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With tlio speed of an expert ho
commenced to call Chicago. IIo
wanted to get wire lending di-
"You're joking how much?"
"Fifty cents goes."
"Well," said tho mnn, as ho paid
the money in with little, evidence
of temper "that's a thundering
; battle in tho streets of
Summitville between citizens and
bandits Inst night. Several people
killed. Tlan to loot town."
The message enme in from an
Indiana town luto one afternoon.
The office expert on time tables
went to work at once and figured
out thai there was just time to
catch tho famous world's fair flyer
which ran between Chicago and
New York. Tho staff correspond
ent with telegraph operator and an
assistant, wan sent post-haste to
catch that train, with instructions
to get off at Valparaiso and take
' an accomodation train which left ' was
price for beans."
And again as
tho door
he went through
said im-pricefor
To Meet at Jakon J tin i uixl
fcliow How it ii lon,
rt a ait
he turned and
"a thundering
rectly into the office of his news
paper. But some one wa3 persist
ently interrupting. He listened
What happened to the grocer's long enough to catch what was
boy when he got back with his wanted.
jaded mare is still an unsettled It was tho operator in tho office prcscively
question. Nor did the boy or the of a rival newspaper which had got beans."
people who watched with startled wind of tho battle at Summitville Cull's trouble began with that
eyes the flight of the gaunt white too late to send down a correspond- moment,
mare even now know what was the ent. While wo were still sitting there
emergency which made the mad "Humor pitched battle in the the railroad operator brought in a
chase necessary. There were three streets of Summitville," ran the telegram to Cull, who had come in
cars on tho accommodation train to query. "Send good story, 2.500 the meantime, and was chuckliu
Summitville. In them there were words, if correct." over the profit on those beans.
perhaps people all told. A quick The man at the Summitville key Cull read tho telegram. All it
cauvass of the train proved that smiled viciously, looked around for said was: "A thundering price
not a person on board had even an instant without saying anything, for beans. John Q. Smith." But
heard of any disturbance at Sum- and then rattled his key fiercely on the envelope was the significant
jniitville, which village the train for a moment inscription, "Collect 25 cents."
not due to reach until 10.30 "Say," he said, finally, "the other This was the opening shot
Summitville half an hour later.
IIo was to get an account of what
had happened there, and get it into
the office by telegraph before mid
night without fail.
At the station in Chicago it de
veloped that the flyer was not
scheduled to stop until it reached
Cleveland. An interview with the
engineer developed that the train
slowed up at Valparaiso for some
purpose or other, and that a quick
1 1 i
man, who was wining to run some
chances, might get off there.
" "1 guess there won't nobody stop
you boys," said the engineer as he
swung up into the cab. "We're
slowed down at Valparaiso so a man
can jump off if he has a mind to."
On the way down through the
Indiana sand dunes, with the big
mogul engine' doing its 50 miles an
hour, a local time table was found
which showed that tho time of the
accommodation train had been
changed. Instead of leaving half
an hour after the flyer was due, it
was scheduled to pull out for Sum
mitville in less than ten minutes.
"Yes," said a railroad man who
happened to be on board, "and the
depots are nearly a mile apart, at
As the flyer began to slow up at
Valnaraiso the three men who
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were bound for Summitville jump
ed off the rear coach and ran to the
statiou. Not a hack or other pub
lie vehicle was in sight.
Backed up to the depot platform
was a light delivery wagon with a
lanky white mare hitched to it.
The three men clambered into the
back of this wagon and started at a
gallop for the other station, in front
of which the accommodation traui
waa already standing. As the old
mare started on a jnmpthe terrified
boy ran out of tho station depo
and just managed to catch the tail
hnnrd of the wacon. In a minute
la was in the drivers' seat For
n ' '
tuuately he was a youth who coul
rise to an emergency.
"Five dollars if you get us
w station in time," he was told
. . 1
and a peeled hickory switch pu
added vigor into the mare's leaps
Bight through the center of the
town went the wild race, and peo
cle hung out of the windows an
ran into the streets to watch th
chase. Every time a crossing was
V passed the whole outfit bounced
I high into the air and "A dollar more
if you drive a little faster" some one
gasped as it struck the ground
again. For the accommodation
train had already got steam up and
was beginning to show plain signs
of impatience.
Boy and mare both did their
best and the three men were just
able to climb on the rear platform
,,f iho nrnmmodatiou train as it
pulled out for Sutnraitvilie.
o'clock. By that time of tho night papers just asked about a pitched From every station between that
town and St. Louis came the wail
to uun, a thundering price tor
it was likely that everybody in battlo of some kind down here. I
town would bo sound asleep. To told them' they must be mistaken
wake them up and wait to get their That everything was quiet and beans," and each time Cull got
stories would mean a long delay peaceful here to-night. Nothin
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ana prouaoiy make it impossible doing except an ice-cream party up lect cents. in the morning
to get a long telegram into the of- to the parsonage. I asked 'em if Cull notified his boy not to receive
fice by midnight. A council of they didn't want a good story on or pay for any more telegrams, and
war was held and the three men that" also read tho riot act to tho tele-
determined that something must be "All right," said the staff corre- graph company.
done to hurry things along. spondeut, handing over a dozen The next day our friend John Q
Finally a telegram was prepared pages of "copy." "Start that as Smith started in on a new game.
and sent to the mayor of Summit- soon as you can get a loop into the He would pack a dozen choice
ille, asking him if he would be office." A moment later and the bricks in a boi, with the same old
kind enough to meet the train when story was running into the office as message inclosed and ship them to
it reached the depot oil a matter of fast as an expert could send it over Cull. This he did by both freight
great importance connected with the wires. The second correspond- and express, "charges collect," uu
he battle of the previous night ent had interviewed practically til Cull was fairly frenzied with
At a station a few milts above every prominent citizen of the vil- rage.
Summitville a man got on the train lage, and what he had written fol- Now at the time Cull was play
who, on being questioned, proved lowed fast on the first By a few ing the market through a Chicago
to know, in a general way, the story minutes after midnight more than broker, and it happened that there
of the fi;ht. lie told in a graphic -1.000 words were in the office, and vras a sudden and severe slump,
way how the bandits had come into a few minutes later the Btory had The broker wired Cull to put up
he village, only to fall into the been put in type and was on the more margins. Cull's boy, under
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amoash which had been caretuily presses. instructions, declined to receive
prepared for them. When the operator at Summit- the message. Getting no answer
As soon as the staff correspond- ville had sent "30" over the wire, to his telegram, the broker closed
ent had got the leading facts clear which is th telegraphic way of Cull's account at a whopping loss,
in his mind he started to write his saying "good night," the mayor of This was the last 6traw. Cul
story. Summitville gave further evidence went plum crazy in earnest this
"Now,1' he said, "if the mayor of his desire to be accommodating, time. He was taken to the asylum
doesn't go back on us, and we get He found good sleeping quarters and spent the rest of his days there
a telegraph wire, we'll pull through for the Chicago men and invited He used to sit day by day, wit
all right." them to stay over Sunday and take his head between his hands, repeat
ing by the hour the five fatal words
"A thundering price for beans!"
Judge L. 1). Duvi.s has T(c?ived
tho following letter, which is sign
ed by S. 1). Hays, D. W. Herring,
F. B. Fisher, It. F. Spragles, A. W.
Stovall and J. F. Mercer, commit
tee of the commercial club of Jack
son. Tho letter explains itself, and
wo hope that Benton County will
have a strong delegation of repre
sentative men at tho good rohuli
"Tho National Good lloada As
sociation is now in the South with
special train furnished by the 11-
inois Central Ilailroad Company
at a cost of about 25,000, and
quipped with all the modern
machinery and appliances for tho M
building and construction of good
roads, and accompanied by skilled
and experienced road insiders.
They hold a Slate convention for
Louisana at New Orleans on April
20, and aro now visiting points in
the State of Mississippi, and will
lold a similar convention at Jack
son, Miss., on tho 14th ot June.
On the 17th of June tkoy will ar
rive in this city and 'immediately
begin the construction of a mile of
good road in tho suburbs of this
city. On the 21st and 22nd of
Jane they will hold a good roads
convention for the State of Tennes
see, at which this subject wille
discussed by distinguished and
well trained men from other por
tions of the United States and Can
"The governors of Mississippi
and Arkansas are invited to be
present. The United States Sena
tors and Congressmen from this
State, the mayors of the towns and
cities, .and the .chairmen of the
county courts in this State have
been formally invited to bepresent
"I'll get a wire if I have to climb dinner with him.
a pole and cut one down," said the
operator of the party.
At last the poky train came puff-
lTinr nr rr nrt m ran ctorinn nr i . . i
iuo inv. A good many years
Rnmmilvilla Tf. troa dovovq 1 niril .
utes late, but the first glance show- paper in aa niiDOis city,
ed that great excitement prevailed
about the station. Right nobly
had tho mayor of the village re
sponded to the telegraphic appeal
which had been sent him.
He stood at one end of the sta
tion platform. Next him was the
town marshal, wearing a huge star
and conscious that he wa3 the hero
of the exciting battle of the night
before. In the same row were the
town aldermen and most of tho
other dignitaries of the village
men who had been "laying out
nights," armed to the teeth, for
nearly a week, waiting for the raid
which had finally come.
The three men leaped from the
train and each rushed to his work.
One of th correspondents began
with the mayor and went down the
line as rapidly as possible, getting
his story from each. The other
ran into the station and eat down
at once to complete the story he
had begun on the train. The tele
graph operator jumped into the
little room where the astonished
railroad operator and agent were
sitting and took his place at the
telegraph instrument. There was
no time to be lost
"Here, gimme hold of that key,"
said the man from Chicago, and
(the Hoosier instantly obeyed".
How a Station Cafe Highwayman Suft'ered
for Extortion.
1 was
says a
writer in the St Paul Dispatch,
and our custom was to go to the
restaurant in the railroad station
for our midnight lunch, that being
the only place open at that time of
the night. J
There were three morning pa
pers, so quite a number of the
newspaper boys made the place a
rendezvous, and we used to sit and
talk over all the things that had
happened and a good many that
had not
This restaurant was run by a
man named Cull, and he had held
up enough trams with his -lunch
counter to make himself pretty
well fixed in this world's goods.
One night when we were all
gathered there the 12.07 train pull
ed in, and among others there was
a passenger who regaled himself
with a plate of beans,
The lunch counter, in Cull's ab
sence, was in charge of a
man who had his eye -distinctly on
the main chance!
The conductor called "all aboard !"
and the man in great haste asked
what he owed.
"Fifty cents.
"What! Fifty cents for a plate
of beans?"
"That's the price."
'A thundering price for beans!"
A Huntingdon special of last
Saturday says:
"The jury in the Chambers case
was discharged this morning after
having been in season one week.
The case resulted in a mistrial, the
jury standing seven for equital and
five for conviction. Judge Bond
then heard the counsel in a short
talk for bail and Chambers' bond
was fixed at $10,000, which he made
in twenty minutes and was released."
Chambers, it will be remember
ed, was charged with the killing of
Jim .Allen last year. Btween
forty and fifty witnesses were ex
amined, and the case has been hotly
W. G. Shyar, the miller at J. W.
Hastings & Co.'s roller mill, at Big
Sandy, fell from a platform in front
of the mill to the ground, a dis
tanco of fifteen feet, sustaining in
ternal injuries. He is in a critical
lor Infants and. Children.
Tli3 Kid Yea Kava Always Esa'M
Bears the
S-nature of
on that occasion, and to bring with
them a delegation of not less th&n
three nor more than five members,
to be by them selected from repre
sentative men in their respective
counties. It would be well for
them to arrive here earlier than tho
21st, in order to see the actual con
struction of tho specimen road:
for if roads can be constructed in
the way and at the cost claimed by
this association, it solves the road
problem, Riul in our judgment is
one of the most important matters
han can be presented to -the -citi
zens of this State. The ;:-p.i!road
leading into Jackson will TiWke,
rate of one fare for the round tr.:
on this occasion.
"We are a committee appointed
by the commercial club of thi3 city,
and under its direction are now
extending to you this formal invi
"We trust to receive from you an
early reply to this letter, signifying
your intention and purpose to be
present, and your willingness to
appoint delegates from your coun
ty. Governor McMillin has Iwn
requested to issue procla-mafioTi
calling attention to this convention,
and will deliver the opening address."
There was quite a serious cutting
affray at Bible Hill in Decatur
County last week. As the result
of which a man by the name of
John Hamilton was killed. Ham
ilton was considered a very bad
man. There was an old troubld
between the parties. Lige Hagle,
the man who did .ths Lillirg, is.p.t
present under arrest
- Tite Chronicle clubs with the
St Louis Republic at S'l.To; the
Homo and Farm at 81.2 j, and ths
Nashville Banner at S1.7J.

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