The New Bloomfield, Pa. times. (New Bloomfield, Pa.) 1877-188?, December 07, 1880, Page 2, Image 2

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Raying;. That Inst iloie of evidence la
very Important."
" It's the simple truth, sir, and that's
all. Miss Mayter herself. Miss Ellen,
and Mr. Forbes' friends who came to see
him, will be sure to recognize the knife,
sir, for It's an odd-looking Instrument,
and once seen It could not easily be for
gotten." Ills clerk testified that at the time of
his death, he, Forbes, could have had no
scrip at his chambers ; or indeed, as far
as he kuew, any valuable papers what
ever. On the very day of his murder,
he had bought Controls to the amount of
100 money.
"As to scrip or shares belonglngto his
clients, and remaining in his hands
either for sale or transfer, it is well
known that Mr. Forbes never kept these
papers even at his City ofllces, but that
they were sent up to our bankers' every
day at a quarter to four, and redeemed
next morning at ten. This was always
my business, and I know that the
banker was paid for this accommoda
tion." Meanwhile, Margaret Mayter was a
prey to the most violent grief. In a
moment she had been cast from the
height of happiness to the depth of
despair into a condition of horror, from
which there was no escape. She had
returned to town, after a long absence,
eager to see the man who was to give
her his name and support for life; and
in a moment, without warning, without
any intimation of her coming wretched
ness, she found death of the most ghastly
character in his home (so soon to be
hers)-crime brooding dark and shadowy
upon the hearth.
Was this crime, notwithstanding the
mystery which surrounded it, to be
analyzed, and the murderer hunted to
the scaffold t
We must now draw the reader's atten
tion to a letter, which, although at first
sight may not appear to have anything
to do with this history, hag a place in it.
It is written upon common paper, and
ina mean, scratching hand. It ran
thus :
" My Lord: I owe all to you to
you who, in recognition of certain ser
vices rendered to your family many years
eince, watched over my infancy, and
ordered that I should be brought up in a
first-class school. Assuredly for all these
benefits I owed to you in return the
most implicit obedience, and to have
bowed to your decision as to my future.
Had I done so, no doubt by this time I
should have been a respectable curate,
possessed of a small living in which my
life would have drifted pleasantly away.
"But no I had a vocation, I was
possessed by an unconquerable desire to
become a detective a yearning to be
with the police in all their mysteries.
It is in vain I fancy a more' attractive
career I can rind none to please me
like this.
" But I beg you to believe my lord,
that 1 have joined my present fellow
workers from no mean or contemptible
feeling, but with a full determination to
be of use to my country and my fellow
countrymen. The main inducement
was the perpetual pleasure this profes
sion would afford me of worming out
" But you may ask me, my lord,
' Why this long letter i" ' " You may
say, 'You have never written to me
without asking for something ; how is
it possible you can now want anything
further, when you write in so satisfied a
style V"
" J suspect a man of murder. As I
write, 1 begin to perspire, my hand
shakes, my ears tingle, and I can hear
my heart beat.
" The case is a splendid one splendid
and you must have heard of it, my lord,
by the name it has already got The
Taggart's Inn Mystery."
"What! he kuows the murderer I" I
hear you cry, my lord. No ; I do not
know him, but this mystery is absorb
ing my life; tills rae with a sort of pas
sion ; and something seems to tell me
that I, and I only, will bring this assas
sin to the scaflbld this mysterious
assassin, of whom no one, so far, has
any knowledge.
" And you, my lord, you can open up
to me this chance. Two words from
you, and I should be again put upon
active duty. An hour, and I should be
at work. A few days, weeks, months,
or years,and I would hunt the murderer
down, as surely as there is a sun above
" Will you grant me this my lord V I
beg that you will 1 Pray remember that
it is not only a question of punishing an
assassin, but also of avenging a woman.
If you kuew her, my lord, you would
yourself be interested In her. She is the
most candid, charming, and beautiful of
women. And I dared to suspect her
her I I shall never forgive myself for
the vile supposition until I can say,
4 Here is Graham Forties's murderer.
Do with him as you will.' I pray you,
my lord, to pardon me this very long
letter, and to continue to me your kind
protection. I am my lord,
" Your obedient servant,
"Paul Webber."
As we have said, in I860 attention was
so much drawn to the state of the public
affltlrs of the country, that not sufficient
heed was paid by the press to this
etrange mystery in Taggart'a Inn.
One morning, before even the burial
bad taken place, it was announced that
Margaret May tor bad committed suicide.
The same evening this horrible news
was contradicted, but, at the same time,
replaced by the statement that the inur-
derer had been discovered, and had con
fessed his crime. This statement was
contradicted next day, but not before
the Information had been added that he
would be tried at the approaching as
sizes. However, all the reports settled at last
into a statement to the effect that the
police had discovered nothing that
they hoped soon to be on the track of
the assassin, but that the case was in
volved in so many contradictions as to
take It quite out of the category of com
mon murders. The chief points of the
embarrassment of the police were these
that there appeared no motive for the
crime, and that the blow had been
struck by a weapon which positively
belonged to the deceased, and was in his
possession up to the very hour of his
Evidently the assassin bad not come
armed, or he would have used the
weapon he had brought with hlin. On
the other hand, how came he possessed
of the knife by which the terrible deed
was efl'ected V There was no trace of
this. The weapon with which the deed
was accomplished was there, but it of
fered not the least clue to the assassin's
Identity, simply because it had never be
longed to him. All the proof of his
act was the wound itself which prohib
ited the thought of suicide, and the dis
covery of the crimsoned knife itself,
found under a chair.
Not a trace could the police 11 od, albeit
they tried hard to make such a discovery
as would appear of little value to an
ordinary man, but of immense import
ance to such a man as Paul Webber. In
the mystery of Taggart's Inn there was
not the faintest sign of any solid evi
dence against the murderer, and the
police were cast back utterly and wholly
upon surmise; in other words, the
police could do nothing but " guess."
And here is some analysis of the way
in which the police guessed. Continued
next week.
David Swing, in the A!liance,telB
how a bride reformed her profane hus
band. She invited her bridesmaids, four
in number, to a quiet dinner. As they
knew of the profane habits of the groom
and also knew of his good qualities
that he was a man worth saving they
entered gladly into the proposed
comedy. The plan was that all of these
beautiful woman should use profane
words at the table, as the hot coffee or
slow servants might afford opportunity.
It was a bold plan, but it is said to have
cured the wicked husband ; for when his
elegant wife applied a profane term to
the biscuit, and a fair guest made a like
remark of the coffee, and still another
applied a profane expletive to the move
ments of a servant ; the husband abso
lutely cried with remorse that he had
ever himself used such an outrageous
form of speech. Professor Swing thinks
that " while such a cure cannot be jus
tified, because it might kill the ladies,
without curing the masculine offender,
yet the story itself may serve to show
that man as an animal that swears is a
mournful curiosity."
An Anti-Revolutionary Reminiscence.
Not long ago I walked through St.
Paul's churchyard and gazed with in
creased interest on Beverly Robinson's
grave. He was the builder of the Rob
inson house, where Andre and Arnold
held their last meeting, and I may add
that this house is not only still in ex
istence, but is also occupied. The his
tory of the Robinsons is very peculiar,
and shows how men may be influenced
by circumstances. There were two
brothers, John an Beverly, and both
were friends of Washington. Beverly
left Virginia early in life and came to
this city. He wag an elegant and at
tractive young man, and he married
Miss Phillipse,an heiress of vast wealth.
This made him a Tory. John remained
in Virginia and became a patriot
Washington came to this city on pub
lic business shortly after Braddock's de
feat, and was Beverly Robinson's guest.
He there met Mary Phlllipse (Mrs. Rob
inson's sister), and it is said that he of
fered her his hand. Had it been accept
ed he would also have become an exten
sive landholder, and under the strong
Government influence which then pre
vailed in New York, he, too might have
become a Tory. Men are in no small
degree the creatures of circumstances.
We should feel thankful that Mary
Phillipse declined the proposal to leave
a gay city and live on a plantation. It
may have been the turning point in
Washington's destiny. Utica Herald.
Habit is a cable. We weave the
thread of it every day, and at length
we cannot break it. The chains of habit
are generally too small to be felt, until
they are too strong to be broken. To
one who murmured because he rebuked
him for a small matter,' Plato replied :
" Custom is no small matter. A custom
or habit of life does frequently alter the
natural inclination for good or evil."
After a series of years winding up a
watch at a certain hour, it becomes so
much of a routine as to be done in utter
unconsciousness; meanwhile the mind
and body are engaged in something else.
Wheel-Barrow Religion.
Richard Baxter said a good thing
when he said of some who lived in his
day, that they had a wheel-barrow re
ligion." They "went when they were
shoved," It would be hard to find a
better name for the religion of many
who live now. Many people are like
wheel-barrows, and no Paddy plodding
up and down a steep Incline has harder
and more weary work than those whose
duty It Is to push them. As often rb
not they are quite empty. They take
what is put into them, whether it be
good or worthless. Whatever knowl
edge or feeling of duty they have is
proof of some one else's work. They
are easily upset and emptied, and
they have no power or will to get
up again. They move as long as a firm
hand grasps them and keeps them go
ing. As soon as they are left to them
selves they Bton. and are helnlpsn. nnil
useless until they are lifted. When,
tney move, it Is up and down,backwards
and forwards, never getting further, or
showing any life of their own.
We do not blame a wheel-barrow for
being what It was made to be, or for not
showing the nature of a man. But it
is quite to bad that reasonable, responsi
ble creatures would show no more will
or character than a wheel-barrow. A
human being ought not ouly to hear
truth, but bo to lay hold of it and make
it his own that it may be a new power
to him. He ought to seek God's light
and learn motive for right doing, bo as
to be able to watch for his way, and
take it, and go on in it. He ought to
know the worth of God's grace and how
to gain it, so as to need no urging to use
the means rightly, that he may grow in
it and be strong.
No wonder many a preacher loses
heart, and feels that his work is not
guiding living souls, but trundling
wheel.barrows. He wants to teach
those who have never learned, or to
rouse those who have not wakened out
of the sleep of sin; but he forced to spend
his time on those who know all he has
taught and roused over and over again.
He finds them tumbled into the mire of
some sin, emptied of all they had gain
ed, and helpless to get up. Or he rinds
them standing Idle, waiting like dead
things, ready to be pushed by a servant
of God or an agent of Satan.
Truth Will Never Die.
The stars will grow dim, the sun will
pale bis glory, but truth will be ever
young. Integrity, uprIghtness,honesty,
love, goodnes, then, are all imperisha
ble. No grave can even entomb these
immortal principles. They have been
in prison, but they have been freer than
before. Those who have enshrined
them in their hearts have been burned
at the stake, but out of their aBhes other
witnesses have arisen. No sea can
drown, no storm can wreck, no abyss
can swallow up the everlasting truth.
You cannot kill goodness, and Integrity,
and righteousness. The way that is
consistent with those must be a way
Penalty of Wrong Doing.
The lines of suffering on almost every
human countenance have been deepen
ed, if not traced there, by unfaithfulness
to conscience, by departures from duty.
To do wrong is the surest way to bring
suffering ; no wrong deed ever failed to
bring it. Those sins which are followed
by no palpable pain are yet terribly
avenged, even in this life. They abridge
our capacity of happiness, impair our
relish for innocent pleasure, and increas
es 'our sensibility to Buffering. They
spoil us of the armor of a pure conscience
and of trust in God, without which we
are naked amid hosts of foes, and are
vulnerable by all the changes of life.
Thus, to do wrong is to inflict the surest
Injury on our own peace. No enemy
can do ua equal harm with what we do
ourselves whenever or however we
violate any moral or religious obligation.
t37""How do you know the truth of
your religion V" Said an inquirer to a
humble but faithful, disciple. "Just as
I know the sun shines," said the other :
" because I see its light and feel its
heat." And bo there are thousands and
tens of thousands who know from their
own experience the truth of Christianity
because they have felt In their own
hearts and Uvea its transforming and
comforting and sustaining power
0How many modest Christians
there are I So modest that they do not
consider themselves worth, to speak a
word for Christ. Bushnell calls them
" unnatural" Christians, and says :
" If they were placed in heaven Itself,
they wouldn't sing the first month.
They would be too modest to thank
God for his mercy.
eHTDo not peddle your doubts to every
body. The man who speaks his positive
convictions ia worth a hundred men who
are always proclaiming their doubti and
unbelief. We all have doubts enough
of our own, and do not need to be bur
dened with yours.
Original contribution are solicited from atl,
lor thin department. All contribution, answers,
and all mutfor Intended for this department must
be addressed to
T. W. 8iPi!R,.tn ,
Cheltenham, fa.
VOL. 1.
NO. 8.
Answers to Puzzles in Vol. I. No. I.
Answer to No. 1. Flambeau.
Answer to No. 8.
1 8
Auswer to No. 3.
Moline, mollen.
Tarln, train.
Serin, rinse.
Bos, sob.
Rate), alter.
Ans. to No. 4.
Am. to No. 5. Jack Boots.
Ans. to No. 8.
Ans. to No. 7. Snow Shoe.
I. Numerical.
The 1 to 3 I'll enjoin
0, 4, 5,'s a coin.
Total, be then, every day,
For 'tis happy, glad or gay.
Newburg, N. Y. Beech Nut."
2. Half Square.
1. A plant,
8. To confess,
8. A recreant,
4. Oats,
5. Protest,
6. An lnclos'urc,
7. A prefix,
8. A letter.
Wcet Meilden, Conn. ' Gbaham."
3. Logogrlph.
When taken whole, a "sap" you Odd In me s
Behead, transpose, a "blister" you will see i
Behead again, and "lodged" I then will be i
Behead, curtail, an "animal," Is plain)
Curtail once more, and "any" will remain.
Philadelphia, Pa. "PEoooTTt."
4. Half Square.
. 1. A department of Mexico,
a. An expedition up from the coast.
3. Tables,
4. An lnjurer,
5. A cape of Greece,
6. A ridge or sand and gravel,
7. A Tillage In France,
.8. A month,
9. A letter.
Lebanon Church, Va. "O. C. O. La."
S. Charade.
First Is the writer of this charade,
Last, dou't you miss It, 'twas easily made.
Total's a triumphant shout.
Search carefully and find It out.
Newburg, N. T. "Bbech Nut."
6. Half Square.
1. A Chinese oOlcer,
S. Transfers,
3. A number,
4. Acts,
5. Insects,
0. A poet,
7. Exists,
8. A letter.
Aurora, 111. "Nid Hazel."
13?" Answers In two weeks.
For the first complete list j Taa Times six
months. For the next beet list! The Times
three months. For the next best list i The
"Snow Flake" three months.
"X. L. N. T." Notice the above prize. We
will send the winner's name. A largo lot of
"cons" would be very acceptable from you.
"Ned Hazel": We have a corner of "Our
Drawer" reserved for you. Would like it to
be occupied as soon as possible.
"Beeoh Nut": That was a splendid batch.
"O. C. O. La.": The above Is the last one
we have on hand of yours. Please take the
"PBOQOTTr": Chat to "O. C. O. La." also
applies to you.
"Graham," one of whose puzzles we Insert
this week, la dead. The whole mystic frater
nity mourns the loss of him. He was one of
the host po6ers in the ranks.
Passing away, passing away,
One by one we are passing away.
This Is the third puzzler, that death has taken
from us In a very short time.
It Is likely a National Association will soon
be started. We do hope this one will prove a
The Mystic Times Is very late. When will
we have a Puzzle Journal that will always be
issued regularly 7
Shrewdness and Ability.
Hop Bitters so-freely advertised in all
the papers, secular and religious, are
having a large sale, and are supplanting
all other medicines. There is no deny
ing the virtue of the Hop plant, and the
proprietors of these Bitters have shown
great shrewdness and ability in com
pounding a Bitters, whose virtues are bo
palpable to every one's observation.
Examiner and Chronicle. 40 2t
3T Domestic rule Is founded upon
truth and love. If it has not both of
these it is nothing better than a despot
Ism. ,
jypssER OLiirc
Mow offer the public
Consisting ( all shades suitable tor the season
Mourning Goods
We sell and do keep a good quality of
And everything under the head of '
Machine needles and oil for all makes of
To be convinced that our goods are
r No trouble to show goods.
Don't forget the
Newport, Perry County, Pa.
THE undersigned would respectfully call the
attention of the citizens of Perry county
that he has a large and well selected stock it
Paints, Oils, Glass, Plaster,
and Cement
John Lucas & Co's.,
(ready for use.)
The best Is the CHEAPEST.
Andajarge variety of goods not mentioned,
allof which were bought at the Lowest Cash
Prices, and he offers the same to his Patrons at
the Very Lowest Prices for Cash or approved
trade. His motto Low prices.and Fair dealings
to all. Go and see him.
8. if. BHULER,
Liverpool, Perry Co. Pa.
JADQL7 Alin r A TT r? BAiunene
win eore or prevent Dliees.
No Roitaa will die of Colio, Boti or Lotto Fa.
vit, If Foutz'i Powders ara naedlntline.
Koutt'aPowden will cure and prevent Hoe Clouu
Faun's Powders will prevent Garxa la Fowl.
routi Powder will Increase the quantity of milk
and cream twenty per cent, and make th batter arm
and sweet. &
Fontrt Powder will core or prevent almost araar
DiasAsa to which Horaea and Cattle are aubjecw
Sold everywhere. - C
, SAVLD X. rOTTTB, Proprietor.1
- BAiTIJtOM, Kd.
Df For Sale by 8. B. Bmltb, New Bloomfleld,
Pdrry County, Pa. 4 jy
In tPereat aad Beat Medicine ever Had.
Aeomblnation of Hop, Buchu, Man
drakleend Dandelion, with ail the beat and
mosleluratlvepropertlM of all other Bitters.
maketbKreateat Blood Purifier, Liver
Reg u a tor, and U' and Hejm UMurmg
Jumna oiBBBaBBBBBBBaa earth.
Mo diieaaa okan poeaihly long- eilut where Hop
Bitten are nsVedio varied and perfect an uwir
Tkiy girt mw llV sad rigor loth tgad tad ialns.
To all whoa ammplojmenteeana IrrecuUH'
ty of the bowelaor urinary omasa, or who rw
quire an AppelUerVTonl0 aad mild Stimulant,
Hop Bitters an tnralu1 Without lntox
NomatterwhatTowbAUnM or rrmctoraa
ax what the dlaaaee or ail Wen hi use Hop Bit.
ten. Don't wait until von ar atok but If yoa
onljfeelbad or mlaeraole.B ehem at one.
UnayaavyourUf.Uhaift'Bav4 faundroda.
$500 will be paid for eoal they will not
cur or help. Do not suffer orlet yonr friend
auner,but uae and unr lhem to ua Hop
Remember, flop Bitten I aoa. vile, drosir4
drunken nostrum, but th Purerttw a d Beat
Medicine ever mad i th
and HOPS' and no penoa, or familv
aiMjiuu ue wuowih
D. I.O.I' an aheolot and trrealstlbl t
loruruuaenneea. uae 01 opium, tobax
narcotica. AU void by drumftsta.
far Circular. Uf Blttan Bftj. Oa
PoPhMtfrW T and Toronto. Ont
December 7, 1880-it
A Large Farm for Sale.
V DKED ACHKS mure or if us. in Perry
Couufy, Pa., heavily set with Pine, White Oak.
aud Keck Oak Timber, toaetlirr with choice
fruits. Mountain water conveyed In pipes to the
door of the dwelling.
For further particulars call at this office.
August 10,