Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Gazette on Dec. 14, 1888.
Rejoice in new
At last, Sterling is to have a horse market. Several gentlemen connected with the Citizens’ Association, prominent among them being Mr. D.B. Strickler, have made investigations and after carefully weighing the matter in their minds, think it feasible, and have decided to start a market here.
The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 2, at Mr. Moses Dillon’s feed sheds. There will be eastern parties present to make purchases. All kinds of horses are wanted. Any person having a horse to sell can find a ready market. Further particulars in regard to this matter will be announced later.
We are rejoiced that this matter has been taken hold of, as it will prove of great benefit to the town in drawing people here from a distance, who, when once here, will not only sell or trade horses, but will find out that bargains in merchandise may be secured, and will consequently make purchases.
For this reason, the business men of this city should do all in their power to make the horse market a success.
Another fire was started in Rock Falls by boys playing with flames. On Wednesday, some boys procured a quantity of burning coals from a stove and, in a spirit of mischief, set fire to an old vacant dwelling in east Rock Falls, belonging to Mr. Ulrich Sr.
The old gentleman discovered the fire in time to extinguish it before great damage was done. The wicked boys hid behind a fence and threw clods at the old man as he stamped out the blaze.
A good many disastrous fires have been caused recently by allowing boys to have matches and play with fire, and parents should be ever careful to keep them out of the way of their little ones.
The chances are that in the near future, the good people of this city will have an opportunity to see and hear that noted promulgator of equal suffrage ideas, Susan B. Anthony.
She is at present stirring up the dry bones in the northern part, and will, during the winter, lecture in all the leading cities in this state.
There’s nothing the matter with Susan.
A good joke is told on an alderman of this city. He is addicted to the use of the weed, to which his wife objects. A few days ago, he was about to light his customary stogy after dinner, when his wife took occasion to administer the usual lecturing.
The alderman bore it with patience for 37 minutes when, at last, he lit the match and remarked, jokingly, that if he couldn’t be allowed to smoke any more in her presence, he would burn her up, and be allowed to smoke all he pleased thereafter, at the same time setting fire to her apron.
She ordered him to put out the fire, and he told her to do it herself, and they bickered about it until it really became a serious matter and burned a good part of the dress. Mac scalded his hands in a pan of dish water on the stove in looking for water to put out the fire, but finally had to dash the contents of the pan at his wife to save her from being badly burned.
If you meet him on the street, ask him what is the matter with his hands.
A fearful thing
The problem still to be solved is why civilization tends to the increase of crime, particularly of murder and suicide, and what may be done to check the growing disposition thereto.
Again and again, one reads of some man who has not been of quarrelsome disposition, and who has been a respectable citizen, suddenly carried away by passion, taking the life of a neighbor.
Or that a man becomes moody, taciturn and low spirited, when after a brief space, he takes his life.
This is a matter that concerns all. If hitherto good citizens and worthy members of society develop suddenly into murderers or suicides, the very serious question is, Who may escape the peril?
How can this or that one declare, I shall never kill another or myself; doubtless so said those who later became murderers or suicides. Is it disease? At least, is it not an abnormal condition of mind which prompts the deed? If so, or whatever the cause, may it not be largely controlled by intelligent, painstaking investigation?
Would it not be well to have boards appointed to inquire closely into the previous life, habits, impulses, etc., of murderers and suicides? Such investigation might lead to important results of infinite value to the public. It is a fearful thing, this alarming growth of crime alluded to.
A friend in Rock Falls received a letter last night containing the news of the marriage of Sterling’s pioneer citizen, Mr. Hezekiah Brink, and Mrs. Mary A. Work, who has been his housekeeper for a year past.
The marriage took place last Saturday at Earlville, Ill., at the residence of Mr. Brink’s daughter, Mrs. C.W. Harris, and was performed by Rev. W.B. Norton. Mr. Brink is over 79 years of age, and his bride over 65.
A citizen of Lee County, residing near Dixon, advertises in the Telegraph for a housekeeper or wife, and quite a number of answers have already been received.
Tuesday, Will Shepard and Henry Weaver killed nine skunks. The boys smell pretty loud, but they say they can stand it, especially when there is $5.40 in the skunk skins.