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ALTOH WEEKLY TEUBGBAPBU THUBSDAY JAN. 25, 1900. ALTON WEEKLY TELEGRAPH. OFICE: TELEGRAPH BUILDING, COB. THIRD AMD PIA8A Stfl. FOR THE TELEGRAPH The following gentlemen are agents for the TBIJSGRAPH and are author,ed to receive and receipt for sub orlptlons or advertising! T /T BTfeMVtt Bdw»rd»Tiue, . • _ L : 0 :";";" Brthalto ^'J'XSS' North Alton, ... . . O. F. BAHTH. Office Days. M. Honson, County Superintendent ,,f' Schools, will be in his office in — Rixisvilleon the first andthird Saturday s,' and at Granite City on second and fourth Saturdays in each week. Judge A. W. Hope is in Carlinvllle, holding Circuit Court. Win. Jones has sold to Joseph Uroilerick his dwelling house on Main street for $1050. Mrs. A. B. Cole has returned to Chester after visiting her sisters, the Misses Dolbee. The Bluff Lino bridge building crew Is building the false work of the new bridge at Macoupin. G. A. McMillen has bought from Charles Bowman a house and lot at Ninth and Market streets, for $2,000. John F. Hern, of Chicago, and Miss Clara K. Boerckel, of 1 Venice, were licensed to marry by Clerk Bierbaum, The Masonic fraternity of Alton will give a dancing party February 22, which will be the swellest function the , Masons have ever given. Dr. Peter W. Beckman has returned from Baltimore and is visiting Dr.. L. M. Bowman. He will probably begin the practice of his profession in Alton. Coroner Bailey, who has taken charge of the Sheriff's offic'e at Ed- wardsvillo, has designated Will Bauer, Deputy Coroner, to act as Coroner in his place. Mr. K. G. Meriwether says farmers in the vicinity of 'Shipman are plowing their ground for corn, which is an almost unknown occurrence at this season of the year. Judge William E. Field, of St. Louis, an uncle of Dr. G. A. McMillen, and a former resident of Alton, died Sunday at his home in St. Louis. He was 80 years of age. • Matilda Shultz instituted suit in the City Court tod ay for divorce from Herman Shult/, through her attorney B. J. O'Neill.' Extreme cruelty is alleged as ground for divorce. Miss Mamie Boyd, of Upper Alton, who was negotiating to take the Laclede Hotel, which was recently vacated by Mrs. M. A. Bridges, has given up the plan and the hotel will remain vacant indefinitely. George E. Camp, of F. R. Davis 1 music store, will be married at Jacksonville next Wednesday to a Miss Carr of that city. They will make their home on East Third street, in this city. ___ , Philip Leady has instituted a suit in the Circuit Court against C. A. Schlueter for $1200 he claims to have been due him January 2 and which was not paid. The • suit arises from the acquisition of the Alton House property from Mr. Leady by Mr . Schlueter. _, Dunnegan & Leverett will institute suit in a few days in behalf of Louis Seiferth against the Alton Railway, Gas and Electric Light Company for $f>;iX)0 damages. Mr. Seiferth alleges he was jolted from an electric car at Grand avenue and State street and that he was permanently injured in consequence. Quite a number of persons have al- ready'boon named in connection with the vacancy'in the sheriff's office. A popular young city official and a well- known cigarmaker on the Democratic side, and two well-known business 'iien on the Republican side. Mrs. George Grosshoim died at her home in St. Louis Sunday. She was an old resident of Alton and loft here 10 years ago to live in St. Louis. The body arrlveed {from St. Louis Monday evening and the funeral was Wednesday morning at 0 o'clock from St Mary's church. She leaves five children, all of adult age. Tim entertainment given by Pharos Ht'luumosoy in the First M. 'E- church lust evening, pleased a large audience. The- lecture was on the eastern peoples, their customs and dress, and was Illustrated by people clad in oriental costumes. Behannesuy is a I'loasing lecturer although he is young to ho engaged in that business. Mi's. Mary F. Coulthar, the Bunker Hill woman who married u swindler u «d WHS deserted In Syracuse, N. V., '•y her faithless hunband ( after ho had taken all hor money, was 'in Alton to- u ».v on hor way to Carlinvillo whom have boon placed under of a consurvalor. Tfto whereof Mrs. Coultharwas unknown 1 Kovoral weeks but hor hiding place s discovered und she will be re- to testify against the man who swindled hor. MAY tNVOLVK LITIGATION. Injunction Suit of Third Street Property Owners Only the He- u'inninir. The Injunction milt of Third street property pwners to restrain the city of Alton from collecting for the sidewalk from Cherry to Shields streets is but the beginning of litigation to be prosecuted in the courts to test the legality of the special tax method of collecting for sidewalks, A prominent Alton attorney today said the suit is but the beginning of a test that may, result in an appeal to United States Supreme Court to pass upon the constitutionality of the law. There are two methods of collecting for sidewalks, by special tax levied without regard to benefits or damages, and by special assessment as jn paving and other epeclal improvements. By the former the property owner has no trial by jury to decide upon his benefits. This it is claimed is a violation of the fourteenth amendment of the Constitution of the United States. A. number of sidewalks have been built underihe special tax method and the attorney said that the case will be taken to the Illinois Supreme Court and from there on appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Thomas Anthony Chamings, of Little Wear Barton, England, died December 27, 1809, aged 72 years. The Interment was at Weare Giffard Churchyard, January 1, 1900. Mr. Chamings was the husband of Mrs. Elizabeth Lock, formerly of this city, widow of the late Thos. Lock, a former well known business man and lime burner of Alton. Some years after. Mr. Lock's death, Mrs. Lock went back to her old home in England, and later married Mr. Chamings. Coroner Bailey held an inquest at Collinsville Tuesday on the. body of Martha Davis, the 5-year old daughter of John Davis. On January 12 the mother went to town, leaving the children, aged 1, 2,'fl and (i years, alone in the house. They played with matches and Martha's dress caught on fire. She ran, all abla/.e, to the home near by of her aunt, who extinguished the flames, but the little one was so badly hurt that death resulted Monday night. Ed. Blankenship and George Canham have been getting themselves into trouble at Granite City over the disposal of some furniture of a hotel Blankenship was conducting there. Blankenship transferred to Canham the furniture, but neglected to first settle a bill for groceries he owed" to Mayor Rosenberg. Canham attempted to ship the goods to Alton, but was stopped by an attachment. The goods were replevined and Canham went to Granite City to take them but was arrested there for attempting to obtain goods under false pretenses. An officer came up from Granite City today to arrest Blankenship on a similar charge. The Early Bird. Mr. H. G. M'Pike broke ground in December for early potatoes and today he planted them. This certainly beats the record for spring planting. The TELEGRAPH would warn Mr. "Mack" to be on hisguard to see that Jack Frost does not get those early potatoes. No Election Decided Upon. County Clerk Riniker stated at -Ma o'clock this afternoon that he has not decided upon calling an election to fill the vacancy in the sheriff's office and will not do so for some time to come. He denied a report which had gained circulation that he would call an election at once. It is estimated the special election will cost $2,500. New Deputy Sheriff at, Alton. Coroner H. J. Bailey returned from Kdwardsville, yesterday, having assumed full charge of the sheriff's office and appointed John Dillon office deputy at Edwardsville. Mr. Bailey stated that he will notradically change the personnel of officers under him, but will appoint an Alton deputy to succeed W. A. Batterton. Another Girl Hrlde. Clerk Biorbaum issued a marriage .license yestrday to AnsonWyman and Maretta Stephens both of Alton. Tho bride's father W. H. Stephens appeared with the groom at the clerk's office and said his daughter was fourteen years of age but that ho thought hor old enough and big enough to assume family responsibilities. Tho couplo wore married lust evening by Justice Noonan at tho Stephens home. Ensign ClniH. Smith's Resignation. Ensign Charles Smith of,tho third division, second batallion N. M. 1., forwarded his resignation to Adjutant General liooce, today, to take etToct at once. Ensign Smith's resignation Is tho second one of the commissioned officers of the local division and is duo to the disaffection among tho unlisted men. Lieut. E. C. Paul resign- od a short time ago and it was then rumored tho division will go to pieces at an oarly date. Lieut. Hewitt also is considering resignation and It Is probable now tho wholo roster of offi- corn will have resigned tholr commissions before tho first of.February. .UKATH OK JACOB KUHN. Miullson County's Sheriff Died-at I :<>5 This Morning at tho County Seat. Sheriff Jacob Kuhn died at the sheriff 's residence atEdwardsvillc Tuesday illness. The end came peacefully as he was surrounded by members of his family who gathered to take the sad farewell at the passing of the father. The end has been expected for many weeks but It comes to the friends of the stricken* sheriff with a grief that is no less anguishing. The loss to the public is a heavy one, and conies . at a time when he was beginning to reap the richest fruits of his life's labor. One year ago last December 1,, he took the office of sheriff to which he had been elected by the largest majority ever received by a partisan candidate in the county. He took the r offlce with the good wishes of both parties and. the hope that he would accomplish his expressed purpose,to make enough in his four years' term in the lucrative Office to keephim in comfort the remainder of his days. He did not long remain in health. Shortly after taking office an insidious disease began to sap his strength and nothing that was done seemed beneficial. His friends viewed his condition with repressed alarm and urged him to new efforts to rid himself of the disease. He steadily grew worse and his disease was at last pronounced abscess of the liver. He never .gave up hope and manfully strove to live* for his family's sake. To his will power, no doubt, is due the fact that he lasted so long. He wasted until nothing but the shadow of himself was left and he was scarcely recognizable to even his friends. He still kept to his post of duty and. even when compelled to take his bed, he continued to give, orders for the conduct of his office. Jacob Kuhn was head of the Alton police department five terms (ten years), and in that position made a State reputation as a catcher of criminals. He was a reincarnation of Javert, to whose character his own has been likened. . The pursuit of offenders was his conscientious duty, and he seldom failed to capture his man though it took months of work to do it. He was a terror to evil doers and no man had a better knowledge of the ways of criminals than he. As sheriff he exhibited the same persistency in the line of duty. The newspapers have lost a valued friend. He always placed the utmost confidence in their honor to keep a secret until the case was developed and it may be said his confidence was never misplaced. As a token of their esteem his newspaper friends presented to him a fine revolver when he. took his new office. He was fearless but courteous, an ideal type of an officer, who hesitated to take a life until his own was in peril. Jacob Kuhn was born in the Canton of St. Gaul, Switzerland. Jan.17, 1837. His father was John Kuhn, who was a member of theSwiss Assembly from the Canton of St. Gaul. He came to this country in 1849, and stopped at Pittsburg, afterwards going to Tennessee. He came to Alton after being discharged from the army, in 1865, where he resided up to the time of Ms removal to Edwardsville to enter upon the duties of sheriff, December 1,1898. UNION STUF.KT PAVING ASSUKK1). Petition Signed by Required Nmnbe.r of Property Owners and Will Me Acteil I'non at Once. The paving of Union Street from Liberty street to the Vandalia road Is probably assured and the Board of Local Improvement will act on the petition at once. Alderman Alexander Wegener has been working up interest in the improvement of the street and to his labors in behalf of it and circulating the petition the success of the movement in favor of good roads on Union street is due. The last signature needed to give the required majority of front feet of property has been attached and the petition will .be pre- #ented to the Board of Local Improvements to be acted upon. A meeting of the Board will probably be held Wednesday evening to receive the petition. The proposition to pave Union street is one of recent origin and the petition has been in circulation less than one week. Mr. Wegener first proposed it in accord with what he declared was the prevailing sentiment among property owners. Two petitions were made out for signatures, the street boing divided into k two sections at Liberty street. East of Liberty street, the property owners favoring brick paving were in a large.ma- jority, although most of them are of limited means. The street has been almost impassible for many years and the people living there welcome any plan to raise them from the mud. West of Liberty street the property owners have not signed but it is probable their objections to paving may be overcome by the good example of the east end people. Alderman Wegener is not content with his triumph on Union street. He proposes to carry the good roads campaign into neighboring territory. A petition will be prepared and circulated among property owners for signature, asking that the Vandalia road, from Union street to Shields street, and Shields street to the glass works be paved. Mr. Wegener is conyinced the people there desire paving and that the petion will be signed by the property owners to the required amount. Special Sacrifice Sale. Oar entire stock of Ladles', Misses' |and Ohlldren'sJ garments mutt be told. The following got prices way below cost. Ladies' and Children's Jackets. Ladies' Plush Boucie Cloth Capes. Ladies' Tailored Suits and Fur Collarettes. Dress Skirts go at i j per cent discount. Wrappers and Petticoats at 10 per cent discount. Terms Strictly Cash. H. F.LEHNE, 113 3rd PETITION FOR INJUNCTION. Third ing 1 to Enjoin Sidewalk Assessment. Street Property Owners Seek-1 K to Knjoin Collection of The 2:10 p.m. Terminal train, yester day brought over the body of the late Sheriff Jacob Kuhn accompanied by the widow and children, and Edward KuhiV, a'brother of the deceased, of Baxter Springs, Kansas. The county officers acted as pall. bearers.vF/.: Judge Win. P. Early, Circuit ClerkThos. W. Springer,County Clerk Henry Riniker, Treasurer John Tetherlngton, States 'Attorney Staats, and ex-Treasurer McCormick. Office Deputy John Dillon of Edwardsville and acting Sheriff-Coroner Bailey of Alton, were also with the party. A large crowd of people from this city met tho train at the station, and with bowed and bared heads testified to the high respect held for Ihc deceased, as the casket was removed from the train to the hearse. Carriages for the family and friends, and u carriage for the pull bearers, convoyed them to the homo of Mr. II. J. Brueggomunn on Sixth and Spring streets, where the body will remain until this afternoon at 2 o'clock when body will be removed to the Evangelical church, where the funeral services will be held, Kev. Theo. Oberhelltnun officiating. The llorul emblems were very handsome. Among them were pieces from the county officers, from the Ladies Society of Edwardnvllle, and G. li. Lane, of Alton. These were placed on the casket. The funeral services In Alton will take pluco at the residence of Mr. llobort .1. Brui'ggimiun, corner of Sixth and Spring streets ui 1 o'clock p. ni. Thursday. Thu pull' bearers will bit ex-Mayor Bruuggcmuii, ex- Chief Police Starr, Henry Ernst, Win. Fries, A.L. Floss and Hichurtl Oalbally. _ Mrs. W. K. .Cunningham of Hannibal, is visiting at the home of ('apt. O. W Death ot Mrs. Will Gratiun. On the threshold of motherhood, at the happiest, holiest hour of woman's life, Mrs. Kathryn Warren Gratian. wife of Mr. Will Gratian, died at 3 o'clock, this morning, at her home on Market street. To her friends who were told Tues' day morning at 1:05 o'clock after a long morning that the last dread hour had come,.and that this queenly woman had passed out of this life as she gave her life to another, a daughter, the announcement came with a stinging blow that touched the heart and left an impression of pain not to be alleviated. It was not known to her friends or to herself that she was in such a critical condition.' For several weeks she had been in ill-health, but she did not realize -that she was near to death. She was cheerful and hopeful of the future, with all that her mother's heart desired in her little family circle. Early Monday morning she became dangerously ill, and from that "time she never regained consciousness, even long enough to take a look at her'little daughter, who had come into the world to be bereft of a mother's care. She lingered in a dying condition until 3 o'clock Tuesdy morning, when her anguished husband and friends .saw her sink to rest. The little daughter was bap- tised by the side of her dying mother and was called Kathryn Warren for the mother. Mrs. Gratian leaves two other children, Warren and William Edward , aged 7 and 3 years, respectively. She was married nine years ago last May at the home of her sister in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Since the return of the family to Alton to make their home, there were many who learned to love her and to watch for the smiling greeting she had for all she met. Her true kingdom was her home, and there the stricken .family mourn her loss. Miss Jessie Warren, of Toronto, and Mrs. Mury Daley, of Council H lull's, both sisters, arc hew, and hor mother, Mrs. Robert Warren, will arrive from Toronto tomorrow. Hug Cutting Machine a Sum's*. A test of the bag cutting and folding machine invented by C. F. Sparks was made this morning in the shops, of the Huyden Machine Co., where the first machine was built. The lowest speed of the new machine is 411 bags a ininuU' cut from the roll and folded for sewing. The highest speed isubovc HO bags a minute. Tho tost was made in the presence of throe representatives of the Ucmis Bros. Hag Company who were well pleased with the work of Mr. Sparks' invention. One machine was ordered und after a thirty days successful trial will be accepted and the assurance was given that more will be taken at the end of thirty days. ^^^ Scotch Jimmy I'owrir, the veteran light tcndor of his inland, has recovered from the illnoss which it was feared would be fatal. A petition for an injunction was I filed today in the City Court by B. J. O'Neill, J. F. McGinnis and John G. Irwin representing '/,, B. Job, Alton Lime & Cement Co., James Chessen, Geo. H. Weigler, Kate Overath and Kate O'Neill. The petitioners seek to enjoin the city collecting for the sidewalk built on Third street from Cherry street to Shields street by Wolf, Maupin & Curdle during the late city administration. The petitioners aver the ordinance for the sidewalk passed by the City Council to be illegal on general grounds; that the location of the walk was not defined; that the ordinance failed to fix the grade of the sidewalk; that the city failed to assess benefits and damages but made a uniform assessment. In conclusion the petition avers that the statute under which the city proposes to collect for the sidewalk is unconstitutional, being a violation of the fourteenth amendment of the constitution, which provides that no one shall be deprived of property without due process of law. The petitioners ask Judge Hope to issue a permanent injunction restraining the present city officials taking any action to collect the money due. The amounts due from the petitioners are Z. B. Job, $1088.58, Alton Lime & Cement Co., $44".35, James Chessen, $264.24, Geo. H. Weigler, $202.0", Kate Overath, $75.72, Kate O'Neill, $175.17. New Singing 1 Society Organized. A male chorus of fourteen voices was organized Monday evening at the room of Mr. B. H. Wortmann in the Spalding Club building. The society is the successor of the Amphions, which disbanded one week ago. The new society was organized for the purpose of individual improvement in singing and not for concert work, at least for the present. The officers elected last night are F. C. Pickard, President: Joseph Hartmann, Vice-President; W.. C. Gates, Secretary; John Hartmann, Treasurer; F. Clifford, Librarian. The members are: Will Gates, Herman Dettmers, Frank Pickard, tirst tenors; Joseph Hartmann, F. N. Hurlbut, Charles Haagen, D. Ilch, second tenors; John Hartmann, Frank Clifford, W. H. Gerhardt, bass; Fred Rudershausen, W. A. Harris, Henry Schultz, H. E. Rumsey, second bass. The society will meet once a week for practice. -SHERIFF KUHN'S SUCCESSOR. Laws Concerning: the, TeniponiryiFill- \ng ot the Vacancy. Chapter 4(», Section' 133, of the Statutes of 1808, provides that If a vacancy by death or otherwise shall occur In the office of any county office, and the term exceeds one year, the Connty Clerk shall Issue an order appointing' a day for an election to fill such vacancy and cause notice to be given as in other cases of election. Section 0, Chapter 31 (Coroners), provides that when the office of Sheriff becomes vacant, the Coroner of the county performs the duties and has the same powers as Sheriff, and is liable to the same penalties until a Sheriff is elected and qualifies. Section 29, of Chapter 125, provides that in a vacancy in the Sheriff's office, the deputies in office under the late Sheriff having writs in hand at the time such vacancy happens "shall have the same authority and be under the same obligations to serve, execute and return the same as if the Sheriff had continued in office." Coroner H. J. Bailey, of this city, will at once take charge of the Sheriff's office and peform the duties until the vacancy is filled by an election. It is certain Mr. John Dillon will be continued as office deputy at Edwardsville. . Death of John Hesketl. John G. Heskett died at his home, Iti East Ninth street, at 11:15 o'clock a. m. Tuesday, after an illness of over two years with dropsy and a complication of other diseases. He was 58 years of age and leaves a family of seven children and his wife. Mr. Heskett was born in. Alton and lived here nearly all his life. He was an industrious man und respected by all who knew htm. One year ago his illness became so severe he was compelled to retire from active pursuits and much of the time he was an invalid at home. Funeral ot John (i. Heskett. The funeral of John G. Heskett took place yesterday from, the family home on Ninth street at 3 o'clock. Services wore conducted by Rev. H K. Sunborne. There was a large at tendance yf the friends of the family at the funeral services. Interment was in city cemetery. The pall bearers were Fred., Allen and C, W. Heskett, O. J. Paul, it. C. Kennedy anil Warren Crows. The Presbyterian choir sang a selection at MIC survk'cs at the home. Second Cousins Married. There was.a quiet and very interesting wedding yesterday afternoon at I! o'cioeU at the home of Mr. W. (i. Boinun, at Third and George streets. William I 1 . Pipkin, a commission man of the linn of Hcclunaii Co. of St. Louis, was married to Miss Mac M. Pipkin, of Kimswick, Mo. The ceremony was performed by Rev. 11. M. CliilleniliMi, of St. Paul's church. The bridal couple arc second cousins, but staled when ihoy applied for u marriage license they disclaimed relationship. The marriage was wit- ncsbiMl by only a few relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. I'lpkin will return to St. Louis this evening t<> ntiiko their, home. Sew City Court Cases. Several new cases were filed in the City Court today for trial at the February term. In two of the suits Clay H. Lynch, of Edwardsville, public administrator, is defendant. Manning Mayfleld has entered suit fn as- sumpsit for $2000 against C. H. Lynch, administrator of the estate of Thomas T. Turner, deceased. Mr. Mayfield claims he advanced a certain sum of money on a purchase of certain lands in Alton, which were to have been deeded to him by Thomas T. Turner. Mr. Turner died before he transferred the property and Mr. Mayfield has since been unable to secure the refunding of the money he advanced: In another case the Alton Railway & Illuminating Co., for use of Alton Railway, Gas and Electric Light Co., is sueing C. H. Lynch, ed mlnistrator of the estate of Thomas T. Turner deceased, for $8,800 in assump- sit. The plaintiffs aver that the deceased Tfios. T. Turner did before his death agree to transfer to the plaintiffs three acres of land as part of a bonus offered the plaintiffs for building an electric street railway out State street. The property was not transferred because of the death of Mr. Turner. B. J. O'Neill is counsel in both cases. From Prison to Prison. The Edwardsville Intelligencer says: Deputy Jos. A. Burnett returned Friday night from Jefferson City, whither he went for Nelson Brooks, a negro. About two years ago Brooks committed larceny in Alton. The authorities had located him in St. Louis, and were about to take measures to secure him when the St. Louis police arrested him for grand larceny. He was sent up for two years and under the three-foUrths law was to b.) released at the expiration of eighteen months. When his time was nearly up the Alton city court grand jury returned an indictrfient against him und requisition papers were secured. The Missouri authorities did not notify tht> Madison county officials of the exact time when he would be released and his sentence was served before the officer was sent after him. Hu was held ten daye for insubordination and _ Deputy Burnett was waiting when tlio penitentiary gates opened and nabbed him. Brooks was wild with rage for a time but he cooled down and decided to make the best of it and the officer had no trouble in landing him iu the Madison county jail. Kxerulor's Sale. • The Smith liomcsteiul at the north cast corner of Eighth anil .\lu»n streets,wus sold Monday utpnhlic sain by tho executor, George Emery, "'lin property, lot 1, lili»'l< 45, city proper was bought in by John T. Smith, lor KU.'IK,-.. Mr. John D. Wilson has rclurnod, to his home in Denver. Mrs. Wilson and children urc still visitingrclative* here, Mrs. .1. W. Kerr ami son John, will leave within a wucli for Mcllc lsU% La. to spend two months with Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Kerr.

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