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Gilbert Twigg Shoots Wan
tonly Into Crowd,
ATTENDING BAND CONCERT
Dozen Shots Were Fired from
INJURED SCORE OF PEOPLE
and Wounded Lay
Lake of Blood,
MURDERER SHOT HIMSELF
Rambling Letter Left to the
GILBERT TWIGG, miller and
The fatally injured:
Elmer Farnsworth, shot through
J. B. Storey, shot in bowels and hip.
James Clarkson, miller, shot fn left
arm and spine.
Rea Oliver, leader of the band, shot
twice In back and right arm.
Will Couchman, shot in right arm.
Charles Comas, shot in arm.
Charles Beard, glancing shot on
Roy Davis, son of B. H. Davis, pro
prietor of St. James Hotel, shot In
neck, arm, shoulder and abdome.
Mrs. John Ballard, shot in neck.
Samuel Compton, proprietor of the
Btreet railway, shot in hip.
Mrs. Brooks, shot in right arm.
Claude Wagner and Clyde Reed,
members of band, flesh wounds.
"Winfield was the s cene of the most ap
palling shooting affray in the history of
Kansas -when Gilbert Twigg. a miller,
shot down five people, fatally wounded
two more and injured fifteen o.hers.
The list of dead and injured are given
nbove. The shooting- occurred a few
minutes before 9 o'clock, at the corner I
of Xinth and Main streets. Caman's j
hand was irivintr the regular weekly con-
i cert on the corner, when suddenly, with-
out a warning shot, the young man be
( can firing from the alley west of Main
street. He had a double-barrel shotgun
and fired a dozen shots into the crowd.
The revolver he turned on himself.
Two or three thousand people were
attending the concert, the streets were i
had been there many years and was
quite well known. He was found in the
alley, dressed In dark trousers and rough
rider's khaki coat and hat.
He was certainly insane. .one othe
but a maniac could have thought of and
carried out such a deed. He was reputed
.to be a very bright young man, about
33 years old, and his friends could
scarcely believe that he could ever do
such a thin gas wantonly shooting into
a" great crowd of friends. It was im
possible last night to learn who the young
man'sp arents were or whence he came.
TWIGG'S LETTER TO PUBLIC.
" Twigg had a room in the Thompson
block, and when officers went to this
toom they found a letter In the trunk
addressed to the public. It was In an en
velope, written on good paper, and in a
good, steady hand-writing. It is as fol
lows: "Winfleld, Kan., August, 1903.
"I would like to say to those who have
interested themselves so much in my wel
fare (that seems to be the public in
general), that I do not and most likely
never will know the real cause of being
treated in the manner in which I have
been treated. I do know that I have never
killed any person, that I have never stole
anything, and that I have always been
honest, and never violated any laws of
our country to my knowledge. These
things I know to be true. Now, the ques
tion arises in my mind as to ttie Teal
cause of the trouble. Can it be that I
have been followed up since I was sus
picioned of something in "Winfield over
four years ago, or can it be because of
something I might have said about hav
ing been shadowed, or is it because of
my girl affairs here some eight or nine
years ago? I am inclined to believe that
It is the latter, and yT so, !t Is certainly
very unjust. If I was sure that it came
from the girl affair, I would go into de
tails and tell everything, but as I am not
sure and have no way to find out, I will
keep it for her sake-, what I have not
already told to a friend of mine. Now,
there is one thing that I have to regret,
and that is because I did not settle this
thing with Lieutenant Myron C. Bow
dish and Contract Surgeon O. W. Woods
while I was a patient at the Banate, in
the Philippines. Then I could have got
ten what was duo me, and this thing
would have been over long ago. I would
have settled these things then and there,
but lived in the hopes that there would
be some end to the thing some time, but
it seems not. At least, there is no end
in sight yet, and I have no way of know
ing that there ever will be. The past
few years- has been a long, long time to
me. Of course, you people who have
been deeply Interested know the way you
have treated me. You know you 'doped'
me until I was forced to give up about
a $100 a month position. You know that
you drove me from place to place in the
same manner and forced me to give up
a neat little sum of my hard-earned money
to railroad companies, money that I
wenfr through the danger .of war and dis
eases both in Cuba and in the Philip
pines to get. You also know that you
watched my mail and after finding out
my friends and correspondents, you told
them some kind of a story about me that
caused every one of them to drop me and
turn me down cold.
"Now, ladies and gentlemen, knowing
this as you do, and as I do, do you think
I wil give up and sit down in a corner
some place and hold my hands and do
nothing? Nay, nay, Pauline, not I. 1
frantically ftway as they viewed the re
suit of the young man's deadly aim.
"Several were slightly Injured in the
wild stampede that followed the shooting.
None knew that the murderer was dead,
and none knew when he would begin
firing again. When no more shot's rang
out, the people pulled themselves to
gether and immediately began the work of
removing the dead and caring for the
"For a time no one thought of the
murderer. All turned their attention to
assisting ,the wounded and paring for the
dying. The citizens began looking about
for the murderer. They did not know
that he, too, was among the dead, and as
he was lying in the dark alley, in the
shadow of a tall building, he was not
found for some time. The deadly shotgun
was under him and the revolver was still
in his hand."
SMILER JOE SENTENCED.
Was Implicated In Robbery of Clarks-
Harry Sutton and Detective Stevens
are in Clarksville, Ark., and a telegram
received yesterday stated that Smiler Joe,
one of the men who robbed the Clarks
ville bank, had been sentenced to
twenty -one years in the penitentiary.
John P. Dunn, who escaped from the St.
Fiancls hospital over a year ago. was
the leader of the gang that robbed the
bank, and shot Sheriff Powers. Jersey
Durham was also captured in this city
ana ne, witn jonn unaerwooa, were
hanged two months ago at Clarksville
for the robbery and the murder of the
sheriff. Franchy, another of the men im
plicated in tho robbery, was not tried,
but will be taken to Nebraska, where he
is wanted . for robbery.
All of the men implicated in the robbery
have been captured and punished except
Dunn. Dunn was under arrest in this city
and the officers were waiting for his
wounds to heal before he could be moved,
but one cold, rainy night in March he
slipped out of the hospital when the doc
tors claimed that he could not possibly
WAS A BOY.
. . ic.in v,n i nave given up positions, l nave taken
Dammed and during the Intermission he-
v , , w : your dope, I have taken your Insults, and
tween the third and fourth numbers the -
The young man was In the dark, behind
the Odd Fellows' building, and suddenly
there delivering the goods in the end.
You should let this be a lesson to you in
tho future, and when you are about to
tha cVinto wnp nut in rnnid succession.! ' "
,,.. i u intermission make bJ thinss out of little ones you
should count this up and look at It on
both sides and bo sure you are right be
foro you go ahead. You may think your
between the shotgun volley and that of j
the revolver. The shotgun was loaded j
n-itu XT- c hunlr;int nnri thflV veritablV I
mowed down the crowd within its range. ieorj- is all right, but if common sense
Then followed the revolver bullet which J?es not teach you experience will,
killed the murderer. The shooting was our brain ma' all right In quality,
done so quickly that the people hardly but ma' e a chance for them to be
, j,niini? until it was lacking In quantity. 1 believe this is all
DEAD AND WOUNDED IN HEAP.
The dead and injured were lying al
most In a heap at the edge of the crowd,
great streams of blood pouring from
their wounds and causing theh streets
to truly run with blood. Tho screams
and writhings of the injured and the
gasping of those whose life was ended
by the bullets presented a terrible ap
pearance under tho fllckerlngs of the
The hundreds of people who witnessed
the shooting were terror stricken. Wo
men screamed and fainted, strong man
turned away from the sight paralyzed,
livery one was afral dto move for several
minutes and the dead and wounded were
left in the lake of blood. Five people
lying dead in the middle of tho street,
with almost a score of others about
them, presented a scene that beggars
description and one that none of those
who looked upon it will ever forgot or
care to witness again.
The people were so terror stricken that
for some time they gave no thought to
the perpetrator of the deed. None had
seen him. All that was known was that
several had seen the flashes come from
the alley. When the crowd came to their
senses some began caring for the wound
ed, while others began a search for the j
murdered. They found him nt the head
of the alley lying in a pool of his own
blood, with a shotgun under him and.
the revolver by his side.
For an hour after the shooting it was
not definitely known how many were
killed an dhow many were Injured or
who the parties were. Confiictlng reports
came in as to the number killod and
Injured and it was U o'clock before the
Eagle was able to ascertain the names
cf the dead and fatally injured.
The town was all excitement, people
ran hither and thither, mothers and fath
ers ran from one undertaker to another
and then to doctor s offices and the hos
pitals to find If their children or other
relatives were among the dead or In
jured Men and women rushed to and
fro. knowing not what they did or where
they wero going. Such a catastrophe,
so sudden, without cause and of such an
j-npalllng nature was enough to para
lyze the courage of the strongest of men.
Gilbert Twigg. the man who did the
(awful work, is a miller In Winfield He
Demented Woman Proves to Be Boy
in Woman's Attire.
Last night it developed that the sup
posed, demented woman who stirred up
such an excitement in and near Lincoln
park Weneeday evening by her extra
ordinary actions and ultimate flight Into
a cane patch, was not a woman at all,
and that the southerners were the victims
of what was probably Intended for a
joke on the part of a young man named
Earl Furnish. The young man dressed
up In women's attire and with a rake in
his hand went to work in the park. He
succeeded in frightening some innocent
little children almost into fits and finally
when hard pressed sought refuge In a
nearby cane patch. People living in that
part of the city say that they fail to see
the joke arid that the next time a sup
posed woman attempts to scare their
children with uplifted rake, that indi
vidual will meet a rather warm reception
and will be given no chance to hide In
a cane ratch.
ALL ARE CRIMINALS.
Automobilista Have Not Registered
Every automobillst In the state of Kan
sas Is a criminal according to the law
which was passed by the last legislature.
The law provides that every owner of
an automobile shall register with the
secretary of state and shall pay a small
fee for registering. It also provides that
a number shall be given the machine and
that the number shall be put on the back
of the automobile, so that people who are
run over and knocked down and out by
tho "devil wagon" can tell who did the
This law was considered a joke by th"?
plutocrats who owned the machines an'l
they have paid no attention to It. The
legislature considered it a joke when they
passed the law for they revised it and put
in a few preliminary sentences which are
not calculated to add to the dignity of the
measure. The remarks Inculcated had
references to a life line which was to
bo thrown out by the owners of- the
"devil wagons" to people who might be
crippled by them.
, The attorney general when asked for an
opinion regnrdlng the law said that the
law was valid and that it would be en
forced if a complaint should be made.
While we're "putting on" a new front we're
just as busy inside making preparations for Fall.
We're making preparations in our Children's
Department we're preparing to make it the finest
that has ever been displayed in the city.
We're preparing to show to you, mothers of
the little men in Wichita, the largest and choicest
line or Children's Clothing that has ever been
gathered together for your inspection.
We're hurrying matters as fast as we can.
Everything will be in readiness soon.
SELL THE BEST
To secure you a Medium or Light Weight Suit at less than cost of
On Saturday, August 15, and continuing till all are sold, offer
Men s Odd Suits, all sizes, but only one of a kind, in
unfinished and smooth worsteds, all-wool cheviots, fancy
mixtures, fine serges and cassimeres, elegantly tailored
throughout, with very best of linings and trimmings.
ihese suits represent the newest and
best of this season's goods, beine one suit of a
kind left from our lines of hand-tailored cloth
ing that we sold for $10, $12.50, $15 and SIS.
Your choice while they last, onlv. . f.
SEE DISPLAY IN EAST WINDOW.
NEW STYLES IN FALL HATS I
Are now on disnlav- We invite vou to ca.ll. Try them on, and W
get our prices.
An elegant line of them displayed in west window.
Tour dollar's worth or money back. Wlrislu's Greatest Clothing Stow.
CHARLES YOUNGHEIM, Proprietor,
114 North Main Street.
NO DULL SEASON HERE
Our Cut Price Sale on Suits and Trousers
makes lively selling. LOW PRICES ARS DOING
IT. Come in and see for yourself.
New Fail Goods Arriving"
Our advance showing of New Fall Hats and
Fancy Shirts await your choosing.
Big Cut in Price on
Sole Agents for Walkover Shoes
i Big Cut Prices on I j
Suits for only a few j
i more days. i !
(G- S & O SOS (")?) 3OS)
Coal Let Us Fortify You Against the Elements Building Material
AT THE COAL MINES
On account of the recent differ
ences between the operators and
miners, which will cause a short
ago and prices to go up when the
fall rush for coal commences. Wo
arc well fixed. Have laid In an
extra large supply and can fill
your orders no matter how large,
promptly. Give us your order and
have your coal bins filled for win
ter use. Our prices are always
low as the lowest.
We Will Place on Sale
34 Men's Suits in Broken Lots
Made from all wool worsteds, cheviots, cassimeres and ihibbet.
They're perfect fitting, handsomely trimmed and well tailored.
The regular price was $10, $12 and $14. You may take your
choice as long as they last at
See center window.
I have to say, so 'adiosa'
The letter shows that the man waa in
sane, and that the deed was contem-
j plated and carried out deliberately,
i Twigg hauled his shells to the aley in
a littlo red toy wagon, and about a
dozen empty shells were picked up scat
tered about the mouth of the alley. The
shotgun was a twelve-bore, double-barrel
gun, and the shells were loaded with
twelve Xo. 5 buckshot. The revolver was
a Smith & AVesson. Only one shot was
fired from it, and this one entered the
temple of the insane man. ending his life.
Dr. Cooper, the coroner, and Officers
Cal Ferguson, Nichols and Dick Krueger
did excellent work in Quieting the citi
zens and in directing the taking care of
tho dead and Injured.
Many people had miraculous escapes
from death or injury from ilying bulels.
John T. Dunning, of this city, superin
tendent of the Metropolitan Life Insur
ance company, was in the crowd and it
was only by a hair's breadth that he
escaped A bullet passed through the
lapel of the right-hand coat pocket, cut a
hole through his trousers and struck his
watch guard, cutting it into several
pieces. Other bullets whistled close by
him, for he was standing within a very
few feet of the mouth of the alley in
which Gilbert Twigg stood.
EYE WITNESS' STORY.
It was Mr. Dunning who first notified
the Eagle of the terrible deed, and it
was through him and the manager of the
Missouri and Kansas Telephone company
that the names of the dead and fatally
injured were secured. Mr. Dunning was
all excitement as ho talked over the long
distance 'phone. Ordinarily he is a very
cool man. but his close call from injury or
death and the terrible sight of more than
r score of people dead or dying, and In
jured, lying on the ground, unnerved him. '
"It was awful," said Mr. Dunning. 'l
have never witnessed such a sight In all n
my life, and hope that I may never do so
again. Everyone jumped at the first shot.
but they did not have time to step mor;
than a few feet before the entire shooting
was over. The shotgun volley came first '
and there was a slight intermission be
tween this and whfn the revolver shots
rang out. Then there was another very
slight intermission before the last shot
"The crowd broke away as the firing
continued, leaving the dead and injured
lying on the ground
BECAUSE OF WASHOUT
No Trains From North on Rock Island
Owing to a washout about two miles
south of McFarland on the Rock Island
at 2:30 yesterday morning, no trains from
the north on this road were able to reach
Wichita yesterday. No. 13, which was
due here at C:15 yesterday morning, was
annulled. No. 35. .the passenger train
which arrives in this city at 3:15 in the
afternoon, did not arrive till about nine
in the evening; and the 6:15 passenger
did not reach Wichita until late at night.
No freight trains had arrived In the
city from the north since the washout
at McFarland, at 1 o'clock this morning.
At about 2:30 yesterday morning the
engine, mail car and baggage car of the
El Paso express went through a bridge
across Hendricks creek, killing Fireman
John Liggett of McFarland. Kan.; seri
ously Injuring Engineer John McSteen of
Kansas City, and more or less seriously
hurting the baggagemen mall clerks and
A cloudburst had filled the stream and
weakened the bridge, so that it would
not sustain the weight of the engine.
The engine went to the bottom of the
stream, and it Is supposed it carried the
fireman with it, as his body has not been
found. The engineer was found uncon
scious by William Graves, a fisherman,
at daylight, entangled in the limbs of a
tree. The baggagemen and expressman
jumped from the train and were swept
.down the stream by the current, lodging
in trees, from which they were rescued
In the morning. The passenger coaches
did not go through the bridge, but sev
eral of the passengers were badly
No. 13, the train which is due here at
6:15 in the morning, and which was an
nulled, had a narrow escape from being
The Jackson-Walker Coal & Material Co.
"THE WICHITA COALING STATION"
'Phone 10. 112 South Market Street
Until our New Room
we will occupy
Sample Room 6
J. Glosser Co.
BICYCLE. GUN AND NOVELTY RE-
1'AIKLNG. Nickel Plating and Oxydlz
ing. Wichita Plating &
SIj East Douglas Ave.
Our entire stock of Tailor-made Pants on special sale at al
most one-half their value.
$1.25 to $3.90
The remainder of our spring and summer stock must go as
vre need the room for our fall stock which is arriving daily.
WICHITA'S GREATEST MONEY-SAVING CLOTHING STORE.
That coat and vest needs a new pair of Trousers to finish
I the season. Pants to suit all suits at $2.50 and up to $8.00. 4
S Special values in Shirts, 'Hosiery, Suspenders, Handkcr- K
chiefs. Neckwear, etc
T High Art Clothiers and Furnishers.
Sole Distributors for Wichita of the
$ Southwest Corner Market and Douglas
Mall Order a Specialty.
Alfred Benjamin High Grado
Same Price to Everybody. J
That fire Insurance policy.
Are will be too late.
DO IT NOW
I write insurance for a number of the
best and most reliable companies on
earth, who pay their losses promptly.
Chas. W. Bitting
Offices, 4K Bitting Block.
wrecked. It had passed McFarland at
the time the wreck occurred and was j
close behind the El Paso train. But for ;
the presence of mind and quick action
of Conductor Cane of the wrecked train
No. 23 would have crashed into the rear
of the train, causing a fearful wreck.
Immediately after hia train went througa '
the bridge Conductor Cane sent out Fias- ,
man Gander to stop the tram which
Late In the afternoon the bridge was
repaired so that the trains could pass (
over it slowly and the passengers were
brought on to this city by No. 35.
Railroad traffic Is stiill ' Impeded, but
several cars of freight will arrive In this j
city this mornins. and passenrer trains
are expected to arrive almost on time. J
York Cloak & Suit Co
147 North Main Street
aWstore with neFmod?
.... no old stock ....
Gyre for Asthma and Hay Fever
The statements published below con
firm the claim of Dr. Schlflmann that
his reined v is an absolute euro for Asthma
and Hay Fever.
Mrs. Mary Zachery, Pleasant Hill. La.
says: "I havo found yonr Asthma Care a
permanent cure for Asthma, for which I
used It 7 years ago. I havo never had the
slfshiest return of the trouble since. I
have aIo found your remedy excellent la
A Hay Fever sufferer writes: "Ihav
had Hay Fever for 14 years. I bought &
packaca at ronr trmdv fSrMfTmnn'
A great pool of j Asthma Cure), of onr drnrslst anddnotn
blood spon formed, as the blocd for each i its nse this Is the first summer that I hava
of the seven killed outright, the two fa- not been troubled." Mrs. Frank Gnilfogle,
coia or aruggisu at 30c ana n.ax
Send 2c stamp to Dr. JL Schiffmann,
tally injured, and those seriously wounded
mixed together and flowed Into the gutter.
A veritable lake was formed of blood,
women fainted, others screamed and ran
Box S, St. Paul, Minn., for a free
BAND CONCERT TONIGHT. j
I Sanford's Band Will Play on Front
Lawn of Masonic Heme. j
The. band concert at the Maronic Home '
' on the West Side this evening will b-
jrlven on the front lawn Instead of in the ;
grove In the rear of the home, where It '
1 has been given In the past- The lawn is ,
well lighted and Is a pleasant place to ,
spe-d the evening. The ladles of the
Eastern Star will serve Ice cream and
cake during the evening. Sanford's band
will furnish the music and have prepared
one of their best programs for thfr cob- ;
cert tonight. The concert will begin at ;
S.15. Cars will pass the grounds every
ten minutes and a large crowd is erprct- j
ed to attend as the new place is one or j
we nicest In the city for holding a concert.
H- C Ccnley and family will Jave to
morrow for a two weeks' outing at Geuda
Everything in Ladies' Ready-to-Wear Garments, Ladies'
Tailor-Made Skirts, Waists and Wrappers.
We will show five hundred different styles of the very
latest new fall fabrics, the best and most fashionable that are
t produced for suits to order. We will guarantee to fit any and
I" every form and our motto will be to please.
We invite the laches or wicmra ana vicimcy to visit our
store and least your eyes on the new things for fall wear.
We will show you a grand display of the ultra fashionable
apparel for Ladies' Autumn Wear and will carry the most
complete stock of Ladies and Misses Ready-to-Wear Apparel
ever shown in Wichita. Ladies' Tailor Suits to order a speci
alty. Again we invite you to attend our
Opening Saturday Next
S. SELLER, Prop.