Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 13

August 2, 1889 (Part 1)

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Ben Bates, while umpiring a game of ball in Owensboro, Ky., became involved in a quarrel with Frank Morris. It ended in Bates stabbing Morris to death.

Charles Slaughter, a farmer living near Kirkmansville, Ky., committed suicide.

Morris Crawford was kicked to death by some men in Detroit with whom he had quarrelled.

Mrs. Myranda Lawyer, wife of Bishop Lawyer, who had been adjudged insane by the county court, hung herself at Huntsville, Mo.

The southern part of Van Zant county, Texas, is suffering from the acts of a band of incendiaries, who are burning churches and school houses right and left. Four of these buildings have been destroyed within a week, and citizens are becoming greatly excited.

Chauncey Kniffen, of Lake Mahopac, N. Y., shot his wife and himself. Domestic trouble was the cause.

A combination of all the cut nail mills is proposed.

The Bell Telephone Company won its suit against the Cushman company.

Cleveland, O. <sic> capitalists have completed arrangements to establish an iron tubing factory in Ottawa, Ont.

A. J. Hodson, of Cincinnati, died from injuries received while discharging fireworks.

Wayne Withyer was arrested in Lancaster, Pa., while endeavoring to wreck a freight train.

Upward of half a million dollars have been subscribed in Syracuse, N. Y., to the North American Salt Association.

Lewis Brothers, one of the largest dry goods and commission houses in the country, has made an assignment. Liabilities are estimated at $4,120,060.

The alledged murders of Dr. Cronin were arranged in court in Chicago.

A battle is reported to have taken place in Hayti. Hippolyte was defeated.

Mrs. Wm. Irwin and one of her children were killed at a crossing in Washington, Pa., by a train.

Mrs. Doles, widow of the Confederate General George N. Doles, who was killed at Cold Harbor, died in Atlanta, Ga.

While Michael Merkel, a Pottsville coal operator, was cleaning a gun, it was discharged, the load entering his body and killing him instantly.

James Byrne, William O'Neill and John Connell were arrested in New York on the charge of stealing thirty thousand pounds of coffee.

Thomas Frey, the murder of John M. Cooper, has been sentenced to death in Cincinnati.

The stockmen who hung Kate Maxwell and Jas. Averill admit that they assisted in the lynching.

The English syndicate has bought five breweries in Paterson, N. J., for $2,300,000.

The son of Marshall H. Mitchell, United States consul at Kingston, has been arrested on the charge of burglary.

Chauncey Horton, a negro, convicted of brutal assault, was sentenced by a New Jersey justice to twenty years imprisonment and to pay $1,000 fine.

Gas exploded in a mine of the Pennsylvania Coal company, in Wilkesbarre, fatally injuring three miners.

Sixteen bodies of those lost by the flood in West Virginia have been recovered.

Roger Page, editor of the Marion, N. C. Times-Register, was shot and instantly killed. A woman is at the bottom of the tragedy.

Hugh Cullan, a veteran, killed himself in New York.

Mr. John R. Carter, of Baltimore, was thrown from his horse in Lenox, Mass., and seriously injured.

The St. Cloud Hotel, in Meadville Pa., was destroyed by fire. Several servants were severely injured while effecting their escape.

While hunting for the bodies of two children Stephen Billy was drowned in White river.

Bishop Seymour, of Indiana, was married in New York to Mrs. Harriet Atwood Aymar, of Jersey City.

Mrs. Hattie Gibson Heron, wife of Rev. David Heron, and formerly of Tennessee, has been sentenced to death by the Emperor of Corea for preaching Christianity.

Charles Giblen and Fred Carolin were sentenced in New York to be hanged.

Governor Richardson, of North Carolina, has accepted Dr. McDow's resignation as surgeon of the First Battalion of Infantry.

A boat's crew was lost off East Greenland while fast to a whale, which carried the boat and crew down.

It is now known that twenty-two lives were lost by the flood in West Virginia.

Dan Malone, colored, who attempted to ravish a white woman in Covington, Ga., was taken from the officers and hung.

There have been a number of deaths in the Conemaugh Valley.

Tramps in Princeton, N. J., are now obliged to work out their fines by breaking stone on the streets.

Gov. Merriam, of Minnesota, has refused a pardon of Bob Younger.

Ferdinand Knack has been arrested at Neenab, Wis., charged with poisoning his wife.

Two children were burned to death in Columbus, O.,<sic>, by an explosion of a coal-oil can.

A seal lion was captured in a shallow pool near Lake Winnebago, in Wisconsin.

One boy was killed and two others fatally injured while attempting to cross before a train near Mahaney City.

John Carter, who killed Constable Reynolds, of Greenbrier county, W. Va., has been lynched.

Chief Engineer Eldridge Lawton, U. S. N., retired, died at his home, South Boston, Va., from paralysis. The deceased leaves a widow and two children. He was sixty-three years of age.

Two cattle thieves were taken from jail in Albuquerque, N. M., by cowboys and hanged.

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SHOT THE EDITOR. Sensational Murder Over a Woman at Marion, N. C.
     Col. Roger J. Page, a prominent lawyer and editor of the Times-Register at Marion, N. C., was shot and instantly killed at that place just after alighting from the midnight train which brought him from Round Knob.
     He had gone a hundred yards from the station, and was leaning on the arm of his friend, Judge Haywood, of Texas, while on his left was another friend, when someone came up behind him and shot him through the neck, which was broken by the ball. His assailant ran, mounted a horse and fled the town. A coroner's inquest was hurriedly held, rendering a verdict of death by a person unknown.
     A young man had threatened to kill Col. Page, and was seen following the dead man at the station. Quite a crowd had gathered, expecting trouble, and, indeed, the rumor that someone one intended injuring Colonel Page was current in the town, and when the pistol shot was fired at midnight many persons remarked that Colonel Page was in trouble.
     It is said that a woman is at the bottom of the tragedy.

NO SYMPATHY FOR OUTLAWS. The Governor of Missouri refuses to Pardon a Noted Outlaw.
     Bob Younger, the Missouri outlaw, must die in prison. He is in the last stages of consumption, and prominent men of Missouri have been trying to secure his pardon.
     Governor Merriam said to Colonel Bronough and Ex-Governor Marshall on their presentation of a large petition: "I may as well say to you now, once for all, that I shall do nothing in the case - nothing at all. I have my own personal feelings and prejudice in the matter, and I should not be moved to interfere in the case of Bob or any of them even if Haywood's wife could come back from the grave and sign you petition or if Haywood's surviving daughter should join in your appeal."

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The Chicago Coffee Company and adjacent properties in Chicago were damaged by fire to the extend of $30,000.

H. W. Larmour and Cally Brenheim were drowned in the Patspsco river, at Baltimore, Md., by the upsetting of their boat.

Nathan Duebler, a prominent citizen of Tunkhannork, Pa., was drowned in the Susquehanna river while on a fishing excursion.

Addie and Kate Gordon and Myrtle Cranby, ranging in age from 11 to 14 years were drowned while bathing at Paoli, Kansas.

The fifteen year-old son of J. Range was accidentally shot and killed by J. H. Ferguson, proprietor of a shooting gallery in Richmond, Va.

Charles Harner and Dentom [Dentorn ?] were struck by lightning and killed while unloading grain on the farm of W. W. Crapster, near Frederick, Md.

An old brewery building in Moline, Illinois, which was being torn down, suddenly collapsed. Henry Hagger was killed, and four others severely injured.

Two men, named Horner and Reifsnyder, were killed by lightning while at work in a barn ten miles south of Gettysburg. The barn was burned and Horner's body was consumed.

Emanuel Escassi, aged 16 years; and Chas. Escassi, aged 14, were drowned while bathing in the Harlem river, New York. James Montgomery, colored, aged 20, was drowned while bathing near the foot of Seventy-second street.

A freight train on the Northwestern Railway struck a wagon near Clinton, Iowa. Of the occupants, Mrs. Fredrick Burkenshaw was killed and Miss May Buckman badly injured. Several children escaped with slight injuries. Both horses were killed and the wagon was demolished.

Thomas Fulton and his cousin, Miss Ella Ault, were killed by a Baltimore & Ohio freight train near Beilaire, Ohio, while riding in a dog cart. The horse became frightened and ran on the track ahead of the train. Fulton's body was carried nine miles on the pilot of the locomotive before the engineer discovered that there had been an accident.

The French brewery of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, owned by C. L. Leutrevers & Son, was destroyed by fire. Loss, $350,000; insurance, $2,000. The ammonia tank of the ice machine exploded, severely injuring Alexander, Dwings, Charles Noll and Chas. Yonkers.

Alexander Parker, 19 years of age, son of Courtland T. Parker, of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, was killed a few days ago. The boy started with a son of the Rev. Dr. Post to make a visit to friends in South Amboy. They missed the passenger train and boarded a southbound freight. They clambered up on the top of a car. In going under a bridge Mr. Parker was struck and knocked off.

John Ryan, age 9 years, and William Gaertues, aged 14 years, living in New York, were boating on the Harlem river. When the steamer Thomas S. Brennan came along her paddle wheel struck the board and Ryan was drowned. The other boy fell inside the paddle wheel and after it made a couple of revolutions he was thrown out, in the river, but was rescued. He will recover.

Mrs. William Talgate was killed in a train accident in Cincinnati and three other passengers were severely injured.

John Daly and Andrew McGregor were killed and three others were injure. William McClay it was thought fatally when a dam broke in Pittsburg.

AN 11-YEARD-OLD MURDERER. Wesley Elkins Locked Up for Killing Both His Parents.
     Although Governor Larrabee of Iowa, has offered a reward of $500 for the arrest and conviction of the murder of John Elkins and wife on the night of July 16, at their home near Edgewood, no new clues have thus far been obtained. Those most conversant with the facts in the tragedy hold firmly to the opinion that Wesley, the 11-year-old son, committed the deed without assistance. He has not yet been seen to shed a tear or display the least emotion over the terrible affair. It has been thought best to place him under arrest and he is now closely confined.

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BLOWN TO DEATH BY GAS. Fatal Explosion in a Coal Mine Where Workmen Were "Robbing Pillars."
     By an explosion of gas in the 14-foot vein of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Company's central mine at Hyde Park, Pa., two men were killed and six seriously burned. The following are the names of the killed and injured:
     Killed - Robert Roberts, aged forty-two, John Williams, aged twenty-three. Injured - Patrick Barrett, John Doyle, Benjamin James, Thomas James, Robert Moran, and Lewis Roberts, the foreman.
     The men were putting up brattices and taking up the tracks in the gangway a short distance from a part of the mine where a cave-in had occurred. Falls were constantly occurring in the collapsed chambers, and a particularly heavy one drove gas from the disturbed district upon the naked lamps used by the workmen. The explosion that followed was felt in the engine room on the surface, 300 feet from the vein, and 1,000 feet from the gang way. Assistant Foreman Ellsworth Davies and other workmen, who were at the foot of the shaft, immediately started toward the foot of the shaft, ...

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SHOT DEAD BY THE COOK. Tragic Ending of a Spree Among Young Pittsburg Campers-out.
     Charles H. Scott, aged 21, a well-known young business man of the East End, was shot and instantly killed by James Lehr, aged 23, of Allegheny City, at the Camp of the Pittsburg Fishing Club, located at Confluence, Pa., eight-five miles East of Pittsburg on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
     Lehr, who was the cook of the camp, got very drunk and made himself generally obnoxious. In order to compell him to sober up his companions, among whom were many well-known young men of East End, secured all the Liquor in Lehr's possession and hid it. No sooner had Lehr discovered this than he became very belligerent, and pulling out a revolver threatened to kill everybody unless the liquor was restored to him.
     All save young Scott fled. He stood his ground and attempted to argue with Lehr, who was half crazed with drink. Hence he was in no mood to be trifled with and as Scott turned to leave he, Lebr, muttered an oath and fired three shots in rapid succession. The last two, however, were unnecessary, the first had done its deadly work. The bullet entered Scott's lung and death was almost instantaneous. The murder caused a panic in camp, during which Lehr attempted to make his escape. He was captured, however and taken to the Somerset County Jail.
     Lehr was not generally belligerent, but was, on the contrary, supposed to be quiet and inoffensive.

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