kergnauts Experience a Drop
o, Two Thousand feet
.AND WITH BUT SLIGHT INJURY
Lmerican Balloon Conqucror Bursts
at te Height of 4,000 Feet, Precip
itatIng the Aeronauts to thp Roof
of a House in a Berlin Suburb.
Berlin, By Cable.-The internation
di balloon race whicli started Sunday
'rom the suburb of Sehmargeiidorf,
vas .the occasion of a thrilling acci
lent, two American aeronauts liaving
I miraculous eseape from death. The
Imerican balloon Contiueror, the only
Imorican built eraft in the contest.
iaving on board A. Holland Forbes
.nd Augustus Post, less than two min,
ites after the start burst at an alli
tide of 4,000 feet. For 2,000 feet it
dhot (own like a bullet. and tilen thI,
:orn silk bag assumed tIhe shape of a
,arachute, thbus checking tile rapidity
>f the descent. ('oming close to the
aartl, however. tie basket siashed
into the roof of a house, bt tile Iwo
menl escaped wit h but sii-lht briuisem
The race, in -whiiel t wenty-three
balloons participated, represent In,
Great Britaint, France, Germany, tle
United States, Switzerland, Italy, Wel
gium and Spain, started at 1 o'clock
Sunday afternoon in the presence of
at least 80,000 spectators. The first
balloon sent away was tile "A mei
ca IT,'' under cmadof Jamles C'.
McCoy, who was Miecomupaliel b'
Lieutenant vogiminann. Thle baloion
was decorated with ile Stars and
Stripes and it sailed a.a.y to the
southeast at a rapid pace, the ocro
nauts waving their hats.
A representative of each of the oth
er nations followed tle Anerivan
balloon inl successiol i,.t inte- of
two minutes. the nationtal hmvln .I the
respective colmitlris rmging fo1 orti as
the r-opes vere cast loose.
The second batehi of eighit balo:s
was led by Forbes in ithe Co(nuli-or.
~vhich reached a ighn atittudel int itu
n dibly short perrod.. I!.- basket
w.'ying vi'~ly. Tuen almost in
tautly a cry of horror arose from
he crowd who :aw tle silk collapse
rd shouted: .Ahe balloon il ripping
The tlousa. wio hi d gathrr
bre stood fo: a io;nent petrified.
-omeW turnewd away f'aiinting, as they
iw Ithe balloon falling with light
ing rapidhity. At the same time,
'ewers of sand and appu~irtenantlces
E Ithe hallon shot downward with
.i.al rapidhity and ten d ayhght was
eni thtroughl the eitvelope, rzreat rag
ud edges of the silk showing on eith
''They are killed,'' wvent int a hush
1 whisper through the crowd, bur,
tortly the remainder of thle env elope
>peared thi take, first. a Itrianiguhl
tape and then was tratns formed iinto
sort of parachtte at Ithe top of tihe
et andI the progress of tee wrecked
ialloon was contsidlerably arrested. It
ime diown slower and slower, nan
hile being swept by thle wind, far to
uc southeast, and finally disappeared
eom view bethind a block of houses.
hle sutspense among the c'rowdis was
urrible. Butt a few mintutes later
telephone messagc was. received
rem Frienenau, which announced
tat tile men had latnded .and had not
een seriously intjuredl. The other bal
ions were sent up, after a brief de
ty, withtout furt her accidenft.
Montgomery, Ala., Special.-A spe
al from Tuscaloosa, Ala., says: A
egro Baptist church and lodge hal
>eated at Spriing Hill,. Ala., were
turned Friday night by unknown
ersons. A batnd of .horsemen al
god to have been organized with the
itention of diriving the negroes out
!the community, are said to have
ut fire to the church and ball.
To Increase Bank Bxaminations.
the Currency Murray has decided
increase thb numbe~r of -national
mnk examinations, in many cases
om twice to three or tour'-times a
ar. It is not his ##-ps he says,
examine all nIatiOual Adatiks four
even three tim egr, ut thie
w rule ' ti
A b ""' Attenpq t6 Lynd
.4Z anbwgI S.
MILITIA PROTECTED PRISONER
Infuriated Mill Operatives Make De.
termined Effort to Lynch Negro
Who Assaults Young Lady--Depu
ties and Officers Exghange Shots
and Several Are Wounded.
Spartanburg, S. C., Special.-In the
heart of Spartanburg with its 20,000
population, a mob of infuriated citi
zens, at times numbering a thousand
or more, fought Saturday and Satur
(Tay night with the military and civil
authorities for the possession of John
Irbv, a negro who is alleged to have
attempted to ravish Miss Lillie Demp
sey earlier inl the day while the young
woman was on her way here from
Saxon Mill village, three miles away.
Four persons were wounded, one of
I hem seriously, and John Sparks, a
restaurant keeper, was arrested and
held wvithout bail on the charge of
shooting Sheirilt Nichols, who was
slightly wounded in the exchange of
shots between the mob and the au
thorifies who were protecting the
Beginnin abouit noon the crowd,
sulleun and bent on vengeance on the
n eIro, roalmed about the court -house
scuare, approaching at times the very
gates of the high wall enelosing the
jail. Late at night the situation be
cniue aring. The crowd was
auignentedI by 500 people from Green
ville. There was some shooting in
the street and the mob moved into
lie public square.
The first shot came from a window
of the jail and it was followed by
others from the same quarter. An
answering shot was fired from the
crowd. This broke a window in the
jail and slightly wou-.ded Sheriff
Nichols. Sparks was accused of the
shooting and immediately taken into
cistody. His attorneys offered $1,000
bail but this was refused.
Girl Identifies Negro.
Irby's arrest was effected shortly
after the commission of his crime
and close to the scene of his attack.
He was captured'by mill operatives,
was taken before the young woman,
who immediately identified him, and
was then earried into the woods. His
captors were about to lynch him
when mounted police arrived and
wrested him from the crowd, not,
however, before the negro had been
badly beaten. The negro was taken
to the jail and almost immediately
the storming of the jail began. Sheriff
Nichols swore in a number of deputies
andl the militia was ordered out. The
mob tried to gain ingress by means
of step ladders, but that, too, was in
effectual. Sunday and Sunday night
passed off quietly with nothing in the
way of a disturbance.
N. 0. & St. L. Detective Killed.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Special:--T. J.
McElhaney, special detective for the
Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis
Railway, was shot and killed early
Sundav-while on duty in the yards of
the ra-ilroad company at Crayens, two
miles from the union station. W. S.
Smith, who was until recently em
ployed as a detective for the road, is
in jail charged with the crime. Blood
hounds were put on the trail and
tracked Smith to his home. The men,
it is said, had been on bad terms for
some time. McElbaney leaves a wife
and seven childrpn
4uiet in thfrWear East.
London, By Cable.-Belgrade, the
storm center in the present Balkan
situation, has Quieted down. After a
long secret session, the National As
sembly has taken no definite action
with regard to' making war upon Auis
tria-Hungary. The city itself has
quieted down, the people apparently
realizing that war would mean the die
struction of Servian nationality.
Missionary Qonvention Holdw Big
New Orleans, Special.--At a mass
meeting in the Athenaeum Cephas
Shelbourue, of Dallas, Ter., preached
to a groat audieneoe dttending the 'in
ternational missienary conyention of
the churches of Christ. Mr. ShNel
lourne took .~.his them the f~ct
th~ 'an inserIp*e a w 4 o the
Early D,*es i"e is Being
Held Wtout Just Cause
His WIftAY, STAY WITH HiM
Former North. CrIolina Man, in 'Spite
of the PNot That the District of
Oolumbia gealth Peoplo Are Abso
1n1el.0 .~ ' to. Their Diagno
sis, Declat re ,i Not Afflicted
With Leprory and Refuses to Al
low Injections of Filtrate Into His
Washington, D. C., Special.-John
R. Early, formerly of Lynn, N. C.,
who has been pronpunced a leper, and
on this account has been kept isolated
in a tent under the guard of the health
authorities of the District of Colum
bia, declares that he does not now and
never has admitted that lie is afflicted
with leprosy. He took a stiff, decided
stand against the idea of his having
leprosy Friday when the physicians
who have charge of his treatment
proposed to inject what is known as
the Nastin treatment, being a series
of injections of a filtrate of leprosy
ipto hit body. He said that he did
not have leprosy and that the injec
tion mi-ht give it to him.
Dr. W. C. Fowler, of the District
health department, claims, on the'
other hand, that he and the other
)hysinians who have examined Early
are ''absolutely certain" that Early
has leprosv. Says he:
"If Early is not suffering from lep
rosy, no man ever had that disease.
There is no dodbt in the world about
his having leprosy, and we infer from
the fact that he has remained silent
throughcut the past month that he is
convinced. We, appreciate, as much
as Early or any one else, what a se
rious thing it would be to isolate a
man unless we were absolutely certain
he was afflicted with leprosy."
Early insists that there is a mis
take and expresses a desire and an in
tention, if it shall be allowed, of hav
ing himself examined by other physi
cians. Dr. Fowler says further:
"The health office does not deny
Early the right to have himself ex
amined by any doctor, scientist.
pathologist, or medioil man b may
see fit to employ. He was pronounced
a leper by a doctor who has seen
hundred.; of cases. Besides this, lie
appearance of lii, face and body, the
swellings so characteristic of leprosy,
and the way he tells attending doc
tors how he feels prove beyond any
shadow of a doubt that he is a leper
and should be isolated for the com
mon good." .
Since it has been decided that tha
State of North Carolina cannot be
required by law to take care of Early,
and since he has been granted a pen
sion by the Pension Bureau, careful
consideration has been given to the
question as to what shall be done
with him. He is still in his tent over
on the banks of the Potomac river,
near the smallpox hospital, in what
has been term~ed by some an exceed
ingly unhealthful locality, though
there is another opinion about the
healthfulness of the place. His wife
has rented a cottage nearby, and she
visits him every day, spending several
hours talking with him. Guards are
stationed there to see that she does
not come into personal contact with
him, and she is kept under watch,
and will be. So long as she does not
touch him, the auithorities say there
is net the slightest danger of con
tagion through her.
The health oifleials have a plan for
erecting a cottage for Early and his
family, maintining a guard at the
home day and night. It may even
be that Mrs. Early will be permitted
to live with her husband in the same
room, provided she agrees to isolate
herself for the rest of her life. But
the details of the plan have not- been
complete d yet. The health officials
t-ealize the great diffiebity of keeping
husband and- wife apart when they
are determined upon pniting. It is
about as difficult a task as making
husband and wife live with each other
when they do 'not want to. But they
are turning their minds to the solu
tion of the problem, however difficult.
Early ngean~time continue to read
his Bible And to philosophize, as has
beerr his wont since his first segretra
tion.--Zach -McGee in Charlotte Ob-.
Fishing Schooner Destroyed by Fire.
Pensacola, Fla., Special.-'The fish
ing schooner Ida, owned in this cit~y,
was destroyed by fire in the Gulf
when ,gasoline, which had 'escaped
from the tank, ignited, cansing an sex
plouion. The vessel was ani auxilia~'y
yacht bi large size. The boat was
abott twenty lesp at (Sea and the
*,rwto~k *1Eboats. They
Interstae Comme Couii.wis
soO Ready !or K C Case
A STRONG ARRAY OF COUN~I
On October 22d the - Interstate Com.
merce Commission Will Hear the
Freight Rate Discrimination Case.
Raleigh, N. C., Spen'aL-The Cor.
peration Cotandssion .is, informed that
October 22d is fixed by' the Interstate
Commerce Commission as the date of
the hearing of what is known as the
fre' ht rate discrimination case in.
vol ng the Norfolk & Western, Louis
ville & Nashville and the Big Foui
Railway. They will be heard before
the full commission. The State is not
a party to this suit,'which is brought
by the Corporation Commission thof
the Governor took some action in re
gard. to appointment of counsel. The
following are the attorneys for the
Corporation Commission: Tillett d
Guthrie, of Charlotte; Manning &
Foushee, of Durham; Justice & Broad
hurst, of Greensboro, and Herbert E.
Norris, of Raleigh. The attorneys for
the railways are: Edward Baxter, for
the Louisville & Nashville; J. L. Do
ran and L. H. Cooke, for the Norfolk
& Western, and R. W. Moore, for all
the roads. Besides these Davis &
Davis and Douglas, Lecky & Thomp
son appear for the Virginia cities ex
cept Lynchburg, the latter not having
gone -into the fight. The other Vir
ginia points are fighting any reduc
tion in rate.
Hearing Shippers' Appeal.
Atlanta, Ga., Special.-An appeal
from the decision of Judge Pardee,
granting a supersedeas in the case of
certain Georgia shippers against the
Southern Railway and other lines, al
lowing the railroads to put into ef
feet increased freight rates was ar
gued before the United States Circuit
Court here. When the increased rates
went into effect the shippers secured
an injunction from Judge Speer re
straining the roads fiom advancing
their rates. The railroads then car
ried the matter before Judge Pardee,
who granted a supersedeas, setting
2side the injunction granted by Judge
Speerl Counsel for the shippers ar
gued that when Judge Pardee granted
the supersedeas he was out of his jur
isdiction, being at the time in Ashe
ville, N. C. No decision was render
Will Challenge Grand Jury.@
New York, Special.-John F. Mc.
Intyre, attorney for Captain Peter C.
Hains, Jr., and his brother, T. Jen
kins Hnins, the former held for the
murder of William E. Annis, and the
latter as an accessory to it, has served
notice on District Attorney Darrin 01
Queens county that he would chal
lenge the array of the grand jiury em
paneled to pass ont the cases of hi
Killed In Family Quarrel.
Philadelphia, Pa., Special-J. Clay
ton Erb, captain and regimental quar
termaster of the Third Regiment, Na.
tional Guar-d, of Pennsylvania, wva
shot and killed at his summer hiom<
near Village Green, Delaware county
Tuesday night. His sister-in-law
Mrs. Catherine Beisel, is under ar-resl
in the Media jail, char-ged with the
murder. The woman admits that sh<
did the shooting during a family quar
Russian Robers Murder Twelve.
Tiraspool, Russia, By Cable.-Rob
bers have committed a revolting crimi
in the neighboring village of Slobodze
They entered the house of a Jewisl
family named Cohen and killed twelv<
persons in their efforts to get awa,
with the small amount of loot. Th4
murderers were arrested.
Quarantine Against Havaaa Raised
Washington, Special-Recent re
ports'- having failed to indica te thi
presence of yellow fever in Havana
Cuba, the public health and marini
hospital service removed the quaran
tine which was established agains
that city a few weeks ago. The quar
antine against the province of San
tiago still remains intact. *
President Castro Seriously Ill.
Willemnstad, By Cable-It is report
ed here from Venezuela that Presi
dent Castro is seriously ill and tha
the government of Venezuela probab
ly soon will have to be turned eve
to the vice president of that republic
The illness of President Castro wa
confirnhed later in the day by passen
gr from Caracas, who declared himi
Ito-be saffering from An aftectlom o
the an ~ s by
A Grat IE d tflmsportation
JUDGE TAFT SPEAJKS ON PLAN
OMceru of the Lakes to the Gulf
beep Waterway Association,,Which
Met I'n Third Annual Session Wed
, nesday ia Chicago, Believe That
Some Day There Will Be a Deep
Channel From Lake Michigan to.
the Gulf of Mexico.
Chicago, Special-A picture of days
when stately ships shall carry the
rich produets of the central States.
from the Great ,akes to the Gulf
of Mexico through a deep waterway.
returning with produets of no less.
value, was conjured up before the
delegates and visitors to the third
annual convention of the Lakes to the
Gulf Deep Waterway Association by
able speakers headed by William H.
Taft. The day's utterances were au
thoritative.-for they came from Secre..
tary Saunders, of the association;.
President Kavanaugh, head of the or
ganization; Governor Charles S. Do
neen, of illinois, who spoke of the
fIrst link of the great waterway, the
Chicago drainage canal and William
U. Taft, who had the general supervi
sion in Washington of the building of
the Panama canal until he resigned to
become the presidential nominee of
the Republican party.
The need of such a waterway was
insisted upon by every speaker. The
que.1ion of transportation, it was de
cleared, is pne of the most serious
questions with which this country has
to deal. Mr. Taft's insistence that
the deep waterway and the conserva
tion of the national resources were
related subjects, which called for
immediate action, elicited great ap
plause. His statement that the wa
terway was not a project, but a pol
icy, found a ready response in cheers.
of his auditors.
"We find,'" said Mr. Taft, "'that
during the ten years ending with
the internal commerce of our cc,
increased 118 per cent, while rr
transportation facilities durin
same time increased only 20 p(
[t has been pointed out that to
this deficiency by the constructioi ouf
additional railroads and necessary ter
minals would require a capital invest
ment of $5,500,000,000 and this con
;truetion when completed would make
no provision for the further increase
of our commerce. The only solution
of this problem, the speaker found in.
The convention opened at 10 o'clock
with a prayer by Bishop Samuel Fal
lows, of Chicago. William K. Kava
naugh, president of the association,.
then delivered his annual address and
William F. Saunders, secretary, read'
Iteport of the Agricultural Depart
ment Showing the Condition of
Crops October 1st.
Washington, Special.-The corn
arop condition on October 1st was 77.8:
per cent, spring wheat quality 88.1
per cent, total production of spring
wheat .was indicated as 233,090,000,
the yield per acre averagifig 13.2'
bushels, combined production spring
and wimter wheat indicated as about
059,030,000 bushels of 89.4 per cent.
quality and the oat crop quality was
91.3 per cent, thme production being
789,161,000 bushels with yield per
acre averaging 24.9 bushels according
to the Department of Agriculture
crop report issued Wednesday.
The corn condition is against a ten
year average on October 1st of 79.7.
The. average yield of spring wheat is
against a six-year average of 85.9.
The final estimate of average yield of
oats per acre is against a ten-year
average of 29.8 and quality 86.1 for
The decline in condition of corn
during September was about two per'
cent, as compared with an average.
decline the past ten years of 1.6 per
cent. In Southern corn States the
condition on October 1st and ten-year
average, respectpively, of corn fol
Texas 83 and 73; Georgia 84 and
32; Kentucky 75 and 83; Tennessee.
R2 and 80: Alabama 83l and 80; North
Carolina 82 and 82; Arkansas 79 and'
77; Mississippi 81 and 76.
Fire Destroys the Southern Paciflec
Beaumont, Tex., Special.--Fire late
Wednesday destroyed the Southern
Pacific round house and master me
ohanic's office with a loss to the com
pany of about $200,000. Nine engines.
.. which were in I. m (''
consumed togeti b G;i~
cars. "Judge'' ,i ix' t * i
Sler, was so badl, > il ', " ~f
die. Several of "' 'ti*r
were bIned in it' in"~'i.ui
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