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Chariton courier. (Keytesville, Chariton County, Mo.) 1878-current, June 11, 1897, Image 1

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CL P. 7A80I7IH, Eiilar aai Prcjristsr. . man wah to uubtlb. TZBUS; y-yass rc-yr.:" .
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Dsnzeri Look Oat For-I
We cfien sec ia our travels an im
mense sign bearing ia great glarirj?
black letters the above legend; or a red
lantern, warning the traveler against
some serious bodily danger he is ap
proaching. And if we are discreet in
guarding our physical bodies against
harm we never (ail to become cautious
in approaching th p'-ace thus desig
nated, or if the danger is imminent by
turning in -another direction. How
- different, though, is our - treatment of
our other self the moral or spiritual
nature. Humanity has traveled every
highway and ' by-path of life, and at
every danger point human experience
j has erected monster signal monuments
on whose every face is written in let
ters of blackest failure the ominous
warning, 'Danger! Through the
itfoom flares the red light of caution,
pointiaj out the pitfall and bidding w
turn aside. Yet how rainy thousands
rush madly on and are crushed bc-
,. neath the cruel w!ce!s of a dis'reying
custom, or p'upgs izto some pi:a!l of
I secret sin.
Some things wc h-.c read rcrcrUy as
taking ( lace iu oti.tr cwu-.uiiu.'S Uu!
some that arc tak:ng place . clc ohl
have uggftc l It c:r ruled t';t: $o:c-
Coing train rt cc;t. .V.'Jcvm un
dct the dar.iiW cf tfi"g cs'!cd m. !.
som: wc Lave cor.clj j. J it -V. of
some ot tl.oic things and call the atun
tion of the thought.'e js or incx;:rienei
to their dangers.
Tl-.e Ch:l!:eo;he papers have lately
been making mention of some of the
bjectionaMe acts committed ia that
city by thoughtless young women of the
town. Among these, that of two your g
ladies going out for Lukn after
-dark, one dressed in male atnre and
he ether in a costume hardly appro
priate for a woman. Another, of two
-"youis ladies who rush the growlerM
j' for their male guests. Soch practices
;' .are very un womanlike, but are venial
; when compared to the conduct of a
j certain married roan ard single woman
of this 'community. It is unnecessary
for us to print their names here in
scandalous letters of blade their own
-consciences will tell them whom we
mean. Or, if they will consult "They
Say, that ubiquitous and omniscient
personage who is cognizant of the evil
committed by every man and woman
in the community, they will hear their
names mentioned in connections other
than complimentary. By consulting
this oracle f the public morals they
will learn that whenever the aforesaid
gentleman's wife leaves home he at
once becomes very attentive to this
joung lady, taking her for long walks,
lonely biigy rides ar.d occasionally,
perhaps, taking her cn excursions to
neighboring towns. It has been tuld
the writer that tl is all-seeing person--age
on one occasion, while the gentle
man itc was away from' home, saw
the young Liry enter his house in a
clandestine manner. Wc know not
whether their intercourse has been
criminal, nor does it much matter so
far a the woman's reputation is con
cerned for that is urrdeembly gone
leitrovcd by her own acts acts it may
be cf simple indiscretion, bu. utterly,
hopelessly destroyed beyond the hope
cf resurrection. Vet the case is not
without its ues, for it erects another of
thoe danger signal, of which wc rpokc
ia the beg;nn:.:g. which it might be well
for others to hctL
Socict), whether rightly or wrong
fully it need not now concern us to in
quire, has erected one standard of
morality for men cxm an entirely dif
ferent and higher standard for the wo
man. And :t is an inexorable law. A
man may be guilty of the most outrag
eous social dimes and be forgiven. A
woman, however, if she commit an
overt act cf dixbedienee to the more
serious canons of the serial o'e. be
comes then but the ir!!e fcefct of man's
passion sxd tic Ijailr-g of her own
sex. She may just as surely lse snc'al
cas'.e, wM'e i'.i.: rctr.;ntrg free cf any
overt a.t cf t ur.-.lr.a'i-y. by rv; -v.cd :-o!a-?ons
cf the pro;.iict!e f i'.ter
course among the sexes. Woman can-
not with saiety violate the prejudices,
if yoi p'case so to term them, of so
ciety. Meredith has compared the so
cial world ia his Luciic to a nettle,
which, if a woman bet touch, it st'rge'h
her; but if crushed firmly in the hand
it stingeth not. This nettle must, by a
woman, eilhrr 1c thrust av'de or
crushed if she woull avoid :s sting.
Ludle would not thrust it aside, and
she could not crush it because her wom
an's ban J was too weak, and it stung
her. None of her sisters are more cau
tious or stronger. Then tempt not the
nettle of soci d custo-n.
All men, in their hearts, worship
genuine female virtue never fail to rec
ognize its real presence, and in that
presence stand abas'ied and defeated
of their most hellish purposes as though
they stood in tie presence of Deity.
The only reason some men prr fess to
doubt the existence of female virtue is
not on account of their own mora! cor
ruptions as much as on account of the
thoughtless indiscretions of s many
"?Tncn ia their associations with men.
Every woman has within hcr;clf the
r.iir rec.ms of defense against thfvan
on tongue of scandal .as wt!l s the
;!r asiaulrs of the libertine. We were
f -roMr impressed with this tru-h by a
oh-vi-tv in . Meredith's iccomrable
rvoifc Lacile. In one of tlx: rrtny
triicg interviews with t!c m- vho
'ovt-d her she cfTcctaary rebukcJ him
ith a look the truly vortuoos woman
.done can Kvc which led tlie au'Jior
lo reuark that had Luciic so looked at
Tanpiia she had needed no dagger
next morn to . assert her innocence,
rhe sentiment is no mere id!c fancy
t facet's imaginadoa, but the con
scious assertion of a woman's -irtue is
an impregnable fortress the boldest
lechery dare not assault. I'm; liber
tine is a moral coward. lie ran no
more staad un shushed in the presence
real virtue than the bats and owls and
other den Liens of darkness can sport in
the glare of the noonday sun.
If women, young girls especially,
would avoid the vicious and deadly
tongue of scandal and live pure and
happy lives, they will find sure protec
tion in obeying the injunction of the
apostle: "Abstain from all appearance
of evil.- They cannot do this by re
ceiving the constant gallantries of mar
ried men, or in giving opportunity to
temptation in their intercourse with
any man.
TJte ToibAl
IJxoaddus: Mr. John A. L'roaddus
died at his home, three miles northwest
of Ktytesville, at 3 o'clock a. m., June
S:h, 1897, after an illness from pneu
monia of nearly to weeks, aged 63
years, 7 months and 2S days.
Mr. Itroaddus was born in HiJi
mend, Ky., October roth, iSS. lie
came with his parents to Missouri
when about 10 years of age, settling
with them on a farm situate Lctccn
Glasgow and Fayette. . There he grew
to the estate of manhood and from
among the daughters of that county
chose and won his life partner. Miss
Iktlic Haston, to whom he as uiar
rict September 22nd, 1S59. Of this
ma -riage there was born 12 children,
ail of whom are still liriog. njuad:
0car of Miles City. Montana; Horace
cf H Taso, Texas; Mrs. J. R. AlLrn of
Shannocdalc; John cf Miles Gfy. Mon
tana; Ernest of near Drunswkk; I.ce of
Waco, Tcxa; Kettie, who lives with
hvr mother; May ami Haston cf Mi!es
City, Montana; Mrs. Henry and John
I)i!y, Jr., of near Kcytesville and Wil
liam, the youngest, who contin jcs to
lic at the famly homestead.
Deceased has lived in C'uriton
cousty a number of years and
on the place where he died for
the past nioe years.
Many years ago he united with the
Christian church, but of late vers had
nuidc no pretentins to rv'igion.
The remains were interred at
:? He cernetCTT. scvifi nr.Vs
,t . .
JthT-ast trf Kcytcsvn!, Wrd.nrs
Iday. June 9th. at 3 p. ro. wjih
(appropriate religious services ojndact
;cvl at the grave If ilcv. J. T. Cose
;( Kcytesville.
', Iitcasctl js a rrot r-T.-.rite
tand indulgent husband and iitxr, j
good chiaen and faithful friend. Feace
to his ashes.
Art fn: Died, of consumption at
the home of his brother-in-law, Jno. A.
Venahle, in Yellow Creek township.
June 7th, Kendall Allen, agei o
Mr. Allen was a native of Virginia,
but had lived in Char It a 1 county for
the past 30 years. His wife died
about three years ago. He leaves two
children, both boys, Charles K. snd
Arthur L., aged 12 and 14.
Mr. Allen was a consistent member
of the Baptist church. . He was also a
member of the A. O. U. in which
order he carried $2,000 fife insurance.
This, together with his other property
amounting to $500, he left by will to
his sons, appointing his brothers-in-law.
Jno. IC Venable and C II. Rid
del! as executors.
Fcneral services were conducted by
Rev. B. Venable and the remains
laid to rest in the RothviJe cemetery
Coamccccaeat mt North
With the end of the present session.
Prof. G. C- Kriggs comp'ctcs his ninth
year as principal of North Mistcuri
Iottitutc justly popular in this sec:;cn
for the good work 'in the proprr edu
cation of our young men an J vooicn
it has accomplished. Pof. Erigs is
a Christian educator of superior
academic attainments, who believes
ia thoroughness in education and
making moral training a part in the
mental education of every boy and
girL The past year has beea an - ex
ceptionally succesitful session and the
best prophecy for continued prosperi
ty is found in the success of ihs past.
We are indebted to our young
friend J- H. Jaco, fjrthe .fact oftV .
following report .
The baccalaureate sermon to the
members of the graduating class was
preached Sunday morning in the
opera-house by Rev. W. F. McMurry
of Richmond, Mo. The discourse
was short, but was replete with wise
counsels for the severe battle -of life
and affectionate warnings of the dan
gers that await every soldier therein.
The reverend gentleman preached
again at night to a crowded house.
The annual declamatory and recita
tion contest was held Monday evening
before a large audience in the opera
house. Ten young ladies and gentle
men contended for the distinguisVed
honors of this popular event, viz:
Misses Bertha BushneU. Olivia Karn
ing. Edna Allin, Addie Jaco, Lucy
Uradley and Mildred Trueblood, and
Messrs. A. U Cloyd, I T. Farr, A. I
Fiiesx and Ralph Berry. All the par
ticipants acrpited themselves with
honor. The award of medals was
made Thurrday evening, loo late for
mention this week.
Tuesday evening the commence
ment exercises proper the presenta
tion of diplomas to the graduates and
the annual literary address- were held
at the opera house. The graduates
numbered nine, four young ladies and
five young gen tl cram, as follows:
Misses Mildred Truchlood. Vida Rat
lin", Carrie West and Bettic Xral and
Messrs. A. I- Cloyd. L. T. Farr, Ceo.
Ireland, Frank Shipp and Augustus
Nolung. The diplomas were pre
sented by A. C andivcr of Kcytes
ville. The address preceding the de
livery of the diplomas outlined the on
ly road to success as lying in the
direction of pure Christian character
and studious and persistent devotion
to a single object in hfe. .
The annual address by Edward
Page Gaston of Oiicago was a mas
terpiece of eloquence and learning.
We have failed to get any report of
the further proceedings of the week,
which terminated Thursday evening.
Unlawful Detainer.
Leach vs. Leach, an un!airful de
tainer case, was tried ia Spuire Dc
!ToiS court Monday before a j'lty. W.
T, or -Toy Lra"h as he is genr 1'y
knovn, the p'a'nttfTi.n thecisc in 189;;
entered into n written contract with his
-cr, wherein she agree J to turn
: all her live stock of every descrip
, even down to the poultry on the
2, together with the possession of
arm and premises in considera
i of his promise to care and provide
-cr comfort and support daring the
linder of her life. The contract
placed in the possession of 'Spiire
T. Cazzell, sv justice of Missou
ownship, who lives near them,
irssicnof the premises, however,
2t was surrendered, by the mother,
it was not long until the contract
abandoned altogether, and W. T.
ch, the son, thereafter cultivated
larm simply as a renter, paying
half of the crops produced as rent
-ut Christmas, 1895, Robert Leach,
-her son, who had been a soldier
ie regu'ar U. S. army, received his
dl harge and returned home. In the
K 3S f 9 W. T. left the premises,
ta' -g with him his own personal ef
fec and coin to a neiehbor's to
be rd. Robert soon thereafter mar
rit: I, and at the invitation of his mother
ca e with his wife to live with and
ta . for her in her then extreme weak
ne , caused from consumption, with
w! rh sue is clllictcd. He never had
nr. I never claimed possession or the
rij .t to possession of. the premises, but
wi i merely there upon invitation of his
rue her. The testimony of many of
the moit reputable citlteas of Mis
sov Vi to A-nsHp proved that W T. Leach
by 'all his words and acts merely
claimed an interest in tftt crops without
tJrs.le possession, to that of his mot her
or a rigit to the same. It was, there
fore, quite a surprise to those present
when' the jury failed to agree oa a vcr
il": I -standing five for die defendant
t crJe for .the plaintiff. The case
cj 1 up again June 21st. It is said
i-'.J. be appealed . to . circuit
court, no milter what the verdict ol the
jury may be in justice court.
Oae More Victim.
Strong drink has claimed one more
of his victims. Last Saturday, Robert
Frazier of near DeWitt, one of the
most skillful artistic painters in North
Missouri, was in DeWitt drinking
heavily. After he had drank almost
to the point of helplessness he started
cast up the railroad track in the direc
tion of home. This was some time
after dark and was the last time any
one saw him alive. The next morning
his dead body was found at the cattle
guard, the head severed and the re
mainder of the body horribly mangled.
Whether it was a case of murder or
accident will doubtless never be posi
tively known.
Mr. Frar.cr was of good family con
nections and except for his besetting
sin of drunkenness would have been a
prosperous and useful man. Thr
one fault blasted his business pros' . .
and separated him from fanvl-.
and friends. He had
widow of the comm i,
habits of ititempcranr'
her to separate fr
prior to his r ...... .
which time : :.
aged mot! ... -
Thi3 raise.-. . j
own moral. - .1
if the victims
sionaJ unfortunate
alone, but the entire b.- - : ,
suSf.Tt with them and is cr
with the wretch wIkj makes 1
a being lower than the beasts ;
over indulgcncics. The truth, ho
ever, is that they are falling thus
around us every day. And the victim
ruins not only himself, but often his
dearest ones as well, and the thing
that ruins them entails upon society
more than one-half the burden of tax
ation it is compelled to bear. Why
will society continue to foster a pro
duction that pauperizes and murders
thousands of its best citizens and
forces upon it an onerous burden of
taxation? Without once .considering
the moral turpitude of our license
laws, it does seem to us the common
est rules of business praience would
force us to put an end tosuch a wasc -
fol policy.
!? At Herbert White's.
Men's Regular $3.00, $3.50
fff S4.00 Pants cut to
jM$2.00, $2.50 and
?fy$3.0ty in Harris
io CassimcreSjScotcli
??? Plaids, French
Pin-Pead Worsteds and Bedford
7ft Cords. ;
Dr. Fox Jumps His Bond.
Prosecuting Attorney J. A. Collet
went to Lmneus last Monday to pros
ecute the case there p ndlng against
J. R. Fox of Marcelin under indict
ment founl in this county, charging
him with removing t! e dead body of
Miss Leona Gates from its grave near
The Unneus'J7Vtt ; makes the
following report of the proceedings in
the case: .
'Recognizance forfeited, scire facias
ordered, alias capias for defendant and
cause continued."
The following historical sketch is
taken from last week's issue of the
'Fox, it win be remembered, was
indicted on three counts in the Chan-j Republic
ton circuit court at KeytesviHe iajbehV
ApriL 1895, for disinterring and spir-J r
iting away the dead body of Mis"
Leona Gates from Bell cemetery
Westville. He took a cha
venue to Linn county, and -case
went to trial the c
found guilty on the re
sentenced to thre y:
itcntiary; but e i -
supreme cc - v
the lowf. -zX
. 1 -
COU.t V : ... . ,
the supreme . '
of defendant's gui it ; fr-i
to warrant the jur in retur.. - -
diet of conviction.
There is now nothing lett for the
prosecution except to perfect the sec
ond count of the indictment and try
Fox on that, and if he succeeds in
running the gauntlet of the law's fury
in that case he will be a free man .oth
erwise h must pay the penality for his
ghoulish glee."
When the case was called last Von
day. Fox failed to appear ar.d his
bond in the sura of $3 000 was de
dared ft-rftiteiL A man bv the name
cf Martin of Marcclinc is bis principal
4 J bondsman.
and rr?
Not Oar FILt.
We have received a communicatioa
from J. Wesley Isle, d.sappointed Re
publican applicant for the Indian
Grove post-office p:ece of political
pie," in which he charges a person he
designates as 'one Louis Benecke,"
with various political crimes. We know
nothing concerning the merits of Mr.
Isle's "war for' sppils,f,and care very.'
much less. We are absolutely neuf.
and will not be entrapped mto f
niz:ng the belligerency ol eitv
It is a Republican civil
they should succeed in
other to the extent of
cats, we, as Demr
Republican far'
journal in t'
r if 4
Dainty creations t
and enhance the beaui,
costume, and at a vei
Fine asscrtmtnt to select
C. P- Vardiver's.
I7cf. Kelts!
Mct.il, jeweled, leather an .
belts at Mrs. C P. Vjcdiver's (ro.T3
cctts to 1.50.
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