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V WEATHER " 4 Pair and warmer. . .Daily Try a Want Ad in the Palladi- um today. adinuna k WBRKLT ESTABLISHED 1881. DAILY KST ABLTSHP5 187 RICHMOND DAILY PALLADIUM, FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 23, 1904. SINGLE COPY 2 CENTS. The Pal K . i WILL CLAIM WHOLE TOWN JSUIT TO BE BROUGHT TO DE TERMINE OLD LAND CASE ' RICHMOND PEOPLE INVOLVED A Dispatch From Columbus, Ohio, Tells a Strange Story Millions at Stake. Involving more than a million and a half dollars and the title of nearly l!t!fll of the town of Williamsburg, Pa., I if expectations are realized by the I, heirs of Samuel Robb and Carrie 3Jfetcalf, of Richmond, and five Co lumbus, Ohio, people, says a dis patch sent out yesterday from Co lumbus. The names of Metcalf and Kobb do not appear in the city di- V rectory nor in the list of land hold ers. A search of the records in the county clerk's office also failed to divulge any information as 'to whom the heirs of the partirs mentioned in the dispatch could be. The following is the Columbus dis patch : Suit may soon be brought in Blair county, Pennsylvania, because of the assertions of Columbus parties that f through their ancestors they are the direct owners of the heart of Wil- liamsburg. Thes uit wrill also in- k volve the heirs of Samuel Robb and Carrie Metcalf, of Richmond, Ind. 4 It appears that back in the latter part of the eighteenth century a . man by the name of William Ack founded the town of Williamsburg L staking , out more than 100 acres as V oW -property. He later, in 1805 leased this property to various per- sons in consideration of one Mexi can dollar and the promise that the future town should be named for him. The town after that time took 4the name of Acktown, Pa., though in after years the name was again V changed o the first name of the phil '"flanthropist, Wiilliams derived from William, the surname of the town's . benefactor. From year to year an agent by the name of C. A. Patterson has eol- ected the equivalent of one Mexican - dollar as the consideration of the lease originally filed in that county, knd claimed now to be on record. This lease, which was for 99 years, according to the Columbus parties, would expire some time during 1905. : Aaattorney, R. J. Beatty, of Colum- fbus, has been retained by the claim- Kanits to push their claim of 100 i-i acres, being the principal part of f' V lown OI naamsourg. . j Richmond Claimants. t It has lately came to the attention of five Columbus heirs of William Ack, founder of the village of Wil- liamsburg, Margaret Monroe, Carrie Patterson, John Robb and the heirs of Samuel Robb and Carrie Metcalf of Richmond, Ind., that tthe lease is about to expire and that the prop erty, unless claimed, will probably , fall into the hands of the present oc- cnpants. The land, since the time the orig- irial contract was made, has gradu al ally increased in value as the town x ,has grown larger and it is estimated at the present time that, the plot un .. &r lease of the founder is worth from i. , a million and a half to two millions JVof dollars. As the bare facts are W known to the Columbus parties, and iasjtney retained Attorney Beatty to T represent them in Williamsburg, and a trip will be made to that place, f Tuesday, by the attcrney, to exam , ine the records of that county. He will be followed on the latter part of J the week by Ray Patterson, also a I claimant for the property. y The town of Williamsburg, which, I if the statements by the claimants I ' are proven true, will be involved in endless litigation, is located about I .12 miles from Altoona, Pa., and is considered a rich village of from VOO to 5,000 inhabitants. The prop i erty in claim is the business section 1 of the town. An attorney has al- ,j ready been secured in that place to iJpk after the affairs of the clients at that end. AT SOCORRO, N. M. Is James Gaar But Leaves Shortly On a Big Game Hunt. Word was received from James Gaar who is now at Socorro, New Mexico. He leaves that, town the first of next week for a place 9G mile to the west of Sorocco on a hunting to the west of Soricco on a hunting ney will be made on horseback. Gaar says that there is plenty of big game to be found but that hunting ismade extremely dangerous in 'that locality owing to the number of mad skunks, and animals whose ite is fatal. At night the hunters sleep in what are called "skunk boats." A piece of canvass, the four corners attached to stakes and raised about a foot off the ground so that the animal will run under and not over the body. At Socorro there are at' the present time thirty-five murder cases awaiting trial. "They run court ev ery night until 10:30 o'clock, being obliged to do so to keep up with business," Gaar explains. He also says that no juror ever votes to con vict a murderer as he would be obliged "to pull his freight the next day or get his." INAUGURAL CEREMONIES COMPLETE PLANS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED MR. HARRY G. STARR Will Represent Wayne County at the State Function Each of the Counties Represented. Final plans for the inauguration of Governor-elect J. Frank Hanly have been completed for the cere monies to take place on January 9. The first of the exercises will be in the senate chamber, where Lieuten-ant-Governor-elect Hugh T. Miller, will take the oath of office, following remarks by Lientenant-Governor Gilbert. All the tate officers, members of the Supreme and Appellate courts and the members of the General As sembly will then march to the ro tunda, where Mr. Hanly will be in augurated. After music by the In dianapolis Military Band, and pray er by the Rev. Walter D. Cole, of Lafayette, the oath of office will be administered to the governor-elect by Chief Ju tice I lad ley. The new governor will thn deliver his inau gural address. In the evening the public reception will last from 7:30 until 9:30 o'clock. Admission will be open to all. Those who enter the cState .House must come through the east entrance. The Committees. The inaugural committee compris es the State officers, members of the Supreme and Appellate courts, and of a special executive committee. A committee has been appointed also of representatives of every county in Indiana, with the excep tion of Elkhart, Clay and Greene counties, from which representatives have not yet been selected. Mr. H. C. Starr, of this city, has been selected to represent Wayne county at the ceremonies. LAST WILL Of Late Elizabeth Holland is Now Probated. The will of Elizabeth Holland was filed for probate and record yester day. Mrs. Georgia Binkley is nam ed as executrix of the will without bond. The residue of the estate is left to Mrs. Binkley. The four grand children of the deceased, Mary B. Templeton, Elizabeth Holland Price, Georgia H. Binkley and Ho ward Binkley, are each given $500. WILL FIGHT TERRELL PARDON RELATIVES OF MELVIN WOLF CIRCULATING A PETITION CONFINED AT EAST HAVEN Is the Murderer and Every Effort to Be Made to Keep Him in Con. finement. John Terrell, convicted of the murder of his son-in-law, Melvin Wolf, at Bluffton, some time ago, and who is now confined in the East ern Indiana Hospital for the Insane at Easthaven, will never be pardon ed if the efforts to be put forth by the State's officials and relatives of the murdered man will have any weight with the board of pardons. Prosecutor Burns, of Hartford City, when asked on Wednesday if he would sign the petition being cir culated by friends of Terrell for his pardon, said, "No." Mr. Burns placed considerable emphasis on the one word in his answer, and said further that he would get out and work in person against any petition for the murder's benefit. "Terrell is guilty of murder and his punishment was decided by twelve men who sat as judges at his trial and who after due deliberation decided that he should pay the pen alty of spending the remainder of his life behind the prison walls, and I feel it my duty to see that the ver dict of this jury is carried out," said Mr. Burns, "and to the best of my ability I will do so." The pardcouis.ip be fought by-the same method that is being usedin obtaining one, that is by petition. Jacob Wolf, the father of the mur dered boy, has had petitions drawn up to fight the pardon and those will be circulated as freely as those in behalf of the condemned man. After the jury found him guilty, but before sentence was passed on him, Terrell went insane and Gover nor Durbin ordered him placed in the Easthaven asylum instead of be ing taken to prison. Since his con finement there Terrell has not chang ed. His friends have circulated a petition for his pardon that he may spend his remaining days in free dom. Terrell's physical condition, however, is not considered by the other side. All the jurors, who sat in the -case, with the possible excep tion of one, will sign the petition asking the governor to keep hads off. D. F. HARRIS' Son-in-Law Has a Big Fire in His Undertaking Establishment. Attorney B. F. Harris received a letter from his son-in-law, Mr. Huff, of the undertaking firm of Losey & Huff, at Kokomo telling of the fire in the building occupied by the firm. The fire originated in the ward robe which was located in the offiee room and $600 worth of caskets, em balming apparatus and burial robes were destroyed by the flames. These articles were not covered by insurance. Mr. Huff says that the night watchman is an inveterate smoker and he is of the opinion that soine sparks from his cigar dropped into the wardrobe when he opened it about S:30 in the evening. The fire did not interfere with the firm's business as they are now establish ed in another building. Deaths and Funerals. Ballard The funeral of Barclay Ballard will take place this after noon at 1:30 at the home. Richmond Lodge, F. and A. M. will have charge of the services. The burial will occur at Earlham. Kienker The funeral of Paul ienker will take place at St. Paul's Lutheran church at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The Rev. Huber will have charge of the funeral services. The burial will occur at Lutherania. Friends may call at any time. THE FOND FOR POOR CHILDREN WILL CLOSE AT 10 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING A NICE SUM REALIZED With Which Many a Little Heart Will Ee Gladdened on Christ mas Day. This morning at 10 o'clock the la dies who have been selected to dis tribute the presents with the fund which has been collected by the Pal ladium during the past week will meet at this office and arrangements will be made for the distribution. An effort will be made to reach ev ery needy child in the city by Christ mas day. Letters are still being re ceived here by anxious mothers, who are not able personally to buy pres ents for their children. Yesterday letters from three different mothers each of whom"' has five small children. were received. The cases, while they have not been closely investigated, appear to be very worthy pf all charity to be re ceived. Only a few hours remain for the good Citizens of Richmond to contribute to a fund which will make many a poor child happy on Christmas morning. The books ot this morning and no subscriptions this mornings and not subscriptions will be received after that hour. While this paper was very late in starting the fund, a very nice sum has been received in a little over a week. The , total amount of money received rtill iYHably be; overt.$70.J -r . .,3 it'' t fl ii J 3 11 i'1 it is very liKejy inai ir me iunu uau been started two weeks earlier over $100 would have been contributed. The Palladium desires to thank all those who have so generously con tributed to the fund and ti is certain that all who have contributed feel better by so doing. Previously acknowledged, $G4.35. Received yesterday: A. W ,.. A. C .. Ilarlie Cox .25 .25 .25 Paul Underhill 10 Jessie Underhill 10 Lena Underhill .10 Employes of the International Harvester company $7.75 Office and platform force of the P., C, C. & St. L. The Palladium 5.00 A Subscriber 5.00 (Continued on fourth page.) WANDERED AWAY SECOND TIME RICHARD LANES LEAVES HIS HOME AT EARLY HOUR IS FEEBLE AND DECREPIT Seems to Have Mania for Meander ing in the Wee Sma' Hours Second Time Recently. For the second time within the last two weeks Richard Lane, dis- i appeared from his home in South Tenth street early this morning. Mr. Lane went away about two weeks ago and was found by his sn at the tobacco factory in North Eighth street. The old man is very feeble and can hardly walk. The police wer asked to search for him, but at a late hour nothing had been heard from him. The old men of Rich mond seem to have a mania for wan- l dering away as Mr. Lane is the third one to disappear in a month's time. Patrolman Hebble found Mr. Lane at the corner of Fourth and South C streets shortly after 2 o'clock. A DILL Limiting the Liability of Hotel Keepers to Legislature. (Special to the Palladium.) Indianapolis, Ind., December 22. Legislation defining and limiting he liability of hotel keepers in the State will be asked for by the Indi ana Hotel Keepers' Association at he coming session of the legislature. Just what form the proposed leg slat ion will take has not been de cided on, but a draft of a bill along hese lines will be made and submit ed to the association's members, to e afterward introduced in the Gen eral Assembly. Steps looking toward the appoint ment of a committee to draft a suit able measure were taken at today's session of the hotel men at the Ho- el English. The committee will will have legal advice and the bill, when drafted will cover all the xunts upon which the association wishes legislation. A bill protecting hotel keepers rom professional dead beats was en acted several years ago, and no amendments are desired to this mea sure, which works to the satisfact ion f the State's hotel men. VERY NEARLY ASPHYXIATED MRS. CHARLES M'MINN AND SON CARL OVERCOME BY COAL GAS Dr. Johnston Called and Administ- Now Improving. Mrs. Charles McMinn and son, Carl, a boy about seven years of age, were very nearly asphyxiated yesterday morning by the gas from a coal stove. They were both found in an unconscious condition by neighbors yesterday about noon. Drs. Johnston and Marvel were notified at once and went to the McMinn home ait Fourteenth and North C streets and after working several hows the physicians succeeded in getting both mother and son out of danger. The husband of Airs. Mc Minn is a railroad man and was away from home on Wednesday night. Mrs. McMinn and her son retired early in the evening on that day and it is not known how long they had been in bed before the deadly fumes from the coal over came them. The stove is on the first floor of the dwelling and the family sleeps en the second floor. The coal gas is thought to have been occasion ed from a defective flue m the stove Dr. Johnston stated last evenisg that he thought the patients would be all right in a very few days and he does not expect any ill results to occur from their experience. The escape from death was a very narrow one as the house completely filled with the deadly fumes when neighbors en tered about noon. Had the stove been on the second floor it is not likelv that either mother or son would have lived. TRDSTEE SHIVELEY I -n T - J T 1. V CnVnai'daii fir x lieu ikcyui , in. wj-ie v . riage Company Case. Ray Karr Shiveley, trustee for the Schneider Carriage Company, ha filed his report with the county clerk and in the report Mr. Shiveley states that the a?sets ot the company amounted to $17G and the chims about "rOjOOO. The claims against the company number eiglty-eight and ten of these claims are prefer red. The preferred claims amount j to about $400. Each creditor of the 1 company will receive between 7 and S cents on the dollar. MERRY EAGLE MINSTREL MEN AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE AT GENNETT LAST NIGHT LARGE AUDIENCE PRESENT And Every One Laughed From, the Start to the Grand Wind Up Initial Bow. The merry Eagle minstrel men, of Wayne Aerie, No. GGG, made their in itial bow as black-faced minh pio neers last evening before a large and appreciative audience and a dec ided hit was registered. From the tart to the finish "giggle ripples" ould be heard all over the house and one man who sat in a box was on several occasions threatened with aixplexy. In a spasm of humor be leposited on the stage a young eagle which momentarily disconcerted Mr. J. Hart corn, who was engaged in conlidinir to the audience some 'good ones" on his mother-in-law, nit Paul made a gallant rally and retreated, bird in hand and colors lying, oil the stage. The first part was carried through n fine shape, honors being carried off by L. Peck, with his coon mel ody, "Alexander;" . W. li. Moore, with "Back, Back to Baltimore,", and Earnest Renk in his splendid rendition of "Blue Bell." Peck's actions on the stage reminded one of the late lamented Johnny Queen. When on bended knee he sang the refrain of "Alexander," and with tearful eyes -inuporel ' WiHy ? Moope. o:eoinrback home. -tha jcrowd4S convulsed. The grand finale of the first part was the grand chorus 'My Own United States," and a ableau showing a group of Ameri can soldiers and sailors gathered about "Old Glory." iTimothy O'Brien acted as interlocufer and ie presided with the same ease and grace as he daily exhibits at the West cot t Hotel. The olio was opened with a bunco dice game stunt participated in by George Brucker, Roy Peck and Joe Mulroney. It was cleverly arrang ed and well acted. The other stunts in the olio were as follows: The Troubles of a New Manager by W. B. Moore. Charles O'Shaunesy Louis VanTrees Billy Graftereno Homer McCoy Reginal Harvard Boston John Schatell Booth McBeth Hamfat W. B. Moore. Scene Third floor back. Time present. We beg to announce that some of the lines used in this play are tak en from the Home Telephone Com pany. Fred Miller and Kern John in their refined musical act P. J. Hartcorn interrupted at this junction. Pickings from the Land of Cotton, 'Fore War, by W. B. More. Old Daddy Grey (Pappy of the Blossoms) Ed Miller Deacon Spindle Legs (Pillar of the Church Geo. Brucker Jemiah Smart (from way off Boston) Schimmel Holteamp Nancy Lee (just from New Orleans Louis VanTress and W. B. Moore as Mammy Gin (Mammy of the Bkssoms) The Blossoms The Boys: Joe Mulroney Walter Lane Vera Smith Roy Peck The Girls: William Hrn John Schatell Ous Maag Homer McCoy George Pavy John Moffit Frank Newman. All of them were xecellent special ties and the musical team, Fred Mil ler and Johnny Kem, deserve spe cial notice, King better than the majority of musical teams seen in professional minstrel shows. To night the show will be put on again an A a arre crowd should turn out, i not only to get a good laugh, but to help the. boys, along.