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c Vol. VI. NAfcllVlU.l IBXA.. KlI)Y. MAKCH 24-, 1 No. 12 TT Y TTTT T STORY OF THE CATASTROPHE GRAPHICALLY TOLD BY AN EYL VVI I NESS. A Scene Never To Be For Gotten. "WITHOUT A MOMENTS WARNING MEN ARE BURIED UNDER TONS OF BRICK AND STEEL BRAVE MEN RUSH TO THE RESCUE MAYOR HOWSE LEADS THE PARTY MR. A. N. JOHNSON A HERO GOES RIGHT INTO THICKEST OF THE PERILS PO LICEMEN AND FIREMEN WORK LIKE SOLDIERS. Wednesday. March 15t!i, wiLl be re called by the people or Nashville for many years to come as the Great Dis aster Day. While some forty men were employed at work in the Fall and Sol Frankland's buildings remov ing salvage from the ruins, a high wind came pouring down upon the city and the walls supported by burned timbers gave away with the sudden : ness of a clap of thunder on a clear day. It occurred in the morning when the streets were full of shoppers, and the crash was so terrific that hundred; were gathered at the scene in less than five minutes. Policemen, firemen and citizens rushed to the rescue of the wounded, the dying and the dead. From front to rear the collar-. was general; no part here anr1 part there between intervals; but in less than one minute with no .unlt.j. tms of brick, huge timbers, iron and wreck age came down run th- m-n who hd JOHNSON, Who Rendered Such Heroic Service in the Recent Catastrophe. gone into the l"ith trap to rain a living. The city autMri'O'i'.te ambu lance was on th- scene aj If t.v magic. The next momnt A N. Johnson's ambulance, driven by Mr. Johnson himself, was o:i the scene and loth were simultane nsTy Joaded With the wounded. In a hirt while all the ambulances and dead wagons in the city were on hiCij o render services. Mr. West Morton brought his big au tomobile right up .inJ'.r the d finger line and assisted in carrying off the wounded. The cries of the wounded. were piteous. The rescuers, forgetful of their own safety, would occasional ly look up at the tall fireman, whose eagle eye was fastened upon the wall to warn the rescuers if they should begin to fall. Sergeant Gibbons and his forty in the rear of Frankland's released three men who lost no time in getting away. In a short time Young Mr. Hart, who had a number of men working in the Frank land building, was found to be alive mlra cr" isly pinioned beneath two huge tli-ioers supporting more than two tons of brick. No mechanic could form and shape with more exactness :a protective space than this by Provi 12 MR. A. N. dence alone. Within less than five feet and almost beneath , him were found the unknown and unidentified body now at Johnson's undertaking es tablishment. The young white men, Wood and Hamilton Gooch, were mashed and ciushed into such pulps they were at first beyond recognition. It is said ' that two other bodies are near the scene, but as the rescuers liberated others at this point they lost no time in getting away with the exception of Will Oaf. Near the middle of the Fall building was the scene of most of the deaths. The moans of a boy were heard at least seven feet from the top. The party stopped and lis tened. It was repeated. Then anx ious hearts made hands get swifter. A man's life might be saved. Police men and citizens threw off their coats. Bricks were torn from the plaster with naked hands. Huge iron girders, great timbers and heavy chains, great iron wlnaola tfor this was where the hardware of Fall's place had helped to bring the crash the. pick, shovel, saw, ax and other tools wee used until the moan was so plain that the victim could be located. The first part of the boy to he dis covered were his moving lips beneath the sand and lime. . Careful hands brushed it away and only a human mouth was seen. A white man quick ly thiew his handkerchief over the month, water was poiired upon it and the boy could breathe without inhal ing more dirt. Then', more dirt was removed and no pen can picture the expression on that fare as it be held a dozen men who for an hour had exercised every " nerve, energy and muscle, whose hands were bled ing, whose eye? were red from the sand and lime blown by the strong wind. He could not speak for a tim l.er was under his chin which only al lowed him to groan, but groan.. suffi cient to call to his aid strong men who were fearless". The timber was soon cut and the boy could talk and tell what directions to follow to re lease his arms, his: body and then his legs. In a little while he was free, and with the tenderness of a parent, I he rescuers placed him in anv ambu lance and he was sent to the hospital. Not however until he had told how that "there were three other men just in front of him and two behind him" which information was found to be correct. The picture in last Thurs day's Burner with Undertaker John son holding the attention of Mayor Howse, Sergeant Gibbons and Capt. Holman shows Mr. Johnson giving the information to thee gentlemen, and after a short search the body of Sam Head was discovered. Then that of Frank Brannon. Charlie Williams, Will McCadden, West Douglass and The work commenced that fatal Wednesday was continued throughout Wednesday night, Thursday and Thursday night, under the direction of Mayor Howse. The Mayor came right on in the thickest of the danger. He was warned back several times, for the broken middle wall stood like a spectre three stories high, with brick hanging and bending ivr, swayed at times by the varying winds. It was dig, saw, cut, pick. It was strain at great timbers until the men were tired out. Undertaker McGavock came in dur ing the first part, but being feeble, soon found the situation too hard and dangerous except for the strongest in physic and daring, and had to leave. In a short while there were three col ored men to venture in, and then more, until twenty had joined the force. The police department worked like soldiers. Chief Curran was to the rescue, and constantly the lieutenants and privates worked like trained sol diers. It was work hard and con stant; the kind that tries men's souls, and there was never a moment's hesi tation nor was it discernable that there were any less effort because the victims were colored. Such a disaster seemed to make all mankind kin. The poorer volunteers could not work long without compensation. Many said, "I "want nothing'" Others showed that they needed something. Mayor Howse and Mr. Wilkerson, of the Board of Public Works, put up their individual money to pay the men. Lunches, coffee, stimulants and tobacco were given to the army of men during the night. Undertaker Johnson was assisted by his faithful employees In preparing thirteen of the fifteen colored men's bodies found in the wreck, and in a short while were lain out in his parlors, where (Continued on Page 5.) PEOPLE NOT DISCOURAGED DETERMINE THAT PROF. GEO. . WATtKS MUST GO. Globe Representative Vis its Wilson Home. NO SIGN OF POVERTY EVIDENT FAMILY HARD WORKING PEO PLEBY ECONOMY HAVE PUR CHASED NICE HOME GEO. WA TERS, JR., IMAGE OF THE PRO FESSORCITIZENS OF THE COMMUNITY MAKE AFFIDAVITS AS TO WATERS REPUTATION HAVE KNOWN HIM FOR MANY YEARS ALSO KNOW WILSONS. Tve determination of the Negroes rf Nashville to have removed from tlio public schools Prof .'. GeGrge Waters lnes not show any signs of abatement. The eople of South NashvTle in par ticular aie clamoring for a mass-meeting to slow to the public their con demnation of the art of this man. A Globf representative was invited to the residence of the Wilson family. The invitation was accepted. They we e found in a very cozy ho re com forlably surrounded with the necessi ties of life. There were no signs of poverty, and the statement that has been mae'e as to the number of rooms in the house in which they live was tet at naught. The statement of the relatives of the debauched girl is ronoborated bv the representative of the Nashville Globe. The fam ily discussed the case freely and were glad to receive a representative of the Globe. They ave honest, t onseientiousi hard-working, industrious people. The home is well kept, ea'h 100m being comfortably supplied with furniture srid co'ily dicmated. There is only one thing to break the serenity of the surroundings, and that is the inno-1 cent little baby that is the very image j of the man w ho i accused of being its father. Any one looking at the chi'd will not hesitate fo- a moment to agree with its mother that she gave it the proper name when he named it George Waters, Jr. The people of South Nashville, who i i . nf-i a .,uji.iu.i nave Known v aiers iror.i cuuiiiiuuu, are coming to the Globe office volun - tarily to make affidavits to his repu tation. One Mr. Wm. Wade, who lives in Trimble Spring Bottom, testified that he has known Waters for thirty years. He also stated that Waters was arrested nbout a niece of his, Miss Ida Wade, nine years ago for an attempted criminal assault. He said by some method the mother of the girl wps persuaded to compro mise and that it was hushed up. Mr. Wade also stac7 that last year he was compelled to stop his daughter from attending an evening Sunday-school meeting over which Prof. Waters was superintendent on account of the manners he had towards his daughter, who was about fourteen years of age at that time. He says Prof. Waters aked him to allow her to return, but he refused to dc so and informed him the reason why. Mrs. Eliza Porter, 3G South Hill street, testified that she had known Prof. Waters for several years. SV also knows, the Wilson family. She knows when "the mother and father of the Wilson girl were married. She has always known them to be honest, con scientious, hard-working people. Their industry, she said, is best attested to ly their present surroundings. They have always worked at common labor, but through economy and honest liv ing they have accumulated a nice lit tle home with comfortable surround ings. She said Prof. Waters was not a fit m3n to teach anybody's girl and that shevwould not think fo- a moment of allowing a girl cf hers to be taught by him. She said she knew him per sonally and had often chastized him about his wreckless way of living and his uncouth manners. . The neonle in the vicinity of Knowles School, those who are pa trons of the school, have filed their protest with the Superintendent of the Board of Education. They are more determined than ever to have Prof : Wate: 9 removed from the school. They : y that, his determination to j lemain as a teacher after having been ! in the courts nud sentenced to serve ; a term in the penitentiary by a jury of twelvn men in suTxiont evidence of his unfitness to t.ea''h children. These .' e-ot-le have the s.nypathy of both ; white and colored, and it is only a matter-of time vntil.the Superintend ent, who is so slow to act in this case and who is deng.ncling so much proof upon top of whjit he is compelled to know, will ie demanded by the peo ple of Nash id !o to dis'nis this man, J Waters, from the school roll. RELIEF Time Extended to 31. Negroes of Nashville and vicinity have put themselves on record in the way they have responded to appeal for relief for the relatives of the un fortunate men who lost theiir lives in the great disaster. The list of con tributors continues to grow,, and indi cations are that it will come close tJ the $500 mark before completed. The, Globe has endeavored to catc.i what was oantiributied to each in or der that it might be shown just how much the Negroes contributed to the reuet or tne a.stressea. borne re ported to each of the daily papers. Some may have been missed, but all who gave have the satisfaotion of knowing that they did give. The office of the Globe will be opem for the reception of funds until March 31. We do this ito grant all lodges and churches a chance. All names will be published who bring thei'r .contribution to the Globe office. The ministers' conferences are ap pointing a committee to handle this I fund, and wJll see to it that equal j distribution is made. The committee I when completed will meet and decide what method ithey will pursue. The amount paid by Negroes and Negro organizations is as follows: To the Nashville Banner $136.57 To the Nashville Tennessoan 24.00 $160.57 $139.25 To Nashville Globe: Previously reported Pleasant Green Baptist Chulrch and S. S. by S. H. Johnson By members Baptist Church in E. Nashville: Sir Wiate COO .25 .25 .25 .50 .25 .25 .25 .25 .25 .25 .25 ,... r,.QHi ! 4,f.:, t.,,,i ' Mamie Banks Fannie Buchanan . . . Thomas Roberson . Fannie M. Crockett Alice Bailey Lizzie Bailey John Smith Andrew Berry Bettie Anthony Robert Woods I.arral Cheers Araiie Berry Tom Stewart John Combo Andrew Owens Agnes Sm'lth Grant Ioyd Harris Alexander .. Susie Crockett Sister Dotson Addle Roberson Marshall Jackson . . , J. W. Valentine . . . Mrs. Carrie Bandy . Airs. Annio Hardge Mrs. Sara E. Searcy .25 .25 .25 1.00 .50 .50 .25 .25 .25 .25 .50 .25 .25 1 00 .25 .25 Mir. W. L. Jones 25 Mr. James Banks 25 Mamie Stublefield 25 This donation was given to Mrs. Steward who lost her husband in the Fall building disaster. From the First Baptist Church, Rev. S. S. Stublefield, pastor. Miss L. B. Stringer M,r. Joe Wood fork .50 1.00 People's Saving Bank and Trust Company 10.00 Mrs. LMaryi Pride 1 Dr. J. L Peters Mr. Calvin McKissack .. Miss M. V. Williams Kaitie Albertine Boyd . . . Teachers of (Meigs Sdhool 1.00 1.00 .50 1.00 11.00 Total $183.00 Total from daily paiers 1G0.57 Grand total contributed) by Negroes $313.57 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE GALLED TO MEET AT TUSKE GEEIN 1912. Booker Washington Seeks Counsel on Negro. ASKS FOR MEETING-IN APRP DESIRES MEN FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD-j-DESIRES THAT NEGROES BE UNDERSTOOD IN NORTH AND SOUTH AMER ICA AND OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL GUESTS WILL BE EN TERTAINEDMANY ABLE MEN EXPECTED-WILL BE WEL COMED. In a circular sent out by Dr. Booker T. Washington relative to the pro posed International Conference on the Negro, Dr. Washington says: "For ome years past I have had in mind to invite here from different parts of the world Europe, Africa, the We?t Indies and North and South America persons who are actively interested,' or directly engaged as mis sionaries, or otherwise, in the work that is, going on in Africa and else where for the education and upbuild ing of Negro peoples. "For this purpose It has been deter mined to hold at Tuskegee Institute, Ala., Wednesday, Thursday and Fri day, April 17, 18 and 19, 1912, a little more than a yeir from this time, an International Conference on the Ne gro. Such a Conference as this will ofler the opportunity for those en gaged in any kind of service in Africa, or the countries above mentioned, to become more intimately acquainted with the work and the problems of Africa and other countries. Such a meeting will bp valuable and helpful, also, in so far as it will give oppor tunity for a general intei change of ideas in organizing and systematizing the work of education of the native P copies in Africa and elsewhere and the preparation of teachers for that work. Wider knowledge of the work that each is doing should open means cf cooperation that do net new ex ist. "The object of calling this Confer ence at Tuskegee Institute is to afford en opportunity for studying the meth ods employed in helping the Negro people of the United States, with a view of deciding to what extent Tus kegee and Hampton methods may be applied to conditions in these coun tries, as well as conditions In Africa. "It is hoped that numbers of peo ple representing the different govern ments interested in Africa and the West Indies, as well as representa tives from the United States; and the countries of South America, will de cide to attend this Conference. Espe cially is it urged that missionary and other workers in these various coun tries be present and take an active part in the deliberations of the Con ference. "It is desirable, in any case, to have any suggestions as to what might be done to make the work of the Con ference more helpful to all concerned. The names of persons who would like to be present, with whom you are ac quainted, will bi appreciated, and through you they are invited to be present and take part in the delibera tions of the Conference. "Those who come to Tuskegee prop erly accredited will be welcomed and entertained .as guests of the institu tion and will be under no expense dur ing their stay here. "BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, Principal. "Tuskegee Normal and Industrial In stitute, Tuskegee, Ala." n PEARL HIGH SCHOOL Last Friday at 1:31) p. m. the pu pils of the 8th A class, to an interest ed audience of schooLmtaites, teachers and parents, presented a drama of iJongfellow's Evangeline. The stor was dramatized by a little lassiie ot tho class, Miss Lola Graham.