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VOL. X??C. BENNISTTSVIIXE,* S. C., FRIDAY, MAY 29, 1903.
THIEVES FALL OUT.
Ryan Became Sore and Made Conies
sion to Authorities.
HE WENT BACK ON HIS PALS.
They Ruined Themselves hy itohig
thc Man'? Bidding ..lil
lie Now Turns Ilittcrly
United States Marshal Henry C.
Petit, at Rockville, Ind., notitied the
department by telegraph of the arrest
of Joseph M. Johns, the man eli. ged
with conspiracy lu the alleged bribery
of Daniel V. Miller, tlie assistant at
torney of thc postoftlec department
who was arrested Tuesday night.
Johns will be tried witli Miller at Cin
cinnati. Tlie cases will bc presented
to the federal grand jury which meets
there October (>.
According to evidence in possession
of the postal authorities .Johns re
recclvcd S-l,f>00 as a result of tlie de
cision of Acting Assistant General
Christiancy that tlie Ryan Turi In
vestment company was entitled to
use the mails. Miller was an assis
tant of Christiancy. Thc authorities
here say that Johns was not an attor
ney of the Ryan concern hut has been
a life long friend and political associ
ate of Miller. The exact division ol
the $4,500 is not known.
MILLEU UXOBU (MM)SS KIKE.
Miller was at thc postolliee depart
ment Friday in conference with Assis
tant General Robbe, who closely ques
tioned him regarding the case. Thc
case of the Arnold company, turf in
vestment concern, which was respon
sible for the first charge:; against the
anice of the assistant attorney general
and which, despite tlie adverse report
of postolliee inspectors secured a fa
vorable decision from thc ollice, ls still
The cheeks which ligure in tlie al
leged payments to Miller and Johns,
which are in thc possession of thc de
partment are (or $:i,400. They were
supplemented with a cash payment ol'
$1,100. Tlie checks arc signed by the
Ryan concern and made out to-follos's
order and endorsed by him.
RYAN II AS PEACH EU.
Ryan has agreed to be a witness for
the government. Ho has furnished
the department with all the informa
tion in his possession, including Hie
documents. While bite department
c-.mot guarantee an immunity it will
.put his service in giving state's evi
.' dence in thc best light before the
court. Miller had charge of thc in
vestigation of the Ryan case and pre
pared the 'etter which Aotiug Assis
tant General Christiancy signed. This
letter, which constituted tlie decision
of the department, allowed the con
cern to use the malls and was signed
December 10. The decision in the
Arnold caso which served as a prece
dent and whose language it followed
was signed by Assistant Attorney
General Ty uer December 4.
KYAN WAS SOUK.
John J. Ryan, whose confessions
caused the arrest of Miller and Johns,
operated his "get-rich-quick" turf in
vestment concern from Cincinnati.
Ohio and from St. Louis, and ran win
ter races at Newport, Ky. Other
warrants have been issued as a result
of the investigation of tlie postolliee
inspectors. Ryan is lie rc now and
admits that lie operated sometime at
St. Louis before tlie inspectors got
after him and later lie was called to
Washington. Ryan says: 'T was sore
because I heard others doing business
like mine stood in with the postolliee
department by giving up $25,000 and
I felt that those who were standing
in with the department were behind
the investigation so as to get me out
of their way."
THE JOH 11A I) "TKIMMINGS."
After returning from Washington
to St. Louis last November Kyan says
he got a telegram from Attorney
Johns of Rockville, Ind., that Johns
could'be of service to him with thc de
partment at Washington and later
Ryan and Johns met in Terre Haute.
There, Ryan says. Johns explained
now close he was to Miller and how
?iiilor had accepted a $2,ooo job in
the postolliee department at Washing
ton with the idea that the joh had
certain "trimmings," such as Ryan
says Johns explained Ryah would be
able to furnish.
Ryan declared Johns asked $5,000
to get from Miller a letter from thc
attorney general's ollice showing Kyan
was entitled to use the mails. Later
Ryan says Johns came down to $2,500
and tile proposition was accepted. A
proposition to pay $2,000 for litera
ture so worded it would pass muster
If it was ever taken up in Hie mails
was later accepted.
I'KKSKKYEO TIIH LITHKATU UK.
Ryan asserts Johns delivered the
letter and literature to him Decem
ber nilli. Kyan says he gave Johns
$1,100 cash and checks dated Decem
ber 17, one for $-2,000 and one for
$1,400. Then, Kyan says everything
went along smoothly until the trouble
February 0. A week later a fraud or
der was issued against Ryan, and
Ryan says an effort for another shake
down was put on foot but he would
nut stand for lt. He says he received
more telegrams from Johns, Kyan
says he preserved all the telegrams!
JOHNS OIVKS UOND.
Joseph II. Johns, who is charged
with complicity in the Miller-Kyaii
postal scandal, was arraigned before
Commissioner Higgins and gave bond
for $1,500 for his appearance before
Federal Judge Anderson at Indian
apolis June 25. 11 is bond was signed
hy several citizens of Rockville, who
accompanied him to this city. Here
fuses to make any statement. The
warrant tinder which he was arraigned
charged conspiracy to receive personal
compensation for services to divers per
sons in which the United States was
The warrants for Miller at Wash
ington, and Johns at Rockville, were
drawn by United Slates Attorney
Handy, and his assistants, on informa
tion furnished by po-totlloe inspectors
wbo bave a great mass of documen
tary evidence, notably a letter to
John J; Ryan, from George A. Chris
tancy as acting assistant attorney gen
eral for thc post?nico department, in
forming Ryan that thc investigation
satisfied the Washington officials or
his right to usc the mails in his busi
ness, lu one corner arc thc initials
:4D. V. M." in Miller's handwriting
indicating that Miller dictated the
letter, and for that reason tile olllclals
say there is no proceeding against
Christiancy. This letter was not for
warded to Ryan, but it came to him
through Johns when they met in Cin
cinnati. Dec. (i, i ?02, after Ilya ti paid
Johns $1,100 cash and $3,400 iii St.
Louis checks. These checks, indorsed
by Johns, arc in evidence.
STORIES OF RECENT FASTS.
?kin ny People liva tn rod t<> Health hy
Len vi ii;: Uti'Une Neal.
That many persons have gained
health hy eliminating, or practically
eliminating, (he morning breakfast,
seems an established fact, writes Anna
Woodward in Good Housekeeping.
Those who arc more radical in their
trials have begun by fasting entirely,
for a period of from seven to thirty
days. An experience which has at
tracted much attention is that or the
editor of one of the health magazines
of New York. This man went through
a thirty days' last, about two years
ago, and from that time to thc present
has usually had two very light meals
each day. Never more than two, and
sometimes but one. He weighed when
beginning his fast, one hundred and
ten pounds and has since told the
writer that he had at that time much
sickness: was, in fact an invalid. AL
the present time he weighs one hun
dred and sixty pounds, is robust in
cyerj ..?.j uiiu ..-.\ i.,t,.i cmpimviciiiij
that he is proof against any form of
disease, whatsoever. He says that be
fore the thirty days of fasting was
over, his skin took on a clearer hue
Uian lt had worn for years: his eyes
grew brighter, his hair was in better
condition, and his tea th, even, became
noticeably whiter. Du thc twenty
fourth day he took a prolonged moun
tain walk with several companions,
neither showing nor feeling more
fatigue than they.
A girl whose home is in Morganton,
West Virginia, tells me that although
up to last summer she had always
been an omnivorous cater, she at that
time became Coverted lo the modern
theory, and began in a practical way
taking in August two weeks' complete
fast, (luring which time she swallow
ed nothing but a little fruit juice.
She then began to addopt an extreme
ly light diet, to her advantage from
the point of economy, since by prepar
ing her own meals instead of boarding
she effected a saving of from six to
seven dollcrs a month. But the con
sideration of primary importance was
not thc pecuniary but thc physical
gain. She at once began to enjoy
health snell as she had not known for
years. For several years previously
her average weight was about one hun
dred and twenty-four pounds. During
thc two weeks' fast she lost liftcen
pounds. Thc first week thereafter she
regained ten pounds and after that
she regained at the rate of three
pounds a week, until she reached one
hundred and thirty-nine pounds
more than she ever weighed in her life
before. This girl is engaged in tak
ing a University course and there is
living with her a friend who is a
teacher in thc public schools, this
friend living also on the same plan.
They eat no breakfast, faking in thc
early morning a glass of hot lemon
ade. Lunch consists of two slices of
brown bread and butler and a little
fruit. The evening meal, though more
substantial is very simply cooked.
Soup and one other dish from thc]
usual dinner. Thc second dish con
sists some times of a baked potato or
baked apples, some times of a cereal
and milk. They take never more than
those two simple dishes, in addition Lo
brown bread and milk, celery and oc
casionally onions. Thc main point is
that thivy enjoy their ealing as they
never did before, they have improved
in general health, and incidentally
there has been the saving td' time ?inri
Hin Wheal Crop.
The cereal outlook was never more
promising at this time ol' year. Of
the :i l,Olio,OOO acres of winter wheat
sown last '. tho agricultural depart
ment's canvass shows .'(.'I,OOO,000 acres
standing in prime condition and ;
promising a yield ol' ",20,000,000
bushels v illi normal success. If the
spring wheat holds its own with aver
age years, thc I* n i ted States will have ?
720.000,1)00 bushel.; ol' wheat in thc
bin in thc autumn.
Drowned in (In; Uiver.
Henry Field. William Ferrell, Wal
ter Parker and J), li. Craig were
drowned in the Arkansas river at
Tatuaba, 1. T., 'Wednesday. Field
was thc mail contractor and Ferrell
ranier. They were attempting to
lake the mails across l lie swollen
stream when their boat overturned.
Two other occupants ol' the Skiff nar
rowly escaped death.
Four men killed and two badly
limned by au explosion of gas in the
mines of the Chartres Coal and Coke
company at Federal, a mining town
near Brldgcvllle on Hie Pittsburg,
Uha rt rcs and Voughiogheny railroad
Tuesday. The mine is bul slightly
Five Hohnes 1'nr?Hh.
lt is now reported that in addition
to the eight train hands who were
killed in Southern railway freight,
wreck al lilyan, Ala., Wednesday live
tramps, four colored and one white,
were killed Their bodies were burned.
Malle a !>. D.
it was announcement ol' thc Ken
tucky Wesleyan college at Winchester,
Fy., Wednesday that thc honorary
degree of doctor of divinity had been
conferred lip.Vn Kev. J. L. Stokes,
pastor of thc Methodist church at
TOWN SWEPT AAV AY.
Many Persons Crushed to Death by a
AN INSANE ASYLUM STRUCK.
Tho state ol' Iowa Swept Incessantly
for Twenty-four Honrs hy
Storms und Tornado.
A tornado struck tho town of Elmo,
Iowa Tuesday evening, destroying
thc town. Six persons aro known to
ba vc been killed and several others
injured. The storm destroyed ;i
threcstory Masonic temple, and nine
persons iti thc temple ut thc time
were killed outright. Six bodies have
been removed from the ruins of thc
building and ot.be rs are believed to be
buried in thc debris. Tho names of
thnse whose bodies were recovered:
C. C. Calhoun. William Dolf, (Jus
Dull", diaries Hell. T. Summers, I). L.
Parker. The storm passed on through
tiie town, leaving but a few buildings
standing. Elmo is a small town on
t.lie Wabash railroad branch, running
from Omaha to brunswick, Mo., ?iud
has about 200 inhabitants.
BTOKM-SWKrT rou nouns.
Iowa has been storm swept for thc
past 2-1 hours. Three tornadoes, two
Monday night and one Tuesday night,
resulted in the loss of six lives, the
fatal injury of three persons and the
serious injury of a score of others,
besides great injury and property
THU DI'*AD AT GLENWOOD.
Maggie Hictncr, of Adasa, Iowa,
aged 11 yea rs.
Hazel Wright, of Adasa, Iowa, aged
Near 1 luxton:
At South Des Moines.
Russell A. Knau if, aged .'IO years.
Floyd Knau fi; his eight-months-old
TUE IN JU UKO AT UL EX WOOD.
NEA lt HUXTON.
Molicutius Rhodes, fatal.
Mollie Rhodes, fatal.
Eliza Blakely, fatal.
Amphy and Minnie Blakely.
Zward, Lucy, George and Addison
AT SOUTH DESMOINBS.
Mrs. Kunu ir, bruised and cut.
Mrs. Margaret Boston, skull injured
by falling brick.
Charles Mc-Nutt, hurt by llying-tree'
Mrs. John McCoy, breast and bead
cut by Hying glass.
SCHOOL EOU FEEBLE-MINDED.
Thc victims at Glenwood were all
inmates of the school for the feeble
minded. The tornado struck the
girls' dormitory. Tho roof wos torn
olf and with a terrible crash fell back
again upon the wrecked building. All
the buildings of the group, including
tiie hospital, dormitory, hoys' build
lng, custodian's building, farm cot
tages and the boiler room, were more
or less damaged by the storm. The
.superintendent estimates that thc loss
will lie at least $70,000. There is no
M AUK KOK FURIOUS WIND.
Tiie buildings of the institution are
situated on a slight risc and were a
mark for the heavy wind which swept
down on thc structure with terrible
fury. Tiie boiler room, including
some linc machinery lately installed,
is wrecked. The eleven gi fis who
were injured arc being cared for in
the hospital which is intact. The
tornado near Buxton struck before
noon near what is known as No. 10
.lunceion, a mining settlement. All
the victims were colored.
COUUSE OT KTOT.M.
The storm came from the southwest
end the destructive wind seemed to
descend suddenly from a great bank
of clouds which was weeping toward
the northwest. The houses occupied
hy the Rhodes and Blakely families
were smashed lo kindling wood. Tile
tornado struck south Des Moines tit
dark tonight, lt came from tho
south, but after the greater part of
Ibu destruction was wrought, veered
to the northwest it approached the
junction or the Des Moines and Rac
IX SOUTH DESMOIXES.
The property in South Des Moines
and vicnity will reach *f?o.00o. Thc
Knau IT home and the Christian church
were wrecked and about forty other
buildings were damaged. About the
same time what was apparently anoth
er storm struck the packing house sec
tion of tile town, a mile to thc north
west of the scene of the South Des
Moines disaster. Many buildings were
BASTKltN NEIU'.ASK A IIAKP MIT.
Eastern Nebraska was visited by
anoferscries of storms last night and
Wednesday several of which develop
ed into tornadoes. One visited Hast
ings, nea.- tho scene of Sunday's heavy
storms and blew several buildings to
Another struck Herman, 2"> miles
north of Omaha, and the scene of a
tornado live weeks ago, killed a dozen
people. The. home of D. R. Parish,
demolished and Mr. Parish, his wife,
and a child were seriously hurt.
Accompanying thc severe wind in
every instance, was a rain storm of
unusual severity and as a result sever
al towns in eastern Nebraska are Hood
ed. The li nanda! loss has been heavy
and estimates place lt at several hun
dred thousand dollars.
One of the most seven; storms was
a Davey, a small town northwest of
Lincoln which resulted in the injury
of thirteen persons, none fatally.
Several persons, however, sustained
broken limbs. The report received
from there states that every dwelling
and outbuilding in the town was
wrecked. The storm' Lincoln did
great damage, thc loss on buildings
being estimated at $100,000.
A NSW SLAVERY
A System ofl'ouiiucc Which Ohtnins
In That Statu.
At thc request of the department of
justice, the United States service has
undertaken tim work of investigating
thc charge of peonage, or holding
another in servitude to work out a
debt, which lias been made against
persons living in the vicinity of Mont
gomery, Ala. Thc punishment pro
vided by the statute for this crime is
a (inc of notiess than $1,000 nor more
than .*;">,OOO or imprisonment of not
less tlian one year nor more than live.
One man named Hobe rt N. Frank
lin has already been indicted for keep
ing a negro in servitude for at least a
year. Information in the hands of
Chief Wilkie tends to show that a
regular system has been practiced for
a long tone between cerf ai n magis
trates and persons who want negro
lt is said that the plan is to bring a
poor negro before a magistrate tm a
flimsy charge. Ile is convicted, and
having no money to pay a tine, thc
white man oilers to advance him 1 he
money, provided thc negro will make
a lalior contract with him fora length
ol' time.sufficient lo reimburse bini for
the money and t rouble he has taken to
keep the negro out of jail.
Ile. is thereupon taken away and be
gins what is frequently a long term ol
cruel servitude, being frequently
whipped for failure to perform work
to thc satisfaction ol' his employer.
An agent of the secret service, who is
now on the ground, will make ii.
thorough investigation of the v. hole
alleged system and turn over to the
United States attorney for that dis
trict all information he may secure
with a view to the prosecution of of
Hattie Witli Strikers.
The li rsl serious outbreak since tlie
late strike order was issued occurred
at the big <? mines on Laurel creek
not far from Thhrmand, W. V. For
several days the strikers at that point
have been making an ell'ort to induce
the non-union men to join their ranks.
Wednesday evening the strikers be
gan marching in a body toward thc
mines. Thc guards on duty, half a
dozen in number, at sight of the
marching body opened lire. Thc
strikers quickly returned the tire, but
as they were at long range thc shoot
ing was not ellecti ve and only one per
son, Marshall Hrown, and a guard,
was killed in battle. Several received
minor injuries. lirown was shot
through the stomach, the bullet be
ing from a Winchester and he lived
but a short time. More than 100
shots were tired before the strikes re
treated. More trouble is anticipated.
The i'hilippines are having their
postal scandals as welf^is Washington.
Two cases were reported .<^y,ji\H il _jtn:
thc war department vv ednesday^ one
is that of former Postmaster . Milne,
at Tacloban, Ley te, who is accused
not only of taking $2,001) current coin
o? thc United States, but even thc -100
pound safe which is supposed to have
contained the money. Postmaster
?vareIsen of Calamba, Luzon, is also
under arrest. Some time ago ?2,000
disappeared from the mails between
the hour it left his oftico and when it
should have reached Manila. Treas
urer Jones of the province of Tarlace,
likewise reports robbery. Ile. says he
has been losing from $25 to $500
a month. His hooks arc all right,
but the balance in the cash drawer
comes short regularly.
A special from Newcastle, Wyo.,
says: W. C. Clifton, murderer of Mr.
and Mrs. .lohn W. Church, lynelle'.', by
a mob from Gillette Wednesday night.
The mob battered down the jail door,
holding up the sherill'and deputy the
while, and hung Clifton to a bridge
west of town. Clifton's head was cut
oil' by the fall of 10 feet, .lohn W.
Church and his wife, who lived ou a
homestead claim 7f> miles southwest
of Newcastle, were never seen alive
after March 14 last. Clifton, whose
ranch adjoined that of Church, was
arrested tm suspicion and on April 17
he confessed that he had killed Mr.
and Mrs. Church. Their bodies were
lound at the place indicated hy him.
Clifton claimed he had killed Hu;
couple in self-defense.
Immorality ol'Our Mich.
Dr. ll. St. .Ioho Perry declared be
fore the Slate Association of Physi
cians at St. Pauls that in immorality
and intemperance Americans of
wealt h and apparent respect nhill y
were worse, than African savages.
"Christians look with abhorrence on
Mohammedans who take plural wives
lind arc true, to them," he said, "yet
many of our Americans indulge lu
thrice the wives of thc ignorant sav
age and are untrue to all. Vice air!
immorality arc rampant among ail
classes. Physicians can bear willie s
to this. To gauge the state of Ameri
can manhood one has only lo count
thc thousands of fallen women m
A Holli ."Mine.
The tunnel disaster in New York
was better than a gold mine for the
widows ol' the men killed by lt. Thc
Supreme Cour! has just atlirmcd the
judgment of thc lower court giving
*loo,ooo damages lo Mis. .lennie M.
Leys for the death of her husband in
the tunnel. Leys af the lime of his
deal!) was receiving a salary at $12,
000 and fees which brought his in
come up to $20,8(12 last year. On I hat.
she hasscd her demand and asked for
Killed hy Distuning.
During a heavy rain and thunder
storm Tuesday night on St. Helena
island an electric holt entered the
shanty of Posey Davis, an aged ne
gress, and killed her while she was
near an open window, lier bedding
was also torn. A small girl who was
asleep on another bed in the room re
mained unconscious during the storm
and was unhurt. On awakening Wed
nesday uiorinng she? found the woman
1 dead Oh the door!
Wealthy ?lah Kilted.
D. W. Miller, general manager of
the Aet na Coal company, was Instant
ly killed Thursday at Aetna Teno.
Ile was run over by live cars. Ile was
WORSE AN]) WOESE.
Sensation Created ia Washington
by Madlen's Arrest.
REPUBLICANS ARE WORRIED.
They Admit That It Is n Political
Necessity Tliut thu KUHCHIH
he Turned Out ol* tho
A dispatch from Washington says
hy far the most sensational develop
ment in thc pos toll Ice investigation
up to this time occurred Wednesday
when August W. Machen, the general
superintendent of the free delivery
service, was arrested ou a warrant is
sued -dhoti the information of postuf
lice inspectors charging him with
having received "rake offs" from con
tracts made with the local ti rm of
Crolf . Jiros., for a patent postal box
fastener. The warrant specifically
charges him with receiving$18,HS 1.78
since-Aii|i. 8, 1!)00. lt is alleged,
however, at thc department that this
amount docs not represent all that
Machen obtained in connection with
l?tese contracts, it being charged that
he has -prolited by them for several
years prior to the date of the tirst con
tract mentioned in thc warrant.
Immediately after Mr. Machen was
taken- into custody Wednesday the
postmaster general issued an order
removing him from oi?lcc. lie had
been practically under suspension for
a fortnight pending the investigation
Into his bureau. Thc discovery of
Madlen's alleged interests in the eon
tracts was made quito accidentally by
the inspectors some three weeks ago
and since their energies had been di
rected toward making out a case. Af
ter the. authorities had become con
vinced that they were in possession of
the necessary evidence, Mr. Machen
was notilied to appear at the depart
ment ^Wednesday morning. Ile did
so and was subjected to a ''sweating"
process by the Inspectors and air.
Itristow for three hours, but no ad
missions that be had prolited by the
contracts could be secured from him.
He declined to answer many uuestinns
on the ground that they related to
his private business, but insisted to
the end that he had not received a
cent improperly. Nevertheless he
was arrested on the warrant which
had boen prepared and taken before a
Unfited! States commissioner, where
his attorney immediately demanded a
Assistant District Attorney Tag
gart^ bo weypr, was not ready to pro
ceed -"Mi the case and the Jxearlngj
ipS '?> J? . .?. "''.. - ? jvri\ M a ched, ga VR
? i^J,6t'j/ .urnlSlied by a Phila
delphia bonding company, for his ap
pearance, declining tu accept the prof
fer of friends to go un his bund. Af
ter his release he declined tu make
any strtement beyond the single dec
laration that the whole thing was a
grand stand play and would conic out
till right. His attorneys declared that
at thc proper time they would show
conclusively that he had been guilty
of no wrong in connection with the
contracts and, on the contrary, they
would be able to show that his ad
ministration of thc free delivery ser
vice had been characterized by ability
and Integrity. The department of
ticials claim that their evidence is con
clusive. It is understood that id vii
suit will be entered to recover from
Machen thc amount he is alleged to
have received on thc contracts.
Thc warrant for Madlen's arrest
was drawn by Assistant United States
District Attorney Taggart on a swum
statement made by Walter S. Mayer,
a postoftice inspector fruin the Chicago
district, before United States Com
missioner Anson S. Taylor. Inspec
tor Meyer in thc several counts in the
complaint alleges the receipt by Mr.
Machen of'several specilied sums ag
gregating $18,081.78 in connection
with t he purchase for the use of the
department of certain letter box fas-1
Alter setting forth Mr. Madlen's
Ofllcial position as superintendent of
free delivery in the postolllce depart
ment, the complaint says that as such
superintendent Machen was charged
with the duty and invested with the
power, under the supervision and
with the approval of thc first assis
tant postmaster general of purchasing
for the usc of the department certain
tn t ides, among them "letter box fas
Inspector Mayer then states that
one Samuel ll. tiroir and one piller H.
(Jrolf are the owners of a patented in
vention for such letter box fasteners
and were rngaged in business as Croll"
Urns. The statement then says that
on July 2, 1000, Superintendent
Machen procured the issuance ol* an
order by the lirst assistant postmaster
general for ii,000 complete and 2,087
half fasteners of the Gr?lt variety at
the rate of $1.25 for one complete
and $2.25 fur two half fasteners, and
that as superintendent he recom
mended ?uni the treasury paid $7,
5?1.83 lo the. Croll Pros., Tor the fas
teners aforesaid. The statement, then
"Tho said order was procured by
the said August W. Machen inion
collusive understanding and agreement
between him and the said Hiller H.
Croll", that he, thc said August W.
Machen, was to be paid a certain pro
portion of the proceeds ol* any war
rant to be issued in payment ol' thc
article supplied under said order and
tho promise of him, the said 131) 1er ll.
(?rolf, t * ? pay such proportion; and
on the sib day of August A. 1)., 1000,
the said August W. Machen did ask,
accept and receive of and was paid by
the said biller P. G rolf pursuant to
such collusive and agreement thc sum
Then following a number of other
counts alleging the receipt by Mr. Ma
chen of the following specified sums
In connection with sales of letter box
fasteners to thc government: Sept.
20, 1000, $2,501; Dec. 17, 1000, Ssa,000;
Aug. ai, 1001, $1,271; Sept. 0, 1901,
$75:1.50: .Tali. 20, 1002, $2,500; April
?, 1002, $2?30?.5U; Aug. 22, 1002,
Thc arrest created a profound sensa
tion at the postotllce department.
Tlie news spread rapidly and within a
few minutes after thc arrest the fact
was known generally. Postmaster
General Payne lost no time in com
municating thc news to the public,
summoning the newspaper men and
"Mr. Maclicn is now under arrest
in this budding. He has received a
large sum of money from thc contrac
tors who supply the government with
certain articles. The amount he is
charged with receiving is over $20,
000. The department will make a
statement later in tlie day, as soon as
it can be prepared."
Subsequently Mr. Bristow gave ont
tlie following statement:
"A. W. Machen, general superin
tendent free deli very system, was ar
rested at 1 o'clock today. He is
charged with receiving bribes amount
ing in all to about $22,000 in connec
tion with a-contract held by GrolT
Rros., of Washington, I). C., fora pat
ent fastener used on street letter
boxes, known as the GrolT fastener.
The posloflice depaitment in thc past
?ten years has used about Si lo.ono
worth of these fasteners and lt is
shown hy ample evidence that Tor the
past three years, at least, Mr. Machen
has been receiving 40 per cent, of thc
amounts paid to thc Gruffs. Thc
transaction of the business was con
ducted by Diller lt. GrolT. who con
trols thc patent of his brother, Samuel
A., a policeman."
YliUY SAD ANO HKUI?U8.
Postmaster General Payne said that
the evidence against Madlen was of
the most conclusive character, "lt is
? Very sad a ira ir," Mr. Payne added,
"lt is very serious business. The
probabilities are that the end is not
yet." The postmaster general said
that the department was running
all the. charges that have made con
cerning postal administration, that
many charges had been made which
are not known to thc public, and that
where a few were substantiated great
numbers of tile allegations proved
Ile made the significant suggestion
that there were many other charges of
Irregularities in the free delivery of-?
lice now being investigated. Com-1
menling on tho arrest of Daniel V.I
Miller, the assistant attorney, which j
proceeded by 4S hours that of Machen,
Mr. Payne said that he had akscd As
sistant Attorney General Robb
whether the Ryan decision which Mr.
Christiancy signed at the instance of
Miller, was proper under the law and
under the Tacts. Mr. Robb's answer
has not been received.
Mr. Payne was asked whether the
department was keeping in touch
with George W. Reavers, the former
superintendent of the division of sala
ries and allowanees.of the department
who suddenly resigned some \y_eeks
ago.. He, replied <atllrmatively. "I
Jiav^nodQUlit,'' he Said,.''.that the.de
parlinent is keeping-track Of hliri.'i
Postmaster General Payne dismissed
Mr. Machen in the following order:
"A. W. Machen is this day remov
ed from the position of general super
iutendein of the free delivery service.
His removal is made by reason of mal
fca; ance on his part in the discharge
of the duties of his olllce."
G KOKK UllOS., UNDKIt A lt IL EST.
Diller R. GrolT of the lirra of GrotT
Rios., went to police headquarters and
gave himself up, saying he had heard
that a warrant had been issued for
him and lie had come to headquarters
to present himself. Mr. GrotT was
taken before United States Commis
sioner Taylor and gave $10,000 bail
pending a hearing before, the commis
sioner lomorrow. Mr. GrolT did not
make any statement regardigg his
connection witli thc charge against
liim. The warrant served on him
charges a violation of the section of
thc revised statutes making bribery of
officers of Hie government a criminal
offense. Thc information upon which
thc warrrant was issued was sworn to
by Walter S. Mayer, a postotllce in
spector. This information alleges thc
payment by thc partners of various
sums of money to August W. Machen
in pursuance of the alleged agreement
between them in connection with thc
purchase of loiter box fasteners. Sam
uel A. (?rolf, the other partner, was
arrested tonight. Arrangement were
Immediately made whereby he was re
leased on tia,000 bail being given for
his appearance before United States
Commissioner Taylor when required.
Kiylit Train men Killed.
At Kirmingham, Ala., in a collision
between two freight trains on the
Southern railway, near lilyan, there
were eight men killed. After the col
lision tho wreck took tire and burned
rapidly. The olllclals of tlie road
haye not yet explained thc cause of
thc accident, but it is alleged that an
operator went lo sleep on duty and
failed io deliver au order. Tl ic burn
ing wreckage destroyed thc wires and
cut off cutnmnnicatlon for some time.
The dead ?ire: Henry Action, engineer;
h. G. Chester, engineer; Johnson,
engineer; Roland Madison, colored;
tireman; Otto Wood, lireman; David
Ingram, colored, lireman; Robert Han
cock, tireman; .1. 1). Hill colored,
A Columbia iiiliigihi;.
Thc execution ol* Winter Canley in
Columbia last Friday was very quietly
done. Ile was hanged for murdering
a 131 iza Ker-haw. Ile. made no out
cry and mounted the .scaffold without
any assistance, after having passed a
morning and night with colored
preachers calmly. He at e, as is tho
practice of murderers sentenced to be
hanged, a hearty breakfast, and pass
ed a comparatively quiet morning. In
Tact he seemed to be very nindi more
at rest and peace than som? other
prisoners in Hie Jail. Canley and his
victim were both colored.
At Pensacola, Kia., .lodge Frank P.
Boni fay, after delivering an address in
thc city campaign, dropped dead just
as he was leaving the platform. The
exertion and excitement caused his
death. Hundreds of people had listen
ed to thc speech. After thanking Hie
audience for its attention he turned
and fell to the ground. Thc meet ing
was immediately adjourned. Judge
Ronifay was one of the oldest and
most respected citizens of Pensacola.
He was tit? years old.
GREAT DAMAGE BY FLOODS.
over Two Thousand People Home
less in Topeka, Koo.
The State of Kansas Is suffering
terribly from a great Hood. At 9.30
o'clock friday iright the water liad
surrounded the whole of Nortti To
peka and more than 2,000 people are'
homeless. The river is rising fast and
it is estimated that fully 10,000 will
be homeless. The Union Pac!Qc rail
road station ls flooded.
Late Friday afternoon the Kansas
river bridges at Maple Hill, Rossville,
Silver Lake, Bellevue and St. George
were washed out. Thc new steel
bridge at "Willfrld is damaged beyond
repair and at Topeka the street rail
way is useless. Several hundred cat
tle have been drowned.
Fifteen inches of water in Abilene
Friday night and more Saturday.
Business houses are collapsing and the
entire town is panic stricken. The
police and lire departments in Topeka
are endeavoring to rescue people from
thc Hood on thc north side of the
Tile conditions in ''Little Russia,"
thc Russian settlement in North To
peka, are serious. The entire settle
ment is under water and a current
has started through the district. Sev
eral houses already are twisted on their
foundations and they probably will
collapse. Every family has had its
household good? damaged and some
have lost everything.
Thirteen Inches of water have fal
len in Clark's creek valley in the past
twelve hours. The whole valley is
desolated. Many houses In Skiddy
were wasiicd away, and crops are
ruined. Two thousand feet of rail
way tracks in this vicinity were
washed out. So far as known, no
lives were lost.
Tlie loss by flood in Morris county
is estimated at $1,000,000. Four per
sons were drowned herc Friday night. ?
Edward Clements perished while en- ?
deavcring to save his daughter. Ralph
Phillipps, while trying to rescue a Ut- ;
tie girl named Woods, was drowned ;
with her. A baby was found dead in j
the Missouri Pacific yard. Slacking <
lime set tire to thc M. R. Smith lum- i
bcryard, which was burned together
with thc F ir mers and Drovers bank
and Robbin's drug store, the loss be
ling 850,000. The big Main street
bridge over the Mcosho river went
dowu./ All the business houses were
Hooded. Miles of Missouri Pacific and
Missouri, Kansas and Texas tracks
were washed out. More than 100
houses are under water and 20 have
A Human Ladder.
In the destruction by fire of a four
story apartment house on Fulton
.Street, Brooklyn, one policeman was
fatally and two others seriously birrned
whilejlainmates>.7ure rescued\ou\j by '
great effoft of tlie police and firemen.
Policeman J. F. Havens reached the
third floor and passed Mrs. Nellie
Smith and her three children to po
licemen McAuley and Cook to assist
them down the stairway. The fire
cut them off from the stairs, and
Havens fell unconscious from smoke.
Firemen finally reached them, and
Mrs. Smith and the policeman were
taken down the ladder i uto thc street.
The fireman discovered a yuing child
in the front part of the house, and
there being no time to lose, they
mounted on one another's shoulders,
and, forming a human ladder, rescued
it. Thc damage caused by the fire
was about $50,000.
A Girl's Tragic Death.
At Rome, T?. Y., with a halter rope
tied around her wrist and a frightened
colt running at top speed. Rena
^Yebster, of Northwestern, was drag
ged a half mile overa rough highway
and killed. Miss Webster, who was
20 years of age, led the colt to allow
it to eat in the highway. While the
animal was feeding she sat down by
the roadside and engaged in sewing.
To prevent thc animal from getting
away, she fastened the end of the long
halter rope to her wrist. The colt
suddenly became frightened and ran
away. Miss Webster was dragged
headlong into the roadway, and the
horse ran into the village of North
western, dragging the girl at end of
To lie Ilrought Buck.
After being out of the state six
months, H. L. Lloyd, of Darlington,
has been arrested in Texas and will be
brought back to this state to stand
trial for thc forgery of a promissory
note to tlie amount of $102 on the
People's bank of Darlington. Lloyd,
it is alleged, on November 18, 1002,
forged a note in the name of his
brother, W. C. Lloyd, E. F. Story
and other parties and thc bank cashier,
knowing Lloyd, paid out the money
at once. When it was found that thc
note was a forgery, which was not
until it became due, thirty days af
terwards, Lloyd had left the state.
Ile was localed in Texas and the au
thorities in that state notitied to look
out for him.
A Coming Reform.
The legislatures of twenty-one
states have passed resolutions in favor
?'f thc election ot tinted States sena
tors by the people. Unquestionably
popular sentiment has grown very
strongly in recent years in favor of re
moving thc election or United States
senators from the state legislatures.'
The pu rebase of scnatorsliips by mil
lionaires and thc deadlocks which
have left states without representa
tion in the senate, have created strong
dissatisfaction with present methods.
Mrs. .1. D. Arlington, aged 50, and
lier son, Robert Arlington: aged 21,
were murdered Tuesday night at
Solomon's Mills, 10 miles below Louis
ville, Ala. Before she died Mrs.
Arlington named a white man and a
negro woman as thc murderers.
Officers with bloodhounds have left
for the scene of the tragedy. Robbery
was the motive.
G. C. Russell of Greenville was kill
ed In Union hy tho explosion of a soda
fountain in the drugstore of II. L.
Seal fe & Son. Ile Iud gone to Union
for thc L. L. Barre company to do
MANY LIVES LOST
And the Town of Malazherd, Totally
Destroyed by Earthquake
A MOST AWFUL OCCURRENCE.
A Military Officer Becomes liiRanc
Over the The Loss of His
Family. Other Particulars
of .the Disaster.
A dispath from Washington says
Vice-Consul OJalvo, at Erzrum, Tur
key, reports to thc state department
that an earthquake in the canton of
Melazherd, district of Bltlis, on the.
29th ult., caused the death of 500 peo
ple and left the city in ruins. Thc
shock was strongly felt in Erzrum, a
Journey of 38 hours, and threw the
people into a panic. Many of them
turned their Stahles, which arc huilt
level with thc ground, into sleeping
apartments for greater security.
PLACED AT TWO THOUSAND.
A dispatch from Constantinople says
advices which reached there Wednes
day from Asiatic Turkey show that a
terrible earthquake occurred April
29 at Melazherd, in the vilayet or Van
80 miles southeast of Erzrum, on the
Euphrates. The town was totally
destroyed, with its entire populuioii,
numbering 2,000 souls, including 700
Armenians, as well as the troops
forming the garrison of Melazherd. lu
addition over 400 Souzes in neighbor
ing villages collapsed.
A GABKI80N-WIPED OUT.
A dispatch from London says the
foreign office here received some de
tails from the British consul at Arz
rum regarding the recent carthqu ike
at Melazherd, according to which a
strong earthquake, lasting 30 seconds,
was felt in the morning of April 29
throughout the entire district between '
Lake Van and the Russian frontier
and as far west as Kharput. The town
?>f Melazherd, consisting of * 500
houses, was destroyed and touch havoc
was wrought lu the surrounding vil
lage. Col Khalil Bey,.commanding
the garrison of Melazherd, with his
whole family, three ofilcers and 80 sol
diers, perished in the ruins. Lieut.
Col, Tay bid Bey, whose family was
lost, became insane. A telegraph
operator who sent the news of the cat
astrophe said himself was badly in
jured and that his wife and sister had
been killed. The foreign ofllce has ap
pealed for subscriptions for tbe relief
of the destitute Mohammedans and
Christians of the Melazherd district.
Jumped in a^himnpyV*; -y-}
The, A tl anta": Joup ai ? paVs Xi? ; . B a -. -
vis, about 35cy0?rs' o? Vage, " who ;iias- ?
been working oh Kbv.1 ?. H. Smith's
farm near Gainesville, Ga., fora num
ber of years, was brought to this city
aud lodged in Hall county jail for
safe keeping. The negro is affected
with a peculiar form of insanity, sup
posed to have been produced by the
extremely hot weather. Wednesday
night lie was suffering from the de
lusion that bloodhounds were on his
trail, and began a wild race for life
and liberty, which ended in one of
the most remarkable captures on re
cord. For a mile he ran, disrobing
as ho ran and throwing articles of
clothing along his path piece by piece,
until he was entirely nude. He
reached .the two-story dwelling of W.
It. newington about 6 o'clock, after
part of the family had retired for the
night, ne scaled the chimney by
climbing up the lightning rod and
mounting the roof, jumped down thc
chimney. The fall was a distance of
25 feet or more, and he landed on
some boards which had been placed in
the fireplace. With great difficulty
he was extricated and drawn out the
top of the Hue by means of a rope,
and he was found to be terribly
skinned and bruised, but calm and
willing to be taken in charge.
Tho Mystery Solved.
City detectives claim to have un
raveled the mystery of the 37,000
robbery of the union depot ticket
office In Birmingham, Ala., which oc
curred May 10. As a result two
young men, one of them being the
son of J. M. Bibb, superintendent bf .
bridges and buildings of the Louis
ville and Nashville railroad, have
been arrested and are now in jail.
No one will be allowed to see them
and not even the name of the second
man arrested can be ascertained. It
is claimed that the robbery was ac
complished by boring a hole through
the ceiling over the ticket office from
a vacant room on the second floor of
the union depot, and through this
hole the robbers looked with a magni
fying glass and watched the employees
of that office work the safe combina
tion. It is said that on thc night of
the robbery tiley entered the office
while the night ticket seller was asleep
and worked the safe combination.
Two Captured a Company.
A prominent feature around Mis
sissippi headquarters, which were the
liveliest in line, was Judge Harris of
Memphis, Tenn., who was a Missis
sippian prior to his removal to Ten
nessee. Judge Harris told recently of
the capture of an entire company of
Yankees by ope man of his command,
the Seventeenth Mississippi, who was
aided by a negro. The man was J olin
Lake. Thc negro who aided him was
known as Sandy. Lake, who was in
company F, sighted the soldiers, who
were in camp. Instructed Sandy, and
sending him to Hank them, he boldly
walked up in front with drawn sword
and demanded their surrender. The
Yankees sprang for their arms, when
he yelled out: "Shall we open fire
captain?" Thinking that they were
surrounded, tho Yankees laid down
their arms and were marched off to
the main body of the Confederates.
New Orleans Picayune.
Mrs. Effie L. Carson, who shot and
killed Robert Rlgsby In Macon, Ga.,
some months ago for making slander
ous remarks about her, has been ac
quitted. When thc verdict of tho
Jury was announced there was consid