The Atlanta Georgian.
VOL. 1. NO. 139
ATLANTA, GA., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1906.
KIDNAPERS OF CHILD
TO CUT OFF HIS HEAD
ABOARD YACHT, RUSSELL HOPKINS
MARRIES MISS VERA SIEGRIST;
UNLESS PAID $5,000 BLESSING A WAITS THE COUPLE
Gotham Sleuths and
8,000 Police Seek
LITTLE ONE’S FATHER
frantic with alarm
Keeps His Other Children
Locked Up to Save
yew York, Oct. 5.—A letter from the
kidnapers of 4-year-old Willie La Bar
bara. enclosing a lock of hie hair and
a threat that unless $5,000 ransom
was paid Immediately they would cut
off his head and send It,to the parents,
stirred the police to fresh action to
Scores of central office detectives
and 8,000 policemen were Instructed to
hunt tor the boy and his kidnapers.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank La Barbera, the
child's parents, were In a frenzy of
fear lest the threat be carried out, and
each ring of the door belt at S97 Sec
ond avenue, furnished a shiver of ter.
ror to their hearts.
The letter was written in Italian
and translated read:
"Enclosed you will And some of your
boys hair. Unless we receive the
$5,000 by Friday night you will receive
your boy's head In an express pack
The fnther, frantic with alarm, hur
ried to the police with the letter.
Mr. La Barbera said today, with
flashing eyes: "I will kill on sight the
man who stole my Willie. Ever since
Willie disappeared I have kept my
live other children under lock and key.
In some of tho letters that we have
received the kidnapers threaten to steal
my other children.”
John G. Newman Dead.
Special to The Georgian.
Slatesboro, On., Oct. 5.—John O.
Newman, who was stricken with pn-
Twenty Mangled Bod-
Blueflelds, W. Vo.. Oct. g.—All night
long rescuing parties searched for the
dead miners In the West Fork mine of
tho Pocahontas Coilleries Company and
up to early morning twenty burned and
mutilated bodies were brought to the
The company Is maintaining the ut
most secrecy and to obtain the names
or correct number of tho dead Is almost
Impossible. The number of dead Ib es
timated at from 75 to 100,
Were Blown to Bits.
Many of the bodies are literally blown
to pieces and It will be Impossible to
remove them from the mines.
Almost a dozen small boys serving
as telephone operators were Instantly
killed. One. Immediately after the ex
plosion, telephoned for aid, but died
A man named Brown and John Od-
ham were heroes who gave up their
lives to rescue their fellow workmen.
They again entered the mine, after
having escaped and failed to return.
Both leave large families.
Fifty Coffins Received.
Fifty coffins passed through Blue
flelds this, morning, en route to the
Pocahontas, which Is a typical min
ing town. Is In a fever of excitement.
Almost every mine In the Flat Top
Aeld has shut down and thousands of
people are rushing to the scene.
The cause of the explosion Is still a
mystery, as It < occurred three miles
back under the mountain. This Is the
worst accident sines 1*01, when an ex
plosion In the Babylon mine killed 187
men. Including rescuers. , .
NOW SEEMS ASSURED
Many at the Meeting
Wanted One Im
Bride Is Grand Daugh
ter of Multi-Million
MADE ON RIVER
Grandpa Lawrence Told of
Ceremony Over ’Phone
FUNSTON USES TROOPS
TO FORCE REBELS INTO
GIVING UP THEIR ARMS
Better Class of People in the Island Ex
pect, and Would Welcome, Annex
ation By United States.
By MANUEL CALVO.
Havana, Oct. 6.—Trouble has occur
red at several points today over the
disarmament of Insurgents. The tur
bulent elements object to surrender
ing their weapons and In several in-
•tsnees have forcibly tried to resist.
Guinea Is the point of the greatest dif
ficulty. and General Funston has dis
patched a detachment of marines there
10 Pteserve order and enforce disarm-
Rebels are surrendering their anti
quated blunderbusses to the United
ntntes authorities, while their service
"muggled home for use
In the next revolution. This Is no more
Hrlghton Beach, Oct. 5.—Here are the
resui,. Of loday's races:
Race—Loring, a to 1, won:
' Ilium 7 ,o 6> « eco nd; Gallant Dan.
third. Time 1:07 3-5.
*SK( OXO RACE—Colonel Fnntnlne,
’ . "on; Realm, 4 to 5, aecond;
°T rVe "' thlrd ' T,me 4:22
1J Race—Handseara, 1 to 20.
Tl ' U> to 1, out, second.
3 ‘ 5 - Only two starters.
RTH RACE—Far West, even.
. Geddlck, even, second:
$:™ 2 V VlUl ' le ' 2 ,0 2 > ,h,rd ' Tlme '
I R AC*—Sonoma Belle, fo to
l’,„ " ‘O'Perlon, 7 to 10, second: Wes,
stvn r A Tlm *i 1:49 1-6.
w,‘ m II ,. mo RA, ' E — M * rlpo "«. 8 1» 1.
10 , ,I£! n ’ £,)'<'»■ second; Jobstown.
’’ !. third. Time, 1:42 1-5.
Louisville, Oct. S.-Todays races re-
,u ;;ed as follows:
jhST Race—Royal Legend, 7 to
«' " n: Ml, ndl Lave, 4 to 1, second;
«£ ."V 10 *• th,rd -
*n„"\ UND RACE —Marendo, 2 to 1,
, - latlanunable, 2 to 1, second: Mae
I, —Princess Drna, 5 to
wi,i The Uan »man. 10 to 1, sec-
Fnrivr2 » «o 6, third.
' O1 «ros, < to 1,
Don D.'mo"."? 1 Bty - * to 2 - *«-ond;
ASSN?.*® *• third,
won lLv*Ao®—Froward, 20 to 1,
A 'fl>iit‘- »,o', mo AVJ* 10 *• “ cond:
''■■n X The n At ’?~ 8hlnln * 8,ap > 8 *° 6.
U. * to l uSfi"*- 2 tu »• •* cond : Ju-
than was expected.
Now that peace reigns and order la
being rapidly restored. Cuba, with a
sigh of relief, has sunk back upon the
broad bosom of Governor Taft. Ha
vana Is unanimous In the opinion that
annexation must come. President
Roosevelt’s promise of a new election
was made In good faith, but It Is not
believed that the time for the election
will ever arrive. Control by the United
States Is not expected to be relinquish
Educated business and professional
men of all nationalities In the Island
are unanimous In the belief that Cuba
is not At for self-government and that
the country's salvation depends upon
annexation. The middle class, small
farmers who were sufferers from th»
Insurrection, as well as the sugar and
tobacco Interests, favor annexation.
New York 000 400 020— 5 10
Boston 010 100 020— 4 6
Batteries: Orth and McGuire; Ober-
tin and Carrlgan.
Cleveland 120 000 200— 5 12 2
Chicago 200 007 00«— » 15 0
Batteries: Bernhard and Clarke;
White, Smith and Towne.
Detrolt-Bt. Louis game postponed;
Boston 100 000 204— 7 5 0
New York 000 010 000— 1 » 0
Batteries: Pfeifer and Brown; Ma-
thewson and Bowerman.
CHICAGO O'BRIEN WON *1,000
BY PUTTING UP $15,000
Brighton Beach, Oct. 6.—Chicago
O'Brien, the "prince of cinch” players,
as he Is known lln the betting ring and
among turf gamblers, outdid himself
this afternoon, when he got down $16,-
000 to win $1,000 on the Ally Handsara
In the third rare, where mares and Al
lies went three-quarters of a mile.
geor G ia~mTddy~”~ annapo l |8
Annapolis. Md., Oct. 5.—Midshipman
Henry C. Hamilton, a member of the
second class at the naval academy and
whose home Is In Dalton, Ga.. resigned
from the service today on account of
defective eyesight. His resignation
was accepted and tok effect at once.
G0VERN0RJ|LK8 B Ar^' FERER8
X n iS»Vt. «•—Governor
Jelks, today drew his warrant for II.-
000 on the treasurer for the storm suf
ferers of Mobile. This money comes
from the governor's contingent fund.
0 DR. HOPKINS WAS
0 VERY MUCH 8URPRI8ED.
0 "I didn’t know a thing about 0
O Russell's marriage," said Dr. J. O
0 R. Hopkins Friday morning, "un- O
0 til I was called up from a news- 0
0 paper office and asked about It. 0
O “Russell's mother didn't know O
O anything about It either. She Is 0
0 at the St. Regis, you know. 0
0 "I Just returned from New 0
0 York, and Russell hadn't said O
0 anything about It when I was up 0
0 there. O
O • ”1 haven't heard anything from 0
O him yet. I don’t know where he O
0 Is going on,his honeymoon. 0
0 "It certainly was a surprise to 0
O me.” 0
New York. Oct. 5.—Dr. J. J. Law
rence has changed his mind. He con
cluded this afternoon that he would
not Journey to Peeksklll In search of
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hopkins, but
would stand In readiness to bestow his
blessing upon them as tfiim as they
came within blesslpg distance.
The millionaire manufacturer of med
icines made known his Intention when
he reached his ofAce In As tor court.
"I will receive my granddaughter—
of course/ I will,” he said. Mr. Hop
kins, of Atlanta, so far as I know, Is
a proper young man and I know of no
reason why there should be an elope
ment. As a matter of fact, we had no
Intimation that they were In love, so
we had no chance to object. Yesterday
1 got a 'phone and a feminine voice
•• ‘Orandfalher, we're married.’ Then
the wire stopped working and that's
all I know except that my grand
daughter has not been home since night
before last night.”
SCORE ARE INJURED BY
to Propery By Fury
of the Storm.
New Orleans. La., Oct. 6.—The tor
nado which struck the city this morn
ing left a trail of destruction about
eight miles long. No lives are so far
known to be lost. The price of cotton
sentimentally soared $4 a bale' higher.
The street railways uptown can not
operate because of trees and debris
In the streets. Telephone and electric
light wires are all out of order. The
storm had passed over within thirty
minutes and a calm prevailed after
ward almost deadly In Its Intensity.
New York. Oct. 6.—On the steam
yacht Uno somewhere up the Hudson,
Russell F. Hopkins, of Atlanta, Oa.,
nnd his bride, who was Miss Vera Sfe-
grls*., the granddaughter of Dr. J. J.
Lawrence, the multl-mllllonalre manu
facturer of medicines, whose home Ib
one of the show places of New York,
arc today on their honeymoon.
The wedding of the couple occurred
on the yacht off Poughkeepsie, while
the grandfather of the girl was dis
tracted over her disappearance from
his mansion, 1020 Fifth avenue, some
time between Wednesday night and
Missad at Breakfast
The Arst Intimation that the fam
ily of Dr. Lawrence had that Miss Ble-
grlst, the granddaughter, was not In
her room was when she failed to ap
pear for her breakfast, and a maid was
sent to Inquire If she was III. The
servant reported that the room was
empty and that neither Mips Slegrlst
nor her maid was to be found. Then
It was thought that perhaps the young
woman and the maid had gone for a
walk, but this was disproved by the
testimony of the servant In charge of
the great Iron doors of ths Lawrence
It then developed that In some man
ner. not yet made public. Miss Slegrlst
had managed to leave the house be
fore dawn. Later In the day, word was
received from Poughkeepsie that she
had become the bride of Mr. Hopkins.
Minister Came Aboard.
Miss Slegrlst bad cons straight from
New Orleans! Oct. 5.—A section of
Louisiana a hundred miles wide was
swept by a tornado shortly after 2
o’clock this morning,. and many
people were Injured. Besides,
many houses were blown down
and other damage done to the extent of
$200,000. The storm was most severe at
Pontchautou, 50 miles north of here.
At First and Magnolia streets a
house was demolished and a woman
and child hurt. A factory at Erato and
Magnolia streets Is also reported to
have suffered severely. Several per
sons were Injured by Aylng timbers. .
The tornado crossed the river near
Audubon park, swept In a northwest
direction over the city, crossing Canal
street to the west aide of L'Clalborne.
It was preceded by a thunderous noise.
Along Its whole path of three miles
more In the city damage was done.
Telephone and telegraph poles were
prostrated and communication with
many parts of the city was rendered
Impossible. Debris strewn along Its
track put the Peters avenue car line
temporarily out of business.
OF 3,499 1 TAGS
George Lyle, Express Mcs-
seuger, Fouud Guilty
Special to The Georgian.
New Orleans, Oct. 5.—New Orleans
was partially wrecked by a destructive
tornado at 2:12 o'clock this morning
and a score of people were Injured.
Twelve Injured have been taken from
the wreckage and are In the hospital,
No loss of life Is reported In the city,
but the destruction of property Is great.
The tornado Arst struck the upper
residence portion of the city, a score
of houses were torn' down and many
others unroofed, chimneys blown down
and. windows crushed In. The streets
were Ailed with 'debris.
Besides the residences demolished,
many factories and buildings In the
city and suburbs were wrecked.
The gas works were unroofed within
13 blocks Of Canal and Royal' streets,
and the stand pipe was blown down
The cotton-seed nil mill, near the gas
house, was demolished. The McArlllc
Foundry was destroyed, and the Jui
Hal LI skating rink was demolished.
Many residences In the vicinity of
tile skating rink, Milan and Carondelct
streets, were badly demolished.
Lousiana Town Wrecked.
The tornado struck Pontelatoula, La.,
60 miles from this city, at 9 o'clock,
carrying destruction to property and
four people are known to have per
The residence of Robert Hawes was
destroyed, killing Mr. Hawes and three
members of his family. Others are
believed to have perished.
Wires are tangled and details are
her home to the steam yacht of Mr.
Hopkins, which was lying off a con
venient point In the Hudson and Cap
tain Wells had made steam for Pough-
l<e wh»n the yacht Uno reached Pough
keepsie, a small boat was sent ashore,
and returned with the Rev. Dr. Oak
ley. of the First Methodist Episcopal
Church, jf that city. In the cabin of
the little steamer was the maid and
Captain Wells as witnesses, the ccrc-
Washlngton, Oct 5.—"If I had want
ed to be a thief I would never have
taken a package of tin tobacco tags
when I have hundreds of thousands
of dollars entrusted to my care all the
time,” dramatically declared George
Lyle, of Atlanta, Ga., before Judge
Mutlowny, after being found guilty of
stealing 2,499 such tags, valued at 1
cent each, from the Southern Express
Company, by whom hs Is employed as
■'Maybe It would have been wiser,'
the court ugreed, "for then you would
have been showered with bouquets.'
Company Misttd Tags.
For months past the company has
been missing packages of these togs,
which have a ready sale through Dixie
land. and are bought and sold by mes
sengers as a “side line.”
Suspicion fell upon Lyle. Obtaining
a decoy box, Patrick Burns, agent of
the company, placed In It 2,499 tags
and sent It by ryessenger to Atlanta
from Joneaburg, addressed to Greens
boro. It was handed over to Lyle In
tact. The coal of his train was sprin
kled with vermllllon prior to starting
on the trip. Upon reaching Its desti
nation ths box was examined, and
small lumps of coal, bearing the tell
tale red die, were found substituted for
Arraigned by Court.
Lyle ends his run In this city, and
when he arrived yesterday he was
placed under arrest by OfAcer Warren,
his bag examined, and the tags dis
covered. The defendant seemed dosed
when brought Into the police court. He
swore he bad received the box, had
carried It safely to Winston-Salem,
pointed at the circumstantial nature
of the evidence and Intimated that
the messenger Co whom It was
Arst given and who k^ew Ite contents
could Just as well have substituted the
coal, ills own tags, he said, he had
bought In the South.
Judge Mullowny severely arraigned
him for ruining his career when he
received a good salary and Aned him
Dr. White Piles Up
REV. 0, J. ELLISON
CALLED AS PASTOR
Continued on Pago Two.
The Central Congregational church
has called a new preacher. Rev. D. J.
Ellison, D.D, formerly the pastor of a
large Baptist church In Indianapolis,
Ind. Dr. Ellison Is a celebrated preach
er and has always had congregations
Ailing the auditorium where he preach-'
He will deliver his Arst sermons here
next Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7:45 p. m.
All friends of the church are invited
to hear him.
Dr. John E. White, pastor of the
Second Baptist church, strongly ar
raigned the city council for refusing
to hear his protest against the re
licensing of certain saloons. In his ad
dress before the meeting at the Wes
ley Memorial Church Friday morning.
Dr. White showed how he had appear
ed before the council to make a pro
test against Bluthenthal A Blckert,
liquor dealers, and had been refused a
hearing through the objection of one
councilman on the ground that It
would be discourteous to the commit
tee. He said:
"I went to the city council Monday
afternoon to make objection to sev
eral saloons applying for license. I
supposed I was acting In accordance
wllh the usual liberty which bas per-
mlted citizens and attorneys who rep-,
resented something to bo heard before
those who are our representatives. I
represented by commission the entire
evangelical ministerial body, t repre
sented the conservative prohibition
sentiment of the city which had con-
Adence that the council would act
sympathetically with the cttlsens and
their desire to close up objectionable
Want to Object.
'I was denied the privilege of object
Ing to nny part of the police commit
tee’s report. By the rulo of the
clt the objection of a single member
la sufficient to debar. One member
objected to any citizen's being heard,
He did It. he sahl, on the ground that
It would be discourteous to the com
mittee. No opportunity, of course,
was allowed to explain my failure to
meet with the committee.
"I went to that meeting especially
to oppose the license to the Bluthrn-
thal A Blckert Company on the ground
that they conducted a disreputable
whisky business and the dtlsene of At'
lanta had Indicated no exceptions t.
their demand that disreputable houses
should be denied license.
"I was prepared with documentin’
evidence to snow and prove to the
council that Bluthenthal A Blckert had
been conducting a disreputable whisky
Chargss of Fraud.
"First, That their record was tainted
with charges of fraud against the reve
nue laws, of which fact the police com
mlttee was cognisant.
Second, That they were shown In
the South Carolina dispensary Investl-
S atlon to have corrupted one of the
Ispensary officials by bribery
•This fact wop published In The Co
It is significant also to know that
ths member of tho firm who was
purchasing tho furniture that went to
this dispensary official tried to got tho
firm of Chsmborlin-Johnson-DuBoco
Company, from which ho purchased, to
bill it st a different pries from tho real
price paid, which that firm refused to
do. They not only wanted to corrupt
tho dlspsnsary official, but to chest
him as well.'
•Third, I was prepared to show that
Bluthenthal A Blckert were deluging
Decatur and Peters streets with con
coctions of whisky, so called. I had
the certified statement of Mr. Mc-
Candlees that their whisky which was
submitted to him as state chemist with
out his knowing whose product It was
and that he pronounced It In nls own
-Am •.irtlflr'fnl * mod« Ot COIOtfllC
REV. JOHN E. WHITE .
Campaign Committee of Ten
Is Appointed to Start ,
Work. j , \
words 'artificial,' made
spirits' and. 'caramel'
Own Most of Dives.
"Fourth, I was prepared to show that
Bluthenthal A Blckert were the real
proprietors and promoters of the great
majority of the dives and disreputable
negro saloons In Atlanta which the
citizens' meeting demanded should be
put out of business. That they were
In the business of fostering and
soreadlng these 'dives' In Atlanta.
”1 was certain at that time If these
proven facts about Bluthenthal A
Blckert were shown to be true about
a whisky business on Decatur street
the council would without hesitation
refuse to license It. In consistency
they would deal with big and 1 little
alike I thought. Still I know that at
least three of the special committee
which brought In the report recom
mending Bluthenthal A Blckert knew
all these fsete as well as I knew them
and did not doubt them any more than
I doubted them Whether the other
members of the committee or council
knew them I cannot say, but I do
know this—the council was denied the
privilege of Information backed up by
reputable cltisens and convincing
proofs with regard to the license of
Bluthenthal A Blckert that the city
had the right to have and which I as
citizen had the right to submit to
MAN HAS CLOSE CALL
IN BURNING BUILDING.
Spencer, N. C„ Oct. 6.—Two dwell
ings belonging to H. F. Hedrick and
Mrs. C. II. Hoover were burned here
at an early hour this morning. The
An election to determine whether or
not the sale of Intoxicants In Fulton '
county shall be prohibited will be held
In the coming spring, If the determine. .
tlon expressed at a meeting of citizens.
Friday morning Is carried out. A com* I
mlttee of ten prominent men has been
appointed to take the campaign active-^
ly In charge.
The meeting was held at the Wesley |
Memorial church at 10 o'clock. The.
auditorium was half Ailed with strong 1
advocates of prohibition. Ministers of;
nearly every church In Atlanta, busi
ness and professional men, one leader.
among the better element of negroes— i
all were united on the prohibition ques
tion. The only battle was over the ;
time of the election.
When the meeting opened tho sentl-,
ment was clearly for Immediate ac
tion. Several speakers mado an ap- j
peal for an election to be held as soon :
as a call could be Issued, and protested
against any delay. That a more de
liberate course was pursued was due to
the calm and powerful address of Dr.
John E. White, pastor of tho Second
Baptist church, than to any other coun
sel. When he had spoken the leaders
of the movement for an early election
withdrew their former motions and
took his counsel.
Three elements were noticeable. One
favored action at once, while the pro-
hlbtionlsts might tako advantage of the
tide which swept over Atlanta during
the recent trouble, and which has In
dorsed the closing of tho saloons. An
other urged a postponement until after
the next session of the legislature,
when tho negro might be disfran
chised and his vote eliminated from the
prohlbtlon light. Another opposed any
sudden and hasty movement, yet ad
vised against the delay necessary to
wait for the legislature, together with
the uncertainty of what that body
might do. It was the third which pre
dominated at tho close, nnd the reso
lution calling for an election In the
spring, and leaving the date to be
set by the committee, was adopted
unanimously after a long discussion.
The resolution was presented by Dr.
M. J. Cofer.
The committee of ten named by Dr.
Cofer Is composed of tho following:
■ M. R. Emmons, chairman; Wheeler
Mangum, Rev. J. D. Gunn, T. H. Jones,
W. L. Randall. Jeromo Sllvey, A. W.
Farllnger, A. It. Holderby, Rev. G. E.
Dowman, Lee Douglas.
Dr. Cofer made an eloquent address
In favor of his resolution. I. E. Gar
rett. an Instructor In a correspondence
school, who has taken an especial In
terest In the prohibition question, spoke
passionately for Immediate action. He
was received with npplause, which
showed the sentiment of the meeting
at that time. Mr. Gnrrett roasted the
elty council In caustic terms and said
that the revocation of tho licenses hod
been merely a trick to gain an excuse
for reissuing the whole list.
Dr. John E. White took the Aoor and
made a powerful argument for delib
eration and organization before jump
ing Into a campaign.
"Eventz are speedily shaping them
selves," ha said, "which' can have no
other Issue but an election. But I be-
the foundation hrmly In tho publlo
mind and organizing In a way to In-
■ nr* ■iipi'AM ”
Dr. White took up his visit fo the
city council, where he was refused a
hearing. When he stated that one
councilman had opposed his speaking
there were cries of “Name! Namel”
from the house, but Dr. White con
tented himself by stating that ths
councilman had given as his reason for
objection that It would be a discour
tesy to bear before the council a speak
er who had not appeared before the
committee. Dr. White arraigned tho
Bluthenthal A Blckert Company. His
remarks on this subject are given in
"Must Move Calmly."
'My brother has said we must move
In God's way,” continued Dr. White,
'but unless I have read wrongly God
has always taken time to do His work.
It Is very easy to say, 'Jump out nnd
let's have an election,' but bow fool
ish, how certain of disaster! In-the
face of the earnest rounset given us
by reasonable and InAuentlat men. It
you precipitate this election now you
will And yourself deserted by the men
you most need."
Several speakers followed. Secretary
J. C. Solomon, of the Anti-Saloon
League, withdrew his amendment
looking toward an election In March
and permitted the resolution to pass as
Other speakers counseled deliberate
action. Henry H. Proctor, a leading
negro minister, was Invited to the
stand and applauded as he pledged the
support of the better class of negroes
to the prohibition cause. He affirmed
that two-thirds of the negro voters of
Atlanta would stand with the prohibi
tion leaders In the coming fight
Are originated In the Hedrick building
and la believed to.have been the work
an Incendiary. Hedrick Is In Jail
awaiting a trial for the killing of Gray
\\ :.|r i h-if last pi.ni!, and a broth-
who was sleeping alone In the
house last night, had a narrow escape
from burning to death. W. H. Burton,
a Are commissioner. Is making un in