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Confesses Murder of His Wife and Pays Law’s Just Penally WAS STEADY CF NERVE TO THE END Charlottesville Wife-Murderer Meets Death Without a Tremor, Walking Unassisted to the Place—No State ment Forthcoming When Asked at the Last Moment if He Had Any thing to Say, Eut a Written Con fession Was Given Out After the Execution fcy His Spiritual Advisers, Charlottesville, Va., Special.—With out a tremor, J. Samuel McCue met death on the scaffold at 7.35 o’clock Friday morning for wife-murder. Hardly had his struggles ceased when his confession was given out by his three spiritual advisors, Revs. G. L. Petrie, H. B. Lee, and John B. Thomp son. McCue listened calmly to the reading of the death warrant, and when Sergeant Rogers asked, “Do you think that if I gave you my arm you would be able to walk to the scaffold?’’ He replied calmly, “I can walk with out your aid. " On the way he stum bled once or twice and the officers of fered assistance. It was not needed, however. There was no weakness. McCue had merely slipped on the fro zen snow. No Statement to Make. Before he placed the rope about Mc Cue’s neck, Sergeant Rogers put his arm over the condemned man’s shoul leave this world with suspicion resting on any human being other than him self; that he alone was responsible for the deed, impelled to it by an evil power beyond his control, and that he recognized his sentence as just.” J. Samuel McCue was 46 years old and twice had been mayor of the city of Charlottesville. The tragedy for which he paid the penalty created more interest than any other crime that has occurred in the State in the past quarter of a century. Story of the Crime. On Sunday night, September 4, Mc Cue accompanied his wife to church and they returned home about 9.15 o'clock. Within 15 minutes after they i bad repaired to their room to retire for the night the city was aroused by messages announcing the murder of Mrs. McCue, and friends, physicians, and officers hurried to the McCue home. Mrs. McCue was found dead in the bath room, and McCue was ly ing on the floor with an abrasian on his cheek and feigning unconscious ness. He later asserted that the at tack had been made by an unknown white man who had climbed through a window. Mrs. McCue had been dealt a blow that broke he.r nose and her left ear had almost been severed by a second blow. Death was caused by a gunslict wound just above the heart. McCue never was able to explain the presence in the bath room of a small piece of cotton undeyshirt which fitted exactly a torn place in the shirt which he had on when the officers arrived. The women figured in the reports cir J. SAMUEL McCUE, aeis aim wmsperea sumtumiig lu mm. When everything was ready Mr. Rog ers again spoke to McCue, asking him If he had anything to say. “None at all,” was his answer. The trap was sprung, and ninteen minutes afterward McCue was pronounced dead of strang ulation. His neck was not broken. The body will be taken to Brookville for burial. Confession as Given Out. “J. Samuel McCue stated this morn ing in our presence and requested us to make public that he did not wish to Broke Into Jewelry Store. Suffolk, Special.—The jewlry store of R. L. Brewer & Son, owned by R. L. Brewer, Jr., former mayor, was en tered and robbed. The burglars got in hy prying up with a crowbar a sill un der a read window. The practical loss was the theft of articles left for re pair. A $300 cash register was destroy ed, but only $4 in cash was taken. Mr. Brewer cannot ascertain his exact loss, but it is estimated at between $500 and $700. May Punish Atchison Road. Washington—Special—Attorney Gen eral Moody has appointed Judson Har mon, of Cincinnati, who was attorney general during the second administra tion of President Cleveland, and Fred erick N. Judson, a prominent lawyer of St. Louis, to investigate the al leged action of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in granting re bates to the Colorado Fuel & Iron Com pany. This employment is with the view of taking legal proceedings against the company, if, after an inves tigation, such proceedings seem justi fied. Both lawyers have accepted the appointment. Live Items of News. The Hungarian colony in New York is making great preperations for the banquet to President.Roosevelt on Feb ruary 14. Gen. Nelson A. Miles, in a statement in Boston, says he has no apology to offer for his treatment of Jefferson Davis in Fortress Monroe. Many vessels are still held in the ice jam in the Delaware river and heavy rain and sleet storms were reported in the South and Southwest. cuiaieu as 10 me cause ot tne murder, and a letter filled with endearing lan guage sent him by one of his women clients was produced at the trial. Mc Cue had quarrelled with his wife a number of times. She was 40 years old and the mother of four children. The coroner’s jury held McCue for the murder three days after it occurred, and he had since been confined in the jail, vehemently protesting his inno cence. His trial was concluded Nov ember 5, and he was convicted, the jury being out only 26 minutes. Judge Campbell to be a Candidate. Richmond—Special—It is reported that former Judge Clarence J. Camp bell will be a candidate for the legis lature from Amherst county this year. Judge Campbell was removed from the Amherst county bench by the legisla ture for cowhiding Rev. Mr. Crawford, of the Anti-Salcon League. He had acquitted Mr. Crawford of the charge of contempt of his court. Fire in Jacksonville Jail. Jacksonville, Fla.—Special — What the officers believe to have been an ef fort on the part of a negro prisoner to escape by setting the jail on fire resulted in one negro being killed by sucffcation and 15 escaping. The cries of fire in the Raspberry Park city jail, shortly after 4 o’clock, awoke Jailer Bryan, who rushed from his room to (he corridor to ascertain the trouble. As he opened the door leading into the iail proper a dense smoke came rushing toward him. He immediately went to each cell and released the prisoners, and then sent in the alarm. Fresh From the Wires. The peace movement in Russia is growing fast. Survivors of the wrecked Furnes liner Damara reached Pleasant Point, N. C., after a terrible experience. Germany’s success in capturing the contract for rearming the Turkish ar tillery continues to cause resentment in Paris. King Oscar of Sweden, who is ill, turned over the Government tempor arily to Crown Prince Gustaf. NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE Work That is Being Done By the North Carolina Lawmakers. Owing to the death of a member of the House, but little was done in either branch of the legislature Thursday. The following bills passed their fin al readings: For the prevention of fraudulent trading. The bill provides against the use of a name, not that of the proprietor, and against a mar ried woman conducting the store of her husband without her own name. It prevents fraudulent trading by men in the names of their wives, and if a woman does business in her own name, the act makes her a freetrader. A message was received from the House in a resolution on the death of Representative Phipps, and asking that a comgmittee of four from the House and two from the Sen ate to be appointed to accompany the body home. The memorial was adopted and Senators Taylor and Long, of Iredell, were appointed the Senate committee. Taylor moved that the Senate adjourn on account of the death of Phipps. This action was taken. A brief session was held in the House Thursday, after which adjournment was taken out of respect of the mem ory of Representative Phipps, who died Wednesday afternoon. The Divorce Bill. T „ it,. TT^,.r,^ +Vw\ nil 1V m H.t. - ter of importance was the divorce question. Ward Bill Passes. In the Senate Friday there was much discusion on the Ward liquor bill, it be ing a special order for noon. At the close of tlie discussion. Ward called or previous questions. Vann’s amend ment as to the size of towns was lost, hut that providing that the law shall become effective January 1 next was adopted. All other amendments were voted down, and the bill passed its second reading—25 to 16. Gilliam ob jected to the third reading, and Scales’ motion to suspend the rule and put it on a thrid reading failed to get the necessary two-thirds vote. The Sen ate then adjourned. In the Senate Saturday there were a number of petitions and lulls pre sented. The act known as the Ward bill came up for thrid reading. Ward Bill Passes. To amend the public laws of 19 regulating the manufacture and sale of liquor in North Carolina. Stubbs offered an amendment providing that the act should not apply to incorpor ated towns where liquor is now being manufactured under the provisions of the Watts act. Stubbs said the amend ment was but fair. Zollicoffer sent forward an amendment provided that nothing in the hill should he con strued to alter or amend the Watts law of 1903. Stubbs’ amendment was put and lost by a vote cf 18 to 9. Ward accepted the amendment of Zol licoffer. Williams said he wanted to serve notice on the Senate that for years the west had stood by the Dem ocratic party at a sacrifice to aid the men of (he east. “I am not. in favor of making the matter one of politics, but it has been made a matter of poli tics and it has come to this, that the west must lose in politics, and it will proclaim in the west that we will not support any officer who has favored this bill, and I serve notice on the gentleman from the east that if this bill is passed the west will not vote to return him to the United States Sen ate. Alexander said he did not her lieve the bill would affect the Demo cratic party in his section. Even many Republicans were for the passage of the* bill. He denied that the rights of any people were being encroached up on, and that those affected were the men manipulating tlio various busi nesses, who were encroaching upon the rights of the State. McLean said the west was far in advance of the east in temperance, and that Williams was mistaken. Thorne replied to Wil liams and said that the east appreci ated what the west had done for it, now the east wanted to help the west by driving from it whiskey manufac turing. Eller offered an amendment making the time when the act should go into effect, July 1st, 1906. Ward said, feeling sure the bill was going into effect, he did not desire to injure any man’s business, and personally would not oppose it. Webb suggested an addition to Eller’s amendment, that such towns as were now manufactur ing whiskey would not be affected until January 1st, 1906, to which Eller agreed, but these amendments were lost and the bill passed third reading, •with only two votes in opposition. The message from the Governor re garding the bonds held by Schafer Bros., of New York, was read, also the correspondence it transmitted. Zol licoffer offered a resolution relative to the South Dakota judgment, ap pointing the Governor, Lieutenant Gov ernor, Speaker of the House and At torney General a special committee to investigate the South Dakota bond is sue and ascertain what amount is due the bondholders and to issue a warrant upon the State Auditor to pay this sum. The bill to protect water supplies, by providing that the act shall apply to water companies now organized and i i_i +1, ^ lie! trcli. LCi gO.illi.C-yi vv 0,0 Ui'» House having added an amendment to the bill, providing that it shall not ap ply to artesian wells. Boddie moved that the Senate refuse to concur in the amendment. The motion was adopted and the Senators from Buncombe and Yancey were appointed as a confer ence committee. The House spent the day in a quiet manner. The following hills were rati fied: To amend the charter of Hender sonville, relating to collection of taxes; to elect commissioners and justices oi the peace in Washington county by the people; to amend the law relative to hunting on lands of another in Rohe son county; to allow the commission ers of Wake county to make an appro priation to the Wake County Women’s Association for the betterment of pub lie schools; to protect owners o: swine in Tyrrell county; for relief o Piedmont Land and Improvement Com pany; to regulate time of holdini courts in Jackson county; to inc-orpo rate the Rouse Banking Company; t< amend charter of American Warehousi Company; to incorporate Haywood In stitute; to prevent killing of squirrel: in Wake, Dare and Tyrrell counties i' to amend charter of Southern Conser vatory of Music; to prevent hunting on lands of another without written consent in Martin county; to allow the board of education of Yancey county to pay N. W. Horton $40 out of the general school fund; to allow Cas well county to submit questions of is suing bonds for improving public roads to a vote of the people; to pay expen ses of visiting committees to educa tional instituttions; to pay expenses cf the inaugurating of the governor; to pay expenses of the committees in vestigating the penitentiary farm on Roanoke river; resolution requesting Senators and Representatives in Con gress from North Carolina to use their j influence to secure proper appropria- | tion for the improvement of Cape Fear j river. In the Senate Monday there was little done. The following bills passed their third readings: To incorporate the Tuckaseege Rail way; to incorporate the Asheville & Northern Railway; to amend the char ter of Rocky Mount in regard to the improvement tax; to amend public laws of 1903 relative to graded schools in Al amance; to amend public laws 1S99 rel ative to public roads in Alleghany; rel- . ative to the killing of bear in Cedar Creek, and Beaver Dam townships, in Cumberland county; for the better pro tection of travel in Tyrrell county; to amend public laws of 1899 relative to the use of tires on wagons in certain counties; to allow justices of the peace half fees in certain cases. A resolution to pay the stenographers in the - en grossing clerk’s office $4 per day; to )m.y me tijitjuaes oi uie cummiu.ee vis iting the insane asylums of Morganton and Goldsboro. At 11:20 o’clock the Senate ad journed. In the House the following bills pass ed final reading: To provide for work ing public roads in Macon; to amend the charter of Mount Airy; to authorize a special tax for building a bridge across the French Broad river in Jack son county; to amend the charter of the Durham & Southern Railway; to allow Waynesville to make a contract for an electric light plant; to allow Durham to issue school bonds; to make terri tory within the corporate limits of Lin i colnton a graded school district; to al low Goldsboro to issue bonds; to amend the Buncombe stock law; to in corporate Walnut, in Madison county; to allow Camden county to levy a spe cial tax; to provide sewerage for Mon roe. Election Liquor Bill. The House took up the bill making it a misdemeanor to sell or give away liquor within five miles of a voting place on election day, with an amend ment incorporated by the committee providing that a man could give away a drink, provided that he did not do so with intent to influence the election, following the election law of The Code. Messrs. McNinch and Alexander, of Mecklenburg; Davis, and Murphy, of Buncombe, 3poke against the amend ment, saying it would be well enough to suspend tile dispensing of liquid hos pitalities even in private houses one day in two years, and claimed it would be far better to do this than by adopt ing the amendment to practically li tion day. It would be impossible to coo_ vict anybody under tbe language of tile amendment. Mr. Winborne said it was an outrage to brand every man a crim inal who. in the privacy of his home, should extend a common courtesy to a friend, simply because it happened to be on election day. Under the proposed law a man would be a criminal who gave his wife or cook a small dram to ease the toothache or such like afflic tion. Mr. Murphy, of Buncombe, again spoke, saying he had seen young men who were temperate dead drunk on free Republican election liquor in Buncombe county on election day. To require the State to prove the intent would be to nullify the law. The county of Bun combe, regardless of politics, desired to break up this disgrace of using whiskey to influence elections. Mr. Powers of fered an amendment striking out the words “with the intent to influence the election.” This was adopted by a large majority. Mr. Winborne offered an amendment making it a crime to give away cigars and tobacco on election day, but this was defeated. Mr. Mur phy, of Buncombe, contended that whiskey would take an elector’s think ing faculties away, while tobacco would not. Mr. McNinch nodded approval at this argument .and asked Mr. Win borne if he honestly desired the amend ment to pass. A $3,500 Verdict. Nashville, Special—In the circiut court the jury in the case of the Southern Railway company vs. the United States Marble company reported a verdict for the defendant of some $3,500 damages, $1,200 being land and the remainder for damages sustained to other property and non-user of the property. The jury of view is said to have allowed $200 more than the verdict calls for, and this has been the rule that the original jury of view was more liberal than the verdict of juries which sat on the case nftp.r smnpalpri to oonrt This is nnft of the many condemnation proceedings. Wants Platt Expelled. Washington, Special.—C. W. Bost, of Battie Creek, Mich., who ha.s in tertesed himself largely in the estab lishment of a parcels post system, filed with President Pro Tern Frye of the Senate a petition for the expulsion of Senator Thomas C. Platt from the Senate. The petition is based on the assertion that Mr. Platt as an execu tive officer of the United States Ex press Company, is a party to a con spiracy to maintain identical rates among the express companies for ar ticles shipped over their lines. Doesn’t Want to Die. Dr. Abdul Hikmet, a Turkish resi dent in Paris, has been requested by the Turkish embassy to return within twenty days to Constantinople, where an order for his execution awaits him. The doctor recently published a vio , lently-worded pamphlet charging the . sultan with responsibility for the - massacre of non-Mussulmans in the i Turkish empire. He has appealed to - the French government for protection. NORTH STATE ITEMS Occurrences of Interest in Various Parts of the State. Geneal Cotton Market. Galveston, steady . 7 11-16 New Orleans, firm. 7% Mobile, easy .7% Savannah, quiet.714 Charleston, quiet.714 Wilmington,' steady .714 Norfolk, firm.714 Baltimore, nominal.7% New York, quiet .7.80 Boston, quiet...7.80 Philadelphia, quiet.*.S.05 Houston, steady .7 9-16 Augusta, quiet.7 9-16 Memphis, steady.714 St. Louis, quiet.714 Louisville, firm.7 11-16 Charlotte Cotton Market. These figures represent prices paid to wagons: Strict good middling .7% Good middling .714 Strict middling .714 Middling.714 Tinges.6 to 7 Stains .5 to 6 North State News. The committee agreed to report fav orably Mr. Redwine’s bill, preventing ticket and claim scalping. It provides that every -claimant of a witness or jury ticket or of a county order, other than the one to whom it is issued, shall take oath as to the amount he paid for it, and shall i aceive from the county commissioners a sum not ex ceeding 10 per cent of the cost of the same. As bad as the weather was last night, when walking was next to im possible, a Senate and House commit tee met and heard arguments in favor of the hill establishing a 'State immi gration bureau, this being the fourth meeting of the committee on this ques tion. Immigration Commissioner Wat son. of South Carolina, spoke last night, as to what the bureau had ac complished for the State. Kuykendall, secretary of the State Real Estate Dealers’ Association also made an ad dress in support of the bill. It pro vides for a commissioner to he appoin eu by the Governor at a salary of $2. 500; a clerk at $1,000. and $7,500 for expenses. The bill received a favora ble report, though several members of the committee were opposed to it. The hour arriving for the special or der—relative to the divorce hill—Mr. McNinch sent forward a substitute drawn by the minority of the judiciary committee. Mr. Alley sent forward a substitute for all hills. Several other members sent forward amendments to the committee bill, the McNinch bill and the Alley bill. Mr. Murphy, of Edgecombe, suggested that as the di vorce bill, was the most important in the Legislature to be considered, and as none but the judiciary committee had yet been able to familiarize them selves with the question involved in the many bills presented, that all be printed and a certain time set for their consideration next week. Mr. Mc Ninch was opposed to any further de lay. Many members stated that they desired to be better informed on the subject before the matter came up for action, and it was ordered that the various bills and amendments he print ed, and next Tuesday night at 8 o'clock was uiauc <x opoouu uiuoi consideration. Licenses were issued to 25 out of 34 applicants to practice law. Their names are as follows; J. G. Anderson, Halifax county; B. H. Crumpler, Sampson; T. J. Markham, Pasquotank; G L. Spence, Pasquotank; W. H. Pace, Wake; P. C. McDuffie, Mary land; C. B. Denson, Wake; W. P. Cannady, Granville: T. F. Whitley, Halifax; Harry McMullen, Chowan; Preston Cotton, Pitt; G. M. Patton, Alamance; F. E. Fredericks, Wake; C. H. Mebane, Catawba; J. L. DeLan ey. Mecklenburg; J. J. Britt, Bun combe, J. S. Styles, Buncombe; C. N. Melone, Buncombe; E. D. Broadhurst, Wavne; J. D. Langton, Wayne; W. R. Clegg, Moore; R. B. Chastine. Clay; R. O. Everitt, Martin; Paul Faison, Wake; J. L. Williamson, Wayne. The Secretary of State has authoriz ed the Salisbury Hosiery Company to change its name to the Centaur Knit ting Company. Flood Stage in Alabama Rivers. Mobile, Ala., Special.—A flood stage is reported in several rivers in the State. The Warrior is now 55 feet at Tuscumbia and is expected to reach 60 feet. People living in the low lands there are moving out. At Demopolis the deluge shows 42 feet. At Montgom ery the river is 25 feet. Much damage is reported at interior landings, and steamboats are unable to make sched ule time. Gift to State Norms* President Charles D. Melver, of the State Normal and Industrial College, al Greensboro, has announced the receipt from Mr. Carnegie of $3,886 for furni ture for the library at the college, tc Vio nrovimitllv P’TVPTI & lft.000 Mr. Carnegie gave Greensboro $30,00( for a library, and it will be the onl\ place in the country which will thu: have two libraries as his gift. Speak ing about what he desired the Legis lature to give for the college. Mr. Mel ver said he only asked that it be plac ed wherever it was before the fire, witl S10.000 additional for improvements The fire loss was mere than $100,000. Will Not Wait For Thaw. Tokio—By Cable—The impressioi prevails here that the impending bat tie between the armies of Field Mar shal Oyama and General Kuropatkii will occur before any material thav takes place, which would convert tb country into a slushy bog and rende the movement of guns, ammunitioi and stores impossible until the road harden. LOSE THEIR CASE Greene and Gaynor Will Have Their Rascality Aired at Last FUGITIVES WILL BE GIVEN UP The United States Government Wins Its Appeal to the British Privy Coun cil From the Canadian Court’s Re fusal to Hold For Extradition the Man Indicted With Capt. Oberlin M. Carter For the Savannah River Im provement. London, By Cable.—The privy coun cil rendered its decision Wednesday morning in the Greene-Gaynor case, in favor of the American government. The council reversed the two judgments of Justice Caron, of Quebec, August 13, 1902, and ordered the respondents to pay the costs of the appeal. The coun cil’s decision caustically criticises the action of Justice Carson in releasing Greene and Gaynor, and Caron's “ex traordinary intervention,” and adds: “Where a prisoner is brought before a competent tribunal charged with an extradition offense and is remanded for the express purpose of affording the prosecution an opportunity of uringmg iorwara eviaence whereby the accusation is to be supported, if in such, a case upon a writ of ha beas corpus a learned judge treats a remand warrant as a nullity and proceeds to adjudicate the case as though the whole evidence was before him, it would paralyze the ad ministration of justice and render it impossible for proceedings, in tradition to be effective.” The decision simply reverses Justice Carson’s judgment and leaves Greene and Gaynor under remand as before Justice Caron intervened. John F. Gaynor and Benjamin D. Greene were indicated in Savannah, Ga., Dec. 8, 1899, charged with em bezzlement and defrauding the United States government, together with Cap tain Oberlin M. Carter, in the perform ance of government contracts for the improvement of the Savannah river and other river and harbor work in that district, the illicit profits being es timated at $2,000,000. Gaynor and Greene were arrested in New York. They contested extradition to Georgia, and when the United States commissioner decided that they must go to that State and plead to "the in dictments, they fled to Canada. They had been at liberty on $40,000 bail each, and this was forfeited. Efforts to ex tradite Greene and Gaynor from Mont real were progressing favorably, and the extradition commission was sit ting in Montreal, when Gaynor and , Greene went to Quebec. A question arose as to whether they could he brought back, and detectives kidnapped j them and took them to Montreal. j There was a big legal fight over this ■■ action, and a Quebec judjre issued a writ of habeas corpus, which was served on the jailer at Montreal, who S delivered up the prisoners without no- V tification to the extradition tribunal ^ and permitted them to be rushed back ^ to Quebec. Efforts to quash the writ \ of habeas corpus under which they had ! been returned were denied by Justice l Caron. After a long legal controversy, , Gaynor and Greene obtained their lib erty within the limits of the province of Quebec. The United States government then appealed to the privy council of England, the highest court in that country. Will Be Arrested Again. Washington, Special.—The State De partment received notice of the action of the privy council through the fol lowing cablegram from Ambassador Choate: “Court decided in our favor in relation to Gaynor-Greene case. Opin ion rendered by Lord Chancellor. Also in case of the Kity D. vs. the King, the court granted leave to appeal on con dition of return of vessel to custody.” Although sufficient detail is not yet before the law officers here to war rant a final opinion as to the effect of the privy council’s decision, the pres ent understanding is that it will result in the immediate re-arrest of Gaynor and Greene, who are now at large in Quebec under surveillance of Washing ton secret service officers. Favor Private Car Lines. Washington, Special.—A delegation of Georgia and West Virginia peach growers, headed by J. H. Hare, of Georgia, appeared before the sub committee of the House committee on inter-Stato and foreign commerce, in vestigating private car lines, in pro test against any legislation that might have the effect of eliminating the use of private cars. Bank of Spartanburg Burns. Spartanburg, S. C., Special.—Tho Bank of Spartanburg, on the square in the centre of the city, was gutted by fire Wednesday night. The flames were discovered at 9:45 o’clock and it was a threatening fire, as trouble with water connections at the early stages made it look bad for a time. It seemed that adjoining buildings would ignite, but they w'ere saved. In a half-hour the flames were under eonr trol. The building was owned by A. G. Floyd and was valued at about $3,000. The loss is covered by insur ance. Mayor A. B. Calvert is presi i dent of the bank. It is thought the flames originated from a defective flue. More Election Laws Needed. 1 Washington, Special.—The House committee of merchant marine and i fisheries ordered a favorable report on ' six of the eight bills introduced by * the bureau of navigation to make more efficient the steamboat regulation laws, 1 whose inadequacy was exposed with 3 horrifying effect by means of the Slo I cum disaster.