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VOLUMK XVI. WAXAHACHIE, TKXAS, TÛE8DAY, .11 \K ». tl>ns. Ni : PROHIBITION AND LOCAL OPTION State Committee Submits Both Propositions to the Voters ol the State. CONVENTION TO SANTONE Committee Makes No Arrangements for Paying Expenses ol the Pro hibition Issues.—Cost May Fall Upon Candidates. Dallas. Texas, June 9.—At its meeting held in this city yesterday the democratic state executive com mittee ordered that the following propositions be submitted to the vo ters in the primary election to be held on July 25: Prohibition Ticket. "For the submission by the thirty first legislature of this state of a con stitutional amendment to the people for their adoption or rejection pro hibiting within the state of Texas the manufacture, sale, gift, exchange and interstate shipment of spirituous, vinous and malt liquors and medicat ed bitters capable of producing in toxication, except for medicinal and sacramental purposes." "Against the foregoing." I<ocal Option Ticket. "For the system of local option and proper legislative enactments for the perfection of the laws so as to prevent the barter or sale of intox icating beverages in local option dis tricts." "Against the foregoing." When to the paragraphs which] have preceded this one Is added the statement that San Antonio was se-1 lected the place for holding the state convention of the party in August, and that suitable arrangements were made for putting into effect all the actions taken, teh story of the sal ient features of the sessions of the committee has been told. It ought to be added, however, that the committee failed to come to the rescue of the "candidates for county offices, who must bear all the expenses of the election, including the one on the prohibition question. No provision whatever was made for relieving these aspirants for office of a part of the burden of the cost, which, it is said, will be onerous. Secretary J. C. McNealus made a va liant fight in their behalf, but the members heard him with smiles on their faces and then one of them ob- j served in a casual maimer that a j quorum was not' present. Investiga- ■ tion revealing that most had depart-1 ed after the fight over the prohibi tion issue had been finished, the re mainder dispersed. Had this not been the case the indications were that a subcommittee would have been named to confer with the lead ers of the opposing forces in the campaign which is now about to be gin with a view to securing contri butions for a part of the extra ex penses which, it was hastily calcula ted, would amount to $20,000 or $25,000 in the whole state. It will be observed at a glance that the committee submitted all the ! propositions requested by the peti- I tioners. And it will also be apparent ; to even the most casual reader that no matter what a man's convictions may be about the sale of intoxicating liquors he will likely find some one of the propositions which expresses exactly the shade of his belief. It was said last night that in designing a drag net for bringing out every possible vote it would be hard to im prove upon the work of the commit tee. A LONG CHASE AFTER NEGRO One Supposed to Be Wanted in; Ellis County Eludes the OHicers. THE DOGS LOSE THE SCENT Alter Following Trail lor Five or Six Miles They are Balfled in Their Pursuit ol the Negro Fugitive. The Dallas Times Herald of Mon day contained the following story of the efforts being made to capture the ] assailant of Constable Conger: After an exciting chase which last ed for seven or eight miles last night j a negro, supposed to have been Nel son Golden, who is wanted by the | authorities of Ellis county, charged with shooting the constable at Red Oak on Saturday, eluded the officers last night, and so far has not yet been captured. Deputy Sheriffs Roddy and Brit- | ton returned from their trip down the Hutchins road Saturday evening, and reported no trace of the man. ] Saturday night about 9 o'clock a re port was telephoned to the sheriff's office that a negro closely answering the description of Golden, had been seen near Eagle Ford, and wlih the I dogs, Deputies Roddy, Britton, Por ter, Carson and Sheriff J. H. Wil liams of Rockwall county, left the city immediately. It was reported by Mr. Matlock, who lives near the new cement plant that a big, burly, black negro had come to his house about 6 o'clock and asked for something to eat. of fering to pay for it. Excited Suspicion. Mr. Matlock had read the descrip tion of Nelson Golden given in the papers on Saturday, and when the negro cams In, he immediately be came suspicious, because he was dressed Identically as Golden had been described, except that he had on a black hat. Matlock says he had only one load in his gun, and was afraid to make j an attempt to arrest the negro, he, tried a discretionary move. Furnish ing the man with something to eat, he seated him at a table, and then tried to leave the house and make his way to the nearest neighbor's and eecure help. The negro saw him, however, so he says, and grabbing a handful of the victuals placed be fore him, ran from the house. Then it was that the report was telephoned to the sheriff'3 office here, and the posse started out. Trailed by the dogs for miles through the fields from Eagle Ford almost to Grand Prairie, and then on the railroad track for another mile or more, the scent was finally lost, when the dogs stopped threw up their heads and then began to run around in circles hunting for the vanished trail. (jaujçnt a Train. From the actions of the dogs the belief 1b strong in the minds of the deputies that the negro caught a train on the Texas and Pacific near Grand Prairie. Ordinarily, it is said, it Is a hard matter for the dogs to follow a scent on a railroad track, a8 the oil and cinders tend to destroy it. Last night, however, the animals followed the trail even after the man took to the Texas and Pacific track, only to have it finally vanish, appar ently in thin air. It is believed by Mr. Matlock that the man lay in a wheat patch near his house all day yesterday, only coming up and asking for a meal late In the evening. Sheriff Williams and Deputies Roddy and Carson did not return to Dallas until early this morning, af ter the trail had been lost. They re ported that five deputies from Tar rant county, together with Deputy Dan Harson of Dallas oounty, who lives at Grand Prairie, and Deputy Britton remained out in the hope that the lost trail could be found again. Was Going Went. From the general direction the ne gro took, and the belief that he caught a train, it 1· almost certain to the deputies that he went to Port Worth, and the Tarrant county offi rers are working on that theory now From a story told the sheriff's de partment this morning by Officer J. P· Alexander, Nelson Golden must have been in Dallas Saturday even ing. According to Officer Alexander, a gentleman whom he saw at the Missouri, Kansas and Texas depot I yesterday, told him of seeing a big black negro, mounted on a small po ny, racing east on Junius street late Saturday evening, looking back over his shoulder as the pony bounded along, as if he was being pursued. Efforts were made, it was stated, to get both the sheriff's office and the police department by telephone, but both wires were busy. The man who told the story, believes that it must have been Golden, from his general appearance. Fort Worth Officers Active. As indicated by the following from the Fort Worth Record the officers of that city are co-operating with Sheriff Frbes in his attempt to run Nelson Golden to earth: Vigorous search Sunday night and all day yesterday by Fort Worth, Dallas and Waxahachie officers fail ed to capture Nelson Golden, a ne gro wanted in Ellis county on the charge of attempting to murder Con stable Tom Conger at Red Oak Sat urday morning, when the constable attempted to place the negro under arrest. The local police tried to catch him Sunday night. All incoming trains and interurban cars were watched, but the negro did not appear. About 7:iv o'clock Sunday night! Mr. Matlock, who lives close to the cement works, was approached by a ! negro who asked to buy something ! to eat. Mr. Matlock suspected that ι he was the negro who had shot Con- ί stable Conger and told his wife to prepare the negro something to eat. While his wife was getting ready a supper Mr. Matlock started out the front door to telephone to the offi- ι cers. The negro, however, was not to be trapped. When Matlock went out the front door, the negro threw a half dollar on the table and said lie must be going. Notwithstanding Mrs. Mat lock told him the meal was only a quarter, the negro did not stop for his change, but grabbed a handful of biscuits and bolted through the back door. Mr. Matlock telephoned to Prairie Chapel. Dogs were sent for and two hours were lost waiting for the arri al of the bloodhounds. Three man chasers were finally secured and the hunt started at Matlock's back door. At first the animals eagerly took to the trail and led the officers at a rap id pace to the end of the long trestle over Mountain creek. There the dogs stopped and refused to go any fur ther. It was 10 o'clock Sunday night when the bridge was reached. Al though the officers led the dogs across the bridge and all around it, the animals would not again take up the scent. After a fruitless search in the vicinity, the officers gave up the search for the night. At 4:30 o'clock Monday morning there gathered at Prairie Chapel Sheriff Forbes of Dallas, two deputies from Waxahachie and Deputy Sher iffs Manswer, Purvis and Thompson (Continued on page 3.) IFIERLE FIRE ! SWEEPS EUS. I Hal! of a Prominent Business j Block Is Reduced to Ashes. STARTED IN II RESTAURANT — Six Business Houses Completely Des troyed and Others More or Less Damaged.—Loss Is Eighty 11 otisand Dollars. Fire broke out. In Bedford's res- ' taurant in Ennis at 11 o'clock Mon day night and over half of one of the main business blocks in town was destroyed before the devouring flames were subdued. Among the firms burned out are Thomas Wal ker Shoe company, Bedford's res taurant, a frosty joint, pool hall, the Ennis Pharmacy, F. C. Vickery, wholesale and retail grocery, the In dependent Telephone company. Thomas & Hill, six chair barber shop. W. H. Brown, law office. Dr. J. P. Clark, dentist, Dr. Loggins & Mc Call's office and other offices. Six buildings in all were destroy ed. Five of these were two-story structures and one was a small sin gle-story building. Every building in this block was constructed of brick. At one time when the flames raged the fiercest the Citizens Bank build ing and other structures were in per il. The second stories of the build ings were fitted up with offices which were occupied by lawyers, doctors and real estate agents. The fire originated in Bedford's restaurant and was caused by the ex plosion of a gasoline coffee urn. It was about 2:30 Tuesday morning before the firemen, who made a va liant fight, were able to get the flames under control. Ttie total loss on property is esti mated at $80,525. The individual losses, together with the amount of Insurance, are given as follows: Capt. Η. 'Γ. Moore, loss on three buildings, $20,000; insurance. $11, 000. L. Levy, loss on two buildings, $12,500; insurance, $7,000. Mrs. J. C. McKinney, loss on build ing, $3,500; insurance, $1,500. Jim Roper, loss on pool hall. $900; no insurance. Lon Mims. loss on pool hall, $825; no insuranuce. Capt. H. T. Moore, loss on private office fixtures, $100; no Insurance. Harper & Eubanks, real estate, loss $300; no insurance. W. H. Brown, loss on law office, $1,500; insurance, $400. Ennis Pharmacy, loss on stock and fixtures, $10,000; Insurance $4,700. Bedford's restaurant, loss, $800; insurance, $400. Thomas & Hill, loss on barber shop, $1,800; insurance, $1,200. F. C. Vickery, wholesale and retail groceries, loss on stock and fixtures, $14,000; insurance $6,500. Dr. J. C. Clark, entire loss on den tal office; insurance $500. Independent Telephone company, loss on exchange, $10,000; insur ance, $7,000. Thomas & Walker, loss on stock of shoes and fixtures, $15,000; in surance, $9,000. Loggins & McCall, physicians, en tire loss; Insurance $1,000. J. M. Petty, damage to building covered by insurance. Electric Light and Power com pany, loss on wires and transmitters, about $300. Cotton Is Blooming. Charley Tapps, who Is farming six miles south of town, has sent this paper two cotton blooms from his field. In a note accompanying the blooms Mr. Tapps said he had 8 acres of cotton planted in March, and that it bids fair to make a good yield. Postmasters Organize. St. Paul. Minn., June 9.—A per manent union of the postmasters of Minnesota will probably be effected as the result of a meeting opened here today in the federal building, which is attended by postmasters from all over the state. EOUEI «HTJUT ESQiPES Negro Who Shot Constable Conger Located Near Eagle Ford. The following from the Fort Worth Star confirma the report in this paper Monday afternoon con cerning the appearance of Nelson Golden on a farm near Eagie Ford: Seven members of the police force and an ex-county official were scour ing the surrounding country for morn than three hours Sunday night In the hope of capturing Nelson Golden, a negro bearing the significant sobri quet of "Big Boy," wanted in Ellis oounty on the charge of attempt to murder. During an attempt to place Gol den under arrest at Red Oak Satur day morning Constable Tom Conger was overpowered by the negro, de prived of his pistol and shot it four times. Conger was wounded twice and it is feared he cannot recover. Considerable, excitement resulted, but the negro contrived to keep in hiding until Isite Sunday evening, when he was recognized by a farmer living near Eagle Ford while asking for a drink of water. The farmer was unsuccessful in his attempt to make Golden a pris oner, but at once gave the alarm. Word was received here at 10 o'clock Sunday evening that the sheriff of Rockwall county, accompanied by two bloodhounds, was in pursuit and that the negro was presumably head ed toward Fort Worth. Accordingly, Night Captain Bills, Mounted Officers Casey. Carter, Norwood and Brown and Patrolmen Bell and Dodd went at once to the south end of the city, while ex-Deputy Sheriff Charles Evatt went on an interurban car to Arlington. All incoming trains and interurban cars were closely watch ed, but at a late hour Monday after noon had proven fruitless. VIGTIMS OF fiftTHHOUSE THIEVES Houslon Couple Robbed of Tbeir Jewelry and Money. ' Galveston, June 9.—Mr. and Mrs. ! R. E. Young of 1107 Franklin ave nue, Houston, were.robbed of about I $1500 worth of jewelry at one of the j bath-houses on the beach between 5 ! and 6 o'clock Sunday evening. The j Jewelry consisted of a sapphire and j diamond ring, valued at $600, soli ί taire diamond ring, valued at $300, ,a sapphire brooch and emarald ring, j gentleman's diamond stickpin, silver ■ card case and $4 in silver. ! The articles were taken from the I deposit box in the office of the bath house. I Mr. Young left the claim check for ; the valuables in his trouser pockets ; in the bathroom while he was in the ] water. The bathroom was entered ■ and the claim check with the money | and card case extracted frim his pockets. The claim check was pre I se η ted at the office, and the jewelry I delivered to the thief. j A gold watch in the pocket of Mr. j Young's c&thing was not taken. I The police are without a clew of j the robbery. Fieclier-H«nsen Trial. New York, June 9.—Carl Fiacher Hansen, the prominent lawyer, will be placed on trial on the charge of extortion before Judge Groff in th· criminal branch of the supreme court tomorrow. R.eady to Put on a Straw? <fl We've a big showing ready for you here, Soft Straws or Yacht style. $1.00 to $4.00 Panamas $5 to $7 50 The largest selection of Negligee Shirts in Waxa hachic ready too. DS You Can Find Anything that is to be found in a first-class drug store at the City Drug Store. Toilet Articles, Sporting Goods.PostCards, Cold Drinks, Ci gars, Books, Can dies, Patent Med icines, etc. Prescriptions filled accurately. ONLY THE BEST Ι Blackberries for Preserving f 1 We will receive a shipment of Blackberries each £ morning this week. If you want some for preserving I telephone us and we can deliver them fresh any day. $1.75 per crate i'tj. B.HINES ♦ Breakfast Cereals ♦ * 7 We have a large and well assorted line of Breakfast ç Foods, but one brand we are making a leader is | Toasted Corn Flakes 1 I Try it once and you will use it all the time. R.oy Connally 6 Co., Ice Cold Watermelons TODAY Our line is very complete and we can fill your orders promptly. If you are not a customer you can become one at anv time. Our goods are as good as the best and we guarantee perfect satisfaction. E,. C. LUMLEY, Both Phones 31 Opposite P. O. I Today 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. ...... ou,r· P. P. SMITH Ô CO. "7