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   Atlanta Constitution, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1890, Atlanta, Georgia                               VOL. XXII 'ATLANTA, GA., WEDNESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 3, PAGES. PRICE FIVE CENTS, THE HAND OF SUBE TO B.JLVE ISEE1T F2X.3IJ.TOlf. FET.T AT A RAILROAD TRAIN HELD DOWN One Man Robs the Express Car, and Quids Botli Passenjjers and Crow in Ter- Tho Story Told toy tUe Principals. MONTGOMERY, Ala., September north-bound passenger train, No. 5, on tlio Mobile and Montgomery' division of the Louisville and Nashville railroad, boarded at Flomaton about o'clock last night by a train robber, who held np the train on the trestle over the Ebcniiiwd river, just north of Flomaton. At the point of a pistol, be compelled iJng'noei Siaer back and break in the d 'or of the express, car. After this was done, lie commanded Express Mess- enger J on to Jay down his pistol, open tlio express safe and deposit its cou- tentv in a sack which he fumishod for the pui po-o of containing tbe plunder. During all this time the robber kept np a fiwlade with pistols, firing, it is esti- mated, at least fifteen shots. The robber got away with the contents of the which, it is stated, did not fl'iiotnit to a great deal, though the sum stolon is unknown. THE AGEVT'fl STATEMENT. Mr M. Shoemaker, the agent of the Southern Express Company in this city, said to a CONSTITUTION reporter this morn- ing "V.'o do not etactly know how much in the safe robbed on No. G last inn'ht, but I am satisfied that tho sum w as not very large. The company has long since discontinued sending any large quantity of irioney on night trams out of Orleans or this city. Wo ha> o an ample day train service to carry all faiidi matter, and there is no use taking any risk of robbery. There is no way of arriving at the amount of the loss until the report is maJo tioni tho Now Orleans office, but I do not thhik the loss was very great. The com- pany has already taken every step to effect the capture of tho robber, and nothing will be left mtilone to secure him." TOLI> BY THE CONDUCTOR. Conductor John C. Elliot, who had cliargo of the train which was robbod, was seen tlus morning at his residence on Ca- toma street, and he made the following state- ment of the particulars of the robbery: "Tho train No. 6 left Mobile at o'clock last night on good time, and every- thing parsed off as usual without any hitch hatover until we reached Flo- roatoD. Here wo found that the train from. Pensacola, with vljieli wo were to maka. istas late, and as a consequence we were de- lajed twenty minutes. Finally everything was gotten ready, and just as we were pre- paring to pull out my train porter saw some one run along side the cars, towards the fiont of the train, and just as we eot in motion, he saw the figure climb on the engine. This was not considered strange, as it was not uncommon for a Pensacola engineer or fireman to board the engine to eay something to tbe engineer or lireman, or perhaps to ride to the next station. If the man had jumped on any of the cars w ould have supposed that it was a tramp, and we would have stopped the tram to put him off. At any rate, tho train did not pick up its speed as quickly as it shouid lia-ve done, and I knew that something was wrong, but just what it was was. more than I could say. I thought, perhaps, that the airbrakes refused to work TI hen the engineer let them off, and I stepped out on the platform to listen for the brake shoe dragging on the wheel, but Could not hear it. THS FIRING BEGINS. "Abont this time the train came to a stop. I was in tbe first class coach, and stepped out to tbe platform to see what was the trouble. I could see that a por- tion of tho train with the engine had crossed the trettle over Escambia river, while a portion was on the trestle and the balance on the lower side of the river. "While I jras leaning out looking forward, I saw a flash, followed instantly by the report of a pistol, then by a second report. My first impression was that tramps "were stealing a ride on the forward part of the train, and that they bad attacked tbe engineer and firepian witb their pistols. "It did not take me long to think, bat about the time I had reached the conclu- e.on that it was tramps, a voice in a tone of warning, rather than command, [shouted to me, Take in your and I went into the car. Then in an incredible short time after the train stopped a regular fnsi- lade of shots began in the direction of the engine. It was flashed across my mind in an instant that the train had been attacked by robbers, who were at work in the ex- press car. This impression prevailed also among the passengers, who made a break from the second-class car and smoker into the first-class car. The firing still continued, and I drew my pistol and called to the passengers for volunteers to go up to the front with me. But no one answered to my call, and I then proceeded to the express and bag- gage car. As I passed along, I could see the flashes of tbe shots out of the windows on either side, and the natural impression was the train was surrounded by robbers. I went on through tbe second-class car, and the baggage car to the far side of the partition which forms the mail compartment. "When I reached the door in this partition I saw the robber standing in the front door of tho express car facing me, with two pistols in his hands, pointing in my direc- tion. Between the robber and myself were Mr. Johnston and the engineer, Mr. Siser. At this time I think the messenger had already emptied his safe into tho robber's sack. TO GET BACK. "As my form appeared in the doorway the zobber shouted out to me: 'You big fellow, get back there OP I'll kill you.1 "J got back. T could not use my pistol, as the engineer and messenger were both in range between the robber and myself, and an inter- change of shots meant the shooting of one or both ol them by the robber or myself. Bly view of tho robber was only momentary. He stood jnst inside tho express car door, with his back towards an express car loaded with fresh fish, which was between him and the engine. He seemed to be a little above the medium in height. He had a red handkerchief tied across his nose, just below his eyes. Tho handker- chief foil dowu and covered the lower part of his face. He wore a soft hat, pulled well down over his eyes, and I could see but very littlo of his face. The lower portion of his" body was concealed behind the express messenger's chest, on which was piled a number of boxes and pack- ages. He appeared to bo of slight build and his cheek bones stood out prominently. "I went back into the first-class car.aiid.iu a short time, tlie train moved off, and when we reached Newton the particulars of the robbery briefly to Mr. Mclvinney, superintendent of the division." THE EXPERIENCE. The engineer, >Ir. Siser, returned down the road this morning to meet Mr. Fisher, of the Southern Express Company, for the purpose of making a detailed statement of the affair to him. He informed me last night that, just after he pulled out of Flomaton, he and the fireman saw a man climbing over the tender with a coal pick in his hand. At the first glance they supposed ha was an employee of tho road, but when ho drew near to them ho had two revolvers drawn on the engineer. The robber then told Siser that he must do what he bid him do, or that he would be killed. The robber then com- manded Siser to stop the as soon as the express car had crossed Ea- cambta bridge. Wheh the train came to a stand still, the robber handed Siser the coal pick and sent him and the fireman to the head, commanding Siser to break in the door of the express car. As aoon as tho men. reached the ground, the fireman btarted off on a run down the embank- ment. The robber called to the fireman to stop, but he kept running and tlie first two shots were fired at the negro. The engineer broke in the express door, and after disarming Mr. Johnston, ho was forced to open the safe and deliver the valuables it contained. Then tho robber made Siser hand him Johnston's pistol, which ho made Johnston lay down as soon as he affected his entrance into tho car. After he completed his robbery the robber marched Siser back to his engine and told him to pull ont, and turning, ho walked off into the woods. Tbe robbery of a train is' a serious piece of business but in the instance lost night it had an amusing side. All the passen- gers, except those in the sleepers, soon knew that the train had been held up, and it is said that all of them huddled together in the lower end of the first-class car as though for mutual protection. They began to make a hurried disposition of their valuables, one gentleman shoving his gold watch and a handsome ring down into the stove, while a half dozen or more emptied their pockets of all their funds into their shoes, and for the next half hour after the train started those who disposed of their cash in this manner were engaged in digging nickles and dimes out of their shoes. One passenger, more frightened than the others, went back into the sleeper, where he was found stretched flat on the floor, dreading every minute the arrival of the desperado who held the train. The robber did not enter any of the coaches and the through mail pouches, which were piled in the mail department between the baggage and express compart- ments of the car which "was entered, were not disturbed. THE DOGS CALLED IK. It has leaked out late tonight Qthat the Southern Express Company officials have been shadowing the notorious robber and outlaw, Rube Burrows, in the vicinity of Flomaton, where the robbery occurred last night. They were only waiting for an op- portunity to swoop down on their gttme, and get him, when Rube seems to have evaded their detectives, and got in his work in a bold, daring and unexpected man- ner. The officials seem to have no doubt of the robber, and are determined at all hazards now to bring him to justice. Su- perintendent Agee, of the Memphis express division, accompanied by Agent Minor, passed through Montgomery tonight with four bloodhounds, belong- ing to the Louisville and Nashville road, going from Birmingham to Flomaton, the scene of the daring robbery, where they ar- rived at 11 o'clock tonight. It was their intention to pat the dogs on the trail at once upon their a rrival. Nothing has been heard from them since they left, and will not, perhaps, Hill tomorrow. Tho coun- try around Flomaton is swampy, and it is feared the rain will make it difficult for the doga to trail the fugitive, or the detectives and posse to follow them. Only in money and worth of valuable papers were taken. There was in a separate bag that the mes- senger had thrown to the aide, accidentally, but luckily. It is said that Rube Burrows was recently seen in Florida, and there is a possibility that he ordered the assembling of his gang at Flo- maton, and joined them there, to superintend the proper conduct of the affair, but this rob- bery looks more like the work of the celebrated Coptaln Bunch.______________ Accident on tbe Northern Pacific Railroad. HOT SPRINGS, "Wash., Septemper ter- rible accident occurred lost night four miles from. Eagle Gorge, about sixty miles from Taeorna, on tlio Northern Pacific railway. Eastbound passenger train No. 2 was wrecked and the tender of a second engine, mail, ex- press and baggage car, smoker, emigrant and two day coaches were thrown from the track. Sixteen persons were injured, two fatally. Ben Young, umpire of the Northwest league, and J. D. of Kcd Bluff, Cal., have both since died. BKECKIMIBGE'S SEAT. IS NOW TJTE Of lOSf Uf BLOODY SHIRT SPEECHES FOR TODAY. The Spocrty of the Tariff Bill Brings Up the Question of Adjournment Senators in a Hurry to  st ,000 negroes for the "African emigration expedition from thia immediate vicinity. TIKEI3 OF I.IFE Because of the Death of His Wife and Clill- dren. AMHEICUS, Ga., September 2. [Special.] Tom Lassiter, a white carpenter, took six drachms of laudanum today with suicidal in- tent. Lassitor'a wife and two children, died two weeks ago, since which time he has been very despondent. Today he wrote a note telling his friends that he was tired of life, and afterwards took tho deadly drug." Two hours elapsed before a physician could be summoned, and then it was too late to help him. Lassiter was about thirty-five years old and came here from Mitchell county. THE VICTIMS OF THE GIST. MJr. W. H. MuHIns the First of ttoo Season to Be Killed. UNION POINT, Ga., September "W. H. Mullins, a prominent young farmer, a deacon of Sbiloh Baptist church, and superintendent of the Sunday school at that church, was caught in his gin today, and so cut and mangled that be died iii a short time. This is the saddest and most shocking death our neighborhood over had to occur. He leaves a young wife almost with grief, a father, mother and brothers and sisters all of whom are prostrated with sorrow. Tbe Court Iii Session. LAFAYETTE, Ala., September The circuit court for Chambers county met here yesterday, Hon. J. B. Dowdell, judge, presiding. Judge Chilton, General G. Harrison and Colonel "W. J. Sftnford, of Opelika, and Captain John A. Tevrott, of Dadevillej are among the visiting attorneys. Hon. C. E. Hoolter Keuomlnated, JACKSON, Miss., September Hon.C. E. Hooker .was today nominated by tbe democrats of this, the seventh district, for congress._______________ THE SPORTING WORLD. Result of Baseball Games Kaccs. At New York New York, hits. 0 errors, 1. Cleveland. 1 base hits, 4, errors, 1, Batteries Rusle and Buckley VJan and Zimtuer. At Cincinnati, 12 base hits, 5; errors, 3. Philadelphia, 14 baee lirts, 15; errors, 5. Foreman and Keenan Mul- lane and Harrinirtonj Gleason, Smith and Gray. __ hits, Stai- _ base lilts, Buffalo, 12, base bita, 18; errors, 3. Batteries J. Ewmg, O'Day and Vaughn Stafford and Halligan. At Eleven Innings Brooklyn, 8; error a 3. base hite, T errors, 4. Batteries Sowders and Daily Barston and Farrell. At Philadelphia, 13; baee hits, 13; errors, 5. 1'ittsbnrg-, 8; base hita, 8: errors, 2. Batteries Uufliiigton and Tever and Hurley. At Brooklyn [League! Fittalmrg, 4 basehlts, 8: errors, 6. Brooklyn, S; basehita, 5; errors, 2. Day and Decker, Caruthers and Clark. At First game ended before It began in dispute in regard to umpire. Both clubs claim a f orf the matter will be carried before the leafrue directors for settlement. Sec- ond. Boston, 4; base hits, 9; errors, 1. Chi- cago, 3; base hits, 10: errors, 3. Get- zed and Gozel Hutchinson and Kethredge. At Boston, as base hits, 23: errors, 4. Cleveland, base hits, 13; errors, 0. Eadbourne, Murphy and Swett; Gruber, and Brennan. At Tie, ten Innings darkness. Baltimore, 6; base cits, 6; errors B; Columbus, 6; base hits, 5; errors, G. Batteries German, Townsend and Tate Knauss, Eastons and O'Connor. At Syracuse Stars, 10; base hits, 12; 2. Toledo, 8 liase hits, 8 errors, 4. Batteries Keele and Pitz Cushman, Sage and "Welch. At Rochester, 7; base hits, 9; errors, 3. Louisville, 3; base hits, 9 errors, 2. Batteries Millar and McKeough Dailey, Ryan and BUgh. Bbeepabead Bay Races. OKK, September First race, sweep- stakes for three-year-olds, added, sixlur- longs, Meriden won, Milte Watson second, Dub- lin third. Time, 1 :12 1-5. Second race, two-year-olds, added, six furlongs, Tlioradale won, Stomer second, Fratlier i third. Time, 1-15. Third sweepstakes, added, six lurlonss, Clarendon, woa, Gertie J> second, VTrestlenJiird. Time1, Fourth race, three-year-olds, selling, sweep- stakes, added, a mile and a furlong, Ray- mond G- won, Frank Ward second, Elevo third. Time, 1 -JS7, Firth race, handicap sweepstakes, mile and three-aixteentlis, Montague wen. Ban- quet Second, Kenwood tliird. Time, 2 3-5. Sixth race, three-year-oMa. sweepstakes, adUecd, mile oa tho BaUston won, liera sec- ond, Young Duke third. Time, 1 :44. THE TRADE'S DISPLAY. A Meeting the Committee la Charge ot the JProject. MACON, Ga., September committee on arrangements of the trades display met at 5 o'clock p. ra., yesterday, in tlie board of trade rooms, Boff Sims, in tho chair. Five hundred dollars was appropriated for advertising tlie display. The chairman was authorized to appoint aa advertising committee of three. Throe hundred dollars was appropriated for music. Three persons will be appointed as a com- mittee on innsic by the chair. It was dec'ded to have a carnival at night. The name of tho attraction will now be the Macou Trades Display and Carnival. Elaborate allegorical floats will be prepared for the car- nival. Illuminations and iireworks will make the night brilliant. As soon as the committee of have perfected the details for tho tra-les' dis- play they will devote all their energies to pre- paring the programme for the carnival. It is intended to make the carnival some- thing new and novel, grander than any spec- tacular presentation ever yet seen on tho streets of Macon, and something the gorgeous brilliancy and beauty of which will attract peo- ple, not only in Georgia, but other southern states, to come to Macon, on Fridav October 24th. The chair was authorized to appoint three n9 a committee on floats, whose duty it shall bo to look closely after that department and uso every effort and encouragement to secure handsome floats. An endeavor will be made to have all the business streets of the city dec- orated, especially along the line of magch. The chair will appoint a committee of tlireo to communicate with decorators designers and other artists whose specialty is the arrangement of floats, decorations of buildings, etc. The committee will be instructed to negotiate with the very leading Repre- sentatives in this line. To tho riglifl competent men the approachirg display of- fers a rare opportunity for golden profic. Messrs Tyndall and Al tmayer were ap- pointed an auditing committee. They will audit all bills, and no bills will be paid with- out their endorsed approval. Is is understood that payment of bills will be made by a check drawn by tbe audit'ng committee on tbe treasurer, and endorsed by the president of the trades display. The chair was authorized to appoint a com- mittee of three to communicate with all the educational institutions of Macon and its: suburbs, requesting them to take part in the display. Tlie Passenpers Carried. MlcoN, Ga., September City and Suburban Street: railway carried passengers 111 January, in June, and in August. Every Sunday the electric branch to Vmeviile carries from to to Crump's park. A few days since a car with tow car attached, took up'llfi fares on a single trip. Four new tlnrty-hor.se power motors are being negotiated for, which will pull tow cars over any grade on the electric line in Macon or its suburbs. Back from MACON, Ga., September Chief Jones, of the flre department, has re- turned from the meeting ofciuefsof hie de- partments at Detroit. A large number of appliances, improvements and suggestioni were brought out at the convention, boiic o{ which Tvill be adopted by tne Macon fara department at tbe earliest possible date. An Alderman to 3Iarry. MACON, Ga., September derman Proudfit, of Macon, will marry Miss Napier, of Twiggs county, tomorrow Miss Napier is a lovely lady and is related to the Kapiers, of Macon._________ Short Notes from Macon. MACON, Ga., September B. Seals, one of the proprietors of The Sunny South, a literary periodical, is in Macon Hon. "W. O. "Wadley, of Bolingbroke, Ga.s was in Macon today. General Superintendent Vaughn, Division Superintendent Barnes, General Foreman Hudson, Trainmaster Begg, and other high officials of the East Tennessee, passed soutii on passenger No. 13 this morning, on a tour of inspection and conference with J. J. Gntfin, assistant general freight agent, to perfect ar- rangements for the prompt handling of tho cotton crop. Mr. M. F. Flowers has returned "from a visit to Florida. Dr. It. O. Cotter has gone to the mountains of north. Georgia for the improvement of his health, which has been indifferent of late. Miss Mamie Hertel bas returned from an extended stay at St. Simons and Brunswick bringing with her MissLizzie Aymar, of Bruns- wick. Miss Maggie Lamon, an accomplished sales- lady, has accepted a position with Burden, Smith Ellis as chief saleswoman aud man of the cloak department. The County Values of Alabama. MONTGOMERY, A3a.. September auditor today received the abstracts of assessment from tho counties of Bullock and- Morgan. Both of these counties show an in- crease in tho total valuations over last year, but in neither is tho increase sufficient to over- come the reduction of 5 mills in the lax rate-. The county of Bullock shows a total valuation. of which is an increase over last year of Morgan county shows a total valuation of which is an iiicreasa over last year of The total revenue produced by this year's assessment to a decrease compared with labt yeaC of S593.C9.________ They Were Ardent COLUMBIA, S- C., September At a picnic in county yesterday, Patrick Lowman and "William Beckham, rep- resenting the contending democratic factions, Lowman being astraigntout and Beckham a became Involved in a heated con- troversy. Angry words led to blows, and finally both drew fenives with which they fought desperately, until compelled to desieft from loss of blood. Lawson was horribly cut in several places, and died a few hours after- ward. Beckham will recover. TELEGRAPH BREVITIES. The Danube has oversowed Its hanks in upper Austria. Total amount of bonds purchased yesterday ofi Washington is The town of Cocoa, on the Indian river, nearly destroyed by firo yesterday. Memorial exercises of John Boyle O'Reilly were held in Fremont temple, Boston, last niglit. Henry George addressed ten delegates to tha ae-tax convention in Xew York last night. Coal miners in Belleville, HI., district have gone on a strike for 2 cents a bushel for digging coal. The sloop Petrel capsized outside of the harbor of San Diego, Cal., yesterday and six persona were drowned. New York city will aafc for a re-count of tha census, claiming that the enumeration fell short by about The state board of arbitration of New York yes- terday began its investigation into the causes of the Kew York Central strike. The republican state committee of Kew Yorfe met yesterdar and decided not to hold a. convention. They recommended that republicans support Judge Robert Earl for rc-tlecitoii, not- withstanding that he is a democrat. The state treasurer of has for- mally notified the selectmen ot towns of that state that the tax usually levied by the state oa towns will not bo called for tills year, owing to the flourishing condition of the state's finances. Tbe widow and children of tho late General Barrundia, who was assaulted on. air American steamer fay the Guatemaleans, has sent a disnatdi to President; Harrison, protesting against "the outrage of which they are the traconsolable vie- tuns7? The president has referred, ths matter to Secretary Elaine, iNEWSPAFERr NEWSPAPER!   

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