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VOL. 1, NO. 283. BLUEF1ELD. WEST VIRGINIA, THURSDAY EVENING, FEB. 28, 1*M)7. DAILY LEADER. PRICE TWO CBKTS. SEEKS II DIVORCE FROM SEN. PLATTJ SUIT STARTED ON DECEMBER 27. LAST. .MHK. PLATT WAS FORMERLY MISS WOOD, AND WAS MAR RIED SECRETLY. New York. Feb. 28.—The fact that Mae C. Wood started a divorce suit against Senator Thomas C. Platt on December 27 la»t. became public today, when Joseph Day I^ee, a law yer. of 4 9 Wall street, applied to Justice Giegerlch, of the Supreme Court, for an exparte order permit ting the substitution of his name for that of Floyd Price who had for merly acted ns Miss Wood s attorney here. Mr. Lee is the New York rep resentative of the law firm of O’Flali erty & Fulton, who have lnjen Miss Wood’s attorneys for a long time. None of the papers in the rase have been filed in tbe supreme Court as yet. In connection with the sub stitution of counsel today, however, Mr. Lee made this statement: "It is true that an action for ab solute divorce has been brought in the New York courts on behalf of Mr*. Thomas C. Platt, formerly Mae Catherine Wood. Senator Platt's answer was served by the plaintiff's attorneys today. It s in the form of a general denial of all the allega tions made by the plaintiff. We ex pect to get the case on tho calendar of the Supreme Court at the earliest possible date. In my opinion .after examination, there Is no question that the plaintiff was njarried to Senator Platt at the time and place stated. We are confident that the rights of the plaintiff will be estab lished." Miss Wood first made her claim of marriage to the Senator last sum mer. and the time and da.te of the marriage alleged, in the papers in the divorce suit correspond. She declares thnt she was married in se cret in the Fifth Avenue Hotel on November 9. 1901, by the Rev. Ed ward W. Rice, an Episcopal clergy man. She declared that the mnrrlage was secret because Senator Platt’s first, wife had been dead but a short time. Miss Wood’s Virginia lawyers met here last Christmas and consulted Miss Wood In regard to starting tho suit. The papers were drawn up and several on Senator Platt's law firm, O'Brien. Bonrdman, Plntt * Dunn ing immediately. Service was later obtained upon Senator Platt in Washington. EVELYN’S MOTHER MAKES ST A TEMENT. < SAYS SHE DID HER PART BY THE GIRL. KENT IIKit TO SI Xll.W SCHOOL AND THIRD TO KEAIl HKH RIGHT. Pittsburg, Feb. 27.—Charles J. Holman issued n statement today in behalf of his wife, mother of Mrs. Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, concerning young Mrs. Thaw’s early training. Holman denies that his wife gave District Attorney W. T. Jerome or that Mr. Jerome used a statement from Mrs. Holman with which to embarrass young Mrs. Thaw on the witness stand. The statement, is as follows: “From the time Evelyn was 1 f> months old until she was 8 years old she was sent to Sunday-school in Tarentum, Pa. After that the family LEGISLATORS GETTING AWAY DANGER THAT A QCORI'M WILL NOT HR PRESENT WHEN HILL COMES CP. Charleston, Feb. 27.—There is danger of there not being a quorum in the senate by the time the house finishes the appropriation bill, inas much as President McDermott will leav<< for home today, and, and many other senators therein to follow stilt. The appropriation bill, when passed by the house, will be widely diver gent from the one passed by the sen ate. and a conference committee will have to be called of the two houses to stialf hten out the kinks. If there is not a qurom in the senate, the quer.fi- i is how will a legal commit tee he ppointed from that body? Neve, in the legislative history of the state is there as much Indiffer ence shown. The senate is anxious to adjourn and seemingly the house does not know where “It’s at." It needs a lender, a strong man Intiller tually to get the majority together, pass the appropriation bills and ad journ. At present the house Is at sea removed to Allegheny and she was f ‘n* to the Calvflry Methodist Epls <opal Sunday-school for three years. ' fter that her father died and her mother removed to Cedar avenue, Allegheny. While living there Eve lyn was sent to Sunday-school with the children of the next-door nelgh I or. Her mother removed from Ce dar avenue. Allegheny, to Highland avenue, Pittsburg, and Evelyn went to the nearest Sunday-school, which | v as at a Baptist church in Highland avenue. She was always sent to Sunday-school as long as her mother had control of her. “Her mother never left her daugh ter in care of any man at any time. The public has heard but one side of the story. They have no right to express an opinion. We expect nothing else from Ignorance, but ed ucated people are supposed to weigh the evidence of both sides of a story before giving an opinion. Further more, Mr. Jerome has no affidavit from Mrs. Holman.” BARRELS OF BOOZE GO UP IN SMOKE. INDIANA DIHTILfiF.KY DESTROY ED RY EIRE.—ESTIMATED l/OSS «li“r.OOO. Vincennes, Indiana, Feb. 28.—The plant or Old Vincennes Distillery Company was destroyed by fire today The loss Is estimated at $2 25,000, and is covered by insurance. The main building was entirely destroy ed. OVER 600 JAPANESE. Six hundred and thirty-one Japan ese steerage passengers arrived In Safi Francisco Monday night on the Pacific Mall liner Mongolia and an equal number are expected by the immigration officials on the arrival of a liner from the Hawaiian islands that will take up the consignment of Japanese that the Nippon Mam W'lll leave at Honolulu, No orders were received from Washington by the Han Francisco Immigration of ficials relative to the debarring of Japanese on the Mongolia from the California shore, and after a per functory examination they were nl low'cd to land . A T J NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. Nine Tenths of our Immense Opening stork js now on the tables awaiting your orders; the remainder is earning in daily and by some time in Mareli we will pos itively l)e in position to fill all orders. You can, therefore, absolutely depend on us for your full Spring and Summer requirements. Why lose ni»ney then, by buying elsewhere ? We respectfully solicit your patronage. Importers and Exclusive Jobbors. Near Passenger Depot. * ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ »♦ ♦♦ ♦» ^ ♦♦ v» «4 44 44 THE“BLACK HO” IN NEW YORK GITV. HAS MEMBERSHIP OF AT LEAST 10.000. Cil’AKANTFKS ITS MKMIlKItM IM MUNITY FROM CRIMK ANI> CONVICTIONS ARK FEW. I Most of us would like to welcome the Immigration from Italy without qualification, but the New York city police statistics regarding the “black hand” are sobering. It is aleged that there are now In the big town 100, 000 criminals from Italy, banded for the purpose of evading and defying the law. The “black hand” of New York, like tho MaQo of Italy, Is a , secret organization which guarantees to Its members immunity from crime. For this reason the New York au thorities have been able to secure only ono conviction out of 1000 “black-handers” arrested. The head of the newlv-created Italian detective bureau adds that during January 600 members of the “black hand" so ciety were arrested In that olty. but there were only two convictions. He further declares that every ono was a genuine "black hand” case, not a enrd dispute stabbing or a jealousy row. It Is further alleged that the system is growing so rapidly that the “black-handers” now have men at work in every big city of the United j States. The New York authorities figure that in addition 4o the 10. 000 “black hand” men In the city there are 20,000 outside. This is j clearly not good material out of) which to build American citizenship. In further Illumination of this mat ter Dr. I.ouIr l.nurenzana of Kan fins City, who hag hoen called upon hr the "blnck hand'* society to pay IfiOO or have his two young child ren kidnapped. Bays; “I do not asBume that any Italian black hand societies have maintained organizations In Kansas City but 1 do believe that from time to time bands of them have been here, and 1 believe that now a party of at least three of them Is here. Ital ians of thlR character are not men who work, but bad citizens who have Imbibed the spirit of brigandage that prevails in Rome parts of Italy. If I had not seen enough of such work to Justify mo In believing that there is a band after me that means busi ness. I would not be shut up here In my’ house wdth my wife and four babies, sacrificing my business. T am satisfied that the federal authorities will tako this matter seriously when they se0 my evidence, but I shall not. cease my vigilance In protecting my family,” said the doctor as he point ed toward a 45 Colt’s on the top of his desk. "They’ve only picket me out because they think I know them well enough to fear and obey them.” PLATT MAY' RKRION. Mae C. Wood Ray.. He WHl Retire From RenAte Friday. New York, Feb 28_With the verification today of Mae C. Wood’s statement that she had filed a suit for divorce against Senator Thomas C. Platt In the Supreme Court of this city there came an additional declaration from the woman who has caused so much trouble for the Sen ator that he will resign »from the Senate on next Friday. Miss Wood names sixteen correspondents. Her attorneys are O’Flaherty A Fulton, of Richmond. Va. Senator Platt has filed an answer to the suit which Is supposed to he ft general denial of , Miss Wood’s allegations. DIVORCED WIFE IS SHOCKED. PjpKMUR MHH. Mr DONADD KliOP* KD YF.AHH AGO WITH A PHIF.HT. Michael C. McDonald whose wife, Flora, shot and killed Webster fl. Guerin In Chicago Thursday, re ceived a message Monday telling him that his first, wife, Mary Noo nan, was dying from the shock of the Guerin murder, at her home in New Jersey. McDonald has not b*«n keeping up a correspondence with his divorced wife, although he has been sending her money It has been many years since the first Mrs. McDonald eloped with a Cath olic priest who had charge of the lit tle chapel she had constructed In her home. She accompanied the priest to France, then returned to the United States after he grew tired of her. HARGIS GASES NOT TO BE POSTPONED. DEFENSE ANXIOUS FOR LEGAL BATTLE. TRIAL OF ALLEOKD A8HA881X OF l>R. CX>X WILL BMIN NKX'I MONDAY. Lexington. Ky., Feb. 28.—W. A. ^ oung, of Morehead. chief counsol In the defense of Judge James Har-* gla In the various case* against Har gis In connection with the assassina tions at Jackson, who was lu I^ex Ington today, stated that the trial of Hargis for complicity In the mur der of Dr. II. D. Cox, sot for next Monday, March 4, at Jackson, will not bo postponed on account of the conflict In date with the trial of French. Smith, Abner and others, which has been set for the same t.lmo at Heattyvllle in the court of Special Judge Dorsey. Mr. Young said that the term at Jackson Is the regular term, and that It takes pre cedence over nny special tvrin In the same Judicial district. There fore, If there Is any contlnuanco he holds that Judge Dorsey will have to continue the case at Heattyvllle until the trial at Jackson Is com pleted. CUBA TO PAY THE CHURCH MAflOON AUTHOMZKl> TO PAY $1,000,000 OH THE 1>KIIT. Washington, Fob. 27 Provisional Governor Magoon of Culm hns been directed by President Roosevelt to Issue a decree announcing that, the Government of Cuba will settle with the Roman Catholic Church for the purchase by the Palmn Government of the church property now being used In Havnna and elsewhere In the Island for public purposes. The ar rangement by which tho Govern ment's debt to the church will be pnld was made by Governor Magoon recently, and has met with the ap proval of President Roosevelt and Secretary Taft. This property In Havana Include* the custom house and wharves, the I’nlverslty of Havana, tho high school, the Academy of Science and other well-known buildings. It ap pears that the military government of Culm agreed to buy this property from the Catholic Church as far hack as 1901, with the definite un derstanding that final payment would he made by June 30. 1906. On that date the Palma administration found Itself unable to make the payment, and an extension was granted by the church authorities until December 31 1906, with a further optional exten sion until June 30, 1907. Governor Magoon reported to the War Depart ment that, the Cuban finances are now able to stand a payment down of $1,000,000, with monthly Install ments of $100,000 until the entire balance of $1,932,1 4 3.99 Ib liqui dated. PRISONERS NOW HAVE BRAIN STORM "The pollcemnn hath you wore drunk last night. Whnt have you to say?” asked Magistrate Finn. In the Tombs Police Court, yewferdny of a man of 30 arraigned before him. The prls Iner aald ho was Charles Ryan nnd that ho lived af 13 Wont street "It wan thla way. your Honor." said Ryan: "I am subject to brain storms, and last nigh* I suffer d a brain explosion nnd for the time be ing became helpless. Thla well meaning officer, Ignorant of modern therapeutics. diagnosed my trouble an dipsomania Tt'i all a terrible mis take. I her you to Jet me go home " "You must have been reading about the Thaw trial," said "Raftery Dan." "Yen; T have read every line of the evidence." "Well, you’ve rot a good excuse nnd I’ll let you go this time," aald the Court. The prisoner would not leave the court-room until he had asked Mag istrate Finn for a pass to the Thaw trial. The Magistrate ordered him from court on pain of arrest.—New York World The globe-trotting Secretary Taft has laid out a large program for the spring and summer. Ills Itinerary will Include visits to the PhlllppIneR, Cuba, Porto Rico and Panama Mr. Oeo H. Polling, of Lynch burg, Is doing business In the city. i STARTLING COUP IN THE THAW COSE. WHITE SHADOWED THROUGH EUROPE. KNUL1R1I PAPKRM HAY M1W. THAW WAS BORN IN TOIJi HOI’SK NEAR KDINBl'RO. New York. Feb. 28.—After Kvelyn Nesblt Thaw's bIx days on tho wlt stand and the completion of her remarkable story. It developed today that the defense has planned a startling coup in testimony to show that Stumlford White, ns he was pur suing young Mrs. Thaw, was trailed over Europe by Thaw’s sleuth. It is asserted that a report drawn up by Harry V. Dougherty, a private detective, who was hired by Harry Thaw to track White, followed tho latter to Europe und was at hlH heels as he went from place to place that had ber-n visited by Mrs. Thaw on her trip abroad In 1905 In what the detective believed was an effort to find Mrs. Thaw. London, Fob. 27.—The newspa pers print stories from Glasgow and Edinburg to tho effect that the dis covery has Just been made that Ev elyn Nesblt Thaw, wife of Ila'ry Thaw, now on trial in New York for the killing of Stanford White, was born In a toll house on the Queen’s Ferry Road, near Edinburg. The stories say that, her father, who Is a railway plate layer, still lives In Midlothian. Her mother went to America ten years ago tak ing Evelyn with her. Before this Evelyn attended Davidson Main’s village Bell ool whose teacher re members her as o bonnie, fair hair ed child, with beautiful featurees. The villagers remember her also. Another version is that Evelyn’s! mother left fifteen years ago and that her father Is now working Ip an oil producing village In the Scot tish midlands. HAD LOT OF COIN WHEN ARRESTED. Charleston, W. Va., Feb. 28.— Albert Say, a Hwcdo, under arrest here, la believed by the police to be a rrimlnul of Internutonal Import. When captured he had In his pock eta $2.r>00 In gold and a handful of coins reperaentlng almoat every country of Europe and many of Aala. The police suspect him of be ing implicated In the burglaries of \>. W. Nuttall’a residence at Nuttal burg, the railroad station at Cedar Orove, and the store of tho Chesa peake Mining Company at Hand lay. One of hla suit cases contained a silver fox skin, such aa waa report ed lost at Nuttalhurg, and a number of other things appoaralng to have been taken from a well furnished home. Another case contained the most complete set of burglar tools ever seen here. The officers belolve he has a con federate hero, a former Inmate of the Ohio Penitentiary. The newest locks for the doors of hotel rooms Indicate the nresence or absence of the occupant, ho that thoro la no possibility of the ser vants of the establishment Intrud j Ing. If Monitor, or Jersey Oram rout you flll-OO per barrel mnrr. It. would be cheaper than other brand*—hut It don't cost any more than some ask. SPREAD OF THE COCAINE HABIT ITH I HK IH IlftflfG OTUTIVATEI) KuTBNHIVKhY TIIKOCOIIOIT TUB roi NTUV. In a warehouse beside a Missis sippi levee stood a parkin? ease nf moderate size half filled wth pound carton* of a dm? The clerk work in? at a bench beside the open door was aeparatln? the )ar?er package* Into half ounce lo's. A casual ob server, wearied with watohin? the rnovln? brown of the stream, turned Idly to the slow-movln? workman "What, have you ?ot there?” he In- i qulred. "Cocaine.” waa the re sponse. "It’s *ellln? like wildfire all up and down the valley. The ne ?roes are taking tip the habit fast, though the stuff costs two cents a ?raln.” The use of cocaine, deaplte the fact that It Is a comparatively new form of vice, ha* gwept rapidly down through Chicago to St. Ixxils, and thence by way of the shores of the Mississippi Ho the son. The habit has «ro*n so In Chicago as to be come In the words of a police of ficer "the greatest evil In the world.** Police stations are thronged with these helpless wretches, who are round In sodden sloop In hallways, alleys and under sidewalks—any where they chance to fall. When they awake their howls and plead ings for the drug aro pitiful. The habit Is growing rapidly and gradual ly extending luto a higher grade of Boclety. On our eastern const New York and Baltimore are becoming stirred hy recent disclosures of the extent of the evil and of the deadly con sequences which follow In Its train. Surely here is a menace which wnr rnuts a careful examination of the conditions both as regards the vice Itself and also ns regards the extent to which It has spread through Bos ton and vicinity. With the use of cocaine comes a distinct weakening of tho moral forces. No drug tins greater power as a moral rtxlueor. The will to break away from the clutches ol the habit Is weakened, and only In very few cnscH does tho confirmed taker of cocaine escape. The will, Ilk** tho nerves, Is shattered. The word of the sufferer can In no way he de pended upon. Wild Imaginings take tho place of fact and the victim lives In a fantastic world of his own — Boston Transcript. THREE DEAD IN II KENTUCKY FEUD. A BLOODY BATTLE AT BEAVER CREEK. HALL-MAllTIN FACTIONS ('LASH ANI> FtltTHKll TKOI IILK IS KXPKCTRlK SorKont. Ky.. Feb 27.-— According to h messetiKer’s report received boro yesterday from Heaver Creek, tl»e Hall-Mnrtln factions clashed itRaln. One hundred shots were fired and three mon were killed and two wounded. The dead men aro Henderson Hall, loader of the Hall faction, and Silas Martin and Androw Martin, of the Martin faction. Fields Hall and Wyatt Martin, Jr., were wounded, the latter fatally. A fetid has existed between the parties for six months and furthor trouble Ih expected. Monitor, am] Jersey Cream Floar pass the National Pure Food I,aw— then you know It is pure. STROTHER BOYo WILL PROBABLY COME FREE. At JuhI this tlmo, Rev. Parkhu~8t of Now York spunks a reassuring wonl. In IiIh Sunday discourse he Hold: I know too much about the ovll that Is In thlH city to deny tho exis tence of n grent deal that in hud, and things that are had want to he called had and characterized by the BtlffeHt terniH discoverable In an ovangellcnl vocabulary. Hut what gives mo cour ngo to deal with crime and to stlg matlze it Ih the aHBurance I have and the knowledge I .invo Rained that the heart of tho city lx one that belloves In honesty and baa a contempt for what Ib morally unejean. THE WORLD’S WATERPOWER. Tho poHBlbllltloa of our small streams make the dream of the fu ture Kcrnn unreal and fantastic. No man has dared even to try to moaa iino or compute the total undevelop ed water-power of the world. There are thoiiHandH of streams capable of producing from 100 to 60,000 or more horse-power; a few others, like Niagara, the Victoria Falls In South 'Africa, and innumerable falls of the I MIhhIhhIppI, the Colorado and the (Missouri, with powers In this direc tion that seem unlimited. What In tho utmost strength of Nlagra? If every part of tho mighty torrent of water was harnessed, It would easily generate sufficient electrical power to I do all the work of this country. Wo could alnioHt belt tho globe with horsoH, and still Niagara would stand a good chance to offset their pulling strength. But Niagara Ih no greater than Victoria falln In the heart of Africa some say not ho great In Its unmeasured possibilities.- St, Nicho las Magazine. ROOSEVELT AND THE TARIFF The friends of President Roosevelt pretend that he Is braver and more honorable than other men. Unless he attacks that terrible Iniquity, the robben tarlfT. history will not give him the credit accorded by his friends. The tariff Is a tax on the people In the Interest of the trusts; not. the slightest doubt of It. Presi dent Roosevelt knows It, ns does every other Intelligent, man, but the system has become so powerful that the president Is afraid of It Atchl-, son Globe. TRIAL WILL END IN A DAY OR TWO. UNHAPPY WOMAN HAYS HIIK 1IK MKVKI) HYWATERS INTBNI) l<:i> TO RKHEItT HER. Tho story of the Strother episode Iihh boon told by Mrs. Viola Hy wa fers, the bride of nn hour. She says: “I do not believe ho ovor intended to marry me, for ho had refused on three occasions." The dotalla of the sad affnlr were told hy Mrs. Hywaters In a straight forward and frank manner ns she detailed the farts which lead up to the shooting of Hywaters. It was a recital of the wrongs done and cre ated great sympathy among the as semblage In the court room. The trial will probably end this wook, and there Is no longer doubt hut that the Strothers will be liberated. 8uch Ih tho general Impression and such will he the ending of the unfortunate affair. Now that we are hearing so much about the campaign of women suf fragists In this state, and have been so amused by the feline tactics of their prototypes In ICngland, it Is In teresting to get something on the subject from Australia, land of ex periments. a writer to the Chicago Dnlly News gives her Impression of the result of the recent enfranchise ment of women In that country. Its first effect has been to Impress the women with the Idea that they have a mission In the world. With this Idea they have with commendable en thusiasm sought to Inform them selves on social, economic and po litical queatlons and to formulate a set of principles for which to stand. To read over the Hat Is to see how strong they nro making thomaelves, because every object they aoek to ob tain is n worthy one. The ballot niay stimulate to this, but still a lot of old fogies believe that under our regime the same results could be ob tained If attempted In tho quieter and more womanly! way.—Utlf^m IN. Y.) Press. If you srp iHtiofl'd with the brands of Hour you are using, yon will be IH IJt.lf f Kli If yon use Monitor or Jersey Cream. A PRINCETON AVENUE STORE FOR RENT AT AUCTION In front of the promisees at 2 p. m. Tuesday February Bth. Choice fl, 18 or 30 month I^ease. Only responsible bidders wanted. I/ease geo* t highest bidder. possession given by 16th 20. Ih> biiainesa at best location In Rluefleld. Further particulars by applying to the Surprise Store. GOING!—GOING I THE SURPRISE STORE AUCTION Is the Talk of the Town. FOLLOW THE CROWD. DON'T MISS THE BARGAINS. All Goods Put Up.- None Reserved. You Pay What YOU V/ANT. THE SURPRISE STORE AT 119 PRINCETON AVE. Is Crowded at every sale. Three Sales Daily. 10 a. m.; 2 p. m.; (for Ladies.) and 7 p. m. COME OUT AND SEE.