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VOL V. No 26.
Thanksgiving Day is the day
when everyone says he is thankful,
and wants to eat turkey to prove it.
If you haven't anything else to be
thankful for, you can be thankful
you are not a turkey.
Thanksgiving Day was observed
by the Pilgrims, who were thank
ful that they had five grains of
corn apiece. In these extravagant
times a man wouldn't be thankful
if he had ten grains of corn—which
shows conclusively that we are too
prosperous. The trusts are doing
a noble work in remedying this
People have various unreason
able reasons for being thankfil
on Thanksgiving Day. Sou e
men are thankful they took a
wife, and some are thankful they
didn't take two. Bachelor maids
Duck Coats
Men'8 duck coats blank
et lined corduroy collar
Boys' duck coats blanket
liued $1.50
Men's corduroy coats
heavy sheep lined
Men's brown corduroy
fine stripe blanket lined
extra quality
Wool finish extra heavy
$2.00 to $3.00
ool \SKoes
are thankful they are not "horrid
bachelors," and a married woman
is always thankful that her husband
has a good wife. It is easy to be
thankful if you go about it right.
But the thing people are most
thankful for is their money—even
though they came by it" honestly.
The more a man has, the more
thankful he is that it isn't less and
the less a man has, the less likely
he is to be thankful because it isn't
more. Be thankful, therefore, that
you haven't too much to be thank
ful for. Turkey tastes all the bet
ter for coming but once a year.—
November Lippincott's.
Lafe Young, editor of the Des
Moines Capital, and a standpatter
of the pronounced type, has been
appointed by Iowa's governor to
fill the vacancy caused by the death
of Senator Dolliver. Iowa's legis­
Ladies' Set Snug (union)
per suit $1.00
Ladies' Set Snug two
piece per suit $1.00
Children's fleece lined
vests and pants
Men's heavy fleece
Men's fleeced (union)
per suit
So long old Pal, meet
lberta corsets $ I-$2.50
Misses corset waists 50c
F. P. corsetsr$1.00
Don't forget to bring your Red Qoose drawing before December First
George's Letter to Jack
Dear Jack:
Just a line to let you know how things are going.
I was in Sageser's, the Philip jeweler, today, and
say, if you are going to make that best girl of yours a pres
ent be sure and go see him. He is a fat, jolly fellow and
he doesn't get cranky when a person doesn't buy, just glad to
have people come in and «•rubber.'' You don't want to miss
his window display at Christmas time. He has a fine line of
watches, rings, chains, brooches, silver flat ware, cake
baskets, bread trays, clocks of all kinds and a swell line of
hand painted china and rich cut glass. He also has jewel
cases, grip tags and souvenir spoons on which he engraves,
and a line of sterling silver novelties such as toilet sets,
match safes, sewing sets, manicure sets, stamp boxes, desk
set® and trinket boxes.'
tween the .and Christmas.
Your old friend,
P. S. -Oil yes, Jack, yon must be «ure and see hi® be
fore buying any Christmas present# for I know he can please
you. •.
lature will, in January, proceed to
select a senator, but as that body
is one-third stalwart, one-third pro
rogressive and one-third democrat
ic, appearances point to a deadlock
that will rival the recent alfair in
The Aberdeen News says that Brown
couaty may show, when the returns
are all in, to be the banner republican
county in the state. Stanley county
is a contestant for that position, tor
we gave Burke and Martin 1000
majority, Governor Vessey tfot away
with 650 more than his opponent, and
the entire republican state, legislative
and county tickets were elected, each
candidate with large majorities.
With due respect to several of our
contemporaries within the county,
it may be remarked that, while a
"yellow streak"' is all right in a gold
mine, it is mighty poor policy for a
republican paper to bolt ticket and
then expect its editor to have a clear
Cotton filled comforters
the kind like mother
makes $2.00
Canned Goods
Gopher Brand
Apricots, Peaches, Straw
berries, Raspberries
15c two for 25c
15c two for 25c
mo at Sageser's any time
Philip Weekly Review
The Review of Reviews of Stanley County"
abstract with the party.
Don't let those old conundrums
like, "How old is Ann," "Who
struck Billy Patterson," and others
of the same ancient vintage worry
you any longer, but tell us if Mrs.
Crippen still lives.
Say, Bro. Mix, keep that great
"intioonce" of the Fatrplay and fool
someone else with it. two years from
The hero's wife who wrote to her
husband that a live husband is worth
more than fifty dead heroes gave
utterance to a ^reat fireside truism.
With all respect to the evangelist,
how can a society woman be a "home
menace" since she seldom stays at
Among the other things due is the
first big snow storm of the season.
Governor Venaey Calls on People
to Give Thanks
Governor Vessey has issued his
Thanksgiving proclamation which
"The absence of the opening
buds of spring the faded blossoms
of the departed summer the chill
of lengthening nights and the tang
of frosty mornings all serve to re
mind us of the approaching end of
he present year and bring again
to our minds our beautiful custom
of national Thanksgiving.
It is in accordance with this
pious custom, born of the grateful
hearts of our forefathers in the
dim long ago and faithfully ob
served by the generations through
the years, and in humble acknow
legement of the manifold mercies
received from God, the giver of
all good, that I, R. S. Vessey, gov
ernor of the state of South Dakota,
by virtue of the authority vested
in me by law, do hereby apioint,
designate and set apart Thursday,
November 24, 1910, DCS a day of
special prayer and thanksgiving,
and recommend to the jjeople of
he state that on this day we desist
from our various pursuits and
regular business and devote our
minds and hearts to the solemn ob
servance of prayers to Him who
guards and directs the destinies of
men and of nations, whose bless
ings are now manifest throughout
the state and country.
"The sunshine of prosperity has
smiled upon our land and peace
and plenty have been among our
people and blessed our homes.
Civic conditions in our state have
been improved and the plane of
morality among our citizens has
been i if ted, for which let us be es
pecially grateful.
"Our evident blessings are many
and as we gather about our hearth
stones let gratitude abound and
may we ever remember that
"Righteousness exalteth a nation
but sin is a reproach to any
Mrs. Nellie MrMalion is on Trial for
Murder of Attorney Tliomas
I Sturgis, S. I).—'The trial of Mrs.
Nellie McMahon for the murder of
David P. Thomas, a prominent at
torney and former United States
commissioner, which will take
place during a term of state circuit
court which convened here Tuesday
will be one of the most interesting
in the history of western South
Mrs. McMahon is one of the best
known women of western South
Dakota, and has^powerful friends
who will seek to have her acquitted
of the serious charge against her.
As the result of a dispute over the
occupancy of an oIKce building in
Sturgis she is alleged, on the morn
ing"of July 30*last, to have gone
to the office of Attorney Thomas
and shot him down in cold blood.
Mrs. McMahon's husband, who
died some'months before'the tragic
killing of Thomas, had served as
state's attorney of Meade county.
That Mrs.*McMahon nowTregrets
her alleged connection with the
death of Thomases indicated by
statements made bylher^in letters
sent to friends after she was placed
under arrest. To one she wrote:
Ham just heart broken over
this terrible trouble. Such an aw
ful crime, I don't see how I am
ever going to stand it, to hear the
terrible trial."
To another she wrote:
"1 never slept at all last night."
As a sequel to the tragic death
of Thomas, Mrs. Thomas, his wi
dow, recently instituted a suit
against Mrs. McMahon by which
she seeks to recover damages in
the sum of $10,HM for the death
of her husband. Mrs. Thomas was
left in nearly destitute circum
stances, with five small children to
The suit was instituted for the
purpose of compelling Mrs. Mc
Mahon, who is a woman of con
siderable means, to render all
assistance possible in the caring
for and education of the five child
ren, who have been left homeless
and fatherless.
Mrs. McMahon, at Mr trial, will
be defended by Harry P. Atwater,
of Sturgis, and A. K. Gardner, of
Huron, who are among the leading
attorneys of the state. Naturally
there is keen interest as to the
grounds u[»on which the defense
will be based. In some quarters
it is believed the defense will be
conducted on the ground that Mrs.
McMahon was suffering from an
attack of temporary insanity and
therefore was not responsible for
any connection she may have had
with the tragic death of Thomas.
In other quarters it is thought self
defense will be urged in behalf of
the accused woman.
Immediately after her arrest on
the charge of killing Thomas, Mrs.
McMahon claimed that she acted
in self-defense, so it is likely this
will be the grounds upon which
her defense will be based at her
The trouble leading up to the
tragedy was of several months'
standing. Attorney Thomas had
his office with Mrs. McMahon's
husband during his lifetime, and
there had leen more or less trou
ble between Thomas and the ac
cused woman over the office build
ing following the death of Mc
Mahon, who for thirty years had
leena resident of Sturgis and
Meade county.
It is claimed that as the result of
the trouble Thomas had threatened
Mrs. McMahon's life a number of
times. She went to his office about
eight o'clock on the morning of
July 30 last and the quarrel was
renewed. At a certain stage in the
proceedings, Thomases alleged to
lave reached for his pistol, but he
never succeeded in getting it out.
Mrs. McMahon immediately drew
ier own weapon from the folds of
her dress and tired, the bullet pierc
ing Thomas's head. He died with
in a few moments.
Mrs. McMahon was armed with
a 32-culibre Coif s automatic revol
ver. The bullet entered Thomas*
head over the right eye, penetrat
ing the brain.
There were two eye-witnesses to
the tragedy, both of whom testitied
at the coroner's inquest, and who
will offer their testimony during
the trial of Mrs. McMahon. One
of these was William Curper, who
testified before the coroner's jury
that Mrs. Thomas went Uito
Thomas' office and said:
"I want you to vacate this office."
According to the testimony of
Curper she then drew her revolver
and fired. When she entered the
office, Curper testified, Thomas
was standing with his back to the
door talking to Curper. He turn
ed and smiled but made no answer.
When shot he fell and died almost
instantly, according to the testi
mony of Curper.
The other eye-witness was W.
H. Anderson. After carefully in
vestigating the tragedy, the "coro
ner's'jury returned a verdict to
the effect "that Thomascame'to his
death from Vgunshot"!*
wound in
fiictedjjby a pistol'in'the hands of
Mrs. Nellie'McMahon, and further
than that*no*mention*was"'made of
theTprobable'intention of the Jwo
Thomas' refusal 'to vacate ap
peared^to be the"only ''motive for
the shooting. The prosecution
will have evidence that Mrs. Mc­
Mahon borrowed the revolver from
Dr. Richards, a prominent citizen
of Sturgis, telling him that there
had been suspicious characters
about her home. After the trage
dy the weapon was returned to the
The prosecution also will offer
testimony that the weapon was
borrowed between eight and nine
o'clock the night lefore tin* morn
ing of the tragedy and that after
it was in possession of Mrs. Mahon
she acted strangely, walking the
Hoor all night and being very ner
vous and exhibiting the symptoms
of an insane person.
Thomas was about thirty-live
years of age and was considered
one of the lest attorneys in western
South Dakota. His father and
mother reside at O'Neill, Neb. Mrs.
Thomas' father, C. II. Hollings
worth, is one of the most promin
ent citizens of Hampton, Iowa.
A big family reunion of the Tho
mas and Hollingsworth families
had been planned for August. All
of the members of the two families
who could do so were to meet in
Sturgis and enjoy what would have
been one of the most notable fami
ly reunions ever held in the state.
On the morning of his death,
Thomas before ho left his home
packed a small suit case, as he ex
pected to take the noon train for
Dead wood. On his return in the
evening he was to have been met
by his wife and children and all
were to have gone to Hot Springs,
S. I)., to spend the Sabbath at that
famous summer resort.
v Happenings in County and State
—Some items are rehashed,
ju some given credit where red
v it is due, and some are swiped
The herd law was voted into ef
fect in Pennington county.
Brookings county voted $100,000
bonds to build a new court house.
The work of rebuilding Colum
bus College at Chamberlain is pro
The Brushie Blade reports the
sale of a relinquishment located
north of that postoffice for $1300.
County option was defeated in
the state by about IS,000. It was
defeated two years ago by 2,H10.
The editor of the*Wasta*Ga/,ette
has offered himself upon the altar
of public service, and his sacrifice
accepted. He will represent Pen
nington county in the state borate
during the winter's session.
County division was defeated in
Lyman county, the antis having a
majority of 137 votes. This shows
a gain in sentiment for such a
change over two years ago, when
division lost out by 291 votes.
Vincent Gilbert, a fourteen year
old boy at Rapid City, was injured
Saturday evening by the explosion
of a toy cannon which he was firing.
The attending physician does not
look for any serious results.
While lying asleep in her crib
the 4-month-old daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Fay, of Custer,
was attacked by a cat. Before the
animal was discovered and driven
away it had almost chewed the
right hand off the little girl. It
is feared the hand will have to
The following changes in fourth
class postmasters in Stanley coun
ty has been announced from
Washington: Davenport, Betsy
Loveland, vice P. A. Setbacken,
resigned Ililland, Hilma T. Ode
gaarden, vice M. Herrmann, re
signed Nowlin, W. Sherman, vice
H. E, "Dorothy, resigned.
A pile of coal containing one
hundred tons has been./n fire for
severalNlays in the,basement'of the
New St.^Charles"'hotel in Pierre.
Men have been at'work^'for some
time shoveling over the'great pile,
which caught fire from spontan
eous combustion. ^Tho fire has
caused^no worry, though, as all the
Whole No. 184
walls and floors are positively fire
The old Internationil hotel,
known to Rapid City visitors,, as
"The Irish World," is to give up
its location in the Gateway City
to a fine, new and modern Elks'
building. The International is one
of the city's old landmarks, it hav
ing been under the/present manage
ment for thirty-two years, in which
are embraced nearly all of the city's
The board of health at Lead
ordered the closing of schools,
churches and other places of public
gatherings, to ex(ediate the work
of stamping out an epidemic of
diphtheria. It being claimed thtf
the order was too drastic and un
called for by the situation, the
city's council took the matter up
and unanimously sustained Hit
orders of the board of health.
Awakened by someone who was
evidently rummaging under her
pillow, Mrs. L. R. Ryther, of Rap
id City, aroused her husband, who
at once jumied from the bed and
succeeded in capturing the intrud
er. The man gives his name to the
Pennington county authorities as
Brown, and is said to be a mixed
blood, Mexican and Indian. It is
believed he hails from the vicinity
of Presho.
E. T. Nellor, publisher of the
Kadoka Press, has acquired the
plant and business of his contem
porary, the Reporter, from the E.
L. Senn company. The two will
be consolidated and the newspaper
field covered from that point by
the Press only. The Reporter was
one of the first papers established
in western Stanley county, being
published at Willard until the rail
road company put Kadoka on the
John Trick, a homesteader eight
miles southeast of Midland, sus
tained injuries in an accident Tues
day night of last week, from the
effects of which he died Thursday^
morning. Ho fell or was thrown
from his wagon, while he and his
live year old son were returning
home from Stamford, where he had
been to cast his ballot. He sus
tained a broken collar bone, had
several ribs broken and was other
wise injured both externally and
internally, the wagon baying run
over his body.
The election judges of one of
the precincts in the eastern part of
this county, decided to officially
call attention t-oVtransgression of
one of their inalienable rights.
The"candidates forgot to™send a
supply of cigars"*to the precinct,
and the officials in making their
"unofficial returns" to the^county
auditor,"made no'figures, but wrote
across the center of the blank "no
cigars no returns" and it will re
quire a wait for official^figures to
know just what that particular pre
cinct has done for the candidates
and propositions presented to them.
With a canvass showing Hayti
to have but one and two thirds
votes more than'the'necessary two
thirds majority in the Hamlin
county seat fight, the commissioner
adjourned to Tuesday without mak
ing an official announcement to
give the Castlewood attorneys time
to prepare affidavits of fraudulent
counting. If the commissioners
make no further change in the
vote, Castlewood will contest in
court. The canvass shows a total
vote of 1,886. Hayti, 1,259,
Castlewood, 819.
Lying under the debris "of hi$
old brick shack in which for many
years he had made his home, John
Schamel, a pioneer of 1876 in Penn
ington county, was found dead'by
neighbors' who investigated hit
absence. Schamel who is a native
of Missouri, had existed in the old
building until it fell in on him and
from an examination of the re
mains, he must"have died'in agonjr
as both legs were broken,""numer
ous ribs and'he"suffered otherwise
painful injuries while pinioned ba».
neath the heap"of debris and bo-*
yond the sound of" help. An odd
coincidence is the fact that for
years ago his'brother .George was
found dead in the same buildings
Schamel was 68 years old,

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