Dec. 13, 1894
Red River Presbytery
Clarkesville, Tex., Dec. 12, The Red River presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian church was in session in Clarksville from Friday, the 8th instant, till the following Monday. The attendance was about forty persons, from the counties of Red River, Lamar, and Delta. Three new congregations were received and 8-- additions to the membership were reported. the presbytery has fourteen ordained ministers, eight probations for the ministry, twenty-seven congregations and 1600 members.
Rev. Charles MANTON of Paris was elected moderator and Rev. R. L. PHELPS of Bagwell clerk.
Rev. W. D. PRESTON of Denison represented the interests of the state missionary work of which he is president.
Rev. W. J. DARBY, D. D., of Evansville, Ind., represented the board of education and ministerial relief.
Rev. Charles MANTON was chosen commissioner to the next general assembly and Rev. F. L. ROGERS, as alternate; also Ruling Elder P. R. RANDOLPH commissioner and A. S. DEITS alternate. A four years' course of study was adopted for such probations as can not attend college.
Rev. R. M. TEMPLETON was appointed to co-operate in the bounds of the presbytery with the agent to endow the R. O. WATKINS chair of English literature in that institution.
A piece of interesting history in this connection is that the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Clarkesville was the first Protestant organization on Texas soil, being organized in 1832, four miles east of this area and moved to town after it was founded. Rev. R. O. WATKINS, then a lad of 17, was a charter member. He was ordained in the ministry about 1833 by the Texas presbytery being the first Protestant to receive the imposition of hands in the republic. He still lives at Kemp, Texas. He is a warm supporter of the university which names the chair in his honor.
The Two Boys Accused of Burglary
McKinney, Tex., Dec. 12, Alex MIXON and Everett HOLLANDER, the two boys charged with entering the dry goods store of M. ARON & Co. on the north side of the square early Sunday morning, and who were run down by Marshall Sam BURKS in five hours after the crime was committed, waived an examination in the recorder's court and were allowed bail in the sum of $2000 each, in default of which both are yet in jail. MIXON was a trusted employee of the Wells Fargo express company of this city and young HOLLANDER was a carpenter of the city.
Capt. William BOWLES, who was a victim of the negro STEWART's wild shooting yesterday, is improving rapidly. Capt. BOWLES just arrived in McKinney a few days ago from Mississippi, and says, though he has resided in a place where there were ten negroes to one white man, this is the first time one of them ever got blood from him and he gives it out that he does not appreciate this sort of an initiation into Texas. A young man by the name of Eugene PARKER was also struck in the face by a stray bullet but not dangerously hurt. STEWART's bond was placed at $750, which he has so far failed to give.
The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest DITTO was buried yesterday afternoon.
PRITCHETT Says Positively He is Not the Man Wanted.
Hillsboro, Tex., Dec. 12, Sheriff W. P. MARTIN of Shelby county, Mo., arrived here after J. H. PRITCHETT, alias Henry DEITRICH, who is charged having committed a murder in Shelby county, Mo., in 1887. The identity of PRITCHETT or DEITRICH is still unsettled. Sheriff MARTIN, after looking at him this morning, was not entirely satisfied that he was the man. DEITIRCH has a fore finger off at the first joint, some say of the left and some of the right hand. PRITCHETT has a forefinger off of the right hand at the first joint, but in other respects he suits the description, except that he appears to be a younger man than DEITRICH. PRITCHETT or DEITRICH was recognized by the telegraph operator at Abbott and he declares positively, it is claimed, that PRITCHETT is DEITRICH and it was on his information that the warrant was issued for PRITCHETT. Mr. MARTIN went to Abbott this evening to see Mr. QUAIL before deciding whether to take PRITCHETT to Missouri. It seems that DEITRICH was arrested shortly after committing the murder and has not again been heard of until the arrest here. The jailer kept no description of his prisoners, and as DEITRICH was but little known, it is difficult to set a full description of him. Mr. MARTIN says he thinks he would know DEITRICH, but that he might not, so he is investigating fully before further action.
PRITCHETT still maintains that he is not the party wanted and that he was never in Missouri in his life. He has influential friends near Gatesville who are doing all they can to get him out.
Either a Negro or the Mafia Guilty.
A Child Killed.
Houston, Tex., Dec. 12, Sam LAZZIO, an Italian, who came here from New Orleans about eight years ago, keeps a grocery store on Washington and Union streets. This morning about 3 o'clock, as assassin slipped up to the window of the bed room where LAZZIO was sleeping on a lounge with his 4-year-old-daughter. The assassin poked the pistol through the blinds and fired. The bullet missed LAZZIO, but struck the child, and going through it's arm, lodged in the abdomen, resulting in the death of the child tonight. The affair is shrouded in mystery and the Italians are considerably worked up. They offer a reward for the capture of the murderer.
Some believe that a negro who was refused credit committed the dastardly crime, while other think the Mafia had a hand in it and that the bullet which killed the child was intended for the father.
Shot By Mistake
Wharton, Tex., Dec 12, Fred ANKLAG ??, son of a prominent merchant of Wharton, was out hunting deer in company with a negro, Mark GORDON, when a fawn jumped up between them. GORDON fired, not seeing Fred. Hearing a noise and going in the direction, he discovered he had shot the young man, who died in a few minutes.
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