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VICTORY FOE JAPS.
Panic Seized the Russians as they
Saw Torpedo Boats
-ATTACK THEIR SHIPS OP WAE.
-As Russian War Ships & Dashed
from Harbor They Were Shoe
to Pieces by the
A copyrighted special dispatch to
"the Atlanta Journal from London
says Japan has won her first great
naval victory. A. dispatch from St.
Petersburg says that an attack has
been made by a Japanese torpedo fleet
on the Russian battleships and cruis
ers lying at anchor at the entrance of
toe harbor of Port Arthur, and that
the battleships Czafwitch and Retvi
zan and the cruiser Pallada were tor
pedoed and wrecked.
Shortly before midnight on Monday
a large Japanese fleet, presumably that
which left Sacho early Saturday, was
reported off Port Arthur. TheRus
slan fleet, which had been anchored
outside the harbor, bad been warned
and had returned within tbe harbor
entrance. The Russians felt that
their torpedo system would protect
fchnm, but even then took no chances,
hut kept their searchlights working
both from ships and shore batteries,
particularly from that portion of the
land called Tiger's Tail.
The Japanese fleet outside did some
maneuvering and then apparently
went off to the southward, so many
thought, to join the remainder of the
Japanese fleet known to be in the
neighborhood of Wei Hai Wei.
At 1:40 a. m., Sunday, as watchers
and searchlights were becoming lag
gard and the alarm at the first felt, was
about dying out, a black streak was
observed crossing the harbor mouth
by one of the lookouts on tbe Czare
witch. He gave the alarm, a dozen
searchlights flashed out and the sight
paralyzed the Russians.
TELE RUSSIANS ATTACKED.
According to dispatches sent to St.
Peterburg, a half dozen torpedo boats
were making their way toward the
fleet. Before any move could be made,
a torpedo was launched from one of
the Japanese boats at tbe Czarewitch
and striking her, exploded, tearing
her apart, at almost the same mo
ment another torpedo was fired at
her and hit the Retvizan, the most
modem ship m the Russian navy and
made a wreck of her.
Tbe deadly missile struck the Ret
vizan just forward of her forward tur
ret on the port side and tore a gaping
hole in her side. Consternation among
the Russians had now increased to a
panic and hardly any attempt was
made to repel the attack being made.
The Pallada, a fine cruiser, was lying
inside of both battleships, and to her
the torpedo boats next turned their
attention. The Pallada's crew had
got her rapid fire guns to work and
were trying to hit tbe Japanese.
The latter then launched' half a
?dozen torpedoes at the Russan cruiser
before one took effect. It left the
Russian cruiser a hopeless wreck. By
this time several Russian torpedo
boats had got into the fight and tbe
Japanese, finding affairs becoming
complicated and more critical than
they oared to meet, withdrew as they
Attempts were made from the shore
to tire the mines in the entrance to
the harbor. Some did explode, but
not while any torpedo boats were
near, while others failed utterly to
answer to the electric spark. By
the time the Russians had gotten
over their consternation and got into
condition to light, the Japanese had
disappeared. By daylight there were j
no Japncse in sight.
ANOTHER* JAP VICTORY.
A copyrighted special dispatch to
the Atlanta Journal from London
says an official Japanese telegram to
Raron Hayashi, the Japanese minis
ter there, gives details of the sea bat
tle between the Japanese and Russian
squadron in which the cruiser Variag
and the torpedo gunboat Koreitz were
destroyed. The battle took place near
the Polynesian Islands in the Yellow
Sea. It began on February 8lh iu
the afternoon. The Russian warships,
after some hours of lighting, taking
refuge among the island. Tuesday
morning, the battle was resumed and
continued until the Variag was sunk
and Koreitz blown up. According to
the official Japanese report the Rus
sian losses are said to reach hundreds.
The survivors from tbe Russian
warships took refuge on the French
cruiser Paschal. As the Japanese squa
dron was escorting the prisoners from
Nagasaki to the Korean harbor of
Chemulpo,near the Polynesian islands,
the squadron encountered the Variag,
one 01 Russia's most effective fighting
ships, and the Koreitz, a particularly !
dangerous adversary because of two
torpedo tubes ia addition to her usual
ly heavy armament.
RUSSIANS TRY TORPEDOES.
The Koreitz was in advance of the
Variag; both warships had been lying
ort" Chemulpo. As soon as the Koreitz
sight was within effective range of
the Japanese squadron she launched
two torpedo tubes. The Japanese
immediately opened heavy tire on the
Koreitz. The Variag hurried up to
tbe aid of the torpedo ^gunboat and
both warships returned j-the Japanese
tire. The battle lasted for somo time
with slight damage to either side,
when Jtbe Russian warships retired,
perceptibly taking refuge in the har
Earlj Tu?sday morning the two
Russian c ters, which had repair
ed their es during the night,
made a out of the harbor. It
was a desperate effort to escape from
fie watchful Japanese fleet, resembl
ing : ? it hopelessness and dash Cer
vera'? an iorable rush from tbe har
bor oi . ntiago. The guns of the
Japu :esj squadron covered the en
trance to the harbor where the Rus
SaUcy Jr lG'aug,?i^ (?
sians had taken refuge, as the czar's
battleships emerged, belching shot
SHOT INTO PIECES.
The Japanese concentrated a ter
rific fire on the two Russian ships and
in a very short time it was apparent
that their destruction was a certain
ty. The Variag was disabled, her
steering gear being knocked out of
commission and the gun turrets bat
tered, and within a half hour after
the morning's engagement began she
sank. The Koreitz fought until a
shell exploded in her magazine, which
rent her asunder. The crews of the
two ships stuggled in the water and
the survivors were picked up by the
French cruiser Paschal, which wit
nessed the terrific battle. The Japa
nese squadron proceeded on its way
to Chemulpo, where the troops on
board the transports were landed.
A dispatch from St. Petersburg says
a second telegram has been received
from Viceroy Alexieff. It is dated
February 9 and says:
"A Japanese squadron of fifteen
battleships and cruisers Tuesday be
gan to bombard Port Arthur. The
fortress replied and the squadron
weighed anchor in order to partici
pate in the battle."
A third telegram from tbe viceroy
says that after a bombardment last
ing one hour the Japanese squadron
ceased its fire and steamed south
"Our losses," the viceroy continues,
"are two naval officers and fifty-one
men wounded, and nine men killed,
and on the coast batteries, one man
killed and three wounded.
"During the engagement the bat
tleship Poltava and the cruisers
Diana, Askold and Novic were each
damaged on the water line. The
damage to the fortress was not impor
A RUSSIAN VICTORY.
A dispatch from St. Petersburg
says Russia claims to have gained a
victory at Port Arthur according to
newspaper extras printed here in
which it is declared that three Japan
ese warships and four torpedo boats
were crippled. One report says that
the Japanese battleship Skilkishima
was sunk. The same newspapers an
nounce printed dispatches from
Vladivostock reporting the complete
route of the Japanses by the Russians
along the Yalu river, Russian soldiers
and marines, these dispatches claim,
have occupied Chemulpo, Corea. There
is no official confirmation of any of
the reports and they are discredited,
as they are utterly at variance with
the official dispatches which have
been made public.
Private telegrams report the com
plete route of the Japanese by the
Russians on the Yalu river. These
advices also claim that Chemulpo,
Korea, has been occupied by Russian
soldiers and marines.
A summary of the losses sustained
by Russia in the first twenty-four
hours of the war with Japan show that
ten Russian warships were placed out
of action in one way or another and
that the Japanese did not lose a ship.
The losses were as follows
Battleship Retvizan, torpedoed and
beached at Port Arthur.
Battleship Czarwitch, torpedoed and
beached at Port Arthur.
Battleship Poltava, hole below wa
ter line at Port Arthur.
Armoured cruiser Bayarin, disabled
by Japanese at Port Arthur.
Cruiser Pallada. torpedeed at Port
Arthur and beached.
CruiserNovik, hole below water line,
at Port Arthur.
Cruiser Askold, hole below water
line, at Port Arthur.
Cruiser Diana, hole below water
line, at Port Arthur.
First class armored cruiser Variag,
destroyed at Chemulpho, Corea.
Torpedo gun vessel Korietz, destroy
Russian Troops in Far Fast.
FirstSiberian Army Corps.?South
ern Manchuria?21 battlions, 9 squad
rons. .'14 guns.
Viadivostock and Port Arthur?2
Frontier guards -2G battalions, 25
squadrons, 28 guns.
Peehi-li?12 battalions, 5 squad
rons, 4 guns.
Semirechensk?8 battalions, 22
squadrons, 28 guns.
rjza?4 squadrons, 4 guns.
Second Siberian Army Corps.?
Tsitsikar?12 battalions, 24 squad
rons, 22 guns.
Kirin?20 battalions, 29 squadrons,
Detached pusts?21 battalions, 46
Total for both corps?525 officers,
22,y.'50 men, D).:!00 horses.
Total available men in the Far
To Buy Worship.
A dispatch from Atlanta says
Collonel Harry Silverman, member of
the governor's staff, has started a
movement whereby it is proposed that
the citizens of the United States
subscribe $3,000,000 with which to
purchase a modern battleship and
present it to plucky Japan. Mr.
Silverman is very much enthused over
the project and is of the opinion that
I there will be no trouble to raise the
I amount. Other cities will be notiiled
land an organized move will be under
taken. A number of prominent citi
i/.ens after learning of the scheme
have assured Mr. Silverman their co
operation in making the undertaing a
Don't Forget the Corn.
The Southern Cultivator says in
planting your crop for D>04 be sure to
plant the largest corn crop you ever
raised. You will need it before the
year is past. Wars and rumors of
wars mav come and go; and the price
of cotton no man can foreknow. But
corn and meat and Hour and lard and
beef and other things eatable will be
wanted in increased quantities.
THE LIE PASSED.
Exciting Passages Between Members
in the Legislature Hails.
THE STATE HOUSE MATTER.
Tension of the Last Few Days
Gave Way and Members In
dalged in Sensational
The State says there were exiciting
scenes in the hall of the house of re
presentatives Thursday night, and
members indulged in language un
parliamentary but quite expressive of
their overwrought feelings. It is all
the outcome of the investigation into
the manner in which the State house
was completed. The report of the
commission which examined that
work created quite a sensation
throughout the State, and the mem
bers of the commission which had
in charge the work of completing the
capitol held an informal meeting
Thursday. It was decided to memoria
lize the general assembly for the mem
bers of the building commission to be
given a hearing in their own defense.
When the memorial was presented
in the house thereupon ensued the
colloquy which very nearly approach
ed a clash upon the floor of the house,
for Mr. T. Y. Williams of Lancaster
In words which bear but one construc
tion attacked the varacity of, Mr. W.
J. Johnson of Fairfield who in turn
had stigmatized the report of the in
vestigation commision as an infamous
falsehood. Furthermore Mr. Johnson
had a sharp passage at arms with Mr.
J. M. Rawlinson of Richland who has
been one of the unobtrusive members
of the house, but who was very much
angered by a statement from Mr.
Joluison that the latter had made a
demand to be heard by the joint com
mittee. This Mr. Rawlinson denied,
and the charge was reaffirmed by Mr.
Johnson, who cited incidents to show
the reasons for his remarks. Mr.
Rawlinson declared that there had
been no demand, and that the re
marks to which Mr. Johnson attached
importance were but parts of a casual
The iioor and galleries of the house
wore packed with visitors, who took
a very keen interest in the heated de
bate, and at times the sergeant-at
arms was close by the gentlemen
speaking to prevent personal hostili
ties. It is generally believed that the
contention between the members of
the joint investigating committee and
the members of the building commis
sion will become more acrimonous, for
evidently the investigating committee
iias not shown its hand, aud ihe build
ing commission also has some warm
matter in reserve.
The memorial was presented in the
house by Mr. Aull, and in the senate
by Mr. Talbird. The gentlemen also
presented resolutions asking for an
other committee to be appointed to
hear the testimony of members of the
building commission. Mr. Williams in
the house and Mr. Aldrich in the sen
ate presented resolutions providing for
the same investigating committee to
continue its work. The whole matter
after acrimonious discussiou was re
ferred to the committee on railroads,
none of whose members are members
of either of the warring commissions.
TEXT OF THE RESOLUTION.
Following is the memorial present
ed by former Gov. McSweeney, Mr.
G. Duncan Hellinger, Mr. J./Harvey
Wilson, Capt. R. II. Jennings, Mr.
IR. 3. Gantt and Mr. W. J. Jonhson.
"Gentlemen of the General Assembly:
"From an examination of the re
port of the joint committee 'to con
sider the several reports of the coin
mission on the completion of the State
house and facts relating thereto,' we.
the undersigned members of the com
mission, authorized arid directed 'to
complete the State house' feel that
[ the report of t he committee does us a
manifest injustice, as it wittingly or
unwittingly, unfairely condemns our
acts and the work approved by us
without giving us an opportunity to
be heard and even refusing to allow
us a hearing. Many of the allegat ions
of error and incompetent' are easily
explained. Certain conclusions could
and would not have been drawn had
available evidence been heard. Above
all we feel that an impression that
must necessarily result from the tenor
and terms of die report would not
exist if we were allowed the opportu
nity to be heard.
Therefore, believing that the gener
al assembly caujhave no intention of
condemning us without a hearing, as
members of a commisssion upon whom
you imposed an involuntary public duty
should be allowed to account for that
trust and to give their answer and
explanation to any allegation or in
sinual ion, do most respect fully memor
ialize your honorable body to make
provision for giving us a hearing in
order that further and all evidence
may be produced that may give light
upon the question before the com
mittee and that our evidence and re
ply to the report of the committee
should become a public record of your
honorable body of the same perman
ency and dignity as the report itself."
MIC. AULL'? RESOLUTION*.
Following is the text of the "con
current resolution providing for a
joint committee as to the work on
the State house."
Whereas, itappers from the report
of t he joint committee appointed un
der concurrent resolution to const,
the several reports of the commissi)
on the completion of the State house
and facts relating thereto, that till of
the available testimony bearing on the
subject was not adduced, that Gov.
M. H. McSweeney, chairman of the
committee for the complet ion ofilie
State house, Attorney General G.
Duncan Bellinger, Secretary of State
M. R. Cooper, State Treasurer W. H.
Timmerman and R. II. Jennings,
S. C, WEDNESDAY, :
Comptroller General J. P. Derham,
chairman of the finance committee,
George S. Mower; chairman of the
ways and means committee of the
house, J. Harvey Wilson; members of
the house, R. J. Gantt and W. J.
Johnson, members of the said com
mission were not permitted to testify
before said committee, and that other
parties whose actions were considered
by said committee were not allowed
to appear before said committee or in
any manner given a hearing.
Be it Resolved, that a special joint
committee consisting of five members
of the house and two members of the
senate be appointed by the speaker
and lieutenant governor, respectively,
with authority to appoint a ste
nographer, take testimony, com
mand the production of records and
papers and report the same to this
general assembly before its adjourn
Mr. Williams offered the following:
Whereas, certain members of the for
mer commission to complete the State
house have memoralized the general
assembly to make provision for giving
them a hearing in reply to the report
of the joint committee to consider the
several reports of the commission of
the completion of the State house and
facts relating thereto.
Be it Resolved, by the general as
sembly of the State of South Carolina
that any evidence explanation or
other statements in writing that the
said memoralists may have to submit
will be received and considered by the
general assembly whenever presented.
mr. patter80n's statement.
When the memorial had been read,
Mr. J. ?. Patterson of Barnwell, a
member of the investigating commit
tee, declared that it is a duty to him
self and to South Carolina for him to
make a statement. The general as
sembly is conversant with the mat
ters which led up to the appointment
of the investigating commission?the
members of which realized the gravity
of the trust placed upon them. They
had done their duty honestly, fear
lessly and conscientiously. The mem
bers of the State house building com
mission bad all been friends of his
and it bad been an unpleasant duty.
The investigating commission had not
been charged with the duty of extoll
ing or blaming the members of the
building commission. He referred to
the cards in The State of Wednesday
in which Mr. Bellinger and Mr. Gantt
complained that they had not been
treated with proper consideration.
The complaint is that the State house
commission had not been invited be
fore the building commission. Why
should the members of the latter
commission be summoned when they
themselves could not agree?
In reference to the statement of
Mr. Bellinger that he bad been denied
the privilege of coming before the
commission, Mr. Patterson declared
that it was a case of a misunderstand
ing, which he regretted, as he and Mr.
Bellinger had been political personal
friends for many years. On the night
of January 7th Mr. Bellinger, while
Mr. Patterson's guest at the Colum
bia hotel, had threatened that in case
the joint commission should attack
the building commission he would
take the matter to the legislature.
Mr. Patterson declared that he regrets
very much that a casual conversation
should have been misunderstood. He
had told Mr. Bellioger that should
the report be in the nature of an at
tack he (Mr. Patterson) would insist
upon the members of the biulding com
misison being given a hearing. There
was no formal demand and the state
ment he made to Mr. Hellinger was
conditional. The joint committee had
thought it a waste of timeaud money
to bring here the members of the build
ing commission. The investigating
commission had employed a govern
ment architect and in person had in
spected the budding carefuliy. He
regretted that the building commis
sion had felt aggrieved. They -are
honorable men and if their confidence
in those whom they employed is mis
placed it is a misfortune to the State
of South Carolina.
mr. William's disclaimer.
Mr. Williams made a straight for
ward statement that the terms of the
memorial do not contain a true state
meat of facts. The joint committee
had never refused Lo give audience to
any member of the building commis
sion. The architect brought here to
inspect the work had been given no
suggestions. The investigating com
mission had not rellected upon the
buiiding commission. It had simply
stated the facts as they had been
"No member of that enmmittec has
ever intimated to me in any way
whatever that they dersired to be
iieard before that committee." said
Mr. Williams, "and I challenge each
and every one of them to show that
they have ever at any time mentioned
the matter to me. Yet it is stated in
this memorial that we refused to hear
them. 1 go further, gentlemen, and
say that no member of the state
house commission has ever asked the
joint commission, as a committee, to
allow them, or any one of them, to be
iieard, and yet they come here and
state in this memorial that we have
refused to hear them. I make this
statement because that is a reflection
upou the committee and 1 couia not
sit here and allow the state house com
mission, or any other set of men. to
rellect upon me or the gentlemen
with whom I have been associated
upon this committee.''
Mr. Robinson declared that it had
not been the purpose of the commis
sion to rellect upon the building com
mission. The members of the latter
had not asked to come before the joint
committee. The architect and con
tractor had been asked to appear and
had not done so.
Mr. Aull declared that the building
committee had been very severely
criticised and as an act of justice they
should be heard. He introduced a
concurrent resolution to that effect.
FEBRUARY 17, 1904.
Mr. D. D.McCall, Jr., of Marlboro,
declared that never in bis life had he
been given more pleasure than he has
in endorsing the action of the investi
gating committee. He thought its
work should stand. Its members are
MATTERS APPROACH A CRISIS
Mr. W. J. Johnson, a member of
the state house building committed,
made an impassioned speech, in which
he declared it bad not been his inten
tion to speak upon this question, for j
the language which he would like to
apply to the report would not be par
Mr. Williams and Mr. Rawlinson
plied Mr. Johnson with questions to
fiind out if the latter had been denied
the privilege of coming before the
commission. The moment was excit
ing when Mr. Rawlinson began to ap
proach toward Mr. Johnson, *but the
speaker rapped the members to order.
Mr. Johnson declared this report of
a commission which sat behind closed
doors to have been a damnable insult
to the State of South Carolina. In
reply to Mr. Patterson he said that
there had been no division in the
building commission except for one
dissenting member, who bad been per
mitted to be with the investigating
commission. Why not the other eight?
They are honorable gentlemen, all of
tbem, and any statement to the con
trary is an infamous lie.
Mr. Williams?Do you mean to ap
ply that to the members of the com
Mr. Johnson?You have heard what
I have said.
Mr. Williams?Do you mean to ap
ply that to me; it is very easy for you
Mr. Johnson?if the cap tits wear
it; just wear it.
Mr. Williams?All right, sir.
Mr. Gaston made the point of order
that the discussion is all out of order.
Mr. Mauldin, in the chair, ruled
that the memorial is a matter for dis
Mr. Johnson, continuing, said thatj
the joint committee was no more tit
to pass upon the government archi
tect's work than the building commis
sion was to pass upon the work on tne
State house. Mr. Johnson continued
that the damnable suggestions in th
report were absolute falsehoods.
Mr. Williams, very calmly raising
in his seat as Mr. Johnson concluded,
and pointing his linger at Mr. John
son, said with deliberation:
"There is'absolutely nothing in the
report which even intimates that any
member of the State nouse commission
has been in collusion with anybody to
rob the State, and anybody who says
so is a liar."
Mr. Johnson?Do you?
At this point several members
sprang up, expecting to see trouble,
and the sergeant-at-arms took up a
place between the two members of the
house, who stood glaring at each
Mr. Aull at this point passed his
concurrent resolution to have a com
mittee appointed to take the testi
mony of the members of the building
commission. Mr. Williams called at
tention to his resolution to have testi
mony taken by the same committee.
Mr. Gaston thought it unwise to act
upon these resolutions Thursday
night, when the house was in excite
ment. He wanted the memorial and
resolutions referred to one of the i
standing committees of the house.
This motion was adopted by the house
and the matter was disposed of.
After careful deliberation, Speaker
Smith selected the railroad committee
as the one before whom this bill should
go, as none of the mernbe of that
committee are members o either of
the com missions.
Subsequently Mr. Williams apologi
zed to the house, "but not to an indi
vidual" for the language he had used,
and later Mr. Johnson did the same
thing. The bouse then preceded with
the consideration of the appropriation
Fate ofa Thiel".
The Spartanburg Herald says a few
nights ago Bill Hunter, colored, decid
ed he wished a morsel of chicken and
having observed that Berry Hpps of
Union had a fat chanticleer, be sought
him on his roost. Just as he grasped
his coveted bird, he was discovered
and there began a race for life. For-1
getful of the lay of the land Bill ran
on, when suddenly he plunged down
an embankment into a deep railroad
cut. The fall broke Bill's thigh, and
also the unoffending rooster's neck.
The man's wild cries for help were
heard far and near, and he was soon j
found and given medical attention.;
His condition is still serious^
Reports coming in from all sides in-1
dicate that rebuilding of the destroy-!
cd part of the city of 1'altimore will
soon begin. Insurance men have
gone over the ground and held con
: ferences and now estimate the loss at '
$125,000,000. The insurance is placed
at $5)0,000,000. It is considered very j
fortunate that valuable papers, stocks
and bonds in vaults in banks were
not injured. This reduces the loss ;i
great deal. It is feared that afte
ten days' grace the hanks will tie un
able to satisfy the demands for money
Principal Ships in Far K?st.
Battleships, 12-inch guns.24
Battleships, ti-inch guns.08
Cruisers, 8-inch guns. 24
Cruiser, ti-inch guns.80
Battleships. 12-inch guns.20
Battleships, ?-inch guns.84
Cruisers, S-inch guns. 14
Cruisers, ti-inch guns...'?>>?
Sunk Their Own Ship.
A dispatch from St. Petersburg say*
a report has been received from Vice
roy Alexietr saying that the Russians
torpedo transport Yenisei has been
blown up as the result of accidenta j
striking a mine at Port Arthur. The
Yenisei sank and Capt. Stepanoff,
three officers and 91 men were lost.
WANTS A HEARING.
IAttorney General Bellinger Appeals
to the Legislature.
Gen.fG. Duncan Bellinger, who was
a member of the commission that is
criticised by the legislative committee
has prepared a card in which he de
mands a iiearing for himself and
the other members of the commis
sion. Iiis card reads as follows:
I was astonished to see in the press
that a report by the joint committee
to consider the several reports of the
commission on the completion of the
State House and facts relating thereto
had been submitted to the General
Assembly, as the report unmistakably
impugns the character of the mem
bers of the State House commission,
authorizec" ind directed "to complete
the State House," of which commis
sion I was a member, for, from the re
port, it is obvious that no member of
that commission testified before the
committee, and I beg to submit that
from my own experience that no mem
ber was even allowed a hearing. I re
quested and demanded of Mr. J. O.
Patterson, a member, of the commit
tee, that I, as a member of the State
House commission, should be heard
and requested that humble privilege.
He informed me that he had seen the
chairman, the Hon. Robert Aldrich.
in reference to the matter and that
such a privilege would be granted. I
have been continuously in the city of
Columbia or the town of Barnwell, the
home of these gentlemen since this in
vestigation began. My request was re
fused. I was allowed no showing. I
informed Mr. Patterson that if I was
denied a hearing that I would appeal
to the General Assembly. I now do
so. 1 now ask that all parties con
cerned be allowed a showing. Other
members asked the same privilege. It
was denied. We now appeal to the
sense of justice of the General Assemb
ly and to the public at large for a
showing, a hearing that has never
been denied to the humblest repre
sentative of the Anglo-Saxon race.
Without a hearing an attempt has
been made to cast a stigma upon the
names and reputation of Governor M.
B. McSweenoy, Secretary of State M.
R. Cooper, State Treasurers W. H.
Timmerman and R. H. Jennings,
Comptroller General J. P. Denham,
Chairman of the Finance Committee
of the Senate George S. Mower, Chair
man of the ^Ways and Means Commits
tee of the House J. Harvey Wilson,
Representatives W. J. Johnson and
f R. J. Gantt and myself. It is incon
?eivable, unfair and inhuman that
such a report should be made without
a hearing, for, as a citizen of a State
that I have attempted faithfully to
serve, I Itave always believed and now
believe that the noblest feature of our
Government is "A law which hears
before it condemns, which proceeds
upon inquiry and renders judgement
only after trial." My appeal is to
the General Assembly for this privi
lege. As I am not a member of the
General Assembly, and this is the only
avenue that I have to appeal to them
for a hearing. I hold no public office
except that of a member of the board
of trustees of Clemson College, to
which I was elected by the General
Assembly, without a dissenting voice,
and as a citizen and member of the
State House commission I ask a full,
fair hearing -a privilege to give an
account of my stewardslpin this mat
ter. Truly this is not an unreason
G. Duncan Bellinger.
Sails lor Japan,
A dispatch from Oxford, Ga., says
after a stay of seven years in Ameri
ca, during which time he graduated
from Emory college, Bun Kishi, of
Tokio, Japan, has sailed for his native
land. He left San Francisco this week.
He is a zealous patriot, and is hasten
ing his return to Japan in order to
serve his people in the war with Rus
sia. Bun Kishi had been a student at
Emory for six years and was graduat
ed last commencement with the de
gree of bachelor of arts. He was pre
paring himself to teach and preach,
.lust before leaving San Francisco, he
wrote a letter to Professor Frederick
Duncan, of Emory College, bidding
him farewell and expressing his good
will toward all Americans, and in
the let 1 er stated that his seven years
spent in this country had been most
happy, but that he would not return
to America again, hut would meet his
friends in the world to come. Mr.
Kishi took great interest here in the
Young Men's Christian Association,
and League work, and also took an
especial interest in literary work, be
ing a member of Phi Gamma Literary
Society. He took a good stand in his
class and had many friends among the
student body and faculty.
Murder in West Virginia.
A special from Bluelield, W. Va.J
says: "With a bullet hole through
his brain and his body badly cut the
remains of ail unknown man were
found Wednesday, under the lloor of a
deserted house near Athens, Mercer
County. Harry Taylor, formerly of
North Carolina, told his sister several
days ago thai he committed the mur
der, and robbed the dead man of money
and valuables. He threatened to
murder his sister if she divulged the
secret, hut she notified the sheriff.
Taylor lied, but it is feared he will re
t-urn and carry out bis threat. The
house is being'watched by the officers."
A Fatal Pipe.
At Montreal, Canada, in a tire
which started r.eflr the jewelry
establishment of Rluomtield Brothers
Sunday night, two men and a woman
.vi if> burned to death. Tenants in
rooms were cut olf by the
When ihe firemen arrived
urst care was to rescue the oc
upantsof the building, which was a
difficult task. Two men and a wo
man were taken out dead, others were
r -ued in a serious condition and re
p ved to the hospital. The dead
Lave not yet been indentified.
?1.00 PEE ANNUM.
KUSSIA IS WILD
And the War Spirit Buns High AIL
Over the Country.
THE JAPS MUST BE PEBISHED.
Shouts for Success of Russian Arms
Mingle With Curses Hurled
at the Japs for IThcir
A dispatch from St. Petersburg
says the whole city anxiously waited
Tuesday night for official news. Ex
traordinary scenes were witnessed in
and around the newspaper offices and
a crowd of people literally beseiged
the ministry of the interior, wnere
the Official Messenger is published,
smart carriages driving up in quick
succession and the highest and lowest
of the inhabitants waiting in the ante
room or camping in snow covered
streets waiting patiently far into the
morning for the numbers containing
the official bulletins.
The text of these communications
had leaked out among the newspaper
men, but as the law forbids the pub
lication of such documents until they
have appeared in the Official Messen
ger, the editors had to wait until the
government organ printed the news
before starting their own presses.
TnE NEWS EAGERLY SOUGHT.
The Associated Press representa
tive, calling on a well known editor,
found him surrounded by a throng of
officers and prominent citizens implor
ing him to read to them the telegrams
he had just received.
The editor, pale with emotion, re
cited the narrative of the bombard
ment of Port Arthur. More people
kept coming in and the editor was
compelled to read it over and over
again. The crowds expressed furious
impatience at the fact that nothing
was paid about injuries indicted upon
The intense indignation with which
the news of "the stab in the back in
flicted by Japan" was received here
seems to be general throughout the
Russian The whole empire is fired
bythe war fever.
*The state of feeling here was illus
trated at the theatres last night,
when people demanded the national
More remarkable was the refusal of
the drosky drivers yesterday to accept
money from officers when they drove
to the palace.
JAr-S BRANDED TRAITORS.
The newspapers in general de
nounce the action of Japan as treach
ery, declaring that it is "truly Asi
atic," but insisting that the issue of
the conflict will not be decided by the
naval engagements, as tbe Japanese
will have to meet Russia on land,
when thescore will be wiped out. The
Novoe Vremye says it is quite possible
that the whole of Korea has been
over-run by Japanese soldiers in dis
guise and that Russia may first bave
to assume the defensive, but when her
forces in Southern Manchuria and
Korea are increased, the Japanese
will realize what they have to meet.
"GOD ON RUSSIA'S SIDE."
"God, right and international law
are on our side," the Russ says, and
"One hundred and thirty million
Russian hearts are beating with the de
sire to expunge the traitorous slight
on Russian honor. Enough of defen
sive tactics! Let us drive out the
The Bourse Gazette says: "Yes
terday we longed for peace. Now we
think only of war. The world soon
will be startled by Russia's heroic
work. Japan has placed herself be
yond the pale of civilization. The
upstart, pigmy Japan, would nothave
dared to attack the giant Russia
without the encouragement of Eng
land and America."
DID BRITISH SAVE JAPS?
The Russians claim to have author
ity for saying that the new Japanese
war ships (the Nisshin and Kasuga)
were saved from certain capture by
tbe Russian squadron bound for the
far east under Admiral Wirenius by
the action of the commander of a
British battleship in placing his ves
sels across the Suez canal and hoisting
a signal of distress, thus delaying the
Russians two days.
The anti-British feeling here is
bitter, it being asserted that the Jap
anese attack or: Port Arthur was
launched from Wei-IIai-Wei.
?Ambassador McCormick is busy
talking over tbe affairs of the Japan
KURINO GUARDED IIV POLICE.
In spite of the state of public feel
ing, there has been no attempt to mo
ie-a M. Kurino, the retiring Japanese
minister, or his staff. The authori
ties are according M. Kurino special
police protection. He has had no
communication with the foreign office
since the delivery of the last Japanese
note and has made his farewell calls.
He left St. Petersburg quietly Tues
General Dragomirov arrived in St.
Petersburg today. He is one of Rus
sia's greatest lighters and may be ap
poii.ted commander in chief, as Gen
eral Kurlpatkin, the war minister,
probably cannot be spared.
Shot Fifteen Miles.
A dispatch from Hampton Roads
says the battleship Missouri, on her
trial trip Thursday off the Virginia
canes, lost two torpedoes and a six-inch
gun was damaged. In other respects
the trial was a success. One of the
12-inch guns, being elevated seven de
grees, let lly a shell which the strong
est glass could not follow to the end
of its llight. Later a passing steamer
reported that the shot had struck the
sea within 300 yards of her. The
steamer was distant from the Missouri
just fifteen miles.