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February 27 1903/2003

Kingsley - A horse belonging to Urbin Sloat became unmanageable, broke away and ran for nearly eight miles up the D.L.& W. tracks, crossed the culvert safely on the way, passed three trains and was not even scratched or bruised, says a Brooklyn correspondent.

Montrose - A tramp coming from the direction of New Milford passed through here Wednesday going in the direction of Rush, and when later in the day suspicion was aroused by his answering almost identically to the description of a murderer who was wanted in Elmira, several of our officers of the law started in pursuit. County Detective Perigo and Chief Tingley captured the man at Stevensville and brought him to Montrose and yesterday morning it was found, upon being given a hearing before Justice Courtright that he was not the one wanted and was allowed to go. He was a genuine "hobo" and gave his name as Floyd Jackson. When captured he said he had been fasting for two days, so on the return trip he was given a good "feed" at Hotel Haire, and as Sheriff Brush treated him well he didn't fare badly after all.

Lakeview - C. G. Course has placed a telephone in his house.

Elk Lake - E. E. Stevens is cutting some very fine poles for the new telephone line running from Montrose to this place.

North Jackson - Intelligence has reached Charles T. Belcher of the death of his only brother, John Belcher, which occurred in Denver, Col., January 3d, 1903. He was born in Jackson in June, 1850, and removed to Colorado in early manhood. He was appointed deputy sheriff of Jefferson county and later was elected to the office of sheriff. He was an active Republican and an intimate friend of Senator Teller. At the time of his death he was a member of the Rocky Mountain Detective force and stationed at Denver.

Forest Lake - The Slatter Brothers extend their thanks to their neighbors and friends who have been so kind in cutting and drawing wood for them.

Flynn, Middletown Twp. - A young lady of this place, returning from Birchardville one day last week, came in contact with something spitting fire. Supposing it to be a wild cat she whipped up the horse and escaped without serious injuries.

New Milford - While Dr. D. C. Ainey was being driven along a road east of New Milford, by his driver, Ben Tewksbury, in turning a corner the sleigh was upset and Mr. Tewksbury was dashed head-first against a tree, making him insensible, in which condition he remained till the next day, when death ensued. He was about 65 years old. It was not at first supposed that Dr. Ainey was much injured, but later it was discovered that he had received a broken rib though he is able to be around.

Brooklyn - There was much excitement in town over the election of collector of taxes-both candidates made an active canvass of the town before election which resulted in a tie vote between N. C. Packard (R) and W. I. Bunnell (D). Each received 89 votes. Since election each has been canvassing the town with petitions for appointment. What will the harvest be? Party lines have been buried in Brooklyn and the blanket ballot is of no use in holding the voter in line.

Ararat - The blizzard got here just in time for election but howling of the wind was no comparison to the howling of the old bosses when they found that the Democrats and Prohibs had made a sweep. Consequently the G.O.P. flag is at half-mast. Men can't carry the votes of other men in their vest pockets in this part of the state. It may do for little towns like Harrisburg, but it won't do for Ararat.

Glenwood - Marvin Barber and Loren Stephens have sold their timberland to the acid factory company which will make business brisk in this vicinity for the next two years. AND Miss Susie Sprague was storm-stayed at her sister's [home] in Lathrop and on reaching home found her fine collection of houseplants frozen down.

Stevens Point - Near the close of 1902 there was a collision at Rowlands between two coal trains and several cars and a caboose were burned up. It was thought one of the trainmen, David T. Spears, was burned to death, but nothing was ever found of his remains, although diligent search was made. Recently, while two boys were digging in the debris they found the remains of a gold watch, which the father, who lives here, fully identified as having belonged to his son, as he had given it to him for a Christmas present. This seems to settle all doubts as to the death of Mr. Spears, about which there has been some mystery.

News Brief - (continued from last week) "Galusha Grow and the Homestead Law." Over forty years have passed away since Grow's great law became a reality and go where you may in our western states and territories, you will find startling evidence of the wisdom of the homestead law. On the banks of the Mississippi, in the vast forest and plains of the northwest, on the borders of Mexico and by the shores of the inland seas, are the marks of its influence and proofs of its magic power. The farms which it has created from the Blue Ridge to the Sierra Nevadas and on to the Golden Gate have become the homes of some of our greatest men. The hopes of those firesides mingle with the progress of a happy yeomanry. The fertile valleys of our western rivers resound with the harvest songs of the homestead reaper. The prairie plowman recounts the blessings which it has showered upon his race, and the cowboy, in his lonely watch on the Colorado, chants the toilers' anthem of "Free Homes For Free Men."

Such is the character and the work of the great citizen who is about to disappear from the arena of active public life. The industry with which he has labored for the public good; the dignity with which he has borne political adversity; the modest but firm demeanor which he has shown in high offices of trust: the disdain with which he has looked upon the bossism of commercial politics; the firm hatred which he has shown to all forms of political immorality and, above all, the absolute faith he has kept with his friends, his country and his reputation, rank him high among the republic's greatest sons-the peerless champion of American husbandry. The Washington Post, Jan. 24, 1903.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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