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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1908,
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Two Men Taken from Hotel and
Body of One Found.
OTHER'S hATE PROBABLY SAME
RESULT OF FISHING FIGHT.
Uninu City, Tcnn., Oct. 20.
Oolonol It. Z. Taylor CO years
old, and Captain Quehtiu Rank
in, prominent attorneys of Tren
ton Tenn , wore taken from
IVnnl's Hotel at Wuluut Log,
Tenn., fifteen miles from here
nt midnight by muskcd "night
riders" and one or both of thorn
Were murdered. Captain Rank
in's body, wub found this morning
riddled with bulletaand hanging
from a tree a milo from the ho
tel. Eff'rotH to find the body of
Ooloncl Taylor have been futile.
Sheriff Eastwood, of Obion
county and a posse left Uuiou
"City this morning for the scene
of the murder. If they meet
' any of the "night riders" it is
expected that a battle will be
fought. Sheriff Hays, of Lake
county nlso,is on his way to the
scene with a posae from Tipton
viile. TI10 trouble which resulted in
the death of Rankin and Taylor
was cautiud by the passage of an
net by the Legislature regulat
ing fishing in Rcalfoot Lake, a
. Rhort -distance from Walnut Log.
"Night rider" disturbance over
the same matter occurred about
a year ago. Ever since then
Ooloncl Taylor and Oapt. Rankin
had been m receipt of threaten
ing letters, which they paid lit
' ' ' 'About Twenty-lite la'Hob.
Mr. Ward, manager of the ho
fiVSmt Walnut "'Eos, telephoned
feid Waddell. a stockholder in
-'tho West-Tennessee-Iand, Qpui
pauy; that about 75 masked ruen
came to his place a midnight.
They, drew revolvers and called
Tor Taylor and Rankin. The
two men did not suspect trouble
and came down immediately.
U.8 tho attornoys passed into the
ifront yard the assassins cov
ered them with their revolvers.
Thov were placed on horses be
hind "night riders" and careful
ly guarded. Tho mob turned
down the road toward Reelfoot
Luke. At tho edge of the lake
thoy produced a rope and placed
tho noose about Oapt. Raukiu's
neck. The victim was strung up
from a limb of a tree. Tho mask
ed men then stepped back and
opened fire on tho body, riddling
it with bulletts.
Leaving tho body of Rankin
hanging, tho assassius took Col
onel Taylor to another spot.
Search near Rankin's body has
failed loruve.tl a -trace of Taylor.
Although it is believed that ho
was mnrdored, the theory has
boou advanced that perhaps h
was spared so that the demands
of the masked men might be
Trouble of Long 8ttnding.
The trouble between people
on the banks of Reelfoot Lake
and Ooloncl Taylor and Captain
Rankin originated Boveral years
ago, When the two men incor
porated tho W(?6t Teuuesneo
Land Company. Thoy bought
tho lake from nonresident prop
erty owners and immediately
mado regulations of their own
concerning fishing privilege.
Tin lake separates Obion and
Lake counties in the northwest
qornor $f Tennesfee. Many peg.
plo in the vioiuity have made
their living by fishing in tho
lake, and thoy became indigmmt
whvu disturbed, Thoy made do
mauds of tho laud company and
thoso were followed by threats.
Colonel Taylor brought about
tho passauo of an net by the leg
ishituro regulating fishing on
the lake. This made it a mis.
domeauor to fish without p.iying
a heavy fee.
Mr. Taylor wub the father of
the Vanderbilt football star,
Hillsman Taylor, who married
iMissKatherine Taylor, daughter
of Senator Robert L. Taylor, last
fall. Mr. Rankin was a nrumi
nent lawyer of Trenton. Ho
was a captain of a military coin
pany in the Spanish'Ameriean
war and served in the Cuban
Ofltn Beward for Aiiuilnt.
Memphis, Oct. 20. Governor
Patterson today ottered a reward
of $10,000 for the arrest of tho
person or persons guiltv of the
murder of Judge Taylor iwyl
Captain Rankin at Reel Fo9t
Lake. Governor Patterson was
at Covington when news of the
murder was rocoived, and can
eeled his engagement, to t-poak
there. He has boon informed
that not only wero JndgeTaylbr
and Captian Rankin murdered,
but a surveyor who was with the'
luwyers is missing and may hava
met tho same fate.
YOUR UNCLE SAM
Government Offers 20 0,000
Acres Splendid Irrigation'
Lands on Best Terms.
EVERY VARIETY OF CROP IN
TEMPERATE ZONE IS POSSIBLE.
Wabhingtou, D. C. Oct. l0'08.
Wanted 8,000 practical far
vuers who would like to own
homes of .their; An. Tbo- gov
ernment haB'nenriyj 2p0,00ipi.acre8
of land lying .under the varions
irnigatiou projects throughout
tho We"st for which water will
bo avnilable nest season. The
farm unit on these projects va
ries in most cases from 40 to 80
acres of irrigable laud, depend
ing upou location. In many sec
tions a tract of grazing land has
been iucluded in tho farm unit
wherever practicable, bringing
the total up to 100 acres.
Tho only charge for these
farms, besides the regular land
office fee for filing, is the actual
costof getting water to them,
and payment may be made in
ton annual installments, without
These irrigation projects are
scattered over the eutiro arid re
gion from Canada to the Mexi
can line. In consequence, ev
ery variety of crop grown in the
temperate scoue can bo raised un
der them. If you would like a
fruit or dairy farm, a garden for
market truck", a uacr fordiversi
fied''farming, ' hog or poultry
raising, just write to the Statis
tician o'fj. the IL S. Reclamation
Service, "Washington, D. C, for
Wat Amazed That Bryan Had Not Betn
Wiustead, Conn., O.Qt, 2.
John Breuan, an aged' ralu6o,
known as "Jack or tiie, YyoPitSj
mima tt tnwtx In.rlnv for rwn
purposes ho said. Firs xyriff to,
learn who the candidates ate,
for the piosdonoy, ami pecond,
to get a winter's supply oj; 'iy
for the piosdonoy, ami Pe.cdndA
He had never hoarl of Taft ujid
when informed that Bryan wjtHi
the Uctnocratio nominee for
President, ho asked. "Hasn't.
- - r
he been elected yet?"
. Try an ad iu .the Bee and soe
your salos inorease. The .pocplo
like the progressive merchauts,
. THE REMg0LKS.
Folks that likes yoiyuithU tho kind
Worth , j.wi ii-vn' touud;
'CoiiTitu it' -Mii.-iim2burTO fii'e
Tl) b II l. I Hi' up -
When iiii'muiien crVlKttiK3je
In the "council nbjffiM&iXt,
Yt fame, soniehowTaoe.SBjt eoem
H Ui n..r.rtr
A.U uiiiii; uiu.uri
I'll admit it must .b&RMfl
For to liJive it underSopd-
'ihatydu're one o' tho
Few- cmsidorod qnir$!Crfect,
Haviu' people near tLgf :
Must be mighty poothjflstill
'Drnfhcr hear jW fEwway, Bi
Folks that whiepcij.ifi'.
Compliments that at
r Folks that- Use ye tnW&&
'Mieu jes1 laugh' aii,JtBrpway
How-.we ptrivo tJniir Jjmiso,s to win, .
Only to return iumb
To i lie fi'br fffikitane
Folks rliux (ik(p,nouJwttp'Ke they doi
WITH THE MINEMAND MINERS.
4- 4 -
M:ni!ii?fir F. D. RubIj Iiuk dt-
!ilml to divide the work of tlieM
motors at tho HecIiTmine, eaclT
motor to pull its own train frOim
mine to tip instead of the motile
crows chnnirinir traius ut tliu half.
way station at thoy now do. Il
is thought that this will greatly
facilitate matters and increase
the output of coal perhaps tweii-
ty-fivo percent or more.
The St. Bernard Mining Com
pany haf, opened up tho No. Ill
mine at Arnold which com
menced loading coal last Moil,
day. The capacity of this mine
now is about ten cars .daily, but
as it is more fullv developed the
production will increase until, it
?b f.tifihfht, ih.wilK.enuuLihiiiO.tJiamtffipmines. He now loofcs after
,. ,. .,. r i 1, xi 440 l mine, but with such
Thadlv.d,ng.ofwtI1pnta: n Harrj(
.. ... u.. .-. IiMl.rmt lllikl
mint; prouupes 10 nsmcu iu
work on the engineSorews, con
sisting of Joo Browu and brother,
the distauco being much short
pned aud will cause an increase
iu the production of coal. Even
last Saturday with a small crew,
Weigher Walker shipped nine
toon cars, a number t0at hus not
been reached for some iime. be
fore. A young boy by the name of
Landers had one of his feet badly
crushed iu the Hecla mine Jastj
week, while jumping on and off
the cars in motion. His foot was
caught botweehthe cars.
L. W. Grasty, of the Kington;
Mine, made relatives here a brtisf
visit last Sunday. While here
he stated that ho has averaged
cutting over three rooms per day
since the mine opened up the
last of Mav. Thomine is so far
developed a to allow tho use, of
seven machines at one time now,
and the production of the mfue,
opened oulv about four months,
is now ten oars per day.
Foreman W. A. Toombs and
crow of mouyaro now busily on
gaged u making some repairs on
the slack washer building, jeiu
forcing tho structure against? the
vibration of tha coal washing
ABst. Gen. Mgr. Spillmau, who
M giUnR ! unalvlded attention
.to the Fo Run mine, ropdrts
v-:... .. .1.. i.. .,-t
WW J" "0HJ pub
I m.,,u viv"1" Honuon uuiuii, m,m o
provjHR itevery day
"The eoc'tiQU of a now 6lack
r'WHJrii!a$ bui.l4iug is contem-
platearm the near tuture, in
which event the locatlgggp. bo
chaiged front the present:te to
'thOtKoV iMt th'elijlllaet
abov'&ib 'yiMA TgompB- has
alreadywade'the Estimate on the
material needed, and he claim
p)eltiB made his calculations so
cloise as to be able to say the ex
act number of nails needed for
the building. Ho is certainly
sdistant Foreman Ernut Wy
att, after a week's illness, was
able to rosnme work Monday.
He is a good man, and his ser
vices in the mine are greatly
missed by foreman Geo. Wyatt.
Electrlciau N. W. Umstead
and crew were rushed with work
the past week completing the
wiring of the uew No. 11 mine.
uTorcmau Rule, we believe, is
the only one of the St. Bernard
force who has the supervision of
Vboth the Ariiold
' .--.-. , , ,
Ed Barnetr, he will get" along
nicely with both mines.
On account of the scarcity of
water, several of the mines in
this comity may have to shut
down soon. One mine ia already
forced to use the mine water for
steam purposes. The St. Ber
nard Mining Company still, has
u sit pplyWr present needs, be
came of tjieclaktt provided some
.years ajioforf just such dry times
. Machinist W, D. Caviness aud
Assistant James Ligou were
tailed to Fox Run mine last Sunday-to
unload a new boiler for
that mine. Much now machinery
is beiug put iu there this season.
Weigher Rhea, of the Arnold
mine, now has his hands fnll
iookiiii: after the shipping of coal
both from Arnold and new No.
11, but a man of his experience
will be equal to his increased
G. A. Haley, of the Hecla
mjne track force, has been trans
ferred to tho now No. 11 mine
where the roof is higher and he
can work with greater ease. He
is a good man aud his place will
be hard to fill.
The demand for coal continues
to inceaso and tho St. Bernard
Mining Company is constantly
adding to their force in 1 1 mines
Befhre 'nng eight hum'rml cars
vv'6ekl will bo about tho aver
age fcroduotiph from all their
mjnos, o? something nice eight
hundred thousand bushels of coal
planed 011 tho market each week.
Minors, esierally speaking,
fajl to Igok ppon the serious side
of the tnrilj question. The buc
ceBs.of tiggarty advocating-free
trade .w'oulJJ'oer.tainly ,iu ,many
localities, mean tho closing down
of the mince. When tho factor
ies aro forced to close by the ad
mission of foreign goods free the
coal production will bo greatly
curtailed. Look to your interest,
aud vote nccirdingly. .
The Engineers' Association of
the South will hold its annual
meeting this year, at Ohatta
nomia, Tenn., on November 14.
Nearly 'all tho prominent civil
engineers in the South hold
membership in this society.
Earlington has on its roster six
names of men who belong
to it. Juo. B. Atkinson is 0110
of the original members organiz
ing iu Nashville, Tenn., in 1880.
Those from hero belonging aro
Frank D. Rash, J. F. Whipfler,
Thos. O. Long, Jno. K. Orr aud
W. L. Gordon, Jr. The last two
damned are now with the Zeigler
Coal Company at Zeigler, 111.
This society has a membership
of 875 aud is one of the largest
institutions of its kind in the
Goo. Miller, colored, who was
severely hurt in the Arnold
mine eleven years ago, and who,
since his recovery has been
porter for the St. Bernard office,
has decided to try raining again.
George is a good responsibe col
ored man who has the good will
of all who know him and we
hope he will do well.
Ou October 12th Cortess Atkins
a driver at the Barusley mines,
with one mule, in nine, hours,
pulied 108 mine cars of coal, the
distance of between 700 and 800
feet and dropped them down au
incline to the tipple where they
were loaded into the railroad
cars. This makes a record that
will be bard to beat.
The Joplin Kentucky Zinc Co.,
located at Joplin, Mo., and prin
was fifth. in the production "of
zinc at that place last week.
This is sayings a gobadeajas
there are a number of mines lo
cated in that city.
Harden Tweddell now hag
charge of tho Victoria mine dur
ing tho temporarly absence of
of Jno. Carroll. Mr. Tweddell
lately passed the examination
required by the State for mine
Be Married at High Noon Octo
Tho following iuvitation has
been received in Earlington:
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Wyatt
requests the honor of your pres
ence at the marriage of their
daughter, Georgia, to Mr. Johu
Louis Long on Wednesday, Oc
tober 28, 1908, at twelve uoon,
Christian church, Earliugton,
The contracting parties are
well aud favorable known in this
oity. Mr. Long is manager of
his fathers busines and is a
young man of sterling 'character
and is well liked by all.
The bride to be is one of Earl
ington's fair nnd most popular
young ladies whose sweet dispo
sition and lovely character has
made friends of all.
They will reside here iu the
future and The Bee with their
many friends wish them suc
cess, The "bargain hunter" in no
longer tho woman who merely
haunts the stores, she is tho wo
man who watches the ads, aud
goes to the stores strictly on
Au ad iu the Bee Is a business
LAWYER ESCAPES MOB
Col. Z. Taylor Safe fn Tennes
see After Doding Bullets
of "Night Riders"
Patterson Abandons Campaign to
Pursue Men who Committed' Outrage,
Uuiou Oity, Tenn., Oct, 21.
Colonel R. Z. Taylor, the
Trenton lawyer who was taken
from a hotel at Walnut Log at
tho same timo that Captain
Quentiii Rankin was takdn and
murdered night before last, bhB
appeared near Tiptonville.having
escaped from tho "night riders"
The masked men got into a
dispute among themselves as to
what to do with Taylor, some fa
voring killing him, while others
wished to hold him to force a
concession of free fishing on
Reelfoot Lake. While the men
argued Taylor dashed to the
edge of a bayou leading from
tho lake and plnuged in, swim
Near the bank, opposite the
firiug night riders, Taylor threw
up his hands and pitched forward
over a log.Hundreds 0 shots were
fired into the log, but not one
penetrated far enough to injure
him. Convinced that their vic
tim had met death, the night
riders did not attempt to cross
the slough to.-examine the body,
but left the scene after about
300 shots had been fired.
Lay for Hours in Had and Water.
Colonel Taylor lay in the ixitid
and water for hours fearing that
some one had been left to wntoh.
At dawn he kwnndered into the
underbrush .to make his way to
a friendly community. For hours
he traveled in this manner, the.
sun his only guide.
When night came be was still'
afraid to approach a housev&ud
made his couch on . a bed
leaves, sleeping until early t
morning. . About 8 o'clock
aeotded' to make inquiry at
farmhouse aud followed a -pa,
which led into a rough roa
Within a fow minutes he caa
upon the home of Luther Ranki
overseer of the extensive Haryi
interests, where ho was givr.
The militia, ordered out bj
Governor Patterson, has arrivea
and under the direction of the
Governor is being disturbs
throughout the disturbed terr
Governor Determined in Search.
Governor Patterson, who a,
rived here last night, this mort ,
ing directed operations for th
apprehension of those concern
in the murder of Captain RanktJ
at Reelfoot Lake. The governoj
cave out tho following state!
"I have offered the largest
warn uiu iiiw win peimiu maw,-.
arrest and couviction of tho A!
assassius of Ranking, and 1ml
ordered out troops. I have
lieved that the military shod
be the hut resort in a staro gc
erued by law, but the time
come when it is my duty as g?
ernor to use all the power at
command to restore order anc
assist the conrts in the apj
heusiou aud punishment of '
porpetrators. We have V
enough of lawless ucts '
throats, intimidation and 0
methods of terrorizing clt
and communities. This $
be stopped and must be af
or the consequences will(
tin nnnnnrnri. Fur tho nr
have left the campaign f
governorship, believing th
holding of law aud ordqr, in
State is of more worth polity
ftanMniittil no rtfisrn ti.