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PASTEURIZED MIIK mi) CREAM
Twelve Wagon, to Make Deliveries to
AU Darts of the City.
Creamery Dairy Co. Phones 871
VOLUME 29, No. 142
THE FROST NATIONAL BANK, MAIN PLAZA, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, CAPITAL ANO SURPLUS 1650,000.00
SHOOTS ONLY
CHILD IND THEN
KILLS HIMSELF
F. C. Fletcher Commits Dou
ble Tragedy In a Pine Street
Boarding House.
PARENT AND DAUGHTER
SAID TO HAVE QUARRELED
Because she refused to obey her
father, when he pleaded with her to
desist from receiving the attentions of
a youqL man, to whom he objected, is
the cause that led up to the double trag
edy at 11(5 South Pine street, at 5:15
o'clock yesterday afternoon, when F. C,
Fletcher, a carpenter, shot and killed
IRVA ALICE FLETCHER.
Fifteen yearl old girl who was shot
and killed bv her father, F. C. Fletcher.
his daughter. Irva Alice Fletcher, aged
15 years, and then turned the weapon
upon himself, with fatal effect, accord
ing to information gleaned by the po
lice.
Mrs. Fletcher, mother of the dead
girl, expresses the opinion that she be
lieves the shooting was the result of
temporary insanity on the part of her
husband. She was present in the room
in which the tragedy oecurVed when
the first shot was fired, but, without
turning, fled .from the place. Mrs.
Fletcher, when Coroner Fisk reached
the scene, made the statement that her
daughter and father were engaged in
conversation when she entered the room.
She added that recently several wordy
wars have ensued betwen the two. Thus
far she has not told of the difference be
tween father and daughter, but will be
asked to do so at the inquest before
Justice Fisk.
Fletcher was about 40 years of age
and the family catne here in February
from Mlobile. Ala.
Mrs. Fletcher Did Not See Tragedy.
The shooting occurred almost in the
presence of the mother of Miss Fletcher
and the wife of the dead man. Miss
Irva and her father had just returned
from a trip down town together. They
left the house in good spirits about 3
o'clock, returning a few minutes before
5. The girl had with her some photo
graphs of herself which she had just
secured at a local studio.
They had just reached home when the
mother entered the room. She noticed
that both were under stress of some sort
and that the father appeared much ex
cited. '“He kissed me,” said Mrs.
Fletcher, ‘‘and then kissed-Irva, say
ing as he did so, ‘wife, it's more than
I can bear.’ I had just turned about
when he drew his pistol and fired‘two
shots at Irva and then shot himself.”
(Continued on Page Six)
LOCAL WEATHER
CFor San Antonio and vicini
ty: Tonight and Friday:.
Unsettled weather; scattered
L showers tonight or Friday.
The maximum temperature
Ofor the 24 hours ending at 8
o'clock this morning was 94 and
the minimum was 74.
Ul9OB 1909
4 a. m 75 76
Ka m 78 78
8 a. m 77 77
10 a. m 81 82
Yl2 noon 88 86
Ip. nt 88 83 I
SAN ANTONIO LIGHT
AND GAZETTE
GALLANT OLD
MEN MW IN
PROUD ARRAY
Ten Thousand Veterans Brave
the Sweltering Heat to Take
Part In the Parade.
GEN. FRED GRANT
REVIEWS PAGEANT
Associated Press.
Memphis, June 10. —Clad in rough
gray homespun which they wore, some
times to victory, but finally to defeat,
in the sixties, carrying the ancient ri
fles with which they defended what
they believed was right, shoulder to
shoulder with men who bore uncom
plainingly with them the hardships and
deprivation of the cruel war, ten thou
sand United Confederate Veterans
marched in what was probably the last
Ipg parade in which they will ever par
ticipate. There were many empty
sleeves and scores hobbled along on
wooden legs, but all marched proudly
and bravely. The heat was intense, the
sun beating down on the streets and
being thrown back info the faces of
the old veterans as they marched along.
The line of march was cut down to
about one mile and the counter march
eliminated.
Twenty-five Bands.
Twenty-five bands from al) sections
of the south were interspersed here
and there through the parade, and
when steps lagged or aged limbs trem
bled and seemed unable to keep step
the stirring notes of ‘‘Dixie” and
‘‘Maryland. My Maryland,” were suf
ficient to send the blood coursing
through the old veins as it did fifty
years ago and lent strength to the mus
cles age had weakened. Everywhere
flags, the stars and bars of the
lost cause, tattered battle flags of the
states khat chose Davis as president,
(Continued on Page Five.)
POSTOFFICE
ROBBERS GET
A GOOD HAUL
Special Dispatch.
Ardmore, Okla.. June 10.—The post
office safe was blown open at 3 o'clock
this morning and five Jnlhdred dollars in
money and stamps were taken. Sheriff
Akers has a posse on the trail of the
robbers. A heavy rain last night in
terferes with th<e officers.
OFFICERS
DID NOT DO
THEIR DUTY
Special Dispatch.
Austin, Tex., June 10. —Former Gov
ernor Sayers this morning declared at
the investigation into the bout in which
Victor Lyons received fatal injuries,
that the testimony indicated that the
city marshal and sergeant of police had
been derelict in their duty and should
be removed. He declared that the in
vestigation was unsatisfactory, but
when invited to remain and prosecute,
he declined to do so. declaring that he
did not feel well enough.
Witnesses this morning testified prac
tically the same facts as yesterday,
that the exhibition was not brutal and
no law of the state had been violated.
WATERMELON PRICES
ARE DROPPING
With watermelons coming in at the
rate of about a carload a dav the mar
ket is well supplied and another drop
in prices should come soon.
Home grown plums are quite plenti
ful and the good ones are bringing
fancy prices.
Cucumbers are fairly swamping the
local market and some dealers are re- I
fusing to receive shipments. Tomatoes
also are very plentiful, a carload a day
being the receipts this week.
The supply of honey peaches is quite
good and the quality is excellent.
Cantaloupes arc somewhat scarce
owing to the continued dry weather ami
the prospects of lower prices are poor.
DENTISTS MEET.
Special Dlspatei’
Waco. Tex,, June 10. —The twenty- I
ninth annual convention of the Texas '
Dental association met here this morn
ing for a three days’ session. Two hun
dred and fifty dentists arc present.
12 PAGES
TWD ARE FINED
FOR SPEEDING
AUTOMOBILES
City Prosecutor Bart J. DeWitt
Declares Unrelenting War
on the Speed Maniacs.
STRONGLY CONDEMNS
RECKLESS DRIVING
‘‘Drivers of automobiles in San An
tonio are sowing the wind and will
leap a whirlwind. The majority of
them utterly disregard tne law and have
no consideration tor a pedestrian upon
the streets of the city, who have just
as much right under the law to be upon
them as the automobile driver. Driv
ers of automobiles or death dealing ma
chines, as they should be properly
classed, have no more right upon aay
street than the slowest horse in exist
ence.
‘‘l have seen many times drivers of
automobiles run or er chickens and dogs
and then turn, look at the unfortunate
things and laugh. They begin by kill
ing chickens and dogs and end by kill
ing people. It is .just as 1 said, they
are sowing to the wind and will reap
a whirlwind. Such drivers must be
curbed and the time to do it is the
present.”
Such was the declaration of Prose
cuting Attorney Bart J. DeWitt when
the case of Herman Schmidt, charged
with unlawfully speeding an automo
bile, was haled before Judge BucKley
in the police court this morning and
fined $25.
J. B. Blake, charged with recklessly
operating an automobile, was also fined
$25. In this case a notice of appeal '
was given.
Ran In Front of Ambulance.
Schmidt was arrested about 6 o'clock
last evening by Officer Behwartz. The
testimony showed that Officer Schranz
occupied a front seat on the Ambulance
that was conveying the unconscious
form of F. C. Fletcher to the city hos !
pital following the shooting on Pine
street that cost the life of Miss Irva
Fletcher and her father. The ambulance
at the time, the officer testified, was
traveling at a rate of speed of about
fifteen miles an honr.
Just before the ambulance reached a |
point on East Commerce street, near 1
Hackberry, the officer testified that the
defendant started his machine and sped |
ahead of them at a terrific rate of
speed for almost a block. The defend
ant claimed that he was endeavoring to
get ont of the way of the approaching
ambulance.
Fast Turn of Corner.
Blake was arrested by Patrolman
Dullnig yesterday afternoon at the cor
ner of South Flores street and Military
plaza. It was testified by the police
that the defendant had rounded the
corner at a speed of approximately
eight or ten miles an hour, colliding
with a wagon, but resulting in no dam
age.
The ordinance provides for a speed
of not more than two miles an hour
in turning a corner. The defense
claimed that the machine was not ex
ceeding one mile at the time of the ac
cident.
LIGHTNING RENDERS
GIRL UNCONSCIOUS.
Special Dispatch
Alpine, Tex., June 10. —Lightning
last night struck the house of William
Dougherty stunning all the members of
the family. Flora Dougherty was ren
dered unconscious and is in a serious
condition.
SAN ANTONIO. TEXAS. THURSDAY. JUNE 10. 1909.
MRS. MAYF ELD WITH HER BOYS IN COURT
EDWARD EVERETT HALE
DIES AT ROXBURY HOME
Associated Press.
Boston. Mass.. June 10. —Rev. Dr. Ed
ward Everett Hale, chaplain of the
United States senate, died at his home
at Roxbury today.
The news of his death shocked Bos
ton to an unusual deg’-ee because com
paratively few knew he was ill. His fam
ily says it was apparent for some time
that Dr. Hale's health was failing. A
few days ago heart weakness was no
ticed and his condition became alarm
ing, his great age, <57 years, militating
against him. Yesterday, however, he
was up and about his apartment. In
fact he had not been confined to bed
at any stage of his. jliness.
IN LABOR THERE IS PROFIT
SO THESE WINNERS SA Y
Did you get in on the winnings in
last week's Proverb Contest’
It's easy. Just watch the advertis
ing columns of the Light and Gazette.
Hunt for the hidden words of the
proverb.' You can pick them out be
cause they will be underscored, set in
different type from the rest of the
advertisement or distinguished in some
other way.
Last week's proverb was: ‘‘ln all
labor there is profit: but the talk of
the lips tendeth to penurv. ” —Proverbs,
XII. 23.
The first prize of $1(1 was won by
Bonnie Brodbent, 607 West Maeon
street and the second by Miss Emma
Rieden, 1725 West Commerce street.
Rain Falls in Panhandle
Special Dispatch.
Wichita Falls, Tex., June 10. —Two
and a half inches of rain fell here and
a lesser precipitation at other points of
this section last night. Wheat was
not damaged and corn and cotton were
wonderfully benefitted.
Special Dispatch.
Childress, Tex., June 10.—A two-inch
rain covered the lower Pan handle last
night, placing the crops in the best
condition ever known. A Denver track
[Edward Everett Hale
Washington. June 10.—The news of
' the death of Dr. Edward Everett Hale
reached the senate early in the day and
was received with general expressions
of regret. No figure has been more
familiar about the precincts of the sen
ate than that of the venerable chaplain
and no person was more respected or
beloved. By his unassuming manner
and general disposition be became gen
erally a favorite with senators and em
ployes while his distinction in the world
of letters and theology caused him to
be generally sought out by strangers.
Dr. Hale became chaplain of the son
ate December 14, 1903, receiving his
। appointment through Senator Frye.
Here is the complete list of winners:
First prize. Bonnie Brodbent. 607
West Faeon street. $10; second prize
Fiss Emma Rieden. 1725 West Com
merce street. $5; third prize, Lottie
Swann, 115 Hicks avenue, $1; fourth
prize. Mrs. J. R. Binford, 705 Navarro
street, $1; fifth prize, Mrs. J. F. Zang.
705 Navarro street. $1; sixth prize,
Luella Kirkbride. 1125 Mason street
$1; eighth prize. Miss Leia Fields, 1003
Lakeview avenue: eighth prize, Miss
Cunyus, 421 Camden street, $1; tenth
prize, Fiss A. McCurdy. 624 Woodlawn
avenue, $1; eleventh prize, Mrs. A.
Masson. 411 East Crockett street, $1;
twelfth prize, Louise E. Colgate, city,
$1; thirteenth prize, J. C. Wilson, 814
Avenue C, $l.
was washed out fourteen miles north of
here, delaying traffic.
Special Dispatch.
Denton. Tex.. June 10. —A fine, slow
rain fell here nearly all night.
Special Dispatch
Denison, Tex., June 10. —A twelve
hours rain has fallen here and in
southern Oklahoma, the most timely
rain of the year. Corn and other crops
were saved.
Sketched by Light and Gazette Artist in Court
12 PAGES
WIDE RANGE
NDW TAKEN IN
MAYFIELD CASE
Testimony to Show That Goode
Circulated a Slanderous Re
port Against Defendant.
GID MAYFIELD VENIRE
ORDERED DISCHARGED
+ 4- + + 4 > + + + 4 , 4 , 4 i + + 4 , + 4 > +
* +
❖ Miss Alice Mayfield, sister of 4>
+ the defendant, was called to the +
+ witness stand when court recon- 4"
vened after dinner. She testified +
+ that a report was circulated in +
•J. Karnes City in 1905 which made ♦
4 it verv unpleasant to her fam +
+ ily. ' +
+ This afternoon counsel for
+ state announced that between ♦
+ Forty and fifty more witnesses
+ would be summoned and that +
4- the state had a new line of tes- +
,+ timony. The state rested yester- +
+ day afternoon, hut will open
+ again when the defense rests. +
4 which will probably be tomor- +
♦ row morning.
♦ ♦
+ + 4- + + + 4-4 + 44 + 4-4- + + 4
The defense in the Charlie Mayfield
I case to supply a motive for the killing
I of J. C. Goode by the Mayfield broth
ers this morning produced testimony to
| show that Goode circulated a slander
ous report against Charlie Mayfield and
a voting lady of Karnes City, said to
be the sweetheart of the defendant.
Witnesses testified that on several
1 occasions Goode had made the state-
I meat of having seen Mayfield and the
I girl in a compromising position. They
I further testified that the reputation of
I the girl and the Mayfields was of the
I very best and never questioned.
| The case has now taken a wide range
and according to counsel for state no-
’ body can tell when the trial will end.
j Prosecutor Chambers said this morning
' that since the defense has injected the '
i scandal story into the trial the state
I would summon a large number of wit
[ nesses and that the trial would continue
' at least two weeks. The defense is of
I the opinion that the case will be given
to the jury next Saturday evening.
The special venire in the Gid May
field case was discharged this morning.
I In the event of the acquittal of Charlie
Mayfield the Gid Mayfield case prob
ably be dismissed.
An interested spectator in the court
room this morning was Judge A. B.
Storey, chairman of the state demo
cratic executive committee, who defend
ed J. C. Goode at his trial at Lockhart,
j Caldwell county, on the charge of kill
ing William I. Mayfield, father of the
j Ma' field boys.
Motive of the Killing.
On the opening of court at 8 o'clock
this morning the state resumed its ar
gument to the court in the effort to
exclude the testimony of the witness
C. L. Bell, former county attorney of
Karnes county, who was put on the
stand late yesterday afternoon by the
defense, and whose testimony hinted
of a scandal and of an insult to a!
young girl, said to be the sweetheart of
one of the Mayfield boys, by Goode,
being one of the motives of the kill
iug.
The state’s objections were, in the
end. denied, and at 8:45 Mr. Bell re j
Bunted the stand, and the jury was re
called.
He testified that, in a conversation
with Goode, shortly after Thanksgiving
night, 1905, the latter told him of hav-1
(Continued on Page Twelve.)
Blind Man
Takes Dose of
Carbolic Acid
Suffering from the effects of carbolic
acid poisoning, Jesus Pinnoz, an aged
Mexican, was taken to the city hospital
at an early hour this morning. Medical
attention was given and the attending
physicians believe he will recover.
Pinnoz is totally blind and lives with
his family on Carr hill, beyond the San
Fernando cemetery. In response to a
call sent into headquarters, he was
found at 1:20 o’clock this morning by-
Mounted Officer Grey and hurriedly
conveyed to the hospital.
The blind man. according to the po
lice. made the statement that he had
begged for 25 years on the streets of
this city, to make a living, but that
he was getting too old and feeble and
had decided to end his career, which,
ho says baa been a sad one.
VEWET ICE MH
“Tastes Like More.”
At fountains. Orders for Ladles' Re
ceptions, Club Affairs and family trade
treamery Dairy Co. Phones 871
PRICE: FIVE CENTS
RECEIVE FIRST
REGOGNITIONBY
COUNTRYMEN
Wright Brothers Are Presented
With Gold Medals at the •
White House Today.
AERO CLUB BACKS
THE MOVEMENT
Associated Press.
Washington. June 19. —After having
been paid homage by various rulers nt
Europe, Wilbur and Orville Wright, of
Dayton, Ohio, today received the first
public recognition by their fellow
countrymen. In the east room of the
white house this afternoon. President
Taft presented to the inventors gold
medals awarded them by the Aero
Club of America to commemorate tho
invention of the first successful flying
machine.
The event was intended to be one of
national interest and to carry out this
idea the Aere Club of America invited
newspapers throughout the country to
print editorials today appropriate to
the occasion. The governors of various
states sent laudatory messages, con
gratulating them on their success.
These, together with resolutions adopt
ed by numerous scientific organiza
tions and letters written by prominent
scientists, have been nut in book form
and presented to the Wrights.
DEAL BLOW TO
DEEP WATERWAY
Board of Engineers Say That
St. Louis to Gulf Project
Is Not Desirable.
Associated Press.
Washington, June 10. —The proposed
fourteeu-foot deep waierway project
from St. Louis to the gulf received a
blow today when the board of engineers
reported to congress that such a water
way was not desirable. The waterway
would cost $128,000,000 for construction
and $6,000,000 annually for maintenance
the engineers say.
PURSUE ME
OTHER MEMBERS
Father and Brother of the Black
Hand Leader and Another
Are Still at Large.
Associated Press.
Columbus, 0., June 10. —Federal war
rants for three more members of the
Ohio vendetti or Black Hand blood
money-grasping Italians were issued to
day and three members of Sam Lima's
gang whe are sought, fled. Search for
them which began early today at Mar
ion. headquarters of the gang, extended
to Lima, 0., and Cincinnati, but none
of the trio of fugitives has been ap
prehended. Two of the three are Bam
Lima, father of Antonio, and his
brother, Stephano. The identity of the
third is withheld by the authorities. He
is known, however, to hare spent much
time in the rendezvous of the band at
Marion and was there the morning of
Lima's arrest but managed to elude
the detectives.
Associated Press.
Cincinnati, 0., June 10. —Government
secret service men and postoffiee in
spectors now say that they have eaught
many of the ring leaders in the Society
Banana, oommonly known as the Bla< k
Hand are today disclosing some of the
methods pursued by the officers to en
compass the organization of extortion
ists. A Black Hand member, incensed
over what be considered a wrong divis
ion of the blood money, was induced to
betray his associates.
UNDER INDICTMENT.
HE IS IN ASYLUM
Special Dispatch.
Terrell. Tex.. June 10. —Former Con
stable Travis Coffman of MeKiaey,
under indictment for wife murder there,
has been in the hospital for the insane
here since June 6. The superintendent's
records show Coffman was eonZmted of
lunacy at Fort Worth, June 3 a

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