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1k ksEtig d SeVfc BAIeS Case
Feafl Less oflife.
MOST HORRIBLE SCENE
Between Twenty and Thirty Men
Were Killed Outright and About
Fifty Injured in Catastrophe at
American Sheet and Tin Plate OC's.
Plant, when Boilers Exploded.
With a roar that was heard three
miles away. a battery of seven boil
era at the plant o' the American TIO
Plate and Sheet Company :t Canton.
Ohio, exploded Tuesday afternoon.
killing from twenty to thirty men and
injuring about fifty. Among the in
jured are a half dozen men, who, it
is said. will probably die before morn
ing. Others, physicians say, cannot
recover from their Injuries.
The cause of the =losion is at
present unknown. The fireman and
engineer, who were in the boiler
room, are dead. No one else about
the plant who survived the accident
can give any explanation.
One -workman says that he heard
th~ree distinct explosions in quick soc
cession. They came so close. how
ever, that it was also over in a
'The force of the concussion was
terrific. The big plant is in such
a state of ruin as to be practically a
total loss. A mere egg shell of the
building is left.
dentification of the men was difi
cult, because many of them were so
mutilated that even the most Inti
mate friends of the dead could not
recognize the features.
Heads were blown from several
bodies. Arms and legs were torr
from the trunks. Fragments of bod
ies were blown several squares from
the scene and bits of human flesh
have been picked up on porches and
roofs of -houses and In trees
There were 100 men at work Im
the plant at the time of the accident
But a dozen or so escad-: some in
jury. These, and others who rush
ed- to the plant as soon as the dia.
aster was known. worked heroicall3
to rescue the injured from the ruins
which soon took fire, but the fire de
pertment extinguished tne fames.
Tke superintendent of the plan1
I put foremen and other trusted- em
ployes at work trying to -make a lis
of the dead, injured and minssin
The task proved dificult, because th
injured had been rushed to the threq
hospitals of the city, and there wa
nothing which can Identify them.
Members of the bereaved famille!
rushed frantically to the plant, ani
~then to the hospitals and- residencel
ner the ruined shops, In an effor
-tofind atrace ofther loved ones
It was thought at eight o'clock Tues
day night that all the dead had beei
removed from the debris, it was
then stated that so far as known thi
dead numbered twenty, but this di4
not -Include any who had died at
their homes after removal from tha
The body of one man. unknown
wa blown through a flouse over ser
en hundred feet from tlie plant. Th4
body entered the - house from the
east side, and continued in a straighi
-line through a bed room and out al
the ether side of the house to Loui:
avenue. The torso of another mar
was found in the gar'dca of a yard
about 500 feet west of the scene
Arms, legs and parts of bodies weri
stewn about the neighborhood.
The bodies of seven men, mutilat
ed beyorzg recognition. were found
~~in the north end or the mill.
"Fdr God's sake hit me on th4
head andikill me,''' cried one work
-man to a man who found him. The
injured man had an arm torn off and
&great hole in his sIde.
'The plant had ftve amls All ta
Semployees who worked at mills one,
two, three and four were eIther kill
ed or b-aured. whil.. the men in mil
No. 5. farthest from the boilers, es
.-aped serious injury.
FALSE CRY STARTS PANIC.
Man Injured While Viewing a Circus
-A mistaken cry "the lion's loose"
threw a-circus crowd of women and
chrildren into a frenzy of panic. at
-Newark. N. J., Tuesday afternoon and
some were badly crushed and cut.
one man fell in a fit, a woman had
A er shoulder dislocated and many
other persons suffered minor injuries.
One little girl has her jaw broken.
The panic occurred outside the
circus tent, during the parade. Be
cause of the size or the circus-one
of the largest in the country-the
*streets were packed with sightseers.
*Suddenly the band struck up. A
mounted policeman's horse took
fright and bolted straight for the
-thick of the crowd. Before he could
get it under control. somebo1ly
shouted "a llon's loose," and the
crowd went mad with fright.
-Adults and diidren rusht,1 fur
the nearest point of safety. upsatting~
baby carriages and trampling o: ac
babies in their charge. Som." jumt -
ad into front yards, and a netart-y
grocer's shop was, wre-:kej. The~
windows were ' rosen, the coulr rer,
overturned and .e floor corer.2! web
CITY JAILER SHOT
By a Negro Whom He Was About to
Put Under Arrest.
:At Columbia. about Tuesday mid
night City Jailer rsilton Sm::h was
rushed to a local hospital and blood
hounds are out hunting for John
Rabb, the negro who shot him. It is
believed Mr. Smith is fatally wound
ed. He was shot three times in the
side. The negro fired five times, and
three shots took effect. The pistol
was snatched -out or 3Mr. Smith's
pocket as he attempted to arrest the
negro near his home.
Made Him Leave.
Following the publication of al
leged offensive articles in his paper.
E. N. Bryant, a negro was driven out
of Brookhaven, Miss., ad his plant
and ealmaes buna.e
METHODIST BISHOPS DEFENDS
WORK IN ROME.
But Decline at Present to Enter Up
on Any Counter Attack Upon the
Roman Catholic Church.
The board of Bishops, of the leth
odist Episcopal Church. through its
secretary. Pishop L. B. Wilson. Mon
day ni~.ht issued an official statement.
which had been prepared by the
board, at is meeting in Chicago on
May 9. rerative to the Italian mission.
The statement is t-he outcome of the
recent controversy in Rome caused,
by the visit of Col. Roosevelt.
fThe statement follows:
"Deploring. and at all times seek
ing to avoid interdenomina!ional c:on
troversies. we are, nevertheless. com
pelled to recognize occassions when
personal preference must yield to a
proper sense of official duty.
"We cannot allow to pass unnotic
ed the recent unprovoked and un
warranted attempt to discredit one
of our most useful missions. by wide
ly published accusations which. if
based upon truth. would be nothing
short of dishonor upon the Church
which supports that mission.
"*We regret that after repeated
challenges for details of the specific
acts supposed to justify these
charges. they still remain in such
general terms that their validity can
not be tested before the judgment of
the world. We can only obs!rve:
j'1. That ordinarily the ase of
ophedian adjectives Is suggestive of
anger rather than of reason.
2. That the methods of our mis
sions in Italy. now for the hrst time
thus publicly condemned, are the
same that have been pursued from
the beginning, almost forty years
"That the same methods, namely.
preaching the Gospel in its simplic
ity and conducting schools where they
are needed, schools which recognize
the plain teachings of the new testa
ment as a supreme authority in re
ligion and ethics. have long been fol
lowed by our missions in South
America and Mexico. as well as in
Rome. and no such indictment has
been brought against those missions
even to this day, so far we are in
"4. From these facts the inference
appears to be Irresistible that other
considerations than the methods of
our mission in Rcme must have been
the real cause of this sudden out
"5. Possible some urgeL:cy of our
diplomacy. local in Its origin. but
far reaching in Its portent. required
this attack with all its hazard, as a
diversion from the real issue involv
"The facts that support this infer
ence are known to all who have fol
lowed the course of recent events in
the city of Rome.
'Had there been any other way to
avoid certain issues of etiquette and
precedence created by cnincident cir
cumstances of a public nature. the
Methodist mission might have escap
ed calumny and thus lost the valua
ble recognition of Its success.
"Under such circumstances we en
ter upon no defense of our work In
Italy and make no plea for abatement
In the jud'gment of the world.
"We decline at the present time to
enter upon any counter attack upon
the .Roman Catholic Church.
"We ask only that all fair men
interested In the situation study for
themselves its methods of propagand
Ism and the tradItional attitude of
that church toward otnier Christian
"We believe that there are stan
dards of equity and moral retitude
by which, In the estimate of all
progressive people. all religions and
all methods must be rated by w.hat
they contribute to intelligence and
"We now content ourselves with
affirming our entire confidence in the
moral Integrity of our missionaries
and method3t In Italy. and against the
denunciation of their accusers we
place the wide open record of the
Methodist Episcopa1 Cnurch. both as
to teaching and method, In America
and throughout the world."
BITE OF MAD DOG FATAL.
A Litle Charleston Lad Is the Latest
The News and Courier says at mid
nght Tuesday night a report from
the bedside of little Raymond Living
ston, the six-year-old child of Mr.
J. K. Livingston, who '~as bitten by
a stray mad dog at George and St.
Philip streets on the morning of
April 10. was to the effect the& the
child was not expected to last through
Dr. Edward M. Boykin was in at
tendance on the little fellow at that
hour and stated that the child had a
genuine case of hydrophobia, and
would not live to see the dawn. The
lad was seized with an attack on
Monday. and although all was dotre
for him taht was possible. his life
was dispaired of almost from then.
The sympathy of tbe entire city is
wit-h the child and his stricken par
Raymond was given the full Pas
teur treatment at jttlanta and re
turned to the cIty the early part of
the month, apparently on the road te
recovery. The wounds on his fac.
were practically healed up and it was I
thout that all danger of hydrophob
ia had been eliminated. On Mon
day, however, a chang.- set in an?.
the fellow sank rapidly. All that
medical science and loving and ten
der hands could do for the sufferi:.
child was done. but, it. is feared. all
to no avail.
Made Them Good.
The negroes at Alexandria ani
ther parts of \'irginia were ver.1
much frightened on WVedn:s iay abou:
the comet. A dispatch from Alex
andria says not in. th.- anrals 0:
history of the netro churches ir
this part of \'irginia have' so many
new members got "religious fever.
Hanged for Aw.ault.
With. the jail guarded with ?hre,
companies of state militia. Ho~wart
Harris, a negro. convicted of assault
ng a white woman was hanged at
namlml. G., on rea. e
N esident Taft Sinks Deeper and Deepe
in the Ballinga Mire.
rhey Fear Revelation% That Have
Cmie Out in the Case Will Ruin
Not Only the Taft Administration.
But the Whole Republican Party
Along With It.
The Washington correspondent of
Jrit thinks that if the Ballinger
rumpus. the bant' of the present Ad
ministratien. is not placed in the
discard soon. it is going to wreck
the entire Republican par'y. This
is practically the concensus of opin
ion of the foremost R.-pubicans in
the National capitol. a convictioa
reached after what has been prob
ably the worst week the Taft admin
istration has experie'nced in the gov
ernment of the nation. The attempt
of the President and his advisors and
counselors to clear up the waters
muddled by the sensational Kerby
statement last Saturday week has
Instead of clearing it up. the ex
planations and statements have stir
red up th" whole unsavory mess ev
en more. and the blacker the affair
grows, the greater tne blot on the
Administration is going to be. Some
one has .erred somewhere in the past.
This much is admitted. But some
one is erring ever greater now in
the course that is being pursued. No
names are mentioned by the disgust
ed Republicans. for it is not proper
to openly criticise one very high in
the party ranks.
Secretary of the Interior Richard
A. Ballinger stands discredited be
fore the entire country. No amount
of "investigation"' or Government
whit*-wash will change the opinion
of the people as to Ballinger's guilt
His actions since Pinchot first at
tacked his policies, and the thin
rought or:t against him at the Con
:ressional investigation. still in pro
zress. brands the cabinet officer a.
a man who is looking after the in.
terests of "the interests" first. and
then scraping up the crums for th<
And yet President Taft persists it
his efforts to whitewash this mem
ber of his official family. The wise
ones see that the Chief Executive
by his actions is not only leading
his own administration to certait
destructioi;. but he is serious!3
threatening the very life of the part3
t.hat gave to him the highest offic
in the land. Still he persists. it
the name of department 11scipline
in bolstering up the cause of Bal
When P'rederick 1M. Kerby, th<
young stenographer working in ths
Department of the Interior, mad4
public his sensational story of how
L~awlor, and not Praildent Taft
wrote the Ballinger whitewash lette1
which the President gave to th<
eountry, it placed the Chiief Execu
tive in a very bad light. Since tha
time the President explanations an.:
actions have been even worse. Witi
Taft's consent. Ballinger imnmediato
ty dismissed Kerby from the ser
And the secretary of the Interiot
-discharged young Kerby, with
stigning reprimand, because he r<.
vealed the manner in which Bailin
~er obtained his exoneration froir
the President, and the deceptiot
*racticed upon thie public in th.a
exoneration. According to Kerby't
.tatement. Secretary Ballinger gross
- y deceived the country, and Presi
dent Taft was a party to that dece:>.
tion. And he was not an inar io~
Kerby undoubtedly expected o b
dismissed. A man of Ballinger's
type would necessarily regard thet
.iffront to himself as far outweig5
ing the service Kerby had render.2d
the public. The general belief is,
'towever. that Ballinger and the &c
ministration will suffer more than
Kerby merely goes to jol-1 e n
trowing list of remarkable men
wvho have proved themselves coua
teous enough to protest against
wrong and place the public interestai
above their own. The list now ir
iludes Glavis. Pinchot and Price and
:,aw, the former assistants of Pin
'hot. Hoyt. former assistant gener
dl of Porto Rico. and Kerby. They
bave all been driven out &f the
sublic service, and are classed rs
:rait-:rs by the Administration, bu
he only offense comrziitted by a-y
>ne of them was that of telling th&
truth, and of striving to prevent
.v-hat they b'lieved to be the per
petrat ion of a great wrong.
Others are to be added to the
ist. unless all signs fall. They wil!
>e Hi. Tiller Jonese. the special agent
a' the Land office, who joined with
slavis. in the fight to save the Alas
ka coal lands, Director Newell. of
he Reclamation service, and Chief
Engineer Davis, of the same ser
.\any Republicans in Congress in
3rivate discussion of the latest phase
of the Ballinger case not only coin
-ide with the dismissed stenograph
*r in his estimate of the Secretary
of the Interior, but extend the judg
nent to the President himself. They
are dumfounded, disgusted and dis
iearted at the manner mn whten
Taft has- driven his administration
deeper and deeper into the mire. wi:.'i
each move he has made in Ballinger's
behalf. They admit that never be
fore in our history, with 'the possi
ble exception of Andrew Johnson,
has any President brought such dis
credit on himnself and his ain:inis
ratiou as Taft has done in this Bal
inger affair. The Republicans real
:ze that the effect of the revelations
>f the last :ew~ days regard1in:. the
resident's set tietermhinti n to
.hitewash Ballirnger. eve'n at the ox-'
~ense of his own honor and con
cientce. must prove disastrous to :he
-ary'in th~s fail's elections.
It is known that the President has
in -n animated in his course by
w'rsonali resnard for his Secretary of
hew I:terior wit.h whom his acriuaint
seet i)e!ore Balin.:er entered the
-ain:-t we~s siit~ht. The country is
therefore bound to seek elsewhere
han in personal considerations the
DIEDO IN FIRE
Thirty-five Prisoners Cremated Whe the
FRE STARTED BY THEM
In an Attempt to Make Their E.s
cape.-All Effort. to Save Prison
ers Were Futile.-Gruesome Scene
Presented When Fiames Subsided.
Fate of Several Unknown.
Thirty-five convicts were burned
to death at an early hour Monday
morning at the Lucile mines, of the
Red Feather Coal Company, located
in Bibb county. fifteen miles north of
Cartersville. Ala. The men were cre
mated while making desperate efforts
to escape from a burning stockade.
in which they were confined, and oth
er prisoners were with great difficulty
saved from the same fate.
The stockade was fired by a con
vict in attempting to escape, and he.
too. met death in the flames. Guards
of the camp were aroused by cries
,of anguish from the suffering men.
but the stockade burned so rapidly
that their efforts to save all inmates
Those who escap-d rrom the stock
ade. in w.hch about 100 were con
fined. attempted to escape custody.
resulting in one beng shot to death.
After the fire the stockade pre
sented a gruesome scene. the ground
being covered with baked bodies.
while the groans ot those injured
added to the horror of the scene.
All convicts at the Lucile mines
are leased by the State to the Red
Feather Coal Company, of which H.
W. Perry is president, and J. H. Tay
Official information is to the effect
that twenty-six men we-e burned to
death and twenty-one, several of
w.hom have since died, were seriously
burned. Three white convicts wi-ce
confined at the camp, but it is nit
known whether these met death.
Several guards were slightly burne-i
while attempting to rescue the con
victs. State Convict Inspector Hugh
Wilson .has been sent to the scene.
and the Governor has ofered assist
ance. The camps were inspected
sevpral weeks ago and were repor-ed
in good condition.
The stockade was fired from the
inside. a plan havin-g been formulated
to make a general escape. The fi-.
burned more rapidly, it is b'ive-3.
than the man who set fire Lo the
building expected, and instead of fu:
nishing a means of escape, the men
succumbed to the flames.
The fire was discovered af'e: it
had made such headway. an I ie
guards and other men, who wa:e at
tracted to the scene. had all they
could do to get out some of the mni-:
Iwho were locked in the cells and :',
prevent those who were releastd f cm
INews of the fire spread througl.
|Bibl) county, and other coal ccin
|munities have gone to the assistince
of the Red Feather Company. Th.
Ibodies of the convicts will be hurted
Inear the scene of the confiagrat'on
as soon as the company and S-rte
officials have made a full investiga
tion In the matter.
r-he question wHi Inevitable be
asked how it came that Ballinger
was made Secretary of the Interior,
and how Is it that Taft goes even
to the lengtli of miisrepresentation,
to put is mildly, to save Ballinger
from the consequences of his queer
maneuvering In relation to the Cun
|The answer to these questions will
be found by persons not entirely
|blinded by partisanship and the glam
or of high office, in the testimony of
|Glavis. before the investigating com
Imittee. In that testimony Glavis
told how the lobbyist and promoter.
Alexander Mackenzie, warned tne
land agent that he was pursuing a
dangerous course in persistmng in
his attack of the Cunninghtzm claim
Theses claimants. Mackenzie de
clared, according to Glavis, had been
strong enough to prevent the reap
pointment of James R. Garfield as
Secretary of the Interior, although
Roosevelt had requested his reten
tion. And If they were powerful
enough to prevent the reappointment
of Garfield, they mi;ht naturally be
expected to develop sufficient Influ
ence to secure the appointment of a
man of their own choice as Garfield's
Behind the Cunningham claimants.
the investigation has clearly shown.
were, the great Guggenheim and
Morgan-interests, which are seeking
to get a strangle hold on the vast
wealth of the territory of Alaska.
The control of the Interior depart
ment is essential to the success of
this great conspiracy anu suspicious
people will not be sic-w to reach
the conclusion that the appointment
of Ballinger as Secretary of the In
terior was not unconnected with the
Had the President kept his own
skirts clean, and held the balance
even betw-een Ballinger and his ene
mies, he would have escaped suspi
eion. IBut in many ways it is indi
eated that he .has been working hand
in glove with Itallinger and his
friends to bring about th-> vindication
of the Secretary of the Interior, al
most regardless of the character of
the means employed, and he ona
not complain if t-h-- disint.>restei pi:5
lic maintains an attitude of susp:
The one encouraging~ facto: mn tne
situation is the apparent certainty
the attempts to save Halling: r w:'i
have exactly the opposite f:-: to
it is the ibelief in '.hing a ti..'
th-- revelations of 10. pas 1.25 - ,a-.
taken in connlction Wi-5 Inle :Ull
ulative effect of the; tes: :mny tt
dcdto Ballinger's dij-': L
the Inv--statng committee. wz:i
make it imposs:M for that bod: t>
:ring in a ;. port whi:e-washin-; tne
Secretary of :he 1 nt--."
Shot His Brother.
Dr. H. Burton Stevenson, a phys:
clan of Sherwood. Baltimore County.
Md.. was shot in the face Tuesdayby~
his brother, Allen Stevenson. who isj
said to be mentally deranged. Thel
PLEADS THEIR CAUSE
MR. LEWIS W. PARKER STANDS
UP FOR THE FAPMERS.
He Urges Mill Men to Aid in Secur
ing to Cotton Planters Higher
Prices for their Staple.
The American Cotton Manufactur
ers' Association. representing sixty
per cent. of all American spindles.
has been asked and urged to Join the
"'Boosters' Club." The appeal was
made by Lewis W. Farker. the presi
dent of the Association, in a speech
at Charlotte on Tuesday. It was a
redhot and eventful speech. Mr. Par
ker went to the meeting with a prir.t
ed speech, but he was so impressld
with the importance of this appeal
that he left the text and made .his
reai speech impromptu. It was a
ringing appeal to the manufacturers
to jin the boosters and help the pro
ducer secure high and good prices
for raw cotton and a logical and
sharp arraignment of the outraeous
rules of the New York Cotton Ex
Mr. Parker. himself at the head of
mills operating over one-third of a
million spindles and a close student,
insisted that the cotton manufactur
ers should quit backing up the spec
ulator by decrying the value of raw
cotton. The very want of confidence
in high cotton on the part of the man
ufacturers. he urged, bolstered the
speculators and helped the "bears"
force down the market that was nev
er supplied with real cotton. If the
same effort has been used in con
vincing the world that there was 2
shortage of cotton as was used In
decrying the price, the market would
have been maintained and goods
would have kept on a parity witi
He. therefore, begged the mann
facturers to profit by possible mis
takes and join hands with those un
dertaking to get a fair price for cot
ton and appreciate chan-;ed condi
tions. The farmer is entitled to a fair
and honest return and be begged the
representatives of the cotton mills
to see that they got it. The world
is going to be bare of cottou next
September. and next year's crop will
hardly supply needs with reasonable
reserve, and there is no use to ex
peet low price cotton, and then Mr.
Pa:ker frankly showed that his per
sonal experience was that his mills
made more money with .high priced
cotton than with low and decining
Mr. Parker knows what he is talk
ing about and his intelligent audience
was amazed at the rrray of facts and
figures he gave in an off hand way.
Mr. Parker said that the Governmen1
was to blame for much of the mis
understanding about the crop. I
sent out a report about the ravages
of the boll weevil being exaggerated
and all sorts of stuff. He rapped
the Government officials for sayi
that the normal price of cottor
should be from S to 10 cents. Whet
the boll weevil fake was seat out
cotton tumbled 1 1-2 cents and the
cloth market went to pieces. Then,
early in January, the Government
sent out a crop estimate and the gamn
blers, by their manipulation forced
cotton dawn 3 1-4 cents on the Ex
SMr. Parker talks freely and gen.
erally in conversational tone. but
when he landed on the methods ot
the New York Exchange he rose ot
his tip-toes and grew eloquent. Mr.
Parker made it plain that he appre.
clated the honest men in the Ex
change, and that he knew there were
.honest men in the Exchange, bul
he denounced the metnods and went
into minute details. The chief trou
ble he pointed out, was that the rules
are framed for t1'e protection of
speculative sellers and not for the
legitimate buyer. The rules are for
gambling and not fair trade, and .he
insisted that all he wanted was a
fair, .auare deal for all and rules
that were fair and' honest, both to
buyer and seller.
Mr. Parker carried conviction with
his statements, because he knew th1e
rules and then h3e related a personal
experience. He. with other legiti
mate buyers. was in New York. early
this month to get cotton. On Mlay 2
Mir. Parker bought five thousand
bales of cotton in New York. It
was not speculative cotton, for Mr.
Parker wanted the accual cotton for
Then M1r. Parker related how the
New York folks squirmed and twist
ed to keep him and other buyers
from demacding the real cotton. One
of the party from Georgia wanted to
morrow money on the actual cot
ton. He did not get it and was told
he had better not mix up with Brown'
and Scales and a lot of "bulls." The
mill man told him that .he would gtf
the money at home, and he did so.
but he was offered the money if he
would leave the cotton in New York
Mir. Parker did not want nor need
money. They told him the brokerS
had been refused insurance on the
cot Lon he had bought and how he had
to get Insurance in his own way and
then how the effort was made to dis
suade him from taking the real cot
ton by delaying and playing with the'
classification and suggesting that
the classification may be indefinitely
postponed. Mir. Parker and the other
Southern buyers have paid for the.
cotton inl New York. and want re-al
cotton, and will not be satisfied with
Mir. Parker's account of the wile~s
of the New York Exchange made an
impression and he argued that the
Government should see that its rules
he made fair and honest to buyer and
.eller and that the contracts be .hon
est-that's all. If this is not done
then the real cotton manufacturer is*
at the mercy of the cotton gamb!- 'r
and cotton manufacturing wili degen
trate into cattn speculation rather
than manufacturing. If cotton is to
be inflated or depressed in price by
gambling processes, then the mill
president has no need of knowing
the manufacturing end near so much
as the speculative branch. Cotton
must bear such relation to the act
ual cotton conditions that any honest
man can judge pric-s.
'Mr. Parker said that the manufac
turers could do much towards rem
edying these conditions and he out-,
lned very clearly that cotton should
respond to supply and demand, that!
was honest and fair, but the Cotton
Exchanges had no right to deal un
fairly between the buyer and seller.
It rulmes and no moe convincing
GOES FOR LIFE
Hyde is Feund Gaiity of larder in the
First Degree But Oily
GETS A LIFE SNTENCE
Sensational Murder Trial in Kansas
City Fuds With the Conviction of
Dr. Hyde, Whose Neck is Saved
by the Jury Fixing His Punish
-ment at Life Imprisonment.
At Kansas City. Mo.. on Monday
Dr. B. Clark- Hyde. was convicted
and sectenced tu life imprisonment
for the murder of Thomas H. Swope.
a millionaire uncle of his wife, who
had given her nearly two hundred
thousand dollars in his will.
Col. Swope died October 30 last.
His death certticate gave apoplexy as
the cause of death. Dr. Hyde was
in attendance. The State avers he
poisoned the millionaire by !vdminis
tering strychnine to him in capsule
The motive for the alleged crime,
says the State. was to obtain wealth.
By the terms of Col. Swope's will,
'Mrs. Hyde was to receive a share of
her uncle's property and some mon
ey. Desiring to hasten the settle
ment of the estate and also to pre
vent certain changes, which the col
onel had planned, from being made
in the will. Dr. Hyde, killed the.aged
When indicted for the murder of
CoL. Swope. ten other indictmenti
were returned against Dr. Hyde. I:
them he was charged with the mur
der of Chrisman Swope. a nephev
of Col. Swope. by administering pois
on to him, negligently killing Jame:
Moss Hunton, a cousin of Col. Swope
by bleeding .him, and of attemptinj
to poison Misses Lucy Swope. MiI
dred Fox. Sarah Swope. George Com
ton. Nora Bell Dickson. Stella Swope
Margaret Swope and Leonora Cop
bridge. All of these people were at
tacked by typhoid fever, prevalent U
the Swope home, and it is averre
Hyde caused their illess.
No indictment but that one relat
ing to the death of Col. Swope en
tered the case whbich ended Mon
day, however. He was a millionair
real estate and mine owner. wh
gave Swope park to Kansas City, an
who died suddenly on October 3
1909. shortly after having taken
capsule at the direction of Dr. Hyde
Drs. Hektoen and Haynes, of Chic
ago. two eminent experts, who mad
an analysis of the viscera of Co
Swope. found strychnine in his stom
ach and liver.
Dr. Bennett Clarke Hyde. tb de
fpndant. is the son of a Baptist min
ister. now retired, at Lexington, M<
He was graduated from the Wen1
worth Military academy at Lexingtot
and went to Kansas City in the earl
90's and studied medicine.
A short time after he had bee
licensed to practice Dr. Hyde was at
pointed police surgeon by Mayo
Webster Davis. Before -he had sers
ed a year he was removed for us
When in October. 1898, severa
unusually bold grave robberies wer
committed. Dr. Hyde's name becam
connected with the matter. but n
sufficient proofs were found agali
It was three or four years late
that the announcement was made c
Dr. Hydes engagement to Miss Fras
ces Swope, daughter of 'Mrs. Marga
ret Swope, of Indepesence, and t~h
niece of the late Col. Thomas E
trhe errgagement wa strongly o;
posed by Mrs.' Margaret Swope, bu
Miss Frances was determined to maz
ry Hyde and even the fact that sew
eral breach of promise suits wer
filed against him, which did not re
fiect credit upon his character. dit
not change her determinlation.
She became the wife of Dr. Hyde
and, after a while, truce was de
clared and a fairly cordial entent
established between the Swope tamn
ily and Dr. Hyde. The door of tb
Swope home was opened to the younj
doctor last summer and soon there
after began a chain of events whici
caused the death of three person
and came near wiping out the entiri
TAKES AN EXTREME V'IEW.
Dr. E. C. Dar-a- Says the Baptis
Are Only Ones Right.
In presenting the report of th4
committee on work in Cuba and Pan
ama to the Southern Baptist Conven
tion Dr. E. C. Dargan. of Macon. Ga.
said he was as much a believer it
unity and fraternity as any man, bul
he did not believe there was an3
church on earth as good as: -. aptis
church. He had an idea that a Bap.
tist church, which had in front 01
it the first letter with which Bible
was spelled was the best institutlos
on earth and it was the only one that
was right. If that was narrow, he
had been living a narrow life for a
long time among a lot of narrow men
and he exepcted to die a narrow
dleath. to be placed in a narrow coffin
to sleep in a narrow grave and to
wake up a narrow soul on the morn
i. z'f the resurrection to spend a
narrow eternity with God to whose
teaching he had tried to oe true.
AVANT HAS SKIPPED TOO.
Neither He Nor Bingham Can Be
Found by Officers.
W. B. Avant left his home at Har
per's Saturday. just before the ar
rival of the deputy sheriff, stating
that he expected to take the train for
Columbia and surrender himself to
t.he Penitentiary authorities. Not
having reported at the prison,. it
would seem that he has taken the
cue from his friend and accomplice
in crime. Dr. Bingh~am. and tied.
Both men are now fugitives from
justice, their w~hereaoours being ab
soluely: unknown to the officers of
evidence of this was needed than to
show tnat spots were selling for
three cents a pound more than New
York contracts. Mr. Parker's talk
6f ash u
SEVEN NEW BISHOPS
ELECTED BY THE METHODIST
Two of the Seven Are Natives of
South Carolina and Graduates of
The General Conference of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
elected on Monday and Tuesday sev
en new Bishops. On Monday the
balloting commenced. On the fArst
ballot Rev. Collins Denny and Rev.
John C. Kilgo were elected. Out of
303 votes Denny received 229 3ad
Kilgo 178. The former received 71
votes more than necessary to elect,
while the latter received 26 votes
more than necessary to elect.
On the second bant Rev. W. B.
Murrah was elected by a vote of 145.
or_ 14 more votes than necS'Uy t->
elect. Then followed on T-esday
ot.her ballots, during which W. R.
Lambuth. E. D. Mouzon. R. G. Wat
. erhouse and J. H. McCoy were ele-c
- ed. This completed the electlen o:
y the seven Bishops as provide.* f-)
y by resolution of the conferent-. The
I following is the order in which the
Bishops were elected..
Collins Denny, Maryland.
John C. Kilgo. South Carolina.
W. B. Murrah. 'Mississippi.
W. R. Lambuth. T-ennessee.
E. D. Mouzon. South Carolina.
R. G. Waterhouse, Virginia.
J. H. McCoy. Alabama.
Both Revs. John C. Kilgo and E
D. Mouzon are natives of South Caro
lina and graduates of Wofford C->l
lere. When elected Kilgo was a
member of the North Carolina Con
F ference and Mouzon was a membet
of the Texas Conference. He was
2 born in Spartanburg. where his fath
er, a most excellent man. carried
r on the business of a photographer.
He is said to be a very able man,
and well equipped for the high pos.
tion to which he has been called. He
is 45 years of age.
L Of the seven Bishops elected all
are in the prime of life. and the dele
gates are congratulatI.g themselves
t that the majority of the Bishopl chos
en are still young men, who give
r promise of 16ng userullness to thE
Church. Of the four Bishops elected
Monday three were engaged In school
work, the fourth. Dr. W. R. Lam
bouth. being the only one not Rc
engaged. It is a sinqular fact tha
none of the Bishops elected were en
- gaged in the regular work of the
South Carolina and Wofford Col
lege are well represented among the
new Bishops. which shows that the
old State and tbe old college are a
great farce in Methodism. In the
last ten years three South Carolin
lans have been elected Bishops by
-the General Conference, but in every
Sinstance they were members of some
other conferences when elected. Why
is it that so many of South Carolina's
strong men leave their own State
and go to others? Why don't they
remain members of the South Caro
lina Conference instead of joining
STOLE BIG SUM) OF MONEY..
Took Express Envelope Containing
Three packages of anoney contain
ing S32.024.24 were stolen from the
Pennsylvania depot at Oil City. Pa..
at 2.30 o'clock Thursday morning.
while John J. Tru by. the station
agent, was loading baggage on to a
Buifalo-bound train. The money was
being shipped by the Adams Express
company to Philadelphia.
T'he railroad detectives investigat
ing the robbery are or the opinion
that the theft was the work of one
man. T.he packages were too bulky
for stcrage in the small station safe
and Night Agent Truby placed the
money un'der a sack behind the tick
et counter. covering them carefully.
At: 3.30 o'clck a train pulled in
Ito the station and Truby stepped
out on the platform. closing the
ofi.ce door behind him. The door
is self-locking. While about 200 feet
from the station offiee. Truby saw by
the light on the station platformn that
the office door was une!onsed. Hurry
ing back he discovered that the thiree
pacitages of m'oney were- missing.
While stralling aion~t his lonely,
boat in Portlan.i. Or.. Patrolman
Swennes wa. seurprised b'y a cinna
mon b-ar. Ainout the timhe the ani
mal gave a growl andl a snarl Uw
patrolman mas'making r'cord time
toward police headqiuarters. A still
hunt reveale'd th' bear belonzed to
the Portland Bird company and af
ter his taste of freedom he return
ed to his cagt-.*
Young Bank C'ashier.
Ear! P. .1ar:in. of Donald's. S. C..
holds the record for :>eirg the young-j
est bank cashier in the I'nited States.
Hie is eighteen y-ars of age and was~
elected cassier of the Bank of Doen
ald Tuesday. L. Al .Mer;er. of Bei-J
vit. Kas.. aged 20. is the next young-J
TELLS TWO TALES
TAFT SEEMS TO HAVE A VERY
First Denied and Then Admitted the
Truthfulness of the Charges Made
Zach McGhee. In his letter to The
State, says when the New York
World reached Washington Monday
morning with the suggestion that a
new department of the government
as five pounds to fifty galloas of wt
"department of cdmmon sense," the
sentiment seemed to meet with uni
Young Kerby. the stenographer,
who disclosed Saturday the startling
fact that President Taft's letter, ex
onerating Secretary Ballinger, had
been In part prepared by an attor
ney in Mr. Balliniger's own offce,
was Monday dismissed from the ser
vice, as was expected.
What startled everybody was that
President Taft, after on Saturday
denying Kerby's statement, on Sun
day admitting the whole thing -and
even worse than Kerby had charged.
And a still more monstrous fact is
fnst now beginning to dawn on the
public, that on Saturday the man
through whom the presidents de-gi'!
was made was none other than Mr.
Taft was out playing golf when
Ballinger rushed to the White House
with a copy of the Wasbington Tanes,
which first printed Kerby's story.
Over the telephone from- the golf
links the #resident told Ballinger to
go ahead and deny the whole thing.
The denial was accordingly fixed
up then and there at the White
House and given out The next day.
Sunday, the president realized that
Kerby's story would be believed.
that. in short, he was caught, and so
he decided fo admit it.
It is a second case of Roosevelt
and Harriman. although in this case
there is no corruption. but just a
case of ordinary gullibility and gen
eral incompetence. Roosevelt em
phatically and indignantly denied any
collusion with Harriman and c31t'd
Harriman a liar, but when he realiz
ed that Harriman himself might give
out the letters, in short, that Harri
man had the goods, -e decided to
give out the letters, which was a
confession, not an altogether open
one, however, for he garbled ort. of
Now Mr. Taft follows in the steps
of "my policies." A representative
of Kentucky, one of the most bril
liant of the congressmen, remarked
to me unday: "The whole truth is
that Taft and that crowd aruond him
were brought up in a school of ethics
which sees no wrong In that kind
of double entendre. This school
teaches that a deception or a lie in
buisiness is all right, so long as it
is not exposed. When exposed, It
:is only a mistake, not a moral
FIn.VE INJURED IN ALTO.
- Rapidly Driven.
~As the result of an automobile an
cident, about one mile from Kershaw',
Mr. J. W. Ingram Is severely, but
not seriously injured, and the ma
chine of Mr. C. W. Requarth is badly
damaged. W.hile turning a curve at
a rapid rate the rear wheels skidded,
sending the car into a small bridge.
IThe bridge being demolished, the car
then ran into a nearby wood pile be
fore it was apain gotten under con
trol. One of the occupants. Dr. W.
C. Twitty, jumped. All five were
slightly bruised, but Mr. Ingram
more severely hurt than the others.
MET AWFUL DEATH.
Enveloped in Gasoline Flames Child
At Tampa. Fla.. Manuel Hackney,
a five year old boy, met a horrible
death Thursday while playing in his
father's yard. A tank on a gasoline
stove exploded and while it was still
burning was thrown into the yard by
a fireman, who happened to be pass
ing the house at the time.. The
burning tank struck the child, the
gasoline spreading over him, burn
ing h'imn so badly that he died two
hours later. Two houses burned as
a result of' the explosion.
Miners and Soldiers Shoot.
The State militia. on guard at the
Atlas Portland Cemaent Company's
aId Tuesday. L. A. .Meiger. of Bel
the strikers Tuesday morning at the
dynamite ?nagazine. The militiamen
returried the fire and the strikers es
caped in the underbush. No one was
injured by the Sity shots.
Killed Wife and Self.
At Washington because hi~s wife
refused to give him money and jeal
ous of atentions whichi he believed
were being paid to her by others.
Frank Fenton. aged 40. shot his wife
and then turned the pistol on himself
and blew ont his braina Wednesday.