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




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Thursday March 3, 1904 Prominent Educator Passes Away.

Dallas: Prof. William A. Bolles, for years prominent in educational affairs of the city, died in Denver, Colo., where he had resided for seven years. He was born at Saratoga Springs, N. Y., coming to Texas in 1881. He lived in Dallas from 1883 to 1889, and removed to Glen Rose to become principal of the Collegiate Institute. He was a widely known in educational and church work.


Thursday March 3, 1904 SAVES DISGRACE TO HIS STATE.

Vardaman, Mississippi’s Strenuous Governor Gets Busy.

(unreadable) ... Vardaman, who a few weeks ago was inaugrated Governor of Mississippi. Thousand and thousands of blacks confidently believed his ascension to the Governor’s chair meant their return to slavery, and when he was elected hundreds fled the State. Vardaman’s anti-negro policy was the talk of the country.

Saturday the first threatened negro lynching since his inauguration was sprung way up in Panola County, at Batesville, on the Mississippi Valley Railroad.

The Governor ordered Sheriff Johnson of that county to protect the negro, Albert Baldwin, charged with the murder of Engineer Fogarty, at Tutwiler, and toward night he called out the militia, ordering the Greenwood and Brookhaven companies to the scene instanter.

Special trains were hired. Later Gov. Vardaman summoned his staff, employed a special train from the Illinois Central and left for the scene to assume personal command of the State militia and save Baldwin from being burned.

Sunday night the special train returned to Jackson, the capital, bearing Gov. Vardaman, the militia and the negro. Baldwin, he having been rescued from the mob. He was safely locked up in the Jackson jail.


Thursday March 3, 1904 John Spivy (sic) Declared Insane.

Marlin: The jury in the case of Jno. Spivey, charged with the murder of Albert Huffman, returned a verdict of not guilty on the ground of insanity. The defendant made a long statement to the jury in a rambling sort of way, in which he alleged that Huffman had destroyed his family, but all the evidence went to show that he is crazy and was when he did the killing. Spivey was taken to the asylum at once.


Thursday March 3, 1904

Dewey Heywood, thirty-six years old, of the Heywood Oil Corporation of Jennings and Baumont, died at Lafayette, La., of typhoid fever after an illness of three weeks. He is survived by a wife, mother and three brothers, Alba, Otho, W. and Scott.


Thursday March 10, 1904

Mrs. E. V. Bell, a sister of Uncle Geo. Coulter, died last Saturday at Dallas, and was buried Sunday evening. Mr. Coulter was with his sister when the end came. His sons Charley and Leslie went up Sunday to attend the funeral. It will be remembered that Mr. Coulter’s only brother died in Tennessee about a week ago, and this second death in the family in so short a time makes it a peculiarly sad one.


Thursday March 10, 1904 EVENTS OF EVERYWHERE.

R. E. Waddell, freight conductor on (unreadable...) was stabbed and perhaps mortally wounded at Okmulgee, I. T., by (unreadable).


W. H. Goodwin, an old time citizen of Laredo, committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart with a sixshooter. He left a note saying he was tired of living.


Euesbio Escobebo, a boy of 16. while bathing with three companions, near the coal mines at El Paso, was seized with cramps and drowned. The body has not been recovered.


A big steel skeleton of a ten-story apartment hotel that was being erected in New York collapsed Thursday, carrying a score or more of workmen down in the wreckage. Eleven persons were killed and twenty-five or more injured, and four more have since died.


Charles Spalding of Chicago, in order to reach the bedside of his mother who was dangerously ill at San Antonio, ran a special train from his home to the latter city covering the 1885 miles in 33 ½ hours, a little over 41 miles an hour including stops.


Grover Arnold, lately of Greenville, was killed by his horse falling on him in a round-up in Shackleford County.


Thursday March 10, 1904 Prairie Fires Rage, Leaving Death and Ruin

Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska Suffer from Furious Fires Wildly Driven by Maddening Borean Blasts.

Lawton, Ok., March 1. – Five persons were burned to death and 3000 square miles of territory in Kiowa and Commanche Counties were swept by prairie fires Wednesday, according to reports received here. Hundreds of people are homeless and it is impossible to estimate accurately the financial loss owing to the wide extent (unreadable) ....

At Hobart, the county seat of Kiowa County, the fire approached from the east, destroying the stables of fifteen ranches, fifteen residences, two business houses and various small buildings. Spreading to the southwest the fire swept 75,000 acres of Government, military and timber reserve and Indian school reserve, destroying several Indian houses and forty head of Government cattle. Spreading westward, the flames covered miles of the homestead district, destroying houses, barns and stock. It was in this district that five persons are reported to have perished in attempting to protect their property. The names of three have been learned. They are: Dock and John Harmon, brothers, and a man named Fisher. The other two were women and their names have not yet been learned. Late at night the fire began moving southward toward this city.

At midnight 5000 people of the city were up to do battle with the approaching monster of destruction. The advance line of the fire was fully two miles in length and coming in a semi-circular form. A thousand men turned their efforts to checking the flames in the grass borders of the reservation at the city limits. Water from every source, carried in every conceivable way, was distributed along this line, and carried all around the city limits. This served the purpose of checking the advance of the fire, but was of little avail in hindering the continued rolling of the fire brands into the streets of the city. In more than a hundred places flames arose from dwellings, barns and outhouses, but wherever a blaze grew men were present to quench it with water. As a result of the cool judgment of the fighters, the city’s loss was only $10,000.

Stories are coming in of how families lay out on the prairie throughout the freezing night after the storm had passed with only the thin clothes on their backs as reminders of their once prosperous homes. Hundreds of people are destitute and are suffering intensely from the cold and with excruciating pain occasioned by their burns. Clothes, medicine and physicians are being sent out from all the cities and towns of the district to relieve the suffering. Cavalry from Fort Sill and officers from this city are searching for missing men, women and children.

The names of six persons dangerously burned have been learned and reports persistently continue from various districts to the effect that a large number of persons were injured in fighting the flames.

I. C. Strickland, the sexton of the Lawton cemetery, and his wife and two children were seriously burned. The mother and one little daughter may die. J. Denny, a farmer seriously injured. R. E. Prosper, living three miles out of Lawton, lost all of his property, a herd of cattle, and was burned seriously, but with his entire family in night clothing escaped to ploughed ground and remained in the cold night air until dawn.

A report has been received at Fort Sill that an entire Apache village was swept clean. The report has not been verified.

The soldiers at Fort Sill were ordered but to fight the flames and rendered great assistance.

At Anadarko many buildings were burned. No lives are reported lost, but there were numerous escapes. Women and children scantily clad fled to ploughed ground, while the men remained in an endeavor to save property.


Thursday March 10, 1904 (additional news items regarding the Prairie Fires are filed from Topeka, Kansas, Lincoln and Lexington, Nebraska. From Topeka: “Many narrow escapes from death are reported, but as far as known only one person—Frank McGrew of Bird Citywas burned to death.”


Thursday March 10, 1904

A farmer seven miles north of Paris reports the plowing up of the body of an unknown man with a bullet hole through the skull. Mystery surrounds the find. The neighborhood is excited. The body was buried for a long time only a foot under the ground.


Thursday March 10, 1904

Six men were drowned, and four others injured, as a result of the collapse of a bridge spanning Yellow Creek, near Irondale, on the Cleveland and Pittsburg Railroad. The men were on two locomotives that attempted to cross the bridge together.

Thursday March 10, 1904 SHOT TO DEATH AND THE CORPSE STRUNG UP

A Springfield, Ohio, Mob Cooly and Deliberately Shot a Negro Murderer to Death.

Springfield, Ohio, March 8. – Great excitement is felt here over the shooting of Police Sergeant Charles Collis by Richard Dixon, a negro, early Sunday morning, and who died Monday.

At 11 o’clock the negro, Richard Dixon, was taken from the jail and shot to death in the jail yard and the body was taken from there to the corner of Main and Fountain avenue and hanged to a telegraph pole, where the mob spent the next half hour riddling the body with bullets from several hundred revolvers.

The mob forced an entrance to the jail by butting in the east door with a railroad iron. At 10:30 the mob (unreadable) rapidly and it was the general opinion that no more attempts would be made to force an entrance. Small groups of men, however, could be seen in the shadows of the court house, two adjacent livery stables and several dwelling houses. At 10:45 the police were satisfied that there was nothing more to fear, and they with other officials and newspaper men passed freely in and out of the jail.

Shortly before 11 o’clock a diversion was made by a small crowd moving from the east doors around to the south, a bluff was made at jostling them off the steps leading up to the south entrance. The crowd at this point kept growing, while yells of “Hold the police!” “Smash the doors!” “Lynch the nigger!” were made, interspersed with revolver shots. All this time the party with the heavy railroad iron was beating at the east door, which shortly yielded to the battering ram, as did the inner lattice iron doors. The mob then surged through the east door, overpowered the Sheriff, turnkey and handful of deputies, and began the assault on the iron turnstile leading to the cells. The police from the south door were called inside to help keep the mob from the cells, and in five minutes the south door shared the fate of the east one. In an incredibly short time the jail was filled with a mob of 200 men with all the entrances and yard gates blocked by fully 1500 men, thus making it impossible for the militia to have prevented access to the negro, had it been on the scene. The heavy iron partition leading to the cells resisted the mob effectually until cold chisels and sledge-hammers, which were only two or three minutes later in arriving, were brought into play. The padlock on the turnstile had been broken and the mob soon filled the corridors leading to the cells. Seeing that further resistance was useless, and to avoid the killing of innocent persons, the authorities consented to the mob’s request for identification of the man. The man was dragged to the jail door, then down the steps to a paved court yard. Fearing an attempt of the police to secure him, the leaders formed a hollow square. Some one knocked the negro to the ground and those near him fell back four or five feet. Nine shots were fired into his prostrate body, and, satisfied that he was dead, a dozen grabbed the lifeless body and with a triumphant cheer, the mob surged into Columbia street and marched to Fountain avenue, one of the principal thoroughfare’s of the town. From there they marched south to the intersection of Main street and a rope was tied around Dixon’s neck. Two men climbed a pole and threw the rope over the topmost crossarm and drew the body about eighteen feet above the street.

They then descended and their work was greeted with a cheer. The fusillade then began and for thirty minutes the body was kept swaying back and forth from the force of the rain of bullets which was being poured into it.


Thursday March 10, 1904 Old Resident of Gatesville Cremated.

Gatesville: Sunday afternoon the barn and large warehouse of W. H. Hanks in the suburbs of the town was burned. Mrs. Hanks, enveloped in flames, was discovered flying from the burning building by those who first saw the fire. Before aid reached her, she fell face downward, and died almost instantly. It is supposed that she missed one of her little boys and fearing that he was in the barn, had rundown to ascertain.


Thursday March 10, 1904

At El Paso George Lender, a negro, shot and killed his wife and then turned the pistol upon himself, dying instantly. He shot his wife while she was asleep. Lender was a bootblack.


Thursday March 10, 1904 Escaped the Gallows.

St. Joseph, Mo.: Mark Dunn, convicted of murder, got possession of two revolvers that were smuggled into the jail and forced the death watch to submit to being bound. He held the watchman prisoner all night and forced him to call the jailer soon after daylight. When the jailer came Dunn threatened to kill the death watch unless the jailer turned him out through the wheel. The jailer to save the watchman, did as ordered.


Thursday March 10, 1904 An Arab Spy Outwitted.

Once at least, in Egypt, the loss of his eye in an earlier campaign proved a great service to Lord Wolseley and his army. He could get no information of the enemy’s strength of position, says the London Onlooker. An Arab was captured prowling around our outposts and was brought before him. It was ten to one the sullen fellow knew everything. Lord Wolseley questioned him. The fellow answered never a word, standing stolid between the two soldiers. At last a happy idea struck the general. He said in Arabic: “It is no use your refusing to answer me, for I am a wizard, and at a wish can destroy you and your masters. To prove this to you, I will take out my eye, throw it up, catch it and put it back in my head.” And, to the horror and amazement of the fellow, Lord Wolseley took out his glass eye, threw it up, caught and replaced it. That was enough; the Arab capitulated, and the information he gave the staff led to the Arabi’s defeat.


Thursday March 10, 1904 ARLINGTON EXPERIMENT FARM.

Is Selected and Operations Will Begin at Once.

Dallas: Dr. W. J. Spillman, special representative of the United States Department of Agriculture, now engaged in establishing diversification farms throughout the Southern States, went out near Arlington and selected the farm of A. J. Brown as the land on which farming the way the United States Government would have it done will be conducted. Mr. Spillman was accompanied by Capt. Brown, and the two spent the forenoon going over the place with a view in arranging for the crops to be grown as soon as cultivation can be undertaken. At the close of his inspection he announced that the farm suited the purposes for which (unreadable)... utilize it much better than any that thus far he had placed.

After lunch Dr. Spillman spent an hour and a half to a big assemblage of farmers at Arlington, explaining the work which he is undertaking in the interest of the farmers. He urged upon them the necessity of diversifying their work as much as possible in order that they might not be dependent exclusively upon the raising of cotton for a livelihood. He also repeated with special stress the need of every inch of ground on the farms being kept at work as nearly every minute of time as is possible. (the article continues in this vein)

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