Harrison press-journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1899-1905, February 13, 1902, Image 6

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    The Monstry
The most awesome, most repellar.t
Swelling pUce In the world l the grim
tortress monastery of Mar Saba, i n
She Dead Sea, where thousands of
monks live in grim and . melancholy
Thta; monks are the most rigorous
f any in the Greek church. Their
livts are passed In penance, which no
hope of pleasure this Fide of the grave
and not one cheerful incident to brigh--n
their existence. Day after day.
amid gloomy surroundings that would
rive most- mei-miafl?iwly mttd--they-j-s
thrwuKh the same ujiyarving rou
tine, and yet surrounding them are
Iho remains of such true romances as
r!y mediaeval times could produce.
War Saba Is at the end of the bar
ren Wady en Nor. or Kedron vall'-y.
tr the Dead Pea. and Its very loea-
n is enough to send a chill down
!-..-! spine. It is the only oasis In the
vild rn'ss of this region, a destroyed
tror.r.o!d of the Crusaders and the
tomb of a ncmad chieftain, that of
Shcift JWessiaf. The wearied traveler is
glad to behold the fortress-like pile of
the an'ient monastery way down in
fi'e dark valley, even though he ex
periences a presentiment of some hid
den danger lurking in that forbidden
It If the most romantically situated
aionastery, the oldest and undoubtedly
the most grewsome in the world. Itr
Is built on the abrupt terrace of a diz
' gorge, at the bottom of w-nicta, 0
feet below the torrent Cedron seethes
In winter. The rocks fall away so
perpendicularly that iuge flying but
tresses had to be constructed in order
to afford the very moderate space oc
cupied by the monastery.
In the early part of the fifth cen
tury it was inhabited by the Sabaites.
an order of monks of whom San Sa
aas was the superior, and who also
built the greater portion of the mon
astery. San Sabas was born about 439
fa Capapdocia jir(i at 8 year" of age
ke entered this monastery, which was
riginally founded by Euthymius. As
the reputation of San Sabas for sanc
tity Increased he was joined by a
great number of anchorites, all of
whom could not find shelter In his
nonastery, and it Is said 19.600 of the
noly men were living In rock caves In
the mountain opposite.
Thousands of caves once Inhabited
y these hermits look from the side
f the mountain, many having mosaic
floors and decorations upon the walls,
and the story has every semblance of
ruth. About 4,000 monks inhabited
the monastery proper, and In the sev
enth century the Persian horde of
Chosroes routed them all and plun
dered the monastery, and for centu
ftes Its wealth attracted marauders
f all kinds. The last time It was
Waged was in 1832 and 1834 by Be
douins. After the very first attack it
was fortified, just as it is seen today.
The two castle-like towers which
Serve as battlements are the first ev
idence the traveler has of the exist- ;
nee of this living tomb. j
The fair Empress Budoxia built It in
rder to be close to her Ideal of man- I
There Is an old suburban inn near
Philadelphia kept by a quakcr who,
amid the incongruous surroundings of
his bar still clings to the plain lan
guage of his faith. Occasionally he
even dispenses liquid refreshments
With his own hands, and it -seems
queer to hear his mild voice asking,
"What will thee have?" The other
4ay there was a crowd in the bar and
one of the men had already been Im
bibing too freely. Nevertheless, he
Jlned up at the bar with the others
and loudly called for whiskey. The
eld man looked at him severely and
remarked: "James, doesn't thee think
The Red Man and Helper, published
tuff? Thee had better take a 'pa
fllla.' " There was no appeal and
James drank a glass of sarsaparllla.
Ire for Information and n. attempt to
by the students at the Carlisle (Pa.)
Indian school, has this to say on In
dian etiquette: "It was an actual de
sire for inofrmatlon and no attempt to
be funny that a boy In. looking up
from reading about squaw men asked
If the white women who marry In
dian men were ' called buck women.
"We could not answer why they were
Bot. Such a name would be no more
Insulting to a woman than the first
appellation Is to a man. All Indian
oman are no more squaws than
white women are wenches. The name
squaw emenated from "aqua," an
Indian word of a Massachusetts tribe
meaning women. Hut it has since
eome to be used commonly by Illiter
ate people for Indian women of any
tribe. No educated or refined people
Trse the words "squaw" or "buck,"
and we advise when they hear them
not to pay uny alentlon to the speak
er, but to murk him or her down In
'helr minds as person of low breed
ing." .
' The young people of the North
Greenfield, Ohio Congregational church
Cave a hugging social the other even
In and raised 176 toward paying off
the church debt. Following were the
rates charged:
Olrto under IE yean of age, 15 cents
for two minutes hag.
Olrto under W rears, H centa.
Twanty to X years, Tt centa.
Aaockar man's wife, fl.
Old maids, t cents and no time limit.
Adetta Dennison, wba prepared the
af prices, was probably the
f the ravag asssin.
Cia csrfei eongregaOws sat
snatnaf far rearuary M, tart
of Mar Saba.
hood Euthymius. Euthymius was
noted for his sanctity throughout Pal
estine, aid his learning and great
moral endowments attracted the em
prers. Slie loved him with great de
votion, but Euthymius. true to his
trust, refused to see her. When her
devotion to him did not cease he fled
to the Moatbit desert beyond the Jor
dan. The empress watched daily from
the tower for his return. After much
p-rsualon he was dragged back to
t'v monaster)- by his companion, The
and -the- empress n e pi witir
joy. cne remained there a few years
longer, during which time she caught
oi.ly a casual and Infrequent glance
or the object of her love. Finally she
lef tthe place with her court attend
ants, never to return. Now the tower
is used as a lookout, and a watchman
w stationed there day and night, who
scans the mountains and valleys far
and wide to see whether any danger
threatens the monastery.
After repeated knocking at the great
Iron doorway that lea is to the mon
astery a gray bearded monk shouts
through a small opening from Ku
doxia's tower and demands the letter
of introduction from the Greek patri
arch of Jerusalem, without which no
admission to the monastery is obtain
ed. The necessary document being
produced it is put Into a basket which
the monk lets down. After a few min
utes' delay he again appears at the
opening, and the visitors are invited
to ascend a bread stairway. Below
a great door swings open, just wide
enough to let them pass through.
This door is of Immense proportions.
and looks more like the wall of a safe
deposit vault. It requires all the
strength of the monk to move It and
throw the great lock. The dark-robed
monk then shoves two lrf,e Iron bars
Into place and the hardy visitors find
themselves In a prison from which
there is no escape unless they woujd
scale the trra-s and throw them
selves into the gaping abyss at the
verge of which the monastery Is
built. Descending further Is found a
paved courtyard .In the center of
hleh is a small Roman chapel, which
looks like a shrine transplanted here
from one of the pagan temples.
An outer veranda in the same court
yard leads to the ancnlent church of
St. Nicholas, which is hewn out of the
natural rock, and is one of the old
est churches In Palestine. The left
wall of the sanctuary contains a niche
filled with human skulls. The churcn
of this Greek brotherhood, which is
used every day. Is on the east side
of the enclosure, and is shaped like
a basilica.
Walking higher up into this dismal
cavern ana cumoing a ladder to a
small opening the visitor reaches a
cave in which San Sabas lived, and a
legend says that one day the holy
man found a lion there. The king of
the desert shared the room of the
saint thereafter.
Immediately in the bark of this cave
are the cells of the, monks. A century
old atmosphere abounds, and Is al-
most stifling.
the older members say it must be
called off, a the bounds of propriety
have already been overstepped. The
recent hugging match was widely ad
vertined, and the girls say that If the
one arranged for February is given
they will pay off the entire debt. The
social was more largely patronized by
middle-aped and old men than by the
young men.
Among the mourners who followed
the remains of aged Mrs. Mary Far
mer from St. Bernard's church. In
Uartton, N. J to the little Catholic
cemetery on the hill back of that town
on the 24th uit., was her son, John
Farmer, whose presence in the town
after an absence of many years has
brought to light a strange story of
the return of a long lost son.
Over fifteen years tgo he left his
home In Rarlton and was never heard
from by his family. When Mrs. Far
mer became critically III some weeks
ago she frequently opressed a wish
to see her mlssilng boy be-fore she
Another son of the widow remem
bered that bts brother John had
talked much about railroads when he
was a boy, and vowed that he would
be a railroad manager when he be
came man.
With faint hope the brother adver
tised In a railroad trainmen's journal
for John Fanner. John Is a trainmas
ter on a western railroad at Portland.
Ore. He read the advertisement, and
made haste to communicate with his
He was Informed of his mother's
critical Illness and made flying trip
east. He arrived at his mother's side
as she was dying. She was able to
recognize him, and gave him her
New York has a new Joke quite up
to the usual standard of I7ew York
humor. Your friend tells us you can
call up 144 Broad on the tele hone
because a Mr. Fish wants to speak
with you. You do It, and till the girl
who answers you: "I want to talk
with Mr. Fish." She nays, "Which
one?" Tou say, "Is there more than
one?" and she says, "Yes, (ha! ha!)
this Is fha!ha!) the aquarium (ha! hat
ha!)" Now, all please smile, appreci
atively just to please New Tork.
The New Zealand government ha
decided that swimming and life aarlnc
hall be taught In all the schools.
Tha Ufa Saving society's method has
haaa adopted, and 2,000 handbooks and
chart have bean sent by order of Um
government for the vat of achoolmaa-
:j: The Story of
Mystry of
The mysterious death of Miss Ma
bel Scofield two years ago In Des
Moines has resulted In an astonishing
illustration of the old saying that
"murder will out."
Charles Thomas, a 10-year-old youth,
has been arrested for the murder after
more than two years of fancied secur
ity, during which it seems he has been
leading a life of reckless dissipation.
--T-be t?rlme h amost extraordinary
one. The deceased was a young wo
man of excellent family, the daugh'er
of a physician, and of the highest
character. The accused man is also of
excellent family, but even before the
murder he had fallen among evil asso
ciates. She was a visitor in his moth
er's house at the time and they were
distant relations.
Miss Scofield was last seen alive on
the morning of October 21. 1M. On
the following afternoon her body was
found In the Des Moines river. The
cause of her death was then uncertain.
There was so little clew to point to
the manner of the poor girl's death
that the authorities were Inclined to
abandon the case In despair.
Kut a committee of prominent citi
zens was formed for the purpose of
clearing up the mystery. They felt that
If a crime had been committed It was
of so cruel a nature that It would be a
blot on the fair name of the citv to
let It go unpunished. As a result of
their untiring efforts, Charles Thomas
was arrested after two years. The
citizens have put together link by link
a mighty chain of evidence agaltiFt
Whon Thomas was arrested they
found concealed In his sock a bottl"
of the same poison chloral that had
killed Mabel Scofield. In spite of hi"
position Thomas was offensively cheer
ful and even danced a jig.
Mabel Scofield was very pretty, only
20 years old, and the daughter of Dr.
A. J. Scofield of Mackfburg. la. 8h
was engaged to Dr. Chflds, a dentin
of that city.
Before the murder she had been vis
iting her aunt, Mrs. Jasper N. Thomas,
of r-s Moines. Her mother had alvo
been staying in the house just before
the tragedy.
Mabel Scofield went with her mother
to a train at 8 o'clock Saturday morn
ing, October 21, 1H. Kissing her
mother farewell she said she would
return to the Thomas house and finish
some needlework which she was do
ing. The mother's train swung out of
the union station, leaving the girl
there alone. At 4 o'clock on Sunday
afternoon her lifeless body was found
near the bank of the Des Moines
river In the heart of the city. It was
lying at a spot where the bank is
egded with willows and thick with
rushes. At first It was taken to the
morgue. Her brother, Clyde Scofield,
a student In Highland Park college,
north of the cily, was coming down
town In a street ca' to go out to one of j
the parks, when he saw a crowd about
the morgue. He Jumped off th? car
with a friend, walked In out of idle
curiosity and was horrified to see bis
sister lying on the mable slab.
An autopsy was performed. Though
the body was found in the wafer, no
water was found In either lungs or
stomach. The stomach was removed
and given to the state chemist, 15. R.
Maeey of Highland Park college. A
ontroversy arose between him and the
coroner, t ; neraf II. . Anfceny, as to
whether the corner or the county
should pay for an analysis of th- con
tents. It was not then analyzed, but
was preserved. The coroner's Jury did
nothing for several months and was
discharged without rendering a verdi' t.
The city police professed to do the best
It could to dlccover a clew to the
metho dof the girl's death, but every
trail was fruitlessly followed and final
ly the official Interest In the affair
died away and only occasionally was
he case revived.
Hut Aldeman Joseph E. Fagen took
an Intense Interest In It. He was a
bachelor and at his boarding house he
organized a committee to Investigate
the crime. The Rev. I. N. McCash,
pastor or tne University Plae Church
of Christ, was Interested in the or
ganization; then C. A. Oawford.cash
ler of the American Barings bank, and
many others. By dillfcrnt work a re
ward of $2,000 for the conviction of ths
girl's murderers was raised and Gov
ernor snaw was Induced to offer an
additional KM.
Police officers J. P. Hockersmlth and
J. 8. S. Mesklmen discovered that two
reputable residents of Des Moines, Mrs.
K. A. Canine and Mrs. Robert Dean,
had seen two men holding between
them a woman apparently dead or un
conscious drive hurriedly past their
residences toward the point of the riv
er where the girl's body was found.
At the river bank they found the
tracks of a buggy. Near by they found
a man's hat In which were the Ini
tials "C. T." They discovered that
Charles Thomas had bought chloral In
large quantity at Hansen's drug store
on the Friday before the day that the
girl disappeared. They learned that
the excuse given by him when he
bought It was false.
They discovered a hack driver named
Cross, to whom Thomas said, on Bun
day, before the body was found, "Well,
Mabel Scofield left this man's town
today for good." They bare found
two girls, daughters of excellent fam
ilies and whose names they decline to
tell, and a married woman also, who
ay that Thomas tried to poison them.
The prosecution now have the testi
mony of Bute Chemist Maeey that the
tomach of the girl contained enough
chloral to kill eight or tan people. This
fae thai not been known to the poo-1
the Mtirder :
Mabel Scofield
pie before. At the time of the mur
der some people Insisted that she had
fallen from a bridge and died of heart
disease before she struck the water,
which accounted for the absence of
water from her lungs and stomach.
Some believed she had been drugged
and thus killed. Others believed she
had committed suicide for the reason
that rhe could not attend college.whlle
her hroTher "was sent there. It Is now
settled that her death was foul mur
der, because she could not have taker
chloral and then jumped Into the wa
ter. If Thomas Is guilty the crime was
particularly atrocious, because the girt
was staying In his family. The Thom
as house, at 10tf6 Woodland avenue. Is
in the heart of one of the fashionable
residence districts of the city. Mrs.
Thomas had known the girl's mother
at Mflrksburg, Another young woman
staying at the house, and a great
friend of Miss Scofield's, was Miss
Maggie Hammond.
Young Thomas paid Miss Scofield
very asvlduous attentions. He was un-
'doubfedly anxious to make her his
wife, but she did not care for him
at all.
She was, In fact, engaged to Dr. E.
O. Ohilds of Macksburg, a dentist, who
removed to Calnsville, Mo., broken
hearted by the tragedy soon after the
gill's death. He spent several weeks
: In Des Moines encouraging the officers
I in their efforts to go to the bottom of
the mypleiy. and has returned several
times since. .Neither he nor any of
tlie family believed she committed sui
cide or met with an accident. "Mabel
was a Christian." said her mother
"and she did not kill herself."
1 hat young Thomas' attentions to
the gill were distasteful, Miss Ham
mond, who has returned to her home
In Macknburg, testifies. She did not
desire the attentions of any men. She
occasionally visited her brother at his
college, but never permitted him to
lake college friends to call on her. She
would naturally have attracted them,
for she was a pretty girl, with dark
brown hair and eyes, of slight buiid
graceful and charming of manner.
On the Saturday of her disappear
ance uie i nomas nome wan, by a cu
rious coincidence, deserted. Mrs. Tho
mas was visiting a sick friend. Mr.
Thomas spent the day downtown.
Young Thomas told his employers that
he had to go to a funeral and did
not ork. The girl had told her moth
er at the depot that she was going
back home. It is now the theory of
the state that Thomas knew of these
plans, that he either went to the depot
and took the girl home or went to hit
home after she arrived there to wait
for her.
What happened then will perhaps
never be known. It Is known that
when Miss Scofield returned ti the
house she drank one or more cups of
coffee, the morning being cold. It is
conjectured that Thomas made a last
desperate appeal to her to accept his
suit. When she repulsed his atten
tions he became enraged and found
some way of puulne ihe chloral com
monly called knockout drops Into the
According to the same theory, when
the girl died from the effects of the
poison he conceaii-d the body around
the premises. He then left the houxe
and returned, as his mother testifies,
in the evening, complaining of a head
ache and saying that he had been to
a funeral at Valley Junction. After
his people had gone to bed It Is believ
ed that he carried the body to a con
venient spot, that he secured the as
sistance of a friend with a carriage
(whose identity the police do not
know), that the two wnlted until early
in the morning. nd then taking the
girl between them in the buggy car
ried her body to th rlvvr by a route
which the officers have traced from the
Thomas residence to th point where
the bod y was found under the willows
near the bank. To prove his dissipat
ed character they will produce ample
Thomas was once prominent In an
excellent social set yg hand
some and popular. But as a boy he
began to go wrong. He early became
attracted to disreputable society. At
one time he even worked as a hack
driver In order to see low life and
nocturnal life thoroughly."
This mysterious case has created
more Interest and absorbed more at
tention than any other ce of the
kind In the history of Ihe state. The
girl was so young, so good and so In
nocent that the whole city has watch
ed the development of the case with
the most Intense Interest.
When It became definitely known
this week that she was poisoned and
hud not committed suicide the people
began to clamor for the punishment of
the criminal. Suspicion attached Itself
to Charles Thomas one before, and
he and two or three other boys were
arrested, but they all proved no con
nection with the crime and were dis
charged. It seemed then Inconceiva
ble that the 20-year-old boy nf the
family In which the girl lived as In
her own home had committed the
crime. No suspicion now attaches to
the other boys then suspected, but a
stout net has been woven about
Thomas, and the prosecution believes'
that he will be convicted. j out using soap or other chemicals.
Thomas cays that he can prove an ' Instead of these he use. boiled pola
allbl and that he has the statements J toes, which he rubs into Ihe goods and
of several reputable business men that ' then rinses out. It Is said that this
he waa not at his home during the ! method will make soiled linen, silk or
day. He will evidently make a strong
in earas, the tailor mar not knew'
mnch about suits. j
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acre on high ground with three culti
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with five cultivations, yielded ten bush
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for a start and examination.
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