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The weekly tribune and the Cape County herald. (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) 1914-1918, August 06, 1915, Image 2

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E?ery Friday by
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Alleged Bigamist to Seek Freedom
' op Insanity Pleg, js
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.
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
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.
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
Issues i Statement Charging
Gov. Whitman With Mak
ing Untruthful Charges,
Wife's Plea That Murderer's
Life be Spared is
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
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.''
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
P!?ck Accused of Attacking
and Slaying Murphysboro
Lawyer's Wife Sought.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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. 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.

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