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Williamsport Review Republican (Newspaper) - November 24, 1921, Williamsport, Indiana A p. Devoted to the interests of the citizens of Williamsport and Warren county Indiana. M review Republican entered As second class matter at the Post office at Williamsport Indiana. New eries vol. 8, no. 7williamsport, Indiana thursday november 24, 1921 i. W. Gripe owner and of Cain reenacted to become implicated with the affair in any Way. Upon being urged by Ralph he finally consented to go with him. They started with Ralph s car and or. Norris suggested that perhaps he had better do the driving As it might be Ralph was a bit nervous. Ralph informed him in shooing crime was co out emphatic terms that h was As Cool As Ever and that he was not crazy. Ralph i shot he is Bro air ted at garage in a Marsh Field Liast monday dem we Uno my with an a Rev much excitement prevailed a l Marshfield when re forts of shooting were heard Ralph Ross aged 28, shot and instantly killed his brother Claude aged 25 in the Walter Power s garage in Marshfield about 9 o clock monday morning and is now in jail in Williamsport awaiting a grand jury investigation of the affair the motive of which is shrouded in mystery. Prosecutor Nolen of Benton and Yvo Arren counties and Coroner Michaels held an inquest at Williamsport late monday afternoon. Five Eye witnesses of the tragedy gave their testimony at the inquest. These witnesses were William tal Bert Walter w Powers Miles Norris Frank Wysong and Charles Alburn All of whom reside in or near Marshfield. According to the testimony Claude Ross spent sunday night at the Cronkhite Home near Marshfield and Rode to town monday morning in the school Hack driven by Elmer Whitten. He went to Power s garage about s 30 o clock in the morning where he had a car for repairs and seemed care free As usual As he was generally known As a very agreeable person. About 9 30 o clock his brother Ralph Ross drove to Marshfield from his Home at Riley Burg and went at once to the Powers garage. Wien Ralph came into the garage he slapped Norris on the Back in a Jovial manner and said to h what in the he do you known about he then asked or. A Briers who owns the garage if he had any spark plugs. Or. Powers inquired what size he wanted and turned away to get them for him Ralph then stepped Over to the stove where his brother Claude was standing and without saying another word Drew a 45 Colts automatic revolver from his overcoat pocket and shot his brother. The first shot is supposed to have struck the unfortunate victim in the Middle of the breast and to have cause instant death. A second shot fired at the falling Man passed through his Cheek tearing Loose some of the Teeth one of which together with the Bullet dropped on the floor when his head was lifted up and As both Are now in the Possession of county Coroner Michaels. A third shot was fired and is said to have hit Claude in the Arm. After the shots had been fired and the lifeless form of Claude Ross Lay on the floor it is said Ralph exclaimed Quot i guess that will hold him he then turned to William Talbert and said Quot Bill Call the sheriff Quot sheriff Stewart was on his Way to Danville but heard of the tragedy and went at Oace to the scene of the shooting. Sam Frame Deputy sheriff answered the phone Call in the sheriff s office and was informed there was trouble in Marshfield and for him to come at once. He inquired As to the nature of the trouble and was informed Only that it was bad enough. Or. Frame however hastened to Marshfield at once. Ralph Rosa seemed anxious to get to Williamsport to surrender to the sheriff. He prevailed upon Miles nor Ris to accompany him to the county to Home implicated with the affair impression that he was trying to run away. Or. Norris at firs t refused to go with Ralph As he did not want a this he consented to Ralph driving the car to Williamsport and they made the trip without a mishap. On the Way he said to Ralph Quot what s the grand idea of All this Ralph replied Quot i would sooner not Tell j of what is Back of All of it. If you Don t know anything you will have nothing to or. Norris testified there was but Little other conversation on the trip and none relative to the shooting. Upon arrival at the court House in Williamsport they at once went up to the sheriff s office and As or. Stewart had not returned yet they were met in the corridor by county clerk Cowgill who recognized Ralph Ross and asked him to surrender his revolver which he willingly did. This is now in the Possession of the sheriff. Upon being taken to the jail by the sheriff Ralph asked that he be locked into a room by himself. He refused to see any one and said he had no statement to give out. In the afternoon mrs. Ralph Ross came to the jail to visit her husband. She exclaimed Quot of Why did you do it Quot Ralph replied Quot its done now forgive me Dearie if you aside from this Ralph seems to exhibit no remorse for his terrible deed is cold morose and defiant. Mrs. Ross is a woman who bears the amp very Best reputation. She is the daughter of Charley Graff who formerly live a mile North of Marshfield. Several rumours Are extant con crying the motive of the deed. One is that the Brothers had been farming together this summer near Riley Burg ind., and that there has been a dispute about the Dis Tribu Quot tion of the profits. It is rumoured the Brothers were tog Etlar All Day sunday and quarrelled about the matter. But this Rumor is not Well authenticated. There Are still other rumours afloat of a More incriminating nature but their authenticity do not warrant publication. Nearing the enu the sex binary address on the Mayflower Veteran banker has 881� birthday purpose of the organization will be explained so please remember the Date and come to help make the organization a Success. P. W. Flem ming of Wii jams port state Bank honoured by friends Camiling the pledge idea the citizenship committee of the i Chicago association of Commerce i made up of distinguished members i has sent out a letter signed by the a i Fulden of the association which last sunday or. P. W. Flemming encloses a citizenship pledge. This the honoured president of the Williamsport state Bank was 83 years citizenship pledge reads As follows with sincere belief in the Noble Pur Young and As a Mark of respect Theca pose which gave birth to our nation mrs Bert Scott surprised mrs. Bert Scott was Given a birthday Surprise at her Home on Pike Street in Attica. Relatives and friends gathered at the Home at the noon hour with Well filled baskets. Those present were or. And mrs. Randolph Morgan and sons Philip and miss Carrie Mcgovern of near Boswell Charles Adams and family Charles Kiger and family or. And mrs. J. W. Kerr and daughter Nell of near Winthrop or. And mrs. H. L. Mckinzie and daughter Fern and son. Dale Cecil Milligan and family or. And mrs. Alex Merdith and son Orie mrs. Nathan Scott and son Warren mrs. Flora Thomas and grand daughter miss Dorothy Sheidler of Attica. Well known auctioneer returns f rom Montana Bank officials called in a body to offer congratulations and present a handsome bouquet of chrysanthemums the birth Flower of the november born. Or. John c. Stephens in a neat speach paid tribute to or. In the lofty principles which have been wrought into its Constitution with ardent love for the country which has conferred upon me a priceless heritage of Freedom and Opportunity i gratefully a know a most interesting instructive and inspirational address was delivered by Rev. Babbs at the Williamsport m. E. Church sunday evening nov. 6, to a Large and appreciative audience. Rev. Babbs has just recently assumed the pastorate of the local m. E. Church and to Many in his audience it was his first Public address. His subject was Quot the a precious freight of the it showed much thought and investigation and was delivery in a splendid manner. Or. Babbs said in part the Pilgrim fathers were not puritans but brow lists. In fact they probably would have objected strenuously to being called puritans. The word Quot Pilgrim Quot Wals Glrst applied to them by William Bradford in his history and Tafton up again by others in 17 98. The expression Quot Pilgrim fathers Quot has come into use in the last forty years. The poem which Speaks of their Landing Quot in the Rock bound coast Quot is not accurate in its figure of speach since Cape cod is not Rock bound at Provincetown place of the Landing but composed of Sand dunes. Plymouth Rock is the Only one there itself a Pilgrim brought on an iceberg Ages ago and dropped where the Mayflower passengers found it. In 1741 a warehouse was about to be built Over the Rock but elder Faunce son of a Man born among the Pilgrim fathers wept and pleaded so that the plan was Given up. It is thought the Mayflower was broken up about 1654. Its timbers Are said to be nailed into the roof of an English barn still standing and its masts Are thought to be in the Walls of an old school House existing even now on the Banks of the thames. The brow lists Tiok their name from Robert Brown their founder. Their first society was at Scrooby on the Road from London to York. The pilgrims left England in 1607 and 1608 and settled first at Amsterdam then at Leyden. There were Twenty one of their houses there arranged in a Semi Circle. After twelve years Black hand gang s now in jail Corbett Graves makes full confession in Indianapolis implicating others Fleming s Long and honorable life ledge my privileges and obligations to which or. Fleming responded ninjas an american citizen and Promise words of appreciation. Or. Porter j to vote at All primaries and elections also added words of commendation so that i May help to give Assurance of the Sterling character and spleen a that government of the people by the did Fellowship of his Long time people and for the people shall not the Quot Black hand Quot gang that threat ened the destruction by fire of the farm buildings of Robert m. Fix of Prairie township in warm county have been apprehended and All 3 Are now in jail at Williamsport awaiting the full and Complete investigation of the grand jury which will now Convene in a few Days. Corbett Graves has made a full and Complete confession of the whole affair and told in his confession that Alonzo Stephen was the Man that applied the Torch that destroyed the barn of Robert m. Fix on the night of nov. 5. A Cousin of or. Fix by the name of William fix it is now known As the Man who has been writing the Quot Black hand Quot letters. Robert m. Fix had been under a state of terrible suspense for several months As threatening letters have been sent to him from time to time in reply to Decoy letters which had been put out so that time and Opportunity might be Given for the Are Hensin a of the Quot Black hand Quot gang. The credit for bringing this matter to the Point where final Justice will be done to the culprits and ridding Prairie township of a nest of gangsters is due to sheriff o. L. Stewart of warm county and tim Mccormick sex sheriff of Carroll county whose Home is in Delphi but who is now assistant state fire marshal by appointment of gov. Mccray several weeks ago Robert fix who owns a Large tract of land near Hedrick in Warren county received a letter demanding $6,000 and signed Quot the Black or. Fix informed sheriff Stewart who began Friend. Those representing ban were John c. Stephens John f. Ritenour Emerson Davis perish from the we look upon pledges and promis Thomas Powell is As very sacred things and rightly James Schoonover mrs. Helen Popel so and just because they Are so and mrs i. T Slauter. I sacred we often hesitate to take or. Fleming Haa As dinner guests his son or. Hene Fleming and family of Danville and a brother or. Frank Fleming and family of West Lebanon. Other friends called during the afternoon and altogether it was a very memorable Day. Ladies organize s. S. Class in m. E. Church the ladies of the adult class of the Williamsport methodist sunday school met at the Church sunday afternoon for the purpose of organic pledges or make promises for fear we should not be Able to live up to the obligations. But is it not better to Promise and make the attempt than never to Promise at All. Pledges must be Good things for they Are required in so Many established customs. No Young Man will be willing to marry a Young lady unless she would make some Promise or pledge about the matter. Imagine a Young woman at the marriage service saying Quot yell. I would t want to Promise but of course i will do the Best i can. We Are helped to do Many things by taking the pledge or making the Promise which we would not do if ing the class. The following officers were elect a did not pledge or Promise. Why col. And mrs. G. Clint Butler and Clint s famous bulldog arrived Here thursday for the Winter making the trip in their Ford Coupe. The trip took ten Days but none of the party complained of being weary of the Long ride. Col. Butler is Here to take care of his annual fall Sale Busi Ness and will make had quarters at Fowler. Warning any person Hunting or trapping on my farm without ror Mission will be prosecuted to the full ext ii. Of the Law. Charles h. Dick. 7tld. For Sale reels. Barred Rock cocked president mrs. B. J. Winger Secretary mrs. S. F. Monroe and treasurer mrs. Fred Holtz. The object of the organization is to get the ladies More interested in the scoring of new members. There will be a meeting of the class the first Friday evening of each month at which time the business of the class will be conducted followed by a program and social hour. Mrs. Babbs is the present teacher of the class and All members should be present to hear the splendid lessons which Are Given. The first regular meeting will be held at the parsonage on Friday evening dec. 2, at 7 o clock. All the ladles who Are members of the class or who wish to become members Are invited. The ladies who Are teachers in the sunday school and who would he members of the class if not teach i work on the Case and through whose they went to England embarking on efforts the alleged guilty men were the Mayflower from Plymouth about i caught. Sheriff Stewart answered 70 in number there being enough the latter demanding the Money. He other emigrants to bring their num put it in the place designated and ber up to 102. This latter number after spending two Days and nights was a source of trouble to the Pil Tchul waiting a Man came and grims being for the most part Irrelia to the letter. He knew the Man Giruc people and Royster ers. To pro and then communicated with Joseph text themselves from a rebellion York United states Post office in threatened by these unruly ones,411 Petor of Lafayette. The govern of the men signed the Quot compact Quot a a a ent official and the prosecutor of Promise to abide by the Laws of Man Warren county both informed the and of god. Myles Standish Wasi Thriff he would need More proof. Their Captain a Little Man in body another letter was received by or. Not make a solemn pledge to go to Church every sunday. You will be the better for your resolve and for your Effort even if you fail to carry it out in full. Your character can lose nothing by the attempt. You do not have to wait for new year s Day to make a Resolution. Do it now there will be sunday school and Church service at the presbyterian Church on next sunday morning and Young people s meeting sunday evening. No Church service in the evening As the pastor preaches at Marshfield. Rev. pastor of Williamsport presbyter Ian Church. In the Mayflower a ship that in Mystic fashion still sails the seas helping Quot make the world Safe for to the foregoing Brief report the speaker now adds the following the environment at Leyden was such As to develop patriotism and daring in the Pilgrim breast. About thirty five years beforehand occurred the seige of Leyden by the Spanish army during which the desperate but great in soul. The most precious i pm but is was not answered. For thing the pilgrims brought in their nights before the disastrous freighted ship was the spirit of de file he had kept watch on the barn Votion and loyalty in their own and other buildings. Samuel Good breasts. Only nine rude Cabins Nadj a employed on the fix farm was in them the scanty furniture brought pressed into service As guard and he alternated with or. Fix in looking after the buildings at night. By a slight lapse in the vigilance on the night of nov. 5, an Opportunity was afforded for the scoundrels to apply the Torch to the barn which was burned to the ground sheriff Stewart was now More determined than Ever to apprehend tha guilty parties and set a trap. Graves was captured and according to the i sheriff confessed. He implicated the hollanders Cut the Dykes and let in 1 Cousin of or. Fix and also Stephen Box supper. The american legion will give a William e. Brier ing Are requested to be present at a Box supper Friday night dec. 2nd, Williamsport Indiana r. 1. A this meeting. 1921, at the Odd Fellows Hall. Quot All Rainsville phone Quot its a there is quite a Little business to Are cordially invited to bring boxes be transacted which is of impair arid attend. A want and brings results. Tance to each member and the full Job e. Lewis commander. The sea to drive out the foe. A pageant was Given every year by the Leyden people commemorating the seige ten examples of which at least were witnessed by the pilgrims. Popular education was spread abroad through Holland and in Leyden the american school system was born. John Robinson the Pilgrim pastor was a Man of great learning and often held discussions with the professors at Leyden University. His son Isaac emigrated to Massachusetts and lived to the age of nearly 100 year. The Church founded by the Pilgrim fathers it Plymouth was thoroughly democratic in its polity. They never persecuted As did the other colonies. Only two Case of witchcraft Ever were brought to notice among them one being laughed out of court and the other resulting in acquittal. Quot they left unstained what there according to the confession of Graves Stephen was alone when he fired the barn. He was in hiding nearby keeping Vil Igant watch on Goodhue when he saw the guard go to his Home he crept up and set fire to the building. The work of sheriff Stewart a worthy of the highest Praise. He worked on the Case continuously since the fire and was rewarded when the confession was made to Quot him and or. Mccormick. It the men will be charged i arson and conspiracy in the Warren circuit court and will probably face a charge in the Federal court of sending the Black hand letters through the mail or putting them in a United states mail Box. Could be said with Wuelfi to close this Brief sketch. It la for us to the found. Freedom to worship god Quot j transmit Hermit age Asun Sang the poet and nothing better stained As we found it

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