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Established 1865 55th Year-No. 61
Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky Thursday Afternoon, March 1 1 ,1 920
Price Five Cents
Negro Murderer of Five Women
Dies In Electric Chair Pray
ed All Night Long.
- (By Associated Press)
Eddyville, Ky., March 11 Pet-
Tie Kimbrough, alias Will Lockett
the convicted slayer of Geneva
Hardman, and self confessed mur
. . derer of four other persons, al
women, died in the electric chair
- prison here at 4 :32 this morning-,
Guards took the negro from his
cell in the death row at 4:14 and
immediately escorted him to the
death chamber.
His face bore but a slight sign
of emotion as his head was , en
veloped in the black cap-.
Prison Electrician Collier turn
ed on the electric current within
15 seconds and Kimbrough was
pronounced dead at 4:32-
Two brothers of the Hardman
girl and 17. Lexington citizens to
gether with eight soldiers and 12
prison guards, witnessed the exe
jvimDrougn retuseci to make a
statement when taken from his
cell. He prayed continually dur
ing the night and sang hymns.
His bod- was buried in the
prison cemetery.
ADD LOCKET mfwyp ,.: of raw
- r i .
vnen tne death warrant was
read to the confessed four-time
murderer at 6 o'clock last night
-by Warden Chilton, he stood un
moved and vawned at the end
After singing religious songs, he
laughed stoically and shouted:
"Yes, going home to Jesus to
die no more, thank God
His onl- comment on the death
warrant was
"1 am ready to go, and am not
afraid to die." But his hands
trembled as he warmed thev over
the little radiator near his cot
The negro was asleep at 8
o'clock, but awakened shortly af
ter midnight and began to pray
loudly, his voice carrying to all
parts of the prison.
Kimbrough talked freely to re
porters present as the reading of
the warrant;': He has not spent a
single happy night since he began
his careerof crime 15 years ago,
he told them. Always, he said, he
was dissatisfied and 'went- from
place to--place fearful that he
would be ;cavtght. f' " -
. He had no more confessions to
make, he-declared; but had reveal
ed. all his -'crimes in the interview
Monday with the warden; at least
all sins which in any way had
harmed anyone. The smaller
sins he had confessed in his prayers-
The negro spent his last day
reading frequently from the Bible,
singing hymns and kneeling in
prayer- Most of the time he re
clined on his cot. He wrote to his
father in Todd count)- sending a
farewell message to his people.
He ate a hearty supper and after
ward smoked a cigarette for
which he asked a reporter. -
Kimbrough said he was satisfi
ed that justice had been done and
expressed appreciation to the sol
diers who Tt'a'd saved him from the
mob. He also thanked Captain
Taylor, of the Leitchfield com
pany, eight members of which
iad guarded the prison, and pre
sented him with small testaments
which tie autographed with the
Avords, "To remember me by." He
said he had been well treated by
Warden Chilton and other Eddy
ville officials.
Kimbrough pleaded for clem
ency for Charles Douthitt, white,
and Hoe Hughes, colored, in ad
joining cells in the death house,
awaiting electrocution.
Douthitt added his own plea
through the cell wall and asked
newspaper men to say for him :
"If they're going to kill me, tell
them to go ahead and end my tor
ture." He has se.en eight men pass his
cell to the death room while
awaiting his own call to pay the
penalty for murder.
Kimbrough gave both Douthitt
and' Hughes Bibles.
He sang
Going Home to Die
No More," and
Meal Away lo
He said he had prayed
for the little Hardman girl and
her people and for everyone, in- one of the song about , the old arm
eluding his enemies. J chair. When sitting and rocking, the
Religious literature sent him by 1 Each received a good share of estate
New York and Virginia ministers
Avas given to him by the warden
today- Religious consolation was
extended to the negro during the
day by Adjutant Thompson, Sal
vation Army ; Prison Chaplain
Wootson, and the Rev- Stevenson,
negro, of Louisville.
Weather For Kentucky .
Rain tonight and probably Fri
day ; colder Friday in west and
central portions.
Lockett was 30 years old, a na
tive of Christian county and
soldier at Camp Zachary Taylor
during the world war.His last vie
tim was Geneva Hardman J o
South Elkhorn. She was killed
on the morning of Feb. 4, 1920-
1 he murder of the little gir
near the yillage of South Elk
horn aroused the people there
Her non-appearance at school re
sulted in finding her mutilated
body in a corn field beside the
country roaa. fosses late in
the afternoon found Lockett, ap
parently .a .wandering negro, at
Dixontown, six miles from the
place of her death. He was taken
to Lexington Whence the'authori
ties spirited him to the state re
formatory at- Frankfort. The
same night a long line of auto
mobiles, loaded with armed men,
made a demand upon the prison
authorities for the possession of
the negro. Governor Edwin P
Morrow warned the crowd that
the. negro, .would be protected at
any cost and it dispersed.
On rebruary 9, guarded by
nearly 100 members of the state
militia, Lockett was taken to
Lexington, a special grand jury
was impaneled, an indictment
was returned and within forty
minutes after he was placed on
trial Lockett was convicted and
sentenced to be electrocuted here
March 11.
Announcement of the verdict
seemed to anger the crowd out
side which had grow n larger. A
man with a rope yelled, Let s get
urn, and led the mob up the
court house steps. Adjutant Gen
eral Deweese, in command of the
militia, attempted to halt crowd,
but it pressed on the guardsmen
who opened fire. Five per
sons were killed and 20 wounded,
one of the wounded dying a few
lours later.
Gov. Morrow -was advised 'and
called upon the federal authori
ties for troops. Within a few
lours, two riot battalions of reg
ulars were formed at Camp Tay- J
or, Louisville, and under com
mand of Brigadier General F: C.
Marshall were on the way to
Lexington in special trains.! Ar
riving there in' the middle- of the
afternoon;' General -Marshall-deH
'trained his men in riot formation',
with' fixed bayonets. They march
ed up ; the street-to the court
lo.use. Wtthm fortv minutes,
army authorities say crowds were
cleared from, the streets, pickets
were posted, patrols were estab-
lshed, and Lexingon and Fayette
county declared under martial
Lockett meanwhile was confin
ed in a cage in the court house,
where he remained until the night
of February 10th, when he was
taken from the court house.
marched down the street in the
center of a squad of soldiers and
Placed on board a . special train
)6un for the state prison. Early
the next' day, with squads of men
deployed at intervals between thr
railroad station and the., prison,
Lockett was taken from the train
nd within a few minutes was in
a death cell. ' .
A grand jury which investigat
ed the riots announced that al
though testimony has been sub
mitted warranting indictments
none was returned because they
would "only aggravate an already
tense situation.
Wc have been' waiting for some
thing to happen. Everything is quiet.
The farmers are having their ups and
downs; more downs than ups. All
kinds of weather now. March is
marching along nicely.
The farmers along ' the Kentucky
river are catching every bunch of fod
der and bale of straw they can. Pro
vender is very scarce on account of
so, much high water in the lowlands.
The moving of Mr. Congleton has
caused the farm he, formerly owned
to look very desolate. No ' one is
living on it yet. About the only re-
miniscences left are the cooking stove
and the old armchair, purchased by
(someone near Waco, .but which have
not been taken away yet. This reminds
except one who only got the old arm
chair, when sitting and rocking the
bottom fell out and a hundred thous
and pounds it did reveal. The only
hope of this is; "It might have been".
' FOR SALE- One red cow; 3 years old
to be fresh in ten days. A. T. I'at
rWh, pjjoue 667 m. . 1 ' 61 4p ;
f ; . 1 ; v . .. . i . . .; 11
affi29i.,H. l : $L i
ceremony uiiirketl tlie
I,,, V m I'-Im 7 fr n'aIn",S fficerS oreuP,pd a l,ui,(line connected with the palace of Chapultepec on
sin nut of the h. I by that nnme. L:uk of sumeleni drill ground and the dilapidated cn.liton of the bin
to the erection of the new school. This photograph shows a front view of the new acdemv '
Miss Wentworth and Miss Ehrlich,
who are .to assist Jules Falk in the
concert at the Normal Auditorium on
Thursday evening, both come with
commendations from the musical press
that make their advent of the highest
interest to the musical public
Richmond. Miss Ehrlich is spoken,
of in terms of high praise as a young ;
pianist of unusual gifts. She will havoi
her own independent part in the pro-
gram, besides accompanying Mr. Falk j pre ject. The people of Madison coun- p0Jed df Madison GaT-'id 13ovle
and Miss Wentworth. ty.want good roads, and those aIonKEstiHf Lincoln, 'and Vs'samine
Miss Wentworth has sung leading! this highway seem to want it made ! counties
parts in many important operas, in ! into a mode! thoroughfare. The chief Miss Mjindnv is ir- ,nrl-in
the musical capitals of Europe, as well
as of North and South Arieiica. Her
greatest role is in "La Tosca", from
which she will give the aria "Vissi-;
d'arte'. A number of lyric pieces
will also be included in her program.)
Miss Wentworth is h soprano with,
a voice of exceptional worth and rich-J
ness of color, which she handles with
structure -of her pieces, subonlinat-!
ing her perfect technic to the de-,
mands of interpretation. Mere display
has no place in her performance. She i
has not been heard in Richmond, arid
the many music-lovers of the city and
surrounding country are looking for
ward eagerly to the conceit in which.
she has a large share. :
)U - t
- .11
Leader said
Rev. Homer W. I
Carpenter, pastor1 of : the First
Christian church " of Richmond,
who has been temporarily releas
ed from his duties in order to be
come acting director of the Ken-
tuckv Division of the Disciples !
World Movement has assumf-d !
charge of the headquarters of thelif
movement in the rirst and City
National Bank building.
The movement is an enlarge
ment of the Transylvania College
Campaign, which was begun alst
December, and now includes the
Plantations .of . the United
Christian Missionary
and their amhated interests in
Director Carpenter is directing
his best efforts to securing the at
tendance of every.. Christian
preacher in Kentucky on Pastors'
Conference to be held in Louis-
Iville, March 17 to 19. He hopes
to have a 100 per cent attendance
The railroad expenses of all par.
tors in the state and a represen
tative of each of the institutions
will be paid by the Inter-Church
World Movement- Ample pro
vision is being made for entertain
ment of those who attend the
Louisville conference in the
homes and apartment houses of
the city, the price of rooms being
very low- 1
' Director Carpenter ha 3 asso
ciated with him in the office at
headquarters a large clerical force
and . is calling to his assistance a
group of experienced , menl , and
women who will help him in the
organization of the churches pre
paratory for the financial drive
which will be put on from April
25 to May 2.
As the movement has been en
larged so as to include alb-missionary,
benevolent and educational
enterprises, it is believed that al
most all the churches will co-operate
in the raising of the one
million three hundred thousand
dollars in the forthcoming cam
paign. The right of designation
being permitted, churches and in
dividuals may' support all the
causes of the movement by mak
ing undesignated contributions or
they may support a particular or
ganization by designation..
-opening liy president Carr:uiza of Mpvimv now .,.n;nn i ... ,......
Largely Attended Meeting Is Be
ing, Held -At Court House
This Afternoon
owuia, v. yiumiiiu,.. n, an.:
o - c :4.: i
, fanners, especially along the Lancas -
;ter pike were presort at the cou.t
house Thursday afternoon - for tho;ncci fron, tu:. tutr-u.t n,. ff,!!,...
meeting hold to consider the federal
All manifested great interest in theioavpc! ti1P p;ri1Tnririfi fi;tttr,Vf
i question come before them was thojon the docket frr t1if A,rU trm
j matter of raising sufficient funds tolff rflrt .1nVh U K lA u,,,.
, take care of their propcition of tho
cost, which is a quarter of the sum
County Judge W. K. Price called
the meeting to order ,and Mr. M. C.
Covington was made chairman- with
Jack Wagers secretary. Report.1?
which have been soliciting the private
subscriptions. ' These were b;ing ar-
J ranged and tabulated as the Daily
Register's report dosed for tody
. ,. . ;(By Associated . Presa) ;,
Vashington, Marchi lln-i-A bond
issue of two and a half billion dol--lars
to pay adjusted'- compensa-
iion to.iormer servicemen mieni t
result, in disaster,. - Secretary . reia,rr ana treasurer by -unani-HnCh,n
tnriv rAAi.u- t mous vote. I he .members, of the
Ways and Means Committee,
which is considering soldier relief
legislation. He said the present -
financial condition is critical but
further credit expansion which
nas oeen a ractor m tne upward
trend of living costs is inevitable
another bond issue is approved
Another Investigation
'My Associatod l'vess)
Washington. M?.rch 11-
Senate today ordered an investi
into the United States
;Kced.s resJ),ution wbich litol j
. iiriLin i nriuirjiTimi ir zitinnreri ;
f r ti, rrj i
erai grana jury at ipoKane
Sell Fifth Street Heme :
The Freeman Realty Company
sold this week a nice little place
on Fifth street to Dock Simpson
and wife, formerly of Garrard
county, who will move here to
make ther home. The place was
owned by Mrs. Annie Jones. It
is understood the price was
around $1,800.
Girls To Play Friday Night
The girl's ba.'.ket ball team of
the Versailles high school come
for a game against the Madison
high school girls Friday night.
The game , will be. played at the
Normal gymnasium and a big
crowd is expected.
At Paris, in swerving his car to avoid
running ovrr a dog, Howard Ritchie
drove it into a telephone post, badly
damaging the machine and pole. He
and the dog, escaped injury, -j.
In endeavoring to pass a cow of . the
Mayo road in Mercer county, Mrs.
Hillary Gritton steered her car over
an enbankment, causing it to trun
turtle. She and her two sisters re
ceived painful hurts.
NOTICE! There came to my place on
Thursday. March 4. a small bay mare,
with bridle and-waddlo on, about 13 1-2
hands high white spot on each should
er, and one in forehead, tail clippef off.
Owner may have same by proving pro
perty and payinp for her keep and for
this adv. Walter Fields, Waco, Ky.
61 2 -
FOR. SAT..E Some nice blue
iseed. N. B. l)eatheiase. 61 2
Seed corn for sale ; extra qual
ity. G. B. Dejarnette, phone 91
J. - ' 61 lp
On account of the. establish
ment of the Federal Court at Lex
ington, the Richmond district
loses a number of its counties nr-
COT(lmg to information received
KV rir-rk- Mi;; AT ATunrlo,-
llrrp. c:v r,)l1nt:PC
nnuf- Kr-n
Clark, Montgomery Pulaski
iWn'p. Until nml P-aI1 ti,;0'
as usual. There arc a number of
important cases on the docket for
trial at this time.
The Madison County. Republi
can Executive Committee re
elected its old officers at a har-
jmenious meeting at , 1 o clock
Thursday afternoon. Secretary
Kolert i. Burnam, Jr , called the
meeting to order, and was elected
temporary chairman. . The name
of Win. O. MaysYVjfas, ;n-ji npui--inatiqn
fo re-electniJ f ljairiipan'
of the cainmitje andhis elecUqn
w'as""m4d(? ?u4fij&eM 1M
- ,, , ,
jjuiiutui Hits tiicn i e-ciecieu sec-
committee, and- majority,of the
rank and -file of. that party are
sa,d, toube ,wdl Phased wth the
work that these two officers have
done during their tenure of effice,
HoGver To Te?l Senate
About War Conditions
(By Associated I'ress)
Washington, March 11 Her
bert Hoover will be called Satur
day to testify in the Senate inves
tigation of the Navy's conduct of
the war. Rear Admiral Sims told
' - .. . 1 ir .
; y
on in Europe at the time Arreri-
ca entered the war and asked that
he be summoned to substantiate
the Admiral's testimoJiy. with re
bard to the gravity of the Allied
position at that time.
Children's Gift To Belgium
New York, March 11 The gift
of the children of Amercia to the
children of Belgium, the first juv
enile reading room in Europe, will
be opened in Brussels about the
first of May, it has been announc
ed here by the book committee of
the Art War Relief. The com-
jmittee conducted the campaign
for funds with which to establish
a reading room which is the first
of a series to be opened in France
and Belgium.
These reading rooms will be
called "L'Heure Joy eiise" Joy
ous Hour and will be replicas of
the pleasant children's reading
rooms' in American libraries.
A hen in the chicken yard of Mrs.
Albeit Beaty, in Logan county, laid
two eggs which weigh one-half pound
combined, and the larger Is eight
inches in greatest circumference.
Organs, Organs, Organs
We hve at least 40 in our store
all good ones- Come and get
the pick. . Green's Piano Store,
East Main. .. 60 2
Why go away from home to
purchase a Duroc when you can
get them in your home county?
See the Madison County .Duroc
ad. elsewhere in this issue. Save
the difference. 59 2
Louisville, March 11 Cattle
100; steady to strong, tops $12.50;
hogs 1.400; active and unchang
ed; sheep 50; steady and un
changed. Cincinnati Cattle steady ; hogs
steady; quarter lower ; Chicago
Investfgators Criticize Keep'ng of
Stanley's Dog At Pen The
Educational Plans Thru
(Tiy Associated Press)
Frankfort, Ky., March 11 The
administration's educational pro
gram was practically completed
today when the House passed the
Senate bill providing for an edu-
! m T
cationai survey.
Senator Frank Rives, of Ilon-
kinsville, today filed a minority
report in the investigation of pris
ons, the House of Reform and
charitable institutions- His min
ority report points out that much
of the findings of the committee
is based on testimony of convicts
who presumed they hoped to gam
some advantage in testifying
against Warden Pythian. He as
serts the report is misleading and
unjust and that the only thing the
committee can say is there were
certain irregularities which
should be fully investigated. The
Senate deferred action on the
minority report.
Frankfort, Ky., March 11. Find
ings of the committee that investi
gated the penitentiaries and char-
table institutions of this state were
sent to the Legislature yesterday. The
committee criticizes the fact that
garbage from the Frankfort prison
went to the prison warden's hogs.
and that Governor Stanley kept his
dog in the penitentiary a few days.
The fact that Warden Chilton kept
his chickens in the penitentiary yard
is the only criticism directed at con-
duct cf the Eddyville prison. All of
the charitable institutions examined
are commended,
the Senate! passed the Vanse- hilh.to require the clerk of the Franklin
f?r the iimposition-.of.a'tax.'of 5Q-ctsCircuit -Court to keep a rule and mo
H gffjP' ''tiskyrijpsently.jtjon docket ufor the state fiscal cases ,
bbnU&Hfn-Kehtue ;; .
,11 believatliafjevertueljS, bill to :s
CfOO will berobtainGdtyrfche:3t9ffirop;laprop.i;;ate $12,500 for the office of
this soui-cebir.m prlT .-j-v-o j;c? h5Jndaxor in Jefferson i county ,
The House, passed the- Hanwtton Wli'pass'd'to;!. - -. ,
providing, thatin.' cases ; of conviction! .The. bill' of Representative Moriran
for. rape 'the v punishment, sh-jfl? vb?-!
hanging in the: county' ? where the
crime took place. .
The House concurred in the Senate.
amendment to the Van Hoose bill,
to establish the Kentucky State Hor
ticultural Society and appropriate i
$5,000 for its benefit. The bill passed
as amended by a vote of 66 to 0.
The Senate amendment to the Wil
liamson bill, to provide for the in
corporation of the Jefferson Davis
memorial, was concurred in and the
bill as. amended passed.-' ;. . (.
Senator Newton Bright's. bill, to.re-J
quire mirrors to beafiixed to seats, of
motor vehiclesi . so -that . drivers j can
observe vehicles approaching fxom ;thc
rear,' was passed, :71 to: S,r- A: ' '. '
The Cruse bill toprovide for a pro
bation officer in third-class cities, wa
passed,. 70 to l. . ; - ;.(. ..
Representative H. C. Duffy of. Har
rison county, Democratj made an .ef
fort to call from the Committee on
public Roads and Highways the Gcye
den measure, to levy a tax of three
cents a ton on coal production for
roads and schools. Representative
Duffy insisted that the regular order
or business should be followed, even
though the Rules Committee was in
charge of the business of the House.
The action of the Rules Committee
was sustained . by Representatives
Vose and Cooper, the latter asserting
that the committee had been more
than fair in . its rulings.
Representative Necl then moved
that the Duffy . motion be .' 'tabled,
which was done, by vote.' of 49 to'41:
- T : 1 1 . .1 i. at : . ' ' ' -' '
Bills passed at. the morning session
follow:. Representative .Baraes, to es
tablish, a standard weight for cereals
in packages; Senator Mtyss, to provide
for appeal . in, inheritance " tax cases;
Representative Roth, to require; drug
gists in,' first-class r cities to have
licenses before the may sell. liquor on j
Representative .Roth, to" extend the
life of the Kentucky Council of Na
tional Defense for the purpose of
arranging and preparing a history of
Kentucky's part in the World War
and appropriating $7,500 annually for
two years for this purpose; Represen
tative -Hudson, to permit the Louis
ville School Board to issue to normal
school graduates advanced
certificates subject to approval of th
Coal Commission Makes Recom
mendation In Majority Re
post -Prices May Go Up
(By Associated Tress)
. Washington, March 11 A 25
per cent wage increase for bitum
inous miners is recommended in
the majority report of the com
mission appointed by President
Wilson to settle the' coal strike.
No change in working hours or
conditions is recommended. John
P. White, representing the miners
held out for a higher wage in
crease, it was said, and will sub
mit a minority report.
The wage increase will absorb
the 14 per cent granted when the
miners returned to work last No
vember, so that the actn.nl in
crease is 11 per cent over present
wages, but it will not be retroac
tive. The majority report also would
retain a check-off system and re
fer differentials to a special com
mission. Washington, March 11 The
report of the coal strike settle
ment commission was sent to
President Wilson today for ap
proval. Officials would not dis
cuss its contents nor confirm re
ports that the commission re
commended a 25 per cent increa -e
in the wages of bituminous min
ers. It is also reported the com
mission recommended a coal price
increase to offset the wace ad-
varices and that a minority report
recommending a seven hour day
I is included in the full report.
1 -
.' Superintend!; of Puhl-c
Representative J-uz.-u-us, to provide for
Ian organization tax of two tenths nf
one per cent.
J The bill of Representative Johnson
to require the filing of a memorandum
-with the County Clerk in order to
prolong the life of a debt secured by
hen against the creditor"?
chasers passod, 26 to 0.
:.,. The, bill of Representative Lazarus
to regulate-the standing of male1 ani-
majs .passed, 27 to 0. The bill of Rep
resentative Smith to impose two cents
a gallon on gasoline sold at retail for
tne benolit of the road funds brought
forth a flood of amendments which
were defeated
The bill of Represent
ative Mason to ' require passenger
trains once each day every day on
railroads five miles long passed with
out objection. ,
The bill of Representative Lawrence
carrying the appropiiations recom
mended: by the Budget Commission
for, 1D20 to 1D21 passed, 34 to 1.
,. The. bill was amended by Senator
Nunn ;by increasing the appropriation
to. the ,West Kentucky Industrial Col--lege
For Colored Persons from $3,000
a year -for maintenance to ?5,000 a
year. . ' : ;
.... Herbert C. Hoover wired Senator
Hon he would not be able to address
the Legislature at this session.
Shortly before recess President Bal
lard stated that under the rules' of the
Senate accredited newspaper men
would be permitted on the floor of the
The bill of Representative Holliday
to prohibit candidates defeated in a
primary from running in general elec
tion was passed, 65 to 18.
The new Board of Charities and
Corrcctons was organized to-day.
Governor Morrow signed the bill at 11
a. m. and immediately appointed the
members of the board-.
The members are Miss Lucy
Blythe Simms, of . Paris, Democrat;
rHehiy P. Barrett ,of Henderson, Dem-
1 ' i ' i T7 i m i r x 1 1
oci'at, and Emil Tachau, of Louisville,
' Senator Simmons obtained unani
mous , passage to-night ' of his bill
reqniring corporations to file records
in the office of the Secretary of State.
The bill of Representative Gamble
providing for 50 cents tax on graded
schools district was passed, v '
Representative Roth's bill to re
quiring youths between the ages of
14 and 16 applying for work to pre
sent " a physicians's certificate , of
physical development, was passed, 41
to 16. The bill of. Representative
Wash, providing for counties ; sup
porting boys between the . ages of
10 and 16 years of age, committed to
the houses of reform, was passed,
45 to 35.

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