Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol and issue numbers missing

June 28, 1889 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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An attempt was made to burn the Marion county, W. Va., court house. A quantity of oil was poured under the door and ran down over the floor. Two lighted matches were then shoved under the door but by some means failed to connect with the oil and the attempt was fruitless.

The daughters of ex-Sheriff E. W. Janney of Elkton, Md., has a kitten which is a curiosity. The animal was born without a tail, and its front paws are double. It moves more like a rabbit than a cat. Its mother, likewise, has double front paws, but is otherwise like a cat.

Joseph Smith, aged forty, was shot and killed by Samuel Kronpecker near Roane Court house, W. Va. Kronpecker had left his wife and six children in a destitute condition, and Smith had been caring for them, Kronpecker passed by his house, and seeing Smith talking to his wife, raised a rifle and shot him dead. The murder is in jail.

Hugh Russum, while ploughing recently in his field a few miles south of Greensboro, N. C., turned up a very large spear head made of stone. The sharp point had been broken off but the sides are still keen and the implement is in a good state of preservation. The length is six inches and the breadth two.

Preston Yonce was shot and killed near Trenton, S. C., by Whitfield Murrell and William Carpenter. It is learned in Augusta, Ga., that the parties who did the shooting were on a spree and objected to being addressed as <....> war in Augusta looking for the <...> fled.

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While employed in the La Belle pottery in Wheeling, W. Va., Frank Koch caught his hand in the elevator rope near the drum and he was drawn around until his head came within reach of the cable. This caught his head and sliced a portion of the skull beyond the ear. He was extricated, but his injuries were fatal.

During a thunder storm a colored man living near Marydel, Caroline county, Md., was struck by lightning while harrowing in a corn field and instantly killed. His name was Gibbs. The horse he was working was killed also. Another colored man working in the same field was knocked down by the shock.

At New Cumberland, W. Va., a gravel train on the Pittsburg, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad collided with a south-bound passenger train, killing Charles Rodgers and fatally wounding Wm. Brown. Both engines and five cars were demolished. Conductor Prince and Engineer Montgomery of the gravel train are under arrest.

Atlanta, Ga., is to have a factory for the manufacture of sewing machines. The machinery for the factory has been purchased, a building has been secured and in three months the company will begin operations. It will begin with one hundred employees, which is expected to be increased to at least five hundred in two years.

Lafayette Prunty and a man named Wright Children got into a difficulty on Colburn's run in Braxton county, W. Va., 10 miles from Salt Lick bridge. Prunty struck and killed Children with a hand-spike. He was arrested for murder, lodged behind the bars at Braxton Court-house, where he awaits the action of a grand jury.

Mr. John Heagy, living near Sandville, Carroll county, Md., while feeding his horse put his hand into a barrel and felt a stinging sensation. Quickly emptying the barrel, he was surprised to find a venomous copperhead snake three feet in length. He killed it and immediately applied various remedies to counteract the effects of the poison, but his arm is much swollen and painful.

Two men named Drousenhelder and Gee had a quarrel, the latter accusing the former of alienating his wife's affections. They afterwards met in a store in Hamilton, W. Va., and the quarrel was renewed, during which Drosenhelder fired four shots from his revolver at Gee, who fell bleeding to the floor. Gee then drew his pistol and killed Drosenhelder with his first shot. Gee cannot recover.

Edwin Bryce, of Swansboro, Va., had a violent coughing spell, lasting several hours, during which he coughed up a two-inch English galvanized horse nail, which he had swallowed fifteen months ago. Physicians endeavored to find it without success and it is thought that he was mistaken. His health began to fail, and as he had several spells of coughing, his case was pronounced consumption, for which he had been treated.

Near Hallies Church, Accomac county, Va., Mrs. Lillie Stevens made a serious assault upon Mrs. John Henry Mears, because the latter had expressed herself to neighbors that her husband was too intimate with Mrs. Stevens. Mrs. Stevens beat Mrs. Mears unmercifully with a stick and might have killed her had she not been stopped in time. She was arrested and released on bail for the ..tion of the grand jury.


Mrs. Kirshman and her daughter, Mrs. Goldberg were burned to death in a fire in Norfolk street, New York.

During a thunder storm in Cincinnati, two children of Lowe Emerson were struck by lightning. One of them is thought to be fatally injured.

Two bodies, a man and a woman, supposed to be victims of the Johnstown flood, were found in the river near Cincinnati. There was nothing by which they could be identified.

A gravel train collided with a passenger train on the Pittsburg, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railway, near New Cumberland, W. Va. Charles Rodgers was killed and William Brown fatally wounded. Both were engineers.

Raphael F Ferraudine, age 8 years, while trying to catch a floating ball in a gutter, after a rain storm in Baltimore, was swept into a sewer and drowned. His body was not recovered.

D. L. Phillips was killed and his wife bady injured on the Boston and Aloany Railraod, near Worcester, Mass. They were returning from the funeral of a sister of Mrs. Phillips and were crossing the track. Mr. Phillips was 74 years old.

Three men jumped from a freight train at Suter, Pa., just as an empty engine was passing and fell under the engine. Joseph Barker and another man, name unknown, were killed, and Isaac Williams was fatally injured. All were stealing a ride from Connellsville.

Henry Stevens and his cousin, Charlie Clemens, aged about 13 years, were rehearing a border drama, in the attic of their home in Cincinnati, and becoming excited, discharged their revolvers. Stephens was dangerously wounded in the abdomen, and Clemens was shot in the hand.

Rev. Dr. W. F. Kramer, pastor of the Reformed Church in Leganon, Pa., was struck and killed by a railroad train while driving at the head of a funeral procession across a crossing in that city. He was 70 years of age and had been pastor of the church in Lebanon for 38 years.

A collision between two freight trains near Havre-de-Grace, Md., on the Philadelphia division of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, resulted in killing Joseph McKean, brakeman, and wrecking several cars, two of them loaded with provisions for the Johnstown sufferers. The train hands say the telegraph operator gave the wrong signals.

A passenger train was wrecked near Oakland, Me., by a washout. The injured were Engineer Wm. Underwood, Lewiston, arms, legs and breast, not dangerous; Fireman S Coburn, South Unity, legs badly crushed; mail Agent Pattterson, Belfast, legs and left hand badly hurt; Mail agent Speare, Gardiner, legs crushed, dangerous; Mail Agent Libby, Portland, ribs broken and head cut; Express Messenger Roscoe Stevens, one leg torn off and the other badly crushed.

Careless blasting of rock in a vacant lot adjoining a four-story brownstone dwelling on West Sixtieth street, New York, caused damage estimated at about $25,000. The house was owned by C. W. French, who occupied it with his family. The explosion was followed by a strange upheaval and shaking of the ground and a rocking of the walls. Heavy chandeliers fell down from their fastenings; the stone porch was demolished; the cellar wall bulged six inches or more, and the entire side of the house was a face of broken brick. The blasting was done only four feet from the house.

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On Wednesday, August 14th, the convention will be held to nominate candidates for Governor and other State officers of Virginia.

Cleveland and Francis is the ticket for <...> Cleveland and Francis have done well so far. Everybody knows Cleveland, and Gov. Francis of Missouri is the growing <...> of the West. - New Bern Journal.

The people of Chowan county are making arrangements for a big fair to be held at Edenton this fall. The grounds are being put in thorough order and the Ex.... building will soon be completed. <...> our neighbors abundant success <...> enterprise.

An extensible car step has been patented by Messers. James F. and John F. Wood, of Wilmington, Del., and it is to be hoped it will be generally adopted. As steps are now constructed it is almost impossible for a lady or an invalid to get in a car without being lifted in bodily. - Ex.

It is with much regret that we note the fact that Thad Manning, editor Henderson Gold Leaf, contemplates leaving our State for another. He offers the Gold Leaf office for sale. No man has done more for his town, county and State than Mr. Manning has, through the columns of his paper.

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