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maude jone
to kil1
Found Lying on Her Sisti
a Half of Whiskey Bf
Is a Sister of Dora Jone
Suicide Here i
"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,
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.
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
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
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
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2T's Grave?Drank Pint and
tfore Doing to cemetery.
s-McVicker, Who Committed *
>ome Time Ago. I
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
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
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
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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.
i The Weather. c
Partly cloudy and warmer to-night. I
1 Showers Saturday. I
(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
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
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
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
?. noil aak'ed what he thought about
his chances for the nomination, he I
' 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." (
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
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
Was the Reception at the Home of
Rev, and Mrs. G. D. Smith.
* time was had by t
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
Rev. Smith will leave for Dos An- *
geles, Monday. i
Carrying $137,000,000 Is Passed By !
the Senate.
WASHINGTON, April 22.?The pen- ,J'
sion appropriation bill, carrying an
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
:airmont Youths Are Exposi
tations on t
n Petitions Being* Circula
City By Women lute
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
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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
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 ?
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
>n Account of the Strike of the Railway
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
ed to All Kinds of Temphe
Streets. ARE
? Si
ted in All Parts of the .
rested in the Boys. m
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
ferdict Against Grant C. Hertzog, of
Grafton?Life Imprisonment
Recommended by
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

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