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VOL. XXXVIII. .iICKENS, S.C., THURSDAY, DEC MBER 17, 198. O, 37
State News of interest fron
TE TO BURN JAIL
Aiken Negro Makes Attempt t(
Aikon, Special.-Will Blackwell
colored, was placed in the county jai
Monday afternoon, charged with lar
-ceny of live stock. The case is i
rather peeuliar one. It is charge
that last Thursday night Blackwel
went to the place of Mrs. Alice La.
rar, near Langley, and stole a mill
eow. The cow was tracked for sev.
eral miles the following day, bul
when the trail was lost, Magistrat(
David Bush was telephoned 'to 'ani
asked to be on the lookout for th<
- ow and the thief. A few minutei
after the telephone message was re
veived, Mr. Bush saw the cow and th(
negro was leading her. He deputiz
ed a constable to arrest him. Black
well explained that he had com(
across the cow in the 'road and that
she had followed him off. He wa!
placed in the Ellenton jail, and Sat
-urday night, Magistrate Bush says
Ie tried to burn the jail and escape
and it large hole was burned in the
house, but fortunately the fire did not
get any headway.
Mill Children Entertined.
Ware Shoals, Special.-On the
evening of Saturday, Mr. and Mrs.
Benjamin D. Riegel entertained 10
ehildren employes of the Ware Shoalh
Manufacturing Company to a sump
tuous roast turkey supper. The litth
folks enjoyed the feast of good thing
provided and their happy faces be.
tokened the fact that all had don(
:ample justice to the rich ad varied
-menu provided by their kind host and
'hostess. Miss Frances Edmonstor
of Washington helped to make it
pleasant for the children, while a
cempany of -local ladies and gentle
men acted as waiters upon the vari
-aus tables. Several speeches- were
:made by Mr. W. C. Cobb, Mr. F. J.
"'Clark and others. Three hearty
cheers were given by the children in
honor of Mr. and Mrs. Riegel. Every
bchild recei-4d a present of orantres.
apples, candy and bananas ibefore
leaving for their homes. The event
proved one of the happiest and most
-appreciated ever held in our town.
County Fair For Edgefield.
TEdgefield, Special.-At a meeting
of the citzens of the county held here
last week a county agricultural faii
association was organized. Before
the organization President J. E. Green
of the. Georgia-Carolina fair address
ed the meeting. James R. Cantelon
Of Johnston and James D. Mathis of
'Trenton vice presidents. The capital
-stock was fixed at $1,000 with the
right to increase to $10,000 in shares
-of $5 each, the association to be per
manently organized when not less
than $200 has been subscribed and
paid in. A board of directors, con
- sis'ting of 10. was elected, also corn
mittecs to solicit subscriptions andl
procure a charter. Theo fair is an as,
Harvard Instructor Comes to Wofford
Spartanburg, Special.-Dr. Wmi
*Colwoll, for the past four years in
truetor in German at Harvard, wvas
chosen by the trustees of Wofford col
lege to sneeeed Dr. A. B. Cooke ir
the department of modern languages
Dr. Colwell is 30 years of ne~e. H<
will arrive in Spartanb)urg Februar'
1. Until then his work will be divid
ed among the menbers of Woffori
faculty. Dr. Cooke has accepted I
position as head of tha department 01
modern languoae at Throon institut'
at -Pasadena, Cal. He and family wvil
leave Spartanburg December 26.
'7.Ccl. T. 0. Duncan -Purchases Gto
reached Spa rtanburg that Col. T. (
Duncan, formerly of Union, but no'
of TenmOssee, had organized a cork
pany in that State and had purchase
the Aetha Cotton Mills. Colonel Duri
en was formerly president of ,th'
Buffalo and Union Mills.
Ifi W0i Cf CONCESS
The business of both houses of
Congress was confined largely to list.
ening to the reading of the Presi
dent's annual message but in adldi
tion a few bills were introduced botL.
in the Senate and the House and ir.
the House'a nuiber of bills was sent
to confLeence, among them being one
I providing for a new immigration sta
- tion in Boston.
In addition, the Speaker announced
I the apointment of Mr. Higgins, of
I Coniecticut, to a- place on the com
mittee on the judiciary, in place of
Mr. Littlefleld and of Mr. Martin to
a place on the committee on Indian
affairs in place of Mr. Parker, de
For the first time during the present
Congress there was a call of the com
mittees of the House but no measure
was reported by any of them.
The miscellaneous work of the Sen
ate consisted in the main of the ref
erence in executive session of about
1,500 recess nomination%, which were
sent to the Senate by the President,
and the adoption of resolutions of re
gret on account of the death of mem
bers of the House who have passed
away since the adjournment last May.
The Senate adjourned for the day at
2 o'clock and the House at 2:35.
Census Bill Passed.
For nearly five hours the House of
Representatives considered the bill
providing for the taking of the thir
teenth and subsequent decennial cen
suses, and passed it without material
change. From the very outset of the
debate it became evident that the
progress of the measure toward pas
sage would be impeded.
Pensions in Senate.
The session of the Senate was
chiefly devoted to the formal presen
tation of departmental reports and
the introduction of bills. The re
ports have been made public from
time to time 09nd the hills numbering
352 were chiefly for the granting of
The iou,e of Representatives S:t
urday wa.s in its old-time form. No
particular prog-ramme had been map
ped out, bit under a call of-commit
tees several measures in which the
members were especiallv interested.
and in some cases vitally concerned,
Were considered. With few excep
tions they engendered the liveliest
sort of debate, and it was disclosed
that the forces for or against them
were fully lined up for .the fray.
Parliamentary tactics were freely re
sorted to, with the result that five
times tle, roll was called.
The first rangle ocenred oin a reso
hoion fixing the boundarv line -he.
tween tile States of Colorado, Okla
hoimti and New Mexico. which was
agreed to by a majority but not with
out, two roll calls. The House then
by a decisive vote refused tA furthei
consider the bill providing for ari.
trary settlement of disputes betweer
coployers and employes.
Next turning attenition to the bili
providing for the protection of aliem~
in tihe United States tile subject was
threrhed out at length. Tile meafsurlE
hla.i rough sailing and it was passed
by a slim majority after thle roll hlad
beeni called twice.
Mr. and Mrs.. Taft Given Reception
Washington, Special. - President
eleet and Mrs. William HI. Taft were
tendered a reception by Miss Mabe!
Boardman, a Washington soc'iet3
leader, at her home on Dupont circle
The function was one of the mosi
notable of the season, and among thle
guest were a large number of tihe rep.
resentative persons of the Capital't
official, diplomatic and social circles
The Evacuation of Cuba.
Washington, Spccial.-At tihe War
Department the first details regard
ing tIhe withdratwal from Cuba of
the Amerienni army -of paciflontion,
.which hlas been on duty there since
a the fall of 1906, were made knowvn.
.Thie movements of the troonis will be
tin on Januairy 1st and wvill be com
pleted by A pril 1st.
One of the Most Urgent Needs
of the Nation
THE DEMAND fUlLY GONE OVER
Governors. and Prominent Men From
Every Section of the- Country Ap
pear Before the House Committee
and Urge the Establishment of
Washington, . Speeial.-A distin
guished assembly of witiesses tes
tified before the House committee on
agriculture to the need of the Fed
eral governmentC establishing forest
reserves in the White mountains and
in the Southern Appalachians. It
marked the opening or the fight in
this session of Congress for the crea
tion of these reserves to protect the
navigability of navigable streams, a
purpose which the conmittee conced
ed is constitutional.
Besides Governor Guild, of Massa
chusetts, who was the spokesiman
until he was #ompelled to leave the
city and turn his duties over to Col.
William S. Harvey, of Philadelphia,
Governors Chamberlain, of Oregon;
Ansel, of South Carolina; Hoke Smith
of Georgia, and Johnson, of Minne
sota, fornmer Governors George E.
Pardee, of California,-and Blanchard,
of Louisiana, and Dr. Edward Ever
ett Hale, chaplain of the Senate, were
among thsoe who appeared. Chair
man Scott, of- the committee, said the
committee appreciated the - publia
sentiment in favor of the project'but
that the problem if obtaining the
desired end was difficult.
Representatiye Scott explained that
the House committee on the judiciary
had questioned the constitutionality
of action on the part of Congress
looking toward the, purchase of land
for the conservation of forests what
ever it might do toward protecting
the navigability of the streams of the
Governor Guild, in re ponding, laid
3mphasis upon the ability of the gen
eral government to undertake pro
jects for the general welfare of.the
!ountry, saying the appeal come
from all quarters of the nation.
It is probably the first time in his
ory that the Governor of South Car
>lna and the Governor of Massachu
'ettsR.have joined hand in hand to ap
peal to Congress for the enactment
)f law for the general welfare of
the United States," said Governor
auild, as he bowed to Governor An
;el. of the Southern State.
President Van Hise took the posi
tiwn that the peculia:- rapidity of
wosion in the Southern Appalachian
nountains necessitated the establish
lent of a reserve there, for the pres
rvation of the navigability of the
streams atid the protection of the
iarbors. He gave it as his opinion
that the crucial area to be purchased
was the lower slopes of the mountains
where the inclines are so steep and
rso'so rapid that their use for
mgriculture is less important than the
preservation of the streams.
Nine Injured by Bomb.
New York, Special.-Creeping over
the roof to an airshaft in the five
story tenenmnt at 330 Sixty-third
street, a Blnek ITand agent dropped
s bomb to the mzround. The e'xpl(osin
that resulted was terrific. The walls
of the buildinig reeled and tottered,
almost falline,. and every window
within a block or more w'as shattered.
Nine people in the building and in
the street were injured by the ex
plosion of the homib. some of them
seriously, althou-msh it is nor thought
that any of than will (lie. It was at
miracle that nmo e was killed out
right. Tho police are investigating
the caso and th1er have 'ome to the
conclusion that i he bo.nh dropping
was tha wovk of' he same Black
Ha'nd agent who three years neo kid
napped the small son of an Italian
banker, who owns ;unl oven'pies ai part
of the building. and~ that the motive
was revenge, the banukrr hafvii re
fused to ransom his mnr. The homh
t,hrower made good his escane, but the
police believe that thev have clues
which may Jlead to his enmpt'mre, or nos.
sibly to the breaking up of a 1Iaek
.CcpO Iius I'lees r. Saft and His
Rome, By Cable.-l'ope Pius bless.
ed President-elect Taft and his fain
ily. The blessing was declared in
the presence of Archbishop Glennin,
of St. Louis, who told the Pope that
lie lid -rcoived .a -letter from Taft
in which the President-elect express
ed cordial friendship for the- CatLho
lies. The Pope received tle news
with unfeigned deli,lht and pronoine
ed the blessing upon Taft and family.
Wife of Millionaire is -Arrestd Io
New York, Special.-Mrs. Louis J.
Schloss, wife of the well known Neu
York and Baltimore clothier, was ar
rested here last week for shoplifting.
Different articles she had picked up
amounted to about $16. She ploads
nervousness and ill health. The case
will be heard soon.
Thomas r. Ryan Gives $1,000 to
Uncle Remus Fund.
Atlanta, Ga., Special.-J. G. Les.
ter. secretary of th,,! "Uncle Remus''
memorial association, announced the
receipt of a contribution of $1,000.
from Thomas F. Ryan, of New York,'
to the fund of pe:'tuating the men
ory of Joel Chandler Harris. Mr.
Ryan was tendered and has accept
ed the vice presidency of the asso
Mail Carrier Badly Hurt.
Spartanburg, Specia-l. - Jesse L.
Wood, a well known letter carrier,
was thrown from his buggy early
Stdnyr mornine and seriously injur
ed. The horse Mr. Wood was driving
tobk fright on east Main street, just
in front of the First Presbyterian
ehureh. HP was thrown violently to
the sidevelk and knocked uncon
scions. When taken to his home it
was discovered that three of his ribs
had been brok~i and oie of his
shoulders terribly in.ired. He is
threatened wiflh pneumonia. which
makes his eondtiion trebly worse.
Every Citizen to Become a Soldier.
Washington, Special.--Every male
citizen in the United States between
the ages of 16 and 45 is to become a
part of the military force of the
country and to be liable for military
duty under the terms of a bill, the
passage of Which has been recom
mended by the President in a special
message to Congress. The bill pro
vides an elastic organization and, as
the President says, tinder its provi
sions it will be just as easy to raise
an army of 2,500,000 as of 50,000.
Killed by Electric Shock.
Yorkville, Special.-Mr. W. F.
Downs, a native of Fort Mill, and
for the past three or four years head
machinist at the Tavora Cotton Mill
at this place, was instantly killed by
an electrical enrrent. The elect.rical
currienit which is furnished by the
Southern Power Company, had failed
and Superintenident Itam1seur anud Mr.
I )>wns were se reb ig tor' thle trvouble.
The swi tch lad beeni opened and
Downs placed h is hanad on a wire he
supposed de'ad hut it proved not to
be and ho fell hack lifeless.
Mr. Kitchen's Resignation Effective
Day Before He Becomes Governor.
Washington, Special.- liepresenta
tive WV. WV. Kitchen, of North Cnro
lina, Gove'rnor-elect. of his~ State, has
forwarded to (overa'er (lenna his re
enalena th 'p nrer a?atie from
them fifth "or?tirh rel distrvie!, to
Ilke (fl. .Ji Ja uariv 11tIh. '.j. Kitch
in w.illI - inuuratedh ;(;iOen Jan..
uiivTO TEST GOOD FLOUR.
Squeeze some of the flour in your
hand; if goodl it will retain the shppe
given by pressure. Knea.d a little be
ween your fingers; it It works soft
and stIeky it Is poor. Thirow a little
against a dry peCrpendicular surface;
if it falls li.ke powder it is bad.--Bco
Results in a Number ofP.eople
Losing Their Lives
SCENES OF GREAT EXCITEMENT
Prematuro Explosion of an Enormous
Blast of Powder Near Colon phaims
Ten Dead and rifty Injured.
Cclon,, By Cable.-A giant blast of
dynamite,Y already prepared for*flring,
was premratu-rely exploded in . the
workings at Bas Obispo Saturday.
Ten men. were killed and fifty injured.
It may be that others have been kill
ed, for debris is piled up in all direc
Bas Obispo- cut is about 30 miles
from Colon, and the shock of the ex
plosion was distinctly felt here, as in
addition to that in the blast, 22 tons
of dn namite was exploded.
Numerous reports are current as to
the cause of the- accident but the of
ficial version from Culebra, which
gives an estimate of ten killed and
fifty wounded, states that during the
loading of the last hole of the blast
the dynamite in this cutting was dis-_
ehrged. and the remaining 22 tons
were exploded by concussion.
The holes had not been connected
electrically as the discharge of the
blast was set for 5 o'clock im the
afternoon. The last hole was being
loaded tinder the supervision of one
of the most efficient powder men in
the employ of the commission.
A passenger train had just passed
when the explosion occurred, but it
waq not in any way damaged.
The majority of the victims are
Relief trains were sent to the scene
of the disaster and one which re
turned here several hons later
brought back the report -that 45 of
1he injured had been sent to Ancon
The officials- on the train stated
thnt eleven dead had been found
while many others in the gang of 120
who were employed in the cut were
It was also reported by the train
mIen tlhat the explosion was due to t
passing steam shovel, which hook
ed the wire lending to the immense
ebirge of dynamite. Whether or not
this was the enuse of the accident,
a steam shover and crew, which hap.
pened to be on the scene were prae
tically buried iinder the mass of rocks
and earth thrown up.
Gangs were soon searching for the
dead and assisting the wounded.
Electric rights were set up and at
night steam shovels were at work re
moving the tons upbn tons of debris.
Many of the men have been seriously
iniured, some of them probably fa
Tradition has it. that the Panama
Railroad cost one hman life for ov
rv tie, what with,-necidents, insurrec
tions n(d diseaise, and( the construe
ien of the cnnnl has 'ot gone along
without exacting its toll.
There have been a number of ccci..
dents in thte latst two years, chief
amnong which wvas I le premntiure ex..
plosion of dynam;to at Pedr'o Mignel
in June, 1907, which resll1ted in the
dleath of seven men and( the in.iurv
of a number of others.
The 'Dead Tota. I'ourtecn.
Colon. Bv Cahle -The rexp losioiinuo
day at Bas Obispo of 21 tons of
dynamite blast wtas I most ser ions
accident in connec'tio iFwith the bil d
ing of the Pannma cnnal since the
UJnited1 States look control. A thor
oughi investigation with a viewV to
fixing the resTOnsibility has ben or
dered and already officials are tak
Orooked Wisconsin Bankcr Sentonoed
Milwaukee, Wis., Speiial.-John F~. -
Schntite, aged1 3S. formeur paying tel,
Ier (of the First Nat ionali Bank of Ra
eine, was sentenced to five years at
Fort Leaveniworth byv Jude Quarden.
Seb"I te embr:- l ed $15.000, plen ded
guilty' and adk"d for leniency. Five
years is the miniim'Inu ne-mltv. S1buits ,
was arresteel at Clavelsm1 on Jnly 7.