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VOL. XXXIX-NO. 1.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1903.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
l Too Much Money.
According to a statement made by
W. L. Morris, president of the Ben
ton County Bank, and one of the
most reliable and best posted finan
ciers in Tennessee, the country banks
throughout West Tennessee are
handicapped this year by being un
able to loan their ready cash. "Our
trouble this year," ha stated, "is be
ing unable to place the money we
have here to loan. This bank has
not turned down a single note dur
ing the-year, has not lost a cent
through a loan and it has a large
surplus of money for which there is
Apparently no demand." The bank
president stated that similar condi
tions existed throughout West Ten
nessee. He attributed the prosper
ous conditions to the good crops of
the last and the present season. The
farmers have raised mortgages, im
proved their farms, and the major
ity of them have no need to borrow
any money to tide over. While the
banks are in good condition, their
profits might be greatly increased if
there was a stronger demand for
; Gibson Crops Suffering.
J A very light rain .fell in parts
"of Gibson county last week, but not
sufficient to benefit the crops. All
growing and maturing crops are suf
fering from lack of moisture; the
ground is too dry to prepare for
wheat and oats. The late corn crop
"will fall short of the expected yield
of a few weeks ago. Turnips and
Irish potatoes show bad stands and
elow growth, while peas, millet, pea
nuts and all late plantings are need
ing rain badly. Apples are falling
off and will not yield an average har
vest. The tobacco crop is a good
one and it is being housed and cured.
Cotton is opening rapidly and pre
maturely in some fields.
Shot From Ambush.
! While Tobe Woodard, a well
known blacksmith of St. Bethlehem,
Montgomery county, was driving
along a lonely country lend, he bad
some trouble with an ins'loat negro
whose name is not known. The
darky threw a rock at Woodard'?
horse and the blacksmith got out of
his buggy and horsewhipped the
darky. Mr. Woodard then drove on
and on his return was fired on from
ambush at the place where he had
the trouble with the darky. lie was
wounded in the side, the bullet
breaking a rib, but not penetrating
Kukluxing at McMinnvilfe.
' The grand jury returned indict
ments at McMinnville last week
against Joe Kamsey, Henry Elam,
O. W. Drake, Horace Dodd, Xewton
Williams and Tony Jakes, charging
them with kukluxing Rufus Swann
and wife some six months ago.
j Negro Dies From Wound.
Bud Mack, the negro who was
cut by Will Tidwell' at Savannah a
few days ago, died last Meek of his
wound." The negro, Bob Napier,
will get avoII. No arrest has be?n
made, and Tidwell is at home at
tending to his farming. What Tid
well did was in self defense and it
was not thought that any action will
be taken against him.
The Cumberland Presbyterian par
sonage at Clarksville was partially
destroved bv fire last week, the blaze
being started by hot ashes in a box
near the house. The loss was about
$500, with no insurance. All the
household goods 'were removed from
the building in a more or less in
Plenty of Rural Routes.
The new rural routes that were
recently ordered established in Mont
gomery county were started on Octo
ber 1. These, with those already in
operation, will completely cover the
Practically Stamped Out.
By the capture of a still at Rogers
Creek in Hardin county, and the ar
rest of one of the alleged operators,
known as Ben Potts, the United
States authorities believe that wild
catting in West Tennessee has been
practically stamped out.
Nashville Man Assigns.
Jesse Warren, wholesale paints,
oils and glass, at Nashville, assigned
last week. Liabilities, about $10,
000; assets, $1,500.
Tobbacco Barn Burned.
A tobacco barn on the place of
Mrs. Charles Staten, in the northern
part of Montgomery county, was to
tally destro-cd by fire last week, to
gether with its contents, consisting
of a large amount of tobacco. The
loss was about $450. ' No insurance.
Mrs. June Bobbitt Dead.
Mrs. June Bobbitt, widow of the
late Kev. Henry Bobbitt, formerly
of Henry Station, died at. McKenzie
A Peculiar Murder Case.
Among the cases heajrd by the Su
preme Court at its session in Knox
ville last week, was the murder case
of the State vs. Clarence Peake of
Anderson county. Peake is a boy
of 18 years of age who is under sen
tence of seventeen years for the mur
der of Silas Hulin at Clinton. The
killing was the result .of a saloon
fight and Hulin was supposed to
have been followed out of the saloon
by Feake and killed. When the case
was tried at last year's session of the
Supreme Court, imagine the sur
prise of every one connected with
the case when Silas Hulin, the sup
posed murdered man, showed up
alive and well. Without disposing
of the case the court passed it over
to the present term. That Hulin is
alive can be proven by any number
of witnesses and the fact can also be
proven that Peake killed a man at
Clinton, but who he was, no one
knows. What the court will do is
problematical, but it is possible that
it will order Peake indicted for the
murder of Jhe unknown. At the
time of his first trial before the Su
preme Court Peake was insane. He
was confined in an asylum for some
months afterward, but has recently
been at the home of his father in
Rattled the Old Boys.
County Attorney S. N. Harwood
threw a bombshell into the ranks of
the County Court of Davidson coun
ty last week, when he rendered an
opinion to Judge Pollard to the ef
feet that members of the court can
not legally accept any kind of con
tract m which the county is interest
ed. Since the establishment of the
free turnpike system in Davidson
county the squires have been secur
ing most of the contracts for work
on the pikes. There has been, as a
result, much scandal and newspa
per criticism. The repeated charges
of corruption and collusion eventu
ated in a request for the county at
torney's opinion, with the above re
sult. Some of the squires have se
cured contracts involving thousands
of dollars, and it is not improbable
steps will be taken to make them
Business Men Organize.
At a representative meeting of
Clarksville business men last week,
the nucleus of a Chamber of Com
merce was formed. The meeting
was well attended by men represent
ing all the active walks of life and
the Clarksville Chamber of Com
merce was decided upon as the name
for the new organization that is to
be formed for the purpose of ad
vancing the manufacturing and oth
er business interests of the city.
Weekly Crop Report.
The weekl- crop report, issued
last week, shows that vegetation is
drying up rapidly from drouth.
Late corn will fall far short of ex
pectations. Prospects are for a light
crop of cotton, owing to drouth, rust
and blight. Reports of the yield of
tobacco and the housing of the crop
indicate a good yield and a success
ful harvest. The Meather has been
favorable for the harvesting of fod
der and pea hay, and large quanti
ties have been put away in all sec
tions. Late Irish potatoes and tur
nips are ruined by the drouth and
sweet potatoes, peanuts and peas are
suffering greatly; but little plowing
has been done and fall seedding 'of
wheat, rye and oats will be late. Ap
ples continue to rot and fall off.
Pastures are parched and stock
water is scarce in many localities.
Fair Commission Meets.
At a meeting of the executive com
mittee of the Tennessee World's
Fair commission, an auxiliary of the
State commission, held in Nashville
last week, plans were perfected for
raising $10,000, necessary to meet
the expense of reproducing the Her
mitage at St. Louis and maintaining
it through the exposition. It was
decided to endeavor to raise $15,000
each in Middle and West Tennessee
and $10,000 in East Tennessee.
Dr. Brown Goes Abroad.
The training school at Union City
was presided over last session by Dr.
Calvin S. Brown, who will spnd
the winter in Greece, Italy and
Spain, he having sailed from New
York last week. The doctor is a
graduate of the best schools of Eng
land, Germany and Scotland.
Frazier at Columbia.
Gov. Frazier was the guest of
honor at the Maury county fair at
Columbia lat week. The governor
spoke on industrial and" agricultural
The Knights of Pythias of Clarks
ville have signed a contract with the
Robinson Carnival Company to ap
pear in that city during the week of
October 12 at the street farr-and carnival.
Miss Gentry Will Lend Her Gourds.
Miss Susie Geniry, of Franklin,
will furnish for the Tennessee State
exhibit at the St. Louis World's
Fair one of the most unique and in
teresting exhibits that will appear in
the agricultural buildimg. She has
made a study of the gourd family,
the uses of gourds, and the condi
tion of their growth. She has made
a collection of all the different vari
eties grown in Tennessee, and she
has collected some fine specimens
from foreign countries. With true
artistic talent she has ornamented
and arranged her collection so that
it is both beautiful and instructive.
In the earlier stages of our civili
zation when cooperage vessels, glass
ware, and toilet articles might have
been classed as luxuries, nature sup
plied the most essential of these ar
ticles from the gourd family. Our
great grandmothers were familiar
with the pungah gourd, and they
used it for many purposes. It was
the receptacle for keeping such
things as lard, molasses, sugar, cof
fee, fruit, eggs, preserves, salt and
soap. It served the purposes of the
modern cans, boxes, jugs, bottles,
buckets, etc. Our legislatures val
ued it so much that they exempted
it by law from sale by execution for
debt. The pungah gourd" has no
handle and the largest size is 8 to
12 inches 'in height and from 14 to
18 inches in diameter. A large one
will hold one hundred dozen eggs,
and one lady of the early times says
she packed her silk wedding dress
in one of them. The next size has
a handle and was used as a water
gourd in the field, for carrying salt
to stock, etc. Then comes the
gourds with long handles, some
about three feet in length for dip
ping water from deep springs, and
others approximating in size and
shape the britania or cocoanut dip
pers. Then follows the skims,
smaller in size, the darning gourds,
the dancing gourds, which were the
spinning tops of our forefathers.
and the baby rattlers, the smallest
in size. There are the whisky bot
tle gourds, m which the early set
tiers carried their bottled lightning,
almost exactly in the shape of the
old fashioned black bottles. There
is the quill gourd, in which the
women weavers kept their quills by
the loom, and gourds in the shape
of squashes, that were used to make
certain kitchen utensils, and some
times jewelry boxes and toilet ar
tides. There are funnel gourds,
and the gourds that were hung on
poles in the poultry yard to make
homes for the martins, instead of
martin boxes. There is the tobacco
gourds, for storing tobacco seeds,
and for tobacco boxes. There are
swimmers' gourds, a substitute for
modern life preservers, the "Hercu
les Club, which looks like a base
ball bat, and snake gourds, which,
under the artistic hand of Miss Gen
try, have been made to look so much
like snakes that you can almost hear
them hiss. There arc gourds in the
shape of goose, turkey, duck, guinea
and chicken eggs that arc colored so
natural that when one is placed in
the nest as a nest egg the fowl that
made the, nest would swear to the
maternity of the gourd. Then there
is the orange gourd, just like an or
ange, and the Turks cap, that makes
a beautiful pin cushion. Then there
is the "vegetable lace," or "dishrag
gourd," the inside of which could be
used to ornament a lady's hat or to
wash dishes, etc.
Miss Gentry has in her collection
a lady's hat which is strictly an agri
cultural product. The body of the
hat is vegetable cream lace, the trim
ming is flowers made of grass rope
and corn husks, parti-colored, ant
ribbons of cotton batting, natural
color, the whole ornamented with
The gourd takes a beautiful fin
ish, and Miss Gentrv has varnished
and ornamented her collection so as
to make it exceedingly attractive, as
well as instructive. She has a ban
jo made out of a gourd, and covered
with buckskin, and on a large sugar
gourd is a bar of music of the old
negro reel, "Sugar in de gourd
One who is familiar with the old
time nogro would associate with it
"Rabbit in de pea patch," "Juba dis
an' Juba dat; An' Juba killed de
yaller cat," and the old time cotton
picking and corn shucking, and the
dance at night in the cabin on the
puncheon floor, or the summer time
negro dance in the moonlight on the
Negro Gin Burned.
A gin operated by several colored
men at Denmark under the name o
the Colored Joint Stock Company
was burned to the ground last week
wit is thought that it was the work
of incendiaries. C. S. D. Hawkins
the Milan detective, was sent for
but on account of a number of peo
pie having passed about the scene o
the fire he could not get his blood
hounds on the trail. Three bales o
cotton and a quantity of seed wert
destroyed. 2so insurance.
IN LAKE MICH
'assenger Steamer Hackley Struck
by Squall and Went Down.
THREEWOMEN AMONG VICTIMS
Nine Itmcned After Floating- on
Pieces of Wreckage All MKht
Boat Turned Over and Went
Down Like, a Hook.
Marinette, Wis., Oct 5. During a
squall Saturday night on Lake Michi
gan the steamer J. H. Hackley cap
sized and 12 persons were drowned.
The Goodrich line steamer Sheboygan
rescued the other seven persons on
board the Hackley after they had
floated about on pieces of wreckage all
night. Report of the disaster reached
The Hackley was struck by the squall
when seven miles off Green island.
The upper work was blown away be
fore the men could reach a haven. The
boat then turned over and went down
n deep water.
George LeClaire, Jr., Jacksonport
Joseph Vorous, captain of the Hack-
ley, Fish Creek.
Lawrence Barringer, Fish Creek.
Henry Rabitor, Fish Creek. ,
Carl Kelley. Fish Creek.
Miss Francis Vincent.
Miss Vincent's sister, Egg Harbor,
Freeman Thorp, Fish Creek.
Nels Nelson, Sturgeon Bay.
Frank Fitzgibbons, Jacksonport.
Truchly, cook of the Hackley.
Frank Blackfleld, purser. Fish Creek.
Orrin Rollin, engineer, Fish Creek.
Blaine McSweeney, Fish Creek.
Martin Olsen, passenger, of Sister's
Two men of Ellison Bay, Wis.
As the Hackley went to the bottom
those who could seized on floating
pieces of wreckage, while the women
and three or four of the men, failing
to find any object to which to cling,
sank in the raging sea, so far as is
known. The waves were rolling high,
and several of those who at first saved
themselves from immediate death lost
strength and sank. It was several
hours after the Hackley sank before
the Sheboygan hove within hailing dis
tance. The shouts of the floating men
attracted the attention of the sailors
on the Sheboygan, and every assist
ance was lent.
Every man found something to float
on, except the captain, who remained
in the pilothouse to the last, doing hi3
best to right the boat, and he finally
went clown with her.
The darkness made rescue slow, but
the officers of the Sheboygan feel sure
tnat they took aboard every person
afloat. Some of the persons who were
rescued say it is possible that one or
more of the 12 persons missing may
have escaped death. This view is not
given much credence by the sailors of
The Sheboygan made into Fish Creek
when hope of rescuing other persons
eemed improbable. The rescued per
sons were so exhausted from their
struggles against drowning that they
were unable for some time to tell any
thing about the wreck. The persons
saved by the Sheboygan say that with
the crashing away of the upper work
all persons aboard the Hackley ran. on
deck. Hasty preparations for a plunge
into the water were begun, but before
any plans could be carried out the boat
listed, turned over and went down line
Search is still making for any per
son who may have escaped death and
for the bodies of those who were
Iron Workers President Triumph
at Last Over the 9am Parks
Delegation at Kansas City.
Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 5. Frank Bu
chanan, of Chicago, won a final vic
tory over Samuel Parks and his fol
lowing Saturday afternoon when he
was re-elected president of the Inter
national Association of Bridge and
Structural Iron Workers over Hugh
. Donnelly, of Albany, N. Y., by a
vote of 43 to 40.
This is a decided victory for Bu
chanan, giving him, as it does, the sup
port of the annual convention, now in
session here, which has, since it con
vened, been dominated in a great meas
ure by the Parks crowd.
Parks and his followers had fought
Buchanan ever since the latter sus
pended Union No. 2, of New York, for
Buchanan was elected on the first
ballot. When the result was announced
he was cheered lustily. Sam Parks,
who had made so consistent a fight on
the president, heard the result without
comment, except to say: "I lose.
Fatally Stabbed With a, Fork.
Birmingham, Ala,, Oct. 4. William
Hopkins was stabbed and killed at the
Victor mines, in Walker county, to
day, by Hannah Robertson, wUh whom
he boarded. It Is said that Hopkins
angered the woman about something,
and grasping a fork, she plunged it into
his heart, killing him instantly.
Fell Dead on Street.
Odin, 111., Oct 4. Frank ' Scott, a
boilermaker from St.- Louis, died sud
denly on the street here. He had just
arrived on a Baltimore & Ohio South
WILL RETIRE OH LAURELS
Miss Bessie Anthony Wins Woman's
National Golf Championship.
She Will Not Defend Her Title
Next Year, as She Will Be
Married November 3.
Wheaton, 111., Oct. 4. The woman's
national golf championship belongs to
Miss Bessie Anthony, of the Glenview
club, Chicago. She made a ruuaway
match of her game with Miss J. Anna
Carpenter, of Westward Ho, in the
finals for the championship over the
Wheaton course Saturday, taking the
lead at the fourth hole and steadily in
creasing it until the end came at the
twelfth hole, Miss Anthony winning
seven up and six to play. Considering
the weather conditions, a 30-mile gale
sweeping over the course during the
entire play, Miss Anthony's game was
remarkable.' Only twice was she In
trouble, getting into the bunker guard
ing the first hole on a long brassy shot,
and driving out of bounds on the sev
enth. Miss Carpenter, on the con
trary, played in woefully bad form.
Seven bunkered shots and two shots
driven into the wide pond guarding
the ninth and tenth holes tell the story
of her defeat.
This is probably the last golf tour
nament Miss Anthony will ever figure
in. She will be married, November 3,
to Mr. B. S. Home, of Pittsburg, and
stated to friends that she did not ex
pect either to defend her titles of west
ern or national champion next year.
CHICAGO CENTENNIAL ENDS.
Wind Up Celebration In n. Blase of
Fireworks Before the Largeat
Crowd Since World's Fair.
Chicago, Oct. 5. Chicago's centen
nial celebration closed Saturday night
in a blaze of fireworks, which illumi-
nted the largest crowd ever assembled
on the lake front. Estimates of the
number which witnessed the greatest
fireworks display seen here since the
World's fair ranged from 100,000 to
125,000 persons. Out in the lake scores
of craft cruised about, their size vary
ing from the small rowboat and the
diminutive yachts to the big excursion
steamers, which were packed to the
The exhibition began when red and
white fires burst out along ths govern
ment pier for a distance of several
blocks. A discharge of bombs and sky
rockets followed immediately, th3
bombs exploding in midair and scatter
ing red, white and blue stars in the
thousands. This brilliant bombard
ment was kept up for an hour and a
quarter, while at intervals set pieces
were fired and oddities introduced
Fort Dearborn at one time appeared in
fiery outline; at another time Chicago
was symbolized as a phoenix rising
from its ashes; the statue of Liberty
stood forth; a balloon rose and from it
broke out the American flag.
Danchter of W. J. Bryan Marries
Artist Who Wras EnKagreKd to
Paint Her Father's Portrait.
Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 5. The marriage
of Miss Ruth Baird Bryan and William
Homer Leavitt was solemnized at 8
o'clock Saturday night at Fairview, the
country home of William Jennings
Bryan. The chancellor of the Nebraska
Wesleyan university, Dr. Huntington
an old friend of the bride and her par
ents, was the officiating clergyman.
Her husband, who is 14 years her
senior, is an artist. He is a native of
Massachusetts, but after spending
number of years in Paris he went to
Newport, which has been the family
home of the Leavitts since 1880.
Mr. Leavitt first met Miss Bryan
when he came to Lincoln several
months ago to paint a portrait of Mr.
Bryan. Mr. and Mrs. Leavitt left im
mediately after the ceremony for St
Louis, where they will visit Iriends,
They will travel for a time in the east,
and will be at home after November 1
at 81 Pelham street, Newport, R. I. j
ILLINOIS STATE FAIR CLOSES.
The Total Receipts and Attendance
Far Greater Than That of Any
Former Fair In the State.
Springfield, IU., Oct. 5. The Illinois
state fair closed Saturday night. The
total receipts for the week were $52,
OoO, exceeding the receipts of 1901, the
next best year, by over $13,000. The
attendance was greater on every day
than on the corresponding day of for
mer fairs. This has been a demonstra
tion of unexampled progress and pros
perity in Illinois.
Saturday was "pay day" at the fair,
and prize winners presented their war
rants and received their prizes.. At
noon there ' was a grand parade of
prize-winning stock of all descriptions
in the coliseum. Few exhibits in this
country could excel it in size and qual
ity. Gov. and Mrs. Yates rode to the
grounds on horseback Saturday morn
ing and received the public at the gov
ernor's headquarters, where he shook
hands with hundreds. Senator Shelby
M. Cullom was also on the grounds.
Physicians Will Conanlt Attain.
Baltimore, Md., Oct. 5. The condi
tion of Archbishop Kain was reported
by the attending physicians late last
night to be unchanged. The prelate
remains very weak, however, and his
attendants, five in number, fear for
City Jndfce Arraigned.
Guthrie, Okla., Oct. 5. J. G. Harris,
city judge of Hobart, Okla., was ar
raigned in court Saturday on 16 counts,
charging him with receiving money
from gambling houses in payment for
allowing them to operate In that city.
Seven Killed; One Hundred Houses
Destroyed at St. Charles.
LI ST 0 F FATALIT I ES NOT KNOWN
It Is Feared There Are a Nnmber of
Other Victims All Telegraph and
Telephone Wires Are Down
and Coin uinnlrnllon Cut OIT.
St, Paul, Minn., Oct. 5. The town of
St. Charles, in Winona county, was al
most completely wiped out by a tor
nado Saturday afternoon.
Seven persons were killed and 28
were injured, many of them seriously.
John Ebens, Sr.
William Ebens. his son.
Ed Peters, of Dover, Minn.
With the exception of Carrie Ebens,
Charles Crippens and a man named
Blankenberg, the names of the injured
are so far unobtainable, as wire com
munication with the stricken village
is now altogether cut off.
Two elevators, the principle furni
ture store in the town and the big
flour mill are completely wrecked,
while the telegraph office and saw
mill are partially wrecked.
From information, obtained partly
by telephone and partly by telegraph,
it is learned that the bodies of all the
killed have been found.
One man was killed in the street by
being struck by a ploughshare, hurled
through the air by the fury of the
All the telegraph and telephone
wires were leveled at the first blast
of the storm, and communication with
other cities was temporarily cut off.
It is estimated that 100 houses were
demolished in the path of the storm.
St. Charles is a village of 1,500 in
habitants, on the western boundary of
Winona county, and is one of the old
est settlements in the state.
Utter confusion reigns in tue town
The streets are filled with wreckage
of buildings, trees and farm imple
ments, which were blown through the
air. The horror of the affair has
practically paralyzed action for the
time being on the part of the citizens,
who stood about awe-stricken at the
awful devastation of the elements. It
was some time before the crews be
gan to clear away the debris, which.
it is feared, may cover many a sick
Wisconsin Towns Strack by Storm.
Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 5. The story
of a terrific storm sweeping across the
state from the Mississippi to Lake
Michigan, carrying death and destruc
tion in its wake, is told by the dis
patches which come from almost every
city. At Almond, near Waupaca, five
were killed, and at Blain, Wis., in the
same district, two others met death.
The wind swept the upper peninsula
of Michigan, also doing considerable
damage. The dead:
Albert Hoitz, Almond; Mrs. Holtz,
John Holtz, aged 15 years; Abram
John, Blain, and Mrs. Johnson.
Two Killed at Plainfleld.
St. Paul., Minn., Oct. 5. A special
to the Pioneer Press from Plainfield,
A storm which visited this section
tore down many buildings and dam
aged much property. Mrs. John Fisher
was killed, and Mary Wood, who was
injured, has since died. Much stock
was killed and injured, and the farm
ers are heavy losers.
Two Killed and Many Injured.
Lacrosse, Wris., Oct 5. Two were
killed, three fatally injured and a score
"of others badly hurt in a tornado which
swept Independence, Wis., and the sur
rounding county Sunday afternoon.
Many farm buildings in the storm's
path were torn down. At Eagle Val
ley, north of here, the Reformed church
was destroyed, and houses on the prai
rie surrounding were demolished. Sev
eral small buildings were overturned
at Lacrosse, but no fatalities were re
ported. Considerable Damsxe at Duluth.
Duluth, Minn., Oct. 5. Duluth was
visited by a terrific storm Sunday
evening which did considerable dam
age by way of blowing off the roofs
of houses in the west end and in West
Duluth. The harbor also suffered,
many boats being driven violently
against the docks.
Broom Corn in Demand.
Paris, 111., Oct. 5. Broom corn prices
are on the jump in this locality, and a
local dealer and manufacturer of prom
inence expresses the belief that $125
per ton will be reached in the near
future. In some instances within the
past few days crops have been sold
at $115, and the sales in general are
now in excess of $100, though governed
by the quality of the brush.
Released by Colombian Government
Washington, Oct. 5. The state de
partment has received a dispatch from
Minister Beaupre stating that Charles
Tinrifnrri nt Georgia, who was sen
tenced to 20 years' imprisonment fox
murder, has been released by the Co
Wilsons Body Recovered
Peoria. 111., Oct. 5. The remains ol
J M Wilson, the government store-
nir- who was buried beneath the
CATASTROPHE AT PEORIA.
Fatal Explosion of a Cooker In the
Corning Distilling Co.'s Plant. .
Fonr Fersons KlUed, Several Injured and
the Establishment Fat Oat of
Business For m Time. !
Peoria, 111., Oct. 4. An awful catas
trophe occurred at the plant of the
Corning Distilling Co., in Jhe extreme
south end of the city, at nine o'clock
Saturday morning, when one of the
cookers in the main building exploded
with a deafening report, killing several
of the employes, maiming many more
and completely wrecking that portion
of the distillery.
The Kxploded Cooker.
The cooker is a steel contrivance
about 20 feet in diameter and 80 feet
in length, used in cooking the mashes.
It Is presumed a vacuum was formed,
and when the. steam was turned on to
cook the day's mash the explosion fol
lowed. The cooker was hurled through
the north wall of the four-story struc
ture, a distance of 250 feet. The entire
north wall of the distillery was blown
down, and the south and east walls
were also badly damaged. The wreck
age was distributed all over the neigh
borhood. The distillery management
estimates their financial loss at fully
$75,000, and it will be some weeks be
fore the plant can be repaired suffi
ciently to resume operations. ;
Thousands at the Scene.
Thousands of people quickly gath
ered at the scene to assist in the work
of rescue. James McManus, an em
ploye of the cooker room, was first re
moved from the wreck. He was dead,
having been instantly killed. James
O'Keefe was still alive when removed.
He was badly burned all over his body
by the scalding steam, and died a few
minutes after his removal to the cot
Neill Powell, the assistant engineer
of the cooker room, was dead when
taken out. George Schaeffer, a boy 16
years of age, was alive wnen taken out,
but died on the way to the hospital. He
was scalded all over his body. An un
known man has been taken to the hos
pital. He is in an unconscious condi
tion, and there seems to be no hope of
Difficulties of the Search.
Owing to the complete wreck, the
search for the bodies is attended with
the utmost difficulty. Several employes
are still missing, and it is feared they
will be taken out dead.
The following is believed to be a
complete list of the casualties:
James M'Manus, instantly killed in
the cooker room.
Powell Neil, assistant engineer In
the cooker room; taken out dead.
James O'Keefe, badly burned all
over his body; died in the ambulance
on way to Cottage hospital.
George Schaeffer, aged 16 years;
scalded all over his body; died on way
to the hospital.
John Wilson, government storekeep
Guy Brennan, yeast maker.
Daniel Cashin; both legs fractiiv
burned on arm; ltis thought e than
recover. ,n good
James Welsh; burned p- jje hafJ
badly; will recover. A wiH be with
Ge0rge,,C- Gl0rgf' ' fa uot forsake
f LSC!f ? b"Lthat IIe doeth
li anus auu ic&o t iivi
Chnrlps Lane. 321
ton street; hands bu.'-o mourn lit-
Unknown man, callea-.extend our
badly scalded about the Liay we all
scious. -meet our
Coming's distillery was a tt.Nu.
tively new house, having been erected
two years ago, and had a capacity of
6,000 bushels per day.
AN ALLEGED SHORTAGE.
The Clerk of St. Clair County.
Said to Be Short S,640 In
St.Louis, Oct 4. The Globe-Demo-crot
of Saturday morning says:
"The special committee of the coun
ty board of supervisors of St Clair
county, 111., consisting of Messrs. Earl
Chamberlain, E. Sheets and Thomas
Dempcy, appointed for the purpose of
investigating the books of County Clerk
George K. Thomas, will make its re
port at the meeting of the board to
day. The committee was appointed at
the July meeting, but did not complete
its labors until last week.
"Upon the completion of the work
the gentlemen called upon Mr. Thomas
and asked him if he had any satement
to make. They did not show him the
report, and he refused to make any
statement in the matter.
"It was reported In East St Louie
and other parts of St. Clair county,
yesterday, that the committee had
found a discrepancy amounting to $8,
640 in Mr. Thomas' accounts. None ol
the members of the committee would
discuss the matter.;"
Mr. Thomas and his friends says that
his accounts are all right, and that h
does not owe tne county a cent Th
county is protected by a heavy bond.
Waa Tired of Life. -
Olney, 111., Oct. 4. James Douglas, a
young man who came here from Law
rence county, committed suicide by
shooting himself in the breast at the
home of his parents. In a note to his
mother, he gave as his reason that h
was tired of life.
Levi P. Morton 111.
New York, Oct. 4. Former Vice
President Levi P. Morton is confined
to his residence nere Dy a severe coia,
' contracted several days ago. In view
j of Mr. Morton's advanced age, some
I anxiety is xeit oy bib menus.