The Democrat Leader, Chariton, Iowa Saturday, December 15, 1881
The "Pilgrims progress" is made slow by the bad roads. Our natives will soon go into winter quarters.
HENRY ISLEY is visiting friends at present in Page County.
L.D. HEADLEE is recuperating in Ohio.
J.W. HOOPES is going to Nebraska in the spring.
JAS. STILT will return to Ohio as soon as he can wind up his little ball of yarn. SAMUEL LEMLEY, JR. shipped several car loads of stock Monday.
J.B. WEST has gone into the poultry business.
Public schools are in fine progress.
A protracted meeting is going on at present.
J.D. CAVETT has just finished his contract of reseating the school house and repairing it in general. JOHN is a boss workman, and those desiring work done in this line would do well to give him a trial.
BOLLMANS & CO.'s Mill down on Chariton is again running on full time.
G. GRAHAM and WEST of this place, have organized a joint stock company known as the Stereo-Scioptic Society.
The CAVETT BROS. have greatly increased their facilities for work by adding on to their shop.
JOHN ROUSE and I.N. MCKINLEY are going to put in a stock of notions in the old Kendall house; so AUGUST STRUM says.
Oh, the mud! The beautiful mud! It freezes my toes, and chills my blood; is the chorus to a new song.
Elder RICE preached a sermon at Greenville on Sunday, 3 hours and 43 minutes long, by the watch. Just think of it. A person could start from Des Moines in the morning as he was giving out his text, change cars twice on the way, hoof it over from ZERO (3 miles), get there in time to hear the benediction in the afternoon, and still have a few moments to reflect on -- Strange but true and yet the world is not without sin.
W.A. BAKER is the best Indian fight--, we mean pole-cat fighter - in America. He deserves a medal. While hunting the other day he was surrounded by an ambush of these varmints, all equipped for battle. BILL turned his artillery on 'em, and for a while the battle waxed exceedingly warm, but at the end of 20 minutes there was not a skunk left to tell the tale. On counting he found he had slain 12 of the innocent little things.
Our blacksmith was severely injured the other day by the premature discharge of a mule which he was attempting to shoe. CHARLEY says he had no idea the cussed thing was loaded, but nevertheless thinks he will be around in a few days. Don't know when the mule will be around again though. -- PECK.