SHAWNEE COUNTY, KANSAS
TOPEKA NEWS ITEMS TAKEN FROM THE "KANSAS CITY TIMES, JULY 26, 1885, PAGE 9
Miss Gertie Jenkins is visiting friends in Wichita.
Miss Alice Gray is visiting her sister Mrs. Major Shreve.
Mr. Will Mulvane is confined to his room by an attack of sickness.
C. M. Hill of the Windsor hotel has returned from a trip to Colorado.
Mrs. Joab Mulvane returned Thursday from a visit to friends in Illinois.
H. P. Throop and daughter have left for a short sojourn at Las Vegas.
Mrs. C. C. Lavery is visiting country friends at Neodesha, Neosho County.
Miss Ella Sherman has been appointed a delivery clerk in the postoffice.
Miss Katie Crouse of Leavenworth is the guest of Miss Lavina Zimmerman.
Mrs. George Towksbury is enjoying a visit from her mother, Mrs. Griggs.
Mrs. J. F. Daniels has left for a short visit with friends in Chicago and vicinity.
Miss Nellie Holden of Kansas City is visiting the family of her uncle Jacob Smith.
Mrs. G. D. Baker is making a short stay with her son, at Ellenwood, Barton county.
J. N. Strickler and wife have returned from their trip to the east and the seashore.
Miss Maggie Mulvane returned during the week from a visit to friends in the east.
C. b. Schmidt, formerly commissioner of emigration for the Santa Fe, was in the city yesterday. Schmidt is now permanently engaged in the banking business at Omaha.
Judge W. C. Webb, S. A. Kingman and Lum Rodger left for a western trip a few days ago.
Rev. P. S. Clelland is lying low at his residence in this city, having received a stroke of paralysis.
Gideon Hurd, wife and daughter of Pueblo, Col., are the guests of Thomas Archer during the week.
Chester Thomas, Jr., and family leave during the week for a visit to the old home, Bradford County, Penn.
Mrs. E. A. Taft entertained friends on Friday evening in honor of her guest, Miss Neil of London, Ohio.
Harry W. Frost, editor of the Saturday Evening Lance, has returned from a four weeks' trip through Minnesota.
Miss Alice Coats and Mrs. W. A. Coats entertained a number of friends at their residence, 354 Tyler street last evening.
J. M. Davies, accompanied by his wife and daughter, Miss May, left during the week for a short stay at Colorado Springs.
Dean Elberby of Grace Church, accompanied by his wife, has left for Manitoba where he will spend the summer months.
The ladies of the Methodist church gave an agreeable and pleasant lawn social at the residence of W. W. Gavitt on Friday.
Misses Vada and Myrtle Jetmore and their friend, Miss Lizzie Simpson of St. Louis are enjoying a pleasant visit from Mrs. J. B. Hoover of Independence.
Mr. and Mrs. Abe Steinberg gave a pleasant party to friends on Wednesday evening in honor of Misses Carrie and Yetta Steinberg of St. Louis and Mrs. Carrie Steinberg of Lawrence.
J. H. Emmer, assistant general manager of the Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Gulf railroad, accompanied by his wife, nee Miss Tinnie Finney, who were making a short visit with Miss Ellen Brown at her residence on Quincy street, left for an extended eastern trip.
BANK ROBBER RUSHED TO PRISON TO ESCAPE MOB MENACE
Topeka, Kas., Nov. 29 - A Negro, Benjamin J. Davidson gave his life to prevent the escape from the Shawhnee county jail last night of Cecil Thornbrugh, white, bank and post office robber.
Soon after the 53-year-old jailer was slugged and then fatally wounded with his own pistol, a menacing crowd gathered outside the jail and Thornbrugh was hurried to the state penitentiary at Lansing.
Capt. George Reid of the Topeka police department, reporting the safe arrival with Thornbrugh at the prison, said the Kansas desperado admitted the shooting of the Negro.
The Kansas house of representatives, in special session at the state house a few blocks away, approved a measure for the return of capital punishment.
Thornbrugh slugged the jailer in a room in which he and other prisoners were confined, free from their cells. The two battled for possession of Davidson's pistol in his holster.
The desperado wrested the pistol from Davidson and fired three times, two shots entering the Negro's chest.
Grappled With Outlaw
With his waning strength, Davidson shouted for help and grappled with his younger assailant. He tossed Thornbrugh backward down the steps from the upper cell tier, the prisoner being knocked unconscious when he struck his head on one of the steel steps.
Thornbrugh, 20, and his brother, Harold, who was
slain in a gunfight near Hopkins, Mo., last September were suspected of the slaying of Otto P. Peterson, special
officer at Omaha, July 18. Cecil denied he was involved in that shooting. (Aberdeen Daily News, November 29, 1933,
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