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The Denison Leader from Denison, Kansas • 3

The Denison Leader from Denison, Kansas • 3

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Che Ocnloon Header A FUGITIVE 17 YEARS. EFFORT TO GET A PARDON FOR WAIGHTSTILL ANDERSON. Ulfftt Cp la Federal Benrloe Sentenced to Death, Hi Rescued by AOO Meu Has IUceutly Eerred President McKlnley. batant, Cebon Millar, fell down a shaft At the bottom, with renewed ferocity, Ray attacked his opponent, and in five minutes Miller was dead. Meanwhile Anderson had been attacked at the top of the mine by one of the Bailey Ed Horton.

Their encounter was brief, unseen. All that is known of it is that Horton was killed. Knowing that they would suffer immediate expiation at the hands of the enraged men in tho mine, if caught, the two lingered not an instant, but made good their escape. They kept themselves hidden until the matter quieted down and then returned and gave themselves up, on the grounds that the deeds were committed in self-defense. They were indicted for murder and tried -In a hostile county, where public feeling was against them.

The jury brought in a verdict of mur- Every county in North Carolina is in suspense to know the outcome of an application now in the hands of Governor Charles B. Aycock of that state for the pardon of Waightstill Avery Anderson, who 16 years ago was convicted of murder and sentenced to be hanged, and since then has been a fugitive from the grasp of the law. It is. supposed that the federal adminis- Jf Urm I 'ill 1 A I 5 mb Roc of Afei, for Efet The great hymns of the world that have touched the hearts of many thousands have usually been the expression of a vital Individual experience. They have not been written as mere pieces cf literary composition; they have been the crystallizing of personal sorrow, personal faith', or personal realization, They have been the summing up of years of hope and struggle, focused in an instant of expression, as the century plant stores up vitality for decades to be evidenced at last in a sudden flowering.

The circumstances that inspired some of our great devo-iionaf hymns must deepen the interest in both the song and the singer and reveal that mighty kinship of human 1afhof Axrna avmnnthv that COI1- peared in a volume called "Hymns and Anthems," published in 1841. The chie! criticism made against this hymn ii that it does not mention a Savior. Rev. THE RESCUE OF ANDERSON. tration will exert an influence in Anderson's behalf, for though branded A.

T. Russel added a stanza this lack, but the new lines "are rarelj used and they never popular as a murderer he has' since showed himself to be a valuable citizen, having, during many occasions, been entrusted with offices of great responsibility. fers deathless fame on a few simple The deed of which Anderson is verses, soui-Diograpmes uvuis charged is the killing of a man named I 11 I I HNI III II I Lll LA a IT UU II Ed Horton, near Asheville, N. during a quarrel over a mine. That Anderson committed the deed is a fact, Jesus, Lover of Sly Soul.

One day Charles Wesley was sitting by an open window, looking over the beautiful fields, when he saw a little bird pursued by a hawk. The pooi thing, weak and frightened, In seeking to escape from its enemy, flew into the room and found refuge in Wesley's bosom. As the poet was then in great trouble and needed the safety of a refuge, the consolation of help from 8 higher power than his own, the incident seemed to him a divine message, and, thus inspired, he wrote the fa mous hymn. Hold the for I Am Coming. In October, -1864, Allatoona Pass, a defile in the Mountains of Georgia, was guarded by General Corse with he having confessed to that effect, but according to his story it was done in self-defense.

MAM XSMtfcWMW in 1775 by Rev. Augustus Toplady, a very learned English divine, who died at the early age of thirty-eight. The hymn has the rare, wondrous spiritual ecstasy he revealed in his daily life. In his last illness he said: "I cannot tell the comforts that I feel in my soul; they are past expression. It will not be long before God takes me; for no mortal man can live after the glories which God has manifested to my soul." The marble tablet over his grave says: The trouble arose in 1884 from a violent dispute between Edward Ray, a brother-in-law of Anderson's, and a man named Bailey, over their respective claims to a valuable mica mine in Mitchell county.

Bailey and his friends were in possession. Ray, bitterly set against yielding, attempted to smoke the Bailey men out of the mine. Unsuccessful in this, he next ap- He Wrote "Rock of Ages, Cleft far Me." The Sweet By And By. In 1867 this hvmn. known as "The Sweet By and By," was written at Elkhorn, by S.

Fillmore Bennett, who was as- men. It was a strong strategic poinl and, moreover, a 'million and a hall of rations were stored there. Fresich, the southern general, with 6,000 men, attacked the garrison and drove the defenders into a small fort on the crest of the hill. The battle was fierce; the northern soldiers fell in such numbers that further fighting seemed folly. Bui one of Corse's officers caught sight 61 a white signal flag fluttering in the breeze on the top of Kenesaw Mountain, across the valley, fifteen milei away.

The signal was answered, and then came the inspiring message frorc mountain to mountain: "Hold th( fort; I am coming. W. T. nil tJfm der In the first degree in Anderson's case, and of manslaughter in Ray's. The sentences were hanging and 20 years' imprisonment, respectively.

The friends of Ray and Anderson at once began to plan to free them. Accordingly, a stormy night, just a short time before Anderson was to be hanged, a band 500 strong surrounded the jail at Asheville, where, the men were confined. The unsuspecting jailer was seized and tied and gagged. Five minutes later the 500 rescuers left the city without having fired a single shot. Since that night none but Anderson's wife and a few friends has known his whereabouts.

On leaving North Carolina he assumed' a new name, under which he has worked all these years. In the struggles of the family which Anderson left behind to keep alive, they have been aided hy Anderson's friends, and through the influence of Senator Pritchard Mrs. Anderson was appointed postmistress at Bakersville, and has thus been enabled to keep her three children. Meanwhile, Anderson has become high sheriff of the county in which he lives, in a state not far from the Rockies. For a good part of the time he has also been in the secret service of the United States, still under his assumed name.

When $20,000,000 of gold coin in kegs was taken from San Francisco, to Washington, D. Anderson was captain of the 20 men who so faithfully guarded it During the Spanish-American war, when, the White House wa3 more carefully guarded than before, Anderson could have again been seen. Also at Chicago, when President McKinley was there at the laying of the cornerstone of the new postoffice building, Ander? son was in evidence. All during the inauguration day Anderson was the one seen nearest the President. As for "Edward Ray, he was' long thought to be dead.

His wife secured a divorce and married the young attorney, who is now Senator Pritchard. It has recently been learned, however, that Ray is living in the City of Mexico, having amassed a fortune in wining. with J. P. Webster in arranging a new collec-ti of was and easily i c-coura day, when very blue, went i Ben nett's Cheer after cheer went up, and though hopelessly reduced in numbers they did hold the fort for hours until the advance guard of Sherman's army came to their relief.

Six years later, P. P. Bliss, the evangelist, heard the story in all its vivid detail from a soldier friend, and then wrote the words and music of this famous hymn From Greenland's Icjr Wcuutaln On Whit Sunday, 1819, Dr. Shipley, an English clergyman, was to preach a missionary sermon. On the day pre ceding, Dr.

Shipley requested his son in-law, Bishop Reginald Heber, to write "something for them to sing in office, and when asked "What's, the matter, now?" answered "It is no matter, it will all be right by and by." The idea flashed into Bennett's mind, as he then expressed It, was 'The Sweet By and Why wouldn't that make a good hymn?" Turning to a table he at once wrote the words; Webster jotted down the muBic as if inspired. Half an hour later two musical friends entered the room and it was sung by the quartet, Nearer, My God, to Thee. Of the many hymns written by Mrs. Sarah Flower Adams, the only one that has survived is this hymn, basad on the Bible story of Jacob's vision at Bethel, the imagery of which narrative It follows most faithfully. It first cp the morning." Heber retired from the table, around which a group of friendc were assembled, and in a corner of the room wrote this hymn at one sitting.

GOVERNOR AYCOCK. pealed to his brother -in-law, Anderson, then a young man of 25, a deputy collector of Internal revenue and greatly dreaded by the moonshiners. It wa3 decided to force the issue in person, and the young men started for the mine armed. The Bailey men, who awaited them at the entrance to. tho mine, were similarly-equipped.

A desperate scuffle followed, during which Ray and his coni- One thing I solemnly desire to sea all children taught obedience; and one to all persons entering into life the power of unselfish admiration. Ruskir.

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