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J l 9, Vol. I.-tSIXTEEN PAGES. PLYMOUTH, MARSHALL COUNTY, INDIANA, FRIDAY, DKCKMRKK 21. 184. No. in. . IT TT FT,"P"fr Im IP M Wfo W Rlfi fP Mi Jl. r j III "5 C3 a o Ott EU - vayer Allman CLOTHIER HD GENTS Hi SHER OFFERS FOR THE HOLIDAY TRADE CHOICE PRESENTS. U 1 WINDSOR, TECKS, FOUR IN HANDS, DE JOINVILLE, BAND BOWS, STRING TIES. From 25c up. AVo have just received the largest and most complete line of Xeckwear Novelties ever shown to this community. Sei: it and you will he convinced. A Necktie will make an appropriate present for your "feller.'' We Avill "Box them" in a fine necktie box, if desired. Handkerchiefs, Japanese Silks, and all kinds imaginahle. A list of articles for Holiday Presents. Plush Caps, Minuiii ous values. Mufflers, 25c and up. SllSpender Specialties in Holiday Suspexd eks, 25c up. Shoes, Bahies,Children s, Men's and V omen s. Shirts, Night Robes. Trousers, for men, invar values. OveiXOatS, Up Stairs. IMS Li) Hi mm OVERCOATS AND FURNISHINGS. s JUu. We will during the Holidays display the finest lines of 0 y D (7 Kver shown in this place, also largo lines of Albums and Manicure Sets, I landkrivhii'f Boxes, . Collar and Cult Boxes, have been bought for cash and selected with great care, and our Dress (Joods Department never was more complete. Our wareroom is full of the best stock of Mixed Candies, which will go at 5 cents per line. W. L. SARBER & SON A Fact which, many good people overlook, or forget, in deciding where to get their EYE GLASSES and SPECTACLES, is properly fitted glasses are absolutely essential to correct the defects of the eyes. Improperly fitted glasses are most as bad as none. Did you know that J. R. LO SEY has made glass fitting a study for sever al years and has purchased one of the finest Optical and Testing Cases and Lenses made ? He is here for legitimate business only. Away with the Quacks. A NEW COURSE. The Independent From This Issue Withdraws From the Political Arena. lie fore the Ixdkimindkxt was estab lished in Plymouth, and ever since its first issue was presented to the public, it has been known as, and plainly bore, the ear marks, of a people's party jour nal. While we acknowledged and announc ed our political lines of action to be in harmony with that party, and in our po litical efforts used our ability to serve the people's party, yet, we believed, that under the circumstances, our trying to advance the interest of Marshall county and Plymouth, and publishing a good local home paper, the people would overlook, to a certain extent, the politi cal views advocated and advanced by the lXlU-lPKXDKXT. While we intended that the editorials appearing fröm week to week, should not prove obnoxious to our readers, yet we have become fully aware that they have, to a large extent, hampered and interfered with, the growth and popu larity of the Im)i:pi:mi:nt. After careful and due deliberation upon this subject, and to free ourselves from everything that might intcifere with our efforts to work harmoniously in our endeavor to advance home inter ests and an unbiased compiling of local events in Plymouth, we have, with a view to our future interest, decided to withdraw from the political field. In arriving at this decison we do not wish to be understood as retiring our politi cal views to a reclusive field of inactiv ity, or in the least compromise our ideas in regard tothe'great issues before the American people. Put we wish to be understood to mean, that while we may differ with a number of our readers up on political issues, these ideas will be withdrawn from the columns of the ii:ri:xii:xi. Our editorial columns will be taken up in the future with such subjects as can be handled from a strict ly independent point of view, and com ments made upon whatever we believe to be for the best interest of the people. The principal effort and work will be in the local field, putting forth all the con centrated forces at our command to pro duce a good, spicy, local newspaper. Hoping that those who have given us their patronage and support in ourshort acquaintance will continue to feel kindly toward the Ixii:im:xii:nt, and realize with the editor, that not being controlled or encompassed about by party ties or affiliations, we will be able to do more for ourselves and the people in the future than in the past. The Ix DKPr.xDKXT will thereafter be all that its title implies, independent in every way, with an eye single to the advance ment and improvement of Plymouth. Sweetened Thoughts. We are indebted to the ladies of the Altar Cuild of the St. Thomas Episco pal church, for some most delicious candy which Avas presented us as a sam ple of what they would offer for sale at the residence of Mrs. C. 1. Hughes, on Saturday and Monday next. We have this to say: That if all the candy dis played there is as good as that presented us, there will he no dilliculty in dispos ing of it, It is such little tilings us this home made candy sale that show up the true merit of the young ladies of any community and develop talents which otherwise would remain hid under a bushel, or some other convenient cover ing. It is probable that few people here ever surmized that t ho young ladies of the Altar (Juild, of St. Thomas Episco pal church could develop such skill in artistic, beautiful and deliciously fine candies as their product displays. If the old saying that "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach," has any truth in it, these young ladies have, the key to the situation and should never lack admirers amongst the sterner sex. It certainly was nice of them to remem ber that even an editor sometimes has a liking for the good things of this world, and their candy certainly sweet ened the labors of everyone in this of lice. A Surprise. The routine duties of an editor, though at times monotonous, finds an epoch in his life that brings pleasant thoughts and recollections. And while as a rule, he thinks at times his labors aro vain and unappreciated, there occur some times, little trifling incidents that warm his heart and puts new zeal into his efforts. One of those incidents occurred at this ollice Tuesday evening. It was while puzzling our brain over a difficult problem, that tho ollico door was opened and the harmonious strains of mandolins and guitar struck upon our ears. Looking up, we discovered that Hansen's mandolin orchestra, com posed of John Hansen, Pert Harris. Ed. Kuhn, John Capron, Harry Corbin and Ered Uurkett, had walked in unan nounced and taken possession. For over half an hour we weredelight- fully entertained by this popular and CHRISTMAS. "Peace On Earth, Good Will Toward Man. while it is admitted bv some writers ; ture has never been in our midst, and his many friends regret exceedingly that j the course conducted by him has ended. ! The beginning of the second series of the lectures will be s.-me time in Janu ary. The subject for this course will that there is some cause for disputing U, different statesmen of our c.imtrv accomplished club, and can truly say the date set apart to celebrate the birth anU tju.ir policies, they are no amateurs, their selections j f .lesus Christ, one of which is, that in ; being linelv rendered. The man who the month of December in Judea. it is Narrow Escape. caniioi appieciaie me music piouuceu i "v,r.'" '"'.' " miv by these gentlemen must surely have a j it is chronicled in history, neither Mocks soul for harmonious sounds constructed ! ,,nr shepherds could have been at night on the plan of a cast iron kettle, den-1 the fields of IMhlehem. Vet we com tlemen :ie-..i,t our frrntefnl th.-ink :m.l ! lueiuorate that date with the same love a a a a i a a V V X - ' a aa a " x a a . a a -a a a a a a a v , call again. j and veneration. In all civilized countries the annual I arrival of Christmas has for ages been j celebrated with merry-making and fes tivities. In none, we believe did it re ! ceive a more heart v welcome than in England, where even to-day the old time honor has not been entirely extin guished. In that country it was the practice after the evening's devotions, to which great reverence was given, to throw on The Independent. With this the tenth issuethe Marshall County .Ixiu-ti:xikxt comes to its readers with its Christmas edition. The typographical construction and make-up is lut what we desired to place before our eaders, owing to the lack of time to more fully prepare the matter. The lxii:rr:xiu:NT has during its short period of existence made a host .tf fv i i 1 1 l' mill it. t . 1 1 1 .1 I ' 1 i 4j.1k- lii'jiilil ? . .. 1 the open hearth a large log, calhd the ot the manv words ot encouragement 1 . . .. ... . , . j"uleLog or ( hrir-tnias Pdock. At received, and the many commendating comments that have come to him un solicited in regard to its reception among the p 'ople of Plymouth and surround ing country. The future of this publication is!. becoming brighter and more substan tial every day, and for the confidence that has been placed in its publisher shown in so many ways, gives encour agement that will assist him to more earnestly strive to please his patrons. The subscription list is growing very rapidly, and at the present rate, before the spring trade opens up we will be able to show over l.ooo bonefied sub scribers upon our list. One of the most, pointed reasons why we have a right to feel proud of this rapidly developing symptom of appreciation, is, that the IxDKi'KXDi'.XT is making itself welcome to the many homes it visits to-day upon its own merits. Those who are not securing this pub lication regularly, are cordially invited to give it a trial at least, as we believe this trial will give tons a regular subscriber. unlier of local shooters were practicing at a trap, a gun in the hands of John !I. Ast ley. was accidentally discharged in the midst of some four or live spectators, ('has. Harris. J. K. Houghton, ("has. i Shadel and some six or seven others were standing direetly in front of the muzzle of the gun. when Mr. Astley in endeavoring to lower the hammers accidently discharged the left bam 1. Luckily the heavy charge of shot struck the ground directly in front of these gentlemen, but many of the shot rebounded and some struck the bystand ers. Ered Kuhn received one shot in the chin, ( has. V. hadel was struck on the hand by one shot and several shots hit ('has. Harris and.I. I. Houghton :.. .I... i . X- . : 1.- :.. : court, or the homes of the wealthv. an 1 ""'"" :'J1" officer named "Lord of Missrule." was b,lt 11 was a m"A 1,am,w , H'al'e lor all pieseut. The gun 'Ir. Astley was using was a new one and it is probable that the parla- electcd to take charge of the revels. In Scotland a similar ollicer was appointed under the title of "Abott of Unreason." and this oilice was continued until the year of lööö, when by an act of ment it was abolished. The functions of these oiiieers com-: menced on AIl-IIollow eve, and contiu ed until Candlemas. i We might extend on this article, giv-; ing the games and sports entered into j bv the voung and old on this occasion.! but we desist. j Hut this day and age how differently do j we observe this occasion. While the; young look forward to the time when ; Santa Clans will appear with the good j things for them, and the wild and noisey j boys have by shere force of will be on j their good behavior, yet the masses of I our intelligent, home loving Christain I people view with heartfelt emotion the: Our First Effort. i hammers and triggers were somewhat : stiff; but this can in no way excuse so ! careless a handling of firearms. Too i much care cannot be exercised in the use of any loaded gun, more especially j at such a place as a shooting match i where many are sure to be standing ' an und the eore. In the first place, at any trap shooting match, all the shooters should he com pelled not to handle or load their guns until they are calhd to the sn re to shoot, and no one should be allowed to "scout" on the side of the man at the score. Such a rule would reduce the chance of such an accident a this to a minimum, and should be enforced at all shooting tournaments. The fact that the mishap resulted in .... ;.. i.. . 1 ! 4 1 . I . I- II 41 .. ... : 1 ' III' 'I M l"in IIIJIIIH. J.- UIV 1 '111 approach ot that dav ot all the ear; J I with profound reverence. U,1U- u,ul ?a1 We think that Christmas is a time nf a ni o',r.Mu,.M uom neu- i cnarged io-uay wun mausiaugnier, mur- ; der or at least criminal negligence. It peace, of joy, of love. In commemora tion of the birth of Him who came from i is hoped that this accident may prove In this our first effort to five :i com-1 Heaven to briny neace. iov and love, i ,..,,.f ,.;),,,, of i.,,-ci..,u ,.,.,.,- n,wiiitKMv,nlm,K,1Tr in," nnion i.,.Ja lcssoiito local sportsmen and be in m. Plvmouth and the numerous business interests, we may through an oversight and our slight acquaintance, overlook some one who is connected with some line of business in Plymouth. Our en deavor has. been to make the matter interesting and readable, and if in the hurry and bustle of compiling the sta tistics some one has been omited, it has not been intentional . ,...4..i ;.. ..,..1 4i . ... ..... ... i. ii tweentheCod and man, Heaven n,,,'''''''''.... tmwin.oM u,a. this world. It is a time when hearts ""arily careful in the future. may ring out to each other sweet music of affection. It is the day when the One in honor of whose birth the day is celebrated stands by the cradle and the bed of every sleeping little one and also brings love and ji-ace into the hearts of every father and mother. It is the time when the moroseness and self- We are under obligations to Mr. Alex ishness id' one's nature is thrown out Thompson for the statistics and refer ences in regard to the early days of the county and Plymouth. We hope that the efforts put forth and the great amount of labor necessary to present this number to our readers, will be un derstood and appreciated. In the near future, it is our intention to get out an edition that will not only be a credit to the 1mu:i'f.xii:nt from a mechanical point of view, but a last ing benefit to Plymouth, and a great help in inducing those who are looking out for favorable locations to invest their abundance of wealth among us. Concentrated action upon a given point or subject, will work out great benefits for a community. Will you lend us your assistance m these efforts that will in the future be put forth to advance the financial interests of our beautiful city V A Misrepresentation. In the notice of the Plymouth Cycle Manufacturing Co., in another column of this paper, we inadvertently made an erroneous statement, in attributing the invention of the bicycle manufac tured and in securing to Plymouth the manufacturing company's plant to the efforts of Mr. Ceo. W. Marble alone. It is only fair to Mr. M. 1). Smalley to say, that the bicycle which has made the company famous, is the sole inven tion of that gentleman, and the loca tion of the factory here was due to the efforts of Mr. M. I). Smalley and Messrs II. (J. Thayer, (. II. Thayer, jr., Jos. A. (Jilinore, ( L. Morris and (Jeo. W. Mar ble but not by the single efforts of any of the gentlemen named. Teachers' Association. Through the courtesy of County Su perintendent Fish, we received a copy of the program of the Forty-first Annu al meeting of the Indiana State Teach ers' Association. This interesting event will take place at Indianapolis, Decem ber 2th, 27th and 2Sth, in the Plymouth church of that city. The program is an extensive and interesting one, and some of the most prominent educators of our state will be present and participate in tho exercises. We understand a num ber of our teachers will be present. into kindness and charity, and when everything bears on its front the inspi ration of Christinity. All the chan nels of one's better nature are filled with genial thoughts and higher aspirations for good. It is a time when good reso lutions are easily grafted with fine prospect of good growth and fair frui tion. In every household in the land, rich and poor alike, the rich benediction of that life which commenced on earth in Ilethlehem eighteen hundred and ninety-four years ago are felt and real ized in, that a life of 1 ve is better than the mere emotions, and all are happy because of this realization. Men of busi ness, full of care and anxiety, are ready for one day in the year to shut out their cares and give themselves entirely to the pleasure of a holiday which is born of love, and is the harbinger of peace, and which brings back all the joy anil happiness of their childhood days, with mother, father, brothers and sisters in the background. Home never seems so pleasant, wife and children never so dear. 15y the general goodwill of the occasion, one's neighbors and friends seem nearer to him and are more highly prized. The old year is fading out. A general balance sheet is to be made. The old put aside, and as with new pur poses and better aspirations we step in to the new year, every one should be willing to lay aside all animosities and reach forth an open palm to all who are of the same spirit. Extension Lecture. The last of the first series .of he university lectures was dehvereU hy Prof, (irose at the opera house Tuesday eve. With this lecture ends o'Je of Ü most enjoyable and instinctive toaw?, the people of Plymouth have had n ca. sion to attend. In the establishment of a local center for ihis work, the execu tive committee have taken a great stride in the right direction. Prof. (Jrose has a pleasant voice and his articulation is excellent. He has an effective manner of expressing a thought. He indulges frequently in antithesies, which has tho effect of making his arguments remembered. In fact, a more able or accomplished lec- A Needed Reform. It is very true that the Plymouth post oilice is not beautiful and our citizens are well aware of that fact, but to a man up a tree there would seem to be mi definite reason why it should be made more unsightly than ever by thedisplay of the lot of badly written and oft times ill spelled signs.announcements and no tices which are usually displayed on the railings around the front of the delivery windows. It would appear to an out sider that 1'ncle Sam's place of business was regarded as "'Pro Ioiio Publico" by the man who has a house to rent, has lost anything, or the church or Minday school that has any meeting or social to announce. This would be all right if some bulletin board or frame were pro vided in which to place these announce ments and notices, but it does not seem right to decorate the postotlice with a lot of cheese box covers and shoe box lids daubed up with blueing and ink, as apologies for signs. If our churches and societies, our lecture courses and public institutions have anything to an nounce to the public it would be as well for those in charge to remember tha Plymouth is no longer a jerk-water milk depot village but a city which should, and does rank amongst the most prosperous of its size in this part of the country, and consequently treat our post office as something better than a mere dumping ground for free ami horrible apologies for advertising. Such displays as these are naturally an eyesore to many people and there is really no need of them, while the columns of the Ix i)i:rr.xiu:xT are open free toanvsocietv or church having anything to announce to the public. Shooting Match. The greatest shooting match of tho season will be held at the Fair grounds Tuesday, Dec. iSth. There will be fifty turkeys and many ducks and geese to shoot for. Hlue Kock. Peoria Mack b7ds, and various marks will be put up us targets for both shot gus and rifles. Every one in this vicinity is cordially invited to come and try their luck for a good young turkey. The shooting will commence at 10 a. m. Notice. I have innvy possession one robe, one duster, two table spreads and one half dozen napkins. Supposed to have been stolen. Any person owning same and proving property will please call and pay expenses and get them. Simon Mkykks, City Marshal.