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. ... ;- ' - - - - ? - [ - - . -- - ? - - ... > ... - . . . VOLUME I. FAIRMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 1904. NUMBER 4. maude jone to kil1 in Found Lying on Her Sisti a Half of Whiskey Bf HAD 32 CALIBR1 Is a Sister of Dora Jone Suicide Here i TWO VERY SENSATIONS "Miss Maude Jones, a young woman -who has resided in this city for a number of years attempted suicide last evening, under the most dramatnir^iimstances. While in a semi-delirious condition at the lock-up she accused George Rager ot murdering her sister, Dora Jones, rvhose sudden demise hy the revolver route of a few months ago is well remembered. Miss Jones also stated that she had letters to prove her assertions, and we give them below in full: George, I ought not to write to you after the way you have treated me hut I will if I die to-night, which I hope I will. You will know why I did it, and if after I am dead you have nerve enough to get married you do so, but my spirit will haunt you just the same. I will close with love to you, Dora. This letter bears no date and was written with a lead pencil. The other letter was addressed to Miss Maude Jones at a local hotel and was also written with a lead pencil and evidently the same one which was used in the former one, and, like it. hears no date: Dear sister Maude, I am writing this to let you know that if I ever die I die by my ovrn hand and you will know that it was my love for lleorge Rager that done it. Maude you see that my little boy, Gerald is taken care of, and Maude if you get married for God's sake be true to your husband. Ever your loving sister. Dora. Maude you see that George's name lis published in the paper with my tame scandlelize him all you can for be deserves it, for I caught him with a girl. If these are the letters that Miss Jones has reference to, it will he read ily seen that young Rager is entirely innocent of murder, unless these let ters are forgeries, which does noi seem .to be the case, judging from ap pearances. Last night about seven o'clock a telephone message was received al Police Headquarters that a woman was acting strange in Maple Grove cemetry. Officers Gould and Fortney went out there immediately and fount Maude Jones lying across her sister's grave, unconscious. They at onc< started for the county jail with hei and finding no keys for that institu tion when they arrived, they took liei to the city lock-up. Dr. Selby was summoned, and found that the womar was suffering from the effects of co caine and whiskey. He immediately washed the stomach with a pump and injected strong stimulants, fron which treatment she soon rallied int< a semi-conscious state, and it \va: while in this condition that she re ferred to the letters in her possses sion, and* implicated George Ragei in connection with the mysteriou; death of her sister. It is the pitiful old story in botl cases, that they loved not wisely, hti too well, as the following facts wil show: Yesterday morning, just afte: breakfast Maude Jones went to he: lover's room and asked him to marr; liter, but he refused: after dinner slit - again appealed to l>im and again lit refused. Site put on her street clothe: and went to the restaurant where sh< took iter meals, asked for her hill paid it and walked out, seemingly it good spirits. This was aboutS o'clock She had.told soem people at a loca . V, - : ; TRIES ? HERSELF A CEMETERY." -*: - .s . . . , . 1 2T's Grave?Drank Pint and tfore Doing to cemetery. d E IVERS JOHNSON. J s-McVicker, Who Committed * >ome Time Ago. I kL LETTERS ARE FOUND. I 0 a restaurant. Tuesday evening that she ti intended to kill herself. c Charley Bel! was the first person f; to .notice the form on the grave in the cemetry. He went to see who it f was, and on approaching saw the 1 bright, new revolver lying by her side, v She grabbed to get it but he was too c quick for her and secured it himself, n He called for Police Headquarters o and. Officers Gould and Fortney re- fi sponded as mentioned above. The r boys deserve great credit for the ex- a ceilent and prompt service rendered, t This morning it was decided to v take Miss Jones out of the jail and r place her at a local hotel. A cabman n came for her and she directed him to 1go toward Locust avenue. At the old 1 Canuy lauiui j' aoacu lu .# and she probably went to the home of some friend. Her whereabouts s seem to be unknown at present. I f Ren Estate Transfers. " r \V. N. Satterfield and wife to Jasper C W lson, property at Kb es ulle. Consi''oration,*^,500. Carry R. Hartley ami husband to r Roy B. Starn, propeily on Market c street Consideration. $2...)0. * T. M. Holt and wi't to Iiov B .Starn, a property in Steele Addition to Fair- ~ moat. Considerat'o 1 $700. * W. B. Sine and \v;:<? to vV. K. Cun- e ninghani, property at Mannington. v Consideration, $2,800 _ I James R. Linn and wife to R. B. ^ Parrish, property on Fifth and Walnut 0 avenue. Consideration, $2,000. ? Mannington Development. Company, c to S. A. Eddy, property at Mannington. 3 ? r*rvn Rid oration. S12T?. t Henry Baker and wife, to Mary A. e Cook, property at Metz. Considera- o tion, $1,100. t: Scott M. Storm ami wife to Jennie i; Atha, Annie V. Sutter Bold anil Sarah J. Fan-rah. property la Lincoln dis- a trlct. Consideration. t r Accident on the M. & K. Railroad. s MORGANTOWN, W. Va. April 22.? I (Special.)?Lewis Hess, a brakeman a ; on the A. C. Oliver log road, narrow- r ly escaped instant death yesterday f afternoon on a runaway train down ; the mountain side. About a mile e above the point where the log road "v i joins the M. & K. the brakes refused v ! to work. "While be was straining r r every effort to set a brake, a coupling I in the middle of the train snapped, a i Hess lost his hold and fell, but by I i the barest chance caught a rod and c . cQiwi litmself from being ground tin- ^ tier the wheels. As it was he lost two fingers and was quite seriously s s injured. s 1 ?7 SWEPT FROM MAP. r ! , Town of Devon Is Totally Destroyed c l By Fire. 3 3 C 3 BhUEFIELD. W. Va.f April 22.? a - Devon, located on the Norfolk and 3 - Western Railway, was almost wiped t r out by fire last night. t 3 The buildings destroyed included e ihe only hotel, the Hotel Devon. The o i fire originated from a defective stove f t in the home of D. R. Richardson, in i 1 which were located two small pox pa- o tients, sons of Richardson. Both nar- c r rovvly escaped burning owing to the r unwillingness of on-lookers to expose a r themselves to the disease. Only two I 3 buildings remain \ standing, and they c 3 are insufficient to accommodate those "N s who lost their homes. The loss is t 2 $25,000. v i The Weather. c Partly cloudy and warmer to-night. I 1 Showers Saturday. I ALEXIEFF IUSSIAN VICEROY IN THE FAR EAST, HAS ACTUALLY RESIGNED. IORGEN POST CONFIRMS THE RUMOR SENT OUT A DAY OR TWO AGO. "HE CZAR HAS NOT YET ACCEPTED THE VICEROY'S RESIGNATION. (Special to The West Virginian.) BERLIN. April 22.?M Jrgen Post toay repeats the report that Admiral .lexieff, Rusian viceroy in the far last, has tendered bis resignation to he Czar. The Czar, says the paper, has not ccepted the resignation, hut hade he viceroy and Kouropatkin to coperate in the work of preparation or land Hostilities. The immediate cause of the viceoy's resignation fs reported to be the ppointment of Vice-Acimiral Skrydloff, ne of Alexieff's strongest enemies nd sharpest critics, as successor to lie late Vice-Admiral Makaroff, in oramand of the Russian navy in the ar East.Skrydloil had an Interview with the Imperor to-day and discussed with his Iajesty the question of his relations nth A.iexieff. Tlie relieving from ommand of Viceroy Alexieff would ot surprise the intelligent observers f tne far Eastern situation, who are imiliar with the change in the Emeror's attitude toward the viceroy nd M. Bezebrazoff, who represented he militant, or advanced element hich was anxious that Russia should emain in Manchuria. To those two nen the Anglo-Japanese entente first DSt its terrors. They believed Great Iritain would not go to war and that apan could not do so. To the indignation of Japan they ucceeded in turning: the policy of the Smpire. from carrying out the treaty or the entire evacuation of IManchp-j ia, pending further demands on ,'hina. After Japan submitted an inquiry as o whether Russia was disposed to oopen negotiations respecting Man huria and Korea, a viceroy jn Lne nr East, a special secretary of State ikI advisory committee were created, ilexieff being: appointed viceroy and lezebrazoff Secretary of State. Scvnteen days after these appointments rere made, White, who had been oplosed to the policy of Alexieff and kzebrazoff, was relieved as minister f finance. It "was through his new fhcial advisers that the Emperor on ducted negotiations with Japan, .nd it is claimed that they misjudged he temper and purpose of the Japan se and left the Emperor in ignorance >f the preparations for war, which he Japanese were making, and the risng war spirit of that Empire. On the eve of the war Alexieff was pparently still in the confidence of he Czar, but the lack of preparedless of the Port Aruthur fleet, as liown in the cases of the battleships lotvizan and Czarevitch, called the .ttention of cue Emperor to the slackLess of the naval administration in the ar East. 'i ne anti-Alexieff party in St. Petrsburg held that Vice-Admiral Stark, vho was the viceroy's representative^ /as responsible under him for the first everse at Port Arthur. Viceroy Alexieff recommended the appointment of either Vice-Adniiral *>p?h?soff or Vice-Admiral Makaroff as lommancling the fleet in succession to tdmiral Stark. The Emperor select;rt Makaroff and at the same time isued a special ukase making him abolutely independentTills was the first blow given to Uexieff. The second was the aplointment of General Kouropatkin as ommarider-in-chief of the army in J danchuria. Kouropatkin sided with | yount. Eamsdorff, foreign minister, .nd M. Witte, against the policy of -Tanchurian annexation and stated o the Chinese minister tx> Russia that he whole trouble originated with AI xicff. That there might be no doubt >f Kouropat. kin's exact jurisdiction the Emperor issued another ukase defiling it and gave the former minister >f war complete control ol immai.. ?pera tions in the far East. Without consulting Alexieff's wishes .ml without considering Vice-Admiral Deubassoff, whom he originally rec mmendecl, the Emperor telegraphed /"ice-Admiral Skrydloff to proceed to "ort Arthur. "When Alexieff severs his connection vith the far Eastern question none 1! the me:i responsible for the policy mrsued before the war will be in >owor. TETER | CLAIMS HE HAS A MAJORITY OF AT LEAST FtFTY LIP TO THIS TIME-.. WAS IN THE CITY THIS MORNING AND A WEST VIRGINIAN REPORTER CAUGHT HIM FOR A FEW MINUTES AND LISTENED TO HIM TALK. HERE ON BUSINESS. j Hon. UhAfies F. Teter, Republican Candidate for the nomination for soventor, was in the oitj1 to-day. When seen by a Went Virginian reporter, he said: "I am here on business and not politics." ?. noil aak'ed what he thought about his chances for the nomination, he I said: ' 1 am very well satisfied with ;^e outlook. My candidacy is going' on very nicely. In the twenty-three comities that have selected delegates. 1 have a majority of fifty." When asked about the proposed compromise he said: "I am in the race to stay ano win, and figlic it to a finish. There is nothing in the matter of the talked-of compromise whatever." ( v The Dog Show. j Did you see the dog show? A gen- , tleman with half a dozen dogs of dif- t ferent breeds, sizes and colors, gave s an exhibition to-day in the street be- v tween the Court-house and Fairmont. e Bank, which drew a large crowd of r people. | The dogs are well trained and per- j, formed many interesting and fimny (j feats, the chief of which was running iij) a forty foot ladder and jump- ( ing off, a lighting in ? net held he- v low. These dogs seem to hare rare intel- ( ligence, whicn would almost preclude t the fact that the horse is classed next a to man in this respect. v ' 1; Ice-Wilson. z A quiet home wedding was solem- R nized at tiie residence of the bride's li mother, on Virginia avenue, lasr. night 'I at 0 o'clock, the parties to the event 1 being Mr. Clarence E. Ice and Miss t Anna M. Wilson. As the bride's i family had recently been oereaveu uy j the death of her father, only the im- a mediate families of the contracting a parties were witnesses to the cere- t many, which was performed by Rev. 1 O. D. King, of the Diamond Street M. E. Church. ^ The bride, who is a daughter of the a late John W. Wilson, is well and fa t vorably known as one of the city's a best young ladies. The groom was t formerly a member of the Fairmont r Coal Company's office force at the a New England mines, but for some c time has been a resident of Arkansas 1 on account of his health. J We learn the happy couple will e make their future home in Arkansas, t where the best wishes of their many f friends will follow them. PLEASANT AFFAIR > Was the Reception at the Home of Rev, and Mrs. G. D. Smith. * time was had by t VCX j the very large number of friends and ( members of the M. K. Church, at the t reception given by Rev. and Mrs. G. s D. Smith last night, at the parsonage t on Gaston avenue. From 7:30 to 9 the older members came and from 9 to 3.0:30 the younger ones. s Dainty refreshments were served, and Rev. and Mrs. Smith proved themselves an entertaining host and hostess. Rev. Smith will leave for Dos An- * geles, Monday. i PENSION BILL Carrying $137,000,000 Is Passed By ! the Senate. J WASHINGTON, April 22.?The pen- ,J' sion appropriation bill, carrying an r appropriation of over t>t.w,oocvjuu anu the emergency river and harbor appropriation bill, which carries $3,000,000 was jiassed by the Senate to-day, leaving only the general deficiency ( and military academy bills of the entiro list oI supply measures still to be considered by the Senate. While the river and harbor meas- I tire was under consideration, Gor- t man. sharply criticised the failure to 1 bring in the general river and ha.bor bill. Speeches were made on the pen- I sion bill by McCumber and Scott, e the latter declaring he favored a sor- r vice pension of $25' iter month. i J FAIRMONT MO WANT CUR PASSED :airmont Youths Are Exposi tations on t RECENT FIRES , n Petitions Being* Circula City By Women lute A MOVEMENT OF INTERE Cvery person at all familiar with 1 conditions as'they present, themselves 1 o t he fathers ami mothers of our city, , v*ill appreciate the motive behind the letitjons which are being: circulated n ali parts of our city at the present ime. The petitioners know the many * nares, pitfalls and temptations to < rliich our hoys and girls are expos- * d every night of the year on street f orners. in hack alleys, at public : ilaces, such as the depot, the opera * louse, the hotels, etc. Boys of ten- < !er years loaf around these places < ml smoke cigarettes, tell ami listen < o vile stories and become tainted 1 v'itli all kinds of evil. The women are in dead earnest In 1 ' ? -- ? " '' ?? t n T>1 <1 f HIS mtlLLWr, mill ai>j vw he effort of their lives to have some t ction taken. Last year the question * vas presented to the City Council by t ioth of our local W. CUT. U. organi- t ations. The Central Union, of which i .Irs. N. R. C. Morrow is president, .as a membership of two hundred. I 'he First ward Union, of which Mrs. t Florence Gray is president, has a ] uerabership of sixty. They worked t n conjunction on this question last * 'ear. and prepared an outline for such I . law as they wanted passed. For t ome reason no action was taken on t he matter, and the unions were great- \ y disappointed. Things have gone on from bad to L vorse until some very severe charges "I re placed upon several boys about own. Even boys of what are known is the best families have not escaped s he report of tlie gossips. Every one p ibout town known of the recent accu- s ations concerning the fires, of which fc illr city has been the victim. How f one shall we let these things run on? c ^gain. every few days we see a notice I ;tating that one or two boys have leen committed to the Reform School r or incorrigibility. Many of these c MISS CONNOLLEY'S ROOM Nil I entertain This Evening In the \ Assembly Room at High School. The pupils of the Seventh gride of he Second ward sehools, Miss /gnes Jomiolley. teacher, will hold a rocepion for the pupils of the Eighth grade ind Faculty, in the Assembly room of c he building from 7:30 to 9:??v> this ? wening. They will entertain with musjc- and y, i literary program. (] Little Boy Hurt. James Knight, little son of Mr. n fames Knight, fell from the Court- ^ louse steps this morning and was ^ >eriously hurt:. He was unconscious or a while, hut he lias rallied now ri md the doctor reports that the case 71 s not serious. Several boys were watching a dog j J uinp from a forty-foot ladder and j ? fames, while walking around the top j v >f the steps, fell off with the above t 11 i. 1 c j II EMPEROR'S VISIT POSTPONED J " s >n Account of the Strike of the Railway Men. VIE ANNA, April 22,?(Special.)? n consequence of tt\e Hungarian rail- S vay strike, the Kniperor's -visit to C j'.iila-Pest on Monday, was postponed, t The Minister of war, fearing trou- t >le, has ordered that, twenty-live thou- a and reservists, who should be dis- p nissed Tuesday, he detailed with their E eglmonts for the, time being. s THERS FEW LAW BY COUNCIL. v ed to All Kinds of Temphe Streets. ARE MENTIONED ? Si ted in All Parts of the . rested in the Boys. m ST TO EVERY CITIZEN. Jg| ioys koi their first lessons in wickedioss on i lie st reets. Shall the fathers xnd mothers sit idly by and see these .-/ ,yH hings tfo on and on. with no effort .. sg o better conditions? The mothers and listers think something: ought to he lone. And. saddest of all, the temptaions above referred to are not con- ',i? inod to the hoys. Many young girls ire to be found on the streets - at unseemly hours. Often, several of them jan be found at the depot long after _ iark. Something must "be done and lone quickly to save utir Doys and girls" : rom ruin. ' The petitioners number far into the . - ;;:luiirlreds, and they will certainly bo ?ntitled'to great consideration. When umdredri of wives and mothers go '^1 Liter anything in dead earnest, somehing is sure to happen. We Jiope Hey will succeed in their-undertakAs a complete plan was presented ast year, setting forth the details Knr he law, that part of it was not v >ealed this year. The wish of the pcitioners is expressed in a short, well ~ vorded paper, praying the Council to ???? n trcxul and practical law. All he work of getting; the names -has )ccn done in a very short time, and vithout ostentation. We grive below the body of the petiion: To the Mayor and Council of the City of Fairmont: We, the undersigned residents of aid city, hereby ask for a good and iractical Curfew Law. The recent deitructivc fires in the city, which have >een traced, so it is claimed, to youthul persons in nearly every instance, V'.f] ?nly emphasize the need of such a ' $ aw. ... Appended to this petition are the ; ; iame? of almost all the ladies in the .A ity. 1 /.Hj MURDER IN FIRST DEGREE / ferdict Against Grant C. Hertzog, of Grafton?Life Imprisonment Recommended by Jury. GRAFTON, W. Va., April 22?(Speia 1.)?The argument in the case of ./ Irant, C. Hertzos for murder was conluded yestreday afternoon, and in an iour or so the jury returned a ver Lict of murder in the first degree ana - . roj ecommended life 'imprisonment. Jh Counsel for the defendant at once M nade a motion to set aside the ver- ? ict, but it is likely the motion will --gj? e overruled and a life sentence in the Itate penitentiary imposed. In a for- . aer report in this case it was erroeously* stated that the ease was reurned to the Circuit Court for retrial ecause of a part of the former recrd being missing. The grounds on ' 333 .'hich the Supreme Court granted a, ew trial were the refusal of the ourt to give an instruction offered y the defense, which on being given i this last trial' resulted in. a verdict ecommending life imprisonment inLead of the death penalty. . ^^8 Mr. \V. K. Bauble, representing the ' - ?? Southern Coal and Transportation iompany's Berry burg plant, was in he city today on legal business. The ierryburg plant mined more coal than 3 ny other single mine last year. It 3? reduces about 2,500 tons a day. Mr. ? taubie reports everything running