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E CAMDEN 0
VOL. IL
CAMDEN, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1890.
NO. (i.
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X
Wr art' still of' the opinion that;
it is iitirely too booh to. choose the
next President of the United States.
There' is a good deal o' work to be
done before July, 1892. We have
1 got leaders, enough what we want
is organization and continued effort
for a year and a half not in the
t interest off any individual, but in
' fch6 interest of the Democratic-par-'
fcy National Democrat.
Col. Elliott F. Shepakd, of
. the New York Mail and Express,
X gives vent to his feelings over the
Tate election by-printing the Amer
ican flag reversed as a signal of dis
tress. It is a fine tributa to the
patriotism of the-American; people
that im memory of a political dis
aster like that of last Tuesday only
one man, so far as heard from, has
made an ass of himself. St. Louis
Globe-Democrat.
Some orators boasted loudly in
the lite campaign of the British
capital protection was attracting to
this country. They said little about
j, the cheap foreign labor the same
attraction would bring with the
capital. Now they must see how
the presence of much British capi
N tal,. liable to be recalled from this
J oountry whenever a stringency is
felt in London, agitates Wall street
and affects all our money centers.
Si Louis Post-Dispatch.
Eussell & Co., Massillon, Ohio,
' ard not the only manuf actusers who
are' discharging operatives because
they voted, against Mr. McKinley
TheBenber-Hampden Watch Com-
panyrat Canton, Ohio, in the same
distract, has also begun discharging
men because they voted against Mr.
McKinley. These, employers say
( theiij men are working against their,
interests. Suppose- all Democrats
should refuse to buy from these
manufacturers on the same grounds,
ii would be hard, would in not?
Ohioneeds the Dortch law. Nash
ville Herald.
The firm of Russell & Co., of
Massillon, Ohio, which reduced the
wages of employes who voted the
Democratic ticket at the late elec
, tion, is beginning to: hear some
thing: f romi the Ohio- farmers re
garding' that outrageous action
Thirty farmers, in a single town
ship, have united in. a boycott
against it, and papers are being
oirculated generally for the signa
tures of farmers, pledging them
selves not to operate or employ any
ne operating a Russell engine and
thrasher until the firm restores the
wages of its Democratic employes
to the former rate. Unless the
firm" cares to limit its business to
Republican customers, the plan
' will propably be effective in bring
ing it to time. Chicago HeraM
The Republican party, in order
to prevent a reform of the tariff,
increased the pensions up to near
fy $200,000,000. To meet this it
will take -all the revenue of the odi-
ous McKinley act, and perhaps ne
f cessitate a revival of the income
tax, which, while it lasted, was
. , fruitful of more perjury than any
law ever spread upon the statute
books of the States.. But the Gov-
eminent must have money to meet
its expenses, and as-there is a great
pressure of public' opinion for tar.
iff reform, evidenced so clearly on
the 4th of November by the great
Democratic victory, and there mus
be a rearrangement of the tariff to
correspond with the demands of
the people, recourse must be had
by the law-makers in Congress to
an income tax. The rich must bear
some of the burdens ; the poor are
now loaded with more than they
pan carry with ease and comfort
GENERAL NEWS.
John McCoyle, a Shelby County
convict, attempted to escape from
his guards at Nashville, Monday
and was shot and killed.
Mrs. Charles Greenof Kentucky,
who was twiee a widow before she
was eighteen years; old, is now
twenty-five and has been six times
married.
Mr. A. B. Pickett, late editor of
the Memphis Avalanche, has ac
quired control of the Memphis
Scimitar and is now the ehief edi
tor of that publieation.
A' dispatch from London says
that a lerk named Duboise com
mitted suicide at Monte Carlo Sat
urday, after losing all his funds at
the gambling tables. This is the
ninety-second suicide at Monte
Carlo this season
The large brick block on the
north side of Main street at Bells,
and belonging to Moss & Thomas,
in which was their livery stable,
was destroyed by fire Fridlay mora.
1 I 1
mgr. JNine- hemt oi horses were
also burned to death.
Lizzie Bullock, colored, was run
over and instantly killed by a train
on the Tennessee Midland Rail
road, between Eola and Somerville,
ast week. This is the first fatal
accident that has occurred on that
road since it has been in operation.
A young man by the name of
Doc. Ashley, of near Buffalo, shot
A. J. Bruce, of Duck River Bend,
last Monday. The difficulty took
place at Waverly. Bruce is not
expected to live. A dispute about
the ownership-, of a skiff was the
cause of the difficulty.
A. M. Loftus a young man re
siding with his parents near Gains
borough, interfered to prevent his
father from mistreating his mother.
His father them assaulted him and
the sou shot his father killing him
instantly. A brother was acci
dently killed during the difficulty,
A farmer in Summer County
Kans., has becon&e a raving maniac
by reason of the whistling of loco
motives through his farm. He has
been placed in the asylum and his
condition is said to. be most pitiful
as he crouches in terror from every
noise under the hallucination tha
it is a train of cars.
Jack Staplos, a negro youth, was
hanged at Knoxville last Friday for
rape. Sheriff Holloway pulled the
trap at 2.45- o'clock and death re
suited in fifteen minutes. On the
18th of last February, in a secluded
spot, 13 miles north from the above
place, the negro fiend with lustfu'
desire attacked Mrs.. Rufus Lewis,
the wife of a respectable farmer,
and after a long and desperate
struggle succeeded in raping her.
After several hours chase the brute
was captured and with difficulty a
lynching was prevented. Staples.
was only sixteen years of age and
illiterate.
Last Friday, in Hill City, John
Pickett was killed in a hand to
hand conflict with Tom Allen,
Three years ago Pickett killed his
own wife on AValdlen's Ridge, and
was- acquitted by a jury on the
plea that it was accidental. Allen
told Pickett to-night that any one
who would i ill his wife was no man
at all. Pickett attempted to shoo
Allen with a shotgun, but was pre
vented by a bystander. He then
drew a knife and commenced cut
ting at Allen, who also produced
knife. The duel to death was fierce,
Allen received thirteen stabs, bu
landed a blow on Pickett's jugular
vein which ended the fight Pick
ett died a few minutes later
OILED THE MOB
FRENZIED CROWD WANTED
OLD MAN WIDDIS BLOOD.
he Huntingdon Prison in which
He was Confined Attacked.
THE. PRISONER HAD A GUN
AND FIRED AT THEM.
One Jltin Shot and Rritorted to
Have Since Died.
Huntingdon special to the American Nov. 21.
The fears expressed in your cor
respondent's special from here last
night, that a mob would visit the
ail before day and make an effort
to limb the double murderer, AVil-
iam Widdis, were well founded.
About 9 o'clock as deputy sheriff
T. E. Grasty, city marshall Warren
Parsons, and Thomas Chance were
sitting in the jail discussing the
best method of protection to their
prisoner, four men, partially dis
guised, entered .the jail and
DEMANDED THE KEY
o -Widdis' cell. The officers re
fused to give them up, and, draw
ing their pistols, ordered them out
of the jail. After some parleying
hey left, but only for reinforce
ment.
Knowing that the mob, when it
returned, would be composed of a
sufficient number of determined
men to force the keys from the
jailer, the various doors of the jail
were securely locked and tho keys
carried up in town and hid, and all
waited patiently for
THE AITEARANCE OF THE MOB.
In a short time the jail was sur
rounded and by 12 o'clock they
went to work in good earnest to force
an entrance. No effort was made
by the citizens to prevent it, be
lieving it would be almost the same
as impossible for them to break the
two large iron doors leading into
the main prison. For four long
hours they battered the doors with
sledge hammers before they 'gave
way.
The mob was composed of about
FORTY WELL AHMED MEN,
and more or less disguised. They
had the jail surrounded for some
time and would let no one go neai
them, but toward the last they be
came more indifferent, and a few of
the citizens whom the mob knew
were allowed to enter the jail.
Your correspondent passed the
lines, went to where the men were
pounding on the doors and askec
the privilege of interviewing the
prisoner before he was mobbed.
One of them remarked that " we
want no d m newspaper men
around here," but another, who
seemed to be the leader assured me
that the privilege would be granted
and for me to take my stand at the
foot of the steps, and so soon as the
door was broken in sufficiently to
get him out I might talk with him.
By this time the hole was large
enough for a man to crawl through
and a man who had labored harder
and abused Widdis more than any
one else was the first to go through
a privilege he had asked all along,
As he landed in the prison where
Widdis was, a pistol shot was hear
and the man cried,
"l AM SHOT."
For twenty minutes nothing could
be gotten out of him only that he
was not hurt much.
In a few minutes another man
started through, and another pisto'
shot rang out on the night air, fol
lowed by theory, " I am shot in the
.head"
By this time the mob was satis-
tied that Widdis was armed and
making good use of his opportuui-
ties. The third man, however, had
gotton in the prison, and Widdis
was holding them all at bay, and
the men without were so nonplused
that they hardly knew what to do.
Widdis was in a cell, and the men
could not get out without passing
his armory and also between him
and the light, giving him a splen-
did opportunity to shoot them.
The wounded man and the last
one who entered
TLEADED TITEOUSLY
to be permitted to leave the jail
unhurt. Finally Widdis, after de
manding a promise that they would
eave the jail and cease their efforts
to do him harm, allowed them to
pass.
The mob by this time had be
come fearful, but no one was wil
ing to enter AViddis' apartments,
and as day was fast approaching,
the would-be mobbers left town.
The first man that entered the
prison was an Irishman, a stranger
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to all mrties. and as he had lied
about being shot, the general im-
' 1
nresfiion is that
HE ARMED W1D1US.
The party shot in the head was a
young man by the name of Frank
Sellers. The ball entered his face
to the right of his nose and lodged
back of his neck. He was carried
to town and had his wound dressed,
after which he returned home.
News reached town this afternoon
that he had, during the day, died
fmm ih wmiTul Th thiVrl mm,
was Milliard Spain, and he felt
considerably rejoiced to get away
whole.
AViddis was carried to Nashville
this evening for safe-keeping.
AN AMERICAN INTERVIEW'.
AViddis arrived here on the 7:45
o'clock train last night on the North
western Road in charge of deputy
sheriff Grasty and special deputy
Butler. He appeared very drowsy
and feeble and was hurried to the
jail and locked up in a cell in the
main body of. the prison on the
lower floor. He had in his posses
sion a bottle of morphine and 2 in
money, which ho said was to buy
more morphine.
The morphine and money were
taken charge of by the jailor.
ttTI t 11 1
When seen in nis cell by an
American reporter, AViddis appear
ed in a bad condition mentally and
physically. He is a tall man with
gray hair, and stooped shoulders,
and has a cough, and is so weak
that he can hardly stand. He said
that when the mob was trying to
break into the jail one of the pieces
of iron which flew from the door
as the besiegers pounded it with a
sledge-hammer struck him on the
shoulder ; that he tried to get out
of the way and fell, hurting him-
self badly. Wliile talking AViddis
coughed almost iucessantly, and
seemed upon the verge of consump-
tion.
His talk was too incoherent to
weave into a connected story, and
in an absent way frequently con-
tradicted himself, though he could
not be confused on the main points
of his narrative. He said he fired
twice while in jail, and he did not
know whether he hit anybody or
not He said the first man to come
through the hole in the door seem- shall be assessed as a part of the
ed to got his shirt caught on a realty, thus relieving the mort
piece of broken iron and that he gagee of double taxation." After
was all in but his head when the indorsing the Australian system of
prisoner fired. voting now in vogne in Indiana
He said: "At first they called
me a coward and a son-of-a-b h,
, but it was not lorn; before they were
saying,
'Please
Mr. Widdis, don't shoot me.
"How did you get your pistol."
" I had it when I was arrested
and kept it all tho time I was in
jail. No ; nobody gave me the pis-
tol, and I will not get any man in
trouble by saying so. I begged
the mob to go away and let me
alone for one day, and told them
that then they mndit kill me. I
wanted time to prepare to die."
" Why xlid you kill constable
Ross?"
'I do not know that I killed
him. I was so full of morphine
that I do not remember. I do not
know whether I shot or not One
of the men seemed to me to have a
pistol. I have been a morphine
eater for nino yeam 1 commenc-
ed taking it on account of ill-
health."
As the haggard, miserable man
talked he sank gradually down in
the corner of his cell, and at one
this morning when the reporter
h,(i i i. j ?n ii
ie" nim 11(3 wna suu m ims Im
tion callinS Piously for a cup of
no l i p f i ll. l
conce icn was rurnisneu mm uy
1 1 1 TT t I T
lue Suam- tie 18 evidently in a
very l)aa nx aua 1101 lonS Ior tluB
world.
THE RECORD.
New York Herald.
Mr. Reed makes interesting and
audacious speeches. The other
day he asked a company of Chicago
Jacobins what the Democrats had
ever done except to criticise and
break down. To the Republican
Party he said' belonged all the
Aonor, an tno acnievements assoei.
ated with American history,
For cool, impertinent insolence
it would be hard to parallel this
statement. AVhat are the achieve
ments of American history ? First,
the creation of the Commonwealth
of the Northwest by the severancy
of Virginia. This was done by
a Democrat, Thomas Jefferson.
Then the purchase of Louisiana
from Napoleon, giving us the con
trol of the Mississippi River and a
magnificent empire, sweeping from
the Gulf of Mexico to the Canada
line. This was done by a Demo
crat, Thomas Jefferson. Then tho
annexation of Florida entirely the
work of a Democrat. Andrew Jack
son, inen tne coming m ot that
noble Commonwealth of Texas, a
territory larger then France the
work of a Democrat, James K.
Polk. The acquisition of our Pa
cific States such an empire as
might have dazzled the imagina
tion of Ctesar was the work of
Democrat, James K. Polk. To the
Democrat Andrew Johnson we owo
Alaska.
"With this record of things done
the speeches of Robespierre Reed
are strangely out ot place.
At the second and last day's ses-
sion of the Indiana Farmers' Alli-
ance a resolution wras passed de-
manding the abolition of the na-
tional banking system and that all
the money issued by the United
States be a legal tender for all
debts public and private. The res
olution also set forth that the Alii.
ance was opposed to the liquor
traffic, and that it favored a radical
revision of the State tax laws to tho
end " thr.t all classes shall contrib-
ute in maintaining the public bur-
dens; that mortgages on real estate
the resolution demands that gam-
bling in grain be made a criminal
offienso.
begging mo and
Memphis CommerciaL

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