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By STECK, SHELOR & SCHRODER.
WALHALLA, SOUTH CAROLINA, .WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1010.
We have just received car
of Wood's (Trade Mark
Brand) Burt or 90-Day
Seed Oats. Also a nice lot
of Marlboro Prolific Seed
Corn, raised on our own
farm and personally select
C. W. & J. E. Bauknight,
WALHALLA, S. C.
j& It PAYS TO B?Y FOR. CASH.
Good, honest labor never hurt anybody. Worry lillis
more people every year than work, lt's always the.Idle
man who finds things to kick and complain about.
The farmer works. So does the merchant. So dues
the professional man. So does the banker. Work takes
the kinks out of a man's bead; the frog out of his throat;
the gas off his stomach; the weariness out of his legs, and
gives him a good appetite, a clearer vision and an honest
living. Add to this a nice little savings account at our
bank, where a part of his earnings are gradually accumu
lating, and there will be contentment also. Your account
may mean more work for us, but we will be glad to do it.
That's what we are here for.
The Westminster Bank,
When You Think of Banking Think of
THE WESTMINSTER -BANK.
NAVAL, BILL GETS APPROVAL.
Renate Raised Total of House Bill by
Half Million Dollarn.
Washington, Feb. 20.-Final ap
proval of the naval appropriation bill
was voted to-day by the Senate naval
committee, with the total raised to
about a half billion dollars by add
ing $120,800,000 to the measure as
it passed the House.
Appropriations are carried for the
coming year's share of the great
three-year building program, and
there are various special provisions,
including authorization for the com
mandeering of private shipbuilding
and munitions plants in time of na
Tho emergency construction appro
priation of $150,000,000. recom
mended by the Senate sub-committee
was reduced to $115,000,000, with a
specific direction that $35,000,000 of
tDis be expended for submarines. An
amendment by Senator Poindexter
wa? adopted directing that 4 0 of the
additional submersibles should be
coast vessels and ten fleet subma
rines, half of each type to be built on
the Pacific const.
The committee also added to the
house program three coast guard cut
ters and $750,000 for a drydock at
Charleston, S. C.
Vrovision ls made for increasing
thc class of : he Naval Academy by
614 members, providing for appoint
ment of four instead of three mid
shipmen by each Senator and Repre
sentative, for 100 from enlisted men
instead of 25, and for four from the
Philippines. Tho term of the Naval
Academy would be reduced from four
to three yenrs, for a period of five
Other important increases include
$400,000 for a high-power radio sta
tion in Porto Rico; $600,000 for bat
teries for merchant marine auxilia
ries; $3,000,000 for reserve material
for the navy, and $1,950,000 for engi
.Military Training, Southern Colleges.
Washington, Feb. 21.-Establish
ment of units of the army reserve of
ficers training corps at three South
ern educational institutions and nt
tho University of Idaho, was an
nounced to-day by the War Depart
The Virginia Military Institute,
Lexington, will have senior division
units of infantry, cavalry and Hold
artillery; tho North Carolina Col
lege of Agriculture and Mechanic
Arts, Raleigh, will have a senior In
fantry unit, and the Kentucky Mili
tary Institute, a junior Infantry unit.
A factory in Spain is making paper
and pilli) from esparto grass.
We Are to Satisfy You.
GOODS EXCHANGED OR MONEY
REFUNDED IF PURCHASE UN
SATISFACTORY. |. J. j? *
Blumenthal's Bargain Store,
WESTMINSTER, S. C.
CANAL FORFEITED 'IH> STATE.
Railway and <JHK Company Violated
Contract, According to Art.
Columbia, Feb. 20.-The Colum
bia canal is declared forfeited to the
State of South Carolina at onco, be
cause the lessees, the Columbia Rail
way and Gas Company, violated their
cpntract by not finishing the digging
of the canal, according to an act
passed last night by the General As
sembly, both branches having adopt
ed tile report of a committee of free
conference. The act becomes effect
ive as soon ns signed by Governor
The act declares that the settle
ment of damages due the Stnte must
be made within 90 days, or the At
torney General is instructed to begin
suit against the lessees of tho canal
for recovery ol* damages to the State
because of the failure to complete tho
canal under the contract. A commis
sion, consisting of the Attorney Gene
ral, the chairmen of the Judiciary
Committoes of the Senate and House,
and the chairmen of thc Finance
Committees of the Senate and House,
ls nppolnted to negotiate with the
present lessees for a proper settle
ment of the rights of the State, but
they cannot bind the State and would
have to report to the next session of
the Legislature. They are authorized,
however, to make proper transfer of
the rights of the State to the United
States so as to insure the obtaining
of the site for a nitrate plant, if the
Federal authorities decide to locate
one of them in Columbia.
The company from which the canal
ls declared forfeited is headed by Ed
win W. Robertson, of Columbia.
"WE ARE STARVING"
Is the Cry of Women to Now York
City Officials-Thousands Gather.
New York, Feb. 20.-Demanding
immediate action for relief from the
high cost of living, more than 500
women swept dowd on the city hall
here to-day and for a time there was
the greatest confusion. All the wo
men demnnded to see Mayor Mitchel.
Police reserves were called out and
arrangements were finally made for
a committee to enter the hall.
Practically all of the women car
ried ba'bies in their anns. Most of
them wore foreigners. Within a few
minutes after hundreds appeared a |
crowd of thousands gathered in City i
Hall Park watching the demonstra- '
Hon. A woman known as "Sweet
.Mary" led the demonstration.
"We aro starving! We want
bread!" was the constant cry of the
women as they surged about the hall.
They were Informed timi the mayor
was not in, but promised to meet
Make Park Truck Garden,
Mobilize the young men of Amer
ica for work on the farms during the
coming summer, if necessary, to meet
the demands of New York in the rap
idly soaring food prices, dig up Cen
tral Hall Park and make lt a hugo
truck garden-these are the sugges
tions of Mrs. Julian Heath, head of
the National Housewives' League.
Appeal to President.
The Housewives' League has sent
the following appeal to the President:
"We, housewives of New York,
mothers and whes of workmen, de
sire to call your attention, our Presi
dent, to the fact that In the midst of
plenty we and our families are facing
starvation. The rise in the cost of
living has been so great and for that
wo are compelled to deny ourselves
and our children the necessities of
life. We call on you in this crisis we
are facing to recommend to Congress,
or other authority, measures for re
GENERAI/ ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS.
Appropriation and County Supply Rill
Signed by tho Governor.
Columbia, Feb. 21.-The first ses
sion of the 72d General Assembly
came to an end this afternoon, three
days beyond the usual 4 0 days. The
end was peaceful, all differences be
tween the Senate and the House hav
ing been smoothed out.
The Senate adjourned sine die at
5.15 and the House nt 5.20, the mo
tion for final adjournment having
been made after receipt of a message
from the Governor announcing that
ho had signed tho appropriation and
county supply bills, and had no fur
ther communications for them.
When the Senate sent over word
this nfternoon that they would not
recede from their position on the ap
propriation bill, the House gave up
the fight, feeling that their position
had been made plain that the bur
den, if any, for the $3,000,000 appro
priation bill and 8'^ mills levy was
with the Senate. Accordingly, they
adopted tho free conference report on
the appropriation bill and made ready
for the end.
Transport Sunk; 1,000 Perish.
Rerlln, Feb. 24.-The admiralty
announced to-day that the Italian
transport Minas, carrying 1,000 sol
diers, has been sunk. The steamer
was bound to Saloniki. She carried
1,000 troops, a largo quantity of am
munition and 3,000,000 marks'
worth of gold. Tho crew and the
troops on board perished, with' the
exception of two men, who were res
cued by the submarine.
ANOTHER IMO LINER SUNK.
Cunnrdor Lnconiu Went Down Off
Irish Const Sunday Night.
London, Feb. 26.-lt is stated au
thentically that the Lacon la was tor
pedoed without warning. Wesley
Frost, American consul at Queens
town, telegraphed the American em
bassy here to-day:
"Cunarder Laconia torpedoed at
10.50 Sunday* night. Two hundred
and seventy-eight survivors landed.
Details lacking, but known some are
blissing. Ono dead."
The survivors of the Laconia are
said to number 270.
The Cunard Company announces
that there is reason to believe that
virtually all on board the steamer
Laconia were saved. There were be
tween 200 and 220 members of the
crow and from 70 to 80 passengers,
of whom about one-half were In the
2(1 Americans on Hoard.
Xew York, Feb. 2 0.-Twenty-six
Americans, six of them cabin passen
gers and '?0 members of the crew,
.were ott the Laconia, with 7."> passen
gers and a crew of 210, when the
vessel was sunk Sunday night. One
casualty, as yet unidentified, was
officially reported by thc Liverpool
office of the line to officials here.
While details of the cargo of thc
Laconia are withheld under a rocent
ruling of the customs officials, it was
le* .ned at the office of the company
that the following items wore among
the principal commodities carried:
One thousand bars of silver, 40,
000 bushels of wheat, 2,843 bales of
cotton, 1,408 boxes of fresh fruit,
3,000 tons of shell casings and other
iwar supplies, and 9,000 tons of pro
In addition to cargo and passen
gers the Laconia carried 5,000 bags
of United States and Canadian mail.
Two American Ladies Perished.
London, Feb. 27.-The Cunard
Company gives the following names
of the Laconla's passengers missing
and supposed to have boen lost: Mrs.
Mary Hoy,. Miss Elizabeth Hoy, C. P.
Ivatt, Wm. 1. Robinson, Dr. Fortunat
Zyndel, Wm. Eva. Four members of
the crew are also given as ml sing.
Mrs. and Miss Hoy are Americans,
as ls also Thos. Cassey, colored, a
member of the Laconla's crew. He
tyas the only American meinbor of
j the crew that perished.
United States Consul Frost nt
, Queenstown has telegraphed the
American embassy here that. Mrs.
Hoy and ber daughter, American
passengers on the Laconia, died of
exposure and that their bodies were
buried at sea.
COMMON PLEAS JURORS.
Naines of the Gentlemen Who Will
Regln Service on Third Monday.
This morning at 8.30 o'clock the
following named gentlemen were
drawn to serve as petit jurors at the
March term of Common Pleas Court,
which will convene on the third
Monday, Judge H. F. Rice presiding:
S. L. Brown, Center.
L. O. Huff, Cente.'-.
W. F. Orr, Keowee.
W. T. Meredith, Tugnloo.
C. F. Du Bose, Wagener.
F. R. Sweeney, Clemson College.
Riley Cox. Wagoner.
G. W. Marett, Westminster.
S. F. Reeder, Westminster.
J. Rd. Sitton, Seneca (Town).
Malone Meredith, Walhalla.
Fred Riemann, West Union.
W. W. S. Bates,'Center.
W. T. Rice, Center.
D. B. McAli8ter, Wagener.
J. E. Pearson, Wagener.
,T. M. Patterson, Whitewater.
A. C. Brown, Seneca.
W. H. Harbin, Seneca.
Paul Miller, Keowee.
W. H. Burton, Wagener.
J, W. George, Keowee.
E. B. Reese, Center.
W. L. England, Westminster.
T. C. Burns, Center.
R. B. Owens, Seneca.
W. M. Sloan, Keowee.
C. F. Adams. Seneca (Town).
W. M. Franks, Center.
L IL V. Hobson, Westminsgter.
Richard Kirby, Wagener.
R. C. Carter, Walhalla.
M. S. Brown, Walhalla.
Harleston Orr, Keowee.
J. M. Holden, Whitewater.
George Reid, Wagener.
Killed Mun in Court House.
Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 26.-John
Ward, awaiting trial for tho alleged
killing of Louis Hooker, of Fuller
ville, last September, was shot and
killed at the court bouse this morn
ing by Thomas Hooker, brother of
Louis Hooker. The shooting occur
red at the entrance of the sheriff's
oirtee and only a short distance from
the criminal court room, where the
trial was to have started. Hooker
walked to the Attorney General's of
fice, where he surrendered. He de
clined to mako a statement.
Aged Man Kills Self.
Abbeville, Feb. 2G.-John R. Wil
son committed suicide this afternoon
hy shooting himself in tho head with
a pistol. He was 78 years of age and
was in ill health, which ls tho only
cause known for bis action. . Ho
made his homo with his son. His
daughter-in-law was out in the yard
and heard the shot, but Mr. Wilson
was dead when she reached him.
TORNADO TAKES MANY LIVES.
liist Of Injured .Shows Work of Storm
Birmingham, Fob. 21. --?Reports
placed the deaths from yesterday's
tornado in Central Alabama between
1 2 nnd 20 persons. Wiro communi
cation in the storm area still inter
rupted. Deaths at Stewart ville, Hol
lins. Midway and Whltsctts.
Three white persons are known to
have been killed at Stewarts ville, two
killed and one fatally Injured at Hol
lins, two at 'Midway and four negroes
at Whitsetts. ?.
l'nveiillled reports published here
report eight killed and two fatally
burt at Coghill, Ala.
Probably a hundred persons were
hurt at Stewnrtsvllle, Midway and
Hollins district, according to word
from Sylacanga, where the injured
Reports sahl school buildings and
many houses lu these towns were
razed. Many school children were
Li thou In, (?a., Reports.
Llthonin (la., Keb. 24.-Two ne
groes were killed, another was pfob?<
ably fatally Injured, four whites and
two negroes wore badly hurt and
about 00 buildings were wrecked by
a cyclone which struck this town
with a sudden fury at 4 o'clock Fri
Two negro boys, aged ? and 17.
were blown a distance of ?100 yards
Into a stone quarry, where they wore
found uninjured by a searching
Over ?10 residences of white peo
ple wore destroyed and as many ne
The cyclone descended upon the
town from the southwest, nnd In ten
minutes had spout its fury, leaving in
the direction of Pine Mountain and
In spite of its short duration, how
ever, it had cut a clean path through
As lt approached, with kw-llylng
white clouds whipped along before
tho wind, lt had the appearance of an
Immense flock of geese. The wind
then struck with terrific force. For
a time it scorned to be blowing In
every direction, and trees and build
ings were swept away Uko straws.
Terror-stricken, the people wero
undecided which way to turn. The
rain came dow<n in sheets and. the
gloom wa? rent by blinding flashes of
That no white people wore ki'led
seems a miracle, for buildings were
toppling in every direction and tim
bers and other heavy objects hurtled
through the air like cannon shot.
Cyclone ult? Hurfisboro, Alu.
Columbus, (Ja., Feb. 24. - A
cyclone, followed by a hail and rain
storm, damaged property at Hurts
boro, Aln.. Friday morning to the ex
tent of about $25,000. Two ware
houses, n wooden mill building, one
residence and ninny sheds were
wrecked, while porches, chimneys
and windows were damaged on about
.'IO houses and buildings. No per
sonal injuries aie reported
Hail fell at forwards, completely
covering the ground, in some In
stances to a depth of about 5 to 6
Rain followed, flooding the streets
and stores, causing considerable
damage. One freak of the .wind was
the blowing of a horse, wagon and
driver across the street without do
ing any damage to either.
Six Children Hurt.
Georgetown, Miss., Feb. 24.-Six
children were Injured, two of them
seriously, when a country school
building nour here collapsed during
a heavy wind and rain storm which
swept this section shortly after noon
Friday, lt was believed none of tho
injured children will die. Several
residences in Georgetown were par
A report from Purvis, Miss., re
ceived here last night said Ernest
Morris, aged 30, was struck by light
ning and instantly killed when he
sought refuge from the storm under
Sheri(V Killed Raiding Still.
LaGrange, On., Feb. 20.-W. B.
Shirey, sheriff of Troup county, was
shot from ambush this afternoon
about 2 o'clock and died within half
an hour. Mr. Shirey, accompanied
by bis deputy, S. A. Smith, and J. A.
Henderson, a revenue officer from
Atlanta, had gone to the southern
part of tho county to raid a still.
The still had liean located and the
party were In the act of emptying the
contents when the sheriff was shot
from ambush about 200 yards away.
Several shots wore fired, but only
one took effect, striking the sheriff
on the right side, ranging through
the body and coming out under the
Rainfall for Week.
Rainfall for week ending February
27th, |it 7 p. m., ls furnished us by
H. W. Brandt, co-operative observer.
The recoro follows:
Hate- Inches rainfall.
Feb. 20-Ptly cldy.82
Fob. 2 5-Clear.
Feb. 20 -Cloudy.
Feb. 27--Ptly cldy.
Total for week
ONH STNP NIOAKIOU WAH.
IVosldent Asks Authority to Us?
Moree* of ?. s. for Protection,
Washington. Fob. 27.-Pr?sident
Wilson to-day took the inevitable
step and asked Congress for author
ity to use the forces of the United
States to protect American ships and
lives against the dorman submarine
menace-to put the nation in a state)
of armed neutrality.
The immediate response was tito
introduction in the Mouse of a bill,
approved In advance by the Presi
dent, empowering him to furnish
linns and gunners to American mer
chantmen; to "employ such other
instrumentalities and methods" as
may become necessary, and providing
for a $100,000,000 bond , issue to bo
used tn his disci .-lion for war insur
ance to encourage American com
merce to brave the submarine perlt.
I The bill ?nay be brought up in tho
House to-morrow wt?h special rules
for Its Immediate consideration. A
similar bill will bo considered to
morrow by the Senate foreign rela
Some Trouble Ahead.
The President's long expected ac
tion, while received In the main with
expressions of support, threatens to
force an extra session of Congress.
Republicans, disinclined to grant:
blanket authority while Congress ls
tn recess, gave evidence of opposing
tho legislation tho President asks,
not for the purpose of withholding lt.
but to force him to have Congress in
special session to take a hand In tho
next steps w h tell they feel will lead
to war. The Republicans are receiv
ing passlvo support from the Demo
cratic element classed as pacifists.
The President's advisers deplore this
situation for tts effect In Germany,
where they are convinced lt will feed
the official Impression that Congress
will not support the President If he
(Iuds it necessary to go to war and
that ho is not speaking tho senti
ments of a united country.
Tho President's request for au
thority to use "other Instrumentali
ties" is the principal sticking point,
liven tho Republicans and Homo of
the Democrats who hesitate to glvo
him what he nskB say they would bo
willing to give him autboVlty to arm
American ships or act on a definite*
proposal, but are reluctant to "sign
a blank check."
Cloar-Cut Violation of Rights,
Washington, Feb 27.-The sink
ing of tho Laconlu, with the loss of
American lives, ls looked upon by
the American government as a clear
cut violation of American rights, ac
cording to an authoritative expres
sion of opinion obtained after a con
ference between President Wilson
and Secretary Lansing. No further
investigation is considered necessary.
Official dispatches confirming re
ports of the death of Amorlcani; ott
the Lnconlo, torpedoed without,
warning, established the Cloe as the
The situation, 'however, was un
changed from where the President
left it yesterday when be asked Con
gress for authority to deal with the
President Wilson and Stat? De
partment officials took the position
that no further step would bo taken
until Congress bas had an opportu
nity to act on the President's re
Don nt loss Arm Merchantmen.
Washington, Feb. 27.-After to
day's cabinet meeting it became
known that the administration will
oppose any vital change in the pro
posed legislation to authorize Presi
dent Wilson to protect American
lives and rights.
Tho administration expects that
while a number of changes may bo
suggested, the bill as now framed
will ho adopted by both houses with
out material alteration.
The Senate foreign relations com
mittee late to-day agreed upon a bill
to give the President authority to
supply merchant ships with arms and
gunners and to use other means nec
essary to handle developments In tho
submarino situation. A motion to
"direct" tho President to arm the
ships was voted down.
Kut-cl-Ainara in British Hands.
London, Feb. 2G.-Kut-el-Aman*
has been captured from tho Turks by
the British forces, according to a
statement in tho House of Commons
to-day by Andrew Bonar Law.
Mr. Law announced that as a re
sult of the operations on the Tigris
river front all of the Turkish posi
tions , from Sannnlyat to Kut-el
Amara have been secured and that
tho town of Kut-el-Amara automati
cally passed Into the hands of tho
The Turks on the Tigris river
front aro in full retreat towards Bag
halia, 24 miles to tho west of Kut-el
Amara, says an official statement Is
sued to-day by tho British War De
partment. The fleeing Turks are be
ing engaged by pursuing British cav
(Kut-el-Amara, a strategic mili
tary position on the Tigris river lead
ing to Bagdad, was surrendered to
the Turks April 28, 1916, after Gen.
Townshend, with a British foTce ofr
some 9,000 troops, had withstood, a
siege for four months.)
Turka Admit Loss of Kut,
Constantinople, Feb. 26.-TM
Turkish war offlco to-day announced
withdrawal of tho forces at Kut-el