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McKean Democrat (Newspaper) - May 1, 1924, Smethport, PennsylvaniaAn county s the most it Kwh the most Hindin i sworn i tin your n in Nifon inf o Mure in Mill a Tirol m or n Futini Thna i Nihil by any i jilt Ivi re la it i Ennst h tent volume 48. Ii in Iti umm a. In. Smethport pa., thursday May i per year. No. 18 Blasius and Tony Spehar Lew is run youths confess Ter Rible crime county detective Allison weaves tight web two of the fiends who murdered William Macdougall aged Hermit Bee keeper at his lonely Shack near Lewis run on the night of february 27, Are in custody of the Law and have made confessions of their parts in the brutal killing. The men Are Blasius Francis Spehar aged 20, who has been held quietly at the Bradford police station since his sensational capture in that City by county detective j. J. Allison of Smethport and police chief Earnest Travis of Bradford on the night of april 10, and his brother Tony Spehar aged 18, who was arrested in Olean april 21. As mentioned in the Democrat last week and who is now Field by the police of that City. Both Brothers reside in run and in addition to their part in the murder have confessed to is tic ipalion in a Chain of Robbe this k and tin stale forces in Sini to port Lousy sum in Anil monday. A Lien tire Uver a tract at the he id of window factory quits discouraging announcement was yesterday that the Smethport am monday t in Plant of tie interstate window glnssi1 an indefinite Anthony Sazzo a Bradford italian police station being in the murder and a robbery at Kusi Zequa by the confession of Scellar. This part of Tony s confession however is not Barno out by the statements of his brother Blasius. The murder of Mcd outfall was the most brutal in the criminal annals of Western Pennsylvania. Attracted by exaggerated stories of hidden wealth the aged Honey dealer was supposed to keep hidden about his lonely one Story Cabin the robbers made an at tack in Force on the Hermit s abode. One pumped Lead from his revolver through a window at the aged Man As he Lay in bed another climbed to the roof and fired volleys through a Hole he forced open near the Chimney and a third assailant fired at the intended victim through a Hole in a Side of the Flimsy constructed Shack. In All about fifty shots were fired at the aged Hermit and according to the state by All fixed three shots in return Many of the bullets lodged in the Hermit s body and finally when he Lay still bed the assailants climbed to the roof and baled bricks from the Chimney Down upon his prostrate form until h was almost completely buried then they entered the room. Even then the unfortunate Mcdougall showed signs of life trying to kick Himsel free from the bricks which covered i body. Then it was that one of the murderers advanced to the bedside covered Mcdougall s face with a Han kerchief and fired a parting Bullet in to the Man s Abdomen with the pistol muzzle pressed against his body. Mcdougall died hard. Great credit is due county detective Allison for the solving of this terrible and co Wili shut Dow i period saturday. Lha Eoina it n. Ltd i Uli a 1 All n Hui Giai by to which to plead Loik a up in police i Gatior. Without one word being men i u Highway will i Mikird. Towanda. Wellsboro a Nolton to in Tho k is . Port Allegany Smith n ill Nurin port Warren carry. A Eckford and if ils on this thence to i a to where it connects with make ill to lakes. N Liis it is thin Highway will be Uia As i -.ollils-s1 h rally ill Beauty. A Poi Llumi of tins Srou h is is i. Cuner a. Or the .1 Jivin . Ii v. Ilsi of Road v Fly and 1 i my i Orl Trail. Sir in per my i this s Luviner. Gar badly damaged in wreck tuberculosis cattle drive postponed till june Een he id literally Lidden from his former associated being in confinement Cor several lays Blasius decided to a bosom him Elt and in the presence of county de Active Allison and police chief trav 01 Bradford made full and com plete confession of his part in the Ter Rible crime which was put in writing. Tony Spehar unaware his brother s plight proceeded to play directly week ago sunday night the store of r k. Kane of, which is Al so the Post office. Was burglarized and later a Chevrolet nut Mohile belong 10 .1. W. Pier of it. Alton was stolen from in front of a Kush Siua residence. Monday Tony Spehar who was Al ready known to the Olean police who assisted in the Job of watching the Lewis run youths was arrested by an a to incr in that City Cor driving his air Over a fire Hose on Union St. The on investigation proved to be the one stolen in , and thus the younger brother landed in the toils. When confronted by or. Alison and police chief Travia Tony Spehar con fessed his part not Only in the Muahe and other robberies Bir. Admitted done. The rain of tuesday has Jreilly minimized the danger of the Forest put. Eason locally. During the dry weather the Uslie Lua Railroad has been operating its team freight locomotive at night time to reduce the Forest fire Hazard. Of charge draft evasion Merle Stickles a Smethport Yount Man who was taken in custody by the Federal authorities some time ago on charge of having evaded the wartime draft Law. Being turned Over to the nearest military pos fort Porter. N a. Returned Home i is week thu charge preferred him not be ing substantiated Stickles who had two Brothers in the Louring car of Only commissioner in. Ital of Bank Street was badly dam ged in a wreck at the foot of Rew ill. On the Bradford Side yesterday afternoon. The car was being driven to Brad John him Ord by Orllie Halpenny and Hamitlon who was Riding with in reaching the foot of the Hill the car left the Roud at the turn near the note Section of the old Road leading us runway leading into a garage and when it stopped presented almost a Complete wreck two Tho wheels be ing demolished and the body Exten sively damaged. The occupants both miraculously escaped injury. The wrecked car was towed to the garage of Anderson Thomas garage this Borough. I ulily 1. S. Crossin.1 la he 1-111. I i Lulu i t thai llli1 to lie Vissing demands upon their will lie impossible for the Velmerl Ivins of ttu1 u. A department of to conduct the son drive of tuberculin cattle in Mclean county the Middle of june. With All the herds of the county signed up Cor the Teutu Tho work will a of Rosa rapidly to completion or. Grossman states that the unexpected delay in conducting the drive will pos sess Many advantages. The Job of will in an or Dorough om.1 and Corn in Lime when lir roads Aro in Cood condition the working Days Aru Hugi r Nul the have Moro time tie Henl owners who Aro to pro transp oration or the veterinarians about the county will Benefit by the delay in Date of the drive for Tho reason that the work will be shorten Anil the transportation problem will be Oasler. Mckean county Stoulil absolutely free from cattle tuberculosis by july. The infected animal killed will testing head of cat Stickles. Keating township Farmer was in town monday with the that when he was in Tho act of putting Bis coins out to pasture that morning several High Power bullets were fired in his direction striking participation in Spehar implicated a Bradford ital Ian Anthony Sazzo. Alias Joe in both the murder and the Kun robbery and tie latter been de under arrest ind is Beins the Milim ivies. However Gnu in Murphy is Bulio Vii a in Pic it a Liim t-1 shit Iii Lse. Crime. From the moment he called to Lewis run when the crime was discovered or. Allison has constantly on this Case. From the first the authorities had a firm suspicion who Mcdougall s murderers were but the Job of securing evidence upon to which to base Char Ges was a most difficult one Ami thei Spehar Brothers have been under the constant surveillance of the and Bradford City the morning Ilir Riim was uck i live has Hur. The Case ni.-bt.n-1 by and Iris Assed a Chain of Dan Nunu i vice. Inst the Lewis Klin i. La id the crime. The newspapers of the county Ren dered the county Lillin Rilius assistance in the of solving this terrible crime. In Spile that the Viress Lias been aware of develop ments in the Case not a line has been. Mentioned rather a Lone has been preserved in Public mention of developments purposely to throw he suspects off guard. The first i for he o Public announcement of the results flyers accomplished is this Deino crat Aclo in p count. The arrest of i Laius Spehar was made in Bradford one night sever Al weeks the Crafty Young j Eri Minn was enticed into a room with. The military service during the War maintains that he rejected for Iii try service on physical disability grounds in Baltimore and that he sub sequently moved to Oklahoma with the knowledge of the Baltimore Board and reporte.1 to he Board of the of liliom District of he moved upon Ai i Ivil there. Peeler joins Montreal Harold Young local Catcher whose work with the Pennant winning Montreal club of the Kastern Canad Ian league last summer was a Jensn Tion. Left yesterday to rejoin that club for the coming season. Peeler who a hold out or a salary increase was ranted the increase he asked. Also several Oft Era from other league teams which were of a tempting nature. However he finally concluded to stay with Montreal which berth offers an Advire to th-5 i i1 y for him to -.i. S next year. Place politeness pays More Divi j ends than Wall Street. P Johnson elected close enough in his proximity to Causa .1 feeling not exactly Nklan to Comfort. Or. Stickles alleges that on a former occasion a dynamite bomb was near ills House but did not explode. Two Bishops will visit St. Luke s Church on May 25 and 26 sunday monday May will provide an unusual Honor to St. Luke s episcopal Church Smethport. Bringing sinful Ane Ukly the visits of two Church , Bishop John c. Wird of the Erie and Bishop win. C. Liberia. Of on sunday. May 35, Biship Ward Wili administer rites of at tile local Church and disc overs of vocation Contr Matioda on monday Tho 2lkh. Both he and Bishop of verb will the clergy of the Deanery of who will hold their con St. Luke s Parish on state committee of fishing in Public streams says expert broke Arm Rankin la lira Mcfie s the Mcke ome time i d demented Wood chopper taken to Warren j Ait it c Iralson. A Tomii bopper in. I Brothers do no upper i on the est be near Tlajy wis Broil ii to by i v. Fiall in i i s Fridi i Lam i the a Mii y Jill having become demented a v v on sly. 1 1-l the 10 i he t the plight freely tilling the a lairs of their awful cringe. Or. Their victim Ipi Iet. Inoffensive Man or i irs. To former associate in sane his been to who had been enlisted by they re his murder by trying r. Surr the former of Bim Elf a run for for of hindu a the Kort Arm window county Farmers set out Trees county Alli on sex t lift ii Iii in in i Asylum at a Arren this Elk chief Travis joining room .1 Viro driven by to Spehar with n Friend who was de to Pari Iriate in the plan induced the run youth to become boast Ful under pretext of plotting n Job robbery with the result hat he Fin ally it the suggestion of his former of associate told the third member of the1 r i inn. Pour ills i l i of Frd Mii y Tofy bid Evn red to Corr Tail. About to . Mrm savings. Jl.0 10. Ori of in i Bradford Hank. Continued on s. Col ii mild i Section on lord posh ii i c to i a l try Demour it Job printing. I u i i n i i Urli. 1 h j is i to Nur spics. In k. A. Slip Holm furnished tie the a Niiya f.u- Ollire. This Borough Coop i i i Ilu . A p.rmenl of forestry has k. of Smethport is been ios in Mei ital in sick ing in set ing on. -40u on his farm Nea r of this to heir 11 Farmers Valley and k. Jones ext Tivix to a Lathi i Borough is setting out. 100 Young by Trei son his Nair town. One at i Farmer i-ir in setting out 1.200 r ing its i Young i ii Pine Srotir a. A Trees and several Dpi Nants hive been other i Irge Chi sign sent to tha Vicinity. Lower Olean electric rates 01.-in Ami in now be a trip to a Ihmi i Rcd from i a ails of the Bonus of a. Or Vii a is ii a Iino Iii in Fol by in i out a com i i by of l of Riti it is though 1 it will . Bc-ncli1. For Sale touring car. In Model flan it Ron Dilion. Run a lil , x Liis and other extras. Must lie leaving town. Also some of Hom furniture and chairs. Phone i70x. 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