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March 14 1898/1998

Stevens Point - The house of Daniel Deyo was destroyed by fire with all its contents, the family barely escaping with their lives. They had not even time to dress and were obliged to wrap up in horse-blankets.

Herrick Centre - As Mr. and Mrs. Howe were returning home from a drive on Sunday evening, their cutter was overturned in the snow banks near Casius Harding's. They were thrown out and the horse proceeded on his way alone. The cutter, somewhat fractured, was left at the Baptist church. The horse was found in the rear of the church. No damage was done, we understand, except to the cutter.

Brackney - Report from the Howard School District, Brackney, Minnie Cahill, teacher. Those getting 100 per cent are as follows: Patrick Lynch, James Lynch, Cassie Cahill, Joseph O'Connell, Mary Lynch, Nellie Cahill.Those not tardy during the month: James Lynch, Mary O'Connell, Cecilia O'Connell, Joseph Lynch, Mattie Cahill.

Susquehanna - Miss Julia Doran is in charge of the Travelers Home Magazine booth at the Commercial Travelers fair in Madison Square Garden, in New York. AND Up-to-date, Susquehanna's new military company is composed entirely of officers. For the looks of the thing, there should be a few privates.

South Gibson - I am sure your readers will be pleased to learn to that Frank J. Belcher, who has been reported dead for some months, is alive. I send you for publication extracts from his letter just received by his parents, dated Dawson City, Jan. 20th: "I am still alive and in the Klondike District. We have had a very mild winter for the Yukon country. I think there will be no suffering here this winter on account of the scarcity of provisions, although everything commands high prices. I think the country has been very much over estimated by the world, and if the rush here is equal to reports I think there will be a great deal of suffering and financial ruin here in another year. I may come to the States next summer if I get money enough and a few quils of dust." Oscar and Greeley, brothers of Frank, at last accounts were working at Hunter's Gulch, some distance from Dawson City.

East Lenox - Your correspondent failed to state that the "twins" at J. S. Belcher's were Jersey calves.

Montrose - Wednesday eve., March 23, will occur the "New Woman's" supper, at the Baptist church. This supper will be up to the usual excellent standard, and you will make no mistake attending it.

Rush - The Pepper Murder (continued) - It was ascertained here that Kern Eagan lived some miles beyond Coventryville, not Coventry as was supposed. A New York State warrant was secured of Esquire Kelly, at Coventry, and placed in the hands of Thomas Tifit, Constable. Inquiry was made of the Postmaster if there was mail for J. J. Smith, and it was ascertained that there was a letter in the office so addressed. The history of that letter is as follows: On The Thursday previous, at Montrose, Mr. Ainey had Susie Graham write several letters to James Smith, dating them at Binghamton, asking forgiveness for leaving him, and requesting him to meet her on the Monday following at the Central House in Susquehanna. These letters were addressed so that one would go to each of the towns where it was thought possible that Smith might be. They were expressed to Binghamton and mailed from there in order that the Binghamton postmark would appear on the envelope. It was one of those letters that was found undelivered at the Coventry post-office. A Special Delivery postage stamp was placed on this letter at Coventry and the postmaster at Mr. Ainey's request, secured a messenger who was well acquainted with Kern Eagan to deliver the letter at his house to J. J. Smith, with instructions that it should not be left unless Smith was there or his whereabouts ascertained. With this arrangement the party started out with the messenger about ten minutes in advance. The plan worked nicely;the letter was delivered at Eagan's, where the information was given that Smith was down at the next house, where he was living with his wife and mother-in-law. (This was the first intimation that Smith was married, and it was soon ascertained that he had married [the] daughter of Mrs. Streeter on the Monday before his arrest). The messenger turned back and in a few minutes after he had informed the search party of this news they were in front of the house where Smith was said to be. A girl in short dresses, and who appeared to be not over thirteen or fourteen years of age, but proved to be Smith's wife, said he was not there but was at the barn, several rods away. Here he was captured, without resistance, while reading the letter, which had just been handed him by his brother, Kern Eagan. Smith said that he would prefer to go to Susquehanna direct rather than go to the jail in Norwich and await requisition papers, as he thought he could readily clear himself of stealing Susie Graham's household goods. The return trip to Susquehanna was uneventful and likewise from Susquehanna to Montrose, by way of New Milford. At two o'clock Monday morning, after a carriage ride of 86 miles, James Smith was turned over to Sheriff Deuel. Later in the day both Shew and Smith waived a hearing before J. S. Courtright, Esq., on the charge of stealing the househhold goods of Susie Graham. On the same day W.S.Merselis made the following information before J. S. Courtrig-ht: Susquehanna County, ss. Personally appeared Winfield S. Merselis, who being duly sworn according to lawmakers information as follows: That on the 19th day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven, within the County of Susquehanna, one Cornelius W. Shew, yeoman, and one J. James Smith, alias J. James Eagan, yeoman, unlawfully, willfully, feloniously and of their malice aforethought, did kill and murder one A. Jackson Pepper, contrary to the form of the Act of the General Assembly in such case made and provided, and further the deponent saith not. [Signed] Winfield S. Merselis, Sworn and subscribed this 24th day of January, A.D., 1898, J.S. Courtright, Justice of the Peace. (Conculsion next week)

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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