BANKS COUNTY JOURNAL.
ASK STATE 10 INTERFERE.
MACON, GA., CITHERS ARE AFTER
THE SOUTHERN RAILROAD.
CLAIM ILLEGAL CONSOLIDATION
The GoTernor Is Asked to Investigate the
Matter— May He Finally Carried to
A petition has been filed with Gov
ernor Atkinson, of Georgia, asking
him to direct the attorney general of
the state to institute proceedings to
break the relations between the South
ern Railway, the Central of Georgia,
the Georgia Southern k Florida and
The petition was presented by at
torneys on behalf of citizens of Macon.
Th.3 names of seven individuals and
firms are signed to the petition.
The petition was filed a few days
ago and Judge Miller of Macon, had a
conference with the governor. It is
alleged in the petition that the South
ern controls a number of railroads in
Georgia and that the control tends to
defeat competition in violation of the
constitution of the state.
The paper is a long one and recites
the history of the Southern, explaining
in detail how it has grown up by the
acquisition of the East Tennessee,Vir
ginia ■and Georgia, the Georgia Pacific,
the Central of Georgia, the Georgia
Southern and Florida, the Atlanta and
Florida, the Georgia Midland and
Gulf, the Macon and Birmingham and
other lines. All these roads have been
consolidated, the petition declares, and
it goes on to say that the city of Macon
has now no competition and the pe
titioners ask the state to go to their
relief and break the relations existing
between the several lines.
The governor has been carefully ex
amining the paper and has been get
ting information about the relations
existing between the different com
Under the Bacon act of 1893, pro
ceedings can be instituted in two ways
to break an illegal consolidation of
railroads. The governor is empowered
to direct the attorney general to bring
suit for the forfeiture of charters or
any party interested in the properties
can go into the courts for redress.
After hearing from both sides, the
governor can direct the attorney gen
eral to proceed in the name of the state
or he may decline and leave the parties
who are interested to appeal direct to
the courts themselves.
FIRED SOCIALIST DEPUTY.
Soldiers Remove Member of French Cham
ber of Deputieß.
There was a dramatic incident in the
chamber of deputies at Paris Saturday.
During the discussion of the labor
troubles at La Grand Combe, in the
department of the Guard, noted for its
coal mining, glass works and zinc
smelting furnaces, M. Gerault Richard,
a socialist deputy, referred to some of
his colleagues as “police spies.”
The chamber thereupon passed a
vote to peremptorily expel him
from the house. M. Richard, how
ever, refused to leave and the pre
sident of the chamber, M. Brisson,
sustained the sitting and sent for the
guard on duty.
A moment or so later a squad of
eight soldiers entered the chamber of
deputies and the colonel in command
placed his hand upon the shoulder of
the socialist deputy, who thereupon
consented to go with the officer, saying
he yielded only to superior force. .
MILL RECALL WEYLEB.
Queen Regent of Spain Confirms Senor
Canovas, the Premier.
A special of Sunday from Madrid
says: Tlie queen regent has confirmed
Senor Canovas, the premier, in his
ministerial powers, and the cabinet
will remain in office with personnel
and policy unchanged.
All of the leading members of the
senate and of the chamber of deputies
who were consulted by her majesty
have advised the recall of Captain
General Weyler from Cuba.
At a cabinet council at his residence
Senqr Canovas, the premier, announc
ed that the queen regent had renewed
his powers and those of the cabinet in
terms most flattering to him and to all
TO INVESTIGATE WATTS’ CONDUCT
Governor Ellerbe, of South Carolina,
Names Members of a Court of Inquiry.
Governor Ellerbe, of South Caro
lina, has appointed the court of in
quiry to sit in General Watts’ case.
The court will meet at Columbia and
take the evidence.
The court consists of Brigadier Gen
eral Joseph L. Stoppelbein, Summer
ville, first brigade of cavalry; Colonel
J. G. Wardlaw, Gafl'ney, third regi
ment of infantry; Captain Henry T.
Thompson, Darlington; Darlington
Senator S. G. Mayfield, of Barnwell,
as judge advocate general on the gov
ernor’s staff, will prosecute the case.
BANK PRESIDENT SUICIDES.
McConnell, Accused of Crooked Transac*
tlona, Puts Bulletiu His Bralu.
At Ocala, Fla., Saturday afternoon,
B. B. McConneir, the defaulting pres
ident of the defunct Merchants’ Na
tional bauk, sent a bullet crashing
through his brain, dying instantly.
The deed was committed at the
home of his brother-in-law, W. K.
McDonald, where he and his wife and
mother wero taking dinner.
It seems that the receiver of the
Merchants’ National bank made some
new developments in the hank’s busi
ness that showed up very badly
against McConnell. He at once com
municated them to United States Com
missioner D. S. Williams, who at once
issued a warrant for McConnell’s ar
rest. This was placed in the hands of
a deputy United States marshal, who
proceeded to McConnell’s residence.
He learned there that the hank presi
dent was at dinner at Mr. McDonald’s.
When he went thither and read the
warrant McConnell asked for permis
sion to go up stairs and get his coat.
In about two minutes the household
was startled by the loud report of a
pistol, and the fall of a heavy body on
the floor told the talc. The officer
rushed up stairs only to find McCon
nell breathing his last with a big hole
in the right side of his head over the
ear and a smoking revolver still in his
TRIED TOKILL WHOLE FAMILY.
Story of a Midnight Assault Supposed to
Have Ended In Lynching.
News has been received of a fiend
ish crime which was perpetrated at
Orangedale, Fla., about twenty miles
from St. Augustine, in which an en
deavor was made to murder a whole
family. The details are meagre.
The story is that a negro supposed
to be Isaac Barrett, entered the home
of H. J. Ilewsou, a farmer, and mur
derously assaulted Mr. Hewson, his
wife and seven-year-old son while they
slept. All were hit on the head with
a piece of scantling.
The daughter, Miss Maggie, grap
pled with the negro aud so bravely did
she fight him that he lett the house.
The son is said to be dying, but the
parents may possibly recover.
Later on Barrett was arrested aud
the report is that a party of twelve
men took the prisoner from the officers
and a lynching was probably the
CON DEM N S THE SHERI FF.
Trouble at Urbana Laid at His Door,
Caußing Him to Leave th© City’.
A special from Urbana, Ohio, says
that the city has resumed its normal
condition and the scene has changed
Immediately after the trouble Sher
iff McLain and Captain Leonard left
It was reported later that a mob of
150 was organizing to go to Springfield
after the sheriff and such word went to
Springfield, having the effect, it is
said, of driving the sheriff off to Day
Threats of getting the body of
Mitchell and burning it were freely
made. Before being removed from
the courthouse yard relic hunters had
nearly cut the coat off the dead man.
Every button was gone and even his
shoes and stockings were taken off
and carried away.
GEORGIA DAY IN SENATE.
Saturday Session the Occasion of Speeches
By Bacon ami Clay.
Saturday was Georgia’s day in the
senate. The notable features of the
tariff discussion during the day were
furnished by the Georgia senators.
Senator Clay delivered his maiden
speech as a member of the body, and
Senator Bacon spoke at length upon a
feature or the tariff of special interest
This was the lumber schedule, and
in favoring the tariff on lumber as
against a motion to put it on the free
list, Senator Bacon took emphatic
grounds against the doctrine of- free
raw materials, as did Senator Olay, in
the more elaborate speech in which he
discussed this and other features of
ASK BARRETT’S RETENTION.
President McKinley Receives a Telegram
A cablegram from Bangkok to the
Associated Press says that the Ameri
cans of Siam have signed a unanimous
petition asking President McKinley
to retain John Barrett as United States
minister to Siam. The dispatch is
signed: “Hays, Bennette, committee.”
Names Aro Sent t the Senate by McKinley
The president has sent the following
nominations to the senate:
Andrew Barlow, of Missouri, to be
consul general to the city of Mexico.
Harold S. Van Buren, of New Jer
sey, to be consul at Nice, France.
Carl Bailey Hurst, of the District of
Columbia, now- consul at Paraguay, to
be consul general at Vienna, Austria.
Henry V. Morgan, of Louisiana, to
be consul at Horgen, Switzerland.
William W. Canada, of Indiana, to
he consul at Vera Cruz, Mexico.
Louis A. Pradt, of Wisconsin, to be
assistant attorney general.
HOMER, GA.: SATURDAY. JUNE 13. 1897.
SHOT DOWN BY THE 111
LYNCHERS IN' OHIO FIRED UPON
RY STATE TROOPS.
TWO MEN WERE KILLED OURIGHT.
slob, However, .Succeeds In Swinging Up
Negro Convicted of Criminal Assault
Upon a White Woman.
Two men were killed and ten wound
ed by a company of the Ohio National
Guard at Urbana, 0., at an early hour
The soldiers were attemping to save
Charles Mitchell, the colored assailant
of Airs. Eliza Gatimer, from the hands
of an infuriated mob, but their efforts
Mitchell was taken from the jail at
7:30 o’clock a. m., and hanged to a
tree in the courtyard.
The dead are: Harvey Bell, Urbana,
instantly killed; Upton Baker, farmer
north of Urlmna.
The fatally wounded are: Wesley
Bowen, Cable; Zaeh Wank, Urbana.
Less seriously wounded: Dennis
Graney, Urba; Dr. Charles Thomson,
North Lewisbury; S. S. Deaton, Ur
bana, serious; John McKeever, Urba
na, painful; Bay McClnre, Urbana,
In addition to this list, it is feared
that Airs. Eliza Gaumer, who was as
saulted by the negro, will not recover
and several of the injured are in a se
rious condition. There is intense
feeling against some of the officials
and further complications are appre
One week ago Mrs. Gaumer was
assaulted in daylight at her home in
Urbana. She was prostrated and felt
the disgrace. She requested her son
to announce that she was assaulted for
It was given out that Alitchell at
tempted to force her to sign a cheek
for SSOO. But- as Airs. Gaumer’s con
dition became more serious, the facts
became known. Alitchell was first
held for robbery, but on last Wednes
day he was arraigned for assault. Airs.
Gaumer was nnable to appear in court,
and the hearing was held at her home.
As Alitchell entered her room, she
raised up in bed and exclaimed:
“The brute, hang him. How dare
you face me again, you brute?”
Soon after the identification on Wed
nesday, there was talk of lynching.
Crowds surrounded the jail that night
and the sheriff aud local militia had
trouble protecting the prisoner. Thurs
day a grand jury was empaneled and
it soon returned an indictment for
criminal assault. Alitchell, disguised
in a soldier’s uniform, was carried
from jail into court. He waived
the reading of the indictment, pleaded
guilty and was promptly sentenced to
twenty years in the penitentiary, the
limit for assault. The trial was over
before 9 o’clock, when an attempt was
made to take Alitchell to Columbus on
the train at 10 p. m. But the crowds
were about the courthouse and jail
and when the carriage drove up the
crowd made a rush for the jail.
The militia drove the people back,
but the crowd soon increased in fury
as well as in numbers, so that Sheriff
AlcLean and the troops had all they
could do to hold the jail at that time.
It was 1:35 o’clock Friday morning
when the first attack was made on the
jail. The soldiers opened fire on the
mob and twenty volleys were poured
into the advancing crowd with the re
sults as above stated.
The attacking party retired, hut the
sight of the dead and injured infuria
ted them and the crowd soon rallied.
The final attack on the jail was made
at 7 o’clock.
The mob which had grown in num
bers at the break of day, seeing the
way opeu, secured a large sledge ham
mer and started for the jail. The ham
mer w as n&t needed, as Sheriff McLean
delivered the keys and the crowd soou
found Mitchell’s cell.
A rope was thrown around the ne
gro’s neck and was dragged out into
the yard. The rope was then thrown
over one of the limbs of a tree. Mitch
ell was jerked up unlil his head struck
the limb. His neck was broken and
his body dropped to the ground. The
crowd repeated the jerking several
times until they were sure he was
AGAINST NIGHT WORK.
Southern Cotton Spinners Will Meet To
Curtail Output of Mills.
The coming meeting of the Southern
Cotton Spinners’ Association at Char
lotte, N. C., is of unusual importance
to the cotton mills of the south.
Some measures are to be adopted to
curtail the production of yarns by re
ducing the hours of labor. The asso
ciation hopes to stop night work in
yarn mills altogether.
One of the board of governors says
that unless the mills now running at
night agree to discontinue the prac
tice, the other mills will advertise that
they run only in the daytime and make
a more uniform class of goods than is
possible to produce at night.
SHERMAN MAY RE DEPOSED.
Humors Current in Washington That Mc-
Kinley Will Freeze Him Out.
Another cabinet rumor is afloat in
Washington. It is that John Sher
man is to be shoved out of the cabinet
to make way for Judge Day. The
prediction is freely.made that Sher
man will be forced to resign before the
end of the year.
The rumor is to the effect also that
the same crowd tbit pushed the old
man out of the senate by putting him
into the cabinet chair, which he did
not w ant, is behind this latest move.
As it is, Air. Sherman is very little
consulted about matters of state. He
has been entirely relieved of the Cuban
diplomatic matters, these being put in
the hands of Judge Day, who is in
constant conference with the president.
From those conferences Secretary
Sherman is quietly excluded. AlcKin
ley has been persuaded that it is not
safe to confide anything to Sherman,
whose garrulity is continually getting
him into trouble. Sherman feels his
position keenly but can say nothing.
THREE FRIENDS LIBERATED.
•Judge Decided That the Kvidence Was
In the United States court at Jack
sonville, Alonday, Judge Locke hand
ed down a decision in the Three
Friends’ ca.-,e, charged with violating
the neutrality laws.
In giving the decision Judge Locke
said: “The court in examining the
evidence in the case fails to find any
testimony showing that the vessel was
fitted out and armed within the limits
of the United States. It does not show
that she was loaded with arms and
ammunition within fifteen or twenty
miles of the sbore.”
Three other cases are pending
against the vessel, but they are likely
to be dismissed, as the evidence is
much the same as in the present case.
The district attorney will await ad
vices from Washington as to what fu
ture action to take in the present case.
ORIGINAL PACKAGE EXPLAINED.
Constable Says That Bottles Sold la
South Carolina Must Be Stamped.
A Columbia dispatch says: The ques
tion of what constitutes an original
package has been disturbing all South
Carolina since Judge Simonton's de
It was settled Alonday so far as the
state authorities are concerned until,
at least, the courts pass upon it.
Chief Constable Bahr, of Charleston,
held a conference v T ith officials in that
city after which he said that unless
othenvise instructed he would seize
all liquors when a person attempted to
open a box and sell from it one or
more bottles, provided those bottles
did not have upon them separate gov
ernment stamps. In that case they
will not be molested.
According to the understanding now
prevailing any number of bottles may
be sold individually so long as they
have separate stamps upon them.
Chief Bahr states that already he
has seized and dumped a considerable
amount of beer in Charleston, the par
ties attempting to sell it by the drink
THE TRUTH HARD TO GET.
Commissioner Calhoun Says It Was Im
possible to Secure Information.
William J. Calhoun, who was sent
to Cuba as a special commissioner to
investigate the circumstances of the
death in prison of Dr. Ruiz, an Amer
ican citizen, reached New York on his
In a conversation,Mr. Calhoun said:
“The island of Cuba is rapidly being
devastated by cruel and
civil war, so that in a short time it
will not be worth anything to anyone.
It is difficult to get at the exact situa
tion there. In the first place there is
severe censorship of the press and
those who are naturally friendly to the
Cubans hardly dare to express their
views and opinions. Furthermore the
adherents of both sides are exceeding
ly intense. They tell their stories
just as you want them to believe them.
Appeal From Cubans.
A special to the New York Herald
from Havana says a strange appeal on
behalf of the starving recontrados in
Matanzas, who excited the sympathy
of General Lee and Commissioner Cal
houn, is made to the people of the
United States. The petition is head
ed: “A Petition to the People of the
United States.” It is now on its way
DOCTOR SUSPECTED OF MURDER.
Kilpatrick Is Thought to Have Killed
Joe Spriuz and is Arrested.
A telegram received Monday night
announces the arrest of Dr. J. J. Kil
patrick on suspicion of being the oqe
who murdered Joe Sprinz, bookkeeper
for Davis & Marks, merchants of Mid
ville, near Savannah, on the night of
May 7th last.
Dr. Kilpatrick, a well known phy
sician of Midville, an unmarried man,
aged about 35 years, of fine intelli
gence and handsome appearance, was
suspected of the deed in a day or two
after the murder, and he has been
shadowed by a well known detective
FOUGHT LUMBER SCHEDULE.
WHITE PINE CAUSES POLITICAL
LINES TO BE DRAWN.
FAILED TO GET ON FREE LIST.
Paragraph In Tariff Bill Relating to Lum
ber Was the Most Stubbornly
Contested, so Far.
The senate Monday disposed of the
lumber paragraph, which has been
more stubbornly contested than any
feature of the bill thus far, by defeat
ing the motion of Senator Vest to
place white pine on the free list—yeas
20, nays 38.
The contest was mainly significant
in breaking party lines which have
been maintained with few exceptions
during the early stages of the debate.
On the final vote eight democratic
senators voted against Mr. Vest’s prop
Messrs. Bacon and Clay, of Georgia;
McEnery, of Louisiana; McLaurin and
Tillman, of South Carolina; Martin, of
Virginia; White, of California, and
Rawlins, of Utah. On the other hand,
Air. Carter, republican, and Messrs.
Cannon and Mantle, silver republicans,
voted for the Vest motion.
Following this a vote to substitute
the Wilson lumber schedule was de
feated—2l to 37—and the schedule
was agreed to as reported.
The debate preceding the vote was
at times very breezy, owing to the
break of political lines.
The consideration of the tariff bill
was resumed soon after the session
opened and the discussion proceeded
on the paragraph laying a duty of §2
per 1,000 feet on lumber.
Mr. Allen, populist, of Nebraska,
moved to substitute the provisions of
the Wilson bill, which placed lumber
on the free list. The senator spoke
in particular against restoring white
piue to the dutiable list, urging that
the rates were designed to be prohibi
tory against Canadian pine. There
was nothing, be said, in the “clap
trap argument” of American high
wages, as the wages of lumber men in
Cauada were on the whole higher than
in the United States. .■
Mr. Berry,of Arkansas,spoke against
restoring the duty on white pine. He
had been appealed to by the lumber
interests of his own state to support
the duty, but he could not do it when
it laid such heavy tribute on the agri
culturitl people of the western states.
Mr. Bacon, of Georgia, who sup
ported the lumber duty, reminded Mr.
Berry that his (Bacon’s) support was
due to the fact that the duty was a
revenue rather than a protective rate.
• Mr. Berry responded with " a vehe
ment arraignment of the bill, framed,
he said, in ’the interest Of every trust
and combination in the country.
Mr. Caffery, of Louisiana, opposed
the duty on white pine and incident
ally criticised the position of Mr. Ba
con, of Georgia, who, he said, favored
a protective duty. This the senator
from Georgia denied.
Mr. Caffery announced his opposi
tion to all protective duties. He fa
vored the imposition of pure revenue
Mr. Jones, of Arkansas, character
ized as absurd the claim that this
country was being “flooded” byforeign
manufacturers of lumber in the face
of the fact that but $7,500,000 worth
of lumber was imported last year
against $540,000,000 consumed.
APPROVED BY BUSIINELL.
Ohio Governor Says the Military Did
Their Duly at ITrbana.
Governor Bushtell of Ohio, in a
letter to the press, says:
“The members of the national
guard at Urbana did their duty and
are entitled to the support of the state.
Lamentable as the resulfs are their
efforts were made to maintain the ma
jesty of the law and they should be
upheld by all the people.”
Adjutant General Axline says:
“A careful examination at Urbana
fails to show the national guard’s con
duct was anything but that of courage
and obedience as soldiers, and when
the jmblic is in full possession of all
the facts, the unwarranted criticisms
that have gone out to the world will
be speedily corrected.”
Trial of Shriver Postponed,
The trial of John Shrivel - , corre
spondent of The New York Mail and
Express, indicted for contempt in con
nection with the sugar investigation,
did not begin at Washington Monday.
Distvict.Attorney Davis asked and ob
tained a postponement until Tuesday
week on account of the absence of two
Taylor Delk On Trial.
Seven men with guns reached At
lanta Monday and carried Taylor Delk
and his son, Tom Delk, to Zebulon,
Ga,, where the father was placed ou
trial Tuesday morning for murder.
Delk’s attorney sought to get a change
of venue but was unsuccessful.
FAURE IS RESERVED.
French President Withholds His Views
On Monetary Question.
A Baris special says: It is learned
from an authorized source that the let
ters of credence presented to Presi
dent Faure by Senator Edward O.
Wolcott, of Colorado, and his col
leagues of the United States monetary
commission, designate them as minis
ters plenipotentiary to France, Great
Britain and Germany, with the mis
sion in concert with the United States
ambassadors to those countries to dis
cuss monetary questions and come to
some agreement on bimetallism.
President Faure carefully avoided
making a statement to them at the
audience which he accorded to the
commissioners at the Elysee palace
on Wednesday last, which might be
interpreted as a promise to take any
steps in tho matter. Before the com
missioners left the palace ho invited
them to share his box at the race for
the grand prix de Paris.
No doubt the government of France
is friendly to the American nation, but
nothing tangible will be done beyond
the expressions of sympathy and the
assurance that the matter will be se
IN MEMORY OF AMERICANS.
Cuban Sympathizers Hold a Housing
Meeting In Washington.
A large crowd gathered at the Na
tional theater at Washington, D. C.,
Friday night to attend the Cuban
meeting in memory of Americans who
have sacrificed their lives for Cuba.
Speeches were made by representa
tives Swanson, of Virginia, and Green,
of Nebraska, and others.
Air. Green declared that not only
should the belligerency resolution be
passed by congress, but Spain should
be given so many days to take her sol
diers from the island.
He made light of the probability of
war with Spain, and said that if she
declared war against the United States
3,000,000 swords would spring from
their scabbards ready to figlit and the
blue and gray would march together
to the music of “Dixie.”
Resolutions were adopted calling for
a prompt recognition of Cuban bellig
erency and arraigning all who make
the “honor and glory of the nation
and the demands of the people sub
servient to the interests of the Spanish
bondholders and the sugar trust.”
WHITE FACED DEATH COOLY.
Ascended tlic Scaffold Nonclialently Smok
ing a Cigarette.
With a cigarette in his mouth, Hen
ry White, the murderer of Police Offi
cer William Jackson, cooly descended
into the yard of the Muscogee jail at
Columbus, Ga., Friday to pay the
death penalty for his deed.
The young man was more composed
than any member of the party which
escorted him to the gallows.
Not once did he show the white
.feather during the loug hours of the
last day of his confinement and at his
death the culmination of his wonder
ful display of nerve was reached. He
made no speech—simply bade those
about him “goodby.”
The trap was sprung at 1:32 and at
1:42 White was pronounced dead.
His neck was not broken.
DURRANT HANGING POSTPONED.
Judge Gives Attorneys Permission to Ap
peal From Ilia Decision.
A San Francisco special says: Theo
dore Dnrrant will not be hanged on
His attorneys have gained for him a
new lease of life for four months at
least, and the condemned man made
merry in his cell when he heard the
He had become resigned to his fate,
when information was received at the
prison that Judge Gilbert, of the
United States circuit court, had grant
ed his attorneys permission to appeal
to the United States supreme court
from his order previously made deny
ing the application for a writ of habeas
UNLOADED THE GUN,
But In Doing So a Young Boy Kills His
At Greene, la., the 15-year-old son
of L. Schwartz, while attempting to
unload a gun, discharged the weapon,
killing his two sisters. The bullet
passed through the neck of oue sister
and struck the other sister just above
A DAY OF SPEECHES.
A Resolution Passed For tlie Benefit of
The senate had a period of speech
making Friday and as a result little
progress was made on the tariff bill.
A resolution aiming at a solution of
the South Carolina dispensary muddle,
and for which Mr. Tillman has con
contended for, was passed. It reads
“ Resolved, That the committee on the ju
diciary be directed to consider and report,
by bill or otherwise, what legislation, if any,
is necessary to give full effect to the purpose
of the act approved August 8, 1890, entitled
‘An net to limit the effect of the regulations
of commerce between the several states and
with foreign countries in certain cases.’”