Death of Salmon Stephan Prouty

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Death of Salmon Stephan Prouty - HERALD, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 18S9. DEATH OF...
HERALD, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 18S9. DEATH OF PROUTY. Note of the Sickness ard Disso lution of an Old Kansac. The Fioaeer Kewstap:r 21 an, Histsii&n and Genial Gentleman A Biographical Ekstch aid Tribute by "The Herald'" To-peka To-peka To-peka Correspondent. Topbka, February 1. Special Corres pondence. The announcement of the death Col. S. S. Prouty will bring to the hearts very many Kansas people who have known him so long and so weel, for there are few men who have figured in Kansas affairs that were so well known or more highly esteemed. esteemed. While the death of CoL Prouty has not been unexpected by those who have known of his pbysioal condition, yet the grief ia no less deep now that the end has been at last reaohed. He died at bis residence residence in Topeka, at thirty-seven thirty-seven thirty-seven minutes past 8 o'clock this morning, surrounded by his wife and children, with the exception of one daughter, who is in California. It was announced last evening that unless be rallied rallied he co old not live but a few hoars longer. List night his breathing was very difficult, accompanied by muoh pain, and, at the hour above named, death relieved the sufferer. sufferer. His death was due to consumption, the outgrowth of a severe cold contracted while taking the census of Kearney oounty, in the winter of 1887. He was to have lef for Lower CalifarLia in a few days, with the hope of regaining hia health, and had trans portation for the trip, when his death oc curred. In many reppects Col. Jfrouty was a very remarkable man with a very remarkable history. He was a man of good education and deep thought, aa will appear from read ing many of his historical sketches and ad dresses taat have been published and are preserved by the Kansas State Historical society, an organization that has always met with his heartiest support. As a pio neer editor of the Kansas press he is remem bered as a vigorous writer, a stalwart Re publican and a polished gentleman a gen tleman who had the nappy faculty of ap pearing at eae and to advantage in what ever society he might find himself. He was generous to a fault, and a friend than whom the world has seldom produced one more 6elf-saorifioing 6elf-saorifioing 6elf-saorifioing or devotd. The writer has speoial reasons for remem bering Col. Prouty kindly. He firt met the deceased in the spring of 1870, when, as a country boy of 13, the writer had come to Topeka tat morning to "learn the printing business." Climbing the steps that led up into the old "Johnson building," on Kansas avenue, he found his way to the reat sanctum where dweit the great editor, ho muss first be met and talked with. With much mis giving and temerity, the wriitr announced his name, and bore the scrutiny that fol lowed. Buing invited to a teat on a sofa, the editor of the great Kansas Daily Com monwealth began something after this fashion: 'Did you ever study grammar?' ' Not to an extent," replied the youthful appucant. "Can you read manuscnplr" "A little bit, sir." "What's a noun?" "Nime of an object." "Whst's an adverb?" 'Don't know." And tha colonel discovered very soon thereafter that all his applicant knew about grammar was the dchmtton of a noun. But, being an able-bodied able-bodied able-bodied youth, the writer was put to work kicking a treadle job press, at 4 a week, and that was the greatest event in the writer's history, before cr since. In later years Col. Prouty and his apprentice have often talked of those early days, when pi inters ware made out of something besides big ignorant boys, quauaea only to sweep out and make fires. Salmon tetephen Prouty was born in On ondaga oounty. New York, ia July, 1835, having cnjcy.d the educational advantages of his native state until he was 16 years of age, he was then apprenticed to the Gazette printing company at Phceuix, Oswego oounty, to learn the business of compositor, His family were all Democrats, and the Gazette was a Whig psper. YouEg Prouty became thoroughly imbued with the princi ples of the free-state free-state free-state party and later went to Chicago, where be held a situation as a oom positor on the Iribune. In 1856, when the United States rang with appeals to the North and to the South to reoruit their respective parties in fighting the battles of "free-ttate "free-ttate "free-ttate or "slave-state," "slave-state," "slave-state," young Prouty attended a meeting in Chicago that was dressed by Jim Lane of Kansas. The power of the great Btump-speaker Btump-speaker Btump-speaker took complete control of rroaty. and he afterwards wrote of Lane and thi meeting: "He was fresh from the scenes of dispute in the beligeraat territory. Ha made a characteristic speech, teeming with invective extravagance, impetuosity, denun ciation and eloquence. The grass on the prairie is swaybd no more easily by the winds than was this vast assemblage by the utterance of this epeaser. 1 hey saw the contending factions in the territory through bis glasses, lne pro-Siavery pro-Siavery pro-Siavery party appeared like demons and assainae: the free state party like heroes and martyrs. He infa- infa- el them with his warlike ppirit and enthuias tio ardor for the practical cbsmpions cf freedom. Their response to his appeals for succor ior tne struggling freeman was im mediate and decisive." This meeting was held on Saturday nisht. May 31, 1856, and shortly thereafter Prouty jolued the Chicago colony to go to Kansbs as a free-state free-state free-state man. Ihe party embarked on the steamer "Star of the West," flfty-eght flfty-eght flfty-eght of them on board, but tbey were stopped at Lnxington, Mo , by the blockade of border ruiuscs under command cf Col Shelby, commanding a rebel force in Mis souri and elsewhere. The oo)oni?ts were completely outnumbered by the blockaders, and compelled to surrender their weapons after whioh they were permitted to proceed to Kansas City, under guard, and at that point tney were again taaen prisoners by a still larger foroe under David R. Atchison, onoe acting vioe-president vioe-president vioe-president of the United States. The colony was robbed of all its funds, individually and collectively, to the amount of about $75,000, after which the entire party were compelled to return down the river to Illinois. But these experiences only determined Prouty to make bis abode in Kansas, and in September of that year he j jined another party making a rendezvous at Mount Pleasant, Pleasant, la. The party oonisted of about 250 persons, men, women and children, and in the latter part of September this part? marched t J Plymouth, on the southern border border of Nebraska without molestation. At tnis point, nowever, tne wnoie party were taken prisoners by a foroe of United Statue troops sent out by Governor Geary, but the pnsoirs, instead of being turned back, ware brooght to Icdianola, four mile3 from Topeka, where they were reviewed and re leased by the governor. Young Prouty had at length reached Kansas, Kansas, and he too up a claim about eiahteen miles south of Lawrence. Early in 1857 he began the publication of the Freeman's Champion, in Prairie City, with the suggestive suggestive motto, "Liberty or Deatb." There was no middle grouod witi youog Prouty. The first two months of the publication was passed in b tent, but this inooravecienoe did not deter ihe paper from ventilating the cause it espoused. In October following Mr. Proudy was elected oounty ork of Douglas oounty, thus erjayicg the distine eleoted in that county. In 1859 he moved to Burlington, OoffsT' county, and established the Xeosho Valley Register, whisi he published published until the war. Of his personal history eirce his service in the army, his tiescaper career, nis be ing eleoted the first state printer, etc the reader is no doubt familiar. Col. Prouty was known for very many years as one of the heaviest men in Kansas, his weight beicg over three hundred pounds. At the time of his death be weighed less than one hundred ad twenty pounds a mere shadow of his former self. He did cot, up to the hour he breathed his Iat, anticipate that death was near. 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In 50 HOSIERY. this department we are offering great bargains and shouldn't be missed : dozen Misses' and Children's Black Ribbed Cotton Hose, sizes 6, 6 and 7, at 10c, regular price 25 ; sizes 1, 8 and 8)4, at 15c, regular price SOc 15 pieoes White Goods. These goods we are closing at 8Ko, worth 2Go and 25c M .4... GINGHAMS. Just opened new styles Dress and Apron Ginghams, Amoskeag, Westbrook and Whitt6nton, regular price lOo, your choice for7JjO. LEVY BROS Felix. Eighth and Frederick Ave. I

Clipped from The St. Joseph Herald02 Feb 1889, SatPage 4

The St. Joseph Herald (St. Joseph, Missouri)02 Feb 1889, SatPage 4
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