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Wayne County Organ
HONESDALE, WAYNE 00., PA., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1908.
BAD FOE HAMS.
Yacht G!ub Members Help
THREATENED ALL ON THE DOCK
Accused Man Criticises the Evi
dence Given and Declares That
Nothing Has Been Yet
Proved Against Him.
Flushing, X. V., Dec. 23. Following
"! the advantage gained by the testi
mony of the victim's widow, the pros
ecution In the trial of Thornton .Ten
Kins I In I ns for complicity in the killing
by his brother. Captain Peter 0. Hains,
Jr., of William U. Annls brought for
ward additional evidence to prove the
defendant was a principal in the Bny
t'ldc Yacht club murder. The follow
ing points were testified to by Morrell
L. Downs and John C. Stevens, mem
bers of the Ttnyeldc Yacht club:
That Thornton Halns went to the
scene of the murder prepared to shoot
anybody who Interfered with his broth
er and that he said so openly.
That Tlftirnton Halns, revolver in
jiniul. shouted "Stand back!" to the
?rowd on the yacht club float after his
brother had fired two shots nt his vic
tim and while the brother was firing
That Thornton Halns Immediately
nfler the shooting declared that he
himself was Captain Halns.
That the time that elapsed between
the firing of the first and last of the
six shots was of sufficient length to
have permitted Thornton Halns tc
threaten nil on the dock and to have
(taken steps he Is said to have taken
)and to have pushed his revolver into
J the faces of the many frightened by.
"When you know all the facts you
will think differently," he cried. "I
came down to protect my brother and
would have shot nnybody who Inter
fered." Thornton Hnlus gave out the follow
"During the examination of witness
es I have been careful to note every
point made for or against me.
"All In all, I have every reason to
feel satisfied. The trial so far as it
has now progressed has, to my mind,
contained nothing but contradictions
on the part of the state's witnesses.
"For Instance, John C. Stevens testi
fied under cross examination that he
did not see me press my gun against
the back of any woman.
"Further than that, he was obliged
to admit to Mr. Melntyre that he did
not see me point a pistol at any one,
"As a matter of fact, his testimony
was that h" did not oven see Mrs. An
nls on the float, ns she claimed on tho
stand that she was.
"The best he could give was that lie
had seen six or seven persons moving
about on the float.
"Again when questioned whether or
not he had heard Mrs. Annls call out
ns her husband npproached In his boat,
'Hurrah, my sweetheart has won!" he.
the witness, stated that ho had not.
.'"This witness alone corroborates
ngainst his desire the contention made
ijy my lawyers that none of theso
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"Morrell L. Downs also greatly aid
ed me when he gave evidence that I
had used the words, 'Stand back; this
Is a Job for the police,' and that I had
made use of this expression twice, for
that Is just what I did say,
"This witness, Downs, also proved a
boomerang to the state's side when he
declared, 'I saw . no woman on the
pier,' as this nullifies Mrs. Annis' tes
timony that she was there."
RUSSIAN WOMEN'S CONGRESS
Mrs. Ida Husted Harper of New York
One of the Speakers.
St. Petersburg, Dec. 23. The wo
men's congress, composed of 400 dele
gates from various parts of Russia, be
gan Its session here today.
Mmc. Anna Phllosophoff, the mother
of the noted writer, Dmitri Phllosop
hoff, was wnrmly greeted as the
pioneer in the movement.
Foreign speakers are here also, in
cluding Mrs. Ida Husted Harper of
POPE RECEIVES IRELAND.
Greatly Pleased With Archbishop's
Report of His Diocese.
Home, Dec, 23. Tho popo received
Archbishop Ireland In private audi
Mgr. Ireland talked with bis holiness
nbout his diocese, building a new ca
thedral iu St. Paul und a pro-cathedral
The pontiff whs greatly pleascd with
this news and expressed a desire to
see the archbishop again before h
THE CORN EXPOSITION.
The King of All Grains and His Reign
The success of the second annual
corn exposition nt Omnba from Dec.
0 to 10 proves once again that corn Is
still king. The monnrch of the grains,
holding sway In the Omaha Auditori
um iind annex, seems to have had no
difficulty in maintaining supremacy
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r.:.mr.i:M op the exposition.
despite the number and variety of ex
hibits from all parts of tho United
Slates and from many distant corners
of the world.
One of the most interesting exhibits
showed vistors, both experts and lay
men, just what is being done to save
tho great corn crops of the south from
tlieravnges of the Infamous weeTll. A
corn hospital was established where
"Hick" kernels, showing traces of the
attacks of their boring enemy, were
treated with hydrocyanic gas, which
destroys both bug and larvae. Much to
the satisfaction of all concerned, ex
hibitors in the extreme south state
that the weevil is under nearly abso
lute control and Is on the vergo of
That there has been ns great advance
In methods of cultivating and produc
ing Uncle Sam's star crop as in many
others of his great Industries was
forcefully illustrated at Omaha In the
"manufacturers' section" of tho expo
sition. Side by side were placed the
old time implements and tho most
modern and almost human farm ma
chinery and equipment. Of the latest
types the new "corn planter" held
forth with the guarantee to plant
three kernels to n hill ninety-nine
times out of a hundred or pay a con
siderable forfeit. Then thero is a new
huskcr, a machine that shoots the
corn Into a wagon and blows the
husks and blades directly Into the
barn. An up to date gang plow claims
to do ns much work with three horses
as is U'sually accomplished with four.
A great boon to the corn raiser and
a triumph of tho science of cultivat
ing and breeding the grain is the ger
mination and testing process whereby
it has been found by testing six ker
nels from each individual ear that an
lnsurnnce policy could ho taken out
upon the "stand."
It has recently been stated that at
the great Chicago stockyards even tho
formerly discarded squeal of tho In.
nocent pig Is now belns made use ot,
but the latest triumph In farm sclenco
bids fair to hold Its own. with tho
progress of the porkmakers. An en
tirely now paradise of economy in
opened up to the tiller of tho soil by
the process of manufacturing low
grade corn and other waste products
Into denatured alcohol, which product
may be used In many sorts of engines
necessary to the modern farm.
AFRAID OF NIGHT RIDERS.
Woman Witness at Trial Insists o'
Having Armed Escort.
Union City, Tenu., Dec. 23. WL '
Mrs. Emma Jackson, one of the state'
witnesses in tho Night Itiders' trial,
was excused from the stand she turn
ed to Judge Jones and said:
"I will not leave the courtroom with
out armed protection. I know theso
She was promised an escort of sol
diers. Mrs, Jackson I old n vivid story of
severn I visits of the Night Riders, cor
roborated Fred Fehringcr's testimony
and Identified by name at least twenty-seven
members of the band.
I "I understand you aro a lawyer."
"I was ouce."
"Not practicing now?"
"No; Just trying to live It doirn,
Liked His Company.
"Now, don't be a fool."
"Why should you?"
"Coeauna I bm fond of von,"
tht VTiwmmr m?-
The Year 1008 Was Good to Us.
Tho man who enjoys saying "I told
you so" has had numerous signs to
encourage the habit since January,
1008, but the cud of the year finds him
taking to heart Hosca Blglow's ad
vice, "Don't prophesy onions ye know."
The business reaction which., sot in
townrd the close of 1007 nowhere
amounted to au acute disturbance of
profitable activities. Tift depression
felt was due to arrive presidential
year anyway j hence the i-esponslblllty
for the unsteadiness noted cannot just
ly be laid to the panic If there was a
Pessimists were inclined to look for
a social crisis as a sequel to business
retrenchment, especially as the nation
al polls Invited tho masses to voice
whatever grievances they might har
bor. On the one hand n landslide of
radicalism was predicted, oven threat
ened in some quarters, and on the
other hand It was feared. Yet nothing
unusual happened, A record crop
kept the agricultural tollers busy, and
In spite of high prices for food prod
ucts there has not been scarcity any
where in the land of a degree to war
rant puttlug the entry "Hard times"
In the diary of 1008.
Contrary to misgivings at home and
abroad, the Pacific cruise awakened
uo resentment on the part of rivnl
powers Interested in the far east. The
Japanese accorded tho personnel of
the fleet a magnificent welcome In
port, and the good will of the mikado's
government was pledged in the iden
tical notes exchanged Nov. 30 between
the two countries by which mutual
rights in the Pacific sphere were form
ally acknowledged. Thus our 'cole In
ternational entanglement was happily
POLICEMAN IN SING SING.
Sent There For Nine Years For At
tack Upon a Girl.
Sing Sing, N. Y., Dec. 22.-Pol iceman
William E. Hughes, convicted of an
attack on Louise Muurer, aged eleven,
was brought hero today to serve a sen
tence of nine years.
Hughes ran off to Ireland after the
attack on the girl iu Prospect park.
He came back two weeks ago and was
caught. He pleaded guilty. Hughes
had been a policeman for fifteen years.
BIGGEST CHRISTMAS MAIL.
Chicago PostofRce Authorities Arrange
to Handle Eight Hundred Tons.
Chicago, Dec. 22. More than 1,000,
000 Christmas letters and parcels ag
gregating in weight 250 tons passed
through the Chicago postoffice today.
The officials have arranged to handle
about 800 tons within the next three
The business Is largely in excess of
any previous year's holiday rush.
BRYAN OPPOSES RAISE.
Says President of United States Getr
Enough Salary Now.
Unlontown. Pa., Dec. 22. William J.
Bryan, who spoke here today, wns
asked his opinion of the bill which has
been introduced In congress making
the salary of tho president of the
United States $100,000.
He said: "No, no. He gets enough
now, or least I think bo. 1 wouldn't
be in favor of any such bill."
Seven Pittsburg City Legislators Are
Accused of Bribery.
Pittsburg, Dec. 22. Seven council-
men, members of the finance commit
tee of common and select councils of
this city, have been indicted for brib
ery and receiving bribes and also for
the alleged corruption of other mem
bers of the council in the passage of
various kinds of legislation during the
past two years.
The charges were preferred by the
Civic Voters' league of this city.
Tho men were released on bonds
ranging from ?15,000 to $30,000.
Plot to Assassinate Belle.
Wlllemstad, Curacao, Dec. 22. Let
ters received here tell of the discovery
of a nlot to assassinate General Bello,
commander of Fort San Carlos, at
Maracaibo. The conspirators were
captured and shot.
MORTGAGE TAX LAW UPHELD
United States Supreme Court Declares
Washington, Dec. 22. The constitu
tionality of the mortgage tax law of
New Yerk state Is upheld In a deci
sion rendered by the supreme court of
the United States In the case of T. H.
Padell against the city of New York.
Justice Holmes holds that the four
teenth amendment to the constitution
does not prohibit a state from Impos
ing a tax on lands to cover all Inter
ests Involved. His decision sustains
the supreme oourt of New York,
ACCUSED GRAFTERS FLEE.
Six Municipal Officials of Pittsburg
Afraid to Meet Charges.
Pittsburg, Dec. 23. Six municipal of
ficials Implicated with those already
arrested on charges of graft, bribery
and conspiracy In regard to the voting
of franchises have fled the city, fear
ing to face the charges.
The people of Pittsburg arc amazed
beyond description, not to say stunned,
by the sudden revelation of scandal
affecting tho city council.
it Is Intimated that even more star
tling developments will soon follow
the arrest of seven councilman and
two bankers on charges of conspiracy,
corrupt solicitations and bribery.
These charges arc mad & In connec
tion with municipal legislation and
particularly with the selection of de
positories of the city's funds.
According to the best Information
obtainable It Is possible the municipal
scandal of San Francisco will be In
significant when compared to the
Attorney A. Leo Well, president of
the Voters' league, said: "This is the
beginning. The cud Is not yet."
Rumors are heard that men Interest
ed iu traction companies in this city
and Philadelphia are Implicated In the
HOLLAND EXPECTS HEIR.
Official Announcement In Chamber of
Deputies Received With Cheers.
The Hague, Dec. 23. It was officially
innouncedvln U.ie chamber of deputies
hat Queen Wfihelmlna was In an In
teresting condition, and the statement
was greeted with Joyful "brnvos."
Her majesty's physicians conclude
their announcement with these words,
"We rejoice to be nble to state that
all signs are in consonnnce with an ab
solutely perfect state of health."
The event Is expected early in tho
The hopes of the Dutch people for
an heir to the throne of Holland have
twice before been disappointed.
The queen Is twenty-eight years old.
Her husband Is Prince Henry of
PRESIDENT ENJOYS BUNYAN.
Says Great Heart In "Pilgrim's Prog
ress" Is His Favorite.
Chicago, Dec. 23. Great Heart, a
character In Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Prog
ress," Is President Roosevelt's favorite
character In allegorical literature.
The president considers "Pilgrim's
Progress" one of the greatest books
ever written, and Abraham Lincoln
he deems the ideal Great Heart of
This Is revealed by the Rev. Duncan
C. Mllner, a retired Presbyterian min
ister, who received a letter from the
president, as follows:
Great Heart Is my favorite character In
allegory (which la, of course, a branch of
Rctlon, as you Bay), just as Bunyan's
"Pilgrim's Progress" Is to my mind one
of. the greatest books that ever was writ
ten, and I think that Abraham Lincoln Is
the Ideal Great Heart of public life.
MINERS STRIKE ENDED.
Operators Agree to Work Only Union
Men In Their Mines.
Charleston, W. Vn., Dec. 23. Two
thousand striking miners In the Paint
creek coal mining section returned to
The striker conceded tho "long
run," and the operators agreed to the
old scale, the "check off" and tho elim
ination of a "discrimination" clause.
This means that in the future opera
tors may work only union men In their
And to Forgive, Divine.
"Your honor er er this case erer," the
stammering lawyer spoke.
"What makes you 'er so much?" his
The lawyer thought he saw a ehanoe to
perpstrate a joke
And, "To err Is only human, sir," re
plied. New Orleans Times-Democrat
Tho Indian Athlete.
TJnensy lies the -head that wears a
wreath won on the athletic field, Thero
Is no feat posslblo for any man that
some other man will not risk his life
to oxcel. Hnyes won the Olympic
Marathon by n narrow margin, and
the next best man that day, Doraudo,
outran htm on another trial. But Do
rnndo had to yield a few days later to
Longbimt, an Indian runner who owes
tho very best, that Is In him to the
game. The Indian went Into the Inter
national Marathon last summer with a
record that called for better fortune
than his pitiful collapse In the twen
Longboat comes of a race noted for
swift and hardy footmen. To "run
llko nn Indian" was enough to make
a white athlete famous In the early
American settlements. The trick was
not altogether n mntter of high speed,
but of covering long distances across
country and coming out ns fresh ns
Longboat showed himself to be from
his twenty-sixth mile nt Madison
Square Garden, when his competitor
lay In n collapse. The whites long ago
sot themselves up ns schoolmasters for
tho red men. Mr. Savage must bo civ
ilized. Perhaps his time has come to
teach the overelvlllzed whites some
things which, after nil, ennobled his
savage slmplo life.
The Uplift In tho Mountains.
Lincoln university, for the support
of which money will be solicited in
connection with the Lincoln cente
nary. Is not merely another education
al fad nor Is It n useless competitor
with other institutions. It Is main
tained for the practical training of
mountaineers who hut for its open
doors will live without half n chance
In case they stay In the mountains and
fight against enormous odds If they
leave I he hills for crowded marts. In
Its ambition the university may bo
called an experiment. But the mission
proclaimed Is not farfetched. There is
need of uplift work in those very
Farther south In the mountains of
Georgia n young society woman of
St. Louis established a pioneer "settle
merit" a few years ago which has
proved that the idea of carrying culture
to the poorest soli is worth while. Be
ginning with five boys In 1002, she now
conducts nn establishment comprising
n laundry, truck farm, school and
library and dairy, the work being done
l).v pupils, some of whom pay their
way by labor. However ignorant and
ragged at tho start, the material of the
wild hills Is good. Not alone native
ruggedness, but native honesty, Is the
heritage of those children, whose for
bears were in the main Scotch-Irish
TREE CRUSHES HUBBARD.
fwthor Nearly Killed When Trunk
Falls on Him In Woods.
Buffalo, Dec. 23. Elbert Hubbard,
the Roycrofter and nuthor, was nearly
killed by a falling tree In tho woods
near his East Aurora colony.
Miscalculating the direction in whlck
one of the trees was going to fall, he
got In the way and wns badly crushed
PRESIDENT'S COUSIN SAFE.
Turns Up All Right After He Was
Supposed to Be Lost,
Berkeley, Cal., Dec. 23. Dr. Fred-
crick D. Taft, a third cousin of the
president elect, who was supposed to
be lost with his cousin, Walter J. Wat
son, turned up safely today.
They went to Bouldln Island to hunt
ducks, intending to return tho next
day, but were obliged to camp out.
The government expects to put $13,'
000,000 In collecting and printing the
next census. If we were in dead ear
nest nbout retrenching, we would all
chip In tho necessary data and save
the treasury about $10,000,000 of that
8tacks of Mahogany Burned.
Boston, Dec, 22. Flro destroyed Im
mense stacks of mahogany in the ex
tensive lumber yards of the Georgo D,
Emery company, Importers of mahog
any, at Chelsea.
Londoners have tho big head be
cause plants have been put in their
subway. Somo of our subways nave
been nlanted and replanted and not a
fow sane people are kicking to have
Thnt midlist who has "gone Into lit
crnture" Is probably getting ready
against the Inevitable to give Editor
Roosevelt a choice of weapons.
So marvelous Is our climate that one
may step from summer into winiur
and not bo aware or aoiug n Bin-icu
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LOOT FOR CASTRO
Discovery That President
Further Disclosures as to His Plot
to Have Vice President Gomez
Assassinated In the Pal
ace at Caracas.
Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 23. It has
been discovered that prior to his d
pnrturo for Europe President Clprlnno
Castro forwarded to Paris and Gor
man bankers sums aggregating $35,-
It Is clear from the financial and
other arrangements he made that Cas
tro never Intended to return here, but
that it Avas his purpose to enjoy his
wealth In Europe.
Further disclosures make It clear
thnt Castro Inspired an attempt to
assassinate Acting President Vlconto
Secret cipher cablegrams have passed
between President Castro In Berlin
and his ngents here since the popular
nntl-Cnstro demonstration of Dec. 13
A prominent lawyer has filed an ac
cusation Iu the high federal court
charging President Castro with com
plicity In the nttempted assassination
nnd proposing his Impeachment.
There wns a meeting Friday night
of tho plotters In the residence In Ca
racas of Garklras Guzman, who was
socretnry general in the last Castro
cabinet nnd who was placed In charge
of President Castro's personal busi
ness In Venezuela when the president
left for Germany.
The conspirators decided upon a coup
d'etat. They determined to assassi
nate Acting President Gomez, Joso do
Jesus Paul, the foreign minster; Gen
eral Leopoldo Baptlsta and other prom
inent men, seize the administration of
tho country and with the army ter
rorize, and overawe the population.
In spite of tho precautions taken an
Intimation of what was on foot reach
ed the ears of Acting President Go
mez. As soon ns he had satisfied him
self of tho truth of the reports he took
Immediate steps to frustrate the at
He went alone on foot to the bar
racks In Caracas, where a mutinous
regiment under tho command of Presi
dent Castro's brother was quartered.
With unexampled courage he entered
the building and placed the brother of
the president under arrest.
He then went to tho executive man
sion, where he found Torres-Cardenas,
the chief of the conspirators. He seiz
ed Torres-Cardenas by the shoulders
and, shaking him roughly, said:
"I have discovered your plot to as
sassinate me. You are my prisoner."
Torres-Cardenas tried to use his re
volver on tho acting president, but
Gomez was too quick for him. Ho
pinioned the man's nrms and called
the guard. Torres-Cardenns wns seized
and disarmed and hurried away to
These two arrests, made slnglo hand
ed by Gomez, broke the back of tho
plot. Others nrrestcd were Garklras
Guzman, Lopez Bnraltz, minister of
the Interior; Senor Bermudez, director
of tho national telegraph system; Com
mander Casanova, Commander Angulo
nnd other ndherents of Castro.
Jose do Jesus Paul, the former min
ister of foreign nffalrs, left for Europe
today on n diplomatic mission to settle
all outstanding disputes with foreign
Acting President Gomez has Issued
a proclamation ns follows:
Fellow Patriots I assumed charge of
the presidency of Venezuela under the
terms of the constitution. From the first
endeavored to conciliate the aspirations
of the people with my high obligations,
and to this end I established. In accord
ance with our national Institutions, an
administration that recognized all per
sonal and public guarantees.
Unfortunately my good Intentions met
with Incomprehensible hindrance on the
part of Intimate friends of General Cas
tro. Not only did these persons block
the carrying out by me of my legal du
ties, but they stooped to conspiracy and
elaborated a diabolical plot against my
This conspiracy was crushed when I
personally faced the plottera and impris
oned them. By so doing I saved more
than my personal existence. I maintain
ed the manly prestige of the chief mag
istracy of the republic, which It Is my
ambition to convert Into a fountain of
of good for all Venezuelans,
I have constituted a cabinet represent
ing the public opinion of Venezuela, and
with the collaboration of my ministers I
Intend to enforce the constitutional guar
antees, to respect the autonomy of the
various states of the Venezuelan repub
lic, to protect local Industries against odi
ous manipulation, to find a decorous and
pacific solution of our International dis
putes, to live at peace and with harmony
at home and abroad and to permit the
law alone to hold undisputed sovereignty
throughout the land.
Venezuelan revolutionists who have
been living in Curacao, the chief of
whom is General Gregorlo Rlera, have
been Invited by Gomez to coma to
Caracas and join hands with the new