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( jiuii.ljia Mo. r 1 44TH YEAR. OREGON, MISSOURI, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1908. NUMBER 17. School Expenditures. County Clerk Zeller has compiled his annual exhibit of the receipts and ex penditures on account of the schools of Holt countv for the fisnal vpsr Rnriiner - j r, . Juae 30, 1908. and has promptly forwar ded the same to the state superintend ent of schools. KECKIPTS Cash on hand July 1, li07 ? -1.234.20 Itec'tl state school fund, 1007 0,515.04 Interest from county fund, 1!X)7 5.751.59 Interest from township fund. 1P07.. 1.040.71 Kail road taxes 5.1JK3! District, back taxes, tuition etc.... 3!t,!10.2s Sale of school bonds, etc 2,450 00 Interest and sinking fund 7.15V22 Total receipts 5 SP.265.S3 expenditures. For teacher's wages 44.024.77 Incidental expense 11 ,432.01 liuilding purposes !G0.22 Total expenditures 5 05,0t5.90 Cash on hand July I, 1P0.- 24.202.43 The statement shows the various principals of the various school funds to be: Permanent school fund 103.32rt.lG I'ennnnent township school fund. I,lrt4.0 Total county school fund 5 121,V.M).H Kecei veil from (ines.forfeitures.etc? 3,105.25 Assessed value taxable property.. 7,?n7.iV:.50 Average school tax levy, 47H cents. xnese ugures enow tnat Holt county expended $17 CO toeducate each child on basis of enrollment and 14.25 on ba;-is of enumeration. In 1S80 the public school fund of the of the our county was only SSC.890, while the report just made by Mr. Zel ler, this fund i3 now 8121,490. Ten years ago the fund was $91,197. Ten years ago, there was expended for teacher's wages, $33,547, while during the year just closed, $44,024. In 1897, the total school taxes collect ed waB $3G,08G, 3nd in 1907 they were S45.10S. It will be interesting to note how the Pines and Forfeitures fund has been in creased by the collection of the follow ing fines etc., beginning with 1900: 1900 8 457 00 1901 $ 360 00 1902 425 00 1904 TGI 00 1906 892 00 1903 3105 00 1903 1244 00 1905 2520 00 1907 3S7 00 The estimated value of school proper ty for .the year 1903, according to the County School Commissioner's report is $137,500, while in 1S90 it was $74,975. Whit Maupm has had a new side walk laid along his residence property. The speech of Col. Bryan, on the guaranty of bank deposits, while a local question, is attracting attention and com ment, which we predict, will cause the wily, doughty statesman to veer his course and attempt to turn his explana tion of what he has said, on the subject, into a line of the "have cortainlv been misunderstood." Is Bryan practical in j his oft repeated assertions, regarding the bank guaranty proposition? Is Bryan sincere in his statements concerning the same? If so, a revelation comes from him, that will cause bank presidents, cashiers, boards of directors and stock holders, all over the country, to pause and reflect upon the light esteem in which they are held, by the peerless. 1 . -i-is SEPTHEMBER suK.I How.) TUfc.l Weul Vhlf.l Vfay. bt. 1 1 2 13 14 5 slwrlslwiuk 13 141516 1718 19 202112 23242526 27l28l29l50l 1 AUSTRIA TO OPEN ROSEBUD TRACT. Government Drawing for 800,000 Acres October 19. The president has issued a proclama tion for the opening to settlement of the surplus lands of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. The area covered comprises about 800.000 acres, and includes all the land in Tripp county, of that state. According to the terms of the proclamation, the lands will be selected by the lottery process and the drawing will take place at Dal las, S. D., October 19, next, and will be under the direction of James W. Whit ten, chief land clerk of the General Land Office. The minimum price fixed on the land is cu per acre, and the homestead laws are made applicable to all entries. Re istration win begin uctober o and con tinue to October 17, and applicants can register either at Dallas, Chamberlain Gregory or Presho, S. D., or at O'Neill or Valentine, Nebrsska. At Craig, September 16, 17 and 18 The 11th Annual Reunion at Craig Mo., will take place September 10, 17 and IS, in the eight-acre grove upon the townsite and adjoining the railroad right- of way. The following attractions for the Reunion are certainties, and there will be others: Maupin's Band and Or chestra with vocalists; Max Johnston': Vaudeville Co , with moving pictures and illustrated songs added to diversi fled, high-class vaudeville. The follow ing speakers, and others: W. S. Cow herd, Democratic candidate for governor; Herbert S. Hadley, Republican candi date for governor; Gov. Joseph W. Folk; Charles F. Booher and M. A. Reed, Democratic and Republican candidates for congress from the fourth' district, and Francis Wilson, tDomocratic candi date for the state senate. A Good Bluff. W. W. Wogan, contractor for the build ing of The Oregon Interurban Railway, is now at work on the south end of the road, and is working at the Davis cut, with 40 teams and a large force of men. Thus two large forces are at work, one at each end of the line, and Mr. Wogan feels confident with suitable weather that ho will be able to have the road ready for the rolling stock within the 100 days time, as specified in the contract. Ore gon, Sentinel, August 13. Lets see, 100 days from now would be December Gth. There are G7 days until election, giving the Oregon graders, if they bo Missourians. plenty of time to vote, b'ection will have occurred 33 days berore the road bed ig comploted. As a matter of fact it will never be com pleted. and we will bet Deacon Dobbins a new corn cob pipe that not a shovel of dirt is thrown after November 3. whether the court house gees or stays. Its" a good buff, but it won't work. Jefferson ian, August 23, 190S. Taken, by jings, if "Windy" Mitchell will stand as security. On Again Off Again Vanwinkle's map is again appearing in the Mound Citv papers for the pur pose of trying to impress the readers that their town is in the center of the county. Geographically it is not in the center by any means. It is as far from the north line as Oregon is from the south line. The facts are that the point which is equally distant from the three corners of the county is UKir the town ship line and just south of and a mile and a half west of Napier, or on an air line eight and one-fourth miles from Oregon, and six and one fourth miles from Mound City. So as to accessibility and central location Mound City has but little if any, the best of Oregon This illustrated argument to the intel ligent is really funny. The railroad fa cilities of Oregon are far superior to Mouud City, as is well known to all ou people, Seventy live to uinoty per cent of the taxes are paid through the local banks. Most all of the abstracting is done through the telephone connection of which Oregon has superior advanta ges. Information from the variou county officials is obtained by telephone, and the partv has but little need to leave his home for the greater informa tion. The district clerk can obtain the amount of balance to the credit of hi district without going out of his house likewise the overseer can obtain any in formation from the county clerk, an ad ministrator from the probate judge; a litigant can obtain any information about his case in like manner from the circuit clerk, and if the deed has been recorded which has been sent by mail can ascertain the fact by calling up the recorder, while the tax payer can ask the collector the amount of his taxes and he orders his local banker to remit the amount to the collector. if toe central location is an argument to enable people to drive to the seat of government, why not move the National Capital, to somewhere near Kansas City, That a general moving day be the order for the changing of the state capitals of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa. Kan sas, rsebraska, etc. Uf tne forty-four counties of Missouri north of the river, twenty-three of the capituls are far from the center, and none of these any nearer the center than is Oregon. The ratio is about the same in Iowa and Kansas Oregon and Forest City jointly serve morereople by the rural routes by over one thousand than does Mound City and Bigelow combined; while the former routes serve nearly 400 more families than does the latter; or in other words. on oasis of wnole number of families served, Oregon and Forest Citv serve 40.20 percent and Mound City and Bige low serve 20 20 per cent. Of the total population served, Oregon and Forest City servo 40.20 per cent, and Mound City and Bigelow serve 29 90 per cent Of the total number of families in the county, Oregon and Forest Citv serve 20.50 per cent and Mound City and Bi elow serve 10.50 percent. Of the total population of the County Oregon, and Forest Citv serves 20.40 per cent and Mound City and Bigelow but 10.40 per cent. 1 he geographical center of a state or county capital, in this day and age of the railroad and telephone, is of little moment it is accessibility as much as anything, and in this particular Oregon has Mound City too dead to skin. As our contemporaries are in the map publishing business, we give our readers elsewhere in this issue, an official map prepared by the postal department showing the rural routes of the county, which was drawn in 1905, and our rea ders can compare it with the Vanwinkle edition of 25 years ago, appearing in the Mounu uity papers. It tells in its own silent, but emphatic way, that the pres ent county seat is by far the more acces sible. Mr. Taft and the West. General reports from the west point strongly to the election of Mr. Taft. It has been generally assumed by reason ing Republicans and candid Democrats that Mr. Taft would carry the east. By far a larger proportion of the voting " 0 population in the west is in the inde pendent class, although nearly all these states are normally Republican. There is nothing abnormal in this year's polit- cal contest to encourage the belief that these states will show Democratic ten dencies. The Presidential election will be do termined on two general lines national reform policies and the state of business Both parties are pledged to substantially the same reforms. Pach party has a leader in whose sincerity the nennlp ave faith. But Mr. Taft is an exer:ii ve-of i-ast and successful undertakings. He has a record far accomplishment that calculated to outweigh a record of promises, tie has never stood for any big policy that ho has had to abandon. As for business conditions, is there any man, whether of large or small in terests, who believes that the prosperity tne states would be promoted by the lection of Mr. Bryan more than bv the election of Mr. Taft? THEl' GRIND EXCEEDING FINE The August Term of Our Circuit Now Grinding In Earnest. The criminal recklessness with which lawyers often assail character through the medium of conventional petitions or affidavits is still, as it has been for many years, an almost incomprehen sible fault of a profession that should safeguard reputation, not wantonly de stroy it. For example, the atton ey who, in a divorce petition, used the name of Miss Julia Marlowe, now ad mits that he has done the actrtss t gns injustice. Even the most caieful legal counselors mav make serious mistakes but the gravest things said against th legal profession could not be said if du regard were shown for the truth i preliminary proceedings, in tnis in stance the attorney says: ' After closer investigation and a more carefu silting of the ewdenc-, I am convinced that the source of Mrs. Von Hermann' informatian is wholly unreliable." Yet this source of information was accepted by the attorney as sufficiently reliabl to make a charge in a formal court peti tion that brought not only the most acute mental distress, but also serious illness to the actress. The lawyer also declares that his client is entitled to divorce "on grounds of which he was in ignorance when he took the case." What do high minded lawyers think of a member of their profession who would make such charges as these with out the closest possible investigation and the must careful sifting of the evi dence, or without knowing all the grounds on which the proceedings could be based? It is no answer to say that lawyers guilty of such recklessness or worse do not represent the profession The fact is that if the profession as whole did not stand for such procedure if it would immediately disbar mem bers guilty of making loose charges against private character these assail ants of reputation could do little harm As announced in our issue last week. there was little doing in our circuit court during the of Albany, came case of Ridge vs and heard. week. J udge Peery, Wednesday, and the Johnson was called This case was for damages for the alienation by the defendant of the plain tiff's wife's affection. The parties to the suit reside in Clay township. It was the second trial; at the first trial the plaintiff obtained judgment for $2, 000. The case occupied the greater part of Wednesday and Thursday. The jury was composed of H. E. Kreek, Geo Nor ris, E. L. Leach, William Kollmer, Robert Montgomery, John Anderson, H. C Fuhrman, J. M. Sinclair, George Hor uecker, Alex Gray and Fritz Ideker. The jury gave a verdict of $2,000 dam ages for the plaintiff. Bridgeman and Martin for the plaintiff and Stubbs and Phillips for the defendant. Samuel Kahn vs. James Bunker This suit originated in the justice court upon a writ for unlawful detainer, and concerned the right of possession to small tract of land bordering, as we understand it, upon the Big Lake Kahn claimed th:s piece as a part of his possessions. Mr. Bunker ''squatted" upon it, and Mr. Kahn brought suit for possession, it was neard by Judge Mosman, of St. Joseph, for Judge Elli son, wno was absent on account ot nis daughter's illness. The jury gave a ver dict for Mr. Kahn for $5 00 monthly ren tal and $10 damages. Mr. Richards and Ivan Blair for Kahn and T. C. Dungan aud Tom Boyd for Bunker, ine case occupied all of Friday. Plaintiff filed motion for new trial. On Saturday, Judge Ellison returned and took h s place on the bench, and called the case, Glick vs. John Keeves. This is a damage brought by Edna May Glick by Geo. W. Glick her next friend, she being a minor. She alleges in her petition that she and companion in June 190G, were riding in a one-seated buggy drawn by a horse along the public high way; that the defendant coming from an opposite direction, in an automobile, and by rea&on of careless handling she was unable to control her horse, and it ranaway, throwing ner out ana wound ing her, some of the wounds believed to be permanent. She asks for. $10,000 amages. The case being called, and the plaintiff's witnesses partly exam- ned, a defect in their petition was dis covered, and they took leave to amend, which caused the case to be continued to the next term of court. A grand jury was sworn Thursday, and was composed of: W. Eben Smith, Benton. Elmer Hunter, Clay. J. T. Gelvin, Forest. B.J. Hilley, Hickory. J. F. Bucher, Lewis. j T. T. Wilson, Bigelow. E. A. Roselius, Lincoln. Conrad Ideker, Union. M. C. Browning, Liberty. James Iddings, Nodaway. Albert Markt, Forbes. W. J. Alkire, Minton. tinier Hunter was chosen forema W. E. Smith, clerk, and James Gelvi sheriff. They concluded their labors r-aturriay, havng found nine trw bills State vs. Charles Van Tassel. Th defend tnt was charged with robbing car of mercha dise at Curzou in July last. He plead guilty and was given two years in the penitentiary. State vs Wm. Crawford. Notice of appeal to Kansas City Court of Appeals was filed State vs. Roy Tilford. On July 22nd tne defendant was charged with having burglarized the home of Si Griffith, of Craig. It turned out on examination that the young mau was stranded, and was trying to get to his homo in Kansas City. He v as hungry and uotici labie with some pies, on a screened porch, he entered, took some pie, wa caught, and has been in jail since. Th court paroled him, and the members of the bar present in the court room made up a purse of suffi :ient monev to send him to his home in Kansas City. The Oregon Interurban Railway v 1. hi. Gilbert. This was an attachment suit to recover $1,000, the amount sub scribed by turn to tne railway enter prise, he having since removed to Wy oming, uuagraenc ror tne amount was taken by default. J. 1. Roseberry vs. John Fries. This is a suit for commission on sale of lauds and comes to this court on an appeal from a justice's court. It was heard Monday, and the jury gave a verdict for the plaintiff for $200. The commissioners for the Mill Creek Drainage District filed their report or damages and benefits, and judgment was rendered accordingly. A. Li. Fahn vs. Abraham Miller and others. This was a suit to auiet title Decree for plaintiff as prayed for. Nan R. W i3e vs. Preston Wise. This was a suit to quiet title, and the case on being called was dismissed by the plain tiff. The Bank of Forbes vs. Wm. M. Gos eett. This suit came about by Mr, Gossett giving a check to Peter Worley for $150, drawn on Savannah Bank; on presentation to the Forbes Bank, and it was cashed, or rather gave Worley credit for it. Very soon after it was thought that Worley was not of his right mind in some way. Soon there after he was sent to the asylum. On learning this, Gossett notified the Sa vannah bank not to pay the check. It was therefore returned to the Forbes bank, and the Forbes bank sued for the amount. Judgment for $159.40 was given the Forbes bank. W. H. Rich ards represented the plaintiff. bchipper &. Block, a mercantile firm of Peoria, Illinois, brought suit against O. R. Hrrrison and wife, for goods bought of their firm; the defendants now live near Bigelow. Judgment by default for plaintiJ for $12G.S9. Judge Alkire represented the plaintiffs. G. W. Chase & Son, of St. Joseph, ob tuined judgment against Georga Groves in the sum of $03.95, for merchandise sold him by the plaintiffs. T. C. Dungan represented the plaintiffs. G. W. Chase & Son vs. Reid Burks, was another suit on account. It was brought by II. T. Alkire for the plain tiffs, and judgment obtained for $103 70 until recently ine aeienoant was in business in Mound City. Herman Davis the negro who pilfered various homeB at Maitland during the fair. He plead guilty to burglary and larceny and was given 3 years in the pen for the former and 2 years for the latter. Tile Chesney, Charley Bledsoe and J ftl. Tnompson, of Forest City, tried to entertain each other with "come seben, come leben," and the entertainment cost them $25 each, according to a decree of a jury of twelve good and true men. W. S. Wagoner vs. Mrs. M. E. Noe. The plaintiff rented lands from Mrs Noe, near Forbes, and was to haul her part of the corn to town at 4 cents per bushel. In settling, Mr. Wagoner sued for the price of the hauling, and she de fended on the ground that she had not received an ner rignts under tne con tract. The case came on appeal from the justice court. Judgment was reached by agreement for the plaintiff for $40, Edatha Allen vs. William A. Peoples and Bessie Peoples. Plaintiff sold cer tain lots in Craig to defendants, and they fai'ed to pay for the same, a bal ance of $140 being due plaintiff, who ob tained judgment by default for the amount. J. L. Minton vs. Robert Roy Minton. This was a suit to reform a deed made by Dr. J. R. Minton during his life time, n which the description of the lands conveyed was left indistinct. A decree as prayed for was ordered. The case of Bailey Patterson vs. W. II. Kichards as executor of the Robert atterson estate, was affirmed by the court. Bailey sued in the probate court to have a certain note for $150 held by the estate against him turned over to him or cancelled. The probate court sustained the plaintiff and the ! executor appealed io the circuit court, who sustained the probate court. State vs. Bailey McFadden. Unlaw ful sal of liquor. The defendant had k round up wih a justico of the peace, and got a fine of $300 He appealed to the circuit court and got a $500 fine. He filed notice of appeal to the Kansas City Court of Appeals. The State against the Roberts' broth er for assaulting Cot stable Kiefer, at Maitland, was c died Wednesday, and u change of venue taken from Judge Elli son, and the case will be heard by Judge Trimble, of Liberty, on September 24th. The incorporation of Little Tarkio Drainage District, No. 1, will be brought before Judge Trimble on September 22nd, J. D. Richardson and others hav ing filed objections. Court adjourned Wednesday. Taft Year. The Republicans defeated the Demo crats in the Vermont state election on Tuesday by 30,000. The Republicans retain complete control of the legisla ture and executive branches of the gov ernment. The plurality was the smallest m a presidential year since 1S92, when it was only 17,950, and was followed by a Dem ocratic national victory, but it was larger than in 1883 and only slightlv less than in 1900. There was a falling off in four years of about 6 per cent in the Republican vote, while the Democratic vote fell off about 3 per cent. As Vermont is the first state to vote during the presidential campaign, there was much interest throughout the coun try in the size of the Republican plu rality. Which is Worse. In petitioning for an appeal from the decision of the United Stat89 Circuit Court of Appeals in the Standard Oilcase, the government urged the following rea sons: lhat the opinion of the courts as it stands erroneously states material por tions of the record; does injustice to the trial judge; leaves doubtful in a trial the rule of law to be applied both as to knowledge on the part of the shipper, and as to the number of offenses; and appears to be in conflict with the lang uage of the supreme court, and with the previous language of the presiding judge of this court, and with the great weight of legal authority. The government urges that if permitted to remain uu- modified the decision will tend to en courage disobedience to law, to impede the enforcement of salutary statutes and largely to defeat their purpose. The language of this petition, so holds the New York Sun, a corporation paper, 'goes to the very verge of professional propriety. The language used is equiva lent to an accusation of carelessness and ncompetency." "In his remarkable opinion," says the North American, "Judge Grcsscup sets up a new rule iu criminal practice." He says that ignorance of the published freight rates on the part of the corpora- ion constitutes a defense for crimes that may be committed for gain. This is the very essence of his avowed rea sons for setting aside the verdict against the Oil trust. The North wants to know how far it is. in such reasoning, to a plea that ignorance of the law may excuse violators of it. The North American espouses the people's interest in this case. We would like to ask the corporation newspapers, that are now criticising Attorney General Bonaparte, which is worse, a decision that practically encour ages violations of law, or a petition which frarkly states reasons for appeal ing from that decision. Oakland school will begin next Monday, September 7th, 1908, Mrs. Mattie Birnes, teacher. Another bunch of graders have started to work on the railroad, at Per kins' place, with ten teams. Mrs. John Philbrick and daughter, Jessie, and son, Lawrence, of St. Joseph, are here on a visit with relatives and friends. Mr. Ralph Greene, wife and baby. of Muskogee, Oklahoma, arrived Satur day last, for a visit with the "Old Folks at Home." Mrs. Corwin Zeller, of Hutchinson, Kansas, is here, on a visit with her mother, Mrs. Louisa Schulte, and brother, Will. The Christian Sunday School of this city, held their picnic in Mrs. Catharine Halm's grove, north of town, Thursday, September 3. 1903. All report a fine time. Cliff Washington will start hi3 steam cider mill Wednesday, September 10, 1903. Bring in your apples and ;rapes and everybody will be treated right. Mrs. Will Brodbeck left Thursday for Sedan, Kansas, where she will mako her future home. Mr. Brodbeck will follow her aboufc October 1st. Wo are sorry to lose this estimable couple, but we wish them success in their new home.