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LAYS All e?
Teils tf Bis D able lif", Hu Miuy
Ribb iflu and Other Crimes.
ENDING WHd CRIME
' Escaped Suspicion of Thirteen Thefts,
But on Unlucky Fourteenth Lost
Locket That Led to Detection and
on Fifteenth Shot and Killed a
The confession of Bertram Geger
Spencer, on trial for the murder of
Miss Martha B. Blackstone at Spring
field. Mass., as made to representa
tives of the State Detective Bureau
and municipal police shortly follow
; ing his arrest, is one of the queer
est of documents and tells all about
a series of crimes committed at
Springfield by him, while holding a
responsible position in a business
house of that city as shipping cler*.,
and looked upon by all as an honest,
No fiction can equal this confes
sion?equal the contradictory phases
of character displayed in a man who
could invade a home to loot it, who
could shoot down defenseless women
and, on the other hand, could polite
ly listen to a frightened, fainting wo
man's request for a glass of water
and fetch it to her, or couli sympa
thetically consider a mother's plea
on Christmas Eve that the gifts she
had to place in the little ones' stock
ings and on the family hearth should
not \-e stolen.
Yet in this confession is also the
raise into madness the anger of nor
mal men?confessions that he not
only robbed women but that he bound
and gagged them and showed 'an
other phase of his despicable char
When the locket, lost during an
attempted burglarly 6lx months be
fore, had been traced to him 'and the
detectives went to the place where
he worked? as shipping clerk and told
him he was under arrest as a suspect
in the murder of Miss Martha Black
stone, they said that he had first
"Is this a joke?"
"It is too serious a matter for ub|
to come here and joke about," one
Spencer had called to his employ
er, a Mr. Handy:
"Why, Mr. Handy, what do you
think? These men have come to ar
rest me for the murder of Miss Black
stone up there in Round Hill. What
do you think of that?"
His employer had reassured him to
the extent of saying that he had bet
ter go with the officers, with the as
surance that if he were innocent
everything would come out all right.
"All right," he answered, "then I'll
At midnight on. tha day of his ar-J
rest he was in a cell; the many arti
cles found in his house had been
identified as stolen things; the re
volver and mask and searchlight lan
tern and belt and holster had been
The testimony is that Spencer
called to State Detective Flynn,
whom he saw in the corridor, ana
"Is it true that this drunken fool
over there in that cell has been hol
lering all night; that Mrs. Bow and
one of her daughters has identified
me as the man who murdered Miss
This "drunken man" was a police
"That's something I can't discuss
with you," said Flynn.
"Spencer already knew that Mrs.
Dow and her uninjured daughter,
Miss Lucy Bow, had identified a bead
ed belt and a pearl brooch found at
bis home as articles stolen from them
on the night of the murder.
It was two days later, he said to
the detictives, that he desired to tell
everything. They wa-rned him they
were policemen and would tell what
he told them to the courts. He said:
"I don't care. I want to tell you
Verbatim extracts ::rom his confes
sion will perhaps prove the most in
teresting. He tells, for Instance, cf
entering a house by a window and
discovering a man and woman talk
ing. From their talk he gathered
that the man would son retire, so he
rolled under the bed in a back room
"The man went upstairs. Then
this lady came in and locked the
doors and went to bed. I must have
stayed there an hour or two waiting
for her to go to sleep aud every time
that I would make the least move to
come out t could hear her kind of
"When I got up to the edge of the
bed sh*> rose up and screamed. Then
her position changed from a sitting
to a lying position. I demanded mon
ey and jewelry. While I was talking
to her she pulled off some rings and
dropped them iuto the bed. and I saw
her and said: "What did you do?
You dropped something.' She said:
'No, I didn't.' I asked her to move
over to one side and she did, and I
saw them. I asked her if she had
any money. She sail a little. She
gave me $2.
"She asked me for a drink of wat
er and I got her a drink. She asked
me which door I wanted to go out
and I said: 'The back door.' She
went on ahead of me and unlocked
he back door and she said: 'Good
AT MEN AND RELIGION MOVE
MENT SOCIAL MEET.
The Colored Brethren, Segregated at
Banquet, One siio'uts, "No Black
Seats in Heaven!"
There was a stir at the Young
Men's Christian Association at Mil
waukee at a banquet in connection
with the Men and Religion Forward
Movement because of the men of color
were put to eat at a table by them
A negro preacher from Madison
rose, and bitterly remarked: "There
are no black seats in heaven, we are
told." The Madison preacher at
flrsi started to take a place among
the white guests.
The other nogroeB signalled vio
lently to him as a hint that he was
in the wrong place. The negro
preacher half rose and turned to his
brethren as if to join them. Then he
gave them a severe scowl and sat
down. A few stage whispers follow
ed^and the colored pastor moved ov
er to the black table.
As soon as the speeches began the
Madison preacher threw his bomb
about the absence of black seats in
the great hereafter. The black ta
ble became very excited and tried to
stop. him. At last, heefdng the mur
murs of his br-*hren, he chaSged his
topic and asku- for the co-operation
of white people in the worL: among
The Rev. George J. Fox, pastor of
the Cavalry Baptist church, explain
ed that he had specially asked for
the separate table,? thinking the men
of his race would feel more at home
eight,' and I said: 'Good nigght.'
And that ds all there was to it."
Of the three little children who
were trying to keep awake waiting
tor Santa Claus on ChrlBtmas eve in
the home of Mrs. Helen F. Fisk at
86 Calhoun street, Springfield, Spen
cer recited this incident:
"Yes, it was the night before
Christmas: I remember the bed was
all covered with Christmas presents
and I started to pick up some of those
presents, and the lady said: 'For
God's sake, don't touch those; those
are my children's; and I said: "All
right, I won't.' And I went away.
Regarding the robbery of the Rip
ley home at 266 Union street, Spring
field, he showed swift cunning. He
found husband and wife in toed.
"They awakened when I flashed my
lantern. I warned them to keep
quiet," he said. "Both of them told
me they had not a blessed thing in
the house; no jewelry or silver and
that the only money was a two dol
lar and a half gold piece. He looked
at the date as he handed it to mo
and it struck me in an instant, what
good would that two dollar and a
half piece do me. He had identified
the date and I could never pass it
anywhere. I handed it back to him,
talked a few minutes with him about
tre troubles of a burglar's lifo, looked
out of a kindow, didn't see anybody,
talked a few minutes more and left."
He had lived nearly opposite the
home of Dr. Ames in Seventh street.
Ono night the Ames family and ?a
number of friends were sitting on the
porch. He mads up his mind that
here was a good opportunity, went
to his room, hurriedly got out his
burglar's outfit, and entered the rear
cellar door of the physician's home.
"I looked around through the
rooms and found quite a little jewel
ry and thingB and Iput them all in
a handkerchief. In a few minutes
one.of the girls came upstairs. While
she was coming up I ran into a bed
room and got down under the bed.
She went into another room, stayed
there a few minutes and went down
stairs again. Pret'.* soon they all
came in and came upstairs.
"Mr. Ames was the only man in
the house. He went down the end
of the hall into another room. I
had all my stuff tied up, and I was
under this bed. No; I didn't have
any silverware. T hen I was won
dering all the time if rhey would miss
this stuff that was gone. They didn't
happen to notice. After I had given
everybody time to go to sleep I lef*
rhe package that 1 bad tied up in
the big handkerchief righ* noxr. to
the foot of the bed and I came out
r.iul went Stuo the girls' roon and j
was looking in the drawer when one
of them kinder sighed and turned
over in bed.
"I was worried for a long time and
decided to lay low but after six
months i guessed that the police
couldn't have got it and so one night
I thought I would get into some oth
er house?that was the Dow home,
whore I shot the two women."
Spencer then tells jauntily of how
he would go out looking for houses
to rob as a man might seek the en
tertainment of an attractive cafe.
In one place in this confession, he
admitted that the very revolver with
which he murdered Miss Dlackstone
and all but murdered Miss Harriett
Dow was stolen. He stole it out of
the locker of an officer of Company
F of the National uards of Califor
nia, in an armory at Oakland.
Then he confessed fifteen burg
laries covering a period of nearly
four years In Springfield. Thirteen
times he committed depridations here
and escaped even suspicion.
The fourteenth time was when he
attempted the burglary of the Blair
house and in a slide down a ladder
to escape, the locket he wore as a
RUIN EIS WORK
Miiistei D clam Uk fit de Miserable
by Wife's Jcrt?str
WIFE IS A CHILD HATER
Cruelty, Neglect and Fear of Bodily
Harm Co Himself and Children also
Alleged in Rev. Graham's Petition
for Absolute Divorce froni Former
The Rev. Benjamin Graham, re
cently pastor of St. James Methodist
Church of Atlanta, Friday filed suit
for absolute divorce from Mrs. Lorah
Harris Graham. Ho alleges "cruelty,
neglect, fear of bodily harm to him
self and children, unwarranted jeal
ousy of his own children and all the
women of his church," which, often,
it is declared, "culminates in wild
ijtantrums of rage," embarrassing to
hjmuelf and his church.
In a statement issued shortly after
the filing of his divorce petition, Mr.
Graham goes into details regarding
his marital troubles.
He states that before their mar
riage his wife was for eleven years a
school teacher at Covington. Cordele
and Athens, Ga., and that this, he be
lieves, is the cause of her unusual
feeling towards his children. *
"My wife is a chil l hater" he said,
"and although, I have not believed in
divorce, 1 now find that it is the only
thing possible for :he sake of my
Mr. Graham stateu that they have!
been, married twenty-nine months
and in that time he has been com
pelled to spend one-fourth of his en
tire time attempting to calm his wife
in her jealous rages and restoring
peace in his household. His two chil
dren a boy of 11, and a girl of 5, are
by a former marriage.
"Any attention that I might show
either of the children brought on a
jealous rage on the part of my wife,"
he states. "In the morning if I kissed
my little girl my wife would fly into
a tantrum. Sometimes it would be
days before she would speak to me.
She declared that when I kissed my
own child she felt exactly as if I were
kissing another woman. I have
known her to fly into these tantrums
?simply bscause' I would pass a dish
to one of the children at a Cieal.
Sometimes she would rush into the
yard of the parsonage screaming,
drawing a crowd of idly curious to
The minister states that for a year
he las been unable to take his child
ren out even for a car ride on account
of his wife, and that once she bought
an automobile, but soon sold it be
1 cause he asked her to let the child
ren ride in It occasionally on the back
His work for the church has been
ruinc-d Mr. Graham aserts because
his wife has been jealous of the wo
men of his congregation. He could
hardly speak to one of them, he said,
without spending the next twenty
four hours pacifying his jealous wife,
and often when he went to meet
male members of the church she
would think he had seen some of
their wives, and a rage would follow.
Mr*. Graham's resignation was pre
sented and accepted by the Georgia
Conference, by Presiding Elder J. T.
Daves. Ii was accompanied by a let
ter form the official board of St.
James ' Church, commending Mr.
Graham's work in Atlanta during the
Mr. Graham stated that he proba
bly would adopt the stage as a ca
reer. He said:
"In moral plays which exert a ten
dency to uplift, I believe I could fol
low an ocupation that is'a parallel
with that of preaching the gospel. J
will still retain my moral attitude,
but seeing no other course, the foot
lights, promise me a means of liveli
hood for myself and niy two children,
and I probably will adopt it."
Mr. Graham is 4 0 years of age,
while Mrs. Graham, from whom he
:seeks divorce, is 35.
MI ST HAVE COOL HEAD.
A Texas Cowboy Saves His Life by
Riding a Steer.
At St. Joseph, Mo.. William Ham 11
j ton, a cowboy from the Texas pan
handle, saved his life Friday with a
revolver when he fell into a corral of
I wild steers and the frightened ani
I mals threatened to trample him to
death. Hamilton scrambled to his
j feet and immediately drew a big re
j volver strapped to his belt. He fired
j in the fare of the on-coming steers
'and crippled one. Then as the herd
stopped short he seized one by the
j horns and rode it until the animals
(got close enough to the fence for him
to scramble off and climb to safety.
Thousands Are Massacred.
According to native estimates, over
1.000 easuatics occurred up to Fri
day night in the three days fighting
at Chang Chow.
watch charm was torn from its chain
to be afterwards found, examined and
what with his initials on it and the
pictures of his mother and sister
within, to lead to his examination and
arrest. The fifteenth time was that
In which he killed Miss Blackstone
and shot Mis3 Harriett Dow in the
JRG, S. C. TUESDAY NOVE!
bios mi mm urn
TEDDY'S MESSAGE SO CON
STRUED BY MR. HENRY.
Texas Congressman Predicts That On
Such a Platform Roosevelt Will Be
Beaten in His Own Party.
Declaring that Theodore Roosevelt
makes Alexander Hamilton look like
a novice as an advocate of absolutism,
Representative Henry of Texas, chair
man of the House committee cn rules,
issued a formal statement Saturday
in answer to the former President's
views on the trust question in his re
cent editorial in The Outlook.
Mr. Henry asserts that Mr. Roose
velt, through his "message, ' is feel
ing the pulse of the American people
for a third term, that he is trying to
dlscreStft Mr. Taft and Mr. Wicker
sham, and predicts that he will "find
the road to the presidency 'rocky'
while he is running for a third term
with the steel trust snugly and con
genially sitting astride his shoulders."
The Democratic Congressman, who
recently made public proposed
amendments to the Sherman law pro
riding that trust criminals be forced
to wear "felon's stripes," assails Mr.
Roosevelt chiefly for what he terms
his a'dvocacy of "legislative courts"
and "legislative executives." He
quotes from the former President's
editorial the following reference to
the Standard Oil and Tobacco trust
decisions of the Supreme Court:
"It is contended that In these re
cent decisions the Supreme Court
legislated; so it did; and it had to;
because Congress had signally failed
to do Its duty by legislating, but
where the legislative body persistent
ly leaves open a field which is abso
lutely imperative, from the public
standpoint, to fill, then no possible
blame attaches to the official of offi
cials who step in because they hare
to and who then do the needed work
In the Interest of the people.
"Thia is absolutism run mad," Mr.
Henry declares, "Never in the his
tory of Amercia did any man, living
or dead, advocate such ran*, misei%
able and rotten doctrine. The ad
herents of Alexander Hamilton
should tenderly take up his ashes,
make duo apology for his being a
novice in the doctrine of absolutism
and remove his sacred urn to some
quiet and sequestered spot and give
way to tho real thIng,rLaone who has
Mr. Henry attacks the proposed
FeJeral trust commission, asserting
that it robs the States of their power
to deal with corporations. This pro
posal is vicious beyond description,"
he Baya. "Corporations would im
mediately raise a hundred thousand
isBuable questions and points and
rush to the bosom of the commission
for their settlement. They would pile
up treir controversies there and the
comission would not be abl9 to set
tle them in a hundred years.
Charging that the trust commission
is Mr. Roosevelt's issue, the TexaB
Congressman says in conclusion:
"This will make him tho candidate
for the Steel trust which he defend
ed and the advance agent of the reac
tionaries, not the progressives. In my
opinion he is harnessing himself up
with the wrong crowd and on a
mighty bad issue, and even Mr. Taft
and i\Ir. Wickersham can whip him
in his party.".^
THE MAINE WILL FLOAT.
Bulkhead is Being Built in the Af
ter Part of the Ship.
The exploration of the portions of
the battleship Maine affected by the
explosion which sank her, probably
will be completed by the end of No
vember, when results of the investi
gation will be ready for submission
to the board of officers. The work of
building a wooden bulkhead amid
ships wub begun this week, and there
is no doubt now of the feasibility ofi
floating the afterpart of the ship.
Up to the present, it is said, all In
dications strongly confirm the find
ings of the Sampson board of inquiry
that the ship was destroyed by an ex
terior explosion, supplemented by ex
plosions in the forward magazines. I
Officers in charge of the work, how
| ever are silent as to their conclu
The forward section for a distance
of 70 feet from the bow is lying on
its starboard side and twisted sharp
ly to port. Exploration within this
st.'tion has now been completed for
40 feet, eaving only .".() foot to the ex
tremity of the bow, which it i.s ex
pected will bo reached within two
Removal of the four forward boil-'
era has been delayed owing to the in
sufllceint strength of the derricks. *
Found Dead Man Guilty.
.lohn W. Sharp, while chief of po
lice at Talequah. Okla., shot and
killed William Powell, a youth.
Sharp was tried and convicted of sec
ond degree murder and appealed the
case. In September last, year he was
assassinated. Tho court of criminal
appeals Friday affirmed the sentence;
of the trial court.
Turns One More Loose.
Governor HIeaso late Friday pa
roled ' during good behavior Elijah
Walker, convicted at Anderson in
July, 1007, of manslaughter and sen
tenced by Judge Gage to serve five
years on the public works of that
VIBER 21, 1911.
Ii 01)51 TAF1
hU] Will Oppse like Presicul in he
Republican tcuv rjim
rSE TRUSTS WANTS HIM
Some of the New York Newspapers
Criticise Roosevelt's Stand Most
Severely, The World Accusing Him
of Being Morgan's Candidate While
The Tribune Says; He Helps Taft. .
A New York dispatch says Roose
velt barred himself from all visitors
at the Outlook office Saturday, send
ing out word to the newspaper men
that business of Importance engaged
rim and that he had nothing to give
out either In interview or staaement
in regard to his scoring of the prose
cution of the Steel trust nor would he
make any reply to press criticism. '
Wall street Saturday had kind
words for Colonel Roosevelt for the
first time. These words had their in
ception in the former president's at
tack upon President Taft's anti-trust
policy which he terms "chaotic."
Wall street's feelings were plainly a
reflection in the stock market, which
was strong and material gains were
ma le in the list, generally in United
Barker Henry Clews, one of the
powers of "the streets" expressed
the general view Saturday when he
declared that Colonel Roosevelt's
views, as expressed in his editorial
in the Outlook, would be cheerfully
endorsed by all holders of securities.
Mr. Clews said:
"A good many people will probably
jump to the conclusion that the colo
nel's remarks will have some effect
on the next presidential candidate.
What this country would like Is a
leader who would make "prosperity"
his watchword and not allow politics
to Interfere with it in any shape or
form. At tho present time business
of secondary consideration, politics
occupying the first, place.
"The financial Interests have not
always been In accord with the col
onel's utterances, but his remarks
with respect to the United States
Steel corporation and other corpora
tions seem to be very appropriate at
the present time and will be heartily
commended by all holders of securi
ties and by others who believe the
large industrial corporations when
properly conducted are not inimical
to the best Interests Of the country."
That Theodore Roosevelt Is again
a candidate for presidency and that
his editorial In the Outlook, declaring
that buBines conditions in this coun
try are chaotic as a result of the
present admlsltration's policy is his
formal declaration of that fact is de
clared editorially by the World. Oth
er newspapers make Btrong comment
on the editorial.
The World, under the caption, "Is
Roosevelt Morgan's Candidate?" de*
clares that Mr. Roosevelt "presents
Wall streets sentiment against Mr.
Taft more forcibly and coherently
than Wall street Itself has been able
to do, and -.ds:
"Less than a week ago, when Mr.
Roosevelt gracefully accepted Wil
liam Barnes, Jr., as boss of the Re
publican party in New York, The
World asked If he were not again a
candidate for president. The Outlook
article may be accepted as a full and
complete answer. Mr. Roosevelt Is
palpably a candidate and' nls extra
ordinary political genius has set for
itself the task of bringing about a
coalition between the anti-Taft pro
gressives In the west and the anti
Taft plutocrats in Wall street. Of
this coalition he expects to be the
beneficiary, i.'.'r. Roosevelt is not giv
en to disinterested political effort."
Branding the editorial as "flap
doodle," The Herald editorially re
marks: "The difficulty tti which Mr.
Roosevelt is involved?and believe us
if. is a difficulty, is that he has been
named as a co-respondent in the gov
ernment's suit to divorce the steel
corporation and the Tennessee Coal
and Iron corporation. He cannot be
indicted and fined, he cannot be
enjoined and dissolved. But all the
same, he is on the defensive and on
trial, and he is smarting as he has
seldom smarted before."
The Tribune believer; "that Mr.
Roosevelt's discussion of this com
plex problem should prove helpful to
"The Outlook editorial marks the
return of Roosevelt," is the opinion
cf The Press.
Charged With Poisoning Bride.
The cases against Robert Kenne
dy and M. L. Childers. who are In
jail at Leesburg, Ca.. charged with
causing the death of Mrs. Etta Rich
ardson Childers, the bride of M. L.
Childers, which are to bo considered
by the grand jury at the present term
of the superior court, will not be tak
en up before next Wednesday. ..Mrs.
Childers died on Aug. IT. as the re
sult, of taking poison placed in a
bottle of medicine which she had
Falls to His Death.
At Perkins,' Okla.. Samuel Heller,
aged was killed while making a
balloon ascension. When the balloon
was three thousand feet in the air.
Heller cut loose his parachute. He
clung to the bar until within a hun
dred feet of the ground, then lost
his grip and fell.
abuse m sooth
FOR LYNCHING THT FIENDS WHO
ATTACK OUR WOMEN.
But Has Not a Word of Censure for
the North for Burning Negroes for
The New York World says a mass
meeting to protest against lynching
was held in Ethical Culture Hail.
Sixty-Fourth street and Central Park
West, Thursday night under the aus
pices of the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People.
Resolutions were adopted expressing
regret that President Taft "has not
seen fit to voice a single public pro
test." These resolutions also asked
for a Congressional inquiry into the
entire question of lawlessness.
Hutchina C. BiBhop, a negro cler
yg-man atbacked the President for
doing nothing to prevent tse .?ynch
fing of negroes in the South. Every
uncomplimentary reference to the
1 President was applauded by tho small
audience, which consisted almost en
I tireiy of negroes.
Mrs. Florence Kelly said the wo
men of this country should hang
their heads in shame, for they had I
the upbringing of the men who did
the lynchings. "The personal honor
of every woman in her own affair,"
she exclaimed, "which no one can
attack but herself. The- burning of
a man's body is no worse than the
sacrifice of the lives o? our young
girls on the streets, to which we ac
W. E. Du tfois said many negroes
were lynched for assaults on white
women which never took place.
Oswald Garrison Vllllard, who
presided, said officials North, South,
East and West bow in obeisance to
Judge Lynch. He called attention to
the steady increase in the number of
lynchings and declared that if Lynch
law was not checked it would under
mine the foundation of American clv
The Rev. John Haynes Holmes, a
Unitarian minister, exhorted thf
North to fight over the battle of fif
ty years ago and lead the poor, be
nighted South back to the paths of
right and full equality of every de
scription. Appeals were . made for
contributions for a fund of $1,000 to
send a man to watch the doings In
Farmer's Mules Bring Thci. Ma&ter
Home in Dying Condition.
A mysterious tragedy, in which Mr.
James Irvin is dead, occurred near
his home at Polkville Tuesday. Mr.
Irvin was a progressive farmer and
was in the woods with his wagon,
hauling leaveB for the stable. He
came home riding on the wagon in an
unconscious condition, his skull be
For some time it was thought that
he had been brutally attacked and
murdered, but after an examination
of the wagon tracks, it is now
trought that the hub of the wheel
lodged against a tree and he got
down to press the small tree out.
When he did the mules jerked and
caught his head between the sapling
and the wheel. Ills skull was crushed
and his ear was torn off. Somehow
he managed to crawl back on the
load of leaves and his mules hauled
him home in an unconscious condi
Mr. Irvin was one of the leading
farmers of the county and the trag
edy is most -deplorable. The exact
manner in which he met the fatal
stroke is not known but the above is
the accepted theory of the neighbors.
He was buried at Rig Springs church
Wednesday and a great crowd at
tended the funeral. He was a broth
er of Rev. A. C. Irv-in, the venerable
Confederate pastor who is so well
known throughout the State.
SCORE DEAD Fir TORM.
Much Daninge to Shipping Along the
New England Coast.
A Rosto;: dispatch says the high
gaies of the last forty-eight hours
have caused the destruction of or
serious injury to a dozen or more
sailing craft, while at Iea3t a score
of seamen have perished. The worst
disaster was that which befell the
Norweiplan full-rigged ship Antigua,
of Christian!.*!, at. Martin River,'at
the mouth of the Gulf of St. Law
rence. A gale drove the big vessel
on tho rocks and' of tho crow of I S
men 1." perished in the terrific soas.
The survivors were picked lit) suffer
ing from cold and exposure Friday.
The Antigua is a total wrecK.
Roosevelt a Candidate.
Norman E. Mack, chairman of tho
Democratic National committee, said
in an interview: "Roosevelt is now
an avowed candidate for the Republi
can presidential nomination. It will
be a neck and neck race between him
and Taft In the convention."
Drinks Poison and Jumps.
Dr. S. Dal la, said to be a promi
nent physician of Los Angeles, Ca.1.,
after announcing his purpose to fel
low passengers on an Atchlson, To
peka and Santa Fe Railroad train,
near Pauls Valley, Okla., swallowed
carbolic acid and lee.ped through a
window of the sleeper on Friday.
WO CENTS PER COPY.
4iken P-j ic nni? sw sod Killed by a
PromiBeot Cidz o
4 DEPLORABLE AFF?
Town Shocked by News oi Falthf
Oluccrs Death' at Hands of Promi
nent Citizen?Kicking of Patter
son's Dog Said, to Have Started
Trouble in the Street.
The correspondent of the News and
Courier Bays one of the most unfort
unate and deplorable tragedies in the
history of Aiken occurred there Fri
day afternoon at 3 o'clock, when Mr.
James Seigler shot and instantly
killed officer Wade Patterson, one of
the oldest and most valued members
of the police focce of that city. There
were several eye-witnecses to the
tragedy, but ther refuse to be quoted.
The story centers around a dog he
longing to the dead policeman. It
seems that Mr. Seigler had been
playing with the dog, when the ani
mal became enraged and bit, or at
tempted to bite, Mr. Seigler, where
upon the latter became incensed and
kicked the dog. This drew a warn
ing rebuke from Officer Patterson,
who reminded Mr. Seigler that be
had trifled with the animal. Mr. Seig
ler. it is said, replied to the warning
by cursing several times and the of
ficer threatened him with arrest.
This seems to have closed the in
cident. The two men then separated,
Mr. Seigman walking into thq store"
of Mr. John Overstreet, entering
through the side door from Park av- ?
enue. Officer Patterson walked to
the Main street entrance of the same
store, where the difficulty was re
newed. Words passed, which it
seems provoked considerable profan
ity from Mr. Seigler, and for this Mr.
Patterson arrested him. Mr. Seig
ler immediately offered bond for his
appearance, and Mr. Patterson ac
cepted the bond of $5.
The report goes that Seigler fc-rr'
ed Patterson a five dollar bill, and
without further words pulled from
his pocket s. 32-caIibre.automatic re
volver and fired four or five shots in
to the brea?t of the officer, produc
ing Instantaneous death. Bystanders
rushed up and found Officer Patter
son still clutching the money and his
revolver securely fastened in its hol
ster, the barrel pointing upwards.
;Mr. Seigler was arrested by Rural
Policeman Holley, who one of the'
eye-witnesses ,and taken to jail. Mr.
Seigler is one of the most prominent
men of the county, being a son of the
late Capt. A. S. Seigler, and has a
host of Mends, wh:- deeply rgeret
Officer Patterson came from Edge
field to Aiken about thirty-five years
ago and has almost continuosly since
been a member of the Aiken police
force. He was recognized as one of
the heit and most conscientious offi
cers cn the force, and was a man
whoily and altogether void of any
fear, being at all times cool and re
sourceful, and his untimely death has
cast a gloom over the city that he
has guarded so long and well dur
ing the dark hours. He leaves a sv'*t
and five children. *
FORTY-FOUR MILLIONS SPENT
Last Year by the Southern States for
Speaking of the advantage of good
roads and of what is being done in
that direction Secretary of Agricul
ture Wilson declared that nearly
$44,000,000 was expended during
the present year for good mads iu
the Southern States alone. The
secretary will speak on the subject at
the good roads congress to be held
next week in Richmond, Va.
"Through its bureau of good
roads," the secretary continued, "the
department of agriculture has been
stimulating tc.:e nation-wide move
ment for better highways, sending
out experienced engineers to conduct
demonstration work and a force of
trained men to give illustrated lec
"Reports to the .departmem show
that the $11,000.000 spent during
?the first ten months of this calendar
year was divided as follows: Ala
bama, $3.484.000: Arkansas $2,450^
.000; Delaware $430,000: Florida
$l,.r>05,000; Georgia $2.500,000;
Kentucky $2.500,000; Louisiana $1,
[32,354; Maryland $2,250,000; Mis
sissippi $3.130.000; North Carolina
$4,505,000; Oklahoma $1,505,000;
South Carolina $1.100,000; Tennes
see $3.900,000; Texas $7,6000,000;
Virginia, $4,004,000; West Virginia
Settles Family Trouble.
Because he had filed suit for di
vorce, had left their homo, ;it Fort
Worth, an.!? gone to Denton, and re
fused a reconciliation, Noy Pugh, 21,
was shot and fatally wounded by his
18-year-old wife, who at once fired
a bullet through her own brain and
died instantly. They were married
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Many Are Killed By Storm.
Fifteen of the crew of eighteen
men lost their lives Friday when the
Norwegian bark Antigua was driven
ashore at Martin River. The Antigua
was loa-ding at Martin river below;