TUES, JUNE 30, 1914


Howard, the three year old son of Mr and Mrs H T Pyles, was pretty badly burned yesterday about noon, while playing with matches in the bedroom at their home on W Piedmont street. The little boy went up to the room and was playing when suddenly he was heard to scream and when the fire was put out the little fellow was severely burned about the legs and stomach, and a small burn on his breast. The doctor said today he was getting along nicely. Two years ago last February when the Pyles home burned, two of their little girls burned to death, and this little fellow was saved by the mother.



Dr I H Stafford has purchased from the Merryman Bros the building on Armstrong street recently used for a soft drink place, and has a force of men at work remodeling it. The lower floor will be converted into a store room and will be occupied by W H Crist, who now runs a grocery on Main street. Dr Stafford will use the upstairs for one of the most up to date dental parlors in this section. The building will be improved and will add much to Armstrong street.


(Elkins, W Va)

Former US Senator Henry Gassaway Davis, in his 90th year, feels so young that he expects to participate in burning the family fireworks on the 4th of July. The display will cost $12,000 and will be discharged on the hill at his home. Approximately all the Davis and Elkins families will be here, including Mrs Hitt, formerly Miss Katherine Elkins.


A Davis boy about eight years of age fell from the summer house in the McCoole yard yesterday evening striking on his head. He was unconscious for some time but is all right today.


As train No 1, WM RR, was leaving Blaine this morning, John Walters, Blacksmith, aged about 50 years, attempted to board a train after vestibule doors was closed and fell under the train. The wheels passing over both legs below the knee. Dr Copland rendered first aid and at Walters request took him to a hospital at Cumberland. Walters family lives at Ridgeley where his son and son in law both are working for the Western Maryland. The RR or its employees are in no way to blame. Mr Gib Seaman endeavored to stop Walters catching hold of the train and failed. Another case where, “Had he left intoxicants alone he would not have been in this condition.”


“Uncle” Bob Carskadon, who has been so seriously ill for a few days is reported as resting well this morning and improving. His many friends hope that he will soon be able to be out.


Mrs C W Schaffenaker was very ill again last evening, but is resting comfortable today.


Mrs Chas Spotts is ill at her home on Sharpless street.


Tonight offers a very rare program headed by a two reel Vitagraph feature, called the “Portrait” that is one of the old time favorites, and also a great Railroad Kalem offering called “The Leap for Life” and a fine Essana Comedy. Mr Mike Dowd who pleased so well last night will again appear and make good his title as the assasinator of sorrow all for only 5 and 10 cents.


A wedding pronounced interest to a number of people in this city and the adjacent territory, where the bride elect is well-known, will be solemnized tonight when Miss Nellie Gerstell, daughter of Dr and Mrs Robert Gerstell, of Gerstell, W Va, will be married to Mr Harry B Langdone Smith son of Mrs Smith and the late Benjamin F Smith, of 1311 Park Ave, Baltimore. The ceremony will be performed at 7 o’clock at Rock Ledge Farm, the home of Dr and Mrs Gerstell, by the Rev Dr J Ross Stevenson, of Brown Memorial  Church, Baltimore, assisted by  Rev Dr Hopkins, of Charles Town, W Va, and will be followed by a reception. The bride, who will be given in marriage by her father, will have as her maid of honor her cousin, Miss Louise Gerstell, of Easton, Pa. Mr Smith’s best man will be his brother, Mr Frank B Smith, of Baltimore. Upon their return from their wedding trip Mr Smith and his bride will make their home in Baltimore.  This marriage will unite two old families. Miss Gerstell was educated in private schools and traveled extensively abroad and in this country. Her father is one of the most prominent physicians in W Va. Her paternal grandfather, the late Dr Arnold Gerstell, was a distinguished physician. Miss Gerstell was also a descendent through her paternal grandmother of Col Thomas and Capt Michael Cresap, of Revolutionary fame who were buried in Trinity Churchyard, New York City, in 1795, and also of the late Lieut James C Cresap, USN, one of the founders of the Sons of the American Revolution and a member of the Order of Cincinnati. Her maternal grandfather, Perry, was an officer in the Federal Army of Virginia. Mr Smith, a son of Mrs B F Smith and the late Benjamin F Smith, is descended from the Dorseys, Hammonds, Howards of Anne Arundel county.


Is Estimate of Crop in Mineral County This Year

Growers Have Organized for Selling

E A Russell, manager of the Twin Mountain and Potomac Railway Co, Harry Markwood and Atty R A Welch, all of Keyser, spent last night in this city. They autoed across the county over the northwestern pike. All these men have orchard interests, and in speaking of the fruit crop prospects, Mr Russell predicted that the peach crop in Mineral county this year will exceed 500,00 baskets. For a year past, the fruit growers there have been organized for the purpose of selling to better advantage and as a manager of the sales department, Mr D T Usher of South Carolina who has bought and marketed fruit all over the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes has been selected. The plan is to grade the fruit up to the highest possible standard and go on the big markets with a pack equal to the best. The fruit industry is comparatively new in that section as a commercial proposition. One of the first big orchards, the Alleghany Orchard Co, was established by G P Miller and others of this section of the state, and the marvelous result they got from that ragged chert land in the mountain has encouraged planting generally, until within the last nine years, nearly one million trees have been planted, largely peaches.—Martinsburg World.


This morning 11 cars of chickens went through Keyser over the B&O for eastern markets. The many cars attracted much attention. Every day many cars of chickens pass through.


Try the splendid raspberry ice cream at Furbee’s Drug Store. They make it themselves and it is fine. On sale this evening.



(Cumberland, Md)

“That she came to her death from a gun shot wound from the hands of her husband, J George French,” was the verdict of the coroner’s jury called to investigate the death of Mrs J George French, colored, at her home on Fayette street yesterday morning. The wife, Ella French, was found lying on the bed with her little child nursing at her breast when the officers arrived, and the husband was standing at the kitchen table with a gun shot wound in his head and the arteries cut in both of his wrists with a razor. He then walked down stairs leaving a trail of blood in his wake and rested his hands on the kitchen table for support. The neighbors, hearing the report, immediately notified Officer Stahl, who telephoned police headquarters and hurried to the scene. Shortly after Officer Stahl arrived, Chief of Police Eisenhauer and Officer Cubbage reached the French home in Dr Harris’s automobile, where they found Mrs French had been shot through the heart. The body was removed to the Stein morgue, and her husband was hurried to the Western Maryland Hospital in the Stein ambulance. After reaching the hospital, in what he thought to be a dying statement, French told and signed the following statement in the presence of Chief Eisenhauer, Officer William Cubbage, Officer John Stahl and Dr Edward H Harris: “I, J George French, shot my wife, Ella French, and cut my throat and arteries. Harry Fisher is the cause of my trouble. We both decided to die together.”


To be shown tonight the following is a review of it by the Motion Picture World and the Opera House should be packed to see it.

“The Portrait” (Vitagraph), a two reel drama, written by Catherine Carr and directed by James Young. Occasionally a superior photoplay and suddenly creeps up amongst the suff-stuff that stands out like an old exquisitely cut cameo that grandma used to wear in her lace collar. Such it “The Portrait.” The spectator that can keep the tears from welling down hardened cheeks, viewing the picture, has forgotten childhood days. It is a gem. Mrs Mary Maurice is ideal in appearance and interpretation as the mother, and James Morrison, as her son, was admirable, as was James Young as Ralph Dryden. All of the cast are adequate and perfect types of the characters portrayed. All honor to the producer and author.

APRIL 2, 2004