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TV70. niviuuvHi 4ox4j jcniii"-- w ' I mm FAIR NAM BESMIRCHED BY THE NUMER OUS MURDERS WITHIN THE STATE. SINCE ANTI- LYNCHING LAW Was Adopted Many Crimes Have Been Committed and Are Increasing. Indianapolis, Juno 0. That emi nently good and self-sacrificing class of Indiana citizens who have been de voting their time and money for years to the prevention of crime and the el evation of criminals confess them selves staggered by the record which the state is making, and in some quar ters there is a disposition to give up the fight and to confess that, jrreat as are the means invoked to make men better, they are defying all agencies for good and seemingly glorying in the evil bent given to pas sions. Though the administration of Governor Durbin stands out promi nent lv on the side of law and order, and though four murderers have been hanged since he came into office in January, 1001, his administration will go into history as distinguished for the many murders crowded into the four years he has occupied the exec utive office. May Be Law's Fault. The administration of Governor Mount, immediately preceding, was marked by a number of lynchings and in one case the mutilated body was binned by the excited citizens, thus closely approaching those exhibitions of vengeance in the south which have caused so much horror. One of the first acts of the legislature that as sembled under Governor Durbin was to empower him to remove sheriffs in cases of lynching and to investigate the circumstances attending the crime and the officer's responsibility for its commission. There have been fewer lvnchings since this law was enacted, but thoughtful men are not satisfied that, while it has made sheriffs more determined in protecting their prison ers and thus lessened the danger from mobs and the consequent fear of criminals of quick and condign pun ishment, it has not also emboldened the criminal class and in some meas ure contributed to that melancholy record which the state is now making. One in Six Convicted. Certain it is that this class does not now fear the people will take the law into their own hands, for every i sheriff in the state, as soon as a crime is committed within his jurisdiction that would naturally inflame the peo ple, summons men to guarn tTie jail and puts arms in their hands with which to defend the prisoner. But for these precautions there would have been three lynchings in this state within as many months, for the people were never more thoroughly aroused over the commission of crime and would have visited it with pun ishment but for the determined .prep arations which the officers of the law made 1o resist any attempt at vi olence. "While thus the fear of punishment, save such as follows uurm the slow tread of the law, has been removed, the criminal class has been embolden ed and Indiana lias witnessed more murders within Ihe last eitrht months than were ever before crowded into the same lenrbt of time in her his tory. And though six murder trials occupied the attention of the courts of the stateat one time, and in each case the crime was without the least palliation, only one of the defendants has been convicted, and he was found guilty of murder only in the second degree. Of the other five cases three of the defendants were acquitted and two trials resulted in hung juries. Five Trials at One Time. These crimes wore almost coinci dent with each other and the trials were called at the same time, making fivA murder trials in procrress at one time, and the sixth beginning just at the close of the most important of the five. Amoncr the first of these was the murder of Miss Sarah S chafer, a tal ented Latinteacher in the Bedford ITigh school. Between G and 7 o'clock in the evening she was drag ged into .in alley as she passed along the street from her supper to her room and was foully murdered. James McDonald, a laborer, was ar rested for the crime over the protest of mnnv citizens who did not believe him iruilty. After a protracted trial he was acquitted, and the grand jury is now in sessio on another hunt for the murderer. Then came the brutal assassination of Miss Elizabeth Gillespie, a comely young lady of Rising Sun, who was shot through a window when she was preparing the parlor for the meeting of a literary club to which she be longed. Her brother, her sister and iwo cousins were indicted for the crime and the trial has re&irfd m a hung jury, seven jurors holding that the defendants were not guilty. Daughter Acquitted. A Mrs. Ireland, an aged woman who had become a great care to her daughter, Mrs. Cora Weeks, was found dead in the house. Mrs. Weeks and her husband were charged with the crime, and it was contended by the state that Mrs. Ireland could not possibly have shot herself, as claimed by the daughter. The jury acquitted her of the murder, and her husband will doubtless never be tried, for the state admitted that its strongest case was against the daughter. In Warrick county two men quar reled and left the hotel, and a mo ment later one of them shot the other down. The murderer was acquitted. James Steward came running out of his house one day and called to neighbors, saying his wife had been murdered. They found the wife dead, having been struck over the head time and again with a club. The instrument of death was found a few steps from the house. After two weeks of investigation the husband was arrested, charged with the crime. The jury found him guilty, but only of second decree murder, and he goes to the penitentiary only for a brief term of years. Tramp Shot by Farmer. Several days ago a farmer returned home and found that his house had been robbed in his absence of $4C. He suspected that it was the work of a tramp, and armed himself with a shotgun and proceeded to the railroad track. Just as the station was reach ed a freight train drew up, and the farmer started down the tracks along side of the train to see if there were any tramps aboard. Five men jumped out of a box car and ran. The farmer leveled his gun and shot one of them, killinr him instantlv. He proved to be a young man who was returning east, and the place where he was murdered was the nearest he had ever been to the farmer's house. One night less than a week ago, and ; men were cut to pieces with knives, and at another place one was brutally murdered from ambush as he stepped from an'interurban car, the assassin throwing a heavy stone out of the darkness and killing his victim in stantly. - . Record in Crime. Such a record of crime as is em braced in the foreboing, which is but a partial list, was never before made in Indiana in so short a time, and the TRAINS MAY BE DISCONTINUED RUMOR THAT PENNSYLVANIA MAY DROP UNNECES SARY TRAINS. TOO CLOSE COMPETITION i J Is Not Desired Retrenchment th Cause of Dropping the Trains. Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it? George Herbert The only way to keep your biscuit and eat them too, is to buy people are asking can be the cause. It goes without saying that the criminal class does not fear the law. EIGHTH STREET The wave of retrenchment that has swept over most of the railroads seems to have subsided with regard to the laying eff of men and other meas ures will be taken to reduce the op erating expenses to correspond with the present earnings of the Pennsyl vania lines west. The Pennsylvania dismissed 1.100 men a few days ago from the various divisions and others have been discharged on their becom- ing unnecessary, in nicnmono on this division onlv about thirtv men were laid off, and these were few of them regular men. Most belonged to "extra" crews and their services can readily be dispensed with. There will be little done towards discharging the regular men as the situation does not warrant this step. But is rumored that things will be "evened up" by dropping of trains which are not absolutely necessary, or those which compete too closely with other and more profitable trains. The rumor says that the G., 1?. & I. train which arrives here at 3:40 p. m., leaving for Cincinnati at 3:47, will be discontinued on account of the fact that No. 18, the Cincinnati Chicago mail, arrives and departs on ly seven nrnutes after and i a much more profitable train. For the same reason tne U., it. x . train wnicn arrives here from Cincinnati at 10:50 p. m., will be stopped, as a fast Cincinnati-Chicago train arrives only ten minutes after. The G., R. & I trains will not be entirely stopped, but will only run to Richmond, instead of Cin cinnati, from the north. No. 33, from Columbus, at 10:00 a. m. will be run only to this city in stead of through to Indianapolis, as No. 21, the fast train to the west, is themselves what j only ten minutes after. No. 34, from Indianapolis at 3:45 p. m., will run only to this city instead of to Co lumbus, as No. 20. is just behind it. If, according to the rumor, these cha litres are made, they will be made in the next few days. The def inite announcements as to these changes (if they take place), will be announced at that time. ymsdsi BiSUit in an air tight package. It keeps them so you can eat them. The Crackle You Hear Is the Sign They are Tresh NATIONAL BISCUIT COMPANY A 9 ! ! W) L J IANOS FOR SALE IANOS FOR RENT IANOS MOVED IANOS TUNED HOW MUCH? You can own as much as ou want. I will buying and paying small piece. I will of tbe earth he'p you in for a large or cut it to your measure, rnce u io your picoui. Make the terms right, and ycu vull be surpristd how easy yru cn carry the load. Come and see me. T. R. Woodhuist The Paving Question Will be Dis cussed Tonight. John M. Lontz, secretary of the Richmond Street & Interurban Go., appeared before council last night to speak on the subject of repairing Eighth street. Mr. II. II. Engelbert, chairman of the committee on streets and alleys, reported adversely to pav ing eighth street with brick. The street is in bad repair and the street car people are in favor of fixing the same at t eir expense. It was deci ded that as President Smith would be here tonight it would be a good time to take the matter up with him, so the committee on streets and al- , . i, , -,1 il. "1 .1 leys win meet wnn me ramoau pt-u-ple in the city clerk's office tonight and discuss the situation. LIGHT BILL Against the C. C. & L. For Hundred Dollars. BULLd REUNION A Splendid One Held Saturday at Home of Winfield Smelser. The Bulla reunion was held Satur day at the home of Winfield Smelser. A short program was rendered. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Executive committee-Mrs. Sarah Crockett, Mrs. Abi jah Pvle, Miss Luella Druley, Chester P. Bulla. Program committee Mrs. Will Haughton, Misses Grace Druley and Elizabeth Smelser. Corresponding secretary India II. Smelser. BOTH PHONES 346 STARR PIANO CO. 93n . DR. J. 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Carpents Cleaned by a New Piocess. shirtwaists, we will do the launder- Tvm Crown ted Brid29 "srk. TSS CILISIAL. Dentist Nine The committee on claims of the Richmond City Council has a bill against the C. C. & L. railroad for $000 for lighting five crossings for two years at $00 per light per year. "The New Way to Health." Yitona, the wonderful medical dis- covers, "as cured thousands oi sui- fercrs from Liver, Stomach and Kid ney troubles. Written guarantee to benefit. $1.00 per bottle. For sale by Alford Drug Co. "The Way to Go." Every Sunday, excursions via the Dayton & Western to Soldiers' home and Daylton, $1.00. Trains every hour. Go any time you wish. A clean and cool Sunday outing. No smoke, no cinders, no dust. 7-tf HAGERSTOWN. Will Font and wifp. of Newcastle, visited Mrs. ITenry Presbaugh last Sunday. Jessie Newcum returned home af ter a three months' stay in Toledo, Ohio. Will Presbaugh went to French Lick sanitarium for his health. George Twitchell has a relapse and is not expected to live. Claude Pierce has returned from an extensive trip through the west. Maior Ostrander, of Richmond, Gen. Agt. or the Penn Mutual Life Tns. Co., was here last Saturday on business. Will Claper and wife, of Dayton, Ohio, visited Daniel Nieum and fam ily last Sunday. Twenty-one of the Cord el family went 1o Modoc last Saturday and took dinner with a member of the Cordel family. Caleb Lamb, of Newcastle, paid this place a visit a few davs ago. lie formerly lived here. Beware of cheap imitations. The original Ideal Bread is made .ml? by Richmond Baking Co. Red, While and Blue Label on every loaf. ing. T IHE RICHMOND STEAM LAUN I i DRY U It is fully guaranteed ThefloPthtucstci' Mataalliife Ins, Co J. O BARBER, General Agent, KK"KcSS5a.'". ' Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 8. BRUMLEY rhonc 312 So. 17fc. m Bills Distributed WORK GURUTEED. 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