JULY 29, 1914


No trace found of man

Men watched all night

Many believe beautiful hair was object

The night has passed and nothing has developed in the tragedy in the South-end. Men were out all night guarding all the roads and paths that might be used by the assailant. A large number of deputies were sworn in last evening and by night quite a crowd of men and boys were on the watch. During the night reports got out that the man had been caught on Limestone, but there was nothing to it. Miss Dortha Iser has gotten partly over her fright of yesterday, and is lamenting the loss of her beautiful hair, which will soon adorn the head of some other lady. From the circumstances surrounding the assault the idea looms up that the young mans sole intent was to capture the heavy suit of waving hair. Such a head of hair as Miss Iser possessed would be worth in market about $5 an ounce. Doubtless the young thief has been watching her for weeks and took his opportunity to accomplish his aim. He might have been hiding in the shed for some days, using it as a shelter. The first thing he did after forcing the apple in her mouth was to cut her hair and after that he gagged and bound her, and made his way to a busy part of the city. Miss Iser says it was fully ten or fifteen minutes after he left her until her brother came to her. That being true he had plenty of time to slowly walk to the B&O tracks before there was any excitement. Everybody saw a man cross the creek but it seems that no one in particular saw him, and it is the belief that he came down in the city carrying the hair with him. About nine o’clock W W Woodard and another man saw a young fellow come out of the old stable at the end of Davis street and run to a passing freight, which he boarded. The train was going east, and it is thought this is the man. Sheriff C E Nethken motored to Cross after Wm Kalbaugh’s blood hound, returning about 4:30 with the dog. After an hours work it was found that the dog could not find a trail.


Mr L C McDonald has sold his stock of merchandise to Mr H D Wilfong of Hambleton. Invoice will be made first of next week, when the new man will take charge. Mr Wilfong will move his family here and will reside in the Aker’s house on S Main street. Mr Wilfong’s family consists of his wife and a daughter and one son. Mr McDonald is interested in the fruit business and desires to give his orchard interests more attention. He had successfully conducted a mercantile business here for a number of years.


(Charleston, W Va)

The Democratic convention for the Senatorial district composed of Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan and Hampshire counties met today at Berkeley Springs and nominated Judge Frank Beckwith, of Charleston, to succeed Senator Gray Silver, of Martinsburg, who has served for eight years. John  J Cornwell, of Romney, was a chairman of the convention.

The funeral of Mrs Geo B Newhouse was held in the Lutheran Church at 2:30 this afternoon, with services by Rev H F Baughman. Interment was made in Queen’s Point cemetery.


Mrs George McCauley has returned from a couple of months visit to home folks at West Union.


Mrs A J Boor left this morning for a three weeks visit in Duluth, Michigan.


Mrs A F Kimmell, of Mill Creek, and Mrs Virginia Liller spent Monday with Mrs J Y Freeland.


Between eight and nine o’clock the police were called to Vernon street, where a drunken man was filled with fight. Chief Davis went out in an auto and found Chas Humes drunk, and had been fighting his wife and neighbors. The chief brought him down to Mr Taylor’s place. Humes had been to Westernport, that town in Maryland noting for getting people in trouble.


The Jennie Smith picnic of Baltimore and Ohio employees, to take at Island Park, Harpers Ferry, on Thursday, July 30th, promises to be the merriest of the kind ever held. Word has gone down the line that the vice-president, Thompson, the operating officials of the company with entire staff, including C W Galloway, General Manager, F L Stenens; Chief Engineer F H Clark, General Supt Motive Power Earl Hinson, Engineer Maintenance of Way the officials will meet the men of the rank and try to make the outing surpass all previous ones. This will be the first time since the railroad Evangelist Miss Jennie Smith, originated the idea that the officers at Baltimore will lay aside their official duties to share with the trainmen, shopmen and others the picturesque splendeur of Island Park. Special trains will be operated from Baltimore, Washington, Mt Airy, Frederick and other points and eastern to as far west as Pittsburgh and delegations of the railroad with wives and families. Indications point to an attendance this you that will surpass all previous figures and T E Stacy with 65 company workers on the committee of arrangements has left nothing undone to make the occasion the most memorable in Miss Jennie Smith’s picnic history. The officials will attend in special trains.


In the News yesterday the heading of the picnic notice should have read Thursday. Children and parents should remember that the picnic is tomorrow, Thursday.


The Young Woman’s Guild of the Presbyterian Church will hold a Lawn Fete on the lawn at the rear of the church, Friday evening, July 31, for the benefit of the Mission Sunday School in the West-end of town. Everybody come.


Mr W C Crist is moving his stock of groceries from Main street to Armstrong street in the Merryman building recently purchased and remodeled by Dr Ira Stafford.


Blacksmith foreman B Rickamore has made application for retirement.


Mechanical Engineer Crummel of Baltimore paid us a visit one day last week.


Some of the Zanesville men have resigned. They say they were going to Logan, Ohio, to work for the Hocking Valley Railroad.


Two new blacksmiths have been given work at the shop. A W Parks has been given a fire in the blacksmith shop and the other one, at the steel car plant.


Some of our men attended the dance in Tromblesome Valley last Wednesday night.


Airman W H Ravenscraft and others were at the top of 17 mile hill Sunday testing air. Mr Ravenscraft told the writer that they had a hard rain there Sunday morning. He said it rained so hard in the bunghole of a barrel that it bursted out both ends.


One day last week safetyman Caldwell was shown that a badly diseased old black cat was making its home in the mill. Everybody agreed that the cat ought to be killed but when called on none of them would respond, but our old friend Joe Dickel. Joe not only killed the cat but burned it also. Thanks Joe.


The Smith’s were in Judge Bomberger’s court last night. One of the Smith’s was fined $10 for being drunk and disorderly and the other Smith was fined $2 for being with the Smith that was drunk. Both men acknowledged they were sorry that they had been drinking and promised that it would not happen again.


The funeral of J Christopher Kuenhle took place at 3:00 o’clock pm from St Peters Episcopal church at Westernport, Md, under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, this afternoon. Rev Culbertson, of Philadelphia, Pa, together with the rector, Rev Wm B McKinley officiated. There were a large number of floral offerings. F Graham, John Mackie, Howard B Carroll, W E Heskitt, J W Hughes, and U B McCandlish were the active pall bearers, and Wm T Jamesson, Dr E H Parsons, J V Bell were honorary pall bearers. His brother and family, Mr Joseph Kuenhle, of Baltimore, was present, also a number of other relatives from Baltimore and Grafton. Interment was made in Philos cemetery, Westernport, Md.


Mrs Allan L Luke returned yesterday from a fortnight’s visit to Mrs John C Brydon of Somerset, Pa.


The Misses Boyd, of Potomac Manor, W Va, who have been the guests of Miss Mildred Harrison, returned home yesterday.


Mrs Don Whitworth of Westernport entertained many of her friends this evening at cards from 8 o’clock until 12 o’clock. Refreshments were served.


The body of Thomas Kight of Westernport, who died of heart trouble in a hospital at Baltimore on Sunday, was brought to his home in Westernport on train No 1, B&O, last evening. Funeral will take place tomorrow morning from his late residence in Westernport at 10 o’clock. He was an employee of the B&O RR.


Has both legs cut off by mowing machine near Franklin, W Va

Robert Marker, the nine year old son of E C Marker, a farmer residing just below Frankfort, W Va, about 12 miles south of Cumberland, had both legs cut off midway between the knee and ankle, by a mowing machine yesterday, and was taken to the Western Maryland Hospital in Cumberland, where his wounds were dressed by Dr J M Spear and Dr Percival Lantz, the later of Frankfort, who gave first aid to the boy and saved him from bleeding to death by use of tourniquets and then brought father and son to Cumberland in his car. The little fellow was in the field where Lemuel Oglebee was mowing, and Mr Oglebee had asked the boy to get him a switch. Getting one, the little fellow ran in front of the knifepart of the machine and gave the horses a cut with the switch. The animals sprang forward with a bound catching the boy’s legs and cutting both off. One of the legs only hanging by a shred of skin. On Saturday last the boy’s brother, Oscar Marker, aged 13, was kicked by a horse while riding another horse through a field and had both bones of one leg broken.


The program tonight at Music Hall is the most unusual one so far this season, consisting of a feature bill by the Morton Musical Comedy Co, called “Audus Comic Opera Mascot” following same, a Tango Dancing Contest. The craze of the season, between local boys and members of the company, also four colored boys in a watermelon eating contest. Four reels of pictures, a big Selig two reel thriller called “The Terror of the Jungles.” Tonight surely is the big one at Music Hall.


The following program will be given by McIlwee’s Concert Band, on Markwood’s Lawn, Wednesday evening at 8:00 o’clock.

March—National Emblem—Bagley

Overture—“Sky Pilot”—Laurens

Valse—“Loindu Bal”—Gilbert

“Sextette From Lucia”—Donizetti

Grand Religious Potpourri—“Joy To The World”—Arr, by Barnhouse

Medley—“Haviland Hits No 3” Arr by Halle

Descriptive—“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”—( A dream picture of the old south) Uncle Tom is dozing before the log fire in the enjoyment of the quiet of his cabin in Old Kentucky, when there passes before him familiar scenes of the “Old South” and finally a vision of the Emancipation.

Grand selection from “Carman”

March—Loyal Americans—K L King


Oterbein Sunday School, of the UB Church of Purgittsville, will hold a picnic in Reynolds Gap on August the 8th. Everybody invited to come and bring a basket.


Morgantown, W Va—Mr Stephen B Elkins, widow of US Senator Elkins, has inaugurated social welfare work among the miners employed by the Decker Creek Coal Co, of which she is practically sole owner. She has employed a social worker to improve living conditions in the homes of the mine workers and to organize clubs among the men. Recreational and educational opportunities are to be given.

BORN, unto Mr and Mrs J Harper Smith on Tuesday, a son.

APRIL 7, 2004