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Local Editorials

From our archives: Report tramps before they get away

What we thought: 125 years ago

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Gazette on March 22, 1889.

Crack down

on tramps

Persons who are bothered by tramps at their residences should report to the police officials as soon as the gentry make their appearance, and not wait until several hours later.

The police cannot enforce the laws unless the citizens aid them.

Persons selling stolen goods, which can be recognized as such by the low prices at which they are offered, are very seldom reported until they have had a chance to leave town.

The people who buy these goods are just as liable to the law as the person who steals or sells them.

Sly youngsters

The boy with the catapult [slingshot] is around again and may be seen aiming, and sending his stinging shots at horses in harness, unsuspecting persons, chickens, pet pigeons, etc., at any out-of-school hour.

The mischief done by catapults is inestimable.

Their own parents seem, by accounts given to us, to be the last ones to suspect the annoyance and loss they are causing to neighbors, because [they are] unaware that the sly youngsters have these weapons in their possession.

Tying the knot

A youthful couple appeared before Justice Wolfersperger to be united in matrimony this morning.

The young man was Harm Meyer, only 50 years of age, who resides on one of Dr. Pennington’s farms north of town, and the bride was Leveit Behrens, a blushing maid of 69 summers.

After being wedded, they went on their way rejoicing.

The woman has been housekeeper for Meyer for nine years. A White Cap letter warned them to wed, and they heeded it.



The six weeks of groundhog weather having passed pleasantly, ending at noon last Saturday, caused a citizen to write to an editor:

“My dear Mr. Editor: Your groundhog is a fraud, and the legend attached to ‘Candlemas Day’ has no application in this locality.

“Henceforth, please ‘let us have peace’ on this subject.

“If any misguided mortal shall hereafter, on the second day of February in any year, write, print, paint, mark, engrave the words ‘groundhog,’ or refer to the shadow of that critter, let him be at once shot on the spot.”

Half ton of ladies

A reporter was near Capt. Moses Dillon’s office yesterday, when eight ladies, all residents of the West End, strolled along and stepped upon the large scales in the front of the office.

The clerk quickly took their avoirdupois, and found it to be 1,050 pounds, or an average of 1311/2 pounds each.

The party consisted of, well, we won’t give the names away.

Trading the

blue for gray

On the first of next month, the CB&Q conductors and brakemen will bloom out in brand new uniforms.

The new clothes will be a radical departure from the timeworn navy blue. The color will be a sort of a gray, something similar to the suits worn by the United States mail carriers in this and other cities.

The change of uniform has been under consideration for some time, and there are many things in favor of a lighter color, and especially for summer.

The railroad men are about evenly divided concerning the new idea.

Just why railroad men should confine themselves to the blue in preference to any other color is a mystery.

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