Excerpts from the Nov. 25-29, 1897 editions of The Princeton Daily Clarion:
INJUSTICE TO A DESERVING SOLDIER
Redwine D. Smith, late private Company B, 58th Indiana, was in town Tuesday. He lives near Poseyville and his business here was to get a signature to a petition to congress for a special act to restore his pension.
it seems that Smith has been misrepresented. It was like this: In the great battle of Chickamauga he was wounded like another noted warrior, in the heel. This other warrior was Achilles, but he was not a member of the 58th Indiana, and was different in many other ways from any of the numerous smiths of modern times.
The bullet that entered Smith’s heel penetrated from behind, and passing in a southerly direction, lodged in the ball of the foot. He was laid out fora time, but unlike the ancient warrior who was shot in the heel, he was not permanently disabled.
He was sent to the hospital and then sent home fora while on furlough. in a short time he became able for duty and returned to the regiment and served his time out, doing his duty faithfully the whole time.
Soon after the war he was granted a pension on account of this wound, the ball still being in his foot, and giving him considerable trouble.
For all the service and suffering he had endured and was likely to endure for the remainder of his life, he was granted the magnificent sum of $8 per month by the generous government he had helped to save.
But even this did not last. Within a month or so after the pension had been granted he had the ball cut out of his food and the wound healed up. So when he came to make out the next voucher, being required to make oath as to the continuance of his disabilities, he affirmed that his foot was well.
The pension authorities concluded that if the foot was well there was no occasion for further pension, and so they cut him off.
Here is the great and generous government quibbling about paying a small pittance of eight dollars a month to a soldier who served at the front for more than three years.
NEW CATHOLIC CHURCH DEDICATED ON THANKSGIVING DAY
An event of interest and importance to the Catholic people of this city was the dedication of their new church yesterday. For many years this body occupied a little church on Prince and Walnut streets. It was not a very commodious building and was somewhat unattractive and out of date.
About the middle of last summer they laid the foundation for their new church. The plan provided for a temporary frame building ... this frame building was completed a few weeks ago and Thanksgiving Day was appointed for its dedication.
Right Reverend F.S. Chatard performed the dedication ceremonies and delivered the address in English. The German address was delivered by Rev. Louis Burkhardt of Evansville.
REVOLT IN THE JAIL
The notorious John Boger can’t keep out of trouble even in jail. He is not feeling just right if he behaves like a decent man for a few hours and, after his latest trouble, is not feeling just right now.
This is because he was batted on the head with Sheriff Murphy’s mace, which the officer was compelled to use in order to settle the rambunctious John.
Yesterday he entered a strong protest on the jail grub and induced Levi Lockhart, in from Owensville for grand larceny, and the three men who committed the Hazleton robbery, to back him up in the kick. Sheriff Murphy really thought the food was good and wholesome and in sufficient quantities. Not desiring to trust his own judgment, he called in a number of citizens who happened to be passing. The citizens examined the grub and coincided with the sheriff in his views as to the quality.
Boger waxed very wroth and began calling the sheriff all sorts of names, raging and storming like a caged lion and swore with an hundred oaths he would kill Murphy if he came inside the jail corridor.
Sheriff Murphy cleared his decks for action and stepped inside the corridor. As soon as the officer entered, Boger started for him and made a lunge with his fists. In return for this pass, Boger was dealt a stunning blow from the sheriff’s mace.
• If you wear old gold and black next Saturday you will have to yell for Princeton. The colors of the Washington team are the same as our team.
• Buck and Wing Taylor, known as the Blackberry Brothers, will cut up at the opera house tomorrow evening.
• A YMCA has been organized at Oakland City. What’s the matter with Princeton?
• The Owensville foot ball team will play here Saturday, Dec. 11.