James I. Shute

Ironton Register, September 22, 1898 – A YOUNG HERO.

We clip the following article from the Opelousa (La.) Courier. It refers to James I. Shute, son of Dr. I. F. Shute who was born at Burlington, this county. The Doctor’s father was Capt. James G. Shute, one of the former well known citizens of this county, and who has relatives still living here. The reference to young James I. Shute is as follows:

The manifestation of purpose made by this young man, (and we might say boy) was remarkable and therefore noteworthy.

Every observer sees boys grow up and reach the age of majority, without ever fixing a purpose, to pursue in life. They move about in the whirl and maze of society with no definite object in view and are apparently content to live, move and have their being quietly waiting for something to turn up.

It has not been so with our young hero. In the very morning of his life he conceived a purpose to accomplish, and no sooner was it fixed upon, than he manfully set out to accomplish it. In doing so, he sought no flowery bed of ease, but bracing himself up for any duty which might befall him, he promptly went to Louisville, Ky., and entered the Manual Training High School where he spent two years in preparing himself for usefulness. From the beginning, he exhibited a manliness and an inflexibility of purpose which prognosticated distinguishing success. He made up his mind to take life as he found it, and to make it what he wants it. When the United States authorities published a call for apprentices in the Navy, he eagerly responded – made application – stood the test of a scrutinizing examination and was accepted. It made him as proud as Lucifer, for it brightened his hopes in the vision he had taken of his future career.

There was no dallying about it, but he was assigned to duty and went about it bent upon commanding success. Ordered to duty in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, he set work, but the war with Spain coming on immediately thereafter he requested to be placed on duty in the Navy. He was accordingly transferred to the Scorpion, where the world of waters became his home.

The battles of the Scorpion have immortalized it in Naval history, and our young hero is justly entitled to a full share of the glories of its brilliant achievements.

Appreciating the daring and the courage of Jimmie, the Louisville papers set up a claim to him doubtless for the reason that he passed some time there in the Manual Training School. Our Kentucky fellow-citizens have enough to be proud of without adding Louisianians to their list of distinguished worthies. Jimmie is our Jimmie. He is the son of I. E. Shute, physician and druggist of this town, and was born in New Orleans on Jan. 10, 1877. His parents moved to St. Landry when “Jimmie” was two years of age, and he has resided here ever since, with the exception of two years spent in Kentucky at the Manual Training High School of Louisville.