Notes from May 5 through August 25, 1893 Issues
Transcribed from microfilm by Nanci Headley Kotowski.

May 5, 1893

Shocking Murder
In Benwood Saturday Night
The Murderer and His Victim
Both Well Known in Clarksburg. - -
Formerly Residents of Adamston,
W. Va., whence Tibbs Moved several
Years ago and McCloud only About
a Month ago. The murdered man
buried at Clarksburg.
Monday’s Intelligencer’s.] [sic]

Strong drink was the cause of a murder at Benwood late Saturday night, that caused a sensation in that town.

In the lower portion of the town is located a row of brick residences, which has long been known as the "market house." [sic] or brick row. Some ten or fifteen families usually reside there.

In the apartments second below the upper corner. [sic] Mrs. Tibbs, her son, George Tibbs, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam McCloud reside. Mrs. McCloud is the daughter of Mrs. Tibbs. The whole family lived in two rooms. [sic] one at the rear on the first floor and a sleeping apartment on the upper floor. Both Charles Tibbs, who is a young man of about twenty or twenty-one years, and McCloud, who is some older, work at the Wheeling steel works in lower Benwood. For some time there has been bad blood between McCloud and his brother-in law [sic], caused as some people declare by McCloud’s ill treatment of his wife, and Tibbs has said that if he ever hit his sister he would kill him.

Saturday evening the entire party spent several hours at Allbright’s, a neighbor’s house, indulging in drink and revelry. When the party left for home all were under the influence of liquor. Charles Tibbs had left Allbright place intending to go to Bellaire and purchase a suit; but when up town he had encountered some boon companions and went to a saloon where he drank beer for some time and then started for the brick row in a drunken condition. In the meantime, Mrs. Tibbs, Mrs. McCloud and Sam McCloud had reached their domicile, all under the influence of drink. [sic] and in a quarrelsome mood. It was not long before McCloud and the two women became involved in a quarrel, whereupon Mrs. McCloud left the house and went to a neighbor’s. McCloud went out, secured a big coupling pin and returned with the intention of hurting some one. At this juncture Charles Tibbs returned from up town. McCloud and Tibbs became involved in a quarrel, and the former struck Tibbs with the coupling pin on the forehead. Tibbs clinched with his assailant and secured the pin and it was evident that it was then that the murder was committed. [sic] the coupling pin being the instrument and Tibbs the murderer. It is also probable from the evidence that Mrs. Tibbs took a hand in the matter and helped her son kill McCloud.

Tibbs did not seem to realize the enormity of the crime he had committed, as he went up town to get Marshal Cocke [sic] to arrest McCloud. In the meantime neighbors who had been aroused came in and found McCloud lying at the foot of the stairs in the hallway, with two wounds on the top of his head and one on the nose. At this time. [sic] nearly midnight, he was still breathing, but life soon became extinct.

Tibbs while on his way up town met Gocke [sic], and told him McCloud had been fighting and he wanted him to be arrested. At the same time he told him McCloud had assaulted him with a coupling pin, but he had taken it from him and "smashed him." Accompanied by Constable Sprout, the party proceeded to the brick row. [sic] where it was found several were in the Tibbs-McCloud apartments. [sic] and McCloud lying on the floor, dead. The marshall [sic] at once placed Tibbs under arrest, and soon afterward returned and two officers took Mrs. Tibbs and Mrs. McCloud to jail.


DIED.—At the residence of her father, near Romine’s Mills, April 26th, Miss Kate Bumgardner, after a long and painful illness.

Our Horoscope [selected entries]

The funeral of Mr. J. W. Thorn was attended by a great many people. The K. of P.s attended by body.

The funeral of Mrs. Ramsay will take place at the M. E. church at 3 o’clock p. m. to-day [sic] (Friday). Interment at the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

More Horrors
The Murder of McCloud is Followed
By the Sensational death of Rebecca
Tibbs while in jail.

The remains of Sam McCloud, the man who was murdered at Benwood Saturday night, were brought to Clarksburg, his former home, and buried on Wednesday. His wife, who is a sister of the murderer, Tibbs, accompanying the body.

Charles Tibbs was one of the three boys who were sere sent to the penitentiary from Clarksburg about 1885

for trying to wreck an express train. It is this man Tibbs and his mother, Rebecca Tibbs, who were placed in jail charged with the murder of McCloud. Mrs. Tibbs is the mother-in law [sic] of McCloud and was locked up as an accomplice in the terrible crime which is described on another page of the TELEGRAM. Yesterday morning a message came to the relatives of Mrs. Tibbs that she had succeeded in putting an end to her life while in jail. The body arrived here on the morning train yesterday and was taken to the home of Nathan Banks, who lives on the Point, and whose wife is a sister of Rebecca Tibbs. Just how Mrs. Tibbs killed herself could not be learned, but the supposition is that she took poison. The remains will be interred in a cemetery near town.


It has been ascertained that Mrs. Tibbs made a rope out of her apron, which she tore into pieces, tied it to a hook, and slowly strangled herself to death. She was about 60 years of age and was confined in the Moundsville jail at the time of her death.

Marriages [notes]

Peter B. Toothman, 40, to Eliza Bartlett, 37
Lewis Bloam [sic], 35, to Rebeca [sic] Combs, 32
Floyd E. Thompson, 25, to Ora E. Rider, 22
John Marshall Knox, 23, to Ella M. Martin, 23


In our account of the wreck on the Weston road last week, we were unable to give particulars,
The World says:
All told there were forty passengers on the train, eighteen of whom were in the ladies car, and the injured are as follows:
E. W. Martin, traveling salesman, bad cut on left leg.
J. E. Smith, traveling salesman, face cut, four teeth knocked out and bruised considerably.
A. C. Gunter, traveling salesman, side hurt, and cut on head.
C. Rockland, traveling salesman, bruised about the head.
H. J. Mayers, traveling salesman, hands cut, arm and leg hurt.
Hanson Zane, traveling salesman, hurt on arm and side.
C. H. Trainer, traveling salesman, hip and leg hurt.
Mrs. Vade Williams, of this city, face cut and bruised, three teeth knocked out and arm hurt.
The remainder of the passengers in the car escaped with slight scratches. Passengers in the second car were

Shinnston [selected entries]

Mr. Jno. M. Knox and Miss Ella Martin, of our village, were married yesterday in Fairmont.

In Colored Circles [selected entries]

The funeral of Mrs. Francis Steel took place from Water St. M. E. Church Thursday April 27, Rev. Reid preaching . . .

Our Horoscope [selected entries]

Mrs. Callahan, the aged mother of Street Commissioner Hugh Callahan, died on Tuesday night.

May 12, 1893

State Gossip [selected entries]

On last Tuesday, Julius, youngest child of Mr. J. S. Harman, of Wetzel county, was accidentally scalded by pulling out a plug from a washing machine. The hot water fell on its head and neck and ran down its body. Everything possible was done for the little sufferer, but in vain, and on Wednesday about noon died.

Mr. Frank Repair, an aged citizen of Tucker county, was drowned in Cheat river at St. George Tuesday morning. He and his son were fording the river at that place when the horse Mr. Repair was riding stumbled and threw him in the water, fell on and injured him to such an extent that he was unable to rise. His son was powerless to aid him, being a cripple, and was compelled to look on and see his father swept away by the turbulent stream.

Court News [selected entries]

Circuit court convened promptly at 10 o’clock on Tuesday, with Judge J. M. Hagans on the bench. A grand jury was promptly impaneled, composed of the following gentlemen: J. M. Lyon, I. P. R. Ash, Jesse Martin, Jas. Drummond, John D. Martin, F. M. Gifford, D. W. Boggess, John M. Holmes, Geo. A. Custer, Wesley M. Bird, Benjamin S. Reynolds, Herman Ladwig, Lafayette Allen, John Lowe, Lloyd Smith.

Judge Hagans charged to the [sic] grand jury was probably never excelled in this county. It was a clear explanation of the main points of the law with special emphasis on that part relating to revenue violations. He charged the jury to maintain a right adherence to what the law says about keeping their deliberations from the public and told them to expect a very large number of witnesses to be sent before them.

On the motion of the attorney for the State capiases [sic] were awarded against the following persons, viz: James Myers, Caroline Holt, George Gum, William Cottrill, Thomas Jett, Harvey Randolph, William Taylor, William Barnes, Lee Floyd; Rules on A. J. Evans, L. D. Waldrow and Clark Morrison.

State vs. William Barnes, jury and verdict of guilty for carrying revolver, $25 fine, in two cases.

State vs. George Gun, jury and $5 fine.

State vs. Will Hoff, plea of not guilty, and $25 fine for carrying concealed weapons.

State vs. George N. Holden, plea of not guilty and $5 fine.

State vs. James Cunningham, for unlawful cutting. $50 fine.

State vs. Sumner Miner, jury and verdict of not guilty.

State vs. James Myers, jury and verdict of guilty, $25 fine.

State vs. Caroline Hall, jury and verdict of guilty, judgment suspended and order for the arrest of defendant.

State vs. Sampson Harbert, plea of guilty and $5 fine.

Religion of Presidents.

George Washington was a member of the Episcopal church and a great believer in prayer, as is evidenced by numerous messages. One was: "The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary, but especially so in time of public danger and distress." He also said: "Though I am a member of the Church of England, I have no exclusive partialities."

John Adams was a Congregationalist and came of a long line of Puritan ancestors, but was very liberal in his views as to religion. He was baptized October 26, 1535 [sic], in the first church of Quincy, called "The Church of Statesmen."

Thomas Jefferson’s ideas on religion are difficult to classify. He was an admirer of the great Tom Paine, the agnostic, and as "Godless a man," [sic] but a letter to Mrs. John Adams shows that he believed in a future life, where "we will meet our friends. [sic]" and his life was a strictly moral one. He belonged to no church.

John Quincy Adams was a Congregationalist, like his father, and wrote a hymn.

Madison and Monroe were both Episcopalians in good standing.

Andrew Jackson was notoriously irreligious in his early manhood and mature life. As a youth at Salisbury, N. C., he is described as "the most roaring, rollicking, game-cocking, horse-racing, card-playing, mischievous fellow that ever lived in that town." After his retirement from the Presidency he became converted and joined the Presbyterian church, his dying words being: "My dear children, and friends and servants. I hope and trust to meet you all in heaven, both white and black."

Martin Van Buren never made any religious profession, but was a man of irreproachable morality, and according to the orthodox ones, is now burning.

William Henry Harrison was an Episcopalian of strong convictions, which prevented him from fighting duels.

John Tyler was also an Episcopalian.

James K. Polk made no profession until he was on his death bed, when a Methodist clergyman sprinkled him.

Zachary Taylor didn’t give the question any thought, but meekly paid his wife’s contributions to the Episcopal church. Taylor was very illiterate, knew little about theology and cared less.

Millard Filmore was a very quiet but pious man, who affiliated with the Baptists.

Franklin Pierce was an Episcopal communicant.

James Buchanan was always pious, but didn’t join the church until after his retirement from the Presidency, when he became a Presbyterian.

Abraham Lincoln, according to Col. Bob Ingersoll, was a disciple of Voltaire, but he expressed Christian conviction and was inclined to spiritualism. Both his parents were Baptists.

Andrew Johnson was not a member of any church but a tacit believed in Christianity. He was unusually handy with his "cuss words," and inclined to Methodism.

Ulysses Grant was a Methodist, and extolled for his piety by his biographers, though he was never known to do anything beyound [sic] letting fall a few pious remarks.

Rutherford B. Hayes was a Methodist.

James A. Garfield was a member of the Church of Christ, or Campbellite church, and once tried his hand at preaching.

Chester A. Arthur was an Episcopalian, who played a good game of poker.

Benjamin Harrison is a Presbyterian, and attends church regularly.

Grover Cleveland gets his supply of Christian fortitude to deal with the pie hunters from the Calvanistic [sic] fount also.

Weston Newslets. [selected entries]

Married, at Vadis, on Sunday, by Rev. J. I. Vincent, James Alford to Miss Laura Moneypenny.

Mr. Omer S. Goodwin and Miss Daisy Neely, of Jane Lew, were married at Jane Lew, Wednesday. The Democrat extends best wishes.

Mr. Frank Moore and Miss Mary Guinn, of West Weston, were married on Wednesday evening at 7:00[?] o’clock, the Rev. Varner officiating.

The closing exercises of the Academy took place at the Opera House last Friday night. The graduates this year are Misses Fannie Tierney, Phoebe Mitchell, Agnes Clary and Jennie Danser.

Mr. Ralph Patterson will soon retire from business in Weston, where he has been prominently before the public for the past twelve years. For sometime [sic] he has been contemplating a rest from business, principally on account of his health, and he has finally decided to retire from the grocery trade about the 1st of June. He will remove with his little family to Moundsville.

David Carson was killed on Wednesday at Buckhannon, while at work in the tannery. He was caught between the sides of the elevator and the floor of the second story, mashing his head and killing him instantly. Carson was a single man about 22 years of age. His remains were brought here on Thursday and sent to Stewart’s Creek in Gilmer county, where he lived. – The Democrat
West Union.

Mr. Inskip and wife, of Toll Gate, have agreed to disagree and separated.

Frank Bond, of Smithton, was put in jail here last Friday evening on a charge of insanity. After an examination on Monday, he was released, it being evident that he had only been indulging too freely in strong drink.

Wm. Harris, son of Don Harris, aged 21 years, while on his way home from Central Station Saturday evening, attempted to take his revolver from his pocket to shoot a dog that was following him. In doing so the weapon was discharged, the ball entering his left breast and lodging between the ribs under the arms. Harris’ recovery is thought to be doubtful – Herald


The population of Clarksburg is about 5,000 . . .


The following marriages are reported from our neighboring county of Marion:

Charles D. Hough and Flora B. Merrifield.
Draper L. Cole and Rebecca Basnett.
Harry W. Alford and Florence Ammons.
Harry Bartholow and Mollie Grantz.
Winfield S. Hess and Nanny E. Moore.


The funeral of Mrs. Nancy A. Thompson will be preached at Wilsonburg on Sunday, May 21st.
Mrs. Rachel Sheehy died at her home in Bridgeport, May 10, 1893, and will be buried to-day [sic], (Friday) May 12, at 3
       o’clock p. m.


Edward E. Ash, age 23, to Mary P. Cork, age 19.
Philip S. Exline, age 20, to Luvernia A. Justus, age 16.
George C. Worstell, age 22, to Ida L. Sullivan, age 20.

May 19, 1893

State Locals [selected entries]

A little child of Charles Saffle’s, of Philippi, was killed by a horse last Thursday evening. Mr. Saffle had just returned from mill and had turned the horse in the yard to eat grass, when the child came near him and was killed.

Charley McClung, of Greenbrier county, was killed by a falling tree a few days ago. The tree was a small one, only four inches in diameter, and an accident of this sort was not expected from it.

John Show fell from a railroad culvert near Martinsburg Saturday and fractured his skull. He died in a few hours.

[Ida May Hickman (?) obituary: unable to read and transcribe most of it.]

Big Buffalo. [selected entries]

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mason last Saturday, another heir.

The postoffice [sic] has changed hands. Chas. Sheehy, the new P. M., took possession and moved it to his store on Monday, having secured a new outfit of letter and lock boxes. A number of our citizens will make use of the latter.

Mrs. Rachel Sheehy, mother of postmaster Sheehy, died at her home last Wednesday. Her remains were interred at the brick church.

The Fortney Trial.

The important case of this term of our circuit court was the prosecution of Mr. Joshua D. Fortney for the shooting of Austen A. Swiger on July 2, 1892. The details of the affair appeared in the columns at the time of the shooting. It grew out of a general row in which several parties participated. Fortney was stabbed several times and retaliated by shooting Swiger in the bowels, producing a wound that came near being fatal—in fact, Swiger’s recovery is regarded as a miracle. Ex-prosecuting attorney Clifford, Hon. Ben. Wilson and Melville Sperry, represented the State and Hon. B. B. Dovener, Hon. J. J. Davis and Mr. E. G. Smith, appeared to defend Mr. Fortney. Thus it will be seen that the ablest legal talent of the State was employed on both sides.

Large crowds attended the trail, which lasted almost seven days.

The jury brought in a verdict of "guilty of assault" on Thursday morning. This practically is an acquittal but the defense not being satisfied with this seemingly lenient verdict have moved for a new trial based on the ground that one of the attorneys for the state had "shaken hands" with two of the jurymen.


William Burk, 5.
Charles Brown and H. S. Brown, 1.
Pat J. Keenan, 2.
Chris Fortney, 1.
Thomas Sullivan, 1.
Mrs. Ann Coffee, 1.
John Owens, 1.
Joseph Rodabaugh [sic], 6.
Fred Pike, 6.
Thomas Brennan, 1.
H. S. Brown, 1.
Barney Cox and W. L. Cox, 9.
John Lyon, 2.
Margaret A. Gill and Thomas Gill, 17.
Thomas Dougherty, 3.
Thomas Killeen, 4.
J. B. Chorpening, 5.
Patrick Barrett, 15.
Alf Walters, 2.
Martin Killeen, 10.
Ed. [sic] J. Glancy, 12.
Thomas Kearns, 11.
Thomas Kearns and John T. Kearns, 13.
John T. McDonnell, 29.
James Dowd, 8.
Henry Shadwell, (assault) 1.
Margaret Mulheran, 3.
George Mulheran, 2.
Mrs. Michael Glancy, 2.
John T. Kearns, 4.
Pat J. Glancy, 25.
Pat J. Keenan, 14.
Thomas Sullivan and Mrs. Thomas Sullivan, 4.
H. S. Brown and R. S. Brown[,] 5.
H. S. Brown, R. S. Brown and Charles Brown[,] 4.
Mrs. Michael Glancy[,] 2.
Mrs. Mary Owens[,] 2.
Sam Rogers[,] 5.
Barney Cox, W. L. Cox and Bernie Cox[,] 17.
Henry Shadwell[,] assault 1.

George M. Wicks[,] assault 1.
Ree C. McManaway[,] 1
Margaret, Mary and Annie Irwin[,] 1.
Mrs.[?] John Owens, 1.
John Lattstetter[,] 2.
And others[,] 5.
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271


State vs. John Lattstetter 2 cases; $25 each.
State vs. James Banks 1 case; not guilty.
State vs. Ed. Glancy 2 cases; $10 each.
State vs. Jack Drain 1 case; $10.
State vs. Jim Dowd and Jack Drain 1 case; $10 each.
State vs  Mrs. Thomas Leonard 9 cases; not guilty.
State vs. Thomas Marion 6 cases; not guilty.
State vs. A. S. Kennedy 1 case; not guilty.


Francis McElfresh vs. G. E. and H. H. Willis, judgment $1,100.84.
Richard Saulsberry, dropped; Doc Morris, Nos. 1, 2, 3, dropped; Hattie Morris, 1, 2, 3, dropped.

Nollies [sic] were entered in State of W. Va. against the following: Keller Robinson, D. M. Duty and J. W. Barrett, Geo. W. Goldsborrough [sic], Beverly Flowers, Jno. Morris, John S. Anna Coonrod [sic], Benj. Coffman, Al Brady, John Ross[,] Sampson Harbert. . .

Local News. [selected entries]

The commencement exercises of our public school will take place at the court house [sic] next Thursday night, and the baccalaureate sermon will be preached in the same building next Sunday at 10:30 a. m., by Rev. Day, of Morgantown.

May 26, 1893

Buckhannon Waifs. [selected entries]

A very sad accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon. Chris. [sic] Tenney, a young man employed by the Buckhannon River Lumber company, while riding on a log train near Craddock station, was thrown from the train by the logs breaking away, and they falling upon him, crushed and mangled him so terribly the he died in a few moments after the accident.—Buckhannon Delta

Fairmont Whispers. [selected entries]

Isaac Ice, a well-known farmer of Gray’s run, was struck and instantly killed by an east bound [sic] train near Downs, Wednesday evening. He was intoxicated and it is supposed he went to sleep lying on the track.


The following marriages took place in Marion county last week:

William Hayes and Maggie West.
Brice Hill and Dessie Meredith.
Elsworth E. Ogden and Lillie Weekley.
J. N. Ogden and Alcinda W. Davis.
John S. Yates and Jennie G. Gould.

State Locals. [selected entries]

The town of Elkins is now seeking to come to an arrangement with West Virginal Central railroad to have that town lighted by electricity.

Mrs. Sidney Jones, of Elk Garden, confined in jail at Keyser on account of insanity, was found dead in her cell last Monday morning, having died suddenly from the bursting of a blood vessel in the brain.

Local News. [selected entries]

Only one marriage license has been granted since our last issue, it being Chalmer McIntyre, age 24, to Nannie Shreve, age 21.

Mrs. C. C. Zinn, who formerly lived in Clarksburg, but is now a resident of California, was married recently to a lady of that state.

A very sad and shocking accident occured [sic] at the Mt. Clare coal mines last Tuesday, but which a well respected laboring man lost his life. While Presley Miley was at work on the "dump" a car in some way run [sic] over him injuring him seriously, and mangling one leg so badly that it was necessary for Dr. Ramsay, of this city, who was called, to amputate the limb. He suffered great agony until Wednesday night when death released him. He was a good, honest citizen, about 44 years old. [sic] and leaves a wife and two children.


Mr. Michael Barrett, of Clarksburg, lately appointed on the prison guard force, and Miss Grace Jones, of Dillie’s Bottom, Ohio, were united in marriage by Rev. Father Boutlou, at St. Francis Xavier’s church, Wednesday morning. The attendants were Mr. John Clifford. [sic] of Clarksburg, and Miss Annie Wingerter, of Wheeling. The happy couple were guests at the Hames House until Wednesday evening, when they went to Clarksburg, where they will remain with friends for a while and later visit the World’s Fair at Chicago. The Herald extends congratulations—Moundsville Herald.


Last Sunday morning Constable Dean Kinney, who had just drove [sic] up with his family to the U. B. Church at Central Station, and while engaged in unhitching his horse, was assaulted by a young man named Murt James. [sic] who struck Kinney twice on the back of the head with a pair of steel knuckles, inflicting ugly wounds. Kinney turned on James and choked him, the latter started to run and after going a short distance turned and shot twice at Kinney. A warrent [sic] was sworn out for James, but it is believed that he has left the county. James has on several occasions said he intended to kill Kinney because of some little difficulty they had some time ago over some work. James is about 21 years of age and was at one time an inmate of the Weston asylum. It is believed by many that his mind is again deranged.—West Union Herald.

The High School
Closing Exercises of a Very
Successful Year
Everything Was Admirably
And a Great Many People Attended
Who Were Delighted With the
Entertainment Given.

The Commencement exercises of the Clarksburg High School took place during the present week. Everything was admirably planned and a great many people attended who do not hesitate to say they were delighted and royally entertained. Those who have been interested in the schools have informed themselves concerning the methods, and results, voice a general sentiment that pronounces this one of the most prosperous year’s [sic] in the history of our public schools.

Every department has been carefully and systematically organized. The entire school appeared to move at the call of the superintendent with an [sic] case and regularity that showed at once that he was supported by an efficient corps of teachers. The superintendent, Mr. L. J. Corbly, after his graduation at the University, taught two years in the South and before that had been a most successful teacher in our own State. His first year’s work here has shown that he merits his reputation as an educator and disciplinarian. Prof. J. Russell Trotter, the principal, is a thorough scholar and a young man of unquestioned morals. He is also a graduate of our University and a teacher of considerable experience and before coming here was a member of the Faculty of the Conference Seminary at Buckhannon. His work here speaks for itself and we hope he can be induced to remain next year. The other members of the High School faculty are Miss Mollie Smith, whose two year’s [sic] here have established for her a brilliant record as a teacher. Miss Ann Dunn, a most conscientious instructor; Miss Bell Davidson who may be justly proud of her record of many years; Mr. D. M. Willis[,] an enthusiastic worker and a young man who is thoroughly up with the times.

Miss Hornor, Miss Parrill and Miss Shinn are all accomplished young ladies and merit the many pleasant things that are spoken concerning their school work.

Two rooms whose pupils are much attached to their respective teachers speak well for Misses Johnson and Taylor. Miss Dora Ridenour has had a successful year at the West end. [sic] where she had charge of a large number of little people.

Music has been taught in all departments by Miss Lottie Maxson, the musical instructor.

The baccalaureate exercises took place at the court house [sic] last Sunday morning at 10:30 a. m. A deviation from the announced program was necessitated by the unfortunate railway accident that injurned [sic] the Rev. Mr. Day, of Morgantown, while en route to Clarksburg to preach the baccalaureate sermon.

After a few introductory remarks by Prof. Trotter, Rev. Charles White, of the Presbyterian church, read the morning scripture lesson and made the morning prayer.

Instead of a regular sermon short addresses were delivered by Dr. Forrest, Rev. Thompson, Rev. Davidson, Rev. Robinson and Rev. Evans.

The music by the High School orchestra was splendid. The solo rendered by Messrs. Thorn and Dolan were indeed fine efforts. Everybody pronounced it a very pretty and instructive service.

The graduates occupied seats in front of the rostrum and their bright intellectual faces betrayed that feeling of happiness and relief that comes with the Commencement season and its ribbons, flowers, and diplomas.

The success of Sunday’s program served to awaken a deeper interest in the regular graduating exercises which took place last night.

The following programme [sic] was rendered:

1.—Music……………………………………………… Orchestra.

Invocation: Rev. Dr. Forrest.

2.—Essay: "She Hath Done What She Could."…………………Mary Frances Farland.

3.—Essay……………………………………...."An Injured Race."  A. Truman David


5.—Essay……………………. ………………."Going to America."

6.—Essay……………………………. "A Part am I of all I’ve met."  Bertha Boggess


8.—Essay: "Higher education for boys."  Simie Nusbaum

9.—Essay……………………………………………….."Language."  Cora Powell


11.—Essay………………………………………………….."Music."  Jessie Renshaw.

12.—Essay: ………………………….."Clarksburg’s Opportunities."  Wirt Lewis

13.—Essay: "Night Brings Forth the Stars."…………………………Columbia Bland Duncan.


15.—Delivery of Diplomas.


All the graduates performed their parts very creditably and held the attention of the audience from first to last.

We were impressed with the fact that Clarksburg has as handsome and intelligent looking young men and women as are to be found anywhere. [sic] and we are disposed to congratulate our Public School for the quality of the material they had to work upon, and the masterly manner in which they have developed and perfected it.

The exercises passed off without a jar from the beginning of the examination to the delivery of the diplomas. . .

Salem Flooded

SALEM, W. VA., May 21. – Never in the history of our town was water as high in Salem as at five o’clock. It rained in torents [sic]. The people did not think there would be a high water, but at 5:30 it was rising so fast that they became alarmed. [sic] and at 6 o’clock our town was covered with water. Citizens on Water street were thinking they would be left homeless. The water was so high in some residences that persons had to be taken out on horses. The water was in a great many of the business houses two feet deep. Some of the residents on Water street left their homes and took refuge on the hills. At this time it is falling, and the citizens are not fearing much more danger. – Parkersburg Journal.