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VOL. **5 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 1006. 10 PAGES NO. 330 ANOTHER WO SOOT TO HEATH * Tin Blacks Opened fi e on Young Man Who Was Escorting Lady Home WHOLESALE ARRESTS ARE THREATENED fOR TODAY Up to Noon Yesterday Many Openly Boasted That They Took Part in Lynching, But Governor’s Re ward Silences Them, Springfield, Mo., April 16.—Leslie Peters. 16 year* of age, shot and killed Ralph Burns, a negro of bad reputation, one of two who attacked him in this city tonight while he was escorting' a ycruhfc lady home from a party. The negroes accost ed him at the gate of the young lady’s home and one of the negroes fired two •hots from a revolver at him, but neither •hot took effect. Peters immediately fired four shots at the negroes, killing one of them, and the other escaped. Peters went to the po lice station and gave himself up, but he was released without bond. The news of the killing of another negro spread like wild-fire throughout the city and hundreds of people left their beds and hastened to the public square. The militia on guard there prevented any vio lent outbreak, and after a time dispersed the crowds, and no further trouble is feared tonight, thought it is believed that the killing tonight will tend to Increase the feeling against the negroes. People who had been disposed to sympathize with the negroes are incensed at this latest negro assault. A squad of militia was detailed to guard the home of the young lady whom Peters was escorting when he was attacked. Four Men Are Arrested. Springfield. Mo., April 16.—Four men are now under arrest here charged with being leaders in the mob that broke Into the county Jail Saturday night and lynched three negroes. One of the alleged mob leaders is in jail and three have been released on bond. Charles Cannefax and O. N. Galfrey were the first men ar rested. Cannefax has been a poolroom proprietor, but is at present employed in the St. Louis and San Francisco railroad yards. Galfrey is a switchman for the same road. Both have been released on bond. Dane Crane, son of D. D. Crane, a well-known saddlery merchant, was the •third arrested. Crane moves In the best society here. Oat Hall, the last man ar rested, is a police court character. Crane was released on bail tonight. Hall is still In Jail. Cannefax went to Sheriff Horner today and inquired how much damage i had been done by the mob on the sherff’s j property. Cannefax was informed that It would amount to $1000. He then said a collection would be taken up to repair the loss, but his offer was fiatly refused by Sheriff Horner. The grand jury will meet tomorrow and , especially Indict those who were in the mob of lynchers. Made No Secret of Participation. Up to noon today men who had been in the mob made no secret of it. They stood upon the street corners and joked each other about it, but when word came that Governor Folk had offered $300 re ward for the conviction of any member of the mob, and when Roscoe Patterson, prosgputing attorney, declared openely that he intended to work for the arrest I and conviction of ©very man concerned ! In the lynching, there was uneasiness. At »oon it became known that twenty-five ! warrants, charging murder in the first i degree, were in the hands of the sheriff. ! After the arrests the lynchers became , alarmed and left the streets. Ministers Pass Resolutions. Before dark the square was deserted and tonight It is absolutely quiet. Around the jail are camped 200 soldiers with guards out at every point, so that no one could get near the jail. When Cannefax was arrested today it was discovered that he was appointed yesterday to help keep the peace here. It is expected that the grand Jury will ' Indict fifty and perhaps one hundred men. Not a member of the mob wore a mask, nor made any attempt at concealment, f The names of the leaders and of those who led the negroes by ropes through the streets and who lynched them after wards are wrell known here. The Ministerial Alliance, composed of all the ministers of the city, passed strong resolutions at their meeting today condemning the mob and calling upon all law-abiding citizens to support the efforts of Governor Folk and Prosecuting Attorney Patterson to bring the mob lead ers to Justice. A mass meeting that was to have been called by the alliance for tonight will not be held. The civil and militia authorities asked that the meeting should be given up. but assigned no reasons. The six negro members of the alliance united in saying that no ef fort would be made by the colored peo ple to have revenge for the work of the mob. On leaving for St. Louis this afternoon Governor Folk made tho following state ment: “I am now advised that about 100 lead ers of the Saturday night mob are known. I have Instructed General Clark to ar rest these and place them in jail. If any attempt at rescue is made and more k troops are needed I will send the First J regiment and light battery “A” of St. Louis. He will comunicate with me at the Planters’ hotel at St. Louis." Approve Work of Mob. Kansas City, Mo., April 16.—A Spring field, Mo., dispatch to the Star says: ( Notwithstanding the presence of armed troops, the fact that a grand Jury has been called to Indict the leaders of Sat urday night's mob. that the county pros ecutor has promised to issue warrants / ( THREF^IILLED IN JO. .NS TOWN RIOI Miners Had Been Drinking Heavily and Resented the Arrest of Some of Their Companions Whereupon Officers V Opened Fire with Deadly Effect. Johnstown, Pa.. April 16.—Three men were shot dead, a boy fatally wounded and a mining engineer, Eugene Delaney, taken to the hospital In a serious condition as a result of a riot at Windber, among the striking coal miners tonig*ht. The place Is In a state of terror, Sheriff Begley lias been summoned and an appeal has been made to Governor Pennypacker for troops. There are several others of the rioters who have sustained slight inju ries. The dead men and most of the injured are foreigners and their names canont be obtained. The bodies are lying in the street ton'ght where they fell, the strikers refusing to allow the under takers to remove them. The foreign element have been cele brating Easter Monday In the mining section and much liquor has been used. The streets have been thronged all day with a boisterous crowd, but no sign of trouble appeared until tonight. A body of strikers were assembled In front of ths Windber Jail, discussing the mass meeting that had been held during the afternoon and which had been addressed by three Catholic priests. The discussion grew into argument, and soon there was a free for all flght. Deputies that had been sworn In when the strike in the mines was first in augurated made their appearance, and a number of arrests were made. All of the arrested men were' union men and their colleagues set up a cry that they were being discriminated against, and were Immediately arested. The arrested men were marched to the lockup, but there a mob had formed and an attempt was made to take the men from the officers. Forced back from the jail door, the mob growing more violent every minutes, threatened the deputies until the officers fired. The mob. apparent ly not expecting the deputies would re sort to firearms, fled. When the smoke cleared away and the victims shot were viewed by the crowd* there were cries of anger and soon mem bers of the mob armed, returned the shots of the -deputies. The firing ceased almost as soon as it began, however, and the crowrd filed away from the jail. A state of terror exists tonight be cause of the prevalence,of liquor and the angered miners. There Is much dynamite stored here and it is feared the strikers wlH resort to the explosive in revenge. Constabulary Rushed to Scene. Shortly before midnight the tpw'n quietd down the crow ds began to disappear from the streets. The state constabulary had been summoned froivj Gfreensburg in the meantime and they were being rushed to Wind her in a special train, hut about a mile west of this city4 the train was held up by a freight wreck, and as Wind ber la about twenty miles from this city, It is not expected the constabulary will reach WindCC-r before early in the morn ing. Trouble Is anticipated, however, when the constabulary arives at the mines, as the foreign element is very an tagonistic to the state officers. The names of the dead are: Pietro Martini, Paul Zllls, leader of the rioters, and Antonio Musaea. The boy who was fatally wounded is Charles Foster. 12 years of age. Engineer Delaney Was hurt by being struck on the head with a brick. Officer Flees for Life. An eye witness of the riot In describing the affair tonight said the trouble started at o o’clock, when Deputy Sheriff W. M. McMullen went to the mass meeting held by the striking miners, and the sight of the deputy made them furious. The offi cer was quickly surrounded by milters who threatened to kill him. McMullen fled for his life, finding refuge In the house of Councilman Charles Davis. Soon after McMullen had entered the Davis' house it was surrounded by a mob of 2000 shouting, cursing miners. When McMullen failed to appear, the mob attacked the house and literally wrecked it. The deputy was roughly handled, but again managed to escape. The members of the Davis family fled to the homes of neighbors for shelter. Other deputies who had been on duty guarding the property of the coal company had been notified of the trouble by this time, and twenty of tlie rioters were landed in the lockup at Windber. Plan Assault on Jail. The mob, headed by Paul Zills. then planned an assault on the jail, with the purpose of releasing the prisoners. A great crowd of the strikers, with Zills at their head, inarched to the renter of the town and prepared to storm the jail. The deputy sheriffs fixed the bayonets to their rifles and surrounded the Jail to keep it from the mob’s possesison if possible. At a signal the mob began to close in on the Jail, shouting to the deputies to throw away their guns and give up the pris oners. The officers first tried to keep back the mob with bayonets, but the ef fort wus ineffectual, and when It became certain that the little band of deputies and firemen could not stand before the howling, infuriated men, opened fire. Those of the foreigners ;who were clos est to the jail had already begun using knives in the attempt to disarm the deputies, while others flourished re volvers. The deputies fired but one vol ley. and the foreigners broke and tied in wild disorder, leaving threo or tlfeir num ber dead in front of the jail. The wound ed. who were able to walk, were hurried to their homes and hoarding houses, while an ambulance took the more seriously hurt to the Windber hospital. Fears are entertained that the strikers will make another effort to free the riot ers now in Jail. At a mass meeting this evening the men had decided to return to work on the operators terms when Deputy McMul len appeared. TROOPS ARE CALLED TO PREVENT RIOT ONE NEGRO KILLED AND OF FICERS PROTECT THEMSELVES ONLY BY USING NEGRO WO MEN AS SHIELDS. Mount Airy. N. C., April 18.—As a result of Walter Penn, a negro, resisting and other negroes overpowering and disarm ing Deputy Sheriff 1\ G. Belton and Offi cer John Samuels, George Dong, a negro, is dead, and the local military company was ordered to the scene of what was almost a riot. The negroes succeeded in securing the pistols of the officers and tired about twenty shots at them, and the officers only saved themselves by holding negro women between them and the attacking party. The dead negro was shot by one of his own race in the attempt to shoot the officers. The shooting occurred outside of the city limits, and before the sol diers arrived the guilty parties had es caped to the woods. The officers know the negroes and a posse of citizens are searching for them. Claims Men Were Kidnaped. Washington, April 16.—in the supreme court of the I’nlted States Attorney Ed mund E. Richardson of Denver. Col., to day entered a motion to advance the hearing in the case of Charles H. Moyer, W. H. Haywood and George A. Pettlbone In custody of Idaho on charge of assassi nating former Governor Steunenbuerg of that state. He Informed the caurt that the men were virtually kidnapped In Col orado by the collusion of the governor of that state with the governor of Idaho. The court took the motion under advisement. Fire in Peters, Tenn. Knoxville, Tenn., April 16.—Fire at Peters. Tenn., destroyed nearly the en tire business section tonight, causing a loss estimated at >40,000. The fire started in the Williams' general store and within one hour eight buildings, all frame, were on fire. Insurance figures could not be learned, as all wire connections with the town was destroyed. during the day. and the best citizens have decried the triple lynching, the streets today are full of people who ap prove the work of the mob and who curse all negroes and advise that they be run out of town. All danger of mob violence is not past. Hundreds of men openly curse and Jeer the soldiers. Hun dreds of men boldly utter the threat that If arrests are made the people will rescue the arrested men and drive the militia as well as the negroes from the city. Everywhere tlilB threat Is heard: ••This town Is too small for negroes and whites to live in. One or the other must go." An incident showing the trend of feel ing took place here today near the court house. A negro leaning against the court house with the troops near by, made the remark In a swagger manner: "(live the colored men the guns and we will show you.” Several white men threatened to close on the negto when officers hustled the man away to Jail. These are the incidents feared by the conservative citizens. r PORT COLLECTOR IN GRAVEYARD STEAL BUFFALO MAN IS IMPLICATED IN ROBBING COUNTY BY COUNTY A FEW BONES AS A HUMAN BODY. Buffalo, N. Y., April 16.~Frod O. Mur ray, recohtly appointed collector of the port of Buffalo, and former treasurer of Erie county, was today indicted by the grand jury on a Charge of stealing from the county of Erie sums aggregating $38, 000, and receiving stolen property In a like amount. In all seventeen indictments were handed In by the grand jury which has been in vestigating grafting in collection with the , purchase by the county of the North Street cemetery, as a site for the Sixty fifth Regiment armory. Ball was fixed at $10,000. which was furnished by Mur ray’s bondsmen. Seven of the Indictment* are against Fred O. Murray and Robert S. Wood burn Jointly and one Is against five men, namely, Fred O. Murray, Robert S. Wood burn. former clerk to the board of su pervisors. and at present secretary to Representative William P. Ryan, Byron D. Gibson and William B. Jackson, su pervisors and John W. Neff, former coun ty auditor. The three last named are already under Indictment. The charges arose from what has been known as the “graveyard scandal,” re sulting from the purchase by the coun ty of the North Street Cemetery estate for the Sixty-fifth regiment armory. The contract for the removal of the bodies was secured by R. J. Conover, lie was to received $15 for each body raised and reinterred in another cemetery. It was charged that thp county was mulcted In the sum of $100,000 and Conover was con victed on a charge of grand larceny. In Conover’s trial evidence was given show ing that the bones found in single graves were divided Into several parcels, which were buried as separate bodies. Illegal to Solicit Drinks. Atlanta. April 1G.—(Special.)—Recorder Nash Broyles today declared that the practice in vogue here allowing waiters In bar rooms to come into restaurants and solicit the purchase of drinks was illegal and the police of Atlanta will make a crusade against these, restaurant ba is. He held that it was legal for a restau rant waiter to go and buy a drink for a. guest and bring It to him. but not for the assistant bartender to serve where ever he wanted to. Body Finally Recovered. Chattanooga. April 1ft.—< Special.)—A special from Bristol, Tenn., says the body of George C. Luppert, the wealthy lum berman who was drowned in the Watauga river several months ago In an attempt to rescue a large amount of logs, has been recovered after four months of faithful searching. The body had been washed to a high tide. The river had been dragged and dynamited for twenty five miles. The remains have been taken to Williamsport, Pa. TO HOLD COURT ^HALFTHE YEAR 1 » President Announces tie His Signed Underwood Measure HANNIS TAYLOR DECLINES Whereupon Roosevelt Decides to Send Van Leer Polk and Former Gov ernor Aycock to Rio de Janeiro. Washington, April Hi.—(Special.)—It was announced at the White House this morn- j ing that the President had signed the hill 1 Introduced by Representative Underwood, extending the time for holding the federal court at Birmingham from three to six months. The President followed the recommen dation of the attorney general, who. after an argument made to him by Represen tative Underwood, decided to sign the bill w'hich has been so strenuously oppos ed by Judge Jones and the Montgomery bar. The President is reported to have said that it was simply a case of turning down ids attorney general or Judge Jones and he concluded to follow the recommendations of the former. Representative Underwood is highly gratified over the result of the contest as he has succeeded in getting the bill through both the House and Senate anil then getting the President, to approve it. regardless of the opposition of Judge Jones and the attorneys who practice law' before his courts. Hannis Taylor Declines. Representative Livingston of Georgia called at the office of the secretary of state this morning and was informed by the secretary that the .President had de cided to appoint Van Leer Polk of Ten nessee and former Governor Aycock of North Carolina, the two southern commis sioners to attend the conference of the International Conference of American States in Rio de Janiero next month. Hannis Taylor of Alabama is understood to have, declined the position, whereupon the President derided to appoint Governor Aycock to the position. Congress last week passed a bill appropriating $7f>.ono for the expenses of the 'commission. The full commission as now constituted is as follovys: William I. Buchanan of New York, ! chairman; Prof. L. S. Rowe, University of Pennsylvania; James S. Harlan of Illinois, Prof. Edward James of the Uni versity of Illinois, Tulio Larrlnaga. resi dent commissioner from Porto Rico; Charles B. Aycock of North Carolina, and Vanleer Polk of Tennessee. Tt is said that Professor James, be cause of other engagements, will in all probability be unable to go to Rio Jane iro. The vacancy to he created by his retirement It is said will not he filled. Mr. Polk was consul general at Calcut ta, India, during President Cleveland’s last administration. He Is from Columbia and Nashville, Tenn. Would Limit Right of Appeal. The House judiciary committee has fa vorably reported through Representative Littlefield, a bill restricting In certain cases the right of Appeal to the supreme court in habeas corpus proceeding. Mr. Littlefields says the purpose of the hill is to correct a very "vicious practice’* of delaying executions of criminals by groundless habeas corpus proceedings and appeals therein taken Just before the day set for the execution. Under the bill no appeal can he pros ecuted unless either the United States court making the final decision or a Jus tice of the supreme court shall He of the opinion there exists probable cause fof the appeal. In concluding his report Mr. Littlefield, who Is from Maine, says: "That the delay of execution and pun ishment in criminal eases is the most potent eause in inducing loeal dissatisfac tion, not infrequently developing into lynching, is obvious, and It is certainly the duty of Congress to eliminate so fur as possible all unnecessary and factions delay, and this will he accompanied by the passage of this hill." SMALLER BANKERS KICK ON THE SCHEME — Claim Shaw’s Plan Will Be Ruinous i to Their^Business and Facili tates Conditions Little. .- I New York. April !«.—Secretary Shaw’s ! plan to allow national hanks to fore stall the arrival of their gold Imports by the withdrawal of Its equivalent in cash from the United Slates sub-treasury on the deposit therein of bonds as se curity was much discussed in the financial district today. Some of the private bank ing ho\J9es which deal In foreign exchange and which have been accustomed to Im port gold, declared that so long as the Secretary’s plan remained in operation, they will be unable to make any fur ther importations as they have not the same facilities as national banks for cur rying large blocks of bonds to offer as se curity. Their business, they assorted, will be ruined under this plan. One foreign banker asserted that the United States banks will not get a single extra gold shipment because of .or. Shaw’s plan, but said the importations might begin a day or two earlier than they ordinarily would. A friend of Secretary Shaw said that the Secretary maintained that the plan will benefit the foreign exchange houses, os well as the national banks, as they will get immediate use of their gold as do the banks. Drops Dead Beside Wife. Ft. Dodge. Ia., April 16.—M. Stegner. a well-known veterinarian, stooped over the bedside of hlr lying wife to catch her last words an dropped dead beside her. THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET TO THE DEPOSED DOW1E Chicago. April lt>.—General Overseer Wilbur Glen Vollva and hie followers have thrown down the gauntlet to John Alexander Dowie. Through their attor ney, Jacob Newman, the following terms have been proposed: “You are to agree on a committee of fotir or eight by which this entire mat ter to be settled. Two members of this committee shall be appointed by the advocates of the cause of Dowie. two shall represent Vollva. In case that the committee shall constitute eight members each side will have the appointment of four. Should there be a disagreement in either case, a fifth or a ninth committee- j man shall he appointed by General Over- | seer Vollva. “It Is further provided that all prop erty belonging to the Christian Catholic church shall be transferred to this board of arbitration, and that their Judgment as to whether Vollva Or Dowle shall con trol the same will be Anal." Attorney Wet ten. representing Dr. Dowle. demanded tonight that all state ments printed In the last Issue of “Leaves o? Healing." the official paper of Zion, ha designated hs slanderous and Improper. He telephoned to the postmaster at Zion City notifying him that If he received any number of the “Leaves of Healing" and permitted them to be passed through the malls, he would be amenable to the lliw. Mr. Wetten then telegraphed to Post master General George B. Cortelyou ad vising him of the situation and asking him to deliver a ruling upon the point at issue. Both sides are now awaiting a ruling of the I'nlted States postal department on this subject. GORKY AND HIS ACTRESS HAVE BOTH DISAPPEARED New York. April 16.—The Tribune today says Maxim Gorky and 'his woman com panion were not found by newspaper men In this city. Their baggage, it was ascertained, was shipped to Chicago on a morning train and there was some rea son. to believe they had gone on the same train with the baggage together , with Nlckolay PischofT. Gorky’s adopted son. After being turned away from the La fayette-Hrevoort hotel on Saturday even- ; Ing they went to a* socialistic meeting at the Grand Central palace, wit'h the understanding that they were to have roqms at the Rhinelander. When they got to the Rhinelander an hour before midnight, however, they were told by Frank Gcraly, the manager, that they could not stay t'here, and that their bag gage must be removed immediately. Gorky and the woman, who has been traveling as bis wife, then went to No. 3 Fifth avenue In company with Mr. Hnd Mrs. Leroy M. Boott. while the baggage was sent to the Victoria hotel in charge of Gorky's adopted son. An attempt to #t*l roms at the Victoria failed, and tW; baggage was taken to the Grand Central and left In the baggage room over night. At the Grand Central station yesterday It was said that the baggage had been shipped to Chicago, but nobody would say positively whether or not Gorky and his companions were on the train as passengers. Abraham Cahan, editor of the Jewish Daily Forward, said last night that Gorky had arranged to go out of nhe city for a few days and keep out of sight In a quiet place, where he could write In peace. In that way. Mr. Cahan said, the Russian author and revolutionist could get ready some speeches he Intended to deliver In this country and in the meantime the trouble over his companion would abate, i Immigration Commissioner Robert i Watehorn, when seen at the Hotel Chel sea yesterday, said the case was no longer in the hands of the local immigration bureau. It was up to Secretary Metcalf of the department of commerce and labor, at Washington. He said: "If Gorky Is ns he says, married to the actress and at the same time not legally separated from his wife in Rus sia, then he is liable to deportation," said the commissioner, "for both bigamy and polygamy are under t'he ban of the Immigration laws. As the case now stands however, we have no evidence against Gorky, nor the woman who came here as Mine. Gorky." TWO ARE KILLED IN BIG FREE FOR ALL GREEK, SLAV AND ITALIAN LA BORERS INDULGE IN EASTER FROLIC IN ARKANSAS FOR SEV ERAL HOURS. Memphis, Term., April IB.—A special to the Commercial-Appeal from Helena. Ark., says: During a free for all fight at a railroad camp near Gurley, Ark., which lasted for some hours last evening, following an Easter frolic between Greek, Hlav and Italian laborers, tw'o of the Greeks were killed. Residents were unable to quell the disturbance. An appeal was made to the officials of this city for assistance, and a number of deputy sheriffs were sent to the camp and returned tonight. They report everything quiet and no further trouble is anticipated. JACOB SCHAEFER IS DEFEATED BY CURE Frenchman Play# Sterling Billiard# and Excelled All Hie Previous Ef forts In the Game Last Night. New York, April 16.—Loula Cure of Paris defeated Jacob Schaefer of Chicago In the thlrteemh gamn of the world s 18-2 ehnmplonahlp tournament tonight by a score „f 6M> to 380. This result attained In Hie 24th Inning, was somewhat of a surprise. In the second snd 13th Innings Schaefer mnde 95 and 139. respectively, akth all his old-time force and freedom ti Stroke, but he had several poor Innings ii: tint ween and from the 15th to the final Inning he got Into double figures only once. The Frenchman played sterling billiards In many Innings, his best runs being pro ductive of 98 . 75 end 66. Cure had shown some of his expert ness In earlier games but he recalled all his previous efforts In this tourney tonight. ] Today George F Sutton Issued a chat- I lenge to the winner of the 18-2 trophy, j and whoever wins will have to accept the challenge and play the game within two months. Albert G. Cutler of Boston won his first victory In the world's championship 18-2 billiard tournament here today, defeating Ora Mornlngstar by a score of M to 459. Morningstnr started off well but after his seventh Inning when he made a run of 71. he fell away hut managed to maintain the lead and then gained until the 27th Inning, when Cutler made a great spurt. The Boston man got the Ivories In good position, and In a run full of first-class balk-line billiards, be over took and passed Mornlngstar with a clus ter of 146 caroms. From this stage to the end of the game Mornlngstar made strenuous efforts to offset defeat, scoring 19. 36. 25 and It In four of the next eight Innings. In the sane innings Cutler reached double fig ures. three times, and his final effort was productive of three caroms, which won the game. Young J. Allen Arrives. Atlanta, April 16. (Special.)—Dr. Young J. Allen, for forty year* a missionary to China, arlvcrt 111 Atlanta tonight from Washington and will dallver a lecture on the Chinese boycott at a local tab ernacle In a few days. Fear Old Soldier Is Lost. Chattanooga. April 16—(Special.)—Tt is feared that James H. Mann, an ex-Con federate. has been drowned In the Ten nessee river. He was last seen rowing in a boat Sunday afternoon but ha« not been seen slued. GERONIMO SAYS HE IS HEEDED HERE AGED INDIAN CHIEF IS CRITIC ALLY ILL, BUT HE WANTS TO [ BE SPARED FOR A FEW YEARS YET, Lawton, O. T., April 16.—Geronlmo, chief of the Apache tribe of Indians, is critically ill at his home on Fort Sill military reservation and the tribe de cided that he can last but a few days. When his biographer called upon him yesterday. Geronlmo said: “I am praying to the white man's God. who has made me a man tit for heaven, to spare my life for a few years longer, to spare it until i am freed from custody and see my people In free homes. “God knows my heart is good, but I am telling Him my people need me here j more than I am needed In a better world.” Geronlmo is 7K years of Hge and is liv ing with his eighth wife, whom he mar ried on last Christmas day. ■ELIEVE CASTRO WILL COME BACK Venezuelans Are Reticent on the Sub ject, But the Entire Political Atmosphere Has Changed. Willemstad, Island of Curacao. April 16. Passengers arriving here today from Ven ezuela, say that the action of General Castro In retiring from the presidency in favor of Vice President Gomez, is not clearly understood In Venezuela, but the general opinion seems to Im» that his retirement la only temporary. General Castro has gone one way as a private citizen, unattended, and paying the regu lar fare on the railroad, his wife ha* gone another way. and the former pres ident's sister arrived here today. The resignation of the Venezuelan cabinet Is also causing speculation. The ministers retired when Castro gave up the roins of power, but Gomez has not appointed a new cabinet, and therefore the old ministers have retained their portfolios. On the other hand. Castro’s folllowers are scattering, leaving the capital in dif ferent ways. At Caracas the political at mosphere has completely changed, and Is apparent on all countenances. The opinions expressed here, the nearest point to Venezuela, are equally conflicting. The Venezuelans, as a rule, are reticent when questioned on the subject. They gen erally say that Castro is sick and hesi tate to give their opinion of his re tirement from the presidency. Child Is Shot by Pistol. Albertville. April 16.—(Special.The lit tle 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrx. Henry Sampson, who live near town, wax se riously wounded this afternoon by the accidental discharge of a pistol In the hands of hix uncle. The ball took ef fect In the child's Intestine* and will very likely prove fatal. Dr. Shipp dressed the wounds and the parents and uncle of the little fellow are doing everything possible to ullevlate his sufferings. Church Corner Stone Is Laid. Atlanta. April 16.—(Special.>—The corner stum* of the new First Christian church, to be erected at a cost of 960.000, was laid this afternoon with Impressive ceremony, at the corner of South Pryor street and Trinity avenue. Rev. Barnard P. Smith pastor of t'he West End Christian church, assisted Kev. H K. Pendleton the regu lar pastor. The unique feature of the new church will b« the gymnasium, for the use of the members In ths basement of the church. SIR CHENTUNC IS OUT WITH DENIAL Denbf Wrong in Biaming the Chinese Officials MINISTER WRITES LETTER Mr. Denby Then Comes Back and Shows That China Is Responsi ble for 88 Per Cent of Certificates Issued. Washington, April IK.—Sir Chentu. Liang Cheng, the Chinese minister, has taken issue with Representative Den by of Michigan on the question of the respon sibility for the Issuance of fraudulent certificates of admission to the United States. Mr. Denby stated to the House committee on foreign affairs during the hearings on the Foster bill, amending the exclusion act, that the fact that so many of those certificates were found to he fraudulent, was pretty fair evidence of the fraud of the Chinese officials. To this charge the Chinese minister replied in a letter which has been made a part of the record in these hearings. Luring the three years he has been in charge of the legation here, the minister says he has a record of every certificate that has been issued In the provinces of K want ting or Fukien to the Chinese sub jects departing for the United States, ths Philippines or Hawaii, that the emigra tions from all other provinces Is insignifi cant, and that 627 certificates represent the total number issued. However, he says the figures of the immigration for these three years shows the total number of applicants for admission hearing cer tificates Is 6600. The number bearing cer tificates from the Chinese government is, lie said, hut 8 per cent of the total num ber seeking admission. Asks About the 92 Per Cent. "Where did the 92 per cent get their certificates?" he asks, and then proceeds to answer the question by stating ttiat under the regulations of the immlgra | tlon service, officials in the following i countries are permitted to issue the eer ! llflcates: Vancouver. Victoria, New Westminister. Ottawa, Cuba, German pro tectorate pf KlautOhou, Guatemala, Ha waii, Hong Kong. Japan. Hokkaido, For mosa, Mexico, Philippines. Portuguese I province of Macao. Society Island*, Straits Settlement, Trinidad and Vene zuela. The minister then comments us follow*: "None of these officers has been au thorized by the Chinese government to Issue the required certificates ami none Is subject to the control of the Chinese government. When Mr. Denby says that China is the most flagrantly guilty party In this matter, does ho mean that the above named countries are parts of the Chinese empire, and therefore tlie officer# of these countries are Chinese officials? I am willing to give him credit for a better knowledge of geography than that. But is there any evidence that Chine*# officials have ever issued fraudulent cer tificates?" Representative Denby, who Is a member of the foreign affairs committee, made this statement tonight: Denby Makes Reply. "It was to have been expected that his excellency would not admit that the Chi nese officials have been guilty of fraud, because he Is the Chinese minister. My statements were based on facts and fair inference. Kvery assertion can be easily proved. The minister's statement is pain fully, though J hope unintentionally, mis- , leading. The records of the bureau of Immigration show conclusively that dur ing the period referred to 896 applicant# bearing certificates issued In China by Chinese officials presented themselves at various ports in the United. Will th# minister admit that 868 certificates not reported to him were fraudulent? He be comes the best witness in proof of ray assertion. ''‘The minister also sa>s that there were 6590 admissions and rejections at Sun Fran cisco during ti»e three years, and ask# where the others got their cert 1 floates. It Is possible that his excellency doe* not know that most of those papers did not have or require certificates from China or other foreign governments. They wers persons who were or claimed to be na tive born Americans or other citizens, returning laborers, returning merchants, merchants wives, merchants children, etc. Applicants with section 6 certificates num bered only 1246. and those are the only ones with whom this statement deals, us they were the only ones who had cer tificates Issued b> the foreign govern ment* Of those 1246 certificates 896 were Isued In China and the balance by offi cials In other countrle*. 'Hie rejections were 277 In all, of which 246 bore certifi cates Issued In China by Chinese officials. More than 88 per cent of all rejected certificates were therefore issued by Chi nese officials." BLACKMON NAMED STATE SENATOR MAJORITY OVER COOPER IN CAL HOUN 18 BUT 33, WITH ONE BOX UNCOUNTED—OTHER RESULTS IN CALHOUN. Anniston. April If.—(Special.)—Fred E. Backmon was nominated for slate senator here today over D. C. Cooper, the Comer candidate, by thfriy-three majority, with one small box to hear from. J. J. Arnold was nominated for rep resentative while rhe other place Is In doubt. From unofficial returns It seems that O. C. Williams, the Incumbent, was beaten by W. H. Cooper for the place W. C. I^egrande seems nominated for sheriff. 8 C. Wright and W. N. Coker are nominated for county commieetonar.