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ON GALLOWS FRIDAY AT MONTGOMERY ;Walter Jones, John Adams, Arnold Gilmer and Cole man German Hanged JONES STRANGLES TO DEATH SLOWLY Marvelous Fortitude Displayed hy All Four Men—Jones First to Ascend the Callows—Brief Re view of the Cases Montgomery. April 4.—(Special.)—Two tvhtte men and two negroes were hanged In the Montgomery county Jail here to day. They were Walter Jones and Ar nold Gilmer, white, and John Adams and Coleman Gorman, negroes. The crime for which the men gave up their lives on the gallows was murder. Walter Jones expiated his crime on the gallows for the murder of Sloan Ttowagi, a prominent Ijowndes county merchant. The killing occurred In the union station here last July. Arnold Gilmer w-as executed for the murder of Mrs. laiclle Tippets. Gilmer •hot the woman In a drunken frenzy. John Adams paid the extreme penalty of the law for the killing of Policeman Berry', more than two years ago, and Coleman German was hanged for the murder of his sweetheart. The hanging of Jones and Gilmer marked the first time since the civil war that a white man suffered the death sen tence In Montgomery county, while four executions on ths same day in the same place Is believed to be without parallel In the criminal history of the state. Marvelous fortitude was displayed by nil four men in the last moments of their lives on earth. All four of them were cool and collected at the end, mounting the scaffold with a firm tread, and displaying not the least evidence of fear. They all declared that they had made thetr peace with God and were ready to go to the great beyond. Jones was the first to mount the scaf fold, and the trap was sprung by Dep uty Sheriff Eugene Naftel at 6:18 o'clock. 1A grewsome spectacle was presented at the Jones exeeution. The rope slipped, COKER CASE UP AT, Mrs. Leland, Who Lost Sight as Result of Shooting, Star Witness Anniston. April 4.—(Special.)—Xiee Coker, who was indicted by the last city court rrand jury on two charges of murderous assault and with carrying a concealed weapon, will be arraigned for trial before Judge Thomas W. Coleman, Jr., next Monday. He is charged with having shot Mrs. Lillian Iceland in the eyo, with tho result that she completely lost her slg'ht in that member. Mrs. TJllian Leland Is . expected to be the chief witness in the case, which has attracted considerable attention, as all of the persons connected with the affray are well known. Coker ia said to have gone to the home of Mrs. Iceland's sister, a Mrs. Bradford, where he created a. scene. He was ordered to leave and on Ills refusal to do so w-as engaged In a difficulty with Mr. Leland. who knocked a revolver out of his hand and thrashed him. On being allowed to rise, however, he regained the revolver and fired at Leland. The latter fell and as he did so his wife ran forward, think ing her husband, whom she had Just mar ried about a week previous, had been shot. Coker’s aim went astray and one of the bullets penetrated the woman’s left eyeball. and gradually the condemned man was strangled to death, the fall falling to break his neck. Jones was not pro nounced dead until 6:54 o’clock, hanging by his neck for 35 minutes before the end came. The next man to ascend, the scaffold was Arnold Gilmer. Gilmer was pro nounced dead In 14 minutes after the trap was sprung. Then in rapid succession John Adams and Coleman German met their death, Adams dying In 14 minutes after he fell and German in 16 minutes. Altogether it took the four men 80 min utes to die. History of Crimes Walter Jones’ crime is considered the greater of the four for which the men were put to death. He entered a pas senger coach of the Western Hallway of Alabama while the train stood in the union station on the night of July 16, 1912. and fired a load of buckshot Into the body of Sloan Rowan, a prominent mer chant and business man of Benton, Bowndes county. Jones was arrested and an Indictment returned within 24 hours. Bess than two weeks after the crime was committed Jones 'had been declared guilty*of murder in the first degree and sentenced to death. The convicted man appealed, but the su preme court affirmed the case. An ap plication for rehearing was made. It was denied. The state board of pardons j Fragrant with the Breath of Eternal Youth J THE LOVERS OF SKYE A New Novel by FRANK WALLER ALLEN A Joyous, open-airy love story, as refreshing as the morning breezes and as bright as the summer s sun, that will make you smile with happy satisfaction and feel the thrill of abiding pleasure. 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Tomorrow she will have another of her prose rhymes under the title “The Poetry Man and Songs of Ye Olden Time.” Dolly Dalrymple presents an illustrated inter view with Emile Levy, now a Birmingham citizen and intimate friend of the great violinist Ysaye. * * Marion Harland writes about “The Trained iNurse in the Home.” Laura Jean Libbey will tell tomorrow “Some of the Causes Which Break Up Homes.” * * •* But aside from the wide range of subjects cov ered by women writers, The Sunday Age-Herald Vdll be full of notable features by men. You can keep up with what the whole world is (doing by reading The Sunday Age-Herald. * * * By the way, Bill Vines has an amusing article tomorrow on “President Wilson and the Office Seekers.” - FEELING INTENSE IN THE HILL TRIAL — Detective to Be Tried Today in Anniston Charged With Murder Anniston, April 4.--(Special.)--In tense feeling has been manifested by the two factions that have grown up as a result of t,he killing of Lee Carson at Jack sonville a short time ago, and It Is said that tht» authorities will take special precautions to prevent trouble when the case is brought to trial in this city be fore Justice C. D. Cryer Saturday. Owing to the fact that the accounts of the affray are widely divergent. It Is doubtful if the taking of testimony can be. concluded In one day, as about 30 wit nesses have been summoned. C. W. Hill, the man accused of the alleged murder, is still in jail here. His attorneys state that an attempt will be made to secure his release on bond on i a plea of self-defense, it being alleged that he was knocked down and severely beat by Carson before he shot the latter in the abdomen. Hill Is a detective of the Wiggins agency of Birmingham, and had been employed to break up the al- ! leged sale of liquor at the Profile cotton mills. W. I. Greenleaf, manager of the mills, and Will Carson, a brother of the dead man, came near having a personal en counter on the streets of Anniston a few days after the shooting at Jacksonville and a case is pending in the police court here against Carson, who is charged with disorderly conduct. last Monday reported by Governor O’Neal that it could see no reason why the sen tence should he commuted and Governor O Neal announced that unless new evi dence was found he could not substitute life imprisonment for the penalty given by the jury. During the trial the fact was brought out that Jones killed Rowan because he feared he would be the means of bring ing out evidence that would be against Jones in the trial of a case charging Jones with aiding in burning several stores at Benton and being interested in other crimes, including illegal whisky sell ing. Jones’ defense was that he killed Rowan because Rowan circulated reports that Henry P. Vrandlver, a prominent Montgomery business man, had been Inti mate with (Jones') wife. The Jury threw aside the defendant’s plea of not guilty and ordered him executed for the crime. Appeal after appeal to Governor O’Neal was made In Jones’ behalf, but t'he one which acted against him was the request of Mrs. Rowan that the law be allowed j to exact "eye for eye and tooth for tooth’ and that. Jones be required to suffer the I death that was forced on her husband ' by Jones’ bullets. “Never Had Chance” Born in a poorhouae and never allowed the association furnished by those trained to respect law were Arnold Gilmer’s pleas in justification of 'his crime, but the law said ho was guilty of murder in the first degree when he shot and killed Mrs. Lucille Tippets in a rooming house on Madison avenue December 23, 1911—two days before Christmas. Gilmer all along maintained that he was intoxicated and out of his normal condition when he killed Mrs. Tippets. •‘And 1 never would have done it had I known,” Gilmer has said time and again. Gilmer was a cabinet maker one time, then he became a bartender at a saloon. He has always been regarded a~s a “bad character” and was often docketed at police headquarters, one time being ar rested for highway robbery. Efforts were made to secure a com mutation for Gilmer, but the pardon board refused to recommend it and Governor O’Neal said he could not in terfere unless mitigating evidence was presented by Gilmer’s attorneys. Such evidence could not be secured. Adams Convicted Twice John Adams killed T. W. Berry, mounted policeman, October 6, 1910, when the officer attempted to arrest him to answer a trivial charge. For several days it was thought a mob would attempt to kill Adams and mil itary men were kept about the county jail. Adams was wounded in the fight with Policeman Berry and physcians said he would not recover. He was convicted early in 1911 and] given a death sentence. He appealed and secured a new trial on a technicality. He was convicted again and again he appealed. This time the supreme court issued an affirmative order. Adams asked a rehearing. It was denied. He appealed to the hoard of pardons. The pardon board refused to recommend commutation. Governor O’Neal was asked to exercise the power granted by the legislature. “Bring new evidence,” said the governor, and Adams’ hope failed here. There was no new evidence. Two years passed between the time the crime wfas committed and the date for the second trial. In the meantime, Adams’ attorneys worked night and day to secure evidence and witnesses that could strengthen their case. New wit nesses appeared in the second ease, but the verdict was not altered. "You arc guilty," said the jury. Adams’ attorneys for several days dis cussed the advisability of carrying the case to the supreme court of the United States because Judge Armstead Brown refused to grant Adams’ request for a change of venue and told Adams, in sentencing him to death, that he had received a fair trial and had been given justice by the jury. Killed Negro Woman Coleman German killed Pet Robinson, negro woman, al London, in tile spring of 1012. Witnesses swore that, he saw the woman and remarked: "I am going to kill that — — —and he fired a bullet into her body. German appealed to the supreme court, but a new trial was refused. He requested a commu tation, and Governor O'Neal and the board of pardons would not change the Jury's order. The four men several days ago de clared that they had made peace with their Maker and were ready to go. Jones and German were confirmed by the Catholic church of Montgomery several weeks ago. German was bap tised into the First Baptist church (negro) by the pastor last week, and Adams has been a member of the church «inre lie was sentenced to death the first time. Many citizens appealed for the lives of the men, but others—a majority, it Is thought—wanted the law to take its course. Governor O'Neal took groat In terest in the trial and conviction of Jones, and lie was anxious to avenge the murders and uphold the law. In his statement made public when he refused to commute the sentences last week. Governor O'Neal said the appeal of relatives and friends of Jones. Gilmer and the negroes were touching, but that the interest of citizens had to he protected and the jury's verdicts up held. Suits Filed Til© following were among the suits filed yesterday in the city court: Hester Oberg vs. Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad company. $3000 damages claimed for alleged personal injuries. Charlie Ball vs. Louisville and Nash ville Railroad company. $3000 damages claimed for alleged personal injuries. K. E. Donovan vs Birmingham Rail way, Light and Power company, $10, 000 damages claimed for alleged per sonal Injuries. Ed Lowe vs. Birmingham Railway, Light and Power company, $3000 dam : iepi claimed for alleged personal In juries. i 1 ' Loveman, Joseph & Loeb Loveman, Joseph & Loeb I Loveman, Joseph & Loeb The Men’s Store Has Made Special Purchases for This Sale Today Men Can Save Real Money Saturday on Shirts, Ties, Handkerchiefs, Night Shirts Mon who buy furnishings in a department store expect more for their money—their highest expec tations will not be disappointed here today. Men who have not time to come here would do « well to send their women folks to see these special t i economies. ^ Special Purchase 25 Dozen ^ MEN’S WHITE SHIRTS, $1.15 Worth $1.50, for 1 Plain or pleated Shirts. Made of first quality cambric. Cuffs attached. Coat style. Pleated Shirts are much desired in small, fine pleats. Special purchase all-silk solid colored Four-in-Hand Ties in new Spring and Summer colors. Same ^ P* q Rep silk as in 50c Ties, for 25c Linen Hand kerchiefs, 3 for Men’s full size, pure linen Handkerchiefs, with small, neat hem. SPECIAL NIGHT SHIRTS Soft, cool Summer Night Shirts, perfect ly plain or trimmed. Made without collars in full, unskimped sizes. (Men’s Store, Main Floor) Demonstration Talking Machine Record free today in Music Rooms Free to owners of Vic trola or Grafonola—Can be used on either. (Third Floor) Are you reading Marion Harland’s Recipes in the Age-Herald? In the Book Store today, as long as 100 copies will last, we will sell Marion Harland’s Complete Cook Books, pub lished to sell at $2 a copy, for (Book Store, Main Floor)' Diamonds Strict adherence to correct standards of cutting, and main tainance of our supe rior qualities pur chased from reliable brokers and selling at a moderate profit, makes it possible to offer unusual advan tages to those wish ing to purchase dia monds. (Jewelry, Main Floor) Loveman, Joseph & Loeb Usual Saturday Music Sale, The iM'Nf mill uewcNt of (he popular nook hit* puhllnhed to *ell at -5<* and 50c a copy. “Tenneimee Moon” “Snooky OokuniM” “Good Ylglit, Yurwc” “Melancholy” “Find Me a Girl” “Till the Sand* of the llewert Grow Cold” “Trail of the Louenome Pine” “Lovely Lane” “Dl»le*w Promlwe" “When I Lost Yon” “I nderneath the Cotton Moon” “Here Contew My Daddy Yow” “Ole Mammy” “Then 1*11 Stop Loving Y uu" “Come Down, Mr. Moon “Yot Till Then” “Come Dowu Mr. Moou Man” “In Yoriland” “That** How I Yeed Yon” “When the Mldutght Choo-Choo Leaven for Yin ham” Book Store, Main Floor NOTIFYING STOCKHOLDERS OF ALABAMA CONSOLIDATED Referee Edward H. Dryer yesterday was busy mailing out notices to the pre ferred stockholders of the bankrupt Ala bama Consolidated Coal and Iron com pany, who prior to the date of the decree issued Thursday, have not subscribed to the plan of reorganization, as is to be car ried out by the reorganization commit tee, Joshua Levering, chairman. These notices, in accordance with one of the terms of the decree, gave notice to these preferred stockholders that they could come into tlie reorganization plan and share In the future business of the com pany within 30 days from the issuing of the decree. This matter is one of the modifications placed in the plan of sale by United States Judge William I. Grubb before he would approved the offer made by the reorganization committee. In connection with the settlement of the long drawn out negotiations in regard to the sale of the property of the plants to the reorganization committee, it'was stated yesterday that too much credit could not be given to Harry W. Coffin and W. E. Leake, the two Birmingham men who have been conducting the af fuirs of the company since it was thrown into the bankruptcy courts. Mr. Leake arid Mr. Coffin were at first made re ceivers of the company and later Mr. Coffin was named trustee and Mr. Leake assistant trustee. Under their management, it Is stated, the affairs of the bankrupt concern have been conducted upon a high plane and after good busi ness policies, with the result that the plantH have been operating at a profit and, according to the decree of the court the plan of sale made Thursday is the best possible deal that could have I teen made for all parties concerned. Re ports are now In circulation /hat Mr. Coffin will be made president <M the re organized company. The transfer of the deed is expected by April 20 and the new company In opera tion In the course of two or three weeks. laaAaaaMMaaaMaaMMM**************************** Following His Arrest on Warrant Sworn Out by Policewoman Supernumerary Policeman C. S. Price was dropped from the police rolls yes yerday morning and his badge taken away by Chief Bodeker following Price’s arrest on a warrant Thursday evening by Policewoman Elizabeth Hutchinson, charging him with conduct unbecoming an officer. Price is at present out on $5000 bond and his hearing will ho conducted in Judge Benners’ court Friends of Price assert that the deposed policeman will be able to clear himself of the charge. PERSONAL Accompanied by E. o. Toombs, local managed. 30 agents of the New York Idle Insurance company left yesterday morn ing for Richmond, where they are to at tend a meeting of tin agents of that company. T-hev occupied a private Pull man on the Binning ham Special for Rich mond* JURIES DISCHARGED AT HUNTSVILLE Large Number of Criminal Cases Disposed of in the Equity Court Huntsville. April 4.-(8peeial.)-The juries of the week In the law and equity court have been discharged and the court has finished practically all of the work of the present term. Saturday Judge Rallentlne will hear a motion lor a new trial in the case of Percy Hrooks, con victed of attempted criminal assault, on a young school teacher and Brooks will he sentenced. The court will also render a decision on the demurrers against the Indictments In about a dozen eases In which well known citizens are charged with buying votes in the last city elec tion. The term of court just ending has disposed of a large number of criminal cases Which have been pending for some lime. _ , A petition in Involuntary bankruptcy has been filed In the federal court here li.v Kalin. Telhelmer & Co., of t Incinnatl. against Chandler Bros. & Watts, a large mercantile firm at Haneeviue, Tlie Maker Planing mill, which was de stroyed by fire in January, \» being re built ou Green street ou a larger scale Abercrombie Appoints Ma rion Institute Student to Annapolis Marion, April 4.—(SpecIal.)—News lias .Hist been received in Marlon that Con gressman Abercrombie has appointed R. •J* Johnston of the Marion insti tute to the Naval academy. Young Johnston lias made a brilliant record as a student in the army and navy course at Marion and he will leave college next week for ills entrance examinations. than before. It will be housed in a sub stantial building and will employ 25 men. 4 Marion Grocer Arrested on Warrant From Clerk of the Circuit Court r?Wv Marion, April 4.—(Special.)—.1. W. Cun ningham. manager of the Dozier Grocery and Hardware company, was arrested on a warrant from the clerk of the circuit court at Cullman this afterioon charged with arson and carried to Cullman to night. Mr. Cunningham wras manager of the Welbourne Mercantile company at Cullman that was destroyed hy fire dur ing the holidays. Time For Light Weight Underwear—Buy Today —Slaughters' —This spring we’ve secured the best and handsomest line of UNDERWEAR we’ve ever been iii position to offer you. —The fabrics are right for wear and to keep you COOL. The garments are cut on generous, full lines—:and to fit. Short or long sleeves; knee or ankle lengths. A Big Underwear Special, the garment Extra good nainsook or pongee. Coat shirt and short sleeves; knee drawers. An unusually good Underwear val ue; in fact, a quality you’d hardly expect at (the garment) . vVFv Other Underwear at $2.00 to $3.00 the Suit JOE & LEE SLAUGHTER TAILORS—HATTERS—FURNISHERS 113 and 115 N. 19th Street 0 f ... ' - 1.