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ACTING SAVES LIVES.
COUNSEL FOB MURDERERS EMPLOY THEATRICAL METHODS. How l.rjr Wliu llilinil Criminal ntrlv to Mtikn nit Impii'Mlmi nn th Sympnthleii of f iirymrn Home NiitiiMe Cniveft M'lii'i-n l.nwyvr AurrrriliMl, For yours It hm Iippii KMimilly known mnoiiK liiwyciR tluit all mirts of desjier ate Bnd tlioatrknl dcvit os iirocoiiftnntly resorted to In order to mive Hie lives of ncenneil persons. But Mr. Wellumn wns the first profoentor to nuilte the ehnrne in open court nnd qnole nn In stance to fortify his iilliwition. I the pruetlce rilit or wron? Perhaps tho most moving pnrt of Lawyer Wlllinm F. Howe's elegit dim ming tip on behnlf of Annie Wiilden was where he neoti!?ht tlie jurymen to consider her youth, her beauty nnd her helplessnes i. When Francis L. Welltnnn, assistant district attorney, In'khii his summing up for the prosecution, lie urged the jurors not to be moved by his adversary's emotional appeal. lie called Mr. Howe an actor. He said: "If yon had seen him, as I have, go behind a woman defendant and pinch ber to make her scream and so arouse sympathy, you would not be so much In fluenced by his theatrical display." "Whom diil Mr. Howe pinch?' I asked Mr. Wellman. "Ella Nelson," wns his prompt reply. "You recall that she had shot her lover dead because he was packing his trunk and preparing to leave her. Klio waa on trial for her life. Mr. Howe got her uc qnitted. "When he had got to that part of his summing up where ho called upon tho jury to 'look at her,' Ella was sitting be hind a table, her face toward the jury, but resting in her hands'. She had been weeping for some minutes, but now she was composed. " 'Look at that face! pleaded Mr. Howe in impassioned tones. He strodo rapidly behind her. Again he cried, 'Look at that facet' and as he did so ho seized Ella's soft wrists in his strong hand and wrenched her arms apart. The woman screamed with pain and terror. "That scream was enough to freeze the blood of anybody who heard it. I cannot help thinking that it had much to do with the verdict. "I do not say that It is wrong for counsel to employ theatrical methods in dofonding their clients. I think it is partof the duty of the prosecuting ofllcer to expose this sort of thing to the jury, "Frederick B. House was defending a man named Decker in the general ses sions. Becker had a clothing store in Baxter street. Ho arranged a candle so that when it burned down to a certain point at midnight it would set tire to a lot of bagging soaked with kerosene, and so burn the store and earn Becker big amount of insurance. Firemen quenched the flames and so saved the lives of seventy-six men, women and children who were sleeping in the tene ments above the store. "When Mr. House summed up he was in a quandary. Beckor couldn't understand one word in English, there fore how could the poor devil weep at the proper moment? That little diffi culty was solved all right. Becker rested his face in his hands and peeped through bis interlaced fingers at his eloquent de fender. " 'Think, gentleman,' said Mr, House, 'if yon send this wretched man to prison yon will punish thoso innocent little ones.' At that instant Mr. House drop ped his handkerchief, i 'Wowf came a shriek from Becker. It began like the scream of a catamount. It died away in a long drawn wail and choking sobs. Becker's tears were like a shower. Mrs. Becker's and the little Beckers' tears were a cloudburst. Human nature conldn't stand it. Juror No. 8 was a nice old fellow, retired from busi ness and living at home surrounded by sons and daughters and chubby grand children. He broke down at the second drop of Fred House's handkerchief. At the third drop of the cambric the juror's tears gashed out beyond the railing. Answering sniffles and gasps came from two other jurors. "It seems hard to believe, but it Is a matter of record that in the face of the clear evidence against Becker the jury stood three for acquittal and nine for conviction. The tears and howls and the little Beckers saved the guilty man. And in proof of his guilt let me add that Becker was released under $3,300 bail, but he ran away, although the case was soon brought tip for retrial. "Often the question of makeup tests the counsel stage manager's ability and ingenuity. There was Alphonse Steph si, the young man who deliberately for not surrendering Stephani's father's estate fast enough to be squandered. The defense wss insanity. - "Perhaps yon recall the Stephanl who came to trial. Instead of the handsome, neatly dressed rich man's son, the jury saw a wild, nnkempt creaturo, a Caliban in ugliness. Stephani's hair had been untouched by shears or brush for months. He had not bathed or shaved. He still wore the clothes he hod on when ar rested. His linen was in tatters and almost black. His outer garments were greasy and crusted with accumulations of spilled food. Stephanl was a good actor. Not a word did he sneak to anv one. With large black eyes, as deep and mournful as Edwin Booth's, he stared gloomily at nothing. Lear was a model of sanity beside him. There was more or less testimony to show that Stepbsui hod fallen oil a pony very . many years ago and hurt his head, and that he had always been high tempered, like anv snoiled child. No one had bothered about his alleged insanity, though, until after he had killed hits father's old friend. " 'Insane,' was the jury's 'judgment after listening to the testimony and . watching the gloomy makeup of the prisoner. Tbey found him guilty of murder in the second degree, and he was sent to prison for life. Today he is a seat, well behaved and snort mured con- UNDER A MOVING TRAIN. funiatlnna of a Man Who Thought His l.ut llonr Hail Com. To fall under a running railroad train, to lie on the rail and see death approach ing one at the rate of fifteen miles or so nn hour and only a few feet distant, is an experience not given to many to be able to relate. Yet this is what hap pened to a Chicago man. How did it happen? What were you thinking abont?" he was asked tho other lay. "Well," he replied, "I had no time to Bnd out how it happened, but I do re niemler a good tunny things that I thought of while it was happening. Now it seems utterly impossible to me that such a flood of thorghts could flash through my brain and leave their indi vidual and distinct Impressions as did in the almost immeasurable short space of time that I lay on the rail in front of those wheels. It is said that just at the moment of one's death the whole doings of a lifetime are held np for review in less time than it takes to wink one s eye. I can readily believe it. 'In less than a second I thought of the many railroad accidents of which I had read. It flashed through my mind that I had often seen men credited with willful negligence or reckless intention in allowing themselves to be killed or maimed, and there I was on the track ready to furnish another illustration. Yes, sir; there I lay, flat on my back on the rail and saw the wheels of the after truck of the car come rolling along and only a few feet away. It almost seemed as if I felt them crushing and grinding my bones, yet I had, it seems, time to think also of how easily a fellow gets killed. 'I thought how foolish it was to ac cuse others of fuolhardiueRS in getting run over when I myself was about to become a horrible example. I thought of how often I had 'let up lightly' en gineers and conductors and helped to take the blame from them and put it on the fellow who got killed. But my greatest regret, in the time I had to think, was that I had so often adversely criticised the man who got run over. 'Strange as it may seem, however. these were not half my thoughts. I realized that I was yet alive, in the best of good health, every lone and limb sound, so to seak, and the next instant I would, I felt, lie ground into pieces and my flesh and bones spattered over the railroad track. There was no power in the world to help me, so it seemed; not all that the engineers or conductors or brakemen could do would be of any avail. Then it flashed through my mind that I was on the brink of the other world and I had not even a chance to make one repentant prayer. I wondered What it would mean for me. "While these ideas were running through my mind I must have made some sort of an effort to escape. I have no knowledge of how I did it, but I did roll off tho rail outward. The wheel caught my heel, though at first it seemed as if my foot was cut off above the ankle and I was powerless to move it. I managed to get onto my right foot and balunce myself on that for a second, to get my thoughts together as to what I shorn! next do. It has taken me ten or fifteen minutes to tell this thing, but it did not, I should judge, from the rate the train was going, take anything like a second of time for it all to happen. Chicago Tribune. Took Ills Word for It. At the battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks the Fifth New Jersey, in connec tion with the regiments of the Second brigade and others, ably attested the universal confidence reposed in them by their commanders. Senator Wade, at Bull Run, said, "Glvd us a brigade of these Jerseymen and well beat the en emy still." During the engagement of June 1 a Union soldier had his leg shot off by a ball from the enemy s artillery. Captain Ramsey ordered one of his men (an Irishman from New Jersey) to assist the wounded man to the rear, Pat, while giving the necessary assist ance, asked the man how and where he had beeu wounded. "My leg was shattered by a cannon ball during the last attack," was the re ply. On the way to the hospital a fragment of shell took the already badly wounded man's head entirely off, unnoticed by Pat, who was carrying his comrade in bis arms. Upon arriving at the temporary hospi tal one of the surgeons, after looking at the man, said: "What did you bring wis man Here tor? "Sure, Captain Ramsey tould me to,' said Pat. "Why, the man is dead; bis bead is completely shattered from his body," re plied the doctor. "His head, is it? Oh, the blaggard; shure and he tould me it was his leg, so na did." New York Recorder. Bow Chinamen Are Shared. . The Chinese of San Francisco shave nearly every day. A queer little razor it is tnat they use, too, It is in no re spect like our razor, except in the matter of the kgenness of its edge. It is a wee bit of a blade, nicely curved into a semi' circle. With this tool the Chinese bar ber scrapes the almost hirsuteless face of his customer and then shaves him around the ears and down the neck to the first bone of the spinal column. The rounded point of the razor is also insert ed into the Celestial ear, and every an bitious hair that dw es to show itself in the aricular lobe is clipped before it tro ceeds very fur. The Chinaman, vou know, is scrupulously cleanly about his eurs. a growth or hair in thorn is con. sidered a mark of low birth or of care lessness or ungonteel habits, St. Louis tilobe-Democrat. Artlstlo Genu an Currency. Tho German currency is rather artis tic The bills are priutod in green and. blank. They run in denominations from five to 1,000 marks. Their later bills are printed on silk fibre paper. Golden A HANDSOME THREE - Crayon Portrait FREE ! Ah it compliment to our ninny patrons, and public generally, for a short time we are going to give to every purchaser of TEN J)OLLAKS WORTH OF GOODS A Fine Three Quarter . . . Life-Size . . . Crayon Portrait. There is not a family but possesses some picture of Father, Mother, Brother or Sister which they would like to have reproduced in a life-like and durable manner. Call at once and see SPECIMEN at our store What more suitable for a present? And as our liberal offer will insure immediate SB orders in large numbers, your early visit is desired To secure one of these portraits, you first trade TEN DOLLARS worth with us, nnd then give us any picture of yourself or friends that you wish to have enlarged. The frame (samples of which you will see in our store) together with the glass and mounting will only cost you 2.75 These portraits are made by the celebrated Acme Copying Company, 302 and 304 W. Van Buren St., Chicago, 111., which is a guarantee of quality of work we intend to give you. BOLGBR BROS., The Merchant Tailors. $1,000 TO THE MAN Thilt tireiikH tills record. This Ih June A, Hnil I lutve nvi'lvcfl hIih'c Miiy 1ft, 1(1 putltmta Unit were iiHIIi'IimI with tiiHi worm. I re moved elKlit of thrni nnd have two iirppiirlntr for treatment. Now, Home of the Hiippotwu lirlulit HiihtH of Allt'Khi'iiy, I'lttsliiiiK mid Hiiliiirlw Hiiy I huy the tiiie wornm, ciinren, etc., that 1 exhibit In my windows, from the hospitals. In iiimwer I simply ouYr to irlve fl.umto any of these all-wise Ih-Iiiks If they will priMltiee a manor set of men that will iiusjt and comHn with me lieforo the public on ciiruH of tniie worm, cancer catarrh, scrofula, or all the an railed Int'iirahln nil -mmitaofthu human family. Further, I will tuUe aiy Hysteni Kmiovutor and noon public exhibition with any or nil hiii'Ii all-wise people, all patent medicine men and all advertising ipiacks In the land and take like rasas as lliry come and beat them and prove to the public that they do dot know what the human Ixidy la coniiocd of, or If they do, they do not know how to treat It In sickness. 1 treat throiiKh the blood with nature's remi'dliiM, roots and horlw. Hystem Innova tor Is a non secret, honest preparation, com posed of dandelion, Maynpple.buchu, quassia, cinchona, cascarii.siiKrada, Kuutlan.Hassafrua, boiiesct, kidney wort and sursupartla. HysUmi Renovator costs SUM per Isittle; or Shuttles forW.UU, at II. Alex Htoke'sor 1)K. J. A. HUKMOON, 47 Ohio St., Allegheny City, Pa. Ofttce Hours H A. M. to V 1. M. Hours for CniiHUltiition N A.M. to It P. M. Holiday office hours and for consultation H A. M. to 12 M. VAVAVAVAVAVAVAVAVAVAVAVAVAVAVAVA SUBSCRIBE FOlt "THE STAR" $1.50 PER YEAR. 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"" " C ,3ur dry goods depart ment is full of spring fabrics, at prices lower than the lowest, and all we ask is that you give us a call and Compare Prices and Quality, don't forget the quality, as that goes a long ways as regards price. Quality first, price second. .1. 11. ARNOLD. GJty Gousins Or some of your friends will call to spend a few days with you and you should have some nice Silverware, Knives, Or a new Silver Butter G. F. t2THas a fine line. roceryBoomers W BUY WHERE YOU CAN GET ANYTHING YOU WANT. FLOUR, Salt Meats, Smoked Meats, CANNED GOODS, TEAS, COFFEES AND ALL KINIH) ir Country Produce FRUITS. CONFECTIONERY, TOBACCO. AND CIGARS, Everything In tho lino of Fresh Groceries, Feed, UowIh delleeretl free unit place in town. Call on uh and yet price. H U T & N W. C. Sclmltz & Son. IMcKcc & Warni ok IIEAIHJUARTEIW FOR Fancy and Staple GROCERIES, Oil, Flour S Feed. An elegant line con sisting of sour, sweet and mixed pickles. Onions, chow chow, olives, cauliflowers and others too numer w I t ous to mention. CATS as m An endless variety on hand; always fresh. Try our fruit and W-1 chocolate cakes. "Washburne's Best" leads the list; it's a dandy. Try it. We have in stock, "Our Best," "Straight," "Imperial," "N. W. Patent," "Pilgrim" and others. We have no oil wagon on the road but we deliver you a 5 gal. -J best 1 50 oil for 50 cents. Get our rates on oil by the barrel. A FULL STOCK of yood In our line (thrtiiH on liiiutt. Iliflifst market price, nill for country produce. ;)( its hkckivku : ItAILY. xooLoaoons FOR SALE. McKcc & Warnick, The Grocers, Cor. lith and Main St . Refnohlm'llle, 1'enntu Forks, Spoons Dish. HOFFMfVN ISTAll goods warranted. J. I -DEALER IN Dry Goods, Notions, Boots, and Shoes, Fresh Groceries Flour and : Feed. GOODS DELIVERED FREE. OPERA HOUSE BLOCK MORROW Keynoldsville, Pa. wfc-r Hew ltor ueraia. Uays. ,