Rochester Daily Union and Advertiser
Rochester, Monroe County, New York
JUNE 11, 1900
AN ATHLETIC TEACHER
Obliged to Whip a Brother and Two Sisters.
Two Interfered While the Third Was Undergoing Punishment in School.
Father of the Children Later Attempts to Punish Teacher, but is Trounced, Arrested and Fined.
NUNDA, June 11. — Trouble in a district school in the town of Granger, just over the Livingston county line, has resulted in the disfigurement of two faces, the punishment of three children, an arrest of one man on two occasions, with a fine of $5, and a whole lot of excitement in the vicinity in which the trouble took place.
John LAPP, a young man about 19 years old, who comes from the town of Hume, in Allegany county, is a teacher of the little school of Granger.
One of the residents of that town is Frank PERRY, who resides in the Van Gilder District, and he has three children attending school, Mr. LAPP being their teacher.
From the evidence in the trial, it appears that one of PERRY's children, a little girl about 7 years old, failed to get a lesson which the teacher had designed for her, and during the recitation in which this fact was revealed the teacher, LAPP, caught the child in an untruth. More for the fact that the child had not told him the truth than that she had failed in her lesson, the teacher decided to punish the little one, and was administering some little light punishment, he alleges, when PERRY's other two children, a girl of about 14 years, and a boy, perhaps 12 years old, jumped up from their seats, and before Teacher LAPP was hardly aware of what was taking place, the two children were at their sister's side, defending her as best they could, and while the boy attempted to whip the teacher, the 14-year-old sister was clawing at the teacher's hair and face, at the same time trying to liberate the little sister. It was finally necessary, Teacher LAPP alleges, to thoroughly punish the entire trio, before he could make them understand that he was master of the situation, after which things quieted down to their normal state once more, and the matter was apparently forgotten in the school.
While perhaps the school had forgotten the incident, Frank PERRY, the father of the children, kept it strongly in his mind. He is a powerful built man, about 35 years of age, and, it is alleged, has borne the reputation of being quite free with his fists. Some time after the punishment of the children PERRY met Teacher LAPP in an out of the way place, coming along on his bicycle, and he called to LAPP to dismount, saying he wished to speak to him. Teacher LAPP jumped from his wheel, and alleges that PERRY commenced an immediate abuse of him, ending up in PERRY striking him with his fists in the face.
While LAPP does not pretend to be a pugilist, he alleges that he defended himself as best he could, and soon had changed PERRY's appearance so that his own relation would hardly recognize him. PERRY managed to get his thumb in LAPP's eye, slightly disfiguring it, but found he was no match for the 19-year old athletic teacher, and he decided retreat was the most practicable thing, and he fled, leaving the teacher to arrange his toilet and be the victorious winner of the battle.
Teacher LAPP then swore out a warrant for PERRY's arrest for assault in the second degree, and the examination was before Justice W.E. PIERSON of Fillmore, Allegany county. Justice PIERSON discharged the prisoner, on the ground of a lack of sufficient evidence. Teacher LAPP went right to work and secured more evidence, and another warrant was sworn out for assault in the third degree, and Saturday afternoon PERRY was taken before Justice LUCKEY of the town of Granger and the case was given a jury trial. Justice LUCKEY thought there was plenty of evidence for conviction, but he was also of the opinion that PERRY had been severely punished by Teacher LAPP already. The jury found a verdict of guilty, and recommended PERRY to the mercy of the court.
Justice LUCKEY then fined PERRY $5 and warned him to be less free with his fists in the future, and to leave fighting off from his usual programme.
Four Members of a Family Murdered and Others Seriously Wounded.
MOSSENIM, Assinaboia, June 11. — News has been received here of the murder at Welwyn, twelve miles north of here, of Postmaster Alexander McARTHUR and four other members of his family, and the fatal wounding of another, also the serious wounding of two others, by John MORRISON, McARTHUR's hired man.
The dead are: Alexander McARTHUR, father; Mrs. Alexander McARTHUR, the mother; Dempsey McARTHUR, age 12; Charles McARTHUR, age 8; Russell McARTHUR, age 4.
The wounded: Marie McARTHUR, age, 6; Henry McARTHUR, age 2; Baby McARTHUR, age three weeks, fatally.
Miss McARTHUR, who was spared by the murderer is the only one able to give anything like a coherent account of the tragedy. She says that MORRISON came to her room, and awakening her from sleep, said that he had killed all the family but little Russell and herself, and that he would kill Russell but spare her. He then grasped Russell, who was in bed with her, and butchered him with an axe.
MORRISON then rushed from the house, saying that he was going to shoot himself.
The girl, frenzied by the horrible sight of the murder of her little brother, staggered into the other rooms of the house to find that MORRISON had killed four other members of the family in the same manner that she had just witnessed. Three others were wounded and left for dead.
With some difficulty she reached a neighbor's house and told the ghastly story. Men turned out and got on the trail of the murderer. He was found during the evening bleeding from a wound in the chest, which he said he had inflicted with a gun after leaving the McARTHUR house.
There appears to be an utter absence of motive for the act of MORRISON, who was considered a quiet, well-behaved fellow. He is 27 years old and was born in Glasgow and came to this country about eight years ago.
The only logical theory is a temporary attack of murderous insanity. He will probably recover from his wound. The McARTHUR family were highly-respected residents, and the father was one of the best-known in this region.
LIQUOR SOLD TO A MINOR
Matter Being Investigated by the Police.
Boy Was Found In the Street in a Beastly State of Intoxication.
Committed to State Industrial School as He Had Previously Been Arrested for Vagrancy.
The police and Agent HEBBARD of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children are investigating a flagrant violation of the Raines liquor law which came to their notice by the arrest of a youth on a charge of drunkenness. Mr. HEBBARD, it is understood, obtained from the boy arrested some information as to where he obtained the liquor which made him beastly drunk and when it is learned positively where the liquor was obtained an effort will be made to cause the arrest of the dealers who sold it to the boy.
The boy arrested is Charles OPPEL, 15 years of age. His home is on Wait street and the boy has a rather bad reputation, having been arrested a short time ago on a charge of vagrancy. He was arrested last Saturday night by Officers MULCAHY and Jerry SULLIVAN. It was about 11:30 o'clock that the officers noticed a boy staggering along Central avenue near Clinton, north. The youth was small of stature and the officers were slow to believe that he was under the influence of liquor; they thought that he was feigning drunkenness and watched him for some time before they approached him. Several times he fell down and picking himself up after each fall he would stagger along the sidewalk sometimes stumbling over the curb into the street. Finally being convinced that the boy's actions were real and not feigned they approached him. The boy was deathly pale and when he attempted to talk his tongue refused to act and he was unable to tell the officers who he was.
The boy was taken to the police station where he soon became deathly sick and Police Surgeon STAPLETON was sent for. It was thought for a time that he would die and the surgeon was obliged to remain in attendance upon him for several hours and he was finally brought out of the stupor in which he had fallen. The surgeon pronounced it a case of drunkenness.
When the boy was able to tell his story he told who he was and said that he had purchased whisky in several saloons. He could not tell exactly what places they were, however, at the time. To-day he gave to Agent HEBBARD a better idea of where the places were at which he purchased the liquor. He was arraigned in the juvenile court before Judge WHITE. The youth's father was in court and said that he had for some time been unable to do anything with the boy and thought that he should be placed in some institution. He was therefore committed to the State Industrial School. The boy was a short time ago arrested on a charge of vagrancy and when he was released at that time he promised to behave himself. His father said, however, that his arrest at that time had little effect upon him and he had since been in the habit of remaining out at night more or less.
GOT TWENTY DAYS.
Young Man Sent Up for Unlawfully Riding on a Train.
Frank WILES, arrested last Saturday night by Officer Jerry SULLIVAN on a charge of unlawfully riding on a Central train, was convicted in Police court to-day and was sentenced to serve twenty days in the penitentiary.
WILES was arrested at the Central station just as he jumped from a freight train, on which he had been beating his way.
DOG OWNERS DISCHARGED.
Have Complied With Ordinance and Prosecution Was Dropped.
Jacob LEVI and Simon DWARKOVITZ were arrested several days ago on complaint of Superintendent CRIPPEN of the dog pound, who charged them with failing to comply with the ordinance relating to the registration of dogs. They both stated when arraigned that they intended to have their dogs registered, but that they needed a little more time.
The case was put over till to-day to give them an opportunity to look after (didn't get rest of article)
BROKE INTO A CENTRAL CAR
Two Supposed Thieves Taken Into Custody at East Rochester.
Were First Charged With Burglary but Later the Charge was changed — Sent to Penitentiary.
Both Appear to be Tough Characters and May be a Pair of Traveling Crooks.
Henry AMES and Frank WALSH, tough looking characters, were arraigned in police court to-day on a charge of burglary, by breaking into a Central railroad car with intent to steal. There was no doubt from the testimony that the men had broken into the car, but as the car was only laden with oats there was some doubt as to whether they intended to steal any of the oats. Detective LaPOINTE of the Central, who was in court stated after the testimony was taken that he was willing that the charge of burglary would not be pressed providing a charge of unlawfully riding on a Central car would be made against him.
The court consented to this and the men pleaded guilty and were committed to the penitentiary for a term of thirty days.
The arrest of the men was made at a late hour last night at the East Rochester yards of the Central by Special Officer BURKE, whose attention was called to the fact that a car attached to a train that had just pulled in from the west had been broken into. The conductor of the train, John HULLIUS, of Buffalo, informed Officer BURKE of the fact and he, the officer, and several train hands, entered the car and found two men asleep. They were roused up and the patrol wagon was sent for and the men were sent to the station where they gave their names as Harry AMES and Frank WALSH.
The conductor stated on the stand to-day that when the train was at Batavia he saw two men acting suspiciously near the train and concluded that they were about to break into the car. He was busy looking after the starting of the train, however, and he did not have time to stop and drive them away. Soon after the train started he discovered that the seal on the door of one of the cars had been broken. Concluding that the men had climbed into the car he called the fact to the attention of the other train hands and the car was watched so that they could not escape. The next stopping place was East Rochester and when the train arrived there the attention of the special officer was called to the fact that it was thought there was someone in the car. The investigation resulted as stated.
AMES made a statement on his own behalf and claimed that he did not break the seal of the car. He said that his home was in Syracuse and that he had been in Buffalo looking for work. Detective La POINTE cross-examined him. He contradicted himself several times and was finally compelled to admit that he had beat his way on freight trains from Syracuse to West Seneca and that he was beating his way back again when he was arrested.
WALSH had previously expressed a desire to make a statement, but after La POINTE got through with his pal he concluded that he had better be silent.
The case was held for a short time after the testimony was taken and then it was disposed of as stated.
CHILD CARED FOR.
Sent to the House of the Good Shepherd at Buffalo.
Rosanna MURRAY, 10-year-old daughter of Margaret MURRAY, was to-day committed to the House of the Good Shepherd at Buffalo by Judge WHITE in the juvenile court at police headquarters because of lack of proper guardianship.
The mother of the child was arrested a few days ago on a charge of drunkenness. The father, who was arrested a year ago on a charge of assaulting Mrs. MURRAY with an axe, was sent to the penitentiary, is now dead. There are eight children in the family and several are in the orphan asylums of the city. The case was investigated by Agent HEBBARD of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The home of the mother is at present at 19 Oakman street. When the father was living the family lived on Flower City park.
WOULD-BE SUICIDE'S PROMISE.
Elizabeth SMITH Takes the Pledge for Rest of Her Life.
Elizabeth SMITH, the woman who was arrested by Officer MORRICE last Friday night when she was about to hurl herself into the canal from the bridge at Emerson street, and was charged with attempting to commit suicide, was arraigned in Police Court to-day. She admitted to the court that she had tried to throw herself from the bridge, but said that she had been drinking and hardly knew what she was doing.
The woman wept and seemed to regret her action very much and said that if she was allowed to go she would stop drinking. Judge WHITE had her take the pledge and she agreed with her right hand upraised not to drink any more intoxicating liquors during her natural life.
Justice DUNWELL Disposes of it in a Decision Handed Down To-Day.
Justice DUNWELL to-day handed down a decision in the case of the Traders Bank of Rochester against Thaddeus W. HULETT, as assignee of the property of Edwin B. CHAPIN, which involves the disposal of a quantity of machinery in the phosphate works of the defendant CHAPIN in the town of Chili. The mortgage which is being foreclosed was given on the phosphate works by CHAPIN to the plaintiff April 21, 1897, and on the 18th day of November, 1899, CHAPIN made an assignment to Thaddeus W. HULETT. The bank asked that the machinery in the phosphate works be adjudged real estate and that the mortgage is a lien thereon, and that the referee sell the property as a part of the real estate.
Judge DUNWELL directs a decree of foreclosure and sale for the plaintiff; also giving the assignee a portion of the personal property to be administered as part of the assigned estate.
D.D. SULLY appeared for the plaintiff and Thaddeus HULETT for the defendant.
HOBSON IN TROUBLE.
Is Charged With Not Properly Providing for His Family.
Daniel HOBSON was arraigned in police court to-day on a charge of neglecting to properly provide for his wife and children. He said he was perfectly willing to support his children. His wife stated that if he would do that she would be satisfied. She feared, however, that he would not keep his promise.
The case was adjourned a week to give HOBSON a chance to show what he intends to do.
HIS ACCOUNTS SETTLED.
Jacob LEHLE Discharged as Administrator of Emma LEHLE's Estate.
Judge BENTON this morning issued a decree in settlement of the accounts of Jacob LEHLE, as administrator of Emma LEHLE. The administrator was therefore discharged from further liability.
The administrator was charged with the sum of $594.76 and expended $354.76 in paying of debts of deceased and expenses of administration. The balance $240 will be divided among the heirs.
WITH WILL ANNEXED.
Lillian McKEON Will Administer Her Father's Property.
Lillian McKEON was this morning appointed by Surrogate BENTON administratrix, with the will annexed, of the estate of her father, Patrick CAVANAUGH.
The will was offered for probate on January 15th. The estate amounts to about $520.
IN JAIL A WEEK.
Thomas STORY Finally Became Sober and Was Released.
Thomas STORY, who was arrested a week ago last Saturday for drunkenness and suffering from the effects of a long debauch, was released from jail to-day, having finally become sober.
STORY informed the court that he had decided to quit drinking, and on this promise he was released.
ARRESTED FOR SWIMMING.
Youth Taken Into Custody for Violating an Ordinance.
Edward HETTIG, 16 years of age, was arraigned in police court to-day on a charge of violating the ordinance relating to swimming in the city. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was paroled after he promised to go out of the city the next time he had an uncontrollable desire to swim.
The boy was arrested last Saturday by Officer SIENER for swimming in the raceway near Court street.
JUNE 11, 1900
KILLED BY A TROLLEY.
Frank KUHN Met His Death Near the Ridge Road.
Frank KUHN, aged 30 years, of No. 404 Jay street, was run over by a trolley and almost instantly killed on Saturday night on Lake avenue, near the Ridge road. He died in a few minutes after being run over.
Frank and his brother, William, were employed in Clum's brass foundry on Jay street. They went about the city on Saturday evening and finally wound up at Laufer's Hotel on Lake avenue, near the Ridge road, where they had drinks. They then went out to board a car for Charlotte. William KUHN says that he hailed trolley car No. 48, J.S. RYAN, conductor, and J. McGINNISS, motorman. The car stopped and he says when he got on the conductor signaled to go ahead. He told him that another fellow wanted to get on, but he did not wait. Frank attempted to get on, but was unable to gain a foothold on the step. He hung on to the hand rail for an instant then let go and fell under the wheels of baggage car No. 8, which was trailing the motor car. He was dragged some distance. The right side of his head was crushed.
The car was stopped and the injured man removed to the roadside. The City Hospital ambulance was summoned, but the injured man died as it came up. Coroner SIBLEY was then notified and had the body removed to the morgue.
Several men who witnessed the accident say that the brothers did not signal the car to stop, but attempted to catch it and exonerate the motorman and conductor from blame. Coroner SIBLEY conducted an inquest in the case at the morgue this afternoon.
Theft of a Row Boat.
The police were notified to-day of the theft of a rowboat from Charles CALHOUN of 157 Mt. Hope avenue. The boat was taken from a point in the river above the dam.
MR. MAXWELL NOT A SUICIDE.
He is Alive and Well and Will Soon be Back in Town.
Frederick B. LORD, formerly clerk at Congress Hall hotel, on Saturday night received a dispatch from James A. MAXWELL, who was then in Cleveland, stating the he was alive and well. From description of a body found at Niagara Falls on Saturday morning it was supposed that the remains were those of Mr. MAXWELL. The description given tallied well with that of Mr. MAXWELL.
Mr. MAXWELL in his dispatch stated that he would return to this city to-morrow morning.
Alonzo DOLBEER, a well-known railroad man, died yesterday at Dansville, aged 56 years. At one time he was superintendent of motive power on the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburg railroad. Deceased is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Geo. G. KING and Marie Kate DOLBEER, all of this city; and one brother, John H. DOLBEER of Short Falls. N.H.
— The funeral of Jacob W. MAGIN was held from the family residence in Gates at 7:30 o'clock this morning and at 8 o'clock from the Holy Family Church.
— The funeral of Bertha Pethke HOE?TZER was held from the family residence, No. 81 Martin street, at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon.
— Mrs. Flora M. BILLING died Saturday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. D. Summer WILSON, No. 24 William street, aged 76 years. The funeral was held from the house at 4 o'clock this afternoon. The remains will be taken to Providence, R.I., for interment.
JUNE 11, 1900
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— Before the Surrogate.
ANGELICA, June 11. — Belmont, the county seat, and the home of the spiritualists of Allegany county, is highly excited at present over a most peculiar circumstance. The Union last week reported the strange acts of Adelbert BAKER of Belmont, the farmer who ran away from home, after having on May 19th, been pronounced insane, having been discharged some time before from the Willard Asylum as cured. Just before he was taken for the second time to the asylum and while yet in the Erie depot at Belmont, BAKER stood before the opening to the ticket office, facing the clock in the depot office. Suddenly he was heard to scream, and all that could be distinguished was: "Stop! I stopped the clock in Hornellsville yesterday, and I can stop you," His words being directed to the depot clock.
Strange to relate, within an hour, the clock had stopped and refused to go again. The depot employees could not even get the pendulum to swing enough to make a noise in ticking. A message from Hornellsville stated that they had been having trouble with the depot clock there and could not make it run. Just what the cause is, cannot be told, but the spiritualists, it is stated, believe that it is a very superstitious sign and bad luck is soon to follow.
Superintendent D.C. GRUNDER has been called to investigate five insane cases during the past week, which is an unusual record for one week in the country.
The following late business has been transacted in Allegany County Surrogate Court: Letters testamentary issued to H.C. DRESSER on the estate of the late Laura WOODS of Rushford; personal estate, $450.
Letters of administration issued to B.F. WHITNEY on the estate of the late Nora TORMEY of Amity; personal estate, $1,500; letters of administration issued to Mary BROWN on the estate of the late Jeremiah PERRY of New Hudson; real estate, $1,500; personal, $250; letters of administration issued to Sarah V. SPRING, de bonis non, on the estate of Salome VINCENT of Wellsville. Will admitted to probate, Katherine GONTER of Wellsville; real estate, $2,500; personal, $300. Will admitted to probate, Charles S. WHITNEY, late of Amity; personal estate, $100. Letters of administration issued to W.H. KELLER on the estate of the late Abial THOMAS of Alfred; real estate, $1,000; personal, $1,000. Letters testamentary issued to Alice H. CRANS and Agnes M. CRANS on the estate of the late Huldah J. CURTIS of Bolivar; real estate, $3,000; personal, $1,000.
Death from Gangrene.
PENN YAN, June 11. — Albert THOMAS died in Dresden Friday night. Early last spring, while suffering from rheumatism, Mr. THOMAS sustained a slight bruise on his foot, which soon developed into a very troublesome sore, gangrene finally resulting. A couple of weeks ago a toe was removed, but the gangrene spread and on May 31st his leg was taken off midway between the ankle and knee by Dr. E.P. STUART of this place, assisted by Dr. TOWNSEND of Dresden. The wound apparently healed well, but Mr. THOMAS' condition was such that he was unable to rally. His age was about 60 years. He leaves a wife, one daughter and one son. He was a veteran of the Civil war. SO