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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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Will Not Disturb Hepburn Post
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-
-here, and seTttteneed "Dofcbfria to 'an
indeterminate term of not more than
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
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
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.
Invocation—Rev. J. L. Boyd.
Address-of .Welcome—Mayor S. A.
Response—A. H. Metier.
"Domestic Science"—Miss Neale
S. Knowles, Ames.
Thursday, 10 a. m.
"Orchard and Fruit Growing"—
"Silos"—A. E. Cotterill.
Discussion led by Ed H. Sharp.
Thursday, 2 p. m.
"Soils"—A. H. Snyder, Ames.
"Preparing and Holding Farm
Friday, 10 a. m.
Paper 011 "Sheep"— James Cress
Discussion—G. W. Baker.
Paper on "Poultry Raising"—Mrs.
S. P. Rogers.
Friduy, 1: SO p. ni.
"Stock Judging"—M. L. Mosher,
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
"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
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.
"The Most Important Phase in
Teaching History"—Miss Edna Gam
Discussion—Miss Nora Rogers,
Miss Elizabeth Boyd.
"Nature Study in the Rural
Schools"—Miss Neva Curry.
Discussion—Miss Florence Thomp
son, Mr. Garvin Manchester.
"The Practical Value of Latin"—
Miss Lucy Ilsley.
Discussion—F. P. Reed, Ervln
Saturday, 1:30 p. m.
"What Apparatus is Needed in the
Rural School?"—Miss Susie C. Har
Discussion—Miss Alvina Jennings,
Miss Mary Davis.
The following special prizes have
Best ten ears of yellow corn—
1st prize. Exchange National Bank,
$2.00 Farmers and Traders Bank,
2nd prise, Wm. Crlchton ft Son,
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
1st prize, J. A. Caster, one sa£k of
Best ten ears of white corn—
1st prize, W. A. Alexander, rocker
$3.00 Ogilvie & Gardner, coffee,
2nd prize, Van Werden & Kopp,
one pail stock food, $2.50.
3rd prize, W. F. Lindsey, one year's
subscription to the Decatur. County
Best single ear white corn—=
1st prize, Myers Chemical Co.,
Cholene, $1.00. .-.f
Mixed corn, best ten ears—
1st prize, Stephen Varga, cash,
2nd prize, J. R. Conrey & Son, one
sack best flour. if
1st prize, C. M. Akes, cash, $2.00:
2nd prize, H. L. Long, arctics, lady
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.
3rd prize, H. A. Wright, one buggy
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.
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.
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.
Examine our stock of Chrltit&as
Cutlery. Farquhar & Sons.
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