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ESTABLISHED IN 18(
A SYMPATHETIC JURY.
A BARNWELL JURY ACQUITS MISS
CONNELLY OF MURDER.
The Prisoner a Very Hamlnomo "Woman?
The Testimony for the State Complete,
but Has bo Effect Upon the Jury?The
Verdict a Cause of General Kejolclng.
., Babnwejlx C. Hm July 14,?The
Court house at this place never perhaps
m all its history held so large an assem
blage as that which gathered here to-day
to witness the proceedings in the case of
the State against Miss Emma R. Con
nelly, who was arraigned yesterday for
the murder of John Steedly, on the 4th
of July, at Hunter's Chapel. The fact
is that the nature of tbe case was one
that would almost inevitably attract an
unusual degree of public attention, and
mainly for two reasons; First, the rarity
of the commission of homicide by a
woman, and second, because it was
understood that the developments oi the
case would bring out some revelations
that would amount to a social sensation.
There was, too, something peculiarly
sad and tragic in the circumstances that
led up to the affair in the quiet Sunday
school room of Hunter's Chapel on the
morning of the killing. Mr. Steedly,
the murdered man, was a lifelong friend,
an admirer, a lover of Miss Connelly.
In iact they had been engaged to be
married when untoward events sent the
accepted lover to hi? grave. Just what
was the character and quality of the
causes of the estrangement and separa
tion by death of the two can never be
Drought out under the rules governiug
the introducton of testimony in trials for
Those who came to the Court-house
to-day expecting to hear Miss Connelly
tell her story?as a great many people
believed it?were sadly disappointed.
But the tremendous crowd staid from
the beginning to the end of the evidence
waiting to hear or to derive even by im
plication what was the true cause of the
homicide or murder, as it is variously
termed. In the crowd within the Court
house were, of course, the friends of the
deceased and of the prisoner at the bar.
Much has been said and little has
been written of the imperturbable cool
ness of Miss Connelly at, during and
after the bloody scene at the church.
Her bearing in that respect lias not been
m the slightest degree exaggerated. It
is doubtful, indeed, if the records of the
Crimiual Courts could produce anything
that could surpass the incomparable
sang froid of the prisoner as she sat,
surrounded by her lawyers and her im
mediate relatives, in tbe Court-room.
She was arraigned yesterday.. Ordinari
ly this is a terrible ordeal, and in the
case "of Miss Connelly it woiild lmve*
been a severe test to conceal any emotion,
if it existed. But those who watched
her intently, almost with painlul atten
tion, aver that there was not the slight
est trace of feeling exhibited during tbe
reading of the indictment charging her
with the deliberate murder of her old
friend, cousin and sweetheart. However
that may be, she was as cool and as
calm this morning as if her convictions
were strong to the effect that her action j
and "her story when told would carry
With them her complete vindication be
fbre the Court and the public and the
Miss Connelly came into Court this
morning at half past 9 o'clock accom
C'ed by her father, brother and her
sisters. She did not occupy the
:, but was sh^wn to a s'eat immedi
ately in front of the railing and to the
left of her attorneys.
Miss Connelly is a tall, fine-looking
brunette about, twenty-one or twenty
two years of age. Her hair is dark and
glossy, and is worn low down od a
smooth and intellectual forehead. Her
eyes are brown and lustrous, with long
droopiDg lashes; her face somewhat
round and full, but exquisitely propor
tioned, and her complexion is ordinarily
pale, but was to-day slightlv flushed
from the oppressive ?tniospbere of the
Court-room. She was attired in a well
fitting white pique dress, trimmed with
lace, and a high lace collar with gold
ornament. Her hat was of yellow
straw, trimmed with cream satin rib- j
bons and decorated with ostrich tips.
A ''beauty" veil and and black lace
mits completed her costume. In her
lap was lyiug a small hand-satchel, and
she bad in her hand never laying it aside,
a fan which she from time to time used
with "the semblance at least of utter
unconsciousness. She was subject, of I
course, to the gaze of ueasly every per
son m the Court-room, but she sat en- j
tircly unmoved throughout the trial.
The case was tried before Judge Wal- j
lace, Judge Aldrich sitting with, the I
presiding officer during the greater part j
ot the proceedings. For Miss Connelly
appeared Messrs. Skinner & Williams", j
the Slate being represented by Solicitor !
Murphy, who was assisted by Messrs.
James E. Davis and W. If . Kelly.
There was but little difficulty in the
selection of njury. There were thirteen j
objections by the defence and two by'
the state. The jury when empanelled
was constituted as follows, all the jury- \
men being white men: W. T. Beard.
Foreman, II. I\. (iillau .7. W. Bates. I
L. J. Uartzog. M. S. Yarn. G, W. Fail, j
s. B. Creech, J. F. Falkcusleiu. J, M. I
Brcland, <L C. Best. Win. Fail, J. II.
The Slate introduced several eye wit
uecsses of the shooting to prove the I
murder, and the defence several wit
nesses io prove the good character of the
prisoner which was all the testimony I
taken. After the establishment of Miss
Connelly's good character she was put j
upon the stand.
Every ear was strained to hear what
she might have to say, and every eye
was lixed intently upon her. Her color I
was perhaps just a "little heightened by J
the peculiarity ot her position, but other
wise she was. as heretofore, quiet, calm. I
.Col M Glover Ja? 1. '?u*
(lelil)eratc and unruffled. There was
not the slilghest indication of tremor of
a lip or the drooping of a glance. She
looked strait an fearlessly out with
confidence, and what little she had to
say with a miriinium of embarrassment.
Her evidence was a great disappoint
ment to the crowd in the Court-house.
All that her lawyers intended her to say
was ruled out by the Court. The object
of the defence was evidently to get Miss
Connelly to testify to the contents of
certain letters said to have been written
by Steedly, but the soliciter objected to
this mode of procedure. . On the con
tents of these letters Miss Connelly ex
pected apparently to base her vindica
tion. The letters, however, were not
admissible, and Miss Connelly's defence
may be summed up iu the first few ques
tions and answers in her evidence as,
Q. uYou are charged with going to
Hunter's.Church on Sunday, July 4, and
shooting Mr. John A. Steedly?that is
the charge against you. Will you tell
the Courtrand jury why you did so, and
why you went there ?"
A. "Bceause he slandered me."
Q. "Had you known of his slandering
you before that morning*?"
A. "Yes, sir."
Q. "How did you derive that knowl
A. "Well, I saw some letters that he
Q. "Didyou see those letters before
that Sunday morning?"
A. "Yes, sir."
Q. "How long before?"
A. "I saw them on the Friday before."
Q. "Who showed you the letter?"
A. "My brother Thomas."
Q. "Who was the letter written
The Solicitor: "1 object."
Cj. "What were your relations with
Steediy. Were you engaged to him ?"
A. "Yes. sir."
Q. "When you heard about these
slanders what did you do?"
A. "I gave him back his ring."
Q. "Youdiscarded him?"
A. "Yes, sir."
Q. "Did he subsequently make any
application or effort to be restored to
you again ?"
A. "Yes, sir."
And that was the whole substance of
the prisoner's testimony. She never
was allowed to go beyond the statement
that she saw a letter and that the shoot
ing was its direct result.
Mr. Thomas Connelly was then put
up and proved that he had shown his
sister a letter on the Friday before the
killing; and had some conversation with
her about it.
J. B. Hunter was then recalled to
show the good faith of Miss Connelly in
not endeavoring to escape from a trial.
Mr . D .J.'Rowe and Sheriff Peoples were
also put up for the same purpose, which,
the prosecution having nothing in reply,
closed tho evidence in the case.
Mr. Williams, for the defence, stated
that he would be glad if the Court would
adjourn and allow him time to collect
authorities to show that the letters, &c.
which he had attempted to introduce
were fairly admissible as a part of the
evidence. Judge Wallace said that he
had already ruled on that point, and
that if he had been in error the defence
would have their proper remedy by ap
Immediately thereafter Mr. James E.
Davis opened the case for the State to
the jury. He was follwcd by Mr. Skin
ner for the defence, who was succeeded
by Mr. Wilhams. The closing argu
ment in the case was made by Solicitor
Murphy, after which Judge Wallace
delivered a short but concise charge on
the various degrees of homicide. The
case was niven to the jury at about 4
For some reason that did not appear
on the face of the testimony the general
feeling was that the defendant would be
acquitted. The jury remained in their
room only twenty-five minutes and came
out, having agreed upon a verdict ot
"Not guilty." The announcement was
received with a murmer of subdued ap
plause, immediately after which and
upon the discharge of the .jury Miss
Connelly received a popular ovation.
The crowd that was ia the rear of the
Court-room rushed through the railing
gates and over the railing itself and in a
few minutes the late prisoner was com
pletely surrounded and hidden from view.
It was a kind of a public reception,
i She was engaged iu receiving congrat
j illations ami handshaking for fully live
minutes. It was plain that the major
: ity in the Court-room sympathized with
: her from the opening of the trial. Once
j only throghout the day she lost her self
; possesion. The crowd was so dense that
she was obliged to retire through the
.Judge's room. Judge Wallace was iu his
scat. As she was about to pass she stop
ped and hesitated. Then blushing she im
pulsively stretched out her hand, which,
the Judge receiving, shook cordially,
and she passed out. and that was the
end of the Hunter's Chapel tragedy.
Mr. Williams made for her a splendid
defence. During Ins remarkably clear
and logical argument he regretted that
there were not many sueh women in
South Carolina. The sentiment struck
the keynote of the audience which broke
out into applause, which was promptly
checked by the Court.
Wrong Muh Lynche?!.
Sometime last year, near Jacksonville,
ill., a man named Fred Holler was ar
rested on the charge of slabbing Mrs.
William Mclaughlin und her sister so.
severely that they nearly lust their lives.
A party of disguised men broke open
the jail and shot Hollar through the nh
doman. Before Hollar died ho insisted
that lie did not commit the deed. Win.
Mc Laughlin, who had descried bis wife,
died recently in a Western State, con
fessing in bis last moments that be was
the author of the crime for which Hollar
lost his life.
Read the advertisements in this issue.
RANGEBUKG-, S. C, TH
A COUNCIL OF FARMERS.
What the Greenville County Farmers did
The farmers of the county met in
convention yesterday and did their work
promptly and well. M. L. Donaldson
was elected president and Dr. M. L.
West and Ii. A. Few secretaries. There
were 57 delegates present from the
various county clubs. Tbe work of the
convention was disposed of in a business
like way and with harmony, which shows
that the farmers are earnest and sincere
and mean what they say. The impor
tant resolutions adopted are the follow
Whereas, our annual taxes are a
grievous burthen, more oppressive and
more difficult to pay than at any times
within our memory, and whereas the
resources of the farmers to meet their
laxes are derived from the sale of their
products, and as the present, and pros
pective prices of these are lower now
than at any time within the last quarter
of a century. The necessity for relief
therefore is not at a stand still, but Is
moving upon us with increasing urgency:
There tore resolved,
1st. That the legislature being the
chauocl through which relief is to come
we ought to vote for no one who is not
thoroughly pledged to retrench when- j
2d. That the salaries' and fees of all
public offices, State and county ought
to be reduced. At tbe time these salaries
were fixed the cost of living was nearly
twice as great as now. The proceeds
of the labor of tbe farmer and artisan
out of which these salaries are to be
met arc little more than half of what
they were then. A feeling of oppres
sion and a sense of justice alike demand
a readjustment at the hands of the
3d. That all appropriations for the
canal at Columbia be at once suspend
ed. Without passing upon the .inex
pediency of the nndertaking, we here
assert that this is not the proper time
to prosecute it.
4th. That the South Carolina college j
ought to be conducted on the strictest
principles of economy, that tuition fees
ought to be charged and the appropria
tions reduced to this extent at least, and
that all proper aid to the department of
agriculture in said institution to develope
its highest usefulness ought to be
5th. That we are opposed to any
more appropriotions for the continuance
of the Citadel academy in Charleston.
Everything that is taught there is. or
may be, taught in tbe South Carolina
college except military tactics. Time
of emergency develop and bring forward
the, right men, irrespective of military
training, as shown in the lale.war be
tween the States. ? *?
6th. That the provisions of the law
in relation to the assessment of property
are inadequate and have failed to reacli
a large per cent, of invisible property,
such as notes, mortgages and money.
If the taxes ou all the invisible property
in the State could be secured it would
reduce materially the rate per cent, of
7th. That the legislature should at
once pass such measures as will recover
the past due taxes on forfeited land, and
see to it that such properties arc so dis
posed of as, in future, to bear their just
share of the burthens of governmcn.
8th. That our system of county
government needs revision. It is by
tar too expensive, it needs simplifica
tion and if there exists any impediments
in the constitution to effecting the de
sired changes they ought to be removed
by proper amendments as soon ? as |
9th. That in voting for State and
county oflicers we shall discriminate
ngaiust no class or profession. We
shall vote only for persons in bond with
our political sentiments, giving prefer
ence to those, in our judgement, having
the highest capacity to serve.
Mr. W. J. McCain offered the follow
ing which was unanimously adopted:
Resolved, That this convention de
I clarcs iu favor of a primary election for
j Governor, Lieutenant Governor and all
I other State officers, and also for Con- j
grcssmen, and to this end we recom
mend that the Democratic county con
! vention urge the adoption of the prim
j ary plan for the selection of candidates
j for the said offices by instructing its J
j delegates to the State convention to
! securc this result if possible.
A. M. IIowcll offered the following
which was also unanimously adopted : J
Resolved, That it is the duty of every I
: fanner as well of that of every good
j citizen to put himself to thinking and
I thus lend his individual aid in formulal
I ing opinions and suggestions, and to
j thus help the convention which meets
: in N'ovember to present practical and I
' tangible questions to the law-making
Considerable discussion occurred over
'the subject of the assessment ofpro
; pcrtv. Ill this Esq. Meliee, Auditor
Smith and County Commissioner!
1 Anderson entered with others, the re
sult of their debates showing that there j
j is a vast amount of property in the1
State that does not bear its share of the
burden of taxation, and also that there
is ;i liiise idea that a man must pay
taxes on what he owes.
At the close of the convention. Col.
IL W. Anderson introduced the follow
ing ''State ticket." which was unani
mously adopted amid applause:
on: STAXUAKU UKAKEKS.
For Congress?Grain and grasses.
For Governor?Diversified crops.
For Lieutenant Governor?Home
raised stock and supplies.
For Secretary of Slate?Domestic
For Attorney General?Economy and
For Comptroller General?Freedom
For Stale Superintendent of Educa
tion?Happiness at home.
?KSDAY, JULY 22, 18S
1 AN UNGRATEFUL SON.
A SERIOUS ROW IN A MINISTER'S
The Kev Dr. Meynardie Fired unon Sever
al Time* by hin Son, Who In Arrested
"and Lodged in Jail?A Singular State
ment by the Prinoner.
The residents of the city in the neigh
borhood of the corner of Calhoun and
Pitt streets were startled early yester
day morning by the reports of several
pistol shots in rapid succession. It was
impossible, however, owing to the fact
that no official investigation was made
at that early hour, and also for the rea
son that the disturbance took place iu
the private residence of the Kev. Dr.
Meynardie, to obtain sufficiently accu
rate information to warent its publica
Mr. C. W. Meynardie was arrested
early yesterday morning and taken to
the Main Stationhouse. The informa
tion on which the arrest was made was
given by Dr. E. J. Meynardie, his fath
er, and the Rev. J. S. Meynardie, his
brother. The charge was assault and
battery with intent to kill. Mr. C. W.
Meynardie appeared before the Recorder
yesterday morning at 9 o'clock. He
was in a fearful state of agitation, and
just before being taken belore the Re
corder, was pacing up and down the
corridor, muttering threats of vengeuce
against his father and brother, especially
the latter. He was particularly excited
when he faced the Recorder, but was
uot allowed to make a statement, inas
much as the case was one beyond the
jurisdiction ot the Court. He was there
fore, turned over to Trial Justice Glea
son, by whom a temporary disposition
of the case was made.
Mr. Meynardie asked the Reporter
for the News and Courier, who was in
the UouffProom, to accompany him to
the Court of Justice Gleason. Mr. Mey
nardie, as it was afterwards ascertained,
was suffering from the effects of an op
late, but talked very connectedly and
rationally. He desired, he said, to have
his connection with the affair cleared up.
and die requested that the Reporter
should make his statement to the pub
lic. He said: Yesterday morning after
all the trouble in the house any father
came to my door. I had no intention of
shooting him, because if I had so iutend
ed I would not have shot al I round him
as I did. I was under the influence of
opium, and I scarcely knew what I was
doing. But I.'m glad it wasn't ray
brother who came to the door. I would
have shot him down in his tracks. But
the jjjgward, as he is, kept out of the
way^'T say he is a coward, and I'll tell
you .why. After It was all over and I
en up I, went over to a barroom.
HetbTzndbut where"! had gone and that
I had no pistol, having given it up at
the bar. He then came out with a pistol
iu his hand and presented it full in iny
face. 'Blaze away, }-ou coward,' I said
'shoot if you dare.' But he didn't dare,
and called for a policeman and had me
arrested and taken to the Guard-house,
where you found me this mornmg. I
want you distinctly to state that what
ever I have said about my father is strict
Soon alter making this statement Mr.
Meynardie sent for an attorney, with
whom he had a confidential conference.
About 12 o'clock, at the instance of his
baother, he was required to give a peace
bond. Failing, however, to get security
lie was committed to Jail in default of
bond. Ii is understood, of course, that
the statements given above arc taken
from Mr. C. W. Meynardie himself. His
life, unfortunately, has been a reckless
one. and there is no room to doubt that
he is, at this time, so much under tiic
Influence of opiates aud strong drink as
to be unaccountable for his words, and,
it is hoped in a large measure for his
actions. This will explain the reckless
way in which, without any shadow of
reason, he criticises and condemns those
who are nearest to him.
It should be mentioned, also, that the
account given by Mr. Meynardie's
brother of their encounter in King street
is totally different from that given by
the accused. The truth about it ap
pears to be that the Rev. J. S. Meynar
die met his brother in King street iu
the morning, and, to prevent him from
making any further trouble, took posses
sion of him and gave him in charge.
Iiis father. Dr. Meynardie, who en
joys the utmost respect of the com
j munity, has been gentle and considerate
j with him, almost to a fault, and has
i only reproved him where iL was urgent
ly necessary. It is a sad thing that one
I who, like Mr. C. W. Meynardie. bad so
fair a promise hi the world should allow
himself' to be brought into disrepute, and
especially by attacks upon those who
have the right to bis first and utmost
love and respect. ?News and Courier.
Mules Killed by Lightning.
At the King's Mountain ifold mine,
two miles from King's Mountain station,
last Saturday, occurcd a singular freak
of lightning mid one thai was bad on
mules. Two wagons were standing at
the mines and two nudes were bitched to
each wagon, one wagon being in charge
of a white man. and the other in charge
of a colored man. The wagons were
close logetiicr. one just behind the other,
when the bolt, came, and two mules,
one from each team fell dead.in harness.
The two men were knocked senseless,
bul, were no; fatally burl. The survi
ving mules were apparently entirely
I tar It Is N Willing.
While Captain 15. K. Tillman says he
is not a candidate, he has written this to
the Kdgclield Advertiser, which goes to
show that Barkis is willin' "If the peo
ple of Edgclicld should ask mo to serve
them. I would consider it an honor to do
so to the best of my ability: but 1 m<>st
respectfully decline to seek office of anv
Prohibition begins to prohibit iu At
lanta. The closed doors of the Big
Bonanza saloon bear testimony to this.
Saturday the proprietors were arrested
on the charge of illegal selling. They
riled a bill and got a tempor?r}* restrain
ing order enjoining the city from enforc
ing its ordinance until the case could be
heard. Argument on the bill was heard
before Judge Clark, yesterday, who held
that selling liquor by the quart and
furnishing glasses that it might be
v'rank at the bar was selling by retail,
dissolved the injunction and allowed
the city to proceed in enforcing its laws.
This meant '"close up," and the pro
prietors of the Big Bonanza shut their
doors. The Kimball House bar case
will come up oa Saturday, and their at
torneys claim that the decision will.not
effect it, as they have not allowed any
drinking on their premises for several
days, selling only by the quart., A
case was made against the Atlanta
Brewing Conwany for selling beer to
customers in the citv. This will be the
inauguration of loug litigation', which will
extend to the Supreme* Court of the
Work of Incessant Main.
Raleigh, X. C. July 14.?The raius
in nearly all parts of North Carolina
continue, as they have for over a month
past. The damage is in many cases
irreparable. June was marked by such
a rainfall as was never before known
west of the Blue Ridge. Rain has fallen
for six weeks. The news from Pender
county is that for a fortnight past rains
have swollen the streams as to flood
great tracts of country. It is the great
est flood since 1867. The larmers on the
Cape Fear river have lost all their crops,
and many have been forced to leave their
homes on account of the flood. Many
turpentine distilleries are under water,
and stores and dwellings are deserted.
The loss amounts to many thousaud
dollars, and there is said to be some
suffering. All the low land crop in the
State arc injured, and only in a few sec
tions, on the stiff uplands, is there a
prospect of any sort of a crop. The
damage in mauy sections is well nigh
total, and in others from one-quarter to
The Champion Crank.
Nicholas Peterson, the champion
crank of the season, has started again
for Europe in a row-boat. He has tried
it several times before, but has always
failed to get more than a mile or two be
fore capsizing. He started from Long
Branch last Thursday and was fished
jD?t nearly drowned clinging to his up
turned boat, after he had been soaking
in the briny waves for hours. He re
turned to New York on Saturday not a
whit discouraged, though he concealed
bis purpose of making another start *at
once, and promised to report for work
at the stables where he is employed,
Tuesday morning. When he failed to
appear a search was instituted, which
showed that he had set out once more
across the sea. Peterson is a Swede
about forty-five years old with blue
eyes and sandy hair, whiskers and
Don't Handle Snakes.
Wm. Reid, while bathing in Flat
creek, near Shclbyvillc. Tennessee, a
few weeks ago, began to feel around
under the rocks for fish. He caught
what he thought was a fish, but upon
drawing it to the surface fouud it to be
a large water moccasiu. The snake bit
Reid on the thumb, but it was killed,
nothing being thought of it till a few
days ago, when' Reid's hand began to
swell. He became delirious and wanted
to bite everyone who came near his bed.
It required the combined strength of
several men to confine him to the bed.
Several physicians were called in and
all their efforts seemed fruitless. The
s>mptoms were similar to hydrophobia.
The constant attendance and skill of
his physicians, however, pulled him
through, and he is now getting well.
a Talc of Horror.
Near Jackson, Ohio, a band of Turks
with trained bears, women and children
were camping. A few days ago a young
woman with a lbur-wceks-old babe was
sent out to beg food. Enraged at her
ill-success the men took the child from
its mother and threw it to the bears,
who devoured it quickly. The screams
of the woman brought farmers, to whom
she told the story. They threatened
j the men, who explained that the babe
I was dead when they threw it to the
bears. Their story was not credited,
! as some of tP farmers present bad seen
: the babe an hour before alive and well.
! Later an effort was made to capture the
: brutal Turks, but they had lied, bcat
| ing the mother to make her go along. I
. The affair has created a sensation, and j
if the Turks arc found they will be i
a Georgia Tragedy. i
At Cartersvillc, (Ja., on Saturday:
night Bryant Strickland, a respected i
colored citizen, made an attack on a
young lawyer named Johnson. In sep
arating them City Marshal William
Puckclthad la ine his bill}*on Strickland.
: The latter threiitcned 'to kill Puckctl '
on sigh land meeting on Sunday, the two
drew their revolvers anil lin d almost
simultaneously. Strickland was killed.
The congregation poured from the church
and great excitement prevailed. The,
difficulty originated about the arrest of
Tobe Jackson the dynamiter.
Ckxtkai.ia, Ii.i... July 14.?The
continued drought and failure of the
wheat crop which has occurred for scv- i
eral year.-, in succession and the unptc
ccdcntcd ravages of the chinch bug. '
haye induced many of the farmers to
I form themselves in a colony for the
purpose of removing iu a body to Oregon.
Forty families have organized at Walnut
Hills with a President and Secretary!
and are corresponding with, the railroads
' for cheap rates.
3 $1.50 PER ANNUM.
A HOT DAY IN THE CAPITOL
BOTH BRANCHES OF CONGRESS IN A
Two 91 ember* of the Hou.se have a Set-to
with Kpithet? und FlntH?The Hoiote in an
Uproar?Senntor Logan Berate? .Senator
Washington, July 16.?Congress
was in a fighting humor to-day. There
were three lively encounters in the
House and one In the Senate. The
most sensational incident of the session
was the knock-down and bloody nose fight
between Representatives Cobb, Indiana,
and Laird, of Xewbraska, in the lobby
behind the speaker's chair. Ill feeling
has existed between these men for some
time, growing out of charges of fraud in
connection wifli land grants made by
Cobb against Laird in open session sev
eral days ago. To-day the two men
met on the Republican side ot the House
and the lie was passed. They started
out ot the hall to settle their difficulties
in the cellar, but were intercepted on
their way down-stairs by mutual friends.
The controversy was reuewed and Laird
called Cobb a "D-old liar." Cobb
retorted with "You're a perjured
?i-." Whereupon Laird struck
from the shoulder and planted his first on
Cobb's upper lip, breaking the skin and
drawing blood. Friends separated the
combatants before another blow could
be struck, and hostilities arc suspeuded
for the present at least.
The second scene in the House was
occasioned by a peculiar ruling of Mr.
Mills, of Texas, temporarily occupying
the Speaker's chair during the considera
tion ot a pension bill veto. The Repub
licans claimed the right to be heard, but
Mills ruled otherwise, and for several rain
utes Democrats and Republicans were
all on their feet at once, shouting and
yelling like madmen. It was the wild
est scene of confusion witnessed in Con
gress this session. Finally explanations
were made, Mr. Mills acknowledged his
error and buisness proceeded.
The next struggle occurred over the
pension case of Joseph Romiser, of Mary
land, which the President vetoed. The
pension committee reported unanimously
in favor of passing the bill over the
President's veto. From the facts sta
ted it appears that the bill was vetoed
because the President was not furnished
with all the evidence in the case. After
a lively discussion the bill was passed
over the veto by more than the necessa
ry two-thirds. It is understood that
Mr. Morrison says that he will not al
low any further votes on the pension
bills which have been vetoed.
The row iu the Senate occured be
tween Senators Edmunds and Logan
over the river and harbor bill. Senator
Edmunds had attacked the bill from
the beginning, . and has attempted to
ridicule nearly ail its provisions. Sena*
tor Logan, who sits next to Senator Ed
munds, is friendly to the bill. Growing
tired of Senator Edmuuds's criticisms
on the bill and the persons who favored
it, Senator Logan sailed into the Ver
mont Senator without gloves. He re
ferred in language more emphatic than
elegant to Senator Edmund's attacks
upon the bill and the people in the va
rious States, and concluded by scying,
"Xo great man would do it." As these
words were uttered in a loud voice and
directed at Senator Edmunds, it was
expected that the later would reply.
He did not care to lock horns with
Rlack Jack to-day, but with a great
cllbrt swallowed a large chunk of hum
ble pic.?Xcws and Courier.
Skipped to Canada.
Chicago, III., July 15.?A special
from Omaha says: The Dundy County
Hank of Benjamin. Xeb., failed yester
day. Heizer, the President, skipped to
Canada, and took with him about
* 100,000 in funds and securities. The
buisness men and farmers felt the loss
greatly, as many have lost the last dol
lar they had on earth. Several farmers
bad their little all in the bank, aud were
to prove up to-day. Many will have to
abandon their claims. The greatest
excitement prevails. Rclzer bad trans
ferred all his available property to his
wife bciorc leaving. Many Eastern
banks and firms lose heavily.
Fourteen Sailors J>rowne?l.
Chicago, July 10.?A special from
Halifax says. "Nineteen men of the
British war ship Gosshawk went ashore
at Port Royal, Jamaica, on the 27th lilt.,
and while there a storm arose. They
attempted to return to the ship in the
storm, and on ncanng the vessel their
boat capsized. Next morning three ot
the sailors were found on the bottom of
the boat drifting toward Port Henderson
and two on one of the Royal Navy buoys
in Port Koyal harbor to which they bad
swung. The other fourteen were drown
ltcndy to Help.
The News and Courier says "there
aie sinister rumors about political com
binations which have us llicir object the
nomination of particular persons as can
didates for tbu principal state offices."
II reference is had to the coup d'etat
now secretly meditated and contempla
ted in Charleston by the adherents oi
Mr. Williams Ashmcad Courtenay,
the News and Courier can rely oil the
People lo smash the slate on which his
name is written ?"above the rest."
a Strange Monster.
A curious freak of nature was on ex
hibition at the stable.- of Messrs. W. R.
I >oty ?X Co. on Thursday. 11 was a pig.
born with all its parts fully developed
except its head. Iu the centre of the
head was one large'eye. and just below
it was a snout, resembling very much
the trunk of an elephant. His needless
to say that it was dead, und was viewed
by larirc crowds during the whole day.?
Whmsboro News aud Herald.
One Dollar and Fifty Cents will .-c
cure this paper a whole year.