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wii-c. 'Xy lS' if? I Aidrich Charles 10 PAGES SHOT GUN KILLED HIM R. W. Boeger, of Garden Grove, is Killed by Accidental Discharge of flis Shot Gun Tuesday. R. W. Boeger, a prominent mer chant of Garden Grove, was instantly killed at his home in Garden Grove Tuesday afternoon about one o'clock by the discharge of his shot gun as he was pulling the gun through a wire fence. Mr. Boeger lives in the Dan Stearns property in the east part of town, and after eating his dinner he put on a pair of overalls and told his wife he would fix the chicken fence. He took his shot gun with him, remarking that he would try and shoot a hawk which had been bothering their chickens. Mrs. Boeger heard the report of the gun being discharged a few minutes later, but thought nothing of it, sup posing Mr. Boeger was shooting at the hawk. About three o'clock there was a telephone call from the store asking for Mr. Boeger, and she said she would go out and call him. Receiving no response to her call she went to the barn and looked for him, and then went around the chicken park east of the barn, and was hor rified to find Mr. Boeger lying dead. He was evidently in the act of re turning to the house, drawing a little wagon belonging to one of his children, in which he had an ax and some boards used in fixing the fence. The tongue of the wagon was through the gate, and the shot gun was ly ing alongside of it,while Mr. Boeger's body was lying on the ground facing the wagon. He had evidently been in the act of pulling the wagon through the gate, having turned around to do so. In pulling the wagon through the hammer of the gun had caught on a board and dis charged the heavy load squarely in the center of His abdomen, death having resulted instantly. The. deceased was one of the prom inent citizens of the county. For many years he was engaged in the mercantile business at Grand River, where he was very successful. A few years ago he went to Cainsville and engaged in the banking busi .ness, but sold out a little over a year ago and moved to Garden Grove where he was running a general store. The Wolf. Eugene Walter's play, "The Wolf" which comes to the VanWerden Opera House Friday, September 30, ttilgtft Tje called a poem play of pic tures. It is very seldom that one sees a play that grips the interest and piques the curiosity with its first line. "The Wolf" does that. The curtain rises on a beautiful scene. It is Indian summer in the northern woods. Pines and golden foliage mingle their light and shade. A stream winds down the avenues of cottonwoods. In the backgrounds are the blue foot hills. To the right is the log house of McTavish, with a great tree in front of it. Under a tree sits B'Atiste, the Canuck, puf fing at his pipe. In the archway is the gaunt form of McTavish. He, too, is smoking. The two men puff in silence for a moment, while the auditor takes in the perfect color ing, perspective and grouping of the scene. Then McTavish says: "You say that she died, mon?" This is one of Eugene Walter's strong points—begins his story with the opening lines. He wastes no time in unnecessary conversation, and he sticks to the point from cur tain to curtain. Another of these pretty pictures effects is in Act III. Two men are squatting in the foreground. Stand ing, is the tall, lithe, graceful figure of Jules Boaubion. Hilda appears at the top of the trail carrying the canoe paddle. She stands there an instant holding the paddle like a spear, framed in the dark pine and gelden leafage colored-with the sun set reddening ominously about her. One almost expects to hear the wild cry of the Valkyrie. A little later comes the great and intensive scene of the play. "The Wolf" is presented by an all star cast. Sudden Death of E. H. Smith at Lamoni. E. H. (Bub} Smith, one of the prominent and popular business men of Lamoni, died suddenly at his home in that city Saturday even ing about six o'clock. Mr. Smith had been confined to the house for a couple of weeks, suffering from a if attack of appendicitis, but was re covering and was able to be up and around the house. His wife had left him at home and gone on an errand, and when ske returned he remarked that he was feeling pretty tired and guessed he .would lie down. She assisted him to the bed, and a few minutes later noticing that his head seemed to be in an uncomfortable positipn, went to him to put another pillow under his head and was horri fied to see that he had passed away. The deceased was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Smith. HNe was about £5 years of age, and is sur vived by his wife and two children. Baptist Church. Rev. James A. Armstrong and :rT.. wife will conduct meetings at Mt. Zflon Christian Church (near Cam den Baptist Church) Saturday even ing, Septercfcer 24th at 7:45. P," Preaching Lord's Day at 11 a. m. Mrs. Armstrong will conduct Father's Meeting September 25th. Preaching at 2 p. m. Basket din ner on the grounds. Com?, every body,, .... The County Hospital As an Educa tional Question. At the November election this year the voters of Decatur county will have an opportunity to vote for or against the erection of a county hos pital. The cost not to exceed $15, 000. The question of a county hospital is a new one and a purely educational one. Probably the first question of any of our state or county institu tions caused as much comment as the county hospital question will cause. We have in Iowa a number of institutions maintained by the state, the Deaf and Dumb School, School for the Blind, School for the Feeble| minded and each and every one o£ these institutions, when they were first brought into public notice were not favorably received. But, is there anyone of them today that we would be willing to do without? Is it not the fact that when tlie rural mail delivery and rural telephone were in their trial stage, that they received much adverse criticism. The first question that the con scientious voter should decide in his mind, is, do we need such an insti tution as a county hospital? At the present time there is not a county hospital of any kind between Ottumwa and St. Joe, or nearer than Des Moines on the Osceola branch. Each year there are from thirty to forty people, who are compelled to go away from their homes in Decatur county, to one of these hospitals or some other hospital even more dis tant. Consider the loss of time, the ex tra expense and the hazardous risk of moving the patient so far, includ ing the expenses and the loss of time of those who accompany them. It is a well known fact that people expect a greater degree of skill in surgery, medicine or osteopathy in the city, than he would in his own community. He leaves home some times to consult a surgeon or phy sician, whom he has never met bi fore and it may be that surgeon or physicians first case of that kind. At the same time the skilled phy sician in their own community may be a graduate of the same school and even of the same class. If your phy sician takes you to the city to be op erated on, what credit does he get in his own community if the operation is successful? Very little indeed. But if the patient does not recover, who gets the blame? Your physician of course. How much injury does it do your city physician? Practically none. Besides with a county hospital you do not have to ..depend on your local skill, but you may have any physician or surgeon that you wish. You will meet some people, who will tell you that they have seen the time when they -would have given al most anything they had to have had had access to a hospital near home. Suppose that if this county hos pital is erected it would save one life a year, do you think it would pay? and- how do you know but what that one life may be in your own family? If you knew it would be, certainly you would vote for it and believe it might benefit you if you or your fam ily were afflicted, would it not be right for you to vote for it for the benefit of your neighbor? Are we not to some extent our brother's keeper? Last year the Iowa legislature gave $10,000, begrudgingly to use for the prevention of tuberculosis, a disease that claims one-sixth of all those who die in the state, and that same legislature voted $10,000 to build a hog pavillion at the state fair grounds. Suppose that a veterinary would agree that if the farmers of Decatur county would pay him a tax of the same amount as the hospital tax that he would guarantee to re duce the death rate of their stock twenty per cent, how many farmers and stockmen would not jump at the chance? And if there should be a county hospital erected in Decatur county the per cent of curable diseases saved would probably be as great. The loss of life last year in this county was probably fifty per cent less than it wa^ twenty or twen ty-five years ago. And why this sav ing of human life and what is it due to but to education aleng these lines? Hygeie as taught by your school teachers. The excellent work of your physicians and trustees in quarantin ing these contagious diseases. Yes. The County Hospital is an Educational Question. Shall we advanae or go back? Rumley- Allard. Mr. Earl Rumley and Miss Eliza beth Allard, both of this city, were married at the home of Justice John Holden on last Wednesady evening. Mr. Rumley left Thursday morning for Oskaloosa to prepare a home and Mrs. Rumley will remain here for a couple of weeks. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Rumley, of northwest of Leon) and is a popu lar yoUng man. He has secured a position on the Iowa Central R. R. as brakeman, running out ®f Oska loosa.' The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.- Hiram Allard of this city, and until the linotype re placed the typesetters in The Re porter office, was one of our com positors. She is a young lady who has many friends who wish her every happiness. Marriage Licenses. Earl Rumley, Leon, 21 Elizabeth Allard, Leon 17 Ray L. Lockwood, Oseeola, 2 5 Jennie Mabel Hodges,'Weldon,.. 22 Wellington E. Brace, Leon 21 Ollie V. Fames, Deon 20 Dr. Wand's next dates at Grand River are Sept. 19th to" 24th. ESTABLISHED 1854. THE LEON REPORTER, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1910. VOLUME LVU NO. 5. A ROOSEVELT BILLET Leon Harrison Jtnree Receives one of the Bullets with which Teddy Killed a Big Elephant. Leon people will read with inter est the following account of the re ceipt of a steel shell bullet and per sonal letter frqm ex-President Roose velt to Clarence Jenree, of St. Joe, Mo., for his little son, Leon Harrison Jenree, which appeared in last Sat urday's St. Joe Gazette. Mr. Jen ree visited with relatives and friends in Leon Sunday, an dwe were priv ileged to see the bullet with which Roosevelt killed an elephant. Mr. Jenree. will have the bullet nicely mounted in gold with an appro priate inscription: Bryan to Speak at Leon 1 Wednesday Afternoon, Oct. 12. I William Jennings Bryan, the peerless states man, will speak at Leon on Wednesday afternoon, October 12th, at o'clock. Mr. Bryan has con sented to give three days only to the Iowa cam paign and Leon has been fortunate enough to se cure him for an afternoon meeting. That is all that is necessary. Leon will make ample prepara-. I tions to take care of the big crowd which will be here on that day. Leon Harrison Jenree, 9 months old, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Jen ree, 301 St. Joseph avenue, re ceived yesterday a souvenir that most any person in the United States might prize and which at least a million or more would consider one of the rarest things, and consequent ly worth its Weight in gold. Master Jenree's souvenir is a steel bullet one that was fired into the hulking frame of an African elephant by the strenuous Teddy Roosevelt himself. Accompanying the bullet was the following letter: "The Outlook, "New York, N. Y., Sept. 14. "My Dear Mr. Jenree:-—I enclose for your baby boy, with best wishes to himself and mother, a bullet with which I shot an elephant in Africa. I hope the little fellow will grow up to be a fine man, gentle and tender, and yet fearless and hard working. "Faithfully yours, "T. ROOSEVELT. "To Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Jenree,3015 St. Joseph avenue, St. Joseph, Mo." When Master Leon Harrison Jen ree was six months old, an itinerant photographer, accompanied by a burro, wandered up St. Joseph avenue. The photographer would have children pose on the donkey and after the proofs of the pictures were made would sell them to doting parents. The Jenrees bought sever al pictures of their baby sitting astride of the burro. On the ad vice of friends they mailed one to Colonel Roosevelt at The Outlook office in New York. "The Youngest Rough Rider in the World," was the legend that the picture bore. Colonel Roosevelt at once acknowledged receipt of the photograph, and the parents of the baby replied to the colonel's letter. In reply Colonel Roosevelt sent the bullet and the letter above quoted. The bullet is about one and one half inches long. The soft, or cart ridge end, is bent and battered, where it had evidently flattened against the bones of the big beast that Colonel Roosevelt brought down in the African jungle. Mr. Jenree, the father of the boy, is a Burlington passenger brakeman with a run to Chariton, la. The boy was named for the birthplace of its parents, Leon, la., and for Dr. Harrison Forgrave, an old friend of the Jenree family. The baby will be entered in the baby show at the Lagniappe fair, if a baby show is pulled off in connection with the pure food show this fall. Master Jenree, while only nine months old, can walk and is a big, sturdy fel low. He has a fine physique, and would be picked as a winner any where. The parents will have the Roosevelt bullet mounted in a gold pendant for the baby. ,-.-j., Two Barns Burned Within a Year. James Marvin, of Eden township, had a barn burned on his lower farm last Friday evening. The-barn was on the farm occupied by John Ful ler, and was discovered to be on fire about seven o'clock in the evening. Fortunately there was only a few bushels of grain and some small farm implements in the barn. The barn was-worth about $250, and was insured for $150. This is the second barn Mr. Marvin has had burned within a year, the barn on his home place having been burned last Thanksgiving night. The .origin of the fire last Friday night is not known. Mrs. Henry Minor went to Lamoni Monday evening after her daughter who had been visitmg for a few days at the home of' her grand parents, Mr, and lfrp_, C.E. Blair. \^^h^v'TSU^* -r -. -V-" ^\S' f:f •. Hotels Consolidate. A deal was closed up last Thurs day in which the owners of the Ho tel Leon purchased outright the building and business of Hotel Cen tral, the north side hotel. The facts are that no city the size of Leon can support two first-class hotels, and realizing this the owners of Hotel Leon decided that the best thing to do was to buy the other hotel out and give Leon one strictly first class hotel. The north side hotel will be remodeled at once, the first floor- being fitted up for a business house and the second floor will be used for offices. This consolidation was not made for the purpose of se curing a monopoly on the hotel bus iness, but because it was for the best interests of the city. Hotel Leon will be conducted as a first class hotel, the best hotel in south ern Iowa, and landlord Cooper and his excellent wife will see that Leon has a hotel of which she may well be proud. There is no attempt to monopolize the hotel business, it id a business proposition pure and simple. One good hotel doing a pay ing business is better for the town than two hotels doing business at a loss. With one strictly first-class hotel, such as Landlord Cooper con ducts, it is for the best interests of the city to support and maintain the hotel. Since coming to Leon Land lord Cooper and -his estimable wife have made many friends who are in deed pleased to see the conditions such that the yare assured of a good and profitable business. Land lord J. A. Baker and wife have made many friends in Leon and we trust that they may continue to remain residents of the best town in south ern Iowa. Gooding's Sale Dates. SEPTEMBER. 22—Fin Landreth, Beaconsfield. 23—Charles Knott, Hatfield. 24—George Swigel, Centerfield. 26—Lizzie Morse, Mount Ayr. 27—James Michael, Kellerton. 28—Mrs. Henderson, Elk Chapel. 29—Harvey DeKalb, DeKalb. 30—Ben Ellston, La Salle. OCTOBER. 1—A.A. Cox Kellerton. 2—W. A. Poor, Mount Ayr. 4—Louis Rominger, Kellerton. 5—E. D. Long, Beaconsfield." 6—Ras Rush, Mount Ayr. 7—George Smith, Kellerton. 8—Creswell, Decatur City. 10—A. H. Simmerman, La Salle. 11—Henry Bruner, Keilerton. 12—R. M. Board, Kellerton. 13—Taken. 14—John Bryant, Grand River. 18—A. C. Merritt, Kellerton. 19—Wm. Strong, Kellerton. 20—E. L. Davis, Van Wert. NOVEMBER. 2—Taken. 9—Grover Hamilton, Kingston. 15—Harry Gilreath, Grand River. 22—E. M. Allen, Van Wert. 23—Taken. DECEMBER. 1—R. Baker. FEBRUARY. 20—Harry DeKalb, Omaha, Neb. Fred Wells Made Good. The Shenandoah Sentinel-Post in giving a review of the work of the players in their team in the Mink League, has the following good words for a Leon boy: Fred Wells took care of the left garden all year and did it well. He was the sacrifice hitter of the team, but could also punch out a safe one when necessity demanded. His home is in Leon, Iowa. At present he is playing ball with the barnstormers froni Nebraska City. Later he ex pects to go to California to play ball during the winter. An Old Clo*k. R. O. Allen, the jeweler, has quite a curiosity on display in his show window in the shape of an. old clock which is considerably over a hundred years old. The clock was made by Eli and George W. Batholomew at Hartterd, Conn., and the plates and wheels are all made of wood except one wheel which is of brass. Mrs. Margaret Waight and litWe daughter, of Humeston, came last Thursday and visited untM Monday morning at the home of her sister Mrs. J. W.' Hurst, in this city, Mrs. Waight is teaching in the Humes ton schools, and they were given a vacation on Thursday and Friday on account of their fall festival. PICK SEED CORN NOW September Twenty-Sixth to Septem ber Thirtieth to be Kntwn as Seed Corn Week in Iowa. The last week in September, from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1, inclusive, is to be officially designated as seed corn week in Iowa, by a bulletin soon to be issued from the Iowa experiment al station. In this bulletin the de partment will urge everybody to ob serve the week by selecting their best seed corn for the coming year. Reminded by the experience of thousands of farmers last season who had to pay enormous prices for poor grades of imported seed which eventually resulted in a poor stand, the department considers that the farmers of the state will be more considerate this season and look after the selection of their seed more closely. "Don't wait until husking time to select your seed," will plead the bulletin. If every ear of corn that is to be planted could be harvest ed before the freezing nights of October and November, and thor oughly dried out before it has been weakened and the vitality killed, it would add millions to the wealth of Iowa. Much of the seed planted is bad, not because of the fact that it was not good when selected and properly cared for, but because it already had been frozen. Twelve to fifteen ears of corn will plant an acre of corn. Ordinarily this acre of corn will be worth $25. The necessity of the proper attention to this really trivial task is emi nent. The department will urge the farmers to go into their earliest planted fields during seed corn week and select well matured ears from the most vigorous stalks, rip off the husks and tie them in strings of fifteen to twenty ears each and hang them at once in the attic where thev will be perfectly dry and at the same time where a free circulation of air is available. On the something over. 200,000 farms in Iowa on an average of about forty-five acres is devoted to corn and while about seven bush els of seed will be sufficient to plant this amount, it is well to select at least three times that amount, that you may have plenty for your own use and some to furnish your neigh bor, less fortunate, who has either failed to select his own seed or has recently moved into the country and has had no opportunity of securing seed of his own growing or selection. That home grown seed is the best there is no doubt, as the seed pro cured of seed house and imported from other states is not acclimat ed to the IowS, weather and soil. The importance of the seed corn question is becoming realized more each succeeding year, yet many there are among the farmers of Iowa to day who fail to look after this ques tion, greatly to their own detriment as well as to the aggregate crop yield of the state. House Burns. Steye Hukill's house, about seven miles northwest of town, was totally destroyed by fire caused by a defective flue at about six o'clock last Thursday evening. It seems that Mrs. Hukill was preparing the evening meal and was not aware of the presence of the fire until Steve, who was out about the barn, noticed the flames and ran to the house. The fire by this time had gained considerable headway and altho the neighbors were immediately sum moned by telephone, George Fuller *°n wajL the only one who could get there ifi time to be of any assist ance. They succeeded in getting out their clothing but the burlding and most of the furniture were con sumed. The loss will be in the neighborhood of $750 with 3$00 insurance.—Grand River Local. Jabe Tharp Dies in Denver. Jabe Tharp, years ago a well known resident of Leon, a brother of Wm. Tharp, of this city, and J. Tharp, of Davis City, died at his home in Denver on last Saturdav. He was 60 years, 3 months and 16 days old, and had lived in Denver for the past twerifcy-five years and is survived by his wife and two grown children. No particulars of his death have beeif received. The news of his death was received by J. T. Tharp, of Davis City, in a tele gram from his sister, Mrs. Matt Jordan, which simply sai'd he was dead. Decatur City Will Celebrate Satur day Night. After many weary months, the good people of Decatur City expect to illuminate that city with elec tric lights on Saturday evening of this week. The w#rk of making the electric connections will be corgilet ed this week and Decatur Cix will celebrate in grand style on Saturday evening, when the electric lights will be turned on for the firBt time. Get in the game and visit Decatur City Saturday evening and you will have a good time. Broke His Arm. Stephen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Hurst, fell from a tree at his home in this city last Wed nesdayx evening and broke his left arm just bfilew the shoulder. He was playing football and the ball became lodged in a tree and while trying to get it the boy fell out at the tree. "V 1 r& 10 PAGES [school notesH I Editors /oliveHart A,ta 1 editors Bright "Be thou the first true merit to be friend, 'h His praise is lost who stays till all. commend." School is progressing nicely with the largest enrollment in years. An-s-jjp other instructor is needed in the high school. Some new song books will soon be ordered for use in the high school, for last year's books were worn. threadbare. A class in review grammar has, been organized for the senior class. The work is very practical and help ful. Several changes have been made in the arrangementof the grades. The 6th grade was moved down to the new room in the basement, the 8th'- grade to the room vacated by grade 6, and the old 8th grade on the up per floor serves as recitation room for the high school. At a meeting of the senior class last week, the following officers were elected: has many obstructions, but none so desperate as poor health. Success to-v.. day demands health, but Electric Bit ters is the greatest health builder the world has ever known. It compels perfect action of stomach, liver, kid-.i neys, bowels, purifies and enriches the blood, and tones and invigorates, the nvhole system. Vigorous body and keen brain follow their use. You can't afford to slight Electric Bitters if weak, run down or sickly. Only 50c. Guaranteed by Van Werden & Kopp. Leon Grain and Coal Co. Sell Out. The Leon Grain and Coal Co. have disposed of their grain and coal business on South Main street-' to C. B. Talbott, of Osceola, who ha3 taken possession of the business. Mr. Talbdtt, who by the way has no connection with the Talbott Grain Co., who formerly were in business in this city, will move his family to this city and personally manage the business. Mrs. H. R. Layton arrived home. Friday evening from Lake Okoboji,: where she and Dr. Layton spent the": summer at their cottage at Camp Leon. They started home in their: auto, but on account of the heavy1 rains Mrs. Layton and her sister,. Mrs. Orr Sang, of Chicago, came home from Pocahontas on the train. Dr. Layton and Thomas Teale ar rived home Monday morning in Mr. Teale's car, Dr. Layton leaving hia car at Des Moines. Rev. J. L. Boyd and son Louis de-ss parted Monday for their new horned at1 Glidden, Iowaf, stopping for a short visit with friends at Newv Virginia and Des Moines. Mrs. Boyd and daughters left on the early train Monday morning' and will visit a few days in Des Moine* and Ankeny before going to Glid den. Miss Mary Ellen Brown return ed Saturday to her home at Savan nah, Ills., after visiting a week i-n this citjj at the home of her cou^n, Geo. L. Jackson, and aunt, Mrs. J. A. Caster. Mrs. Jackson and Mies Alice Brown accompanied her as far as Van Wert, returning on the event ing train. ?f-j Hazel Moore, Pres., Helen Nor-* ton, Vice Pres., Ralph Edgington, Sec., Alta Hart, Treas. -v-vps The teachers and pupils on tho s' lower floor of the north school, aro enjoying the new metal ceilings and the tinted walls. A number of the class of 1910 have entered college, some are teach ing and the others are looking for ward to entering college at some fu ture time. The Friday morning exercises in the high school consisted of a half .rJ hour talk by Mr. Voelker, who told of some of his vacation experiences and his trip to Niagara Falls. It was interesting and instructive. There are still some young people ,'r in town who should be in school, There is no time like the present to prepare for. life's duties. Another '3 year of school work will be worth ••"•g much to the young man or young' woman. 1 Crichton & Son Move. Wm. Critchon & Son are now nicely located in their big double front store room at the corner of Main and Commercial streets, built specially for them by F. C. Mullin nix. Their new location gives them one of the finest store rooms in:» Leon, and it is located on one of the best business locations in the city. They are busy this week getting their big stock of hardware and T| stoves straightened around in their new location, but they have the sat isfaction of knowing that they have, one of the finest business rooms in .••••! the city of Leon. They will welcome all of their friends to their new lo- ./ cation. The Road to Success CI -I 3 "'H •'if & W' A. P. Bethards and family return ed Tuesday from Cheyenne, Wyom ing, where they spent some time vis iting with Mrs. Bethard's father, W. L. Armstrong, and also visited with B. F. Bledsoe at Egbert. They cone back to again take up their residence here, satisfied this fe the best eountry on earth. For any pain from top to 'toe, from any cause, apply Dr. Thomas' Electric oil. Pain can't stay where it is used.