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VOLUME 47. POEST PLEASA]ST. W. VA~ WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 27.
POINT LONG LOST SISTERS TO BE iEDNTTED?A TRUE STORY OF INTENSE INTEREST. Quite a romantic story has devel-1 oped in this county, says the Mid dleport Republican, with the Child ren's Home and Middleport as a set-' ting. Two orphan sisters, separated for 21 years, are about to be reunited, j The story, in detail, rivals the wild-, est flights and romance. In 1888 two little girls were taken to the Meigs County Children's Home from Portland, their parents being dead, their father being Hudson Ar- j nold, and their mother Virginia Bir cher Arnold. One, Pricey Arnold, was six years of age, and the other, Virginia Arnold, was four years of *ge On May +, 1888, Pricey was adopt ed from the Home by Dr. E. E. Musgrave, of Maggie, W. Va., a postoffice a short distance from Point Pleasant, in Mason county, where she resided until some fourteen vefcrs ago. One day in packing ^ggs, she jckingly wrote her name oiian egg. This particular box of eggs went up into Michigan and happened to fall into the hands of a Mr. Bushall, a young man then in the grocery busi ness in Marquette County, Michigan, j In a spirit of fun he wrote the little I West Virginia maiden, and in due course of time their friendship ripen-; ed into love and he came down from his northern home and they were married. They now live at Sherman, Mich., have a fine family of five children and have plenty of this world's goods. Virginia relates that she remem bers distinctly the day her sister was taken from the Home. It was a dark, rainy day, and Dr. Musgrave appeared in a closed cab. Pricey was made ready, kissed her little sister good bye, and was taken to the waiting cab. Those in charge would not permit her to go out, so I she stood on her tip-toes ut a win- i dow, with the tears streaming down her cheeks, and saw her sister being driven away in what she took to be a little house on wheels. Shortly afterward, Virginia was . taken from the Home by Mrs. Pow-1, ell, ol Clifton. Later she was adopt ed by Mrs. M. L. Lusker, of Hunt- , ington, mother of Mrs. John VV. k Glover, of Middleport. After reach ing womanhood, she went to Marion,, Ind., and for years was a nurse in the National Military Home there. One evening, three years and four months ago, she and several other; nurses, to amuse themselves, gather ed about a table and began calling up spirits in the regulation way. Finally, Virginia asked: "Have 1 a sister?"' She remembered that she once had a sister, and she further remembered that she had called her Pricey, but she could not recall whether it was i her real name or a nick name. The reply from the spirit was three raps, meaning "Yes." "Is she married?" was the next question. The reply came back promptly, "Yes." "Has she any children?" "Yes." "How many?" "Three." "Will I ever see her?" "Yes." "How long will it be?" "Three years." That was three years and four months ago. The sister now has1 five children. How many she had at that time is not known at this end \ of the line. From Marion Miss Virginia went to a nurse's training school at Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, where she graduated on December 10th of last year. A few weeks ago she came down from Michigan on a visit to the old institution at Marion, where she was offered and will accept a fine position. She concluded to come on to Huntington to visit her foster moth er. A few days ago they came on up to Middleport to -visit Mrs. Glover and family. All these rears she bent ^er energies to find her sister and was particularly strong in the search after her spiritualistic experience. Early this week she made a search of the Children's Home records, bv1 which she found out who had adopt ed her sister. Wednesday she and ; Mrs. Glover went down to the West Virginia Flats to. see whether or not > thev could unravel the mystery. At first they were balked by the fact that two Musgrave families in I that neighborhood had adopted child-: i from the Home. The first clew ' run down revealed the fact that it was a Hysell child that they were on j track of. A new track put them on the right course and they soon found out the history and postoffice address of the lost sister. They returned to Middleport where a long and loving letter was disjiatched to the Michi gan sister, stating the plans for an early reunion. A representative of this paper met' Miss Virginia at the home of Mr. Glover Thursday morning and gath ered the above story. She hesitated somewhat about permitting the egg! epsiode about her sister going in, but j we think it adds to the romantic features, will do no one any harm, and therefore set it down. Another strange feature of this storv is the fact that both foster mothers of these girls are now em- j ployed at the Home for Incurables at: Huntington. Miss \ irginia is a handsome young woman, well-traveled and used to the world, tall, well-built, round faced and with a fine head of beauti ful light hair. She remembers her! sister as a little girl with curls. Miss Arnold left for Huntington ! Thursday and from there goes to Ma- ' rion, where she will probably meet' her Michigan sister. MRS. JOSEPH MfflFR TOLL KNOWN KENOVA LADY PASSES AWAY. Mrs. Florence Miller, wife of Hon. Joseph S. Miller, died at her home in Kenova last Wednesday. Mrs. ' Miller had been ill since June, and I for several weeks her condition had 1 l>een regarded as being practically, hopeless. Yesterday morning, how- ! ever, she appeared to have become 1 stronger, and showed evidence ofim-' provement. This appearance proved deceptive, and early in the day Mrs. | Miller began to sink, and by 4:30' o'clock in the afternoon she was! dead. Mrs. Miller was. prior to her mar riage, Miss Florence Tice, of Hagers town, Md. In 1875 she was united in marriage with Joseph S. Miller, and during the more than thirty-four' years of their married life was ever a faithful and devoted wife. Two children were born, a daughter, Mrs. George D. Shelley, of Reidsville, N. C., and Lee A. Miller, of Baltimore. I For more than fifteen years Mrs. j Miller had resided with her husband and family at Kenova. During that time she formed a wide acquaintance with the people of this section of the state and had many friends in Hunt ington. The Miller home was coted for the genuineness and graciousness I of its hospitality. She was a thor- : oujrhly domestic woman and was' deeply devoted to her home and1 family. Hers was a beautiful ehar-1 acter and a beautiful life. And the husband and the children who srr vive her will receive all the greater pleasure of sympathy from.th^e who. judge their loss by an intimate know ledge of Mrs. Miller's worth as a wife and mother.?Huntington ! Advertiser. Mr. Xoah S. Vance, of Frazier's Bottom, was here Tuesday greeting j his many friends. M r. Vance was for a | long time one of our city fathers and J looked after the interests of the First W ard with a jealous eye, and made a good councilman. He is now en gaged in fanning and has plenty of this world's goods. W. T. BEATON PASSES AWAY VERY SUDDENLY AT PARKERSBURG. ' 9 W. T. Heat on, who has written ! the obituary of many of his friends, in which the good deeds of the de parted were extolled and words of comfort were said to their afflicted families, lies cold in death at the family home, 1807 Covert street, and expressions of sorrow and regret j over his death are heard on every : side, for he was a kind, genial and ' big-hearted man, the friend of every-' one. It was only a few days ago that he penned a beautiful tribute to his 1 friend, the late Rev. Father Hickey, | on' that was couched in language' that indicated the depth of kindly ? feeling that he experienced for the departed. . j Mr. Hcaton's death was due to a j stroke of apoplexy, which occurred | unexpectedly shortly after 10 o'clock Wednesday night. Although he had been quite ill two years ago, and; was confined to his home for several' months, since then he had been en-! joying; excellent health, apparently, as he never complained of feeling i badly. He was at his desk in the internal revenue office all day Wed-1 nesday, was in particularly good spirits, and left there at the close of j the day's work wjth no warning that! it would be his last day with his co- j workers. He ate a hearty supper, enjoyed it, and spent the evening ' with his family. In a few minutes j afterward he had a coughing spell! and soon complained of a smothering sensation. He arose and descended to the living room for a drink of water, Mrs. Heaton going with him. It was soon apparent that his condi tion was very serious, and neighbors and physicians were called. Mr. j Heaton spoke only a few words after; being stricken, and these were: "I: am going: it is all over." Then he lapsed into unconsciousness and in a few minijtes after the arrival of the physicians his death occurred. His j going was as in a gentle sleep, pain-; less. He was surrounded by the | members of his family, all of whom had been summoned.?Parkersburg Sentinel. "How strange it seems, with so much gone Of life and love, to still live on." NIGHT TRAIN OVER B. & 0. Huntington has won another big \ fight. A few weeks ago certain in- ? fiuential business men of Charleston, Wheeling and Parkersburg began ' agitating the question of a night | train between Pittsburg and Char leston, via Point Pleasant and the K. & M. Railway. When Huntington business men were advised of this plan, thev be came immediately active in an effort' to make Huntington the southern j terminus of the Pittsburg express, and the C. & O., instead of the K. & M., the connecting link between Huntington and Charleston. And Huntington won. Yesterday Dan A. Mossman, presi dent of the Huntington Chamber of: Commerce, received a letter from the officials of the Baltimore & Ohio rail way advising him that, after due consideration, they had decided to start the night train between Pitts burg and Charleston, when the new schedule becomes operative next month. The train will come direct to Huntington, the starting point for Pittsburg.?Huntington Adver- j tiser. Poison from mushrooms is frequent ly reported, but only ignorance and i prejudice prevent them from being an article of every day food. In ? Europe, declares the New York Press, there are some thirty or more kinds, ' which are eaten in summer either fresh orpickled in vinegar and oil by thousands of peasants. The money value of mushrooms far exceeds that | of any other vegetable or fruit. ; Mushrooms growing is profitable also 1 for the preparation of catsup. CHARLESTON TO BE DRY FOR ONE YEAR. Charleston, Capital City of West Virginia, will remain dry until July 1, 1910, at least. ! Friday afternoon at the Kanawha courthouse, when twenty members of. the Charleston city council said they' would vote dry on the license question! hereafter, Judges Shepherd andMot tesheard stated that the county court would not consider the license ques-: tion again during the present license | year, which expires on July 1, 1910. j On the call of the roll of thecoun- j cilmen, twenty members announced | that hereafter they would continue | to vote dry and it was upon this de cision of half the members of coun cil that the court announced its de termination not to grant liquor li censes during the present license. LOCKS AND DAMS. The Gallipolis Tribune has the fol lowing to tar concerning the work of; the engineers: Several new Locks and Dams for this territory were located Monday by the Pittsburg Pilot's Harbor 35. Dam 22 was located at Apple Grove, O., | along the farms of C. H. Chapman j and Robt. Sayre. Dam 23 was located j at Wolfs Bar one mile below Racine, O. Dam 2+ at Cheshire, and Dam 25 at either one quarter above the month of the Great Kanawha river or one quarter mile below. The pilots did not definitely decide the question. This will make 5 dams within fifty miles. Each dam will cost one mil lion dollars or more. The fruit growing industry in West Virginia is not only proving attraction to our own people; but thousands of dollars of money is being brought in to the state for investments in or chards. In common with other or ganizations of the state the Berkeley countv Horticultural Society is en deavoring to establish such standards for West Virginia fruit and to so ad vertise her fruit growing advantages as to attract capital for the develop ment of the thousands of acres of the finest fruit lands now lying dormant. ODD FELLOWS HOME HAS BEEN ACCEPTED FROM CONTRACT ORS. ? The building committee of the Odd Fellows Home at Elk ins on Wednes day formally accepted the new home from the contractor, C. P. Howell, j The committee is composed ofj Hon. O. S. McKinnev, Hon. Septi- ( mus Hall, John Bock, John Becklev ! and Morris Chapman, and the com mittee from the state assembly is Mrs. T. M. Silcott, of Parkersburg, and Mrs. Sadie Ruttencutter, of Ma son City. Grand Master J. D. Mar steiler and the other grand officers of the grand lodge met with the com- : mittee, also Mrs. John Currence, or Clarksburg, who is president of the state assembly, and other grand of ficers of the same. The committee lias a n"mber of, important duties to perform in addi- I tion to that of receiving the building. from the contractor. Among them I will be to select a superintendent for the home to arrange for the furnish-: ing of the home in a manner in keep ing with the splendid building pre paratory to receiving those who will | seek admission. It is not generally known who | will be selected as superintendent but it is predicted by many that Hon Septimus Hall, of New Martinsville, j will be callcd upon to fill that im-' portant position. Mr. Hall is past grand master and has been actively j identified with every proposition! working towards the building of the; home from its first inception to its completion and he is therefore class ed as being the best equipped Odd ! Fellow for the place in the state and ; his appointment would be received with approbation by the thousands of [Odd Fellows throughout W. Va. ! POINT PLEASANT BATTIENOT a REVOLUTIONARY BAT TIL Yesterday the Mail printed an ar ticle disputing the claim that the bat tle of Point Pleasant was a battle of the Revolutionary, war. Col. Henir Hammond, of Clarksburg, a West I Virginia historian, was quoted to the I effect that investigation into contem porarv records showed that the bat- j tie was fought by the loyal troops of' King George, and that Lord Dun more was praised by all his contem poraries for the part he took in the war with Cons talk. Evidently, at the time of the battle, there 'was commendation for Lord Dunmoreand not criticism. The "Old Dominion was at that time still loyal to Brit ain, and still deserved the title con ferred as a special reward for her loyalty. The idea of trcacheiy on the part nf Lord Dunmore and his allegeg de sire to see the Virginians defeated at the Point in order to embarrass the I colonies afterwards to engage in the 1 struggle for independence, was an ' tfter thought of the colonists afterj the struggle broke out and Lord' Dunmore adhered to the rovalist cause. In the hatred and prejudice that war and intense political strife engenders, following the attempts of Lord Dunmore to embarrass the Rev olutionists, all his previous acts were searched and, as is usual in such cases, the worst interpretation has ilwa.vs been placed upon every act, ?nd probably innocent acts in them selves were afterwards made to have 1 meaning and intent not really their jwn. * < It is doubtful if any of the Roy slists had any idea that there would l>e a revolt of the colonies until the storm actnally broke; until, like a clap of thunder out of a clear sky, the first gun was fired at Lexington that rang around the world, caused the irreparable breach, and fired the hearts of the colonists. Great Brit- ' lin had heard the complaints of the colonies before, many times andoft :n, and the very fact of her persist snt course in oppressive measures | rould argue that the dissatisfaction >f the colonists was underestimated md that the British government had 10 fears of a revo't. Granted that the battle of Point I Pleasant was not a real Revolution- l iry fight, it yet loses none of its im- ! ^ortance. While it had no bearing I >n the breaking out of the struggle, < ind was fought with men wearing the British uniform, bearipg the c British colors, and officered by men I >f sworn allegiance to the British . King against enemies of the British, ? it had yet an important bearing on the Revolutionary struggle soon to comt ?fterwards. For, the victory of Point Pieasantcowed the spirit and broke4 the confederacy of Indian tribes that, had not this been the case, might have affected that contest adversely had they been free to attack the col-! 'mists in the rear while opposing the British regulars in front. In push ing the boundaries of the pale face from the Alleghanies to the Ohio, it inaugurated the first of that "West ward, Ho! movement which has since gone continually on, until the Mississippi has been crossed, the alkaline desert conquered, the Rock ies scaled, Hawaii annexed, and the Philippines taken under the shadow and protection of the wing of the American eagle. That it saved the people of what is now West Virginia from massacre while its stalwart marksmen were with Washington in the east, or winning at King's Moun tain, that won that battle that prov-; ed the turning point in the Revolu tion, and that foreshadowed the end of British rule over the colonists, is honor and glory enough, without any straining to make it appear a con test, that at best, isapochrvphaland will hardly stand the test of critical history. It may be possible that the dis tinguished Virginians who were the contemporaries of Lord Dun more were mistaken when they praised him for his defense. of the western' border against the savages, and that : they did not read his act's and mo tives aright until their eyes were open ed by the. after event*-of- the Revo? | lotion, by making allowance for pre? i judice and the natural tuspicion that attaches to the acts of an enemy, with the likewise not unnatural in clination to blacken the memory of a. bitter foe, the historican must care fully weigh all the facts before com ing to a conclusion; and in.this case*. 5 .with all the facts, it is hard to figure? out how the Point Pleasant battle, was a Revolutionary struggle. Had1 it gone adversely, it is still probable that the battle of Lexington would have occurred just as it did, and that the result of that first fight would, - have had the same effect. The only, bearing the battle at the Point couVK - have had, would have been the poss? . ible after effect on the result of the.-. Revolutionary War, and this is invad ing a province that is distinctly in the hands of Providence.?Charles? ton Mail. WHAT MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT MEANS'. In an address before the Mayor's^ Association ofTexas, held in San An? ( gelo. Jewel P. Lightfoot, assistant at torney-general of the Lone Star State, emphasized the need of un biased administration. Said he: "if there is a place above another in our system of government calling" for the exalted and unbiased admin istration of law' and unselfish devo tion for the public weal, it is in the exercise of the wide powers and dis cretion vested in munidgaal govern ment. "in order to secure the people the? full enjoyment of their rights, the highest efficiency and cconomy should be employed and it should be the aia? to return to the people the largest possible proportion of their taxes inr the form of substantial and perma nent improvements. ESCAPE )F GENERAL JOHN MORGAN FROM OHIO' PENITENTIARY. Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 21.?"Two Columbus women, whose names I re fuse to divulge, paid $30,000 in gold to secure the release of General John H. Morgan and bis companions, the famous Southern raiders, who were i-onfined in the Ohio Penitentiary,'" was the startling statement made to day by Capt. John B. Gibson, of the first Kentucky Cavalry, Union army, during the Civil War, and who helped i-apture Morgan in Ohio. Captain Gibson states that the hole was dug in the cell, and the tun nel made clear past their chamber,, but it was a bluff. The prisoners were simply turned loose by the soldiers who guarded them, and when they got outside the walls they were hastily driven to a place where they changed clothes. Morgan was then quickly sent out of the state to the South. Gibson says the money for -Morgan'-c release was raised by Southern women sympathizers, who considered it terri ble that Morgan should be confined in the little cell in prison stripes. Gibson futher states that Morgan's three brothers, now living in Ken tucky, have the whole story of his escape and will verify his statement. Pocahontas county paid bounty on 31 wildcats killed last year. It amounted to $92.50 at Si. 50 for each cat. These were the real thing, too ?not house cats run wild. There are probably more bear, deer and wildcats in the wilds of Pochontas county than in any other connty in. the State. Back in along the A lie gheny range there are many spot where the foot of man has nevertrod " and the eye of God has never pen? trated.?West Virgiuia News. Indian summer and squaw winter don't_mix very well. ?