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Misers A e Caught Like Rats ? a Trap
; Jid Lose Their Lives.
AN0T3ER MINE HORROR
Fire and Gas Block Their Escape, and
Without Warning Between Fifty
and Sidy Men and Boys Meet Ter
rible Death in Pennsylvania Coal
One of the most serious mine disas
ters of t!iat section occurred Friday
at the liti:le village of Throop, a short
distance from Scranton, Pa., when
the lives of between fifty and sixtv
men and boys were snuffed out.
Amoni;: those known to have per
ished ar< Joseph Evans, who was in
charge oS the United States mine res
cue car; Isaac Da we, a fire boss,
and Walter Knight, a foreman.
Evans' death was the result of a
defective oxygen charged nrmoi.
Charles Snsian, the expert in chargb
of the m hie rescue work for the Fed
eral Government, was also overcome,
and is s iid to be in a critical condi
?Up to a late hour Friday nignt
nearly two score of bodies have been
piled at the bottom of the shai't, but
It was thought advisable not to brng
them to the surface until the crowd
had dwindled. A temporary morgue
has been erected at the opening to
the mine, and here were congregated
hundreds of women and children, rel
atives of the men and boys fh"> had
been so suddenly snatched from them.
Their grief was pitiful, children of
tender years clinging to the skirts o?
their mo :hers, while older male mem
bers of :he family sought to soften
the anguish of the distracted mothers
and sisters. j
None of the bodies recoTsered was|
mutilated, death doubtless having
been caused by inhaling flames and
gases. The rescuers are pushing into
the mine, and It is thought all of the
"bodies will be rescued within a few
The fire started in an engine house
at the opening of a slope 750 feet
from the surface. There were 400
anen in the mine when the fire started,
about si'rty of them In the workings,
Into which the slope led. The sixty
were at work in a "blind" tunnel at
the end t>f .the slope.
Escape was blocked by fire, smokt
and the generated gases, possibly,)
bt'ore the men and boys realized
Jamei Vickers, a fire boss, tried to
get to the tunnel where he knew
many men were at work. He could
So only a short distance before ht.
was forced to turn back, and it was
wi*h difficulty he dragged himself
through the smoke at the point of
the fire. He said no man could live
five miuutee in the tunnel he had
tried to traverse.
The United States miners on the
car stationed at Wilkesbarre were
summoned early In the afternoon and
later the Delaware, Lackawanna and
Western, hospital car and the Lehlgh
Talley Company's force, from Wilkes
barre, came to the scene.
The finding of three bodies led the
rescuere: to believe that no one was
alive in the tunnel and they renewed
the attick on the burning area to
reduce the awful heat. When tht&
work hud proved somewhat effective
a corps; of the expert rescue men,
with tho latest style rescue armor,
pushed on Into the slope and later
came upon several bodies strewn
along the roadway.
The bodies were carried to the foot
of the shaft and stacked up in piles
in, the narrow space to be taken out
after nightfall, so some of the horror
would he hidden from distracted rei*
stives of the victims.
The colliery is owned and operated
by the Price-Pancoast Coal Company,
at the head of which is John It. Bry
den, general manager of the Ontaria
and Western collieries in this section.
It is one of the largest and most up
to-date collieries in the region. * j
Three Negroes Lynched.
At Ellaville, Ga., Dawson Jordan.)
Charlie Pickett and Murray Burton,
negroes, were lynched Saturday. The\
were accused of murdering Newton
Eason, a white man on January 5.
Jailer Cliff Bough was awakened by
6everal men who told him they had
a prisoner to place in jaid. He ad
mitted them and was immediately
overpowered and forced to unlock the
cells containing the negroes. They
were taken to the outskirts of the
town, hanged and shot.
Senator La Follette introduced a
resolution for another investigation
of the Senate Lorimer case. It
names as the committee of investiga
tion Senator Works of California.
Townsend of Michigan, McLean of
Connecticut, Kern of Indianna, and
Pomerene of Ohio. No action was
taken, as Senator La Follette intends
to speak on the resolution another
Accidentally swallowing four
black-headed hatpins perhaps four
inches in length, Miss Pernice Hillis,
pged 17, of Peorir., 111., is in the hos
pital In that city and may die. She
had placed the pins in her mouth.
Then she tripped on a rug and swal
TWO DEAD AND SIX INJURE*) AT
HARTSVILLE IX A CAR.
While the Victims Are Sleep, Flames
Burst Forth?One of the De?d is
One of the most horrible accidents
that have ever occurred in Hartsville
happened Saturday morning at 5
o'clock in the baggage coach pf the
I negro show, "Silas Green," which was
[sidetracked in the Atlantic Coast
Line yards. After closing an en
gagement of two days there, the
troupe had packed and was ready to
leave when fire wa3 discovered in tht
In this car were eight negro men,
five Shetland ponies, a horse, a rauio,
trunks and other paraphernalia. It
appears that the men, having worked
hard, had fallen asleep. The doors
of the car were closed, as a heavy
rain had fallen during the night. As
the fire burned on the top and on
one side, a natural Inference would
be that the fire was caused from ig
nited gas, but it is denied that theti]
was any gas in the car.
One man was taken from the cai
dead, being horribly burned about]
the face, hands and feet. On, of |
the injured, Willie Dundee, Harts
ville negro, died later. The others,
[six in number, were sent to the hos
pital at Sumter. All are very serious
ly hurt." Three are thought to be fa
tally injured. The ph3'sicians oi" the
town have done all in their power
to relieve the suffering of the in
jured. The wounds have been care
fully dressed, and it is hoped that |
three will recover.
It is a pitiful steht. The faces 01
some are burned almost beyomi re
cognition. Three of the five Shet
land ponies are dead, and two are In
jured. The show is entirely a negro
aggregation. There are 40 in the
troupe, which has headquarters at
Milwaukee, Wis. The owner is |
Ephriam Williams, the business m an
ager R. C. Puggsley.
The show travels in two cars, ?ind
its exhibits, consisting mostly of
minstrel numbers and acting pouiles,
takes place in a large tent. It has
been well received in the towns vis
ited. The show came here Thurs
day morning from Darlington, and
was to have appeared in Tlmmohs-I
\ .'lie tonight and Florence Monday |
Wha teffect the loss, amounting to I
about $1,500, and the death and se-|
rious Irrjury of several of the em
ployes will have on the show Iii not
known. Much sympathy is felt here
for the sufferers.
BOYS IN BANDIT GANG,
Masked and Armed They Terrorized
The arrest of two 12-year-old boys
who broke in and robbed a confec
tionery store in the business section
of Gainesville, Ga., this wek., un
earthed a band of probably the
youngest bandits known.
For the past several months num
erous robberies have occurred upon
stores in Gainesville. The perpetrat
ors have always escaped and the po
lice have been puzzled. Wares
amounting to thousands of dollars
have been stolen from various places.
The night of the arrest two raisked
boys were captured on the outside of
the store they had just robbed. They
confessed and incriminated several
boys under 13 as being implicated in
the crimes. A hiding place was found
in an abandoned tunnel, but no booty
As the boys were members of the
most prominent families in Gaines
ville their names have been withheld.
The leaders were sent to the Jnneville
HOOKWORM IN GEORGIA.
Board of Health Finds 5,000 Cases I
Hookworm disease has been found
in 127 out of 146 counties in Georgia,
according to statements of officials at
the ofliec of the state board of health.
Director A. G. Fort, of the field san
itation department of the board, stat
ed the board has records of more than
5,000 cases which are now under ac
tual treatment in Georgia.
This, it is said, is only a sma>l per
centage of the actual number oi ^ases
; of the disease in various tages In the
The extent and seriousness of the
disease is nowhere realized except by
the officials of the board and the phy
sicians who come into actual contact
METHODICAL, EVEN IN DEATH.
I Before Committing Suicide Man At
tended to Every Detail.
After telegraphing his wife and
daughter to return home from a visit,
! Oregon Richmond, of Kalamazoo,
Mich., ordered a coffin, told the cor
oner how to conduct the inquest,
planned details of his funeral, direct
ing how deep the grave should be
dug, and then took poison. Richmond
: was 72 years old and had been a
' captain in the Civil war.
lie killed himself early this week '
! but his body was not discovered until
his wife reached home from North
Dakota, two days later. The body was
I on a couch, wrapped in a flag, and
I across his chest lay his sword.
HOTEL GUESTS HASTEN TO THE
STREET SCANTILY CLAD.
New York Startled by Concussion?
Neighborhood for Fifteen Blocks
Jjirred.?No One Injured.
"What's that?" exclaimed the Ten
derloin of New York with one voice
Friday morning, and rushed to the
on street. Some one had exploded a
bomb in front of the basemeni. doer
at No. 131 West Forty-fifth street, be
tween Sixth avenue and Broadway, in
the very centre of the all-night dis
trict, set thick with chop houses, lob
ster palaces and hotels. It was five
o'clock and the Tenderloin was eithei
getting its first beauty sleep or mak
ing ready for it.
I The terrific report jarred the whole
neighborhood for fifteen blocks in all
directions. The force of the explo
sion blew in the basement doors ot
the building and shattered all the
windows. The upper stories were ten
antlesB and the ground floor, occuplea
by a furrier, was vacant at the time,
so nobody was hurt, but the bomb so
far from the East Side quickly drew
a crowd of thousands.
In the Hotel Lyceum, a biscuits
toss away, the telephone operator was
blown from his stool and stunned by
the fall. Guests who tried to learn
through the house exchange what all
the excitement was about got no an
swer and came piling downstairs in a
At the Hotel Astar across Broad
way, at the Knickerbocker, three
blocks away and the Cadillac, the
clerks at the desk were kept busy
answering inquiries. From the St.
James apartment house, the little Ho
tel Belmont in Wes. Forty-fifth street
and other apartment houses, scantily
dressed, the crowds poured onto the
pavement, surveyed the damage done
and went to bed again.
The police have a theory that the
case is one of spite work.against the
owner of the house and not an ordin
ary "Black Hand" bomb throwing. *
THE DEMOCRATIC PLAN.
Outline of Legislative Program is
A Washington dispatch says Leg
islative plans of the Democratic ma
jority of the House, made known to
day from a reliable source, indicate
that the Republican Senate will bt
given speedily important measures
The definite outline, subject to
further caucus ratification, lists as
The order of legislation to be
pushed forward by the ways and
means committee as soon as the
House organization is completed:
Popular election of United States
Publicity before elections of cam
Statehood for Arizona and Nev?
Revision of schedule K., the wool
schedule of the Payne-Aldrich bill.
Revision of the cotton schedule.
Beyond this the present program
does not extend, other tariff matters
and general subjects being left for
further consideration, dependent a
great deal upon time.
It also practically has been decided
that the Canadian reciprocity bill to
be brought forward by Chairman
Underwood will be almost an exact
duplicate of the McCall bill. It will
carry no tariff rider.
CHILD PROTECTS MOTHER.
While Wolves Howl About Fallen Hut
Stork Pays a Visit.
Amid the calls of a pack of hunt
ing wolves, which were answered by
the cries of her four-year-old daugh
ter, Mrs. Walter Darrah, who alleges
she was deserted by her husband,
gave birth last week to a baby in a
partially roofless shack at Pellican
lake, near Duluth, Mich.
For a week previous to the birth of
the child, Mrs. Darrah had been crit
ically ill, and only the services of the
your-year-old child were extended to
her during that and the ensuing j
periods and up to the time when
hunters seeking wolf pelts, stumbiea
across the shack containing the wo
man and her children. ?
The weather had been extremely
cold. There h?..d been no food, and
no fire in the cabin for the last week,
mother and child were nearly starved.
Tried to Blow Up Buildings.
A bold attempt was made last week
to destroy the tower of the new mil
lion-dollar group of municipal build
ings at Springfield, Mass. A charge]
of dynamite or gun cotton was ex-1
ploded at the base of the structure, j
tearing a hole through the brick wall
three feet thick and shattering win-1
dows in every building for blocks. No
one was hurt. The actual damage
Wife Slops With a Razor.
Claiming that his wife, Mattie Ar'
nold, sleeps every night with a ra^or,
under her pillow, and has threatend
to use it on him if the occasion and
the opportunity present themselves.'
William Arnold, a white man. of Ma-'
con. Ga., has filed suit for divorce, j
In the meantime until the judgment:
of the court is announced, he will,
continue to live with his wife.
LTRG, 'S. C, TUESDAY, APRI
The Power of Speech Was Restored to a
Han at Westminster, S. C.
DUMB FOR THREE YEARS
Like the Marvels of Early Christian
Days, Reads Story of Mr. Dray ton
Poore, Who, Dumb, Speaks Again,
the Thorn in the Flesh Having
A letter from Westminster to Lbe
News and Coruier says without ques
tion the most conspicuous Eian In up
per South Carolina to-day is Mr.
Thomas Drayton Poore. He had this
unabating consplclousness since the
afternon of Feb. 7, 1911. It does
not dwindle in the least, but rather
grows greater as the circle covering
the knowledge of his experience
grows wider. People from different
parts of the state and the neighboring
State of Georgia have come in num
bers to Westminster for the sole pur
pose of looking on the person of this
new marked man. Letters have been
received by the hundreds making in
quiry about him.
The thing that has brought Mr.
Foore into the lime light is the sud
den restoration of speech, of which
he had been totally deprived for al
most three years. To he more ex
act, the thing that has pointed him
out as a conspicious character is not
the simple fact of the restoration of
speech, but the circumstances under
which his speech was restored, and
more especially the cause that Is be
lieved to have been behind it and
responsible for it. A brief history
of the case of Mr. Poore will tell the
story and put before the reader the
evidence upon which the claim of a
miracle is posited.
Mr. Poore, who is one of the most
reputable men of the town and coun
ty in which he lives, began to lose
the power of speech on the 11th day
of April, 1908, and continued to grow
worse in this respect until on the
18th day of December of that year he
was utterly unable to make an audi
ble sound, even in the form of a whis
per. The physicians told him that it
was the result of a case of nervous
indigestion that had been troubling
him for a long time. Mr. Poore was
unable to make a slngle sound in the
nature of speech until the afternoon
of February 11, 1911. It is the re
turn of the power of speech, espec
ially in the light of the circumstances
of its return, and, as it is confidently
believed by all, the cause of its return
that makes Mr. Poore to be a subject
of great interest at this time.
The circumstances are these: There
was a protracted service in progress
at the Baptist chuch in Westminster,
of which Mr. Poore is a member and
officer. The services were being con
ducted by the Rev. S. E. Stephens, a
returned missionary of that denomi
nation. On the afternoon of the ?ta
of February, at a very quiet meeting
in which prayer was the predomi
nating feature, Mr. Poore wrote on a
slip of paper a request that prayer be
offered for him that God would give
him grace to bear his affliction. At
tention was called to the fact that, it
might he God's will to restore to him
his voice, and this was made the bur
den of the prayers offered at thai
time. Like Paul of old, the brethren
prayed that the "thorn of the flesh"
might be removed, but If it was not
for the glory of God that it be re
moved that their brother might be
given grace to bear it to God's glory
After the season of prayer was
over, without asking if the answer
had been given, the ieader announced
a hymn, and none was more sar
prised, perhaps, than Mr. Poore to
find that he could join in the singing
with as strong and melodious a voice
as any one present. The amazement
was startling when Mr. Poore, just
as the minister was about to dismiss
the congregation, rushed to the plat
form, lifted his hand and began to
tell, with lips that had been speech
less for three years, of how wonder
fully God had answered the prayers
of His people on that occasion. At
the request of Mr. Poore the ??ongre
gation sang, "Nearer, My God, to
Thee" and "Praise God, from Whom
All Blessings Flow," the subject of
the blessing leading the singing with
a thrill in his voice that by that con
gregation was never heard on land or
If any one imagines that there was
any drag in the meeting after tii-.it
they are quite mistaken. An ovation
was tendered Mr. Poore on the)
ground, and as the remarkable inci
dent spread through the town and
surrounding country multitudes
thronged the streets, delegation after]
delegation met him on his way home,
or called on him after he reached
home. The house was packed at night
with people, who. like the Jews in
Bethany that came not for Jesus
sake only, but to see Lazarus whom
He had raised from the dead, came
not for the meeting's sake only, but
that they might see the man who had
received such a tangible and apparent
blessing in answer to prayer that had
been offered in that house.
The crowds still come to Mi.
Poore's homo and such an occurrence
in the life of one so well and so fav
orably known, and in a denomination
that is noted for its conservativencss
and quietude, and yet in the life of a!
man with such an implicit and abid
L 11, 1911.
MARTIN Tfle LEADER
ELECTED AS BEAD OF MINORITY
IN UPPER HOUSE.
The Progressive Democrats Vote for
Shively, Wbo Polls Sixteen of the
Senator Thomas S. Martin of Vir
ginia was selected at the -Democratic
senate caucus Friday as permanent'
caucus chairman and minority leader1
during the present congress. He re
ceived 21 out of the 37 votes cast, 16
going to Senator Benj. F. Shively of
Senator W. E. Chilton of West Vir
ginia was elected secretary, heing!
elected by acclamation. Senator'
Owen declined reelection as secre
The expected long contest did not
develop. Prior to the session the
progressive Democrats, as the follow
ers of William J. Bryan prefer to be
designated, met in the office of Sena
tor Owen to canvass the situation.
A number found themselves in an
embarrassing position, because of
pledges made many weeks a.<o that
they would support Mr. Martin for
the minority leadership.
It was der'ded that the progres
sives should vote for Senator New
lands of Nevada, as Senators Culber
son of Texas and Stone of Missouri
both declined to become candidates.
The plan was changed in caucus,
however, whoa it was learned tnat
Mr. Shively, who was the vice chair
man under the leadership of Senator
Money during the last congress,
would not object to receiving the
complimentary vote of those who
would not vot> for Mr. Martin.
Mr. Martin was nominated by Sen
ator Clark and Senator Shively by
Senator Kern. Senator Stone sec
onded the Shively nomination.
The 37 vote,-; cast account for the
Democratic sfrength except four.
Senators Tillman of South Carolina,
Terrell of Georgia and Shively were
absent because of illness, and Senatoi
Martin did not vote. The roll call
For Martin: Bacon, Bailey, Bank
head, 'Bryan, Chilton, Clarke, Culber
son, Fletcher, Foster, Johnstone,
Overman, Paynter, Percy, Rayner,
Simmons, Smith, (Md.), Swanson,
Taylor, Thornton, Watson and Wil
For Shively; Chamberlain, Davis,
Gore, Hitchcock, Johnson, (Me.),
Kern, Lea, Martine, Myers, Newlands,
O'Gorman, Owen, Pomerene, Reid,
Smith (S. C.) Stone. *
ing faith in the promises of God, has
received no other explanation than
that God was pleased to hear the cry
of His people and answer them "ac
cording to His loving kindness and
The following affidavits, made in
the presence of an officer of the law
and unde: the seal of the Common
wealth of South Carolina, will at
test the historicity of the incident,
even to the most sceptical:
"The State of South Carolina,
"County of Oconee.
"Personally appeared before me
Thomas Drayton Poore, of the town
of Wertminster, State and county
aforesaid, who, being duly sworn,
says: That he is 49 year of age, and
that he deals In real estate and farm
ing; that on the 11th day of April,
1908, he began losing his power of
speech, and that his power of speech
had become totally lost on the 18tn
day of December, 1908, the loss being
attributed as a result of nervousness.
That he had been unable to ispeak,
even in an audible whisper, from the
aforesaid date, December 18, 1908,
unntil the 7th day of February, 1911,
t which time the power of speech was
completely returned to him; and that
he Is firmly ot the opinion that the
return was due to prayer offered in
his behalf on that date, February 'i,
by members of the Westminster Bap-i
tist church, during a series of revival
services, conducted by the Rev. S. B.
Stephens, assisted by the Rev. F. G.
Lavender. That he requested tht,
special prayers, and that at their con
clusion, immediately, his voice re
turned and he was able to return
thanks to God, loudly singing His
"Signed) T. D. Poore.
"Sworn to and subscribed before
me this 2nd day of April. 1911.
"E. M. Scott,
"Notary Public for S. C.
"Personally appeared before me
Burt Mitchell, M. D., of the town of
Westminster, who, bein? duly sworn,
says: That he is a practicing phy
sician of 3 2 years' service, a graduate
of the Baltimore Medical College, and
that he has been treating Thomas
Drayton Poore about five years, his
first trouble being an acute attack of
neuralgia. His second and last trou-j
ble was .lervous indigestion, which!
caused loss of voice. That Mr. Poore |
lost his voice about two or three;
years ago, and that his speech was
returned to him during a religious
service on February 7. 1911, when1
special prayers were offered that his!
voice be returned to him. That it. is'
his (deponent's) opinion that Mr.
Pooro's return of speech was duo to
his strong faith in the Almighty.
"(Signed) Burt Mitchell, M. D.
"Sworn to and subscribed before
me this 2nd day of April, 1011.
"E. M. Scott.
"Notary Public for S. C."
"Personally appeared before me]
GAIN THIS YEAR.
MORE MONEY THIS SEASON FOR
Fertilizers Tag Tax Receipts Much
Increased?Many New Uses for
For 1911 the total income of Clem
son College will be considerably larg
er than in any previous year, and the
prospect is that this income will
steadily increase, at the rate of $25,
000 or more per annum, being de
rived from thb privilege tax of 25
cents a ton upon artificial fertilizers,
the consumption of which is greater
each succeeding season. The entire
receipts from this tax go to Clemson.
The Columbia Record says Judge
J. Fuller Lyon, who handles the priv
ilege tax account in the office of State
Treasurer R. H. Jennings, said Fri
day that to date the 1911 receipts
from this impost had been $227,229,
whereas at this same time last yeai
the receipts totalled only $202,416.
In Judge Lyon'8 opinion the receipts
for the current year will aggregate
$275,000, as against only $240,098
for 1910, so that the increase in this
one season will in round numbers be
Fertilizers are now in demand the
year round. Formerly they were used
only in the spring. Fertilizers are
put nowadays to a variety of uses not
hitherto known. Quantities are ap
plied to growing crops. The con
sumption has been surprisingly in
creased by the corn-growing move
ment and new uses are constantly be
ing found in various fields of agricul
tural work for the different kinds of
artificial manures. An entirely new
kind of fertilizer?or rather a famil
iar kind produced by a new process?
will come on the market when the
Southern Power, company's big plant
at Great Falls begins turning out ni
trogenous fertilizers, derived from
the air by electrical treatment. *
GDTtLS OFFERED FOR SALE.
Two Men Under Arrest on Charge of
Luring Them Away.
A sensation was exploited in Sheve
port, La., this week, by the arrest of
N. P. Wainwright and O. P. King, on
charges of kidnapping Beulah and
Pearl BIcham, young daughters of
Scott BIcham, residing on Will Hol
Sheriff Flournoy states that allega
tions of contemptible conduct have
been made, and several serious
charges, including violation of the
white slave traffic law, are apt to be
filed against the prisoners.
The girls, who are wearing short
dresses, apparently not over 16 years
old, arrived in Sheveport. with their
father, and will be put under bond as
state witnesses. It is charged, states
the sheriff, that the girls, who came
here, looking for work ftome time ago,
were given promise of marriage and
lured into the country. It is also re
ported to the sheriff that they were
offered for sale, against their knowl
edge, to women in the local disorderly
the Rev. F. G. Lavender, of the town
of Westminster, who, being duly
sworn, says: That he is the pastor
of the new Westminster Baptist
church, and that he was present at
the service when Mr. Thomas Drayton
Poore's power of speech was returned
to him; that the return followed four
especial prayers offered In behalf of
Mr. Poore. That he (deponent) Is
firmly of the opinion that the return
of voice was a direct answer to these
prayers; that he has known Mr.
Poore since he (deponent) came to
Westminster, sixteen months ago,
and that he had never heard Mr.
Poore speak prior to February 7,
1911. That no excitement existed in
service prior to Mr. Poore's return of
"(Signed) F. G. Lavender.
"Sworn to and subscribed before
me this 2nd day of April, 1911.
"E. M. Scott,
"Notary Public for S. C."
The above are only a few speci
mens of testimonials that have been
taken or that are available. They
settle beyond controversy the fact of
the occurrence. There may be "Doubt
ing Thomases" who will refuse to be
lieve. That is their prerogative. The
fact remains just the same. If they
so desire let them make a journey to
Westminster and there they may hear
with their own ears what God hath
wrought for those who believe His
The Question of cause may be con
sidered as still an open one. So was
that of the miracles of old. However,
those in the community who haves
carefully studied :he matter, includ
ing some of the most conservative
theologians of the country, say that
it is the direct result of the attitude
! of belief on the part of God's people.
They aver that this is an example oi
what the church might see today but
for her belief. Prominent ministers
, are urging that it is not the limi'.a
j tion of God's power or willingness,
but the limitation of the faith of His
I people that keeps the church today
: from saying in thousands of instances
I to her deaf and dumb, both physical
I ly and spiritually: "Eph-pha-tba' ?
j "Be thou opened." *
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WERE ALL DEAD
No Longer Any Hope of f inding Any
Victims Alive in the Nine
CAUSED BY THE ROWDER
Tlie Lives of One Hundred nnd
Twenty-Eight Convicts, Working
in an Alabnma Mine, Snuffed Out
by An Explosion on Ijast Satur
day Morning Early.
A dispatch from Littleton, Ala.,
says with the precision of clock-work
the trained corps of rescuers is bring
ing a steady stream of bodies from
the Banner mine of the Pratt Con
solidated Coal Company in which Sat
urday's disastrous explosion occurred.
It is believed tonight that 128 Is the
exact number of victims.
This figure was obtained after mak
ing a careful check of all the men
who entered the mine Saturday morn
ing. There is no longer any hope of
finding men alive underground. Of
this number five were free men, sdl
the others convicts leased by the
State. Of the 128 dead, only 14 were
Dr. J. J. Rutledge and a party of
ten government rescuers were over
come by after-damp in the mine early
Sunday morning, and for a time the
lives of three of the party were de
spaired of. It was 2 o'clock Sunday
afternoon when the rescuers were
able to establish working conditions
In the mine, and at 3:20 o'clock the
first three bodies were brought to
the surface. They were all negroes,
George Lawson, Joe Brown and
Within two hours ten more had
been brought up, including Lee
Jones and 0. W. Spradling, both
white. James Hillhouse, State mine
inspector, expressed the belief that
the mine would be cleared by morn
ing. James Oakley, president of tho
State mine inspection board, escorted
the second party into the mine, and
when he returned he had no com
ment to make. He said a thorough
investigation would be made Into the
cause of the explosion.
The general belief is that powder
caused the trouble, due principally to
the fact that the greatest damage was
at" the point where the day's supply
of powder was kept.
When the rescuers asked for as
sistance company officials called for
volunteers among the convicts, stat
ing that no man ned go in if h9 were
afraid. Sixteen of the negroes In
stripes stepped forward in response
to the call and accompanied Mr. Hill
house and six white men went under
There are practically no mourners
at Banner, none of the convicts hav
ing relatives near, but a few curious
negro women stood around the open
ing and would break into a low
mournful dirge-like chant when the
bodies were brought up.
ALL THE SENSATIONS OVEJR.
Old South Carolina Dispensary About
A Columbia dispatch says none of
the principals care at this time to be
quoted directly, but it may be said
without violating any confidences
that the winding up of the State dis
pensary is not now expected to re
quire much time, that the revelations
incidental to that process will not be
either numerous or startling, that
dispensary affairs are not likely to
be aired further in the criminal
courts and that comparatively little
probing if any into the doings of the
commission recently dismissed will be
done by the new Blease commission.
It is questioned now whether au
' thority in law exists for investigation
of the old by the new commission,
I and the old commissioners would no?
submit to such investigation without
a fight. There are not to be any
more prosecutions of alleged dispen
sary grafters for the present.
There is a feeling around the State
house now that the old State dispen
sary has produced about all the sen
sations It will yield and that it will
shortly be done with altogether, if
not forgotten. Things are fast work
ing around, of themselves, to the
point where it will be said by every
body, "Let the dead past bury its
Cost Him $10 to Contemplate Suicide.
j John J. Iteid, 4 0 years old, was
! fined $10 and costs in Chicago this
j iveek in the municipal court because
J he had contemplated suicide. Reid,
j who is a Scotchman and out of em
i ployment, was arrested after he had
j purchased a quantity of carbolic acid
i with the intention of killing himself.
Biill Kills a Man.
Disregarding the warning that a
bull in the pasture was vicious Wil
liam Payne, of Norristown, N. J., was
gored and trampled to death this
week. He had declared he could
conquer any mad bull.
Cost Woman to Kick Cripple.
Kicking a 100-pound hunchback
from a doorstep is an expensive past
time, as Mrs. Catharine Zimmerman,
of New York city, has discovered,
.lustire Maddox awarded a verdict of
$750 to Louis Schwab, the recipient
of the kick.