C Year, In Advance FOR GOD, FOR COUNTRY AND FOR TRUTH. " ' t Zlmzt Cpy 5 CfcJ
vol. xix.-" Plymouth, isr, a, Friday, November e. idosI " . N0.21I
FIGHT ON OUTLAWS!
Governor Patterson, of Ten
; ncssce, Doing Fine Work
NIGHT HIDING MUST BE ENDED
Seventy-Fire Arrests Have Already
Been Madia in the Tennessee Out
rages. Samburg', Tenn. Special-Additional
details of- Tid Burton's confession
at Tiptonville indicate that perhaps
300 persons in Obion county are im
plicated in raids or as accessories of
Night Eiders. Even the oath taken
by the Night Riders is known. The
authorities believe enough evidence
Tias already been obtained to indict
There are 75 prisoners in camp.
3arrett Johnson, alleged leader of
the Night Riders, is under a double
.guard, and no one is allowed to see
Jiim." His brother Tom and William
Watson are also kept in solitary con
finement. "We know absolutely we have two
of the' captains in Camp Nemo and
"twelve of the other Night Riders,"
said Colonel Tatom.
Since Wednesday night, when Gov
ernor Patterson arrived, he has been
in charge of examination of witnesses
and had general direction of the
movements of the troops. The Gov
ernor if leading the life of a soldier,
sleeping in a tent next" to Colonel
John I'. Cockran, the man captured
after a chase on the lake, has con
fessedihat the Night Rider outrages
have included tho whipping of wo
,'inen. " Because of a technicality, it may
be necessary to abandon the special
.term of court convened at Union
City on Monday, and allow 30 days
to elapse before the inquiry can.be
resumed. The statutes of this State
. require that any term of court called
must be advertised in advance for
80 days. KN
Ten wjflepes were before the
rari&ifury and, according to the
.statement of Attorney-Gtneral Cald
well, disclosures were made, of almost
as much importance as tile confes
sion of Tid Burton.
Frank Ferriner confessed last
"week and implicated 30 or 12 men
now in custody. He gave names., and
"went into details. Ferriner is care
fully guarded in an isolated tent.
Ferriner 's confession come after a
. long grueling examination in Colonel
Tatom 's tent. Governor Patterson
In person questioned the witness. The
Governor expressed himself as being
pleased with what has been brought
'"We are getting some mighty
strong evidence," he said, "and 1
am confident we will discover the
members of this marauding band and
NIGHT RIDER CONFESSES.
"Tid" Butrcn Implicates 40 Men of
Reel Foot Lake Cotintr.
Tiptonville, Tenn., Special. In the
presence of Sheriff. . Haines, Judge
Harris and Mayor Cleveland Don-
aldson, "Tid" ' Burton, . the Night
. yjj&ider arrested at Samburg, made a
full confession in the Lake County
Jail here, and told a . remarkable
story of night rider depredation
near Reel Foot, Lake, confessing to
the part he played in the outrages
which reached a culmination in the
putting to' death of Capt. Quentin
Rankin, an attorney of Trenton,
Tenn.,-on the banks of Reel Foot
Lake a Aveek ago, and implicating
men prominent in this part of the
Of the persons who he declared
had a part in the killing of Capt.
Rankin more than half are now in
custody at Camp Nemo, the military
base near Samburg. The confession
was made at tho Tiptonville jail to
Sheriff Haines, Judge Harris, owner
of a large tract of land in the Reel
Foot Lake region, who has suffered
much at the hands of the riders and
Mayor Cleveland Donelson, of Tip
tonville. The confession was made freely
and voluntarily and apparently with
out a qualm of conscience he gibly
unfolded his story.
While Burton denies that he was
J present when -Capt. Rankin was put
7 to death, he admits that it was
through his influence that the bard
consrresated and took the attorney
while he was st"ng at the hotel
at Walnut Log.
Tom and Garrett Johnson.-iursr--
rest, ar-d V. Wm.Jxcr bond
in t'onneeti raid, wc
rider band was when he aided in the
burning of a fish wharf at Samburg.
Several weeks later he was one of
several that crossed the county line
from the Reel Foot Lake region into
the adjoining county of Lake and
whipped Justice of the Peace Winn,
an aged man.
Coming to the killing of Capt. Ran-'
kin Burton declared that on the night
before the lynching he went to Wal
nut Log and there met James F.
Carpenter, an attorney, of ' Union
City, at whose solicitation Rankin
and Judge R. Z. Taylor, associated
in the West Tennessee Company,
owners of the land on which the
lake is situated, came to the lake. It
was stated that the visit of the two
attorneys was to discuss a timber
deal with Carpenter. After this con
versation Burton says he communi
cated with night rider leaders and
told of the intended visit of the rep
resentatives of the land company.
On the following night he saw the
two attorneys at supper at the Wal
nut Log, but he declared he left Wal
nut Log earlv in the night and went
on the lake to fish. He says that ho
was fishing when he heard the snots,
which ended the life of Capt. Ran
kin, but he did not return to the
shore for some time.
In the confession Burton gave the
names of no fewer than forty alleged
members of the night riders.
One More Prisoner Confesses, Im
plicating a Dozen Other.
Camp Nemo, Reel Foot Lake, Tenn.
Special. Within one week from the
time the soldiers of Tennesse under
personal direction of Gov. M. R.
Patterson spread their tents in the
heart of the night rider region, evi
dence of the most damaging nature
against the murderers of Capt Quen
tin Rankin has been, unearthed.
Frank Ferriner confessed and im
plicated ten or twelve men now in
custody, He gave names and went
into details. Ferriner is carefully
guarded in an isolated tent. Ferri
ner 's confession camo after a long
grilling examination in Solonel Ta
tom 's tent.- Governor Patterson in
person questioned the witness. The
Governor expressed himself as highly
pleased with what has been brought
Besides Ferriner, four other men
arc' guarded in separate tents. They
are Tom Johnson, of Hornbreak, al
leged to begone of the night- rider
captains; his cousin, Garrett John
son, of Spout Springs; also alleged
to be a captain of the band; Will
Watson, captured last week, who is
under indictment in Lake county for
whipping old man Winn, and Fred
Pinion and a man named Thorn. A
score of additional prisoners were
brought in. Most of them are want
ed as witnesses, but three who were
apprehended are regarded as import
ant prisoners. They are Fred Pinion,
J. A. Johnson and R. L. Knight. On
the arrival at camp of Maj. R. E.
Martin and his detachment, bringing
eight or ten prisoners, Governor Pat
terson conducted a court of inquiry
in his tent, examining singly those
brought in, '
The total number of arrests is 85,
and of tins number it is alleged that
half belong to the nigh triders'.
AGAINST NIGHT RIDERS.
Suit fer $100,000 Damages in an
Endeavor to Establish the Content
tion That all Persons Connected
With tho Night Riders' Associa
tion are Responsible for Ravages
Made by. Any Member. -Louisville,
Ky., Special. In an cn
deaver to establish his contention
that all persons connected with tho
night riders' association are respon
sible for ravages made by any mem
ber of the organization, Henry Ben
nett filed a suit for $100,000 damages
in the United States Circuit court.
The plaintiff on February 4 was set
upon and terribly beaten with clubs
and thorned switches by a band of
night riders. At the same time his
stemmery and tobacco factory and
-other large and valuable buildings
were destroyed by the night riders
Mr. Bennett since then has been re
ceiving letters threatening that he
would be killed by night riders.
In the suit filed he is proceeding
not only against the actual persons
who were present at the time of the
destruction of his property and in
jury to himself, but against a large
number of other persons, many of
whom are counted among the most
prominent and prosperous citizens of
the Western part of Kentucky, al
leging that they were members of a
criminal conspiracy known as the
"Night Riders' Organization," or
"Silent Bris-ade ." and that thev par-
icinated in the meetings which were
ield throughout many counties.
Tli nnntun'inn ri P flm nl a ! ni ! ft 15
' that all persons who. are members of
the night riders' organization are
bound bv the acts of the several
niaht riders, oil being alike, respon
sible for the conduct and actions of
the others, done in furtherance of
the general object of the conspiracy
which was to force all independent
raisers and handlers of dark tobacco
to place their tobacco in the pool
controlled" by the Dark Tobacco Association.
THE CHAIN COMPLETE.
Governor Patterson Says He Knows
Who Fired the Shot and Who Put
the Rope Around Captain Rankin's
Neck Confessions of Other Night
Rider's Tally With Burton's
Three More Prisoners Brought in.
Camp Nemo, Reel Foot Lake, Tenn.,
Special. "We know who fired the
shot and who put the rope around
Rankin's neck," said Governor Pat
terson in a statement Friday after
noon, just before his departure for
Union City, where a special grand
jury is investigating the night-rider
depredations in this section which
culminated recently in the murder of
Captain Quentin Rankin. The Gov
"The proof which has thus far de
veloped is positive as to the guilt of
some of the men under arrest and im
plicates many others. This will all
be presented to the court at the pro
per time and a long step has been
taken to discover and suppress law
lessness in this region. Conditions
have been extremely bad, the night
riders going from one lawless act to
another until the culmination came
with the murder of Captain Rankin
and the attempted murder of Colonel
Taylor. We know who fired the shot
and who put the rope around Ran
kin's neck. The number of men ac
tually at the killing was probably not
more than ten, while some stood
guard and others held the horses. The
whole number engaged in the under
taking did rot exceed thirty-five.
The inquiry will be further prosecut
ed and the State will have ample evi
dence to convict."
The confessions of Ferringer, Hogg
and Morris substantiate, it is said,
that of Tid Burton. They will be
taken to Memphis for safe keeping.
Thre more prisoners were brought
Prank .of Hallowe'en Cclebrators
Causes Costly Fire in Texas Town.
Bolton, Texas, Special. Fire start
ed by Hallowe'en roisterers Satur
day night destroyed the Belton com
press and 10,000 bales of cotton. The
damage is $250,000, covered by in
surance. Twenty residences Mere
damaged by fire and water, and 170
loaded freight cars burned.
Receivers For Southern Life and Ac
Norfolk, Va., Special. Upon suit
filed in the United States Circuit
Court here by Charles L. Hilgartner,
R. E. Hilgartner and Addition E.
Mullikin, citizens of Maryland, for
the appointment of receivers, in Vir
ginia, for the. Southern Life and Acci
dent Insurance Corrpany, Judge Wad
dill cited the defendant company to
appear here November IGth and show
cause why a receiver should not be
"Vets" May Sell "Near Beer."
Atlanta. Special. The privilege
granted by the State to Confederate
veterans to be dealers in any articles
not prohibited, and to be exempt
from the payment of any license was
held by the State Court of Appeals
in a decision handed down last week,
to include dealing in non-intoxicating
"near beer." Under this ruling
Georgia municipalities will be pre
vented from keemni out "near
beer" by means pf a prohibition
Japanese Troops Withdrawn From
Seoul, Special. The thirteenth di
vision of the Japanese army after
having been on duty here since the
outbreak of hostilities with the
Koreans is embarking for Japan.
This action is taken as significant of
the termination of the trouble, al
though a number of irreconcilabies
continue to create disturbances in
various parts of the- country.
Kentucky Feudists Clash Fatally.
Lexington, Ky., Special. Word
reached here of a clash on Standing
Rock creek in Wolfe county between
the Hall and Ashley feud factions in
which two of the Hall boys were
shot, one fatally, the other seriously.
One of tho Ashleys was fatally stab
bed. Two of the combatants were
arrested. The Halls were armed with
knives and the Ashleys with pistols. .
The Washington Post aver3 that:
Some men are convJn-ced that the
world is growing better ev'ery time
they see how much, good others are
Object to Abiding By Decision
of the Powers
OFFICIAL POSITION DIFFERENT
Parliamentary L,eaders Say that the
Idea of an International Congress
Will Be Abandoned Foreign Of
fice Says Negotiations Are in
St. Petersburg, By Cable. Interest
in the Balkan situation is centered in
the positive statement of several
parliamentary leaders that Russia
has determined to drop the idea of
the proposed international congress
and will refuse to recognize the an
nexation by Austro-Hungary of Bos
nia and Herzegovina.
This information, although pur
porting to be from official sources is
not entirely exact. Russia has. finally
committed herself to the principle
that the question of the annexation
of the provinces may be discussed in
a conference of the powers, and
Austria will permit the status cf
Herzegovina to be included in the
programme, but only on condition
that the delegates will refrain from
questioning her action, and content
themselves with registering the abro
gation of the article referring to this
matter in they Berlin treaty.
The Foreigm Office states that thfc
negotiations between Russia, Austria
Hungary and other powers on this
question are still in progress and con
siders that an acceptable formula for
submission to the congress may
ultimately be found. It is difficulty,
however, to foresee how a satisfactory
agreement may be reached without
one side, or the other withdrawing
Great Religious Parade.
Boston, Special. What was prob
ably the greatest parade of a reli
gious character in the history of New
England brought -to a close Sunday
the centennary celebration of the
founding of the Roman Catholic Dio
cese of Boston which was begun on
Wednesday last. It is estimated that
fully 40,000 men representing the
Holy Name Societies of the Roman
Catholic churches in the five counties
which constitute the Diocese, with
over 150 priests, participated, march
ing to the music of 100 bands. Thous
ands of spectators filled every point
of vantage along the line of march.
Passing before the arch-Episcopal
residence on Bay State road, the
parade was reviewed by Cardinal
Gibbons and Archbishop William H.
O'Connell, together with a number of
visiting prelates, from a reviewing
stand. The day was begun with a
solemn pontifical mass at the Cathe
dral of the Holy Cross, with Arch
bishop O'Connell as celebrant, and
Cardinal Gibbons occupying the pon
tifieial throne within the sanctuary.
At night in the same edifice a te deum
service was held,
Fire Destrtjs a Florida Phosphate
Mulberry, Fla., Special. Fire de
stroyed a large portion of the Mul
berry plant of the Prairie Pebble
Phosphate Company. The fire was dis
covered at 8:30 a. m. and the em
ployes of the company battled with
the fire for several hours before the
flames could be extinguished. The en
tire drying plant, dry bin and general
offices of the company, together with
a boarding house, hotel and two pri
vate residences were burned to the
ground. The loss is estimated at $100,
000. Tragedy in Birmingham.
Birmingham, Ala., Special. W. B.
Sullivan, whose home is in Dallas,
Tex., was shot and perhaps fatally
injured on the south side, and A. J.
Cooler is under arrest charged with
the crime. Sullivan is not in condi
tion to talk and Cooley ref rises to dis
cuss the affair, so that it is not hnowu
how the shooting occurred.
Virginia Farmer Shot to Death.
Roanoke, Va., Special. Edward
Gorman, a young farmer, was shot
to death in his yard in this county
Saturday night, Sydney Britts, an
other young farmer who lives near
the Gorman place, is missing and it is
alleged that he killed Gorman. It is
said that s, brother of Britts brought
the latter to Roanoke after the shoot
ing and that Sydney Butts bo:.i.Vl
a train here for unknown parts. The
. ' ' '
FOR THANKSGIVING DAY
The President Points Out the Steady
Growth and General Prosperity of
the Nation and Urges Upon Ameri
cans That They Return Thanks to
the Almighty For the Existing Con
ditions. Washington, Special. The Presi
dent has issued the annual Thanks
giving proclamation, in which he
pointed out the steady growth of the
nation in strength, worldly power,
wealth and population, and that our
average of individual comfort and
well being is higher than that of any
other country in the world. For this,
he declares, Americans owe it to the
Almighty to show equal progress in
moral and spiritual things.
The proclamation follows:
By the President of the United
States of America, Proclamation.
"Once again the season is at hand
when, according to the ancient cus
tom of our people, it becomes the
duty of the President to appoint a
day of prayer and of thanksgiving
to God. '
"Year by year this nation grows in
strength and worldly power. During
the century and a quarter that has
elapsed since our entry into the circle
of independent peoples, we have
grown and prospered in material
things to a degree never known be
fore, and not now known in any
other country. The thirteen Colonies
which straggled along the seacoast
of the Atlantic and were hemmed in
by a few miles west of tidewater by
the Indian-haunted wilderness, have
been transformed into the mightiest
republic which the world has ever
seen. Its domains stretch across the
continent from one to the other of
the two greatest oceans, and it exer
cises dominion alike in the Arctic and
tropic realms. The growth in wealth
and population has surpassed even
the growth in territory. Nowhere
else in the world is the average of
individual comfort and material well
being as high as in our. fortunate
"For the very reason that in ma
terial well being we have thus
abounded, we owe it to the Almighty
to show equal progress in moral and
spiritual things. With a nation, as
with the individuals who make up a
nation, material well being is an in
dispensable foundation. But the
foundation avails nothing by itself.
That life is wasted and worse 'than
wasted, which, is spent in piling,
heap upon heap, those things which
minister merely to the pleasure of the
body and to the power that rests
only on wealth. Upon material well
being as a foundation must be raised
the structure of the lofty life of the
spirit, if this nationa is properly to
fulfill its great mission and to ac
complish all that we so ardently hope
and desire. The things of the body
are good; the things of the intellect
better; but best of all are the things
of the soul; for in the nation it is
character that counts. Let us there
fore as a people set our faces reso
lutely against evil, and with broad
charity, with kindliness and good
will toward all men, but with un
flinching determination to smite down
wrong, strive with all the strength
that is given us for righteousness in
public and private life.
"Now, therefore, I, .Theodore
Roosevelt, President of the United
States, do set apart Thursday, the
26th day of November, next as a day
of general thanksgiving and prayer,
and on that day I recommend that
the people shall cease from their daily
work, and, in their homes or in their
churches, meet devoutly to thank the
Almighty - for the many and great
blessings they have received in the
past, and to pray that they may be
given strength so to order their lives
as to deserve a continuation of these
blessings in the future.
4,ln witness whereof, I have here
unto set my hand and caused the seal
of the United States to be affixed.
"Done at the City of Washington,
this thirty-fist day of October in the
year of our Lord one thousand nine
hundred and ripht, and of the in
dependence of the United States the
one hundred and thirtv-thrid.
"By the President:
"ALVEY A. ADEE,
"Acting Secretary of State.'
Swallowed Up by the Sea.
Noifolk, Va.. Special. Captain J.
A. Godwin, of the tug Prudence, upon
his nirivfl here from Baltimore,' re
ported having made an unsuccessful
effoit off low Point in Chesapeake
Bay Saturday night to rescue an un
known man who was evidently lashed
to the top of the masthead of a small
vessel. Crptnin Goodwin putting a
rope around hi bodv jumped over
board nnd Fivcrn to the mmi who -appeared
crazed. He was unable to movn
him, another rope was tied about the
TV art. Tn tW br 1 weather and dark
the rone v. as lost Jind tV-'
IBE NEWS l
Items of Interest Gathered
Wire and jb!e . I
GLEANINGS FROM DAY TO
Live Items Covering Events cf I
or Less Interest at ' Homa
CoL George W. Goethals was eef
pletely exonerated after an invef!
gation of charges of favoritism
Panama canal contracts. i' 1
Fourteen-inch guns, it is said, xvl
be used on future battleships sal
resul tof the Newport conference.!
The Congressional committee iavti
tigating the pulp wood- supply e?
amined several large lumber per
tors in Minnesota. '
Bulgaria has agreed to the prii
ciple of compensation for Turkey tni
Austra has adopted a concilaforl
All records for target practice werj
DroKen Dy the cruiser and gu
squadron at Manila.
Cardinal Salvador Cassanast v!
Pages, of Spain, is dead.
Prince Henry of Prussia took s
trip in the Zeppelin airship wit thef
The Emperor of Janan reolied fi
the President's thanks for the recep
tion of the battleship fleet
William Montcromerv. former easTw
ier of the Allegheny National Bauk, J
was again convicted in Pittsburg. f
At Russcdlvillefi Ala., James Thcrs, j
a farmer, while attempting to run &.
mule out of a yard pieketl up i4
small stone and threw it at the sni- !
mal. He missed the mule and bit
his two-year-old son, killing hisa
At Montgomery, Ala., Dr. Shirley
Bragg, State jail inspector, and a.
nephew of Gen. Brasra- shot and kill
ed himself. It is not Icnowri if tb
shooting was accidental. He was 55
W. W. Hunter, a well known eivir
engineer, is in Auirusta. running fkxxT
and water levels, having been employ
ed by the city council flood coronas-.
sion, appointed to devise ways and ,
means of protecting the city in fu
ture from a recurrence of the recent
Temporary insanitv will ha the de
fense of Captain Peter C Hains, Jr,
U. K. A., who killed William E. An
nis at the Bayside Yacht Club land
ing in Aujrust.
The baseball season iust closedL
broke the record for death amT cari
ous injuries. There were fully 25ff
persons seriously injured while play
ing the game, besides serecnteea
deaths that are known to bave been
directly caused by accidents on thej
held. Pittsburg had the largest
amount of deaths of the bijr eitiesL
Its records show six persons to h.ive
While sitting in a rear room of!
her home at Pooler, ten miles fromt
Savannah, Mrs. W. E. TorTence, wife
of an engineer, was fired upon- ant
instantly killed by Solomon. Rueyr
negro boy. The boy was arrestetL.
The special grand jury to investi
gate the Reel Foot Lake Night Rider-
outrage was chosen ra Tennessee.
A receiver has been appointed for
the Battle Creek Breakfast Food:
Company, manufacturers of Eg-
Testimony in the suit of Hug
Crabbe, former manager of the Leiter
estate, showed that Lady Curzon was:
pursued to the grave by poverty aai.
that Joe Leiter lost $9,000,000
bis famous attempt to corner wbt
Edward English, , a wealthy resi
dent of Mount Vernor, Wash., was
kidnapped and held for $5,000 raa
som, but managed to get away.
"Tid" Burton in court confessed
his share in the Reel Foot Lake
Night Rider crime and implicated 45
The first man convicted of white
slave" traffic at Chicago was senten
ced to two years in the penitentiary
and a fine of $? 500.
One hundred summer cottages at
Salisbury Beach, Mass., were burned,
and arson is suspected.
Daniel J. Hennessy, an enliste!
man in the navy, killed his wife va4
himself in Norfolk. :
A Western syndicate has laid rfaTia
to the heart of the bnsiness seeiioa
of Aurora, 111., valued at $2,5Mr0ML
T. G. Jones was mysteriously shot
down at his gate at Holland, &aii y
incr, declared he was tilled ' for Urn
Judge a J. Campbefl wm sn-rplt-y-
' c. errs? i r c'lar" M' 4