Excerpts of stories from the July 9, 1901 edition of The Princeton Daily Clarion:
THE LOST IS FOUNDRuth Gray, the little seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Gray, living on east State street, was missing Sunday, causing considerable anxiety to the family and friends.
She was located in Oakland City at eleven o’clock last night, after a diligent search in this city had been made. The little one went to visit relatives there without informing her parents.
Sunday morning Ruth and her little twin brother went as usual to the M.E. church to Sunday school. The little boy returned home at eleven o’clock and stated that his sister would not be home until after church.
...Darkness came and still the little one had not returned and the parents became alarmed...The search for the girl continued until eleven o’clock last night when relatives at Oakland City were notified by phone. They conveyed the glad news that the little one was safe with them. They stated that she had come over on the afternoon train to pay them a visit and they had not questioned her why she came along.
How she made her way to Oakland City on the train is something of a mystery as she had no money, and did not procure a ticket. She returned this afternoon and promised her mamma that she would never go away from home again without telling her.
MT. CARMEL STRAW BALERSSeveral straw bailing machines of the Utility Paper Co. of Mt. Carmel were brought here, overland, today, and will pack up the new straw crop of this vicinity for the big mill at Carmel.
AUTOS ORDEREDIt is reported that Princeton is soon to sport a couple of automobiles like the one here from Evansville recently. The names of the parties who have ordered the machines are not ready for publication yet.
BEAN’S BID LOWEST
Contractor Sam Bean of this city placed the lowest bid for the construction of the two-story building in west Broadway which is to be erected by Allen Gray. The structure will be built at a cost of something like $6,000 and will be modern in every way.
SKIPPED BOARD BILLMarshal Dan Haley has been busy today looking for Joe McKinzie who was arrested in Evansville last night and after being brought to this city, escaped the offices and has not been seen since. When last seen he was going at a two-forty gait up east Broadway on foot.
McKinzie was arrested in Evansville last night for jumping a board bill at the St. Charles hotel. He was brought to this city after midnight by Marshal Haley and was placed in the lock-up where he remained until this morning when he made his escape.
WILL REMODEL DEPOTOur E.&T.H. passenger station will be materially and substantially improved, but the work will not be done till September, after our fair.
In the first place there will be a new platform which will be constructed of vitrified paving brick set on edge. The driveway back of the depot will also be paved in this manner, as will the place where the busses stand to the west of the station.
The passenger station floor will be raised about a foot higher than at present and the interior of the station will be greatly changed so that it will afford many more conveniences for the depot force as well as to the traveling public.
When the work is completed the station will be a first-class place instead of a fourth-rate joint as it is at present.
NOT IN OUR LINEA contributor sends us a story in which is the statement that the fair heroine “lay upon the floor breathing out her life in short pants.” This will never do. We can’t print such stuff as that. It might sell papers, but we have a reputation to sustain, and shall do it if it breaks the management.
CYPRESS SWAMPW.S. Blatchley, state geologist, has returned from Gibson and Knox counties, where he took notes on the timber just across the Wabash river from Mt. Carmel, Ills.,” says the Indianapolis Sun. “He spent his nights at Mt. Carmel and crossed to Indiana each day in a ferry boat. ...Blatchley says the cypress swamp across the river from Mt. Carmel is the only one in Indiana.”
MACCABEES WILL BUZZ
The local order of Maccabees are expecting a big meeting at their lodge this evening. Supreme Sir Knight Commander Meredith of Connersville is expected to be present and deliver an address. Representatives from neighboring lodges will be here and the Princeton lodge expects to entertain them in royal style.
A MEADOW IS BURNED
A field of hay owned by Miss Anna Embree, west of the city, was set on fire by a railroad engine Thursday afternoon, and fifteen acres of meadow were destroyed by fire in a short time.
The hay was standing, but owing to the hot weather, it had become so dry that it burned like chaff. The fire was not noticed until it had got under considerable headway, and although an effort was made to check it, the effort was fruitless. Considerable fencing around the field was also burned.
17 CARS OF NEW WHEAT
A big shipment of wheat was made by the Princeton elevator company today. The shipment consisted of over 16,000 bushels and was sent to Westport, West Virginia, via Southern railway. A special train of 17 cars was made up here all heavily loaded with grain. The shipment was made via Louisville and left this place at eleven o’clock this morning.
This is the first shipment made by the company since the new elevator was finished. All the wheat was new, having been threshed this year.
BIG SNAIK KILLED
A snake seventy-two inches long was killed by Austin Case, aged 11 years, in the bottoms west of this city last Wednesday. Young Case is the son of Henry Case, who resides near Hickory Mills, close to the Wabash river.
Young Case was hunting when he spied the snake and blew its head off with a shotgun. The snake was of the spotted variety, and was one of the largest ever killed in that section of the country.
THE BIG DEAL
A big deal was closed this morning in which three livery stables in the city passed into new hands. The stock of McCarty & Co. in west State street was purchased by J.Y. Brown of this city and Frank Copp of Huntingburg, and the firm will be known in the future as Brown & Copp. The McCarty building has been leased by the new firm for a period of ten years, and the business will be continued at the old stand.
The entire stock of buggies, cabs, wagons, harness, etc. has been purchased by the new firm.
The franchises, good will, patronage, and mechanical plants of the Princeton Daily Clarion and the weekly Clarion-Leader were sold this morning by Mr. Gil R. Stormont to a company composed of Samuel R. Adams, James W. Westfall and Fred R. Ewing.
The new management does not anticipate filling any long felt want and has no expectation of creating any great stir in the local field of journalism.
The first aim will be to give the readers of Princeton and Gibson County a newspaper, one which chronicles fairly and impartially all legitimate news of interest to patrons.
Mr. Gil R. Stormont, the retiring editor and owner, has rounded out a career of twenty-four years’ service in that capacity. Harry K. Stormont, the retiring managing editor, has served in that capacity for the past two years and his retirement is a matter of regret. He is a forcible writer and an excellent newspaper man.