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VOLUME II. NUMBER 297 CLARKSBUR6, WEST VIRGINIA, THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY I. 1903, ID CENTS A WEEK. 2 CENTS A COPY M. M. THOMPSON DIES FROM A BROKEN HEART Shock Received from Sudden Death of His Wife Prostrated Him and Proved Fatal to Him at Half Past Ten O'clock Wednes day Night. Late Home of Deceased One of Desolation and Sadness?Husband and Wife Lie Side by Side Still in Death --Elder Son Suffering Dangerously. The home of the late M. M. Thomp son is the saddest sccne within the history of Clarksburg. The wife and mother, a splendid woman, died Mon day night after a single day's Illness. The sad event distressed Mr. Thomp son to such an extent that he became dangerously, even critically ill, and at 10:30 o'clook Wednesday night he died of a broken heart. His condition was not serious until 4 o'clock in the afternoon, when he grew suddenly worse and was uncon scious when the physicians arrived a few moments later. They found him dying and pronounced it a hopeless case, but they remained with him un til the end. In addition to this double affliction the elder son, Desty, has lain prostrate ever since his mother died, and is in a critical condition. most attorneys of Clarksburg, a city well represented by some of the coun try's most brilliant legal lights. Rec ognizing his ability he was appointed Master In the Circuit Court of the United States by Judge Goff, and he was also Commissioner of the Circuil Court of his native county. Mr. Thompson was always active in poli tics, leaning toward democracy until 18116, when he abandoned the party be cause of its declarations on money questions. He was actively identified with the munlclpaJ^affairs of Clarks burg, having served several years as Recorder, and In 1900 was elected Mayor on the Republican ticket by the largest majority ever given a can didate for that onicc up to that time. As a public servant he was always particularly careful. >1. M. Tll< i,M I'SoN. Prominent among tbe attorneys at Clarksburg, who have reached the high place In their calling,was the gen tleman whose name forms tbe beading place ot tbis sketch. Born at Clarks burg, Marcb 10th, 1859, and reared in that city, he has ever bad its interests at heart and has ever contributed to its growth and progress. lie inherit ed much of his perseverance from his t ather, Joseph G. Thompson, who ?a for years one of Clarksburg's leading citizens. Marccllus M. Thompson, who was tbe eldest child, secured a thorough education in the Northwestern Acade my, tlnlsblngTils course in tbat insti tution in 1878, and immediately after ward^ entered the law office'of Hon. John J. Davis. In 1881 he was admit ted to practice in the Supreme Court of tbe State, and at once began his career, which bas proved sucb a suc cessful one. His practice had not been confined to any particular branch . of the law, but he won bis greatest success and renown in criminal work. . Mr. Thompson was one of the fore Mr. Thompson wits the author of "A Magistrate's Manual and Forms," i containing forms in civil and criminal i proceedings under the Code of West Virginia, which has tilled a long felt want in the library of every attorney, and is of Incalculable value to the magistrate and constable. The book has gone to its third edition. lie also codified the ordinances of the city of Clarksburg, which were printed and I bound in book form. Before entering upon his career as a lawjer Mr. Thompson took great in terest in the positive sciences; was one of the best mathematicians in the United States, and for years contribut ed to the leading educational an1 mathematical journals in this country and abroad. Socially he was a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge No. 39, and Uniform Rank, Pinnickinnick division* No. 5. On April 17th, 1887, he married Miss Carrie Davis, of Clarksburg, an accom plished and refined woman, and to them -were born four children, two of whom arc living. ' Our subject was secretary for many years for the West Virginia Central Agricultural and Mechanical Society, the success or which was largely due to his efforts. The funeral of both will be held Fri day afternoon at 2 o'clock. In terment will be in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. ^ Knights of Pythias Lodge, No. 39, will have charge of the obse quies. The lawyors will also likely attend in a body. MR. BARBE Dies at His Home In Parkersburg. Wednesday. Was Father of Waltman Barbe of the University. Mr. John Barbe, a former resident of Fairmont, died at the home of his daughter; Mrs. J. W. Shafer, in Park ersburg, Wednesday, from the eflect of afstroke of paralysis. -He was 80 years of age, and is survived by his wire, who is also much advanced In years. Mr. Barbe was a resident of Fair mont until several months ago, when he and his wife, who ' -ere both in feeble health, went to Parkersburg to reside with their daughter. Mr. Barbe was born in Woodstock c>unty, "Va., but spent most of his life in Monon galia county. lie was a noble gentle man and was held in high regard by every one. Besides his daughter, he has two sons, Prof. Waltman T. Barbe, of Morgantown, Und J. M. Baibo, cashier of the People's Bank, at Ilar rlsYlllc. The runeral took place yesterday rrom the Sharer residence In Parkers burg. WRECK Of Coal Cars at Plnnlcklnnlck Coal Mines. There was a bad mix or coal cars at Pinnickliinick mines Tuesday, Just east ot Clarksburg. Oue or the yard engines went down there lo do some switching, and in transrerring the cars rrom one track to the other a brakeman failed to throw the switch in time and the engine and cars run into some other cars, badly demolish ing them. A car load ot mine cars and a load or mine props wero badly used up In the wreck. The brakeman claims that owing to the cold weather the switch stuck on him and he could not get It turned In time. Tl?o wrecking crew rrom Grafton was dispatched to_ the scene and it was late in the even ing berore the wreck was cleared up. As no swltchlng'or cars could be done, the coal company were practically tied up all day. OFFICERS Elected at Wheeling by State Bar Association. The State Bar association In Wheel ing Wednesday nfternoon elected the following onieers: President?rC. W. Dally, Elklns. Vice President?(By Congressional districts)?First, John J, Davis, Clarksburg; second, A. M. Cunning ham, Parsons; third, Malcomb Jack son, Charleston; fourth, II. B.Woods, Ritchie; tiftb, Clark May, Lincoln. Secretary?N.C. Hubbard, or Wheel ing. A. J. Mitchell, ot the National Sup ply Co., of Plttsbarg^lB In the city from Pittsburg, looking after business connected with the local branch office. SPENDING Two Million Dollars for Improve ments. Oil Well Supply Company Is Ar. ranging Vast Extensions. The Oil Well Supply Company, of Pittsburg, has Issued $2,000,000 of 5 per cent bonds to cover gigantic im provements and extensions of opera tions, planned and recently completed. At Its Pittsburg works the company is just completing a new plant for the manufacture of drilling equipment, Including one building 106 by 264 feet and a blacksmith shop, 200 by 40 feet, The Pittsburg plant covers the block between Twenty-Hrst and Twenty second streets and lialimad street and the AlleghenyjUver and a. stretch 87 feet front west of Twenty-flrst street. At Oil City a modern new plant is about completed, which displaces two plants that arc betngabandoned there. The company bought 45 acres for this plant, part of which Is used for homes for the workmen.--The investment there is about $800,000. The company has extensive works at Bradford, Pa., and at Oswego, IT. V"., a large new boiler plant, covering four acres, is about completed. At Poplar Bluff, Mo., the company owns 200,000 acres of ash and hickory timber lands, and will enlarge its plant for utilizing the lumber. At Parkersburg, W. Va., the company has been enlarging Its wood works. The boiid issue has been sold to the Onion Trust Company. The bonds are payable at the rate of 8100,000 a year for the next 20 years. The capi tal stock of the company is $1,6000,000, and the surplus is about $2,000",000. It was stated officially last night that the business of the company this year has been the largest in its hlBtory. The drilling of wells for oil and gas is not. confined, as It formerly was to a few states In tills section of the coun try, but is now being extensively car tenslvely carried on in Kentucky, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Indian Ter ritory, Wyoming, California and Ahiska, and in many foreign countries including Mexico, Japan, Bast Indies, India, Russia and Roumanla. The Oil Well Supply Company has a large business In these various states of the union aad In foreign countries. This tirm has a branch office located in tlie Traders building and a large ware house and pipe yard on Ilewes street. LIBERTY Given Mary Daley After a Hard Fight. Gives Bond of One Thousand Dol lars before Magistrate. Mary Daley is at liberty after a bat tle of several weeks. She was incar cerated in the county jail several weeks by direction of Justice S. W. Gurdo-i and a legal war has been on ever since. Mr. Gordon refused to take bondsmen she offered because he "did not think them good. Then judge Mason was appealed to and he advised the magistrate to lower the amount of the bond from $1,000 to $000, but even after this she failed to offer a satisfactory bond to Squire -Cordon. Justice David was appealed to but re fused toact In the matter on account -of its being Mr. Gordon's case, but a day or so ago Mr. Gordon went to the Valley of Virginia on a visit and ap plication was again made to Justice David. Wednesday night he allowed her to give bond, of $1,000 with H. L. Frum as her bondsman. She was then released from jail. The charge again: t her is the conducting of a house of dis repute in Salem. NEW YEAR'S PARTY filven by Mr. and Mrs. D. Lee Hedges In Honor of Sister. A New Year's Eve party, in honor of Mr. D. Lee Hedges' sister, Miss Estella Hedges, was Riven by Mr. and Mrs. Hedges at their pretty home at tbe corner of Third and Mecbantc streets, on New Year's eve. Games and dancing were Indulged In. Season able refreshments were served. The table was beautifully decorated with pink roses, and a soft glow of pink from tbe candle lights permeated the room. The party did not break up until after midnight, the guests remaining to "watch In the new year." Those present were: Misses Laura Ash, Hattie Gaines, Lucy Fool, Miram Black, Ethel Morris, Frieda Holden, Flora Paugb, and Messrs. Howard Dyers, Frank Gardener, Houston Co burn,-Wayne Allen, Fleming Holden, Charles Vannort, Burton Alexander and Bufus Ash. SPARRED And Received a Dislocation of a Shoulder. Proprietor Bush of the Manhattan bullet and his bartender, Mr. Duffy, had a clever sparring match last night In the buffet and were putting up an interesting fight until Bush received a dislocation of one of ills shoulders. Two physicians attended him. Tbe injury is severe but will not be perman ent. ELK BRIDGE Hall The Scene of Enjoyable Dance New Year's Eve. A New Year's dance was given in tbe Elkbrldge hall on last night. The affair was gotten up by Messrs: Osmond Swartz, M. C. List and Mr. Llnlnger. There were about twelve or fifteen couples present, all of the younger society set. The music was furnished by Prof. Ed. Henry's orches tra. The dancing was continued until after the New Year came in, and the young ladies and gentlemen present had a most enjoyable time. GRAND BALL Will be Given at Reed's Hall by Colored People. The colored people will have a grand ball In Beed's hall tonight. Music fjr the occasion wlll'be furnished by Prof. Henry's orchestra, which has an envi able reputation. The public Is Invited to attend. Tbe committee on ar rangements give* out assurances that the best of order will prevail. Be freshments wlU be serted,'.--Pains will not be spared to make the event a grand success socially. WIFE Clalmsflusband Assaulted and Beat Her.' Mrs. Etta Swiger, wife of Hugh Swlger, the former constable, has Sworn out a warrant In 'Sqnlre Biley's court against her I husband charging blm with assaulting and beating her. She claims that on December 30, her husband assaulted her and bent and otherwise mis-treated Tier. The case was set for hearing Friday morning at ten o'clock Mr. and-Mrs. Swiget live at Adamston. BIG TELEPHONE SYSTEM ] WILL BE BUILT HERE 1. Philadelphians With Unlimited Cap ital Send a Representative Here to Look Over the Field and Obtain Information About Local Companies. Expresses Astonishment at the High Prices and Poor Service as He Terms it?System Will be Extended Into Adjacent States-Fine Opportunity for First CI-ss System. NEW YEAR Welcomed at Watch Night Meeting at 6off M. E. Church. The "Watch Night" meeting, wel coming the old year out and the new year In, was held In the God M. E. church New Tear's evening, accord ing to the time-honored custom of the Methodist church. The programme, which was an elaborate and interest ing one, was carried out us published In yesterday evening's Telegram, with the exception of the address by Hon. Thomas H. Clark, who was not present owing to disability. The meeting was largely attended and an enthusiastic one. The reports of the different departments and- so cieties of the church revealed a re markable showing of the progress of the year's work. . At the midnight hour, the consecra tion meeting was held, marking the close of the old year and the beginning of the new one. BOTTLING WORKS ?? ~ Will be Moved to Handsome New Building. The Excelsior Bottling Works with offices In the Citizen's Ice Company building will move Into Glen Elk next summer. The proprietors, Dr. W. E. Statbers and Stephen A. Lewis, are preparing to erect a three story brick building, 35x102 feet, on Clark street. It will be thoroughly fitted up tor the purpose and some modern machinery will be purchased with a view to mak ing the bottling works the best and most complete In the state. The building and Improvements in the machinery will cost from (8,000 to (10,000. It Is the Intention to Increase tbe capacity of the plant and push the product in several additional sections of the state. ACCIDENT Happens to Employe of Adamston Class Factory. Gus Deem, an employe at the glass factory, met with a painful accident at 11 o'clock at night. Three of bis fingers on his left band were so badly lacerated by a circular saw that ampu tation was necessary. The Injuries were dressed as soon as a" physician could begotten from this place. He Is doing nicely. Your garments pressed while you wait at" tbe Clarksburg Pressing Oo. New management. 110 North Third street; Dec 29-1 w Clarksburg will soon have another telephone system, If the plans of Phil adelphia capitalists materialize. There Is every assurance, says their representative, Mr. A. O. Driker, who has been hers several days looking over the tlt-ld and quietly obtaining all possible information concerning the system rIn operation here now. His syndicate entertains the idea of put ting In a astern, which will cover all central V. est Virginia and later will becxtindi.il to other portions of the slate and into sections of Ohio, Penn sylvania .ind Maryland^ It will be an Indcpcncv nt concern with unlimited capital ui.d the most expensive and substantial system In operation In the United States will be erected and maintained. _ "3 The oonaSni will put the system on a solid tlirmclal basis from the begin ning and will avoid the paying of in terest on the capital stock. This plan will enable the concern to reduce the price of its service to the minimum. Mr. Driker assures a Telegram repre sentative that such a system as his people contemplate will simply put the other fellows out of business, >iu lcss they cut prices half in two. He is of the opinion that an up-to date tele- " phone system can be run at a much ' less cost t aan appears to be the case with the Bell and Consolidated Com , * ??! panles here. He professes to be an ex pert In the business and expressed ' astonishment at the poor quality of the service of both companies here, as he termed It. Mr. Drlkcr was not in position to definitely state, when the proposed " movement would materialize but he hopes to have matters In shape within the next sixty days. Other cities and towns in this section of the state will be visited by him lo the next, twenty days, after which he will return to Philadelphia and make an elaborate and detailed report of his Investiga tions. Ho visited Grafton and Fair mont before coming here and speaks Isj highly of the opportunities a first, class ;?i telephone system would have in 'SVest Virginia, BURIAL Of Mrs. nhoda Bartlett, Who Died at Mt. Clare. 1 ... The remains of Mrs. Bboda Bartlett, who died ato her home at Mt. Clare, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, will arrive hero on tomorrow morning's train and will be taken to thai. O. O. F. teeme'ery, where irterment will"* occur. She was the wife of Dr. T. B. Bartlett, and leaves the husband, i son and f i>r daughters. Her age 05 years. Tire deceased was a very es timable lady and leaves many friends to mourn her sudden death. J. W. P dge will* gu to Cincinnati tomorrow night to testify Id aa lm- . portant law-suit.