The Alto Herald (Alto, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 12, Ed. 1 Friday, February 28, 1908 Page: 2 of 8
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the: alto herald
T. M. McCLURE, Proprietor.
DEATH FOR 5T0ESSEL
COURT MARTIAL CONDEMNS A
COMMANDER TO DEATH.
TEXflSi NEWS ITEMS.
The hill has passed the ITousi
making Port Arthur a ]>>>rt of cntrj
A. 0. ('handler. aged fifty years j
h native of I'oil in ('on nt v Mini a lead-1
ing McKinney lmsino.-^ man for ovei
twenty-five your.-, <1 it <1 Friday.
San Angela is given a populatioT
of 12,.'500 by the in w directory now
being delivered to subscribers. Thh
is regarded as a very conservative es-
Her clothing catching on lire while
her mother was gone from the room,
two-year-old Katy Lee, was fatally
burned at her parents' home ileal
Two hundred thousand feet o!
ASKED FOR NO ftLLOWANCES
Commutation in Vicv/ of Past Services,
Is Recommended—Others Escape
St. Petersburg, Feb. 21. — Lieu-
tenant General Stoessel was con-
demned to death yesterday evening
by a military court for the surren-
der of I'ort Arthur to the .Japan-
General Fock, who commanded
the Fourth East Siberian Division of
I'ort Artliui', was ordered reprimand-
ed for a disciplinary offense, which
was not connected with the surren-
der, and General Smirnoff, acting
commander of the fortress, and Ma-
, " ". " i ii 11 jor (ieneral ltciss, chief of staff to
inn her were burned at the null ol , ... , •t „„
... „ „ , .General Stoessel, were acquitted on
Barton & Sons at Garrison Iast|n , ' -
week. It caught from the dry kiln.
Free mail delivery will he insti-
tuted in Denton on May 15, accord-
ing to a letter to Mayor Simmon?
from First Assistant s Postmastei
General Frank 11. Hitchcock.
the charges against tlicni for lack of
proof. The court: recommended that
the death sentence upon Lieutenant
General Stoessel be commuted to ten
years' imprisonment in a fortress,
and that he be excluded from the
General Vodar, President o£ the
A negro man was shot throng! i court, read the sentences amid a
the head and killed at Mart Sun- j tonne silence.
dav morning, after having madfj By 11 great, effort of self-control
General Stoessel maintained a rigid,
soldier-like impassivity. General
three attempts to break into ihe res-
idence of a citizen at that place.
Several of the students who re-
cently withdrew from the Agricul-
tural and Mechanical College at
College Station have made applica-
tion for entrance to the State Uni-
The agricultural committee reporl
will authorize but one weather bu-
reau building for Texas, and that
will he at Abilene, for which Kepre-
sentntive Smith has been working,
it will cost $15,000.
Preparations have been complet-
ed for the thirty-third..semi-annual
meeting of the County Judges' and
Commissioners' Association of Tex-
as, which will meet in Dallas on
~y 2 iiiid /v 1.
The Knights of Columbus at Aus-
tin have, been advised of the accident-
al death of Hev. Father Sanion, for-
merly associated with St. Edwards
College, Austin. Father Sanion was
struck by a street car.
The City Council of Hubbard City
has appropriated $500 towards the
movement to convert the public
square into a public park and to
erect thereon an auditorium for pub-
lie meetings of all kinds.
F. Klopp of Denison and six oth-
ers interested are negotiating for
20,000 acres of land near Denison
on which to locate a colony of Ger-
man Catholich. The land is to be
divided among 150 families.
Work on the foundation of the
John H. Reagan monument at Pal-
estine began last Wednesday morn-
ing at the corner of Houston Street
and Avenue A. The monument when
completed will cost about $8000.
S. E. Nickey has filed suit in the
Nineteenth District Court at Waco
for $10,000 damages against the Cot-
ton Pelt Railroad, alleging that he
received permanent injuries while
loading stock at Axtell, by the plat-
form breaking and throwing him
The School Board has let the con-
tract. for the new public school
building for Stamford. The struc-
ture w ill be of brick, and when com-
pleted w ill cost about $30,000. Con-
struction w ill begin on the building j ton.
Smirnoff also was seeminu'lv mi
moved, but there were tears in the
eyes of General Heiss.
The sentence of death was pro-
nounced upon General Stoessel "for
surrendering the fortress before all
the menus of defense had been ex-
hausted, for failing to enforce his
authority, and for military misde-
Commutation of the sentence was
asked on the ground that. "I'ort Ar-
thur, beset by overwhelming forces,
defended itself under General Stoes-
sel's leadership with unexampled
stubbornness and tilled the world
with astonishment at the heroic
courage of the garrison; that several
hurt Ijrvn r<i|mJ«j.<l will, l*v
mendous losses on the part of the
enemy; that Genoral Stoessel, all
through the seige, had maintained
the heroic courage of the defenders,
and, finally, that lie bad taken ener-
getic part in three campaigns."
TO SAVE ORGANIZATION.
Harvie Jordan Is Again Elected Presi-
Dallas, Feb. 21.—With the hope of
saving the organization from threat-
ened disruption, llarvie Jordan of
Atlanta, Ga., again accepted the of-
fice of President of the Southern
Cotton Association last night. His
salary and office expenses were fixed
at $i0()0 per year, and each cotton
State pledged itself to pay $50 for
every 100,000 bales of cotton raised
Walter Clark of Mississippi was
elected Vice-President and F. 1).
Smith of South Caroline was elect-
ed general organizer. The selection
of the Secretary and the Treasurer
was left with the President. The
President and Mr. Smith wore select-
ed as delegates to the convention of
master spinners of Europe to be held
in Paris, France, in June.
The convention proper adjourned
yesterday afternoon, after a two days'
session. Wilmington, N. C., was se-
lected as the next place of meeting,
which will be held in August, lint-
ton W. Suniners of Dallas delivered
an address on the downfall of (ram-
bling in cotton futures, and plead-
ed for co-operative maketing in cot-
William Lewis of Hio Grande
City, ex-District Clerk and school
teacher, fatally shot himself with a
15-ealiber pistol. The verdict of the
Coroner was that lie had killed him-
self bv shooting.
William Woods, a ne'.To, aged
fifty-six years, died suddenly while
sitting iu a chair in his room in a :
cottage near the cement works in
West Dallas. He was employed at
the works, and appeared to have ex-
John Heboid of Galveston was shot
and killed Saturday afternoon at the
house of Emma Groos. Jean van do
Abbieller surrendered to the officers.
Moth men aro of frecoil blood, and
Gshermen by occupation.
15. D. Smith of South Carolina de-
livered the chief address of the meet-
ing, pleading for organization, and
declaring that supply and demand
is a myth. The arbiters of price, he
declared, are organization, the con-
suming power of the world, the cost
of production and the price of cot-
ton substitutes. He said that diver-
sified farming in the South was onlv
possible to the extent of providing
for home consumption, and that cot-
ton is the one exporting crop.
A system of cotton certificate? in
times of financial stringency as out-
lined by C. II. Jenkins was adopted
B. F. Looney, who has been a ten-
tative candidate for Attorney Gen-
eral. has announced that La lias with-
drawn from th>) race.
SOMETHING SEEMS A-DOING.
Locke & Locke Called on to Testify !
In re Charges Made.
Austin, Tex.. Feb. 25.—Commis-
sioner of Insurance Love addressed
a letter to Messrs. Locke & Locke of
Dallas which borders on the sensa-
tional. it calls or summons those
attorneys to appear here to give evi-
dence. to Commissioner oLvo in sub-
stantiation of a charge in their brief
in the Supreme Court that a vacan-
cy was created and tilled by a horde
of irresponsible companies. Messrs.
Locke are called upon to produce evi-
dence of this irresponsibility and re-
quested to wire answer if they will
appear on the day fixed. The lcttei
Messrs. Maurice E. and Eugene
P. Locke, Dallas, Texas,: Gentlemen
—In a recent printed brief in the
case of the Metropolitan Life Insur-
ance Company et al. vs. Thomas B.
Love, Commissioner of Insurance
and Banking, signed by the firm ol
Locke & Locke, of which, as I am
informed, you are the sole members, j
as counsel for the plaiuti«|s, there i.-
contained the following statement:
"By creating a vacuum to be
filled, it (the Robertson act) has
brought into Texas a horde of irre-
sponsible companies such as it never
knew before, save only the time, a
few years ago. when a Legislature
of good intentions by deficient infor-
mation put at every road crossing j
a fire insurance company without as-
sets other than its gaudy stationery.
The evil these concerns have done
will live after them."
After mature deliberation. 1 am
convinced that these assertions thus
publicly made constitute charges of
grave violations of the insurance
laws of this State, which it is my
duty as Commissioner of Insurance
and Banking to enforce. *' * * *
You will therefore consider this
letter due notice and summons to ap-
pear before me as Commissioner of
Insurance and Banking, at my office
in the city of Austin, at 10 o'clock
a. m., on Thursday, February 27,
1008, or at any earlier date that may
better suit your convenience, of
which you will inform me, for the
purpose of answering all questions
that may be propounded touching
the companies referred to in your
said brief before mentioned.
Nogl Sympathizes with Stoessel.
Cincinnnati, Ohio: On receipt of
the news of General Stoessel's con-
viction and sentence to death for his
conduct of the defense of Port Ar-
thur, the Cincinnati Times-Star sent
a cablegram to General Xogi asking
for a statement of his views. In re-
ply the Japanese leader said : "As a
soldier 1 deeply sympathize with
General Stoessel. 1 can not bear to
state my views."
FIVE PERSONS KILLED
SOMEBODY WAS CARELESS OP
GATEMAN OR DRIVER HI FAULT
Train Dashes Into Vehicle Killing
Four Persons and Badly Injur-
ing Four Others.
Spring Valley. N. ^ .. I'eb. A
foam-flecked pair oi horses that tore
through the streets yesterday, drag-
ging between them a splintered wag-
on pole, brought to the village the
first news of a grade crossing acci-
dent. in which nine members of it-
most prominent families were either
killed or terribly injured.
The runaway horses came to a stop
at the livery stable of George N ourig,
from whom they had been hired Ihe
night before to take a party of men
and girls to a basket ball game at
Returning in the early hours of
the day, this wagon load of merry-
makers was run down at a west Ny-
aek crossing by an Ontario and
Western express train. Four of the
party wefc instantly killed, two died
while being removed to the Hudson
Hospital at Hobokeu, N. •)., and the
other three lie in a serious condition
at. that, institution.
The gate on the side of approach
was broken down, but the opposite
gate was intact, and, if previously
lowered must have been hurdled by
the frightened horses after the wag-
on had been struck and torn from J
its pole. The horses were uninjured, j
England and Ireland Windswept.
London, Feb. 24. The northwest j
of England and the north of Ireland j
were swept suddenly Saturday after-1
noon by a wind of hurricane force,
accompanied by blinding storms of
hail, which left death and destruc-
tion in its path. In the Mersey Riv-
er a schooner was capsized and eight
persons drowned. Several small
steamers are reported in distress otT
Holyhead, and many small craft
have been driven ashore.
IVo less tlion one dozen grand-
stands in the designated area have
been blown down, with resultant in-
jury at several provincial points to
the people, who had gathered to wit-
ness football matches.
A train running between Burton
port and Donegal was blown off the
rails by the wind, while crossing a
viaduct, and into a hog beneath. The
passengers were rescued uninjured.
Arkansas Farmers Secure Loan.
Memphis, Tenn.: By a deal con-
cluded w ith Memphis banks $2,250,-
000 will be loaned to Arkansas farm-
ers, and 00,000 bales of cotton now
stored in that State will be stored
in that State will be stored and sold
direct to spinners through the Mem-
phis market. I?. II. McCollough of
Beebee, Ark., National Secretary of
the Farmers' Union, and It. C. West,
manager of the Farmers' Union
Cotton Company of Memphis, con-
ducted the negotiations.
The semi-annual meeting of the
Texas Hardware Jobbers' Associa-
tion will be held in San Antonio on
April 17 and 18. The members of
the American Hardware Manufac-
turers' Association will be invited to
Rule Now a Factory Town.
Hide: The oil mill is now in op-
eration, with a large force of men.
The mill will be run night and day.
This is Utile's first manufacturing
enterprise, and it is to be lighted
with electricity and have a complete
system of waterworks. The company
has purchased a large amount of
seed which will enable it to make a
full run. About thirty dwellings are
under construction, and a block of
brick business houses has just beeii
Boy's Neck Broken.
Thorndalc: Sunday night three
boys were going south from here on
horseback. They were riding in a
run, when the horse of one of the
boys got ahead of the others. When
they caught up with the horse the
boy was missing. They went back
and found Ihe boy dead, with his
neck broken. The dead boy and his
father were up near Thorndalc at
work on a new place which they had
bought. The boy's naiue is Walter
New York Tube Opened Tuesday.
New York: The century-old task |
of overcoming the water harriers i
that have separated Manhattan Is-1
land from the country of which it is i
the metropolis has at last been ac-
complished. The first tunnel jor
passenger traffic under the North or
Hudson Biver is now open to the
public. President Roosevelt, at the
executive .offices in Washington,
pressed a botton to signal the open-
ing of the tube, and the Governors
of New York and New Jersey par-
ticipated in the ceremonies.
Philip Edwards Chappell, former-
ly State Treasurer of Missouri and
Mayor of Jefferson City, Mo„ died
Sunday night, aged seventy years,
at his home in that city. He yvas an
authority on Missouri Hiver steam-
boating, and was actively engaged in
cattle raising in Western Texas.
Death from Dirty Bills.
New York: John McD. lTopkirk
is dead as the result of handling pois-
moncy. Mr. Ilopkirk was manager
of the Mills Hotel, and from money
which lie handled contracted malig-
nant scarlatina. Mr. Ilopkirk was
cashier of a hotel in which cheap
lodgings were given to the poor, and
in that capacity handled hundreds of
dirty, germ-laden bills, coming from
the slums of the city. Physicians
say there is no doubt about the
source of the disease.
Purse Snatchers Work in Train.
Dallas: S. Posey of Alabama re-
ported earlv Kundav morning to the
police that lie had been robbed of
$21G. He said that he was on a
train of the Texas and Pacific Rail-
way, westbound. At a point between
the two depots in this city a man
passed hirriedly by hi'tn and
snatched from him his pocketbook |
and the money it contained. Several i
persona on the train witnessed the i
TEXAS FRONTIER PENSIONS.
Defender of the Frontier From 1856
to 1S60 Now on List.
Wash ii gtoo, Feb. 22. Mr. Burle-
|„ lo pension the surviving
ollhers I enlisted men omploycil
in the d -use of the Texas frontier
between >5.-. and 1WI0. inclusive,
against M' xienn marauders and In-
,1km, de| Lit ions, lias been report-
ed favor. by the II ;-c Commit-
tee on I' sions.
'Pl,n 0 iincut "f this measuic
would be the culmination of more
than thrci e.i;- of \\. rk bv Mr. Bur-
It began with the introduction or
a bill to reimburse Texas for the
monev spe: in performing ibis serv-
ice, which is rcallx the dutv of the
IVderal eiim-eiif. That bill was
passed dm the first - -ion of the
Fiftv-Nint 1 -hum -s ill the face of
determined ippo-:: >n. and the
monev has en paid t>> the State
O f I i \ :' -. •
The rceo. i: ' i >ii of that claim on
the part of the federal Government
gave peiisioi >lc talus to the men
who were <- sted in the defensive
service, and the bill reported yester-
day is intend' •! to enable them t-
have th> ir names put on the rolls.
Mr. Burli's.'n i- confident that he
will get it thi" mil the House,
Austin-Lockhart Project Revived.
Austin: It i- expected that the
committi appointed by the Business
Lea lie in solii ,t funds for the pro-
jected Austin-Lukhart interurbafi
line will inaugurate its campaign
Moudav. The quiet passing of tho
Hurry and the gradual restoration
of normal conditions are expected to
facilitate the labor of the commit-
tee. 11 is understood that Lockhart
is prepared to donate at least $20,-
(iiiii to the project whenever the first
call for funds is made.
Society Leader Asphyxiated.
New York: Mrs. William Proud-
lit Burden, who was Nation Hives,
daughter of O. II. P. Belmont, ami
a society favorite in Njyv York,
Newport and Wash■ ii • i■ .n. was found
dead in bed at her home Friday.
Death, the Coroner decided, was ac-
cidental and due to gas poisoning.
A disconnected ga. tube, which had
led from a chandelier to a drop
light, so plfleerl that Mrs. Burden
might read y\ 1111 <• propped up in bed,
had 1 iceomc unfastened.
Whiskey Captured In Oklahoma.
( hiekadia. Ok.: live big barrels
of whiskey yvejv seized at the Frisco
Depot by the Sheriff and his deputy.
When the liipior came. Deputy Rosa
suspected it about dark. Applica-
tion will be made to the County
Court for an order to d. strov it. Be-
fore the liquor was taken from the
railroad company it had been re-
j led to Quanah. Texas. A legal
battle over the disposition of it is .
expected. It i. said to be fine coods
—eight years old.
American Vessels at Callao.
( ah.io, Peru.: ihe American bat-
th'ship.s under R,.„r Admiral Evans,
!""i":-' 'Jean, trim and powerful in
the tropical sun, came to anchor in
I1,11* port early Thursday morning.
V"' '"""'""K f salute- announced
!irrjv"l Of the licet, but there was
I"' to send out signals, for every
resident of Callao and great crowds
*'hieh stands back on
1!>e lulls, ha.l awaited with expect-
ancy the first glimpse of the advanc-
Text Book Awards Made.
Austin: The Text Book Board
has made its awards. The contracts
are valued at about $3,1100,00(1 as
they run for five years. Next week
the eontraus will be signed and ex-
ecuted. One oi* two gross receipts
tax matters have to be straightened
out by some of the companies. Five
con-facts were selected "conditional-
■ ' . 'hat is, based on some changes
or improvements recommended 'by
ttie board. J
Can Use Money on Dams.
Washington: The House Friday
passed Mr. Beall - concurrent reso-
1,1 "on permitting the use of the un-
cxponded balance of the citizens'
turn! for lock and dam No. 2 on tho
lr,,,'.t.v l!,iv,-r- Mr. KeifVr of Ohio
<|iiesttoned the authority of Congress
o.t iyeit a fund from the purpose
originally subscribed by citizens, but
refrained from objecting to the paa-
of the measure.
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