DROWNED. A few days since Mr. Frank Mattingly, residing four miles southwest of Perryville, lost a good milch [sic] cow. It appears that while she was drinking water at a small stream, she sank in quicksand and was drowned.
A LARGE HEAD. -- We were shown a head of wheat this week, grown upon the Burns farm, six miles north of Perryville, which contained one hundred and eight grains of wheat. Who can beat it? Can the swamp counties beat it?
SILVER LAKE. -- The people of Silver Lake and vicinity, intend to have a regular old fashion barbecue in that village on the fourth of July next, and almost everybody and his wife is expected to be on hand to enjoy themselves.
WHO CAN BEAT IT? -- Our friend, Mr. A. T. Crow, cut sixteen acres of wheat on his brother’s farm near Perryville, in three days last week. This is considered good work, and if there is anybody in these parts that can beat it, we should be glad to hear from them.
FOURTH OF JULY BALL -- There will be a grand ball at Burgee’s hall on the 4th of July, to which everybody is cordially invited. The music will be the best that can be procured, and as the hall is the largest in the county, every one attending will be certain to get to dance.
A PRESENT. -- A nice marble slab with "M. E. Church, Erected in 1874" neatly carved upon it, arrived in Perryville on Saturday last. It is intended for the Methodist Church going up here, and was donated by Messrs. Douglas & Howorth, of Chester, Ill.
LATE WHEAT. -- One of our farming friends who resides about eight miles northwest of Perryville, tells us that the late wheat is anything but promising in his part of the county. It has been considerably injured by the rust, and the yield will be much less than last year.
BOARD OF HEALTH. -- The Town Trustees met at the court house on Tuesday last and appointed Dr. C. A. Mann, Mr. Wm. Litsch and Mr. J. C. Doerr, as a board of Health for the town of Perryville, said board being directed to take such measures as to promote the health and prevent the spread of disease and contagion.
CHINCH BUG. -- Mr. Mark Horrell and some other farmers in his immediate neighborhood, tells us that the above pests have made their appearance in that part of the county in large numbers, and it is very much feared that they will do considerable mischief to the oat and corn crop, but we hope their fears may not be realized.
MARRIED, on Sunday, the 14th of June, 1874, by Squire Jos. E. Callier Mr. Peter Montovon to Miss Elizabeth Clifton, all of this county.
Married, on Saturday, the 20th, 1874, at St. Marys Seminary, Mr. George Tucker to Miss Eliza Yates, all of this county.
DIED, On Saturday, June 29, 1984, at the residence of his parents, four miles southwest of Perryville, a little child of Mr. Emanuel Counts, age about three months.
Died, on Friday, June 19th, 1874, at his parents residence in Bois Brule Bottom, John Faina, son of Vincent Faina, age about 19 years.
A SUNSTROKE. -- Emmett Layton, eldest son of Mr. Thomas Layton, was sunstruck on Saturday evening last. The little fellow has not been well for some time, and on Saturday morning he was out in the hot rays of the sun rather more than he ought to have been, which effected his nervous system. We are glad to say that he is convalescing.
A HEAVY STORM. -- On Saturday last a storm visited our county four miles north of Perryville. The storm was accompanied by wind and hail, and the hail was pretty large. The wind blew quite hard, and several trees were hurled to the earth, and about fifty panels of rail fence around. Mr. McCauley’s farm was leveled to the ground. Fortunately nobody was hurt.
DRY WEATHER is the order of the day. The season is now so far advanced as to warrant us in predicting a very light oat crop, a remarkably short corn crop, and but little hay. Farmers will consult their interests, by gathering in and saving for feed, everything available for stock feed for the next winter’s use. They will doubtless also, at the proper time, dispose of all surplus stock.
HARD TO BEAT. -- Mr. Alex. Courtois, residing two and a half miles southwest of Perryville, raised some oats this year, the heads of which measured over two feet in length, samples of which can be seen in town. No better oats were ever raised in old Perry, and Mr. Courtois believes that it cannot be beaten anywhere. The oats commences to branch about one foot from the ground.
SAVED BY A LIGHTNING ROD. -- On last Saturday while Mr. Fritz Springer was standing on his ladder, engaged in putting a coat of red paint on the building belonging to Pius McCauley, adjoining the postoffice, a hog came along and threw the ladder down, spilling the paint, and had not Mr. Springer been standing near a lightning rod at the time, he would have been precipitated to the ground and hurt. He held fast to the rod.
A LEG BROKEN. -- Miss Counts, a daughter of Mr. William Counts, residing some sixteen miles west of Perryville, met with a sad accident one day last week. While the young lady was on her way home the mule upon which she was riding, became frightened and threw her to the ground, breaking one of her legs near the knee, causing much pain. The injured limb was set, and she is getting along as well as could be expected.
MR. MAX. HIRSCH, who has been employed as a clerk in Mr. William Furth’s store here for the past three years, bid adieu to Perryville on last Tuesday. He goes to his native home in Mannheim, Baden, Europe. Mr. Hirsch is a clever, gentlemanly young man, and during his stay among us made many friends. We wish him a safe, speedy and pleasant journey to his European home. Mr. Hirsch, before he left, subscribed for the Union, to be sent to the home of his nativity.
WIFE BEATING. -- In looking after locals for this week’s issue, we were informed that a citizen of this place had recently severely whipped his wife, under circumstances which made the act one of peculiar barbarity. We decline to publish the fact. Our paper is published with a view to improve public sentiment and raise the standard of society in this community. We do not propose to advertise wife beaters, and thus recognize them as a part or parcel of society; therefore the facts alluded to above will not appear in our local columns, nevertheless we thank our informant for the kindness intended in communicating the information.
PERSONAL. -- Mr. John R. Moore left for St. Louis on Thursday and returned on Sunday.
Mr. William Furth and lady returned home on Saturday.
Mrs. William Litsch who had been on a visit to Cincinnati, Ohio, arrived home on last Friday morning.
Messrs. J. Perry Johnson and J. C. Gall, of Chester, Ill., were here on business last Saturday.
Mr. Samuel Moranda and Herman Kahle returned from Cape Girardeau county last Friday.
James G. Tatum, of Cape Girardeau city, was here last Saturday with a full supply of the "weed."
Conrad Fath and Bud Rozier, of St. Louis, were in town on Saturday, on business.
Mr. Jules Lacroix, of Kansas, formerly a citizen of our county, came here last Saturday on a visit.
Mr. O. C. Nabert and lady, Miss Julia Litsch, Mr. Jos. Cissell, and some others, left for Cape Girardeau on Sunday last to attend the annual exhibition of the Loretta Academy, held on the 23d inst., and returned on Tuesday.
Mr. Van Beek, of the firm of Van Beek, Barnard & Co., of St. Louis, was in town on Tuesday, drumming for his house.
Judge D. Peterson and Dr. S. T. Hall, of Fredericktown, arrived in Perryville on Monday.
Mr. Hassendenbel, of the firm of Chas. F. Meyer & Co., of St. Louis, and Mr. O. C. Ambs, of the firm of Ambs & Spengler, of the same city, arrived in town on Wednesday.
Father Kleisser left for St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon.
THAT HIDDEN TREASURE. -- Some years ago there lived an individual by the name of Captain Kidd, who it is said, got hold of large sums of money, and after he came in possession of it, would bury the same beneath the mother earth.
Some years since this noted personage traversed the Mississippi Valley, and it is believed that much of his ill-gotten gains were buried along the banks of the father of waters.
At different periods large sums of money and other valuables have been found along its borders, and there are those who believe that Captain Kidd stowed away a good deal of this in these secluded spots; but then all people don’t think alike, so, probably, this gentleman had nothing to do with burying these treasures, but some other race or persons may have done it.
We have just been most reliably informed that a rich discovery was made on the side of the Gilbert hill at St. Marys, a few days ago.
Some little boys were out playing on the hill side, when one of them picked up a silver coin, which proved to be a silver Mexican dollar.
A hoe was secured and the little boy commenced digging away the ground where he had found the silver piece, and lo and behold, he unearthed a "lot of silver money of various sizes."
After a careful examination, it was found to contain over one thousand dollars of the "precious metal."
How it came there, or whether there is any more in the same locality, we are not prepared to say; it is pretty certain, however, that Kidd never put that "pile" there.
Some of the coin dated back as far as the year 1783, and none later than 1834, and most of the money was of Spanish coinage.
FOURTH OF JULY
Great preparations are being made for the celebration here, as our citizens are determined that it shall exceed anything of the kind ever gotten up in this part of the country. -- The festivities of the day will begin with
A GRAND PROCESSION,
which will form at 8 1/2 o’clock A. M., on Main Street between St. Marys and St. Joseph streets, as follows: 1st, The school children; 2d, the Perryville Cornet Bank; 3d, the National Banner; 4th Perryville Fire Company No. 1 with their hose carriage and engine, finely decorated for the occasion; 5th, citizens who may wish to join the procession on foot; 6th, citizens on horseback; 7th citizens in carriages and other vehicles.
THE LINE OF MARCH.
North along Main street to North street, thence west along North street to Jackson street, thence south along Jackson street to south street, thence west on South street to West street, thence north on West street to St. Joseph street, thence east along St. Joseph street to Spring street, thence north along Spring street to St. Marys street, thence east along St. Marys street and the Jackson road to the grove.
where the picnic is to be held, is just outside the corporate limits of Perryville, and being well shaded and easy of access, is the best place the committee could possibly have fixed upon for their celebration. The grove will be well provided with seats, swings, &c. Some of the ablest speakers of this and adjoining counties have been secured for that day.
THE GRAND DRILL
of Fire Company No. 1 at 4 o’clock P. M. on that day will alone be worth many miles travel for those who have never seen a fire engine at work at a fire, so don't fail to be out at the grove at 4 o’clock, if you cannot come any sooner, but if at all possible, come in time to see the procession in the morning.
I. M., C. & E. R. R.
Messrs. W. P. Cutler, President, and E. C. Daws, Secretary, of the Iron Mountain, Chester and Eastern Railroad were recently in St. Louis making arrangements for completing the Missouri division of the road, work on which it is said, will commence in thirty or forty days.
The Chester correspondent of the St. Louis Globe, in mentioning the fact, says "that all the financial difficulties of the company building the road have been overcome, and that this enterprise, the most important ever contemplated in the iron and coal interests in the Mississippi valley, will speedily be consummated. The completion of this road, and its connection with the Eastern division, leading from this city through the immense coal fields of Randolph county, and thence to the Illinois Central Railroad, will effect a marriage between the iron and leadfields of Missouri and the coal deposits of Illinois. From its conception this work has been a gigantic one, and promises greater results in branches of manufacture than this county has been willing to admit." -- Chester Tribune.
A MEETING CALLED
The County Democratic Executive Committee of Perry county, appointed by a convention of the Democracy before the re-districting of the county, is composed of the following parties:
(Thos. Sanders, a member for Bois Brule township, being dead) to wit:
St. Marys township, J. B. Robinson; Saline township, R. M. Brewer; Cinque Homme township, Wm. H. Bennett, Brazeau township, Jos. G. Weinhold.
The above gentlemen are requested to meet at the court house in Perryville on the 6th day of July next, without fail, to consider and adopt measures necessary to secure the proper representation of the county in the State and Senatorial conventions, and also in the judicial convention of the 29th circuit, should one be held.
JOHN B. ROBINSON,
Perryville, June 22, 1874.
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