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C ape Hotter as
Steamer Kentucky R "4
y Going DownC
tain and Crew of
Struggling to Keep her
Afloat Till Help Arrives
By Associated Press. '
New York, Feb. 4.-The steamer Kentucky of the Alaska-Pacific Steam-
hSPof ycLirnHtS Wh'le tru99in3 through the heavy seas, 40 miles
southeast of Cape Hatteras to-day, her captain and the 75 men of her
crew meanwhile struggling by every possible means to keep the vessel
sfioat until aid can reach her.
?lW f .ue Me"tUik'? desPerate plight was received herein a des
patch from the United Wireless Telegraph Company station at Cape Hat
teras. , r
The Yamacraw to Aid.
By Associated Press.
Washington, Feb. 4. The United
States revenue cutter Yamacraw is in
the vicinity of the Kentucky and
may have picked upher "C. Q. D."
The revenue cutter service, informed
of the sinking condition of the Ken
tucky by The Associated Press, im
mediately gave order to the wireless
stations at Savannah and Charleston
to pick up the Yamacraw and order
her to the vessel's assistance. '
The Yamacraw left Savannah yes
terday afternoon to hunt for a derelict
reported in just about the latitude and
longitude at which the Kentucky is
The battleship Louisiana, now in
the vicinity of Cape Hatteras on ' a
speed trial, has been ordered to hasten
to the assistance of the sinking steam
The Seminole is Off.
Officers of the revenue cutter service
have figured out the position of the
Kentucky as 210 miles from Charleston
and they estimate that the Yamacraw
is within E0 miles of the sinking steam
er and should cover the 50 miles un
der forced draught within three or
The revenue cutter Seminole at
Charleston also has been wired to
steam at full speed to the point where
the Kentucky reported she was sink
inc;. The Seminole should cover the
210 miles in about 15 hours.
Heard "S. O. S." Signal.
The first distress call from the Ken
tucky was received, by the Mallory
line steamer Alamo, which immediate
ly pvoceeded to, the? rescue, heading
tor atitude 32.18, ' longitude 76.4S,
Vueve the Kentucky reported position.
The message was the new internation
al distress "S. O. S." signal, the most
urgent call that can be sent for aid to
a disabled craft.
The Kentucky was recently , bought
by the Alaska Pacific Steamship Com
pany from the Eastern Steamship Com
pany for the passenger trade between
San .Francisco, Seattle and Alaskan
ports. She was fitted out here for her
tip to the pacific and just before sail
ins, a wireless apparatus was install
ed on board. ' -
The Kentucky is somewhat over 200
feet in length, commanded by Captain
Moore and for her trip aroun the
Horn shipped a crew "of 75 men. She
sailed from New York to Seattle on
January 23. Six hours after she pass
ed Sandy Hook a wireless despatch
was received here from her" saying
that she was leaking badly. -Before
she reached Newport News, where she
put in for repairs, she nearly, turned
turtle during a heavy storm. Repairs
were effected at the Virginia seaport
and she sailed on February 2 from
Newport News in continuation of her
Ions; voyage to the Pacific shore.
Since leaving Newport News the
Kentucky found herself buffeting seas
which battered her sides and opened
her seams. The weather off Hatteras
the graveyard of the Atlantic coast
has been very heavy recently.
T. A. McLarney, according to wire
less reports, the wireless operator who
manipulated the key on the Kentucky
between here and Newport News, de
clined to continue . with the steamer
on her further voyage, his place being
taken by W. G. McGinnis,- who sent
out the "S. O. S." distress call when
th? steamer began to sink to-day.
On board the ship when she left here
was the superintendent engineer of the
Alaska Pacific Company, E. Palaskett
of Seattle, who superintended the re
fitting of the steamer. "
The Kentucky was built 'in 1397 at
Hath. Me., and christened, the Lincoln.
She ran between Boston, Bath and
Booth Bay for the Kennebec Steam
ship Company, which sold her to the
Flagler interests for service in Flor
i'la. The steamer's name was chang
ed to the Martinque and after some
service between the ports of Miami,
N'assau and Key West the Martinique
'as sold to the Eastern Steamship
Company for service between New
York and Boston. She was then re
tluistined the Kentucky.
fiy Associated Press. -
Atlanta, Ga.. Feb. 4. Dennis J.
O Calaghan, aged 60, was held under
5'j.OOO bail, on a charge of having at
tempted to criminally assault the
even year old daughter of Charles
Atkins, at his preliminary trial before
fustice J. B. "Riddle., here Mate yes
terday. Not being able to ' make the
hond he was sent to jail pending the
The Liner Alamo Rushed
to Her Assistance
Wireless Messag e Car
ries News of 1 he New
Many Caught Call.
By Associated Press.
Savannah, Feb. 4. Pursuant to or
ders from the revenue cutter service
the revenue Yamacraw was picked. up
by wireless station here and rushed
to the assistance of the steamship
Kentucky, reported sinking off the
Atlantic coast. Nearly a dozen vessels
at sea caught the Kentucky's call tor
TELLS HOW IE
By Associated Press.
Savannah, Ga., Feb. -4. Bingham
Bryan, the negro arrested last month
charged with the murder ' , of Mrs.
Amanda Gribble, her daughter, Mrs.
Ohlander and "Mrs. Maggie Hunter, oh
December 10. made a confession to
day to G. Reuben Butler, a clerk of
the county commissioners and Judge
Albert Wylie, a member of the board of
county commissioners. Two of the
women were found dead and the other
dying, and one had been assaulted.
The crime created much excitement.
The Negro's Confession. - ,
. His confession follows:
."I was working around thei house,
cutting wood for something-to. eat and
wear. I alsb helped to move old truci
and rubbish into the little house in
the yard. I. was speculating whether
money was in the.yhouse and I asked
the woman for a drink of water as a
bluff to get in the house. I went in
the house and they gave me the water.
I went back in the yard and cut some
more wood. I heard them walking
about and go to the front of the house,
and I thought they went on the porch.
"I picked up a hammer in the little
house in the yard and hid it in the
bosom of my shirt.
"Then I went in the back room and
went to work on the trunk. I was try
ing to prize the trunk open and it
made some noise.- They must have
heard the -noise.
THs of Murders.
"The old lady grabbed me from be
hind and shook me pretty hard. I took
the hammer and gave her a lick cn
the side of the head. The first lick did
not knock her" down and I gave her
a second lick. . .
"Then the second one. came up, the
younger one, and grabbed me at the
dcor in the back of the hall and I gave
her a lick with my fist. Then I hit
her a lick with the hammer on the
side of the head, but it did not kill her.
"I went cv-t in the yard, looked at
the bank building, but did not see any
one, and I closed the blinds. I went
back in the house and found the lady
was notj dead.
"I heard a noise at the front door
like some one wanting to come in. I
tried to keep her frcirr coming in, but
she pushed the door open and came
in. She grabbed hold of me, I took
her by the throat and choked her with
cne hand. Then I give her a lick with
the hammer, but did not kill her. She
was alive when I left.
"i then went to the back room, went
at the trunk again but did not find any
thing except what looked like women's
clothes. I then went out in the yard,
went to the gate, peeped out to see if
I could see anyone, did not see no one
and went home. I went to 536 Hunt
ington street west, where I was living
and gave lla Tilda by blue pants to
wash. I hid the hammer behind the
trunk . among some old clothes. Then
I went u') to Eden, a railway station
50 miles from Savannah and gave two
shirts which had blood on them to
an old lady named Phoebe to wash. ,
Bryan will be presented to the grand
iurv thip. afternoon.
Tr is exnected that an indictment
and a seepdr trial-will follow. ,
'0 ftf 'iGr
action of the grand jury. '
Considerable excitement is said to
prevail in Inman. Park, a suburb of
this citv, where the attempt is al
leged to have beeen made last week,
and although the court room was
crowded when the trial was called,
Justice Riddle, on motion of the at
torneys in the case, ordered the room
Death of Mrs.
E. S. Burwell
Widow of Mr. Edmund
Strudwick B u r w e 11
Passes Away at Her
Home in 1 his City To
day -Mrs. Martha Wilkinson Burwell,
widow of Mr. Edmund Strudwick
JBurweil, died at 12 o'clock to-tfay at
her residence on North College
street. ' ,
The city was prepared . for the
distressing news, as Mrs. Burweii
was stricken with appoplesy a week
ago to-day while sitting at her dinner
table. Her condition was at once
pronounced critical and her relatives
were summoned by wire to her bed
side; also Dr. Thomas AVright, xot
Augusta, who attended her during her
illness in Augusta. Mrs. ' John Chis-hohn-df
Birmingham,", Mrs. Burwell s
only living daughter, and Mr. Edmund
Burwell, her onlv son, who was at
Harvard, reached here soon after., the
fa tal stroke came, and have - been
constantly at their mother's bedside;
also her only sisters, Mrs. Dr. Wright
and Miss Fannie Wilkinson, of Au
gusta. Mr. Arthur Wilkinson, of New
York, Mrs. Burwell's only brother,
is expected to-night. Relatives of her
husband who were with her almost
constantly were Judge Armistead
Burwell, Mr., and Mrs. W. R. Burwell
and Mr. : and Mrs. R. C. Carson.
For a week friends uopn friends
have anxiously inquired morning and
Continued on Page Two. .
By Associated Press.
Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 4. Five per
sons were hurt, none seriously, when
the second section of the Illinois Cen
tral passenger train No. 1, from Mem
phis to New Orleans, was wrecked ear
ly today just north of Tallahatchie
switch, about four miles south ot Ssar
dis,' Miss. The engine and tender and
the baggege care were detached ana
turned over down the embankment.
J. F. Greerr, Water Valley, Miss., en
ineer, left leg slightly bruised.
R. 1?. Hook, exnress, messen.arer. Cai
ro, 111., head and side slightly .bruised.
' Mrs. Charles Rineieren. Gilman, 111.,
slightly bruised on thigh.
George Powers, white tramp, claims
to live in Memphis, slightly cut.'
J. 'P. Driscoll, Chicago, lett leg
bruised. : '
- The track was badly torn up for
some distance and all trains from the
South are delayed . ... -
DIED I1T1IS HOME
By Associated Press..
Washington, D. C, Feb. 4. Represen
tative William C. Lovering, of Massa
chusetts died at his home in this city
at 9:20 o'clock this morning, aged 75.
" Mr." Lovering was serving Ms sev
enth' consecutive term-in congress. He
had, been engaged in cottcn manufac
turing nearly all of. Ms life, and was
a member of the House committee on
Fl INJURED :
DOESN'T MIND BEING INVESTIGATED !
Father M a y :
In This State
The agitation for the repeal of the
recently discovered South Carolina law
by which a. father is given the right
to deed away the custody of his "chil
dren, brought to light' by the case
now pending in the supreme court of
South Carolina wherein Mrs. B. R. Till
man, Jr.. is suing for the possession
of her children who were deeded by
their father to Senator B. R. Tillman,
finds its counterpart in a law now on
the statute books in this state. There
is also a . deed on the records in the
register of deed's office in this county
where the custody of a child was
transferred by a deed: gadeby its fath
er. ' Ah agitation is now- prevalent in
South Carolina for: the repeal of the
law in that state and it seems to be
up to the North Carolina legislature to
repeal the one on the statutes of this
The North Carolina :aw is found
in the 1905 Revisal, Vol. I, Sec. 1Y62,
and reads as follows:
"Any father, though he be a minor,
may, by deed executed in his lifetime
or ; by his last will and- testament , in
writing, dispose 'of the custody and
tuition of any of his infant children,
being unmarried and whether- bora
at his death or in ventra sa mere,
for s'JCh time as the children may
remain, under twenty-one years ot i
age. Or in case such father shall be
dead and shall net have .exercised his
said right of appointment, then' the ,
mother, whether of full age or a
minor, may, do so." .
What interpretation the Supreme
Court would put on the above law is
not known, but that it has been ,
recognized by the Supreme Court is
seen in the case of Lantham vs. El
lis, which went up from Beaufort
county, and is found in North Car
olina Reports, 1905, Vol. V., 116. m
the opinion handed down in this case
the above law Ms referred to. The!
Lantham case was one in which the
father was suing for possession oi
his daughter, and 'the judgment ot
the lower court granting him the
custody of the child, was upheld by
the Supreme Court by virtue of the
fact that there was no existing con-
IFE TILL FEB. 1!
Washington, Feb. 4 In order to per
mit the arrival in the city of counsel
for. Secretary Ballinger and to allow
counsel to become familiar with the
case, the Ballinger-Pinchot investigat
ing committee adjourned its hearings
to-day until next Friday. February 11.
Washington, Feb: 4. Interest in
the resumption of the Ballinger-Pinchot
congressional . investigation to
day centered in the expected an
nouncements regarding the employ-,
ment of counsel 'to represent "the
other side" as the accused officials
of the Interior Department have of
ficially been: designated by Senator
Nelson, chairman of the- joint .com
mittee which is probing -the contro
Prior to the meeting of the com;
mittee a -report was in. circulation
that a postponement until Monday
raay be taken to permit counsel to
prepare for a cross-examination of
Louis R. Glavis, the star witness for
the "prosecution." ..
Mr. GlaVis is to stay in the , city
until' full opportunity for cross-examination
is given.Members of the com
mittee have questioned him in desul
tory fashion, but owing to a lack-of J
familiarity with the sunject in nana,
theyr have been considerably limited
tract or deed.
"In North Carolina," the opinion
reads, "the father has always been
entitled to the custody of his chil
dren against- the claims' 6f. every,
one except those to whom he may
have committed, their custody and
tuition by deed. (Ses. 1562 of The
"In our case," the opinion con
cludes, "the respondent had no writ
ten contract or deed from the petitioner-father
concerning the custody
of the child."
It was therefore . ruled that , there
was ho error ana that the father was
entitled to the custody or his child. '4
. i The majority of the citizens are
perhaps ignorant oT the fact
that on j the records of the register
of deeds of Mecklenburg county there
is a deed drawn under the above law
and transferring the custody of chil
dren. The deed was crawn several
years ago by a present member oi
the Charlotte bar, and at" one tinie
it seemed that the matter might go
to the supreme court where it would
have been testd, hut tiirougn subs-
quent developments this wac not the
case. The deed was recorded and at
present is on record in the register s
office. The custody of the children
was transferred to relatives of the
father, a provision being incorporated
also that "they should spend .a, ce;
tain portion cf their time with rela
tives ofjthe mother. A divorce later
followed. After ?. short while, it is
said, the children were abducted by
the father, and thus stands the mat
ter at present.
It might be claimed by some that
a proper construction "of. the. North
Carolina law would mean that the
children would not pass into posses
sion of the party to whom they were
deeded until the death, of the father.
A member of the focal bar states
that in his opinion such . is not the
case which opinion seems" to be sup
ported by the language used and also
by the opinion of the Supreme "Court
in the case cf Lantham vs. Ellis, re
ferred to above.-
in their ouest for information from
the witness, other than what ,; he has
given voluntary in response- to ques
tions framed by the counsel repre
senting himself and backers. .
Glavis- has concluded all of his
original- testimony and was cross-examined
briefly last Monday afternoon
at which time an adjournment was
taken until this morning.
It developed at the brief public ses
sion of the committee today that under
date of February 2nd, Chairman Nelson
wrote to Secretary Ballinger, saying
he" had been directed by the members
tn ene-jresr to him the 'importance of
Lbeing represented by counsel.
- Replying to this letter unaer aaie
Februar 3rd, Mr. Ballinger said, he had
followed the suggestion of the com
mittee, but that it .would require sev
eral days for his attorney to reach
Washington and some additional time
to familiarize himself . with" the case.
He asked that the further hearings be
postponed until Monday, February 14th.
Following an ' executive session of
the committee which lasted nearly an
hour the above letters were read to
the public and the adjournment until
February 11 th ordered. - It was' said
that there had been a. pretty lively dis
cussion, in the executive session on
the question of postponement, , some
of the members of the committee stren
uously opposing anyxlelay at.this time.
The majority sentiment prevailed, how
ever, and Louis R. Glavis, the star wit
ness fov the "prosecution" will bfe held
in the citv until Secretary Ballinger's
attorney shall have had an opportunity
to cross-examine him.
Attorney Brandeis, representing Gia
vis made a somewhat heated com
pla'inttd the committee oyer the delay
of the interior department in furnish
Continued on Page Eight. -
PR OB I N G COLD
By Associated Press.
New York, Feb. 4.-The .probe was
pushed further into the cold storage
system in Metropolitan territory today.
The reported discovery of meat ten
months' old in one of the plants across
the Hudson has stimulated the in
terest of the New Jersey inquisitors,
so that today's sessions of the Hudson
county grand jury, which is investigat
ing the Jersey City warehouses prom
ised 'interesting developments.
Prosecutor Garvin made it evident
today that he was looking for evidence
to show conspiracy in an effort to
manipulate the food products market
by use of the storage system in such
a way as to regulate supplies and main
tain prices regardless of natural con
ditions. Lackawanna and Erie rail
road officials were asked today to pro
duce before the grand jury way bills
and. bills of lading showing the amount
of stuff received and shipped by the
various concerns over the railroad lines
in the last year. The documents ob
tained wil be compared with the cold
storage companies' 'books which offi
cers of these concerns have been sub
poenaed to produce.
. In all metropolitan territory eggs
seem to be the one staple food prod
uct to show a downward tendency.
Meat prices today showed,, if any
thing, a tendency to advance. Con
sumption of meat is still way below the
" New York, Feb. 4.W. Gould Bro
kaw's defense of his wife's separation
suit is estimated to have cost him $75,
000, while the court's decision,, filed
yesterday, will compel him to pay the
farmer -Mary -Blair $1,250 a -month.
Brokaw's couHgel- are' understood 'to
bej preparing an .appeal. '
A report to that effect, however, did
not seem today to affect the. spirits of
the victorious plaintiff. "I never really
had much doubt about the verdict,"
she declared and she was equally confi
dent that if an appeal were filed it
would meet with no success.
According to James A. Blair, her
father, Mrs. Brokaw will shortly go
abroad with her mother and' sis
ter. N .
By Associated Press.
Washington, Feb. 4. John H. Ver
Uees, of Nashville. Tenn., and Carl
Rasch, formerly United States dis
trict attorney for Montana, have been
selected to represent Secretary Bal
linger, Land Commisioner Dennett
and Field Agent Schwartz in' the in
vestigation now being, held by the
Senate committee in the, Ballinger
Woman And hound
$500 on Her Person
With her stockings lined with five
and,ten dollar bills, and her bustle bulg
ing with grenbacks and silver coin, a
white woman- giving her name as Bes
sie 'wilsont of Rock Hill, S. C., was tak
en from the A. T. &'0. passenger train
which gets in here at 12:30 and tak
en to the police station. Patrolmen
Henderson and Malcolm met the train
and took1 the woman in charge..
At the police station a careful search
made by the "matron" ((?) of the
police station broughtjto light $442.57.
The money was in one, five and 10 dol
lar bills: and also in coin,; the latter
ranging in denomination from pennies
to 50-cent pieces.
"The arrest, was made "on information
furnished the. chief of, police by Capt.
Thos. W. Rowland, conductor on the
train from which-the passenger was
The woman is a recognized beggar
and has made her appearance in sever
al tos, hvaing visited this city once
before, where she was arrested and
forced' to leave the town. No charges
have been preferred against her . this
time, but' the chief of police will place
her on the 4:35 train , and start her
on her way to her alleged South Caro
She had been conducting her opera
tions in Huntersville and boarded the
train" there this morning. ; In her at
tempt to beg the price of a ticket from
A ttacking Party N umber
ed 300 While Govern
ment Fqrce Was Only
75Casualties Not Yet
In Three Columns 1000
Insurgents Are Advancing-
to Check Advance at
Topatapa, Near Capital
By Associated Press.
Managua, Feb. 4. Three hundred , .
insurgents under command of General
Mazis captured Boace, a town 60 miles - -1
east of- Managua yesterday.
- The . fighting lasted . two hours ' but
the casualties are not known here.
The town was defended by 75 gov
ernment soldiers, led by Colonel Bar
quero. The latter were 'surrounded,
but fought their .way through the in
surgent lines, the survivors reaching
the main body of the government army
at Toustene. "
The ; insurgents are advancing in
three columns with an aggregate force
of 1,000 men. President Madriz is con
fident that theadvance will be checked
at Topatapa, 20 miles east of the cap
ital. Five hundred additional men and
a Maxim gun have been despatched to
that point by the government.
General Medina declares that the
originals of Zelaya's telegrams in
structing him to cause the executions
of Groce and Cannon, the Americans,
were surrendered to the former presi-.
dent before his departure for Mexico.
Medina is corroborated by the tele
graph operator who says the originals .
were turned over by him at the re
quest of Zelaya. . . , t
The News learns td-dav on - the
most reliable authority that a cotton .
mill combination, or trust, is:nowv
being formed' in the South. Three
gentlemen representing large finan
cial interests are now in this section
and have already visited a large num-
ber of the mills and laid befpre them'
thep roposed plan. The present com
bination includes only tJie mills mak
mg brown ' sheeting of medium or
heavy weights, but it is intimated
that it may be extended later to include-
other " classes of mill products.
It is represented that the combination
will have extensive capital and will
purchase the plants ' outright or on
partial stock bas-is.' The gentlemen
working the combination are New
York capitalists, and are said to have
ample, capital at their backs.
It is understood a large number ot
mills have signified their intention :
of joining the combination. Only dif
ficulty seems to have been with mills
controlled by commission houses.' The
combination will have its own selling
agency, , and it is understood head oi- ?
fice will be in Charlotte.
Captain Rowland her identity. . was
discovered and this resulted in her be
ing taken from the train here.1 In her",
possession was found a clipping from
a Mooresville newspaper, giving an ac
count of her appearance in that town
recently, where she registered at a
hotel .and then began her campaign
through the town for the solicitation
of funds, telling a much-used tale of
poverty. Shortly after she left Moores- f
ville a watch'was missed from the ho-
tel at which she bad been staying, but .
was later discovered in the mattress of
the bed which she had ocenpied.
A few years ago the woman was beg
ging in this city. She went to the home
of a ladv and hecause the lady re
fused to give her money she took re; ,
venge by cursing her, bhe was arrest
ed and forced to leave the town. At
the police station this afternoon she
stated that-she Is a cook and has been
saving up the money found on. her for
27 years. She was locked in a cell
while the chief and desk sergeant were '
counting the money. She was greatly
disturbed over the fear that she would
not get the money tack.
Which officer acted as matron
during .the search which revealed the
treasure, was not stated. When the
question was put to the chief he only,
smiled. Some one mentioned the name
of Col. Tom Black, but the identity of
the "matron'.' is still unknown.
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