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Birmingham state herald. (Birmingham, Ala.) 1895-1897, December 08, 1895, Part One, Image 8

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NEGRO TRUSTY'S BRUTALITY"
He Beats an Insane White
Woman Unmercifully.
HEAVIEST FINE IMPOSED
The Negro a Stevedore, and as Soon as His
Deed Became Known Justice Was
Meted Out.
John Dixon, alias Fletcher, a negro,
was given the heaviest punishment yes
terday that Judge Feagin has Imposed.
He was fined $250 and costs and given
six months at hard labor for beating a
white woman.
Dixon Is a large, powerful negro. He
was a trusty In the city jail, and his
strength was often needed to handle re
fractory prisoners. However, the offi
cials were not aware that his strength
might be employed to do violent Injury
to the inmates of the prison. Several
days ago two women were arrested for
fighting. One of the women was white,
and her clothing had been almost torn
from her body. Clothing was furnished
her and she was put iir a separate cell
on account of her violent conduct. There
was a broom in the cell, and the woman
created considerable noise that night by
beating on the cell. As there Is no one
on watch at the door at night except
Warden Cunningham, he called Dixon
and told him to take the broom from th<«
woman, and the brute, it is said, did so,
but beat her cruelly with a strap. War
den Cunningham did not hoar her cries,
and knew nothing of the occurrence until
yesterday morning, when an Investiga
tion was begun through a letter from
Dr, Searcy of the Tuskaloosa Insane
asylum, where the woman was sent.
The doctors letter to Judge Porter
stated that the patient's body bore un
mistakable evidence of cruel treatment
while in a Birmingham prison, and that
the woman said she had been beaten
with a strap by a negro called "John.”
Judge Porter at once summoned Sheriff
Morrow, who discovered that the woman
was sent to Tuskaloosa from the city
prison. Chief of Police. T. C. McDonald
was sent for, and as soon as the matter
was presented he took active steps to
bring Dixon before Judge Feagin, who
gave him the full penalty of the law.
Chief McDonald and Warden Cunning
ham regret the unfortunate occurrence
exceedingly. Some provision will be
made Immediately that such a shocking
affair shall not agnin disgrace the city.
The night force of the city prison, It is
said, has heretofore been tilled by one
man, and It is suggested that responsible
officials should be kept Inside the prison.
. r It’s our treat if, on examina
tion, you fail to discover that
we carry the largest stock of
first class family and fancy
groceries in the city.
JOHN FOX’S SONS.
GREENSBORO.
Thomas Wilburn Gives Himself Up—He
Killed John Glover.
Greensboro, Dec. 6.—(Special Corre
spondence,)—Thomas Wilburn, who killed
John Glover near Havana last summer
one year ago, and who has been at large
ever since, gave himself up to the sheriff
of the county this morning. Wilburn and
Glover got Into a political controversy,
hot words ensued, the parties came to
Mows, and In the difficulty Wilburn
stabbed Glover with a knife, resulting
fatally. Both parties were popular and
highly esteemed and no one regrets the
rash act more than WllbUrn, who is now
in Jail. Habeas corpus proceedings will
be instituted In a few days to release the
defendant on bail.
Mrs. William Selden of Faunsdale died
at her residence in that place yesterday
after an illness of many months and was
interred in the family burial ground in
Greensboro today. She was Miss Bettie
Croom and was born and lived until her
marriage to Captain Selden in this place,
where she has many relatives and
friends to mourn her death. She was well
known throughout the canebrake region,
where for many years her home was the
seat of elegant hospitality and refine
ment. Her husband and family have
the sympathy of a large circle of friends
and acquaintances.
Miss Mary Peterson and Mr. F. P,
Jorles w-ere married yesterday evening at
6 o'clock in the Methodist Episcopal
church. Rev. F. M. Peterson officiating.
The church was tastefully decorated
with flowers and evergreens, the music
was exquisite, the bride was beautiful In
her elegant and costly costume and the
groom handsomer than usual on the oc
casion. All the appointments and sur
roundings were marked with that ease,
taste and elegance which are the born
requirements of those accustomed to the
walks of the upper circle of society, and
the young couple thus launched upon the
matrimonial sea have the blessings of a
host of kind friends.
Trunks; Trunks. We will
shave prices this week to
clean ti e n up.
THE SMITH SHOE 00.
A gold watch is a nice
Christmas present. We have
them in enamel and fine dia
mord inlaid cases, Swiss and
American movements. H. C.
Abbott & Bro., jewelers, 121
North 20 Street. Established
18rt3„
Notice.
We have Just received a carload of
choice California wines, such as Clarets,
Port, Sherry and White Wine. They are
equal In quality to any imported wines;
prices are within reach of everybody.
Special inducements to parties buying by
the barrel. Samples free of charge. Give
us a call.
M. & A. WISE,
Corner Morris Ave. and 20th St.
Cold Weather Is Coming.
Telephone 487 for coal. Ward's coal
yard keeps as good as can be had in this
market. When you need coal call on
them. Can furnish on short notice at
market price. 7-19-tf
Ladies opening of the larg
est jewelry store in the South,
Monday, December 9. Robert
Sturges.____ i2-7-2t
Come and see us in our new
store, 2014 Second avenue.
THE SMITH SHOE CO.
DIAMONDS.
Our stock is very complete.
H C. Abbott & Bro., jewelers,
121 North 20th Street. Estab
lished 1873.
Good fishing at East Lake
12-l-tf_
.
One of the most thoroughly delightful
receptions Birmingham society has en
joyed in some time was that given by
Mrs. Robert H. Pearson, at her hand
some home on the Highlands-yesterday
afternoon. Mrs. Pearson is one of the
most charming matrons Birmingham can
boast, and the announcement of a social
function at her home is a guarantee of a
pleasant time. The reception yesterday
afternoon was in honor of Mrs. Pear
son’s guests, Mrs. Craik of Montgomery
and her two lovely daughters, Misses
Mary Martin and Juliette, who are
spending a few days with imr. The
drawing room, library and parlor were
beautifully and tastefully decorated in
pink and green, with smilax, ivy, palms,
ferns and potted flowers in profusion.
Mrs. Pearson and the guests of honor.
Mrs. Craik and Misses Craik. received In
the drawing rooms, Mrs. Judge Head
and Miss Kate Hopkins in the library
and Mrs. Wilmer Beard presided over the
bowl in the dinning room. Mrs. Pearson
was assisted in receiving by her lovely
and accomplished daughter, Miss Mamie
Pearson, and among others the follow
ing: Mrs. G. W. Craik and Misses Craik.
Mesdames R. N. Rhodes, Mortimer Wil
liams, A. G. Smith, S. E. Thompson, W.
B. Leedy, John London, James Bowron,
Willis J. Milner, W. A. Walker, B. M.
Starks, - Woodson, J. R. Smith, Jr„
Judge J. B. Head, T. H. Moulton, Wilmer
Beard and Miss Kate Hopkins. The fol
lowing ladles received: Misses Eloise
Johnston of New York, Schryver, Mary
Clare Milner, Augusta Sharpe, Patti
Ruffner, Kate Morrow. Margaret Smith,
Annie Brewer, Thompson and Mamie
Cleary.
Music was dispensed by a splendid
string band.
* * •
Mrs. S. B. Fowlkes will entertain at
cards Tuesday evening complimentary to
Misses Stratton and Tatum of Memphis,
who are her charming guests for a few
days.
• * •
Miss Susie Hyde of Fayette is the
guest of Miss Nellie Baldridge, Third
avenue.
• * *
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jemison gave a
dining Friday evening to Mr. and Mrs.
W. P. G. Harding. The guests were:
Mr. and Mrs. W. P. G. Harding, Mr. and
Mrs. J. S. Jemison, Mr. and Mrs. R. H.
Pearson, Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Rhodes,
Mr. and Mrs. Sydneyham Moore.
• * *
Miss Ida May Dargln, who has been
studying in Europe the past two years,
has returned, and is with her mother at
the Morris hotel. Her Birmingham
friends are glad to welcome her home.
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Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Shackleford have
relurned form their honeymoon and are
at home to their friends at Seventh ave
nue and Twenty-second street.
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A muslcale will be given by the “Hand
Maidens” of the South Highlands Pres
byterian church next Friday night.
• • •
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Smith, Jr.,
have issued invitations to a reception
which they will give next Friday evening
at their handsome South Highlands
home in honor of their lovely daughter,
Miss Margaret.
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The Southern club will give a german
at their club rooms next Thursday even
ing.
• * *
Miss I. Dashlell of Columbus. Miss., Is
visiting Mrs. J. Evans Dunn of this city.
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The whist club will be entertained to
imorrow night by Mias Lizzie Hutton,
Eighth avenue. This will be the first
meeting of the season of this popular
club. »
• • •
The Cllonlan club was entertained Fri
day afternoon by Mrs. Robert Cunning
ham. An interesting paper on the his
tory of Alabama was contributed by Mrs.
John Wheeler and several poems by Ala
bama poets were read by Mrs. E. P.
Riggs. Two questions on Alabama histo
ry were contributed by each member.
The club will next be entertained by
Mrs. Robert McLester, when Mis. Bar
clay will read a paper on legends, prose
and poetry of the Yuletide. The senti
ments which surround the cradle of the
Confederacy will be the subject of the
historians. Misses Bessie Blinn and Susie
Howze.
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At the meeting of the Cadmean circle
Friday afternoon at the residence of Mrs.
S. D.Weakley Mrs. W. J. Milner and Mrs.
Lovell debated most interestingly the
“War of the Revolution," Mrs. Milner
advocating the cause of the colonies and
Mrs. Lovell that of George III Both pa
pers had been carefully prepared and
showed much study and research. The
club will meet next Friday with Mrs.
Milner, Park avenue.
• • •
The Philhedonian club will have an
election of officers tomorrow night and
arrange a programme for the holidays.
m • •
Miss Lucy Ethel Turner of Nashville
will be the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
W. Newman during the holidays.
• * •
Miss Emma Whitfield of Richmond,
Va., and Miss Annie Fifer Erwin of
North Carolina are visiting Gen. R. D.
Johnston, South Highlands.
• • *
A pleasant furnace party was given
last Friday night by a number of young
i people. The evening was most delight
fully spent. The following young people
composed the party:
Miss Whitfield with Mr. C. R. Plosser,
Miss Virginia Sharpe with Mr. E. P.
Lewis. Miss May Hooper with Mr. Wis
ner, Miss Emily Koenig with Mr. T. Jf:
Bradshaw, Miss Bertha Koenig with Mr.
Lucien Brown, Miss Verner with Mr.
Will Johnson, Miss Faree with Mr.
Charles Davis, Miss Amy Jordan with
Mr. Ed Johnson, Miss Mollie Jordan with
Mr. John Farney.
Chaperones—Mr. and Mrs. Haven.
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There will be a grand musical service
at the Church of the Advent tonight.
All the music will be of a festive charac
ter, and will be rendered by a choir of
forty voices, with Mr. J. Morton Boyce
at the organ. The occasion is that of
Harvest Thanksgiving, and the follow
ing service will be rendered:
Organ voluntary, variations on grand
hymn, Dr. Frost.
Processional hymn, “Come Yfe Thank
ful,” 193.
Special Psalms, 103 Jacobs, 147—Boyce.
“Magnificat”—Dr. C. H. Lloyd.
"Nunc Dimittis”—Dr. C. H. Lloyd.
Anthem, “From Song of Thanksgiv
ing”—J. M. Boyce.
Recitation, “O God, My Heart Is
Ready.”
Recitation, “Awake Thou Lute and
Harp."
Aria, “I Will Give Thanks.”
Solo—Mr. J. E. Gililes.
Chorus, “O Give Thanks”—The choir.
Rymn, “O Lord of Heaven,” 477.
Offertory, from “The Creation”—
Haydn.
Chorus, "The Heavens Are Telling.”
Recessional hymn, “Praise to God,”
■ 191
Concluding voluntary, grand offertoire.
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One of the most enjoyable socials of
the year was the ladles’ reception ten
dered the members of Cyrene Command
ery, Knights Templar, by their wives.
t'TMs was in return for the public installa
tlon and luncheon given them during
October. The following ladles were on
committees:
Committee on refreshments—Mesdames
John R. Wheeler, George A. Blinn, Jr„
C. .R. Patterson, James Hlllhouse, D. J.
Fox, W. O. Snyder, Charles Odom, P.
Calame, Miss Merrill Frank.
Committee on reception—Mesdames
Dr. R. M. Cunningham, George Wheel
ock, M. J. Edmonds.
There were forty sir knights present,
with their wives and lady friends. The
refreshments were delicious, and served
only as fair hands can dispense such
delicacies. Sir Knight Charles Wheelock,
past grand commander of Alabama, with
Miss Bessie Blinn; Sir Knight William
Pearce, with Miss Merrill Frank; Sir
Knight George Blinn, Jr., eminent com
mander, with Mrs. Joe Wheelock, led the
three divisions of the grand march. The
speech of thanks in behalf of the sir
knights to the ladies was delivered by
Sir Knight R. M. Cunningham in his
original and inimitable style.
• • •
The following invitations have been is
sued: "Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Carlisle re
quest the honor of your presence at the
marriage of their niece, Susie Carlisle,
to Mr. George Huntington Harrison, on
Thursday morning, December 19, 1895, at
5:30 o’clock. Roanoke, Ala.”
• * •
The Highland Book club will meet with
Mrs. Victor Gage next Wednesday morn
ing at 10:30 o’clock.
• * •
The social given by the ladies of the
Central Presbyterian church last Friday
evening was one of the most enjoyable
yet given. The programme was rendered
as published, with two exceptions. The
young ladies and gentlemen taking part
gave great pleasure to a large audience.
The refreshments served were delicate
and much relished. The "free will offer
ing" was generous and gratifying to the
ladles, for which they feel grateful to
their friends. The hour spent in sweet
social converse was of a most cordial
character.
* • *
The Mendelssohn society will have
their first grand concert this season in
O'Brien’s opera house next Tuesday, the
10th instant. It will be one of the events
of the season and will be attended by the
admirers and patrons of this famous so
ciety. The audience will be fashionable
and there will be several parties coming
from East Lake, Bessemer, Newcastle
and Anniston. The city council and May
or VanHoose have taken action regard
ing the merits of this society, and the
public good to our city such organiza
tions prove to be, and will attend this
concert in a body, occupying the boxes.
Evening dress will be generally observed
and a brilliant concert may be expected.
Gov. W. C. Oates is expected from Mont
gomery.
We shall have our opening
tomorrow. All are invited.
ROBERT STURGES,
Jeweler,
1924 First avenue.
he liked Birmingham]
Dr. G. C. Kelley, pastor of the First
Methodist church, was In Birmingham
last May and made an address to the
state convention of the Christian En
deavor society, which met here at that
time. He was so well pleased with what
he saw of Birmingham that he readily
agreed to locate in this city at the
bishop’s request. So the Christian En
deavorers can count among their good
deeds the fact that they have aided in
giving Birmingham a valuable citizen
and the First Methodist church an able
and eloquent pastor.
How are your feet? Keep
them warm by wearing our
cold proof shoe.
THE SMITH SHOE CO.
BRINGING THE PRESSURE TO BEAR.
To the State Herald:
I don't mind saying that I am a sound
money democrat and would like to see
Hon. R. H. Clarke succeed Mr. Pugh as
United States senator, therefore I don't
like the attempt some of Mr. Clarke's
ostensible friends (but whose action Is
prompted by dislike to Captain John
ston) are making to force him to contest
the nomination for governor next year. I
am one of the many thousands of sound
money democrats in Alabama who be
lieve it best for the welfare of the party
to allow Captain Johnston to have the
nomination for governor without a con
test.
The scriptures tell us that It is vain to
spread the net in the sight of the bird,
and the snare these supposed friends of
Mr. Clarke are spreading, in order to en
trap him, will, I believe, prove unavail
ing. Here is
The Plan.
Letters like the following are being
sent out to various persons in Alabama:
-, Dec. 3, 1895.
Dear Sir: A movement is on foot over
the state to bring out Hon. Richard II.
Clarke of Mobile as the sound money
candidate for the nomination against
Captain Johnston. Can't you join in the
movement, and get a few influential
democrats to sign a petition similar to
the enclosed, and write him a private
letter? There is but little doubt that he
will respond if approached correctly.
Respectfully, etc., -.
Form of Petition.
Hon. R. H. Clarke—
Dear Sir: The undersigned democrats
of-are profoundly impressed with
the danger of the political situation in
Alabama. We Judge there is urgent
need that a sound money man stand for
the nomination to the office of governor."
We believe that you are eminently quali
fied. not merely too fill the office, but to
rally the people, hold the convention and
carry the state Tor the democracy. Such
a service would be of incalculable benefit
and would earn the lasting gratitude
and respect of our party and people.
Difficulty is often opportune, and this is
one worthy of the best efforts of a high
and patriotic ambition.
Suggesting that "he gives twice who
gives quickly,” and trusting that you will
accede to the earnest calls of your fellow
democrats in Alabama, of whom we are
a few, we remain very respectfully,
A blind man can see through a scheme
like this, and I am sure Mr. Clarke will
not be caught In any such trap, set bv a
few rule or ruin fellows, who had rather
see the democratic party go down to de
feat than be thwarted in their purpose
to dictate who shall be governor of the
state of Alabama. Yours truly,
_HARMONY.
Warm Shoes and Slippers a
specialty, at
THE SMITH SHOE CO.
IS HE WANTED?
The Officers Arrest Charles Malone, Colored.
Think He Is Wanted in Chattanoopa.
The officers arrested a negro Friday
night who gave his name as Charles Ma
lone, on suspicion. It is alleged that Ma
lone’s name is Will Dixon, alias Malone,
and that he Is wanted in Chattanooga for
murder, it being alleged he killed a wom
an there about four years ago. A de
scription of the negro has been sent for
and the Chattanooga officers have been
advised of his detention.
Ten thousand volumes of miscellaneous
hooks. Ask to see the little classics, 20
cents. American copyright books, 30
cents. Smith & Montgomery Book and
Stationery company.
One thousand boxes sweet Florida
oranges. B. B. Hudson & Co.
12-6-2t-frl-su
FIRST AVENUE is to Bir
mingham what State street
is to Chicago.
Trade on First Avenue.
- -———
WWAT Broadway is to New
York First Avenue is to
Birmingham.
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Keep up with the procession.
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The Question Is: “Who Is Content With the Least Profit?” Aye, There’s the Rub. This Dollar
Chasing Period Is on With a Vengeance. Watch the Prices.
W Parasols
A. , ANn
/1 \ Umbrellas.
Hard to get something appreciated
more than a black Silk Parasol. Nice
Xmas present, for a lady.
Fancy Dresden handles, pretty import
ed Root Handles, handsome inlaid pearl
with sterling silver trimmings, nobby
leather case Parasols, elegant for an
Xmas gift.
You can buy of us a black Silk Parasol
guaranteed for 12 months.
The ones we offer at $1.75, $1.98_up to f J
$2.50 are values not to be found else
where.
Dress Goods.
Monday you can buy of us 40-inch tine
black French Serge, 75c grade, at 49c.
The $b5(J a yar^ 54-lnch soft diagonal
bfaelc goods’ fit 99c.’ ' . •
Black 54-lnch at $1.25.
Broadcloth at S9cv ,
bTobby co!or?3 Mixtures in all wogl
Dress Goods at 49c and 63c., regular
value 75c and $1.00,
Up-to-date line of Plaids for waists, all
wool, at 50c, 75c and 99c.
i Dine colors in Dadles' Cloth, value $1.00
— a Vard. new 74c, 54 Inches wide.
MANY OTHERS. , t '
i Ladies’
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f
1 Wraps.
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Jackets of Pilk Boucle, full mandolin
sleeves, the $20.00 kind, now go at $12.50.
Chinchilla Jackets, full melon sleeves,
can be had of us for $4.50. value else
where at least $7.50.
| Capes of heavy Kersey at $2.48. No
+ doubt in our minds that some people are
« paying $4.50 at some of the stores for the
same goods.
A universally popular Cape shown by
us at $5.00 of heavy Melton or Beaver
that no one expects to buy for less than
$8.50. It Is nicely braided and stitched.
About 100 different wfap "cuts" to select
from.
We do not expect the expense of a
day's business on one or two Trunks!
We are satisfied with Interest on the
fhoney Invested on each Trunk. You find
here popular priced Trunks. New
Trunks—no old landmarks make up our
selection. You name or monogram
placed on them free of charge If you say
so. In fact, anything Is done to please
you. Call and price them. 16 to 1 you
buy one.
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j DOLLS!
' DOLLS!
8 We have an im
j mense line.
Handsomely dressed ones! Kid Body
Dolls! Jointed Dolls! In fact, any kind
y<Ju may wish , amli Here are no fancy
^prices attached to thbm. Have a look
h.t our Doll Window oa» the corner.
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Here you can be suited In style, price
and quality.
To be found in our Millinery Depart
ment iis the latest decrees of Dame
Fashion, , i
Elegant line of “Tams.’’ 'k ■
? Just
l to
. Make
i Things
Lively,
we will sell “Onleta” Ladles’ Union
Suits, button on the shoulder, at 99c. You
know what they are worth.
The $1.75 Oneita Union, Suit at $1.23.
The $2.25 Wool Oneita Suit at $1.68.
You can buy from us Ladies’ all wool
shaped Vests at 99c. These goods are
straight value elsewhere at $1.50. I’ants
to match. Don’t delay.
Men's shield bosoh and plate back
Wool Shirts and double seat Drawers at
99c. You pay $1.50 each for these gar
ments generally.
How about a derby ribbed, winter
weight Shirt and Drawers at 99c a suit.
Good value for $1.50.
Ladies’ Plaid ..Waists
Dressmaker made from $1.08 up. Ladles'
shirred Silk Waists, black, the $7.50 kind,
new. full sleeves, at $5.98. Other styles
at a nominal figure.
Ladies’ colored all wool Serge Waists
at $3.15. You would willingly pay $4.50
for the same.
Gloves! Gloves!
Xmas will soon be here. What Is nicer
than a pair of Gloves? For the same
money you can buy of us the genuine
"Foster" Glove. No other Birmingham
store has them.
Wo claim and can prove that "Fos
ter’s" $1.50 Glove Is as good as any $2 90
Glove In tills city.
Four-button Kids at 6Sc. !
The Glove you pay $1.00 for elsewhere
you buy here at S9c.
“Foster" Gloves start at $100—black
and colored.
Evening Gloves—full line here for your
selection. *
At a Small Outlay
you may make an Xmas gift. What Is
more desirable to a woman than a pretty
white apron? Our prices on these goods
from 25e up to $1.50. Do not procrasti
nate. Select one or more at once.
BEGINNING TOMORROW NIGHT WE WILL BE OPEN UNTIL g p. m. UNTIL AFTER THE HOLT
DA YSy alloiuing you a chance to come with your husbands at their leisure. Come and select Xmas goodst have them put
[ away for you or shipped away. ^
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