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By Laura Clay
N THE eulogy of Fr
+ ------ on the occasion of t
+ in Statuary hall at 1
+ +er of all mothers, t1
+:~. lover, Frances E. NN
+ piness of her sister,
* - .$ her gifts and all thi
+ . blest mother was y(
Why should sw
Frances Willard? She was above all
idea. When Jesus answered the wo
him, he said: "Yea, rather blessed v
keep it." There is, t % something
than to be even the most exalted mot
function, and such a function cannot I
dowed with intelligence and soul. I
the orator, instead of the name of F:
Washington or Phillips Brooks and st
er than he:"
Perhaps this extravagant praise
cause the question of "race suicide" ib
danger of race suicide at all, it is n<
which is so humble that it aspires t(
the world, and takes no thought of th
tistics show where the dangers lie -v
vne-blf the childrea die before they:
The noble understanding of Fran
er heart, apprehended and taught tt
ciently elevated to be capable of rear
be possessed of the self-respect to desi
them to seek out and secure better c
than those that now prevaiL She b
in the laws in those words of hers, c
her statue: "I charge you give them
highway those whom they have so lo
rVague Loyalty," C
By Dr. Talcott William
HE Frenchman, wh(
honor of his native
ure, and glows wit]
T German speaks ,of 1
that respect for .pa
absent from -the G
mind of the Briton 1
born, to a great exti
spirit of a great wc
speaks of Uncle Sam. If he has any
is a very mild one. Any idea ,of pat
probablpy no one ever thought .of .an
W-e think of Uncle Sam -as :a ben(
affection for his nephews and nri;ces
hustle for themselves.. He .gives us
river and harbor bills, to make water
intended that it should-but in gene
him for guidance and support,.and th<
mediate and unquestioning obedience
Along with this feeling for Unc
nephews and nieces, and a readiness
exhibit a capacity to hustle for them
- point where there is a serious .doubt.
. By Bishi
CCORDING to the te
believe that wealth
of beauty, material
you think back to
member many of y
what seemed to be
now, some of them
and you find yours
If you are heir to a great estate
many are inclined to believe. You a
-wealth for the good of others. I do .I
The great danger of all wealthy <
that they will become exclusive. T]
monopoly for the rich. There are tw
The other makes use of the law of
was once pastor of such a church.
sexton once ordered from the buildin;
ing in one of the pews. When I rem
we permit it, they will soon be prayi:
open door and a welcome for all. Le
I ~ By Queen AMext
++++ M UEENS must do all
i for the exalted pos
+ +~ occupy. It should
* i seem, to comfort th
+ +i and sweetest part1
.g wish to play any o
,+++++ In the troublou
,,,~g~ possible not to be
masses, which isi
me, if the social problem ever can be
ness of women, by m'utual love and a
tice and charity. Your talk, as men. i
peace in every nation, peace betweer
I was educated in the school of a
I have tried. like him, always :o prea
trusted warlike preparations, of whic
this accumulated material of soldie:
frightfuml war that will throw humanit
universal Father in heaven.
He Was Attached to It.
Gilbert had been "exposed" to scar
iatina, andI as he seemed listless and
feverish, his mother sent for the famn
"'Now, my little m~an." the doctor
said. pleasantly. when he had fel: Gil
bert's pulse. "iet me see your tongue.
Gilbert put out the tip of his tngue.
"No, no," said tihe doctor, "put it
right out-clear out."
Gilbert shook his head feebly, and
tears gachered in his ey-es.
"I can't get it clear way out. doc
hood From the
int of View
ances E. Willard by Senator Beveridge,
he unveiling of the Illinois statue of her
he nation's capital, he says: "The moth
ic sister of all wives, to every child the
illard sacrificed her own life to the hap
. For, after all, she knew that, with all
halo of her God-sent mission, the hum
t greater far than she."
h an estimate of herself be imputed to
a Christian. and this is not a Christian
man who blessed the mother who bore
- they that hear the word of God and
possible for womanhood more blessed
aer. For mere motherhood is a physical
ie the highest achievement of a being en
-ow clearly this would have appeared if
7ances Willard, had used that of George
id: "The humblest father was yet great
of the "humblest mother" was given be
: now so much discussed. But if there is
>t from a deficiency of that motherhood
> little more than to bring children into
e conditions which surround them. Sta
hen they tell such a dreary fact as that
Mtain the age of five years.
:es Willard. illumined by her great moth
at the world needs a womanhood suffi
ing children in health and virtue; and to
re their share of political power to enable
nditions in which to rear their children
sought for mothers the boon of a voice
hosen to be inscribed on the pedestal of
power to protect along life's treacherous
!cle Sam" r
ompared with Feeling
n -caned upon to repond to the toast in
land. pictures to himself a feminine fig
enthusiasm for La Belle France. The
Js fatherland with mingled affection and
ternal authority which is never entirely
rman conception of government., The
.urns to his mother country with the love
mt, of .a wonderful reign animated by the
man. But the American-the American
feeling of :affection for this abstraction it
ernal authority is even more slight, and
American administration mothering any
volent relative who has a mild feeling of
, hut, like other uncles, expects them to
a Christmas present .once in a while
flow in some places where nature never
7a1 he doesn't expect any one to look to
Slast thing he would expect would be im
le Sam goes a cousi-nty feeling for his
to welcome new cousins, provided they
selves, though we have now come to the
is to howv mnany new .cousins .it is wise to
isa Trust .
achings of the New Testament, we must
,whether it be given to us in the form
wealth or genius, is merely .a trust. Ii,
t.he days of your childhood you will re
our schoolmates who started in life on
an equal footing. As you think of them
ave succeeded while cthers have failed,
lf unable to explain the reason. That
a bled these people to succeed is a gift.
you are not free from responsibility, as
re merely a steward, and must use your
ort men that we should hare community
rrganizations, whether religious or not, is
at they will bar the poor and create a
c kindsof churches. One is open to all.
:clusion as well as that of inclusion. 1
When I was rector of Gr.ce church the
a poorly dressed woman who was pray
ons::rated with him, he replied: "Why, if
ig all over the place." I want to see an
t a. man worship in his shirtsleeves if he
ndra, of England.4
in their power to prepare their children
tions which they will be called upon to
be their task, however difficult it may
afflicted and unhappy. That is the best
hey can play, and for myself I have ;ao
s times in which we are living it is im
affected by the dissatisfaction of the
a many ways natural enough. Believe
solved, it will be by reason of the gocod
common reverence for tihe right for jtus
3of war. but we women speak of peaca
king wh'o was before ail Things just. and
ch love and charity. I have always mis
a nations seem never to tiri-. Some daiy
-s and guns will burst into flanmes in a
y inl' mourningr on earth and grieve our
Lesson of Memorial Day.
It is well that on one day in t~2e
year the high example of the Ujnion
soldier should be held up before our
people. Love of country consists in
service rather than in profession.
Public good must ever he preferred
to private good. And sumr y when sc
many Americans were willing to give
all that they had for the country, we of
to-day ought at least to be willing to
forego mere personal advanitage when
it can only be won at the ex~ense of
the land which we all love. This is
the lesson of Memorial day, and it is
-~ tat ye greativ nded te learn-.
'10 BUILD UP SCUPPERNON TRADE'
An Effort Will Be Made to Create a
New Market For These Grapes.
Colun'sia Cor. Charlotte Observer:
Commissioner Watson's efforts to
find f. market for South Carolina s.up
pernongs as initial step toward devel
cping the scuppernong industry on a
larg( scale. this State growing the fin
est type of these grapes in the world,
from thei mountains to the seaboard
has just resulted in an order for the
first car load from a big champagne
and Y;ine-imaking concern at Hermann.
"Of course, on the success of the
marketing of this first car load." said
(-inis V7er Watson to The Observer
correspondent. "largely dEpends the fo
tuire o- the industry. and it is of the
highest i:npcrtance to get the fruit to
its destination in good shape. But I
have no fear of thc results. The finest
....in tho world are
grown right here in South Carolina,
and the <:rop can be produced in great
abunidance ar.ywhere in either the
coast. middle or Piedmont sections. I
the fruit can be gotten to market in
good condition splendid prices can be
obtained. I have every reason to be
This first car is to be made up from
two well known South Carolina vine
yards. and if the experiment proves
successful Commissioner Watson ex
pects to see a general revival and ex
tension of the industry. Scuppernong
growing has never been an extensive
industrv in this State. though the fruit
grows luxuriantly almost anywhere in
the State. Since the dispensary law
vent into effect. forbidding the manu
facture and sale of wine. the few pay
ing vineyards that existed then have
been allowed to run down to a great
extent. The Missouri people intend to
use the South Carolina scuppernong as
a basic grape in the manufacture of
champagne. and if the hopes of the
manufactures are realized to even any
reasonable extent a market will be
promptly opened for all that South
Carolina can grow. and it is expected
that the success of the experiment in
this State will promptly result in an
extension of the grape industry into
North Carolina and Georgia, particu
larly fine scuppernongs being growing
in North Carolina. where. it is said,
there is one vineyard whose ramifica
tions covers nearly ten acres.
One of the largest and most prolific
scuppernong vineyards in the State is
that near Columbia, now the property
of LieuL Gov. John T. Sloan. Up to
1891 this was operated with great suc
cess by Mr. 2. M. Stevber. but with the
coming of the dispensary he had to
abandon the business. The Seaboard
now splits the plantation in twain.
In Darlington county there are a
number of large and productive vines.
as there are elsewhere throughout the
State. brt there are few vineyards now.
The sdippernong grape was introduced
into Aiken county over fifty years ago
by Dr. J. C. W. McDonald. who plant
ed several large vineyards. but his busi
ness was practically wiped out by the
Civil War. There are m-ny handsome
single vines at dwellings in that coun
ty. however, the inrgest in the State
being that at Mr. A. .T. Seigler's place.
eight miles from Aiken court house,
near Croft station.
Commissioner Watson has a grati
fying report from his Belgium and
Holland special representative. Mr.C
J. C. van Wyngaarten. who went over
the first of the summer with stereopti
con and literature to give lectures. He
writes from The Hague that he has sue
eeceded in arousing-'a lively interest and
is ecoming to America in a few weeks
to prepare for the, coming of the immi
gas.Commissiontr Watson has ap
pointe?d a spet 1:l representative at The
Hegue in the aerson cf Oscar P. Schu
Ier, and Mr. F. WV. Grauert will sail
in a v'ery few days on the Hamburg
Amnerir-an I.ine for extensive work in
For Better 'Phone Rates.
*Columia. Speciai.-A t a recent meet
ig (of the railroad commission, Maj.
John H. Earile intr-oduced a resolution
inviting the repr'esentatives of all in
dependent telephone lines in the State.
as well as the repr'esentatives of the
Bell 'omnpany. to appear before the
e comission en the 1st day of August to
give their views on certain matters.
The principal reason for issuing this
smrmons is to get the charge of $2.50
per annumn per 'phone whenever they
make connection with the Bell comn
p anys long distance line.
Fifteen Injured in Collision,
Portsmouth. N. H.. Special.-Fifteen
persons were injured, eleven o' them
seriously, and three of them probably
fatally, in a cellision between two eec
tric cars on the line of the Portsmouth
elctric Railway, near this city, early
Sunday evening. The cars crashed to
gether on a steep gi ade and while
rounding a curve, neither motorman
seeing the other car in time to pie
vent a c'ollsion.
Spartanburg, Special. - There is
much interest being taken by local
contractors in the Federal building
which will be erected in this ci:y and
which will cost $60,000. The sealed
bids will be opened by the government
architect. James Knox Taylor. on July
26th. and the contract awarded. So
far there have been 16 bids submittea
and these come from all over the
country, this city included. One bid
is from New York, another from Wash
ington, still another from Richmond.
one from Greensboro. on efrom Green
ville, and so on. The plans and speci
fications call for a modern postioffico
building, one story, with basement.
Death of Mr. Thompson.
Rock Hill. Special.-Mr. Jack Tiomn"
son son of Prof. J. WV. Thompson. di'
at the family home here Salt.ur
nig ht of fever. after a brief illness.
Inew.s of his death brought a shoe k
the friends of the family. The rems
w be taken to Abbeville for inr
me .n~ It was known that the youth wI
s:f .gfrom fever and it w;as thought
tha hi. was recove:ing. Just before msi
teath 2 ewever. there was a s iddeni
(cange fo the worse an:l. despite every
effort, lie s:c1cmbed.
PromneCnt Florida Man Cornvicted of
P-nsacola.I Fla. Spr~ ia!.-John 13.
Iizens0 o' *r' nnty~.'h;, has s'ry~i
'as? a"mb: tf; eilre. hi
I, B. T.\~ Nai au e .Attor
ney gaenteo tri mton .for
IN SOUTHCAR LINA
Occurrences of Interest in' VariLIs
Parte of the State.,
Geneal Cotton Market.
Galveston. quiet ...... .... ....
New Orleans. quiet ............105
M obile. dull ...................... S
Savannah. quiet ..............
Charleston, quiet ................
Norfolk, steady ................. 1
Baltimcre. noninal ........ ..
New York. quiet ............ 1
Boston. quiet ....................-1
Philadelphia, quiet ........ .. 1.25
Houston, easy .......... ......10 1
Augusta. steady .............. I....1
Memphis. steady ........ .... 1 1
St. Louis. quiet ...... ......
Louisville, firm ...............
Charlotte Cotton Market.
These figures represent priced paid to
Strict good middling .............!I
Good middling .... ....
Strict middling ...............10Y
Middling ........ ..........
Tinges .... ...... ..... o
Stains ...... ........ ........7 to 8
A Sensatonal Report Currlent.
A Darlington special to the Charlotte
Observer of Saturday. gives the fol
lowing strange story:
"I don't know what went with the
money." confessed the attorney for
Robert Keith Dargan. the man whom
a coroner's jury pronounced a suicide
on July 11th. "We havE not been able
to discover rauch but debts. Ir does
not seem that he had $100 wikn be
This whole section of South Ca'rolina
is under intense excitement over the
report that the supposed suicide is not
(lead at all and that the alleged awful
tragedy of July 10th was a farce. They
say that a man who was connected
with the'Independent Cotton Oil Com
pany and who is now in France, e'ar
vied the money away with him. The
Company was capitalized at $1.000.000
and was supposed to be worth imore.
it was a tremendous concern. The im
posing sign. hung above the first stair
landing to its offices. read:
"General Offices the Darlingtop Oil
Company. Anson Oil and Ice Company.
Chesterfield County Oil Company. the
Marion Oil Mill Company. Manning Oil
and Illuminating Company. Farmers'
Cotton Oil Company. Robert Keith
Dargan. General Manater."
Mr. Dargan has been general mana
ger for years. The by-laws. adqpted
by the directors, gave him virtually un
limited power. and nobody knew much
about the business except himself.: At
each successive meeting of the direr
tors, even at their late meeting in Jrne.
they adopted resolutions affirming and
re-affirmin'g their complete confidence
in Dargan. The stockholders thought
the big combination immensely pros
perous on account of the handsome
dividends they received-dividends. It
is said, which invaded the capital
This history, together with the re
port that Dargan went fo Paris two
years ago and had a waxen image made
of himself, and another that his broth
er. Pegram, had been for several years
studying hypnotism and occult arts
in the North: the fact that the coro
ner did not go in with his jury to view
the corpse and the rumor that he said
after the buriai that he could not swear
that Dargan was dead: that W. F. Dair
gan ordered 'out of- tihe mansion two
men who had come with the jury to see
the body: that the grave was bricked
and cemented: that there was a gener
al effort to avcid publicity on the night
of the tragedy, and other rumors and
reports too numerous to recount. cn
stitute the basis for the widespread
suspcion that it was a put-up 300.
So frantic has gossip grown that a te-!
ephone mecssage went abroad that the
grave had been opened arid found
The coroner tells me that en the
night of the 10th, when he got to the
office where the deed was done, he
found the front door and partition doer
loked. In the back room were Pegram
Dargan. Dr. Edwards and the dead
man. The dead man's jaws werc tied
with a towel to prevent his moutn from
falling open. He was sitting in an
easy chair with his feet upon a book
case. Dr. Edwards said that he was
dead when first examined by him.
Both W. F. and Pcgram Dargan asked
the coroner if he recognized the corpse.
ani he replied that he did, and that it
was Rober't Keith Dargan. They told
Mm that they' did not want a crowd
>collect or any publicity, and hle
agreed that they might remove the
corpse to the mansion. When they
were taking it up to bear it to the car
riage at the door, the coroner offered
to assist them. but Pegram objected.
The coroner thrust an arm under the
body anyhow while they were lifting it
into the carriage . It had not yet. he
said, grown cold. This was the last
time the coroner saw the dead man.
"If I had the authority." he said. "I
would have the grave opened. "It's
the shortest way to stop all this talk.''
Must Serve His Sentence.
The State supreme court last week
handed down a decisi'n in the case
of the State against John Reeder.
charged with murder. The accused was
tried for having shot and killed HoIw
ard Stevens in the city of Newberry on
the 14th of June. 1904. The case was
tried before James Y. Culbreth, special
judge, and the accused was ednvicted
and, upon recomnmendation to mercy.
was given a life sentence. A motion for
a new trial was overruled, and an ap
peal was taken. The supreme court yes
terday handed down its decision su~s
taming the lcower court, and the con1
vi'ted man will be brought to the State
prison to serve his sentence.
30 Years For Attempted Assault.
Sumter. S. C.. Special.-Jesse Nelson.
the negro v~ho wps5 arrested Monday
for an attempted :erim'inal assault ont
a white woman Suinday. was found
guilty and give'n the extreme limit of
the law. Z,0 years, besides the un'oxpired
part of a sentenc'e f:-om which he es
caped recently for another crime. The
:il lasted the cntir'e day and Nelson
was represented bi' counsel. Nelson
was hid in the woods Mcnday by his
captors and kept in concelment until
the judge promniscd an immediate trial.
To Meet in Spartanburg.
The commnission authorized by the
general assembly last winter in regard
to te wonrkin: of the di'*Cnsary ys
em met in Columbia and" "'moccs to
make at~ augements for th" 'irs' 'f t.Ae
(pen sessicas ut which -'imo".ri
be taken. All oC f mear o
com nmissor. we :snt snti
a done atgecptan
!SOUTH CAROLINA CROP BULLETIN'
Conditions For Past Week as Given
Out by the Department.
Columbia, S. C., July IS.-The week
ending ' monday, July 17th, was slightly
cooler than normal. The temperature
extremes were a maximum of 94 at Al
lendale on the 10th. and a minimum of
65 at Greenville on the 11th and 14th.
The temperature conditions were fa
vorable. There -were a number of
damaging high winds, especially in
Greenville and neighboring counties,
accompanying thunder storms. There
was an excess of cloudiness over the
With an exception of a deficienoy In
the central counties where there were
numerous showers but little rain, the
precipitation for the week was copious
and in many places excessive, ranging
from one to over five inches. In the
extreme western and places in the
northeastern counties lands were wash
ed and bottom lands flooded. The rain
fall was heavy along the coast and ex
cessive in Beauforrt county.
Over the greater part of the State
the numerous showers and the cloudy
weather kept the ground too wet to
work, and delayed the laying-by of
field crops. Some fields of corn and
cotton have again become grassy and
are in urgent need of cultivation.
Cotton grew very fast in all sections,
but did not fruit in proportion. The
plants have generally attained normal
growth and in many places have grown
too large, but, with the exception of
Hampton county, where the rains caus
ed the plants to turn yellow, they have
a good, healthy color, but are soft and
sappy. There are some complaints of
shedding squares, and of black-root
and rust on- sandy lands, and of dam
age from insects, but on the whole a
general .improvement is noted. The
crops need fair weather.
Some bottom land corn was damag
ed, otherwise there was a general im
provement in the condition of corn.
especially of late plantings. Tobacco
curing is general; late tobacco made
rapid growth, but the crop promises
to be short. June rice is receiving its
first cultivation. Gardens improved.
Peas doing well. Peaches rotting.
Pastures have improved. Cane grow
ing well. Watermelons generally plen
tiful and shipments heavy.
J. W. BAUER.
A Big Scandal Developing.
Columbia, Special.-The special In
vestigating committee appointed by
the last Legislature to inquire into
the finances of Greenville county, with
special regard to the supervisor's of
fice, is rapidly developing a sensation
of .large proportions. Following the
arrest, on Saturday as he was about
to board a train for North Carolina,
of young Arthur Speegle, son of the
ex-supervisor, whose books arc said
to show various forms cf criminal ir
regularities, on a warrant sworn out
by Chairman Avery Patton, of the in
vestigating committee, charging young
Speegle with obtaining money under
false pretenses by fraudulently draw
ing more salary than the act entitled
him to, Governor Heywvard has receiv
ed a request from the committee for
requisition papers for the father, Mr.
J. E. Speegle, who is at Henderson
ville, where he is said to be in a dy
ing condition. The committee did not
mention any particular charges against
J. E. Speegle. The Governor was
merely informed that the requisition
was desired in connection with the
investigation. Young Speegle has
been released on a bond of $1,000.
Half a dozen other arrests of promin
ent people are expcted to follow at
Greenville this week.
A storm of local politics has been
raging about t1'a supervisor's office for
some time. At the last election the
friends of the defeated candidate,
Walker, who was counted out in the
primary, and in whose behalf neither
the State executive committee nor the
courts would interfere, went into the
general election, after Senator Till
man had taken a hand in the matter
and advised them not to do so, and
elected Walker on the independent
ticket Speegle's friends claim that
the work of the committee is largely
inspired by politics and that he will
be able to satisfactorily explain every
thing and account for all moneys. In
Ithe meantime the committee is pro
ceeding. to unearth things.
A liveryman called upon to explain
why he was given $1.145 for a certain
job, showed his books to prove that
he had received only' $340. The com
mittee is looking for the $805, and is
also trying to find out the wherefore
of an employe of the county receiving
pay, at $20 per month, for 19 months
in 1902 and 18 months in 1904. The
committee is also trying to find out
why 40 bushels of corn meal a month
was charged to the county alms house.
whereas the present supervisor only
uses 15 bushels at this place; why
Blacksmith J. Rowley Smith. son of a
well-konwn pozitician, was paid $1.6S9
for 750 pairs of shackles and how it
was a county physician got in $2.000
worth of services to a gang of 20 men
in the course of a year.
riTaken to Columbia.
~lumrbia, Special.-Sheriff Epper
gof Sumter county. arrived in Co
bcia Sunday night with Jim Faylor,
C)-year-old negro boy, in custody.
negro is charged with attempting
kfinai a assault upon Mi1ss Wilson
a he Betts lumber, mill about three
0s from Sumter, and was brought
Sand placed in the penitentiary
p Expected Lynching Averted.
dlumbia. Special.-Governor Hey
I received a telegram from Sumter
s-ng that there was danger of a
i aing there, that the mob searching
y usailIant of Mi1ss Wilson. at Betts'
lill,~1 hAd captured a suspect.
e earlias satisfied, was the guilty
comflolhat the sheriff had gone to
Foley't suspect named John Tay
oubt tgthere for safe-keeping.
ase Cq-to lynching at Sumter. as
McLAURIN ON TlE DISPENSARY
Ex-Senator Scores The State Liquor
Institution in Strong Terms.
A great meeting was held at Dillon
Tuesday. It was a farmers' meeting,
and was addressed by several promi
nent speakers, who discussed the
questions of the day. At length the
dispensary came in for a share of in
This was occasioned by the reply of
former Senator McLaurin to some
questions which were submitted to
him during the course of his speech.
It was understood by some that the
meeting was to be held under the aus
pices and in the interests of the South
crn Cotton Association, with politics
This rule had been adhered to by
Mr. R. P. Hamer and Senator R. I.
Manning, the two first speakers
Former Senator McLaurin had spok
en for about ten minutes, following
these lines also, when a gentleman
from the audience approached the plat
form and handed- the speaker a paper.
Having finished his sentence, Mr. Me
Laurin rea-1 the paper, then read it to
the auCience, and the paper in ques
tion was as follows:
"Senator: At our committee meeting
yesterday we decided we were all of
one acord on the cotton question, hav
ing read much on the subject and hav
ing many able speakers who will fol
low you here today. For that reason
we decided that we would remind you
that the burning question of the hour
with us is and will be for the immedi
ate future; dispensary or no dispen
sary, and if you have no serious ob
jections we would like to hear your
views on the subject. What do ,you
think of tlie dispensary laws as it is
writ on the statute books of this State,
and as it has been, is, and probtbly
will be, as long as it is a law, executed
by those in authority?"
Nigned: W. T Bethea, W. M. Hamer,
E. L. Moore, E. R. Hamer, Wade Stack
Mr. M-cLaurin said that he had been
charged by some as being a- politician,
and this subject was one that politi
cians are now dodging pretty skill
fully, but that he had stayed in Wash
ington long enough to get above that.
He had never failed to expressed his
opinion upon any-public question, and
if they wanted to hear -him discuss the
di?pensary law he would do so.
The crowd at once vociferously sig
nalized a desire for this very thing,
and the speaker warmed up so in
stantaneously that he began by say
ing: "If you'll excuse me, I'll shed a
collar." Collar and tie at once came
off, and all the forces at the speaker's
command were brought to bear upon
the subject. Mr. McLaurin, in un
measured terms, condemned the entire
system, from its very beginning. He
had no good word for it, but condemn
ed it as a reproach upon the State, a
reproach that time could not efface.
He paid sarcastic reference to -"the
sage- of Trenton and his quiet dairy
farm," and d'rew a parallel from Louis
XV and his guillotine to "our 'grand
monarch' whose destruction is before
him." The chairman called time on
the speaker twice, but amid great ap
plause he was asked to continue. The
second time he was called the crowd
again shouted for him to continue and
when Mr..,F. H. Weston gave him five
minutes of his time and Mr. F. H.
Hyatt followed with a similar state
ment,, the speaker continued amid re
newed cheers and applause.
Farmers Rally at Aiken.
Aiken. Special.-Ther'e will be a
meeting of the Cotton Growers' Asso
ciation of Aiken county at the court
louse next Saturday'at 11 o'clock. All
the Aiken county clubs are invited to
tttend and every citizen, no matter
what his calling may be, who is inter
ested in the prosperity of the South,
is invited to attend and join the as
sociation, the cost of doing so being
only 25 cents per annum. The matter
of h'.ilding a cotton warehouse in Ai
ken will be discussed and it is believed
that the plans for doing so will be
perfected. If this warehouse can be
buit, it will greatly reduce the
chances of a repetition of the losses
recently sustained by the farmers of
Aiken county. Other matters of vital
interest to the people will be discuss
ed. Mr. W. W. Woolsey, president of
the association, extends a cordial in
vitation to all and hopes that every
farmer in Aiken county will be pres
ent. It is hoped that President Jordan
and others will address the meeting.
.Wofford's New Building.
Spartanburg, Special.-Work on the
new building, which will be an ex
tension of the Wofford College Fitting
school, has begun- This will be a
very attractive and substantial struc
ture, two stories high, of brick, con
taining five clzss rooms and an as
sembly hall. The old building will be
used as a dormitory. The attendance
of the fitting school for thle past sev
eral sessiois has been so decidedly
increased as to necessitate more
room, and the college authorities wise
ly decided to have adequate facilities
furnished by erecting the new build
Cotton Warehouse Companies.
A charter was issued to the Dillon
Storage Company, which is capitalized
at $3.000. R. P. Stackhouse is presi
dent and Wade Stackhouse secretary
and treasurer. The purpose of the
company- is to store cotton. Another
orgab~atic-n having the same purpose
is the Orangeburg Warehouse Comi
pany. capitalized at $C.000. This comn
pan:. was chartered yesterday, the of
ficers being J. S. Harby. pr-esident. and
Robert Lide, secretar-y and treasurer.
Negro Baby's Death.
Aik'en. Special.-A negro boy baby
was found dead here Tuesday morning.
It is thought that its death was caused
from ill treatment or criminal neglect.
It. was a month old and had whooping
(cgh for about a week. its nmother
wsariested and iriedi about twvo
weks ago for dleserting her child in
Lngley. She was cleared of the
ch'arge and forced to bring the chld
.i2ck to Aiken. A cor'oner's inquest
<I!! be held here. at whiich it will be
decided w.hcther the child came to its
deathi by fcuti play or from, natur-al
ORDER CLEAN SWEEP
Statistical Department Will Ucdergo
DAYS TAKES CHARGE OF BUREAU
Assistant Secretary of Agriculture
Given a Free Hand to Cleanse the
Bureac of Statistics of the Stigma
'Left by the Cotton Leak Scandal.
Washington, Special.-Assistant Sec
retary of Agriculture Willet N. Hays
has taken hold of the affairs of the
Bureau of Statistics, with instructions
from Secretary Wilson, approved by
President Roosevelt, to cleanse the bu
reau of the stigma left by the cotton
leak scandal. His authorit is unlim
ited. He has been told that he may
have whatever clerical force he needs
and if there are any employes whose
services he thinks should be dispensed
with, they will be discharged. It is
regarded as extremely likely there will
be a complete reorganization of the
force employed in the statistical de
partment as well as a thorough re
vision of tie orders governing the
monthly crop reperts, the latter hav
ing already been outlined in a circular e
issued by Secretary Wilson. In that
regard Secretary Wilson said that
hereafter if there are accusations
againist the integrity of the bureau it
must be directed against himself or
Assistant Secretary Hays, as he has,
no intention of allowing any other
person access to information that
might be used in stock jobbing.
Mr. Hays probably will be in charge
of the bureau unL1 after Congress as
sembles, as it is believed that a compe
tent man to take the place of Mr. Hyde,
who resigned recently as chief statis
tician cannot be had for the salary paid
by the government, $3,0-0 a year. Con
gress will be asked to increase the sal
ary and it is the intention of Secretary
Wilson to place in charge of the office
a man whose ability has been estab
lished, but one who has no connection
with statistical bureaus attached to
stock brokerage offices. Whoever is
appointed will first be approved by the
A rumor has been circulated that
when Congress assembles a movement
will be started to have the crop gath
ering bureaus transferred to the De
partment of Commerce and Labor in
order to insure a more complete reor
ganization. Senator Dolliver, of Iowa,
a warm personal friend of Secretary
Wilson. is slated 'for the chairmanship
of the Senate committee on agrie,:'.iure.
He has made a study of the methods
of crop reporting and it is known that
he is opposed unalterably to any change
of the character suggested.
Many Deaths From Heat.
New York, Special.-While the rec
ord of deaths and prostrations greatly
exceeded that of TIuesday. there was a
distinct diminution Wednesday in the
temperature prevailing throughout the
eastern section of the country. Al
though the mid-day heat was every
where terrific, it was' broken by scat
tered thunderstorms, 'many of a very
violent character, and towards eveniny
the temperature fell rapidly, until nor
mal summer conditions were reached..
In New York the highest temperature
recorded was 95, one degree lower than'
that of Tuesday. when the highest
record of the season was reached. Phil
adelphia reported a slightly higher
maximum range and in other cities thc&
highest point Tuesday was not touched,
while everywhere a sharp fall was no
ticed, beginning early in the afternoon.
Following are the maximum tempera
tures and the deaths and prostrations
from the effects of the heat..
City. Max. Tem. Deaths. Pros.
New York ... 95 75 167
Philadelphia .. ..95.8 10 40'
Baltimore.... 92.2 4 9
Washington .. . .92 1 14
Boston ... .....-94 1 25.
Pittsburg .... ...87 5 3
Buffalo... .....76 - --
The culminative effect of the con- I
tinued torridity of these days was pain
fully evident in the enormous increase
of the number of deaths in New York.
While the death roll of Tuesday was
only 26, that of Wednesday reached the
appalling total of 75, being nearly half
of those prostrated. This was almost
entirely due to collapse of young chil
dren and aged persons, whose exhaust
ed vitality was unequal to the straim
of further suffering.
Tragedy at Rome, Georgia.
Rome, Ga., Special.-George Wright,
city passenger and ticket agent here,
for the Southern -Railway, was shot
and killed by Vince T. Sanford. San
ford refuses to talk and the cause of
the tragedy is not known.
Mrs. Wright is prostrated. She was
ill yesterday and the killing of her
husband, it is feared, will cause her
death. The grand jury, which has.
been in session, 'returned a true bil,
charging murder to Sanford.
Acting under advice of his attorneys,
Sanford continues silent. The only
statient he has made is: "He has
ruined my home and I have killed him..
I would don the same thing agaim.
Win. A. Day Becomes Comptroller.
New York. Special.-Chairman Paul
Morton. of the Equitable Life Assur
ance Society, summiarily removed a&
comptroller T. D. Jordan and appointed
in his stead William A. Day, Assistant
Attorney General of the United States.
Chairman Morton gave out a statement
in which he said: "-The reason for Mr.
Jordans removal was his refusal to fur
nish me information regarding import
ant transactions of the society which
I am investigating."
Five Miners Killed.
Des Moines, Iowa, Special.-Five
miners were literally blown to piecel
by the explosion of 25 pounds of dynas
mite in a storage powder house at tbh
West Riverside coal mine, two mile:
west of the city. The dead are:
Charles Brow~n, Luke Miller, Harr3
Belknap, Delt Vance, George Arro
Heads. arms and legs v:.'re scattered
a~round for a distan~c ecf -,0u feet. N4
ne knew cf the exploiun un-.!! thi
la- <hif came to work.