OCR Interpretation

The Wheeling daily intelligencer. [volume] (Wheeling, W. Va.) 1865-1903, March 29, 1899, Image 2

Image and text provided by West Virginia University

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026844/1899-03-29/ed-1/seq-2/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for 2

Hearing of James R. Ilissom Began
Before Squire Dunning,
After Which Further Proceedings
Were Delayed Until Next Tuesday
Morning?The Prosecution's Principal
"Witness was Mis* Edith Mascr
%vho Says Mr. Ilissom Asked her to
Testify That Ills sou was Insane.
The hearing of Mr. James R. Hlasom,
WIC Wl'illlliy Ull moil u?. ?.??w ixmnu, ?*..
the charge of attempting to bribe a witness
at the late hearing of his son on
the charge of insanity, began yesterday
afternoon at 2 o'clock beforo Justice
of the Peace James A. Dunning.
Considerable time was consumed in the
discussion of several motions made by
the defense, principal among which
were motions for a change of venue and
for a jury trial. Both of these were
Mr. Hissom was represented by Mr.
John A. Howard. The' prosecution,
which was Instituted by Charles T.
Woods, a friend of Dr. S. K. Hissom,
who lives back of Bridgeport, was conducted
by Messrs. M. F. Dryden, S. G.
Smith, W. P. Iloblnson and Charles
Schuck. f
Only three witnesses were examined,
of whom Miss Edith Maser, who says
Mr. Hissom attempted to bribe her to
testify against his son at the recent insanity
hearing, was the principal one.
The iirst witness called was Justice
of the Peace Greer, before whom the
Hissom insanity hearing took place In
February. He testified that the warrant
for Dr. S. Iv. Hissom's arrest was
* sworn out by Attorney James A. Ewlng.
He could not recollect the day of
the hearing, but believed It was February
3. He Identified J. K. Hissom and
Misses Edith and Carrie Maser as witnesses
at the hearing.
The star witness was Miss Edith
Miser, who, the prosecution alleges,
was offered a bribe by the defendant
' if she would swear to his son's (S. K.
Hlssom) insanity. She testijied that
she lived with her father at ll'O South
Penn street. Island, which Is next doot*
to the Hiss'om home. Sin; had been a
witness at the S. K. Hlssom insanity
hearing. She had conversed with J. ft.
Hissoni previous to the hearing, or
rather a series of conversations, which
occurred at the following places: At
the Ilissom house. In the dining room;
at the street corner while waiting for
the street car; on the cars, and in the
jury rcom at the court house. These
conversations occurred in the afternoon
before her turn came to testify. Mr.
Hlssom had told her how awful was
the trouble that had developed between
his son and himself; and. con- |
tinuing. he had told her to go In arid j
testify: he nad also sail to her: "You
know the doctor is insane; you tell I
them the doctor Is insane." The witness
had said she would be afraid to
tell this, and Mr. Hlssom had said to
her in reply: "Don't be afraid: it will
be all right; I will make It all right."
"What did he mean wher. he said
this?" said Mr. D.-yden, of counsel for |
the prosecution.
"That he would 'present me with
something or give ine money."
"Did you believe the doctor was insane?"
"No, sir."
' rin vim hMfnvn ho Insano HOW?" i
"No. indeed. I do not."
"Did you agree to what Mr. Hissom
"Yes; but I did not Intend to do what
he wanted. I did not swear hJs son was
Continuing, the witness said Mr. His8om
spoke to her about her testimony,
not only In the house, but on the corner,
on the cars and in the jury room. "In
the jury room we were all there together.
They all said what they intended
to give in their testimony. He told
me he would make it all right and that I
I need not be afraid."
A lengthy and searching cross-examInatlon
was'conducted by Mr. John A.
Howard. Miss Maser denied she had I
ever expressed the opinion that S. K. j
Hissom was insane.
"Did Mr. Hissoin ask you to swear j
to any lies?'; (
"Mr. Hissom asked me to swear to
an opinion that was different from my
own. lie asked me to tell that the doc- |
tor was insane."
"Where?" ]
"In the dining room, on the corner,
on the street car and in the jury room."
The witness was asked to repeat the
conversation she had with Mr. Hissom
In the house. She stated it as louows: ,
"He said to me: 'Just go ahead and
tell what you know; toll he la Insane.*
He said this In all four places. He also |
said. 'And I'll make It all right with
you.' HJs sister, Mrs. McKnight, was
there and she told me not to ho afraid. !
His daughter, Lucy Hlssom, was also I
"What was said on the corner?"
"He spoke about it being 'a shame to '
think of all the money spent the
doctor. Just as good as throwh- - It in
the street. And then think t it he
would cause his poor old fathe such
trouble as this.' Then the car came and
this conversation ended."
On the car the witness said Mr. Illssom
spoke to her as follows:
"This trouble Is terrible. Edith, you
just go up and tell them the doctor Is
Insane, and tell all you know about
him, and I will make it all right with 1
In the jury room he said to her:
"You will soon have to go in and tes- i
tlfy, and you don't need to get afraid
because they will not hurt you, and I'll j
make It all right with you."
"Who was there?" asked Mr. Howard.
"Only J. Ii.," said the witness.
After the hearing, the witness said, !
.she talked with the folks at home about |
what Mr. Hissom had said to her, and
she had expressed the opinion that he
meant to pay her. He didn't say ho
would give a present or money direct,
"Didn't you say the doctor was In- I
The witness hesitated before replying,
and then admitted that she might
have said the doctor was Insane on one
particular subject.
"Didn't you put this In writing?"
"No, sir."
"You stick to that answer?"
"I don't know what you mean."
Here Mr, Dryden Interposed with objections
to Mr. Howard's mode of cross- ]
;*<i iIIi u.I tiuii.
"Didn't you wrlto thin letter?" mild
Mr. Howard, and handed the witness
a four-p"kc letter written on .small note
paper. I
The witness read the letter, after
which It was handed over to Mr. Dryden
for perianal.
"Did you write this letter?" asked Mr.
Howard n#raIn. '' ,
Mr. Drydon Interposed again, and said I
thlff mode of examination was pursued
only to embarrass the witness. The
Justice ruled that If the letter was not
to be put In evidence questions relating
to it were not ndmlssable.
"I may offer It when I learn that the
witness wrote it," mild Mr. Howard.
"Did you write this letter?"
"Yes, sir," was Miss Manor's answer.
The I etl'T was from MJws Ma Her to
Whltten JIIhhoiu, a youncer son of .T.
H. Hlssom, and In It occurs the statonV-nt
that Dr. 8. K. Jllssom might ho
Insane on one subject which it was not
necessary for the writer to mention.
"What was this subject?"
"All this was about the money question.
I did not bflleve ho was crazy,
but I would huvo thought If the doctora
said ho was crazy that he was crazy
on that one subject."
"Who Induccd you to have Mr. Hlssom
"I have him arrested! I did not have
him arrested and did not know anything
about it until this morning."
The witness said she had not met
Charles T. Woods, on whose complaint
Mr. Hlssom was arrested on the bribery
charge, before Monday. She said
she had received no written summons
to appear at the S. K. Hlssom Insanity
hearing; that her only summons was
the request from Mr. Hlssom that she
testify. /
Then there was a discussion between
Messrs. Howara and Dryden-relnCive to
averments In the warrant for Mr. Hlssom's
Mr. Dryden?'These were merely technical
Mr. Howard?Your Mr. Woods will
perhaps learn more about that.
Mr. Dryden thought Mr. Howard had
said, "You and Mr. Woods," and he retorted
that he waa uble to take care of
"Did anybody talk to you about having
Mr. Hlssom arrested?" said Mr.
Howard to the witness.
Justice Dunning?That question has
already been answered.
j This closed the cross-examination,
and on redirect examination by Mr.
Dryden the witness said what Mr. Hlscnm
rtaslrpfl hnr t? owmr fn wrmlrl hnv?t
been a lie. She said Mr. HlSBom paid
her street car fare to and from the
hearing, and that he always talked to
her in an undertone.
The next witness was M?ss Carrie
Maser, a sister of Miss i^Jlth. She had
heard J. R. Hlssom talking with Amanda
Johnson, the (servant. Mr. Hlssom
had told Miss Johnson that she would
be his best witness, and that If she
testified he would see that no harm
came to her, and that he would take
care of her afterward.
Am the hour was late when this witness
concluded, the attorney for the
defense moved for an adjournment.
This the prosecution objected to and
desired to go ahead at a session last
ni&ht. Finally the hearing was adjourned
over to next Tuesday at 9 a. m.
Of this City will Give an Entertainment
Thursday Xiglit.
The Wheeling Epworth league union
will give a fine entertainment to-morrow
evening at the I. O. O. F. hall, for
which the following ?. attractive prograimme
has been prepared:
Wnldo Quartette-(a)
"Whistling Rufus"
(b) "Conrort Waltzes"
Reading "Tho Chariot Race"
Mr. Robert Da.rnih.
Piano Duet.."Thr Charpo of tho Uhlange"
Miss Cora Olmstead, Miss Stella
"Vocal Duct?"Gently Slgjis tho Brcczo"
Miss Lyula McNash, Miss Lulu
Whistling Solo "Isabella"
Tom Ilclmbrlght.
Reading "Larca"
Miss Wynters.
Piano Duct..."The Dance of the Demons"
Mlfs Lulu Foriruson. Miss Lizzie
Vocal Duet "Fly. Dittlo Dove"
Mrs. F. F. Farls. Miss Alloo
1 Reading- "Tom's Star"
Miss Mattie Shields.
Piano Solo "I~i Harpe Aedllnno"
Mlts L'.da Ramp.
( Vocal Solo "For You, Dearest Heart"
Miss Alice Kserter.
i Reading "Hupcrles' Dinner Party"
MlSS SUf Jont-S.
The slight cough may
soon become deep-seated and
hard to cure. Do not let it
settle on the lungs.
Think! Kas there been
consumption in your family?
Scott's Emulsion is Codliver
oil with hypophosphites.
These are the best
remedies for a cough.
Scott's Emulsion has saved
thousands who, neglecting
the cough, would have drifted
on until past hope. It
warms,-soothes, strengthens
and invigorates.
50c. and $1.00, all druggists.
SCOTT & BOWNE, Chemist*. New York|
===== ?
| Second
i-H f S
I fi u
j Prepare fa
These goods, being mad
J ; stock and of ihe finest fi
the Second Week of our
?;! We will be pleased to st
cannot allow extended c
t l trill guarantee
that cay Kidney Curo
will euro 00 per cent,
of all forma of kidney
complaint and la
many Instances the
most serious forms of
Brlght's disease. If
the dlscaso Is com*
plicated, send a four?
ounce,''rial of urine.
We /will analyze It
, and advise you Xrco
At all dnifjriiti. 23e. a t!?1. Guide to Health
OF Five Fishermen Anions tho Ice
Floes ol*Lake Eric.
SANDUSKY. Ohio. March 2S.-Flve
fishermen of this city, II. C. Paysen and :
his three Eor.s, James, John and Charles, ]
and Louis Roberts, have reached their j
homes here, after a most thrilling ex- t
perlence on Lake Erie. <
They went out In a small sail boat i
to lift their nets and were caught in a i
terrific storm, which carried away the j
spar of the boat and drove the ice down
upon them so that they were for nearly
twenty hours drifting helplessly about i
in a heavy sea among crushing and i
grinding ice floes, and in momentary :
danger of going to the bottom. They ]
had a smalL rowboat in tow. Two o" i
the men started for Marblehead life sav- ;
ing station in if. They were finally '
forced ashore on Cedar Point, after a i
terriole experience and were almost 1
dead from cold and exhaustion. ]
Subsequently the tug Silver Spray ;
Highted the three men in the sail boat
and after hard work managed to reach
them. The men were in a pitiable
condition, being almost frozen and
completely exhausted.
Itel'use to Obey the Government Keg- {
illations Regard ing Elections.
CORNWALL, Ont., March 28.?The
Indians of the St. Regis and Cornwall
island reserves have refused to obey
government regulations for holding
elections for five chiefs for a period of j
two years. They desire to return to the <
old custom of electing their own chiefs, !
twelve in number, for life. In August j,
msi uie inuians reiuseu lo allow the ;
election to proceed. \
Yesterday another attempt was made <
to hold an election under government ,
j authority. Indian Agent Long. In- .
j spector K-oga.n and Officer Chamberlain, ]
i with assistants, arrived here, but were <
j refused admittance to the building ]
where the election was being held. The <
police were assaulted. Long was secured j
and locked u;> and the police were driven
away. .
Inspector Hogan returned to Ottawa ]
to report. One-third of the Indians,
the inspector says, were from the Am- >
erJcan reserve at Hogansourg, >?. Y.
The tribe became infuriated and with j
visions of the war path before them, .?
they fought like demons. 1
Weston Asylum Overcrowded :
Special Dispatch to the Intelligences J
MORGANTOWX, W. Vn., March 2S.? '
The application of Sheriff Garrison for j
the admission of Robert Simpson to the i
hospital for insane at Weston, was re- 1
fused on occountrof the crowded condi- 1
tion of the asylum. There are over
1,000 patients there, and applicants have *
to be sent to the Spencer asylum. j
Prominent Citizen Dead. 1
Spcclal Dispatch to tho Intelligencer. ,
MORGANTOWX, W. Va., March 25.? \
Richard Boyd, a prominent citizen, died J
last night of typhoid fever, aged seventy
years. Ke retired from business
at Connellsville, Pa., two years ago,
and moved to Morgan town to permit '
his sons to attend the university. j
Lightning'* "Work. \
Special Dispatch to the Intclllgcncer.
WESTOX, W. Vn., March 2S.-LighJ- ;
ning struck the dwelling of Oliver Al- 2
kire, a farmer, living at Alkire's Mills, j
this morning. The house is bad!** dam- <
ami Alkire probably fatally hurt, i
- /
i annul
r the Best Nev
Some time ago we p>
facturers, who displayed
will be especially remem
instance the price, marke
lips ingly good furniture, and
3er Cen
e especially for samples at the C
nish. They have been placed
March Trade Sale, the greatest
ore free or charge such Furnitur
rcdit on any purchase.
Maybe Presented to the Wheeling
& Elm Grove Management by
Giving tho Company Until March 31
to act on the Demand for Increased
Wages ? A Formal Bequest for
tlio Increase "Will t)0 Mado by tho
'Wheeling Railway Company's
Motormen and Conductors.
It was said yesterday that the conductors
and motor-men employed by the
Wheeling & Elm Grove Railway,
through their committee, will wait on
the management to-day with another
request for an advance in their wages
from sixteen to twentycents an hour, an
xdvance that was unfavorably considered
by the company a few days ago. Today's
request will be accompanied by an
ultimatum fixing March 31 as the time
In which the company Is expected to
;rant the increase.
The Wheeling Railway Company's
men. who are anxious for a similar
concession, will follow suit, but not until
after the steps contemplated by the
Elm Grove men. The Wheeling men
probably on Saturday will ask for the
restoration of wages paid prior to the
two reductions, they were subjected to,
which Is practically the same us a demand
for twenty cents an hour, as that
was the rate paid before the cuts were
made. They are now paid sixteen cents
an hour.
The Steel Stocks.
The new steel stocks were traded In
for the first time on the floor of the
S'ew York stock exchange yesterday.
This fact, says the' Chicago t Inter- ;
Ocean, probably had some influence in
making the extraordinary business in
the shares on the Chicago exchange
Monday. The common advanced from i
15"? to 50%, and closed at 50. The preferred
went from 92?? to 95. Total sales
were 37,453 shares. The buying, accordng
to all reports, was largely for out3f-town
interests. New York has the
steel stock craze, and buyers there, in
Pittsburgh. Baltimore and Philadelphia
have kept the Chicago market for
National Steel moving upward, almost
continuously in the last ten days. Two
iveeks ago the sanguine ones were preiictlng
fifty points profit on the underwritlncr.
which was Generally ficrured at
par fur the preferred and fifty for the
;ommon. Yesterday's close showed 45
points profit, but now the talk is for 60
>r 65 points. This, of course, is talk, and
may be right or wrong. The only certain
thing about the market for the
stock thus far has been that no one
inew what it was going to do.
Market values following buying and
selling can be easily predicted only
ivhen the movement can be discerned.
[n thise case the movement from outside
Chicago, and no one even now pretends
to guess where it will end. The
fundamental fact is that this is a great
^ear for the iron and steel industries,
ind it is probable there is a great deal
)f blind buying, based largely on that
fact. The entire New York market.
However, was buoyant Monday, followng
a buoyant Saturday, so that every>
thing actively traded in was swept
ilong by the rise.
Tin plate' stocks, which were sec>nd
In activity, were firm, but without
special feature. Steel common has
lassed tin plate common by 6% points,
;hough, according to ordinary market
notions, plate should be higher than
steel. The Illustration Is merely cited
is showing that it is all very much a
natter of guessing.
Pays oft he Horse Numbered.
The greatest electrician in the world i
ieclares that the days of the horse are
lumbered, and that in a short time eleciricity
will completely supplant man's
nost useful animal. In 20 years, he asserts,
the horse will be a curiosity.
Diseases of the stomach, liver, kidneys
ind blood would also be a curiosity If all
sufferers would take Hostetter'fl Stom
ifu oiLicio. mere men woum be
practically no dyspepsia, nervousness,
sleeplessness. Indigestion, constipation,
nalarial fever or ague.
^Mt20 Pe
m m.
ys Yet of This
Popular Mar
urchased, at a great reduction,
the goods at the Grand Rapid:
bered that every piece of this 1
d in plain figures, is far below
from that price we give you th
t Red mi
irand Rapids Exhibition, are of
on sale, and together with ot
Furniture event in the history <
e as you may select, and deli
WMW/vVvWWW WW /www
Sold Suit. |
All Tbaf
* No soap, no soda, no 1
5 ing but water is needed
! bright and beautifully ^
| It cleans everythin
cheaply, thoroughly,
where. Largest packa
p Chicago, bl Louis. New York. Be
SticSadden. |
50 Cents on
Your Easter Hal
McFadden's Hs
1320 and 1322
y jllcxander Ctreto. |
| & NEW |
| | SPRING i
\\ t NOW |
| | New Parlor
I t New Carpet
| | New Bed R<
| | New Couche
I I New Sidebo
I % tic., tic., I
I tx^$xS-3?S^s^
I ' *
| 1208 MAIN
wwwwwwv wwwwywww
r Cent Di
ch Furniture 1
the entire line of supplies of t
s Fnrnitnro i?
. v*(*ui.<ai?~ L-Al 11U1L1UM 111 J'dlr
Furniture is guaranteed as to q
the lowest prices asked else
is week
: high grade, carefully selected
her purchases, will make this
)f the town.
ver any time desired, but \v
I Sold 2>u?l
s Needed ]
Dorax, no ammonia?noth- |
to make tilings white and
clean with
g quickly,
Sold everyetoo.
/ SllcDaddcn.
1.50 fine Easter Hats for 9SC
2.00 fine Easter Hats for $1.50
2.50 fine Easter Hats for $>,00
3.00 fine Easter Hats for _$2.50
Ve have the correct shapes, In
,11 the up-to-date colors.
it Department,
Market Street.
jlhxander Srem.
; p
Suits, | :
s, I ; [
join Suits, f I
V? I
ards, | ; |
?&$>3>$^<SxSyJ <$>< ><!> ! >
| LOWEST ,t >
I/IwWAWW/ATMv/ ) *
)L8Q i
VVVlA*/^?*/VVWvVW?V*/^j ;;;
scount. I i
Movement. I
wo well-known manuuary
and February. It v; I
[uality, and that in each j
where for correspond- c
124 MAIN STREET.^g j

xml | txt