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The Waycross Journal.
VOL. VI.—NO. 43.
WAYCROSS, GA.. FRIDAY. JUNK 14. 1901.
.00 A YEAH
Says He Klllei Conductor Latimer In
Trioy Griffin, tho negro murder
er of Conductor Latimer, who is to
he hanged to-day, has made a state
ment in which he admits the kill
ing and gives his version of the
shooting. Griffin, when placed on
trial, attempted to prove an alilii.
He failed in this and was con
In his statement Griffin says:
"I killed Conductor Latimer, but
I did it in self-defense. I got on
the train nt Everett City, and
when they came out to ask me
where I was going, they said I
must ‘get off here.' ‘All right,
Cap,’ said I, and before I could do
anything, Mr. Brock (theflagman)
hit me over the head with a stick,
and I got dizzy like. Mr. Brock
then went in, and Mr. Latimer hit
me with a broom three times over
the head, and I was feeling faint
and falling like, and I was holding
on to the train and almost falling
tfiHm -th'.'y tl.o-tt coal at me, and
the conductor threw a coupling
link, and all had some iron,
then thought I had better jump
off or get killed. I knew I would
get killed if I jumped off, and im
mediately after Mr. Latimer threw
the coupling link I saw it was a
case of either being killed by be
ing knocked off the train or get
ting hurt, so 1 firod to protect my
self and tb keep them from hurt
ing me and to make them stop. I
could have killed them all if Iliad
wanted to murder any body. I sim
ply wanted to have them stop, as
they did after I fired. I then
waited until the train slowed
down, jumped off and come to
town. I told them if they didn’t
stop I would fire. I have had
fair trial, and I want to thank the
judge, for he gave me every chance
and treated me fair and square.
“I want to thank Mr. Rudolf,
the jailer, and Mr. Berrie, the
sheriff, and to say that I have no
fear in the world of death. I am
only 18 years old, nnd it is hard
to die that young, but it ain’t in
me to flinch. I am going to walk
up Friday like a man, and you
won’t hear any one say that Tricy
Griffin lost his nerve. If I hadn’t
prayed nnd rend my Bible I might
hove worried, hut ss it is, I am
not, and I am going to ask God to
take me at once.
“So I want you to bid everybody
goodbye for me and say that 1 die
in the peace of God and die happy
and am forgiven for everything I
The celebrated Keith Konqnoro
Shoo for sale by D. A. McGee.
Will Convene at Warm Springs on
The thirty-fifth annual session
of the Georgia Educational Associ
ation convenes at Warm Springs,
Ga., June 25-27 inclusive.
The program for the occasion is
full and interesting, and among
the speakers will be Prof. E. A.
Pound, of Waycrois,who,on Thurs
day morning, June 27, is to dis
cuss “How to Broaden the Teacher
and Increase his Efficiency.”
A rate of one fare for the round
trip, plus $1 membership fee, will
be charged by the ruilroad. and
hotel accommoaations will be f 1 50
per day or $0 a week.
JOE IN SAVANNAH.
Superintendent Maguire Writes a Let
ter to Chief Morton.
When the Savannah News pub.
lished the story concerning Joe
Parker as “tiro chief” of Waycross,
chief F. A. Morton at once tele
graphed superintendent Maguireof
the ruee, and in appreciation of
that, chief Morton recei.ed the
following letter yesterday from
Savannah, Ga., June 4, 1901.
Mr. F. A. Morton, Chief Fire
Department, Waycross, Ga. Dear
Sir: Permit me to extend to you
my thanks for your telegrnm of
the 2d, relative to Joseph Parker.
While I appreciate your kindness
very much, I had already discov
ered that he was a fake. Parker
did not catch me for auy cash aud
the only thing I am out, is what
it cost me to entertain him und
that was very little. I sized the
fellow up as a liar before I hud
been with him two hours, but as I
knew the matter of reorganization
of the Waycross fire department
was under consideration, I felt s
delicacy in telling this man what
I thought of him uutil I was posi
tive that 1 was right. We all
treated him very nicely and to all
intent and purposes we were very
glad to see him, and so far as his
company is concerned, we would
be very glad to enjoy it for just
about fifteen miuutea more. Our
mou have a vary niee sized barrel
and an ample supply of good
hickory staves with which we will
impress him so that he will never
forget his visit to Savannah, if we
ever catch him.
We iutoud to spend a dollar or
two in this effort and if he ever
returns to Waycross you will con
fer a special favor on myself and
the men nt headquarters if yon
will wire me nt my expense of his
return (which in all probability
he will do.) 1 appreciate your
kiudnesB in this matter and trust
that I may be able at some future
time to reciprocate in some better
direction. Very truly yours,
John E. Maguihe,
Some Spicy Civil Cases Have Been Tried and Decided
Now’s the time to got your Hat.
Our closing out sale iu the milli-
nervline begins Saturday, the 15th.
D. A. McGee.
From Union Station.
The Waycross Air Line Railroad
and Plant System have closed
contract through which the pas
senger station of the latter line at
Waycross will be used as a union
passenger station. All Waycross
Air Line trains will in future ar
rive at and depart from the Plant
System passenger station at Wav-
The first car load of Florida wa
termelons, was sent out last Satur
day to New Orleans.
Bessie Jackson, the 11-ycur-old
adopted daughter of R. F. Flowers,
a dairyman of Poplar SpriugB, Ga.,
was found murdered near her home
Monday. She bad bean outraged,
choked and then stabbed to hasten
the end. Her foster father aud a
negro boy have been arrested pend
ing further investigation.
A, O. Blanchard, West Bsngor,
N. Y., says: “I have been troubled
with kidney disease fur the last
five years. Have doctored with sev
eral physicians and I got no relief
uutil I used two bottles of Foley’s
Kidney Cure." For sale by all
Our entire stock of ladies fine
White Shirt Waist at bargain
prices, to close out. D. A. McGee.
A. L. Hawkins, assistant super
intendent of the Newport News
Shipbuilding Company, is authori
ty for the statement that if the
striking machinists do not return
to work at once, the eutire plant
will be closed down. This will
throw near!y 7,000 men out of
For tine job printing, The Journal
The past has been a very busy
week in the city court of Waycross
and the indications are that the
second week will be just as busy
ns Ibe first.
The reason ascribed for this ex
tra heavy docket is the fact that
all the business of the regular
March term was transferred to
the June term, making this a rec
The following esses hnvoalready
been disposed of:
Lum Carter vs. the Brunswick
& Western Railroad, for $15,000
damages for injuries received while
working in the capacity of switch
man. Defendants' attorneys held
that plaintiff being a member of
the Relief and Hospital Depart
ment, had received benefits there
of, and was not entitled to dam
ages. Plaintiff’s attorneys held
he had paid his regular monthly
dues as a member of said depart
ment, which entitled him to all
its benefits, the receiving of which
did not debar him from the right to
damages for injuries. A verdict
was ordered in favor of tho defend
ant. Crawley & Crawley repre
sented tho plaintiff, and W. E.
Kay and S. W. Hitch looked after
the interests of the rnilroad.
Hughes & Register vs. W. A.
Miller, suit on accouut. Verdict
Henrietta R. Blount vs. N. G.
Lang, suit for damages. Dismiss
ed on motion of^ilaiutiff.
The Watt-Ilarley Hardware
Company vs. C. L. Rouse, suit on
note. Verdict for plaintiff.
Tho Watt-Harley Hardware Co.,
vs. Williford & Plowden. suit on
account. Verdict for plaintiff.
T. T. Thigpen vs. Miller & Bax
ley, complaint. Dismissed at
S. A. Marshal vs. M. J. Murray
& Co., Buit on note. Verdict for
Tuesday was devoted entirely
to the trial of the case of Mrs S.
L. Strickland vs. the Savannah,
Fluridu and Western Railway for
$16,000 damages for injuries re
ceived while getting off a moving
train. The plaiutiff claimed that
the conductor not only refused ti
to stop the train, hut failed to ex
ercise the necessary car« in seeing
her safely to the ground. A ver
dict was returned for the defend
ant, which was represente! by 8
W. Hitch of this city and W. E
Kay of Brunswick. J. Hill Spence
and W. S. Branham were attor
neys for plaintiff.
By far the most interesting case
thus far, at least to the peoplo of
Waycross, occupied the attention
of the court nearly all day Wed
nosday. It was that of J. W. Me
Gee vs. Brad Watson, for $25,000
damages for defamation of char
acter. Miss Jennie Marshall win
the prinqipal witness. The great
er part of the day was taken tip
iu beariug the evidence and listen
ing to thfc arguments on both sides
At 8:80 o’clock the case was given
to the jury and at 4:00 o’clock a
verdict was returned in favor of
the defendant who wa9 represent
ed by Toomer & Reynolds. The
attorneys for tho plaintiff were W.
S. Branham and Dempsey Griffin.
The case of Ollie James, lain r
lien against the Self Reliance out
fit, jrjs compromised. Young
James was allowed $35, his father
to pay coBts of court.
A case that has attracted con
siderahle attention from the legal
fraternity is that of J. W. S. Ilur-
dy vs. the Brunswick nnd West
ern Railroad, for damages caused
by tho removal of a crossing over
tho railroad near the plaintiff'
plnce of business. A trinl was
held at a previous term of court,
at which a demurrer was filed to
one of the judge’s rulings, and tile
case was carried up. The higher
court sustained the judge and the
matter was referred back to the
city court for trial on its merits.
The case came up for trial Wed
nesday afternoon, and resulted in
u verdict for the plaintiff, who was
represented by John T. Myers. It
is said that this caso is without a
parallel in the legal aniinls of the
stato, nothing like it having ever
before been brought up for trial,
and in consequence the legal fra
ternitv was greatly interested in
Miss Sharpe’s Reception.
Oue of the most brilliant occa
sions Hint has occurred in Way-
cross society circles was a delight
ful reception given last night, from
0 to 12 o’clock, by Miss Gussie
Sharpe, on Gilmore street.
The house was crowded with
guests. Tile hostess nnd her as
sistants dispensed such gracious
hospitality that the evening slipped
away with consummate ease and
:enaine plcasuse to everyone pres
The house was beautifully deco
rated, the hall in palms and pot
ted plants, while the parlor was
trimmed ip white and yellow. The
drawing-room was dressed iu pink,
the dining-room in greon and red.
Miss Shar|>n was assisted iu re
ceiving by Miss Arnold and Mr.
Ward Albertson. Her dress was
heliotrope chiffon, over heliotrope
taffeta, trimmed with violets.
Miss Arnold wore white em
broidered chiffon over pink taffeta,
interlaced with lilies of the valley.
Mrs. Sharpe was gowned in black
taffeta, with while appliquet.
Music and bright conversation
and promenading on the spacious
verandas were the pleasures on
joyed until the guests wero invited
to the dining-room,whore delicious
refreshments were served.
Those present were: Misses
Kate Johnson, Mabel Soars, Cleo
Archer, Della Carswell, Jennie
Marshal, Margaret Crawley, Gene
Reynolds, Young, Annie I'aiuu,
Lula McCulley, Carrie Mayo, An
ita Her.nington, Justice, Snowden,
Grace, Hendry, Roberts, Strick
land, Lyon, V. Lyon; Messrs.
Sears, Hoyt, C. Paine, 0. Johnson,
M. Young, Greer, Little, W. Craw-
ley, J. C. Reynolds, C. Gray, E. It.
Jordan, Ozmer, II. K. Eldor, Nix
sou, Williams, Smith, Sundell,
W. J.Swain, P. Carlisle, McGregor
and Geo. Mayo, Ed Crawley, Pike,
Scruggs, Bellinger, Alex Sessomt,
ai d \V. C. Francis.
For a copy of sheet music en
titled “Trotting Through tho Park”
eoud 10 cents in postsge or cur
rency to B. W, Wrenu, passenger
traffic manager Plant System of
Railways, Savannah, Ga.
MEETING TO CLOSE
Lartre Crowds Continue to Hear Mr.
Jones Preach and His Daughter
Thn mooting conducted l>y Rev.
.loo Jones will clone Sunday night.
Lar t e crowds continue to attend
I tie auditorium, nnd groat inter
Editor Journal: This is a ques
tion tiiat has engrossed the atten
tion of our host citizens for many
years, and still it's final solution
is left in doubt, as to the best
manner and means of securing the
end to be accomplished.
Heretofore a petition signed by
two-thirds of the property owners
on any public street, and present
ed to the mayor and council, ask
ing that the street he paved, and
obligat ing to pay an average of IK)
nts per lineal foot, and any bai
lee to be met by the city, lias
been the custom of paving. This
plan in some cases may work well,
and the work speedily and nicely
done; in other cases it imposes a
burden on certain property hold-
rs, who are not blessed with a
surplus of rea<ly cash, and they
line} it a hard matter to get up the
ash required. We know and ad
mit that the city fathers have
been ns lenient in these collections
as they could be, and they hav
done a great work iu paving in the
past, and they are ready t<
timie this work at an early date;
and also we know that there are
many public streets in our city
that should lie paved ns soon as it
sau be done.
The writer has spent much time
and study on this important mat.
tor, ami we have come to the con
clusion that the paving must be
done, and paid for by an ad valo
rem tax, annually collected and
annually expended on sucli sire
as the mayor and council shall in
their judgment, deem most neces
We have many streets, wide and
omniodious, that it is not neces
sary now to pave, us the travel
does not warrant it; then we have
ither streets that need to be paved
Now Mr. Editor, we advocate
the ml valorem tax, because this
tax is paid into the treasury byull
property owners alike, and all
ners of property in the city bear
their equal share of the public im
provements, and enjoy as much us
any othors, equal rights to all ad
vantages accruing from the pav-
The streets are essential
ly the pro|M.*rty solely of the
ity, and the city government
nly has a legal right to say which
streets shall be paved and which
shut! not. Of course the ad valo
rem tax could not all be assessed
in two or three years, but it cun be
iigt*d I hat it might be done
iu ten yenrs, at least all that is
Hsury, und thus many of our
people who are unable to bear the
•st of paving, would only pay the
ad valorem share.
Further, Mr. Editor, I would
uggest that the property owners
be requested to furnish necessary
material for paving the sidewalks
in the town; und we learn that
the mayor and council have kind
ented to have any sidewulk
put down, if the owners of the
property will furnish the material.
Thin i.uii duie* at a small cost,
und we feel sure that no public
spirited citizen will refuse to have
a sidewulk iu front of his home if
he is relieved of the street paving
Then indeed, w«* would have a
Supreme Court DecHcs That Funis
Must Be Used for Public Debt Only-
Tho supreme court Wednesday
rendered u decision sustaining the
position of State Treasurer U. K.
Park iu refusing to pay the school
teachers of the state out of the pub
lic property fund, which tho con
stitution declares must be used
only for the payment of the bond
Tim state treasurer’s contentions
were sustained in every point the
court passed on. It was hold that
he could not use the monoy, even
temporarily, under the constitu
tion, for the purpose of paying tho
teachers. It was also held that the
$200,(XX) derived from the sale of
the Northeastern railroad, though
that property wus acquired suhse-
pient to the adoption of the con
stitution, is a part of the public
property fund und must bo so
On the question whothor thepro-
eds of the Northeastern railroad
sale are a part of the public prop
erty fund in this sense, Mr. Jus
tice Lewis dissonted, but on the
main question he agreed with the
rest of the bench that the public
property fund could not be used
for any purposo but the payment
of the public debt. The other the
justices agree on all the points.
This decision is a complete vin
dication of Treasurer Park in doing
what he believed to be his duty
under tho constitution.
bountiful city; paved streets,,
paved sidewalks, good bridges and
such delightful shade trees; ail
ideal city, of which all of her peo
ple would be proud.
These suggestions, Mr. Editor,
are offered solely that our people
may study the matter fully, and
wlmn the time arrives to give shapo
to their t houghts in a tangible
Win. Woodard, of Decatur, Iowa,
writes: “I wus troubled with kid
ney disoase for several yours and
four one dollar size bottles of
Foley’s Kidney Cure cured mo. I
would recommend it to anyone who
lias kidney trouble.” For sale by
PLENTY OF TEACHERS.
Commissioner Bennett Says All the
Schools Will Be Provldd for.
In speaking of the hard exami
nation on which so mauy touchers
failed, County Commissioner Ron-
nett said it had left a few schools
Said he, “there havo boen a
good many teachers in Ware with
temporary license. A good many
are coming in from other parts of
the state aud I anticipate that all
tho schools will have teachors
“Hereafter we will nottakoany
teachers into t.h« schools that do
not hold state, first or second
grade liconse. I am anxious to
raise tho grade of our schools and
tho best way to do it is to raise tho
grade of teachers.
“Thoso coming in from other
districts will infuse now blood and
new ideas into our system and will
bo of grout benefit to us.”
Allen Halverson, of West Prairie,
r i* , says: “People ccmc ten miles
to buy Foley’s Kidney Cure,” while
J. A. Spero, of Helmer, Ind., says:
“It is the medical wonder of the
age.” For sale by all dealers.
Revival Songs, No. 8, at Journal