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The Marlboro' Democrat.
"DO THOU, GREAT LIBERTY, INSPIRE OUR SOULS AND MAKE OUR LIVB3 IN THY POSSESSION HAPPY OR OUR DEATHS GLORIOUS IN THY CAUSE."
BENNETTSVILLE, S. C., FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 1907.
?EEP LAID PLOT
Of Blackmailers to Extort Money
or Murder Victims.
DEATH WAS RESULT
Ol' Refusal to Pay Sum Demanded
By tho BlaekinallOi'8-One Rich
Merchant Was Killed for Refusing
to Pay-Ile Was One of (do Ten
Men to Be Killed ll They Did Not
Pay Up Promptly.
Seeking a motive for the munie:- of
H. S. Travshanjian, tho Armenian
rug merchant, of New York, the dis
trict attorney's ellice was led to an
investigation of a report that Truv
Bhanjlan was one of t<m weall ii?' Ar
menians who had hoon marked for
slaughter If they failed to give no
$10,000 each to a blackmailing band
of theil- countrymen. No color was
given to this theory by Pedros Ham
portzoomian, who killed the rug niau,
when the prisoner was nrralned
last. week. In court lie maintained
stolid indifference, waived examina
tion, and was remanded to (he coron
er. Later he made a statement to a
representative of tim district attorney
In this he declared thal ho had como
from Chicago for the express purpose
of killing Tavshanjian, but the crime
was justified by no ono and no Other
person or sot-Hoy was involved.
From other sources carefully pro
tected hy the authorities, came infor
mation of a startling character and
said to he accurate. This ls to the
effect that a secret society of Armen
ians originally organized for what
the members hold to be patriotic,
though revolutionary purposes, had
degenerated into an instrument for
blackmail. The organization had dis
banded, while the better elements
Wi ind row from all connection with
Tile killing of Tavshan.iian and tho
Others, it is stated, was planned more
that a year ago. They received let
ters which they interpreted as mean
ing that they must pay or take the
consequences. Tho threatened men
discussed tho mattel- at a meeting ar
ranged to decido what, they should
do. Tavshan.iian was present. A
number of tho merchants were In
favor of acceding to the demand.
"Heller give them molloy amt
live," < hoy said.
"No," said Tavshanjian. As a mat
ter of principle we should not pay.
You can do as you will. They will
get nothing from nie."
Mr. Oumboro, Tavsha*njian's secre
tary, visited Hie attorney's ofllco, and
there declared that the death of Iiis
employer grew out ol' attempted
"There is no government here,"
cried Canillero excitedly. I cannot
understand why you have such laws.
In Turkey they would have rounded
them all up. This mau who commit
ted the murder is only the dupe In
the bands of a band of blackmailers."
Canillero gave Assistant District
Attorney Smythe a list of wealthy Ar
menians who he said had been forced
to pay blackmail to this band.
"This is Hie work of an Armenian
In this city who is Hie worst niau in
tho world," said a prominent Annen
ian . "Ho has been responsible for
many murders and lessor crimes, ami
too cowardly to commit them bim
self. Ho nets men ol' small I n I ol Icol
to do the work for him tty making
thom believe thal they ate working
for their country."
Another well-to-do A mien Inn said:
"A priest who tried lo Imbi the band
was murdered in odessa. Father
Kasper Variar?an, killed In New York
was amit lier viet lin."
Kl I,UKI) IN HULK DHFIfliVCl*
Voling White Man I-'orccd (o Kill a
A special dispatch from Spring
Held to The State says Monroe (?ault,
a young white man of this commun
ity, shot, to death .lohn Jackson, col
ored Wednesday afternoon at thc saw
mill of his brothers, (?anti surrender
ed to Judge Corbett.
According lo reports Cuati states
that some days ago his brothers em
ployed a negro by thc name ol' Sterl
ing Matthews. li seems thal Mat
thews was under contract lo work
for Jackson and left him. Wednesday
evening Jackson took bis repenting
lille and went down lo the mill and
got into a difllculty with Matthews,
during which ho attempted to Mool
Ca ll tl, it is claimed, interfered or
attempted lo provont Jackson Iron
shooting when ho turned tho run or
Gantt, who grasped tho barrel and
barely escaped a ?.liol bred by Jack
son. (inuit I heil drew Ills pistol and
shot Jackson as above staled.
Canil bas a large family who, With
his friends. rogrol tho occurrence.
Wife Of One ol Pit ( slan g's Wt'UltllJ
.Men Tire of lille.
Alter channing her nurse with the
beauties Of one of Chopin's nocturnes
ami then asking her lo go out on tho
porch so as to enjoy the music more.
Mrs. Margaret J. King. ?< prominent
society woman, of Pittsburg, look ad
vantage pf her absence by commit
ting suicide. When the nurse from
the porch heard Ililli tho music had
Stopped she feared trouble and has
tened inside. She could not lind Mrs.
King anywhere, until al last she dis
covered her In thc cellar with hoi
bead nearly backed off with H razor.
Mrs. King, who was the wife of
?ugone M. Klug, secretary of tho J.
C. Kussel Shovel company, which wai
the larges! ol' Its kind In tho world,
had rocontly returned from n hosp!
tal, Whore she bad been suffering
from liorVOUS prostration. As she
wn-; riven to spells of despondency,
a trained nurse bad been engaged to
keep close walch over ber.
COT 1 IMO Y KA KS.
Woman Defrauded Members ol Well
Ai London Mrs. Joseph Ino Leslie
was found gullly on the charge of de
frauding members of well known
families hy false pretenses and sen
tenced tO live years penal servitude.
lt was her custom to represent her
self aa fl friend of J. Pierpont Morgan
and declared that ho guided her in
SAYS HE IS ?NSANE.
Operator on Ship Asks Police To
Meet Him at Pier.
Looses Mind Willie on Voyage mid
Twice Attempts Suicide, Second
Time Jumping Overboard.
Arter Bending a wireless message
telling of his own Insanity, John H.
Quinn, Do Forest wireless operator
on Hie New York and Porto Rican
liner Coaino, was met at the pier
when tho ship arrived at New York
by tho police and sent to lils home at
Bayonne, where he is recovering his
Quinn made two attempts to com
mit suicide by jumping in the sea,
one al Aguadilla, where man eating
sharks abounded. Ills condition was
noticed as the ship was leaving San
Juan, when he paced Hie deck and
talked to himself, at the same time
making Hie wildest motions with his
arms. Suddenly he rushed to UK
rails and laped over. First Ofllcer
Bernard Olsen jumped in and, after
a light rescued the crazed niau.
Quinn made no effort to sink, hut
swam about still talking to himself.'
He was pul in irons, and a passenger
who knew a little about wireless tele
graphy, sal ut iiis posi.
Quinn recovered so far, seemingly,
that at Agttadilly Capt. T. J. Dalton
took tho irons off and confined him tn
a room. It was only a little while
till he crawled through a small hole
and once moro leaped overboard
right among Hie hungry sharks.
Second Officer Coughltn went af- ;
ter him this Hmo and dragged him
back, Ho was again ironed.
When the Coamo reached Quaran
tine Quinn was wild-eyed, but ration
al in a way. ('apt. Dalton went to
bim with a singular request.
' Quinn.*' ho sahl, "we're your
friends, but you can't take care of
yourself. Tho man at your job can't
send a mesage, and 1 want you to
sond it. lt's about you, loo, and you
mustn't be angry. 1 want you to
have a policeman meet you. That's
a good boy."
Quinn never moved a musel?. In a
moment, however, he got up and
started for the telegraph tower.
There, while half a dozen men guard
ed him, he Hashed these words: ,
"Quinn, wireless operator aboard
Connie, off Quarantine, insane, ('on
line in room; not responsible for ac
tions. Need police help at Pier No.
:ir>, Brooklyn, on arrival."
Tho crazed operator then faced his ?
guards and said: "I've done my duty, ,
The operator at the Do. Forest sta
tionn?t No. 113 Broadway, was startl
ed. He flashed back this message.
"Who's sending ibis?'*
And Quinn, with a queer grin on
bis face, replied: "Quinn, himself."
The man was then again locked In
his room and guarded. When the ?
boat Hod up at ber pier, Quinn's
brother Janies, was lhere with police
men from the Hamilton avenue sta- ?
Tho operator made no resistance
and seemed rational. James took him
home. Ho ls twontw-two years old,
and ono of tho best wireless men in
SFB IFS OF QC IO IO It FIH IOS.
Seven Oet't?TCd in Two Hours iii a
Home of I nion.
According to lim Union Progress
remarkable series of seven unusual
mysterious, (?ven uncanny tires oc
curred Wednesday night in the short
space of an hour and a half al tho
home of Mr. John Wix of Buffalo.
lt seems that about 7:110 it was
discovered that there was a Uro in
ono of the ttp-stairS rooms. The Uro
was in a bed and by the time all the
nial I lesses and bed clothing were
gotten lo and thrown out, they were
pract leal ly consumed.
After everything had apparently
been extinguished much lo the sur
prise Ol' everyone, ill about Hf teen
minutes Hie odor of something burn
ing was again noticed, investigation
showed thal a bed in the same room,
>ul entirely apart from tho ono burn
ed, was ablaze. This was thrown
eu and a through search of every
thing was then made. \o traces of
amichos or burning material seemed
Hardly had everything settled
town easy when again attention was
it I meted by smoke, and it was found
bat the inside of a dresser In the
?ame room was ablaze, and almost
Following iliis mysterious fire in
i lew minutes al teni ion was drawn
u another room, in a closet which
md been shut up for some lime, am!
vhich was apparently closed, and in
his lin- hcdclothing and clothes were
'nu'lid to he burning.
While lilts was being put Olli Ho
led down stairs was found lo hi
iblazo. Following this in a few min
iles the lire was discovered in one
?loset and aller it was distinguished
ippiucntly altogether, another place
vas discovered in the close! to he
This morning al |l!3? when Mr.
\\'ix was telephoned io to continu the
locutions, lime and occurrence of this
lire, ii was round that ho was having
dill another and his eighth fire in a
down slabs room, ami that he was
at dial moment at home attempting
IO pul il out.
For a while il was not known
whether Hie lire was caused by In
stantaneous combustion on account
,| the continued Intense heal, but at
noon Thursday Mr. Wix save that he
has inst discovered a few stumps of
matches, so il seems (hat these eicht
lires were caused by little rodents
who seemed del erm I ned lo burn his
home and all Hs contents. As il is,
his loss amounts to over $ I on, par
tially covered by insurance.
VIOHV SAD CASIO
A Demented Woman Hang Si.v Chil
dren and Herself.
Orlef-Strlekon by the receipt of a
notification that her services would
not bo required after Ibo ead of tho
month, Mrs. Neilson, a hoousokoopor
for a land-owner named Ullkjaor, of
Jutland, Holland, Wednesday hanged
three of her employers' children as
weil as three of her own, and then
killed herself by hanging.
LOST AT SEA.
An Appalling Marine Disaster
North of San Francisco.
ONE HUNDRED LOST.
A Largo Passenger Steamer Hammed
by a Large Jami her Vessel-Peo
ple on Both Vessels Were Asleep
When the Crash Carno-Many Wo
men Perish, Hut Many of the Men
A dispatch from Sun Francisco
says in one of the worst marino dis
asters in the history of California be
tween ono hundred and llfiy lives
wore lost as far as has been learned
hy u. midnight collision between tho
steamer Columbia and tho steam
lumber schooner ?San Pedro in Shel
ter Cove, twelve miles south of the
Medocino-IIumboldt County line, be
tween 12 and I o'clock Monday. The
few ?letalis known herc brought by
tlie steamer Roanoke ?ind the steam
schooner Daisy Mitchell, which ar- ,
rived in San Francisco Monday fore
The Columbia, u 300-foot steel ves- 1
sel of the San Francisco and Portland
Steamship company, while hound ,
from San Francisco for Portland,
Ore.; With 189 passengers and a crow ,
of sixty, collided with and was rani- ,
med hy the San Pedro, a 170-foot ,
wooden steamer, south-bound, for |
San Francisco. The son was smooth, ,
but the weather was foggy. The
San Pedro looming out of a mist a j
few lengths away, bore down on
the Columbia at high-speed, despite
frantic efforts to clear. Willi a grind- ,
ing crash, the San Pedro sank her ,
stem fully ten feet Into the Colum
bla's port bow.
Nearly all of the Columbia's pas- (
seagers and many of her crew were
asleep in their cullins and bunks (
winni the crash came. As the San
Pedro backed away the sea poured
in through the ragged hole in the '
Columbia's how above and below the
water line, and in live minutes the .
Columbia sank to the bottom, the .
deej) waters of tho sheller Cove cov
ering over the lops of the Columbia's '
masts. Tin; story of that live minu
tes ls yet lo be told and as it. is told
by some survivors the facts of the
tragedy can be but. guessed af.
According to .1. S. Flynn, a pas- (
seager on tho Roanoke, ('aid. Doran, 1
of the Columbia, succeeded in launch
ing four life boats and two rafts be
fore tho Columbia sank. Flynn is 5
quoted as saying that eighty-eight j
passengers, all men, gol away in that
manner, and wore saved; that Capt. t
Doran acted with great coolness in 1
the face of death and went down with !
his ship. Flynn is further quoted as
Baying that none of tho hundred odd
women passengers were caved.
Shortly after the collision the "
steamers Roanoke and George W. J
hilder and the steam schooner Daisy ;
Mitchell, ?ill south-bound, came on (
Ibo scene and stood hy. The Elder
took the San Pedro in tow und the
latest reports announce their arrival
lu Eureka. The stem of Hie San I
Pedro was smashed to splinters, one
of ber masts was snapped off at the
deck and she was settling and had
ti heavy list when taken In tow. Capt. >
Hansen remained on board. I
The Daisy Mitchell offered assist- ,
unco to tho leider, bul this was de
dined. She picked up a lifo boat |
wad a raft of tho Columbia and |
brought thom to San Francisco.
Near the scone of the wreck the ,
Roanoke picked up a life raft and ,
found underneath it tho dead body (
of a passenger, supposed to be 13d
ward Huller, of Portsmouth, N. II. J
Tho ?Hlcors of tho Mercantile Fx- (
change In San Francisco and of the
various newspapers have boon be- '
seiged since early morning by rela
tives and friends of the Columbia's
passengers, but the insistent, and
tearful requests for information of \
the victims and HU? rescued remain
unsatisfied. Beyond Hie reported
facts thal Huller was drowned and
that Capt. Doran went down willi his
ship no details of CUSUalities have
Assistant .President Frye, of tho
steamship company, said Hutt the Col
umbia lies in deep water and lift eon
miles off shore, and that for tho pre
sent al least no attempt will be made
to raise hoi'.
Capt Doran was regarded liv the
ofllcers of the San Franciso and Port?
lan?l Steamship company as one ol'
the ablest seamen who ever operated
a vessel on the coast. His career had
hoon free from accident, anti this is
Hie ll rsl disaster that has befallen
my vessel over which he bold com
W< >.MAN FOUND D10A1),
And Her Husband Found Uncon
scious in Hoar of Flat.
Al Chicago on Thursday Mrs.
t'humilie] Bloom was mystorlouslj
slabbed ami killed in her apartments,
lier husband was found unsconsclous
on thc ground 111 tho rear of the Hal,
evidently having jumped from their
Hal on Hie third Hoer. Bloom culled a
doctor about I o'clock and told him
his wife was apparently dying from
a slab wound in Hu- abdomen. The
doctor found lier dead and notified
Ibo police, who found Bloom on tho
ground in tho roar of the Hat.
A (?EN F, BA I* SHU CH TEIL
Danish People Expect IO Kill Fight
Because Hie nils Willett infest Hie
Holds and houses are doing great
damage to crops and seriously Injur
ing nut ll > thing In oilier ways,
tho Danish government bas offered
a reward of two cents for every (load
dod en I brought lo tho specially un
pointed ellice. Already the populace
has killed at a rate of more than
S nun a dav, and il ls thought that
botero ibo year is out ovor X,OOO,OOO
will have lakeii tho same journey.
M NF, MEX Kl 11 LED.
Harbor Strikers and Police Hare
Fight lu H?lenos Ayres.
Nine men have boon killed and
many Injured in a fight at Bahia
Blanca, Buenos Ayres, betWOOll the
harbor strikers and tho police.
Loss of Life Much Greater Than
Animals Hush Under Trees und Are
Caught-Moil Also Forget It Is
Unsafe Under Field Shelter.
Lighnlng luis done a great deal of
damage In different parts of tho State
this summer. Many people hove heen
killed by it and many animals have
boon killed. People ought to uso tho
ordinary precaution to protect them
selves from the deadly bolt. lt ls
very foolish to expose yourself to
lightning, when it ls so easy to go in
a house and out of danger. Some
people think it cowardly to tty and
protect yourself from lightning, but
it is not. lt is just as sensible to
avoid the lightning bolt as it. is to
got out of the way of an oncoming
train or anything else that might
In America there is no means for
ascertaining precisely what is the
amount of damage done by lightning.
This much also is certain, that
scarcely a day passes but tho news
papers contain accounts of strokes of
lightning which have proved fatal to
man or beast. In France, Germany
?md longland completo static)les are
kept of all fatalities with the view
to reducing the number if possible
Po accomplish this end ii hus boon
recommended to attach iron rods to
LhO trunk of trees with one end near
tho top and the other running into
the ground. Lightning rods arc also
recommended for all buildings. The
ibjocl is to have the electricity from
tho clouds conducted to the earth
without the terrilic force of the bolt,
jumping from tho. sky to the earth
brough the air without a conductor.
Cattle and sheep are killed in the
;realesl numbers by lightning. The
reason assigned for this ls that they
run for trees as soon as they see a
.torin coining. Trees are conductors
if electricity, but are" not so good as
lie body of an animal or a man. The
.CSUlt is that when the current coni
ng down the tree and linds a better
.(inductor it leaves the trunk and
lumps into tho body of the living
.reatures under the tree. Men as
.veil as animals have failed to learn
hat lt is dangerous to bo under a
reo in electrical storms, as lt is
rvidenced by the number of fatali
According to the lightning rod con
cronce held a few years age in I.on
ion, the solid rod is tho best, sort of
.onductor. Such a rod should bo lu
mo piece and run from the lop of
he tree to the ground. The same
mould oe used on houses. Tho ro
uilt would be that when animals
.un under a troe in a thunderstorm
hey would not be rushing into groat
jr danger. Tho rod would also bo a
iroLection to moir who forget m l ;;.>
inder trees in similar storms. The
ron rod should be pointed. The
Ightning rod is intended to carry
electricity from the earth to the
.louds or from the clouds to the
mr th, as the case may he, without
my disturbances in the surroundings
if tho rod.
SCAHF.I) TO DMATH.
Lightning Flash Hevealed Dig Mc
phail! Before Her.
Mrs. Fanny Mordor died early
Thursday morning from an attack of
mart disease brought on hy sudden
right when the huge hoad of an ele
ihant loomed up during a Hash of
lightning under a covered bridge at
A circus was in town, and just be
fore the show ended a thunderstorm
ipped si:me of the canvas and knock
id a few of the tent poles down. A
great many of the spectators nought
refuge from tho downpour under tho
mered bridge, and among them was
Mrs. Mercier, who was in an auto
mobile with some friends.
The (Irons men started the ele
phants and camels for tho train as
iOOU as the spectators left tho ground
iind the line of animals tiled into tho
inidge unseen by many of the people
who sought refuge there. The MK
dephant of the lol found tho automo
bile in front of him and putting his
head against it, pushed it to one side
to make a passage for himself.
The occupants of the machine did
not know what was happening until a
glare of lightning dispelled tho gloom
and When Mrs. Mercier saw the head
nf tho elephant she gave a scream
and fainted. Two physicians at tend
ed her during the night, hut she did
not recover consciousness
F I,I'M "IKK' STOKM.
Does Considerable Damage in City
of Augusta, (ia.
A terrilic wind, rain and lightning
storm passed over Augusta at 7:;i0
o'clock Thursday night doing such
damage to electric wires thai tho
city was in darkness and all elect i ii'
current turned off. Trees through
out the western section of tho city
covered tho streets with debris.
naniago to the electric company ls
rmi)1,lily estimated by an official at
$15,000. Five hundred telephones
wore burned out. Pool's of several
building were reported torn off.
I,ightning sot lire to the residence
of M. O'Dowd and lt was Impossible
to turn In an alarm, tho wires being
down. From the companies which ro
. p.led four firemen wore injured by
Titi 14 D TO WK IOC K Tit AIN.
Two v Young Negro Kays Charged
With Serious Crime.
Two unie negro boys, ngod ton
and eleven, were placed in tho county
jail at Fayetteville, N. C., Thursday
charged with attempting to wreck a
passenger train. Sunday afternoon
on tho Atlantic Coast Lino, fourtoet,
milos south of that eily. Oro; I les
placed on tho track were discovered
by tho engineer in time to provent a
1 ATAK FAIL.
Two .Men Killed and Several WotllUH
ed in Ohio.
Twa inen wore killed and live B6v4
lously Injured by the falling ol' scaf-j
folding upon rome work at the Pltts-^
burg and Connoaut dock Thursday}
The dead are:
A. Matson and D', Hiilek, of Cleve*
land, structural Iron workers.
Commander Hansen ls Charged
With Gross Inhumanity.
Many Moro Lives Could Have Hoon
Saved if l?o Had Taken on Moro
A dispatch from San Francisco
says aftor tho tales of heroism sur
rounding the Columbia wreck-tho
glorious doatli of Captain Doran, and
tho self-abnegation of the girl May
hello Watson- comes tho other side
of tho disaster.
A ehargo of gross inhumanity and
the ..aerifico of many lives has for
um Hy boen mado against Captain
Hanron of the San Pedro, by tho
third officer, Robert Hawes of tho
Columbia. It has been made to Local
It is part of the record of the Uni
ted States. If that charge be true,
tho women of San Francisco would
be justified in meting out to Captain
Hansen the fate of Captain Ireson,
of Marhlehead, celebrated in song:
Old Find Ireson, for his hard hoart,
Tarred and feathered, and carried
in a cart,
By the women of Marhlehead.
Ireson sailed away from ti sinking
New comes thc accusation in HO
many words that Captain Hansen
was the cause of many men and wo
men; struggling in the water by re
fusing to take any more of the res
cued on the San Pedro-a steamer
that could not sink because she car
ried a cargo of lumber.
Tho fearful charge is calmly made
under oath by Third Mate Hawse.
Ho solemnly says to Captain Holies
that he brought a boat load of rescu
ed passengers up to the San Pedro
and requested that they be taken
earn of. He declares that ho was
met wtli a refusal to receive any
moro of the Columbia's passengers.
"J repeatedly asked them to take
r.ho women --one of whom was half
nuked and delirious," says Hawse lu
Iris sworn statement.
Snell aa appeal would ordinarily
molt the heart of bronze, but Hawse
declares that the man in command
of tho San Pedro refused to shelter
any moro passengers of tho sinking
Columbia. Then comes the fearful
"If the San Pedro had taken these
passengers, I could have saved many
Hawse says his boat was so full he
feared, to take any more lu lt, lost it
ho swamped. Ho saw many more
men and women struggling in the
water "and all ho needed was his
cuupty boat to go to their assistance.
That is a dreadful accusation for
Captain Hanson to face, particularly
.. his HteHUW'" '-..?lato in tho harbor
of Eureka and the photographs show
that sho could have taken away many
more mon and women aboard with
out endangering Hie lives of any.
But Third Officer Hawse does not
stop with his charge against Captain
Hanson. He has a sea dog's con
tempt for the mon whom he rescued
in his boat and did not show tiny evi
dence of chivalry in Hie hour of hero
ism. Ono of the four women he had
picked up was out of lier head. All
tho women were scantily attired but
throe of thom wore heroines, and
Hawse ia his sworn statement, says:
"I desire to speak in the highest
terms of praise in regard to the three
noble women and in lowest terms of
contempt for the men passengers who
would not inconvenience themselves
to make the lot of tho women more
And thoa come a tribute till around
to the man who was on his bridge
when through a fog and not in bed,
as was Captain Hansen. This tribute
conies from all sides to Captain Peter
Doran who did everything that a man
could do to save the people, and then
went down with his ship to his deatli
rather than crowd some of his pas
sengers from a life boat or a raft.
One Man Killed and Two Others
Hurt in Auto.
Dr. ,r. T. Killebbrow, ono of the
most prominent of tho younger phy
sicians of Mobile Ala., was ground to
pieces under the wheels of a moving
freight train, Perrin Restore, a prom
inent young attorney was seriously,
and W. t'. Horn, a well known bus
iness man, was slightly injured in an
automobile accident Thursday af tor
They were driving in an automo
bile and when crossing a railroad
track the approaching train was
seen. Although the automobile
crossed the track, Dr. Killebrew
jumped and was caught beneath the
Wheels Of the train.
Dr. Killebrew was president of tho
Mobile County Medical society, a lec
turer on the diseases of women in the
University of Alabama and an assist
ant in tlu> Ingo-Hondurant infirmary
at Mobile. Ho was born and reared
al Nashville, Tenn.
To Prevent Colllssion With a Pas
Engine No. 71 on the Richmond,
Frodoriekshurg and Potomac railroad
was derailed at Frodericksburg, Va.,
Thursday, pinning Engineer Reuben
O'Brion beneath it. Tho locomotive
was purposely ditched In order to
prevent it from crashing into a pas
senger train on the bridge crossing
tho llnppahannoek river at that place.
Had a colllssion occurred, the pas
senger train on a portion of it, prob
ably would have gone into the river
and the death and injury of many of
tho passengers would have resulted.
O'Hrlen was seriously but not fatally
Causing Hie Death of Three Men by
I Throe men were burned to death
i Friday by un explosion In a powder
j house al Two Lick coal mine near
I Clarksburg, W. Va.
fl Doshla Bartlets, age 2'.\, single, of
I Bethlehem. Pa.
I Nicolina Plenorltes, 21, single, of
J Henwood, W. Va.
; Frank Coff, 21, single. Clarksb'.rg.
! The powder ignited from a pipe
? one of the men were smutting. Tho
' building was demolished.
As Described by Two People Who
Were on the Columbia.
DROWNED LIKE RATS.
Mrs. Liddell Who Was On 111 Fated
Columbia Delates of Drownings
and I*or?8 of tho Night on Haft
Graphic Description of tho sinking
'fold by Ohlei Engineer Jackson
Screams pf Doomed Woro Awful.
Tho Pacific Coast Steamship com
pany's passenger steamer Pomona ar
rived in San Francisco from Eureka
at i 0:30 Thursday, bringing from the
latter place one of tho surviving pas
sengers of the wrecked steamer Col
umbia and the thirty two members of
Die Columbia's crew, who wore saved
out of her total complement ol' iii)
The passenger ls Mrs. O. Loidoll, of
The crowd was made to stand back
and keep a laue open while tho Pom
on'a passengers caine ashore. Each
was stopped at the foot of the gang
plank and asked excitedly "were you
a passenger upon the Columbia?"
With one exception the answer was
The excoption was Mrs. Leidell.
Clothed from head to foot in u dark
brown ulster and her features hidden
by a brown veil tied over her hat and
under her chin, she came falteringly
down the gang plank and made her
way uncertain through tho crowd.
She held her hankerchief to her face
as she walked and when asked by
newspaper men for a recital of her
experience, she broke into tears and
turned, shaking lier head.
"I don't, want, to say anything, I
don't want to talk," she murmured.
Later Mrs. Leide)! consented to
talk and in describing lier experience
"When the crash came 7 got out
of my stateroom. F very one was ox
cited-every one except tho captain.
He stood on the bridge, his anns ex
tended, begging the passengers to be
cool. The crew stood nt the boats,
cutting away nt the lines that held
them. There was no chance to lower
them. All who could piled into tho
boats. Lots of people jumped over
Hie side, trying to climb onto bits of
wood which wore doa ti og in the wa
ter. 1 did not have time to think,
I ran to the side. There under the
side was a raft. There was nobody
an it. I jumped and struck on the
raft. Other women got on it also.
One crawled from tho water, others
jumped from the boat.
"Thou the Columbia went down,
bow lirst. The raft drifted around
and "..'liter washed over us. Two wo
men and a little child were washed
:>ff and I nover saw them again. One
woman was left. Her hold was weak.
She begged nie to help her. I tried
to hold her on, but I was too weak.
She died before my eyes. Oh! I can't
forgot that, I'll never forget, that.
She drowned and I could not help
her. Who she was 1 don't know.
Now and then I got a glimpse of au
nt her raft or boat. We got some
pieces of wood after awhile and used
them for oars, and Anally-lt must
have boon hours afterward-we
climbed on the San Pedro. IL was a
terrible climb up her side.
"Men helped, but I felt so odd and
weak I never thought I would got
over it. The waves kept striking iv
er us. Wo were dripping wet, and it
was so cold. On the San Pedro we
wore sittiiiK Oil two little narrow
pieces of lumber. Suddenly a wave
carried away the lumber we were sit
"We managed lo stay on the ship,
however, but lhere WOK; some who
not that far, who got no further, for
without any warning, the roar mast
of the San Pedro gnve away and
swept several into tho sea. One or
two were brought back alive, but. of
the others we saw nothing. And the
darkness banging over everything
made lt terrible. We did not know If
tile San Pedro would hold together,
although the ollicers and crew did
their best to cheer us up. The day
broke. The fog still hung low. and
the light univ appeared gradually,
but then wo could see who was saved,
and who was not. That sight. I
can't tedi you about it. Everything
about it was so desolate and dismal.
And thon the Kider came up. They
got US a bond i cared for us. and at
lOureka I secured the only remaining
berth on the Pomona to come back
Chief Engineer J. V. Jackson gave
the following account of tho wrecked
steamer Columbia in an interview to
the livening Post.
"I was in my stateroom when tho
crash occurred, and I scrambled into
some clothes and came up on deck.
All was confusion and turmoil. The
roar of tho water as it poured Into the
bole In tho Columbia's side was deaf
ening. Then desperately swimming
away I caught a rope thrown from
the San Pedro. From there I looked
back at the Columbia just in time
to seo her plunge beneath the waves.
As she sunk 1 could dimly soo many
men dash across tho dock toward the
San Pedro; the next moment tho fog
had hidden tho dreadful scenes.
"I am sure that many steerage
passengers did not leave their state
rooms SS the interval was so short
between tho time she was struck and
tho time she sank that the men had
not Hmo IO gol to the deck, and those
thal did jumped overboard and were
sucked down by the vortex created
by tho sinking vessel.
"When I rushed across the deck
il seemed to ho deserted, but I knew
that ninny were about mo, for the
screams and cries wore awful. I
thank Cod that I am safe, but I
would have willingly have given my
life, as Captain Doran did, lo save
those that perished. I did not. real
ize thal tho cud would como so soon
as it did. and I believe Capt. Doran
was Of tho same opinion."
Following the Stings of Dlack Flies
A startling tale of fatalities lins
roai bed Aurora. N. Y., through .lohn
Crljn. who has just returned from
the Algonquin Park locality ol' Can
ada. Griffin expected to be gone fur
several weeks on a hunting trip, but
the fact that six deaths resulted from
blood poisoning, following the stings
of black Hies, near his camp, drove
Ulta IKTINU IU rLT.
Christian Scientist Plunges Four
Stories to Street.
Wife Clings to His Ankle As Ho
Hangs Prom the Window Until She
Eugene llawo, of Now York, was
a planter and pol labor of hardwood
parquet floors, aad did well at hi?
trade up to last May. At this timo
Mowo and his wife, Hertha, moved
their belongings into tho top floor of
tho four-story and basement brown*
stone residence of Dr. Gregory Costi
gan, at G3 West Sixty-eight street.
At the Central Park, west of tho
block on which tho Costigan houso ls
situated is tho Second church of
Christ Scientist. Howe dropped in
ibero to seo and hear. The husky
floor planer became deeply interested
in the teaching of Christian Scionce.
Ho tried to interest ids wiro in the
tracks and hooks he obtained at the
library of tho church.
Mrs. Howe would have none of the
teachings. Sho says that sinco her
husband began to read Mary G. Ed
dy's "Scionce aad Health," he has
had little Hmo to attend to his trade.
He ?ave up smoking, changed most
of his habits of lifo, and not. long
ago decided that eatlhg breakfast
was all a mistake. At 10 o'clock Sat
urday night Howe came home and
ctuiitod for ash'M't timo with Dr. Cos
tigan. The physician says4 Hie lloor
polisher was perfectly rational.
After talking with Dr. Costigan but
a short Hmo Howe went up to his
apartments on the top floor. He un
dressed and got Into bed, taking with
him a book he had bought. It was
"Science and Health."
Along after midnight Mowo, so his
wifo says, began to act in a manner
queer even for him. He finally made
for a front window, climbed out on
the sill and announced that be was
going to fly out on the night air.
Mrs. Howe ran to the window and
managed to grasp him by the ankle
Just as he leaped. She held lils weight
With all the strength that was in her
arms. Her arms wore badly cut and
bruised hy coming in contact with tho
shari) edge of the stone window ?iii.
Finally the woman's strength gave
way, and, .with a shriek that arroused
the neighborhood, she fell back Into
the room in a faint.
Howe's skull was fractured and
his x body and legs were lom and
crushed. He died in Hie' ispltal
without regaining conscious, -s.
When he leaped from the Window
Howe had carried with bim Mrs Ed
Dr. Costigan is of the opinion that
Howe was suddenly seized with an
Insane notion that he could leap from
the window, land on the sidewalk be
low without,, injury, and liven euler
the house and display himself lo the
physician as a converting argument
in favor of Christian Science.
Mrs. Howe says that shortly before
her husband made for tho window he
had told her that Dr. Costigan had
been practically converted to Chris
tian Science and Co m tem plated giv
ing up his practice.
CA Ll I OCX COI NT V.
Two Proposed Counties Waul to Use
A dispatch from Columbia to Hu
Augusta Chronicle says the commis
sion which ls seeking to form a new
county with St. Matthews as Hu
county seat willi Calhoun as the
name of the new county met herc
Wednesday and organized by electing
M. I). Keller and .1. S. Salloy penna
neut chairman and secretary, respec
Tho commission secured the maps
plats and petition from tho governor's
office and will ttl once get to work on
Hie business ol' the commission.
There is another scheme looking to
the formation ol' a new county to
he called Calhoun. This hopes to
make Dillon, in Marion county,
The commission which finishes its
work tirst in snell a way as to war
rant an older from (he governor foi
an election will win out on the name
if the election carries.
SEA L WAH IS OX.
Between the Kassians ami .laps in
News was brought by the steamei
Empress ol' China lo Victoria, H. C.
last week, of a fatal attempt by Hu
Japanese sealers lo rail ("tipper Island
where tho Russian seal rookeries an
located, beyond the end ol' Hie Alon
lion chain in Ibo North Pacific. A
Japanese Sealing eslioonor fro Tok
io reached Copper Isiad on the night
of June ii 7 ami dropping anchor
sheri distance from the seal rocker
ies, sent a number ol' boats asher
With their crews armed witli lilies
Tho landing was made and while par
of tho sealing company was engaged
in skinning seals on the rockeries the
Russian guards opened fire on thom
anti drove them off after killing one.
A JAPANESE SPY
Arrested Taking Photographs of Hal
terios in Action.
A Japanese was taken into custody
Friday at the Texas state military en
campment ai Austin, lt is charged
he was taking photographs of bat
teries in ucl ion and oilier features ol'
the camp. He ls being held ponding
an Investigation on (lie part of the
state anti federal authorities,
LAl XCII CAPSIZED.
Only Two of the 'l'on on Hoard Are
j\ gasoline launch CU psi 7.0(1 in a
storm ai Sunny Side Toronto, on
tario, and ol' Ute ten men who were
in lier only two aro known to be sale
Three bodies have 1)0011 washed
DEATH IX A MINE.
Over Four Hundred -laps Meet Death
There was a fatal explosion Sat
urdny a the colliery at Toyooka, In
Bungo province, Japan, lt ls report
od that nearly all of the four hun
dred, and seventy miners in tVto pit nt
tho Hmo were killed.
ft PAUPER'S S
3ov. Johnson, of Minnesota, Came
From Low Rank.
FATHER A DRUNKARD.
10 Is Now a Prominent Democrat
and May Do His Party's Nominee
for the Presidency Next Yenr--Ho
ls Very Popular With AH Classes
And Was Elected Goveruor of Ills
Gov. John A. Johnson, of Mlnncr
otu, ls the son of a paupor father,
ie ls now sorvlng his second torin tis
hlof exocutlvo of the stuto and ls
no of the most popular ofllcors that
Nnnesola has known. Ile ls a Dom
erat lu a state that ls overwhelming
f Republican. In his election Roose
olt carried tho state as a candidate
ar tho presidency by a majority of
61,464. Johnson ran 92,453 uhead
f his ticket and was elected by a
lajoriiy of 7,826. In tho olection
ist fall his opponent was not "In tho
nuning," though all other Ropubll
ans on thc state ticket were elected.
dov. Johnson is 4 4 years of age.
Ie started lifo handicapped by odds
hat would have proved insurmount
ble obstacles for a man or boy with
nss stamina and direct ambition. His
allier was a blacksmith, a doscoud
nt of tho peasantry of Sweden. In
853 he emigrated to this country in
11 effort to get away from his old
labits. For several years ho lived
without touching whiskey and mar
led, but it was not long before he
.egan to drink worse than over and
lis family bec?me a burden on tho
ommunity. Finally Johnson was do
lared a pauper and taken to the
loorhouse, where lie died from al
oholism. Then the mother hogan to
struggle for tho life of tho family,
t is a matter of record that in Gov.
ohnson's first campaign for tho gov
rnorship his opponents carried signs
'hieb read. "His Father was a Pan
er," and "His Mother took in
While a boy Johnson aided his
io! lier before and after school hours,
nHI he reached the High school, nt
;> yeai.s <?f ago. Then he declared
e would learn a trade and prepared
) become a druggist. From that
nie he was the chief support of tho
tmily. In all those years tho uu
ertaker was tho only creditor of tho
milly. Three deaths served to take
ll the spare money from tho family
nd ruined Johnson's opportunity of
iking a course in pharmacy. Later
e sought employment in a depart
?ont store, a position which yielded
etter pay, but less opportunity for
Indy. At one time he sought om
loymenl ouii-ddo of his homo town,
ie village of St. Peter, hut Ho de- .
tared he would live down tho repu
tion of his father and remained at
onie with his mother. Tho day
aime when he was enahled to pay off
io mortgage on his father's old cot
ige and pay for tho education of his
rother and sister.
After several years a friend intor
sted Johnson in the St. Petor Her
id, a Democratic newspaper in a
lepublican community. Johnson took
p with tho proposition and >-n?amo
ditor of a country newspaper.8l>iV'e
ecame an officer in tho State Press
ssociation. Here bogan his political
spiratlons. Twice he was defeated
s candidate for state sonatorshlp.
>n his third trial he was elected. His
ecord as a minority member brought
dm into prominence, and hitor Into
he chair of Hie cele!' executive. Ho
s the Idol of the people of the state
ie is serving, simply, because as he
mts it-"I just tried to make good."
JILTS MOTHER; WEDS GIRL
Nebraska Man Now In Jail on Com?
plaint of Elder Woman.
Because he eloped to Columbus
vitli 15-ye?r-old Dirdio Buchanan
ind made her his bride there on the
lay set for his marriage to tho girl's
nether, M.rs. Ida Buchanan, Herbert
3, Stapleman, a wollknown business
nan of ('(Mitral City, lias hoon arrost
>d and lodged in jail at Central City,
s'eh. Mrs. Buchanan swore out a
variant, on which Stapleton was ar
rested, alleging that in order to wed
1er daughter he represented that sho
vas 18 years of age, whereas she ls
Mrs. Buchanan, a handsome mld
lle aged widow of high social staini
ng and dignified family connections,
ui y s she hacame engaged to marry
Stapleman, who is about her own
ige several months ago. Stapleman
mid assiduous court to hor and tho
.veddlng was set for Thursady. Sov
?ral weeks ago, however, Staploman
iteen nie enamored of his flnnncee's
ire tty, attractive young daughter and
began to pay more attention to hor
than ho did to the mother, tinnily de
claring his love for her, and, on tho
[lay he was to havo wedded Mrs.
Buchanan, persuaded her to elope
WOMAN DAS LEPROSY.
The Sixth Case Discovered in Boston
The State board of health of Mas
sachusetts has confirmed the report
that tho young woman who was re
cently removed to tho Massachusetts
douerai hospital after being employ
ed as a domestic for several months
in some ol' the wealthiest families in
Heston is a victim of leprosy.
Sho will he removed to tho loprosy
colony at Fenlkese Island off tho
coast near New Bedford. Tho pa
lient, whose name ls concoalod, had
been under treatment during tho past,
year for skin disease before the roal
nature of the affliction was discover
ed. This ls the sixth caso of leprosy
discovered In Boston and vicinity
during the past twelvo months.
DC YS A TOWN
TO Knock to Pieces Willi Dig Chins
In order to experiment with vari
ous new guns and projectiles, tho
Austrian government has purchased
outright the Bohemian village of
Miada. All the Inhabitants havo loft,
and soon all the latest acquisitions in
the Uno of guns will he trainod on tho
defenseless homes, and the effoct o
the bombardment, will bo made
serious study by tho Austrian office