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SEPTEMBER 22, 1911
president of the Coe Brass Manufac
turing company, a member of the
Barb Copper Wire association, ap
peared before Judge Hough in the
United States circuit court and en
tered an appeal of nolle contendre
to three indictments against him in
the steel wire pool cases. He was
fined $1,000 on the first indictment
and $100 on the other two. Edward
S. Perot, president of the National
Conduit and Cable company and
George J. Jackson, secretary of the
same company, withdrew their pleas
of not guilty and entered pleas of
nollo contendre. They were not
The Chinese Express company,
with only Chinese on its board of
directors, has filed articles with the
secretary of state of California.
President Charles Barrett, of the
national farmers union, declared at
the union cotton growers' convention
that a1 French-German syndicate has
guaranteed any amount of money up
to $75,000,000 toward financing the
south's cotton crop.
Kentucky democrats opened their
campaign at Carlisle. Governor
Marshall of Indiana was the chief
The Russian premier, P. A. Stoly
pin, was attacked while attending the
theatre at Caive, Russia. He was
shot by a lawyer named Bogrof. Two
bullets struck the premier. The em
peror was in the theatre at the time.
A few days later Premier Stolypin
The national convention of post
masters in session at Omaha, selected
Atlantic City, N. J., as the place for
holding the next convention. Officers
were elected as follows: President,
E. R. Sizer, .Lincoln; .iirst -vice presi
dent, Isidore Sobel, Erie Pa.; second
vice president, H. R. Woods, Louis
ville; third vice president, George W.
Bean, Tampa, Fla.; fourth vice presi
dent, E. C. 'Mansfield, Boston; fifth
vice president, D. C. Owen, Milwau
kee. The secretary is a member dq
facto and is appointed by the presi
dent. A Kissamee dispatch, forwarded
to the New York World, says:
Sister Sadie L. Marchant, a Shaker, a
member of that altruistft sect's
colony in this country, died "passed
out of the body" on Aug. 22 last,
just as the day was losing itself in
Sister Elizabeth Sears and Brother
Egbert B. Gillette, Shakers too, char
acterized like all their fellows by the
attempt of 'perfect purity in thought,
word and act, by gentleness, honesty
and obedience to law, are accused of
Sister Sadie's murder.
For, seeing her death was inevit
able from consumption, pitying her
frightful sufferings, Sister Elizabeth
and Brother Gillette administered
chloroform to Sister Sadie; made her
physical tortures to end in eutha
nasia, in a peaceful, painless death.
And it was at Sister Sadie's prayer
that her loving, sympathetic friends
administered the anaesthetic under
which she passed from unconscious
ness into the hereafter.
"Before God I think I did right,"
calmly said Brother Gillette to the
World correspondent. "My con
science Is perfectly at ease. If the
act was unwise, only my great feel
ing for her prompted me to commit
it. Oh! how she suffered!"
After a formal hearing Sister
Elizabeth and Brother Gillette were
held on the charge of murder. Yet
Judge G. F. Parker took an unpre
cedented step and admitted them to
bail; Sister Elizabeth in $2,000,
Brother Gillette in $5,000. Other
members of the colony, which is near
Ashton, about nine miles east of this
cltyy furnished the bail. Never, be
fore were Shakers in a court in this
county; the whole community re
gards them aB personifying righte
ousness and honesty. That the
magistrate admitted them to ball
when accused of a capital crime
makes it plain that in his opinion
they were far from being actuated
by any criminal purpose or intent.
Indeed, public sentiment already
favors their dismissal by the grand
jury; and even if indicted it is more
than doubtful if a jury could be
found to convict them.
Referring to this case the New
York World says: Many now believe
that there are circumstances which
justify and call for euthanasia, or the
kindly putting to death of those who
are doomed to torture from which
dying is v. happy release. Time and
again brave men have killed those
they loved best in the world to save
them from falling into the hands of
enemies of a' savage race. Wounded
soldiers falling in a retreat before In
dians in the old days regularly im
plored their comrades to end their
lives that they might not meet the
fate the Indians were certain to mete
out to them.
Among those who believe that
mercy demands tho kindly death
stroke sometimes aTe many doctors
and lawyers, but most of them hesi
tate to express an opinion which can
so easily be misunderstood.
Magistrate Joseph E. Corrigan said
to a reporter for tho Word that he
distinguished between tho legal and
the moral aspect of the question.
Killing in any sense or circumstances
was wrong legally, but what might
be legally wrong could be morally
right. But euthanasia was so big and
difficult a subject that it might be
impossible to hedge it around with
such safeguards that tho morally
right could bo made legally right.
District Attorney Charles S. Whit
man, on the other hand, was bitterly
(opposed from 'both the legal and
moral standpoint. He said:
"As a matter of public policy I
should -strongly oppose tho idea that
it should be legal to end the suffer
rings of those doomed to death. As
a matter of "fact nobody knows or can
'know -with -certainty when all hope
is gone. So long as there is life there
is always a chance.
"Morally I feel that since no one
can give life nobody should have the
right to take it. Philosophically I
can appreciate the desire to end the
appalling torture that sometimes be
falls those we love."
The bank of Montreal at New
Westminster, B. C, was robbed of
Edward Butler, famous as a'
democratic boss, died at his home in
A democratic convention to choose
a democratic candidate for congress
to succeed the late James P. Latta
will be held at Norfolk, Neb., Tues
day, September 2C. Delegates will
be selected by mass conventions in
the various counties of the district.
A New York dispMch, carried by
the Associated Press says: Five
governors of western states that
have conferred the electoral fran
chise upon 'women Hawley of Ida
ho, Spry of Utah, Carey of Wyoming,
Hay of Washington and Shafroth of
Colorado were participants in a
largely attended meeting in the in
terests of woman suffrage recently in
Cooper union. Governor Vessey of
South Dakota arrived late and un
announced and added to the tributes
his colleagues were paying woman's
political efficiency. During his ab
sence from the state, he said, it was
"being run by a woman," and he had
no doubt but that it was being taken
.care of in an able manner.
Governor CaTey said the national
features of his state had not been
altered under woman suffrage.
"Mountains have not beon moved
nor rivers changed," he smilingly
declared. "I have lived there forty
years and I never know of any man
that attempted to influence Ills wife's
vote and of but one woman who told
her husband how to vote."
A St. Paul, Minn., dispatch, car
ried by the Associated Press says:
Former Governor Bardey of Idaho,
Secretary Atkinson, secretary of the
Boise commercial club, and L. W.
Hill announce that plans have been
perfected for running a "governors'
special" to eastern cities and land
shows this fall.
The train will consist of four ex
hibition cars, observation car, diner,
two sleepers and a baggage car.
They start from St. Paul November
10 on a 5,000 railo tour through Chi
cago, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, New
York, Cincinnati, Washington and
twenty or more other cities and the
intention is to extend an invitation
to the people of the east to visit the
west and get acquainted.
Tho governors in the party are to
bo Johnson, of California; Ilawley,
Idaho; West, Oregon; Norris, Mon
tana; Hay, Washington; Eberhart,
Minnesota; Burke, North Dakota;
Shafroth, Colorado; Spry, Utah;
Carey, Wyoming; O.ddie, Nevada and
Vessey, South Dakota.
Tho following is an Associated
Press dispatch from New York city:
Former President Theodore Roose
velt sat for a time beside Judge
Hoyt on tho bench at tho children's
court in Manhattan, questioning
many of tho youthful delinquents.
When ho left ho declared he had
"had a delightful time; bully time."
William Floho, a fifteen-year-old
boy, was brought before the judge,
accused of spitting from the plat
form of an elevated train on people
on tho street below.
"I never heard of such a beastly
thing for any boy 'to do," said Mr.
Roosevelt, looking at the youth
severely. "You don't loo as if you'd
do that. You have a good face,
your clothes are neat, you've a good
"What you need is a good spank
ing and I'd like to give it to you.
I'd like to be your father for a few
Andrew Haffaro of Mahanoy City,
Pa., ran away, saying his father
threatened dire things if -he did not
pick $1.50 worth of berries every
day. Justice Hoyt looked at some
papers referring to tho lad and then
said: "I understand from reports
that you stand very well in school.
You seem modest about tolling that."
Tho colonel clapped his hands and
his face lit up.
"I'll bet he's a good scholar. He
looks like a boy who could do
things," he said.
There was hardly a case in which
Mr. Roosevelt did not show interest.
When he took leave of Justice
Hoyt he had nothing to say except
that he was going to do some writing
about the administration of chil
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