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TOK CITIZEN, FRIDAY, SEPT. 8, 1011.
Alleges He Saw Beattle
Kill His Wife.
VOLUNTEERS TO TELL STORY.
In Letter to Prosecutor Former Farm
Hand Describes Murder and Flight
From Scene With Money Fur
nished by Young Prisoner.
Richmond, Va., Sept. 7. The case of
Henry 0. Beattle, Jr., nil complete ex.
ccpt for the court's charge to the jury
una tho summing up of tho lawyers,
may bo reopened for tbo addition of
If Information which came to the
hand 'of Commonwealth's Prosecutor
Louis Wendenburg proves to be true
Judge Watson will at his request al
low the commonwealth to reopen Its
case and put on the stand an cyo wit
ness to tho killing of Mrs. Beattle on
'the night of July 18.
So strongly does the prosecutor be
llevo In tho truth of the Information
that he has wired the authorities of
nnother city to co-operate with a law
yer tliero in tho examination of a man
who states that he witnessed the mur
der. Wendenburg will hear from these
authorities whether or not the volun
teer witness Is thought to be telling
the truth. If a favorable report Is re
ceived the witness will be hurried to
Chesterfield Court House and will go
on the stand immediately to confront
the prisoner who, he says in a confes
sion to Wendenburg, shot Mrs. Beattle
before his eyes.
Writer Willing to Testify.
So closely do the circumstances of
the murder narrated by this self con
fessed eye witness tally with the
theories held by tho prosecution, but
as yet unverified, that if the witness
Is brought to testify Wendenburg will
move for the oxhumntlon of Mrs.
Seattle's body In order that physical
facts may corroborate the story of
"I write 'this becauso my conscience
win no longer allow mo to be still,"
were tho first words of the letter. "1
saw Henry Beattle kill his wife?' the
letter continued, "and I havo kept my
mouth shut to this minute because I
was afraid. But I do not want him
to escape punishment and now I nm
willing to come to testify to what I
know if you want me. o
"I was employed by Mr. (Wendcu
burg withholds tho name), who is a
farmer and who has a farm near the
Midlothian turnpike in Chesterfield
county, not far from. South Richmond
I was a farm hand on the evening ot
.Inly IS Iunt. when - cw belonging t
Mr. strayed and I was '-it to hum
"The cow got into the pine wood.-
and I followed It until long after dark
Some time al. 10 o'clock, I am uul
sure j'tst hov many minutes, I was In
the plno woods on the right hand side
of tho Midlothian turnpike as you go
out from Richmond,, and I saw a light
As I walked closer to the road I saw
an automobile standing almost In the
middle of the road, facing toward
Richmond, and there were two people
In it, a man and n woman. They wore
both sitting in tho front scat
Tells of Hearing a Quarrel.
"They were quarreling. I could
hear them talking loud, so I did not
show myself, but waited behind a tree
.about ten feet from the edge of the
road in the thick pine woods to hear
what they said.
"Tho woLa;-u was pleading with the
mas, She was saying that she wnnted
ber love back again, and she did not
want the man to be cruel to her. Tho
muu answered roughly.
"At one time I heard him say, 'I am
tired of all this, I am going to end
this.' Then I heard the woman say.
'How aro you going to end it?' The
man said somethiug I could not hear
und then I heard him say, 'I'll show
you how I'm going to end It.' He got
out of tho machine and walked across
the opposite side of the road from
where I was and then after ho hnd
been there a minute he came back
with something In his hand. . could
not seo what it was In tho dark. The
woman was standing in tho machine
front of tho left hand seat In tho front
part of the auto when tho man cuine
back. Both had been sitting in the
front seat before ho wcut away to the
side of the road.
"Just when tho man came back 1
heard the woman scream once. Then
tho man- who was standing in the
road swung what he had in his hand
and hit the woman on the right side
of tho face. She fell from the ma
chlno to the road, and she did not
make a sound.
"For a minuto the man stood look'
lng at her, and then I heard him say
'Damn you, you're not dead yet! I'll
tlx you I' Then he up with a gun,
which was what ho had hit tho wo
man with, and ho shot her where she
lay In the road by tbo front seat ot
thti auto. I did not see whero bo shot
"I saw him throw tho gun some'
where and begin to lift his wife's
body into tho front scat of tho auto,
and I came out from tho trees.
Farmer Verifies Part of Story.
"Tbo man turned around and saw
me, and ho said to me, 'Did you Bee
"I told blm I had seen it 'Damn
you, what aro you going to do about
It?' be said.
"I didn't say anything. Then he be
) GOVERNOR WEST.
) Who Says Poem Influenced Htm (
to Commute Death 8antenco. (
Salem, Ore., Sept 7. Frank L. Stan
ton's poem, "They Hung Bill Jones,"
saved the life of Jesse P. Webb, ac
cording to Governor Oswald West
Webb, who had been convicted of
the murder of William A Johnson, n
ranchman, Instead of being hanged
wns the guest of honor nt a convict
dinner in the penitentiary. His sen
tence was commuted by the governor
five minutes before the time appointed
for the hanging.
Governor West said he was influ
enced to grant the commutation by
reading tho poem.
rich and had lots of friends in Rich
mond, nnd if I told on him he would
have mo killed somehow. He said
nobody would believe my story If I
appeared In court against him any
way, and I had better get out. He
said he would give mo some money
and a suit of clothes " I would go
"I told the man I would go away.
Then he told me to come to Beattlo's
store the next day nnd there would be
some money for me. I went the next
day, and ho got some money and
bought a suit of clothes. I stayed in
South Richmond for two days then,
but I was so scared and got so
neryous after that two days I took
tho train to this place.
You can find out from Mr.
If it Is not true that I worked for him.
will como and testify If you wnnt
Upon reading this letter Wenden
burg immediately sent Detectives Jar-
rell and Wiltshire to the farmer whoso
name bad been mentioned in the let
ter as tho former employer of the vol
unteer witness. He verified tho fact
that a man by the name of tho letter
writer had worked for him and had
left the farm, shortly after the night
of tho murder. They, also verified the
story of tho strayed cow. Wenden
burg wired at once to the city .from'
which tho letter had been written and
retained a lawyer to co-operate with
tho local authorities In examining tho
man. If his Btory convinced them
they were to hold him under bond un
til Wendenburg could send a detective
to havo him brought to Chesterfield
OBJECT TO ODOR OF ONIDNS.
Dee Moines Judge Issues Injunction
Des Moines, Sept. 7. Judge Law
rence De Graff of street car injunction
fame has cited tho owners' of a local
restaurant building from which the
smell of fried onions has offended tho
nostrils of tho lawyer's tenants of tho
Iown Loan and Trust building to ap
pear before him to show cnuso why
they should not bo held in contempt
In falling to obey a recent injunction
Upon the petition of the attorneys
Judgo Do Graff Issued the injunction,
which contained the mandato that the
onion odors should bo carried above
tho ofllco building by means of a chim
ney. INVASION NOT FEARED.
Premier of Portugal Not Alarmed at
Reports of Uprising.
Lisbon, Sept. 7. The premier, when
questioned in tho senate relative' to
tho report that a monarchist force was
about to enter Portugal from Spain,
said there was nothing to causo uneasi
ness. The situation was not altered slnco
tho previous similar reports, and all
necessary measures had been taken to
prevent the invasion.
Norris Begins His Campaign,
Lincoln, Nob., Sept 7. Before an
audience of 3,000 farmers, most of
whom were in apparent accord with
him, Congressman Georgo W. Norris,
Insurgent house leader, delivered an
address at tbo state fair as tho open
ing gun in bis campaign to succeed
Probably fair and cooler today; Fri
day unsettled, probably followed by
Leaders Stop Local Railway
DECLARE NEGOTIATIONS OFF.
Sacramento Union of Shopmen Forced
to Continue Work Until General
Lockout Order Is Received
San Francisco, Sept 7. Five inter
national presidents of the Federation
of Railroad Shop Employees loft hur
riedly for Sacramento in order to pre
vent a strike which the leaders in that
city aro about to declare. President
Kllno of tho blacksmiths said they
could not afford to have a strike de
clared by any single union before the
co'nfcrenco of union men from all parts
of tho state, which has been called for
tomorrow in this city.
A meeting at Sacramento has been
called, when the local officials will go
over the situation with the union lead
ers from the cast. Before leaving Kline
stited that the strike might bo called
from the Chicago headquarters at any
Chicago, Sept 7. Julius Krutt
schnitt, vice president of tho Harrlman
linos of railroads, arrived in Chicago
from San Francisco after having de
clined to negotiate further with tho In
ternational officers of the labor organi
zations of the Harriman lines In the
Mr. Kruttschnitt said that the de
mands made nt the conferences in San
Francisco wore the strongest over
placed before the railroads. Ho assert
ed that with business as at present the
railroads could not consider tho de
mnnds nnd that the next move was up
to the unions. What this might lead to
he would not venture to guess, saying
that ho had not heard from the labor
heads since ho left San Francisco on
While tho situation is regarded as
still serious on tho Illinois Central and
allied lines, it is not believed by mnny
that n strike will bo declared Just at
present by delegates representing the
vnrlous unions In the Federation of
Shop Employees. Severarof the dele
gates asserted that much depended
upon the nction of '.he International of
ficers in respect to the refusal of the
Harrlman lines to continue negotia
tions. It was intimated thot declara
tion of n strike on tho Harriman lines
generally would be followed by n sim
ilar order on the Illinois Central and
ASTOR OFFERS BIG FEE.
And Poor Newport Minister Refuses to
Perform Marriage Ceremony.
Newport, R. I., Sept. 7. Colonel John
Jacob Astor and his fiancee. Miss
Mndeleinc Force, wanted to bo mar
ried between Monday and Thursday
this week. They wanted to bo married
In this city, nnd Colonel Astor was
willing to pay $1,000 for tho sen-Ice
and no more.
This was learned for a fact from tho
Rev. Edward A. Johnson, D. D., pas
tor of tho John Clarke Memorial Bap
tist church of this city, who had been
asked to perform tho ceremony and
who was led' to talk when ho saw in
the papers a dispatch to the effect that
tho Rev. Frederick Brooke, pastor of
the Methodist Episcopal church at Lit
tle Compton, R. I., had been nsked and
had refused to- perform the ceremony.
"It was a lot of money to refuse,"
said Dr. Johnson, "and a big tempta
tion for a poor minister, but I did not
feel that I could marry tho couple,
whatever was offered."
POINT FOR MTTAMARA.
Indiana Judge Holds Labor Leader
Was illegally Taken From State.
Indianapolis, Sept. 7. In n decision
Involving tho right of tho Judge of tho
police court to sit in cases of extradi
tion of prisoners and thus paralleling
the case of John J. McNamara, now in
Jail at Los Angeles on a charge of
dynnmiting, Judge Remster of the cir
cuit court held that tho police court
has no Jurisdiction in such cases. Tho
court held broadly that tho iwllce Jus
tlco is not included in tho statute
which provides for the arrest identi
fication nnd extradition of prsoners
chnrged with crlmlnnal nets nnd that
such extraditions aro illegal.
Tho attorneys In tho enso at bar ad
mitted that tho return of the prisoner
to the Indiana Jurisdiction could not
DISCOVER NEW GOSPEL.
Armenian Priests Start For Egypt to
Rome, Sept 7. The Tribuna reports
that Armenian priests who are at
Brlndlsl say that they have heard from
an archaeological mission in Egypt
that thero has been discovered a fifth
and heretofore unknown gospel. They
are going to Egypt to verify tho claim
of tho members of tbo mission.
Tho gospel is said to be written on
Rumors of Reconciliation,
London, Sept 7. Thero are persist
ent rumors to tbo effect that negotia'
tions have been started to reconcile
tho Duko of Marlborough and the
duchess, who was Consuclo Vender
THE DEFENDERS OF OLD GLORY
All of our picnics and rounlons
that havo 'been booked for the Bea
son have ended and the last one
held at Palmer's Grove on Septem
ber 2 was with all exceptions the
best of them all. It was an Ideal
day for the reunion of "The Defend
ers of Old Glory." Fully two hun
dred persons were on the ground
and all seemed to bo In tho best of
spirits and enjoyed a delightful time.
As the dally express rounded into
the station the members of the or
ganization present and the city band
were there to meet those coming on
the train. After the band had ren
dered one of Its favorite selections
all proceeded in line of march to
the grove where tho productions of
the baskets were spread and all par
took of tho bountiful spread. Din
ner over, the President, David E.
Wilcox, called the people to the
grandstand where the program for
tho afternoon was commenced. Af
ter a few remarks by Dr. James A.
Kay, Uniondale, the organizer of the
association, tho company Joined in
singing "America." In the absence
of Rev. O. G. Russell, Hamlin, Rev.
Buck, Unlondalo, was asked to offer
prayer. The band played another
selection. Rev. Mr. Buck gave the
address of welcome and in a few
well-chosen words welcomed all
present to this celebration. As
Charles P. Searle, Esq., of Hones
dale, was chosen as the speaker on
this particular occasion, he was now
Introduced, and amid hearty ap
plause Mr. .Searle proceded to take
his place on the stand. His first
thought was In regard to the name
the members had chosen for their
organization "The Defenders of
Old Glory." He remarked that no
nation In all the world has any
more right to fell proud of Its "De
fen'ders" than we have. For nearly
an hour Mr. Searle held his audi
ence in perfect quietness as they
were listening to the truths in rela
tion to the war and especially the
battle of Gettysburg, which battle
this organization commemorates.
Tears were seen to drop from the
eyes of the comrades as experiences
were referred to that were of their
own personal experience when en
gaged in this terrible battle. The
committee made no mistake in se
curing Mr. Searle as their speaker
as he fs a young, energetic lawyer,
filled with self-made perseverance
and his address was wholly patriotic
from start to finish and received at
the conclusion hearty applause and
a Chautauqua saluto connected with
a "Hurrah for Mr. Searle." A reci
tation followed this splendid address
very appropriate for the occasion,
entitled "Defenders of the Boys In
Blue," by Mrs. J. fl. Sheldon, which
was very nicely given. Music by
tho band. Dr. Kay gave a short
talk In regard to tho object of the
meeting and tenderly spoke of tho
departed comrades since the last
meeting. Mrs. E. W. Hlne and .Mrs.
Stephen Jay rendered a diuet as a
memorial, entitled "When the Day
light is Gone."" W. W. Wood, of
Honesdale, was also present and
was called upon for a short ad
dross. When 'Mr. Wood commenc
ed his address ho compared his
thinking capacity to an old strainer
full of htfles, as ho was obliged to
have a few headings with his ad
dress, hut when he had finished tho
people failed to see where there
could be any deficiency in his think
ing capacity, as all present wonder
fully enjoyed his talk; musle by the
band". The secretary then read the
minutes of the last meeting, and
election of officers followed which
resulted in the re-election of David
E. Wilcox, Pleasant Mount, as Commander-in-Chief.
caused by removal and death, were
filled, otherwise the officers remain
ed tho same as before. The Mmo
and place was decided on for the
coming year and the first Saturday
in September, 1912, at Orson, was
the decision. A liberal collection
was taken on tho ground to defray
expenses, also a check from E. C.
Mumford of J5.00 to bo placed In
the treasury of the association. Tho
organization wishes to extend an ex
pression of gratitude to Mr. Mum
ford for his gift. Much credit Is
duo the President, David E. Wilcox,
and his committees for tho success
of the day.
FINES AMBASSADOR'S SON.
Warden' Wilson Gota Court's Remedy
For Auto Speeding.
Indianapolis, Sept, 7. Warden Wil
son, a student and a ma of nenry L.
Wilson, ambassador to Mexico, 'was
among the "speakers" nnd others who
tasted tho cup of pollco court Justice
Young Wilson, who told Judge Col
lins he was nineteen years old, got tho
court's patent remedy far tho speed
malady, a fine of $25 and costs. A
motorcycle policeman who made tho
arrest alleged that Wilson was driving
an nuto belonging to Joseph O. Schaf
at the rate of thirty-five miles an hour.
Great German For6t Fire.
Landsberg, Germany, Sept 7. A
great forest flro has done 2,000,000
damages in this district A captain of
artillery and his horse wcro burned to
death whllo fighting the flames.
CRIES FOR DEAD MOTHER.
Woman Commits Suicide In Room
Philadelphia, Sept. 7. With her
throat cut, tho body of Mrs. Ida Win
necorp was iounu siretcnea out on
tho stops leading from tho kitchen to
tho cellar at TH Morris street.
On tho top stop of tho staircase was
found a tumbler which bore the odor
of carbolic acid. It had been but re
cently drained and tho woman dead
but a short time. Tho cellar steps
wero splashed with hugo blotches of
On the floor in tho kitchen lay a
two-montns-oiu mrant crying pit
eously for its mother. The house was
locked front and rear, and the clr
cumstances point strongly to a case
tSpecial to The Citizen.
ORSON. Pn.. Snnf 7 Tho .)int
rain has raised the streams and
wells for which tho farmers will bo
very glad as some were drawing
water from the nfiitrhv 1 nlroa tn wa
ter tholr stock.
Mrs. . MnrV WnH lino rafnrno.l
from Bethany. She reports the ar
rival of a little baby girl at the
home of her nephew, Horace Moules.
Mrs. Moules was formerly Miss Cath-
ryn ajusii oi starrucca.
J. H. Sheldon made a business
trip to Carbondale recently.
The M. E. Aid snnlotv mot with
Mrs. H. G. Palmer on Thursday last
for dinner. A eondlv
present. Tho time was spent in
Mrs. H. Relnhardt, Scranton, has
been visltinir Mr. sml M a v
Hlne. ' ' '
Tho Knnfnrrl rnnnlnn wna UniA in
the Granee Hall on Sntnrrinv inot
the dav ihetnir tnn rnlnv fr hnM thai
celebration In the grove as lntend-
eu. An eiauorate dinner was served
and about fifty partook of the good
ies. All present enjoyed a very
Mrs. Ravmnnil T.owla to nnnnnn
to her bed with summer grip and
Mrs. W. TV Rlpnnr to mr,1,l
preparations for leaving the parson
age soon. Sho has not yet fully de
cided where she will locate.
KELLAM & BRAMAN.
Special to Tho Citizen.
KELLAM, Pa., Sent. 7. Mr. and
Mrs. M. Lee Braman, . Honesdale,
visited D. M. Stalker the first of the
The schools commence this week
with Miss Woolheater teacher of the
Kellam school and Miss O'Connor
teachor at Braman. Miss Addle
Rauner teaches the South Branch
school, commencing this week.
David Stalker, Sr., and family and
D. M. Stalker and family attended
the Stalker reunion at Abramsvllle
.Mrs. Gilbert Minor and son. Wal
ton, who have been visiting her par
ents, Mr., and Mrs. A. F. Lawson,
returned home last Saturday.
The Ice cream social at Louis
Rauner's last Thursday eveninc
Joseph Kelly and son, of Fremont.
visited his brother, Nicholas Kelly,
Miss Dollie Barnes. Allle Allen,
and friends made a trip ,to Obern-
burg, N. y., last Sunday. v
Mr. and Mrs. John Stalkeriaml
three children spent part of last
week with relatives here.
Harry Schuackenburg, who Is
spending- his vacation with his
parents, visited relatives at Lookout
Frances Murray, one of the twins
of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Murray, of
Kellara, died last Wednesday even
ing or typhoid fever after about ten
days' illness. Ho was two years
and two months old and the funer
al was at Calllcoon Saturday. The
tamiiy nave the sympathy or all.
Mrs. Joseph Bullock, Union, nnd
Mrs. Clarence Phillips and son of
Brooklyn, were callers at Kellam
Joseph and Emma Kelly made a
trip to Obernburg last Sunday.
Earl Mandsley, Endlcott, N. Y.,
visited Coo Young tho last ot the
FAMINE IN WAKE OF FLOOD.
Cities and Towns In Yangtse District
Are Under Water.
Washington,, Sept 7. The horror of
the Chinese famine situation caused
by the fugitive waters of the Yangtse
river, which baa broken from Its
banks, was officially reported to the
state department by Consul General
Wilder at Shanghai, and tho question
of tendering Red Cross nsslstance i3
under consideration. As the amount at
the disposal of tbo American Red
Cross society for this purpose Is infini
tesimal when compared with tho pro
portions of the necessity, it Is possible
that an appeal for additional funds
may bo issued.
Tho entire territory, between nan-
kow and Shanghai a distance of about
COO miles has been overflowed, Mr.
Wilder declares. Cities and towns nre
under water, many dwellings being
entirely submerged. Conditions among
the people arc distressing, and a dev
astating period of famine seems to
threaten them. Because of the scarc
ity of rice and tho destruction of tbo
fields, tho price of that grain has risen
to the highest point ever attained.
Unless the tide of tho Yangtse soon
subsides it Is believed that the condi
tions will become far worse.
TO SELL CEMETERY FOR TAXES
Resting Place of Many Revolutionary
Heroes Near Desecration.
White Plains, N. Y Sept 7. Tho
parsonage nnd cemetery of the First
Presbyterian -church in Elmsford, in
Winchester county, is to bo advertis
ed this month for sale because of tho
fact that taxes amounting to $150 aro
in arrears, and unless they are paid
tho cemetery wherein rests the body
of Captain Isaac Van Wart, one of
tho captors of Major Andre, and other
Revolutionary heroes will be sold.
Colonel John L. C Hamilton of
Elmsford has issued an appeal for
funds to save tho cemetery from desecration.
BUTTER Firm; receipts, 20,072 pack
ages; creamery, specials, per lb., 27o27ic;
extras, 26a26Via; thirds to firsts, 20Ha25a;
state dairy, common to prime, ISaZSHo.;
process, seconds to specials, la23c; fac
tory, current make, 17a20c; pocking; stock,
CTIEESE Finn ; rocetpts, 8,401 boxes.
IXX3 S Finn : receipts, 21,277 cases; fresh
gathered, extras, per dos., Z4a2Go.; extra
fl rata, ZlnEo.; firsts, 19a0o.; seconds, 17a
I3o.;'Btate, Pennsylvania and nearby, hen
nery whites, ZSaSlc; gathered whites, 26a
82c; hennery browns, 2Co7c.; gathered
brown and mixed. 20a25c
POTATOES Weak; sweets, Jersey, No.
I, per basket, tl.25al.S7; southern, yellow,
per bbL, $2.75a3.C
DRESSED POn '-oadv.
Special to The Citizen.
NEWFOUNDLAND, Pa., Sept. 7.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Bishop, of Beth
lehem, spent Sunday with Rev. and
Mrs. Edmund Schwarze.
Mrs. Sonborn nnd daughter, who
have been spending the summer
with Miss Sarah Oppelt, have re
turned to their home In New York.
Mrs. W. H. Rommoll and little
daughter, Joy, of Carlisle, Pa., spent
several weeks with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. F. A. Ehrhardt.
Mr. and Mrs. Qeorge Herkot have
returned to their home In Philadel
phia. The Kings Daughters' Circle will
hold an Ice cream social and candy
sale on Saturday evening, Sept. 9, at
the Moravian church.
Georgo Ehrhardt spent several
days In Scranton last week.
Raymond Kranter, oldest son of
J. B. Kranter, who spent three years
in AiasKa, returned home last week.
He has been engaged In gold min
ing. Miss Lillian Banghn, of New Ro
chelle, N. Y is visiting her sister,
Mrs. Alfred Walter.
Mrs. John Buchter and niece,
Miss Myrtle Brink, are visiting
friends and relatives In Lttltz, Pa.
Miss Violet Sommer spent Sunday
Clarence Ehrhardt, Mrs. Wm.
Beehn and Miss Minnie Decker at
tended the Christian Endeavor con
vention held nt Utica, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. John Mann, of Phil
adelphia, are the guests of 'Mrs. W.
Your support solicited at the com
ing primaries, which will be held
Saturday, September 30.
Candidate for the Office of Register
and Recorder of Wnyno County.
CHARLES J. ILOFF,
Republican Candidate For County
'' ' '''
FRED A. STODDARD.
Being a resident of one of the ex
treme northern districts o Wayne
county, which has never been repre
sented on tho board of county com
missioners, and'belng also a con
tractor and builder, conversant with
concrete work and brldgo building,
and further having a special Interest
In a needed reduction of taxation, I
feel assured that I could discharge
the duties of the office economically
and satisfactorily In every way to
the people. Farmers and real estate
owners bear the heaviest and most
unequal share of taxation and should
bo relieved by tho burdens being
more equally placed on all classes of
property owners. To this end, if
nominated and elected, I will direct
my best efforts.
FRED A. STODDARD.
can to threaten me. He said be was