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The Point Pleasant register. [volume] (Point Pleasant, W. Va.) 1909-1939, October 27, 1909, Image 1

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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-'
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
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
The reply came back promptly,
"Has she any children?"
"How many?"
"Will I ever see her?"
"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
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:
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. 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!
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 !
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.
' 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
"How strange it seems, with so much
Of life and love, to still live on."
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
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
"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.
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
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. ?

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