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This week in Summit County history: ‘Love pirate’ slashed by sister

Compiled by Breckenridge
Heritage Alliance
Special to the Daily


Angered at attentions she says were showered on her husband, Mrs. Mary Witchner, 29, followed her sister, Mrs. Rose Rapue, 32, who she accuses of being the “love pirate,” to the home of a relative and slashed her across the back with a razor. Relatives saved Mrs. Rapue from further attack. Mrs. Rapue’s 7-year-old daughter sought to step between her mother and Mrs. Witchner and was slightly cut across the back before she had been brushed aside.


A town attains success according to the spirit of its citizens. To be sure, certain industrial resources are necessary, but they do not constitute, by any means, the sum total of things essential for town development and prosperity.

Breckenridge for instance is known as a mining camp. It is conceded that but for the mineral resources — the production of metals, there would be no organized community. All of which is true, but it only requires a small percentage of the population to actually produce these metals — therefore what occupies the attention of others, what is the incentive which urges their presence? Simply the fact that those engaged in the principal occupation of the community, require the services of others in maintaining food supplies, clothing, stocks and other mercantile necessities.

Physicians, school teachers, lawyers and other professional men and women are factors in the welfare and advancement of a community. There are scores of people who are not engaged in the actual development of the principal natural resource which forms the basis of the town’s existence; it is at once obvious that countless occupations, each affording those who engage in them a livelihood are just as necessary as the main industry. These occupations depend one on the other and constitute the great frame work upon which civilization is built and on which human existence depends.


Dredges Nos. 1 and 2 of the Tonopali Placers company have closed down and are undergoing repairs. No. 3 continues in operation. The Reiling French Gulch dredge is likewise being overhauled and will soon be ready for operation. Since September this dredge has been working ground of the Farncomb Hill Gold Dredging company, composed of local people, who to date, have received $86,000 as their share of the proceeds.


Charles Fletcher, 17, suffered painful injuries Monday morning when the fingers of his right hand were caught in the cogs of the radio drill at the Tonopah shops. It was feared that it would be necessary to amputate them, but the young man is recovering in a satisfactory manner.


Rienzi O. Dickens, accused of the assassination of his father, W. H. Dickens, pioneer banker of Longmont, was released on bond for $37,500, furnished by members of the Dickens family of Longmont.

District Attorney Russell W. Fleming resisted the efforts of the defense for bail until the last; but the court held that, inasmuch as the only evidence against the prisoner is circumstantial, he is entitled under the law to bail.

When Judge Strong ruled in favor of the defense, District Attorney Fleming asked for a bond of $50,000. This request was the signal for another long argument, and the court finally fixed the bond at $37,500.

The prisoner was seated in the court room before the bench when his relatives from Longmont arrived. With every eye in the court room upon them they advanced toward the prisoner with outstretched arms. The gray-haired old woman threw her arms about her son, whom she had not seen since his arrest, and kissed him warmly.

His wife, her eyes red with weeping, and evidently under the strain of great emotion, also threw her arms about the prisoner and kissed him. The aged mother walked across the court room with quiet dignity, absolutely oblivious of the eyes that were fastened upon her. The prisoner was also greeted by his brothers and sisters.

The bond was presented and R. C. Dickens was freed. The total upon the bail bond is $445,000. After Dickens’ release the members of the family went to a local hotel.

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