The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914, November 11, 1908, Image 1
he ttectt Wayne County Organ i .saemi-weeKiv rounaca in 1908 of the REPUBLICAN PARTY j i Weekly Founded, 1844 t 7K 65th. YEAE. HONBSDALB, WAYNE CO., PA., WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1908. NO. 34 CHESS TRIAL 1 Farmhand Faces Charge of Murdering Four. WO THE WOMAN DIE IN FIRE? Lamphere Is Accused of Burning .Home, With Woman and Chil dren, After Aiding to Mur der Hen Lured Thither. Laportc, Ind., Nov. 0. Ray Lam VPhere, former farmhand for Mrs. Belle Gun n oss, proprietor of the "mur der fnrm," was placed on trial here to day on the charge of murdering the woman, her three ehlldreu and An drew Helgeleln. Judge Hlcbter presides at the trial. A special venire has been called to provide a jury, and It Is the Intention of Prosecuting Attorney Smith to car ry through the trial without delay. Lnmphere's attorneys, Messrs. Darrow and Worden, are determined to clear their client an soon as possible. "We shall make a determined effort to prove that Lamphere set Are to Hip Gunness house, thereby causing the deaths of Mrs. Gunness and her chll dreu," said Mr. Smith. "We also be lieve that we can connect him with the - murder of Andrew Helgeleln." ;"We are going to clear Lamphere," said Attorney Worden. "The state has no case against him for the death of Mrs. Gunness." Opinion as to the farmhand's guilt seems to be about equally divided In the town. There are. those who hold that he was a willing tool of Mrs. Gunness In doing away with the WAY LAJlfHUKhi. men whom she murdered after rob bing them and that jealousy brought him to the point of burning up the woman and her children. Others 'hold that he Is not mentally accountable and not capable of planning so atro cious a crime. Fifty witnesses In the case have been called upon to bo ready today to tell what they know of the proceed lags at tho "murder farm." The Gunness case startled the world last spring, when It was demonstrated beyond a doubt that the woman had lured hither a number of men from various parts of the country by means of advertisements in matrimonial pa pers and had then done them to death for their money. Among them was Andrew Helgeleln. The finding of bones on the farm after the place was burned led to the disclosure of the crimes. For many days the remains t of the woman and her children were sought. It was .reported that she was seen in varlous-'parts of the United States, but the reports were not veri fied. The coroner's verdict was that she perished in the fire. Before this verdict was reached Lamphere had been arrested on the charge of killing Mrs. Gunness and aiding her In put ting out of the way the men who had been traced to Laporte. Flowers and Dovei For King Mrnuel. Oporto, Nov. 0. King Manuel made n state visit to this city, which is the center of republicanism. Vast crowds gave him a tremendous ovation, ladles In balconies showering him with flow ers and letting loose flocks of doves. No Drinks For Railroad Clerks. Portland, Ore., Nov. 9. Ralph Rials dell, auditor for the Harrlman roads here, nnnounced that any oue of his COO clerks would be dismissed forth with If detected taking a drink or even visiting a saloon. Leap From Liner at 8aa. New York, Nov. O.-The French Hue steamer La Touralne, from Havre, re ports that J. T. Leguerre jumped over board in mldocean. The steamer stop ped and lowered n boat, but no trace of the man could be found. TAFT'S RELICI. President Answers Inquiries Made Before Election. 'HIS OWN PRIVATE CONCERN!" He Points Out That In His Cabinet "Catholic, Protestant, Chris tian and Jew" Sit Side by Side. Washington, Nov. 0. "Secretary Taft's religious faith is purely his own private concern and not a matter for general discussion and political dis crimination," says President Roose velt lu a letter he made public in which he answers numerous correspondents: I received many letters during the cam paign expressing dissatisfaction with Mr. Tuft on religious grounds some of tliem on the ground that he was a Unitarian and others on the ground that he was suspected to be In sympathy with Cath olics. I did not answer any of these let ters during the campaign because I re garded It as an outrage even to agltat such a question as a man's religious con victions with the purpose of Influencing a political election. You ask that Mr. Taft shall "let the world know what his religious belief is." This is purely his own private concern, and It Is a matter between him and his Maker, a matter for his own conscience, and to require it to be made public un der penalty of political discrimination Is to negative the llrst principles of our gov ernment, which guarantee complete re ligious liberty. Mr. Taft never asked my advice In the matter, but If he had asked it I should have emphatically advised him against thus stating publicly his religious belief. The demand for a statement or a candidate's lellglous belief can have no meaning except that there may be dis crimination for or against him because of that belief. To discriminate against a thoroughly upilght citizen because he belongs to some particular church or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church Is ah outrage against that liberty of conscience which Is one of the foundations of American life. You are entitled to know whether a man seeking your suffrage is a man of clean and upright life, honorable In all his dealings with his fellows and fit by qualification and purpose to do well in the great office for which he Is a candi- Hale', "Isut you" are" not entitled 10"know matters which lie purely between him self and his Maker. If It Is proper or legitimate to oppose a man for being a Unitarian, as was John Quincy Adams, for Instance, as Is the Rev. Edward Everett Hale, at the present moment chaplain of the senate ana an American or whose lire all good Americans are proud, then It would be equally proper to support or, oppose a man because of his view on justification by faith or the method of administering the sacrament or the gospel of salvation by works. Now, for your objections to him bo cause you think his wife and brother to be Roman Catholics. As It happened, they are not, but If they were or If he were a Roman Catholic himself It ought not to affect in the slightest degree any man supporting him for the position of president. You say that "the mass of the voters that are not Catholics will not support a man for any ofilce, especially for president of the United States, who Is a Roman Catholic." I believe that when you say this you foully slander your fellow countrymen. I do not foi one moment believe that the mass of our fellow citizens or that any considerable number f our fellow citizens can be In fluenced by such narrow bigotry as to re fuse to vote for any thoroughly upright and fit man because he happens to have a particular religious creed. Are you aware that there are several states in this Union where the majority of the people are now Catholics? I should rep robate In the severest terms the Cath olics who In those states refused to vote for the most fit man because he happened to bo a Protestant, and my condemnation would be exactly as severe for Protestants who under reversed cir cumstances refused to vote for a Cath olic. I know Catholics who have for many years represented constituencies mainly Protestant and Protestants who have for many years represented constituencies mainly Catholic, and among the congress men whom I know particularly well was one man of Jewish faith who represented a district in which they were hardly any Jews at all. I believe that this republic will endure for many centuries. If so, there will doubtless be among Its presidents Prot estants and Catholics and very probably at some time Jews. In my cabinet there sit side by side Catholic and Protestant, Christian and Jew, each man chosen because In my be lief he Is peculiarly fit to exercise on be half of all our people the duties of the office to which I have appointed htm. AECTIC EXPLORER BACK. Leffingwoll Discovered Three Rivers In Northern Alaska. San Francisco, Nov. 0. Ernest Let flugwell, geologist and explorer, who was with EJuar Mikkelsen on the arctic expedition in the schooner Duchess of Bedford, which was wrecked in 1007, has arrived from Point Darrow on tho whaling vessel Harwhal, no is the last man of the expedition to return, Lefniigwell discovered nnd mapped three rivers lu the extreme northern part of Alaska. All three empty into the Arctic ocean. This sudden interest in brakes at the German imperial palace leads to a sus picion that Grandfather William II, Is setting ready to slow down. IS Passes Away in Paris From Pulmonary Congestion. AT THE AGE OF SEVENTY-SEVEN His First Play Was Hissed, but He Died With Title of France's Greatest Contemporary Dramatist. Paris, Nov. 0. Victorlen Sardou, the famous dramatic author, died here of pulmonary congestion. He was the dean of French drainntlsts and n mem ber of the French academy. The man whose first play was hissed nnd who then wanted to go to America to seek his fortune died rich and honored, with the proud title of France's great est and niost prolific contemporary dramatist. Victorlen Sardou was possessed of singular charm and was greatly be loved. He was born in Paris' Sept. 7, 1831, the sou of Leandre Sardou, an educationalist. At first ho studied medicine, but was obliged, in conse quence of the embarrassments of his family, to give private lessons in his tory, philosophy and mathematics. He also made attempts in literature, writ ing articles for several reviews and for the minor journals. Ills first comedy, "La Taverne des Etudlants," was produced in 1834 In the Odeon, then the second state thea ter, but it proved a complete failure. Ho then wrote tho comedy "Les Pattes de Mouche," which was produced with great success in 1800 and subsequent ly adapted for the English stage un der tho title of "A Scrap of Paper." At the age of seventy-five Sardou witnessed the production of his latest drama, "L' Affaire des rolsons," at the Porte St. Martin theater. This play, which has to do with the infamous poisoning camarilla which existed un der the reign of Louis XIV. and which was presented for the first time on Dec. 7 last, Is still running to crowded houses. - ' In 1857 M. Sardou was in a state of abject poverty and extreme distress, He was living in a garret nnd was prostrated by typhoid fever, but a neighbor, Mile, de ltrecourt, nursed hliir with tender care during his 111- uess, from which he slowly recovered. He married her in the following year and was by her introduced to Mile, Dejazet, who had just established the theater which was named after her, M. Sardou's earlier pieces', after his first failure, were performed at this theater. Nine years after his marriage gloom was temporarily cast over his. career by the death of his wife. Almost every land knows the stage heroes nnd heroines born out of Sar dou's resourceful mind. Mme. Sarah Bernhardt lias won her greatest trl- umphs in roles he wrote for her, such as Tosca, Fedora, Theodora and GIs monda. "Mme. San Gene" was writ ten for Mme. Itejane, in which she portrayed tho outspoken, good hearted wife of Marshal Lcfcvre. It was translated Into English, and Sir nenry Irving and Miss Terry were seen in it at the Lyceum. The great English actor also nppeared in "Robespierre' and other products of the genius of tho master Frenchman. He married on June 17, 1872, Mile. Soulier, daugh- ter of the conservateur of the Museum of Versailles. He was decorated with the Legion of Honor In 1803 nnd was elected a member of the French aend- emy In 1877. POLICEMAN FOUND GUILTY. Borrowed Money From Salvation Army Lassie In Restaurant. New York, Nov. 0. Fol Iceman George E. Strcblc has been found guilty of "borrowing" nlcklcs, dimes and dollars from Mrs. Esther Qulnn, a Salvation Army "lassie," until he owed her $20. He was stationed In front of Mar tins', the Broadway restaurant, and obtained money from Mrs. Qulnn as she entered the cafe to pass her tam bourine. The policeman's wife at his trial wore diamonds worth at least $1,000. HAINS CASE CALLED TODAY. Affidavits Alleging Insanity Under Con sideration of Court. Flushing, N. Y., Nov. 0. The case of Captain Peter Ilalus and T. Jenkins Halus, accused as principal nnd acces sory in the murder of William E. An nls, who was shot following, as the defense claims, undue intimacy be tween Annls nnd Mrs. Peter Ilalns, was called here today. Judge Aspluwall has Under consider ation affidavits designed to sustain the claim that Captain Halns is not In a fit mental condition to undergo trial at this time. m Arc Our "Good Roads" Bad? In calling our "good roads" poor roads the Engineering News Is care ful to distinguish between the well built and the well maintained. A re cent issue of this paper discusses the subject editorially and, citing the roads of England for example, says that good roads cared for are always good. But too often we construct cost ly macadam highways and then let them go to ruin. Says the News: 'Repair" does not mean the restoration of ruined portions of the road, but cur rent maintenance. England not only has regular road repair, but oven the refine ment of sweeping. The macadam roads that are most often pointed to with pride, "the best that we can show In New Jer sey or New York or Massachusetts," re ceive no greater maintenance attention than our worst neglected roads. They are built well, but they are not maintain ed well, with the partial exception per haps of the roads of one state, they are not maintained at all, In fact. And this, no doubt, is responsible lor some or the difference between American and English roads. . Pertinent to this question are the views of Mr. Samuel Hill, a Washing ton delegate to the International Roads association, which met In Paris In October. Mr. Hill says that "any country In Europe" maintains better roads than the United States and that the root of the trouble with this coun try is lack of competent engineers. To quote fuither: The only way Is to establish a good, thorough course of highway engineering in the universities. Our engineers are surely as good as any Europeans, but you cannot ask the farmer to run a bank, and you cannot ask a man lacking the necessary knowledge to build a good road. Of course the department of agri culture Is largely to blame. The officials there seem to think that as long as a road Is open and traversable, no matter how It Is built, It Is all right, and that's the end of It. They don't appreciate that the farmer can haul his freight over a clean cut path In half the time that Is taken over a crooked, rocky road Bucn as those of which we boast. In the article quoted above the En gineering News says that there Is mon ey enough spent in road maintenance In this country, but the work is with out competent direction. Until the system is changed the public will con tinue "to consign its Investments of $5,000 to $8,000 per mile to rot aud neglect." Paper From Corn. Still another, valuable byproduct of tho xorn crop is promised by recent experiments of the agricultural de partment. Uncle Sam's chemists have succeeded In making five grades of pa per out of cornstalk pulp. It is be lieved by the experimenters that a very good substitute for the wood pulp paper in use can be manufactured in well nigh limitless quantities out of' cornstalk fiber. Great quantities of cornstalks are destroyed every season or put to use far less remunerative than would be the case if the cornstalk grower could find a market for the stalks with' tho paper maker. There wouldbe;'less danger of financial distress, too,j when bumper crops send the price' of the grain down, and tho wasteful'lnroads upon tho forests for paper pulp might be stopped if the almost useless stalk can bo turned into printing paper. FARM LIFE HEARING TODAY. President's Commission Taking Test) mony at College Park, Md. College Park, Md., Nov. 9 Inquiry into the conditions of rural and agri cultural life by the commission ap pointed by President Roosevelt and headed by Dean Bailey of the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell began in earnest with a hear ing by the commission today in this town. ' The commission has mapped out an itinerary covering the entire country, .and the next ten days will be spent In the south, the schedule during that period including Richmond, Va.; Ra- lelgh, N. C; Spartansburg, S. C; Ath ens, Ga.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lexington, Ky., and Washington. Killed In Election Quarrel. Annlstou, Ala., Nov. 9. In a fight at Edwardsvllle James Vaughan, a college student, shot and instantly killed Jacksou Barker and wounded Elbert Jones and Bart McCormlck. Vaughan was placed In jail. The fight grew out of an election day quarrel. Job Hedges Assistant Treasurer. Washington, . Nov. 9. President. Roosevelt selected Job E. Hedges of New York as assistant treasurer of the United States at New York to succeed Hamilton Fish, who resigned the of fice to become a candidate for con cress. It is understood that Mr, Hedges has signified bis willingness to accept the position. Brooklyn Chanoellor at Rome. Rome, Nov. 0. Mgr. G. W. Munde- letn, chancellor of the diocese of Brooklyn, has arrived here on orders from Bishop MacDonnell to represent Brooklyn at the Jubilee mass Nov. 10. LEST WE FORGET. The Old Honcsdalc Academy. FIFTH ARTICLE. Almost directly opposite the rear en trance of the magnificent new high school building now being built, stands the fine residence belonging to the Geo. F. Bentley estate, and at present oc cupied by the family of Hon. Leopold Fuerth, No. 1022 Court, street. Thus, figuratively, may the old extend the hand of welcome to tho new, for the Bentley house, transformed as it is into a commodious and attractive residence, was more than half a century ago the old Honesdalo Academy, and stood fac ing on Church Btreet, between 10th and lltli, where the imposing brick . and stone front of the new structure now in carved letters announces the "Hones dale High School." The Academy building was erected in 1833, but it was not at first devoted to the teaching of the higher branches. For five years it ranked simply as one of the public schools of the borough, of which there were at that time three or four. In 1838 the Academy was opened, with Henry Seymour, A. B., a graduate of Amherst College,-as the first princi pal. He was followed as the head of the school by Prof. Morse and Willard Richardson, respectively. In 1830 Ben jamin B.Smith, who was born in Frank lin, Susquehanna county, in 1815, and had taken a partial course at Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., afterwards spending some years in teaching at ,Dundaff, came to Honesdale and en rolled as a student in the Academy. In 1841 lie succeeded Willard ' Richardson as principal ; a position which lie filled with the greatest acceptability for ten years. Though a thorough disciplinary an lie was greatly beloved by his pupils, in whose playspell amusements lie took interest, and which he did all in his power to make attractive. He believed in athletic sports, and among other ap pliances calculated to develop the phy sical as well as the mental capabilities of the Academy boys, the writer well re- members the tall sprue pole planted in the back playground, with its revolving wheel on top, to whicli were attached a number of ropes whereby the lads were enabled to "swing around the. circle" in double quick time without "ITjang off at a tangent. ' Mr. Smith married Betsey Hannah Brush, daughter of Deacon Stephen Brush in December of the year he be came principal. The trustees of the Academy at that time were J. B. Wal ton, A. H.Farnhani, John D. Delezenne Stephen W. Genung, -Amory l'res cott and John Torrey. Mr. and Mrs Smith were the only teachers for four years, but in 1845 the patronage had in creased sulhcientiv to warrant tne en gagenient of an assistant, and Miss R iHf Jackson was chosen for that posi tioh. She was announced as a "teacher Inf. Menerierice.." but her exnerience in th'e-' Academy only extended over the winter term of twenty-two weeks. At that time pupils froni out-of-town were accommodated with board m the prm cipal's family for $1.50 per week. Charles Sherman Minor came to Honesdale in 1844. lie was born Washington, Conn., in 1818, and grad uated from Yale College in 1841. Afte receiving his diploma lie taught sebbol for some time at Wellsboro,Tioga coun ty, at the same time pursuing the study of the law. On coining here in 1844 lie was admitted to the bar, hanging out his shingle over Dr. Edwin Graves' drug store, where, besides his legal practice lie did considerable business as commissioner for tho acknowledgment of deeds, etc., for New York State. In April, 1840, Mrs. D. Greene, formerly preceptress of the Milford Academy having succeeded Miss Jackson as fe male assistant, Mr. Minor was added to the list of instructors. In tho announce ment of the opening of the fall term of 1847 appeared the following : "The le male Department will be under "charge of Miss Nancy F, Brown, of Utica, N Y. Miss Brown has been educated for the express' piirposo of becoming teacher, and from the recommendations which she bears and' from the opportui: ity we have had 'of observing her mode of teaching and governing her pupils w are confident in saying that she has both the natural and acquired qualifica tions requisite tofit-her for her station. Miss Brown had charge of the second story class rooms of the old Academy and by no means the least exacting the duties whicli fell to her lot was the ringing of the bell tho very same bell whicli lias assembled the succeeding generations of Honesdale school boyi and girls from that day to this. The bell, perched in a little cupola on the roof, was connected with tho school room by a rope dangling through tl ceiling, and eight times-a day, for all the school days of the year, the pretty teacher (all of the old scholars, no mat ter how grey they may be now, will re member how attractive she was in their eyes, then,) yanked away at that bell rope, much, doubtless to her annoy ance if not her disgust. The bell itself lias something of a history. It has done duty here for three score and ten years, having been brought to Honesdale in 1848, before whicli date it was in use as steamboat bell on the Hudson River. As stated, Miss Brown was educated expressly with a view to teaching, and- as promised a situation when she should have completed her studies. The place was found for her, but it happen ed to be in a Southern State, and her mother objected to her accepting it, as would take her so far from home. The ' preceptress then told her that if any nearer-by situation offered she would be preferred, and soon afterward an ap- lication was received from B. R. Smith for a lady teacher to come to Hones dale. When Miss Brown came here she was nineteen' years old. She is here still, a comely matron, better known since March 30, 1848, when she was married, as Mrs. C. S. Minor. Mr. Minor, her fellow teacher, who after- ard became distinguished as a lawyer, died several years ago. In 1852 the old Academy building was sold to Howkin B. Beardslee, then the -ditor of the Wayne County Herald, and by him "removed to a lot on Court street, and converted into a dwelling house in whicli his family resided for a number of years. The more imposing and commodious structure whicli was erected on its site, was first occupied in May, 1853. The trustees at that time were R. L. Seely, T. II. R. Tracy, S. D. Ward, S. E. Dimmick, James R. Dickson and F. B. I'enniman. Perhaps Alex. W. Dickson, of Scranton, son of Judge James R. Dickson, if this para graph meets his eye, may brush up the memory of- his early Honesdale days sufficiently to recall when lie used to bo senr, by his mother to sit in a little chair beside Miss Brown in the school room, with a view to the beneficial effect of the association on his future de velopment. The faculty was made up of teachers of exceptional attain ments, Charles N. Todd and John Proc tor being associated as principals, with a corps of able assistants, including Mrs. C. T. Tracy, Miss Abbio R. Knight, Miss C. S. Scott and Godfrey Staeubly. Va rious.prijicipals. BUCQeejiciLMssrq. Todd and Proctor, the school continually growing in popularity and patronage until 18(11, when the property was sold to the school directors of the borough, and The Honesdale Academy became a thing of the past. In the October 7th chapter of .iJiis series, a list ot upwards ot one nunarea names was given as signers of a petition sent from Honesdale in 1851, praying the Legislature to take over as part of the State public works the Pennsylvania sec tion of the Del. & Hud. Canal. So far as the writer was informed not one of those signers was still in the land of the living, but the following letter happily corrects us on this point : Newark Valley, N. Y., Oct. 20th, 1908. ' A com- of vour naper of Oct. 7th, was sent me by a friend, and I see m tne same a list oi ine signers to mo anti-D. & H. Petition, 57 years ago. You also state that not one of those is living now. I am liannv to inform you I was one of the signers, and that I am still living and enjoying very good health. I was brought up near tne faatz x iireeiey glass factory. My father moved from Vernon, N. v., when I was four years old. He worked in the factory, being a glass blower. I am now in my 7'Jth year. I also wish to say I was personally acquainted with over a nunureu oi mose signers. lours Jtespeciiuny, UKOKGK U11EIN1SK. Governor Stuart Praises Guard. Gov. Stuart pays this high compli ment to the National Guard of the State, in speaking of the late Founders' Week, in Philadelphia : "The entire division appeared for tho first time m its history in full dress uni form, and made an exhibit that reflected the highest credit upon the organization, and that must have been a matter of personal pride, as it was of honor to ev ery officer and enlisted man who par ticipated in the demonstration. "The behavior of the troops was be yond reproach or criticism. No com plaint as to unsoldierly conduct was re ceived or heard. The reputation for good conduct and soldierly deportment of the citizen soldiery of the Commonwealth was maintained to a degree that should make every man who wears the uniform of the National Guard proud of the privilege to be enrolled and serve as a soldier." IN an article on thepcople of Morocco utritor in " Wi nit m" HDl-H ! TllPV ha'0 some queer adages and some that Close st, Moamlilu ntira Tliim. tlinv sav- "The camel cannot see its hump, but plainly sees tho one on its neignuor- ; jib who depends on his neighbor will go to bed hungry' ; 'A wise enemy is better than a stupid friend' : 'Cross the rushing stream, but beware of tho quiet, noise less one." Advertise in THE CITIZEN.