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mrH THE EVEN! VOLUME XXJI. MAYSVILLE, KY., TUESDAY, JULY 28, 1903. NUMBER 207. J3 U JLiijJHi X X JN J.1 M, CONVICTS ESCAPE. Thirteen Criminals Who "Were Confined in California Peni tentiary at Large. THEY HOLD OFFICIALS AS HOSTAGE "Warden anil Guards Were Severely Handled and One Was Killed Be- fore They Were Overpowered. Later a Battle Took Place Between a Posse and the Desperadoes in Which One Convict Was Killed and Another Wounded. FolBom, Cal., July 28. One of the most daring breaks in the annals of prison history of California occurred Monday morning from tho state peni tentiary here, when 13 convicts by a coup rushed their -way to liberty, car rying with them as hostage tho war den, his grandson, the captain of the guard, and two other guards from the entrance. The escape was evidently the result of a well-planned combine and was made at tho time when the convicts were assembled for work In tho Jute mill. A rush was made at a guard, who resisted and was so badly wound ed that he died later. The warden's clothing was slashed Into shreds with a rzor but the blade did not touch tho flesh. Turnkey Cochrane fought tho convicts with a chair, raining blows on them right and left. Finally he was felled by a knife thrust in the back. Guard Cotter's abdomen was ripped wide open and he died Monday afternoon, while Palmer was nearly scalped. The floor of the office was covered with blood. The officers were outnumbered and Boon had been relieved of tholr arms. Then, using the officers as a shield, the convicts started for tho armory post on the outskirts of the peniten tiary grounds. They passed a Gatllng gun on one of tho walls, but tho guards were afraid to turn it on the convicts. When the armory post was reached officers there attempted to Interfere but were quickly overpower ed. Then, after further arming them selves with rifles, knives, plsols and ammunition, they made a dash for the country, with several guards, the war den and the captain In tow. Convicts Armed With Rifles. Convicts, armed with rifles, march ed one on either side of Warden Wil kinson, who was threatened with death If he made an attempt to es cape. The officers were told that if any of the pursuers took the life of one of the convicts, the convicts would retallato, life for life. At Mormon bridge, about a mile from the peniten tiary, the warden, his grandson and Capt. Murphy were sent back. Further on the convicts went to a farmer's house, seized his four-horse team and wagon, robbed the house of everything of value, took the farmer with them as a driver and headed for Bald mountain. Evidently It is their Jntentlon to reach Alabaster cave. THE WARDEN'S STORY. , He Says It Was Hopeless to Put Up a Fight Against Such Odds. Warden Wilkinson tell his experi ence as follows: "I went up to the prison, as is my custom, to see the convicts eat their breakfast. The cap , tain of the guard called me into his office to wait for the prisoners to walk -out from breakfast. We were sitting jn. tho office looking out of a window when the line made its nppearance. Suddenly several of the prisoners made a rush from the lino with razors and knives drawn, and rushed Into Capt. Murphy's office. "They were Joined by others. I Judge there were about 15 in all. Blood began to flow. I saw it was hopeless to put up a light against such odds. One of the convicts came up behind my back, reached over with a razor and tried to cut open my abdo men. You can see how my belt Is split from end to end and how my clothing Is hanging in shreds. "The convicts secured me and Mur phy and flvo or six other officers, whom they disarmed. They kept us and pro ceeded to the ward and out of it by the front gate toward the armory post. The Gatllng guns in the station hill tops and along the prison walls might have been fired by the guards, but had they done so tho officers as well as the prisoners would have been killed. As we neared the armory a guard camo out and they Beized him. They took itho keys away from him, entered the armory and equipped themselves with all manner of weapons. They then started along the dusty road and cross ed the prison ranph toward the Mor mon bridge. After I had gone about a mile, they let me go. They also re Jeaued Capt. Mjrrphy, and, my grand son, Harry Wilkinson. The rest of the men they have taken along with them." According to a report Just received a fight between tho escaped convicts and a posse has taken place near Pi lot hill In which Fred Howard was killed and A. Scabio wounded. Both are convicts. The convicts are said to have scattered and to be making for the surrounding woods. A com pany of militia Is on the way to Pilot hill and should now be near the scene of the fight. Before tho fight took place the con victs, who had picked up a number of citizens along the trail and com pelled them to Join their party, had plundered the general merchandise store at Pilot Hill, kept by S. Diehl. STRUCK BY AN ICEBERG. British Tank Steamer Baku Standard Damaged. Philadelphia, July 28. The British tank steamer Baku Standard, from Tyne, arrived hero Monday with a hole in her bow as a result of a collision with an iceberg. The British tanker, Capt. Tucker, reports that as she was steaming slowly over the Grand Banks off New Foundland during a dense fog at 4 o'clock last Monday morning an iceberg about 200 feet high loomed up. The engines were reversed but before the steamer could he diverted from her course the bow struck the sub merged portion of the Iceberg. A small hole was stove In one of the forward compartments below the wa ter line. The pumps were placed In operation and by this means the water was kept down. RAILROAD ACCIDENTS. During the Last Quarter 827 Persons Were Killed and 11,481 Injured. Washington, July 28. The report of the interstate commerce- commission on railroad accidents in the United States for the three months ending March 31 last, shows that during that quarter 300 persons wore killed and 2,834 injured in train accidents. Oth er kinds of accidents, Including those sustained by employes while at work and by passengers In getting on and off cars, make tho aggregate casual ties 827 killed and 11,481 Injured. There were' 1.CB0 collisions and 1,181 derailments, causing $2,491,0G5 dam age to cars, engines and roadways. THE CUP DEFENDER. The Challenge Committee Has Select ed the Reliance. Newport. It. T., July 28. After Mon day's race between the Reliance, the Constitution and tho Columbia, in which Reliance again demonstrated her superiority over tho other two, the challenge committee of tho New York Yacht club selected the Reli ance as the defender of the Americas cup. It was decided to discontinue the trial races. Messrs. Morgan, of the Columbia, and Belmont, of the Constitution, were perfectly satisfied with tho choice of tho committee. They are both of tho opinion that the Reliance Is the fastest of the trio. BLACKS ARMING THEMSELVES. Serious Trouble Is Threatened Near Blue Ridge, Va. Roanoke, Vn., July 28. Serious trouble is threatened between the whites and blacks near Blue Ridge. Several nights ago a Negro woman was whipped by a party of white men for Insulting a lady during the ab sence of her husband. This angered the Negroes and they have been arm ing themselves. A telephone message Monday night says tho whites aro armed and considerable excitement ex ists. STORM AT MINNEAPOLIS. Wind, Lightning and Rain Caused a Heavy Loss. Minneapolis, Minn., July 28. Wind, lightning and rain Monday struck Min neapolis and tho loss Is many thou sands of dollars. Several buildings were razed. Others were unroofed, some were struck by lightning. Tele phone, telegraph and electric wires went down with the poles that sus pended them and nearly all the street cars were tied up for two hours. Whisky and Beer Seized. Ardmore, I. T., July 28. United States officers Monday seized a large quantity of whisky and beer before it had been removed from tho train which brought it horo and spilled it in the street Its introduction Into In dian territory is prohibited. Price of Butter Reduced. Elgin, 111., July 28. Butter dropped a cent and a half a pound In tho board of trade Monday afternoon, being quoted at 18 cents as compared with 20 cents a week ago. Tbo sales of tho week for the district were 806,600 pounds. THE FAMOUS CASE. The Curt Jett and Tom White Trial Opened at Cynthi- ana, Ky., Monday. AN EFFORT TOSELECTAJURY MADE Attachments to Bo Issued to Breathitt County For the Absent Wit nesses For Defense. The People of Cynthlana Express Themselves as Satisfied That a Fair Trial Could Be Obtained- No Trouble Anticipated. Cynthlana, Ky., July 28. Tho first day of the famous trial of Curt Jett and Tom White for the murder of Jas. B. Marcum was over Monday after noon at 3:20 o'clock. Many witnesses are in attendanco at the trial and the city Is unusually quiet. Tho 30 Jurors were called Monday morning and 24 answered present, and of them six were excused. There are 18 to report Tuesday morning at 8:30 o'clock when court again convenes. For tho prose cution Is Commonwealths Attorney I P. Fryer and County Attorney J. S. Webster, and they are assisted by A. F. Byrd, who was the attorney for the prosecution of this case a month ago In Breathitt county. For the defense Messrs. J. I. Blanton, Lafferty and King, of this city, and R. F. French, of Winchester, and James D. Black, of Barbourvllle, and B. R. Golden, of Bar bourville, Ky. Jett's mother sits close by htm and watches the proceedings with great care and earnestness. Judge Osborne said he would draw the remaining of the Jurors from the drum In the cir cuit clerk's office Tuesday when the present number was exhausted. It Is thought that a Jury can be easily ob tained. At tho afternoon session the attor neys were slow about coming in and they did "not arrive until 2:15, when an affidavit of Jett and Whlto was filed saying that they could not try their case at this term of the court on ac count of absent witnesses which had been summoned and which were not present Monday at the calling of their names. The affidavit further stated that on account of the present Inflamed condition of the public mind and on account of the presence of sol diers here they did not believe that a fair trial was obtainable. The prose cution then retired to consult and came In and objected to tbo filing of the affidavit and Judge Osborne per mitted it to be filed and overruled same and ordered an attachment to issue at once to Breathitt county for the absent witnesses, saying that they could give ball for their forthwith ap pearance at the sum of $200. There Is no Immediate signs of dan ger of a conflict and the people all ex press themselves as saying that a fair trial could be obtained here. Col. Roger Williams stated Monday afternoon that the differences between him and Judge Osborne had been en tirely healed over; that they were working together now In perfect har mony and understanding about tho trial and the protection the prison ers. The soldiers are rather sore at Judge Osborne for the part he took In last Saturday's actions, but now they are feeling better. Tho judge wanted Col. Williams to bring the prisoners to the courthouse under the protec tion of the soldiers In civilian dress, but the colonel refused and they will escort them from jail to the court house door as they did In Jackson, Ky., when they were tried there. Capt. J. B. Ewen, the main witness for the prosecution, In the Jett-Whlte trial, returned to Cynthlana on tho 4 p. m. train from Lexington. He was met at the train by Sergt. Swlnford and two men and escorted to Camp Licking, where he will remain under protection of the guards until after he testifies In the case. Hlo Son Suspected. McPherson. Kan., July 28. The body of J. W. McAuearney, a wealthy land owner, with throat cut from ear to ear, and other evidences of violence-, was found in an old well near bis home. George McAuearney, a son, was arrested on suspicion. Appointed Past Head Consul. Bloomlngton, 111., July 28. An- nouncement Is made hy tho executive council of Modern Woodmen of Am erica that Lieut Gov. W. A. North cott. of Greenville, 111., has been ap pointed past head consul at a salary of 1 4,000 a year. Vlcksburg, Mls3,, July 28. Robert Anderson, n Negro, 70, was shot and killed near this city by Miss Annie Strong, daughter of a white dairyman. The tragedy, it is claimed, grew out jf a dispute regarding a fence. FOR BENEFIT OF CREDITORS. Wm. S. Barnes, Thoroughbred Breeder, Files a Deed of Trust. Lexington, Ky., July 28. William S. Barnes, master of Melbourne stock farm, and among the most prominent of Kentucky thoroughbred breeders, Monday filed a deed of trust to Qua Straus and Mrs. W. S. Barnes, for the benefit of creditors. Liabilities and assets are not stated, but the former are said to be about $45,000. Besides Melbourne place and a handsome city home, Barnes owns a large number of valuable houses. Among the stallions are Rainbow, St. Julian, ZIngora and Prince of Monaco. The grantee states that It Is believed that the sales of the horses will more than satisfy the lia bilities. Tho cause of the move is Col. Barnes' continued bad health and a desire to close up his business Im mediately to the best advantage to himself and creditors. FIGHTS IN BREATHITT COUNTY. Two Men Were Killed and Two Others Were Wounded. Jackson, Ky., July 28. Life Is cheap In Breathitt county, as two men killed and two wounded in one day will tes tify. On Long creek, 20 miles from Jackson, and close to the home of Sheriff Callahan, Govan Smith and John Hall fell out over a game of cards. Hall drew first and shot Smith twice through the breast. As Smith fell he shot Hall through the brain, causing instant death. Smith died In a few moments. The other affair occurred on Hunt ing creek. John Stldham and Alexan der Craft were drunk and quarreling. Stldham attacked Craft with a knife, and Craft responded with a revolver. Stldham was shot three times, but will probably recover. Craft was cut several times, but his wounds are said not to be dangerous. Bronze Bust of Edwin Booth1. Louisville, Ky., July 28. The bronze bust of Edwin Booth, as Brutus, which for 13 years has adorned the foyer of tho Auditorium here, was Monday was sent to the Players' club, New York city. In compliance with Instruc tions of the will of Its owner, the late Capt. William F. Norton. The bust was presented to Capt. Norton by Lawrence Barrett. Lexington Land Mark to Go. Loxlngton. Ky., July 28. The old Main Street Christian church, one of the oldest land marks In Lexington, Is to be torn down this week, and In Its stead will bo erected a large business building. This church was the scene of many Interesting sermons by Alex ander Campbell, founder of the Chris tlon church. End of a Long Fight. Louisville, Ky.. July 28. The sale of the property of Col. Robert W. Wol ley for taxes, the end of a 19-year fight In the courts, took place Monday morn ing. Fifteen of the 23 parcels of land brought $41,000, more than enough to satisfy the city's claim of $33,947.33. Killed By Train. Louisa, Ky., July 28. A train killed James Fraley, aged 18, near here, Mon day morning. It Is not known whether he was asleop on the track or tried to get aboard the train. The body was ground to pieces and strewn along the track a considerable distance. Prominent Railway Official Dead. Louisville, Ky., July 28. Emory Johnson, a prominent railroad man, connected with the' passenger depart ment of tho Louisville- & Nashville railroad, died Monday morning after a lingering Illness. He was a mem ber of tho school board. Boy Shot His Sister. Henderson, Ky., July 28. Ambrose Overfleld, aged 11, while playing with an old pistol at his home near Cairo, this county, accidentally shot his sis ter Helen, aged 13, In the neck, killing her InBtantly. Their mother, Mrs. Jas. Overfleld, Is a widow. Aged Paduclan Dead. Paducah, Ky., July 28. Paul MattU, aged 88, died from general debility. He was born In Germany and had been a resldont of Paducah for 50 years, and was a member of tho undertaking firm of Mattll, Efllnger & Co . Search Abandoned. Louisville, Ky., July 28. The pollco have given up the search for W. M. Phillips, of Bellevue, Ky. They say that If he Jumped In the river his body will be found below here. Kentucky Pioneer Dies. Owensboro, Ky., July 28. Mrs. Mary Scott, ono of tho best-known women In Hancock county, died at her homo at Lewlsport Sunday. She was 83 years of age. Shot Himself In the Leg. Greenup, Ky., July 28. Lindsay Damron, of Allcorn, shot himself in the calf of the leg. Owing to the warm weather the wound is becoming troublesome. CARDINAL GIBBONS American Churchman Received a Cordial Welcome at Meet ing of Congregation. NEARLY ALL CARDINALS IN ROME Angelo Di Pietro is Beinjr Talked of as a Compromise Candidate For Next Pope. No Hope Is Held Out By the Prelates That the American Cardinal Has the Remotest Chance of Election. Rome, July 28. Almost all of the cardinals of tho conclave have now arrived. Their time Monday was mainly occupied with a lengthy meet ing of the congregation, which was notable for tho cordiality with which Cardinal Gibbons was received. After tho meeting the cardinals received nu merous visitors at their residences. In well Informed circles Cardinal An gelo Dl Pietro, pro-datary of tho late pope, la being talked of as a com promise candidate In tho event that Cardinals Oreglia, Gottl, Rampolla or Yannutelll Is unable to secure the nec essary votes. Should Dl Pietro be elected pdpo he would, It is said, be the representative of tbe Rampolla Gottl faction and yet would be fairly acceptable to all. Cardinal Michael Logue, archbishop of Armagh, who, with the exception of Cardinal Gibbons, will be tho only English speaking cardinal In the con clave, arrived Monday from Ireland. He said ho believed that the succes sor to Leo would be quickly chosen. In his case perhaps the hope Is fath er to tho thought as he said he did not look forward with a great degree of pleasure to being shut up In the Vatican during the present hot weath er. Speaking of Cardinal Gibbons, tho Irish cardinal paid him a glowing trlb ute though, like all the prelates here, he held out no hope that the American cardinal had the remotest chance of election. "Indeed," said Cardinal Logue, "I think Cardinal Gibbons would bo a subject for commiseration if the selec tion should devolve upon him, for no Amerlcnn would care to spend the rest of his life confined within the precincts of the Vatican." The Irish cardinal expressed the opinion that the question of sending a note to the powers protesting against the treatment of the Vatican by the Italian government should be loft to the next pope. CONGRESSMAN BURTON. Chairman of River and Harbor Com mittee In Copenhagen. Copenhagen, July 28. Representa tive T. S. Burton, of Ohio, chairman of the rivers and harbors committee of the house of representatives; MaJ. F. Amham, retired, of the United States army, and Paul Howlnnd, of Cleveland, who are making an Inves tigation of the :Iver and harbor Im provements of the European countries, arrived Monday afternoon accompan ied by the Amerlcnn consul. They In spected the port and free harbor here. Upon leaving Copenhagen they will go to Stockholm and thence to Russia. MANCHURIA NEGOTIATIONS. It Is Stated That Satisfactory Progress Has Been Made. Washington, July 28. While there has been a lull In the Mnnchurlnn ne gotiations dining the past week. It is stated that up to this point satisfac tory progress has been made and there Is every reason to believe that before tho first of September next a treaty will be refldy for signature which will define the trade opportunities of the United States In Manchuria. Dismissed From the Service. Washington, July 2S. Thomas H. Breem, who has for some years been superintendent of the Indian school at Fort Lewis, Col., Monday was dis missed from the service. William M. Peterson has been appointed as his successor. Labor Situation In Austria. Vienna, July 28. A report by the. chief Industrial Inspector of Austria shows that the labor situation in this country is greatly depressed, many factories running on short time, and the families of the industrial classes Buffering. Rev. Gray's New Position. Atlanta, Ga., July 28. Roy. B. D. Gray, D.D., president of Georgetown college, Kentucky, waa elected corre sponding secretary of tho homo mis sion hoard of tho Southern Baptist convention to succeed Dr. F. C. Mc-Connell.