Newspaper Page Text
'X2 ' ' - >v' \ '
-* - * ?^3B
"""i VOL LIV WINNSBORO. S, C., WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 17, 1900. NO. 22 f
IN THE HOUSE. !
"T*1 - f> - -J . . ^ . A/s H 4a VA? r\t ts f \ n ;
i ne Douy ljwiii u ?->4 .
1 HE WORK DO?\E SO FAR. |
The Dispensary Trouble to be In- j
vestigated. Reading of the !
Governor's Message At
tentiyely Listened to
The House of Representatives luei i
at noon on Tuesday of last week. |
After roll call, which showed most of j
the members present, Speaker Gary
called the body to order, and at his
request the chaplain, Rev. Mr. Abney
opened the session with prayer. The
Speaker then delivered a very brief ad
dress, in wbich he said the meniDers
must get to work, as they had much to
do in a very short time. Two new
members, T. F. Brantley, of Orangeburg,
and J. H. Bates, of Barnwell,
were then sworn in.
Mr. Magill presented a concurrent
resolution providing that the two
houses meet in joint assembly on
Thursday, January 11. at noon, to
elect the successor of Asj-ociate Justice
Eugene B. Gary, whose term expires
before the next session. Adopted
Mr. Johnson, of Fairfield, moved to
appoint a committee to wait on the
Governor and advise him that the
Bouse was ready for work, ana to
anv message from him. 0:.'OD
the adoption of the reio'irion Messrs
Johnson, Robinson and Patten were
appointed to and waited on Governor
Before this Cierk E. K. Hempill, of
the Senate, was presented and an
J " ft ^ T7 f r\"T |
DOTZIICeU Lilill. UUU) waa iv* ;
the transaction of business.
Mr. Winkler then introduced a reso
lution providing for a joint committee:
consisting of two Senator and three
Representatives, to investigate the
aifairs of the St3te Dispensary. The
committee has full power to send for
persons and paper?; to svrear witnesses:
to require the attendance of aDy parties
whose presence shall be deemed
necessary; to appoint an expert ac
countantand stenographer, an to investigate
fully all transactions con
*-? -?-J ^ ifo m o n_
cerniag saju auu. uj
agement, and to take testimony either
within or without the State, and shall
have access at all times during its
service to all the books and vouchers
and other papers of said institution.
After considerable disscussion the
resolution was adopted by a large majority.
During the debate on the resolution
.Private Secretary Auli appeared and
presented the annual message of Governor
McSweency. It i-? quite a long
^ ? ~ ? J ? *
aocumem. <?uu n wj* wu^uvi?u.?
time to read it. The members paid at
tention to the reading and commented
on the message as :t was beiDg read,
saying that this or that was timely or
good. When the intsage had been
read Mr. Magill moved that it be
referred to appropriate committees,
which was agreed to. Governor McSwneeney
then presented the report of
State Historian Thomas, which was
as informal ion.
Mr. Bates was appointed on the committee
od agriculture, on the commutee
on Penitentiary and committee on
Mr. Brantley was assigned tu the
committees on education and ways and
.* Speaker Gary announced the appointment
of Mr. J. T. Richards as assistant
clerk of the House.
Mr. Abney, who is chaplain of the
UAwi+AnfiftiitT ]> i<; r-ncitirvn as !
JL tUHVU Vitti J ?
._ chaplain of the House and the ller.
C. I). Mann was unanimously elected
in his place.
A number of new bills were then introduced
and the House adjourned to
meet at 10 o'clock Wendesday morning.
The House assembled promptly at
the appointed hour Wednesday and was
opened with prayer by the now chaplain,
Rev. C. D. Mann. Twenty-six
new bills were introduced, some of
them, to all appearances, good measures.
Two were killed and 10 withdrawn
by their authors. The calendar
numbers 14 pages, each page containing
the titles of eight bills on an average.
The house took up the calendar
systematically and worked through the
first 10 pages. A number of bills of
more than ordinary importance were
passed over for the present.
On account of the prevalencj of
smallpox and other infectious diseases
in this and other States, much interest
was manifested in the bill to provide
for a sanitary inspection outside of
cities and' towns. When this bill was
called, Dr. Wood of Clarendon secured
the floor. His remarks were somewhat
extended, and in order to stop discussion
it was decided to "continue the
bill," which is practically kiiling it.
Subsequently, however, Dr. Hopkins
and Dr. Wychehadit restored to tha
calendar to be discussed later.
It is told on Dr. Wood that he last
year opposed the request of the State
board of health for funds to stamp out
smai'pox, and that but a few days later
he was prostrated with that or some
. Consequently there was quite a laugh
m* at his expense when "Citizen" Josh
. ai _ i.l'j
asmey saiu, a u jca nat iv ?-v mc .
*' gen'lman one quesshun." When permitted
to do so, Citizen Josh inquired
if Dr. Wood had ever had smallpox.
There was a loud guffaw at this, and
Dr. Wood entered upon a denial, charging
a Charleston newspaper with misrepresenting
The following passed sccond reading
Mr. Young's bill which provides that |
in the dissolution of partnership "no j
acknowledgement, payment, or parr
payment or renewal, of any debt or
ohliration of a firm, made after notice
?p - /
of the dissolution of the copartnership,
shall have any force or effect to bind
any member of the firm, or continue
his liability to pay said copartnership
debt, other tfcan the person by whom
such acknowledgement, payment, part
payment or renewal, shall be made, or
in anywise affect their right to plead
the statute of limitation or the presumption
of payment from lapse of time."
Mr. Sanders' bill to amend section
83i (227) of Vol. 1 of the revised statutes
of 1893, so as to allow a mortgagee
to pay any delinquent taxes due upon
any property owned by a mortgagor,
tosether with all costs arid penalties
which ii,ay have accrued thereou. and
to include the same, with iutcrest
thereon, in the debt sccured by the
mortgage. This secures the taxes on
property on which there is no mortgage
as well as that mortgaged.The
bill introduced by the committee
on federal relations requesting representatives
io congress to introduce a
measure providing for the appointment
of graduates of the South Carolina
Military academy to lieutenancies in
the United States standing army.
Mr. Aldrich's bill to reduce salary of
supervisor of Barnwell county from
$1,000 to $300 and to change salaries
and fers of other county officials.
Mr. Lofton's bill to further restrain
school trustees, etc., from bujing, discounting
or contracting for teachers'
Mr. Cosgrove's bill to exempt cities
of over 10,000 inhabitants from the provisions
of the dispensary law was mude
- * ' - ' no 3
the special order tor January zoo.
The House then adjourned to Thurs- i
The House got promptly to work
Thursday and disposed of considerable
business. 3Ir. Blease's resolution to
submit to the people the question of
making the length of terms of members
of the House four years was killed. As
is the <asc with joint resolutions proposing
au amendment tc the constitution
be voted upon by the poople,
such resolution must receive a twothirds
vote of the members of the gen
eral assembly. The resolution was
killed by a vote of 64 in its favor
against 34. It required 84 votes to pass,
and only 98 members voted.
The next matter taken up was Senator
Marshall's bill providing that State
institutions in Columbia use water
meters in the consumption of water
furnished by the city of Columbia.
After some discussion the bill was
Tbe next bill killed was Mr. Richards'
proposing that the appointment of
beneficiary scholarships in the State
colleges be apportioned among the
several townships, of the respective
counties by rotation among the townships
and that in case township has no
applicant then the next township in
order shall be awarded the scholarship.
There was a fight on Mr. Sanders'
bill to allow suits to be brought to recover
damages on policies or cor:tract3
of fire insurance for loss [occasioned by
fire, without first cnteriug into arbitration
to ascertion the amount of such
loss. Mr. S-nders made a statement ot
the causes which led ?bim to introduce
the bill. Under the contract or policy
as it now stands there is a clause which
virtually prohibits the insured from
bringing suit to recover damages from
loss under litigation. He read extracts
from a fire insurance policy, showing
that the amount of the loss is fixed by
arbitrators, but is not guaranteed to be
paid by the company.
After considerable discussion the
House refused to strike out the enacting
words, and the bill passed second
reading. The bill states 4ithat any person
or corporation who shall hereafter
enter into any contract for insurance
against the loss by fire of his, her or its
property, with any fire insurance corporation,
company or association doing
business in this State, and whose property
may be either wholly or partially
destroyed by fire while such contract
for insurance is of force, shall have the
right to briag suit in aoy of the courts
of competent jurisdiction in this State,
apainst such fire insurance corporation,
company or association, to recover any
and all damages such person or corporation
may have sustained, without first
entering i ito arbitration or appointing
appraisers with said fire iusurance corporation,
comyany or association, to
ascertain the amount of any such loss
or damage, auy provision in such contract
to the contrary notwithstanding."
After the introduction of a cumber
of De* bills the House adjourned to
^ ? ^
The first bill discussed in the House
Friday was Mr. Winkler's to provide
for round trij> tickets on railroads and
at reduced rates. The bill was killed
by a vote of 50 to 3G.
Senator Gruber's bill providing for
county courts nest came up. Mr.
Bacot stated that the judiciary committee
had unanimously reportad the
bill favorably. He defended k as 3
good bill. The house refused to strike
out the enacting words, and the bill
was passed, after being amended so
that several counties were exempted,
ort/1 /-V* Vi rk-ro V?o/3 VkOAT* OYOTV)
auu viiiv.ir n uivt wv**
by the senate were restored under the
provisions of the bill. The counties
exempted are Abbeville, Anderson,
Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkley, Chester,
Che>terfieid, Clarendon, Cherokee,
Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield,
Georgetewn, Marion, Hampton, Lancaster,
L?urens, Lexington, Orangeburg,
Oconee, Pickens, Saluda. Sumter,
Williamsburz. Kersha-v. Barnwell.
Greenville, York, Marlboro, Aiken,
Union aDd Spartanburg.
Senator Ilcerton's bill to increase the
salary of the State librarian from $600
to $800 passed by a narrow maigin.
Mr. R. B. A. Robinson, woman's
champion in the house, defended the
bill, as it proposes to increase the salary
of the librarian, who is a lady.
Mr. Magill "was so overcome with the
eloquence" of Mr. Robinson that he
withdraw the motion to kill the bill.
Mr. Ashley renewed the motion. The
librariin had run for the job and she
ought to be satisfied with the job. The
State can't afford to be raising salaries ;
now. She had taken the position for a j
smaller salary than her predecessor,
j Mr. Sawyer said that this salary was
not proportionate with that of State
; house officials or clerks. It had been
j $1,000 and was reduced to $800 and
later to $600. But it should be $S00.
t Mr SH-smn it TrmiM rint. hp ITfll
lantry to the women of the State to attempt
an act of giilantry to one. Mr.
Wharton praised the efficiency of the
librarian, who was poorly paid comparatively
speaking. Josh Ashley
said he was representing the little
women who were teaching school for
much less than the salary of the librarian.
The bill was passed by a vote of
50 to 55, and when the vote vras an
nouncea there vras hearty applause on
Then came the fight on the resolution
to prohibit the use of the hall for
the State ball.
Mr. Crum befriended the resolution
He didn't think it f roper to let the hall
be torn up and the carpets ana railings
abu?ed in putting down the flooring for
the ball. Then, too. lie didn't think
the hall should be used fur such pur j
Mr J W llagS'Jaie, Mr N G Kvans I
and Mr Weston warned to discuss the
risolution. but Mr-Johnson would not |
withdraw his motion to indefinitely
postpone, which was uot debatable.
The vote resulted: Ayes, 3G; na>s. 02,
and the resolution was not killed.
Yeas?Bolts, Brandos*, Oolcock. C03
grove, Etira, 2s G Evans, Gantt, Hoffiiieycr,
Ho'lis, Hopkins, Hydrick, W J
Johnson, Lockwood, Magiil, Marion,
McOuhough, McDill, Means, Mitchell.
Mobley, Moses. Nettles, Fryatt, E B
Ragsdale, J W Ragsdale, Henry B
Richardson, S--abrook, Sinklcr, Stevenson,
Saber, W H Thomas. W J Thomas,
Threatt, Verner Weston, Wilson?
Nays?Speaker Gary. Ashley, Bailor
Kail. fJl^asft. Bhthe. Browning,
Caughman, Cross, (Jrum, Davis, Dean.
DeBrulil, Dendy, Dowling, Dukes,
Epps, Estridsre, Fairey, Floyd, Graham,
Heodersoo, Hill, Jackson, H E Johnson,
Lofcon, Lyles, Mann, Manning,
Laban, MauMm, McCoy, McCraw, McLauchlin,
McLnurin, Miley, Montgomery,
Peurifoy, Richards, (ico VV Rich
ardson, C E Robinson, C P Sanders, E
L Sanders, Sawyer, Sharpe, E D Smith,
J L Smith, Stackhouse, Strom, Tbcus,
Yarn, Verdier, West, Wharton, Wi!?"
i >- tv:
liaras, v\imoeny, >\ iugi>, >uumu.
Woods, II II Woodward, 31 I\ Woodward,
There was a spirited debate over a
measure which proposed to release
Clarendon from the operations of the
law taxing traffic ia seed cotton. Mr.
M 13 Kichardson defended the bill.
The law had been ineffectual and productive
of much trouble in Clarendon
county, as Williamsburg. ? adjoining,
was exempted. Mr Fairey opposed the
bill. He claimed that if Clarendon
were exempted then Orangeburg county
n _ - ir _ t. ? i ; i
W0U1U sillier uy Having uvi uuuuu L<xrv\jLi
to Clarendon for f-ale. Mr McLauehlin
also opposed it. Dr Wood of Clarendon
favored the law as it now stands.
The law is a protection to Clarendon
county and the people do not want it
repealed. Mr Wilson of Sumter op
posed the bili as a menace to Sumter
county. Mr Gamble of" Williamsburg
stated that bis county had no lieensc
and cotron from Clarendon was sold
there. In justice to Clarendon he
thought the bill should pass. Mr Jones
-r 1U J 1r.t v,;il
U1 Uitirctiuuu PJJL'JVU lu ic?ui wi tuv mm.
MrGause of Florence said that the
present law is unjust, as many poo."
people can't raise a bale of cotton, and
they must traffic in the cotton in the
seed. The bill was killed by a vote of
39 to 30.
This concluded the work o* the calendar,
and after the introduction of
several new bills, the House adjourned
to Saturday morning.
Admiral Dewey's Report.
Responding to the senate's resolution
of inquiry the recretary oi the navy
sent a copy of Admiral Djwey's report
from Hong Kong dated March 31, 1S98,
relative to the capture of Manila, then
under consideration. He stated that
his own squadron was in a high state of
efficiency. Speaking of the Spanish
forces he said they numbered about
15,00 soldiers of all arms in all the islands
of which half were in vicinity of
Manila. '"The islands," says thereport,
"are now in a state of insurrection
and my informants state that even
the Spanish soldiers, who constitute
only a small part of the whole, are dis
affected. Both ships and forts are la
need of ammunition. I believe I am
net over confideDt in staling that with
the squadron under my command the
vessels could be taken and the defenses
of Manila reduccd in one day. There
is every reason ts believe that with
Manila taken or even blockaded the rest
of the islands would fall either to the
insurgents or ourselves, as they are only
held now through the support of the
navy and are dependent upon Manila
for supplies. Ioformation has just
reached me that there are 5,000 armed
rebels in camp near Manila who are
willing to assist me."
Suicide of Kaval OfficerThe
following cablegram rt'as received
at the navy department Thursday from
"Montevideo, Jan. 11, 1900.
"To the Secretary of Xavy:
"Lieut. Commander F & Green committed
suicide Wednesday evening.
Arrangements have been made for
o o V? r\yfy A VtAOrrt ic nr^?>rr^ tn
iJUiltll aauviv* J.X. wvm \a vi^vi v>va vv
examine the circumstances of the case
ana report." Xo cause is suggested by
friends here and he lias an excellent
record. Francis E Green was born in
Indiana and was appoiuted a midshipman
in 1S67. He graduated in 1871.
When the war broke out he became
the executive officer of the Montgomery.
lie became a lieutenant commander
in 1899, acd was again ordered to
the Montgomery on the South Atlantic
station, where he w.is serving at the
time of his death.
Our Colonial Records.
C^ncressmaa Stokes writes the secretary
of state that he proposes as soon
as possible to introduce a bill in congress
providing for the publication of
the colonial rccords of the State of
South Carolina, in which this State is
rich. Congressman Stokes has been
supplied with much valuable information
by Mr. W. Ross Smith of New
York, who has recently bc:en carefully
goiug over al! these records. He cow
writes for iurther information and
more exact statements to the amount
and scope of the records. The publication
of these splendid documents is
something that has long been desired
and needed, and all will join in the
hope that the bill can be gotten
through congress.?Columbia State.
A Free Fight.
Daring a quarrel over a game of cards
in a "blind tiger" at Pound Gap, Ivy.,
Thursday, in which John and Taze
Hall and Arch and Henry Leap opposed
Henry Sutherland, Berry and
Henry Campbell, revolvers were drawn
and two hundred shots exchanged.
Taze Hall and Henry Leap were killed
and Dave Sutheiland and Henry Campbell
mor ally wounded. Arch Leap
and Henry Sullivan were also badly
IN THE SENATE.
?x Governor Sheppard Elected
President Pro Tern
NEW SENATORS SWORN IN
The New Lieutenant-Governor
Presides. Officers Appointed
and Various New Meaures
The State Senate convened at twelve
o'clock on Tuesday of last week acd was
opened with prayer by the chaplain, the
Rev. Mr. Waddcll. There were only
uiue aoauiiuucs wucu iug ivu "<? \>unv?
they being Senators Bowen, Dean, IIdcrton,
Mauldin, Walker, Wallace and
Williams. Lieutenant Governor Scarborough
presided, he having succeeded
to the office by the reason of the elevation
of the Hon. M. B. McSweeney to
the Gubernatorial office. He has been
in the Scnste long enough to be
fauiiliar with the rules of procedure and
lie presided with the ease and dignity
of one who had more experience as a
presiding officer. In taking the chair
Mr. Scarborough said: "Since ths last
meeting the Chief Executive of South
Carolina has betfn called away. He
who was President of the last session
has been called upon to exercise the
high functions of Governor of the
sovereign State, whi<jh we all love. By
virtue of your kindness in electing me
as ycur presiding officer I now occupy
this position. I bring to it neither
learning nor experience, but an earnest
and humble purpose to discharge its
duties to the best of my ability. In
the discharge of these duties I ask your
earnest aid and co operation."
Since the last session two vacancies
have occuned, one from Horry and the
other from Lexington. In pursuance
of authority writs of election were isucd
and J A McDermott was elected
Senator from Horry and D M Crosson
Senator from Lexington. These two
gentlemen came forward and was sworn
On motion of Senator Henderson the
usual committee was appointed to inform
the Governor and the House that
the Senate was ready for business.
This committee consisted of Senators
n--j 4 t>?^,,.11 \vi,;u
rjLCOUCrsuu auu ^uunui. n uuv
were out Senator Ma\ field Dominated
Senator Sheppard, of Edgefield, as
President pro tem.
Senator Brown wanted the rules suspended
and Senator Sheppard elected
by acclamation, but tbe Constitution
requires a viva voce vote. Of course
Senator Sheppard got all of them. He
cauie forward and took the oath. After
returning 10 his seat he arose and
thanked the Senators for the courtesy,
and expressed his high appreciation of
the honor. He said it would give him
great pleasure at all times to assist
the presiding officer in the administration
of his high office.
The presiding officer then announced
the following appointments: William
Godfrey, of Herry, keeper of the president's
room; Milton Alexander, of
Oconee, page; W Boyd Evans, Journal
clerk, to succeed E H Aull, who is now
private secretary of the Governor.
On mnMrtn nf \Ip Ra.rnwp.ll Senator
Crosson was put on all committees upon
which Senator Griffith was. As Mr
McDermott, of Horry, is not a lawyer.
Senator Brown, of Darlington, was
placed on the judiciary committee, in
place of the Lieutenant Governor, who
was formerly on the committee.
Senator Aldrich introduced a resolution
looking to an investigation of dispensary
affairs, which went over for
consideration to-morrow. The resolution
is identical with that introduced
in the House by Mr Winkler.
THE GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE.
Ti.e committee to notify the Governor
returned and almost immediately after
Secretary Aull came in with the message
and the reading of it was begun by
Clerk Stewart. Senator Mayfield insisted
that the whole message be read without
skipping. / the members had
copies on their desks and they followed
the reading with the closest attention.
A short interruption was had to allow
the clerk of the house, Mr Earner, to
announce that the House was organized
and ready "for work," as he expressed
it. The reading of the message was
completed at 1.15 o'clock and another
message was received from the Governor
transmitting the report of the Con
feo crate Historian, xne report waa
referred to the committee on military.
Oq motion of Senator Mower the
various subjects treated of in the Governor's
message were referred to appropriate
Senator Brown resigned as a member
of the committee on agriculture and
moved that Senator McDermott be appointed
in his stead. This was agreed
to and Senator McDermott was appointed
on committees on offices and officers
and oil the Penitentiary.
After the introduction of a few bills
* ii.. r\.\ . ^
and concurrent resolutions tne calendar
was rcached, but, on motion of
Senator May field, consideration of bills
went over until Wednesday.
Oa motion of MrMayfieldthe Meares
insurance bill, from the House, was recommitted
to the judiciary committee.
The insurance representatives will
probably be given a hearing on Thursday.
Senator Appelt introduced his local
option bill. It was referred to the
committee on judiciary.
Senator McDermott introduced an.
amendment to the county government
law, making the terms of office of supervisors
kj Ua'.'Ji I'lUiOUUli At* VJh WW W?? W ? ?
current resolution to authorize the Governor
to appoint a commissioner to collect
and perpetuate testimony relating
to the claims of the State of South
Carolina against the United States arising
under the Acts of Congress known
as the Captured and Abandoned Property
Acts, approved March 12, 1863,
and July 2. 186i.
Senator Barnwell asked for indefinite
leave of absence on account of sickness
in his family ana tne request was
The Senate adjourned at 1.25 until
The Senate was called to order at
noon Wednesday by Lieut. Gov. Scar
borough, and the openiDg prayer was j
made by Chaplain Waddell.
The concurrent resolution from tho
house providing for an investigation of
the dispensary was referred to the judiciary
committee. The same disposition
was later made of Senator Al- i
uixv;u a xuai'iuuuu.
House bill 116 to regulate the practice
iQ suits brought oa causes of action
wbieh are saved from the bar of
the statute of limitations by part payment
or written acknowledgement was
the first on the calendar. It was
passed as follows:
Section 1. That from and after the
passage of this act, all actions upon
causes of action which would be barred
by the statute of limitations but for
part payment or a written acknowledgement,
shall be brought on the original
?< j - ?
uause ui avjiiuu, auu tin; pait
or written acknowledgement shall be
evidence to prevent the bar of the
statute of limitations.
Messages were received from the governor
transmitting the report of the
phosphate inspector and the memorial
in reference to draining the low lands.
The memorial was referred to the committee
The report of penitentiary investigation
was received and it was moved to
receive the report as information, to
discharge the committee with the
thanks of- the senate for the faithful
discharge of their duty, and that report
be not printed in the journal. Carried
Senator Aldrich's resolution to investigate
the dispensary was referred to
the judiciary committee.
Senator Livingston introduced a bill
to amend section 2 of an act entitled
''An act to incorporate Marlboro,
Marion and Horry Railroad company,
approved sixth day of March, 139!)," so
43 t\J auiuuuitg oaiu v^umpauj iu uwu
struct its line from the State line and
to connect with the Seaboard Air Line.
Referred to committee on .ailroads.
The Senate then adjourned over to
The Senate's session Thursday was
short and uneventful. About, an hour
was devoted to the introduction of new
bills, of which there wore 10, and to
the consideration of the calendar.
After that a rcccss of a few minutes
was taken until the hour of noon when
the senate and honse met in joint assembly,
the proceedings of which are
Senator Graydon's resolution to instruct
and require the attorney general
to investigate the operation or the Virginia-Carolina
Chemical company was
really the only interesting measure introduced.
As is generally known this i
concern has purchased nearly all the
phosphate or fertilizer factories in the
south and now controls all of them
in S-uth Carolina with only a few exceptions.
The purpose of Senator
fi-rati^nn's TAsnlntinn is to determine
whether this combine has violated the
anti-trust law of this State and to have
the attorney general institute proceedings
against the company if ground of
action be found. This is the first
measure which might be termed antitrust
legislature to come before the
general assembly since the unprecedented
development of the industries
of the State within the last few years
aDd the rapid multiplication oi corporations.
Being himself a well-posted
lawyer, Senator Graydon may have
good grounds for his action.
The only debate among the senators
was upon the bill requiring returns of
banks to be made with the comptroller
general. The bill was killed by a decisive
vote and it is thus seen that the
senate is not disposed to be unnecessarily
harsh in its treatment of corporations.
During the discussion, the
banks received commendation for the
help they had given farmers and business
men in days of financial distress.
SfpvAnsnn's house bill to make it
a misdemeanor to swear falsely or commit
fraud in the management of a primary
election or voting in same, was
passed to its third reading.
Senator Livingstone's bill to authorize
the construction of a new jail in
Marlboro county was passed to its third
reading. Senator Sheppard gave notice
At this point the senate went to the
house of representatives for the joint
assembly to elect a supreme court justice.
Immediately after returning, the
senate adjourned until 11 o'clock Friday
Ia the Senate Friday Senator Appelt
moved that the sergeant-at-arms be authorized
to furnish the senate with better
drinking water. Senator Appelt
w"r r i LI.
suggested Harris Liitna water as suuame
but Senator Archer stated distilled
water from the ocate dispensary might
be secured. This brought out a laugh
from the senators. The resolution was
put in writing and wh'-n it came up for
consideration, it provo'-od considerable
discussion. Columbia's water did not
lack for defenders. Senator Marshall
arose to oppose the libel upon the water
of his town, but Senator Shcppard had
the floor, and made sueh a vigorous defense
that no other was necessary and
Senator Marshall kept quiet and enjoyed
it all. Senator Shcppard remarked
that he thought the senators could afford
to drink the water used by 30,000
people every day. Senator May field:
4'la the water chemically pure?"
(Laughter.) Senator Shcppard: It is.
Seriously, the water has been analyzed
and found chemically pure. No one
* i * l- - j.
has ever neara or anyouc Demg miue
sick by drinking Columbia water. It is
pure and generally clear. The water
does not cost the State a cent, coming
under the State's general contract with
uhe city which the house has refused to
abrogate. He thought it would be extravagant
to buy water. Senator Appelt
said he understood the senate had
been bujing spring water. "Those of
^ "Lift nrtfkinflr Kn f TITO for Walt h ll
U.3 WliU UOU uui-uiuij uut vtuvw
very best." (Laughter.) The resolution
was indefinitely postponed and
thus Columbia's water was vindicated.
Senator Mauldin's bill to regulate
the width of the tires of vehicles was
made a special order for today. It is
expected that this measure will attract
The substitute for Senator G. W.
Brown's bill on municipal taxation was
adopted with little debate. It follows:
Section 1. That on and after the approval
of this act, no separate returns
for taxation shall be required or en
forced by the authorities of aDy city or
Sec. 2. That the county auditors of
tliis State shall keep the returns of all
property liable lo taxation within any
city or town of their county separate
from the returns of property in the
same township cot taxable by such city
and town but taxable by State and
county, and shall also plainly indicate
on the tax duplicate all property taxable
by each city and town, so that
all municipal authorities may without
difficulty base levies without separate
returns for taxation.
o o mi . n . i fl ,
dec. a. 1 nai ior me purpose 01 taxation.
the corporate authorities of all
cities and towns shall have authority
to conform the fiscal year of each city
and town to and with the fiscal year
of the State, and to fix the time for
levjing and collecting municipal taxes.
Oq motion of Senator Archer, Mr.
Dean's house bill to reeulate the granting
of pensions was laid on the table.
Mr. Livingston's bill providing for a
new jail in Marlboro was passed and
sent to the house.
The Senate having disposed of the
calendar adjourned to Saturday.
A SHOCKING DISASTER.
Steamship Wrecked and Every Soul
A dispatch from St. John's, N. F.,
sajs: lne wrecked and burning hull
in St. Mary's bay of an unknown two
masted steamer with ith its crew of
probably 60, acd perhaps some passengers.
all perishing, is one of the worst
marice disasters in this section for a
considerable period. There is not the
slightest prospect that any soul aboard
escaped death, as the intense mid-winter
cold would kill any who escaped
drowning. The ill-fated vessel was of
nearly 3,000 tons burden. She went
ashore before daybreak Thursday, striking
a ledge at the foot of the cliff,
where escape was hopeless. The crew
launched the boats, but probably during
the panic some were crushed against
her sides, others being swamped, and
nil tVio r>!>nf<a Qnr.arpnfW npriehirny
The ship was seen to beafire by residents
six miles away. Attracted to the
scene they found the after half of the
wreck blazing fiercely, and the forepart
under water. Kerosene in the
cargo helped the blaze. At that time
only three men were left 011 board.
Two wore on the bridge and one was in
the riggiDg. Those on the bridge were
safe until about 2 p. m., when they
were washed overboard and drowned,
the bridge being carried away, i'ne
survivor soon after left the rigging,
swam to the rocks and twice endeavored
to geat footing. Failing in this he
made his way back to the riggiDg,
^where he died of exposure daring the
night. Many dead bodies are visible
.?~ .u ? e
luaaiug iu tuc sun. xwu ui IIICUJ
thrown up in a cove cannot be reached
owing to the heavy sea. One is thought
to be that t>f a woman.
Boats and other wreckage are strewn
among the rocks for miles." Yesterday
(Friday) was more stormy than the day
before; and it was impossible to reach
the wreck, which has gone to pieces to
such an extent that it has sunk beneath
the waves. A severe gale is ragiDg
to night, which is likely to reduce
her to fragments. The wreck commissioner
hopes to be able to obtain her
name today (Saturday.) Residents
along the shore made every possible
effort to rescue the survivor in the
rigging, but lacking proper outfits they
were unable to succeed. A messenger
who has j ust arrived from Peter's river
tVirt ? > mif]i tWAmnn'o
lcpuiio llldta llUUfik VTliiJJL TTV/JUU^U O
clothing had keen washed ashore there
as well as a garment which is rather
water-proof cape, such as is evidently
a man's, marked with the initials '"J.
J." This seems to indicate that the
ship had passengers.
A ROARING STORM
Kills One Man and Blows Down Several
A special dispatch from Abbeville to
the Columbia State says: "This
vicinity was visited by perhaps the
severest storm in its history last night.
It was blustering weather with occasional
showers all day long aod was
unusually warm for the season. Shortly
after dark the skies were nearly clear
but in a little while thundering was
heard with quite a display of electricity;
in a few moments heavy clouds gathered
and a deep roariDg sound like a train of
cars was heard. It was a heavy storm
passing through the outskirts of our
city in a northeasterly direction. It
seems from reports this morning that
the storm passed the farm of Miss Ellen
Gray, near Warrcnton, where it did
much damage to barns and outbuildings;
it then passsed the plantation of M. H.
? ~i i?
w usuu, wutrie it uicn uuvTii iju uuii,
stables and three negro cabins and killed
a negro man, then to the plantation of
J. L>, Ferguson and T. F. Ferguson, on
both of whose places it blew down barns,
cribs and outhouses. The next point in
the storm's course was the place of Z.
G. Sprott, about one mile from the
court house on Main street, where
some outhouses were damaged. A
wagon body belonging to Mr. Sprott
I - J L 1 _ J
was taKen up ana nuriea. against tuc
gable of Dispenser Calvett's house
doiDg considerble damage besides
other id jury the residence received.
Harrisbunr was the next place the
storm struck, some damage in the
meantime having been done the buildings
on the place of Mr. W A Smith,
where a number of Negro houses were
unroofed or blown down. Several
houses were blown down on Greenville
street, beyond the branch near the one
i i 1 c xl _
mile pos:. Trie last neara irom tue
storm near this place was on the Roach
farm, where a barn and two outhoses
were demolished and two mules killed.
Several houses were unroofed while
the occupants slept and with those
that were blown down and a number of
Negroes are houseless today."
A Bloody Battle.
Th? Lrtndnn D^ilv Mail savs: "We
leara that in the attack on Ladysmiih
last Saturday, Jaa. 6, the British losses
were 14 officers killed, 34 wounded and
over SOU non-ccmmissioned officers and
men killed or wounded. The Boer
losses, we hear are. estimated at between
2,000 and 3,000."
Will Run for Governor.
A. Howard Patterson, of Barnwell,
has announced his candidacy for gov?-??
o ^l'er-i/mc-jrTMf-A in thft r.omine
'Ji UUi <*3 ?
race for executiye honors.?Columbia
A MODEL OFFICIAL.
A Good Man to Elect State Liqour
The Orangeburg correspondent of the
News and Courier has sccured from
Dispenser J. H. Claffy a statement of
^ 1 1 . .1 A- T
tne Dusiness aone at tne urangeDurg
dispensary during the past year, which
may prove of general Interest just at
this time, when it is generally expected
that the Legislature will make some
desired changes in the management of
the dispensary as a whole. It may be
said that if the State board of control
attended to its business with as little
friction or fuss as the Orangeburg county
board of control the people of the
State would be better satisfied with af
fairs. Dispenser Clafty has had charge
of the Orangeburg dispensary since it
was first established and he has given
universal satisfaction. Orangeburg
county would like to make this suggestion
to the Legislature: Stop putting
extreme partisan politicians at the head
of dispensary affairs. Put the dispensary
management on a business basis.
Promote those dispensary officials who
have proven that they deserve promotion,
and discharge those who promote
friction and prove themselves failures
in subordinate positions. To carry out
these suzeestions CaDt. Claffy should
be promoted to the position of State
commissioner as a reward for conducing
the local dispensary so satisfactorily
to the friends and enemies alike of
the dispensary system. This dispensary
is one of the best in State as to its
management and the amount of business
that is done here will make it rank
among the first in that respect. Let
Capt. Clafiy put into the general management
of the State dispensary the
same business system and careful re-,
gard for details that has characterized
his management of the local Orangebure
dispensary and do not" hamper
him with a bickeriDg, quarrelling set of
politicians as a State board of control.
Your correspondent does not know that
Capt. Claffy could be induced to accept
the State conmisiionership and give up
the certain place here in OraDgeburg,
but his promotion would undoubtedly
meet the approval of a majority of the
people of Orangeburg county.
The foilowiDg is a statement of the
business done at the Orangeburg dispensary
First Quarter?Price to consumers,
M MO ffl . j: S7 001 19.
^o,<7^6.01, priue tu ui>yeuaer, avj..J.U.
jiross profits, $1,631.48. Expenses,
$579 15; net profit to city and county,
Second Qaarter?Price to consumers,
$5,822.23; price to dispenser, $4,779.70;
gross profits, $1,042.53. Expenses,
$569 62; net profits to city and county,
Third Qaarter?Price to consumers,
$7,508.62; price to dispenser, $61417;
gross profits $1,367 45. Expenses,
$533 35; net profits to city and counaoo
ty, $304. IV.
Fourth Quarter?Price to consumers,
$15,095; price to dispenser, $12,236 21;
gross profits, $2,858.79. Expenses,
$629 68; net profits for city and county
Totals for Year?Price to consumers,
$37,348.46; price dispenser, 30,448 21;
gross profits, $6,900.25. Expenses,
$2,309.80; net profits for city of Orangeburg
and county of Orangeburg, share
- _ J -i a-A cr>A AX T. J
auu scare aji?.tjj ?u? 11 WJIUU
be tedious reading, an' itemized statement
for the year, but to give an idea
of what goes into the expense account
of local dispensaries the itemized expenses
for the month of December are
as fellows: Rent, $20; electric light,
60 cents; stationery and stamps, $3 50;
wrapping paper, $4.50; drayage, $18 66;
breakage, $26 46; county board of control,
$27.50; salary additional clerk,
%>A.Vj oaiaxjr J \ viV/ia^ yi/Vi v>
dispenser, $75. By far the largest business
of any mynt^ of the year was done
in December, so that the items for
drayage, breakage, etc, are greater than
for any other month. Then, too, th?
expense of an additional clerk comes
into the expense account only for December.
These items of the other
months are similar, with additional
items for insurance in one month
amounting to about $25 for the year,
and license expenses, which are put
into the account of the month when
Married on the Train.
The Greenville correspondent of The
State says "the passengers and crew on
the Southern train between Columbia
and Greenville Wednesday were treated
to an unusaal attraction, beiig witnesses
to the marriage of Miss Edith
Riggs, of Orangeburg, to Mr. Holloway,
of Chappells, which was solemnized
while the train was speeding along between
Helena and Silver street at the
rate of 45 miles an hour. Miss Riggs
a75<j on rrmto trt AhhAvillft to visit the
famiiy of her uncle there- Mr. Holloway
and a couple of friends boarded
the train at Prosperity, having arranged
that the minister should get on
at Newberry. As soon after leaving
Newberry as possible the marriage took
place and the happy folks left the train
at CJiappells, where tfcey will reside.
The Rev. Mr. Bower?, of Newberry,,
was the officiating minister." The
marriage was a great surprise to the
- - - 11 A
friends of the young iaay at vrangeburg.
Kidnapped Boy Recovered.
Lewis Tolghman, a New York lad 12
years old, who was kidnapped in that
city nearly two years ago, was located
near Tennilie, Ga, Wednesday aad
brought to Augusta^ Friday by bis father
on their way back home. The boy
ii_ ^i_*. i;Ai.K ?
is ail uousuauy Drigut inue icuuw,
seemingly beyond "his years, speakiog
very intelligently and appeariog much
interested in the story of his kidnapping,
but does not remember the facts.
Spanish Wish to Fieht.
The Gibraltar correspondent of the
London Daily Telegraph says: "Three
thousand time-expired Spanish soldiers
from the Cuban war have oSered their
services to Great Britain in South Af
rica. ine government nere nas informed
their agent that he is not authorized
to enlist foreigners."
WORDS OF WISDOM.
Address of President Stevens to
ni HIT fAAft /M5AHO
r i_nr* i ruuu vrwr*?.
Make Small Bills, Buy for Cash
If Possible; Reduce Cotton
Acreage and Don't
The first annual convention of the
I Cotton States association of the comI
i . xr /\ i _ .
mission ers opened at x\ew urieans on
Wednesday. Georgia, Nerth Carolina,
Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and
New Mexico were represented. Commissioner
Jastremski, in the absence of
Governor Foster, delivered the address
of welcome, which was responded to by
Commissioner Culver of Alabama.
President Stevens then delivered his
annual address. .
. "For years," said Col. Stevens, "the
farmers of the South have been drifting
into a condition of bankruptcy and demoralization.
This is not due to sterility
of soil, nor to unfavorable climatic
conditions. It is not altogether fair to
lay the fault of failure to our people,
YT Korra WArlron in^na.
iUi ao a nvtavu auum
triou9ly, in and out of season, but they
hr.ve not worked with any fired purpose
of permanent benefit in the end.
I hav for years been urgiDg the farmers
of Georgia to reverse tfieir methods
if they would escape the conditions
which have resulted from a lack of diversification
in planting their crops.
The salvation of the people depends
upon rural independence, and I urge
upon each of yoa, the commissioners
of the cotton states, to call upon your
people to change their methods of farmiog.
The farming iaterest has been
the subject of much discussion by the
press and the people of the South for
the past 12 months; so much so that
the people of the rural districts are
seekiDg information by reading the
daily and weekly papers and agricultural
journals. This is one of the important
channels through which this
association must rely in reaching the
farming class, by writing monthly letI
ters upon agricultural subjects and
questioos,'to be published once a month
ifl your newspapapers."
Mr. Stevens said there was no doubt
the South is more prosperous today
than at any other time within the last
30 years; prices have advanced and the
people are more hopeful. "Tell your >'
i farmers," he said, "to make small bills;
to buy for cash if possible; to plant
largely for food crops and reduce the
acreage in cotton even below that of last
year. The cotton crop of 18991900
will barely reach 9,000,000 bales
and the average price paid thus far has
been seven cents. But if our farmers
go wild again, as they did in 1898?
buy everything they can on time, plant
the whole earth in cotton, and make a
crop of eleven and one-half million
bales?the country will be ruined,
almost beyond hope."
Two Burglars Captured.
Bobbers visited the stables of Mr. F.
H. Hyatt, Mr, Lindfors and others
near Hyatt Park and took a good sup_i_
-U i_ -j.- m?
piy Ui iiarutiss, eiu., xucsua^ mguw.
Two Gypsies wlio had been camping in
the neighborhood were suspected.
When a search for them was made they
could not be found. A telegiam to
Winnsboro caused them to be intercepted.
The stolen property was found
in their wagon. 1 hey gave their names
as Arthur and James Lamand, and
a<7 aav thfl
OCCLU. IJV CV a> UUV* ?/. !* J.U?; ?M?w
horse and wagon they had belonged to
them, but this is to be doubted, for in
their possession was found two large
dry goods boxes filled with saddles, lap
robes, carpets, harness, and other articles,
about one hundred keys of different
sizes and styles, calculated to work
in almost any lock, and a kit of
burglar's tools In their pockets they
had about $29 in money. The younger
man r>nnfessed to the Hvatt oark rob
beries, but the other fellow denies any
complicity. Both are in jail.?Columbia
A Cadet MissingBc/ne
Yaught, a cadet of the Porter
Military academy, at Charleston is
missing. He was furloughed by Dr.
A. Toomer Porter some days ago, in
T7??Jfr Ilia mother in New ^ ? ?>
V*WV* WV * ^ ' rv3
Orleans, who, the cadet said, was ill,
and this was the last seen of che boy.
He has not reported to his parents at
New Orleans and his whereabouts, so
far as can be ascertained are not
known. He boarded a southbound
train with his baggage properly checked,
but neither he nor the baggaze have
put in appearance at New Orleans.
Vaught made no sccret of the fact that
he did not care to study, and ?ra2
especially against military training and
study and the incidental restraint.
He resorted to the subterfuge of stating
that his mother wae ill in order to
get money from Dr. Porter to enable
him */\ loot'A
They Are Well Paid- ,?j|
The allowance by the probate court
at Chicago of $425,000 for the executors
on the will of 31r. George M. Pullman
gives to these two men an independent
fortune for two years's service,
and only a small part of their time, of
course, was devoted to this woric. The
roomlar hnsinpss nf Mr. Roh^rt T. Lin
coin has not been ioterfered with by
the performance of this additional trust
and probably never amounted to $10,UOO
in any year. For settling up the
he estate o! Millionaire Pallann he
eeeives the saug fortune of $212,5J0.
. Fatal to Fishermen.
Heavy gales are blowing along thf
entire French coast, and a numDer oe
small vessels, with their crews, hart
been lost, although several life boat
rescues are reported. A fishing boa
foundered off Boulonge-Sur-Mer, nine ^
ofr the crew perishing. The . bark ^
Jeanne Eugenis sank near Cherbourg
and five persons were drowned.