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VOL. 28, No. 84.
Terrible Tragedy Last
Night Near Sher
man, Tex*
John Price, His Wife and Six
Children Perish in Blaze that
Destroyed Their Home.
Grayson County Officials Hurry to she
Scene This Morning, But Have
Not Yet Reported on Cause
of Conflagration.
Special to The Light.
Dallas, Tex., April 13. —A telephone
message from Mayor Felder, of Sher
man. Tex., to your correspondent
states that John Price, his wife and
six children were burned to death in
their home about eighteen miles
from Sherman late last night. The
news was brought to Sherman this
morning by a courier.,
Price was a well-to-do Grayson
county farmer who lived two miles
from the village of Gunter. Details of
the fire tragedy have not yet reached
Sherman. A party of Grayson county
officials and citizens have gone from
Sherman overland to make an inves
i ■
It is known that the fire took place
between 10 o’clock last night and 2
o’clock this morning, as neighbors liv
ing half a mile awya saw the family
at the first named hour and the ruins
of the burned home were discovered
at 2 o'clock. Whether the fire was ac-
cidental or incendiary has not yet
been learned. A thorough investiga-
tion has been started.
The personnel of the six children
• has not been learned. Some of them
are known to have been stepchildren
of Mr. Price. The charred bodies have
been taken from the ruins by neigh
New York. April 13.—Mrs. Rbeua
Miller, the only real Daughter of the
Revolution, was 100 years old yester
day. and she made a day Af celebration
of It at her home in Mt. Vernon. Mrs.
Miller’s father, Colonel Seth Miller,
was a lieutenant in the coast guard
in the revolution.
Mrs. Miller played the double role
of hostess and guest of honor, for
from various parts of the suite came
children, grandchildren, great grand
children* and one great, great grand
child to do her honor. She was not
too feeble to receive the hundreds of
callers, who passed in and out dur
ing the day.
Special to Tha Light.
Austin, Tex.. April 13. —Austin Is de
, serted today as far as members of the
legislature are concerned. As the
• house does not meet until Monday af
ternoon. it is not likely that the com
mittee on revenue and taxation will
consider any of the four other tax
measures which have been introduced
in the house for the special session.
It is alreadj’ evident that all of thirty
days will be consumed In the consid
eration of measures already Indicated
by the governor In his proclamation;
and if he sends other measures up for
consideration, another extra session
will be necessary: and the governor's
statement made during the campaign
ihat ho would keep the legislature
•here all summer If necessarv to pass
the needful laws, will be fulfilled.
Photo by Cones.
Intoxicated Mexican Tries the Stand-and-Deliver
Stunt on the Wrong Man-He Now
Sobers Up in Jail*
Dr. Pedro Batiste was held up by a
Mexican, at the point of a six-shooter,
about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon,
while near the corner of South San
Saba and San Luis streets. He was
threatened with Instant death if he
made a move. His presence of mind
probably saved him, for by quickly
knocking the Mexican he manag
ed to get into communication with po
lice headquarters, resulting in the ar
rest of the man, who had threatened
his life.
Pedro Parales was the name given
by the Mexican who had confronted
Dr. Batiste. The Mexican was intoxi
ca. He was fined in the sum of $5 in
the police court this morning. The
Mexican will have charges preferred
against him in the justice court for
his conduct and*for carrying deadly
weapons. s’
Dr. Batiste stated to a LiclU repor
ter this morning that he endeavored
to avoid him, but that despite his ef
forts Jo do so, he failed. After walk
ing about five or six blocks the Mexf-

New York. April 13—E. H. Harri
man appeared at the Tombs In the
police court today as a witness against
Frank W. RIH. a former stenographer,
who is chained with having sold for.
publication the famous Sidney Web
ster letter written by Mr. Harriman.
When Mr. Harriman was called to the
stand, he identified the Sidney Web
ster letter and it was placed in evi
The letter as published in the news
papers is substantially correct.
“Did you ever authorize the publi
cation of this letter?” he was asked.
“Did vou ever give permission to
let the letter go out of your office?”
"No. sir.”
Harriman said Hill had been for
meflv in his employ, but had been dis
charged some months before the pub
lication of the letter.
Constable Charles F. Stevens has
received a wire from Governor Camp
bell instructing that Eliseo Cardenas
be held in custody awaiting extradi
tion proceedings by the Mexican gov
ernment Cardenas is the man that
was arrested the other night on In
stigationof a* young Mexican student
attending one of the San Antonio
schools, accusing him of having killed
Augusto Jiminez, a member of one of
Monterey’s wealthy families.
can caught up with him at the corner
of San Saba and San Luts streets.
“Stop, or I will kill you!” com
manded the Mexican, as he stepped in
front of Dr. Batiste and pointed a six
shooter squarely at his head. The re
volver was loaded all around and Dr.
Batiste found himself In an extremely
uncomfortable position.
Without a moment’s hesitation and
so quickly that it completely surprised
| the Mexican, Dr. Batiste knocked the
। revolver up and the Mexican down.
! Dr. Batiste then hurried to the Richter
bakery, where he telephoned to police
headquarters. The Mexican was found
a short distance away when the offi
cers arrived, and was placed under ar
Dr. Batiste cannot account for the
actions of the man. He says he never
saw the man before and that he is at
a loss to understand his strange ac
tions. unless the Mexican was so in
toxicated that he did not know what
he was doing.
Washington, D. C., April 13. — The
state department today received a dis
patch from United States Consul Phil
ip Brown, at La Union, Honduras, say
ing's ;>eace conference would be held
at Port Amapa la between President
Zelaya of Nicaragua and President Fi
garo of Salvador, upon the surrender
of Amapalti, which is momentarily ex
The two presidents will meet in
person and endeavor to reach a settle
ment of the difficulties which involv
ed Nfcarainia and Honduras in war
and caused Salvador to become the
ally of the latter.
St. Mark's Sunday school, 601 strong,
took ten coaches on the 1. and G. N.
railway leaving here this morning for
Landa's park. New Braunfels, where
they are enjoying this ideal day on
their annual picnic excursion.
They will return here this evening
laevlng the park at 5 p. m. arriving
at 6.15 this evening.
Retirement of General
Wade* Senior of that
Rank* Causes it*
Only Living Of deer in Army Who
Answered Lincoln's First Call
for Volunteers.
At One Time or Another He Has
•L .J.
4* 4*
General McCaskey is the only
officer in the army who answer- 4*
4» ed President Lincoln’s first call 4*
4* for volunteers tn April, 1861, and 4*
4* served throughout the entire 4*
4. Civil War. 4*
+ +
4. He antedates all others dur- 4.
4- ing his service as volunteer or 4.
4« regular. He has been, at some 4*
4. time or other, superior in rank 4«
Jto every officer in the army. 4*
4. His services were always with 4*
4. troops, and he was never absent 4*
4. from his regiment on any cam- 4*
4. paign or in any battle in which 4*
A it was engaged. A
He served in the First Penn
sylvania volunteers in three
month*' service under General
Patterson; then In the Seventy,
ninth Pennsylvania Volunteers,
in the army of Ohio, Cumber
land, and under General Sher
man from 1861 to 1865. He was
in all the campaigns and battles
of these armies.
He led a charge of his regi
ment. although a junior captain,
at Peach Tree Creek, Georgia,
July 21, 1864, and commanded
hie regiment at the Battle of
Bentonville, N. C„ March, 1865.
He commanded the Twentieth
infantry In Cuba and the Phil
Entire service of over 4!
years with troops In line of the
General William S. McCaskey, so
long and favorably known by tl*? peo
ple of San Antonio and of Texas, be
comes todav a major general in the
United States army. He Is commander
of the Department of Texas, with
headquarters at Fort Sam Houston.
With the new plan of concentration
of the smaller posts of Texas at this
point and with the erection of Fort
Sam Houston Into a brigade post, the
old arrangement of a department will
be done away in favor of a division.
A brigadier general will be put in
command of Fort Sam Houston, and a
major general. with headquarters
there, will be In comnwnd of the di
vision. The people of Texas will unite
in the hope that General McCaskey
will be left to command this divis
A dispatch from Washington today
states that Major General James F.
Wade, the senior of that rank in the
armv anA the next in rank to Lieuten
ant General MacArthur, terminates ac
tive connection with the military es
tablishment today, by the operation of
law on account of age. He becomes
64 vears of age, the retiring age. on
Fundav. His military services cover
a period of 46 years and Include par
ticipation in the civil war. in Indian
cnmpatgns and in the Spanish-Ameri
can war.
The retirement of General Wade re
sults In the promotion of Brigadier
General William S McCaskey. com
manding the Department of Texas, to
the grand of major general and the
promotion of Colonel Charles S Mor
ton of the Seventh cavalry, which is
in the Philippines, to the grade of
brigadier general.
Major General Frederick D. Grant,
commanding the Department of the
East, succeeds General Wade in com
mand of the Atlantic Division. The
division will be abolished on July 1
next, and merged Into the Department
of the East. General Grant will re
tain that command until relieved by
General Wood, when he will probably
be assigned to the command of tWe
Department of the Lakes at Chicago
Saltillo. April 13.—Juan Mateo, an
officer, while going Into a dance hall
here a few’ nights ago. was stabbed
through the heart and Instantly killed.
His assailant was arrested and also a
number of others who were accused
of complicity.
Ranked Every Officer
Now in the U. S.
Stabbed Through Heart.
From San Antonio He Reaches- the Bedside of
His Wife in lowa One-Half Hour Late--Was
Social Favorite at Fort Sam Houston*
A dispatch was received in this city
today concerning Captain Hanson E.
Ely's hard race against death from
San Antonio to lowa City, where h.s
wife lay dangerously Hl. Captain Ely
did all that a man could do; and ev
erybody along the extended weary
journey aided him to the best of their
ability. But his brave race ended in
disappointment. His beloved wife pass
ed into the beyond, 30 minutes before
his arrival.
By trains, carriages, and automo
biles, Captain Ely sped homeward. Re
lays were arranged for him by tele
graph, and the officer covered a wide
stretch of territory In automobiles.
Mrs. Ely was kept alive by stimu
lants and an indomitable will a day
longer than the attendant physicians
had deemed possible, she repeatedly
said, until she lost consciousness. "I
must live until my husband comes."
Alamo City Building Operations During March
1907 Show 52 Per Cent Increase Over Those
for March 1906--Remarkable Record*
Reports from 55 leading cities of ।
the country officially reported to the I
American Contractor, Chicago, and ,
tabulated, show a gratifying and pide- ।
ly distributed building activity for I
In the cities reported 31 show a gain |
as compared with the corresponding ,
month of 1906, while 21 Indicate a loss.
In the aggregate the loss amounts to
3 per cent. This is decidedly encou
raging when compared with the show
ing made in the preceding month,
when the total loss, as compared with
March, 1906, was 20 per cent.
The greatest loss reported is in New
York. Manhattan lost 34,952,621 and
the Bronx $1,790,535. while Brooknlyn
made a gain of $1,414,637, making a
total loss for Greater New York of
$5,328,519, or over three millions more
than the total loss of the fifty-two cit
ies. The loss in New York is clearly ;
chargeable to previous large building 1
operations and the stringency of the
money market, which makes it diffi
cult to place large building loans. Tak
ing this into account the showing is
excellent, a marked improvement over (
the preceding month.
Chicago, the, city next on the list
from the standpoint of volume of busi
ness. reports a gain of 33 per cent.
The percentage of gain in other
leading cities is shown bv the follow- '
ing figures; Allegheny,- 96; Birming
ham, 112; Buffalo, 45; Cleveland, 51;
Detroit. 80; Harrisburg, 9; Hartford,
21; Indianapolis. 149; Minneapolis, 38; |
Memphis. 25; Mobile. 225; Paterson. ।
57; Rochester, 31; San Antonio, 52: '
St. Louis. 53; St. Paul, 30-; 'Scranton,
50: Seattle. 107: Syracuse, 60; Salt
Lake City, 316; Topeka. 153; Washing
ton, 23.
The -following figures show percen
tages of losses: Cincinnati, 4: Den
ver, 18: Duluth. 62; Grand Rapids. 9;
Kansas City. 18; Louisville. 32; Los
Angeles. 41; Milwaukee. 1; Newark,
32: Now York, 23; Omaha, 23; Phil
adelnhia. 31; Pittsburg. 5; Spokane.
8; Toledo, 51: Tacoma, 20 .
March, March. Per
1907, 1906. cent
City. cost. cost. gain.
Atlanta . . •$ 506,876 $ 531,025 5
A* Baldwin Sr** Frank Howard* A* H* and D* H.
Morris* AH Prominent New Orleans Men In
dicted for Partnership in Honduras Concern*
New Orleans, La., April 13—A great
surprise came to several prominent
New Orleans citizens toaay from Mo
bil*. The federal grand jury, sitting
at that city, indicted for allaged con
spiracy in violating the anti-lottery
law: Albert Baldwin. Sr., a multi-mil
lionaire and president of the Jiew Or
leans National bank; Chapman Hy
ams. capitalist; Frank T. Howard, re
ceiver of the N?w Orleans Water
works atid a capitalist; David Hennen
Morris and Alfred Hennew Morris.
The information was communicated
The deceased was a victim of pneu
monia contracted while at her grand
mother's funeral. Four children, tiw
youngest a baby of three weeks of age,
survive her.
Captain Ely is well known and high
ly regarded in San Antonio. He is an
unusually handsome officer. He was
stationed here for two years before
going to the Fort Leavenworth school
for a term, when he returned to Fort
Sam Houston. He is now under orders
Tor the Philippines, and will leave here
with his regiment the last of May.
It is thought by friends here that
the little children will be left behind
in care of his relatives in "owa.
Mrs. Ely was aNo well known here,
having lived for two years at Fort
Sam Houston. She was a beautiful
woman, and was greatly beloved by
officers’ families and other friends
here. She is said to have been an ex
ceptionally lovely character.
Allegheny 272,691 138.075 96
Birmlngh’m. 384,189 134,215 112
Bridgeport . 429,695 168,095 155
Buffalo . . 850,000 583,400 45
Chicago .. . 5,692,300 4,267,650 33
Cleveland . . 1,898,702 1,254,520 51
Chattanooga 98,160 234,845 ...
Cincinnati . 659,463 689,525 ...
Davenport .. 88,550 81.225 9
Dallas . . . 247,394 223,695 10
Denver . * 668,640 818,504 ...
Detroit . . . 1,480,350 820,500 «0
Duluth . . . 259.790 690,131 ...
Evansville .. 124.351 54,107 ISO
Harrisburg .. 326,560 297,525 9
Hartford .. 311,450 256.700 21
Indianapolis. 975,036 392,234 149
Kansas City 728,150 895,345 ...
Knoxville .. 75,535 110,025 ...
Louisville .. 363.857 542.456 ...
Los Angeles. 1,273,156 2,165,307 ...
Milwaukee . 697,063 705,523 ...
Minneapolis. 684,735 494,645 38
Memphis .. 331,311 265,940 25
Mobile .... 108,421 33,300 225
Nashville .. 215.844 221,545 ...
Newark ... 608,194 900.207 ...
New Orleans 364,969 402,200 ...
Manhattan 9,310,329 14,262,950 ...
Brooklyn . 5,801.283 4,386,645 32
Bronx . . 1,936,240 3,726,775 ..e
New York . 17,047,852 22,376,370 ...
Omaha . . 344,720 449,300 ...
Philadel . . 3,535,530 5,132,545 ...
Paterson .. 104.848 66.694 57
Pittsburg .. 1,115.192 1,183,084 ...
Portland .. 659,729 432,385 52
Rochester . 1,189,840 903.983 31
St. Joseph . 80,345 142,609 ...
St. Louis .. 2.959,659 1,933,336 53
St. Paul ... 711,364 544.644 30
San Antonio 137,175 90.165 52
Scranton .. 247.230 164,220 50
Seattle .... 1,399,109 673,525 107
Spokane .. 440,840 479,175 ...
Syracuse .. 245,605 153,955 60
S. Lake City 604,300 145,150 316
Topeka ... 102,585 40,525 153
Toledo .... 376,325 773.675 ...
Terre Haute 83,345 156,340 17
Tacoma ... 389,720 488.720 ...
Washington. 1.179.778 958.407 23
Worcester . 186.136 180,215 3
Wilkesbarre 186,418 46.225 304
Total . . .$54,222,677 $56,072,037 ...
t to this city today and the accused
1 were ordered to appear before United
* States Commissioner Chiapella thia
L . afternoon and give bond for their ap
>• I pearance. The indictments grew out
I-1 ot' a recent raid by federal authorities
■- of the Mobile office of the Honduras
’- Lottery company. It is believed that
1- other indictments are to follow.
■•I Mr. Baldwin is commodore of the
1 j Southern club and one of the
i wealthiest and most prominent cltl-
1 sens of New Orleans.
Acquittal Fully Expected
and a Disagreement
Great Surprise
Delmas Remains as Thaw's Coun
sel, Though Rumor Has it that
He is to Be Susperseded.
Prisoner Passes a Restless Night and
Refuses to Make Any Statement.
Had Packed Hi* Belongings,
Ready to Leave Tomb*.
New York. April 13.—Absolute
action ensued in the Thaw case t«*lay,
following the intense strain and fever
ish interest of many weeks that the
trial was under way. . None of the
lawyers in the proceedings were at
their offices during the early hours of
the morning, all of the having been
completely exhausted by the long wait
for the jury to bring in a verdict
There is some confusion also today
as jus what the attorneys will do in
talking for Thaw's side in the future.
Harrv Thaw spent a restless night
in the Tombs, but according to his at
tendant slept three or four hours in
the course of the night. He was up
early .and after breakfast spent con
siderable time looking through the
newspapers. The reporters were on
hand early and sent up a note to hftn.
onlv to receive a reply that he had
nothing to say just at this time
Replying to a question from th*
newspaper men asking what lawyer
they should see to obtain information
regarding second trial, Jie said that
he did not care to say until he had
consulted with his family.
His mother apd wife .were expected
to visit the Tombs during the day.
The first question to be decided by
the Thaw side is that of applying for
release of the defendant on ball. Dis
trict Attorney Jerome had said that
a second trial can hardly be reached
before October or November, and it
will be urged that it would be a great
hardship to keep Thaw In prison dur
ing the months of waiting when his
famllv stands ready to furnish surety
in ample sum to insure his presence
whenever the second trial is to be
called. If this application is made,
however, it will be strongly opposed
bv eJrome. who holds the prisoner’s
wealth should make no difference in
the treatment to be accorded him,
and that he should remain in the
Tombs lust as any other prisoner
would be obliged to do.
District Attornej' Jerome feels that
he would not be warranted as a pub
lic officer in taking a more lenient at,
tltude in view of the fact that seven
men voted for conviction of murder
in the first degree. That seven men of
what is generally regarded as a verj
high class jury looked on Thaw at
sane and believed that his act was ont
of deliberation and premeditation' l it
spite of testimony of experts, Jeromg
takes as holding him strictly to the
duty of pressing again for convictlor
of murder in the first degree.
It was reported today that Delphi!
Delmas, Thaw’s chief counsel, was t<
be superseded. He was the first call
er at the Tombs today.
“I want to say to the newspaper
men.” said he, “that I am still Harry
Thaw’s counsel. I am going to se<
him now and I may have a statement
to make later.”
Delmas declined to sa4 whethei
Thaw had summoned him or If h<
had come at the request of Mrs. Thaw
Although bitterly disappointed ove>
the mistrial, especially since he baf
believed up to the very last minuu
that he would be acquitted. Harry K.
Thaw is bearing up Bravely. Indeed
his composure is on a par with the re
markable good spirits he showed dur
Ing much of his protracted trial and
the wearisome hours before the jury
gave up its task.
So sanguine was he of freedom that
shortly before the jury came for ths
last time in the court room, he wrap
ped up a large bundle of letters and
baner.s which he meant to take with
him from his cell, when he v. as told
by Messrs. Peabody and O’Deiily that
the jury could not agree, he dropped
his bundle of papers to the floor
speechlessly disheartened. But hi
presently recovered his courage.
The news of the discharge of th<
jury reached the Hotel Lorraine som«
time before the arrival of the unto
mobile containing Mrs. William Thaw,
her daughters, the Countess of Yar
mouth and Mrs. George Carnegie and
Josiah and Edward Thaw. The pris
oner’s mother bore herself with th*
fortitude that she has exhibited all
along and when asked If she had any
thing she wished to'say. about the
trial and Its results, she looked her
questioner straight In the face and
kept silent.
The Conntoss of Yarmouth was also
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