The Abilene Reporter (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, February 12, 1909 Page: 1 of 8
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Sells littpioti Oil at
5 Gallons for..80c
ABILENE TEXAS FBIDAY FEBRUAltY 1 1909.
PRELIMINARY HEADING IN DIST-
BICT COUBT BOOM AT TEN
OCLO0K THIS MOBNLNG.
THE BOOM 'WAS CROWDED
FIiil Opportunity to Cntrh Gllmpsu of
Prisoner Brought largo Number
of People to Scene j Crowd
Orderly nnd Unoxcltcd.
In the custody of Jailor Feevey and
surrounded by some eight or ten extra
guards Tom Barnett who stands
charged with killing Alex C. Cears On
Monday night February l.was brought
before Justice of tho Peace H. Rob Kee-
bio in tho district court room shortly
after ten o'clock this morning. Imme-
diately after tho defendant Had been
seated Judge S. P. Hardwlcke one at
defendant's attorneys waived tho priv-
ilege of an examining trial. Justice
Keeble remanded the prisoner to the
Custody of tho Bherlff without ball.
Attorneys for the defense bavo given
out no statements as to future uctton.
It may be however that within the
next few days a habeas corpus trial
-Will be demanded In which event Dist-
rict Judge Blanton -will preside at the
hearing and again the case may be al-
lowed to rest until the convening of
the Grand' Jury at the next regular
term of District Court which will
convene here on tho first monday .'n
Practically every seat in the house
was occupied by people eager to hear
each word Bald in reference to the
case and get a glance at the prisoner.
The audience was orderly In every
respect and took good naturedly the
.announcement of Sheriff Weir several
minutes before the opening of court
that he had been commanded to search
every man in the house before the trial
was entered into. No one left the
courtroom when this fair warning was
given and1 it is presumed thta no pock-
et artillery was present Inasmuch as
the attorneys in the meantime had
reached an agreement to waive the ex-
amining trial this part of the proced-
ure was not carried out
By waiving the examining trial the
long and tedious -task of taking down
the evidence and reading it to the wit-
nesses for their signature was over-
come. In habeas corpus hearings the
evidence can be taken as in regular
court trials by the official court sten-
ographer and thus much time saved.
A story was circulated on the streets
yesterday afternoon to the effect that
a son of Tom Barnett who was before
the Court of Inquiry confessed that
his father had killed Sears. The story
was. investigated by The Reporter to-
day and found to be without founda-
tion County Atorney Oyershiner stat-
ing that there was no truth In tho re-
port that ho had made such confes-
sion. Tho Legal Line-Up.
The attorneys represented In this
case are among tho best in Texas both
in criminal and civil circles. The pros-
ecution will bo conducted by District
Attorney W. P. Mahaffey County At-
torney E. M. Overshlner Wagstaff &
Davidson and J. F. Cunningham. The
defense will be represented by Cun-
ningham & SeWoll and Hardwlcke &
GASES ON TRIAL
Special to The Reporter.
AUSTIN Fob. 10. The Supremo
Court today remanded to tho Sheriff
ex-parte Soth Taatard and Will Strlt-
teraatter on writ of habeas corpus
from Bexar. A mandamus was award-
ed in the caao of Keeling vs Wilson
Applications refused wero: Interna
tlonal & Great Northern railway vs
Aleraan; City pf San Antonio vb Alma.
National Bank Bexar; Katy va. Craig
qrayson. in the Civil Appelate court
the case was affirmed of Morehead
vs. erring and James and the latter
submitted a motion for rehearing Bar-
clay vi. Dyerele McLennan filed for
rshearlng. All in all the court bad a
vry busy session.
DISASTBOUS FIHE NEAR
BHOWNWOOD LATE LAST NIGHT
Special to Tho Reporter.
BROWNWOOD Feb. 10. Tho onllro
east sldo of thd business section of
May was destroyed by Are Into lost
night. Tho total loss Is estimated at
sixty thousand dollalrs. All tho build-
ings burned were frame. The heaviest
losers are T. J. Miller E. L. Donelson
T. G. Snipes and J. G Brown.
NINE MEN ABE KILLED IN BIOTS
ATTENDING MEXICAN ELECTION
By Associated Press.
MEXICO CITY Feb. 9 Nino men
wero killed and many others injured
in a political riot In the town of Ejutla
stafo of Morolos which resulted over
tho meeting of tho followers of Col.
Pablo Escandon and engineer Prariclo
Leyva rival candidates for governor.
Col. Escandon is tho candidate favored
by President Diaz
Leyva one of the candidates for the
governorship of tho" state whoso party
made an active campaign offering it
Is reported to tho Indians of that state
to give them lands and other proper-
ties has beea dismissed from the de
partment of fomento where he held the
position of water inspector.
TWO HOUSES OF CONGRESS
MEET IN JOINT SESSION
By Associated Press.
WASHINGTON Feb. 10. The two
houses of the United States Congress
met in Joint session in the hall pf
Representatives at one o'clock this af-
ternoon to ratify formally tho. election
of William H Taft and Sherman as
President and Vice President of the
United States. Vice President Fair-
banks will preside at the. Joint meet-
ing. BIOT BEPOBTS COMING FBOM
MEXICAN STATE OF MOBETOS
3y Associated Press.
MEXICO CITY Feb. 10. Following
the riots In the state of Morotos where
several were killed and Injured tho
government has made a number of
arrests of the followers of Patricio
Leyva the anti-federal candidate for
governor of the state. Leyva has later
ly been dismissed from a government
DEAD BODY FOUND. ON BAIL-
BO AD TBACK NEAR SAN TONE
Special to Tho Reporter.
SAN ANTONIO Feb. 10. A body be-
lieved to bo that of Henry Clements
a Southern Pacific brakeman was
found near tho railroad track at Le-
ona today. Both legs were severed
from the body. Ed May another brake
man was found near the track se-
riously injured. Both left here yes-
terday for El Paso. An investigation is
TRUSTEES OF SIMMONS
COLLEGE HOLD MEETING
In Important Business Session this
Morning Plans for Pushing school
Were Put Forward.
Tho Board of' Trustees o Simmons
College held' an important business
.meeting this morning at ten o'clock at
the Citizens National bank. Flans for
pushing tho interests of tho college
were laid our nmonp which is tho Im-
provement an J beautifyins of the col.
la.'e campus. Dr. C. T. Ball was mad
General Field Secretary of tno College
ar.u fey. F. S Gronor of Stanford wns
elected College Evangelist The Board
contemplates finishing tho $100000 en-
dowment upon which Dr. Ball has
been working within three months and
as Boon as the grounds can bo properly
lojd out and beautified it is proposed
to begin raising money to erect a hand-
some $100000 administration build.
The present session of Simmons Co)
lego has been tho most successful In
Its history and tho prospects for tho
school are most flattering. Thorn ure
more people today whtf are" sending
'.hell children to Simmons College and
more who are plannig to give money
tq tho college than at any tlmo since
the Bchool was started. Tho trustees
feel that In a very few years Simmons
will enroll as large a numbor of stu-
dents as any denominational school In
Texas and that its equipment and
buildings will be second to none In
Spqclal to The Reporter
FORT WORTH Feb. 10r-Cattle re
ceipts 4000 Hog receipts 3700 Steers
choice higher tops t$M. Cows saed
litis lower top $306 Calve fair.
steady tops f.M. Hogs cbolcs hlhr
GUY COUNCIL IN
ABILENE'S BOARD OF MANAGERS
HELD BUSINESS MEETING ON
A NEW FIRE PLUG ORDERED
Will he Installed in West Portion of
City Near Bcsldcnco of Henry
Sayles Sn Other Proceedings
of the Honorable Body.
The City Council met in regular seB-.
slon Tuesday afternoon atfqur o'clock
at the City Hall' Mavor E. N. Klrby
presiding; Aldermen Dennlss Payton
Herring Ellis Kauffman and Ander-
Tho Fire & Wator Committee repor-
ted recommending that the request of
G. F. Brltton to repair shed on west
side of iron warehouse on North Sec-
ond street.be denied. The report Was
The Council ordered that cut-offs
be put on all fire plugs put In from
this date in order that same may be
repaired without cutting the city's
.A. fire plug was ordered placed in the
west part of town near the residence
of Henry Sayles Sr. provided Mr.
Sayles would pay the first year's water
. Tho Council adopted tho Roberts sys
tern of election blanks for use in all
city elections provided the cost was
not greater than other systems.
The City Secretary was Instructed
to write the FIro Alarm company that
the city would accept their proposition
of $150 cash and $500 in one year
from date for the four fire boxes and
the indicator at tho First Station.
The Mayor City Attorney and Al-
derman Dennlss were appointed a Com.
mltteo to report as to the law on elec
ting aldermen by wards; that is to
Bay lot each ward elect Its own alder-
man instead of the entire town voting
on all of their aldermen.
After tho usual monthly accounts
were examined and allowed the Coun-
COMMISSIONEB KONE MAY
ATTEND THE MEBKEL MEETING
Dr. H. Hi Harrington of the A. & M.
College and Agricultural Commission-
er Judge Ed. R. Kone have each been
extended invitations to meet with tho
Association of Commercial Clubs in
their nineteenth monthly meeting to
be held in the city of Merkel tho 16th
Inst and also to attend tho farmers
and business mon's meeting to bo hold
In Abilene the 2Gth. It Is hoped that
these gontlomen can be Induced to
spend ten days in this section looking
over the country and familiarizing
themselves with Its needs and its cap-
abilities which ten days will cover tho
tu the two meetings nam.
FARMEBS AND BUSINESS MEN'S
COMMITTEE ABE INVESTIGATING
Tho matter of finding- a ready mar-
ket for milo malzo and kafflr corn has
been tho subject of investgation upon
tho part of a Joint committee of our
farmers and business men and yes-
terday Mr. W. L. Lilly Manager of tho
Star Milling Company of this city an-
nounced that ho would be in position
to handle all tho malzo and kafflr corn
that tho farmers will raise tho com-
ing season This is welcome news to
our people as It Is found upon investi-
gation that whore a market can bo
found for these crops they provo more
profitable than cotton at 10 cents per
pound apd as theso crops-llko cotton-
novor fallv In this section Abilene
country farmers nro determined to fur-
nish "two money crops" hereafter in-
stead of qno.
B0SCOE SNYDER. & PACIFIC
LOCOMOTIYE GOES THROUGH
At seven thirty this morning a Texas
& Pacific westbound freight train pacs-
lug through hero had a bran now loco-
motive for the Roscoe Snyder and Pa-
cing road oboard Tho now oneiric
was a beauty a five wheeler with
thiee drive wheels almost as large as
tU old T. & P engines It will come
Ju lfandy when tho R 3 & P. jjots
thiough to Fluvanna.
N. D. Cobb county commissioner
residing at Merkel returned to that
place yesterday afternoon after at-
tending the session of thecourt here
FEW BILLS BEING INTBODUCED IN
E1THEB BRANCH OF THE
Pollutions Signed by Hundreds of
Fnriucrsvlllo Citizens Roconimond.
Jug Bis Action Concerning Lob-
hying Measure Is Bend
Special to Tho Reporter.
-AUSTIN Feb. 10 Another explosion
over tho Thomas lobby charges occur-
red In tho Senate this morning-when a
petition was road signed by hundreds
of Farmorsvillo cltlzons commending
htm in his action and tho courso ho
had "taken. Terrell of. Bowie electri-
fied tho chamber when ho arose and
snjdr "That petition Air. President is
an insult to the Senate. 1 move that
It be thrown out of tho window."
Thomas said the signers Includ-
ing preachers doctors merchants and
prominent citizens of. Fnrmersvlllo
who want tho violations of tho anti-
lobby law oXDOsed and know that cer-
tain legislators might be Influenced by
Thomas declared that a refusal vn
the part of tho Senate to endorse hla
action would amount to a solt-lndlct-
ment and that If treason exists In the
Senate the traitors should be exposed.
Ho further asked that tho petition bo
returned to hhn. Murray objected to
tho paper either being thrown away or
returned to Thomas and urged 'that an
Investigation committee bo appointed
to ascertain tho facts In tho caso and
to learn tho authorship and authority
of the paper Thomas then withdrew
hla request that the paper be returned
to him. Meachum declared that Mr.
Thomas was grossly wrong when he
declared that ho (Meachum ( was op-
posed to the enforcement of the anti-
lobby law. Thomas still Insisted that
ho was right however whereupon Mr.'
Meachum declared that he belloved in
tho enforcement of the law and had
worke'd and voted for It
Discussion Becomes. General
Other senators and Thomas became
engaged In a heated controversy over
tho petition Meachum declaring that
all unfit petitions should be given tho
president of tho Senate to read. Thom
as replied that ho Intended no' reflec
tion on tho Senators and replying to
an Inquiry from tho chair added that
ho did not Intend to reflect upontho
Senator Brochfleld of Marshall of-
fered a resolution to the effect that
the Senate as a wholo Investigate
Thomas' charges. 'ThomaB said a com-
mittee had already been appointed to
conduct this Investigation. Thomas ob-
jected to Meachum being on tho com-
mltteo nnd tho latter asked to be ex-
cused from serving. His resignation
was accepted. Senator Greer of Wills
Polnt'was named Jn his place.
Bracbficld Wins Out
Upon vote tho Senate supported Sen-
ator Brachfleld's resolution and will
investigate as a committee. Thomas
then asked time to employ counsel
saying he desired to go home. Hume
Mayflold and Murray insisted on an
tmmedlato hearing. Thomas insisted
that ho will not presont tho charges
now nnd tho matter Is being debated
SAYS HE STANDS "PAT"
By Associated Press.
SACRAMENTO CALIF. Fob. 10
All efforts on tho part of Governor
Gillette and his supporters In tho As
sembly-to effect a compromise on tho
nhtlTJapnneso agitation have so far
failed utterly. Representative Johnson
today notified the governor nnd tlio
speaker of tho house that he stood pat
on tho situation
BANKERS AND BROKERS FIRM
OF CLEVELAND IS BANKRUPT.
By Associated Press.
CLEVELAND OHIO. Feb 9 Lam-
pheci Brothers & Company bankers
and. brokers filed a doed of assign-
ment in the Insolvency court today
The assets it is stated will ho fifty
thousand dollars above tho liabili-
ties. D. T. Harkrlder Jeft Saturday morn-
ing to Join his wife who has been vis
iting in the eastern part of (he state
for MVral weeks
H. S. PRIEST AND II. CLAY
PIERCE IN CONFERENCE
ST. LOUIS MO. Feb. 70. H. S.
Priest attorney of H. Clny Plorcok Is
In Now York conferring with tho oil
mngnnto In regard to tho caso in
which Pierce Is charged with falso
swearing In connection with his oil
company bolng ousted from tho state
of Toxas nnd fined nearly twb million
dollars. Tho case will bo called In
Austin Texns next Monday and Mr.
PlOrco loaves hero soon to attend.
BOBBERS ENTER SMALL STA.
TION AND SECURE TEtfDOLLARS
Special to Tho Reporter.
FORT WORTH Feb. 10. Robbers
ontorod tho station of tho H. and T. C.
Railway Company at Kcnnedato early
this morning and pried tho door of
tho safo oft with iron bars. They ob-
tained ton dollars and csenpod. Dy-
namite was found on tho floor near
Uio safo unused
FIVE YEAR OLD SON OF
WILLIAM T. PANKEY DEAD
This morning tho sad news cttmo to
us that tho flvo year old son of Mr.
and Mrs. William T. Pankoy the latter
manngor of tho Job department of the
Ablldno Morning News wns . dead!
Tho llttlo on.o had beon afflicted with
whooping-cough for somo tlmo nnd
wns just recovering from this when a
Complication of .acarlot fover and ton-
sllltls set In last Friday. Doath oc-
curred at nine o'clock this morning.
The funornl wllllio hold from tho
family rcaldonco 951 Sycamoro street
tomorrow morning at ten o'clock. Tho.
Reporter tenders Its most heartfelt
sympathy to tho boreaved ones In this
their liour vf sorrow.
BANKS AND FOSTOFFIGE
WILL BE CLOSED FBIDAY
Next Friday1 February. 12 will bo
the one hundredth birthday of Abra-
ham Lincoln and the day will bo oh-
served by eloped doors of overy bank
In tho city. Tho postofllco will also bo
closed except during tho usual holiday
hours. Bear this fact In mind and
transact your bnnklng business on
NOTED LECTURER WILL
MAKE ADDRESS HERE
Bey. A. M. Lumltln Globo Trotter
at Simmons Collogo on February
11th 12th i3th.
Ablleno will have a distinguished
visitor on tho last threo days of tho
presont week in tho porson of Rov. A.
M. Lumkin A. M globo trotter wrltor
and lecturer. Dr LUmkln will make
threo addresses In tho chapel of Sim-
mons College Thursday Friday and
Saturday nights. His visit tb Ablleno
Is botng eagerly looked forward to
partly on account of tho reputation ho
enjoys In tho world of travol and In-
asmuch as ho Is known as a groat ora-
tor and descriptive talker. His lecture
os here will bo on tho lines of his Jour-
neys through foreign countries.
Rov. Lumkin hnB had a stirring
life During his travels tho way for
him has led to many queer corners of
tho globo among straugo peoples and
ho has learned many things of Interest
concerning tho lives habits and cub.
toms. of tho foroign folk which cannot
fall to pleaso oven charm his 'hear-
ers. His talks aro described as "costumo
lectures strango sights and peculiar
things In foreign lands." It Is nn at
tractive hcadllnor and doubtless the
lecture Itself will prove Infinitely
more so. The lecturer has fourteen
costumes jnnny curios etc. and dur.
Ing tho courso of the -ovonlngs! ontor-
tulnmonts will appear ub a Mexi-
can Bedouin. Chinaman Jnpnneso
Turk and Indian He is said tp have
mastered the loro and mannerisms of
each of theBO nations to perfection
The price for tho ledurcB will bo
twojity-flvu cents each or fifty contH
for a season tlckot.
THE CIVIL APPEALS COURT
CALLS YEHDICT EXCESSIVE
SAN ANTONIO Feb I0.On ac-
count of nn excessive verdict in the
case or tho a. II. and S. A. road vs.
Michael Plgott the finding of tho low-
er court was today reversed and re-
manded by tho court fo Civil Ap
peaja. Tho verdict wai for ton tbous.
and for tho death of Thomas Plgott
son of tho plaintiff who wns killed
whllq In tlio employ of tho railroad
Elmer Clark who his been hero the
past several days vlBltlng relatives
and friends loft yesterday afternoon
for Merkel where be will spend a few
days before returning to his ktm in
L IS READY
ENTERTAINMENT OF DELEGATES
IN CLUBJHEETING TO BE ON
AN EXTENSIVE SCALE.
PMIEH BKR HEIUBHS
President Goorgo S. Berry of Firs
National Bank Back From Trip to
Now York? Other Merkel
Special to Tho Itopor.tor.
MERKEL Feb. 10. Merkol is mak-
ing nrrnngements fqr tho entertain-
ment of the Contrnl WestsTexas Com-
mercial Clubs tho regular monthly
mooting of which will bo held hero
next TuoBday. The. program Is now
In tho hands of tho commlttco and
will be rendy.for publication within
a fov dayB; NeWB from headquarters
brings tho information that It Is pos-
Blblo that wo will have Dr. H. II Har-
rington of tho Agricultural and Me-
chanical Collogo "with us and much
Intorest Is manifested by tho farmers
of tho Abllone country. Tho occasion
of tho visit of tho boosters ope year
iig6 waB tho most successful meet on
record at that tlmo nnd It la hoped
that tho coming ovent will bo. ono of
plensuro ahd profit for thoso who will
bo in nttondnnco. Tho meeting will bo
held In the handsome quarters of the
Merkel Commercial Club and tho la-
dles of our llttlo city will piny a prom-
inent part In tho entertainment.
Merkol Bnnkor nt Austin.
PreBldont qco. S. Berry of tho First
National Bank has returned from a
Visit of two. weeks to Now York City
Ho was accompanied on tho trip by
Mrs. Goo. S. Berry who preceded hlm
homo by Boveral days tho gonial
banker returning by way of Austin
whoro lio wont o make kijgvn his
lovo (7) for thoLovo Bill. ' '
Moro Sidewalks Aro Made.
Contractor Locke's crow of cement
workers are JuBt putting tho finishing
touches on tho Holld block of walks
surrounding tho homes of G. W. Boyce
Qe'o. s. Berry and T A. Johnson. This
Is nmong tlio most doslrablo rcsidonca
portions of Merkel and tho imnrovo-
montB bolng mado aro ranking for the
ontorprlslng property owners in that
section tho complhrientB of our cltzon-
shlp. Dr. C. M. McCauloy J. p. Hunt
and J G. Jackson hnvo mado arrange-
ments for tho Improvement of their
' homes and it is expected that now con
tracts will bo mado to keop tho cement
workers employed during tho now
(). W. MERCHANT IMPROVES
ACCOBDING TO DISPATCH.
Col J. H. Pnrramoro Is authority for
the Btatoment that C W. Merchant
Who Is at tho hbmo of his aon L. FJ-
Merchant at Carlesbnd Now Mexico Is
materially improved. Col. Pnrramoro
Wired for Mr Morchant to return to
Ablleno .and today received nn nnswer
from tho latter himsolf In which he
stated that ho was much Improved but
would remain with his son Ltgo until
ho felt abel to travol Tho many Abl-
lono friends of Mr. Merchnnt will
doubtlosB bo rejoiced to know that ha
is on the road to recovery.
J. W McCormlck was a nuslnesa vis-
itor In tho city yesterday from Clyde.
Special to Tho Reporter
GUTllRlB Fob 10. State Senator
Johnson of Fort Cobb Is dead and
Senator Yonger of Tulsa la probably
dying from asphyxiation caused by es-
caping gas in their room at tho hotel
last night They wore attending the
State Legislature Yonger who la' con-
scious but who cannot live stated that
he got up in tho night and turned ob.
tho gas Tho room was warm and the
gas escaped. When employs oC tfc
hotel broke Into the room this morning:
they' found Mr Johnson dead and
Yeager barely breathing;. The sad oc-
currence has thrown t city Int
grief and the Legislature doors am
shut tight today
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