Five Persons Killed.
WACO, Tex., July 22.-At a point twenty miles northeast of Waco, near the town of Mart, McLennan county, Mary Phillips, colored, and her children and three negro men were blown up at 4 a.m. Saturday by some powerful explosive. It is probable that it was a dynamite cartridge. Mary Phillips and three of her children were killed outright and two others were badly hurt. Of the three negro men, one was killed and the two others hurt. The explosion occurred in Falls county and is therefore in the jurisdiction of Sheriff Ward. It was near the McLennan county line and Sheriff Baker is co-operating in the work of securing the arrests of the perpetrators. Sheriff Baker has gone to the scene with a force of deputies and the sheriff left Marlin yesterday afternoon on the same mission. The place is midway between Marlin and Waco, and is twenty miles away from railway or telegraph lines. Mary Phillips is the widow of Absalom Phillips, a negro man who was slain in an affray with the Arnold brothers, white farmers, about six weeks ago. The report of the explosion was heard four miles away. The cottage was sent skyward and the victims were torn frightfully. There is wild excitement in the neighborhood. Judge Sam R. Scott, who was holding district court at Marlin, arrived here Saturday night on the Waco and Northwestern train. He heard the particulars of the blowing up of Mary Phillips' house, near Mart, from Sheriff John Ward's deputies, which agree fully with advises received here by Sheriff Baker. According to the Marlin advices, a dynamite shell or hand projectile of some sort was thrown in through the window while the parties were all asleep. A school teacher four and one-half miles away heard the explosion.
Persons two miles away were awaken from sleep, so loud was the sound. Within a mile it was deafening. When the train halted at Riesel, which is the nearest station to Mart, there was much excitement, and Judge Scott heard the Riesel people giving the version received here. Five persons, the woman included, were killed outright, and four were hurt, of whom two will die. One of the children was blown through the wall of the house, which is indicated by the splinters in its body. The house burned after the explosion-that is all that was left of it. Some of the bodies were scorched. Physicians from Battle, Mart, Marlin and Waco attended the wounded negroes. The scene of the dynamite explosion is a rather thick negro settlement and excitement among the blacks is intense. A party just in from where the negro house near Mart was blown up says that on Saturday night about 9 o'clock three negroes left the house of a Mr. Tidwell to go to the house of a kinsman after a wagon and were waylaid and fired upon. One of them received a shot in the head. The two wounded negroes are still alive. Excitement is high.
Source: The Albany News, Albany, Texas, Friday, July 26, 1895;Pg. 11, Columns 1&2
RESULT OF REVENGE
Five Persons Killed in an Explosion.
HOUSE BLOWN TO PIECES.
Fiends Take Terrible Revenge on a Colored Family of Mart by Using Dynamite.
WACO, July 20.-News comes from Mart of a frightful tragedy, which took place near that town and just inside of the Falls county line at 2:30 o'clock this morning.
At that hour the people of Mart were awaken by a loud report, resembling a loud explosion.At first it was thought that burglars were at work in the town but soon flames were discovered and the house occupied by Mrs. Abe Phillips, a negro woman, was enveloped in fire. Hastening to the burning building it was found to be a wreck and burning fiercely.
The fire was caused by an explosion of a bomb which someone had thrown into the house.
The explosion completely wrecked the house and killed four of the six inmates, all of whom were negroes, either by the explosion or by the flames. One little who was on the porch escaped. One other negro was so badly injured that he cannot live, which will make the number of victims five.
Mrs. Phillips is the widow of Abe Phillips, who was shot and killed at that place about two months ago by Phil Arnold, who was in turn killed by Phillips' son.
Since that time it is stated that considerable bad feeling prevailed between the negro friends of Phillips and the friends of Arnold, and it is reported that threats were frequently made against the negroes.
It is supposed that the tragedy of this morning is the sequel to the Arnold killing and that one of the latter's friends threw the dynamite bond into the house where the victims of the tragedy met their death.
Full particulars of the affair have not yet been learned, owing to the inaccessible situation at the place of the crime.
It is understood that Mrs. Phillips, two children and two men were killed, but the names of the victims are not known.
The tragedy has created considerable excitement among the negroes of Waco as those killed seem to have been well-known here.
Further details tonight from Mart state that the scene of the tragedy is one of frightful wreck and ruin. The house occupied by Mrs. Phillips was a three-room frame, surrounded by several small out-houses. Several large holes were blown in the building, one as large as an ordinary cistern. In fact a few moments after the explosion but little of the house remained. The grown was strewn with dead chickens blown from the roost in the trees. Large planks were found seven and eight hundred yards from the house, while the debris extended over an area of seventy-five acres. A hole in the ground six feet deep was made on one side of the house.An adjoining smoke house was demolished and the meat scattered about. Here again the fiendishness of the perpetrators of the crime was evinced. The meat was found to be poisoned and dogs who ate portions of it quickly died. An adjoining small house was utterly demolished. Five of the seven occupants were killed outright, some frightfully mangled and torn. A sixth was so dangerously injured that he cannot live, while the seventh was slightly injured. The latter two were sleeping in the gallery and thus escaped the most destructive force of the explosion. The scene of the tragedy was just within the Falls county line and Sheriff Ward of that county and a posse of citizens are on the ground. Thus far no clue has been obtained.
The dead are:
MRS. ABE PHILLIPS,
HANNAH PHILLIPS, aged 12 years,
ABE PHILLIPS, 17 years,
WILLIE PHILLIPS, 15 years,
ED PHILLIPS, 13 years,
BEN JOHNSON, farm hand, will die,
____ TAYLOR, farm hand, was seriously hurt.
Great excitement is said to prevail in the neighborhood of the killing. The dastardly nature of the crime is deplored on all sides and the most vigorous efforts are being exerted to discover and secure the perpetrators.
Source: The Fort Worth Gazette, Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, July 21, 1895;Pg. 2, Column 6