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For 52 Years "Old Bill" Miner Mazed
a Trail of Robtiery.
(Cor. Atlanta Journal.)
Milledgevllle, ?a.. Sept. 3.-No
body In all ?he history of America
has a more notable career than "Old
Bill" Miner, who died at the State
penitentiary here Tuesday night at
9.25 o'clock.
The full Btory of his life, told by
Bill "..liner us death approached, is
ono that would thrill tho most un
imaginative and fill page after page
of the most adventurous stories ever
promised by writers of fiction.
When the grizzled old robber,
emaciated and worn with long expe
rience of lawlessness, passed away
In peoce here, Idolized by hundreds
because he posed as chief of robbers
and classed himself as a gentleman
and scholar, none of thom ever
dreamed the true story of his long
Ho was born in .lackson county.
Kentucky, in 1847, and there he led
the wild, free life of that section at
that time. Throughout the width
and breadth of the State, George An
derson was known before ho was 15
years old.
Shortly afterwards ho started
West, and Tour years later was
rounded up for robbery in San Joa
quin county. April 6, 1866, when hut
I !i years old. He was sentenced to
San Joaquin prison, where he was
known as prisoner No. 3248. He was
discharged .lune !? of tho same .-ear.
lint July 12 li?' was sent up from
Placer county for a few months,
which b<? served as No. 3313.
He was discharged, only to be sent
up from Calveras county, June 2d,
I s7 1. as No. 4902, Hut a new trial
was granted him and he was taken
back February 9, 1ST:.', and return
ed March 30, 1872, as No. 5 206.
Il?' tried to escape May 7, 1874,
and had four years added to his
time, but March .">, 1ST", bis sen
tence was commuted to twelve years
and he was discharged July 1 1. 1880.
Real Activities.
It was at this juncture Bill Miner
began his real activities. Meeting
up with Bill Leroy, most noted of
Western bandits at that time, he
formed a partnership with him, go
ing under the name of W. A. Mor
gan. A month later they robbed the
Del Uoy stage coach of $:i,500. Pos
ses pursued them. Leroy was cap
tured and lynched, but Bill Miner
;.<.s c. bili .>;il\ 11 ; ; li . i y wounding r1. i
iv iittle ;. .ne was caught in j
'!'.i I imnc cornily ''or robbery .tod j
?ont up for twenty-five y<a?s, going
back to San Quentin as No. 10191.
Ho started work December 2 1 . 1881,
and emerged from prison July 17,
1 901.
Daring Ira I ii Robberies.
Although growing old and having
paid a severe penalty, he started out
in his career of lawlessness with
more force in every way. September
23, 1903, he held up a train near
Tugot. Sound, on tho ('anadian side,
having two confederates on the job. i
They robbed all tho passengers, I
looted the express cars and secured i
a big haul, but all the robbers were
.aught except Bill Miner. Besting
for a few months he again started
tiis wild career. With two aides he
held up a train at Mission Junction,
British Columbia, September luth,
1!i0 4, and secured $10.000 in gold.
The government and express author
ities became frenzied at hts daring
robberies and the Dominion govern
ment offered $5,000 reward for him,
while the express company offered
a similar sum and tho Province of
British Columbia augmented it by
$2.5 00 to be paid for "Old Bill" Mi
ner, alive or dean.
But tho redoubtable old fellow
laughed at their attempts to corner j
him. He roamed Hie wilds of the '
country until May 9, 1906, when he |
associated himself with Louis Col- j
quhon and Tom Dunn and held ii)) an
express train at Kurier, British Co
lumbia. They made the engineer
uncouple and pull the car a mile
away, but lo the disgust of "Old
Bill" he found only registeren] mail,
the express money being left in an
other car. Ile abandoned tho rob
A Price on His Head.
However, the big rewards were
still in effect and the Canadian con
stabulary took up tho trail and
rounded up Pill Miner and his two
partners, and they were given life
sentences in the New Westminster
penitentiary in British Columbia.
But Old Bill kept up his spirit and
August 'a. 1907, he dug his way un
der the prison walls to liberty and
traveled to the Middle West unharm
ed. For a period he was quiet, with
plenty to live on, but after his hoard
was used up wintering in the South
he started North ai.d au opportune
time seemed to present itself on Feb
ruary 27, 1909, when !.e found two
novices at Gainesville, Ga., and rob
bed the Southern Express train. But
be was captured and sent to the
State penitentiary at Mllledgevllle
under 20-year sentence.
Grizzled, old and gray, he was still
undaunted and declared he would
escape, and this he did on two occa
sions with which tho reading public
is familiar.
Through all his career of crime he
was known to the oincials as Hill
Miner, though his real was (?eorge
Anderson, hut as W. A. Morgan and
George W. Edward? 'ie was known
for a time to many people In Michi
gan and Wisconsin.
This is the first full story ever
published of the fnmous bandit's
life. Tho record ls official and au
thentic. Ho has some few known
relatives said to he living, the near
est and dearest being his sister, Mrs.
W. J, Winier, living at Puget Sound.
British Columbia.
I>eposed Portugal King Weds.
Signrarlngen, Germany, Sept. 4.
Manuel, former King of Portugal,
was married hero lo Princess Au
gustine Victoria, daughter of Prince
William of Hohenzollern.
Strict watch was kept on all
strangers arriving here because it
was thought by tho police that an
attempt might he made on the life
of the former King of Portugal.
Nothing, however, In the form of
manifestation against the exiled
monarch marred the occasion.
Sigmaringen had never before been
the scene of snell an assembly of
princes and princesses. At the church
they formed a brilliant group in their
varied uniforms, glittering with or
ders, and they were surrounded by
many prominent military and civil
personages, also in gala costume.
After their return to the palace
former King Manuel and his bride
received deputations representing the
various classes of citizens, who pre
sented congratulations and wedding
gif .
Col. Samuel Tate Suicides.
Asheville. N. C., Sept 4.-After
writing letters to several of his per
sonal friends in this city, Col. Samuel
Tate, chief of engineers of the Trans
continental Railroad Company, and
prominent in engineering circles of
the country, committed suicide at an
exclusive hotel here to-day hy hang
ing himself with a cord, which had
been taken from a Venetian blind in
his room. The body was discovered
by an attache of the hotel, and an
examination showed thal. Col. Tate
had been dead several minutes when
tho body was discovered.
Col. Tau was ?i i?c??l??Y'of"irprom*
inent Memphis futuily, being .t rion
?f '.iie lat? Sam Tat? o( thal cit;.
?ie ivs ? ?ars old and if ^ 1 >.... ived
o) <i .vilie iimi i\\ u du Ugh tel M??.J?
Louise Tate, of this city, and Mrs. M.
W. Barton, of Xew York city. He
had taken an active part 111 the
building of many railroad lines in
Central America. .Jamaica, Mexico
and many ol* the States of the Middle
Practical Joke Kills Man.
Youngstown. Ohio, Sept. l.- A
practlcafvjoke, so called, played upon
him by his friends has cost the life
of Sam Stumm. He was employed
by the Youngstown Sheet and Tube
Company. At noon he was seized by
several of his friends and carried to
a nearby railroad track.
"We're going to tie you to the rails
and let a train run over you," said
one of the crowd.
Rope was procured and Stumm,
despite his yells, was tied to the
tracks and the crowd suddenly re
called that a fast freight was due.
They had just time enough to cut the
ropes and yell to Stumm to get out
of the way. He heard the warning,
but was so frightened that he could
not move. The train crushed him to
death. The police are Investigating,
hut so far no arrests have been made.
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Relief In Ave minutes from all sto
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Advise? Full and Ht rai pc nv?i. i
plananlon of the . ? goa.
Albany, N. Y., Sept. I
(lore Roosevelt bas ad'
Su'v.er to make a "ful
forward explanation ;
Teferenee to the char
suited in the Gover:
In a letter replying
nications relating to
rial situation sent bj r
to tho former Preside ?
traveling in the West t
"You owe it to yo 1 1
those who have suppc e
the earliest opportr r
the charges made aj
Governor Sulzer i ... R i
velt letter public to-i i
ment. Asked If he . e
former President's e
Oovtrnor referred 1 s
to his general denla . rh *8
issued on the ad vic? ?I
August, loth, three c e
adoption of the lmp< i
tion hy tho Assembly
"My explanation <t
tho impeachment tr G
nor declared.
The Roosevcl
Col. Roosevelt's I?'1 . -
"On my rel urn ITO
ce i ved yoe r two letU I
thoroughly understa t
now hoing made upo 1
yet to meet a single
lieves. or even pr?te
that a single honest
mated the proceeding}
onists. From Mr. Mu
the legislators who ol
fions, there is no po
that all your assailant,
selfish motives and th
to acquire the evil dot
State government, ant
sp tracy against you lu >\ .
lng impulse behind it an
remotest degree be ase
O'tism or civic politics
never seen a more sta > \
of the power of the in
ment under the presen
Explanation is M i Med,
"Let me add one th <>v< r
dear Governor. You o ? tp j
self and to all those \
ported you to take the
porfcnnfyty to answer
made against you. T
poses of those bringt) ch
arc wholly ?VIl 1 n ,ure fch.'.t all
honest ?uon feel d< . ?>< et. eV" arc
sure thai honest net: fceWthal tho
assamt made np.m vu i by your foes
ia due io your lin vin; ; od up for
the principles of go(>?
and decent citizenship
was necessary te defy
bosses of the two pat es, >bpe
dally of your own, a 1 ii
the way of the succesi >rrupi
schemes of the party machine's man
"Hut there ls also among honest
men a desire for a full and straight
forward explanation and answer In
reference to the charges against you,
and I earnestly hope that as soon as
possible the explanation and answer
will be made."
Mother of Eighteen Children.
"I am tho mother of eighteen chil
dren and have the praise of doing
moro work than any young woman in
my town," writes Mrs. C. J. Martin,
Boone Mill, Va. "I suffered for five
years with stomach trouhlo and
could not eat as much as a biscuit
without suffering. I have taken
three bottles of Chamberlain's Tab
lets and am now a well woman and
weigh 168 pou inls. I can eat any
thing I want to, and as much as I
want and feel better than I have at
any time in ten years. I refer to anv
one in Boone Mill or vicinity and
they will vouch for what I say."
Chamberlain's Tablets are for sale
by ?ill dealers. adv.
The Next Worse Lite
( Fayetteville Observer. ?
The preacher hat a hard time. If
his bair is gray, he is old. If he ls
a young man. he hasn't had experi
ence. If he has ten children, he has
too many; if he has none, he should
have children, for he ls not sotting a
good example. If his wife sings in
the choir, she is presuming; it" she
does not, she is not interested In her
husband's work. If a preacher reads
from notes, he is a bore; if he
speaks extemporaneously, he is not
deep enough. If ho stays at home In
lils study, ho doesn't mix with the
people; if ho ls seen around the
streets, he ought to ho at home get
ting up a good sermon. If he calls
on some very poor family, he is play
ing to the grandstand; if he calls at
the home of the rich, he is autocratic
W hatever he does some one could
have told him how to do hotter. He
has a fine time living off donations
which never come in and promises
that ;iever mature. Next to being an
editor, it is an awful life.
American salmon in the fresh wa
ters of Tasmania are prospering won
derfully. Some of them Increased In
weight, from two ounces to four
pounds in twenty-one months.
Will Bc Imported From Canada as
Untl?>6lrable Alien.
Sherbrooke. Que.. Sept. 3.-Harry
Thaw to-day lost his fight to defy
deportation by remaining in the
Sherbrooke Jail.
.Indgo Hutchinson sustained a
writ of habeas corpus calling for his
Thaw remained dazed for possibly
three minutes. The crowd began to
leave the judge's chamber in silence.
Thaw followed, aimlessly.
As he crossed the threshold E.
Blake Robertson, assistant superin
tendent of immigration, tapped him
on the shoulder and placed him ..fa
cially under arrest as an undesirable
The crowd then surged from the
building, and it was announced that
Thaw would he taken immediately to
Coatlcook for a hearing.
Thaw's lawyers seemed stunned.
Special officers of tho immigration
department jostled them in the cor
i Idors.
"I'll see you in Coaticook, boys,"
said Thaw, waving his hand to the
It was reported to-day that Mrs.
Mary Copley Thaw, mother of the
fugitive, would soon arrive in Sher
brooke to arrange with counsel for
their fees and expenses. Some of
the Thaw lawyers have again ex
pressed dis8atisfactiet) over the fact
that no responsible head of the fam
ily had remained on tho scene, and
that while money was talked of, no
large amounts have been in evidence.
Thaw Beaches Coaticook.
Coaticook. Que., Sept. 3.-Harry
K. Thaw arrived here at 4.13 p. m.
Wednesday. I inmediately after los
ing his fight 111 Sherbrooke lie was
rushed from the court room on the
road to Matteawan.
Thaw was ..ut handcuffed. He was
taken to tho immigration office under
guard of a government policeman
and Chief Immigration Officer Te
Winde Town Interested.
All Coaticook turned out to get a
glimpse of the noted fugitive. In
anticipation of Iiis coming rooms in
all the hotels have been reserved by
persons connected with the Thaw
case. The hoard of trade is making
arrangements to accommodate the
overflow of visitors In private houses.
Fails to Convince Hoard,
t'ontteook. Que.. Sept. 5.-Harrv
K. Thaw was i.ot "railroaded" across
tho border by tin? Immigration au
thorities Thursday se his counsel had
predicted. A special board OJ in
quiry sat on his case from 10 o'clock
in the morning until late in the after
noon and then adjourned until ?.30
o'clock this morning.
Thaw was on the stand most of
the day and made a good witness.
His inquisitors gradually worked into
the question of his sanity, and though
his counsel violently objected it was
of no avail, and this line of interro
gation will ho resumed to-morrow.
Though staving off deportation for
tho day, Thaw lost in two particulars.
His lawyers were denied a writ of
prohibition by Superior Judge Hutch
inson at Sherbrooke, tho same judge
who sustained the writ of habeas
corpus which cast Thaw out of the
Sherbrooke jail yesterday, and he
failed to establish before the board
the contention that he had entered
Canada as a tourist, and like "Jack"
Johnson should be allowed to con
tinue to his destination.
Had No Through Ticket.
He could produce no through
ticket to any point outside of Can
ada. He had a ticket to Detroit, but
unfortunately for Thaw, it had been
purchased at Coaticook.
Unable to show that ho had come
Into the Dominion ?it any recognized
port of entry Thaw practically was
convicted of entering by stealth, and
on this charge alone he can be de
ported. But on this charge ho could
appeal to the minister of the interior,
while no appeal would lio should he
bo found insane at the present time
or to have been in an Insane asylum
within five years. If found of un
sound mind now. tho hoard could de
port Thaw direct to the NTew York
State line. This would mean swift
return to Matteawan. Conviction on
either of the other two charges would
mean deportation to Vermont.
Jerome Arrestied for Gambling.
Coaticook, Que.. Sept. ii.-William
Travers Jerome, specially appointed
Attorney General of New York State,
was arrested here to-day charged
with gambling. Milton Aldridge, a
Coaticook citizen, made tho com
plaint, and said he saw Jerome play
ing poker in public yesterday.
Thaw's lawyers disclaim any
knowledge of tho arrest. The belief
prevailed that Jerome's arrest ls due
solely to the ill feeling of the towns
people, who resent Jerome's pres
Jerome was admitted to $.">00
'bond shortly before noon and left the
jail smiling.
Deportable on Two Grounds.
Coaticook, Sept. 5.-Harry Thaw
was ordered deported by a special
hoard of inquiry this afternoon, but
au Immediate appeal was entered.
Furthermore, a restraining order
granted by a Judge at Montreal pre
vented his removal from quarters
He was found deporta ole on two
counts-'first having lered the Do
minion hy stealth; ... mmi, having
been an inmate of an insane asylum
within five years.
Vermont was the State specified in
the order of deportation. The next
battle, however, -will be at Montreal,
where tho restraining order will be
Governor Blende Refuses u> Commis
sion the Orungchurg Hoard.
(Columbia Record, 3d.)
"She (Orangeburg county) hit me
such a hard lick last summer that I
really have no personal Interest in
the matter," says Governor Dleasc
In tho course of an interview given
out this morning explaining his ac
tion in refusing to appoint members
of tho dispensary board for Orange
burg county recommended by the
legislative delegation. Th? Gover
nor explains that tho counties sur- '
rounding Orangeburg aro Blease
counties and "have or will nave the
dispensary." which means that they
will enrich their treasuries at the
expense of citizens of an anti-Blease
Governor Blease late yesterday af
ternoon refused to appoint the dis
pensary board for Orangeburg county
as recommended by the legislative'
delegation. A. H. Moss and R. P.
Dukes, of Orangeburg, with A. S.
Dukes carno to Columbia yesterday
to urge Governor Blease to appoint
the board, lu effective language the
Governor refused to appoint the gen
tlemen named. The majority of the
county delegation have stated that
they will make no further recom
The Governor's interview follows:
"Dorchester, Bamberg, Calhoun,
Lexington, Aiken, Barnwell, all have
or will have dispensaries, and are '
surrounding counties of Orangeburg; I
therefore it is not necessary for Or- !
angeburg to be dry. The largo ma
jority of these counties are Blease
counties, and I am satisfied they ;
have no objection to the citizens of ,
an anti-Blease county enriching their |,
treasuries, and as tho antl-Belase
people-some of them-are good
people, there will be no objection to
theil visiting these other counties j
Die re fore, they will be pleased if'
Orangeburg has no dispensary. In
di idnnlly, I certainly have no objec
tion io iic-i not baviug one-in tact, :
I rather prefer she wouldn't; she!
hit mc such a hard lick last sum
mer, that really l have no personal :
interest in the matter. If no other
recommendations aro made there |
will be no dispensary there until 1
tho delegation changes the law, j
which will require a two-thirds vote
of both Houses of tho General As- j
sembly, and I am satisfied the prohi- !
bitionists will join with me irf the
vote in order to keep tho dispensary
out. That will he one time Blease
will he hand In hand with the Prohi
bitionists, and up to this time, the
only one. and possibly In all the fu
ture, the only time."
Snapped Some. Rig Rattlers.
(Anderson Mail, 4th.)
Frank Spellman has returned from
a trip to the Whitewater setclon of
Oconee county. He spent several
days there, going from point to point
on horesback on a camera hunt, and
says he enjoyed the outing very
While away Mr. Spellman made
some pictures that are out of the or
dinary. Three of these were of rat
tlesnakes in the wild state. One
shows a big rattler colled and ready
for action, another one of a different
snake, in a half coll, and the third
lying stretched at full length.
The pictures were taken at a dist
ance close enough to make the pic
tures clear and distinct, and they aro
really excellent snap-shots.
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Sluggish Liver and Bowels-They
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Take a ('asea ret to-night to
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by morning. You men and women
who have headache, coated tongue,
can't sleep, are bilious, nervous, up
set, bothered with a sick, gassy, dis
ordered stomach, or havo backache
and feel all worn-out. Are you keep
ing your bowels clean with Casca
reis-or merely forcing a passage
way every few days with salts, ca
thartic pills or castor oil?
Castrareis immediately cleanse and
regulate tho stomach, remove the
sour, undigested and fermenting
food and foul gases; . take tho oxcoss
bile from the liver and carry off the
constipated waste matter and poison
from the intestines and, bowels.
Remember, a Cnscaret to-night
will straighten you out by morning.
A 10-cent box from your druggist
means healthy bowel action; a clear
head and cheerfulness for months,
Don't forget the children. adv.
Faremrs' Union Pledge* Hold for
that Price--$H0 Ton for Sepd.
Salina. Kan., Sept. 4.-The high
cost of living will be higher aa a re
sult of the action of the NatiouaJ Far
mers' Union here to-day in fixing the
price at which members will sell this
year's cotton at 15 cents a pound.
The present price is approximately
12 certs.
The action of the convention hinds
every member of the Union to hold
his cotton until the market reaches
the figure set.
In the past repeated efforts have
been made to have a similar resolu
tion passed by the convention, but
advocates of the proposal always
failed to muster the necessary votes.
This year there was no opposition
to the plan ijeveral of tho leading
cotton grower i wanted the minimum
figure fixed ai 17 or 18 cents, point
ing out that owing^ to tightness of the
money market and unsettled condi
tions in Europe and America prices
of all products would soar and cotton
would bring that price if members
of the Union held out.
Experts employed by the Union es
timate t li is year's yield at 14,074,
500 bales. Last year it was 14,200,
000 bales and the price averaged 12
cents. There are nearly 2,000,000
members of the Union who aro cotton
growers and leaders in the mo veinent,
say their neighbors who are not
members of the organization will
only be too glad to join in holding
the crop until it can he marketed at
1 5 cents a pound.
The minimum juice at which cot
ton seed will be sold was fixed at $30
a .ton, and members are pledged to
hold out for that figure. Last year's
prices ranged around $26, approxi
mately the present market figure.
Consolidation of rural schools as
the best method of improving the
educational system of rural commu
nities, and thus make farm lifo more
attractive, was indorsed in a resolu
tion, which also called for an increase
in the length of the rural school
term and compulsory attendance.
Other resolutions urged greater
protection for animals and birds and
a chair of marketing in the agricultu
ral departments of State universities.
Education through improved schools,
lectur-a and the pressvwas indorsed
as Lie foremost factors in the ad
vancement of tho farmer.
Farmers' Union to Have Paper.
Salina. Kan.. Sept. 4.-A national
officia'] papei will be established .by
the National Farmers' Utiiou. This
was; decided to-day. li was said the
purpose of the publication would be
to advance the interests of organized
farmers by disseminating informa
tion regarding the pending legisla
tion in which farmers are interested.
The Union declared against alien
ownership of land and said that "cor
porations should not he allowed to
own more than is necessary."
The agricultural committee in its
report declared the minimum price
of wheat, corn, oats and harley on
the home market, In order to pay the
cost of production and 6 per cent on
the value of the farm lands in various
States should ho as follows:
Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma,
wheat $1.05, corn 70 cents, oats 45
cents and barley 50 cents; Illinois,
Indiana and Missouri, wheat $1.25,
corn 65 cents, oats 50 cents and bar
ley 50 conts; Western Slope States,
wheat ?I7 cents, corn 00 cents, oats
50 cents and barley 50 cents.
The report was adopted.
C. S. Barrett, of Union City, Ga.,
was re-elected president of tho o? ca?
iza tion.
The meeting of 1915 will he held
at San Francisco. The place for next
year's convention han not been se
is often caused by indigestion and
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Was Stonewall Jackson's Aid.
? -1
Alexandria, Va.. Sept. 4.-Noah D.
Rittenour, an aide to Gen. Stonewall
Jackson during tho Civil War, is
dead here, at the age of 68. Mr.
Rittenour died yesterday and the fu
neral was held to-day. For fifty years
ho was a clerk and interpreter in the
office of the auditor of the navy de
partment in Washington. In the
fighting at Chancellorsville, in which
Gen. Jackson received his mortal
wounds, Mr. Rittenour was beside the
noted Confederate, and likewise was
Mexico (Jives In ?
Washington, Sept. 4.-Tho first
official Information that the Wash
ington government has been orally
assured that Provisional President
Huerta will not be a candidate at the
Mexican elections was permitted to
become public to-day. The adminis
tration constr|es these assurances as
meaning also there will be no cir
cumvention by Huerta's resigning
and becoming a candidate.

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