Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol and issue numbers missing

June 28, 1889 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

When the print is so faded that it cannot be read <.....> will be used . All transcription will be as found in the paper, misspellings and all

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[It was usual for a small weekly newspaper to order newsprint that had some pages already printed when it was received, leaving some pages blank to be printed locally. The front page of the Beacon was pre-printed (and seems to be addicted to death and mayhem) detailing notices of deaths & disasters from around the country. Since this information may not be available anywhere else, and it might help someone in their family research I'll take the time to transcribe it. Linda]

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Mrs. John Maples and her two children were drowned near Wabash, Ind., while fording a stream in a light spring wagon.

At a horse race Sunday at Silver Lake, Montana, by way of a side diversion, Scoiof Perry, a prospector fatally shot William McCoy and slightly wounded two others.

A row boat, in which were four boys, collided in the East river with a sail boat. Two of the boys, Benjamin Foster and Robert Simley, were drowned.

The residence of Richard Wilson of Manotick, Ont., was burned and Mrs. Wilson and two young children perished.

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The New York jury in the case of Wm. E. Howard, for obtaining $6,500 from the defunct Electric Sugar Company, found defendant guilty of grand larceny.

The Pennsylvania, Lehigh and Eastern Railroad Company was organized at Wilkesbarre, Pa.

The daughter of a prominent summer resident at Cape May has eloped with a French cook.

P. G. Shawn, of Mathews county, VA., a mail carrier, was drowned in Cow Creek.

Azariah McDaniel, of Rockingham county, VA., died at the age of one hundred and two years.

The Civil Service Commissioners have requested the President to place the census force under the civil service law.

The Brockville Chemical and Superphosphate Company's powder works, in Brockville, N. Y., exploded, wrecking the building.

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The Chipoewa Indians are on the warpath, and there are fears of an uprising. They have already killed and scalped seven Swedish laborers.

Judge McLain, president of the Savannah Saving Institution, has been arrested for receiving deposits knowing that the bank was insolvent.

Charles W..tstein, of Cincinnati, committed suicide.

During a thunderstorm in Cincinnati two children of Lowe Emerson, a prominent carriage manufacture, were struck by lightening. One child may die.

Watson Goodspeed, of Pittston, Me., an imitator of Dr. Tanner, died after fasting thirty-nine days.

Squire J. G. Melone, one of the oldest magistrates in Jefferson county, Ky., dropped dead of heart disease while testifying in court.

The Standard Sugar Refinery, of <....> has effected what is believed to be the largest purchase of sugar ever made, having ordered twenty-five thousand tons in Cuba at five cents, calling for some $2,500,000.

Rev. W. F. Kramer, D. D., of Reformed Church of Lebanon, Pa., was killed by a railroad train.

D. L. Phillips of Worchester, <...> was instantly killed while crossing a railroad track.

Six men were killed in a free fight in Texas.

Mrs. Kirk..buian and her daughter, Mrs. Goldberg, were burned to death at a fire in New York.

There were three executions in Georgia. Alexan<...> Henderson was hanged in Bainbridge, William Dibill in Thomasville and John <...> All were colored men <...> convicted of murder.

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TRADE OF THE WEEK. The Condition of Trade Only Moderately Favorable. Anti-Trust Legislation Not Directed Against Mercantile Contracts. Stocks and Bonds Strong and Money East At New York. [article discussing what's mentioned in the headline]

THE SAMOAN AGREEMENT. Signed by the Three Natives Having It Under Consideration. - The agreement between England, Germany and the United States on the Samoan affair was signed at Berlin. ... [article is about the signing and what lead up to it.]

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[international news]

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SOUTHERN ITEMS. Interesting News Compiled From Many Sources.

Hattie May Corley was drowned in Buffalo Creek at Davidson, near Rowlesburg, Preston County, W. Va.

The chamber of commerce of Durham, N. C., is urging the erection of a union passenger depot in that city.

The Lynchburg, Va., Marl and Phosphate company has been organized with a paid up capital of $20,000.

J. M. Guest, gardener at Allegheny Springs, Va., committed suicide by taking laudanum. He was from Gloucester county.

So far as learned there is not a mill in Stafford or Spotsylvania counties in Va., that has not been seriously damaged by the recent freshet.

Chattahoochee is one of the oldest towns in Florida, but never has had a church building for white folks. The Methodists are going to put up one this year.

C. E. Baker shot and killed Terry Smith, a member of the locomotive Engineers, during a quarrel at Aberdeen, Miss. Baker declared he acted in self defense.

While playing with some boys, William Bouldin, colored, fell on the railroad track at Blackstone, Va., and died in a few minutes. It is thought he broke an artery in his fall.

Iron work for the one hundred and ninety cars to be built by the Roanoke, VA., Machine Works for the Norfolk and Western Railroad has been begun in the blacksmith and foundry departments.

William Bush died suddenly in Augusta county, Va. A jury of inquest rendered a verdict that Bush died from poison administered by Peachy Atkinson and Ida Busch, his wife.

Harry Lambert, watchman at Rock creek bridge, Metropolitan Branch, B. and O. Railroad, who was struck by a passing train some days ago, died at his home in Wheaton district, Montgomery county, Md.

At Marion Junction, Dallas county, Ga., J. P. Stevens, a section man, shot and killed H. C. Segnor, a conductor on the Mobile and Birmingham Railway. The trouble was about a woman.

During a recent thunder storm, the lightning struck and killed four fine three-year-old steers, one cow and calf for Capt. J. W. Marshall of Mingo, Randolph county, W. Va.

Miss Jane Woods, a young lady of Wetzel county, W. Va., has just completed a nice quilt, containing 23,140 pieces. She commenced it when seven years old, having worked on it for fourteen years.

Three horses valued at about $200 each, owned by Wm. Davis, near Fountain Mills, Frederick county, Md., were struck by lightening while standing under a tree in a field during a thunder storm and instantly killed.

Constable George Brill, of Hagerstown, Md., while gathering an armful of grass for his horse was stung on the arm by a snake, which escaped under the stable. By immediately applying antidotes, he will pull through all right.

One of the prisoners confined in Monroe county, W. Va., jail managed to get possession of a table knife, with which he dug a hole through a brick wall, and stealing the keys from the jailer's room let two other prisoners out.

During an altercation near Plains, Fauquier county, Va., between Robert and C. E. Turner, Jr., and their brother-in-law E. P. Turner, Robert was shot and killed by E. P. Turner, who in turn, was shot in the breast and hand. E. P. Turner was arrested.

Messrs. Stull and Duvall, of Frederick, Md., made a narrow escape from death. Their horse and wagon was crossing the railroad as a train of cars came around the curve. By quickly jumping from the wagon and holding the animal a fatal accident was averted.

Robert Terrell, a section boss on the C. & O., while sleeping on the track at Ceredo, W. Va., was struck by a train and fatally injured. It is believed he was intoxicated. His remains were taken to Virginia, his former home, for interment. The deceased was 28 years of age and unmarried.

The young daughter of Rinton Lanfits of Hancock county, W. Va., with her brother, stopped at a burning gas well, and the boy turned on the gas full force, which flashed out and caught the girl's clothing burning her to death.

At Dalton, Ga., Hon S. E. Fields, State senator, was shot and killed by his step-son, Dennis Taylor, whom he attempted to chastise. Young Taylor was arrested and taken to Dalton. His mother is prostrated with her double sorrow.

The director's of the Lynchburg (Va) Land Company have decided to erect ten dwellings on their property in West Lynchburg at once. The foundations of the zinc workers are now being laid, and the plans of the paint works are being prepared.

At Helenwood, Tenn, a mob broke into the jail and took Loyd and Reynolds, the double murders, and hanged them in a tree near by. A note was pinned to the bodies threatening vengeance on any informer. Public sentiment justifies the lynching.

William Braggs, a son of Mrs. J. D. Braggs, of Boone county, W. Va., came home from a hunting expedition, and playfully pointed his gun at his mother. The weapon was discharged, and the ball passed through her body, death resulting in a few hours.

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