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Me MlSSOUR Me iXICO 4 tJf AJr -4TJX JLUf O VOLUME-IV. MEXICO, AUDRAIN COUNTY, MISSOURI, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1903. NUMBER 14 EXCORIATES THE MAYOR. GRAND OLD MISSOURI. THE SAME R. R. V HAPPENED and K 1 Stmt Lottl nrf Cam1r Miss Susie Brown is visiting in Fulton. ' A. J. Miller hns moved to this county from Iowa. Ed Rodhouse moves his family to Wagoner, I. T., this week. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Ilord left this week for Daphne, Alabama; Rev. Ged. Sneed, of Oeutralia, made our city a visit last Satur day. , Wm. Vivion has bought the Thomas Nelson property in this city, paying $850. W. N. Maxwell, at Thompson, puts down a plunk and orders the Message to keep coming. Rev. P. II. Taylor of' Rush Ilill recently returned from Lebanon, wlmpa h nasi atad in a revival tVUVlVr V meeting. L. P. Crigler, an attorney, who formerly resided in this city, was quite seriously hurt in a street car accident in St. Louis one day last week. G. W. Painter of this county I I L - t.nmn in YVollavillo and will move to that city to re-1 side. Audrain loses a splendid! citizen. The farmers southeast of Laddo nia have organized two new tele phone lines. x They will counect with the Delaporte switch board in iiuuuuum. Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Phillips' are home, from a - visit to their daughter,' Mrs. II. LI B.ickiey, in Colorado. Mrs. Bickley's health is somewhat improved. If the new union of egginspctors would hold a candle to the man ar rested recently on a charge of steal ing a case of eggs, it might be determined without trial whether or not he was a bad egg! TheLaddonia Herald says: Quin ov .Tnmoo onld Viis lfifl acre farm 8 miles southeast ' of Laddonia last Thursday at'a profit of $900. The purchaser is J. D. Risk, south of Mexico, J. H. Gelvin closed the deal. In the Audrain Circuit Court last week in the case of M. H. Pasley va, the village of Rush flill lor alleged aamages ior iamug uu a sidewalk the jury gave the plain- .. 1 1 A A. . MA . tiir one aouar. a grem, wuuy witnesses were here duripg the trial. The pa? of the coudty. school commissioners has become so beg garly that in many of the coun ties the office has to go begging. Looks like it is about up to . that iu Audrain. We know of no one who has hinted that he wants Prof. Cross' place. v . Dr. S. W. Downing at Thomp son, as the Message raentioued last week, hss sold his home at that place to J. D. Davis. Mr. Davis gets possession next fall, Dr. ThonpBon has a good prac tice at Thompson and here's hop ing he will not leave Audrain, t A bill has been "introduced in the Legislature to make saloon . h: censes perpetual. The Louisiana Tress says the member who votes for such an infamous measure as that ought to be damned political ly, mentally, morally and physi cally. W. II. Norris, the tree man of this city, says the farmers, since the rise in the value of land, think more of their fiirms than they did a f'ow years ago. Ther are get tiu; n ;u'ly t set out more or Yharus and trees th's spring than ; several years. HAPPENING, a ' " """ A Nw$ la PIIH Ttrm ' ' Miss Ethel LaForee. at Centra lia, renews for the Message. J. H. Dijlard arrived lat week from New Mexico. Rev. E. S. Gibbs, of this c.itj. preaehed at his appoiutrnent near Laiibee Inst Sunday. Rev. T. P. Todd of this city has been called to the pastorate of Mt. Pleasant church, iu Mont gomery county. Eld. R. D. Chinn, of this eoun tj, is at Biloxi, Miss., looking af ter business interests. Recorder Kendall issued mar riage license to Oscar Spencer and Rella Mary Stevenson", both of this count'. R. F. Harden of Butler counly and Miss Mary Humphrios of this city were united in marriage last week by Rev. A. A. Wallace. At sheriff's sale, for back taxes, in this city last Friday John T. Ricketts bought four lots in Utter back's addition to Vaudalia for $27. We are glad to learn that our good'friend F. L. Bruce, out at Skinner, is in robust health again. Two or three years ago he was se riously afflicted with-appendicitis. This item is handed us: F. L. LaForee, formerly of Worcester, and J. F. Betz, of Fulton, have bought Frank Shroeder's jewelry store at Centralia and are doing a fine business. G.W": Painter oT luib conti has bought a home iu . Wellsville and will move thence the latter part of this month. Mr! Painter is an excellent citizen and we are sorry to see him leave Audrain. An Audrain county jury last week, in the Circuit Court, gave Silas Mitchell, colored, a verdict of $615 against the C. & A. rail road. Mitchell received personal injuries while working on the Al ton in Illinois. Stop patching Missouri's con stitution, with proposed amend ments. We've outgrown the old instrument. Let's have a consti-. tutional couveution and fix the old document so it won't need fixing again for twenty years. It is in adequate, and this patching every two years with amendments is too costly and is getting very tiresome to the people. Rev. P.hillip Jamesou, of St. Louis, was here last week repre senting the Children's noma So ciety of Missouri. The Society has 35 childreu whom thej? desire to put in good homes. If you de sire a child to raise address Rev. 0. C. Stahman, 810 Olive St.. St. Louis, and he will give you any information wanted. Another most excellent fellow is going to leave Audrain, .u the person of Dick Lott, two tniles southwest of Benton City. He will have a public sale Monday ', Feb. 9, of all his 6tock and farm ing implements and will. move, his family to Fort Collins, Colo. He will there be employed in a sugar beet factory. Here's wishing him and his health aud prosperity in .the West. The 13-year-old Missouri boy in New York, when asked if he drank liqnors, replied, "No, indeed. They are worse than coffee. I do not think liquors or cigars ' are good for boys of my age. The human system should not be stim ulated until it gets beyond the stage of middle life and begins to fa:;." A Boston boy might have used biggev words, but would they have ustotiished tho court more! Rev. Brooks Still Unwilling to Brook Evil. Jefferson City, Jan. 2D. The Rev. Clayton S. Brooks, pastor of the Christian chnrch, is still cam paigning against the gambling places of Jefferson City. So far nothing of an official nature has transpired, tho he talked the weather over with Prosecuting attorney R. P. Stone. The Rev. Mr. Brooks has re ceived a large number of letters concerning the situation in Jeffer son City hotels and other places, all condemning the existence of faro, roulette, poker, craps and other games in the capital, where the laws are made. It is an nounced that he will speak on the subject at the Christian church next Sunday evening. Meanwhile he is letting his opin ion of officials be known. In an interview which he gave out for publication to-day, he said: "I care nothing about the chap laincy business. There is not the remotest connection between that affair and the public-open gam bling, and other acts of lawless ness which the convivial Mayor ungraciously permits. He makes no effort to enforce the law against gambling and the open Sunday saloon. I wonder if he has ever been officially informed that his own billiard hall is open on Sunday and games permitted contrary to law? "No, I am not after the Legis lators, but I assert that the Mayor and Prosecuting Attorney are blind to duty and negligent beyond all Reason, , Their own, personal testimony would be enough to se cure many convictions. "Considering the many open doors to vice in Missouri's capital, the voters of the State should se lect only tho best and strongest men to represent them here, for only such can withstand the temp tations of this gay city. "It is a disgrace to our State that Missouri's laws are broken fir t of all and very flagratnly in the very city where they are made. It would be well if our, authorities kuew that our laws apply also to Jeffreson City. "A well-informed gentleman told me yesterday that there is no gambliug house in St. Louis so open, bold, conveuieut and acces sible as the one in the Madison House, under the very shadow of the Capitol, and adjoining the Governor's mansion. "And yet our innocent and ig norunt Mayor has never heard of these things. ' I have never been inside of any saloon or gambling house iu the city, but, like every other man in town, I know that the conditions exist and continue undisturbed by State or City offi cials." The belief that an editor knows everything is widespred, but one small boy has discovered the limi tations of the editorial mind. Here is the anecdote as we got it from a contemporary: "Father," asked this small son of an editor, "is jupiter inhabited!" "I don't know, my son, "was the truthful answer. Presently . he was interrupted again: "Father, is there any' sea serpents!" "I don't know, ray son." The Jittle fellow was manifestly east down, but presently rallied, and again approached the great source of information. "Father, what dos the North Pole look like!" But alas again the answer: "I don't know, my son." At last, in desperation, hu iuquired, with withering emphasis: "Father.how did you get to be an editor!" Wm. II. Wallace's Eloquent Panegyric In a Speech Ten Years Ago. The appellation, "Grand Old Missouri," now so often used, is said t have been originated by William H. Wallace of Kansas City in his apostrophe to Missouri "in his published campaign speech in 1892: "Grand, beautiful, magnifi cent Missouri. Where rollingprair ies, fertile valleys, mighty forests, placid lakes, majestic rivers en chant the eye and woo the heart; where of every hueclimo freshen in the evening dew till the green ivy of the North and 3he fragrant mag nolia of the south meet each other in a emmon home, and rebuking sectional hate entwine thier arms in tenderst love; where birds of every note and plumage wend their mer ry flight' from fhe humming bird that flutters in the honeysuckle to the eagle that bnilds his eyrie in the craggy cliff, while the nightin gale and the bobolink wake the for est which ringing melodies sweet as those that rose in paradise: where the perch, the crappie and the bass leap in the sunbeams and the hunters' horn rousej the fleet footed fox and the bounding deer! "Fertile, bounteous, exhaustless Missouri 1 Where yellow harvests are locked in the golden sunshine rich as those that ripened iu the l8ud of Nile; where corn and cot ton flourish in a common soil, and the apple and the peach grow in luscious beauty side by side; where exhaustless bads of coal, lead and zinc lie sleep in the earth and or? .'.n tains of iren aw.ait.the blaz ing forge. "Enterprising, majestic, imperial Missouri! Where than million souls have swelled our num bers during the paet decaded; where the lights of a genuine Christian civilization, like vestal virgins, hold their vigils uuerring and nndying as the silvery stars, and where, nuder the soft and hal lowed flame of Progress, like the Hebrew giant, bursting thu withes protection is ever tying about his limbs, is leaping forward iu the great race for material wealth and glory with bounding strides, un surpassed in all the sisterhood of states. "Educated, intelligent, God fearing Missouri! Where sehool so thickly dot the hills and plains that voice meets voice of merry children romping on the lea till oue vast chorus mounts the skies; where from every city, village and hamlet the graceful spire and the churchgoing bell call the way to Heaven; where thousands of Christian homes cluster by the riveis aud on the hill tops with the open fire and danciug flames, with the old arm-chair and the well worn Bible cherished scenes, where we first lisped the name of father, mother, sister, brother. Sacred, -tender, hallowed old Mis souri soil! Beloved laud of min gled joy and grief 1 Where all the flowers of youth have bloomed and grown and childhood's mer ry laughter in gleeful echoes lin gers still to cheer aud thrill the the drooping heart. Where many a hope has perished in. an- hour and mauy a falliug tear has fouud a grave; where mothers first taught us to kueel in prayer, aud where under the willows and by the brooks the forms of loved ones gone before await our coming to slumber by them till the resurec tiou morn. - Beauteous, glorious , consecrated old Missouri soil! Let others defame thee as they will thank heaven, in life, in death, you are good enough for me," MISS YELTON. Her Awful Death From the Explosion of a Lamp. The Message last week con tained an account of the awful death of Miss Anna Yelton near Wellsville. The Wellsville-Optic News adds the following: From the best information at hand, we understand that Miss Yelton went up stairs to put out a light which was bnrning in the room and while in t he act of blowing the light out, the lamp exploded, scattering the burning oil all over the girl, setting her clothes on fire and before the fire could be put out she was terribly burned about the arms and body. In trying to rescue the girl the fire in the room was forgotten and had gained such headway in a few minutes that it was impossible to save the building, whieh togeth er with tho contents was burned. The unfortunate girl was carried to a neighbor's and Dr. Hudsou of this city, summoned to attend her, who did all he could to alleviate her suffering, but she was beyond medical aid, and died Monday morning. It is said that she was so badly burned that the skin peeled from her lhauds, arras and body above the waist. The remains of Miss Yelton were buried near Benton City last Tuesday. An Editor Moralizes. The Middlefown (Mo.) Ch'ps, -commenting on the sending of an unfortunate woman of that commu ity to the Fulton Insane Hospital, says: "Her little grand child will be taken care of by the Sheriff un til some arrangement can be made for its future welfare. While this unfortunate creature will be bet ter fed, clothed, and better cared for by the move, yet there are cit izens in the community who can not but doubt her insanity, or cannot bnt believe that had the people of this community done their duty as Christians, or hu manitarians, there would have been no occasion for her incarcer ation in the asylum. The fact that it is undoubtedly best for the sauitary welfare of the community does uot effect the question of du ty. The writer does not excuse himself; it is up to you, brother, sister; did you do your whole du ty to this unfortunate! This question will come before yon sometime maybe in eternity answer it. SHOT HIS MOTHER. Little One Allowed to Play With Gun. Boouville, Mo., Jan. 28. Mrs. Alice Hoeffer, wife of prominent farmer Iviiug ttree miles south east of town, was shot in the heart and almost instantly' killed this evening by her little son. Mr. Hoeffer and wife were en gaged iu shooting out of the win dow in their room at some Euglish sparrows iu the yard with a small target rifle. The boy was stand ing by his mother, who held the gun iu her hands. While she was looking out of the window the little fellow pulled the trigger, discharging the gun. The ball entering her left breast, pieroiug her heart. The mother fell dying at his feet. Mr. Hoeffer was in the window at the time, but was looking . the other way and did not see how it occurred. The boy, who is only 4 years old, when asked how it hap pened, said he "pulled the trigger aud ma was shot." He is ft bright little fellow and was the idol of his mother. Not aStem.wlndcr, I8-carat Split-second Article Audrain County Interested. New York, Jan. 28. John W. Gates bought a raiiroad to-day. It is not an stem-winder, 18-carat. split-second article, like his Louisville and Nashville purchase and he won't make f 11,000,000 financiering it. He won't be able to turn it over to J. P. Mor gan & Co., but he can give annnal passes on it to his friends and thus derive as in being a railroad "magnate." The road is the Iowa & Mis souri. It controls the Iowa & St. Louis railway now being built from Macon, Mo., to St. Louis, and this is why Mr. Gates bought it. He was created a director to-day. At the same time his associates, in the purchase, John Lambert and J. J. Mitchell, were also elect ed to the dire etorate. TRAINS INTO CENTEEVILLE. Centerville, Iowa, Jan. 28. The gap n the St. Louis & Iowa, just over the state line, has been completed and trains now run from Centervi He to Novenger, Mo. No regular trains are as yet run over the road and probably will not be this winter bnt some coal is mov ing out from their new mines along the road. It is not proba ble that they will put on regular trains until spring and not pas senger trains then until they get more track completed. METHODISTS MEET. Addresses Made by Several Preachers Known In Audrain. Macon, Mo., Jan., 28. The Hannibal district conference of the Methodist church held three very interesting sessious to-day at the first Methodist chnrch here. The morning session was opened by Rev . D. S. Smith of Mexico, who conducted a short service, after which Dr. J. H. Poland, pre siding elder, took the chair.' Rev. J. J. Hicks, Macon, was elected secretary, followjug which reports fiom the charges were heard Of the twenty-six charges in this dis trict, twenty are represented at this conference. A sermou by Rev. R. N. Bur ress of Vandalia closed the ses sion. This afternoon several vis itors were iutrodndedamoug whom were Dr. L. E. Sims, presiding elder of the Kirksville district con ference, and Rev. J. F. Mc Don ald, presidiug elder of the A. M. E. conference. Addresses were made during the aftenoon by Rev. C. R. Wade Louisiaua, Rev. I. F. Lusk Moberly, Dr. J. II. Polaud Macon, Rev. R. M. Peuuewell Warrenton, M. S. Smith Bethel, Rev. R. F. Nickell Wakenda, W. R. Enyeart Mendon, D. E. Carr Bevier, and Prof. A. G. Aguew of the Weslevun cellege in Cam eron. And This Child Lives? An item found in the Vandalia Mail and Express: Lester, the little son of Wm. Ledford and wife, was accidently shot by his sister, Fanny, Tuesday of laet week with a rifle. The bullet entered just above the ear and came out at the back of the head. It was a narrow escape for the little fellow. Dre. Monroe and Grove, dressed the wound and he is getting along nicely. Big pickle vats are to be built at Beeville, Tex., the farmer of the community having agreed to plant the necessary cucumbers.