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Is the only newspaper In Newport News that receives full As? sociated Press report. vol. xl, no. 164 nf; DAVENPORT PAYS PENALTY ON S Murderer of Wille Thomas Slept Soundly on Floor of His Cell Until Short Time Before Called by Officers. CONFESSED TO ATTORNEYS Report Says Doomed Man Implicated Willie Wim? bush and Another Negro, But lijs Confidants Have Given Out Nothing Concerning What They Were Told?Crowd Witnessed Ex? ecution in City Hall This Horning* ANDREJ L. DAVENPORT WAS HANGED IN THE JAIL YARD HERE THIS MORNING AT FIVE O'CLOCK. *' WHILE THE PRISONER DID NOT MAKE A LITERAL CONFESSION. HE SAID HE HOPED ALL WOULD TAKE WARNING FROM THE FATE WHICH HAD BEFALLEN HIM. Davenport said that he had prepared a statement which he had turned over to Rev. A. O. Sykes, D. D., and to Rev. S. A. Howell. It is presumed that the confession in detail is in this document. Immediately fter the trap was sprun, Dr. Sykes stated that Davenport had made a full confession to him, admitting that he killed Willie Thomas. Dr. Sykes said he had two letters which he Had not opened and he did not know whether or not Davenport had implicated anyone else. He will revise the letters, at Davenport's request, before giving them out to the public. The prisoner was brought from the jail, shackled, at 4:30. Sergeant Mllstead and Deputy C. C. Curtis took him to the scaffold, where Rev. A. O. Sykes, D. D., joined the party. The prisoner wore his "sackcloth," being draped with burlap. Rev. Dr. Sykes offered up a fervent prayer. Sergeant Milstead then in? formed Davenport that he had but a few minutes to live and asked him if he had anything to say. The prisoner said he would not speak until Rev. S. A. Howell, reached the scaffold. The negro pastor came In .about 4:45. There were about 200 spectators. The walls were lined with people, among them many women and children. Sheriff Mllstead asked the women to take the children away, but no attention was pa\d to the request, those in points of vantage, evidently being determined to see the end of the grim tragedy. At 5:13 1-2 o'clock Dr. Creasy announced that Davenport was dead. Sleeping soundly, face downward oh the floor of his cell, Davenport - waited for the call to go to the gal-' lows. He chatted with Sergeant Mllstead and others during the early part of last night and later he was with Rev. S. A. Howell, colore I, for an hour or more. Shortly after midnight the preacher left the jail and the murderer Knelt in his cell, apparently praying, for half an hour. Then he stretched himself upon lite floor, pulled his blanket over him and weut to sleep. A short time before he was called he awakened, dressed himself in his sackcloth und prayed. Ready Last Night. Everything was In readiness for the execution last night. The rope I was furnished by City Sergeant Law ler, of Norfolk, who came over lo witness the execution, and It had ?been used on several 'previous oc-' caslons, Mr. Mllstead himself made the hangman's knot. The trap and' electrical apparatus had been thor-' (Highly tested, propur precautions being taken to prevent anyone from discovering1 which of the three but? tons was connected with the wire leading to the trap. The three buttons were on a board at the foot of tho scaffold, between ?tile steps and the wall of the city hall. Here City Sergeant Mllstead. Deputy C. C. Curtis and Deputy M. W. Brown stood and pressed the but? tons simultaneously. Relatives Want Body. "When the murderer had been pro? nounced dead, the body wbb turned over to C. C. Cunningham, the negro undertaker. IL is understood that! Davenport's relatives will have the body burled, although his brother refused to go to the jnll to see him yesterday. Large Crowd Present. The court house yard was filled with people when the trap wus sprung. Over n hundred ticket* were Issued by Sergeant. Mllstead yesterday, no one who desired to be present being refused. There were nearly a dozen police officers In ad? dition to several officials from neigh? boring places. Among * the Istter were Sheriff S. S. Curtis, of War? wick, and City Sergeant John I .aw lor, of Norfolk. Saw Only Lawyers and Preachers, Attorneys Collier ntul Robinson, Rev. A. O. Sykes, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church, and Rev. S. A. Ho well, . colored i wore the only per? sons admitted to see Davenport yes? terday, it is understood that tho prisoner made at least a partial con-j fesslon to the lawyers and preachers, ] but none, of them would have any* CAUGHT, KILLS HIMSELF Murderer ol Milliner Commits Sui? cide In Prison Cell. SMUGGLES PISTOL INTO JAIL i - When Arrested Orders Were Found 1 in His Pockets Calling For the I Apprehension of the Suspected I Man?Description Fitted Him. Oly AJMf'clntnd Press.) MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.. July 12.? Nathan M. Rlggs, a conductor on the Norhtwestern Road, who was arrest? ed at. Elroy, WIs;, Wednesday, charg? ed . with the murder of Miss Millie Ellison, in the National hotel. In this city, Tuesday, committed suicide Just after midnight. In the. Jail at Eiroy. 'How lie managed to secrete the weapon with which he shot himself Just ns a train left the depot, here at 6:30 Wednesday night, a few hours after the murder, Rlggs was I banded a description of the man bo | lieved to have committed the mur? der. His orders were to arrest any man found on the train answering the de ?acrlptlon. Rlggs put the description in a pocket and did not search the train. Wednesday he was arrested at Elroy, Wls. The police say the description of the murderer he car? ried was hts own. ? I WV011T NEWS, V?| ] DEATH I CAFF?LD thing to say on the subject. Implicated Others. Bevern I people slated hiHt night, that Attorney Robinson had stated I I hat. he had a full confession froin' Davenport, hut that he would not give it In the newspapers. It was tilso said that the murderer had not only Implicated Wlinbush and an-' other negro in the crime, hut hud snld that Thomas Wils not the only man who was to have been kllluJ by the conspirators. Murderer's Communication. Davenport himself sent a fourtoon page communication to tho Dally Press, with tho request that It bo published and then sent to Iho Plun ot, a negro publication in Richmond. The letter was unprintable because of its vulgarity as well as hecnusO It would lay the paper publishing it open to suit for libel. Among other things, the negro charged one of his own attorneys with a grave offense, and said that he bail five lawyers against him in his trial, naming At' torneys F. S. Collier and 15. S. Rob? inson, his own cOuuscI, Common? wealth's Attorney C. W. Robinson, J, T. Nowsome and Judge T. J. Har? ham. Glad It is Over. The hanging this morning dlspoS' ed of n case which has been given great attention by Die public on ac? count of the brutality of the murder? er's crime mid because there had never before been a hanging In New? port News. Recently, however, ? - Brutal, Cold-Blooded Murder. The crime for which Davenport paid .the death penalty .was brutal. and cold-blooded In the extreme and evidently had been planned for at least a month. The prospect of col? lecting $1,000 upon an Insurance pol? icy issued 111 the' uamo of William Thomas, with Davenport as tho bene? ficiary, was tho motive. It was on Hie night of Monday, January li!i that the murder was com? mitted. Two shots fired about 1! o'clock attracted persons to a spot near Twenty-eighth street and Or cnlt avenue. The dead body of a negro man was found lying in a path beside a clump of bushes. A great hole In the right, cheek, near tho mouth, apparently was the wound which killed the man, but investi? gation proved that there wus an? other wound in (he back. Notes to Mislead Police. Pinned lo the lapel of the corpse's coat was an envelope addressed "Special to the Police, Newport News, Vn." In tho envelope were two of the most remarkable anony? mous communications that ever came Into the hands of the local authori? ties. One of the notes, written In Ink, rend as follows: "Special to Police "This man will not Bother My Woman Any More." On the back of this was: "Jany. 1906. You Can Take Another man woman. So Die." The second paper had been scrawl? ed with a pencil and It read: "Yes I ment to kill htm and his Lord A. U Davenport mid John Brooks also And Booker und the hole dam com? pany of I hem if they don't sloi>." Fooled Them at First. Ah the murderer. Intended, tho notes at first mislead the authorities. Police Sergeant T. A. Mitchell, who was on duty that night, naturnlly took It for granted that Jealousy caused tho crime and began to look around for the woman supposed to have been at the bottom of II all. . First lie decided to see Davenport, thinking that as Davenport was one j of the moil threatened he would bo able to put him on the track of the I minderer. Davenport pretended to bo very liidigi ant over the murder, saying that the dead man was his nephew. He lord the sergeant that Thomas had been In trouble with one Sam Johnson over a woman. Johnson Arrested. ? The sergeant went to Johnson's house in Rockets and arrested him. Before the prisoner had been lodged in the police station the officer was convinced that he had the wrong j man. Johnson told a straight story FRIDAY, JULY 13, 1 TRUTH TRIUMPHANT, DREYFUS EXONERATED Supreme Court of France Decides liter Twelve years That Ester hazy Was the Criminal. ZOLA'S CHARGES PROVED TRUE Jewish Officer Who Wan Tortured on Devil's Island to De Restored to Army and Promoted?Col. Plcquart. Too, Is Acquitted of Wrongdoing and Will Be Made Brigadier General (By Associated Press.) PARIS, July 12.?Alfred Dreyfus was today completely acquitted of (he charges on which he wns condemned as a traitor, dismissed from the army and imprisoned on Devil's Island. His vindication Is two-fold, the Su? premo Court first announcing Its de? cision und OStdbllshillg tho entire In? nocence of du? accused man, nml tho ministry later deciding to present an invent 1)111 in parliament, restoring Dreyfus to the army with advanced rank and otherwise giving the govern? ment's most ample reimratlon. Esterhazy the Real Culprit. The decision 'of tho court was a foregone conclusion, as exhaustive In? quiries had completely demolished the fabric of the accusation ngainsl against Dreyfus, showing chat the real culprit, wns Major Count Hsterba/.y. Tho decision, therefore, annulled the condemnation of the Reimes court martial am! ordered that the acquittal be. posted and published throughout Frnifce. In the course of an Interview today, Dreyfus said: Truth Triumphant at Last. "This has been a long and terrible ordeal. I begun to fool It would never end. It is dear that the decision re? stores mc to my old place in the army, but I am not aware of the Intentio n of the government concerning my ad? vancement In rank. "I have nothing to say ncaliist mv accusers. Being again an officer I am obliged to obey the army regulations of silence, und I am Inexpressibly thnnkful to all who assisted in tho maintenance of truth." Government Acte at Once. Tonight the ministers held a pro? tracted special session at the Elysee Palace under President Falllores ami determined on the government's course In carrying out the decision. The text of two bills was formulat? ed .both of which will be Introduced In tho Chamber of Deputies tomorrow, concerning respectively Dreyfus and Colonel plonuart. with the object 'if restoring both to the ranks they would hnev held If they had continuously served In the army; Promotion For Plcquart. Dreyfus consequently will be nomi? nated fl major, with eventual early promotion to a lieutenant-colonolship. Plequarl will immediately become a brlpradlcr-genoral. Dreyfus' name al<*0 will be Inscribed on the list for the legion of honor, but he will not be directly nominated to that distinction, though probably a decree placing him on tlie list will shortly appear. Deputy Breton has given notice of a bill providing for the transfer of Eml'ia Zola's burly to the Pantheon, with a public ceremony. and did net aeem to be at all wor? ried over the affair. When Chief of Police Reynolds arrived at the station Tuesday morn? ing and learned the facts he also concluded that the wrong man hnd linen Jailed. Then the department was nt sea until Davenport, in his nnxlcly to insure his own safety ami at tho same time to satisfy an old grudge, wrote a note to J. T. New some, the colored attorney, telling him (o prosecute and hang the man who killed "his nephew." Newsome Suspected Him. Davenport went to Newsomo's house early Tuesday morntng to '.tee him and later sent the note. New some's suspicions were aroused. at the shut and when he received the note lie was convinced that ho knew tho real murderer. He decided to turn the <paper over to the authori? ties. When Chief Reynolds saw the noto he at once marked the similarity he tween the address upon it and the writing on'the notes written by the murderer. A peculiar flourish be (Concluded on Fifth Page.) mund Crolhpld. n "Holy Holler" and was acquitted of tho charge of intir dor on a plea of Insanity today watt shot anil Killed by IiIh sister, Esther. In tho Seattle Union station. Esther Mitchell Joined the "Holy Hollers" seel at CorvalllH, Oro., and was one <>r the ntosl ardent of Crof Hold's followers. When Inn- brother pursued tho leader of the "Holy Hollers" lo Scut? tle and shot him In tho Hlrcet he pleaded in Justification that Crottleld had deluded and wronged hiH sis? ter. George Mitchell was uci|tillted of the ctmige or minder on Tuesday and nearly nil of the following day hu spent In Hoarchlng for Esther In Seattle lodging houses. She re? fused to be comforted after tho death of Crcfnuld. ARMOR TRUST MAY WIN. Navy Department Lete Contract to Two Shipyards, (by Associated PrcniO WASHINGTON1, 1). C. July 12.'? The secretary of tili? navy today awarded the contract for tho build? ing of the two battleships, the South Carolina and the Michigan, The ('ramps Company, of Philadel? phia, Is to build one ship, and the New York Shipbuilding Company the other. The ships nrs Identical In construction, with reciprocating en? gines. The Mliiyaio steel Company, of Philadelphia, through Its agent here, violently opposed the proposition made by tho trust that It receive two-thirds of the contract. They con? tend that their bid was made In good faith, and they Offered to give bond In any amount that they would car? ry out their promises to the letter. They sny they can furnish heller ilrinor philo than the I nisi and de? liver If mbre promptly. Their bid aggregated $2011,000 less I linn Hint of the trust. $100,000 IN GOLD STOLEN. Nuggets Prom Alaska Taken From Hold of Steamer. _(Hy Asuoeliitod Trees.) SEATTLE. WASH.. July 12.?Moro than $1(10.0110 consigned to the Alas? ka Pacific Express Company here has been stolen from aboard the steamer Ida May, and no elite has been obtained as to who I he robbers are. The shipment was sent from Pair banks ami was transferred at Tu nana. The Ida May was to transfer ll lo the Sarah at Fort Gibbon, and It was there the loss was discovered Admiral Chouknin Dies, (tty Atrsuclateil PrcBS.) SERASTOOPOL. July 12.?Vlce Admlral Chouknin, commander of the I Hark Hen licet, who was shot yesterday supposedly by a sailor of the battleship Otcliokoff died this morning without having regained con? sciousness. SINGING AWES LION Mountain Cat Fascinated by a Female Nlmrod. HUSBAND RETURNS UND KILLS IT Snarling Beast Stands Over Woman All Night, and When She Ceases to Warble it Makes Ready to End Her Life. (By AuHocluted I'rcHfi.) OMAHA. July 12.?.Mrs. John Un? derwood, of New York, who has been camping with her husband In the. Black Hills, owes her life to sings, which saved her from a mountain lion which attacked her. The animal leaped on the woman, knocked her down and stood wltn its forefeet on her breast. Mrs. Underwood screamed, but sud? denly remembered that ferocious -beasts sometimes are tamed by mu? sic . and began to eing. So long as ?lie sang the animal stood harmless, but whenever she ceased it growled and appeared as if about to kill her. All night long she kept up her song and in the morning, when she was almost overcome by exhaustion, she was found by her husband with the linn standing over her. Mr. U/i derwood shot th* animal. THE WEATHER. Showers Friday af? ternoon or night; Sat? urday, showers, light winds. PRICE TWO CENTO SEVEN YOUNG GIRLS DROWNED NEAR HOME -1-1 '??UH-,* Hie Out Wading They Are Swept to Their Death In the Treacherous Water. NONE OF THE VICTIMS OF HOE Four of Them Quickly Rescued From Cedar River, But Fall to Respond to Restoratives?Three Children Be longod In One Family and Other* Were Friends. * -> '?8*t!f;H (By Associated Prdsa.) CEDAR RAPIDS, IA.. July 12.? Seven girls were drowned today in Cedar river only threo blocka from Iholr home, while wading. The smallest child slipped Into a deep hole and In trying to rescue her six others were drowned. Ruth Klorsuy was the only one of the party to csenpn. The dead are: Lucilla, Hazel, Gladys and .Ionic Sweeting; Ruth and Cora Coyle, ami Clara Usher, The girls rnuged In age from 7 to lti yearH old. Tlie Sweeting children lived with their father near Hills Park on tho outskirts of Cedar Rnplds. Clara Usher was the daughter of Swoot.ltig'* housekeeper and the Coyle children were her nieces, who were un a visit from Sioux CRy, la. Pour of the bodies were, quickly re? moved from the water, but It was too lute Id resuscitate them. The other b'odlbe were recovered inter. Half Dozen Mexicans Drowned. Bp PASO. TEX., July 12.?A cloudburst and landslide of July to, at Ocampo (.Jesus Maria), Chlhunhun, Mexico, almost completely destroyed the clt ynnd killed scovn or moro por Bons. Many others were Injured ant! 'It- la j expected snmo of thorn will cllo. All tho killed and injured am Mexicans. The American roHtdents nre alleviat? ing (ho suffering of tho wounded. Ten Tourists In Auto Killed. LONDON, July 12.?Ton persons worb killed and many Injured today In an accident to a motor omnibus While on the way to Brighton, a sea? side resort; While going down Handcrosfl Hill, one ?f the stucpost declines on the road, the omnibus overturned. Plttsburg Millionaire Kilted In Auto. NEW YORK, July 12.?Robert Shaffer, brother-in-law to Robert Phlpps. a Plttsburg steel millionaire, was killed today when a railroad train smashed Into the automobile In which he and a chauffeur were riding, at a crossing near Suyvillo, L. I. Andrew Peters, the chauffeur, will die. TWO WOMEN DROWNED. While Out in a Launch They Are Thrown In Water. RICHMOND. VA.. July 12.?Mrs. John Gordon and Miss Rose Sat.ter fiold wero drowned here tonight by waves from a steamer causing a launch on which they wero with an evening party, to enreen and throw them overboard. Their bodies have not been recovered. CARRIE NATION ARRESTED. Woman of "Hatchet" Fame Accused of Malting Indecont Matter. (By Associated, Press.) DALLAS, TEXAS, July 12.?Mr* Carrie Nation was arrested at Cle bnriie by a deputy United Statos mar? shal on a warrant charging her with having misused the malls. She was brought to Dallas and af? ter appearing before United States Commissioner A. W. .May was re? leased on bund in the sura of $2,500. The examining trial is set for July 31. The warrant Is from Guthrie, Okla? homa, and specifies that she deposit? ed in the nostofllce a publication containing an impropor article head? ed "A Private Talk to Boys," SALVADOREAN GENERAL KILLED War Between That Nation and Qua? temala on In Earnest. (By Associated Press.) WASHINGTON, D. C, July 12.? General Rcgalado, former president of Salvador and the leader of the Salvadorean troops in the present conflict with Guatemala was killed In battle today. The announcement of his death reached the State department through a dispatch from United, States Minister Alerry at San Sal? vador. The dispatch <Hd not indicate what the result of the battle, was.