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POINT PLEAS m m VOLUME 47. POINT PLEASANT. W. VA. WEDXESDAV. NOVEMBER 24.1909. NO. 20 GOVERNMENT WINS AGAINST STANDARD OIL CO?IT1S OR DERED DISSOLVED. St. Paul, Minn., Nov. 20.?The Government wins its suit against the Standard Oil Co. The United States Circuit Court today held that the Standard Oil Company of New Jer sey was an illegal corporation and or dered that it be dissolved. This case was heard in tfie United States Cir cuit Court at St. Louis on April 1, 1909, by Circuit Judges Sanborn, Vandeventer, Hook and Adams. Judge Sanborn, of St. Paul, presid ing judge, wrote the opinion and de cree in which all the judges concur and sent them ' with the concurring opinion of Judge Hook, to Judge Adams at St. Louis, who filed them and entered decree in that city this morning. The case was one of the most no- . table in the history of the nation on account of the important industrial and legal questions and the valuable financial interests it involves. Judge Sanborn, in his decision, says: "This suit was brought by the United States to enjoin the Standard Oil Company, a New Jersey corpora tion, and about seventy subsidiary corporations and seven individual de fendants from continuing an alleged illegal combination in restraint of commerce among the several states, in the District of Columbia, in the territories and with foreign nations in violation of the Sherman anti-trust act of July 2, 1890. Congress has power under the commerce clause of the Constitution to regulate and re strict the use in commerce, of the method of holding title to property, and of every other instrumentality employed in that commerce so far as it may be necessary to do so in order to prevent the restraint thereof de- ^ nounced by the Sherman anti-trust act. Seven defendants and the Stan dard Oil Company of New Jersey owned a majority of the stock of 19 other corporations and those twenty corporations controlled many other corporations. Each of these corpor ations was engaged in some part of the business of producing, buying refining, transporting and selling pe troleum and its products, and they were conducting about SO per cent of the business of purchasing, refining, transporting and selling petroleum and its products in this country. T1 e, Standard Oil Co. has prevented and is still preventing competition in com merce among the states, and with ' foreign nations in violation of the anti-trust act of 1890, and the Gov- j eminent is entitled to an injunction against the further continuance and operation thereof. The decree en joined the seven individual defend ants, the Standard Oil Co. and its subsidiary .corporations from continu- . ing to carry into effect the illegal combination they formed, and forbids them from continuing in interstate commerce until they discontinue their illegal combination. " The decree takes effect SO days i from the date of its filing unless sus- i ]>endcd by appeal to the Supreme Court. St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 20.?The de cree of dissolution in the Standard Oil case takes effect in SO days, un less suspended by an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York, Nov. 20.?It is author- j itativelv announced by officers of the , Standard Oil Company that an ap peal will be taken from the decision of the United States Circuit Court, as that had been the general under standing between council on both sides of the suit. New York, Nov. 20.?News of the order dissolving the Standard Oil Co. caused an outbreak of liquidation on the Stock Exchange and there were general declines of anywhere from 1 j o 4 points in the general list. The Register is only.jfl.00 a year. LOOKING BACKWARD. As we look backward on the year, ! ?nd on the /ears, why should we be (thankful? For life, its pictures, its enjoyments, its good; for its sor rows and disapointments even, for j are they not often 0f the minis try of heaven to make us better? For friends, for parents, for wife, for children, and for the Great Friend who leaves not when others some times foil. For the kindly fruits of the earth which have come to us, the products of our labor conjoined with thebless >nc of God. For who of us, of him ? self alone, can make one ear of corn, one leaf? For our fathers who won for us the right of self-government. Far peace and the prospect of great er peace must we as a nation give thanks. A wide peace which will forever brood over the three nations on this continent giving an example iuid inspiration to the less favorably situated peoples of the old world, and lifting them up wc hope to its emula tion. For the spirit of progress, for the reform of old evils, for the pruning of corruption from the body politic we can give thanks; not only for good acomplished but for the augurv of greater and better thinks to come. For our churches and our schools, j and for the millions <jf happy pure homes which dot this continent. For I the fact that we are not a nation of j the payt, a decaying nation, but a! nation of the present and the future. ! Far the great openings up of Na ture s wondrous secrets which seem now to be coming upon us. For larger, cleaner, healthier thought, and for the old truth, old and even new, that this God is our God for ever and ever. He will be our guide even unto death?Tyler Star. THROUGH TRAINS A LOSING YENTURE. j Railroad men discuss the night trains on the O. R. Division, which became effective last Sunday at mid night, are satisfied that it will be a losing proposition from the start and they have their doubts if it will be maintained after it is given a fair trial and it is found to be a losing venture. These men figure that the addition al expense will be so great that the travel will not justify it. They say, that it will necessitate a night tick- i et agent at this point and also one at Point Pleasant. It will also ne cessitate additional crews, and :hose ' men who reside here and had through runs will be compelled to move else where. The. exact time of the arrival and ' departure of the throngh trains has not yet been definitely announced, as it was expectcd to have a further conference during the week among j the officials before the schedule was j printed ?Parkersburg Sentinal. BOLD BURGLAR ENTERS J. ff. C. HESLOFS HOUSE LAST FRIDAY NIGHT. At about 10:30 o'clock last Fridav night, while Mr. J. W. C. Heslop and family were up stairs, a burglar entered the house and proceeded to! ransack the drawers and closets on ! the lower floors. While the family' heard the noise they thought it to be their son, Mr Robert Heslop, but I upon hearing an unusual noise as of; the rattling of silverware Mrs. Heslop' went to the head of the stairs and called, when the robber immediately j started up stairs toward her. Mr. Heslop had secured his revolver and its persuasive influence compelled ? the thief to back down the stairs aud j out at the front door. Officer Foglc song was telephoned and took up the ? the search and found the gentlemen on First street. He was taken back to the Heslop residence where he was at once identified and was locked j in jail. He was taken before Justice1 Edwards Tuesday and in default of Si,000 bond was remanded till court, j He gave, his name as Thomas Foley. | COURT HOUSE BURNS RECORDS ARE LOST HCENDUSY FIRE BURNS BUILDING AT HMQJH Huntington, W. V?., No*. 19? The Lincoln court boose, located at Hamlin, SO miles south of this city, was completely destroyed by fire early this morning. All the records of the county and circuit clerk's offit.es were destroyed, including deed books, jh-sehold records and hundred of un recorded instruments. The fine library of Prosecuting Attorney Steed, located in the court house, perished. The fire will vitally affect land titles in Lincoln county, since there is not the slighest vestige of a record left. The destruction of law and chancery records in the circuit clerk's office i will materially affect a number of im i portant suits. Nothing was saved i from any of the offices. The fire is believed to have been of incendiary origin. The destruction of the land books will lead to almost endless litigation and will jeapordize hundreds of titles. Rival oil and gas companies have been fighting for pos session of large tracts of Liucoln county lands and thousands of acres are in litigation at present. Huntington, W. Va., Nov. 22.? After being trailed by bloodhounds for over thirty miles Joe and John Adkins were arrested near Griffiths ville, in Lincoln county, Saturday night, on suspicion of being the part ies who applied the torch to the Lin coln county court house, Friday morn ing. Owing to the intense feeling which prevails at Hamlin, the prison ers were not takcn?to jail, but were brought to Huntington Sunday for safekeeping. SMALLPOX IN OIL FIELD. Griffithsville, one of the best known oil centers of West Virginia, is in the throes of a smallpox scare. It has become so bad that the pipe line company is having trouble in keeping men at work there and operations in the oil fields have been brought al most to a standstill, according to a report which has been received by lo cal oil men who are more or less in terested in that section of the state, | says the Marietta Register. Griffithsville is in Lincoln county I and quite an oil and gas field exists in that vicinity. Smallpox broke out about a week ago and since then, several cases developed. A large number of men were exposed and have since left the vicinity. Gover nor Glasscock, of West Virginia, was appealed to and has sent a member of the state board of health there to investigate conditions. ARSON IN JACKSON COUNTY. On White Oak, in this county, a dwelling house was destroyed by what is supposed to be an incendiary fire. Carney and Counts were sum moned with their bloodhounds and hastened to the scene. They claim to have found a trail which was pur sued to the residence of Lex Davis. Warrents were sworn out out by a Mr. Harper, the owner of the prop erty destroyed, against Lex Davis, his wife and one Charley Dixon, who were taken before Squire Walker. The hearing was contined until Sat urday.?Ripley Mountyineer. CAN SELL RABBITS. A question has arisen among the hunters as to whether or not the new state game law prohibits the sale of rabbits. One section of law says that it is unlawful to sell or offer for sale or to purchase any of the game or birds covered by the law. But another section states that what is meant bv game in the law is deer and squirrel. The birds covered by the law are al so named in this section. But no mention of rabbits is made in the sec tion and some of the hunters have construed the law as meaning that it is lawful to sell, rabbits. Wfll CHALLENGE I New York, Nov. 18.?Before sail ing for Europe today on the Lnsitan ia, Sir Thomas Lipton authorized the statement through the United Press that he would possibly challenge for the America's cup again, the races to be held in 1911. Sir Thomas was evidently stung by the inspired statement by a high of- j ficial of the New _ York Yacht Club, I who intimated in plain terms that j Sir Thomas was not sincere in his desire to challenge for the cup. The challenge will come in official j form through the Royal Ulster Yacht, Club, of which Lipton is a member.; Sir Thomas declined to say when the j official challenge would be forwarded.j He added that the challenge he is: prepared to send will be accepted. __ CHERRY CREEK MINE DISASTER 310 BEN ENTRAPPED IN THE ST. PAUL; COAL MINE AT CHERRY, ILL Saturday, the 13th inst., at the I St. Paul Coal Mines, at Cheey, 111., an explosion ocourred shortly after 12 o'clock, noon, that shut up .in the bowels of the earth 310 men and boys. The supposed cause of the explo sion was that a careless miner had thrown a torch on a bundle of hay used to feed the mules stationed in the mine. No attention was given i the smouldering hay for a few min utes. Then two miners threw the burning mass on a cart and started toward the main shaft, about 150 feet away. Before it was reached a small explosion occurred and in a few minutes the entrance to the vein from the shaft was filled with smoke and flames. All hope was finally abandoned of finding a living soul in in the mine, and even doubted that anything but the bones of the entombed men would | even be recovered, therefore, like an electric shock came the news, last j Saturday that 22 men, who had; walled themselves in an apartment to escape the fire and gasses, J>ad been found alive. The troops were powerless to re strain the madly excited populace,: who broke through the guards and crowded around the mouth of the slope as the men were brought to the surface. The discovery that the men were alive was most accidental. They had been drinking seepage water and pounding on the wall to make the 1 water drip down. The noise of the pounding was heard by the rescuers and the work of reaching them was begun. The live men were first discovered by Supt. Powell of Braccville, Illinois. When the men were reached some of j them were talking and jokeing and apparently were partly demented from terrible experience. The men were found at 2 o clock. The relief corps, chopping its way through the second vein toward the south end, heard the cries that nerv ed them to superhuman strength, Ahead of the rescuers was a pile of debris that blocked their progress, i The cries come from behind it. They chipped it away with, frenzied j strength, and there; in the tunnel, behind the pile, were the men, gaunt j s;jectres of those that went below; into the vein a week ago. ' The suggestion of the Philadelphia North-American, a Republican news piper of decided independent predi lections, that President Taft appoint a Democrat to fill the vacancy on the supreme bench occasioned by the death of Judge Peckham, because; the late judge was of that political ; faith and because the predominance of Republicans in the court would preclude the possibility of the ap pointment of a Democrat's affecting the political complexion of the court for many years, is a very timely and logical one, and President Taft could HOW ITFEELS TO HANG TWELVE MEN CAfT. DAWSOH MS FEEUM-IBH nm annus. "How does it feel when you press the button that semis a man into eternity?" queried a reporter of Capt. C. G. Dawson of the Moundsville penitentiary, who has sent twelve men to their doom since he has been : connected with the institution. "Well," answered the genial cap tain,'' "the ordeal is not one to be envied. In my time I have sent 12 men through the opening below the gallows and each time I have exper ienced the same feeling. It is one that would tax any man's nerves, as the strain on my jierves when doing this is indcscriable. To realize that a life is being snuffed out, is indeed as awe-inspiring spectacle as anyone can testify that has witnessed an ex ecution. yet the feeling to the eye witness and the strain on their nerv es is as nothing compared to that of the executioner. "I do not feel that that 1 am do ing wrong in sending m"n to their death, as the jury that finds the man j guilty is the real ruler of his destiny, i and, after the sentence has been passed on the prisoner, it is only car rying out the mandates of the courts in giving the unfortunate the deserts ?that have been apportioned to him as just, for the deeds he has been found guilty of. When the body of a hang ed prisoner shoots through the own ing of the platform, the strain has just about reached its bounds on my nerves, and for a sec nl holds all spellbound. "1 have had prisoners tell me be fore 1 have executed them that if I carried out the plans, 1 would be hanging an annocent man, and on the smame scaffold I have had at least three men point their finger at me in a urierd manner, tell me that if I dropped them through the open ing, it would be taking away the life of innocent men, and yet I do not feel that I have done any wrong, as I said before. If any inncocentmcn have been hanged by me, 1 believe the responsibility rests on the jury that pronounced them guilty. "When a man once drops thruugh the opening, he is uncohscious to any feeling. I have never hung a man yet, whose neck was not broken the instant he fell. Not even while fall ing the short seven feet is he con scious, as a man falling loses consci ousness and it is the contract with some material substance that makes him realize the fall, and in the case of hanging the instant that material substance strikes him, the tightening of the noose about his neck, he loses consciousness an account of his neck and spina' core being broken. "I always maintain a very friend ly feeling with condemned prisoners and up until the last minute have their best wishes, as none have gone to their doom with a feeling against me as most all prisoners feel that their destination is settled by others than myself. "The feeling of various condemn ed prisoners is varied in every in stance. Some are afraid that it will hurt them, and in a few cases this seems to be the only feeling they have, against going to the scaffold. Take Belcher, for instance, who was to be hanged on last Friday. He has asked several questions as to whether the noose would hurt him or not. When he received word that the Governor granted his reprieve, there never lived a more happy man. not more fully demonstrate the fact that he is the President of the whole people and not a slave to partisan ship by carrying the aforesaid sugges tion into effect and appointing ? a Democrat of the requisite judicial qualifications to complete the mem bership of that high tribunal.?Graf ton Leader. Examine the label on your paper. BROWN'S PBCDN. Sarah J. Martin, wife [of Preston Mart:n, of Aril, accrued pension due her deceased husband at date of his death, $55. Allen Thomas, Arlee, increase of pension from 824 to $30 per month from Oct. 11, 1009. Gideon H. Williams, of GaDipolis, increase of pension from $12 to $17 per month from May 5, 1909. . James H. Ball, Ashton, balance due from the United States on ac count of the service of John W. Ball, $S.78. Sarah A. Plants et al, minor of George W. Plants, deceased, $500, and $14 per month for the minor George W. Plants. Jr., until he ar rives to the age of 16 years. This was a very difficult case and was one upon which three different pension attorneys had worked all of whom had given it up as one which could not be collected, but Mr Brown knowing it to be an honest one, said I he would go after it and get it, and j he did. We congratulate all. | TOWN AND CODKTY NEWS ITEMS GATHERED FROM All PARTS OF THIS YICMTT. John P. Austin, Sheriff, has rent ed his farm and moved to town. Mr. Shiflet delivered a fine piano to the K. of P"s. at Buffalo last week. Mrs. Hamilton Wise, of Kansas, was struck by a street car and in stantly killed. She was the daught er of Wilson Priddy, of Siloam. Mr. Dave Darst, of Henderson, has moved his family to Huntington, where has employment ut the C. & O. car shops. John H. McKiney, of Flat Rock, has moved his family to Charleston, where he has employment for-the winter. A few years ago there was not a stronger, healthier looking man in Point Pleasant than Walker Wilson, colored, today he is a mere skeleton and no hopes for recovery. Mrs. W. E. Ruttencutter, Ella Hutchinson and Freda Gygax, of Mason City, attended the Grand As sembly of Rcbecka*s at Wheeling last week. Did you ever stop to think how many grocery stores there is in Point Pleasant and North Point Pleasant, said a traveling man the other day. Well there is just eighteen,?more than any other town in the state. Mr. L. C. Somerville left yester day afternoon after a pleasant visit in the city, and will visit for several days his daughter, who resides in Philippi, before returning to his home in Point Pleasant.?Hunting ton Herald-Dispatch. Rev. Jasper Baker, of Gunville, Nloson county, drove through town Sunday to par his annual visit to his mothers grave who was buried 15 rears ago, on the farm of E. Stewart near Foster Chapel. Rev. Baker has missed but one year to see his moth er's grave for the past 15 years.? Ripley Mountaineer. Earl Snyder, of Cincinnati, wire less operator on the United States steamship Montana, is the guest of his aunts, Mrs. Minnie Roup and Mrs. Henry Mees and his fiancee, Miss Lena Gibbs, at Mason City. Andy Smith, the well known city transfer man has a young horse which U handsome and worth considerable monev. Saturday night some one went into his stable and clipped its tail off*. Andy says he will give $35. 00 reward for any information lead ing to the guilty party. FOOTBALL?GAIliPOLIS VS. MIDDLE PORT. On Thursday ,afternoon the Galli polis team will play Middleport and quite a bunch of sports from here' will go up to see the game.