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MERELY A BLUFF
Government Brings Soil }o Brear^Sw^
Notorious Steel Tinat.
FOOLING THE PEOPLE
Sweeping Anti-Trust Action Taken in
the Courts, in which Many Mil
lionaires are Named as Defendants.
But It Will All Likely End In
Nothing But Smoke.
A dispatch form Trenton, N. J.,
sayB the government's suit to break
up the socalled "steel trust" has been
begun in the United States circuit
court. It is the most sweeping an
ti-trust action ever brought by the
department of justice.
*The government asks not only for
the dissolution of the United States
Steel corporation but for the disso
lution of all constituents or subsidiary
companies which are alleged to have
combined in violation of the Sher
man law to "maintain or attempt to
maintain a monopoly of the steel
business." There are 36 subsidiary
corporations named as defendants.
J. Plerpont Morgan, John D. Rock
feller, Geo. W. Perkins, Andrew Car
negie, Charles M. Schawb, E. H. Cary
John D. Rockfeller, Jr., Henry C.
Frlck, Shas. Steele. James Gayley,
Wm. H. Moore, Edmund C. Converse,
Percival Roberts. Jr., Daniel C. Reid,
Norman R. Ream, P. A. B. Widener,
and Wm. P. Palmer, named individ
ually as defendants.
The United States Steel corpora
tion, Carnegie Steel company, Car
negie company of New Jersey, Fed
eral Steel company; National Steel
company; American Steel and Wire
company of New Jersey; National
Tube company; American Tinplate
company; American Sheet and Tin
plate company: American Sheet Steel
company; American Steel Hoop com
pany; American Bridge company;
Lake Superior Consolidated Iron
Mines, all of which were organized
under the New Jersey laws, and
the H. C. Frick Coke company; Ten
nessee Coal & Iron Railroad com
pany and the Great Western Mining
company are named as corporate de
Louis W. Hill, James N. Hill,
Walter J. Hill, E. T. Nichols, and J.
H.' -Gruber' are named" as Eruitees in
connection with ore companies.
The steel corporator's lease of
the Great Northern Railway's ore
properties, which the directors of
the steel company formally de
cided to cancel, is alleged to be il
legal. This action of the directors
was taken but a few hours before
the filing of the bill; ?
The governmen acknowledges that
it was advised of the steel corpora
ton's action in this respect but states
that under the terms of the lease,
no cancellation would be effective un
til January 1, 1915, E;nd there is no
limit upon the amount of ore that
can be tnken on in the meantime.
Sensational allegations fairly top
ple over,each other in the govern
ment's petition which is an equity
proceeding paying for injunctions to
stop continuance of the alleged mo
noply and such other relief as the
court may grant.
The steel corporation's acquistion
of the Tennessee Coal Iron company
during the panic f 1908 Is declare^]
Illegal and scathingly criticised. The
petition declares tha E. H. Gary and
Henry C. Frick misled former Pres
ident Roosevelt when they told him
"that but little benefit will come to
the steel corporation from the pur
"The president," it says, "was not
made fully acquained with the state
of affairs in New York relevent to
the transaction as they existed. If
he had been fully advised, he would
have known that a desre to stop
the panic was not he sole moving
cause but that there was also a de
sire and purpose to acquire the con
trol of a company that had recently
assumed a position of potential
competition of great significance.
A PICKPOCKET IS PARDONED.
Governor Blease Turns Joseph Beck
ivith or Red Mike Loose.
Joseph Beckwith, alias Red Mike,
a RLchland county convict, now serv
ing a ten-year sentence in the State
penitentiary, has been granted a pa
role by the governor upon condition
that he leave the State within twenty
four hours, never to return. Beck
with was convicted in the Richland
county court in February, 190C, be
fore Judge Hydrick, on the charge of
picking people's pockets.
"I will detail several men to watch
him and it is pretty come off to
have a man like that turned loose
just before the State fair," said Chief
Cathcart of the Columbia force, when
informed that Joseph Beckwirii, alias
"Red Mike," notorious pickpocket,
serving sentence of ten years, had
been patrolled by the Governor.
Sentenced to be Electrocuted.
Perhaps the quickest time in
which a capital case was ever dis
posed of in North Carolina was at
Bryson City when Ross French, a
Cherokee Indian, charged with the
brutal murder of little 14-year-old
Ethel Shuler, was tried, convicted
and sentenced to electrocution in
less than one-half day's session.
-?D TO PLANT
Leids W. Parker, Big Cotton Mill
Man, Sends Out Letter to the
Cloth manufactured by the South
Carolina mills from long staple cot
ton produced in the State this year
will be shown at the State fair this
week by the State department of ag
riculture. "The ex'iibit," said Com
missioner Watson, "will be the final
word in .cotton." There will be an ex
hibit of long staple cotton f all va
rieties up to one and three-fourths
The department will next year
prosecute a vigorous campaign to in
terest the farmers in the growth of
long staple cotton. Results have al
ready been secured.
Lewis W. Parker; head of the $15,
000,000 cotton manufacturing com
pany, is very much, interested in the
production of the long staple .cotton
He has opened a market for the cot
ton in this State. Mr. Parker has
sent out the following to the farm
ers of Suth Carolina:
"We wish to advise you that we
use at several of the mills in which
we are interested staple cotton rang
ing in length fron: full inch 1-8 to
full inch 1-4, and will be glad to get
into comniunicatir i with you with a
view of purchasing your crop of
"Our plan is to buy this cotton di
rect from the farmer where poctica
b!e, and. we sugg?3t that If one or
more of you will get together in any
(Community 25 r more bales we will
send our expert staplers, who will ex
amine your cotton od the spot, and
make full market'offers theefor; but
if it be not practicable for you to
congregate your cotton, as thus sug
gester, we would advise that you
ship your staple cotton to fhe Stand
ard Warehouse company, at eiher
Greenville or Columbia, advising
us of the shipment, and we will have
cur staplers to examine the same and
make your full market offers there
"We further suggest that if prac
ticable you have all staple cotton
inned on a roller grin in irder to
avoid cutting or napping the staple.
This will likewise add to tin ltngth
if the staple, anc" cirrespndingly to
its value and r^-'cc;. but if it be not
convenient to yon so ouse the saw
gin, we advise that you watch the
roll closely ad have the speed reg
ulated s as not to cut the staple. Run
Run the gin slowly.
Whether you use a saw or roller
gin we wuld urge that you see that
ulated so as not t cut the staple,
staple before allowing you long
staple cotton to bo put in it.
We shall be glad to cooperate with
you in every way possible in the
preparations of your staple for the
market, in order to secure you the
best possible results. It is all im
portant that lo?g staple cotton
should be handled and ginned with
greatest car.1 in order that jou may
compete wi:h the Mississippi sec
tions and secure he j*>es paid
"If we can be of any service to you
we shall gladly assist you and give
you information upon request.
"Parties in the eastern par of the
State will finci it to their advantage
to communicate with J. L. Coker &
Co., Hartsville, who will buy cotton
for our account at full prices."
denies the whole thing.
Gaffney Grocer Replies to Sensation
A story came from Gaffney some
days ago to the effect that a. man liv
ing in Gaffney was suspected of hav
ing committed a brutal crime in
North Carolina some years ago. The
story was to the effect that a boy
had been murdered in North Car
lina by two men one of them whom
had since died. The article stated
that a minster of Gaffney was in pos
session of facts which strongly in
dicated that the orher guilty party
was now a resident of this city. In
reply to this J. G. Simmons, a groc
cryman of Gaffnej, says:
"Your paper of October 24 con
tains an article which interests every
citizen of Gaffney, and especially me.
One sentence, by it;; indefiniteness,
involves every minister in the city,
and at least one merchant. In re
sponse to a direct request, your re?
porter has given me the name of the
ministsr to whom, reference was
made. Feeling convinced by all the
circumstances thai I am the mer
chant referred to in that article, in
justice to myself, my family, my
church, my frienos and the city
which has so kindly received me as
a citizen, I beg that you give me
space, in order that I may defend
myself against an underhand attack,
the reason for which I have not the
remotest idea 1 have been living in
Gaffney since the 11th day of May.
j 90S. I think that I am as well and
favorably known as is he who is try
ing to blast my name, blacken my
character and bring shame on the
church of which I am a member. Let
me say that there 's not one particle
of fact for the gross insinuations
contained in that article and appar
ently aimed at me, Had I been such
a villian, fleeing from justice, would
I have stopped in Gaffney, so near
my former home and the place of
the alleged crime?"
HELP JP_ AUTO
Farmer Draws God gd Driver and Is
Shot Dead in the Public Red
SATED AUTOS AND USERS
Sam Whither, Wealthy Farmer, Met
and Threatened Lucius Randall
in the Road. Because lie Was
Driving an Automobile, and Is
Shot to Death by Him.
Because he allowed his prejudice
against autonioblles to lead him to
the extremity of drawing a pistol on
the driver of a Whither car Sunday
evening, Sam Whither, a wealthy
Cleevland county farmer, lost 'his
life. Facing the drawn weapon in
Whither's hand, and believing that
he intended to execute his threat to
kill, Lucius Randall, a prominent
business man of Gaffney, S. C., shot
Whither -to death.
The tragedy occurred at 6:30
o'clock (Sunday evening two miles
west of Shelby and just across the
river. Mr. Randall, who was giving
a party of children an outing, im
mediately turned back to Shelby, N.
C., and picking up the sheriff and
a physician returned to the scene
with them. Whitlher had been in
stantly killed. His pistol, a 38 cali
ber Smith and Wesson, lay near his
body. The sheriff at once notified the
\ Mr. Randall, who is a native of
Cleveland county, made a trip into
North Carolina in his Overland
car on a visit to relatives. Late
this afternoon he started out to take
some young relatives for a ride. Just
across the river the automobile
party met Whither in his buggy
driving a mule. The farmer stopped
his buggy and allighting approached
the machine with a drawn pistol, an
nouncing to Mr. Randall that he in
tended killing him.
Mr. Randall- reasoned with Whith
er and tried to dissuade him, it
is said, and finally, as the farmer
continued to approach reiterating
his threat, Mr. Randall reached un
der the seat, drew his own weapon
and shot Whither twice, killing him
instantly. On bullet took effect in
the head and the other entered the
mouth. Mr. Rar.dall then retraced
his way to Shelby, surrendered to
that officer, and took him, with a
physician, to the scene of the trag
In addition to the pistol, which
lay near the body, there was found
on the dead man's person $75 in
cash and a partially-empted flask of
whiskey. It is said that Whither's
antipathy to the invasion of the
horseipss vehicle has been outspok
en and pronounced, and certainly
there is no other known cause for
his action in holding up Mr. Randall
and announcing his intention of kill
ing him beyond the allegation that
he had been drinking some. The men
were utter strangers to each other.
Whither was an unmarried man
and one of the best-known and
wealthiest planters in the county.
Mr. Randall is the proprietor of a
foundry and machine shop "in Gaff
ney and one of the most prominent
business men in the South Carolina
city. Mandall is in the custody of
the sheriff pending the verdict of the
coroner's inquest, which was in pro
press at a late hour. It is generally
believed that the jury will uphold
Mr. Randall's justification of self
ITALIANS PANIC STRICKEN.
A Large Turkish Force Menaces Gar
rison at Tripoli.
Uncensored information from Trip
oli is to the effect that something in
the nature of panic has seized the
i city since it became known that a
Jussulman force of 00,000 Turks and
Arabs are threatening Tripoli. They
are well armed and provisioned.
But for a premature attack by a
party of Mussulmen on last Monday
the Italians would have been am
bushed, completely surrounded and
few would ha\e survived, so num
erically superior were the Turks and
Arabs. In the subsequent revolt in
the city the Italians suffered more
than ISO casualties before they
gained the ascendancy. From 40 to
50 Arabs are shot daily in town.
The Italians were taken complete
ly by surprise inasmuch as the ring
leaders in the revolt had been among
the first to hail the occupation ot
Tripoli by the Italians, Arabs ap
peared on very balcony, terrace or
vantage point, tiring on passersby. It
is now stated that no forward move
ment will be made until the arrival
lot reinforcements. The 15,000 Italian
! troops in the town are panic strick
! en over the demonstration and the
extent of the Mussulman force. Mal
test and other British subjects in
Tripoli are asking lor warships to
Daughter Greatly Shocked.
When Miss Ruth Hibbard, at Tam
pa, Fla., Friday morning joined a
curious crowd which had gathered at
the engine house of a drawbridge to
view the body of a man who had been
killed, she discovered that the' vic
tim was her father, Marion M. Hib
bard a machinst, while repairing the
machinery, was caught and crushed
IG; S. C, TUESDAY, OCTOBE:
?NTI TRUST SUIT
TAFT DENIES THAT ins MOTIVES
The President Lets Off Some Hot Air
Chicago About the Wicked Trusts.
In a speech at Chicago Friday
night President Taft in vigorous
language denied that the administra
tion was being influenced by political
"I would rather cut off my right
hand," he exclaimed, "than do any
thing to disturb the business of this
country, especially with a motive of
cultivating political success."
The president said he wanted it to
be understood for all time that he
intenhed to enforce the anti-trust
law to the letter.
"Statements as to what I may be
responsible for in bringing about
business troubles, however regretful
it may be that it is so, can not turn
me from duty that lies straight be
fore me," continued Mr. Taft,
j He spoke to an immense throng in
the First Regiment armory hall, and
his anti-trusr declarations paused
much applause and cheering. There
was no doubt as to what was in the
president's mind when he said:
"I come to the subject of the
trusts at a time when the matter is
boiling." The president had declared
he believed the railroads of the coun
try had brought themselves within
the law and were conscientiously try
ing to keep within it.
"I hope that at some no far dis
tant time the same thing can be said
of the great industrial combina
tions," he said. "Mere zigness of plant
mere bigness of company or corpora
tion, does not constitute a violation
of the law. It is the purpose to re
strain trade, to suppress competition
and control prices that transgresses
the statute and the supreme court
has declared that these practices
"Through my career," the president
continued, "I have always conducted
myself and promoting prosperity. If
there is anything that arouses dis
gust in me it is the calamity howler
the man who attacks business and
seeks to arouse prejudce against it.
Prosperity we all need. We are all in
the same boat."
It was here that the president de
clared he would rather cut off his
right hand than d!fv.rb business for
political motive "but," he added, "Wb
have a kind of lawlessness to deal
with. We have had it for 20 years.
We have gone on organizing combi
nations in violation of the anti-trust
law on the theory that it either could
not or would not be enforced.
Must Stop Lawlessness.
"The supreme court has held :hat
this lawlessness must be stamped out.
There is no discretion in the execu
tive's enforcement of a statute. It is
his duty to enforce and direct the
prosecution of those who violate the
"I am just now in the remarkable
position of being charged with an
attempt to destroy business by en
forcing the anti-trust statute and of
having set up the supremo court to
emasculate the statute in the inter
ests of the trusts.
"I am hopeful this period of
strain soon will end, that business
will soon adjust its self with the
law. I believe a majority of business
i= square with the law. There is only
oen wan that I know to cure the cor
porations of disease, and that is to
eradicate the disease. The law will
be enforced to the letter. Now I hoj:e
that it will ha understood."
SEARCHING FOR SWEETHEART.
Comely Norwegian Woman at Savan
nah Looking for Finance.
Miss Theresa Just, a comely young
woman from Frimstad, Norway, has
arrived in Savannah in search of Ot
to Matheson, her finance, whom she
has come to wed. Three years ago the
couple were living in Mobile and be
came engaged. Miss Just went back
to her home in Norway and has been
corresponding with Matheson, who
said he was in Savannah. She came
back to this country and wired him
she was going to Savannah. Arriving
she was unable to find any trace of
him and is now at the rooms of the
Y. W. C. A. She says she is certain
her sweetheart did not get her wire
and that as soon as he knows she is
in Savannah he will come to her..
Matheson is supposed to be employ-!
ed ou the river front.
Injured In Auto Colli^on.
At Jacksonville. Fla., Robert Van
Ness and L. T. .Milton, tire vulcau
izers, were seriously injured when
tile automobile in which they were
riding collided with a trolley car on
the Adams street viaduct, Van Ness,
who was riding next to Milton, who
wuti driving died from his injuries.
Furtuan Get's a Donation.
At a meeting in New York Friday
of the trustees of the general educa
tion board, Rock feller foundation
Pur man University. Greenville, S.
C, was given $25,000 toward S100,
000. This is good for Furman.
Dies In the Electric Chair.
Norval Marshall, colored, was
electrocuted at the North Carolina
State's prison this morning at 10.30
o'clock as the penalty for criminal
assault upon a white woman, of War
ren county, on September 19.
Ei 31, 1911.
Loss of Memory by Two Men For Many
Years Reported la Seattle
BOTH ARE NOW ALRIGHT
Extraordinary Cases of Forgetfull
ness?Bigamy Revealed by an Ac
cident?The Gnilty Husband Says
He is Sorry of His Forgetfulness
A Seattle dispatch to The New
York World tells the curious story
of two Instances of lapses of mem
ory which come to light there. George
Fcott, a rich lumberman of Van
couver, supposed himself a bache
lor until 1909, when he married.
Now he suddenly remembers that 2fi
years ago he left a wife and children
in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The other case is that of S. Chand
ler Rogers, who was beaten so badly
in New York 14 years ago that he
forgot his name. He drifted to Seat
tle, and has been known as George
Kelly. An operator recalled him to
In all the years that Scott was
piling up a fortune he seemed heart
proof until a musical company visit
ed Vancouver two years ago. He
then capitulated to Jane Patterson
cf Allegheny, Pa., one of its mem
bers. Although their gase were far a
part they lived happily. Scott finally
met with an accident which fractured
his skull and brought on, in addition,
a serious illness through which his
wife nursed him.
Memory of his youthful domestic
life came with his recovery. In tell
in his wife of it he said his name
was always George Scott and that he
never had a physical mishap or ill
ness to explain a loss of memory. All
the same his mind had been utterly
blank as to the wife and babies in
Mrs. Scott didn't question his good
faith, but said his story dictated a
plain course for her, Dhrough the di
vorce court. They talked it out thor
sughly and it was finally arranged
that she should bring action for di
vorce and Scott return to Scotland
r.nd learn what has become of his
family. Should he find the first wife
he must make proper amends to her.
if she had died he will come back
:o Vancouver and the later Mrs. Scott
will marry him again.
Rogers or Kelly was taken to a
hospital October 10, suffering from
:m attack of acute insanity, with
which he had been taken in his
home. The doctors found that a por
tion of the skull was pressing on the
brain. Surgery soon relieved him and
he became perfectly normal.
He called for pen and paper and
wrote, "I am in hospital and all O.
K.' add.essing the envelope to Miss
Florence Douels, No. 418 West Thir
ty-second street, New Yosk. A posr
sript to the letter asked that Father
Doherty of the Paullst Society, be
Picking up a newspaper after he
had finished his note, and seeing the
late line "Seattle, Oct. 20, 1911," he
turned wonderingly to Dr. Milton G.
rUurgis and his nurse and said: "Am
1 really in Seattle " Then he broke
down with a fit of sobbing.
He told his story when he had
omposed himself. The hospital staff
think it one of the most remarkable
an record. For fourteen years, he
said, he did not know where he had
been or what he had been doing. He
was born in Xew York in 1SS0 and
lived with his grandmother, Mrs.
Elizabeth Douels, in New York. His
name was S. Chandler Rogers.
On May 1, 1S97 with a boy friend
and two girls, he went to the theater.
Having seen his girl to her home he
started to walk to his own. Three
men stopped him and asked for a
match. He said he was no match fac
tory and the men pounced on him.
On struck him with blackjack. The
next thing he knew he was in the
river, naked and swimming.
He said he remembered clutching
at something in the river and being
dragged out, but that was the last
he knew of himself as Rogers until
he awoke in the hospital after the
skull pressure had been lifted from
his brain. ,
QUANTITY OF MEAL SEIZED.
Labelled Water Ground When It Was
One hundred and twenty-eight
sacks of corn meal, shipped by an
Asheville, N. C, milling company to
two mercantile firms at Greenwood S.
C, have been confiscated by the Unit
ed States, by virtue of the decision of
a jury in the Federal court. The meal
was seized upon the grounds that it
was labelled in violation of the pure
food laws of the United States. Upon
the sacks, in red lettering was stamp
ed "water ground" meal. Facts
brought out in the Federal court
went to show that the meal was real
ly ground by electric power.
Two Slain By Japanse.
At Los Angeles, W. M. Selig, of
Chicago, head of a motion picture
company, was probably fatally
wounded, and Francis Boggs, man
ager of the Pacific coast department
of the concern, was killed Friday by
a Japanese gardener.
HESTER ON COTTON
GIVES ALL THE FACTS ABOUT
THE GREAT STAPLE.
Some Figures That Will Prove In
teresting Reading to All Who
Secretary Hester's weekly New Or
leans Cotton Exchange statement is
sued before the close of business
Friday shows an increase in the
movement into sight compared with
tihe seven days ending this date last
year in round figures of 71,000 an
increase over the same days year be
fore last of 103,000 and an increase
over the same time in 190$ of 70,
For the 27 days of October the to
tals show an increase over last year
of 225,000, as increase over the
same period year before last of 128,
000 and an increase over the same
time in 1908 of 209,000.
For the 27 days of the season
that have elapsed the aggregate is
ahead of the 57 days of last year
G46,000, ahead of the same days
year before last 373,000 and 1908 by
The amount brought into sight
during the past week has been 671,
G42 bales, against C00,534 for the
seven days ending this date last
year, 5S6.171 year before last andj
G01,495 same time in 1908; and, for
the 27 days of October it has been j
2,3S6,311, against 2,1 61,302 lastj
year, 2,25S,298 year before last and
2,117,456 same time in 190S.
The movement since September 1
shows receipts at all United States
ports 3,039,065, against 2,487,324 j
last year, 2,680,454 year before last
and 2,386,634 same time in 1909.'
Overland across the Mississippi, Ohioj
and-.Potamac rivers to northern mills j
and Canada 72,721, against 95,429
last year, 97,097 year before last
and 170,317 same time of 1908; in
terior, stocks in excess of those held!
at tihe close of the commercial yearj
459,143, against 371,969 last year,
423,760 year before last and 463,-!
202 saime time in 190S; Southern
mills taking 409,000 against 379;
355 last year, 405,S37 year before
last and ?79,424 same time in 1908.
These make the total movement
for the 57 days of the season from
September 1 to date 3,979,929;
against 3,334,077 last year, 3,60'7,
148 year before last and 3,3 98,597 i
same time in 1908.
Foreign exports for the week]
have been 400,S07, against 2S5.274
last year, making the total thus far
for the season 218,497, against 1,
690,338 last year an increase of
Northern mills takings and Cana
da during the past seven daji show
a decrease of 16,022 as compared j
with the corresponding period last
year, and their total takings since
September 1 have decreased 49,754.!
The total takings of American mills,
North, South and Canada, thus far ?
for the season have been 775,336,
aganst 797,822 last year
Stocks at the seaboard and the 29
leading Southern interior centres |
have increased during the week 115,
345 bales, against an increase during
the corresponding period last season
of 146,406 and are now 219,301 more
than at this date in 1910.
Including stocks left over at ports
and interior towns from the last crop
and the number of bales brought in
to sight thus far from the new crop,
the supply to date is 4,206,963,
against 3,5S2,629 for the same per
iod last year.
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FE LI) EH STILL AFTER BLEASE.
Says He Will Furnish Evidence That
He Is a Crook.
The Augusta Chronicle published
the following as a special dispatch
from Atlanta on last Saturday:
"If Senator Tillnian only wants
proof that Gov. Cole Please is a
crook in order to fight him, then he'll
have that proof shortly in overwhelm
ing degree," said Tom B. Felder,
when shown the Senator's interview
in The Chronicle of Thursday.
"Will you be prepared to go before
the South Carolina Legislature with
the evidence " he was asked.
"If friends in that State, with
whom I am in touch and who know
the facts request it, I am prepared
to go before the Legislature with ab
solute proof of Blease's crookedness,
and unfitness for office, or for asso
ciation with decent men," replied
MAIL CARRIER BADLY HURT.
His Wagon Han Into From the Rear
by an Auto.
At Columbia on Friday Rural
Mail Carrier Swift Sligh. longer in
service than any other of the other
carriers there, was badly injured his
wagon was smashed, and his horse
so badly hurt that he had to be shot,
when his vehicle was struck from
the rear on North Main street by an
automobile, which the driver, Wil
liam Long, had taken without per
mission from the Etheridge garage
where Long was employed. Up to
this hour the police have not located
Long. He brought the car back to
(he garage and then disappeared.
Another Aviator is Killed.
At Rheims, France, Jean Despar
met, a military aviator fell six hun
dred feet and was crushed to death
TWO CENTS PER COPY.
The Awfnl and Desperate Deed oi ai
Enraged Railway Conductor.
TOOK IS OWN LIFE TOO
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Seeking Vengeance, Breaks Into the
House, Open Fire on Sleeping
Victims. Killing His Father-in
Law, and Wounds His Wife and!
Carroll L. James, a railway con
ductor of Parkersburg, W. Va., shot
and killed his father-in-law, Wil
liam Pritchard; probably fatally
wounded bis mother-in-law; slight
ly injured his wife, and committed
suicide Sunday at Pennsboro, W. Va.
James broke into the Pritchard
home and caught his victims while
they slept. He made no effort to
harm his 4-year-old daughter, who
opcuried the bed with her mother
The tragedy follows a series of
sensational occurrences here about
six weeks ago. when James shot Sey
mour Kuhn of Fairmont, W. Va., a
fellow railroader, whom he alleged
he had found with his wife at the
James home. KUhn's injury was
James brought suit of divorce and
Mrs. James brought a counter suit.
During the taking of depositions in
the suits last Monday Mrs. James
gave evidence which resulted in the
arrest two days later of her hus
band and George Mitter of Gr?ften,
W. Va., an express messenger, on
the Charge of conspiracy to defraud
the United States Express company.
James was to have received a pre
liminary hearing next Tuesday on
the conspiracy charge. It is said that
he worried greatly over the matter
and was much embittered against
his wife and 'her family. It is alleged
that he threatened that he would
"kill the whole Pritchard tribe," and'
the shooting Sunday was an appar
ent effort to fulfill his threat.
James quietly forced his way in
to the Pritchard home at Pennsboro
at 2 o'clock this imorning, and going
to the second floor he entered the
room occupied by his wife, young
daughter and his mother-in-law.
Wlthoxit a word he began firing. The
shots were directed at "the two wo
men. On bullet struck Mrs. Pritchard
in the arm another hit Mrs. James
in the hip.
.lames then stepped intJ the next
bedroom and saw his father-in-law
rising from his bed. He fired direct
ly into Mr. Pritchard's face. The
ball passed through his mouth, kill
ing him instantly. Returning to the
other room. James found his wife
gone but his mother-in-law was still
there. Twice more he shot her, the
bullets lodging in her left foot and
James went in pursuit of his wife.
An open rear door indicated the di
rection she had taken and he came
upon her a short distance from the
house. He had two revolvers and
pulled the triggers of each in an at
tempt to kill 'her. The cylinders were
empty. Placing the revolvers in h!3
pocket he caught her by the throat
and chocked her.
As the woman sank to the ground
with her young child holding on to
her skirts crying, James beat and
kicked her and lied only at the ap
proach of a neighbor who heard the
child's cries. James ran back to
the Pritchard home. There he re
loaded one of the revolvers and
TILLMAN MODIFIES REMARKS.
Says He Said More Than the Report
er Said He Said.
The following note from Senator
Tillman to the Augusta Chronicle ex
In today's Chronicle your corres
pondent, Mr. McWhorter, has fallen
into a serioin mistake or omission.
He makes me say "if he (Jones) does
that and makes his fight on Blease's
record, he will win." I went on to
say and I now repeat that as the
record now stands under the Indict
ment as drawn by the newspapers, I
do not believe Jones or any one else
can defeat him. Something rew and
disgraceful must be brought out
:\ hieb will shock the people and
arouse State pride.
Very truly yours,
B R. Tillman.
Whole Family Has Typhoid.
A speical from Huntsvllle, Ala.,
says that Miller M. Cown, of Merid
iansville, brought s-jven of his daugh
ters to the hospital to lie treated
for typhoid fever. The girl's mother
died with the disease several weeks
;,go and the seven daughters were
Wanted to Ix-r Arrested.
Frank Lowry, the notorious
cracksman and train robber recent
ly released from the Atlanta peni
tentiary after serving fifteen years,
was jailed at Washington Friday
for stealing a laprobe. He said he
was hungry and glad to be arrested.
Seven Sailors Drowned.
At Kiel, Germany, seven men were
drowned when a small boat belong
ing to the German cruiser Muen>
chen capsized Friday night.