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Pages I to 8 WO CROFFORD PARDON. Governr Carroll Refuses to Issue Pardon to Dr. Crofford. Sug gests Board Investigate. After holding up the recommenda tion of the state pardon board recommending that a full pardon be granted to Dr. J. W. Crofford for -several months, Governor Carroll on last Friday turned down the recom mendation and says he cannot take final action in the case until the par don board has time to further in vestigate the evidence which was submitted to the governor in opposi tion to the granting of the pardon. It will be remembered that Dr. Crof ford was convicted of the death of Maud Stone by performing a crim inal operation at his sanitarium in Lamoni. When his application for a pardon was made to the state par don board, Dr. A. Brown, formerly of Leon, appeared as a witness in his behalf and testified that the girl had come to him and told him she had performed an operation upon her Belf, prior to the time she went to Lamoni. The relatives of the dead girl vigorously opposed the granting of the pardon, and a number of affi davits of Decatur county citizens were filed before the governor in an attempt to impeach the testimony of Dr. Brown, who is now a resident of Des Moines, holding a government position as pure food inspector, and in rebuttal a number of affidavits were also filed to sustain him. The Daily Capital of last Friday has the following in regard to the case: Governor Carroll this morning turned down the recommendation of Dr. J. W. Crofford, of Decatur coun ty, now serving a twelve year sen- In Ft Madison for murder in the first degree. The governor re turned the application to the board, stating that he cannot take final action in the case until the board has an opportunity to review the case in the light of the new evi dence given against Dr. Artemus Brown, who made sensational state ments entirely exonerating Dr. Crof ford and charging that the girl in the oase performed the fatal operation upon herself. After the board of parole had sent the caee to Governor Carroll with a recommendation that' he pardon Dr. Crofford, friends of the dead girl en tered a protest against the pardon and asked to be heard. The board made the recommendation on the 'testimony of Dr. Artemus Brown, who in a sworn statement declared that the girl visited his office before going to the sanitarium of Dr. Crof ford, in January, and that she had said she had performed the opera tion upon herself. He also told the board that it was this operation that killed her. On this statement the board recommended the pardon. When the hearing was held before Governor Carroll witnesses impeached the tes timony of Dr. Brown to such an ex tent that Governor Carroll did not feel justified in accepting the recom mendation of the state board of pa role and consequently he returns the case to the board to be re-examined by them in the light of the impeach ment of the testimony of Dr. Brown. Governor Carroll in his letter of transmittal Bays that the friends of the girl are open to criticism for not giving their testimony at the first hearing of the case inBtead of wait ing until they thought that Dr. Crof ford was to be pardoned. Grandma Banger Ninety Years Old. December 11th marked the nine tieth milestone in the earth life of the writer. It was such a .gloomy day I was sure no one would venture out, as the roads seemed almost im passable, but after a while George and Clara Sanger came with a good sized basket well filled, and said the people had surely remembered me and sent me a basketful of medicine and powders. I did not quite under stand the appearance of everything, and I was sure there was a little joke mixed up with the powders and medi cine, so after looking the basket over I found numerous notes, all in the form of powders such as the doctors would fold up with quinine, fever powders and salts. Besides these there were letters, post cards, clip pings and books to feast the mind upon, and grapes, asparagus, jelly, and other good things to tempt the appetite. It was all a happy surprise and I think I feel better since taking the medicine. I wish to thank each and every one for their greetings and kind regards for Grandma Sanger. Please accept my best wishes for a merry Christmas and a healthy, hap py and prosperous New Year. Mrs. E. Sanger. 6e* 'S^ L. Jenkins for brick. ~U-F*Y-VJ"\ A«^ cfi jf" SOME SELFISH MEN. Grouch Makes Some Observations and Relieves His Mind a Little. Do you know Oliver, that this world is full of mighty selfish peo ple? There are a whole lot of folks in this town who would go a long ways out of their way to do them selves a favor. I know an old fellow who lives neighbor to me, down in my part of town, who always made it a rule to shovel the snow off his side walk just as soon as the feathery flakes quit. falling. He didn't do this from any love of his fellowmen, but simply because he wanted to crow over the neighborhood and pose as an enterprising citizen. I always got mad when I saw how self ish this old scoundrel was, but of course the rest of the neighbors had to get busy too, for none of us want ed to have It said that we were not good citizens, so we dug the snow and ice loose, and cussed, while that selfish old reprobate, who set the example for us, smiled and beamed egotistically through his specs. It makes me sick yet when I remember how the public gave this old white haired sepulchre credit for his good deeds, when, in truth, he had only a superlatively selfish motive behind it all, viz: to stand well with the public. Only last Saturday I met another example of selfishness, all the more devilish because the acts were dis guised by the mantle of charity, and to the unthinking world seemed like the real thing. An old farmer friend of mine, and a batchelor, too, at that, was .surreptitiously buying Christ mas presents for an ulil^lmateTain ily in his neighborhood. He did this because he enjoyed the act of giving. He wanted to experience this pleas ure, and chose this method of min istering to his own selfish desires. As he bought a pair of small shoes for one of the unfortunate little ones in th6 poor family, fce laughefl fiendish Jfiugli, Atid his face was wrinkled by deep lines about his mouth. Unobserving people would have called his facial contortions a smile, but your Uncle Grouch knew that selfish motives were concealed beneath the seemingly generous acts of this acme of selfishness. Another thing which he did was to tell the groceryman to send a sack of flour to another poor neighbor, and as he said it I knew that his only reason for committing this piece of folly was that he wanted to feel a warm sensa tion about the region of his heart. In other words he was pandering to his own selfish pleasure. It tickled him to do a generouB thing, and he was selfish enough to revel in the pleasure he derived from doing it. Disgraceful, wasn't it? As I saw this grizzly oid fraud loading his bob sled with toys, books, and bundles of gifts of various kinds, all the while smiling diabolically, I felt like shout ing nis name to the heavens. He will probably be mean enough, too, to peek in and see the kids laugh when they open up the unexpected toys, and don't you reckon that sack of flour will afford him much selfish satisaction when he observes the joy ous thankfulness of the recipient? Oh, it's a shame how some men deceive their fellows. They give, and give, because they enjoy giving. Because they are getting selfish pleasure from the giving. Don't you see how hypocritically wrong such actions are? I enjoy giving, but I don't do it, because I am no hypo crite. Grouch. Methodist Notes. Sunday morning there will be a Christmas sermon, especially for the boys and girlB. They and their par ents are cordially invited. Sunday evening the Bupject will be "The Christ of Prophecy." All other ser vices at the usual hours. There will be a Christmas service by the Sun day school on Friday evening, the 24th, and a Christmas tree and a treat for the children. You are in vited. Kuder—Toney. Mr. Burrough Kuder, of Kellerton, and Miss Llllie Toney, of near Deca tur City, were married at the clerk'B office in this city last Wednesday afternoon, the ceremony being per formed by Justice C. W. Beck. The happy young people will make their home on a farm near Kellerton, and many friends extend congratulations and wish them an abundance of hap piness and prosperity. Taylor—Baldwin. Mr. Harry R. Taylor and Miss Mabel L. Baldwin, both of Pleasan ton, were married at the clerk's office Friday morning, Dec. 17th, Rev. J. L. Boyd, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Their many friends will unite in wishing them a long and happy life. 1-' Now that Leon has Bhown a spirit of progressiveness by voting to install a system of waterworks, other public improvements are being talk ed of, and one of the moBt important is the building of an electric street railway from the square to the depot. The matter has been under consideration by the Leon Electric Co., who by the way are among the best boosters who ever dropped into Leon, and local parties are being in terested in the project. It is proposed to build an electric line extending from the square to the depot with switches connecting with the lumber and coal yardB, BO Henry Hendricksoii, one of Decatur county's pioneer citizens, died quite suddenly last Saturday at Decatur City. "Uncle Hank," as he was famil iarly known in Decatur county, drove to Decatur on Saturday in company with Dr. George Woodman see, and to an appearance was in the best of health and spirits. After arriving in town he went to the Euritt restaurant and ordered dinner, and while wait ing to be served he suddenly com plained of feeling dizzy and sank to the floor. He was carried by friends to Dr. Camp's office where he partial ly recovered, but only for a few min utes and then grew, worse and in a short time was dead. Henry Hendrickson, the subject of this sketch, was born at Dubuque, Iowa, May 11, 1846, and died at De catur City, Iowa, December 18, 1909, aged 63 years, 7 months and 7 days. At an early age he moved with his parents to Decatur county, where he resided until at the age of sixteen he went with his brother to join the Union army at Des Moines. He re mained with the army and was with Sherman on his march to the sea. After the war was over he returned to Decatur county where he resided until the time of his death. On March 2, 1872, he was united in mar riage to Miss Hannah A. Hatfield, who with two daughters and a host of relatives and friends mourn his untimely death. One son had pre ceeded him to the other shore. His funeral was held on Sunday, inter ment being In the Elk cemetery, and was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. Cage Collier is J©ad. I TI'I? LEON REPORTER. ESTABLISHED 1854. LEON, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECKMBKR 23. 1909. }R®er"BSE}V0L,. XXXV NO. 18. fc Will Your Children be as Happy as These on Christmas? STREET RAILWAY TALK An Electric Line from Up Town to the Depot is Bring Talked. It would also Handle Freight. that car loads of lumber and coal could be hauled di rect to the yards to be unloaded. The long haul from the depot to the yards make the drayage charges a big item, and this alone would prove to be a good source of revenue to a street railway. The matter is yet in an Incipient form, but several local parties have stated that they would be willing to invest a considerable sum in such an enterprise. And why not? There is no reason why Leon should not be one of the best littl^ cities in the whole great Btate of Iowa. A town is just what the peo ple in it make it. Waterworks, street railway, and then paving, tt^.t. looks good, and we beUeVtow.d will get them all. Just a little boosting and Leon will make rapid strides in the next few years. Don't be surpris ed if you see street cars running to the new .Burlington depot in Leon next year. A Sudden Death. Cage Collier, one of the pioneer settler? of Clarke county, died at his home in Osceola on Tuesday of last week. He was one of the quaint old characters who had many friends in both Clarke and Decatur counties. He camfe to Iowa from Indiana in 1852 and settled on a farm in Green Bay township and engaged in freight ing when everything in this part of Iowa had to be hauled from Eddy ville and Burlington with ox teams. He hauled the lumber which was used in the construction of the first frame building in Osceola. He was almost 86 years of age. Gore—Buell. Mr. Roy Gore and Miss Abble Buell stole a march on their friends last week by Bllpping away to Des ivioines where they were quietly mar ried on Tuesday. They returned to this city Wednesday evening to visit a few days, after which they will probably make their home in Des Moines. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Zed Gore, and tne bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Buell, of this city. They have many young friends who extend their con gratulations and wish them much happiness. v. Will Not Disturb Hepburn Post masters. A telegram from Washington brings the news that the administra tion is not going to dlBturb the Hep burn postmasters in the Eighth dis trict, many of whose term will short ly expire, including postmaster Stookey, of Leon. Last week Sen ators Cummins and Dolliver called on the Postmaster General to find eut whether If they made recom mendations for postoffice appoint ments in the Eighth district they would be given weight, but Post master General Hitchcock, informed them that where the present post masters were again candidates that they would be given another term if their services were at all satisfac tory. There has beta a quiet but determined struggle agoing on over the appointment of the Leon post master to succeed Postmaster Stook ey, whose term expires in the spring, the candidates being Mr. Stookey and Mr. L. P. Sigler. It is also said that the administration does not pro pose to give the insurgents any plums which can be avoided, to pun ish them for their attitude against Speaker Cannon and the tariff bill. Dobbins Gets five Years. Council Bluffs, JsFwa, Dec. 16.— Judge W. R. Green overruled the mo tion for a new tria? in the case of the State vs. John It. Dobbins, re cently convicted -of the larceny of 130.000 from T. W. Ballew, of Princeton, Mo., in nje of the so- Maftray operations -here, and seTttteneed "Dofcbfria to 'an indeterminate term of not more than five yeart. It was charged as one of the causes for a new trial that Attorney General Byers had used language in his argu ment of the case before the jury which convicted Dobbins, calculated to arouse, the passions of the jurors and which was not permissible. In sentencing Dobbins, the coiirt spoke of Dobbin's talent and fine appear ance and said that it was a pity he had elected to apply his time and talents to gambling and to such swindles as are charged to the Ma bray syndicate. Dobbins gave bond in the sum of $5,000 and took an appeal. Brakeman Killed at Togo. David Hardy, of St. Joe, a brake man on a Burlington extra freight train, was fatally Injured while on duty at Togo last Friday morning. He was running a head of a string of freight cars when he slipped on the ice and fell, and before he could get out of the way he was struck by the cars and received injuries which re sulted in his death a few hours later. Several cars passed over him, one leg being cut off and the other badly mashed and an arm was broken, be sides other injuries. He was placed on a cot and attended by a physician, he was taken to St. Joe on the noon passenger train, but died before the train reached St. Joe. The deceased was a young man who had been switching at St. Joe for some time in the Burlington yards and was a fav orite with all his fellow workmen. He is survivled by a young wife to whom he was married but a few months ago. Leroy. Has a Bad Fire. The town of Leroy suffered a se vere loss from fire Monday morning, when the big double store building owned by H. B. Flannagan, of Gar den Grove, waa discovered to be on fire, and as there was a scarcity of water the building and most of the contents were burned. C. A. Welsh occupied one room with a Btock of hardware, his. loss being about $3,000 with Insurance of $1,600. Lockwood & Warren occupied the other room with a stock of imple ments and their loss was $700 with no insurance. Dr. Murbanks occupied the second story with his office and living rooms and lost all his house hold goods and office fixtures and had no insurance. The building was valued at $3,000 and Mr. Flannagan had some insurance, but we could not learn the amount. Took Forger to Missouri. Sheriff Carmack, of Albany, Mo., came up last Wednesday with a re quisition for John Wise, the forger with many aliases, who was confined in the Leon jail charged with forging numerous checks at various places in Missouri and took him to Al bany Thursday morning. The sher iff from Grant City was also here after Wise, but the Albany sheriff had the preference. Wise is the fel low who broke jail on Tuesday even ing of last week but was recaptured at Decatur City the next morning, and sheriff Jesse Andrew was very willing to turn him over to the Mis souri officer,, for he is a slippery ens. A FARMERS' INSTITUTE Combined with Teachers' and Pat rons' Meeting to be Held at Leon on Jan. 5 to 8,1910. The annual Decatur County Farm ers' Institute and Teachers and Pat rons' meeting will be held at Leon commencing on Wednesday, Jan. 5th, and closing on Saturday. The farmers of the county are taking an increased interest in the Institute work which we are-pleased to see. The attendance last year was much larger than at any previous year, and all who attended were well pleased. We hope that the attendance at the coming meeting will be even larger. While other towns in the county are anxious to secure these meetings, it is better for all concerned that they be held at the county seat, where all can attend most easily. The Leon CommerciaJ Club has voted to stand sponsor for the meeting, and quite a list of spec ial prizes have been donated by the Leon merchants for exhibits of farm products. Let every farmer who can possibly do so attend all the sessions. Bring your wives with you. You will be well repaid for the time it takes. The education of the farmer along the line of improved farming and stock raising has but barely com menced, and you will notice that our most successful and prosperous farm ers are the ones who attend the insti tutes and hear the advice of experts on how to raise more and better corn, oats and wheat, and how to care for and breed to get the best results from stock-raising. The following excellent program has been prepared and all that remains to make a big success of the institute Is for the farmers to attend in large numbers. Wednesday, 1:80 p. m. Music. Invocation—Rev. J. L. Boyd. Address-of .Welcome—Mayor S. A. Gates. Response—A. H. Metier. "Domestic Science"—Miss Neale S. Knowles, Ames. Thursday, 10 a. m. Music. "Orchard and Fruit Growing"— John Garber. "Silos"—A. E. Cotterill. Discussion led by Ed H. Sharp. Thursday, 2 p. m. Music. "Soils"—A. H. Snyder, Ames. "Preparing and Holding Farm Sales"—Riley Buchanan. Friday, 10 a. m. Music. Paper 011 "Sheep"— James Cress well. Discussion—G. W. Baker. Paper on "Poultry Raising"—Mrs. S. P. Rogers. Friduy, 1: SO p. ni. "Stock Judging"—M. L. Mosher, Ames. Friday Evening, 7:30 p. m. Declamatory Contest—Names of contestants given later. Piano Solo—Miss Afton Hembrey. "Teaching, a Trade cf a Profes sion Which?"—U. S. Webber. Discussion—Miss Susie Wade, Miss Nellie Mullin. "Is the Product of our Public Schools Equal to the Product of our Fathers'?"—R. H. Griffith. Discussion—Miss Ella Grogan, Mr. John W. Burkhart. Violin Solo—Miss Ona Riley. "What Should the Schools Accom plish for our County, and How This may be Done"—W. B. Owens. Discussion—J. M. Davis, J. C. Duf fleld. At the conclusion of the afternoon program a principal's meeting will be held to arrange for the declamatory contest in March. Saturday, 9:80 a. m. Music. Devotional—Rev. Coakwell. "The Most Important Phase in Teaching History"—Miss Edna Gam ble. Discussion—Miss Nora Rogers, Miss Elizabeth Boyd. "Nature Study in the Rural Schools"—Miss Neva Curry. Discussion—Miss Florence Thomp son, Mr. Garvin Manchester. MUBIC. "The Practical Value of Latin"— Miss Lucy Ilsley. Discussion—F. P. Reed, Ervln Spencer. Saturday, 1:30 p. m. Music. "What Apparatus is Needed in the Rural School?"—Miss Susie C. Har off. Discussion—Miss Alvina Jennings, Miss Mary Davis. The following special prizes have been offered: Corn. Best ten ears of yellow corn— 1st prize. Exchange National Bank, $2.00 Farmers and Traders Bank, 12.00. 2nd prise, Wm. Crlchton ft Son, *ipr* X" 3"-tiT|J-J1 )F 16 Pages Pages I to 8 $2.50, goods out of store. 3rd prize, O. E. Hull, one year's subscription to The Leon Reporter. Best single ear of yellow corn— 1st prize, Ed H.Sharp, cash, $1.00. Sweepstakes on single ear any col or— 1st prize, J. A. Caster, one sa£k of Eaco flour. Best ten ears of white corn— 1st prize, W. A. Alexander, rocker $3.00 Ogilvie & Gardner, coffee, $1.00. 2nd prize, Van Werden & Kopp, one pail stock food, $2.50. 3rd prize, W. F. Lindsey, one year's subscription to the Decatur. County Journal. Best single ear white corn—= 1st prize, Myers Chemical Co., Cholene, $1.00. .-.f Mixed corn, best ten ears— Wheat. 1st prize, Stephen Varga, cash, $2.00. 2nd prize, J. R. Conrey & Son, one sack best flour. if Oats. 1st prize, C. M. Akes, cash, $2.00: 2nd prize, H. L. Long, arctics, lady or gentleman. Dairy—Butter. 1st prize, best 3-pound package. Bell & Robinson, one toilet set, $3.00 2nd prize, W. C. Stempel & Co., one fountain self-filling pen, $3.00. 3rd prize, F. N. Hansell, one pair of shoes, men or ladies. Cora Judging Contest, Boys Twenty Years old and Under. 1st prize, Bradley-Wasson Merc Co., one pair of shoes, $4.00. 2nd prize, Hurst Bros., one parasol. $3.00. 3rd prize, H. A. Wright, one buggy whip, $1.25. DeLsher—Massey. At the home of the bride's mother in Decatur county, 2 y2 miles south east of Woodland. Iowa, Dec. 15, 1909, at 6 p. m., Mr. Otis Deisher and Miss Jennie J. Massey, were united in marriage, the undersigned, officiat ing in the ceremony. Both parties have always lived in the said community. They are popu lar and well respected, having a host of relatives and friends in both the immediate vicinity and elsewhere. They are both interested in the moral, educational and religious wel fare of the community, the bride having been for years a member-of the Woodland A. C. church. Inside of two weeks the happy wedded pair hope to move into their new home one mile and a half due east ot Woodland. Mr. Deisher has recently built a large, modern house and other buildings upon his farm. The bride was dressed in brown silk and the groom wore the conven tional black. About forty-five witi nessed the marriage ceremony, after which the company partook of a de licious supper, elegantly prepared by the sister of the bride, Mrs. Ida Hub bard, and Mrs. Ida Lane. All seemed to enjoy the evening and all wish Mr. and Mrs, Deisher a long, happy and useful career. a. 1st prize, Kraft Clothing Co., Iv B.. Stetson hat, $3.00. 2nd prize, Farquhar & Sonsr nickel-plated lantern, $2.50. 3rd prize, Bradfield & Gardner, one„_(-, sack of best flour. W. S. Bowden, Minister of the A. C. Church. They Want Leon Lights. .There are no new developments in the electric light proposition since last week. A letter was received Wednesday from the electric com pany stating that owing to the urgent character of the work they are doing: on the power houe at the present time they have been unable to fake the matter up with Humeston, but. will .do so just as soon as it is potoi ble. We have talked with the mayor of Humeston and different council men and they all say the people are heartily in favor of the proposition. bo far as they understand It and are prepared to call an election. The Garden Grove council Beems all in favor of it and will call an election when the proper times comes which we hope will not be many weeks,— Garden Grove Express, *~:v Exhibition Car at Leon on Thursday of This Week. Agent C. M. Ketcham has been notified that a special exhibit car sent out by the Great Northern Rail road will be at Leon all day on Thursday of this week with an ex hibit of grains, grasses and vegeta-' bles from the farms of the famous Milk River valley of Montana. The car will be In charge of a special agent and will be open all day, and 9 cordial invitation is .extended to everybody to visit it. It is the same car which was at the recent national corn exposition at Omaha. 1 .',-3 Examine our stock of Chrltit&as Cutlery. Farquhar & Sons.