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THE WEEKLY TRIBIJNE AND CAPE COUNTY HERALD, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1913.
-fr- t: r-f- THE CAPE WEEKLY TRIBUNE AND THE CAPE COUNTY HERALD E?ery Friday by THE CAPE GIRARDEAU PUBLISHJNQ COMPANY.. JAMES P. WHITESIDE, Editor. ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR IN ADVANCE SHUTTING THE DOOR. The business of shutting the door after the horse has left the stable will, no doubt, be attended to by the several groups of investigators of the East land crime. Someone, possibly, will be more or less severely punished if the biamc tan be placed squarely upon somebody's shoulders. But that will not console 1,000 bereaved families. It will not console the millions who witnessed the tragedy through the columns of the press which reflected its pitiful de tails. However regrettable the fact may be it seems to be a fact that nothing short of an occasional holocaust serves to stimulate the regulation of common carriers. There will be, no doubt, some improvements in the tone of Federal inspection as a result of the capsizing cf the Eastland. Greater horrors cannot be prevented, for greater horrors could not occur, but other horrors which would have occurred had the same laxity continued may be vrrded off by the vigilance, more or less temporary, that will be occasioned by the loss of 1,000 lives in Chicago River. The conviction of the captain of the Gen. Slocum was of no value as af fecting the tragedy his compliance with orders made greater than it would have been had he refused to steam from the pier without adequate live saying apparatus, but the wave of energetic inspection that followed the disaster and attended the investigation was perhaps the means of preventing numerous boats from coming to grief unprepared. In the cae of the Eastland culpability as 'great as that which caused tlu: sinking of the Titanic cost two-thirds as many lives as were lost on the Titanic. Nobody was punished for the Titanic disaster. It will not be sur prising if nobody is punished for responsibility for the Eastland's turning turtle. Hut if there are convictions they will be of lae service to the cause of public safety than the inspections which will owe their vigor to the virtual nurder of 1,000 picnickers. WHAT DOES THE FALL OF WARSAW MEAN. According to telegraphic dispatches from London, Russia is virtually eliminated from the war by the enormous victories won by the Germans in Poland. If this report is true, and it seems by no means unreasonable, how much longer can the war last? The Russians have done the bulk of the fight;ng for the Allies since the very beginning of the war. France and England together have not been able to drive the small German army from France, although they have been trying for a year. The German soldiers now in France are hardly more than sufficient for police duty. There are easily three French and English men to one Teuton, yet in the skirmishes that have taken place, the Germans have made more gains than they suffered losses. Whether Russia sues for peace or not, she has teen eliminated. By the foil of Warsaw and other important cities in Poland, Russia has given up the greatest fortifications in her possession. If her soldiers cannot hold these forts, it is not reasonable to believe that the same soldiers can retake them. And if Russia cannot pass these fortifications, she cannot reenter Germany. Within a very short time Von Hindenburg and his mighty army, or at least the greater part of it, will reinforce the German army now in France. What will be the result? If France and England cannot defeat a small force of Germans, can they repulse the attacks of the whole German fighting .strength ? The next three months may decide the great struggle. If the Allies can do what Kitchener says they can, they will have to do it soon. The new cam paign in France will be worth watching. A MESSAGE FROM COL. JIM. On July 20th, The Tribune editorially mentioned Col. Jim Houchin's can didacy for Governor with the following comment: Col. Jim Houchins is going to make another run for Governor of Missouri that is, he is going to try and spear the Democratic nom ination. About all that is generally known of the Colonel is that he has a bewildering bankroll and some very nice jackasses, if these will help his candidacy. Col. Jim yesterday replied: Editor of The Tribune: I want to thank you for article that I read in your paper of July 20th. Yours very truly, Jas. A. Houchin. Now, whatever may be said about the Colonel, it must be admitted that he recognizes the value of publicity. Of course, he prefers favorable mention, but if he can't get that, Col. Jim will take any he can get. The Colonel has two important planks in his platforw: One is "Give Missouri a business administration," and the ether says: '"Keep the family off the pay roll." We hasten to indorse Col. Jim's second plank, but when he speaks of a 'business administration," we should like to have him elucidate. He is in the jackass business just now, and if he proposes to take his business with him when he reaches the mansion, then we are against him. If the Colonel is unwilling to separate jackass and State, then we are unable to believe conditions in Jefferson City would be materially improved Ly his election. We take it for granted that Mr. Houchin is depending upon the Democracy of Southeast Missouri to help put him over the plate, and with this idea alone in view, we call upon the Colonel to explain whether or not his election would promote the jackass business in this State. ENGLISH NOTES AND NONSENSE. England's notes, which attempt to outline what the United States shall do in her dealings with Great Britain, are the height of impudence. ''With Gertiany destroying American lives, ships and cargoes, it is neither just nor reasonable to ask Great Britain to deviate from her present cam paign," is England's reply to the demand from the United States that the high s.cas be free. This is puerile prattle. When America is dealing with England, the matters at issue have no bearing on controversies existing between this coun tiy and Germany. Even if Germany committed the most flagrant violations of International Law, it would give England no legal right to do likewise. Such an argument, if valid, would give one man who witnessed a murder the right to slay some one. It is time for the United States to take a stand and keep it. We have been a doormat about long enough. THE REPUBLICANS CBUSDE. The Evening Republican devotes a column to retell what it has said a hundred times in opposition to the plan of the city io acquire the Fairgrounds. The Republican is not opposed to the proposition. It is merely fighting the Fair and Park Association, because the officials of that organization refused to be milked. Whenever The Republican indorses a public movement or an institution, it is a sure sign somebody has been presented with a birthday rresent. We hope The Republican will mortgage by its fight on the Fairgrounds. be sble to put a dent in that $8,000 I PRAT? IS REMOVED Alleged Bigamist to Seek Freedom ' op Insanity Pleg, js Belief. Bryan G.- Pratt, the alleged' biga mist, was transferred from the jail at Poplar Blufl to Jackson yesterday, where he will be held until his trial, which has been set for Bloomfield dur ing the second week of September. Pratt was turnedover to Sheriff Sum mers yesterday afternoon and locked up. It was announced in Jackson yes terday that bond in the sum of $1,000 will be furnished within the next few days, and Pratt will be given his liber ty until his care comes to trial. Joseph Pratt, a brother of the ac cused man, stated shortly after Pratt's arrest, that drugs given Bryan G. Pratt while he was ill in Advance, was responsible for his second marriage, but this allegation is ridiculed by At torney Harry E. Alexander, attorney for the two wives. It is known that Pratt wrote af fectionate letters to Miss McClatchey several weeks before their marriage, in which he tdso expressed the hope that she would become his wife. He represented himself to Miss McClat chey as an unmarried man. Both wives will appear against Pratt at the trial in September. Ac cording to the report in Bloomfield, Pratt's attorney will plead temporary insanity for the prisoner's second mar riage. Pratt still raves about his love for Miss McClfitchey, and it is said that be will claim his affection for the pretty Cape Girardeau stenographer caused him to temporarily forget his previous marriage. The two wives will present their marriage certificates at the trial and both will testify against their husband. Miss McClatcney's love for her hus band has turned to hate since the ex posures following her marriage. When she learned that she had been deceived she denounced her husband bitterly. TEXAN'S BURN A NEGRO Black, Accused of Murder, Is Taken from Jail and Slain by Mob. Temple, Tex., July 30 Wui Stanley, a negro, was burned in tl.e streets of this city tonight by a mob which stormed the jail and took possession of the negro. Stanley had been arrested on suspicion of having murdered the three children of W. R. Grimes, at tacked his wife and fatally injured Grimes. A negro entered the home of Grimes and knocked him unconscious with a combination spike maul and rail cut ter. He then murdered the three chil dren, after which he took charge of Mrs. Grimes and held her a prisoner for an hour. After releasing her he beat her into insensibility with his weapon and fled. Stanley was one of several suspects arrested. Blood stains were discovered on his clothing, and when this discov ery became known by the populace, a mob quickly lormed and stormed the jail. He was taken down to the heart of the city and burned. A crowd esti mated at 2,000 jeered and cheered as the negro was dying. BEN LUNDY'S HOME BURNS Overheated Flue Is Blamed for Loss of Residence. The home of Ben Lundy, a mechanic on the dredging works, south of this city, was destroyed by fire at 8 o'clock yesterday morning. The house which is located at 542 South Frederick street, is divided into two apartments, one-half being occu pied by the Lundy family and the other by Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Stone, an aged couple. The interior of the building was gutted, and all of the household goods belonffine to Lundv was lost. The Stones, with the aid of neighbors, suc ceeded in saving the most of their household equipment. The walls of the building remained intact, and the roof was not completely destroyed. The Lundy household goods were covered by insurance, and the house, which be longs to Rudolph Eifert of Illmo, is also said to be insured. The fire is to have originated from a fire that Mr. Lundy had started in his kitchen stove, while heating water preparatory to taking a bath. After taking his bath he had walked to Haarig and had forgotten to close the drafts, and it is generally believed that the flue ignited causing the roof to take fire. v None of th Lundy family was at home when the fire broke out, and the blaze was d:covered by Mrs. J. C. Paris, a near neighbor, who turned in the alarm to the fire station. Lundy was in Haarig when the fire wagon passed through in response to the call, and be joined the throngs that followed to sffe where the fire was lo cated. BECKER GOES TO ELECTRIC CHAIR STILQEFIANT Issues i Statement Charging Gov. Whitman With Mak ing Untruthful Charges, DEMANDS THAT STATE EXECUTIVE RETBACT Wife's Plea That Murderer's Life be Spared is Rejected. Poughkeepsie, N. Y., July 29 After listening to the pleading of Mrs. Char les Becker foi over an hour at a local hotel, Governor Whitman refused to intervene in behalf of Charles Becker, and the condemned man witi be elec trocuted at 5:45 o'clock tomorrow morning. The Governor gave as a reason the fact that the Appellate Court had found Becker guilty and no new evi dence had been produced. Ossining, N. Y., July 29 Charles Becker made a final plea tonight to Governor Whitman to retract certain statements he is alleged to have made last night at Albany. Becker's statement demands "in the name of justice you disclaim" state ments that Becker offered to plead guilty to murder in the second degree; that Becker offered to give testimony against unnamed persons of having grafted with him; that Becker sent counsel to two men arrested for Ro senthal's muider, and that Becker's first wife di-d under circumstances warranting suspicion of him. The statement as originally pre pared was replete with bitterest in victive adjectives and shocked the priests who read it. Becker modified it only after three hours of persuasion by attorneys. "I shall go to the electric chair like a man," cried Becker, "but I will not have my memory blackened by de liberate lies.'' K AGE AND WILLER WARNED Mysterious "From a Friend" Asks ' Them Not Give Legal Advice. Following Mayor Kage's receipt of an anonymous letter several days ago mysteriously warning him against giv ing legal advice, Justice of the Peace W. H. Wilier jisterday received a sim ilar missive, calling his attention to the session laws passed by the last General Assembly which forbid cer tain public officials to act as an at torney. The note Justice Wilier received was carefully typewritten and the signa ture was attached with the typewriter: "From a Friend." The purport of the note simply ask ed the Judge to look at Session laws 99 and 100 which bear on the point in question. The law itself declares that a public official shall not serve as an attorney and receive remuneration for it. Jus tice Wilier and Mayor Kage both re marked that it is well nigh impossible to refrain from answering a few fun damental -piostions asked by persons who appeal to them in the course of transacting court or official business. No remuneiiition has been received for h' replies to such questions, Judge Wilier declared, and he holds that his action is entirely upheld by the law. MR. HOUCK RESTING WELL Injured Eye Is Now Causing the Chief Concern, Son Says. The condition of Louis Houck was satisfactory, the Sister at St. Fran cis' Hospital informed The Tribune early this morning. He rested better than he did vhe previous night and he was less nervous yesterday. His son, Maj. Giboney Houck, in formed The Tribune yesterday that Mr. Houck has suffered constantly from his left eye, which was badly bruised when jie was hurled against the tree in the runaway. He has not been free from headaches since the ac cident, and Maj. Houck js planning to have a noted oculist from St. Louis examine the injured optic. The sight has not been damaged, but it is feacd the, injury has disar ranged the nerves. WORK SCHOOL FOR PRISONERS New York, Aug. 2 With- the ap proval of Sa .iuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor, representative of labor organizations havesolunteered to send instructors to Sing Sing prison to teach the prisoners modern methods of manufacturing. Skilled workmen of the United Gar ment Workers and International Boot and Shoemakers' Union will give the first lessons. AUTO RUNS AMUCK, BUMPS OTHER CARS Himmelberger Machine, Is Hit, Runs Into Another Machine and They St$mpede. The auto-delivery car of the Idanha Candy Co., became unmanageable yes terday afternoon, and despite the ef forts of Will McClatchey to handle his unruly charge, for several seconds it was absolutely beyond his control. It leaped across the street toward the Himmelberger electric car, and when Mr. McClatchey attempted to turn it in another direction, it com pletely encircled the astonished elec tric and made a second dash in its di rection. Mr. Himmelberger, in attempting to avoid the repeated attacks, was com pelled to resort to the use of abrupt angles and compound reverse curves, and other cars in passing avoided con tact by adopting th.i same methods. Before Mr. McClatchey succeeded in halting his machine, a number of cars had been forced into the dodging con test, and for a while it appeared as if an exhibition was being given to demonstrate the powers of contortion possessed by the contesting machines. An automobile belonging to Scott Reed was taken from the corner of Main and Broadway at about 6 o'clock last evening, and for more than an hour the efforts were made by the po lice to locate the machine and the par ties responsible for its disappearence. Policemen Beeve conducted the search, and t'rom various sections of the city he received information from parties who had seen and recognized the car as it speeded to all parts of the town. His investigations proved that four men were riding in the ma chine, but no one could give any in formation as to the identity of the guilty parties. At about 7:30 o'clock the car was returned to w'thin a block of where it was left by Reed, and while the par ties who had occupied the car were being watched, the policeman was communicated with, and directed to where the fugitives were located. When Beeve approached Jack Prof fer, and questioned him as to his con nection with the affair, he admitted that he had borrowed the machine in order to entertain some friends who had conre up from Advance, his former home. He said that he had no inten tion of keeping the machine and that he only wished to entertain his friends for a short time. He said that he lived in the Cape at the present time, but formerly livet"; in Advance. He refused at first to contribute anything for the use of the car, and stated positivciy that he would not submit to arrest. He changed his mind a few seconds later when he heard the snap of the metal manacles as they clasped his wrists, and suddenly ex pressed a desire to pay off the obli gation and dismiss the matter. His request was granted, and after the claim was satisfied he was permitted to join his friends in a walk around town. An automobile bearing a number of young- people from Jackson became impaired just as the party reached the down town section of this city last night, and they were compelled to stop in front of the St. Charles Hotel to correct the trouble. Logan Hins, the young man in charge of th-? car, was lying on his back under the machine trying to make repairs when Sam, the; colored porter at the St. Charles Pharmacy, walked oat on the sidewalk with a candy bucket filled with scrub water, and vitho it observing the mechanic under the car. pitched the contents of the tucket into the street directly to ward him. M1. Hines received the full force of the sudden deluge, and was washed from beneath the machine to the cen ter of the street, where he lodged on the street cat track. After the fiood parsed over him, he struggled to his feet, and hurled word; of bitter denunciation toward Sam, who had sought seclusion in on of the secret chambers of the hotel building. PHONOGRAPH TO BE USED IN COURT TO STOP FAMILY ROWS Kansas Citv, Kan., July 28 Instal lation of a phonograph in his court room to reduce to a minimum family quarrels, is the plan of Police Judge Joseph H. Brady of Kansas City, Kan. Hereafter. t when family quarrels come to court, Judge Brady announc ed, today, a phonograph will take down each bit of testimony, recording the inflections and interruptions of wit i.eses. TJion, a few days later, he will summon all who took part in the case, produce the phonograph records and have them !ncen to their testimony. "There will be no further need for a Judge," sad Judge Brady. "Those who took part will feel so ashamed of the entire proceedings thev will drop the niatttr ng.it there. MOBS OF THREE ILLINOIS TOWNS HUNT FOR NEGRO P!?ck Accused of Attacking and Slaying Murphysboro Lawyer's Wife Sought. SHERIFF FLEES FROM 3 LYNCHING PARTIES Negro Paroled From Prison Was Servant in Home of Promin ent Couple. Murphysboro, III., July "0 This city is in a state of frenzied excitement to night over the discovery of the body of Mrs. James H. Martin, wife of a prominent attorney, who had been at tacked and then brutally murdered in her home this afternoon. Joe Debarra. a negro servant, who was found haif dressed in a room in which the body of Mrs. Martin was found, was arrested. A mob imme diately formed and started for the jail to take charge of the black. The sher iff learned of the mob's intentions and spirited the r.egro away to Marion. 111., for safekeeping. The news of the murder and the ar rest of the negro reached Marion be fore the sheriff and his prisoner ar rived, and another mob was quickly formed there and announced that it would hang the negro on the public square. The sheriff was notified upon his ar rival that the mob was awaiting him. boarded another train and went to HarHsburg. He had just reached Har risburg when he discovered that the citizens of tha; city were enraged and had announced they would hang the negro upon his arrival. The sheriff reached Harrisburg and then vanished. It is supposed that he encircled the city and escaped to an other town with his prisoner. Mrs. Martin, the murdered woman induced Gov. Dunne to parole Debarra from the penitentiary at Jolict. At Mrs. Martin'- request her husband, who also had helped the negro to get out of prison, employed him as one of the house servants. Since entering the employ of the Martins, the negro had been considered a faithful employe. Mrs. Martin's sister, Mrs. Ameiia K. Smith, and daughter, Mrs. F. M. Rolens, who are guests at the Martin horn?, were returning from a shopping trip, when they heard screams, and hurried into the house. They found Mrs. Martin dying with her body badly mutilated. The two women gave the alarm and several men rushed in. The negro was found in an adjoining room. He was dressing when arrested. Ho denied his guilt but could give no satisfactory explanation. The mob formed while Debarra was being taken to jail, and when he ar rived there the sheriff took him in charge. The sheriff learned of the mob's plans and immediately fletl from the city with the black. FOOT ONLY WORTH $10,000 IS THE BELIEF OF A JURY A jury in the Court of Common Picas yesterday placed the value of a human foot at $10,000. This was the sum given Cal Watley, "a brakeman for the Iron Mountain, whose foot was caught in a eic deceive frog at Charles ton last November and held it until a train parsed over it, severing the limb. Mr. Watley brought suit for ::0,000. The ease occupied Judge Ranney's court all of Friday and a large part of yesterday. Tlu jury held that a foot was not worth but one-third of the val uation placed upon it by Mr. Watley. Watley wa:- working on the train which robbed him of his foot. He left the tiain at Charleston in the transac tion ef his duties and as he attempted to board it again, his foot was caught and held tight. Before the engineer could bring his locomotive to a stop. the wheel-; pa.-:sed over the limb, sever ing it. Ho was represented by Harry E. Alexander anu Senator Thomas F. Lane. FIGHTING' N EG RO ESJ A I L ED ' When Lawrence Shy and Henry Ha den, two negroes, last night agreed to disagree on the corner of Main street and Broadway and temper their argu ment with a few "Jack Johnson" punches, they failed to reckon with the proximity of the police. After they had ben locked up at the City 'Jail, each nursing a bruised jaw or fist, th?y couldn't recall to tell the Chief what their difference was. They will be allowed to discuss the matter before Judge P'ristoe in Police Court today. Neither was injured seriously in the fight, which attracted several witnesses on the street earner. MR. HOUCK BtHR: DOCTORS PLLASbu Arouses From Stupor and Asks Son Why His Horse Ran Away. Louis Houck was reported slightly improved early this morning, but there was no decided change in his condi tion. Opiates are still being admin istered to induce sleep, but he was not so nervous yesterday as he was the previous day. H-.s mini has not been clear since the accident, but yesterday he revived sufficiently to ak his son, Major Gil oney Houck: "I wonder why that horse ran awiy He furnished no information. a.' fearing it might excite his ; . jor Houck did not make a m ascertain the details of the From the question aske V. Houck, it is now believed horse became f rightened ane instead of shying into the tn His attending physicians will begin to recuperate rapi the i.ext two days. They sa . nothing unusual about Mr. 1 . maining so long in a stupe he begins to rally, they h ! would become normal in a s Mrs. Patrick Frissell, Mr daughter, wii! arrive iu thi noon today from Douglas, A. will remain with lur mother anu brother until Mr. Houck is out of dan ger. She was notified of the accident a short tim; after her father was found, and boarded the first train out of Douglas fo Cape Girardeau. H. A. LEIIER, TINNER. IS OVERCOME BY THE HEAT Is Strick.-n While at Work and Is in Serieus Condition. H. A. Leiur, the Broadway tinner, was overcome by heat while working at his place vl bu.-ines-; late yesterday afternoon, and for .several hours after being remove u to his home at Ml Broadway, wa' in a precarious condi tion. He complained of the oppressive heat during i!ie afternoon, and shortly after 5 o'clock he was seized with vio lent cramping, and was in such intense agjny, that it was feared he could not survive. Ho was ren oved to his home and a physician summoned. The patient was packed in ice and after more than an hour of heroic effort on the part of the physician and his attendants. Mr. Lfhrr was lelieved and became rest ful. He slept until about o'clock this morning whea he suffered a relapse, and for moie than an hour was in great distress, after which lie again became quiet and at last reports was resting. Fred Sleek, who suffered a sun stroke Tuesday afternoon, and was takon to St. Francis' Hospital, passed a restless day yesterday, but at last reports his condition was slightly im proved. HAY PARTY TOI RS THE TOWN Dozen Couples Ride Timothy-Covered Wagon Over the City. Hay-ride parties is becoming a in Cape Girardeau. It is becon substitute for house parties and fa I ily halls. East night almost a dozen v toured the ciiy on a f irm wago ered with hay. After driving th the west end streets, th" par merry-makers drove down Bro; and then through Main street, reported an excellent time. The wagon was halted in fron downtown ice cream parlor an frcshments were served to the men and ladies on the hay. In th ty were: Misses Krma Kenn Clara Muily, Helen Eagie, Edith Lucille Ruch. Cordelia Haas, Am Hattio Geldmacher. Georgia Suif Edna and M;rio Schrader. The men were: Ray and Arthur Gra. thur Poinsett, Roy Buckner. I Deeve rs, Charles Koch, Islie and Chick Stewart. MRS. LEON J. ALBERT SELES HER PROPERTY IN THIS CITY Mrs. L'jon Cairns A!lcrt yesterday disposed of several pieces o" property, in settlement of the estate of her late husband, Ixop J. Albert. E. J. Deal, president of the South east Missouri Trust Company, bought thre? lots, 6, 7 and S, in block 27, West End Place, fo- $1,166. William H. Stubbbfield, Jr., presi dent of the Sturdivant Bank, bought two lots. One in the Red Star Addi tion was purchased for $31, and an other was bought by Mr. Stubblefield for $42. Tom S. Lilly bought the elcganthome occupied by Robert Lamkin, for $l,r6, but agreed to assume payment of an lr.d. btedne-i; of $1,C00.