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SALE'S PRELIMINARY TRIAL COMMENCED.
Will Probably be Concluded Today Conflict of Testi - mony as to Vhich Man Fired the First Shot. EXAMINATION OF THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER Government Soon to. Commence Preliminary Exam J ination With a View otDepening the Channel." THE WORK NOW NEARING COMPLETION Dispatch Pictorial and Industrial Edition Soon Goes to Press Photos Nearly All Made. The preliminary trial of Mr. John B. Sale, who shot and killed Mr. Joseph Bell last Wednesday night, was begun before Mayor Gunter and Justice Matthews yesterday. " The court room was crowded with people, as there had been much speculation as to the character of the testimony which would be introduced by both the prosecution and the defense. Those who witnessed the sad affair positively refused to discuss it, and no one had ever stated whether Mr., Sale or Mr. Bell fired the. first shot. Aside from the air of mystery surrounding the affair, the prominence of the two families lent additional interest to the trial, which promises to be one of the most important ever held in Columbus. Mr. Sale has retained Hon. Z. P. Landrum to defend him, while Gen. K T. Sykes represents the interests of the State. Both these gentlemen were on hand yesterday when the trial of the case was begun. . Mayor Gunter read the affidavit charging the defendant with murder, to which a plea of not guilty was entered. The witnesses were then called. After the witnesses had been sworn Mr. Lan drum, counsel for the defendant, asked for a few minutes' time for consultation with his witnesses, which was granted by the Court. Mr. Land rum took the witnesses out of the court r om, and several minutes were consumed in consultation. Mr. Landrum returned to the court room about three o'clock and immediately there ensued a controversy between opposing counsel as to whether the witnesses be pat under rule. Mr. Lan drum contended that the I rule should not be invoked but Gen. Sykes wanted it invoked with the exception of expert witnesses, and the Court so ruled. After this point had been settled further delay was encountered in securing several witnesses who had been summoned but who had failed to put in an appearance. All of the witnesses finallv arrived, and the taking of testimeny begun, Mr. S. B. Street, Jr. being the first witness placed upon the stand. Upon examination by Gen. Sykes Mr. Street stated that he was a pharmacist and was on duty at his father's drug store when Mr. i Bell was killed, Mr. Bell came in the drug store about 7:30 p. m. and seated himself in a chair, a few minutes later defendent came j up and called Mr. Bell. Attention of witness was attracted by noise on sidewalk where the two men had gone. He saw Mr. Bell attempt to draw his pistol, but could not see defendent; saw Mr. Bell fall to the ground and when be reached him he was dead. Witness noticed tha the dead man held in his right hand a cigar, -which he took away and threw into a cuspidor. Witness could not state postively by whom first shot was fired. Going back several hours previous to the difficulty witness said that Mr. Bell came in to the store about two thiity p. m. and showed him two letters that had passed between himself and Mr. Sale and left a third letter there to be delivered to defendent which was delivered to him about half an hour later. Upon cross examination, by Mr. Landrum Mr. Street said that he was standing behind the cigar case, about four or five feet from the doDr, when Mr. Sale came in and called Mr. Bell. Mr. Sale was out of the range of his vision when firing commenced -and he could neither state who fired the first shot or how many shots were fired; was positive that Mr. Ball fired at Mr. Sale at least once. Saw pistol lying on floor but did not see it fall from Mr. Bell's hand. Witness was here handed several letters which he identified as being copies of those shown him by Mr. Bell on the afternoon preceding the kill ing. Upon redirect examination by Gen. Sykes Mr. Street said that Mr. Bell - and the defendent had been out of the store only a very short time before the firing commenced and that Mr. Bell frequently visited the cotton exchange. ' The second witness examined' was Chas. McCain, a barber working at the shop of E. B. Beard next door to Street's drug store. After giving his age and name witness stated that he was at work in the barber shop at the time Mr. Bell was killed. He said that he was at work at the front chair when the difficulty took place and saw the beginning of same and said that to the best of his know ledge and belief that the defendant fired the first shot. Upon cross examination-by Mr. Landrum witness said that he was get ting ready to shave a cnstomer when the difficulty commenced but could see Mr. Sale from the position in whic h he stood. He was facing north when the difficulty commenced but his attention was attracted" by the shuffling of feet and he turned and saw the two men firing at each other. From the position in which he stood witness could see Mr. Sae but could not see Mr. Bell. Witness did not kuow the name of the gentleman whom he was shaving nor could he testify positively as to the number of shots fired but was certain there were not less than three. Mr. McCain was then ex cused. Mr. Joe Heard was the next witness called. Mr. Heard, who is an employe of the Columbus Strees Railway Co., stated that he was coming out of Beard's barber shop when Mr. Bell was killed, saw the difficulty and said that Mr. Sale fired the first shot. He said he was in the drug store immediately after the shooting and saw cigar in right hand ofthe dead man Upon cross examination Mr. Heard said there were only three shots fired. The next witness was Mr. Albert Gunter, a clerk who was on duty at Street's drug store when the shooting took place. Mr. Bell was sitting tn a chair when Mr. Sale came up and called him. The two meu went to the sidewalk and a short time later the firing commenced. Witness could not say who fired the first shot. Upon cross examination witness said that there were several persons in tne store at the time tiie difficulty toos place, tie could not say positively how many shots were fired. Mr. Reuben Banks said that he was in Street's drug store when the tragedy occurred. Mr. Bell was sitting in a chair. Wit ness did not notice Mr. Sale when he came in. His attention was attracted by a noise and he saw Mr. Bell fall. Could not state who fired first shot. i Officer Thad Brazelle, of the Columbus police force, stated that he was in Darter's pocl room, two doors east of drug store, when the shooting begun. Witness ran to sidewalk and met defendant who gave himself up, and handed his pistol over to the officer. Witness was shown pistol and identified it. Mr. Bell's pistol was also identified. iThere I were two empty chambers in each re volver." - - ' Maj. W. L. Gardner and Ran Shropshire were next introduced. The testimony of both these witnesses went to establish the fact that it was a custom ofthe dead man to leave the hammer of his revolver on an empty chamber. ;ir"- Dr. Jno. E. Davis testified as to the course of the two bullets It will be good news to the people of Columbus and the sur rounding territory to learn that the United States government will soon undertake a preliminary survey of the Tombigbee river be tween this city and "Demopolis, Ala., with a view of securing a continuous channel of four feet in depth. It will be remembered that at the last session of Congress Hon. E. S. Chandler, Jr., the efficient representative from this?district, secured the passage of a bill providing for the survey, and . knowing that the people of this section were deeply interested in' the matter, The Dispatch wrote, to the Chief Engineer of the War Department at Washington, ask ing for information as to vchen the survey would be undertaken: In reply to this inquiry a letter has been received stating that the work will commence at an early date, and will be completed duriug the low stage of the river. The purpose of making the survey is to ascertain the approxi mate cost of putting the river in such condition that it will be navigable throughout the entire year, and if the government ever decides to do this, which seems most likely, it means much for Columbus. With a river which is navigable the year round we will be practically independent of the railroads, and they will be glad to give us the low freights, which com petition oq the part of steamboat lines will force them to establish. Iu this day of com bines a navigable river is worth more to a city than half a dozen railroads, and with locks and dams on the Tombigbee, Columbus will be perfectly independent. Congressman Candler has rendered most efficient service in looking after the interests of his and small, and if he succeeds in improvement of the Tombigbee he endear him to the people of Columbus forever. , BAND CONCERTS TO BEGIN VERY SOON Instruments Have Arrived and Improvements at the Park are Nearly Completed. The new instruments of the Park have arrived; and as soon as the improvements at the park are completed the concerts will begin. The instruments reached the city several days since, and since their arrival the members of the band have been practicing daily, so that they will be in shape to furnish fine music when the concerts begiu. The officers of the Progressive Union and the members of the City Council, who collaborated with each other in the park move ment, had hoped to get things in readiness to begin the concert early in July, but unforseen contingencies arose, and it was im possible to get everything in readiness by that time. There is, however, an old proverb to the effect that good things are always worth waiting for. and when the concerts do begin they will be of such a high character that the public will be amply repaid for Having waited. which entered Mr. Bell's body. The course of these bullets has al ready been described in these columns, and it is unnecessary to give the physician's statement in full, " . At the conclusion of Dr. Davis '..testimony the State rested, and court adjoined nntill nine o'clock Wednesday morning. Wofford-Cox. Mr. William Josie Wofford and Miss Annie Liouise Cox were married at the home of the bride on - .North Sixth street at . 10 o'clock last Sunday ' morning, the ceremony haying been per formed by Rev. Dunbar H. Og den, pastor of the First Presby terian church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Cox, and is a pretty, vivacious and altogether charming young lady, who is extremely popular among a large circle of friends. Mr. Wofford is the son of Dr. A. A. Wofford, and is a young man of tine moral character and splendid business qualifications. For some time past Mr. Wofford has been residing in Birming ham, where he holds a lucrative position as bookkeeper for a large manufacturing concern. . The newly married couple left at noon for the Magic City, where they . will in future . re side., The Dispatch joins their numerous friends in extending congratulations and best wishes for a loMg and happy married life. r . . " In the Memphis Commercial Appeal of last Sunday there ap peared a fine article describing the Industrial Institute and Col lege in this city and giving a de tailed account of the splendid work which is being accomplish ed there under.the skilled direc tion of Hon. A. A.JKincannon, the distinguished- president of that institution. The article was from, the peiii of t Mr. John B. Patterson, the enterprising local correspondent of the Commercial Appearand reflects much credit upon his skill as a writer. ' constituents in matters both large getting an appropriation for the will render a service which will band which is to play at the City . . Younq-Pilkinton. ; " One of the most beautiful of June weddings was the Young Pilkinton wedding which was celebrated at the home of the bride's . father Mr. H. C. Pilkinton in Mayhew on the evening of Wednesday, June twenty -eighth. The ceremony having been performed by Rev. Spraggins of Starkville. The decoration for this pretty home wedding were beautiful in their gay blending of a variety of flowers and in the abundant use of ferns and evergreens. Exact ly at nine o'clock the wedding march rendered in a most artistic manner by Miss Williams, of Besuna Vista.announced the ap proach of the bridal party. First came the two little pages, Mas ters Milton Rainey and Sidney Louse, next the two little flower girls, little Misses Mary Tate and Marie Louise Spraggins. The bride and groom entered alone on each side of , the white ribbones and under thev archway, which was a bower of white lillies and evergreens,-from which was sus pended a large white wedding bell in the center. The bride was most becoming ly gowned in whiceh crepe de chine over white silk exquisitly trimmeP in lace and ribbon and the bridal veil, which was caught up by a spray of orange blossoms only enhanced the beauty of the fair young bride. After the ceremony a delightful reception was attended by quite a large number of friends of the newly married pair. The groom is the only, son -'of Captain and Mrs. Frank Young, of Sessums. and is prominent in business circles throughout that sectioiiieing ex tensively engaged in forming For the past thirty , days representatives of The Dispatch have been hard at work on the magnificent special edition we will shortly issue. Nearly one hundred and fifty photographs and drawings will be used in illustrating it, and most of them are al- 1 ready in the engravers' hands. several weeks' time, and the printers will be busy on this work from now until early in August. Special articles have been pre pared by well posted authorities on "Manufacturing," "Farming in Lowndes County," "Health Conditions," "Education," etc.. aud no pains have been spared to gather a mass of vilua-i'e information in regard to this city aud section that will prova attractive - pros pective investors and homeseekers. Columbus' advantages as a trade center are clearly set forth. There are many store views and at least six business street scenes. Taken altogether this edition will deserve to rank with the best that have been issued by any community North or South aud its immense circulation is sure to bring great community returns. A copy would be appreciated by any distant fr'eud. The price is only 15 cents a copy, or two copies for a quarter. Leave your order at this office or at the Book Exchange. There is no way of estimating the demand unless you place your order in advance. You need noc pay for the copies until you get them. Let us know how many you wili want. That's all. operations, and is one of the best known and most popular young men in Oktibbeha county. The bride is a beautiful, highly ac complished and altogether charmingyoung lady who by her gentleness of person aud grace of manner has endeared her to a wide circle of admiring friends. The friends iu Columbus and ele; a where waft thier congratu lations and good wishes to this splendid young man and this beautiful giral. The newJy mar ried pair left Thursday on the eleven o'clock train for their future home near Sessums. Kaufman-Levy. A friend of 'The Dispatch in New York sends us the following: account of the Kaufman-Levy wedding: "An interesting wedding which took place on Wednesday even ing, June 28th, at the Harlem Casino, was that of Miss Estelle Levy, only daughter of Mr- A. Levy, a prominent wholesale merchant, and Mrs. Levy, of 259 West 132nd street, New . York, and Mr. Jake Kaufman, of Columbus, Miss. The bride, a debutante of but recent date, a leader in social matters, highly accomplished and regarded as one of the most beautiful women in Harlem, be came the wife of Mr. Jacob Marcus Kaufman, an enterpris ing, energetic, young merchant of Columb as. Miss. Mr. Kauf man is held in high esteem in the commercial world, owing to his integrity and sterling character, being considered one of the merchant princes of the South, and belonging to many organiza tions. The happy knot was tied under a canopy, very hanclsorhe ly decorated in green and pink, and sweet and fragrant flowers to lend color to the enchanted spectacle. Preceding the ceremony, which was performed by Rev. Dr. Har ris, of New York, and was most impressive, Mis. Meyers, sister of the groom, c'uarmiugly ren dered a vocal solo. The bride was attired in a handsome gown of white silk mussaline, triaamua in Duchess lace. Mrs. Levy Nore a Francis model of black lac. andMrs, Kaufman, mother of the groom, wore a beautiful black lace robe. The bride was at tended by a matron of honor, Mrs. L Loeb, of Columbus, Miss.; and Mr. Henry Kaufman served as best man. The flower girls were little Helen Mayers and Irma Greenwald. The ushers were Charles G. David, Leon D. Levy, Fred David, and Eugene Blum; all of New York City. Out of town guests were Mrs. Moll ie Kaufman; Mr. and Mrs. Julius Loeb, Mrsl Leopold Loeb, Henry Kaufman, of Columbus, Miss., Mrs. Meyers, and Mrs. Green wald, of Meridian, Miss. Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman have sailed for, a wedding trip abroad where the summer will be spent. Upon their return, ihey will resUe in Columbus, Miss. The press-work will require SEA MONSTERS. Sorre Unfamiliar Ocean Giants o Hideous Aspect. Of all the big game of the deej. sea that have boon taken by mar the cuttlefish are the most diabolical in shape and general appearance, says the Metropolitan Magazine. I have handled and measured one that was thirty-eight feet in length, a weird, spiderlike creature with two antennaelike arms thirty feet in length. Specimens of these animals have been caught seventy feet in length, the captors fighting them with an ax, cutting the arms which seized and held the boat. Off the coasts of California and Alaska there is a deep sea ally of this animal a big, spiderlike octo pus that haunts the deep hanks, preying upon the fishes most es teemed by fishermen. It is found off the Farralones on rocky bottom, and at times the fishermen haul in their lines, thinking they have foul ed a stone or rock, so heavy is the weight. But when the surface is reached long, livid arms shoot above the water, teize the boat, and the men are forced to fight with knives and hatchets the weird, uncanny game that has a radial spread of thir ty feet, its eight sucker lined arms being fifteen feet in lengtli and pos sessed of extraordinary power. A specimen taken off the island of San Clemente had a spread of about twenty feet and gave the boatmen a hard battle to sever its flying arm. Nothing more diabolical can be conceived than this spiderlike giant of the deep sea, living among the rocks COO to 1,000 feet below the surface. An individual of moderate Bize, which I kept alive, displayed the greatest pugnacity. The mo ment I approached it would literally hurl itself at my arm, winding its long tentacles about it in a manner suggestive of what a large individual might do. Indeed Dr. A. S. Pack ard, professor of zoology at Irown university, says: "An Indian wo man at Victoria, Vancouver Island, in 1877 was seized and drowned by an octopus, probably of this species, while bathing on the shore. Smaller specimens on coral reefs sometimes seize collectors or natives and, fas tening to them with their relentless suckcred arms, tire and frighten to death the hapless victim." Worship of Wells. Worship of wells was everywhere common in England and Ireland before the days of Christianity.) Even yet, in spite of the canons of: St. Anselm, issued in 1102 against well worship, relics of it are found; in some English and Irish neighbor hoods. The third Sunday in May is known as Sugar and Water Sun day, it having been the custom for soany centuries in the north of Eng laM. to meet'on that day at the wells in the neighborhood to drink sagar and wav?r, a ceremony at which the village girl were supposed to be the hostesses of -u4 young men. When this had been, doju,. the party tren erally went to the nearest innwhere the young men returned the hospi tality they had received with cakes, ale and punch. Death of a Little Bay. Mr. and Mrs. John Wright have the sympathy of numerous friends in the death of their six year old son; John Wright, Jr., which occurred at the home of Mrs. Wright's father, Mr. J. W. Murrah, in East Columbus last Sunday. The funeral occurred at the family residence at niue o'clock Monday morning, having been conducted by Rev. Isaac D. Borders, pastor of the Second Methodist church.