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The Chatham Republican. (Chatham, Columbia County, N.Y.) 1886-1918, April 17, 1895, Image 8

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KtIMliiliS# I 1 :';-'. s. ■■■ TWO YOUNG WOMEN FOUND BUTCH ­ ERED IN A CHURCH TOWER. Both of the Victims Were Attendants at the Sunday School and Have Been Miss ­ ing For, Several Days — Police Found Their Mutilated Bodies In the Church Tower. S an F rancisco , April 15.— The Eman- uel Baptist church at Bartlett street, be ­ tween Twenty-second and Twenty-third streets; in this city, has been the scene of two of the most atrocious murders ever committed in the state. Saturday the mutilated and murdered body of Minnie Williams was found in the library of the edifice. Sunday the nude body of Blanche La ­ ment was found in the tower of the same church. The same hand,..the authorities believe, slew both girls, and W. H. ,T. Durant, the young man suspected of both crimes, is now in custody. Blanche Lament and Minnie Williams were members of the Emanuel church and members of the Sunday school class. The former was a student at the Normal school on Powell street in this city ; the latter was a companion in a family in Alameda, across the bay. They were both 19 years old, brunettes and pretty and modest girls. Both had been the recipients of at ­ tentions from a young medical student named W. H. T. Durant, who is also the librarian of the church and the secretary of the Young People ’ s society of the church. On April 5 Miss Lament disappeared. Diligent search failed to reveal any trace of her whereabouts, and her aunt, Mrs. No ­ ble, with whom she had been living, was totally unable to throw any light on the affair. Miss Lamont came from Dillon, Mon., several months ago, having been in San Francisco for her health and at the same time to attend the Normal school to perfect herself as a teacher. Bast Seen Witli Durant. _ The last person seen in her company was W. B. T. Durant, a young medical student, who, it seems, had been on friend ­ ly terms with the missing girl. On Satur ­ day about 11:10 a. m. the mutilated body of Minnie Williams was found in the li ­ brary of the church. The girl had been assaulted, and her remains had been cut and hacked, the girl having evidently died from loss of blood. On further examination it was found she had been gagged, ’ the assailant tearing part of her underclothing and thrusting it down her throat with a sharp stick, badly lacerating the tongue. Two wit ­ nesses state they saw a young man and a young woman, the former answering the description of Durant and the latter that of Minnie Williams, enter the church. Late Saturday night the detectives had about decided that Durant had murdered Miss Williams, and this theory was fur ­ ther strengthened Sunday morning after making a thorough search of Emanuel church. The dead and outraged body of Miss Lamont was found concealed in the stee ­ ple. Death had been caused by strangu ­ lation. The body was lying just inside the door of the tower room, nude and on the floor. Around the neck were blue streaks — the marks of fingers that had been press ­ ed deep into the tender flesh. The mouth was open, showing the regular teeth. The features were badly distorted, being drawn, and the lips were swollen and blood stain ­ ed. The nose was the only feature that re ­ tained its original shape, for the cheeks were bloated. The girl ’ s hair was matted with dirt and hung loosely about her shoulders. The body was badly decomposed, the odor from the remains having reached the nos ­ trils of the detectives before they opened the door. When the officers reached the top of the stairs, they found the door leading to the tower locked. They broke in the door. It was so dark they could not see, and one of the officers struck a match. As the light flared up they saw before them the dead body of the girl for whom they were searching. The body was taken to the morgue, where it was placed on a slab by the side of Miss Williams. Sketch of the Murderer. LAUNCH OF THE ST. PAUL. Durant is about 23 years of age and was born and raised in the neighborhood in which the murders occurred. Durant is a graduate of the Cogswell High school and has been studying medi ­ cine for a year. He was a member of the Second brigade signal corps and was as ­ sistant superintendent of Emanuel church Sunday school. He was always of a quiet disposition, and his friends refuse to be ­ lieve, in spite of the evidence, that he com ­ mitted the crimes attributed to him. The police, however, think Durant is another Jack the Ripper with a mania for murder. They state that it is highly prob ­ able that Durant is responsible for the killing of Eugene Ward, a young drug clerk, who was found stabbed to death sev ­ eral months ago in the store where he worked. No trace was ever found of the assassin, and the theory is that Durant killed him. No motive for this murder was discovered, and the fiendish cruelty of it — Ward being stabbed in 18 places — leads to the belief that it was the work of an in ­ sane person. Durant ’ s parents are highly esteemed people of the district in which they live. His father is chief engineer of Bucking ­ ham, and he owns a large shoe factory, and, while not rich, has been able to give his rhildren a good education and start them in life. Two Victims of tlie Gasoline Stove. P hiladelphia , April 13. — Mrs. Mary Kunzchenkel, aged 28 years, and her 7- months-old child Charles were burned to death by the explosion of a gasoline stove which the woman was filling at her-home, 1174 North Third street. The President's Income Tax. W ashington , April 13. — President Cleveland has filled out his income tax blank and will probably make his return today. , In it he has included his salary of §50,000 as chief executive, on which the tax will be §920. Wolf Hunters In New Vork. . G loversville , N. Y., April 13. — One of the wolves which killed a number of deer La Bleecker recently has been shot and killed. The hunting of the wolves in this vicinity will continue. James W. Scott Dead. N ew Y ork , April 15. — James W. Scott, chief proprietor and editor-in-chief of The Times-Herald of Chicago and The Even ­ ing Post of that city, died at the Holland House in this city. - Killed by a Train. • - S usquehanna , Pa., April 15. — William Franks, while crossing on the railroad bridge yesterday, was overtaken by a train and instantly killed. Second Attempt to Float the Big Steamer a , Brilliant Success. P hiladelphia , April 11 ___ The new American liner St. Paul was successfully launched from Cramp ’ s shipyard, and to ­ day she lies on the waters of the Delaware a cable ’ s length from her twin sister, the St. Louis — two wonderful achievements of modern' marine architecture and Amer ­ ican in every feature. When the last tie piece had been sawed away, all eyes turned to the colossal red- black hull, and- the sienal was given. The boat began to move, and then Miss Frances E. Griscom swung aloft a dainty little bottle of champagne clothed in blue and white, the colors of the city of St. Paul, and brought it crashing down upon the ship ’ s bow, with the murmured sylla ­ bles, “ I christen thee St. Paul. ” Then there was a riot of sound as the vessel glided gracefully down into the wa ­ ter, throwing up silvery showers as she went, until the rapidly lowered anchors brought her to in the middle of the stream. The siren whistles shrieked until their steam was exhausted, aud the multitude of humanity roared until it had to pause for breath. Then the International Nav ­ igation company shook' hands with Cramp ’ s shipyard, and everybody follow ­ ed suit. The launch was successfully over. PEACE TREATY SIGNED. The War Between China and Japan Offi ­ cially Ended. L ondon , April 16.— A dispatch to The Times from Shanghai says that Li Hung Chang ’ s son-in-law telegraphs that a peace convention was signed at Simonoseki on Monday by the plenipotentiaries of China and Japan. Following are the terms of the convention : First, the independence of Korea; sec ­ ond, that Japan retains the places she has conquered; third, that Japan shall also retain the territory east of the Liao river; fourth, that the island of Formosa he ced ­ ed permanently to Japan; fifth, the pay ­ ment of an indemnity, and, sixth, an of ­ fensive and defensive alliance. S imonoseki , April 16. — The conference Monday of the peace commissioners lasted five hours. AH the plenipotentiaries at ­ tended the meeting except Viscount Mut- su. It is believed that this conference was the final one. It is stated that the Chinese plenipotentiaries are preparing to return to their homes. A Plucky Girl and a Burglar. B ridgeport , Conn., April 15. — Mary James, a 16-year-old girl, discovered a man lying on the bed beside her. She leaped from the bed, and arming herself with an iron coal shovel attacked the intruder. Before the man had a chance to defend himself he received a broken nose and sev ­ eral severe cuts on the head. The police arrived in time to arrest him. At the sta ­ tion he gave the name of William Riley and claimed not to know how he came in the house. He was held on a charge of burglary. Woman Killed In a.Drunken Quarrel. W ilkesbarre . Pa., April 15. — In a drunken brawl among Hungarians in the village of Maltby, Mrs. Anna Tonish, a boarding house keeper, was fatally stab ­ bed, and her husband, Alexander Tonish, received nine knife wounds in the body. The murderous work was done by George Line, who was armed with a butcher knife. Line fled, but was captured. Had it not been for the interference of a num ­ ber of citizens of Maltby, he would have been lynched by his countrymen. Highway Robbery In Jersey. B ridgeton , N. J.. April 13. — Theodore Stratton, an engineer on the West Jersey railroad, was driving with his wife to their home in this city when they were held up on a lonely road by two masked men with revolvers. Mrs. Stratton scream ­ ed, but was silenced by the highwaymen ’ s threats to murder her. They, then relieved Stratton of his watch and §40 and fled. Major Freeburn Dead. J ersey C ity , April 16. — Major Archi ­ bald B. Freeburn, a retired United States army officer, died at his residence in this city of Bright ’ s disease. Major Freeburn was a descendant of Ethan Allen of Revo ­ lutionary fame. He was a major in an Arkansas volunteer regiment during the war and served in the regular army against the Indians after the rebellion. Under a Ton of Molten Iron. P hillipsburg , N. J., April 13. — Charles Schinstein, a molder at the Warren pipe foundry, this city, met with a terrible death. While he was assisting to pour a ton of molten iron into a mold the chain holding the ladle broke, and Schinstein was jerked into a pit, with the liquid metal on top of him. Woman Tortured by Thieves. O il C ity , Pa., April 16. — Masked men entered the home of Mrs. Brambach on the outskirts of the town and bound and gag ­ ged her. They secured §200 in money and then beat her to make her tell where her other savings were concealed. The thieves heard her husband coming and escaped. An Error; No Deficit. H azleton , Pa., April 16.— A thorough examination of the books and accounts of ex-City Comptroller Salmon shows that the apparent shortage <|f §20,000 in his accounts, reported to the council by the new comptroller, is simply a clerical error and that no deficit exists. Baltimore's Centennial Begun. B altimore , April 16. — The interna ­ tional exposition of 1897 to mark the first centennial of Baltimore as a municipal city was begun by the city taking - formal possession of Clifton park, wherein will be erected the necessary buildings. General Markets. N ew Y ork , April 15. — FLOUR — State and western firm and moderately active; city mills patents, 83.90@4.i5 ; white? patents, $ 2.80@3.15 ; city mills clears, $ 3.25@3.40 ; winter straights, §2.35®2.80. WHEAT — No. 2 red ruled active and decid edly higher on rumors of unfavorable crop news and a general short scare; May, 60%® 6U4c.: July, 61 3-16@6113-16c. RYE — Nominal . CORN — No. 2 quiet, but firmer with wheat; May, 50-M@50J£e.: July, 50%©50Jgc. OATS — No. 2 dull, but firmer; May, 32J4® 32%c.: track, white state, 36@4054c. PORK — Steady; new mess, $13.30@11; family, $13.50® U. LARD — Steady; prime western steam, $7.30, nominal. BUTTER — Steady with fair demand; state dairy, 10®19c.: state creamery, 19J4@20c. CHEESE — Dull and heavy: large, 8@llJ4c. EGGS — Steady; state and Pennsylvania, 12Jtj @12%c.; western, 12}4®12%c. SUGAR — Raw firm; fair refining, 2 ll-16c.; centrifugal, 96 test, 3c.; refined firm; crushed, 4 9-16@4%c.: powdered, 4 3-16® 4%c. TURPENTINE — Dull at 30&@30Mc. MOLASSES — Steady: New Orleans, 28®36c. RICE — Quiet: domestic, t^@6?6c.; Japan, 4® i%c . . TALLOW! — Dull: city, country, t%c. Shot His Head Off. U tica , N. Y., April 16. — Charles H. Roemer, a farmer residing at New Hart ­ ford, deliberately shot the top of his head off. He took off his shoes and stockings, placed the gun to his head, and with his toes pulled the trigger. The shot tore the upper part of the head completely from the body. An Advance In Mill Wages. F all R iver , Mass., April 12. — Agent Cunneen of the Seaconnet mills announc ­ ed that he would follow the example of the iron works mills and concede an ad ­ vance of 10 per cent in wages in order to secure the best operatives for the new Sea- connet mill No. 2, which is just starting. Trolley Company Must Pay $4,000. . B rooklyn . April 13.— The jury in the suit of Charles W. McKeever to recover damages for the loss of his daughter ’ s life from the Atlantic Avenue Railroad com ­ pany brought in a verdict for §4,000 be ­ fore Judge Clement in the oity court, Brooklyn. Storm Squelches Forest Fires. M ay ’ s L anding , N. J., April 15. — A heavy storm extinguished the forest fire which had been burning for several days between this place and Millville and El- wood. Several thousand acres of fine tim ­ ber were destroyed, and the loss will reach $ 20 , 000 . Four Persons Burned to Death. F argo , N. D., April 15.— The resi ­ dence of Robert Houghton, five miles north of here, was burned. The mother and three children, aged 6, 8 and 10 years, were burned to death. The husband was possibly fatally burned. The Wool King Dying. T oledo , April 16. — A special from Up ­ per Sandusky says that Hon. David Harp- ster, the well known wool king, is serious ­ ly ill and is not expected to recover. Mayor Waters of Newport Dead. N ewport , R. I., April 15.— Captain John Waters, mayor of Newport, died here after an illness of six weeks with liver trouble. Ate Four Dozen Raw Eggs. B ristol , R. I., April 5. — Harry Good ­ man broke the record in an egg eating contest here, eating four dozen raw eggs in 6K minutes on a wager of §5. Guilty of Murder. C olumbia , S: C., April 8. — The jury found T. C. Aughtry guilty of the murder of C. B. Oliver, near Columbia, a few weeks ago. The Kaiser Is Writing a Book. V ienna , April 9. — Emperor William is writing a military work that will be pub ­ lished on Sedan day (Sept. 2). First Boy —Did yeh have plenty of nice things to eat at that party? Second Buy — Did we? We had such loads of everything that w ’ en Mrs. Goodsonl gave me some iced cake to take to my mother I didn ’ t even lick it going home — Good News. PERRY AGAIN CAPTURED. Oliver Curtis Perry, the train robber and desperado, who escaped with four other convicts from the Matteawan insane asylum, last Wednesday night, was cap ­ tured by Detective Clifford and Police ­ man McLeese, of the Weehawken police, between five and six o ’ clock yesterday morning. The officers saw several tramps sitting around a fire near the bank of the river about three hundred yards south of the Weehawken ferry house of the West Shore ferry. Clifford thought one of them looked like Perry, and with his companion approached the group by the fire-. The suspected man immediately started to run up the bank, convincing the police officers of his identification. The man fell over a ledge and was caught. The prisoner was 'taken to the Wee ­ hawken police headquarters, where, after denying persistently his identity, he finally at noon sent for Superintendent Kelly, chief of police, and to him ad ­ mitted that he was Perry, the last of the five\ fugitives. LAW AS TO NEWSPAPER POSTAGE. The postal officials report that a large number of newspapers posted by private individuals cannot be forwarded because they are insufficiently prepaid. The law requires that postage on all such matter shall be paid in full, and that otherwise it must be treated as waste paper. 1 There seems to be a very general, but erroneous impression that one cent or two cents will prepay any newspaper, the fact is that the rate is one cent for each four ounces or fraction thereof. Moreover, newspapers and periodicals must be mailed entire, and, if the advertising or any other portion of them are removed be ­ fore mailing they become third-class mat ­ ter, and the rate of-postage is increased to one cent for each two ounces. . Columbia County. WEST GHENT. Mr. Trebilcox of Cburchtown, has moved on the farm of W. H. Tator. Mrs. Wm. E. Sagendorph spent Easter in Hudson at her son ’ s, Prof. F. J. Sagen ­ dorph. Mrs. Samuel M. Miller of Claverack, is visiting at her father ’ s, Wm. E. Sagen ­ dorph. Miss Anna Engel of the Oneonta Nor ­ mal school is spending her Easter vacation at her home. Mrs Eliza Van Valkenburgh has re ­ turned from a ' visit among relatives in Red Hook. Andrew Kittle, trustee in district No. 6, has placed a mathematical chart in the school room. Clarence Kittle is grading and seeding his yard. His pretty new residence makes an attractive appearance. . “ Mr. Felter has rented the Mokel resi ­ dence and opened a store in one part, which is a great convenience in the neighborhood. Alvin Moore is building a large ad ­ dition to his house and Laton Moore has the foundation ready for a commodious barn. Mrs. Arthur A. Dowst returned last Wednesday to -her home in Brooklyn, after a visit of three weeks at her father ’ s J. J. Van Valkenburgh. A. J. Sherwood is recovering from a severe attack of the grippe. His daugh ­ ter, Mrs. Will Pierce of Waterville, N. Y., has been visiting him for the past two weeks The flag pole in district No. 6 blew down last week during the strong wind. We hope patriotism will display itself by resetting the pole, as its length will easily admit of it and the school could celebrate Arbor day under the stars and stripes, Arbor day of ’ 95 being the second anni ­ versary of the setting of the pole. Some patriotic citizen in the district, dr, boys, attend to it yourself, will you ? LEBANON SPRINGS. CHRISTIAN ENDEAVORERS. Hold a Convention at Claverack. The Young People ’ s Societies • of Christian Endeavor held their sixth annual convention in the Reformed church, Claverack, last Wednesday afternoon and evening. About 175 delegates were present representing Christian Endeavor organizations at Hudson, Meilenville, Philmont, Kinderhook, Stuyvesant and other towns, and much interest was mani ­ fested in the proceedings. Addresses were delivered by a number of prominent speakers, including Mrs. L. C. Winhold, of Albany, Dr. Andrew V. Raymond, president of Union college, and Rev. H. C. Farrar, DD., of Albany. BIG FRESHET AT ALBANY. Albany experienced a big freshet last week. On Wednesday afternoon the river reached a point 16 feet above its mean height and then began to fall. The water went nearly as high as in the spring of 1893. The entire city front was flooded and the water . reached houses several hundred feet distant from the river. Considerable loss was sustained by damage to goods and fixtures. Hundreds of people on lower Broadway were compelled to leave their houses in boats. A FLUE WAS DEFECTIVE. And Ex-Alderman Byrne ’ s House Went Up in Smoke. The residence of George C. Byrne, lo ­ cated on the Stockport road, in the suburbs of Hudson, was destroyed by fire at an early jiour last Wednesday morning. The family had great difficulty in escaping from the building even in their night at ­ tire. The fire is supposed to have orig ­ inated from a defective flue. The loss is estimated at nearly $6,000; partially in ­ sured. The Easter festival, a feast that the church holds most dear, was celebrated with all its solemnity on Easter Sunday, the 14th inst., at the Church of Our Saviour. The church was hand ­ somely dressed with beautiful, sweet- scented flowers of all descriptions, a gift from Mrs. S. J. Tilden. The weather was unpleasant, yet the congregation at ­ tended in large numbers. Mrs. Phoebe Temple, who presided at the organ, gave evidence of her superior ability as an organ ­ ist. The choir was under the tuition of Mrs. Pardee Carpenter, and the selection of the pieces, the singing of the hymns, the chants and the responses showed unusual skill. The rector, Rev. W. W. Wells, preached an interesting ser ­ mon, taking for his text the twenty- eighth chapter of St. Matthew, and a part of the 6th verse, “ He is not here; for He is Risen, as he said, ” which was listened to attentively by the congregation. After the services, Mrs. Phoebe Temple was the recipient of three books, “ Son of Man Among the Sons of Men, ” “ Prince of the House of David, ” and “ Cathedrals of England, ” presented by the rector in a neat speech as a gift from the wardens and vestrymen for meritorious services. On Monday an election was held for wardens and vestrymen, and re ­ sulted as follows: Wardens, John G. Field, H. W. Wright; vestrymen, Charles E, Wackerhagen, George A. Temple, S. H. Cox, J. R. Jones, Francis Myers. RAYVILLE. W. S Hoag is slowly improving from a severe cold. Mrs. Charles Madison has been taken to Poughkeepsie. George' Reynolds, Jr,, is attending school at Chatham academy. W. Vickery will work the farm formerly owned by the late Israel Huested. A. I. Hodgkins will remove his saw mill to a wood lot near North Chatham,- as soon as the traveling will permit. Philander Reynolds and family have moved to the home of his sister. Miss Lydia Reynolds, which farm he will work the coming season. HARLEMVILLE. Miss Jennie Bicherd is convalescent. Henry Becker has returned to his home at Staten Island. Miss Carrie Shaver is numbered among the sick this week. Miss Nellie Carr spent Sunday with her parents, at Chatham Centre. Miss Anna Miller is teaching in the district school at Old Ghent. Miss Emily Minten has again resumed her duties as teacher at Crary ville. Frank G. Clum was a recent guest of his father, Casey Clum, of Adams, Mass. We are glad to welcome hack our pastor, Rev. H. I. Hoag the coming year. May this.be a year long to he remembered. MANORTON. Barton Bothrick ’ s baby had diphtheria last week. George D. Weaver has a severe attack of grippe. , Mr. and Mrs. John Abrial and Henry Abrial and wife from Amsterdam were in the place last week. The Easter communion and Sunday night concert were obliged to be post ­ poned until next Sunday on account of the storm. . Mrs. A. Weaver was badly scalded recently by stumbling with a large ket ­ tle of corned beef in. her . hands, but the burns are doing, well. Wallace C. Beebe, . . AGENT FOR THE . . LOVELL DIAMOND BICYCLES. .Model 24 — Weight 21 lbs. AA A Also the WARREN BICYCLE, Strictly High Grade, at ___ $90, 1895 Model, weight 20 lbs. AAA BARGAINS IN HIGH=GRADE WHEELS FROM $50 UP. AAA Orders taken for Bicycle Sundries. W. C. BEEBE, Chatham, NT. Y. ROUGH DRY Maybe your wife would think more of you these days if you would give your consent for her to call up the Chatham Steam Laundry, aud have them get the clothes to wash Bough Dry. No woman likes to have her hands in hot soap suds these cold days, and you wouldn ’ t either. It ’ s cheaper to have the clothes Bough Dry than to pay a Doctor ’ s hill after wash day at home this weather. Bock Bottom Prices and first-class work guaranteed. E. P ALLEN, Prop ’ r. Easter Suits At A. Marks ’ All the Latest Spring Styles now ready for Inspection Serge Suits in all the Popular Shades. Cheviot Suits in Black, Blue and Brown. Clay Worsted Suits in all the Latest Colors. Our line of Dress Trousers is especially fine. In Spring Overcoats our line is complete. Our display of Boys ’ Cloth­ ing has never been equaled, and Prices are as Low as the Lowest, and the Goods are Reliable. Hats, Caps, Fancy Neckwear and Gents ’ Furnishings in great variety. Our motto is to use all alike. In Custom Work we solicit an inspection. BANNER CLOTHING HOUSE. 11 and 13 MAIN STREET, - - CHATHAM, N. Y. Agent for the Hudson River Dye Works. Also Money sent to all parts of the World. . . The Old, Reliable Firm . . OF W. H. WILLI AITS & SON, 12 NORTH REMRL ST., HLBTSNY, Wishing to reduce their large stock of American and Swiss Watches, Silverware and Silver Novelties, will sell for thirty days at wholesale prices. Never misrepresenting the quality of our goods, every purchaser, whether a judge or not, can rely upon receiving the worth of his money. We have every kind of Watch, from a Two Dollar JSficJde to a Three Hundred Dollar Minute Repeater and Chronograph, so that the fancy of every cus ­ tomer can be suited. Next door to the Postoffice. Are you looking for bargains in « WATCHES CLOCKS, JEWELBY, SILVEBWABE, CHINA, CUT GLASS, &c. I have secured the services of a first-class Watch Repairer and Engraver and am prepared to do work promptly and in a Satisfactory manner,. All work Guaranteed. , Special attention given to fitting Spectacles and Eye Glasses. .J Every Saturday I will place in my window Special Bargains. Don ’ t fail to see them. WADB .. Main Street, Chatham, If. Y

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