The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Saturday, March 1, l879
UP TO LUCAS. -- We spent a few hours up at Lucas on Tuesday for the first time in several
months. We found the place pretty lively, and all the people in good spirits. Livestock
was coming to the stock pens at an encouraging rate, and trade seemed active. Hon. E.S.
THOMPSON, the miller, is buying corn and preparing to put in a sheller. He is also
putting up a good crib.
GILMORE & MCCULLOUGH have arisen from the ashes of late fire, and resumed business,
the Insurance Co. made them whole again.
J.C. BAKER is preparing to get off to Chicago next week to lay in his spring stock of new
JOHNNY CARROL is running a butcher shop and feeding the people on the best of meat at fair
ALF HOOD is getting so fat that he can't run himself, so he runs the stock yard
We went over to the new Coal Co.'s shaft between Lucas and Cleveland, and found a lot
of industrious determined miners at work, going down for the black diamonds. TOM FRANCIS,
though not exactly the boss of the job, has a good deal to do as well as to say about it.
They were down thirty-five feet, and no water to bother them much. The shaft is eight
feet square. They expect to strike coal about May lst., and if they don't, will
probably go on till they strike coal, h--ard pan or China. We think they will. CLARK
BAKER is one of the directors, but don't seem to comprehend the technical terms of
mining very readily. When FRANCIS told him they were getting ready to put in the gin, he
very promptly replied, speaking officially, that he would prefer beer, as he thought it
would be cheaper and easier obtained. Being corrected by an indignant miner, and informed
that the gin was simply a part of the hoisting machinery, he subsided with the remark that
it was a gin mill. The !
company seem to have ample resources for carrying on the work so far as money and muscle
is concerned, and a genial tempered man for president, MR. W.T. RAMSEY. All are happy and
hopeful, and the people of Lucas feel great confidence to the enterprise. Corner lots are
advancing in Lucas as a consequence.
As the railroad Co. will permit none but tramps to travel on all trains, we were forced to
wait till late in the evening before we could get to return home on a freight train, so we
stepped in and greeted TOM BEATY, who still smiles cheerfully over his bar when an editor
inquires if he has got any real good fresh water in the house. TOM runs a saloon and
don't sell water. We couldn't stay forever with Lucas, so we left it for its own
good, but will return in the capacity of a missionary, as we learn that it has more
saloons than hotels, besides one or two drug stores.
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March 29, 2004