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OREGON, MISSOURI, FRIDAY, APRIL lO, 1908. NUMBER 48 i 8UNJ CRAIG AND VICINITY. Interesting Events of a Local Char acter Compiled From the Craig Leader of April 3. Charles Gomel was graduated from the -Kansas City Veterinary Colk-with high honors on March 26. For the pres sent he will be in Craig. During the past year Rev. R. B. West has officiated at sixteen funerals and six weddings, as gleaned from the annual report read by him last Sunday at the congregatianul meeting. Felix Gamble last Monday brought to town one wagon load of chickens weighing 623 pounds which he sold to J. W. Sellers at ten cents per pound, or $62.30. There wBre 111 fowls in the lot. The annual congregational meeting of the Presbyterian church held last Sunday at 11 a. m. voted in favor of con tinuing Rev. R. II. West in this pastor ate, hia salary to remain the same as last year $1,100 per annum. The ensuing year will be Mr. West's seventh year year with the Craig church. Ben Pearce cn the 3d shipped to St. Joseph sixty-seven hogs which weighed 20,550 pounds an average of 307 pounds Among the heavies were three which weighed 1.550 pounds. They were raised and fattened by Henry Voltmer. Thirty five of the animals were raised and fat tened by George Arnett. The entire shipment comprised the finest lot of fat hogs sent out of Craig during the year past. At the C. D. Strickler Bale, six miles north of town, yearling heifers brought an average of 825.30. Yearling steerB $28, "ordinary" cows from 835 to $45,and all the horses sold good for class and age. A pair of two year-old mules brought $327.50. At the Jacob Wehrli sale near Maitland, high prices prevailed for all the 100 head of cattle sold. They were a much mixed lot as to class and breeding. Luther H. Nauman and Miss Edna Belle Eddy were married April 1, at the Presbyterian manse in this place, Rev. R. B. West officiating. The ceremony, which took place at 7 p. m. was witness ed by Roy Lower as best man, and Miss Ferol Eddy, siBter of the bride. Mr. and Mrs. Nauman the next day began house keeping on their farm six and one-half miles east of Craig. Both contracting parties belong to old, established and highly respected Holt county families and begin wedded life under very auspic ious conditions. The groom is a son of John W. Nauman, the bride a daughter of E. P. Eddy. Last Saturday about 9 o'clock a. m. B. W. Browning's family, living five miles north of town, discovered the roof of the house to be on fire. One immedi ately gave the alarm to the neighbors by telephone, while the others fought fire. In a few moments dozens of the neighbors were on the premises and the fire was quenched. A bole fourteen by six feet was burned in the roof and con siderable damage was done by water. V MOIV.TUE.WBP. TMU.I PRI. I SAT. L2 54 56JL891011 12 13 14 15 16 IT 18 rCTl02122 252425 r2l27l28l2950l 1 GERMANY The aggregate damage was about seven- ty five dollHrs. No insurance was car ried on either house or goods. The fire was cause by a defective sheet iron flue. Xhe Mother and the Nation. The new rating given woman by Presi-dent-:Roo8evelt should ba a valuable aid in her campaign for suffrage. Sneaking to the delegates of the National Women's Congress, the Presi identsaid: "This is the one body that I put even ahead of the veterans of the civil war, because when all it said, it is the mother only who is a better citizen than the soldier who fights for his coun try." And aeai-: "The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the success ful statesman or business man or artist or scientist." Now, then, armed with these creden tials from the first citizen of the nation, American mothers should have no diffi culty, if they act with any considerable degree of unanimity, in securing the full rights of citizenship. There isn t an honest man in Uncle Sam's dominions who won't indorse every word that the President has uttered in praise of the mother. Why. then, shouldn't she, if she desires, have a direct share in the af fairs of government? And this sug gests a possible solution of the race sui cide problem. A Trial of Death. The death of John Jenkins, Sr, presi dent of the defunct First National bank of Brooklyn, calls to mind the fact that nineteen persons have died in New York City as thn result of financial troubles incident to speculation. While Mr. Jenkins died of apoplexy due to nervous strain on account of his having been in dicted for criminal irregularity in the management of his bank, the major ity of the victims of frenzied fi nance have met death at their own bands, dents, sional The list includes bank presi financiers, speculators, profes and business men, all of whom sought to make money by the short route, and the list may not be complete; for, through losses aggregating nearly 2,000,000,000, the trial of death may lead into homes of more humble persons who also were victims of the financial crash. In the history of financial disaster in this country there has never been a trial of death comprising victims of such prominence, influence and apparent suc cess in finance as that through which the country, and New York City espe cially has recently passed. And the end is not yet, for a score or more of bankers and financiers are under indictments for crimes and misdemeanors which, result ing in conviction, are almost certain to be followed by death. Even now several men awaiting trial are in insane asylums and sanitariums undergoing treatment, one or two of them hopelessly insane, and others complete nervouB wrecks. What the end will finally be no one knows, but from what has already hap pened, there is greater reason than ever for believing that "the wages of sin is death." WORKED A CLEVER TRICK. The Postmaster at Craig Is Duped by a Bogus officer - $600 Secured. Postmaster Thompson, of Craig, Mo. had a SG00 experience with a suppose'dj St. Joseph crook a few days ago. The man passed fur a pcstoftice inspector and the fact that be was not has just become' known to tho authorities here. The crook hrst appearad at Uraig on Januaiy 1 1, presented what purported to be the duly signed at.d certified ere dentials of . P. Orland, postoffice in spector, and made himself acquainted with Mr. Thompson. Orland showed perfect familiarity with the books and routine of a poBti-fiice, and departed af ter announcing bis intention of return ing in a few days to finish the inspec tion, which he could not then complete for lack of time. He returned on Janu ary 16, inspected the books thoroughly and found there was then on hand $660 due the government. As the law ex pressly stipulates that all surplus funds must be turned over to any duly ac credited inspector upon demand. Mr. Thompson gave the monej to Orland, which the latter promptly put into an inside pocket. In reply to Mr. Thomp son's lequest for a receipt, the "inspec- toi" assumed indignant and arrogant aire and informed him that the only receipt due him aud all that was necessary, would be forthcoming from the govern ment depository at St. Joseph, and would arrive .in a few dnys. Orland then left the office ;ind the fact that ha was a swindler was not disclosed until the next visit of Mr. Daniel, twenty four da j 8 later. Since March 9 several Bpecial inspec tore, detectives, have been sent here to find possible clues to the identity of the crook The inside results of their labors are not disclosed, and up to this time not a shadow of a suspicion is known to rest upon any person jn particular. The situation would, involve Mr. Thompson's reputation for honesty, were it not for the fact thai several local peo ple met the man Orland, and two of these people have made oath to the in spectors who have been, tact here on the case, that they can identify" hijnwithoflt doubt, if brought into, hiaj presence,. There is absolutely no question, about Postmaster Thompson having been duped by a high class crook, .represent ing himself to be in the government ser vice. It is probable that the swindler has at one time been in the government service, probably as a postmaster and subsequently as an inspector. The prob abilities are that the credentials which be exhibited were at one time the genu ine authorization of some other man to do the work of an inspector. There is not now in the government employ a postoffice inspector named Orland, and the only tenable theory is that the crook had stolen or otherwise possessed him self of expired credentials which he .had altered by erasures and skillful pen work. The natural result was an investiga tion. It developed that Postmaster Thompson had been duped. When he learned the facts he made good the 8600. Now the officers are looking for the bogus inspector. They are at a loss to know where he secured the book of credentials ith which he fooled Thomp son. Statements Show Recuperation. While the state banking law requires at least two annual statements from the banks, trust companies and other finan cial institutions organized and operating under the state laws, Secretary of State Swanger has made three private calls for statements of their condition since the begiuning of the financial depression last fall. One of these calls was made in October, another in January and the third in February. While the recapitulation indicates that there was a marked falling off in the January figures as compared with those for October, the figures for Febru ary show that a turn for the better was made after the January figures were compiled. We give the recapitulation for Octo ber, 1907, and that of February, 1908, which shows a decrease of only 822,798,- 283 as compared with the October call. Oct.28,1907. Feb.3,1908. Loans 8247,503,522 8218,260,727 Overdrafts.... 2,100,607 1,582,544 Exchange and cash items... 53,008,858 55,848,643 Cash 16,725.552 21,751,603 Dem'd dep 189,328,632 176,613,295 Time deposits.. 80,056,427 69,154,194 Bills payable... 2,811,560 2,682,220 Total $368,077,320 8345,279,043 If you will attend the meeting of the Mum society at Mrs. Mina Curry's on tomorrow, Saturday afternoon, April 11th, at 2:30 p. m., we promise you can have the privilege of talking just as much as you like. Making; Good. There is one good thing about this cruise of the big fleet around the world. It is proving that the naval critics who have been trying to create the impres sion that our big ships are a rotten lot are either ignoramuses or malicious liars. The ships have made a better record than they were expected to make. Not one of them has broken down and it is taid that they are in better shape than when they started. When the record of the target practice is sent in to headquarters it will also prove that j the guns are all right and that the gun ners are the best in the world. There is nothing the matter with the fleet. There are a lot of French and Ger mans and possibly some English gentle men who would have been pleased to learn that our navy is in poor condition, but they are willing to acknowledge already that there is nothing the matter with the American nary. According to the present program it will Bail on across the Pacific, visit Japan and Australia and come back to the Atlantic through the Suez canal. That part of the pro gram is the only thing we object to. There is no earthly need of a big fleet of war ships in the Atlantic. There may be need for it in the Pacific and the bulk of it ought to stay there; not sis an intimation that we anticipate war but just because it ought to be there There is just as much sense in the talk that is still sometimes heard that a war is liable to break out at any time between this country and Japan as there was in the talk that our navy is no good Japan just now has all that she can handle with comfort, and a good deal more. Korea is giving her Borne trouble, and China is threatening to get obstrep erous again. And at home Japan is facing bankruptcy or something mighti ly like it. The Japanese government will proba bly pay its debts but the load the poor people have to bear is enough to break down a less energetic and courageous people. Of course Japan is not crazy for any trouble with the United States. It ia said that the Russians, especially the army and navy officers, hoped to see a war between the United States and Japan. They believe that the Ameri can navy could whip' the Jap navy and it would tickle these Russians to see somebody whip the Japs in view-of the miserable failure they made of the job. We want no -trouble with Japan and Japan knows she can't afford to have trouble with us. Judicial Anarchy. The highest ccurt of California has not taken the honorable action that was expected of it in the Schmitz case, but has nullified the conviction of the former mayor of San Franci ;co and abrogated the plea of guilty offered by the ex-boss of that city, and has done so for purely technical reasons. There is no question but that the verdict of the jury in the Schmitz case was in accordance with the facts, or that Schmitz took money cor ruptly. The entire results of a prosecu tion that has been going on for nearly two years are lost for the assumed rea son that the indictment did not state other facts that have not been and can not be denied. There was no mention of the fact that Schmitz was mayor when he took the money, but it was never pretended that he was anything j else at the time. The omission was of j no consequence, for ie deprived no one of aBy legal right and did ho one any in- jury. That Kind of law piovoked the forma tion of the vigilance committee in the same city, half a century ego, and it looks as if there were no other way for tho people thereof to establish justice and protect their lives and property, but by extra legal methods. What personal or property rights can be safe if there is no security therefor except the kind of justice that is administered in Cali fornia today? No one should rashly recommend mob rule to any community, but there have been times when it was the only means of re-establishing justice and restoring law and order. When the existing au thorities are utterly false to their trust, when they sat free the thieves and per mit them to plunder with impunity, an archy is already existing under legal forms. In such cases, citizens are ab solved from any duty of obedience ex cept to obej the higher law of self-pre servation. A citizen of Macon is trying to se cure for exhibition purposes the onery steer which caused 810,000 worth of liti gatiqn between farmers John Massen gale of Macon county, and E. E. Rice of Chariton county. The steer is now ten years old. its ongmar vaiue, as testi fied to at the trial, was only 830, but Mr. Rice has several times refused to part with it for 8200. He says it Beems so much like one of the family that it does him good to look at it. He spent $2,000 for attorneys fees and won the case at the final trial at Fayette, recently. HADLEV OUT OF THE RACE. Ill Health Bars Attorney - General From Race for the Gov ernorship. Attorney General Hadley has an nounced that he had decided not to be come a candidate for governor, because of the condition of his health. In arriv ing at this decision, Mr. Hadley has given out the following statement: "I have been urged by a large number of party leaders to withhold, for the present, the definite decision in refer ence to becoming a candidate for gover nor, with the idea that in the course of two or three weeks I might view themat ter differently than I do now While personally I have no objection to com plying with these requests, I feel that in view of the many published statements in reference to the condition of my health, and my intentions as to becom ing a candidate for govenor, that the party should at once be definitely ad vised as to the facts in order that it may take such action as it may d-em advis able. I have been advised by my physi cians that the labors necessarily incident to a campaign for governor would, in their opinion, seriously impair my health. And as it ie necessary .under our primary election law, for candidates to file a de claration of their candidacy by the 5th of June, I feel that the party should at once begin the consideration of the man available candidates to be found in its ranks. I have also been urged by many to consent to be a candidate with the understanding that I would not be ex pected to make an extensive or laborious campaign. I cannot bring myself to believe that such Ja course would be satisfactory either to the party or to myself. I sin cerely appreciate the confidence and ap proval that are expressed in these re quests, and it is only because I feel con- strained by my duty to nay family that I ! uve OB8n "nwiiiicg j accept mo pooi tion of honor and responsibility that has been so generously offered to me." The Elections. The Democratic ticket, beaded by Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., for Mayor of Kansas City, was successful in Tues day's election by a majority of 1,600 over the Republican ticket headed by Mayor Henry M. Beardsly. This is. a change of 2,100 votes since the election two years ago. The Democrats will con trol both houses of the new council. The platforms of both parties were much the same on the chief issue regu lation of public utilities through a 'com mission but the Republicans insisted that the corporations were supporting the Democratic ticket. Mayor-elect Crittenden is pledged to enforce the saloon laws, but during the campaign he had the support of the liquor inter ests, and Mayor Beardsley was indorsed by the Ministerial Alliance. At St. Joseph Alvah P. Clayton was elected Mayor over Lawrence O. Weak ley, by a plurality of 273 votes. The Democrats retain control of all departments of the city government, as they will have six out of nine members of the new council. While the result is a Democratic victory, the Republicans are consoling themselves with the reflec tion that they won five of the eleven contested offices. They won two of the five principal offices, and six of the al i j nr r it it Ai ! ermanic omces. aui pracucaiiy an me pie win go 10 uie uumouruit, as luoy retain the offices which dispense patron age at the city hall. Both Sides Claim Victory. In a hand-to hand contest the saloon element was fought to a standstill Tues day of this week, in Illinois. After a campaign and election seldom equaled in the state in bitterness, 1,200 town ships voted on the direct question of the licensed saloon, and both sides claim a victory. The Anti-saloon League leaders are jubilant over the fact that twenty coun ties voted to become absolutely anti saloon territory, and more than 1,500 sa loons in many of the cities and villages of the state were voted absolutely out of business. The supporters of the saloons ex pressed themselves as well satisfied with the result, in as much as nearly every one of the larger cities where they had centered their defensive Sght to remain in the '"wet" column as a result of Tues day's voting. We are glad to learn that Miss Selma Kahn has so far recovered from her illness, as to be able to return to her home. On her return from California some months ago, she was taken ill at Kansas City, with typhoid. She was convalescing and was taken with a re lapse, and now she is able to go to her home. Her mother has been with her constantly, and her father is so overjoy ed on her return, that when here the other day he could hardly talk about anything else. Not Able to Draw the Line. Dr. Alan McLane Hamilton who pro fosses to be an expert on insanity and who recently wrote a long article on the possible danger to this country of elect ing a lunatic to the presidency has just returned from a trip abroad. He ha stens to state frankly what the foreign ers think of us. He says that their con fidence is badly shaken and that they cannot draw the line between Roosevelt and Bryan So far as we can learn no considerable number of people on this side of the water have asked them to draw the line and neither do they care a cent. What the average European thinks of us in general, or of Roosevelt or Bryan in par ticular is a matter of indifference. We have been reading up as much as we have had the opportunity in regard to the kind of sovereigns they have over there and we wouldn't trade either Roosevelt or Bryan for the whole gang of kings and emperors and other poten tates. We are of the opinion that either William or Ted is s lot better material for president of this republic than anyt man who sits on a European throne or at the head of a so-called republic be yond the water. We have on several previous occasions lost the confidence of the people who have been talking with Doc Hamilton and have managed to worry along without it in pretty fair shape and can do it again. The Facts in Stock Gambling'. It is well known that the President is opposed to stock gambling. It is pre sumed that he is in favor of legislation providing for its abolition. Bills with this purpose are now pending in Con gress, but with little prospect of passage in this session. Regardless of proposed legislation, Mr. Roosevelt has decided to secure the best information available at this time as to the distinction between legitimate buying and selling of stocks and mere gambling in thete securities. It is recognized that the greatest diffi culty in framing and enforcing such a law would be in making this distinction. The President has instructed the Com missioner of Corporations to make the desired investigation- This proceeding is.M. line with the national administra tion's policy of publicity the policy of getting at the facta flret.then basing legislation on them. It is in keeping with the functions of the Interstate Commerce commission, with the ap pointment of various other commissions, to make investigations, and it is in ac cord with Public Utilities commissions for large cities nd for states. A Genuine Compliment. The Atlanta Constitution is a Demo cratic newspaper, but its politics is of the broad and generous kind which manifests itself in praise for a good man, even if he happens to be a Republican; neither does it withhold censure from a Democrat if it thinks he deserves it. The Constitution looks upon Secretary Taft as a good man and excellent material out of which to fashion a presi dent. The Constitution is certain Mr. Taft will be nominated at Chicago and frankly expneses the hope that he will. That paper believes the south has a friend in the big war secretary and de clares that Taft knows conditions in the south better than any Republican now in public life unless it be President Roosevelt. "If the candidates are Bryan and Taft," eays the Constitution, "the south can abide the result with hope for Dem ocratic success, but equinimity in the event of defeat. If the verdict is for Taft there will be much at which to re joice in the knowledge that the next president, like Rosevelt, will be a big, broad, patriotic American, of whom the whole country will have a right to feel proud." This is a splendid compliment from a Democratic newspaper which always speaks its mind, and never talks for effect. After all the sweetest flowers are those which blossom on the garden walls of politics, and the wonder is we do not the oftener enjoy their beauty and fragrance. The Maitland Herald tells us of the improved condition of Mrs. D. A. Gelvin and Miss Meyer. Both haae been quite sick, and their many friends will be glad to learn that they are now on the road to recovery. The Forest City New3 of last week tells that a company has been formed and the contract let for putting in an ice plant at this place. This is at least a ten thousand dollar improvement for Forest City. The contract specifies that the plant is to be ready for opera tion by May 10th. William Hitt and J, B. Reeves have formed a company which will be known aa the Forest City Ice Company. The plant will be placed in a room in the excelsior mill building. The plant is to hare a capacity of from five to seven tons in 24 hours.