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TWO WIPED OUT
Towns of Whiting and Big Heart Practi
cal i7 Leveled by Tornado.
FIFTEEN WERE KILLED
Reports From Other Places Tell of
Death and Devastation Dealt by the
Winds?Probably One Hundred
Have Been Killed in Kansas, Okla
homa and Missouri.
A heavy wind storm, attaining the
velocity of a tornado, in some sec
tions, and accompanied by rain, hail
and lightning, swept over western
Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma Wed
nesday, killing 15 people, pr. ctically
destroying two towns, injuring al
most a hundred persons, wrecking
scores of buildings and putting al
most every telephone and telegraph
wire in the territory out of commis
The tornado levied its greatest toll
of dead at Big Heart, Oklahoma,
where eight persons were killed, 10
injured and almost every building in
the town wrecked. Whiting, Kan
sas, was practically wiped off tne
map. " Sixty buildings were blown
down, '.10 persons hurt and Mrs. Da
vid Stone killed.
?At Powhatf.n, Kan., a woman and
child were killed. A high schoo
building was wrecked Eskridge,
?Kan., a number of houses damaged
and from 15 to 20 persons injured.
At Hiawatha, Kansas, a school
house was blown down, an 8-year-old
boy, named Pelton, was killed, and
several buildings were struck by
lightr ing. Several persons are known
to have been hurt at Netawaka, Kas.
A boy was killed at Manvllle, Kas.
The Kansas end of the tornado
started near Whiting and swept in a
southeasterly direction for a distance
of more than 50 miles.
It is thought many more persons
were killed or injured than have
been reported at this time. Telegraph
and telephone cre.vs are working,
now that the storm has abated, to get
the wires in shape.
Two more deaths were reported
from Hiawatha late Wednesday
night. Geraldine Meisen'.eimer, 10
years old, and a small child of Otis
Mellott are the victims. The Meisen
helmer girl sought refuge with three
companions in a country school
house, and the building was ?wrecked
soon afterward. The dead . girl's
companions were injured. It is not
known now the Mellot child met its
A Topeka, Kansas, dispatch says a
tornado traveling in a southeasterly
direction destroyed the town of
Whiting, 25 miles north of Topeka,
late this afternoon. Sixty houses
were blown down and 30 persons in
Eskridge is 25 miles south of To
peka. The storm struck there short
ly before 4 o'clock. The high school
building was blown down and 20 stu
dents were injured.
A woman and a child were killed
at Powhatan. Mrs. David Stone, wife
of a farmer living near Whiting, was
swept from the steps of her home
inlo a neighbor's yard half a mile
away. She was picked up dead.
An interrupted telephone message
from Netawka says many persons
were injured there. Only one tele
phone wire is working between here
and Kansas City.
George A. Scott, an Atchison, To
poka & Sante Fe engineer, who was
ir. Eskridge at the time of the storm
says at least 15 houses were blown
After he left Eskridge, says Scott,
hi could see the tornado sweeping
a:ross the country for a distance of
10 miles, overturning houses, barns
a ad sheds in its path. He heard of
no one being killed in Eskridge.
Benjamin Besch, a fireman on his
engine was blown out of the cab
window and hurled across the street.
The only injury he sustained was a
Slight cut on his head.
While Mrs. Ray Garnum of Pow
hatan was sitting in her house, the
:itorm swept the greater part of the
building from over head. She was
jut slightly hurt.
A Big Heart, Okla., dispatch say*
eight persons were killed and 10 in
jured in a tornado which struck tnat
place at 4 o'clock Wednesday aftet
noon, leaving but few houses stand
The tornado swept everything in
its path. Houses were blown from
their foundations and the occupants
were whirled through the air. Tnis
town was demoralized and telegraph
ic communication cut off. Relief
trains were started from Avant and
Big Heart has a population of 400.
The St. Joseph & Grand Isla-. 1 de
pot and box cars at Manville, Kan.,
were blown over by a tornado Wed
nesday afternoon. A farm house was
also wrecked and one child killed,
according to information received by
the Grand Island officers at that
place. Telegraphic and telephone
wires are down.
Blown Into River.
At St. Louis an eight-story grain
elevator valued at $700.000 located
in the extreme northern end of tat
city on the Burlington tracks, was
blown into the '.Mississippi by a se
vere wind storm Thursday night.
?Two women are reported to have died
from fright, making three deaths up
to the present, traceable to the storm.
TAKEN BY HIS UNCLES
A GREAT SENSATION CREATED
IN LOS VEGAS, N. M.
Twelve Thousand Dollars is Paid for
the Return of the Lad Who Was
There is a greai sensation on at
Los Vegas, N. M. Implicated- by the
confession of Joe Wiggins, a former
life convict, Will and John Rogers,
uncles of little Waldo Rogers, were
arrested for complicity in the lad's
abduction. For his return $12,000
ransom was paid, Will Rogers acting
a*s agent for Mrs. Rogers.
The disclosures have aroused the
city to a degree of excitement that
the authorities fear may result in a
demonstration ageinst the prisoners.
The accused are in the county jail
which is guarded by a large force of
The arrest of Wiggins came late
Tuesday. His confession, which fol
lowed, gave a new and sensational
turn to the mystery, which for more
than ten days has surrounded the
kidnapping of llrtle Waldo Rogers,
son of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Rogers,
and his safe return upon the pay
ment of $12,000 ransom.
According to the story told by
Wiggins, he first became acquainted
with Jim Rogers through the law fir m
by which the latter was employed and
which was. instrumental in getting
Wi'ggins pardoned from the peniten
tiary. Wiggins says that while woik
in in the coal mines at Madrid, N.
M., he received a letter from John
Rogers, suggesting a scheme for mak
ing $10,000 "easy money."
Wiggins says -ie came to Los Vegas
in a few days and later entered into
the plot. Waldo Rogers, the two
year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. T.
Rogers, and the grandson of H. L.
Waldo, a Kansas City millionaire,
was kidnapped from the family les
idence on the nfcht of March 29.
Taking advantage of the absence
from the city of the boy's father two
masked men went to the Rogers
home shortly before midnight and at
the point, of a revolver compelled
Mrs. Rogers to dress the child for a
night ride and deliver him to them.
They repeatedly assured her that
the child would not be harmed and
that he would be returned safely pro-j
vided the police were not intormeir!
and $12,000 in small bills was paid)
to their representatives.
They named a lonely spot 11 miles j
north of Los Vegas as the place wh?re'
the money was to be delivered by I
Mrs. Rogers' representative, who was
to come to the rendezvous alone the
Mrs. Rosen- secured $12,000 the
following morning and delivered it to
Will Rogers t:> carry to the place of:
Roigers retained Thursday night
with the child, who was well and un-|
harmed. tfHe told Mrs. Rogers and
later the authorities that he had met
at the appointed place a man who, al
ter receiving and counting the mon-|
ey, directed him to a canyon 15 miles
south of the ,dace of meeting, where \
i he found the boy lying in an arroye,
wrapped in a blanket.
A reward of $20,000 was offered j
for the capture and conviction of the
kidnappers tad the vicinity was!
ablaze with indignation.
NEGROES NOT WANTED.
The Lily Whites So Declare at Their
Indorsing the administration of
President Taft and pledging him the
IS delegates from this Stabe for his
renominatiou and placing itself
squarely against the appointment of
negroes to federal offices in the
South, the executive committee of
the white Republican party of South
Carolina, numbering 25 men from
all of the congressional districts of]
the State, ! t in Columbia Wednes
day. The eeting was held by call
of John G. Capers. The meeting in
Columbia was held for the purpose of
perfecting the organization set on
foot in Columbia last October when
the negroes were eliminated. The
resolutions adopted ?%re most lav-,
orable and indorsed the Taft admin-!
istration throughout. This white or
ganization has not yet been recog-!
nized by the national party.
Sisters Are Drowned.
While driving from Brookport, III.,
to Metropolis 111., eight miles away,
Mrs. Louis Herter and Mrs. James
Wilford, sisters-in-law, were drowneu
when a bridge across Massa creek
gave way, throwing both women into
the swollen stream. The two horses
the women were driving, swam to
shore and thus gave the first alarm
of the double drowning.
Jacob W. Clute. three times mayor
of Schenectady, X. Y., killed himself
with a pistol in the bath room of
his home Wednesday while the sheriff
and under sheriff were waiting at the
door with a body execution for him,
growing out of alleged irregularities
in the handling of an estate.
"Bad Man" Found Dead.
At Lawter, Fla.. John Bennett,
known in that sec-lion as a "bad
man," having been arrested many
times for shooting affairs, was found
dead od a street Thursday. There
were several bullet wounds in his
body and it is supposed that he had j
been killed by some enemy.
Seems to Have the InsiJe Track When It
Comes to Popularity.
STILL DRAW THE CROWD
Possible Timber for the Presidency?
Three of the Leaders to be Seen in
Washington?Bryan, Harmon and
Clark?Either One of Them Would
Fill the Bill.
A special to The State from Wash
ington says since congress began its
extra session on April 4 Democrats
have had an opportunity to take a
look at three of the men who ar*
mentioned as probable candidates foi
the presidency when the next nomi
nating convention is held?William J.
Bryan, Judson Harmon and Champ
They have been looked over with
a scrutinizing eye?one that looks
for the winning horse?and while u
can not be said that either of these
three mentioned has shown any de
cided advatage over the others there
are unmistakable signs that point to
Mr. Bryan's great popularity, what
ever his enemies may say to the
In the huuse on the day congress
assembled for its extra session work,
the reception accorded Bryan and
Harmon was not noticeably different
unless it was the *act that more
persons seemed to shake hands with
Bryan than with the great Ohian
This may have been due to the larger
acquaintance of Mr. Bryan and to
the fact also that on three different
occasions he had been on the course
and in that way naturally knew and
was familiar with more of the U0U6b
Democrats than his distinguished
friend from Ohio.
Be that as it may, however, the
fact that Mr. Bryan was in the capi
tal draw around him wherever ht
went a tremendous crowd. Even
those who are opposed to the politi
cal policies of Mr. r>/yan have been
forced to admit that, his reception in
Washington, at the capital, around
the hotels and clubs, and at private
residences and entertainments where
he appeared, was nothing short of
marvelous considering the fact that
he has been the candidate o. r?r2
Democrats for president three times
and thr.ee ti-mes has suffered defeat.
Both Judson Harmon and Wood
row Wilson draw crowds when they
come to Washington, not only be
cause of the fact that they are now
in the public eye as presidential tim
ber but because of their personality
and the friends each of them has.
Their greetings here are sincere and
genuine and one who comes in con
tact with them as they move from
point to point can not fail to observe
how the very grasp of their hands in
dicates their party fervor and loyalty.
But with Mr. Bryan it is possible
that neither Harmon nor Wilson can
approach him in the way the people
?rich and poor alike?politician and
plain man?crowd to hear what he
has to say. Last Sunday he was
scheduled to speak at a number of
the Washington churches on relLai
ious topics. Everywhere he appeared
crowds fought, their way to gain en
trance, and it was necessary in some
cases for policemen to beat the peo
ple back, so desirous were they of
?getting to a place where they could
hear what Mr. Bryan had to say.
In front of the churches the crowds
packed the streets to such an extent
that it was necessary to send officers
through the crowds to make room
Not satisfied with their failure to
hear Mr. Bryan speak many of these
people so insisted on his talking to
the overflow crowd outside the church
doors, and this the great NeLraskan
Such a man ifestation of admira
tion may mean something or it may
not, but it certainly shows that, how
ever Mr. Bryan may he held in the
minds of those opposed to him po
litically, he draws tremendous
crowds whenever he appears in public
in Washington, second only in size
to the crowds that go to see and
hear a president of the United States.
Paid Not to Mnrry.
Three New Haven, Conn., girls, the
Misses Belle, Henrietta and Marion
Feuchtwanger, wili receive $10,000
each from the estate of their uncle,
Meyer Feuchtwanger, who died in
Xew York April 0, for not marrying
during his lifetime. The young wo
men have just filed a petition, saying
that they had complied with their
Bitten by Mad Dog.
Two boys and one man was bitten
by a mad dos at Beaufort on Friday
week ago. The dog was killed and
its head sent to the Pasteur institute
in Columbia for inspection. A tele
gram was received promptly, stating
that the dog had a bad case of hydro
phobia, and that the bitten ones
should be treated at once.
Train in the Ditch.
Mobile & Ohio passenger train Xo.
4, leaving Mobile Tuesday morning,
went into the ditch two miles south
of Mulden, Miss., that afternoon. The
engine and baggage car was derailed,
the engine turning completely over
and killing Engineer Jasper Adams
and injuring the baggagemaster, por
ter and five passengers.
URG, S. C. SATURDAY, APRI]
SLUSH FUND STORY
ATTORNEYS DISCREDIT THE DE
NIAL OF HIXES.
Drawing the Lines Tighter and Tight
er Around Him and the Other Cor
?Developments in Thursday's neai*
ing at Springfield, 111., of the State
senate committee investigating the
election of United States Senator
William Lorimer were attempts by
attorneys and investigators of the
committee to discredit the denial of
Edward Hines, a Chicago lumber
man, accused of having collected a
fund to elect SenaJor Lorimer, and
the practical refusal of Edward Til
den, a Chicago packer and banker,
to produce before the committee his
accounts in the various banks
through which he does business.
Mr. Tilden's attitude on the wit
ness stand resulted in the serving of
a second subpoena upon him as he
stepped from the witness chair this
It commands Mr. Tilden to produce
before the committee next Thursday
the records of his various bank ac
counts In the year 1909.
Refusal to do so, Mr. Tilden was
given to understand by the commit
tee, will result in an order of con
tempt being issued against him.
The testimony given a week ago
by Clarence S. Funk, general man
ager of the International Harvester
Company, was corroborated to a con
siderable degree by Herman H. Hef
tier of Chicago, president of the*Her
man Hettler Lumber Company.
Although Mr. Hettler stated that
Mr. Hines said nothing of the use of
money or improper methods in the
election of Senator Lorimer, Mr.
Hines was quoted as boasting a per
sonal achievement in "putting Lori
Mr. Hettler sa'd he had the con
versation with Mr. Hines in the Un
ion League club, the same place in
which Mr. Funk testified that he met
Hines. when an alleged proposal; to
contribute $10,000 to the Lorimer
election fund was made to Mr. Funk.
WHEX THE WAR BEGAN.
Half a Century Ago Fort Sumter Was j
Thursday was the fiftieth anniver
sary of the firing of the Confederate
forts and batteries on Fort Sumter,
then garrisoned by the United States
troops, precipitating the civil war,
culminating in the surrender of Fort
Sumter two days later, are compara
tively few and fast becoming extinct.
The battle was witnessed by thou- j
sands of people, who crowded the j
water front in Charleston.
For two days the battle endured
at intervals, more or less protracted
and by night as well as day, the
crowds of interested and enthusiastic
people lined the Io~. er water trom
and witnessed it. The booming of the
guns would call the crowds to the j
water front, as quickly as a tempo-;
rary termination of hostilities would
result in a dispcrsement of the spec
tators. The engagement was par
ticularly beautiful at night with the I
hurling of the red hot projectiles j
through the air and the bursting of j
many bombs, causing fires frequently;
wherever the shells landed.
A three-cornered fight was in pro
gress. From the "Iron Battery" on
Morris Island, so-called because it
! was constructed of railroad iron, laid
at angles to deflect projectiles, from
Fort Johnson, from Fort Moultrle1
; and from a floating battery at the!
end of Sullivan's Island, near thej
I wharf of the old ferry company, ai
' steady stream of shot was poured at j
; Fort Sumter and the game little for
tress returned the fire, pluckily hold-1
! ing out to the last before Major An- j
'derson was finally compelled to sur
?Sample Golphin, a negro, has sur
rendered himself to the sheriff of
Aiken county, he having killed an-1
other negro, John Black, near Sllvek'-j
ton some days a?o. The negroes met
near Golphin's home, and it is said
that it was about Golphin's wife. A
shotgun was ussd, and Black's brains
were blown out. He died a short
time after he was shet.
Took His Own Life.
A. C. Hutchlns, formerly of Cb/MM
lotte, X. C, president and treasure!
'of the Alta Vista cotton mills at Alta
Vista, a short distance south of
Lynchburg, Va., phot himself through
the head Wednesday, death being in
stantaneous. A coroner's inquest re
turned a verdict of suicide bur. the
evidence threw no light on th*. cause
leading to the act.
Govenor B lease said Thursday,
uiion his return from the Red Men's
convention in Greenville: "From in- ,
quiries among the 152 delegate;; and
the people from the cotton mills and
elsewhere. I satisfied myself that I
was much stronger politically with
I the people who elected me than ever
I was before."
Clonks His Calling.
After the arrest of Andrew Buctus
at Chicago on a charge of counter
feiting. United States secret service
men found a counterfeiting plant for
raisin? $2 bills to $20 hidden under
a pile of Bibles in Buctus' room.'
When arrested, Buctus said he was a
L 15, 1911.
LEFT THE RAIL
Southern Railway's Fast Train Wrecked
Near Black' 'e.
SAVED BY STEEL CAES
Luckily No One Was Seriously Hurt
?Cause of the Accident Not De
termined Yet?The Wreckage Was
Soon Cleared and Regular Traffic
Steel framed cars saved the lives
of more than a score of passengers
Thursday, ^uen train No. 31, the
Southern railway's "Southeastern
Limited," left the track four miles
south of Barr-.well, says Joe Sparks
in the Columbia State. The train
was running over 45 miles an hour.
The officials failed to determine the
cause of the accident.
There were 43 passengers on the
train, but none were seriousiy in
jured. The passengers were slightly
jarred. The train was in charge of
Conductor J. W. Blanton of Char
lotte. All of the seven cars were
thrown from the track except the two
Pullmans. Not one of the train crew
was injured. The wreck occurred at
10:10 o'clock Thusday morning, and
the track was cleared at 8:45 o'clock
the same night.
' The following is a list of those in
jured as announced by the officials oi
Mrs. Alice Hard, Allendale, hip
Mrs. Etta G. Hahn, Chattanooga,
M. S. Iverman, Cleveland, Ohio,
bruised about forehead and leg.
C. C. Ferris, Winston-Salem, N.
C, knee sprained.
Employes injured include the fol
J. E. Buster, express messenger, j
N. H. Bullock, special agent, left
i B. A. Overstreet, mail clerk, right
J. P. Thompson, mail clerk, right!
Sam Millen, coiored, porter, \
"No one car tell what caused the!
wreck, and it is very probable that'
the cause will never be known," said
Henry Williams, the veteran railroad
man and superintendent of the Co-j
lumbia division of the Southern rail
way, who personally looked after
clearing away the wreckage. Vari
ous theories as to the probable cause
of the accident were advanced.
John G. Richards, Jr., a member of
the railroad commission, inspected
the wreck. He failed to find the
cause, and said that it was a wonder
that all on the train had not been j
killed. The general conclusion is
that the wreck was caused by a de-1
cayed crosstie, a broken flange or a I
broken rail. There was no testimony;
to support any of these theories.
Train No. 31 is the Southern rail-j
way's fast flyer from New York to
the Florida winter resorts. The train
was composed of two Pullman cars,
. . .. ?
a dininia car, passenger car, combina
tion car and a mail -and an express
car. The engine was No. 1913. The
engineer was D. G. McAllister of Co-j
lumbia, considered one of the best
men in the service of the company.
All who witnessed the tumbled
heap of wreckage along the track for
over 500 feet wondered how it was
possible that no one was killed ori
even seriously injured. Engineer
McAllister said that he was running
about 45 miles an hour. He heard
? grinding noise. Turning in his
seat he saw the front wheel of the
tender leave the track.
The engine tore itself loose from J
the train and was brought to a stop
several hundred yards away. Seeing
that the tender had jumped the track
the engineer applied the emergency
brake. This brake is almost instan
taneous on the new type of locomo
tives used between Columbia and
The mail car. just behind the ten
der, gave a sudden lurch forwaro
and landed 75 feet away from tne
track in a cotton patch. The coach
fell on its side. E. 0. Overstreet and
.1. T. Thompson, the two mail cierks
were not injured. It happened t-o
quick that they did not realize that
an accident had occurred until ? ey
tumbled from the side of the coach
through a door to the soft sand.
The express car was thrown across
the tack. It required some time to
remove this car. The combination
passenger and baggage car, used by
negroes, was thrown from the track
and one end was buried several feet
in the soft sand. There were a
number of negroes in the rear car,
all of which were very excited.
The passenger car, occupied by
about 20 passengers was thrown off
the track. The dining car left tin
rails. The two Pullman cars did not
leave the track. Although there was
a general shaking up, not a window
glass in any of the cars was broken.
The trucks of all cars were torn
away and massed into a heap.
A wrecking train was hurried to
the scene as soon as possible. The
through trains were delayed for
only one hour, having detoured by
the way of Fairfax, over the Sea
board Air Line.
A POPULAR SENATE
HOUSE VOTES FOR DIRECT ELEC
TION BY PEOPLE.
First Bill on the Deniocrntic Program
Rushed to Its Passage Over Pro
tests of Republicans.
The house of representatives, by a
vote of 296 to 16, early Thursday
evening passed the Rucker resolution
proposing a constitutional amend
ment for the direct election of
United States senators. This i3 the
first of the Democratic program
measures passed by the house. Back
ed by a solid Democratic phalanx, it
went through without modification
and with a speed that brought pro
tests from the Republicans.
The resolution, as the house ap
proved it, is in the form of the Bor
ah resolution reported out of the
senate judiciary committee in the
closing days of the last congress. Re
publican opposition to the Rucker
resolution in the house was based
on the fact that it did not contain
the change afterward made in the
fight in the senate, which assured to
congress continued control over elec
tions in the several states.
After six hours of debate, in wnicii
many demands were made for this
change in the resolution, all but 15 of
the Republicans voted for the pas
sage of the resolution.
Mr. McDermott (111.) was the only
Democrat voting against the resolu
Jos. G. Cannon, former speaker,
Jas. R. Mann, Republican leader, and
others of the Republicans who voteu
against the measure declared that i^s
form was such as to threaten federal
government with the loss of the con
trol over senatorial elections in the
States given to safeguard the integ
rity of these elections. They insist,
ad did other Republicans who ulti
! mately voted for the resolution, that
1 the direct election amendment should
be offered without any language at
tached that might he dangerous t<
I the future congressional supervision
of senatorial elections.
Democratic leaders declared that
; the resolution was open to no sucr?
construction and that it offered the
most nearly perfect constitutional
; amendment that could be devised. \n
; amendment offered by Representative
(Young (Mich.) adding language that
j resembled that of .the Sutherlana
: amendment adopted in the senate two
months ago, was defeated by a party
vote, 121 to 190.
i The Republican insurgents, led by
\ Representatives Lenroot and Cooper
i of Wisconsin, forced a record vote on
ithe final passage of the esol'illon.
The house voted overwhelmingly in
favor of the measure when Sneaker
Clark called for the viva voce vote,
but the insurgents demanded a roll
call in order to put the house on
, record on the subject. The Demo
] crats quickly seconded this demand.
Tt was a day of lively debate. Prac
tically every man who spoke favored
jthe direct election amendment. The
I difference arose mainly over the con
stitutional argument of whether the
j powers of the federal government
i were in any way threatened.
HE DECLINES TO GO.
The Governor Is Invited to Go to the
While at Greenville on Wednesday
Gov. Please made the following state
! "I will show lh9 people that a
j county officer like Goodwin can't tell
the Governor of this State to go to
j Hades. I expect to pursue the regu
| lar course in presenting papers for
ithe collection of the salary of Detec
tive Head, and, if the county of
Greenville refuses to pay the money,
11 will secure the services of a lawyer
I and take the case to the State courts,
j If that fails. I will take it to the Su
The statement was made in con
j nection with the Supervisor Good
win's refusal to pay the salary of
I Officer Head, dispensary constable ap
pointed by Governor Blease, for the
i reason that the county delegation
failed to make appropriation for the
salary and tuerefore the county has
no funds to apply to this purpose.
The Greenville view is that the Gov
ernor has misunderstood the situa
tion. Supervisor Goodwin, in an in
terview says he lias always treated
the Governor with utmost respect,
especially in the matter under dis
Kar Sewed On.
At Chicago Edward W. McCarthy.
51 years old. fell down stairs in an
office building Wednesday night, sev
ering bis left ear. He was taken to a
hospital, the rar soaked in warm wa
ter for a while and sewed on again.
.Ambulance Physician D. M. Wall de
clared the ear would probably be
come securely attached to the head
and said .McCarthy's hearing would
not be injured.
Damaged by Storms,
Considerable damage was done to
crops and property in central Louisi
ana Wednesday by rain, hail and
wind storms. At Covington, on Lake
Pontchartrain, several residences
were shaken from their foundations.
In New Orleans the streets were
Hooded. Reports from Baton Rouge
say the storm was the worst experi
enced there in several years.
TWO CENTS PER COPY.
TOOK A HAND
Uncle Sam's Bays in Blue Cross Border
and Stop Mexican Fight.
PROTECT OUR PEOPLE
Shots From the Battlefield Endang
ered Dooglas, .Arizona, Where a
Number of People Were Killed by
Stray Bullets, and American Sold
iers Put an End to the Battle.
A dispatch from Douglas, Arizona,
says during a battle which lasted all
Thursday afternoon and resulted in
the capture of Agua Prieta, by tue
Mexican rebels, the American troops- .
crossed the border and stopped the
fighting. The action we.s taken aiter
three men had been killed and sever
al wounded in Douglas, and the con
tinued firing was endangering the
lives of Americans on United States
soil. Douglas was under constant
fire for three hours.
A dispatch from Agua Prieta, Mex
co, says the rebels have attacked
Auga Prieta and a fierce battle is in
progress. Two Americans hav> been
shot. One of them, C. W. Crow, is
dead, and the other, Ben Armstrong,
has "octi? taken to the hospital, scri
ou.*'y ..ounded. Both were on tho
American side of the line and vere
struck by stray bullets.
Americans rushed to the interna
tional line, but as the firing continu
eded, they had to seek shelter behind
buildings and in ditches. About 15
minutes after the firing on the :own
began the headquarters of the com
missariat blew up with a terrible re
port. It is not known whether a
rebel bullet struck the magazine at
the headquarters where the dyna
mite was recently stored or the fed
erals blew up the magazine to pre
vent the rebels g^cting supplies.
The rebels arrived on the train
they captured at Fronteras earlier in
the day, and their appearance was
entirely unexpected. The federal
garrison of 65 men had stood its
ground well, as is indicated by the
The rebels attack is from the
west. Detraining just below the
town, they marched to the west and
then with little rushes took shelter
behind the railroad embankments,
resting their rifles over the rails as
they shot into the town.
One fedeal office on top of the
commissary at headquarters remain
ed and directed the movements of
the federal troops. The federafs m
ed from doorways and from tiny bar
ricade that could be ured.
Two groups of rebels advanced un
til they were in the shadow of the
American custom house, wh=re they
continued to fire. The federals, a
few minutes later, essaysd a rush
from the centre of the town and took
possession of an adobe almost within
the rebels' ranks.
The rebels retreated before this
sortie. One dropped within the shad
ow of the custom house and is still
lying there. His faithful dog lies
beside him watching over the body.
The rebels, cheered on by the cries
of "Vivia Madero" from a thousand
Mexicans lined up at the \merican
custom house, repulsed the sortie al
ter a few minutes' firing. Soon a
thin line of federals began pouring
out of Agua Prieta straight for the
At this juncture, with a cloud of
dust, the United States First Cavalry
iroops, under Capt. Guajot, charged
down the line from their headquart
ers, and the fleeing federals stoppea.
Some took refuge in the adobe house
on the line, while others dropped
into trenches partly Died up some
time ago by order of Maj. Garnder,
then commanding in Douglas.
Later a third American was shot
in Douglas. In an adobe building
near Forth street a man was killed.
(Many bullets fell in Douglas, -?s tne
rebel force of the southwest filed
into northwest Douglas where the
Mexicans live. Cries of "Viva Ma
dero" were stopped by the Americans
as it was feared the federals might
fire on the American custom house.
Twenty minutes after the battle
be&an a squad of rebels took their
station at the American custom house
and fired from a distance of 10 feet
from the sight-seers. The rebel com
mander claims that reinforcements
are coining immediately.
Fell In*o Boiling Soap.
While playing with other children
in the yard of her parents' uome,
near Friendship Baptist church Wed
nesday, Gertie Hargrove, aged 12,
stumbled and fell into a kettle of
boiling lye scap, sustaining burns
from which she died early that day.
The child was the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Hargrove, a promi
nent family of Stokes county, X. C.
Found Dead in Stable.
Dr. D. M. Hollingworth, one cf the
leading physicians of Mt. Alrey, X.
('., was found dead in his "Stable ?ar
ly Tuesday. lie hal j<'.st rolurned
from a professional visit and was
putting up his two horses when he
was stricken with icart disease. A
?vife and two childr* *i surviv*
W. H. Brown .and Rosa Brown
were given a erdict against the wes
tern Union Telegraph company in
Charleston on Thursday for $i,50u
damages for "mental anguish" for
the non-delivery of a telegram.