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The Collision and Barning of Two <
Underground TrainB. \
WIH? Stifled by '-.tho Smoko and '
llowlldorod by tho Darkness *
Strive In Vain to Find
tho lix lt H.
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An awful catastrophe occurred in 1
Paris, France, on Monday evening of j
last week, on the Metropolitan Klee- (
trie Railway, which runs mostly un- j
derground, in which many persons
lost their lives. One of thc trains 1
broke at Menllmontant Station, which '
ls in a poor and populous section of
the city. This train was promptly
emptied and the train which followed
was ordered to push to thc repairing
sheds. On the way these two trains
.caught Ore, but thc employees suc
.ceeded in escaping. Meanwhile, a
.crowded train reached Les Cur?ennos,
the preceding station, and theotllcials,
?seeing smoke pouring out of the
tunnel, gave the alarm. A panic en
dued, thc passengers struggling to es
cape from the. station. Amid Mie in
creasing smoke many attempted to
return along the line towards Itel le
vine, but they were suffocated.
The firemen started In to Hood thc
?burning cars, and shortly afterward
they were able to enter the tunnel.
'They brought up the corpses of live
imen and two women all belonging thc
'working class.
'have been recovered, and the death
dist probably will exceed one hundred.
The accident, which occurred on
ithe. Metr?poli tan Electric Railway as
sumed the proportions of an awful ca
tastrophe during thc carly hours to
<day, when more than four-score bod
ies of the bifrncd aud suffocated vic
itlms were removed from the subter
ranean passage. The work continues,
:and indications arc tlint the death
Hist will perhaps exceed live score.
Long lines of ambulances were
'brought into requisition and the bod
lies were carried to thc morgue and the
mear by military barracks. After day
'to the tunnel increased to enormous
lproportions, obliging the police to
iforoi a solid cordon, through which
'were admitted only those seeking to
iidentlfy their relatives among the
.victims. The failure of many men,
'Women and children to return home
?during the night gave many the Hist
. sand mothers ' came: hurrying to the
imouths of the tunnels to try and find
- Hie absent ones.
The firemen found a great number
.of bodies massed near thc ticket of
fice of *he station, where many had
-evidently been overcome while seek
ing tickets. They had beert surprised
by the columns of smoke, and had
sought to run back up thc stone stair
way leading to the street. A strug
gle ensued, and some escaped, but the
others had been trampled on. One
woman had fled within the ticket of
fice, where her body was found. The
tk?refc ?elier, herself, succeeded iii cs
At the station of Les Curonnes,
the Hame scenes Of death and despair
.had been enacted. The accident oc
.curred midway between thc stations
tof Menilmontant and Les Couronnes,
iso that the work of salvage proceeded
jfrom both ends of the tunnel. In
:addition to the blinding smoke thc
(tunnel belched forth a terrille beat, as
(ono of the trains was slowly burning
\wltbin. The firemen succeeded in
tthrowlng several streams of water in
tthe direction of thc wreck, while some
(firemen and military engineers, at
jpreat hazard, pushed on inside the
Further on, the firemen stumbled
upon a
mbese wenc thc passengers of thc
bumed train. They had (led from the
coaches when the lire broke out, and,
groping through thc sulfocation clouds
of smoke, sought the exit at Les
Couronnes Station, hut thc tunnel
makes a sharp turn near the scene of
the disaster and at thc angle thc en
tire maus of humanity apparently be
lcanoe tightJy wedged. The patdc
winch took place at this point, wilb
an this dark subterranean passage
maust have been terrible.
M. Lepine, prefect of police, sum
moned a large force of doctors and
municipal olllcials, who superintended
the removal of the bodies. The num
ber of corpses brought up from the
angle where the mass was wedged was
so large that four and eight bodies
were placed in each ambulance. Many
of the victims had handkerchiefs
stuffed in their mouths, they having
evidently tried to keep out the
asphyxiating smoke. The faces of
tho dead were red and congested.
. Some women held their children tight
ly in their arms.
Several versions of the disaster are
? given, but
which have been established, arc
'tho following:
Train No -Kl, which caused thc acci
dent, trance to the Hois de Houlognc,
In thc western part of Paris, and pass
ing under thc Place dc L'Etoile* circl
ed the northerly quarter of the city,
In this northern quorter-a manufact
uring Hcctlon-thc train picked up
numbers of workmen, who, after
their day's work were returning to
their homes in the populous eastern
arrondissement?! of the ai ty. On
reaching tho neighborhood of thc
Cemetery of Pore Lo Chaise, the elect
rical motor failed to act properly, arid
the train waited at thc station or Les
couronnes until the arrival of a second
train, which pushed thc crippled train
forward, making a total of sixteen
After proceeding about two hundred
yards towards Menilmontant Station,
tho damaged dynamo set tire to thc
engine of tlic first train. Thc engine
mrn?d fiercely, raising quantities of
imoke. Simultaneously the electric
Igbts on the trains went out, leaving
tibe passengers in total darkness, ex
cept for the light of the burning en- I
igne far ahead. This impeded the
progress of the trains toward Meuil
naontant. Thc terror-stricken passen
gers got out and tried ta grope their
way back to Les Couronnes. The
powerful electric current, which con
tinued in the rails, is believed to have
stunned or killed many. A number
af the passengers tried to reach Les
Couronnes Station, but the mal h body
nf the pa8seagcrs who overcome by the
beat and smoke.
occured among those behind, and the
liorror of the situation was Increased
by a third train crashing Into the
liery mass, and adding another crowd j
>f panid-sticken passengers to those
seeking an outlet. 1
The cars continued to burn until
twenty were consumed. Thc burning
debris gave forth a fierce heat, which ,
puffed out of the mouths of the sta
tions of Les Couronnes and Menilmont
ant. Most of thc trainmen escaped,
but thc conductor of thc train caus
ing the accident was seriously injured.
Thc escape of the trainmen ls at
tributed not to their lack of attention
to the passengers, but to their supe
rior knowledge of the subterranean
passage, which enabled them to hasten
forward in spite of thc obscurity. A
number of heroic incidents occurred.
One of thc employees of the road
nearly lost his life in seeking to make
his way through thc smoke to aid thc
victims, and is now in the hospital.
Several soldiers and firemen risked
their leves In attempting to succor the
passengers. Perfect Lepine bimseir
took his li fein his hands by entering
thc tunnel and proceeding a conseder
ahlc distance until the smoke drove
him back.
The cl?ief station master at Los
Couronnes, M. Didier, lias given a
graphic description of the events pre
ceding the accident. Ile says he
saw thc Hames running along the gear
of thc cars when tho first train passed
through thc station and called out* to
thc engineer to stop, saying there was
not time to reach the next station,
but the engineer declared he had
ample time and proceeded. A few
minutes later a long blue llame flashed
through the tunnel, followed by a vio
lent detonation. Looking into thc
month of thc tunnel M. LMdler could
see Hashed from the burning cars.
Great masses of smoke began to pour
out, preventing the olllcials from en
tering thc tunnel. Men struggled
ont through thc smoke. Screams
could bc heard in thc distance amid
the crackling of the fire.
The names and occupations of thc
victims give, pathetic evidence of their
humble condition. The names are
cbarartcrisylc of. the French working
classes,. and their occupations are
gi von-{;as given, as painter, ;mason,
plumber, tailor, ^seamstress, loci^
smith, etc. Outside the workmen,
about evecy third name ls that of a
woman. Pitiful scenes were enacted at
the morgue throughout the day as
tue relati ves gathered seeking to iden
tify the bodies, which were arranged
in long lines on white marble Slabs.
The clothing of ninny of the victims ls
tom, showing thc licrccncss of thc
A survivor named Jules Rouat, des
cribes the struggle during thc panic in
thc tunnel as terrible. Women were
screaming,"Save me!" An old man
fell exhausted until they fell asphyxi
M. Gauthier, the magistrate for the
district, says one of thc main causes
of the loss of life was that those escap
ing took the wrong exit, one passage
letting out to the street, while the
other was barred, as it was usually
for admitting passengers. Many of
the victims sought the barred exite,
and were found massed against the
wall, where they had been slowly suf
M. Bienvenue, thc chief engineer of
the Metropolitan Railroad, says from
the technical point of view every pre
caution to avoid danger had been
taken. The chief misfortune was
that the employees did not organize
assistance with suOlcient rapidity to
permit the passengers being quickly
drawn out.
Ka il ri mi I CllHtlilttiCH.
In the Hrst three months of the cur
rent year says the Hartford Courant,
827 Amerlcianns were killed and 11,
481 wounded in accidents reported by
the interstate railroad companies to
tlie interstate commerce commission.
In the "train accidents" ?too were
killed and 2,8!M were wounded. Of
the killed 04, and of thc wounded 1,
OUi) were passengers, the rest were
railroad servants of one class and
another. The number of trainmen
killed was 5!|4; the number wounded
was (1,030. Collisions killed 10 and
wounded 7f>3 of the passengers; they
killed 131 and wounded 8(14 of the
trainmen. Sixty-four of the train
men mot death and 050 Incurred their
wounds while coupling or uncoupling
"Murder Will Out."
.Sol lienje and wife Katherine
Haug h u ss of Wilkes county, N. C.,
have been arrested and committed to
jail at Winston-Salcm, N. C., on the
charge murdering Renje's daughter
Sarah, about Pcb. 28th; 1002. On
March 24, 1!)02, thc body o? thc dead
girl was found in a mill pond. At thc
coroner's inquest it developed that,
were many bruises on the girl, indica
tive that she had been killed before
being thrown into thc pond. Recently
evidence bas developed pointing to
ward Renjc, his wife and Katherine
Baughuss as thc perpetrators of the
Found in tho Klver.
Thc body of an unidentified man |
was found Thursday in North river at -
the foot of tine Hundred and Sixty- <
Third street, New York City. The I
police say thc man was murdered. A i
ho rid kerchief was knotted tightly 1
around his neck In such a manner as (
to cause strangulation. There were <
deep gashes over both eyes. Ile was <
apparently forty years old and was 5 I
feet 8 inches in height. <
Bays John Temple Graves and Ton
. "Will Stop Lyuohings.
And Saya Boldly That tho Usual
Crime WIM be Followed
in tho South by n
Unique among all Bummer gather
ings ts thc "Mob Conference" now in
progress at Chatauqua, N. Y. The
increase of mob spirit shown by feuds,
lynchings, riots, assassinations aud
other lawless happenings gives great
importance to this conference. Among
Wednesday's speakers was John Tem
ple Graves of Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. Graves spoke on "Thc mob
spirit of thc south." Ile defended
lynch law as a remedy for thc crime
of rape, holding that though lynching
ls a crime it is justified by thc crime
which provokes it and will never be
discontinued until that crime is
eliminated. The remedy for lynch
ing must be the elimination of thc
crime of rape and thus, he malntaine,
could be done only by the separation
of tho two races in the United States.
"The problem of the hour, is not
how to prevent lynching In the south
but tile larger question: 'Hov/ shall
wc destroy the crime which always
has and always will provoke lynch
"The answer which thc mob re
turns to this vital question is already
known. Thc mob answers it with
the rope, thc bullet and sometimes.
God save us, with thc torch. And
thc mob is practical. Its theory is
effective to a large degree; thc mob is
the sternest, the strongest and most
effective restraint that thc age holds
Tor the control of rape.
"The lyncher does not exterminate
the rapist," Mr. Graves contended,
"but he holds him mightily in
As a sheer, cold, patent fact, he
said, thc mob stands Wednesday as
thc most potential bulwark between
thc women of the south and such a
carnival of crime as would and precip
itate thc annihilation of thc negro
race. The masses of thc negro, he
held arc not afraid of death coming
a regular way. The love display and
the spectacular element of a trial and
execution appeal to their imagina
Expediting thc processes of the law
would not be adequate to eliminate
lynching. The repeal of the amend
ments and the establishment of the
negro's.inferiority iq law and society,
'auld Mr. "Graves,, though desirable, are
not sutllclent.
"For the negro," he added, "ls a
thing of the senses and with his race
and with all similar races thc desire
of the senses must be restrained by the
terror of the senses, If possible, under
the law.
"No iniluencc of. suppression so
mighty and effective could be brought
to bear is a law making amputation
thc penalty for the crime rape, lint
this, like curfew edicts, separate laws
for white and black, or the treatment
of the crime of rape as separate and
outside of all other codes but expedi
ents, he maintained, "there is no real
remedy but one. No statute will per
manently solve this problem. Religion
does not solve it. Education compli
cates it. Politcs complicates it.
"Thc truth winch lies beyond and
above all those temporizing expedi
ents," he concluded, "is that separa
tion is the logical, thc inevitable, thc
only solution of thc great problem of
the races."
Discussing the subject of "Mental
and moral contagion." Dr. J. M.
Buckley of New York, after speaking
at some length of the various transient
and permanent changes that take
place under different physlcial and
mental lnilueuces in human personal
ity, took up the question of crime and
argued that all crime implied the' ex
istence of social and its attritions,
that sin and vice could be committed
by a person alone In the world but not
so crime. He showed the operation of
this and how iar through their natur
al causes epidemics might spread.
In conclusion, he declared that as
laws bf association bring on such gen
eral and feverish criminal tendencies,
so the lasw of association must bc cm
ployed to antagonize.
In thc afternoon mob conference,
John Temple Graves answered ques
tions. The north and south were
equally represented. Mr. Graves'
plan for thc solution of thc race
troubles is a state set aside for ne
groes and disenfranchisement outside
of that territory. He said thc south
would not object to the loss of thc
negro and for lt learning the superi
ority of white labor.
"Is mob execution/1 lie was asked,
"a matter of economy to tho southV"
/'No," he replied, "thc south never
weighs money in the matter of wo
man's honor."
Another question was, "Arc not
thc southern mobs largely white trash
and men of murderous intentions?"
ile answered:
"By no means. Thc mob have in
cluded the highest In thc land, of
licials and professional men."
Ile declared that a white man would
be lynched as quickly as a negro for
un offense against a white woman's
honor. He instanced in proof the
only lynching In New Orleans in re
cent years.
WlH?ro IN HO?
A dispatch from Atlanta to thc
Augusta Chronicle says: "With a
jood-byc to his wife, and babies anda
promise to shortly return with pro
visions, Heese Hogan, a mill hand,
who lives at 15 Bluff street, left his
lome last Saturday night and has
lot siuce been seen. Mrs. Hogan and
1er four little children arc now in
lestltutccircumstances. Thc police
.vas asked to look for Hogan last Mon
lay. Hogan could not bc found and
t is now believed that he has desert
ed his family."
Otmars Many Deaths and tho JJOBS of
Ten -Million Dollars.
Tho West Indian hurricane struck
thc island of Kingston, Jamaica with
its full force Wednesday, inflicting
great damage. Port Antonio, on the
north coast, was completely over
whelmed. Only six houses were left
standing there. The United Fruit
company's wharves, ofllces, hotel and
plantations were utterly demolished.
Five of the company's steamers, in
eluding the Simon Dumois, Alfred
Dumols and Brighton were driven
ashore but are lying in easy positions.
Port Maria, another town on thc
north coast, also suffered Similarly.
The coast ls strewn with wreckage of
local sailing boats.
The southeastern portion of the is
land has been completely denuded of
its crops, the rivers are flooded and
many men were carried out to see and
drowned. Considering the damage to
property during thc hurricane, the
loss of life is comparatively small al
though thc present estimate is that
the death Hst will reach f>0. Hun
dreds of persons were injured and
there were numerous hairbreadth es
capes. Thc property loss is estimated
at 810,000,000.
The entire eastern end of the island
has been devastated. Villages have
boen wiped out and public buildings
and churches demolished. Thousands
of the peasantry, rendered homeless
aud destitute, are wandering about
seeking food and shelter. The destruc
tion of the banana plantations has
been completo and thc fruit trade is
paralyzed for thc next twelve months.
Hundreds of prosperous fruit growers
have been brought to bankruptcy and
ruin. The western cn.I of the island,
which lt was at lirst supported bad
escaped, also sulTered considerably al
though not to thc extent which the
eastern end did. The new banana
plantations planted there were partly
destroyed and thc oraugc and the
cotfee crops were also injured. Thc
Norwegian steamer Salvatore did
Giorgio was driven ashore at Annotta
hay and lies in a dangerous position.
Ses'eral sailing vessels were wrecked
on the north side.
Thousands of houses In Kingston
were damaged, the wharves were bat
tered several coasting vessels were
sunk in the harbor. Trade is prac
tically at a standstill.
Fires a Shotgun Into a Crowd ol'Five
Thousand People.
Gilbert Trigg, aged 30 years, sup
posed to.-be '.Ins?neit ?mfc?T'X?T: <... M>
?rhnil u?l "stTc?t~or\V Irilicldy l?a'fiflas;.
Thursday with a double-barreled shot'^
gun and lired both charges deliberate
ly into' a crowd of 5,000 people who
were listening to a band concert. He
killed three persons, fatally injuring
three, and shot 20 others, of whom
six may die. Trigg was himself killed
by a policeman.
The dead: Sterling Rice, a carpen
ter; Dawson Tillotson, a barber, brains
blown out; D. Bowman, a carpenter
of Oxford, Kans.; Gilbert Trigg.
The injured: Mrs. John Barnard,
shot in thc neck; James Clarkson, shot
in the back and arm; II. li. Oliver,
shot in the shoulder and back; Clyde
Reed, shot in the hip; J. R. Storry,
shot in the chest and knee; Wilkins,
Charles Thomas.
Thirteen others were less seriously
Thc band had just finished playing
a waltz when Trigg stepped out fTom
an ally a half block distant and de
liberately taking aim at the band
stand, tired two shots. R. E. Oliver,
a bandma.j, fell at the lirst shot, but
the crowd, not realizing what had
happened, rushed toward Trigg, be
lieving that there had been an acci
dental shooting of some kind. As the
crowd closed in the crazed man dis
charged two more shots at them caus
ing a scattering in every direction.
Wit h the crowd fleeing, thc man stood
tiring at random In every direction.
Policeman George Nichols confronted
Trigg and fired a bullet in to Ids head.
Before Ufe was extinct the demented
man drew a revolver from bis pocket
and fired a shot into bis own body.
(Ulbert Trigg was a miller by trade.
He was commonly referred to as
"Crazy Trigg," but no one thought
liim dangerous.
Suvcd from a Mob.
Eight negroes were arrested for an
attempted .criminal assn lb on Mts,
Hart, a white woman, at Whitestone,
Tex., on Wednesday. Seven were re
leased and the eighth man was held
. ir id en ti li can Lion. A mob appeared
at tho jail and took the negro and
b;'...ged him to a tree nearby. Reforc
lie hearne unconscious ofllccrs appear
ed and rescued the negro and are
hurrying him toShermon for safekeep
ing. Tile mob is gathering to pursue
thc prisoner and it is said other com
munities will join the mob.
After thc negro Drown had been
forcibly taken from the mob, its mein
hers turned their attention to thc col
ored residents of the town. Guns
were lired promiscuously in the negro
section and thc terror-stricken negroes
when they came from their houses
were ordered to leave town at once.
No violence further than this intimi
dation has been ofTcrel so far. As
result outgoing trains on all loads are
crowded with negroes.
A Ht range enuc.
A dispatch from Roanoke, Va., to
Thc State says Dr. John L. Doggett,
HO years old, a prominent dentist of
that city, met with a peculiar acci
dent Wednesdays hight, While in a
flt of nightmare. Dr. Doggett's wife
graspedd him by thc bands In an en
deavor to quiet him. He gave a lurch
ot superhuman strength, th row i tig
his hands over his head and ham
again, snapping the large bones tn
both anns near shoulder. Physiclajs
pronounce thc case an cxtraordina
hine. i
m --.
&rWhite Woman Tells How She Was
fe Brutally Whipp ed.
I -
Bcoauao She Spurned Improper j
. Proposals from tho Wurden
or tile Prison "Where She
} "Wns Con tined.
?I ?
The whipping of Miss Marie De
Crises in one of tho Georgia State
posons is creating a great deal of talk
arjfMndlgnatlon In that State. Tho
matter was recently investigated at
MUledgevilleo where the prison ls lo
cated. Miss DeCris' statement sub
stantially, was that she was treated
klftdly at first. "W?irden Alagood |
made improper-advances to mc in his
robin when I did clerical work. Ile
attempted to caress me. I jerked
avfay. Ile went in the other room I
arid sat on a bcd. Ile told me to |
come in there. I refused. Ile told
mtv not to tell or he would make lt
hoi for rne, and he has surely kept his
WP^d. I saw him kiss a white con
vict In thc hospital.
Vi talked with Mrs. Alagood the
day-before the whipping. .1 used no
disrespectful language. I did not
Ktpp talking when ordered. 1 told
another white prisoner about Mr.
AWbod's advances. She said if I was
a Jcwd woman to submit, if not to
protest; that I would have an easy
Lime if 1 would submit as that was
tb'??pnly way to get along with him."
IThc other woman- denies being
kissed. She denied thc conversation
al , II rsl, but afterward she admitted
it/(iisubstance. The evidenco ol'im
proper proposals was not held up by
tbejother witnesses who say that Ala
gbpi? never approached them. At the |
Whipping on the bcd, it was ordered
to> draw the clothes tight and this
Miss p'eCrla continued: "A physi
cljatvwas present. I was severely and
brutally beaten and I cried. 1 was
put in the Held, under guard, with
negro women next day. 1 was kept
there off and on for four weeks. I
w?s.terribly blistered. They allowed
m?'.poTest. 1 nearly fainted and fell
in?thc Held once. I never wrote im-1
proper notes to any one.
<,*.'! was so terribly bruised by thc I
wSVbping tbab I could not sit down.
There were welts as big aa ra> finger I
and the bruises were dark and blue and [
deupf for two weeks."
This waa substantiated by one other
witness, but was denied by a woman
wfioslept in thc same room, but not
Mlae'same bcd.
?$??iie said sho;had. to put a greasy I
" v ,r-.>.hcr- wounds. '.; . j
" iClTOSSKTTrho- heitriLttu lliMU ]
^fidicries, say thc whipping was severe.
They heard lier "hollering."
Miss DeCris says she overheard Mrs.
Al?good telling the house woman this]
morning that the committee was com
ing, and ?'you all must stick to me |
and the captain." Witness and Mrs.
Alagood all deny this.
Thc DeCris woman says she was I
tantalized by negro women as lazy, no|
good, a diamond queen, no better
than they, etc.
She says that Mr. Foster saw her in I
thc field and protested against the
same; he had to order Alagood to send I
her to thc house two dur?rent times,
and at bust be did so, but put her to
work in thc potato patch back of the
house afterwards. She says ber re
fusal to sec a reporter wasdiotated by
Alagood and through fear. Alagood1
says abe refused of her own accord to
see correspondents.
Dr. Adams' evidence was only
his olllcial eapaolty as physician. Ile!
did not consider thc whipping unusu
ally severe. Warden Moore left for |
Atlanta tonight.
There is a rumor that the legisla
tive committee is coining tonight.
Mrs. Alagood says she asked hcr|
husband to whip Miss DeCris for in
subordination and for impudence.
The leather strap was exhibited.
lt is an awful instrument of punish-1
ment-about <l inches wide, and :io]
inches long, weight, say :i pounds,
solid leather, no holes.
Warden Moore Instructed every
wituess to taik freely and without j
fear as be would protect tliem.
Thc general Impression is that Ala
good will be discharged as the im
mediate circumstances did not at all
justify whipping and thc punishment
was entirely too severe in any event;
the woman should not have been
worked in the Held continuously in thc
bot sun.
Thc affair is at fever heat and is|
tile entire topic of the town. The
telegraph olliees is crowded with
messages on thc subject from every
Fattier mid Son Convicted.
Jobcl Register and his father, II.
B. Register, Wilmington, N. C., were I
convicted in Whiteville, Columbus
county, Wednesday of thc murder of
Jesse Sales and .Hm Stally last March
and burning their bouse down upon
their bodiesafter robbing thc premises I
of something over 81,000. The young-1
er Register was sentenced to be bang
ed on October I), and the father was I
sentenced to thc penitentiary for life.
Gross Edmondson, whose confession
implicated the Registers and secured
Lhcir conviction, was sentenced to six
years. Register's counsel gave notice
nf appeal to the supreme court.
?Vi tiru "t? i i i M Clont:.
Thc Whaley Mills in Columbia have
leclded to run three days of each week
until thc nev crop of cotton comes in,
which will be the first week in Sep
:cmber. Thc mills shut down Th?rs
lay night and resumed operation Mon
lay, running until Wednesday again
'or about four weeks. Thc statement
vas made in a Charlotte paper recent
y that thc mills of Columbia would
le idle for several months^ but olll
:crs of mills state that this ls nothing
int a sensation story. The mills have
ust about enough cotton on hand to
un In this manner and as soon as the
mw crop comes In full time will be re
it med.
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Another Fatal Railroad Av ?^te*i* j
Down tho Saluda Mountain.
A dispatch from Spartanburg to
Tho State says a disastrous freight
wrcoked occurred on the Melrose grade
of the Southern railway Thursday
afternoon at 2.15 o'clock by which Eu
ginecr J. II. Averill, Jr., and Fireman
Hair were killed outright, ll cars
loaded with coal smashed into smith
ereens, the locomotive ruined and W.
D. Sherrin, brakemau, whose home is
at Baltimore, lost his legs, these mern
bers being severed by the car wheclB.
.Tho tragic happening occurred a
short distance below Melrose station,
almost midway between Saluda and
Tryon. Thc distance that the road
bed of the Southern rises on this
heavy, treacherous grade of Uve miles,
from a little above Saluda to Tryon,
will open tho eyes of thc average
traveler, provided bc has had the time
to inspect casually, even, thc route.
This afternoon freight No. 02,
headed for Spartanburg, with Con
ductor Howie lu charge, was running
from Asheville. This train was com
posed of one of the Southern's brand
new mammoth, locomotives and Ul
cars laden with coal. Engineer
Averill was in charge of the locomo
tive, and tile trip was uneventful un
til his train was. passing along a short
distance above Saluda, ' As he had to
check up for that station, ho applied
the brakes; thc train was running at
a brisk rate of speed, willoh momen
tarily Increased, Tho -brakes would
not work and In a minute the train
was beyond human control.
As the freight passed Melrose sta
tion at a fearful rato of speed Agont.
netherly say, Fireman Hair, seated in
his cab throw up his hands, indicating
a perfect comprehension of the danger
and peril awaiting the Ill-starred
crew. Faster and faster grew the
speed of tho uncontrollable train and
finally thc locomotive diverged from
the iron rails and plunged down Into
a cub. The result of this abrupt
check was fatal in consequence. The
faithful engineer and his iireman, true
to their posts until tho end, were
crushed to death. Their bodies are
under thc debris and ruins. Conduc
tor Howie and thc liagmau escaped
without harm.
Eleven of the cars wero demolished
and tlie engine is a complete wreck.
Tlic coal is heaped about the spot In
huge, ill proportioned mounds. About
the scene there are signs of sorrow
and uriel', as the friends and relatives
of the dead weep and wring their
hands for those who will never como
back to their homes. Engineer Averill
was a bright young man 23 years of
age, a son of Col. J.H. Averill, of
Charleston. His father,, mother, wife.
and';tWQ .little children, .brother and
s Ls le ft ' ar';': sp ending "tho. .'summer ajt
^1'hdn^ferce-miles'*It?ui^ herc h?it?eb"
his untimely death. He stayed on
his engine with thc faithful fireman,
doing all he could to check tho speed
of thc train until the engine buried
him. As the runaway train passed
Melrose, the operator, J. W.Hetherly,
ran out and Fireman Hair threw up
his hands and smiled. The operator
fainted. Conductor Howie and his
llagnien, Bishop and Ward, were un
H?K Railroad Deal.
The Atlanta Journal says the
purchase in tho open market of a con-1
trolling interest in thc Seaboard Air
Linc by parties representing the Rock
Island and 'Frisco systems of railroad,
is perhaps thc most Important finan
cial development of the year.
Thc Seaboard Air Linc owns out-1
right or controls by lease 2,(504 miles |
of road. It has outstanding common
stock to thc amount of $211,000,000
par value, and preferred stock to the
amount of 819,000,000 par value; also
$55,057,000 In bonds. Its net earn
ings are something over $1,100 per
mile per annum.
Tlie Rock Island system operates |
8,057 miles of track. Tills system ls
controlled by the newly organized
"Rock Island company," which was
formed a few months ago with an
authorized capital of $150,000,000 to
absorb thc Chicago, Rock island and
Pacilic and other companies. The
combined balance sheet issued last
year showed thc cost of the various
roads and equipment to be $190,000,
000, and the book assets, including
$21,130,173 in cash and current ac
counts, tobe approximately $207,189,
000. The outstanding bonds or thc |
system aggregate $127,559,500.
The St. Louis and San Francisco
Raliway company, operating what is
known as the 'Frisco system, controls
about 3,310 miles of track. Its out
standing capital stock amounts to|
about $49,000,000, exclusive of nearly
$40,000,000 In stock of leased lines
and over $110,000.000 of bonds.
The combined length pf all the
tracks In the three systems is nearly
14,000 milos. Thc combined capital,
including bonds, foots up to nearly
$580,000,000. In other words, the I
merger of these roads will form the '
most colossal railway system in thc
$i,r.oo in Howards.
A special from thc State Wednes
day says thc governor offered a reward
of $200 for tlic arrest and conviction
of James Evans, the mulatto who i.i
alleged to have killed thc aged farmer,
Mr. Phillips, as lie sat at lils supper
table in Iiis home in Norway. If one
man could collect all of thc rewards
outstanding for recent acts of lowless
ness In that section of thc State he
would receive over $1,500. In addi
tion to the $200 for the conviction of I
James Evans, there is a reward of
81o0 offered for thc conviction of thc|
man Green, who in such a dastardly
manner killed a Jew peddler, Zurasky,
while thc latter was begging for life.
There ls also a reward of $500 for the ]
conviction of tlie parties who lynched
Charlie Evansand $500 for thc convic
tion of tlic parties who lynched the |
negro at Chinquapin, In Aiken coun
ty-the negro who was indirectly
implicated in thc killing of young
Willie Hall. For tho arrest of the
murderer of Willie Hall there is a re
ward of $150.
ii It Un nu-ay. Weddin?, a How and A
Chase that Proved Pata!.
The Fort Mill correspondent ot-The
State says on Sunday evening," 9tli
instant, ??avlng just, performed. the
ceremony making a couple' from the.
Fort Mill Manufacturing company
man and wife, 'Squire McElhaney was
called upou to marry Miss Ella Ram
sey and Mr. J. R. Norman, both of
tte t ame village. There was serious
parental objection to this marriage,
and thereby hangs thc tragic tale.
After Um marrlago Norman and his
bride returned to the" home of her
parents, who had bitterly opposed thc
marriage. Immediately there was a
H rat-class row, in thc progress ot
which Norman severely abused and
cursed the girl's parents, his manner
being extremely violent and threaten
ing. The girl's father reported tho
matter to the town authorities and on
Monday morning Ofllcer R. G. Johnson
went in search of thc young husband.
Ile loamed that Norman had Just left,
going In tho dirootlon of Rock Hill,
eight milos distant, with the Catawba
river between them. Then it was that
Qtllccr Johnson brought out his blood
hound and gave chase. Striking the
trail of thc fleeing man, there was an
exciting chase between man and brute.
As hoon as the Catawba river was
reached thc animal went straight to
the shore and, hesitating not a mo
ment, plunged in and swam to tho
westbank. There ho again endeavored 1
to strike thc trail but failed. Johnson 1
had reached thc river by this time,
and failing to (ind the young man
along thc banks, ho was convinced .
that he was hiding behind a rock cliff
midway of the utreara. After e?am
ining this cliff and falling to find his
man, Johnson abandoned the search,
taking his dog and returned home. 1
On Tuesday parties along the river 1
discovered the body of a man floating 1
down stream. They examined lt and
found that it was the body of the
bridegroom of less than a day. It was
pulled ashore and taken to a point
near thc-home ot Mr. Hanks Jones, .
who is reputed to bc a relative of
Abraham Lincoln, where at last ac- 1
counts it was resting awaiting the ar- J
rival of the coroner of York county.
Mr. Norman was about 30 years of !
age. He had been in the mill vilagc ;
at Fort Mill only a few weeks, having 1
come from Belmont, N. C., for the
purpose of taking a position in the
mill. Ile has a brother living in the
village. Mr. Norman had scarcr.ly ar
rived at Fort Mill before he became
enamored of the girl, who, forsaking
her objeoting parents, was willing to
go with him, without their knowledge,
to the magistrate, who was formerly
the intendant of tbe town, and plight
her troth. The dramatlo and' tragic
sequel leav.?s her a widow and simply
brings to/the attention .of "tho world
the sad. ending of a beauti f uVromaii ce,
tho r?3?lt--of aicaie of v'l?fc at /v.rst .
Sight" " ^,rr-~r?^,y
From the New York Tribune to the
Colored Man.
A negro preacher of Chicago at
tempts to explain the attack on Booker
Washington in Boston saying that the
president of Tuskegee institute goes
counter to lils race when he advocates
industrial education, labor and aban- 1
donment of politics. These theories,
thc Chicago negro says, would if car
ried out lead to the Jail of the race to
a condition little better than serfdom.
In advocating a "surrender of rights"
Booker Washington does not represent
his people, says the western critic.
Thc Btaunch newspaper, the New
York Tribune, gives the negroes ad
vice and displays a very clear concep
tion of the situation, north and south.
Only through Booker Washington's
policy, lt says, can the negro "hope to
rise from a condition of serfdom to full
political and clval recognition." Thc
claims he is charged with neglecting,
says j The Tribune, have alrerdy been
surrendered. "If thc political and
civil rights thrust upon the negro in
the process of Federal Reconstruction
have not been rescinded, they are in a
great measure, at least already in
abcyence. Negro leaders now face
the problem not of surrendering those
rights hut of regaining them. Never
perhaps since congress gave him his
new status has the negro's capacity to
live up to the status been so fiercely
disputed; and lt seems tho part of wis
dom for negro leaders not so much to
pin their faith blindly to enactments
which have lost their virtue as to turn
their energies to lifttug their race to
new levels of character and eligibil
ity." It doesn't require very keen
preccption to see the trend of The
Tribune's reasonings. The Fourteenth
and Fifteenth amendments have lost
their sacredness in Its sight.-The
A had Adrirt.
Thc Morgan linc steamer Elrado
which arri vod at New York Thusrday
from Galveston had on board a 12
ycar-old boy who was found adrift in
au open boat about 100 miles oil thc
coast of Georgia on Aug. 10. Ho was
naked and almost dead from exposure
After the lad had been revived some'
what he told Capt. Prescott that with
two other boys bc was fishing outside
thc harbor of Habana when the boat
broke adrift and they were unable to
row ashore. Two of thc lads, seeing
tim land rapidly receding, plunged
into thc water and swam for shore.
The other boy was unable to swim so
far and reniai ned in thc boat without
food or water until picked up by thc
Eldorado. He says bc was adrift for
live days. A dispatch from Havana
says thc mother of Joseph Vega, the
Cuban lad picked up off the const of
Georgia by thc Morgan line steamer
El Dorado, was overjoyed when in
formed by thc Associated Press repre
sentative of the boy's rescue. . He had
been given up for dead. The mother
has been confined to thc hospital most
of the time since Aug. I, the day tho
boys started out llshing In disobedience
to thc warnings of their relatives.
Joseph ls l l years old.
Foi''^it^i^B]'^0M Lott but
GovernorHoy ward Deol?nea
Ho Was SIovo<l to Act QH Ho ?>i?:
oii Account u?tho Advice
pf Prominent
In Tbc State Wednesday Mr. L. T.' j
Boatwright of Ridge Spring criticised
the governor for bis action In pardon
ing Fletcher Lott who was> convicted .
of murder In Saluda, county in 1002.."
Mr. Boatwright charges that "Gov.
Hey ward's action in this cas? IB round
ly condemned by the best citizens ot
our .town and county." Mr. Bpat
wright goos on to say that. Lott walk
ed a milo after having had a difficulty
with tho roan be afterwards killed,'
got his shot gun, walked back to tho
house and deliberately fired upon the
murdored man.
"The people of this coramunitj ho
writes, 1 cannot sec how the governor
could pardon this negro without mak
ing inquiry of the community where
the murder took place. Your corres
pondent cannot lind a man who knew
anything about a petition being cir
culated in Lott's behalf."
The State says Gov. Hey ward de
olined to talk of the matter Wednes:
day, bufe at the", suggestion of his
friends the following reasons->wero
made pubic-the reasons which, ac
cording to the constitution, must bc
inscribed on the records to be submit
ted to the general assembly next year:
Fletcher Lott-Murder, with '..''re
commendation " to mercy; Saluda
county, May term or court of general
sessions, 1000, before Jud?e W. O.
Benet. The petition for the pardtn
was signed by O. B. Laffitte, former
intendent; A. R. Williams, W. T.'.j ..
Durham, former wardens; F. .NicbcT-"
son, former clerk of town council of
Ridge Spring, where tho. cr?mo ?ai
3ommltted. The petition sets forth
that Fletcher Lott waa charged at the".
May term, Saluda county, 1900, for
killing Till Arfeimus. The petition
sets forth further that at the time of
said killing they were officials in tho
town of Ridge Spring, and were famil
iar with tho facts und circumstances
of said killing; that thc defendant,
Fletcher Lott, was horribly cut across
the face and neck before the fatal shot
was fired, and under all the circum
stances believe that ho has been suffi
ciently punished and earnestly reccm-.
mend the exercise of the pardoning
power, and recommend that thc par
don be granted at once.
In addition'-to thejjcttbiou of these
town-ojffi?^aJs, Hon. P., L., Caughraan
railroad . ??mmissio.ii?r, ?iri -endorsing- ?
thc pet ifcioiV say s : "lb aye k noyy ri'Vh
petition, Fletcher X.otXt ror i lun
time anddenowtt bim to be p?acenbJc,
quiet and hard working; am familiar 1
with the above case and ' join in the '
above petition."
B. W. Crouch; Esq.. makes the fol
lowing'statement: I was clerk of
court for Saluda county when Fletcher
Lott was. tried at the May term of ;
court, 1900, for thc killing of Till Afti
mus and made the testimony in that
case. Fletcher Lott was convicted of
murder with a' recommendation to
mercy and sentenced to lifo imprison
ment in the State penitentiary. In my
opionlon he has been punished suffi
ciently and I earnestly recommend
Lhat your excellency exercise your par
doning power in his behalf. Ile was
dangerously cut in the face and neck
before, according to thc testimony of
some of the witnesses, thc fatal shot
was fired, and more cases have gone
non. J. W. Thurmond, circalt
solicitor, made two recommendations
as follows: "I recommend the pardon
In this case, thc only homicide case in
which I have ever favored a pardon.
See reasons on petition signed by the
Intendant and wardens of Ridge
He further recommends: "I am sat
isfied that the law has been vindicated
in this case. Have considered the peti
tion and the facts or the case very
carefully, and feel that lt is my duty
that the prayer of the petitioners be
granted. Fletcher Lott was badly cut
in thc combat that resulted in the
death of Till Artlmus, and bad a good
reputation for peace and order."
Hon. W. C. Benet, presiding judge,
makes the following endorsement: "I
concur with the solicitor."
Pardon granted Aug. 10, 1903.
Wholesale Poisoning.
A remarkable case of ptomaine
poisoning is reported from Ashburn,
Va., some 20 miles outside of Wash
ington last Wednesday. A large num
ber of persons had gathered to attend
the sale of the dairy farm owned by
Senator Stewart of Nevada. The sena
tor served thc prospective buyers a
light luncheon consisting of coffee,
ham and beef sandwiches. Shortly
afterward at least 50 persons were
taken violently ill, suffering, from
ptomaine poisoning. One after anoth
er they fell to the ground, writhing In
agony. Horsemen were dispatched In
all directions for doctors, and a num
ber responded and took prompt meas
ures to relieve the sufferers, In a
statement issued at ll o'clock Wed
nesday night, the doctors report their
patients out of danger, although many
are quito ill. An investigation devel
oped tho fact that the beef, which had
been purchased In Washlhgton and,
kept In cold storage on thc farm for
several days was thc cause of thc
trouble. _
Itodo to His Death.
Henry F. Spalding, aged about 4?
years, an expert automobilist from
West Orange, N. J., rode to his death
four miles cast of Whites Plains N. Y.,
Wednesday afternoon. He was on tho
tow patli of thc Eric canal. Owing
to tho muddy condition of the path
and while turning out for a Uni man's
rig, his automobile swerved more than
ho intended, and man and machine
plunged into thc water. Two linemen
rushed to aid Spalding but In their
excitement let go entirely of thc ropes,
Mic end of which they had thrown to
the drawing man.

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