Shelby  County  Indiana
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The  Daily  Republican
Saturday, July 25, 1885
Page 1
          The quiet village of Smithland, which slumbers in Hendricks township some six miles west of this city, comes to the front to-day with a sensationof magnitude.  Last Tuesday  Squire James D. Sloan,  a leading grocer of that village, quietly packed his "grip" and left for parts somewhere in the north or west, leaving his grocery in charge of his wife and son-in-law,  Marion Blackford.  It is said that Mr. Sloan is heavily in debt and among them being a $40 flour bill in this city.  He leaves a wife and one daughter, the latter being the wife of Marion Blackford.  Before oing away Squire Sloan deposited his docket with  Squire Fisher,  of West Hendricks township, but gave no reason for his departure.  He is a man about forty years old and to some extent indulged in the flowing bowl but the real cause it is said by those who claim to know is his intimacy with a certain woman.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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