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ESTABLISHED IN IS
WILL GET EVEN
The Wounded Religious Fanatic]
Swear Vengeance on Officers
HE PLANS REVENGE
On Police of Kansas City, Who Shoi |
Him in Street Rott?A Pitablo
Story of Fanaticism and Supersti
tion Told by One of the Dupes of ]
the Holly Rollers.
Kansas City, Dec. 11.?"I am not
soing to die. I am going to get well
and live to kill a few more r;olice
That Is the assertion of Louis
Pratt, self-styled "Adam God," the
religious fanatic, who is lying in the
.general hospital, seriously wounded
in a battle between his followers an t
the police Tuesday night.
As a result of the fight Pratt's
13-year-old daughter, Lula. and
Policeman Alber O. Dalbow are dead
and two other policemen are in a
James Sharp, known! as "Elijah
' II," and who was the real leader of
the little band of religious enthusi- j
asts, is still at large.
Shortly after the shooting Tues
day he walked into a saloon, laid
?down his revolver with the remar<,
?'I am satisfied; I give up."
As there was no policeman present
and no one seemed inclined to take
him into custody, Sharp waited a
moment, then picked up the weapon,
reloaded it and walked out. He has
not been seen since.
Airs. Pratt, with two of her young
daughters, spent Tuesday night in
the matron's room at police head
?quarters, but Mrs. Sharp, who fireu
two of the shots that struck Police
man Michael Mullane, was confined
in the city jail.
"I've been in trouble before," said
"Mrs. Pratt, and If I can be killed
for righteousness sake I shall bej
eternally happy." . ?
Mrs. Pratt bemoaned the death of |
"her other daughter, Lula, aged 13,
Tvbo was shot during the second
stage of Tuesday's battle when the
woman and her children pulled off
in a rowboat in the Mississippi river
and attempted to escape.
' At the hospital it was said that
Patrolman Mullane had small
chance of recovery, but that Ser
geant Patrick Clark's condition was
slightly improved. A. J. Selsor, the
hy-stander, who was hit by a stray
"bullet, also is expected to get well.
Mary Pratt, the little 11-year-old
sister of the dead girl, displayed the
same remarkable coolness shown by
he:: leaders when questioned by the
police. She did not cry when told
of her sister's death.
Mrs. Pratt, in a statement to the
assistant prosecutor, told of the
hand's work. "Mr. and Mrs. Sharp,
our leaders," said Mrs. Pratt, "were
"known to us as Adam and Eve and
?we believed their teachings; It was
revealed to Mr. Sharp last summer
that our meetings were not to be
interfered with again. We armed
ourselves. 'If the police attempt to
arrest you, shoot,' our leader said.
They cannot kill me. I'll live for
ever.' The first I heard of the
"trouble Tuesday was when Lulu and
"Mary came running down to the boat
and told me that the shooting was
"Then the officers came and want
ed to take us away. I got my rifle
down off the wall, told Lulu to get
a gun, and we all got Into a skiff
that was tied to the houseboat. I
sat in the bow with my gun in m^
hand. I was not going to shoot un- j
less I had to, because I had no
chance to ask either Adam or Eve
what to do. I'm sorry I did not re
sist. I'm afraid I have lost my
ternal life because I think Adam
would have advised me to shoot.
"Lulu got into the back of the
skiff, which was covered, and Mary
took the oars and we started across
the river. The officers began shoot
ing at the boat. We drifted up to
the bank and when I saw blood o<>
Lulu's ear I knew she was shot.
Then Mary and I go out and hung
on the side of the boat until thev
Mrs. Melissa Sharp, a slender wo
man of middle age, whose statement
was taken by another officer, detailed
the occurrences leading up to Tues
day's fight and then told of the
wanderings of the band.
"I was born.in Mount Grove, Mo,
3 7 years ago. on a farm," said Mrs.
Sharp. 'T married Sharp, a farme.-.
twenty years ago and we went to
Arkansas. Later, we went to Okla
homa and took up a claim. We had
no religion then. About six years
ago my husband came home one
night and said he did not think we
wore living right.
"He had had a revelation of the
faith of God. We began to read the
Bible and a week later I got the rev
elation. Then we both repented for
two weeks, weeping and mourning,
not because we wanted to. but be
cause we could not help it. We sold
our farm and gave the money away
to people who needed it, and start
ed on the march.
Since then we have traveled
through Oklahoma, Kansas. Mis
souri and Illinois. Then we went
north to Minnesota, and last summe
we spent in Canada, in Manitoba and
Saskatchewan. We lived on gifts
made by converts and by small sums
offered us. One man who found the
ROOSEVELT THREATENS TO SUE
He Says "If They Can be Reached
For Criminal Libel, I will Try m
Have Them Reached.''
Washington, Dec, 10.?"If they
can be reached for criminal ?be!.
I shall (try to have them reached"
said President Roosevelt In speaking
this afternoon about "those Ameri
cans who have been guilty of infa
mous falsehood concerning the ac
quisition of the property and th:
construction of the Panama Canal
It was to the committee of one
hundred of the Lakes-to-the-Go.f |
Deep Waterway Association, headed
by Governor Deneen, of Illinois, who
were received by the President in
the East room of the White Hous?,
that he made this declaration.
Governor Deneen had presented a
copy of resolutions adopted by the
Association, and made a few remarks
to which the President replied as
"I have felt, as the Governor has
well put it, that no more Important
service could be rendered to this
country than the building of <.~e
Panama Canal between the Atlantic
and the Pacific, and one thing I am
proud of in connection with the
building of that canal is that there
has not been legitimate cause for
the breath of scandal connected with
any feature of +.he proceeding. We
have cause to be ashamed of only
one set of Americans who have been
guilty of infamous falsehood con
cerning the acquisition of the prop
erty and thte construction of the
canal Itself: If they can be reached
for criminal libel, I shall try to have
them reached. If not, at any rate
all the facts-we know or ever have
known are at the disposal of e&ph
and every one of you here, and ot
any one in Congress or of all Con
gress if they wish to see them.
"Next only in Importance from
physical standpoint to building the
Panama Canal comes the question of ]
developing the use of our own water- |
ways. That must be done by the
policy of irrigation at the headwa
ters up in the arid regions; and
where you come from, gentlemen, ii
is to be done by making our coast
take a big loop in from the Gulf ?.
Mexico to the Great Lakes, and we
wili see that the work is done; and
no work could have been dbne from
beginning to end more honestly]
or more efficiently."
light, sold all his property and put
$7,000 in. We kept all the money
in a common fund.
'About last/ August, when we came
back from Canada, we built a house
boat and started down the Missouri
from a place in Montana near White
"We floated down the'river, stop
ping and preaching at towns and
sometimes camping in the woods
In many places we have been perse
cuted by the officers, who wanted to
take our children away and make
them go to school.
"We have been going armed for
many months and have practiced
shooting. None of the children can
read or write. We teach them, but
we teach them righteousness. Paul
says the wisdom of this world is
foolishness. Christ chose his disci
ples from ignorant people. Chris:
did not go to school. My husbaid
and I can read and write. That Is
enough to teach the Bible."
TWO MORE VICTIMS.
A Fanatic and a Brave Policeman
Dies From Wounds.
Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 11.?Two
more names were Thursday added to
the list of dead as a result of Tues
day's battle between religious fanat
ics and the police here, the total
number now being four.
Shortly before noon today Louis
Pratt, 45 years old, the foremost
disciple of James Sharp, died at the
General hospital and an hour lattr* I
Michael Mullane, a policeman, suc
cumbed to his wounds at St. Joesph's
hospital. Policeman Albert O. Da;
bow and Lula Pratt died immediate'y
after being shot Tuesday.
Mullane suffered himself to be
mortally wounded because he would
not shoot a woman. According to
witnesses he dodged behind a wagon
when Mrs. Sharp attacked him wiui
a revolver and, though she contin
ued, firing, he made no resistance,
"Boys, I could have killed the
woman, but I would not," he claim
ed as he sank to the pavement
pierced by four bullets.
DEATH BY TRAIN.
Loses His Life Soon After Leaving
the Court Room.
Cuthbcrt, Ga., < Dec. 10.?Mr.
James Chesire, a well known citi
zen of this country residing near
Fountain Bridge, was run over by
the Cenrtal of Georgia pas.-nger
train. No. o, yesterday afternoon,
at the Bell's pond crossing, one-half
mile north of the depot, and died 8
few hours later. Mr. Chesire had
been to Cuthbert, where he was
serving as a juror on the Randolph
superior court and was on his wa* j
home when the accident occurred.* '
FIEND PUT TO DEATH
DRAGGED SICK YOUNG LADY
FROM HER BED
After Shooting Several Times in
Her Room?Trailed by Dogs and
Caught and Was Lost.
Valdosta, Ga., Dec. 12.?Parties
who earne r here last night from
Statenyille, In Echols county,
brought some rather meager detail
of the exciting experience which the
family of Mr. Fisher Belote had an
the hands of a negro desperado who
ran amuck during the previous night
and bolted into tne house where the
members of the family were sleep
The negro was evidently one who
had had some trouble with Mr. Be
lote and, after becoming drunk at
a negro frolic, later went to the
white man's home for trouble.
The negro first broke open the
door of his home and rushed into
the room where the wife and sick
daughter were sleeping, exclaiming:
"I want old Fisher Belote," and
firing three shots from his revolver
into the roof. Mrs. Belote, who kept
her nerve remarkably well, told the
negro that Mr.' Belote was not ?a
The negro then stumbled to the
bed where the sick daughter was
lying,, catching her by the foot and
saying: "Here he is," and at the
same time firing two shots into the
bead of the bed.
By that time, Mrs. Belote had
gotton out of the bed and secured
the rifle and was calling her. hus
band from- the adjoining room to
come and shoot the negro. A young
er son, Harper, in the meantime, ran
in with his little single-barrel gun
and fired once at the negro, but In
his excitement the shot went wild,
crashing through a bureau mirror.
The negro then left the place and
fled from the scene.
Messengers were sent to the con
vict camps at Tarver for the track
dogs and they were put on his track,
following the negro for manj* miles.
He was trailed along the Georgia
Southern road toward Valdosta, but
disappeared in Grand bay, where
the pursuers follewed him. They
were close upon his heels when they
entered the bay.
After several hours in there, the
pursuers came out without the negro.
They stated, however, that he would
not make any more midnight raids.
They did not say so, but it is the
general belief that the negro either
resisted arrest and was killed, or ho
was given a speedy courtmartial and
received the verdict of death.
The affair happened in a section
that does not believe much in bur
dening court dockets with such cas
es when the right man can hi
WORK OF WHITE FIENDS.
Cowardly and Brutal Assault on the
Cartersville. Ga., Dec. lie.?On the
charge of being implicated with two
other men in firing on the Gibson
family near Cajtersvllle, resulting
In the wounding of Mrs. Gibson and
attempting an assault on her and
pillaging the house. Tom Collier, a
young man has been Jailed here.
The officers also have -warrants
for Bud Lanham and Steve Heath,
and are making efforts to locate
them. Lanham, Heath and ? Collier
left after midnight after imbibing
freely of whiskey and near-beer and
terrorizing the county wherever thev
They Bhot the house full of hol.-s
after breaking down the doors and
forcing an entrance. The husband
was forced at the point of a pistil
to sit aside while the house was be
ing robbed and the women assaulted.
Lanham, at the poinst of a pistol,
dragged Lizzie Hardy, a sister of
Mrs. Lizzie Gibson, 16 years of age,
by the hair of her head from the
house into the bushes away from
the house and criminally assaulted
her. The other men attempted to
assault Mrs. Gibson. v
PIERCED HIS BRAIN.
Young Lad Meets With a Very Pe
Mobile, Ala., Dec. 10..?Clarence
M. Benson, aged 13, son of Robert
Benson, an electrical engineer, was
killed here today in a peculiar man
ner while playing with a number of
companions in the Barton academy
Several of the boys were throwing
a stick in the air, that had a sharp
n paper file stuck In the end, and
in some manner the point struck
young Benson on the head, and pen
etrated his brain, causing death.
The school authorities are unable
to locate the boy who threw the sti*;k
into the air.
She Knows How.
St. Louis, Dec. 11.?James Sharp,
the leader of the onslought against
the police has not yet bpen captur
ed. Mrs. Pratt who, with her four
children, is being held at police head
quarters, now states she knows
Sharp was a false prophet and wishes
she had remained in "the good old
Baptist church." Mrs. Pratt's hus
band was killed in the row. *
O, S. C TUESDAY, DE<
Big Explosions of Dynamite in
Panama Canal Cut
Ten Laborers Are Killed and Fifty
Are Wounded by the Premature
Explosion of a Giant Blast of
Dynamite, Which Set Off Twenty
Tons Stored Near by.
Colon, Dec. 12.?A giant blast of
dynamite, already prepared for fir
ing, was prematurely exploded in the
workings at Bas Obispo today. Ten
men were killed and fifty injured.
It may be that others have beea
killed, for debris is piled up In all.
Bas Obispo cut is' about thirty
miles from Colon, and the shock of
the explosion was distinctly felt
here, as In addition to that in the
blast twenty-two tons of dynamite
was exploded. All the killed were
Spaniards except two, who were
Numerous reports are current as
to the cause of the accident, but.
the official version from Culebra,
which gives an estimate of ten
killed and fifty wounded, states that
during the loading of the last hole
of the blast the dynamite in this
cutting was discharged and the re
maining twenty-two tones were ex
ploded by concussion.
The" holes had not been connect
ed electrically as the discharge of
the blast was set for 5 o'clock in
the afternoon. The last hole was
being loaded under the supervision
of one of the most efficient powder
men in the employe of the commis
Relief trains were sent to the
scene of the disaster and one which
returned here several hours later
brought back the report that 45
of the injured had been sent to
Ancon hospital. The officials on the
train stated that eleven dead had
been found, while many others in
the gang of a hundred and twenty
two who were employed In the cut
It was also reported by the train
men that the explosion was due to
a passing steam shovel, which hook
ed the wire leading to the Immense
charge of dynamite. Whether or not
this was the cause of the accident, a
steam shovel and crew which hap
pened to be on the scene were prac
tically burled under the mass ot
rocks and earth thrown up.
Gangs were soon searching for
the dead and assisting the wounded.
Electric lights were sent up, and to
night steam shovels were at work
removing the tons upon tons of de
bris. Many of the men have been
Beriously injured, some. of them
probably fatally. Tradition has it
that the Panama Railroad coBt one
human life for every tie, and with
accidents, insurrections and disease
?the construction of the canal has not
gone along without exacting its toll.
There have been a number of ac
cidents in the last two years, chief
among which was the premature ex
plosion of dynamite at Pedro Miguel
in June, 1907, which resulted In the
jleath of seven men and the injury
of a hundred. ?
CHOKED TO DEATH.
Man Falls Over Dash Board and Is
Spartanburg, S. O, Dec. 10.?Lu
ther Thompson, aged 85 years, a
well known young farmer of the In
man section of the county, was found
dead In his buggy by members of
his famly. He had fallen forward,
his head hanging over the dash
board and it is believed that he was
strangled to death.
From what can be learned It ap
pears that Thompson went to a still
in North Carolina on Monday, ne
turning to his home late Monday
night he drove Into his lot to put up
his horse and buggy and being in
an alleged intoxicated condition, he
fell forward and his head caught over
the dash board and before he could
extricate himself, he strangeld to
GETS THIRTY YEARS.
A Prominent Man Must Puy Penalty
Raleigh, N. C, Dec. 10.?Accord
ing to a ruling just made by the su
preme court finding no error in the
trial below, Lute Banner, former
member of the State legislature,
postmaster of his town, international
revenue officer of Wantauga county
must serve a sentence of thirty years
in the penitentiary for the murder
of Ambrose Cline. A plea of insan
ity was set up, but the supreme court
declares there was no evidence of
insanity produced, and Banner was
lucky in escaping the gallows. ?
Took Porter at His Word.
Baton Rouge, La., Den. 12.?
Four men from the country who had
never before riddsn on a train, leap
ed from a train traveling thirty mile>
an hour near here today. Asked
why they jumped, they said because
the porter called out "All off for
Baton Rouge." They were not seri
ously injured. *
MEMBER 15, 1908.
TEDDY USURP POWER
HAD NO RIGHT TO TEAR DOWN
Col. Brownwell Claims He Cited Fact
of Lack of Authority, Roosevelt
Giving Direct Order, Anyhow.
Washington, Dec. 11.?Attention
was called today to the fact that the
utterances of the President in re
gard to the action of Congress in
limiting the use of the secret service
force is not the only action of the
executive that is considered by mem
bers as objectionable.
It became, known today that the
sub-committee of the committee on
appropriations, having in charge the
preparation of the legislative, execu
tive and judicial appropriation bill,
has been Investigating the raising
of the old Pennsylvania station that
was located on the Mall until the
President had it torn down.
That the committee failed to ex
punge Its inquiries about this action
from the printed hearings is taken
to Indicate the temper of that com
mittee toward the executive.
When Col. Bromwell, military aide
to the President, and superintendent
of public buildings and grounds, ap
peared before the committee Reprc
sentatlveBurleson, of Texas, asked
him if he had not requested an ap
propriation last year for a watch
man for the old depot.
"I think so," replied Col Brom
well, "but I have not had any oc
cation to use it, because I have torn
down the railroad station."
"What? Torn down the railroad
station!" exclaimed the Texas mem
Col. Bromwell explained that he
tore down the building on the writ
ten order from the President of the
'Do you know of any law on the
statute books that authorizes any
executive officer to sell any of the
property of the United States of
that character, real estate?" inquir
ed Chairman Tawney, of Minnesota
"No, sir," replied the President's
aide. "1 called the attention of the
higher authorities to that fact, and
I received the order to tear the
Replying further to the chairman
Col. Bromwell said that he knew of
no immediate necessity for its re
The committee also went into an
examination of the government of
ficials to ascertain what right the
commission on country life appoint
ed by the President, had to use the
franking privilege, as it claimed was
being done. Members of the com
mittee referred to the qbmmision
as "one created without authority
of law." *
BRYAN WAS ARRESTED.
His Hunting Party Had Killed Too
Galveston, Texas, Dec. 10.?Wil
liam Jennings Bryan fell into the
hands of a game warden yesterday,
when he and three other hunters
were arrested at Lake Surprise, the
famouns game preserve of Banker
Moody, of Galveston, In Chambers
Bryan, Moody and two friends
were charged with having violated
the State game law by killing more
than 25 fowls each. The law limits
the number of ducks to be killed
by one person 25 in 24 hours.
More than 150 dead ducks testi
fied to the work of the four men
up to the time the game warden ap
peared. Then it was sworn that
Bryan had really killed but a few
canvas backs. Moody and the other
two Nlmrods pleaded guilty and ac
cepted the penalty, the line being
$25 each. . *
Was Prominent In This State Dur
Washington, Dec. 10.?H. G.
Worthington, a former representa
tive from Nevada, was stricken with
paralysis in the house of represen
tatives today. Mr. Worthington,
who is a resident of Washington,
was removed to his home, and phy
sicians called. This is his second
stroke. Mr. Worthington, it is sai.l,
is the only surviving pallbearer of
Abraham Lincoln. Worthington
was a prominent politician in South
Carolina during the days of Recon
struction. Among other offices he
held the Collectorship at Charleston,
Gigantic Lumber Trust Will Soon
Be a Realty.
Duluth, Minn., Dec. 10.?Edward
Hines, of Chicago: William O'Brinc,
of St. Paul, and W. H. Cook. o?
Duluth, are engaged in a serips of
conferences, looking to a deal lo
bringing lumber interests and hold
ings of the Northwest and West
under the gigantic combination. Th ?
St. Paul and Duluth men are pin.>
kings of the West and Northwest
and Hines represents himself and
the Weirhauser interests. The re*>l
struggle will come tomorrow. Cook
is opposing the plan, but probably
will be overruled. *
GRAND LODGE CLOSE
THE MASONS ELECT OFFICERS
After a Very Pleasant and Har
monious Session of Several Days
The Grand Lodge of Masons of
South Carolina, which met in
Charleston on Tuesday, closed its one
hundred and thirty-second annual
communication at 1 o'clock Thurs
day afternoon, after a very harmo
nious session in which much impor
tant routine business was transacted
and some very interesting points of
concern to the craft discussed.
At noon Thursday the annual elec
tion of officers was held, the follow
ing being chosen, practically no
changes being made from the roster
of last year.
Grand Master, J. L. Michle, Dar
Deputy Grand Master, James R.
Senior Grand Warden, George S. I
Junior Grand Warden. George T
Grand Treasurer, Zimmerman Da
Grand Secretary, J. T. Barrou.
Grand Chaplain, W,. P. Smith,
Senior Grand Deacons, J. P. Duck
ett, Anderson, and J. F. Kjnney,
Junior Grand Deacons, W. J. Rog
ers, Darlington, and J. W. Roberts,
Gyand Steward, A. L. Barton.
Charleston, and 0. F. Hart, Colum
Grand Marshall, John Kennerle
Grand Pursuivant, Van Smith,
Grand Tyler, W. A. Wlnkler,
The Grand Master appofnted the
following district deputy grand mas
William G, Mazyck, Charleston,
S. H. Rogers, Beaufort, Second
Ryan A. Gyles, Blackville, Third
Wm. A. Giles, Granittville, Fourth
B. E. Nicholson, Edgefleld, Fifth
R. A. Cooper, Laurens,-Sixth Dis
J. C. Watkins, Anderson Seventh
O. R. Doyle, Eighth District.
A. S. Rowell, Piedmont, Ninth
B. B. Bishop, Iriman, Tenth Dis
George Y. Hunter, Prosperity.
E. C. Secrest, Lancaster, Twelfth
Joseph Lundsay, Chester, Thh
G. L. Ricker, Sumter, Fourteenth
R. K. Wallace. Kingstree, Fif
W. E. Jones, Darlington, Sixteenth
John C. Sellers, Sellers, Seven
William L. Glaze, Orangeburg,
The Grand Lodge being called
from the third to the first degree,
the newly elected and appointed of
ficers were Installed in full and
ancient form, and received the pre
scribed salutes of their brethren,
after which the Grand Lodge re
turned to the third degree for final
work of the session.
At the session Wednesday night
a beautiful memorial tribute to the
late Past Gran? Master, John R.
Bellinger, whose death had occurred
since the meeting of the Grand Lodge
last year, was read by Past Grand
Master R. F. Divver, from the com
mittee appointed by the Grand
Master to prepare an address.
The report on the Masonic Or
phan Home fund was made by Depu
ty Grand Master James R. Johnson,
showing an addition of nearly eleven
thousand dollars to the fund dur
ing the past year. The.total now
in hand for the establishment of
this Institution is nearly $24.00^
which has been collected within the
past three years. No recommenda
tion was made as to the beginning
of the home, hut it is generally
understood that nothing will be done
until the fund has grown to $50,
000, which, at its present rate of
progress should he in the next
At the Thursday morning session
reports of committees were submit
ted and disposed of. Some unus
ually interesting and illuminating
discussions of Masonic jurisprudence
were made, and some points of in
terest to the craft in the work of
the lodge were determined.
Tt was decided to impose a penalty
of 10 per cent on all subordinate
lodges that hereafter fail to make
returns and remittances to the Grand
Secretary by November 15.
It was resolved to hold the next
meeting of the Grand Lodge m
Charleston on the second Tuesday i.-i
December, 1909. The Grand Lodge
was then closed In ample form jn
the third degree in Masonry. *
Deadly Hot Slipper.
Cartersville, Ca.. Dec. 10.?Hamp
Harris was shot and instantly killed
by Walt Boozer at a negro dance
Wednesday night, near Stilesboro.
Both are negroes. ?
$1.50 PEE ANNUM.
MAD WITH TEDDY
Committee Will Consider Roose
velt's Criticism of
ACTION OF CONGRESS
Statements in the Annual Message
Relating to the Secret Serviec will
Receive Careful Attention and the
Committee will Recommend What
Course to Pursue.
Washington, Dec. 11.?The indig
nation of the members of the Hou?e
of Representatives over the para
graph of the President's annual
message relating to the secret ser-.
vice found expression today in a res
olution offered by Mr. Perkins, Re
publican, of New York, providing for
the appointment of a committee of
five to consider the subject and re
port what action should be taken In
connection with the matter. The
resolution was as follows:
"Whereas, there was contained in
the sundry civil appropriation bill,
which passed Congress at its last
session and became a law, a provis
ion in reference to the employment
of secret service in the treasury de
"Whereas, in the message of the
President of the United States to
the two houses of Congress Is was
stated in reference to that provision,
'it is not too much to say that this
amendment has been of benefit only,
and could be of benefit only to the
criminal classes,' and it was further
stated the 'chief argument in favor
of the provision was that the Con
gressmen did not themselves wish
to be investigated by secret service
men,' and it was further stated,
'but If this is not considered desir
able a special exception could be
made in the law, prohibiting the use
of the secret service force in in
vestigating members of Congress. It
would be far better to do this than
to do what actually was done, and
strive to prevent or at least to hamp
er effective action against criminals
by the executive branch of the gov
ernment.' Now, therefore, be it
'Resolved, That a committee of
the President, and report to the
House be appointed by the Speaker
to consider the statements contain
ed in the message of the President
and report to the House what actioD,
if any should be taken In reference ?
BAD MAN WITH A GUN.
Saloon Keeper Shoots and Kills
Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 11.?After
a brief argument with a crowd of
negroes engaged In a game of bil
liards at a -aloon on Desota street
near Beale, shortly after midnight
this morning, William Latura, a
white saloon keeper of this city,
shot and killed three of the negroes
and wounded four others, one mor
tally and the others seriously. One
of those wounded is a woman.
According to statements of by
standers the negroes were grouped
about the table when Latura enter
ed the saloon. As he appeared a
ifew heated words passed and in
the next instant Latura had drawn
his revolver and begun firing. Bach
of his bullets took effect with the
result as stated. Latura, who it is
said had been drinking, was taken
into custody after the shooting. ?
DROWNED IN POTOMAC.
Young Men Go to Death in Trying to
Shoot the Rapids.
Washington, Dec. 6.?Joseph H.
Panter, aged 30, a boaanist in the
National museum, and his compan
ion, Robert Wallace, aged 16, were
drowned today whiie trying to shoot
the rapids at Stubblefleld falls, in
the Potomac river, about 10 mile3
north of the city. The bodies have
not been recovered.
The young men were on a fishing
trip in a small canoe, which over
turned in midstream with them, due
to striking a rock. Both were resi
dents of this city.
PULLED FROM BURNING HOUSE.
Mother Passes Children Through
Window to Safety.
New York, Dec. 10.?Ten persons
were dragged to safety from a burn
ing tenement in Williamsburg last
night. Mrs. Mary Kilcoine, after
being awakened, called for help and
when two policemen responde',
handed her two small children
througii a window to safety. Her
man Zcigler and his father, aged
85, and the old man's wife, aged
SO, were overcome by smoke, but
were resrucd, as were "the famil''
of Mitchel McDermott, who were
carried to .safety after having been
found unconscious. *
Holly Rollers Dispursed.
Sandusky, Ohio, Dec. 10.?Tho
Holly Roller organization at Berlvo.
Heights, almost 200 strong, was or
dered disbanded by Irate townspeo
ple today, and the prganizers, Jacob
Hoppinger and D. K. C. Deecken, of
Buffalo, N. Y., were served wtfth
notices to leave the community. *