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f [GUT ON OUTLAWS
.Goverrtbr Patterson, of Ten
nessee, ' Doing Fine Work
MIGHT mm MUST BE ENDED
Seventy-Five Arrests HSve Already
i Been IIz?s in tie Tennessee Out
Samburg, Tenn. Special-Additional
details of Tid Burton's confession
at Tiptonville indicate that perhaps
300 persons in Obion county are im
plicated in raids or as accessories of
Night Riders. Even the oath taken
ny the Night Riders is known. The
authorities believe enough evidence
has already been obtained to indict
There are 75 prisoners'" in camp.
?Garrett Johnson, alleged leader of
the Night Riders, is under a double
guard, and no one is allowed to see
lim. His brother Tom and William
Watson are also kept in solitary con
1 'We know absolutely we have two
-of the captains in Camp Nemo and
twelve of the other,Night Riders,"
?aid Colonel Tatom.
Since Wednesday night, when Gov
ernor Patterson arrived, he has been
in charge of examination of witnesses
and had gAeraL direction of the
movements* of the troops. The Gov
ernor is leading thc life of a soldier,
sleeping in a tent next to Colonel
John F. Cockran, the man captured
after a chase on the lake, lias con
fessed that the Night Rider outrages
have included th? whipping of. wo
Because of a technicality, it may
he necessary to abaddon the special
term of court convened at Union
City on Monday, and" allow 30 days
to elapse before the . inquiry can be
resumed. The statutes of this State
Tequire that any term of court called
must bc advertised in advance for
Ten witnesses were before the
grand jury and. according to the
statement of Attorney-General Cald
well, disclosures were made of almost
as much importance as the confes
sion of Tid Burton.
Frank Ferriner confessed last
week and implicated ]0 or ]2 men
now in custody. He gave names and
went into details. Ferriner is care
fully guarded in an isolated tent.
Ferriner's. confession came after a
long grueling examination in Colonel
Tatom's tent. Governor Patterson
in person questioned the witness. The
. Governor expressed himself as bein?;
pleased "with what has been brought
"We are getting some mighty
strong evidence," he said, "ami 1
Tiptonville, Tenn.. Special.-JU w.~
presence of Sheriff Haines, Judge
Harris and Mayor Cleveland Don
aldson, "Tid" Burton, the Night
Rider arrested at Samburg, made a
full confession in the Lake County
Jail here, and told a remarkable
story of night rider depreda tionjs
near Reel Foot Lake, confessing to
the part he played in the outrages
which reached a culmination in the
putting to death of Capt. Quentin
Rankin, an attorney of Trenton,
Tenn., on the banks of Reel Foot
Lake a week ago, and implicating
men prominent in this part of the
Of the persons who he declared
had a part in , the killing of Capt.
Rankin more than half are now in
custody at Camp Nemo, the military
base near Saniburg. The confession
was made at the Tiptonville jail to
Sheriff Haines, Judge Harris, owner
of a large tract of land in the Reel
Foot Lake region, who has suffered
much at the hands of the riders and
Mayor Cleveland Donelson, of Tip
The confession was marte freely
and voluntarily and apparently with
out a qualm of conscience he gibly
unfolded his story.
While Burton denies that he was
present when Capt. Rankin was put
to death, he. admits that it was*
through his influence that the band
congregated and took the attorney
while he was st?*ing at the hotel
at Walnut Leg.
According to Burton's confession
Tom and. Garrett Johnson, under ar
rest, and Wm. Watson, under bond
in crr.nection with another raid, were
the leaders cf the band.
Burton declares that tho first part
he plaved as a member of the nieht
rider band was when he aided in the
burning of a fish wharf at Samburg.
Several weeks later he was one of
several^ that crossed the county line
from- the Reel Foot Lake region into
the adjoining county of Lake and
whipped Justice of the Peace Wiun,
an aged man.
Coming to the killing of Capt. Ran
kin Burton declared that on-the ni?ht
before the lynching he went to Wal
nut Log and there met Jamen F.
Carpenter, an attorney of Union
Citv. at whose solicitation Rankin
and Judge R. Z. Taylor, associated
in the West Tennessee Company,
owners of thc land on which the
lake is situated, came to the lake. It
was stated that the visit of the two
attorneys was to discuss a timber
deal with Carpenter. After this con
versation Burton says he communi
cated with night rider leaders and
told of the intended visit, of the rep
resentatives of .the land company.
On the following night he saw the
two attorneys at supper at the Wal
nut Log, but he declared he left Wal
nut Log early in the night and went
on the lake to fish. He says that^ he
was fishing when he heard the shots,
which ended the life of Capt. Ran
kin, but he did not return to the
shore for some time..
. In the confession Burton gave the
names of no fewer than forty alleged
. members of the nigh 1 riders.
One Moro Prisoner Confesses, Im
plicating z Dozen Others.
Carrp Nemo, Keel Foot Lake, Tenn.
Special.-Within one week from the
time the soldiers of Tennesse under
personal, direction of Gov. M. R.
Patterson spread their tents in the
heart of the night rider region, evi
dence of the most damaging nature
against the murderers of Capt Quen
tin Rankin has been unearthed.
Frank Ferriner confessed and im
plicated ten or twelve men now in
custody. He gave names and went
into details. Ferriner is carefully
guarded in an isolated tent. Ferri
ner's confession came after a long
grilling examination in Solonel Ta
tom's tent. Governor Patterson in
person questioned the witness. . The
Governor expressed himself as highly
pleased with what has been brought
Besides Ferriner, four other men
are guarded in separate tenjs. They
are Tom Johnson, of Hornbreak. al
leged to be one of the night rider
captains; his cousin, Garrett John
son, of Spout Springs; also alleged
to be a -captain of thc band; Will
Watson, captured last week, who is
under indictment in Lako county :or
whipping old man Winn, and Fred
Pinion and a man named Thorn. A
score of additional prisoners were
brought in. Most of them are want
ed as witnesses, but three who were
apprehended are regarded as import
ant prisoners. They arc Fred Pinion,
?J. A. Johnson "and R. L. Knight. Ou
the arrival at camp of Maj. R. E
Martin and his detachment, bringing
eight or ten prisoners, Governor Pat
terson conducted a eourt of inquiry
in his tent, examining singly those
The total number of arrests is S5,
and of this number it is alleged that
half belong to the nigh triders'
AGAINST NIGHT RIDERS.
Suit for $100,000 Damages in an
Endeavor to Establish the Conten
tion That all Persons Connected
With the Night Riders' Associa
tion are Responsible for Ravages
Made hy Any Member.
Louisville, Ky., Special.-In an cn
deaver to establish his contention
that all persons connected with the
night* riders' association are respon
sible for ravages made by any mern
ber of the organization, Henry Ben
nett hied a snit for $100,000 damages
in the United States Circuit court:
The plaintiff on February 4 was set
?pon and terribly beaten^with clubs
and thorned switches by a band of
night riders. At the same time his
stemmery and tobacco factory and
~-*W^ larjre and. yahvablc buildings
JU1? .X. _
number of other persons, immy ox
whom are counted among the most
prominent and prosperous citizens of
the Western part of Kentucky, al
leging that they were members of a
criminal conspiracy known as the
"Night Riders' Organization," or
"Silent Brigade," and that they par
ticipated in the meetings which were
held throughout many counties.
The contention of the plaintiff is
that all persons who are members of
the night riders' organization are
bound by the acts of the several
night riders, all being alike respon
sible for the conduct and actions of
the others, done in furtherance of
the general object of thc conspiracy
which was to force all independent
raisers and handlers of dark tobacco
to place their tobacco in the pool
controlled by thc Dark Tobacco Asso
THE CHAIN COMPLETE.
Governor Patterson Says He Knows
Who Fired the Shot and Who Put
the Ropo Around Captain Rankin's
Neck-Confessions of Other Night
Rider's Tally With Burton's
Three. More Prisoners Brought in.
Camp Nemo, Reel Foot Lake, Tenn.,
Special.-"Wc know who fired the
shot and who put the rope around
Rankin's neck,'' said Governor Pat
terson in a statement Friday after
noon, just, before his departure for
Union City, where a special grand
jury is investigating the night-rider
depredations in this section which
culminated recentlv in thc murder of
Captain Quentin Rankin. .Thc Gov
"The proof which has thus far de
veloped is".positive as io the guilt of
some of the men under arrest and im
plicates many others. This will all
be presented to the court at the pro
per time and a long step has been
taken to discover and suppress law
lessness in this region. Conditions
have been extremely bad, thc night
riders gomg from one lawless act to
another until the culmination came
with the murder of Captain Rankin
and the attempted murder of Cqlonel
Taylor. Wc know who fired Hie shot
and who put the rope around Ran
kin's neck. The number of men ac
tually at thc killing was probably not
more than ten, while some stood
gnard and others held tlie horses. The
whole number engaged in the under
taking did not exceed thirty-five.
The inquiry will be further prosecut
ed and the State will have ample evi
dence to convict."
The confessions of Ferringer, Hog?
and Morris substantiate, it. is said,
that of Tid Burton. They will be
taken to Memphis for safe keeping.
Thre more prisoners were brought
in Fri dav.
tl HEWS IN BRIEF
Items of interest Gathered By
Wire "and Cable
CLEANIK6S FROM 'DAY TO D?Y
Live Items Covering Events cf More
cr Less Interest at Home and
Col. George W. Goethals was com
pletely exonerated after an investi
gation of charges of favoritism in
Panama canal contracts.
Fourteen-ineh guns,.it is said, will
be used on future battleships as a
resul tof the Newport conference.
The Congressional committee inves
tigating the pulp wood supply ex
amined several large lumber opera
tors in Minnesota.
Bulgaria has agreed to the prin
ciple ot' compensation for Turkey and
Austra has adopted a concilatory
All records for target practice were
broken by the cruiser and gunboat
squadron at Manila.
Cardinal Salvador Cassanas y
Pages, of Spain, is dead.
Prince Henry of Prussia took a
trip in the Zeppelin airship with the
The Emperor of Japan replied to
the President's thanks for the recep
tion of the battleship fleet.
"William Montgomery, former cash
ier of the Allegheny National Bank,
was again convicted in Pittsburg.
At Russellvilleli Ala., James Thorn,
a farmer, while attempting to rua a
mule out of a yard picked up a
small stone and threw it at the ani
mal. He missed the mule and hit
his two-year-old son, killing him in
At Montgomei-y, Ala., Dr. Shirley
Bragg, State jail inspector, and a
nephew of Gen. Bragg, shot and kill
ed himself. It is not known if the
shooting was accidental. He was 55
W. W. Hunter, a well known civil
engineer, is in Augusta, running flood
and water levels, having been employ
ed by the city council flood commis
sun, appointed to devise ways and
means of protecting the city in fu
ture from a recurrence of the recent
Temporary insanity will be the de
fense of Captain Peter C. Hains, Jr.,
TJ. S. A., who killed William E. An
nis st the Bayside Yacht Club land
ing in August.
The baseball season . just closed
broke the record for death and seri
ous injuries. There were fully 250
persons seriously injured while play
ing the game, besides seveenteen
deaths that arc known to have been
instantly killed by Solomon Kiley,?
a negro boy. The boy was arrested.
The special grand jury to investi
gate the Reel Foot Lake Night Rider
outrage was chosen in Tennessee.
A receiver has been appointed for
the Battle Creek Breakfast Food
Company, manufacturers of Egg-O
Testimony in the suit of Hugh
Crabbe, former manager of the Leiter
estate, showed that Lady Curzon was
pursued to the grave by poverty and
that Joe ' Leiter lost $9,000,000 in
his famous attempt to corner wheat.
Edward English, a wealthy resi
dent of Mount Vernor, Wash., was
kidnapped and held for $5,000 ran
som, but managed to get away.
"Tid" Burton in court confessed
his share in the Reel Foot Lake
Night Rider crime and implicated 40
The first man convicted of "white
slave" traffic at Chicago was senten
ced to two years in the penitentiary
and a fine of $2,500.
One hundred summer cottages at
Salisbury Beach, Mass., were burned,
and arson is suspected.
Daniel J. Hennessv, an enlisted re
man in the navy, killed his wife an 0j
himself in Norfolk. . fll
A Western syndicate has laid cia:
to the heart of the business sectil
of Aurora, 111., valued at $2,500,0- ^fe
T. G. Jones was mysteriously sf ln
down at his gate at Holland, and f- hs
ing, declared he was killed "forie ||j
Judge C. J. Campbell was acit- ne
ted of the contempt, charge by Jge D?
McDowell in the United States ?rt cr
Georgia State Fair.
Macon, Ga., Special.-A Sta Fair
was opened here under the rPi^es "?
of the Georgia State Agr'ltural ?*
Society, aud $15,000 in prize.rill bc ^
distributed among the exhibTS- A pjj
special prize of $1,000 has ?en of- gu
fercd for the best and mosPmplete st?
county agricultural displayed bas
provoked much rivalry arno the dif
ferent county organizatior JU1
"Vets" May Sell "Ne.'Beer." ? Nc
Atlanta, Special.-Th privilege
granted by the State tomfederate
veterans to be dealers in1."/ articles
not prohibited, and to* exempt
from the payment of ?rcense was Pa
held by thc Slate Cou^ Appeals r
in a decision handed d<i IM* week, -Fel
to include dealing in n^t^'cating tll(
"near beer." Undcr^s rilltug
Gconiia municipalities1'! '}" Prc" "
vented from keepi: 0"t "near Wa
beer" by means ot' prohibition tai
THE OUTLOOK BRIGHTENS
Charlotte -?otton Mills Resume Oper
Charlotte*,. N. C., Special.-The Con
tinental Mills, after several months '
shutdown, have just started up;
the Fidelity Mills are agam in opera
tion; the Atherton are also on full
time. Not; a cotton mill in the city
will be idle.
There is: a general tendency to
wards the^manufacture of the higher
grades of : yarns and the higher num
bers according to a-well posted mill
trian who was discussing the question
Years ago, there was little market
forfany but the coarse yarn, say 20's,
but' now the average of the demand
has risen piteen to twenty numbers,
so that th^ present average may be
said to be close to number 40's. This
means thai the average grade of
?oods being manufactured is finer
than it was when the cotton mill in
dustry was^jjjst beginning to be a
leadingr-xndustry in the South. The
3ntire jrend of the textile trade now
is^towirds the higher numbers and
the fine^ grades of cloth.
China Ready With a Welconme For
Second Squadron. Battleship Fleet.
Amoy, Cable.-When the Chin
ese gpyemnient selected Amoy as the
port- td reciive the second squadron
of the American battleship fleet, it
made a wis$ choice. The broad wcll
prbtected lufbor, the climate (from
October to .^prii) Unsurpassed and
the scenic ^auty of the surround
ing counfryjll nuite in justifying the
,The secoad squadron consists of
the b?ttleshjps Louisana, Virginia,
Ohio, Missoiri, Wisconsin, Illinois
Kentucky^ aid Kersargc, under com
mand of R?r Admiral William H..
The Chin?e: government has set
aside the sun;of 400,000 Taels (U. S.
sold $2SO.00?) to meet the expenses
of entertainijg the. battleship squard
ron during is visit. The committee
in charge ol the arrangements has
stated that the Peking govenment
has signified its willingness to make
additional apropriatiou should the
original appnpriation prove inade
Ootl^i Crop Short.
New Orlean, La., Special.-The
Picayune says n its crop report : Ma
terial jjrogres*.was made during the
last week in atheriug the last rem
nants of an ' aparently short crop of
cotton throughut Louisiana and thc
Southern half ii Mississippi. Most
of the reports from these ..sections
concede that frf estimates were too
high, and that sudden deterioration
resulted from, t? ravages of the boll
--Cl . Ti* TA/vtril -'i/1/lin coitions
of Louisana, nu tne cootcr wc??..
is entirely fairable for the matured
cane crop. Te cane is being rapidly
harvested an transported to the
sugar houses' Grinding has already
begun in son of the houses, but the
great majory will not begin before
the next sixor seven days.
Major Grimm, of/Raleigh. N. C.,
State jomnpsioner of agriculture,
estimaes tb cotton crop in North
Carolha toie sixteen per cent short
of lait yea's crop. No State, re
port*! a cjop equal to last year's
Cottta Mills Start Up.
jUgusta,|Ga., Special.-Nine of the
eken cottjii mills located here start
et'operatiais for the first time since
tfc freshet'of August 26. The canal
ipairs ari practically complete and
Jere is ai full head of water . The
eekly ply roll of these manufac
>ries is ?5,000.
j Prosperity Note.
New York. Special.-As a sign of
fuming) prosperity, the Union Bank
'. Brooklyn, formerly the Mechanics'
id Traders' has just paid its sec
id referred disbursement of 15 per
nt to depositors, this dividend bc
g anticipated six week- ago Thc
mk ha's heeu *ble to realize from
> reso?rces ubre than was expect
1. Sipce the resumption of busi
es, hundreds of new accounts have
en opened and deposits have in
Boy Bolls Stepfather in Duel.
Covington, La., Special.-Follow
g a quarrel here between John
akely, about 40 years old, and his
ipson, James Erwin, a mere youth,
th secured weapons and fought a
:ched. battle. The hov used a shot
n with such deadly effect that his
ipfather fell mortally wounded and
?d shortly afterwards. Young Er
n was acquitted by a coroner's
i Georgia Dealers Exempt From
"Near Beer" Tax.
Ailanta, Ga., Special.-Confederate
terans may- be forced after all ti
y a tax for the privilege of selling
lear beer" in Georgia towns. A
v days ago it was announced ilia!
; veterans would escape the mnnei
1 licenses, but Attorney Genera
irt announced that the State beens
c could not bc remitted. The Stat
ense is $200.
Object to Abiding By Decision
of the Powers
OFFICIAL POSITION DIFFERENT
Parliamentary Leaders Szj that the
Idea of an International Congress
Will Be Abandoned-Foreign Of
fice Says Negotiations Are in
St. Petersburg, By Cable.-Interest
in the Balkan situation is centered in
the positive statement of several
parliamentary leaders that Russia
has determined to drop the idea of
the proposed international congress
and will refuse to recognize the an
nexation by Austro-Hungary of ?ios
nia and Herzegovina.
This information, although pur
porting to be from official sources is
not entirely exact. Russia lias finally
committed herself to the principle
that the Question of thc annexation
of the provinces may be discussed in
a conference of the powers, and
Austria will permit the status of
Herzegovina to be included in the
programme, but only on condition
that the delegates will refrain from
questioning her action/and content
themselves with registering the abro
gation of the article referring to this
matter in the Berlin treaty.
The Foreign Office states that the
negotiations between Russia, Austria
Hungary and other powers on this
question ar*e still in progress and con
sidere that an acceptable formula for
submission to the congress may
ultimately be found. ? It is difficulty,
however, to foresee how a satisfactory
agreement may be reached without
one side or the other withdrawing
Great Religious Parade.
Boston, Special.-What was prob
ably the greatest parade of a reli
gious character in the history of New
England brought to a close Sunday
the centennary celebration of (he
founding of the Roman Catholic Dio
cese of Boston which was begun on
Wednesday last. It is estimated that
fully 40,000 men representing the
Holy Name Societies of the Roman
Catholic churches in the five counties
ivhich constitute the Diocese, with
)ver 150 priests, participated, march
ing to the music of 100 bands. Thous
mds of spectators fdled every point
)f vantage along the line of march.
Passing before the arch-Episcopal
residence on Bay State road, the
>arade was reviewed by Cardinal
?ribbons- and Archbishop William H.
)'Connell, together with a number of
dsiting prelates, from a reviewing
jtand. The day was begun with a
iolemn pontifical mass at the Cat he
Mulberry; Fla., Special.-Fire de
troyed a large portion of the M?l
lerry plant of the Prairie Pebble
?hosphate Company. The fire was dis
oyered ar 8:30 a. m. and the em
doves of the company battled \vilh
he fire for several hours before the
ames could be extinguished. The en
ire drying plant, dry bin and* general
fiices of the company, together with
boarding house, hotel and two pil
ate residences were burned to the
round. The loss is estimated at $100,
Tragedy in Birmingham.
Birmingham, Ala., Special.-W. B
iullivan, whose home is in Dallas,j
'ex., was shot and perhaps fatally
injured ou the south side, and A. J.
tooley is under arrest, charged with
he crime. Sullivan is not in cbndi
ion to mik and Cooley refuses to dis
uss thc affair, so that it is not known
ow the ?hooting occurred.
Virginia Farmer Shot to Death.
Roanoke, Va., Special.-Edward
forman, a young farmer, was shot
D death in his yard in this county
aturday night, Sydney Britts, an
ther young farmer who lives near
ie Gorman place, is missing and it is
Hoged that he killed Gormau. It is
nd that a brother of Britts brought
ie latter to Roanoke after the shoot
ig and that Sydney Britts boarded
train here for unknown parts. The
vo men had been enemies.
rpanese Troops Withdrawn From I
Seoul. Special.-The thirteenth di
sion of the Japanese army after
iving been on duly here since the
itbreak of hostilities with the
oreans is embarking for Japan,
us action is taken as significant of
c termination of the trouble, al
ongli a number-of irreconcilables
ntinue to create disturbances in
rious parts of thc country.
Kentucky Fendists Clash Fatally.
Lexington, Ky., Special.-Word
nched here of a clash on Standing
?ck creek in Wolfe county between
Hall and Ashley feud factions in
licli (wo of tho Hall boys were
if, one fatally, thc other seriously,
ic of Hie Ashleys was fatally stab
il. Two of the combatants were
c.stcd. Thc Halls were armed with
ives and thc Ashleys with pistols. |
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r cl -look and wear like those built "one every minute'
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