. On
the list are the names or 205 boats
that were wrecked on the river, with
the names of I he captains and owners,
the dates when they were wrecked,
furnished with I the place, the cause, and many other
"Of the 205, 103 were sunk by com
ing in contact with snags, 25 were
lost by lire and the remainder by ex
plosions, ice, rocks, bridges, storms
and other causes. More than three-
fourths of the number were wrecked
between Kansas City and St. Louis,
and most of the boats ran the lower
river. In fact, the bed of the river
from St. Joseph to the mouth is a
marine graveyard, and there lie buried
in the bends the wrecks of more than
150 steamboats covered with the ac
"Tim Murphy has takeu a stride
forward with seven league boots."
Tbe above is quoted from the Mil
waukee Sentinel in reviewing Mr,
Murphy's new production, and it Is
the building, and it is hoped and
expected that other sections will
avail themselves of the opportunity
thus afforded by the Missouri board to
exhibit their local products.
"The Missouri building will bo in
. . i. a .1.1
oniy one oi u.e .unity KUuu ..mug ilsdf aQ ex,)ibll of the bulldiDg
that have been said of this talented reaources of U)e st!Ue. Xhe ammls.
actor about his work in a "Capitol iloncrs des,rc Uml Mlssour, r;iulte,
Comedy." The new play by Paul MlMOur, 8tonC) Missouri ouyx, Mis-
Wilutiwh tvill lift KPftM Ml, till. N'PW . ...
..... - souri wooas ano an otner materials
Grand Tuesday, November 20. , t . , ,ons,rU(.Uoil of
Group number bve, ot the Missouri buildings shall be represented In this
Captain" were paid from $150 to cumulated sands of half a century.
Bankers' Association, will hold its
fall meeting in Boonville Tuesday,
November 20tb. Judge Richard
Field, of Lexington, Is chairman, and
L. Woodbrldge, of Marshall, sec
retary of the group.
That grand and noble organization,
the Independent Order of Odd Fel
lows, has been holding a grand en
campment at Nevada this week.
Miss Lulu Roberts, of Sunshine,
Mot, who has been visiting her aunt,
Mis. Joseph Tribble, returned home
Tuesday afternoon.
building. It is hoped that tbe geu
crous offer of Southeast Missouri will
be emulated by other sections of the
"Time is running, and parties who
desire to have their products repre
sented in this building, which will be
no advertisement to all the world,
should make haste to avail themselves
of the offer of the Missouri board.
All sections and Industries desiring to
be represented In this gorgeous build
ing should communicate at once
with the board, room 14, Laclede
Do you net the lou'llltjcnccrf-
" ,U0K ttrter hi.ui
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