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VOLUME XXVI. KE YTE S VELIiE , MISSOURI, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1897, NUMBER 48.
GiLHDY 8 CENTS PER FOUND JLT 5. M. IffHlfFB.
7w-o Prominent Chariton Loanttans.
The holiday editieo of the Linneus
BalUti gives the following biograph
ical sketches of tiro of Chariton
-county't prominent citiiens, which
we take pleasure ia reproducing for
the benefit of their numerous Chan ton
Judfe W. W. Rucker is the gentle
man who bvlds the important position
of circuit judge in the counties of
Lin a, Sulliran, Chariton and Carroll,
composing the Twelfth judicial circuit.
W. W. Rucker was born in Co via gt on
county. Vs., where he was educated.
In 7t he came to Missomri and
taught school fer two years. Then he
begaa reading law in the office !
Hon. S. P. Huston at Brookfield, and
in ';6 was admitted to practice. In
the latter part of the year he located
ia Keytcsville, and soon attained prom
incnce among the lawyers of that sec
tion. In 1 836 he was elected prose
cutmg attorney of Chariton county,
and was re-elected in SS and '90,
and his record as a prosecutor is one
of the very best in the state. In 1892,
Jadge Rucker was nominated by the
Democracy for the position he now
holds, and he was elected by a fine
Majority. Since he became judge, his
official acts are notable for their ac
curacy, and he presides with dignity,
gives close consideration to the causes
before him and in every way dispenses
justice as he understands the law. In
1896 he entered the lists for the con
gressional nomination from this" dis
trict, and had a muck larger number of
delegates than any other man in the
race, but was defeated by owe of those
"'combinahdrSs that are too "common in
conventions. Personally he is the soul
of courtesy and is very popular. .
ITtOF. J. E. TRAIT.
This gentleman is a native of Linn
county, being the son of the late Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Pratt who reared
him on the Pratt farm west of
Linneus. After attending district
school till the winter of 1878-9 he
entered the high school at Linneus,
then uader the able management of
Prof. J. B. Tate. He next taught
school and worked on the farm till he
graduated from the Kirksville normal
in 1886. He has since taught with
nrccu in Utica. Breckenridee and
Hamilton, and in 1891 saovedto Salis
bury where lor 7 years he has been
superintendent of public schools aad a
promineat worker in county institutes
having served as an instructor every
year since going to Chariton cwunty
In Dolitics he is a thorough Demo-
crat and caavassed the county last
year in the interest of Mr. Bryan
He also made speeches in Linneus
and Meadville. Linn county. He
represented Una county in the con
vention that nominated Judge Brace
Prof. Pratt was mamed in 18S6 to
Miss Nora B. Larkins of Kirksville
and ther have two sons and two
Our subject is a Baptist and
From wha. e can hear, his many
friends w;ii I fin? him out for the
state senate .orn this district to sue
ceed Mr. caber. He will make
a strong race
country home of Jos. H. Grisby about
seven miles north of Keytcsville.
Oliver's falling frightened the team
and they began to kick and run. The
young man was kicked on the head
with such forcp as to mash bis skull
almost to a pulp where the horses feet
came in contact with it. He was also
injured internally by the wagon, which
passed over his prostrate body. He
was picked up by Andrew Weather
ford and Ben Littler, two members of
the party who had also come to Keytes
viIIe to get lumber for the Pee Dee
Masonic hall, and conveyed him to
the home of his parents some two
Dr. J. R. Gaines of Tee Dee iras
sent for, but the patient's injuries were
beyond the power of man to heal, and
Oliver tossed into the valley of the
shadow of death between n and 12
o'clock Tuesday night
Death is always sad, but is partic
ular so when its victim is snatched into
eternity without a moment's warning.
Truly has the good book said: 'In
the midst of life we are in death.".
The parents and other members of
the family have had their heart-strings
orn asunder bv this, the worst of all
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afflictions that can befall the human
race the giving up of a near and
dear one to the indiscrimination and
unrelenting grim reaper. The Courier
sincerely condoles with them in their
The beloved son and brotner's re
mains were interred at Welch grave
yard yesterday afternoon in the pres
ence of a large concourse of sym
pathizing neighbors, friends and rel
The said affair is greatly deplored
by everyone in the community, but by
no one is it regretted more than by
George Ellis, who is doing everything
in his power to restore his beloved
schoolmate to his wonted vivaci
ty and congeniality.
George, we trust, has learned a les
son he will never forget and that
henceforth he will never again be found
guilty of that most despicable of all
contemptible petty offenses carrying
Kicked to Death by m Morse.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. James
IL Welch of near Tee Dee was sad
dencd last Tuesday evening by the
sudden death of their son, Oliver, aged
about 23 years.
Oliver, with a number of other par
ties, had come to Keytcsville that day
for the purpose of hauling out some
lumber to be used in the erection of a
new Masonic hall at Pee Dee.
It fell to the lot of Oliver Welch to
take out a load of shingles. On the
return trin he fell eff the waeon while
going down a hill just beyond the
The Criminal Calendar.
Prosecuting Attorney Collet will go
to Salisbury next Tuesday to prose
cute a case of the state against Wm.
Young for felonious assault on John
Creigler. Young slashed at Mr.
Creigler with a butcher knife and cut a
rather 4vicious-looking" slit in his
overcoat- Young will be tried in
Justice T. A. La Grass' court
James Holt, a ij-year-old boy of
near Westville, was lodged in the
county jail last Saturday to serve out a
aeof$iand trimmings imposed in
Justice J. T. Robinson's court in Clark
township for disturbing the peace of
Mrs. Catherine Bramer the 13th of
ast June. Holt was fined some time
since, but as he had failed to liquidate
his fine and costs he was finally lodged
in jail, tie ought to have Deen
spaaked and put to bed instead of be
ing sent to jail.
Accidentally Shot, .
We'learn from "Uncle Jim" Robin
son of Clark township the particulars
of a dqilorable and shocking tragedy,
which occurred on the Westville pub
lic school grounds last Friday at noon,
the particulars ofwhich are as follows;
George Ellis, a son of Wesley Ellis
the Westville merchant, and Harvey
Dlis, a son of John Ellis, a farmer liv
ing 1 i4 mues souuiwest 01 uesi
ville. are bosom friends and are both
about 16 years of age. Although of the
same name they are not related.
The Westville public school is
taught by C P. Qoyd, and George
and Harvey Dlis are two of his pupils.
Last Friday during the noon hour
George and Harvey started on a run
tD an outhouse on the school grounds.
but George reached the house first,
and when Harvey came up George
drew a 2 2 -calibre revolver from his
pocket to "snap" the weapon at his
schoolmate, supposing that the two
loaded chambers that were in the re
volver were on the lower side of the
cylinder, but alas! when the trigger
was pulled an explosion followed and
a leaden ball crashed through Harvey
Ellis skull about four inches above
the right ear and an inch or more out
of line above the ear in the direction of
the forehead. Seeing what he had
done George Ellis grief can better be
imagined than described.
Dr. C O. West, the village physi
cian, was hastily summoned, and the
unfortunate young man was conveyed
to his home in a sled by John Robin
son, who was accompanied by Dr.
West and other sympathizing neigh
bors and friends.
Friday aiht about S o'clock Drs.
West Knott and Putman trephined
the skull and removed the shattered
pieces of bone, but failed to locate the
ball which they say ranged downward
and give it as their opinion that it
lodged back of the right eye, which
is very much swollen and paralyzed to
such an extent that Harvey cannot
l lis condition is very precarious
and his recovery would be considered
almost a miracle. He is in good
hands, however, and everything is
being done for him thit medical skill
harness and shoe store at this place
last Monday morning. Gus. Herman,
the harness-maker employed by Chap
man Bros., thought he noticed sus
picious movements on the part of the
stranger, and notified C A. Chapman,
the junior member of the firm. The
fellow in the mean time had left the
store, and was followed by C. A.
Chapman who overhauled him near T.
P. Wood's livery stable, and made him
give up the curry-comb. One or
perhaps both of the other articles were
net missed until a short time after
wrxd, but as soon as they were found
to; be onest City Marshal L. A. Era
bree was notified and at once started in
per suit Palmer was overtaken by
thi marshal about two miles east of
town, and when the thief saw Embree
coming he threw the horse brush and
cotcr piece to the neck-yoke cut into
th weeds by the roadside where they
were subsequently recovered by Em
bree and returned to their owners.
Pdmer was placed under arrest and
when taken before Tustice J. M. De
Moss he pleaded guilty to petit larceny
and was fined $5 and costs, amounting,
in all, to about $1$. Palmer, while
long on petit thieving, was short on
ct sh, and was sent to the county jail
to serve out his fine and costs. He is
49 years of age and was well dressed.
It is quite probable that he committed
th; theft in order that he might break
Ic jail, and thus avoid the icy breath of
fc 1 Boreas for a short time, at least
II 3w Missouri does need a whipping
pc ..t for just such cases as Palmer's!
It will be remembered by' the
L i-'.-of he ,j!ouRtER that G. B.
Hurt, a farmer livine near Shannon-
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Prosecuting Attorney J. A. Collet
received a letter the first of this week
from Justice Chas. Binks of Chariton
township stating that George Hatcher
had pleaded guilty before him to as
saulting Wm. Kontecke.;. Mr.,. B:nks
said that he' had investigated the case
ana louna it to dc aDout six 01 one daCf had I OOO pound of wool stolen
ana a nan aozen 01 tne oner, ana ne from th- ioft of - i,rpe on tu
asked the prosecuting alto rne advice -hfA f , T A
as to what he (the justice) should do h , , . .
; k. Mr rvn ;,,rorr, short .time afterwards it was learned
him that as Hatcher had pleaded that the wool had been sold to I.
guilty, to fine him, and we suppose Weisberc & Co., of Moberly. Further
that Hatcher has, 'ere this, been called mvesUgation of the matter led to the
ufu l" ""'"UkC - ' arrest of Burl Jones at Marshall, Sa-
0 0 UU1. .'UUIJ. J UU(9 lldU UCCU iU IliC
employ of different farmers of this
James and Chas. McCormick, anity but hld blossomed into an
r . t 1 . 1 1 sir
lamer ana son, wno assauuea m. .v,n krr ti,-
VAVtl dUVW AUU MIV
Foster on the elder McCormick's farm man who sheared Mr IIurt,s
northeast of Sumner several weeks flock 0f sheen last Tune. The stolen
ago. were tried by a jury in Justice T. J. wool was to Mobcriy by roeans
L. Hutcheson s court at Kothviiie last of a tcam sprinc wa-on had
luesaay, iney navmg raxen a cnaugc bcen hircd from s B. EMoti, a Salis
of venue from Justice Lewis court at bury Ih-eryman. Jones, however, did
Sumner). The case was hotly con- not hire team nor did he ,ell lhe
tested from start to finish by the op- wool it was to Moberly,
puuiS iuuhxi, noscuuuug Miviutj hence there has never been any
J. A. Collet appeanng for the state roora to doubt his having had an ac
and C C Bigger of Laclede and L.N. complice, but as to who that accom
Dcmpsey of KeytesviIIe for the de- pnce was has been a problem that has
icnoanis. 1 ne jury alter nearmg mc ,j Prosecuting Attorney
me of the attornevs nro aad con. re- uu "Ulfc
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InmrH vrrtTrt rf mt Mr ,nH cMl meil OI U1C WOOl OCCUTrCO. VAX. SSIW
the fine of each of the defendants at ler. I. Weisbere & Co.'s clerk who
$1 and trimmings. They paid, put bouzht the wool, and had somewhere
recently run across G. W. Rutledge, a
liveryman at Dalton, gave it as his
opinion that Rutledge was the roan
who delivered the wool at I. Weisberg
& Co.'s establishment, and yesterday
John Mosely, an employe of S. B.
Elliott's livery stable at Salisbury, who
hitched up the team and spring
wagon with which the wool was con
veyed to Moberly, .positively identi
fied Rutledge as the man who had
up and were discharged.
Robt Coy, the Clark township
young roan whose arrest and incar
ceration in jail for knocking James
Kulley on the head with a shotgun at
the Cox-Fuller charivari near Mike
two weeks ago last Wednesday night,
as was mentioned in the Courier last
week, gave bond in the' sum of $Soo
last Monday with his father, J. W.
Coy, and brother-in-law, A. M. Pen-
called at Mr. Elliott's stable and hired
rod. as securities, to appear before the . . . . wool wa$
grand iury. Young Coy was also sU)cQ tQ Moberly. Upon
bound over tie same cay in the sum acquainted M0Sely's iden
01 5100. giving trie same security. 10 Motion of RuUedge in addition to
appear for trial at the next April term Miller'. bci;ef that Rutledea was the
of circuit court for carrying concealed man who had sod lhe wooif lrose
weapons, ne naving oeea inaicica vj cuting Attorney Collet ordered Deputy
the grxmd jury at the last October term sheriff L. A. Embree to arrest Rut-
upon that charge. edgc. which was done. It is not
'desire to do Mr. Rutledge
A stranger, giving his name as A. jostice and we refrain from any further : the bride, and Miss Blanche, a sister
L. Palmer and claiming to hail from .comments until after his preliminary J of the bridegroom; R. L. Hamilton
Boonville, Cooper county, slipped a . trial which will probably take placed and Miss Ella Earickson, and Fred
curry-comb, a horse brush and a before Justice J. M. DeMo;s to-day j Hayes, a brother of the bridegroom,
center piece to a neck-yoke into his (Friday). Rutledge has a wife and ( and Miss Daisy Johnson. The invita
pocket while in Chapman Bros. several children. ' tions extended were general, and the
01 OF 01 HATS
fr? Are the best things to fr?
fit stand under. Price H
fr? 50e to $3.50. $
mence our Annual S
ff? Mid-winter Reduction fT?
Sale, Rfcduced prices in p?
j all lines of Men's $
ff? "Wearing Apparel. ff?
ff? 1 K ff?
Fashionable Men's Furnishings,
KEYTESVILLE, MO. -
Mason-Simmons: B. A. Mason, a
cleveryoung farmer, of near Salisbury,
and Miss Mary Simmons were married
at the residence of the bridegroom's
brother, "Pet" Mason, near Salisbury,
Thursday evening, Dec 23d, Rev." J.
P. Rice of Salisbury launching their
hymeneal bark. The Courier hopes
for the happy pair bon voyage upon the
sea of matrimony. The bridegroom
is a brother to Deputy Recorder J. M.
Mason, but is much better looking.
Holcomb-Hvde: M. H. Holcomb,
Jr., and Miss Annie Hyde, the estima
ble daughter of L. D. Hyde of just
north of KeytesviIIe, were united in
marriage at the residence of the bride's
father Wednesday evening, Dec. 22nd,
Rev. H. H. Hulten pronouncing the
marriage ceremony in his usual pleas
ing and felicitous manner. The nup
tials were of a quiet, unpretentious na
ture, being simply a seasible home
wedding. The groom is connected
with his father's, M. H. Holcomb's,
lumber yard and hardware establish
ment at this place, and is a young man
of good business qualifications. The
bride is a young lady of an amiable
disposition, and is also possessed of
those domestic traits which will make
her invaluable as a wife and helpmeet.
A beautiful cottage home had been
previously prepared by the bridegroom
in Kellogg addition, in which they
have set up to house-keeping. The
Courier cordially joins their well
wishers, and hopes for them a long life
of happiness and usefulness.
Hayes-Hurt. Heber L. Hayes, the
popular and efficient cashier of the Sal
isbury Savings bank, and Miss Lula
M. Hurt, one of the Forks of Chari
toa's most deserving and winsomest
young ladies, were married at New
Hope Baptist church, seven miles
southeast of KeytesviIIe, Thursday
evening, Dec. 23rd, Rev. H. H. Hul
ten performing the marital rites which
united the future lines of the worthy
young couple, who were attended at
the altar by Martin Hurt, a brother of
Kenneth A. Shaw In Trouble.
Kenneth A. Shaw, a young man
who formerly lived near Westville, but
who moved to Chillicothe with his par
ents and other members of the Shaw
family something over a year ago, and
has been attending the Normal school
there, is in the toils. The- Chillicothe
Constitution gives the following ac
count of how and when young Shaw
landed in the meshes of the law:
"Kenneth A. Shaw, a normal student,
was arrested by Constable Blackwell
on two state warrants charging him
with assault and carrying concealed
weapons. The prosecuting witness is
E. F. Wieland, another normal student.
Young Shaw gave bond for his appear
ance for trial before Judge Barkley.
"The charges against Shaw are seri
ous ones, but it is said that in consid
eration of his poor health and extreme
ly nervous temperament the court will
be lenient with him. The alleged as
sault on Wieland is said to have oc
curred at Shaw's home on Dec. 4th.
In his preliminary hearing before Judge
Barkley the charges of assault and of
carrying concealed weapons were not
.connected, but it is supposed Shaw as
saulted Wieland with the weapon.
Shaw claims he is innocent and can
clear himself of the charges.
"From reliable sources it is learned
that Shaw is of a very excitable nature
and that he often has been made the
victim of practical jokes. Other stu
dents, it is said, have imposed upon
Shaw, and his arrest is said to have
been the outcome ot some trifling
trouble between them."
(N. L. Miller..
I Miss Kate B. Walkup..
1 victor Culberson Silver City, N. M.
I MiM Mary Agee Brunswick
H. L. Haye Salisbury
Miss Lula M. Hart..- sntnnonaaie
if M. H. Holcomb, Jr.... KeytesviIIe
t Miss Anna B. Hyde '
4B. 8. Mason ..Salisbury
I Miss Mary Simmons.. "
j S . T. Rars Prairie Hill
I Mis Effle Thomas :. "
1 Samuel Houston, col..
Miss Kate Dameron, col
I Grant Winn. col..
Miss Lottie Withers, col
church was filled with frieads and rela
tives of the bnde and .bridegroom, ..
.LfCiB""! koGwiu therri - r
frm their infancy, both havingWeii" ";
born and reared in the community in
which the contracting pair had lived,
loved and married. Mr. and Mrs.
Hayes will keep house in the Jos. Allin
property in Salisbury, and where the
Courier's benediction upon the union
knocks for admission.
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