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TODAY'S NEWS TODAY.
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>0 Of Kaiser's
ruisers Sunk By
LONDON, Dec. 16.?The official
TSVbureau this afternoon made tUe
wing statement -with regard to
'German attack on the North Sea
stivdf England: The fortress com
mander' at West Hartlepool reports
tit' German war vessels engaged
at"fortress between 8 and 9 o'clock
\ morning. The enemy was driv
f'^ellifoft- ? A small German war vessel
ilsoopened Are on Scarborough and
LONDON, Dec. 16.?The Yorkshire
lining News reports that two Ger
] cruisers were sunk in today'3
Jagement and that the British Ho
lla was damaged.
EDCAR, York, England, via Lon
dpni 'Doc. 16.?Heavy firing was heard
3$the coast hera bet-ween 8 and 8:20
I. today. The forms of three cruis
erB could be seen looming out of the
haze, and the flashes of artillery liro
could be easily observed from the
Rcdcar promenade. The people of
Reilcar sought the water front, but
they were driven back by the mili
tary authorities beyond the zone of
It appeared from here as if the hos
tile warships were attacking the fort
on Tees Bay. The cannonading was
kept up for more than a half hour,
when booming guns grew gradually
less. During the height of tho bom
bardment as many as a half a dozeu
flashes of guns were counted within
a space of two minutes.
Hcdcar is a seaside resort north of
orkshire, 10 miles south of Hartle
pool. It has a population of about S,
ASSESS DAMAGES FOR
SiijQHT OF WAY TO FAIRMONT
|petltlon of the Fairmont Gas Co.
'"jj-.for the privilege of a right of
their gas lines through the
SpjfJDaniel Hlbbs et al. in Paw
^district has been favorably acted
fi by Judge Haymond, of the Cir
" urt, and a commission has been
. i wblch will award the- de
iftUunages for the land taken
tlsslon composed of the fol
men was named: Festus
bV Geo. A. Amos, Wesley Haw
fj. Y. Hamilton, and W. H. Nep
a gentlemen will go and view
^ nda to bo taken, after which thn
Seiice of witnesses as to its value
ne,8?is company is represented by
attorneys, Geo. M. Alexander and
Colborn, while Attornoy J. A.
ileredith Is looking after the Interests
mt"??'Hlbbs and the other defendants.
'Motion l? Overruled.
SHotlon to set aside the verdict in
rprvcfc the plaintiff in the civil case
Tjenry Starn vs. Hamilton-Huffman
action Company has been over
My Judge Haymond and the ver
is ordered entered on the rec
Che verdict was for $242.00 for
^damages to the plaintiff's land
Kejd'efendant company while grad
' n ,tKe Buckhannon and Northern
ad near Catawba.
THE WEST VIRGINIAN
on sale each evening at
Eaji^nont News Agency,
Marlon News Agency, Main
Q. Martin's News Agency,
"?H. McCloskey, Drug 8tore,
Hamilton Drug Co., Tenth
tforan and Springer, Water ?>
?I, B. Rose, Main St. and V
alt's Novelty Store, Main
Clarence Fisher, Grocer, Man ?>
and Columbia Sts., First
. sale. Cunningham, Gro
jtorssntown Ave., near
"ilth 'fand Mllian .News
MAIL CARRIER OF HUNDRED, IS
HELD FOR THE FEDERAL
Ross Williams, a Star mall route
carrier of Hundred, W. Va? was
brought before United States Commis
sioner J. W. Mason, Jr., this morning
and bound over to answer an indict
ment by the Federal grand jury oil
the charge of robbing the malls.
Williams' arrest came after an in
vestigation made by Inspectors C. W.
Mench and Wrightson Chambers, who
have been at Hundred for several days
ferreting out i the affair. The inspec
tors say that for some time tho de
partment has receivod complaints of
robberies and they placed in the mall
a letter which was to be delivered by
Williams on his route. This letter
contained a $1 bill and a 50 cent piece
which had been marked. Later it was
found that the letter was not deliver
ed and Williams was arrested and
searched with the result that the pon
ey was found In his possession and
also the letter which had been opened.
The prisoner was brought to this
city last night and placed in the coun
ty jail and given a hearing before the
Deputy U. S. Marshal Moore took
chargo of Williams and left this aft
ernoon for Parkersburg, where he wtU
be confined until the grand jury meets
The Weather?Western Pennsyl
vania generally fair tonight and
Thursday, except probably snow flur
rie near Lake Erie; West Virginia
generally fair tonight and Thursday;
not quite so cold tonight.
NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS.
City taxes are now oticr- and payable
at the office of the Treasurer. Dur
ing December only no Interest will be
charged. After December 31, 1914,
Interest will be charged on all un
Taxes will be collected as soon as
possible by the Treasurer after Jan
uary 1, 1915.
Why not call at the office now, pave
your Interest and a visit from the
Treasurer. J. R. MILLER,
NOTICE OWLS !
There will be Election of
Officers on Thursday, Dec.
17,1914. All members are re
quested to be present. .
W. H. RANDOLPH, Sec.
LOCAL MAN IS
ROBERT T. CUNNINGHAM OB-j
TAINS RARE OLD MEXICAN IN- 1
USED ONCE IN THE BURIAL OF
ROMEO GARCIA A NOTED OUT
TREASURED ARTICLE IS MORE
THAN ONE HUNDRED AND
THIRTY YEARS OLD.
Mr. Robert T. Cunningham, of this
city, Is the possessor of a Mexican
Indian blanket that Is a real curlo.
The treasured articles was abtalned
through R. T. Frazier, of Pueblo, Col
The curio Is one hundred and thirty
years old. It was used In the burial
of Romero Garcia, a Mexican outlaw,
of Tres Pledras, who made life miser
able for the early settlers of that coun
try. Kit Carson, the famous Indian
Scout succeeded In capturing the out
law by offering a large reward for
him dead or alive. Tom Tobbln, an
old trapper wanted the reward and
after trailing Garcia for days succeed
ed in getting his man. He appeared
at Fort. Garland with Garcia's head
wrapped in burlap. Ho had used the
blanket In burying the outlaw.
After many years the blanket "was
dug up and became the-possession of
an old sheep man. This curio had
been in his home for more than forty
years. It was after many delayed
negotiations that the old sheep man
and his wife consented to sell the
Mr. Cunningham is well pleases
with his posesslon which Is regarded
-as one of the greatest curios in this
part of the country.
Down To 12
SEVERE WEATHER EXPERIENCED
?NINE DEGREES COLDER
LOWEST TEMPERATURE NEAR
HEAR REPORTED FROM
Fairmont and vicinity Is in tho
throes of the coldest wave -which has
visited this section in years. This
Is the dope which the government
thermometer recorded and gave out
to a West Virginian reporter this
The mercury crept down gradual
ly during last evening and night un
til It reached a point 12 degrees be
low zero, this being the minimum
temperature recorded, while the high
est temperature recorded, or the max
imum, was 12 degrees above zero.
While the mercury registered some
nlno degrees colder last night and to
day than yesterday, yet the absence
of the stilt wind, which prevailed yes
terday, lossened the bite of the cold
and many people find It hard to be
lieve that this morning was so much
colder than that of yesterday.
The Fairmont Gas Company rgports
a similar temperature recorded at tho
compression plant thermometer at
Farmlngton, reports from which say
the mercury registered 12 degrees be*
A thermometer on a centrally lo
cated residence placed In a sheltered
portion of a veranda, this morning reg
istered 7 degrees below and at the
same hour yesterday registered zero.
According to local dopsters 12 de
grees below zero Is the coldest -weath
er experienced here in years. The
lowest recorded temperature of last
year was 11 degrees below zero.
U. S. weather forecasters predict
another U hours of such weather as
we have at this time. "While the weath
er Is cold, nevertheless It is good,
healthy weather, and a great improve
ment over'the weather'of-last week.
At Edgomont thermometers regis
tered 18 degrees below zero.
Mrs. H. S. Falconer is out after a
KAISER'S FLEET MAKES A SORTIE AND STIRS OLD
ALBION BY ITS INTREPID ACTION?CONSIDER.
ABLE DAMAGE IS INFLITCED BY ATTACKING
VESSELS?LONDON IS GREATLY EXCITED OVER
THE DARING RAID.
SCARBOROUGH, HARTLEPOOL, WHITBY AND RED
CAR ARE SURPRISED EARLY THIS MORNING BY
SHARP CANNONADING-SE VERAL PEOPLE ARE
KILLED?SHELL HITS GAS TANK AND SETS IT
By Associated Press.
LONDON, Dec. 16.?For the first time in modern his
tory English towns have suffered from the attacks of a for
A German squadron, the size of which is not yet
known, crept upon the northeast coast of England during
the darkness of a misty night. When the fog cleared, be
tween seven and nine o'clock this morning, the vessels of
this squadron opened fire on the towns of Scarborough,
Whitby and Hartlepool. A distance of about 40 miles sep
arates the first named port from the last. This stretch of
coast is something like 200 miles. .
British flotillas are engaging the invaders of British
waters and the fortress of West Hartlepool at the mouth of
the River Tees fired upon the enemy.
LONDON, Dec. 16.?A German fleet made a sudden
dash into the North Sea today and shelled Scarborough and
Hartlepool, English coast towns on the North Sea, and en
gaged certain'units of the British fleet.
Four German cruisers appeared off Scarborough at an
early hour and began to bombard the town. It is apparent
that they had no difficulty in dropping shells into the city.
Panic seized the people and many of them fled from their
The residents of Hartlepool were aroused from sleep
by the sound of heavy gun firing. They flocked to the streets
and then made their way to the beach, to learn what was
going on. In a few moments shells from the German cruis
ers began dropping into Hartlepool, thereupon the crowd'
along the shore broke for, shelter. Panic also showed itself
at.thfs.point, ^^(togtepossession of the people and many
of 'tTiem abahdoiifedtheir homes and fled inland.
. The news of the naval raid was announced by the Brit
ish admiralty shortly before 11:30 o'clock this morning,
and it threw London into the greatest state of -excitement
that has prevailed since the outbreak of the war.
The preliminary announcement of the admiralty made
no mention of the damage to Scarborough, which is a fash
ionable seashore resort on the North Sea 37 miles north of
York and a little over 200 miles from London.
Hartlepool is an important shipping center about 40
miles north of Scarborough. The British flotillas have
been engaged with the enemy at several points, however,
and at noon the situation was described by the admiralty
It could not be ascertained at first whether the German
attack was designed merely to spread panic among the
British people or whether its purpose Avas to engage the
British fleet in a general action or to act as an escort in an
attempt to land troops on the Britsh coast.
Neither Scarborough or Hartlepool are fortified.
Scarborough- has a population of 40,000 people and
during the summer months the seaside hotels are crowded.
At this time of the y ar the hotels are comparatively de
serted. Hartlepool, together with West Hartlepool, has
a population of about 90,000.
WHITBY, York, Eng., Dec. 16.?Two German cruisers
bombarded this town between nine and ten o'clock this
PANIC STRICKEN PEOPLE BOARD TRAINS.
SCARBOROUGH, Dec. 16.?When the German shells
began falling into Scarborough shortly before eight o'clock
this morning the people rushed out of their houses in a state
of the. greatest excitement. The crowds ran hurriedly to
the railroad station and all who could boarded the train
that was just leaving for Hull.
Several buildings in Scarborough were damaged by
the fire from the German warships.
FIFTY SHELLS FIRED BY CRUISERS.
HULL, Eng., Dec! 16.?A man who has arrived here
from Scarborough estimates thai the German cruisers fir
ed a total of about fifty shells into that city. He declares
he saw only three chimneys shattered. He believes, how
ever, that the damage nearer the shore will be more seri
ous than this. Fugitives arriving here, from'Scarborough
say that the Grerman bombardment was heavy and great
damage was done to property.
The morning train irom Scarborough to Hull brought
many passengers who left Scarborough when the shelling
A railroad man has wired his wife here from Scarbor
ABOUT THIRTY NEGROES CON
GREATE IN BASEMENT TO
SIX MEN ENGAGED IN PLAYING
WERE ARRESTED. FORFEIT^,
Negro poker game was abruptly
ended last night about midnight when
City Policeman, led by Assistant Chief
Seamon, raided the rflom in the base
ment ol the negro restaurant run by
Billie May on Washington Street.
It is said that at the time of the
raid about 30 negroes were in the
place but of this number only six
were really taking part in the game.
These six were placed under arrest,
hut kept from going to the city Jail
by placing forfeits of J10. each in
the hands of the officers.
The case came up In Polico Court
this morning, it was postponed be
cause of the lack of witnesses and will
be tried later although the time has
not yot been set.
A pack of playing cards together
with a large quanlty of poker chips
were confiscated by the raiding party
and will be used as evidence against
Complaints have been made several
times recently about the basement of
this building, being a disorderly place
but last night was the first time that
the officers -were able to catch them
The gang of other negroes -who were
iti the place when the officers arrived,
did not waste any time in getting
away, and most of their names were
SMALL FIRE AT HUTCHINSON.
There.was a small Sre at the Hutchin
son power plant of the Consolidation
Coal Company this afternoon. The
blaie was quickly extinguished, but not
before one genrator was badly damage
The remains of the Infant child of
Mr. andMrs. Stewart W. Scholiey, mi
209 Polk Street, East side, whose
death occurred yesterday, were In
terred in Maple Grove Cemetery this
afternoon by Undertaker Jenkins.
Matilda Frisembo, the Infant daugh
ter of Adolphus Frisembo,, died last
night and the remains were interred
this afternoon in Maple Grove Ceme
tery by Undertaker Jenkins.
FUNERAL SERVICES TO BE HE
AT THE RESIDENCE OF HI8
BROTHER TONIGHT. v
BALTIMORE AND OHIO FIREM.
KNOCKED FROM HIS EriQINT
THE REMAINS WILL BE TAKEN
TO THOMAS, PENNSYLVANIA.
In a freight wreck which occurred at v.-; v
2 o'clock this morning at Barrackvllle, 1 **
Simon E. McFall, age 22, living at^Bell1 g
view and fireman on B. & O. engine No.-;
8D. was Instantly killed. '
Engine No. 89 is known as a helper
engine. This morning at the time|pf*3
the wreck it was lying on a side track
at Barrackvllle when It was sldes^^ed^i^'
by a coal train coming from Under
wood, running at a good rata of speed.
McFall, the fireman, was on the liack;'
part of the tender, placing up hls\ sig
nals, when tbo accident occurretL,
While it is not known Just how heaiafe
pened to be killed, it 1b thought" thatj
lie was knocked by the Jar be'fweaBSlgg
own engine and the sideswiplng cari?
His body is terribly mutilated.
The unfortunate man is single and
his home is in Thomas, Pa. He^wa"
boarding in Belleview. He was^caUejJl
out last evening. He is a bromerfi
Chas. A. McFall, who lives In
The body of the dead flremt
brought to this clty, ana%fijBjL
to Undertaker. Jenkins, whiipre;
It for interment FuneraJMs^
will be held this evening S.atiZjJ
the home o(.hIs brother, Chai;?T
Pall, In Bellevlew~afMp wfi '
body will be shipped to his 1
Thomas, Pa., where interment
The young amn was yerytpo
with all the railroad menfand-?
numbers of them will be present
evening at the funeral., '
Passenger traffic -was delayed^
some extent on account of the w ^
Train No. 2 from Wheeling dldjnojEgHjSj
rive In this city until after six o'clock^
this morning, making it about^tljreei
hours late. Trala-No. 72, arriving''
10:30 was also a little' lateiqa^
count of the wreck.
ough saying: "Shells are falling thickly around me, feyti
The arrival of German raiders off Scarborough toe
place under cover of a thick fog. Some people decla
they saw a German cruiser lying off Castle Cliff. : J
LONDON, Dec. 16.?Reports aer current in Ldndjr
that two German cruisers have been sunk ni the North ? '
CRUISERS ARE DRIVEN AWAY.
LONDON, Dec. 16.?A statement given out by thfeioJ
ficial information bureau says that the German warship
which have been bombarding the eastern coast of Eiiglj
have been driven off by the West Hartlepool fortress.^''
NINE PERSONS KILLED AT HARTLEPOOL.
HULL, Eng., Dec. 16.?Nine persons are report,
have been killed at Hartlepool and a number injurejii
bombardment of that port by German cruisers,thisl'
WHITBY, Dec. 16.?The two German cruisers;afi
ed to be about three miles off shore. In their bomba?3
several persons were injured and a number of bi;
including the historic abbey here, were damaged
person is reported to have been killed. The cruiser
the bombardment, disappeared in a northeasterly
Whitby is in the north of Yorkshire on the cpapi
about half way between Scarborough and Ha^felS'
is a town of about 12,000 people and also is a seasides-;
HULL, Dec. 16.?The bombardment of Hartli
lasted for 25 minutes. The hostile vessels whichfeo^
in the operations are estimated from two to six; ?'
once were they clearly visible from shore.
river Tees replied to the fire of the Germa
of shell have been found all over Hartlepopl./j irae&dg
inflicted on the town is said to be considerables^$8*
hit a_gas tank and set it afire.. WM
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