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iofttttn Settfarl fit 44TH YEAR. OREGON, MISSOURI, FRIDAY. JANUARY 29, 1909. NUMBER 38. I SUN-I AVON.) TUE.WED. THU. gRI. jAT ''"' J f llll nrw LlO 11 IS 13 14- 15 16 -I I IT 18 19 20 21 2223 I Ig35lg6ia7l28ia9180l 31 IM 1 I 1 Multum.in Parvo. The fine of $1,023,000 against the "Waters-Pierce Oil Company, of Texas, is to be paid this week, in silver dol lars, and will weigh nearly 50 tons. One hundred and thirty-eight in dictments in connection with alleged Indian land frauds were returned by the Eagle Pass, Texas, grand jury last week. Two independent biscuit companies in St. Louis and Kansas City have consolidated. If this keeps on a soda cracker will soon look like a postage stamp. Where are the big soda crack ers of our daddies? The prosecution of the New York "World for its Panama Canal hoax is not an effort to make them confine themselves to the truth. As an attack upon the President, Senator Tillman's explosion was a success, but as a defense to the main charge of doing something and solemnljT denying it in the senate, it was a failure. As the result of a fire to the water crib in Lake Michigan, used in the construction of a new water tunnel, 53 men are missing, a majority of these are known to be dead. The fire occurred "Wednesday of last week. The 'executive committee of the Constitutional Amendment Associa tion, which is advocating the prohi bition question, has decided to de mand the passage of the county unit and the city district local option bills. Over the veto of Governor Patter son, both houses of the Tennessee legislature, on Thursday last, passed the senate bill which prohibits the. sale of intoxicating liquors within four miles of a school house in that state, and is in effect a statewide pro hibition act. Secretary Garfield has asked for $1, 000,000 to enable the government to investigate land frauds and to resume title to 400 times that value of land now held under what is asserted to be fraudulent or illegal claims in 24 states. ' Senator Carrey has introduced a bill in the Kansas senate exempting mortgages from taxation, but provid ing for a registration fee, which he says will just about equal the taxes. In this way he sajs that all mortgages will be caught. Governor George B. Chaimberlain, Democrat, was elected United States senator last week, by the Republican legislature of the state of Oregon. This is a result of the primary elec tion law of that state. Chamberlain will succeed Senator Fulton, a Re publican. i Vice President Fairbanks in his! capacity as president of the senate on j Tuesday of last week received the electoral vote of Missouri. The de livery of Missouri's vote in the Re publican column is the second time in over 40 years that the states electoral vote was so cast. The senate by an act declares Feb ruary 12th, next, to be a special holi day. The senate also has provided for a survey and plans for a highway from "Washington to Gettysburg, to be knownas. "The Lincoln Way," as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln. All the Democrats of the Missouri delegation are standing back of Rep resentative Booher in his fight for an appropriation for the Missouri River just below St. Joseph, where the river is eating into the banks and is al ready about 800 feet distant from Lake Contrary. Haskell's abuse of t he process of the court to get possession of the papers of Heat's att orney simply strengthens the general opinion already held that Oklahoma was unfortunate in the character of man selected for her first governor, and Mr. Bryan equally un fortunate in giving him so prominent a place in his campaign. Down m the Ozark country the state of Missouri has for i8 months been making a fight on incipient tu berculosis. It is a scientific test of good food, fresh air and sanitary liv ing conditions against the disease con tracted by men, women and children Thus far 150 patients have been treat ed there with highly satisfactory re sults. The opinion expressed by Mr. Folk in his retiring message to the legisla ture, that the labor of convicts should not be leased to private parties, but should be employed directly by the siaie, nas evoKea considerable com ment. The general idea seems to be that the prisoners should be emploj'ed in the making of things used by the state, the counties and towns and in building public roads, effort being made to bring them as little as pos sible into competition with outside labor. According to the" news that comes from Washington congress will estab lish a regular secret service bureau in the Department of Justice, for use in all departments. This is practically just what the President has contend ed for and the need of which the country recognized from the strong plea he made in his message. This puts congress in the position of tab ling the message and yet acting on its contents. The state was caring for 7,770 per sons, 5,811 in the eleemosynary and 2,908 in the penal institutions, on January 1. Of this number 4,320 were in four states insane hospitals, while in St. Louis insane hospital were 647, making a grand stotal of 4,073 insane persons in the five public hospitals. In addition, on the same date, there were 052 insane in the various Mis souri poorhouses, out of a total of 3, 295 paupers, 1,852 males and 1,443 fe males; 509 of them feeble-minded, 338 epileptics, 95 blind, 290 sick or crip pled and 140 paralytics. WEDDED FIFTY YEARS. John Q. Trimmer and Wife Celebrate Their Golden Wedding. John Q. Trimmer was born in War reus count', New Jersey, 73 years ago, in 18.H). And Elizabeth Marion was born in Knox count v, Ohio, 09 years ago, in 1840. They were married in Ohio, Janu ary 20th, 1859, just 50 years now, and Mrs. Thinner savs that it was verv much such a day as Januarv 20th. 1909, except that it was colder weather Mr. and Mrs. Trimmer's children have been keeping tab on the anniver saries for a number of years, and have looked forward to the Golden Wed ding with glad anticipations, trust ing that their parents might live to celebrate that event, and even pass into many years beyond that event. The day was all that could have been wished for the occasion, and the good condition of the roads made it possible for their many old friends and neighbors to be present. Their six children, three sons and three daughters. William, Robert and Roy, and Mrs. B. F. Praiswater, Mrs. Eli Sinclair Mrs. William Meyer and their families were all present, except Mr. Sinclair and Mrs. Robert Trim mer and baby. Among the invited guests present your scribe noticed the following per sons from Oregon. Mound City, Mait- land, New Point and county in gen eral: Mr. and Mrs. Trimmer, E. Wal lace Waits and wife: Rev. T. D. Rob erts and wife; Martin Whitmer and wife: Henry Meyer and wife: Gus Bay ha and wife: .lake Horneeker and wife: .lake Bucher and wife: Andy Morris and wife: J. W. Trimmer and wife: B. F. Praiswater and wife; Fred Mclntyre and wife; Will M. Morris, wife and son: Will Meyer and wife; S. V. Forney and wife: Boy Trimmer and wife: Will Praiswater and wife: Mrs. Geo. Biley, Mrs. Robert Trim mer, Misses Jennie Morris, Margaret Morris, Cora Mclntyre; Mrs. Ora Sin clair, Mrs. N. .1. Gibson, Wm. Gibson, Mrs. Dick Lewi, Lulu and John Praiswater, Pansy Roberts, .loe and Frances Praiswater, Ethel Trimmer, Nellie Sinclair, Zola, .loe and Glen Trimmer. Babies Elizabeth and Viola Trimmer, Vera Mclntyre, David and .lames Sinclair, Harvey Meyer. And the presents? Well you just ought to have seen them! Thev came from far and near: from New Jersey, Florida, Uhio and an tne regions round about: and all the way from a big, easv leather Morris chair to cuff buttons, tokens of love from their children and evidences of esteem from raanv friends. Just before the company was invit ed to repair to the dining room Mrs T. l). Kouerts read tne loi lowing se lection, so approprate to the occasion: LIZZIE AND I ARE ONE. Lizzie and I arc one, and one we menu to be, Seeing its fifty years since She joined hands with me; And this honeymoon of ours, I'm sure 'twill never set. 'tis shining on us yet. We then were linked together, for better or for worse ; She took me for a blessiug I might have poved a curse; Perhaps I've not been either, Yet luck was on ray side. For Lizzie has been a blessing since the day she was a bride. I carry here her picture, In a locket near my heart. And never truer angles face was drawn by human art, They may not think it beautiful, but never do I see In throngs of charming women, a face so dear to me. And now as I look on it I'm back at the hap py day. When Lizzie and I. united, were smiling along the way. Not pompous was the journey, yet all the world took part, , For each was truly all the world to the oth er's loving heart. Our wedding Jaunt it was, and my -proudest day of life, For it led to the loving oldifolks, to show my precious wife; And as Old Grey jogged onward, all earth and air and sky Were naught to me, for heaven was there In Lizzie's beaming eye. The woods and fields and mountain sides for her had wealth untold. A silver flood the river ran; the sun cast rays of gold. With soul refined she. saw and felt ten thous and glories there. While I well, I could only see my wife so wondrous fair. Ah! me, it was a tour of joy, an episode of bliss With earnest faith in every pulse, hope fer vent as a kiss: And ever as a day wore on I seemed to love her more. Yet now with fifty years agone we love as ne'er before. Childhood has claimed maternal care that never was denied. As the gentle, tender mother followed the blushing bride; And all who grew around us with lovereward her care, And think of none so kind and wise as mother sitting there. The years have sped, and good and ill have met us on our way, But jointly we've kept moving on, as on the joining day: And still for better or for worse, life's lessons we have learned But never dreamed of learning how to break the joining bond. Yes, Lizzie and I are one, and two we'll never be. Till death an arrow launches at Lizzie or at me; And though our heads are frosted, and the frosty locks are thin Our hearts, like winter llres, are glowing warm within. After which Rev. T. D. Roberts, a former pastor, and an acquaintance of a little more than a quarter of a century, on behalf of their children and friends, made a short talk, assur ing them of their love and good will, putting the presents into their keep ing, and closing with prayer. This account would not be complete if mention were not made of the sumptuous dinner tastefully arranged and served in three courses. After Rev. Wallace Waits, their pastor, had invoked the divine blessing upon the refreshments, the bride and groom and their guests did ample justice to the good things set before them. J uer several nours oi most joyous fellowship, the company bade Mr. and Mrs. Trimmer iroodbve. with hearty wishes for continued good health and joy, and left them to the closer fellowing of their own familv. R. Freedom of Press. Certain politicians and newspaper men affect to see in the proceedings for libel instituted against the New York World and the Indianapolis News, an attack on the freedom of the Jpress. These proceedings were brought because of "persistent mis statement oflfacts" relative to the Panama canal deal, "involvingseveral men whose honesty and integrity were thereby called in question. The "misstatements" were "deliberate be cause contrary to all evidence m the possession of the government, .or of the French government," and "re peated after the gentlemen accused had flatly denied them." The evident purpose was to "discredit the govern ment and the gentlemen named, and to involve both in a scandal which might affect the building of the canal." If this presentation of the proceed ings shall be supported by the evi dence introduced at the trial of the cases, it is ditlicult to see how pun ishment for making and persisting in these "misstatements" can affect the freedom of the press. Under the com mon law a newspaper thus deliberate ly misrepresenting is liable to pun ishment whether the injured partybe a person, a corporation or a govern ment. Under Federal law it may be proceeded against and punished as under common law, as there is no ex press provision preventing such ac tion. There consequently seems to be no doubt whatever as to the legal status of the matter, because a mis statement deliberately made to inflict injury is libel. So recognized by both Common and Federal law, there is therefore no abridgment of the free dom of the press. There is a vast dif ference between an expression of opinion based on fact, or something represented as fact, and the making of a statement which is not fact and may be contrary to fact. "The freedom of the press" is get ting to be a familiar cry. It is heard whenever license of speech is restrict ed in the common interest. It is heard whenever proceedings are in stituted to show that a statement has no basis In fact or reason. It is raised whenever violation of law brings pun ishment on the violator. The cry is a false one and will deceive nobody. The freedom of the press is as safe today as it ever was. . The rail laying on The Oregon In terurban railroad was completed as far as the yard at this end of the line on Wedneseay evening-of this week, January 27th, and Thatcher's Juven ile band got out and made some ex cellent music to the delight of our people and the track layers and fore men were given an elaborate supper at the Hotel Woodland. On Thurs day evening some 50 members of the OddFellow's lodge of this city were taken over the road in special train to Forest City to participate in a re ception tendered Rushville lodge on their exemplification of the first de gree which was confered on some thirty candidates. At the recent meeting of the stockholders of The Oregon Interur ban railway I)an M. Zachman and Dr. Jonas Whitmer were chosen directoss to fill the vacancy caused by declina tion of Dan Zachman and Henry Cook. B. F. Morgan was re-elected president and L. I. Moore secretary-treasurer. I Wish. I was a boy again, living in Oregon, going to school in the old brick build ing on the east side of town. I could have any one of those school gin sweethearts oacK again. I've never seen one elsewhere half so fair or good. 1 could play hookey in the afternoon and go down to skate on Kunkels pond with the others. i couia near Tom mnde ten one more good story. j could see Alex antsuskirk come up the street swinging his cane. I could hear Willard 1 believe it is Doctor now Proud laugh. 1 could hear Cave Hunt and Jake Foster talk politics. I could ride over from Forest City again in one of Stueky's hacks. I could see Henry Sterrett sitting out in front of his store. 1 could lie under the shade of trees again in the court house yard and dream of the great industrial battles I was going to fight vnd win, (but haven't jet.) Then 1 would know that I was home again in dear old Holt. My head has rested on many pillows since leaving there. Yet 1 have never been able to call any place but Holt count j home. You who have stayed at home do not and never will realize the in tense longing burning in the hearts of those whose life work calls them into other fields to be back with you. We understand you and you under stand us. We know you are the best people in the world and you think there is some good in us. On the other hand away ..from home people doubt us and we must show them. " Get together all the towns and peo pie in. ioit county and arrange one large glorious home coming week sometime in the near future. Let it he a whole county affair, advertise it far and wide. Set apart a set a separ ate day in the week for each town in the county "to have Home coming ex ercise and let each try to out do the other in welcoming the prodigal sons and daughters of Holt. Let us all meet at Oregon on the "Home Coraing.'.'-day at. thejQhautau qua. Exile. A Happy Reunion. For a number of 3ears, on all pub lic occasions, under the auspices of Me3er Post, G. A. R., our people have been favored with excellent musical number b the "Big Four." composed of Robert Montgomery, 22d K3. In fantry, H. E. Denny, 5th Ills. Cav., Daniel Zachman, 82d Ohio, Inf., Daniel Kunkel, 4th M. S. Cav. Dur ing the past j'ear the ranks of this musical combination has been broken, by the removal from our midst, of Mr. Kunkel and wife, the "Basso Pro fundo" of the Four, and he has been greatly missed by all our people. For the past two weeks he and wife have been back, visiting their children and many friends. In honor of this return Mr. Denn3 and wife, on Frida3 evening last, ten dered a reception to the "Big Four" together with their wives, and they rsponded to the invitations, and the result of the coming together of these old veterans, was a most enjoyable evening, and one that will no doubt linger pleasantly with them for years to come. "Habit" came back, for im mediately after an elegant luncheon, "Little John" serving the guests at the table, as an expert could only do, they returned to the parlor where for nearly two hours, the home of Mr. Denm vibrated with the melody and harmony of these old voices. A very pleasing addition was the voice of Clark O. Proud, who also often assist ed the "Big Four," a neighbor who with his wife, was an invited guest, and their daughter, Mrs. E. O. Phil lips, who presided at the organ. D. P. Dob3ns, of the 40th Mo. Infant, was also a guest. We trust the "Big Four" will be with us at the "Home Coming Day" during our Chautauqua Clark Proud and Dan. Kunkel, used to be school chums, and attended the Prof. Cummins private school that used, to be held in an old frame struc ture that stood where the Zook. pho tograph gallen now stands. Come home again, Dan. A Correction. An embarrassing error crept into our roll of the 1908 dead, in our issue of last week, in which it named Rob't. E. Morris as suiciding at Kansas City, when it should have read Louis Mor row suicided. The lines got trans posed in some manner. Mr. Morris died from pneumonia and those filing this record will please make the cor rection. John Rowletthas bought Wade McMurray's 200 acres, and Wade ex pects to remove to Holton, Kansas. Sorrj to have jou leave us, Wade. Lincoln's 100th Anniversary. TO ALL COMHADES OF 3IEYEK POST G. A. K. In obedience to recommendation of the National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, mem bers of this Post and visiting com rades will assemble at headquarters, on Friday evening, February 12th, 1900, at 7 o'clock for the purpose of observance of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Comrades as far as possible will ap pear in full uniform, and proceed in body to the Presbyterian church, where the following program will be observed: "Near My God to The." Invocation, Rev. Taylor. "America," audience led by choir. Song, Big 4 Quartette. "Life and Character of Lincoln," Rev. James Walton. Star Spangled Rainier Audience, led bj choir. Gett3sburg Address, D. P. Dobyns. Remarks, Commander nardman. Benediction. Rev. Dawson. A cordial invitation is extended to all ( itizens and visiting comrades. W. H. Hardman, Commander. Goes Up in Smoke. At 11 o'clock Sunda night, Janu arj" 24, fire broke out in the big horse barn belonging to J. H. Maxwell, in Topeka, Kas., and before the flames could be conquered 21 horses, one cow and propertj amounting to over $8,000 had been burned. Mr. Maxwell is a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Nipher, and his wife who wasformer lj Hattie Nipher, were for 3ears resi dents of Oregon,.Mr. Nipher having been janitor of our public school here for 25 y"e"ars. Their many friends here will regret to learn of the misfortune that hasvovertaken Mr. Maxwell and famih. Mr. Maxwell is Topeka's largest contractor, and has been building the sewers and grading streets with his teams and he has several contracts for the coming 3ear in the city. When asked if this fire would cripple him he said that he did not intend to jump any of the contracts that he would be working as hard as ever in a few da3s. It will necessitate the purchase of a large number of horses but the contracts demand them and he will not 011I3 procure the horses but he will rebuild at once. The insurance on the barn and contents amounts to $6,500, $5,000 on the horses and $1,500 on the barn. This will almost cover the loss, but the real loss to the con tractor will be the delay and the trouble in resuming his work on the sewers. The Coming Chautauqua. Eventhing points to the liveliest time ever in Holt county the nine dajs of the Chautauqua, July 24 to August 1st. With Ralph Binghan, one of the best fun makers on the American platform, and. Spillman Riggs, a capital entertainer for plat form manager,and Lincoln McCon nell all the first da3, that's certainly something, and then we have F. D. Coburn, Secretary of Agriculture of Kansas on Monday, right away al most. It is worth the price of a sea son ticket to hear Coburn alone. He will speak on "Alfalfa and the Ameri can Farmer." Governor Hoch says of him, "If a vote of all the people of the state were taken today to name the most popular and useful man in Kansas, F. D. Coburn would be named b an immense majorit3. A promi nent Missourian once said to me that his state could afford to pay F. D. Co burn $200,000 a 3ear to do for it what he is doing for Kansas." Some of the rest of the talent is Congressman Bede, of Minnesota, the funny man of the House. Opie Read, the novelist, Robert Seeds, everybody that has been to Rockport to hear him will tell you about him, Senator Gore, of Oklahoma, and others. Season tickets $2, and single ad mission 35 cents with no pass out. ck-ecks on the simrle admission. Plen ty of good music. R. C. Benton is chairman of committee. Mrs. Catherine Riffe-Kesinger, died at the home of her son-in-law, Richard Kesinger, near Craig, on Fri da3, January 15, 1909, at the age of 82 3ears. 'She leaves a large family of children. Interment was a.t Tfew Liberty.