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Daily Iowa State Register, Des Moines, Iowa
July 04, 1867

Transcribed and Contributed by: Cathy Danielson

The Clinton Herald tells about a chain being made at a blacksmith’s shop in the city which will be 846 feet long.

The Tama County Republican calls our attention to the fact that instead of Mr. N. Fisher of Toledo being arrested for selling a diseased horse he was merely the Justice of the Peace before whom the real rascal was brought, “No intentional disrespect whatever.”

A ten year old son of Mr. St. John, of Janesville, Bremer County, was drowned one day last week.

The Mechanicsville Journal announces the death of Col. John Swineford, an old resident and noted lawyer of that place.

Ten miles of the Iowa Northern Central Road in Johnson County are estimated to cost only $1,500 per mile.

The Pella Blade says that H. S. Barnes of Summit, sold, one day last week, the wool from five hundred sheep for $1,213.

The Burlington Hawkeye regrets to learn that Judge C. B. Darwin of that city, now holding United States court in Washington Territory, met with an accident some weeks since that was likely to cost him the sight of one of his eyes. He wounded it in some way with his spectacles. When last heard from he could see but little if any out of the wounded eye, and the other was also seriously affected.

The Hawkeye contains the following account of a horrible death in that city: “About five o’clock yesterday afternoon a little girl child between two and three years of age, the daughter of Mr. Sterling, drayman, of this city, who resides on South Hill, near the upper end of Division street, went out into the yard to play. Its mother did not notice its absence immediately, but, after a lapse of a few moments, not hearing any noise indicating its presence, went to the door to search for it among the neighbors, but not finding the child there she became thoroughly alarmed, and, assisted by others, all possible hiding places in the vicinity were searched. Once or twice the vault in a neighbor’s yard had been looked into, but nothing was to be seen. No traces being found elsewhere, another look was given into the vault, when, to the horror or all, the body of the little girl was discovered nearly submerged in the vault accretions. Speedy as possible it was removed, but life was found to be totally extinct. The grief of its parents none can describe. The only theory as to accident is that the child went into the vault to play, and, clambering on the seat, fell through to die the horrible death of suffocation, its struggling screams for help heard by none.”

The Iowa City Press says that an orphan boy twelve years old, living near that city, stole $174 from the gentleman he was living with, and went to the above named city and spent the money in nothings and books. He was arrested and is to be sent to his aunt in Illinois.


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