1891-06-05; Clare Democrat and Press
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ESTABLISHED: 5emocrat'"pes"-1884- Press, April. 1878. CLARE, MICH., FRIDAY, JUNE 5, i8q Official Paper for Olare County and CITY, NEW SERIES NO. 97. ^^^"^^rnVWe* Dry Goods and Shoes. Ms ifd Shoes. We have a line of DRESS GINGHAMS =AX= 5,8JO, 121-2,15 Domestie, Seoteh and French Wares. They are beauties and you should sec them before buying your Summer WASH GOODS. Great Variety of Challies, Outing Cloths, Kiber Cloths, Printed Sheeting, Embroideries, Ete. We can show you the Largest Line at the Lowest Prices in Clare County. >,*-^*rV^-Tf'^1Ti^W^J tSirI*}bride. Next to Postoffice, Wm. Riley Escapes from the County Jail, is Overtaken by the Sheriff and is Shot Through Before He'd Surrender. Riley Conveyed Back to Prison Where He Now Lies In a Precarious Condition — His Frequent Boasts and Threats on the Sheriff if He Could Not Escape Otherwise. On March 30th William Riley was arrested ia this city on a warrant sworn to by Marshal, Austin charging him with larceny from tho person. The man whom Riley is said to have held up and robbed was one James Guest, who moved here with his family early in the spring. Guest was pretty well under the influence of liquor at the time the money was taken from him, so 'tis claimed. Riley had his examination before Justice Carpenter in this city on the 13th of April and held for trial at the June term of the circuit court. Being unable to procure bail he was remanded to the county jail. The man Guest gave his testimony at tho examination, and at about midnight of tho day following died of heart diseaso at his home on east 5th street. Tho ovidenco against Riley is said to be very convincing and quite certain to givo him a trip over tlie road would shoot, and again did Riley hurl back a disdainful reply. He continued his flight. Tho sheriff pulled the trigger. Bang! Riley turned to leavo the track and started up a slight embankment when he settled down in his tracks and ex-rlaimed, " I'm hit I" Hastening up to the fallen man he said that he was shot in tho breast. Mr. Powell was dispatched over to some neighboring houses, about 30 or 40 rods distant, to summon help. Wan-en Miller, Emory Lewis, and two or threo other men were aroused and went to thei scene. Mr. Powell proceeded to Far- well for medical assistance, summoned*. Dr. Kelley, and by the time they returned Riley had been carried to Miller's house. Tho doctor located the bullet just under tlie skin abovo the left nipple, which was extract id. Tlio ball struck hiin ou the back, close to tho shoulder blade aud passed through the body without having struck a bono. The bullet was a 32-calibro short from a self-acting revolver. Riley was about live rods distant wheu the shot was fired. When Riley was carried to the house and placed upon the lounge his first request, was, "Now pull my boots off, quick," which was done, when he remarked, •'Well. I won'! die with my boots ou, anyway," and his mind seemed considerably eased. The following noon he. was placed on board (he train and tafo.u back to the jail at Harrison, where, ho now languishes with prospects iu his favor for a speedy recovery. Ho docs not seem to regret the experience tonnj Two months' of luxuriant ease at the i l"Kfc'*<*gree, with the exception of ask- Hotel Doty at county expense had made Riley long for freedom and In- planned to effect an escape. His first action was to remove one of tho legs out of a stool in his cell. Then from day to day as his meals were brought to him ho watched and by casual glances gained an idea of the pattern of the key that unlocked tho door of the inside corridor. From this piece of seasoned maple taken from tho stool he proceeded to manufacture a duplicate key. Ho had no knife to work with. !Hg did his whittling with, a loce of^corsetst<«l-whiohts-i ■*a-t*petfi*--"£j*' DAYS! Saturd'y Monday Tues FOR THE BOYS. Saturday we place on sale 10 Dozen Flannelette Waists for children, age 4 to 13, at 25c These goods are cheap at 40e but for 3 days we will give you a benefit. 3 DAYS! FOR GENTLEMEN. For 3 days we will sell a good FLANNELETTE Shirt for Summer wear at 25c Sold for 50e by our competitors. More shirt forthe money than ever offered before in Clare County. One-Price Clothier, OPERA HOUSE BLOCK, CLARE. MICH. NEWS AND NOTES, j -Various Items of interest Fiom Various Sources. Only three weeks more of school. j Mussell's for paints,oils and varnishes ii. Heller, of Harrison, was in the city Tuesday. A boy of ten can make an ear ring with a whistle. J. II. Wilson, the tailor, was at Harrison on Sunday. \ The festive mosquito now frequently presents his bill. Wanted immediately, a good, heavy> first-class rain storm. Mrs. A. J. Kane visited at Saginaw last Thursday aud Friday. Mrs. II. A. Abram visited at Flint Tuesday and Wednesday. Wm. Dwyer is making repairs in the roar of his saloon building. Wool, washed and unwashed, bought at the Now Store, Dunlop block. Miss Cora Mosher visited her parents and friends at Mt. Pleasant over Sunday. Sam Orth, of Midland, visited his parents and friends in this city over Sunday. Miss Euceba Hall closed a six months' term of school in the Carrow district last Friday. Nearly all our merchants are advertising special sales this week. See what they have to offer. Miss "Nina Turner, of Evart, visited with her sister, Mrs. A. H. Rockafellow, in Clare this week. H. A. Holdenhas assumed the editorship of the Flint Evening Journal vice G. B. Barker resigned. A Free Methodist camp meeting will be held in Alma commencing June 9th and continuing 10 days. Sportsmen can obtain anything in tho line of fishing tackle at Mussell's drug store at reasonable prices. Postmaster Kirkbride has purchased J. W. Calkins' residence on west 6th street; consideration $800. George Benner returned Monday after a four or five days' visit with friends at Muskegon and Big Rapids. A large number of people from this eity contemplate taking in Saginaw and Fnrepaugh's circus next Monday. Mrs. J, W. Olds visited with old friends in this city over Sunday, returning home to Owosso Monday afternoon. The best man we ever knew was a dead one, for he never talks party issues and was as mum on religion as a straw stack, ing the sheriff why he didn't shoot hiin. in the legs instead of in the body. Ho expressed the opinion that if he hud been shot in the leg he would have b >ou able to carry the lead and 'fri-cted his escape. While lying at Millei-*s houso. he said, "Well, I'm in for it. If I die that settles it; but if I get well that, jail isn't strong enough to hold me." Riley is a thoroughbred, all-'round tough, known to the authorities in nearly every city in the state. It is related by him, as coming from his own. lips, that ho and a companion beat a mart so >tt*j«!W-5olfully jai^Ius'taegog^ha"fj jthejr Finally to por- James Gibsoi, of Owosso, formerly with Wilson, th- tailor, in this city, visited with frienfe in Clare over Sunday. Miss Dorna Benner returned from Big Rapid? on Tuesday, where she has been visiting friends for the past two weeks. t, > G. H. OT-orald was at Lake Station on Tuesday and purchased one million No. 1, shingles. They are for eastern markets. Until further notice—free with every dozen cabinets, one 8x10 frame, glass, back, mat, cord and screw eyes, at De- Vogt's ground floor gallery. A special meeting of the Uniform Rank K. of P. is called for this evening at the armory. Important business and every Sir Knight is requested to bo present. The Ladies' Aid Soeiety of the M. E. church will serve a ten cent supper at the town hall on Tuesday evening, June 9th, from 5 until 7 o'clock. Every one is invited. Potato buyers state that they would sooner pay 25 cents more for potatoes in the northern part of the district than they would for potatoes from Ohio and southern Michigan. Ralph Derby is visiting his brother and friends in Clare after an absence of five or six months. Ralph has been ongaged in the furniture business in the southern part of the state during his absence. John Rogers, aged about 29 years, I died very suddenly at his home in this 'city at about 12 o'clock last Sunday night. "He had not been in very good health for six or eight months, and two or three days previous to his death had been feeling a little worso than usual. A few minutes before his death he asked his wife to get him a bowl of bread and milk, saying he was somewhat hungry. She got it and he sat up and ate some and almost immediately fell over dead. Heart disease is attributed. John was horn in Genesee county, Mich., where his father died when he was about four, years old. About 18 years ago he moved to Clare with his widowed mother and has lived here ever since. His mother died in this city July 2nd, 1890. John was married two years ago last January. His widow and one child, a girl of 18 months, survive him. Tho funeral Was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the 7th street M. E. church, services being conducted by Rev. L. L. Tower. The remains were interred in Cherry Grove cemetery. coll. Where ne proem- corset steel he refuses to tell, the key was made and worked fection. On Monday afternoon, shortly before •i o'clock, Riley made a call and Sheriff Doty's 12-year-old daughter went to see what was wanted. Ho said he wanted some matches, a request frequently made by the prisoners. She thought nothing wrong and, as she had often dono before, proceeded to get the articles, unlocked the outer door, stepped into the corridor and handed Riley the matches through the grating. He thanked her and asked in a casual way as to the whereabouts of her brother, who acts as turnkey at the jail, who was in Greenwood at the time on business. To the inquiry as to her father she informed him that ho had just stepped clown town. Riley then asked the little girl to get him some papers to read. As she turned to comply with his request Riley pushed open the door, which he had previously unlocked, stepped into the outer corridor past her and gained the door. On the steps he paused, turned and said, "Well, I'm going; good bye." He scaled the back fence, fled over the hills in a southerly direction out of town. The news of Riley's escape was soon conveyed to Sheriff Doty, who at onco dispatched several poses of men in different directions in pursuit of the escaped prisoner. In company with Bert Powell, Sheriff Doty drove down the railroad track toward Hatton, the direction taken by Riley when last seen. Passing Hatton they drove to Moore's Crossing, about four miles northwest of Clare. Here he tied his horse and concluded to wait and watch for Riley, suspecting that the fellow would strike the railroad as soon as it became dark and make toward this eity. He hid in a "Swede hole" along side the track. His suspicions proved correct and his hours of waiting proved shorter than he anticipated. A few minutes past 10 o'clock the waiting men espied a form coming toward them down the track. It was light enough so that the man could be easily recognized. When nearly opposite, some 12 or 15 feet distant, Sheriff Doty arose from his hiding place and said,*" Hello, Riley. Throw up your hands and surrender." With a savago groan Riley took two or three rapid steps towards him making the remark, "Never !" when he stopped suddenly, evidently having espied Mr. Powell, who had in the meantime risen to his feet. Riloy wheeled and started on a run up the track. The sheriff commanded him to halt or he would Are, but Riley replied that he would not be taken. Again did Mr. Doty tell him to stop or he the body under anai-e^"*^ r^jW^ The man finally recovered and es^aped. Anothcr instance,:-.-! told by himself confidentially to a fellow workman, that once upon a time while at Saginaw he and a companion got into somo serious difficulty. His companion sent word to his parents in Canada and the father came over with some SS00 in his pocket to help his son out of trouble. In ordor to clear his son ho also had to clear Riley. It cost the old gentleman between 5300 and 5100. After they were out of the scrape they laid a plan and robbed the old man of what money he had left, leaving him without a cent. They fled and escaped to parts unknown. Riley is a rather intelligent sort of a fellow, black hair.small black mustache, dark complexion, of medium build and rather good looking. To four different companions who were in the county jail with him, each, of whom aro now serving short terms at either Detroit or Ionia, Riley has made the boast that he would effect an escape before his case came to trial, threatening to " do " tho sheriff with a stool or some other weapon if he could not -accomplish his purpose in no other way. These threats were told to Mr. Doty, but he paid no particular attention to them. Circuit court for this county convenes June 22nd. It is a non-jury term and if Riley prefers and consents to a pick- ed-up jury he will probably be granted a trial at this term, otherwise he wiH have to langnish at the Hotel Doty until the October term of circuit court. Public opinion in this county entirely exonorates Sheriff Doty from all blame in this matter. As he did only his plain duty, knowing that he had a desperate man to deal with, whom ho was determined to recapture at all haz- zard. The probabilities are that Riley's first intentions were to grapple witli the sheriff when first halted on the railroad, which he undoubtedly would have done had he not discovered a third party on the scene. In Sheriff Doty's two years and a half experience as sheriff of Clare county this is tho first occasion he has ever had for pulling his revolver from his pocket. » . ■> The demand for information concerning the recent decision of the supreme court on tho bounty matter by veterans is so great that 7,000 copies of the opinion will bo mailed to applicants for bounties. rt i WANTED :—Two thousand cords of cedar paving, delivered on main lino of F. &P.M. railroad or any of its brandies. For prices and particulars call oil or address, C. S. ChasEj Clare, Mich. 4 sA"-'
|Title||1891-06-05; Clare Democrat and Press|
|Description||Friday, June 5, 1891 issue of a Clare, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Also known as the Democrat Press. Began publication in 1889, with the merger of The Clare Press and the Clare Democrat. In 1894, merged with The Clare Sentinel (1892) to form the Clare Sentinel and the Democrat-Press.|
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