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FULTON COUNTY NEWS.
Published Every Thursday. B. W. Peck, Editor. McCONNELLSBURG. PA. Thursday, Nov. 16, 1899. Published Weekly. 1.00 per Annum in Advance. Prompt attention will be given to applications for ad vertising rates. Job Printing of every des cription executed with prompt ness, in a workmanlike manner and at consistent prices. WHEN 1 HAVE TIME. Whefi I have time, ho many things I'll do To make life happier and more fair For thoHO whose.llves are crowned now with care, I'll help to lift them from their low . dexpulr, When I have time. When I have time, the friend I love ho well Shall know no more thene weary toil ing dayH, I'll lead her feet in pleasant paths ul wayB, And cheer her' heart with word h of sweetest praise, When I have time. When you have time, the friend you ho dear May be beyond the reach of all your sweet intent; May never know what you no kindly . meant To fill her life with sweet content. When you have time. Now is the time! Ah, friend, no longer wait To scatter loving smiles and words of cheer To those around whose lives are now ho dear, They may not meet you n. the coming year Now is the time. LEWIS, THE ROBBER AND OUTLAW. Local History and Romance. Continued from last issue. To resume, after this digres sion, the young married couple started from Albany for New York City. Still fearing pursuit, at first they avoided the well trav elled highway but Malinda's feet caused her trouble, and they de cided to seek the highway in hope of engaging passage for her in sonie, wagon heading for New York. A Yankee wagon was stum met and passage engaged to the city for Malinda while the owner and Lewis walked. Lewis found the man shrewd and intelligent. The Yankee advised him to steer clear of New England, but urged him to gointoPennsylvania where the great part of the population were easily imposed upon, being credulous and unsuspecting. He stated that his traveling breth ren made out better in that State than any other and when their plans and tricks succeeded with out.discovery, among themselves they called it "lifting Germany." In New York, wandering about late at night, Lewis soon found congenial friends bent on the same mission as himself. It was hot long before he had evolved out of his brain apian for an Association to enable these fellows, who prey ed on society, to actin concert and share together the plunder. The association was formed on the same principlesand with the same officers as a bank. Certain rules and regulations were adopted and, to make them more binding, it was suggested that they be written in the blood of the members. The suggestion was acted upon and these outlaws gathered at their rendezvous at an hour when hon est men were asleep. Kneeling in a circle and clasping hands, a vein in the arm was pierced and a basin, held by a member, caught the dripping blood. It was a gruesome sight in the weird light, and what a character study these faces of hardened criminalspledging their faith and honor with their life's blood. There were twenty-one mem bers and among them some des perate, blood-thirsty villains. Fictitious names were given the members, and that applied to Lew is was "Harry Hurricane." The fruits of 1 robberies, burglaries, thefts, frauds and all crimes com mitted by the gang-were debit ed in a vault, a record kept of them and on every Sunday night, at Official Vote of Fulton County, November ?, 1899. DISTRICTS. Ayr n.-iffist Ilnthel Hruh Creek Dublin I.ii'klntt i reek... M"i-'ohnolwburir. Tuylor ThnmbBiiu TikI l.iilnn Wells Tumi midnight, a distribution was nuule. The gang did a thriving business and were successful be yond all expectations. Lewis, on one occasion, did a neat bit of shop lifting. There was a swell ladies auction room on Broadway. Lounging about with eyes open on the main chance Lewis noticed a carriage drive up, and recognised Mrs. John Jacob Aster, whose wealthy husband he had heard was very liberal in supplying Madam with pin money. She entered the auc tion room .and he soon followed and, "dressed like a gentleman, he saluted the ladies with all the graceful ease of an old acquaint ance." Mrs. Aster purchased and placed in her velvet bag valu able lace and jewelry and careless ly threw the bag on a bench, in a remote- corner of the room. She was soon surrounded by a crowd of admiring friends, and in 1 he an imated conversation that took place, thelittle bagwas quiteover lM)ked. Lewis sauntered leisure ly around to the bench, picked up the contents, deftly thrust it in the bosom of his coat and cooly walked out. This rich prize was the cause of his leaving the asso ciation. A misunderstanding a rose on account of a small piece of lace hehad given his wife, which finally resulted in a row during which Lewis was badly beaten by the gang and he quit them. He proceeded to New Bruns wick, N. J., but the place did not oifer a favorable field for his oper ations. Hearing of Princeton College and that many students were from the South, he conclud ed there must be "many empty heads and full purses, " especially, as Christmas holidays were com ing. For the benefit of the Prince tonians present I will give in Lewis' own words his exjierience at their Alma Mater and at the same time will be revealed the versatile character of the subject of this sketch: "As soon as Ma linda was able to leave her room and attend to her domestic con cerns, I set out in the first stage that offered. for Princeton, and having assumed the character, the airs, and consequence of a Georgia planter, I soon succeeded in introducing myself to the pro fessors, and in order to further my schemes, I gave out that my ob ject was to procure a berth in the college for my brother, whose ar rival I expected immediately aft er the expiration of the holidays. I sought every opportunity to court the society and gaiu the good opinion of the young men with whom I contracted un ac quaintance. Passing for a man of fortune, singing a good song and being able to 'crack a bottle' with the best of them, I was invit ed .to most of their convivial part ies, at which cards being intro duced, I was a voluntary loser at first, and apparently played with so much carelessness and ignor ance that the jioor youths began to boast of their plucking the Georgia pigeon.' But alas, in less than three nights, during which our sittings were from five o'clock in the afternoon to five in the morning, I not only recovered all I Viad lost, but won at least three hundred dollars of the mon ey which their foolish parents had remitted them." From Princeton Lewis went to Philadelphia and for a short time (Iterated in the same manner an he had done in New, York. Ho was planning to kidnap Mr. Girard, but was called to New Brunswick by the dangerous ill ness of his little daughter, much to the disgust of his companions in the Girard plot. After remaining four weeks he left his wife and child to join the army headed for Canada, under Gen. Smyth, not for patriotism, but for the plunder and booty in sight. , On the road, he himself went up against it, as a crowd of fellows, leagued for the purpose, buncoed him out of all his money at cards, but I surmise that he was in the same condition us some of the SI'ATK THKAHIJIIK a : s HI' I'll MM H .1 rn k ? ! .2 ! -1 HI I'I'.lt I'M, .11 I. K I'll "rHONn'i IV, X COUNTV :OMIIHSluNm. T 1 P COUNTY AtTMTOK. ill I in S iis n'j f. il !'." IW J! I Mi in i1 r.i w V 7i ;:i ij ti.-i vi l! 71 III X 7H HK Ji 70; 117 ll 71 II7 iia hi sj '- r.s s tVit HI 21 mi hi a 8H 128 ll II 1-''l: a 4ii 5m a mii r.s! a Tin 51 .. . .f 71 w!.... 4I JV! " M ' TirlTui til 77iiri si V'-'' liii! 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It j was not long until the campaign i ended and the team was 'given to ! him to be returned to its owner. ; Instead of justifying the conli- j denceof hisbouofactor by return- i iug the team, he started with it for the Allegheny mountains, in Pennsylvania, whore he disposed of it and kept the money. He at- tributed this ungrateful actyj which for a long time occasioned him many a pang, to the strong desire he had to gratify his appe tites. He then fied to a cave, and from this time dates the begin ning of his career as a robber aud counterfeiter in this section of Pennsylvania. It covers the per-, iod from about 114 to his death in 18LU Lewis found in this regio.i un- ' usual opportunities forexercising his two great accomplishments, j that of counterfeiting and high- i way robbery. He manufactured j counterfeit bills and passed them I with apparent ease. The Pitts-; burg pike threaded its way j through these mountain passes, ! full of traffic and travelers, and ' as it was a common custom in those days to carry money on the person, it alfordod a veritable bo-1 nanza to the highway robber. Lewis and his band hovered a round this pike as sea gulls follow a vessel and it was the scene of most of his operations and gave to j him mauy a rich jn-ize. ! Lewis was a born leader among j the criminal class. He was al ways at the head of his band, sug gested and planned their opera tious and directed their move ments. , His exploits and cleverness as a'crimiual made his Jiiine famous j and Lewis the Robber was soon i known throughout this whole region I copy the following account of him: "In IS 18 a band of brig ands infested Pennsylvania, oper ating in all parts of the state. One of the most during bauds was c.immunded by a desperado, known as , Robber Lewis. Ho was a daring fellow, but was nc -er known to shed blood, although his followers Connolly and Mug uire were ready nt any lime to take life. It seems RoL ber Lew is did not deserve all ihe con demnatory reports iu circulation about him. Many instances of kindness and a dispo.itioti to help the needy and distressed by con tributing to their wants, eharae-1 terized his career." Lewis began his career in Penn sylvania by gathering together a j counterfeiting baud in Somerset county He came over the moun tains to Chambersburg, to buy suitable paper for baak bills from John Shryock, a. paper maufacturer, but Shryock for some reason, declined to sell him any, Lewis believing that he ins pected the use that was inionJ.H! to be made of it. When Shryock turned his back to speak to a ' party j after n fusing the paper,. Lewi picked up a sample of the kind he wanted and went into i Virginia and obtained it. Re-1 . r. ... i lurmng to Somerset tney manu factured different bank notes and dividing up what they had made, started out to pass it, separating and going into different states, Lewis however remaining in this region. Lewis, on a later occasion, erected a hut along the South Mountain, iu Cumberland county, and with his gang struck off bills of various denominations, princi pally on the Philadelphia bank. He passed off a one hundred dol lar' bill on a Mr. Anderson, of Laudisburg, another on a Mr. Geese, of Newville, both mer chants, aud passing through Strasburg, Roxbury and Fau nettsburg, passed about one thousaud' dollars of counterfeit bills. He traded horses at Burnt Cabins aud gave counterfeit bills for boot money. When he reach ed Bedford he deposited tll'teou hundred dolia:-s in the bank aud set out to "blow in" the balance. He began too freely to get rid of all his manufactured stul,! and was jailed. He. could easily have escaped, but his lawyers assured Mm of an acquittal aud, as he did net want to lose the fifteen hun dred d-'liars in bank, ho stood 1 rial. He was convicted aud sent to the penitentiary in Philadel phia for ten years, but was par doned at the end of a year. I re late this to show what an expert he was i u manufacturing counter feit money, stl'ie success with which he passed it and the ease with which presumably intelli gent people wore hoodwinked. From the names mentioned by Lfiwis lie did not confine himself to "lifting Germany" but suc ceeded also in "throwing down" the wiley Scotch Irishman as well. Lewis combined with counter feiting, as I have mentioned, that of highway robbing. His name was a terror iu all the re.'- ions oi the State in which he operated, and when darkness overtook a traveler on the high way carrying money, a dread possessed him lest Lewis might suddenly spring out in front of him and demand his money, for his whereabouts was always a mystery. In 1Hir, a German, by name Simmons, was crossing the mountains from Belle lout to Lock Haven. It was a lonely road aud the houses on it few and far be tween. He had about two hun dred dollars on his person, night overtook him aud visions of Lewis seized him, aud he imagined that every clump of bushes might conceal the dreaded bandit. He became' paralyzed with fear and concluded to stop at the first house he came to. He soon no ticed a small hut in the woods, aud on knocking at the door a handsome man opened it and he was cordially welcomed in. There were three other men inside the room. After a hearty supper he was invited to smoke with them around tlu:ir open fireplace, blaz ing with logs. He became confi dential and told how much money iio carried and the dread ho had of the desperado Lewis and his gang. The men smiled when ho mentioned the bandit's name. After a good night's rest and a sumptuous breakfast, Simmons asked what ho owed. His host replied, "Nothing sir, but you can inform your friends that you were the guest of Robber Lewis and his colleagues." The hut belonged to the bandits and was frequently occupied by them. A number of incidents of this character, showing his kindness of heart and generosity, are re lated. These incidents were but bright spots iu his character aud threw a sort of glamor over his otherwise wild and lawless life. One of the principal hiding places of Lew is was the cave I visited at iJoubling Gap. At the present time the cave is filled up nud'thero is not much to identify it beyond the shelving rocks, but i;i Lewis' day it was large enough to accommodate four porsous. The f; inhabitants in the Gap welcomed llie arrival of Lewis. Ho was a gxmiul, jolly, good na tured fello w and fond of his cups. Ho eutertained thrun at the little taveru in the Gap, just below the cave, and iheir drinking bouts lasted far into the uiglit. The tavern keeper had a Hag, Which could be seen from the cave, and with it ho would iaform Lewis that the coast was clear or warn him of danger. From this cave ho was accus tomed to make incursions iuto the Valley, for after committing some crime it was an easy matter for him to regain his hiding placo. At one period he used to go to Newville and, under the disguise of a well-digger, frequented the ; taverns to find out who were the ! richest men in that vicinity in order to rob them. Ho camo to ! the conclusion that Cant. Sharpe, I Mr. Clerreat and Mr. McKeehan j were about the richest men in the J neighborhood. Ho was told that Sharpe put his ready money into laud, Sterrett put his iuto bonds, so he concluded to rob Mr. Mc Keehan, who was well advanced iu years. This old gentleman was a fine type of Scotch Irish manhood that in earlier days was seen in the Valley. Large of frame and broad shouldered, with a benevolent, kind face and wearing, as was his custom, a ruffled shirt and knickerbockers with gold buckles, he was a strik ing figure and attracted attent ion. Lewis formed the plan of waylay ing him as he rode homo from church and the meeting as relat ed by Lewis is interesting: "I meant to carry him into the woods, tie him aud threaten him with violence until he told me where his treasure was lodged; on obtaining this information, my plan was to go to the house and alarm the family by making them believe I had just left the old man dying in the road about a mile off and that he had begged me to send every one of them to him di rectly. I concluded that the in telligence would occasion great distress and confusion, and that in their absence I might have time enough to rille his chests and break open all his drawers. "In pursuance of this premed itated scheme, I did meet the old man one Sunday afternoon as he was returning home from church but my heart failed me. I was so struck with his venerable form, his benevolent countenance, his republican simplicity of man ners, aud his patriarchal appear ance, that I became confounded; my feet became riveted to the ground, my tongue motionless, my heart appalled, and my eyes fixed in amazement, so that I could not find courage to proceed or touch him with the finger of violence. On meetiug him in the highway he rode on after bidding me good-day; when he passed by I looked back at him and said, what is the meaning of this? O, honesty, there is sometimes a charm eveu in the external appear ance sufficient to stay the hands of the robber himself; there is a majesty in virtue which often ap pals vice itself, and strikes the, guilty couscience with terror and dismay. I returned to the cave that evening without committing any depredation, aud slept better than I had clone for several nights before." This escape of the venerable old grand-father, whom they all worshipped, from violence at the hands of the notorious robber was regarded in the McKeehan family as a direct intervention of Divine Providence. Riding up the road the old gentleman spied Lewis and divining his purpose, concluded that the robber meant to kill him or do him serious bod ily harm. Being a sincere and devout believer in God, in prayer he committed himself to His pro tectiugcare. The incident proved, too, that all appreciation for tho good and noble had not been en tirely extinguished in the breast : of Lewis. : With all his shrewdness and adroitness, Lewis did not always avoid the clutches of the law or escape looking out from behind the iron bars of a prison. But few jails held him any length of time as he would either breakout or trick the jailor. He did this so frequently that he became famous as a jail-breaker. He escaped from our old jail hero in Chambersburg on one oc casion. Ho attempted burglary in tho lower part of Cumberland county and being intoxicated, was captured. Oa account of his rep utation tho jail iu Carlisle was re garded not strong enough to hold him and ho was sent to Fort Pen singer, where it was supposed he would bo secure. He did not remain long in con finement here. The jailer forgot to lock and bar a door properly in his hurry to witness a fight going on iu the street: The prisoners, by an ingenious contrivance, worked a loop arouud the key and succeeded iu gaining possession of it; they then liberated Lewis, who had been locked in a separ ate cell. Lewis then took a hand and sprang the lock of the door leading iuto tho yard and finally that of the gate ojicniug into the street and, with four criminals ef foctedhisescapeabout two o'clock iu the morning, undetected. His hobbles became troublesome and they stopped in a pine thicket, half a mile from tho town, to re move them. While engaged with an axe and cold chisel in tho work, suddenly the violent ringing of bells burst on their ears. They knew that their escape had been discovered and the citizens were being aroused to go in pursuit. Lewis states that he laughed heartily at the thought of the dis apiHiiutment and chagrin his es cape would cause the wise citizens of Chambersburg. The next day he hid in a rye field and that night made his way to the cave at Doub ling Gap. There was one jail, however, out of which he could not break and one keeper whom ho could not trick. The jail was mortality that confined his body and the keeper was death whom he could not trick. H(J yielded his body to the one, his life to tho other and it happened iu this way. Lewis, Connely and Maguire, a trio that had been associated to gether iu many a crime, had cap tured a wagon load of goods near Belief onte. The robbery was so bold that the whole country be came excited and turned out to run down the outlaws. The rob bers succeeded for several days in eluding their pursuers, but the chase was hot. Maguire was caiv tured, Lewis and Connelly took to the hills. The next afternoon, st ill fleeing from their pursuers, they came on a party shooting at mark. Proba bly to quiet suspicion, they stop pod and joined iu the sport. Sud denly a pursuing party appeared aud recognizing Lewis aud Con nelly, called on them to surrender, stating that they would rocei.'o kind treatment. Connelly, who was a desperate and vicious fel low, ripped out an oath that be fore he would surrender he would blow them all to the place next to Hades and immediately opened lire. The party returned the fire. Then Lewis joined in without tak ing aim, iu the hope of checking the pursuers and making his es cape At the next volley Lewis' right arm fell limp and helpless at his side, by a bullet. Connelly ran and was subsequently found concealed in a tree top with a wound through his groin. They were taken down tho river in a canoe and on Sunday, the 55rd of July, landed near the Big Island, in Lycoming county. Here they wore attended by three physicians and a minister. The physicians could not save Con noil y's life and the minister failed to interest him iu the subject of saving his soul aud that night he died iu gloomy sullenuess. Lewis was tenderly removed to tho jail at Bellefouto, as soon as his wound permitted. He would not allow hjs arm to be amputated and preferred to die rather than live without it. Gau greue set iu and ho died on the ll-ith of July, IHL'9, having finished his confession tho day before. So lived and died Lewis the Robber. Tom If you had the choice of kissing a pretty girl on tho right or left cheek which would you do- Dick It would bo hard to make a choice; but between the two I should probably find a way out of the dilemma. TO SAVE Sip, - v: A lady who had p,! home in an attractive ated her control of heri erty by taking downHf around the grounds, ip'g aren't beautiful," shi jtlear "and they make us J" !l want everybody who f !l,cJ eujoy my green grass ers. ' jen Tho house stood on cleu and each day severa,? ft' people passed and e'hnlitl sight of the teoll-kpirj1" But in about a we4mi!t owner noticed that tli. jo! tho corner of the :!6; worn and yellow. K P !. large proportion of thih.,,. passed had taken a inre across the turf, saviri'"" ; thereby. As tho dav!torn tho unsightly yellovi'; grew larger. In a im bn the grass was worn q.hou and the soil at the con; . , lawn was as hard and ,tU(j , a school playground. self-defence the (nvnjnub place was obliged to ivBIMr . , ,, . , wars unsightly iron fence. nthp These people had t- the on saving steps. We diio to. study mathematics tte w that a straight line is J est distance between fr, lor b and each of the tres)aln(j had taken the short ruihouj the lawn, instead of t.tot tl ilKfillf nriii n Ion ir tlin wwl. N tries 'are Pe What answer did the quarter master make to the chargo that he had fed the regiment for an eutiro week on nothing but saw dust? Why, he said that ho had al ways understood that sawdust was very fine board. An exchange tells us that the proper method to keep apples in winter is to wrap them in old newspapers so as to exclude tho air. The newspaper, however, must be one on which tho sub scription has been paid, other wise dampness resulting from what is "dew." may cause tho fruit to sjioil. . we snail never Do good. abl i saved two or three stop erty of another. In tlpmb bit of economy resulted Pd iug the townspeople of ',r sure. riooi There are boys audi hat have a genius for suviuut t their own trouble. ?. : for somebody else to df JJJi and disagreeable task, . shift all respousibililj.. and little, uiion tho sliM" other people. But if j?( coed in saving trouble, f to gain me strengtn wiiii from bearing burdeusj are sure to lose the rftST other people into the b; The Bible tells us tklllu a "giviug which incroa J( it is just as true that thrQjjjj iug which impoverish we save labor or tiru -if at the expense of otlnjy our seeming economy L, terrible extravagance, a j jj( enc Krt'cw His Tiim tri Mo "A ragged boy abouB. old," says a corresponds j Detroit Free Press, 'igt fence in f rontof an Arkija s iu, and just as I cam' B mother came to the 1 called 'Moses!" in a li J The boy did not look ai jfou after a minute she calHw ham!' He made noim was asking him how fark & Greenville when she ptl'01 head and ealfcd Luke!' lHl appear to hear aud had" me that it was seven iutt tho mother raised her &llt higher and shouted 'Mi ' " !Your. mother is c;ilf'"ul I said, as ho paid no attf'" " 'No, not me,' he re't " 'But who, then?' f " 'My brothers over hit Rn She's called for Moses, .s Luke and Mark. Sli' N Philetus, Jeremiah, J- Abel, and if they don't cf yell out for Auauias, mean me, and I'll jump ! i -tol A gentleman bought 4ey per and tendered in silver piece. Tho news;ps man said: I haven't the change, pay me as you pass aloiif m row. But suppose I shoull fore to-morrow. Oh, it wouldn't bo a v loss. 01 h II Where did tho hen bit Jones: I don't see any Why, Willie? , I hav. bitten by a hen. Mamma didn't you Mr. Jones was dretulf pecked':' Why mam ma ny you look. Your f; red. Henpecked Emily, t cuits aren't tho kind tlw Mrs. Henpecked (ghu ahead, Henry; go on. Henpecked That I uf clown in Cuba in tho wm iti L VI if i: