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MONTEREY, HIGHLAND COUNTY, VA.. FEBRUARY 2, 19(10.
r \, CHAITKR XXXV.
|_ Arter a pause, Pratt continued.
.? ?? ".Ha-ving deckled to ransom his son,
John Oakburn produced the seventy
*>ight thousand dollars of his employer's
money, which by chance ho had brought
with him, and plaoing lt in my hands, he
" 'Tako it. It is the price you demand
for my son's liberation. This is my em?
ployer's money, but I will replace it
with my own money, which is in my
littlo private safe.' "
I "Thon John Oakburn's little safe was
robbed on the night of tho murder!" ex?
i "After this wo permitted Reid Oak?
burn to go away with his father. First,
however, we gave him ono thousand
dollars of the marked money to con?
tinue his flight with.
? "In former days in Kansas City,
Kredge and Reid Oakburn were great
friends, as I happen to know, because
Kredgo was then employed by me.
Kredgo objected to taking part in any
scheme against Reid, but his love ol
money was greater than his friendship,
and he consented finally when we prom?
ised him a sharo of the. money we wrung
from Oakburn. Now I have told you
the whole story, and every word of it is
Thus Pratt conoluded.
, Paxton and Stanmore were both con?
vinced from Pratt's manner that hit
story was not a fabrication, surprising
as his statement was.
!. After this Pratt wrote out a docu?
ment which was a clear and concise ex?
planation of how Stanmore had been
made the daft of the prime swindlers,
and which proved his entire innocence
of the swindle, at the head of which he
had boen placed by Pratt and Weeks.
% Whea the paper had been read and
npprovei by Stanmore, a message wa-s
sent to Weeks, who 6oon put in an ap?
pearance. Tho situation was explained
to him, and, making a virtue of neces?
sity, he signed Stanmore's vindication
with his partner.
! After this the two scoundrels were per?
mitted to go.
Paxton and Stanmore at once repaired
to a police 6tation, where the man who
exchanged overcoats with Stuart Har?
land had boon lodged in a cell by thc
agent who had arrested him.
. This man was told of Pratt's confes?
sion, and he confirmed the broker's story
perfectly. In conclusion he said:
"Yes, my real name is Reid Oakburn,
and I am John Oakburn's son."
. "How came the skeleton keys in thc
pocket of tho overcoat you exchanged
with Harland?" asked Paxton.
? "Before I was recognized and trapped
by Pratt, I had boen prowling about
Garrison's office, but I had not revealed
myself to my father. I knew that he
formerly kept his money in the little
safe, with his curious weapons and coins.
and I meant lo rob his private safe.
I "I took the wax impressions and had
skeleton keys made for the outside and
interior door. I also had a key made
for the big safe. I meant to blew open
the little one, for I couldn't got into thc
private office to take an impression.
"I was in league with a band of burg?
lars, with whom I had recently formed
an acquaintance, and an experienced
'safe-blower' was to help me do tho job.
"Well, I fled from the city the night
of my father's death. I merely did so
to deceive Pratt and Weeks, for I dis?
trusted them, and feared they might
eeek to betray me to the police, after
i "I meant to return, and so I did, after
going to Albany, where I procured a
complete disguise, from a Jew, to whom
I was recommended by one of the band
of burglars I had joined.
| "On the way to Albany it occurred to
me that Pratt and Weeks might have
had me shadowed to the depot and tele?
graphed my description ahead, so as to
6ecure my arrest without seeming tc
have instigated it. I felt the necessity
for an immediate change of costume,
ard that was why I appropriated Har?
land's r-oat while he slept. I forgot to
take the keys out of the pocket of the"
coat I left behind.
I "Later, after my return to the city, 1
met Levi Kredge, whose complicit}
with Pratt and Wcoks I did not suspect,
and one whom 1 thought no temptation
could induce to betray me, I revealed
myself to him, and he carried a note tc
my half-sister, Marlon, for me.
"She had always been kind to me, anc
I had always hoodwinked her as to mj
real character, and thus won her sym
pathy. She sincerely thought I wai
more sinned against than sinning.
"After that Marion met me. but 6h<
had been tracked, and I fled to escape <
detective. One night not long ago, I
chanced to be at the house of Mothei
Kitts, when I discovered, much to mj
surprise, that Marion was a prisoner ii
a rear room there. Unknown to Mothes
Kitts, I had just liberated her, and J
was about to lead her out of that house
when you appeared, Mr. Paxton.
! "I had told Marion that I was a fugi
tive, accused of a crime which I had no)
executed, and, as I took the most solemi
oath that I was innocent, she implicith
( "When she saw you she whispered ai
che snatched a revolver from my hand
'Flee, I'll prevent his following you.'
Then it was that she confroted you ii
tho door, with the revolver leveled
while I escaped through a rear exit.
"After ray escape, 1 tried in vain tc
learn what had become of Marion.
"Before 1 knew that the money paid
to Pratt and Weeks by my father war
marked, I gave Marion a ten-dollar not?
from the money I had received from th<
men who betrayed me.
"By Levi Kredge I had previously
sent Marion a photograph of myself
taken while I was in disguise, so that
che would knew me when we met."
With this Reid Oakburn was silent.
The mystery of Marion's connection
with the" supposed assassin, and as tc
how she came by the marked bank not?
which she had changed at the litth
shop where Paxton received it, wa^. ex?
"Who do you suspect is your father's
murderer?" asked Paxtou.
"Levi Kredgo!" answered Reid Oak?
burn in a tone of conviction.
"Beoause ho was flush of money after
tho murder, and it was not marked
money he had. I think he robbed my
father's little private safe, after killing
tho old gentleman."
The detective questioned Reid Oak?
burn further, but nothing worthy of
record was elicited after that, and the
interview was cut short by the arrival of
one of Paxton's agents, with a note from
the villainous janitor, who requested
him to come to his cell as soon as possi?
ble, as he had decided to make a con?
"Will he confess the murder? How
wiU the mystery be explained?" won?
He felt that the denouement was sure?
ly near at hand, and he hastened with?
out the least delay to the Tombs, where
Levi Kredge was confine I:
As soon as he was in Kredge's cell the
"I am going to make a clean breast of
the job. I don't want to be put on trial
for John Oakburn's murder."
"You've come to your senses at last."
"Yes; now listen:"
. On the night of John Oakburn's death,
I entered ene omce mrough the rear
window where you found my tracks. I
had found out that John Oakburn kept
a large sum of money in his little safe,
and having a duplicate key to it, I
meant to rob it.
I had entered the office, after forcing
open the blinds and raising the window,
and had robbed the safe and locked it
up again just as I had found it after se?
curing the money, nearly eighty thou?
sand dollars, on my person, when sud?
denly John Oakburn entered the outer
I had only time to hide behind a deBk
when he carno into the interior office,
and hastily unlocked bis little privato
I shall never forget the cry of agony
he uttered when he discovered that the
safe had been robbed.
He reeled into the outer office and fell
into a chair.
The old man had paid the seventy
eight thousand dollars he drew from the
bank that afternoon, and which belonged
to Garrison, to save a scapegrace son of
his from arrest Pratt aud Weeks had
captured that son, and to them Joha
Oakburn paid Garrison's money, intend?
ing to replace it with the money which
was In his little safe.
I remember the way the old man mut?
tered as he sat there after ho discovered
the loss of his money.
"I am ruined, I am an embezzler,,I
have appropriated my employer's money
to my own use, I have betrayed a sacred
trust. I have kept it a secret that I had
saved a large sum of money, and that
lt was in my little safe. My story will
not be credited. I will not live to suffer
this awful disgrace, I whose one wish
was to live an honest man, and dying
leave a spotless refutation, 1 will die by
my own hand."
It was like that he went on, I almost
remember his exact words. Then ho
seized a pen and began to write, I
watched him breathlessly, and bad as I
am, I resolved lo save his lire, to pre?
vent his committing suicide.
When he had written for some time,
he came to his safe again, and took out
a pistol. He carried the weapon out
into the outer office, and I heard him
"I will kill myself in ten minutes."
I saw him sit down, pistol in hand,
and watch the clock. The time was al?
most up, and I was about to rush out
and disarm him, when ho threw down
the pistol saying, "Iamafraid." I saw
that he trembled from head to foot.
After that he paced the room for a mo?
ment or so, but finally he picked up tho
pen and wrote a few lines. Then as if
ho had decided, he picked up the pistol
"I cannot face the weapon. The sight
of the pistol unnerves me. If I could
not see, I might have the nerve to pull
Then he took up the pistol once more,
opened a drawer and took out a ball of
twine. Tying one end of the twine to
the trigger of the pistol, after cocking it
he placed the weapon ina bracket at the
side of the door, where there had been
a lamp, and with the cord in his hand
walked back to the table.
Before I could prevent it, and before I
fully comprehended what he intended to
do he pulled the string attached to tho
trigger, the weapon, which was an air
pistol, was discharged without report,
and Oakburn fell dead, shot through tho
back of the head. In his fall he over?
turned the table.
I sprang forward and secured the pa?
per which he had written, for I surmised
it was a statement that ho had com?
Then I left the office as I had entered
it, taking care to close the window and
the blind behind me. I had an idea that
the suicide's last written words might
bo of value to me in case I was sus?
pected, and the result proves that I was
right, said Kredge.
At last the secret of John Oakburn's
fate was revealed. The unfortunate
man had not been murdered, but he had
"In proof of the truth of what I have
told, I'll show you tho paper Oakburn
wrote just before he shot himself. Will
ono of you gentlemen loan me a knife?
I sewed the document up in the lining
ol my coat, so that I could not possibly
lose it," said Kredge.
Paxton gave him a pocket-knife, and,
ripping the lining of his coat, he drew
forth a written paper and handed it to
the detective, who read it.
The contents of the paper read as fol?
To my beloved daughter Marlon and my
respected employer, Jason Garrison;
To save my only eon from a cruel fate, T
paid the mono/ 1 drew from the bank to?
day, $78,000, to Pratt & Weeks, intending
to replace it with the money which I have
taved, and which I had looked up in my
private Rafe. After thu? appropriating the
in'oney that did not belong to mc, I found
my safe had been robted, and all my money
taken. I cannot live to faco my disgrace.
Lot no man bo ticcmod of my murder. To
the caro of the good Lord I commend my
daughter, whom I love, and it lt my prayer
that rdiri rimy bollevo that I am unfortunate,'
not d hmm orel ,. ?/
(Plgnea) Jonx Oakbcrx.
That this letter had been written by
John Oakburn there could be no deubt.
"I was, Indeed, on a false trail, but
tho fact that tho shot which killed Oak?
burn was clearly fired from a distance
caused every one to exclude tho possi?
bility of suicide from the case, said
The detective began to think the mys?
tery of Marion's conduct was clear?
"To shield her father's memory from
dishonor and disgrace, the noble girl,
who must haver Jlrst discovered her
fathar when Stuart Harland saw her
stealthily leaving tho office, removed
the pistol with which he killed himself,
and destroyed every evidence that might
point to suicide, so that the impression
might be given that ho had been mur?
dered and robbed. She is a true heart.
She was, indeed, inspired by a noble
purpose," said Paxton.
"You have stated the truth, I firmly
believe," said Stanmore.
"Yes, you have hit it at last. Marlon
Oakburn is as innocent as you are. As
you say, she wanted to save her father's
memory froifl dishonor," said Kredge. 4
"But what about the money you stole?
You haven't told us where to find that,"
said the detective. . ?'-?.
"I've spent about three thousand dol?
lars of it, and the rest is hid. It's safe,
you can bet on that. Don't fret about
it. I mean to make a bargain with you,"
answered the scoundrel, with a cunning
"In what way?"
"Promise me I'll be discharged and
I'll give up the money."
"we'll see about that," said Paxton.
"Yes; Marion must be consulted,"
"I reckon the girl will be glad to con?
sent to let up on me when sho knows of
the money,' said Kredge. "Now you
understand my remarks which puzzled
you heretofore, I take it," he replied.
"Perfectly," replied Paxton, and ac?
companied by Stanmore ho soon left the
After this, some days elapsed, and,
then to Stanmore's Inexpressible joy,
Marion's malady took a favorable turn.
The physician declared the crisis passed,
and he gave Stanmore the assurance
that Marion would recover.
As soon as she Was sufficiently recov
rred to warrant it, Stanmore told Ma?
rion of tho confession made by Pratt
and Weeks, and by Levi Kredge, the
"We understand the mystery of your
conduct now. You meant that your
father's memory should be shielded.
When you knew that ne appropriated
Garrison's money and committed sui?
cide, you determined that the world
should believe he had been robbed and
murdered," he 6aid.
"Yes, that is the explanation. But I
must tell you all. On the night of my
father's death, I became alarmed at
his absence, and without disturbing any
one, I descended to the office, thinking
it possible he might be there. He some?
time worked in the office; in the evening.
When I entered the office, I found my
father dead. On the floor beside him
was a sheet of paper upou-which ho had
written a few lines. I remember tjjem
well. They were as follows:
" 'Heaven bear witness that I was in
intention innocent, but I have appropri?
ated the seventy-eight thousand dollars
belonging to my employer, which I drew
from the bank to-day, to my own use.
I have decided I shall die by my own
hand, but I cannot face the pistol. I
shall place it in the bracket by the door
and discharge it by means of a string
attachod to tho trigger, while my back
ls turned. Farewell, Marion, my daugh?
ter,' " said Marion.
"Ah, I understand. While Kredge se?
cured the first message written by your
father, when he had clodded to commit
suicide, he did not find the message
which you have repeated," said Stan?
"When I read my dead father's mes?
sage, I resolved that he should not be
branded as a thief, that his memory
should be revered, that ho should leave
behind him tho reputation he dearly
prized, that of an honest man.
"Then I remembered thc pistol, se?
cured the tell-tale letter, and stole from
the office. After concealing the weapon
in my trunk, 1 went to Judith's room, and
then wo descended together to the office.
What ensued you know.
"The paper, upon which I depended
to prove my innocence when I knew \
was suspected as being concerned in
my father's death, was his last message.
I despaired, when I discovered I had
"When, during the process of Stuart
Harland's trial, I became convinced that
he would be found guilty,' I resolved to
tell all, but Judith must have discovered
my intentions, I think, for the night I
made the resolution that on tho follow?
ing day I would come forward with my
testimony and save Stuart Harland, I
was abducted while unconscious from
some anaesthetic which had been ad?
ministered when I slept-, and when I
awoke I found myself a prisoner in the
house of the old woman called Mother
Kitts. When, after Reid's escape, I was
dragged back to the prison-room from
which he had liberated me, I secreted
my father's last message, which was
concealed in my bosom, in a hole in the
wall of the flre-place. Next morning,
after a troubled sleep, I looked for tho
paper and it was gone."
Thus Marion explained, and, further,
she confirmed Reid's statement that he
had deceived her as to his real charac?
Now that sho knew him she despised
him, and a fierce desire that he should
be punished for having indirectly been
the cause of her beloved father's death.
The lovers conversed tenderly for
some time, and at last Stuart left the
bedside of the fair invalid, and sought
Paxton the detective, and together they
proceeded to the house of Mother Kitts.
The flre-place in the roora where Marion
had been imprisoned was demolished,
and there where it had slipped down be?
hind a brick from the aperture, in which
Marion had concealed it, John Oakburn's
message was discovered.
Everything was clear now. Of course
the terrible letter which Paxton had re?
ceived from Judith Kredge purporting
to be the confession of the murder made
by Marion"was a forgery, and that it was
such Judith Kredge subsequently ac?
Stanmore now revealed himself in
proper personality as Donald Wayburn,
and since he had the proof that he was
an honest man, his fiiends of other days
welcomed him home again.
Marion would not consent that the
man whoso deed had driven her father
lo suicide should be allowed to go un?
punished Ul consideration ol hi* rc
turning ihe' money ke: h?d stolen, r.nd
Kredgo was sentenced to a long torin of
Imprisonment. ,. ;i
'r Reid Oakburn died of ccnsumptl. n,
from which ho ha I long suffered wh'.ie
he was hold a prisoner awaiting the ac?
tion of the Denver aajthoritlep.
Judith Kredge waa obliged to return
tho money which she had extorted from
Marlon, and she left New York.
Tratt and Weeks also disappeared.
Of course Stuart Harland's innocence
was proclaimed, and soon after he and
Edna Garrison were married.
Marlon entirely recovered and within
a year sho became the b loved wife ol
him whom we have knqwn as Richard
Jason Garrison was onre more pros?
perous, thanks to St elmore's assistance,
but he never forgot the terrible lesson
taught him by the brigands of Wall
street, and to Sanborn's heirs he paid
the amounfcof the forged check.
Paxton declared that he would find
the money stolen by*Kredge, and atlast,
after encountering many perils, he suc?
ceeded in accomplishing his purpose,
and Marion's fortune was restored to
Tho detective received the reward
Stanmore had promised lum, and he ls
to-day the most successful detective in
True and perfect happiness was the
future lot of Marion and her husband,
and though her conduct had made hei
father's fate a great detective mystery.
Marion's friends honored the purpose
which had actuated her.
The Saucy Little Wretch.
A story is told by Mrs. Elizabeth
Akers Allen, the author of "Rock Me
to Sleep, Mother." "Thc words had
been set to music long before I ever
heard them sung," she- says. "0:ie
day cn the street I was electrified by
hearing a small gamin warbling most
musically the words of my poem. I
stopped short and looked at him. He
was in the midst of 'no other wor?
ship abides and endures,' hut he
broke his tuneful nobes off short as he
saw me and growled: 'What in
are you a-starin' at?'"
He's n S print or.
A Russian athlete, M. Volowskl,
having made a bet that he would
cover thc distance between Bordeaux
and Angouleme, there and back on
foot, a total distance of 145 miles, in
twenty-four hours, started on a re?
cent Sunday morning. Ile returned
on thc following Monday morning,
having accomplished the double jour?
ney in forty minutes less than the
stipulated time, thus winning the
wager ol' 2,000 francs.
Th? Svunlnlous Wretches.
Thc Puritan fathers, who settled
in America, were greatly addicted to
smoking; indeed, the practice became
so common that even these strait?
laced observers of time and seasons
actually smoked in -church. This
custom soon caused very considerable
annoyance, as the religious exercises
were greatly disturbed by the clink?
ing of steels and flints and the clouds
of smoke in church.
I'opulation ot Francs.
The Increase of population in
France during the last five years has
amounted to only one-half of 1 per
cent. The population ef thc great
cities is increasing and that of the
rural districts decreasing.
For two or three years eminent
architects have claimed that the de?
finitive type of commercial architect?
ure had been found in what is known
as the "Chicago system," namely,
a rigid framework of steel forming
the pillars, floor joists, and partitions,
supporting thc roof and upholding
the structure without aid from the
exterior walls, which are a mere
veneer of brick, stone, or terra cotta.
Now, however, comes Gen. Sooy
Smith, himself an engineer of the
highest scientific attainments, and
declares that the steel or iron frame?
work must be discarded and solid
stone pillars substituted If absolute
safety against Are is sought. It is
evident that the adoption of Gen.
Smith's suggestion would greatly de?
crease the available area in a build?
ing, as the size of the columns neces?
sary to support a given weight will
be greater in stone than if they are
made of metal. And as owners seek
the maximum amount of income
producing space it is likely that the
"Chicago system" will be adhered to
despite this scientific criticism of Its
qualities as a fireproof type of con?
Bum? methods have at last
been applied to the work of raising
money for the Grant monument in
New York. Had this been done
seven years ago the monument would
now be finished, and a pride to New
York instead .of a disgrace. That
city gave as freely to the fund for
the relief of Johnstown as any other
in the country. There was method
in the management of that fund.
There were committees to solicit sub?
scriptions from all departments of
trade, and a large amount of money
was raised in a very short time. The
same method is to be applied to the
Grant monument subscription, and,
if it be thorough, the different com?
mittees ought to raise the money
necessary to complete the monument
in a few weeks.
Jones of Binghamton promises to
exhibit at the World's Fair a scale
made of mahogany and aluminum.
It will be gold-mounted and other?
wise got up without regard to ex?
pense, and anybody who knows Jones
knows that he is able to pay the
freight on it.
Every year a layer of the sea,
fourteen feet thick, is taken up into
the clouds. The winds bear their
burden into the land and the water
comes down in rain upon the fields,
to flow back through rivers.
Rev. Joseph Cook has been struck
with a gleam of common sense. He
says that Sunday newspapers are
published to make money. --
nie Mil providing for separate cars for
vhitos and negroes on the railways passed
ho Virginia Senate without a dissenting
rote. The governor's approval is a fore?
In a collision between a special passenger
rain and a freight train at Waycross. (rn.,
Ifteen passengers were injured.
The Philadelphia coroner's jury found
our persons responsible for the death of
Miss May Biblghaus ia the opium joint.
The Cannjohnrio < N. Y.) National Bank
nspended, aud E. J. Graham, national bank
ixaminer, was placed in charge.
Six hundred operptives at the Amerloan
rlide and Leather Company's tanueries in
jowell, Maps., went on a strike.
James and Amos Pierce were arrested lu
Chester. Pa., on suspicion of having mur
lured George B. Eyre.
Frederick Lerapke. a Christian scientist,
jommitted s-ulcide by thrusting his head into
i red hot stove.
six thousand dollars' worth of diamonds
vas stolen from Joseph K. Davidson A Son
The third dynamite outrage in Leadville,
-ol., wrecked the home of A. V. Hunter,
Lewis Havens, of Philadelphia, died sud
lenly in a car at Lenoir, N. C.
A fire at Dawson City destroyed $400,000
vorth of property.
Samuel Peter Meyers was hanged at Som
Bi H. Nicholas, a native of Baltimore, and
superintendent of the New York, Philadel?
phia and Norfolk Railroad,.died in Philadel?
Brigadier General Charles W. Squires, a
prominent Confederate during the Civil War,
lied in St. Louis. Bged sixty.
Judge Wallace, in tho United States Court
it Albany, concurred with the lower court
n refusing to grant a writ of habeas corpus
n the case cf Captain Oberlin M. Carter,
:onvicted of conspiracy against the gov?
May Bebehaus, aged nineteen, died in
Philadelphia from the effects of smoking
?plum in a den.
Julius Bandmann. an old merchant of San
Francisco, is dead.
John Klonthan died at Berryville, Va.,
Count Bonl de Castellane, with his wife.
Vnna Gould, reached New York, and denied
tbsolutely that he had lost anything in spec
datlons, declaring that he had never specu
ated in his life.
A. T. T. Elder, formerly a publisher in
Jhicago, plead guilty in the United States
Jourt. that city, to having used the mails to
Clarence W. Robinson was appointed com
nonwealth'n attorney in Newport News, Va.,
o fill the vacancy caused by the death of J.
i. M. Newton.
John Potter Stockton, formerly United
States senator, who was for years attorney
general of New Jersey, died at the Hotel
Hanover, In New York.
William W. Patch, who during the war
saved General Sherman and his staff from
capture, died at his home in Galesburg, III.
Captain William H. Gibson succeeded Cap
ain Sigsboe as commander of the battleship
rexas at the Brooklyn navy yard.
J. Edgar Walton was arrested In the Chi
:ago National Bank on a charge of forgery.
David Murdock, assistant roadmaster of
the Maryland division of the Pennsylvania
Railroad at Gray's Ferry, Philadelphia, was
killed by a train.
The loss by the fire at the winter quarters
Df the Barnum A Bailey Circus, at Bridge?
port, Ct., is estimated at $125,000. Many
Mrs were destroyed.
Captain Frederick J. Mills, formerly
lieutenant governor of Idaho, who killed J.
C. O'Melveney, was acquitted of murder in
Edward Oswald wns found guilty of mur
lor in the first degree at Camdon, N. J., for
billing his wife and six-year-old child.
Tho Delaware, Lackawanna and Western
Company began shutting down its coalmines
W. J. McConnell, the temperance advocate
of Cleveland, died in Philadelphia from ex?
cessive use of morphia.
John Brown, a notorious chicken thief,
was sentenced, in Norfolk, to tho peniten?
tiary for ten years.
As the result of a family row in New York
between the Collettis and the Spinellas three
of the Collettis were killed and two of the
Spinellas were arrested, the third being a
The British steamer Sutton, with iron ore,
for Philadelphia, was stranded on Fenwick
Island Shoals, near Lewes, Del. Boats from
the revenue cutter Onondaga rescued tho
Marshall Waggoner, au infidel who was
converted to Christianity, burned hts col?
lection of books on Infidelity in tho furnace
of the United Brethren Church at Toledo, O.
Rev. Charles Earl Preston, of Jamestown,
lt. I., who ran away from his wife, was ar?
rested In Troy, N. Y., where he had gone
with a young lady of his church.
Miss Kate Herbotscheimer, of Princeton,
III., was acquitted of the murder of Charles
Salzmun, to whom she had been engaged to
Mrs. Bertha Ruprecht, made despondent
by the death of her husband In Batavia, N.
Y., made a desperate attempt to commit
The will of Father Chiniquy, the excom?
municated priest, who died In Montreal,
gives bis property to his wife and daugh?
Mrs. Anna George, the woman in thc Har?
ton murder case in Cleveland, <)., is now a
cloak model in New York.
Seth Low. president of Columbia College,
was also elected president of Barnard
The Baldwin Locomotive Works is build?
ing thirty locomotives for French railways.
A report comes from Chicago that as a
result of the recent agreements of the trunk
lino officials, separate city ticket offices will
bo abandoned in Baltimore, Philadelphia
and other cities, and joint offices will be
The tobacco growers of North Corollna
have agreed to sell none of their product to
the American Tobacco Company for five
A. S. Van Wickle A; Co., coal miners at
Coleraine, Pa., havo advanced the wages of
their men two per cent.
It is reported that forty thousand miners
in tho anthracito region of Pennsylvania
have decided to strike.
Thomas McDowell, the first mayor of Sac?
ramento, Cal., died at South River, N. J.,
Henry Smith died in Rockbridge county,
Va., aged eighty-nine. He had 262 descen?
Deputy Sheriff Alfred Henry, while feed?
ing the prisoners in the Howell county (Mo.)
jail was dragged into a cell and killed. Ail
the prisoners io the jail escaped.
PLOT OF THK AUTONOMOUS GOVERN?
THE AMBUSH" AT LIPA.
Eleven of the Native Official*, Including
the President and Several Councillors,
Sent to Prison on the Charge of Plotting
Treason?What the Investigation Shows.
?Prominent Men Arrestek.
Manila, (By Cable.)-Mail advices from
Negros bring particulars of the uprising last
month In tho southern part of the island, in
which Lieutenant A. C. Ledyard. Sixth In?
fantry, was killed. Instead of being an un?
important revolt of native police, ns was at
first reported, it appears to have been an
attempt to overthrow American authority.
The movement was started by the chief offi?
cials of the autonomous government, the
men who were elected and inaugurated with
so much ceremony last November.
Eleven of these officials, including the
president and several councillors, were
lodged In jail on charges of plotting treason.
Several secured their release under heavy
bonds, but others remain in prison.
General Smith found evidence that the re?
volting police were following the orders of
the autonomous government, which designed
to use the forces under its control to over?
power the Americans. The plot failed
through being started prematurely, but
Negros was In a state of uneasiness for a
week. Two companies of the Twenty-sixth
Infantry were hurried from Iloilo to rein?
force tho garrison at Bacojod.
The officials arrested include some of the
most prominent men in Negros. It is be?
lieved that they will bo expelled hom tho
The escort of fifty men of Company C.
Thirtieth Iufantry, Lieutenant Ralston com?
manding, which was ambushed near Lipa,
as already cabled, consisted of fifty conva?
lescents from the hospital, who were going
to rejoin the regiment. The insurg?
ents hid in the bushes along the road,
and opened fire upon the pack train from
The Americans, in addition to their casual?
ties, were compelled to abandon the train,
which consisted of twenty-two horses. The
latter, with their packs, all fell into the
hands of tho Insurgents, who pursued the
retreating escort for three miles along tho
road, uutil the Americans wero reinforced.
In the United States Senate Mr. Pritchard,
of North Carolina, made a speech on the race
question In tho South, and Mr. Turner on
the Philippine question. A resolution for an
inquiry Jato polygamy was adopted.
Brigadier General James F. Wade was di
reoted to assume command of the Depart?
ment of the Lakes upon tho retiremont of
Puerto Rican delegates inad>5 arguments
before the Senate committee in favor of free
trade with the island.
Honry A. Hu.ian, ot ?ho WciiUiu nuruiiu,
was probably fatally hurt by a bicycle acct*
The Senate committee Investigating the
bribery charges against Senator Clark, of
Montana, heard a number of witnesses.
Before the House Committee on Coinage,
Weights and Measures Secretary Gage spoke
In favor of the metric system.
The House passed a joint resolution ap?
pointing ex-Secretary Oiney one of there
gents of the Smithsonian Institution.
Surgeon General Wyman has Issued a
brochure on tho history of tho bubonio
General Merritt has been placed in charge
of the funeral of General Lawton.
Brigadier General Thomas M. Anderson
was retired under the age limit.
The Interstate Commerce Committee de?
cided that tho Louisville and Nashville and
tho other companies violated tho interstate
commerce law by discriminating against
Savannah, and ordered a change in rates to
Mr. Hale declared In the Senate that tho
sentiment of the American people was with
the Boors, and not with England, as Mr.
The House Committee on Labor voted
unanimously to report the joint resolution
designed to prevent government bands, mili?
tary and marine, from competing with civ?
Chairman Payne, of the Ways and Means
Committee, introduced in the House a bill to
extend the United States customs and inter?
nal revenue to Puerto Rico.
Tho Pension Appropriation bill, carrying
? 145,245,250, was passed by the House, after
an attack on Pension Commissioner Evans'
, Postmaster General Smith appeared be?
fore the committee investigating the alleged
polygamous status of postal appointees in
An official report of the wreck of the Uni?
ted States steamer Charleston was received
from Captain Pigman.
FATHER CHIM<iLVS WILL.
His Property, Except His Valuable Library,
Left to His Wife.
Kankakee. III., (Special.)-The will of
Father Chlniquy. tho excommunicated
priest, who died in Montreal last year, was
flied In the Kankakee County Court. In the
will Father Ohiniquy says he dies in the
faith of the Presbyterian Church.
His property he leaves to his wife and
daughters, except his library, worth t7.00">,
which he bequeaths to his mi-in-law. Rev.
Joseph Morin, who is eanryiflg on 'Vier
Cblnlquy's missionary work in Cara';.;, ac
cording to the dead priest's direct'T^.
A number of towns along the Rhine. In
Germany, are flooded, sudden thaws causing
the river to rise ten feet in twenty-four
The French Chamber of Deputies voted
confidence In tho government on au inter?
pellation criticizing the government's inde?
cision in the recent miners' strike.
German parliamentarians say that the fate
of the Naval bill in tho Reichstag is by no
The Marquis dc Castellane, father of the
Count' denies reports that his son had failed
to meet his obligations, due to bourse spec?
ulations, but it is stated that tho Count was
involved in private speculation, and suffered
on account of the depression caused by
British reverses in South Africa. Rumors
place his losses at 3.000,000 francs.
The Empress of China has again vested
Ll Hung Chang with vice regal power, and
given him the difficult task of dealing with
the aggression of the French on thc southern
frontier of China.
No. 083. Made in 64, 48, 42, 36 Inch widths.
$2.26 buys this Brass-trimmed White
Enameled Bedstead. In stock in all
widths; length, 75 inches. It has one
inch pillars, two-inch brass vases and
cans. This bod retails at from 6 to 6
Buy of the maker and savo tho mid?
dleman's largo profits. Our Catalogues
are mailed for the asking. Complete
lines of Furniture, Carpets, Draperies,
Crockery, Pictures, Mlrrois, Stoves,
Refrigerators, Raby Carriages, Lamps,
Bedding, etc., are contained in these
books. Our Lithographed Carpet Cata
colors is also free; if Carpet Samples aro
wanted mail us 8c. in stamps. Drop a
postal at once to tho money-savers
and remember (hal we pay
freight this month on purchases
of Carpets, Lace Curtains, For?
tier* and Rugs amounting to
$9.00 and over.
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Please mention this Paper.
THE OLD DOMINION.
LATEST NEWS GLEANED FROM VARI?
OUS PARTS OF VIRGINIA.
CAPITATION TAX BILL.
Resolution Ordered to Engrossment in the
Legislature?Decided Opposition to It ?
A North Carolinian's Story of a Moon?
shiner Outrage?George Ashby Arrested,
Charged with Cutting Logan Ballinger.
One of the most interesting debates of this
session of the Virginia Assembly took place
in the Senate. The subject under consider?
ation was tho LeCato resolution so amend?
ing the Constitution as to make the prepay?
ment of the capitation tax the prerequisite
to vote. The proposition failed a few days
ago, but was passed by and came up on a
reconsideration. There was very decided
opposition expressed to the resolution. The
antagonism of most of those who spoke was
based upon the fear that such Tegislatlon
might imperil the question of calling a con?
stitutional convention. Several of the speak?
ers pointed out the fact that the delinquents
who were aimed at in the LeCato resolution
would be apt to show their opposition to ?
call for a convention when it ls submitted to
the voters. Home of the speakers intimated
that it was likely that the desire to defeat
the convention inspired some of the friends
of the measure under consideration.
Peppered With Shot.
Wounded in tho fn/>? ??????? ? ?!flah?n?4 ??.!
carrying more than 100 shot holes lu his
back and head, John W. Godwin. 30 years
old, arrived in Suffolk from Ahoskie, N. C..
from whence he had fled to escape death at
the hands of a mob. He was glad to get
away with his lifo, though with a perforated
skin, and says he has left his North Carolina
home for good and in now trying to buy a
farm in this vicinity. Godwin has been per?
secuted by alleged moonshiners who thought
he had been an informant. He used to be a
secret service agent connected with the Ra?
leigh offloe. This fact, taken in connection
with a seizure near Ahoskie of a corn whisky
distillery, caused suspicions that he" had
given information to Internal revenue offi?
cers. Godwin, who is almost a giant in
stature and who says he can compete with
any two of his antagonists in the open, was
first attacked three weeks ago. He and a
relative, Edward Parker, were shot from le
hind while walking the streets of Ahoskie at
night. Both were wounded in many places
with small shot. He had partially recovered
from the wounds, when three men attacked
him at his home, half a mile from the town.
He was waked by rapid gunshots and by a
wound inflicted on his nose while lying in
bed. Large rifle balls penetrated the out?
side walls and were burled In the ceiling
about the bed. Godwin and his wife, who is
a frail woman, sought refuge In a second
story. They had two pistols and a shotgun,
but did not return the fire.
George Ashby Arrested.
George Ashby, a young white mau well
know in Berryville, was arrested Tuesday
night while hiding in a barn on the farm of
Mrs. Arthur Allen, just across the West Vir?
ginia line. Ashby and Mr. Logan Ballinger
got into a difficulty in a store at GayI-jrd,
Clarke county, in which Ashby cut Ballinger
badly with a knife. A warrant was sworn
out by Ballinger and Sheriff W. W. Small?
wood with a posse of three located Ashby
and arrested him at the point of a pistol.
Justice John T. Crow heard the case and
sent the accused on for the action of the
Tucker Memorial Hall.
The roof of the John Randolph Tucker
Memorial Hall, at Washington and Lee
University, bas been completed and tin*
building now presents quite an attractive
appearance with its massive walls of native
limestone and slate roof. The interior work
is progrossitig .'acidly and th??re is "verv
prospector t (-,?-> magnificent building MOB
being comploted in its entirety
Uro in Brunawk 1?
New?) has beon reCfliTcioi the burning of
the dwelling of N. T. furdy. In firunswh-k
county, a few nights ago. The ']re origi?
nated from a defective Hue. Pwon
were asleep in the house came near being
burned to death. One had to jump from a
window and tho other on leaving the kOVM
was badly burned and Is now confined to
the house from his injuries.
Mr. John William Fletcher, one of tho
wealthiest residents of Rappahannock coun?
ty, died Thursday of heart disease.
Mr. Jacob Matte, of Shenandoah county,
celebrated his ninety-third birthday. He is
in good health and his mind is clear.
Mrs. Sarah C. Jopling was burned to death
in Botetourt county recently, her clothing
having caught Uro while she was preparing
Charles Beasley, of Richmond, was run
over by a street car and sustained injuries
which caused his death in a few hours.
R. P. C. Sanderson, of the motive power
department of tho Norfolk and Western at
Roanoke, has resigned and gone to Chicago,
where he has accepted a place In the motive
power departm ut of the Atchiaon, Topeka
and Santa Fe Railroad.