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Four Are Already Dead
; . and Twelve More
il)' y Fatally Injured
The Board Walli. Which Overhung
the Left Field Illeneher. Fell t
-Street With LarRe Number of Spec.
tator-The Fall Was Twenty Feet
and Wa Caused by a Disturbance
on the Outside of Inclosure When
The Noise Was Heard on the
Bleacher There Was a Stampede
on the Grounds.
Philadelphia. Pa.. August S.-Four
persons are dead, at least twelve are
thought to be fatally injured and lully
150 othere hurt seriously, as the result
of an aecident which occurred today at
the Philadelphia National League
baseball park. A board which
overhung the left field bleachers fell
to the street, carrying 200 spectators.
The identified dead are:
years. ,
Nearly one hundred persons received
fractures of the limbs, lacerations of
the head, broken noses, contusions ot
head and body, but their conditions are
not serious.
Two games were scheduled between
Boston and Philadelphia this afternoon
and the attraction drew over ten thous
and persons to the ball park. The ac
cident occurred at 5:40 o'clock, while
the Boston team was at bat in its half
of the fourth inning of the second
game, and was indirectly due to a
quarrel between two drunken men in
the street. The National League
stands are built of steel and brick, the
brick wall extending entirely around
the grounds. At he top of the left
field seats, and extending from the
grand stand to the end of the bleach
ers there was a walk about three feet
wide which overhung the street. It was
this walk that gave way under the
heavy weight.
Men who were standing on the walk
were attracted by a disturbance in thp
street. The leaned over the railing to
see what was the trouble, and this drew
the attention of other spectators who
rushed on to the walk.
The walk became over-crowded, and
without a moment's warning two hun
dred feet of it fell to the sidewalk
twenty feet below, carrying all who
were on it. There were probably three
thousand arsons sitting in the left
field bleachers, and the roar made by
the falling timber created a. panic. In
stantly the onectators rose en-masse
and made a rush down the stand ani
into the playing field. Not knowing
what had occurred, the ball players
ajid others tried to stop the mad rush,
but they were swept aside, and several
lersons were badly hurt in the crush
Outside the grounds the scene was
one of horror. For an entire block oh
Fifteenth street from Huntingdon
street to Lehigh avenue, men and boys
were lying writhing in agony.
Some were buried under the wreck
age others were lying in the gutters
and dozens were stretched out in Fif
teenth street on the car tracks. The
10.00 persons within the grounds left
the place and crowded about the in
jured, of whom there were more than a
hundred- Indescribable confusion
reigned for a time because of the great
crowd. n
While waiting for conveyances to
carry the victims to hospitals, thous
ands of willing hands looked after the
injured- They ere carried from the
street and laid on the sidewalk and
some were taken into nearby private
houses. All houses in the vicinity
were thrown open to. the victims. One
of the largest street car barns in the
city is situated across the street from
the ball rark and all the w-recking
cars and teams were "often ready to
transport the injured t hospitals.
There were many r-.-d Samaritans in
the great crush of people, but one who
stood out conspicuously for valuable
assistance rendered was the Rev.
Father John A. Tracy, of St. Louis,
Me. He was a spectator at the game.
.nd the moment the crash came he
went to the rescue. He assisted in ex
tricating many of the injured from un
der the wreckage. An express wagon
was standing nearby in which were
three trunks. He mounted the wagon,
threw out the baggage, directed th
loading of seven injured men into the
vehicle and ordered a prominent poli
tician of the city to mount the drivers
box and drive to the nearest hospital.
The politician promptly obeyed.
More than half of the injured were
on the way to hospitals when police
patrol wagons and hospital ambulances
"began to arrive.
It is estimated that fullv a hundred
persons were injured who went direct
to-tneir nomes.
An examination of the walk after the
rirrident showed m.inv of tYn u-rA,1pn
supports, which extended three feet be
yond tne wan to oe rotten. The- broke
off flush with the wall.
President Potter, of the Philadelphia
National League baseball club, was
out of the city when the accident oc
curred. William J. Shettsline. who is
in charge of affairs at the grounds
in Mr. Potter's absence, was overcome
by the accident. He had nothing to
say except that there was not the
slightest suspicion that the supports
were weak.
ejfro Killed Jailer and Soon Met
Death Himself.
Hattiesburg, Mi., August 8. A ne
gro, Amos Jones -was hanged by a mob
here tonight for shooting and mortally
wounding Jailor M. M. Sexton. Jones
and another negro, McElroy, prisoners
seized Sexton intending to break from
the jail. McElroy threw Sexton down
and two white youths, also prisoners,
and Jones shot him, inflicting three
wounds believed to be fatal. A deputy
and others overpowered three of the
prisoners, but McElroy escaped and ha3
r.oc been caught. A crowd gathered and
decided to lynch Jones. The fire bri
gade was asked to disperse the mob,
but refused. The mob tied the sheriff,
broke into the jail, and brought the
negro out, a rope was tied around his
neck, and he was dragged to Gordon
Creek bridge where he was hanged to
a telegraph pole and pistol bullets were
fired into his body. It is thought he
was dead before he was har.??d.
The governor sent an or.er to the
local militia to protect the negro, but
it was not received until after the
While the mob was threatening to
lynch the white prisoners also the sher
iff put them on a train for Jackson.
He is .Now in Charge of Uncle Sam
Army .
Washington, August 8. At 12 o'clock
t:-.!ght. Lieutenant General Young is
sued an order in accordance with the
o. der of the President, assuming com
mand of the army of the United States.
Previously General Young had taken
the oath of office in the war depart
ment. At 10:30 under an order issued
by Adjutant General Corbin, the offi
cers of the army in Washington, in
cluding also those at Fort Myer, Vir
ginia, assembled at the army head
quarters and paid their respects at the
retiring lieutenant general, Nelson A.
Miles. General Miles appeared in an
undress coat with no emblems showing
his rank. The officers were presented
to General Miles by General Corbin and
also were presented to General Young.
The clerks in the office of General
Miles presented him with a handsome
silver loving cp and a large vase of
flowers. General Young today received
a large basket of flowers sent by Mrs.
Repre.Heniati-e Wa Struck: Over the
Head V" Mr. Spalding.
Atlanta, Ga., August 8. Representa
tive C. C. Houston, of Fulton, was as
saulted in the street here today by J. J.
Spalding, an Atlanta lawyer, who
struck Houston on the head twice with
a heavy cane before by-standers inter
fered. No serious injury was inflicted.
The attack grew out of a charge of
lobbying made against Mr. Spalding by
Representative Houston and followed
a general investigation of similar
charges by a special legislative com
Several Killed, 60 Injured
and Hundreds of Homes
Pittsburg, Kans., August S. A tor
nado passed through the thickly popu
lated mining district north and east
of Pittsburg today, destroying hun
dreds of houses, mine tipoles and
buildings of every description, level
ing to a mass of wreckage a large por
tion of every camp between Devlin
Miller shaft north of Frontenac, ana
the Morgan shaft, on the state line,
and converting into ruin a strip of
thickly populated territory eight milea
long and two miles wide. At least
two persons were killed and fully sixty
were injured in the storm. The dead:
Ni. 17.
The tornado swept across the court
try from the northwest and did dam
age in all of the mining camps which
are thickly clustered in that section
of the country. The destruction began
at the Devlin-Miller camp, known as
Millerton. and from there southeast
through camps 17 and 31, Nelson, Mid
way, Nile Cornell, Litchfield ' and the
other camps. Great damage was done.
Most of the buildings destroyed were
the humble homes of the miners and
in most cases belonged to the coal
!0 Years for Ttapist.
Henderson. Tex.. August S. This af
ternoon shortly after the conviction of
Strong, a negro named 'Emanuel
Thompson was brought in from Moun-.
Enterprise, where he had attempted
to assault a Miss Sparks. He was
hurried to the court house, an indict
ment was returned and the trial pro
ceeded with an once. The jury fe
tinned a verdict of guilty and fixed
the penalty at 93 years imprisonment.
.He will be taken to the penitentiary
Sentenced for 5)!) Years.
Henderson. Texas, August S. Isliam
Strong, the negro surrendered last
night by a mob, which had taken him
from the officers for the purpose of
i lynching him was indicted today and
placed on trial for attempted criminal
; assault. He pleaded guilty and was
se ntenced to imprisonment for 99 yeans.
He was taken to the penitentiary this
Young White Man Tells Vividly of the Brutal
Murder and Designates Jabel Register
as the Secret Assassin
Testimony in the Noted Colombo County Murder Case Commenced
Yesterday and Rapid Progress Made Cross Edmondson, Who
Turned State's Witness, Placed on the Stand lie Recited a Tale of
One of the Most Premeditated and Cold Blooded Murders Elver Com.
initted I'nsliaken by a Rigid Cr osS-Examination Witnesses Intro,
dnced to Corroborate Him Brother of Jesse Soles Told a Pathetic
Story of the Discovery of the Horrible Tragedy Two Skeletons
Found Among the Smouldering Ruins of His Brother's Home State
Will Resume the Presentation of Its Testimony Tomorrow Defence
Will Try, Very Likely, to Shift the Crime to Others.
White ville, N. C, Aug. 8, 1903.
(Messenger Staff Correspondence.)
The second day of the trial of the
Registers has ended. It developed
strong evidence against the defendants,
bui especially so against Jabel Register,
and it will take considerable evidence
to counter balance the scale. The state
has played its trump card in the testi
mony of Cross Edmondson, the young
white man who some time ago confess
ed to being a party to the awful crime.
His testimony alone would not be suf
ficient to even support, much less sus
tain the charge made by the state, but
it has not been offered alone, but sim
ply as a strong center link of a chain of
corroborative circumstances which
counsel for the state are forging. So
far. and in all probability such is im
possible, there has been no corrobora
tion of Edmondson's statement as to
the actual commission of the deed, but
he and Jabel Register are being closely
associated together on the day before
and the day of the tragedy by numerous
witnesses, some of whom have testified
to many suspicious circumstances.
Counsel for the state are presenting
their case in an able manner.
At the session today both sides fought
stubbornly, and ceunsel for the defence
subjected each witness to a severe
From the trend of the cross-examination
it looks as though the defence in
tends to charge Edmondson with the
commission of the crime, with Coleman
Smith, the negro first suspected as be
ing implicated in the murder and who
is now in jail, a probable accessory.
As yesterday the town has been
crowded all day with people and the in
terest in the trial has been as warm
as the weather, which is at fever heat.
After the usual formalities attendant
upon tne convening ot court tne wit
nesses for the state, to the number of a
score or more, were called and sworn.
The first witness was John Manning,
white, and was introduced by the state
for the purpose of locating Jesse Soles
and Jim Staley at the house of the
former the day of the horrible tragedy.
He testified to having been at Soles
house about 4 o'clock Sunday after
noon March 29th last, and to have seen
there Soles, Staley and two negroes
J. N. Smith and Coleman Smith. The
last named is now in jail, having been
at first suspected of being implicated
in the crime.
By cross-examining counsel for the
defence virtually established the fact
that Soles had conducted a "blind tiger"
at his house, as the witness testified
to having purchased whiskey there for
medicinal purposes several times. They
also attempted to show that Soles and
his companions were carousing that
day, but in this failed, as the witness
stated that only one drink was taken
by each save Soles, and that the party
was "all right."
The next witness was W. A. J.
Soles, a brother of the murdered man.
He is a man of gigantic size and dur
ing the first part of his recital was vis
ibly affected.
He said that he saw his brother alive
last about a week before the tragedy.
About midnight of the fateful day he
told of seeing a small light at the house
of his brother, Jesse Soles, about a.
mile from his own home.Next morning
he went to his brother's and there his
vision was greeted by the smouldering
ruins of the house. On the ground, the
flooring having been completely burn
ed away, he made the ghastly discov
ery of two skeletons, lying four or five
feet away from the fireplace. The skel
eton of his brother he identified by a
bunch of keys, which were lying beside
the skeleton as if having fallen out of
a right hand pants' pocket. He was
positive of the identity of the keys, as
he had seen them before and then fitted
trem successfully to different locks
found among the ruins.
Staley's skeleton he denified by sleeve
buttons that -had been possessed by the
deceased. The buttons were lying
neat the skeleton's skull, which was
crushed in and over which was thrown
a fleshless arm.
That the motive for the deed had
been robbery was shown by the testl-
mcny of the witness relative to the lo
cation of trunk irons. The witness tes
tified that to his knowledge his brother
usually kept his trunk in a corner of the
rcom, but that the trunk irons, -which
the fire could not destroy, were found
by him between the skeletons and the
Counsel for the defence upon cross
examination did not attempt to throw
doubt upon the reality of the tragedy,
or to place in uncertainty the iden
tifications of the skeletons, but did try
to show that W. A. J. Soles, at his
house the day of the tragedy, had seen.
Coleman Smith, who by suspicious ac-1
tions or rash statements had led him
to think that something was wrong at
his brother's house. To testimony of
this character and under the existing
circumstances counsel for the state ob
jected. The objection was sustained
ana the defence excepted.
Counsel for the defence attempted by
various moves to bring out this testi
mony, indicating, as a forerunner, that
part of the defence will be an attempt
ed implication of Smith in the crime,
but each move met with a prompt re
jection from the state and as prompt
sustainment. Exception, after exception
,was recoxC7& ' 4
The self confessed accessory to the
double murder Cross Edmondson was
the third witness and the cne upon
whose testimony, corroborated at dif
ferent stages by other witnesses, the
state relies to prove the guilt of the
Registers. Without his confession no
idea could ever have been entertained
of securing a conviction. He is still a
Edmondson is a slim built young man,
about 5 feet, 7 inches, and a blonde.
(.Continued on Fifth Page.)
The International Tennis Tro
phy Was Won by Eng
lish Players.
Boston, Mass., August 8. The Inter
national tennis trophy, presented three
years ago by Dwight F. Davis, of this
country, goes to England, through the
united effort of R. F. and H. L. Do
he rty, who clinched their hold on the
trophy by winning both matches in
singles today and scoring in the en
tire contest four out of the total of
fivo points. Each of the two contests
today went a full five sets, H. L. Do
herty, the British champion, defeat
ing William A. Lamed, the American
champion, 6.3, 6.8, 6.0, 2.6, 7.5; while
his-' brother disposed of R. D. Wrenn, a.
former champion by a score of 6.4, 3.6,
6. 6.4.
Both matches were played on adjoin
ing courts and the 5,000 tennis enthu
siasts who surrounded the enclosure
probably saw the finest exhibition of
tennis, in the history of the game.
From the very start the excitement
was intense, and after each match haa
been squared at the end of four seta,
every one was fairly on tiptoe until
H. L. Doherty won a long deuce set
when his match and the necessary
three points to obtain possession of
the cup.
Primary Not Recognized.
Richmond, Va., August 8. The demo
cratic state central committee in ses
sion here today adopted resolutions in
fart as follows:
"That it is the sense of the state cen
tral committee that, except in cases
where no party nominations are made
for members of the general assembly
and for county and municipal offices, ;
and except in the .case of county and '
municipal officers where for special
reasons, the local party authorities
should deem it inexpedient, it is the
duty of all local party authorities to
cause all nominations to be made by
primary in conformity with the regula
tions made and provided in the primary
Flan by this committee."
"That the primary as called for Au
gust 15th, to nominate a candidate for
state senator in the Tenth senatorial
district is irregular and therefore void
and cannot be recognized by this committee."
Pins Does N'ot Want Any Demon,
sirution at Coronation.
Rome, August 8. By special permis
sion to the representative of the Asso
ciated Press was allowed to enter St.
Peter's tonight to observe the prepara
tions for the coronation tomorrow. In
the central aisle a wide space has been
fenced off for the passage of the cor
tege. The chapels, including that of St.
Gregory where the pope pauses, have
been richly decorated with red de
mask fringed -with gold. The papal
throne rises majestically at the farther
end of the great building, being a be
wildering mixture of gold, red and sil
ver, and appearing altogether too gor
geous to be sat in.
The new pope has been upsetting all
customs at the Vatican. When cour
tiers. thought today to give him pleas
ure Dy saying tnat ne would have a
tremendous reception at St. Peter's on
Sunday, the pope was much displeas
ed and absolutely forbade anything of
the kind, saying that he -would not have
it. He called his Major Domo. who
thereupon issued the following procla
mation, which was distributed as wide
ly as possible:
"It is the warm desire of his Holi
ness to have no demonstration at the
Vatican or basilica, and that the most
devout and most religious silence be
The out cry regarding the distribution
of the tickets for the coronation cere
monies has assumed vast proportions.
Many distinguished Catholics, especial
ly foreigners, have arrived in Rome
for the purpose of being present at the
ceremonies and they have beep, unable
to obtain tickets, while speculators are
selling them on the streets.
The government has ordered 1,000
troops to occupy the plaza in front of
St, Peter's at 4 o'clock Sunday morning.
The departure from Rome of Cardi
nals Langenieux and Lecot without
waiting for the coronation is much com
mented upon, as the French cardinals
had. refused until the last moment to
vote for Sarto.
Eruptions Friday Were The
Severe in its History.
Tuzpan, Mexico,. August S. The Coli
mano volcano comntinues violent of
activity. The eruption yesterday was
the most severe that has yet been
known. Great clouds of smoke poured
crater but no ashes fell.
Earthquake shocks extending along
the coast far south as the Isthmus are
reported. At some points the shocks
were oscillatory while at others they
were of a trepidatory character, vary
ing greatly in intensity and duration.
No damages or casualties are reported.
Second Primary Must be Held
Decide Candidate.
Jackson, Miss., August 8. Vardaman
men now admit that a second primary
will be necessary to settle the govern
orship. The best estimate obtainable
gives Vardaman 126 votes to 108 for
Critz; necessary to choice 134 Varda
man has from 3,000 to ,000 plurality
over Critz. Noel has 20,000 votes to be
divided between Vardaman and. Critz
and the question now is where will the
Noel vote gtf. Desperate work "will be
done from now until August 27, the date
of the second primary.
They Were Frightened and Dropped
Bombs Wrecking the Town.
Phillippopolis, (Capital pf Roumella,
Burgaria), August 8. A dynamite ex
plosion occurred today which wrecked
a number of buildings in the most
thickly populated section of the city?
Up to the present, portions of the re
mains of three persons naye been dis
covered in ruins.
It is stated that the explosion was the
result of the police surprising a band
of Macedonian revolutionists -who. in
their confusion dropped their bombs.
Caspian. Won.
Buffalo, N. Y., August 8. The grand
circuit meeting closed here today.
mere were no stakes on the card.
Summaries: 2:16 t rot, purse $1,000
Caspian won in two straight heats;
Miss Fearing second; Fred McCluns
th'rd. Best time 2:13. 2:06 pace;
purse $1,200; Little Squaw won second
and fourth heats and race. Charley
Koyt third heat, second; Terrace
Queen first heat .third. Time 2:07.
2:3 trot, purse $1,000. Monroe won m
two straight heats; Yankee Boy,
.second; Crown Princess third. Bes
time 2:15. 2:16 pace, purse $l,00v.
Ebony King won in two straight heats;
Joe Sibley second; Don Cozlns third
Best time 2:12.
RaeinK Stock to be Sold.
Nashville, Tenn., August S. J. B
R'chardson, administrator of the estate
of the late W. H. Jackson. Jr.. an
nounced today that the thoroughbred
racing stock of Belle Meade farm wil
be disposed of at public auction at l-H
Sheenshead Bay race track next Octc -
One hundred and three head will be
cfrered including the stallions The
Commoner, Imp, Loyallist, Luke Black
burn, Inspector B. Huron and Mont
Sixty four brood mares and 33 wean
lings make up the balance.
The Langley Air Ship
Had A Partly Suc
cessful Trip
Caused the Aerodornie to Fall Into
Water and It Quickly Sank While
it Was Injured Some in Hoisting
from Water it is IVot Considered,
as Rained-The Experts Express
Themselves as Satisfied With the
Test She Went About Six Hun
dred Feet Through the Air Before
the 3Iishap Occurred.
Widewater. Va.. August 8. A part
ly successful experiment with the 15
foot Langley air ship, was made this
morning from the house boat in the
Potomac river off this point. The
aeodorme started well in a straight
line south with a velocity of 70 feet per
second and flew a distance variously
estimated at from four to six hundred
yards. Some deflection in the wings
soon after the launching caused her to
take a downward course which she fol
lowed rapidly and was Impelled into
tne water under the full power of her
engine. There was sufficient steam
generated for a rapid flight of a half
r tnree-quarters of a mile. TTn,w
full pressure of this force the machine
crucK the water and a momont mn
had disappeared from view. Th
chine was recovered. It was rnnairt-
rably damaged.
The machinp wns toi-f i
boat where extensive repairs will have
pulled 'off befre another test can be
Ot a given sien.i.i tho. mi
patched on its voyage. The launching
car was pulled back to the leeward of
the superstructure and sent forward
v.V ac a rapi(1 velocity. When -the
windward end was reached the ma-
X" rin- a better launching
could not have been desired. The
Smithsonian scientists believed that
tne highest hopes were about to be
realized, but nftpr th
ns 2 Iff.ht- the wins were deflected
u-iiu me nying macnine went downward
"urn inri uuurae was ended on the bot
tom of the Potomac. She was travel
ing at a rate of about forty miles an
"When the machine
the water a workman att
cover it with cloth, but for a lons-
time was unsuccessful. Its mechanism
and dimensions were plainly seen from
me press Doat twenty feet away. It
was equipned with four win tn-n
each side, about four by six feet, made
ui. me nnest on silk and help upon deli
cate wooden rods. The wings were
shaped like a tent. The body con
sisted of an intricate arrangement of
fine steel rods with cylinders, motor
and boilers carefully balanced. Be
tween the two sets of wings were sit
uated the propellers, two in number
equipped with two blades. The steer
ing geer was situated at the rear and
was constructed from material like the
wings. The motor is supposed to gen
erate something in excess of two horse
power. Several photographs were se
cured of the machine iin flight. The
wind against which it flew was about
four miles an hour.
Chief Assistant Manley. of the Lang
ley expedition made the following
"The experiment was entirely suc
cessful. All the data which this ma
chine was designed to furnish was ob
tained. The equilibrium was perfect,
the power adequate and the supporting
surface ample. No accident occurred.
Some of the wood work of the wingsr
and rudder was slightly damaged by
the grappling hooks used in taking the
aerodrome from the water, but no es
sential parts were injured. Were an
other test desired this afternoon the
same machine could be used. I have
nothing further to say at present. I
shall make a full report of the test
to Secretary Langley."
Soon after the house-boat was closed
and the party went to Washington on
a tug. Before leaving both the larre
and small launching carriages were re
moved from the superstructure.
New York 7; Washington 2.
Boston 11; Philadelphia 6.
Chicago 2; St. Louis 4.
Cleveland-Detroit Umpire
game to Detroit, account dispute.
Philadelphia 4; Boston 5 (first
Second game Called end third in
ning. First game New York 6; Brooklyn 1.
Second game New York 4; Brook
lyn 3.
New Orleans 11, Little Rock 4.
Montgomery 5, Birmingham 5 (tie 12
Atlanta 1, Nashville 5.
Shreveport 2, Memphis 0.
New Orleans 11; Little Rock 4.
Killed Fellow Workman.
Norfolk, Va., August 8. Bert Walk
er ship carpenter at the Norfolk narvy
yard shot and killed John Bland, a
machinist yeoman, at 12:20 this morn
ing in Norfolk county just outside th
Ptrtsmouth city limits; Walker gav
himself up. He claims self-defense

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