Abilene Daily Reporter (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 229, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 3, 1907 Page: 1 of 8
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VICTORIA April 3.--Folix Powell
charged with w murder of tho'Condlt-
family nt Edna Jnckson couniy In Sop
tembor iOOG and convicted of thai
crime was hanged nt 12:30 o'clock yes-
terday In tho presence of ft largo
crowd of people Ho illwl stolidly
making no statement that will aid In
clearing the mystery of the killing.
Story of the Crime.
Powell was convicted nt the Decem-
ber term of the Victoria district court
and given the death epnnlty. The caso
was appealed to the criminal court of
nppeals which hody took action with-
in a couple of weeks and affirmed the
action of tho lower court
The scaffold upon which Powell went
' AT VICTORIA
his doom wns built within the jail
Mrs. A? J. Copdlft and her four chil-
dren were murdered In broad daylight.
Thep wero horribly butchered. She
and two of the children were killed In
tho home while two little boys. 10
and 11 years of age. were killed while
at work building a fence a short dis-
tance from the house.
The father was about seven miles
away Irom home working at a rice
threshing machine. Monk Gibson a
diminutive negro age about 16 and
probably nearer 20 was nt work on the
place plowing near the honse.
He was arrested for the murder on
the ground that he had blood on his
clothes nn'd because he told conflicting
stories and his escape and the ten
days' search for him are all familiar
to the reading public as well as his
trial whch resulted In a hung jury In
San Antonio where the case wns re-
moved on a change of venue.
At that trial Felix Powell was one
of tho main prosecuting witnesses as
was Harry Howard another negro ar-
rested for complicity In tho crime but
who has not as yet been gtvtitt aftrlal.
The prosecution at that trial attemp-
ted to prove that Monk Gibson wan
the sole perpetrator of the crime not-
withstanding the elements which en
tered in and which made this an al
most physical -impossibility because of
the negro's size. In" order to remove
-all doubt as to tho guilt of only Gib
son and In order to removes a. suspi-
cion that Felix Powell and Henry How-
ard were conectetl with the crjme the
prosecution went further and attempt
ed to establish alibis for Powell and
Jg.owardl'fire resuR was that the jury
rt'trWrefused to agree and a mistrial was de-
--Follow McDonald's Adi Ice
Captain of Rangers Bill McDonald
who is now state revenue officer In-
formed the state's officials that they
would never succeed In convicting Gib-
son as anything but an accessory and
that Felix Powell nnd Henry Howard
were the main instigators.
After the trial In San Antonio Mc-
Donald was sent to Edna by the gov-
ernor and he worked for months on
the case gathering clew after clew and
putting pieces of evidence together. Ho
flnnlly arersted Powell Howard and a
number of negro women. It was the
belief that thenogro women had guilty
knowledge of the crime and they wore
Indicted a3 accessories after the fact
while Indictments were returned
against Powell and Howard for the
murders and new Indictments returned
against Monk Gibson and he was
brought back from San Antonio 'the
caso there against him being dismiss-
ed. Get Change of Venue.
The cases were then taken to Vic-
toria on a change of venuer and Powell
was placed on trial at the December
terra of the- court. Tide evidence se-
ctored by Captain McDonald who was
assjted by Sheriff Egg of Jnckson
county and by County Attornoy Guy
Mitchell was sufficient when placed in
the binds of AUorney X V. Vnnder-
berge of Victoria o convict Powelhl
Mr Vanderborgo was retained to espe-
cially pcouocutQ tho case and though
there was nblo counsel npoplnted for
tho negro Judgo Ben Flyand while
Mr. Fjyjmado n Jinrd jlglk imUlId.nll
he could "as an attornoy to 8a vo Pow-
ell tho evidence was too conclusive.
Monk Gibson wrlj'bo tried at the
May term of tho court and the evi-
dence will b9 the same ns that given
at tho trial of Powell. There U no
doubt In the minds of those who kept
up wltlt this ovldence but that Gibson
wJU bo cojtvlcted The caso against
Howard Is not so . strong as that
against Fowell pr Gibson and It Is not
likely that his caseor that against the
negro women wllf'bo hold until the
Mlsst Ethel- Grounds js quite sjckn
tho Palacovhotel -
PAYED DEATH PENALTY'
PAPER MAKERS WALK ft
- OUT ON A STRIKE
By Associated' Press.
GLEN FALLS N. V April"
3. All paper makers of the
National Paper Company plnnt
nt Fort Edward went on strike
last night Tho paper makers
demand the dismissal of the
members vhojeserted tho un-
ion and 'Joined In the forces of
the mil lworkers recently.
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PUTTING TAX PAYERS
UP 15 THE
The average tax payer Is up in tho
air at this time and wondering just
what Is going to hit him from tho di-
rection of Austin. If he is In any mnn-
her connected with a corporation he
has an apprehension that tho tax gath-
erers of the state are dstermlned to
practically tax him out of existence so
drastic Is the tendency manifested In
the able bodied effort being made to
provide more state revenue. ThB stnte
has set Its net apparently to thorough-
ly skin everything with which it
comes in contact and so marked is
this tendency that it U ecn proposed
to plnce a tax on the gross receipts
of newspapers conducted by a corpo-
ration with ;i rapltnl stock in excess
And a more manifestly unfair and
unjust proposition '"as never concoc-
ted in a scheme to raise revenue.
There are newspapers in Texas which
struggle along lor years in an effort
to place themselves "n a' paying basis.
The volume of business done by such
paperS'ls very large in somo instances
butnpt yet equnl to the expense ac-
count When the state levies a big
tax on the gross receipts of such news-
papers It Is perpetrating an Infamy
that practically amounts to conflscn-
tion for it makes it impossible for
such papers to continue in business.
'And so it mo'st'lfe vltli other corpora-
tions and Interests btruggling to build
up in many llocalities.
I A tax on the not receipts wluld be
more equitable If the stateTeels that
it must have more blood money But
.this thing of taxing gross receipts Is
too much like going after something
that is not in existence. But this is
not all. There are some more interest-
ing developments at Austin In connec-
tion with taxation matters. While the
legislature is setting its net for the
taxpayer in the most unusual manner
the governor has put a man in charge
of the revenue office who Is going to
make n whole lot of trouble for those
individuals who' have been Just a little
bit careless In the matter of tax ren-
ditions. The following Is self-explanatory:
Austin Texas March 29 1907.
To tho Tax 'Assessors of Texas:
You are dlrected-to gtvo notice to
taxpayers In your respective counties
to call and correct their assessments
and give in any money and notes or
other proporty not heretofore given
in and place the full value on all prop
orty. " Instruct them that If they do
not dO this you will ask the commis-
sions court to place the proper valua-
tion on same. W. J. McDONALD.
The Tax Assessors' Association of
Texas in session this date in this city
passed u resolution requesting oil the
state an 1 county papers of Tcxa o
l.ubllsh Mie foregoing ni'ce uy the
slate vc.nuo agent
R. L. TILLERY
Secretary Tax Assessors' of Toa i
There Is ono fact that should bo
steadily borne In mind a( Austin at
thl i 1it)icrre and thu Is while a big
f ych surplus 'In the To m skip tro:n
ury would be beautiful tiling to con-
reini'iaies every itonar tuu K'ues con-
stitute Hint surplus must conie out of
the pockety pf the people. And whllo
tho people of TexaB nro prosjiorous
Ittat fsno reason wHy they should bo
taxed to death. Ft Worth Telegram.
33C3 relieves pain.
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K0ltO ROY KILLED
RY KATY PASSENGER.
HILLSBQR6 April 3 A
fourteenfyear old boy was klll-
8 ed herelby a Missouri Kansas
tt & Texas passeuger'traln.-enrly
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WEDNESDAY ARIt 3 1907
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INSANE HOSPITAL SUPT. BEFORE
THAW LUNACY COMMISSION.
HIS TESTIMONY AT THE TRIAL
Said That Thnvr Wns Siuio When Ho
Shot Stanford White Rut Is Now '
By Associated Presri.
NEW YORK April 3. Dr. Allen
Ross DIffendorfer superintendent of
the Insane Hospital fn Connectlcutt
testified before tho Thaw lunacy c6m-
mlsslon today that slnco tho trial be-
gan that he has been convinced by
Thaw's rtianner and writings that ho
Ib Incapable of advising with his cqun-
sel. The physician at tho trial testified
that he believed Thaw was sane nt tho
time when he shot Stanford White.
ST. LOUIS DEMOCRATS
.ELECT ENTIRE TICKET.
By Associated Press
ST. LOUIS MO. April 3. Complete
returns from yesterday's municipal
election Bhow the election of the en
tire democratic ticket and fifteen dem-
ocrats of the twenty-eight members of
tho house of delegates.
REPUBLICANS ELECTED MAYOR
OF KANSAS CITY KANSAS.
By Associate! Press.
KANSAS CITY." MO.. April 3. The
official returns show the election of
D. E. Connell republican mayor of
Kansas City Kansas by a plurality of
121G over Rose the democratic candi
date. The newly elected mayor Is a
pioneer railroad man and civil engi-
VIOLENT EARTHQUAKES m
ON ISLAND ST. MICHAEL.
By Associated Press.
PONTA DEL GADA AZORES April
3. Violent earthquake shocks prevail-
ed during the night throughout the Is
land St. Michael. The worst distur
bances occurred at Vlplu France
where tho' panic-stricken pnopje flifnTy
tne outskirts of tno town.
CHICAGO RANKER'S TRIAL
IS SET FOR OCTOBER. 15TII
CHICAGO April 3. John Walsh for
mer president of the Chicago National
Bank under Indictment charging him
with misapplying funds in Fodeial
court today pleaded not guilty and his
trial was set for October "lGth.
POSITION OF CANDIDATES IN
PIANO VOTING CONTEST.
Miss Bernyo) Rollins .-i 22002
Miss Ada l&y 1883C
Miss EddiO I'Vce 12793
Mrs. Claudia Simons 12493
Miss Nellie Darnell 117C9
Miss Belle Hill 6033
Miss Cora May Kean 538C
Miss Beula Watson 4?33
Miss B Hpllis 42S8
Miss Rosa Pollard ....!" 3412
Miss Anna GIrnnd ..2125
Miss Myrtle Adams ..: I960
Miss Cary Hancock Lawn 1854
Miss Helen Cocke 1402
Miss Lual Barker .......".... 1395
Miss Marie Ackermans 1097
Miss Willie-Davis 984
Miss Bessie Knnus Tuscola . . 949
Miss Efllo Taylor Iberls 891
Miss Dana Harkrlder LnWn .... 838
Miss Adallno Vnndenbark 797
Miss Alllne Shores Iborls 777
MIsb Glen Belle Holt . 7C3
Miss Lena Wilson .. C92
Miss Bertie Roberts Lawn C81
Miss' Nora Smnllwood Tecumseh 5C8
Miss Willie Kemp :638
Miss Alice Lowdon 503
Miss Robbie Davis ..t 487
Miss Vorglo Conner 173
Miss Mnry Lou Long Caps ..... 402
Miss Beth Myatt . . . . 331
Miss Hesaio Estes 301
Miss Lucllo Collie ......... 271
MIsb Cora Tunnell. TecumBjjh.r 191
Mlay Landers Enwn .".... ISO
Miss Hettlo Hlllgor ISC
MIsb Mary Dlljnrd Buffalo Gap . 171
Miss Mnrle Pearro Guton ... 162
Miss Eula Shaw Sambo ... 149
Miss Minna Ward. ....... 118
DIFFENDERFER M BAM OF BALLOTS
W 8PECLAL EDITION OP THE ABILENE REPORTER
ft WILL BE ISSUED THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH.
P Acpordlng tp the promises made the readers and patrons of THE
ft ABILENE .REPORTER the management has arranged for a special ft
ft edition to be published next month tho exact duto tq bo set as soon ft
ft ns all of tho arrangements for tho work ar completed. The regular ft
ft force of Tho Reporter will bo assisted by eoveral nblo miters and v
ft wp feel confident that this Will bo fur the moat valuable edition des- ft
ft crlntlve of the Abilene countrv ever
cripye oi me Aoiene country ever
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RESULT SHOWS APPROVAL
MAYOR WEAVER RE-ELECTED
T. M. Willis Esq. Elected Recorder by
Small Majority Oier Hon.
W. I. Grogai).
Yostordny's toting was the close of
one of tho quietest but most ear-
nest and Interesting campaigns over
conducted In tho history of tho Metrop-
olis of West Texas.
Within the last fow days the cam-
paign for the city offices resolved ltsolf
Into two Bopurnte and dlstlnco factions
for and against tho policy of tho past
ifdmlnlstraton bearing special refer-
ence.ot the sanitary ordinance. The
result of tho election speaks tho pop
ular approval of the past administra-
tion which has been ono of progross-
lveness and Mayor Mbrgan Vca.vor was
re-election by a good majority consid-
ering the light vote that was polled.
The following are the majorities or tho
For Mayor: Morgan Weaver over
13. A. Penrce majority 92.
For City Recorder: T. M. Willis over
W. L. Grogan majority 39.
For Alderman ward 1 : J. A Boyce
Over J. W. Anderson majority 24.
For Alderman ward 2; W. 13. Den-
nlss over J. E. Wills majority 192.
For Aldeiman wiird 4: A. H. Her-
ring over Thos. Russell majority 79.
Officers elected without opposition:
H. Roll Keeble. city attorney: T. -41.
London city engineer; Geo. S? Ander-
son alderman ward 3; W. O. Shackel-
ford alderman ward 1 short term; J
D. Magee V.13. Mulr and .1. W. Evans
In tho mayors race Penrce carried
ward ono by 13 majority and ward two
by 12whlle Weaver carried Ward
three by u majority of 70 and ward
four by 4L
Willis carried ward one by 37 ma
jority and ward two by 29 while Gro
K'iv currlad wnr'jhthree by 9 major
and ward four by 18.
ARIOX V GOVERNOR REFUSES
TO HONOR REQUISITION.
ByAshoclnted Pi ess:
PHOENIX ARIZ. April 3. Govern-
or Klbbey has jefiibcd to honor requi-
sition papers from the governor of Ok-
lahoma for the extradition of Dr. Bran-
don of Nnco surgeon for tho El Paso
& Southwestern railroad wanted for
alleged libeling of Oklahoma men In
regard to a mining transaction In Mex-
ico The ground for refusal Is that
Dr. Brandon Ib not a fugitive even if
he Is a criminal.
STORMY SESSION PRECEDED
RESOLUTION ABOUT RANGES
By Associated Press:
CHEYENNE WYO. April 3. After
one of the stormiest sessions in tho
history of tho Wyoming Llva 8tock
association yestorday n resolution was
passed favoring the leasing of tho
Federal ranges and requesting that
ono half a cent bo made tho minimum
chargo and that one nnd ono half cent
bo mado tho maximum charge.
RELIEVED THERE WILL BE
NO STRIKE OF TRAINMEN.
CHICAGO April 3. Anothor coiifor-
enco of the railroad conductors nnd
trainmen and Commissioners Knnpp
Nolll waa held today. It Is now bellov-'
edl there will be no strike on the wes-
tern' railroads althought no positive
assertions nro mndo by either side
SHIP LOAD OF JAPS .
FOR BRITISH COUMillA.
By Associated Press:
HONOLULU Alrll 3.--Threp hun-
dred Japanese leave here today on tho
steamship Koroa for San Francisco
from whoro they will be shipped to
Victoria. B. C
Tlibs. "Buck today ihowcd us a copy
of a-nowBimper that ho has road for a
porlod of 40 years continuously. It Is
n pnpor which wap established In 03-
kaloosa Iowa In 1850. Ho has read
It since 18C7.
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AVOMAN FOR MURDER MA Y O
HAVE SPEEDY TRIAI
By Associated Press
WASHINGTON April 3.
Mrs. Anna Bradley who shot to
denth former U. S. Senator
Brown of Utah hero last Decem-
ber entered a plea of mental
Irresponsibility for defense to
tho indictment charging her
with murder. Tho criminal
court mny sot trlnf for April
LEAKS TO DEATH FROM
A nOTEL PORCH.
EL PASO April 1. Brooding over
his poor health and lack of finances
Thomas Kane supposed to be n me-
chanical cnglneor from Snllnn Cruz
leaped to Ills death Saturday night
from tho second story veranda at tho
rear of tho Grand Contrnl hotel. The
body was found In the opon basement
50 feet bolow tho porch Sunday morn
ing by Sedonla Gledo night porter at
Knno registered at the hotel on
March 18 and gave his address at that
time as Saltan Cruz. Ho remained at
the hotel four days -and loft. Ho had
not boon seen around tho place until
ho loturned Into Saturday night and
asked for a place to Bleep. Ho was
without money to pay for tho room
anil his request was denied by tho
clerk who asked him to remain until
the arrival of tho proprietor.
After borrowing some matches Kana
walked down tho hall from the office
on tho second floor toward tho- rear of
the building and as he did not to turn
the clerk wont In search of him. There
Is no exit from the second floor at
the rear niid as tho' "clerk aould not
locate Kane ho returned to the office.
The body of tho unfortunate man
wns found Sunday morning and It was
evident bo had been dead for several
hours.. Kane was about 40 years old
land It Is snjd when ho came to El Pa0
lie wns in. toid tno proprietor or tne
hotel he had been at Santa Rosalia
hot Bluings for some time and that he
had decded to go to Hot Springs Ark.
It is nlBO said that Kane dissipated a
groat deal while at tho Grand Contrnl
and that aftor spending his money
ho endeavored to- get a telegram
through to Ills hrotherinhiw at Mexi-
In Kane's coat pocket wns found n
lcttor from a hrotherinhiw Carl Heney
of Carl Heney and company succes-
sors to The Commercial and Marine
Agency of Tampico nt Mexico City
and an annual past on tho Mexican
The relative has been notified at
Moxico City and tho body of tho iinfqr.
tunnto man is being hold by. local uh
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AUSTIN April 1. In the. 'plnloij. Of
a Senator who was apionfe'ttfelfljrfs-
most in support of it the niiU-gamb-
llng bill will not Interfere with thoUo.
private card partlea at which ladles
are wont to play tor prizes. They
may ovon play bridge If It is dono In
private residences but there can bo
no gunranty ns to what might happen
if these gnmott took placoln clubs of
Tho senator oxprsscd tho opinion
that the exemption of "prlvato resi-
dences" leaves theso ladles games per
mlsBlblo regrets that It is so ob ho
says ho considers these games "gamb-
ling in the worst form as It Is in tho
homo whoro tho damage can bo done."
This Is quoted as possibly giving n
double nsBilrance to such as may have
foajred that thono games are prohibi
Rev Theo. Estell has accepted mis-
Blonnry work in Comancho county!
with headquarters ntDoLoonr-Hoir
an earnest and intelligent workernnd
wo heartily commend him to thq pen-j
pip of hlsnew flejd as a good man
worthy of their confidence
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DUNNE WAS DEFEATED ft
IN CHICAGO ELECTION.
By Associated Press
CHICAGO April -3.Buaso
republican candidate (or mayor
.was olectod over"Dunna by n
plurality of 130k? Dpnne
says that the (lefeatwas duo
m mumir wmr .. n
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Joe's Knndy Kitchen
CAUSES FIFTY '
FIRE JN HEW YORK
tty Associated Pros.
NEW YORK .April 3. FIro which
was caused by n spark from ono Of tho
bolloi-9 used tu l ho1 excavation for tho
McAifep terminal at Fulton and church
streets early today did dnmngo that is
estimated nt fifty thousand dollars and
will delay tho work on tho completion
of tho huge terminal buildings for at
least thirty days. Savoral of tho men
employed on tho work wero Injured
nnd two of them severely. ThoBo se-
riously Injured nro John 6'Harn nnd
Edwnrd Murphy tunnel worker. Be-
tweon flvb nnd six huudrcd nlcn wove
nt work In tho excavation butnil ot
them were rescued with the exception
of the above.
JAPANESE AT EL PASO
EXCLUSION LAW HURRIES THEM
EL PASO April 3. With tears In
their eyes a number of Japanese pre
sented themselves at the Jocal'lmmlJ.
grntlon station yesterday evening af
ter office hours and begged that they
bo admitted to tho United Stnlos that
Tory evonlng thoy having hoard m
some mysterious way that the now Im-
migration regulations which would ex-
clude practically all of them hrid'beon
received and would become effective
But It was no use tho dnys of grace J
had expired and although many hnvo
been admitted In the past fow weeks
those who did not gat across boforft to-
day will not bo ndmltted and will oc-M
ctipy tho samo status practically ns
Chinamen who hnvn been barred for
Briefly the new regulation which
has bepn received here provides tlint
a Japanese to be ndmltted to this coiln
try must have -a. passport from 4 his-
government In which ho has declared
beforo ho left Japoo that hd lntendod
coming to.thtt United States. Passports '
Issued to Jnpaneso entitling them' to "
go to Mexico Canada or the Hawaiian
Islands will not bo ncceptedns good
Into the United Slates. This applies
to the laboring class only whether
skilled or unskilled nnd t Immigrant
Is also subject to nil thu general im-
migration laws such' as those relating
to his physical health head to "Ami
public chnrgos. v
Tho offect of tho now ruling locally
will bo that tho thousands of .)apnness
laborers who wero Imported ffyraugh
Mnnzahillo Mazatlnn and other pacific!
coast points In Mexico and holding
passports to Moxico only will not bo
nblo to get Into tho United States.
Those Iftborors wero imported to work
on the various railroad extensions U
tho difforont parts of Mexico In most'
enses although a few of them are
miners but after working just long
enough to got a llttln money ahead
thoy started for the. Unllod .States. In
some way thoy.havp'' henrd f tho ne
ruling which' wajjfit4fee.hjdp tliQin aim J?-
ihey have? beeiCfryjTnpv-ua.-'r' 'T
border by tho hmVfiSfi wis
only those will' ho'ttdmUt'od 'who Jr-J
passport lo.tBgjyuaitea states. .
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E II. HAgRIM AST WANTS7
DEPEW'S PLACE IN SENATE.
By Associated Press. x
WASHINGTON April 3. It Is auth
oritatively declared at tho White House
today that the reason that E. H. Harrl-
man wanted Depow made nmbnssador
to Franco was that ho wanted to he
sonator and Governor Higglns of New
Yprk was prepared to appoint Hnrrl-
OKLAHOMA CITY ELECTION
WAS DEMOCRATIC VICTORY.
By Associated Press.
OKLAHOMA CITY OKLA. April 3
Returns of tho oloatlon hold here
yesterday- show that the democrats
Reeled m'oyotv.clty attorney ehlof of
pollco pollen Judge and thr.po mornVv
of tho city council The republicans
elected city clerk' city assessor nnd
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WOP cijtiMjf lnw trout ito PeAu;
tiiiijuv iioioiun uv mil iv iq iu uu vuiii-
pletod by July 1st. It will require
dally ISO cars f.or rattle ami 200 for
Orrvllle Potfflfih has returned from
Llnpo where ho tan n series of laces
with n ''clmmplou" who ivljl not champ (
any more. Thoro may ho" men who con j
befit OrvlMe on rollers but they have
Hot yet been fQiind
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