The Interurban (electric) road between Dallas and Fort Worth did an immense business during the holidays

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Thursday April 21, 1904

The best investment any man can make is a judicious compliment here and there.

--Reflections of a bachelor.

Thursday April 21, 1904 ALL OVER TEXAS.

A. S. Fields, who has been District Clerk of Harrison County ever since reconstruction days, died at Jefferson Thursday.

Mrs. (unreadable) Shinn, wife of J. R. Shinn of Mill Creek, Pope County, Ark., killed herself in (unreadable) ... razor. No cause for the act is known.

While playing with a target gun Thursday evening Lonnie Mitchell, at Gainesville, aged ten, was shot by an older brother, the wound producing death Friday morning.

Russia has given it out that all newspaper correspondents using wireless telegraphy will be treated as spies, and vessels carrying wireless apparatus will be considered prizes of war.

Johanna,” a mule with a well established age of forty-two years, died Thursday north of Denison. The mule served throughout the Red River campaign with General Dick Taylor, Confederate commander.

Andrew W. Scoble, superintendent of the municipal water plant, died at Fort Worth Thursday morning. He was a native of Devon county, England, and came to Galveston in 1859 and to Fort Worth in 1880.

Edward Stubblefield, formerly tax collector of the city of Georgetown, died and was buried at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Rev. T. G. Alfred officiating. Mr. Stubblefield had lived there a quarter of a century.

Company H, Twenty-Sixth Infantry, has left Eagle Pass to march overland to Laredo, thus definitely abandoning the post at Eagle Pass. A detachment of twelve men remain to guard the property.

Fort Hancock, the abandoned military post on the Mexican border, has been sold to Charles B. Shedd of Chicago for $2600. The site contains 500 acres and thirty-eight brick buildings. The property will be converted into a ranch.

Thursday April 21, 1904

C. C. Rather, an old pioneer of Texas, died Saturday evening at Belton. Mr. Rather moved to Texas in 1849 and settled in Smith County. He moved to Bell in 1869 and has lived there since that time. He was 66 years old.

William Gentry was shot and instantly killed Monday near the International and Great Northern Railroad at Conroe. J. H. McPherson, who started to run, was shot to the ground, but it is thought McPherson was not killed. J. W. Hardy gave himself up to the sheriff.

Thursday April 21, 1904 Well, Dog My Cats.

We arn’t no greenhorns, we don’t blow out the gas, we don’t scratch our heads with a fork, and yet ain’t so plaguetaked citified as to see a great big red an’ yaller automobile come tearin’ into town without getting powerfully wrought up over it, and that’s just what we (unreadable)... Messrs. M. P. Bewley, Ben O. Smith and W. G. Turner, all of Fort Worth, driv up in Mr. Turner’s Tonneau de Luxe which looked big and strong enough for Sim Emmons to move houses on, and pretty enough to go in a parlor.

These gentlemen are interested in the new bank here, and were down to see how the building is coming on, and to get better acquainted with our people. – Mansfield Sun.

Wonder if that is the first auto that ever hit Mansfield.

Thursday April 21, 1904 Negroes Fearful Deed of Death.

Waelder: Saturday night Jim Pullin, a negro, went to the house of John Thornton, his father-in-law, and shot and killed his (Pullin’s) wife and also her sister, Dora Thornton. He shot twice at his wife’s mother, missing her. Pullin’s wife died in the room. Dora ran out into the woods and down to the creek, Pullin following her and shooting. Dora was found dead on the creek. Pullin made his escape.

Thursday April 21, 1904 Deed of a Fiend Incarnate.

As the passengers were leaving the depot to board the train on the Iron Mountain, some unknown person fired from the darkness and shot and wounded three of the crowd. Oscar Nugent was shot through the bowels and will die. His brother, Bob Nugent, was shot through both legs and is badly wounded. Fuller Thompson was wounded in the hand. The shooting was done with a pistol.

Thursday April 21, 1904

The citizens of Granbury and Hood county participated in a picnic Saturday to celebrate the completion of the opening of the new suspension bridge across the Brazos River two miles north of town. It is said to be the longest wagon bridge in the State measuring 1210 feet.

At Brownwood Saturday night Albert Kelton, a negro, shot a negro woman, Anna Moore, twice, once in the breast then in the right ear. He then shot himself in the right ear. Officers forced the door open and found both dead. A note was found on Kelton saying he had spent his money on the woman and she refused to marry him.

Thursday April 21, 1904 An Unusual Accident.

Buffalo: About 8:30 o’clock Saturday night Jim Haynie, Edgar Bentley and Col. Reeder went through a farm, traveling a trail. Near the trail was an old well, curbed with rough stones from top to bottom, the curb projecting about eighteen inches above the ground. The night was

intensely dark and the young men lost the trail. Young Haynie struck his knees against the curing of the well, falling head foremost into the stones, killing him instantly.

Thursday April 21, 1904

The citizens of Weatherford made up by voluntary subscription $110 and gave it to Mrs. Marshall Minnick, who left for St. Louis with her little five-year-old girl, who was bitten by a mad dog Saturday. The parents of the unfortunate were unable to send her to St. Louis for treatment.

Thursday April 21, 1904

Chicago: Peter Neidermeyer, one of the car barn bandits, attempted to commit suicide Monday and when unconscious from loss of blood his condition was noticed. He was taken at once to the hospital, and revived. His condition is serious, but the physicians said his attempt would not prove fatal. The heads of matches were eaten as one method by which the bandit attempted to cheat the gallows. The other method was by opening an artery in his left arm.

Thursday April 21, 1904

El Paso: Fire destroyed the Mount Riley, N. M., section house and cost the life of Section Foreman William Hill, who was burned. Upon being awakened Hill escaped from his home, but returned to secure some money, which he had on hand. He was pinned to the floor by falling rafters and could not get out again. Mrs. Hill, who was also badly burned, was brought here. Mount Riley is thirty miles west of El Paso in the midst of a desert.

Thursday April 21, 1904 Want Some Cucumbers.

Waco: Proprietors of the two pickle factories here have placed large advance orders for cucumbers, in this section, and more of the cumbers will be grown than ever before. The two factories are under agreement to take $30,000 worth of the cucumbers, and may require even more than that. This is a pretty fair illustration of the manner in which diversification is working its way to the front in McLennan County. (Other news articles on the page refer to “The farmers are preparing to market considerable quantities of Irish potatoes,” and, “A great interest has been awakened in poultry breeding by people of this section....”)

Thursday April 21, 1904 EVENTS OF EVERYWHERE.

A shooting occurred about six miles north of St. Joe in which (unreadable) Tuck lost his life. Lem Dowd gave himself up to the officers at Montague.

Friday William Jones, a negro, was hanged at Walnut Ridge, for the murder of another negro. At Helena Pink Williams, a negro, was hanged for murdering his wife..

Three lives were lost and over $100,000 damage done by a runaway coal train on the Erie railroad near Rock Junction, Pennsylvania, Friday. Two section men and a fireman were killed.

George Hancock, of Gassaway, Tenn., fell from a moving train near Corsicana and was instantly killed. The remains were shipped to his home. Deceased was an Odd Fellow in good standing.

Bertha Montgomery, the young Owensville, Ind., school teacher who went insane about six weeks ago after witnessing the whipping of thirty-one of her pupils, died at the hospital for the insane at Indianapolis.

Col. G. M. Casey, who was until his business failure last November, the largest raiser of fine Shorthorn cattle in the West, is dead at his home near Clinton, Mo., aged seventy years.

Thursday April 28, 1904 ALL OVER TEXAS.

Dr. H. C. Whitehead, former City Physician of Fort Worth, died after a lingering illness of several months. He was a prominent member of the Fraternity of Eagles.

Ottis Hughes of Indianapolis killed himself at El Paso with a shotgun. His brains were blown out.

Citizens of Cleburne have been notified by proclamation to clean up all filth and to store no wagons or machinery on the streets. The sanitary laws will be rigidly enforced.

Mr. Wilkerson, a blacksmith at Fort Worth, fell while attempting to get off a moving street car, fracturing his skull, from which he died in a few hours.

By freight trains colliding in the Santa Fe yards at Guthrie, Ok., a cab was torn from an engine and Engineer Downey of Arkansas City was pinioned underneath, with both legs crushed and broken and escaping steam cooking the lower part of the body.

R. L. McMillan, Dallas, bitten by a small dog Wednesday night, has gone to St. Louis where he will receive medical attention in the Pasteur Institute. Mr. McMillan was bitten on the hand while trying to prevent his dog and another from fighting.

Thursday April 28, 1904 Judge Schuetze is Dead.

Austin: Judge Julius Schuetze died at his home here Saturday, leaving grown children and grandchildren. Deceased was possibly the most prominent German-American in the State and well-known throughout the country in German circles, being president of the National Order of Hermann Sons, which honorable position he has held for several years. He was particularly prominent in his writings in Texas Vorwaerts, a German weekly, he had been publishing for a number of years. He was prominently identified with the German singing societies. Judge Schuetze was a native of Germany, born in 1835 and came to Texas in 1850, and since then has been prominent in the affairs of the community. Death was due to pneumonia.

Thursday April 28, 1904 CAR BARN BANDITS HANGED.

Three Murderers Pay the Death Penalty in Chicago.

Chicago, Ill., April 23. – Compelled to be carried to the scaffold, Peter Neidermeier, leader of the car barn bandits, was hanged here yesterday at 10:35 o’clock.

Weak and pale, but with a slight suggestion of a smile, the bandit failed to carry out his oft-repeated boast that he would die before reaching the gallows. The hanging of his associates, Gustav Mark and Harvey Van Dine, quickly followed. Although it was at first expected that Neidermeier would be able to walk to the gallows with little or no assistance, it was found at the last moment that he was too weak. He was placed on a truck and wheeled to one of the lower floors of the jail, after which he was carried to the scaffold and placed in a chair on the trap. He was not asked the customary question if he had anything to say, and the rope was quickly placed around his neck. The body shot through the trap and for twenty minutes after it moved convulsively, the physicians at first being of the opinion that he was strangled to death and that the rope had been placed too low. After an examination, however, the physicians announced that his neck had been broken.

Neidermeier appeared on the scaffold wearing a red rose, but without a coat. Previous to the execution and during the reading of the death warrant he snatched the paper from the chief deputy’s hands and placed it in a pocket, making remarks in anger at this time and also once or twice while being taken to the scaffold.

Shortly after 11 o’clock Marx was led to the scaffold, neatly dressed and wearing a white rose as a boutonniere, which had been given him by his small sister the night before. He was pale, but his courage never left him while he stood on the scaffold. He made no statement. Two priests of the Roman Catholic Church of which Marx had become a member, accompanied him to the scaffold. He repeated a litany with them and kissed a crucifix, after which the jailer adjusted the noose and sprang the trap at 11:17. He was pronounced dead at 11:34, his neck having been broken.

Van Dine was hanged after a short interval. Incidents in his execution were similar to those that characterized the execution of Marx. Like Marx, Van Dine was composed preceding his execution. He made no statement of any kind.

The hanging of the youthful car barn bandits followed closely a period of crime of less than six months. In that time eight murders were committed, all attendant upon robberies or efforts to escape arrest.

It was during an attempt to escape on a stolen train after an extraordinary battle in the swamps of Northern Indiana, just east of Chicago, that on Nov. 27 of last year the capture of the gang was completed by the arrest of Neidermeier, Van Dine and Emil Roeski, their associate, Marx, having already been placed behind the bars to await trial.

Thursday April 28, 1904 Killed by Lightning.

Healdton, I. T.: During a thunderstorm Saturday night John See got up to shut a window, and while standing at the foot of his bed lightning came down a stovepipe, killing him instantly. The same bolt that killed Mr. See struck the headboard of the bed, demolished the bed post, and passed out at the corner of the room. Mrs. See and baby, wife and child of deceased, were lying on the bed, and were not shocked nor injured in any way.

Thursday April 28, 1904 Four Killed by Wind.

Sapulpa, I. T.: A terrific cyclone, coming from the south, struck Fairland, I. T., Sunday, followed by a heavy rain. The dead are: Mrs. Mary Lamar, Mrs. Will Leamaster, Mrs. John Dial, and a child of Mr. Honk. Seriously injured: Mrs. Pendergraft, J. Harden, A. Brough and a child of J. Lewis. The injured are not expected to live. Some thirty others were injured, but on account of the excitement it was impossible to learn the extent of the injuries.

Thursday April 28, 1904 Father of Bartlett Dead.

Bartlett: Capt. John L. Bartlett died Monday morning after an illness of five days, aged sixty-five years, six months and ten days. He was formerly a citizen of Missouri. He came to Texas about thirty years ago and settled on land part of which is occupied by the present town of Bartlett, which was named for him. Capt. Bartlett enlisted in the Confederate army in Missouri and served through the war in the command of Gen. Joe. Shelby.

Thursday April 28, 1904

Galveston: A report was received at the police station by telephone that P. E. Engler, about thirty-five years old (white), was found dead two miles northeast of Virginia Point. From the condition of the body the man had been dead about a week. Prior to his disappearance Engler had been employed as a timekeeper by the contractors at Texas City. At the time the report was telephoned Esquire Snowball had not completed his inquest.

Fort Worth: Col. W. A. Maddox died Monday at the age of 79 years. Col. Maddox was the father of Walter T. Maddox, a prominent citizen of this city, also of E. T. Maddox and James H. Maddox, chief of the fire department, of S. P. Maddox, a detective on the city force, and R. E. Maddox. Besides these there are two more sons, John E. Maddox of Phoenix, Ariz., and Pike Maddox of Pensacola, Fla. Col. Maddox was born in Troupe County, Ga., in 1825.

Wortham: A cyclone passed over the Yelldell settlement about five miles southeast of here Sunday afternoon, killing one young lady, injuring several and completely demolishing several buildings. It is learned that the girl killed was a Miss Shanks, and the injured, W. E. Bonner and daughter of Mexia. The latter were blown out of a buggy and the vehicle blown into the top of a tree. For a space everything was swept clean, large trees being torn from their roots.

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