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OREGON CHAUTAUQUA, August lOth to lTtlL. 49TH YEAR. OREGON, MISSOURI, FRIDAY. MAY 9, 1913. NUMBER 1. ClItCIJIT COURT IKIINOS. Naay Catca Have Been Disposed OfGrand Jury Returns 54 Bills. Thursday last, tho Brand Jury was sworn and charged, ami Judge Klllson named John K. Slaturas foreman, and on retlrlng,they scleclwl (lodf rey Mar ti as tliu sheriff, and .lolm Hlssett as Uio clerk. They Immediately got husy and had buslncssunoughto keep them busy the entire day. The Jury Is composed of the following: Hlgelow, John Slater, L. W. Dun can. Ilcnton, John Ilis.sett. Forbes, F. L. Stout. Forest, G. L. l'enny. Hickory, K. W. Smith. Liberty, Godfrey Marti. Lewis, Win. fennel. Lincoln, W. W. Davis. Mlnton, K. K. Iloyd. Nodaway, X. L. Plana! p. Union, Coleman David. Whllu the dock'.-t was composed of a large number of cases, there urebtit few cases of any very great Impor tance, ami many of thu minor eases were either nolledor dismissed by the plalnlllTs. Stale vs. Frank Vest on charge of murder: Hill of exceptions were tiled by hl at tome). l.'obert I,. Mlnton. Vest, killed Guy Stanley at the form er's homo on Sunday, December .'I, lull; was Indicted at the January. Mia, term, ami trial had April s, last ing the entire week. Jury found him guilty of second-degree murder, and gave .sentence of ten yeais In the peni tent lary. The defense, on April an, tiled motion for new trial, which was overruled, and they weregrantcd time to August, lti'.',teriu,to tile their bill of exceptions for appeal to the su preme court, which was continued to the present, term, when the bill of ex ceptions wuro tiled, and the case now goes up to the supreme court. Statu vs. James Craig on chat go of burglary and larceny, was milled by the prosecuting attorney. State Vn. Silas Smith; carnal knowl edge of female; continued to Monday, May an. The case of state vs. James F. Khodes, for malicious nest met Ion of fence, was dismissed at cost of de fendant. The state vs. I'eter Galbralth, for tailing to bury or burn dead swine, was nulled by the prosecutor. State vs. Arvotusllobcitsoii charge of grand larceny, Mussel fortrlal May a7. An appeal cau was that of AO. I tankers and J. A. Schmulte against August llenstorll. This was a suit for commission for selling some laud in Atchison county, Mo., In which plalntllfs allege thai they had a writ ten contract with the defendant, wheieby, if they found a buyer for the land at ftl'i per acre, thedefendant was to pay thcinirn; and, that, later ot, they had an oral contract, with the defendant whereby lie agreed that If they got tlo.no per acre for the lands he would pay them ann.on, and If they got over tlO.on an acre for same, that he would pay them a reasonable coin mission. They say that they secured Mio assistance of one Monroe Noble, and spent a great deal of time in and around procuring a purchaser for said lauds; that they dually Inter ested a party from Nodaway county in the lands, and look him out and showed him the lauds. That the party from Nodaway county wanted to put. in a stock of goods at llarnard, but that the plaintilTs' contract was for a cash Kale; that plaintiffs Informed the defendant of the proposal tolraduthu goods for t he lauds and that defendant agreed so to do, but later, told plaln tllfs that he was going to take the lands olT the market, but that within a short time lie did sell and convey the lands to the same parties, that plaintiffs had negotiated with, for the sum of huvcnty-tlvu dollars per acre. Wherefore, plalntllfs say that the de fendant Is Justly indebted to them in the sum of $L.V.(K) for which they ask Judgment. It seems that at the trial before Siiulre J. W. Smith, at Corning, the plalntllfs received Judgment for the who sum sued for, and that the defendant appealed. The case was called Thursday of last week, and a Jury was Impanelled, hut the plalnlllTs took a non-suit. Two suits were brought by Charles Morse and Charles Drago vs. theC. II. &Q. railroad, asking for damages to stock shipped over the railroad. One of them alleges that on or about the 23d day of August, 1012, plalntllfs shipped a car load of mules over the (Continued on page a.) Into the 49th Year. Volume X LI X of Tim Hoi.tCoun tv Skntinki. is begun tills week, an vent In modern Journalism that Is deserving of more than passing no tice. Of the a,"i,000 newspaper publi cations in the t'nited Slates and Can ada, less than 2." per cent can Ijoast a quarter century of existence, while many more than the total number now being published have passed out of existence completely. It has been said, with reference to mankind that "the good die joiing," but notsowlth newspapers, for with them the rule Is, "the survival of the lltlest." The best are frequently the oldest. A newspaper that has rounded out so nearly a half century of years has made many friends: some enemies. Newspapers are black and white. What they say cannot easily be modi lied or otherwise changed. If what they say Is right, theyappeal to right thinking people and gain friend. This Is what Tiii'.SKNTiNi'.i.has tried to do from the beginning, audit takes great satisfaction In knowing that among its readers l here are Ihoscwho have perused its columns regularly ever since the llrst number was Is. sued, June .'in, ISO.,. Tin: Si:ntini:i. intends to be right In the future as In the past. Devoted to Ihu best Inlcrestsof all the people, it will strive to thu best of Usability to promote those Interests, jet must i do so In Its own way. Never once has It misrepresented I" please Us con st lluents, and never will II do so, be cause temporizing never wins a bat tle. Neither will It claim a victory when a victory has not been won, for deceit Is dishonest and contemptible. Volume XLI" opens with Tim Si:ntini:i a stronger, heller paper I than at any time in Its existence. Progressive amlaggicsslvu It has, with the support of Us readers, become a factor in the atfalrs of Holt county, and recognled as such by all our peo ple. It has "made good" Its claim of being one of the very best, of the best weekly count ry newspapers west of the Mississippi lilver, and Is deter mined still further to prove this claim. It will certainly be a'lo in do so with ihu loyal co-operation of the a.iKKi men ami women who constitute Its list of subscribers. April Weather. The month or April, l'.d.'l, has not been fieaklsh in any particular: it has beeji a degree warmer lhan the normal, and we have been 1 1 Indies short of thu normal rainfall, but It was a fair April in general weather conditions. on tliu 22nd we had a severe dust storm, and dining Hie week of the aiith there were light i frosts reported In the low laud scc-j lions of thu county, hut no damage was reported to fruit conditions In portions of Nubi'aska and Kansas, and thu northwest, heavy stums fell during the week of the 12th, but hero wo had a heavy rainfall on the loth, measuring Ml! Inches. The ex tremes for the mouth have been: Max. a s Hi TP lo. 17 s ii.. ai so i-j. . ::n sc, Mean maximum, ii'i. Mean minimum, II. Mean. ,M. Mill. . . . .::u .....ii ....:i:i .. ..ii Itatnfall fur April, .."iU Inches; greatest in the loth. I hours, Mil Inches on Marching On. Developments In Moxleoaru shaping along such Inevitable Hues thai Ihu records from day to day. Iiavu the fa miliar quality of agtw iced old tale. "President" llucrta, thewlllingtool of Fullx Dla. In shockingly treacher ous dealings with the late President Madero, does not want to permit thu presidency to pass from his hands In to those of any candidate whom thu Mexican people may elect, and is op posed to a popularelectlonat the time mentioned in previous promises and agreements. Huerta is, doubtless, Idoking to thu bafety of Ids neck. He cannot bu so stupid as not to perceive that when the Government of Muxico gets into the hands of thu Mexican people, aday of reckoning will cqme for him ami thu master hu so treuchurously served, Young Dla. doubtless sees the same thing; but hu clearly realizes that forces are shaping which will sooner or later restoru tlicGnvuriimenttothu people, and hu appears to be diplomat enough to make a virtue of necessity, and give, with an appearance of fair ness and rectitude, that whlchcannot much longer;l)o withheld. Destiny Is at work in Mexico, its mills grind slowly, but there does not seem to bu any room for doubt as to tliu quality of tliu grist. HONOR Tllti IIKKOK! DEAD. The Beautiful Rites of Decoration Day Will Be Observed in Orefon. ATTENTION CO.MKADF.S: In compliance with orders from the National and Department headquar ters of thu Grand Army of the Ite public, all survivors or the t'nlon Army and their sons; of the Confed erate Army and their sous, and the survivors of the Spanish-American War are requested to assemble at Headquarters on Solidity. May 2"th, lUI.'l, at in a. in,, for the purpose of attending divine worship at the Kvaugullcal church. The annual ser mon will bo delivered by Kev. li. W. Wcldemlor. and the church choir Is tequesied to furnish the music for the occasion, ami it Is honed bv thu iorguulat Ion that all of the church organisations or the city will Join In these services. Ml comrades of the Grand Arm v. Hie Confederates and sons of tliesu veterans and Spanish-American War veterans are requested to assemble at Meyer Post Headquarters, at lo a. in.. Friday, May. 'in, lii,'), and with Mowers, proceed In a body, to thu comoterj. where the ritual of the Grand Army will be olcrved and Ihu graves of thu departed comrades bu decorated. At a p. m on May .'ioiti, they will ru-assemhlu at headquarters and pio ceed In a body to the Kvaugullcal chinch, where the annual addiess will be delivered. Thu follow ing ladles are requested to act as a committee to receive thu llowers at the olllcu or F. S. linstock, on the morning of May .10, at nine o'clock, and to arrange them In suit able forms for decoration purposes; Mesdaines ('has. Knock, Tom Cuirv, Geo. Seeman. I K. Markland, II. II. Dawson, lloboi t Fry, Hubert Hatch, ,rrlck liamsay, Will Markt. Karl Cooper. Win. Turnham: Misses Cora I'rye, Hortense Dungan, Anna Curry, llonnle Greene. Mary Hosteller, Hon nle llrodbcck, Mary .ook. All persons having llowers to spare are requested to send them to (ho of lice of F. S. Itostock not later than u a. in,, May .'in. Comrade Jacob King Is assigned to Ihu duty of marking all graves of deceased comrades and wives of com rades. It. F. MnuoAN, D. I'. Doiiv.ns, Commander. Adjutant. Light Plant Improvements. Superintendent Martin has a force of men at work at thu city's light plant, putting In thu new foundation for thu nuw second oil engine, no- j horso powur, recently purchased bv thu city, at a cost of il.iHio. Thu en gluu Is now in course of const ruction, and It is thought, will be ready for shipment in thu course of a few weeks. 'I lie foundation will hu is feet long, 8 feet deep and II feet wide, and will consume 1,'Hi tons of concrete and rc-lnforclng. It will bo set Just north of thu present engine, ami will he paralleled with thu pres ent loo horsu powur engine now In IISU. When thusu Improvements are com pleted, Superintendent Martin ex pects to bu able to supply day cur rent on demand, and tliu city of Ore gon will havo ono of tliu most com plete lighting plants in tliu state. It was thu thu llrst city in the statu to Install an Internal combustion (lis tlllate plant. Committees from city councils of Grant City, Orrick and Itldgeway, Mo ; Wymore, Nebr.; Osawattomlo, Kans.; .owata, Okla., and othor cit ies, came to Investigate, with tliu view of making similar Improve ments to their plants. Oregon was thu llrst city In tliu state to try municipal ownership of water and light plant, and the lirst city to build an Intururban railroad, and to take from the private pockets ot -its citizens, suniclent funds to mouernize ine county's court house a total cost of (2H,ooo. New School Laws. State Superintendent of Schools, W. F. Evans, In a circular letter sent out last week to school authorities over the state, calls attention to the legislation of an educational character enacted by tliu recent session of thu general assembly. In his circular he sajs: "The last general assembly passed a lare number of important school laws. These, laws In live or six Jears will make great Improvement in the public schuolsof Mlssouii. One of t lie most important. Is the Carlor-Hrydon law, which guarantees to every rural school an eight mouths' term, provid ed It levies the constitutional limit for school purposes and sends Its chil dren regularly to school. This law grants 100 special aid to each dist rlct , If needed to have eight months of school. 'The Wilsoti-MeltolxMtshlgh school aid law grants from taoo to tsoo to weak high schools. This law reaches the struggling high schools In the small towns. The Crossley-Snodgrass law provide for teacher-training courses in high schools to prepare teachers for the rural schools, and grants 75n statu aid toschools that do this work'. 'Another good law Is the lluford- ( oticy law on consolidation ami niral high schools. This law will In a few years take a high school Into every (immunity In the state. The state aids in the maintenance or the conn- tr high schools and In the election of t lie buildings. Many legaid this as the most impoitaiit school law passed. "The Ciossley-t rr tree text hook law empowers each school district to own Us textbooks and furnish t hum fiie to pupils. It grautstoschooldlstrlctsso ilolng. their pro rata of the county fon lgn Insurance tax moneys, which amounts to .:io to .:i.t per pupil enu merated and which will about main tain a flee textbook sstem after the Initial cost has been met. "Another Is the Taylor law provid ing for an annual convention of thu school dhectors and olllcers In each i .unity. v "Thu Kinney school agu limit law is of great value to the large cities that desire lo establish kindergartens ami evening schools. It does not affect the country districts ami thu small towns ami does not alfcct thu enumeration of school children. In Real Estate Circles. Tine was a decided gain In the vol ume of rual estate business In the county during the mouth of April Just passed as compared with April, Una, and the real estate agents In I various pails of the county have been a very busy oel of fellows: The big-1 gest deal of thu mouth, and we be lieve the biggest thus far during thu : year, was the purchase ot s; acics west ot Mound City, by Geo. II. C.u-1 punter, from tho Mound Citv Land Company, Tor so,oui), Among the, good ih;als Involving .1,oiki or over wure thu follow lug: i Mury llsley to W. S. Thomson: iiw nu and s J nu ne a, f. 10. 7,..oo ! Hannah .1. Klllott et al to Paul I Ii. Klllott, e ! sw r,e; s nu u; ! sw lii, no, i.oou liohcrt S. Dowell to John Wuhrll, w i sw, .11, Oil, .'is Guy Strlcklcrto Mary J. Mosur, n i nw nwi :u, na, .is Itio. K' Chuuliig to Felix Gam- s.iou li.OIKI nret: s ; lot a sw; s ; s(. u,ii, in 7,INHI Frank Walker to John II. Hick man, s in a sw u i nw la, ill, .'in la.iNio Ml. .1. Hesslo Frank Walker: lauds In 1, ill, ;i'.i; I'M, iia, :W7.."s acres :ia,u:i7 Frank Walker lo Kd. .1. Hess, w I se: n nw; w J sw nw, 18, (II,. 15,470 Jno. W. Nauinan lo o. W. Naumaii, u 1 sw and part se i"), na, iii.oiiii .loo II. Murray to .1. C. Cun ningham ot al; lands In ti and in, wi, ;i7: ;iao acres :ia,(Kiu llurtha L. Welleret al to Sarah S. Wellurut al lo Sarah S Weller, lauds In i:i, ita, .is,.., ao.iKKi Sarali S. Weller lo Catharlnu Weller ut al, l-'i each ne nw ne iia, .'its ia,ooo Frank Walker to Geo W Poin ter; :W7 acres In 1, ill, .'111 and .'in, a, :n ui.ws Sol. A. Meyer to John K. Clark, n su a.), 01, id; -10 acres lot 'i. sw :w, in, :j!i H.uio Mound City Land Co to Geo il. Carpenter, H17 acres In HI and na, an ko.ooo Kmery Davis ct al to James Gaffney, land in 'Si, 0,1, 40, . . . 7 ,.'175 The total value of tho warranty duals amounted to 342,81U, and tho trust deeds filed, tU3,574. Thus far for the four months of 101.1 the total value of the warranty transactions amounted to tl, 475,010. (JITY RKAIiTIKIlL LKAflUK. Enthusiastic Meeting at Court House Monday Evening. Next Mon day Clean-up Day. The League held Its adjourned meeting Monday evening, and was presided over by the vice-president, Mrs. Fannie Dungan. Mrs. Charleuu Dawson acted as secretary, and read the minutes of the previous meeting, which weru adopted. The committee on constitution sub mit ted Its report , which was adopted, thu constitution read and adopted. This brought thu league Into being, and some thirty signed thu constitu tion. A code of by-laws was then adopted, and tliu League began humming as If It. had existed for many years. There was a spirit malfested on Ihu part or some to get. busy, and do some thing more to beaut Ify ami materially Improve thu town. Owing to Ihu In clement weather there was no con certed action looking to a general clean-up of the city on the .Mb, but was continued to next Monday. May I'.'th. In this connect lou Mrs. Char- leii" Dawson read thu following paper: I'l.lIAMNll.ri' nw. "Have .miii all cleaned house Jet? Well, possibly )ou haven't . but you will as sure as the summer will follow the spring -Its a llxeil event In the house and ii should be a lived event In every community. "Monday, May I'-'th. lias been set asldu lo clean up and I do hope ll will become an annual affair. "Streets of course come llrst In a consideration of this kind In the early spring they should lie cleaned thoroughly, all stones and rubbish removed, and In order to maku this work of any permanent benelll no trash should be burned In the streets after this day; then all summer long strict attention should be given to weeds outside the walks, many other wise attractive places have been spoil ed In v tills neglect of the parking spaces, "Another eye-sore Is an out-bulldlug III a wretched statu of dilapidation every Individual propettyowuercoiild remedy this evil ami add much to tliu looks of his place. Along In this same line I would suggest that the space back of the store buildings on the north side of tho square be raided and torn down down ami the whole place cleaned up. It Is a vur.v un pleasant sight at present, ami one which Is very liable to be seen by a st ranger on anlvlng in town. "All unsightly signs should be done away with, hill hoards should lie loin down. I am sure we could discover numbers of both If woonly look about us with seeing eyes. "So much has been dime In the way of good sidewalks, hut we still have some ery bad ones. Taken as a whole we have mom good walks than most towns this sl.e. "Fences long past their stagoof use fulness should I hi lorn down, new to replace iheiu, or some of tho lovely,,,.. .,. ,,,...,,..,, (,r ,ilt, i ....,. ...... varieties of hedge planted. Tlilsisau unusually 'nice treatment for vacant lots, ir the hedge N kept trimmed ami the weeds cut ll helps the looks or things, particularly If the lot be near tho center of town. The vacant lot Is ever a problem. This has been solved in some towns, iiy the owners letting their less fortunate neighbors use them for gardens, both vegetablu and Mower, and rows of thrlfiypotalo plants are beautiful In comparison -J i . I ..I. ..,. ..J fit i.. mill a raui growui oi weens, i cuius, emus are linen airmen anil an iiiuisni lot becomes a source of pleasure, as well as mom sightly. "Oregon In Its present stale of neg lect Is not unattractive a town built around a squaru Is always attractive, tho square is thu central Inlurest ami there our Improvement should start. "I am a strong advocate of "count your many blessings." Wo have had so many lovely residences built In thu last few years and aru to havo somu' Imtirnvitm'.ril c In tin, liiiclni.iu lintici.tt! In thu near future, which should serve as an Incentive lo better other condi tions. "In orderto keep I ho tovvncluau wo must tlrstmaku It clean, ami thu way to do that is for every individual to do his or her part to tho fullest ex tent, Monday, May I'.'. All those on thu west side of thu squaru, not Ify Mrs. Dungan if they have trash to he hauled away, and on the east Mr. Henry Cook, (jultu a lot of debris has accumulated in the school yard, and It seems to me the School Hoard should attend to that and not depend on these donated teams, as we hope 1 1 ley win db Kepi very nosy. "Community cleaning Is Imperative' for community Improvement, and we all know what that means ploasan tcr homes to live In and Increased value of our real estate. "The new Hoy Scout organization should be Interested In this clean-up movement, and they could aid In many ways. "Hut we cannot Interest others un less we aru really Interested ourselves, so let's all get toguthur ami mako next Monday, May la, "Cleaning up Day" In the fulleM sense of the word." The chair on call for committee re ports, found but little, If anything, had, as yet, been done, lint they wcro getting ready to move things. Dr. Long wanted plenty of Hon era to bu secured, and of a character that would not only bu Inexpensive, but would supply thu bloom from thu ear liest hi tliu season lo thu latest. Mayor Ulchards thought the best way to do things along this line was foruvery Individual citizen to attend to his own premises, and tlicn go af ter those whowerc delinquent. Hebe lluved the City Council was ready to do Its sh ire In a lliianclal way, con slstunl with the treasury condition, lie was ready, officially and privately, to do his part In helping lo maku (lie city mom beautiful and more cleanly. Kev. Clagett thought Oregon most fortunate In location, her hills ami valleys, her natural drainage, her trees and streams, hut ,as not apace with the pulse of the limes hi regard to lier stieids and alleys, and weeds and condition of her trees. He be lieved the League could accomplish much and Tell that woman's work In this line was Hie gieal factor lo ac complish muchand fell that woman's work In this line was the gieat factor In accomplishing msiills everyone owning or renting property should keep his own premises clean and In pieseutahle condition. Impressions made on a Isllor as to sluggishness or cleanliness of a people of a town am usually the most lasting. Judge n' Fa I Ion thought we. should give more thought and care and la bor, looking to thu bettering of our sanitary condition. There was much room for liupioveiuent alouglhlsllue. lie believed we should emulate the Jews who were noted for cleanliness; were a healthy people: strong and vigorous.. Keep your own yard clean. It was a law handed down to them fiom Moses, and while Hie city was not as bad as some In this icspect, them was 1 1 nu for Improvement, anil the League "oil; and Iniluenco he thought could accomplish much in all I he lines i nat would help to make Ihu clly still more beautiful. The lepoiler for Tun Siiviinki. al so spoke along Ihu same Hues, ami fell that the League could accom plish much for improving the city, If Its member would get busy. Mis-. Mary'.ook's paper, "The Clly lleaulllul," by reason of herah-ence, was read h) Mrs, Minna I'lillbrlck. Owing lo its length we cannot re produce It in this issue, but hope to do so in our next. III. W'lilt in,. r. I In. t ri.:iiirii wihiL'i. recommended that each committee look after Its own finances Dr. L,.iig also spoke of the needed Improvements In sanitation. The meeting was a good one, and it was noticeable that women were thu mflst iiiiiiicious hi attendance, ami were the mosi earnest and enthusi astic hi the c.iue; and Tin: Sknti nki. Is ot the opinion that thu bust result.-, will come through their uf- I rorls. ,,, K()(K, Nuir. Tliu doors of i he League are open wide open ri eveiy citizen, man or woman: young lad ami young girl to membership, and each ami uverjunu Is earnestly asked lo become a mem ber or the "C. It. L." and put on thu label, "A Cleaner and More (leant I rul iregon." Quits Business. After Wednesday of last week, prac tically all ot the old line foreign In surance companies ceased writing Ihu Insurance in oregm, ami also in thu statu, owing to a law, known as thu Orr law, passed hy thu late legislature. As a result of this law some two lire Insurance companies announced that they would ceaso to do business -wilte any mom lusuraiicu-tn thu statu after May 1st. The stale au thorities have taken steps to enjoin tliu companies from cancelling their risks; ami to-day, Thursday, 8th lust, was set. for Ihu companies to answer. Attorney General darker says that If at that I hue any of the companies havu suspended tho writing oi nuw business he will ask I he court togrant an additional temporary order re straining them from suspending tliu writing of business. Then he will be gin his elforts to prosecutu criminally the heads of tliu comoanles that clve orders for a suspension of business.