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VOL. XIX PLYMOUTH, N, C.. FRlbAY, AUGUST 14, 1908. ' NO. 11.
FIRED INTO A TRAIN
Striking Miners in Alabama At
tack Load of Strike Breakers
THREE KILLED; ELEVEN HURT
Ambushing a Special Carrying Non-
Union Men to Alabama Mines,
Strikers Pour, a Murderous fire
, ' Into the Car Windows.
. -Birmingham, Ala., Special. Three
men were ' instantly killed and
eleven injured,"; two of whom will
probably die, when striking miners
fired into; a passenger train on the
Birmingham Mineral Railroad at
.Blocton , Sunday morning about 2
o'clock. The dead 'are:
r Conductor Joe T. Collins.
Willard "Howell," non-union miner.
The jnjured : -.
Major .F, H. Dodge, superintendent
of safety, Tennessee Coal Company,
wounded in hand and leg.
E. E., Cox, superintendent of mines,
Tennessee Coal Company, slightly
wounded in knee. ,
A. E. Cross, chief clerk, superin
tendent's office, wounded in arm and
J. C. Johnson, deputy sheriff,
slightly wounded in side.
A. C. Bryant, deputy sheriff, slight
ly wounded in side.
J. B. Cornett deputy sheriff wound
ed in back.
W. H. McAuly, soldier, slight in
juries. M. A. Pearson, soldier, wounded in
left shoulder." i
J. C. Martin, wounded in head,
back and arm.
A. J. Myer, laborer, wounded in leg.
Robert Sigraon, wounded in arm
The train was a special bearing
non-union men to the Blocton mines
under guard of soldiers and deputies.
On the- outskirts of the town the
engineer suddenly saw a log across
the track and at once a fusilade was
fired into the train. The engineer
did not stop, but let the coal catcher
throw the log from the track and
put on full spead. The place where
thai attack was baade was in a cut,
the' 'ground being on a level with the
KJf ;er part of the windows. The as
lafiarit's behind the rocks above pour
ed down a murderous fire directly
into the windows and at the engi
neer. Practically every window in
the train was broken and shots
struek all parts of the engine and
cab. The train proceeded to Blocton
and the dead and injured were re
turned to Birmingham. Dogs were
hurried to the scene and took trails
through the woods directly to the
union quarters. Eight negroes irere
arrested this afternoon and other ar
rests are expected.
The Results in Illinois.
Chicago, Special. Illinois Demo
Endorsed for United States Sena
tor, Lawrence B. Stringer.
Nominated for Governor, Adlai E
Lieutenant Governor, E. A.' Perry.
Secretary of State, X. F. Beidler.
Auditor, Ralph Jeffris.
Treasurer, J. B. Mount.
Attorney General, R. C. Hall.
Republican State ticket.
Endorsed for United States Sena
tor, Albert J. Hopkins, or George jE.
Governor, Charles S. Deneen (re
Lieutenant Governor, J. G. Oglesby
or F. L. Smith.
Secretary of State, James A. Rosa.
.Auditor, J. S. McCullough.
Treasurer, Andrew Russell.
Attorney General, William II.
The result of Saturday's primary
election as far as it is accurately
known in regard to the Sate officers
is given in the foregoing list.
A New York Sunday Tragedy.
New York, Special. Mrs. Bertha
Hood, 32 years old, was shot and in
stantly, killed at her home in Brook
lyn bunday night by Ernest beitz,
years old, of Manhattan. Seitz also
shot and seriously wounded the year-and-a-half-old
daughter of Mrs. Hood,
and then turned the revolver on him
self, inflicting a probably fatal
Aeroplane Makes Good.
Lemans, France, By Cable. Wilbur
Wright, of Dayton, 0., made a flight
variously computed at from 2 1-2 to
31-2 kilometres with his aeroplane
here, in one minute and 46 seconds
Throughout the flight Mr. Wright
had perfect control of the machine.
No attempt was made for a record,
the obieet of the flight being to try
ou; the aeroplane. -While flying
through the sir YV right demonstrated
or so it appeared to the spectators,
that he was absolute master of the
airship, first Roaring, then shooting
trracffullv '' -ward and than mount
ing RgaiVifilL, until finally, after
completing tJ!.irle8, be came down
HE ATE ROTTEN O YSTERS
Toung Man Dies at East Durham of
Durham, Special. W. H. Jackson,
i young man 22 years of age, is dead
in East Durham as the result of
ptomaine poisoning. He had been
!i since Monday evening. On Mon
day the young man ate a can of
Dysters and soon afterwards was
taken violently ill, lapsing into un-
jonsefousness. Physicians were sum
moned but he remained unconscious
aiost of the time up to his death and
seemed to suffer - great pain. The
oysters were evidently spoiled and
this set up the poison that resulted
in his death.
Making Much Brandy.
Raleigh, Special. Internal revenue
affieers here say that there has not
been for twenty years so much apple
brandy distilling in North Carolina
as at the present time. Throughout
the apple-growing sections of the
State, distilleries are , in operation
and others are being bonded. In
Wilkes county alone there are 115
apple bonded distilleries. There are
forty in Surry and large numbers of
them in other apple counties. The
Dfficers say there seems to be a gen
eral desire among all who have ever
in the past operated brandy stills,
to have one more pass at the under
taking before State prohibition goes
into effect next January. Ihere can
be no more bonded brandy distilleries
in the State after this season as long
as the prohibition law is in force.
Tte Golden Weed at Wilson.
Wilson, Special The Wilson to
bacco market re-opened for the sea
son of 1903-1909 this week and the
golden weed is selling well for the
quality offered. Only the lowest
grades are noAv being marketed, and
the prices are over a dollar a hund
red higher than last year's. The
Wilson tobacco board of trade held
Iits ' annual meeting for the election
of officers and the following were
elected: Mr. W. J. Boykin, president;
Cant. J. G. Roney, vice president,
and Mr. R. M. McFarland, supervisor
of sales. This market has a strong
and large corps of buyers and the
crops of this section are good.
Acquires1 Real Estate at Franklin.
"Franklin. Rnom'al. The United
Land Company, a corporation of
Georgia, lias recently acquired a
large and valuable tract of land here,
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and is spending a large amount oi
money in the work of development.
It is proposed to make this one of
the most desirable residence sections
est Hip tnwn A force of more than
fifty hands has been at work for
some time, and a public sale of lots
will be had on the 27th of this
month. The company ottered a re
vi-nrr! nf $10 to the rer?ou suggest
tHv tpf nflTnft for the property,
which was won by Miss Mary Siler,
"Bonny Crest" being the name sug
gested and selected.
Tar Heel Notes.
Reports coming to Washington
from farmers in the county state that
fl.p flnmaffo done the crop? by the re
cent storm that swept this section is
not as bad as first thought ana u
wMtlipr conditions are favorable a
good crop will be realized yet.
The outlook for forming a stocl.
onmnanv nf $100,000 for a cotton mil!
nf TT'o-li Point is srood. The Messrs.
Millis who have the matter in charge
1,vp $fi:i.000 of the amount in hand
It is felt that such a diversion in the
industries is neede'd there.
Crops 'in Surry county have never
been better than the present ana me
yield of corn from present indications
will be the largest that has been rais
ed in this country for many years.
Whole Family Killed by Lightning".
Sparta, N. C, Special. Frank Mur
phy, a respected farmer living at
Edmonds. Sparta, Mrs. Murphy and
-their litle child were struck by light
ning and instantly killed Wednesday
The three were in the field stacking
rye when a violent storm came up
and were stricken " down while they
were seeking shelter.
Charged With Abduction. -
Durham, Special. Charged with
abducting little Bennie Ashby, of
Greensboro, four white people, Ken
Surratt, Walter Ashby, BeckRober
son and Jennie Taylor are under ar
rest here. An officer will take them
to Greensboro. The men and woman
claim to be married and deny the
kidnapping, saying that the boy, a
brother of Ashbv under arrest, fol
lowed them from Greensboro. The
party tramped all the way here. The
boy "is being held and says he came
of his own accord.
GOLD MINE WRECKED
Two Large Boilers Explode at
the Haile Plant
HEAVY DAMAGE TO MACHINERY
Fearful Catastrophe Early Monday
Morning at the Haile Gold Mine,
Near Kershaw, 3. C. Two Mam
moth Boilers Explode Injuring
. Four Men.
Charlotte, N. C, Special. One of
the most fearful boiler explosions
that ever occurred in South Carolina
took place Monday morning at 9:07
o'clock at the Haile gold mine in
Lancaster county, two and one-half
miles from Kershaw, when the two
lOQ-horse power boilers blew up de
molishing the engine house and mam
moth stamp mill and seriously injur
ing four men, one of whom was a
eon of C'apt. and Mrs. A. Thies, of
this city. .
Other than that the water is sup
posed to have been allowed to get
too low in one of the boiler3 nothing
of a definite nature is known as to
the cause of the accident. Boiler No.
1 blew up and one of the flying frag
ments- of iron knocked off the dome
of boiler No. 2, which also then
exploded. The shock was terrific,
its force being very perceptible, even
m Kershaw, more than two miles
away. It simply demonlished every
thing about the place, some of the
parts of the boilers being hurled far
upon the sides of the adjacent hills.
Mr. O. C. Gardner, who happened to
be standing behind a post but ten feet
away from the boilers, wvvhen the ca
tastrophe occurred, was thrown
through the side of the engine house
and into the stamp mill hard by, and
was practically unharmed. The in
Mr. Ernest A. Thies, superintend
ent of the mine, seriously burned
about head and body and face and
neck cut by falling debris.
Mr. B. M. Truesdel, badly burned.
Mr. J. P. Pittman, engineer, burned
and stunned by falling pieces of wood
and brick. Not seriously hurt.
Mr. E. M. Ogburn, burned and cut
by falling timbers.
The accident took place shortly af
ter 9 o'clock. The engines at the
time were running smoothly, appar
ently performing their accustomed
duties in their accustomed way. There
was nothing slack so far as any of
those about the place could tell to in
dicate that there was anything wrong.
If the water was low in one of the
boilers no one was aware of it. Mr.
Thies, who happened to .be passing
through, observed to Mr. Pittman, the
engineer, that his clock was four
minutes slow and suggested that he
move it forward a little. This Mr.
Pittman proceeded to do. He step
ped up on a box to get at the clock
and had just accomplished his mis
sion and was climbing down wben
the explosion occurred. Mr. Thies
was buried beneath the debris, his
face being cut by flying bricks and
falling timbers and his head and
body seriously burned. Messrs. Pitt
aian, Truesdel and Ogburn, the three
jtber men in the building, were also
hurled to the floor and almost if not
altogether ' rvered by the loose ma
terial whiclrfell all about them.
Fortunately Mr. Pittman was not
badly stunned though severely burn
ed and he was able to crawl from
beneath the wreckage without assist
ance. Mr. Thies fared much worse,
however, for he was rendered uncon
scious and some time was required
to extricate him, 15 minutes at least.
Neither Mr. Truesdel nor Mr. Og
burn were seriously injured although
their cuts and burns were most pain
ful. Mr. Pittman ,escaped by a hair's
bredth, his call being an exceedingly
"lose oqe. Mr. Thies suffered the
most serious injuries.
Cardinal Gibbons Has Relapse.
Rome, By Cable. Cardinal Gibbons
suffered a slight relapse due to over
exertion in attending the audience
rranted by the Pope on Saturady.
fcnnrlflv's Rprvices at the Vatican and
Monday's congregation. As a result
the cardinal may have to cancel all
present plans and remove to the
.ountry for a season of complete
They Must Be Tried Again.
Asheville, N. C, Special. W. E.
Breese, W. II. ,Penland and J. E.
Dickerson, the three former officials
oi' t.ic defunct First National Bank of
Asheville, must again stand trial on
a criminal charge. This was the ef
fect of Judge Newman's decision in
ITnt'r.l States District Court in hold
ing that the original bill of indict-au-rt
found at Greensboro iu 1S97
and charging conspiracy was not de
fective. The motion of counsel for
the defense to quash the bill was
therefore over-ruled and the noted
case will again be aired in a court of
The Directors Adopt Resolutions of
Regret at the Death of W. E. Cross
land and! Elect Capt. W. L Everett
in His Stead.
Raleigh, Special. The penitentiary
directors adopted resolutions expres
sive of their deep regret at the
death of one of their number, W. E.
Crossland, Capt. W. I. Everett, of
Richmond county, who becomes direc
tor in his stead was sworn in. The
directors stated that the penitentiary
was in very fine shape financially,
haying a balance in its treasury of
about $45,000, and having no debts.
Everything at the penitentiary farm
on the Roanoke river is as fine as can
be.- At this farm there are about
1,400 acres in corn ; 2,000 in cotton
and S00 in peanuts. The crops there
were never better. No brick-making
is now going on at the penitentiary,
because no sales can be made. There
are almost a million brick on hand.
Of the State convicts 75 are at work
on the Elkin Railway; 75 on the
Washington & Vandemere and 75 on
the railway in Hyde county; another
75 being employed on another road,
making a total of 300 under contract
for this year. Very rapid work is
being done on the road in Hyde
county and over half of its 70 miles
has been graded. The length of
this road depends upon whether its
terminus is Washington or Belhaven.
About 45 miles of it have been grad
ed and it will be finished next year.
The work on the road in the moun
tains is, of course, heavy and is much
rrogress of Inland Waterways.
Raleigh, Special. That progress is
being made in the preliminary work
for the inland water way along the
North Carolina coast is evidenced by
orders just made by Judge Thomas R.
Purnell, in the Federal . Court here
for the assessment of damages on
property along the North Carolina
sounds for the right of way, Nor
folk & Beaufort. The orders were
on motion of Col. Harry Skinner,
United States district attorney, on
whom the duty of looking after' tbsse
legal interests for the government
devolves. There were also orders
naming guardians for a number of
minors interested in these swamp
and sound lands thus condemned by
the government under the right of
eminent domain. United States Dis
trict Attorney Harry Skinner said
in. speaking of the progress of the
work preliminary to the construction
of the waterway, that seven orders
for condemnation of lands and assess
ment of damages complete the right
of way from Pamlico Sound to Beau
fort harbor, a distance of sixteen
miles and that work will begin on
this section within a few weeks. .In
fact that the contracts for the con
stuction of this section of the water
way, has already been awarded 6hd
the contractors are all ready to
start up the work.
State News Items.
The Winston-Salem Athletic Asso
ciation is chartered to take in hand
the Carolina League ball team of the
Twin City, the capital stock being
$25,000 authorized and $950 paid in
by W. L. O'Brien, T. W. Watson, H.
Y. Shelton and others.
The "Push Rockintrham Forward
Club" is chartered without capitol
stock for promoting the social inter
est of members and the advancement
of the industrial interests of Rocking
ham, Richmond county. A. S. Dock-
ery, W. H. Everett, W. B. Cole, are
among the incorporators.
There is also a charter for the
Quinn Furniture Company, of Eliz
abeth City, capital $10,000, by C. W.
Quinn and others.
Cashier R. B. Roberts of Internal
Revenue Collector Brown's office, at
Statesville? reports that the total col
lections for July, 190S, amounted to
$188,340.43, an increase over the col
letione for July, 1S07, of $6,009,29.
The postoffice receipts for the Wil
son ofSce for the month of July
amounted to $1,215.8L The receipts
for July last year amounted to $1,
147.99. The site for the public
Duilding for which an appropriation
was made at the last session of Con
grew, ha' not yet been decided upon.
Several sites have been offered the
government, and there is a great dif
ference of opinion among the people
here as to the proper one.
Fayetteville Negro Shoots His Girl.
Fayetteville, Special. Frank Coun
cil, a young negro of bad reputation,
last week shot his sweetheart, Hat
tie Newell, though not seriously, be
cause she chose the escort of another
man in preference to himself.
After a negro performance, Council
offered to take his girl home, when
she refused and walked eff with an
other man. Council followed until
they reached the vicinity of the Con
federate monument on St. James.
Square, when he fired two shots at
the woman, one taking effect in the
right knee and ent in tie left thigh.
PRESIDENT TAKES BLAME
Announces That He is Responsible
For the Discharge of the Negro
Troops at Brownsville Taft Had
Nothing to do With the Matter.
Oyster Bay, N. Y., Sepcial. Presi
dent Roosevelt in a statement issued
late Friday made it clear that the
entire responsibility was his for the
issuance of the original order dis
charging the battalion of negro sol
diers for alleged participation in the
Brownsville, Tex., rioting and the re
fusal to permit a suspension of that
The President was shown an inter
view which was had in Washington
with General Corbin, U. S. A., re
tired, in which General Corbin stated
that no credit or blame in the mat
ter rested with Mr.. Taft. After read
ing the interview the President
through his assistant private secre
tary, Rudolph Foster, gave out the
"General Corbin 's statement is ab
solutely correct, and it was entirely
proper that he should make it. The
substance of the message from the
President which' he quoted was made
public long ago. In the Brownsville
matter the entire responsibility for
issuing the original order and for de
clining to allow its suspension was
In his interview General Corbin
stated in substance that Mr. Taft
was in no way responsible , for the
order discharging the batalion of the
Twenty-fifth Infantry, and that in
doing so the then Secretary, of War
had obeyed the direct order of the
President. General Corbin then re
counted the circumstances as they
occurred and were published follow
ing the Brownsville affair.
Chairman Henry Watterson An
nounces Members of the Demo
cratic Press Committee.
New York, Special. Henry Wat
terson, editor of The Louisville Courier-Journal,
who is chairman of the
newspaper committee of the Demo-'
erati. national campaign committee,
made public the names of the Dem
ocratic press committee of advise
ment, among them being the follow
ing Southern men:
Alabama Birminghan Age Herald,
E. W. Barrett; Montgomery, ' Adver
tiser, W. W. Screws, F. P. Glass. .
Arakanisas Little Rock Democrat,
Georgia Atlanta Constitution,
Kentucky Lexington Herald,
Louisiana New Orleans Pica
yune,' Thomas E. Davis; New Orleans
Times-Democrat, Page II. Parker.
Mississippi Jackson ClarioimLed
ger, H. R. Henry.
North CarolinaCharlotte Obser
ver, J. P. Caldwell.
South Carolina Columbia State
W. E. Gonzales; Charleston News and
Courier, J. C. Hemphill.
Tennessee Chattanooga News, J.
C. Rice; Knoxville Sentinel, Ck T.
Milton; Nashville American, Charles
Texas Galveston, John R. Hedges,
Virginia Richmond Times Dis
patch, Joseph Bryan."
Govrnor Smith Urges Action on Im
Atlanta, Ga., Special. Governor
Hoke Smith sent a special message to
the Legislature urging action on sev
eral measures which he considers of
vital importance and stating his
readiness to call an extra session of
the legislature if necessary, at which
the convict question can, be disposed
of. The measures which' Governor
Smith mentions as being' of primary
importance are the anti-lobbying bill,
a law fixing the time for holding
State primaries not earlier than CO
days before the date of -election, a
new registration law and provision of
a fund for the maintenance of tht
State agricultural schools.
Work Train Wrecked.
Roanoke, Va., Speoial. The work
train on a narrow gauge road run
ning from Roanoke, left the rails
and rolled down a high embankment
on the mountainside. A number of
men riding on the train were caught
under ' the engine and Vars. Three
were killed and several more serious
CoiitrJkCts Fcr Army Clothing.
Chicago, Special. Manufacturers
in the West are severely criticising
the methods employed in the War
Department in awarding contract
for army clothing. In constituting
a special board to pass on all bids it
was ordered that special sample of
twenty yards of cloth be used for
;pTvia ha furnished. Mattufactur-
Uliti-vi liiJ " v
ers in an informal protest declare
tW tViiss virtually creates a monopoly
as the cost to manufacture a special
sample is piotnimive ior bmau
DIED BY EXPLOSION
Many Killed and Injured When
THE DEATH LIST TOTALS EIGHT
Boiler of Large Rolling Mill, Locat
ed in the Centre of the Plank, Ex
plodes Without a Moment's Warn
ing. York, Pa., Special. Eight men
were killed, nearly a score of
others more or less seriously injured,
and thousands of dollars worth of
property damaged by the explosion
of a boiler in the York Rolling Mill
late Monday afternoon.
John Clency, York.
Benjamin Bremer. .
Harry Fager, all of Columbia, Pa.
The boiler which was located in the
centre of the mill exploded without
a moment's warning. .
A rescue party was quickly organ
ized and search for the bodies was in
stituted. Ambulances from the York Hospit
al were hurried to the scerie,' but ow
ing to the number of dead and injur
ed, delivery wagons and other con
veyances were pressed into service in
order that the injured might be rush
ed to the hospital.
While tUe injured were being look
ed after, the bodies of the dead were
being carried from the ruins of the
building. A majority of those kill
ed had their heads and limbs torn
from their bodies and were so badly
mangled, that identity was almost an
The mill had been closed down for
ouuut a ween, auu uvu score oi men
were engaged in making repairs to
an ensnne. The men were work-
lncr flnsp fn flip hnilor nnA whan itk
explosion occurred not one of them
was able to make his escape.
Texas Files Complaint,
Washington, Specials The railroad
commission of Texas filed a formal
complaint with the inter-State co"m-
meroa commission against sixty-seven
railroads and other common earners
alleging a conspiracy on the part of
the defendants through the South
western Traffic Association for the
suppression of competition and ..- re-
V. V. in bill. ILlLlIb CI V. HUH
increasing freight rates to common
points in Texas. The commission will
forward notice of this complaint to
all the carriers involved and will give
them fifteen. days to reply, the .usual
period allowed for answering a com
plaint being twenty days. The com
mission will expediate this - case as
much as possible on account of its
widespread importance. The com
plaint is signed by Allison Mavfield,
chairman of the Texas railroad com
mission, with W. R. Davidson, Attor
ney General, and Claude Pollard, As
sistant Attorney General of the State
of Texas, countersigning the paper.
The complaint undertakes to com
pare the alleged cost of maintenance
and operation of the railroads with
the actual cost, and the claimed in
debtedness which is supposed to .gus
tily the increase, the railroad "com
mission of Texa, it appears, has. ap
praised the cost of construction i and
operation of the roads, as well as the
actual indebtedness upon which the
rates may be fairly based. .
President's Daughter Weds.
Paris, By Cable. Mile. Fallieres,
dnno-htpr of thn President, nf Frnnft?.
Monday became the bride of M. Jean
Lanes, her lather's private secre
tarv. The wedding was a nuiet. affair
and was wholly .unaccompanied by
the enthusiasm and publicity which
attended the marriage of President
Roosevelt's daughter. The bride re
ceived many handsome presents.
Dutch Vessel Catches Fire.
London, By Cable. Only the time
ly arrival of the British steamship
Imogene prevented a terrible loss of
life among the passengers on the
Dutch steamship Amstell, which
Caught fire off the toast of Soutli
America on August lith, according to
a messago received here. The tire
created a fearful panic among the
passenger.-?, and they rushed to the
rails and leaped overboard in droves.
Scores, it is said, would have been
drowned in the scramble in the
ocean had lwt the Imogene put on
to the jxscue.