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VOL. XIX.- PLYMOUTH, N, C FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1508. " NO. 20. "
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Aeronauts Experience a Drop
o, Two Thousand Feet
American Balloon Conqueror Bursts
at the Height of 4,000 Feet, Precip
itating the Aeronauts to the Roof
of a House in a Berlin Suburb.
Berlin, By Cable. The internation
il balloon race which started Sunday
from the suburb of Seiimargendorf,
was the occasion of a thrilling acci
ient, two American aeronauts having
i, miraculous escape from death. The
American balloon Conqueror, the only
American built craft in the contest,
"having on board A. Holland Forbes
and Augustus Post, less than two ruin
ates after the start burst at an alti
tude of 4,000 feet. For 2,000 feet it
ihot down like a bullet, and then the
lorn silk bag assumed the shape of a
parachute, thus checking the rapidity
:f the descent. Coming close to the
arth, ' however, the basket smashed
into the roof of a house, but the two
nen escaped with but slight bruises.
The race, in which twenty-three
balloons participated, representing
TJreat Britaint, France, Germany, the
United States, Switzerland, Italy, Bel
rium and Spain, started at 3 o'clock
Sunday afternoon in the presence of
it least S0,000 spectators. The first
balloon sent away was the "Ameri
ja II," under command of James C.
McCoy, who was accompanied by
Lieutenant Voghmann. The balloon
was decorated with the Stars and
Stripes and it sailed away to the
southeast at a rapid pace, the oero
nauts waving their hats.
Dramatic Occasion. '
A representative of each of the oili
er nations followed the American
balloon in succession j.t intervals of
iavo minute the national hymn of the
respectivejsonntries ringing forth as
Ihelipes were east loose.-
The second batch of eight balloons
ivas led by Forbes iir-lhe Conqueror,
which reached a high nilitud in an
incitdibly short period. l!.e basket
svnying violo'.-rly. T;ien almost in
stantly a cry of horror arose from
the crowd who taw the silk collapse
and shouted: "Vlie balloon ic ripping
The thousand who had gathered
thrre stood fo. a moment petrified.
Some turned a vv.vv fainting, e.s they
saw the balloon falling with light
ning rapidity. At the same time,
showers of sand and appurtenances
of the balloon shot downward with
equal rapidity and then daylight was
seen through the envelope, great rag
ged edges of the silk showing on eith
er side.
"They are killed," went in a hnsh
td whisper through the crowd, but
shortly the remainder of the envelope
appeared to take, first, a triangulai
shape and then was transformed into
a sort of parachute at the top of the
net and the progress of the wrecked
balloon was considerably arrested. It
came down slower and slower, mean
while being swept by the wind, far to
the southeast, and finally disappeared
from view behind a block of houses.
The suspense among the crowds was
terrible. But a few minutes later
a telephone message was received
from Frienenau, which announced
that the men had landed and had not
been seriously injured. The other bal
loons were sent up, after a brief de
lay, without further accident.
Terrorizing Negroes.
Montgomery, Ala., Special. A spe
cial from Tuscaloosa, Ala., says: A
negro Baptist church and lodge hall
located at Spring Hill, Ala., were
burned Friday night by unknown
persons. A band of horsemen ' al
leged to have been organized with the
intention of driving the negroes out
of the community, are said to have
get fire to the church and hall.
To Increase Bank Examinations.
Washington, Special. Comptroller
of the Currency Murray has decided
to increase the number of national
bank examinations, in many cases
from twice to three or four times a
year. It is not his purpose, he says,
to examine fll national banks foul
er even three times a year, but the
new rule will be made to apply to
all manual b-.uks that have m the
past shown a dlsiiion to violate
or evade any provUioiJof the na
tional bauUki:vB rr rcgulahons
prescribed byT Wrdller of the
Second Day of the Great Waterway
Conference Addressed By Colonel
Bryan and Others.
Chicago, Special. Addresses by
William J. Bryan and Gilford Pinchot
the latter being chairman of the na
tional conservation commission, the
reading of a letter from James J.
Hill, short addresses by delegates,
and a big reception at the Coliseum
at night were the features of the sec
ond day of the convention of the
Lakes-to-tire-Gulf Deep Waterways
Association. .Mr. -Bryan, who spoke
earnestly in favor of deep waterways,
not only from the lakes to the gulf
but in all other parts of the country,
where increased transportation facil
ities were needed, was an enthusiosti
sally received, as was William H.
laft when he opened the convention
the previous day.
Mr. Bryan's Address.
In addressing the convention Mr.
Bryan said in part :
"You cannot give the people too
?ood facilities for transportation of
theirmerehandise. If you tell me
you want to improve the Mississippi
I tell you that is all right, I will help
you improve it just as far as you
please, and make the canal as wide
as you please and as deep as you
please, and when you get to improv
ing the Mississippi I will start out all
alone if necessary to improve every
river that empties into the ilississip
pi. Water transportation is the nat
ural transportation. God made the
rivers, man made the railroads. When
you finish a river sufficiently deep for
tommerce, or a canal upon which
Soats can float, you make it possible
for a man with small capital to act
while the railroads make it possible
for men with large capital to act.
Where there is a river any man who
can build a boat can engage in trans
portation, and if he cannot build a
big boat he can build a little boat and
if you have a large number of little
boats the big boat will have to meet
the rate that the little boat fixes. You
will find it much easier to regulate
rates on water than on land because
competition can be much more active
on water than on land. We arc an
exporting nation. We send our agri
cultural products to foreign markets,
and when our wheat or our cotton
reaches the London market its price is
fixed there by the competition which
it meets. If a bushel of wheat sells
for a dollar in London and it takes
fifty, cents to get it from the farm to
London the farjrner gets fifty cents a
bushel for his wheat. If you can so
improve transportation that the far
mer can get his wheat from his farm
to Liverpool for twenty-five cents you
have added twenty-five cents to the
farmers' price for this wheat. It is
a fact that is admitted that the rail
road cannot carry freight as cheaply
as the Bat can, and therefore every
fanner is interested in establishing wa
ter communication wherever water
communication is i possible!" -"-"-.
Believer in Waterways.
"I believe in improving the water
ways everywhere, no matter whether
these waterways are the rivers that
run down the mountainsides into the
ocean and the West or the waterways
that converge in the Mississippi val
ley and carry their floods to the gulf.
I believe tha it is the duty of those
charged with the business of govern
ment to develop these things upon
which a nation's prosperity depends.
"If the work should be done, and I
believe that it should, then you peo
ple who believe it should be done
should agree upon the best methods
by which to do it. But I repeat that
you must not be frightened because
it may require an investment. At St.
Louis last fall they resolved that
$500,000,000 spent in improving the
waterways of the Mississippi valley
would bring an interest in the way
of decreased cost of transportation
amounting to $.180,000,000 a year
Why, my friends, if it only saved
$50,000,000 a year it would be tei
per cent, interest on the investment.
"I believe that the plan should be
commenced now. v I believe that it
should be a comprehensive plan, that
it should deal with the entire sub
ject and that it should be a perma
nent plan; that wc should begin now
to lay the foundation for the future
greatness of this country, in the
development of these natural re
sources, these God-given water courses
of ours."
Russia Getting Her Fleet Ready.
St. Petersburg, By Cable Fearful
that Austria intends to take advan
tage of the commotion in Servia to
deal the' boldest blow of all annexa
tion of Servia the Czar has ordered
the mobilization of the Black Sea
fleet. Russia still insists upon an in
ternational conference to completely
revise the Berlin treaty, while the
latest word from England is that fhe
has not receded from her position
,hat only existing issues must be
Abortive Attempt to Lynch at
Spartanburg, S. C.
Infuriated Mill Operatives Make De
termined Effort to Lynch Negro
Who Assaults Young Lady Depu
ties and Officers Exchange Shots
and Several Are Wounded.
Spartanburg, S. C, Special. In the
heart of Spartanburg with its 20,000
population, a mob of infuriated citi
zens, at times numbering a thousand
or more, fought Saturday and Satur
day night with the military and civil
authorities for the possession of John
Irby, a negro who is alleged to have
attempted to ravish Miss Lillie Demp
sey earlier in the day Avhile the young
woman was on her Avay here from
Saxon Mill village, three miles away.
Four persons were wounded, one of
them seriously, and John Sparks, a
restaurant keeper, was arrested and
held without bail on the charge ofi
shooting Sheriff Nichols, who was
slightly wounded in the exchange of
shots between the mob and the au
thorities who were protecting the
Beginning about noon the crowd,
sullen and bent on vengeance on the
negro, roamed about the court house
square, approaching at times the very
gates of the high wall enclosing the
jail. Late at night the situation be
came alarming. The crowd was
augmented by 500 people from Green
ville. There was some shooting in
the street and the mob moved into
the public square.
The first shot came from a window
of the jail and' it was followed by
others from the same quarter. An
answering shot was fired from the
crowd. This broke a window in the
jail and slightly wounded Sheriff
Nichols. Sparks was accused of the
shooting and immediately taken into
custody. His attorneys offered $1,000
bail but this was refused.
Girl Identifies Negro.
Irby's arrest was effected shortly
after the commission of his crimtf
and close to the scene of his attack.
He was captured by mill operatives,
was taken before the young woman,
who immediately identified him, ana1
was then carried into the woods. His
captors were about to lynch him
when mounted police arrived and
wrested him from the crowd, not,
however, before the negro had been
fradly'beate'ir ke..jrjva s i taken
to the jail and almost immediately
the storming of the jail began. Sheriff
Nichols swore in a number of deputies
and the militia was ordered out. The
mob tried to gain ingress by means
of step ladders, but that, too, was in
effectual. Sunday and Sunday night
passed off quietly with nothing in the
way of a disturbance.
N. C. & St. L. Detective Killed.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Special. T. J.
McEIhaney, special detective for-the
Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis
Railway, was shot and killed early
Sundav while on duty in the yards of
the railroad company at Cravens, two
miles from the union station. W. S.i
omith, who was until recently em
ployed as a detective for the road, is
in -jail charged with the crime. Blood
bounds were put on the trail and
tracked Smith to his home. The men,
it is said, had been on bad terms for
some time. McEIhaney leaves a wife
and seven children.
Quiet in the Near East.
London, By Cable. Belgrade, the
atonn center in the present Balkan
situation, has quieted down. After a
long secret session, the National As
sembly has taken no definite action
with regard to making war upon Austria-Hungary.
The city itself has
quieted down, the people apparently
realizing that war would mean the de
struction of Servian nationality.
Missionary Convention Holds Big
Mass Meeting.
New Orleans, Special. At a mass
meeting in the Athenaeum Cephas
Shelbourne, of Dallas, Tex., preached
to a great audience attending the in
ternational missionary convention of
the churches of Christ. Mr. Shel
bourne took as his theme the fact
that an inscription was written on the
cross of Christ in three languages and
developed from this incident an ar-
' cumont showing how modern churches
of all creeds are pushing aside denom
inational barriers in favor of more in
timate relations' with each other.
Movements of the Leaders of the
Great Political Battle Being Wag
ed News From the Firing Line.
New York, Special Yet faster and
more furiously the presidential cam
paign is being driven as the candi
dates approach the home stretch in
the great race.
The opening of the week will find
both Taft and Bryan in their own
States. For both there have been ar
ranged strenuous trips covering the
first three days of the week. Bryan's
programme is said to call for quite
fifty speeches in eastern and central
Nebraska, and he will then proceed
to Illinois and Indiana. Taft will
speak in big and small places in
Ohio, in halls and at open air meet
ings, from trains and on balconies on
the same days that Bryan is
addressing his fellow Nebraskians.
The remainder of the week will be
spent- by Mr. Taft in the South.
Nor will the running mates of the
two leaders enjoy and respite from
the incessant work on the stump
which they have been performing.
Only two dates, Monday in East
Orange, N. J., and Saturday in
Wilmington, Del., have been arranged
for Mr. Sherman, but it is understood
the intervening time will be well
filled in by engagements yet to be an
nounced. Mr. Kern will start forth
with from his home in Indianapolis
for anQtber tour which will take him
to New York City, Newark, N. J.,
Bridgeport, Conn., and Utica, N. Y.
Governor Hughes, fresh from his
Western trip, will be in his own State
throughout the week, on Monday be
ginning a tour that will include more
than 100 addresses before the cam
paign is ended.
New York also is to hear Secretary
Root and. Secretary Straus, while
still another member of the Cabinet,
Mr. Wilson, starts .out on Thursday
for a speaking tour of the agricultur
al States in the West.
Taft in the South.
Cincinnati, O., Special. "I "am go
ing South to make a few speeches in
Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina,
Virginia and Maryland, not so much
with' the view of carrying those
States as to show their people that
theyare part of the Union, and the
such, ought to vote for the party
which will give them the influence in
the nation to which they are enti
tled." Judge Taft said' this to the Taft
Sherman Club, of Highlands, Ky.,
which came to the Sinton Hotel last
week to pledge its support. His ad
dress throughout was an expression of
intense feeling regarding the politi
cal condition of the South. The South
he said, had made wonderful progress
under the application of the Repub
lican principles of. protection and yet
it remained a perpetual asset to the
Democracy of the North, to be deliv
ered en bloc, no matter what might
be the issue or interest at stake.
The speech was heartily applauded.
Mr. Taft busied himself during the
cfaTmeIea t ters,
preparatory to leaving Monday "m5TS5r
ing on a campaign trip.
Bryan in Missouri.
St. Joseph,, Mo., Special. With a
record of twenty speeches delivered
during the day William J. Bryan
brought to a close in this city Satur
day night his latest tour.
From the moment of his first utter
ance until he had concluded his
remarks here, Mr. Bryan declared
that the electorial vote of the State of
Missouri was safely Democratic, and
he devoted considerable time to
urging the people to elect the Demo
cratic State ticket as well as a Legis
lature which would send to Washing
ton a Democratic Senator. He sought
to instill in the minds of his hearers
the fact that a Democratic victory
this year meant a return to
He did not overlook President
Roosevelt in discussing the trust
question and read a communication
from the acting Attorney General of
the United States which he inter
preted as a direct refusal on the part
of the law department of the govern
ment to prosecute a corporation for
conducting its business m restraint or.
trade. He produced the letter, he
said, to show the iniquity of the trust
and attacked the President, as he
charged, for shirking his duty. Mr.
Taft, as usual, got his share of criti
cism, the Democratic candidate point
ing'out that his Republican opponent
was going around the country making
promises which he knew he could not
fulfill, for, he said, the Republican
party was unable to offer any real re
forms. Mr. Bryan Rests.
Tnfoln. Neb.. Snecial. Ha-inc
spent several active days last week
on the stump, William J. Bryan Sun
day devoted most, of his time to rest
ing up preparatory to a hard week of
campaigning in Nebraka, Colorado,
and Wyoming. He arrived here Sun
day morning direct from St. Joseph,
Mo., where he got a rousing reception.
The westward journey will be begun
early Tuesday morning.
Speaking of the results of -his cam
paigning so far, the Democratic can
didate declared himself as being con
fident of success. He stated that re
ports received by him indicate a con
stantly increasing sentiment toward
the Democratic party.
"Beerless Candidate" Speaks.
Atlanta, Ga., Special. Eugene W.
Chafin, prohibition candidate for the
presidency, made some strong points
for the cause of his party in the
speech he uttered at Piedmont Park
Saturday, where the Georgia State
fair is in progress. Mr. Chafin stated
that it was now eighty days since he
had started his canvass, that he had
visited twenty-five States, made five
speeches a day and had gained five
pounds, and that if the campaign
would only last long enough he would
be a bigger man than Taft. He re
ferred to the Socialist labor leader in
jail in Nevada as the "cheerless can
didate;" Mr. Taft as the "fearless
candidate," and to himself as the
"beerless candidate."
Young Heiress Kdnapped.
Chicago, Special. Margaret Fran
ces Mitchell, 8 years old, said to be
an heiress to a fortune of $250,000,
was kidnapped while on the street
with her grandmother. The little
girl was snatched by one of the
three men in an automobile and tak
en away after the grandmother, Mrs.
Caroline F. Mitchell, had been knock
ed down. The police are working on
a clue that the child was taken out
of the city, probably to Sparta, N. C
Marked Falling Off in Greater New
York Registration.
New York, Special. Registration
for the first three days in Greatei
New York as shown by corrected fig
ures reveals a marked falling off ftorn
that of four years ago. For the three
days the corrected figures show foi
Greater New York a registration this
year of 540,095 as compared with
573,523 four years ago a loss of
Kills Wife and Suicides.
York, Pa., " Special. William Ben
nington shot and killed his wife and
then committed suicide. Bennington
followed his wife to a church with a
horse and buggy and fired a load oi
shot into her body just as she was
about to enter the church. He then
drove across the State line into Mary
land, where he reloaded the shot gun.
placed the barrel against his stomach
and pulled the trigger. . The crime
is said to have been prompted by jeal
ousy. Two Grad:s Eliminated.
New Orleans, Special Directors of
the New Orleans cotton exchange an
nounced that they had eliminated low
middling stained and strict low mid
dling stained from the list of tender
able grades. So much discussion re
sulted from the change that the direc
tors have called a special meeting of
thTm?rm3C4--s of the exchange for next
Monday to "tkeir opinion on the
Fire Threatens White House Stables.
-Washington, Special. Fire of un
known origin was discovered in the
loft of the White House stables about
S:30 o'clock Sunday morning, causing
fifteen dollars damage. But for the
orompt work of the stable keeper and
his assistant the building, in which
are roused several of the President's
thoroughbreds, would have been do
stroyed. The stables are at Seven
teenth and E streets, some distance
from the White House.
Warlike Attitude of Servia.
Belgrade, By Cable. All the army
reservists were ordered to join the
colors on Sunday,, and a declaration
of war against Austria will prob
ably be made then. The whole, of Ser
via is clamoring for a war with Aus
tria, and King Peter seems powerless
to restrain his people. The mobiliza
tion of troops is being carried on
amid scenes of the wildest enthusi
asm. Killed by Insane Preacher.
Athens, Ala., Special. News has
just reached here of the killing late
Friday of Andrew Jackson, living
near the Lauderdale county line, by a
preacher named Livincsfon. The men
arc said to have disliked each other
for a long time, and when they met
Livingston fired on .Tnekon. Living
ston wjts Inter ran?-! wandrinc about
the woods b?v..'f.'ite.l ond clad only
in h's nnder-':.-' ?.
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In addition to tho canned sp-eelie.
remarks th Indianapolis News, tbero
are the indiscreet ones which a"
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Early Declares He is Bemgi
Held Without Just Cause j
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Former North Carolina Man, in SpiSa
of the Fact That lie District of I
Columbia Health People Axe Abst-
xuteiy certain a3 to Their Diagno
sis, Declares He 13 Not Afaieted
With Leprosy and Refuses to Al
low Injections of Filtrate Into His
Washington, D. C, SpeeiaL John.
R. Early, formerly of Lynn, N. C,
who has been pronounced a leper, aad
on this account has been kept isolated
in a tent under the guard of the health
authorities of the District of Colum
bia, declares that he does not now and
never has admitted that he is afflicted
with leprosy. He took a stiff, decided
stand against the idea of his having
leprosy Friday when the physicians
who have charge of his treatment
proposed to inject what is known aa
the Nastin treatment, being a series
of injections of a filtrate of lepmsy
into his body. He said that he did
not have leprosy and that the injec
tion might give it to him. ,
Dr. W. C. Fowler, of the District ,
health department, claims, on the
other hand, that he and the other
physicians who have examined Early
are "absolutely certain" that Eariy
has leprosy. Says he:
"If Early is not suffering from lep
rosy, no man Tsver had that disease
There is no doubt in the world about
his having leprosy, and we infer from '
the-fact that he has remained silent
throughout the past month that he is
convinced. We appreciate, as mneh ,
as Early or any one else, what a se
rious thing it would be to isolate &
man unless we were absolutely certain
he was afflicted with leprosy." ,
Early insists that there is a mis
take and expresses a desire and an in-
tentipn, if it shall be allowed, of hav
ing himself examined by other physi
cians. Dr. Fowler says further:
"The health office does not deny
Early the right to have himself ex
amined by any doctor, scientist,
pathologist, or medical man he may
see fit to employ. He was pronounced
a leper by a doctor who has seen
hundreds of cases. Besides this, th
Rppcarance of his face and body, the ,
swellings so characteristic of leprosy,
and the way he tells attending doe
tors how he feels prove bevond any
shadow of a doubt that he is a leper
and should be isolated for the com
mon good."
Since it has been decided that the
State of North Carolina cannot be
required by law to take care of Early,
and since he has been granted a pen
sion by the Pension Bureau, careful
consideration has been riven to the
question as to what shall bo done
with him. He is still in his tent
on the banks of the Pofomaj
near the smallpox hospualV7viEa
has been termed by soiX exceed
ingly unhenlthfnl..-i7T1fyf . though
there is anoir opinion nhont the
healJhfylneVs of the place. His wife
as Vented a cottage nearby, and sha
visits him every day, spending several
hours talking with him. Guards are
stationed there to see that she dees
not come into personal contact with
him, and she is kept under wateh,
and will be. So long as she does nt
touch him, the authorities say there
is not the slightest danger of coa
tagion through her.
The health officials have a plan for
erecting a cottage for Early and his
family, maintining a guard at tha
home day and night. It may CTCTt
be that Mrs. Early will be permitted
to live with her husband in the sarrws
room, provided she agrees to isolate
herself for the rest of her life. But
the details of the plan have not beeis
completed yet. The health officials
realize the great difficulty of keeping;
husband and wife apart when they
are determined upon uniting. It is
about as difficult a task as making
husband and wife live with each other
when they do not want to. But they
are turning their minds to the solu
tion of the problem, however difficult.
Early meantime continue to read
his Bible and to philosophize, as has
been his wont since his first segrega
tion. Zach McGce in Charlotte Ob
server. Fishing Schooner Destroyed b7 Fire
Pensacola, Fla., Special. The Raid
ing schooner Ida, owned in this city,
was destroyed by fire in the Gidf
when gasoline, which bad esraped
from the tank, ignited, causing an ex
plosion. The vessel was nn aaiiliary
yacht of lp.rge size. The boat was
i about twenty miles t sea and tt
crew took to ti e srrp.ll boats. . Tiwy
v.-ero. picked up r.r.d brought into port
later. Ten i honour. ! of ma-e si
re 1 which composed the cargo wem.
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