Thursday, March 12, 1897
THE LATEST news from the Grecian trouble with Turkey is of a very exciting character. Our readers will remember that the Allied Powers had demanded that Greece should withdraw her troops in a few days from Crete, and cease all armed demonstrations. This was answered by Greece calling out 40,000 reserves, ordering two Greek men of war to sail from the Piraeus with sealed orders. The whole population is gathering from the towns and farms and starting at full speed for the Turkish frontier. Students of the University of Athens, representing the influential youth of the nation, are making speeches declaring it the determination of the Greeks to perish rather than submit to the tyranny of the great powers. Fashionable ladies are in training for service as military nurses. In Thessaly, men and women alike are arming themselves. King George will take the field in person, and in a little while loom up as the most remarkable man of theses eventful times. Everything at his writing looks as if the world is about to witness most wonderful and extraordinary scenes of patriotic self-sacrifice, before which the tragedies of historic Marathon will pale in comparison.
IT SEEMS from the general opinion that very grave suspicion be directed against Trout Shue as being the murderer of his wife. He was arrested for the crime and placed in jail at Lewisburg. The circumstances leading to his arrest are about as follows: The woman, who was Shue’s third wife, died suddenly at their home, at Levisay’s Mill, where Shue operated a blacksmith shop. Certain unnatural expressions uttered by Shue on the day of his wife’s death caused suspicion. It is said that he superintended the laying out of the dead body, and that whenever the head was to be moved he moved it. Some other words let fall by him at the burying decided some citizens to have the body disinterred and a post-mortem examination held. The result was the discovery was made that the neck was broken and the windpipe mashed. On the throat were the marks of fingers indicating that she had been choked. When it was known that the woman had come to her death by violence, Shue was arrested. Shue was born and raised in this county on Droop. He was sentenced to the penitentiary for horse stealing. He has always declared he would have seven wives, and his third wife being dead, and he only thirty-five, would indicate that he was getting along fairly well. Shue was visited one time, while he lived here, by a vigilance committee and roughly handled for abusing his wife.
MR. ANDREW HEROLD, now in the 75th years of his life, lives near Frost. He is justly esteemed by all his friends as one of our substantial, patriotic citizens. He feels rather despondent over the prospects for better times, and is much afraid that the country is too far gone to be benefitted much by a change of administration – like an invalid too sick to be helped by a change of doctors.
SIXTY YEARS ago in passing over the country, one would often hear young beginners talk as if this would be a true ideal of earthly comfort and substantial prosperity: “A little wife well willed, a little farm well tilled, and a little house well filled.” Observation now confirms the fact that the most prosperous element of our society at the present time consists of those whose lives seem to have been regulated by that ideal. Doubtless the same may be true sixty years hence, whoever may live to see it.
MR. ARTHUR LAWSON, of Mingo, left suddenly for England a short time ago. Astonishing his agent, Mr. D’Acres, by telling him to “shear the sheep,” he was gone, taking with him his red fox. His friends suppose that he was moved to immediate action by reading of some meeting of fox hounds in his country, and that he had no time to lose if he wished to be there. He disposed of his own kennel of hounds by giving some away and killing the rest to keep them quiet. He interred their bodies, with those of a number of dead sheep, in a compost heap for fertilizer. He also killed his rabbits. His mule, Bob, is now enjoying a well-deserved rest, which will be indefinitely prolonged. We hope to see Mr. Lawson back soon for he is always up to something which relieves the monotony of our times.
AMONG THE venerable and worthy citizens of our county deserving of special mention is Morgan Grimes, Esq., near Frost. He settled in the woods and built up a nice and attractive home. He has also made the best of his limited opportunities to improve his mind and heart, so as to have a good influence in his neighborhood, and be useful to his neighbors as a friend and counselor when wills are to be made or controversies to be considered. Years ago, there lived an aged man near Glade Hill who settled like Mr. Grimes on “thin land” in the woods, built up a nice home, and reared his family. Old Father Arbogast used to remark that he thanked the Lord every day for his poor land, for if it had not been so thin it would never have been his to work with. Pocahontas citizens should be proud of such useful persons, and no doubt will be.
“William,” said the teacher, “can you tell me anything about the shape of the earth?”
“Only what my father found out in the newspaper.”
What is that?” asked the teacher.
“He says it’s in a mighty bad shape at present.”