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BAINBRIDQE, DECATUR COUNTY, OEORQIA, FRIDAY. OCTOBER 2, 1903.
SUM) YEAR IN ADVANCE.
OFFICIAL ORGAN OK DECATUR COUNTY AND CITY OK BAINBRIDGE,
L v miles north of
[clock by a mob ot
[for which Williams
,f in approved style
, one prompted by
[stincts of his most
„ working during
It John Harrell on
miles from Whigham.
Las paid for his la-
that his services
er be needed. It
Jhat he had left the
Harrell went to
Not long after dinner
missed their little
was about eight
[went to the lot in
Isternation she found
lilliams in possession
Ifter some resistance
[before the child had
Iiw near were notified
(started in pursuit of
He was captured in a
on their way to
;e it was intended
| in jail until the sher
: charge of him, the
let about eight o’clock
| a considerable nutn
lmen who demanded
Seeing that re
bel be useless the mob
tro and carried him
(to the woods where he
|y strung up to a con
Then a fusilade
(m all kinds of guns
j was perforated with
lllets. The mob de
lly leaving a dangling
warning to brutes of
tbeing dark none of
s recoguized and it is
who composed it, but
Irk was done speedily
lh!y and orderly. There
ft as to his identity,
|cnown in the neighbor
he sheriff and coroner
^ scene of the lynching
over the car
the evidence adduced
npannelled jury a ver-
Bdered that the deceas
rtaken by a sudden and
1 at the hands of par
in Hades, Will Wil-
I to the Sheriff.
Southern’s Past Maii Wrecked.
The Southern railway’s fast
mail train running at a rate of 6o
miles an hour, jumped the track
on a trestle near Danville, Va.,
Sunday afternoon and plunged 75
feet into a rocky chasm below.
The train consisted of four mail
cars and one express car and with
the engine was completely demol
ished by the wild plunge. There
was aboard a crew of 16 men, ten
of whom were killed instantly and
the balance seriously injured. The
trestle where the accident occur
red is 500 feet long and is located
on a sharp curve. The engineer
in charge of the train was not ac
quainted with the road and came
upon the trestle at a very
high rate of speed causing the en*
gine to leave the track at the curve
and carry the entire train with it
death and destruction. It is
considered fortunate that it hap*
pened not to be a passenger train.
majority of the dead and in'
jured were mail clerks.
The train was due in Atlanta at
11 o’clock that night, and was car
rying northern and eastern mail
and express for the south and
southwest. Since the inaugura
tion of this fast mail service over
the Southern some months ago this
makes the third disastrous wr.eck,
destructive of life and property,
The government appropriates $50,
000 a year to maintain it and it
will already require a larger sum
than that to replace the property
loss, to say nothing of the loss of
Rural Mail Routes.
I Thrash, whose sensa-
| took place at the last
• city court which re'
pis acquital of the crime
’ a S a ' n in Bainbridge .
pc Decatur county jail.
™ tim e there were three
■ants against him and
pereunder continued un
“term of the court.
1 bond had been placed
,d his lelatives in At'
. re a local bondsman
[on his bond, and imme'
H the trial he left for
£, the Sheriff last
that' Tif 6 °V llgaled on
k. T kras h s conduct
ed L exem ? lar y and that
?fnlr uld not * P res '
hev ri • and that conse-
5 deS1 ? d to be relieved
0 _ dand requested the
pt r a u take cha rge of
of , h . L Smart ' « the
1 At’ s heriff arrested
bhiiu ta Sanda y and ar-
h’m Monda y night
Ri n er )ailtoawaithi s
The postottice department has
issued an’ advertisement request'
ing bids on the star routes in this
county, which are named below,
for a term of four years, commen
cing July 1st, 19Q4, and ending
June 30th, 1908. The bidding is
restricted to those living within
the territory of the delivery dis*
trict, and the bidder must, agree,
in the event of being awarded a
contract to live on or near the
route, and give the service his per
sonal supervision. This wise pro'
vision practically shuts out pros
fessional contractors who haye
heretofore bid on and rerceived
contracts for a number of routes,
and then sublet them at a lesser
price to parties who gave the route
their personal supervision. Under
the new contract the free collec
tion and delivery of mail will be
made on almost all star routes.
The postmaster has pamphlet
advertisement of all routes in this
county with full instructions to
bidders. All bids must be in the
hands of the department on or be
fore December 1st, 1903.
The routes in this county which
will be open for bids are as foN
lows. Bainbridge to Fairchilds,
price per annum, #271.02; Donal-
sonville to Boyettville, price $149-
48; McRaeville to Whigham,
$218.70; Desser to Boyetteville,
$266.67; Glory, Fla., to Faceville,
Ga., $375.00; Bingen to Attapul
The Fiddlers’ Coavsation.
The Fiddler’s Convention was
held in the opera house last Tues«
day night and was a distinct suc
cess from every point of viey.
A large audience of about 400
Enjoyed with enthusiasm the many
selection of ye olden time fiddle
tunes. The fiddlers entered with
the greatest zest into the contest
and each one was encored and
gracefully responded with a piece
a little better than the first.
The big audience would catch the
spirit of the jigs and four hundred
feet could be heard beating time
to “Hop Light Ladies;’’ “Soap
Suds Against the Fence," "Billy
on the Low Ground,” “Sweet
Eyes in the Piney Woods" and
Mr. J. T. Jay was the delegate
from Early county and his mono
logue rendition of the Arkansaw
Traveler pleased the audience
greatly and proved to be the star
attraction of the evening. His
other selections and songs were
Another attractive feature of
the occasion was the straw beat
ers. Miss Bowman, who accom'
panied her father, Messrs Strib-
bling and W. K. Cox, all expert
strawists. The rythm and volume
added to the music astonished
many to whom this performance
Messrs J. W. White, Troupe
Hines and D. C. Gurley were the
experts on fiddling appointed as
judges. Prizes were awarded as
follows: First prize, R. W. Bow'
man; second prize, M. T. Jones;
third prize, Nelson Cox; fourth
prize, J. T. Jay, fifth prize, Tom
Long; sixth prize, John Thomp'
Mr. J. I. Subers was master of
ceremonies and did the honors
with his accustomed ease and
grace. Hon. Ben E. Russell, as
spokesman sustained his reputa'
tion for humor and eloquence.
The ladies who fostered and
held with such great success the
first fiddlers’ convention ever
known in Bainbridge are to be
congratulated on the idea and the
enterprise, It was an event, and
should and undoubtedly will now
be a permanent institution to be
A Fire Department.
City Primary at Ifaad.
A Preeminent Farmer.
Capt. Fleming has received or'
ders that Col! W. J. Obear, Inspec
tor General ot Georgia, will inspect
Company “I” in the near future,
the date to be named by Col.
Compapy “I" is in splended
condition and we have no fear as
to the results ot the inspection.
When Col, Obear makes his re
port, after completing this tour the
Krag'Jorgenson riflle will be is'
sued to all the state troops.
37 cases of yellow fever have
been reported in Laredo Texas.
The Farmers National Congress
in session last week at Niagara
Falls elected Hon. Harvie Jordon
president. Mr. Jordon is a Geor
gia farmer of prominence and ais 1
tinction and is ip every way worthy
ot the high Jjorfor he has received
He has devoted many years to the
study of practical and scientific
farming and has done more than
any other man for the good of the
agricultural interests of Georgia.
His high ability is recognized by
the farmers of the United States
in calling him to be chief of their
organization, a compliment that
should be a source of much grati
fication to Mr. Jordon and his host
Mrs. Fudge Returns.
Every one in Bainbridge and a
large percentage of the traveling
public welcome home again Mrs.
B D. Fudge, the popular lessee of
the Hotel Bon Air. Mrs. Fudge
has been absent several months
and has been critically ill during
the time. In Atlanta she was op
erated upon by Dr. McRae the
noted surgeon, for appendicitis.
The operation was an exceedingly
dangerous one but was fortunately
successful, though unusually pain*
ful. Mrs. Fudge is rapidly re
gaining her strength and health
and is presiding with her usual
good cheer over the Bon Air hoss
Valdosta has just let the con
tract for the equipment of a splen
did new fire department, the cost
estimated at $3,200.
Now the question that should
confront every loyal citizen is, why
can’t Bainbridge do likewise ? The
town is large e-ough and suffi
ciently able to support such an in'
stitution and the need of a first
class fire department is very evi
For years Bainbridge has been
defended against the ravages of
fire only by a volunteer service;
and while in the past it has proved
most efficient and the firemen de
serve all praise, yet now the time
has arrived when a complete and
up to date system is necessary.
Strangers in our city are surprised
and amused that a town of this
size can only furnish a volunteer
Bainbridge is growing rapidly.
In the past few years many hand
some residences and business
houses have been erected and the
vflue of property has increased
remarkably. Still, with all the im
provements, no steps have been
taken to insure the safety of our
possessions. Insomuch as the
value of our property has increas*
ed and steadily continues to in
crease just so much does it require
an adequate means of protection
Are we^ lacking in enterprise
and public spirit ? Surely not,
Then let us do away with the
long-standing, behind the time
volunteer service ajid institute a
new, up to date paid fire depart'
Kidnapper Bound Over.
James McRae, whose bold at'
tempt to kidnap the 10 year-old
daughter of Mr. J. D. Andrews,
last week, has been arrested and
waived commitment trial before
Justice Tonge Monday and was
bound'over under $1,000 bond for
trial at the November term of the
superior court. Byron Spooner
appeared as counsel for the pris
oner. As yet McRae has been
unable to make the bond And is in
The story of the kidnapping
was told exclusively in The Search
Light last week, and created some
what of a sensation. McRae is in
the neighborhood of 60 years old
and stated that it was his inten
tion to run away with the little
girl and marry her.
He claims that the child met
him at the Wingate home by ap
pointment for the purpose of leav-
ing with him and it is said he had
provided long dresses and a hat
for her for the occasion of their
marriage which was to follow
The Andrews’ are highly re'
spected citizens of Blowing Cave
district. They were here Monday
with the little girl for the prelimi'
iftry hearing which was waived.
The child is quite prettv, but not
apparently well grown for her age.
Very little interest has as yet
been taken in the approaching
primary election for mayor and al
dermen. Election day, Wednes'
day, October 7th, is now close at
hand and it looks as if little elecs
tioneering will be done and a
small vote will be polled. There
will be only one candidate for may
or. E. J. Willis, who seems to be
the choice of every one.
The aldermanic board is com'
posed of six members All of
these places are to be filled at this
election. Every year previous to
this there has been a warm con'
test for these places. This year
there seem to be no active seek'
ers for the honors of the position,
and the gentlemen who are allow*
ing their names to be used did so
at the solicitation of their friends.
The following names will be
submitted to the voters, who will
have the privilege of striking from
the list all but their six favorites:
1). C. Gurley,
W. A, Wheeler,
J. C. McCaekill,
C. H. Caldwell,
H. B. Ehrlich,
L. F. Patterson.
T. S. Hawes,
John W. Callahan,
W. W. Wright,
C. W. Wimberiey.
Every man of these twelve is a
good on6 and the voter can make
no mistake in his selection. Every
man on it has the best interest
of Bainbridge at heart and would
fill the position very creditably.
The beauty of it is that there
are no issues to trammell and
hamper any man or set of men
that may be elected. They are all
on the higher plane and will go
into office pledged only to use their
best judgment in legislating for
the good and advancement of the
city, and each and all of these
men may be counted on absolutely
to that end.
Bainbridge is to be congratula
ted on a harmonious election and
the prospects of a highly intelli
gent and capable iet of aldermen.
Collection Short He Wouldn’t Preach.
Stillmore, Ga., Sept. 28.—Evan
gelist J. L. M6rrill has been con*
ducting a series of meetings for
ten days at this place under the
Gospel tent of the Dublin district.
His meetings have been accorded
large and enthusiastic hearings
and a number of professions of
faith have been made. He lect
ured Sunday afternoon to men
and boys only.
He disappointed his largest au
dience last night by refusing to
preach, and leaving the tent, be
cause he failed to receive a con
tribution of $icx) he called for —
Practice Still Continues.
The football team of this city .
which was organized several weeks
ago is still actively engaged in
practice, and almost every night
finds them out hard at work.
Captain Piper, who is also coach
of the team, thinks that the mate'
rial is excellent and that a fast
speedy team can easily be deveU
oped. The boys have entered Into
the spirit of the game and have
determined to put out a winning
team for Bainbridge, if hard work
and conscientious practice count
A game has been arranged for
the 16th of October /with the Flo*
ida State College to be played in
Tallahassee. Quite a number of
people have signified their inten*
tion of going down with the boys
and it is hoped an excursion can
be arrranged over the G. F. & A,
so that all who wish to go down
and see a game of good football
will be able to do so. The follow
ing week a game will be played in
Bainbridge with the same college
and as this will be the first game
of football ever playld in Bain
bridge it is expected that a record
breaking crowd will be on hand.
Among those who will probably
go down with the boys are: Er*
nest Piper, Wright Jackson, Dick
Tyler, Rob O’Neal, Herbert Har
rell, John Butler, Munnerlyn Mc
Bride, Warren Waters, Marvin
Townsend, Tom Stanse), Marshall
Scott, Alex Stansel, Lucien Bow
er, Manager Graves and Referee
Since Savannah has invited
Roosevelt to attend her fair in No
vember, it is naturally infened that
Teddy’s friend Booker is also book
ed. With two such drawing cards
the success of the affair is assured.