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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 10

Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, October 11, 1896
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HANGED UNTIL DEAD. I-RANK MORRIS SUFFERS FOR HIS ATROCIOUS CRIME. Th«l Inianltj Ple»* That Fulled — Jolllljr Were the Convict', Liut D«jii Spent" He Wanted to AiiUt lu.Krectlnc the Callow* ' •.' ' W HOSO sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed"—Gen. lx., C. ' In" accordance with the laws of Pennsylvania, based upon .the law of God'as set forth in the above quotation, Frank Morris, convicted- of the murder of old Esrvwd LoVcer, was rtecuted at the UniontowZi jail the oth- , er day. •••••• ' .The crime for which Morris hanged was committed in Bullskin Township, Fay.ette County, :Pa., Jnst two years ago. Young Morris was a frequent visitor at tho home of Mr. Bernard Loker. an inoffensive old German, who came to the .United States a few years ago, ar/d settled near the home of the.father of Frank Morris. The old man was Industrious, and as an'employe at-tho . coke works he accumulated money enough to buy a little.home. -He made . the purchase from. the father of Morris, and when young Morris saw Mr. : Loker pay the purchase money from .his little store of hard earnings, he concluded that the old man had an un. limited amount of money, and he determined to rob him. He had been reading the low, criminal class of Jesse James literature, until his mind had . become completely demoralized, and at nineteen, when he committed the murder, he was a hardened criminal. He told some of his companions that he would like to have "Barney" Loker's money, and that he intended to get two revolvers and make his living In that way. He cultivated the friendship of Mr. and Mrs. Loker, and spent much time at their home. They treated him very kindly and welcomed him to their humble home'. One day in September, 1894, he went to their house and carried with him a shotgun and a revolver. He foun'd the old folks busy at work on a cellar wall under their houee. He remained for some time, talking to them, and when Mrs. Loker had gone out to get kindling wood he shot Bernard Loker. She henrd the 'shots nnd returned In a few moments and asked what caused the shooting. He then shot her twice, the bullets entering her head and neck, as in her husband's case. After shooting and, as he supposed, killing them, he hunted for the money and In his search tore everything to pieces, but found only $30 and some Jewelry, all of which he took. She finally regained consciousness and "crawled to the cellar, where she found her husband lying on the ground with a bullet hole in his head and the blood running out of tho wound. She then crawled to tho home of Abe Morris, a neighbor, and brother of the murderer, where she related what had occurred. Several persons went to the Loker house and found Mr. Loker dying. Mrs. Loker lay near death's door for a long time, but finally recovered, and her testimony was chiefly instrumental in Morris' conviction, and she was present at his execution. Morris was tried at December court, 1894, before Judge Ewing, and was found guilty. His counsel took the plea of insanity, but it was established clearly, that he wae not Insane, but that his greatest desire was to kill and rob people, and that his craving for crime was fed on dime novels and other low class, yellow-backed literature. His attorneys exhausted the technicalities of tho law In behalf of their client.and finally carried It to theBoard of Pardons, and a respite was granted until they could send an insanity.ex- pert to Unlontow.n. This was done, and his report was that Morris was sane and responsible for his act. Morris spent his last days on earth In Morris slept well the night before he was hanged, and did not awaken until 6 o'clock. Before going to bed he had a long talk with the watchman, and' to him as well as the Rev. George Gongaware, he made a complete confession of ..his crime. He said he killed Loker .for his'money. He related'how; he .,had planned the murdor, and how, he,':had carried into effect his plans. . When Deputy Johns was 'about to draw tlie black cap over 'Morris' face he said he would like to speak. He then addressed himself to the sheriff nnd said: "I wish to thank you for your sympathy. I bid you all good-by. I know I am going to" meet-:-my God." The cap was 'ihe'n >. adJuMed, 'and .before the people' knew'"what had been dono Sheriff Chalfant had'.sprung the trap and the'body-of Frank'Morris shot downward-'and tils neck-was broken. The body .of Morris was placed where It could • be seen, and: thousands .looked,upon the face of the man, who had been rendered.incapable of shedding more blood.' About 300 people witnessed the execution. The remains were 'taken to his old home In the evening, and wero Interred In the family graveyard by his friends: His father was with him to tho last and admonished 'him to prepare to meet his God. 'The mother idled several years ago, and.Morris stated that he was .glad th'at she did not live to see his awful'latel'; , '" DEATH TO BOTH. A. K»n«a§ Romeo and Juliet Vina VOT- erty. In the W»r of Happlmm. The' mystery of the National hotel tragedy, at Leavenworth, Kan., was cleared, a.way a few days ago when relatives came there to'care for the young girl in her dying moments, and to Lake BASE BALL GOSSIP. CURRENT SAYINGS AND DOINGS ON THE DIAMOND. «ronft«r the S«a«no i»iaVdp»n VlmJ lit InntonU of April 111(11—Th« Ch»nl» Might Prove Adrunt»e«on«—Mailo »t Ball Gaiuai—Notel. ... '' _.'• .. ;, '." .FRANK MORRIS'; . . ... navlng fl.'^plly time with hie tellbw- companJ.ony in, the jail', .and outwardly was the'jEcipiest man. about the'jail.. 'Ho. was .anxious .to sec^.the scaffold cicct~ ed,'pindfptiej;r:il tP^h,eJi)"put'It up. The .even(ng"b,e£6ro!,nl(3 Execution he asked ,to belaJloTvecl to .see the scaffold, and Sheriff,pfelfant,allowed him. to'exam- ine it' 'After doing so in p careful manner, he. paid; "Well,,boys, It looks ae if Itflsip9P?W o£ doing the work." .Then 'he'askefl the sheriff where the trigger was; and'the sheriff showed him. He then'remarked,. "Well, I have had many troubles in my short llfe.'but this will end them all to-morrow." There was .no"tremor' about hla voice. '.As he started" for his 'cell' again- he added: .'"What ptlier man could -walk out this way and''look .at' his-own scaffold?" ' Then to"a*lit'tle'boy who was present, he said: "When I see an Innocent little boy like that It always reminds mo • of when I was a boy, and of how much better It wouldrhave been for ine If I bad died when I \jw"orhls age. 1 ; MARY BUSH. away the dead body of the man with whom she died. John Hartig, the dead man, was but 21 years old, the son of a farmer living at Connor Station. Mary Bush, about 19 years old, and quite pretty, Is the daughter of a poor section hand, who works on the Missouri Pacific railroad at Pomeroy. The youth and maiden had met and loved, but when they proposed marriage the father of the girl objected. Young Hartig was without means. From developments It Is evident that the young lovers had discussed their poverty, ths parental opposition to the marriage, and what seemed to them their dark prospects until death seemed preferable to life. Their Journey to Leavenworth, and the tragedy was the result. Made Money. 011 Wood Illoclu. The. United 'States signal service officers at lona, Mich., captured Frank and George Kingston, counterfeiters. They captured the press, and they believe have made the most Important arrest in years. Frank is 25 year* old and George 30. the former being the artist who made the plate. They had $7,260 in $20 bills, all ready, to float, and -paper enough -to make $1,000,000 more. The plates from which the bills were printed are made of boxwood, and the bills are all treasury notes of the •series of 1890, containing a medallion portrait of Alexander Hamilton, and so clever .that ^one!, but an expert can detect them. • ' ' ' \^ " . ~. " " C? IVlobecl F»ther Kllli Rn'.-'Wronged Child On -Hanger's bfanch,;';i2 miles from Aldereon;'.W: .Va.,'WIIllarn;RobbIns ( the. father of ^several, grown 'children, (shot and Idlled\his.i8-year-oia daughter last week fromtamb'ush. It. developed that she was encie'nte and ^.'father murdered her to:icbn'ceal -'.b v la>'crlme. He was lodged 'ln.%il and; a;-' mob was organized -to lynch -him;; but before '.hey afr-holded by cutting ' •'• -Horrible Mmln.of Suicide. An unknown 'man' with remarkabU nerve ended ' Mis life at Jack'6 Hun. near Pittsburg, the other day, by placing his neck on the railway track and -calmly awaiting the approaching en- 'glrie. '"I do this to save others," was written on a slip of paper found in'hia pocket, but nothing was found indicat- 'ibg who the suicide might 'be. . Tourlntn NitrtnwlT K«oape. Mount Hood, Ore., was In. eruption a -few days ago, and a : party of mountain climbers narrowly . escaped deato In flying .rocks and ashes. ' HE league has now under consideration an amendment of . the . player's, contract, with,a yiew .1 to : m'aking this'• pl'ay- [l ens' 'tennis 'of-"service begin April' IB 'and end October'1C. This indicates that .the league mag- ' nates have In mind ,tp dispense, with spring southern, trips and go back to the old way of not be- elnnlng the championship season until about May 1, letting it run over into October. Experience .has probably taught them that it IB better.'to take chances on bail weather in .the first two weeks. In October than to count on seasonable weather in April.. For the past several years It. has .been the custom to open the season about April 15. That time of the year trings extremely doubtful weather to snch clt(es as Chicago, Cleveland, .Boston, New York,and Brooklyn, and tven i.Philadelphia suffers.' It is not until after May 1 that the real spring season, with isunahlne, balmy breezes, and all .that sort of thing, makes its appearance. This was demonstrated forcibly last season and the season before, when the clubs mentioned suffered monetary loss and had their players receive a Bet-back. BO far as condition was con- .cerned, by having games scheduled at home when the weather was unfavorable to bail playing. That October 15 Is not too late to extend the season to is evidenced by the fact that the majority of teams in the .league go barnstorming after their contracts expire and put In from..two to three weeks in October raking in loose shekels In small cities. The change also would give the teams a better opportunity to get into condition, as it would not be necessary lor them to start south to train until,,the latter part of March, by which time the, spring weather h:>E set in in that section. It will be seen that the plan has everything 'to commend it, and there is little doubt that it will be adopted. A Minor League Stur. Joshua M. Goar, .who has bsen pitching for minor league teams' for the past six years, Is not a:phenomen'on', but he made quite a flattering reputation last year with the Toledo and Terre Haute teams. He was Toledo and .Terre Haute's best pitcher, and made such n favorable impression that Manager D. A. Long had little trouble in selling his release to the. Pittsburg club, ofj the National League and American association at the "close of last season. Gonr was born Jan. 31, 1870, : at New Lisbon, Ind., and learned to'play ball on the lots around his home,-afterwards playing with amateur teams at Cambridge City, Ind. His professional career began with the Muncle club, of Ihe Indiana State league, In 1890_which finished second in the race for the pennant of that league. He was re-engaged by that club for the season of 1891. In 1892-he was with the Anderson (Ind.) club. During the- seasons of 1893 an.1 1S94 he was once more with the Mun- cle club, It was in : the latter season that he 'applied to D. A. Long, of i.he Toledo club, of the Western" league, for a position in his team; but,.although his terms were • accepted late in the eeason by Long, he dld : not report. He did write for a contract, however,, and his name went in on Long's reserve list at the'close of. the season of 1894. In the spring of 1895 Long.had something like forty players under contract, and he forgot all about Goar until'.one afternoon, when he walked into. the hotel where the manager of the Toledo club made his home .during the sea- uon Goar had paid his"own railroad 'expense's to Toledo, and Manager Long thought he deserved-at least a trial to •show what he could do. Two ;days later Goar went In. against the St. Louis Browns In an exhibition game and held them down to six safe hits. An astonishing physiological yhe- nomenon Is-just announced'from Paris. It Is that the size of the waists ot all women of fashion : has suddenly 'Increased three or .four inches. .Cycling, and .tight lacing do not go well tor gether. Luminous Inks may .now bo used to print signs to be viable In the dark. Zlpc salts and calcluin ar« the mediums generally used. JOHN M. OOAR. After this however, he becain» careless and in a game his delivery; >aB batted for twenty-two hits;' then 'he returned'"^ his "home, but 'he was not released by Long, who''thought that there was something in him if he would only exert hiEself.,.It-.ww fully three. •weeks before he was heard from; then he came unannounced. Fresh from the cars, and without a bit of warming up, be put on. a uniform, and, while not winning out, he -kept the odds against his team from growing any larger. H» took part that season in ninety-two championship.-games with the Toledo team, in thirty-two of which he filled . the pitcher's position, and of the remaining sixty games lie played in the outfield In twenty-six, while he filled various other positions in the other thirty-four cames._.This ,year he is with the Grand Rapids team, of.' the Western league. . One of his best pitching performances during last - season was the holding of tho Indianapolis team down to four safe hits oh Aug. 2, at Indianapolis, Ind., the Terre Hautes winning by 3 to 2. He is five feet nine Inchjs high and weighs- about 13F po.unde,. Hortt »nd Cl»rk>. Umpire Tom Lynch has one on Tim .Hurst, and Dad Clarke..-. Dad called Tim down for calling a ball. Dad thought It should have been a strike, or made a bluff that he thought so, and he'criticised'Tim's decision" In language that 'doesn't go in print. Tim, : who:rras standing'in the diamond behind Dad, hustled over to the low comedy pitcher, lunned Dad's nose with a very willing and emotional fist, registered a statement to tlie- effect that Dad had'a'face as picturesque .as a waffle, and asked Dad if he was looking for "DAD" CLARKE, trouble. Now, .there's one thing ab-wt Tim. He's a nervy fellow, and if trouble comes his way he will meet It and make a Kilkenny finish with it. No one knew this better than Dad, as he had had a run-in with Hurst a few weeks, before, in which Tim threatened to mow the grass on the polo grounds with Dad's shape. And when Tim flung that war cry Dad responded: ."Me looking . for trouble, with you? .Well, I haven't exactly been telegraphing for it."—Sporting Life.. Anytlilne El»e? "It seems to me." said an aged ball crank to a Boston "Herald" reporter the other day, "that music ought to be an adjunct of every game. Every club ought to carry a band on the road end the thrilling strains would Inspire the men to redoubled exertion and ultimate success, while, there would be grand musical concerts between the home band and the visiting orchestra every afternoon. Think of the possibilities! Why, the extra expense -would be more than made up by the attendance of musical devotees.. Imagine two enthusiasts discussing the game. Says the one with the short hair: 'Did you get onto that three-bagger Long made? Clear down to the fence! Wasn't it a corker?' And the one with the long hair says: 'I fail to remember anything of that description, but that allegretto in F during the third inning was magnificent!' " Dlumond Dutt. Second Baseman Chllds, of the Cleve- lands, purchased a house in Baltimore and presented it to his mother. Tho Baltimore friends of Hugh Jennings have started to raise a. fund to be presented to him'at the close of the Beason. .' Against Baltimore "Cy" Young won four out of five games pitched, and Cuppy won fl.v* out of six games pitched.' .In Clark and- McCreery Louisville has two men who have no superiors in getting rway from the plate and down to first base. A ball to beat them must travel fast. Harry Wheeler, of the old Cincinnati team of 1882, being in destitute circumstances, was given a benefit at Cincinnati last Saturday, which netted him a'neat sum'.-" " Willie 'Hutchlnson Is still keeping up his 'great -work in the Western league. In the Minneapolis-Detroit game of Sept. 2 he struck out ten of the Detroiters, One thing must be remembered in favor of Cleveland; Visiting clubs arc always tratc. fairly by the officers of 'that club ana the public when they Visit that city. . ' •'' Anson still declares he will take the Cailforhla trip"'with the Colts for tho next spring practice. The Journey will be made by way of New Orleans and the Southern Pacific. Washington's young third baseman, Horace Smith; seeme to be holding his own though some of his Atlantic City "friends" predicted that he would not be able Jo keep the pace. Sixty-seven runs In four games is the record'made by the Bostons'against tho "Browns" last .week, and two of;.the contests were not played'to the limit on account of darkness. 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