The Evening Tribune
Grand Haven, Mich. November, 1893
Today is “All Saint’s Day.”
The fish tugs all remained in port today.
The schooners Magnolia and Len Higby are ashore at Frankfort.
A large yellow catamount was killed near Holland Monday night.
A flock of geese were noticed flying south over the city this morning. The peregrinators appeared to be exhausted from working against the strong south wind, which scattered their ranks and prevented them from flying in the usual wedge form.
The other day a report of the weather bureau was published in the TRIBUNE regarding the coldest November for the past 22 years. The lowest record in any November was zero. Mr. Geo. Aiken’s diary speaks differently. He has 14 degrees below zero recorded the day after Thanksgiving 1880.
Co. F is making preparations for the grand annual ball to be given on Thanksgiving night.
Mrs. John DeBoer of Washington Ave., sustained painful injuries by falling on a sidewalk Sunday.
The electric light on the corner of 4th and Elliot streets was smashed last night, it is thought by boys.
The steamer Fountain City will be sold at Milwaukee on a chattel mortgage November 11.
A special watchman was kept at the Central school last night to prevent boys from carrying away property as they have done on previous Hallow’eens.
The fiend who drops bottles containing harrowing stories of sinking vessels in the lake is at his work again, a bottle having been found between Grand Haven and Muskegon. This kind of sport that has been repeated so often that it will be like the wolf story when the warning cry finally failed to warn.—Muskegon News.
The fellow who borrowed a ladder from A. Fisher of 4th St., and did not return it, is known, and the owner is hot on his trail.
The large steamer at the yard of the Grand Haven Ship Building Co. will be launched Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock. This will be one of the finest launchings at Grand Haven in a number of years and undoubtedly a big crowd of spectators will witness it.
The small boy who did not celebrate Hallow’een last night was an exception. In fact for many years there has not been so much boisterousness as there was last night. Gates were carried off, carriage blocks hidden and door steps removed. In one case a wagon was taken apart and the bolts and nuts thrown away. One wagon was sent down Fifth St. hill and when discovered was in a badly demolished condition. A Fourth ward man mourns a pump which was actually pulled up by the miscreants. Several malicious tricks were reported but a s a rule they were mainly old time Hallow’een tricks in the spirit of fun.
The A. Everett and consort Sophia Minch left port this afternoon.
The jury in the Lockie Boer assault case were unable to come to a verdict and a disagreement resulted.
The steps leading to the new Court House on Franklin street side are being built.
Bridget Clark sued the village of North Muskegon for $20,000 for injuries accrued from a bad sidewalk. She received $2,500.
Isaac B. Lum purchased the meat market of Gravenhorst & Blasins, located on the corner of Columbus & 3d St. Mr. Lum is well known here and formerly conducted a fruit farm in Peach Plains.
Several railways in the state carry weather signals on their trains, among them the D., G. H. & M. and C. & W. M. Ry., which receive forecasts over the lines of the road free of coast to the government.
All Saint’s Day has a special significance at Akeley College, where it is also observed as Blanche Akeley Memorial Day. The chapel of the college was beautifully decorated with flowers today, and floral offerings were also placed on Blanche’s grave in lake Forrest cemetery.
The annual report of the chief of engineers of the War Department just issued gives estimates for harbors in the Fifth Congressional District of Michigan for 1895 as follows: Grand Haven, to complete both piers, $35,000; to extend north revetment upstream, $15,000 for repairing rebuilding old works, $40,000, for dredging, $12,000; total, with contingencies $115,000. The total expenses for the fiscal year were $33,959.38. The total expenditures for the fiscal year have been $237,720; the estimate for 1895 is, sheet piling to prevent seepage of sand $7,460; for general repairs, $6,000; with contingencies, makes $15,000. The estimate for the Muskegon harbor is $154,000. Estimates for other Michigan harbors are: St. Joseph, $111,000; South Haven, $54,000; Saugatuck, $25,000; White Lake, $35,000; Pentwater, $45,000; Ludington, $34,000; Manistee, $61,000; Frankfort, $50,000; Charlevoix, $42,000; Petoskey, $35,000. Gen. Casey is silent on the subject of the improvement of Grand river.
It is no easy matter to get men who ship on boats to give the place of their residence or homes. When the steamer Banchard took the place of the Dean Richmond, her captain and crew were requested to register at the office of Agent Winter. Even Capt. Meikehelm gave his place as “on the lake.” Some of the crews had no homes in particular and said they resided on the water. The fact is that many sailors live on the water most of the time and look upon the land as an outside world in which they take but little interest.—Toledo Blade.
The northern lights were noticeable last evening.
Late peaches are still be shipped from Shelby.
Congressman Richardson introduced a bill in the House yesterday for an appropriation for the improvement of the Grand River.
That so little devilment occurred in the Fourth ward on Hallow’een night is probably owing to the care and watchfulness of Detective Brady.
When the sun crossed the line the prevailing winds were southerly. True to the old proverb the prevailing winds have been from that direction since.
The many queer phenomena on Grand Traverse bay leads residents on its shores to believe that a volcano is hidden underneath its waters. Tidal waves have been noticed several times and also strange droppings of the water of the bay. [seiche]
Some one stole a handaxe from the building D. Ver Wy is moving for Bert Stone on Hallow’een. Some years ago the same kind of axe was stolen from Mr. Ver Wy and the prisoner, a colored individual got 90 days in Ionia.
Geo. Sole the veteran fisherman and his son caught 203 perch in the river in three hours last Saturday.
Marshal Klaver arrested two drunks on the streets this morning.
The match factory is running and employing quite a number of hands.
A broken wire in the 4th ward caused the electric lights to be shut down for about an hour and a half last evening. The lights are giving good satisfaction now.
Mr. Archie McIlhinny the piano tuner will be in the city in a few days. Those wishing to have pianos tuned or repaired, please leave orders at B. C. Mansfield’s.
One of the boy employees at Sprick’s livery barn enjoyed himself Hallow’een by carrying off a Fulton street resident’s gate. The marshal jumped on the young man yesterday and compelled him to march back with the gate to its rightful place much to the young man’s chagrin.
Chicago will congratulate herself more over the success of the world’s fair if she ever finds out that the tallest preacher in Ottawa county, Rev. Mr. Shires of Berlin, has preached a powerful sermon against it every Sunday since it was opened.—Detroit News.
One of the flat cars of the north bound freight train on the C. & W. M. ran off the track near the switch yard this mourning and took an hour to right things again. The north bound passenger train was compelled to wait above the switch about ten minutes.
A new sidewalk is being laid along the west side of VanSchelven’s meat market.
Lieut. Baldwin who was appointed to Lieut. Rogers’ place was at the Life Saving Station yesterday, on a tour of inspection.
Tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock the large new steamer in the yards of the Grand Haven Ship Building Co., will be launched. This is one of the largest boats ever launched in Grand Haven and will be a sight well worth seeing.
The steamer Roanoke arrived this morning on her first trip of the season. She will continue on the Grand Haven Milwaukee route until next spring. The Roanoke looks about the same as she did last winter.
Deputy Sheriff James Richards, of Hudsonville, arrived today with a man named Clavier, who was sentenced to ten days in county jail for shooting quail out of season. This is probably the first lawbreaker who served time in the county jail for shooting feathered game out of lawful season.
The fire department were brought out last night by the burning of a chimney on Mr. Koopman’s residence near Madison street.
The schooner Robert Howlett owned in this city went on the rocks, at Skillaggalee Reef Wednesday. Nothing has been heard from the boat since and her injuries are not known.
The “ghost” was seen in the Fourth ward on Washington Ave. late last night and Al. Hoogenstyn is the young man who claims to have seen it. Al. does not deny making swift legs for home after catching a glimpse of the phantom.
Adriannus DeKok died this morning after an illness of several months at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Klaas Poel, corner Jackson and 5th Sts. Mr. DeKok was a widower and aged 65 years and 15 days. He leaves two daughters: Mrs. K. Poel and Mrs. Aart Kooiman. Funeral at two o’clock Monday afternoon from the First Christian Reformed church.
Enos Stone is fixing up the interior of his livery barn to the king’s taste.
Mrs. William Mieras had the misfortune to break her left limb at the ankle by falling while cleaning windows this morning. She will be laid up for two months.
Death of M. VandenBoomgaard.
Marienus VandenBoomgaard died at the home of his father on Elliot street at 5:30 yesterday afternoon, after an illness of about a year with consumption. He was born in the Netherlands 39 years ago but had lived in Grand Haven nearly all his life. Deceased was married five years ago but his wife died three years later. The funeral will be held form the Second Reformed church tomorrow afternoon at two o’clock. The family have the sympathy of their many friends in Grand Haven in the their terrible bereavement.
Adrian VanToll one of the old residents of the city died at about 2:30 this afternoon, after a lingering illness of two years. Deceased was about 65 years of age. Further notice will be given tomorrow.
The following appeared in Wednesday’s Chicago Record: Grand Rapids, Mich., Oct. 31.—Mr. Cressy, a civil engineer representing and English syndicate, has been in this part of the state for a week past looking over the plans for the proposed new railroad projected by J. W. Boynton from Grand Haven, following the river, to this city and from here southward to Battle Creek. He arrived here Sunday from Grand Haven, having traveled the distance on foot along the right of way already secured by Mr. Boynton for the road. “I find that the road bed of the Grand River between Grand Haven and Jenison to be in excellent condition and the entire route a very desirable one,: he said. “The construction of the road, will, in my opinion, be a great benefit to Grand Haven and the country through which it passes. It will be a God send to the manufacturers and shippers of this city, as it will practically give them deep water communication with the whole western world. The building of the road would be a safe and paying investment and I shall so report to my principals.”
At least 2000 Grand Haven people visited the world’s fair.
The glass factory shut down this afternoon to enable its employees to see the launch. The Court House laborers also were given a holiday.
Deputy Sheriff Reed, of Coopersville, arrived in town this morning with a prisoner named Chas. Beach, who was lodged in the county jail on a charge of indecent exposure.
The large number of employees of the Corn Planter works will be pleased to learn that that factory will resume work again Monday morning.
The Chicago & Grand Trunk has ordered employees to keep away from saloons. The penalty of disobedience is dismissal from the company’s employ.
Grand Rapids business men are thinking strongly of building a tower 600 feet, from whose top could be seen all the surrounding country and even the east shore of the lake. One of the movers of the project will call upon G. W. Ferris of Ferris wheel fame to see about what it will cost.
The National Express company offers a standing reward of $1000 for each robber shot dead while making an attempt to rob any employees, $500 for each robber shot and crippled so as to be unable to get away, and $100 for each robber arrested in the act.
T. W. Kirby shipped a big car load of fish to Detroit yesterday.
The fishermen are all reporting good-fair catches now.
The small boys of the city are gunning after sparrows.
Nearly 200 factory men will welcome the whistle of the Corn Planter Works next Monday.
Two young men came all the way from Georgetown to witness the launching, never having seen one before.
A special meeting of the council was held last evening to consider a proposition made by Messrs. Miller and Emlaw the present owners of the [Electric] plant. Their proposition in substance was to furnish lights only on dark nights whenever needed at the same rate at the same rate at which they have been furnishing light heretofor. The proposition was accepted, the only nay votes being those of Alderman Glerum and Nyland. Alderman Verhoeks did not vote.
Over 1500 people witnessed one of the prettiest launchings of recent years at the yards of the Grand Haven Ship Building Company at about half three this afternoon. Several of the factories gave their employees half holiday to enable them to be in attendance at the launch and the business part of the town was deserted. The teams on the street also denoted that the country people were at the “Haven” to see the sight.
The boat landed in the water at about half past three and the flag furled to the wind bore the name, Pentland. The boat is named after the Pentland Firth, a strait situated between the Orkney Islands and the north of Scotland.
The Pentland is one of the largest boats ever built in a Grand Haven shipyard. Her dimensions are: length of keel, 190 feet; beam 35 feet; molded depth 14 feet.
Her engine was built by the Frontier Iron Works of Detroit and is a fore and aft compound, 22x44, 33 inch stroke.
The boiler is a product of the Johnston Bros. boiler works of Ferrysburg. It is of Scotch type and in size, 13x13.
The Pentland, when fully completed and ready for service, will have the capacity to carry 950,000 feet of lumber.
President Cleveland has issued a proclamation fixing Thursday, Nov. 30 as Thanksgiving Day.
The Practical Farmer and Fruit Grower of Grand Rapids publishes a picture and sketch of the life of Geo. Hancock of this city in this week’s issue.
Within the past 25 years the furniture factories of Grand Rapids, Mich., have gradually increased in number and extent, until today they number 62, employ some 9000 hands, and represent an investment of $8,000,000.
The Court House building committee is in session today.
Tony Baker’s crop of burnsides are the envy of all young men of the city.
The residents near Beech Tree mill are still talking of the big Hugo Bloecker’s wrestling match with the mill smoke stack.
A gentleman who knows, says that Grand Haven is the healthiest city of the many cities he has been in, this year of panics and financial difficulties. This year showed more building and general prosperity in Grand Haven than for a number of years past.
Jerry Boynton is again in the field with a project for building a railroad to connect Battle Creek with this city. Mr. Boynton is an indomitable promoter of railway enterprises. Direct railway communication between this city and Battle Creek would prove of inestimable value to both cities and to all the towns along the proposed route.—G. R. Herald.
The celebrated Dyk killing case will come before the public this week. Frank DeVries the young man of this city who gave burglar Dyk his quietus will probably be arraigned for manslaughter about Wednesday in circuit court. G. J. Diekema of Holland, late Republican candidate for attorney general is attorney for DeVries..
The smoke stack on the old Beech Tree mill was lowered Saturday.
Mr. I. Holstein has lost his turtle dove which he had 19 years and buried in a box made especially for it.
The World’s Fair life-saving station will be a permanent feature of Jackson Park.
The wreckage found off Muskegon would seem to indicate that some unknown schooner has foundered.
Mr. Kraai, a fisherman, sustained several bad injuries by the falling off the roof of his ice house across the river last week.
Berlin, Ottawa county is not the only town of that name in the state. A little village of that name is located near Saranac.
Berend Valkema son of Peter Valkema died at his home on Elliot St. at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon of consumption. He was 21 years of age.
Wm. Loutit’s new steamer Pentland was towed to Ferrysburg Saturday afternoon by the tug Callister. The Pentland’s boiler will be put in at Johnston Bros. boiler works.
Co. William Ludlow has been ordered to London, England, as a military attaché of the United States legation there, and Lieut. Col. Lydecker succeeds him as engineer supervising harbor improvements in this district.
Nothing further has been heard from the schooner Robert Howlett of this port which went hard aground at Skillagalee Reef Wednesday morning. The Howlett was here a week ago and left last Monday for Cecil Bay after a cargo; the same cargo which the wrecked schooner Gage went after some days before. The mail facilities in that part of Michigan are not what they are here, hence nothing definite has been learned of the Howlett. The nature of the coast at Skillagalee is rocky.
The proposition in full made by Messrs. Emlaw and Miller the present managers of the electric plant as regards the lighting of city streets is as follows:
To the Common Council of the City of Grand Haven:
“Gentlemen—The proposition we have to offer the city for arc lighting is: We shall furnish lights when lights are needed at any and all times at night; but when by reason of moonlight, when there is sufficient light for all business purposes we do not want to be compelled to furnish electric lights. We will agree to furnish light at all times when light is needed for city purposes.”
EMLAW & MILLER.
This proposition was accepted by the council and here after there will be no electric lights on moonlight nights or those part of nights that are light. The city will pay $60 per year for each lamp, the same amount paid when the all and every night system was in vogue under the former management.
The city pays for the lighting system some where in the neighborhood of $4000 annually.
The little yacht Laura B. arrived here from Ottawa Beach yesterday morning on her way up the river to Grand Rapids.
A large number of fish were washed upon the island opposite the ship yard when the Pentland was launched Saturday.
The steamer H. A. Root passed through the same wreckage on the way from Muskegon to Chicago that the E. E. Thompson saw Thursday. Marine men say there is no doubt some schooner broke up in that vicinity during the recent gale, but they are at a loss to know what it is. “The lumber I saw,” Capt. Smith, of the Root, said today, “was hemlock, two inches thick and about 24 feet long. I saw nothing to indicate what boat it was from.” Careful inquiry along the lumber market failed to locate the shipper of any hemlock lumber of those dimensions says a Chicago dispatch t the Detroit News.
We are having our Indian summer now.
Quail can now be shot without violating the game law.
This warm weather is bringing the flies from their winter roosting place.
The dome of the Court House is nearing completion. The basement of the structure has been filled in with sand.
Phil Rosbach found in the river what appeared to be fresh water sponges, if there is such a thing. The sponges are flat and greatly resemble an ordinary sponge.
Geo. D. Sanford is building a sidewalk on the Fifth street side of his new house, corner Fifth and Columbus street. Shade trees are also being set out and the finishing touches are being made on the house.
D. C. Wachs is now riding a handsome Victor pneumatic.
The Grand Haven Fire department held their annual election of officers last evening. The old officers were re-elected as follows: Chief, Joseph Palmer; Assistant chief, John DeCatur; Secretary and Treasurer, G. A. Bottje. The election of the officers of the hose and ladder companies will occur the first of next month.
There seems to be good prospects that the proposed road between Battle Creek and Grand Rapids will be built. The extension from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven is already built, while the route of the road proper has been surveyed. The line strikes a chain of beautiful lakes and lies through a country that is nearly level.—Detroit News. The News is some what ahead of the times.
At the fire department’s election last night G. A. Bottje was re-elected secretary and treasurer of the department. Mr. Bottje has held that office for about 15 consecutive years and is the oldest officer in the department in point of years of service. Chief Palmer has been a fireman about the same period but not an officer for so many consecutive years as Mr. Bottje.
The steps on the Franklin St. side of the Court House are about completed.
The wreckage found off Muskegon is now thought to be from the schooner Evra Fuller which was wrecked off Racine some weeks ago.
The case of the people vs. Sam T. Nyland who is accused of giving a worthless duck to landlord Rosbach of the Kirby House, and was arrested here last August is on before circuit court today.
The Woman’s Club met as usual Saturday afternoon. The program was furnished by the Science Committee on science and educated was executed. Music was furnished by the Misses Beaudry and Martin. The following program for the next meeting was announced: Internal Improvements, Mrs. John Koster; Steamboats and Water ways, Mrs. Finch; Great Engineering feats, Mrs. Sommers.
It was discovered late yesterday afternoon that the Spring Lake House had been looted and robbed of several hundred dollars worth of silverware and other articles. The hotel is not occupied after the summer season and the robbery could easily enough be accomplished. It is supposed to have been done Saturday night. The burglars forced an entrance through a window on the lower floor. The perpetrators of the theft it is thought do not live over a thousand miles from Spring Lake and the officers are hard at work on the case.
Wm. H. Loutit’s recently launched steamer the Pentland, which has been at Johnston’s Bros. Works in Ferrysburg to receive her boiler was brought down last night and tied at the D., G. H. & M. dock just north of the freight house. Here the machinery will be placed in the boat.
A trip to the greenhouses of Geo. Hancock just now would repay the flower lover. The Chrysanthemum show now on exhibition there is in itself, a marvel of beauty. Chrysanthemum is one of the most beautiful flowers in the floral kingdom and the variety of colors adds to their novelty. The chrysanthemum season only lasts about six weeks and if you want to see this beautiful display in all its glory, now is the time to visit the green houses. Mr. James Hancock would be pleased to show the visitors around in connection with chrysanthemums several large green houses are filled with the sweet smelling violet and many other floral plants.
A thirty-five foot flag pole will surmount the tower of the new Court House.
Every time a joke is cracked on Muskegon at a play in this city, the audience go wild as was attested last night in Ole Olson.
Mr. Dyk the father of Henry Dyk who was killed by Frank DeVries while trying to enter Wm. Kooyer’s store at Noordeloos is attending the trial today. He wept at intervals during the examination of witnesses.
The indiscriminate exchange of lead pencils among school pupils is condemned by the Minnesota health commissioners who say that putting the pencil in the mouth is a common habit, and that diphtheria and other diseases are often transmitted in this way. If pupils cannot be forbidden to lend or exchange pencils, he says that the janitors must disinfect the pencil every day. The man who habitually steals other people’s lead pencils should make note of this.
Lamont Postoffice Robbed.
Sheriff Keppel was telephoned late last night that the postoffice at Lamont had been burglarized. He left for there at once to get the particulars.
The postmaster at Lamont is Nicholas Scanlan. He stated that he left the postoffice last night to attend his lodge and upon return found that the office had been entered and $97.46 stolen. He immediately telephoned for officers and Sheriff Lamoroux of Kent county and also Sheriff Keppel were both at the scene. The office is supposed to have been entered about 8 o’clock, the small panes of the window smashed and the money taken from the till.
The following from this morning’s Muskegon News:
“Monday night Deputy sheriff Sterenberg left on the steamer Racine for Chicago armed with a warrant for Joe Neusmer and Mrs. John Cooper, who, it is believed eloped. The officer spent the time at Grand Haven while the boat remained there, looking around but found no clue. Continuing on his way to Chicago, he went straight to the home of a friend of Mrs. Cooper, who had eloped form this city two years ago, where he found Neusmer and his trunk and secured a clue to Mrs. Cooper’s whereabouts. It is supposed her clothes are in Neusmer’s trunk. The officer wired for requisition papers for which Sheriff Smith left last night for Lansing and will send them at 1 p.m. today.”
A trip through Geo. Hancock’s green houses reminds one of the Horticultural building at the World’s Fair.
Rev. C. A. Cutler a former M. E. pastor at Lamont has been found guilty of forgery and will have a trial before the M. E. conference.
The case of the People vs. Frank DeVries for manslaughter is in Circuit Court today. A jury was obtained quickly enough, considering the excitement the affair created and the general knowledge and opinion of the case. Mr. Schillman, the hired man of Wm. Kooyer, Wm. Kooyer and Frank DeVries were on the witness stand during the morning. Their testimony was in substance what has been mentioned before. G. J. Diekema is Mr. DeVries’ attorney. The court room during the day was not unusually crowded with spectators and the general opinion was that the defendant would be acquitted. All the testimony was in the afternoon and the lawyers began their arguing.
The jury in the Dyk’s manslaughter case returned a verdict of not guilty this afternoon and Frank DeVries is now a free man.
The largest audience of the season filled the Opera House last night which in itself testifies the popularity of the play Ole Olson. Ole was the same old Ole as on his previous visit last season and rounds of applause greeted him at every comical point. Miss Lottie Williams the soubrette of the play proved very popular but the hit of the evening was made by Ole’s dwarf brother Olaf who for his recitations and songs was encored a number of times.
The silverware stolen from the Spring Lake Hotel has been found and restored to its rightful place. The thieves after entering the hotel placed the silverware in a trunk. This trunk they placed in a hole near the building and covered it with sawdust. The hiding place of the stolen goods was discovered yesterday. It was evidently the intention of the thieves to call for the trunk after a certain period thinking the booty safe enough in the sawdust heap. In this they were foiled. The date of the burglary is not exactly known though it is thought to have been last Saturday night.
The following which appeared in the Detroit Free Press last Sunday will be of interest to citizens.—Battle Creek. November 4.—Mr. J. Q. Cressy, the civil engineer who has been going over the survey of the new railroad form here to Grand Rapids, arrived in this city last evening and was called upon by a number of our citizens, who are interested in the project. Mr. Cressy is the engineer who surveyed the old Mansfield & Coldwater Road through Michigan, and is intimately acquainted with this section. For this reason he has been engaged by an English syndicate to go over the route and make a report to them. It is this syndicate that contemplates the purchase of the bonds. Mr. Cressy has walked every foot of the way from Grand Haven via Grand Rapids to Battle Creek. From Grand Haven to Grand Rapids the road-bed is already for the iron, and the road is an ideal one, the greatest grade is only four feet to the mile. For many miles it is perfectly level. Nearly the whole distance is an air line. From Grand Rapids to Battle Creek the line is already surveyed. It runs through Hastings, Banfield and Bedford, and the finest farm lands in the state.
Ira G. Hicks, the St. Louis weather prophet, gives the coming winter a very bad character for cold and storms.
Grand Haven is still disgraced with poor sidewalks in many parts of the city. The sidewalk ordinance should be more strictly enforced.
One of our prominent citizens was heard to say today that there would be a fortune in a street car line for this city.
Marshal Klaver arrested John Coleman for drunkenness yesterday and also Thomas Foley for vagrancy. Both were sentenced to six days in jail.
S. H. Boyce hers nothing from Capt. Tremper in regard to the schooner Robert Howlett ashore on Skilagalee Reef. The place where the wreck occurred is an out of the way place and hard to communicate by mail or telegraph.
Dr. B. B. Godfrey of Hudsonville while here visiting the match factory and expressed himself in flattering terms of that hustling institution.
One of Wm. VanDresser’s valuable bird dogs was poisoned this morning and it was found necessary to shoot the animal.
The palace steamer City of Milwaukee closes the season tonight by making her last trip to Milwaukee. The City will make her winter quarters at this port.
G. B. Parks has on exhibition in Hutty’s drug store a number of scripts of wild cat currency under date of 1838, issued by Robinson, White & Williams. Denomination 12½ cents. One of these was made out to Thos. D. Gilbert one of the early pioneers, now of Grand Rapids.
The case of the People vs. Triestje Soureur of Spring Lake for alleged attempt at poisoning has been nolle prossed, and Triestje was released from the county jail yesterday afternoon. The woman was arrested last summer at the instance of her husband who charged her with attempt to poison him with paris green. The woman was lodged in jail here and has been in jail ever since. Since her imprisonment the husband has made up with the spouse and when released yesterday she left for her old home to again live, regardless of the serious jangle.
The shelving on the west side of Dr. Mastenbroek’s drug store toppled over about 9 o’clock this morning. The wreck was a bad one, show cases were demolished and acids, powders and drugs of all kinds were mixed promiscuously over the floor. The store presented a sorry looking plight, immediately after the tumble. Nearly everything on the shelves that tumbled were destroyed, and it took all day to clear the wreck. The loss of so much valuable stock and material is a bad blow to the doctor. The store was to be opened today for the first time. Dr. Mastenboek says the loss will be $500.
Deputy game warden, Thomas Hammond of Spring Lake is making it hot for illegal fishermen and is the right man in the right place. Last week he arrested Wm. Richardson, who is also known in this county by the name of Jesse James. He brought Richardson before Justice Chas. M. Kay of Spring Lake where he was fined $7.00. Yesterday Mr. Hammond arrived with two Spring Lake township men who had received sentences of ten days each in the county jail for fishing with nets in the river. Mr. Hammond gives warning to all fish and game law violators that he will arrest and prosecute all of them to the full extent of the law.
Dwight Sheldon’s new residence is now being finished.
One of our aldermen has suddenly acquired a splendid taste for candy.
The acquittal of Frank DeVries on the charge of manslaughter meets with nearly everyone’s approval. The jury was about 30 minutes.
A very thick fog prevailed last evening and this morning, and the tugs in leaving kept up a continual din by their whistling.
Fred J. Calkins of Chicago, one of the principal owners of the Spring Lake Hotel, breakfasted at the Cutler this morning. He is here to find out if anything is missing from the hotel, it having been entered and looted last Sunday.
Neusmer the man who is supposed to have eloped with Mrs. Kuiper the Muskegon woman has been captured and is now a prisoner in Muskegon county jail.
Speaking of his capture the Muskegon Chronicle says: “The capture of Neusmer and his return to Michigan without requisition papers is interesting. It was supposed that he went away Saturday night in company with Mrs. Kuiper. Monday evening deputy Sterenberg boarded the boat armed with a warrant for the couple’s arrest on a charge of forgery. After the boat had left Grand Haven and was still on the Michigan side the deputy met Nuesmer bound for Chicago. He at once took him into custody and when Chicago was reached took him to one of the police stations where he was locked up and held until a short time before the night train on the Michigan Central Ry., left the city. He was then taken to the depot at the foot of Lake St. and was induced to accompany Mr. Sterenberg.”
Neusmer had Mrs. Kuiper’s trunk with him on board the boat. He says that he left Muskegon Thursday night to visit his brother in Spring Lake and so informed the Kuipers’ with whom he was boarding. On Monday night he took the Goodrich boat from this city although deputy sheriff Sterenberg of Muskegon who was here looking for him did not know it.
He claims that he was going to visit his brother Ed in Englewood. “I have known for some time that Mrs. Kuiper intended to leave her husband, and other boarders also knew it he stated. When I was packing my trunk she asked me if she could put some of her clothes in it, and when I found out where she was could send them to her. The deputy arrested me just as I left Grand Haven. It was the first I knew of the forgery. I saw the deputy in Grand Haven before we left the dock and if he would have been looking for me very hard he could have arrested me there.”
“My brother Ed whom I was going to visit at Englewood, is the one who shot my father here one Fourth of July evening. He died in about seven hours. Ed got three years in the state prison, and served two and one half years. The shooting was the result of a drunken quarrel and my brother did not intend to kill my father.”
Mrs. Kuiper is supposed to be in Chicago.
The scaffolding and elevator on the west side of the new Court House has been torn down.
The steamer Valley City now at Toledo has had her boilers overhauled and new smoke stack built. Mr. Craig who owns the boat says she can be brought back to Grand River if guaranteed a certain amount of freight.
Miss Cora Goodenow county superintendent of schools is making an effort to have the schools of the county use report cards to send home to parents that they may see the standing of their children in their studies.
It is thought that Deputy Sterenberg of Muskegon will return from Illinois with Mrs. Kuiper today.
The brick masons have completed their work at the Court House and the stone masons have only a few days more. The slating of the roof is progressing.
Boys who have a penchant for breaking electric light globes had better beware. A fine of $5 will be affixed to all such and the marshal will arrest every boy who breaks one.
Many of the sidewalks of the city are in such shape that they might figure in a law suit at any time. A North Muskegon woman obtained a verdict of $2,500 against that town for injuries sustained in a defective walk.
The Goodrich steamer City of Racine made her last trip of the season from here to Chicago last night. The Racine will arrive here tomorrow morning go to Muskegon and from thence direct to Milwaukee. The balance of the season she will ply between Chicago and Milwaukee with the Indiana. During the season she has not met with an accident and has carried thousands of people to the beautiful White City.
The steamer R. C. Reid and Chicora will form a winter freight line between Chicago and St. Joe.
Owing to the dense fog that prevailed on the west shore of Lake Michigan last night, the steamer City of Milwaukee did not leave until this morning at 7:45, reaching Grand Haven in time for the 2:00 p. m. train. The fog still prevails on the lake. The propeller Roanoke reached Milwaukee at 7:30 a. m.
The yacht Gadabout of Salem, Massachusetts was in port last night and this morning with a party of hunters returning from Onekema to Saugatuck. The Gadabout is owned by Col. Upham a millionaire manufacturer of Salem. The Gadabout was here last summer with the owner on board. She remained on Lake Michigan and at the World’s Fair this season.
White fish are being caught in small quantities by the local fishermen lately and one of the fish dealers of the city predicts that ere many years they will return to Lake Michigan in the same big schools as before. White fish some ten years ago were the principal fish caught here, but they disappeared as though exterminated and very few have been caught of late years.
A clinker row boat was stolen from Mrs. L. Fiedler of Spring Lake last summer, and was located by Thomas Hammond in this city this week. The man who had it, bought it sometime ago, but was obliged to give it up to the deputy.
A Successful Season.
The palace steamer City of Milwaukee has closed another very successful business season. From the start from Port Huron to Milwaukee on April 29th the steamer has not had one hour’s delay on account of her machinery. The electric lights have also given entire satisfaction during the season. The electric light system was put in when the boat was in quarters at Port Huron last winter.
Owing to the World’s Fair the steamer has made a great many excursion trips from Milwaukee to Chicago during the summer, many times double trips were made between the Cream City and Chicago from Saturday night until Monday morning.
During the season the boat has crossed Lake Michigan 167 times and has made 68 round trips to Muskegon and 36 round trip excursions from Milwaukee to Chicago and return. Including the distance from Port Huron to Milwaukee over 23000 miles have gone over this season.
The City of Milwaukee has long had the reputation for comfort to passengers and good sailing, and is one of the best officered boats on the lakes. The only thing to mar the season was the death of Capt. Smallman, who had commanded the steamer for many years.
After the steamer is properly laid up, she will be left at her old winter quarters, resting unit the first of the new year when the D., G. H. & M. Company will put men on to make the necessary repairs and have the boat in first-class condition for the coming season, which will commence about the first of May, 1894.
Mr. S. H. Boyce received a telegram this morning from Capt. Tremper of the schooner Robert Howlett stating that the boat was off the rocks and was taken to Cheboygan. The dispatch said nothing as to the boat’s condition.
A dispatch to the Detroit Free Press from St. Ignace says: The schooner Robert Howlett was brought in form Skillagalee Reef this morning by the tugs Howard and Saugatuck. The Howlett stranded some ten days ago. Her crew all remained on board and were in great danger form the heavy seas running when the tugs succeeded in taking them off last night. One steam pump keeps the vessel from water. After a diver patches up the leaks the Howlett will be towed to Manistee.
Of the towns and post offices of the county twenty-one are nearer Grand Haven than Holland.
The new boat Pentland has been moved to above the south channel bridge.
Mrs. Kuiper the eloping Muskegon woman has eluded officer Sterenberg and it is not known now whether she is in Illinois or not.
A big lot of glass arrived for the new Court House today through the American Mirror and Glass Beveling Company.
The tug Augur brought in 1,100 pounds of fish Saturday from one night’s setting. This is said to beat the record for that length of time.
A Mr. Arthur of Grand Rapids advertises in the TRIBUNE that he wishes to get acquainted with a dark eyed Holland or German girl between 17 and 25 years of age, with matrimony as his object.
Van Weelden & Son have completed building the sewer in the new Court House and are now raising the walks in front of Capt. Loutit’s lots on Washington St., the required level.
The storm drove into this port yesterday three vessels heavily laden with lumber from Ashland to Chicago. The vessels were the steamer Chas. Rietz and consort barges A. L. Potter and John Mark. It is only occasionally that vessels from Lake Superior come in here.
The C. & W. M. has built six snowplows this summer for use on the line this winter. The road is making a change in the size of the wheels under its coaches from 42 inch paper to 36 inch steel. The latter are considered just as serviceable and cheaper. They have a “cast” centre and steel rim.
Representative Caruth introduced in Congress on the closing day of the extraordinary session a bill extending the benefits of the marine hospital service to the keepers and crews of the life saving station. The measure was referred to the committee on commerce.
It is estimated by the officers of the steamboat inspection service that between 600,000,000 and 700,000,000 of passengers were carried on merchant vessels of the United States during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1893.
Col. Wm. Ludlow, U. S. engineer in charge of the harbors along the east shore of Lake Michigan, ahs been ordered to London, England, as military attaché of the U. S. legation there. He will be succeeded by Lt. Col. Lydecker.
The Ferris wheel carried 1,453,611 passengers during the fair period, and at the stockholder’s meeting in the Rookery building yesterday Secretary Vincent showed gross receipts of $725,805.50. The bonds $300,000 in all, have been paid and $150,000 clear profit will be divided among the stockholders.
November is the month of meteors. During this month the earth plunges through what is known as the meteor zone, which is an immense eclipse that contains innumerable fiery orbs which get into a huddle every 33 years and then make a grand pyrotechnic display in the heavens as old earth goes past. This is not a year of a big display but still more falling stars are noticeable than in other months.
Ludington now has ghost stories.
The man of war Michigan sails from Chicago for Erie today to go in winter quarters.
Duluth and West Superior have the nerve to ask congress for $100,000,000 for the improvement of their harbors.
Grand Haven city gets more primary school interest money than any other town in the county and Robinson the least.
The people of the Church of God are starting a weekly religious newspaper at McBride to propagate their peculiar views. Some of the faithful have mortgaged their farms to support the new enterprise.
It is remarkable the amount of white fish that are now being caught by fishermen off this port. They have suddenly appeared here after an absence of a number of years. The Auger brought in 1100 pounds from one night’s setting last Saturday and 800 again today.
A few weeks and we will be right in the midst of the holiday season.
Dwight Sheldon is now occupying his fine new residence on Washington St.
Robt. McKim is opening a carpenter shop in the old Griffin building, Washington and First. Sts.
Marshal Klaver arrested John Higgie for drunkenness last night and he was sent to jail for six days by Justice Pagelson this morning.
Officer Chas Christmas arrested Clarence Patrick Gillmore on the street last evening while the latter was gloriously drunk. Gillmore claimed to be a deserter for the Fusiliers, the British troops at the World’s Fair this summer. At any rate he was a typical Irishman and furnished no end of fun in Justice Pagelson’s court this morning where he was sentenced to six days in jail.
The second snow storm of the fall occurred today. The snow did not last long but served as a reminder of what we can expect the next four months.
The court house building committee at its meeting yesterday discussed the interior furnishings of the new court house and where the desks and other furnishings should be placed. It will be still further discussed at a meeting to be held next Monday.
A scale is being constructed for N. Robbins, Jr., near his office.
A shoe drummer here yesterday asked if he would visit Muskegon, said “No use, no use, I’ll try my luck in Nunica and Coopersville.”
It cost over $1,890,000 to place the staff and sculpture work on the buildings at Jackson Park and give them collectively the name of the White City.
One of the narrowest escapes from a serious collision ever recorded occurred during the recent fog and is related by Capt. McGregor, of the steamer Boyce. The Boyce had been enroute from Elk Rapids, Mich., to Milwaukee ass the while in a dense fog sounding signals at regular intervals less than a minute apart without hearing anything. Suddenly, shortly after daylight Saturday morning the sound of a horn was heard in response to the Boyce’s signal. Capt. McGregor peered through the mist and encountered the canvas of a large scow-built schooner which was crossing the Boyce’s bow dead ahead and only a short distance away. An order to the wheelmen to put his helm hard over was quickly obeyed and responded to by the Boyce which struck the schooner’s mainboom and pushed it in-board as she swept by her quarter. Owing to the fog Capt. McGregor could not make out the name of the vessel.—Evening Wisconsin.
The project to build a gravel road from the city limits to Robinson is beginning to assume a feasible form. At a meeting held Saturday night at the Red school house in Robinson over $200 worth of work was subscribed as follows: Abraham Mastenbroek, 10 days team work; Fred Berg, 12 days; Wm. Farr, 5 days; C. E. Stearns, 10 days; Fred Rethke, 10 days; A. J. Knight, 10 days; Gotlieb Frtiz, 5 days; Fred Kieft, 5 days; and James Richardson, 5 days manual labor. Team work is worth about $3 per day and manual labor on the road $1.50. H. Bosch has also promised to give $100 worth of gravel for the road. Another meeting will be held at Clark’s school house in Robinson November 25.
The buildings at the Fair are nearly empty.
The Ohio state building at the World’s Fair was sold for $300.
Foster the weather prophet says that he will have winter weather from November 25 to December 9.
Muskegon county yesterday by a majority of 614 voted to have a county road system.
The pluck of Wm. H. Loutit was shown by his building a large new vessel and giving employment to a great many men all summer. Nearly every ship yard on the lakes were idle but the Grand Haven Ship Building Co., was an exception.
Detroit News: A new convert in the ranks of the Salvation Army at Pontiac got rid of the following remarks in telling his experience: “If I’ve done anything that I am sorry for, I am glad of it. And I hope that I will continue on the same to the end. I hope if I live to die I will go to heaven.”
Already the small boy is out with his sleigh.
Occasionally the tugs Deer and Elk find in their nets a monster white fish of the same species known as Lake Superior.
Percy Kirby is now studying law in the office of W. I. Lillie and D. F. Pagelson.
Wm. Anderson of this city has been appointed to the important position of road master of the D. G. H. & M. Ry., made vacant by the death of Mr. McKay at Grand Rapids last week. Mr. Anderson has been connected with the road for many years and his appointment is a deserving one.
The Lake Carriers finance committee has raised the wages of watchmen, wheelmen, firemen, oilers, sailors and cooks, on consorts, from $1 to $1.25 per day, the advance taking effect immediately. The wages of the deck hands will be $20 per month. The light house board is to be asked to leave buoys as long as the navigation is open.
The mason work in the new court house is about to begin.
The glass alone for the new court house is said to have cost over $2000.
Eighteen young men are attending D. C. Wach’s night school.
Farmers are beginning to bring wood to town.
A. Mastenbroek estimates that the gravel for the proposed road between here and Robinson will cost $700.
Think it Over.
Why is it that merchants can come here from other cities and open a store with the intention of staying only through the holidays. They pay no taxes nor license of any kind and claim to be selling at cost prices. The fact is they are selling no cheaper than our home merchants are doing, but in the few weeks they remain they take out many a dollar which belongs at home. If the city ordinance can not touch these transient merchants, who cannot make a living in their own town, then the people should open their eyes and do the best thing possible and that is to refuse to patronize them. You can buy of home merchants just as cheap, probably better goods, and have the consolation of knowing the money remains in the city. The writer is not harmed directly by such merchants but feels that the merchants of the city and the citizens in general are injured indirectly.
The air has that crisp winter feeling.
The Canadian coast of Lake Superior is about as isolated and unconmunicable at some periods of the year as Iceland.
The annual ball to be given by Co. F on Thanksgiving Day night is becoming a topic of discussion among society young people.
An old sailor was telling today of the time when vessels could obtain $6.50 per thousand for their cargoes of lumber. That was in the 70s but has dropped about $5 since then.
Central School 1892
“For some reason or other I don’t like our Central school” said a citizen the other day. It looks like a fire trap. Supposing a fire should start and get headway before discovered. It would sweep up to the top floors in short order. Of course such a thing is hardly possible, but if —and that word if is a mighty one.
The question is often heard “what will become of the old court house.”
The court house masons are shipping their material back to Holland.
There are 244 life saving stations in the union of which 49 are on the great lakes.
Grand Haven’s educational exhibit which formed part of the Michigan school exhibit in the Liberal Arts building at the World’s Fair has been returned from Chicago.
The TRIBUNE is informed that the ghost scare is no longer a mystery. The person’s first name who has acted that role is Charlie and he lives in the 3d ward.
All Ottawa county can well feel proud of the fine Court House it has reared this summer. Comparing the old building with the new building is out of the question. When completed next spring, Grand Haven can lay claim to having one of the handsomest county buildings in the state.
There are three gentlemen in Grand Haven who have served in the State House of Representatives. They are T. W. Ferry, 1851, R. W. Duncan, 1855 and J. V. B. Goodrich, 1887-89. T. W. White, long since dead, was a member of the House in 1844. J. B. Perham of Spring Lake served from 1881 to 1883. T. W. Ferry was in the State Senate in 1857-58 and Geo. A. Farr from 1879 to 1882.
The gentlemen who are delivering the “Biographical Records of Muskegon and Ottawa Counties” are not having a picnic and a number of cases are reported of parties having write ups and refusing to pay. Fred Warber of this city is one of the number. Last summer a gentleman called on Mr. Warber and asked him a number of questions in regard to his life, etc., saying that he was making preparations to get out a biography. When he got all the facts he wanted the man inquired of Mr. Warber how his name was spelled. Mr. Warber had his wife write it down, the stranger directing her where to sign it. Mr. and Mrs. Warber supposed they were merely writing their name on a piece of paper but it transpired that it was a blank note. When the collector called at Mr. Warber’s house yesterday the latter gentleman was indignant at being imposed upon to the tune of $15 and refused to pay it, claiming his name was placed on the note by the fraudulent action of the “write up man.” A number of other gentlemen of this city are sad to be in about the same trouble.
The Log Mountain Coal, Coke and Lumber Co., of Pineville, Ky., in which a number of Grand Haven people are interested is said to contain one of the richest and largest veins of cannel coal in the world.
The peppermint industry in the vicinity of Ravenna and Moorland is being rapidly developed. Tracts of low land which a few years ago were considered almost worthless are now being reclaimed and planted to peppermint, which if well cultivated, yields from twenty to thirty pounds of oil to the acre.
If you take up a stray animal the law requires that you must within ten days give notice to your town clerk, then you advertise the animal in your local paper and six days after such advertisement you apply to a justice to sell the animal. He issues a warrant to the constable who gives ten days notice by posters and you get all your expenses. The penalty of taking a stray animal and not giving a notice is $5, and besides the owner can come upon your place and take it away without paying you.
The Ferris wheel at the Fair is still turning.
Several deer have been killed near Fruitport recently.
The stone barge Francis Hinton is in port with a cargo of stone. [pier construction]
Levi Wickham is making repairs to the basement under the Post Office preparatory to moving his barber shop there.
Home talent generally does fill the Opera House and last evening when “Uncle Josh” was produced under the auspices of the King’s Daughters was no exception. W. A. Gray acted the role of Uncle Josh the old farmer and an old timer at the play could not have done better. His was a difficult part and at the same time one of the most amusing parts, varying from jollity and tears and without a warm hearted good natured personage. Capt. Geo. W. McBride acted the part of the drunkard in an acceptable manner. D. C. Wachs was so well disguised that he was not distinguished until the bald part of his head was seen. F. C. Buxton, W. Heavy, Mat Chambers and Misses L. Ingraham, N. Squier, M. Ferry and Eva Craw all did well. Master Eddie and Penny Gray and little Miss Kittie Wells pleased the audience by their singing and the Lyman brothers captured the house in singing and dancing. Much favorable comment was heard of the orchestra under the direction of Miss I. Thomson. The ladies quartette composed of Mesdames VanderVeen, Koster, Boyce and Sowler furnished a song between the first and second acts and the male quartette appeared in the garb of agriculturists in a number of selections.
Lake shore farmers are agitating the building of gravel roads.
The steamer Roanoke did not arrive today probably waiting for the sea to abate.
Herman VanZantwick while out gunning back of Spring Lake bagged a fine red fox and two rabbits.
Capt. Honner the genial commander of the steamer Wisconsin, shot all the small game there was between Spring Lake and Fruitport yesterday and will soon make a raid on the bear and deer in that vicinity.
Mrs. Kuiper Returns.
Mrs. Rynus Kuiper, the Muskegon whom is supposed to have eloped with Joe Nuesmer, has been captured and is now a prisoner in the Muskegon jail. She left Muskegon Saturday night November 4th and went to the home of Mrs. E. M. Everett, nee Rice, a former friend of her’s who once lived in Grand Haven.
She was arrested in Chicago Wednesday, the necessary requisition papers having just been signed by Gov. Altgeld.
The Muskegon Chorinicle says: Since Mrs. Kuiper has been in Chicago she has been making efforts, through her attorney, Meyers, to have the Lumberman’s Bank here, where the money was obtained, take the money back. For this reason, Mrs. Kuiper says, she left the money with Mr. Meyers, but whether he returned it or not she does not know. When asked why she went away she said: “Because he (meaning her husband) never said a good word to me. He did not work last summer and because the money went, he said I spent it foolishly. So it has been for 24 years, and all the time I have worked hard for six or seven boarders.” She further said that she will not return to her home.
Gets One Year.
Sam T. Nyhard who was found guilty at the recent term of circuit court of obtaining money on false pretense of landlord Phillip Rosbach of the Kirby House was yesterday sentenced to one year in Jackson penitentiary by Judge Padgham.
Nyhard it will be remembered gave Mr. Rosbach a check on a Grand Rapids bank. When the National Bank of this city attempted to collect, the Grand Rapids bank protested as Nyhard had no deposit with them. He was arrested and his conviction followed. At nearly every turn of court this year, Ottawa county has furnished a prisoner from one of the state penitentiaries.
Notice is hereby given that I will not pay any account of my children’s transacting and I warn all not to trust them on my account on and after this date.
November 17, 1893.
Thought It Over.
Having thought over very carefully the kick made by “CITIZEN” in Wednesday’s TRIBUNE about merchants who don’t pay any taxes etc., I, as a laboring man and one of the consumers who I think “citizen” means to address would like to be favored with a little space in your paper to make a few comments on the same. He says “he is not harmed directly by such merchants,” but I don’t think it requires a cross-eyed person to read between the lines that citizen is one of our local merchants and I want to say right here that it would bee a good thing for the merchants themselves to practice what they preach if they expect the laboring classes or the consumers to do so. I could mention the names of a number of our merchants who make purchases of clothing, shoes and other things abroad when the same at home and leave the money here.
One of our leading shoe merchants only recently bought a suit of clothes in Grand Rapids while another merchant I know always buys his shoes in Chicago.
Mr. Citizen and others of his class had better get the beam out of there own eyes before trying to get the mote out of their neighbor’s eyes.
Our butchers too each year begin to kick when farmers peddle meat in the city and did you ever notice, Mr. Editor, that every one of them belong to that party which advocates the principle “buy where you can buy the cheapest.: How consistent our merchants are. Backed up by the union they have, they charge their own price for goods and kick when some outsider comes in to undersell them. When wages of laboring men are reduced 20 per cent do they reduce the price of the goods any? Wheat is down below 50 cts. Is flour down proportionately? When the merchant has printing or advertising to do does he pay the price the printer asks or does he go from one to another telling what the other will do it for until he gets it done at about the price of the ink?
Must labor stand it all? Would citizens rob the laborer, (whose wages are now down below the rock bottom living price) of the privilege of buying where he can buy the cheapest while he whose income is protected by a union that keeps profits up to a high margin, may buy where he pleases?
Then there is another phase to the question. Citizen tells about “having consolation of knowing the money remains in the city.” A heap of consolation that is to us, Mr. Citizen, when we see the merchants retiring from businesses with a nice little fortune, while you can’t borrow from them at less than 10 per cent and then only on good security. If such men would use their money to start the idle furniture factory or starts some other labor employing industry, it might be a consolation to know your money was going to stay in town, but if it is to be locked away in the bank, what difference does it make to the laboring man. I think he better look out for number one under such conditions.
Why is it that merchants in this city can’t compete with merchants in other cities? They have not the rent to pay that merchants in other cities have and charge more for their goods. The writer thinks that if a few more merchants from other cities would come here they would be well patronized until merchants here would drop their union and sell for the same price, like merchants in other cities do.
John Brandstetter has a handsome new jewelry case.
Thus far it has been an uneventful season at the life saving station.
The windows are being placed in the new Court House.
A big party of Grand Rapids hunters have been on the river this week.
Capt. Lysaght has received notice that the Grand Haven life saving station will go out of commission December 10th.
Gus Hubert has purchased all the stone that was left over at the court house and is having it removed to his place on Fulton street.
Geo. Hancock has in his green houses a banana tree and also a fig tree. They have born fruit it does not seem to mature in this climate.
The person who took the turkey and goose from J. Baker’s store last night had better return them as the boys are on to them and will make it a dear Thanksgiving dinner. X.
More slate is arriving for the Court House.
Ice breakers are being built for the protection of the Spring Lake bridge.
The Elk and Deer are the only fish tugs out today.
A laborer says, “why is it that a merchant in this city can’t compete with merchants in other cities. Not so much rent to pay and charge more for goods,” which is a falsehood. I will give Mr. Laborer, who ever he is, $10 in cash if he can buy as cheap (In any larger city than this) as I sell at. You can pick out 25, 50 or 100 different articles which are on sale at my regular prices and if they do not average lower in price and just as good in quality the $10 is yours. Furthermore the people that buy their goods in other towns pay more for same quality than they could buy at home for (which is none of our business.) Laborer will probably say he did not mean me; then do not say merchants, and, if you do, sign your own name in full like a man. I say and always have said, buy where you can do best whether here or elsewhere. I for one think it very poor trash to have printed in our daily paper. I take it as a down right insult to every merchant in this city.
C. N. ADDISON.
Capt. Dykes of the Maggie M. Avery can kick as high as his head, which few men of his age can do.
An electric railroad to run 100 miles an hour between Chicago and St. Louis is projected.
At ten o’clock Wednesday night the scow Mackinac with a cargo of 800,000 feet of lumber broke loose from her tow and went on the beach at Muskegon.
The new engine for the Electric Light Plant is on its way and will be put in the first of next month. The ground is being broke for the engine bed now. The engine is of Watertown make, with 60 horse power capacity and capable of running two dynamos.
The “Laborer” in yesterdays TRIBUNE makes a mistake when he accuses all the merchants of Grand Haven of charging more for goods than is charged in other cities. D. A. Lane has never charged more for goods than any other legitimate store of the kind in Michigan. He stands ready at all times to meet any first class competition. The holidays are approaching, and in a few days Mr. Lane will open up a large assortment of toys, plush goods, albums, standard works in books, a beautiful assortment of gift books, in fact every thing in the line of holiday goods to gladden the hearts of the children and carry the old folks back to their youth, and remember the prices will be as low as the lowest, and we respectively invite Mr. Laborer or any one who thinks as he does, to thoroughly investigate and see if the above is true. Patronize those, that are anxious to save you money.
It took Muskegon bicyclers one hour and fifteen minutes to return home from this city last Sunday.
Japan is to have a World’s Fair in 1895 to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the removal of its capital from Kyoto to Tokyo.
The Dorr Times gets off the following: “Blessed is the man, who this season of the year, can look out his back door upon a big fat woodpile.”
The fourth ward lays claim to being one of the most important wards of the city from the fact that in that ward is located the Corn Planter works, the tannery, two broom factories, Hancock’s green houses and some of the best celery land in this vicinity.
This forenoon Mrs. Johannes Kuiper was arraigned before Justice Collins on the charge of forgery. Her examination was set for tomorrow morning at nine o’clock. The examination of Joe Nuismer, held on a similar charge, is set for next Monday. Both defendants are in jail in default of bail.— Yesterday’s Muskegon Chronicle.
John Slaghuis, a former Grand Haven boy but lately of Muskegon, has secured employment in the glass factory and will reside here again.
Crystal boasts of two of the fattest and largest robins in the state. They are Rev. B. F. Robbins and wife whose collective weight is 449 pounds.
The proposed railroad between here and Battle Creek will run through Bedford, Banfield, Freeport, Gun Lake, Payne Lake, Barlow Lake and Green Lake. This is Michigan’s famous lake region.
Work at taking apart the Ferris wheel has begun. Mr. Ferris is now in the east. He will contract for its erection in Brooklyn before his return.
A rat was caught in a trap in the Star Bakery last Saturday which was a systematic thief. Every morning a California peat was found to be missing. Suspicion pointed toward rodents, with the result of the capture of the thief.
Miss Viola Craw gave a musical recital Saturday evening at her home. The scholars all did credit to themselves. Little Kittie Ball, who had taken lessons only one term, was encored and responded by playing Home Sweet Home.
A number of trees in court house square have been taken up.
The TRIBUNE has it from high Democratic authority that the Republican postmasters of Grand Haven, Muskegon, Holland and Grand Rapids will hold office until their commissions expire. Postmaster Parish’s commission will expire on December 20th and Holland postmaster’s next March.
“The man that says that bears can’t make good time does not know much about the animal” said a local hunter today. “Some years ago I tracked a bear near the lake shore south of this city. The animal kept ahead of me about 15 minutes during the eight or nine miles I kept after him. Wood choppers saw the bear climbing a hill and going along at a shambling get there gate.”
Last Saturday John Kuiper bailed his wife out of Muskegon jail and the couple are living together as of yore. It is understood that Kuiper proposes to attempt to withdraw this week the complaint made by him against his wife. Neusmer threatens to sue Kuiper for false imprisonment. The question is now who will pay the costs which amount to $300.
Mr. T. York the flint gentleman who has the Court House painting contract has left in the TRIBUNE office two valuable petrified relics. They are a petrified sheep’s head and a petrified Indian skull. They were found in Jackson on a farm adjoining the one where the famous Crouch murder occurred and which has ever been a mystery. Mr. York states that he has refused offers of $100 for the skulls.
A writer to the Grand Rapids Herald says: “I had occasioned to visit the harbor at Grand Haven to inspect the terminal and dockage property of the Grand River railroad. I was surprised with the magnitude. And great commercial value which this property and harbor could be made to the city of Grand Rapids if utilized and improved. The building of the Grand River railroad would secure all the advantages of this harbor and give our city deep water navigation the year around. Nearly the whole eastern or southern side of the harbor, a distance of one mile, is owned by the Grand River Railroad company.”
The wreckage found in the lake off Muskegon is now known positively to be from the wrecked schooner Evra Fuller.
Two deer were killed near Mona Lake last week. Bear tracks have also been seen there.
The sashes have all arrived for the court house and the glazing and sashing will all be finished by Tuesday night. Mr. York who has had the painting contract will go to his home in Flint on Wednesday, but will return as soon as the interior wood work is finished.
The sentimental and beautiful Indian name is not found in many places in Ottawa county. True Ottawa county is named after one of the most important tribes that once roamed this territory but not a town in the county is of Indian derivation. The Netherlands fares differently. Holland, Noordeloos, New Groningen, Zeeland, Vriesland, Drenthe, Zutphen and Borculo are all named after towns or provinces of the Netherlands.
John Loch, H. Rogers and L. Kammeraad were never suspected of being illegal fishermen but they came very near being arrested for that offence yesterday. These three gentlemen were looking over some celery land upon the river when they were suddenly surprised by Deputy game warden Thos. Hammond, who was in a dusk boat. Hammond they claimed flourished a revolver and demanded that they should come in the boat wit them as they were his prisoners. They were surprised not knowing what offense they had committed. The cause of it all was a net in the river near where they stood. Hammond thought they had placed it there and probably thought he had made an important capture. After much talking the matter was patched up.
It is remarkable how many residents of Ottawa county were natives of the Empire state. The fact is, New York furnished more of the older residents of the county than any other state in the Union. All through Polkton, Tallmadge and Chester the majority of the older residents of those townships claim the Empire State as their birth place. Coopersville and vicinity is populated with a big colony of people originally from St. Lawrence county, New York and among their number are the most prominent people of Ottawa Co. St. Lawrence county is situated in the northern part of new York upon the river St. Lawrence. The city of Ogdensburg is in that county. One hundred and eight of the subjects in biography of Ottawa and Muskegon county were born in New York. 72 in Michigan, 45 in the Netherlands, 32 in Canada, 26 in Germany, 25 in Ohio, 15 in England, 12 in Ireland, Pennsylvania and Norway furnished 10 and Vermont 9.
Has the city enough to care for or not? Looking over an article in Wednesday’s paper and answers to it in Friday’s paper. I would like to ask a few questions.
1st. Do these transient merchants trust?
2nd. Do they carry their customers through the winter until the middle of the summer?
3rd. When they have all the money they can get, do they leave the city or take care of the poor.
Perhaps you say the merchants here don’t have to trust? Well now then supposing the city consisted all of transient merchants where would the City Fathers get money to pay the monthly pay roll. Of course the poor people that are kept through the winter by our merchants could work for the city and the city could keep them all. Another thing what is the reason when a peddler with a satchel case comes to town which contains not more than 2 or 3 dollars in value, the marshal or deputies are after him like a dog after a rabbit and chase him for ten blocks, out of town or in jail; but it is always as it has been for years the small dog must make room for the big one, and perhaps if — labor as he calls himself was a merchant, and saw merchants come in from outside towns and saw them sell goods to his customer who are owing him a bill and pay the cash to the transient merchants, I think he would feel just as merchants do here.
I think if taxes are 4.71 per hundred it is about time to take in a little money from transient merchants, let them pay taxes or license and the merchants could not kick if they wanted to.
A TAXPAYER NOT A MERCHANT.
Winter sent one of its warnings in the shape of a genuine snow storm today.
Jackson is now connected with the metropolitan cities by long distance telephone.
The TRIBUNE believes that all transient merchants should pay a license, and is not responsible for articles by correspondents.
The steamer Mary A. McGregor, commanded by Capt. Thomas McCambridge arrived from Chicago last night to lay up for the winter.
The four big boats in the river, the Wisconsin, McGregor, city of Milwaukee and the Pentland give the stream a Chicago appearance.
A lady on her way to church fell on one of the disgraceful sidewalks of the city last Sunday and bruised herself quite badly.
The “ghost” is now being seen, it is reported in the vicinity of the Fulton street crossing of the C. & W. M.
The contract for the interior wood work in the Court House will be let today. A number of local carpenters are after the job.
Jos. Neuismer is still in Muskegon jail on a charge of forgery. His bail was fixed at $300 and he was unable to furnish it.
A reading room has been opened in the parlors of the Co. F Armory. The room will be open every evening and a number of the daily papers and magazines kept on file.
Between the C. & W. M. depot and the Washington St. crossing there is a grade of eight feet and many times south bound trains are stalled between those two points.
The “Renaissance Club” of Davenport, Iowa ordered last week from D. A. Lane 1 doz. copies of the “Game of Art Characters” published by Mrs. Macfie of this city and which was awarded a medal at the World’s Fair.
The Michigan world’s fair committee has decided to donate the entire agricultural, horticultural and forestry exhibits to the Michigan Agricultural college.
Two mayors had considerable to do with the building of the new Court House; Mayor Ward of Flint the contractor, and Mayor Bloecker of Grand Haven one of the building committee.
The steamer Douglas would have been brought here for repairs if we had a dry dock to accommodate her. Why is it that the building of a large dry dock in Grand Haven would not pay?
The supreme court has decided that the great lakes are high seas, in considering an act of congress providing for the punishment of offenders on the seas. One of the laws of the seas is that a sailor who scuttles a ship for the purpose of malicious sinking her, shall suffer death.
Winter is only about a month away.
Teachers should warn pupils not to run across lawns on their way to and from school.
Chicken thieves are around. A number of hens were stolen from Mr. H. Haines’ coop the other night.
The graveling of Madison street between Second and Third street between Second and Third streets, has much improved that thoroughfare.
The work of securing names for the proposed Young Men’s Christian Association goes steadily on, and already the members of the Y. M. B. C. W. feel that they will realize their hopes in securing names enough to warrant them in making the change. Have you given your name yet? If not, you should, and so encourage the young men, and make a good investment for yourself.
The employees of the D., G. H. & M. railroad company are expecting every day to receive notice forbidding them to board at any place where liquor is sold, either when on or off duty. A few days ago General Manager Spicer issued a circular notifying the employees that it would be pleasing to the officers of the road if they would find boarding places where liquor is not sold. This was looked upon as a gentle hint and many of the employees here and elsewhere along the line of the road made haste to comply with the request.—G. R. Press.
Reply to Taxpayer.
I don’t think for a moment that the continuation of this transient merchant squabble is going to bear much fruit or bring relief to the laboring classes but yet I feel, after having espoused its cause, that I would be wronging both myself and the labor cause if I forsook my position of defense just as the opposite side had rallied in another offensive attack.
First I wish to say that I hope nothing said or written by “Laborer” is construed as part of the article written by me in Wednesday’s paper. I am not responsible for anything only what I wrote and signed as I sign this.
Now then for Mr. “A Taxpayer not a Merchant,” (Mark here that he does not say that he wasn’t one at one time) I see he makes no reply to my article but asks instead a few questions. Yet what effect do these three queries of his bear to the main question?
Supposing the local merchants here trust and do all else that he asks, does that justify their kicking while they themselves buy where they can buy the cheapest?
He intimates that the merchants support the poor and also furnish the funds for the city pay roll.
Don’t the merchants get the same profits on the goods they sell for poor orders? Don’t the manufacturers and the laboring classes pay the lion’s share of the taxes? And further who pays the merchant’s taxes? He says supposing “the city consisted of all the traditional merchants” and then talks about the poor working for it (the city.)
Where would you get the poor if we were all transient merchants Mr. “Taxpayer, etc.?” That’s all nonsense. The point to get at is this: The merchant by means of an association protects his income or his profits and kicks at outside competition of all outside labor. When his wages a reduced on account of stringent times, he must accept the cut without a murmur for if he don’t want to work at the reduced price there are lots of men in Muskegon that do; and at the same time he must pay the same price for his necessities of life to the merchant. If he buys from and outsider cheap the “citizen” merchants tells him he must open his eyes because he was asleep.
It is certainly is very natural Mr. “A Taxpayer, etc.” for a merchant to stick up for his business but perhaps too if you were a laboring man you would feel as laboring men do.
The Postal Telegraph Co. is about to open an office in this city.
A. M. Furguson still mourns the loss of the four gallon pail of oysters stolen from the front of his restaurant Saturday night.
The American Mirror and Glass Beveling company of this city has begun suit in the Kent Circuit Court against the Michigan Cabinet company of Kent county for $570.58 for material furnished.
Be sure you go to the Co. F ball, Nov. 30th. Tell your friends to go; tell your friend’s friends to go; tell friends of your friend’s friends to go. Don’t let anyone miss such a good time.
The fire department have been thinking for some time of having a monument placed on their lot in the cemetery. John Smith the Holland man who had the contract for the stone work on the Court House has presented a design of a monument and a meeting will be held Saturday to decide whether or not to accept it.
The steamer Atlanta remained here last night and today on a account of the gale.
It was reported this afternoon that wreckage was coming ashore on the beach near the pier.
Last Sunday Deputy Game Warden Thos. Hammond attempted to arrest L. Kammeraad, John Lock and H. Rogers on Roossien’s celery island thinking they were fish law violators. Deputy Hammond became excited while the three Grand Haven men were trying to explain and pulled his revolver on them. Complaint was made against Mr. Hammond and today he was fined $5 and costs by Justice Pagelson for pointing a revolver at the trio.
Grand Haven now has the distinction of having the only weather bureau on the east shore of Lake Michigan. The station at Manistee was discontinued last summer. This shows the importance of Grand Haven as a station. An effort was made to have the station headquarters in the third story of the new court house but on account of the extra expense that would be incurred in fitting up rooms the project fell through. Mr. Felger says that this extra expense would have been more than paid by the Government in rent in a few years. The new court house though farther from the water than the present location of the station is higher and would be better in many respects.
Letters are often times received at Grand Haven postoffice the envelopes of which seem to have been passed through a perforating machine. One was received last night from Georgia, and coming from the yellow fever district it had been perforated and fumigated, showing the great care taken by Uncle Sam to prevent the spread of disease.
John Golden, a Nunica saloon keeper, was before Justice Pagelson this morning charged with selling liquor to a minor. He was bound over to the next term of Circuit Court for trial. Golden’s arrest came about this way. Last Monday a lad of the town under the age of 18 years made himself conspicuous by reeling along the streets of Nunica in an intoxicated condition. The result was the arrest of the saloon keeper Golden for selling liquor to a minor. Golden himself did not sell the youth the liquor, but his bartender.
G. W. McBride, Sherman Boyce, G. VanSchelven and Architect Johnston were in Grand Rapids yesterday getting pointers for the inside furnishings of the new court house.
Geo. W. Ackerman, the former well known assistant at the weather station, is now assistant at the station at Huron, South Dakota. Mr. Donaldson, formerly at the station here, is still at Toledo, Ohio.
Farmers about Ravenna and Moorland are dipping into peppermint culture, and the land that was classed as worthless is becoming highly valuable.
The Ludington life saving crew was detailed to give an exhibition at the World’s Fair and the inspector in charge says that its perfect work was without parallel in the history of the service.
The TRIBUNE has been requested to publish the following: Newcastle, Pa., Nov. 8.—Delegates from twenty labor organizations in this city met yesterday to discuss some method by which working men could live cheaper. The wages of the men have been cut down from 20 to 40 per cent, and it was the sense of the meeting that landlords, grocers, butchers and other merchants should make some cuts in prices. A co-operative scheme was already urged at first, but it was decided to appoint one member from each organization represented, the whole to constitute a committee whose duty it will be to visit the merchants and make a canvass to see which firm will make the greatest discount. It was decided to select one grocer, one butcher, one clothing man, etc., and throw all trade to them, provided, of course, that they will make a reasonable discount. In case this is not done, the men will start a co-operative store.
Thomas Kelly of Keokuk, Ia., writes that evidences of a pre-glacial river have been found, which in earlier ages drained Lake Michigan westward into what is now the Mississippi river.
MR. EDITOR TRIBUNE:—I kindly ask space in your most valuable paper and as I am a poor composer, I call upon my friends James and Walter to assist me in keeping up the argument with Labor as he calls himself, in yesterday’s paper, 1st Jim we ask this man if he calculates to get on a Labor ticket, for some fat county or city office in the spring? 2. Is he directly or indirectly interested to get these transient merchants here? 3. Say Jim don’t it look as if Labor is about ¼ of a lawyer? I think it does. If Labor read article twice he would not answer as he does. Of course you can’t fail in all at once when you want to get on a city or county ticket. You must be very polite and cautious. Anyhow before elections and then after elections? Well then you just look at them who you like best, and not so much at them who voted for you Jim, for he got the office, and he is all right. But Jim, Labor says something, if we were all transient merchants, there would be no poor. Bah, is every one in the city a merchant? The subject is Transient merchant and Taxes. I know Jim I would buy where I wanted and as cheap as I could for cash. Can every one pay cash as these Transient merchants demand? I say no, for the people, may be ever so honest, they can’t all pay cash down, hence they have to ask for trust and they most all get it too. Now Jim we have it again, supposing the city merchants turn around tomorrow and put up a sign on their doors at their place of business for cash only. Where would the people go who run book accounts and are honest too. Walter comes again and has something to say. I know what to do. Let the City put up a general store, and sell at cost and then when the customers get out of money, trust them until further notice. Yes, but the city is pretty deep in debt now. Well then let the customers go to Muskegon and trade there. I have another scheme. What is it Jim? Well, let them go and buy all the sawdust and load it in a boat or vessel and go to Chicago and sell it to the highest bidder. Will you? But I understand Muskegon lake is frozen up, and they can’t get a boat in or out. Well then we let it rest until next spring. Goodbye Jim and Walter, experience is the best teacher. Let Transient merchants pay their lion’s share of the taxes. Yours as ever.
TAXPAYER NOT A MERCHANT.
Aluminum is used in Manistee in the manufacture of horse shoes, and where the average steel shoe weighed twelve ounces, the new one weighs lass than three.
A Grand Rapids mason has the contract for plastering the Court House.
A West Olive boy killed a large wild cat by simply clubbing him over the head.
Mary Behm, the four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Behm of this city, died at four o’clock yesterday afternoon of la grippe after an illness of one week. Funeral from the residence at two p. m., Friday.
John Hall, d. d. and George Krug, vag, were arrested by Marshal Klaver last night. Justice Pagelson this morning gave them 8 and 7 days respectively.
Messes. Glerum, Heiftje, Stuveling & Co. were awarded the contract this afternoon at 4 o’clock for doing the carpentry work on the interior of the new court house.
Deputy Game Warden Hammond yesterday arrested L. Kammeraad, A. Rogers and J. Lock charged with illegal fishing. Brought before Justice Kay of Spring Lake, they gave bail in the sum of $200 each to appear for examination Tuesday next.
The three-masted schooner Badger loaded with coal and bound from Cleveland to Ludington ran in here today out of the big sea. She is completely coated with ice.
The Ariel-Dow Concert company arrived in the city this afternoon from Jackson. Hear them at Akeley College this evening. They come highly recommended.
R. Osterhoff the popular store keeper of Ferrysburg came near being a victim of robbers Tuesday night. He had locked his store and was on his way home when one stepped in front of him and aimed a revolver at his head. Mr. Osterhoff warded off the blow and the would be burglar ran away.
It is dangerous to stand anywhere near a net nowadays, so fierce are game wardens. Three Grand Haven men were looking over celery on the river bank and a deputy tried to arrest them, flourishing a great revolver in the air. There was a net in the river near them, but they didn’t put it there.—Detroit News.
Tuesday night the schooner Wonder, Capt. J. Woltman, loaded with staves left Holland for Milwaukee. Before morning the northwest gale increased in force until it reached a velocity, at one time, of 42 miles an hour, blowing away some of the rigging, and at 2 o’clock yesterday morning drove her on the beach at Two Sisters about five miles south of the city. When the boat first struck her yawl was washed away so that the crew were obliged to take to the rigging until rescued by Chas. Weaver, Fred Behm and John Renwick at 10 a. m. in an exhausted condition. The sufferers were taken to the house of John Renwick where everything was done to make them comfortable, so much so that they were soon themselves again. They feel thankful for their narrow escape and grateful to those who have so kindly cared for them. The schooner was all right at last accounts. Capt. Woltman, who is a cousin of Jurrien Hall of this city, was here today and left for the beach where his ship lies this forenoon, in company with Mr. Woltman. A pet dog belonging to the Captain froze to death on deck before the rescuing party reached him.
W. Phillips of Peach Plains has arrived home from Winons, Minn. Mr. Phillips reports a successful season in marketing fruit and strongly advises growers in Western Michigan to organize in the line of distributing and marketing their own fruit in the great Northwest.
Four well known young men of this city earned for themselves the disreputable name of sneak thieves last evening, if indeed they had not that reputation before, which is not improbable. They sneaked into the back yard of E. L. Van Wormer’s restaurant evidently in search of oysters. Not finding any they appropriated themselves a gallon of mince meat which was in a jar on the back stoop of the restaurant. Said four young men are known, having been watched and if they do not settle with Mr. Van Wormer by tomorrow their names will be published in tomorrow night’s TRIBUNE and they will stand branded as thieves before the people of Grand Haven. In their haste to get away after being detected the four jumped the fence like scared deer and ran towards Columbus St. Sneak thieving is a most despicable crime and is the sure road to Jackson or any other penitentiary which they will reach if they continue in crime. Some nights ago four gallons of oysters were stolen from A. M. Furgeson’s restaurant, probably by the same parties.
Reply to Taxpayer.
I have carefully read and re-read the bungled article of “A taxpayer not now a merchant,” in search of something new on the subject but have concluded that if he is offered anything I was unable to find it.
If he thinks “Labor” is a politician working for an office, he is laboring under a wild hallucination and as to his being a ¼ lawyer, it certainly isn’t necessary for anyone to be a student of Blackstone to understand that much abused but common law of “Live and let live.”
Perhaps I would appreciate his words more if I could understand what his idea is (if he has any ideas) in presenting the persons James and Walter in his argument (if he has an argument.) As it is I don’t see that he shows anything whereby the local merchants have any right to kick when the laboring classes buy where they can buy the cheapest, whether this be from outsiders or from transients, while understand, they (the merchants) buy wherever they want too. That is the subject Mr. “Taxpayer, etc.”
Now then I see Taxpayer go a wandering off again on a fragile argument of the impossible supposition. He says supposing the merchant put out a sign tomorrow for cash only, where would the people go who run book accounts?
An answer to that might be found in this question: Where would the merchants and their stores go too? You should bear in mind further Mr. “Taxpayer, etc.” that while a part of the laboring classes may get trusted during the winter, the other part is keeping the merchants. No business man ever gives credit without some pretty good assurance of getting his money.
I know one who threatened to blacklist a laboring man for a bill of 65 cents, yet I admit you sometimes find cases where a too liberal credit policy has been carried on, but in most of these the loss by bankruptcy generally to whom? Generally the merchants’ creditors is it not?
In conclusion I wish to say, there’s no use talking, and association that regulates prices in a small city is just as much an evil as a trust or monopoly that operates on a larger scale and regulates the prices of a nation.
The American Express Co. have the first sleigh out of the season.
A large quantity of slush ice formed in the river today for the first time this season.
The scow Mackinac, which went on the beach at Muskegon, has gone to pieces. It is valued at $4000.
The schooner Wonder, ashore at Pigeon Creek, was visited by one of the life saving station crew today, and it is reported to be high and dry.
Thieves, probably from this city visited Mr. Holcomb’s farm the other night and stole all of his poultry.
The Grand Haven Ship Building Co. will build a 75 foot fishing tug for Capt. McCann of Beaver Island.
A reward is offered for the person or persons who filled that young man’s pipe with pepper the other night.
About three or thousand feet of lumber has come ashore south of the pier. It is being piled upon the beach.
The TRIBUNE has been requested not to publish the names of the four young men who stole from E. L. Van Wormer, because of the fact that most of them have good families who would be pained to have their sons publicly branded as thieves.
Within the past two weeks several hen roosts about the city have been visited by chicken thieves and a number of chickens stolen.
Last Monday Capt. James McCann of St. James. Beaver Island, came here to contract for a fishing tug with the Grand Haven Ship Building Co. The business was concluded in a short time and the Grand Haven Ship Building Co. will build the boat, Bloecker & Co. the engine and Johnston Bros. the boiler. Two years ago the fishing tug Frank Gieken was built here for Mr. Gieken of Charlevoix, the engine and boiler by Bloecker & Co. and Johnston Bros. She proved to be a good all around boat and Capt. McCann was so well pleased with the tug that he ordered a duplicate of the same boat, as he says it can not be improved. This is proof that the ship building and boiler and engine manufactories in this city are appreciated. The new boat is to be 75 feet over all, 15 feet beam and 6½ feet deep. Bloecker & Co. will build an engine 14x16 in size and the boiler by Johnston Bros. 5½ x11 feet.
There is already several inches of snow covering the ground and it looks as though we would have sleighing by Thanksgiving.
Harvey Blount is one of the best known citizens in Grand Haven. He is a colored man and has been janitor in the government offices of that city for 20 years. He is a life long Republican.—Detroit Journal.
A project is on foot to open a another national bank in Grand Haven. For many years the one bank of the city has had all the business of the surrounding county, and the projectors believe there is room for two.—Detroit Journal
The steamer Fountain City was sold at marshal’s sale at Milwaukee yesterday for $4,975, which will pay about 35 per cent of its debts. Two years ago the Fountain City and the City of Fremont constituted a winter line between here and Milwaukee.
For a number of years Dr. C. P. Brown of Spring Lake has been experimenting with a music turner of his invention and has at last been rewarded with complete success. A stock company has been formed and begun active operations under the name of Mozart Leaf Turner Manufacturing Company, with C. P. Brown as president and F. A. Retan of Hudson as secretary and treasurer.
Having conclude to leave Grand Haven I shall offer for sale at cost price my entire stock of watches, clocks, fine gold rings, jewelry, spectacles, gold pens, silver plated ware, shot guns, and other sporting goods, also show cases, counters and shelves. This sale will commence Saturday, Nov. 25, and will last for 30 days only. Now is your chance to buy holiday presents at cost price.
Spring Lake has a sand bagger. As Jacob Pool, a shoemaker of that town, was going home last night and had neared the village school house, a man knocked him down with a sand bag. Mr. Pool was not so badly stunned but that he managed to call for help and the highway man was frightened away. The officers were not informed at that time or the man could have been tracked and undoubtedly captured. The robber is said to be a Spring Lake man and a desperate character, though he was not positively identified.
The opening entertainment of the Akeley Citizens Course was given to a full house at Akeley Hall last evening, by the Arial-Dow Concert Co., in spite of the blustering weather. We think we speak the voice of those present when we say it was among the very best musical events of all the fine entertainments of these courses. The ladies of the Quartet were beautiful in every sense of the word and sweet voiced, and Mr. Dow gave intense satisfaction to his hearers. All the company were generous in that they readily responded to many hearty encores. They completely won the hearts of their audience who would rejoice at an early opportunity to hear them again.
Tom Cannon the celebrated catch and catch can wrestler of Buffalo is in the city and is trying to arrange a wrestling match. Any man he doesn’t throw four straight falls in one hour he will forfeit $50. any man winning one fall in the hour wins the match. Mr. Wm. L. R. A. Andres preferred.
Mr. Labor talks like an old maid about bringing up children; how she would bring them up. Even the best sailors always stand on land. Just like some man going about town, talking what others make and they never started anything themselves. They say, see Mr. B. he did not have anything years ago, is that a sign, that he should have anything, by working faithfully for years? Some people can’t see others make or save.
TAXPAYER NOT A MERCHANT.
Grand Haven’s city hall was built in 1877.
The steamer Atlanta leaves tonight on the last trip of the year.
Nearly 20 loads of wood were on the wood market at one time today.
Coasters are making good use of the hills of the city today.
The radiators for the court house have arrived from Indiana.
The court house is being well banked around with sand.
The tug E. C. Oggel of Sandusky, which was seized by Canadian authorities for fishing in Canadian waters, was once a Grand Haven tug.
Mrs. John Kuiper is once more living with her husband in Muskegon. Mr. Kuiper will not prosecute her and will pay all the costs, about $160.
In reading the EVENING TRIBUNE of the 24th inst. I noticed that Mr. Thos. Cannon wishes to wrestle me a catch-as-catch-can-match, therefore I accept his challenge. Respectively yours,
WILLIAM L. ANDRES.
The most singular ship in the world is the Polyphemus of the British navy. It is simply a long steel tube, deeply buried in the water, deck rising only four feet above the sea. It carries no masts or sails, and is used as a ram and torpedo boat.
We will soon have a wrestling match undoubtedly, Wm. L. Andres having accepted Tom Cannon’s challenge.
Aart Vander Meiden has a time card in his tonsorial parlor which is quite a relic. It is under date of the year 1859 and advertises the steamer Croton to leave Grand Haven for White River once a week, if freight enough to make it pay. The croton was a light draught boat and traded nearly all the creeks in this vicinity.
Such shallow-brained nugatory argument (if argument it can be called) as “Taxpayer not a Merchant” now uses requires no further reply. Like an old clock out of repair, the wheels in the chamber back of his face don’t run smooth any more. He says nothing more on the subject under consideration and like of the nine suitors “Whether he could or whether he couldn’t, whether he would or whether he wouldn’t, or whether his dear wife said he shouldn’t, the world will never know.” How much more intelligence an old maid’s training in his childhood would have added to Mr. Taxpayer as a citizen today we will leave to the reader of the TRIBUNE to conjecture or decide.
The Muskegon Chronicle states that a police officer of that city says “the offering of rewards for the capture of criminals appears very plausible to an outsider but do you know that they are hardly ever paid.” The officer then went on to say that Sheriff Keppel of this county offered a reward of $25 for the man who broke into Allendale post office but the Muskegon officer who picked him up had not received his award. “When Hathaway and Plant escaped from the Grand Haven jail about ten years ago a big reward was offered for their capture. Deputy Sheriff Christmas arrested the two at Alpena but never received the ransom.” The officer also told the chronicle that Herman Langkawell was entitled to the reward for the capture of Norman Sweeney the horse thief, as gave the information leading to his arrest, but he never received the $75 offered.
The Waffle boy, who killed the wild cat recently, showed a great deal of pluck, as the cat was large enough to get away with half a dozen men, but he surprised him by rushing upon him and beating him with a club till he stunned him. He has another in view, which has broken one trap.
The chief of the weather bureau directs the publication of the following stats compiled from the record of observations for the month of December, taken at this station for a period of twenty-two years.
Mean or normal temperature, 30°.
The warmest December was that of 1877, with an average of 42°.
The coldest December was that of 1872, with an average of 20°.
The highest temperature during any December was 61° on December 23, 1877.
The lowest temperature during any December was -12° on December 26, 1884.
(Rain and melted snow.)
Average for the month, 2.57 inches.
Average number of days with .01 of an inch or more, 16.
The greatest monthly precipitation was 6.80 inches in 1872.
CLOUDS AND WEATHER.
Average number of cloudless days, 2.
Average number of partly cloudy days, 8.
Average number of cloudy days, 21.
The prevailing winds have been from the northwest.
The highest velocity of the wind during any December was 66 miles on December 15, 1876.
GEO. W. FELGER.
Observer, Weather Bureau.
Rumors point to another residence building boom next year.
Navigation is closed at Holland as Black Lake is frozen over.
The Chicago & Grand Trunk railway pile driver is here at work on the Spring Lake trestle bridge.
Muskegon claims that when navigation opens at that port next spring it will probably never close again. Muskegon has been crowing that for the past ten years.
The Grand Haven fire department has a grave yard lot without a grave. They propose to build a monument thereon, however, and be ready for any emergency.—Detroit News.
Albert Smith who was arrested here for horse stealing two years ago and sent to Jackson form Muskegon county has just been sent to Jackson for another year and a half for stealing a team in Manistee.
The big wrestling match to take place between Tom Cannon the celebrated wrestler from Buffalo and Wm. L. Andres of this city will be held at the Opera House, Friday night, Dec. 1. Mr. Cannon agrees to throw Andres four straight falls in one hour.
Three varieties of ducks breed in the marshes in this vicinity.
Mr. Geo. Stickney claims the honor of having the only clean sidewalk in the city.
The schooner Condor was caught in the ice yesterday and unable to reach her dock up south channel.
An army of rats has taken possession of the World’s Fair buildings. They are to be seen in droves in all parts of the grounds.
Mr. Carl Lempke, living on the Beech Tree road, was visited by chicken thieves last night and all his poultry stolen; 30 in all.
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. Would you thank by giving? An opportunity will be offered in the Reading Rooms tomorrow afternoon between the hours of two and four where members of the W. C. T. U. will receive anything you can donate in the line of food, clothing, bedding, money, books, flowers, etc., to be divided among the worthy poor of our city. A box will also be sent to the Woman’s Home and Hospital at Grand Rapids. Forget not all His benefits.
Mr. W. C. Sheldon has purchased the Baker lot corner of Washington and 4th sts.
Mrs. Otae Visscher died at her home on Lafayette street, Saturday afternoon, aged 42 years. A husband and a family of seven children survive her. Funeral will take place from the First Christian Reformed church tomorrow afternoon.
The public library in the Central school is open every Saturday evening between the hours of seven and eight.
The United Sates steamer Hancock is in port.
St. Joe will have an electric railroad next year.
The boats now laid up here for the winter are, steamers Mary A. McGregor, City of Milwaukee, Fanny M. Rose, Nellie; schooners Alert, Condor, Stephenson, Behm, Maggie M. Avery and tug Sprite. The Alice M. Gill and the Mary H. Boyce will be in to lay up shortly.
Grand Haven has the largest fleet of fish tugs for a port of its size on the Great Lakes. It also has two of the largest fish tugs on fresh water, the Elk and the Deer owned by Capt. T. W. Kirby. Besides, the other tugs engaged in fishing are the John A. Miller, Auger, Callister, Frank Edwards, Anna, Meister, Emma Bloecker.
The wrestling match which is to take place Friday, December 1st, at the Opera House, between Tom Cannon, the celebrated wrestler, and William L. Andres, of this city, is beginning to excite great interest. There will also be sparring between local boxers before the match of the evening. Tickets are on sale at F. A. Hutty’s drug store. Admission 25, 35 and 50 cents.
Tom Cannon the professional wrestler who has arranged a match with Wm. L. Andres next Friday has defeated a number of good ones, Among them Sorakatchi “the Jap” whom he threw at the Detroit Rink. He also defeated Hugh Leonard of Buffalo, and Tom Melrney of Milwaukee. He wrestled and defeated J. C. Comstock of Muskegon. Comstock is the man who trained “Strangler” Evan Lewis in his recent match with Earnest Rober at Chicago. Cannon threw Billy Gibbs, the “Kansas Demon” some time ago in Denver. Besides these scores of amateur wrestlers who have ventured to tackle him.
The steamer, John Plankinton was disabled in the heavy sea while off this port Sunday night and was picked up, while drifting helplessly, by and F. & P. M. steamer.
The steamer Atlanta made 218 trips across the lake this season.
Turkeys are more numerous this year then for some years previous.
Again the white fish have disappeared and local fisherman report only small catches of that variety.
Tony VanderZalm opens his barber shop in the Danhof building on Seventh St. near Washington tomorrow, and has a fine cigar waiting for every patron.
A chimney fire on the residence of Johannes VanToll called out the department at 4 this afternoon.
A horse driven by Gerrit Grinhuis was frightened by boys throwing snow balls on Washington St. this noon and ran away, The wagon was wrecked.
The tug E. G. Crosby came in this morning and as soon as opportunity presents will attempt to pull the schooner Wonder off the beach at Pigeon Creek.
August Grunst a former Grand Haven resident but now of Detroit is here today. It will be remembered that he was terribly injured by a C. & W. M. engine switch near the depot some years ago, and he is about to sue the railway company for the damages sustained.
The boilers still remain in the old Beech Tree mill.
A dispatch from Muskegon to the Grand Rapids Democrat says that Muskegon harbor is closed for the winter.
The Arnold Northern Line of steamers Faxon, West and Minnie M. which have wintered here for a number of years will quarter elsewhere this year.
Jerry Boynton continues working 19 hours a day on his railroad project. The Grand Rapids Press says: The project was started a few years ago and the projectors at that time constructed a roadbed between this city and Grand Haven, but for some reason gave up. And Jerry Boynton, seeing it a good thing, took hold and organized a Company L. The object of the company is to construct a trunk line from Battle Creek, which will be the eastern terminal to Grand Haven and connect with Milwaukee by transfer boats capable of carrying a train of cars. Valuable terminal facilities have been secured. Cleveland, Toledo and Bay City boat companies are figuring on the boats, and already 3,800 tons of steel rails are enroute from Steelton, Pa., consigned to the Grand River Railroad company of this city. Two corps of engineers under the direction of Messrs. Skeels and Cressey are now in the field. The route laid out passes from Battle Creek through Bedford, Banfield, Hickory Corners, Delton, Parieville, Orangeville, Gun Lake, Bowen’s Mills, Green Lake, Kent county fair grounds, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Jennisonville, Blendon, Allendale, Knight, Highland Park, Gr’d Haven. It will be seen that the road will pass through very fertile country, part of which is heavily timbered. Mr. Boynton, speaking of the company and the road last night, said that both were business from top to bottom. William H. Hillsdale, the vice president, is a capitalist of Cleveland, and Parker Merrill is a manufacturer of Niles. The rest of those interested are well known and energetic residents of this city. Mr. Boynton depends largely upon the furniture factories of this city for the success of the road. He guarantees that his railroad will secure 90 per cent of the west bound freight of this city, as at present, in the busy season, the railroad yards in Chicago are blockaded by 10,000 cars. No trouble has been encountered in floating the bonds or in securing the right of way. Thousands of ties are being cut in the timbered lands along the route and everything points to a successful end.
Oklahoma wants to become a state.
Akeley College girls contributed $39.05 for the sufferers at Ironwood.
The Francis Hinton is carrying stone to Manistee [pier construction]
Senator Ferry has been confined to his home for some time by illness.
Schools will be dismissed today for the usual Thanksgiving holiday lasting until Monday.
Mr. John Bryce, sr., was quite severely injured in the groin while at work Saturday evening by running into a bar of iron.
An English engineer agrees to make a deep channel from Lake Michigan to Grand Rapids on Grand River for $1,000,000.
The Court House building committee have arranged for wooden mantels in the new building. The places for the various office desks and other material have also been selected.
Geo. Warber had all of his chickens stolen Monday night. The thieves are thought by some to be country people who dress the fowl and send them to the city to sell.
A family and a team are here today bound from Mansfield, Wis., to Hillsdale, Mich. They are penniless coming from the northern section of Wisconsin which is about as dull as any section of the U.S. just now.
Mrs. John J. Danhof attended the reception given by Dr. and Mrs. Walkley yesterday and when leaving had the misfortune to turn her ankle on a somewhat slippery walk and fell to the ground. The fall resulted in the breaking of her left arm.
Ball & Co. received a barrel of oysters today direct from Baltimore by express.
The Postoffice will be open from 7:30 to 9:30 a. m. tomorrow morning and from 6:30 to 7:30 in the evening.
Wm. L. Andres is preparing for his wrestling match with Tom Cannon. He is taking some practice at the armory under the training of Harry Oaks.
The TRIBUNE will not be issued tomorrow.
Collector D. O. Watson has sent a barrel of pork to the Ironwood sufferers.
The TRIBUNE acknowledges a box of the finest sweet meats from Dr. Walkley and extend its thanks therefore.
Remember that on account of the hard times the admission to the wrestling match will be 25, 35 and 50 cents.
The case of the People vs. Len Kammeraad, John Lock and Henry Rogers for illegal fishing which was tried in Spring Lake yesterday resulted in a disagreement. The jury is said to have stood five for acquittal and one for conviction.
An anonymous communication was received by the TRIBUNE the other day stating that the big tower in the new Court House was settling and that the brick wall was cracked all the way down. The writer also abuses the building committee. Mr. McBride one of the building committee said the report was untrue. The tower is not settling, but in one spot the mortar has cracked for some distance which defect will be remedied.
Some very large turkeys have been sold here for Thanksgiving dinners, on weighing 25 pounds dressed.
The regular lines will send out their last boats for this season toward the close of the present week.
A chicken weighing six pounds was a wonder in one of the markets yesterday.
Thanksgiving Day will be generally observed in this city and the business places will all be closed during the day. It will also be a day of gatherings in many homes. Nearly all the churches have services and in the evening the long-waited for Co. F. ball will occur.
It may not be generally known that there is a Michigan law which provides for the arrest and punishment, by a minimum fine of $10, of parents and guardians who do not make their children attend public school.
The grocers of Grand Haven have a little trust—or combination―all of their own, and are running things to suit themselves. Every week the grocerymen meet and fix prices. The people are beginning to kick, and a new grocery outside the combine could make money the people say, says a Detroit paper.
Dan Miller is home from his season’s sailing.
Tom Cannon, the wrestler, called at the office this morning and said that he had been asked by a number of times if ladies were admitted to the wrestling match. Mr. Cannon says that the match is going to be nothing less than a scientific wrestling bout and there will be nothing brutal about it. “I have wrestled all over the state and have always had as large an audience of ladies as gents,” he said. “I wrestled in the athletic park at Ann Arbor, in 1892, and had an audience of 3,000 ladies.”
EDITOR TRIBUNE:—In your paper of Monday last Mr. Geo. Stickney is made to boast that his sidewalk was the only clean one in the city. Please tell Mr. Stickney that my walk of eight rods was clean also at the same time, and I live in the city. Let us all get up a friendly rivalry and give our city a better reputation.
L. M. S.
Joe Nuismer, the young man charged with complicity in the crime of forgery perpetrated by Mrs. Johannes Kuiper, was released from jail last night on an order from the circuit court following the filing of a nolle prosequi by the prosecuting attorney.—Muskegon Chronicle.