Excerpts of stories from the May 21, 1901 edition of The Princeton Daily Clarion:


Well, it’s “crape on de do!”

The semi-professional-amateurs of the Evening Snooze completely skinned the allied rubes of the Clarion and Democrat forces Monday afternoon. And the skin was hung on the fence with the tail dangling in the rainsoaked earth. Thirty-two to seventeen!

Umpire Charlie Hartman was manifestly fair and showed at every turn that he was strictly onto his job. His gentlemanly conduct precluded any rag chewing and the game was entirely devoid of this feature which generally attends ball contests.

Since the News gang has shown its ability in the base ball line it is probable the team will be challenged by the high school team for a game in the near future. With a little practice it is believed the Newsies can put up a good scrap against the high school boys.

While the printer players are not sore mentally they are very sore physically and the soreness of fingers and thumbs will likely have its effect in the three newspapers of the town today.

MEMORIAL DAY MATTERSArcher Post, Grand Army of the Republic, has completed preparations for the annual observance of Memorial Day and a general order has been issued calling attention to the sacred duty involving on the present generation to keep green the memory of those who gave their lives for their country in the time of its darkest peril.

The first general order calls on not only the Grand Army and its auxiliary association, the Woman’s Relief Corps, but all old soldiers and the citizens generally, to participate in the exercises of the day on Thursday, May 30, and a special invitation is extended to all pupils of the public schools to participate in the parade and assist in gathering flowers to strew on the graves of the dead.

ELKS TO BUILD OPERA HOUSEThere is no small amount of speculation among many of the business men of the city as to what the Elks lodge will do with the money they hope to make out of the Carnival to be given in June.

Rumors have been circulating to the effect that the lodge would take the money and invest it in a lodge home consisting of club rooms and other attractions.

Were this wholly true Princeton would not suffer, for the reason that the city has no place to entertain visitors in a manner that our people like to on many occasions.

But, this is not the case. It has been given out by the leading members of the lodge and those who are at the head of the Carnival, that in case the Carnival is the success all believe it will be, and the lodge is placed on a footing, the first thing that will be done is to enter into a contract for the erection of an opera house in Princeton.


The Mt. Carmel Republican speaks a word of truth in the following article in defense of Princeton and in censure of a lying correspondent: “The St. Louis Chronicle is indeed and enterprising metropolitan daily newspaper. For some time past the paper has relied on a special correspondent at Bellmont for its telegraphic news from Mt. Carmel, but now the paper has a correspondent here, once who has a vivid imagination. The following special appeared in yesterday’s Chronicle:

“’MT. CARMEL, ILL. — May 18 — (Special) — Smallpox is raging so badly in Princeton, a few miles east of here, that almost one whole ward is stricken with the disease and some deaths have already occurred from it. People are vaccinated by the score.’ ”

The Republican ventures the assertion that there is not a case of smallpox in Princeton, nor has there been this year. Mt. Carmel is not responsible for the actions of this would-be journalist. The Chronicle should exercise a little more care in selecting its correspondents or else get out of the business.

The following letter from Princeton’s secretary of the board of health to Mr. Aus. Jones was received this morning:

“Mr. AUS. JOINEs, Mt. Carmel, Ill.

“DEAR SIR: In reference to the article which appeared in the St. Louis Chronicle from a correspondent in your place, will say: We have but one case of the so-called ‘Cuban itch,’ being a light form of smallpox, in the town. This case is well and the premises will be fumigated tomorrow or Tuesday. No outbreak is expected or feared.”

THE PHYSICIANS MEETThe ninth semi-annual meeting of the White River District medical Society was held at the First M.E. church today. The society is composed of physicians from four counties, Gibson, Knox, Pike and Daviess and representatives from each of these counties are present.

Dr. George Knapp of Vincennes read a paper written by D. A.B. Knapp of Washington entitled “What Will We Do With Cross Eyes in Children.”

The visiting physicians were highly pleased at the hospitality of the Princeton physicians, and many asserted that it was the best meeting held by the society in years.


The Collar Button cigar factory in north Main street has been remodeled and new fixtures have been added. The whole interior has undergone a change, and the factory is now one of the best in this part of the state.

It is the intention of the managers to put on several additional workers in the near future. The present capacity of the factory is not sufficient to meet the demand for the cigars, but with additional force it is the intention to put out 3000 cigars per day. The enormous sale of the cigars put up by Miller Bros. is something remarkable, due of course to their eternal hustling qualities.

A HORROR PARTYThe Mt. Carmel Republican says about a dozen Princeton ladies gave a horror party the other day, each one bringing something the most despised by them. It was a curious fact that only one lady brought her husband — the rest all brought mice.


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