Corvallis gazette. (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) 1900-1909, July 28, 1905, Image 1

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Vol. XLII.
Corvaixis, Benton County, Oregon, Friday, July 28, 1905.
Young CorvaHis Woman Takes
Her Own Life Cause a Deep
The people of Corvallis were
severely shocked Tuesday even-
ine uoon the announcement of
the suicide of one whose appar
ently happy condition of life
preclude the possibility of such
an act. AH who know Mr. and
Mrs. W. B. Lacy have been im
pressed with the devotion mani
fested each to the other; their
situation was financially such as
should have been entirely satis
factory; they owned their home;
Mr. Lacy had employment?
Monday Mr. and Mrs. Lacy re
turned from a pleasant visit with
friends and relatives in Wash
ington state, having also visited
the Exposition and Mrs. Lstcy's
parents in Polk county. Both
are highly esteemed by their ac
quaintances, and all their known
surroundings were such as to
justify the belief that the Lacy
home was one of the happiest.
So, with these facts in the mind
of so many, there was extreme sur
prise and profound sorrow when
it became known that Mrs. Lacy
1 J -J l 1 1 4-1.
lay ucau cti iici uuuic iuc ic
suit of a gunshot wound inflict-
ed, as seemed probable, by her
own hand.
Discovery ot the body was
made by Mr. Lacy upon return
ing home at the close of bust
ness hours at the J. H. Harris
store, fa which he has been an
employe for many years. Mr.
.uacv enterea tne Dact aoar ac
companied by Chester Proebstel,
who was to have supper with the
r rt mi 11 i i
iamuy. ine nusDana passed in
to the dining room and from
there saw his wife lying on the
' Via3 1 i, tllfkir claonmnr nqrtmaintc
opening from the diaing room.
. He approached his wife, lay his
hand updn her, and simultaneous
ly discovered an exusion of froth
from the mouth and a narrow
streak of blood passing from the
right temple across her face.
With a cry ot anguish Mr. La
cy called to his friend and com
manded him to hasten for a phy
sician. Within five or six mm
ntes Dr. Cathey arrived. "It is
no use she is dead !" said the
heart-broken husband to the doc
tor as he entered the toot. And proved, upon a casual exam
ination by the physician.
Mrs. Lacy lay upon her back,
her head turned well to the left
and restiug upon the pillows. A
tiny hole in the-right temple and
a 22-calibre rifle lying by the
bedside gave the first, and in fact
only, evidence of how sue came
to her death. The bullet Tiad
entered the right temple and pass
ed almost diagonally across to the
opposite side where it was arrest
ed by the heavier bone slightly
below the left temple, lacerating
the blood vessels of of the. brain
in its course. The nature of "the
wound caused speedy and exten
sive discoloration of the face.
Dr. Cathey suggested that Cor
oner Wil kins be summoned and
mat in tne meantime tne corpse
and attending conditions be not
disturbed. After a survey of the
situation Coroner Wilkins remov
ed the remains to his undertaking
parlors and an once summoned
jury and ordered an inquest,
which began at 8 o'clock. The
jury was composed of Wm. Crees,
G. Seely, A. E. Wilkins, J. A.
Strange Z. Davis, J. W. Crawford
W. p. Lacy was the first wit-
ness canea. ie stated, in an
swer to interogatives ; by Dep.
. Dis. Attorney Bryson, that he last
saw his wife alive when he left
his home just after having dinner
at 12 o'clock Tuesday; at that
time there was nothing unusual
in her manner; she seemed cheer
ful, was in her usual health; she
was in no way" despondent; their
relationship had always been very
pleasant, as had ' that of herself
and relatives; nothing had occur
red on their recent vacation trip
to mar her usual peace of mind.
who was likely to have "a motive
for cjtusing her death. Upon his
departure for his place of busi
ness Mr. Lacy had told his wife
that she need not prepare a warm
supper. He identified a 22-calibre
rifle offered in evidence as being
one he had kept in a closet open
ing from the bedroom occupied
by himself and wife. It was not
kept loaded. Cartridges for -the
gun were kept in the pantry.
Mrs. Lacy had never- handled
to his knowledge. The empty
shell found in the gun corres
ponded' with, the shells of cart
ridges keptjby Mr. Lacy.
Chester Proebstel, an instruct
or at the college, testified that he
had known Mr. and Mrs. Lacy
a considerable time. He had
just arranged to begin boarding
with.them; had taken dinner with
them on the fatal day; about 6
o'clock had gone to the Lacy
home for supper, rang the front
door bell, but receiving no re
sponse, had started down town,
When he had, gone a short dis
tance he met Mr. Lacy and re
turned, hnding the dead body 01
Mrs. Lacy as previously narrated.
Mr. Proebstel had noticed noth
ing: at dinner time to indicate
despondency on the part of Mrs
Dr. Cathey gave evidence in
accordance with facts already
stated, and assisted the jury in
the examination ot the body.
" Charles" Harding, driver of
.delivery wagon had delivered
groceries at the Lacy home
about 3 ' clock in the afternoon,
and on going to the rear of the
residense to leave the purchases,
had seen, through a window, the
form of a woman lying on a bed
Other evidence, however, was to
the effect that the groceries de
livered by Mr. Hardirng had beet
moved from where the delivery-
man left them, and had been
property put away. V
Testimony of E. B. Horning,
from where the groceries wer
purchased, showed that wrappers
of the goods had been removed
placed in the kitchen stove, and
partially burned. These facts
tended to show that Mrs. Lacy
had not fired the fatal shot when
Mr. Harding saw the person (evi
dently Mrs. Lacy) upon the bed
A number of ladies residing
in Jthe vicinity of the Lacy hom
were called as witnesses, and tes
tified that Mrs. Lacy was not of
morose or despondent disposition,
that they knew, of no motive or
cause which might prompt the
act under investigation . Mrs. H.
E. Hodes had gone upon an er
rand to .the Lacy home at 5
o'clock, but was unable to pro
cure a response ta a rine of the
door bell.
The verdict of the iurv was
substantially that deceased had
come to her death from the effect
of a gunshot wound inflicted by
her own hand.
The maiden name of Mrs. La
cy was Laura Collins. She was
the daughter of Wm. Collins, a
pioneer resident of. Polk county,
the family . having been ne ar
the line between-"Benton and
Polk. She is a sister of Mrs. E,
F.' Wiles. During several years
the family of Mr. Collins resided
in Corvallis and it was while they
lived here that Laura became the
wife of W. B. Lacy, seven years
ago this month, since which time
the young people made this city
their home. Deceased was aged
32 years one possessed an un
usual happy disposition,- and this
trait of character, combined with
many other admirable womanly
qualities, . made her a. large cir
cle of devoted friends, and her
demise particularly under such
circumstances as attended her
death, caused profound sorrow
throughout the city wherever she
was known. Mr. Lacy has been
an employe of the J. H. .Harris
store during nine years past.- He
is an estimable citizen and very
much sincere 'sympathy is extend
ed to. him.- No children , were
born to them. -
Of Interest . to Benton County
; People by Special
German Day was the great day
ast week and the long and beau
tiful procession the most interest
ing feature. This parade was
made through the public streets
down town, so that when they
arrived at the Fair ground every
one was too tired to properly en
joy a visit to the various build
ings. .But the singing was
superb, and anyone who has
heard a German singing society
can imagine now mucn more
music they can furnish when
they get a number of these clubs
together and every man singing
for all there is in him. The fire
works in the evening is getting
to be a very attractive feature.
Wnile the ministerial pro
fession are quarelling over the
tongue lashing given them bv
Bishop Tnorburn regarding sen
sationalisrn in the pulpit, the
Trail concessionaires are quietly
working for an open Sunday, and
judging from the friendly attitude
of the State Commission they are
likely to get it. X he matter is
expected to be decided this week.
Corvallis and Benton county
people are very well informed re
garding telephones, rural lines,
etc., but tne best posted among
them can learn many new and in
teresting points by paying a visit
to the B-R Electric and" Tele
phone exhibit in the Machinery
building. Here our old friend,
W. D. DeVarney, holds sway
with the most complete and vari
ed assortment of electrical goods
and appliances in the whole Fair.
The most interesting part of. the
apparatus to an uninitiated per
son is the several switchboards.
some for so .lines, and one ldr
Suffrage of Women.
100; also smaller sizes down to
16 lines. An examination of
these will give one a better idea
can he could find out by reading
or studying for a year. We were
most particularly interested in
some special Telephone attach
ments, one for calling central
without ringing any instrument
on the line another that per
mitted you to call any particular
person on the line without letting
even central know it and the
last that is especially made to
cut out the lubber necks, who
usually butt in when you are talk
ing to your best girl. The lasti
is a special favorite with married
in m whose office phones happen
to b; on the same line with their
resident phones. There is als a
bewildering collection of batteries
and bells, tools and attachments,
fuses and fuse blocks, lightning
arrestors and protestors, and a
hundred and one smaller articles
used in the business. ', No one
should fail to see this exhibit.
E. C. Keezel and C. F. Log-
gan. ot rauoinatn, were at tne
Fair last week and registered at
the county booth. Thev spent a
couplet of days in viewing the
exhibits of the various buildings.
Miss Isabella Gray, of Philo
math, wjis also here during the
week. We also noted some other
Benton county citizens during
tne weeK. Amongst tnem we
saw Thomas and Mac Alexander,
ot Hoskins. Dr. C.- H. Lee, of
Corvallis, was up late in the
week, and visited the agricultural
display. Miss Leah Barclay, of
Corvallis, was also a visitor. - We
passed Zack Taylor on Sunday
evening last, but he was'so deep
ly interested. in the. three young
ladies' he had in charge that we
could not get his attention with
out hitting him with a brick, and
so we are unable to say how long
he has been here or when he is
going back. If he bteaks away
later in the week we may possi
bly get an interview.
New York boasts an association
opposed to the suffrage of women
and numbers among its officers
such women as Mrs. Lyman Ab
bott, Mrs. Arthur M. Dodge,
Mrs. E'.ihu Root, and many other
notable women. We have just
received from this association the
following, with the request that
we publish it:
sThe executive committee has
pleasure in sending you the fal
lowing statement of woman suff
rage defeats in the United States
during the past six months.
In California the senate voted
14 to 21 against submitting a
constitutional amendment for wo
man suffrage to popular vote.
' In Kansas the senate voted 29
to 60 against a bill giving women
the right to vote for presidential
In Montana the lower house
rejected a woman suffrage bill by
a vote of 38 to 30. - '
In Missouri the house commit
tee 011 constitutional amendments
reported against a proposition to
extend the saffrage to women.
In Wisconsin a bill introduced
in the legislature providing for
the municipal suffrage for woman
was defeated in the assembly by
a vote of 34 to 43.
In Illinois the house was over
whelmingly opposed to a woman
suffrage measure,, and later a bill
was introduced for the total and
complete disfranchisement of wo
man, who, having the privilege
to vote for school trustees have
in ten years allowed their interst
to dwindlefrom a voteof 24,000 to
an insignificent 1,000.
In Wheeling, West Virginia,
the popular vote cast for munici
pal suffrage to woman stood 2,401
in .favor, and 4,001 against the
proposition. : .. - - '
In Washington, D. C, neither
the senate nor the house gave
hearings to any petition for wo
man suffrage. This was unusual,
for it is the first time in several
years that such an omission has
occurred. '
In Massachusetts three woman
suffrage bills were adversely re
ported, and a unanimous report
against the proposition to strike
the word "malt" from the quali
fication of voters was accepted
without protest bv the lower-
house. ,
In Maiue the committee to con
sider a woman suffrage amend
ment gave tne "usual leave to
In Connecticut a hill admitiug
women to the right of suffia
in municipal elections was killed
in the house by , a vote of 29 to
1 12. . '
In New York the senate com
mittees on cities voted 1 to ir
against giving woman taxpayers !
in the cities of the 3 degree the
right to vote on questions of ap
propriations, and later the sen
ate voted 11 to 26 against a reso
lution to discuss the matter.
The activity of a few women
who so earnestly advocate woman
suffrage is in no sense diminished
by the successive failures, their
zeal blinding them to the fact
that the determined and intelli
gent opposition to any extension
of the suffrage to women is not
confined to one locality, . but ex
tends throughout the length and
breadth of our country.
Be tit Her Double.
' "I knew no one, for four weeks, when
I was sick with typhoid and kidney
trouble," writes Mrs. Annie Hunter, of
Pittsburg, Pa., "an-l when I got better,
although I had one of the best doctors I
could get, I was bent double, and had to
rest my hands on my kr.ees when I
walked. Prom this terrible affliction I
was rescued by Electric Bitters, which
restored my health and strength, and
now I can walk as straight as evtr. They
are simply wonderful." Guaranteed to
cure stomach, liver and kidney disorder?;
at Allen & Woodward's drug store; price
50e. -
Notice. ,
Notice is hereby -given that parties in
debted to the undersigned are urgently
requested to settle their accounts at once
asl h-ive disp eed of my harness, busi
ness, to Mr. Grant Elsin'and it is necs
sary that all 8H1118 due me be paid.
J. E. Winegar
"... 57if
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Doctors said He would sot live.
Peter Fry, Woodruff, Pa., writes: "Af
ter doctorint? two years with the best
physicians in VV aiDesburg, and still pet
ting worse, the doctors advised me if 1
had any business to attend to I had bet
ter attend to it at once, as I cou'd not
p ssibly liveatiother month as there was
no cure for. me. Foley's Kidney Cure
was recommended to me by a friend, and
I immediately sent my son to the store
for it and after taking three bottles I be
gan to tret better and continned to im
prove until I was entirely well." Sold by
Graham & Wortham. '
Fit G
To aSi Defects cf Sight.
MATTHEWS, The Optician
Room 12, Bank Building.
Job Printing.
When you pay out
good money for
printing, be sure
and get good print-
ing for the money L
Po not send out printed mat
ter to your customers that is
a disgrace to your business
a disgrace to'your town and
a disgrace to the printer vrho
puts it out. 5
Good Work costs
you nox more than
the bad:
Good printing is correct in
spelling correct in gram
marcorrect in punctuation
on good . stock printed
with good ink and some
thing that it is a pleasure to.,
look at.
i70 KE" MIRE
were conveyed yesterday morning
to a cemetery near the old family
homestead: She -was a member
of the Presbyterian church of this
city, ana tev. IVL. fc. isusn, pas
tor of the chnrch here, conduct
Everything in first-class order. Come and see us.
room, new fixtures, new goods, but same old prices. .
We still have a very nice line of Go-Carts, at very reasona
ble prices.
If you are going c amping, come and see us. Hammocks,
Tents, Cots, Camp Stoves, etc., always on hand.
The Hougc-F urniGhcra.
The witness knew of no person
The remains - of Mrs. Lacy
ed the funeral ceremonies.