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Subject: Boston Weekly Journal - Items missed and Fires
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 15:20:56 -0400
Boston Weekly Journal, Thursday, Aug. 28, 1884
Rochester, NH. Aug. 25. The funeral services of Hon. Jacob H. ELA were
held at the Congregational Church this afternoon. There was a large
attendence of citizens and friends of the deceased and of prominent men
throughout the State.
Keene, NH. Aug. 25. C. BRIDGMAN's safe in his store was found blown open
this morning. One hundred and forty dollars were taken, but checks and
other papers were unmolested. Entrance was effected through the back
window and the work was evidently that of professionals.
Bridgeport, CT. Aug. 21. Mrs. Bridget FARLEY celebrated her 102d
birthday last evening at the house of Dr. W. F. HUTCHINSON in West
Stratford, the ceremonies being attended by a number of friends. Mrs.
FARLEY was born in Kent, Ireland, and came to this country in 1820. She
lived at one time in Augusta, ME.
Belfast, ME. Aug. 22. The Coroner's jury returned a verdict today that
Miss TOWER, who was found drowned on Wednesday, came to her death from
causes unknown. Her body bore marks of violence.
Portland, ME. Aug. 25. Francis STARMID was examined before United States
Commissioner RAND this morning and bound over in $500 for trial on a
charge of smuggling liquor from the Provinces into Maine. He was
Boston Weekly Journal, Thursday, Sept. 11, 1884
New England Gleanings
The Shelburne Falls Congregationalists have called Rev. J. H. HOFFMAN of
The Rev. W. MURPHY of Chester has resigned.
Crimes and Casualties
New Brunswick, NJ. Sept. 8. Director STODDARD of the National Bank of
New Jersey said last night: "The shortage of the late Cashier HILL footed
up $196, 829.64 when the Directors quit work Saturday. HILL's operations
were very simple. He borrowed whatever sums he wanted of the bank,
giving good collateral at first. Then he stole the collateral and
disposed of it, filling its place in the vault with worthless paper.
When collateral gave out he got President Mahlon RUNYON to sign notes
with him, and between times he borrowed a little money of himself on his
own notes. The Board of Directors, which it was supposed made a thorough
examination of the bank's affairs once last year, did not, in fact, make
anything like a thorouth examinations. It was of the most cursory kind.
The securities were brought in the Directors' room by HILL, who spread
them out in neat packages or loosely as they might be, and as one of the
Directors checked off HILL would say, 'Here's the security', and the
bundle would be put away again. Not for an instant did nay one of the
board think of questioning HILL's word as to the contents of the packages
or the intactness of any of the collaterals. This method of examination
had been going on for two years." The deficiency in HILL's account,
however, is not all. The total deficiency discovered up to last night
reached the sum of $235,930.31. HILL's deficiency was $196,829.64. The
difference, amounting to $39,100.67, is the amount due from President
Mahlon RUNYON. A portion of this sum is counted on notes indorsed by
HILL. The balance is on securities which have disappeared, and it is not
thougth that all of Mr. RUNYON's property, which, it is understood, is
heavily mortgaged, will begin to meet the loss. It is not at all
improbable that when the examination is finished the amount of the whole
deficiency will be much larger, while it is feared that the report of the
Examiner wil show a still worse state of affairs. The Directors, none
of them being expert accountants, have not been able to arrive definitely
at many points, and have been compelled to estimate or ignore in some
cases where losses will no doubt be found, in fact are known to exist.
The box where HILL kept his own securities was empty. He had doubled the
money he received from the bank on city, county, State and Government
bonds by disposing of them. The notes he had destroyed. The notes in
President RUNYON's box were left, but the bonds and negotiable securities
Acting Cashier CAMPBELL is expected to be arrested for complicity in
Walter CARROLL , depositer, has cut his throat. The mob threatens to
burst open the bank and is only subdued by the police.
In addition to his theft at the bank, Cashier HILL robbed the Ira
VOORHEES estate, of which he was custodian, of $19,000, and the G. B.
ADRIAN estate of $30,000.
President Runyon's Suicide
President RUNYON knew nothing of HILL's doings, trusting him
implicitly. The crash in Wall street in May last took the bulk of HILL's
stealings. RUNYON was a willing tool in the hands of the Cashier, who
had the run of the institution. At 9:45 A.M., President RUNYON drove up
to the bank in his carriage. He was accompanied by his two young
daughters. "Good-bye, papa" said Julia, the eldest, reaching out of the
carriage as Mr. RUNYON descended to the pavement. "I hope all will be
well". "If you do not see me before night," he responded, "tell mamma I
will stick to the bank." Twenty minutes later he went into the room
occupied by the Directors and began reading a New York paper containing a
story of his complicity in the bank's downfall. A dealthly pallor spread
over his face and he exclained: "My God, what will my children do?"
Passing a handkerchief over his brow he threw the paper into the lap of
Director STODDARD, and excusing himself went into the toilet room. A
minute later the sound of a fall was heard. The Directors rushed to the
closet and discovered the body of RUNYON on the floor. Blood was oozing
from a gaping wound in his throat. He had also cut his wrists deeply,
the blood spurting against the wall and ceiling.
President RUNYON succeeded President DAYTON about five years ago. He
was 60 years of age and has been a farmer for many years, residing on his
homestead, one mile from Brunwick. He leaves a widow and four children.
He was not generally regarded as much of a financier, the late Cashier
HILL being considered as running the institution pretty much his own way,
and Mr. RUNYON not appearing as of much consequence in its management.
Martin A. HOWELL, who resigned as a Director of the bank eight years
ago, said he had seen the crash coming, but had kept silence because so
advised by the other Directors. "HILL," he said, "had been very liberal
in aiding political friends."
Acting Cashier CAMPBELL said to the Associated Press representative
that six months ago he feared the crash, but had remained silent through
fear of dismissal. CAMPBELL said that HILL's ruin was due to stock
speculation, loss on the turf and contributions for political purposes.
A German Lover in Cincinnati Kills His Sweetheart
Cincinnati, Sept. 5. A most deliberate and brutal murder occurred at the
residence of Colonel Charles PARROTT this morning. James GREINER had
been paying attention to Gretchen ZELING, a beautiful German girl, aged
20 years, and became frantically jealous because of the attentions paid
her by others. Last night he called upon her and refused to leave the
house when told to do so, at the same time becoming very abusive. The
girl cried for help and Col. PARROTT went to her relief. GREINER then
left the house, threatening that he would kill the girl during the night.
At 7 o'clock this morning, while Miss ZELING was attending to her
household duties, GREINER effected an entrace through the casement and
fired two shots in her, one of which took effect in her breast, causing
death immediately. Col. PARROTT, hearing the shooting, rushed down
stairs, when GREINER fired at him, but missed. They clutched, and
GREINER fied again but without effect. He then hit Colonel PARROTT on
the head with the revolver and fled. The neighbors were aroused and
captured GREINER, who was turned over to the police.
Boston Weekly Journal, Thursday, Sept. 25, 1884
Crimes and Casualities
A Fatal Quarrel
Atchison,KS. Sept.21. A serious row occurred between citizens of
Burroak, Jewell county, KS, and showmen belonging to Mills Orton's
circus, Friday night, in which one man was killed and several were
wounded. The disturbance was raised by a drunken citizen named ELLIOTT
and a general fight occurred. ELLIOTT was arrested, and the circus men
took their effects to the train. The crowd followed them, and just as
Mayor MARR had restored order a man named EVANS appeared at the depot
with a double barreled shot gun and fired into the train. At this moment
the train pulled out and the circus men fired a volley at the crowd,
killing J. LONGNECKER, mortally wounding Mayor MARR and slightly wounding
a boy. LONGNECKER had not taken part in the row. He leaves a widow and
six children. The Orton circus is the same that was in the horrible
affair at Greeley some time ago.
A Grandson of Henry Clay Shot in a Drunken Brawl
Louisville, KY. Sept. 21. Henry CLAY, a well-known lawyer and
politician, was shot and perhaps fatally wounded here this mornign by
Andrew WEPLER, a Councilman of the Eleventh Ward. Clay was drinking and
wanted to borrow some money from WEPLER, who would not led himas
much as he wanted. CLAY then began to abuse WEPLER, and went out for a
pistol with which to shoot him. On his return the two men, armed with
pistols, said they were ready to fight, and took their stands. WEPLER
fired a ball which struck CLAY in the groin and ranged downward in the
thigh. CLAY is the grandson of Henry CLAY. He was one of the Artic
voyagers in the ill-fated Proteus, and prominently mentioned for Congress
from this district. His wound is very dangerous. WEPLER gave himself
New England Gleanings
The Young Men's Christian Association of Newburyport has received its
charter. P. M. HALL, President; F. C. WOODS, Treasurer.
The clothing store of L. N. L'HEUREUX in Spencer was entered on Wednesday
evening and about $200 worth of clothing and jewelry taken.
I made a mistake in this name the first time... sorry!
Aaron and not Allon WILKINS of Fitchburg was thrown out of his carriage
on Friday, and several ribs were fractured.
Washington GILBERT of Bath has during the past ten years built a dyke
nearly a mile in length and a dam across Morse's River at Small Point and
now has a fine marsh of 300 acres for hay growing.
Mr. Jesse G. JOHNSON, steward at the Maine State College, accompanied by
his family and the young lady students at the college, will tent at
Lewiston during State Fair week.
Mr. Alfred LEMONT, the West Bath millionaire, began shipbuilding in 1849
at Hospital Point, and continued constructing large vessels of 1300, 1400
and 1500 tons until 1865.---- The first vessel built in Winnegance was in
1840 by Messrs. Richard and John G. MORSE. It was a ship of 300 tons,
named the Winnegance. The firsm built some 20 vessels in all, the last
being launched in 1859.
Rev. L. F. McKINNEY of Manchester, who has been nominated by the
Democrats for Representative to Congress in the First District, is a
Universalist, and was born in LIcking county, OH, 25 Apr. 1841, and was
graduated from the St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY., in 1870. He was
in the war as a Sergeant in the First Ohio Cavalry. He has been located
in Manchester nearly ten years.
The largest taxpayer in Rindge is Joel WELLINGTON, $163.
The Prohibition State Committee has organized as follows: Chairman, J.
M. FLETCHER of Nashua; Scretary, Charles A. HARVEY, of Manchester;
Treasurer, Hon. John H. GOODALE, of Nashua.
The annual meeting of the Portsmouth Baptist Association was held in
Stratham on Wednesday. Rev. J. N. CHASE of Exeter was Moderator. The
annual sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. GLINES of Brentwood, the doctrinal
sermon by Rev. H. G. HIBBARD of Plaistow, and the evening sermon by Rev.
Mr. WOODBURY of Newton Junction. A history of the church in Stratham was
also read by the pastor, Rev. H. STETSON.
The veterans of the Tenth Regiment will hold a reunion at Portsmouth,
Setp. 25. George A. CLARK of Manchester is President.
William F. THAYER, Cashier of the First National Bank of Concord, has
been chosen Captain of the Young Republican Blaine and Logan company of
C. B. NICHOLS of Franklin Falls, Commander of the Regiment of Knights of
Pythias in this State, has appointed his staff for the coming field day
at Manchester, of which Lieut. Col. F. W. McKINNEY of that city is at the
Treffie S. MONETTE has been elected President of the French Canadian
Democratic Club of Manchester.
The Wilkins House and lot, so-called, in Warner village, owned by Dr.
Jason H. AMES of Bradford, was sold at auction on Thursday to George
UPTON, for $2030.
Since attending the State Fair we have changed our religious views. We
never believe in a hell, but now we hope there is one for the miserable
"cuss" who stole our wallet and $950 therein. We hope the whelp will
return to us the calf-skin wallet, as we had become quite attached to it,
having carried it 29 years. It is a good lesson, though coming rather
late. A man of our calibre who can't take care of his money in a crowd
ought to be loaded and fired against a barn, then run through Blair's
evaporator and dried.--(Fletcher letter in St. Albans Messenger)
Company D, First Vermont Cavalry, had its fourth reunion at St. Johnsbury
last Wednesday, and elected these officers: President, George R. CROSBY;
Vice President, H. K. IDE; Secretary and Treasurer, A. L. CHANDLER;
Committee, M. M. WHEELER, C. L. STACY, George W. COOK. Thirty members
The Universalist State Convention at New Haven elected these officers:
President, Rev. DR. CHAPIN of Meriden; Vice-President, F. M. BROWN of
Hartford; Secretary, Rev. John LYON of Bridgeport; Treasurer, Seth H.
COOK of Long Ridge.
The Last Scene in the Messer Tragedy
Woodlawn, NY. Sept.22. The bodies of Mrs. MESSER and her daughter, Miss
Mary MESSER, who were shot by Wm. W. MESSER, the aged merchant, who
afterward shot and killed himself, were brought here from Boonton, NJ,
the scene of the tragedy, this afternoon. With brief religious services
the bodies were laid side by side with the body of the husband and
A Narrow Escape from Death
Charlotte, NC. Sept. 19. While Gen. Alfred M. SCALES, the Democratic
candidate for Governor, was crossing Coween Mountain, Jackson county, his
horse ran away and fell down a precipice, a distance of 100 feet, and was
killed. The buggy was destroyed. Gen. SCALES was caught in a tree and
barely escaped with his life. He is much bruised, but hopes to renew the
canvass in a few days.
More to follow.