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SAME OLD GAME
Trust People Using the Usual Tactics to
Beat Democratic Party.
Being Sprung to Frighten Voters of
the Country Into a State of Mind
That Will Make Them Fear to Put
In a Power an Administration
Which Will Cut Tariff Duties.
The Washington correspondent of
the Greenville Daily Piedmont says
the trust game of bringing out the
old Dogey Man called "Business De
pression"-who always is kept right
up in the front part of the stage
when ever an election approaches
is being played again. From Wall
street comes the cry that Democratic
investigations, and Supreme court de
cisions, and the cry for low tariff,
and a dozen other such calamities are
constantly threatening business.
The purpose of the wails, it is be
coming more and more apparent, is
to gradually frighten the voters of
the country into a state of mind that
will make them fear to put in power
an administration which -will cut
the liigh tariff duties.
The trusts pretend to be greatly
wrought up over recent suits against
some of ther number. They pre
tend, for instance, to be in a panic
because of the suit against the steel
trust, and are trying to make the
country believe such activities as
these against Big Business will re
sult in a general industrial depres
And while they are sending out
these alarms they know that the
suit against the steel trust will
amount to nothing as long as a Re
publican admidtistration is in power
to prosecute it similar suits were
filed against the beef trust by- a Re
publics-i attorney general eight years
ago, ani that suit hasn't progressed
an Inch since it was filed. notwith
standing that it has been held up
dozens of times as a "horrible ex
ample" of the way the politicians
were disturbing business.
If the suit against the steel trust
were prosecuted with all reasonable
despatch it would require two or
three years to get it before the Su
preme court, hence the cry that this
suit "alarms business" becomes re
The real reason business is alarm
ed, if it is true that business is
alarmed-which is a question that is
open to argument-is the fear of
those business men who operate on a
moderate scale that the money trust
Is getting a grip on the industrial
situation which no political party
will be able to break.
These small business men are ap
prehensive only in the degree that
they fear the money trust controlled
by Morgan will make some move to
discipline those who are crying for
a low tariff, and for some relief from
the abnormally high cost of living.
The Morgan crowd is standpat Re
publican to the core, and regardlest
of what Wall street talks about now,
there Is little doubt that what it is
thinking about Is the possibility of a
tariff cut by the Democrats. To fore
stall this menace the billionaires are
stirring up the old cry of "danger to
business." and getting ready to make
their usual attempt to coerce an
other Stand Pat Republican victory
a year from now.
The tariff is still the issue on
which the two parties must fight it
out next year. Knowing this, Wall
street is already laying plans and
since the only weapon these money
barons- know how to use, since they
have neither facts nor justice to aid
them, Is the threat of slack business.
-Their present wails simply are prac
tice stunts to get the old bogey in
working order for the coming cam
DODGES FANGS OF DEATH.
Bronx Zoo Keeper Ducks an~I Cobra
Strikes the Ground.
The New York World says a ten
foot king cobra at the Bronx Zoo gave
a performance Sunday that was en
tirely unlooked for by the throng
gathered in front of his cage. The
spectators had been attracted by the
snake's hostile attitude toward a
small black snake, which he was
handling in the manner in which a
cat teases a mouse.
*Keeper Charles Snyder opened the
door in the rear of the cage to assist
the black snake. The cobra coiled
and flung himself toward Synder.
The keeper ducked and the snake
landed on the ground. Then there
was action, enjoyed by the crowd
safe in front. A snake fears a shove!
or a broom. Attendants soon had orne
-of each at work, but at that it requir
ed an hour to get the cobra back in
to his cage.
Leg Cut Off by Box Car.
- While standing on a passenger
track at Spartanburg Junction Tutes
day afternoon, watching a south
bound train pull out, General r'ore
man J. W. Rideout, of the Southern
Railway, was struck by a box c'ar.
which was backed up against him.
He was dragged ten or fifteen feet
and his left leg completely severed
from his body.
Signs Four Death Warrants.
Four death warrants have been
signed by Iov. Jared T. Saniders of
Louisiana. :o be executed in the state
penitentiary this city on January 1
next. One white man and three ne
gr~es convicted on murder charges
15 b ane unless the pardon
The steamn yacht Aivina owned by
Jos. 'F. Cole of DTuuh. Min:n., has
not reported~ her whereabouts since
the "big blow" of Saturday and early
inquiries Tuesday failed to give any
trace of her.
Farmners Holding Cotton.
Many counlties are making reports
to the State Farmers' uniot at Co
lumbia on the cotton holding plan.
A score of farmers repor: that 502
bales of cotton have been pledged in
TELLS AWFUL SIORY
ENGLISH OFFICER WRITES OF
Lieut. Herbert Montague Declares
That European Troops Are Prac
ticing Barbariops Atrocities.
A cablegram from London says agi
tation against atrocities by Italians
in Tripoli, which has sprung up in
the 3ritish press and is supported by
a few members of the house of com
mtous since uncensored reports ar
rived from English newspaper corre
spondents concerning recent occur
rences in Tripoli, received fresh im
petus through a telegram received by
a news agency from Herbert Monta
gue, a second lieutenant in the Fifth
Fusiliers. He telegraphed from
Soulkeli, via the Tunis frontier:
"I feel it my duty to send to you
the following telegram and beg you
in the name of Christianity to publish
it throughout England. I am an Eng
lish officer, now a volunteer, serving
in the Turkish army here.
"As you know already about the
ferocious resistence "which the Turks
and Arabs are offering the Italians, I
will only express my admiration for
their bravery and fortitude, which
would warm the hearts of any Eng
lishman or of any true soldier in the
"Imagine my feelings when, on en
tering and driving the Italia'.s out of
Arab houses, which they had fortified
and were holding. we discovered the
bodies of some 120 women an chil.
dren with their hands and feet
bound, mutilated, pierced and torn.
Later on we found a mosc:ue filled
with bodies of women and children
mutilated almost beyond recognition.
I could not count them, but there
must have been 300 or 400.
"Can not England do something to
stop such horror In our Christian
times you can hardly befieve it, but
:s true nevertheless. I myself have
seen it, so I know. Even no.v we are
-eting news of further massacres of
onien discovered on different farms
lately occupied by Italians when they
slaughtered the innocents obviously
was one of revenge for their heavy
tosses in battie. We ar at this point
under a heavy shrappel of fir-, so you
must excue me if the sentences are
somewhat disjointed. There is alsc
an aeroplane circling over our posi
tion and directing the enemy's gur
fire on us."
ESCAPES WITH WRONG TWIN.
Planned to Wed Mary, But Took Sis.
ter Betty by Mfistake.
Capt. Harry R. Edwards of the
schooner May H. eloped from Keni
Island Monday night with Miss Bett3
Harrison, daughter of G. F. Harrison,
a farmer who lives near Anapolis,
Edwards spent his vacation last
summer at a house near that of the
Harrisons, who had twin daughters.
People living on the Island have oftet
mistaken one of them for the othei
and that was what Edwards did whet
he eloped Monday night. Hie landed
from the schooner intending to elope
wIth Mary Harrison. He met Betty
first, and thinking she was Mary hur
ried her off to a parson and ther
aboard the schooner.
The schooner is somewhere in Che.
sapeake Bay, with Edwards and hi!
wife aboard, headed for Baltimore,
while Mary Is mourning the fate that
eaves her a single woman. It was re
ported last summer that Betty was
jealous of the attention paid her sis.
ter by Edwards, and it is believed
she learned Edwards was going tC
marry 'Mary, and decided the best
way to stop It was to marry him her
TOUNG GIRL WAS KILLED
And Her Body Was Thrown in the
A Miami. Fla., dispatch says that
Hattie Parcel, the 15-year-old girl
whose body was found in the Miami
river was dead when thrown in the
water, was the principal testimony
brought out at Tuesday's trial of P.
C. Cox, charged with the murder.
The evidence was given by Dr. A.
G. Post, who conducted the post mor
tem examination. According to Dr.
Post. the girl's wounds -indicated
that she had been killed with a sand
bag and that she had been dead about
1twelve hours when found. The con
dition of the body indicated that it
had been in the watch only about
eight hours, as there was no water in
the lungs or stomach. it is expected
that it will be several days before the
State's evidence is completed.
KILLED IN GIN SHA.FTING.
APickens Man Caught and Crushed
Ito Death at Gin.
Mr. Riley Porter. of the Mountain
View section of Picktens county, was
killed Thursday by being caught in a
line shaft at his brother's gin. Mr.
Porter was working at the gin at the
timne of the accident. He went to
put a belt on a wheel and his right
arm was caught and broken off above
his elbow. He was carried twice
around the shaft and received inter
nal injuries. He lived about seven
hours, and remained conscious until
Client Thrashes Lawyer.
IWhen he lost his case in the police
court at Richmnd. V'a.. Encole Su
breizi. a tailor, turned upon and vio
lently assaulted his lawyer. Walter
Rhodes. Justice Turner ordered Sub
reizi imprisoned for 20 days, but the
f'orgiving at:crney sought ceemency
f'or his client, and saved him from
Found With Throat Cat.
A. S. Cook, a youn grie man
from Monroe. was fo'und dead with
l2s throa: cut, on the fro:'t of a ne
gro house in Charlotte Sunday'
monn.The jugular vein was sev
ere-d and one hand badly cut, as
tl'ough he had attempt~ed to ward off
a knife thrust.
Hunter Frozen to Death.
C>.arles Phillips. of rtshorn.
Okl~a., was found frozen to death
in the woods near McAlister. Okla..
Tuesday. He went out hunting Sat
DULL VS BEAR
Why the Geydrament Prosecutes One
and Let the Oiler Go Free.
GIVES A POOR EXCUSE
Why the Man Who fries to Raise the
Price of Cotton Breaks the Law,
While the Man Who Tries to Low
er the Price Does Not Break th(
The following correspondence ex
Abbeville, S. C., Oct. 31, 1911.
Hon. Geo. W. Wickersham, Attorney
General, Washington, D. C.
Dear Sir: I note that the case
against the Wall street "bulls" charg
ing them with cornering cotton is still
n the courts and assume that you will
push the prosecution to a conclusion.
While I do not concur in the opin
ion that it was the proper function
of the government to interfere with
the enhanced value of a commodity
that meant so much for the wealth
of this country, I assume that you
can justify the prosecution legally.
If then the government had a legal
right to proceed against a combina
ion of speculators whose purpose was
to force it has the same legal right tc
proceed against a combination whose
purpose is to force down the price ol
the same commodity.
Of the American cotton crop, ap
proximately one-half is sold in for
eign markets. A decline of two cent
per pound means the loss to this
-ountry of $60,000,000 and to th
Southern farmer of $120,000,000. Il
.s certain that "bear" pressure oI
Wall street has forced a decline o
fully three cents per pound in thi
present market, thereby robbing thi
South of approximately $105,000,000
-nd giving it to foreign spinners. Thi
lecline has been brought about b:
the bear element overselling the mar
ket, publishing false or misleadinj
statements, and combining to keel
buyers out of the market. With ni
extensive knowledge of exchang<
methods, I think it is safe to sa:
.hat if a combination may advanci
:he market. a combination may like
wise depress it, and the fact is, it i
now being done.
Then should not the governmen
interpose? If it was right in th<
former instance It is right in this
and when the wealth of the natioi
is threatened and the competency o
Southern homes is being absorbed b:
the foreigners, should not the govern
tnent at least place the weight of it
influence and power with its own cit
izens? An Investigation of "bear
tactics would probably reveal ampli
ground for criminal action agains
the leaders and prosecution woul
probably dissolve the unfair combi
nation and allow cotton to resume it
normal price. At any rate it seem
incumbent on the government, lI
the premises, to throw the weight 0
its power with the people.
This letter Is not written In an:
carping spirit, but in the hope tha
you may see the other side of thi
question, as the cotton producer see
it, and use the arm of the law, as fa
as possible for their relief.
I would rather to have an expres
ion of opinion from you, as to wheth
er such a prosecution would, in you
judgment. be entertained by th<
courts, and if it would, what likeli
hood there is, If any, of the depart
mnent of justice taking such a step.
Living in this section where cottox
is the prevailing crop, it is a grea
disappointment to me that the pro
ducer should be robbed of his legiti
mate profit on that crop. If the gov
ernmient can extend any aid, it coul<
never come more timely.
Wyatt Aiken, M. C.
Mr. Wickersham's Reply.
Office of Attorney General,
Washington, D. C., Nov. 6, 1911
Hon. Wyatt Aiken, M. M., Abbeville
My Dear Sir: I have your favor 0:
31st ultimo. I quite agree with yot
on the general proposition that, i
cornering a product which is dealt ix
interstate commerce, for the purpost
of increasing its price, is illegal, sim
ilar cornering for the purpose of de
pressing its price is likewise Illegal
The formation of a corner for the in
creasing of the price is easily under
stood. A number of men get togeth
er and, by their combined means ox
credit, buy up enough of the commod
ity to controll the market, withhold
it from sale until the demand for i1
forces the price to the point at which
they are willing to let it go, and
:hereby impose upon the manufactuxe
er. who must use the product, the
burden of an artificial price.
It is not so clear by what process a
"bear pooi" is organired or conduct.
ed, and I have no evidence in this de
partment of a tangible charactet
which enables me to form the opinion
that any designated individuals have
combined to depress the price of cot
:on below its normal figure. More
over, it is not quite clear in my mind
how such a "bear pool" can operate
:o restrain interstate commerce. I
suppose the method by whichi such a
combination would operate would be
:o throw upon the market a: a given
ime a quantity of a commodity in ex
ess of the demnand which would re
sult in its being taken only at prices
which the purchasers thought would
enable thenm to sell at a profit.
I don't at all know what the prac
:ice is amcng the cotton growers in
your State. for instance, respecting
:he sale of their product. When I
I ast had occasion to examine the
question. which was a few years ago.
he crop was pretty generally sold to
the cotton factors before it was pick
ed, the price being based upon the
prevailing price of the previous year,
and increased or decreased according
to the ratio between the crop produc
ed in the country the preceeding year,
and :he estimated crop of the current
Generally speaking. I take it that
the "'bulls" and "bears"' are the bro
kers who, on the cotton exchange, at
a given time, are seeking to increase
and depress prices respectively. The
"ears" are trying to beat down the
prices in order to buy a: a lower fig
ure and the "bulls" are trytng to run
prices up in order to sell at higher
SERVES HIM RIGHT
JAIL SENTENCE FOR ABDUCTOR
OF YOUNG GIRL.
Her Preacher Affinity Doffs His Dis
graced Ministerial Garb for Prison
A dispatch from Shelby, N. C., says
Rev. B. L. Padgett, the holiness ,min
ister 'ingicted under several charges
for illegal relations with pretty Miss
Carrie Stockton of Kings Mountain,
was convicted of the most serious of
the charges against him in the su
perior court of Cleveland county at
that place. Judge Webb sentenced
Padgett to two years in the State
penitentiary, and Solicitor Wilson
cancelled the other indictments
Padgett is a tall, rather handsome
man, with an intellectual face. He
first knew the Stockton girl when she
was a mere child, twelve years ago,
and has been going to her home in
Kings Mountain since that time. Some
time ago he held a series of meetings
there and boarded at the Stockton
home, several members of the family
being members of his church. He
seemed to be infatuated wita this lit
tle daughter and made gifts of cloth
ing and jewelry.
There are other indictments stand
ing against Padgett in Burke County,
N. C., and Greenville, S. C., both
growing out of his relations with the
Stockton girl. The charge against
him at Greenville is for kidnapping
the girl, the arrest having been made
in Atlanta. He will be turned over to
the Greenville authorities when he
completes his sentence in North Car
olina. The charge against him in
Burke County is a more serious one
than that on which he was convicted
at Shelby, having been a capital of
fense prior to a charge of statue a
few years ago.
During the trial Mrs. Padgett and
his daughter sat besides him and lis
tened intently to the evidence. Many
people were at Shelby from Kings
Mountain, where the sentiment is
strong against him, and the court
room was crowded throughout the
hearing of the evidence. The Stock.
ton holding a position as superintend
ent of the spining room in one of the
large mills there.
DEMOCRATS WIN NEW M[EXICO.
Elect All State Officers and One
United States Senator.
In her first election New Mexico
goes Democratic. The entire Demo
cratic State ticket headed by W. C.
McDonald for governor, as well as
congressional candidates H. B. Fergu
san and Paz Valverde, have majori.
L ties between five and six thousand.
With many outlying districts un
heard from, interest in Tuesday's
-elections centers in the neck and necb
race between the Republicans and
Democrats and Progressive Republi
cans' coalition for the control of the
legislature, whisch elected two United
Latest returns give the Republi.
cans 33 out of 72 votes in the joint
assembly and the coalition 35 with
four seats In doubt. Should the co
alition control the legislature, it is
expected that one of the new senators
-will be a Democrat.
Sbe, generally, with the "bears," and
the Interests of the factors, or cotton
-dealers, would be with the "bulls." A
" bear" movement would be initiated
if, for example, concerns dealing in
cotton had borrowed very largely on
a close margin and, for some reason
-or other, were compelled to sell for
the purpose of meeting other loans,
and a movement, once begun, toward
the lowering of prices, would be apt
to gain headway because other peo
ple, having cotton on margin, would
be fearful of greater loss if they wait
ed until the price went lower, and so
would rush Into the market determin
ed to get rid of their product at a
How a "bear pool" would operate,
I confess I do not quite understand,
nor do I know of the existence of any
such pool. B~y pool I mean a group
of men w'ho, for the purpose of con
trolling the price of a commodity, in
their own interest, buy a sufficiently
large amount of the property to en
able them to control the price in the
market. I write, giving you just my
impressions of the subject, because
you may have fuller knowledge than
1, and I should be very glad to have
you give me any detailed information
available to you, going to show the
existence and operation of any combi
nation formed for the purpose of de
pressing the price of cotton.
In the proceeding against those en
Igaged in the so-called "bull cotton
pool"' which the government brought
a year or so ago, the United States
circuit court in New York held that
but that a combination formed to
corner and enhance the price of cot
ton did not operate in restraint of in
terstate commerce even though, as
was alleged in the indictment, the
necessary effect, as well as the intend
ed purpose, of the combination was to
increase the price which the spinners
had to pay .and. as a matter of fact,
by so increasing the priue a large per
centage of the spinners had refrained
ffrom manufacture and had thereby
been restrained in commerce among
the several States. An appeal from
the judgment of the court, sustain
ing a demurrer to the essential counts
of the indictment, has been argued in
the supreme court of the United
States and is now under considera
tion. If the court shall decide the
essential question involved and not~
let the case go off on a technical mat
ter of pleading. we may have some
light which will be of aid in the en-.
forcemnent of the law against other
combinations of a like character. But,
aside from that, my greatest difficulty
I should have in dealing with the case
you mention is what I have outlined
Geo. W. Wickershsm,
Attorney General .
Died in a Little Pond.
Thomas Estridge. a white man.
a.bout 45 years old. committed suicide
Friday by drowning. jumpio; into
rond near the Lancaster cotton mills.
A party saw him when he jumped
into the water and attenipted to res-:
c'-'e himn. :He was in the last stares
SAYS HE WAS THE MAN
ATLANTA JUDGE SAYS GAME
WAS WORKED ON HIM.
The Case of the Want Ad. Wooing
Preacher in Atlanta Seems to Be
An Atlanta dispatch says the Fer
rell matrimonial case is holding the
minds of people of that city puzzlied,
as one development follows another
in surprising succession. Letters
have been received by Judge Nash R.
Broyles from Gaffney, S. C., indicat
ing that the man who appeared be
fore him last Thursday saying he was
the Rev. W.A. Ferrell was an im
personator who simply wanted to
clear t-he name of Ferrell.
On November 1 a man giving his
name as Rev. W. A. Ferrell was ar
rested on complaint of a young lady,
the man having answered anony
mously an advertisement she placed
in the paper asking for a position
as bookkeeper and offering to marry
her. The case was dismissed as the
man's proposition seemed to have
Last Thursday another gentleman
presented himself to Judge Broyles
with letters showing he was Rev. W.
A. Ferrell and declared that the first
man was an imposter who had used
his name without authority. The
judge gave him a letter of exonera
Letters Just received indicate that
a friend of the real Rev. Ferrell who
was in fact tried in Atlanta, came
to Atlanta and obtained the exonera
tion by deception. A pictore was
sent ir' one of the letters--a minia
ture of Rev. W. A. Ferrell-and it
is pronounced by the judge and court
attendants as a photograph of the
man who was tried at Atlanta for his
The case seems to be much mixed
up. Mr. Ferrell may have to ap
peal to his conference, which soon
meets at Bennettsville to look intc
the matter and exonerate him. This
is the best course for him to pur
sue if he was not really the man whc
was tried before Judge Broyles a.
SHOULD HOLD COTTON.
President C. S. Barrett Gives Oui
"See the enclosed clipping. I au
right in behind you with this work
More than 3,000 papers carry tbes(
communications" was the stateien1
contained in a letter received at th(
State department of Agriculture b3
E. J. Watson, the commissioner, say,
The State. The (ollowing statemen1
accompanied the letter:
"President Chas. S. Barrett of the
National Farmer's union, in an ad
dress to union nmembers says holc
cotton. He urges farmers to farm af
if cotton were no-t in existence. He
says at this critical stage of the cot
ton situation, with the Farmers' un
ion and scores of business leader!
and general southern factors bat
tling to stem the tide of unfaii
prices, the first duty of the farmer il
to hold his cotton. Those who sell al
present prices are simply giving
away a margin of several million dol.
lars to spinners and speculators
Quotations after the first of the yeai
will establish the truth of that asser.
tion. The most difficult part of thE
campaign is now upon us. To wavel
is -to lose the effect of the splendic
work already accomplished.
"In South Carolina under the lead
ership of E. J. Watson, president oj
the Southern Cotton congress, they
are instituting a system of pledges
which binds the planter to hold his
present cotton for 13 cents; and fur
ther, not to sow more than 60 per
cent of the arable acreage in cottoz
for the coming season. The plan is
an excellent one. Statistics and our
own common sense tell us that the
crop now in hand is worth more than
is being offered for it. But if civili
zation needs the sharp lesson of a
short crop to emphasize the wisdom
of fair dealing with the farmer, then
so be it.
"The South is in a better position
to be absolutely independene than
any other section of the country. Just
assume, for the sake of Illustration,
that soil conditions were such that
we could not produce cotton. We
would then proceed to realize upon
the South's heaven-sent heritage by
producing the great staple crops rais
ed in every section of Amercia, the
crops they rely upon to sustain life,
to bring in revenue, to promote pros
"Think what Southern soil can
yield: Corn, wheat, oats, barley, rye,
sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, tur
nips, peas, vetch. burr clover, alfalfa,
ribbon cane, sorghum, watermelons,
all kinds of vegetables, cows, hogs,
sheep, goats mules, poultry and poul
try products, dairy pro~ducts and all
manner of fruits.
"We could simply wipe cotton out
of consideration, still make a living
and bring in enormous sums from the
world at large for Southern crops.
"In the face of these tremendous
assets, it is nothing less than crimi
nal folly to concentrate on cotton.
Cut down on it ruthlessly: Make it
strictly a surplus crop. Produce any
or all of the other crops I have
enumerated. Then the periennial
cotton problem will cease to be one.
the cotton we do raise will bring a
fair price, and it will not be incum
bered by the large amounts now in
sanely sent cutside of the section for
staples that should be raised here."'
Advertising Brings the Business.
The business man who does not ad
vertise might almost as well put his
goods in a basement as on the
shelves of his store. He does not
realize the truth of the statement
made by Lord Macauley years ago
when steam was the grea: motive
power, that, "Advertisiag is to bus>
ness what steam is to machinery."~
He would soon know the truth of it
to his great financial rain if he would
but test it. This is what the progres
sive business man does with conse
quent prosperity to himself and of
gain to the public.
Killed Mother and Sister.
At Guild Hall. Vt.. without a simn
of emotion. Arthur Jtean. a 19-year
o d lad, in Cout pleaded guilty to
nmurnering his mother and 15-year
LAYS ALL BARE
Tdis of His Djuble Life, His Many
Robberies and Other Crimes.
ENDING WITH CRIME
Escaped Suspicion of Thirteen Thefts,
1But on Unlucky Fourteenth Lost
Locket That Led to Detection and
on Fifteenth Shot and Killed a
The confession of Bertram Geger
Spencer, on trial for the murd-er of
Miss Martha B. Blackstone at Spring
field, Mass., as made to representa
tives of the State Detective Bureau
and municipal police shortly follow
ing his arrest, is one of the queer
est of documents and tells all about
a series of crimes committed at
Springfield by him, while holding a
responsible position in a business
house of that city as shipping clerb.,
and lpoked upon by all as an honest,
No fiction can equal this confes
sion-equal the contradictory phases
of character displayed in a man who
could, invade a home to loot it, who
could shoot down defenseless women
and, on the other hand, could polite
ly listen to a frightened, fainting wo
man's request for a glass. of water
and fetch it to her, or could sympa
thetically consider a mother's plea
on Christmas Eve that the gifts she
had to place In the little ones' stock
ings and on the family hearth should
not be stolen.
Yet in this confession Is aJlso the
raise into madness the anger of nor
mal men-confessions that he not
only robbed women but that he bound
and gagged them and showed an
other phase of his despicable char
When the locket, lost during an
attempted burglarly six months be
fore, had been traced to him and the
detectives went to the place where
he worked as shipping clerk and told
him he was under arrest .as a suspect
in the murder of Miss Martha Black
stone, they said that he had first
"Is this a joke?"
"It is too serious a 'matter for us
to come here and joke about," one
Spencer had called to his employ
er, a Mr. Handy:
"Why, Mr. Handy, what do you
think? These men have come to ar
rest me for the murder of Miss Black
stone up there in Round Hill. What
do you think of that?"
His employer had reassured him to
the extent of saying that he had bet
ter go with the officers, with the as
surance that if he we're innocent
everything would come out all right.
"All right," ha~ answered, "then I'll
At midnight on the day of his 'ar
rest he was in a cell; the many arti
cles found in his house had been
i'dentified as stolen things; the re
volver and mask and searchlight lan
tern -and belt and holster had been
The testimony is that Spencer
called to State Detective Flynn,
whom he sa.w in the corridor, anti
"Is it true that this drunken fool
over there in that cell has been hol
.lering all night; that Mrs. Dow and
one of her daughters has Identified
me as the man who muridered dviss
This "drunken man" was a po14ce
"That's something I can't discuss
with you," said Flynn.
Spencer -already knew that Mrs.
Dow and her uninjured daughter,
Miss Lucy Dow, had identified a bead'
red belt and a pearl brooch found at
ihis home as articles stolen from them
on the night of the murder.
It was two -days later, he said to
the detictives, that he desired to tell
everything. They warned him they
were policemen and would tell what
he told them to the courts. He said:
"I don't care. I want to tell you
Verbatim extracts from his confes
sion will perhaps prove the most in
teresting. He tells, for instance, of
entering a house by *a window and
discovering a man and woman talk
ing. From their talk he gathered
that the man would son retire, so he
rolled under the bed in a back room
"The man went upstairs. Then
this lady came in and locked the
doors and went to bed. I must have
stayed there .an hour or two waiting
for her to go to sleep and every time
that I would make the least move to
come out I could' hear her kind of
"When I got up to the edge of the
bed she rose up and screamed. Then
her position changed from a sitting
to a lying position. I demanded mon
e y and jewelry. While I was talking
to her she pulled off some rings and
dropped them into the bed, and I saw
her and said: "What did you do?
You dropped something.' She said:
'No, I didn't.' I asked her to move
over to one side and' she did, andI
saw them. I asked her if she had
any money. She said a little. She
gave me $'2.
I"She asked me for a drink of wat
er and I got her a drink. She asked
me which docr I wanted to go out
and I said: 'The back door.' She
went oni ahead of me and unlocked
the back door and she said: 'Good~
night.' and I said: 'Good nigght.'
And that is all there was to it."
Of the three little children who
were tryin s to keep awake waiting
for Santa Claus on Christmn~s eve in
'he home of Mrs. Helen F. Fisk at
M' Calhoun street, Springfield. Spen-I
cer recited this incident:
"Yes, it was the night before
C'risnas: I remember the ied was
all covered with Christmas presents
and I started to pick up some of those
presents. and the lady said: 'Forf.
Go- saa don't :ouch thnose: those .
a r'my children's: and I said: "l
right I won't.' And I went away.
Regarding the robbery of the Rip
eyhm at 46 Union street. Spring-I
feld 'e showe-! swift eunnina. He
found~ hu'sband and wife in bed.
"Theyv awakened when I flashed my
la~r.I ware t -hem to keep
uie-." ne said. -P2th of them told
"e they had not a blessed :hing inI
he house: no jewelry or silver and'z
tat the only money was a two clo]-:.
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At the date as he handed it to me
and it struck me in an instant, wha.t
good would that two --ollhr .and a
half piece do me. He had identified
the date and -I could never pass it
anywhere. I handed it back to him, Dmecrals fay. just ;s rd to Crew
talked a few minutes with him about
tre troubles of a burglar's life, looked u sDibIU3DS.
out of a kindow, didn't see anybody,
talked a few minutes -more and left."
He had lived nearly .opposite the
home of Dr. Ames in Seventh street. OW EL I N
One night the Ames family and a
number of friends were sitting on the
porch. He made up his mind that: The Opinion In Washington is That
fiere was a good opportunity, went:
to his room, hurriedly got out his the Administration Can Console It
burglar's outfit, and entered the rear
cellar door of the physician's home. self But Little by the Returns from
"I looked around through the! the Late Election Throughout the
rooms an'd found quite a little jewel
ry and things and Iput them all in Country.
a handkerchief. In a few minutes
one of the girls came upstairs. While While both Republicans and Demo
sire was coming up I ran into a bed- crates in Washington, which includes
room and got down under the bed. a few senatois and representatives
She went into another room, stayed who happen to be there, are able to
there -a few minutes and went down- point out plausible grounds of con
stairs again. Pretty soon- they all fort in Tuesday's election results, all
came in and came upstairs. admit that there is in them but slight
"Mr. Ames was the only man in consolation for the Taft adminiztra
the house. He went down the end
of the hall into another room. I Rio ca
had all my stuff tied up, and I was tepseles here are felicitating
under this bed. No; I didn't have upon the General Assem
anysilerwre.T hn Iwasw~o:-bly elections in- New York and New
any silverware. T hen I was won
dering all the time if they would miss
17borough, Republican, over Gorman.,
this stuff that was gone. They didn't Deaocrat, in the race for governor of
happen to notice. After I had given Maryland. All this the Democrat's
everybody time to go to sleep I left
the pa kehat ih te ui ticular results carry no national sig
th.o big and I ne t nifIcance whatever except a growth
the foot of the bed and I came outrevulson against machine
and went inLo the girls' roon. and politics.
was looking in the drawer when one In New York, they assert. thero
of them kinder sighed and turned was the oft-recurring revolt against
over in bed. Tammany, which follows as day the
"I was wrorried for a long time and ngttetimho htognz.
deciced to lay low but after six nn htteewspplrojc
months I guessed -that the policetonoTa aysekgplicl
couldn't have got it and so one night weancotolbyditow
I thought I would get into some oth'- Mnatnbiiik ~ihI a
er house--that was the Dow home, srvnt copihi h rsn
where I shot the two women." lgsaue hti e ok sI
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