News of November 5, 1894




NOVEMBER 5, 1894.


St. Johns, Nov. 3.—Thomas Pitton, Steel house bartender, who died Wednesday and was buried the same day as a patient with smallpox, did not have the disease, and he never was exposed. The facts are that he was sick with another disease, was neglected by doctors and scared to death by someone telling him he had smallpox.

VOTES WILL OPEN AT 7 AM TOMORROW MORNING, NOV. 6TH. Returns will be received at the rink tomorrow night. No sentries tomorrow. Vote yes on both amendments. Vote to give the right to vote to the former soldiers of the House of soldiers. Reports will be received Tuesday evening free of charge from New York on the long distance telephone

Dinner will be served in Easton Hall on election day.

Theology students at Northwestern University have declared war on dancing at Evanston Ills., college nights.

Officer Larson, a Norwegian, arrested two Poles in Chicago for placing Poland’s flag above the stars and stripes.

The two smallpox cases in St. Johns are recovering, and a large sign outside the Steele Hotel reads, “No smallpox within six blocks of this hotel.”

Members of the county building repair committee have the roof of the courthouse painted in accordance with the instructions of the Board of Supervisors. The roof has not been painted since the construction of the building. The old leaky roof on the front portico was also repaired with a new one.

The Ionia High School football team played a game with the Grand Rapids High School team at this location on October 27. The score ended 22-0 in favor of Grand Rapids, around 1,000 people attended the game. The Herald says: “Game features were interference from Apted, quarterback GR, running from Stuart, right end GR and tackle from Handshy, captain and left guard for Ionia. The teams were roughly equal in weight. The Ionia team was only organized for about a week, but played remarkably well. The first time they were lined up was last Friday. Referring to the GR team, the Democrat says, “Capt. Cogshall had his players well in hand and indicated the play to be implemented by calling out numbers. The numbers indicated not only the move to be made, but those who had to make it, and the opponents, who played without such a system, were unable to manage them. When the boys of Ionia have had systematic practice, they will become formidable enemies for any high school team in the state. The boys of Ionia are courteous players and have made friends through their conduct on the pitch.

PITTSBURGH, November 7. The election in this city was noted for its large number of contestations by Republicans. Several thousand voters were challenged at the polls on the grounds that they had not paid state and county taxes for two years. Many of them had their tax receipts in their pockets and others could not vote.

CLEVELAND, November 7th.—A heavy snowstorm began to operate here soon after the polls opened. Bad weather tended to delay voting into the wee hours of the morning. Charges and counter-charges of mass float colonization and all sorts of illegal acts were freely leveled. A number of men have been arrested for illegal registration and warrants have been issued against many other alleged violators of the registration law.

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NEW YORK, NOV. 7.—The vigilance of the monitors of the various parties, in particular of the detectives appointed by the clubs of good government, has caused the arrest of numerous voters at the various polls. Several voters who swore they were blind in order to get help preparing their ballots have been arrested. A number of judges sit in various courts for the express purpose of deciding cases that violate election law. Judge Cowan had a large number of cases before him and held the accused on $1,500 bail for a rehearing. Since few of them could provide the required bail, the prison of the Tombs received most of them.

DETROIT, Michigan, November 7.—Nearly 900 workers employed by the Detroit Gas Company on the streets have been barred from voting by their employers. The superintendent claims the reason was only because the delay to the season required work to be pushed.

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 9.—The Supreme Court has rendered the most important decision ever made regarding the current voting system. On the question of what constitutes a “distinctive sign” on a ballot paper, which sign is prohibited by law, the court unanimously held that any sign other than the only one capable of designating the intention of a elector, is a distinctive sign. The case arose in contesting the right to office of two local candidates in Bay City, who were ostensibly elected in a spring election a year and a half ago. By decision, the two are ousted from their functions. The results of this decision will be considerable.


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