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The Point Pleasant register. (Point Pleasant, W. Va.) 1909-1939, September 01, 1909, Image 1

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A prominent state official, and on<
whose activities give him an excellent
opportunity to judge of % est V ir
ginia's growth and development, de
clared in the hearing of a well knowr
Huntington man that the census oi
1910 will give West Virginia an.ad
ditional congressman, increasing the
total delegation in the lower house
from five to six, says the Huntington
Advertiser. Since such a discovery
would necessitate a complete rear
rangement or the political map oi
the state and would, at the time,
jeopardize the fortunes of a number
of men who seem, under the present
arrangement, to have the promise of
indefinite tenures, this declaration
has had the effect of creating a wave
of agitation among the politicians.
The redistrictin" of the state for
congressional purposes would proba
bly be followed by a general rear
rangement, which would include
state senatorial districts and judicial
The readjustment of the congres
sional districts and the admission oi
an additional division would be
fraught with problems which would
take much nice calculating to figure
out the satisfaction of the regnant
politicians. The first consideration
would be to determine upon a course
of procedure which would insure six
republican congressmen from West
Virginia. Second to this decidera
tum would be that of pursuing a
course which would leave unruffled
the feathers of the five congressmen
now in office, and build up the new
district out of the counties or situ
ted geographically as to leave Hub
bard in the First district, and leave
him dominant in the counties re
served to the First, with a similar
course of treatment for Sturgiss,
Woodvard, Gaines and Hughes.
Mr. Gaines would, of course, in
sist upon having the big majority of
Fayette kept at his back, while our
own Mr. Hughes would not cheer
fully acquiesce in any arrangement
which would rob him of McDowell s
ever ready largest of republican
There are manifold reasons to be
lieve that the census of 1910 will
show a population sufficient to en
title the state to an additional con
gressman. There are just as many
reasons to believe that a highly in
teresting political situation will fol
low this discovery.
Manager Register:
Dear Sir:?In your issue of the
25th, there is an article "Of Interest
to Notaries," signed by the clerk of
the circuit court. This article is of
interest to all Notaries in this State
and as I myself am a Notary Public
"of and for the County of Mason,"
apjxtinted by the Hon. Wm. A.
McCorkle, when Governor of the
State "for life or during good be
havior," I for one would like to
know how, and by what right our
commissions can be taken away from
us on the Slst day of Dec. 1909, by
the action of any body of Legisla
tors. I understand that new Com
missions will have to be applied for
and a fee paid for them considerably
larger than we paid originally. It
is hardly a "square deal" towards
us and I believe we could hold out
commissions; certainly if we would
unitedly contest this scheme foi
getting more funds for our "tax re
form legislature.'" I would be glad
to hear from other Notaries of this
State through the columns of th<
Yours, with a Notary Public Seal,
Hegiiter 11.00 ? year.
: The Fortieth Annual Convention
t! or the Grand ''Lodge Knights of
? Pythias of West Virginia will convene
? at Odd Fellows Temple, on Fifth
i Street in the City of Parkersburg, on
ft the 8th day of September. This
Convention will be attended by two
hundred and twenty-five Grand
Lodge delegates and possibly as
many more Past Chancellors and
members of the Order, and will be
I the most interesting Convention in
the history of the Grand Lodge, as
' many very important matters will
come before it including a revision of
; the Grand Lodge Statutes.
The Grand Temple of Pythian
Sisters will also assemble in Parkers
burg at the same time, and from
present indications it will be attend
ed by far the greatest number ever
, in attendance.
The Uniform Rank will go into
I camp in the same city on Labor Day,
: September 6th. The formal opening,
taking place at 4 p. m., at which
j short addresses will be made by
Major General Arthur J. Stobbart,
'of St. Paul, Minnesota; Brigadier
General Chas. A. Barlow, of Ben
! wood; Mayor W. B. Pedigo and J. j
! W. Vanderwort, ' of Parkersburg. j
' Fully one thousand officers and Sir
Knights are expected in this camp.
Several companies will come from
. Man-land and Ohio. Athens Com-,
pany has agreed to have seventy-five j
men at the opening of camp. The
camp site is an ideal one, right in ;
the city, and will i*>ssess all the
comforts to be found in a in camp,
including good meals, right on the
ground, at twenty-five cents, water,
electric light, telephone and street
l car service. A Brigade Band of one j
j .hundred musicians will give concerts^
each night on a large band stand
right in camp. They will remain in;
camp throughout the entire week I
and on Friday the competitive drills I
will begin, in which some ten or j
twelve companies have entered. ;
Over seven hundred dollars in prizes ,
will be given away. First prize, j
j$175.00; second, $lsi5.00; third,
$75.00; biggest company in camp, j
1 $50.00: best appearing company in j
parade, $50.00 Line Officer's Sabre j
to Giptain of Company whose quar- j
ters are kept in best shape through
out the Encampment. Field Officer s
Sabre to the Colonel who has the j
great?est number of his command in
i camp. Line Officer's Sabre to the
best Company Commander. A silk .
, flag to the regiment winning great-'
J est number of orderlies at Guard
Mount. A flag to the regiment win
. ning the Tug of^ar. Many other
prizes in gold to the tallest and short-!
' est man in camp, the winner of the'
fat man's and the lean man s race, j
I Merchants will also give many prizes
I away. The big Street Parade on
September 9th will be the finest |
! military spectacle ever seen in Park
i ersburg.
1 Persons desiring any kind of in-'
1 formation should address \fc . E. Price,
Chairman, or L. \ . G. Morris. Sec
retary of the Executive 'Committee,
! Parkersburgs W. Va. Parkersburg is
| making great preparations to receive
their visitors, and anyone who ever
j visited Parkersburg knows there is a
good time in waiting for all who
; attend.
The game here last Sunday be
tween the home team and Miners
ville resulted in a victory for Point
Pleasant by a score of 3 to 1.
The Teddy Bears, colored, de
feated the Y. M. C. A. club, color
ed, of Huntington, last Sunday, by a
score of 9 to S. The Teddy Bears
have at last atruck their gait and are
going some.
' Mr. D. N. Folden accidentally
mashed his foot the other day and is
suffering much pain.
. L*Ut Day, Monday, September
j 6th will be an event of considerable
importance at Parkersburg. The
| principal event of the day will be the
annual Automobile race meet given
under the auspices of the Automo
bile Club of Parkersburg. The well
known Shattuck PVrk with it* splen
did unexcelled track' has been secur
ed as the place for the meet, and in
ail the country there could not be
found a place so admirably selected
for an event of this kind.
; The Paricersburg Antomobile peo
ple are making every possible effort1
to make this meet one long to be re-1
merabered and the important event
of the year. Some very celebrated i
drivers have been engaged and the j
races promise to be interesting and j
! exciting.
Many purses and prizes have been :
: offered which will lend considerable
j interest to the occasion. The merch
ants in Parkersburg are showing their '
interest by offering valuable cups and
trophies as an incentive to the local
motor enthusists to participate.
Automobile men from all the oth- i
er cities within a reasonable radios of
Parkersburg will be in attendance.
Several different Automobile -eon-1
cerns are interested and will have on |
display at this meet their 1910 mod- j
els. So this race meet will not be '
only a racing event, but also an Au
tomobile show to a certain extent.
Parkersburg has perhaps as many
Automobile enthusists as any other,
city in the country when population j
is considered. The railroads have ar-,
ranged to give special rates, and by j
reason of Parkersburg's convenient1
location and its accessability an i
.attendance will, be >r ib, cxcess oil
The best music obtainable has been
engaged. Tie Parkersburg Automo
bile people intend to make this not
only a racing event but a gab. day.
and this notice is an invitation to1
every Automobile owner and enthu
siastic to attend and contribute to
the success of the affair. The pro- j
ceeds will be used for the improve- j
inents of good roads and highways,
and for this reason every person "in
terested in good roads should attend.
Governor Glasscock has signified
his intention to be in Parkersburg on
that day. The Governor is for good
roads, first, last and always, and a j
mighty staunch friend of the Auto- j
mobile men. The Hon. Chas. P.
light, State Highway Commission-!
er, a live wire in the good roads!
cause will make an address outlining
the splendid work under way for the
promotion of good roads and high
Those desiring any further infor
mation will address the Automobile
.Club, of Parkersburg.
^ Geo. E. Belsches, postmaster at!
j Station A, Charleston, committed1
; suicide at his home on Columbia ave- j
| nue, Thursday evening by shooting
himself through the head. He had
been a sufferer from Brighfs disease
for some time, which affected his
mind. He went home and threat-!
ened to kill his wife, so that they
would both die together. She es
caped. After going around the house,
presumably looking for his wife, he
remarked: "See how easy it is," as :
he fired the fetal shot.
Postmaster Frank J. Hudson aud
ited the accounts of Geo. E. Belches, j
who committed suicide, and the ac
counts were found correct in every
detail. Belches for thirteen years
was postmaster at Station A in West
Charleston and was an efficient offi
A couple was arrested in New
York recently on a charge of "hug
ging in public." They ought to
come to Point Pleasant.
? "
Wheeling, \V. Va.,Aug. 27.?Ar
! thur Brown, negro murderer of Rob t.
| Shannon, of McDowell county, paid
j the penalty of death for his fiendish
: crime on the scaffold at the Mounds
; ville penitentiary this afternoon at
15:10 o'clock.
The negro, who since his incarcer
ation in the penitentiary, gained the
reputation of being the coolest crim
inal ever penned behind the gray
j walls of the institution, maintained
| his cool and indifferent composure un
J til the end. After smoking a 25
i cent cigar in company with Captain
I of the Guards C. G. Dawson in the
| death cell, the negro cooly announc
ed that he was ready to start the
! death march to his doom.
Brown, arm in arm with Captain
Dawson, started on the march at 5
o'clock, followed by Prison Chaplain
Sanford, Warden J. E. Matthews,
Lieut. Bloyd, Prison Guard Knight,
and James Larkin, of Charleston,
president of the board of control.
Brown ascended the scaffold unassist
ed and stood motionless while the
strajis about his feet were being ad
The condemned man uttered not a
word, his lips being sealed together,
and, with one hand dn the negro,
Captain Dawson with the other hand
touched the electric button which
sent the negro to eternity.
The prisoner fell a distance of sev
en feet and was pronounced dead by
the prison physician, Dr. Peck, six
minutes after the trap was sprung.
Brown made a full confession of
the crime in the death ccll this morn
ing .to-Captain Dawson and seemed
.content with the justice accorded Itiui.
Here ii a brief story of thp crime
for which Brown was executed: Com
mitted last April at Welch, McDow
ell county, the victim being Ro!>ert
Shannon, an eighteen year old white
Brown accosted Shannon in a lone
ly out of the way place and deliber
ately sent a bullet through the boy's
brain when the latter refused to give
up his money.
Brown then pilfered the pockets of
his victim and secured $15, and made
to a saloon, where he was later ar
He was sentenced to be hanged
by Governor Glasscock, on the ISth
of June, being found guilty of mur
der in the first degree, but was later
granted a stay until the 27th of this
Isaac Yates, found guilty of crimi
nally assaulting his daughter, will be
hanged on the !>th of December.
When Captain Dawson touched the
electric button that sent the con
demned Brown to his doom, it was
the twelfth man that has been hang
ed since he was connected with the
Mrs. M. J. Hayman died at her
home at Letart, W. Va., Sunday,
August 29. 1909, at 2 o'clock a. m.,
and was buried at Letart, O., yester
day. Mrs. Hayman was a good wo
man in all the words imply, and the
world is much better through the in
fluence of her christian, charitable
life. She was the mother of four
children, one son and five daughters,
viz: Mr. W. E. Hayman, and Mrs.
Ada Varian, of this city, Mrs. Anna
Alexander, Miss Margaret Hayman,
and Mrs. Flora Martin, the latter
having preceded her to the Great
Beyond some four years ago. Mrs.
Hayman was in her 81st year. We
extend sympathy to the bereaved
Uhrig, the Jeweler, has gone into
bankruptcy and the jewelry store in
this city is the hands of the Referee.
We hope that everything may be
satisfactorily adjusted.
i '
In a Labor Day proclamation is
sued, Gov. Glasscock asks for an ob
1 servance of that day in honor of tlic
men who toil, statins the citizenry
I is interested in the maintenance of
the cordial relations between era
! plover and employee. The procla
1 mation is as follows:
A Proclamation by the Governor:
The law-making body of West Vir
ginia has wisely set apart as a legal
holiday the first Monday, in Septem
ber of each year and djngnated the
same as Labor Day, tMCe??re,.
I, William E. Glassc^KpGovernor
of said state, do hcreby^E$$un> that
is Labor Day and a lfggjSB&dny in
j West VirginU, and I onmVsrly ree
' ommend that on that dnv all places
< of business in this state be closed and
that the day be observed by all our
citizens in such a way as will do
i proper honor to those who toil in our
; mines, factories, mills, workshops
| and other places. Let us not forget
] that the laboring man has contribu
; ted his full share to our achievements
in the past and that much depends
: on him as to our future growth and
i greatness. The employer and em
! ployee have a common interest, each
is dependent on the other, and the
better the one understands the other
the better it is for both, and the
citizenship of this state is interested
in having the most friendly and cor
? dial relation exist between the two.
Given under my hand and the
Great Seal of the State, at the
Capitol in the city of Charles
ton, in the year of Our Lord,
nineteen hundred and nine,
and in the forty-seventh year
of the State.
Secretary of State.
Huntington, W. Va., Agu. SI.?
Application for a franchise to con
struct a bridge across the Ohio river
?it this point was filed here today by
attorneys for the Huntington and
Northern railway.
This road, it is said, is to be financ
ed by the Baltimore & Ohio and a
liranch will be extended up Synims
Creek, in Lawrence county, O., con
necting with the C. H. & D. rail
road and giving an outlet to the
lakes for the vast mineral output ot
West Virginia.
Surveys of the pro|x>sed line have
already been completed.
The remains of Mrs. W. H.Tom
linson, who died at Wellston, Ohio,
August 23, 1909, were brought to
this city on August 25, and interred
in Lone Oak cemetery, a large con
course of friends and relatives follow
ing her remains to her last resting
place by the side of her deceased
husband. Her remains were accom
panied here from Wellston by Dr. W.
S. Hoy and wife and son Carl, her
daughter, Mrs. J. A. Clark and
daughter, Miss Mina M. Clark and
Frankie Tomlinson. Mrs. Tomlin
son's maiden name was Ellen Bar
net t, and has many relatives in this
county who will keep, her memory
green, and we, with hosts of others,
extend our sympathy to the family.
At the home of Mrs. John Bracy,
Friday evening, Mr. Frank Johns
and Miss Lottie Barrett, both of
Newark, Ohio. The happy couple
left on the B. & O. for Huntington
: to visit her uncle, Mr. John Wamsley,
and family.
Laredo, Tex., Aug. 2?.?Direct
communication with Monterey was
resublishcji bv the' Associated Press
?t 10:50 to-night.
The o|>erator at that point states
that the number of [dead will reach
1,200, nnd the night was one of
^cso'*t'on Jnd darkness. .
waters of the Santa Cat
arins-wer continuedjOT their rapid
coarse throughout the* night and to
add to the horror of the situation
rain commenced to fall and caused
unto'd suffering to the thousands of
homeless persons, who had congre
gated to the various plazas.
The destructive flood, due to the
continued fall of rain for the past 96
hours, swept everything before it and
hardly a vestige is left of what was a
fc?-days ago a conglomeration of
small huts swarming with
belonging to the poorer classes.
The flood rcnchpd its crest between
1 and S o'clock Saturday morning.
Many families were swept to death
with hardly a chance for their lives.
With the onrush of the waters, pan
| demonium reigned and as the victims
were swept from their homes on the
tops of which many had sought shel
ter, never anticipating that the wa
ter would reach an unprecedented
height, pitiful appeals for assistance .
could be heard by those on higher .
ground, but aid of any kind was im
Last night every effort was mode
to shelter the homeless. The police
station, many hotels, clubs and or
ganizations were placed at thc^dis
posnl of the authorities. Though
jniost of the w?mcn and children were : j$
.thus,cared for, m*n competed .
to sleep in the <>r>en.
Already many bodies have been re
covered. A semi-reliable authority
<a.vs that 400 bodies had been re
covered up to noon today. N? at
tempt had been made to bur)' them.
I'itiful scenes are reported among the
women and children. Many women
have been separated from their hus
bands,mothers from their children,
without knowledge of their where
It is understood that an appeal for
aid has gone out from the city of
Monterey. According to this infor
mation, the consul has made this ap
i (teal in the name of the American
colony of Monterey.
Monterey is one of the most pro
gressive cities in the republic.
j Fully 15,000 people are homeless
I and are being cared for by the city
I government in the best way possible.
At noon today 5,000 people were
given bread, coffee and soup at tW
municipal offices, but there are many
more on the south side of the river
still at flood stage. Conservative es
timates of the property loss pL-.ee the
figures at ?^0,000,000.
All through the day and up to late
tonight bodies have been taken from
the defris and ruins in the jwth of
the flood. More than 500 have been
rescued from the flood.
The greatest loss of life occurred
Saturday morning between the hours
of 9 and 11 o'clock when the large
buildings on the south side of the
river commenced to crumble and fall.
Many of the houses had from 100
to S00 people on their roofs and all
disappeared in the flood. In school
building on the south side of the riv
er 90 women and children were
drowned when the walls of the build
ing collapsed.
? . ' pfli
Today, September 1, is the birth
day anniversary of Mrs. C. A. Smith,
mother of Mr. C. B. Smith, of this
city. She is 82 years old prides
herseif on being hale and hearty and
able to work. May she live to enjoy
many more milestones on life's jour
ney. .

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