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Lester P. Barlow, son of the man who manages the White Pier at Clear Lake, is a lieutenant in the Mexican army under Gen. Villa. He served four years as gunner in the U. S. navy. At present he is sick with typhoid fever in an El Paso, Tex., hospital. Writing recently to his parents he described Villa as a man of great courage and a friend of the down-trodden who has been grossly mis-represented.

Mystery surrounds the death of Roy Spade, private at the Rock Island arsenal, whose lifeless body, weighed down with a sack full of cannon balls, was found in the Mississippi below Davenport. The sack was tied about his neck and the head and body were badly bruised. Spade was known to have been an inveterate gambler and was last seen at a Rock Island gambling house where he is said to have won a considerable sum of money.

~ source: The Humeston New Era, LeMars, Plymouth County, Iowa, 3 June 1914


~ Submitted by Linda Ziemann <lin.ziemann@verizon.net>,  Plymouth County CC at http://iagenweb.org/plymouth/