The Beaver County Democrat. (Beaver, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 20, 1909 Page: 2 of 8
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Why a Woman Usually
KilU When She
Uses Man as a Target
Tb woman *tan<i« hack.
She looks at h*r hand Id It
la a now revolver—«be baa
never flred one before.
And at ber feet 11*1 a
•mall, crump!**! up b*ap of
humanity—tba dead always
mm to grow smaller—tba thing be-
fore her was oom a man. An«l aba
bss killed him with one sure. atralgbt
"Dfa aa you deserve!" aha ser*sms.
and then aba looka at tba tblng of
ataal Id her band.
For a moment aha is all • nerve.
Than aba realises. This tblng In her
hand la a platol, aomethlng the ha*
•over used before. Yet at her first
■hot aha haa hit the bull's-eye—abe
baa killed a man. Once abe Would
have been afraid to take up a platol;
now abe haa u e«l It with deadly
fact Once aba couldn't have hit tba
target. Now abe haa abot <! a<l the
mo aba hates. 8he has killed blm
with one shot! Her aim has been ah
aolutaly true to the mark she meant
It to roach—a man's heart!
The police recorda of New York for
the paat two years reveal a dozen
caaaa la which women who bad nevor
bandled firearms have ahot and killed
men with unerring aim. In most
eaaea only one shot waa fired, s
further evidence of their deadly aim.
la tba caaes In which more than one
abot waa fired the other bulleta went
wild, showing conclusively that a
woman's ability to sboot straight lies
to bar Instinct to point straight and
pull the trigger without taking aim,
aaya a writer In the Naw York World.
Their First Shot Fatal.
One of the beat known caaes that
flluatrataa tbla la the caae of Sara
Koteu, a Naw York hospital nurse,
who abot and killed Dr. Martin Aus
pita laat June. She la accused of hav-
ing for day a before the shoot! uk
ftarvad herself for the deed. She had
never bandied a revolver In ber life,
but when aba finally made up ner
mind to kill blm. according to the
charge agalnat her, abe finished him
With one abot Anls a Louise I*
Maaay, a young French woman, who
coroner's Jury within a few hours of
The <-a«e of IV-rtha Clache. the so-
called " blte slave." who shot and
kMU-d Emll <i«-rdron. 1* well remem-
bered F'-eltnc that she had be«i
ahuat-d beyond eudurance. ah* pur-
chased a revolver and killed Gerdron
with the first and only bullet ahe
flred from It.
Mini Never to Miss Their Aim. .
There are many more, all of them
proving conclualvely that the woman
with a platol almost never mlaaea ber
And why la It?
Why doea the woman wltb the pia-
to so seldom niles her aim? It Is ab-
solutely one chance In a thousand that
she faila to shoot true. Policemen the
country over will tell you this. The
frail, hysterical creature with the new
platol which ahe never dared touch
before—so she will tell you—is far
more dangerous than the best target
shot or the most dangerous thug or
highwayman that ever held up a
parser hy. ,
Cowboys and bad men of the west,
brought up to use Colts and Reming-
tons as playthings, men who can
shoot off Jhe heads of rattleanakes
from their ponies, miss their men
time and again.
But a woman seems never to miss
hers, afraid of the revolver as she la.
Ever see a row In a cowboy aaloon?
The room Is crowded with six-shooter
experts. Somebody shoots and then
everybody ahoots. When fifty or sixty
shots have "been flred the guns ara
empty, the smoke clears away, the
lamps are relighted—and probably no-
body has been killed. Nearly all the
shooters could bit a dime at 25 yards.
Yet one angrj. overwrought woman,
who has never flred a pistol in her
life, brings down the man she wants
t(. kill every time.
Man Raraly Hit Mark.
The average American man knows
something about a revolver;'but he
can rarely hit anything wltb it. No-
body ever saw a i ollceman who could
shoot straight further than at a three
foot range. Thugs and hold-up men
know that—time and again they get
nway in a fusillade of bullets which
ba as apt to sboot barae'.f as hit tba
target. Yat when abe la nerved to It
abe sboot* straight every time.
There are frequent outbreaks In tba
foreign colonies of the country's large
cities in which the "hot-tempered bring
M>me long-standing feu! to a climax
at the pistol point. The scene la
usually a crowded dance hall or a dim
alley and the men are massed cloae.
But when the police come they usual-
ly find the dead and wounded surprla-
Ingly few. considering the short range
and the number of abots fired from
so many wes ions. The men who en-
| pull would not drag yaot point
I from the target, you could do aoma
very rwnarksbie shooting by depen*
lng eolelv on tba Instinct which di-
rects your Index finger when >ou
thrust it at any object.
Now. the explanation for tba In-
credible marksmanship displayed by
u agitated woman Ilea In the Instinct
to point straight. She haa never flred
la pistol before, and sbo never thlnka
of aiming It. Hhe doea not think of
the Jump or the report. Hhe Is too
agitated, too excited, too hysterical, to
consider any of these things, She doea
•'I was troubled with eram pa In tto
stomach for all yaara. I triad man>
kind# of medicine, alto waa treatac
by three doctor*.
"Ttoy aaid that I bad nervous dye
papaia. I took tha madicina for two
yaara, than I got alck again and gavt
up all hopea of getting cured.
*•1 aaw a teatlmonia! of * man whose
tut waa similar to mlna, being cured
by Parana, to thought I would giva II
a trial. I procured a bottle it once,
and commenced taking It.
••I have taken nineteen bottlea, and
am entirely cured. I believe Parana
la all that It claimed for it."—Mrs. J.
C. Jamison, fl I Merchant St., Watson-
jr-f J'/M toii. tom. M/tern
, J At/sp/rz
had never used a revolver, killed Gua
tav Bimon, a wealthy manufacturer at
No. 640 Broadway, in November of
the preceding year. She bad an argu-
ment with him over money matter*
and without warning shot him through
The caae of Madeline Wassnr l.nng
lots, who shot and killed her father
In August or the tame year. Is still
freah In the memory of many. Her
father had killed her mother and was
about to attack her little sister. She
picked up a revolver; she had never
fired one before. But she killed him
Inatantly. She was acquitted by the
are Just as apt to kill somebody across
the street or lu the next block as to
bring down the Intended targeta. The
Jesse James men with their pistols
were no match for the sturdy farmers
with their shotguns. You must be an
expert to shoot straight with a revol-
It takes long practice and steady
nerve*. You must know the entire
theory of the gun.
Why is it then, that a woman, who
Is all nerves, trembling with excite-
ment and resentment, hits her mark
every time? Alone and calm, were
she practising with a platol, she would
gage in these rows have handled wea-
pons almost from Infancy. They come
from neighborhoods where It is cus-
tomary for all the males to bear arms
and use them promptly when a per-
sonal question arises.
Shoot Straight by Inatinet.
Their women are unarmed and un-
familiar with the steel that is the
badge of manhood in their social life.
But right in New York there are al-
ways pending two or three cases in
which a woman of this type has taken
a pistol in her hand for the first time
to avenge her wrongs and flred it
straight and true.
There is a curious psychology of pis-
tol shooting, into which the condi-
tion of a woman, strung to a high ner-
vous tension, and her unfamillarlty
with the weapon fit perfectly. In an
instant, and by instinct, she is on a
par with the greatest marksmen of
the age. Were Hhe to try to repeat
her performance ngainBt the biggest
of targets at ten paces it would be
Rufe to give any odds that she could
not hit it at all.
The theory of pistol shooting Is a
true, point, a steady hand and the dis-
charge of the weapon at the instant
of point when the hand Is steady. The
pistol expert never runs his eye along
the sight until the bright steel tip
at the barrel's end covers the mark
he wishes to puncture. The best shots
among the cowboys will flre from the
hip almost as well as from the shoul-
der. When they flre from any posi-
tion their steady eyes are on the tar-
get, not on the gun barrel.
Unerring Index Finger,
if you—a woman, for example—will
select anything in the room, a door
knob, the head in a picture, a figure
in the wall paper, and suddenly point
your index finger at it you will find
by running your eye along the finger
that you have drawn a perfect line on
the mark. If you will take a paper
cutter in your hand, or a pocket knife,
or a stick, and try the same experi-
ment. holding the object along your In
dex Unger, you will find, your aim it
almost, if not quite as good.
When you come to try shooting on
the point you will not be at successful
as wh«n you Hiuied the empty pistol,
because your mind it divided between
the effort to |>olnt straight and the
apeculatton as to what will happen
when you pull the trigger. You will
be thinking about the Jump of the
weapon. Its "kick." and wondering
whether flying powder will hit you in
the eye, or how the report will affect
your ear drums. The nervous antici-
pation of the report alone Is apt to
destroy the success of your instinctive
point. Your hand trembles, too, and
you do not shoot at the tnitant of
point, but delay long enough to let
your excited nerves wabble the mui-
But if you could only forget that
the revolver would make a noise, or
kick, or that It had a bullet In It; If
the weapon had a trigger with a light
"You young acamp!
you tmoklng my cigars !M
"Yea, pa—er—er—you tee I heard,
ma tay that you were amokln' your-
self to death and er—I'm tryln' to aavo
not even think about the point. She
points' Instinctively, as you will with
your index finder. Her mind it con-
centrated with terrible Intensity on
the one idea of vengeance, of putting
a bullet Into the hated face or heart
before her. This intensifies the point
Instinct. And her nervous tension It
such that her hand, thrusting out a
pistol, Is as steady as the proverbial
rock at the Instant of shooting. The
same nervous tension gives her fin-
gers strength to pull the stlffest trig-
ger at the instant she joints the re-
Expert Shot for the Momtnt.
In short, for the fraction of a sec-
ond this woman who has never flred
a pistol approaches the ideal condition
of the. expert pistol shot—a sure point,
a steady hand, indifference to the
Jump or the report and the sure trig-
ger pull. Usually the report Instantly
reduces this awful, iron-nerved figure
of vengeance to a limp, Bobbing, tear-
ful heap. Sometimes the brainstorm
lasts long enough for the firing of sev-
eral shots. If any miss it will usually
be the last one or two flred.
In any event, this same woman who
has executed such swiftly accurate
satisfaction for her injuries could not
hit any sort of a mark with her pistol
under anything like normal condi-
tions. The chances are that she would
scream and drop the weapon when It
was discharged, and her bullet would
be likely to pierce the sky or buqy
•itself in the ground. In any ovfent,
the result would be an accident.
For the same reason a hold-up
man Is as dangerous as a mad dog.
He is usually the cheapest, most con-
temptible type of man to be found In
all the criminal class. He It apt to
be frail, almost a weakling, his nerves
shattered with drugs and drink. He
Is nervous and afraid when he standi
some stout citizen up at the point of
his revolver. If the citizen resists, If
he starts for the hold-up man, or
strikes at him, the thug is apt to shoot
in Bheer fear, and fear of that sort,
completely dominating a creature of
such a type, la very apt to make him
point on Instinct and shoot deadly
But the average, normal man who
trlea to shoot with a revolver haa
probably flred a few tlmea and Is
painfully conscious of the fact that
he can't hit a barn door. He triea to
aim, he delays too long with his point.
His muzzle wabbles; the bullet may
strike anywhere. Even when pos-
sessed with wrath,) the average
healthy, normal man has a nervous
uvstem strong enough to resist the
complete control of himself by the
passion which controls his actions.
Ho still thinks, as he ahoota, what he
Is doing. He hat hit attention partly
diverted to the weapon. And the tar
get has a fair chance.
But the overwrought woman who
thlnka phe is desperately wronged
never seems to miss.
MUST BELIEVE IT.
Evsry Reader Will Concede the Truth
of This Statement.
One who tuffers with backache or
any form of kidney trouble wants a
lasting cure, not
merely a temporary
benefit. Profit by
the example of
Rev. J. M. Suffleld,
of 2179 S. 8th SL,
Lincoln, Nebr., who
confirms a report
of hit cure after
several years. "I
told in a state-
ment made for pub*
lication in 1900 how
Doan't Kidney PlUi
had relieved mo
after other reme-
dies had failed,"
said Rev. Suffleld. "I have no hesita-
tion in confirming that statement now.
I have used Doan's Kidney Pills at
various times and they bare never
Sold by all dealers. 60 cents a box.
Fbster-MHburn Co., Buffalo, V- Y.
A Slight Booat.
"Excuse me, sir," began the faithful
clerk as be paused in front of the rail-
ing behind which-the boss was seated,
"but I would—er—like an increase In
'Oh, you would, eh?" rejoined the
boas. "Well, I'm willing to do the
right thing, so I'll pay you the same
amount for 365 days' work this year at
I paid you for 366 daya In 1908. Good
Deafness Cannot Be Cured
by local applications, aa they cannot reach the d*>
eased portion of the ear. There I* only one way to
cure deafnesa. and that Is by constitutional remedies.
Deafness Is caused by an lu (lamed condition ol tha
mucous lining ol the Eustachian Tube. When this
tube Is InOamed you have a rumbling sound or Im-
perfect hearing, and when It Is entirely closed. Deaf-
Mi Is the result, and unless the Inflammation cm bs
taken out and this tube restored to its normal condi-
tion. bearing will be destroyed forever; nine tax*
out of ten are caused by Catarrh, which Is nothing
but an Internal condition of the mucous surfaces.
We will girt One Hundred Dollars tor any case of
Deafness (caused by catarrh) that cannot be cured
by Hall's Catarrh Cure. Send for circulars, free.
F. J. CUENEY A CO., Toledo, a
Bold by Druggists. 75c.
TUs Uall's Family PUls for ooostlpatkm.
The Plain Factt.
"Then you were not one of Gen.
Washington's body servants?"
"No, air. I'll tell you de trufe, air.
I was Jest one of his field hands."—
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Willhour, W. H. & Tracy, Fred C. The Beaver County Democrat. (Beaver, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 20, 1909, newspaper, May 20, 1909; Beaver, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metapth349331/m1/2/: accessed May 21, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.