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FIFTY-SIXTH YEAR. NO. 59.
T UESDAY. DECEMBER 25, 1906.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
CHRISTMAS ATTENDED BY
RAGE RIOTS M THE SOUTt
Whites and Blacks in
Several Towns on
MILITIA IS CALLED OUT
Cilored Population Armed and
In Camp at Wahalah,
Meridian. Miss.. Eke. 25. Early to
day it was reported a body of negroes
had fortified themselves two miles
from Wahalak and announced they
would resist any effort to dislodge
them. They threatened to burn the
little town and white peopio ate
Whites all around the country araied
themselves. One party of 50 aniu;
persons arrived there from Columbui
Miss Two negroes. Tom and Jim
Simpson, have been reported killed by
white people yesterday afternoon be
fore the arrival of troops under com
mand of Colonel Samuel McCants.
Flrtnjt In Tonn,
At 3:30 this morning firing was
heard in the center of town, but after
a few scattering shots quiet was re
stored. No explanation has been forth
coming. Leland Sparkman, a white
man. was wounded by the accidental
discharge of a pistol about the time of
the other shooting. Colonel McCants
announces we will place a Gatling gun
in position and use it if necessary.
A special to the ,Morning Dispatch
at an early hour today says:
"One company of infantry and a bat
tery of artillery are in charge. Two
negroes have been lulled by citizens.
Troops are now guarding the town. A
body of negroes said to be armed, are
fortified two miles from town."
Will tea Tbrralraril.
Wahalak is 25 miles south of Meri
dian on the Mobile & Ohio railroad and
was the scene Sunday of a desperate
fight on a train In which two men
were killed and another seriously
wounded. It is reported the town had
been full of negroes who threatened to
kill the whites. When appealed to for
aid. Governor Vardaman dispatched
two companies of militia to Wahalak.
t'urudr SI reel.
Meridian, Miss., Dec. 23. According!
to reports received here the negroes
for miles around have congregated in
the town of Wahalak. 40 miles north
of this city, and have paraded the
streets threatening vengeance to the
whites. The negro gathering is the
result of the killing of one negro and
the wounding of another by a. conduc
tor while the latter was attempting to
quell a disturbance aboard his train.
At Wahalak scarcely more than 23
white persons reside, and in response
to a plea for protection. Battery I and
Company D of state militia stationed in j
this city were ordered to proceed to
the scene with all dispatch.
Hniuor of Clanh ot Verified.
A message from Scooba, the first
station south of the scene of the trou
ble, stated that a clash had occurred
between the races, with the result that
two white men were killed. This re
port, however, is not verified.
The trouble originated while a pas
senger train was between Wahalak and
Scooba In a fight between two negroes.
Conductor Cooper attempted to separ
ate the combatants, when he was at
tacked by a negro known as Spencer.
After receiving several dangerous knife
wounds. Cooper fired on his assailan.
seriously wounding him and killing an
DlrmlDKbam Crime Hidden.
Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 25. The 4S
hours preceding Christmas have been
marked by a large number of unusu
ally frightful tragedies in Birmingham
and vicinity. The list Includes seven
murders, -two suicides, one assault
which may result fatally, one death by
train and one accidental shooting which
will be fatal.
Atlanta Saloon Cloned.
Atlanta. Ga., Dec 25. To avoid the
possibility of any repetition of the re
cent race rioting In this city. Mayor
Woodward issued a peremptory order
closing all saloons in the city at 4
o'clock yesterday afternoon to remain
closed until tomorrow morning. For
several weeks Indefinite rumors have
been heard that Christmas was to be
made the occasion of an attack upon
the negroes at Atlanta. No such ru
mor could be traced to an authoritative
source, but the effect has been to drive
many negroes from the city. The may
or's move Is precautionary.
kto Troop on a Tear.
Leavenworth, Kan., Dec. 25. Sev
eral members of a squadron of the
9th cavalry (colored), stationed at Fort
Leavenworth, while Intoxicated, creat
ed a disturbance on a Fort Leaven-
worth-bound electric car here yester
day. They kicked all the windows out
beat the conductor and niotorman
locked them in and raced with the car
to Fort Leavenworth, where the rioters
were placed in the guardhouse. Sev
eral white women were on the car dur
ing the trouble and pome of them
leaped off, but none was injured.
BURNED TO DEATH
IN VIRGINIA HOME
Two Women and Two Children Die in
Fire Caused by Over-Heated
Norfolk. Va.. Dec. 25. The wife and
child of Samuel Poyner and the wife
and child of William Grinistead were
last night burned to death at Grim-
stead's house on Morris Neck, in Prin
cc-ss Anne county. The fire is suppose s
to have started from an over-heated
HIT BRIDGE TRUST
Whiteside in Movement to Fight Alleg
ed Combine Through the
Sterling, 111., Dec. 23. Supervisors
of Whiteside, Jo Daviess and Carroll
counties and the state's attorney of
Stephenson county have appointed com
mittees to form an organization for the
investigation of an alleged bridge trust
operating in tnis district, and it is ex
pected that similar action will be taken
by Ogle county. It is alleged that the
different bridge companies pool their
interests and divide the contracts of
the different counties.
REVISE CUBAN LAWS
AS STEP FOR ELECTION
Magoon Signs Decree Which Author
izes Work to Be Begun at
Havana. Dec. 25. Governor Magoon
has signed the long awaited decree ap
pointing a commission to revise the
laws of Cuba. This commission will
submit to the provisional governor the
draft of an electoral law, new provis
ional and municipal laws, a law defin-
ng the organization and functions of
the judiciary, and a civil service law.
and will also treat on such other sub
jects 01 great interest as may he re
ferred to it by the provisional gover
nor. The first meeting will be held
Jan. 2. This is regarded as the first
step toward holding new elections.
BANK CHIEF HELP LOOTER
President of Small Institution Is Ar
rested for Embezzlement.
Noblesville. Ind., Dec. 25. William
H. Roney. publisher of the Noblesville
Times and former president of the pri
vate bank at Cicero, this county, was
arrested yesterday on a charge of em
bezzlement and was placed under
bonds for $8,000.
The Roney bank was sold two weeks
ago and soon after the sale the Farm
ers and Merchants' bank, which was
the purchaser, placed experts at work
on the hooks. It is claimed that Roney
took 11.147 from the bank without au
thority and appropriated it to his own
GETS WAYNESBURG CASH
Check to Cover Deposit in Defunct In
stitution is Paid Over.
Pittsburg, Dec. 25. A check for $75,
430.20. has been sent to State. Treas
urer William N. Berry in full payment
of the claim of the state against the
Farmers and Drovers' National bank
at Waynesburg, Pa., which was recent
ly closed on orders from the controller
of the currency because of the alleged
falsifying of the reports by the cashier,
J. B. F. Rinehart. The payment of
this amount by the bondsmen will be a
lien on certain funds in the hands of
the receiver, John B. Cunningham.
White House Observes Christ
mas in the Ordinary
Washington, Dec. 25. A general sus
pension of public business marked the
celebration of Christmas in this city.
Pnly matters of a most urgent nature
were attended to by the army of gov
ernment employs, and officials were
free to give themselves over to the en
joyments of the day. Simplicity ev
erywhere surrounded the events at the
White house. The president was an
early riser and transacted considera
ble business. Presents were many and
H; I PL
. ri noc .. ,
When Tom L. Jchnson vr.s first elected mayor of Cleveland rcvoral years
ago he made his campaign chiefly on t'ne advocacy of a three cent street car
fare. Since then the mayor has run for governor and met with defc;... but he
Kept up his fight fcr the reduced fare, and the three cent rate recently went
into effect on some of the lines.
JAP INFLUX AT HONOLULU MERELY
Commissioner Sargent After
President No Passports Issued Direct to United States
Tide of Aliens Continues to Swell.
Washington, Dec. 25. Commissioner
General Sargent of the bureau of im
migration, department of commerce and
labor,' vMrw "liaslust returned friim a
trip to Honolulu, where tie went at the
special request of the president to su
perintend the landing of 1,400 Portu
guese immigrants, called on the presi
Arc MMM In IkIuimIm.
"There are probably' G.ooo Japanese
In the Hawaiian islands," said Sargent,
"and they are arriving there at the
rate of 000 to 1.0.10 a month. New ar
rivals do not remain long on the island,
however, but soon go to the Pacific
coast. They are leaving in large num
bers by each steamer.
"In the last 12 months 12.000 Jap
anese have gone from the Hawaiian is
lands to the mainland of this country. '
Sargent was asked why the Japanese
first go to Hawaii. He explained it,
saying as he understood the Japanese
government does not issue pastqorts
to the United States proper, as it is
unaware whether its citizens could get;
BAND IS CAPTURED
Carlis Trouble Makers Taken and Will
be Given a Speedy
New York, Dec. 25. A special from
Madrid says: "Lieutenant Maillo with
10 civil guards yesterday surrounded
the house of Torre Font at Castle Ful
lit and captured the Carlis band of 20
persons, including General Morro,
brother of the priest. Enrique Morro.
The band surrendered without fight
ing, giving up 27 rifles and equipment
of 20,000 cartridges and a machine to
tear up rails. All prisoners were tak
en to Barcelona and placed in solitary
confinement, the captain general ap
pointing a special judge to give them
FIGHT CHRISTMAS EXERCISES
New York Jews Boycott Schools as Re
sult of Custom.
New York. Dec. 25. The agitation
against Christmas celebrations in the
public schools that has been gathering
force for. the last 10 days in Hebrew
circles found its climax yesterday,
when parents, guardians, and other
protectors of the Jewish children
strongly urged and supported by cer
tain east side newspapers kept their
charges. from attending the pre-Christ-mas
session to such extent that schools
oh the east side reported a decrease
in numbers ranging from 33 1-3 to CO
per cent of the pupils registered.
Famous Mines Sold.
EI Paso, Tex., Dec. 25. Advices re
ceived here are to the effect that W. C.
Greene has purchased the famous Con
cheno mines at Concheno, Chihuahua.
Mex. The price paid was 3,000,000
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Personal Investigation Reports to
work here, but the fact that there is
demand for laborers in Hawaii induces
the issue of passports to the islands.
Sargent admitted there is consider
able fee-ling against the Japanese in
many portions of the islands, as their
labor is cheap and their merchants are
underselling American merchants in
the islands and taking away trade pre
viously held by the latter with the Jap
anese. (irt'iit Incrip In Immigration.
New York. Dec. 25. Figures just
compiled at Kllis island indicate that
at the present rate of increase 1.2S3,
400 more aliens may be expected to
enter the country through the immigra
tion station on Ellis island next year.
"The number of aliens who will land
at New York this year," said Immigra
tion Commissioner Watcnorn, "will ap
proximate 1.050,000 persons, as against
a total of 859,000 who landed here in
"This shows an increase in immigra
tion of about 22.23 per cent."
David R. Forgan, Vice President
of First National, Heads
RUMOR OF A DISAGREEMENT
Reported Tilt with James B. Forgan was
Cause Capital of Institution
Chicago, Dec. 25. Announcing the
formation of a new national bank In
Chicago, with a capital of $1,500,000,
David R. Forgen, vice president of the
First National and of the First Trust
& Savings banks, resigned his connec
tion with both institutions yesterday.
Accompanied by rumors of a disagree
ment between him and his brother,
James B. Forgan, president of the First
National, the resignation caused a stir
in banking circles. Apparently no
ground existed for the rumor, however,
and both declared that severance of
business relations was entirely amica
ble." I.lfrlonsc Ambition.
The retiring official of the two banks
explained that a lifelong ambition to
start a bank in which he could have a
large personal interest was his incen
tive for the step. He will be president
of the new bank and will hold the larg
est Individual interest In, it. His asso
ciates, he said last evening, will be
men not now connected with the bank
ing interests of Chicago, but Identified
with some of the : largest commercial
enterprises of the city. . A name has
not yet been selected nor a location
Death is Penalty for Ad
miral's Defeat by
RUSS COURT DECIDES
Commuted to 10 Years' Im
prisonment Czar May
St. Petersburg, Dec. 25. Rear Ad
miral Nebogatoff and three of his sub
ordinates who surrendered their ships
to the Japanese during the naval bat
tie of May 2S, 1905, have been sen
tenced to death.
In vie wof extenuating circumstances
the sentence will be commuted to 10
The officers sentenced with Rear
Admiral Nebogatoff are:
Rear Admiral Gregorieff of the coast
defense ship Admiral Senavin.
Commander Lichim of the coast de
fense ship Admiral Apraxine.
Lieutenant Smirnoff, who succeeded
to the command of the battleship Nich
Four other officers are sentenced to
short terms of imprisonment in a fort
ress, while the remaining 70 officers
tried at the same time are acquitted of
the charges brought against them.
Kzprrt Czar to Show Mercy.
The sentences passed upon Rear Ad
miral Nebogatoff and the three com
manders are similar to those handed
down in the cases of the naval officers
who were condemned by court martial
for surrendering the torpedo boat de
stroyer Bedovi to the Japanese. These
sentences were coupled with a similar
recommendation to the emperor for
mercy, and such intercession generally
has proved successful.
" The' "lawyers for the defense In the
Nebogatoff trial, a majority of whom
are active politicians, devoted most of
their attention to the political aspects
of the case.
o Parallel In HUtory.
The government prosecutor, in his
closing address, declared that the In
fliction of the death penalty under
these circumstances was out of har
mony with tVe spirit of the times, but
he declared that the guilt of the offi
cers in question found no example in
history. Rear Admiral Nebogatoff, he
averred, could at least have transferred
all his commands to one battleship, and
then sunk the rest of his squadron.
The rear admiral made an emotional
reply, in which he dwelt upon the ig
norance of the prosecutor, who he said
has worn the uniform of the navy for
only one year.
COAL GRAB COMPLAINED OF
Fuel Famine Along the Burlington Due
to Confiscation of Shipments.
Omaha, Neb., Dec. 25. Judge Mun
ger yesterday issued an injunction pro
hibiting the Burlington railroad from
confiscating coal belonging to J. E.
Woodward & Company, who have
mines at Deitz. Wyo., and en route to
towns where there was a fuel famine.
A suit to recover $20,000, the value of
the coal alleged to have been seized
from this company in the past two
months, was filed. More than a hun
dred carloads have been taken, and the
mining company has only learned of
the proceeding through complaints of
CREW OF FREIGHT NOVICES
Lack of Experience Held to Have
Caused Disastrous Wreck in North.
Minneapolis, Dec. 25. The coroner's
jury inquiring into the collision at En
derlin, N. D., Sunday, returned a ver
dict holding the crew of the freight
train responsible for the wreck, passing
severe censure upon the Soo road for
Its alleged negligence for placing Inex
perienced men In positions where their
failure to perform their work properly
had resulted In a large loss of life.
Two injured died yesterday, making
11 deaths in all.
ESCAPES ON INSANITY PLEA
EighteervYear-Old Boy Held Not Guilty
of. Murder of His Father.
Spokane, Wash., Dec. 25. Not guilty
by reason of insanity was the verdict
returned by the jury In the case of
Sidney Sloane, an .18-year-old boy
charged with the murder of his father,
James F. Sloane, a pioneer merchant
Boat Upsets; 16 Drown.
Kingston, Jamaica, Dec. 25. A sail
boat with 25 persons on board was
overturned yesterday near Montego
Bay. Sixteen of the passengers were
FLAMES IN CHURCH
Panic at Christmas Entertain
ment at Cincinnati Results
LIGHTED TAPERS CAUSE
Santa Gets Whiskers Singed at Spring
field, III. Fire in the
Cincinnati, Dec. 25. Charles Dohn,
aged 20 years, janitor at the Ross-
moyne Methodist Episcopal church
was burned terribly last night by his
Santa Claus costume catching fire at a
Christmas entertainment in the
Seventy-five children and as many
parents were in the churcli and a wild
panic followed. Frantic mothers and
fathers tried to get to their children,
who were well grouped on one side.
The children fought and trampled each
other in their efforts to escape.
'nnlle Klre Snntn'n Vb Inker.
Springfield, 111.. Dec. 25. Elmer
Jones of Ridgely was severely burned
around the head and face at his home
last night while playing Santa Claus
for his children. His false whisker?
became ignited from a Christmas tree
(iotlen I'ndrr Control.
Atlanta, Ga.. Dec. 25. The fire at
the plant of the Georgia Manufactur
ing & Public Service company at Mar
ietta was gotten under control after a
loss of a quarter of a million had been
RIO GRANDE HAS A
Fast Train Strikes Another That Fail
ed to Clear Track at Price,
Price, Utah, Dec. 25. A Rio Grande
passenger train, westbound, was wreck
ed at Mounds, 17 miles east of here.
Engineer McGrath was killed and Fire
man Vaughan was seriously injured.
Two wrecking trains have gone to the
scene. It is believed the wrecked
rain ran into a train which had taken
a siding, but failed to clear.
As far as known the passengers es
caped injur'. There is no wire com
munication with Mounds and details
are difficult to secure.
PEARY'S MEN IN GOOD HEALTH
Land at New York Glad to Be There
for Christmas Dinners.
New York, Dec. 25. With practically
all members of the Arctic expedition
which left in July, 1905, under com
manu or uooert l'cary on tne vov-
age to the north pole, the ship Roose-
elt arrived in New York bay last
night and anchored almost in the same
place from which she started. The
men aboard were jubilant at reaching
New York, where they could eat their
Christmas dinner in civilization In
stead of in the far north, where last
year the Christmas meal consisted of
the scant rations permitted by neces
sity. Every man that started out, with
one exception, returned in good health.
SKELETON FOUND IN ASHES
Missouri Farmer Discovers Remains of
Brother in Ruins in Barn.
Mexico, Mo., Dec. 25. While scrap
ing among the embers of a barn de
stroyed by fire last night, Emery Mc
Cullough discovered the charred body
of a man, afterwards Identified as How
ard McCulIough, his brother. The orig
in of the fire and McCullough's pres
ence there are puzzling the local au
BOARD OF TRADE HARD HIT
Grain Futures Declared Illegal and
Void by Court.
Springfield, 111., Dec. 25. The su
preme court in a decision has declared
that contracts on the board of trade
to sell at some future date are option
and therefore illegal and void.
NEW TRACTION COMPANY
Incorporates at Indianapolis With $4,
Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 25. The
Southern Indiana Traction company of
Evansville,' Ind., has been incorporated
GOLD WAVE SOUTH
Heavy Frosts at Tampa Ex
pected to Last for Three
Washington, Dec. 25. According to
the weather bureau the present cold
wave will continue at least three days.
Heavy frosts have been reported as far
south as Tampa, Fla., where the tem
perature last night was 28 above zero.
The cold wave extends throughout the
Entire Harriman System
Facing a General
TROUBLE IN THE SOUTH
Freight Service of Southern
Pacific Practically Out
Houston, Texas, Dec. 25. A new
feature of the strike of the Southern
Pacific firemen was the assertion of
Second Grand Master Shea of the
brotherhood, that unless adjustment of
the difficulty with the men now out on
this division is made, an order Is to by
made that the entire Harriman sys
tem of railroads will lose the services
of the brotherhood of firemen and those
of the engineers wno belong to the
firemen's organization. v
Xw Orleans Tied l'p.
New Orleans, Dec. 25. The New
Orleans gateway for transcontinental
freight to western points is almost com
pletely closed by the Southern Pacific
strike. Other roads offered no through
freight to the Southern Pacific and re
fused to accept even local offerings.
Despite this tieup, local Southern Pa
cific officials announced themselves as
uncertain whether the strike will prove
serious. It was said passenger trains
were moving about as usual.
Mrlke Ilrrnkera Arrive.
One hundred strike breakers from
the north arrived here las, night to
replace the Southern Pacific striking
firemen. Half of them were retained
in New Orleans and the others sent to
PONTIFF HAS MANY
Larger Number of Letters Than Ever
Before as Expressions of Sym
pathy. Rome, Dec. 25. Never before has a
pope received so many telegrams and
letters bringing Christmas greetings as
has come to Pius X. this year. A
large number of communications have
been received from the United States,
expressing sympathy over tne trouble
with France, and it Is declared some
sovereigns also have sent autograpa
letters of sympathy to the pontiff.
GOLDFIELD IS NOT STAGNANT
Editor of Newspaper Desires to Correct
an Erroneous Impression.
San Francisco, Dec. 25. The Asso
ciated press has received a communi
cation from Joseph N. Martin, edi
tor of the Goldfleld (Nev.) Tribune,
making emphatic denial of a story pub
lished in a Chicago paper that the pop
ulation of Goldfleld Is decreased one
half by the miners strike. Instead of
the stores being closed, Martin stated
the merchants were unable to handle
the business offered, and that, accord
ing to a statement from the railroad,
the arrivals exceed the departures.
YV. J; BRYAN ON CHILD LABOR
Nebraska Man Says Beverldge Bill is
Similar to His Plan.
Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 25. A. J. McKel-
way, secretary of the national child la
bor committee, has received from Wil
liam J. Bryan a letter In which the lat
ter expressed his thanks for a copy of
the Beverldge bill, of which he eaysj
"The plan which Beverldge adopts for
the prevention of child labor Is Iden
tical with the plan I have urged for
the suppression of the trusts. I believe
the control which congress has over
Interstate commerce enables it to ap
ply a simple and effective remedy."
SCHOOL GETS CARNEGIE GIFT
College of Physicians Receives $100,-
Philadelphia. Pa., Dec. 25. The Col
lege of Physicians In this city has re
ceived a Christmas present from An
drew Carnegie o( a $100,000 donation
to help build a home and library. The
offer Is contingent upon the college be
ing able to raise a like Bum, of which
$80,000 already has been subscribed.
Captain Macklln Is Improving.
El Reno, Cal., Dec. 23. At the fort
hospital it Is stated that Captain Ed
gar A. Macklin, who was shot at his
home here Friday night by a negro,
had passed a good night. The physi
cians reported him s'ightly Improved.
Captain Macklin'r aasailant has not
yet been apprehended, although offi-
jeers are following - up a number of