Iola Daily Register And Evening News from Iola, Kansas on December 9, 1908 · Page 1
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' f • TH£ ^-REGISTER' ^ HAS -. THE LAlKSESt.' ~ SIAlir FA8K& NEtSON ACERS DEAD DE^rU CIUDIED WELL KNOWX mizEx ymKROAF AFTERXOO.V HE LIVED HERE 43 YEARS WAH INTERNAL REVEXFE COLLEF TOK rjfllER GJtmVEB CLEVELAND. Ran (or COBRTPRA Bat Drfeatrd— Had Fine Rrcord •« an AUornejr In Allen fonntj-. y^Nelson F. Acera, for forty-three years one of the foremost citizens of this county, died at his home, 24 West Park Avenue, at 4:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Death was due to dropsy and heart trouble of which the deceased has been^a consti^ sufferer for a number of years^^bout six years ago he suffered <ra attack of heart trouble from which be never fully recovered, although at times he was able to attend to his business affairs. During the past twenty- months his condition has been such that he was unable to leave his residence even for a short time. During all his illness he never complained and never gave up the hope that in time he would be able to attend to the duties of his otBce. . Mr. Acers was a man of strong in tellect. and devoted practically aU his time to reading until the last days of his illness when reading^ became im possible and he requested the members of his family to read to him. He was in full possession of bis mental facnlties until the end came. Yesterday afternoon at his request a mem' ber of the family re-arranged the pil lows pn his bed, and as was charac- teristle of Mr. Acers he thanked tho party with the compliment, "Done witK neatness and dispatch.". I^ter the family physician called and asked him how he was feeling . Although suffering Intense pain at the time, he-repMed: "Oh, pretty well." Mr. Acers was a man possessed of a pleasing personality, genial, kindhearted and generous to a fault: a man whose business Integrity wasi never questioned and \rhose word was as good as his bond: a lifelong Democrat, firm in his political convictions an acknowledged leader in his party, and a man whom even his political enemies admired. He located In Allen county in 1865 and Immediately took up the practice of law which profession he followed until 1876. when he gave np the pra«j- tlce and entered the political, field. The appearance docket in the district clerk's olBoe shows that his fltat case ' was a civil action. The title of the ease was Isaiah Brown vs. Alonzo Donovan. Mr. Acers appearing as attorney for: the p'aintiff. The case came up for hearing July 1st. 1865. and judgment was rendered for the plaintiff, the sherlfrs return showin? that Donovan was not in the county. So far as can be learned. Mr. Acers only lost two cases during his eleven years of practice. The. members of the family are awaiting the arrival of relatives from Califoirala before making arrange- menta for the funeral services. It is probable that the services will be conducted from the residence Sunday afternoon. The HIstoTj- of Allen and Woodson Ponntles published in 1901, says of Mr. Acers: Kelson F. Acers, whose gradual retirement from active affairs in lola temovea one of the original and con- spI(|uous characters of Allen county and the State of Kansas from the ranks or busy men, is a Kansan of thirty-live years residence, and a cil- Isen whose history embraces not only cbaptera devoted to his public acts In Allen county,' but un-recorded pages of history of his connection with pub- lie matters both ,atate and national In their character. He is a man whom a ' Kreat. political party 1>'en pleas- J «<i,t9 h.oobr:irttii le«|»rahlp anl wlUi . qj»~ of the inipartanf puiille tmsU of ihe^atate. HI* connection with, state ~ HOlitldi dates back almost a snore of TMra tad In the battles won by bis '~|iirtj'7d|ir{Bg tlila. period are to Ve ;^aiiN^ nainiirtakable traces, pf his polltr ')0Bia;ieaaft^ and generalaUp. Acers. of lola, whose nlnety-tblrd birthday will oecnr In August. 1901. The Accra's are among the early colonial fanillles, their most remote American ancestor having settled in one of the New Sngland eolonies, an eml- ,grant from Erin's Isle: The "Akers, |Acres and the Acera" all emigrated from the same source and; their kin ship is undoubted. Which is the eo^ rect and incorrupted spelling,of the Celtic name is now Indeterminable, ^ohn Acers, our subject's grandfather, was bom in New Hampshire In 1771 whence he removed to New York, In Chautauqda, in which sute lUswell Acers was bom. John Acers married .Melinda Spears and lived till 18G4, dying in Xane county, Illinois, In his ninety-third year. Roswell W. Acers was his second child and was reared In his native county. He was a father's son. was schooled limitedly and becaipe a farmer on beginning life Independently. He was married to Juliette Spencer and left the Empire sUte about 1831. They settled in Kane county, Illinois, and were there residents upon the (arm and in Geneva, till 1867 ,when they followed their son. onr subject, to Kansas. Nelson P. Acers is the sole heir to bis parents. His youtli was passed upon his father's Kane county farm and the pioneer schools did the work of education for him in his boyhood. He studied law at the Albany, (N. Y.) Law Department University. He was idmitted to practice by the supreme court of the state of New York and when he was ready for business en­ teral the office where he had flrst studied and took charge of his old preceptor's business, the latter entering the military service of the United States. This responsible professional and business arrangement was, most probably, what prevented his entering the army himself before the Civil war ended. He tried his flrst lawsuit in Geneva and practiced his profession there until late 5n ISfiS, when he set out for the west. Just at the close of the war, Mr. Acers setjiut for Kansas.. He reached Woston, Mto. .(then the western ermlnus of railroads) by rail. From this latter point he walked in the direction of the capital of Kansas. W'hen he arrived at his destinati,gn the state legislature was in session ind, as clerical competents were needed to properly prepare the records of '.he proceedings of the Senate, he was appointed flrst assistant secretary of hat body. ^'Jlm" Legate was In the State Senate then; Colonel Anthony was in. the House, and so were Jacob Stoller and "Jim" Snoddy. The le?- Islature was taken up chiefly, that session, with railroad land grants as preliminar}' to the construction of the pioneer railroads of the state. Early in the spring' of 1865 our subject came down to lola, a little ham let of, perhaps, one- hundred and flfty people. One of the flrst acts he did was to purchase four lots on the Sleeper" comer where he erected a residence and made arrangements for the reception of his family. He formed a partnership with W. 8. Newberry for the practice of law and took a leading place at the bar of ea.stem Kansas almost from the start. Ho was elected County Attorney in 1S6 and by re-election, served two terms. Tn 1874 he was named as the candidate of the "opposition" lo the Republican ticket for Probate Judge, and. contrary to his expectation and do- ilres, he was elected. His first ofBcIal tct as Judge of Probate was to grant % marriage license to E. A. Barber. it Humboldt. The discovery of mineral water at tola by the Acers was responsible, largely, for Mr. Acers' separation from the law. He conceived the idea of establishing a sanitarium here and lid so with considerable degree of success. For some years the lols Min eral Well was widely advertised and many patients went away from here with the song of its praise upon their lips. But for lack of local interest the ssnitarium proposition failed of Its true purpose and object. Succeed ing this venture Mr. Accra 'was more and more of an Interested participant In politics. Formerljr he was a Repnb- lican but in 1889 something Jbappened In Allen coppty which eansed him to change front anil evitr aftanrani trained with the DembcraU. In ^882 he waa nominated by the minority partv for Congress, in the Second Congreaalonal district., but was defeated. In ins |k was appointed by Preaident 'Clawbad. Internal RST- enne CollMtor for the J district eior bVactes «iiuai a^d tba >dlaii Terri- tpijr. Is'^ MpMttr he aamd fbAr A BAilK ROtt til ALLEU rOFKTT FAIR A880CIA TIOX HA8 ISM.14 0T( DEPOSIT. LAST MEET MOST SUCCESSFUL VrXH A RECORD BREAKER iX AT. TRNDAXfE A?ID FINA.\rE. A Board •( Directors and Olfleem ClioMa—.SfcrrUrr SnHli a Delegate to Mrctlntr of State Assorlafton. The most successful fair in the history of the Alien County Pair Association was held last August.. This gratifying statement was made by Frank E. Smith, secretary of the ssso- ciatton at the cqncinslon of a directors i;neeting held in the farmers' room In the court house yesterday. As related' in the Register yesterday, the annual election of officers and directors was held. J. A. Wheeler was elected president, L. E. Horvilie, vicei president; Frank E. Smith,'secretary, and Thomas J. f Anderson, treasurer. These directors were chosen: Frank Bales, F. S. lieatUe, U E. Hor\'ilJe, Frank Nigh, Joseph Eastwood, J. A. Wheeler, John Vnury, T. J. Anderson and R. R. Drake .Voney la the Bank Now. A auiement of the financial condition of the association was submitted to the directors. A summary as Is follows: HrrelptN. Gate receipts $3762.90 Quarter stretch 312.10 Grand Ktand 511.70 Entrance fees 823.00 Airship Ex. 82.85 Concession's • 843.9.0 From county 200.00 Total receipts $0536.45 Dlsijursements, ftic|tidlug old note for $1262 $.'.636.31 Balance on hand $ 900.14 , The balance in the hank, showing the fair to have jiaid all old debts and having $900.14 to its credit Is n remarkably good showing. The meeting last season far surpassed In gate receipU and fees of all kinds, any lirevious fair. Next meeting hi January. Socrrtarj- Prank E. Smith has been chofien as a deegate to the January meeting of the state fair association, and Frank Nigh is an alternate. No meetings of the directors will be held until the return of Mr. Smith or his alternate from the state meeting which la to be held in Topeka. A RIVERS CONGRESS !«ATIO>AI. .MEETISO HELD WASHiNttT4»'. IN Pnrpotte of .Meet Ing In to .Show I'on- giesM Nere^islfy of IraproYing Wafemays. WnBhington, Dec. 9.—One iif the most notable gatherings ever asFcm- bled In the history of this country in the interest of waterways development was called lo order today when the national rivers and harbors congress met in the fifth annual convention. The congress is national in Its purpose, representing all sections and ail waterways and is endeavoring to Impress congress with the necessity cf a comprehensive iiolicy for improving rlvpra, canals and harbors of the nation. .... . KANSAS CITT POLICEXEX SHOT BY XEXBERS OF RELIGlOrS SECT. LEADER WAS SERIOUSLY HURT Rrr DECLARES HIS INTENTION TO CONTINUE THE FItfHT,: Police Tried to Break Up ReliitioBH Street JTeetlnr and .Several Penaas Knied In Fight Wblrb Followed. Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 9.—"I am^ not going to die. I am going to get well and live to kill a few more policemen." That is the assertion of Lonis Pratt, self-styled "Adam God," the rellgiouB fanatic who Is lying in' the general hospital here.and w^o was seriously wounded in the battle between his followers and the police Ute yesterday. As a result of the fight, Pratt's 13-year-oId daughter. Lulu, and Policeman Albert O. Dalbow are dead, and two other policemen are in a critical condition. James Sharp, known as Elijah II, and who was the real head of the little band of religious enthusiasts is still at large. Shortly after the shooting yesterday he walked Into a saloon and laid down his revolver with the remark: "I fsa satisfied, 1 give up." As there were no police present and no one seemed inclined to take him into custody. Sharp waited a moment, then picked up the weapon, re-loaded it and walked out. He has not been seen since. At the hospital «^is morning It was said that Patrolman MuUane had'a imall chance of recovery, but Sergeant Patrick Clark's condition was slightly improved. .\. J. Selsor, a bystander who was hit by a stray bullet Is also expected to get well. Story of Shooting. I.ast night's Kansas City Star shys: Two policemen were danferously wounded and at least three other per- Honr were shot by a man, woman, and a little girl, religious .fanatics, who wert> holding a street meeting at Fourth and Main streets shortly before 4 o'clock this afternoon. Michael Mullane, a patrolmah, it Is believed, will die. Patrick Clark, a sergeant, is in a dangerous condition. Both wore carried to the emergency hospital. Three others in the crowd that gathered after the "firing began were seen to fall. Their sames are not known. Mullane was shoot in the right breast and Clark over the right eye. The religious band were singing in the street when George M. Holt, president' of a boys' club, told them that thciy must quit. The man in the religious band and George Holt went to the Workingmen's Mission, at Fifth and Main streets, where a ,ilght followed. Holt was assaulted by the religious fanatic and later returned to police headquarters to report the assault. Harry Stese. a police sergeant^ was ordered to arrest the man and the others who were singing. As he reached Fourth and Main streets he drew a revolver and ordered them to go with him to the station. The msn. the girl and the woman drew revolvers an-1 be?an firing. Patrolman Mullane and Sergeant Clark, who followed Stege. were struck. Stege waa not struck. The bullets of the frenzied religious fanatics .who flred right and left, stmck others in the crowd that had gathered. One of those who fell was a woman. It was said by those'that the name of the girl who flred some of the shots Is Flelta Pratt. She is about 13 years old. , "Wben the crowd closed in after the shooting the women and children escaped and left fqr the river. They aloiikJdaiB street A. bnUet MUed taU horse and another bnllet went thratigh hla^bat The I name of the man who started tlte shaotlng Is Sharp. There wera eleven, in the party~fonr men, four, girls, two women and a boy about 16 yiears old. While the shooting was going on Lieutenant Stone, stationed at the Central station, seized a rifle and while shooting at ona of the men kill ed a white man in a rooming house on Fourth street, ISO yards from the scene of the trouble. The deail man's name has not been learned.' When Sergeant Clark fell. Lewis Hartman. of Trimble, Mo., picked up the wounded offlcer's revolver and flred at the fleeing fanatics. He wounded one man. Sharp is a religious fanatic who was arrested about eighteen months ago In Oklahoma for appearing oi^ the streets' in a naked condition Three weeks ago he visited the mayor's ofllce and asked for a special license 'to preach on the streets. He said he was a disciple of Christ. The Fight on the. Rlwep. Of the flght on the River the Times this morning says: When the shooting in Main and Fourth streets was over and the surviving members of the religious band were in flight the police were told of the houseboat on the l^vee in which the fanatics made headquarters. Officers were sent! to the levee, to intercept them. • In the little hojaseboat which is only twelve feet longi Chri8tmaa.-r-HnmboIdt Herald. Soma Xmas Money. If Walter W. Wright, who give bis address as Humboldt, will write to District Clerk C. B. Adama, he will find 14.25 awaiting him.^ It .baa been there (or some UiBe';«^.Mc Adama^llve In a houseboat near tbe foot of thinks It might eoittr bandy .for] Broadway. Sbr patrolmen left tor the river immediately after the.women and d>Bd- ren escaped. They were arrested with shot guna: A. O. tXalbaw, another poMceman. who took part In the fnsailade, was shot Ha died half an bonr .later at jthe ajhenaacy hospital. C. 0. VTiDOdlr. a drivel for the Nat- toaal Kapar BJnx eompaar. van drtvlaf Bad Can't Pay Off. Mnskocee Red la visiting in Wichita thia week, renewing oU acqnaint- anoes and looking at the tail bnlld- ioga. He siTMf it ont offieUMy that be eaii d04UurtklaK a)Miit a printing ofllce aad do U weU-^niept pay off.—Wfdi- Mrs. Pratt and four of her children, all disciples of John Sharp, "the prophet," were couched on the single bed of hay, when In spector Ryan and' Capuin Wliitsett called to Mrs. Pratt to come with them to the police station. As her two little daughters, Lula' and Mary, and her son Dewey,' chanted a religious song, she stood in the opening of the rude canvas covered cab.in. She held a rifle In one hand and with the ot^er emphasized her defiance. Would Hava Used a Fire Hose. Only wAy to get them and not risk a life Is to turn on the fire hose," Captain Whitsett said as be ordered the space near the boathousc cleared Firemen had been called from No. 6 hose company and stood ready to play a stream of water on the houseboat. Mrs. Pratt stood in the opeiiing of the cabin, irresolute for a moment The two little girls wfre given an order from the woman which no one on the river bank heard. Dewe.v Pratt and Edward Ingehiii; another "disciple, who were in the cabin, untied the ropes that held a lO-foot skiff with a canvas awning. Mrs. Pratt, followed by the two girls.' climbed in and were slowly carried by the current ont into the river. Lula, 13 years •':ld, crawled under the canvas covered cabin, leaving her mother and sis- 'er in the stem. The officers were clearly surprised as they saw the skiff move away. As the little boat passed [among the floating cakes of Ice ,the mother and children sang. "Come back and we will bring that other woman," Captain Whitsett shouted. Mrs. Pratt shouted something unintelligible and Mary, who Is only II years old. took up thi^ oars and began rowing against the swift current. With every dip of the oam •»»>r little body swayed in the effort. .At a word from ber mother the child dropped the oars and the boat, carried along by the current quickly swept into midstream. For a moment i Captain Whitsett stood motionless. With Rifles at the Skiff. Then he ordered the officers near him to fire at the water line of the boat. A single shot from the bank fttruck the water twenty feet from the boat. Marj- Pratt was seen to crouch, but Mrs. Pratt, as if fearless of the danger, stood up in the boat holding her rifle aloft. She did not fire in return. Killlns of a Qiri in tha Spat. "Plte low. not to kill," Captain Whitsett ordered, and there waa a crack of rifles and pistols. One bf the girls was seen to move suddenly. She had been hit The flr- ing continued, buUeta apparently striking tl|»-hnll. The a]^U eej^ed|..1rhen the ferry boat, EUa^May-;; came to^Iier landing; The police mshed aboard- A barricade of planks waa qnlckly coa Stmeted on the forward deck and behind it the police officers eronehed. The ferry swung out into the stream and qnlckly drew near the smaller boat A Child Signaled Swrrendar. Then one of the girla stood and MOURN IN CHDIESE KNELT WHUS BODY OF EXPRBOR WAS CABBIED BT. MOVED TOMORTUARYIN PEKIN WILL LIE IN STATE THERE UNTIL SEPrLCHEB IS BUILT. Fanerai Cortege Was Lfd by BegeBl PrJar»—Tbonsanda Heaored the Ruler's Xemory. ^ Peking. Dec. 9.—The body of Kuang Hsu. the late emperor of Ch|na, was today carried with mucli cerenoony from the hall in the forbidden city where it has repbsed for the last week to Coal Hill' Mortuary. It will here continue to He in state pending the location and construction' of the Imperial sepnicher. / The cortege which was . bralltant, barbaric and weird in the eyes of west ern observers, was led by Prince Chun the regent, for a short distance from its starting place and as it passed through the streets of the imperial city thousands of mourners knelt in the dust until the coffin was no longer to he seen. HADLEY CANNOT BE THERE. Leglslatare Wfll Keep Hta> Away From Kansas Day Baaqaet Topelta. Dec. 9.—Governor-elect Her bert S. Hadley of Mhispurl will not be' able to attend the Kansas day ban- here on January 2.<). He waa to be the guest of honor. In a letter to Governor Hoch today Hadley said that he appreciated the compliment and would like to coma, but that he will have a Missouri leg- is^ature on his hands at that time and it will he impossible for him fo get away from Jefferson City. MRS. MYRTLE WHEELER DEAD. Funeral From Little Builders Chapel Tomorrow. Mrs.. Myrtle Wheeler died at ber home on West Brackenridge street this morning. The funeral services will be conducted from the Little Builders' Chapel tomorrow morning at ten o'clock. Rev. J. M. Mason will have charge of the services. Interment will be made in the Highland cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Keller of Greenwood county, parent's of MVa Wheeler, are in the city to attend the funeral services. CASTRO IS NOT ILL HAS COME NORTH TO SETTLE YENEZUEL.VS QUABBELS. KiU (t'o to Berdeanx and Travel Overland From There to Germany. Santander. Spain, Dec. 9.—Tha French steamer Guadelospe, with President Castro of Venezuela on board came in here today, it was learned that President Castro will continue on Ixiard the steamer to Bordeaux and travel thence overland to Berlin. President Castro baa come to Europe with the intent^n of settling ail of Venezuela's internatiooal quarrels. The general health of the president is good. Hlndman Back. Dr. Hindman returned from his Oklahoma trip 'Saturday. . He reporu a large amount of game captured but on account of the lav waa act allowed to bring it into Kanaaa.—-Herald. Amoa in Tbpaka, Kr. and Mrs. George Ama and, Mra. J. B. Armel went to Kanaaa City, this iooraing. Mr. Amoa will go to Topeka where he haa a case in the supreme court.—Humboldt Herald. (Continued on page six.) McGraw at Humbold.t ] Dr. McGraw haa secured eight .performers besidea the two ke haa vith him.and haa amnced to give a (tee show at Germenln lulL The ahow be^' gan Satorday qlg^i 'and -win ooatlnua (or fome ttme.-4erald.

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