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Iesarkahe Cases in Whic Dariag
Swiers Made Fortunes
'BY INSURANCE FRAUDS
Some of the Methods Used by the
Swindlers to Work the Different
ompane.-Murder and Other
Schemes Used to Deceive the In
surance Companies and the Public.
Insurance frauds have a recogniZ
ed place in the history of crime.
says Answers, and the whole world
was recently startled by the accOunt3
of the man Guilevitch. who. after in
suring his life and nominating the
amount of the policy to his secre
tary. actually murdered the latter.
and, assuming his identity. claimed
the insurance money which would
have been due had he died himself.
The abuses of insurance were nev
er more terribly illustrated than by
the case of Herman W. Mudgett.
which a few years ago caused a blaze
of indignation throughout the Unit
ed States and Canada. Mudgett and
a man named Pitezel went into part
nership with the deliberate inten
tion of swindling the insurance com
Guilevitch's method was to select
a victim who was to act as his dou
;e and murder him by means of
poison. Mudgett and Pitezel wer"
-ot murderers from the frst. They
.mply procured dead bodies frorr
mortuaries and elsewhere. purchas
lng them under the pretense that
they were medical students and re
qufred them for dissection. Thp
dead body would be arrayed in Pit
es's clothes, and Mudgett woulc
-gt the certificate and draw the In.
-surance for Pitezel's death. Ther
the two scoundrels shared the spoil!
'of their crime. Thus they swindled
various companies out of ?17.o00.
Eventually Mudgett got into debt
and found that he must have all tht
money and not merely half. The:
Pitesel died in earnest- He wa
found done to death by chloroform ir
his omee in Philadelphia. Pitezel'
childZen .came to XMudgett askinv
about their fatzr. Mudgett. in ter
ror of discovery, deliberately mur
dered them one by one and hie
their bodies in cellars in varlou.
plaes. In each case he drew in
Mudgett. when in prison, confess
ed to twenty-two seperate murder
for the sake of Insurance mone3
This is probably a record; but ther<
are many cases of a number of dif
ferent individuals victims to th<
greed of one man.
The arch-criin.1 Meyer. for in
stance, most certainly poisoned ser
en different persons. Yet a Ne'
Tiork jury was Idiots enough to Ile
him off with his life. Mrs. Van de:
Lindem of Meyden when convicte
of the murder of an unfortunata
girl-one of her relatives-fu. th<
sake of ?800 insurance, coolly con
fessed to having poisoned or other
wise ended the lives of fifteen othea
people, and the "Liverpool Sisters.
of evil memory, were put on trial fo
killing four persons.
In spite of the laws which prohit
it the insurance 'of u- life by a thir
party, unless "insurable interest" cas
be proved. industrial of~ees are fre
quently Imposed upon. At Black
burn a case came to light not Ion:
ago of a woman, a lodging housa
keeper,'who held no fewer than 4'
Insurance policies on the lives 'o
men, most of whom she had neve:
seen. The amount she paid In prem
tumns was twenty-five shillings
In July last a very clever insur
ance swindler was run to earth it
Paris. - The emthod of his arres:
was curious. One wet day a smart
1ookinir man tried to force his wa:
-into an omnibus, which was alread:
full. When the conductor told hin
to get off he hit the man In the face
He was at once taken to the police
No fewer than 30 accIdent Insur
'snce policies were found on him. and
presently It was discovered that h4
weas head of an orgashization whic!:
existed solely for the purpose o1
swindling the insurance companies.
He and his confederates owned;a
number of motors so constructed
that accidents occurred constantly.
The drivers--his accomplices would
arrange for heavy Indemnities, and
then put their cars In order again.
Other members were accustomed tc
fall beneath passing vehicles, always
so cleverly s's to escape serious in
Jury, yet as to be able to get med
Ical certificates whereby they could
claim damages. The- extent of the
fraud Is proved by the fact that the
Count De Thuin, as the head swin
dier called himself, had been making
as his own share ?S.000O a year.*
' SENiATOR TILLMAN IPROVING.
Es Beeer Advised to Take Another
Trip to Europe.
An Incident of the visit of the
Charleston delegation of Mayor
Rhett. Collector of Port Durant and
R. S. Whaley to Washington recent
ly on matters of the battleship was
their calling at the residential Quar
ters of Senator Tillman. The de:S.
gation left their cards, but aidi tot
see the senator. They were inform yd
by Mrs. Tillman that the senator was5
rapidly recovering the use af his
limbs and that as soon as a i
able to travel he wIll be taken to a
hospital at Atlanta, where te wi'!
spend some time before he take-s t!-e
trip to Europe. which has been zac
ommended by his physicians.
Might Have Been Serious.
Miss Willie Elzy. daughter of Mr.
E. C. Elzy. of Denmark. suffered a
painful accident late Wednesday af
ternoon while out driving with two
friends. Tihough severely bruis+"i
about the face and side and having
one finger broken, the young lady's
condition Is not serious. The hors
which she was driving becamet
frightened and ran, but could easily
have been controlled had not one
of the shafts come loose. The buggy
was turned over and a:! three- of the
occupants thrown out. However, on
TEY RAN HM DOWN
ORGANIZER OF A TRUST COM
PANY IS CAUGHT.
Through the Operators of His Cen
cern He Swindled Many People
Quite a numb"r of people in d!f
ferent sections of the State will be
interested in the n'-s of the
arrest in Oklahoma of W. J. Nitoilr
organizer and for some time r<ri
dent an i manager of the 31trapli
tan Loan and Trust company of
Greenwood. An indictment azatrst
Nicholls was handed out by District
'Attorney Ernest Cochran some time
ago and a true *ail was fou-d by a
Federal grand jury, so the arr-st of
Nicholls in the next seep in the
proceedings which as stated above
will be followed with much interest.
not only in Greenwood. but especial
ly by the iaptist congregation of
Hartsvl!e. the Pendleton street Bap
!!st church of Greenville and others.
The two churches lost a pretty good
round sum seach. though the Harts
ville congregation by timely action.
which however precipitate(. the fall
of the concern, managed to get some
of its money back .
Nicholls went to Greenwood in
the spring of 1907. or perhaps early
in the beginning of the year. He
organized the Metropolitan Loan and
Trust company proposing to lend
money at a low rate of interest. five
%nd six per cent. One part of the
scheme was that the proposed bor
rower should pay monthly instal
ments before securing the money.
'ind later when a certain per cen.
had been paid in. then the borrow
er could secure the amount wanted
as a lona. To one who wanted mon
oy right now, this was not attractive
and in many cases it was proposed to
the concern and accepted that the
money should be paid in a lump sam.
and the money secured at once.
The Hartsville Baptist church at
that time was engaged in building a
'tew church and the Pendleton street
Raptist church was building an ex
tension. Both sought the benefita
-of the low rates of interest. and paid
lown the required "bonus" or what
Sver 2t should be called. The Harts
ville people. did not get their money
when tl-ey had - right to expect it.
-1s it is alleged. and as they sent
'he NMcholls' concern a check a
rnr about $1.200. a member of
Iheir building committee. Mr. J. J.
Lawton. came here posthaste to in
restigate. Nicholls had the day be
fore left town leaving his offices and
effects in the hands of a clerk and
stenographer. Upon the advice of
his attorneys. Messrs. Grier & Park.
Lawton had attachment Issued of
the funds of the concern in a local
Sank and got a good -part of it
BOMB INJURES MAKER.
Polkce Findis Fingers and Want Man
Who Lost Them.
An explosion so loud that it threw
the inhabitants of half a dozen te'te
'nent bouses in the vicinity of East
Sixty-fifth street. New York, into a
- tanic brought the police reserves to
hat address on the double quick.
The uniformed men quieted the
"rowd which quickly gathered as the
enements emptied themselves, and
then found in a rear kitchen on the
ground floor three fingers from a
Iman's left hand. Llood stains that
j ould be tra-d through the apart
, ent from the kitchen and out
'b*rough a rear door, and a large pair
of shears, such as are used in clip
r ing zinc and sheet iron.
The shears gave the police their
-hief clue to the cause of the explo
sdon, for they were completely coy
red with a fine blue powder which
had burned itself into the metal. A
qilver handled table knife. with a
sharp steel blade, beside the shears.
was similarly coated.
"Evidently." said Captain Hughes,
who searched the apartment, "some
body here was experimenting with a
bomb. It went off when he wasn't
looking for it had ripped his hand
apart. He didn't wish to be caught
and knowing that the explosion
would bring the police, he fled.
BOYS PL-AY-ED TO LOOT.
Moring Picture Show Caused At
tempt at Crime.
Five 'boys are under arrest in
Greenwich. Conn.. charged with at
tempting to wreck a New Haven
Railroad express train. They opened
a switch but were seen by switchmen
who p'rev'ented a disaster. The train
carries a special club car on which
trav.'"' E. C. Con verse, the steel mag
Inate: William G. Rockefeller. of the
IStandard Oil company: E. C. Bendicot
and a score of other multi-million
aires. The boys under arrest are
all between the- ages of 10 and 19
years. All confessed their purpose
->f looting the bodies of the dead
and injured and that they got their
ideas of outlawry while attending
moving picture shows,
Here it is Again.
It is now said that the innocent
little postage stamp can easily be
made the breeding place of all kinds
of deadly microbes if they are not
very carefully handled, so the post
office department has issued the fol
lowing instructions "Postmasters are
directed to instruct postoffiee em
ployes who sell postage stamps to
hand them to the purchaser in such
a manner that the gummed surface
will not come in contact with the
base of the stamp window."
Saw Wife Kill Self.
Afrs. W. T. Gibson. wife of a
mniller. comnmit ted suicide W~ednes
-iay afternoon at their home near
Greenv'ill.~ Ga.. shooting herself with
a rev-olver. No cause~ is asoigned for
the deed. She was in the act of
oiullin.:: the trig.-r just as her hus
band, walking in from the mill, en
tered the roomi. Several children
Haw.. Ball Pays.
At Auigus:a Tyrus C&>bb Friday re
C--iv--d anid signc-d his contract with
'he I) t'o::. Ami-rican League. Bas?.
ha: Club. Th.e contract provides a
salary of $9.000 annually for three
SOE AMAZING FACTS
OUTH HAS LESS AN1MALS THAN
FIFTY YEARS AGO.
rhere Has Bon Opportunity to Re
cuperate, but the Opportunity Has
Not Been Improved.
Sometime ago the Macon Tele
;raph gave it? readers offecial figures
,howing that in Georgia there are
'ewer cattle (excepting milch cows).
iheep and swine In 1910 than In
1S8-before the war. This was
imazing. yet true. The Manufactur
-rs Record has gone further into the
juestion and gives us the figures in
%lI the Southern States. They show
that there has been a loss also in
ifty years in the other Southern
states of Alabama. Maryland, North
and South Carolina.
In the fifty years between 1S86
and 1910 the population of the coun
try increased from 31.500.000 to
89.000.000. and the population of the
South from 11.000,000 to 28.000.
000. In the same period. according
to official figures and al!owing for
valuation in census schedules. the
raising of livestock used for food has
not kept pace with the growth of
population in the whole country. and
in the South has actually declined in
the case of sheep and swine.
In 1860 the South had S.542.190
meat cattle, not including milch cows
and In 1910 she has 13.834.000: in
1S60 the South had 6.0S4.000: in
1860 the South had 18.231.218 hogs.
and in 1910 she has 15.089.000. This
is not a creditable showing, and
proves that our farmers have pretty
weU abandoned -almost everythin
else for cotton.
In the case of sheep. the South
now has 10.000 fewer than in 1860.
Alabana. Georgia. Louisiar~a. Mis
sissippi. North Carolina, South Car
olina and Tennessee showing the
most marked decreases, their average
being too great to overcome the In
crease of $1.165.000 in Texas. added
to the slight increases in Florida.
Kentucky. Maryland and old Virgin
Swine made even a worse showing
than sheep. The Increase for the
whole country in the fifty-year per
iod was only at the rate of 42 per
cent.. against an increase of 197 per
cent. in the population, but against
an increase of 172 per cent. in the
population of the South the number
of swine decreased by more than 3.
000.000. in the face of an increase of
1.883.000 in Texas. of 184.000 in
Florida. of 109.000 in Louisiana and
6f 27.000 in Alabama. the only four
states of the fourteen Southern states
showing an increase.
Of course it is understood that the
meat animals (as well as horses and
mules) in the South had to do ser
vice for both of the contending arm
ies. The forage, the wreck, the de.
struction, the conflict of four years
left the South practically barren of
these' animals. But there has been
ti&me to recuperate, as other things
have recuperated. There has never
boen a time more propitious than the
present for live stock raising in the
South. Facts, conditions and the
promise of fat rewards call aloud for
NEW OOYIroN YAW.
Limiting the Deductions for Bagging
A very important act passed at the
last session of the legislature and
r-proved the other day by Governov
Ansel Is that to prevent deductions
from weights of cotton for bagging
and ties. The following is the meas
Section 1. That from and after
the approval of this Act it shall be
unlawful for any person, firm or
corporation engaged in the busIness
of buying cotton in this state, as
principal or agent, to deduct any sum
for bagging and ties from the weigmt
or price of any bale of cotton. when
the weight of the bagging and ti.-s
does not exceed six per cent. of the
gross weight of such bale of cott.n.
In the event that the we~ght of th~e
bagging and ties exceed six per cent
of the gross weight of such bale of
cotton, only the excess over the said
six per cent may be deducted.
"Sec. 2. For each and every vie
lation of this act the offender szall
be ignilty of a misdemeanor and
~shall be fined in the sum of not less
than five dollars. nor more than $23.
or imprisoned for not less than ten
days. nor more than thirty days:
Provided. That this act shall not ap
ply to what Is known In the trade as
-ound bales, and ibales of cotton
which weigh less than three hun
This act will. !f enforced, affect
the cotton trade considerably. *
MADE LUCKY ESCAPE.
Young Woman Being Sued by the
Man She Kicked.
Claimlnr that she now refuses to
keep her promise and marry him.
William A. Latham. of Chicago. is
suing Mi1ss Florence Bliss of Ox
ford. Mtich.. for $100.000. a sum
which he thinks will about solace his
wounded heart. "I met Mir. Latham
two years ago at a hotel in Can
ada." declares Miiss Bliss, who is an'
heiress, "and our meeting came about
at the result of a little harmless
flirting. However, I never promised
to marry him. Where he got that
foolish idea I dont' know, but I
guess that he will get wise soon
Let Him Make a Crop.
At Mtacon. Ga.. George Evans. Jr..
a negro. who pleaded guilty in the
United States court to the charge o'
moonshining. was allowed to return
to his home because his farm needed
his attention. Judge Speer stated
hat he did not want te send a man
o jail when his farm needed atten
ion, because his country and his
~amily needed the crops too badly.
Ie will be sentenced in Dec'ember..*
lrgs (ome High.
A jury in the Supreme court of
Cw York. this week found a verdictj
>f $6.000O in favor of Patrick O'Don-.
van. His leg was broken when he~
'eli into a hole in a roadway and
ras an inch and a half short after he
UST GET A WE
)r Lose Twety Thousand Dollars Ldt
Hfm by His Father
GIRLS TRY TO P HIM
By the Hundreds They are Willing
to Help Him out of his Predica
ment, and he Passes out Some
Samples of their Epistles Written
John E. 'Mason. an Englishman. Is
the sole heir to $20.000. but simply
because he must get amrried to get it
he is -bumping into all kinds of trot:'
ble. He will be 30 years old in May,
of this year. and by the terms of his
father's will be expects to get the
family ducats. Well, here It is the
first of March. and Mason has neith
er married nor settled down.
Of course. he has had plenty of
chances. in fact, this has been his
trouble. He has made his predict
ment known and as the resultthere
have been hundreds of Ataerican wo
men willing vo aid him in his trou
ble. Girls. women and maiden lad
ies from all over the country. have
written him that he is their choice
for a husband, until now the hap
less Britisher shudders at the very
sight of a postman.
Mason declared that the American
public has obtained a wrong impres
sion of him. an an interview he is
credited with saying: "I don't want
a wife. I want a job. I don't care
a hang for the girls." However, he
qualified this stateemnt later by say
ing: "Of course. If I found a nice
girl I might marry her, provided she
had some money.
"You see," he continued. "by the
terms of my father's will I am the
sole heir to $20.000. But I have
to get married and support my wife
for a year before I can get the in
heritance, and I've got to get mar
ried before my thirtieth birthday,
which comes in Maf of this year. I
don't want the girl first and the
job afterward. I want the job first.
then I will think about a wife.
"I have receibed letters by the
hundreds from girls all over the
country who want to be my wife.
but most of them appear to have no
money. One exception to this is a
New Jersey heiress, of uncertain age.
who says she has a nice home and a
summer cottage besides. Another
writes me from Washington that she
is in the same predicament as my
qelf, and that unless she is married
before 1911 she will lose her inher
itance. I received one letter from a
married woman in Chicago who de
clares that she wants to leave her
present husband. join me and be
happy for the rest of her life. Here
si a sample of the letters I received:
"A 'TitIan-haired' girl wrote from
a Broadway address:
'Dear Sir: Seeing an article con
cerning you in the paper, I am very
much interested. I am an only child
going on 19 years of age. My par.
ents are well providea for. People
call me good-looking, tall, Titian
haired, brown eyes: light housekeep'
in~g and cooking. If you are looking
for a partner to enjoy that $20,000,
think of me.
"P. S.-Have a good voice and can
pla.- the piano."
"A Brooklyn girl, 'under 30' anx
ious to hear from Mason, wrote:
"Mr. John -Mason: Reading your
personal for a wife, I should like to
join you. ,ts I feel we can be happy.
I am fond of a good home and very
domesticated and of a cheerful dis
position, and should you desire we
can can exchange photographs. I
shall be anxiously waiting to hear
from you. Miss M. D.
"P. S.-Age under 30."
A girl writing from Park avenue,
New York. seeks a vhance to become
a 'true and loving wife.'
rMr. Mason-Dear Sir: In reading
a paper I saw a piece where it said
you are looking for a wife, so I
thought I would write you for a
chance to become a true and loving
wife for you, and also to help ye'i
to get your sao.oool I am a very
good housek'eeper. and can do any
thing from mending stockings to
rocking the cradle. Am young ani
fairly good-looking and am willing
to exchange photos with you. So
hoping to hear from you, I remain.
Yours truly, Miss T."*
BOLD) ROBBERY SCHEME.
Impersonating Health Inspector Trio
Entered Home of Citizen.
"Personal inspection" is the latest
pretest sprung in Memphis. Tenn..
to fleece the unwary.
Declaring themselves to be "in
spctors" from the board of health,
three unidentinied men gained en
trance to the home of Max Angel
late Friday afternoon. Dlespite his
protests. the men insisted that It was
imperative Angel submit to a "per
sonal inspection." After strippin~e
the man of his clothing and the cloth.
ing of his bank roll amounting to
$44. the trio departed, admonishing
Angel to remain quiet untIl they re
ported to headquarters. Finally re
alizing that he had been duped. An
gel notified the police, but the "in
speciors" were then far away.*
Look Out for the Conet.
The comet may be visible to the
naked eye in this month at the speed
it is traveling. To locate it, take
the line formed by fhe two lower
stars of the constellation Arian an-!
follow it north to a point just abova
the planet Saturn. On that line
above and slightly west of Saturn
the comet should be found, but not
as yet without the aid of at least
four inch glasses. In a few weeks
it will be visible to the naked eye,
Killed by Forty Foot Fall.
R. M. Shannon. a lineman in the
employ of the Southern Bell Tele
p~hone company at Charlotte. N. C..
fell from the top of a forty-foot pole
Wednesday. sustaining injuries from
which he died later. No one saw tha
ccident. nor knew of it until he was
round on the sIdewalk In a pool of
SCENE IN A CHURCH
I 3LIN CREATES EXCITEFENT
AN) IS RIMOVED
Eie Vehemently Objected to a %far
riage Because the Groom Was a
Hurlick. in. Dorchester county.
Md.. has the past week been th.,
scene of much excitement. First it
was tho arrest of a school teacher
and on Friday It was threatened by
and on Friday it was threatened by
at the marriage or MNiss Maggie Ford.
a young lady of Hurlock and Tony
Sanders. a divorced man, which took
place in the Unity Methodist Prot
estant church of that town last Tues
The church was crowded to its
capacity when the bridal party en
tered and took th-,ir stand before the.
altar rail to be united in marriage
by Rev. George R. Hooker. pastor of
the church. The pastor commenced
the ceremony. and had gotten so far
as "If any one can show just
and lawful cause why these two pteo
ple should not be joined together.
let him now speak or forever here
after hold his peace," when a man
of the Holiness profession. nam-d
John Harper. who had come in just
behind the bridal party. rushed up
the aisle with Bible In hand. reading
it and at the same time crying out:
"Stop it! stop it! He is a divorced
man! It's against the laws of God!
You have no right to marry him! You
are violating God's law! You will al:
go to hell."
This he kept up all during the
time the minister was praying. He
was told to stop. Mr. George Trice
went to him and tried to keep him
still, but could not. Then the
preacher ordered him put out. Sev
eral went to Trice's assistance, and
the man was taken down the aisle.
shouting. kicking and catching hold
of the colur--is to keep from being
carried out. Finally he was gotten
out and the marriage ceremony pro
ceeded. He took the same train as
Mr. and Mrs. Sanders and went with
them as far as Preston. preaching
to them all the way. telling them
that they would surely go to hell and
so forth, as they had violated God;
TRICKS OF FAKE OPTICIANS.
Press and Legitimate Practitioners
Warn Against Them.
This State as well as other States
that have not passed the Optometry
Law, to protect the public are now
infested with scores of traveling op
ticians, who offer to sell five dollar
gold eye glasses for one dollar. These
fakirs either peddle from house to
house or open up in stores in one
city or town after another, general
ly remaining In a place from one day
to four weeks.
Big signs and hand bills announc
ing the Bargains in eye glasses and
spectacles draw crowds. The trick
as described is to tell each customer
that his case Is a little peculiar or
different from the ordinary so as to
require 'specially ground' lense, In
stead of the five dollar glasses for
one dollar. By this deception, the
fake optician succeeds in getting ex
orbitant prices often from $10 to
$25, and you get no satisfaction for
your cash. When he finds a town
getting too unfriendly to him hb
cause of the complaints of dissatis
fied customers, the travelIng opti
cian closes his store over night.
takes awny every thing of value and
often leaves a lot of unpaid local
bills and goes to the next stopping
place, where he begins all over again
under a new name.
Twenty-six States of the Union
have already passed the Optometry
law, Including North Carolin.s and
Florida on each side of us, ther'e
fore the people of this State is an
easy mark for a traveling fak!-. !t
is to be hoped that the next me .tl~tg
of our law makers that they will
protect the innocent purlic from su-:n
imposition. If such a lawv is gr'e I
for so many other States why would
it not be good for th2 grand ','
State of Sott Carolina
CONMPLI.MENT FORMiER FOI-3
"Neve'r Braver Mten Wore Uniform"
Before his departure from New
Orleans Friday night for Houston.
Texas. Gen. L. R. Van Sant, comn
Imander-in-chief of the Grand Army
of the Republic. was given a rous
ing ovation by Confederate organiza
-"Comrades." deciared General
Van Sant. "never brave'r men wore
uniform than the Southern soldiers."
The old veterans broke forth into
a spontaneaus "rebel yell." which
was followed with a stiring eulogy
of the Confederate soldier by th.'
Grand Army commander. Com
mander J. A. Blrookshire of the
Louisiana-.\Ississippi division of the
Grand Army of the Republic supple
"On Decoration Day let us plant
a flower on every so ldi'er's grave.
not because he wore the blue or the
gray, but because he was an Amter
M1ay Have to G;et IBoxes.
Those of us who have no mail
boxes in front of our residences am
liab!e not to receive any mail at
home after June 3fl. 1911. Ce'rtain
ly they will not if a provision of
the Postoffice Appropriation billh
comes a law. The prevision prohih
its any letter carrier from delivering
any mali at any house unle'ss th -re
is a suitable mail box on ithe ouitsii'
to receei'e it. It means that I'nele
Sam is tired of having hiz uniormed
carriers wait for people to take their
time in answering the'ir door be'!s.
Wipes Out F~amily.
His wife aned five children tak.-n
by typhoid fever within t.en da
Le Cosley. of Kittaning. Pa.. the
only survivor of the famIly. is dying~
with the same disease. while M1:s.
John L. Wood. who voluinreer.'<l to
rurse the afllieted ones is in a pr"
The job we haven't got is always
he one wes think we could perform
A SERIOUS CHARGE
iATE PARH.%I HELD CHARGED
;ays Spartanburg Woman Frequent
ly Asked Her to go Away With
Her and Lead an Easy Life.
Kate Parham, a young grass wid
>w. was bound over to *-he higher
:onrt at Spartanburg Monday by
tiagistrate A. H. Kirby on the charge
)f abducting Miss Ethel Johnson.
:he 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and
,.irs. J. W. Johnson who on Feb
ruary 15 mysteriously disappeared
from her home at 430 Magnolia
street, and was not heard of till a
we.-k later, when she wrote hc-ue
from St. Louis. Mo. The bond was
fixed at $2u0. which was made good
by L. T. Epton. Albert E. Hill
represented the prosecution and C.
P. Sims th,- defendant.
Thle hearing of the case Monday
in magistrate's court attracted a
larze crowd. The small court room
of Magistrate Kirby could not ac
commodate half the people that
would have liked to have heard the
Miss Johnson testified that Kate
Parham had approached her on sev
eral occassions and talked with her
about going from place to place and
having lots of friends and lots of
money. She said she told her how
--asy it was to live an easy life. with
lawyers and doctors and professional
men as goo4 friends who would nev
er see her want for anyth!ng.
She said the Parham woman tried
to get her to go first to Greenville.
but that when she refused to go
the:re, fearing her father would get
her before she could get off, they
agreed to go to Asheville.
She said she left for Asheville on
the morning of the 15th. and the
Parham woman was to have joined
her the next morning. Hoping tol
escape the Parham woman, she left
Asheville at once for Knoxville. At
Knoxville she .:ecured an emigrant's
ticket to South Dakota and rode as
far as St. Louis on this. At St.
Louis she got work with a good fam
ily. and there remained till her fath
-r came for her.
In her testimony. Miss Johnson
said that Kate Parham often tried
to get her to meet some of her men
friends and to spent the afternoon
at Rock Cliff. She admitted that af
ter many times being persuaded in
this way she realy did begin to con
sider such a life as the Parham wo
man held out before her.
3IAKES RICH REWARD.
To the Man Who Saved His Daugh
ter From Death.
The saving of the life of May
Jennings. near A!pine. Texas, has
made a millionaire of Francis B.
Strome, formerly a tramp. Strome is
about 50 years of age, a machinist,
for many years a resident of a small
town in Illinois. He met with re
verses, and after the death of his
wife took to drink.
He was beating hi; way westward
trying to make California and was
hanging around Alpine. Tex., trying
to catch a train when the girl was
crossing the railroad track just as
the train approached. The child be
came bewildered and would have
been killed had Strome not jumped
on the track and snatched her clear
of 'he rails. just in time.
Hie disappeared, but the father of
the girl had him located about 50
miles away and brought him back to
the ranch and kept him at the place
for several days. learning something
of his history before telling him
what he was going to do for him.
Strome agreed to settle down and
care for his property. Last week.
Col. Sam Jennings, the cattle king.
filed a document for record trans
ferring a half interest in his 40.000)
acre ranch and 25,000 cattle and all
the buildings of the Valvedere ranch
ir. Jeff Davis county to Strome. The
property is said to be worth between
$700,000 and $1.000.000.*
HEAVY FLOODS WEST.
Traffic is Tied Up on Half a Ikrr..n
Flood conditions almost unpreced
ented have cut off the entire North
w-st and tied up traffic on half a
dozen trans-continental rairoals.
Tha ws in the mountains have caused
avalanrhes that have swept. away
mountain towns and sections ai rai
road tracks in various places from
Nevada to British Columbia
The exact number of dea~hs caur
ed by avalanches in the R sckies in
Idaho and in w-stern Siontant prob
ably will not be known until the
summerr sun melts the gre'. masser
of snow and ice on the canons into
which several mining towna were
In the Cascade mountains in Wash
ington a train with 30 or 50 passen
gers is reported buried under a
snowslide. lour trans-continental
lines into Washington and Oregon
are blocked Only one railroad is
operating i .o Salt Lake City. Sev
.rai hundred westbound passengers
are helg in Ogden.
Through traffic on the Oregon
Short line was suspended Tuesday
but will probably be resumed at an
-arly date. The Denver and Rio
Grande is the only road entering
Ogden that reports through trains
in operation. Reports from the
looded regions in Nevada are that
wate'r is higher than for 40 years.
Atr St. Louis. Mo0., two unidentz'V-d
m.'n were burned to death an I two
t hers w.'re seriously hurt in a fi'.- in
he buildiing occupi-ed by the Ger
m~n Wait'-r's Association as a club
and rooming house early Tuesday
movrning. Thirty other roomers es
ap'-d to the street in their night ~
Early Saturday night, while sit
ing at th.e supp-re table. John Tur
wr. a highly respecte-l frm--e. er
oes cou;nty. Ga., accidentily drop
ed his pis-oi from h:? no"n w ith ~
he result taiat his wife wais shot a
~nd instantly killed. He had to be a
Adds HaU l Qua3ifflies
to the Food
The only baking powder
made from Royal Grape Cream
No Alum-No Lme PAtei
GIVES THE REASON
WHY THE METHODISTS IS STRIT
ING AT ROME.
Pastor of Protestant Flock at Papal
see Says Catholicism Needs Stir
ring up by Other Churches.
A cablegram from Rome. Italy,
says the American Methodist church
was crowded Sunday morning, the'
congregation including many Amer
ican visitors, who were attracted by
the subject of Pastor B. M. Tipple's
sermon-"Why Methodism is in
It was the American Mthodist
church that Charles W. Fairbanks,
ex-vice president of the United
States, delivered the address which
shut him off from being received in
audience by the pope.
The Rev. Mr. Tipple said that the
Methodist church was meeting with
great success throughout Italy. Such
an Inference could be drawn from the
extraordinary action o f the vatican
with regard to the proposed visit of
ex-vice President Fairbanks to the
pope and also from the bittter re
sentment of the Catholic clergy. As
Mr. Fairbanks spoke in the American
Methodist church the pastor said it
was fitting that from the same pul
pit the charges preferred against
Methodism should be considered.
"With reference to the assertion
that Methodists have no right to be
in Italy," said the preacher. "the
answer is that we are here under the
Italian laws guaranteeing religious
freedom. Another assertion by the
Catholics is that Methodism is not
needed in Italy. But Methodists be
lieve that the need is urgent, as the
Catholic church Is always more ef
fic!ent for good when compelled to
compete with aggressive protestan
tism as conspicuously evidenced in
"The Catholic church suffers em
barassmeut when it is required to
satisfy the deals of a great liberty
loving republic contemporaneously
with heeding the demands of the
vatican. which is still bound by the
deals of the middle ages. This Is
proved by the experience of Arch
bishop Ireland. when he was here a
year ago studying the Methodist
"A great Lincoln banquet was ar
ranged by the American colony. Very
properly Archbishop Ireland was ask
ed to speak. Very properly, as a
patriotic American citizen, he accept
ed the invitation. But suddenly the
good archbishop recalled his accept
ance. The vatican had forbidden
him to speak or attend the banquet
because a toast to President Roose
velt was followed by a toast to the
king of Italy.
"Italy needs Methodism because it
is no longer Catholic except in name.
"The issue in Italy today Is not
Protestantism versus Catholisism but
faIth versus atheism. Archbish.op
Ireland has said that every convert
to Methodism costs $1.400. If that
is true, can not the American Meth
odists better afford to pay it than
every three Italian laborers who car
ry one priest?"
Hie urged that Archbishop Treland
specify the dishonorable Methodists
here and he added:
"It Is playing with fire for the
Catholic church to open the subject
of moral methods in Italv."
BATTLESHIP SOU.TH CAROLINA
One of the Most Powerful V'essels in
With the boomint of guns, the
battleship South Carolina was Tues
gay placed in commission at the
Philadelphia navy yard. After Capt.j
Aus;ustas F. Fechte&er had road the
orders of the Navy Departmntn put
ting him in command, the stars and
stripes were run to the masthead
while officers and crew stood at at
tention. Salutes were then exchang
ed between the shore battery at the
navy yard and the battleship. The
South Carolina and her sister ship,
the Michigan. are th-- most power-1
tul vessels in the navy. The new1
ship will sail on Sunday for Hamnp
:on Roads and later will proceed tof
Zharleston. S. C. At the latter placa
he battleship will be'. given a hand-j
ime silv"r service.
Serves Fifteen Years.
At Lyons. Ga.. W. L. Darby was
enenced to s.'rve fift.-+n y.-ars in
he penitentiary afte'r a juzry had r'e
urned a verdict of guilty of involun
ary manslau::hter airainst him. H
:ied 0. G. Moor.' in a ;susine'ss dims
aut.' east year. Isoth men were weli
Get% F'our and a Italf Yhears.
"Red" Adams. a swindler. conviet.
d of fratsdulently using the mails.
ras Tuesday in New York Cit, sen- .
nced to four and a half years in
de Atlanta penit.'ntiary and fined1
Smoked for Ninetyi Yea:r".
Thomas Sheril!an. 1< y.ars oli .
'ho boasted that he war,: an inv.'ter- c
te smoker for ninety years. is dead I
the home of his graad-daughter (
A TRAIN BURIED
By an A e of Sw Sereal Miles
From Seattle, Wash.
REPORTS ARE MEAGRE
sut it is Betieved thma Twenty-three
Persons Have Been Lost in the
Snow Slides on the Great Northern
Railroad by the Destruption of
A Seattle. Wash.. dispatcn says re
ports from Wellington say that 23
lives are believed to have been lost
!n the avalanche that overwhelmed
:he Great Northern's Spokane express
ruesday morning. Two passenger
trains. seven locomotives - and Sup
erintendent O'Neill's private car were
buried. O'Neill escaped injury.
The Great Northern Spokane
train. that has been stalled on the
summit of the Cascade Mountains
since last Thursday. was buried by a
slide early Tuesday. It is believed
there must have been loss of life.
A relief train has gone from Ever
ett. but it will not be able to get
within ten miles of the train.
The stalled train was about two
miles west of the west portal of the
j Cascade tunnel and the track was
,open to the tunnel. At the Great
Northern headquarters the number
of persons on the train is given as
thirty. Two passengers, who came
out and walked over the ten miles
which is blockaded. gave the number
of persons on the train as more than
sixty. of which fifty-one were pas
sengers. Among- them were several
women and children.
News of the burying of the train
came in a telephone message from
Scenic Hot Springs. but connection
was lost before any particulars could
A dispatch from St. Paul says the
Great Nortl-.ern oficials have receiv
ed word that train No. 25, which
runs between Seattle and Spokane.
Wash., was swept off the tract and
buried by a snow ide at Wellington.
Wash.. at 5:30 o'clock Tuesday
Information is meagre and it is
not known whether there are any
fatalities. Local offcials don't think
that any of the fifty-one were klled
as the train had been stalled at Wel
lington for three days. and they
were of the opinion that the passen
gers were at hotels in the city.
HAD A ROUGH TIME.
Adrift on Barge for Eight Days and
Alone on an empty barge, Peter
Nelson, aged 50. was carried across
the Gulf of Mexico and landed on the
coast of Tamauipas. The large
barge broke loose from the tug tow
ing t. ne'ar Galveston and, driven by
a storm, was cast adrift for eight
days and nights was at the mercy
of wind and sea. For five days,
Naison subsisted on two days rations.
The barge ran aground on the Mexl
can coast and natives rescued him.
After giving him food and water, he
was sent back to Texas by rail.
MUTRDER AND) SUlCIDE.
Jealous Man Kills Young Woman
and Then Himself.
At Kansas City Mrs. Grace Gayou.
aged 19. was shot and killed in a
store at 3019 East Eighteenth street
by Louis Hilson, who the~n killed
himself, after he had assaulted and
severely beaten Jack Doyle, a rival
for Mirs. Gayou's affections. The
woman was emipolyed in the store,
which had been closed for the night.
but in which she was entertaining
Doyle. The slayer gained an en
trace by breaking a window. Hill
son clubbed Doyle with a revolver.
shot tbe girl and then rushed to the
sidewalk and killed himself.
To Study Farming.
M\issouri teachers, through their
reading circle, will study farming in
stead of pedagocy. Agriculture has
bon made one of the requirements
for teachers' certificates and more
t ress will be placed 'upon the sub
sect in the public schools and in
aigch.r educational institutions of the
Followed His Victim.
Chas. Rowser of New York. a ne
tro, was eectrocuted in Sin;t Siny
1rison Mionday for the murder of
-'ugene Hlutrhinson, another neg
ast Apri!. Bowser showed si::s ofT
>reaking diown in th.e death ce:. but
valke-d to the e'lectric chair wirer a
!eady step. He was murm'i-ing a
irayer as the curr'ent was turned on.
After an acquaintance of two hours
erin;t wh~'h tim,- he propor-d mar
in: and, was reject-,l. Frank MIarch
f Dillon'dale. Ohio, shot and prob
Nyv fatally wounded Grace Han at
hicago T::esday and then killed him