The Greenville Banner. (Greenville, Tex.), Vol. 31, No. 26, Ed. 1, Wednesday, May 21, 1902 Page: 1 of 8
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THE GREENVIELE .BANNER.
Office on Wafhluctoti Btreet. Pnbllihed weekly and entered at.the-postofflce at Greenville ai a lecond-clasj mall matter.
GEEENVIIiLE HUNT COUNTY TEXAS WEDNESDAY MAY 21 1902:
I Boys' Summer Clothing.
We think the Boys' Clothes sbotild be made as well if IJJJ
g not "betterthah men's. because they are put to harder g
- test. Our boys clothes are made by manufacturers who -
. think as we do. That its why our clothes last longer. -
-- keep their shape and" give better satisfaction all rouDd. . -
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A CYCLONE AT tOLUD.
Ninety Persons Reported
tei m amm weie suvm.
' . - - 3K H
uTcjaoie Came From the Soaikeaitaad
- Coapletdjr DeaoHsied a Strip Akt
Two Blocks WMeTtowihtkeWWe
West Part of tte Towa.
0oia3 Tex. Mayl8. Ninety
are aead. Over a hundeed are
wounded- Inaddition there is a
pping wound in the town the
jath of one of the most destruc-
tive cyclones ever knownin Texas.
It struck this place about 3:45
o'clock this afternoon lasting
only about five minutes leaving
death and disaster everywhere in
' its wake.
It came from the southeast
without a warning completely
demolishing a strip about two
.blocks wide through the whole .of
the western part of the tqwj
about a mile long.
Among the many houses demo
lished are the Baptist church end
rmrRonace. iust built Methodist
church and a colored church.
It is impossible to estimate the
number of houses destroyed but
it is thought the number will
reach one hundred. Damage
done cannot be approximated
but it is very great.
About all of the human dead
and wounded have been taken
The path of the devastation is
."strewn with all kinds ot
Heiris and dead and wounded
The nitiful crv and groans of
tie many wounded is heard every
where and at times is heartrend
Information from the country
I' a ri:1 ; tn th offWk
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that no damage was done.
A snocial train bearing the
O'Connor Guards six physicians
nurses and many volunteers camo
from Victoria and also a special
-from Cuero bringing physicians
druggists and volunteers. Al
though everything is done for the
relief of the wounded cries for
physicians and medical attention
are everywhere heard.
I can savo you money on drngs
.'Sundries. perftfm6ry stationery
tablets and window glass for cash.
O. E. "Wickeb.
Hake old furniture look new
varnish stains at O. E. Wicker's.
Stylish ?j)iece-knee pant Norfolk Soils in almost any
color you could want from $4.00 to $5.C0
2 and-3 piece suits stylishly made of excellem-material
several colors lined and unlined from $2.50 to $3.50
vv'elimade double-breasted 2-piece suits Bolid colors
and neat designs ages 9 to 16
JOHN COLLIER CAUGHT.
Wanted in the Territory on
Charges of Serious Nature.
Deputy Sheriff Jim McSpadden
otirt PnhKAman Tnm 1 riorum ar- I
rested. John Collier MondolU-.
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wanted at Caddo 1. J.'. -JLUe ot-
ficeia had notice of him and were
on the look out for him.
The sheriff had a letter from
officers in the Territory stating
that he is also wanted for the
abduction of Maude Wall a white
girl thirteen years ot age. He
had the girl with him. Soon after
his arrest S. G. Wall a brother
of the girl showed up. and told
the officers that he had been on
Collier's trail and never expected
to rtop until hewas caught.
Collier is in jail and will be
taken to the Territory and turned j'
over to the authorities there.
Storm at Alba. i
There was a destructive wind)
storm at Alba between Emory ana
"Innntt nn tlo Vinnnln dlTlBinn OI
the Katy about four o'clock. Sun-
day afternoon. Several houses were
wrecked and two or three completely
demolished. English's drug store
near the depot- in which the tele
phone exchange was located was
torn to pieces and Mr. English was
quite painfully hurt;. It' was thought
at the time that his injuries did not
amount to anything but Monday
morning he was reported to be .suf-
fering greatly. There was also
quite a blow at Mineola the school
honss being unroofed other honses
wrecked and trees "blown down.
Mrs. Burns' Statement.
Mrs. Burns' of f Cash against
whom camplaint was made a few
days ago chargmg her with beating
her child called at The Baskeh
office Saturday morning.- She
brought with her herlittle four-ear-old
boy in order thai the people
might see whether or not the child
had suffered undue violence. She
admits whipping the child on the
day charged but denies being brutal
and to prove her statement asked
an examination. No lacerations or
bruises were visible except two on
the leg which she says were caused
in a fall and not by the whip. Mrs.
Bums feels that she has been un-
justly accused and is anxious to set
herself aright before the people.
N. L. Kitchens has been appoint-
ed postmaHer at Jacobia.
Carriage and wagon paint cheap
for cash at C. E. Wicker's.
prices from.-. .$1.00 to. $2.50
I JLBU JUUUJ I
by Superintendent Tan Ambi
and the first address was by F.
Adams on "The Gulf Stream."
was very instructive and evideq
much research and thought.
"Progress and Principles of
Present .'" was eloquently a
b ' A
Henry u. nams' meme was -JHe WM married.
Virility of the American CnaracW pdy B young mm aboal 35
It was a very impressive addr Jgf a WM raJed fiere oi
and the speaker-paid a high tnbu
to the nobiMy ana granaeur ci
"Ambition!' . by B. M. Clay
an earnest enori ana uPP0nniadadimcultv with Policemen
strongly to the young. f Fanikner which appears to
The.address ol Paul G. Thoto havo gt0Vfa out ol complaints
son on "A Century of SpecialiL by the officer agamat' parties
argud the necessity of a yojtor yiting the ordinance against
man devoting himself to one inact drivers soliciting patronage on
fession if he wished to become Lhe piatform at the depot
aent but that he should inf j 1 eming trial of Peddy was
himself about everything to k to begjn at 10 O'coct Monday
from becoming a crank. 'morning but it was 1120 before
"Southern Heroes" was a splecthe examination of witnesses began
subject admirably handled-by BThe greatest interest is taken in the
Toungblbod. He showed himcase and the court room is crowded
to be thoroughly informed on to suffocation with people anxious
history of Uhe south and paid Ho hear every word of the teati-
tnbntes to the southern heimony.
and statesmen from Washingto The 1 state is represented by County
Lee. ' Attorney Mead assisted by Hon. B.
Oscar S. Tenley's speech on F. Looney and the defense by
Repair and Improve
The county commissioners Issued
an order Friday looking to mak-
ing extended repairs and improve-
ments on tho court house. It
contemplates to clean repair and
plaster all inside walls to clean re-
pair and paint all door and window
lacings and doors and windows in
fact all wood surfaces. To place
steel ceilings in all rooms and the
balls below. The outside surfaces
will also be cleaned and the trim-
mings painted; the roof will also be
repaired and painted.
For this work sealed bids will be
received to be opened and consider-
ed by the commissioners in special
session to bo held May 22nd. It is
contemplated also to increase the
vault capacity by adding a vault in
the district court room. The im-
proment was not fully determined
For Sale at Half Price.
One J. I. Case horse power
thresher complete and also one
automatic: Taylor steam aaparator
complete. Both in good running
order; been run two seasons each.
Write or meet me at Greenville
on the first Monday in June.
ltw-p Jas. Blasikoajie.
THE KILLING OF TOOMBS.
An Unfortunate Tragedy at the Katy
.Depot Saturday Night.
SflOr 70 DEATH BY JAMES PEDDY.
There WeteVtro Flthts Jmt as the Train
Came In Md There Was a ureal Crowd
Prewct and There are Many Rumors
Tn Regard to the Affair.
There was a shocking and un-
fortunate; tragedy at the Katy depot
Saturday'evening about 6:45 o'clock
on the arrival of the southbound
flyer uAflaich John Toombs was.
shot and instantly killed by James
Both men were well known and
popular and the affair is deeply de-
plored. Toombs was of the firm of
Toombs & Thompson and was en-
gaged in the transfer business.
Peddy was in 'the employ ot Yelvin
& Cameron and solicited business
on incoming trains.
Only one shot was fired. The
bullet entered near the left collar
bone and passing through the body
came out under hia 'right Bhoulder.
Toombs feildead and Peddy. got
in a cab; came up town and sur-
rendered himself to the authorities
Toombs body was .taken to Lasater
& Harrison'sundertaking establish-
ment and prepared for burial and
was Bent' to Baltimore Hi where
he has relative on the 1:40 north
bound Katytrain yesterday after-
noon Heww a Bed Man and the
members of ibat order escorted his.
n - way - - yM&fe. -5aAsissfi.;
to Greenvillejabout-" seven years ago
and was well'liked by his associates.
family. He is of pleasing ad-
jareg8 3 hfta many friena8
JtlBt preceding the killing of
JToombs Peddy and Malcolm Harri-
Bennett & Jones.
The story of the affair is best'
told by the witnesses which appears
George Thompson: I knew John
Toombs. He is dead. I saw the dif-
ficulty at tho time he was killed. It
occurred at tho Katy depot about 7'
o'clock on Saturday evening the 17 th.
Hewas shot by Jim Peddy; I
knew John Toombs for about six
years. I was well acquainted with
Peddy at the time of the killing. I
first saw Peddy on the evening of
the killing about ten minutes before
it happened going from the depot
up the track to meet the south
bound flyer. John Toombs was at
that time at the depot with his cab
but don't know his exact where-
abouts. Immediately after the
train came Peddy had a difficulty
with Policeman John Faulkner
which I saw. The fight between
Peddy and Faulkner began about
eight or ten feet north of the bag-
gage room and three or four feet
from the train; which stopped at its
usual place at the depot The first
I.saw of the fight Peddy was strik-
ing Faulkner. I heard no conver-
sation betireen them. Malcolm
Harriicn was also engaged in the
difficulty .fighting Faulkner. They
fought awhile at that place when
Faulkner got lokse and ran 'in the
baggage room. The difficulty was
renewed in the baggage room and
when J saw them in there Peddy
and Harrison; were both striking
Faulkner. Faulkner got loose
from them' in the baggage room
and ran out at the east door
and went down the street I did
not see him- any more that .evening
During that difficulty John. Toombs
was around the depot near where
they were fighting standing close
by his cab at the L. of the platform.
During the difficulty with Faulkner
outside the baggage 'room I caught
Malcolm Harrison and told him not
to beat up the boy. He told me to
turn him loose and I thought he was
going to jump- on me and let him
go. John Toombs had nothing to
do with thai difficulty They asaid
nothing to him and he said nothing
to them. After the difficulty 1 went
out at the east door of the baggage
room to where John Toombs was
standing near his cab in front of his
horses. Toombs said nothing about
the difficulty but we talked .-about
ourbusiness. His cab was standing
parallel with the railroad facing
south. We were on the west side
of it While we were standing there
Peddy came up in front of us. I
never saw Harrison. I never saw
Peddy until he stepped up in front
of Toombs and myself. Peddy says
"do you want any of it" I
dont know who ho was talking to. I
suppose he intended the remark for
both of us. He was in about two
feet of us. I made no answer but
John saya "No 1 don't want any
trouble. Peddy said asjgell as. I
axqiffnlnif. 'TT nrin -irLIjCyTlrefort)
you can turn round" or something
of the kind and at the same time
Peddy struck: Toombs in the face
with his Sst After Peddy struck
Toombs they went together and
scuffled about three feet from
where they were standing when
Jim Peddy pulled his gun and shot
him. Peddy seemed to have his
pistol in his hip pocket He drew
it from there. One shot was fired..
When the shot was fired they turned
loose from each other and John
reeled and fell. Toombs did not
Bay anything after he was shot and
after he had fell. Peddy said
"D n you what will you do now?"
This was the language of Peddy as
I understood it. During the fight
between Toombs and Peddy I did
not see Malcolm Harrison until after
I took Toombs into the baggage
room. Never;paidany attention to
anyone around but the hackdrivers
Lon Hawkins Earl Duff Wilbur
McElreath.DrGamett and plenty of
other people there but did not know
anyone else. Before the difficulty
John Toombs was quiet and in a
good humor. While Peddy was
fighting with Faulkner he did not
say anything. Malcolm Harrison
said "go after him; I am the mean-
est that ever walked
the streets." While Peddy and
Toombs were clinched I did not see
Toombs with a knife' did not see
Toombs have or use a knife or any
other weapon. I examined the de-
ceased and found besides the bullet
wound a bruise under the chin and
one under the side of the jawv Bul-
let wound was about an inch below
the collar bone on the left side and
came out on the right side a little
back ot the arm and about thre
inches below where the arm joins
the body. Did not see the bullet
after it was found. Pistol looked as
if it was against the body when it
was fired. No powder bums on the
body. Last time L saw Toombs
weighed his weight was 126 pounds
weight ran from 125 to 135 and
he was under an average sized man.
At this point the state .closed with
the witness and the attorneys for
the defense' asked that the testi-
mony be resd and corrected before
the cross examination was entered
CrossExamination: Toombs lived
in Greenville a little over six. years
He came from Blinois; I think he'
was raised in Illinois; had been en-
gaged in transfer-business ever since
he came here; I had been engaged
in the transfer business with Toomba
nearly three years at Toombs '
death the style of the firm was
Toombs & Thompson. I have a '
family but Toombs has none;
Toombs was about 38 years old I
have been living in one of Toombs
places and now reside on one of
them. There is another transfer
line in Greenville owned by Jim
Velvin and Marvin Cameron and the
defendant was working for them
it was the defendants duty to board
incoming passenger trains takec' up
baggage checks and solicit passeng-
ers for the transfer line. I think
Yelvin & Cameron's transfer compa-
ny had a contract with the railroad
company to solicit business on their
incoming trains; our transfer line
had no contract with the railroad
company authorizing us to board
their trains. Faulkner with whom
the defendant had a difficulty
is the railroad policeman at the.Katy .
depot and has authority from the
city to act as railroad police; I sup-
pose there were fifteen or twenty-
people standing around near the
baggage room where the people get
on and off; don't know how many
people theie were on ihe depot
platform south of the baggage room;
I paid no attention. I never saw
the defendant after he went up
toward the coal shute about ten
minutes before the difficulty arose
until 1 saw him fighting with. John
Faulkner; I stood alone in the L
just north oj th? beggcgG -Song"
"Up". fotnunune"l--hadTict"seen Mr.
Toombs at the Katy depot I was
standing in dew of his carriage and
mine and did not see him about
there. The last time I saw Malcolm
before the difficulty arose he and
Peddy were at the Beckham hotel
just before we went to meet the 6:15
train. I left the Midland depot
about 6:20 and arrived at the Katy '
about twenty minutes before the.
Katy flyer came in. I saw John
Faulkner talking to Jim Peddy
near thecoal shute some four or five
minutes before the first difficulty
arose. The next time I saw
John Faulkner they were fighting.
I had been in the baggage room
and was coming around and was
near the D when I saw the fighting. '
I had been in the baggage room
three or four minutes and the only
persons I saw in the baggage room
was the baggageman and one or two
others. I bad no conversation or
heard any with anyone. I saw Mr.
Toombs just after I came out of the
baggage room and just about the
time Lnoticed the difficulty between
Peddy and Faulkner he was stand-
ing near his cab. I don't know'
what Toombs did during the fight.
I did not hear any words between
Faulkner and defendant; they were
fighting when I came up. Faulkner
and Peddy were fighting three or...
four minutes; fought from north to
northwest comer of baggage room
which covered ten or fifteen feet I
saw Malcolm Harrison there and he
was fighting Faulkner. During this
difficulty there was considerable of
a crowd pushing around and a right
smart excitement. Lon Hawkins was
the only one in the crowd I remember
seeing whom 1 knew; I tried to sep-
arate them after Faulkner had got
loose and just as he ran into the the
baggagr room I caught Malcolm
Harrison; went into the baggage
room where they renewed "the fight :
but made no effort to separate them
There was a big crowd in there but
I don't remember noticing anyone I
knew; T saw both Harrison and
Peddy strike Faulknerr I was excit-
ed some but can't say that the
crowd was excited. I did hot see
them push up against anybody. I
did not see Tombs during this diffi-
culty. After the boys ran into iho
baggage room when the fight was
over T went back to where Toombs
costisued oh nrrn paqe.
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