Excerpts from
The Schuyler Citizen

January 25, 1872 

    SERIOUS ACCIDENT.--We are informed by our correspondent "B." at Birmingham that one day recently Mrs. Mary Adkins, of that vicinity, started to go to Plymouth in a buggy, when the horse she was driving took a fright at some hogs at the side of the road, and ran away, upsetting the buggy and throwing her out, breaking one of her arms at the elbow in a terrible manner. Some pieces of the bone protruded through the flesh of the arm. Dr. Sapp, who is attending on her, thinks the arm can be saved.

    SCALDED TO DEATH.--John Edward, son of George and Lydia Knott, living several miles south of Rushville, died on the 19th inst., from the effect of a painful accident. The little fellow, who was between three and four years old, was with his mother while she was scrubbing the floor, and walking backwards accidentally struck the tub containing the hot water and sat down in it. He was badly scalded about the lower part of the abdomen, and lingered in intense pain for fifteen days, when death came to his relief. His funeral was preached by the Rev. John A. Beagle.

    SNAKES ABOUT.--We have heard of the boy that did not get up on a cold, winter morning, after repeated calls from his father, and bring in some chips to kindle the fire, objecting at last that there was snow on the ground. "Scrape off the snow then," exclaimed the old gentleman. "Yes, but dad, I might scrape up a snake, and he'd bite me," blubbered the lazy urchin, determined to have his nap out. But we always regarded the story as a joke till a day or two since we learned that Mr. Ramsey, living on the John McCabe farm near Littleton, found a snake, a veritable belligerent garter, crawling around loose on his premises. This was on the 7th day of January, Anno Domini 1872. Having read the fable of the farmer and viper, he concluded not to carry the beast home and warm him up by his fire, but incontinently proceeded to bust his occipital member according to the Scriptures.

    Our neighbor had one good local in his paper of last week. It was something about two little boys trying to spell "peddler." It was a real nice story: couldn't have been otherwise you know, because it was got up on the CITIZEN style. But it proved to be too great a strain on the editorial brain, and the despairing cry follows, "We shall never be guilty of doing so again!" Well now, alas!
    We would like to hear those little fellows try their skill on the word "too" in this sentence, which may be found in the Times of last week:
    "It is published and edited by Henry A. Glenn and Eugene Brockman, too wide-awake young men who will give the people of Brown county a paper worthy of support."
    Bring on your spelling class, neighbor. Let George clean his nose, and too (or is it two?) to one he'll bear "that small boy" this time if you'll give them the word "too" men to spell.
    While so many towns are being burned down in all parts of the country, we must commend the care and caution of our Rushvillains [sic], whereby we are spared the terrible experience of other places. Never to to bed at night without examining your premises and having a bucket, tub or barrel of water ready to use.

    Will some one please rise to explain this bit of psychology? We had just written to this point, and were penning the words, "Never go to bed at night," etc., when "Fire! Fire!" rang out on the still morning air. It was a patch of flame about the size of a half-bushel, spluttering and rapidly enlarging its circumference, with the aid of a stiff sou-wester, on the roof of Little & Ray's large store building immediately over the bank. A spark had fallen on the roof and ignited. Thanks to a sensible custom prevailing in Rushville, every man ran to the fire with a bucket of water, and the danger was all past long before a fire engine could have reached the spot. In view of this warning we call upon every property owner to examine his liability to a fire, including his ash barrel, and his preparation to meet a fire should an exigency occur.

    There are nine new estrays at the head of out estray list this week.
    Mr. Thomas Logsdon, of this place, is a great sufferer from felons. He is unable to sleep of nights or labor of day.
    Religious meetings and being held, every evening in the Presbyterian church in this place, and a growing interest is manifest.
    The first man to dump his wagon-load of grain in the new elevator at the depot was John Riley, on Friday last. His was a load of rye.
    The second quarterly meeting of the M. E. church in this place will take place next Saturday and Sunday.--Preaching Saturday night.
    Our square has been made lively for a few days by Edwards & Co.'s auction store. The company left for Mt. Sterling on Monday last.
    We are pleased to learn that our former townsman Mr. C. C. Warren has been appointed city attorney for the city of Princeton, Illinois.
    On this page immediately after the railroad time cards we give the post-office hours and the time of arrivals and departures of the mails.
    Married, at Mrs. Joseph Derrickson's, in this place by the Rev. W. C. Burchard, on the 23rd inst., Mr. Wm. Boyer, of Akron, Ohio, and Miss Anna Breeze.
    Elder Hart, of Eureka, Ill., will preach in the Christian church in this place on Saturday evening, Jan. 27th, at 7 o'clock; also on Lord's Day at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    Mr. Edward Hall passed through Rushville on Tuesday last in the prosecution of his business for the sale of paints, etc., from a large wholesale house of New York City.
    This winter is remarkable for pleasant weather and good roads. Some are feeling uneasy because of the exposed condition of the wheat crop, of which there is probably a larger acreage this year than was ever before put in the ground.
    The M. E. church sociable met on last Friday night at Parson Rucker's residence, and all present enjoyed a pleasant evening together. The next sociable will be at the residence of Mr. George W. Metz on to-morrow evening. A cordial welcome is offered to all who come.
    We are informed that Messrs. Farwell & Co., of Frederick, have packed about six thousand hogs this season, making about four thousand barrels, including lard. They are closing up their pork business this week.
    Speaking of Frederick, we are pleased to learn that since the new school-house has been opened for preaching the congregations are large and attentive. The young people of that village are deserving of great credit for this constant attendance upon and good behaviour at the preaching services. May they continue in well-doing.
    Mr. W. Carson's Sabbath-school, in the Hymer school-house, south of town, enjoyed a very pleasant concert last Sunday afternoon. The educational power of these Sabbath gatherings in our district school-houses is beyond all computation. West Union also had a large and interesting meeting at night.
    The bottom has fallen out and the hoop poles off of pork barrels. The best price paid for them now is $1, a few days since it was $1.75. A dealer in this place not long since sent a car load of 180 barrels to Chicago. He paid for them $1.75 each and received $1 each. How's that for a speculation?
    At the late fire at Little & Ray's store, in this place, the fact was developed that not a single bucket, hook, nor ladder belonging to the corporation was forthcoming, all of them having been lost or destroyed in some manner. Let the town trustees, without delay, order these fire apparatus, and place them under the care of the marshal or a special fire warden.
    The members of the Rushville cornet band are as follows: Geo. Johnson leader, Peter Fox, John Beatty, Jr., Doc. Sperry, Jay Seeley, Oliver Ingraham, Jack Bellchamber, Louis Klamberger, Thomas D. Booker. The officers are: Geo. Johnson, president; Thos. D. Booker, secty.; Peter Fox, Jay Seeley and Oliver Ingraham, trustees. The band are improving rapidly in the hands of their accomplished instructor, Mr. Hulick.
    Rev. Rev. Mr. Nate, of Chicago, visited the Rushville churches last Sunday in behalf of the Bethel Mission of that city. He preached in the M. E. church in the fornoon, and a cash collection of near $26 was taken up. At night he preached in the E. M. church, and made a collection of $6 to $8. Other collections were made from the citizens next day, amounting in all to about $40. He is in a noble work, and meets with sympathy from Christian hearts wherever he goes.
    The Alleghanians and Swiss Bell Ringers gave an exhibition in the Christian church in this place on Saturday evening last. The house was not only crowded but densely packed. The company performed their work well. Their voices are good and well trained. "The Good Old Days of Yore" was worth the admission fee of itself. Their programme was chaste throughout and gave entire satisfaction. The bell music was splendid.

    GRAY.--In this place, of internal congestion, at the residence of Mr. Jos. Knowles, ELIJAH H. GRAY, in the 41st year of his age.
    Mr. Gray enlisted in the 33d Ill. Infantry in the late war, and by dint of merit rose from the rank of private to that of major and served for four years. He came to Rushville last October, where he has quietly labored at his trade in the carriage shop of Messrs. Knowles & Co. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him. His family reside in Kirkville, Missouri. His wife and daughter were telegraphed for, but did not reach here till several hours after his death. He has two brothers residing in Chicago who were also present at his burial.

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