Davenport Daily Republican
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
January 4, 1903
GENERAL NEWS OF IOWA
Bussey, Jan. 3 - W.P. Sullivan, paymaster of the Bussey coal mine, was held up by three robbers early today and robbed of $1,800. After the robbers obtained the money Sullivan secured a shotgun and shot one of the men, who was captured. The other two escaped with the money.
Teacher Brings Suit.
Fort Dodge, Jan. 3 - Miss Lucy Taft, a school teacher of Fort Dodge, filed a petition in a suit for $10,000 damages against R.A. Schroeder, one of the prominent merchants of this city. The suit is on two separate counts for $5,000 each. The plaintiff alleges that while she was in Schroeder's store, she was accused of larceny by the defendant, who said that she had stolen goods from the store. This the plaintiff denies, and askes $5,000 damages for injury to her good name and character. She also sues for $5,000 damges for alleged injury done her person by defendant. The suit has caused a sensation here on account of the prominence of both parties.
Plucky Girl Catches Thief.
Des Moines, Jan. 3 - Miss Nellie Jay, of 1324 East Des Moines street, employed in the book store of M.H. Hartung & Co., 418 East Sixth street, by her coolness and bravery, this morning captured a book thief as he was leaving the store with "With Winnie of Venice" and Dumas' "Chicot, the Jester", under his coat. She seized the burglar by the coat tails and made him lay down the books, then beckoning to Al. Shope and a companion out on the sidewalk to hold the would-be robber, she ran to the telephone and called the police. A few minutes later Officer Hedricks arrived and the man was taken to the bastile. He gave his name as W.H. Thompson and said that he lived at 1220 East Court avenue. Last Saturday Miss Jay says she saw him in the store and when he was gone she missed several books, among them being Maries Corelli's "Murder of Delicia" and Irving Bachelor's "D'ri and I." The man was also seen to take the books by Bessie Walters of 1348 Grand avenue.
A Stay for Hayworth
Fort Dodge, Jan. 3.- Nathan Hayworth, the Fort Dodge boy confined in a Utah prison under sentence of death, has
received a stay of execution, and his case will be heard in the supreme court. The information was received by the boy's
father, J.R. Hayworth, of this city, from Attorney Webber, who is defending Nathan Hayworth. The case is expected to come up in the June session. The appeal was granted on new evidence collected in behalf of the defense. Hayworth's case is now considered strong, and with the new evidence, if a new trial is granted, prospects for a verdict of acquittal are favorable. The claim that Hayworth's confession was forced is strengthened by the testimony of a young woman who overheard a conversation between the prison officials and Hayworth in the latter's cell. The young woman was confined to the prison on a charge resulting from a saloon crusade conducted by her.
Charges Against Postmaster.
Packwood, Jan. 3 - The postoffice inspector was at Abingdon to examine the condition of affairs connected with the postmaster. Charges of opening and reading letters were preferred by parties against Postmaster Ed. Best. Also graver offenses, it is alleged, were committed by him. Mrs. Jennie Snider, who was assistant postmaster at one time, testified to the inspector in the presence of witnesses, that she saw Mr. Best open three letters; that she read them, but had no part in opening them. The case will be tried in the January term of court. It is hoped that Mr. Best, who has heretofore borne an unblemished reputation, may clear himself.
Held Up and Robbed.
Mason City, Jan. 3 - Tom Duffy, the agent at Portland for the Milwaukee road, was held up by two masked robbers and robbed of $165 and his watch. This depot was robbed only two weeks ago for $35 from the express company and a quantity of valuable merchandise.
Leaves Fortune to Poor.
Waterloo, Jan. 3 - The will of John Fagan, a wealthy Blackhawk farmer, on file here, bequeaths his entire estate of $14,000 to the poor of Waterloo. He left the money in trust with Father Cooney, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic church, to be distributed at his discretion.
Iowa in Brief.
- The Rev. W.A. Hobbs, pastor of the Congregational church in Traer, was stricken with apoplexy and lies in a critical
condition. The physicians give little hopes for recovery. Mr. Hobbs came to Iowa three years ago from New York.
- The saloons of J.J. Dunnawald and J.M. Guy at Waterloo, who were compelled to close their doors at 10:00 Jan. 1 because of failure to comply with the mulct law, have been transferred to D. Brittain and Wm. Ewald & Co., and will continue without interruption.
- Lewis Williams, a homeless negro just from the Southland, is in Ellsworth hospital in Iowa Falls and will have to undergo the amputation of portions of his toes and fingers as a result of exposure during the recent severe cold weather in this section. Williams is a young man a little past twenty and up to last week was at work for Mrs. DeFreize, west of Alden.
- Whisky has claimed another victim. Charles Scala of Clutier was found dead in his home. With some companions he had been drinking heavily for some time. The companions left him in the morning alone. Later a farmer passed and saw him in the yard acting like a crazy man,and, being afraid, passed on. Later Scala was found dead in the house. He had lived at Clutier three years. His wife, who lives at Chicago, has been summoned by telegraph.
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Cathy Joynt Labath
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