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VOL 35 O BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 190(5. 3(5 PAGES O NO. 348 Springfield, Mo., Mob Storms Sheriff's Home, Hangs and Bums Tloo Negroes And Threatens to Lynch Some More Young Woman Was Taken from Escort io Buggy and Dragged lolo Woods FEELING HEIGHTENED BY RECENT ANTI-NEGRO PLAY Three Thousand Spectators Witness Mad Orgies and It Is Now Thought Victims Were Innocent of the Crime. Springfield, Mo., April 14.—A mob of 8000 men tonight took two negroes, Horace Duncan and Jim Copeland from the coun ty jail, hanged them to an electric light tower In the public square and built a fire under them, and they were roasted to death. The men were charged with assaulting Mabel Edmonton, but it is •aid they were probably innocent. Mabel Edmonton came here recently from Monet, Mo. and obtained employment • s a domestic. East night while Miss Ed monton and a young man were riding In a buggy, they were stopped by two ne groes who beat the young man named Cooper Into unconsciousness and drag ged Miss Edmonton into the woods by the roadside. Duncan and Copeland were arrested on suspicion, but there was little evidence against them. A mob of 1000 men gathered at the city jail at 8 o’clock tonight and upon learn ing that the negroes were not there, hast ened to the county jail where the pris oners were confined. MOB STORM THE RESIDENCE OF SHERIFF. Instead of attacking the jail at first the mob stormed the residence of the county sheriff, breaking down doors, smashing windows, destroying practically all the furniture in the lower part of the house and rendering the sheriff’s wife unconscious from fright. Overcoming the resistance of the sheriff and a posse of deputies the mob secured the key to the jail and gained entrance. It had no difficulty In locating the cells of Dun can and Copeland. When the committee who entered the Jail came out with the two negroes, the mob began to clamor for summary exe cution, shouting “hang them,” burn them." ^ The men were taken to the public square V. hanged to an electric light tower in the * Hblic square. A fire was then kindled under them in which they were Wasted to death, a crowd of 3000 watch ing their agonier. After the negroes were dead, the bodies were left burning. Both the negroes were under 21 yars of age. CIRCUIT ATTORNEY WITNESSES TRAGEDY. Circuit Attorney Arthur Sager of St. Louis, was a witness of the tragedy. He stepped into the cell of the jail and cut off the gas. hoping thus to confuse the mob and defeat its plans. He was a second too late. The mob is now threat ening to return to the Jail and hang four other negroes who are charged with murder. Sheriff Horner tried to argue with the mob but it hooted and insulted him. Jailer King was assaulted wdien 'he re* fused to give up the keys. He finally gave the mob the keys which were not for the negroes’ cell, however, and the mob smashed the Iron bars. Sheriff Wil son Crane of Polk county, also tried to Induce the mob not to hang the negroes. Two months ago T. M. Kinney, a prom inent tailor was assassinated and two negro suspects are in jail for t?hat crime. Later an old peddler was killed and ne groes were accused of the deed. These Affairs created a strong anti-negro feel ing which was heightened by an anti negro play recently given here. GAS CASE IS HEARD. Kansas City’s Mayor Wants Next Ad ministration to Pass on Subject. Kansas City. April 14.—In the circuit oourt there today arguments were heard on the order granted last night tempora rily restraining the city council from passing an ordinance granting a natural gas franchise to the Kansas City, (Mo.) Gas company. Mayor J. H. Neff, who ap peared in court and was questioned by Judge Brumbaek, promised the court that be w’ould not again present the ordinance to the council, and therefore, suggested that the proceedings might stop. The Judge, 'however, stated frankly that the Mayor might honestly change his mind before night, and again introduce the ordinance and so ordered the argu ments to continue. Mayor Neff admitted that he had promised the gas company that he would introduce tne franchise and sign it if passed. “But now." added Mayor Neff, “I pro pose to submit it back to the people and let the incoming administration pass upon it.” Immigration Association Organized. Chicago, April 14.—Fifteen immigration companies operating in Texas, the south west generally and the Pecos valley, met here today And organized the Santa Fe Southwestern Immigrant association. The company is to operate over the Santa Fe system, and its object is to encourage and further immigration in that part of the country mentioned above. Officers were elected as follows: J. H. McKin ley. Roswell. N. M., president; W. D. Allison. Carlsbad. N. M., vice president, M. ftrkA, Chicago, secretary. Aeropiane Builder Hurled From 200 Feet in Midair Atlantic Beach, Fla., April 14.—Israel Ludlow of New York, inventor of the Aeroplane, was so badly Injured by a ' fall here today that he will probably die. Mr. Ludlow has been making ascen sions in his aeroplane here w’hlch is one of the features of the automobile races. Today in tow of two automobiles he as cended to a height of 150 to 200 feet, when his aeroplane encountered a strong south wind which was blowing with such a force that it broke t’he bamboo sup ports and the wings of the aeroplane shut in, pinning him to his seat. With its oc cupant pinned in, the aeroplane fell to the beach. Two of Mr. Ludlow's vertebrae were knocked out of line, paralyzing his lower limbs. He was taken • tonight to New York to secure the attention of a specialist. ■MiwmmMMM—m—————... PRESIDENT'S THU WASTHE FEATURE ——— New Office Building for House Dedicated in Washington BRILLIANT THRONG PBESEIT President Talks on the “Muck Rake Brigade/’ Paying His Respects to Modern Sensational Writers for Magazines. Washington. April 14.—The laying of the corner stone of the office building for the House of Representatives with solemn Masonic ceremonies this after noon. was made notable by the speech of President Roosevelt in the presence of many of his cabinet, the supreme court, representatives of foreign govern ments, representatives and a large propor tion of Washington s population. The day was ideal for such an im portant ceremony and without eo much as even a trifling delay the immense stone which occupied the,pnrthwest cor nea of the building, was placed in po I sition. | The rich dress of hundreds of Knights ! Templar wltdi their waving plumes, the subdued costumes of the Masons with their lambskin aprons and white gloves, the scarlet uniforms of the Marine band, and the blue of the United States Engi neers' band, enlivened the picture. President Roosevelt, escorted by the office building commission, Speaker Can non, Representative Hepburn of Iowa, and ex-Representative Richardson of Ten nessee, arrived comparatively early. A roar of kindly welcome greeted him. Immediately afterward the Senate, with Vice President Fairbanks In the lead, en tered the stand reserved for Congress, followed by a large membership of the House of Representative. Upon the arrival of the grand lodge of Masons, of the District of Columbia, with Walter A. Brown, grandmaster, at their head, the ceremony of laying the corner stone began. The grand chaplain prayed for the American people and its chief executive. Box Contains Many Articles. A hermetically sealed copper box. con taining an inside copper box, with a glass top, was then placed in position ho that t-he stone would completely en velope it. The box contained the follow ing articles: The Holy Bible, copy of the declaration of Independence, copy of the constitution of the United States; imprint of the seal of the United States; American flag; copy of the Congressional Record, show ing origin of project; copy of proceedings of commissioners in selection of site; copy of volume. "History of Capitol"; auto graph of members of the United States Senate April 14. 1906; statement of ap propriation 1873-1906; copy of i-. R-ntants original map of the city of Washington; print of the old capitol; prints of the White House. 1814 and 1906; an engraving and autograph of President Roosevelt; engraving and autograph of Vice Presi dent Fairbanks; pictures and autographs of the commission in charge of the build ing, and a large number of other doc uments and articles connected with the event. As the stone was lowered into its foun dation the Marine hand played the in termezzo from Cavaliera Rustlcana. Corn, wine and oil were then poured upon the stone by the grandmaster, according to ancient custom, an octette of male voices chanting an accompaniment. Building Will Be Classic. The building dedicated today will be classic In design. It suggests in its gen eral division of parts the Grade Reuble on the Place De La Concorde. Paris, while the pavilions are modelled on those of t lie colonnade Du Louvre. Architect urally the front is divided into two parts, the lower corresponding to the first story of the building constituting a "rustica ted" base on which extending through the second and third stories is the colon ade Hurmounted by its entablature and balustrade. Some idea of Its size is given by the following frontages: On B. street. 476 feet, on New Jersey avenue, 470 feet, on First street, 452 fee* and on C street 348 feet, making a total frontage of 1740 feet, or approximately one-third of a mile. The building will contain 410 rooms for members, together with a multiplicity of caucus rooms, edi fice rooms; post office, restaurant and other features of a modern office building. Grandmaster Brown Speaks. Following these rites Grand Master Brown delivered the address. Grand Mas ter Brown said: “Ladies. Gentlemen and Brethren—Be it known to you that we be lawful Ma sons. true and faithful to the laws of our country and engaged by solemn obli gations to aid in the erection of public buildings by laying in position the chief corner stone w'henever called upon to do so hv those having charge of the same. “These ceremonies which vou ha vs wit CHURCHGOERS HE Boy's Punlt Causes fatal Stam pede in Chicago FLOOR BEAMS GAVE WAY Crackling of Timbers Adds to Fright and Whole Audience Struggles Madly to Reach the Doors. Chicago, April 14.—During a panic which followed a false cry of tire tonight while 400 persons were participating in the Easter-eve services in St. Ludmilla's Ro man Catholic church, three children and one woman were killed and a score of others Injured, several seriously. The majority of the worshippers were women and children, and In a few min utes all were in a tangled mass, light ing to escape from the supposed danger. Many jumped thltWilF'lfa"•wAwfews, but the greater portion crowded to the cen tral aisle. The extra weight proved too much for the floor and some of the beams supporting It broke. • The cracking of the timbers increased the fright, and every one became panic j stricken, men, women and children fight ing desperately to reach the outside. \\ her, the church was cleared, three children were lying dead In the aisles, and one woman was so badly hurt that she died whila being removed to the hospital. The Dead. Mrs. Kate Kanlk, 1136 Albany avenue, knocked down and trampled upon. Emma ji . * t 5 years, trampled to death. Lillie Cunat. 3 years, trampled to death. Barbara Hermanek, 10 years, crushed In the crowd. Those most seriously Injured were: Bes sie LIzak, 6 years old, crushed about body, condition serious. Albert Clievak, hurt internally. Mrs. Annie Sodak. hurt internally; will probably die. Fully a score of other persons, princi pally children, were more or less Injured, but none fatally. Boy’s Prank Responsible. A boy’s prank was responsible for the accident. While Rev. W. W. Arnik, pas tor of the church, was offering the even ing prayer, one of a crowd of boys who had been loitering outside the church suddenly pushed open the front door and shouted "Fire!” Seeing the serious effect his words had on the congregation, the boy ran away, and the police have been unable to find him. Little Children Screaming. When the alarm of Are was Hrst given the pastor and ushers endeavored to quiet t|ie congregation, explaining that there was no danger, but their words bad no ef fect. and in a moment the center aisle was a mass of struggling men and women, while the little children were screaming with all their might, trying to keep from being trampled upon. Up to this time there had been no fatalities, and except for a few torn garments there had been no damage. As joist benmH crackled and broke the congregation, then only Intent on reach ing the front of the church, turned and went back. Those In front fought those behind, pressing forward In order to keep their place. It was then that Mrs. Kanik and two of the children were killed. FIELD SUITS BEGIN. Mrs. Beatty Wants $857,000 In Securi ties Given By Her Father. Chicago. April 14— Mrs. Bethel Beatty daughter of the late Marshal Field, com menced suit today against the executors of her father's estate, asking that the court direct them to turn over to her Stocks and bonds to the amount of $857,000 which her father gave her before his death, but which were never delivered to her. The suit Is of friendly character and designed to give to the executors legal authority for the transfer of the securi ties. Mrs. Beatty inherited an aggregate of $0,000,000 from her father's estate, and the $857,000 is In addition to that amount. nessed have come down to us from time immemorial, and are |n themselves In valuable to us as purely symbolic of that spiritual building which each one of us is engaged in erecting during our natural life: and as in this temporal building about to be erected, we have proved the chief corner stone to oe well formed, true nnd trusty, let each one of us be sure that In the spiritual building our chief corner stone he likewise well form ed, true and trusty. Known as Washington Gavel. "This gavel which has become known as the Washington gavel, was made out of marble used In the construction of the (Continued on Eiahth Pane.) 'v*WV | w«r | THE MODERN EASTER. LIKE GIGANTIC FOUNTAIN OF FIRE WAS MT. VESUVIUS Observatory Guardian Tells of the Ml Havoc Wrought last Sunday Morning COULD NOT STAND ON FEET BECAUSE Of EARTHQUAKES As the Professor Talks a New Explo sion Gives Warning That Further Trouble May Come at Any Moment. Naples. April 14.—The Associated Press correspondent today reached the highest habitable point on Mount Vesuvius where Professor MatteuecI, director of the royal observatory has courageously held his post throughout the eruption. The noted scientist was found comparatively calm and undisturbed by his recent fearful experiences. Thursday night Professor MatteuecI and his little band were cut off from the out side world. Their rations ran low and consisted of cheese, bread and dried onions until urgent telegraphic appeals led a venturesome guide to push through on Friday with a stock of supplies. Meantime the professor had kept at his instruments, taking observations and making calcula tions day and night, while a perfect in ferno raged around him. As he came forward to greet the correspondent, his blackened face and dust-covered clothes told of the ordeal through which he had passed. lie is of medium height, stocky of build, with a ruddy face, and silver gray hair and moustache. Ills appearance combines the intellectuality of the savant and the hardihood of the athlete. His rough garb seemed to belie ills profes sion. Portico Knee Deep in Ashes. The portico wnere ne hioocj was Knee deep in ashes. From tlie observatory ter race to which narrow paths had been cut through tlie ashes, the correspondent looked out over a sea of ashes, and twist ed rivers of lava, while Vesuvius rose grimly In a mantle of dust clouds, rising like a gigantic fan. Professor Matteucc! was asked to tell in his own way the story of the cataclysm from the outset. He gave the following detailed narrative: T observed Mount Vesuvius giving un usual signs about a month ago. when , the lava began to overflow, taking a 1 southwest direction. This gradually in creased as several small streams formed Into one great current. * The real danger began the middle of j last week. Then an enormous stream of i lava came from the summit, meeting the other streams which burst from the lower strata. It was this that overwhelmed Hoscotrecase. Throughout the lava dis charge. the volcano was comparatively quiet, and without electrical phenomena or explosions. The only ominous sign was the advancing wave and the cinders form ing an enormous cloud in the shape of a pine tree over the crater. “Pur really terrible period came at 8 CLAIM WOMAN IS NOT GORKY’S WIFE O’clock Sunday morning and lasted until 8 o’clock. 'I’lie mountain which hither to had been silent, suddenly gave out a deafening roar and u great rent was made. Huge solid rocks were hurled sky ward. Some of them fell near the ob servatory threatening to crash In the roof. There was no scoria In this first dis charge. but solid bulletlike stones, which cut the roof or damaged the windows. "At midnight Saturday I ordered the women and children of the household re moved. This was Just before the rain | of huge stones began, and 1 was left with ! Professor Ferret of New York, m.v Amer ican assistant and two domestics. There was scarcely any eating and all domestic order was abandoned. Stones Hurled 2500 Feet. "Throughout Sunday enormous solid blocks of stone rose to a height of 2500 feet from the crater, while ashes ami sand were thrown much higher, but to wards Monday the terrible shocks of 1 earthquake gradually diminished. One of the worst features of the eruption was the unusual extent of the electrical phe nomena. the darkness being broken by vivid flashes of lightning, giving the sky a blood-like color, with short, heavy peals ; of thunder Interspersed. These moments were terrible—very terrible. Yes, It was a ! veritable hell." Asked If his scientific observation had yielded valuable results. Professor Mat te uccl replied: "Observation was extremely difficult under such disturbing conditions. The seismatlc instruments were badly affected by the electrical intensity, each explo sion being announced by a. violent move ment In the Instruments, which seemed ready to burst to pieces. Among Most important in nistory. “Compared with former great erup tions.” continued the observer, “this Is one of the most Important In the history of Vesuvius. Its effects are less terrible than those of the eruption In the year 79. when Pompeii was burled, but It Is equal in intensity to the great eruptions og 1631 and 1*72. What results this erup tion will yield to science is not yet cer tain. Eruptions are not exact Indlce. You can't count on Vesuvius Each of its eruptions has Its characteristics. This one was marked by an abundance of electrical phenomena. I have already collected quantities of cinders and scoria for comparison with similar matter from other eruptions, and later I will collect large stones.” The professor pointed to his laboratory 1 shelves, on which were plates containing ( cinders varying in sise and bottles Piled with ashes. There were also in the room enormous stones, each labelled witli the date of its ejectment from the volcano. ! Asked concerning’ Mount Vesuvius In the future. Professor Mntteueel said: Future Is Uncertain. “[ am unable to tell with any degree of certainty. I sincerely hope this erup tion Is over. But who can tell whether another terrible convulsion may not come during the next minute? However, all my Indications point to a period of calm for the next few days. and. therefore, f am hopeful. I was hopeful last night, and a serious explosion occurred at 10 o'clock in the evening, without any warn ing.” rf** then led the way to his sleeping quarters, which showed the confusion that existed throughout the domestic branch of the observatory during the eruption. As he turned to the portico. Vesuvius gave another deep groan, ending with a fearful explosion, which blew off a por tion of Its new cone. "See.” exclaimed the professor, "the (Continued pn Second Page) Russian Writer Expelled from lew fork Hotel Because of Scandalous Stories GORKY SAYS ACTRESS IS OUT! WEDDED WIFE Hi» Real Wife Is Said to Be In St. Pe tersburg With the Children and Is Still Devoted to Husband. New York, April 14.—When Maxim Gorky arrived In this country last Tues day, he stated to the immigration of ficials that he was accompanied by Mme. Gorky. This morning the statement was published that his companion is not his legal wife. She, it Is stated, is with hia children in Russia. Gorky today issued a statement which translated read as follows: “I think this disagreeable act against me could not have come from the Amer ican people. My respect for them does not allow ine to suspect that they lack so much courtesy in their treatment of wom en. 1 think that tills dirt Is conspired by the friends of the Russian government. My wife is my wife—the wife of Maxim Gorky. She and 1, we both consider it the lowest to go into an explanation about this. Every one may say about us what he pleases. For us remains to overlook the gossip of others. The beat people of all lands will be with us. • MAXIM GORKY.’* Secured Divorce in Finland. The published story went on to say that the Madame Gorky who is now with the author is Andreleva, a Russian ac tress, with whom It Is stated lie has lived since separating from his wife about three years ago. The explanation was made that being unable to secure a di vorce In Russia because of the strong official feeling against him, Gorky se cured a divorce in Finland and was mar ried to Andreleva before a notary. Gorky says: “The publication of such a libel is a dishonor to the American press and 1 am surprised that in a country famed for Its love of fair play and its reverence fOr women such a slimy slander as tills should have gained credence. Calls It Base Calumny. • ghe is my wife. No law that was ever devised or made by man can make her more so than sh° Is now. The Insinuation that the relations existing between us are illicit is a base calumny. Never was (Continued on Tenth Page) SEVEN KILLED BE EXPLOSION Sailors Mule lire Latest Raltlcslrip Disaster lo Friday the 13ih POWDER m onto III THE FORWARD TURRET Cause of Trouble Is Obscure, But Is Attributed to Spark From Smoul dering Canvas Bag From Big Gun. Guantanamo, April 14.—The United States battleship Kea marge lias arrived here. The casualties resulting from the explosion are reported as follow*: Two officers and five men killed, and fourteen men injured, eight of them seri ously. The bodies of the men killed will be buried ill the naval cemetery here tomorrow. Washington, April 14.—Two years to a day later than the disaster on the Mis souri. and as every sailor Immediately recalled on a Friday, anil the 13th of the month, six men met death in the forward turret of the battleship Kear Barge by one of those accidents which acquire additional terror for sailors be cause of their obscure origin, and almost Impossibility of prevention. The Atlantic licet, the strongest squad ron America has ever owned, had been for weeks engaged in drill In the Carib bean sea. culminating in the quarterly target practice. This practice was Just about concluding with most' satisfactory results up to yesterday, and It was con fidently expected at the department that all records would be broken In the mat ter of rapidity or Are and efficiency ol the gunners. Tells of Dreadful Accident. Hot today a cablegram came from Rear Admiral Evan* telling of a dreadful ac cident on the Kearsarge. The news cHine from CtUmanera, a little cable station at the mouth of Guantanamo bay, indicating that rhe Kearsarge hail arrived there. A slight telegraphic error, requiting I he con summation of extra time to decipher the message added to the anxiety of t lie officials. When the message was finally reduced to form, It lead us follows; "Calmanera, April 14.—Secretary Navy, Washington. On April 13 about 3:15 p. in. shortly after completion target practice of Kearsarge. forward turret while the powder was going below, three sections of a 13-Inch charge of powder were Ignited, (,'harga of powder In other lift lust below and one section Inside 13-Inch remained Intact. Cause not yet deter mined, nor accountability. The matter Is being investigated. I,lent. Joseph V3 . Grnem, gun umpire, has been sent to the Maryland In critical state about » p. m. The Dead. "The following since have died: Lleu tenent Huglns, turret officer; Peter Nors herg. gunner's mate; Theodore Naogely. seaman; Anton O. Thorson. ordinary sea man; Julius A Koester. turret captain, tlrst-class; Bills Athey. seaman The following were dangerously Injured by accident, recovery doubtful; W King, ordinary seaman. Will bury dead at Guantanamo. Vessel uninjured. The residences of next of kin of the victims were as follows: Norsberg, Pe ter. gunner's mate, third class, residence. New York, next of kin Margaret N'or berg. mother, Handsvall, Sweden; Noago Iv, Then, Beaman, residence. Elizabeth. N. J . next of kin. Louis Graff, guardian, BII4 Elizabeth avenue. Elizabeth. N. J.; Thorson. Aitnn. ordinary seaman, resi dence, New fork, next or kin Elias Thor son. father. VVIckoff avenue, near Broad way. New York; Koester, Julius Alfred, turret captain, first class, residence, Chi cago, III., next of kill. John Peterson, uncle, 345 West Huron street, Chicago; Athey. Ellis Homer, seaman, residence. Parkersburg. W. Va., next of kin W. E. Athey, fniher. WHS Twenty-first street, Parkersburg. W. Va. The following dangerously Injured by 1 accident, recovery doubtful: King. Wll I Ham, ordinary seaman, ristdence. Apple ton City. Mo., next of kin. Mrs. Alice j Oox, Appleton City, Mo. Sends Message of Condolence. The following message of condolence was telegraphed t<* tho commander In chler of ili<* fle- t. Admiral Evans, by Acting Secretary Newberry: “Evans. .Maine, naval station Caiman (*ru. Department 13 deeply grieved by the unfortunate accident on board the* ICear sarge which occasioned the death and l injury in the performance of duty of ! brave officers and men in the navy, and ! it extends Its heartfelt sympathy to the injured and wishes for a speedy recovery from their wounds. Spare no effort to. "Mse the sufferings of the injured In every possible manner, and show every honor to the dead. NEWBERRY Takes News to President. Acting Secretary Newberry carried the cablegram to the President and was au thorized to send the foregoing expression j of sympathy, lie also communicated the news to Secretary Bonaparte in Haiti | more over the long distance telephone. ! Meanwhile officials were finding the ad [ dresses of the relatives of the victims, and sending telegrams to them. Nothing j more can be done In Washington until | further details are received from idmir | at .Evens. The dead sailors have been burled at Guantanamo. The officers at the navy department are surprised that the acci dent resulted in so little loss of life. Tho Kearsarge's forward turret Is of the hii per-imposed type; in other words, it la an eight-inch, gun turret set on a. thir teen-inch gun turret. In the lower turret were twenty-four men, and in tho upper turret sixteen. An ammunition hoist connects the two. and had the powder in the lower hoist exploded, probably every man in the two turrets would have been killed. The full charge of powder for a thirteen-inch gun Is too large to be handled by one man. so it Is divided (Continued pn Second Pago)