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VOL. XXI. MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1906. _No. 1.
Of a Man Leads to His Convic
tion of Murder.
F UNG MURDERID MN
In His Own Barn to Make It Appear
That He Hail Comnitted Suicide
and Then Acttd Oat the
Whole Thing In Hils
The trial an% conviction of CharleE
R eker at Sibicy, Iowa, recently for
the rurder cf August Schroeder have
revealed a stor: as strange and dram
atic as any thet can be discovered in
tbc pagt.s of fic.ion.
It is L o strarge and dramatic that
it parallels closely, and in many re
spets Eurpsse; in interest, the fa
mous story of Eugene Aram, which
ba becc-me a c isic .n literature, vn!
fascinat.d the .Inds of men for man)
geoerations. The history of Eagene
Aram was in ta first Instance an o
currence of re.l life, lke that of
Charles Rcker. It was made the .u
jee of U Lovel by Bulwer Lytton and
of a poem by 'lom Hcod, which con
tains s-me of tue most %amiliar and
thrlinc- lines ever quoted.
Like Eugene Aram, Charles Bcaker
waL convy.cd t-y his own involuntarI
enaotment of L- . crime. Like Eagere
Aram, . e "wi u .cii a murder in a
dre.m." The tVt~Lts in both cases
would. in the v ew ol a person of po;
ticai imaginatin, 5ei. to point to
the ex:stenoe t f an bve: giog spirit
wbtch pursues z murderer and forces
him to give evicence of his own guilt.
A ugust Schrc eder was a rich, intel
lgr at and indu trious Gcrman farm
er, baving a ir ge farm rear Doon,
lovw a. He had y ung and handsome
wife, koia Scairued-eer. His affaL-s
were in txceelert cot diticn. Ha had
every reason to be peas6ed witn life.
O2 the night of Ju e 30, 1900, hi.
WalL, not knowirg way he Dad not re
tur-.ed to the bcase, went to the barv
to look for him, and there, to her un
spekable horror, she founid him jan
ing by a rope from a beam. He was
Sie shrieked for help, Lnd immedi
ately there came to her assistarce
Charles Rock r, principai larm hatur
and Adaph Sc roebe r, a brother* o!
the dead man. They carried her hall
uncntCious bacc to the house and
then they cut dc wn the body.
Tnere were certain circmstanclC
oonieoted wi-h the dett. that mignt
have aroused suspicion, but there was
apparently no one who could have hac
a :novive for ocmmitting the crime
On both aides of .Le dead man's wind
.pe and under his chin there were
bruises of a terriole chaaraceruf, Wrjeh,
it might bave been argrued, were no?
caused by tns rope with whlen is was
suse the deceased hag'.aa Lim
self. In the a'tsence of other eviaence
than this and of any suspicion agait st
any person, the theory of suicide was
generally itut rot universally, acoept
ed as the true explanation of the
Mrs. Ec'zoeder was embarrased
when she round herself left aione t
manage the big farm. Rocker was a
very capable farmer and he was pic
handsome and of powerful phys'qe
Me courted her with great ardor and
.In a few months became her husband.
This prceeoding excited severe criti
cism amo: g the neighrbors, those who.
1.ad entertained suspicions of ROc'tr
at the time of Schroeder's death
now expressed tnem openly. Ir lconse
quence of this Rocker sold we farm
and tcok his wife away to'South Da
Soon after the marriage the wife
dikcovered that he was seifish, brutal,
and of an exceedingly violent te mper.
She began to look continually for
new revelations of his bad character.
At last one night the strange oc
curence, that is the key note of this
history, happened. Between two and
three o'clock in the morning Mrs
Booker was awakened from a deep
Sleep by the savage shouts and violent
act1ins of her husband.
At first she thought that he was go
ing to attack ber, bun then she realtz
ed that he was enactirg a seine of
fearfui violence in a dream. Sne lay
still, fascinatt d with horror, unable
to spcak or move.
"H,.! August," he yelled. "Now I
have done for you. YLou won't worry
mc any more with your bullying and
meaness, y. u miserly cur."
All the while he uttered this lan
guage he was c utching the pillow with
terrible fury, as It he were ergaged in
choking a f; t man to death by crush
ing his neck.
Presentiy his shouts broke out
"Stop that horrid noise, curse you,"
he cried. "Don't look at me. It won't
do you any good. I'll kill you if I have
to twist your head off "
As he spoke thEse wcrds his strug
gles with the pillow Increased in fury
for some moments, and he grew quiet
Now he seemed to be very busy
thrusting his hands into Imaginary
places, as lthe were emptying a man's
Then he lifted the pillow as if it
were a great weight, fell out of bed
and found himself awake.
Mrs. Rocker slept ro more that
night. She guesed that Rocker must
have been talking of herv frst husband's
murder. In the mor' ing Rocker no
tiled her terr fled look and asked a r
what was the matter. She told him
that sine cad heard him talk in his
.sleep about choking Augcust.
Prchbably RAcker thought that if he
3eft her In teais state of uncertainty
she might talk to pe: plo. He there
fore confesced to bar and tcld her that
if she breathed a word of what he said
he v oiid .iilnuer as surely as he had
Acco:dl g to thr-cnfession he made
waile awake, he had been in great
eed of money to meet certain obliga
less he could get money it meant ruin
an d e xposure. He tried to borrow from
Sculroeder, but he was very penurious
and would not lend a ctnt.
One day Schroeder took R .eker
with him to the country town to sell
a berdl of cattle. After this transac
tion Schroeder bad nearly $1.000 in
cash in his pocket. TUe 1da occurred
to Rocker to drug him and roh him.
He obtained chloral in a drog store.
Tney went to a hotel to celebrate the
successful day's business and Rocker
contrived to put the chloral in Schoe
Scbroeder was a strong man. and
although he bscame d zA under the
infiaence of the drug, be was not un
c-'nscious. Rocker was too much under
observation to attack him in the
town, and so he helped him into the
buggy and started back to Doon. When
they were in a lonely spot he stopped
and throttled the balf conscious man,
who struggled feariuy until R-eker
finally choked him to death. Then
Recker took the money from Schroe
Rocker drove back to Doon late at
nigh;, carr.ed Schrceder's body into
tae barn and there banged him in
which condition he was found.
Mrs. R.cker kept silent about her
nusband's confe-siun for a long time,
but when in a 1it of demonisc temper
heattempted to murder their child by
Lhrowing is down a well sae coult
ndure things no longer. She gave in.
Wor2.ation to the paiee and r d-..
tectives were sent to arrest R.xer,
who then, hke Eagene Aram, ''wall
ad between with gyvss upon his wr!si.'
At first it appeared that the coufes
sion could not be used against R ickr:
a his trial on the ground that the
.vdeLce of a wife canuot be admitt
ed against her husband, but then just
in th.. nick of tims it was disc.vj;ei
ohat he was a bgamUt, and tha.
therefore she was not legally his wifL
a: was tried and convict-ed or mur
aer in thz first degree in 1904 anci
sentenced to be banged.
He secured a new trial on techica
grounds and a change of venue we
ranted from Lyon cuunty to 0.cWola
ounty of which Sib.ey is the county
eaz, oti the ground of pit judice In the
The nocturnal confession to the
wife again formed the evidence. The
Jry oelioerated fiteen hours and
inally agreed to a verdict of murder
i the firs degree, which was foliowed
ay a sentence of life imp -iscnment.
Backer received the sentence with
Uhe cadous remark that it was better
han the tUst onee. He is now under
ientenca, but a motion for a new trial
4ili be arguevi on O-tober 6.
It will be interesting to recall how
0osely the case of Rocker rasemblks
he classical one of Eugene Aram.
he latter was an EagUsh schoo!
eacer in the eighteenth century,
ho made great and original research
)s in phiolugy. Being in sore neon
)f money, he murdered anoid man for
,he go.d that he carried and aid hi
)ody in a osve. After this he useo
o wander in lonely plces and talk to
dmself. O.ze day m this mood he
shanced upon one of his little boys.
6nd zo him he related that the nignt
eIore he imagined he was commit
irug a murder in a dream. Tnen he
lecribea the murder wita great viv
diess, which is ptrtrayed in poem
y Thomas Hood waich commences:
le told how murderers waik the
Beneath the curse of Cain,
With crimson clouds before their eyes
And tiames about, their brain;
For blooca has left upon their souls
its everlasting staini
The boy was so impressed with tha
wonderful realism cf E agerne Aram's
arrative that he repeated it to
thers, whose attention was thereby
flreted to the crime which had beet
ommitted, and as the poem conclud
hat very night, while gentle sleep
The uichum eyelids kiss'd,
wo stern laced men set out- from
Through the cold and heavy mist,
and .Eugene Axam waik'd between
With gyves upon his wrist.
Tae Oolumnbiat Bacord says Mr. 3. 3.
say, of Barton, who went to Colum
bia to enter his daughter at the Co
umbia Female iollego, was found
ead in his zoom at Wright's hotel
Churday morning at 7 40 o'clock,
earts disease ha ing rteen the appar
me cause of his untimely end. T.ie
gas jet near the bed had not been
losed, but the fiaw of gas fre m it was
ot s:. filent to have produced asphy
datiou, even had the room been
losed to ventilat on. The th-ory of
asphylation, either accidental or sul
dkl, is wnoliy untenable, as the
large transom was wide oper; but it is
arely po'ssible that Mr. Gray's defec
te heart was unfavorably affected
ard his end perhaps hastened by in
aling such gas as escaped into the
room during~ his sleep.
Efl..cc or a kiiI
A South Misscuri editor says he
er jys watching a citiz m read a puff
of himself in the paper. "Tne nar
row minded man reads it over seven
or eight times and then goes around
and begs all the cop~ies he can. Tnie
kindhearted oneC goes home and readl
it to his wife and then goes around
to the office and pays what he owes.
The successful business man, who ad
vertises regulary and makes mcn:-y
y It immediately starts out to rind
the editor, and then the two walk
silently down the street and the bus.
inss man takes sugar in his'n and
both eat a clove or two and life is
sweeter, and peace settles down on
heir lives for a moment. Sucai is the
xerience~ of a mustard seed that
fals on dffgrent grt und."
The R-'publicanl state convention of
L&w Y .rk nominated with practical
[unamty Chs-les E. HB!glrs as the
canidate of that party. Odell wa
deposed of as chairman and boss and
[Tiothy L. Wooda~ t, of Brooklyn,
was chosen in his stead as chairman.
Hughes was Lh crualman or the are
insurance investigaLirg commzitteO
Ithat unearthed so mu1ch rrscality in
the macagement i f the insuse
ident R osevelt bossed the convention
frnm start to finish.
CONVIUTBD OF MANSLAUGHTER.
Sentenced to Two Years For Killing
Ubi V Millican was convicted of
manslauzhter Thursday night at
Spartan burg for killing his step-father
P L. Cannon, in that city several
months ago, and was sentenced to two
years in the penitentiary. Millican
is a native of Orangeburg County and
had only removed to Spartanburg
with his family a few weeks before
she killing, which was caused, by
Cannon's abuse of the boy's mother
and sister. Many portions of the
testimony were revolting In the ex
treme, showing great biutality on tb.
part of tie deceased toward his wife,
Mrs. P. L. Cannon, and towa- d his
sLpdaugnter, Miss Giadys Mdulacan,
to whom he made repeated advances
and one Occasion atte mpted to force
her to surrender her honor.
Tne first witness for the defense
was the defendant, Uai V. Millican,
who admitted the killing and also that
he had started out from his home with
Cannon's rifle In his possesion for the
very purpose I killing Cannon. Ho
:estfied as so what his mother had
sold Lim and as to what his sister
.and told hid- in regard to the advances
Maae tj her. Eli said that his moth
x "d gen the night of the tragedy
calltd-upon him to protect his sister'b
aenor and tha L the only way that he
inew how to do this was to kid Can
Miss Gladys Millican took the stamd
for the d;fense and with tears In her
a es gbve her testimony in a clear
voic4. Se told of the repeated ad
vasas made to her and of the at.
Aempt mazle by Cannon to force her
,u yield. Toese, she said, were re
peated several times and that
ja ti nigat of &.as killing she
,aI sent word down street to her
-.or to come home and that upun
ais arrival she related Tneie attempts
Mrs. P. L. Cannon testified as to
Lhe cruel treatment given her by
.annon. She stated that she- had
avv,:r called on her son for protection
rcm Cannon. She stated that Can
uon told her of his intention to ruii
1er caughter and that she told him
.e wL uld never Ao it. She was tola
3y htr daughter of actions of killing
annon and upon the night of the
iad found out that Cannon had made
other attempt. Her son. Ubi V.
illican, arrived home shortly after
wards and she called upon him to pro
:ect his sisters honor. M!llican left
;he house, r1ae in hand, and she
mew nothing until she received tWe
neEsage telling of the tragedy. M s
anon also stated rnat she was cruelly
eaten on the night of the tr3gedy
Lad a payslcian tesaified as to her con
Several witnesses were introduced
)y the deftnse to show the bad char
coter of the dead man and several
rom his hme in O:angeburg testifi
d to the fac that he had told them
at he had made a miaake in mar
Sing tne old lady and that he was
Pog to have the girl.
Uai V. Millican is a young man, 18
ears of age; his sister, Gladys being
~wo years younger. He was calm and
~olected througlious the trial with
he exception of the time he was on
die stand and at one point in his tes
,mony tears camne to his eyes as he
elated the troubles of of his family.
&n appeal was taken and Millican
a released on bail.
Negro Euditor Leaves.
After having been mysteriously
aned that he must leave Augusta
>nl account of incendiary publications
i his paper, a negro journal, The
reorgia Baptist, W. J1 White, a ne
go preacher, notified Mayor Allen
.hat he would get out Augusta and
iver return. He left last week, and
1s pa.per is not to be pubished any
more. White went to Aiken witb
mre intention of locating there with
al paper but he was told to move on,
md he moved. Such an incendiary
Ihuld not be allowed to reain in the
Took the Town.
A dispatch from Washington says
he following 'telegram was received
it the treasury department Thursday
rom the collector of customns at Eagle
Pss, Texas: "Yesterday about 30
candts and smugglers took posession
o Jimin. z, a small town In Mico,
30 mIles acove Eagle Pat s. A fight
eznsud with Mexican soldiers; several
men killed. Sensational reponbs were
,ent the press describing it as a revo
lution. Effbrts may be made to in
dne the war department to send
troops here. Nothing serious In the
situation reported up to the present
An Old Man.
The death is announced at the age
of 124 of Christian Freidrich Bier
sumpfel, proprietor of a caunty Inn
near Jena, Germany. Acordilng to
nis relatives he was horn In 1782, and
participated in 1806 In the battle of
Auerstadt. He is believed to have
been G -rmany's oldest man, and per
naps one of the oldest in Europe.
His youngest son, who Is still alive,
is 80 years old and the youngestt
Mrs. Clara J. Mahafi'y, of K-tox
ville, Tenn., the widow of the late
Judge Mahi2ffy, has retained counsel
to defend her on the charge of muri
dering her husband five weeks ago. A
,emical analysis of Mahiff i's stom
acth resulted in the finding of strych
nine. T bc state will claim that Mrs.
Mhaffe murdered her husband in
order to secure his life Insurance.
A negro boy 13 years old was tried
in the circuli court in Anderson on
Friday for gambling. He was convict
ed and fined 850 or four mnontbs in
jail. The two others he gambled 'with
were tried also, sn their absence, and
a sealed sentence awaits them.
Sent A Good One.
Senator Clark of Montana sent a
check for 810,000 on Thursday to his
niece, Miss Grace Baker, as a wedding
gift. The bride lives at Des Moines,
lowa, and married a young railroad
On Gulf Coast and Does Great
Deal of Damage.
PANSACOL I SUFFERS
And the Water Front is Lilrd With
Wrecked Ships, Storm Sweeps
Up the Gulf Coast, Carrying
Destruction in Its
A message from Pensacola, Fla.,
says the worst storm and hurricane
that the Galf coast has experienced
since the village of Pensacola on San
Rosa island was swept 107 years ago,
began Wednesday nIght 3f last week
and lasted for a day and night. It
was reported that many lives between
the city and navy yard have been lost,
but as many reports of this character
had been current, the report does
not obtain credence. It is known.
owever, that many of the hou-es in
that section were undar from five to
10 feet of water, and many women
had been taken from second story
windows and carried to safety n
The estimated property damage la
$3.000 000. Every house In Pensa
ola siuffered damage and many roofs
are blown off. Telephone and ule
graph and electric light wires are
among the mass. Tae water front It
3trewn with wreckage for miles or
either side of the city, and vessels are
piled on the wharves, or where th
wharves once were, in utter ruin. Big
teamers and many lighter saiLing
hips are lying high and dry up it.
he city, where the tide has never
cen known to reach. M-verywhere
tor miles around wharves have beer
wept away or are damaged. beyond
The electric power was shut off at
L o'clock that morning. Tiere is no
reet car 'trLfl. and con m inication
with the ouLa&le world is practically
ut off. The streets of Pensacola are
itrewn with timbers, tin rocfing ant
)roken glass. This dispatch, with
ther telegraphic matter, is being
,arried to Flomaton, Ala., by the
Western Uion manager, who makes
he trip by train to ascertain the ex
,ent or damage done here and else
#here. It is feared great havoc an-i
ss of life will be shown when re
ports f om the entire section along
Jae coast can be gathered.
WORST EVER KNOWN. -
Later diapitches from Pensacola
iay the hurricane was the worst that
vor visited that city, and almost
;quilis the Galveston storm so far as
ne property lois is concerned. The
oss of life will be heavy, but not as
)d as at Grlveston. Many dead
3--die have been recovered and others
re reported along the shore. The
roperty loss is now put at 85,00,
00. The tides from the bay backed
nto the city for blocks, destroyin~g
omes and making rivers out of the
When the gale was at its high
st Turday morning men, wo
n m and children were running fran
i about the streets in darkness, the
larm of fi--e was sounded and this
idded to the confusion. The lr:.
started in the Pitt mill, near the bus
ness district, and horses of the fire
leparment ref used to go out in the
weather. With the tin rocfm flying
tout them, trees and wires falling
ver them, the fireman took theiz
sose wagons by hand and rushed down
he streets to the scene and after
ours of work csntrolled the blaze.
AN INrDESCRIBABLE SCENE.
This afternoon the water front and
business district present an almost
Indercibabla scene. .Of the 50 or 60
big steamers at d sailing vesseis lying
a the harbor, only five or SIX are Lhere
now. They have been driven ashore
nd along the water front is a mass of
wreckage of steamars, tow boats,
launcnes and sailing craft of all de
Tirty fishing vessels in port have
been destroye d and the three big fish
houses with their wharves are gone.
Enscoee wharf and the Oormandan~f
cia and Tarragona wharves of the
onisville and N~ -.shville railroad are
oadly damaged. Great iron ships ei
two and three thousands tons have
been driven, not only ashore, but
haave gone thro!ugh house., a block
rem the water front.
Eery house along tbe water front
for a distance of ten miles has been
destroyed and the wonder is that the
loss of 1.f is not greater. Tnae tracks
of the terminal railway to the navy
yard and Barrancas have all been de
stroyed as also the trestles and
Acting Mayor Maura ordared every
saloon csed this morning, and 50
extra police cffloers have been sworn
in. The homeless families are housed
in all portions of the city, but many
will walk the streets withcuQa food or
a place to sleep until something like
order can be brought out of the chaos
Added to the horror of the situa
tion is the thelves who are breaking
open trunks all along the beach, en
tering unoccurpied houses and steal
ing everything in sight. Several
arrests have been made, but it is
impossible to protect property under
NAVY YARtD DAMtAGED.
No communication can be had
with the navy yard, but the report is
that it has been badly damaged. And
there is no doubt suca is the case.
Many warships were there and
these have undoubtedly been destroy
Every business house from the
wharf on Palafox street to the Ualon
depot has been unroofed, many glass
windows broken, stocks badly dam
aged and wires and poles all mixed up
There are no electric lights, cars or
telegraph or telephone service. The
track of the L-ouisville and Nash
vi on +.he pnsacola and At
lantic division has been washed up
fo- 30 miles and two engines and car;
sent out to the quarantine station
have been dtstroyea.
Eight sailors frcm the British steam.
or ware in the place and as it went
*iver they clung to the roof and ive
were washed ashore on this side this
morning, the other three being
Wails the storm was at its height
Wednesday, a stemraer barkentine
and schooner were big!-ted'. in the
Galf, but no tug would venture to
Dhem. Waves were running moun
sain high and broke entirely over
Santa Rosa island Into the bay. F.ve
fshing schooners anchored in the bay j
br!-ke their cables and-drif ed sea
ward, nothing having sLee been i
hetrd from them. I
In the city the tide backed dp two j
and three blocks in the western port, I
coming as high a. Government street I
and completely inundating that terri- I
STRIKES NEW ORLEANS
A dispatcn from New Orleans on
Thursday said a tr.'pIcal hurzicane has
been driving the water of the Gulf of
exico in shore for the past 18 hours
ith winds of 45 tc. 60 miles an hour.
Tae storm had not abated early
Great loss of property, bul no lose
it life, had been reported up to this
afternoon. Never*iele4 great app*e.
,ension is felt for the towns along
the Gulf coast, which are cu; off frcm
%mmunication with Naw Orleans..
"is apprehenslon was increased by.
everal narrow esopes from drown
ing reported during the day.
The first meagre details to reach
the city from outlying districts toid
:sf havtc wrought by the Like Pan
charterain on the outlying psrtion of
New Orleans, the lake having risen
about five feet because of the incom
Ing water. All railroad, telegraph
std telepnone communication was cut
f The roadbeds of the different
railroads were under water.
LEAVES WASTB IN WARE.
A dispatch fron Louisvaie, Ky., e
says the tropical hurricane, which for a
24 hours has been churning the *a-- a
ers of the Galf of K o and doing o
nuch damage o'n the coast and far a
inland, is whipp!ng - through north I
Alabama in a northeasterly direction o
:i a velcocity but slightly less than b
"he 48 miles an hour recorded in New n
Oleaos during the day. Reports -re- .1
:eived by the Associated Press do not e
ndicate any loss of life, but the dam- t
age to property is enormous. All
sire communication is seriously dis- I
urranged and in some instances has 9
'esulted in cutting off cities complete-- n
y, Mobile, Ala., not having been t]
ieard from for nearly 24 hours. a
Numerous washouts have occurred, a
Due interruption from this cause in
mne case extending 30 miles. t
may Accept. a
G vernor H.yward has received a
vpries from Governors Glenn of 9
y jrth Carolina and Terrel of, Georgia d
,o his invitations to them to use t
Oharleston harbor f.>r christen- c
ng cruiser North C aroli na 1;
%nd the battleship Georgia. Though t
te invitations are not accepted both V
overnors lndicate that they might
e accepted in a certain circumstance. a
he say thatif itis found tobe im- a
~ra'cable to christen the vessels in
he w.aters of the states after which
they are named. that they will be
;'ai to look into the matter of hay
ing the ceremonies in Charleston.t
pp reciationl Is expressed for th'
ordial spirit shown In G .vern~or -
aey ward's invitation.a
BLIND TIGBR3 IIUXBEOUS.
What a Spaitanbarg Papar Scys
About That County.
The Woodruff News and Review I
says: "We are strongly in favor cf 1
prohibition, have always been, pro
viding the law can and will be enfor
ed. But the question is, is it? Take
Spartanborg coanty for example--a
prohibtou county where liquor .can
e bought on Its highways and by
ways. Nt long slnce one of our far
mers came into Woodruff with a
quart fiask full of liquor when asked
where ne got it, said, "From a wa
on near Woodruff bridge. They are
seiling It to every passer-by-nothing
concealed." Again we are told out
side of the blind ties there Is a place
in the city of Spartarburtg called the
clu, which Is more or less, if all that
is said Is true, toani a license bar
room. Any one (:e ex mpt the
working man when we say anyone)
can become a member can carry a
friend iu at any timo, call for drinks,
and drink all they want. No inoney
is passed out, but a check Is placed
in a box by the member for
the liquor, and when pay day
comes, wno pays for it? It is surely
paid for, or they could not exist. Nowt
the question Is, is this (if such exists)
is 0 a legal place? If it Is, then pro
hibition in Spartanburg county Is a
perfect farce. If It is not whr d&
a0t tae authories break It up? Then
:f it Is legal, it is class prohibition.
The man who has the Iinuee ano
money can have an open place where
he can get his liquor and the poor
devil who has not the L nlience anc
very little money is deprived of his
lram. We see no diiference between.
this club and a blind tiger, and we
ire going to have prohibition and
truly want it Is the duty of our pea
to shut up all dens of iniquity.
Mouse Kmsa Cat.
It Is not often th:-:t a mouse kills a
cat. Such a death, however, was
meted out last month to a fine black
oat in a Cape May hoteL. The eat
caught the mouse and began, as cats
will, to play with it, to tease It. For
some ten minutes this went on. And
then all of a sudden the cat found
herself struggling for her life Int
mouthing the mouse, without desir
ing to hurt It, she had Inadvertently
half swallowed it. There it was,
stuck in her throat, choking her to
death. For three or four mInutes 1
the cat choked and gasped. Then it
ell over, dead. And the mouse old
ly enough, was disgorged at the mo
ment the cat died. The mouse was
alive. It lay on the floor a momentj
resting. Then it stole away, after1
e triumphant look at the dead
body of the cat, whicht ad kl11ad.
THE COTTON BOLL WBBVIL.
Traveling Fifteen Miles a Week in
So alarming have recent attacks of
the cotton boll weevil become in some
parts of Texas, Arkansas and Louis
lanna to the cotton crop of this year,
that L C. Howard, head of the bu
reau of entomology, Department of
Agricultare, bas decided to leave
Washington, Otober 2, for those
tates, determined to remain there
antil some definite steps are taken
ror the eradication of the havoc play
While Mr. Hcward has teen aware
'or some time that the wet vil was at
acking the cotton plant in some of
;he Southwestern States with fear
u! rearlts, he dli not until a day or
wo ago, have any Idea of the damage
hat had been do e during the pres
He nas been informed during the
as..Law days by Congressman Wal
ice, of Lafayette, Columbia county,
rk., that In one weeks trip recently
vhen an actual count wns kept, the
eevil traveled fifteen miles in one
eek. That convinced Mr. Wallace
hal If the crop in hbs State was to
e saved, steps sl-iould be taken at
ace in the matter. He then infor
ed Mr. Howard at length of the con
itions existing in his State as well
Slnsomeparts of T-xas and Luis
anna. Tue result UL the correspon
ence Is that Ms. Rv ward will start
o the Southwest at the same time in
icated prepared to remain in the en.
my's territory until he has either con
ered them or until he has to give up
Wun Mr. Howard arrives in Tex
s his first stop w.l probably be at
)..llas or Austin. There he will join
'the boll weevil spe-ial a train that
ill be made up of plantets who de
re to visit the infected districts.
hae train will be in caarge of Mr.
Lward, though the itinerary illI
e in the hands of local cotton plant
rm and the raulrosad people in the
ctions visited; The party will .con
[st of Mr. Howard, railroad cffioiale,
tton planters and posalby seversa
ion from the bureau of entomology,
epartment of Agrculture. The
iflals of the roads in toe infected
rritorry have given every en-.ourage
ient to the efforts twa Mr. Howard
I making to deteminue upon s:me
fective means for the destruction Lf
Af ter all the infected districts In
ess have been visited and talks had
dith farmers Interested In the exter
nation of the weevil, the 6raln will
ben be sent into Arkansas or Louisl
na and the same :o atine will prob
bly be followed.
" This will be a campaign of educa
[on and extermination," Mc, H.award
id recently, "because we want to
ducate the farmers of Texas, Loulsi
niaand Arkansas-the territory- 'nto
hich we are going -in the science of
ealing with the pest that Is doing
housands of dollars damage to theJ
otton growers of the c >untry annual
r, and also because we propose to ex
erminte the weevil In every possible
Congressman Wallacs is possibly
ore alarmed than even Mr. Howarua
nd his assistants, over tne rapidity
rith which the weevil Is traveling.
Ce valculations recently made by~
dmn when it was found tbat the wee
I was travelirng at the rate of fit
een miles per;wesak-and In hisa diec
o-e.Lumes nim tso beleive that un
es somnerhing Is done in his locality
, an early datre It will be only a short
ime until the great cotton growing
reas of Texas and other southwestern
tates will be given over entirely to
he ravages of the weevil.
Mr. Ho~ward does not .inow how
ung he will be In the southwest,
bough he will probibly remain therc
mati some results are secured.
Ordlered Fo Leave.
M-,j -r Taylor, a demented negro.
iing near Holly Hill, came near be
ng killed the other night. Mr. A.
3. Bennett's home being open, Tay
or entered unoticed, and going up
Itairs went into one of the rooms and
roceeded to make himself comfor
able. He ransacked a trunk and bu
'eau drawers until he found a gown
vhich he tore down the front and
ut on; over this he put a dressing
ack, cutting two holes in It and
rawing the ends through to fasten
t. Then pulling bedding to the fbor
eiswent to sleep. Abcur- 2 a. m. Mr.
. D. Bennett, who was visiting at
is brother's home, was awakened by
iearng some one in his room. It was
[aylor. Mr. Bennett would have
ot the man but his pistol was be
rond reach, so he sprang from his bed
atching the man and pinioning his
arsto his side he said: "I've a mind
i blow your brains out," to which
[aylor replied "All right, if it is God's
ill l'll go to heaven." After a light
iad been made and it was found to be
oor, demented Taylor in such fan
astic garb, he was taken to tbc
ruard house, where he remained un
11 Sunday, when he was sent out of
,own withl the admonition not to re
Served Him Right.
Some enraged citlz-ms of Toccoa,
la., last Sunday morning fi gged Bill
edler, a negro, for slapping the little
.aughter of J. M. Hogan,superintend
mnt of the Capps Cotton Mills. For
hi offense the negro was arrested
jd 1 dged in the calaboose for the
light, and during the 'night he was
ietly taken out and given a sound
hrashng on his bare back with a
uggy trace. The last is said to have
)een laid on by strong hands and
ith telling sffect. Sadler is a mu
atto of the self-important or "cullid
remmen" type. He had not lived in
[occoa very long and report has It
ihat he stipulated for and -In consid
iration of the discontinuance of the
uggy trace performance that his res
dence in and about Tocca would
ease from that time, or so soon
~hereafter as he could drag himself
Nive persons were killed and 15 in
ured by the collision of a passenger
r in and a switch engine in the rail
'ads yards of New Prauge, Minn., on
SERVD HIt RIGHT.
PROS ETIVE P.RIDE DUN
POUNDS TBE BIRIDEGROOK
By Subs ituting fur erself the Young
W..m-.n Whom Would-be
Groom Had Wronged
Mary M--Danald is the daughter o'
a Brooklyn workingman. She Is 19
years of age andi lives simply wlbh he:
loving parents in a rented home In a
Mary is not a great beauty, thougb
nature has endowed her with a win
some face, a shining mass of golden
bair and wide (pmn eyes ihat bespeak
modesty and simple sweetness.
But Mary McDo ald has suddenly
prurg from her small Brooklyn world
to fame. Through on honorable and
el!-sacreficing act this small girl is
2ow known throughout the length
vd breadth of the country. Qilte
aithout her will or consent, wL-Aout
-ven her comprehension, the news
papers of all the great cities call her a
It was a strmgely romantic story.
asst spring Mary met and quickly
earned to love Will Tbiorber, a hand
;ome and athletic young d.e cutter,
,mployed in a factory in Newark, N.
Thorber took his aeetheart to his
2ome in N- wark to visit his parents
3he pleased them, - nd they her. She
as very hippy. The wedding day
vas set. I, was all happiness with
Charlotta Carda. At her needle
ork to kill the enemy of her country.
Aary McDonald, in the midst of her
wedding preparatibns, was suddenly
:lled, a week before the hour se4 for
2er LULIls, to plan her act of sacri
ice. A young man from Newark, not
:unting his- words, told her father
Zat Will Thorbr was engaged tc
narry V.ola Glover the daughter of a
"Wlat is this?' cried Mary M -Doi
0d, when the story came to her ears
1 love Wil and I trust him, but I
nust make sure Uat our marriage is
With her mother Mary Immediate
y went to Newark In tDe shaded par
or of the baker's home she mat poor
Viola Giover, deep In sorrow and
hme. T~ie baker's daughter told hes
ad story. From the time she had
torn asr hair do wn her back she ha
nown Will Torb -r, and she had lov
,d him. Tey were etgaged.
Wil; Thoroer deceiven and betray
d her. Then the girl was discarded,
Ls a broken toy.
A hot flash of Indignation spread
>ver the face of Mary McD.,nald. "He
ihould and must mary you-and save
ror good name," sde cried. Brushing
Lway her own hot tears she sat- and
ianned for the msrrIage-of this g!rl
Lnd her own sweetheart. '"Wiaen I
lend f.;r you, come," was.her parting
The invitations were out in Brook
n. Tne florist came and erected the
2e, and spread about the ualms a;
wee-scentea fl.wers. Tbe cay bat
krived. Toward evening the neigh
ors name fi -ciing 1sa. M'ary was ina
er room clad In her soft, white brid
i1gown. Thorber, Impatient and hap
sy in ~his black clothes, rushed up
tairs. 0 . you look beautiful, m;
lear," he said, and would have kissed
er. *Njt yet," and sne hid hier face.
Wnat was the shadow there?
Anoiner man migho have seen and
~inus been warned.
There was a lullin the .chattering
)l she gnest~s when an aged woman,
iaring upon her arm a girl who stag
gered asil under a weIght o1 sorrow of
tIlrness, entered and quietly took a
:eat in a corner alm'.st unnoticed.
Phey wore heavy veils. Nabody knew
eem and few noticed.
Presently Mary McDonald entered
rhe rio.n. W'i Thorb.r sat surround
ad by rriends laughing and cblivious
to all about him Naw he strodelforth
io meet his bride.
"Wait," she said, calmly.
Turning to her guest Mary Mc~hn
ld, white lace, said in an utgaaver
ing voice: "I am sorry, but there must
e a change in the wedding plarzs. I
am to be a bridesmaid today and not
a bide. My brother-in-law, Mr. Gril
a, and my cousin here, Gao. Casey,
are to be tihe attendants. And this
young lady (turning- to the swaying
Egure in blacik) is to be the bride."
She led Vioia Giover to the side of
the staimaring Thorbvr, who stood
"You are to marry thi- girl," saic
the wilite-roned girl to him. "Sae
does not want you as a husband, any
more than I now do, thouga we both
bave loved you, but she needs your
name to protect her honor "
Wildly Thor ber glanced about him.
Te attendants; large, brawny men.
stood at windows and doors. Tnere
was no escape.
Gffi2 produced a wedding ring and
cerse. The R -v. A. 0. Meyer step
ped in from an adjoining room. And
o they were wed. Mary Mc-Donald
rst kissed the bride and swept away
:ier calding tears.
With the swaying bride upon her
arm ue bridesmaid led the guest into
ruhe doning room where the wedding
east was waiting. Thorber started to
"Natb this way," commanded Mary
McDnad; "that was I' and she
pointed to the door. S dzing his hat
the bridegrsom. palied fright and hot
in disgrace, flud into the street and
His wife declares she will never
live with him should he return.
Same OAi Story.
E~ght persons were killed and forty
one In jured when a Wabash las m11..
train, running seventy miles an hour,
lashed through an open switch and
irno a freignet train at Catlin, Ill.
The injuries consist mostly cf con
eussons, cuts and bruises. It is b~e]
lelved that three or four of the twelvt
badly bruIsed chl'dren will die. A
Later report says that three are known
to e dead and that several are miss
ing. A number of the injured will
die. Domalsa o1 the collision are
meager. The force of Impact when
the passenger crashed through the
rear of the freight was terrif~c. The
sngine and several cars were demolish
By the Storm and Bad, u-t by
SMALL LOSS OF LIFE
But the Property Loss is Pat at Over
Three Million Dollars. The
City is Put Under Martial
Law by the Governor
Loss of life, variously estimatEd at
!rom five'to 50 persons, many people
4jured, 5,000 houses damaged, tie
usiness quarter devasted, aad a prop
.rty loss of fully $3,000,000 is tie of.
'ect of a tropical hurricane which via
ted Mobile last week.
The storm struck Mobile Wednes
iay night at midnight and raged for
Many.hours, the wind reaching a ve
lociy of 90 miles an hour. Water from
dobile bay was blown into che city by
-he gale and ior a time stod seven
leet deep In the whosesale q .rter
trom Royal sMreet to the Alabaa a riv
The loss of live Is believed to be
nainly among negroes, alshcuzh con
litions are so chaotic that Jnforma.
ion is indefinite. Shipping sufftared
ieverely. Among the stearnrs sunk
were the ,. P. ScLuh, MarY E. Stap
tes, Mary S. Blese, Cama, H iae 3.
Koore, City of Camden U;ited
States revenue cutter and many
imaller craft. It Is feared that the
,rews of these boats were lost. Mo
)ile has been placed under control of,
ihe militia. . Nbody is permittd
n the streets except newspaper men
md persons wearing badges.
Much apprehension is felt for the
uburban towns. It is feared they
isve been obliterated. The chances
6re that the loss of life on Dauphia
sland is heavy. Many fishermen live
)a Dauphin Island and.other outlying
narshy tracts, from which no tidings
iave been received.
The suffering in Mobile hs severe.
Lhe annihilation of transportation
'acilitles has siut off all supplies and
mless help reaeaes Mbile from the
utside world soon, great distress will
Every church la Mobile was dam
ged, the Christ chach cathedral anI
3t. Francis Street Baptist church suf
ered more than others. T.ae damage
o Christ church cathdral.is estimat
id at $40,000 and St. Francis Stree#
Baptibb c-urch at $10 000.
Te revenue cutter Alert was ram
ned by an auknown vessel in Mob Ie
iver and sank Immediately. Hr crew
ire believed to have escapA.
All wnarves. from Frascati street,
he exareme south end of she city, as
.*r up 6he river as Taree Mile creek,
ase wrecked. This inclaides the new
dobile and Odio docks and the Louis
rile and Niashavile docks.
Telegraphic comzcmcation is par
Llyzed, with no prospec~a of wires for
Electric light companies, street
:ailways aind, in fact, aul business has'
Tue M-:biie and Oaiio railroad was
ahe firas road to get Oat of the city.
[ts first train left Mobile at 4 a. m.
Nuhmerous sawmills in the northern
wd marshy regions have been elsher
wasted away by the terrific waves or
~orn to splinters by the wind. Their
umber and timbers are to be seen
cattered over the city and dloating -
lown the slowly faliing river;
Tne barbor steamer James Al Car
iey plying between Mobile and she.
~astern shore, lies betonaed just scros
she river and opposite St. Francis
Provisions are almost exhausted.
Bastaurants feed many but have no
supplles on hand. Ham and eggs con
ititute their food supply. These, too:
will soon become exansted. Whole.
,ale houses lost many thounands of
lollars irom the flhod and . willingly
pad ashigh as $1 50 pe' hour for
sommon labor and earnestly begged
men to accept such pay so frantic were
whey to save goods.
Between 6 o'clock Thursday eve
oing and Friday night trees were
relied and roofs were crushed 'by han
.treds. Tarrough tihe streets, carried
by the terrific wind, were hurled
4iousands of pieces of slate, strips of
;in rooting, cornices, shinglei and in
fact, all kinds of debris. Bisds
were torn from their fastenings ard
windos smashedl as thongia of tis
Many persons were seriously injurr
ed and out by flying slate, tin and
Hundreds of bales of cotton floa.ted
through the main streets and were
carried out to sea. Cotton not lust in
this way was damaged by muddy wa
At Fort Morgan, 35 miles down the
day, the wind had a much higher ve
Locity than at Mobile. Towns along
he Mobile and Bay Shore road suffer
ad immensely, owing ,to the exposed
situations. No word from the coast
sowns along the Louisville and Nash
rille road has reached Mubile. Tnere
s little doubt that many lives were
ost, and severe damage done to
property. Aong the gulf coast there
were many fas~ionable residences.
l'he rainfal or two days was 6.47
The 1)3mceratic state convention of
New York Wednesd sy nigbs nomrr
tated Win. R. Hearst for governor on
ih' first baliot oy a large maj irity.
Practicaily the only other candidate
was Congressman Sulzar, who received
iomethaing over a nundrea voesa.
esas Is the owner of tt'e New York
&merican and other large papers. He
was electec Mayor of New Yoirk ]oetl
fear, but was countec out, and Mc
Dlellan counted in. He wili be o.; os
ad by the sc-called "Safe ana aate"~
Democr.ts of the State, he~aus3 he.
ights trusts and unlawful comnbings