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BOT'S BODY FOUND
Where He Was Murdered Weeks
Ago by Strange Negro.
STILL NO TEACE OF THE NEGRO.
Two Hunters Discover Badly De
composed Remains as One
of Them, by Chance,
Jumps a Ditch.
The Columbia State of Wednesday
says the body of 16-year-old Stephen
Howell who so mysteriously disappear
ed after a trip into the country in
company with a strange negro after
Christmas holly and who was believed
to have been murdered by this negro,
was found Tuesday Jan. 12, by two
hunters. The corpse was lying face
down in a ditch near a stream in a
thick, and dark and dismal piece of
wood far from any public highway on
the Suber place, three miles southeast
of the city. It was in this direction
the boy was last seen in company
with the negro in a wagon belonging |
to Fhilip Epstin, who had hired the
two to go out on this errand, which
proved the last for the boy and the I
beginning of a tragic and grief-laden
chapter which is burned into the
mind of his poor old mother.
The body lies in Van Metre's mor
gue awaiting an inquest which will
be held by the coroner Wednesday.
It will be carried to bis former home
at Killians Thursday for burial.
discovery by merest chance
The case would still be as deep and
perplexing a mystery today but for
chance which induced one cf the hun
ters to jump across the little ditch
where the body was lyiDg, this act re
sulting in the discovery. The body
lay face downward, head up stream
and was in a badly decomposed state.
The face was lying in about two inch
es of water, the overflow from a near
by small braoch, and a clot of leaves
bad been washed up against the side
of the face. The axe, which the ne
gro failed to return with the wagon on
the afternoon of the disappearance
when be reported to Mrs. Epstin that
Stephen had jumped off the wagon to
go home on Assembly street, was
found leaning against a tree about
?ve steps off. There was not a trace
of blood on either the blade or the
handle; the blade was rusty and the
print left in the earth when'it was
lifted showed that it had passed
through several rains as it stood there
these three weeks, a mute witness un
able to lie in its terrible evidence of
one of the most brutal, cruel and horri
ble murders this county has yet wit
nessed. Its silent testimony is corrob
orated by a brutal indentation in the
left side of the victim's head. Blood
was even Tuesday oozing out of the
still no trace of negro.
Not a trace has been found by
either the county or city officers of
eijther the person or the Dame of the
mysterious negro, whose cool villainy
allowed him not only to return almost
through the quarters of the police
within perhaps an hour after be bad
slain young Howell and turn in the
team and go back to his employer
twice that same afternoon after a le v
cents due him, but to return again
two days later, on Wedesday, and seel:
to collect fron Epstin at the latter's
store in the same street and almost
within hailing distance of police head
quarters. And there is precious small
chance of any valuable light being shed
on this end of the mystery at the in
rain iiad obliterated tracks.
The find was promptly reported in
person by the hunters to the sheriff's
office, and the sheriff led by the hunt
ers and accompanied by Coroner Green
and bis deputy, Bob Baugbman, hur
ried to the scene. The sheriff was the
first officer to reach the scene and he
was soon afterward followed by the
boy's father, John Howell, who was
accompanied by his eldest son, Charlie.
The relatives had been informed from
police headquarters, which received
the news from Policeman Jones, who
was informed of the find while on duty
at the union station. They found con
ditions as described above. The rains
had unfortunately obliterated all tell
tale tracks, aod it may never be known
whether the murder was committed
on the spot where the body was found
or whether the death-blow was dealt
in the open and Hie murderer carried
his victim's body at the risk of being
seen at any moment until lie found
this lonely spot. However, all this,
important as it ought to be, may be
of little consequence after all, as tbere
is slim chance of the murderer being
run to justice.
.mother's heart pictured murder.
Mrs. Howell saw a reporter at her
home in Assembly street last night,
but was unable to talk only in a dis
connected way, a sob intervening al
most between every word as she sat
in a rocking chair in a cold and dimly
lighted room with some ten men and
women sympathizers gathered around
trying to comfort her, the rythmic
motions of the chair punctuating the
expressions of her mother's grief.
"People kept coming to me every
day," she sobbed, "to tell me that
Stephen must be well and all right
and that the negro could not have
murdered him in the circumstances,
but my mother's heart could not lis
ten to them in belief. I knew that my
poor boy had been cruelly murdered.
I knew that there is no accounting for
what kind of an awful crime a negro
will commit. And now it has all
come true as I have been seeing it all
The police have of course interested
themselves in the case and have faith
fully gone through the routine pro
cedure they adopt in an instance of
its general character, but they have
never been able to generate anything
like enthusiasm, believing as they
have all along that there was no rea
son to fear that violence had been
done. Even yesterday they discredit
i ed the first reports that came in ol
' the find in t!1 ?? ? tr?? manner they have
discredited ih< ! tuy rumors that
gained circu'.at i i im time to time
some strange features.
The case has been characterized by
many wierdiy si range features, which
have been fdllj portrayed in several
articles published in The State from
time to time since the disappearance.
Following are extracts from The
State's first report of the disappear
"A queer and perplexing mystery
enshrouds the disappearance last Mon
day afternoon out on the Garner's
Ferry road of young Stephen Howell.
His relatives have been conducting a
most diiligent. thorough and painstak
ing as well as painful and anxious
search for the boy since early Tues
day mornig. They have worked out
every plausible theory or suggestion
to its logical conclusion, and the
police have been at work on the case,
but the only tangible reward for these
efforts is that Howell was last seen on
Monday afternoon about 12. :i0 or 1
o'clock by a relative who recognized
him and saluted him. This was on
the Garner's Ferry road near the
Hardin street crossing.'
"The team started out into the
country about noon Monday. Mrs.
Epstin says that the negro returned
with the wagon at about 3.30 and
came back about 6 o'clock to collect
for his services. When she asked
after Howell the negro told her that
the white boy had jumped off at
Assembly street, saying he /vas going
borne and asking him (the negro) to
drive the team to Mr. Epstin's. No
further trace can be found of the
negro, who seems to be a stranger in
Columbia. He was piched up Monday
muiutog loafing about the Southern's
freight station by Mr. Epstin, who
einuluyed him to assist in hauling
some whiskey to the dispensary for
the contables. Mr. Epstine did not
a&k the negro's name.
"The negro did not return the axe
with the wagon aud no load was
brought back from the country. He
bad iiO reason to think that Howell
bad auy money or other valuables
about his person, and so far as is
known the two had never exchanged
a cross word.
"The negro is described as being
about 5 feet 6 inches tall; weighs
about 150 pounds; copper colored
complexion, short, thin moustache;
teeth set somewhat apart; wore a
browu over-coat and a felt hat.
"Howell is rather spare built, has
fair complexion and blue eyes, about
the same height as the negro. He
was a bright, intelligent, healthful
WRECK NEAR CHARLESTON.
The Rcfpilar Freight Train Crashes
Into a Phosphate Special.
The Charleston Post says: With a
fearful crash freight train No. 70. of
the Southern railway ran into a phos
phate train at Disher's curve about
2 o'clock Wednesday morning killing
Fireman John Smith, colored, who
was on the helping engineer attached
to the phospha* * a.in, and seriously
injuring Firem*_..R. Robinson of
the regular frieght train. A number
of freight cars were derailed and the
engines were badly smashed up. The
track was torn up for a considerable
distance, but passenger traffic was
not delayed owing to the fact that the
Southern has double tracks out of
Charleston, as far as Seven Mile, and
the open track is being used until
the other can he cleared.
The wreck was reported immediate
ly to Superintendent Heetber's office,
arrl a wrecking train and crew were
sent out to clear the wreck. The body
of Fireman Smith was brought to the
city and turned over to Coroner
O'Donnell, who will hold an inquest.
The injured fireman, J. R. Robinson,
who was on No. 70 was sent to the St.
Francis Xavier Infirmary, lie is not
thought to be^fatally iujured, and is
reported to be doing as well as could
be expected under the circumstances.
Wednesday morning a phosphate
train consisting of fifteen cars weie
being brought into the city yards of
the Southern to be made up and sent
over the line. Two engines were nec
essary to bring in the train, one pull
ing, the other pushing. The engine at
tached to the rear of the train is known
as the helping engine and Fireman
Smith was on this when the collision
took place resulting in his death.
Train No. 70 was a regular freight
train coming into Charleston. It was
several hours late, from what can be
learned, and was running, at a fast
rate of speed. Engineer Marion Moor?
er and Fireman .1. 11. Robinson were
on the engine of No. 70, and just as
the train rounded Disher's curve it
ran into the helping engine of the
phosphate train with a terrible crash.
The noise was like that of a great ex
plosion. Smith was horribly crushed
and Fireman Robinson was thrown
from his seat and badly injured. The
escape of the engineers was miracu
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Editor Times and Democrat:
The question is being duly asked as
to the reason of my removal. Plcasi
allow me to say that 1 commenced
I business in 18% on a very small scale,
and every year has shown such a steady
increase until I had to get where I
I can serve mv trade to better advan
tage. What speaks more for an lion
jest, fair dealing merchant t ban to have
customers dealing today who have
I dealt with him ever since he com
j menced business. To see my many
I friends coming year in and year out
giving nie their liberal patronage
I makes one feel very grateful, and I
will take this method of thanking one
and all for the many past favors, hop
ing the future to be one of prosperity
for all. Remember, 1 will he in the
Sorentrue store uy Nov. 1st 1903.
J. C. RAK3DALB.
Two million Americans suffer the
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WORE MAN'S CLOTHING.
Sad Story of a Young Woman as
Told by Herself.
Laura Williams is the name of a
young girl who has been masquerading
in men's clothes and working as a line
man for the Southern Bell Telephone
company in several places in the State.
The unmasking of the woman occurred
Tuesday night at the Newberry police
station, when the girl fully dressed in
a man's attire walked into the office
and asked for a night's lodging?fati
gued and worn out she told her story
to the officers.
Only four weeks ago she was in
Charlotte, dressed as a man, though it
was in Hendersonville that she cut
her long hair, discarded her dress and
donned trousers. For a while she
drifted; was in Asheville doing odd
jobs, roamed through this section of
country, and eventually got to Tryon,
N. C, where she secrued a position as
lineman for the Bell Telephone Com
pany. Her work was satisfactory,
and she remained as lineman for the
company until her identity was dis
covered by the men with whom she
worked. Then she fled in the night,
and went to Spartanburg. then to
Laurens. and then to Newberry, where
the police found out that she was a
girl and that there was no charge
against her, they became kind to the
young woman and are disposed to help
her as much as possible.
At her own request, in order to
avoid the curious glances of the
crowds that Hocked to the Newberry
police station to see, slie was locked
in a cell, though she can be released
whenever she wishes no further pro
tection from the ollicers. When ask
ed why she masqueraded as a
man, she repered that she had
found it impossible to get along
as a woman: she told a tale of
being miserable and having no friends.
It was in this frame of mind that she
bought a suit of men's clothes and
bade farewell to her womanhood.
When she first entered the service of
the telephone company she did her
work satisfactorily, but after a few
weeks she felt that she was about to
be detected, and left the line force at
Tryon, N. C. After a number of dis
appointing experiences and rebuffs
that touched her feminine sensitive
ness, she arrived in Newberry and
amid tears told that she was but a
woman after all.
SAYS HE IS INNOCENT.
Ucv. J. Barr Harris Writes to The
Rock Hill Herald.
The following, written from the
Montana penitentiary to the editor of
the Herald, will explain itself and will
be accepted by the friends of Mr.
Harris and all who love justice as a
complete refutation of the monstrous
charge on which he was convicted on
the testimony of a woman whosj char
acter, according to the evidence, was
not above reproach. The letter is as
Deer Lodge, Mt,., Dec. 17, 1903.
J. J. BnlL* Ed. Bock Hill Herald:
Dear Sir: Through the great kind
ness of the warden of the penitentiary
1 have been permitted to write a few
lines for your paper which I trust you
will publish. In a recent issue of the
Herald 1 notice that a petition lias
been circulated in your town asking
the governor of Montana to exercise
executive clemency in pardoning me.
Allow me to thank you ana each ot
the petitioners for their kindness and
interest in my welfare, but let me say
to them that I have written the Gov
ernor of Montana that I would not
accept a pardon only upon the condi
tion the woman whose perjury placed
me here make confession of her per
1 am as innocent of the charge as
is anyone who will read these lines,
but I could not prove it absolutely and
may never be able to do so till I face
her at the judgement bar of God.
There, thank God, the truth will be
i known, and it will be seen that 1 was
j the victim of a well laid plot.
I I am well and as happy as anyone
'could be under the circumstances.
I The officers of the prison have been
I uniformly kind to me. For several
j months I have been in charge of the
1 prison hospital.
Again, let me thank the petition
! ers for their kindness and say to them
that 1 have reached the above deci
sion concerning a pardon after mature
deliberation and earnest prayer.
Wishing you and the readers of the
Gerald every laudable success and ask
ing the prayers of each of your read
ers in my behalf, I remain.
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I THIRD OFFER.
I propose to give lo all of my
customers who sett lie their
vehicle accounts bet ween now
(Jan. 1st. 1IKI4) and Jan. 1st,
1905 a chance to guess t lie
number of vevicles sold by me
during t he year (HK14.)
To the one 'guessing the
number, or ncaresi io it. I
will give a BICYCLE IH.'GGY
absolutely free on the first dav
of Jan. I1WC?.
All persons purchasing a
vehicle and paying tor same be
fore Jan. 1st. iuof? will also be
enl it led lo a guess.
Yours for business,
L. E. RI LEY.
ON JANUARY '22 1904, 1 WILL
tile my final account .with the
Judge of Probate for Orangeburg
county, as Guardian of Louis G. Huttc
and at same time will ask for letters
dismissary. James IIutto.?
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