The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914, February 08, 1911, Image 1

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mHE CITIZEN is tlio most
JL widely rend scinl-wcckly
newspaper in Wnyno County.
Lustier now than at any time in
its 08 yours' history.
68th YEAR.
Samuel Reed
"That Mr. Reed will give you a
little over a year," said Judge
Alonzo T. Searle, after sentencing
Samuel Reed, Monday morning to
an indeterminate "term of not less
than fourteen months nor more than
twelve years In the Eastern Peni
tentiary at separate and solitary con
finement at labor; to pay the costs
of prosecution and a line of $250,"
for the part he took in the "big
fight" at Equlnunk, July 12, 1910,
when Silas E. Lord, received a blow
in the head, either from a pick or a
hoe, which resulted In his death
twelve days later, and for complicity
in which Leona Lord was recently
tried, convicted of manslaughter, and
given a sentence of not less than
three nor more than 12 years In the
Eastern Penitentiary; to pay the
costs of prosecution and a fine of
Sheriff M. Lee Braman brought
the prisoner In when Court opened
at 10 o'clock, Monday morning.
Through his attorney, C. A. McCarty, I
Esq., he entered a plea of "Notl
guilty to the charge of murder, and
of "Guilty" on the indictment of
By order of the court the change
of plea he made in October, 1010, of
"Not Guilty" on both Indictments to
that of "Not Guilty" on the first
charge, and of "Guilty" to the sec
ond count of the Indictment, was
granted, the District Attorney, M. E.
Simons, having consented to such
withdrawal and such change In the
plea as prayed for by the petitioner.
Mr. McCnrty's Pica For Mercy.
"On behalf of Mr. Reed I wish to
say that after duo consideration, he
has thought proper to take this
course. He has acted voluntarily
and at his own free will, after care
fully considering all the matters In
cident to and all the results which
would be likely to come to him or
to the community, Bhould he pro
ceed lu having this matter disposed
of by a trial In court. He wishes
mo to say in his behalf, that the mat
ter seems to him to be peculiarly un
fortunate two men are engaged in
a fight, neither of whom have been
convicted or tried for any offense;
two other people were drawn into
the fight, one of whom has been
convicted of manslaughter and the
other has now pleaded guilty to the
samo offense.
Samuel Reed's Unique Position.
"Samuel Reed is in a position
which Is perhaps unparalleled In the
annals of this Court. So closely as
sociated with another person that
the trial of that person to a great
extent tries the Issue In Mr. Reed's
case, at least to such an extent that
it would be impossible for him to ob
tain a jury In Wayne county who
had not already formed some opinion
regarding his guilt or Innocence and
would make it extremely difficult if
not impossible for him to obtain an
impartial trial in this county; he has
also taken into consideration that
the taxpayers of the county of Wayne
aro not responsible In any way for
this unfortunate affair; that the tax
payers of the county of Wayne ought
not to be punished by reason of the
trouble occasioned and the oxponse
Incurred at this .light, and for this
reason bb well as others, ho Is will
ing to take the consequences of his
act without any trial or any furth
er expense to the county.
"Samuel Reed haB from the be
ginning shown a disposition in this
matter to bo fair and to take such
action as would best serve not only
his interest but the Interest of all
parties concerned. In the killing of
Silas Lord he had no part; he never
intended to kill him, he never had
the slightest enmity or ill will to
wards him, in fact he was his friend
and the last man that Mr. Reed
would undertake to do the slightest
Injury. Circumstances and condi
tions existing on the day of this fight
Pleads "Guilty" On Manslaughter Charge, And Is Sentenced For
Complicity In The "Big Fight" Of July 12, 19 10.
however, were such that .Mr. Heed
was drawn into the fight, did make
an assault upon Silas Lord, but the
Injury inflicted by Samuel Reed did
not kill him, did not even seriously
hurt him, and If the Injury Inflicted
by Reed upon Silas Lord stood alone,
Reed could never be charged with
manslaughter or any other kind of
homicIde;hIs offense could not pos
sibly raise above the degree of ag
gravated assault and battery.
Reed's Good Reputation.
i "Samuel Reed never before came
before a court charged with any
crime. I have gone to Equlnunk and
interviewed many of the best peoplo
of that town; I have Interviewed the
pastor of his church where Mr. Reed
not only attended but where he call
ed the people to services by the ring
ing of the bell which he himself was
instrumental In procuring for that
church. These people almost unani
mously speak In the highest terms
of Mr. Reed as a peaceable, quiet
citizen and many volunteered to
come down here as witnesses to prove
that reputation In this court. Ho
regrets that cost has been put upon
the county through any act of his
and only this morning he said to
me thnt he only wished that his
means would permit him to pay the
cost himself thus far Incurred, but
he Is unable to do so, he said this
would give him the greatest pleas
ure. He does not deny that he is
guilty of taking a part in this fight
which he should have avoided and
for this offense he is willing to suf
fer to the extent that this court may
see fit to inflict upon him; he ap
peals to the leniency of the Court, to
the heart of the Court and to the
mercy of the Court under the state
ments which he has made and which
are conceded in the community
where this unfortunate affair occur
red as being so, as well as through
out the county where the matter has
either been heard or read. Ho is
prepared to accept such sentence as
this Court may see fit to Impose up
on him. He will do this In the In
terest of the people of Wayne coun
ty; he will do this also because he
Is willing to suffer for his 'foolishness
and recklessness In interfering in
the fight of others hut not because
he was any way concerned In the
killing of Silas Lord. On behalf of
my client I personally would ask the
Court to exercise all the leniency and
mercy that your Honor may con
sistently see fit to do. Immediate
ly after this occurrence Samuel Reed
expressed the deepest regret over the
unfortunate affair. Ho wrote to
Mrs. Lord, tho widow of Silas Lord,
expressing to her his most sincere
sympathy and pity for her in her af
fliction. He was repentant from the
first and every act of his and every
word 'he spoke contained the senti
ments expressive of repentance and
sorrow for the part which he had un
fortunately taken and his connection
with the unfortunate affair. His
actions on that day Implicate him to
such an extent which may make him
technically guilty of the crime for
which ho now pleads guilty, but
which at heart Mr. Reed was never
guilty of, and I ask tho Court in all
seriousness to extend to Mr. Reed all
the leniency possible consistent with
justice and I am led to believe that
no matter how small may be the
punishment or how short the term
of Imprisonment given to him by this
Court, It will meet with the full ap
proval of tho community and I be
lieve It will meet with the approval
of the Commonwealth whose duty it
is to conduct the prosecution of this
defendant. We leave It with your
Honor, because Mr. Reed has plead
ed guilty to a technical offense which
in law is punishable but he simply
asks for mercy."
Judge Searle: ''Have you anything
to say, Mr, Reed, other than what
your counsel has said?"
Samuel Ueed: "No, sir."
District Attorney's Statement.
"Your Honor, there has been a
plea of not guilty entered upon the ;
Indictment against Silas E. Lord as j
to the first count and a plea of guil
ty on the second count In the Indict
ment. The Commonwealth is will
ing to accept the plea of not guilty
as to the first count and guilty as to I
the crime of manslaughter as set!
forth In his petition, hoping that I
justice will be done in this matter. .
In accepting this plea, however, I am I
compelled to say to your Honor that I
we must not overlook the fact that
a very serious crime was committed,
that the community was shocked by I
tne crime and that this defendant
took some part in this crime as has
been stated by him through his at
torney. Samuel Reed made a vio
lent attack upon this man and it
was through hlra and the effect of
his blow, assuming that he is correct
in his statement that tho conditions
were made possible that the other
Tafnnrlnnf rtntltrl tn ..(. n0
Murder, accepting his view of It
and that ho Is guilty of participating
in the crime of murder or man-,
slaughter, and that tho actual out
come of his attack had tho effect of
making It possible for tho other de
fendant to commit the crime, this'
should be considered by the Court. I
It is due to the county and to the I
people at large that crimes of this
kind should be punished and while i
it may be true that this defendant,
was working for another party and
was possibly led into this crime by
her, still this would not be sufficient1
to excuse him or enable him to avoid
the punishment due to the part which
ho took; he Is responsible for his
own actions; it is no excuse for him
to say that somebody else led him
and he Is not excused because he said,
he did not commit it, he should not
be excused because he said a woman
led. him.. on. ,Adamwas pot excused
for his transgression because he said
he was deceived or tempted by a
woman. We must not overlook the
fact that Silas E. Lord was killed in
the fight."
Lawyer Leo Intercedes.
"As attorney for Mrs. Leona Lord
I would like to say a word. Perhaps
more than any other member of this
bar, I have spent more time, have
seen more persons and learned more
of the facts in this case than any oth
er. I stood on the spot where Silas
E. Lord fell down in the road from
the effects of the hoe; I saw the spot
to which Samuel Reed retreated; the
place where stood Silas E. Lord
when he was struck down; I know
the threats that had been made by
Silas E. Lord to people of what he
would do if anything occurred there.
The threat he made within 200 feet
that very day from where the fight
occurred, I know that Mr. Reed
knew fully of the threats at the
time; I have been acquainted with
Mr. Reed for years and I want to say
this for Mr. Reed that when Silas E.
Lord attacked him ho retreated to
the very precipice of the road before
anything occurred; that Samuel
Reed did all that was possible to be
done excopting to jump down the
bank before striking Silas E. Lord
with the hoe, and Samuel Reed knew
as I fully believe, that if he did not
settle Silas E. Lord that there would
be murder at that house that day,
and I know that Mrs. Leona Lord
and her son, Millard Lord, fully be
lieve that the fact that they are not
now sleeping under the daisies Is
due to the act of Samuel Reed in
striking down Silas E. Lord. If Reed
had not done that upon that day,
Silas E. Lord and his son would
have been here for murder and Mrs.
Lord and her son would have been
dead; they have said that to me
from the beginning and to the close,
and this I fully believe. Now Mr.
Reed did what a man and many oth
er men would have done and with
a great deal of candor Bhould have
done. He made just one simple mis
take, he struck a harder blow the
last time than he should have done;
that blow was not the result of any
intention on his part to Injure Silas
E. Lord, not at all, he struck that
blow with a view of stopping him
and preventing him from killing
Leona Lord and Millard Lord, her
son. Now Mr. Reed has been in Jail
six or seven months for this error
of judgment and nothing else; It
docs seem to me that this Is a case
that ought to appeal strongly not
only to the heart but to the con
science of the court to give him as
slight a punishment for this offense
as in the opinion of the court may be
consistent with Justice."
Judge Searle, before pronouncing
sentence, spoke as follows to Reed:
Judge Scnrle's Remarks.
"You, Samuel Reed, have pleaded
guilty to the crime of manslaughter,
and in entering this plea, under the
advice of your counsel, have acted
The evidence which could be
brought against you were a trial
had has nearly all been heard in
the case of tho Commonwealth vs.
Leona Lord, recently tried in this
court. Therefore the District Attor
ney and tho Court feel clearly justi
fied in accepting your plea, as under
the evidence a jury would not be
warranted in convicting you of a
higher crime.
We have considered the statement
made by your counsel of your con
nection with the killing gf Silas E.
Lord and weighed his appeal In your
behalf and taken heed to the alleviat
ing circumstances admitted by the
District Attorney, and we also agree
with him that a grave crime has
been committed by you and that you
merit serious punishment for the
part you have admitted by your plea
was taken by you in the killing of
Silas E. Lord.
Prom the time of your arrest and
Imprisonment in the County Jail,
since July 13, 1910, you have In no
way attempted to impede the pro
gress of justice, and by the plea to
day entered have saved the county
the necessary cost of an expensive
trial, and we especially give you tho
benefit of this fact in fixing the term
of your sentence. We have before
said from this bench that any per
son who, upon an indictment being
found against him, shows a genuine
spirit of sorrow for the offense com
mitted, and admits his guilt, and
does not add to his other crimes
that of false swearing in a trial of
his cause, in an nttempt to escape
his just deserts, will always have, as
far as possible, the clemency of this
court extended to him upon sen
tence. In the killing of Silas E. Lord a
terrible crime was committed, but
the Commonwealth and the Court
have endeavored that justice only
should be meted out to those con
nected with that most unfortunate
affair, and we trust and believe that
the results of the prosecutions aris
ing therefrom may be beneficial to
this county, and that neighbors may
cast, aside and forget old, grudges,
hatred, envy, malice. 111 will and
petty jealousies, and that in their
intercourse with each other they
may observe the Golden Rule.
And we also hope and trust it
may be many years before another
homicide within her borders will
shock the good law-abiding citizens
of Wayne county."
"The articles this evening are all
concerning the life of Horace Gree
ley, or taken from his writings," re
marked Principal H. A. Oday at the
beginning of the program given by
the Seniors In the High School Audi
torium, last Friday evening, to cele
brate the centenary of the birth of
Horace Greeley.
The program follows:
Biography, Helen Caufield; "Gree
ley's Apprenticeship," Anna Kllroe;
vocal solo, Mrs. Rockwell; "Politi
cal Life," Leon Hagaman; reclta
tation, "Fantasies," (Poem by Gree
ley), Bessie Kimble; song, by seven
High school boys; declamation, "U.
S. Just After the Revolution," Ar
thur Saunders;' "Greeley As a Lect
urer," Forence Sluman; piano solo,
Miss Freeman; declamation, "Con
tinuation of United States Just After
The Revolution," Charles Markle;
"Greeley and the N. Y. Tribune,"
Sarah Menner; chorus, by seventeen
High school girls.
In introducing the Hon. William
H. Dimmlck, who made the address
of tho evening, Prof. Oday said that
when the thought of holding a Gree
ley meeting came to him he cast
about in his mind to find some one
who knew Mr. Greeley personally,
and that he at once thought of Mr.
Dimmlck. "Mr. Dimmlck," said
Prof. Oday, "was a Greeley Demo
crat. Ho Is not one of the old-time
men; he's Just old enough to con
nect us back to Mr. Greeley. I don't
believe there's a man in Honesdale
who has a warmer placo In his heart
for the boys and girls."
Mr. Dimmlck said among other
things: ,,,,
Mr. Diinmick's Address.
GENTLEMEN: "With great pleasure
I accepted the Invitation of Profes
sor Oday to pay our homage to one
of the greatest, noblest, grandest
servants of the American people. It
Is a broad, a bold statement to make,
but time has demonstrated it. The
greatest divines, tho greatest ora
tors, the wisest statesmen, the finest
and most brilliant editors have em
balmed 'his name with the choicest
(Continued on Page Four.)
Judge Scarlo A Candidate Only To
Succeed Himself.
When seen by a representative of
THE CITIZEN, Judge Searle had
this to say:
"While I appreciate the honor
conferred upon me by the mention
of my name as a possible successor
to Judge R. W. Archbald, I wouldn't
want to accept any position which
would compel me to leave Wayne
county, and reside elsewhere.
"I signed and headed a petition
of tho Wayne County Bar for Judge
Knapp, and sent a personal letter to
President Taft endorsing him, and I
am not, and have not been, in any
sense, a candidate for the position
made vacant by Judge Archbald. All
the influence I have had or may
have has been and shall he directed
Forty-six Wayne County Teachers Spend a Profitable
Saturday at The High School Auditorium--"You all have
A Good Deal of Courage or You Wouldn't be School
Teadiers"-Supt. Koehler."I Couldn't Teach School
Without a Pair of Scissors!"-Miss Orra Rollison, Hawley.
Instructive Program,
The local Institute for the teach
ers of Honesdale Borough, Texas,
Dyberry, Seelyville, Cherry Ridge,
Bethany and Lebanon townships
was convened Saturday morning at
10 o'clock in the High School Audi
torium, County Superintendent J. J.
Koehler presiding.
Following the devotional exer
cises, conducted by Prof. H. A. Oday,
Miss Julia F. Schlmmel, was ap
pointed Secretary by Prof. Koehler.
In the absence of the first two
essayists, the program, which was
Intended to be a review of the re
quirements for provisional certifi
cates, to aid the teachers In taking
tho examinations, was opened by an
Informal discussion as to the
Methods of Teaching "The Merchant
of Venice."
"You all have a good deal of
courage or you wouldn't be school
teachers!" remarked Superintend
ent Koehler in complimenting the
large number of teachers who had
the courage to come out on such an
unfavorable morning.
Miss Vera Murray, a teacher in
the Texas High school, was asked to
give her views on how to teach
Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice."
She said: "I have them the pupils
learn the time, setting and country
In which it was written. In read
ing, in class, I have each person rep
resent one of the characters. I em
phasize the character of Shylock as
being the greatest character In the'
play. Tho "casket plot" brings out
Portia's womanly qualties. Her
speech, commencing "Tho quality of
mercy, etc," brings out her strength
and intellectual attainments."
"I had a class," interjected Prof.
Koehler, "where the boys all felt
sorry for Shylock, but the girls had
no sympathy for him, and felt that
he got what ho deserved."
"Supposing we had some Jews In
the class, might they not take excep
tion to Shakespeare's portrayal of
the character of "Shylock?" ques
tioned one of the pedagogues.
"Put the achievements of the race
before them," answered a school
marm. "They surely have a most
brilliant, history."
"Most of our cases in Court are
spite cases," broke In Prof. Oday.
"So, are we any better than Shy
lock?" Prof. Koehlcr's Theory.
Superintendent Koehler said:
"Not a day ought to go by that tho
scholars ought not to have one writ
ten lesson in one of the branches,
I don't believe " in having written
lessons In the same branch every
When the subject of methods of
teaching the classics was brought
up, a number of the teachers were
of the opinion that the scholars en
ers I What, in your opinion,
should n newspaper do publish
the Tmtli or Suppress it? Tele-
phono the Editor about
to helping Judge Knapp to obtain
the appointment.
"I am a candidate for no office
except to succeed myself."
In this connection we publish a
favorable comment upon the Judge's
ability to succeed himself, from one
of the Scranton papers.
Hon. A. T. Searle, Honesdale,
denies that he is a candidate for the
judicial position made vacant hv f'e
advancement of Judge Archbald. Ho
says that he Is a candidate lor uo
office except to succeed himself.
Judge Searle's popularity and the
ability he has displayed while pre
siding In the local courts, certainly
give evidence that ho is qualified to
succeed himself or any other Judge.
Editorial column in Saturday's
Scranton Tribune-Republican.
joyed the classics more than they
did the Fourth or Fifth Readers,
since it gave them something worth
while, something more than the
Several townships, It was stated,
supply the scholars with five an,d
twelve cent classics. The money is
raised by holding box socials and
other kinds of entertainments, $20
and $25 being frequently cleared. In
the opinion of Prof. Koehler, It was
bettor for tho pupils to buy them,
because It's tho only kind of books
some will be able to buy.
The first paper of the morning, a
"Review of Twice Told Tales," First
Part, was presented by Miss Bessie
Dudley, Honesdale. It was an ad
mirable condensation of Hawthorne's
masterpiece. "I um anxious," said
Prof. Koehler, "to find out whether
the scholars take any interest in the
works of Hawthorne."
En passant, it was remarked that
Irving uses a lot of long words that
the pupil Is not familiar with, while
Hawthorne does not.
Miss Rose Swltzer, Honesdale,
presented a scholarly paper on
"Will," "Habituation," "Heredity,"
".Impulses and Instincts."
"In order," she said, "that nn act
may be called voluntary it must be
preceded by an idea. In Infancy the
body is tho chief concern. Man is a
social animal and craves the com
panionship of friends. No normal
man is all social, animal or spirit
ual." "The ablest men have the largest
County Superintendent J. J. Koehler.
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