Excerpts of stories in the March 5, 1901 edition of The Princeton Daily Clarion:
WHITE CAPS AGAIN AT WORK; HUNTINGBURG MAN FLOGGEDWilliam G. Scaggs, an old railroad man, was taken from his home in Huntingburg by white caps and whipped until he cried for mercy.
Scaggs was in bed sick and shortly after midnight there was a knock at the door. His wife went to the door and opened it and five men wearing masks entered. They took Scaggs from the bed and led him to the back yard, where he was whipped on the bare back.
The wife of Scaggs says she recognized some of the men and according to her information, her brother-in-law, Frank Wuetcher, was arrested and placed under bond in the sum of $1,500. His preliminary trial will be held before a justice of the peace.
Scaggs is 60 years old and has a wife and 12 children. He is a man of good reputation and has lived in Huntingburg all his life.
The last man to be whipped by white caps before Scaggs was William Coffee, ten years ago. The grand jury took up his case and investigated it and indictments were returned against several prominent farmers. Among the men indicted were John H. Brown. He was convicted but managed in some way to learn the verdict before it was read in court and left the county. He is still a fugitive from justice.
Leo Fischer, the deputy prosecuting attorney, will appear for the state in the Scaggs case and it is understood that warrants are out for several men to be implicated in the case.
THE SOCIAL WHIRLProminent among social events was the “Tacky party” given by Dr. and Mrs. Mark Shrum last evening at their home in west State Street. The guests came in quaint and comic costumes of different varieties of makeup, and altogether presented a very motley appearance to say the least.
ROBBED CANDY STAND
The candy stand of Chas. Hogue, located at Broadway and Hart streets, was robbed some time last night of a lot of candy, popcorn, etc. The little stand was closed up about eight o’clock and the proprietor snapped a padlock onto the door as usual. The electric light in the stand was left burning.
Entrance was secured by breaking the padlock off, presumably with a hammer, and the sweet-toothed thief proceeded to help himself to several pounds of chocolate, chewing candy, crackajack and popcorn.
The move was a very bold piece of business as the place is a very public one and the electric light burning would enable anyone passing to see the stand.
18 IRON BRIDGES ORDEREDThe county commissioners today opened bids for the construction of eighteen iron bridges in this county. Several bridge companies were after the job, but the Indiana Bridge Col. of Muncie swipped the big order; their representative, Mr. Hayman, having filed the lowest and best bid. The contract price for the eighteen bridges is $10,410.
These new bridges will be located in the various townships as follows: Four in Columbia, two in Union, two in Patoka, two in Barton, four in Johnson, four in Montgomery.
The commissioners granted liquor license to Frank Awenius, setting aside the remonstrance. Commissioner Phillips held that the saloon did not comply with the law and would not sign the application.
POINTS ABOUT PEOPLEUndertaker Frank Jones of Hazleton was in the city on business today.
Supt. Fred K. Gebhard of the Metropolitan, Vincennes, was here today.
James O’Neal spent the day in Hazleton.
Mr. Elza McMillen, of Indianapolis, builder and contractor for the Reliance Manufacturing Company of that city, was here today on business. He will place a bid in for the erection of the Princeton elevator.
SLIGHTLY EMBARRASSINGThe laugh is on a certain young lady of Owensville. She purchased a lot of millinery goods at James Montgomery’s. About the time Miss Sada was wrapping up the purchases, John Mauck was wrapping up a pair of trousers. in some way the bundles got mixed, and when the lady reached the milliner’s, out tumbled a pair of men’s trousers! It was an embarrassing situation, but the mistake was soon righted.
GOT FAT AT POOR HOUSEAbner Sprowl, who was taken to the poor farm recently by Trustee Crawford, returned to this city this week. When asked why he returned he said: “They fed me so well and treated me so nice that I have gained so rapidly in strength and health that I feel I can get a job of work and now make my own living.” This is indeed complimentary to the management of the poor farm, as well as to Mr. Sprowl.
WILL HAVE STREET PARADE
The “Old Maids” on their arrival in this city, from Oklahoma, on the evening of March 12, will give a street parade which will begin promptly at seven o’clock. Special arrangements for this feature are being made and it will certainly be something worth seeing. Don’t fail to be one of the spectators when the parade begins.
MONEY FOR NEW CHURCHTwo thousand dollars has been subscribed for the building of the new Antioch Church, four miles southwest of Owensville.