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1 he Ca y ►hna Watchman. A Home Newspaper Published in the Interest of the People and Honesty in Governmental Affairs. Vol. II. No. 33. Salisbury, N. C., Wednesday, August 8th, 1906. Wm. H. Stewart, Editor. STATESVILLE AND IREDELL COUNTY. Haary Rains. Very Bad Roads in Iredell. Other Items of News. Sta'e.sviil'i Landmark. July 21st. The roads from Statesville to the Catawba river are reported as being in very bad condition. It is claimed by people-living on the Catawba county side, between Ca tawba station and Monbo, that they would be glad to do their trading lure, as Statesville is nearer ttun K wton, but cannot because t.'1- ouads have not been worked aL 1 i.re in a disgraceful co"dii,i’jn. The hill on the Buf falo Shoal i\ ad at Back Crook is in ?"ch condition that it can be hard v travehd with a hortfe and buggv J. II II if man’s friends should ;so long :-r ilm him cigars. For y jui’s J - was an ardent smoker. A few ars ug'. he checked up be cause thought it was injuring he th, but as he improved he j.-gan again. A few days ago while North, Mr. Hoffman con sulted an oculist about his eyes, “Stop smoking at once,” was the peremptory order. It was a hard trial but Mr. Hoffman no longer smokes, and only a smoker can realize what it means to stop. Envoy and Mrs. Jacob West fall, who were in charge of the Salvalion Army post in States ville for five weeks, left last week for their home in New York. The condition of Mrs. Westfall’s health wras their reason for leav ing. New officers are expected soon to take charge of the post. Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Fesperman, i formerly in charge here, are work ing in Salisbury with a view to establishing an outpost of the Statesville branch of the army. The rain last Tuesday night damaged crops considerably. It also washed away the Plyler bridge across I. K. creek and dam aged the McHenry bridge across Third creek and the Willis branch bridge at White’s mill, Repairs have been made and a new bridge put across Greasy creek. These all help rural route No. 1. whose patrons appreciate the service. Clerk of the court Hartness will appoint a magistrate to fill out the uuexpired term of J. P. Burke, deceased. Dorman Thompson, of the Stateyille bar is being urged to take the ap pointment, but up to the present has not decided to do so. The county commissioners will elect a coroner to fill out Mr. Burke’s unexpired term. J. C. Henly, viho lives in Row an, and is a traveling salesman for the High Point Pants Co., has rented Mrs. W. S. Turner’s cottage, and will move his family to Statesville-about the middle of August. Clyde Alexander, who has been a compositor in the Landmark of fice for nearlyy two years, has de cided to engage in railroad work, and went to Salisbury Saturday to take a job in the railway yard office at Spencer. At a meeting of the Ministerial Association and persons interest ed in the lvceum course, held yesterday morning, a lyceum course was about agreed upon. Full information in regard to it is promised at a later date. Benjamin R. Cockerill, aged about 70 years, died of paralysis at his home in the vicinity of the Statesville cotton mill, Friday morning, and was buried at Oak wook cemetery Saturday morning _ A Guaranteed Cure for Piles, Itching, blind, bleeding, protrud ifjg piles. Druggists 3-r© authorizod to refund money if Pazo Ointmeni fails to cure in 6 to 14 days. 50c. MURDERERS LYNCHED- MIUTARY GUARD. Nease and John Gillespie and Jack Dillingham Taken from the Jail and all Hanged to one Limb. Lynching being Investi gated. Little Preparation Made to Combat a Mob. Sheriff Julian, accompanied by several deputies went to Char lotte Sunday afternoon to bring to this city the negroes who have been in jail there charged with being the Lyerly murderers. The men were brought to this city .early Monday moruing, together with the two negroes to whom it is alleged that Jack Dillingham made a confession The men were first taken to Harper Bros, stables, where the party was join ed by Solicitor Hammer, and la ter they were placed in jail. A small crowd was gathered near the square as the men were taken down town, but there was no demonstration made. Many people came into town Sunday night and on the early trains Monday morning, and by the time court convened there was uot even standing room in the court room for a third of them, Court convened at 10 o’clock Monday morning, Judge B. F, Long presiding. Solicitor Ham mer, Messrs. Theo. F. Kluttz and r. C. Linn representing the State, and Jake F. Newell, of Charlotte, and B. Williams, of Concord, ap pearing for the prisoners. The following grand jurors were se lected : Wesley A Frick, J W Rideoutte, W M L Fesperman, W M Erwin, J T Barber, U A Hodge, Jno. R. Nussman, W A Benson, Jas P Trexler, Jno. D Ketchie, C A Boyd, J C Correil, J M Monroe, Jr., R L Wedding ton, Maxwell Holshouser, R A Moose, M P Plummer. Judge Long asked Sheriff Ju lian to appoint five special depu ties to assist in maintaining or der in the court room. The ones selected were, H. C. Lentz, Shoaf Poteet, J. D. Shoe, W. P. Sloop and W. A. Steele. The usual oath was administered to the grand jury and Judge Long delivered the charge, which took about an hour. The court then appointed J, S. Hall foreman of the grand jury. Judge Long stated to the jury the cause for this special term of court and instructed them to care fully investigate such evidence as the solicitor placed before them, adding: “Should the evidence laid before you be such that you believe the petit jury could return a verdict of guilty, you should re port a true bill. Should the evi dence which you will investigate satisfy you that the jury to try the case could not bring in a ver dict against those accused, you will ignore the bill.” The Judge took occasion here to refer to re ports reaching him, as to a possi ble lvnehing, and made some very strong remarks along this line. He stated that in North Caroli na a man could not fight a duel and kill his antagonist without being guilty of murder, neither could he deliberately take a per son out of jail and hang him, and not be a murderer. “I now charge you particular ly to keep your eyes and ears open and should any plot or attempt at violence come to your atten tion, investigate the same and we will set aside this case for the present and dispose of any such attempt if it takes all summer. Should any person interfere oi attempt interference with you: duties, or show any hostility to' ward witnesses which may appeal before you, such person should h< reported and will be summarily dealt with. Should one wicnesi satisfy you of the truth of th< charges set forth in the bill of indictment you can retuur a true bill. But should all witnesses fail to satisfy you, you should ignore the bill.” Henry Mayhew, the grandson of Nease Gillespie was the first wit ness examined by the grand jury, and while no one knows what he told, outside of those who were in the jury room, it was probably the same tale he has told of the crime and its perpetrators from the beginning. At 8:40 in the afternoon the grand jury returned a true bill for murder in the first degree agaiust. Nease Gillespie, Henry Gillespie, George Erwin, Jack Dillingham, John Gillespie and Della Dillingham.. A number of special deputies were sworn in in the afternoon as a matter of precaution. Judge Long instructed the sheriff to turn a searchlight on the jail, and an arc light was placed at the corners of the front part of the nunaing. me oracurs were in structed to keep every man away from the jail yard. The prisoners appeared to be frightened, but were not uuduly excited. Nease Gillespie did not seem to partake of the fears of the others and took much interest in the court proceedings. J. F. Newell, one of the attor neys for the defense, had a talk with them when they wrere taken into the prisoners’ room. Later the defendants were led into the bar and given seats. The bill of indictment wras read and the defendants pleaded not guilty Mr. Newell wanted a continu ance on the ground that his cli ents could not get a fair trial. The incident of the attempt to get the prisoners for lynching pur poses on the night they were first brought to Salisbury, w'as refer red by Mr. Newell in proof of his statement that public senti ment against his clients was much iuflamed. Solicitor Hammer de nied there being any bitter feel ing here against the prisoners at this time. It has since develop ed quite conclusively which of these gentlemen was right in his surmise. Judge Long overruled the motion for a continuance, as he thought if there was any such feeling as that spoken of any delay in bringing the ca3e to trial, would only intensify it. The Lynching Party. Nease Gillespie, John Gillespie and Jack Dillingham have had their case taken to a higher court, through the instrumenta'ity of thatjnerciless monster, known as a m:b. On Monday night a gathering of men stormed the jail, took out these men, and march ing them out near Henderson’s Crossing put them to death by shooting and hanging. The mob began to gather early ii the evening, and any one whc circulated among them could have no difficulty in coming to a cleai understanding of what they were there for. They made no secrei of their intentions, talked openly and above board of wha t he} were going to do—aud as the se quel proved, they did it. Ahou 9:30 the crowd began to get tlmr ongliiy warmed up and they wen crowding in on, and around th< jail. Senator Overman, Judg Long, Solicitor Hammer am others plead with the crowd to le 1 the law take its course. It wa > represented to them that th j prisionen had already been in i dieted, thev were sure of a I prompt, speedy trial, and that the trial jury would give them justice in accc rdance with the evidence produced. But it was all like pouring oil on a fire. The men were out for blood. They were going to act regardless of all that might bo said. They, while iu tent on having the life of these negroes for a horrible violation of the law, were at the same time prepairing to outrage and set at naught the very same law the uegroes under indictment had violated- They were coolly and deliberately going to commit a series of murders themselves in order to avenge others. It is hardly needful to go into detail as to the riotous scene at the jail, or to discuss here the ! feeble efforts m ide by sworn of ficers of the law to protect these prisioners, though it should be said in simple justice that they did all they could, except to re sort to armed resistance. It is equally unnecesary to dwell upou the opera bouffe performance, given by the Rowan Rifles, on this occasion, to a large audience, but through no fault of their own, as it does not appear that they had orders to shoot to kill, or were expected to hurt anybody. To place the Rifles in such an awkward position, was a mani fest injustice to both officers and men. All the same the mob got three men whose names are mentioned above, and also took George Irviu out with them. Later, however, he was returned to the jail. At eleven o’clock the three murderers were in the clutches of the mob. They were marched out Maiu street to the place of execution whore short work was made of them An effort was made to get the men to confess, but to no avail. Nease Gillespie and Jack Dillingham remained obstinate ai d stolid to the last, and would neither confess their guilt or affirm their innocense. T 1 ^ : 1 1 ; ~ for Vila rj wmi - - life, declaring with tears that he was in no way connected with the Lyerly murder. Three of the prisioners, George Irvin, Henry Lee and Della Dillingham were taken out v f town by a late train to a safer place. Shortly after eleven o’clock Gov. Glenn was informed of con ditions at the jail by Judge Long, and at once wired orders to military companies at Greensboro, Charlotte and Statesville to hurry here by special train. Finding he was too late the orders were contermanded. The Charlotte Staff correspondent, H. E. C. Bryant states in his story of the lynching, to his paper, that some time a^o the Governor offered Sheriff Julian the aid of the military, but that this official did nor think them necessary and de clined the offer. The Governor declares the lynching a blot on the State—in which view nearly all good citi zens will heartily concur—and de clares he will at once take steps to bring the guilty partits to jus tice. * Murder Cases Continued. 5 When court convened Tuesday ? morning. Solicitor Hammer asked ^ for a continuance in the c ses of b Henay Lee, George Irvin and a Della Dillingham, who have been I sent to the Charlotte jail for safety. Judge Long addresses the grand jury, speaking of the crime of Monday night, and included the people present in his remarks. He briefly reviewed the inci dents of the lynching and stated that an investigation would be held at once, and that court would not adjourn until the in vestigation was completed. When court convened in the afternoon, Judge Long went more at length into the lynching matters. He remarked that the jail would be pr.-tec ed at all hazards. ‘‘The sheriff is instructed to put a force of deputies armed for the protect ion of the jail and the prisioners in it. If it be necessar / he has the power to summon any man in the county to his aid, and if that man fails to serve he is guilty of a crime. He is instructed to use force if necessary and repel force with farce if any attempt is made to come into the precincts of his men.” Threats have been made that George Hall, confined in the jail on the charge of being one of the lynching party, would be res cued by his comrades. Last night, the Iredell Blues, of Statesville, under the command ot Gen. J F. Armfield, and the Hornet Nest Riflemen, as well well as the First Battery Field Artillery, of Char lotte, together wflth the local company, were on guard at. the jail and in the court house yard. A gatliug gun on each side cf the jail door added largely to the warlike appearance of things. A number of special deputies were on duty in the street near by. However, all was quiet during the night, and the threatened at tempt to take Hall from the cus tody of the officers was not made There were small gatherings of people in the streets near the jail, but they were merely interested spectators of the proceedings. It was rumored that a mob in tended meeting No. 12 at the de pot last night to prevent the ar tillery from Charlotte leaving the train. In order to be prepared for such an event, Cant. Wil liams had placed one of his Gat ling guns in the door of the bag gage car, and was ready for trou ble when ho got here, but the trouble did not materialize. It has been a matter of son e conjecture among people of the community why all these precau tions were not taken to protect the prisoners wneu tney were n'st brought here from Charlotte Had this been dene—and condi tions certainly justified it, the men who were lynched would b ■ in jail now, and no one would have been hurt. All that wis needed Monday night was a strong armed force with a determined, nervy man at the head of it, and there would have been no lynch ing, There was plenty of time to secure this, the situation demand ed it, and why it was not done is a problem past understanding. The court is now at work in vestigating the lynching, and as this will take precedence of the murder cases, it cannot be stated when the rest of the prisoners un der indictment for complicity in the Lyerly murder, will be tried. Solicitor Hammer is busy trying to secure evidence which will lead to the arrest of other members of the mob, and it may be possible that some of thmm will be brought to justice. Judge Long is in earnest in this mat ter, and nothing will be left un done to punish the guilty par ties. The best element of the city and county will heartily en doise all efforts in this direction, Some Other Happenings. Francis Cress, another alleged MURDER AT POLLS. Memphis Fight Over Election Results in Death of two. J. G. Wellington, a saloon keeper, was killed, W. J. Cooke, a judge of election, is fatally wound ed and a third man less seriously injured in a fight at a polling place a few minutes after the closing of the polls for the elec tion of county officers today. B. E. Conn, the third man wounded was another judge of election. He was not seriously hurt. The trouble arose over the coun ty election, which was held today. • Wellington insisted on being present at the count of the ballots and in an argument Wellington is said to have drawn a revolver and began shooting. According to the 8t~ry bold the police, Conn rushed out of the polling place, secured a shotgun and began fire ing. The first shot fairly rid dled Wellington with buckshot. Wellington kept on firing until he dropped, and when the smoke of the battle cleared away, Cooke was found on the floor desperately wounded, a bullet from Welling ton’s revolver having pierced his side.—Memphis, Tenn., dispatch. Tiie Yellow Fevar Germ has recently been discovered. It bears a c'ose resemblance to the malaria germ. To free the sys tem from disease germs, the most effective remedy is Dr. King’s New Life Pills. Guaranteed to cure all diseases due to malaria poison and constipation, 25c at all druggists, member of the mob, baa been ar rested and is now in jail. During the excitement Monday night several persons were shot, though it is not known by whora the shooting was done. A fire man named Sells, and a brake man named Maunev, were shot, the former in the arm, and the other in the leg. Two white men whose names were not learned, were slightly wounded by wild bullets. Engineer J. C. McLen don, who runs a switch engine on the Spencer yards, was shot in the thigh and seriously wounded Strange, but true, there were a number of women present at the lynching and saw the whole per formance. Tuesday morning thousandstf people wont out to see the lynched negroes as they still hung to the trees where the mob left them. Among those who went to the scene of the lynching were a large number of women, though it is something of a mys terv to understand what attrac tion such a sight could have for a woman. Everything is quiet here now, and will most likely remain so, unless an effort is made to take from the jail any prisoner or prisoners confined there. 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