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THE HORANTON TRrBUNE WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 1, 18i)T.
OF THE TRIAL
Commonwealth is Mak
ing Out an Exception
ally Strong Case.
WHAT WILL DEFENSE BE
Testimony to the Kllcct Tlmt .Mrs.
Vesleott Hcrsolt Dcclnred llio
KJIIliiK tu Mo .Murilcr --Thirteen
Vcnr Old I'rnuk (Julircns Snys Ho
Suw Van Horn Coining Out ot'lho
Collnr After tlio Wor.ndcd;Voninii,
nrtd Two Other Wltnenso Testily
TfyU Mrs. U'cstcott Accused Van
Horn of tho Criinc--Common-wcnlth
li Now llndenvoriiiB to
Show Threats nud l'rcmcdltntloii.
By what lino of defense other than
that of a ulcn of lns'ii.iiv, the attor
neys for Van Horn fan hopo to save
his neck from the halter Is impossible
to even conjecture, after Mie testimony
adduced diii'lnc yesterday, the second
day of trial.
The contention that the wound was
thti result of a playful attempt to
frighten Mrs. WckciiU n has been in
timated would be the line of defense
Is shattered by testimony of Mrs. W'ex
cott's own assertion that It was mur
der.Tm murdered. OeorRj Van Horn
did it" one of the witnesses swears
Mrs. Wescott declared. That Van Horn
did not commit the deed not to say
crime will hatdly nd'nlt of u faint, lot
ulono reasonable, doubt. That it was
u wllfull and deliberate murder or the
net of a Jealmib madman are the only
two theories left. What the defense will
be was not even Intimated by an act
of Van Horn's counsel throuKh nil of
yesterday's proceedings, exceptlns If
Indeed it Is deserving of mention a
question propounded to one of the doc
tors as to whether the wound could not
have been lnllleted by Mrs. Wescott
Van Horn himself Is far from beliiK
the cool and careless enigma that he
was during thi drawing of a Jury. Dis
trict Attorney Jones' opening, with Its
dilutions to the brutal crime, nnde the
somnolent conscience nwalcen nnd as
the day prosres-sed and the terrible
Ulo unfolded and his responsibility for
It brought home to him in such' a
dread manner his interest fcrew gradu
ally to painful anxiety, and when court
adjourned. Instead of beinir the most
careless person In the room r.s on the
previous day, he was, as any right
minded man In the rame position ought
to be, the most solicitous.
Tin- crowds were much larcer than
on the first day and In the afternoon It
was so crowded that Judtje Arehbuld
directed nil who could not find seats
to retire and ordered the tipstaves not
t i admit anybody until then; was a
ncant seat. This was done because
the constant surging and shuflllng of
the crowd Uept up a continuous noise.
MOTHBU SAT BFSIDE HIM.
Mts. Van Hum, the aged mother of
the accused murderer, was among the
spectators of the afternoon. She sat
beside her son at the defendant's table,
bot only occasionally were there any
werds pursed between them.
How do you feel?" Van Horn said
to her after she had been Boated by
his side for some time.
"I feal good enouEh," she replied.
'What are. you doing here?" rejoin
ed the son in a half-chiding, half-curious
tone of voice.
Your lawyers told me to come," raid
'Huh, ' said Van Horn
Mrs. Van Horn only remained about
At U.30 o'clock when Judge Archbald
nodded to the district nttornoy to be
gin, the court room wns as still as
All eyes were turned upon the figure
of the district attorney as he arose from
his seat, and after arranging some pa
pers on the table and uncovering a
blg-bladed razor, advanced to the Jury
box and proceeded with his opening.
For the first time since the opening of
the trial Van Horn manifested more
than a passing Interest In the proceed
ings. He shifted his position so that
he could have a square view of Mr.
Jones and during the entire speech he
listened with evident deep attention to
every word that was uttered and fol
lowed the district attorney's every
We had an opportunity of buying, for Spot cash, from
three of the largest carpet mills, all they had made up from free
wool; including all the new Spring patterns. We will of
fer you these goods, as long as they last, at the price other
.-dealers will have to pay for them. With these Carpets are 500
Wool Smyrna Carpet Rugs, 9x12 and smaller sizes.
movement with his eyes, excepting
when now and again a particularly
harsh arraignment or reference to some
telling circumstance of the crime would
cause the nccused to cast his eves In
quiringly Into the Jury box to Bee what
effect It hnd on the Jurymen,
Mr. Jones' opening was one of the
mori forcible and eloquent speeches of
that character over heard In the Lacka
wanna courts. Ho graphically told the
harrowing story of the crime nnd de
nounced the perpetrntor In most bitter
Invective. Even the heretofore stolid
and Indifferent prisoner wns visibly
moved nnd that he frequently winced
under the terrible arraignment was
evidenced by repented nervous shrugs
of the shoulders.
Mil. JONKS' STIlONa WOIIDS.
After dwelling upon the gravity of
the crime nnd explaining the different
degrees of murder, Mr. Jones went on
to describe the crime as the common
weclth viewed It. He declared it to ho
the most atrocious nnd cowardly mur
der that had ever occurred In Lacka
wanna county. Van Horn, he said, laid
In wait for the victim of his malice and
killed her In a most bloody nnd brutal
manner. Ho then told that the com
monwealth would produce witnesses to
rhow that Van Horn had threatened
to kill Mrs. Wescott nnd that he even
exhibited his razor In a house on the
West Side some weeks previous to the
crime and declared he would use It on
Mrs. Wescott. Van Horn's confession
to his captors, when he was being
brought hero from Iowa, would also be
offered In evidence, the district attor
ney said, nnd great stress would bo
laid on the night nnd hiding of the
accused, which the law alwavs pre
sumes a strong evidence of guilt. Ho
concluded by saying that a verdict of
murder In the first degree would bo
demanded by the commonwealth.
The testimony of the physicians who
had dealings with the case was first
adduced to show the murderous char
acter of the wound nnd .to establish
The coroner, K. 1, Longstreet, as
usual, wns the first witness. He ex
amined Mrs. Wescott's body In the hos
pitnl morgue the morning following the
crime nnd shortly nfter her death. He
found a wound across the throat fully
six Inches in length and of sulllcient
depth to half sever the windpipe.
Hemorrhage and shock, In his opinion,
wero the causes of death. On cross
examination ho testified that It was the
anterior jugular vein nnd not the main
jugular that had been severed. The
deepest point of the wound was In the
front of the neck, where the cut ex
tended Just above the natural position
of the Adam's apple.
Dr. John Burnett testified to having
been called to Mrs. Wescott's house
and of having arrived there late, ow
ing to hl having been out at the time
the messenger came for him. The
wound had been dressed by the physi
cians who had preceeded him, but from
the blood on the carpets, bed and the
woman's clothing he saw that she had
been badly wounded nnd advised her
removal to the Lackawanna hospital.
CHAUACTEIt OP AVOl'ND.
At the hospital, where the wound was
redressed, ho made a minute examina
tion of the cut. He described It to be
a gash about nix Inches long, with a
depth of an Inch to an Inch and a
half at front of the throat. In his
Judgment It was inflicted with a very
sharp Instrument, drawn across the
throat by a strong arm.
Dr. W, K. Lilanchard, who was the
house surgeon of the Lackawanna hos
pital at the time of the crime, also
gave evidence of the character of the
wound, and on cross-examination ad
mitted that It could have bten Inflicted
by Mrs. Wescott herself. A slight buzz
through the court room followed this
question and answer, which were the
first Indications of what might possibly
be the contention of the defense
Deputy Coroner 12. M. I'ennypacker
gave testimony similar to that of Dr.
Longstreet, regarding the post mortem.
Then began the forging of the chnln
with which it Is expected to fasten
upon George K. Van Horn the killing
The first witness was Frank Gehrens,
a 13-year-old boy who lived near the
scene of the killing, and who, with a
number of other boys, was playing
about the Wescott house on the night
In question. He was very much excit
ed and nervous at first, but gradually
became more composed, and .told his
story In a straightforward manner
which must have carried conviction
with It In the minds of the Jury.
He said that ho was nt the Linden
Htreet side of the house playing on the
roadway when he saw Mrs. Wescott
come out of the cellar In the rear of
the house with blood flowing from her
throat, and Van Horn closely behind
acting as If he wanted to get past her.
Mrs. Wescott turned aside and went
Into the house and Van Horn Jumping
over the fence ran down Linden street.
Mrs. Wescott came out by the front
way half a minute later and address
ing herself to the boy said: "George
Van Horn did It, Frankle. Go get a
doctor." The witness says he then
went for Dr. Ilurnett, but not llndlng
him In started to get Dr. Kverhart.
Dr. Kverhart was also out, so the buy
went to Lackawanna avenue and told
a policeman about the affElr, asking
him to get a doctor. The boy also dt
serlbed his visit to the cellar the next
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day In company with Harry Wescott
nnd Detective Charles Sllvorberg.
There was blood on the floor nnd cellar
TESTIMONY NOT SHAKEN.
The wltnesrt was cross-examined hy
Mr. Thayer, but his testimony could
not be shaken. He was on the stnnd
at the noon recess nnd again for a
shott time after dinner.
Ho wns followed by Mrs. Kate Fet
torholf, ono of tho two boarders who
wero In tho Wescott house on the
night of tho crime. She testified that
Mrs. Wescott came upstairs with her
throat cut and blood streaming from
the wound. "My throat Is cut. I'm
murdered. Ocorgo Van Horn did It."
"Who did It?" the witness asked hr.
"George Van Horn," reiterated Mrs.
The defense tried to have the testi
mony of the Gehrcna boy and Mrs.
Fetterholf bearing on the accusations
of Mrs. Wescott stricken out on the
ground that the time of their utterance
wns too remote from the commission
of the deed to be materially connected
with It. Mrs. Wescott, they held, could
have planned In tho Interim to place
the crime on George Van Horn, to In
jure Van Horn, If, as the common
wealth contended, they were enemies:
nnd protect some one else herself, for
Instance, If It was a case of suicide.
Court could not see the matter In this
Special Ofllcer George Wlckenhoffer,
of 2."i0 Franklin avenue, testified that
he was sitting on his porch on the even
ing of the crime nnd saw airs. Wescott
and Mrs. Fetterolf come out on the
porch of the Wescott house, across the
way. They appeared to be In great
excitement and this prompted the wit
ness to watch them. Mr. Hrlmbla and
Helter, two nolghbors.wero next noticed
talking excitedly to the two women,
and as It was evident there wns some
thing wrong, witness hastened ncross
the street to ascertain what the trouble
Mrs. Wescott saw blm coming nnd
when he upproached she said: "For
God's sake, Mr. Wlckenhoffer, go get
a doctor: I've been murdered." Hloprt
was streaming between her fingers.
which wero clutched about her throat,
and the front of her dress was literally
covered with blood.'
"Who did It?" asked Mr. Brlmhle.
"He did." answered Mrs. Wescott.
"Who Is he?" queried Mr. Brlmblo.
"George Van Horn," said Mrs. Wes
cott. "Who?" again nsked Mr. Brlmble.
"George Van Horn," repeated Mrs.
BLOOD CHOKED HE11.
Then Mrs. Wescott started evidently
to tell tho story of how It happened,
but she only got as far as, "I wont
down for potatoes Into the cellar,"
when her throat seemed to fill up with
blood and she only gurgled something
Some went for physicians, and others,
witness among them, started to look
for Van Horn. After scouring the
neighborhood for about an hour, the
witness returned, changed his slippers
for shoes and made a more extended
search, going with Detective Molr to
Hyde Park, where Van Horn had sev
Witness made an examination of the
oellar that night and found blood on
the floor nnd all the cellar steps. The
Imprint of a razor blade was found In
the hard clay of the cellar iloor, hav
ing apparently been made by some ono
stepping on the razor and forcing It
Into the ground.
An examination of the yard showed
a foot-print In tho ashes which filled
a barrel sitting alongside the fence
and evidences that the foot which
stepped In the ashes had been planted
afterwards on tho top of the fence.
The witness then went on to tell how
he and Mr. Brlirble, Harry Wescott,
son ot the deceased (himself now do
ceased), and some one other drove up
across the mountains to Glenburn,
hoping to overtake Van Horn In that
direction, which It was thought prob
able he would take, as ho had many
friends In that region.
Mr. Wedeman objected to the testi
mony on the grounds that It was Im
material to the case to know what car
riage rides the witness and his friends
had taken, nnd quoted authorities to
support his contention.
Judge Archbald overruled the objec
tion, but Indicated that It would not
be admlssable to continue that kind of
testimony to any great extent.
WAS SKULKTNG ABOUT.
On cross-examination, Mr. Thayer
unwittingly brought out the damaging
testimony that the witness had seen
Van Horn skulking about the neighbor
hood of Mrs. Wescott's house almost
nightly for six weeks before tho kill
ing. He dodged from tree-box to tree
box and hid behind corners, and acted
In every way like one lying In wait.
Alderman John T, Howe, of the Sev
enteenth ward, produced his criminal
docket and told ot the hearing of Van
Horn on July 22, 1?' on the charge
of stealing $15 from' .Mrs. Wescott's
room, the Incident which Is generally
understood embittered Van Horn
against Mrs. Wescott. In the alder
man's presence Van Horn said: "I will
get even with you for this." The case
was settled by Van Horn giving Mrs.
Wescott a judgment note.
On cross-examination tho alderman
You Realize IKTlxsit:
Why do you forget so frequently?
Why do you spenk words that you so
Why do you take up with new ac
quaintances, forgetting old friends?
Why do you not use clear Judgment
Instead of too often acting upon Im
pulse? Why do you persistently neglect your
health when It Is your duty to take
special care of It?
Why are you so careless when n sud
den chill, headache, tired feeling and
general disgust with life come over
Why do you not remember that the
best physicians, scientists nnd the lend
ing people of tho land nil recommend
pure whisky as the projier thing to
take at such times?
Why do you not recall the fact that
there Is only ono pure medicinal whisky
known to the world, that It Is exceed
ingly populnr, that It has been In use
for twenty years, and that It Is Duffy's
Why do you not denounce any drug
gist, grocer or dealer who tries to offer
you some other or Inferior whisky, say
ing it is Just as good?
Why do you not alwnys Insist upon
having just what you require, just
what you desire, and Just what you
know to be the purest, the best nnd
would not admit that ho possibly was
tho one meant when Van Horn said:
"I will get even with you for this."
Tho utterance was made ns Van Horn
was leaving tho Inner olllce, where he
had made the settlement of the case
and where Mrs. Wescott and the alder
man were still seated. Mrs. Wescott
and Van Horn did not go out of the
olllce tocether, the nlderman averred.
She said she was afraid of Van Horn.
This last remark was ordered stricken
Mr. Wcdemnn wanted to have all the
testimony relating to the threat strick
en out on the grounds that there wns
no connection between tho threat and
tho crime charged against Van Horn,
and further that It wns too remote to
be considered as an clement of pre
meditation. Judge Archbald thought It was ad
mlssable to show a malevolent spirit
on tho part ot Van Horn towards Mrs.
Wescott and on this ground overruled
TESTIMONY OF PRYOtt.
At the adjourning hour, Jnmes N.
Pryor was on tho stand and the law
yers were lighting over tho admission
of his testimony. He Is a cabinet
maker at 221 Spruce street, Mr, Jones'
offer relates, and a couple ot weeks
before the crime Van Horn dropped In
there and during the course of a con
versation about Mrs. Wescott having
hnd him arrested. Van Horn In a very
excited mood said: "I'll cut her guts
out," and made other allusions to her
which would indicate that a BDlrlt of
revenge was rankllns In his breast.
Mr. Wedeman quoted authorities to
show that this evidence was not ad
mlssable; that a threat to commit a
certain specified deed could not bo
taken as having bearing on the com
mission of some other deed. Judge
Archbald was not satisfied that tho
rule In question would apply In this
particular instance and overruled the
objection for the present. He will puss
upon the matter finally In tho morn
ing. INDUSTRIAL JOTTINGS.
Tho Lehigh Valley railroad has com
pleted tho connection to enter tho .Mid
Valley coal basin near Mt. Carmel. Tho
branch connects with the main lino at
North Ashland, nnd runs across tho
mountain to Ai .,ios, Mid-Valley No. 2
territory, where largo and valuable coal
beds will bo developed by the Mid-Valley
Coal company, within tho next twelve
months. Tho work upon this branch of
railroad was begun several years ago, but
was discontinued owing to the destruction
by lire of tho No. 1 Mid-Valley breaker.
Joseph Atkln, manager of tho Wyoming
Lnco mills on Union Freet, yesterday
advanced tho wages In several of tho de-
A. L ROGERS,
Diamonds, Watches, Clocks,
Jewelry and Silverware,
Novelties and Specialties
M TIE M MAS
Bric-a-Brac, Fine China,
Cut Glassware, Lamps,
In endless variety, The later production always found in our as
sortment. We are now showing the finest line of China ever
exhibited in rich and cheap decorations.
213 LACKAWANNA AVENUE.
partments IS per cent. Tho advance was
unexpected by tho ICO employes ami was
a happy mrprtso to them, Tho mills nro
working full time, n.aklng 111 hours a
week. Wllkts-dk.rre .Itecord.
Hy n good many people In this vicin
ity who aro In n, position to know, con
ultlcrablo significance Is ottnehed to tho
building of tin new Pond Creek and Wy
oming Valley railroad from Sandy Hun
Junction to Wt.tte Hnvin, and they pre
dict that rro long the Ctnlral ltallrond
of Now Jersey will tftko steps to extend
Its lines to Kreelnnd. Tills opinion Is
bured upon tho fact that tho tr.io'icago
agreemont untle which the Lehigh Val
ley Itallroad corrpnny operates Its trains
over tho Central's branch from Sandy
Hun Junction to White Haven expires In
tho near future, It having been made to
cover a period of ten years. This agree
ment Is said to have kept the Central
company from competing for the iwss
er.ger or freight trafllc of Freeland nnd
adjacent towns located on tlio Lehigh
Valley. Ten years' time, however, hit
witnessed a great Incrouso In the frclgnt
and passenger business of Fret-land, nnd
It Is believed that tho Central has some
what of a jealous eye on the patronngo
of this town, which now almost exclu
sively goes to tho Lehigh Valley. Fro"
Tho new breaker of the Wyoming Coal
and Land company at Wyoming Is com
pleted. Coal was prepared In tho plant
on Saturday for tho first time, and the
machinery worked satisfactorily. The
railroad branch to tho breaker was nlso
finished nnd coal will bo shipped tomor
row. A number of miners havo been at
work since the old breaker wns tlestroyel
by tiro some months ago. and there Is n
large quantity of stocked coat on hand
ready to bo prepared for market.
Tho Delawaro nnd Hudson Coal com
pany will scon begin rebuilding No. 2
breaker nt Olyphant. which was destroyed
by flro several weeks ago.
COURT HOUSE CLOCK BREAKS DOWN
I'lio Striker nnd Linden Street Dial
Will Not Work for n Few Days.
At twenty minutes past four, yester
day afternoon, the court house clock
went on strike. One of tho cables sup
porting weights snapped In twain nnd
all the machinery was thrown out of
Watchmaker E. A. Gross, who has
charge of the county timepiece, man
aged to partly patch tip the break, but
for a few days the striker will not be
In working order nnd the Linden street
dial will not bo connected. The other
three dials, however, will continue their
This is the third time In fourteen
years that the clock has taken a rest.
w nat no xne
Don't give them tea or
coffee. Have you tried
the new food drink called
GRAIN-O? It is delic
ious and nourishing and
takes the place of coffee.
The more Grain-0 you
give the children the
more health you distrib
ute through their sys
tems. Grain-O ismadc of pure
grains, nnd when prop
erly prepared tastes like
the choice grades of cof
fee but costs about as
much. All grocers sell
it. 15c. and 25c.
Try Grain0 !
IrnUt that jour grocer gives you CRAIK-O.
Accept no 1 mi ii ion,
C a X" iv 8 I I &
This will be a great sale. No fire sale that you have ever
seen will compare with this. Do not miss it lor you will sure
ly regret it. We will store all Carpets until the customer de
sires to have them laid, without extra charge. This will be
an opportunity to buy Rugs for a Christmas Present.
Tho Cottolmo trttfls tnarki er "Oottolrne" una
Urtrt heuit n cotton-plant tortus on every tin,
THE H. K. FAIRDANK COMPANY,
Its tho uno of my new local nnnesthetle. No
Kleep-protluclticnccnt. It Is limply mppllcd
tot '10 gums mid the tooth extracted without
n particle of putn.
AH other dental operations performed posi
tively without palu.
EIU J? I ffl
WARRANTED 5 YEARS.
Theo are tho same teeth other doutlsti
charge from $15 to '25 a. net foi
TEETH WITHOUT PLATES.
Gold and Porcelain frowns; Gold, Silver
and Temeut Kllllnc", at one-half tho ustinl
cost. Kxiimlnntlon free. Open evening 7to
U. Suuduyu 0 to 11 u. m.
N. BARRETT, DENTIST
316 Spruce Street,
Next Door to Hotel Jermyn.
Dent's, Perrin's, Etc,,
Kid Gloves, from . . .
25c. to $1 00.
The largest and most com
plete line in the city.
The Eye Specialist
WHOSE office Is at
na avenue, In Will,
lams' Whlto Front
Shoo Store, oxiim!ne
tho eyo free In tho
most iicetirate way,
nntl his prices for spec
tacles aro cheaper
thitn eltiuwherp. A la
mentable Intll fl'erence
to the proper euro of
the eyes neein to pos-
vjii raar" rs.
&&&? 3P Vu V"u tov,0 NV'!1U';
" 'v ' initu,iieH. lmncrleet
vislon.or other results
ofsueh neglect give warning that nature Is
rebelling against such treatment of ona of
the most preelous gifts. Normal vision Is n
bleitslng unappreciated until It lias been lint
and restored', its full valuo Is then realize I,
Therefore, you nhould not lose n day heforj
having your eyes exumlned. ThUiier vlun wo
gludiy render ircoof churc.
RCMGMUKK TIIU PLACR.
215 Lackawanna Avenue
In the White front Shoe Store.
xd3 a 14 da A. a
Si BiSh n
V 1 I PtoS ' $ v t t V J
FOR TIIK HOLIDAYS
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We nro determined to
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Hinont the very boit pco-
o in no country, (tint
wo ran nee no better wnv
of doing tliln than by sell
iu tliem n cne of our
i(ootI, oontnlnlnK eleven
imtllo of win nnd ono
Dottlo of our extra fins
loiibln tiiatlilod tlraoa
(randy, at onolialf lu no
tunl cot. Upon re
ceipt of f&.ou we
will ontl to any
reader of thli paper
ono ctte of our
Ktioil", all flMt-cIni
mill put up In dp.
K.int ittyle, nsrortcd
1 qt. hot Grand Im
perial Beo Chum
pnstie. I it. hot Delntvnro.
I tit. bot Itloillng.
I qt. bot. Tokny.
I nt. bot. awcet Ca
in w ha,
I qt hot. Hhorry.
I it. bot Klvlra.
I tit bot, Niagara,
1 qt. hot Angelica,
I it. bot Port
t tit. bot. Sweet 1s
uliollH, Int. hot. Ira. Urnpo
Thl oiler in mmla
mitlnly to lnlroiluctt
our Grand Imperial
Sec Champagne nntt
our tuio uouoiii-uis,
tilled drape Urandy Thin onie of good N
offered at about one-half Ita actual cent ami
It will ple-ifc ui If our frlondt ntul putroni
will talte ii'lvnntusn of thl tunl help in Intro
duce our kooiK All orders should bo In bo
fore December 15th.
Tho Old Dominion Company'
"Princes Anne," "Vorlttown," and "Jamcs
business men, pleasure Beckers and visitors
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