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Sentinels Fired Upon and Stoned
by Strikers.
Arrest of Suspects Made—More
Citizens Assert Their Desire
to Put Down Crime.
’J'he soldiers now Btationed in this dis
trict are not having an easy time of it by
any means.
Every night since they returned to Bir
mingham last Monday they have been an
noyed by stragglers who, it appeared, were
trying to cross the sentinel lines, and
when halted refused to do bo. This re'uBal
has, in almost every iustance, been fol
lowed by more or lesB shooting by the sen
tinels whose duty it is to prevent anyoue
passing their lines. But prior to Thurs
day night no attacks were made on the
soldiers by such intruders.
The most serious occurrence of that na
ture to happen was probably that of the
attack on Private Stallworth of the Cone
cuh Guards, who was doing sentinel duty
Thursday night at the cuinps on Ave
nue A.
About 1 o’clock yesterday morning,
while marching his post, a party of eight
men approached his post and when within
thirty or forty yards began hurling stones
at Stallworth. One of the stones struck
Him on His left Hand ami dislocated a Hu
ger, and another struck him on the right
pliouider, felling him to the ground. As
quickly as he could do so. he arose and be
gan firing at the men, who ran off down
the street. At the second shot one of the
men was heard to utter a cry as if shot, but
he could not be found by the detachments
of soldiers who went in search of the ruf
The whole camp was quickly aroused
and detachments sent in pursuit of the
fleeing men, but all, with probably one
exception, suceeeded in eluding the sol
diers. Several arrests were made.
Major-General Whiting convened a court
of inquiry yesterday morning to investigate
the snooting and nt this the evidence
against John Green, aiias John Stewart, a
striking railroader, was of such a charac
ter that he was ordered into the custody of
the civil authorities. The other parties
arrested with him were released on their
own recognizance, the evidence agaiust
them not being very strong.
One negro woman, who lives in that vi
cinity, testified before the court of inquiry.
She stated that directly after the shooting
a man came to her house nud tried to push
himself iu through the door. She said he
pad been shut in the foot and was com
plaining a great deal of the severe pain.
While this tragedy was being enacted in
<lfe city the soldier hoys »t Pratt mines
nere undergoing some lively experiences
ijl their own. The sentinels were eon
sflKiily annoyed between the hours of 11
and 3 o’clock by stragglers and by squads
of men who tried to pass the sentinels.
At slope No. 3, where the Woodstock
GuardB are located, a body of probably a
dozen men came w ithin a short distance of
the lines shortly alter midnight, and when
hailed opened fire on the sentinel, who re
sponded with a volley of shots. Luckily
none of them did any damage, and in a
trice the entire detachment stationed there
were up and ready for a fight. After
shooting at the sentinel theattucking party
fled and (he soldiers hnd no chance orcap
turing any of them.
At slopes Nos. 4, 5 and 6, where the other
companies of the Second regiment are sta
tioned, sentinels fired several times through
the night at stragglers wno refused to halt
or to make themselves known when chal
lenged by the sentinel. One of the senti
nels repor.ed having seen three men
crouched upon the ground and gradually
moving towards Him. He fired His gun
and they ran away.
At slope No. 4 Ihree men were captured
and held at Colonel Clark's headquarters
all day yesterday. They were with a party
of men who refused to halt when com
inanded to do so, and were fired upon.
V lien the sentinel shot at them they (ell to
tbe ground and a squad ot soldiers easily
captured them. When arrested they bad
uo pistols or guns about them.
After these occurrences two sentinels
were placed at each post ns a further pre
caution, but the trouble did uot cense, and
it was uot uotil nearly daylight yesterday
mornlug that tbe stragglers quit going
within sight of the soldiers.
The woods throughout that vicinity were
scoured by soldiers yesterday, but uo sus
picious characters were anywhere to be
Camp W. J. Hardee No. 39, United
Confederate Veterans, held a meeting yes
terday afternoon which was largely at
tended and filled with enthusiasm through
out. One hundred and twenty-one privates
answered to roll call, ready to serve the
county and state in any oapacity to keep
down lawlessness and uphold law and or
The camp organized Itself Into a battal
ion, which will consist of three compa
nies. Nearly all of these members have
Winchesters, Bbot guns or other fire arms.
For those that have no arms application
will be made to Governor Jones to fnrnish
As soon as these companies are thoroughly
organized and fully armed, they will take
the places of the soldiers in the city and let
the soldiers go to tbe mining camps, where
tronble is most expected.
The committee of publio safety has
given permission and instrnctions to
Charles S. Mode to organize a relief mili
tary company among the members of the
Birmingham Athletic club and Young
Men’s Christian association. Tbe follow
ing call has therefore been made:
All members of the Birmingham Athletic
club and Yonng Meu’s Christian associa
tion are requested to meet at their club
rooms on Saturday night, July 21, for tbe
purpose of organizing a relief military
company. Chas. S. Mode.
The county Jail is being rapidly filled
With striking miners, who are charged
with complicity in the massacre at Pratt
mines Monday afternoon. Murder is the
charge agaiuBt all of them. The following
were arrested yesterduy:
White—Francis Brawley, Bob Frederick,
Harvey Moss, George Harding, Jack Hard
ing, Myers Fargett, John Cox, Henry
Colored—Jake Phillips, Sandy Williams,
Tobe McGhee, Walker Barber, Bucker
Jones, Ned Harless, General Watkins,
alias Jim Watson.
The total number now in jail, who, It is
alleged, were in the mob Monday afternoon,
is 115.
Uniontown, July 20.—[Special Corre
spondence.]— Miss Adelaide Marx g*ve a
handsome evening party for her charming
gueat. Miss Markstein of Birmingham,
this week. The house, which is peculiarly
adapted to entertaining, was exquisitely
dressed with flowers, while in the spacious
grounds blight colored lanterns were
hung, contrasting beautifully with the
rich green of the shrubs. A delicious
supper was served in courses at small ta
Among Miss Marx’ guests were the
Misses Hill, Bixler, Nixon, Weissenger,
Fowler, White aud Ware; Messrs. Whit
field, Benton, Ranghorne, Davidson, Hurt,
Hudson, Hoyle, Taylor, Harris and Mor
gan .
Miss Markstein, the charming guest of
honor, has been visiliug Miss Marx for
some time and has been the recipient of
much attention.
Washington, July 20 —After consulta
tion with the secretary of war and the at
torney-general the president has decided
that the local authorities of Chicago are ca
pable of preserving order there, and bis
decision to withdraw the federal troops
will not be rescinded. This aciion is in
response to a request of bankers and other
influential citizens that United States
troops be retained in the city. A sufficient
force will continue to be roaintaiued at
Fort Sheridan to meet any possible emer
Kolb’H Cohorts Ksfuse to Hear a Oust
Condemnation of Tbeir Leaders’
Methods—Loyal Women.
Berry Station, July 19.—[Special Cor
respondence. ]—Yesterday was a delightful
day for the democrats of this and adjoining
precincts, the occasion being a joint dis
cussion between Hon. Daniel Collier, nom
inee for the Twelfth senatorial district; M.
B. McCollum, nominee for representative
and Hon. H. H. Brown of Birmingham for
democracy, and Dr. J. 8. Hollis aud Mr.
Zack Savage for the Jeffersonians or Kolb
party. Those who know our champions
can fully appreciate the rich treat weeu
fr. Savage of the Jeffersonians opened
the discussion, commenting on their plat
form aud a few local issues. As usual tbe
chronic wail of fraud was amply repeated,
and despite the plain statutory evidence the
assertion was emphasized that Kolb had
uo means of redress iu 1S92.
M. B. McCollum followed and gave his
opponent a roasting that was severe and
highly amusing. 'i he treatment of his
ideas und position on currency and pro
posed referendum system of goverumeut
was specially caustic und refreshing.
Colonel Collier was the next speaker, and
iu his happy, forceful style probed and ex
posed tbe fallacies of the Jeffersonians,
their attitude, accusations aud demands.
HiB speech was as rich in repartee as it was
replete with facts and logic.
Dr. Hollis followed and launched out
with his stereotyped tiradeagaiust all dem
ocratic principles and measures. When be
finished a notable exhibition of their well
drilled uniairueBS was tbeir refusal to hear
Colonel Brown, bul rose en masse and left
the house, notwithstanding tbe appeals
and scathing criticism of tbeir democratic
When quiet was restored Colonel Brown
entertained the many true democrats that
were present with one of his matchless ef
forts. His entire speech glittered with
sterling, undeniable truths and was re
ceived with numerous outbursts of enthu
siasm. At the close he culled upon all
(including tbe ladies) who approved the
action of Governor Joues in protecting the
interest and maintaining tbe fair reputa
tion oi our slate, to attest it by rising. The
indorsement was unanimous and given
amid ringing cheers lor our brave execu
A pleasant feature of the occasion was
the presence of a large number of Indies,
and at the conclusion of each speech by
our heroes a bevy of prelty young ladies
arose and demonstrated their appreciation
of their efforts by preseutiog them with
numerous rich and beautiful bouquets.
Our faithful band received a fresh im
petus and democracy in Fayette is gaining
new vigor and strength every day ihrongn
the action of our buld and fearless leaders,
Colonel Collier and M. B. McCollum.
At Cincinnati: Rune — Cincinnati, 7;
Pittsburg, 6. Base hits—Cincinnati, 11;
Pittsburg, 8. Errors—Cincinnati, 3; Pitts
burg, 3. Batteries—Cincinnati, Chamber
laiu and Murphy; Pittsburg, Ehret and
At I.oulsville: Rune — Louisville, 7;
Cleveland, 4. Base hits — Louisville, 7;
Cleveland, 9. Errors — Louisville, 10;
Cleveland, 3. Batteries — Louisville,
Menelee and Weaver; Cleveland, Mullane
and O’Connor.
A) Boston: Runs—Boston, 12; New
York, 1. Base hits—Boston, 14; New
York, 7. Errors—Boston, 0; New York,
3. Batteries— Boston, Stivetts and Ryan;
New York, Rusie and Farrell.
At Brooklyn: Rune—Brooklyn, 8; Phil
adelphia, 2. Base hits—Brooklyn, 10; Pbil
adel 'hla, 7. Errors—Brooklyn, 0; Phila
delphia, 8. Batteries—Brooklyn, Kennedy
and Earle; Philadelphia, Taylor and Back
At Washington: Rune—Washington, 8;
Baltimore, 12. Base hits—Washington,
10; Baltimore, 16. Errors—Washington,
8; Baltimore, 0. Batteries—Waehington,
Petty and McGuire; Baltimore, Brown and
Mr. James Weatherly came In from Bibb
last night, where he and Oscar Underwood
have been making speeches. He says Bibb
is like all the other counties, slowly but
steadily drifting away from the populitea.
Mr. Underwood and Mr. Longshore will
have a joint debate at Centerville today.
Of Sergeant Chinn’s Remedy for
Fighting Mosquitoes.
By an Explosion of Loose Pow
der Ignited by a Care
less Man.
Savannah, Qa., July 20.—An explosion
of 400 pounds of loose powder at Furl Pu
laski at 9 o’clock this morning fatally
wounded Ordnance Sergeant William
Chinn, seriously injured Mary Washing
ton, his mother-in-law, and set Ore to the
fort, causing intermittent explosions of
fixed amiuuuition and doing much damage
to the lort.
Just after breakfast Sergeant Chinn went
into the store room, where he had his car
penter tools, to do some work. In the
room were several casks of powder, in all
400 pounds, and a lot of fixed ammunition.
He aid as he has been in the habit of doing
for some time during the summer mouths
and took a handful of the dry powder from
one of the opeu caska, wet it at the pump
aDd then placed it in the middle of the
room. He ignited it in order to drive out
the mosquitoes, which had been abundant.
It seems that, carrying the handful of
powder from the cask day after day, he had
left a trail of dry powder from the middle
of the floor right up to it. As soon as he
had ignited the powder it burned along the
trail Hnd the entire 400 pounds exploded.
There were three large explosions, each
witliln n fpw RpniinHanf ihnnllinr nml
waa knocked down three times in trying to
get out the door. He mnunged to get aa
far as Foreman Auction’s quarters, where
the medicine cheBt was kept. Mary Wash
ington, his mother-in-iaw, who was ap
proaching the door at the time, was
knocked about 40 feet and badly burned
about tbe face and arms. The woodwork
of the casemates iu the southweRl corner of
tbe fort was ignited and the large, heavy
beams burned slowly aud for n long time.
The store room where the fire started was
right adjoining the magaz’ne, in which
was stored two tons of powder. There was
a 5-foot wall between, but the constant ex
plosion of tue heavily loaded shells in tbe
store room gave ground to the fear that a
breach would be made in the rangazine
wall and the two tonB of powder exploded.
This kept everybody out of the way until
Capt. O. M. Carter, the government en
gineer, who has charge of tbe fort, went
down and made an inspection.
ft was found safe to enter the magazine,
and tbirty-twocasks of powder were taken
out. The men then began to play on the
fire wish a bose, aud tonight bad it under
control. Within 200 feet was 200 Dounds of
dynamite, which, in ca9e the magazine had
blown up, would have exploded trom the
As it was, however, only the southwest
corner of tbe fort was damaged. Two of
the casemates were burned out and the roof
overhead was destroyed by the constant
hursting of loaded shells.
The fort has quite an historic record. It
was built by General Uillmore and after
wards bombarded by him from Tvbee
Island until a heavy breach was made in
the southeast corner. This was April 10
and 11, 1862. It was defended by Col. H.
C. Oltnstead of tbe confederate forces.
Sergeant Chinn, who was in charge, is of
the Twenty-fourth infantry. He was
burned and blistered over three-fourths of
his body and will die.
Jolly as Ever—Laughs at the Editors
and Totes His Own Skillet.
Col. W. H. Denson dropped into Bir
mingham last night from Double Springs,
Winston county, took a room at tbe Mor
ris and got a clean shave.
He came out of th# barber shop looking
as ruddy and happy as of old and soon had
the timial crowd around him.
He talked in tbe old exbuberant style
and is evidently enjoying tbe canvass of
biB district. He isn’t allowing the news
papers to disturb bis serenity, and when
asked for an interview cracked a few jokes
about editors in general and went his way
rejoicing, in tbe full confidence that bis
district will turn up all right in November.
He is toting bis own skillet and doing his
talking on tbe slump.
Sclligent, July 20.—[Special Corre
spondence.]—Tbis bas been a great day for
democracy ia Lamar county. General
Morgan addressed the largest crowd here
today that ever assembled at this place. At
an early hour this morning tbe people be
gan to pour into town and when the train
came in from Birmingham, bearing Gen
eral Morgan, the town was one mass of
moving humanity. The speaking was pre
ceded by a grand barbecue and picnic.
After dinner General Morgan was intro
duced by Capt. J. D. McCluskey, tbe dem
ocratic candidate for tbe legislature from
Lamar county. He spoke for more than
two hours and be held tbe undivided atten
tion of the vast crowd during tbe whole of
bis speech without the least sign of weari
ness upon tbe part of tbe audience.
Opelika, July 20.—[Special Correspond
ence.]—Hon. W. J. Sam ford delivered a
splendid speech at the conrt house for tbe
democracy. A large crowd turned out to
hear him.
There will be a grand democratic rally at
Salem, this county, on July 28. A barbe
cue of about 100 carcasses and speeches by
Hons. W. C. Oates and Richard H. Clark
will be tbe features of tbe day.
On Tuesday James W. Ross, colored, one
of tbe most prominent democrats of bis
race, wiN address the people at tbe court
The democratic party ia on the move In
Lee, and indications point to a sweeping
victory over Kolb in August.
Visits the Senate to Hear Tariff
Of Free Coal and Iron Ore With
Remarkable Regularity.
Dull House Day.
Washington, July :’0.—Attracted by
the expectation of stormy scenes over the
disagreeing conference report on tue tariff
bill, spectators began to flock into tbo
senate galleries as early as 11 o’clock Ibis
morning, and when tbe chaplain’s open
ing prayer was begun, at noon, the gal
leries were well filled, though not crowded.
I-adiea in light summer costumes, with
fans iu perpetual motion, gave light and
color to the scene. Senators were in'at
tendance in much larger numbers Ilian at
any time since the passage of the tariff
bill. General Sickles and half a da n
members of tbe house occupied seals io
the chamber.
The reading of yesterday 's journal was
dispeased with. Many memorials were
prtsouled and referred, among them oue
from the business men of Chicago, asking
for immediate notion of some character on
the tar.ff bill. In the absence of the vice
president the chair was occupied by Mr.
Harris, president pro tern, of the senate.
At 12:20 the message from the house ask
inrr u fnrthnr nnnfArpnPA on IIia tariff Kill
was laid before tbe senate on motion of Mr.
Voorhees. He contented bimself with
these few words: ‘‘Mr. President, the con
ferees on the part of the senate now await
further Rction on this bill.”
After saying these words be took his seat
ami had no further partin the day’s pro
ceedings, except in a slight controversy
with Mr. Hill. Then Mr. Smith of New
Jersey made a speech of nearly an hour’s
duration, favoring further conference and
admitting I hat tbe country was confronted
by tbe danger of no tariff legislation at this
se.^sion. He favored saying to tbe house
conferees: ‘‘Fuch as tbe bill is, there it
lies, you are at liberty to take it or to
leave it.”
He waB followed by Mr. Hill, who pre
faced a long speech with a motion that the
senate recede from its amendments putting
coal and iron ore on the dutiable list. He
gave a partial approval to tbe president’s
letter, and declared that democratic sen
ators would have to rally around tbe presi
dent or else they would go to the wail,
While the president would come to the
front, and he added that this was the time
ta yield before further humiliation, further
embarrassment and further discord.
There was great excitement during tbe
delivery of Mr. Hill’s speech, but there
Whs still more when Mr. Vest, in a fervid
Empnssioned burst of eloquence, de
d the course of the democratic sena
igaiQStlbe intimation in tbe presi
ident’s letter.
A motion was made by Mr. Vilas to re
cede from the differential duty of % of a
cant on sugar and this motion provoked a
long discussion, participated in by Messrs.
Vilas, Sherman and Palmer in support of
the motion, and by the two Louisiana
senators, Messrs. Caffury and Blanchard,
against it. No vote was taken on any of
the pronositions.
At 5:20 Mr. Cockrell moved that when
the senate adjourned today it be till Mon
day at noon.
‘‘Is there any special reason?” Mr. Hill
“Thereis,” Mr. Cockrell replied, and
be would probably have slated the reason
had not Mr. Harris interposed with the ob
jection that the motion was not debatable.
Mr. Hill demanded tbe yeas and nays.
The vote was taken and the motion waa
agreed to—yeas 30, nays 23, as follows:
Yeas—Messrs. Allen, Bate, Blackburn,
Blanchard, Cockrell, Coke, Daniel, Faulk
ner, George, Gibson, Gorman, Gray, Har
ris, Hunton, Jarvis, Jones of Arkansas,
Kyle, Lindsay, Martin, Mills, Milcbell
of Wisconsin, fasco, Hansom, orruin,
Tnrpie, Vest, Vilas, Voorhees, Walsh,
Nays—Messrs. Aldrich, Allison, Carey,
Culloin, Davis, Dolph, Dubois, Uallinger,
Hale, Hawley, Higgins, Hill, Irby, Mc
Millin, Maodersou, Mitchell of Oregon,
Patton, Peffer, Perkins, Platt, Slioup,
Squire, Washburn—23.
The senate at 5:30, alter a short executive
session, adjourned until Monday.
Very different from that of yesterday
was the scene in the bouse today. The
galleries contained only such persons as
could not gain admission to the senate,
while on the floor, at least until near the
hour of recess, were scarcely sufficient
members to do business; certainly not
enough for its transactions.
The judiciary committee was called and
the house passed the following bills: To pre
vent interference with the collection of
taxes assessed by states, counties or mu
nicipalities against railroad companies by
.vacating jurisdiction of United States courts
over controversies affecting such taxes,
leven though the debtor corporation is
operated by a receiver or receivers ap
pointed by Baid United States courts.
House bill increasing the penalty of
crime tor embezzlement by directors, of
ficers or agents of national banks. It
fixes the term of imprisonment for the em
bezzlement of less than fl00,000 at from
five to ten years, and for the embezzlement
of more than flOO.OOO at from ten to twenty
House bill to remove certain restrictions
now imposed upon the sale of leaf tobacco
by farmers who produce it.
The Tucker joint resolution providing for
theelectiou of United States senators by a
direct vote of the people was discussed for
three hours.
Without action tbs house, at 5:20, took
• recess until 8 o’clock, the evening session
to be for the consideration of private pea
•ion bills,
The senate has confirmed tbs following
Clifton R. Breckinridge of Arkansas, to
tie envoy extraordinary and minister pleni
potentiary nf the United States to Russia.
W. F. Barr, postmaster at Anderson,
8. C.
Ashvii.le, July 19. — [Special Corre
spondence.[—Lsst evening (be handsome
residence ol Mr. and Mrs. John O. Turner
was the scene of one of the mosl ncherche
events of the season iu our f. stive city.
The occasion which called forth the assem
blage of so rnuoh beauty anil chivalry W39
a reception given by the genial host and
his lovely wife to their feir guests, Mieses
Thomason of Adartown, (ja., Turner of
Birmingham, and Misses Forman and Mc
Laughlin of bpringville.
Prominent among those present were
Misses Kate Thomason, Willie Turner,
Bettle Forman, Burt McLaughlin, Della
Robinson, Lila May Cobb of Montgomery,
Otis Greene, Ella Cason, and Juliet Cole
man of Florence; Messrs. Samuel and Rob
ert Hughes, Charles Gunn, Will Bellinger,
Eugene Cason, Walter Gunn, K ng Rid
dle, James Herring, Gardner Ureene, Will
Reason, Richard Teague and Roston Rob
inson; Mr. and Mrs. George Hodges,
Judge and Mrs. Greene, Mr. and Mrs.
Richard Cox and Mr. and Mrs. Freeman.
During the evening delightful refresh
ments were served in abundance. The
dance b-gan at 11 o’clock and continued
until the “wee ama’ hours.”
Beauiifui women and gnlla it young men
mingled in the dance, promenaded the
halls and galleries or enjoyed tete-a-tetes
in I be parlors.
The host and hostess exerted themselves
to make the evening one long to be re
membered, and their efforts were crowned
with tuccess. Sufficient evidence of this
was the reluctance with which their guests
bade them bon nuit.
Oue Brother Fntally Stabs Another
Three Times and M ikes Good
His Escape.
Mhrioian, July 19. —[Special Corre
spondence.]—A very serious cutting affray
took place in this city just at dark tonight.
The parties involved in the deadly combat
were Joe and Nace Ellerbee, brothers, and
well-known business men of the city.
Nace received three severe wounds across
the upper portion of the body, either of
...... rna.ill en.lAnnl.,
An old feud lias existed botwoen the
brothers for years. Ten years ago Nuce, then
a policeman, shot and killed one YVood
ward, superintendent of the Queen and
Crescent shops, in a Baloon fight at this
place. His trial was moved from this county
to Kemper and resulted in an acquittal,ana
since that uufortunate occurrence the two
brothers have been on unfriendly terms.
Several Hat fights between tbe two have
taken place recently, but frieuds inter
vened and prevented serious trouble.
Tonigbt when they met on the streets the
deadly combat took place without a word
from either party, aud not until Nace fell
mortally wounded did Joe cease stabbing
the dirk into his brother’s body. Then he
made good biB escape. The entire family
bears tbe reputation of being brave and
courageous and fearless of any man.
The affair is to be regretted owing to the
high slauding of the parties concerned.
A Ringing AddrfcHB of Warning—Or
ganize for Law and Order—Report
to the Sheriff.
Tbe committee of safety are determined
to do their duty to the people who selected
them. Their investigations and work is
being pursued with the utmost thorough
ness and care, and it is safe to say that
lasting good will result b> 'his commu
nity when their labors i ended. Tbe
following address was the only part of
their proceedings of yesterday afternoon’s
session that it was decided to give to the
To the Citizens of Birmingham and Jelferson
A situation of great peril confronts us.
Vast numbers of unemployed are in our
midst who will uot work or permit their
fellows to take employment. The God
given right of the individual to earn his
bread by the sweat of his brow haB been
denied him. In pursuance of this purpose
the peace of the state has been broken.
The law lias been trampled under foot.
fccenes of violence and bloodshed have
beeu enacted at our very doors. ThiB has
enforced the presence of the military upon
our etreets, and the tread of tbe soldier is
heard in tbe peaceful avenues of industry
n n rl ♦ roH a
It is in times o( strife and disorder that
anarchy, whose motto is revolution and
destruction, raises its serpent head to
strike at the very life of the nation and to
arm its lawless cohorts with the assassin’s
knife and the incendiary torch, in this
hour it becomes the solemn duty of law
abiding citizens, without regard to clasB,
occupation or previous condition, not only
by word and conduct to uphold the law and
preBerve the peace, but to organize them
selves into companies and assist the con
stituted authorites of the state to enforce
obedience to law and bring the guilty to
the bar of justice.
Your committee is convinced that there
is a widespread spirit of lawlessness abroad
in the land. We therefore invoke the offi
cers of the law and all in authority whose
duty it is to preserve the peace to be vigi
lant, active and fearless la the discharge
of their duties, aod to call to their aid, if
need be, the power of the county. Your
committee cannot but express its satisfac
tion that the masses of our people with
one voice and one heart have supported and
sustained us In our endeavors to maintain
peace aud order.
Your committee congratulates the people
of Jefferson county and the state at large
that we have a chief executive at this time
whose patriotism, courage aud ability are
equal to the occasion, and who has pre
sented to the nation at large an example
worthy of imitation.
Your committee cannot refrain in this
connection from the expression of its
highest commendation of the efficient serv
ices of our sheriff and the officers under
The duty, fellow citizens, now upon us,
is to organize—form companies, elect offi
cers aod report to the sheriff for orders.
By order of the committee.
R. D. Johnston, Chairman.
July 20, 1894.
A great crowd was attracted to the popu •
lar establishment, 2025 First avenue, to
witness the presentation to one of their
customers a lady’s gold watch. Messrs.
Marks Broe., proprietors of the Bet Hive,
are always on the alert to please their army
of customers.
Eye for An Eye and a Tooth
'7 for a Tooth.”
Are Hanged at Montgomery.
The Future Had No Ter
rors for Them.
Montgomery, July 20.—[Special. J —
Three negro murderers, Dan Washington,
Porter D ivis and Charles Ezelle, paid the
penalty of their crimes on the gallows iu
the jail yard here today. They were ush
ered into eternity with the usual eclat,
each avowing his confidence that a seat was
wailing lor him by the great white throue.
They were three infamous scoundrels, each
guiliy ol nn atrocious murder, and yet they
died with implicit confidence iu the future
well-being of their souls.
JuBt before they mounted the scaffold
Dan Washington remarked to a friend: “I
wants ter meet you up yonder, where I’ll
be flying around terreclly with white
clothes ou. I’ll meet you at de gate and
take jer to tbe right hand o( the Lord. ’1
Porter Davis said: “1 ieel like I’m going
on a big ’scursiou. Da Lord has dune
said ‘Come ter me, ’ and I’m tired waiting.
I hear de band ob music er’ playing on de
goldeii streets. 1 know wharfs gwine.”
Charlia Ezelle, the wile murderer, said:
“fee happy ter know that fee ter die like
Jesns Christ—ter save sinners. l’se a
‘zample and when I’se gone the folks will
Bay, He’s gone ter rest; he give his life as
a ’zample.”
Little was said on the scaffold. A negro
preacher talked awhile and offered a prayer.
The indifference of the men was amazing.
The sheriff touched the trigger at 12:35
and the bodies wore cutdowu at 1.
The streets lor blocks around were
crowded with negroes.
Dan Washington murdered John 0.
Perkins, a w hite mau, near this city last
October. Perkins kept a suburban store
and lived with his family in a dwelling ad
joining. At 12 o’clock one Saturday night
Dan Washington, an enormous negro, who
was employed ub a laborer in an oil mill
adjacent, came to (he store and called for
some meat. While Perkins was stooping
over, in the act of cutting it off, Washing
ton struck him on the bead with a bar of
iron. He fell dead, but to make assurance
doubly sure the negro cut his victim’s
throat with a barlow knife. He then
robbed the store of $81 and a revolver and
escaped. No clue was found for months,
although suspicion pointed to Washington
ou account of bis announced departure
from the city. „
The governor offered a $400 reward for
the capture of the murderer, with evidence
to convict. Six months later ha was
caught iu Pensacola, Fla., and brought
here and imprisoned. Link by link the
evidence was BUpplied. A bloody knile
found on the scene of th,e crime was
proved to be his. A negro wins found to
whom be bad sold the stolen Pi4HK> ■ k
the trial he Bwore he did not eodamr^^B^M.A.: ■'/
murder, but only watched at the door ~
while two white men did the active work.
These men proved alibis, however, and his
statement is disregarded. Washington
was unmarried.
killed another negro, (Jobdwin Jones, in a
swamp near the Tallapoosa river, in Ibis
county, on the 16th of last January. Davis
had been intimate with Jones’ wife, who,
it is stated, encouraged the murder. Jones
was seen to go into the swamp with a
double team for a load of wood. Davis was
seen to follow him with u gun. Shortly
afterward a gun shot was heard. Jones
failed to come home that night, searcn
was instituted. His mules were found un
hitched from the wagon. A trail near by
clearly showed that some heavy body had
been dragged in the direction of a slough a
mile away. It was followed to the pood,
and after some effort the dead body of Jones
waB fished from the stagnant water. The
man had been shot and bis head bad been
chopped open with his own axe, after
which the axe had been stuck in bis belt
and his body thrown into the pond. Dhvis
was promptly arrested, tried aud convicted.
He appealed, but the supreme court sus
taineu tne verdict or tne rower court ana
set today as tbe time for his execution.
was a wi/e murderer. He Jived near the
negro settlement Vesuvius in this county.
On April 4, 1893, be met his wife some dis
tance from their dwelling and ordered her
home. She refused to go, saying she was
going to see a man about his clothes,
meaning hie laundry. Ezelle threatened
her and she told him she would go away
with another man unless he desisted. This
angered him and he overpowered her, say
ing she would never have need for any
clothes in this world except a wooden over
coat. He dragged her iota some woods and
when he had reached a secluded place he
beat her to death with tbe butt of his gun
and attempted to throw her body in the
river,when he was frightened away. When
arrested he did not deny the crime, but he
pleaded‘‘not guilty” atbistrial. He was
condemned to hang, bat appealed and got
a new trial on a technicality. At the
spring term he was again condemned and
the supreme court declined to interfere.
Five negro murderers have been legally
executed here within a week, with three
mure to follow on Friday next.
A Jefferson county man remarked today
that Moutgomeriaus could not consistently
say, "Bad Birmingham,” any longer.
Montgomery, July 20.—[Special.1—A
very important matter came np before
Judge Bruoe of the United States court yes
terday from the Northern district. It was
the case of Chapman, Reynolds & Co. vs.
T. A. Clark. The bill asked for the ap
pointment of a receiver o( .the.partnership
of Chapman, Reynolds & Co., whietp is
building the government works at Colbert
shoals in the Tennessee river in north Ala
bama. The main question argued was
whether a contractor could form a partner
ship with others for doing such work under
contraet. It was bald by tbe court that it
could not. Tbe case was argued aDd sub
mitted. Judge Bruce decided to grant a
receiver, but postponed the appointment
until Monday. Toe amount involved is
about {606,000.

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