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A NEGRO HIGHWAYMAN
Atlicks Y. M. Langdon With a Picco ol Gas
Pipe, Knocking Him Scnsoless.
HE EVIDENTLY INTENDED ROBGCRY.
'While Trying to Seirch Ung don't Pocket, He Wat
Frightened Ofl and Made Hli Eicape A
Shooting Scrips at Kouilon.
Dallas, Tex., Oct. 23. Last night
about 9:30 Mr. Y. M. Langdon got olT
a strcot car near the corner of Livo
Oak and Peak streets and was pro
ceeding to his homo close by when a
negro highwayman struck him on tho
head with npteco of gaspipo.knocklng
him senseless: Tho negro then bent
over his prostrate form, seemingly for
tho purpobo of searching his pockots,
but was driven off by one of tho pas
sengor on the streot car who, having
witnessed the lusault, jumped off the
car and ran to Mr. Langdon'B rescue J
, jvir. L.anguon was taken to his
house In an unconscious condition,
and it wns feared ho could not live
until morning i Mounted police and
deputy sheriffs were on the hcono
soon uftor tho nstault was made, but '
no trail of tho negro could bo discov
ered. It was BiiggottoJ that blood
hounds bo put on tho trail, but nouo
of those animals could bo socured.
Assistant Chief of Police Cornwoll
found in tho street tho pleco of gas
pipe with which tho assault had been
committed. Jt was two and one-half
feet long by one and a quarter inches
in diameter, and bcoirod to have been
taken from pome plumber's shop, as
it had never been In tho ground. No
A Shooting nt Horn ton.
IIorsroN, Tex., Oct. 23. Saturday
night at a frolio in Chanoyvillo two
negroos, Goorge Bragg and Arthur
Jordan, had a difficulty. Tho lattor
got his gun and they met. Uragg
shot twice but missed his mau, who
ran. Deputy Sheriff Thompson pur
sued, and as ho drew near tho negro
turned to ilro, but the ofllccr shot
hi in in tho loft breast near the heart,
in tho sldo of tho head and through
tho right and left arm, tho formor be
ing broken and tho latter gottlng a
deep ilosh wound. It Is thought tho
negro will die. Tho two wounds in
tho arms wore made by tho same ball.
There wcro only three shots llreti by
An Accidental Death.
Flouhsvillk, Tex., Oct. 17. James
Ilobbs, a well known young man of
Florosvlllo, accidentally shot and
killed himself Sunday, morning. Ho
was practicing tho rapid handling of
a six-shooter at home and it accident
ally wont off In hlB hand as ho was
twirling It, The barrel wns pointed
toward his body nnd the ball went in
at his gkt side, ranged upward,
camo out near the left shoulder and
struck the roof. His only words
after ho was Bhot wore, 'Fa, I have
Beevillc, Tox., Oct, 20. A sui
cide was discovered yesterday by tho
Aransas Pass section men, three
miles north of Bc'evlllo. Tho victim
was a Scotchman about 40 years old.
He left a statement giving tho name
of llobert Spranner, requesting that
his mother at Keith," Scotland, bo
notified; could not get work, was tired
of life and suicided with chloral. Ho
Is supposed to be a tramp. Officers
took chargo of tho body.
Charccd With Malpractice.
Graham, Tex.. Oct. 18, Dr. Fow
ler of Roundtlmbors, Baylor county,
and Dr. Wells of Olney, Young county,
wero brought before 'Squire Starrat
Monday by Shorlff Henry Williams,
charged with malpractice. Tlioy
waived examination and gave bond.
The inquest over the threo persons
poisoned thrca weeks ago led to the
Hear I'.iul Collision.
VanAlstyne, Tox., Oct. 20 Thore
was a rear end collision at Howo
Wednesday night between two freight
trains. While local freight No. 6 was
s standi rig on tho main track unloading
freight No. 11, a through freight,
dashed Into tho caboose and demol
ished one one ond. The accident was
due to the failure of tho air brakes to
Jtl Vend at III Wife Door,
San Anoelo, Tex., Oct. 21 J. II.
Mathews, a promtnont citizen of Lam
pasas, aroso Thursday night at 11
o'clock and went out in tho yard for
some purpose, and just us he reached
.his. wife's door ho fell dead from heart
tho city on tho Santa Fo train to takoi
In tho fair. Ho brought a rol OH
monoy with him and not much worldly
oxporionce. A couplo of negroos ap
proached him and tried to work him
with a trick lock, but ho wouldn't
bite. They then asked him If ho had
seen tho whlto elephant. Ho replied
that ho had not. They told him that
tho whlto elephant was u short dls
tanco down tho railroad track and
would bo driven out to tho fair grounds
In a fow minutes. They offered to
conduct him to tho stable of tho beau
tiful animal. Ho wanted to sco tho
elephant, nnd down tho track toward
tho reservation they starto'd. After
going qulto a distance one of tho no
groes nskod tho young man If ho could
chancre a ifi bill. He was willing to
accommodate him, and pulled a $10
bill, a iH bill and soma chancre out of
his pocket. Tho money v;us promptly
snatched out of his hand by thenogro
and the next moment ho was ulono,
with no whlto elephant in sight and
tho negro going out of sight.
A 1'aloitlno Tragedy.
Palestine, Tox., Oct. 19. Yester
day evening at 6:30 Peyton Graves, a
grocery moi chant and an old citizen
of Palestine, entered Pox & Lux us1
storo on Spring street where Nat
Blnokshear wus employed as a sales
man, and with some remarks which
no ono overheard, both men began
shooting nt each other. Graves fired
four shots when hla pistol, which was
a 44, hung fire and would not dis
charge. lJhiokshcar emptied his 33
culibcr. Graves walked out of tho
building and down tho sidewalk a fow
feet and fell. Ho was carried homo
and died as they wcro entering the
gate. Blaeksheur was shot in the
stomach, which may ptovo fatal.
About clghtocn months ago Black
shear married the youngest daughtor
of the widow Rollins, In this city,
without tho mother's consent. Tho
marriage was a very romantic ono,
the couplo havcing stolen a march on
Mrs. Holllns by tho young lady's
jumping from a window while tho rest
of tho family woro asleep. A llconso
was obtained in Cherokeo county and
tho marriage was a success. Tho
young couplo havo lived happily to
gether slnco then ana now navo ono
child. Shortly after the marriage of
her daughter Mrs. Rollins married
Peyton Gravos. tho man who now lies
in his collln with threo bullets in his
right brenst. Hard feelings between
tho Blackshears and Graves seemed to
exist from that day until his death.
What caused tho difficulty to-day is
not known, but it is probably the re
sult of 'an enmity which has long
oxlstod between the wo men. It is
said that Graves was drinking before
tho shooting took pluce. Hlackshear
is shot through tho pit of tho stomach
and tho wound will doubtless prove
Young Man llatllj Hurt,
PAitis, Tex., Oct 20, While riding
on the rear end of a caboose on a
Texas nnd Pacific freight train be
tween Potty and High on Tuesday
night John Webb of this city was
thrpwn off and badly hurt. Ono arm
was broken and ho was badly cut
about tho faco and head, lie was
picked up nn hour later in an uncon
scious condition. Mr, Webb says
while ho was leaning over the railing
Bomo ono behind gave him a kick
that causod him to loso his balanco
and fall. He says he knows of no
rouson for tho treatment ho received.
TEXAS C0NDEN8ATI0N8I J-,,"- S3ft
Culled and Carefully Arranged trom the Ltlcsl
Dsllles ol the Slate.
A MIRROR OF RECENT OCCURRENCES.
Kippenlngi. Crop.. Stock, Improvement., end ttemi
el Gen.nl Intersil Rendered ReeeV
tbte and Entertaining.
A Joint IlalU.il.
Houston, Tox., Oct.
. It ijilSb
night the police raided a joint opt
by L,u z a banders, uramor and Hollo--way,
and lodged in the caIaboo3eover
ivfoay women. Tho keepers wero
charged withkceplng a disorderly
Lot All ItW Mouey.
Dallas, Tex., Oct. 21 Yesterday
morning a young countryman came to
Andy Coston, a citizen of Wise
county, was wounded in 18G4 on a re
troat from Dalton, Ga. Tho ball on
terod just abnvo tho right oyo and
lodged in his right jaw, and slnco tho
wound healed has never pnlned him
until recently, when n physlcinn ex
amined it, which rcsultod in tho phy
sician extracting it from the placo
wnero it naa neon nineteen years.
Tho ball weighs 437 grains and has its
Tho colored people havo been work
ing qulotly for some time to build an
orphan's homo for colored children.
A .session of tho orphan's homo asso
ciation was held at Corslcaua recently.
A board of directors and officers woro
elected and a traveling agent placod
In tho flold. Thoy will lociito the
homo la Navarro county.
Mr. C. J. Dumstrom In Boo county
has found a wild tobacco growing on
his ranch which for delicacy of por
fumo and strength is not surpassed
oy mo rcai navnnna article. Xhe
loavos uro small, but this can bo Im
proved by cultivation.
At Houston Josso Douelas, a negro,
has been arrested and jailed and
among other things found on his per
son was a conjure bag containing a
broken dime, a rabbit's foot, a piece
of human bone, broken glass and
Wanted to Die.
San Antonio, Tex., Oct. 21. Ennio
Ilohn, a prominent business man of
Brenhani, mado a desperate attempt
to suicide hero by jumping off tho
Fourth street bridge into tho San An
tonio river, a distance of twenty-five
foot. Ho was rescued before his pur
pose was accomplished, but Js still In
a serious condition from tho effects of
tho jump. Ho left a pathetic letter to
his wife, In which ho stated that ho
had beon swindled out of nn Invention
which ho rocontly perfected for mak
ing paper out of cotton seed hulls.
Stabbed In the "eck.
Midlothian, Tex., Oct. 19. Mike
McCabo was badly cut at the section
house Tuesday night. One stab in
tho nock. His left arm, after boing
mutilated with the knife, was broken
by a blow with a club. The cutter
escaped on tho north-bound Santa l'o
train yesterday morning. Officers
are on tho trail.
Shot nt a Hurglar,
Cousicana, Tox., Oct. 20. A burg
lar attempted to break into tho Pacific
ox proas oillce Tuesday night. A. An
gus chased tho party, flrlngour ehotB
ut him. It Is reported that a physi
cian has a patient who has been shot
threo times. Tho matter Is being in
vestigated. Nosro blabbed,
ItoNiiAM, Tex., Oct. 20 Wednes
day a difficulty occurred between two
colored men four miles west of here,
during which. Kills Jones was cut
aciutjs tho neck, making a serious
llrok Both Arms.
Hendeuhon, Tex., Oct. 20 Seth
Jones, while repairing an awning fell
VJ feet off a step ladder and broko
both arms at the wrist.
Charles Graham, colored, was con
victed of stealing household goods
and a number of chickens from
another negro, and sentenced to two
years in tho penitentiary by tho dis
trict court at Boston, Bowie county, a
fow days ago.
Tho Soptember report of Suporln
tendedt Whatley of tho penitentiaries
shows tho following movement of con
victs: On hand, 3820; received since,
66; recaptured, 6; total, 3882. Dis
charged, died, etc., 118. On hand
Oct. 1, 3703.
City Marshall Velvin, tho two An
dersons and Policemen Eugllsh and
Luttercl, all of Greenville, charged
with murdering young Doggott some
time ago, havo been, granted ball in
the sum of $3000 each.
At Springs, Harris county, fires
from passing trains have done much
damage, burning all tho grass and In
many cases crops fences and other
proporty. The loss reaches into tho
thousands of dollars.
For threo days recently ilro ragod
In the woods nearlluntsville. Fences
and crops havo been destroyed as well
as umber. wo farm houses wero
also reported burned. Tho loss is
James Kthridge, who lived at Gar
land, in Dallas county, went to Dallas
city recently, got full of whisky,
showod his monoy and was later In
tho night murdered and robbed. No
Master Tolllo and Ben Corder,
aged respectively 8 and 10 years, sons
df J. G. Corder, who lives noar
Georgetown, picked over 100 pounds
of cotton apiece in one day recently.
The 3882 convicts of tho stato are
located as follows: On contract
farms, 971; share farms, 258; Harlom
state fa'rm, 192; on railroads, 173; at
Hunssvillo, 1034; at ltusk, 113.
Tho resldenco of Frank Boyd, who
lives twolvo miles from Weatherford,
was entored by burglars recently.
Thoy secured some $25 cash. Tho
family was in the field at work.
While Soils Bros.' circus was parad
ing tho streets at Paris a few days ago
burglars entered the rear of Lewis &
Conway's store and tapped the safe to
tho amount of $150. No clew.
Miss Elsie Pagel, who was so badly
burned at San Antonio a few days ago
by tho explosion of a gasoline stove,
had both her hands amputated. This
was necessary to save hor life.
At Hitchcock, Galveston county,
recently, Kd DInney cut Mike Hlug.
Justice McComb sent King to tho hos
pital and DInney to jail to await de
velopment of Ring's condition.
Bertha Stern hag sued Fred Erich
son, deputy marshal of Houston, for
11100 damages. He entered her room
without warrant, under her protest,
disturbing her while sick.
A Miss Duncan and a Mr. Stock
man, on their way to the strip, woro
recently married on horsoback at
Seymour, Baylor county, by tho Rev.
H. P. Ilenson.
The immense pine forests Blxteen
miles north of Hempstead are reported
on lire. It is estimated that fifty
mllos of timber ut least will be de
stroyed. All tho csscs on tho docket of tho
federal court at Graham having been
continued, tho court adjourned for the
term, after sitting less than a weok.
extend tho scholastic term, and also
J of 1 ror cent to build a good school
Tho International and Great Nor
thern railroad brldgo on Hurricane
bayou In HouBton county, was burned
recently, delaying trains half a day.
Tho distillery at Lowlsvillo, Denton
county, has begun work, It bus a
capacity of one barrel per day, and
consumea twenty-six bushols of corn.
R. S. Smith has been given a ver
dict for $5000 at San Antonio agalnht
tho Galveston, Harrlaburg and Sun
Antonio railway for personal damagos.
Officers Prazlor and Ballard raided
a couplo of small gambling houses nt
Hlllsboro recently and succeeded In
running in soventeen of tho ''boys.'1
Tho oldost dress in Cleburne la tho
property of Mrs. S. C. Lockott. Il
belonged to his grandmother when
sho was a girl and is 103 years old.
Ntnety-clght pounds of ducks and
pralrlo chickens wero shipped from,
Hovers, Liberty county, to New Or
leans the same day recently.
A. W. GInty had been drinking vcrjf
hard for some time at Waolder, Gon
7alos county, and tho othor morning
he was found dead In bed.
A poltcan measuring 8 feot 3 Inchci
from ttp to tip, and fi feet 3 inched
fiom bill to tall was killed on tho lakd
near Hlllsboro, recently,
A. A. Allen has been appointed
general manager of tho Missouri,
Kansas and Texas railway system
with omees at ucnison.
At Austin Ollle Ackland, a woman '
living In "Mexico11 attempted sulclda
by poison recently but failed, her re
covery being probable.
At tho lato term of tho district
court In Waller county, ton divorces
were granted, and tho grand jury ro
turned sixty-six bills.
Dr. F. M. IJolmsloy of Balllngei
had his arm caught In a gin recently
und 60 badly injured that amputation
An caglo was killed In Richland
bottom, noar Corslcana, a fow days
ago which measured soven feet from
tip to tip.
John Schnolder, aged 50 years, was
recently run over by a street car In
Dallas and both legs broken.
David Reed foil dead near San Mar
cos. It Is bollovod that Bmoklng
cigarettes was the cause,
Recently at Corrlgan, Polk county,
John Mable took an overdose of Chlo
ride, from which ho dlod.
A considerable tractof cedar brake,
sixteen miloa fromBrenham, has boon
burning for soveraldays.
There wero 350 wagon loads of cot
ton seed sold In one day recontly at
Taylor, for $10 per ton.
Jim Whlto has confessed to having
murderod Bob Ford at Beaumont somo
time slnco and U In jail.
Some $2977 has been recently re.
eclved at the state treasury from tho
threo lunatic asylums,
Twenty car loads of pine logs per
day are being shipped from Hardin
county to Beaumont.
Denlson is soon to havo a tlowor
show. Pear, plum and applo troes
aio m bloom there.
Applos measuring from 12 to 14
Inches woro raised this season In
Tho people in the Red Oak precinct
of Kills county havo voted to koop
nogs in pens,
Two thousand aores of grass havo
been destroyed, by recent liras in Vie
At Loonard, Fannin county, H.
Dlggs rocently had ono flngor torn oil
by a gin saw.
A numbor of farmers living In Cald.
well county are talking of boring artO'
Two Choctaws had a fist flght on
the court houso square at Paris ro
contly. The Idlowlld club of Dallas will
glvo their tenth annual ball October
Rain is needed in Burleson, Wallor,
Montgomery and Walker counties.
Tho city council of Dallas has voted
to issuo $IUU,UUO more ol bonds.
The rato of taxation in Austin la
$2.04J on tho $100 of property,
A federal fish hatching station Is to
bo established at ban Marcos.
Considerable frost foil recently at
Wortham, Jrreestone county.
The lato grand jury of Parker coun
ty found only 111 toon bills,
Sablno Pass now has soventeen feel
of water at low tide,
Tho cotton mill at Dallas Is now
running full timo.
Henrietta is figuring on a system o
Beevllle is to havo a system a
On November 9 tho Hill county fall
Cleburno has 917 school children.
Marshall has scarlett faver.
DRAINS NEEDED IN BUnOLAHY
Much Timo nnd Lnbor Htppndrd When
tltn llootr I' ttnrth Uhlli.
Fow people havo t,n Idea of tho
Immense amount of labor, fore
thought and sclontlilo skill brought
to bear on a big burglary, sas a
writer In tho New York Recorder.
Tho first thing necessary is to find a
hou.o containing sufficient vahnib cs
to repay tho trouble and rl-k, and
this first stop ulono may take many
weeks. Lot It bo understood that
only tho highest class of export
burglars nro meant; men with com-
fortablo bunking accounts and
hoiifeos of their own and who, uftor
reducing tho risk to a minimum by
uluboruto plans ncquiro enough In
ono night to koop thorn in uflluenco
and ominont respectability for more
than a year, although having but a
third share, as thoso burglaries nro
Invariably worked by three. To il
lUi.trnto tho wonderful resourco and
lolsuioly way of proceeding adopted
by burglars take a caso related by a
prominent dotoctlvo, Tho principal
of tho burglars in this Instance, hav
ing fixed on a certain houso was un
ablo to ncquiro sufficient Information
concerning it and tho owners. This
mau thon went to tho local butchor
supplying tho houso and applied for
a situation as driver of ono of his
carts which dollvcrod meat at cus
tomers' residences. After producing
unquestionable references (how ob
tained no ono ever know) tho man
was engaged on tho round, which in
clude! tho houso fixed upon. In
credible ns It may appear, ho stayed
with his omployer for ovor seven
months, nnd gavo tho utmost satis
faction; his only fulling being a
wcuknoss for chatting with tho ser
vants. Fivo days after his resigna
tion a gigantic burglary was otTccted
at tho houso selected, and property
valued at ovor $L'0,00.) was stolen.
The thieves had smokod several
olgarfl and drank a bottlo of port, so
that thoy wero In no hurry, and to
crown all the booty was convoyed to
Its destination in tho owner's pony
phaeton, which was duly returned
tho snmo night, but no real clow was
liTordod, and tho burglars wore novor
On another occasion u chamber
maid was oscorted out. with u view
to matrimony (and burglary), for
two mouths beforo tho ovent e.imo
off. A convoyunco Is always at hand,
and generally of stylish appearance.
In fact on ono occasion n brougham
ias used which the passers-by, and
even tho pollcomanjvn tho boat Ira-
the residents clo&o by. As regards
tools,' vo.y fow aro necessary, owing
to tho skill and ingonuity nf tho
oporator. With a jimmy, spreader,
drill, n fow pieces of strong bont
wire and a little gunpowder, tho ox-
pert burglar can mako his way any
whoro. To thoso aro sometimes
added a pot of "stumblors." Thoso
are lengths of fine stoel wire, with
pointed stakes about a foot long at
tached to each end, and half a do.on
of thoso mako but llttlo bulk. Theso
stumblors aro flxod on tho lawn or
paths about tho houso In such a way
that tho wires aro raised about six
Inchos from the ground, and provo
such a success in case of pursuit that
tho burglars are compelled to hang
filecos of whlto paper from tho wires
u order to escape their own traps,'
as thoy always run over thorn.
Mlntiikcti Kindness to n Crocodile.
Tho superstition of the Hindoo dis
played Itself In a strango fashion not
long ago. Somo fishermen at Klddcr
poro, on tho Hooghly, had captured
a crocodile, and being unable to kill
it, wero compelling it to accompany
them to tho nearest police station
wero running it In," as wo say for
thu sake of tho roward usually
offered for such creatures. On tho
way a nativo gentloman mot them,
and persuaded thorn, for a bribe to
allow tho animal to return to tho
river. In doing this foolish action
ho nrguod that, having shown kind
ness to it, the crocodile would not
nttack him and his family when thoy
wont to bathe. It Is to be hoped that
the pious man possessed more senso
In tho wator than ho owned on shore,
else his llfo would not bo worth tho
purchasing if ho camo within roach
of that solfsame crocodile.
Of cities with more than 100,000
population England has thirty, Ger
many twenty-four, Franco and Rus
sia roh twolvo, Italy ton, Austria
Hungary six, Spain fivo, Belgium,
tho Scandinavian states, Rou mania
and tho Balkan islands each four, tho
Netherlands throe, Portugal two;
tho total In Europo bolng 110 groat
cltlos. Asia has 10.5, China having
fifty-throo Und British India thirty.
in Africa there nroiovon, in America
forty, of whlch&ho United States
havo twenty-six; Kputh America nine.
Australia has only two largo cities.
Auntie, anxiously Do you think
you havo had tho propor training
'or a poor man wife?
Sweet Girl Yea indeed. Papa
hasnltglvon mo any spending money
worth, mentioning for years. I always,
got thlngo charged.