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February 21 1898/1998

New Milford - A New Milford man shot seven times at a wild cat, killed his own dog, wounded a farmer in the leg and nearly put out his own eyes. The wildcat escaped.

Susquehanna - Billy Reagan, of Corning, is in training here for his fight with "Reddy" Connolly, of Carbondale, to take place in the latter city on Friday evening. Reagan is being trained by Jack Stavin, of San Francisco.

Brookdale - Last Wednesday, Feb. 9, there was a party at Wm. Wilber's in honor of birthdays of his wife and son, she being 56 and he 12 years of age. The old folks went in the day time and the young people in the evening. All had a good time.

Silver Lake - The ice houses around the Lakes are now filled with a fine quality of ice. O. C. Caswell has stored 50 tons, Rose Bros. 100 tons, Col. James West the same and B. J. Barney, Quaker Lake, 130 tons. Many teams are still hauling ice to the Richmond Hill creamery.

Gibson - Word has been received here of the death of Rev. George. R. Haire, which occurred in Mankato, Minn., Jan. 23d. He was the minister in charge of the Gibson Methodist church at the time of its dedication in June of 1869. He came to America in 1858 from England, and first served in the Wyoming Conference. During his ministry of 42 years he missed but one appointment. He served 14 years as presiding elder, the last six in the district of Mankato. Peritonitis was the cause of his death.

Montrose - A picture of youthful depravity was presented one evening last week in front of Village Hall. Several boys, apparently ranging from 10 to 15 years of age, had gathered there, and were down on their knees on the sidewalk throwing dice for pennies, their operations being carried on by the pale glimmer of the street lamp.

Auburn - G. Warner was arrested last week and brought before Justice Adams, charged and convicted of having carved an immoral figure beside the school house door. Bail of $100 was required, but failing to obtain it, he was taken to jail by constable Edwards. Boys of other schools take warning.

Choconut - The many friends of Thomas Winters will be sorry to hear of his sudden departure to the Golden Fields of Klondyke. AND It is not unusual to see a dashing Portland cutter drawn by a spirited grey go by on these moonlight nights. "Good for Charles."

Hopbottom - The Ladies' Aid of the Universalist church, will give a Colonial Supper on Tuesday evening, Feb. 22d, in I. W. Wright's building. Come one and all, and see the dear old ladies spinning. Geo. and Martha Washington will be there and many notable dames of ye old time. There will be a sale of fancy articles, useful and ornamental, at reasonable prices. A delicious New England supper will be served at 20 cents a plate, at 6 o'clock. A pleasing programme will be rendered.

Forest City - There was a hot fight at Tuesday's election in which M. J. Collins (D) was elected Justice of the Peace by 3 majority and Henry Ordung, Assessor, by 2 majority.

ARRESTED FOR MURDER: [Continued from last week]. It was in this house that the plans were made between Smith and Shew to go to Rush, overpower Jackson Pepper and his stepmother, "Aunt Sally," if necessary to do so, and secure the large amount of money which they were supposed to have secreted about the house and concerning which Smith had heard so much while he was living in Rush. On Sunday night, Oct 17, last, Smith and Shew secured from Wing Lee, a Chinese laundryman of Susquehanna, a piece of rope under pretext that they were going fishing and wanted it for anchor ropes. The next morning, at 6 o'clock, they started on foot, going to Brushville, and from thence by the Moss road to New Milford; from New Milford they walked to Heart Lake, and from there they followed the railroad track to Montrose, which latter place they reached at about 6 o'clock in the evening. They went to the boarding house of E. Griffis, in Montrose, where they secured their supper and asked for lodging. Owing to the Teachers' Institute then in session, Mr. Griffis was unable to accommodate them, but granted their request to sleep in his barn. After breakfast at his house, Tuesday morning, they left continuing their journey on foot toward Rush. Inquiry was made by them of a boy as to the road to Rush, and they secured a ride for part of the way to Fairdale. They stopped at the store of J. H. Rosencrantz and bought crackers and cheese. At all these places as well as along the road they were observed; features of Shew were such as made him an easy mark for the memory, because of a big scar across the nose. Smith concealed his face as much as possible as he was somewhat acquaint-ed from his former residence at Graham's. In order to avoid the village of Rush they made a detour to the right and north, again coming to the Wyalusing Creek road, not far from the house of Squire W. L. Vaughn. Crossing this road they went through the woods to the creek and gaining the opposite bank set down to eat their lunch and await night's arrival. While here, they saw Jackson Pepper come down into the field and milk his cows, and as he went to the house they went up through the field to the Butterfield Spring road, not far from the house of County Commissioner Haire. It had then gotten quite dark and they walked up the road toward Pepper's--passing the barn. They sat on a small lumber pile by the end of which they hid when the old gentleman, unmindful of his danger, with the lantern in hand, started for the barn. Smith and Shew here changed their plans, concluding that it would be easier to dispose of Pepper in the barn than to wait until he had gone to bed, because it might be difficult to get in the house without disturbing him. [Continued next week....]

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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