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MANNING, S. C. WEDNESDAY, MARCH
Tes mob Rled Rapist From Coat
Hows Vadew to Dea
CHARGES COURT HOUSE
Five Thousand Citizens of Dalias.
Led by Aged Negro, Wreak Ven
geance Upon Man Accused of As
saulting White Child and Stormed
Jai Hunting for Murdererm.
From the very grasp of the law.
Allen Brooks. an aged negro. charg-d
with criminally assaulting a two
year-old white child, was torn by
fifteen determined members '>f an
angry mob of nve thousand men at
Dallas. Texas. Thursday and hanged
for his crime.
Brooks was seized in the Court
room. where he was to receive the
law's justice. tossed through a win
dow to the main body of the mob.
which waited like a - pack of rav
enous wolves for their prey. in the
street below. His broken body was
dragged t -ough the streets and he
was hanged to the Elks' arch high'
above the heads of the a&,-nging
citizens. The mob was lead by an
With It all hardly a loud word
was spoken. not a shot was 11red.
and above the dull murmurings of the
mob could be heard the aged negro'o
trembling shrieks for mercy. After
Brooks was hangel. for nearly three
hours Dallas was in the hands of
the mob. The jail was stormed and
death threatened to three other ne
groes held on murder charges. They
had been spirited away, however, and
after searching for them in vain the
The crime for which Brooks paid
the penalty was one of the most bru
tal In the history of Dallas County.
Immediately after his arrest last
week the negro was taken out of the
city for safekeeping. He was return
ed early Thursday morning and tak
en to the Court House at daylight to
await the calling of his case In tb
Civil Court. A great crowd had gath
ered early, and when attorneys for
the defendant, who had been appoint
ed by the Court, began arguments in
behalf of a postponment of the trial
until the next day, rumors started
through the crowd that a change of
venue had been granted.
This statement caused one of the
greatest demonstrations sever seen
in Dallas County. and the Court
Aouse was charged by the mob.
Scores of oficers. hastily summoned.
were overpowered, the locked doors
of the Court room were wrecked and
the negro, crouching in a corner
praying. was seized by the leaders
of the mob.
This was in the second-story of
the buildi's.,. Outside the body or
the angry crowd was waiting. A rope
was ready with a hangman's knot
tied in It and when It was annoneed
from the window that the negro had
been taken, the rope was thrown
into the room. The noose was placed
about the prisoner's neck and he
was pulled and thrown to the greund,
fighting like a tiger for his life.
He struck on the pavement on his
forehead and, It is believed. frac-|I
tured his skuln in the fanl of about
thirty feet. Instantly doz'ns of men
jumped on him 'with their fee: and
his face was kicked into a pulp and
he was bruised all over. probably
dying within a few minutes. A scr
of men seized the rope. a'nd at the
head of the mob, draxged the *segro's
body twelve blocks up mai-i street te
the Elk's arch where it was su
pended to a supportv, telephone
TIhe police cut the body loi in
about fie m'inutes. It was t'd--n 1'a
the City Hall and late - uaw , or.
to an undertaker.
Aft-rr the lynching there -.e cr1- i'
to the effect that other negro pris
oners In the county jail. esse~iall
two who have murder charges pend
ing against the-ni. Burrel Onses and
"Blubber" Robinson, shoul tbe hang
ed by the r..el> -.lso.
'A march was made to the Co'iz -y
jail The sheriff announces a it ahr
men wanted we"' nit th--re .:: d -
lowed committees se'.-i.l *y ''
moo to search the prison. T:.e ne
groes could not ',e found. but stiil
they could not be sac'.ed. .
'They battered at the jail door with
a steel rail until an officer fire i a
blank shot into the ground In frout
of them. A committee annon..d
the negroes were not in the jaal and
-finally the mob moved away.
It developed that deputy sher'ffr
had taken the negroes out if the
city in automobiles and a repor' iy
wire says they passed through For t
Worth en route to Weatherford, Tex
The mob announced plans to board
a train and pursue the automobiles.
and while they were at the sta
tion making such arrangements a
report was started that one or the
negroes wanted was In the City Hal
lock-up- Then the thousands of men
went to that place. but did not find
the negro. By that time It was late
in the afternoon and the mob dis
Suicide's Queer Request.
That he be buried with hIs heard
six Inches lower than his feet u as
the single request left in a note by
Richard Boward, prominent among
farmers living near Owensboro, Ky..
when he ended his life with stry
chnine Friday. He said he was tired
Negro is Sentenced.
Henr" Poe. a negro who was con
victed Tuesday at Hot Springs. Ark.,
of assaulting a 10-year-old white girl
of that city, has been sentenced to be
hanged April 1.
"SHE RUIND MY HOME"
A YOUNG WOMAN MURDERED BY
A MARRIED MAN.
Tragedy Was Enacted Under Brigh..t
Arc Light in the Residential Dis
tUict of Louisville, Ky.
At Louisville. Ky.. Arthur Miles. a
married man. Wednesday night, shot
and instantly killed Bessie Stiff. aged
24. under a bright arc light in the
residence district of that city and
then engaged in a duel with two
policemen, who had been attracted
by the shots. making his escape
only to be arrested at the depot as
he was about to board a train.
Miles' personal appearance at the
depot excited the suspicion of police
men. He was intoxicated and his
clothing was covered with mud. He
had a number of cartridges in his
hand and a revolver In his pocket
when examined, which gave the odor
of having been recently discharged.
He was take% to the stat!on and
held for drunkenness and carrying
It was not until the brother of
the dead woman told of an affair
between his sister and the prisoner
that Miles was connected with the
booting. Then, though the fact that
the woman bad died was withheld
from him. he made a confession.
aying they had met on the street
"She ruined my home," he said.
'and when she wanted my wife to
eave town and made ugly remarks
about her. I shot her. I don't know
hat happened after that."
Miles' w!fe. it is said, has been
1iving at Erin. Tenn. He came to
r.ousville Tuesday. He had been
=mployed as a shipping clerk in a
actory therv. The dead girl stayed
it her sister's home, where she told
hem she was married. Miles, it is
;aid. has been posing as her hus
tan Who Slayed Wife in New York
Located in Mobile.
Julius Venner, alias Alexander
Clein. alias Johnson. was positively
dentified in Mobile. Ala.. as August
Peterson. who is alleged to have
nurdered his wife. Sophie Peterson.
n a tenement house in New York
n February 7 last. and concealed
he body un4er the floor of the
lace. "he identification was made
>y Johnson. a brother of the woman.
ho arrived at Mobile Thursday
norning, accompantO by Police Ser
;ant John Wagner. or 'he New York
>olce department. Johns;n or Pet
arson. as he says is his right name.
Lfter identification broke down and
onfessed to the crime and expreised
,willingness to return to New York
'itout requiring requisition papers.
TO GIVE AWAY MILLIONS.
tanard Oil King is Seeking Meth
ods of Disposing of His Wealth.
A dispatch from Washington says.
teps were take Friday to incorporate
he Rockefeller Foundation in the
~)!strict of Columbia. The bill for
his purpose was Introduced by Sen
itor Gallinger and was referred to
ihe committee on judiciary. The
prpose of the foundation Is to pro
ride for a general organization *o
onduct philanthropic work along
311 lines. It is understood that the
oundation will be endowed largely
y John D. Rockefeller and that he
takes this means to dispose of a larae
art of bi:: enormous wealth. The
ncorporators named in the bill are
ohn D. Rockefeller, John D. Rocke
teller, Jr., Fred T. Gates, Starr ..
Enrphy and Charles 0. Heydt.
ged Man Blames Another for the
Death of his Wife.
"This Is the man that bound me
and my wife and burned our feet
:ntil we told where we had hidden
our money,' said John Wagner. SQ
-ears old, as he picked Frank Dona
"oe out of a line of eight men at
'he Etna police station at Pittsburg.
'a. "It was fourteen years ago.'
ontinued Wagner, "but I shall never
'orget his face." Donahue was sent
' jail to await trial for burglary.
wo companions are serving terms
in the state prison for the crime.
Donahue fled and was captured upoin
as return to his home. As the pris
oner was being led away the aged
man wept and said. "I have praved
hat the guilty one would be captur
wi because those men were respon
sible for my wife's death."*
Flee From Their Homes.
A hig ice gorge above Tiffin. Ohio.
hiroke and Mechanicsburc. the fac
tory district is inundated and the
people are fleeilng from their homes.
The fire department was called out
to assist in the rescu-. using boats
to get out many families in the
flooded district. For miles to the
south, tarme-rs are rescuing tneir
stock with hoats.
Seven Miners~ Killed.
Twenty-three miners were killed
Thursday night by an e'xplosion of a
nr>wder miagazin- in the 1.100-foot
level of the Mexican mine, one of the
group of Treadaell gold properities
on Douglas Island. Ecight men were
seriously injured and four of thes<
Ilcath of an Old Minister.
A. J. Stafford. one of the oldes1
ministers in the South Carolina Meth,
ods'. conference. died~ at his homi
at Spartanburg Thursday night a
ten o'clock. after an illness of ser
The State Supreme (Cort Unanilously
Denies Him a New Tial.
HE MURDERED HIS WIFE
Rich Farmer and Store Keeper of
Union County, Who, After Much
Cruelty, Brutally Murdered His
Wife. Will Spend the Rest of His
Life in the Penitentiary.
W. T. Jones. the rich Union Coun
ty farmer and merchant, who is said
to be worth $100.000 must spend
the remainder of his life in the pen
itentiary at hard labor for poisoning
his wife, a prominently connected
young woman of Union county. the
supreme court. in a unanimous opin
ion handed down Friday. denying his
appeal for a new trial.
Jones is now in the Union jail.
where he has been since the murder
two years ago, except for a few days.
when he was brought before the su
preme court in an appeal on a side
Issue of the case.
rrhe opinion is written by Judge
Dantzler, acting associate justice, in
place of Justice Hydrick. who was
disqualified by reason of the fact
that he denied Jones ball while on
circuit Jones' plantation and busi
ness are in the bands of his sixteen
year old son, also the son of the
dead woman, who has been a staunch
defender of his father in his trial.
The murder of Mrs. Jones was one
of the most brutal and revolting
crimes in the history of the State.
the recommendation to mercy, which
saved Jones' neck and sends him to
the penitentiary for life. being due
to circumstantial evidence and the
di!culty of the jury in arriving at
a verdict. The doubt in the mind of
the jury was as to whether Jones
forced his wife to take the poison.
whether In despe- ,tlon over his long
years of brutal and outrageous treat
ment she was driven to suicide, or
whether, as the defense claimed. she
might hare got hold of the poison by
some mistake for headache medicine.
But the evidence left no doubt as
to the long years of brutal and cru'l
treatment of Mrs. Jones by her hus
band. The evidence reveals that in
addition to making her dance in a
node condition before negroes for his
drunken delight, he at another time.
or pcssibly several other times.
tuck pins in her body, to hear her
cry and moan.
It was also zlleged that he triei
to induce her to submit herself to
neroes in the hope of catching her
by suddenly returning to the house
so as to provide an excuse for rid
ing himself of her by killing her.
A white witness testified to the
alleged fact that Jones on one occa
sion induced him to stay at the house
in his absence. That night Mrs.
Jones anpeared at the visitor's room
in her night gown crying, saying her
husband had forced her to come.
The visitor got out as quick as he
could, but before he left he heard a
man on the roof of the piazza.
On the terrible nght of the poison
ing Jones was alone with his wife.
the son having been sent away. The
ciefense's version is that Mrs. Jones
was suffering, that Jones had brought
some poison home for dogs and that
she took it by mistake for headache
One of the e-xceptions in the ap
peal is based on the criticism made
by Judce Memminger. who heard the
case on cIrcuit, of the action of Gov
ernor Heyward in pardoning Hoyt
Hayes. who was convicted of wife
murder in Oconee county in some
what similar circumstances. Hayes
was pardoned on the opinion of the
New York handwriting expert. Car
valho. that the suicide note alleg-'d
to have been left by Mrs. Hayes was
written by her.
Part of her head was blown off by
a shot gun, when she was aobut to
become a mother. Judge Memmin
ger said that .it was murder, even
if the note 'was written by her and
even If she did commit suicide, if
she was brought to auch a state of
mind by the defendant deliberately.
Hie poInted out that if in the Jones
-ase the defendant induced and drove
his wife to suicide, he was as guilty
-is if he had employed a third per
son to commit the crime.
Heavy rains are playing havoc in
')hio. From all parts of the State
come stories of submerged villages.
whole counties under water and peo
pie being driven from their fa!ling
homes. At Elkton B1eaver creek has
completely flooded the town as there
are several feet of water in the main
street. Canton is in almost as bad
a plight and the majority of the
populatlon Is marooned in the upper
st'ries of their houses.
-Given up for lAst.
All hope for the ...c y of the :-ix
men who started out ;a a. -spen th'z'
to seek hilp for the wr'.ck I1 eteam
er Faralion. ha3 :ye -nabnn.
The boat crew, conbating of.\:
Swanson and five men. three of whs.;n
'aere passengers on the wreckcl
steamer, left Iliamna FBay. Alaska,
February 7. two days after the wreck
of the steamer. No word has be-o
received from them.
Set Herself on Fire.
tAt Columbus. Ca.. Fannie Gray
an aged negro wpm~an. beomin:;
suddenly demented, poured kerosen'
Ioil over h'r clothing and touched
match and jumped in bed with he:
sister. covwred with names. The wo
man was fatall:y burned. Serioi:
damiage to the property was avre
.by the prompt arrival of the fire de
SENATOR B. R. TILLMAN
WHAT A NEWSPAPER REPORTER
SAYS ABOUT HIM.
Say% He Has as Deep a Sense of
Right as Any Man Who Ever
Served In the Senate.
The Washington correspondent of
the Richmond New-Times has this r.o
say about Senator Tillman:
-.It has often been said of Sena
to.r Tillman that he used more big
words. than any other man in the
senate. lie had a choice assortment
of stock expr.'nions. Among these
he was fond of declaring that ther
was a "niggetr in the woodpile." and
similar statements. He was also an
adept in the handling of the words
"tomfoo-lery. " "bamboozled" and
The records of the senate do not
show that there was ever a more
rapid speaker that Senator Tillma
In that body when he was thoroughly
aroused. From his seat directly in
front of the vice-presidents desk he
had the opportunity to see and hear
everything that went on. and many
times he would rise suddenly from
his seat and before he could be call
ed to order sent home a string of
caustic remarks before his colleague
could draw a breath. He had said
what he wanted to say, rules or no
rules, decorum or no decorum, and
having said what he wanted to say,
For all of the impulsveness that
has characterized the actions of the
Carolina senator since he came to
Washington. It must be said to his
credit that he had as deep a sense
of right as any man who ever serv
ed in the senate. His actions were
often rude, frequently cutting. and
sometimes vulgar. but those who
know Tillman beet give 4im credit
In a high degree for private and offi
cial honesty. .
In Washington there Is no sus
picion of wrongdoing that will at
tach to the name of Senator Tillman
when he leaves the senate. He has
made mistakes. "plenty of them." to
use his own words. bul they have
no doubt been mistakes that grew of
a conviction that one could never go
too far for right. He has had many
enemies; has them now and will
doubtless continue to have them.
should he survive his present illness.
but few can be found willing to op
pose the statement that a worthy or
meritorius appeal has seldom been
unheeded by Senator Tillman.
Former political friends secure no
more at his hands than the foe who
fought him hardest in the days when
South Carolina was split from the
mountain to seaboard over the in
quitious State liquor dispensary. H.7
looked upon his comm!ssion in the
senate as a commission for all South
Carolinians and it is believed that he
tried to treat all alike, though many
formerly his political opponents.
never asked him for assistance.
MURDERED) IN HIS APARTMENTS
Merchant is Found Dead and Clo.se
Friend Held for the Crime.
A. G. Akridge, a druggist and
hardware merchant, was murdered in
his home at Pelham. Ga.. some time
Friay - -'ut. A. P. Spence. a trav
eling m<- and who hac long been a
close friend of the murdered man.
has been arrested for the crime. hut
he vehemently protests hIs innocece.
Akridge lived in apartments above
his stores. His wife and children
had been away for several days on
a visit. Spence and Akridge were
together until a late hour Thursday
night, and sometime near midnight
Spene is said to have telephoned a
doctor that a man had beens badly
hurt and needed immediate atten
TILLMAN STILL IMPROVING
But Will Not Be Able to Return to
Wor-k this Session.
"Senator Tillman has every pros
pect in the world of complete re
"overy. but we agreed he should not
resume work this session," said Dr
J. W. Uabcock. who returned to Col
urba Friday from attendance uponi
S'nator Tillman in Washington.
"That he can recover is the rewetd
of a temperate life. None of his
organs seem to be affected, his mem
ory and mental vigor are unimpaire
and he is in good spirits. One of the
first subjects he brought up after he
recovered the power of articulation
was the way we celebrated the
Fourth of July together in Italy."*
Woman Is Stabbed.
At Norfolk. Va.. Mrs. E. S. Stan
ield was attacked by a masked man
in her home Wednesday and was
severely stabbel. Shouting. "I tol.
you to keep your mouth shut:" the
man plunged a dagger into her body.
The woman had given testimony re
uiting in the conviction of a hank
robor despite the threat that she
would be killed.
Was Jefferson Daris' Slave.
Gordon Davis. a slave to Jefferson
Dhvis' fa:.iily. di'd Wednesday at
an Antonio. Tex.. at the age of 70)
years. During the civil war he was
taken by Union soldiers and made a
orporal in the Union army. Hie was
aterwards known as "Corporal" Da
-The Russian steamer Korea. huf
etoted by storms on the north At'
-iintic and poun.!cd into hel'ler'e.t
-1 by heavy se-is. was abandonei by th
I rew March 1 and left to her fate
T he Koreas crew of 4S men were
- taken off by the Anchor Line steamet
THREE MEN SHOT DOWN IN I'HE
A Brother of Governor Kitchin and
a State Senator Two of the Men
State Senator L. C. Travis and
Representative A. P. Kitchin. brother
of Gov. W. W. Kitchin and Congrese
man Claude Kitchin of the Second
North Carolina district and Deputy
Sheriff -C. W. Dunn, all of Halifax
county, were shot down on the main
street of Scotland Neck. N. C.. Fri
day afternoon by E. E. Powell, a
wealthy and prominent citizen.
Travis and Kitchin are seriously.
and Dunn fatally wounded.
Details of the shooting are mea
gre. According to the best informa
tion obtainable. Powell met his three
victims, walking along the street to
gether. He approached Senator Tra
vis, It is said, and asked hint his
renson fer not replying to a letter
he had written him.
Representative Kitchin thinking
that Powell was out of humor, placed
his hand gently on his shoulder and
uttered words Intended to placate
him. Without further words, it is
alleged. Powell drew a pistol and
shot Ktichin down, and in quick suc
cession fired on Travis and Dunn.
both victims falling to the ground.
Powell then walked to his store. No
effort was made to arrest him, and
that night he surrendered to an offi
cer and was taken to the county
jail at Halifax.
The bullet, which struck Kitchln
at close range, entered the face be
low the eye and was later taken
out below the ear by surgeons. The
ball which struck Travis knocked
out several teeth and split his ton
zue. Dunn was hit below the left
shoulder blade, the bullet raaing
upward. Both Travis and Kitchin
are among the prominent citizens of
the state and Powell Is a wealthy
THE WAR IS AT AN END.
Nicaraguan Revolution Seems to
Have Petered Out.
No wholesale executions of rebel
leaders are to be expected in Nicar
agua following the collapse of the
insurgent cause. according to a state
ment -iven out at New York Fri
day by Louis Filipe Corea. special
liplomatic representative of the Mad
riz government in New York city.
.-"I have received a reassuring ca
ble from President M1adriz." said Dr.
Corea. 'He expresses the opinion
that the revolution is at an end and
leclares that it is only a question
f a few days until peace and quiet
"There is no malice in the heart
of D.r 3iadriz, and I feel sure that he
will cherish no spirit of revenge. The
civil conifict has been a most try
ing ordeal for Nicaragua. Now Pres
ident Miadriz can proceed with the
work of reconstruction unhampered.
"There will not be any punish
ment meted out to Gens. Estrada and
Chamorro and the other revolution
its leaders. On the contrary, Pres
ident Mladrlz prcgibaly will urge these
!nsurgent leaders to remain in the
republic and help him in the great
work he has undertaken." *
PAYS MLRIDERER'S INSURANYCE.
Company Gives Widon~ of Executed
M1an a Check.
The novel contention that the ap
plcant misstated his occupation as
that of a traveling salesman, when,
In fact, he was a professional burg
lar. has failed to support the refusal
of one of the large insurance com
panies of New York to pay a $5,000.
policy on the life of Adolph Berchey,
alias "Big Bill" Travis, a burglar,
who was electrocuted in the State
prison at Trenton. N. 3.. last August
for m~urde-r. The company decided
not to force the Issue in the courts
1nd sent a check for the amouint to
'Hig IHill's" widow. The company'
also had contend--d that death by
legal execution was not contemplated
in the contract with Bertchey and
that, as his own act in killing a man
was directly responsible for his
death. he was to all intents and pur
pose a suicide, which absolved the
company from responsibility. *
RICH 3MAN PLAYS POOR.
M1ine Owner Won Bride WTho Took|
Him for a M1achinist.
The engagement of Antonio R.
Guinaras. a wealthy Brazilian gold
and diamond mine owner, was an
nounced in Wilkinsburg. Pa., last
week. Hie took an unusual method
of winning his bride. About six
months ago lie appeared in the town
and engaged as a nrechanic in the
Westinghiouse El(e'trical company.
He worked as if his br'oad and butter
depende'd on his job which was pay
ing $15 a week. There he met 3Miss
klss Goldie and after a courtship.
h-> propos~edi and was accepted. Then
it becamne known tnat he was not a
mechanic at all but a South Ameri
can nii!ionaire. Th.e Southern Croe
~us de:clar,'s he is certain his bride
did not take him for his money as
she did not know of hIs wealth.*
(ounteses Took Poison.
Hlen Drummond. whose friends
claim she ;s Eva Fo~x Strangways,
whom New York societ.y was ready
to w-leome two years ago as the~
"Countess of ill Chester." is dying
in PReiie liospita: from the effects
of r'eison taken after a~rr-'st on thw
Icharge of giving worth!-'ss checks. As
"countess" the woman was received
in the homes of the best known so
Engines and Trains Enfied From Track
BY AVALANCHE OF SNOW
Further Details of the Awful Dis
aster That Overwhelmed Three
Locomotives. Two Trains and Four
Electric Motors on the Great
As further details of the disaster
that overwhelmed two Great North
ern passenger trains when an aval
anche swept the trains and a portion
of the own of Wellington, Wash., at
the west portal of the Cascade tun
nel, down the mountains!lde. are re
ceived. the horrow grows.
Twenty-three lives are known to
have been lost when the mass of
snow, loose stones and uprooted
trees hurled the cars containing 70
sleeping people ,ver the narrow
ledge of the high line down to the
bottom of the canyon 200 feet below.
When the last reports were received
from the scene of the catastrophe.
twenty five more persons were miss
Ing. Besides these a score are ser
iously injured. Complete lists of thA
injured cannot be obtained until res
cuers have dug all the bodies out of
the wreckage. The lists available
at present contain only the names of
trainmen killed and injured.
The two trains that were carried
away by the great wave of ice and
snow wer6 the westbound Spokane
Limited and the west bound trans
C-,ttinental Fast Mail. The latter
carries no passengers.
Most of the dead and injured are
believed to have been passengers on
the Spokane express, forty of whom
were on the train at the time of the
isaster. Besides these, thirty work
men, who had been engaged in the
battle against the drifts that had
been holding the two illfated trains
iprisoned in the mountains since
February 24, were sleeping in the
The avalanche rolled down the
mountain at 4.20 a. m. The two
trains. three locomotives, four pow
rful electric motors, the depot and
water tank were swept off t1he ledge
nd deposited in a twisted mass of
wreckage at the foot of the moun
ain. The noise from the rnow slide.
which was a mile ionx, could b
eard throughout the valley, and the
superintendent directing the work of
he night shift, marshaled his men
nd hurried to the rescue.
Groans and cries for help coming
rom the jumbled heap of debris at
the bottom of the canyon indicated
hat many persons impri4soned in the
wrekage were still alive and the
rscuers worked with a feverish haste
o release them. As fast as the
njured people were removed they
were taken to the hospital at Scenic.
hree miles away by mountain trail.
ut ten when the long winding course
f the railroad is followed.
A messenger was despatched at
oce for help. The first news of the
isaster was brought by John Wen
zell of Wellington. He staggered
Into Sky Homish, 18 miles from Wel
ington Tuesday and gasped out his
"All wiped out," he cried. "Noth
ng but smooth snow where the
tracks stood and the trains were
umped --.to the canyon."
He was so exhausted from his
long fight against the snow that It
was several hours before he could
ive a coherent story. Bit by bit.
Wentzel l's disjointed utterances were
placed together Into a connected nar
rative. The avalanche came without
warning. Wentzell. who was at W.
R. Ballet's hotel, ran out to see the
billows of snow settling over the
tracks where the train had stood.
Later Wentzell saw men carrying
women and children from the partly
buried coaches which had been car
ried down the side of the gulch. He
thought that eight women and chil
dren were carried out while he look
ed on. Some of them moaned and
he knew, therefore, that they were
living. Ballet moved his family back
into the tunnel for safety.
The hotel, the saloon and the
store at Wellington were untouched.
The little railroad station was swept
away by the edge of the avalanche
which had grazed the huddled houses
and wrecked the trains standing di
rectly In its path.
Messages telling of the diaaster
wre se.-t to Everett where relief
trains bearing physicians, nurses and
workers were quickly made up. Ow
ing to previous slides which have
blocked the road and swept away
portions of the track, the rescue
trains can get no farther than Scen
ic. From there the rescuers have to
find a way on foot over the snow.
Anoth-er train bearing wrecking
equipment and carrying undertakers
and more workers left Everett late
Tuesday nIght. A third train with
workmen and provisions enough to
last 500 persons tan days, was sent
east Wednesday morning. Commiun
ication with Scenic is frequently in
terrupted by slides and it is difficul'
to get complete details of th." disas
The names of the passengers war
ar- caugt in the avalanche are noi
known at this time. Mien who tires
of the Je'lay in the mountain ad'
walked oat to Sky Homish say tha:
4 passengers remained at Wellin:
ton Mfonday night. Only forty
these slept on the train, the othere
staying at the railroad hotel anc
Seven Persons Injiured.
At Camden, N. J.. seven person:
were injured Wednesday. one ser
iously. in a collision between tw<
FLOODS OF WATER
WHAT MAY BE HAPENING CAN
ONLY BE GUESSED.
Valuable Farms in Garden Country
of Cascade Slope Now Sand-bars
and Mach Other Damage Done.
Advices from Spokane. Wash., are
to the effect that almost unprecedent
ed flood conditions are reported in
the valleys and coulles of the**inland
empire," especially on ; .e eastern
slope of the Cascades and from the
eastern tier of Washington counties
Into and including Montana.
Although the situation has im
proved in the Couer d'Alenes. there
is yet danger of slides, as the weath
er is now balmy and the streams
are unable to carry off the enormous
bodies of water caused by the sud
den melting of the great quantities
Elberton. in Whitman county, is in
danger and the citizens are resort
!ng to the use of dynamite. Along
the line of the Washington Central
road In Lincoln county the railroad
is washed out for miles and many
bridges are gone.
Wentctchee reports great volumes
of water in the streets. What may
be happening down the valley from
there can only be guessed, communi
cation being interupted.
Lewiston. Idaho, is cut off from
rail communication. Dayton, Wash.,
is also isolated. Lowlands of Tekoa
are fooded and houses have been
swept away at Washtisona.
The Chehallis river is rising rap
idly and a Union Pacific under con
struction has been washed out on
tne Gray's Harbor branch. Melting
snows and warm rains have cpused
the Cowlitz river to ris to nearly 20
feet above low water. The current
is forming new channels and is car
rying out many bridge booms and
much piling. It Is feared that some
of the valuable farms on the Cow
litz bottoms have been reduced to
SHOT TO DEATH BY POSSE.
Negro Entered House, Assaulted Wo
man and Steals.
A dispatch to the Atlanta Journal
from Vidalia. Ga.. says failing to ob
ey the command of a posse to halr,
Will Williamson, a negro desperad'.
charged with attacking Mrs. H. C.
Mann and seriously stabbing her
husband at Cedar Crossings Wedne-s
day, was shot and instantly killed at
Petros. a sta4on on the Georgia
Southern and FLrida about five
miles from Vidalia. Williamson was
discovered in an outhouse at Petros.
The posse surrounded the building
and the negro attempted to escape
by dashing through the lines.
Members of the posse called on
him to halt, and when he continued
his flight, the pursuers fired.
Mann was seriously stabbed by the
negro when he entered the home.
The negro attacked Mrs. Mann and
when her husband came to the res
cue Williamson stabbed him with a
long bladed knife, fatally wounding
hi. The house was then robbed
1e; the negro.
BRUTISH FIEND HANGED.
Made a Full Confession and Warned
Unable to stand as a result of
wounds received when be was cap
tured, Roland Flowers made a full
confession from the gallows at Tam
pa, Fla.. Friday just before the trap
was sprung and he was sent into
eternity. Flowers advised several
hundred negroes who heard him to
remember that there is but one re
sult of such crimes as he committed.
When he had finished his statememt
he was lifted to his feet. the noose
adjusted and the trap sprung. Flow.
ers escaped from a convict camp
near Tampa on February 10. went to
the home of a white woman and as
saulted her. He was chased with
bloodhounds and, when discovered
by officers. attempted to use a gun.
He was shot through the thigh and
side. The execution was perfectly
orderly and was witnessed by 2,000)
GRAss WIDlOW JAILED.
Kate Paramz of Spartanburg Held
on Serious' Charge.
At Spartanburg Mrs. Kate Parkam.
the young grass widow who was
bound over to court Monday morn
ig on the charge of abducting from
her home Miss Ethel Johnson. the
16t-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J. W. Johnson. was Friday committ-.i
to jail in default of a $200 bond. L.
P. Epton. the wel.l known real estate
man went of her bond, but ht
withdrew. Mrs. Parham will of
tried at the coming term of court
Another very important witness fo,
the state has returned to Spartan
bury, and has b-en bound over.'
Enten by Wolves.
James Smith. a woodsman. wa:
oaten by wolves in the timber 'and:
near Ally. Mo.. after a desperate hat
tie for his life. The wolves at::-ck
,d him whil.. he was alone a-vut"I;
tho ret urn of a broth.-r. Wh.'n the
latter r-eturned ho found his bro her'
bones in the center of a circ.? of fivy
dead wolves. An~ empty rifl shcwe<
that the victim had been o:- ;power
c-t before le could reloail the v ca
P~oli,-ving that he was drink in
ruin,- warer in a gla~.ss handed to hir
b)y a dru:ggist of Wodiey, Ga.. T. A~
Hall, a prominent and wealthy pi.nl
er, drank carbolic acid and died
Miniser to Denmark Beieves That t
HONEST IN HIS BELIEF
"I Shall Believe That Dr. Cook, the
Explorer, is an Honest Man Un
til There is Definite Proof to the
Contrry," Declares Dr. Maneico
"I shall believe that Dr. Cook, the
explorer, is an honest man until
there is deflnite proof to the con
trary." Dr. Maurice F. Egan. minis
ter to Denmark, declared to the mem
bers of the University club at Wash
ington. Dr. Egan was the firs Amer
ican citizen to greet Dr. Cook upon
his arrival at Copenhagen from his
trip in the artic.
The statement followed the expla
nation by Minister Egan that the
Danish board which passed on Dr.
Cook's record's has simply declared
that the records furnished them by
Dr. Cook were not sufficient to en
able them to say he had been to the
north pole. He also explained that
letters to him recently Indicate that
fully half of the people of Denmark
still believe that Dr. Cook will provs
Minister Egan gave many inter
esting sidelights on Dr. Cook In the
course of his address at the univer
sity club. based upon the Incidents
of the explorer's reception in the
The opinion of Longsdale, who
acted as Dr. Cook's secretary -until
the explorer disappeared, was one
of the interesting features of the
Minister Egan said he isked Lons
dale what Dr.- Cook's mental condi
tion was when Lonsdale left him to
take the records from New York to
"He's half mad," Lonsdale said,
according to Minister Egan. "He Is
possssed with the Idea that he is
going to be akssasInated."
Dr. Cook's disappearance followed
shortly after Lonsdale said he was in
Dr. Egan's talk on Dr. Cook was
spontaneous. In introducing the
speaks. Claude N. Bennett, chair
man of the entertainment committee,
referred to the many honors which
ha-'e come to Dr. Egan as a teacher.
a writer. a poet, a Christian layman
and a diplomat.
"He forgot one of the attributes,.
which I think I ought to mention,"
remarked Dr. Egan. with a twinkle
in his eye. "He ought to have said
I was the man who discovered Dr.
MInister Ean began by annouc
lng that he had no outlined remarks,
and asked what the members wished
to hear about.
"Dr. Cook," came from the back
of the re~om. And Dr. Cook became
the subject of the discourse.
Dr. Egan prefaced his account of
the reception of Dr. Cook in Copen
hagen by an explanation of his own
duties in the premises. As the Amer
ican rminister, he said, he was oblig
ed to be 'hospitable to any American
citizen, who came to the Danish cap
itol. To cast doubt on the word olg -
any American citizen would have un
Amercian, In Dr. Egan's opinion. At
ter news had been received, he said,~
he looked up Dr. Cook's record,
found that there was nothing aaine
him publicly, that he belonged to
several clubs of good standing and
seemed to stand well as an explorer.
And no Intimation came to him at
the time from any American scient.
ist that Dr. Cook's Integrity should
"Not that is would have made any
difference in my course, unless the
charge was one that carried proof
with it," he commented.
Upon hearing that the Crown
Prince of Denmark. as president of
the Royal Geographical So'Iety, was
to meet the explorer. Minister Egan
decided to go with the party of rep
resentatives from the society.
."He had an honest face, If it
were not clever." commented Dr. Eg- %
an, describing his first Impression of
the explorer. "And he was always
The popular reception given Dr.
Cook on the dock was described ais
a great ovation. Children of Dein
mark. Dr. Egan explained, ar3 told
storIes of north pole expeditlon~a yast
the same as Anerican children are
taught the story of George Washing
ton and the cherry tree. Sothe
Danes turned out In hordes to greet
the explorer returning from the
"Some one in the crowd got one
of his cuffs."' remarked the mini ster.
"'Then pieces of his clothes were tnn
off. He was disintegrated by relic
hunters, so that his personal ap
pearance became almost improper.''
Went for Booze.
A man named Smith was ahot
at Swainsboro. Ga., by a negro and
taken to Augusta for treatment.
SmIth, who had charge of a shoot
ing gallery in a carnival, claims to
- have gone to the house of Bob
-Moore for the purpose of buying
whiiskey from Moore's wife. Just
as he was going out of the front
doMore came in the back and
a ihu ppar'ent provocation he fir
i ed a shot at Smith.
-Flood in Ohio Valleys.
At least two dead, many hundreds
homeless, scores of factories prepar
in~g to close down and property losses
t reaching Into hundreds of thousands
2 of dollars-these are the main re
.sults of the flood which has devas
-tated the State of Ohio during the
e, last two days and which has not
vaye rached Its full volume.