Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 11

July 19, 1889 (Part 1)

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Charles Blackmar, of East Saginaw, Mich., while drunk shot his mother, and a grandson of the woman then shot the drunkard.

Fire destroyed the business section of Carson, Iowa. Loss 62,000, insurance $25,000..

J. Hoge Winfield, son of the Episcopal bishop of California, was fatally shot at Benicia, Cal., by J. E. Crooks in a quarrel over a newspaper article.

An attempt was made to blow up the Salvation Army barracks in Indianapolis.

August Belz, of Appleton, Wis., put to flight a dozen whitecaps who had come to flog him.

A shortage of $21,000 has been found in the accounts of ex-county Treasurer T. W. Cole, of Marshall, Ill.

Rev. E. F. Flemen, alias John Geldell was arrested in Pittsburg, charged with a murder committed in South Carolina.

Mary Arnold was fined $250 in a New York court for smuggling jewelry from France.

Michael Rooney, under a ten years' sentence at Danuemara state prison, N. Y., for manslaughter committed suicide by hanging.

Henry Blake and Michael Frawley, while drunk at Susquehmns, Pa., fell into the river and received fatal injuries.

Albert Oriaroski, a young German, committed suicide in New York city by first shooting and then hanging himself.

By the wreck of a freight train on the Pennsylvania Railroad, near Pittsburg, three persons were killed, a number injured and thirteen cars demolished.

Dennis Depauw, a crazy man, was found in a Chicago court room threatening to kill Judge Grinnell.

Emil Plettig and August John, of Chicago, in attempting to run a dam at Kilbouru city, Wis., in a rowboat, were drowned by the boat capsizing.

The Pittsburg and Western express train was wrecked near Akron, Ohio, and the engineer and fireman injured.

General W. A. Pile died at Monrovia, Cal.

A Chinaman was killed in the Chinese theater at San Francisco in a Highbinder quarrel.

A. M. Park, of Agnews, Cal., shot and killed Jesse Hunter, his mistress, and then committed suicide.

The shock of earthquake was felt at Farmington, Me.

Herbert a. Pearson, a millionaire mine owner of Chester county, Idaho, was drowned while bathing at Chicago.

Two men were killed by the falling of a trestle in the power house of the Milwaukee Avenue Cable Company, in Chicago.

The Ministerial Union, of Charleston, S. C., adopted resolutions denouncing the result of the trial of Dr. McDow for the murder of Captain Dawson.

Charles Orbann, a newsboy, whose leg was amputated as a result of injury on a street car, has recovered $20,000 damages from the Philadelphia Traction Company.

The little village of Kronsberg in South Dakota, was destroyed by a wind storm and several persons injured in the ruins of their homes.

Frank Sullivan, an ex-convict, fatally stabbed his wife as she was coming out of a New York dive.

The Lawson Manufacturing company's works at Roxbury, Mass. Were burned. Loss $18,000.

Isaac Valentine, an importer of diamonds New York City, made an assignment.

A freight train on the Pennsylvania Railroad was wrecked at Locust Grove, near Lancaster Pa., and twelve cars derailed.

The Indiana miners refuse to yield, and the operators will introduce machinery to do the work.

Black rot will cause total failure of the grape crop in the Mississippi Valley.

Six men were thrown into the water by the upsetting of their boat on the Mississippi River near Savanah, Ilis <?>, and Thomas Rogers, Edward Howard and Patrick Flinn were drowned.

Charles Eggers, a St. Louis Brewer, committed suicide.

Louis Cherier, cashier of the bank of Houghton, Wis., has disappeared with about $50,000.

Twelve attempts have been made to burn the town of Danbury, Conn., this last one causing considerable damage.

George Duane, aged fifteen years was shot and killed by James Allen, a night watchman, in Chicago, while trying to escape with stolen cigars.

The late General Cameron's will includes a number of bequests to churches and charities.

In a riot of striking street car employes at Duluth, Minn., two strikers were killed and several hurt by the police, whom they attacked.

Peter Carr, a prominent young lawyer of Spotsylvania county, Va., died from injuries by being kicked by a horse.

John N. Railing of Shippenburg, PA., was killed by a freight train.

S. R. Horton, a farmer of Rutledge, Ga., was fatally shot from ambush.

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[headline] TRADE OF THE WEEK. Inactivity Ruled Owing to the Holiday and Heavy Rains. Not Much Injury to Crops by Rains - Stocks and Bonds Strong - Money Easy at New York.

[headline] HAND PRESSES ADOPTED. Steam Plate Presses in the Bureau of Engraving Abandoned.

MARKETS. [current market prices]

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     Interesting News Compiled From Many Sources.

The Roanoke, VA. Machine Works have a full force of hands employed and is working extra hours.

A summer normal institute, with 340 teachers in attendance, has been opened at Lynchburg, Va.

Twenty-six illicit distilleries have been destroyed in Surry county, N. C., during the past ten days.

Turner A. Willis, accidentally shot off his left hand while gunning near Bealeton, Fauquier county, VA.

W. E. Sponsellor brought into Frederick Md., a hen's egg that was perfectly round, about the size of a small base ball.

The Light Artillery Blues of Lunchburg, Va., have decided to go into camp at the Fauquier White Sulphur Springs in July.

A sixteen-year-old daughter of Andrew Miller, Jr., of Jackson county, W. Va., committed suicide by shooting herself in the head.

Mrs. Philip Entler, living near Shepherdstown, W. Va., was seized with a convulsion, during which she dislocated her lower jaw.

Chas. Craddock, a white man had his throat cut at Martinsville, Va., by Booker Redd, a negro. His wind pipe is almost entirely severed.

Captain B. Stanley, of Wheeling, W. Va., is just recovering from a five week's confinement caused by a heavy steel pipe falling on his foot.

At a dance at Horse Neck, Pleasant county, W. Va., Frank McMillen and Samuel Cronin quarreled about a girl, when Cronin shot McMillen dead.

The sandstone quarries of Seneca, Md., have made arrangements to ship their products by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad instead of by the canal.

Willie D. Yerby, formerly of Fredericksburg, Va., was killed in a St. Louis street car by the discharge of a pistol which fell from the pocket of a policeman.

The historic lands at Appomattox Court House, VA., are to be bought up for a Northern syndicate. Options have already been secured upon most of the desired property.

Jessie Weston, employed on the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad, while grinding some hand tools had his arm caught in the belting, and was thrown violently to the floor, bruising him about the head and body.

Hon. H. G. Davis and Stephen B. Elkins, accompanied by Commander Brown, of the United States Navy, left Piedmont, W. Va., to make a tour of inspection South over the West Virginia Central Railway.

Repairs and alterations are being rapidly completed on the custom house in Wheeling, W. Va., in spite of the fact that the post-office remains in full operation while they are going on.

The sheep farmers of Wood county, W. Va., are turning their attention from the Spanish Merino to the Southdown breed of sheep, believing them to be a better paying investment.

The brakemen on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad are carrying clubs now, and the tramps along the road in W. Va., will receive a warm reception if they attempt stealing rides.

The huge opening in the earth which was noticed on Stainback's farm, in Price George county, Va., some weeks ago, has a counterpart at High Peak, in the same county, which is suppose to have been made at the same time as the other.

Irwin Taylor, a brakeman on the Western Maryland Railroad, in attempting to descend from a gravel train, at Frederick, Md., was struck by the steps of the cab and fractured his skull, rendering him insensible.

A movement, inaugurated a few days since, for the establishment of a mill for the manufacture of cotton jeans, at Raleigh, N. C., is in a fair way of success. The capital proposed is 25,000 which several citizens have subscribed $2,500.

A huge carp was found on the banks of Broad Run, in Md., having evidently been stranded by the flood. It measured over three feet in length, its body being as large as a four year old child. Its weight was nearly forty pounds.

While young Frank Pultz, of North Wheeling, W. Va., was bathing, in company with some of his companions, he became chilled through, and being seized with cramps in deed and swift water, he sank before aid could reach him.

Charles Carr, a workman on the union Railroad bridge at Wheeling, W. Va., fell from the top of a derrick, where he had climbed to oil the pulley, falling about twenty four feet on a pile of stone. He was knocked senseless, but as no bones were broken his injuries are not dangerous.

Nathan Fox, a highly respected farmer of Person county, N. C., committed suicide by taking a dose of "Rough on Rats." He was just recovering from a protracted spree, and it is thought the act was committed in a fit of despondency. He was about sixty years of age.

The courts of the counties of Hancock, Brooke and Marshall, W. Va., have only two judges to preside over them. Should an important case come up during the July term, a judge pro tem, will have to be elected for Hancock county. The law makes provision for such a contingency, although it has never been known to arise in actual practice.

Marvin Himmel captured a peculiar animal near the McMurray factory, in Frederick. It is about the size of a dog, and has feet shaped somewhat like the human hand. The chief diet of this strange being is cabbage.

Mr. James Burke, of Hagerstown, Md., has a blue chicken with a rose comb that lays eggs of an extraordinary size, averaging six and a quarter inches in circumference and eight inches from butt to point. She lays these mammoth eggs regularly every day.

Lewis Summers, of Petersville, Md., started his binder to work, and the machine not delivering the wheat as it should, he put in his hand to pull it through. The needle ran entirely through his hand, making a painful, if not dangerous wound.

A valuable horse belonging to D. H. Wyand, of Keedysville, Md., received a sun-stroke from the effects of which the animal became crazy. Dr. Cozzen pronounced the horse beyond recovery, and it was shot to relieve its sufferings.

M. J. Davis of Alaska, W. Va., while leading his team down Knobley Mountain, Md., made a narrow escape from death. His team took fright and ran away, Mr. Davis holding on to the lines until he was thrown over an embankment several feet. He was considerably bruised, but had no bones broken.

Charlie Lewis and a colored man named John Taylor attempted to ford the Monocacy in a wagon at Reich's ford, Md. When half way over, the water entirely covered the wagon, the horse's head being just above the current and the water up to their necks. The horse being a good swimmer brought them over safely.

A. J. Miller's furniture warehouse at Savanna, Ga., was burned. During the progress of the fire the factory wall fell, burning nine firemen. J. F. Wa<..> was killed.

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and Murray Lapinsky, Thomas Davis, Maurice Buttimer, Henry Goodson, Richard Hart and Edward Pacett are seriously injured. Lapinsky may die. Loss $150,000.

A farmer residing near Bent Mountain, Va., discovered a rattlesnake lying at full length on the front porch of his residence. With a double-barrelled gun he blew a hole and the snake's head through the floor. The reptile measured ten feet in length, possessed eighteen rattles, and is the largest snake seen in this neighborhood.

As several train hands on a hand-car were crossing Walter's bridge near Witheville, Va., they heard the whistle of a locomotive bearing upon then. Finding it impossible to escape, they abandoned the car and stretched themselves on the ties outside the rails. The train demolished the hand car, but the hands escaped unhurt.

While James Compton and his brother were walking along the road near Oakland, Md., a flash of lightning came, and James fell on his face in the mud. The younger brother says he heard a whizzing noise before his brother fell. His face is badly burned and his hair burned off. His escape from death was miraculous.

Governor Wilson, of West Virginia, has appointed as commissioners to select the location and purchase the site for the State Reform School, authorized by chapter 3, acts of 1889, the following gentlemen: State Superintendents of schools, B. S. Morgan, A. A. Franzbeim, of Ohio county; J. P. Scott, of Tucker county; J. P. Shankliu, of Monroe county, and Linsley Merrill, of Wirt county.

The town commissioners of Monroe, Union county, N. C., have fixed the license tax for selling liquor in that town at five hundred dollars in addition to the State and county tax. This will amount to prohibition, although the town went "wet" at the recent election. It was also ordered that any person found drunk on the streets, so as to stagger, should be arrested and fined no more than fifty dollars.

Ralph Graves, professor at the State University, attempted to commit suicide at Raleigh, N. C., at the house of his brother-in-law, Spier Whitaker, by cutting his throat with a penknife. He had been in bad health for months and had at times shown symptoms of derangement. He resigned his work at the University last February. His wounds are not believed to be fatal.

Michael Gille, of Baltimore a sawyer at George G. Tyler's mill, at Money Point, VA., Claude Stricker, brother of the superintendent, and Claude C. White, of Norfolk, a clerk in Tyler's office, were out in a boat near the point, when a sudden flow of wind capsized the craft, and Gillie and White were drowned. Gillie was nineteen years of age and White sixteen. Stricker succeeded in reaching the shore.

A despatch from Wetumpka, Ala., says: "Three colored men were drowned by the accidental sinking of a ferry-boat at Hatcher's Ferry on the Tallapoosa river. Five other persons narrowly escaped, some of them drifting down the river for a mile. Two wagons loaded with merchandise for Wetumpka merchants were also lost. The accident is said to have been caused by carelessness.

A fight took place at Fredericksburg, Va., between a number of colored men at the depot. Haywood Johnson and Luther Scott, of Carolina county, were severely cut, Johnson dying from the effects of the wounds several hours afterwards, and Scott now lies in a critical condition. Jordan Washington, Robert Washington and Grant Lewis, were arrested on suspicion. A coroner's jury rendered a verdic, that the deceased came to his death from a stab by a sharp instrument in the hands of Jordan Washington, and that Robert Washington and Grant Lewis were accessories.

Just before the eleven o'clock train on the Wheeling and Elm Grove road was due at Fulton, W. Va., one mile east of Wheeling, two men piled ties on the track at two different points, with intent to cause a wreck. The locomotive struck the first pile, but fortunately was not derailed. The second obstruction was on a trestle. There were two hundred passengers on the train, and a frightful wreck might have occurred.

A double tragedy, horrible in its details, were committed at Memphis, Tenn., the murdered and suicide being Frank Brenish, and the victim his wife. Brenish's wife left him some time ago because of his failure to support her and their two children. Brenish met his wife on the street and requested her to return home with him. She refused, and grabbing her by the hair, he pulled her head over backward and with a large butcher knife, cut her throat from ear to ear. She died within a few minutes. Brenish then slashed at his own throat, causing a wound from which he will probably die. He wrote a statement declaring that his wife was untrue to him and that he had nothing to live for.

BOUND AND ROBBED. Henry Hage Left Helpless for Three Days after Losing $20,000.
     The boldest highway robbery ever attempted in Minneapolis, Minn., occurred in the glaring light of day Tuesday morning and has just come to light. Henry Hage left the house for the purpose of getting shaved. He found no one at the shop, and started homeward. Soon after he was accosted by a stranger, who told him he was a barber and would take him to his house and shave him. Hage accompanied him, and they proceeded but a short distance, when the new made acquaintance dashed a quantity of vitriol in Hage's face. Hage was then taken out in the woods by the robber and his accomplices.
     After robbing him of about $20,000 the brutes bound him hand and foot and tied him to a tree. Hage remained in the woods unconscious, bound and helpless for three days. He succeeded in freeing himself and wandered home. He has not yet regained consciousness and may become permanently deranged. There is no clue to the thieves. The $20,000 of which he was robbed was in the form of two negotiable drafts, one on a Milwaukee and the other on a New York bank.

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[headline] TWO MORE DAMS BREAK. Johnstown, N. Y., This Time the Scene of Disaster. Lives Lost and Bridges Washed Away - Several Factories Demolished by the Terrible Rush of Waters - Railroad Tracks Torn Up.

 CABLE SPARKS [snippets of new from around the world]

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John Bromwell, a bricklayer, was run over and killed by a locomotive in Baltimore.

Carrie, the 18 year old daughter of Hiram Frost, was burned to death at Hopkins, Minnesota.

Sixty cases of typhoid fever are reported in Wilkersbarre, Pa., and an epidemic is feared.

Two unknown men were instantly killed at Baltimore by the Chicago express on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

Elwyn Latham, a young drug clerk of West Washington, was drowned in the Potomac by the upsetting of a boat.

William Schletz and Charles Schroeder, boys, were drowned while boating, on the picnic grounds, at Riverside, near Chicago.

By the explosion of a boiler in the works of the Asphalt Paving Company, in Wilkesbarre, Pa., John Boyle, the engineer, was killed.

Mrs. I. K. Cameron, Mrs. Losee and her daughter, Myra Losee, were drowned in Lake Rosseau, Ontario, by the upsetting of a boat.

Local rains in Richmond, Va., caused the water in Shockos creek to back up, and the lower floors and cellars of at least fifty business houses were submerged.

By the sinking of a ferry-boat in the Tallapoosa river in Alabama, three colored men were drowned, and two wagons loaded with merchandise for Wetumpa were lost.

Two hundred persons were injured, about half of them severely, and a child was killed by the fall of a grand stand during races at Oklahoma, Indian Territory.

The Buffalo fly is reported to have appeared among cattle at Three Mile Run near New Brunswick, New Jersey. Its presence was disclosed by two fatal cases.

Lizzie Hawks, aged 14 years, and Mamie Hawks, aged eight years, were killed by lightning while in a swing on the farm of John Hawks, about three miles from Lockport, N. Y.

A passenger train on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad was thrown into a ditch by a cow about twenty miles south of Cairo, Ill. Six passengers were injured, one fatally.

Nellie Burton, aged 15 years; May Royal aged 16; Ida Cassidy, aged 22; Fannie McCourt, aged 18, and Bert Freeman, aged 20, were drowned by the upsetting of a barge near Allegheny City, Pa.

A passenger train from Macon to Columbus, Georgia, was throw from the track and into a ditch while rounding a curve near Geneva. Eight passengers were injured.

A cloud burst over Akron, Ohio, and two inches of water fell in an hour. Considerable damage was done to property, and sand was washed upon the railroad tracks in such quantities as to prevent transportation.

John Boyle, fireman in the stone crushing works of the Barbour Asphalt company, at Wilkerbarre, Pa., was blown through the roof at the fire house by the bursting of a valve, and fatally injured.

A locomotive on the Northwester Railroad crashed into a farmer's wagon at Maywood, near Chicago, killing August Multentour and fatally injuring his brother-in-law, Frederick Liebentour. Three children were badly hurt.

While ex-President Cleveland and Joseph Jefferson were taking a ride near Buzzard's Bay, Mass., one of their horses became unmanageable, and both gentlemen were thrown out. Both escaped with slight bruises and a sever shaking up.

The steamers Bay Queen and Eolus collided near Gould Island, in Narraga<..> Bay. A thick fog prevailed at the time. Both vessels were badly damaged and had to be towed to Newport. No person is believed to have injured on either boat.

An explosion of gas occurred in the Boston Towboat Company's office, in the Fiske building, at Boston. A leak in the pipes was ignited in some unknown manner. Two men and a woman were injured, the latter - Miss Laura Lincoln, severely.

There was a collision on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, near Glendale, Ohio, between a passenger and live stock train. Express Messenger Blackburn was fatally and several others severely hurt. Considerable of the live stock was killed and injured.

It is reported that the engine, baggage car and one coach of a railroad train broke through a defective bridge near Terrell, Texas, and that one man was killed and several persons were injured. No particulars are given.

An autopsy on the body of Mrs. Morris Rubens, who was found in Albany, New York, dying beside her dead child, showed that death was caused by uraemic poisoning, the result of acute Bright's disease. The child was suffocated by the mother's rolling over upon it in her death struggles.

A steam bleacher in the mill of the Lyons Paper Company, near Clinton, Iowa, exploded, wrecking half of the large brick building and killing Alexander Hart and Thomas McBride, workmen. A man named Callahun was badly scalded.

George Gould, president of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, received a despatch from San Francisco verifying the reported loss of the company's steamer Granada on the rocks at Puta Tejohn. The vessel and cargo will be a total loss. The Granada was valued at $250,000, and the cargo at $75,000.

A FIERCE DAKOTA BLOW. Houses Blown Down and Barns Carried Awaw [sic] by Cyclone.
     The heavies wind and rain storm ever seen in Dakota stuck Kranzberry about 5 o'clock in the afternoon. It came from northeast and was accompanied by heavy hail. Van Dusen's big warehouse and elevator was lifted from its foundations by the wind and thrown up on the railroad track, utterly ruined. A blacksmith shop was blown down and the owner was injured. The Catbollo Church tower was blown over on its side and other buildings were badly racked. There is hardly a chimney left in the town, and many buildings were blown down and several persons were hurt.
     In the country the storm was also sever. Joseph Tishler, a large farmer, had just completed a new house, a barn and a granary. The house was wrecked and the barn and granary were dashed into kindling wood. Crops are considerable damaged. The storm mowed a strip half a mile wide right through the farms and the grain was destroyed by the hail, wind and rain. Many small buildings were blown away and the windows on the north side of all homes were broken by the hail and wind.

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