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Pr. Cook Communicates by
Wireless With friends.
READY TO PRO.VE HIS CLAIMS
peary on His Way to Sydney Tells
of Arctic Holidays Says Cook
Could Have Reached the Pole.
On Beard the Steamer Oscar II,
at Sea, Sept. 17, via Marconi Wire
!: Telegraph to Cape Race, N. F.
'Tell the people of America to have
the fullest confidence in my conquest
of the Pole. I have records of ob
servations made' by me which will
prove my claim. I shall be glad again
to set my foot on American soil."
This was the brief message of Dr.
Frederick A. Cook, sent to his coun
trymen as he nears home on -the
si earner Oscar II, bound from Chris
tiansand, Norway for New York.
Dr. Cook discussed 'the assertion
of Commander Peary that he (Cook)
had never reached the North Pole.
"When he departed for the North Dr.
Cook a id he .-left a" depot of pro
visions at Annootok, north of Etah,
in charge of Rudolph Erancke and
several Kskimos. Franeke had in
structions to go south aboard a
whaler and return' later. This ' he
did, but missed the returning vessel
owing to a slight illness. He was
then taken aboard Peary's ship, the
Roosevelt, and proceeded North.
(. ommander Piary found my sup
ply depot at Annootok, " Dr. Cook
ununited, "and the Eskimos in
charge told him that I was dead,
which they-fuvbiilieved"to be trne
at the time.
Peary placed two awn in charge
of the tfepot. Boatswain Murphy and
another, Harry 'Wbitnev, the New
Haven hunter, also remained there.
Murphy had orders not to search for
me. but was told ha could send
Eskimos northward the following
spring from the relief depot.
Whitney Given The Facts.
"When I returned from the Pole,
unexpectedly, Harry Whitney was
the first to see rue and to tell me
what had occurred. .. Whitney was
placed in possession of the facts con
cerning my journey to the Pole on
condition that he would not infosra
Commodore Peary or his men fit
them. At the same time the Eskimos
who had accompanied me nor-th were
told to maintain the strictest .silence.
" When I went into the dpot there
was a dispute between myslf and
Mifrphywho delivered to me written
instructions he had received from
Peary, ait Lough he himself could
neither iad nor write. These in
structions showed that he "was mak
ing a trading station. of my depot, the.
contents of 'v.hih had been used in'
trading for fur and faking."
Dr. Cook said he was intensely an
noyed at this alleged wrongful use
of his supplies and threatened to
kick out Murphy and his companions.
Finally, however, ho consented to
their remaining at t'hVdcpot as there
was no other shelter in the vicinity
for thern.. 'f ''
"On one occasion Murphy asked
me a'oruptlv, "Have you been beyond
87 degree 1" Dr. Cook said. "But I
was determined no-t to,, let . Peary
know of my movements, and replied
evasively that I had been much far
ther north. From. -this statement has
been concocted the declaration'' that
I had said that I had not reached the
Dr. Cook . declared that neither
Harry Whitney nor his (Cook's) re
cords are . on board the steamer
R osevelt and that therefore Peary's
! 'urination concerning him emanated
Boatswain Murphy, who knew
lin'ff of his movements. . Dr. Cook
D - M ...
also that he had made arrange
ts for the two Eskimos who went
i him to the Pcle nd Knud Ras
;en, whom he mot in Greenland,
jo to N-2y.' York and confirm the
. of his cTiscovery. .. .'-'.
r. Cook is thoroughly enjoying
vest aboard ship after the stronu
days at . Copenhagen... He sleeps
ours each night and spends a
time daily in writing and in
,;'.:?g the decks and conversing
the Auic-riean passengers, who
all - .! formally presented to
. Benjaniin Truebiood, presi
t of the American Peace Society
jM; the passengers are impressed
'' the -::tce!ty of Dr. "Cbok, as .in
fed'fbyhiB conversing with them
1 gard to his discovery of the pole,
p said that the Danes, with whom
- jived for several months, are ae
(Ddmed with the whole story of his'
;1' ; that hr nli- line n-rrivided the
government with the fullest
f his achievements and Chat
is now prepared to lay these
Seri .1f ! ' le a oomPetent body in
Dr. Cook expressed astonishment
that the news of the discovery of the
pole had created such a s-nsatioa,
and is anxious to learn what specific
declarations Commander Peary has
made to minimize his exploit in or
der that he may formulate replies to
them. It is his hope that he will
arrive in New York before Comman
der Peary gets there.
In a lecture in the saloon of the
steamer Dr. Cook, with t.he aid of a
map drawn by an engineer, gave an
outline of his route to the pole.
"The journey was nothing really
wonderful," he said, "I used no new
deviees or inventions. I had how
ever, every necessary instrument,
kept these to pure. necessities.
"The reason for my success is that
I returned to the primitive life in
fact, became a savage sacrificed all
comforts to the. race for the pole."
The Eskimos generally kept up
their courage, but Ahwelah, two days
before we reached the Pole, despaired
and said 'It is good to die; it is im
possible to go beyond.' Hqwever, I
cheered him up and he never com
plained afterward, undergoing all
hardships with cheerfulness."
The long winter night was utilized
by Dr. Cook in writing. He used a
primitive stone writing desk and lay
prone while at work with his manu
script. Meanwhile the Eskimos sew
ed and sang. The temperature in the
snow hut was rarely above the 'freez
ing point. Polar bears abounded,
making exits from the hut dangerous.
Has Confidence in -Cook. -Zurich,
Switzerland, September 17.
Dr. DeQuervain; chief of the Swiss
scientific expedition to Greenland,
who was the first European to' meet
Dr. Cook in Greenland after the
American explorer returned from the
north, and to hear his narative of
the discovery of the North Pole, has
arrived here. Dr. DeQuervain says
that after having tested Cook's fig
ures and statements to hirm he is con
vinced that Cook reached the North
Activity on Roosevelt.
Battle Harbor, Labrador, Septem
ber 17 via Marconi wireless.After
a week orest for the crew of the
Artie steamer Roosevelt, on board of
which Commander Robert E. Peary
is making his way south, there is
bustle and activity on all sides as
the men put the finishing touches to
the vessel preparatory for the start
for Sydney. W
One of the first things Commander
Peary did was to go to the quarter
deck of" the Roosevelt and face a
battery of cameras.
When the pictures had been tcken
Commander Peary and the newspa
per repbrters all went ashore, where
the explorer became the target for
a broadside of questions. Peary sat
with his back to the single window in
the gable end of the attic, the news
paper men grouped in front 'of him.
Some of them were mounted on piles
of fish nets, otherswere seated on
barrels and a number squatted on the
floor. In addition, the crews of the
steamers and sailing vessels in port,
the local merchants and fishermen and
and a gathering of small boys filled
the rude hall and listened to, what
might be termed Commander Peary a
first public lecthre since his return
from the pole.
In explaining to the newspaper
men what he considered the scientific
value of polar exploration, Commander-
Peary said he had taken sound
ings of the sea from Cape Sheridan
to the pole which' supplemented .sim
ilar data taken on the "other side 'by
Nansen 'and Sagni. Continuing, he
argued that north polar exploration
is much more, difficult.' than the same
work in the Antartie. In the Artie
the work must all be done in one i
season, wniie at tne ooutn roie it is
not necessary for exploring 'parties
to turn back to winter quarters.
Holidays in the North.
Commander Peary described ,the
celebration of Christmas Day, the
Fourth of July, Thanksgiving'. Day
and St. Patrick's Day in the far
North. On Christmas, they had .spec
ial dinner and a distribution of pres
ents. There were also running races
for the .members of the party and
Eskimo, men and women for,, which '
prices were given V f$ - r
' Describing the flags he had raised
at the pole, Command Pjary made
part ieular -mention of the sifk Ameri
can flag given him by his wife fifteen
years ago, and which he .had . carried
on everv one of his Artie .exp(editionSj
leaving a . portion at the .tnost north
erly points' attained. remnant
of 'this flag, raised at -the pole, con
sisted f one-'Star and. a' section of
the blue field and a part of the red
and white stripes.
Peary Admits Cook Could Have Suc
ceeded. Battle Harbor, Labrador, Sept. 18.
"It would be quite possible for
Dr. Cook's party or any expedition
to arrive at the tforth Pole by any
one of a hundred routes and for me
to find no trace of it. If our pafns
lay far- apart," said Commander
Robert E. Peary when he was fur
nished by an Evening Journal corre
POLK COCNTY, M. C.
spondent with the latest information
concerning Dr. Cook's claims and the
present status of the controversy
which has interested the civilized
While Peary would not concede
that Dr. Cook had reached the Pole,
he admitted that it was feasible for
a competitor to do, without his knowl
edge if they travelled by widely sep
"I, am holding my proofs, ' ' said
Peary, "to submit them to the Inter
national Polar Commission and thus
controvert Dr. Cook's claims. When
I started north I believe I was a mem
ber of tljat commission, which, as I
understand it, has final authority in
all Polar matters. I am sure Dr.
Cook never informed the Commission
of his intention of trying to reach the
"With the same equipment that
we had on this ifoyage, and equally
favorable conditions, I could make
the Pole two out of three times."
Why Whitaaeys Remained North.
Asked how Harry Whitney, hap
pened to remain in the North, Comr
mander Peary said Whitney was one
of a party of sportsmen who went as
passengers on boartl the steamer
Erik. The party included Whitney,
W. Norton, of New York ; a man
named Harned and G. J. Crafts, of
v Washington, who came for the pur
pose of taking magnetic observations
for Dr. Bauer, head of the depart
ment of terrestrial magnetism of the
Carnegie Institute ati Washington.
At Etah, where it was determined
to land a party and supplies for the
relief of Dr. Cook, particularly m
view of the fact that Rudolph
Francke was being invalided home,
Whitney asked if he might remain
on the station to hunt walrus and
polar bears in the Spring. And make
a trip to Ellesmere Land )with Eski-:
mos after musk oxen. Ibis was 'de
cided on. t y- ,r
In order to prov-ide , agafhst the
contingency . of the "Roojseyeli; not
coming down from the' fjfojrjp in. .the
Summer of 1900, in which event lie
would be obliged to remain in th
Artie for two years, Mr. Whitney
made arrangements for a .- ship to
come up for him this Summer. ij
"Whitney had no doubt as to thjs'
ship coming north," said ; Peary,
' and when the Roosevelt ,was Sight
ed at Etah August 17 last, Whitney
started out at nce' in a sailDoAtro
the Roosevelt under the impression
that she was .his-- ship. ; y i
"On the arrival of the relief vessel
Jeanie, Whitney was ' transferred
from the Roosevelt to her, and he is
now probably engaged in i hunting
bears somewhere along the west sidt
of Baffin Bay pr David Strait."
Dr. Cook is Annoyed.
On board Oscar II; by United Wire
less Telegraph, via Boston, Sunday,
"To the Associated Press:
''My desire to get on American soil
increases with every mile laid behind
Lby the Oscar II.- The vessel is, doing
her best record, although delayed oc
casionally, making 400 miles in the
last 24 hours. ' ' - ' '
' Commander Peary 's unfortunate
accusations have disclosed ' another
side of Ms character; The -specific
records of my "journey are accessible
to every one who reads, and' all can
decide for themselves when Peary
publishes, a similar report.
FREDERICK A, COOK. ' '
According to the captain's qbserva- J
tions.at midday, the Osear 11 wiu
arrive at Sandy Hook at' about nobn;.j
Monday, unlfess ' something untortn
seen , arises. This will bring the. ves
sel to quarantine, between. 2 and 3
'clock. , ..','... f
Dr. -Cook appears to exercise great
restraint, but ' Can hardly .repress , . ,
natural .anqyanee-at impeachment qi,
his vflracuv. without nroofs. lie re-
quested Trie Assdciated Press to make
public the 'following':' $t -' ';: ? KrV..;v
. 1 Commander Peary has as, yet &iv;l
eh te- the .w04d.f-.vprqofs of HiS own
case. .Mv claim MS D&h fnSyrecbg-
nized by Dfenmark- ahd-bv th6;Sng,Qf
V - i.-m -rr i 1
Swedeiif-the Present oi- tiie unitea
States of 4mek'a. has wired me his
confid-aice.; .-inv"etaim' has 'been ac
cepted ' by 'tile Mi eraatrorial Bureau
fof'Voia'Reskrctt' at Bfcusscds-?. .moat
of the 'geographical societies of. Eij
rfo$: have -"sent, ,me "pngralultftio'ns,
Ttthieh.'means faith' T an i accept arte e for
the pf-escftit',' and'alnaOst every explo.rr
er';o' ' note has jggKfijg forward vrith
warm and. friendly -approval,; :
Proofs Open to All. " ' j
"A specific record of my journey 4iV
accessible' to all-,nnd every one who
reads can decide, ior himself. When
Peary, publishes a pimikr repot, then
our cases -are parallel. " . Why -should V
Peary be allowed' to make li-imselt. a
sejf -appointed dictator of my affairs'f
In justice to himself, in justice to the
world and to guard the honor' of -na-r
tional prestige he would be compell
ed to prove his;.qwn case ; he should
AnKIisVi at onee a nreliminary narra-
tive to be oompared with rnmeV.atf&le
fair-minded people ponder over tne
matter while the final records by
which our" case ' may be eventually
proved are being prepared.
THCgSDAY. SEPTEMBER 23, W.
GULF PORT STORM
Wreck and Ruin in The Wake
of Equinoctial Tempest
WATER HIGHER THAN FOR YEARS
Storm That Has Lashed the Waters
of the Gulf of Mexico Into Fury
Swoops Down Upon Cities and
Towns in Its Northward Path and
the Howling Gale That Accom
panies It Steadily Increases in
Memphis, Special. Fragmentary
reports from points in southern
Louisiana and Mississippi evidence
that a severe tropical hurricane was
sweeping along the Mississippi-Louisiana
-gulf coast Monday night damag
ing shipping, wrecking the more frail
structures and seriously impeding
railroad traffic. New Orleans, appar
ently the center, was cut off from
communication at 4:30 in the after
noon. " ,,;
At the . office of the Illinois Cen
tral railroad here announcement was
made that Train No. 6, of that 'road,
due to leave New Orleans at 430 in
the afternoon had been' detoured over
the Yazoo and Mississippi i Valley
route via Baton Ruge, the tracks of'
the Illinois Central route between
New Orleans and Kenner, being under
water and many mile's of track are
From Biloxi 'and Scranton, on the
gulf coast of Mississippi, meagre re
ports tell of the damage to shipping
and buildings along the beach and, so
far as could be ascertained late Mon-
' day nighc there has been one life
los. . v , . -:
Natchez", "Miss., was cut ' off from
comnninieatioii by wire.v Before com
munication was lost ' tiie wind had -attained
a Velocity iff- 50 miles an hour.
Thg power plarfit was out of commis
sion, putting the city in darkness. A
number of trees were uprooted' and
In 1 western Louisiana, at Crbwfev
and . Jennings, considerable property
, damage has resulted. fhe greatest
damage is to the rice crop.
. Although it had been raining heav
ily at New Orleans through Sunday
night, there were no' indications of a
gale, further than might be deducted
from a falling barometer, till about
9 :30- o 'clock Monday morning, when
the gulf wind, great in its intensity,
swept over the city.
So strong was the force of the wind
that the waters of the Mississippi,
backed up from. the gulf a. hundred
miles below, rose three feet at New
Orleans levee. The neighboring lakes
were agitatd till they all overflowed,
covering the adjacent lowlands. The
waters from Lake Borgone were ad
ded to the volume of the flood, but
when the latest dispatches came out
of New Orleans there were outlying
parts of that city covered wuth water,
while the winds had damaged several
The direction of the: wind ' was
northwest and its area was- greatfor
it reached far up to the northernmost
line of Louisiana, west of the Missis
sippi river. An early blow destroyed
the tracks of J he Louisville $ Nash
ville .road along the coast west of
New Orelans 'and this 'latter ' .gust
wiped out the tracks of the Illinois
Central north of the isolated city. J
. . The last train to reach Memphis'
from New Orleans was?-. the tftraugh
Illinois Central, that' arrived here at
'8:lp Monday night: " It ' had left New
Orleans5 soon aft er '93jg? in tlie.'.morii-
mff. ( nmiTip- north throuah Louisiana
and Mississippi the ti'am ..passed
througli ebi)tiiinol(s"' iHiris . almost as
f ar as; Jaokson, MisS:y but , there were
.then no. reports of unusual winds. The
stornit came up soon afterward.
Good'CiHcea qf Wireless..
Beaufort, N. C., Special. Wireless
telegraph again .played an important
part in relieving distress at sea, for
through Uiis ajfency prpmpt 'assistance
was Monday furnished to ': the Clyde
line steamer, Carib, ' bound for New
York to .Wilmington, N. ,C, and
' ' Brunswick, G$.. ! vrith passengers aivl
cargo' which lay at" anchor ail Sunday
night in -a disabled condition off Cape
; '&- In Acid River. ,
j ittsbuY?-i.peeial. Hundreds'1 "of
Pittsburg voafhs-and adults arcsuf-
fering from a seourge of boils the re-? 3
suit of swimming, jn th .Monongahela
river .- Acid from' the mills have so
jcontaminafed the"' water that the po
lice have decided to end the bathing
season. Life Guard James Gallagher
is covered with huge boils and is in a
serious condition. Physicians attrib
ute the epidemic solely to the acid in
ithe water. Thousands of dead fish
daily float down the Ohio 'river. For
eigners at the streel car plants pick
these fish from the stream and carry
them home for food.
At Minneapolis and Est. Paul Greet
ings From the Sick Governor.
President Taft arrived at Minnea
polis at a. m. Saturday, and with
the shadow of death hanging over the
Governor of the State, received a cpr
dial, but not demonstrative welcome.
The critical illness of Governor John
son, probably the most popular execu
tive Minnesota has ever known, en
tered deeply into the spirit of -the day
and dreaded eventualities threatened
for a time during the morning serious
ly to curtail the program of enter
tainment both here and in St. Paul.
President Taft was deeply affected
and'' said:' "I unite with you in a
fervent prayer to God that he may
be spared to you and to the country.
With his( ability, his courage, his
great common sense, he cannot be
spared. He is too valuable not alone
to the people of this State, but to the
people of this country, who doubtless
will insist in time that he shall serve
At Fort Shelling, 21 guns were
fired in honor of the President -
An automobile ride over the busi
ness portion of the town was taken.
The party then crossed the river to
After a brief speech the President
was driven to the 'State Capitol where
it had been intended that a public re
ception should , be held. This .feature
was called off ''on account of Gover
nor Johnson's illness and the Presi
dent appeared for only a few minutes
on the south balcony to express to the
great crowd on the terraced lawn his
gratitude for the cordiapgreeting.
Gov. Johnson grew very much bet
ter apparently and sent the President
the following telegram:
'Hearty and sincere welcome 'to
the State of Minnesota. Greatly re
gret my illness prevents my presence"
at your reception.
"JOHN A. JOHNSON..
President' Taft replied to Governor
Johnson's telegram, the answer hav
ing teen transmitted by telephone.
Fresident Tatt s message said:
: ' - My Dear Governor Johnson :
. '"l am greatly distressed to hear of
your serious illns. I miss' your smil
ing and courteous personal greeting,
which I have had every time I have
come to the State heretofore, and I
thank you from the bottom of my
1 heart for your message of welcome,
sent when you are on a bed of pain.
"I fervently hope and pray that
your wonderful strength and forti
tude will make your 'recovery speedy.
"My compliments and respects to
Mrs. Johnson, whose visit in Wash
ington I remember with much pleas
ure. WILLIAM H. TAFT."
Later the President met a numjber
of prominent Japanese and exchanged
President Taft leaving
sunrent ' '
states of Minnesota and
Iowa behind him, crossed the Mis
souri river Monday and stopped in
Omaha for the afternoon and even
ing on his way to the Pacific coast.
He found at Omaha a street' car
strike. To avoid possibility of trotible
Mayor James C. Dahlman ordered
that no attempts be made to run
cars during t-hi President 's" stay. The
'strike did-not prevent the gathering
of . a great crowd in , the do,wntpwn
districts and. there-were times when
the President's automobile liad diffi
culty in making its ' way through the
cheering : throng.
He was taken on an hour's ride
over the city especially to the schools
where - he was' greeted by the' thou
sands' 'of children.' .;
At Des' Moines he made an openr
air address, touching .chiefly the sub
ject of trusts. '
He declared that he knew - of no
way in which a distinction , could be
made between "good ".and "bad"
trusts for he regarded all combina-
tions to suppiesg competition and to
'maintain a monopoly to be in the
same category. .
He forecasted some legislation for
Consress that he would recommend in
his message. He said; WhiI,
look forward to . the next session and.
realize how much there is to be con
sidered I tremble lest the session wijl
not be long enough and that it will
not be possible ; to do all that has
been promised.-" . .
Regarding the anti-trust law, he
"I am strongly inclined to the view
that the way to make the 'anti-trust'
law more effective is to narrow its
scope somewhat, -so. that it shall not
include in its prohibition -and de
nunciation as a crime anything bnt a
conspiracy' or combination or contract
entered into with - actual intent to
monopolize or suppress competition in
interstate trade. "
He reviewed a parade of the thou
sands of troops, afterwards madft a
speech.. A great military: carnival
marked by extensive manoeuvres and
baloon and ceroplane flights," was
commenced and will continue through
j the week.
TAR HEEL CHRONICLES
News JBfces Gathered From Ail
Farts of the Old North Stat.
Lover's Cruel Treatment.
Rockingham, Special. J. M. Nor
ton, a yong'whiie man .whiju gave
Lumberton as his home prior to his
soming hero a few months ago, is
badly wanted by the local authorities.
Norton came here some time ago and
got work at the Hannah Pickett cot
ton mills. A few weeks later he wrote
to his sweetheart, Maggie Godwin, of
Benson, to join him here, promising
her to marry her immediately upon
her arrival. By some pretext he de
layed the matter and finally utterly
naf used to. fulfill his promise. He be
frequently beat her. Finally she could
stand the treatment no longer and she
sought the protection of the law.
Norton skipped and has not been ap
To Build Interurban Line.
Salisbury, Special. Leslie H
Shaw, former secretary of the t?neas
ury and Patrick Hirsch, a financier
of New York, were here Friday con
sulting with local business men in re
gard to building an interurban trblley
line in Piedmont North Carolina. It
is said that the proposed line will
connect ' the 'cities of Greensboro,
Winston-Salem, High Point, Sahs
bury, Concord, Charlotte and a num
ber of smaller towns and will handle
both passengers and freight. . A fran
chise has already been' secured for
the ling through the eounties of Row
an and Cabarrus.
by Runaway Horse.
Selma Special. Mr. Burt Lowrey
met a horrible death Tuesday morn
ing about one mile from Selma on
the . Smithfield road. While driving
across the railroad his horse, became
frightened at an approaching train.
Mr. iLowrey,f who was 85 years old,
unable to control the horse, alighted
from his buggy and went to the
horse 's .head. ? The horse became uh-
manageable,- jumped over Mr, Low
rey, his Aindf eet striking him in the
breast , causing instant death.
Killed at Cotton Gin.
Charlotte Special. Herman Beat
ty, 12 years old, while playing teo
near a shaft at E. R. Spurrier's cot
ton ginWednesday, was caught and
wound around the shaft. One arm
was torn off, his side was severely
bruised. He lingered five hours in
agony till relieved by death.
Greensboro Woman Dies 6f Pellagra.
Greensboro, Special. Mrs. J. R.
Richardson, of this city, died last
week of pellagra. . Mrs Richardson
had been sick with the disease for a
long time. She was 35 years old.
There, have been four cases of pella
gra reported here and this is the sec
ond death. The other two cases arc
chronic .and do not show much
Big Illicit Still Destroyed in Mont
iTroy, Special.; Sheriff MeKenzit
captured a biqekade still last week in
RocEy Springs township of 125-gal-lorf
dapa?ity and poured out 900 gal
ions of hoer and a quanity of whis
key" Sheriff MeKenzie has captured
several recently, but this is the
largest eyer seen in this section.
Serious Affray at Wilson.
Wilson, Special. Wednesday
morning on Goldsboro street a cutting-,
affray took place that may end
with a -fatality. Burt Moore, a young
man who work's on the Williams farm
after an exchange of words Ivith
Berkley We"bb and ethers, seriously
cut Webb in the throat and made, his
escape while Webb' is at the Wilson
sanitarium in a critical condition.
Fifty Busheh 'of Peanuts to the
; Acre. . v
Lexington, Special. Mb. Sid Wea
ver, a farmer living near Lexington,
makes a specialty of peanuts. Last
yer he raised 110 bushels on two and
.ene-half acres nd this year will
gather 150 bushels from three acres.
He displayed 'excellent specimens oi
his,. crop on the streets here last week.
" Injured by BlaW "
Concord, Special. Owing, to a pre
mature blast. Mr. John Shoe, who
was digging a welL pear Brown's
Mill, was badly injtnjed Tuesday. Mr.
Shoe was in the wll and ' had pre
pared the fuse. He threw down a
hammer which struck a flint rock,
sending forth a spark which ignited
the powder, the explosion following.
He was severely "injured and it is
i thought that his eyes were put out.
Mr. Shoe is about 50 years old and
has a wife and faar.lv.