Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 3

July 05, 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 each issue. Linda]

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[this issue like the 1st one is very tattered and torn. I'll do the best I can]

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Charles Ardell, charged with the murder <...> peddler, was taken from jail in Shep-<...>, Ky, by masked men and hanged.

A triple collison on the Pennsylvania railroad, near Pittsburg, resulted in the loss of seven lives.

William Henry Wood, <...> of the Alabama Mining Company, <...> dead in his office in New York.

Ira Smith, of Troy, N. Y., confessed to <...> crime of arson, but says she was under the influence of chorodyne laudanum at the <...>

Lieut. Edward Palmer <...> of Warrenton, Va., indicted for <...>ntary manslaughter has been acquitted.

Walter Hemp, a Lancaster, Pa., butch<...> killed his wife in Springfield, Ill., and <...> committed suicide.

Col Sherwin <...> a prominent Virginian, died in Rich<...>

<...> Winchester Dana Jackson, who <...> connected with many of the Pana<...> schemies, died at Newton, Mass.

<...> Lind, of Kansas City, Mo., after <...> with her husband, saturated her <...> with coal oil, applied a match, and <....>ned to death.

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Heavy rains have caused the <...> River, Ark., to flood Van Buren <...> one man lost his wife and seven <...>

C J LeBreton, mid <...> arrested in New Orleans <...> in the city park.

Mrs O B Beck<...> Kansas, killed her child <...> suicide.

<...>wick and Benjamin Kilnger, <...> Mercer county, Ohio, were killed <...>

Barbara <...> Fayette county, Iowa, shot and <...> husband. She was his third wife.

Miss Maggie Harrison, of Chicago <...> of President Harrison, made a <...> escape from drowning at lake Min<...>

Rev. William E. Howard was <...> to nine years in Sing Sing for com<...> the Electric Sugar refining frauds.

Dan <...>ick, William Stein and James Hal<...> Canon Diablo, Colorado, train rob<...> who robbed an express train on the At<...> and Pacific Railway, have been sen<...> twenty-five years each in the peni<...>

State Treasurer <...> S Bamberg, of South Carolina, dropped dead of heart disease at this home in Col<...>

Jeptha <...>ur, of Milfrod, Del., was killed in a <...>way accident.

Captain Joseph Fisher <...> American schooner Baltic, arrived <...>cetown, Mass, reports his vessel fired upon <...>

James Cochran, captain and <...> Downey, sailor on the schooner Sea<...> Bride, while drunk were drowned in <...> <...>laware river, near Wilmington.

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BURNED IN THE CARS. From 20 to 30 Lives Lost on the Pennsylvania Road. The Freight Trains Collide Near Johnstown and a Number of the Laborers from That City Meet Death in the Wreck. [The article has a lengthwise tear with sections missing. The article describes the wreck and the names of the railroad people killed but I can't make out the names.]

THE DEATH PENALTY. Two Notable Executions - Mrs. Whiteling and Red Nose Mike. - Mrs. Sarah Jane Whiteling was hanged in the corridors of the county prison, Philadelphia, Pa. ... The woman's bearing throughout the terrible ordeal was a most remarkable exhibition of fortitude and resignation to her fate. ... The crime for which Mrs. Whiteling suffered the extreme penalty of the law as the deliberate poisoning of her husband and two children with arsenic for the purpose of securing a small insurance which she carried on their lives.
     Red Nosed Mike's Fate - Michael Rizzello alias "Red-Nosed Mike", was hanged in the jail yard at Wilkesbarre, Pa. It will be remembered that he was the notorious Italian who on the 19th of October last murdered Paymaster J R McClare and Stable Boss Hugh Flanagan on the mountain road above this city. ...

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JOHN DE MORGAN, NOVE.... [hole and pieces of tape over most of article - it's about John DeMorgan and his determination to help the Irish]

NOVEL INSURANCE CASE. A Man Whose Widow Married Again Found In Mexico - About nine years ago John W Hillman, of Lawrence, Kan., who had secured insurance on his life for $32,000, went to Indian Territory with several companions. Soon word came back that he was dead, he having been accidentally shot by one of his comrades. The body was brought to Lawrence, but many people refused to believe that it was Hilliman's. ... insurance company refused to pay ... Mrs. Hillman married Mr. Smith a Leavenworth traveling man. ... sensational trial ... Hillman captured in Tombstone, Az ... no one identified him ... he escaped ... no money yet paid ... the matter still stands the greatest insurance mystery of the day.

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FIRED UPON BY HAYTENS. An American Vessel's Experience at San Domingo. Captain Fisher's Story of an Attack Upon His Vessel, and the Explanation He Received for it.

MURDERED BY OUTLAWS. Butchery of a Whole Family of Immigrants Near Helena, Mon. - News was received of a most brutal crime committed in Fergus county, in what is known as "Judith county," about 150 miles north of Helena, Mon. The news was brought by the driver of a stage line running from Fort Benton to Livingston.
     He says that on Saturday last the body of a middle-aged woman, who had been shot in the back, was found by a cowboy in a wild and unfrequented spot on the Judith river. The coroner's inquest developed no information as to who she was. On Tuesday the bodies of two men, a 16 year old girl and a six year old girl were discovered about 100 yards above the same place.
     All were shot in the back except the child, who had been strangled. Near by were found the remains of burned trunks and camp equipment. Everything by which the bodies might be identified was destroyed. Nobody in Judith county can recognize the bodies.

DEMOLISHED BY A STORM. Sioux City, Ia., and Its Vicinity Damaged by Flood and Winds.

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S. W. Avesser, aged two years, was run over and killed by a street car in Baltimore.

Isaac Waat and Wm. Kaup were killed by a cave-in at the Cleveland iron mine, at Ishpething, Michigan.

Benjamin Mergal, a well-known farmer of Antrim township, Pa., was killed by lightning while at work in his field a few days ago.

Arthur C. Smith, a freight conductor on the Richmond and Allegheny Railroad, was killed in Richmond, Virginia, while coupling cars.

A rowboat collided with a sailboat on the East River, N.Y., and two boys, Benjamin Foster and Robert Simley, were drowned.

Mrs. McDowell, aged 65 years, of Franklin, Pa., fell down stairs with a lighted lamp in her hand and was burned to death before assistance arrived.

Miss Jennie Elmblad and Miss Hilda Carlson were drowned in the Desplaines river at Desplaines, Ill, by the capsizing of a boat through mismanagement.

Mrs. Julia Octaviana, sixteen years of age, who had been married only seven weeks accidentally killed herself at Baltimore, Md., while handling a loaded revolver.

Mrs. Charles Cleaves and Erdine Cole, aged sixteen years were drowned at Springfield, Maine, while bathing. Mrs. Cleaves leaves a husband and four children in the West.

A freight train on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was wrecked nine miles from Frederick, Md. A wrecking train in going to the rescue struck Allen Miller, aged eighty years and killed him instantly.

George Reyer, Secretary of the Western Shooting Association, which meets in Indianapolis, while out hunting fell from a fence and accidentally discharged the contents of his gun into his chest. He died instantly.

Mrs. Elizabeth Tyler, aged twenty-five years, poured coal oil on her fire while preparing breakfast at her home in Baltimore. The can exploded and Mrs. Tyler and her eight month old boy were so badly burned that they died in a short time.

Miss Maggie Harrison, of Chicago, niece of President Harrison and seven companions, narrowly escaped drowning at Lake Minnetonka, through the capsizing of a boat in a gale. The party were in the water an hour and were nearly exhausted when rescued.

Mrs. John Maples and her two boys, aged five and three years, were drowned in a small creek in Chestertownship, Indiana. Mr. Maples attempted to ford the creek, which had been swollen by heavy rains. The wagon was overturned. Mr. Maples and one child were saved.

Miss Sarah Rome, aged twenty-four of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Mrs. David Rome, aged twenty-six of Toronto, Canada, sat <....> freight car at Coney Island, engaged <....>, when a special train ran into <....> setting it in motion. Mrs. Rome <....> and Miss Rome badly injured.

J. H. Payne and E. R. Reinhart, postal clerks and Brakeman McFarland were killed and seven other were injured, three severely in a train wreck near Stenbenville, Ohio

A scaffold fell at one of the power houses of the Yerkes cable car system in Chicago, killing Peter Doornbos and badly injuring four other workmen. A mishap exactly similar took place at the Yerkes power house on Madison street. A mob of 3000 persons gathered at the Milwaukee Avenue House after the accident and indulged in threats of violence, but gradually dispersed.

James Cochran and Joseph Downey, of Philadelphia, the captain and deck hand respectively of the schooner Seaman's Bride, were drowned in the Delaware river, near Wilmington. Downey fell overboard, and Cochran, who came up from the cabin to see what was the matter, also walked overboard. Both men and the other members of the crew were said to be intoxicated.

An explosion of gas occurred in the Nottingham Mine at Plymouth, Pa., operated by the Lehigh and Wilkesbarre Coal company. Michael Andrew, aged twenty-six years, Simon Novalk, aged twenty-three, John Kutchki, aged twenty-seven, and Joseph Taylor, aged 35 years, were fatally burned. The accident was caused by the carelessness of a Polander, who went into a chamber full of gas without first testing the air.

ABOUT NOTED PEOPLE. [gossip about famous people]

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A BLAZE AT JOHNSTOWN. Houses That Stood the Flood Give Way to Fire. Twenty-five Buildings Are Burned - Houses torn Down to Check the Spread of the Flames - Dead Bodies Blow in the Air by Dynamite.

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