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TilOS. J. ADAMS,.EDITOR
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 1895.
Twenty-six divorces were grant
ted in Augusta last week.
Gov. Evans keeps right on seiz
ing liquors a? though Judge Go
o?Y-ha?f-cocked was not in it at all.
No less than seven hundred to
bacco barns have been built in
Darlington County during the
past two months.
The son of Senator Palmer con
cedes that Illinois Democracy
stands for the free coinage of sil
ver at 1G to 1. And so does the
South Carolina Democracy.
The cheering report from Flori
da is that, the damage done ty
last winters freezes was greatly ex
aggerated and that there will be
enough oranges next season to
supply the markets abundantly.
The Greenville Mountaineer
says: "The county commissioneis
have put the new machine to
work on the Buncombe road. It
does excellent work and there is a
strong feeling that it would be
well to purchase enough machines
to have one for every two town
ships. All the niaiu roads lead
ing into thc city will be worked
with the machine/'
Some of our best lawyers say
that Judge Goff certainly put bis
foot in it when he enjoined the
calling and holdmg of a Constitu
tional Convention in this State.
Goff is a republican and an in
tense, malevolent hater of the
South aud especially South Caro
lina; and here we think will be
found the key to his whole action
in the matter.
Bimetal ism is the coming issue
in national politics. This is the
ironcral concensus from both dom-;
ocraiic and republican sources.
On this issue speaker Crisp of,
Georgia thinks a, western man with
a wer record should be nominated
for president-and speaker Crisp
is right. Some of our contempo
raries have proposed a Southern
man for this high office in 1890,
but such a proposition is supreme
folly. The supremes wish and
need of the southern people is fi
nancial relief and not simply to
bo allowed to furnish a figure head
for the government.
As to what the next democratic
platform should contain, Speaker
C^isp is.to the v^L'^r V
" In the next campaign the :-e
habitation of silver will be the
main and controlling issue upon
which Democracy will appeal to
the people. Party platforms should
always be plain and direct. I clo
not believe in those planks which
are so written as to catch voter?
going and coming. Parties should
bo honest to the people. Whatever
room existed for different con
structions of the platform of 1S92
should no longer exist and for this
purpose that to be adopted in
189G, should be so plain that even
a school boy could understand it."
Just About Right.
Tho Columbia State says that a
200 cents gold dollar is no more
an honest dollar than a .50 cents
A Disbeliever in Death.
Rev. J. Minot Savage, the emi
nent Unitarian ministerof Boston,
at a recent funeral, made use of
the following language :
"Here, lying in this casket, is
all that the eye can see, all that
the hand can touch of our friend;
but that which was he, that which
thought, felt, loved, hoped, that
which served his fellows, is not
here, and it is not going to be bu
ried to-day." And he continued
in the same fine strain : "I do not
believe in death ; I do not believe
that death came into the world as
a result of any incursion of evil
from outside. I believe it is a
part of the wise, loving, eternal
order. I believe it is only another
kind of birth; and, when wo can
detach ourselves from certain ways
of looking at it, from certain sel
fish views, we ?hall be able to see
the divineness of death. Suppose
that, for all of us, life (earth l'ife)
should be infinitely prolonged.
That would mean we should be
prisoners, shut in on this little
world, while God's great universe
was all around us, speaking to us,
beckoning us, inviting us. I como 1
more and more to look upon death I
as God's divine angel ; as the gate
opener for us. He comes and
touches us, and then we become 1
citizens of tho universe. Our
.friend has simply graduated, and
gone out into a larger field of study
and labor."-Philosophical Jour
Quite surprising yet very pleasing,
is the new oiler made liv Ramsey & '
Bland in furniture and house far- i
m'shings, which are just thc goods ev- ,
ery housekeeper luis now in mind.
Those changes in parlor, sitting-room '
and chamber yon arc thinking about J
need cost you but Jillie trouble or ?mi- (
lay, because prices and assortments j
are so satisfactory, and Ramsey & ,
Bland are the men who .?lionld be eon- '
suited, for they lead the trade and are I
willing' to help you think-.
piing of Join C. Srar?p,
EVIDENCE GIVEN BEFORE
THE CORONER'S JURY.
Wounds in thc Dead Man's Body
Indicate a Third,* Unknown,
Partieipaut.-vCausc of the
[From The State April 2G.]
The tragedy which occurrsd in
Edgefield yesterday morning, caus
ing the "death of Mr. John C.
Swearingen, a brother-in-law of
Senator Tillman, at the hands of
his brother-in-law. Mr. Ben L.
Jones, which was the outcome of
a bitter family feud of years'
standing, was a most lamentable
affair. This cannot be fully real
ized until one visit? the pictures
que section of hiily Edgefield,
wherein the residences of the de
ceased and the slayer command a
magnificent view of the surround
ing country for many miles; two
homes within sight of one anoth
er, yet with a gulf made by human
blood and a world of suffering
vawning between them. At one
home to-day lay the dead body of
the slain man, "riddled with bul
let holes. Around lt W6re gather
ed a sobbing widow, a blind son
and two young daughters, who
idolized their parent. Out
side, preparations for a funer
al were in progress. Many friends
of the deceased with sorrow-mark
ed faces were about. At the other
home, so near, was the lone sister
of the slaiu man ; she who is the
wife of the slayer. Who shall say
that the agony here is not equal
if not greater than in the other
We hear talking of the sad trag
edv on every side and all express
regret. The feud which culmina
ted in the killing is of longstand
ing. It dates back to the opposi
tion of the deceased to Jones mar
rying his sister. The immediate
cause of the killing was certain
action on the part of Swearingen
on Monday last in Augusta. Some
time ago Swearingen was arrested
at the instance of Luther Jones
and it was shown, it is said, that
Swearingen cut fence rails and
put them in a road used by the
Jones' so as to ruin one of Lu
ther's horses. Swearingen was
found guilty and sentenced to pay
a fine of $60 or serve six months
on the county gang. He, however,
vigorously protested that he had
placed the rails on bis land in a
safe and proper manner. Monday
Swearingen came to Augusta in
search of a negro, Jim Davis, who
had worked for the Jones family,
but had moved to Augusta directly
after the occurrence. Davis when
found swore before a magistrate
that Swearingen was not to blame,
that the rails had been scattered
by Luther Jones and Walter and
Robert Samuels and that after
words these parties collected the
rails, poured kerosene on them
and burned them. Swearingen
took the negro back to Edgefield
with him, as he said, to vindicate
himself. The rest is explained in
what was said at the fatal meet
ing. Mr. Jones, it is said., cama
fvkr? ago ?niexT?r negro in JE/trge^
field county, was tried and ac
Mr. Swearingen's funeral was
held this afternoon and the re
mains were interred in the church
yard near the old home of Sena
tor Tillman, five miles from his
As to the positions of the men
when the shooting occurred it
might be said that Swearingen
was standing in the store door, a
little to the right. Jones, the
younger, was inside near the coun
ter, on the left hand side, consid
erably behind Swearingen. Mr.
Ben Jones was on the pavement in
front facing ?wearingen. Swear
ingen after being hit steppad be
hind the right hand counter,
walked some nine feet, turned
came back and fell dead on his
face in the corner IT ar the show
window. The positions indicate
that the shot referred to below in
the window sill came from young
Jones and also that the bullet in
the brain came from his pistol.
This is merely a supposition,'how
ever, based an the relative posi
tions of the men and the conse
quent directions. Whether the lad
did any shooting or not and where
the blame rests for the starting of
the affair are unsettled questions
which a jury of Mr. Jones' coun
trymen will have to decide.
Immediately after Trial Justice
L. G. Bell, who was acting as cor
oner, had the dead body placed on
a stretcher and removed to the :
court house, he summoned a jury i
and the inquest began. Dr. Devore
hasti'y making the medical exam
ination-too hastily, as will be i
seen below. The evidence adduced I
in tho inquest thus held was as .
Dr. C. P. Devore said : I am a <
practicing physician of Edgefield
county. 1 have examined the dead i
body of John C. Swearingen ; death i
was caused by a gunshot wound
entering at tho upper margin of ;
the right ear and penetrating the !
posterior portion ol' the brain. I (
lind a small glancing shot on the ?
breast, not sufficient tu produce <
any injury. In my opiuion, the
gunshot wound in "the head would i
have prcduced death. I found a ,
llesh wound over the eye not caus- ,
ed by a gunshot. j
W. B. Sheppard, who was in thc ,
store, said : I was in the store, but ,
had gone down into the cellar be- |
fore the shooting took place and .
was in the cellar when the shoot- i
ing took place. Jim Carter. Hugh (
Anderson and Luther Jones were (
in tho store, I thought triare j
might be a-difiiculfy in the store ,
and went down into the cellar. ]
Saw Mr. Ben Jones como up; did j
not hear him say anything. Luth- (
jr Jones and Mr. Swearingen were ?
?laving some pretty hot words. Mr.
Swearingen was standing in the
James Carter, a clerk in Ibo J,]
store and an eye-witness, said
saw Mr. Sweariugen in the. fi
door. I saw Mr. Bon Jones xi
ap. Mr. Sweariugen and
Luther Jones were talking. Lui
Jones said to Mr. Swearingen :
suppose you say that 1 bi
those rails." Mr. Swear inger? s:
"I don't care to be bothered v
you; you are beneath my not i
About that (imo Mr. Ben Jr
walked up. He said: "lam h<
if you want to talk to any bi
talk to me." Luther Jones har
more to sa)'. Mr. Swear in
threatened to pull a, pistol or so
thing. Mr. Jones said : "Pull
if you want to." Who fired firs
hard to say. I think Mr. Sw<
ingen pulled hii pistol first. '
firing then began. I know t
Mr. SweariDgen fired. I was
ting there on the counter ?
stayed there till the whole tb
was over, Mr. Sweariugen fired
ly one time.
C. H. Anderson was in the st<
He was another eye witness.*
saw Mr. Carter and W. Sheppi
Mr. Sweariugen carne in the fr
door. I saw Ben Jones walk
from across the street. Mr. Swc
iDgen stood in the door a sh
while and Luke Jones says :
suppose you said J burned tb
rails. If you say so you are a Iii
About that time Mr. Ben Jo
walked up an.d Mr. Swearinj
says to Luther Jones : "You
beneath my notice." Mr. I
Jones spoke to him and said :
am here to take his place." Swe
ingen threw his hands on his h
and Mr. Ben Jones says, "pull i
and repeated it a time or two, a
about that tim? firing began,
believe Mr. Ben Jones killed I
Swearingen. When the firing
gan I was on the counter, 1
don't know who fired first. S
both willi pistols in their band
After their inquest had been i
j?uirned and the jury bad rend
ed a verdict Ibat Swearing'1!) h
come to his death by gunsi
wounds inflicted by B. L. Jones,
was found upon a further exar
nation of the dead body that, tin
were several other wounds, t
being in the back. This develoi
the fact that six bullets ii ad bu
fired other than the one fired
Mr. Sweariugen, and a new phi
of the case was presented, 'i
facts indica (ed Ibat Mr. Jon
young son bad been a party to 1
shooting. It was to investig;
this feature of ibe caso that A
ing Coroner L. G. Bell reap??
bled the jury and proceeded w
a further investigation to-d?
The proceedings wore held in ;
county court house.
Dr. Devore tins morning tes
fled as follows: The wound <
scribed yesterday to th?' jury w
n:.>t correctly described. Il pul
eil tho front of tho body al*
ene inch below the upper end
the sternum and passed along ji
beneath the skin to the point
the right shoulder and lodged ji
under the skin, where it was c
out. In addition to these I
wounds. I found one on rear
body entering three inches to t
left of the spinal column, passi
entirely through the body a:
Jodged just under the ckjL?jaJbfl
|-tik^mv'r^?ndro?WT?m'm". I fou
another wound, the ball enten
about three inches to the rear
the axillary space, passing fi
ward into the thoratic cavity,
cut out two balls ; two balls rema
in the bodv. The ball in the s[
nal column ? think entered b
tween the ten^h and eleventh ril
The balls extracted are of tl
Mr. D. T. Griee saw a pistol,
small Smith & Wesson in Joni
hand after the shooting and lo
Mr. Jones to surrender it to tl
sherill. He did not see any pist
in Luther Jones' hand.
Mr. Carter testified when r
called that Luther Jones was
little in his rear. If Luther had
pistol he did not see it. Luther di
not change his position during tl;
Mr. Anderson, when recalle<
said the firing was over in fiftee
seconds he supposed. I did ur
have my eyes on Luther Jones,
was watching Ben Jones and Ml
Sweariugen. I did not see an;
one shoot after Mr. Swearinge
turned to go behind the counter,
saw where a ball hit the windo*
frame. A man outside could no
have placed that ball there. Th
ball which went through the shoi
box must have . been fired fron
within two or three feet of th<
At this juncture, owing to thc
fact that several of the witnessef
could not be secured in time, the
acting coroner adjourned the in
quest till tomorrow morning. Pub
lic opinion here is very much di
vided on this case. Jones bas
smployed to defend him Messrs.
Simkins aud Sheppard Bros. Mr.
I. W. Turmond has been engaged
lo assist the solicitor in the prose
cution of Mr. Jones.
It is hard to tell what the out
come will -be. Again there are
some who seem to think that the
family feud has not yet been bu
ried, for there are brave and de
termined men on both sides. It is
certainly to be hoped that the
present lamentable- tragedy will
jud the matter.
Jones'young son will very like
ly be sent up for trial, but that
will likely be all. It has been
lisenvered thal Mr. Jone?' pistol
is not in evidence, nor does any
Due know where it is. Mr. Jones'
stated to the sheriff that it bad
j(!On banded to a friend immedi
itely a fl or tin- shooting. Now il
lias been proven tba! six bullets,
jther Iban the one fired by the
ieceased, were tired. If Mr. Joues'
pistol was a five-shooter the bul
would come into the case in a se
rioin light. No pistol was on the
ad so far as tho evidence shows,
ir so far as any one thal 1 can
L\ T. Grice recalled: Saw Mr.
fones drawing, could'nt tell bow
many times, don't know how man j*
shots, saw him fire three shots,
saw him going in as third shot was
fired. Walked from stn hie up there
to see bimi were out of sight,
'didn't examine pistol, he offered
to surrender pistol but didn't take
it. Shooting was going on when
Jones went in the store, Dr. Wise
went with us, Mr. Jones was with
N. L.Bronson sworn says: Saw
firing, was between Bells store and
Folks office, couldn't tall whether
ho went in the si ore or not, first
time I saw him when I went up
he was standing in door as he be
gan to fire he moved to left hand
side of door, couldn't tell how
many shots, didn't see pistol ex
cept at a distance did not see
Luther Jones at time of firing.
Thc Good Road Question.
Everywhere, Mr. Editor-in all
sections of the State-the people
are becoming much concerned in
regard to the improvement of our
highways. But in Edgefleld there
seems to have been but little,
nothing in fact, done in that di
rediou. True, on some roads some
spasmodic demonstrations have
been made in the way of so-called
"working the roads," resulting in
a "scratch" here anda "scratch"
or two there, but effecting no per
manent or perceptible good. All
hands-overseers and all-rush
ing over their respective roads in a
make-believe and vain pretence of
complying with the law, and at
the same time simply trying to
evade the said law,
?Mr. Editor, this is all wro?g
but until we, the people, bf come
individually and personally in
ternsten in the good road question ;
and until our Road officials fed
that il i* their ditty to discharge their
duty, and se" that the road law i?
complied IC??A, we cannot hope for
Therefore, Mr. (Supervisor Whif
fle and yv County Board of Com
missioners, we want to know what
you are going to do ti*wards the
betterment of our public thorough
fares? They are in a miserable
Look, up in Greenvili? and
Spartanbutg counties, and over in
Newberry county, their energetic
Road Ci wi missioner* have procura
i'd the best road machines and are
: determined lu bi*VB good roads;
and down in Aiken cornily they
have convicts un their roads; and
.n many otlu-F counties I be Coun
ty Board of Commissioners are
waking up lo the grand impor
tance of good, smooth, well-draiji
ed Roads. For they know, as the
Ci;n-ksburgh (Va.) Inquirer so
weil says, that "Good roads haw
wonderful effect. They increase
the value of farm lands, cheapen
the cost of transportal ion, enliven
the hospitalities of the people, at
tract travel and business, fill up
the schoo'-house and churches,
aud advance civilization and re
?JsflflAj*OafokuuU "IMUB uili "sht
News i'roin Minc Creek.
MR. EDITOR : We hardly ever see
anything in your paper from this
s?ction. We are all still on Ibo
side nf mercy, and in thc land of
Now is a busy time with the
farmers. Some of them are jil ant
ing a good deal of corn while some
are moving on with their cotton
planters, to raise 4 cents cotton to
pay their debts with they, sa}'. The
grain fields look somewhat desc
?late at present. Here and there
you can see a little patch of wheat
that looks promising. The fruit
crop bids fair to lui good this
time. Some people say we wont
have any blackberries this year.
We don't know why this is.
The turpentine business is get
ting popular around here. Mi.
Perry Barns Jins moved his still
from Mr. Pick Denny's place over
to Mr. H. S. Black's place, and a
fellow by the name of Wallis has
recently located one on Mr. E. M.
The members of Richland Church
have chosen Mr. J. A. Carson toi
preach for them again. They have
.made a good selection, for Mr. Car
son is a man that has his intellec
tual facilities well developed.
At a prayer-meeting on Easter
Sunday a gentleman who has dis
tinguished himself as a speaker at
religious services ever since the
earthquake in 1SSG got to spoak,
and introduced his speech by say
ing, "brethren, it has been 1995
years to-day, since Christ rose
from (he dead."
"Pedagogue" must have surely
mad"- a miss interpretation of our
article that we wrote concern high ?ni
sometime ago. We did not say
anything about, him that we
thought would injure his reputa
tion or be disadvantageous to his
future -success. We don't eeo why
he could not stand a few facts.
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