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Raleigh Register (Newspaper) - September 1, 1910, Beckley, West Virginia VOLUME 31 BECKLEY, WEST VIRGINIA, THURSDAY' MORNING, SEPTEMBER 1, 1910 NUMBER 24 FORTUNE OF In Great Britain Awaits Heir of Edmund Ferguson DESCENDENTS IN RALEIGH _______ And Adjoining Counties, Who Will Star io Estate Provided Connection Can Be Traced Between Family of This Nam in This Section and the Original Fer goson of the British Isles That a fortune of immense propor tiqns, said to be now await the heirs of Edmund Ferguson in Amer iea and elsewhere there is no question The cash is in England, where it is be "ing held in trust by a church for the heirs of the deceased, who passed away in the year 1770, leaving a large boun dary of land in Ireland, which has grown to be very valuable with thi passing of a century and quarter The property is located in Northern Ireland, but the income therefrom is now held in the Bank of England, in trust, for the two sons of Edmund Ferguson, who are supposed to have left Ireland and emigrated to'America coming here shortly before- the Revo- lutionary war. One of these aorp was never again heard from, but Sam Fer- guson, who settled in Eastern Ken tucky, is said to have been the other son, and it is his heirs who now laying claim to the fortune in question Sam Ferguson married and raised a large family, and the descendents of this family are now scattered broadcast throughout the nation, although the igreater portion of them are tresidents of Wayne, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Mercer and Raleigh counties of this State. Among those in Raleigh who will have a share of the estate, provid- ed the connection therewith' is legally made are the Shrewsburys, Sbumates, Shufflebargers, Sweeneys, Peters, and others. Mrs. W. J. Sweeney, of Ghent, is of the third generation, and will re- ceive about if the fortune comes up to expectations. The existence of the fortune has long been-known, but it remained for an en terprising St. Louis lawyer to begin the search for the heirs, thereto. He has now interested a number of East- ern Kentucky and Wayne county, W. Va., people, and only last week A. W. Shrewsbury, a brother of Squire L. C. Shrewsbury, of Beckley, came into Mercer and Raleigh on the lookout for the heirs. A member of the Ferguson family from Wayne will accompany this law- yer to England some time during this month, and will endeavor to connect the hcirship claimed. Will Have Family Reunion Preparations are being made for a re-union of the heirs of the late Wil- liam Prince, which will take place at the old homestead, now owned by Hon. I. C. Prince, at Mt. Tabor. The date set for the re-union is September TOth, when it is hoped to have all the surviv- ors of the family, with their children, together with a number -of old time friends of the family, assemble at the old farm for a few days' recreation. The plans for the re-union are being made by Hon. I. C. Prince. A Pleasing Condition On account of the great demand upon on our advertising columns this week, we are compelled to increase the size of the Register to twelve instead of eight An Interesting Find Mrs. Louisa George, of Prosperity, is the possesser of a large terrapin, which was found recently at a point near Cranberry, and which has engraven on its shell, the intials "J. T. Me." with the date "1870." As it was picked up near the McCreery old farm, the ini- tials are thought to be those of Col. James T. McCreery, of Hinton, who formerly resided with his parents at that place. McCreery's attention will be called to the find, and if he placed the initials there, he will possi- bly remember the incident. Exhibited a Bii Cat-fish J. W. Bragg returned Thursday evening from Hinton, where he had been_on business. While in that city he purchWd a -15-pound mud-cat fish from H fisherman of that neighborhood, which brought to this city and wit exhibiting it to his friends while in the city for short time. No Special Grand Jury No special grand jury met at Fayette ville last Monday as was anticipate some time ago for the reason that non had been called for the purpose of fine ing an indictment against Thoma Wayne the negro who is alleged to hav ravished and murdered Mrs. John Ailil at August 14th. It wa at first thought that Criminal Judg Early would call a jury for the purpose but Judge Early finds it not within hi province to call a grand jury. Judg Bennett, the circuit judge, has no called a grand jury and some time ag made the statement that the prosecut ing attorney of Fayette had not so re quested him. The next regular sessioi of the grand jury will be held in Octo ber and it is probable that the matte of the indictment of Wayne will pro bably came up at that time. Small Fire Causes Excitement The burning of a lace curtain in th home of the Assyrian family that live in rooms over Miss Mary Conway' millinery store, on Neville Street, on Tuesday afternoon, created consider able excitement. The woman of the house fortunately extinguished__the blaze without further damage than the burning of the curtain, which was ig nited by one of her children with match. Business Men's Meeting A meeting of the Business Men': Association will be held next Tuesday evening in the Court House. Every member is urged to be present. Bus! ness of importance demands immediate attention. West Virginia Now Second One hundred million tons of coa mined in West Virginia without the oss of a single life by dust or gas ex- plosions is the record made by this State in the seventeen months ended with June 30 last. This statement is made by Charles Conner, assistant chief State mine inspector, who declares ;he record never has been equalled in any mining community. Incidentally, he declares that West Virginia now occupies second place in the list of coal >roducing States. In the year ending last June the mines of West Virginia thus far re- mrting produced tons and 54 additional shafts are yet to be heard from. When all reports are in it is estimated that the total coal output of the State for the year will be approxi- mately tons. This will be an increase of fourteen million tons iver the year ending in 1909. Greater vigilance on the part of the State mine departmennt is given the redit for the decrease in fatalities among those who work under ground. Miss Rebecca Pine is Married Miss Rebecca Pine, a former Beckley jirl, and a daughter of L. A. Pine, a ormer citizen, was married on ast Wednesday at Bristol, Tennessee, o Mr. William Shumate, of Athens. ?he young couple went to Tennessee without the knowledge of their parents, Ithough it is reported there was no iarental objection. Parson Bur- oughs, the nationally famous marry- ng preacher, performed the ceremony. 'ELL 40 FEET FROM TREE [award Warden Has Narrow Escape From Instant Death Howard Warden, who lives with his iarents, Mr. and Mrs. McDowell War- en, at Warden postoffice, about four miles north of Beckley, fell a distance f 40 feet from a wild cherry tree near he family home last' Saturday after- oon, and sustained injuries which may rove fatal. Warden went out with everal children for an evening stroll, doming upon a wild cherry tree, he limbed the same after some berries or the children. In gathering the ame he ventured out to far on a limb, broke with him, precipitating im to the earth, a distance estimated t 40 feet. That he escaped instant eath is remarkable. eputy Marshall Brings Prisoner Here Deputy Marshall A. D. Beavers, of 'ineville. was here last week, having rought Sam McKinney, of Barkers :idge, to this place for a hearing efore Commissioner McCreery for a iolation of the internal revenue laws. Husford Has i Bif Blaze The mining town of Hansford, lo- sted a short distance west of Mont- ornery, was the BufTcrer from a OO fire on lajt Thursday morning. The postoffice and leveral other buildingn A defective flue was ROBBERS AT PROSPERITY Safe of Kidd Eldridg Blown Open NO CLUE TOTHE BURGLARS Who Forced Open Store Door and Rollei Safe Into Public Highway, Where Was Sink Right Trail, But Could Not Follow Acconnt of Clever Ruse of Robbers On last Wednesday night, shortl; after midnight, it is supposed, unknow: parties broke into the general store o Kidd Eldrjdge, at Prosperity, an rolled their iron safe into the road, an blew it open with dynamite. Money t the amount of was gotten awa Judging from the work, it was evi dently that of professionals, since the; ha'd no trouble in blowing the safe, ah' to cover up their tracks they sprinklec pepper along the way they went, si that bloodhounds could not scent them Word of the robbery was receive! here on Thursday morning, and Officer: John Williams and Henry Lemon wen to the scene with the Sheriff's blood hounds, but after following the pepper trail a short distance they abandonee pursuit. The robbers went in the direction of Paint Creek and the Vir- ginian railroad. Entrance to the store was easily ef- fected, there being no lock on the door, which was secured with a pick-handle, and which was pulled without breaking even so much as a staple. Parties living in the vicinity, hearc the explosion, but no investigation was made until the robbery was discovered on the following morning. BECKLEY WINS TWO GAMES And Loses In Her Sunday Contest With Hunlington- The three games of baseball schedul- ed for East Park on the Thursday, Fri day and Saturday last, were interfered vith on account of the heavy rain on Friday, and as a result, only a small crowd saw the irame on Saturday af- ternoon. Both Thursday and Friday ames were won easily by Beckley, but on Sunday, when a good game was an- ticipated, the visitors had a walk-over, although neither side played very good Baseball. The Sunday game was got- en-up to get the boys out of a finan :ial hole in which they had gotten and the fans came out in arge crowds to witness the contest. ?he home team was weaken 3d by the bsence of four of its players, but even with this, they came very near defeat- ng the Huntington aggregation by itrong playing in the last two innings. The Huntington team was not the egular Virginian Valley league team, ut was composed of players picked up or the purpose of making a "barti- torming" trip through the coalfields if this section. Mottesheard Case Dismissed The case against W. S. Mottesheard, ounty commissioner, in which Mar- hall Morris brought charges of corrup- ion of the office held by Mottesheard, was dismissed Monday by Judge S. C. Jurdett, of the Circuit court of Kan- wha county. In a lengthy opinion the udge stated that he could not say that Mottesheard is innocent nor could he ay that he is guilty, but that sufficient vidence had not-been produced during he trial to warrant his removal. Crap Leads to Murder A crap game at Springton Sunday ight terminated in a shooting affray in vhich John Young was instantly killed y Walter Simpson. Young had previ- usly beaten Simpson with an iron bolt. Simpson broke loose from two men who were taking him to jail and is atill t large. Both men are negroes. Doing Good Work Officer H. T. Lemon is doing good work in.his new position of Chief of- 'olice. Already the business section of he city presents a much better tearance, ind it won't be long until the ntirt city is gone over with the ruke nd garbage wagon. Let the good work ontinue. It certainly it. PAVING UMTS ARE FIXED At Special Meeting of Coun cil Held Monday Evening BASEBALL PROHIBITED OB Sundays Hereafter in nance Will Impose Heavy Fine o Players-Prompt Action of Counci Stops Game After One Sunday Con test at East Park The city council, which has bee meeting often here of late, met agai in special session on Monday evening with Mayor Davis, Recorder Brackma and Councilmen Earwood, Cottle Meadows and Foster present. The primary purpose of the meetin; was to pass on the proposition of pavin certain streets, where a majority o the property owners on said petitioned for brick paving. Acting 01 these petitions, it was ordered tha brick paving be put down on Kanawha Street from J. G. Calfee's residence ti E. M. Payne's store, and from Payne'i store to Rose Turner's corner on Heber Street, and from this point to a point beyond J. P. Clay's residence on Heber Street, and from Rose Turner's corner to the street leading to to Beckley Institute on Neville Streei The fact that a game of baseball ha not appear to understand exactly how so many delicacies could be gotten to gether in such an appetizing form wit] out at least the advice of the gentle] sex. After supper, the' entire party re paired to the large dancing pavilion o the company at that point, where the iight fantastic was tripped until the early hours of Friday. A light lunch- eon was served at midnight. Music for the occasion was furnished by the Key- tone orchestra. The return trip was made over the same route as that in going, and was without incident, save a drenching rain which seemed to begin to fall the hard- est just as the party boarded the flat car at Pemberton. All in all, there was never a more pleased dancing party than that which arrived in Beckley on Friday morning, even if they were temporarily incon- enienced on account of the drenching ;iven them. Those who participated in the dance Misses McLaine, Osborne, Bal- ard and McLaine, of Maben, Smith, ioberta Mary jightner, Jordan, Baker, George, War- Anderson and Higgins, of Beck- ey, and Helen Vance, of Erie, Pa., Messrs. Paddock, Pryor, Tom Oaborne, W. J. Osborne, Chas. Venable, Chas. ryor, Ritter, Chambers, Jones, Clark, Bill Chambers, Dr. Thornhill and Dr. later of Maben, Euchner, Puckett, Norton and Krise, of Beaver, Wolfe, Mayhew, Crisp, Howard and Bales, of Geo. D. Evans, of Stotes- iury, Chas. Lewis of Lynwin, Weecion, Vatts, Earwood, Meade, Scott, Mc- Clung, Early, Dr. Beckley, )r. Johnson, of Terry, Mr. and Mrs. Manning, Mr. an'd Mrs. Sparks, of Seaver. The chaperones were Mesdames Har- ey Derne, of BeckFey, Tom Osborne, W. J. Osborne, Pryor and Venable, of ilaben. FOREMAN SLAIN )ischarged Negro Drives Sharp Pick into Man's Back Harry Withrow, Chesapeake Ohio ailroad section foreman, was murder- .d at Huntington last Saturday by Jharles Clayburn, a negro, who had >een a member of the section crew, of which Withrov? had charge. Clayburn had been discharged by Withrow because he did not conduct lis work in a proper manner and the legro, angered by the loss of his job, eized a pick and buried its point five nches in the foreman's back, the point lassing through the spinal column at he base of Withrow's neck. The negro fled, but aher a chase of everal hours he was captured by the olice. Withrow showed remarkable vitality, s he lived until almost midnight. Town Kicker The kickers on the farm are not so ard to get along with as the kickers n town. On the farm there's thekick- ng cow and our long-eared friend the mule, while in town there's the old mossback who wants all the municipal mprovcments without paying for lem. The cow may be sold for beef, le mule traded for a shotgun, but i nothing except a fuueral ;wlll get rid I o f coal valued at occupied ;he attention of the court from Thurs- lay last to Tuesday, when it was given o the jury. On Wednesday morning he jury found in favor of the coal com- pany. Bryan Won't Run 'I will not be a candidate for presi- ,ent in declares William Jen- lings Bryan. This'is the first time he Nebraskan has positively stated hat he would not make an effort to se- j the Democratic nomination for residency in 1912. Preaching at the M. E. Church, next unday at 11 a. m. fjjuhject "The .tenement." Evening service 8 p, m. ubject "Sign of Conversion." Special nusic at both services by Prof. Robln- 011, Wm, Failen, Pastor.
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