COLUMBUS, N. C, THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1902.
LLED BY BROTHER
Leicester Ford, the Novelist, Was
Shot to Death."
A MURDER AND A SUICIDE
Tragedy That Resulted In the
mediate Death of two Prominent
w York, Special. Paul Leicester
the novelist, was snot and killed
.'sday by his brother, Malcom Web
Ford, writer and athlete, who im
atelv sent a bullet into his own
U, dying instantly. The shooting
frred at 10:20 ai m. in the hand-
new mansion which Paul Leices-
ord had built at S7 East Seven ty-
th street, and had occupied for
year, LUtJ uuio ui iuy suuuuug
were in uie nouse oesiues uie xwo
ers, Mrs. Paul Leicester Ford,
Elizabeth R. Hall, the novelist s
tary, and uie servants, xue iiuv-
was sitting at his desk in one:
er of his library; a ? large attrac-
aDnointed room at the back ot
heiise on the second floor. It is sup-
d he was busily engaged at some
ary task. Miss Hall was at her
t in another corner or the room
ht 30 feet from Mr. Ford. Mrs. Paul
ester Ford was in her own room
e front of the house -on the third
lcom V. Ford called, as he often
done, and went to his brother at
esk. Words were exchanged in a
so Igw that iiss Hall could not
what was said, though she says
possibly she might have dlstln
ed the words if she had been pay
any attention 3) this particular
ting ot the brothers. ; Suddenly
Ek was a revolver shot and Miss
jumped up and darted from the
., Then, according to the state
ts of the police. Miss Hall said to
elf that she must be more brave
re-enter the library.: Meanwhile
com Ford had called her. As she
led towards him, he placed his re
fer to his heart, fifed and fell, (lying
antiy. When Miss Hall turned to
k at Paul, he was still standing, at
aesfe, but rapidly losing strength,
helped him to a sofa and then ran
t door for Paul Ford's physician,
wnanuel Baruch.- In less than five
utes Dr. Baruch arrived and the
g man, still conscious, was carried
to a room beside his wife's and
ed on his bed. He spoke to his
f, and asked the doctor for his opin-
snowing that he expected death
was going to meet it calmly and
Eely. A few moments later, about
mutes after he was shot, Mr. Ford
r-. Kidder refused to make 1 any
ement in regard to the shootinsr
FPt a brief memorandum which was
a to the police, in this it was sMd
the cause of thft shnotiner could
t L -
Oe surmised. Information fr
r sources makes it appear that
i-ord called to get money from
brother, anrl mpptlnir with n rs.
f1. shot him. : ; ' V
r-Baruch said that the murder was
"esuit of temporary mental aberra-
f on the bart of Malcom Ford, due
f ervous exhaustion. :1 '
Lutheran Synod In Session!
Weston. S.! C. RneclAl The
R Convention of the United Synod
ue evangelical Lutheran church
Pened at St. John's church, this
Weanesdav mnrniner wit.h a. Rfr-
t bv the president, Rev. Dr. J! B.
rBer. df Rural Retreat VallDele-
f3 efe nrpsfint from' the District
lnUQs of North tCarolina,xSouth;;Ca-
i enne&see, , , Virginia, . South-
1 Virginia npnririn TTnktnn' and
SSipDi. PrPRirlpnt P,rAnPr in his
H io raise $30,000 of the -$50,000 en-
rni Hind, for he Theological
1 uyi ail of whir V nrritrll-niHnn worb
e 'ft'lll offprinca ' OthPf trtnira ftm.
u m the report were missions,
l institutions:. nublication hous-
or strength and points of weak-
h. Yoder, D. D., of New-
- C., was i chosen president, and
f G. Voight, D. D., of Wilming-
v it was elected vice president of
r Lmted Synod ior the ensuing
. ...uuiauon oroKen.
ts,,i Angtoh' Special. United , States
hmLV116' has cabled the State De-
Istern'J-0111 Guadauloupe, that great
los ? OJ eartll(Jualces and vol
liv v?ud apises are heard contimi
h MnwV egraihic communication
. A1rtlniaUfi Is hrnVan In l
khurw? Says e is informed iha
about Martinique. - k
Big mil Addition. f
The. Manufacturers Record la aiU
thoritatively Informed that the , nrb-
posed increase of caoital of the Mas.
sachusetts Mills in Georgia has been
imiy suDscrioed. This Is an increase
of capital from $1,000,000 ; to $2,000,000
or tne purpose of erecting an addi
ional plant The new mill will con
ain about 41.000 SDindles (not 50.000
as was previously stated), and Its con
struction and equipment will be begun
and pushed to completion as rapidly
as is practicable Messrs. Lockwood,,
Greene & Co.. of Boston: Mas3.. have
been appointed 1 architects and en
gineers for the new addition. They-will
soon have plans and specifications
completed, and the! necessary contracts
will then be arranged.
The Manufacturers Record of April
presentecLan outline of these enlarge
ments as confirmed in the foreeoine.
Massachusetts Cotton Mills, LoweU,
Mass., operates the plant of the Geor
gia company under lease.
Greensboro's New Enterprise. -
Greensboro, N. C, Special. Busi
ness organizations here last week took
action, which It is considered, will re
move all doubt of location in Greens
boro of a $1,000,000 cotton mill which
Messrs. Moses & Caeser Cone'have had
n mind for some time for either this
place or Roanoke Rapids. The action
taken by the organizations was to
formally invite Messrs. Cone to locate
he mill here. Resolutions were adop
ted pledging the associations to en
deavor to cultivate throughout . the
country a sentiment in favor of ex
tending to corporations the same rights
and privileges accorded to individuals.
The proposed mill will be for the man
ufacture of colored goods. Options on
a large part of the land necessary have
already been secured. .
To Manufacture Denim.
Dispatches from- Greensboro, N. C,
during the week have stated that "it
is reported, though not confirmed, that
Messrs. Moses H. Cone and Caesar
Cone of that city will build an Im
mense cotton denim mill.' However,
the fact that the plant will be erected
was'definitely announced in the Manu
facturers' Record of April 3, In accord
ance with information submitted. ; by
Mr. Moses H. Cone. He wrote at the
time that he intended to build a mill
of 60,000 , spindles and 2,000 looms for
the manufacture ot denims, but that
the location of the plant was yet in
doubt. It may be built at Greensboro.
but it is quita possible that Roanoke
Rapids, N. C, will be selected as the
Consolidation Iii Wilmington.
The , Wilmington Seacoast Railroad
the Wilmington Street -Railway and the
the Wilmington Gaslight companies of
Wilminzton. N. C.. have been consoli
dated under the name of the Consoli
dated Railway, Light & Power Co.,
Hush MacRae as president: A, R.
Skeldlng, : general manager; Harry
Woolcbtt, secretary, . and Richard; J.
Jones, treasurer; It Is proposed to con
vert the Seacoast . Railroad into an
electric;line. It extends from Wilming
ton to Wrightsville Beach. A new pow
er Dlant and new car barns are to be
constructed for the Consolidated Com
pany. The deal was affected, through
the firm of Hugh MacRae & Co., bank
era,, of Wilmington.- - ; ;
; Textile Notes. -;;.V;:.:
Pacolet (S. C.) Manufacturing Co.,
now hs its branch. mill (recently com
pleted) -.-at" Gainesville, Ga., in opera
tion with 25,000. spindles and 850 looms,
producing : standard ; sheetings: , There
are 620 operatives employed in this
million-dollar" plant, and only half of
the, equipment - is In i operation. Just
when the full complement will start up
isThot as yet "known. The company will
begin the erection of 100 additional' op
eratives ' cottages next we ek. ' 1 -;
, Whitehurst Belting Co.v which or
eanized some months ago. has complet
ed the equipment of its factory, and is
now manufacturing. Tne company win
weave its duck, using specially-designed
looms and later on expect to in
stall spindles for 'spinning its yarns.
Its plant is located at Columbia avenue
and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Haiti
more.-.'Md.' -" "'" J
R T Gray of Ralelsh: N. C. has
nwhnRP.d at. rftceiver's sale . the Fay
etteville (N. a) Cotton Mills at $16,700.
The plant has 3100 spindles.
. xnere is taiK ';oi organizing a cotton
mill company at Dawson, Ga.. . .
A. J. Whittemore - of ; Wentworth, N.
Ci is reported as to establish knitting
mill.' , - ' : ' ' v
;A company is being organized to es
tablish a 2500-splndle yarn mill . at Ho
gansvllle, Ga:, and Geo. W. Morgan. Is
Cross Hill Cotton-Oil Mills , of , Cross
Hill, S. C, will increase capital to $2o,
000 to provide funds for installing knit
AWFUL RAIN OF WM
i ' - " .
' :. ' 'e .-
Almost an Entire Island Destroyed
FORTY THOUSAND LIVES ARE LOST
City of St Pierre, Island of Martin
ique, and All Shipping in the Har
Washington, Special.The follow
ing cablegram has just been received
at the State Department: .
, "Point-a-Pitre, May 9.
Secretary of State: -
"At 7 o'clock a. m., on the 8th inst.,
. storm of steam, mud and fire envel
oped the city ' and roadsted of St.
Pierre, destroying every house in the
city and community. Not more than
20 persons escaoed with their ' lives
Eighteen vessels were burned and
sunk with all on board, including four
American vessels and a steamer from
Quebec, named Poraima. The United
States consul and family are reported '
among the victims. ' A war vessel .has
come to Gaudaloupe for provisions
and will leave at 5 tomorrow. .
- -., . ' ' :T :. AYME.
. ' "Consul."
The State Department has been re-
ceiving dispatches from commercial
houses asking that a warship be sent
to afford relief. The matter, is under
The consul at Martinique is Thomas
T. Prentis. He was born in Michigan
and appointed from Massachusetts as
consul at Port Louis, c; Mauritius,
Rouen, France and Batavia. He "was
appointed consul at Martinique in
1900. The vice consul at, Martinique
is Amedee Testart, who was born and
appointed from Louisiana in 1898.
The latest available figures show that
the total population of the island of
Martinique Is 185,000 people, of whom
25,000 lived at St. Pierre, and, accord
ing to Mr. Ayme, have nearly all per
St. Thomas, D. W. I., By Cable.
The French cruiser Suchet arrived at
Polnt-a-Pitre, Island - of Gaudaloupe,
French West Indies from Fort-De-France,
Island of Martinique,, this
morning, bringing several refugees.
She confirmed the report that ' the
town of St. Pierre, Martinique, was
entirely destroyed at 8 o'clock on
Thursdar morning by a volcanic erup
tion. It is supposed that most of the
inhabitants of St. Pierre were killed,
that the neighboring parishes were
laid waste and that the residue of the
population of St. Pierre is without
food or . shelter The British royal
mall steamer Esk, which arrived at
St. Lucia this morning, reports having
passed St Pierre last nights The
steamer was covered with ashes,
though she was 5 miles distant from
the town, which was in impenetrable
darkness. A boat was sent in as near
as possible to the shore, but not a liv
ing soul was seen ashore, only, flames.
The Quebec Steamship. Company's -j
steamer Jtosaima was seen to explode
and disappear. The commander of the
Suchet reports that at 1. o'clock on
Thursday : the entire 'town of St.
more or less burned, from the vessels
in the harbor. His officers went ashore
in small boats seeking for survivors,
but were unable to penetrate into the
town. ' They saw heaps of bodies upon
the wharves ' and it . is believed . that
not a single person resident in ; St.?
Pierre at the moment of the catastro
phe escaped: The governor df the
colony and his staff, colonel and wife, ;
were in St. Pierre and presumably per
ished.' The extent of the catastrophe
cannot be Imagined.
, The captain of the British steamer
Roddam was very seriously injured
and is now in the hospital at St. Lu
cia. All of his ofllcers and engineers
are dead or dying. Nearly every
member of the crew is dead. Super
cargo Campbell and ten of the crew
of the Roddam jumped overboard - at
cs "Tlw 'anl were Inst. J
" The British schooner, vOcean Trav
eller, of 'St. Johns, N. 03., arrived at
the island of Dominica, British West
Indies, at 5 o'clock this afternoon: She
reported that she was obliged to fleo
from the Island of St. Vincent during
the afternoon of . Wednesday, ; May, 7,
in consequence of a heavy fall of
sand from a volcano which was erupt
ing there. She tried to reach the Isl
and of St. Lucia, but adverse currents
prevented her from so doing. The
schooner arrived opposite St. , Pierre
Thursday morning, May 8. While
about a mile awayK the volcano ex
ploded and ,fire from it swept the
whole town of St. Pierre, destroying
the town and the shipping there, in
Pierre was wrapped in flames. He en
deavored to save about 30 persons
eluding the cable repair ship Grappler
of the West Indian & Panama Tele
graph Company, of London, which
was engaged Jn repairing the cable
near the Guerin factory. The Ocean
Travelerwhile on her way to Domin
icia, encountered a quantity of wreck
age. A.'''f -v- -: y,''i'--'p
Paris, By Cable.- The commander
of the French cruiser Suchet, has tel
egraphed to the Minister of - Marines,
M. DeLanessan, f rom Fort DeFrance,
Island of Martinique, under date of
Thursday, May 8, at 10 p. m., as fol
lows: . -. ';. ;t .
. "I have just returned from St. Pier
re, which! lias been completely de
stroyed by an immense mass of fire,
which fell on the town at about 8
o'clock in the morning. The entire
population (about 25,000), is supposed
to have perished. I have brought
back the few survivors, about 30. Ail
the shipping in the harbor has been
destroyed. The eruption continues."
St. Thomas, D. W. I., By Cable. It
is now estimated that 40,000 . persons
perished to a result of the volcanic
eruption In the island of Martinique.
Strike of Coal ninersi
Philadelphia, Special. Mine workers
throughout the entire anthracite coal
regions of Pennsylvania tohe number
of 14o,000 1 formally began their strug
gle today for ' increased wages and
shorter hours. Never in the history of
hard coadi mining has a tie-up been so
complete, not one of the 157 colliers in
the territory being in operation: There
is every indication for the belief that
the suspension; Which was to cover,
only the first three days of this week,
will be made permanent by the Miners'
General Convention, which will meet
at Hazelton on Wednesday. Absolute
quiet prevailed everywhere.
' Dr. Palmer Improving. .
New Orleans, Special. The condition
of Dr. palmer, the Presbyterian min
ister, who was injured by a trolley car,
has shown such improvement that only
his family physician, Dr. Holt, was
with him. Dr. Palmer passed a rest
less night, but all unfavorable symp
toms have : yielded readily to treat
ment The physicians are still hope
ful of recovfry, : although it is doubtful
if they patient will regain the use of
Schley on Sampson's Death. ; . '
Washington, , .Special. , Admiral
Schley Wednesday ; made the folio wing
statement regarding the death of Ad
miral Sampson: "I regret very much
the - death of Admiral Sampson and I
sympathize with his family No one
has ever heard me utter one unkind
vord about him. : On . account of his
death, I have requested my friends in
Baltimore to postpone the delivery to
me, which was intended to have taken
place tonight; of the Chrietobal Colon
service of silver, and they have acced
ed to my request -
A correspondent of the BostonTTran
3cript, commenting caustically on the
proposition to erect a statute of Benja
min F. Butler in Boston, say3 that
"the least we can do is to have a little
ring of celebrities of this sort -who
have been conspicuous as . malefactors
standing up in the common." He adds,
"I shall be pleased' to head a subscript
tion list for this -purpose. I ' will sub-'
scribe $25 for statute of Satan, $5 for
Benedict Arnold, $10 for John Wilkes
Booth, 30 cents for Aaron Burr, $5 for
Guieteau and $5 for Czolgosz." The
writer also suggests the addition oZ
horns and a tail to the Butler statue.
Durham County, N. C, has 33 white
schools and 31 of these have libraries
tor the children: Good libraries . help
good attendance, aside from the great
good they do for the children and par
ents who read the" books. Good books
fr children cost very little now and al
mst any school can . raise the money
and get a library.
; Six lives were lost Monday night in
i cloudburst at Foss, O. T.
After six trials for embezzlement
and being convicted three times, the
United States Circuit Court at Cincin
nati, O., ordered another trial for J.-M.
McKnight , s
. Prohibition in Georgria.
' There are 137 counties In the Stati
of Georgia and In eighty-seven of thesi
absolute prohibition exists. ' v'.:;-
Qt the Frightful Volcanic Eruption: ia:
FIRST REPORTS NOT EXAGERATED'
Fuller Investigation Reveals the Sit
uation as Being Even Worse Than
at First Believed.
Fort-de-France, Island of Martinique,.
By Cable.-It now seems to be general
ly admitted that about 30,000 persons
lost their lives as a result of the out- .
break of the Mont Pelee volcano, at St .
Pierre, "on Thursday last. Careful in- -yestigation
by competent government
officials show, the earlier reports of the
Associated Press were accurate. The.
American consul at Guadeloupe, Ayme, '
has reached the desolate spot where St.
Pierre stood, and confirms the awful
story in all its essential details. From
an interview with Col. Ayme, who is a -trained
American newspaper ..man, a
correspondent of the Associated Press
learns the following facts
"Thursday morning the inhabitants
of the city awoke to find heavy clouds
shrouding the Mont Pelee crater. All
day Wednesday horrible 'detonations
had been heard. These were echoed
from St Thomas on the north to Bar
badoes on the south. The cannonading
leased on Wednesday night and fine
ishes fell like rain on St. Pierre. The
inhabitants were alarmed, but Gov
jrnor Mouttet, who arrived at St
Pierre the evening before, did every
thing possible to allay the panic. The.
British steamer Roarima reached St
Pierre on Thursday, with ten passen- -gers,
among whom were Mrs. Stokes -and
three, children- and Mrs.' Hr J; Ihce.""
They were watching the rain of ashes
when, with a frightful roar and terrific
slectric display, a cyclone of ; fire and
steam swept down from the crater over
Lhe town and bay, sweeping all before
it and destroying the fleet of vessels at
anchor Off the shore. There .the ac
sounts of the catastrophe so far ob
tainable cease."" Thirty thousand corps
ire strewn about, buried in the ruins .
of St. Pierre or else floating, gnawed
by, sharks, in the surrounding seas.
Twenty-eight charred, half dead hu-.
man beings were brought here. .Six
teen of them are already dead, and of
the whole number only four are expect-
id to recover. :
The -Associated Press steamer char
tered : in Gudelope, neared Martinique
at 6:30 Sunday morning.. The island
with its lofty hills was hidden behind,
a huge veil of violet, or leaden-colored,
haze. -1. Enormous quantities' of v the
wreckage of large and small ships and
houses strewed the - surface of ; the sea.
Huge trees, and too often bodies,, with -Soeks
of seagulls .hovering above and
hideous sharks fighting about them.
were floating here and there. From be-
iind the volcanic veil came blasts : of
hot Wind, mingled with others, ice ,'
jold. At Le Prescheur, five miles north -)f
St. Pierre canoes with men and "
women frantic to get away, begged for
i passage on Jie steamer. The whole
aorth end of the , island was covered
with a silver gray coating of "ashes re
sembling dirty snow. Furious blasts ot.
are, ashes and mud swept over the ,
3teamer, but finally : St. Pierre was
"The city of St Pierre stretched
learly two miles along the water front
and half a mile back to a cliff at the-
base, of the volcano. : The houses of the .
richer French families were built of
stone. The still smoking volcano tow-
Bred above the ash -covered hills. The
ruins were burning in many places and
frightful odors of burned flesh filled the
air. 1 With great difficulty a landing
was effected. Not one house was left; .
Intact: Viscid heaps of mud, of bright-:
er ashes, or" piles of valcanic ..stones
were - seen on every, side. The streets ,
could hardly be. traced. Here and there
amid -the ruins-were heaps of corpses -Almost
all the faces were downward. ,
"In one corner 22 bodies of men, wo
men and children were mingled in one
awful mass, arms and legs protruding
as the hapless beings fell in the. last
struggles of death's agony., Through
the middle of the old Place Bertin ran.
a j tiny i stream, the remains' of tha
river - Gayave. Great trees with roots
upward and scorched' by" fire, wera '
strewn in every direction. Huge blocks'
of still hot stones were scattered
about. From under one large stone the
arm of a white woman -u protruded.
Most notable was the utter silence and
the awful overpowering' stench from
the thousands of dead. . Careful inspect
tion showed that the fiery storm which "
so completely destroyed St Pierre must,
have 4 been ' composed of poisbnoua
gases, which instantly "suffocated ; every
one who, inhaled them, and of V other
gases burning furiously, for nearly" all
the victims had their hands covering
their mouths, or were in some other at
titude, showing that they had sought
relief from suffocating. All the bodies
were carbonized or roasted.'