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What Will Congress Do?
These are busy days for the pro
gram builders at Washington. Ac
cording to Hie dispatches, the con
gressional mill will do a lot of work
ing overtime this winter if it is to
grind and even a tiny fraction of the
ambitious things which are expected
of it.
President Taft is reported to have
put into The advance drafts of his
forthcoming message a beautiful list
of things he would like to see written
into law. Ho still has his federal in
corporation law h ing untouched tn
congress. Then there is his long-desired
anti-injunction measure. Fur
thermore he wants some ship subsidy
legislation. He is also vitally inter
ested in a number of army measures.
If the supreme court brings in its
decisions in the Tobacco and Stan
dard Oil cases, the administration
would like to have the Sherman anti
trust law brought down to date in
conformity with the views of the
highest court. There also is some
tinkering that the administration is
said to wanton the railroad rate bill,
if it can net a report from the special
commission which is investigating the
question of governmental control of
the stock and bond issues by rai
Senator Hey burn and the commit
tee on manufactures are expected to
urjie some "cold storage"1 legislation
The Republican leaders are said to
be anxious for a reappointment bill
to prevent the Democrats from tak
ing advantage of the decennial oppor
tunity for gerrymandering.
Such trifles as $1,000,000,090 or so of
appropriation bills have not been ac
corded the dignity of a place on thn
From i:ll of this the lay citizen
might expect that the Sixty-tirst con
gress had a year or two of life ahead
of it. Instead, it will have only till
March 3 next in which to work out
these miracles.
It all sounds well enough in the ad
vance announcements. But when the
mill actually gets down to work, with
a big membership of defeated con
gressmen on the Republican side of
the chamber and with anything but
harmony visible on the horizon, the
nation's lawmakers can account them
selves fortunate if they get their ap
propriation bills through in time.
For the other legislation there seems
not the slightest hope.
The literary world is just now
mourning over the death of the great
Russian writer and philosopher. Tol
stoi. Not only was he considered the
greatest living man of letters, but the
concensus of opinion is that he will
rank along with the great men of
other ages.
It is of peculiar interest that upon
his death in a country where the
death of the so-called great, is often
very sudden and accompanied by a se
vere explosion, that thousands of
peasants from all parts of the country
with faces streaming with tears tiled
past the bier of the man who had spent
the best part of his life in an effort to
better their condition. And although
he died under the ban of the church,
he is generally admitted of having
been the broadest, most sincere and
most religious man which his country
has ever produced. The fight of his
life has been for religious and civic
freedom, and unlike many who make
such a light he literally ''practiced
what he preached." Although from
a wealthy and powerful family he for
years believed that every man should
'"earn his bread by the sweat of his
brow.' In a country where freedom
of speech is unknown he spoke as his
conscience dictated, and although
constantly under suspicion, his great
ness of personality, saved him from
punishment other than governmental
and religious persecution.
But it is his theories regarding
work, agriculture, and Ihe peasantry
that are of especial interest. In a
country where the farming class are
heavily taxed and oppressed, and
where the farm lands are almost en
tirely in the hands of the aristocracy,
he -asserted that the man on the farm
had a right to a share of what he pro
duced and that no man had a right to
live from the labor of another. Ac
cordingly, even though an aristocrat
by birth, and a writerof international
fame, he lived in a simple, little cot
tage, devoid of all ornaments, wore
the plainest of coarse clothes, and
each day, despite his prodigious liter-
a-y efforts spent a part of his time in
the lield w orking alongside of his sim
ple neighbors and literally earning
his daily keep with his hands.
Undoubtedly Russia of all countries
most needed such a man, yet there is
need and plenty of room in other
countries for the same kind.
The Black and Gold Wins.
Double honors fell to the Univer
sity of Missouri last week, when the
12 judges of the Agricultural students'
contests, held annually in connection
with Chicago's International Live
Stock Exposition, made known their
oflicial figures. Missouri not only
won the team trophy, but it has the
extra honor of corralling the first four
places on the honor list.
Four of five scholarships offered by
J. Ogden Armour for the highest in
dividual scores go to the Missouri
University. These will be awarded
to worthy and needy students. A
bronze cup offered by ".lackknife
Ben" Chon for the co.lege whose stu
dent made the highest 'individual
score in the contest also is the prop
erty of the university.
The Missouri students beat all op
ponents at judging horses, cattle and
hogs and were second in the score for
judging sheep. Texas Agricultural
students won the sheep-judging con
test. .
The annual struggle between Mis
souri and Kansas on the gridiron at
Kansas City resulted in a tie, the
score being 5 to 5. Witnesses to the
game claim that Missouri is entitled
to the victory.
Coroner's Jury Justifies the
Killing of Chas. West by
Frark Love.
Frank Lowe. Sheriff MeN nil y'sdep
wty who sliot and fatally wounded
('has. Stivers-West in a uit fight,
which resulted v. hen Stivers resisted
j arrest al Xapior Monday evening of
last week. November 21, was com-
i-'.i.'iu'i.iu!!! i iiiiixmy oy a
coroner's jury, when the. inquest was
heid ov r ihe body at Forlescue.
West died Wednesday morning. No
vum Ik-r 23. and I lie body was taken to
Fortescue to the home oi' his uncle,
Angelo Wake, section foreman at
Forteseue. Coroner Wyman sum
monri t ht; follu-i ing a jurors: ('. E.
IIo:i;i. PavM llomirie. Israel Cotton,
lu'i e CiuJvr, I. A. Williams and
Joshua Keck. 'After the
of eleven witnesses, among whom
were Drs. F. K. Bullock and .1. L.
Minton, who testified that they be
lieved either of the four wounds in
flicted might cause death, they be
lieved that the ball that entered the
lower part of the abdomen caused
death by hemorrhage.
The verdict of the jury was that
i Stivers' death was caused bv revolver
i shots in the hands of Frank Lowe,
deputy sheriff: that the shots were
; fired by reason of resisting arrest, ami
: were therefore fully justifiable. The
j state was represented by Prosecutor
(Alkire, and,lhe defense by Sheriff Mc
; Xulty. The evidence also showed
' t hat Stivers was a desperate charac
ter. "It was evident that Stivers was
determined not to be taken alive,"
Dr. Bullock is quoted as saying: he
had spent a term n the penitentiary
and did not propose to be taken back.
There was not a streak of yellow in
him. He was a bad man, but one of
those who light in the open.
When young Stivers came into the
world, it was Dr. Bullock who was in
attendance -when his light went out
after the tragic occurrence at Napier,
it was Dr. Bullock who attended him.
Several additional incidents of in
terest were brought out at the in
quest, that we did not learn of at the
time of the shooting. It appears
West had struck his brother .lohn,
and had threatened to kill him. John
r;m into the Hill store at Fortescue:
he closed the door and held it shut.
"Jf you don't open that door I will
shoot through it," said the young
brother. John then left the front
door, ran through a rear door and
Charles entered the store.
Ves Howard, a clerk, stepped out
and tried to pacify the young man.
" would just as lief kill you," Sti
vers is declared to have said. He w as
standing about four feet from How
ard. He fired at the clerk and the
latter's face was powder burned, but
he was unhurt. However, two jars of
pickles on a shelf were shattered.
Howard stood his ground. He was
afraid to run for fear of being shot in
the back. Stivers did not offer fur
ther violence but went to relatives in
the town, bid them good-bye and said
he was going to leave, never to re
turn. Before he left Howard, Stivers said:
"I will kill you if you swear out a
Stivers then started down the track
toward Napier. In the meantime
Sheriff McNulty notified his deputies.
Frank Lowe and Johnson, the latter
the owner of the Napier restaurant.
They started up the railroad toward
Napier, when they metStivers a short
distance from Napier, and they asked
him the distance to Fortescue, when
Stivers told them, and on being in
formed that if they were going west,
they had better go back to Napier
and hop a train, and they would be
foolish to pay fare.
The suggestion was taken bv the
deputies, and on getting to Napier,
L me !ii -de the remark that he was
hungry, and Stivers slid they might
ir over t the re-taw rant and get a
nack. This they did. St ivirs hung
his raincoat on the wall, and took out
his revaher from a packet in this ami
put it i:i hN hip pocket, and took a
seat on a stool. At this, Johnson
said: " Vou are under arrest." cover
ing him Willi his revolver. Slivers
replied: '''!. eh-1 am." and slid
from his stool and tc.id Johnson toput
up his revolver. Johnson believing
he was going to surrender, lowered ins
pistol, and no sooner done Stivers
dre.v his. b;g.in firing and a "rough
house" followed in which Johnson
was knocked down. Stivers took the
restaurant man's gun away t'rv..n him.
As Johnson lay or: ihe floor he threw
up his arm to protect his lace. Sti
vers fired at the pro.-trate man and
shattered the hone of his arm which
he may never he able to use a .rain.
Had he not thrown up his arm John
son would probably have been killed.
When the shooting began Now land,
Johnson's restaurant clerk, got be
neath one of the counter. He was
unarmed. When Stivers fired at
Johnson Lowe began to fire at Stivers.'
Upshot five times and st ruck St i vers
foilr time. The latter emptied his
revolver of the four cartridges which
remained after firing at Howard.
One of the cartridges penetrated
the counter behind which Nowland
was concealed. Immediately in front
of Nowland w as a large package of
peanut candy. The bullet, lodged in
this. Its force was spent and Now
land was saved.
After emptying his own revolver,
Stivers took the one which he had
wrested from Johnson and fired one
shot. He snapped it again but it
would not shoot. By this time Lowe
was out of ammunition. Stivers
weapons were also useless.
When others entered tiie rest an rant
a short time afterward, attracted by
the shooting, all the principals were
gone. The night was dark, but a
search was instituted for Stivers and
he was found on the railroad tracks,
mortally wounded, but still in pos
session of the two revolvers.
While Stivers lived much of his life
in, Fortescue lie is said to have taken
to his erring ways while living in St.
Joseph. The other members of the
family are highly respected.
Following the inquest the body was
taken to the Boyd cemetery, win re it
was buried.
His father was known as James
West, at Forest City, and married a
Miss Ogden. The father died many
years ago, leaving the mother with
two sons and a daughter t lie daugh
ter living in the stale of Oregon. On
the death of her husband, she made
application for a pension, he being a
civil war veteran. The pension at
first was refused on account of there
being no record at the war depart
ment, but it was afterwards learned
that lie eidisted under the name of
.Tames Stivers, and after a persistent
effort she obtained her pension under
the name of Stivers. She is held in
high regard by her neighbors at For
tescue, who sympathize with her in
her sorrow. Her son John is a plas
terer by trade, and is married, and is
regarded as a very industrious, hard
working young man and held in hih
esteem bv all.
What the Offices Cost.
The highest election expense ac
count filed so far' was by John II ib
bard, the Republican candidate for
recorder of deeds, who succeeded in
being elected to otlice, with Howard
Teare, the successful Democratic can
didate for collector, a close second.
The expense accounts filed with the
county clerk by the successful candi
dates were:
Frank Gaskill 3 00
Phil. Schlotzhauer 17 T0
II . B. Lawrence 00
II. S. Teare !K) 00
F. L. Zeller 81 i)
E. A. Dunham t8 24
II . E. Wright 35 00
I). W. Porter "0 00
J no. M. Il ibbard
Truly Thankful.
Our little city feasted to her com
plete satisfaction Thursday last and
the day was so tine that she spent the
afternoon out of doors and worked up
a splendid appetite for the "leavins'
for supper. It was one of the days of
the year when "dinner" was served
at the old fashioned noon hour. The
afternoon holiday was also enjoyed to
the full limit because the weather
was perfect, with the air just fresh
enough to make everyone want to be
out of doors. Nearly everybody went
somewhere except to work. Busi
ness was practically suspended while
people gave thanks for the good things
of life. In the morning crowds went
to the churches.
The Banker and the Farmer.
We do not know of any two classes
of citizens t hat are more dependent
on ea-h other than the country haule
rs and t i.e farmers in the country
tributary thereto. The banker is de
pendent on the farmer for the bulk of
his deposits. The farmer, speaking of
farmers as a class, is dependent on
ihe hanker for financial aid in con
duct ing many of his farm operations,
'is for example, the purchase of live
slock f;r feeding.
We know of no oilier das who can
oe more neipiul to eacu other. The
hanker cannot advise the farmer a to
i lie mecnamcas operation ol his
farm. The farmer knows more about
mat man me oanicer (iocs, lie has
forgotten more than t lie banker ever
knew about farming. The banker,
however, can encourage the farmer in
many lines of work. lie can be useful
to the fanner in advising him about
investments. Many a farmer has in
vested in borne far-distant, get -rich-quick
scheme, or in stocks and bonds:
whereas, if he had simply asked his
banker about the present ami pros
pective value of thestocks and bonds,
the farmer would have been saved
from very serious loss.
There ouyht to be entire confidence
between the farmer and his banker.
The judgment of the banker on many
things which interest the farmer is
better than his own. This is par
ticularly true of things that are far
away: while on things under the
farmers' immediate observation, the
judgment of the farmer may be better
than that of the banker.
There ought to be a most cordial
and heart' co-operation between these
two classes of people. The farmers
often need to be inoculated with new
ideas, justas the land sometimes needs
to be inoculated to grow alfalfa. It
is in this inoculation with new, well-thought-out
plans and ideas that the
banker gives the farmer his greatest
help. The main thing, however, is
the maintenance of mutual confi
dence, which can only be maintained
by absolutely fair dealing.
Statements recently issued by the
banks of Holt county make a gratify
sng exhibit, and as compared with
the statements made in June last
there appears to be a total gain of
$110,000, giving proof of the substan
tial growth of the business of our
county. The banks everywhere are
recognized 'both as measures of pres
ent trade conditions and barometers
by which the business of the future
may, to a considerable degree, be
forecasted. In the remarkable
strength shown by Holt county banks
there is, therefore, great reason for
satisfaction. It proves the growth
and increased wealth of the county,
which makes for the prosperity of ev
ery inhabitant of Holt.
In this connection we might refer
briefly to the annual report of the na
tion's comptroller of currency. The
only item in that report which need
be cited here is that of the deposits
and the depositors in the savings
banks of the country. The deposits
amounted to a grand total of $4,070,-
400,000 on June .'JO, 1910. In 189(5 the
deposits in the savings banks of the
country were $ 1,9:55,000, 000, which is
less than a half of the amount this
year. In Holt county, in 1S90, the
total deposits in the banks were $47(5,
597, which is four times less than the
amount on deposit in our banks No
vember 10, 1910. Now let us see how
these savings are divided. The num
ber of depositors according to the
comptroller's report, in the savings
banks in 18915 was 5,000,000. The
number in 1910 is 9,000,000, the exact
figures for this year being 9,142,709.
Thus it will be seen that the number
of persons having savings accounts
has increased more than three times
as fast since 1S9I5.
The statements as published in the
various papers of our county, a total
deposit of $1,715,0.'S4 is shown, which
is a gain of $110,:j09 over that of June
last. The statements make the fol
lowing exhibit:
Zook & Roecker $ 223,058
Citizens' 3,6S0
Forest City 10(),:J(51
Home, Forest City 12,(57.3
Exchange, Mound City . . (50,701
Bank of Mound City 142,035
Holt County Bank 1(51,448
Farmers', Maitland 233,114
People's, Maitland 209,(554
Heaton, Craig 244,314
Farmers' and Merchants',
Craig 09,02!
People's, Corning 21,(535
Bank of Corning 30,092
Bank of Bigelow 44,027
Bank of Forbes 51,221
Total, November l,1910...i,715,034
Total. June. 1!U0 l.WU.Mio
Tital. February. l'.HO l.S4:i.T0O
Total. August. 1H)7 1.740.034
From these totals it will be seen
that the denosits for November. 1!10,
are the third largest in the history
of hanking in Holt county.
In the total amount of deposits.the
cit ie at our county take the follow
ing rank:
Mound City.
Forest City .
What's tin
all right.
matterwith Holt? She's
Christmas Shopping.
"Avoid the Christmas Tush." That
is a time-worn warning, recurring an
nually, and so accustomed have we
grown to it that it has lost its signifi
cance. We read it without stopping
to think what it means. But usually
a few weeks or days later when strug
gling in the congested aisle of a store
in quest of the inevitable Christmas
presents, we are reminded of it and
think rather bitterly of ourselves for
not taking heed.
I n Christmas shopping it is the early
bird that catches the worm. The
early shopper finds stores packed with
the most attractive holiday goods,
which he has ample time to examine,
whereas, later in the season the stock
has not only diminished, but often
has suffered somewhat from excess of
One who puts off Christmas buy
ing to the last minute not only has a
narrowed field of choice, but must
also endure not a little discomfort and
sometimes real hardship resulting
from the crush that is always bound
to mark the last few days before the
holidays. Locomotion is difficult, and
deliberation in "he choice of goods
impossible.. The tremendouscrush of
Christmas week could he avoided if
shoppers more frequently anticipated
the season by a few weeks, and made
their purchases at a time when the
holiday goods and the shopping facili
ties were at their best. ,
The spirit of Christian charity, al
ways more manifest as the Christmas
season approaches, should prompt us
to give some heed to the class of peo
ple to whom the joys of the holidays
are always tempered by a great rush
of dispiriting, nerve-trying work.
The men and women who assist in
the sale and delivery of holiday goods
receive at best too little consideration
from the shopping public.
Wall Street's Anxiety.
Wall Street was determined to de
feat Booseelt ism. It exerted every
influence it could possibly bring to
bear on the voters of the country to
defeat those candidates who stood foe
the Roosevelt principles and policies:
It did not succeed in defeating so
many progressive Republicans as it
did in electing Democrats. Now
Wall Street is having visions of free
trade and is correspondingly anxious.
In undertaking to defeat Roosevelt
ism, Wall Street asserted that it was
fighting for the protection of its right
to conduct business without neces
sary limitations and unwarranted
interference. In-other words. Wal1
Street went into the campaign to in
sure its privilege of conducting busi
ness as it pleased. It has failed not
only to gain this insurance, but even
to preserve its business interests
if its fears are well founded. Wall
Street believes that only under a
high protective tariff can this coun
try prosper. Wall Street's anxiety
is genuine, it is real.
To Be Given-a Trial.
A limited parcels post fpr rural free
delivery routes will be recommended
by Postmaster General Hitchcock in
his forthcoming annual report. As a
preliminary step in the development
of such a service, Mr. Hitchcock will
ask congress to authorize the delivery
on rural routes of parcels weighing as
high as 11 pounds, which is the weight
limit for the international parcel post.
A rural parcel post, if successful
probably would lead the department
to attempt a more general system.
We enjoyed a splendid chat with
Esquire Lacey, of Maitland, on Satur
day. He had come down to be sworn
in as J. P. of Clay" township, this
term will round out his 8 years in the
office in that township, and before his
removal there he had served 10 years
in Hickory township. He is now 7(
years old and enjoying excellent
health. We are always glad to meet
John Ilibbard, our recorder elect,
has purchased the Frank KiefTer pro
perty: consideration, $3,000.

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