Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 12

July 26, 1889 (Part 1)

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Robert Dalton, a deputy United States marshal in Oklahoma, was killed by Lee West, a moonshiner, who in turn was shot by Dalton before the latter expired.

Charles H. Boliman, of the National Fish commission, died in the swamps of Southern Georgia.

Tom Condor, a Mormon murder was hanged in Nashville, for killing Jack Riley.

At a grade crossing in south Amboy, Francis Mulligan and Nelis Nielson were killed.

Henry Thornbill, a tough character, shot and killed William Barrett, a well-to-do farmer in Aurora, Nebraska.

Horace Lebring, of Three Oaks, Mich., was arrested charged with attempting to poison his father, mother and sister in order to get possession of the farm.

It is reputed that the wheat crop of Dakota is 30,000 bushels short.

Michael Bolak, the murderer of Michael Bellinshire, was hanged in Belvidere, N. J.

Ex-State Senator D. J. Creighton, of San Francisco, convicted of jury bribing, and who escaped, has given himself up.

The nailers of the Brooks Iron Company at Birdsboro, Pa., have decided not to accept the reduction proposal by the company.

E. C. Jordan, Proprietor of the Jordan White Sulphur Springs, Va., died of blood poisoning, the result of a squirrel bite.

In a collision between two freight trains on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, near Boonville, Mo., one hundred and fifty head of cattle were killed.

A wagon containing five persons was struck by a railroad train near Clinton, Iowa. Mrs. Frederick Burkenshaw and Miss Mary Beckman were killed and the others injured.

Siran Bures, colored, charged with the murder of a white man named Whiteburso at Iuka, Miss., was lunched.

Henry Kellar, a deputy sheriff of Columbus, Ind., was fatally beaten by William Henry, because Kellar went walking with Henry's daughter.

The new census of the city of St. Paul, Minn. Shows a population of 193,247,

A sheriff's posse charged upon a lot of striking miners near Braidwood, Ill., and several men were shot.

Secretary Blaine denies the rumors of his resignation.

At a picnic at Rea's Run, on the Ohio river, a fight occurred, in which Jacob Francis was fatally stabbed and two other men injured.

The scarcity of cattle in Europe has led to arrangements being made in Chicago for enormous shipments of cattle during the next three months.

A runnaway couple named Robert Smuthwaite, aged twenty-two years, and Anna Stevens, aged fifteen years, of Steubenville, O.[sic], where arrested in Philadelphia, Pa., the girl being charged with stealing $5,000 from her father.

Several iron manufactures of Costesville, Pa., have increased the wages of their employees.

Fire at Lancaster, Pa., destroyed valuable storehouse property, causing losses aggragating $100,000.

Augustus Rosenberg, aged forty-five years at Somerville, Mass., murdered Mrs. Catherine Smith, with whom he had been living, and her fourteen-year-old son, and also shot and seriously injured the woman's two other children, completing the terrible tragedy by leaping from a window himself and dying.

C. L. Gillespie, late door-keeper of the Nebraska Senate, is under arrest in Fittsburg, charged by his wife of grand larceny.

Three prisoners were suffocated in a fire that destroyed the jail at Jacksonville, Oregon.

Joseph Webber, a prominent citizen of Chicago, committed suicide.

Frank H. Tiernan, a Chicago sport in bad luck, killed himself.

A letter from Panama states that the steamer Ropel, from Valparaiso, was wrecked at Castro and eleven of her crew lost.

The Otis Iron and Steel Works, at Cleveland, Ohio, have been sold to English capitalists for $4,500,000.

Alfred Greene, an insane Swede, in the Michigan State Asylum, stabbed James T. Jackson to the heart with a butcher knife.

George DeWeight fatally stabbed a man named Meaney in the Michigan State House of Correction, in mistake for Charles Stanley, another inmate, with whom he had quarreled.

C. B. Fulton and Miss Mary Ault, were instantly killed by a cart in which they were riding being struck by a train near Bellaire, Ohio.

Levi Ebrhart, a young man, was killed on the Northern Central Railroad near York, Pa.

John Day and Andrew McGregor were killed, and several other men injured by a dam breaking at Pittsburg.

The tanks of the Consolidated Oil Company, at St. Joseph, Mo., were struck by lightning and destroyed. Loss $75,000.

Thomas Jefferson, colored, was hanged at Memphis, Tenn., for the murder of William Ragland.

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[headline] TRADE OF THE WEEK. Business Inactive, but the Fall Outlook Excellent. Prices Reported Firm in Commission Dry Goods, Building Materials, Furniture and Carpets - The Stock Market.


The Earl of Zetland, the new viceroy of Ireland, enjoys an income (salary included) of about $375,000 a year.

Mr. Parish, of Berrien county, Ga., is doubtless the youngest sheriff in the State. When elected he had to wait three months to become of age before he could be sworn into office.

John Shootsman, Tennesseean, republican and able-bodied citizen, has named his recently arrived triplet infants - two boys and a girl - after the President and the President's wife.

A Musselman woman has just died in Meean Meeri, India, credited with one hundred and fifty years of age. She was blind, deaf and dumb, and almost inanimate. She died in the house of a grandson, who is over eighty.

James Edwin Vardeman, who died last week near Sparta, Ga., could repeat the names of all the Senators and Representatives in Congress from the beginning of the government.

The burglars who went through John Martin's house at West Buxton, Mo., the other night were both hungry and thirsty, Mrs. Martin says she is out a barrel of pork, part of another barrel and thirty gallons of cider.

The Cherokee Indians support over one hundred common schools, with an aggregate of 4,059 pupils, and a high school for boys, with 211 students. They are just completing a seminary that will accommodate 166 students.

The leading candidate for meanest man lives in the United States lives in Milton, Pa. He refused to give up some timber which floated on his lot, and which belonged to a man who had rescued him from his flood-wrecked house.

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[headline] THREE SCORE AND TEN. Mrs. Julia Ward Howe, ... seventieth anniversary of her birthday ... [picture]

ABOUT NOTED PEOPLE. [snippets of new about famous people]

[headline] SIX THOUSAND WERE LOST. A Waterspout bursts in a District in China - Villages Flooded.

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CABLE SPARKS [snippets of news from around the world]

WORK AND WORKERS [snippets of business news from around the country]

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SOUTHERN ITEMS. Interesting News Complied From Many Sources.

A new building and loan association has just been organized in Durham, N. C.

William Shelton, a young railroad man, committed suicide at Atlanta, Ga., by taking morphine.

The Lynchburg (Va.) Industrial Society will hold their annual fair on the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th of October next.

Wm. Carson and Captain W. L. Lloyd, while fishing off Wrightsville, N. C., where drowned by their boat capsizing.

Frances Cooper, colored, of Mt. Pleasant, Fla., has confessed to poisoning three colored women who he invited to dinner.

Prof. Ralph H. Graves died at Raleigh, N. C., from the effect of the wounds inflicted upon himself in his recent attempt to commit suicide.

There was a slight shock of earthquake at Charleston, S. C., lasting about ten seconds. Buildings were shaken, but no damage was done.

Frank Millan and Sam Cronin got into a quarrel over a girl at a picnic near Horse Neck in Pleasant county, W. Va., and Cronin shot Millan dead.

Mr. G. Kline, of Hagerstown, Md., exhibits a bunch of wheat, consisting of ninety-six stalks of fully developed heads, the product of a single grain of wheat.

Lewis Koontz, aged 17 years, a son of Charles Knootz, of Huntington, W. Va., was drowned in the Ohio river about 4 o'clock, while in the water bathing.

Near Tunnel Hill, Ga., Martin Love, colored, attempted a felonious assault on Miss Addie Rogers, a white girl. He was caught late in the day and lynched by a masked mob.

A. B. Privett, while crazed with drink, committed suicide in Goldsboro, N. C., by taking laudanum. Prompt medical attention was summoned but could only prolong his life a few hours.

John Dinkleman, an aged German peddler, was struck by a train on the Ohio River railroad in Parkersburg, W. Va., and sustained injuries from which he died in two hours.

Mr. Steiner, of Frederick, Md., who recently discovered orchre beds on one of his farms, is still meeting with great success. He opened the earth to a depth of nine feet and finds the quality of orchre superior to the first found.

Young Whitehurst, book-keeper for Branch, Cone & Co., of Spring Hope, Nash county, N. C., committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart. It is thought that irregularities in his books caused him to commit the act.

A horse driven by Mrs. Troxell, of Hagerstown, Md., ran away and collided with the team of Mr. Bankert. This animal also became frightened and started another horse driven by Mr. Teigley. Matters became exciting for a little while, but the only damage done was the breaking of Mr. Bankert's buggy.

The warehouses occupied by J. W. Temple & Co., furniture, cotton and rice straw; Dores Bros., piano and organs, and Charles Kolshorn & Co., beer bottlers, at Savannah, Ga., were destroyed by fire.

The State treasurer of North Carolina has just decided that boards of county commissions have no right to change valuation of property where no improvements or depreciation have occurred since the last assessment.

Willie Bodenstein, near Wheeling, W. Va., dropped his hat on the track of the B. & O., and taking a stick was trying to recover it when the train passed, and he was drawn under the wheels, which crushed the life out of him.

Mr. Gibbons, of Barnesville, W. Va., has a brood of domestic patridges. They were hatched by an old hen, who takes kindly to her nimble little flock, and is evidently not aware of the deception.

John Wright, one of the most prominent farmers of Washington county, Va., had his barn destroyed by lightning. The barn and its entire contents, consisting of a thousand bushels of wheat, grain, drill, harness, &c., and two very valuable horses. Loss between $2,000 and $2,500; no insurance.

Mrs. E. W. Barber, an old lady living near Lafayette, Ala., was bitten by a rattlesnake a few days ago. She became very ill for a few hours and afterwards was totally blind. Otherwise she has entirely recovered from the effects of the bite. Her physicians do not know how to account for the circumstances.

A youth while at work in the harvest field of Mr. John Basterday, near Petersville, Md., fell in front of a self-binder while it was in operation and had one of his arms caught in the binding section. Before he could be extricated his arms were badly lacerated, two knots having been tied in his flesh.

Mrs. Clayton, of Cumberland, Md., during a thunderstorm, went to close a window up stairs, when she was stunned by a flash of lightning. Her cheek was singed by the flash, the mark left having the appearance of a sever sunburn. In the room below here she stood a round hole one inch in diameter is seen in the plastering.

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Charles Walker, an employe at Wood's saw mill, at Rush Run, Fayette county, W., Va., was killed in a drunken row with an unknown negro, who escaped after the shooting. Four shots were fired, two of which took effect in Walker's breast, inflicting a fatal wound.

The Luray (Va.) Mills company have disposed of their property at public sale for $10,000. Messrs. W. M. Fielding, T. H. Kenaide, John W. Rothgeb and A. J. Huffman becoming the purchasers.

Jack Morris, janitor of the City Hall and who belonged to every secret order in the city of Atlanta, Ga., laughed himself to death a few days ago. He attended the Masonic lodge of which he was a member. When he left the lodge room he was accompanied by Professor Otto Spahr, who lost his hat and was compelled to go are headed until they reached Morris's room. Prof. Spahr noticed that his friend laughed immoderately, a thing which seldom happened. Next morning Morris was found dead by the servant. The theory is that he laughed so immoderately as to bring on palpiation of the heart, to which he was subject.

LIGHTNING'S QUEER HAVOC. Playing About a House and Stunning Occupants. [article about lightning striking the house of H. A. Carner, Fredericksburg, VA.]

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