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Description: Sensational Elopement;
Minister Willis Dead

Date: January 16 1897

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Library

Page/Column: Page 1, Columns 2 & 4

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Sensational Elopement
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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 145.The Monowai brought the news of a sensational elopement from Honolulu as the result of which two homes have been made unhappy by the principal parties of the scandal. On board the steamer Coptic, which sailed from Honolulu for San Francisco on New Years day, was Charles Dillard Wilson and Mrs. W. W. Dimond. Both have left Hawaii probably never to return. Mrs. Dimond leaves behind her husband, who is broken down by her unfaithfulness, and a little girl 4 years of age.
On New Years day, 1895, just two years to the day of his departure, Charles Dillard Wilson arrived in Honolulu from Seattle. He was accompanied by his bride, Miss Jessie French, whom he had married in Seattle the night before his coming to Hawaii. Wilson came here as a drummer in the government band. He afterward obtained employment as a bookkeeper in Hebrons drug store. Both he and his wife were familiar with theatricals, though they may never have been on the stage. When the play Jane was suggested as a suitable piece for amateurs to produce at the opening of the new opera house, Mrs. Dimond sought an introduction to Wilson and asked him to take part. He readily consented and was cast for the character of William, who, in the play, makes love to Jane, the role assigned to Mrs. Dimond.
After the third rehearsal their love-making on the stage was not actingit was real. The stronger his love grew for Mrs. Dimond the more he neglected his wife. The more he was talked about regarding his abuse of his wife, the more he maltreated her. On one occasion Wilson choked his wife nearly to death and she was in the hands of a doctor for some days afterward. After this treatment she lost her mind temporarily. When the Frawley company left for San Francisco, Mrs. Wilson was a passenger on the same steamer, and it is the opinion of her friends that she will not return. When his wife had gone a load was lifted from Wilsons mind and he devoted himself so assiduously to Mrs. Dimond that her husbands suspicions were aroused, and these being confirmed subsequently, a separation was effected and the guilty pair left the island.

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MINISTER WILLIS DEAD
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Expired at Honolulu After a Long Illness
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PNEUMONIA CAUSED HIS DEMISE
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Contracted a Severe Cold While on a Visit to This Country Last
Spring and Never RecoveredAll the Consular, Government and
Shipping Flags at Half Mast. Remains to Be Interred at Louisville.
[Sketch of MINISTER WILLIS. Caption: He Died at His Post of Duty After an Illness of Several Months.]
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15.The steamer Monowai, which has just arrived, brought advices from Honolulu to the effect that United States Minister Albert S. Willis died at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 6, after an illness covering several months, resulting from the attack of pneumonia he suffered while on his vacation to the United States.
Last April the minister and family left Hawaii for a visit to their old home at Louisville. While in San Francisco, on the return trip, the minister contracted a severe cold, which settled upon his lungs. This was the immediate cause of his death. At noon on Oct. 31, while leaving church, his horse ran away and threw Mr. Willis to the ground. He was taken to a physicians office and soon recovered sufficiently to return to his home at Waikiki. He never left it again. The fever increased and the cold taken in San Francisco soon developed into pneumonia. This settled so firmly upon the lungs that I could not be checked. All human effort was expended without avail. Three physicians labored incessantly and held frequent conferences upon the case. A few days before Christmas the case was pronounced hopeless.
Soon after the death of the minister all the consular, government and shipping flags were lowered to half-mast. Expressions of regret were general and the wife and son have the sympathy of the whole community.
At the request of Mrs. Willis the funeral services took place at the Central Union church on Monday, Jan. 7, the Rev. Birney, pastor of that church, and Rev. J. M. Monroe, the pastor of the Christian church, of which the deceased was a member, conducting the services. The details of the funeral were left to United States Consul General and Charge d Affaires Ellis Mills, at whose request the government took the funeral in hand. The funeral procession was the most imposing since that of Kalakaua.
The remains were deposited temporarily in a vault in Nunlu cemetery until Jan. 13, when the cask was to be placed on board the steamship Australia for transportation to the United States. It was not known when the Monowai left whether an escort would be sent with the remains, but it was the opinion of a number of citizens that a representative of the foreign office should be detailed as an escort to accompany the remains to Louisville and turn them over to the officials there.
Albert Sydney Willis was born near Shelbyville, Ky., about 55 years ago. He served five terms in congress. In 1893 Mr. Willis received the appointment as minister to Hawaii.

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