The Wickes Pioneer (Wickes, Mont.) 1895-1896, October 05, 1895, Image 8

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el SHE MUST SOON 1)1E. GEORGIA HAS A FEMALE HANG- ING AFFAIR ON HAND. .%e Citizens Ask the Governor Not to Extend Executive Clemency Story of One or the Most Wanton Murders out Record In the south. HE SPEcTACLE of the prominent citizehs of an entire community request- ing by formal reso- lutions that a white woman shall be hanged is one de- cidedly unique in the history of the south and perhaps of the entire coun- try. Without, perhaps, a dissenting voice, the citizens' of Twiggs county, Georgia, recently urged the governor to let the law take its course and not In- terfere with the sentence of death Irbich decreed last week that Elizabeth Nobles, a woman 54 years old, should Tray the penalty of responsibility for the death of her husband. The death sen- tence called for the hanging at the same time of Gus rambles, a negro; but through the intervention of the govern- or the woman has been respited to Oct. 12. There is a very strong sentiment in the south against hanging a woman. Three have, been hanged in Georgia, two white women and'one negrese, but many others capitally implicated in crimes have been let off with lighter punishment by the juries or the judges, ELIZABETH NOBLES. or have had their sentences commuted by the governor. The division of sen- timent over this particular case has been very great. At the- last moment attorneys were secured in the hope of bringing about another trial for the woman, and the testimony of physicians that she is insane may bring about the ere) desired. Back of it all, however, is simply thysentiment that a white woman should not be hanged. With no further explanation of the crime in which she undoubtedly had a hand, the men of Twiggs county might• be regarded as ungallant in thus fight- ing for her death, but the crime was one calculated to make the entire com- munity cry out. William Nobles was a successful farmer, living a few miles from the counts' seat of TWiggs, which Is very near the geographical center of the state. He was a genuine \cracker an illiterate man, hut universally re - Carded as a good citizen. He had a farm of about. 300 acres: he \lived at home,\ 1111 the saying is in Georgia, and ,that means that he raised his own supplies as well as the cotton, which is the staple crop. He was ignorant, it is true, and his wife and his children were weully so, but he was Wiriest, and there was never a suspicion of wrong doing against him. It was not so, ho aver, with other members of his remit? The mother and daughters were not above suspicion, and a son was forced to leave the neighborhood on account of his lack of morality. The testimony on the trial was of a nature which barred the possibility of its being print- ed ID any save the highly moral papers of England. There seems to be little, if any, doubt that the relations between the old woman and the negro, who was DEBBY NOBLES. , to hang with her, were Ille- gift?, The father had frequently upbraided the mother for condoning the offenses of her daughters. Ile bad suspected , the relations between the woman and rambles nod it :11 determined to get him out of *I/o way The old woman. hose age is g \on its rot, was the ring leader in the conspiracy th a t wa , formed. Once she hail planned to throw him into the well, and WAR about to pee cute that when the arrival of a neigh bor prevented it Again, she put strychnine in his hat the old mute goOring aornothit'e on 'op and Is teottof the hitter tr ,,.• r. r,,sed to drink it. She then off'''' -1 ?wiz , * Gus, ;10 if he woreld kill the old man. Gus hadn't the nerve, but hie wife. Mary, allured by the indin•ement held out from a money standpoint, urged Gus to kill the old man, lie refused be- cause the old man had been his friend, but the two women got together, and, as subsequently preyed, carried through their plans. Friday night, June 21. just after the family had eaten supper, Mrs. Nobles said that somebody had been stealing corn from the crib. She urged Nobles to go out and lay in wait for the theives. He had been plow- ing all day and said he was very tared, but finally she persuaded him, and went with him. The negro Gus, with a hat- chet in his hand, was concealed behind some bushes near the crib. Sure enough, corn was , found sprinkled on the ground. The old woman had, it de- veloped, put it there herself. While the old man was stooping down looking under the crib. Gus crept up stealthily and dealt him several blows with the hatchet, felling him to the ground. The old man turned and groaned and seemed struggling for life. The woman, who thirty-four years before had stood at his side before the marriage altar, grabbed the bloody hatchet from the hand of the negro and dealt her hus- ban(l what is believed to have been the fatal blow. Calling to their assistance the daughter Debby, who had crept near to witness the affair, and a negro named Dalton Joiner, and rambles' wife, they set about disposing of the body. They carried it through the cot- ton patch to the woods about 200 yards distant and there dug a shallow hole for its interment. The hastily impro- vised grave was too short, so they crushed the legs against the body and in that way pushed it into the grave. Dirt and straw were thrown in upon It and the place was smoothed over so as to hide, irpossible, all evidences of the crime. The old man was missed. The old woman was so guarded in her talk about him that the people began to be suspicious. Searching parties were formed, who finally, through the aid of e'swarm of flies and several buz- zards, came upon the spot where the body was uncovered. The negro Gus at once told the story of the crime. The old woman, being confronted with this, acknowledged that she had paid the negro sio to kill the old . man, and . gave as a reason that he was constantly pestering her. It was with great, difficulty that - the neighbors were prevented from lynching all of the parties then and there, but they were finally conveyed to a place of safety. In order to save the lives of these people—that is, from the hands of the people who wanted to take the preroga- tive of the courts unto themselves—the judge gave assurances of a speedy trial, and a special term of court began its sitting on the 9th of July, a little more than a week after the perpetration of the crime. The trial lasted three days. The developments were as have been GUS FAMBLES. told here. A yerdict of guilty of mur- der in the first degree was brought in against Mrs. Nobles and rambles. Mary rambles, the wife, was convicted of murder in the second degree, which means imprisonment for life. Debby Nobles and the negro, Dalton Joiner, were acquitted. Debby laughed when she was told that she could go free, and wanted to kiss her lawyer. The old woman laughed, too. The acquittal of the daughter created a great deal of in- dignattes, and as soon as the old wom- an and her accomplices had been re- moved to Macon for safe keeping the girl wandered away from the scene of the crime, being warned against re- maining there. She had started for Texas when last heard from. The old woman has thought all the Hine that she would get off with life imprisonment. The attorneys who are now managing her case, at the In- stance of those who. inspired by senti- ment, have raised the necessary fees, iia‘.e found that some of her relatives were insane, and will make a strong tight for her on this 'score • Liquor the Clause. Excitement mils high at Clayton, a village In Michigan. just at present, and all over a keg of beer. The wedding of Charles Brough to MIRA Maude Haw- kins took place there a few days ago, and several of the guests proctirod of beer and repaired to the blacksmith shop to drink the good health of the newly married As a result warrants' were Issued for thirteen of the alleged offenders on the charge of riot. They were taken before a just* end, through some flaw in the charge, dire charged, but five of them were irrinie diately rearrested and held for trial. I.:vet - body Is taking sides in the metier, hIldren aro being kept out ; ii xt school, a milling rempany and sevo al stores have been boycotted and everything is upset In general. Among those held for trial is the marshal of the village, B. cels and Colin/ Horan G. Bennett. Ti' ere hing I , ,T1 of Great Britain a rid I t n .1 r ei n 100 0 00.000 a year, 60 per t ent of in hi , h roe, for drink, VIEW OF THE MANDL FATHER BON0m115 STORY OF His CAPTIVITY. The Ittahdl Was s Great Knave, lie Mays. Who AlTruird Humility In rub - It. and indulged in Exc $$$$$ In Fri- tate. ATHER Bonoml, the Italian priest r who was for some years prisoner to Mahdists In the Soudan. was Salter - viewed the other day at hire home In a quiet street of Verona by a re- porter of the Ital- ian weekly paper 1 , 111ustrazione, and the father talked it some length of his captivity. The priest was found at table with his old mother, his sister, another priest, and a young man. He is described as a situ -burned man with vivid black u' it a look of alertness and courage tie believes that Italy is to derive bvtipti , from her costly African possessions, and that the dervishes have been weakenrel by dissension and famine, besides be- ing afraid of Italian arms after recent Yictories. When asked whether he had personally known the Mahdi, rather Bonomi's answer with a laugh was \Yes my friend, perforce.\ Father.Bonomie view of the Mahdi Honored sit near him, and repeated to the crowd passages from the Koran or read to them from books recording the deeds of Mohammed or Omar. There was no eloquence in his discourse, nor were there parables or flowers of rhet- oric. He frequently turned to ask the father's approval of the matter of the discourse, but the father's usual an- swer was that he did not understand it. No more did the people, in the father's opinion. It would be as effec- tive to read Dante to ignorant peas- ants. Sometimes when the discourse had to do with larger morals the lathe' approved in answer to the Mahdi's in- quiries, and then the latter would turr in triumph to the people and say: \You see; he says it is well.\ When the speaking or reading was at an end some one in the crowd would leap to the front, and with his arms in air begin to cry: \Seiedl! Seiedi!\ (My Lord, my Lord.) \What is it?\ the Mahdi would de- mand, and then the man would set forth his case. It was a beast stolen, an inheritance snalched, or an injury received. Then the Mahdi, having lis- tened, would turn to those standing about and ask whether the judgment should be . thus. The Mahdi's sug- gestion was always approved. The Mahdi at noon had his food car- ried' outside his hut, and then he with- drew behind a hedge to eat, inviting some persons to join him. The father attended these feasts somewhat un- willingly. Everything was eaten with the fingers, and if the Mahal found a The above is a good likeness of Hon. Thomas C. Carter, of Montana. At the recent session of the legislature he was chosen to represent the state in the United States senate. He is also chair- man of the national committee of the Republican party, having been twiee - is fresh and instructive. The father was captured with several:otter mis- sionaries by a company of dervishes five days' journey from El Obeid. They were not maltreated, but merely forced taccompan'y their. captors. Two 'sis- ters and one missionary died on the way, as much from fear as aught else. FATHER BONONII The others having been Len to El Obeid, which the Sondem , .1 taken, were set free and left .• 'h e i r liv- ing by labor. The purser,. occupied a hut, and the men set themselves to earn soreething by repairing arms anei utensils, while the sister attended to the household duties. El Obeid then contained about 60.000 inhabitants, sheltered in huts of a single , story, toughly Made of clay dried in the sun apri bedatibed without so that water tbight not filter through. The /•Ity in- / hided fields and gardens. end WAN of great compass, so that one might not go round it In a day. It was traversed by' ample and regular streets The people did not troebi , ihcrneelvess shout the prisoners, hut the Mahal RP slimed with them, after his custom, the pomp of an affected humility He came from his hut at dawn, miserably clad in fl patched shirt, and said his prayers in the presence of two or three thnuarin persons gathered to PPP him Then. mewed on the earth he meets Father elected to that important office. In a few weeks he will issue a call for a meeting of the committee for the pur- pose of deciding when and where to hold the next national convention 'if the party. It is believed that Chicago will be the place. fine piece of meat in the stew he fre- quently fished it out with his fingers and graciously offered it to the father. The discourse at meals especially be- loved by the Mahdi was the praise of simplicity. \See.\ he would say, \the Turks n caepets. cushions and delicate viands. We need none of these; we sit upon the earth, eat a little simple food, and are well.\ \Surely surely,\ answered the guests. \we .to well.\ All,this. according to Father Bonomi, was mere pretence The Mahdi in secret abandoned himself to every imaginable excess, and his death was due to this. When asked whether the Mahdi had nothing extraordinary In body or mind Lowest Prices for Cash. to account for his mastery of men, the father replied that he was a great knave and had the good luck to seize r r i e ris)ht moment. Graver revolts than of the Mahdists have been put , rth little force, butt when ‘1•11, ii arose Egypt was troubled with Arabi Pasha. and by the war with England. and besides the Egyptian goy- ernore in the Soudan had incurred the enmity of the people t. u _ 0. to THE nINT 1 Imported And Domestic Liquors, Wines, Cigars i I , Milwaukee and St. Louis Bottled Beers. The Anheuser-Busch Celebrated BEST IN TI1E \Premium On Draught. WORLD. Pale\ SPARLING Wickes, & SCHARF Proprietors, — Montana. J. W. VIO1A1-111,N, WICKES, - - MONTANA DEALER IN A Hay, Grain, Flour, Rolled Oats, Corn Meal, • FRYa F - L_CDUF:2_ ee The Hole,, 1.4,11141. LYniihIlt - Rt on tflo Hudson has be- come more , fammia, 41114'4 , (11111 gont le and winsome Ibtitenser of charities, , Miss Helen Gould. assumed possession of It, than It was even when Jay Grerid made it his favorite retreat from the cares of business. says Once a Week. It was the great flnanoler'e oilier de- light to spend hours remote from the click of tickers and the olack• of Wall street In caring for his flowers and Shrubs at I.vorliiiirst Tho mansion is handsome Auld e0InfOrtahiP. wit trout he ing impretine, the wide spreading branches of tine old trees onvIron ita towers anti in summer form a grateful o o shadow above Its hospitable incitingPo- trero , Library. /lining toom, parlor and private rooms were all deeigned for oomfort rather than PhOW vet entli is not without a certain elegance Here and there IR an excellent bit of PtRIO a , v p in d th e pict ur e gallery is 'loll in Komi paintings I.vrolhuret on the Hudson Is an attractive to its fair nits r-yrt that she RpPTIfig the greater part of her time there Like her father, she Is devoted to Viola:4 , FR and trees, and finds none of the rharme of in ban life anMelent to wean hot front the m DEAN & TAYLOR, Wholesale and Retail Dealers Hi Beef, Mutton, Pork, Hams, Bacon, AND MONTANA LARD. 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