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MANY ARE LOST
Nearly Fmr Hoi died Ptiishc in a
Des!rnch>, Raging Tomnt
TOWNS ARE SWEPT AWAY
Great Dam Breaks, Releasing Mighty
Volume of Water, Which Rushes
on Doomed Towns of Austin and
Costello Before Inhabitants Have
Time to Gain Safety.
With a roar that could be heard
for miles, the great dam of Jihe
Bayless Pulp and Paper Company,
Austin. Pa., went out at half-past
two o'clock Saturday afternoon.
The dam. which was five hundred
and thirty feet long and forty-nine
feet high, was thirty-two feet thick
at the base and held back more than
five hundred million gallons of wa
ter. For the first time since its con
struction, two years ago, the water
was running over the top the night
before, and many persons went out
from Austin to see the unusual sight.
They were horrified when a section
about twenty feet wide gave way on
the west side. A great volume of wa
ter poured through the hole and the
alarm was quickly sounded. People
ran for their lives to the hills nearby,
but some were caught in the flood
and whirled down the valley. A mo
ment later another break occurred,
this time on the east side. It was
much greater than the first, and per
mitted the bulk of the water behind
it to rush in a mighty volume toward
Hundreds of women and chldren,
the men were away at work, were
caught in their homes and drowned
or crushed before they knew what
had happened. Houses went down
before the mighty rush of water, and
gas pipes bent and broken, released
their dangerous fluid. Before the wa
ter had passed on its terrible course
through the town, a dozen fires were
burning in as many places, and the
cries of injured and imprisoned per
sons joined in the terrific thunder of
So sudden was the onslaught of
water that many persons had no time
to flee to the hills, but others re
ceived the warning and hearing the
fire bell, hastened to the center of
the town, only to bo caught in the
flood and swept away. The flood
passed quickly, leaving desolation in
its wake. Houses had been crushed
and tossed about like toys, while hun
dreds of bodies had been carried
down on the crest of the surging
With the passing of the water,
those who had fled to the hills has
tened to return to their ruined homes
in search of - relatives and friends.
Here and there bodies had been cast
along the path of the torrent and
about forty bodies were recovered in
a short time. Many were caught by
burning buildings, and it will be
days before the real extent of the
calamity will be known. It is be
lieved that no less than 4 00 persons
perished, and some estimates are run
In ten minutes after the break a
dozen gas pipes had burst, and were
spreading the deadly inflamnable
fluid in the air. Men who had rushed
forward in the hopes of doing some
good were overcome and fell, while
others were caught in the flames and
incinerated.- The street became a
glowing hell, and there was no sal
vation for those who chanced to be
near. Rapidly the flames swept from
house to hons?, leaping streets and
alleys and fed by the continual spray
from gas mains, there was no staying
Many persons crushed and helpless
in the wrecks of .buildings only part
ly destroyed by the water, were con
sumed 'n the flames. Their shrieks
cculd be heard by the helpless ones
who endeavored to save a life where
possible. They wore driven back by
the deadly fumes of the gas or the
heat of the flames. Down at the
shops of the Buffalo and Susquehan
na Railroad, the buildings were be
low the ^anks of Freeman and were
more substantial than most of the
houses which had been swept away.
It is estimated that a thousand
buildings have been torn from their
foundations and crushed in the flood
or have been destroyed by fire. The
water made its way through the bus
iness sections of the town and left
only four buildings standing. The
valley of Freeman's Run Is narrow
and the town was bull', along its
banks. All the buildings in the lower
part of the valley were sw-.pt clear
off their foundations Dy th..- torrent
and many of thor.-i which remained
quickly fell a prey to the flamei.
The scene in the village Saturday
night was appalling. Here and there
could be seen the light of some torch
lantern, as a distracted father sear
ches along the bank for some evi
dence of his family and home. Scenes
of indescribable sadness marked the
village during the early nours of the
night, many women, who had lost
their children, wandering in the
darkness crying their names in the
vain hope they would answer. Many
were burned in the ;3re and others
ground to pieces by the masses of
timber and stone swept down by the
The curtain of night, which was
Tunning down on the Austin flood be
fore its victims had all been claimed,
and its surviving spectators fully real
ized how great a tragedy, the ele
ments of water and fire had enacted
in the natural amphitheatre of the
Allegheny mountains, was lifted by
dawn Sunday, recalling a ghastly
scene of death and devastation.
Whole families have been wiped
out, among them beirg spme of the
leading residents of the town. The
number of dead is placed at between
four and five hundred, the popula
tion of the town having been 3,200
before the disaster. Near the junc
tion of Freeman Run with another
small stream in the middle of the
business section, the primary elec
tion was in progress rind many men
were in the vicinity. They did not
hear the warning shout, and all of
them are believed to have been car
ried away. Not a trace of the build
ing in which the election was being
held can be seen.
When the great mass of crushed
and broken timbers came crashing
down they lodged against the railway
shops. Impact was so great that the
buildings jshivered, and the walls
were crushed in, but Lhe frame work
stood and formed a carrier. Here,
as elsewhere, the na'ural gas pipes
burst and fire was quickly communi
cated to the hetrogencus mass. Men
were caught before they could leave
their machines, floras of them were
crushed to death without warning,
but others were pinaed down and
m.et a mcst horrible death in the
rapidly kindled flames.
Maddened by the sights about him
one man, with tears streaming down
his cheeks, cried for volunteers to
save the lives of men whose cries
for help were gradually growing
fainter. Seizing a bucket this un
known hero dashed into the stream,
filled it with water, and calling for
help, run towards a point where it
appeared one man might be saved.
Others followed his example but to
no purpose?. Gas and heat combined
to drive them back and they even
tually gave up ihe battle.
A little girl, about fifteen years
old, was caught in the crush. The
flames were approaching her with
lightning rapidity. Pinned down un
der a heavy timber, o..e leg crushed,
it was impossible for her to free her
self. Hearing her cries for help, an
unknown man chopped at the timber
to rescue her but his strength gave
Meantime a crowd had gathered;
when the volunteer showed signs of
weakening another sprang forward,
snatched the axe from his hands and
attacked the timber with vigor. The
heat drove him away as well as oth
ers, a doctor saw at a glance the lire
would be upon them before the tim
ber could be forced to yield. With
calm precision he lev-sled the axe at
the leg of the helpless victim, a
stroke or two and it was all over.
The leg was severed, willing hands
caught up the little khd and carried
her to the hospital ok the hill. Her
life may be saved.
Reports from Costello and points
further down the Sinnamohaning
grew more encouraging as Sunday
advanced. At Costello while there
was heavy financial loss, it was said
that, not more than three persons
were dead. Beyond that point no
fatalities had been reported.
The survivors will not suffer from
hunger or lack of care as the sup
plies and medical assistance rushed
to the scene seem ample. T. F.
B'cknell. national director of the Na
tional Red Cross, arrived Sunday,
bringing with him $15,000 in cash
for immediate aid to the flood vic
Tit" 1 omeless hn\ ? all t"-.en pro
vided with shelter. Ou th-3 ou'.sk'rts
of Austin are a number of houses
which were vacated by workers in
the Goodyear mill when that plant
was dismantled. These houses have
been filled with homeless people.
i The residents of Keating Summit
! have taken in the others, several
hundred in number. Provisions con
tinue to arrive in large quantities
and there will be no suffering for
lack of food.
KILLED HIS FATHER.
The Man Was Pursuing His Wife
With Loaded Rifle.
Oscar Hall, aged 50, a well to doj
farmer, was shot am: instantly kill-)
ed by his son, Walter, aged IS years, I
! late Friday night a.C his home six!
miles west of Anderson. The elder;
I Hall was in a drunken condition and:
j tried to force the younger Hall to I
I drink some whiskey. The younger!
j Hall was in bed suffering with a se
vere attack of gastritis, and his!
Oscar Hall then hit the wife over
the head with a broom, it is said.
I She fled from the house. Enraged,
her husband secured his rifle and
! followed, Mrs. Hall reenetered the
I house through the back door and
} secluded herself behind a door.
(?'old in Craws of Geese.
Thirty gold nuggets were taken]
Saturday from the craw3 of sixi
geese raised by Mrs. Siraol Alsohul
at Santa Barbara, Cai. The news of
the find started a small gold rush.
Neighbors panned out several small
nuggets in the sand, but were not
so successfel in mining as the geese.
Women Assassin's Victims.
Miss Pearl Matlock was fatally
shot and her mother killed by some
one firing through their bedroom
window, at their houie, sixteen miles
from Paducha, Ky.. on Saturday
morning. The divorced husband of
the young woman is suspected of the
Italy Begins Hastilitits A gainst Tork-y
Orer Ftipdi Affair.
TURKEY WANTS PEACE
She Seeks to Have Other Powers In
terfere in Her Behalf and Prevent
Italy From Taking and Stripping
Her Provinces and Seems Dispos
ed to Non Restrictant Policy.
A dispatch from London says af
fairs developed Friday with extra
ordinary rapidity. A state of war
exists between Italy and Turkey, and
hostilities have begun.
No sooner had the itme limit fixed
in the ultimatum expired than, ig
noring Turkey's contradictory re
quest for a period of delay,. Italy
declared war. The Turkish repre
sentatives in Italy were handed their
passports. The Turkish commander
at Tripoli was asked to surrender
the town but declined, and the Ital
ian forces immediately occupied Tiv
oli and Benghazo.
Turkey continues her efforts to se
cure intervention by the powers. In
the meantime Italy is actively pur
suing hostilities. Italian battleships
are reported to have appeared oc
?Smyrna and Saloniki.
An Italian cruiser landed troops at
Prevesa after destroying a Turkish
torpedo boat destroyer, and the Ital
ian fleet has blockaded the whole
There are unconfirmed reports
that Turkey intends to send an ulti
matum to Greece to abandon her
claim on Crete and is massing troops
on the Thessalian frontier.
The greatest activity ensued in all
the European chancelleries on the an
nouncement that war had been de
clared and notification of a blockade.
It is expected that the various gov
ernments will issue the customary
neutrality diplomatic as far as pos
sible to localizing hostilities to the
combatant powers and especially to
avoid complications in the Balkans. *
TWO BARGES WERE SUNK.
Turkish Cabinet Resigned When War
Was Declared by Italy,
A Constantinople dispatch says
the Turkish war ministry according
to the reports current there "Friday
night, has received a dispatch from
the late Turkish militady attache at
Paris, who has assumed command of
the forces at Tripoli, stating that the
Italians began to disembark Friday
afternoon, but the Turks succeeded
in sinking the first two barges.
The Turkish cabinet has resigned,
Said Pasha assuming the office of
grand vizer and Kismil Pasha that
of foreign minister. Mohmoud Shef
ket Pasha continues as minister of
The Italian charge, Signor Di Mar
tino, Friday afternoon handed the
port a communication (intimating
the intention of Italy to proceed with
the measures foreshadowed in the ul
This is tantamount to a declaration
cf war, and as a state of war would
give Italy greater freedom of action
in Turkish waters, there is much ap
prehension regarding the Turkish
war vessels at present steaming in
the direction of the Dardenelles, lest
they be captured ,by the Italian
squadron, which is believed to be
watching the movements of Turkish
The British embassy at Constanti
nople is concerned for the British
officers with the Turkish squadron
and is instructing the government for
their recall. The question of the
protection of Italian subjects In Tur
key is engaging the attention of the
Italian authorities. It is thought
that a request will be made to Ger
many to undertake the protection of
the Italian escutcheons.
The Italian emblems have been re
moved from the embassy, the con
sulate, the postoflice and the schools,
with a view to preventing (any unto
ward incidents. *
Was Caused by a Pin.
A boy at the Connie .Maxwell Or
phanage at Greenwood was operated
on for appendicitis, and when the ap
pendix had been removed a pin was
found imbedded therein. The boy
has no recollection of ever swallow
ing the pin so that no idea is had
as to how long it had been in the
appendix. The little fellow is get
ting on very nicely.
Saved Lives by .lumping.
At Abbeville a two-story dwelling
OCdipiJbd by Mfr. and Mrs. H. G.
Smith and .Mr. and Mrs. McAHly, was
totally destroyed by fire Saturday
night at 12 o'clock. The house was
falling in when the fire was discover
ed. Mr. and Mrs. McAlily, who oc
cupied the upstairs, were forced to
jump from the roof of the front
porch to escape the flames.
Forty Nine Booze Sellers.
At Wilmington, N. C, the grand
jury returned true bills against 49
persons for selling whiskey in viola
tion of the prohibition law, the larg
est number to ,be indicted there at
ony one time since the law went into
effect. One member of the grand
jury, H. T. Duls, is among those in
J, S. C, TUESDAY, ?CTOBEE
ITALY AND TURKEY
THE RELATIVE FIGHTING CONDI
TION' OF THE TWO.
I Trouble Began Thirty Years Ago as
Result of the Italians Longing for
Trouble between Italy and Turkey,
which culminated Friday afternoon
in a. declaration of war at Rome,
dates back to 1878, when, with the
making of the treaty concluding the
Russo-Turkish war, the powers are
understood to have agreed to per
mit Italy a "pacific peneratlon of
Italy has colonized Tripoli until her
interests in that African province
are very great. She has asserted,
however, that her subjects have been
mistreated by the Ottoman authori
ties and constantly discriminated
against. At the same time Turkey
was warned not to send soldiers or
munitions of war to Tripoli. A Tur
kish transport bearing a few men
and arms and'ammunition arriving at
Tripoli from Constantinople was not
molested on the ground that she
soiled before the Italian warning had
Italy, in the meantime, brought
soldiers to the Italian coast, where
they were placed on board ships, rea
dy to proceed to Tripoli and other
joints. A second squadron is design
td for Salonika.
Italy's declaration Of war on Tur
key grew out of unsatisfied demands
that the Ottoman government, domi
nant in Tripoli for 300 years, shall
surrender all economic and political
rights to Italy.
Tripoli is capable of tremendous
development. The soil along the
coast is fertile. Nor. so much can
be said of the interior.
The land fighting forces of Italy
and Turkey compare favorably, al
though Italy appears to have the ad
vantage for war on foreign soil, be
cause the Italian government has
plenty of transport ships and a com
petent navy to guard them en voy
age, while Turkey has no transports
and the fighting strength of her
navy is nil.
Italy's standing arm in 1911 num
bered approximately 225,000 and
1 4,000 officers, buti a far greater
number could be put in the field In
case of necessity. The Italian navy
consists in vessels' commissioned,
built or building, 15 warships nil e
armored cruisers, 17 unarmored
cruisers and gun vessels, 3G destroy
ers, an equal number of first-class
torpedo boats and 20 submarines. In
the naval force there approximately
are 31,000 men. As a whole the Ital
ian navy is generally ranked fifth
The Italians are skilled seumen.
They have constructed some remark
able war vessels. The naval lists
show that Turkey has a fighting
strength of nine coast defense iron
ciads, five protected cruisers, six tor
pedo vessels, one gunboat, 21 torpedo
boat destroyers, 27 torpedo boats and
The nominal strength of the Turk
ish navy is 929 officers, 3,000 sailors,
besides about 9,000 mariens. The
empire is divided into seven army
corps districts and there are two in
dependent divisions at Medina and
Tripoli, respectively. The total fight-J
ing strength is close to 1,000,000 J
men and by the existing recruiting I
laws all Mussulmen are liable to mili
tary service. * I
URGES AMERICA TO ACT.
E.\'-Minister Strauss Thinks the Situa
tion Very Grave.
Declaring that "the approaching
clash of arms between Italy and Tur
key far transcends the interests of
the two powers involved," Oscar S.
Strauss, former ambassador to Tur
key, Friday wired from New York,
P C. Knox, secretary of state, urg
ing that the United States should ex
ercise its right under the convention
for the pacific settlement of interna
tional disputes to prevent a possible
slate of war between Muhammadan
t.nd Christian nations of the world
.Mr. Strauss declars Italy's precipi
tate action can not but have the
most serious results as a precedent
for similar aggression by other pow
ers. Mr. Strauss in his telegram
"The United States took the lead
in freeing the Mediterranean from
pirates and likewise has contributed
foremost among the nations in the
conclusion of the convention for the
pacific settlement of international
disputes. Our country is not only
justified, but it is its duty to exercise
i;s right under that convention to
preserve the precedents for peace and
prevent a possible state of war be
tween the Muhammadan and Chris
tian nations of the world.
"We are fortunately free from al
liances such as apparently tie the
hands of European powers, who
should and probably will welcome
our exercising the right of medita
tion. I am sure 1 am voicing the
.?eace-loving sentiments, not only of
Americans but of all nations in call
ing upon our government to prompt
ly offer its offices of meditation.
"Whatever rights politically or
otherwise Ittaly may justly lay claim
to in Tripoli, certainly can be secur
ed without bloodshed and with jus
tice by submitting them to The Hague
l 3, 1911.
Cpuld flU Agree od a Velvet in tta
Famous Dispensary Case
WERE OUT A LONG TIME
Hie Famous Label Case Ends in a
.Mistrial, the Jury Failing to Agree
on a Verdict \After Being Out
About Forty Hours, and Were Dis
The case against L. W. Boykin,
Jno. Bell Towill and W. O. Tatum,
former dispensary officials, on a
charge of conspiracy to defraud the
State in the matter of the purchase
of 21,000,000 labels for $35,677
went to the jury at 11.15 Saturday
night and after being out all Sun
day, reported a mistrial on Monday.
Earley testified that he had advanc
ed Boykins money while he was in
Cincinnati buying the labels, for
which he took no note, and that Boy
kin returned some of it when the
committee was exposing the 'graft'
dn connection with the dispensary.
Earley was asked by Mr. Lyon:
"While you represented Fleisch
mann &. Co. as a salesman here, and
while Mr. Towill was on the board
of directors did you make a present
to Mr. Towill?"
Answer: "Yes, sir, I gave him a
"What was the value of that
"Probably about four or five hun
"Has Mr. Towill ever returned the
ring to you?"
"Did Mr. Towill ever express any
admiration for this ring?"
On cross-examination, the witness
said that he would not believe Good
man on oath, and when asked by At
torney Nelson if Goodman was not
looked upon as a low scoundrel, Ear
ley answered: "In my opinion, he
Earley stated in answer to ques
tions that of the $0,534 he had re
ceived on the label deal, Boykin nor
Towill nor Tatum had gotten a cent.
The figures which Goodman told him
he had paid the defendants were gone
over; $3,000 was given to Boykin, ac
cording to Goodman; $1,000 to To
will, $300 to Tatum and $900 to Mc
"This $0,534 was one-third? Who
got another third, Goodman?"
"I suppose so," said the witness.
"And who got the other?"
"This agreement was made be
tween you and Goodman and Weis
"Well, we were the three that
made the agreement."
Witness admitted that he had been
under three indictments in this con
nection, and that cases would be nol
prossed against him, he understood,
on condition of his testifying for the
State in this and other cases.
Earley also testified of a general
knowledge that Weiskopf had to "pay
$7,500 to get out," and that was
placed in a trust company, and that
when the case was concluded half
was to go to the State and half to
Felder. The witness also admitted
to having been closely restricted in
his movement's during his trip here
on the occasion of a former trial.
On redirect examination, by Solic
itor Cobb, the witness was asked in
connection with the agreement
whereby he, Goodman and Weiskopf
each got a third of certain funds
from the deal; if Weiskopf had not
told him that another $7,500 "ex
pense money" had to be paid to the
State dispensary board, before the
division among the three could be
After telling of his meeting in Cin
cinnati Messrs. Boykin and Tatum, he
stated thai these gentlemen visited
his place of business and were stowti
over it. Weiskopf then gave the
Q. Now, Mr. Weiskopf, when Mr.
Boykin and Mr. Tatum and Mr. Good
man and Mr. Earley visited your
place of business, slate as nearly as
you can recollect what happened on
that occasion, and what was said and
A. 1 was introduced to the gentle
, men and the question o; labels came
: up. J took either all of the gentle
men or a part of them through the
establishment, to show them our fa
cilities for turning out the work, to
show the way the lithograph work
was handled. The poposition was
drawn up and given to Mr. Boykin
after seme argument as to prices.
Prices on a portion of the labels were
reduced, and Mr. Boykin signed a
contract subject to the approval of
Q. Mr. Weiskopf, after Mr. Good
( man and Mr. Boykin and Mr. Tatum
and Mr. Earley visited your place of
business on that date, state whether
or not Mr. Goodman applied for any
A. Next day he did.
0 How much money did you give
A. Forty-one hundred dollars.
Q For what purpose did Mi. Good
man ask you to deliver him that
A. For expenses.
Mr. Lyon: For expense of what?
A. Of securing the order.
q. Mt. Weiskopf, after that trans
action, state whether or not you re
ceived any further comniunciation
from L. W. Boykin?
A. I did.
Q. Have you that communcation
A. I have. (Letter of Mr. Boykin
accepting bid for labels offered in ev
idence and read to jury by attorney
Q. Mr Weiskopf, after the payment
of this $4,100, or the letter w?tten
by Mr. Boykin, did you have any fur
ther communication with M. A. Good
A. I received a letter from him.
0. In consequence of receiving
that letter, what did you do?
A. I sent him a draft for $2,000.
I Mr. Lyon: Did you receive pay
[ for the labels set forth in this in
A. I did
Col. Nelson: We admit that he
gor. the S35,000.
Mr. Lyon: What did you do with
the money or a part of it that you
A. I t.ave Mr. Earley a check for
SO,534 and Mr. Goodman a check for
$6,534, .Mr. Earley's being one check,
Mr. Goodman getting a check on Oc
tober 8 for $2,000 check and on Oct.
30 another check.
Q. Let me ask it again. You paid
Mr. Goodman $G,534?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. You paid Earley $6,534?
Q And you retained for yourself
S 0,53 4 ?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Was the $n,t>o which you .e.:
tified was used as a nexpenses for
getting the business in addition to
these three items?
Mr. No-son: He has not said the
expense was $0,100. He said it wa3
Mr. Lyon: Did you testify that It
took $0,100 to get this business?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. You did?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. And it was paid in two checks,
A. Yes, sir; the $6,100 was addi
tional to the other
Q. What do you mean by the oth
A. The $6,500 I gave Goodman
and the $6,500 I gave Earley.
Q And the $6,500 you gave your
A. Yes, sir; for the firm.
Q. Mr. Weiskopf, so that would
make something over $25,000 all to
gf ther, wouldn't it?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. That accounts for over $25,000
of this $35,677 that you received?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. That leaves somewhere betwce;.
$9,000 and $10,000, does it not?
A. It is over $10,000, I think.
Q. Does it not leave less than $10,
A. I figured it roughly, general; I
tlilnfc it was over $10,000.
Q. Just figure it again ann see
what it is.
A. I make it $9,975.
Q. Where did that money go, Mr.
A. To our firm; it went to our
Q. Mr. Weiskopf, state whether or
not you have returned to the State
of South Carolina $7,500 on account
cf the overcharges on these labels?
A. I have returned $7.500 to mv
attorney; I think he has made some|
arrangement for the return of the
money paid. I gave it to him under!
Weiskopf also gave Goodman a bad
1 name. He stated that he had known
Goodman seven years and that his
reputation for truth and veracity and i
fair dealing is bad. Weiskopf would
not believe Goodman on his oath.
FALLS TO HIS DEATH.
The Tragic Ending of a Well Known
The 'State says Mr. Heber S. Rey-'
nolds, a well-konwn young man of
Columbia, was killed at a late hour
Friday night when he fell from the
ninth lloor of the Loan and Exhange
; bank building to the alley way in the
I rear of the building.
He was employed by the South
i Carolina Cotton Oil company, which
has offices on the ninth floor, and
was waiting for H. E. Wells, the
manager of the company, who was
'due io arrive from the .Verth at 121
He had finished some work and it
is supposed, was seated in the win
dow when he fell. The body was
found at midnight by R. E. North, an
engineer, employed in the building,
who was making his rounds as night
watch ma u.
Mr. North said that he heard some
thing fall about 11.30 o'clock. It
is supposed that the accident occur
red at that time. A careful investiga
tion was maib' by Coroner Walker.
He came to the conclusion that the
boy's death was the result of an ac
The body in falling struck an iron
picket fence. One of the arms was
torn from the body and left hanging
on the ffi'.ce. The head was muti
lated and the lower limbs broken.
Heber Reynolds was a well Known
and beloved young man and had
many friends in Columbia. He was
21 years of age, the son of the late
John S. Reynolds, supreme court li
brarian, and a well known citizen of
He is survived by his mother, Mrs.
John S. Reynolds, three sisters, Mrs.
Henry L. Forbes, Miss Sarah E. Rey
nolds, and Miss Virginia V. Reynolds,,
and one brother, John S. Reynolds of
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KILL ONE WIFE
The Avail Crisis of a Yjuog Caicig*
Physician (o Aide a Crime.
TFILS OF THE MURDER
Body of the Young Woman Found
Two Weeks After Fatal Quarrel.?*
Motive for the Crime Prolwbly tO>
Hide from First Wife Fact of His
Dual Life. t
Dr. Harry Elgin Webster, u Rusfa
Med/oal College graduate, student
and interne at the Polyclinic Hospi
tal at Chicago in a remarkable con
fession to the police Sunday, admit
ted that he had murdered one of his
two young wives, Bessie "Sent Web
ster, of Chicago, in the woods ten
miles from Dixon, 111., September 16*.
The police say the motive f.?r the
crime was Webster's desire to aide
from his first wife, Zee Varney Web
ster, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the fact
that he was a bigamist. He had mar
ried the two women within one week:
The accidental discovery of Bessie
Kent'3. body Friday, almost two>
weeks after she had been killed, was
followed by identification Saturday
and the arrest Sunday morning of
Wih the arrival of wife No. 1 at
the Chicago avenue police station,
the structure of evasion and deceit
that Webster had been erecting for
months began to topple and twelve)
hours after the doctor's arrest the
police had stripped from him the
story of the murder.
Webster said he was married first
to Zoe Varney at Cedar Rapids, iowa,
January 4. He said he was great
ly in love with his bride and ex
pected to return to Cedar Rapids to
"I married Bessie Kent under her
promise that she would divorce me
immediately after the wedding," said!
Webster. "She then refused to get a
divorce and that was the! beginning
of all the trouble."
Following this unsucccssfut at
tempt to divorce his second wife*
Webster related he met her on Sen*
tem'ber 14t'h, and he spent that night
with her at a North Side rooming"
house. The next afternoon he start
ed tor Dixon.
Webster insisted that he believed
until he reached Dixon that he was
making the trip alone. Then, his
confession relates, he discovered that
Bessie Kent had made the trip oa
the same train. He declares that she
refused to return to Chicago and the
two went to the Dixon Inn that night..
The next morning Webster hired a^
horse and buggy" and, with Mrs. Web
ster No. 2, drove north of Dixon. Ort'
this drive the two quarreled and the
physician alleges that his wiic struck;
him and then jumped from the bug
gy, crying that she would see his
parents and expose his life with her,
"When my wife jumped from the
buggy," said Webster, "I threw a
suitcase at her and then jumped from
the buggy and gave chase. I ran af
ler her for several hundred yards,
when she stumbled near a ravine and
"I pulled out my pocket knife and
stabbed her four or five times in th?
back of the neck as she lay on the
ground. She died immediately after
1 had severed the jugular vein, f
then rolled her body several yards
into the ravine and covered it with
"I den't remember whether I dis
robed her or not. I was so excited
that 1 almost lest my mind. But 1
know that I covered the body so care
fully that no one passing would see
After returning the horse and bug
gy, Webster went to Chicago without
going to t;ee his parents. He con
' tinned his work at the hospital, and!
' three or four days afterward report
ed to the police that his wife was
lice made frequent inquiries $ghbfat
During the next ten days he made
rrequenl injuiries or the police and
took up the matter of his wife's dis
appearance with her rellatives.
Throughout this period he remain
ed unruffled, and the police did not
suspect him until after the body had
I been identified at Dixon.
The Deadly Cotton Gin.
?Paul Timmons, the faithful and
zealous old ginner for Messrs. J. C
Lynch & Son, at Cowards, while at
tempting to remove some cotton from
between the ribs of one of the gins
while the machinery was in motion,
got his arm caught in the teeth of
the saws r.nd it was cut to pieces.
He died aLout an hour after the ac
Killed the Wrong Man.
Mistaking Rob McCulIough, a ne
gro, for another man with whom he
had a fight earlier i'i the afternoon.
West Met.ure. also a negro, Saturday
night emptied the contents of a shot
gun into McCulIough when they met
on the public road; near Chester.
Took Medicine for a Spell.
Miss Ida Stone/ a young woman
living near Batesburg died Saturday
under peculiar circumstances. It is
said that a white man living on the
place that some one had put a "spell*?
j on her and gave her some medicine^
1 for which she paid him $7, and" afte^
. taking the concoction she died. j