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VOLUME EIGHT. NUMBER 03
AKRON, OHIO, MONDAY EVENING, AUGUST 7. 1899.
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Ruth Swartz Found
Frenzied Parent Ended Life's Trouble by Drown
ing In Deep Pool.
She Could Not Stand Thoughts of the Girl's Dis
grace, So She Killed Her.
Crazed by thoughts of her daugh
ter's disgrace, Mrs. Catherine Wise
deliberately murdered the girl and
then drowned herself in a deep pool
in an isolated stone quarry.
The quiet little village of Green
town, just across the Stark county
line, was the scene of the frightful
tragedy. The residents of the ham
let were called from their homes
just at daylight Sunday morning to
join in the search for tho body of the
unfortunate and unhappy yoinun.
The terribly mutilated jeraains of
the girl, Euth Swartz. a daughter of
Mrs. "Wise by a former husband,
were found by Emory A. "Wise, her
step-father, at 4:30 o'clock Sunday
morning. Four gashes were cut in
her throat. One severed her left
jugular vqin and her windpipe. The
others were in the same portion,
but were not so deep. In the strug
gle the girl was hacked in her left
hand a'nd left shoulder, and her left
thumb nail was knocked oil by a
blow from a two by four scantling
about two feet long, which was found
under her bed, and which had evi
dently been used by her slayer.
Missed His Wife.
Early Sunday morning ,tho hus
band missed his wife. He went down
stairs and discovered a light burning
on a table in the room in which the
murdered .girl lay. He turned the
light higher and saw the girl's
The murdered girl had resided in
the country until several months ago.
when she removed with her parents j
to the village.
Had Made Threats.
Mrs. "Wise usually slept with her
daughter in a down-stnirs room.
Saturday night she refused to stay
there, but came up stairs. The hus
band states that the wife and daugh
ter had consulted physicians in the
village and in Akron, Saturday,
with a view of getting relief for the
daughter. Failing in this the wife
and mother declared that she would
never allow her daughter to live in
disgrace. She said she would kill
her and then end her own life.
Tried to Defend Herself.
The circumstances show that a few
hours after midnight the frenzied
mother stealthily crept to tho bed
side of her daughter and struck her a
heavy blow with a club. The girl.
who was 15 years of age, raised from
her couch to defend herself and then
was slashed with a razor. The mad
dened mother then rushed from the
house and ran to the stone quarry,
which lay immediately in front of
the residence of I). J. Wise, father
of her husband. Here her body was
found and taken back to the home.
To the Stone Quarry.
Immediately after the news of the
murder had been made known, a
search was instituted for Mrs. Wise.
As it grew lighter tracks were found
leading in a northerly direction.
They were those of a woman. Fol
lowing this clew, the villagers were
led to the abandoned Raber stone
quarry, a little over a mile from the
home of the family. In this unfre
quented place, at the. side of a dark,
Fair tonight Fair
With Her Throat
forbidding pool, the sunbonnet of
Mrs. Wise was found. This fact led
the searchers to believe that she had
drowned hersell. Ropes and hooks
were soon secured and the pond
dragged. The second time Mrs.
Wise's body was brought to the sur
face. She had jumped from the steep
bank into 20 feet of water.
The remains were taken to Green
tow n and placed beside those of her
Was In Trouble.
Coroner Schutrell of Canton was
summoned. As soon as he arrived
an inquest was held. At this it de
veloped that the girl was in trouble.
The mother learned of her daughter's
trouble and worried until the antici
pated diFgrace drove her to destruc
tion. To her there seemed but one
way of atonement and that was death
for her child and death for herself.
An Akron Bo.
Vii-tor Montenyohl, 10 yean, of
age, a 011 oi .Mr. and Airs. George
Montenyohl of 126 Commins st., this
city, was at the Wise home Satur
day night. He has been visiting
with Mrs. Sarah Byerly, the mother
of Mrs. Wise, for three weeks. Sat
urday evening he went over to the
home of the Wise family. Early in
the evening Mrs. Wise took him to a
neighbors. While there she said,
"You'd bettor stay here tonight."
Acting on this suggestion the child
was placed in bed, where he re
mained until Sunday morning.
Mrs. Wise was -10 years of age.
Her maiden name was Catherine
Bycrly. She was the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Byerly, who
died about 10 years ago.
She had numerous relatives in this
city, the families of George and
Henry Montenyohl being blood rela
tives. She had always been consid
ered of sound mind. Mrs. Wise's
first husband (Swartz) was divorced
from her. About 18 months ago she
An Only Child.
Ruth Swartz, the murdered girl,
was 10 years of age. She was the
only child of Mrs. Wise. Several
stories were circulated Monday con
necting various men with the girl's
downfall. None of these could be
confirmed and it is not improbable
that the matter will remain a secret.
The funerals of the two victims of
the tragedy will be held Tuesday
afternoon at 2 o'clock from the resi
dence. The services will be private.
Ruth Swartz Indirectly the Cause
of the Crime.
Some days since Mrs. Kale Wise
called on her family physician, Dr.
Harry P. Hanson, and said to him
that she- was worried about the con
dition of Ruth, says the Canton
Irregularities had made them
selves manifest and the mother dili
gently sought for the trulh. Tho
daughter denied but the mother was
not satisfied. She wanted the ad
vice and counsel of a physician. She
related the girl's condition and want
ed pomethlng to bring about a
changed state, of affairs. This was
refused by the physician. She called
on Dr. L. E. Dougherty and related
her troubles. The physician sug-'
gested that there might he ,
nothing wrong with the girl
and prescribed a remeuy for a cold.,
Ho assured the mother that if any
thing else wa wrong with her
daughter"she would have to seek re
lief elsewhere unless nature were
permitted to work out her own solu
tion of the trouble. This wa not
satisfactory to the mother. She al
lowed a day or two to elapse and then
becoming satisfied that her fear
were well founded she bundled her
daughter up and started for Akron.
The mother saw no solution of the
difficulty save criminal procedure.
She wanted drugs and she insisted
on having them. She said she could
not stand the disgrace and would
Drugs or instruments must be used
to accomplish the purpose desired.
An Akron physician was visited. He
made an examination and, noting
the condition of the mother and the
worry attending her, slated that he
would send drugs to her. This was
not satisfactory, but the mother came
back home and waited for the arrival
of the drugs. They did not come.
Finally she succeeded in getting the
doctor to make a trip from Akron to
Greentown. The doctor came.smoked
a cigar, declined to use instruments,
refused to leave any medicine and
and went away. His actions only
aggravated the distressed condition
of the mother and did not remove
the cause of her agitated state of
mind. Another visit to Akron was
made hut this time with a little bet
ter success. On the plea that ceitain
drugs were wauted for medicine she
succeeded in obtaining from a drug
store what sue wanteu ami came
back with it. Rut it didn't work.
One Last Pica.
Saluidny evening. August 5, Mrs.
Wise appeared at the office of Dr.
Hanson and made a final demand
that he treat her daughter. He re
fused but later went to the house
after having been sent for and hav
ing been told that the girl was very
ill and required his attention. He
found her lyiug on a bed downstairs
in the Wise home, apparently suffer
ing. He was satisfied that the al
leged pains were feigned and then
the mother made an open demand
that he proceed with a criminal
operation. This he refused to do.
Emery A. Wise was present and
heard the conversation. He related
it to the Coroner, as will appear
hereafter. He took no part in the
controversy between the doctor and
the mother. At 10 o'clock the doc
tor left. Mrs. Wise was m an angry
mood. Her last hope had vanished.
The physician refused to be fooled
into the commission of an unlawful
act. Before leaving he had wrung
from the daughter a full confession
of her troubles and states that she
told him who was to blame for her
condition. He relates that she men
tioned the name of the son of a
prominent citizen of Greentown and
also the son of another m;in in the
neighborhood, the Greentown lad
being named as the cause of her
ruin. The doctor says that she
mentioned no one who was in any
way related to her, by marriage or
otherwise, and that no one of that
character was in any way accused to
his knowledge, either then or before.
He says her statement was plain and
concise, and that he will be able to
reproduce it if occasion offers.
Her Last Words.
Coroner Schuffell retains posses
sion of the letter that Mrs. Kate
Wise left on the little table at
the foot of the bed that contained
her murdered child. It. is not. wis
dom to print all of the contents of
this letter, says the Canton News
Democrat. It was dated July .0.
It says that the writer has decided
that she prefers death to disgrace
and that "she knows all." She said
she heard everything "when the
the stair door was open," and con
cludes the letter, the whole of which
would not make eight lines in this
type, "may God forgive you." After
a "good bye" the letter is signed
"Kate." Evidently Mm woman did
not feel bad in parting forever with
There was no message of love or
affection, and it was addressed to
"Mr. Wise," hardly an endearing
term from wife to husband in the last
epistle she would ever indite. In tho
letter reference is made to "you and
Continued on Last Pago.
Order Private Sale.
The Stocks Were Not In
After the Proposed Trust
Constable Grant Bowman Sued
For Heavy Damages.
News. -Court House
William A. Palmer, administrator
of the estate of Frank D. Howard,
has returned unexecuted an order of
sale issued in Probate court several
He is in possession of a two-thirds
interest in 315 shares of the Ameri
can Cereal company, which belonged
to the Howard estate. At that time
the stock was appraised at $1H.G50.
Tile combine of all the cereal mills
was then being agitated and the
stock was in gieat demand. Imme
diately after the order was issued
the deal was declared off and it was
impossible to get the prize authorized
by the court. An alias order will be
Sheriff Kelly sold the following
properties Saturday: Residence of
Mary E. Worron, 22.5 Bluff st., to C.
S. Cobbs, $1,:J25; lots of Lazarus W.
ritenes, Barberton, to Mrs. Elizabeth
Laskaris, $625; farm of Nellie Mc
Vey, Hudson township to Carlisle
The American Cereal Co., the de
fendant in an action for $15,000 dam
ages, commenced by Thomas T. Gil
son, who was injured by being
thrown from a car on the company's
switch has filed a demurrer to the
plaintiff's action. The company
says that the petition shows that at
the time the plaintiir received his al
leged injuries, he was not engaged in
the performance of any duty required
of hiin by his contract of service
with tho defendant. The petition,
the company claims, does not con
tain any averment that the defend
ant had any more knowledge of the
dangers he was subjected to at the
time he received the injury, than he,
the defendant had, and it also ap
pears from the petition that the
danger, if any, was as apparent to
the plaintiff, if not more so, than to
any other person.
Catherine Gilling has filed a peti
tion in Common Pleas court, asking
judgment for $2,500 against Constable
Grant Bowman of Portage township.
She alleges that on May 24, 1899,
while the defendant was claiming
and pretending to he executing his
official duties, he wrongfully as
saulted the plaintiff, beating, kick
ing aud wounding her. Her clothes
were torn and she was permanently
disabled. Since that time she has
been sick and lame and unable to at
tend to her household duties. She
was connueu to her bed Tor :u days
as a result of hor injuries.
Geoige N. Eby has filed u petition
asking $5,000 damages of the Akron
fc Cuyahoga Falls Rapid Transit
company and the Village of Barber-
He was thrown from a sleigh Feb.
li, 1899, and badly injured. He al-
I leges that the accident was due to
the careless and neglected condition
of the street and car tracks.
.1. 15. Houghton has sued W. G.
Robinson for $369.88 alleged l be
due on account.
Inventories of the estates of Chas.
C. Reisenbach and James Wallace
have been filed. The estates aro ap
praised.at $1 ,135.88 and $663-72. .
John C. Stuver, Akron ...:..." 23
Mary Garahan, Akron ,.,..23
I Clearance Sale i
1 Special I
I Reductions 1
9 DRESS GOODS. Work- 9
am men have possession of our H
SI upper floors. We have two Iff
weeks left to reduce stock u
sm on our ground floor. H
1 Choice I
I" Dress Goods 1
Will be sold in many cases 9
at nearly one-half price. ' Hj
Reductions in prices in K
ALL departments. jQ!
pi lo5-lo7 S. Howard street. H
Anniversary of Akron
Five Thousand Visitors Enjoyed
Nearly five thousand people joined
in the Akron Beyern Benevolent so
ciety's celebration of the eleventh
anniversary of its organization by
picnicking at Voris's grove on East
South st. Sunday.
Seven hundred from Cleveland,
100 from Canton, and 75 from Mas-
sillon, came to Akron and assisted
the local lodge in its celebration.
The German Military band, accom
panied trjo Cleveland delegation, as
did also their singing society of 40
Lawrence W. Fenu, president of
the local society, in his address of
welcoming the guests, reviewed the
history of the local society. Ten of
its eleven charter members are liv
ing. Although since its organization
$4,000 has-been paid out in the form
of benefits, there remains a surplus
of $2,000 in the treasury.
Messrs. Paul E. Werner and Geo.
W. Sieber, addressed the people in
response to a request. They were
given splendid ovations. Both
speakers criticised the attempt that
has been made to promote an Anglo-
Mr. C. Bitlner, on behair of the
Cleveland visitors, thanked the Ak
ron society for its hospitable enter
tainment of out of town guests.
Music was furnished by the Eighth
Regiment and the Cleveland bands.
The grove was deserted about 7
o'clock in the evening, after all had
expressed themselves as haviug had
a very pleasant day. Many went to
Turner hall where an entertainment
was given in the evening. From
there the out-of-town people departed
Theofflcors of the Akron society
are: Lawrence W. Fenn, president;
John Volkmann, vice president;
Fred E. Korschner, secretary; Frank
Akron Young Man Going to the Sand
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Chapin of
1128 South Main st., have received a
letter from their son, Robert H., who
enlisted at the local recruiting office
a few months ago to go to the Ph il-
ippines as a soldier of tho regular
When the young man got to San
Francisco, he was rejected owing to
his failing to pass successfully the
His letter to his parents states that
he will in a few days sail for the
Sandwich Islands, where he will
represent a San Francisco business
DIED OF GRIEF.
Her Son Never Returned From the
Mrs. Wilson, wife of L. B. Wilson,
ex-postmaster at River Styx, died at
her home Thursday. Mrs. Wilson
had a sou who went to the front dur
ing the Spanish-American war and
died of tho fever. All efforts to lo
cate his body failed. Mrs. Wil6on
allowed this matter to prey upon her
mind until she died. She was relat
ed to ox-City Clerk Frank Wijson of
Death of Prominent East
John F. Viall Died Early Sunday
Morning Brief Biography.
John F. Viall, the well known
Sixth ward undertaker, aged 74
yean-, three months and six days,
died shortly before t o'clock Sunday
morning of bright's disease, with
whicli he had been troubled for 20
years. Within the last few months
he had rapidly grown worse and
death was only a question of time.
Mr. Viall was born April 30, 1825,
in Chautauqua county, N.Y. He re
moved to Ohio when he was five
years old, living on a farm in Spring
field township. His father conduct
ed the woolen mills In Middlebury.
When Mr. Viall was 22 years of age
he learned the cabinet-maker's trade
which he continued until 1866, when
he entered into the undertaking bus
iness, which he followed until his
death. The firm was known as
Viall fc Son. Arthur G. was former
ly identified with tho firm, but since
his death Otis K. has been associated
with his father.
He married Miss Cornelia C.
Wheeler, a Tallmadge born lady, on
November 4, 1847. Seven children
were the result of their union. Four
of the children are still living. Otis
K., who was associated with his
father; Edwin W., of Noblesville,
Ind.; Laura C, wife of Ctmrles B.
Macey, and Frances, now Mrs. Wil
liam Ovendorf, 216 River st.
Mr. Viall was for many years sec
etary of the East Akron Cemetery
association. He has been in the
undertaking business for one-third
of a century. The business will un
doubtedly be continued by his son,
Otis K. Viall. Deceased was a mem
ber of Apollo lodge, I.O.O.F.
Funeral services will be held Tues
day afternoon at 4 o'clock at his res
idence, 218 River st.
For Exhibition Privileges
at Street Fair.
More and Better Attractions Than
Ever Presented In Akron.
Many people throughout the coun
try are making application for exhi
bition privileges at the Akron Free
Carnival and Street Fair, to be held
from September 13'to 10.
Indications are that there will be
more and better attractions present
ed to the public at the street fair
than were ever assembled together
in Akron before. The attractions
will be carefully selected, not only
for superb merits of amusement and
entertainment, but also for refined
and elevating character.
Among other applications, persons
have asked for permission to conduct
a baby show. Whether or not per
mission will be granted for this fea
ture of amusement is not yet known,
but it is safe to assume that it will
be one of the most prominent events
of the week.
Plans for the decorations aud
booths will be ready in a few days.
They will be entirely novel and
original, and are sure to contain
many delightful surprises to visitors
to tlie fair.
Akron's citizens are just now be
ginning to realize the magnitude of
of this big eveut. It will be the
largest affair of its kind Akron ever
witnessed. Pains nor oxpense will
not he spared in obtaining every
thing conducive to the success of
Being of a natuie that will not
only benefit those who display their
wares but also every person in Ak
ron, it is estimated that the attend
ance will be large at every exhibi
Medina's New Club.
Mr. A. C. Bachtel, president of the
Ohio Association of Democratic
clubs, attended the Medina Demo
cratic convention Saturday, to which
he had been invited to organize a
club. A lufstling organization was
formed. ' ' .
President BachtoJ was in ,Colum
: Notice to the Citizens of Akron :
Tn nrripr in intrnrlnrp
S Akron in the shortest, possible time the use of Natural :
Gas, The East Ohio Gas company will give S
A Discount, From the Present Fixed Rates, of
5c For Each 1,000 Cubic Feet.
: Of gas used for domestic purposes during the year com-
mencing July 1st, 1899, and ending July 1st, 1900.
As the company is making all house connections at
I actual cost of materials and labor, it believes that this :
I saving in the price of gas will go largely towards the :
: expense of piping the houses and will give the company
S the advantage of having every citizen (even the poorest)
; as a consumer, thus affording to all the best and cheap- s
5 est fuel. To encourage the use of gas by manufacturers,
: special rates will be given on application at the office. S
1. STRONG, President
WANTED Good willing boy to
learn printer's trade. Apply at Deji
L. A. S. PICNIC The ladies' aid
society of the Wabash Ave. Church
of Christ will picnic at the Gorge
EXCAVATING Excavating for
the new Hamilton building was
commenced Monday morning. The
work will be pushed through with
FALSE ALARM The fire depart
ment was called to box 48 Saturday
night. There was no sign of a fire.
The alarm was turned in by some
GAVE. THEM A RIDE Capt.
Chas. Hatch, foreman of the State
boat Chas. E. Perkins, took a party
of Akron friends on a junketing trip
to Millport, Sundaj-.
GUM STOLEN Sunday between
1 and 8 o'clock ;!00 sticks of gum
were stolen from the slot machines
in the Erie depot. Officer McCon
nell discovered that the machines
TO ELECT OFFICERS The di
rectors of theNorthernOhioTraction
company will meet at " Cleveland
Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock to
elect the permanent officers of the
REUNION The reunion of Sher
man's Fighting Brigade.composed of
the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Ohio
Volunteer Infantry, the Sixth Ohio
Battery and McLaughlin's squad of
Ohio Cavalry, takes place this year
at Crestline August 15, 1G, 17 and IS.
LEG INJURED Mr. John Leon
ard, of 114 Ellwood ave., and his
daughter, Myrtle, were thrown from
a carriage Sunday while near the
Western Linoleum company's plant.
Mr. Leonard's legwas badly bruised.
His daughter escaped uninjured.
The horse was caught before run
ning very far.
HAND BROKEN A. C. Barnum.
representing the A. G. Spalding &
Bro. Bicycle Supply company, is a
guest at the Buchtel. Sunday lie
started out for a short ride, but soon
after starting had tho misfortune to
be thrown from his wheel, with the
result that a bone in his left hand
was broken and the hand otherwise
injured. Dr. C. A. Dixon attended
to the injuries.
Delighted Picnickers at Randolph
Park Prize Cake Walk.
Shirley Fleming, nged 12 year.-.,
and Little Minnie Bell, aged !) years,
Akron's youngest cake walkers, won
first prize aud honors at the cake
walk given at the Canton Axle com
pany's picnic at Randolph parkSatur
day. The prizes wore a gold ring and
gold cuff buttons. S pleased were
the spectators with the exhibition of
the young walkers that two men
rushed in from tiie crowd and each
catching one of tho youthful winners
carried them about the hall on their
shoulders. Later the floor was
cleared and the childien were per
suaded to .give an exhibition walk
which they did in a mot entertain
Stakes the food more delicious and wholesome
intn oil hmrtoc in fha riw nf
xi Hg7 gg
Committee From Street Railway Union
To the Citizens and Labor Organiza
tions of Akron:
It having been brought to the at
tention of Akron Division No. 93,
A. A. of S. R. E. of A., that some
of Akron's merchants had been pas
sengers upon Big Consolidated cars,
and that, in consequence, the Cleve
land boycott was likely to extend to
Akron, the undersigned committee
was -appointed to investigate and
determine the facts.
We find that while some of the
merchants have ridden upon tho
aforesaid cars. allot them have given
the committee the frank assurance
that when they patronized the cars
they did not know the same were
under boycott; that had they known
of this they would not have boarded
them. The merchants further as
sured the coriimittee that their sym
pathies are with organized taoor.' "
In the case of Mr. F. X. Menegay
of Randolph park, which has1 been
much exploited in the newspapers,
we find that Mr. Menegay, while in
Cleveland, walked all day rather
than patronize the cars, and that on
coming home he boarded a Big Con
solidated car, thinking he was out
side of the boycotted limits.
As these Akron merchants have
not been on the Big Consolidated
cars since, Division 9S does want nor
has not had any boycott placed upon
Death of Well Known and Respected
William Baum, of 300 North Ar
lington St., aged 00 years, 0 months
and 10 days, a popular East Akron
citizen, diedSaturdaj night of spinal
disease. Deceased had been a resi
dent of Akron for 40 years and had
been ill over a year. He was a
member of Akron commandery, No.
23, Kuights Templar.
The funeral will be held Tuesday
at 2 o'clock at the N. Arlington St.
Congregational church. The Sir
Knights of Akron commandery and
members of Akron and Adoniram
lodges are requested to meet at the
Masonic temple at 1 o'clock to attend
the funeral in a body.
On the Canal Tied Up By a Broken
The canal aqueduct over Tinker'.
Creek near Twelve-mile lock broke
down Friday, closing navigation be
tween Akron and Cleveland. Tt will
cost more than $1,000 to repair tho
damage. Canal men are complain
ing because the canal officials went
on a junketintr trip Sunday instead
of repairing the break. A number
of boats are tied up on each side of
the aqueduct level.