Iowa Old Press
Davenport, Scott co. Iowa
April 10, 1873
Two [illegible] while crossing the river at Guttenburg, Iowa on Tuesday, discovered the body of an old man of 80 floating in the water. On examination, a steamboat ticket stamped April 9, from LaCrosse to Cassville, Wis., and a letter of recommendation to citizens of Cassville were found, but nothing by which his name could be ascertained was discovered.
N.D. Lawrence was elected Mayor of Council Bluffs last Monday.
L.D. Ingersoll, formerly of Iowa, is now in Chicago getting out a biography of Horace Greeley.
At Centre Point on Thursday last, John Oliphant stabbed John Williams in the abdomen. The wound is not fatal. Family trouble is the cause.
In the city election at Keokuk last Monday D.F. Miller, Democrat, was elected Mayor.
Mr. T.N. Pond, who was killed during the tornado at Burlington, was properly a resident of Keokuk and was buried with Masonic honors at the latter city on Monday.
Andrew Rady, thirteen years old, tried to jump on a moving freight train at Fort Dodge last Saturday evening and fell under the cars. One leg was crushed to a jelly and he only lived a few hours.
A ruffian named Coughey, who was foiled in an attempt to ravish a servant girl at Sioux City, tried to escape from the city, but was dangerously shot by a police officer. He will probably recover.
The compositors on the daily Republican at Cedar Rapids, five in number, struck work on Monday, on account of a colored printer named Ruff being given a case on the paper. The managing editor says that Ruff shall work in the office if every white compositor has to be discharged.
Wm. Riley, who with Ursula Spangler was arrested at Nashua for murdering their illegitimate child at Cedar Falls, has confessed to committing the deed while crossing the bridge. The woman did not wish it killed, but he took the baby from her and broke its neck on the rail of the bridge, and threw it into the river. He says he tried to kill it at Fort dodge, but the woman would not let him. The man is a beastly looking ruffian. Another account says she was his wife and that the child was legitimate.
Besides Mr. Pond, Mrs. Steiger, and the latter's two children, there were killed in the fall of Pond's warehouse at Burlington on Saturday Joseph Trainer, who leaves a wife and four little children in destitute circumstances; J.P. Pendergrast, lately married and a resident of Keokuk; and Israel Neff, also married, whose family is left without means of support. A dozen other persons were more or less injured by the accident, two of whom, Mr. Benj. Swigert and a babe named Burkman, died, making nine deaths in all.
Shine! shine! shine!
Warm, red sunbeams, shine!
Shine, til out of the Frost King's hand
Melts the scepter that ruled the land;
Shine, till over his sparkling crown.
Pearls and diamonds trickle down;
Shine, till stir the slumbering bees;
Shine till out of the maple trees
Pours the amber wine.
Blow! blow! blow!
North wind, south wind, blow!
Blow and echo the slivery notes.
Borne from thousands of warbling throats;
Blow winds of the cloud fringed West;
Blow till every birdling's nest
Holds no more the snow.
Fall! fall! fall!
Soft-voiced rain drops, fall!
Fall, till starring the meadows green,
Violets, eyes of the Spring, are seen;
Fall, till over the tree roots bare
Spreads a drapery rich and rare;
Fall, and whisper, so low and light;
Fall, till all April, fair and bright,
Answers to your call.
Davenport, Scott co. Iowa
Saturday morning, April 12, 1873
Work on the new Capitol at Des Moines is to begn next Monday.
Bret Harte is engaged to lecture in Des Moines the latter part of this month.
The Holland Colony in Sioux county is growing rapidly in numbers and wealth.
Mrs. L.L. Durham, of Iowa Falls, has sued for a divorce and $12,000 alimony.
Gov. Carpenter has appointed W.C. Newlon, of Winterset, immigrant agent for Iowa in the Eastern States.
The Chicago Journal alludes to Hon. J.K. Graves, of Dubuque, as "one of the rising railway Kings of the West."
John Orm, while crossing the river at Fort Madison, on Wednesday, was drowned by the upsetting of his boat, which got into a swell caused by a passing steamboat. He leaves a wife and two children.
Gen. James Wilson, of Newton, was a few days ago the recipient of a splendid silver ice pitcher and goblets from the members of the Episcopal church there, of which he is Senior Warden.
David Bell, who was arrested at Mt. Vernon, last week, for the murder of Mrs. Gladstone, who died at Marshalltown a week ago from the effects of an abortion, was brought to Marshalltown and tried on Tuesday, and was acquitted for want of evidence.
The Cedar Rapids typos, who struck because a colored boy was employed in the same room with the, on finding that the Republican gets along just as well without their services, have taken to threats, flourishing brick-bats, exhibiting revolvers, etc., but they fail to intimidate any one.
It is said of Pond's warehouse in Burlington, destroyed by the tornado last Saturday, causing the death of nine persons, that it was a mere shell, the lower story wall being thirteen inches thick and the two stories above only nine inches. It had been considered unsafe for some time and workmen had repeatedly refused to labor in it.
Sunday, March 30th, Messrs. Isaiah Noble and R.E. Bush, both residents of New Boston, took a skiff and crossed the Mississippi to the mouth of Iowa river, for the purpose of hunting ducks. It is not known that they were seen afterwards. The skiff was found the next day, floating in the river, bottom upwards, by some fishermen. As Noble had $200 on his person and Bush was a dissolute character, it is feared by some that the latter murdered the former and then left for parts unknown, turning the boat over and setting it afloat to give the impression that they had both drowned.
Submitted by S.F., April 2007
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