The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914, December 15, 1909, Image 2

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OF $200,000 LEGACY
Henry Colter Robbed in Youth
in West Was Left Fortune by
Man Who Wronged Him
Strange Story Revealed In Papers
Found by the Man's 8liter Since
His Burial Money In Brazil, but He
, was Never Able to Get It.
Newark. N. J. The death In this
city of Henry Colter, who was seventy
years old, a veteran of the civil war,
has revealed the fact that ho devoted
tho last thirty years of his life search
ing for a legacy of $200,000, which
was bequeathed him by a stranger
who had wronged him half a century
The discovery was made by his sis
ter, Mrs. James H. Fleming, who is
past seventy and who lives with her
son-in-law, Henry Helms, at No. 224
Seventeenth street, Brooklyn. She
bad not seen her brother in fifty-five
years until she looked upon him in
death a few days ago. And in nearly
threescore years the only tidings she
received of him were borne on a por
tal card stating that he was "alive
and well."
Before he was twenty years old Col
ter went to Portland, Ore., where,
with a man named Lane, he engaged in
the wholesale grocery business. They
grew rich rapidly. Every few months
Colter went to San Francisco by ship
to bank the profits.
On one of these Journeys, when he
had $12,000 in gold in a satchel, and
the vessel was only two days out from
Portland, Colter was stricken with
fever. Realizing that delirium was
about to seize him, he intrusted the
money to a young friend who shared
his stateroom. This companion also
took the fever, and fearing to trust
the satchel to anyone, he threw it In
a dark corner under the berth. That
was the last ever seen of it.
The man recovered soon after the
ship reached San Francisco. A search
was made for the money, but it could
not be found. Information that Colter
received led him to suspect a Brazil
ian, who had been a passenger on the
vessel. Colter learned that this man
had gone to New York and he follow
ed him East as soon as his health
would permit.
Ignorant of the Brazilian's name, ex
cept that with which the West had
supplied him gratuitously, but with
an indelible mental picture of the
thief, Colter took the trail. He car
ried on his search alone and after a
few months learned that the Brazilian
had sailed for his native land.
Colter's funds were about exhaust
ed. He wrote to his partner in Port
land for money and waited three
months for a reply, but none came.
Colter could not extend his credit in
New York, nor could he lorrow
enough to return West.
He was In a quaddary what steps to
take when war was declared between
North and South. Colter enlisted In
the Union ranks, fought with honor
and when peace came he went back
West with the pay he had earned as
a soldier. Things were greatly chang
ed. He had been given up as dead by
his friends.
He was about to engage in business
again when he read In a paper of the
death of the Brazilian. The man left
a confession In which he told of rob
bing Colter of the $12,000. With this
money he had bought a sugar planta
tion and had amassed a fortune. As
recompense for the injury he had
done, the planter bequeathed Colter
$200,000, the story said.
Colter at once started East, but all
attempts to secure the fortune from
this end failed. His pension was not
sufficient to allow him to go to Brazil.
Wounds received In battle left him
physically unfit "to earn good wages.
With what little be managed to save
he renewed his efforts to secure the
legacy. Scores of letters were written
to Brazil, lawyers communicated with,
all to no avail.
Tenaciously Colter hoped and work
ed on. To possess the legacy was the
dominant purpose of his life. Death
ended the struggle. He had worked
silently; not even his closest friends
knew the secret And it might have
died with him had not Mrs. Fleming,
In going through the papers he left,
accidentally found the records of the
Mr. Helms said that he would now
take up the work death had halted
and make every effort to get the bo-
quest for Mrs. Fleming.
Destroys Her False ' Hair.
Wichita, Kan. The religious wave
is still on In Wichita and Its Influence,
recently shown when a grocer of this
city burned his stock of tobacco, was
demonstrated again when Mrs. Fannie
Freeman, a member of the First Bap
tist Church, where the revival Is being
held, made a bonfire of playing card,
hair rats, hair puffs and other artin
clal adornments for her head. The
members of the family witnessed the
burning of what Mrs. Freeman says
the Lord told her were vanities.
The Rev. O. W. Vassldy, pastor of
the First Baptist Church, who has
been a firm believer In athletics and
an enthuslastlo baseoau ran, an
nounced his Intention of never attend
lag another baseball game If, in going
to the games, he is a stumbling block
over which any person is falling Into
Tel loth the Following Tale of a Bruin
Who Chased Him Till a Sorpent
Showed Up on the Trail.
New York, N. Y. A man from Wis
consin, who calls himself Johnson, ar
rived here this morning at two, with
a rather delicious, though somewhat
suspicious, adventure he tells us is
true. Although very youthful, his
features look truthful and he speaks
with a straightforward air, like an ex
pert magician who welcomes suspicion
as proving him honest and fair.
He's an awkward and gawky young
man from Milwaukee, who spends lots
of his time In the woods, a-huntlng
for mlnkses, and walnuts and lynxes.
and alwayB returns with the goods.
On certain conditions on these expedi
tions, at least so he solemnly swears,
he runs across copies of timid okapls
and terrible grizzly bear.
And snakes! Gracious Heavens! By
sixes and sevens they squirm through
the dust and the clay, and one of
these creatures, with pretzel-llko feat
ures, saved his life In a wonderful
way. He was lost by a rlllslde, far up
on the hillside, and had been seven
days without food, Mb shotgun was
rusted, the trigger was busted, and
so it was not very good.
While crossing a clearing there
broke on his hearing tho sound of a
terrible roar, which kept getting clear
er, and nearer and nearer, like seven
teen lions or more. And then with a
rush through tho bordering brush
there plunged a great grizzly bear,
with his eyeballs a-gleamlng, and
white froth a-streamtng, all over his
quivering hair.
This bear was not toothless, but
looked rather ruthless, and seemingly
wanted to eat, so young Mr. Johnson,
who halls from Wisconsin, indulged
in a hasty retreat. He's a pretty good
laster. but who can run faster than n
bear who Is after n stoakT And the
hunter's career was apparently near
to Its flnlBh when up came a snake.
Twas a diamond backed rattler,
who looked like a battler and ready
for frolic or fight, but the erstwhile
young gunner, who'd turned to a run
ner, was wondrously cheered at the
sight Now, this might embarrass a
person from Paris, or even a hunter
from Maine, but to this rather talky
young lad from Milwaukee the man
ner of action was plain.
Ho pulled from his pocket a small
leather dockot, and took out some
chloride of lead, which, by way of a
greeting, the snake started eating, un
til he lay rigid and dead. As stiff as
a poker that's used by a stoker he lay
In the summer night air, like an ice
berg had freezed him, so young John
son seized him, and turned on the on
coming bear.
By the forelock he grabbed him, and
thoroughly stabbed him right where it
would do the most good; then he
pulled out the "dagger" and let the
bear stagger until he fell dead In the
O How Navv Denartment Is Reor- 8
Abolishes tho Bureau of
Disbands the Board on Con
struction. Creates four expert advisers
to the Secretary of the Navy.
Makes four new divisions
Material, Personnel, Operation
of the Fleet and Inspection.
Modifies the Newberry reor
ganization plan.
Separates navy yard work In
two divisions machinery and
Extends cost keeping
ig to all p
navy yards.
Queens Man Makes His Joy Wagon Do
Some Useful Work.
Flushing, L. I. An automobile to
chop sauerkraut Is the Inspiration of
William Bubb, of Cypress Hills,
Queens Borough. He conceived the
Idea of hitching his machine to the
kraut chopper by means of a belt and
soon the cabbage was being chowder
ed and a fine odor of embryo sauer
kraut was wafted over the scene.
Like all really great Inventions,
this one was born of necessity. The
engine which had been running, the
chopper broke down and Mr. Bubb
was obliged to turn to his automobile
for power.
Odds Are 4 to 2 on the Front End In
Any Race with Itself.
Parts, Ky. On the farm of John
Burgess of Bourbon County Is a
healthy lamb having two extra legs,
which It uses with more or less dex
terity, and which are as well shaped
and as perfectly formed as Its four
regular, ordinary, common sheep un
derstandings. This lamb, which Mr. Burgess pro
poses to exhibit at tho Bourbon Coun
ty fair, was born in the late spring,
and has lived and thrived like the
other youngsters of his flock. The
two extra limbs are located close to
Its front legs.
Newark, N. J. While playing golf
on the Eosex Fells links, Charles
White, of Manhattan, drove the ball
from the home tee and hit a gray
squirrel as It was skipping along the
ground, killing It
The caddie ran to pick up the dead
squirrel and was attacked by about
a dozen of the animals, which bit and
scratched his hands. He had to beat
a hasty retreat
Letter Can Drive Former Onl
of Business at Any lime
They Want To
No Matter How Long a Bar-room Has
Been Established, It Cannot Get
New License If .Church Goes Up
Albany, N. Y. A decision which
puts the saloons in the power of the
churches, in- a most unexpected way,
has been rendered by the Court of
Appeals. This decision Is, In effect
that no matter how long a saloon has
been established in any particular lo
cation It cannot get a renewal of Its
llcenso If a church is put up within
tho prescribed 200 feet of the saloon.
This is the first time this point has
ever been settled by the Court of Ap
peals. Tho decision was made In the
case of Robert Hering of No. 217
Sumpter street, Brooklyn. He had
continuously occupied the premises
since April, 1902, and had lawfully
carried on the liquor traffic there, the
court says It is admitted, under suc
cessive certificates duly granted, the
last of which expired on Sept 30,
1908. In April, 1907, after this last
certificate was granted, a religious
corporation erected a building within
200 feet of the saloon. In consequence
the Brooklyn Excise Commissioner re
fused to renew Hering's license.
The Court of Appeals expresses
sympathy for Hering, says his case
and all others like it Involve hardship,
and Intimates the Legislature never
intended the Excise law to to have
tuch an effect.
The court says In part:
"That the operation of the statute
in cases like the one now before us
is manifestly harsh would doubtless
be a cogent argument to support the
proposition that the Legislature could
not have Intended such effect, and
might bo conclusive were the lan
guage of the statute at all ambiguous;
but In view of the clear phraseology,
and the courts must remit those ag
grieved thereby to relief by legisla
tive action."
This language by the court Is taken
to mean the court thinks the Liquor
Tnx law ought to be amended in re
spect to the class of cases covered by
the one at Issue.
It Is not yet known how far reach
ing this decision is in Its Immediate
effect especially In New York City.
That will depend on how many sa
loons or hotel cafes are within 200
feet of churches. Until now it has
been the custom to renew' licenses in
the cases of saloons or hotel barrooms
that were established prior to the
erection of churches within the pre
scribed limit This can be done no
As to the extent to which the
church can use its newly lengthened
weapon against the saloons, that will
depend on the construction of the
word "building" in the phrase
"building occupied exclusively as
a church." Under the changed
conditions in New York and
other large cities single rooms or
suites have now come almost univer
sally into the uses to which separate
buildings were once devoted; so that
a room is now practically what a
building was twenty years ago. This
is inevitable under the crowded condi
tions of the present. Churches and
banks now occupy rooms or suites In
buildings. Under such a construction
a saloon or hotel cafe could be closed
by merely establishing a church or
chapel In a room in .some nearby
Women's Municipal League, of Bos
ton, Says It's, Unsafe.
Boston. Many "don'ts" to women
regarding the buying of food In un
clean shops and from unclean em
ployes have' Just been issued by the
Womep's Municipal League. One of
these is a warning not to order food
by telephone.
Miss Esther O. Barrows, chairman
of the committee on markets, declares
that if many women could see the
conditions of the market which they
communicate with only by telephone
they would be astounded.
"Many housekeepers do all their
marketing by telephone and have no
idea of how the shops they patronize
are- kept" said Miss Barrows. "In the
Interest both of cleanliness and econ
omy, every housekeeper should know
just what she Is buying."
Retired Farmer In Third Matrimonial
Venture Tangles Relationships.
Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Susan B.
Rogers of Independence has become
the third bride of her son-in-law,
Frank M. Searcy, a retired farmer,
also of Independence.
Justice Featus Miller was called to
the court-house and performed the
ceremony In the County Recorder's
office. In the application Mr. Searcy's
age was given as sixty-one, that of
Mrs. Rogers as fifty-five.
As a result of this third marriage
family relationships -are becoming
quite complicated among the Searcys.
The present Mrs. Searcy Is not only
the grandmother of the two Searcy
boys, but she Is also slow their stepmother.
Observatory on Mont Blanc Rests on
Strange Foundation.
Cvery summer several astronomers
visit the Janssen Observatory, on the
extreme summit of Mont Blanc, to
tako advantage of Its great altitude,
which favors the study of solar pheno
mena. At present another effort Is
being made there to photograph the
sun's corona without an eclipse. The
observatory Is remarkable for having
iti foundation laid tn nard-packed
snow. The builders found It Impracti
cable to reach the underlying rock.
At a recent meeting of the Academy
of Sciences, in Paris, Monsieur Jans
sen announced that the measurements
of level executed In 1904 and 190S
showed that during that interval the
observatory had' not appreciably
shifted In position.
Catholics In U. 8.
The total number of Catholics tn
lie United States was estimated at
1S.S77.426. The clergy numbered 16,
655. of whom 4,069 wore religious and
11.496 were secular. The hierarchy
oi the church Is composed of one car
dinal, thirteen archbishops and ninety
bishops. The cardinal presides over
the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The
other archdioceses are Boston, New
Orleans. New York. Oregon City, Phil
adelphia, St Louis, St Paul, San
Francisco and Santa Fe. Tho number
nt churches In 1908 woo 12,613, of
which 8,408 were churches with resi
dent priests and 4,105 missions with
churches. There were 84 seminaries,
with 5,609 students. Colleges for boys
numbered 200. and the academies for
flrls 697. Under the auspices of the
church are 272 orphan asylums, with
i membership of 42,597. There are
1.054 charitable institutions, in which
were 1,310,300 persons In 1908.
Crane Picked Up at Sea.
That land cranes sometimes take
long sea trips Is proved by Capt Qlnn
of the four-masted schooner Lewlston.
which arrived the other day from Sa
vannah. The vessel was 60 miles
oh Hatteras when the lookout describ
ed what he thought was a diminutive
balloon. The navigators trained
glasses on the strange object which
resolved Itself Into a combination of
Hopping wings and (angling legs,
with a neck and head, that reminded
the Lewiston's company of a croquet
mallet with a decided twist In the
handle. ,
As the object approached within
close range it was discovered to be
a crane. The crane aimed to alight
at the foretopmast but tell short and
crashed to the deck. Capt. Ginn had
the bird removed to the engine room,
and It fully recovered from the effects
of Its long flight Boston Herald.
Wifely Pride.
There is no telling what quaint
turns wifely pride and devotion may
take. Sir Melvlll Beachcroft, while
waiting In a tenement house for the
occupant of the first .loor to admit
him, chanced to overhear two women
conversing on the stairs.
One remarked that her bushand al
ways wore a clean shirt every Sunday
"Well, now." responded the other.
"1 never cares about Sunaays, but 1
allays do see that 'e 'as a clean shirt
Saturday afternoone. 'cos that's the
time 'e is generally Irinklng. and
when 'e does take Ms coat off to fight
I do like to know 'e looks nice and
clean." M. A. P.
Had Them Tested.
The loss and recovery of a $6,500
pearl necklace recall the story of a
similar experience which a New York
woman had after the last Old Guard
ball. She also missed ner necklace
when she arrived at ner home, and
the next day It was brought to her
by a woman who had shared her car
riage on her way home. Handing the
necklace to her friend, tho finder
said: "So glad 1 found It We al
ways thought they were real." New
York Tribune.
Natural History as She Is 8poken.
Doris lived in the city, and a sum
mer visit to grandma's farm revealed
many wonders. After being treated
to the farmer's luxury, cream, she
was allowed to go to the barn to see
the cows milked. She loked on with
much Interest for a while and then
asked, "Grandpa, which Is the little
pocket she keeps tho cream In?"
Tough Nut for the Debaters.
The Lancaster Literary Society will
meet in session extraordinary to-night
tc decide this question: It a man gets
up in the morning in winter to start
the fire, shouldn't his wife be willing
to close the windows In a rainstorm
at night In summer, even If she does
get her bowing robes wet?
Cut Flowers with Knife.
It Is an excellent plan to cut the
stems of flowers with a sharp knife
rather than with the scissors. Scis
sors compress the stems and so close
some of the tiny pores to the life-giving
A True Sport.
Small Boy '(to his pale-faced aunt
In field) What, auntie, afraid of
that cow? All you have.. to do Is to
act the way they do In a bull fight
Just wave your red paraBol at him,
and when he dashes up jump lightly
aside. It's dead easy. Life.
Had Aged on the Way.
Mrs. Boardman I ordered lamb
and you sent me mutton.. The Butch
erIt tras Iamb when It left here,
mum. Judge.
Late Discovery.
A drummer from. an oil concern
dropped Into the offle of o&y of V
Kttttmv DDCnCTElM DDftC
KNOX HATS the best
in the market.
the mild weather we are over
Men's, Boys' and Children's Suits and Overcoats,
which we are compelled to cut prices on. All
of our stock must go as we do not
intend to carry any goods
, over.
Remember we handle
clothes in the county.
For young men or old wo con
please yon well for we have suits
lere made by Stranso Bros, and David
Addler, the best makers in the world
In so wide a range of patterns and
sizes that every taste, everybody can
be fitted perfectly.
Remember we have a full line of tho
market. Men'R Hats and Caps, Shirts,
and Dress Suit Cases, Hand Bags and
Chlldrca's Suits
$1 Hp to $7
What Thousands of Women
Can Tell You
Thousands of women can give you hundreds of J
reasons for serving Beardsley's Shredded Codfish.
They know its convenience. They know its econ- i
omy. They know the delicious meals it makes.
They know how it delights their families. Every
time they serve it, they add to their fame as good cooks.
And they know the pleasing variety it means in their
meals. They serve it a new way every week. And each
time they bring out a new taste.
See The Advantages
AH these women who serve Beards
ley's Shredded Codfish enjoy count
less advantages over the women who
They are never worried about what
to have for a new and tempting meal.
They serve Shredded Codfish Balls.
Or they have it Creamed. Or with
Macaroni. Or they make a Shredded
Codfish Omelet or Souffle. Or Chops
Croquettes Kedgeree. Or they
prepare it in other ways.
And they don't go to any bother or
Any way that they serve it, they
have it ready for the table in less time
than it takes to make coffee.
For this delicious fish food is ready
Lined with wax-pap.r. No preserva
tive whatever, tare ttaa purest and Uneit
ea-talt. Also packed In tin and Iliu,
Some of Our Other Pure Food Products:
Acme Sliced Bacon; Acme Sliced Dried Beef t Acme Peanut Butter.
The Era of New Mixed Paints !
This year openj witn a deluge of new mixed paints. A con
dition brought about by our enterprising dealers to get some kind
of a mixed paint that would supplant CHILTON'S MIXED
PAINTS. Their compounds, being new and heavily advertised,
may find a sale with the unwary.
There are reasons for the pre-eminence of CHILTON PAINTS:
1st No one can mix a better mixed paint.
2d The painters declare that it works easily and has won
derful covering qualities.
' 8d Chilton stands back of it, and will agree to repaint, at his
owu expense.every surface painted with Chilton Paint that
proves defective.
4th Those who have used it are perfectly satisfied with it,
and recommend its use to others.
The Home of the
Best Clothes.
stocked with a large line of
nothing but the best made
As with our suits, so it is with our
overcoat garments here for young
and old made by Stranso Bros, and
David Addler to -suit tho exacting
requirements of tho best dressed mem
in' tho world.
Best Gent's Furnishing Goods In the
Collars, Underwear, Pajamas, Trunks,
the best Bain Coats to be found.
Children's Over
coats $1.90 to $7
to cook the instant they open the
What They Save
And see what these women save by
serving Beardsley's Shredded Codfish. '
One package makes a full meal for
five Yet the cost is only ten cents.
Anything else half so good for
breakfast or lunch would cost three or
four times as much.
Just To Please Your Family
We have told you what thousands
of women know.
You will thank us for telling you,
when you try Beardsley's Shredded
Codfish. You will find that all we
have told you is true.
And your folks will thank yon if
you serve this fine food tomorrow.
They will be more than delighted
with this new kind of meal.
But please see that you get Beards
ley's the package with the red band.
For Beardsley's is the only Shredded
Codfish. Our wonderful Shredding
process is patented. Beardsley's is
the kind all people like.
Ask Grocer for Free Book
Ask your grocer for our book of
tempting new recipes.
Or write us we will send you the
book and with it a generous sample of
Beardsley's Shredded Codfish.
J. W. Beardsley's Sons
474-478 Greenwich St, New York