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S: - 1 1 " Takes Up Case of Prisoners Sentenced For Killing Rankin. Jackson, Term., May 20. Ten men on trial for murder in the same court house, eight of them Nightriders, is the record of Madison County for to-day. Two men were being tried for their lives in the Circuit Court when Garrett Johnson, Sam Applewhite, Bob Huff man, Roy Ransom, Arthur Cloar, Bud Morris, Fred Pinion and Tid Burton, convicted of the murder of Capt. Queu tiu Rankin at Walnut Log, were brought into the Supreme uourt. lhe room was crowded long before the hour of opening court arrived. Society women, drawn to the room to see the celebrated prisoners and hear the argument of counsel, were present, and there, too, were faded little women of the Reelfoot district, to see their husbands and give them words of encouragement. One mother, after adjournment, worked her way through the curious crowd, with her infant on her arm, to the prisoners' dock, and for the first time there was evidence of feeling on the part of the prisoners. The prisoners are not the crude, vicious-looking men some had expected. All were neatly dressed, with well-kemp countenances, and the confinement has taken off the tan and the evidence of .the rough life which they previously led. Through all the argument the prison crs gave respectful hearing and mani fested no extraordinary interest. At 9 o'clock Marshal Doming and six special deputies brought the prison era into court. Already the room was overtaxed, and the doors fastened to prevent others from crowding in. A steady rain was falling, and there wore no-morbid crowds without, but there was no luck of interest within. Necks were craned and the prisoners were closely scrutinized, and even while the attorneys spoke many contented them selves in watching every movement of the men of the dock. HAVE FAITH IN PIERCE. The prisoners were not disconcerted. On the other hand they were apparently oblivious of the presence of the crowd. They are all young men, and there was an air of remarkable self-control among .i i ..1 i .1.. t: uieiu, auu uiey luniiuenuy iuuh iu mtc Tierce to-morrow to bring out facts which will send them back to Obion County for a new'hearing, where they will ultimately get their freedom. It was shortly past 9.30 when the judges ascended the bench, Hon. Hen ry Craft, of Memphis, sitting for Judge Neil, who is incompetent, his wife be ing a relative of the murdered man. Immediately after court opened At torney Pry began argument for the de fendants. He briefly recited the facts that led up to the killing of Rankin. He said ten men of the grand jury by which they were indicted had served on a similar jury within two years. He quoted an interview of Governor Patter son, from which one of the jurymen formed an opinion, but the juryman was pronounced competent by the trial judge, thereby forcing the defense to challenge him. Several other jurors were named who, he said, were incom petent on account of previous fixed opin ions. The fact that the defense was not al lowed all the challenges to which it was entitled was argued at length. He ar gued against the conspiracy charge. He denied that the burning of the dock at Samburg showed a conspiracy against the West Tennessee Land Company. He said that Fehringer, who confessed afterwards, said that lie expected not only a pardon, but a part of the $10,000 offered for 'the conviction of the mur derers. ALIBIS WERE PROVEN. Morris, he said, had established an alibi beyond all question. Bob Huff man and Sam Applewhite, he said, were partners in the fishing business on the lake, and that at 11 o'clock on the night of the killing they were at Apple white's home, having music. Tid Bur ton and Roy Ransom, he said, were not! connected with the Nightriders, except on the evidence of Hogg and another witness, and they fished all night on the night of the murder, and that the hotel clerk bought fish from -them on the next morning. As to Cloar being in the mob there was no evidence, except that one witness testified that his name was called. Not a witness testified that Pinion was at the scene. Garrett Johnson was at home on the night of the tragedy, and it was proven by several witnesses, said the attorney. After finishing with the individual testimony he took up Judge Jones' charge, and went over the assignments of error. He closed at 11.20, and Gen. Cates immediately began. He acknowledged his indebtedness to Maj. Holmes and others who had as sisted him in preparing the case, and by means of a large chart on which the country about Reelfoot is diagrammed he traced the movements of the band as a whole and of each individual mem ber. He described the killing and the escape of Col. Taylor. He character ized Garrett Johnson as the chief of the band and stated that lie was identified by several witnesses. He referred to the fact that there was an organized at tempt to enlist the men for a radius of twelye miles into the band, and that witnesses who had confessed asked for nothing more than to be protected. He took up Arthur Cloar next, who ad mitted that he was a Nighlrider a little, and Pinion k who was not placed on the stand in the trial. Speaking of Sam Applewhite and Bob Huffman, he char acterized their statement as a double- barreled alibi. At this juncture court adjourned until to-morrow. Gen. Cates is a strong speaker, and with each word ho seemed to inject hopelessness into the hearts of the sim ple little women of the lake, and as he I denounced the act and named the con victed men, tears trickled down their agonized faces. Long after court ad journed the -prisoners were with their wives, embracing them and the children with a fervor that touched the' heart of every one who witnessed the pathetic scene. We sell the Cadet Hose with Linen Knees, Heel and Toes. Nothing better. O If you want a perfect shape buy the American Beauty Corset, both medium and long lengths. ffers Well Worth Reading A supreme effort to offer the greatest values to be found in the market. 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The six men under sentence to be hanged, and their two accomplices sen tenced to twenty years' imprisonment, faced the crowded courtroom and smiled as the argument proceeded. Five faded, worried women waited at the threshhold with wan babies to know what they might expect. These men who are to pay the penalty in event the course of the law is allowed to pursue its regular way do not seem to realize their dangerous predicament. They are of the earth earthy. They know that the waters of Reelfoot yield a finny sus tenance, and they believe that they have rights to this catch and to protect their interests, and that they have been justi fied, according to their lax moral, in doing so. Beyond this they do not feel that they have violated any law. They heard Gen. Cates to-day with smiles, once they even laughed when he riddled their defense. The women seemed to feel differently. Somehow they reflected that intuitive ness of sex, and troubled looks told how they were bothered about the whole thing, and how they feared for those loved ones bound and handcuffed in the box before them. CROWD FROM UNION CITY. The morning train from Union City was crowded, it was generally under stood that the case would be brought to a close during the afternoon. The pre- iminary argument had whetted their interest. By 8 o'clock it was impos ible to gain admittance into even the upper hallway, lne hve judges had difficulty in gaining admittance and a way had to be cleared for them Special officers guarded all the door ways, and these were locked. The order of yesterday was renewed, and no one was allowed in the room until some one had left it. In this way quiet was pre served and the speakers were permitted to continue their argument without interruption. The families and friends of the con victed men had come from the lake re gion. They came in the best they had. They formed an array about the box in which the eight men were seated, and they clung about this, even after court had adjourned. The entrance and exit of the defend ants were marked with unusual excite ment. The front porch of the South ern Hotel across from the courthouse was crowded with spectators. Two lines formed across and through this double row of the morbidly curious and the de fendants marched from jail to the court room and back again. They were greet ed by their friends, and even joked with them on their way. The officers exer cised every precaution to prevent ny outbreak of any kind, but such a thing was not at all probable. The visitors walked restlessly about the courthouse grounds, but they were in a cheerful humor, and were confi dent of a reversal. 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Cates, on the contrary, says that there is no reversible error in the rec ord, and that the court could only do one thing, and that is to affirm the sen tence of the lower court. At the same time, there is a kindling sentiment here that is constantly grow ing stronger, and which may save the necks of the six defendants, even if the case is sustained, and the verdict af firmed. The sentiment of to-day's courtroom was distinctly favorable to the defendants. The sight of weeping women, with worn faces, and worn bod ies, the sight of the wan children wait ing uncertainty and wondering, had its effect to-day as it did yesterday, and these people are hopeful. Where bitterness predominated be fore a softer sentiment is creeping in. There were moments of silence during the argument to-day in which this could be keenly felt. The big courthouse clock ticked its tenuous testimony of the passing moments but the crowd lis tened and waited without dinner until the final argument was concluded. It was during these intermissions that the eager eyes of the spectators sought the faces of the defendants for some expectant expression. None was forth coming, for the imperturable calm was unbroken. CATES MADE A FIXE SPEECH. It is stated here this evening by those who knowj and judge such things, that the argument of Gen. Cates was one of the best he has ever made in a criminal case before the Supreme Court. It was a brilliant argument of facts, but at times very bitter and very dam aging, and it was at such times that the long, thin fingers of Attorney-General Caldwell seemed to clutch each other. He was seated at the end of the long table, and followed the concluding argu ment of the State with intense atten tiveness. It was during these moments of his speech that Gen. Cates seemed to plunge into the vortex of testimony, and the evidence of each witness was at his fin ger tips. lhe defendants never showed any change of front, even when their theory of defense was shattered. The alibi which was hoped to sustain them was never left the vestige of ground to stand upon. In his reply, Eice Pierce seemed to depend more upon technical error than upon evidence for grounds of reversal. He said, however, that a careful analy sis of the case showed that it was a manufactured one, and that the evi dence offered was a tissue of lies from beginning to end. The chief conspirators, Herschell Hogg, Frank Fehringer and Wad Mor ris, were the men who had encompassed the verdict, and to these arch traitors, he said, the case of the State was due. These men who epitomized all that nightriding means, he further urged, were now trying to bring to death men who were innocent, and who were not even standing in the shadow of the al leged crime. He grew eloquent in his description of tlie fertile fields of Obion County; he grew forceful when he told of the waiting homes and waiting wives and relatives of the eight defendants; and finally said that to execute them on evidence so futile and flimsy was little short of crime itself, and he could never believe that the court would ren der such a findiug. In conclusion he asked to be allowed to file a final brief and his bill of excep tions. This permission was granted by the court, and will be filed on Monday. DECISION HELD UP. It was 2 o'clock when court adjourned, the entire morning being consumed by the two speakers, without recess, din ner or even the traditional breathing spell. The defendants were remanded to jail here and will be held pending the opin ion of the court, which will not likely be rendered for two weeks or longer. Judge Bell was asked when a decision was expected, but declined to discuss the case at all. . Henry Craft, ofMemphis, is sitting for Judge Neil in the case, and seemed deeply absorbed in to-day's argument. Others, were likewise affected, for both Rice Pierce and Gen. Cates seemed to realize the importauce of this case, and put into their presentation of facts and J evidence all of the virile force that each could muster. It is not often in the Supreme Court room that such affecting scenes are wit nessed. These were quiet tone pictures of humble life. The sight of a mother with her breast exposed nursing a baby in arms and at the same time brushing away the truant tears; the sight of an old mother so stooped as, to be almost humpbacked, still loyal in her love for the boy before her; these and other inci dents were remarkably affecting and will go a long way towards securing a more kindly opinion for the men under sentence. The youthfulness of four of them is also a mitigating circumstance to be commended. MONEY TO LOAN on long time rates. Low w. See or write 51 W. 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