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The Waxahachie daily light. [volume] (Waxahachie, Tex.) 1894-current, June 08, 1908, Image 1

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In Attempt to Aid Imprisoned
Comrades Miners Go to
Their Death.
The Entire Night Shilt Volunteered
to Go Into the Mine.—Six ol
Them Lost Their Lives
in the Ellort.
Silverton, Colo., June 8.—Six men
are dead, eight others in a serious
condition from breathing foul air
and twenty-five to thirty more tem
porarily confined to their homes
from weakness due to contact with
poisoned air in the Gold King mine,
located at Gladstone, six miles from
Thursday night fire was discover
ed in the engine room of the mine,
apd before it could be brought un
der control had destroyed that build
ing as well as the shaft house.
The men working the night shift
in the mine were hurriedly notified
of conditions on the surface and in
structed to withdraw. When the
flames had been extinguished the
list was checked over and the dis
covery was then naade that three men
were missing.
Immediately efforts to rescue them
were made.
The first man to enter the mine
returned in haste and informed those
in waiting that the mine was filled
with foul air and it was almost im
possible to breathe it. The miners all
expressed willingness to risk contact
with the toul air if the missing men
could be rescued, and accordingly
two rescue parties were formed and
the men started Into the mine in
groups of five. Soon after a score or
more of the rescuers had entered
the mine, some of those first in ap
peared at the foot of the elevator
shaft carrying the unconscious forms
of rescuers who had succumbed to
the foul air. Later a party reached |
the surface bringing the dead body
of Victor Erickson and the almost !
lifeless bodies of John Funston and j
Otto Johnson, the three men whose!
absence caused the necessity for res- j
cue work. The others who perished j
or were injured were of the rescue !
Shipment of Watermelons.
San Antonio, Texas, June 8.—
Shipment of watermelons out of
southwest Texas has reached such
proportions that the San Antonio &
Aransas Pass railroad has inaugur- (
ated a special watermelon train to
take care of the business. This train
is running daily out of the country ,
to the south of this city and comes :
in loaded to the guards with mag- ,
nificent watermelons. Many melons j
are also being shipped along the line ι
of the St. Louis, Brownsville and
Mexico, and also on the lines of the
Southern Pacific and I. & G. N. The
S. A. & A. P. declare that they have
500 carloads in sight, and it is esti
mated that over a thousand cars of
watermelons will leave southwest
Texas in the next sixty days.
Telegraphers May Strike.
Milwaukee, Wis., June 8.—A de
mand for the same wages which were
paid before the strike of the teleg
raphers on the Western Union Tele
graph company will probably be
made by the national convention of
the Commercial Telegraphers' union,
which opened here today. Threats
are made of a general strike if the
demand is not complied with.
Nelson Golden Dodges Pursuers1
and'Finds Safety in the
River Bottom.
Sherili Forbes Strikes New 1 rail lhal
May Lead to Capture ol the
Desperate Negro.—Has
OKicers Gun.
The systematic hunt which was in- j
stituted Sunday morninr for Nelson !
Golden, the negro who shot and se- J
riously wounded Tom Conj-'i-r wilt,
renewed Sunday morning with in- j
creased vigor. The force of officers I
va:· not only recnitu-.i, but an addi
li'.nal ivnnber of citizens joined in
thi chase. Men were stationed Satur
night on the rai'ronds and wag
on roiids leading iiuo ι aims, vhiie
the country betwe > ι Hutchint· and
Lancaster was thoro'igbiy patro'.I >0.
The negro was tricked nearly to the
Trinity river bottoms late Saturday
afternoon and it is believed he fin-J
ally succeeded in getting into the ;
thick undergrowth contiguous to the )
river. All the sloughs in the river j
bottom are still tilled with water |
from the recent flood and it is be-1
lieved the negro would wade a:id |
swim these in a desperate effort to
elude his pursuers. Men on horse
back scoured the bottoms Sunday,
I but late in the afternoon the fugi
| tive had not been located.
] Sheriff f orbes, Constable McCal
i pin and Deputy Sheriff Sweatt cross
; ed the river Saturday afternoon and
j spent the night in Dallas, thinking
1 the negro would attempt to reach
j the city under cover of darkness. A
j telephone message from Sheriff
j Forbes early Sunday morning said
that a new trail had been discovered
' south of the river.
The negro was reported to have
j been seen several times during Sat
j urday and in each instance it was
; said he was headed in the direction
I of Trinity river bottom. The lead
! gained by the negro while a posse
! was being formed enabled him to
■ keep fully one hour ahead of his pur
j suers all day. A negro named Henry
j Tennison reported to the posse that
I he saw Golden pass through a field
ι about 11 o'clock Saturday morning
; and that he was carrying a revolver
| in his hand. Tennison made no effort
| to intercept the fugitive. The gun he
ι carried is supposed to have been
: Constable Conger's as he had it in
j his possession when he fled from
' the scene of his assault upon the offi
cer. It is believed the negro has pro
cured another gun and more ammu
j nition before this time, and the offi
j cers are prepared for a fight if they
| succeed in locating the fugitive.
Information reached Waxahahchie
: early Monday morning that a negro
I went to the house of a farmer near
Eagle Ford in Dallas county Sunday
night and begged for something to
eat. The farmer suspected that the
negro was Golden and invited him
in the house. The n«gro entered the
house and when the farmer went
into an adjoining room to telephone
the officers at Dallas the negro bolted
through the door and made his es
cape. Sheriff Williams of Rockwall
has joined in the hunt with his
bloodhounds. The latest Information
reaching here was to the effect that
the officers were working on a trail
in Mountain Creek valley below
Grand Prairie in Dallas county.
How Conger Was Shot.
A reporter for thla paper, accom
panied by Earl Gibson, went to Hen
ry Saturday afternoon for the pur
pose of learning the details connect
ed with the daring attempt made by
Nelson Golden to take the life of
Constable Conger. The scene of the
shooting was on the Henry Batchler
farm about one mile east of Henry.
The farm has been in charge of
John House, a white farmer, a num
ber of years, and Golden has worked
for him the past two years. Some
time ago a complaint was filed in
the justice court at Red Oak against
Golden charging him with gaming.
Mr. House was on his bond. Golden
had not worked any for several days
tnd complained of being alcU Mr | ι
-louse came to the conclusion t lint I'
he negro was shamming and that hi 1 |
ntended to leave the conntry. 11 <
elephoned Constable Conger Friday
light that he wanted to he released
'rom the bond and for him to take
■harge of Golden Constable Conger !
.vent to the Batchler farm early Sat- !
irday morning to perform this ofti
Mal duty, lie reached there between
Γ and 8 o'clock and went to a cabin !
η which the negro slept. This cabin !
s some distance to the rear of the |
residence occupied by Mr. House and I
within a few feet of the barn and j
lot. The negro was called out of the j
jabin by Constable Conger and told j
that he was under arrest. Golden ι
held out his hands to have the hand- '
?uffs placed on them. While the offi- j
:'er was trying to get the bracelets ;
out of his pocket the negro seized j
him around the arms and shoulders !
with a grip that rendered resistance !
useless. While holding Constable j
Conger securely with his left arm the)
negro drew the officer's gun from its j
scabbard and began shooting. The !
first, shot barely missed the officer's |
head. The negro fired again, this :
tint > placing the gun against the ofli- !
cer's left side just beneath the shoul- j
(1er blade. The bullet passed entirely I
through the body, coming out under ι
the right arm pit and breaking the i
bone In the right arm between the ■
elbow and shoulder. The third shot ;
inflicted a wound in Conger's left
hand and the fourth shot, missed. The :
negro then released his hold on the
officer and let him sink limply to the
ground, while with the smoking re
volver in his hand he started across
the field toward a brake of timber. ;
Constable Conger's cries for help at
tracted the attention of Mr. House,
who was in the lot harnessing his
mules to go to work. He took in the
situation at a glance and hurried
into the house, procured a shotgun I
and revolver and started in pursuit ■
of the negro. He fired several times
at the officer's assailant but so far as
known none of the shots took effect.
Mr. House then returned to the side
of tlTe wounded man who was con
veyed into the house and physicians
summoned. Neighbors were quickly
alarmed and within thirty minutes
after the shooting a posse was in
pursuit of the negro.
A telephone message from the
House home early Monday morning
indicated that Constable Conger was
resting easy. The attending physi
cians entertain some hope for his re
covery unless blood poisou and tet- j
anus should develop.
Hallway Clerks in Session.
Toledo, O., June 8.-—Several hun
dred delegates from all parts of the
United States and Canada are in at
tendance today at the national con
vention of the Brotherhood of Rail
road Clerks of America. The New Or
leans delegation is attempting to se
cure the 1909 convention for that
Minnesota's Labor Meeting.
Winona, Minn., June 8.—With
j nearly all the labor bodies and un
ions of Minnesota represented, the
j State Federation of Labor convened
j here today and will remain in session
j three days. Many Important matters
; affecting the interests of organized
j labor In Minnesota will be taken up.
The Republican Platiorm Will
I hrow Bunch ol Bouquets
at the Administration.
Platform Also Deals at Length With
Past and Future Financial Af- j
lairs of Country.—Strong
on Tariff Revision.
Washington, .June S.—That the
;>latforin which will be adopted at
.he Chicago convention, mid on which
the republican parts' will stand dur
ing the next campaign has been com
pleted with the exception of a few
details, which will be left for the
committee: on resolutions to insert,
is the opinion of many who are in
he confidence of the republican
leaders. The work has been done by
Hon. Wade Ellis, attorney general
3f Ohio, the draftsman of the recent
Ohio state platform; Senator Hop-,
kins, who will be the chairman of
the committee on resolutions; Sena
tor Long of Kansas and a tew oth
ers, including the president and sec
retary Taft, who have been freely
Tl-.e policies of President Roose
velt will be indorsed unequivocally,
and this indorsement will be the cen
tral idea of the document. These pol
icies will be set forth as the embodi
ment of the principles of the repub
lican party, whose achievements will
be lauded as at all times wise and
beneficent; as ever In the interest
of the people. These principles, it will
be declared are quite in contrast with
those of the democratic party, which,
as embodied in the public utterances
of its leaders, it will be said, promise
nothing good that can be assured of
accomplishment. The republican par
ty's record as the party of protection
and sound money, as the party of
progress and good principles, as the
party that gave freedom to Cuba and
lifted the yoke from the necks of the
people of the Philippines and from
Porto Hico, will be upheld for ad
miration and made the subject of
much praise, and the voting public
will be asked to continue to patron
ize the political craft that has car
ried It across so many streams.
Specifically speaking, more atten
tion has been given by the platform
makers to the tariff than to any oth
er subject. There will be an une
quivocal declaration for revision, but
the disposition is to leave the work
ing out of details to the ingenuity
of congress.
Next to the tariff, the financial
plank has received most careful at
tention, but the enactment of the
emergency currency law just before
the close of the recent session of
congress has rendered the prepara
J tion of this plank much simpler than
: it would have been If there had been
no such legislation. Congress will be
congratulated on the Aldrich-Vree
land measure as being in the inter
est of sound finance, and as calcu
lated to protect the business world
against possible panics in the near
future, and at the same time provide
for the permanent improvement of
our currency system through the
recommendations which it is antici
pated will be made by the commis
sion appointed under the law.
Oregon for Bryan.
I Portland, Ore., June 8.—That
i Oregon's delegation of eight will be
j instructed to vote for Bryan "first,
I last and all the time," at the Denver
I convention is the statement of Chalr
i man Alexander Sweek and other
j prominent democrats gathered here
i on the eve of the state convention,
ι Adherents of Johnson are few and
! have made no headway against the
j overwhelming sentiment for Bryan
, existing in Oregon.
Sons of Veterans.
ι Wililamsport, Pa., June 8.—Penn
sylvania division, Sons of Veterans,
began its twenty-eighth annual en
campment here today, with an un
usually large attendance. A sham
battle and a big parade will be feat
ures of the week, and are expected
: to attract thousands of visitors.
Col. John C. Gibson ol This City
Died Saturday in San Antonio.
The sad intelligence of the death
of Col. John C. Gibson, one of the
pioneer settlers of Waxahachie, was
received by relatives here Saturday
night. Col. Gibson died between 3
and 4 >'cioc.t Saturday afternoon in
San Antonio. \ here he went several
weeks ago for the benefit of his
health. Ho luid not been well for
some time anJ it was thought that
a short stay in San Antonio would
do mucn to-ΜΊ'ϊ restoring his fall
ing strength.
The body was shipped to Waxaha
chie for interment, Arriving on the
northbound Katy at 7:32 Sunday
evening. A large crowd of sorrow
ing relatives and sympathizing
friends met the remains at the de
pot and accompanied them to the old
home on West Main street.
Col. Gibson was born in Lawrence
county, Alabama, in 1826 and was
8 2 years old. In 1856 he moved to
Arkansas and in 1863 came to Ellis
county, settling In Waxahachie. Two
years after moving to Waxahachie
he engaged in the mercantile busi
ness. After five years he disposed of
his business and removed to his
large farm two miles northwest of
the city. In 1882 he returned to the
city and resided here continuously
until death came to end a long and
honorable career.
In the early days of the city Col.
Gibson was a prominent factor in its
business interests. Ile was progres
sive and public spirited, and took an
active part, in securing the first rail
roads which came to the city. He was
president of the first local company
organized here to promote railroad
building, and was largely instrumen
tal in securing the Waxahachie tap
road from here to Garrett. The first
locomotive that was ever run into
Waxahachie was named for him.
Col. Gibson was a man of deep re
llgous convictions and had been a
member of the Main Street Christian
church several years. As long as his
health permitted he took an active
part in church work and always con
tributed liberally toward the sup
port of the church and its education
al institutions. He enjoyed the con
fidence and est et m of a large circle
of friends.
inree cnuaren, υ. w. uioson, w.
A. Gibson and Mrs. R. S. Bynum,
and one brother, Hon. C. R. Gibson,
the last of a family of thirteen chil
dren, are left to mourn his death.
Funeral services will be held this
afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Main
Street Christian church. The inter
ment will be made at the city ceme
The following have been selected
to act as pallbearers:
Active—J. H. Miller, T. A. Ferris,
F. W. Fearis, A. J. Soape, W. L. Har
ding and R. D. McCombs.
Honorary—T. M. Rockett, T. M.
Holland, J. B. Lee, C. W. Moores, B.
D. Pickens, Y. D. Kemble, S. P.
Spalding, R. J. Moore, T. J. Middle
ton, J. S. Davis and P. H. Wilson.
The Ellis County Medical Society
meets in Ennis tomorrow.
Anything that is
to be found in a
first-class drug
store at the City
Drug Store. Toilet
Articles. Sporting
Cold Drinks, Ci
gars, Books, Can
dies, Patent Med
icines, etc.
Prescriptions filled
Have You Seen
the Suits We
Are Selling at
$15 and $20?
Without exception they
are the best values of
fered in Waxahachie for
the money. If you want
extraordinary value in
smart looking serviceable
Summer Suits come and
see our offerings at
$15 and $20
Comfortable Underwear
for the warm days
50c and up
1 Uvalde Comb Honey
J Another shipment of that delicious Uvalde
♦ Comb Honey has just been received.
* This is the best Honey ever brought to
2 the citv.
15 cents per pound t
I Phones J, B.HINES
: Groceries
I to suit the appetite. Î
♦ Prices f
to suit the pocketbooK. χ
I ' ι
j Roy Connally Ô Co., f
Ice Cold Watermelons
Our line is very complete and we can fill your orders
promptly. If you are not a customer you can become
one at any time. Our goods are as good as the best
and we guarantee perfect satisfaction.
Both Phones 31 Opposite P. O.
We will receive our weekly shipment of fresh
Swift's goods—Hams, Bacon and Lard. Phone
us early and get your meat while it is fresh.
Every Tuesday we receive a big shipment of
these goods. ......
0I4,1Î"" P. P. SMITH Ô CO. N»

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