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DEMOGRflT PRINTING GO., Putlisbers.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1895.
Vol. XIX No 37
A Wonderfully Fertile
Country With a New
A Magnificent Levee A Sportsman's
Paradise An Historic Incident
The Country for Home Seekers.
That the South line of Missouri is
not a straight East and West lino is
owing to the influence and determina
tion of one man. The original bill for
the admission of the State of Missouri
into the Union provided a straight
line on parallel 300 30o North Latitude.
By this line, however, the old Spanish
settlement, ''Little Prairie." located
near the present town of Caruthers
ville. in the county of Pemiscot, would
have been left out of the new state and
attached to the territory of Arkansas.
This arrangement did not suit Col.
Hardeman Walker who had a largo
plantation just below that old post.
He was a typical southern planter, a
man of great will and determination
as well as ability and. of course, a
politician but not an office seeker. As
soon as ho ascertained what was pro
posed ho began to remonstrate. He
enlisted the leading men in Southeast
Missouri (then the most settled part
of the State) who were his personal
friends in the matter and the result
was that the original act was amend
ed so as to embrace within the territo
ry of lh-i new State a larger portion
of what now constitutes the counties
of New Madrid and Dunklin and the
entire county of Pemiscot.
That is the reason Missouri has a
panhandle." Of course this territo
ry in those days was not considered
as of any remarkable value. It is a
district embracing about eleven hun
dred thousand acres of alluvial land
in the upperportion of the St. Francois
basin. The earthquake in 1811 was
also supposed to have greatly injured
thisdistrictand undoubtedly injurious
ly effected the same. Lakes and bayous
were formed in Pemiscot and Dunklin
counties by that earthquake. On the
other band Little River, a stream that
ran parallel with the Mississippi, was
choked up by falling timber in New
Madrid county and so the waters of
that stream coming from the Ozark
hills spread over a large portion of
the land. The overflows of the Mis
sissippi also inundated a large portion
of this district periodically.
A VERY FERTILE TERRITORY.
So very likely when the boundary
was changed it was thought that Mis
souri did not gain much by having
this territory added. But that was a
superficial view. Undoubtedly this
Missouri "panhandle"' embraces with
in its limits corn and cotton land as
rich and valuable as any in the Mis
sissippi Valley. The value of these,
lands is just now beginning to bo ap
preciated. The wonderful fertility of
the soil of Mississippi, Desha and
Chicot counties, Arkansas, as well as
Yazoo Deita is well known. The soil
of the Missouri "panhandle" and
especially the soil of Pemiscot county
is equal in every respect to tho far
famed fertility of the land of the
counties named further south. Corn
and cotton grows in Pemiscot county
to perfection and crops never fail.
Dunklin county raises more and better
cotton than any county West of the
Mississippi River and North of the
OVERFLOWS AND LEVEES.
As stated a large portion of the "pan
handle"' has been subject to overflows
from the Mississippi River. The Mis
sissippi overflowed the county of
Pemiscot two years in succession in
1891 and 1802 and the farmers and
planters were nearly ruined owing to
the fact that these overflows came very
late and the ground remained covered
with water until the beginning of June.
Nevertheless the farmers of those
counties raised enough corn and cot
ton in those two years to not be de
pendent on others. But in the fall of
1892 the people determined that a levee
should be built along the river. Ac
cordingly an act was passed by the
General Assembly of the State author
izing the organization of the , St.
Francois Levee District, and in the
fall of 1892 the farmers of that county
began the construction of a levee along
the river front twenty-seven miles
long. This levee was built according
to the plans and specifications of the
Get eral Government with a slope of
three to one with a crown of eight
feit. Not only that but before the
construction of the levee was begun a
ditch four feet deep and six feet wide j
was excavated along the proposed line
of levee and that ditch filled with new
and clean dirt in order to insure the
safety of the work. The est of this
levee was over seventy-five thousand
dollars and not a dollar was advanced
on the Levee Script or Bonds issued j
by the District by any capitalists in
St. Louis or Memphis to aid in this
work. Even the merchants and cotton
commission men of those cities who
have always derived a lucrative trade
from planters of this section did not
give any financial support. However,
the people substantially finished the
work for twenty-seven miles, and in
order to complete the system the
United States Government is now
building twenty-five miles more levee
and when this work is finished a solid,
unbroken and magnificent levee of
over fifty miles long will extend from
near Point Pleasant in New Madrid
county to tho Arkansas State line
where connection is made with tho St.
Francois Levee District of Arkansas, j
It can bo truly said that the people of j
Pemiscot county in starting the great
public work of building a levee along
thu Mississippi lliver and building
twenty-seven miles of it alone and un
aided have demonstrated a public
spirit equal to that of the people of .
any county in this State. j
INCREASE IN LAND VALUES.
now lioing felt in the great apprecia- (K10 0t t,j best county iic.vsp.iper iu the
tion of the value of land in the "pan- ; state. CirutiiersriU U - principal
handle." The value of land ha-; more ! tj.v.i in iV-:nico:t County, is o.i-e o,'
than trebled in the last year and a ; the great singling p.ii.il-t t.i lit Miss
great and steady influx of emigration ; isstppi River and h.i muiy enterpns
is pouring into this wonderfully fertile j inr progressive citizens aiming
district from Kentucky, Tennessee and j its nmuoer. lliu.i C. Simit, Judge
Illinois. Hoffmann and others, the chief promo-
TIMHI'K. I ters of the St. Francois l vee Dis;m-t
Of course the great drawback ati' Missouri reside here and can Ik
present is the timber. This whole J t.V to be, among the most cn
"panhandlo" district is covered with ! terpns.ng and progressive cities of
immense growths of black and white j tl State. School houses and ch-.uch-.:ik.
cotton-wood of enormous siz0. ; es are found in every neighborhood in
gum, ash, haekb:rry, locust and cy
press. It requires no small determina
tion to come into such a territory from
the prairies of the North and open out
a farm, but with a farm once secured
in this section annual crops are as
certain as the revolution of the seasons,
for crops never fail in this favorite
Heretofore the timber, except where
located very near the Mississippi River,
has been of no value, but during last
year a line of railway has been com-
pletedbv Louis Houck from Camp -
bell to Kennett, the County Seat of!
Dunklin County and thence to Caruth
ersville on the Mississippi River, a
distance of forty five miles. This road
runs through the "panhandle" of Mis
souri and offers an outlet to this great
timber district either by rail at Camp-;
bell via tho Cotton Belt or via the
River at Caruthersville. Although this
line has been finished less than a
1 month several immense sawmills have j
j been located along the road and the j
i timber business of Pemiscotand Dunk-
j lin counties promises to assume im-1
j mense proportions and, of course, as !
I soon as tho land is cleared of timber
corn and cotton farms will be ojX'ned
out. Farmers settling in a timber belt
while not able to at once open out a
big farm, because to open out a big
farm is the work of a life time in a
timber region, can, however, by cut
ting timber and hauling the same to
the saw mills in the neighborhood and
making staves, secure a steady income
while gradually clearing their farms.
Nearly everything necessary is found
on the land that the settler intending
to open a farm needs. Timber to build
good substantial log houses and out
houses, timber for barns and timber
for fencing and fire wood without end.
On the other hand in the celebrated
prairie districts further North the far
mer settling on a prairie section of
land must buy lumber for his house
and barns, lumber for his fencing and
also annually and forever his fuel. It
is very evident that the settler with
limited means in a timber district has
a great advantage.
The advantages of the "panhan
dle" district for stock raising are
very great. These alluvial woods are
filled with cane eight and ten feet high,
green all the year around. The sloughs
and bayous are covered with grass,
even now green under the snow, and
affording sustenance to stock. Great
overcup and burr-oak and hickory
trees scattered through the woods af
ford ample mast, and hogs running in
the woods are fat the whole year.
Many hundred thousand acres of
land lie open and afford very valuable
range for all kinds of stock and the
new railroad now opened for traffic
affords quicc facilities to ship the
same to St Louis or other points.
A SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE.
The "panhandle"' has been a para
dise for hunters and the disciples of
Izaak Walton in the past. Last fall
hundreds of deer were tilled and four
or five bear and we do not cxagerato
when wo say many thousand "coons.
Fact is some of the, farmers iu the
winter make two or three dollars a
! day by coon hunting. To give the
readers an idea of the fishing in the
big lakes and rivers of this soetioa we
will say that the St. Louis, Kennclt &
Southern road during the mouths of
November and December delivered
upon an average daily twenty to twenty-five
barrels of game lish to the Pa
cific Express for shipment to St. Louis.
Buffalo and cat fish are not valuable
enough to be shipped. Tho "panhan
dle" has been a favorite resort for
hunters and other sportsmen for sever
al years past.
A COUNTRY OF LAW AND ORDER.
Nor ne?J settle;-.- or investors go-
ing into the "panhandle" fear that
when t iey gj intj this district they
settle in a wild and barbarous coiii.try.
The City of Kennett, the County Seat
of Dunklin county is a beaiitifni place
with line business blocks and houses
and oae of tin l&r sst aa J m.t coin-
miJio.is ej.irr Iij.h ; i.i Stale. The
City is ligale.1 wita oieecrte lig.it a::;!
. in every respect is a progressive and
i enterprising town. The Dunklin County
tiie county andia.v and order prevails.
MR. ASHE OBJECTS.
He Wants to be (iuardian of S.iruli
A 1 1 Ilea Terry.
San Francisco, Cal., Feb. 12.
Richard Porter Ashe objects to sum,
niary removal from the position of
guardian of Mrs. Sarah Althea Terry,
insane, and has prepared a strong
answer to the petition of Thomas II.
Williams, who asks thai, he be remov-
jed and Williams appointed in his
I stead. Upon presentation of Williams'
I petition, Walter H. Levy, then Judge
j of tho Superior Court, suspended Ashe
appoinueu imams icnipoi-ary
guardian. Now the petition for the
permanent removal of Ashe and the
appointment of Wiiiiams comes up for
consideration before Judge Stack.
Ashe answered m detail all the charg-
es of Williams and denies every alle- ,
gation of impropriety in the manage
uient of the estate. An account was
tiled by him yesterday, accompanied
!' vouchers for all the money ho has
exjieuded, showing that he has spent
"lore than $500 in excess of the amount
he has received, having advanced or
contributed the sum from his pocket.
The Sadie ituymoiid Comedy Co.
Our theatre going people will lie de
lighted to learn that the above well
known company are engaged to appear
here for a solid week commencing next
Monday, Feb. 18. This is one of the
largest and most successful repertoire
organizations on tho road, carrying
their own band and orchestra, scenery,
properties, &c. The fact that the peo
ple composing it are ladies and gen
tlemen as well as artists of the highest
merit make their visit a welcome one
every where. They are endorsed by
the press and public everywhere they
have appeared in the last six years.
On Monday night two ladies or one
lady and gentleman will be admitted
on one reserved seat ticket. On Mon
day evening they will produce the
screaming curtain raiser, "My Neigh
bors Wife." to be followed by the
beautiful pastoral play, "Maud Mul
ler," a dramatize of Whittier's beauti
Admission 15, 25, and 35 cents.
Memorial to Permit Bond Issues for
Water and Lighting.
Jefferson City, Mo., 13. The
Mayor"? convention adjourned after
adopting a memorial asking tho as
sembly to submit an amendment to
Sec 11, art. 10, of the constitution by
adding after the word "district" the
following: "And for the purpose of
purchasing or erecting water-works,
electric or other light plants when
such city elects to own same, and to
.provide proper sewerage for such city."
The object of the amendment is to
permit the issue of bonds for the pur
poses named by cities of the third and
NEW YORK'S SCANDAL.
Lexow Investigation Causes an
Elopement "In High Life."
New York, Feb. 6. Winfred
Waters, daughter of John R. Waters,
President of the Insurance Lloyds,
eloped on Jan. 19 with Richard Henry
Catling, a son of Dr. Gatling, the in
ventor of the Gatling gun. He is a
brother-in-law of Hugh O. Pentecost,
as well as his law partner.
The Pentecosts live in this city and
young Gatling lives with them. He is'
a handsome young man and popular
in the social circles in which Winfred
Waters moved. Mr. and Mrs. Waters
knew young Gatling was wooing their
daughter. When tho young people
became engaged, about four months
ago, it was with the knowledge and
approval of both families.
The Lcxow investigation brought
trouble to the young people as to
many others. Catling's name figured
in tho teotimony in a way his pros
pective father-in-law did not liko. It
was in the testimony given by Hugh
O. Pentecost, too. Testifying concern
ing the system of bribery that pre
vailed among prison keepers, he said
th:it youug Gatling. his partner, as an
attorney, had himself had exerienee
in prison keepers' bribery. He ques
tioned Gatling, who defended himself,
but Mr. Waters was far from satisfied.
This did not effect the young man's
standing with the young lady, however,
and slue kept her promise to marry
Gatling. in spite of the objections of
' Tilt Wiar .Murder t aw.
The intimate connection between
Judge Wear and the Missouri Pacific
is becoming apparent more every day.
In the Cash-Book of February Tlh, J.
.1. Bowman write from Kennett as
It is general iv understood here that
the legal department of the Missouri
Pacific railroad took charge of the de
fense in consideration of Judge Wear's
services to that road in the matter of
appointing a receiver for tho
Houck railroad some time ago, when
the Missouri Pacific was trying to get
control of that road and get it out of
Mr. Ilouck's hands. It is predicted
that more will be heard of this case
But Judge Wear's court is not the
only court that, the Missouri Pacific
owns, nor is Judge Wear the only
judge. But we are afraid it would bo
considered a Republican slander to
refer to tire distinguished jurists by
name that occupy eminent judicial
positions but are known to be the ser
vants of that incorporation-
Marriage a Uuly.
The following arguments as to why
men should marry are given by H. H.
Boyeseu under the title of the "Matri
monial I uczle," in the North Ameri
can review: "It was clearly moant
that all man, as well as all women,
should marry, and those who, for
whatever reason, miss this obvious
destiny are, from nature's point of
view, failures. It is not a case of
personal felicity which in eight cases
out. of ten may b ; more than proble
maticalbut of race responsibility.
The unmarried man is a skulker, who,
in order to secure his own case, dooms
some woman, who has a rightful claim
upon him. to celibacy. And in so
doing he defrauds her of the oppor
tunities for mental and moral devel
opment which only the normal expe
rience can provide. He deliberately
stunts the stature of his manhood,
impoverishes his heart and brain and
chokes up all the sweetest potentiali
ties of his soul. To himself he is apt
to appear like the wise fox that de
tects the trap, though it is ever so
cunningly baited, that refusas to sur
render his liberty for the sake of an
appetizing chicken or rabbit, which
may after all be a decoy stuffed with
sawdust; while, as a matter of fact,
his case is that of the cowardly ser
vant in the parable, who for fear of
losing his talent, hid it in a napkin,
and in the end was deemed unworthy
of his stewardship."
Uolng Too Far.
"I'm patient," said the man from
Philadelphia, "but I think it's time to
draw the line on guying my town."
"Who has been doing that?"
"The Government. These people in
Hawaii have all been wondering what
makes , a warship so slow in coming.
When it gets there, they'll find its the
Philadelphia. ''Washington Star.
In the Good Time Coming.
The Courteous Attendant (at tho
theater): "Yes, madame, this is the
place to check your large hat."
The Lady (to her escort): "W
let's go to our seats."
The Courteous Attenuadt ( politely j:
"Not yet, madam; kindly pass on to
the next window and chuck your big
sleeves. " Chicago Record.
ST. JOE'S HEAVY LOSS.
Her Magnificent Pawenger Station a !
Mass of Ruins. j
ST. Joseph, Mo., Feb. 9. St. Jos-
eph's magnificent passenger station isK. Allen County Surveyor of Audrain
a mass of ruins. At 8:30 to-night fire i County, vice Charles D. Rodger, re
broke out in the United States Express ! signed. Ho also ta-day appointed E.
office and in a few moments tho great
structure was in flames in all portions.
The water pressure was inadequate
and the firemen had hard work saving
tho buildings across the street. The
south half of the building and the two
upper floors were occupied by tho
Union Depot Hotel and a largo num
ber of guests had close calls for their
lives. The building was erected in
1881 and 1882 and opened May 1, 1882,
It cost 9250,000 and $40,000 is the
amount of insurance carried. All of
tho United States mails in the depot
were burned. The loss of Major
Laughlin, the hotel proprietor, is
A LONG-WINDED STATESMAN.
Senator Allen Talks by the Hour,
Willi a Nlugura Velocity.
Senator Allen of Nebraska is with
out doubt tho most wonderful talker
in the Senate.
It is a tiart of the history of the
Semite that durinsr the llirht a-'ainst;
the repeal of the Sherman silver law.
' Senator Allen talked for fifteen hours
with never a break iu his words or in j D,'lnK lQe country oui oi us present
the logic of his argument except when condition. Tne President and Cou
.1... ,.n ..-.o n...,ainnauv ,.ii,i in gress are not going at this thing the
bring the sleepy Senators into the
chamber to make a quorum. Tuesday
he did not talk so long. His limit was
four hours and ten minutes, and even
then ho did not seem to be exhausted,
cither as to physical strength or
ideas. All during the afternoon the
! words poured forth from his lips with
tho relentless persistency and flood
like fervor of a Niagara. One hundred
and lift v words every minute, 9,0ot)
words every hour, they kept coming
andcoming,until one wondered whether
there was to be any end. Hermann,
tho great magician, delights to unroll
an apparently endless strip of paper
from a hat until the lloor around him
is piled high with the snowy ribbon.
Mr. Allen reminds one of Hermann,
only the floor around him is piled
hitrh with words and words, and
And the most remarkable thing of it
all is that the stream of sentences
flows with risiug infection and evident
earnestness and much sincerity and
enthusiasm, just as if somebody was
really listening to all that was being
said. Washington Post.
STARVATION IN OHIO.
Distress Increases In the Mining Re
gion of That State.
COLUMBCS, O., Feb. 11. Distress in
the mining regions of Ohio increases,
and hundreds of people, women and
children, are threatened with starva
tion, which is only averted by contri
butions of charity from other parts of
the State, John Eddy, Chairman of
the Relief Committee, and William
Edwards, a merchant, both of Shawnee,
are in Columbus to lay before Gov.
McKiniey the urgency of further im
mediate relief. They say that there is
intense and widespread misery in the
valley, and that unless speedy assist
ance is furnished there will be many
deaths from starvation. Gov. Mc
Kiniey has received a telegram from
F. S. Coultrap, Chairman of the Ite
lief Committee at Nelsonville, stating
that there is great distress at Lath
rop, a town near Gloster, and
that unless immediate relief is
furnisued there will be intense
suffering and probably actual starva
tion. The Governor made the neces
sary arrangements to send assistance
to Lathrop, and will also provide for
the sufferers at Shanee.
SHOT BY A FRIEND.
A Young Farmer Fatally Wounded
Near the Dexter Bayou.
Dexter, Mo., Feb. 13. Yesterday
afternoon near the Bayou, twenty
miles east of here, a young farmer
named Martin was accidentally and
fatally shot by a companion. Chas.
Marl came in from a hunt with his
gun cocked. The weapon struck the
bed and discharged, and Martin, who
was sitting by the fireside, received
the ball in the shoulder. It passed
through his body and lodged in the
of the Grand Array of the Republic,
Major George S. Merrill. Few
remedies are better know in this vicin
ity than Sulpher Bitters; their Bale
has been very general throughout this
section, and the number of reliable
and well attested cases of beneficial
resuits and recovery by their use, is
Urge and beyond dispute.
Appointments Made and Sentence
Commuted by liov. stone.
JrjtersoN CITY, Ma, Feb. 11.
Gov. Stone to-dav appointed Charles
C. H. Squires to tak-3 the
the population of the city
under provision of a city
passed by the Council of
approved Feb. 0.
Governor Stone to-day commuted
he J.u e lee of Charles Jo.i isou, sen-
encJ 1 at the May term, i of the
Circuit Court of Clinton Country to
ten years id the jieniteatiary for grand
larcency, to eight years, with benefit
of three-fourth rule. This will make
his term expire May 13 of this year.
The pardon is urged by the Judge jury
and Prosecuting Attorney, who now
have grave doubts of his guilt.
Iniccrsoll on the situation.
Jacksonville Fla., Fob.-uu-y lo,
Col. Robert Ingersoll, in aa interview
to-night, said that tho financi. con
dition of this country is "Bad.bad.
It could hardly be, worse," ho add. d,
"and I don't thi i it will be much im
proved until we have h 1 1 o i oe Wo
goodcrops thro i,'hout thecou it,:-y. and
I a change of administratou. I have not
' any confidence i.i the Democratic party
right way. It is easy enongn to icp
our gold balance in the United Slates
Treasifro up to the required $100,W0.
OitO. or even 200.000.000 of reserve. Why
don't they go at it as France does?
Issue bonds in smaller denominations,
down to 85, or even $2, and then go to
the ptsople, the common people, with
them. Don't take them to the bank
ers and capitalists in $500, $1000 and
larger denominations. Let the peoplo
have a chance at them and I am satis
fied that the Treasury would be in a
condition to meet all demands made
on it, and the credit of the United
States would be upheld. Tho resources
of this country are great. Our labor
ing people are quite as able to make
such investments as the peasantry of
The Atlanta Exposition.
Construction work at the Atlanta
Exposition grounds. Piedmont Park,
is well under way, and few weeks will
see the frames of all the buildings up.
More than a hundred pillars for the
Agricultural building are already in
place, on a site where a forest of
young oaks was growing a month
ago. Tho grading for tho Govern
ment building has been finished, and
the foundations of the Manufacturers
building are laid. A great store of
brick and lumber is lying noar, and
the workmen, at last accounts, were
waiting for mild weather to start the
uprights and flooring and push thorn
skyward. Sou'h of this building is
tho basin, artificially prepared, which
will become Lake Claramecr as soon
as water is turned into it. On its
verge the Electrical building will
stand. The leveling and excavations
have been made. The entire frame
work of the Fine Arts building is up,
and. judging from the plans, it prom
ises to be the architectural feature of
the grounds, which it will command
from a sightly hill. Railroad tracks
have Ixeen put down all over the park,
and loaded cars are moving in every
day and discharging material. The
amount of work already done on the
grounds is vast, but appreciable only
to those who are familiar with them
before operations were begun by the
pick and shovel brigade. Hills have
been leveled to plains, and plains
transformed into valleys. Trees have
been cut and roads have been carved
out, and ravines filled up with the dirt
removed. In two months more there
will be nothing left of the old driving
park's natural features to remind one
of it, but the new picture of graceful
buildings, decorated with flags and
set off by lawns, flower beds, graveled
walks and minature lakes, will be in
finitely more attrative. N. Y. Even
He knew he doted on her, but some
how he wasn't su sure of her that he
quite dared to ask her the great ques
tion. They .were talking about the
good things of the world like a pair
'If you had your wish," she said,
of all the things in the world, what
would you rather have?"
"You," he responded with a mo
"Oh," she exclaimed, quite upset by
his impetuosity, "I don't mean that.
I mean something that you havn't
already." Detroit Free Press.