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Wlil be Held at Caster's take-four
Big Days, Sept. 5, 6, 7 and 8
Committees Appointed.
There was a good sized attendance
at the meeting held at the court house
last Friday afternoon to decide wheth
er the reunion would be held this year
at Caster's lake or up town, as the
were people advocating both places,
but the up-town advocates were greatly
in the minority and^ seeing that nearly
everyone was in favor of holding the
reunion at the lake they graciously
submitted and when the question was
put to a vote it was voted unanimously
to hold the reunion at the lake, which
by the way is one of the finest places
for a reunion to be found in the state.
The dates of the reunion are September
5, 6, 7 and 8, and now that the date and
place has been definitely fixed ther
actual work of preparing for the
reunion will go forward rapidly. The
Leon-reunion ha's always been the big
gest kind of a success and this year
will be no exception. One of the speaks
ers already secured for old soldier's day
is Hon. Nate Kendall, of Albia, who has
promised t-o be here without fail, and he
is one of the most eloquent speakers in
the state. He was booked for" the
reunion here last year, and many were
disappointed because he was not pres
ent, being detained at Albia by an
important law suit, which he was' trying
in the district court. The reunion
committee has lots of work to do, and it
will be necessary to appoint a number
of sub-committees and it is expected
that everybody Will be willing to turn
in and assist the committee in every
way possible. Let's make the reunion
this year the "biggest and best we have
ever held. ,t
It has been decided to ipake the Leon
reunion four days instead of three as
Music Committee—Geo. E. Hurst, E.
B. McClelland and Mrs. Frank Jenks.
Amusement Committee—C. M. Akes,
E. J. Warner, Will fondsey and E. E.
j, The members of these committees are
requested to get together and arrange
for their part of the work at once.
rights on the grounds should call on or
write to W. C. Stetnpel, chairman of the
executive committee. ..
Did not Shoot Wife.
The Ottumwa Daily Courifer of last
Thursday published "the following
item, local interest being attached to it
from the fact that Mrs. M^pcfcam, was
a former resident of this erty, being a
^daughter of Mrs. David Short:
The sensational rumors in circulation
about town today to the effect that
James Meacham of this city had shot
his wife at Hot Springs, Ark., and then
committed suicide, have 4een found to
be nntrne. A message received by the
Courier from a special correspondent at
Hot Springs states that Mr. Meacham,
who has bten suffering from mental
derangement became suddenly wo^sfe at
his room hi the Howard hotel yesterday
afternoon and was taken to the Ozark
.sanitarium for treatment, where be is
reported to be in a precarious condition.
Mrs. Meachanfc arrived in Hot Springs
late last night to assist in caring for
License to Wed.
J, J. Moffett, Pleasanton 44
Mrs. Nancy C. Edwards, Decatur........ 46
Qhas. C. Weaver, Tuskeego 22
Jennie Reaves, Tnskeego 18
Walter E. Gassett, Leon-J. 20
Helen Bowman, Leon ... 17
Pharles O. Mitchell, Wejdon 21
Grace A. Ditto, Weldon- 18
Central Missouri, 120, 80, 70. Price of
each is $22 per acre. Easy terms. Ad
press Box 117, Lineville, Iowa. 26-tf
was first contemplated, the d^tes being we alst want to protect our friends. If
Sept. 5, 6j7, and 8th. Tuesday, the first any person or firm paid the ageftt money
day, will be registration day, assign- on any other Tepresentation we would
ment of tents and other preliminary be pleased to have them .call on us, and
arrangements and Wednesday the re- if the money -toas secured through any
union will opep in full .force, thif being misrepresentations- we wilK-ido all we
Old Soldier's day, and already a number can to compel the firm to Carry out
of good speakers have been secured, their agreement to the letter or refund
Thursday and Friday will »be Old Set-
tiers and Citizen's days. The following
committees. have been appointed to
have charge of the reunion, and as they couple of Leon business men cashed
are all hustlers the success of the re- I 'or
union simply depends on the weather: ^hich have turned out to be bogus.
Executive Committee—W. C. Stempel,
Soliciting Committee—S. E. Benefiel,
S. K. Carmean and Matt Pullen.
Committee on Speakers—Capt. J. D.
Brown, Marion F. Stookey and Capt. A.
A Statement
About a month ago a representative
of the Houch-Mclver Advertising Co., of
Chicago, called at THE REPORTER office
and made a contract in the regular way
for a page of advertising space in THE
REPORTER at our regular rates, with the
privilege of taking t#o pages if they so
desired. He exhibited similar contracts
with leading papers in other county
seat towns. About ten days ago another
representative of the firm named Turner
ame here and has been soliciting busi
ness men in Leon and the other towns
of the county for business cards to be
printed in THE REPORTER, and it has
been reported to us that he represented
to some of them that it was to be a
special edition, and was being gotten up
by THE REPORTER. The agents were
not hired by us and we had no contract
with them to get out a special edition.
The only contract they have with us is
to print one or two pages of advertising
matter for'them at our regular rate of
10 cents per inch, also to print 200 cards
for them from the same type for which
they were to pay us ari agreed sum.
There was no contract or authority
whatever for them to represent them
selves as our agents or to sign our name
'to receipts for the money collected, the
receipt being signed' O. E. Hull, by
Quite a number of the business, men
of Leon and the county patronized them
under the mistaken impression that
they were favoring us. We desire to
make this statement so that in case
there is any misunderstanding in re
gard to the matter that we will not 'be
blamed. Their contract does not pro
vide for the adv. to be printed in colors
in the paper, but only that the names of
the towns shall be printed on the cards
in red. We have never received a cent
of the money collected under our name
and don't want any person to be misled
in the matter. We stand ready to fulfill
our contract exactly as it was made, but
Cashed Bogus Checks.
John Holden and J. H. Evans. Otten's meat market and asked him
Secretaries—James F. Harvey and A. cash a check for $5.20, saying he had
R. Warford. done some work, for C. B. Townsend, of
Monday morning the bank noticed \t
and thought strange that Townsend
I would issue a check on their bank, as
{he carried no funds there, so they
The program and list of amusements phoned him and Mr. Townsend replied
will be announced in the near future. he had given no such check, and upon
Parties desiring to secure concession examination the writing was not his.
The check was made payable to Wm
Jones, and endorsed by him. The same
evening the fellow cashed a five dollar
check at the store of W. E. Myers,
signed by Roy Waller and payable to
James Thompson saying he had been
working for Waller. This check was
also drawn on the Leon bank, and Mr.
Walter carries no account there. He
has not 4een seen, but. it is probable
that the fellow signed his natne to the
check also. Neither Win. Jones or
James Thompson are known in this
vicinity, and both checks are undoubt
edly forgeries. The matter is being
investigated and )if the jroung fellow
can be located he will probably get to
serve a term in the penitentiary.
Veteranrs' Preference Measure
6oes Over to Next Term. Sv
Contrary to general expectations, no
opinion was handed down on the sold
iers' preference law. The supreme
court concluded the present term last
Thursday and n^ more opinions will be
handed down until the September
session, which opens Sept. 9.
It is said that the numerous cases un
der consideration did not permit all the
judges to investigate the case as thor
oughly as they desired and by general
consent of the jurist the. case was Dost
poned until the next term/ '3
Grand River.
stranger Saturday evening
after supper a young fellow went
Decatur and had met him on the road
between Leon and Decatur City that
'evening, and he had given him the
check, ^ir. Otten just noticed that the
fellow lobked like a young farmer boy,
probably twenty years old, and gav^hitn
the money. The check was drawn on
the Farmers & Traders State Bank of
this city, and when Otten deposited it
We learn that Dr. W. C. W*rd, Jf Kan
sas City, has purchased D*. Giiffy's
interests at Kellerton and will make
regular visits to Grand River, his next
visit being July 10 to 15,1905, and will
do special work in extraction this trip.
About 40,000 More Men in the
State than Women-Chances to
Marry are Good.
No wonder the girls of Iowa are inde
pendent and haughty and have cultivat
ed the marble heart along with affecting
the straight front which makes them
Ftr, curious to relate, there are
40,000 more men in Iowa than there are
women, so that while her beauty may be
the colder, the greater the victory when
the Iowa swain does win her heart
among'so great competition.
Out of thirty-nine counties whose
census has been compiled by the state
bureau but two show a larger number of
women than of men. These two are
Floyd and Des Moines. What women
have seen in either county to induce
them there more generously to bestow
their presence is not revealed by the
hard, cold and sometimes brutal census
cards. But the disproportion is not
alarming in either of those counties, for
in Des Moines there are but ninety-six
more females than males, and in Floyd
but forty-two.
Bat 'Appanoose, Sioux and Kossuth
counties may prepare for an influx of
New England spinsters as soon as Di
rector Davison of the census bureau has
completed hiB little billet deux, disclos
ing the sad disparity between the num
ber of males and females in those coun
ties. For it is serious. In Sioux county
for instance, there are 1,339 more men
than women. In Appanoose there are
1,224 and in Kossuth there are 959. The
whole census bureau has marveled
greatly at these figures, and has won
dered if they could be right.
But Wright county is almost in the
same popular class* for there are 900
more men than women that is 900 more
males than females, and Marshall coun
ty has 800 more, and Harrison, Lyon and
Crawford counties have 700 more, while
Audubon, Buena Vista, Emmet, Clay,
Hamilton, O'Brien, Pocahontas, each has
600 more men than women. Dallas, Ida,
Guthrie, Montgomery, Ringgold and S^e
dome in the 500 class, approximately, and
the remainder of the thirty-ninetounties
counted, except two, show smaller dis
parity, there being 258 more males than
'females in Decatur county.
The following table shows the number
of males and females in each county of
the thirty-nine so far counted:
Greene 8,127
Guthrie 9.232
Hamilton 9,983
Harrison 12,228
Howard 6,883
Ida 6,062
Jefferson 8,314
Johnson 12,463
Kossuth .^11,451
Lucas '. 7,926
Lyon 7,087
Marshall 14,718
Montgomery 8,719
•O^rien 8,606
Pocahontas 7,653
Ringgold 7,204
Sac ..: ............ 8,792
Sioux ,v.... 12,678
Warren 9,885
Wright ... 9,321'
A Youthful Horsethief.
Earl Sutherlin the thirteen year old
son of James Sutherlin of Davis City
was arrested last .week on an informa
tion filed before Justice John Holden
in this city, it being Alleged that he
had stolen a horse and saddle from
neighbor, G. W. Rook, and
IOWA, THURSDAY, jtTLY 20. 1905.
Males Females
Adams 6,307 5,949
Appanoose 14,194 12,970
Aububon 6,707 6,193
Bremer. 8,111 7,825
Buena Vista 8,289
Carroll ,10,505
dedar 9,372
Cerro GordO 10,992
Chickasaw t„ 8,130
Cherokee 8,311
Crawford .10,872
Clay 6,625
Davis 7,281
Dallas ...11,774
Decatuj? 8,644'
Des Moines 18,635
Dickinson 4,262
Emmet 5,305
Floyd 8,363
with them. The toy was found with the
horse northeast pf Grand River. It
seems that the little fellow whose
mother is dfead, has been giving bis
father considerable 'trouble, and when
he .got into tke present scrape the
father consented to file the hecessary
papers to have him sent to the state
industrial school at Eldora as an
incorrigible, but the little fellow bag
ged so hard that his father relented,
and by agreement Was allowed to re
turn home upon his promising that he
would be good in the future, the case
Found Dead in Des Moines.
Dr. J. H. Mingle received a telegram
from Des Moines last Thursday with
the sad news that his brother James
Mingle, had been found dead in his
room in that city. It was a great shock
to him as he had visited with his
brother in Des Moines the- week pre
vious and he was in the best of heiflth.
Dr. Mingle and wife left on the after
noon train for Des Moines and accom
panied the .remains to Maxwell, Iowa,
where the funeral was held.
The Daily Capital has the following
account of his death:
Jas. Mingle, a young man about 25
years ol age, was found this morning
about 7 o'clock lying on the floor in his
•bedroom at Fred Harlow's lodging house
*418 East Locust street, dead. The
cause of his death is unknown. Coroner
Beck was notified and this afternoon
will hold an inquest.
Mingle was a carpenter and hfid been
employed in Des Moines about a week.
His home is at Maxwell,where his father,
is a prominent physician. The body
was discovered by J. P. Shafer, 1022 Des
Moines street, and the clerk at the
lodging house.
Mr. Shafer said this morning: "Mingle
had been working for me. We were
building a house at 511 English street
He worked yesterday and seemed to be
in the best of health. I left him at the
corner of Fifth and Walnut streets last
night and he. started "towards the One
Minute restaurant. We met in the
morning as a rule about 7 o'clock on
Walnut street. When he did not ap
pear I went to his lodging house. With
a clerk 1 went to his room. He was
lying on the floor hear an open window.
We walked over to him and found that
he was dead. He was dressed in his
There were no wounds
1 cannot account
night clothes,
or bruises noticeable.
for bis death, unless he died of heart
disease. He was a young man of the
best of habits. He did not drink and
was temperate in all ways. We
moned Coroner Beck ^pd had the body ertyof'all nations?"
r&,it aoout o'clock last evening
went immediately to his room. He
seemed apparently in Che best of spirits.
No cause for the sudden death could
be given by the proprietor of the lodg
ing house. Nothing to confirm a suicide
theory has been: found.
An inquest was held Thursday by a
coroner's jury who returned a verdict
that his death was Caused from en
docarditis or heart trouble.
Satisfied With Road Law.
On the whole, the road law under
which we work now is an improvement
on the road law which we worked be-
fore the present road law was enacted,
The present road law will have to be,
changed or amended before we get a
law with which the people will be sat-|and
isfied. No road supervisor can do a1
satisfactory job of grading if he is
obliged to pick up or get together a
new gang of hands and teams every two
or three days. But it is not entirely
.the law's fault if the people of a town
ship do not get the worth of the money
they pay in road taxes. There are
townships in which the road bosses are
doing good vrork, and the roads are
getting better every year in spite of a
demand for changes in the present law.
We might have tbe best road law in the
world, but if we do not make roads on
common sense principles we will have
poor roads.
Real Estate Transfers
Fr«m July 10, to July 17, 1905, as re
ported by Stephen Varga:
Z. Swearingen to S. E. Garber, lots
in Leon $ 800
J. H. Standerfer to Alice J. Marble
land in Hamilton 1,500
W. A. Hopkins to J. J. and Ada E.
Moore, lots in Lamoni
L. Robbins to C. A. McCartney,
lots in Weldon .»
Stephen Varga to Clarence A.
it 1
]andB of tiho annnv
Delivered by John Elliott at the
Celebration at the farm of J.
f. Garber, July 4th.
Today under America's sides, whose
hills and vales and groves are kissed by
God's sunshine an.d caressed and cool
ed by ten thousand breezes, in village
and town, in cities and groves, eighty
millions of people have assembled to do
homage to the birth of our nation. In
capitols of the old world, in London, in
Paris, Berlin and Vienna, and wherever
America's missionaries of commerce or
government or religion may abide,
wherever American manhood or woman
hood may be, whether in countries
governed by monarchial institutions,
the most autocratic, or whether under
limited republics, the stars and stripes
will be unfurled and anthems expres
sive of the triumphs of republican insti
tutions and our progress aB a nation
will ascend, and today the people will
again be reminded as they have been
for 130 years past, that every citizen of
our broad land is a sovereign crowned
by the rights of American citizenship,
the right to worship God according to
the dictates of his own conscience, and
the right to carve for himself a name on
the tablets of time the equal of the
proudest achievements of man, and
these grand institutions of government
bequeathed to us by the ^consecrated
blood and brain of: our ancestry, have
been to all races from Briton and Celt,
to Frank and Slav, to the Latin races,
to Moslem and Greek, a guiding star of
hope and a haven filled with grand op
portunities, and that have perhaps lift
ed something of the oppression and ty
ranny from his own national conditions,
For today the boundaries of nations are
leveled by commerce and the world is a
community of interests bound by steam
and electricity, and modified Jjy the in
tellectual standards that are the
taken to Patrick's undertaking estab- rnt,„_„ ,,
he re a re el ha a re re
lishment. His parents were notified." ,v
... Jl. ... ent at the birth of a nation. These are
Mingle took his supper the restau- ,,
a either a grand personal magnetism or a
.it about 6 clock last evening and J?
grand principle. The Macedonian em
pire was the product of the military
genius of Alexander, the rise of the
lands of the sunny south enriched
the blood of Qup patriotic fathers
The human pace tekeg a
centuries have been v.
Rumley, land in Woodland
Lewis Johnson to R. J. Barrett, 40
acres in High Point 1,200
John J. McCoy to E. D.Veirs, lots
in Ler6y .'. 1)000
R. L. Veirs to John J. McCoy, lots
in Leroy l,0i)0
Advertised Letters.
Remaining uncalled for in the poet
office at Leon. Iowa, for tbe week edd
iag July 15,1905:
Mrs. Ida B. Young, Joseph Ostyrn,
Thomas O. -Day. $$$
When aslang' ror^ ^tSe^ahove letters"
please say. '^advertised."
-Coal. Coar.
against him.being-continued during his I'or Smoky Hollov coal by the bushel
good behavior.
We are ready to contract or fill orders
ton or car load. J. J. EVANS.
great book of time Near three thou8
years agQ
Our forefathers had taken a step for
ward by declaring for no condition of
inequality in title, nor placed no dis
grace on any useful occupation. All
euergy of body or intellect directed to
any 'useful pursuit receives the com
mendation, of. our social institutions.
Our puritan father* landed on tbe bleak
*shor6s of Plymouth Rock to encounter
savage tribes of men, savage beasts, and
imgged and untamed conditions of na
ture. Trackless forests and an unknown
Persian empire was due to the organiz
ing abilities of Cyrus the Mead, the rise
of the first empire of France in modern
times was due to the commanding mili
tary genius of Napoleon. But the rise
of the republic of.the United States of
America was heralded by that grand
principle for the first time proclaimed
among the sons of men, that all men are
I created free and equal before the law.
For this principle was the hillsides of .,
New England and the vall afid wood
VOL. XXX, NO. 48
and unmeasured wildernesF. We of
today stand in the midst of an empiro
whose shores are washed by two mighty
oceans, whose hills and valleys are
drained by rivers, the grandest| in vol
ume and length in the world. From our
mountains we have torn all the treas
ures that enrich and embellish modern
civilization. Baftds of steel unite our
cities, villages and communities in all
the benefits of commerce. An American
citizen, Robert Morse, grasped the
lightning as it flashed from the clouds
and forged a chain that binds the hemis
pheres, and the bed of old ocean be
comes a highway upon which teems the
thoughts of men. Our western states
have yielded the precious metals, gold,
silver, copper, lead, zine, iron, coal and
petroleum. Our mountains have poured
a stream of wealth int6 every* channel
of the world's commerce. Over two
hundred thousand miles of railway,
e.nough to encircle the globe almost
eight times, distributes the products of
our natural energies. We are proud of
our progress in every field of enter
There are three forces that sustain
the life of a nation. These are the in
tellectual forces, the moral forces, and
the economical forces. From the proper
development of all these may we ex
pect to sustain the position we now
boast of in world-wide affairs. We must
educate, we must distribute our wealth,
we must in our business relations ob
serve the golden rule, "Do ye unto
others as ye would tha't others would
do unto you." In other words a million
dollars stolen in distribution from
million homes is as bad in principle as a
million dollars stolen from one man. In
the first we affect the comforts and ne
cessities of innumerable conditions of
life, in the second one family is affected
in its relation to others. The organiza
tion of certain lines of industry into
trusts for the control of prices to .pro
ducer and consumer is a form of piracy
upon commerce and the Americans owe
it to their sense of justice to those prin
ciples once proclaimed and that will
last as long as men shall live and guar-,
antee the equality of every citizen in11
the opportunity to create a home and a
position in life. We should sweep these
pirates from our commerce, not as Com
modore Decatur swept the Algerian
pirates from the high seas, but by the
awakening of a public conscience, and
the demand for a rededication of those
eternal principles, equality, fraternity,
justice, the foundation of republics and
true government. Every year the Jew,
under whatever government, circum
stances or conditions he may be placed,
eats of the feast of the passover of un
leavened bread to commemorate the
deliverance of his race
step forward
Gr in Carthage
and Rome, the name republic or demoo
racy and its meaning were coined, the
meaning of self government was imper
fectly understood, each while lauding
freedom as the greatest' boon of condi
tions among men, created inequalities
among citizens. Rome was divided into
two classes, patrician or nobility, and
plebkiiior common people. From one
was selected senators and tribunes and
governors of provinces from the other
class, the plebians, came hewers of
wood and drawers of water. In Greece
some cities imposed the death penalty
on a senator for engaging in commercial
pursuits, or manual labor, creating an
aristocracy of conditions. The ancient
spaitans, controlled and restricted in
all the social and civil walks of life, yet
extolled and applauded the name of
liberty. Unable to select their wives
without the sanction of the state, com
pelled to walk in a certain style, to talk
in a certain tone, their individuality
surrendered to the state in hundreds of
ways, yet they believed themselves the
best governed people in the world.
The Roman republic whose code of
jurisprudence was founded upon the
laws of the Grecians, whose government
endured for 200 years, was such that
whenever a legislator proposed a new
law he stood up in the midst of all the
people with a rope around his neck and
proposed his law, and if it was rejected
by a majority of the votes of all the peo
ple the unfortunate legislator was im
mediately strangled. Such was the be
ginning of the dawn of republican insti
from their bondage^ the Egyptians, by
smiting the first born of the Egyptians
and passing over the houses of the
Israelites which were marked by the
.1 tl5od of the paschal lamb. We, the Amer-
people, as we annually assemble
to commemorate by speech and song and
do bow down again at the feet of the
Goddess of Liberty to renew our vows
of devotion to the principles of liberty
and our deliverance from the bondage
of monarchial institutions, should pray
that we be led not astray by the God of
Mammon that we forget not that the
decay and death of nations begins in
the palace and the centers of great
wealth. The ancient Spartans realizing
the enervating influences of great
wealth, passed laws ordering the dis
tribution of the gold and silver of con
quered nations. In the progress of our
national life we have lived down many
inconsistencies, we have trampeled
under our fe€t many evils. It is said
by one of our greatest'modern thinkers
that we live ever in the shadows of the
past, and the light of advancing events.
That we discover new truths and cling
to old errors. That all progress is an
unfoldment, that intellectual develop
ment is the evolution of ideas. America
was discovered in 1492 and for a thous-.
and years prior to that time scarcely
one new idea had broken the legarthy
of human intelligence, while an ignor
ant fanaticism had destroyed much of
the knowledge accumulated before that.
But prior to 1492 there were signs of
an intellectual awakening. At the
close of the eleventh century the free
cities arose and began to assert an in
fluence. In 1215 King John was com
pelled to grant tbe great charter to the
barons of England. In the twelfth cen
tury the Nance League, or free cities,
was formed for the protection of com
merce and they were located in Ger
many, Holland, England, France and
Spain. This confederation defied the,
power of kings.
Christopher Columbus was born at
Genoa in 1435. In his 15th year he
made a choice of occupation' and chose
that of a Bailor. In 1470 he arrived in
Lisbon and in talking with -"told seairien
about the mysteries of the western seas
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