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Volume 7,
Mexico, Missouri MeirdT. l.5 190G.
Number 20
growing rapidly lately in member
Miss Lanra Brown of Thomp
son will teach In the Fox district
this rpring.
Rev. John T. Mason, Mexico, has
been chosen pastor of the Baptist
chnrch at Troy.
The Tribe of Ben Ilur of Mex
ico had an addition of 17 new mem
bers last week.
The base ball enthusiasts opened
"work" at the M. M. A. grounds
in Mexico last week.
It is said that the "Ping" train
on the C. & A. will be put on
again. Hope so, Flanagan.
Charles Davis, colored, was
fined two dollars and costs the
other day in Jodge Bass' conrt for
The town board of Wellsville
has ordered that billiard and pool
tables shall not be licensed to op
erate in that city.
The Mexico school teachers pe
titioned the school board to elect
Prof. L. B. Hawthorn Superinten
dent, Proh D. A. McMillan de
ceased. Timothy Clements, son of Mrs.
Kate Clements of Mexico, who suf
fered a crushed foot by the cars at
Fremont. Neb., recently, will
soon return home to recuperate.
Leslie Reed, colored, has been
held under a $200 bond to await
the action of the grand jury
(harped with assaulting Lee
Wright, colored, aged 13.
The Wabash will sod its ground
south of the new passenger station
and set with trees, making a small
park. Improvements in that
neighborhood will show up great
before the summer is ended.
A Little Composition.
The other day a little school
girl stepped into the Laddonia
Herald office, to wait till her mam
ma came by, she explained. To
while away a moment Editor Greer
asked her to write him a short let
ter for publication and this is what
she wrote:
I go to school to Miss Snidow,
She is a fine teacher. She lives in
Mexico. She wears a gray coat and
blue hat. She has black hair and
wears a comb in it. She teaches
No.2. She has pretty teeth. She
baa abont 46 pupils in her room
I like to go to her.
To Meet in Vandal la.
The Symphony Club, of Mexico,
is to meet with Mrs. W. M.
VVeatherford, of Vandalia, March
27, The following program will
be rendered in the afternoon :
Opera Faust by Gounod.
Libretto, Faust; Fantasies by Sid
ney Smith, Miss C. Fouvillo
Selection from Faust Miss Guthrie
Flower Song Mrs. IS. R. Locke
Faust Mrs. Clements
Romance Mrs, E. R. Wilson
. Pnrnonrri Sur Faust s Miss
. L'Araarouesa Mrs. J. Jesse
Potnourrl (Cramer) Mra. Ethan
Dno(for twolpianos) from Faust
Miss Kennen and Mrs. Weath
Mexico Odd Fellows lodge
Residence Burned.
The residence of Capt.J.C. John-
Bon, near Tampa, Florida, was de
stroyed by fire recently. Capt.
Johnson married Miss Frances
Howe of Mexico and formerly
ived near Benton City. A Florr
ida paper thns speaks of the fire:
Information was received in
Tampa yesterday afternoon from
Fort Dade to the effect that the
resideuce of Captain Johnson, one
of the finest residences at the for
tifications and a home most ele
gantly famished, had been totally
destroyed by fire about 4 o'clock
yesterday morning.
'The residence, costing abont
$9,000, together with appurte
nances and furnishings, was all
lost. The fire started from the
outside and in the rear of the resi
dence. The origin of the fire is
Paint Bucket Poison.
Clarksburg, Mo., March 10.
light head of valuable oattfe, the
property of George Pedego, a
farmer residing two miles west of
this city, died from poisoning, the
result of licking an empty paint
bucket, which was supposed to
have contained salt.
A Nonpartisan Ticket.
Vadnalia. Mo., March 9. At a
strictly nonpartisan mass meeting
to-night a citizens ticket was nom
inated for the city spring election.
Dr. R. L. Atford, former mayor
of Vandalia, was nominated for
mayor, William Hostetter for
marshal. Henry Bower assesor;
aldermen 1st ward, J.B. Glascock,
2d ward J. F. Humphrey.
Drake Sells City Property.
John Sallee has moved back to
Mexico from St. Louis.
Prof. Claude. Sansbury remains
quite ill with rheumatism.
Robert McConnell of Thompson
will-move back to Mexico.
Mrs. Lizzie Spencer of Louisi
ana, a sister of Mason Craasey,
has moved to Mexico.
Eld. M. P. Matheny, editor of
the Regular Baptist iu this city,
has moved his family to Eldorado
J. T. McCue will move back " to
Mexico from Fulton and will be
treasurer of the North Missouri
Trust Co.
John Pinaire, of Illinois,, is
moving to the Johm Brewer farm,
west of Mexico, which he pur
chased some time ago.
Repeated from the Perry Enter
prise: Jas. Kline, who worked
for J. W. Trimble, Wm. and J. R.
Smiley. L. B. Osgood and other
parties in the Santa Fe neighbor
hood for several years past, is m
the New London jail, as the re
sult of forging a check. J. W.
Trimble shipped a load of stock
to St. Louis something like a month
ago, and gave Kline a pass into
St. Louis with the stock. While
the train was doing some switch-
ing-'at Center, Kline went np town
and presented at Uie bank a check
on the Santa Fe Bank, drawn np
payable to Perry Davis from J.. VV.
Trimble, Kline indorsing it on the
back. Kline made some plausible
excuse to the bauk cashier at , Cen
ter for not cashing the check at
Santa Fe or Perry. He went on
to St. Louis with the stock and
then to his old home at some point
in Illinois, where he was arrested
by an Illinois Bheriff and turned
over to Bheriff AdKinson, who
went after him. arriving" in New
Tendon with his prisoner.' Kline.
ou Monday. Kline is a hard
work in i? vounsr fellow, and it is a
mystery why he did such a foolish
ttinj. .
Gentleman, Teacher, Friend A
Tribute by the Columbia Herald.
Walter Williams attended in
Mexico Inst week the funeral of
his friend and associate in office
as curator of the University. Prof.
D. A. McMillan, and delivered an
address. It was a maguificent trib
ute, but iu his Columbia Herald
he adds the following:
"Missouri is poorer than on yes
testerday. D. A. McMillan, teach
er, scholar, helper of human kind
is dead.
"Prof. McMillan was of singu
larly happy tempermeut. He be
lieved in God and man. He ever
took the sunny side. He was
cheerful and made others so.
There was the contagion of joy in
his very laugh. Life to him was
a sad contest, sometimes, but nev
er outwardly. He was the embodi
ment of courtesy. Born a gentle
man, ho ever continued to be one.
It was ever a helpful pleasure to
meet him anywhere. In official
relations as in personal relations
he was guileless, kindly-affectioned
true. He loved the blue sky and
a bit of verse and his old frieuds
and a book and little children.
He was gracious in speech and
manner. He won friends and dis
armed opposition by his modest
and the geniality of his conversa
tion. The snowdrifts of years
which left their mark ' upon his
head could not check the spring
time bouancy of his heart. His
many former pupils will ever hold
him in loving, grateful memory.
"Missouri boasts of much mate
rial wealth. We take just pride
in that which the state has of ma
terial things. But far more valu
able to Missouri are the men of
high character and noble lives.- A
good man is worth more than any
bag of money or pile of stone.
Such a man was D. A. McMillan;
friend and gentleman. His com
ing was a benediction to Missouri,
his presence here a source of
strength and sunshine, his going
forth au enrichment of the Land
One of the sougs sung ou the
stage bears the following title," I
Dou't Kuow Where I'm Going,
But I'm on my Way." Thousands
have listened to it and laughed nt
it. It was intended to amuse -and
it has served its purpose. Per
haps, says the Columbia Tribune,
of the many who have he ard the
song a few here and there have
been sufficiently philosophical to
recognize in its title the suggestion
of a serious thought. Some weeks
since a rural visitor who had not
been in the city before for a good
many years was stauding on the
corner in Kansas Uity, viewing
the passing crowds' with deep in
tere&t. To a citizen who had en
gaged him in conversation he said
" Where are they going! the peo
pie I mean." Where can all those
people who are rushing along so
fast be goiugf .We are on the
way unquestionably, but where are
we bonndf In the vnst majority
of cases the question is unanswer
Candidate Fell Dead.
. -Bowling Green, Mo., March 8.
W. D. Sunders, candidate for
treasurer of Pike county, fell dead
on the- street here today from
rheumatism of the heart. He had
started to the train to begin - his
canvass tor offioe. He was 75
years old and had been prominent
in Pike cornty politics for many
years. .
It's Going to Depend on the Soil
and the Crop-Weather Next
A stray blizzard came in upon
this section of Missouri last Satur
day night and the next day Moth
er Earth was covered with a
three-inch suow and the spring
weather that had been upon us van
ished away. But we wanted to
speak here of Foster's Weather
Bulletin sent us from Washington
Guess he knows what he is
guesning ut and what he says may
interest you. He predicts a warm
wave about the 20th and then
This warm wave will cause a
general thaw further north than is
usual and will promise an early
spring but the month will be closed
cold aud the alternating freezes
and thaws will not be good for
winter wheat. We are approach
ing a season of unusually variable
crop weather, so radical that com,
wheat, potatoes, flax, grass and
cotton will depend on the nature of
the soil to a greater extent than
for years past. Some kinds of soil
will not pay for the seed and I
again advise farmers : not to sell
good corn for less than 50 cents.
The snccess of crops this year
will depend so largely on the thf
lay of the land and the quality of
the soil thdt I cannot give good
advice in a general letter except to
say that good crop3 will be pro
duced where the soil fits the crop
weather; that the corn crop will be
one-fourth short, of last year and
that wheat will not come up to the
average. Potatoes will not make
more than half u crop.
Farmers Organize.
Wellsville, Mo., March 9.-At
the Farmers' Iustitute, held in this
city, a farmers club, with J. P.
Wilson as president and R. C.
Webb as secretary, was orgauized.
Where're The Girls This Go?
Warren8bnrg, Mo., March 7.
Rube Oglesby, who is again can
didate for the Democratic nomina
tion for Railroad and Warehouse
commissioner, for which office he
was benten by a Republican oppo
nent at the last election, wa9 warmly
congratulated on his return to this
city after the Democratic primary
in Oregon County, which he carried
by a big majority.
Oglesby's friends here are loyal
to him and will support him in the
race for nomination. He will spned
most of his time between now
and the Jefferson City conveutiou
traveliug over the State.
Oglesby, it will be remembered
owed his nomination two years
ago largely to the efforts of War-
rensbnrg young ladiflfe, led by Miss
Elizabeth Houta, who, calling
themselves the "Oglesby girls."
invaded Jefferson City when the
nominating conveutiou met and
carried the convention for him. It
has not developed whether Ogles
by is to have this same mighty
support of the fair ones of War
rensburg in the canvass.
Miss Mattie Frost of Mexico, as
sistant pastor of the Methodist
church here, remains in very ill
Mrs. Walter Hubbard of Mexico
while nracticine at one of the
skating rinks last Thursday fell
and broke her arm in three places
Mrs. Joe Considioe of Thorap
son was "operated on for appendi
citis at the Parker Hospital iu Co
lumbia recentlj . At last reports
she was doing aa well 89 could be
That's the Opinion of a Circuit
Mncn, Mo., March 7. Mrs.
Tom Kelley, a negro woman, came
to town today with her little 10-year-old
son, Albert Johnson, who
was released without trial Satur
day for killing his stepfather.
Albeit went into the front room
while a family quarrel was in
progress. Uis stepfather was
hammering his mother with a
chair. Albert climbed up and got
a shot gun, with which he shot and
killed his stepfather.
After looking into the case.
the Prosecutiug Attorney di
rected the boy's release without
preliminary examination.
In returning her son to custody,
Mrs. Kelley explained that the ne
groes were very badly scared up at
the coal camp, fearing that Albert
would go gunning again.
The Circuit Judge explained to
them that a trial of the boy
would have been a farce, as the
jury would have acquitted him.
He said that if the jury had not
turned the boy loose, he would
have set the verdict aside.
The negro preacher, who accom
panied Mrs. Kelley, said it estab
lished a bad precedent, and would
encourage the boy to think he had
done a meritorious act in killing
his stepfather.
"If he killed him under the cir
cumstances as sworn to at the in
quest," said the Circuit Judge, "he
did exactly right. This boy shall
neither be sent to the jail nor to,
the reform school."
That "Home Rule" Idea.
The following is from the Jour
nal of Agriculture of St. Louis. It
gives a peculiar situation, but we
believe the story is truthfully told:
As an issue in Missouri politics,
the cry of "home rule for St.
Louis," which means especially
the regulation of the police depart
ment by the city government, is
meeting with little popular re
sponse. It is known that a rormer
mayor, 'whose administration
marked the disgraceful period in
St. Louis history, was especially
interested in home rule legislation
and was injudicious enough to say
that if he had the control of the
police system he could perpetrate
his mayoralty for life. He meant
what he said, and knew what he
was talking about. He was famil
iar with the conditious. It was in
his term of offioe that the climax
was reached. Knowing these facts
we undertake to say that not ten
per eeut of the substantial business
and professional element of St.
Louis who pay taxes, nnd who
have the interest of good govern
ment at heart, are in favor of the
police coutrol being transferred to
the City. Let not rural Missouri
be deluded by any suggestion that
there is auy clamor in St. Lonis
for what is called home rule, as
applied to the police system,
among the element iu favor of
good government among the peo
pie who pay taxes, who have no
political or ofllcial ends to serve
except that of good, clean, practi
cal government. The State gov
meut is more respousive to popu
lar sentiment than city manage
ment the governor is nearer the
whole people and more responsive
to them. The police is a state,
not a city, power. .The governor
can best keep the force out of poll
tics. Let the law stand as it is
The Middletowu Chips states
that Eld. G. B. Smith, lato of Cal
laway conntr, has moved back to
Laddonia, one of his first loves.
Some Thoughts Reviewed in an Edi
torial By the Messaqo Some
Time Ago.
Washington, March 6. Charg
ing that the American working
man has been wronged and robbed
by protected trusts, and that, in
spite of the talk of prosperity, he .
is getting less for his work than he.
did before the Dingley law was en
acted, Representative W. W.
Rucker, of the Second Missouri
District, for two hours today re
plied to a recent speech of General
Grosvenor, in which the latter main
taiued that the high protective tar
iff is solely responsible for the un
precedented prosperity of the
Judge Rucker declared that the
contrary is the truth, and that the
rank and file of American citizens
have always enjoyed great prosper
ity under low tariff, when the pro
tected trusts had no advantage
over them. He said that, in addi
tion to being robbed and oppressed
the workingman has had to pay a
constantly increasing price for the
necessaries of life. Between 1890
and 1900, Mr. Rucker asserted the
number of children under 16 years
of age employed in industrial in
stitutions increased 40 per cent.
He said the poor man was obliged,
by the oppression meted out, to
take his children from school, and
put them to work, in order to
maintain his family.
The Missonrian declared that
the high tariff also discriminated
against the American farmer and
that, notwithstanding the fact that
in the last fifty years the farm
products have comprised three
fourths of our total export trade,
under the. Dingley law the relative
farm values to national wealth
have gradually decreased. This
sLrinkoge, he said, has amounted
to billions, and, in the single
item of cereals the decrease in the
value of products the last ten years
has been $1,500,000,000.
Turning his attention to the tar
iff on the Mergenthaler typesetting
machine, Mr. Rucker said it had
been demonstrated that these ma
chines could be produced for $500,
and yet they were sold for $3,000
because of the tariff.
There were 20,000 publications in
this country affected by this price.
Thousands of petitions from ed
itors had been sent to the present
Congress 'urging the removal of
this prohibitory and monopolistic
"Will not the gentlemeu heed
these petitions!" he asked. "Then
every Republican editor in the
United Siates, who has the back
bone of an angleworm, onght to
unite and make the condition of
Republican members such that
they will cry out, "Wherever I
fly is hell, wherever I light is
Mr. Rucker concluded with the
prediction that with a tariff, re
vision platform and William J.
Bryan as its candidate, the Demo
cratic party would as a cyclone,
sweep the country.
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