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I \VA8MUNU1UJN 2, 190T. 11 FOSTER WILL NOT QUIT Refuses to Give Up Keys to - Eastern Hospital. HE DEFIES HOSPITAL BOABD Deposed Superintendent at Williamsburg, Vs., Declares that He Will Defend Bis Constitutional Rights--Board Votes for Suspension of Foster, and Will Give Him Chance for Hearing. Special to The Washington Post Richmond, "Va., Jan. 1 --The general .hospital board has decided to suspend Dr. L. Foster as superintendent of the Eastern State Hospital at Willlams- burg. and to hold another, meeting' at WHIIamsburg, January 14, for the purpose of hearing -what Dr. Poster will say In regard, to charges of neglect of his official duties. Whether Dr Poster will reply to the report of the legislative committee or to the report of the subcommittee of the general board, is not clear. For the first time since the charges and counter- ohargjes and investigation commenced, attornejs have been at work In the matter representing both sides of the con- -trovtjrsy. Suspended from Office. While the general board will give Dr. Foster and his assistant physicians a hearing, it also decided to suspend them from office pending the investigation. Dr. O. C. Brunk and others heretofore elected to succeed to the vacated positions have been directed to at once assume the duties and discharge them until the~hearing is completed. The present aspect of the affair is regarded as a distinct victory for Dr. Foster. He was to have vacated the position this morning In favor of uls successor, but reports from Williamsburg during the day ore to the effect that Dr. Foster is still directing the affairs of the hospital, in defiance of his removal following investigation of his management of the asylum. The new superintendent. Dr. Brunt, ar- ilved in Wllllamsburg this morning to take charge, but Dr. Foster refused to recognize his authority,. The following statement was made by Dr. Foster"At 1.30 o'clock I was served b.v the town sergeant with a copy of the lesolu- ttons adopted by the board at Its meeting last night, and soon thereafter was waited upon b Col. L ~W. Lane, late commissioner of hospitals, and Dr. Brunt. I received them politely, but after considering the situation, -decided not to give up the kevs to the Institution until I had had leasonable time in which to consult my attorneys . Demands His Rights. "Mv position is this: The general hospital board, by rescinding their resolution rteposjng me from office on the 1st of January, have admitted that they acted hastili and without just cause. I am not sure that the are not acting more has- Illy now 1 »m an officer recognized In the constitution of Virginia, and my personal opinion is that I cannot be suspended-any more than removed except for good cause; but I am ·Hot versed in legal matters, and propose to abide by the ad- ice of rn lawyers. I have no desire to create an trouble and never had., but I have personal rights that are dearer to me than any office or salary, and I propose to maintain them." SHOT BROTHER AT PARTY. Man "Who Fired Said He Didn't Enow Pistol Was Loaded. Serial to The Washington Post*" ' , Wheeling. W, Va., Jan. J.--"Here's- bo« I would shoot at a man to kill him," said Martin Kiiska. as he aimed his ro- ..voKer at the head of his brother Philip. He fired, and Philip fell, seriously wound- id. The tw o brothers were attending a New Year's gathering of Hungarians when the accident occurred. Martin Kuska says lie did not know the gun'was loaded. Out of Work, Killed Himself. Spe ift] t o The WflshlnKton Post Charlotte. N. C , Jan. 1 --In a fit or despondency caused by being out of worl;, and aggravated by drink. William J. Merritt, aged thirty-seven, this morning killed himself by shooting at hre home Ht \ V i l n i r g t o n He was 'formerly engaged a car inspector in the Atlantic Coast Line jards, but lost his position a few cli s ago. W. S. Shanoltz--Miss Sallie Havenner. Special tf The Wflihlngtcm Post Rock\ llle, Md . Jan 1 --Walter Steward Shanoltz and Miss Sallie Havenner, both of Hunting Hill, this county* were married heie :e-uerday bj He\ Thomas J. Packard, rectoi of Christ Episcopal I tu.rch. the ceremony taking place at the rectors SWAKSON GIVES RECEPTION. Governor's Mansion at Richmond Scene of New Year's Function. Sreclal tn The Waib.lng.ton Post. Richmond, Va., Jan. 1.--Gov. Claude A. Swanson held an official New Year's reception to-night. The whole of the lower floor of the mansion was thrown open, including the new state dining-room, which has just been finished and f'ir- nfohed with exquisite taste by Mrs. Swanson. Standing with Gov. and Mrs. Swanson, who Waa gowned in white duchess lace, were Mrs. J. Taylor Ellison, Mrs. Thomas Branch McAdams, Mrs. William Jefferson Payne, Mrs. James Scott Parriah, MBS. Eugene Massie, Mrs. William A." Anderson, Mrs. Garland Payne Moore, of Cape CHarles; Mrs. James A. Scott, of Lynchburg; Mrs. James T. Penn, and Mrs. John Swanson, of Danville. Assisting the receiving party were Mrs. Charles V. Carrington, Mrs. James Walker, Mrs. Carroll H. Montague, Miss Beirne. Miss Nora Leary, Miss Louise McAdams. Miss Avis Grant. Miss Mary Parrish, Miss Sallie Dean, Miss Effle Branch, Miss Anna Dean Carr, Miss Nancy Fatten, Miss Margaret and Miss Llna .Shields. Miss Llesa Anderson, of Alexandria; Miss Katherlne Rlson, of Danville, and Miss Willie Jerdone, of Washington, D. C. Members of the governor's staff present included Cols. Eugene Massie, Thomas Branch 5 McAdams. James Scott Parish, William Jefferson Payne, and Algernon Sidney Buford, jr., of Richmond; Joseph Thomas Lawless, of Norfolk; EdWInJ^ld- ney Reid, of Chatham; Leonard Overton Payne, of Big Stone dap; Garland Payne Moore, of Cape Charles; James Pleasant* Woods, of Koanoke; Junlus Edgar West, Of Suffolk: Nelson Smith Groome, of Hompton; Pannlll Rucker, of Martlnsvllle; Robert Pegram Holt, of Newport News; Benjamin Rowzle Roberts, of Chase City; James Alexander Scott, of Lynchburg, and William Crlgles Walte, of Culpeper. WOMAN'S BURNS FATAL. She Overturned Lamp During Epileptic Fit at Winchester. - Special to The Washington Post. Winchester, "Va., Jan. 1.--Mrs. Camille Conley. wife of Thomas Conley, of Wardensville, died this morning from burns received last night by the overturning of a lamp during an epileptic fit. She was alone at the time, and when passers-by broke open the door in response to her screams they found her entire body In a blaze. Mrs. "Conley was a daughter of H. C. Baker, of Baltimore, and was forty-nine years of age. She leaves a husband and two children. CLAIRVOYANTS ACCUSED. Said,to Have Young- Women in Norfolk Under Their Power. Special to The Washington Post. Norfolk, Va , Jan. 1 --Commonwealth's Attorney John G. Tllton Is determined to Investigate the reports that several' clairvoyants in this city have been practicing cruelties upon certain young women Whom iMs alleged they have under their power. Five clairvoyants have been summoned to appear before the grand jury next Monday morning, when the charges will be thoroughly Investigated. OFFICERS VISIT WARFIELD. Fifth Regiment Staff Received by Governor at Annapolis. Special to The Washington Post. Annapolis, Md., Jan. 1.--The principal event of the New Year's observance in Annapolis was the annual visit of the officers of the Fifth Maryland Infantry to Gov. WarfleW. The officers arrived at Annapolis shortly after 11 o'clock, and after being received by the executive and Ins stuff, assisted by the Annapollb officers of the National Guard, and partaking of a buffet luncheon, many of them called on Admiral Sands and other friends at the Academy and at Annapolis, i Among those who assisted Gov. Warfield in receiving was Lieut. John F. Guilfoyle, of the Seventh United States Cavalry, who, until recently, was military secretary of the province of Luzan. Philippines. I.Ieut. Guilfoyle Is staying In Annapolis with Col. E. L. Woodside, of the adjutant's general's office. Fatally Injured in Runaway Accident. Special to The Washington Post ^ Norfolk, Va , Jan. I.--While driving into the city to meet her husband, who is a well-known physician, Mrs. Burnley Lankford and her little son, Henry, were thrown from the trap, their horse be- coir!ng frightened. Mrs. Lankford probably was fatally and the boy was serl- ouslv injured. Mrs. ' Lankford formerly resided in Charlottesville prior to her marriage to Dr Lankford. Shade Appointed Delegate. Special to The Washington Post. Richmond, Va , Jan 1.--Gov Swanson to-day named H. R. Shade, of Fairfax, as member of the Virginia delegation to attend the meeting to be held In the city oi Washington. January 14-16, for encouragement of the foreign trade of America. BOY ADMITS BTOGLAEIES. Baltimore tad Confesses to Three Daring Thefts at Right Special to .the Washington Pott. ~~ Baltimore, Md., Jan. 1.--A series of burglaries that has puzzled the Southwestern district police for the past month was cleared up this morning at the Southwestern station, when two youths--Benjamin Holmes, 231 Forrest street, and Frederick Schubert, 234 South Fulaskl street, each eighteen years old--were revealed through the confession of Holmes to nave conducted criminal operations In the Southwestern section on a wholesale plan. Holmes this morning signed a written confession, in which he admitted three daring night burglaries, involving altogether about J140 worth of plunder. Yesterday morning Schubert was arrested upon the charge of being Incorrigible, preferred by his father. Lieut. Evans questioned him, and learned enough to suggest the arrest of Holmes, who was taken In custody by Round Sergt. McClean, Sergt. Reynolds, and Patrolman Robinson. This morning Holmes was sweated by the officers, headed by Capt. Moxley, and he confessed that he and Schubert had committed the offenses. REDUCED FARE EXPECTED. Most of the Virginia Railroads Probably Will Make Two-cent Rate. Special lo The Washington Post. Richmond. Va . Jan. 1.--The State Corporation Commission on January will take up the 2-cent railroad passenger rate case. Representatives of each corporation will be heard, and explanations will be made on the Individual .merits of the case for each railroad. It Is altogether probable that the passenger rate of some of the smaller lines will remain unchanged. The business of" such lines will not bear a reduction. In official circles it Is rumored that the Pennsylvania, the Norfolk and Western, and the Chesapeake and Ohio railroads will make no fight against the proposed decrease In their rates. The Pennsylvania Railroad has already shown a disposition to take this course in other States, where such a decrease has been officially demanded. POARCH HELD FOR MITkDER. Wife Whom He Shot at Petersburg Dies from Her Wounds. Special to The Washington Post. Petersburg. Va., Jan. 1.--Mrs. Emma Poarch, who was shot by her husband. Emmet Poarch. last night, died of her wounds late this afternoon at her home. An autopsy was followed by a coroner's inquest. Several witnesses were examined. The verdict of the jury was that bhe came to her death from pistol shot wounds Inflicted by Emmet Poarch. The pistol with which the shooting was done was borrowed yesterday by Poarch from a gunsmith of this city, Poarch skating that he had to act as watchman at Swift Greek, and would need tha pistol to protect himself. Poarch wrote his will yesterday, leaving his life insurance and other things to his relatives. EXPRESS STRIKES A TREE. Duquesne Limited Has Narrow Escape from a Serious Wreck. Special to The Washlngto.1 Post. ' Cumberland, Md , Jan. 1.--The Duquesne Limited, the swiftest train in the Baltimore and Ohio service, while running Eixty miles an hour near Markelton, about fifty miles above here, struck a big tree which had fallen'across the west-bound track early yesterday morning, -The engineer saw the obstruction just in time to prevent a serious wreck. As it was, the passengers were severely Jolted and thrown fiom thefr seats. The pilot of the engine was knocked off, and the front of the boiler crushed in. When the tree was first seen the train was running at least a mile a minute. A landslide on a curve lust east of Layton, on the Plttsburg division of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad tied up traf- lic several hours, both tracks bellng blocked. A freight train ploughed Into the debris, and a number "of cars were smashed. Passenger trains were considerably delayed. Brent Wins Skating Championship. Special to The Washington Post. 4 Lynchburg, Va., Jan. 1.--The one-mile roller skating race for the State championship between Carl Young, of Lynchburg, and John Brent, of Richmond, took place to-night at the rink here before a large crowd, and was won by Brent in 3:45. There were fourteen laps, and up to the eleventh the competitors were neck and neck. After that Brent spurted ahead and won by about fifteen yards. LITTLE GIRL is THE VICTIM Attacked by White Man in Woods Near Plaesbnrg, Md. Suspect Jumps from Window and Escapes When Sheriff Attempts to Put Sim Under Arrest. Special to The Washington Post. Hagerstown, Md., Jan. 1.--Irene, the ten- year-old daughter of Bradley Nave, a resident of Plnesburg, eight miles west of Hagerstown, was assaulted this afternoon by an unidentified white man, who enticed the child Into a thicket several hundred yards from the Nave homestead. The man called at the house and asked for the loan of a hoe to be used in digging Indian turnips In the woods. Mrs. Nave refused his request, and soon afterward, when no one was around, he seized a hoe and Induced the child to accompany him. Soon afterward the child's screams brought her mother running to the rescue. When the assailant saw her coming, he fled. Mrs. Nave, alter carrying her child home, summoned her husband, who collected an armed posse, which for many hours scoured the country in every direction. Sheriff Delbert and several deputies from Hagerstown went to the scene and joined in the man hunt. The assailant was tracked for some distance In the mud toward Pinesburg, but there the trail was lost. Later the fugitive was seen along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, headed toward Wllllamsport. Suspicion pointing to Hugh Senseny, of Willlamsport, as the miscreant, Sheriff Delbert and several deputies to-night went to Senseny's boarding-house to arrest him. When they entered the front door. Sen? Seny leaped out of an upstairs window and escaped in the darkness. The officers, joined by many citizens, gave pursuit, but up to a late hour Senseny was still at large. The girl's description-*! her assailant tallies with that of Senseny, even to a bandaged hand. Senseny was seeft at ptnesburg to-day. DISCRIMINATION CHARGED. Independent Operators Threaten Suit Against the B. 0. Special to The Washington Post Baltimore, Md., Jan. 1.--A meeting has been quietly held here by representatives of the independent coal operators of the Fairmont and adjoining regions to enforce their demand upon the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad for a just and proper distribution of cars. Slxty-flve per cent of the Independents are in the movement, and the rest" are expected to join It. W. A. Glasgow has been employed as leading counsel, and Attorney Frederick Dallam will assist him In prosecuting the suits. It is charged to be the practice of the company to allot cars to be filled with coal for themselves to various companies, and In addition apportion them their own quota. This Is charged to be unfair to the others.' Suit will not be entered until the company refuses to concede the demands of the complaining independents, Officials of the company deny that any discrimination Is shown. "Anybody can bring suit," said Hugh L, Bond, the Baltimore and Ohio's general counsel, "but it's harder to prove the contention." CASEY EEFTTSES TO BESIGN. Lynchburg City Physician Declares Election of Barksdale Illegal. Special to Tho Washington Post." Lynchburg, Va., Jan. 1.--Br. P. H. Casey, who, has been president Of the board of health and city physician tor the cast two years, refused to vacate the office thls'"inornlng when Dr, H. Barksdale, tftio was elected to the position by the city council at a joint meeting held in October, went to the office to begin the term to which he was elected. After the election of Dr. Barkedale, it was alleged that he was not eligible to the office, not having resided In the city long enough to entitle him to vote. Tile-matter was referred to City Attorney Manson, who rendered a decision in which he held that the election was an Illegal one for the reason indicated. Dr.- Casey declared that by the city attorney's opinion that It is his duty to remain In office until hjs successor is elected, which, as he understands it, has not been legally done. The matter will now probably go to the courts to-morrow. BROOKES CALLS IT BLtfFF CRUSHED BETWEEN ENGINES. Southern Car Inspector Seriously Injured at Danville, Special to Tho Washington Post Danville, Va., Jan. 1.--Claude A. Lewis, a car Inspector on the Southern Railway, vas caught between two engines In the yards here last night and crushed nearly to death. He 'was at work on the rear of a locomotive When a shifting engine crashed Into him. His hips' were broken and he was mashed In the side. Lewis has only a, slight chance for recovery. v McMANTJS PROMOTED. Tidewater J)nly Koncontributor. Aspects! to The Washington Post. Richmond, Va., Jan. 1.--Every railroad In the State has made contribution to the fund to have a great mineral exhibit at the Jamestown Exposition with the single exception of the Tidewater Railroad, which traverses the richest mineral section of the State. Officials of the exposition and of the State are at a loss* to understand the action o£ the Tidewater. Southern Division Superintendent Becomes Assistant General Manager. Special to The Washington Post. Charlotte, N. C.. Jan. 1.--P. L. McManus, superintendent of' the Charlotte- Atlantic division of the Southern Railway, has been promoted to the position of assistant general manager of the road, with headquarters at Washington, succeeding R. A. Dugan, who returns to Chicago. Mr. McManus began work as a messenger boy with the Chicago and Alton Railroad, coming to the Southern four years ago. He 1? one of the 1 most popular officials of this section. The promotion takes place at once, and a successor to Mr. McManus will be named shortly. - Page County Elopers Married. Special to The Washington Post. Luray, 'Va., Jan. 1,--Lee Brubaker, of Luray, and Miss Olive Rosser, daughter of former Sheriff Rosser, of this county, eloped on the midnight train from here Jast night to Hagerstown, where they were married to-day. Says He Only Pointed Pistol at Mrs. Baker to Get Bid of Her. He Probably Will Me Released Upon Peace Bond and Promise to Leave Winchester Forever. Special to The Washington Post. Winchester, Va., Jan. 1.--According to a, statement made by A. Powell Brookes, the Alexandria man who is in jail here charged with attempting to murder Mrs. A. M. Baker, in a hospital Saturday night, he did not pull the trigger of the revolver, as was testified, but only pointed the weapon at her to scare her out of the room. He says that he was under treatment at the hospital at the time For a nervous disorder, which made him Irritable, and that Mrs. Baker's attitude toward him as well as the attitude of her -daughter, to whom it is said Brookes was engaged, so irritated him that he pointed the weapon at Mrs. Baker to get her out of the room. Mrs. Baker and her daughter. Miss Virginia Cabell Baker, have left town to ·avoid the notoriety incident to the affair, and it is said that Brookes probably will be released upon giving a peace bond and promising to 'leave the city forever. He has indicated his willingness to do this and friends are working toward that end. , MUCH WORK FOR BISHOPS. Death and Sickness in Their Ranks In* , crease Duties of Active Ones. Norfolk, Va., Jan. 1.--Bishop A. W. Wilson, of the College of Bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, any nounces tbat the recent deaths of Bishops Tigert and Smith; the illness of Bishop Galloway and the state' of the health of Bishops Key and Duncan will put the work of holding the annual conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church South on Bishops Morrison, Hosa, Chandler, Atkins, Ward, and himself. jThls may necessitate a change in the dates of some of the annual conferences so that bishops now in active, vigorous life may be able to preside over- the deliberations of these bodies. GIRL ALLEGES MISTREATMENT. Virginia Officers Arrest Young Man in - North Carolina. Special to The Washington Post. Danville, Va., Jan. 1.--T. C. Farrell, a young white man was brought to this city to-day from Mebane, N.' C., where he was arrested several days ago on the charge of wronging a girl of this city. It is alleged he promised to marry her. Farrell formerly worked here in a printing house. It is alleged Farrell has a wife and child living in North Carolina and that he Is wanted In that State for abandonment. Rockville Marriage Licenses. Special to The Washington Post. RcckvllIe.Md., Jan. 1.--Licenses to marry were yesterday Issued by the clerk of the Circuit Court here, to Jhn W. Crown, aged twenty-six, and Mrs. Blanche Hamei Burton, aged twenty-six, both ot Washington, and Samuel S. Hessler, aged twenty-one^ and Miss Dora B. Kipple, aged eighteen, also of Washington. Asks for Absolute Divorce. Special to The Washington Post. Rockville, Md., Jan. 1.--Mrs. Mafy E. Kohlhoss has instituted suit in the Circuit Court, at this place, for an absolute divorce from her husband, Harvey'Kohl- hoss. The bill alleges that the couple were married In 1895, and that three years ago the plaintiff was deserted. OLD BOAT OFFERS MYSTERY Papers of Maryland Han Found in Alexandria. How They Got on Steamer Arrowamitl Puztlea Watchman and Police. Owner Identifies Them. WASffiMOTON POST BUREAU, tai King Street, Alexandria, Va, Yesterday morning Charles Dearborn, who has teen employed for some time as watchman on the old steamer T. V. Arrowsmlth, which is lying in the dock between King- and Prince streets, was making his rounds, when, in a room on the boat, he found a new light felt hat and a number of letters and receipts addressed to C. A. Thomas, Clinton, M5. The receipts were for various sums paid firms In Washington and Baltimore by Mr. Thomas during the month of December. * Dearborn turned* over the papers to the police. He said that he 'had Deenin the habit of leaving the Bteamar only long enough to go home to hie meals, and he could offer no explanation of the pres'ence o£ the articles on the boat. Several theories, however, were advanced by others. One Was that Mr. Thomas had been* robbed and the contents of his pockets taken aboard the boat in Mr. Dearborn's absence to. be searched for valuables; another was that he had been lured aboard the boat, robbed and thrown overboard. After debating th matter for some time. Chief of,Police Goods finally decided late yesterday afternoon to write a lejtter to Clinton. Md., and find out If any' one named Thomas was missing from that neighborhood. In the meantime, in response to a, call from The Post bureau, Mr.. Thomas answered the telephone at Clinton, Md.. and was quite positive In his assertion that none of the theories advanced was correct. From the description of the sappers given over the telephone, Mr. Tnomas identified them as his property, but he was unable to offer any explanation of how they got aboard the ArroWsmith. He said that he had hot missed them. He said, however, tnat he was In Alexandria last Friday and must have lost them at that time. Mrs. Harriet Fuller Ansley, wife of Harrie C. Ansley, treasurer of the Southern Railway Company, died Monday night at the family residence, SIS Prince street, after a long illness. Besides her husband she/-Is survived by five grown children--two sons and three daughters. Mrs. Ansley was a daughter of the late Kev. Dr. Bxsbert W. Fuller 1 , a noted Baptist minister, and Susan E. Fuller, of Beaufort, S. C. During her residence In Alexandria Mrs! Ansley, by her gentle and lovable disposition, made scores of warm trlends. The funeral services will be held at the residence at II o'clock this morning, and will be conducted by Rev. Dr. William J. Morton, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, and Hev. P. p. Phillips, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The pallbearers Will be WJ1W. Finley, A. H. Plant, and B. F. Parham, president, comptroller, and assistant treasurer, respectively, of the Southern Railway, and Carroll W. Ashby, William B. Smoot, and Hubert Snowden, of Alexandria. The Interment will be In the family lot ih St. Paul's Cemetery, and will be private. The drug firm of Warfield and Hall, one of the oldest in Alexandria, will be dissolved February 1. Edgar Warfleld will become associated in the drug business with his son, Edgar Warfleld, jr., at the northwest corner of King and Pitt streets, and William J. Hall will retire from active business and will probably go abroad for a long visit The old stand at the southwest corner of Fairfax and Prince streets will still be used as a drug store, however. Frank Warfleld, it is understood, having purchased the business. A pontoon, which he was helping ti load on a barge at W. A. Smoot Co.'s wharf, yesterday afternoon, fell on Benja* niln Corum, colored, who was employed as a laborer on a dredging machine, and his leg was badly fractured. He was removed to the Alexandria Hospital for .surgical attention. 1Sisign Fairfax Leary, U. S. N., who has been the guest of his cousin, Capt. Herbert 'Bryant, in Alexandria, left last night for Norfolk to join his ship, the Virginia. Ensign Leary was the 'Official translator at the Russian-Japanese peace conference, at Portsmouth, N. H. The remains of. · Jonah 'White, whose death occurred at his home, in New York, several days ago, will arrive In Alexandria this j morning, and will be conveyed to the residence of Mrs. John T. Hill, 211 South Royal street. The funeral will take place at 10 o'clock, from St. Mary's Catholic Church, where high mass will be celebrated. VIRGINIA OBITUARY. HUM 1 FOE TBAUT ROBBEBS, Hen Who Held tfp Seaboard Express Are Still at Large. Stweltl to The Wasbmston Port. Richmond. Va., Jan. 1.--Detectives are still In search of the highwaymen wbo held up and robbed the passengers on the Seaboard Air Line train No. 81 near Lacrosse Sunday morning; relieving them of {900 in cash and a diamond ring. Whether these robbers are a portion of the band of thieves who have been robbing the homes and stores In Halifax 'and Mecklenburg counties has not yet been, ascertained. It Is supposed that confederates had been stationed at Lacrosse for the., purpose of assisting the robbers to escape. The Lacrosse train robbers escaped in a carriage, which was seen five miles south of that place half an hour Isiter by the engineer Of train No. 81, the public road running parallel with the railroad for six or seven miles. It Is generally believed that the men in the carriage were the men who committed the hold-up and their accomplices. Others think the robbers took to the woods immediately after the robbery, probably boarding the Southern east-bound passenger train No. 4 at South Hill, Broadnax. or Charlie Hope, that being the first train to pass on either road after the robbery. WACHTEB, FOB, MAYOBSHIP. Baltimore Congressman Makes Announcement of His Candidacy. Special to Tbe Washington Post. Baltimore, Md., Jan. L--Congressman Frank C. Wachter to-day made public admission of his candidacy for mayor. In an interview, he said: 'I am a business man, and not In politics for what's in it. Neither am I a bargain-counter candidate nor a statesman out of a job. I don't want to be governor or anything- else 'except the ^mayor of Baltimore. I want vindication for the people and for myself, and I am convinced that the people will see that we get vindication. "Wachter is not going to take td the woods. He is going to be nominated by the Republican party and is going to be elected mayor of Baltimore.. "I am going to be my own man and I am going to be the mayor of all the people of Baltimore, Irrespective of party or creed. 0emocirats, Republicans, Socialists, Prohibitionists, and everybody else will get a square deal when I am mayor." WRECK VICTIM STILL LIVES. Danville Youth's Skull Fractured and His.Arm and Leg Broken. Special to The Washington Post. Danville, Va., Jan. 1.--Stanbury Mays. ttfe young: white man who was injured In the freight wreck near here Sunday, which resulted in the killing outright of two of his companion^. Is in a critical condition at the General Hospital. His skull is fractured, an arm and leg are broken, and he is badly hurt in various parts of tils body. That he has lived this long Is considered remarkable by physicians. Phil White, who escaped serious Injury In the wreck, says that he and the other three boys were smoking and talking in a box car when the crash occurred, and that they were hurled in all directions. The funeral of Grover Franklin and Archie Wyatt, the two boys killed, was conducted yesterday in the 'presence of a large gathering. WOODEN KEY OPENS CELL. SHE AWAITS KIDNAPPERS Is Only Fifteen Tears .Old, tut Is Handy with a Revolver. Members of "Black Hud" Have Sent Letters to Her Father Threatening to Steal Her. Fredericksburg, Jan. 1.--Mrs. Fanny Simpson, widow of the late Will am Simpson, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Bullock, in Stafford county, had reached the advanced age of eighty-eight years. She is survived by many relatives. Vermont Prisoner Escapes, Leaving Woman Companion Behind. Special to The Washington Post /BBennlng, Vt., Jan. 1.--With a raise key made- from a broom handle^ E. C. Smith, said to be of Boston, escaped from the county jail early to-day. He had half an hour's start over the officers and made his way. it Is thought, toward ] the New Tork State line. A Woman who Is 'believed to be the man's wife, and WHo was with him in the cell, also tried to escape, but was frightened by the bark- Ing of the warden's bulldog. After getting outside the jail she returned, while her liusband continued on his dash for liberty. Smith and his Wife had been held on a charge of forgery. After Smith's key had "unlocked the cell door fie and bis wife unbolted the outer door of the jail and stepped outside. The sharp ears of the warden's bulldog, however, caught the sound of their exit and set up a furious barking. The woman's courage failed at this, and, thinking that with the jailors so quickly aroused she would only hamper her husband's movements, she returned to her cell, -closing the doors behind her, and threw herself on the bed, as if asleep. Meantime t,he warden and the jail attendants, aroused by the watchdog, hurried from their rooms. Smith and "his wife were the only prisoners in the Jail, and a hasty glance Into their cell showed the woman apparently asleep. The man's absence was not discovered for half an hour, when a posse started on his trail. Pleasure and Profit for Post readers in the Great Educational Contest, commencing Sunday, January 6. New Tork, Jan. l--If certain members of the "Black Hand" value their lives and do not care to be riddled by bullets, they had better keep away from Bessie Edson, a fifteen-year-old girl, who lives at- 134 Bowery. A warning has just been Issued by the "Black Hand" that Bessie will be kidnapped and murdered on sight unless her wealthy father. Abraham Edson, a jeweler, delivers Jl,000 to the society. Edson doesn't intend to pay a cent, ana should any one take a chance of kidnapping his daughter it is likely that the undertaker will have a Job, for the girl ha* armed herself wtth^a new .32-callber revolver, and defies anybody to steal her. Bessie is tall for her age, and athletic. She is an expert with the gloves, can wrestle, and also is a fine swimmer. She exercises daily with dumb-bells. The father of the girl is prepared to pay 5250 to any one who can put him on the track of the blackmailers. But his daughter doesn't believe in rewards. She is Known among her friends as an expert with the revolver, and she Is -determined to have a shot or two at the persons who threaten her with Instant death. Four days ago the letter arrived, and said unless the money was paid Edson's store would be blown up. Another letter, embroidered with two skulls and crossbones, said: Mr. Edson--I want you to put 31.000 at corner of Bowerr and Rlvlngton etreets for cur* m «teal one of your boyb or girls. X know they go to Brooklyn, tgo to. Hurry up, t need the money. BLACK HAND. The following letter was received yesterday: Mr. fidson--I know yon good, so «,«r» me tl,W9. I steal your daughter and I kill her. Fut tha thousand dollars at Bowery and XUvineton streets. Don't forget or she will aura ba murdered. I need your money. BtiACK RAND. P. S --Me no fool you. I mean buslueea, M hurry up and t» there Wednesday creates; at It P- m. BLACK HAND All the letters have been given to De« tectlve Sergeant Petrosini, of the Italian Bureau. Recently, many other merchants' In thq vicinity of Grand street have received let* ters from the "Black Hand." who de« mand large sums of money. Here Is Bessie's story of the compiracji which has been formed to' kidnap her: "The sooner the kidnappers come aftef me the better I will like it. I hope thej! come around on New Tear's day, and I'll have a fine treat for them. Now, my girl friends will probably be shocked when they hear that I carry a. pistol with me, It's not my fault. I am carrying the gun lor the purpose of protecting my life* My life Is just as valuable as that of tha kidnappers. "If I were a big strong man I would probably figot them with my fists. I have a good pair of fists myself, but in this case I think the gun must be brought into action. Now, I am not going to shoot at strangers. I will keep my eyes open and when the proper time arrives I will act promptly. I have told my papa not to pay a. cent to the kidnappers. If they want to steal me let them coma around" here and I'll-talk business wltli them. "Oh, just let them come. See this pistol. It will blaze again and" again. It is A shame that a little girl like me should have to carry a pistol In order to protect her life. I give the kidnappers final warning that If they try to- steal will kill as many as I can." [ FREDERICK S. CAMP A SUICIDE. Prominent Cotton Mill Man Whose Son Is Officer in Navy. Norwich, Conn., Jan. 1.--Frederick S. Camp, one of the most prominent mill men IE Eastern Connecticut, and agent of the Pcnemah mills, the largest cotton mill in the country, took his life by shooting to-day. He had been ill for about s.x months with bnght's disease and had been despondent. Sons wno survive him are Lieutenant Walter T. Camp, U. S N.. and Talcott H. Camp, of Grand Rapids. Mich. Free from Alcohol Since May, 1906, Ayer's SarsapMills has been entirely free from alcohol. If you are in poor bealth.-weak, pale, nervous, *sk your doctor about taking this non-alcoholic tonic and attentive. If be bas a better medicine, take bit. Gettbebest,ah?ays. Tbisiscraradvice. We-pubUalitheforsitilu of all our preparation*. $ 1,000.00 IN CASH PRIZES! IN THE GREAT EDUCATIONAL CONTEST BEGINNING IN ^^^ - « / The Washington Post, Sunday, Jan. 6

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