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Startling Career of trie
Shot in the
Up from the Lone Star Slate t'lcre
came to Chicago last week a pictures
que citizen of Dallas, Texas, formerly
a resident Nacogduchos, with the
dramatic story of the life of DouEchka
Pickens at his tongue'* en J. This
visiting Texan was former Brigadier
General George If. Alford, Confed?r
ate soldier, indian lighter, legislator
There is, perhaps, no person living
who knows so well thc story of the
life of the daughter of South Caroli
na's war governor, for General Alford
was himself once a sweetheart and
schoolmate of the mother of Douschka
During all tho years of her life this
"Child of South Carolina" was not
once lost sight of by the stern Texan,
who wrote versea to her, championed
her wit and her beauty at banquet
and in legislative hall, and now ac
credits hiirjLher historian by right.
To a writer for the Sunday Inter
Oceuu General Alford last week told
the story of how thc child, Douschka
Pickens, fired the first shot of the
Civil War, but no less interesting is
his recital of the story of the gran
deur surrounding her christening, of
her part in ono of the saddent and
most tragic marriages of war times,
and of her bravery as a leader of thc
notorious Kuklux Klan.
From the time of hor birth, in the
. palace of the Romanoffs, until her
d?:itb and burial beneath the great
. .us of Edgefield, S. C., Dousohka
PickeoB had a marvellous career
amid the glamour and glitter of Euro
pean courts, in the war-stricken cities
of the Palmotto State, and amid tho
bleak and devastated estates that
had been scourged by contending ar
Born in the imperial palace of the
Russian czar, christened by an em
press, made the idol of a hundred di
plomats, this ohild later touched the
fuse to the artillery that boomed for
four years throughout Dixie. And
when war was ever and the armies
were disbandod she beoame ono of the
leaders who toiled to solve tho peri
.lous problems of the post-bellum
To tell tho story of the life of
Dousouka Pidkens it is necessary to
go baok to Naoogdoches, Texas, 'hat
wonderful Southern town that sent
.out into the world so many people of
Annh varied interests and abilities.
Within oalling distanco in Naoog
doches there lived' years before the
war, an interesting company of young
people. Tom Oohiltree, the red
headed raoonteur and bon vivant,
sauntered through the streets. Ade
laide MoCord, who beoame known
throughout the world as Adah Isaacs
Menken, the Mazeppa, began her
conquests there. It was the home of
General Sam Houston, the greatest of
all great Texans. There lived in tho
town, too, Lucy Holcomb, the most
beautiful woman in the State.
e^.Hero begins the story told by Gen
l<[ Alford. It is best told in his
own words. It was with great reluc
tance that he reoited that part of the
story which deals with his own name,
and has not heretofore been made
* "I was ono of tho Argonauts that
Was entioed by dreams of fortune to
the gold fields of California," he said.
"When I left Texas I went with the
purpose of enriching myself and then
returning to wed Luoy Holcomb, the
belle of Texas. I remained in Cali
fornia for some time; went thence to
Panama, and from thero down the
.. western ooast of South America. I
knew I was expeoted homo, but tho
r fever of adventure led me on, and I
r> delayed my return for some months.
"In thc meantime Lucy Holcomb
had became thc belle of the South.
5 She infatuated all who beheld her.
- Once when she was visiting the fami
ly of the famous governor, John A.
Quitraan, at the Mississippi capital
;* she ^captivated the entire S tato legis
lature, and when she departed for
"l&ew Orleans the general assembly
adjontaed and went with her. Af ter
' ward, she was married to the brilliant
Colonel Frank Pickens of South Caro
' - From the time I left for California
E saw her no more as Lucy Holcomb.
fThen I returned she was Mrs. Pick
ens, and it wai not long before I, too,
married. I first met her again at
President Buchanan's inaugural,
?ffher? she was tu? most petted and
(patronized of all the beauties in
"President Buohanan appointed
'Colonel Pickens minister to B?sela,
?and ?there tho beautiful Sonoro
?vari'bccime the court favorite* The
empress delighted in her society,^ and
?fte women of all the legations gave
way for the captivating American.
.Xiater she was taken to the Imperial
. of the Bomanoff* and there in
Girl Who Fired First
I May, 1858, was boru thc child that
was destined to figure so strangely io
J "Thc czarina claime d thc privilege
I of being godmother to the iufant.
? When thc doy came for the christen
ing all thc grandeur of thc Russian
court was brought into play. Invita
tions werft sent to the representatives
of all the foreign nations. The com
pany was thc most illustrious that
j ever assembled for a similar purpose
in the history of thc world.
"When the officiating diguitary of tho
Church asked the czarina, "What
shall be the name of this child?" she
" 'Her name shall be Douschka.'
"Tho English for Douschka is
'sweet little darling.' But, as is tho
Russian custom, Bevcral additional
names wero given the child, and she
was christened in full Douschka Olga
Neva Francisca Eugenic Dorothy
Piokens. Tho first of the series of
names was tho one by which she wan
"During the campaign of 1860
Pickens was nominated as candidato
for Governor of his State, and on thc
day Abraham Lincoln was eleoted
President, Piokens was elected as tho
chief executive of South Carolina, of
which his father and grandfather had
previously been governor. He left
tho Russian court and brought his
wife and little daughter to America,
but the Russian royal family never
forgot the little Douschka, und upon
each birthday ehe received from Czar
Alexander II a bewildering array cf
costly gifts, a custom whioh was con
tinued by the present czar until the
death of the beautiful woman a few
"In Carolina, Douschka, a mere
tot, beoame as great a favorite as she
had been among the splendid Russians.
Civil and military officers worshipped
the child, and it was this universal
love for her that made her, historical
ly, the leading young woman of the
State and of the South.
"When too days grew darker aud
darker, and it was seen that war could
not be prevented, the Confederates at
Charleston prepared for the conflict.
Tho Federals oooupied Fort Sumter,
and General Beauregard made every
preparation to defend the oity. When
it was finally deoided that he should
bombard the Federal fort he invited*
Gov, Pickens to inspect thc garrison
and witness the inoeption of hostili
ties. The governor visited the forts
and gunboats and took with him his
wife and child, Douschka. All tho
guns were in readiness for the first
fatal shot whioh was to rend the na
tion in fratricidal strife.
"When tho governor had visited all
parts of the garrison, General Beaure
gard pioked up the golden-haired,
blue-eyed little girl and petted her
for a moment. Then ho plaoed a
burning match in her baby fingers and
held her rintil she touched the fuse of
a cannon. Thus the child, at the tec
dor age of 3 years, born in the Rus
sian palaee, the pet of the nobility of
all the nations, and the daughter of
the great war governor, fired the first
gun in the greatest war of modern
"After that first shot the artillery
boomed for hours, but the child ?ind
her mother had been taken to a plaoe
of eafety. It is not necessary to deal '
further with the conflict itself in tell
ing the story.
' ' A few months after this dramatio
inoidont a daughter of Governor Fisk
ens by a former marriage was to be
wedded. Douschka was "ohosen to
aot us a flower girl. Upon tho day of
the wedding a sad-looking, but aristo;
eratic assembly orowded the great St.
Michael cathedral at Charleston. Soon
tho preliminaries of tho wedding wero
gone through and the bride and groom
were standing at the altar. A solemn
hush was over* everything, and the
only thing to break the stillness waa
tho occasional distant thunder of a
cannou that kept up a dismal chal
lenge and roared at the old oity.
"The Churchman was reading the
wedding ceremony. There at the
side of the biiue-to-be stood little
Douschka, her arms enoiroling a great
bouquet of flowers. The intended
i husband reached out his band and
I clasped the fingers of the bride-oleot
when, with a terrible crash, a cannon
ball pierced the wall of the old oaths*
dral and struck the bride full in the
chost, ci ushing out her life with a
tragio completeness. Her fiance still
held her hs-d. Tho minister, riveted
to thc spot like a statue, went on
reading the final words until oh co ked
by a groan of agony that came from
"Over the white flowors Dousohka
clasped in her arma and over tho
white folds of her baby dross wis
scattered tho lifo blood of the bride,
i ?ho child did not realise the full hot
ror of this tragedy, the woeful out
come of the saddest marriage ceremony
of-all those four long and terrible
years of war.
"Throughout the war Douschka'u
uame was frequently^ heard. She be
came the foster obild of the State
legislature and by special enactment
that body named her 'The Child of
South Carolina.' Yet it was not un
til the days following the war, those
days which were blacker than war it
self, that Douschka became thc idol
of tho people.
"Governor Pickens died in 18G4.
On his plantation at Edge?eld were
his slaves, Which had refused to leave
him, despite the fact he had told
them they could go if they wished to
go. He called his negroes abo u his
death bcd and chose from among tho
oldest of them his pall-bearers and
then gave into their keeping his wife
and little Douschka. These slaved,
when freed, were never the source of
the least trouble, but any one who
lived in tLe South in the days follow
ing the war knows how the people
suffered at the hands of the'freed ne
"In the early 70 s the ex-slaves cf
Edgefield County, South Carolina, be
oame threatening. A lot Of unprinci
pled white scoundrels had egged them
on to deeds %f misohief and things
oamo to such a pass that neither life
nor property was secure. As condi
tions grew worse the negroes gathered
at Edgefield. They swarmed through
the streets and frightened the whites
from their humes. They eventually
formed a drunken'mob and threatened
to burn the town.
"Just SB the town was about to be
destroyed something wierd sud terri
fying happened. From the four winds
rode hundreds of strange-looking be
ings, elad in:long robes of red that
hung from their heads'to their feet.
In ali 1,500 of them came., all on
horsebaok, all dressed alike. They
gathered at the center of the town and
then formed in a long col Ann.
"At the bead rode a alight, red
robed figure. It was Douschka. She
guided her great horse through every
street time and time again. The
superstitious negroes fled in terror
from the town, end hid in the woods.
The silent, solemn march was kept np
by these red-robed members of the
Ku Klux until every colored person
had ?eft the town.. From that day
not one word of discontent was ever
heard from the freed slaves of Edge
fieldoCounty. Doasohka wa& known
from that time as 'Joan of Aro.'
"When it fell to Dousohka's lot to
manage the plantation when she
grew io young womanhood she per
formed lier duties 'wilt? o?%loh!e??
skill. She was a splendid horsewo
man, and every day rode over the es
tate. In the fox chase, a sport in
which she delighted, oho always rode
the leading horse, and most often got
the fox. As a farmer she learned
everything that must be done about
the old plantation. To her belongs
the honor of establishing the bonus
system of pay for freed slaves. In
addition to their salary she gave them
a percentage of the prooeods.
"When Dousohka grew to woman
hood she married Dr. Dugas, a bril
liant physician of Augusta, Ga. To
them were born two daughters. Six
years ago, while she was visiting her
mother at Edgefield, she sickened,
"Gray-haired negroes who had been
her father's slaves carried the casket
in which she slept to the shade of the
oaks, and there, beside the grave of
her parent, another grave was waiting.
When the casket was opened at the
edge of the grave those who leaned to
take a last look at the dead faoe of tho
woman saw abont her neck a beautiful
necklace which the caarina of Russia
herself had hung there on the day the
golden-haired little girl left the
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Gilligan, Slayer of Tonier, Dead.
Riohmo'nd, Va., April 20.-Andrew
Carter Gilligan, who about three years
ago shot and billed Mr. Beverly R.
Turner, a prominent resident of Isle
of Wight County, died late last night
in the penitentia.y where ho was serv
ing an 18-year term.
The tragedy was one of the mu?t
sensational that has occurred in Vir
ginia in the last half century.
The shooting ooourred over Misa
Isabelle Turner, whose father had
forbidden Gilligan to visit her. They
held clandestine meetings ?ud it was
at one of these that Mr. Turner was
The young woman who figured so
prominently in the tragedy married
another mau only a few weeks ago.
Mr. Beverly R. Turner, a prominent
planter and landowner of Isle of Wight
County, was one night about three
years ago shot down near his country j
home. The tragedy ooourred after
dark. The wound was made by a
gunshot, and beyond that at first
nothing was known, as Mr. Turner
died without being able to tell who
had killed him. Suspicion Ister fell
on young Gilligan, whose quarrel with
the father beoame kuown and he was
Gilligan was the son of a man em
ployed by Turner and had fallen in
love with Miss Serena Isabella Tur
ner, the daughter of the house. The
proud father had resented this atten
tion from a man he considered his in
ferior and had driven the young man
from his house. In the investigation j
of the murder it was shown that Gil
ligan did not cease his attentions to
thc giri, but mot her many times se
cretly. Ho was on the Turner planta
tion the day of the tragedy, and' had
borrowed a gun.
Though the exact circumstances of
Turner's death had never been defi
nitely disclosed, it was believed that
the father returned home and found
his daughter and the young maa to
gether, sad that Gilligan, fcuriug MU
attack, shot him.
Gilligan would have hanged if the
jury had not believed that the murder
wat? not deliberately planned. As it
was he waa convicted of manslaughter
and sentenced to a long term in prison,
whioh has just been ended by his
death from disease.
The young woman, who is said to
be pretty and accomplished, was mar
ried not lon* ago and is now residing
in Richmond. _
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Juat to see the boys scram
legitimate and irresistible?
We throw out a few samples of what w
trading line. Some of them, you will <
season, but geewhiz ! notice the price ?
20 Backs Bliss, Triumph*, aad oil
82.50- pei Sack, former price &&25.
Deon & KatliflVa Fancy Patent ?
Bean's Patent Flour, wosfih $4.25,
Bally-good Plantation Molasses tc
25 pieces pieces Cotton and Wool
worth 25 per cent more than this.
One Car Ti unka, ranging in price
$4x50 for the finest Traveling Trunk oi
We swre always S
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Our prices are always low*
v; The Busj
Holds Breath Til! Dead.
London, Ontario, April. 25.-John
Myklohurst, a Norwegian, committed
soioide at Mill Hoad Infirmary, Liv*
erpool, in a manner which constitutes
a record in the annals of self-destruc
It was stated at the inquest that he
was rowOiOu to thc infirmary in con
sequence of his str?nge manner? and
that while there he asked for a revol*
ver to shoot himself. This being re
fused he deolined food, and subse
quently held his breath until he rup
tured his lungs and died.
It has hitheri j been, held that no
one has ever committed suicide by
holding the broath. This opinion '
was based on the ground that the ex
cess of carbonic acid circulating in the
blood caused by the deprivation of air
stimulated the nerves of respiration
to suoh an extent that no effort of the
will could prevail over the act of
How John Myklehuret was able to
prevent'air entering his longs needs
explanation. The "rupture of the
lungs" was probably nothing more
than the breaking of some of. the
smaller blood vessels.
This would suggest that the hold
ing of the breath'was not a mere still
ing of the ribs and diaphragm, which
acts ss bellows. On the contrary,
the rupture points to having acted
vigorously, bnt without being able to
overcome an obstruction in the wind
John Myklehurst, being insane,
was possibly seised with a paralysis
of the larynx, or voice box, the result
perhaps of auto-suggestion.
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ble to pick up a few genuine,
re propose to do this- Spring In the
see, are to close out because of the late
ber varieties Seed' Irish Potatoes at
'lour, worth 85.00* our price 84,25.
wo ask ody 84.00'.
? go at 16o in barrel lots.
Jeana ranging in, price from 8o to 26c,
from 98c for a Zino Covered Trunk to
ii the market.
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ve us "aur business 0117
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?st ?nd our Goods aro the beat.
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We have about Twenty Exce^ns
?n perfect w??iiion, beiier goode than many of the vheap
M new onea, at 825.00 up.
New ones/euch as-.
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\ ' ANDERSON, 8. C., October 8,1902.
Wo proposo pulling trade our way this Fall, sud have made prices otfj
good, reliable, honest Gooda that will certainly bring it
We have the strongest line of rhea's, Worues'S ?w Children'sSSCI?
we have ever shown, and have them, marked down so low that every pair ul
great value. We have another big lot of-Sample Shoes that we throw ca
the market at factory prices. Come quiote while we: have your size.
We are money-savers on GROCERIES. Bess Patent Flour ?4.50 pei
barrel. Best Half Patent Flour $4.00. Extra Good Flour 83.75.
COFFEE, SUGAR, LARD, BACOf*, BRAJT, CORN and OJ
always in stock, just a little cheaper than th? market prices.
We are strictly in for business and want your traded Try us and
wiU stick to us. . j Your truly,
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-- ALSO, -
LQT OF WAGONS,
That we want to sell at once. We keep a large stock 'cf
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, The finest, light draft
In the world. Come and see it
f Yours in earnest,
Two Cars Fine Tenn s BB et*Valley /
You run no risk in feeding this to your stoc?.
Will also make the very finest meal.
HQr Come quick before it is all gone.
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A man thinks U ia when the matter <
inirarance suggests iteelf-vbut eirene
eas bf late .b??T? ?iowa how life hang;
thread when war, flood, hurricane and
suddenly overtakes you, and the onI;j
to be sure that your family , ifi ?rot
case ?f calamity overtaking you *
BOX* in a eo?d Company like^
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