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The Delaware Journal

Wednesday, 9 March 1859


Re-printed here with permission by Iowa Old Press
The Delaware Journal
Delhi, Delaware, Iowa
Wednesday, March 9, 1859

- Gallier and Traverse have been taken back to Decorah to await their trial.

- See W. J. Gilbert's new advertisement of books and stationery.

On Saturday last, three men-HENRY STONER, of Plum Creek, and JOHN RARIDEN and CHARLES BILLINGS, both of Buck Creek, were arrested for drunkenness and disorderly conduct, and incarcerated in the County Jail. Here they had leisure to sober themselves and enjoy a few hours of quiet reflection upon the course they were pursuing. Sad as was the spectacle, of men who might have been the noblest specimens of humanity making idiots of themselves, yet it was amusing quite to watch the conduct of some of them. Imprecations, and curses, and blasphemies, mingled with groans, and tears and prayers, addressed alternately to their Maker and their Jailer-cries of "Oh, my mother!" "Oh, my family!" "Oh, what will my wife say!" echoed through those grated cells. At length, at about 11 o'clock at night, Sheriff Parker came down among them and after delivering an earnest and impressive temperance lecture to a deeply affected and weeping audience, they were sent home with sundry admonitions and warnings, to the effect that on a second offense they should not escape so easily, but that the law should be put into force against them to its fullest extent. Sheriff Parker has taken the matter in hand with determination to carry it through and devote the Saturdays especially of each week to the purpose of breaking up the drinking saloons and banishing the hydra headed monster, Intemperance, from their midst.

We have had the pleasure of examining an apparatus for which Mr. Heary Harger of this place has obtained a patent, the design of which is to produce stereotype plates and prepare them for receiving an impression, without previously setting the type, as in the usual method. "There's many slip twist the cup and the lip"- but we can see no reason why this should not work well.

[Note: First name definitely written as Heary, but may have been meant as Henry]

On the 28th day of February, 1859, by S. P. Mosley, Esq., Mr. Hiram Stowe to Miss Mary Fangle, all of Milo.

On the 3rd of March, a young man named Henry Cook was drowned in attempting to cross Plum Creek, with a yoke of oxen and a wagon, and two others. The team missed the bridge, and plunged over the bank, when the wagon went to pieces, leaving them all in the water. The other two swam out, but Henry was unable to reach the shore. He floated down the stream a few rods, caught hold of some willows, clung to them for a short time, but was at length obliged to let go when he sunk to rise no more. Next morning a boat was procured and the body recovered. The deceased lived with his aged and widowed mother, about four miles southeast from Delhi. He is stated to have been an example of industry and morality and was the main stay and solace of his mother, upon whom this afflicting dispensation of Providence falls heavily.

Honor to Whom Honor is Due - Under the above heading we have received a communication from Manchester, giving further particulars of the arrest of Gallier and Traverse, which we mentioned last week. The writer states that Mr. Sherwin, Constable from Manchester, together with Mr. Shaw, Mr. Coon and others, six in number, after having been up nearly the whole night in arranging their plans of pursuit, started about 4 o'clock on the morning of the 20th after the robbers; that they followed their tracks- a light snow having previously fallen - to within about half a mile from Delhi; that then, (it being, according to our correspondent, about sunrise, instead of 2 o'clock in the morning, as the Journal stated.) Mr. Sherwin, having but one pair of hand-cuffs, told the party to go slowly on, and he would join them shortly; that thenceforth the circumstances transpired as related in the Journal; but that the idea of stopping at every house was broached before Mr. Dubois joined the party, and that the arrest would have been made just as certainly and just as soon, if he had not been along- and the writer asserts that in speaking of Mr. Dubois as we did last week, praise was awarded where it was not due. Our motto and aim is to do equal and exact justice to all parties-therefore we have given the substance of our correspondent's article, though the real name of the writer is not appended, which, we wish to be distinctly understood, will always be necessary before any attention will be paid to articles intended for publication hereafter. Most certainly we do not wish to misrepresent any one. We shall be greatly gratified if no greater dispute shall arise among the officers in different positions of our county, than as to who shall most promptly and efficiently discharge the duties devolving up on them.

CASH Paid for Wheat, and Corn, at Custom work done on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

[transcribed by C.J.L., July 2006]