Meigs County News For The Year 1887

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Racine Tribune April 13, 1887
NEW HAVEN Last Saturday May 3rd while Mr. Ed. Cunningham was in town, his house caught fire from a defective flue and burned up with most of the contents. No. insurance. It was on March 5th. The birds were not singing on the boughs, but it was warm enough for the New Haven urchins to be rumbling over the hills and through the hollows in search of eggs for their Easter feast, but not being very successful, they concluded to have some fun by breaking glass out of a vacant house belonging to Esq. Jackson. They had their fun, but it turned on them, as the squire had the law in his own hands. James Batey has bought a house of D.J. Morgareige on Chestnut St. He will take possession immediately. Dr. Roush and Master Frank have gone on a Southern tour. They will be gone a month. The boys that are stealing knives, tobacco, and other things from the stores better desist at once for they are sure to be caught. The merchants have their names and will make them public if there is any more shoplifting done. A word to the wise is sufficient. Married--Sunday evening, April 3rd, by Rev. E.F. Chapman, Mr. Gideon Cooper of Syracuse, O., and Miss Nettie Roush of New Haven. I wonder how that boy feels after being kicked out of the store the other day for stealing tobacco. Married--April 4th, at the residence of the bride's parents, by Dr. J.H. Hensley, Mr. Leroy Weaver, and Miss Melvina Cundiff. ------------------------ TERRILL'S TRIAL The Si Terrill case is set down for trial April 28th, and venire issued returnable April 12. The Benedict case has been continued to make room for the Terrill Trial, the all-absorbing matter of the present form of Court. Benedict will surely be tried again. The Petty Jury didn't report until Monday morning--a commendable departure from ordinary custom. General Grosvenor is here attending court. ----------------------- MARRIAGE LICENSES Wendel Greicser to Christiana Frith, John J. Cuckler to Lovean B. Gilkey, Henry Meis to Katie Kock, W. T. Bramble to Cora Adams. ----------------------- HAZAEL The weather is fine. Spring sunshine is making the wheat fields look green. Mrs. M.J. Paxson and Mrs. Henry Keyse, who have been on the sick list for the past few weeks, are convalescing. C.M. Fitch is repairing his dwelling, and will give it a coat of paint, which will help the appearance of it. Measles and mumps have been raging in this vicinity, but so far have not proved fatal. Making garden seems to be the order of the day with the ladies of this place. J.W. Moore, our fruit tree agent, is doing a thriving business in the way of selling fruit trees. Harvey Saintmyres intends starting a blacksmith shop here in the near future. We think this a good point for a blacksmith, and undoubetedly Harvey will do well. Spring has made its appearance, we believe, and we are glad of the change, as it gives the farmers a chance to do their plowing, planting potatoes, etc. Most of the candidates who went up "Salt River" the last election, have returned looking the worse for wear. Mr. James Lambert, Don Smith and his brother Mayhood, left for Montana, one day last week. Wm. Roberts, of Muses Bottom, W.Va., was in our midst Tuesday looking after his interests with Fitch Bro's., sawyers of this place. H.C. Williams, our post master and merchant, made a flying trip to Ravenswood on business Tuesday. J.W. Hicks who has been mate on the Lizzie Bay came home Saturday to spend a few days with his family. Jas. Hayward, of Pittsburgh, Pa., the cattle buyer is with us again this week. Those having fat stock to sell can dispose of them to a good advantage by selling them to Mr. Hayward. Samuel Taylor, Jos. and Alfred Lawrence, are doing the carpenter work on Hazael Williams' new boat. It is rumored he is going to use it for a photograph Gallery, as well as for a dwelling. Sherman Paxson, our mail messenger, is going to resign. He thinks it is too thin to make two trips a day to Muses Bottom Station, for $72 a year. Things funny to see: Geo. McKinley hunting wintergreen. A.J.A. Rose and L.M. Smith shaving shingles. Stella Hicks and Nora Williams killing that rat. Chas. Taylor chopping wood for the widow and orphans. Hays and Joe catching muskrats before breakfast. Sherman breaking a jug of molasses in the ferry skiff. APPLE GROVE R.W. Sayre leaves today for Pittsburgh with five hundred bushels of potatoes for the market. Harrison Dowshen's wife came up on steamer Gen. Dawes from Portsmouth, Ohio, for burial. J.E. Weldon has just closed his term of school at this place, with satisfaction to all interested in schools. The Republicans of Letart township, have a majority of 40 to 60, but some of the defeated candidates before the convention sold out, and some of the candidates traded with the Democracy, consequently the whole ticket was defeated. We get our mail in good time; up mail at 9 o'clock and down at 2'oclock. Our clever ferryman, Jack Cumpston has the messenger route from here to R.R. and is always on time. Mill Wood opposite here is still improving. Two new houses are in course of construction. Senator Camdon has bought 5 acres of Mr. Creel for manufacturing purposes. The Mill Creek Valley Railroad is about all graded and cross ties are being hauled on the road. The iron has been contracted. Track laying will soon commence. There is no doubt but that the road will be finished by October. ---------------------- MINERSVILLE Many Republicans of this Precinct cannot very well answer otherwise than "guilty" to the question, "who caused the defeat of Thomas Mathews?" Mr. Mathews is a good man in every respect, and should have been given the second term. Just now politics is very much muddled in this township. There is not much love in politics and they are always fickle. Howell James is very low with the asthma. Our two salt works and the two river banks are running right along, and the repairing on the Windsor furnace is being carried on as fast as possible. People from Racine while passing here enroute to Pomeroy to attend court, pay taxes or to see the elephant, wonder, I am told, what in the world have we here to boast of anyway. It is true that this is not a very beautiful town (excepting of course the Dutchtown, Welston and Pamunkey additions to it), but we can muster out a bigger crowd on an evening to listen to the beautiful but critical remarks of a political stumper, that any town of its size in seven states. ------------------------ LETART, W.Va. We take pleasure in welcoming the Tribune to Letart and will endeavor to furnish the news from our little town in a manner that will prove satisfactory to all of its patrons. Letart is a small country town but we are satisfied that she does more business during the year than any town of her size between Pittsburg and Cincinnati, and now that we have every facility for travel and shipping both river and railroad, we anticipate a bright future. G. W. Gist returned from Cincinnati last Saturday with his spring stock of general merchandise. C.H. Varian returned last Saturday from a prospecting trip on the Big Kanawha River. Mr. Varian expects to handle about 50,000 railroad ties for Wheeler and Holden of Buffalo, N.Y., during the coming season. F. M. Armitage and wife, of Middleport, Ohio, were visiting friends here last week. Mr. Armitage will paint the residence of D.P. Gist. Elmer Varian is standing a watch at the wheel of the Lizzie Bay at present. We are pained to report the death of the young daughter of Geo. Ward, who lives a few miles back of town. Mr. Ward and his family have the sympathy of our citizens in their sore affliction. Dr. W. F. Petty returned from Colorado a few days ago. Mr. W. T. Hayman accompanied by his wife will leave on the Shirley next Sunday for Cincinnati. While in the city Mr. Hayman will purchase a full stock of spring goods for his popular family store in this place. Our merchants report business good considering the terrible state of the roads leading into town. Mrs. Slack of Hartford City spent a few days of last week with her mother, Mrs. Baker, of this place. We understand that there will be some interesting developments at the trial of Pat Murphy during the May term of Court. [Transcribed by Susan Kuhl]

Racine Tribune April 20, 1887
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Bedford--Hannah Hawk to Robert Saul, 1.50 acres $150. Columbia--Eli Rife to David Martin, 41 acres $1000. Lebanon--A.C. Gandee to H.B. Gandee, 27.40 acres $850. Same to same 5 acres. Jesse Gandee to A.C. Gandee, 10 acres $300. H.D. Leonard to A.A. Wood, 20.75 acres, same to same 29.75 acres $230. Letart--Mary Bentz to Lucinda Parr, 8 acres $1200. Michael Roush to L.L. Hayman, 12 acres $1250. Middleport--W.A. Giles to D. Brisentine, lot No. 383 $80. Sutton--Magdalena Gandee to A.C. Gandee, lots No. 5 and 6 Syracuse $600. Stephen Carahan to Thos Carahan, 20 acres $135. Same to M.R. Willis, 20 acres $135. Lucinda Gibbs to W.H. Nease 7.75 acres $100. W.H. Nease to Lucinda Gibbs 1.59 acres, same to same, 1.96 acres, same to same 2.59 acres, $100. Lucinda Gibbs to W.H. Nease, 1.59. Racine--D. Reed to J.C. Hayman, lots No. 28, ex. 1-10, 28, ex. 1-10, 27, ex. 1.20, 27, all of 1-10, 18 ex. 1-20, 18 ex. 1-10. Tax certificates. -------------------------- TEACHERS CERTIFICATES GRANTED AT THE APRIL EXAMINATIONS For 36 months: W.C. Edwards, Maggie Anderson. For 24 months: L.C. Cottrill. For 12 months: Eva Caldwell, Florence Vale, Clara Hart, M.J. Hart, Ella Rectames, Grace Kincaid, Amanda Martin, Alice Garen, Libbie Taylor, Anna J. Careton, Francis C. Carleton, Allie M. Applegate, Loe Livecy, Lucretia Livecy, Drucie Martin, Jennie Eillogly, Hattie Stiles, A.P. Hayes, G.W. Smith, H.H. Roush, E.C. McDongle, A.D. Hammin, L.L. Pickens, W. Tad Ellis, Elmer Frost, H.B. Frost, A.D. McCormick, W.A. Gorsach, S.L. Dillinger, George Gaul, W.E. Winget. ------------------------------- The Pomeroy Republican Drum Corp was out last Thursday evening, for the first time this season. The boys present as fine an appearance as ever, and Meigs County ought to be proud of them. Court adjourned Thursday to meet again Wednesday. The Creamery made butter two days last week, and it is now on sale at the groceries. It is very fine in quality, sweet, waxy and gilt-edge in every particular, and retails at 28 cents per pound. Jim Lyman was arrested Thursday for loitering and brought before Mayor Donally, who fined him and in default of payment, lodged him in jail. Charles and J. J. Riggs of Harrisonville left for Montana Monday, on a prospecting trip. The following appeared under the Jackson, W.Va. heading of the Racine Tribune, April 20, 1887: RAVENSWOOD NEWS Chew!Chew!Chew! It has become a national habit, and he or she who has not a mouthful of tobacco upon which the energies are expended, is an exception. In social gatherings, on the street car, and at public entertainments, it is the same everlasting wagging of the chin. Wax figures of the people of the present will be made in a thousand years with a perpetual motion machine hidden in the mouth to keep the jaws moving in order to be a realistic representation. The figure would be a caricature without it. Happy is the gum manufacturer in this day and generation for the cry is still for more of his products. Refined women can rival the more inveterate tobacco chewers in their power of chewing. Like the flowing of Tennyson's "Brook" their jaws wag on "forever." J. A. Cowdery, of Racine, has been bringing some yearling Shorthorn Cattle form Kentucky recently and scattering them throught the surrounding county at fair prices. We learn that Capt. Jas. Williamson, of Willow Grove, this county, and Dr. Dye, of Great Bend, each purchased a bull. These are surely marks of progress, and the day is not far distant when there will be dozens of these best of cattle in the fields of farmers where none but "scrubs" now graze. Win Williamson, Great Bend, received a valuable present Sunday, in the form of a handsome gold watch, from his mother-in-law, Mrs. Nancy Roberts, of Muses Bottom. A six year old son of Perry Kirwood's was killed yesterday, near his home, about three miles beyond Ripley, by a pile of R.R. ties rolling down upon him; he was hurt internally and lived until conveyed part way to the house. Transcribed by Susan Kuhl

Racine Tribune June 29, 1887
CHESTER C. E. Frisbie left for Kansas Monday to meet his sister Miss Maggie, who went west about a month ago. They expect to locate near Santa Fe, Kansas. Edward is a highly respected young man, and will be greatly missed by his many friends in this vacility. Their best wishes go with them. Miss Alice Garen, of Racine, was in town last week, the guest of Mrs. W. Kimes. Dr. T.A. Copeland, of Mooretown, O., was in town Thursday. T.A. Jeroleman left Monday, for a journey through the western part of our country. Mrs. M. Ashworth, of Canada, (Chester township) is visiting her daughter Mrs. A. E. Hecox. Arthur Knight returned from New York, Thursday where he has been with a carload of sheep for his father, B.F. Knight. C.W. McKay and Miss Emma Robinson visited Mr. McKay's parents, Sunday, at Great Bend. Mrs. B.F. Knight is visiting her mother at Hockingport, O. E.W. Craig sold a very fine carriage to Daniel Ridenour, last week. G.W. Jackson, a drummer from Gallipolis, O., paid our merchants a visit last week. Mr. and Mrs. Schlaegel, of Long Bottom, O., spent Sunday with their daughter, Mrs. Philip Stroghmeyer. ELSTON-HARPOLD The wedding of Mr. Charles R. Elston, of Marietta, and Miss Laura Harpold, of this place, Wednesday evening last, at the residence of Mrs. Riley Harpold, was a very pretty affair. The house was handsomely decorated with flowers, the evening was cool and the guests were in good spirits. At nine o'clock the Rev. P.A. Baker, followed by Mr. Davidson and Miss Eva Sibley, preceded the happy couple to a position under a beautiful yoke of flowers suspended in one corner of the parlor, where the ceremony was performed and Mr. and Mrs. Elston received the congratulations of relatives and friends. A few moments after an elegant lunch was served, of which all partook with relish. The remainder of the evening was spent in pleasant conversation enlivened by a sarenade from the Racine Cornet Band, who rendered a number of selections with spirit and expression. The presents were numerous and costly. Prominent among them we noticed a massive and richly carved mahogany side-board, a large hanging silver water-pitcher with goblet and a beautifully decorated set of china dishes. About sixty guests were present, among whom we noticed the following from a distance: Mr. and Mrs. Elston and daughter, of Marietta; Mr. Davidson of Eureka, W.Va.; Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Sibley, Miss Evalyn Sibley and Master Ernest, of Lyons, Kan; Mr. Cash Carson, of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Capt John Barrett and son of Cincinnati; Mr. Rood, of Marietta; Mrs. Pierrepoint and Miss Davis, of Ritchie, W.Va.; and Miss Bettie Barnes, of Cincinnati. ANTIQUITY Mr. Editor will you give me space in your paper for a few words from this place? Riverside Mills are building a barge for Wm. Alexander of Letart to be used on southern waters, and when finished will be 13 feet high, 130 feet long, 24 feet side, and 6 1/2 feet in the gunwales, and then a cargo box which will make 13 feet, and when finished will be the only on of the kind ever built at this yard. Mr. George Sayre is foreman. Mr. Stobert of the coal bank, is looking after a contract to furnish John Barrett & Son of Cincinnati, with 25,000 bushels of coal a week, which if he succeeds in contracting will furnish work for about 80 men and will be a great help to our village. Mr. John Stobert was to sick to attend Sabbath School last Sunday. J. D. Shannon has been granted a pension. We are informed he got $117 back pay and $2 per month hereafter. B.T. Flesher made a business trip to Parkersburg last Friday, and returned on the evening train. Geo. Bentz is going to Parkersburg this week, to work with his brother as tinner. Nobe McCracken will return from the Kanawha valley this week to dig coal at home. -------------------- NEW HAVEN The ladies of the U.B. Church held a festival in P.L. Jones orchard last Saturday night, and although there were two other festivals within two miles, there was a large crowd in attendance, and it was a success financially as well as a good time. The proceeds being something over thirty dollars. The New Haven band furnished music for the crowd. The Lutheran Church will hold a festival next Saturday night. Let everyone attend. P.L. Jones received a bill of goods by the steamer Big Sandy last Sunday, and left them on the wharf over night, and when he went down Monday morning to haul them up, one box of glass fruit cans containing eight dozen, and one barrel of lamp chimneys were gone. Undoubtedly some one intends going into the glassware business. Rev. Shuey left last Monday for a two weeks visit at his home in the Shenandoah valley. E. E. Jones of Syracuse was looking over our city last Sunday. William Vaughn of Syracuse was here last Sunday evening after his Board. Dr. Wetzel of Ravenswood was visiting at Frank Wolf's last Sunday. Eddie Hess and Lizzie Trumbull were married last Sunday night. Ed grins and is happy. ------------------ ADVERTISEMENTS ICE CREAM! Lemonade and Confectionary! T. SMART, RACINE, OHIO, Will keep Ice Cream and Lemonade during the season, and a full line of Confectioneries. Saloon next door to the Post Office. Ice Cream, 5 cts. a plate Lemonade, 5 cts. a glass A.W. SEEBOHM PHARMACIST POMEROY, OHIO, DEALER IN PURE DRUGS AND PATENT MEDICINES, PURE LIQUORS AND WINES, For Medical use only, on Physicians Prescriptions THE RACINE PHOTO GALLERY T.W. MERCER & SON We earnestly desire to give Satisfaction in each and every order for Photos. Transcribed by Susan Kuhl

Meigs County Telegraph June 29, 1887
ANOTHER SALT WORKS ASSIGNMENT-- At 11 o'clock Monday morning Gerhardt Schoneberger, late purchaser of the old Windsor Salt Works at Minersville, made an assignment to Ira Graham, Esq., for the benefit of his creditors. Mr. Shoneberger bought the furnace on February 26th for $3,700 and put on several hundred dollars in repairs and has since manufactured some salt, but did not seem to make it a success. The claims against the property amount to more than it is worth. The following mortgages are on record: James H. Perkins, Cincinnati (two).................$5,000 B.J. Redmond, Clifton.............................. 900 D.S. Lewis, Kerr's Run............................. 995 Frank Lucke, Mechanic's lein....................... 56 This does not include a large number of small labor claims. S. A. M. Moore, A. D. Weed and Daniel Thomas have been appointed appraisers. -------------------- DEATH'S DOINGS Aunt Cassie Sayre, the venerable grandmother of Mrs. J. M. Pilchard of this city, died at Great Bend last Wednesday in the 85th year of her age. Julia, 15 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Thress, died in Tennessee Friday and the body reached here Saturday evening. The Thress family moved to Tennessee about a year ago from Monkey Run. The burial took place Sunday forenoon from the German Lutheran Church. Hamer Cook, of Thomas Fork, whose wife died recently of consumption, lost his seven-weeks old infant Sunday morning. William Stobart died at Minersville last night about nine o'clock from the effects of a stroke of palsy received some time ago. The deceased was 67 years of age, and is related to Robert Stobart, manager of the Antiquity Coal Works. -------------------- SOMETHING ABOUT CORN Last Friday evening Adam Bumgardner, a young man, and Louis Gotfried, old enough to be Bumgardner's father, had a set-to in front of Ed Byrnes' grocery on Union Avenue. Gotfried had come to inform Byrnes that his (Byrne's) cow had been in his corn and requested him to keep her out. An old grudge existed between Bumgardner, who happened to be present and Gotfried, and they soon began quarreling. Bumgardner assaulted Gotfried who walloped his assailant over the head with a powder flask until the claret was shed in profusion. They were separated by standers, and it cost Bumgardner $7.25 to assault the old man. --------------------- There is a young man up town who is going to get into trouble if he is not careful. Last Friday, it is claimed, he stopped a farmer on the highway and asked him for a quarter to but medicine for his mother, who he claimed was sick unto death. The farmer had no change, so he handed out a dollar and told the man with the sick motber to get it changed. He promised to do so, but the farmer has not heard from him yet, further that forty cents of it was exchanged for beer. The rascal's mother has been dead these many years, and it is time the aughorities gave this sweet scented gentleman some attention. The first two letters of his name are John Keiser. MARINE NOTES (partial listing) Hart & Flesher, the boat builders at Murraysville, have contracted to build two large model barges for Captain Alexander, of Letart, Ohio, to be used in the South in the cotton trade. An order was made Friday in the U. S. Court at Pittsburgh, condemning the towboat D. W. Woodward and ordering her to be sold on or before the 5th of July. At the same time Hugo Juhling, of New Haven was allowed to intervene for his claim of $45 against the boat. The United States light-house steamer Lily is under orders to go to the Kanawha River after July 1st and locate the new Government lights provided for on that stream by Government appropriation. The service having been extended to the Tennessee River, she will go to that stream after completing the work on the Kanawha. The U.S. snagboat E. A. Woodruff was laid up here Sunday, and was inspected by many of our citizens. She put in most of the time last week between this city and Marietta. About 100,000 silver eels were put into the river between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh last week. They are brought from the place where they are hatched in boxes containing about 3,000 each, being packed in layers between cotton which was occasionally dampened. Very few of them died on the way. The Government dredge boats Ohio and Oswego are at work on the shoal places between Wheeling and Parkersburg. The towboat John F. Walton, with an immense tow of empty coal barges, is at Middleport waiting for a rise. Although the railroads seem to be the popular mode of transferring passengers, yet when it comes to handling large quantities of freight they must take a back seat. This was proven last week when a barge of railroad ties at the C.,H.V.&T. incline filled fifty-four cars. When we allow sixteen barges as an average tow for a boat, we find that the tow would fill at least 864 cars, and that it would keep all the locomotives on a railroad busy for some time to move them. Government water gauge is being constructed at Gallipolis. It is a line of stone, marked to show the depth of water in the channel, running from the top of the levee down to low water mark, and will cost $285. A novel life preserver is being introduced on river, lake and ocean steamers. It consists in automatically inflating canvas rafts by means of gas which is carried in a capsule under pressure. The liquified gas, such as ammonia, carbonate acid, or nitrous oxide, is carried in a compartment, while in another is a powder adapted to burn in a closed vessel. Mechanism adapted to automatically ignite the powder is held under control by a disk of blotting paper, which, becoming wet, is ruptured and the powder is then ignited, and in turn liberates the gas. The chief object of the powder is to generate the heat, so that the expanding gas will not freeze the liquid. French's New Sensation show boat passed up Sunday for Letart in tow of the Buckeye Boy. The Professor says he will bring the show to Pomeroy on July 4th. The Champion No. 10 and the Scotia collided Monday near Rome, O. The former had a fuel boat in tow which was sunk, and the boat herself so damaged that she was unable to proceed on her way. The Scotia came out without much damage. George P. Stout, who recently bought the steamer George Strecker on a claim against her held by himself, sold the same Monday to the Bay Brothers, of Ironton, for $2,225. A dispatch in Monday's Cincinnati Commercial Gazette from Pittsburgh says: "Information was made against Elijah Aumiller, an engineer on the towboat Pacific, for loading down the safety valve, thereby rendering an explosion of the boilers or pipe probable, which is in violation of U.S. laws. The complainant, John Burkett, testified minutely as to time and place. It was on the up trip in the vicinity of Middleport. The defendant was put under bail for hearing next week. It used to be a favorite practice to put a 'n-----' on the steam valve of racing steamboats in the Southern waters and in those days boiler explosions were quite frequent. It became so unendurable that Congress had at last to take notice of it and pass laws against it." Transcribed by Susan Kuhl

Racine Tribune July 6, 1887
Wick Hayman has sold his pacing mare "Clyde S." to French Hays, of Weston, W. Va., for $425. Thomas Lavelle, a well-known citizen of Belpre, suicided Sunday afternoon because of his son's improper conduct. Dr. E. H. Trickle, of Cutler, was a Washington county delegate to the Judicial Convention but was unable to attend. Francis H. Jaccaud and Miss Lillie B. Smith, of Long Bottom, were married Forth of July night by Squire L. W. Philson. Miss Frankie Mitchen, who has been visiting with her grandmother, Mrs. J.J.M. Suit, returned to her home in Coolville, yesterday. Mrs. Jas. M. Amos and Mrs. Wm. Murphy, of Trimble, Athens County, Ohio, are visiting their sister, the wife of our friend D. M. Byers, Esq. Henry Harpold had his collar-bone broken at Antiquity Monday, by a timber falling on it. He was working in the boatyard at the time. Eph Aumiller is resplendent this week in a lovely suit of clean starchy blue linen, cut bias under the arms, with frills and tucks around the bottom. W. K. Smart, who is employed by the Pneumatic Tool Co., of Cincinnati, is home for a few days. He is doing first rate and is well pleased with his prospects. J.C. Hayman will be in his splendid new store room by the 15th of July, and expects to display the finest stock of hardware and other goods in his line ever seen in Racine. If it's an "old-fashioned Fourth" to go to Pomeroy and spend six hours in the glare of a mid-summer sun, on her dusty streets, as thousands did Monday, give us a new-style celebration in some cool and shady grove. Wm. Lust, proprietor of the Grand Dilcher Hotel at Pomeroy, was arrested for alleged fast driving last week. He pleaded not guilty and demanded a jury trial. The jury found him guilty. A.W. Vorhes, his attorney, filed exceptions, and the end is not yet. -------------- According to an agreement made with the New Haven managers of a 4th of July dance, John Smith of this place engaged a Point Pleasant string band to furnish them music. When the band came, the New Haven boys had changed their minds, and left Smith and musicians in the lurch. Smith is pretty plain in his condemnation of such a trick. ---------------- The C.H.V.&T.R.R. advertised a Sunday excursion to Vinton to a Methodist Camp Meeting, last week, and used the names of several preachers in their bills, among them being the name of Elder J.C. Arbuckle, Presiding Elder of the Gallipolis District. Mr. Arbuckle was naturally indignant at the unathorized use of his name on a Sunday excursion advertisement; and in a letter we have seen, gives his opinion of such a proceeding in warm terms. ----------------- Road Improvements--The head of Elm street, in front of Isaac Hoop's residence, is being cut down by the Street Commissioner, and the County Commissioners are making an extensive fill at the point where Elm turns off to the left in the direction of the Cross mill, taking the dirt from the rise in front of Jerry Petrel's place. The sharp ascent in front of Peter Harpold's residence is being filled up with dirt taken from his land. Altogether, the improvements there are important, and have been needed for many years. ------------------ Sid Stewart, of Long Bottom, was in town Saturday. J.A. Cowdery tackled him for a talk on Kansas, but was called off on business. As he left, Sid heaved a sigh, and remarked: "I'm sorry he's gone. The last man who tackled me for a talk about the West began about sundown. We talked until sunrise and I felt of his pulse. It was growing weak. By the time the sun had reached the meridian he was gone, and I laid him out, the prettiest corpse you ever gazed on." Cowdery made a narrow escape. ------------------- POINT PLEASANT,W.Va. July 1.--Mrs. Mary Brown, aged eighty-four, mother of Wm. Brown, with whom she resided on a farm, in the flats above this city, was found lying dead beneath her window outside the house, this morning, her head crushed fearfully and her body otherwise mangled. Circumstances indicate that she must have arisen, as she was accustomed, in her sleep, and, opening the shutters to her window, on the second floor, walked directly out in a somnambulistic condition and fell with the about result, a distance of sixteen feet. Transcribed by Susan Kuhl

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