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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 1915
t? FE IMPRISONMENT.
W. E. Bush Convicted of Mi
der In Second Degree For
Killing E. W. Thurmond.
t One of the most aggravated cae
of homicide yet recorded in t
criminal annals of Edgefield coun
was brought to a close Sa tn rd;
morrinc: when the sentence of li
imprisonment in the State penite
liary was pronounced upon Mr. V
, E. Hush for the killing of Mr. ]
W. Thurmond February 16 in pu
lie road near Red Oak Grove cburcl
The tragedy made orphans of tw
? children of the slain man and le
the wife and five small children?
the player practically penniless.
In the few but impressive r
marks which he addressed to tl
condemned man in passing sentenc
Judge Memminger said that he ha
tried a large number of horaicic
cases, but that this was the first i
which the defendant offered no rei
. excuse for shedding human bloo
and that the jury bad exercise
mercy in saving him from the e:
treme penalty of the law.
Mr. Bush married a sister of Mi
Thurmond rind about two weeks Ix
fore the homicide occurred beat he
severely. Mr. Thurmond visite
bis sister soon after this cruel treal
ment by her husband, but did nc
r-ee Mr. Bush at the t ime. Later h
wrote Mr. Bush a note asking hir
* not to mistreat his sister aga ir
This note was produced in evidenc
by the defendant, but appeared t
have been chanired by a differen
handwriting, making it embody &
implied threat. It was soon af te
the n'Ue was received that Mr. Busl
met Mr. Thurmond in the publi
road and shot him to death withou
a word being uttered by either
Mr. Thurmond was accompanie<
in the wagon by three children
whom he was taking to the neigh
borhood school, the eldest bein? hi:
daughter, 14 years of age. She atu
another little girl testified that a?
Mr. Busbtapproached the wagon b<
-?i?ghf?c! from his mule and shot
Mr. Thurmond in the face, th<
ball entering his nostril and passing
out of the back of the head.
He fell from the wagon upon bi;
face and while in the throes ol
death Mr. Bush stood over tin
form and fired tour shots in th(
* back. Two men who were abott'
IOU yards away testified as to th?
last four shots also. After the first
shot Mr. Thurmond's daughter beg
ged Mr. Bush not to shoot her fath
er again. In testifying in his own
behalf Mr. Bush stated that be shot
in self-defense, Mr. Thurmond be
ing in the act of drawing a pistol
when he fired. Eye-witnesses swore
that Mr. Thurmond was unarmed.
When Mr Bush surrendered to the
sheriff the afternoon of the homi
cide he gave the officer an inferior
pistol which he said he had picked
up near the body of Thurmond.
The State introduced testimony
to show that Mr. Bush obtained this
pistol from a relative while on bis
way to Edgefield. The tragedy oc
curred in a densely populated sec
tion of the county, which caused a
great number of friends and neigh
* hors of both families to attend the
trial, but the best of order prevailed
throughout both days.
County Teachers' Association
In spite of the muddy road? and
inclement weather moro than n
sci>tt' of teachers responded to the
call of the county superintendent of
educa; ion, W. W. Fuller, assemb
ling Saturday in the auditorium of
thc high school for the purpose ol'
m forming a county teachers' associa
tion. An organization was effected
by the election of the following of
ficers: T. J. Lyon, president; <T. F.
Long, vice-president; C. C. Ko^,
secretary; Miss Hortense Padgett,
?treasurer. No programme had been
arranged for the meeting Saturday,
but short talks were made by Mr.
Fuller, Mr. Lyon and Mr. Long.
The next meeting of the association
will be held at Edgefield Saturday,
April 3. Ttoe interest and enthu
siasm manifested ir, the.meeting
Saturday greatly en cou rage? I Mr.
Fuller, who is always active and
alert in promoting the cause of ed
ucation in the county.
The Trenton Methodist church
is being ceiled now. Other improve
act?-u art- planned.
Southern Railroad Planning for
Confederate Re-union in
Richmond, Va., March 5.-An
ticipating that thousands of the
men who wore the gray, their sons,
daughters and friends will come to
Richmond to attend the annual re
union of the United Confederate
j veterans, June 1-8, the southern
railwy has already begun making
arrangements for enlarged facilities
for this event and the perfecting of
a special organization for which it
will draw from all parts of the sys
tem men who have had large expe
rience in handling reunion and oth
er large crowds.
Preliminary details were worked
out at a meeting attended by 27
officials of the passenger and trans
portation departments and it was
decided to follow the methods which
proved so successful in handling the
large crowds which attended the
re union at Macon, Chattanooga and
Jacksonville and other big gather
ings at points on the southern rail
way such as the Shrineis convention
in Atlanta last year.
During the reunion, Richmond
will be the transportation headquar
ters of the system and all orders
for the movement of trains will be
issued by officers on the ground.
The new Hull street station which
has just been completed will be used
as the terminal for all special trains
and Pullman cars will be packed on
tracks adjacent to it. The entire
freight portion of the building will
be used for baggage during the re
union and special attention will be
given to this feature. A large force
of expert baggage men will be on
hand and the company will also
have a number of special officers on
the ground to aid the local police
in protecting passengers, while all
passenger representatives who can
be spared from thei?* locations will
be in Richmond to aid in furnishing
information and otherwise contribut
ing to the convenience of passen
Beaver Dam School.
For the past four or rive months
the Heaver Dam school has been
under the supervision of Miss Abbie
Bryan of Sumter. In that short time
as teacher, she has impressed the
community with her interest in the
work and with her untiring energj i
and enthusiasm. The creditable en
tertainment recently given by her
in the ripera house was a good be
ginning toward raising funds for
beautifying and improving the
school house and grounds.
On last Saturday niizht in the
neat and well-arranged school room,
made inviting by pictures and flow
ers, the pupils gave an exhibition
of the good training they have had.
The program consisted of recita
tions, dialogues, songs and drills,
each number being clearly and dis
tine! ly announced bv a brio lit little
boy. From the smallest tots to the
advanced grades, their exercises re j
fleeted credit and deserved much
praise. Tho drills were made at-1
tractive by pretty and suitable cos- j
turnes and the stage was tastefully I
decorated with flowers.
.Mrs. Shannonhouse and Misses
Irene Parker and Mamie .Sill sang
several beautiful selections, giving
much pleasure to the large and ap
preciativo audience. The proceeds
amounting to about ten dollars j
will be used in providing a library ;
and other needed equipment for the
Miss Bryan wishes to have at
frequent intervals (luring the fes- i
?ion some form of wholesome enter
tainment for the patrons and chil
dren when all will be brought, to
gether in pleasant social relation
ship. She h?s formed clubs for
mothers, boys and young womon,
each very helpful to tba members.
A.t her invitation Dr. J. (T. Ed
wards made on an address ''Colds,
and how to prevent them" at a recent
We all appreciate the good work
Miss Bryan is doing and feel that
we are fortunate in having her in
War price on coffee. We are sell
ing a fine grade of green coffee
worth 15 cents for 12 1-2 cen's per
pound. This opens the way to re
duce the high cost of living.
Penn & Holstein.
Prominent Citizen Dissertates
At Length and Along Lines
Thal Should Interest
Dear Mr. Editor: Having heard
Hinch about the great doing? of the
peoples and nations I concluded to
l.-ave. mv quiet retreat on Kop
swamp and go into civilization to
lind out for myself. My first night
away J spent with my old friend
and schoolmate Henry Buckln.ad.
Henry had moved from Bog swamp
M'veral years previous, to town
w here he worked at his trade, be
i ncr handy with tools as a carpen*
My rtay with my friend from
Friday night until Monday morning
wa* indeed pleasant excepting the
difference between the quiet coun
try and noisy town. I found Henry
1 <aded with news, all based on bard
t i'ties caused by as he said, the war,
federal government of the United
Siai??s and money power. I was not
MI prised at any wage earner living
in t??wn and out of paper bags oom
plaining abou: conditions. The high
cost of living and the cost of high
living have caused many to set up
and take notice.
On Saturday I walked up town
with Henry. He introduced me to
several gentlemen one of whom was
named Smith, Washington Smith.
I did not ask him if he was related
to the original John but took for
granted he must be being named
after the father of his country who
figured a little later in the polities
of the United States than Mr.
Smith's great grand sire did. Mr.
Smith was a gentleman of leisure
(as most town gentlemen are) offer
ed to show me around while Henry
Buckhead, completed a job he has
underway. The first place of inter
est was the post office where seemed
to rae I never saw so many people
Iook ing_f px. "mail .especially. - new?!- :
papers. Mr. Smith asked me if I
read much about the leading topics.
I answered in the affirmative, where
upon he began to dilate upon all the
vital questions of the day, foreign,
national, sta.e, and domestic. I
found him up on all subjects relative
Lo weal or woe of our common
His first assault was upon the in
efficiency of the farmer, lie said if
farmers would exercise better judg
ment in farming and stay at home
and work, rations would not be so
high. Do you know said hr,if every
farmer would farm right we would
not have to pay $9.00 a barrel for
Hour, 7 cents for sugar, 15 cents for
bacon, 22 cents for hams, 25 cents
for butter, 25 cents for a little bit
i>f a chicken and IS cents for beef j
steak. I couldn't refrain from get
ting a word in just there. Says I, i
Mr. Smith, if von were a farmer j
would you object to high prices for
farm products? Oh, says he, ttiat is|
mother view point. Exactly so, Mr. j
Smith, .says I, and that is my view j
point. 1 am a farmer I will admit!
that our system is lad and we are
trying to apply a renedy and if we
get our plans workirg properly we
hope to have plenty it home to live
on and plenty to sell to you p -opie
that live in cities anc towns and we
hope to get our price for it and not !
yours. I saw from Mr. Smith's ex
pression and his dun ge from one,
toot to the other and the manner he
rolled his cigar from one corner of
his mouth to the other, that hisi
opinion of tnt; har changed. He
took me for a conmen ignorant '
country tuan, whicl I am, fur my j
general appearance was very indica
How do you exp:ct to bring about
these conditions y>u speak of, asked ?
Mr. Smith. You must understand
Mr. Smith, that all reforms move ,
slow. The improved conditions will i
come about by he aid of the ag- i
ricultural colleges and federal de
partment of agnculture. They are
treing to teach the people. But Mr.
Squash, will armers listen to ono
who is trying o bring about these
reforms yousj*ak of? You know as
well as I do, tiat of all people in ?
the world the armer is the hardest 1
to make undestand that there are
better days afaad of him if he will i
only try. Doe the government hav;?j<
any truuble in your part of the I]
country in patting the farmers to I '
(Contintfd on Fifth Page.)
Mrs. Black Hostess of Apoll
Music Club. Mrs Keesee
K Entertained. Week of
I'MRev. Mitchell, representative of
the Baptist Courier, rilled the pulpit
of the Baptist church I on Sunday
morning;, his theme being "Training
'?'On Sunday evening thp second
sacred concert will be held at the
Baptist church and several ?weet se
lections are being prepared.
?The W. C. T. U. will meet Fri
day afternoon at 3:45 o'clock with
Mrs. J. P. Bean.
V?)n Sunday afternoon Mr. Marvin
'Mathen.v and Miss Lois Crouch of
Saluda were married at the home
bride's mother, Mrs. Smith
Crouch, the wedding being a very
quiet one owing to a recent bereave
ment iii the home of the bride.
After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs.
Matheny left fur their home in th*i
Bethlehem section. For several .> ears
M??latheny has held a position in '
thf^ohnston Drug company, and j
bas many warm friends here who '
extend sincere congratulations.
Tke regular semi-monthly meet
ing of the Apollo music club met
with Mrs. O. D. Black on Saturday
afternoon and after a short business
period conducted by the president,
Hiss .Willis, the study of the master
"godard" was taken up, Mrs. Leon
Stanwell making a splendid leader.
Lifeeketch of Godard, Mrs. J. W.
Marsh; piano solo, "Guielandes,"
Miss Gladys Sawyer: "Barcarole,"
Miss Nina Ouzts; "La Cavalier,"
Mrs. T. R. Ployi; vocal solo, "Joce
lyn," Miss Clara Sawyer; "2nd Ma
zurka!" Mrs. F. L. Parker; "Come
and ^mbark," (Saxony waltz Sax
onne)) Miss Willis. After this had
been enjoyed the hostess invited all
in to,the dining room where a salad
cowie with coffee and whipped
?ri(P?iw?? served by Misses Fran
ces and Bessie Ford Turner. The
club colors gold and white were
prettily carried ont not only in the
refresh men ts but aiso in the decora
tions }f the table. The place cards
'vere in water colors with the club
flower, the yellow rose, and the
motto in gold, "Music cultur?is'
.'oui calture, mind culture and body
An "At home" that proved one ?
if mueh pleasure and keen interest j
vas that of Tuesday afternoon when j
Airs. Page Nelson Keesee entertain-i
ed a number of her friends, being ?
assisted by Mesdames W. Allen |
Vlobler and Mims Walker. After
severa tables of progressive cards
i cobweb hunt was had. each ??ne
?teing given a cord which they were
to trace to the end. All were re
warded with small gifts and Mis.?
Nina Ou/.ts found at the end of her
cord a big, and when opened a cat
.'?umped out, the significance of this
*oon being learned for tied to tab-!
O.V'B neck was a card which announc- j
!(i the engagement ot Mrs. Keesee'sj;
sister, Miss Josephine Mobley to
Mr. Ollie Hamilton, of Virginia, j
the happy event to take place inp
April. This piece of news created j
much pleasant excitement, but there!
carne a sad thought, for Johnston !
vvotild give up one of her lovliesi I
and most attractive young women, j
During the latter part of the al 'er- ,
noon a delightful two course repast :
was served. !
Al ?ss Kinma Bouknight is at home .
t'roai a visit to her cousin, Mrs. j
M iller, at Richmond. ? |
.Mrs. M. M. Steward ol' Chester is h
the guest of her daughter, Mrs. F.
M. Boyd. j.
Mrs. P. B. Waters, Jr., spent the ll
rirst of the week in Augusta the J ?
truest of Miss Annie Waters.
Mrs. Harry Hamilton and two h
sons are expected about the first j
;)f April to spend a few weeks in I !
the home of the former's mother,
Mrs. Ann Mobley.
Prof. W. F. Scott spent the i
week-end in Montecello with his \
father, Dr. Scott. 1
Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Allen and
Master John, of Meeting Street
were guests of Mrs. Willie Tomp
kins last week.
The past week was observed by
the mission society of the Baptist
church as a week of special prayer
for home missions. The meeting for
Tuesday afternoon was held.on Sun
day to enable the members to at
tend the W. C. T. U. rally at Tren'
Resolutions Adopted by Trenton
W. C. T. U. Upon The Death
Of Mrs. Day.
Whereas, God in his All-wise
providence has seen fit to remove
from our midst our dear comrade
Mrs. ANNIE DURI SOE DAY, and one
?'hose sweet Christian influence ex
tended over this entire community,
and we feel a deep personal loss
.since she left us, and
Whereas, she has loft a home
blighted arid saddened by the ab
sence of a loving wife and mother
whose gentle hand and helpful ad
vice will be missed.
Resolved, That to the (Treat Au
thor and Giver of life we most hum
bly bow in submission to ibis dis
pensation, so hard to understand.
That in the influence wield'd over
us through life and example we will
endeavor to live better lives and
cherish the hope of meeting her in
her heavenly home.
That the Woman's Christian
Temperance Union extend to the
bereaved husband and sons the
deepest sympathy and pray God's
richest blessings upon them.
That a copy of these resolutions
be placed upon our minutes, a copy
sent to the familv and a copy sent
to the oountv papers for publica
Mrs. Jerome H. Courtney,
Mrs. M. H. Herlong,
Mrs. M. M. Padgett.
Trenton, S. C.
Miss Eliee Swearingen Enter
tained Beatif ully.
Ideal in every respect, was the
party given by Misses Ellee and
Rav Swearingen last Friday eve
ning complimentary to their charm
ing guests Misse? Nannie Lee and
Leila Cato and Addie Lou Asbill of
Monetta and Miss Mamie Cbeatbam,
teacher of the Mt. Zion School.
The parlor and dining room were
beautifully decorated with smilax
and flowers, the color scheme of
green and white being carried out
to perfection. . . |.j
A very interesting features ol
the occasion was the flower contest
of which Miss Addie Lou Asbill
and J. T. McManus were the lucky j
Near the close of the evening de
lightful refreshments were served
by the Misses Swearingen. Music,
rook and lively games were enjoyed
by all throughout the evening, but
alas! There's an end of time and
every thin?'and weall thanked Ellee
and Ray for the pleasant hours, the
memory of which we will cherish in
years to come.
Trenton. S. C.
Compliment to Senator B. R.
South Carolinians will be inter
ested to know that on last Satur
day 2 7, Senator Clarke, of Arkan
sas, rose in the United States Se?
ale and asked unanimous consent to
have printed in the Congressional
Record w ithout reading the farewell
address of Senator Tillman to the
constituents. The address was taken
from the issue of the Ne ?vs and
Courier of August 15 last. It will
be well remembered by voters in
this State. "It is not an official
communication," said Senator
Clarke, "but it relates more partic
ularly to the events that constitute
the history of his publie life in the
service in the State of South Caro
lina. It is an account somewhat of
the labors and achievements ot bis
public life. It is worth being per
petuated. It is a part of the life
story ol a mau who, in my opinion,
will be considered, when history
?ornes to deal finally.and fairly witt:
lim, as one of the remarkable men
>f his time."-News and Courier.
?L'res OW Sores. ?ihw .VJM;C.??C& Won't Cur.
rite worst cases, no matter o? how lone standing ?
ire cured by the ?voudcr?ul, old reliable Dr I ?
Porter's Antiseptic Healing Oil. It rclicvei j ,
Jain and Heals at the Rame time. 25c, 50c, $1.0 j ^
.on, and this was conducted by j.
Mrs. James White. The other four j1
eaders for the various afternoons 11
.vere Mesdames P. N. Lott, T. P.
Milford, F. M. Boyd and T. R.
Denny. Each leader made their
meetings very earnest and helpful,
ind special music was a delightful
feature. The offering given was a
fery good one.
Miss Agnes Wright who is at
Wright's hospital, is considered
much bunetitted and it is hoped that,
die will soon be able to return home. |
MT. Z?ON NEWS.
Death of Mr. Hatcher. Organ
of Mt. Zion Church Re
paired. Delightful Sur
On last Saturday morning at six
o'clock Mr. Cal Hatcher, who had
been a sufferer for many months
from dropsy of the heart, died at
his home in this community. The
burial took place the following day
at Vaucluse. Mr. Hatcher was a
home-loving, industrious farmer,
and had the respect and good will
of all of bis neighbors. He is sur
vived by a widow and two sons,
Messrs. Bunyan and George Hatcher
On ore day last week Mr. and
Mrs. W. J. Miller, of Augusta,
spent the day at the home of Mr.
VV. J. Gaines. Mr. Miller, who is
an adept at doctoring ailing pianos
and organs, put the old organ of
Mt. Zion church into excellent con
dition, so that now we have a sweet
toned instrument for use in our day
sind Sunday school.
Mrs. Sue Garner has returned
borne after a visit to her daughter,
Mrs. Avery Franklin, in Beech Is
Miss Mamie Cheatham went to
Kdgeficld last Saturday lo attend
Lhe teachers' meeting.
Some of the young people of the
neighborhood gave Miss Bessie
Gaines a surprise party on last
Monday night. Music and cards
Court of Common Pleas.
The first case called upon the con
vening of the curt of common pleas
Monday was that of S. McG. Sim
fins against the Western Union
Telegraph company to recover dam
iges in the sum of 4200 alleged to
nave resulted from the delay of a
Lelegram. Early in September,
1912, a client who resides ?ii Parks->
ville sent Mr. Simians a telegram
instructing him to go at o
Columbia and represent his interests
in a certain m uter. The telegram
ivas not delivered to Mr. Simkiusin
ridgefield until after the departure
A the train for Columbia, making
it impossible for Mr. Simkinsto
represent his client. A verdict of
i50 was rendered for the plaintiff.
Mi. ?Siri?kins? was represented by B.
Nicholson and 12. ll. Folk and
he d?tendant by M. P. Wells and
Mr. Gettys of the Columbia bar.
The second casu was a suit brought
?y the Farmers Bank of McCor
mick against Crawford Bros. for
,he collection of* notes aggregating
ibout -v'4UU. In the sprint of 1912
Jrawlord Bro? gave J. L. Talbert
if McCormick notes for fertilizers,
some time later, ?tis alleged, Mr.
Talbert stated to Crawford Bros.
hat the notes had been lost, and re
piesled that duplicate notes be giv
?n, which request was complied
vi th. In lhe tall of li) 12, Craw
ord Bros. paid Mr. Tai bert the.origi
lal notes. The duplicit? notes wen
liscounted at the Farmers Bank of
McCormick by Mr. Talbert and
viien they became due Crawford
iros, informed thc bank that Mr.
Talbert Iud been p;ml the amount
?f the notes. Ii is foi the payment
if the unpaid duplicate notes that
he baut?, is now bringing suit.
After all of the evidence had been
ntroduced .ludir? Memminger or
lered a veidict for the plaintiff for
he amount asked for. 'Thc bank
vas represented by W. N. Graydon
if Abbeville and Crawford Bros.
>y B. K. Nicholson.
A mistrial was ordered in the
nit brought by J. B 'Tompkins to
rain possession ol a mule which has
?cen seized by B. A. Jordan of
(ohnston under the foreclosure of a
The court is engaged to-day with
he suit of Boyce against Harmon
Moseley and others, which grew out
>f the settlement of the estate of
he late Mrs. Angeline Bacon,
ibout 4UU acres of valuable land is
ii vol veil in this suit. Under ordi
lary conditions the land would sell
eadily for *1U0 per acre.
Let us supply you with seed Itish
lOtatoes that bear the stamp of
;overument inspection, which is a
garantee against diseases that at
ack many potatoes. We have the
Sariy RosCj Bliss, Irish Cobblers
nd other popular varieties.
Penn &, Holstein.