The Bedford Independent
Wed., July 12, 1865


BARNES' PERIODICAL STORE.--This institution has become one of the fixtures of Bedford, and is receiving a liberal patronage. BARNES has just received, and is receiving by express daily, a fine lot of novels, magazines, popular newspapers, photographs, and fancy articles. Call and examine his stock.


NEW RAT TRAP.-- A man living in Juliette, a few days since cut off the head of a turtle and threw it into his back-yard. Soon afterward, hearing a squealing in that direction, he found a rat that come to eat up the head, had actually been seized and killed by it. Nobody need malign dead-heads after this.


STEAMBOAT ON WHITE RIVER.--Indianapolis is in a quiver of excitement over the launch of a steamboat in White River, to run between the metropolis and Waverly, a little town six miles below. The boat has been christened "Governor Morton," and is said to be capable of carrying three hundred passengers with comfort and safety.


A cat, in Springville, has given birth to four kittens, which are joined together at the back and sides, in such a manner, that when two of them are walking, the other two are on their backs, with their feet in the air. The lucky owner of this feline phenomena has been offered a corner lot in Woodville for his kittens, which he scournfully refused, fixing his price at 37 1/2 cents in Confederate scrip.


FRANCIS & MALOTT, whose store is on the south side of the public square, west of CARLTONs corner, have one of the largest assortments of Gents' Hats to be found in Bedford. They are sellling them at cost--and a smalll profit, and don't care who knows it. They are always ready to sell you a suit of clothes of the most approved make and style, for a fair equivalent, and never object to showing goods. Call and see for yourself.


AN IMPROVEMENT.--A large and imposing structure is rapidly nearing completion on the south-west corner of the Court House yard, designed, we learn, as a receptacle for coal. The edifice is one of which our city may justly feel proud, and will be thrown open for the inspection of visitors by the 20th inst. Half fare tickets will be sold to persons residing in remote parts of the State, who wish to visit Bedford and look upon this architectural wonder.


SHOOTING IN SPICE VALLEY.--A few days since, while a returned soldier, named TINSLEY, was riding over a country road, in Spice Valley township, this county, he was shot with a rifle, in the hands of some person secreted but a few yards away. The wounded man, although at first considered in a precarious condition, is rapidly improving. Tinsley has instituted proceedings against a neighbor, named TINCHER, alleging that he was the latter arise from a fence corner, as he (Tinsley) fell from his horse.


STABBING.--Officers arrived here from Scotland, Greene county, on Sunday morning, in pursuit of a man named BARKER, who, the night pervious, had stabbed and mortally wounded an individual named JAMESON. An old feud existed between the parties, and on the evening in question, Barker invited Jameson to go into a saloon and drink with him. Mr. J. accepted, and while standing at the counter, was struck by a heavy glass mug, in the hand of B. The parties clenched, and Barker drawing a dirk, inflicted several stabs upon the person of Jameson. The officers telegraphed all the principal points, and it is believed the murderer cannot escape.


SHAKING HANDS.--There are a variety of modes of recognition in society; the stately bow, a wave of the hand, the courteous inquiry after health, the warm embrace, the stereotyped kiss of female acquaintances, and the shaking of hands. It is both amusing and instructive to note the various styles of performing this ceremony. One individual touches your finger-tips as if he feared contagion, another tosses his hand into yours with a loose, slovenly motion that bespeaks the carleless, unfeeling thought which accompanies the action; but the man who feels truly toward you, takes hold with a grasp that tells of friendship, welcome and love--tells that the heart is the engine that works the hand. We are decidely in favor of the latter mode, such an one as was inaugurated by our fathers, before the pursuit of dollars absorbed every finer feeling of man's nature, and we most heartily concur with a modern poet, who says:
"Take off your glove, your arm outstretch,
In manner frank and fair;
Then grasp the quick extended hand
As though your soul was there;
Then shake as though your very heart
With joy would burst in twain'
Then laugh and shake, then shake and laugh
Then laugh and shake again."


THE "GREEN-EYED MONSTER".--Passing along one of the back streets, a few evenings since, our attention was arrested by an unusual clatter in a house near by; upon directing our steps toward that point, to ascertain the cause, out rushed a hatless man, closely pursued by another, who brandished a billet of wood. The pursuer, after a vigouous chase, overtook the runaway and pounded him most unmercifully. When the excitement was somewhat calmed down, we ascertained, that as usual, there was a woman at the bottom of the difficulty. Some former lover of the woman had called upon her, and the husband finding him there, pitched in and gave him the walloping we had witnessed. The spectators interfered, and would not allow the husband to be arrested, the majority concluding, after a stormy discussion, that an individual had no right to call on a wife during the absence of her husband, with whom he had no acquaintance. Never having had any such unfortunate experience, we withhold our opinion until such tiem as our interested verdict might be required.


The Indiana regiments that go out of service under orders of the War Department of July 3, directing Gen. Logan to have the Army of the Tennessee mustered out, are as follows: 20th, 22d, 23d, 25th, 33d, 38th, 42d, 48th, 53d, 58th and 59th--all veteran regiments.



Notice is hereby given, that Henry EWALD has sued out before me, a writ of attachment against the goods, chattels, rights and credits of Joseph KLELBER, who is alleged to be a non-resident of the State of Indiana. Said Klelber is therefore notified, that said cause will stand for hearing before me, a Justice of the Peace of Lawrence county, Indiana, at my office therein, on the 28th day of July, 1865, at ten o'clock in the forenoon.

Matthew BORLAND,
Justice of the Peace.


Administrator's Notice.

Notice is hereby given that the undersigned has been duly appointed by the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Lawrence county, Administratrix of the estate of Zachariah SPURLIN, late of Lawrence county, Indiana, deceased.

Christina SPURLIN, Adm'x.


Administrator's Sale.

Notice is hereby given that the undersigned Administratrix of the estate of Zachariah SPURLIN, deceased, will offer at public outcry, at the late residence of the deceased, in Marion township, Lawrence county, Indiana, on Saturday, July 29, 1865, the personal property of the deceased, except what it taken by his widow, consisting of horses, hogs, cattle, sheep, wagons, farming implements and household and kitchen furniture. Sale to begin at 10 o'clock A. M.
Terms--Sums of three dollars and under, cash, over three dollars a credit of nine months will be given; purchaser giving note with approved security, waiving recourse to valuation or appraisement laws, without interest.

Christina SPURLIN, Adm'x.



REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.--For some time past the real estate business has been very dull, but a week or two ago it began to revive, and transfers were made at the usual exhorbitant rates. Geo. KETCHUM sold his house and lot to Warren GLOVER, for $2,000; Clinton MELVIN sold his farm to E. and D. H. SEARS for $4,300; J. SOUTHERN sold 22 feet of the post office property to Geo. KETCHUM, for $774; Geo. KETCHUM sold same to W. F. HARNED, for $960; the MEDARIS property was sold to E. D. PEARSON, for $1,306; Mrs. CULMER, of Springville sold a house and lot for $200, and land for $2,000; the BAILEY farm, containing 373 acres was sold to Henry BATMAN, for $9,930; J. SOUTHERN sold half of post office lot to T. T. EADS, for $826; Eli DALE sold to W. A. MATHES, five acres for $700; the State Bank sold 20 acres south of town for $2,000, and Wm. DUNCAN bought 21 acres of Wm. PALMER for $630; Jesse STEVENS 100 acres, south of town, to Thos. MALOTT, for $5,000.


ABOUT SAM STUBBS.--Sam STUBBS strolled slowly, surveying sunset's serene splendors. Sombre shades solemnly surrounded sylvian scenes. Sweet songsters softly sung silvery strains. Sleep seemed stealthily stealing sluggish souls. Sam Stubbs seemd sad. Sam STubbs sighed! So simmons sweeping savagely southward, sometimes sigh. But Sam had a reason for his sorrow--one that has caused the heart strings of many a stout man to snap, leaving him a wreck upon the sea of adversity; Sam was jilted! He had not purchased his coat of PALMER, DUNCAN, & Co., and in consequence, it was a miserable fit. Betsey was a girl of spirit and taste, and would not receive his addresses till he had bought a full suit of those Boston clothes. Such an array of coats, pants, vests, shirts, under-shirts, over-shirts, drawers, suspenders, socks, neck-ties, collars, &c., as Palmer, Duncan & Co. display, is a feast to the eyes of him who loves to gaze upon the beautiful. It is worth a day's ride to look through their establishment. Nearly all the soldier boys buy their clothing of this firm, and upon makng inquiry of a "vet," on yesterday, as to how this came to pass, he replied, "Well, you see Bill Palmer's a bully boy, Messick is 'hunky' on the cut, and Duncan is an old soldier." Their store is one door south of the Branch Bank.


TURNPIKES--HOW TO MAKE THEM.--It needs, we trust, no elaborate argument to demonstrate to the readers of the Independent, that our county is most shamefully deficient in the matter of roads. One among the most wealthy counties in the State, yet it is behind many of the poorer in this grand element of civilization. We further trust that it is but necessary to direct the attention of our farmers and business men to the how to do it, to put them at work.

Our attention has been called to an act passed at the last session of the Legislature of this State, which provides a way for building roads. The act authorizes the County Commissioners to organize Turnpike Companies, and "provide for the same to be free," whenever "any number of persons owning more than three-fifths of the real estate, as shown by the books of the County Auditor, (on the line on) which the proposed road is to be constructed, may, by written petition to the Board of County Commissioners, in whch their realty is located, state their desire to construct a McAdamized, Gravel or Plank Road, giving the starting point, terminus, distance," &c, then--

"And if the County Commissioners shall deem the road of public utility, they shall grant the applicants the right of highway petitioned for, as the property of the association."

It is also provided that the persons making the appliciation,, after receiving such permit, can organize themsleves into a company, adopt articles of association, adopt a name, elect officers, adopt by-laws, and--

"SEC. 3. All real estate outside of the corporate limits of any town or City, incorporated as such, three-fourths of a mile each side of the proposed Road, shall be taxed to construct the said Road, in proportion to appraisement of the realty that may be on the Auditor's books at the organization; each owner shall pay his proportion of the cost of the proposed turnpike according to the amount of his assessment of real estate within the prescribed limits."

The remaining sections of the Act, --see General Laws of 1865, pp. 90 to 93,--are directory as to the powers of the company, its privilegers, the modus operandi, &c., except Section 18, which provides:

"All Gravel or McAdamized roads constructed under this act, shall be free from within twenty years of the day of their organization."

We have only to add that, there is now nothing in the way of our making good roads in Lawrence County, unless it be our old fogy close-fistedness.

No man denies the benefits that would be derived from the counstruction of turnpikes in this county, and we hope soon to hear that some enterprising men have taken hold of the matter, and intend to build a road from Bedford to Owensburg. Hands will soon be abundant--are becoming so now--and the longer we defer this enterprise, the more we shall regret it in the future.

Typed and donated by Diana Flynn.