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News of Interest Gleaned Fro
r penitentiary Report.
The superintendent of the State
penitentiary, Capt. D. J. Griffith,, has
completed his annual report on re
ceipts and expenditures for the year
1908. The report shows that under
the present official force the institu
tion has made considerable money
and the affairs were conducted on the
ahost businesslike basis. The showing
is all the more remarkable because of
the destruction of the August freshet.
The statement of the cash on hand
and the expenditures is given as fol
Cash on hand De
year 1908.. . .$29,262.24
Cash receipts for
year 1908.. .. 85,755.48
Expenses for year 1908,
cash... ..$ 63,669.00
Permanent improment, ?
Cash balance on hand De
cember 31, 1908.. - 40,392.43
297 bales cotton on band
December 31, 1908. 13.365.00
Accounts due and available 5,000.00
Total on hand and available $58,757.43
The permanent improvements in
clude the reformatory building at the
lexington, farm, costing $4,347.S9;
boiler room at same, $1,875; beds for
reformatory, $1,003.29; South Caro
lina Industrial school at Florence,
$543:9S ; Reid" 'farm 'mill, ' $580 ; mill
equipment, $113.70; also repairs to
"women's building at the Stat, prison
?nd various incidental expenses inci
dent to keeping up the penitentiary
buildings and outbuildings, making
the total of $10,956.29 for permanent
By the flood th? o^e penitrnti?ry
farms lost about 20,00 bushels of corn
as well as five or 10 tons of ha}', and
bad it not been for this disaster the
profit from the penitentiary this year
would have been at least $75,000. As
it is the showing of the year is the
best in the history of the instution.
Anderson Fanner Suicides.
Anderson, Special.-News reached
the city Sunday of a suicide, which
occurred in the aorthern section of
Garvin township, near the Picken s
county line Saturday. Mr. W. A.
nnxr. a \chitfi_man about 60 years
Laurens Merchant Fails.
Laurens, Special.-Former State
"Senator O. P. Goodwin, farmer1 and
merchant, Saturday made a general
assignment for the benefit of his cred
itors. Robt. A. Cooper of the firm of
Simpson, Cooper & Babb, attorneys.
' being the assignee. Assets consists' of
two. farms and some surburban town
property, including a store house. The
schedule of liabilities is incomplete
but Mr. Goodwin's friends believe he
will be able to save his home. How
ever, itv is made without reservation,
the homestead privelege being waived
and crower rights renounced by Mrs.
Goodwin. It is practically certain
that creditors will be paid in full.
Governor Calls For Contributions.
Columbia, Special.-Governor An
sel Tuesday afternoon issued an ap
peal to the people of the State to con
tribute to the relief of the Ilalian
earthquake sufferers through* the
South Carolina representatives of the
Red Cross. Governor Ansel himself
bas sent forward a contribution,
which was acknowledged in a dispatch
from an Italian newspaper.
Fire Near Rock Hill.
Rock Hill, Special.-The home of
Mr. Will Biggers, situated on las
farm, about four miles north of the
city, with all its contents, was burned
Wednesday night between 10 and Hi
o'clock. Mr. Ed Biggers was the only !
person at home and he awoke barely
ia time to save his life. The fire I
caught near the chimney in the roof'
and the falling timbers' waked the
sleeper. The insurance carried on the
bouse and furniture is not more than
50 per cent of the value and Mr. Big
gers' loss is consequently heavy.
Raiding Blind Tigers.
Spartanburg, Special.-The police
of Spartanburg, who have been active
' in running down blind tigers, have
commenced to put on the screws tight
er. This year promises to be a hard
one for the dealers in liquor. Mayor
Floyd has employed several plain
clothes men to aid the regular mem-'
hers of the police force in enforcing j
the law. Several arrests have been
made within the last twenty-four
Thc Cross in the East.
The Columbia State of Thursday
says: It was reparted last night that
about 8 o'clock a beautiful silvery
cross was seen in the eastern sk}'. The
joining of the cross pieces was the
moon, almost at full. The phenome
non, or whatever it was, was observed
from, several parts of the city and
is declared not to have been any cloud
effect, but something more spectacu
m AI. Sections of the State and
Skeleton Eaten With Quicklime.
.Charleston, Special.-A gruesome
and uncanny find was made Wednes
day afternoon by Sexton Conklin in
some marsh land just east of the St.
Laurence Cemetery, when he stumbled
over the partial skeleton of a human
being, scattered in pieces over the
grorid. Immediately after the dis
covery Mr. Conklin . communicated
with the coroner. The thigh and shin
bones, together with a portion of the
jaw bones of the skeleton were found
lying within a distance of three feet
apart. Nearby, a coat, hat and lady's
satchel were in evidence, wrapped up
in a part of a sheet very much dt
cayed and covered with quicklime.
Further on a paint brush was also
picked up. The ?coroner was at a
loss to say whether any foul work
had been done or not. That the
ghastly object was not there last Sun
day afternoon is positively stated by
the sexton, who had occasion to in
spect thai part of the grounds at that
Knifed to the Heart.
Columbia, Special.-What promises
to turn out a sensational scandal is
the finding Sunday afternoon of the
body of Mr. Mann Phillips, a promi
nent young Oconee man, two miles
soutj' of the town of Walhalla, with
a knife wound in his heart. Very
meagre details have reached here so
far about the tragedy, but it is evi
dent that Oconee county is greatly
stirred up over the ' killing. Enogh
evidence has been gathered to warrant
the arrest of two prominent young
men for the murder, De Witt and Cleo,
Yandiver, of Westminster. . The
theory is that young Phillip's body
had been carried to the spot where it
was found after he had been murder
ed. He was not armed and had on
his heavy driving gloves and an over
coat. It is believed he has been dead
since Thursday night.
Tried to -Shoot Train Hand.
Blacksburg, Special.-On Sunday
night three boys got on a freight train
at Gastonia and proceeded to beat
their way South. On the way to
Bessemer a train hand was walking
the top of the cars back to the cab
and the three boy tramps shot at him.
One of them, Charley Boyles, was
lying flat on top of a car shooting
when the conductor came up behind
and secured him and brought him on
to Blacksburg, where he was locked
up. A deputy came down from Gas
tonia and carried him back to jail in
Dallas. He gave the names of the
other bays who had escaped. They
have probably been caught b}' this
complainant against Oulla, .ann JJan
iels; Elmore Daniels, defending him
self on the charge of defrauding Mrs.
Looper of $2,500, and Mrs. S. S
Tiner, wife of the Paco! et man who is
being tried for the murder of Ed.
The report of Commissioner Wat
son to the Legislature puts the total
value of farm products in the State
for 1908 at something over $118,000,
000 exclusive of cotton and live stock
and live stock products. The year
just closed will also be a bumper cot
ton year, the yield going over a mil
lion andria'quarter bales.
$500,000 For Good Roads.
Spartanburg, Special-At a well at
tended meeting of representative cit
izens of Spartanburg county Tuesday,
a' resolntion was passed suggesting, to
the Sp irtanburg delegation that a
bill be introduced authoriziner^an elec
tion to vote on the question of issuing
bonds in the sum of $500,000 for the
purpose of building good roads in the
Spartanburg Levy Fixed.
Spartanburg, Special.-The board
of county commissioners have asked
the Spartanburg delegation to the
Legislature for a levy of 51-2 mills
for this year. The commissioners
pledged themselves not to go outside
the amount to be raised by this levy,
provided the delegation made such
provisions as they deem necessary to
pay off the present floating indebted
ness. The indebtedness is between
one hundred and fifty and two hun
dred thousand dollars.
Quake in Chester County?
Chester. Special.-Some of the cit
izens of Lewis and other sections o?
the country think they felt a slight
earthquake shock last week at about
the same time that the great Italian
disaster occurred, and while no dam
age resulted to life or property, we
understand that the quiver was quit?
perceptible and caused considerable
alarm in certain quarters.
* Bird Hunter Killed.
Marion, Special.-While hunting
birds last week, near Mr. Henry Ber
ry's home, Henry Braswell, 23 year?
old, was acciedtally shot and fatally
wounded by'Surry Waters, death en
Something like No. 8 shot fell like
rain at Santa Cms, Cal., on Wednes
day. They were hot enough to burn
where they struck the flesh. They
are supposed to be of meteoric origin.
DOINGS OF CONGRESS
Summary of Important Proceedings
Enacted From Day to Day.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6.
The postal savings bank bill was
before the senate and many amend
ments were proposed to it, some of
them requiring the deposit of postal
savings funds in State as well as nat
The Senate also received two mes
sages from the President, one recom
mending additional interstate com
merce legislation and the other relat
ing to the absorption by the United
States Steel Corporation of the Ten
nessee Coal and Iron Company, and
passed several bills on the calendar.
At 4:11 p. m. the Senate adjourned.
The only incident worthy of note
in the proceedings of the House of
Representatives and which caused a
good deal of amusement was a brief
discussion of the forthcoming African
hunting trip of President Roosevelt.
Incidentally there was a reference to
the famous so-called Ananias Club.
The whole debate hinged on tho
newspaper story stating that Major
Edgar O. Mearas, of the army, was to
accompany the President and that in
order to do so he had been put on (he
retired list with increased rank. The
matter was brought up by Mr. Mann,
of Illinois, in connection with the
consideration of a bill authorizing the
issuance of commissions to officers
who retire with increased rank.
The remainder of the day was de
voted to the consideration of a num
ber of miscellaneous bills and resolu
At 5:18 p. m. the House adjourned.
THURSDAY, JAN. 7.
Characterizing the action of the
President in directing the Attorney
General not to prosecute the United
States Steel Corporation for its ab
sorption of the Tennessee Coal and
Iron Company as "another arbitrary
and lawless act of the Chief Magis
trate," Sen?tor Culberson, of Texas,
introduced a resolution in the Senate
instructing thc committee on the judi
ciary to report at as early a date as
practicable whether in the opinion of
that committee . thc President was
authorized to permit such absorption.
Mr. Culberson, at considerable
length, criticised the President and
insisted that Congress had the right i
to give directions to a head of an
executive department under certain
Senator Hopkins declared that thc
Texas Senator was not properly rep
resenting the President and said that
Mr. Roosevelt had not approves the
action of the steel corporation, but
OvJlliUr ?ililli 1_,U UJlJiiilUtc UUi'wuatX
providing for an increase of the sal
ary of the President to $100.000. and
of the salaries of the Vice-President
and the Speaker of the House .at
Representatives to $20,000 each.
The Senate adjourned at 1:22 p. m.
Although technically under consid
eration in the House of Representa
tives the District of Columbia appro
priation bill was side tracked, while
the members indulged in general de
bate. This took a wide range, thc
proceedings openeing with a defense
of the rules of the House by Mr. Olm
sted, of Pennsylvania. His remarks
stirred up the subject in all its phases,
and gave the so-called insurgents un
der the'leadership of Mr. Gardner, of
Massachusetts, an opportunity to air'
their grievances. Mr. Cockran, of
New York, occupied middle ground
on the proposition.
Mr. Taft's reported intention to
break the solid South was incidentally
brought into discussion in the course
of a speech on the tariff by Mr. Shep
pard, of Texas, who remarked in that
connection that the President-elect
had made himself ridiculous.
FRIDAY, JAN. 8.
After having made him the target
all day for criticism with here and
there words of commendation, the
House of Representatives by a vote
of 212 to 35 rebuked the President by
tabling so much os his message as re
flected on -members of Congress in
connection with his recommendations
regarding the secret service detectives
and also declaring it to be the sense
of the House that they shall decline
to consider any communications from
any source which is not in its own
Ttward the close of the debate Mr.
Gardner, of Massachusetts, vainly, -en
deavored to secure, first the'adoption
of a substitute for the resolution in
the shape of an amendment express
ing confidence in the committee' on ap
propriations, and then the postpone
ment of tho whole matter until Mon
day but he was overwhelmingly out
The Senate passed a bill providing
conditions under which the thirteenth
census will be taken. The House bill
which was under consideration was
amended to allow printing and bind
ing of census reports to be done by
private contract, instead of in thc.
government printing office if found
desirable by the director of the cen
sus. An amendment placing the ap
pointment of 3,500 census office clerks
under the civil service commission
Senator Culberson's resolution in
structing the committee on the ju
diciary to report whether thc Prrsi
dent has authority to permit the ab
sorption of the Tennessee Coal and
Iron Company by the United States
Steel Corporation was adopted.
The Public Awaits Its Reading
Before the Senate.
FRIENDS RESERVE CRITICISM
Senator's Statement Will Be Read
Those Who Have Examined All the
Evidence Produced by the Presi
dent Declare Tha* if the Facts Be
True, the Senator is Guilty Simply
of an Indiscretion and There Was
Nothing Criminal in His Actions.
Washington, Special.-No subject
has been gossiped about recently at
the Capitol "with such fervor as Pres
ident Roosevelt's disclosure ef Sena
tor Tillman's alleged connection with
an Oregon land deal, but the collea
gues of the South Carolinian are in
clined to withhold judgment until he
has had an opportunity to explain.
The fact that the Senator will read
his explanation probably will rob it
of some of the sharp and homely epi
grams usual to his speeches.
Many exnre ssions of dissatisfaction
are heard because of the manner in
which the President made public the
material gathered by postoffice in
spectors about Senator Tillman. It
is pointed out by Senators that the
matter sent to Senator Hale was not
in response to the latter's request to
the heads of the executive depart
ments for a statement of the opera
tions of the secret service, as the in
vestigation of Senator Tillman's
alleged effort to obtain Oregon lands
was prosecuted by inspectors of the
It was rumored at the Capitol that
thc President told a friend, who re
peated the remark, that an effort was
made by Senator Hale and Aldrich
to suppress the facts about Senator
Tillman. Undoubtedly this impres
sion was gained by a visit to the
President by Mr. Hale, who suggested
that the matter relating to Mr. Till
man be withdrawn. President Roose
velt declined to withdraw the refer
Some of the Senators who have ex
amined all of the evidence produced
by the President and tho postoffice
inspectors say that if the facts are as
represented, the offense was one of
impropriety and indiscretion, but that
no criminality is involved. It was said
that Mr. Tillman might have intro
duced his resolution calling upon the
Department of Justice to begin pro
ceedings to compel the sale of the
Oregon land at $2.50 an acre, in ac
cordance with the original grant, and
at the same time apply for some of
the land withdrawn without making
himself the target for severe criticism.
In his statement in Fobrnarv* last
the Senator said that he had not
bought any Western land nor had he
tracted" io uu,r
the whole ease'egainst him has been
built upon thc interpretation placed
apon tho word "undertaken."
To bring this whole matter before
the public eye nt once let it be noted
that Senator Tillman some time ago
uTgcd that certain land grants, in
Oregon had been forfeited by lack of
compliance with terms of the errant
and urged that they be sold. While
looking into the matter he concluded
to make an investment himself. When
certain investigations were bein?
made by, the secret service men this
was discovered. In the late troubles
between the President and Congross
about the secret service appropria
tions which the President wanted re
stored to former sufficiency and the
charges by Congress that th*5 secret
service department was becoming of
fensively active, the President used
strong language which Congress
looked upon as reflections on that
body and. demanded of the President
instances to justify his language.
While disavowing anv intention of
discourtesy he complied so far as to
give names that furnished thc basis
of bis lanenage. Thus the cast of
Senator Tillman became a part of
the justfication of the President.
It seems that the Senator's case
was stumbled upon while making cei
tain other investigations. It is also
stated that certam parties who were
offended with; Senator Tillman's
urging the salo of this Oregon land
resorted to this method of rev?nee to
put the President in possession of the
facts of Senator Tillman's purpose to
acquire some of this land.
The Senator, it is well known, is in
danger of physical collapse but will
make a strong personal defense be
fore the Senate. Now he finds too
that an envelope with certain im
portant papers which he left (before
going to Europe) in his private drsV
in committee room are missing. He
does not charge that they were taken
by detectives but such was possible
from the fact that there were onlv
common locks on tho desk.
To add to the complication Post
master Pams has sent Senator Till
man a bill of $10.00 for postage for
a typewriter that the Senator had
franked from Trenton, S. C., to Wash
ington, it being claimed that he had
no right to send it under the frank
ing privilege. The Senator refuse?
to pay the bill on the ground that, il
is the government's typewriter, that
he was using in the'interest of the
public and that it was the custom so
to do, he having never heard cf any
rule promulgated against it.
Had it been his own private .albir
he would" have expressed or freighted
it. Senator Tillman has been accredit
ed with rigid honesty as is President
Roosevelt, the fenner fiery to the term
of "pitchfork" and the latter impul
sive to an unusual degree. Withal
thc public will most prohablv pass nc
judgment until further developments
MR. TAFT'S VISITORS.
The President-Elect is Kept Busy
Greeting Callers and Conferring
With Prominent Republican.
Augusta, Ga., Special.-The Presi
dent-elect is a member of the national
child labor committee, and Wednes
day he listened to a report on general
conditions of child labor in the South,
from A. J. McKelway, secretary of
the committee for the Southern
States. Mr. McKelway has bead
quarters at Atlanta. It was his con
clusion that the child labor laws of
the Southern States are pretty well
adapted to conditions, but that there
is laxness in their enforcement. No
action on the subject is understood to
be contemplated at this time.
National Chairman Frank H. Hitch
cock returned from his trip to Bir
mingham and Atlanta, and had an ex
tended interview with Mr. Taft. John
Hays Hammond, who visited Atlanta,
zame back with Mr. Hitchcock.
Chauncey Dewey, of Chicago, recently
appointed inspector general of the Il
linois State militia, is here to see Mr.
Taft and Mr. Hitchcock. Mr.. Dowey
was one of the two Taft delegates
from that State in the convention,
and it is understood he has some po
litical friends he wishes to intercede
for. A call was made on Mr. Taft
by Judge William H. Jackson, of New
York, and his brother, Henry Jackson,
of Atlanta. The latter is a Georgia
Republican of prominence.
Henry Anderson, of Richmond,
talked Southern politics with Mr. Taft
it some length Wednesday, but noth
ing tangible for publication resulted.
The President-elect smilingly sub
mitted himself for "exposure" to
practically all the photographers in
Augusta Wednesday. They called at
his cottage, they said, to keep an en
gagement made by Mr. Taft's "Jap
anese secretary." This meant Moni
co Lopez, his Filippino valet, and
Mrs. Taft enjoyed the joke hugely.
Building the Sea Wall at Sumter.
Bapid progress is being made on
the construction of the sea wall on
Sullivan's Island and no trouble is
experienced with the receiving of the
material. At the scene of the work
there is a large force of men and a
fine equipment of machinery, driving
piles and placing rock, and the work
is very satisfactory. The building of
the sea wall, of course, is under the
charge of the United States engineer
officer stationed at Charleston. Cnpt.
E. M. Adams, of the corps of engi
neers, and " he has as engineer in
charge Mr. J. H. DuPre. a well
known civil engineer, who is assisted
by Mr, William Dehon. another capa
ble member of that profession.
Venezuelan Matter Not Yet Settled.
Washington. Special-Daily advices
are being received at the State De
partment from William I. Buchanan,
j the American special commissioner,
who is now in Caracas, conducting ne
1 ' 11--+V?/? flf\mat of ri VP rn
broad and iorm tuc ...
his negotiations with the Venezuelan
government are conducted.
Grounds Off Cape Charles.
Norfolk, Va., Special.-Losing her
bearings in the dense forr early Wed
nesday morning the British steamer
An gio-Af ri can, with a carog from
Tocopila, Mex., bound for Baltimore,
brought up on Smith's Island* off
Cape Charles, there is little wind
and only a moderate sea running.
She is reported in good condition. It
is said it will he necessary to lighten
the cargo before the vessel can be
hauled off the beach.
Southern Steel Com nany Will So c
Birmingham, Ala., Special.-W; P.
G. Harding, member of the re-organi
zation committee of the Southern
Steel Company, announced Monday
that the new corporation will be one
of the largest in the South and that
the plant will resume operation with
in six or eight weeks. .
Wilbur Wright Smashes All Aero
Lemans, France, By Cable.-Wil
bur Wright, the American aeroplanist,
beat all previous aeroplane records
here Thursday with a magnificenl
flight that lasted for two hours, and
nine minutes. 'He covered officially a
distance of 73 miles, but as a matter
of fact, counting the wide curves, he
made over 90 miles. Mr. Wright's
feat was the more remarkable because
of the intense cold. . After breaking
the record Mr. Wright went ajoft
again with M. Barthou as a passen
Schooner Capsizes; Four Drowned.
Mystic. Conn.. Special.-The Gil;
bert Transportation Company's
schooner Myra W. Speers capsized 15
miles off Cape Cod on-the night of
December 30th and four men of the
crew were drowned. Captain Elisha
F. Rogers, and one man were taken
off by a fishing schooner. The Speers
loaded with railroad tics from New
London to Boston, struck a submerg
ed wreck and was overturned.
Judge Speer's Decision Reversed.
New Orleans, La., Special.-A de
cision of vast importance to the South
and Southwest because it affects the
question of an increase in freight
rates on practically all thc railroads
in these sections was handed down
here Wednesday by thc United States
Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing;
the decree of Judge Emory Speer. oJ
the Southern district of Georgi;]
which restrained the defendant rail
roads from putting the proposed in
creased freight tariffs into effect.
NEVER HURRY DOWN.
Women should never hurry down to
breakfast, says a beauty expert. In
spite of what the poets sing, a wo
man doesn't look her best In the ear
ly morning. If she hurries over her
dressing, she certainly wont look
well. Wherefore she should rise In
the most leisurely fashion, make her
toilet as if time did not exist, and
then she can stroll down to break
fast with her face smooth and seren"
and quite free from the lines which
fuss and hurry Inevitably make.
That Is all very well for beauty,
but how about the hostess when the
leisurely riser chances to be a guest?
With a houseful of guests, every wo
man dressing slowly and coming
down to breakfast when she felt like
it, the hostess would never know
when that meal could be considered
over. The plan would certainly be 1
calculated to put lines Into the host
ess's face.-New York Tribune. '
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