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"TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE, AND IT MUST FALLOW AS THE MCHffi
By Steck, Shclur HugliM & Shclor.
WALHALLA, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNj
C, W. & Jo E
IT PAYS TO Bl
MURDER MYSTERY IS SOLVED.
?Slayers of Jacob Schroder Confess
Crime-A Negro Robber Ceng, j
The Charleston chief of police last
night gave out the following state
ment relntive to the murder last year
of Jacob Schroder:
"It will probably be interesting to
the people of Charleston, as well as
an immense r?ltbf, to know that I
haye cleared up a perfectly astojiish
ing^ories of crimes and halve gotten
confessions from the ebie?, criminals
.involved, who ar? hqw^b?ktidvl?p,.i?^ t
separate ^??ssai 1
"I do not care to say much at tho
present, ns their confessions will lead
to numbers of other arrests, in re
spect to which I am proceeding with
great caution. However, we have
cleared up the Jacob Schroder mur
der, which occurred on the second of
last August, and have a full confes
sion in reference to it, as well as
to a series of similar crimes^whlch
did not. however', result in murder.
"It will bo recalled that the mur
der of .Mr. Schroder was one of the
most brutal in our generation. As
he was opening up his store at Reid
and America streets on a Monday
morning, several negroes entered il
and one of them, calling for sonic
crackers, Mr. Sclirodcr walked from
behind the counter and reached into
the cracker box to get them, stoop
ing over. One of the other negroes
hit him in the head with a hammer,
while another went behind Ibo coun
ter and rifled the cash drawer. The
money was afterwards divided up
" The (Schroder case was left to the
department without a single clue ex
cept the hammer with which Mr.
Schroder had been killed.
"Incidentally, in the general
round-up which will take place,
numbers of Ibo recent burglaries,
house-breakings and larcenies will
be accounted for, and 1 am satisfied
that we will follow evei?v link of the
chain of guilt until all of this par
ticular type of criminal is accounted
In the American of the day fol
lowing the publication above, this
additional information appeared in
Tho entire mystery in the murder
of Jacob Schroder last August has
been cleared up and the guilt of the
crime has been admitted.
On Saturday four negroes were ar
rested on a charge of burglary, but
under cross-examination they admit
ted having committed several other
burglaries and house-brea Icings.
However, under a severe grilling,
finally broke down and admitted thal
the quartet had been responsible for
a greater and more serious crime
Hie murder of Mr. Schroder.
It seems that early on the morning
of the murder, these negroes met
and decided to go up lo ?Mr. Schro
der's store, at the corner of Reid
and America streets. One of tho
negroes had a hammer, which be
carried in bis back pocket. One of
tho negroes went in and ordered a
.dime's worth of crackers, be being
followed into Cie store by tho oth
ers. When Mr. Schroder came from
behind the counter and stooped over
to get the crackers, the negro struck
him on the base of the skull with
the hammer, completely fracturing
the skull. They then rifled the cash
drawer and divided the money.
The chief of police called a hear
ing In the matter last night, at
which were present the mayor, tho
solicitor for tho district, and several
members of tho department who are
working and have worked on the
case . The proceedings wore taken
by the official court stenographer and
statements were given by three of
the negroes, one making use of his
-LA, S. C.
JY FOR CASH.
right lo refuse giving a statement.
As explained In yesterday's Ameri
can, these negroes have been respon
sible for many of tho recent burg
laries, house-breakings and larcen
ies that have been committed, and
the police department is still work
ing on the rounding up in general
of others whose arrest has been led
to by the testimony of those already
WU? Native of Walhalla.
Jacob Schroder was a.former Wal
halla boy. "He >vns the oldest son of
the late.H.-'lB.M?'n^-^te; iena 8<?)l?'0r>
der, tl\? latter, attn 're^ldlng^h^e>
Dorn; lind' -Annie ^Schroder and." W.
John Schr?der, all of Walhalla, sur
vive him. Mr. Schroder went from
hero to Charleston when he was in
his early twenties, and soon after be
coming a resident of Charleston en
tered business on his own account.
Ho was successful and accumulated
fl considerable fortune, it is slated
that he always carried or. kept, in his
ll om G considerable quantities of rea
;ly cash, paying all bills with money
instead of by cheek, nnd our recol
lection )f the case is 'hat the r ib
bers soeur.'?.I from his cash dru wei
tome four or live hundred dollars
n money, besides the other th I nj
hat were stolen from his stock of
The information above concerning
he arrest of his slayers will be read
Vi th interest and satisfaction by all
n this section who knew the deceas
ed or members of his family, and
vho have regretted the escape of the
mes responsible for his death.
ltainfall nnd Temperature.
Below is a record of meteorological
>b8orvations taken by II. W. Brandt,
?o-oporative observer of tho Weather
Bureau of tho U. S. Department of
Agriculture, during the week ending
lune 12th, 1921, at 7 p. m. (The
nstrumental readings are from gov
irnment standard instruments . ex
losed in tho manner recommended
>y tho chief of tho Weather Bureau) :
11 Clear . ..
12 - Clear . . .
Total rainfall... ; . 08[|. .
lt Pays to Advertise.
A Wostern evangelist makes a
rnctice of painting religious lines
n rocks and fences along public
ighways. One run:
"What will you do when you die?"
Along conies an advertising man
nd, seeing the opportunity prosent
tl, painted under lt:
"lise Delta Oil-JCood for burns."
So numerous have been the ro
uests from charitable Institutions
ir handkerchiefs from .Mrs. Hard
ig. wife of the President, that she
as been compelled to lay in huge
eeks in order lo supply the de
Herbert Hoover's mother was a
Bopocatupetl has had no s?riions
.upt lou since 1648.
BOUNTY LAND LETTER IS FULL
Of Notes of Interest-Aged Linly Js
Bounty Lnnd, June 13.-Speolal:
Mrs. M. Ax Marett loft Wednesday
for Greenville to be with ber daugh
ter, "Mrs. Den 'Ellison, who has been
quite indisposed nf ter an op?ration
of the throat. Mrs. Marett returned
home 'Saturday with the nows of
Mrs. Ellison's improvement.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Peace, of Iva,
were late guests of (be latter's aunt,
Mrs. W. J. McDonald.
?Mrs. J. M. Adams, of Townville,
has boon spending several days with
her daughter, Mrs. Sheriff.
The Legislature's "Cousin Dillie"
I Fennell was in Gie community on
business last Wednesday.
Miss "Mattie Sue Marett entertaiu
I ed a number of her friends at a rook
party Wednesday evening, in .honor
of her guests. Misses Alexander and
Miss Oliv/ Lynch visited relatives
in Picketts lust week, returning on
1 Sunday afternoon.
? Mr. and Mrs. John Davis, of 'Birin
? ingham. Alu., l ore guests tho latter
i part of tho week of their sister-ill
I law. Mrs. H. X. Rankin.
Mrs. Julia I). Shank Un and son
Edgar and Mr. and .Mrs. Morrl
Shanklin attended the Methodist
Missionary Conference which met in
Anderson last woek.
A. w. Perritt left Thursday for
Charleston, where he will ember!
for points of interest along the north
Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Smith took In
part of the commencement exercises
of Clemson College last week.
We are glad to report that Mrs
Jesse Hubbard ls convalescing after
an attack of typhoid fever.;
Several more cases of mumps are
reported In the vicinity, two late de
velopments being iii the homo, of Mr.
and Mrs. Jake 'Gillespie.
Mrs. Dean Davia'^ Sunday school'
class will picnic iii- J:, P. 'Stripling's
vlted to participate in the enjoy
ment of this annual occasion, and a
good time is looked forward to.
The friends of Tom Anderson, of
Greenville, wero glad to see bim in
our community Sunday.
Misses Annie and Carrie McMa
han, who have been teaching in the
schools of Spartanburg and Orange
burg, are nt home for a vacation with
their parents. Mr. and Mrs. J. I). Mc
Miss Cora (Hubbard, of Columbia,
is visiting ber parents. Mr. and Mrs.
\V. T. Hubbard.
.Mr. and Mrs. Joe Owens visited
relatives in West Union -the first of
Mrs. W. B. Jones, of Greenville,
was a guest of her parents. Mr. and
Mrs. T. B. Wyley, the week-end.
Miss Mamye Emily Dendy was
among tho number of? young pcopb
who attended the Young People's
Conference in Anderson last week
Roger Coe, of Rome, Ga., visited
his brother, Hayden Coe, and family
Miss Posey, of Horse Cove. NT. C.
is visiting in the borne of Mr. and
Mrs. J. J. Ballenger.
Mr. and Mrs. T. 'B. Wyley enter
tallied n few of their friends Satur
day evening, Juno ll, comm?mora
tive ol' the 4 3d anniversary of their
marriage. Upon arrival the guesis
wero seated on the spacious front
piazza, where they gav'y chatted un
til they were invite.! into the dining
room, where an elegant three-course
dinner was served amid artistic and
elaborate decorations of pink and
whlto cut. flowers and mellow-tinted
lights-all suggestive of wedding
day festivities. From tho chandelier
was suspended a white bell, with a
shower bow of ribbon and sweet peas,
a ribbon runner leading to the plate
of each guest'. The guests found their
places hy miniature wedding bolls,
which bore their number, and also
the names of the bride and groom,
with the date of their marriage.
Those outside of the immediate fam
ily who participated in the enjoy
ment of this festive occasion were
Hon. and Mrs. E. E. Vernor, Mr. and
Mrs. J. i>. Strlbllng, Mr. and Mrs. W.
M. Hughs. Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Rallon
ger. Mr. J. W Sholor and ?Mr. and
Mrs. S. B. 'Wyley. of Richland; Mrs.
O. IO. Cnshin, of Westminster, and
Mrs. W. B. Jones, of Greenville.
Mr. and 'Mrs. M. C. McDonald have
ns their guests for a few days Mrs.
McDonald's brother. W. 10. Power,
ind family, of Athens, On. Another
expected guest in this home la little
Miss Sue Elizabeth Power, of Ander
A most delightful occasion of last
week was a surrplse picnic, given by
Ibo children and grandchildren of
Mrs. Mattie J. McDonald last Thurs
ley from fi to 8 p. m.. In celebration
)f ber 72d birthday. Mrs. M. R. Mc
donald, of Walhalla, presented the
lonoree a large and beautifully Iced
lound cake, on which 7 2 candles,
'ormlng the Initial "M." were fixed
The occasion was greatly enjoyed by
ii', although we must add that, re
;aidless of tho ripened age of this
;ood "motlier in israel," she received
i most severe "pounding" nt the
lands of the guests, the Implements
ised being a variety of groceries, and
MlilU>?U <\\SK WITH HOltlllllLH
|)ctaflB^3w^tiiii Hidden by Assailant
Tluotfllkys Without Attention.
most horrible murders
that ha'fJjiiiKeu place ia Oconec. con
sldeflTOffftf after details of tho af-1
fair, oc?urr??i in tlie Unity section of
the cout^tjtj.'phesday of last week, but
nothinj??tl:known of I? until Fri
day, w??eft'tbe victim, in an uncon
scious ?onqltion?. was taken lo Iiis
hoine'.tyy* tJil niau who had attacked
him ariel, BwjVe'red the blow on his
head that resulted finally in his
death on S^ttirday following the tra
Stories differ in some minor par
ticulars, asno what led up lo a quar
rel betVoaftjohn .Swofford. about :ir>
years of ?g?, and married, and S. I5.
Adnnis,- 2fyears of age, and single.
It is generally believed, however, that
tho statement of Swofford, who did
the kllli,ni|,;tls about correct. He has
stated thatj Adams accused him of
informingoph him to the liquor law
onfoyconioM ollicers regarding cer
tain s'tillsjObal bad been captured,
and In connection with the opera tl>n
of which da ins had been accused,
arrested a?d convicted. Ile had twice
recently' reen charged and appre
hended, in whiskey cases, and at pres
ent thijre le a bond in force for his
appear?nCfl for trial later.
Whfitev?' the direct cause of the
troubl?, tie two men met Tuesday
of last'wei k near the home of Swof
ford, and ? ' quarrel ensued, Swofford
striking: Aua ms on the head with a
Wagon, do?!>h>tree. Adams was ren
dered Unt$j)sci ou s for the time being
and; Sw?ftytd, becoming frightened,
cafrled^'it^e'limp body Into his home
and concealed lt. Parties missing the
inbred; n?jn, made Inquiries at tho
Swofford .tpmo. but were informed
thj$t .>he;,ha?? left the Swofford place
Tttas?t)ay:"'??i had not since been seen
hy?^??ni II IK stated also thet Swof
fofdv?fe?rlrg that Adams, who bad
regained partial consciousness,would
talltett-'left it tho home, carried him
^$K?lp*t his work ,n the ncl(l
)\jild Jay the injured man In
Kde , jf trees nearby while he
.cn/rylng him back to the
y^f?^fi- Uft4 .-occasion, to . re-:
jfc.^V.svVwaa .sufferingi-f rom-tho'
bursting of several arteries In tho
head, though bia skull was not frac
tured, and In this critical condition
lie remained nt tho Swofford homo
tor three days, lt is said (bat when
\adnis again became unconscious
Swofford then took bim to his home,
on Friday. On Monday at r> o'clock
in the afternoon Adams died.
An inquest was held by the Coro
ner, and tho verdict of the jury was
thal Adams came lo his death as Hie
result of injuries indicted at the
hands of John S\Xiffonl, the jury
having considered evidence that em
braced the statements above given
concerning the tragedy.
Swofford, wo understand, lived on
the farm of Jesse Adams, an uncle
of the deceased, the trouble occur
ring in the Unity section, on Tugaloo
Swofford ls in the Oconee jail, hav
ing been taken Into custody shortly
liter the killing became known.
lt is thought that, bad Swofford
nt once notified 'Adams's people that
he was injured, and if medical or
surgical attention could have been
given at once, he could have recov
ered. However, after Hie wait of
three days in bis serious condition,
nothing could bo done to operate to
CAM; FOR MEETING OF
* To the Citizens and Councilmen *
* of Walhalla: *
* Von are requested and urged *
? to meet ut the Legion Hail Fri- "
i: day evening;, .lune 17th, ut 7.00 *
<= o'clock, to consider thc ltd visu- *
* bility of voting bonds for water *
* and sewerage for tho (own of *
? Walhalla. *
* Now, ladies, if you are. lo lake *
* an active part in the business *
? and polit leal a tin I rs of our conn- *
? try, this will he a good opportu- *
? nit y for you to como and adlvse *
? with us. We need your advice *
? and co-operation. *
? Everybody come] *
? W. M. BROWN, Manor. *
llaylus Harker Died in Arkansas.
Coneross, juno 14.-Special: The
nany friends of Baylus Harker will
egret to learn (*"" his death, which
iccurred at lils home In Arkansas a
ow weeks ago. Ile was a native of
his section, having been raised near
Vhetstone, this county. He was an
incle of the Harker family of Con
The ll. Y. P. U. program for Sun
ny night, June lath, will be carried
,ul by Croup No. :\, with H. W. Al
xander as captain. Following the
egular program a play will be given,
ntftled 'Aunt Cindy's First Chance.'
ivcrybody is cordially invited to ni
end both the exorcises and the play.
'e seriously doubt If she has yet re
overed from tho effects of this treat
tent.'May she live to celebrate many
low to desi*
????min ??nwr--? mm tmni
THE GltEAT SUNDAY SCH O Ol i
licet lng ai Dock Hill-Great Work
is Hoing Accomplished.
Rock Hill, June 9.-Special: The
mnual report of Leon C. 'Rainier,
general superintendent of the South
[karolina Interdenominational Sun
lay School Association, submitted to
he State Conven (ion at its morning
session Thursday at Winthrop Col
ege, proved of especial interest to
he more than 100 delegates present.
Giving full credit to R. D. Wobb,
former State Superintendent of the
Vssociatlon, ho included In his ro
>ort the statetnent that, "Duo to the
sound leadership given tho nssocla
ion during the past year by our
riend and brother, R .D. Webb, nnd
he solid organization which he built
ip, we have been ennbled this year
o make substantial progruas in spite
inve been held, more Sunday schools
'epresented, more pastors, suporln
endents and teachers reached in
'unday school associa'ton meetings
han before; and lt has seeme< that
he very Illings which confronted us
is difficulties Have turned out to be
dessin gs, by constraining us to put
orlh greater effort, attempt larger
asks and depend more wholly upon
?ur Heavenly leather, who has led
ind guided us in the way."
The report showed thal every
ounty In the State except Allendale
low has a ('ounty Sunday School As
ociation. Charleston county. Rorkc
oy nnd Greenville counties have al
ai ned Hie Gold Star Standard for
ho first time, and Hamilton and
ipnrtnnhurg are also Gold Star conn
ies-a distinction bestowed for at
ninlng lite highest degree of Sunday
chool excellence of tiny counties in
he State. Dr. J. F. Townsend is
?resident of the Charleston County
hindu y school Association; C. M.
A'iggins Is president of the Rerke
ey County Association; George R.
(oestcr leads Hie Greenville county
?ranch; E. M. Peoples ls president
>f the Hampton County Association,
ind Dr. Guy E. Suavely heads the
ipa rta n bu rg a ssoclla Hon.
Attended Many Meei lugs.
The state superintendent reported
hat during the year which lind just
mme to ti close he attended 125
neeiings, at which 1,013 Sunday
schools were represented by 27-1 pas
tors, '107 superintendents, 1.07-1
teachers and a total of 20,511 del?
galos and visitors. Ile made 178
.poeches during the year, wrote 200
newspaper ar'iclos and traveled a
total of 20,444 milos.
Credit to Volunteers.
Invaluable work was done during
ho year by volunteer workers, who
>vcre referred lo by the Slate super
ntendenl in his annual report as fol
"Tho work accomplished by our
mi ployed staff is only a small fnic
ion of what the association ls do
ng. We have ti large corps of vol
nileer field workers, who gladly givo
heir lime without ?alary to attend
ng county and district conventions
or us . Among these tire Prof. Wm.
5. Morrison, of Clemson College;
lev. A. E. Drlggers, also of Clem
en College; George .R Koester, of
ireonvllje, and Mrs. S. N. Hurts, of
Spartanliurg, with a host of others,
ll of whom I wish I could mention,
t would be difficult to over-estimate
he amount and tho value of the ser
ien they are rendering."
A committee on evangelism was
rgnnlzed the past year, with Dr. W.
,. Rall. of Spartanburg. as chairman,
.rof. Wm. ?5. 'Morrison, of Clemson
'ollege, vice-chairman, and Rov. A.
A summary of tho activities of all
he 'Sunday school field agonts. Miss
lollanu and Miss Alverson. Mr. and
Irs. 'Palmer and Rev. C. R. Lamar
ncluded in the report, shows that
nring tho year they attended 363
lootings, with 2.227 Sunday schools
epresented; 512 pastors, 1.10.8 su
erlntendonts and 4.4G5 teachers
Subscribo for Tho Courier. (Rest)
la, S. C.
WAL! IA 1/1 /A, OITV MOA UTI PUL.
Sonic Suggestions uinl ll early Appro
val of Oilier Suggestions.
Editor Keowee Courier;
That wau a tine suggestion aomo
one made to hoau ti fy our city. Why
not? We aro on Hie mountain high
way. Visitera pass through hero and
expect to lind a beautiful mountain,
town-ono that will correspond with
its name. 'Walhalla!-That name
calls up memories of the dreamland.
!t makes one think of the fairy dolls
of childhood, lt is not a 'German
name, but comes from Scandinavian
Mythology, lt was tho spacious hall,
with many and immense doors,whore
wore gathered tho horoos of many
battles. This hall was surrounded by
a grove of goldon-loavod treos. There
happy Bplrits sat, down to u banquet
^Ith^ditrntfd hotd fOf tlidif Borv?nta
the woodland ' fairies."
lt seoms wo hnvo lost the idoa of
the heroic founders of this placo.
They ei.me\hore in their poverty, but
they built well. It. will ever stand to
their credit, that they did not forgot
IO od, and sacrificed some of their
comforts in order to erect an endur
ing temple, dedicated lo Ills wor
ship. Instead of the Scandinavian
"Walhalla" for the sensual pleasuro
of the war spirits, they haili a noble
edifice to the "Glory of Jesus Christ."
An'i' behold the plan of our streets.
There is no crowding. We have room
for a city of one hundred thousand
without crowding the traille.
Would it not be tine to relieve tho
dust situation? Why not build a
park, and begin righi in the middle
of .Main street? If we build ono block
at a time, and keep at it, we will get
it done some day. Assure tile build
ers that their work will remain. Cut
a row of trees through tile middlo of
thal street. Tho Civic Lcnguo will
no doubt be glad to lend a band.
Thirty feet of green in the street will
be thirty feet, less of dust. And a row
of china trees would slop another
thirty feel of dust. That would savo
us from a ravine we are so rapidly
building nil through the middle of
our street. What a relief lt is to
have a little green sward In the sum
iller days! Little green mounds will
not suffice for sheets of the propor
tions of ours. Why not have a meet
ing of all the citizens some day and
decide on some substantial and per
manent plan and then keep at lt?
Take a look at the Court. House
grounds in the mean ti mo, or any
time. Ho you know any county seat
willi a more beautiful lawn, so care
fully mowed all the season, or so
beautiful a grove, with so pleasant a
shade! All the buildings, too, are a
credit to il!
And, gentlemen of the Hoard of
Health, would il not bo the part of
wlrdom to ha've specific, directions for
those who are putting in private sew
age systems? There are plants of tho
kind that ijre approved by city and
State boards of health.
We have one of the finest, climates
in the whole South. This mountain
ozone makes one fool young despite
tho oncoming years. Tho ice man
does some business, but we do not.
take any of bis artificial In ours,
thank you!- Mountain water is good
The Legion has the idea! Let's
clean up and make Walhalla a city
beautiful --make a little grass to
grow, and have the healthful balm
of a shady grovey and thus be bene
factors to mankind. Citizen.
A Polite Motorist.
"You scorn to have been in a seri
"Yes," said tho bandaged person,
"T tried to climb a tree In my motor
"What did you do that for?"
"Just to oblige a woman who was
driving another cor. SKo wanted to
use tho road."