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Struck by a Train Near Afton Junc
tion Saturday Night-Was for-
liter Resident of Leon.
John Kirwin, a well known young man
who has made his home in this city for
many years until his father's family
Amoved to Des Moines last fall, was
struck and instantly killed by a Bur
lington train near Afton Junction last
"".Saturday night. No one saw the acci
*j'dent, which gave some color to a rumor
ti that he had met with foul play, but a
full investigation did not establish this
theory, and it is probable that whiskey
was the direct cause of his death.
Kirwin had been working with the
steel gang on the Burlington road for
,, several years, being employed at the
^time of his death with the steel gang of
•r^T. E. Casteel, who were laying steel near
Afton. His body was first noticed by
the engine c»ew of No. 12 lying at the
side of the track about a mile west of
Afton Junction and three miles east of
the town of Afton, who reported the
J. i^fact when they reached Osceola, and an
extra freight leaving Creston was noti
fied to investigate. When they picked
him up he was dead, the only injury
found on his body being a big gasli on
his head the skull being fractured, but
his body was not otherwise mangled.
At the inquest held on his body at
Afton Monday it developed that Kirwin
and three companions named Kelly,
itLear and Leak, all employees of the
steel gang left Afton Saturday night
about 9 o'clock for the purpose of walk
ing to Talmage a station on the Great
Western road a few miles east of Afton,
where they expected to take a train for
Des Moines to spend Sunday. Kirwin
had passes for all the party. They had
been drinking before leaving 'Afton and
when they left there was a quart bottle
of whiskey in the crowd. Kirwin when
-not working was a hard drinker, and
-~',when near the scene where Kirwin met
his death, he told his companions to
walk on and he would overtake them,
and sat down by the side of the track.
"s The other three men went on to Tal
mage and went to bed, and when arous
ed the next morning were told that a
man had been killed near the Burling
ton crossing. As Kirwin had not joined
them the men went to the place where
.... the body was lying and found it was
Kirwin. Part of the men remained
there with the body while others went
j' yto send for the coroner. It was claimed
'that when Kirwin left Afton he had
about §12 in money in his pocket, a
watch chain and the railroad passes,
but when the coroner examined his
clothing all of these were missing. This
gave rise to the rumor that he had been
murdered, but the next morning the
passes and the watch chain were found
.near the scene of the accident, and the
general theory is that they were re
turned to the place after the body had
been removed, as the passes were not
wet, although they were lying on the
-ground, and it is thought that some of
the parties who remained with the body
when it was first found had removed his
money and other property, and then
when their abscence caused talk re
turned the passes and chain. All of the
party when questioned denied any
knowledge of the property. The physi
cian at the inquest testified that the
blow on the head which caused his
death was such as could have been in
flicted by an engine hitting him, and it
is generally accepted that Kirwin was
under the influence of liquor and sat
down by the side of the track to rest
and was close enough to the track so
'when a train came along he was struck
°n the head by the steam chest of the
The deceased was for many years a
resident of this city, being the oldest
son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Kirwin, and was
about 38 years of age, unmarried. He is
survived by his parents, three sisters
and four brothers. His remains were
taken to Des Moines Monday, where the
funeral was held on Tuesday from St.
Ambrose ehurch.
New Court Cases.
Kate Grogan vs. Michael Grogan. The
-plaintiff brings suits for divorce, stating
in her petition that she was married to
defendant at Grand River, on May 10,
1897, when he was 45 years old and she
i|was 17. She alleges that since their
^marriage he has. become addicted to the
use of liquor to such an extent that he
run through with all his property
.and she has been compelled to support
"herself and two children. She asks for
a decree of divorce and the custody of
their two children Thomas W., 6 years
old and Felix M., aged 3 years, and also
rj asks for an order restraining him from
0( trying to take the children or deprive
her of their household goods which she
7, has moved to Leon from their home in
^tj-iVan Wert. She also asks for temporary
alimony in the sum of §100 and for per
manent alimony in such sum as the
.court may deem just. Marion F. Stookey
attorney for plaintiff.
Ollie Richards vs. Windsor W. Rich
$' ards is another suit for divorce. The
parties were married at Davis City,
Sept., 24, 1899, and lived together until
two years ago since which time he has
not contributed to her support. She
also alleges he has treated her in a
cruel manner by striking her and curs
ing her. In -addition to a decree of
divorce she asks that she be restored
to her maiden name, Ollie Boswell. W.
?V^B. Kelloy attorney for plaintiff.
Ira Miller vs. Thomas Ewing and
"wife. Suit is brought on-an account for
.goods sold and delivered to defendants
amounting to 359.39, and judgment is
asked for in this sum. W. B. Kelly, at
torneyfor plaintiff.
Cream Wanted.
Farmers, I want to buy your cream
and will pay top cash price for it. Also
your butter, eggs and poultry.
At Harry Vogt's old stand.
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Mrs. Henry Walters Takes Two
Shots at Her Loving and
Trusting Spouse.
It was supposed until Sunday morn
ing that Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walters
lived on Paradise valley, which is locat
ed in the southeast part of town. But
their home was not much of a paradise
about the time most people were don
ning their Sunday linen in order to at
tend divine services. Mrs. Walters dis
pensed with the family worship that
morning, and proceeded to make a rough
house for Mr. Walters. She threw his
trunk out of the front door and with it
most of his wearing appai el, and he was
told to make himself scarce about his
own domicile.
Mr. Walters did not show the proper
inclination to make himself scarce, and
Mrs. Walters insisted on having her
mandate obeyed. She accordingly got
down Mr. Walter's trusty revolver, and
fired a couple of shots at her spouse
who lingered about the premises. The
shots did not scare Mr. Walters very
much, because he was in numerous
battles during the war, but he finally
concluded to quit the ranch and let his
wife run things to suit herself. Mr.
Walters is hopeful that when the cold
and chilly blasts of December blow
around, and the time arrives for laying
in a wintor's supply of coal, his wife
will come to her senses and invite him
to return home and once more live in
peace and happiness.—Mt. Ayr Record.
A Big Meteor.
A large meteor passed over this sec
tion about 11 o'clock Wednesday night
of last week going across the heavens
in a direction from southeast to north
west. Ben Wasson and Sam Leachman,
who were out fox hunting in the neigh
borhood of Logan chapel, five miles
northwest of Lineville, had a good sight
of the heavenly visitor and were much
startled by the sudden and blinding
light emitted-by the meteor, which they
describe as much brighter than the
brightest flash of lightning they ever
saw and lasting several seconds. They
heard no roaring sound that usually
accompanies the passage of a large
meteor through the earth's atmosphere,
but ten minutes after the body had
passed across the heavens a tremendous
explosion was heard resembling a dis
tant clap of thunder, but much heavier
than they ever heard. The sound re
verberated and caused the ground to
tremble very perceptibly for a few
seconds. A fiery pathway marked the
path of the meteor across the sky which
remained for several minutes and re
sembled the tail of a comet, but gradu
ally faded away. The ^passage of the
meteor was noticed by the daily papers
from St. Louis and Kansas City to north
ern Iowa and to all observers it appear
ed to have exploded in their immediate
vicinity, but the probabilities are that
if it reached the earth at all, or any por
tion of it, as a solid body it was far be
yond the northern boundaries of the
United States. This is indicated by the
length of time which elapsed between
the passage of the meteor and the
sound of the explosion, as observed and
heard by Messrs. Wasson and Leach
man, which they are positive was more
than ten minutes.—Lineville Tribune.
A Frightful Runaway.
Mrs. J. B. Hatcher was painfully in
jured in a frightful runaway Monday
evening. She and her daughter Blanche
were out driving, having come from
their home southeast of town, and upon
reaching the Hopking corner Blanche
suggested that they turn east, fearing
they might meet an automobile. Just
as they were opposite the Abbott place,
Will Smith, returning from Davis City,
shot over the hill ahead of them in his
automobile, blowing the horn to give
warning to any approaching driver. The
old family horse, always gentle before,
became frightened at the horn and
lights of the machine, and turned
squarely around in the road, coming
back to town at break-neck speed. The
frightened animal turned south at the
the Newberry residence, west at the
Rauch residence and south again at the
Newcomb residence, where he broke
loose from the buggy and ran on home.
As the horse broke away one of the
thills of the buggy, which had been
broken when the animal first became
frightened, stuck into the ground and
stopped the vehicle, not upsetting it,
however. The suddenness with which
the rig stopped threw Mrs. Hatcher for
ward and she fell across the wheel, seri
ously bruising her chest. Miss Blanche
was not hurt in the least. Mrs.
Hatcher's condition is painful but not
dangerous had the drivers not kept
their presence of mind and held the
horse in the' road it might have been
much worse. —Lamoni Chronicle.
Big Damage Suits.
Among the new cases filed is a suit
for thirty thousand dollars brought by
Fuller & Fuller against the C. B. & Q.
railroad. Their client is Wm. T. Min
near, and judgment is asked in amount
named by reason of injuries sustained
by the said plaintiff in being pushed off
a moving freight train by the agents of
the railroad at a stated point in Mis
souri. Minnear's leg was run over by
the wheels of the cars and had to be
amputated, and he also received inter
nal injuries which he thinks entitles
him to the judgment asked.
Dennis Rush, formerly of Grant town
ship, has instituted a suit against G. W
Overlander for ten thousand dollars
and that amount he thinks will be sufli
cient to reimburse him for the aliena
tion of his wife's affections, as it is al
ledge in the petition, by the said Over
lander. Notice of the suit was served
on Mr. Overlander by Sheriff Miller on
Tuesday evening. The defendant to tile
suit came here on a visit recently, and
Rush at' once concluded to start the
suit. Rush and wife secured a divorce
from each other at a late term of the
district court. Spetice & Smith will ap
pear as the attorneys for Rush in the
damage suit.—Mt. Ayr Record.
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Horace Brown and Jacob Sowash Two
Old Settlers are Laid to Rest
Were Over 80 Years Old.
Horace Brown.
In the death of Horace Brown, who
died at kis homo near Pleasanton on
Sunday morning, Decatur county loses
one of her oldest and uigst highly re
spected citizens, one who had passed
the four score mark, and whose death
will be regretted by all who knew him.
Mr. Brown np to last winter had been
an unusually vigorous and hearty man,
and few people were aware that he was
82 years old. Last February he was
stricken with heart trouble and has
been confined to his bed nearly all the
time since, suffering greatly during the
past few months yet never complaining.
He had resided in Decatur county for
twenty-five years, nearly all of the time
in this city and on his farm a few miles
northwest of town, removing to a farm
which he purchased near Pleasanton a
couple of years ago.
The funeral services were held from
the M. B. church in Leon on Monday
afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. F. Biga
man, of the Davis City M. E. church and
Rev. I. N. Woodward, of the Leon M. E.
church, the deceased having been a
member of the church nearly all his
life. Interment was in the Leon ceme
tery, where his first wife was buried.
He is survived by his wife and two
sons, C. H. Brown, of Morgan township,
and Cliff Brown, of Bloomington town
ship. Through a misunderstanding we
failed to receive data for an obituary
notice for this issue, and it will appear
next week.
Jacob Sowash
Died at the home of his dajjghter,
Mrs. Geo. P. Campbell, in DaviS City,
Iowa, on Sunday at, 3:30 p. m. after a
brief illness of four days. He was born
near Grgenburg, Westmorland county,
Penn., Dec. 13,1820, and was therefore
83 years, 8 months and 8 days old.
When about 18 years of age he came
west as far as Henry county, Ind., and
worked as a farm hand until 1840, when
he was married to Miss Mary A.
Boslogue, and to this union was born
11 children, all of whom lived to be
grown, there being 7 boys and 4 girls, 7
of them are living.
Daniel was the first of the ten children
who died. He died at Vicksburg, Miss.,
while fighting for his country in the
war of the Rebellion, a member of Co.
I, 4th Iowa Cavalry. John B., the eldest
son was also a soldier for the Union in
the war of the Reb llion, a member of
Co. A 2nd Iowa Cavalry. He died March
81,1899. Zackwell R., the second son,
died in Horr, Mont., in March, 1901.
The wife died Aug. 20,1887, in Conway,
Iowa. The other members of the family
are scattered over quite a wide scope of
country. Miles, is in California, Milton
is in Wyoming, Ben near Bonesteel, S.
D., R. T. is at Decatur, 111., Mrs. M. A
Snapp lives at Wortham, Texas, Mrs.
Ida Herring, at Dublin, Texas, Mrs.
Hattie Faucett, in Sioux City, Iowa, and
Mrs. Mae Campbell, who was the only
one of the family present at the time of
his death, lives at Davis City. Mr.
Sowash came from Indiana with his
family, to Iowa, about 1851, and settled
first in Boone county, at or near a place
on the Des Moines river called Swede
Point, and at that time the settlements
were very few, and far apart. He lived
there a few years and sold his farm, and
in about the year 1856 went to
southeastern Kansas, where he remain
ed 2 years when he returned and settled
in Madison county, Iowa, where he im
proved another farm, and in the summer
of 1866 he sold out there and came to
Decatur county. He bought a farm
near Pleasanton, just over the state line
in Missouri,where he resided until 1875
he again sold out, and moved to a farm
he had bought, five miles northwest of
Bedford in Taylor county. He contin
ued to live in Taylor county until after
his wife died in 1887, when-he broke up
housekeeping, and came to make his
home with his daughter, Mrs. Campbell,
and has resided with her since that
time, but making occasional visits to
his other children.
On Monday, August 15th, he went for
a short visit with his granddaughter,
Mrs. R. H. Martz, at Chariton, Iowa, and
stayed until Wednesday evening, when
he went to Lucas to visit his grandson,
Frank Sowash, and about the time ho left
Chariton he was taken with summer
complaint, that has been a bother to him
for some years, and he grew worse so
rapidly that he started for Davis City
early Thursday morning and arrived
home at noon, in a very exhausted con
dition, and from which he never was
able to rally but continued to grow
weaker until Sunday at 8:30 when he
passed peacefully away, like a little
child going to sleep in its mother's
Mr. Sowash never made any particu
lar religious profession, although in
earlier life he was quite a Bible stud
ent, and tried to follow its teachings.
In 1841, when 21 years of age he joined
the Masonic Fraternity and ever after
tried to live according to its precepts
and teachings. He was naturally of a
lively, jovial disposition, and very fond
of children, and in his last years was
never better pleased than when he had
a number of them around him. He will
be missed by many of them near his
home. On August 24th his remains
were taken to Conway, and laid by the
side of his wife, there to rest until the
resurrection morn. During the last 18
years of his life he was a great suflerer
from asthma, and often when suffering
expressed a desire to depart and be
free from his suffering. He will be
missed by many. Peace be to his ashes.
Free Concert, "T ..
The Young Ladies Auxiliary will give
a free concert in the court house park
Saturday evening, Aug. 27, to which
everybody is cordially invited. Ice
cream and cake will be served.
Davis City was the scene of a lively
but short scrap Sunday evening, in
which one of the participants had
several ribs cracked. Some time ago
city marshal Tom Sly had occasion to
arrest George Elson for some minor
crime, and at the time Elson vowed that
when Sly got out of office he would set
tle with him. Sly recently resigned as
marshal and Sunday evening Elson met
him on the street and started in to get
satisfaction. Elson is a very large man
weighing over 20&{MMinds while Sly is
nearly a midget, but Elson bumped up
against the wrong man when he tackled
Sly, for a couple of minutes later he was
lying in the street calling for help, Sly
having knocked him down and kicked in
three ribs for him in less time than it
takes to tell about it. These little fel
lows are pretty hard fighters some
fifties, and it seems that Elson tackled
the wrong fellow when he went up
against Tom Sly.
His Skull Fractured.
There came near being another mur
der ease to report in this county this
week, the result of an encounter near
Davis City between John Gore and Roy
Sutherland last Friday morning. It
seems there had been some trouble be
tween the parties over some whiskey
belonging to Gore which had been taken
by some parties and Gore thought that
Sutherland knew something about it, so
he went to Sutherland's home and call
ed him out. The first time he went
Sutherland refused to come out of the
Davis City was the scene of a livelv IVIi vl UrXliO
talk tn him nhnnf
him he only wanted to talk to him about
the matter, so Sutherland came out in
the yard.and after some discussion Gore
attacked Sutherland with a buggy whip.
Sutherland resented the attack and
picked up a rock which he shied at
Gore, striking him on the head and put
ting him out of the game, his skull be
ing fractured, and he has since been
confined to his bed from the injury. It
was reported in Leon Monday morning
that Gore was dead and county attorney
Olflon and coroner Bowman were all
ready to go to Davis City to hold an in
quest when it was learned that instead
of Tjping dead Gore was better and in a
fait way to recover.
Frank Warner Can't Come.
Among the speakers invited by the
committee on speakers for the big Leon
reunion Sept. 13 to 17, was Frank P.
Warner, of Florence, Colorado, who was
one of the pioneers of this county, and
whose address at a former reunion in
this City a few years ago, was listened
Co with much interest. Mr. Warner has
been compelled to decline the invita
$ioa, and his letter is such a gem that
jpve it to out? readers in full.
(FLORENCE, COLORADO, Aug. 18,1904.
C. W. HOFFMAN, ESQ., Leon, Iowa.
XT A it 4 Ail vvUOVIIlUtiUIll
Yours of the lofch just) to n&nd—loft sit1government#
the house by the mail carrier—so, as I
am writing at home and the pen has one
big split off and the ink is a sepulchre
for defunct flies, I'll have to use a lead
pencil. Nope, I won't be able to get
east of the ragin' Missouri this fall.
Colorado has been floundering in an
abyss of industrial topor, caused by
strikes, lockouts, tieups, with the result
that we are eating liver, wearing out has beei
our old clothes, and doing business Jby common
swapping accounts and talking stand
offs. I am persona non grata with rail
rtP MnSnn S
on account of rains in Kansasf and I
couldn't get there in time now if I had
a tanbark track to walk on so I'll have
to content myself with hoping for bet-,
ter conditions next year. I would,
though, givo a square foot of skin from
between my shoulder blades—or some
other place where I don't need it—to be
with you and God's "chosen people"
back in the sanctified realms of old
Decatur county and if 1 got on the
rostrum once and could make them stay
and listen, you bet I'd tell them what
became of Stewart's watermelons and
how the war broke out. Where a man
spends the first twenty years of his life
is always home, no matter where he
may go or what may happen to him
afterward, and his interest in the
friends of his youth is as keen as if
they were all blood kin.
We are all well and happy may you,
all of you, always be the same.
Helen Phillips.
Died, August 10, 1904, aged 8 years,
7 months and 15 days, Helen Lavica,
daughter of William Harvey and Ida
M. Phillips.
Helen was an affectionate, kind and
obedient child and by her gentle dis
position she won the hearts of all who
knew her. It is indeed a sore trial for
Mr. and Mrs. Phillips to be thus called
to surrender their lovely child to the
power of death. But they are comfort
ed by the assurance that she has been
called to the beautiful home above pre
pared for all the redeemed. May God
comfort their hearts in this their sad
bereavement. The funeral was held in
home, text "Is it well with the child?"
King 4-26, and her remains were laid to
rest in the Woodmansee cemetery.
Married, at the home of the bride's
mother, Mrs. Levina Jimmerson, on Sun
day, Aug. 21,1904, Mr. E. A. Evans and
Miss Annah Jimmerson. Mr. Evans is a
promising young man of Grand River
township and Miss Jimmers:n is from
Richland township, both being of promi
nent families, and as they enter on the
voyage of life their entire circle of
friends join in wishing them happiness
and prosperity. The wedding was a
quiet one only the near relatives being
present. Rev. W. B. Sill, of Darlington,
Mo., officiated.'
"-Home Visitors Excursions.
Destinations, Ohio, Indiana and Ken
tucky. Rate, one fare plus $2.00. Dates
of sale, September 6,18, 20, 27, October
w^tomuci u, j.o» At vcwoer
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Declares that Democrats will Win
This Year-Speech Received with
Enthusiasm by His friends.
17.—Henry Gassaway Davis today was
formally advised of his nomination by
the democratic party for vice president
of the United States and the nomination
was accepted.
The ceremonies took place in the open
air in the grounds of Green Briar White
Sulphur Springs hotel, and were marked
by simplicity. Mr. Davis was escorted
to the flag draped platform by Repre
sentative John Sharpe Williams of Miss
issippi, who delivered the notification
address. It took Mr. Davis ten minntes
to read his formal acceptance, but he
prefaced this with a heart to heart talk
of like duration to the several thousand
friends and neighbors who were gather
ed under the trees as his audience.
Senator Daniel, of Virginia, was forced
to acknowledge a demand for a speech,
but declined and the ceremony ended.
Earlier in the day a formal letter of
notification was handed Mr. Davis in
the parlor of the hotel in the presence
of the assembled notification committee.
It was a simple statement of the action
of the St. Louis convention with refer
ence to his nomination. He took the
letter without reading it and thanked
"I find it, therefore, a great pleasure,
standing here on the borderland of the
two Virginias, to receive and accept the
commission you bear and to send greet
ings through you to the democracy of
the entire country. Is it not significant
of a closer and truer brotherhood among
us, that for the first time since the civil
war a nominee on the national ticket
has been taken from that section of our
common country that lies south of
Mason and Dixon's line—a happy recog
nition of the obliteration of all sectional
UO) ulltlu lol. tutJ ur
a nominee on
V. rr,° uiuuii tue ounrerauon 01 ail sectional
road corporations, which precludes the differences which led to and followed
possibility of passes the walking is bad, that unhappv Btrucele.
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"As an introductory to the few re
marks I shall make, I desire to say that
1 heartily indorse the platform upon
which I have been nominated and with
the convention and its nominee for
president, regard the present monetary
standard of value as irrevocably estab
"In the campaign preceding the last
election much stress was laid by repub
lican speakers upon the prosperous con
dition of the country, and forebodings
were heard of the ill results, especially
to the laboring man, which would follow
any change in the political complexion
of the government. It is true that the
times then were good, but it is no less a
fact that, while there has been no
change in the party in power, many of
the evils prophesied have come under
republican rule. Four years ago factor
ies, mills, mines and furnaces were in
active operation, unable to supply the
demand, but now many are closed and
those that are open are being operated
with reduced force on short hours.
Then wages were high, labor was scarce
and there was work for all. Now, work
is scarce, many wage earners unemploy
ed, and wages reduced. The apprehen
sion which now prevails in business cir
cles and the present unsatisfactory in
dustrial conditions of the country seem
to demand a political change.
"In the language of our platform, "the
rights of labor are certainly no less
vested, no less sacred, and no less in
alienable than the rights of capital."
The time is opportune to emphasize the
truth of this utterance. The most sac
red right of property is the right to
possess and own one's self and the labor
of one's own hands, capital itself being
but stored up labor. For years I work
ed in the ranks as a wage earner and I
know what it is to earn my living by
the sweat of my brow. I have always
believed, and my convictions came from
the hard school of experience, that,
measured by the character of work he
does and the cost of living, a man is en
titled to full compensation for his serv
ices. My experience as a wage earner,
and my association with labor have
alike taught me the value of individual
democratic rights and the highest stim
ulus to that independence of spirit and
love of self-help which produce the fin
est private characters, and form the
base of the best possible government.
"The receipts of the government for
the year ending June 30,19C2, the first
fiscal year of the present administration
showed a surplus over expenditures of
$91,000,000, but for the fiscal year end
ing June 30,19C4,.instead. o£ a surplus
11, 1904. Limits, continuous passage there was a deficit of $41,000,000. From
tdfihin AO ilava 17A*' fnm+itA** fha fluaf. /v# Tnlw 1Q/W A11\
,- the first of July, 1804, to August 10, or
for about a month and a third of the
present fiscal year, the expenditures of
within 80 days. Fop farther infornaa
tion call on or phone C. M. Ketcham
uvj i9v*)kuuiusuo. cor a surplus
house, but on the second visit Gore told for a victor
hira he onlv
response in November.
A reception and cotillion in honor of
the nominee was held in the hotel in
the evening.
Mr. Davis spoke as follows in his ac
"Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen of the
Committee:—The official notification
which you bring of my nomination for
the vice presidency of the United States
by the national democracy, gives me a
feeling of the sincerest gratitude to my
party for the honor conferred. At the
same time it brings to me a deep sense
of my responsibility to my party as a
candidate, and to my country in case of
my election.
"A spirit of determination to succeed
in the campaign before us appears to
pervade the rank and file of our party
in all sections of the country. Of that
rank and file I have for many years been
a member and have at all times devoted
my humble powers to party success, be
lieving that success to be for the coun
try's good. Unexpectedly called as I
now am to the forefront, I am impelled
to an acceptance of the obligation by a
sense of gratitude to^ny fellow workers,
and thfe hope that I may be able the bet
ter to assist in restoring to power that
party whose principles and past history
guarantee a safe, wise, economical and
constitutional administration of the
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the government have exceeded the re
ceipts by $21,715,000. There could be
no stronger evidence of the extrava
gance into which the republican party
has fallen, and no more potent argument
in behalf of a change to the party whose
tenets have always embraced prudence
and economy in administering the peo
ple's affairs.
"Our republican friends are prone to
refer to the great commercial growth of
tho country under their rule, and yet
the census reports show that from 1850
to 1860, under democratic rule and the
Walker tariff, the percentage of increase
was greater in population, wealth, manu
factures and railroad mileage, the fac
tors which affe«t most largely the pros
perity of the country, than in any de
cade since.
"The cost of government has largely
increased under republican rule. The
expenditures per capita for the last
years respectively of the administration
given, taken from the reports of the
secretary of the treasury, were as fol
In 1860, under Buchanan, $2.01.
In 1893, under Harrison, $5.77.
In 1897, under Cleveland, $5.10.
In 1901, under Mckinley, $6.56. 5
In 1904, under Roosevelt, $7.10. i«
The republicans now claim great con
sistency in their attitude upon the cur
rency question, and the president in his
recent speech of acceptance said that
they know what they mean when they
speak of a stable currency, "the same
thing from year to year," and yet in the
platforms of their party in 1884, 1888
and 1892 they favored the double stand
ard of value. In the platform of 1888
they said: "The republican party is in
favor of the use of both gold and silver
as money, and condemns the policy of
the democratic administration in its
efforts to demonetize silver."
"I congratulate your committee, and
the constituency it represents, in the
selection by the delegates to the nation
al convention of the nominee for the
presidency. He is a man of courage,
yet prudent of high ideals, yet without
pretense of the most wholesome re
spect for the constitution and the maj
esty of the laws under it, and a sacred
regard for their limitations of the keen
est sense of justice, which would rebel
against compounding a wrong to an in
dividual or to a nation positive in con
viction, yet of few words strong in
mental and moral attributes, and yet
withal modest possessed of a sturdy
constitution and magnificent manhood,
and yet temperate in his actions and
dignified in his demeanor. It is not the
orator or man of letters, but the man of
reserve force, of sound judgment, of con
servative methods and steadiness of pur
pose, whom the people have called to
the office of the presidency. Notably in
the contests between Jefferson f—
Burr, Jackson and Clay, Lincoln
Douglas, Grant and Greely Cleveland
and Blaine.
"Dire predictions were made by our
political opponents of what would hap
pen at the St. Louis convention, but
they misjudged the temper of the party
and the people. While there had been
differences in preceding campaigns, yet
at St. Louis they were all harmonized
and a common ground was found upon
which all could stand and do battle for
democratic principles. A platform was.
adopted, by a unanimous vote, embrac
ing the issues of the day and presenting
to the people a declaration of principles
which, in the language of the times, is
sane, safe and sound.
"With a candidate whose personality
appeals to the good sense and sound
judgment of the American people, a
platform whose principles are for the
greatest good to the greatest number,
and a reunited party earnest for the
restoration of good and economical
government, we should succeed and the
principles of democracy again triumph.
"I beg my countrymen, as they value
their liberty, to guard with great care
the sacred right of local self-govern
ment and to watch with a jealous eye
the tendency of the times to centralize
power in the hands of the few.
''Mr. Chairman, it is an added pleas
ure to receive this notification at your
hands. You have been conservative
and courageous as leader of our party in
the house of representatives, a position
which few men have filled with the sig
nal ability that you have displayed.
"It will be my pleasure and duty, at a
time not far hence, to accept more form
ally in writing the nomination which
you have tendered in such graceful and
complimentary terms, and to give my
views upon some of the important ques
tions now commanding the attention of
the country."
Died From a Sunstroke.
While working in his field Tuesday
afternoon Mr. Levi Cross had a sun
troke from which he died Wednesday
morning about 1 o'clock. He was on the
straw stack behind the threshing ma
chine, one of the hottest places to be
found in a harvest field. He was sud
denly stricken down without any prev
ious notice and was taken at once to the
house. The accident occurred about 4
o'clock and Drs. Drennan and McCoy
were at onoe telephoned for and Dr.
McCoy arrived about half an hour after.
Mr. Cross rested apparently very easy
until just before he died, although it
was known that he was in quite a ser
ious condition, but a short time before
his death he seemed to have some pain.
Mr. Cross was a renter and lived on
Bart Harper's farm in Jackson township,
about three miles south of Corydon, on
the Main road between Corydon and
Allerton. He leaves a wife and nine
children, four boys and five girls, to
mourn his loss. He was a quiet, hard
working man, and every one! who was
acquainted with him was his friend.
The funeral will be held today, Thurs
day, at 2 o'clock and his remains will be
buried in the Corydon cemetery —Cory
don Times-Republican,
License to Wed.
E. A. Evans.... /. 21
Anna Jimmerson......: 18
Roy Burnham
May Ewing

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