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THE KEMPER HERALD.
VOL. XXXIII SCOOBA, MISS.. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 1907. NO. 18 FIST GOT ON FLOOR OF HOUSE JOHN SHARP WILLIAMS RE SENT THE "LIE." ITALIAN INVESTIGATION -Secretary of States Called Upon to Look Inton Kentucky “Night Ri ders.” Congress adjourn for Christ mas Holidays. Washington.—The spirit of rival ry that for five years has alternated, smouldered and blazed between John Sharp Williams, of Mississippi, leader of the minority, and David A. De Armond of Missouri, leader of the minority opposition, culminated in a * ;±lst fight on the floor of the house of representatives. The blows of Rep resentative De Armond caused, blood (to flow down the face of Representa tive Williams, and only the forcible intervention of friends cut the com bat short. Mr. De Armond bore away a cuffed nose. The immediate cause of the ifight was the passage of the lie by -Air. De Armond to Mr. Williams, re sultant of a complaint of the former •.that the minority leader had broken faith in “burying” Representative Booher of Missouri by recommending ■his assignment by speaker Cannon to the committee on coinage, weigh's and measures. According to the statement of the principals, Mr. Williams defended his <r<tion by declaring he 'had been told Jiby Mr. Boohar’s colleague, Repre -ntative Lloyd of Missouri, that the voajmittee assignment would be satis 3o -\Vr.v to Mr. Booher. Mr. De Ar «lif fei bluntly questioned the truth of oiaaid cement, and after the failure While ff°rt on his part to transfer cause ile °f controversy, Mr. Wil ihe presfuet Mr. De Armond a blow Surjv^jre with his closed Hist, ifhat - hostoiting incident will not be -have bet the official record of tbs ittccrs 11 congress, for the house had jail .I some minutes adjourned when 'r»> firs^ blow was struck. But there .-'was no lack <sf witnesses. The organ “ the- house bed 'i&M-rtm jpleted by the announcement of the speaker’s assignments of members to committees, the Republican commit ttee men having been selected by the .•speaker and the Democratic by Mr. Williams. Groups of representatives were scattered about the floor dis cussing the appointments. In the overlooking galleries loitered a score cr so of women, and four times that many men, viewing the aftermath of an interesting session. - At the request of the Italian am bassador, Secretary of State Root has called upon the governor of Kentuc ky to intervene to prevent the fur ther destruction of “night riders” of tobacco belong to the Italian govern ment stored in Kentucky. The rep resentation is based upon the burn ing by the “night riders” at Hop kinsville, Ky., of a warehouse con taining a large quantity of tobacco purchased by the Italian government, which maintains a monopoly of the sale of tobacco of all kinds in Italy. The governor of Kentucky has re ported that he is investigating the matter. Other matters about which the Ital ian ambassador complains related to the treatment of Italian laborers in the states of Mississippi and Flori da. In the first named state labor ers had been abused because they were Italians ana came nuo cunn«. tition with the native labor, while ‘.n Florida they were made the victims of a system of peonage which was worse than slavery. As in the case of Louisville and Kentucky, all that Secretary Root could do owing to the limitation up on the exercise of federal power, was to promise to communicate with the officers of the states, asking them to investigate the complaints and en . deavor to extend to the Italians the protection guaranteed them by treaty. The house adjourned on Saturday for the Christmas holidays. Unqualifiedly False. Secretary Cortelyou in a signed statement given out pronounces as unqualifiedly false the current ru mors of undue political activity of his interest. The Secretary declares that neither he nor his friends have used their influence in behalf of any can didate for the presidency, and that he has not been a candidate for any thing but the confidence of the peo ple. He adds that if he should here after decide to be a candidate for any office lie will say so frankly. The statement follows: Admiral Dewey is Seventy. Admiral George Dewey, gave a din ner at his home on K. etreet in cele bration of the seventieth anniversary tines not occur uut . the 28th instant, but the celebration was advanced in order that the President might bo present. The dinner was informal iu character, there being no set speeches but many of the Admiral’s guests took advantage of the opportunity in t graceful fashion to congratulate him. The Proposed Law. "Draw one,” suggested Mr. Till man wehereupou Mr. Knox prepared an amendment to the Wilson bill providing that the control of the ■State should begin as soon as tho package is "within the borders of a State and before or after delivery to the consignee.” Mr. Tillman then withdrew his re solution and offered the bill, which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary. "The bill as presented reads: "That all fermented, distilled or other intoxicating liquors or liquids transported into any State or Ter ritory or remaining therein for use, consumption, sale or storage therein upon arrival within the borders of the State, and before or after deliv ery to the consignee, in such State or Territory, be subject to the opera tion and effect the laws of such State or Territory enacted in the ex ercise of its police powers, to the same extent aud in the same manner as though sucli liquids or liquors had been produced in such State or ritory, and shall not be exempt theie from by reason of being introduced therein in orginal packages or other wise.” Raised by Mr. Tillman. Tlie subject of prohibition came #p in the Senate. It was raised by Sena tor Tillman, who introduced a re solution instructing the Committee on Finance to consider and report "whether it is practicable for the national government to discontinua the issuance of permits to retail liquor dealers in State countries or muncipalities where local option pre vails, prohibiting the sale of liquors” Senator Allison suggested that the government merely collected tax on liquor and does not control its sale. Mr. Tillman replied that the1 gov ernment,in collecting the tax, permits the sale of the liquor and issues a permit for that perpose. The resolu tion was adopted. Warwhoop by Gaines. “I brand the writer of that as a liar, and the statement as absolutely false,” said Representative John Wesley Gaines, of Tennessee, on the floor of Ihc house, following l!ie read, ing of a statement appearing in a lo cal newspaper, that he had made a football rush in the committee on ap propriations to recommend a defi ciency appropriation of $50,000 for seeds for free distribution. A bill to cover' that amount had just been offered by Mr! Tawney and Mr. Gaines had the floor. He receiv ed a round of applause after hurling his opprobium. Mine Accidents Increase. The coal mines of the United States are killing three times r.s many men per 1000 employed as those of most European countries. In the last seventeen years, 'j-g,840 men have given up their lives in the mines of this country. As many violent death* have occurred in the mines during the last six years as during the pre ceding eleven years. The number of fatal accidents each year is now double that of the year 1895. These facts have been gleaned by govern ment experts acting under orders from Seretary Garfield of Ihe Inte rior Department. Culberson Resolution. Senator Culberson called up his resolution directing the Committee on Finance to investigate the present financial stringency and report some plan for its immediate relief. Sena tor Aldrich, chairman of the Com mittee on Finance, suggested that the Resolution be referred to his com _1 4 * l... 4-_1 4.. 1_ 1L 1* the table until Mr. Culberson should have on opportunity to speak upon it. Mr. Culberson gave notice that he would submit remarks on the measure at some future time. Work on Mining Claims. Members discussed for two hours a bill to allow a suspension of the law requiring annual work on mining claims in the course of being perfect ed to the amount of at least $100 an nually during 1908. The bill was urg ed because of the difficulty of secur ing funds for prospecting work. Ac tion on the measures was finally de feated by/ a motion by Senator Car ter, who called for an executive ses sion at th« moment the bill was to be voted upon. It can not now come up until after the 'holidays. Nomination! Confirmed. In exectutive session the Senate confirmed the nomination of Water F. Frear, to be Governor of Hawaii, and Alfred S. Hartwell and S. M. Ballou, to be Chief Justiee and Asso ciate Justice, respectively, of that ter ritory. Dynamite Explosion. Palermo, Sicily.—A powder maga zine containing a large supply of dy namite, exploded here causing a ter rible conflagration. A number of houses collapsed amidst frightful de tonations, and the whole town was shaken. A panic ensued, followed by a rush to the scene of the disaster by troops and firemen. It is estimat ed that 1,000 persons have been kill ed. FAMOUS CASE" DISPOSE!) OF PEROLEUM PEOPLE CAN COM PETE WITH STANDARD OIL. TEN TEAR OLD CRIMINAL Natchan Sands Juvenile Self-Confess ed Thief Jo Reformatory. Former State Senator Engages in Street Duel at Laurel. Found Guilty. The trial of Jack Spears, charged with arson at Pontotoc resulted in the jury finding a verdict of “Guil ty as charged,” but disagreeing as to punishment. Under the law the punishment is placed at life impris onment in .the penitentiary. This case is one of the most important that has been tried' in this county for years. Spears was charged with the buring of the dwelling of Henry Bul lard, an old man about eighty-five years of age, one night in Septembe1, while Bullard and his wife were asleep. .The old couple barely escaped with their lives. Bloodhounds from New Albany were sent for the next day, put on the track, and they went to Spears’ house and according to the theory of the state identified him. There were some corroborating state __i... tpi.„ ,1 Vml/4 did not do the burning and placed members of the family on the stand to prove that he was at home that night at the time the burning occur red. Back Tax Oases. Sheriff J. H. Temple, of Meridian, received a batch of papers from State Revenue Agent Wirt Adams, f'uecting him -to serve them on the representatives here of several for eign music firms doing business in this vicinity. The instruments are de signed to recover certain back taxes alleged to be due. The houses against which the processes are issued and the amounts levied against in each instance are as follows: Junius Hart Piano Comp*) /, New Orleans, $55, 500; Grunewald Piano Company, New Orleans, $60,($0; Philip Werleia, New Orleans, $66,000; French Piano Company, Birmingham, Ala., $33,000. The property assessed totals $220,500. The approximate amount that will be realized thereon, if the claims are paid is about $3,0000. The Revenue Agent is basing his actions on the result of ihe adjustment recently ob tained in like procedure against the Sanger Sewing Machine Company, whereby the state was victorious in its fight. The railroad commission has final ly disposed of the famous petroleum cases, which have been before them for several months by reducing the classification on petroleum from the third class to the sixth class, which greatly reduces the rate and which will doubtless be satisfactory to the petroleum interests, although it is far below what they asked for. This however, applies only to less than car load lots. The style of the case was the National Petroleum Association and the General Gil Company vs. all railroads, and it asked for exception ally low rates on p etroleum oil in car load lots to enable them to com pete with the Standard Oil Compa ny, which ships in tank cars at a much, lower rate than the smaller shippers were required to pay for the smaller lots. Court House Sells for $298. Pursuant to an order passed by the board of supervisors of this coun ty at its November meeting in Hous ton the sheriff of this county sold at public auction to the highest bid der the old court house. R. W. Dula ney of this county was the highest bidder, at $298. The buyer will be required to execute a bond to be approved by the board, payable to the county for double the amount of the purchase priee for the removal of the old building from the preeeut site within sixty days from January 15th 1908. Work on the new $75,000 building will commence not later than March 20, 1008. # _ Hattiesburg Gathering. A large delegation of members clect of the legislature attended the convention at Hattiesburg called for the purpose of considering measures to be introduced at the approaching session affecting the interests of South Mississippi. It is expected that between 80 and 100 lawmakers will be in attendance. New Orleans—John Brown, a ne gro, was brought to New Orleans from Pontehatoula, La., where he was ar rested during the night, charged with being the murderer of Mrs. E. Nel son nare Hammond, La., yesterday. Mrs. Nelson’s body was found rid dled with shots. Suspicion pointed to Brown, who had quarrelled with her over the own erahip.of a dog. Brown declares he is innocent. - For Night School Prof. J. N. Powers, State Superin tendent of Education, is conferring with Prof. Robert Torrey, superinten dent of the Jackson Public Schools, relative to the necessity of establish ing a night school in this city for the benefit of the little wage earners who are unable to attend the day schools. A small army of boys and girls has daily employment in the telegraph offices and shops and sores of the city, earning wages for the support of widowed mothers, and Profs. Pow ers and Torrey desire to arrange if possible, for the establishment of a night school for their benefit. It ;s very probable that tlte matter will be taken up at a meeting of tha schools before the close of the month and that the city authorities will b# asked to provide sufficient funds to employ at least one teacher for night work. The movement lias met with popular approval in educational cir cles. $10,000 Bonds. At a meeting of the board of di rectors of tihe Mississippi State Fair and Industrial Exposition it was de cided to issue bonds in the sum of $10,000 or whatever amount may be necessary to make the 1908 exposi tion far and away head of all previ ous events that have taken place since the enterprise was brought into existence. The 1908 exposition will be inaugurated on October 27th and continue for a period of ten days. President H. E. Blakeslee and Gener al Manager McKay were instructed to go ahead with preparations for the event and the compilation of the pre mium catalogue is already in prog ress. At its approaching session the legislature will be asked to give an appropriation for the aid of the state fair. Skeleton of Negro Found. While driving cattle six miles west of Lumberton Elijah Byrd and Fred Potter found part of a human skele ton, the head and both legs, the body and arms probably having been drag ged away by cattle or sheep. The skeleton had evidently not been there -more than six or eight months. The skull indicates that it was a negro. Several months ago in that neigh borhood, a fight occurred between the negroes of Deuuieon’s turpentine camps and Ewing Young Company’s camps. One negro was killed and several wounded. The skeleton is believed to 'be one of the negroes who was wounded. Tea-Year Old Criminal. Brown Sparling, a 10-year-old boy, was arrested at Natchez for breaking into a bakery on Sunday night. The boy admitted his guilt. Saturday night he stole a large package of gfrwds from a dry goods delivery wagon, and gave it to his mother, saying he was working at $1 a day, and had bought her a Christmas pres ent. One day he stole a dog, sold it to a man for 25 cents, stole it again an hour later, and the next day brought the man a large dog and wanted 50 cents for the canine. He will be sent to the Reformatory at Arlington, N. J. Fought Duel. Much surprise is expressed over the news from Laurel of a street duel in which Edward Bragg was instant ly killed and Hon. B. W. Sharbor ough badly wounded. Mr. Sharbor ough is a former member of ths State Senate from Jones county, ser ving in the upper body during the Longino administration. Ho is one of the foremost members of the bar in that section of the state, and has been a frequent visitor at the capita) on legal business. According to re ports received here this afternoon Mr. Scarborough will recover, al though he is badly wounded. . ^ • To Adjust Rate. A special meeting of the Pasca goula Commercial Club was held at the clubrooms here. The object was to discuss the controversy between the Cumberland Telephone Company and its patrons with regard to the additional charge of five cents on aU ’phone messages from Scranton, Pas cagoula and Moss Point. A commit tee of representative citizens was ap pointed to confer with District Mana ger Powell of New Orleans, who will make a special visit here next Tues day* to adjust the matter. Exonerated for Killing Negro. O. T. Hanna, section foreman of the Illinois Central Railroad at Kos ciusko shot and killed Callie Vick, a negro section hand who bad form erly worked for him, in a dispute over a«i account. The negro assaulted Hanna with a knife cutting his hand and sleeve, when Hanna fired. Hanna waa acquitted before Judge Brooka. Tweny-four Russians arrived at Morgan City to cut wood for O. Diteh An Italian who gave hie name as “Joha Smith,” came from New Or leans in charge of them and deserted the Russians taking a westbound bound tram. Senator Newlands, of Nevada, de livered a speech in the Senate in support of the improvement of water ways. I DREADFUL MINE CATASTROPE SEVERAL HUNDRED ENTOMBED BY GAS EXPLOSION. BODIES TERRIBLY MANGLED Third Horror in Same Belt Within the Month, Swelling Total Number of Victims to Nearly Six Hundred. Rescue Work Slow. Jacobs Creek, Pa.,—Au explosion of gas in the Darr mine of the Pitts burg Coal Company, located here en tombed between 200 and 250 miners and there is scarcely a ray of hope that a single one of them will be taken from the mines alive. The pratieally wrecked buildings in the vicinity of the mine and the condi tion of the few bodies found early in the rescue work, indicate an ex plosion of such terrific force that it seems impossible that any one could survive it. All of the thirteen bodies taken out up to this time arc terribly mut ilated and three of them are headless This is the third mine disaster sinco the first of the month in the veins of bituminous coal underlying Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, for the Naoma mine near Fayette City and the two mines at Monongah, W. Va., in which the earlier explo sions happened are in the same belt as the local workings. Today’s cat astrophe swells the number of vie urns 01 me ueauly mine in umc teen days to between 550 and 600. That this disaster does not equal or even surpass in loss of life and at tendant horrors in the one in West Virginia was due to the devotion to church duties of a considerable num ber of the miners. In observance of the church festival many of the more than four hundred men regularly em plowed at the mine did not go to work. Those who escaped through this reasons are members of the Greek Catholic church and they sus pended work to celebrate St. Nicholas day. As was the case at Monongah, the explosion followed a brief shut down, the Darr mine havinSg been closed Tuesday and Wednesday. It was just 11:30 o’clock when the tenth trip of loaded cars had been brought out to the tripple and there came an awful rumbling sound, followed immediate ly by a loud report and a confussion that shook nearby buildings and was felt within a radius of several miles. At the same time there came out of the mouth of the mine an immense eloud of dense smoke and dust that floated across the Yougbiogheny River. Intuitively every one in the vicin ity knew what had hoppened and all started for the one place, the month of the mine. The river separates the mine and homes of many of the min ers, so that only a portion of those who started for the scene were able to reach it, there being scant facil ities for crossing the stream. To those who could not cross the water the smoke and dust pouring out of the mine’s mouth told a story of seething flames back in the workings and from this source came reports that were persistent, until late in ' the day, that the mine was burning. Joseph Mapletou, a pumper, emer ged from one of the side entrances shortly after the explosion. He had left the part of the mine where most /> P imam IPS MA iniMilrinn an/1 n?ac on the way to the engine room for oil. “I was in entry 21,” said he, “when I heard an awful rumbling. 1 started toward the entry, but the next instant I was blinded and for a little time I did not know anything. Then I got to the side entry and worked my way out.” Mapleton was somewhat cut and bruised, but after going home and having his injuries dressed, he re turned to the mines and joined the rescuing parties. William Kelsington, superintendent of the mine was not in the mine when the explosion oc curred and he quickly organiezd res cuing parties and starting one fore* of twenty-five men with reliefs at short intervals iu the main entry and a similar force at the side entry. It is hoped to reach the greater part of the victims through the latter. So fai little trouble has been encountered on account of the gas or lack of aii by the rescuers. Boycott Enjoined. The American Federation of Labor was enjoined from boycotting the Bulk Stovh and Range Company. Hitchcock Breaks Silence. WaakingtonJ— An important con tribution to Apolitical comment was made by Frank H. Hitchcock, first assistant pitmaster-geueral. In breaking silence respecting the state ments concerning him that have been made from tAie to time, Mr. Hitch cock says tA statement of Secre tary CortelyotAd imposes of tbq charge that he has eiAr been in any manner disloyal to PMsident Roosevelt. Jb: Ji' . 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