100 Years Ago

March 29, 1917

Treason is a crime for those who owe allegiance to the United States who levy war against them, or adhere to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. The punishment for treason is death, or at the discretion of the court, confinement in the penitentiary not less than five years and a fine of not less than ten thousand dollars. Misprision of treason a crime in those who owe allegiance to the United States who having knowledge of commission of treason against them, and who conceals and does not make known, as soon as may be, to the President, or to some judge or justice. The penalty is not more than seven years nor more than one thousand dollars.

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When the Harrison county lunacy commission, sitting at Clarksburg, learned Phillip Pasco, an alleged lunatic, had won at poker all the money 54 other prisoners in the county jail had, it decided he was sane and ordered him released.

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When President Wilson opened the old-time worn Bible – a cherished family heirloom, to take the oath for the highest office in our land for the second time, he could hardly have touched his lips to language that was more replete with comfort and promise than that of the forty-sixth Psalm which reads in part:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

“Therefore we will not fear though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea…He maketh wars to cease unto the ends of the earth….The Lord of Hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.”

Our paper in commenting on the President opening to this language, wondered if it “just happened” or if his hand was guided by “some supernatural influence.”

It was a beautiful incident, and one that was no doubt guided by the same Omnipotent Hand that has helped him thus far to steer the old Ship of State in safety o’er the billowy seas. – Exchange

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Dear Subscriber:

Yes, the automobile was prophesied long ago – probably about twenty-five hundred years ago – by the prophet Nahum, who says (chapter 2 verse 4) “The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broad ways; they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.” – West Virginia News

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Ruth, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Gay, died Monday, March 28, 1917, of whooping cough and pneumonia, aged six months, at the home of her parents at Big Run. Burial at the family graveyard on Indian Draft.

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Married, Wednesday, March 28, 1917, Floyd C. Baxter and Miss Lena Hannah at Inframonte Cottage, Marlinton, Rev. Wm. T. Price, D.D., officiating minister. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. J. E. Hannah, of Elk. The groom is a young citizen of Edray. Both are well known in Marlinton, having attended the high school here two years ago. Our congratulations and best wishes are extended.

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Jacob Beverage, an old Confederate soldier and now past the three score and ten mark, but as piert as a boy, came in to see us Monday morning, to tell us that he had killed the first snake of the season. It was a four foot black snake. He got him near his home at the Griffin place on the head of Stony Creek. Mr. Beverage walks the four miles from home to Marlinton in about an hour, and feels as strong as he ever did. He told us he had been engaged in the old time industry of manufacturing sugar troughs this year. Being an expert axeman, he uses nothing but an axe in making a trough. He says he has not gotten his hand back into the trough making business yet, however, for twenty-five good troughs is the best he has been able to make in a day. When he was in practice, fifty troughs a day was his record.


Either Pocahontas county is overrun with big game and ferocious animals or there is a very imaginative newspaper man living somewhere within the valleys formed by her beautiful mountains.

Lately have come stories pertaining to the ride of someone on the back of a buck deer, the animal carrying its burden through a thicket so fast that all the clothes were torn from the man’s body, but he was quite unhurt; then was told a story of a preacher being chased by an African lion, supposed to have escaped from a circus; next a statement to the effect that the deer were so thick the mountaineers had to drive them from the gardening fields because they could not shoot them at this time of year; several good bear stories and fights with wildcats were next in line and then came one about the presence of a mountain lion, the first seen for nearly a century, and, finally, yesterday, the papers carried the story of a seven-foot eagle attacking a colt and trying to fly away with it, later to be captured.
If all these things be true then Pocahontas county is the spot for Teddy Roosevelt and others who enjoy outdoor life and adventure…


Our community was shocked by the sudden death of Madison Mullenax on last Wednesday evening about nine o’clock. The cause was apoplexy. Mr. Mullenax was well known in the county. Funeral services were held at Bartow, conducted by Durbin Lodge 1465 Loyal Order of the Moose, of which Mr. Mullenax was a member. His remains were laid to rest in the Boyer graveyard. He is survived by seven children, Mrs. Clara Curry, of Huntersville; Berlin, of Marlinton, Jake, Rob, Clyde, and little girls. The community expresses great sympathy for the family.
C. L. Austin sold his fine property in Durbin to Hiner and Hudson.

The farmers are plowing and from the looks of their start, will raise good crops this season.

Automobiles do not seem to go on our roads now as the bottom of the road is too far below the bed of the auto.


The farmers are backward with their spring work owing to wet weather.
George Duncan is here this week putting in a concrete bridge.
Mrs. Neal Baxter returned to her home at West Marlinton last Sunday. She was accompanied by her sister, Miss May VanReenan.
George Auldridge has bought a fine mule form Ob Mann.
Preston Duncan is farming for Frank Young.


There was an oyster supper here last Saturday night for the benefit of the church.
Last Monday night March 19th, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick of this place burned down. Mr. Fensemaker’s barber shop and pool room and Mr. Meadow’s tailor shop were burned at the same time.

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