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IOWA NEWS ITEMS - Iowa Old Press


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Walt H. Butler has arrived at his home at West Union. It is said he looks bright and happy.

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IOWA NEWS ITEMS - Iowa Old Press

  1. 1. NEWS ITEMSWalt H. Butler has arrived at his home at West Union. It is saidhe looks bright and happy.George, the 6-year-old son of B.F. Ibach, living near Whitten,fell from a wind mill, a distance of fifty feet, sustaininginternal injuries that may prove fatal.
  2. 2. A dispatch says that Alfred Gray, under sentence of death inWellington, Kansas, for hyptonizing [sic] a man to murder one of his neighbors, is a son of A. Gray, who lives near Batavia. By an explosion of gas in a Japan bake oven at Dubuque theforeman of the department was killed and his body burned to a crisp. The building was also destroyed at a loss of $3,000. While fishing in the South Fork, William Elerding, a farmer livingnear Lawn Hill, Hardin county, carelessly picked up and opened a clam. In it he discovered a pearl of remarkable size and purity, and it is reported that he has been offered a large price for it. Iowa soil will produce almost anything.
  3. 3. The boiler room of the Fordville Coal companys mineat Ford caught fire and the boiler was blown about 200 yards. All of the frame work, and elevators burned. Engineer Baily was bruised, but not seriously injured. The loss is estimated at about $4,000. It throws about fifty men out of employment.Andrew Jackson Wilkinson, head of the wholesale drughouse of Wilkinson & Co., of Keokuk, since 1876 died aged 61. He had been a member of the board ofeducation for seventeen years and was founder of the public library of which he has been a director since 1863 and was president at the time of his death. He also served a term as mayor and alderman.
  4. 4. Lewis Smith, a bachelor and highly respected citizen of Harlan, is lying at the point of death, the result of falling from a trainwhile trying to jump off with his gun. He struck on his head and fractured the frontal bone. The doctor who attended him extracted seventeen pieces of bone. It seems the covering of the brain was not injured and the victim will likely recover. He retains all his faculties and feels quite comfortable. Clinton dispatch: County Clerk D. R. Markham has fled fromthis city, leaving his bondsmen to make good a shortage of his accounts. The amount will not be known until the expert now engaged on the books completes his work. As Markham has been in office four years, it is believed that the entire accountsare crooked and the amount of the shortage will probably reach $5,000. His disappearance came to light when the newlyelected officers took charge. Markhams downfall is due to fast living and dissipation, which habits he contracted shortly afterhe was elected to office in 1890. He leaves a wife and one child.
  5. 5. A. Anderson, of Odebolt, was fined $10 in justice court for selling unwholesome meat in Sioux City. He purchased a number of turkeys some time ago and kept them in a small room, where anumber of them smothered to death. He bled them, dressed them and sent them to Sioux City where they were sold by acommission house to the butchers. Some one at Odebolt having a personal spite against Anderson gave the people in Sioux City information of the fact and he was arrested. It has been discovered that a large number of unwholesome turkeys were disposed of in the city during the holidays, chiefly to the cheap hotels and restaurants. Ex-Congressman Walt Butler, who disappeared last November and was recently found in Indianapolis, has arrived at Vinton, where he met his wife.
  6. 6. The Jasper county grand jury brought two indictments against CountyAttorney E.J. Salmon, one for keeping a gambling house and one foroppression in office, and also proceedings were instituted for contempt.The court made an order suspending Mr. Salmon from office and orderedthat the board of supervisors appoint another county attorney and thatsuch attorney proceed to remove Mr. Salmon from office permanently.This was quite a surprise to most of the people of the county, but it issaid the cause of Mr. Salmons trouble had been an open secret for sometime to those on the inside.At Audubon Judge Thornell overruled the motions of the defendants, Caseand Mushrush, for a new trial and sentenced Walter Case and Mushrush,giving Case twelve years and Mushrush five years. The charges againstCharles Jones and William Mushrush were dismissed by the countyattorney for lack of evidence to convict. This winds up, so far as thedistrict court is concerned, the widely known Lieb murder case. Of the fivedefendants indicted for murder in the first degree, William McLaughlin theprincipal in the affair, is now serving a twenty-two year sentence in thepenitentiary at Fort Madison. Walter Case was found guilty of murder inthe second degree and Robert Mushrush guilty of manslaughter.
  7. 7. John More, a prominent carpenter and builder of CedarRapids, committed suicide a few days ago. Shortly afterdinner he retired to hisroom saying he wished to lie down a few minutes, and to callhim in an hour. When the time arrived it was found he hadfastened his suspenders around his neck, tied them to a bedpost and rolled off the bed. His death was instantaneous asthe family in the adjoining room did not hear him struggle.He has been fighting the liquor habit for several years andsucceeded until within the last few weeks. He told a friend afew days ago that liquor was killing him, but for the sake ofhis family he would never be a drunkard. He was perfectlysober when he committed the deed.
  8. 8. J.L. Lewis was arrested at Sioux City with a number of copies ofthe Kansas City Sunday Sun in his pockets and having in hispossession a large block of subscription receipts of the paper. Thearrest was made in accordance with instructions from SheriffDavenport to take into custody the first man found to be takingany part in the circulation of the Sun in Sioux City. It is intended tohold Lewis under the old indictments returned against him twoyears ago of extortion in connection with the Sun and to compelhim to stand trial on some of them. Lewis was convicted and hasalready served time on one indictment and the others have beenpermitted to stand against him, so that he could be arrested andtried on one of them at any time the county officials saw fit torenew the prosecutions. He recently made an attempt at suicideand failed and has since taken up his connection