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POINT PLEASANT REGISTER.
. ?, ? - ? - ? ? ? ? ? VOLUME 47. POINT PLEAS AN T. W. VA.. WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 4. 1909. NO. 4 JUDGE LUCAS' DEATH RECALLS WAR EVENT DID BOOTH KILL LINCOLN TO AVENGE A FANCIED SLIGHT? The Fairmont Times says: Re ferring to the death of Judge Daniel B. Lucas, tile Baltimore Sun, in siieaking of his service in the Con federate cause, alludes to the fact that in January, 18t>5, he left Rich mond to go into Canada, where he might arrange to appear as counsel for his friend, John Yates Beail, who was then soon to be tried at Gover nor's Island as a Confederate spy, who had been arrested within the Federal lines. The Sun's account says he was not allowed to apjiear there for that purpose, but our im pression at this time is that he did go to New York and conduct Beall's defense. But this fact is not ma terial to the story that grew out of John Y. Beall's arrest, conviction and execution at Governor's Island. John Y. Beall and Jdhn Wilkes Booth were inseparable friends and comiwnions at the Virginia Univer sity, where both were at the outbreak of the war. The attachment between them was no ordinary friendship. It was as close as the affection which linked the lives of Jonathan and i David, or Damon and Pythias. Both were members of the same military company and both sought to enter the military service of Virginia when hostilities began. Edwin Booth, the brother and guardian of John Wilkes Booth, was a strong Unionist, and he exerted a jwwerful influence over his young brother and prevented him from going into the Confederate ser vice. John Y. Beall followed the fortunes of his state. Early in the he became noted for his daring exploits as a soldier and scout. His courage was invincible and wherever danger beckoned he followed. He seemed to bear a charmed life. He went in and out of the Federal lines as frequently as he desired and es tablished and maintained a system of communication between the friends of the Confederate cause in the north and its armies that was most harrassing and injurious to the Fed eral troo]>s. His success emboldened him to the [xiint of rashness and in one of his numerous visits to friends in the Federal lines, almost at the close of the War, he was captured and arraigned for trial as a Confed erate spy. He was duly convicted and sentenced to be hanged. Here history must stand aside for tradition if the remainder of the story is to l>e believed. 11 is said that when the proceedings of the trial had been en dorsed, its findings approved and the i day of the execution set, Beall's aged mother went to Washington and implored the President to intercede] and save the life of her boy. With his heart lull of sympathy and sor row, Mr. Lincoln showed her theim (KKsibility of granting her petition. He jiointed out the necessary rigors of war, the long continued struggle in which thousands of lives had per ished, a contest which had !>een pro longed by the acts of her son in de fiance of the |>enalties always impos ed on a convicted spy. The inter view was almost as )utinful to the President as to the mother, but in the end h - convinced her that under the rules of war her son had forfeited his life and it must be taken as a warning to others similarly engaged in military service. Finding the President obdurate in the high sense of his duty to his country, the heart-broken mother, then appealed for one act of clem ency that would relieve her unfortu ate son from the death of a common felon. She told the President that her son had been a courageous and lionorable soldier and implored that he might die a soldier's death. That he should not die by the hangman's noose, but that he might be shot?a death befitting his deeds and couragc in a causie he loved. It is said, that the President yielded to the request and gave orders changing the mode of his execution to the war depart ment, but that, as is now well known in many other cases. Secretary Stan ton withheld the order, and John ^ . Beall was hung in expiation of an ot fense which he and his friends be lieved was of the highest order of pa triotic service. It is said that from the moment of the death ot' his friend . by the ignominious method which he had reason to think the President would change, and believing the Pres ident had betrayed and deceived the mother by a promise he did not in tend to fulfill, John Wilkes Booth be came a changed man. He became moody and resentful, and said he lived only for revenge. Whether this be trie or not, it is a singular coincidence that President Lincoln should have met his death by the hands of the one who next to his mother loved John Y. Beall the best. In support of this theory, it is alleged that the band of conspirators who as sisted Booth was never aware that Lincoln's murder was contemplated. The most that they were led to ex pect was his abduction in the interest r>f the fast falling fortunes of the waning Confederacy. In opposition to the story, it is said that in Booth's iiary kept by him after the dreadful deed, he had entered the statement . . i that he was moved to its commission without malice, but wholly to help the people of the South in their efforts to free themselves from tyran ny. However, it may be, there are those who still believe that there was more than a coincidence in the hanging of John Y. Beall and the issassination of the martyred Presi lent. The remains of President Lin- ? -oln lie in a grave at Springfield that was watered by a nation's tears. Over it is erected a monument tell ing the story of his grand character ind great accomplishments for a ]>co-; pie he loved. His virtues will re main an imperishable memory among the people of this nation so long as the Republic survives. The remains of John Y. Beall lie in a cemetery ;n Charles Town, marked by a simple marble shaft, oil which is inscribed his name, and that he was a soldier who died for his country. The mem ory of his deeds of dauntless courage ire now but a fuled recollection in the minds of a generation that is f;ist passing away. But who is to sav that in the fabric of the scheme : of the things that were to be from the beginning the lives of President Lincoln and John Y. Beall were not interwoven, though its warp and rt-??of may have been undiscernable to the human eye. TAKE A VACATION. Take a vacation. Get away from the hurly-burly rush of business cares and ease your mind, your soul and your body?slip the brakes of caution ; and forget everything save how to, be h hoy again. ^ ??n ought to know that no work in the world will ex haust one so quick as the mental work that chafes, chafes away at the j iniiul until final nervous exhaustion ' follows and?well, then its too late t?take a vacation so far as any last- | ing good is concerned. Think it over a little bit, just for your own benefit. I knew a man whose heart was in the right place, whose love of, home and wife and kiddies was above! everything else in the world, but who, through his love for them and his pride in the success that had come through year after year, but: kept at his work too long. His doctor told him one day that unless 1 he released the tension on his mind j and took a real vacation his life would pay the penalty. But for a while he couldn't see it and finally the man who sto<>d fas a model of all that was fine and true, who was to his loved ones the best and dearest daddy and the kindest husband in the world, quietly went to sleep one night .and never awoke. He had put off his vacation too long ana so! the kind that Lists forever and ever and ever, came to him. Do you want this kind? Think it over. ANNUAL REM OF THE FIFTH WEST VIRGINIA IfiFiNTRY AT CHARLESTON. Eiitor Ceredo Advance: Tiie annual reunion of the 5 th \V. Vh. Infantry, will be hel<l at Charles ton, Sept. li>, 1909. This being so close to the 4Sth anniversary of the great liattle of 0]>equan. which was fought on Sept. 19,1801-, in which the 5th W. Va.- had its full share, I feel tempted to hand you for publication a few facts that have not heretofore appeared in print, as hereinafter de tailed. This engagement had much to do with the overthrow and coIlu|ise of the Southern Confederacy. The great battle of Mission Ridg*' and Lookout Mountain, fought above the clouds, covering a period of two days and with a larger force on both sides than that of Sheridan, as per statistics on file at the war de|?irtinent, show a list of casualties on the Union side of about 5,000, while the list of killed and wounded in Sheridan's army at Opequan was in excess ol 5,500. The advance guard of the Union army eame in collision with the out posts of the rebel army about four' o'clock a. m., Monday, Sept. 19, 1864, and continued with almost un abated fury until nightfall. This con flict resulted in a sweeping victory for the Union cause. The flower of Lee's army there, Stonewall's veterans, their leader then sleeping his last long sleep at Lexington, Va., now under General Early, their firm set batallions a tow- ! er of strength: Breckenridge and Fitzhugh Lec were there, too, to j strike another blow for the Lost Giuse." Their strength has been es timated at from 35,000 to 10,0001 men. with a full complement of ar tillery. The Sixth Army Corps, 12,-; 000 strong, and the Nineteenth Army Corps, with 10,000 tried vet erans, led the advance of the Union host. These two corps lx>re the bur den and heat of the day from early dawn until 2 o'clock p. in. Victory and defeat alternated for these long ten hours between the embattled hosts. Shttfi ian had in his rear N.000 sol diers, 4 miles back of his line of battle, j under Gen. Crook,known as the Army of West Virginia; as fine a body of: soldiers as marched onto the battle field. Far to the right and miles away near Martinsburg pike, and marching to the frav was the grand est fighting machine the world ever . saw (Napoleon's Old Guard never equaled them)? ten thousand caval rymen under Custer and Forbet and Merritt. Every man in that gallant host was superbly mounted. Every one of them could fire 17 times be fore reloading their pieces. A brace of five-shooting Colts revolvers hung over their saddle pommels: a breech loading, seven-firing carbine slung to their shoulders and a trusty sabre at their sides. Major McKinlev, afterwards Presi dent, swept down the road on his mettled steed, ordered Gen. Crook t > close in with his eight thousand; i another messenger was dispatched I in hot haste to 'hurry up that cav alry." And now General Crook's eight thousand are on full swing for the field of battle. Crossing the Opequan (a stream near the size of! Twelve Pole) and mounting its pre cipitous heights, a magnificent,thrill ing and awe-inspiring sight met my range of vision, such as I had never before witnessed. Probably more i than one hundred cannons with their deafening reverberations timed the wild tumult. The very heavens seem ed to Ik- filled with bursting bombs. History record-- that men, women and children stood on the streets and side walks of Hagcrstown, Md., SO miles away, and listened with blanch ed faces and abated breath t? the muffled rumble of the great conflict that was being waged on Virginia soil for the supremacy of the nation. Far to the right and tar to the left for a distance of five miles over the undul.-.ting fields and meadows IS thousand reserves were coming into action. Custer with his squadron of cavalry with savage fury double*! up the lengthened rebel Hanks; Crook with his eight thousand veterans moved straight for a long line of stone fence. Behind that stone fence the Johnnies were packed in like sardines. Over the top of the fence rested thousands of rifies and a long ' line of flame burst forth from their muzzles. Every piece of artillery be hind that stone wall fell into the Union hands. As the sun went down that day the rebel host rolled off to the south like a worn out storm. The Fifth West Virginia formed a part of the Army of Wot Virginia. Yours, G. F. J., Co. B. Fifth W. Ya. Inf. CITY COUNCIL The Council met last Monday night in regular session, with John L. Wliittcn. Mayor, Warren Whalev, Clerk, and Messrs. John C. Franklin, Geo. Miller, Kob't. Kigcr, John Wells and G. W. M. Hooff, Council men. The Mayor reported *<i0.85 col lected on account of fines and costs during month of July. The Clerk re[>orted the usual salary orders drawn on the treasury, and Licenses issued. The Treasurer reimrted a balance in the city's treasury of $6965. 15. The Marshal reported $ I ?JT-4-S collected on taxes year 1908. Receipts for the above amounts bv the l'reasurcr were filed with the Clerk. Rob't Kigcr, Committee ap[x>inted to sell old lumber at cemetery re ported sale of same for the sum of $15 and filed the Treasurer's receipt for same. U. G. Hanes gave bond in tin sum of $500.(10 to o[ierate the Ohio | River Ferry, with F. S. Hanes, J. H. Stone and K. 1'. Arlington as his surety. W. B. Barnett, Assessor, filed a report with the Council showing the total value of property in the municipality of Point Pleasant for the year 1909 of $2,1S3,9M.OO which was ordered filed. Mason County Fair Company ]>er mitted to stretch banner across Main street advertising dates of the Fair. The Sexton ofLone Oak Cemetery authorized to purchase barbed wire to be used on top of new fence re cently constructed. Matter of removing arc light on Ohio river bank near ferry lar.ding referred to committee on lights. Ordered, That the Clerk notify Barto Jones to relay brick pavement abutting on 1st street without delay. Street (Commissioner ordered to notify Gus Fry to at once repair and put in good condition the brick street on corner of Main and third streets. The Council meets on the second Tuesday in August for the purpose of making estimates for probable ex penditures during the coming year. FINGER CUT OFF. Master Kenneth Love, aged about j six years, who lives with his grand- , father, Mr. C. C. Love, at Flat Rock, had the misfortune to cut off the fore- j finder of his left hand with a hatchet, j last week. THANKS. The Point Pleasant Register is for-j ty-six years old and better than ever. Warren C. Whalev understands the . newspaper business.?Ceredo Ad vance. BIG TOMATOES. Miss Emma Henshaw, of this city, visited her father, Mr. F. L. Hen shaw, in Gallipolis, Sunday evening, returning Monday morning, bringing two tomatoes from her father's gar den that balanced the scales at ex actly eight pounds. BASEBALL POINT PLEASANT GIVES RUTLAND, OHIO, THE WORST OF IT IN CLOSE GAME. The Rutland, O., ball club played the home team here last Sunday, and the game from start to finish was close and exciting. The visitors were presented with OOOOOOOOO goose eggs, while our boys scored 3. Rutland had the bases full several times but Harrison was steady and pulled 'out of the hole. Tile game was replete with fine playing and at no time did interest lag. The Rut land boys are good players, and al though beaten in this game, they have a chance to redeem themselves, as we understand our boys will give them a return game 011 Labor Day on their own grounds. A large num ber of j>eople were present, the an nouncement that the Rutland band would be here bringing out more than usual. The line-up was as follows: Point. Pleasant?S. Hurdett .Sd b., Park r. f., Johnson c., Ingles 1st b.. Smith c. f., Dashner 1. f., Varum s. s., W. Burdett and b., Harrison p. Rutland?R. Pierce 3rd b., Hvsell s. s.. Fry c., Branagin 2nd b., Camp c. f., Myers p., Carter 1st" b., Stone r. f., F. Pierce 1. f. If base ball players could only hear some of the remarks and suggestions made by fans that take so much in terest in the plays, every game would be skecnteen innings and many would be called on account of darkness. No matter how the team pulls off the trick" some of the fans could sug gest a better, slicker and more ap propriate way. The Charleston and St. Albans teams play today, Wednesday, Dash ner pitching for Charleston. Millersport vs. Point Pleasant, Sunday, August 8. HIGH GLASS HORSES. Mr. R. P. Liter took his racing stock to the Galli]>olis track last week for work. The following will show that he has a high class of horses: Happy J trotted a mile in 2:11; Happy F, 2:10j ; Martha McGrcgor, 2:20; Silver Jim, 2:2l-J ; Blue Point paced in 2:17; Ruth 2:17: Violet, 2:H*. It will bcrnore interesting to know that I5luc Point is jur>t off the stud season and has had but little work, while Ruth is by the noted stallion, Red Will, and is in her four year old form, which is the year in which horsemen consider a horse unfit for racing. Young Jim is by Onward Silver, 2:."?3, who was sold to Russian parties for a great sum of money. He is also four years old and has been worked but little this season. Mr. Liter thinks in another year of training he will go in 2:10 or better. Violet is by Red Will, out of the great brood mare, Lora. She is 3 years old and gives promise of devel oping into a very fast mare. Happy J and happy F, alias 4'The Grey Ghosts,"' are too well known for comment. SAD DROWNING. Gordon Lupton Bean, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bean, of Galli pot is, was drowned in the Ohio river Saturday afternoon. The body was recovered earlv Monday morning. Just how the hoy was drowned has not yet been ascertained, as there are many conflicting reports as to who his companions were. The cor oner has withheld his report until the matter ran be thoroughly inves tigated. The bov was very fond of the rijer spending much of his time therb. It is a *.:d case, and the par ents deserve the sympathy of every body. SURPRISE PARTY. At the hospitable home of Mrs. H. J. Greer, at Flat Roek, Sunday, Aog. 1st, there was a happv gathering of relatives and friends, the occasion be ing the liOth birthday of this most estimable lady, the affair being it surprise and many valuable gifts be ing received. Those present were the surviving children of Mrs. Greer. John Stern and wife, Hugh Daugh erty-md wife, Lon Gill, wife and children, Wirt Greer and family, Chas. Love, wife and children, Clin ton Greer, wife and children, John W. Greer, wife and family, W illiam Crooks, wife and nephew, Chas. Bar nett, of Muncie, Ind., Wm. Cole man and wife, Henry Carper, wife and grand-daughter, Mrs. John Chat ten. Mrs. Bird Chatten and daughter, Vinton Rice and wife, Thos. Rice and wife, Mrs. Martha Stern and sister, Augusta, Oliver Kent, wife a d family, Hiram Stephenson, of Muncie, Ind.., Mrs. Lclia Greer, John Greer, wife and family, Wm. Folden and wife, and Mr. Sayre, ot Jackson county, Orin l'ullin and wife. CHARTER GRANTED PROPOSED LINE TO RUN FROM POINT PLEASANT TO KANAWHA FALLS. Charleston, W. Va., July 30.?An electric railroad from Kanawha Falls to Point Pleasant on the north side of the Kanawha river and running j through Charleston has been started. ! Surveys are now well under way and a section about five miles long be- - twecn Charleston and the new indusr trial city of Dunbar will be built :is soon as surveys can be finished. The road, which the directors state will be built as soon as possible, is said to backed by unlimited capital and the j incorjjorators are well known to be among the most successful and weal thy business men in the southern end of the state. Several northern cap italists are said to also be interested in the pro|K)sition. This was n<jt de nied by Hon. Fred Paul Grosscup, when asked in regard to outside cap ital being also concerned in the en terprise. The charter, which was is sued several days ago but onlv re leased for publication yesterday after noon at the Secretary of State s of fice, is issued to the Kanawha & Ohio Valley Traction Company. The road which these gentlemen have planned to build will reach near ly 100,000 people in the Kanawha Valley and make the rich fanning ? country along its route tributary to Charleston and Point Pleasant. As soon as surveys are completed bids will be received for the construc tion work and the road pushed as rapidly .-is |>ossible to completion. "Yes, a number of gentlemen liave made the start to build an electric road to be known as the Kanawha Ohio Electric railroad. We have had two corps of engineers at work tor some time under the direction ol T. J. Carmack, making necessary sur vey^, maps and profilos, and we have nearly completed the same from Ka nawha Falls to Charleston, and will begin at Charleston Monday and go noth'toward Point Pleasant. Work will begin as soon as the engineers* work is completed and right-of-way secured. "They have, taking the syndicate as a whole, abundance of resources to carry out their plans, and every body will move. An English syndi : cate is already planning to buid an electric railway from Huntington to Point Pleasant along the Ohio river. Every business man and property holder can see what it will do for Point Pleasant. BIG FIRE AT FAIRMONT. Fairmont, ^. Va., July 31. Mononjjah, a mining town near here, ' was visited by a $100,000 fire this morning. Two blocks, twenty-one . buildings burned to the ?roun<l. ' Several bnildinjjs were dynamited to ] save the town. Very little insurance was carried by the property owners.