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Postville Review
Postville Review
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Description: Lost. Between the National Hotel and Railroad...

Date: August 7 1873

Lost. Between the National Hotel and Railroad, on Hardin Rd., a black memorandum book and other papers. The finder will please return to C. VanHOOSER and a liberal reward will be given.

William MOTT. Dealer in staple and fancy dry goods. Hats, caps, boots, shoes, groceries, crockery, glassware &c., hardware, drugs and medicines. Luana, Iowa.

Geo. B. EDMONDS. Attorney at law. Waukon, Iowa.

C.W.D.LATHROP. Furniture! Dining room, parlor and staple furniture. Office furniture is a specialty, and made to order. Undertaking is a specialty with coffins and caskets constantly on hand. Clermont, Iowa.

Ole PAULSON at the new Harness Shop in Clermont, has on hand a large selection of Fly nets and currying dusters.

Mr. MERIAU, of Meriau's Mills is attaching a full and complete power of steam to his flouring mill.


On the evening of the 25th ult., Wm. NEVEN was called to clean out a well which had been covered over for some time and became filthy. The well was opposite the Union house. He let down a lighted candle to test the atmosphere and when near the water the light went out. Being somewhat under the influence of spitits Mr. NEVENS, against the admonitions of others to keep out, made the attempt to go down, and in doing so lost his life. Help was at hand but it was to no avail. The remains were recovered with grapoling irons. The deceased leaves a wife and 3 children to battle with life in this cold and cheerless world. -- from the 'North Iowa Times'.

From the Decorah 'Republican' of August 1st-- On Tuesday last (July 22d) William MARLOW swore out a warrant for the arrest of his niece, whom he charged with the crime of mingling poison with food for the purpose of killing her father, Mr. P.C. MARLOW, a resident of Canoe township, 6 miles out of Decorah, who appeared to be the principle witness against his daughter. The girl was arrested the next day and a preliminary examination was held before I. S. FINNEY, JP of Canoe twp. The facts briefly are disclosed here:

In March 1873, P.C. MARLOW noticed that the bread tasted very bitter and upon swallowing, he had a shock go through his system. He immediately drank a cup of strong coffee, ate a handful of salt and got a physician as soon as possible. After that, at two different times since, he has been poisoned in the same way. Some of the bread he ate was thrown to the hogs, killing 3 of them.

The daugher Ida sent to Decorah her little brother John for strychnine; that he get the same in a bottle and deliver it to her. When she declared to him that she was to poison the father and if he was to tell about it, she would kill him.

Ida B. MARLOW is about 15 years old. She confessed to all the facts, and denies that in doing so she has committed a crime. She justifies herself, asserting that she only acted in self defense. She alleges that her father has attempted to perputrate toward her the vilest of crimes, against her will; that so determined has he been upon forceble incest that he broke the panel of her bedroom door when it was locked. Her mother died six months ago, and she knew not to who to appeal or what were the proper measures to take to protect herself against her father. She feared if she made any statements regarding his criminal conduct toweard her, he would declare them false, and then punish her, if not kill her outright. She feared she could not hope for escape except in his death.

The majority of the neighborhood sympthaize with the girl and bitterly condemn the father. Bail was instantly furnished by sympathizing friends.


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