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McKean Democrat (Newspaper) - November 13, 1924, Smethport, PennsylvaniaBickman county s great St weekly nbw8fa1msk the lion Jav can kor tar Mont sworn Mckean Democrat Tim in i n c into in Ore h onto in and i Cornn county to Boca n to run retd by Amy Oiler count weekly. It Jhin out i Irrer tier Liy ten volume 48. I to. . Linos key Kurrmai Smethport pa., thursday november. 13, 1924. Per year. No. 46. Mrs. M. E. Backup is shooting victim woman burned gasoline Flash mrs. Mary e. Batkus conscript citizens to fight aged 82, Kotlier in Law of victim held for shocking tragedy fires in nearby Woods a Forest fire smarted in blooms tot1 while disastrous fires Piave raged hollow near Syneth Jikit Insl in adjoining counties Mckean county Day night and for a time caused ubanks to the vigilance of the Oil men considerable a pretension on the part Mcl thu officers Nas so fares of the local state authorities. Thursday evening travelling game j protector l. K. Hogarth conscripted a caped. Kush Equa route fire brigade. The Kush Equa Railroad traversing by aged woman who is local Mon and boys to tis lit the heavily wooded Region Tje tween soon at to smut port Backus and it. Jewett is o clock p. M. Before it dangerous proportions. Of town s prominent Resi dents says scuffle caused revolver explode victim lived but few min mrs. Merle e. Backus aged 35, was the victim of the most shocking tra f nearby Woods were tinder div and ind motor driven Section car on the nightly gtd la in Smethport a history Friday of i Forest fire gained any kind of a Start runs to the fire and the Force scene. By dint of hard work the fire to be commended on the was completely extinguished by exercised to prevent Forest fires. With had assumed its gasoline Riutor car there id no interruption in the Road s Sencher. Heavy rainfall of Friday and service and mip gave the local wardens a Chance to j steam locomotive used to handle the draw a breath of Relief As it relieved j freight business operates at the Troug the conditions in this sect Iii a Crew of Fira follows some to a marked degree. List week the distance behind the freight train on a Ter noon at o clock be by a Bullet from a revolver in the hands of nor Mother in Law. Running from the family residence directly opposite the Mckean county court House on main Street after re ceiving1 the mortal the Vic Tim crumpled at the foot of the porch Steps before the horrified gaze of pedestrians. Heath resulted a few min utes later. The Bullet had severed the abdominal Aorta and imbedded in the unfortunate woman s spine. Mrs. Mary a. Backus , the victim s Mother in Law is be ing held for the shooting. Mrs. Backus town i most prominent residents stoutly maintains that the shr Jolinn was accidental and following her daughter in Law s death recited the details of the affair. For a time members of her family have known that the aged lady s mind has been unsound subject to certain a a Lucient ions. But it was never remotely considered that her malady would assume a dangerous turn Mary Backus released on bail tuesday morning mrs. Mary a Backus i formally array Gwen before Justice a. Vav. Colegrove and held for the next term of criminal court charged with murder. The defendant waived a hem ing and pleaded not guilty to the charge of any fires which j great property loss would have inevitable. Tjoen May be started by Sparks from the locomotive. Mih. Cleaning some Jii us Kitchen and Whon she in in ii act of he floor with i Lilloyd Wilh in Sollic she ii shift Iti Tho cleaning Protoss slip pod on Tho linoleum cover Tiff i nil foil the Ponton is of he Basin splash ing a 1 n p t the lighted St o be a n i igniting. The room was fillet with a Sheet of flame. Mrs. Acre Helnor badly burned Abnett Tho franc neck and loft the Walla of the room Wenri a Firo. Officers named to eight houses sifted by head athletic j 16 officers-6 White Field program mule Teers pinched end thriving Industry 1 Iio in Rivici Tor funds to Purchase 1 Sirlei la i id tin i Root and the sumo into i has Obrill Park and Al Lolk la Ell we try. Was launched life thurn Duy is progressing in a manner un3 to he idling 4-Timnulli-c of or. A. R. Lev i Nonoru Chas. . Thou. Chirk and Arthur murder Mutt Hope to com a Lulu their labors by december 1st. At i mooting Tho first of Tho. Week Nellt Hided by representatives of to town s so with Lotic organizations Usiri loading Luminous men a por Anont injured indy was assisted to the or Koniz Olun Wmk Jar Verlod to conduct Home of mrs. Pm is. Proven nearby where or. Rut s Chad Wick attended her. Her Burns while in Lanful wore not of n serious nature and Tho patient is Serov Orinc Nero by. To Tho meantime a Firo alar in turn cd a and the chemical and trucks Wero non at the pro no. The fire. Nam Munerh Bur nine1 Lirl Sklov. I soon by streams from the Rhor viral tanks two sides of Tho Kitchen were a Corrod. Tow Over damage was not pm Tensive. Or. Fred c. Pierce who for Many years conducted an office in Smith port and who was reputed one of the leading Denta of Western Pennsylvania wag almost in stantly killed when hit by a motor enjoyed a wide acquaintance. About twelve years ago to quit Active practice of his profession and so3d to or. G. Al. Soon thereafter moved to o h to Xiv lie re h e a 5? s 11 c c Ess f tily e n truck in Akron Ohio where he resided 1 or several years past in ruins and j Agetle in business conducting1 n Clen Tel imply establishment. J he is survived by his widow. Mrs Brief details of the distressing1 a Mollie Pierce who conducts a. Rooming Eiden Wero conveyed in a message re i House in Akron. Cei Ved last thursday by airs. Of. W a free Klein of East main Street from mrs. Pierce. Tho body was taken to Warren. Pa., the Birthplace of the deceased last Friday and the funeral was held in that town saturday. Burial was made in the family plot in the Warren cemetery. Or. Pierce was about 75 years of age. Early in life he came to Smith port and practice his profession for boys desecrate cemetery one of the most Wanton outrages of the year is reported from the nearby Many year gaining a lucrative it gentle town of Coryville. Halloween Tombstone in night every the cemetery place was overturned. Nto stances not even the fact movable at that Circum that the vandals May have been of immature years condone the of by reason of his exceptional skill. Herthia cemetery and indignation has run the Commonwealth. Attorney Claude Shattuck. Representing the defendant immediately took an Active part in civic affairs Andl Hig a in Coryville Over the the Reaf Ter instituted Hareas Corpus i proceedings before judge j. The House a Tew minutes after the shooting and questioned the plop mrs Backus. Acc dint to the asked Story she and Hor son ? had frequently Junr Rollel. Finally it wag or ranged that the Youngr would under the sum of 510. 000 bail which Drivers in the the court move into rooms on the second floor of was furnished. Inuse. And e. Of. Southwick. A local Hie family 50 Thoy could to is sold that the Ackerl woman does pharmacist who was passing the Home maintain n not appear to possess the least his wife instantly it the to from Tho bout on. The advanced age and the j crossing the front porch Tho in mental condition of the de fortunate lady collapsed and feel Down Pendant were emphasized in the pro the Steps. State Totor patrolmen cer cuffs. The court released the i Bur apart and Proveno who were con ipod indy to custody of her family ducting examinations for automobile Lottie Tilotson had Lotta took in this and nearby was a robust Man two or three years Ayo Tilotson appeared at a Church and delivered a lecture in cos Urne on Hawaii. The lecturer quarrel de with the local committee Over the of the drive and the creation 411 an athletic Flold. O ulcers won floated As follows it. Red hold. Viet a. R. Tto Crotney and treasurer h. Wilh the pin sport of smolt port s entry into Tho act can Ejk bus Loague not Sonson lie town s Lii a Soboll is Corning to 3lfe onco Munro. Whilo to athletic fold in is a Biff Ono to tackle every citizen to town s Woitte Nood Foi cd a Fin i and will be asked to co opera to to to no Tiu of their ability sprure tills Sph Tiu by a tin a total around. Shot port wents Are. Baseball Ilioiu Siason. Our athletes their services to provide sport for Tho town receipts in so Melni trouble w every nearby town where she appeared. The other Day Lottie appeared in nov Kensington. Pa., and As usury trouble developed. Tho lecturer was arrested and then Foj was discovered that the Tilotson person was n robust masquerading in woman s a tort the fellow s downfall came As a Rouault his curiosity regard in.? Banks in towns in which be lectured. cent Reward. This least the town Nan stye them in return 1 Good playing Field. Crosby n Lumby which Uduc 0 Brand of Taro water that Haa butori ii Roduco Toro Nanco Trio country o dryer Iti 1010 had Como to to known As Tiu Whilo Mulo Bolt web Tho a Cajio of a spectacular Rorlene of. Aids it noun last thursday Hootch in Lam euro raided and six proprietors nabbed a nourishing Bury thus be Luff put permanently out of commission. Sixt Ion a viru Oulu ors till Paton in Tho , Tho police departments of Al me k ran county towns Fern ish Hig a Julns for tie attacking Force Oln Anup of Crosby was not Only spectacular but in probably the largest raid Over Matin in Rural Pennsylvania Ling old time efforts Affail flt Tho Moonshiner of Tho Kentucky Moun Tylnn. For sonic time past two members of the flu to pollen been working at Crosby tinder direction of county j. J. Allison gather ing Ovi Denic. Tho troopers posing to thirsty Humours descended on Iho near by town recently driving n dilapidated automobile bearing now York state find went into Camp. Their quest for Ovid Enco was highly Success Ful where repent Cal attempt Klong similar Linos in the past had been More than checkmate by Tho crafts Nesa of Tho suspected distillers. Seem jangly those engaged in the Hootch in ble1 flt Lee stolen local audio that in the role of to lotion Church lectures the fellow was carefully compiling Brink a Tan of the towns Al Steil As an Advance agent for a Bane of Crooks. Sun Lily night a Pool Rui about Belroi Kingjr to Holmes pc a Ignilan was stolen from in front of the company s is i Plant on Man Linnoir Street. Bug Ktal Post members at banquet Antion of the Gravity of the Tho body of the victim against her. Aged lady makes statement Tbs Democrat bus received a i . Ruckus stated her from the sidewalk whom j was engaged in moving it Liy and carried inside to House a and the disagree one of the most delightful events in he history of Buck Tail Post. American log Etie armistice n eight inn tenderer the world War by auxiliary of to Post in he run a rain Linail tuesday a o clock. Thirty six pcs romans. Or tin no ire of sundai1 afternoon Tho company to coined a Call from the Olcan police department that the missing car and been found near the River in that City none the worse Tor Wear. The Light of Day Jsn loser he fact to thu who drove the car Newny that the Nemo of the firm to which the car belonged was painted conspicuously on Tho vehicle which fact probably accounts for its having been abandoned. It of Tho front of Mun cation from trs. Mary a. Air a Jorr was in Firo Boins us in which the known lady states Otineru ipod with Cliff Mculty. ? Tomen that she did not know the revolver warily. Due Tho total Abs Enro of out loaded and that the shooting was Ward blood incr. Those who attended her county of flyers that she tried to or purely accidental. The note Alpo sex Tho tight Tho Are had Resul Oij from an ment which Ivan Ltd in Irie. The banquet was occurred when the latter Itu plod to Inous. Delicious a Ono Over to nip Oti from the j and satisfied Tho appetite of told the Man. Being prepared and served by . The menu featured Fried a oils Edom lockjaw attack ii Ridotto Marl in a to i ref. Of clo Renoni a. A o clerk in t3ie Iti Furd Ali Ort Bowns Rake a saturday nov. 1 remove n of Oil bathroom. The 1-uly deep grief Over the fatality. Explosion and that the victim had or. J. J. Ostrander of Albany. N. T. Simply fainted until efforts at Reguci vent daughter in Law from re moving the Oil Cioth offering her an other piece instead. Mrs. Backus father of Merle Backus in a notation revealed the gaping Bullet Hole on former occasions her interview with the yester Jln Tho Region of Tho heart. I son s wife had attacked her Anil that Day stated that the grief stricken j when the state officers and citizens scare her from attacking her family did not consider cite elderly i reached the Rincon Cipun form of the i nhe secured Tho revolver which lady responsible death. For his daughter s tragedy Stin Community unfortunate lady the older mrs. Backup who stood in the doorway fisc limed i to believe has Sho had kept secreted about the Ortuse Ami was Hal Tnp the weapon in Hor hand when she remonstrated with i never has Smethport been stirred As w. A. Ostrander Whoso off Loo younger woman Over Possession of it was by inst Friday s terrible tragedy. I across the Street Roach or the owing to the prominence of the Pron i victim s bedside n after t in the Community every Man. Woman and fools personal sorrow in shocking culmination a dim 111 of Tinct the vital Ven then Complete i by of hints within fifth on minutes Tinio Tho Winmon s Hond Man acc of Tho local of Tho Atlantic refining to the tic quarrel. Despite Tho Krickus residence at Ono of Homos important Corners in Hoart of j Tho sumo Block is family town no Ono heard Tho sent in the first intimation of who to Ragodo came when the hrs. Tho Oil cloth. She staged that when the daughter in Law turned and be Chicken cabbage mashed salad Antl by Vego tables celery apply pie ice Cream and Roffee. Wish i Lucille Marshall on behalf of the auxiliary welcomed Tho veterans or. W. A. Ostrander. Bucktail Arnm Mandor a toastmaster and coasts Wero responded to by a a Vimbor present. O. W. King. Civil War " Mora a and local veterans of the Span ish american War were guests on this hippy occasion. During the Progress of the ban quo i held the revolver in her hand the and Dalpa to Iii the Post off for younger woman Solod the won j and strap plod with Tho acrid insists that she did no pull Tho ruler a Gor but that Hor aim Tor in Law a of Oren to Tho Woiton away from Hor caused it to exp undo. So a roam prod Tho Ngod indy snid and Whon was by to commotion a in for to door and f dropped Thoi Diprimo Tho ovo Nimr. I for so and followed to auxiliary la Loq proved yen wore nominated. Flo musical program was Ron Lof d Duricr Tho by to Anlo Jinn. And quirk Horchos i. At Imo of the bin Quot Tho for mod Tho Thom rushed from the front door to id in1 Var hands to her right . A roam ing1 Mother Backus says shooting a is District at torn of Al Tot Arr county to. J. Allison r i mrs. Stated thnh Iho had lat Kra Niou or picked up the find hurl it a Mon Porr veterans some papers on n table in Tho living a Fth for hns tosses and sme h Iro Iri Delacr Htun suffer from As us ii Inin d in last week s demo crat or. Marl in suffered a Sovero it of illness shortly after running a Sliver under his thumb several Wooks to steadily worse and it was Llos covered that to was a Vir turn of lockjaw and he was rushed to Tho Hosp Al but in spite of All efforts to Savo his life to finally succumbed to the. Dread malay. Surviving rolalives1 Are his Mother mrs. Lena Martin of Cor Mon and one mister mrs. O. A Rinsey of Melvin Avenue. . The body was taken in Koch Oxley s undertaking Parlours Friday night and prepared for Burll. Sunday Tho body was a Rouffart to Clermont whore funeral services Woro held it 2 sunday noon. In torment was mate in to Clermont cemetery. Tal tip to Trio tin to the two him tors a p pea i n Ali e a m be t and completely disarmed Tho fears of the Hootch vendors by their robust thirsts ind. Capacities. The to aids wore carefully Worf cd out search warrants Belnap quietly Hsu exl on evidence secured and the at army assembled without a whisper of what wins in the wind rom tie. Corners of the county shortly before noon thursday the off Cors after being1 marshalled Jim do octave Allison advanced on Crosby in automobiles each Man being Vith a map of Tho town with Tho ii Isis to be searched plainly marked and each Man was assigned his part n the Biff Job. Tho invading army descended upon Tho quiet unsuspecting Hamlet accompanied by commissary ind ammunition trains and the raids Ore staged simultaneously with is roars precision. Of Tho assaulting1 party were county detective Allison Stato troopers Woy and Campbell who Havo actin stationed in Smethport chief of Olio. Travis. I it. Sweet officers Fairbanks and Wii Timar of uie ii Raffoni police department Choc of Polico Knapp of not. Tew Crft trav Olenc protestor l. K. Hogarth. Ii. Halpenny Constable i to. V. Oil in p of pm fit h port Roamn or Tor Carl Ron son of fewest constables Post and of Brad Ford and John of port ally Ginny. The following places were searched and the proprietors arrested the residence of Low Hendrickson was searched by off Cors Travis and Campbell Nino barrels of wine and hard elder besides numerous Juffs Keffus bottles and jars filled with the a Fame beverages were found. The containers were dumped after sufficient evidence set aside and the Parade floor was flooded knee deep with the liquor. At the Homo of tra dude Hen Erickson. Brother. Officers Sweet continued on Pagso 2, col. 1 continued on o. Col. 1 function they provided. Repairing Larabee Bridge to Highway Bridge Tho at on Smet import to Road Boon cd nod Dur Tnp Tho past Wool Whilo a new floor was on Tho Btrne Uirt. Traffic has Detour lip by any of West pm lured. Notice beginning saturday nov. 15th, Tho Piro Horn will be mown every any of opt sunday at 12 noon until fur ther this porn Celce is recommended by the Borough Council so As to make in certain is possible Uso of the Horn in of Floc. Adv it Smethport fire dept. Subscribe for the Democrat

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