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established IN 18
HUNG AT LAST.
*:Mrs. Rogers Dies on the Gallows
for Her Crime.
"Whom She Chlorolonned at a Meeting in
the Woods While She Was Caress
log Him. Great Efforts Wer;
Made to Save the Woman. )
' Bat They Failed.
^^cllspatoh from Windsor, Vfc., says
Mrs. Mary Bogers was hanged at the
"Vermont State prison at 1:13 o'clock
Friday a/ternoon for the murder of
her husband. Marcus Rogers at Ben
nington, on August 13, 1902. Mrs.
.Rogers was pronounced dead by the
prison officials at 1:27 1-2.
The execution took place after the
woman had twice been reprieved on
account of appeals made by her coun
sei and after the Uaited States Su
preme Court refused to take action in
Only a comparatively few persons
witnessed the hanging, the number
being restricted to those permitted to
attend by the laws of Vermont.
Mrs. Rogers maintained her com
posure to the last and mounted the
gallows with a steady step. Although
a deathly pallor overspread her coun- i
tenance, hardly a mmcle qaivered as
Deputy Sheriff ShEflord pronounced j
the fatal words, "I now proceed to
execute the sentence of the law and
'may God have mercy on your soul."
When the words were pronounced i
Deputy Sheriff Angus McAuley sprung i
the trap and the drop fell.
The crime for which Mrs. Mary
Rogers was sentenced to death was i
"the murder of her husband, Marcus i
Rogers, at Bennington, on August 13, i
1902. At the time the crime was com
mltted Mrs. Rogers was only nine- :
teen. She had been separated from
her husband for some time and was i
desirous of marrying a young man
:named Mauiice Knapp..
On the day of the murder Marcus ;
.Rogers went to Bannington to visit
ids wife and that night she arranged
to meet bim in the woods near the
Walloomsack rivir. While caressing i
him she induced him to allow her tu I
bind his hands, and while he was pow i
erlesii she chloroformed him. In this
she was aided by Leon Perbam, a i
halfwitted boy who was the son of j
the woman with whom she boarded.
Another woman, Estella Bates, was
A few days after tbe murder Mrs.
Rogers, Perham and the Bates woman
were arrested. Perham made a com
plete confession and both he and Mrs.
Rogers were found guilty of murder i
In tbe first degree. Perham was sen
fcenced to imprisonment for life and
Mrs. Rogers was sentenced to the
Various attempts were made to i
. commute Mrs Rogers'sentence but all
failed. The date set for tbe execution*
was February 3,1905. Gov. Bell grant
ed two reprieves for the presentation
of new evidence, but the court denied
the petition for a new trial eaoh time,
?rand the United States Supreme Court ?
refused to consider the case.
Certain disclosures regarding scan
dals in the Vermont State prison at
Windsor, where Mrs. Rogers has been
confined, have, it is claimed, affected
public sentiment. According to testi
mocy before the prison investigation
'-committee of the Legislature one of
tbe convicts at Windsor had access
to Mrs. Rogers' cell some time after
the first reprieve was granted. It was
: alleged that this was part of a con
? spiracy on the part of certain prison
officials to bring about such a condi
tion as would further postpone the ex
Mrs. Rogers was the first person
sentenosd to death in Vermont with
in.the past thirteen years who was re
fused clemency. The last woman to be
?executed was Mrs. Emeline Maeker,
at Windsor, on March 30, 1883.
Oj the march to the gallows Mrs.
Rogers declined the assistance of dep
uties. Her step was firm. She mount
ed the sc&ff jld unaided and stopped
exactly upon the center of tbe trap.
Sae sat down in the chair for a mo
ment and, wh6n asked if she had any
final stntement to make she shook her
Mrs. Rogers' body has been claimed
by her mother and sister, and will he
hurled by them at Ho .sick Falls, N.
"Y., where the mother, Mrs. JosieCal
A Cook Held Up.
The Columbia State Pays "the resi
dents in the vicinity of Blanding and
Bull streets were startled by a cry for
the police about 9 o'clock Tuesday
night and an investigation disclosed
another alleged attempt to hold up a
pedestrian. Pour policemen were
?qnickly on tbe scene but a thorough
search failed to find any tracs of toe
shadowy footpad. A colored cook who
is said to work at hotel was on his way
?fco his home in Waverly, when he was
confronted by a tall white man who,
he says, tried to hold him up but
when the colored man gave the alarm
the white man disappeared by leaping
the low fence enclosing the campu3 of
the Presbvterian seminary and rua
ning through the yard. No triceof
him could be found by the police.
Frank Martin and John L. Oliver,
both of Bath, Me., were found dead
in bid at the residence of Martin's
sister, Mrs. Francis MicCiuley of
Providince, R. I. Taey had been
asphyxiuei by illuminating gas,
-laccideatly turned on.
A TJt&ttlC DEATH.
Mans Head Split Op 3D. by Flying
Fragments of a Saw
cV Resident of Colaab!a Was Oper
ating Wood Saw for His Son in
The State says Mylas D. Blackmon
of Columbia was killed in Lexington
county Friday morning about 11 o'
clock by the bursting of a circular saw
which he was operating In sawing
wood, The saw was running at its
usual high rate of speed when for
some unkno wn reason it new into
fragments and one of the pieces sfcruik
him full In the^face, splitting open
his bead from chin to crown. Mr.
Black mon's son and others who were
near ran quickly to his assistance and
preparations were hurrirdly made so
bring the Injured man to the Colum
bia hospital. He was placed .n a ve
hicle and the start for this city was
soon made but before they had pre
seeded two miles Mr. Blackmon
breathed his last He never regained
zonsciousness after he was struck.
The accident happened at the home
of his son, about eight miles from the
olty on the old State road.
Mr. Blackmon lived in that city
with his two daughters, Misses Mag
gie and Lena Biacimon, at 6o4 Ger
vais street. He has been working
tor about two weeks. Yesterday
norning they went to work as usual,
dr. Blackmon was running the saw
wh'ca cuts the wood iDto short lengths
when without an Instant's warning it
3aw into several pieces. One of them
struck him in trie faos, just on the
dght side of the nose and sunk Itself
into the flesh and bone, laying open
ills face and cutting deep onto bis
A. doctor was near at hand and was
soon called. He saw at once how
iesperate was the mans condition and
jnew that the only possible hope lay
io getting him to the hospital. With
ill the rapidity of a faithful son's
jager efforts, arrangements were
soon made to bring him to that city
out he was even then beyond hums,n
iid and before one fourth of the dis
lance bad been covered be had sue
lumbed to bis flight ful inju
His body was brought to the city
and placed in the undertaking par
ors of Funderburk & Matteson, where
it was prepared for burial. Coroner
v7alker of BJcbland county and tbe
?roner of Lexington both decided
5bat no inquest would be necess
Mr. Blaokmon was 54 years of age
rod was born in Lancaster count?
teat, in the Blaok Creek neighborhood.
Be has been a resident ot Columbia
tor 15 years. Ha is survived by the
one son, already mentioned, and the
-j-mo daughters with whom be lived.
He leaves also three brothers, Messrs.
F. C. and Mint Blaokmon of Lancas
ter county Minor Blackmon of Florida
md two sisters, Mrs. Belle Griff!a
rod Mrs. Nancy tCanonton, both of
Tbe renains of Mr. Blaokmon will
oe taken to bis former home in L?n
gster for interment at 3.30 o'clock
Friday afternoon. The funeral will
take place on Sunday morning,
Blind Tiger Killed.
'Jn Friday morning Chief of Po
ice M. D. Ltttlefleld, of Greers, shot
ind killed Lewis Brewton, colored,
suspected of selling blind tiger liquor.
Jbitf Llttlefield went to Greentown,
a negro settlement^ to arrest Brewton.
He fouud him in a negro bouse, ar
rested him and was leading him out
of tbe bouse when the negro drew
tils gun. The chief was qiick enough
Tor nim abd both began firing about
the same time. Five shots were ex
changed, ^Brewton firing three of
these. Tbe negro ran out firing as
tie went and fell dead within 100 yards
of the home. Coroner Wooten em
paneled a jury Friday evening, which
rendered a verdict of justifiable hom
icide. Lewis Brewton is one of the
most notorious blind tigers in this
section. He boasted of the piles of
money he had made out of the busi
ness. It is thought that Brewton was
but the agent of white men in the
Big KiMJf Falls,
At London, England the south end
of the immense roof spanning the
Charing Cross main line station sud
denlycollapsed Wednesday afternoon
and completely blocked the lines. A
number of workman and trainmen
were caught in the wreckage. Tne
roof of the Avenue Theater adjoining
the statiau also collapsed. About
thirty injured persons have already
been taken to the hospital. One of
them died and the others are in a
critical condition. There are a num
ber of dead among the ruins. The
Continental express, filled with pis
sens ers, was standing outside tbe sta
tion waiting for the signal to enter
when the collapse of the roof cccur
Kassian lied Tape.
A storv of Russian red tape is told
by W. T. Stead. Gen. Linevitch,
while in supreme command of the
Russian arm> in Manchuria, once
used a rubber-stamp signature for
tbe papers which he bad to sign
evary day before he could draw forage
for his own horses. The commissary
general returned the rubber Btamp
signed papers as out of order and
every day the general commanding
an army of 500,000 men had to affix
his auGograpb. to the requisition for
his horses' oats._
Burned to Death.
A dispatc i from Johnston to The
Saate says a colored girl 14 years old
living on the farm of Mr. J. L. Hart
was burned to death Thursday from
her clothing catching fire and as she
was running could not be saved.
TEH FXB80S SKILLED
AndaNmnbsr Injured by a Head on
Ten persons were killed and 11 train
ere ploy es and' eight passengers were
injured in the wreck of the Overland
L'mited passenger train No. 2, on the
Union Pacific, five miles west 01 Rock
Springs, Wyo,, Thursday morning.
The Limited was run int.0 head-on by
a freight train and coin, engines we;e
The dyamo car, mail car and din
ing car on the limited burned to the
wheels. Several of the dead were
incinerated. An extra freight train'
was given an order before it left Rock
Springs to meet four eastbound pas
senger trains, of which the Overland
limited was the last one, at Ahsay, a
siding five miles west of Reck
The freight took the sidirog at Ah
say and waited until three of -tnese
bad passed east and then pulled out.
When a mile and a half west of Ah
say the freight met the Overland
Limited and crashed into it, head
Both engines were demolished and
the first three cars of the Overland
Limited immediately caught fire and
were burned. Engineer Brink of the
freight train, who it is stated offici
ally, was responsible for overrunning
his orders was one of the killed. Sev
eral trains had been badly delayed at
Granger, with the result that four
passenger trains were running close to
gether. The freight had received posi
tive or ders to meet all four of the
trains at Ahsay, and the officials say
that the orders were either misunder
stood or misread.
Killed Hie Sou.
A special from Anderson to Tbe
State says L. J. Jordan a negro who
lives on South Fant street, killed his
son Westeley Joidan, a youth about 19
years old with a broom stick. The
boy had been unruly and the father
started to chastise him using a broom
stick for that purpose. He struck the
boy a sharp blow across the head and
the boy sank into a chair and soon be
came unconscious and died in a few
minutes. Jordan sent for a phyisoian
and was working over his son's body,
trying to revive nim when_ the physi
cian arrived. Tbe physician says that
death resulted from ahemmorrhaze of
the brain whica was caused by the
blow. Jordan remained at his home
until the dei;u,y sheriff arrived and
arrested him and carried him to jail.
It is generally believed that Jordan's
story of the killing is correct.
Dispensary ttluat Fay.
The supreme court of the United!
States last week held that the nation
al goverment may properly tax the
state liquor dispensaries of South Car
olina. The action in question was
instituted by the state of South Car
olina to recover 8200,000 paid to tbe
revenue officers of the national gov
ernment on acccuat of the sale of
liquors by tbe state and county dis
pensers under the dispensary law of
South Carolina. The state took the
position that as the dispensers sold
the liquor without profit they should
not be taxed by the government, but
tbe tax has been collected since 1893.
This Is said to have been toe fir^t
case in which a state unites in one
undertaking tbe exeroise of its police
power together with the prosecution
of a commercial business.
Jasti? 5d in Firing.
In Alto on a, Pa., the other night
five youag men serenaded the lady
love of one of the party. A neighbor
raised a nearby window and fired a
revolver at the party then called a
policeman and bad them all arrested
for disorderly conduct and disturbing
the peace. In police court tbe next
morning tbe young men protested
that they were singing love songs,
and offered to sing for the court by
way of proving their innocence of the
charge against them. Tne court
heard them sing two selections
whereupon the serenades were im
formed that if the courS had preyiou
sly any doubt as to their guilt it bad
entirely disappeared. "Anybody
would be justified for firing at you, If
you were making a noise like that,"
Raid the judge. He fined them 85
Purem d by Cannibals.
Among the passengers who
arrived at San Francisco from Aus
tralia on the liner Sonoma were Cap
tain Watts and Coief Officer Alex
Stinson, of the American ship Susqus
banna, which founded shortly arter
she left N/hone, New Caledonia,
August 23 list, with a cargo of
chrome iron tor Delaware breakwater.
The orew left the ship in three boats
which were headed for tbe Solomon
Islands. Only one boat landed there.
The other two were picked up at sea
by a trading i-chooi er. There che
men were kindly treated for a time
but finally had to tly for their lives
from a set of canuibals who threaten
ed their existence. They were sub
sequently picked up by a trading ves
sel and joined the rest of the crew at
Little Girl Burned.
A little dauehtjr of Mr. Jud Alli
son was frightfully burned Tnursday
at home about three miles from GalT
uey. From the meagre details at
hand it is learned that the mother
left the little one to go to the well
a short distance from fcr-e house. Oa
returning she met the child in Harnes.
Tne condition of the child is
Death IjlHt of Hunters.
The total numbar of hunters killed
by accident so far this year, vVitconsin
and Northern M chigan is twenty-six.
Fifty-one have been wounded. Meie
hunters were killed this year by ac
cidental discharge of their own guns
than ever b.fore. Many were sho& by
mistake by hunters who took them
S. C., WEDNESDAY, DE<
Are Stirred Up By Senator Till
man's Big Pitchfork.
Being Investigated By the United States
Senate, Senator Tiliman Having la*
troduced a Bill For That Pur*
pose, Which Pases After
Some Discussion. >
The subj9ct of campaign contribu
tions by Insurance companies occupied
the major portion of tbe time of the
United States Senate or Thursday. It
came up in connection with Mr. Tin
man's resolution calling for investiga
tion of national bank aid in politics
and was exploited by the South Caro
lina senator in a speech of some length.
It was couched in characteristic lan
guage and attracted considerable at
tention. The resaiuMon directing the
secretary of the treasury to report
whether the reports of the national
bank ezimlners show that the banks
have made campaign contributions in
recent years was adopted at the close
of Mr. Till man's remarks.
Outlining his reasons for tbe in
quiry, Mr. Tiliman called attention to
tue recommendation made by the
president in his annual messsge of
1904 an^ 1995 for the enactment of a
law for protection against bribery and
corruption in connection with elec
tions. He quoted with espeoial em
phasis tne president's remarks con
cerning campaign contributions by
corporations. ''Our chief executive
has taken a very progressive stand to
secure purity in elections," he said,
and added, "every good American will
say 'well done' and lock for progress
along that line." '
He conceded that tbe seoretary
might not have the facts wanted but
he thought he ought to have. Inci
dentally, Mr. Tiliman said that be
had been Informed that the comptrol
ler of the currency has been investi
gating tbe subject of blank c^r tri bu
ttons with the view of Instituting le
Before Mr. Tiliman had proceeded
far, Mr. Gallinger,- who had Wedoes
day objected to the consideration cf
the resolution at that time, said that
he had done so only for the purpose
of inspecting it, that he had doue so
and being entirely sathfied as to its
propriety would support the resolu
Continuing Mr. Tiliman sold that
the comptroller has means f getting
Information which others have not
and added, that if be would "push in
his probe he can make dhc jvsrles that
are worth while." He added that his
reasons for requesting the Informa
tion is found in the revelations con
cerning the Insurance companies, "It
has been shown by the testimony, or
confession of a member of this body,"
he said, "tnat for ten years the in
surance corporations have been mak
it g annual donations to the Republl
can party with the understanding tnat
they should be protected trim adverse
legislation at Albany." Ha went on
to say that such revelations were not
"I am the holder of a Em 11 policy
in one of the mutuals"1 hesatd, "aud
I don't like to have my dividends cut
down in order to give Mr. McCurdy
8150,000 and his sisters, bis cousins,
and his aunts 875,000 eacn."
He expressed doubt as to the right
of the federal authorities to take con
trol of insurance companies and Mr.
Hale interrupted to s?y that he agreed
with Mr. Tiliman on that point. ]
Mr. Bailey asked whether the in
surance company contributions to the
republican national committee had*
been returned to the donors.
"I understood," replied Mr. Till
mau, "that the president was going
to have Mr Cortelyou return them,
but I don't know whether he has done
so. I know that I have not got my
Mr. Spooner?Is yours a life* pol
Mr. TUlman?It is.
Mr. Spooner?Then it is not yet
time to realize on it.
Mr. Tiliman replied that it was div
idens and not the policy itself that be
"These," he said, "were pitifully
small, while McCurdy has p-een gel
ting fat without doing anything."
Mr. Bad-^y said he had not fcupposed
that the president cjuld makf a Sr-eond
recommendation on the subject Of
punishiDg campaign contributors un
til the money had been returned
"Ab, Mr. Ptesldent," responded
Mr. Tiliman, "all the Turveydrops
and Pecksniffs are not dead vet, al
though I would not for a moment be
understood as comparing our strenu
ous occupant of the White Hou-e
with these characters. Wnat we want
is results and those we do not seem to
have procured ho far."
Qaotlng the testimony of Senator
Platt before the New York commit
tee, Mr. Tiliman congratulated that
smatur upun hid stralghifowardness.
"Tnere was no dodging," he said,
"and I do not believe that a dollar of
the money ever stuck to his lingers."
lie added nis conviction, however,
that tbe cuntrinutions had had tbe
effect of controlling the New York
legislature in the interest of the in
Mr. Tiliman quoted the charges
maae by Juc'gB Parker in the last
campaign connecting the Republican
campaign contributions wlta the fact
that Chairman Cortelyou had recent
CJ4MBEE 13, 1905.
ly retired from the office of secretary
of the department rf commerce. He
also quoted the president's reply which
he isaid was "red hot," and added that
not a dollar had been needed to elect
the president. Notwithstanding this
fact, he said that it had been shown
that 81,900,000 had been contributed
for that purpose, that is, if the news
paper men may be believed, "and," he
added, "they are about as reliable as
any other class. Tney will lie some
times as we do, and occasionally they
get orders that such and such a man
shall be fly blown. Then they proceed
to plant the microbes, but upon the
whole they may be depended upon."
He also made reference to the charge
that large expenditures bad been made
by the Democrats in the Cleveland
campaign, saying it would have b9en
fortunate for the Democratic party If
Mr. Cleveland had never been elected.
He closed with an appeal for a
thorough investigation, saying that
such a course was necessary to re
store the confidence of the public.
The senate adjourned until Mon
JORDAN HAD REPORT CHANGED.
induced Secretary Wilson to Esti
mate on Gross Weight.
! To President Harvle Jordan of the
Southern Cotton Association, accord
ing to advices from Washington, is
due tbe tact that the government orop
estimate was not 500,000 bales larger
tban the figures given.
According to the story which
reached Atlanta, Assistant Secretary
Hayes, of the statistical bureau wired
Secretary Hester, of the New Orleans
Cotton Exchange that the cotton crop
estimate would be mide on the basis
of 475 pounds tbe bale, instead of 500
pounds as heretofore, tbe object be
ing to give the net weight of tne bale.
This basis would have increased the
estimated by something like 500,000
bales and would undoubtedly have had
an appreciable effect in bringing down
the price of cotton.
Secretary Hester wired this in for
mabion to President Jordan of tbe
Southern Assrciation and he received
the telegram just in time to catch the
noon limited train for Washington.
Mr. Jordan went right to tbe office of
Secretary of Agriculture Wilson and
is It said demanded that the estimate
be made in accordance with usage that
is on the basis of 500 pounds to the
bale. It is said this is why the publi
cation of the estimate, which was ex
pected to have been given out at 10
o'clock, was delayed until 12:30 p. m.
According to a telegram from Pres
ident Jordan, Secretary Wilson not
only granted his request but also a
greed to make tbe report without the
usual percentage which was added or
deducted under the Hyde admlnlstra
Oa last Wednesday morning Mr
John C. Funches, who lives near
R) wps vi lie, met with a most horrible
accident. He was operating a sugar
cane mill, and by some means his coat
sleeve on the right arm was caught In
the cogs. Before Mr. Fa aches could
pull the sleeve cut his arm was drawn
inthe cogs and orusbed to the elbow.
The machinery was stopped as soon
as possible and Mr. Funches was re
leased from tbe mill. Liter Dr. A.
S. Hydrick, of this city, assisted by
Dr. J. D. S. Falrey, amputated the
arm just above the elbow. We ex
tend our sympathy to Mr. Funches
and ho,e that he will soon be up
j Bought It Back.
The Spartenburg Journal says an
important land sale made Monday
which was not published was that of
of 1466 acres near PiOlet. Tne land
was sold under mortgage of W. T.
Simmons to the Fidelity Loan and
Trust Company, and was bought in
by G. L. Carrier for the sum of 89550.
This Is considered a fine bargin by
those who are best on land values.
The land In question has a history.
Some weeks ago Mr. Simmons pur
chased the property through a Wes
tern real estate man, who handled the
property for Mr. Carrier paying about
81*1,000 for the property. Mr. Carrier
bought back his land. He now has
his original tract of land and he is a
bout 81.800 to the good.
rt Dead Issue.
The Columbia Record says J
Warren Keifer, of Ohio, formerly
speaker of the house, is back In Con
gress, and he somes primed and load
ed with Southern representative re
duction schemes. The chief cook and
bottle washer in this movement,
Cm m packer, is still on hand, but he
has been rebuffed and turned down so
often by his own party in this matter
that he is as yet undecided what he
will pursue in this Congress. He and
Kiifer will doubtless get together and
produce the annual bill. They will
be given the opportunity to make the
usual bitter, partisan speeches but
Lbis will be as a passing breeze and
will be quickly forgotten.
KilleU by a l'cnanc.
C J. Hughes who formerly resided
in Gaffney, was shot and is reported
killed by Ruf us Byars, a tenant near
his home in Cherokee ounty last
week. Relations between me two are
said to have been strained for some
time. Details of the ail Air are very
scarce there. Bvars, too was formerly
a resident of GalTaey. The shooting
was done with a double barreled shot
gun two shots t-iklng affect. Both
men are about 30 years old. A war
rant has been issued for Byars an
hls wife by Mair.qr.rate B. J. Gold, at
Rinctaburg. Olli tut* from this city
have gone to tue scene. Both men
are well kn^wn hprp_
Many Ollicera Ki'icd.
A dispatch from Harbin Manchuria
says many officers are being killed by
rebellious troops. Reserve offi cers are
not permitted to return home. All
messages from Mancnuria are cen
SPUN P BiG SUM.
Corti lyou Dispensed Nearly two Mil
li?n Dollars on Campaign.
It Cime from Many Sources, the
Largest Subscription Was One
Hundred Thousad Dollars,
According to a Washington news
paper which, with evidence of friend
ly handling, prints a long statement
about the expenses of Chairman Cor
telyou in 1904, the B --publican nation
al committee used the sum of $1,800,
000 to elect Rjosevelt and Fairbanks
and had in bank when the campaign
was ended about 8100.000.
Id is stated that Caairman Cortel
you hf d 8930,000 less that Chairman
Hanna had in 1900 and nearly $2,000,
000 less than he had in 1896. It is
also declared to be a fact tnat the
DomoTatic national c immittee in
1892, when Mr. Cleveland was elected
the second time, had a fund exceeding
anything known in American politics
before or since?She sum of $4,100,
Chairman Oortelyou, according to
this article, turned over to State com
mittee in New York, New Jersey
West Virginia, Massachusetts, Con
necticut, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin
and Nevada the sum of $700,000. No
amount is fixed as to the sum exoend
p? in New York by the national com
mittee through Gov. Oiell, but it
must have been largely in excess of
8200,000. For literature, it states, the
national committee expended $550,
000; for the speakers' bureau, $175,
000; for lithographs, advertising, etc.,
8150,000r for salaries and headquarters
expenses, 8150,G00, and for miscellan
ecus expenses, 850,000.
It is stated that the money expend
ed by Chairman Cortelyou came from
10,000 different sources, about 4 000
contributors being known, leaving
about 6,000 unknown, to the chairman
of the national committee. The larg
est single contributor furnished up
ward of 8100,000, it is stated, and his
identity was not known to either
Chairman Oortelyou or Mr. Bliss.
The article is lacking in details as
to the identity of corporations and
corporation managers that contribut
ed to the Republican funds- No refer
ence whatever is made to contribu
tions either from life Insurance comp
anies or railway companies, but it is
alleged that In every instance where
a contribution was made conditional
on some political favor to come the of
fer was rej icted or the money return
In connection with the Republican
campaign fund, the statement is made
that President Roosevelt and Chair
man Cortelyou will cooperate to have
passed a law providing for the publi
city of contributions to political com
mittees. Chairman Cortelyou declined
to discuss the figures connected with
the campaign of 1904, but intimated
that they were "about right."
New York Mysteries.
Three of New York's great high
ways, the river, the underground rail
way and street and that dark section
known as "Chinatown, each furnished
a police mystery last week. An un
known man jumped in front of a train
as it swung into 137th street and
Broadway station of tbe subway.
His body was literally ground to
pieces. The Chinatown mystery was
the death of a white woman, Lottie
Lane, whose husband, a Chinaman,
died a short time ago. Lottie Lane
nad three callers Tuesday night of
last week, a Chinaman and a white
man and a white woman. During
the night these callers summoned a
physician and notified the police that
tnesr hostess had fainted. The phy
sician found her dead. The, police
put the three callers under/arrest.
William Hallinger, who said he came
down from Yonkers and after dispos
ing of his load of produce started out
to enjoy himself, was dragged from
the East river with a fractured skull.
Mabel Weber, a 20 year old girl was
found lying bound, gagged and sense
less in the hallway of her house In
West Forty-Fifth street where she
resided with two girl compan
Dr. J. B. Matthews, in jail at
Greensboro, N. C.,. for wife murder,
came near ending bis life b v cutting
his wrist with a spoon handle one day
last week. The physicians reached
him in time to stop tbe flow of blood
and he is now out of daDger. A guard
has been placed in tbe cell with him.
A prisoner in an adjoining cell no
ticed him lying on his cot with his
bandaged wrist banging down. Ask
log wnat was the matter, Matthews
responded that he was cold and bad
bandaged his pulse to make him
warm. Suspecting something wrong,
tbe j iilor was notified and ou investi
gation found the prisoner with a tin
spoon handle, but he had failed to
sever the artery. He had tied a
handkerchief over it and was holding
his hand down with the edge of the
blanket conceling it while his blood
iljwedln a bucket. Matthews swal
lowed a quid of tobacco, several match
heads and charred stumps of ciga
rettes he had been allowed to smoke
during the day. The physician gave
him a powerful emltlc and saved his
Burned tu Death.
The little community around Kvles
Fort, Tenn., has been the scene of
two shocking accidents in 24 hours.
The first occurring Monday afternoon,
was the accidental killing of Miss
Rosa Collins, a well known young lady
of the neighborhood, by the discharge
of a shotgun in the hands of Cephas
Roberts, while he was examining tbe
gun in the home of Miss Collin's father.
The second was the burning to death
of Miss Annie Gibson and her mother.
Toe daughter's clothing caught fire
and the mother running to her rescue
was enveloped in the flames.
$1.00 PEE ANNUM.
NO MORE LEAKS
Extraordinary Precautions Taken
in Preparing the Cotton Report
STATESMEN SHUT IN.
Convincing Demonstration 01 tbe Fast
ness of thu Estimate Room Given
Two Southern Representatives
Who Wanted to See How
the Work Was Done.
A letter from Washington says Sec
retary Wilson Is taking extraordinary
precautions against leaks in the cotton
report. He has had enough of scandal
in that connection, and Is determined
that hereafter no leaks shall occurs if
it takes j? corps of watermen to pre
vent it. In making ready for the De
cember report he placed the individual
reports from the various agents
throughout the country in an iron
box, and then placed over the box,
one of the most trusted employees ia
the department, armed with a large
revolver. The faithful guardian of
the papers remained on duty all night,
and unt?l he was relieved on Monday
morning by the Secretary.
Tne Secretary himself took the re
ports from the box and delivered them
to four men appointed to tabulate and
make the required estimates. The men
and the pieolous papers were hurried
to a room assigned for them, and the
doors of the room were securely lock
ed, and guarded on the outside by
two men, who were ordered to permit
no one to enter or leave the room until
the work of the board wai completed.
Before tbe board entered the room
the telephone connection was severed
so that no possible communication
could be had with the outside world.
It took five hours to make the requir- >
ed calculations, and the board was
kept in close confinement all that
A good story is being circulated on
Representative Burleson,. of Texas,
and Representative Bowie, of Ala
bama, in connection with this last
cotton report. On Monday they visited
Secretary Wilson, being much Inter
ested in the cotton matter. The Sec
retary politely invited them to remain
and witness the method ol tabulation,
and the precautions used to prevent a
leak. Tne two Representatives gladly
accepted the invitation and were
taken to the tabulation room. After
witnessing the work for some time,
and being deeply Impressed with the
way in which It was done, they
thought it was time for them to go to
the capitol to take their seats at tue
opening of the session.
They thanked the Secretary for
what he had done, donned their over
coats and prepared to leave, when they
were told that no one could leave
until the work was completed. Tney
plead and argued, but it was all In
vain, so their places in the house re
mained vacant for three more weary
hours. They were not permitted even
to send a note explaining their situa
tion and could not telephone as the
instrument bad been disconnected. So
it was that two distinguished Con
gressmen 'from the South were not
present at the lottery for seats, but
they were willing to swear there was
no leak inthe Decemher cotton re
Representative Lewis, of Georgia,
has introduced a resolution looking to
tbe adoption of some new method for
collecting and tabulating cotton stat
istics. Tne resolution provides for the
appointment of a committee consist
ing of seven members to take tbe
whole subject into consideration and
evolve a system that will make the
reports as reliable as possib'e.
The Columbia Rjcord says the post
offlse and the store of R. L. Bell &
Co. of Westvillo, Karaoaw county,
was robbed Wednesday night, suppos
edly by two white tramps who had
been seen in the neighborhood yester
day. The two Ctrl :ss and store were
in one building, Tae extent of tbe
loss was not learned, buli some goods
and twenty-five coppers, postofflce
money, were missing. Westvills is
on the Southern railroad sixteen miles
from Camdsn. Mr. Bell has offered a
reward and there Is also one of 850
by the government.
Muut Produce Papers.
The State Supreme Court Is deter
mined to find out wbat is contained
in those alleged private letters and
other papers which Chief Beer Dis
penser James S. Farnum, of Charles
ton, on the advise of counsel had re
moved from his dispensary, No. 12 tn
Charleston beyond the reaco. of the
dispensary Investigating commission
toacoher S^ate and to this end
Thursday passed an order requiring
him to place them before the court.
A London mcney lender pressed
his claim for money loaned in a oitv
court and the Judge, after an exhaus
tive Inquiry into the merits of the
case, directed the defendant to pay
the debt at the rate of one penny per
month, the entire amount to be paid
by the end of the 209 rh vear.
The Democrats of Portland, Me.,
for the first time in twelve years,
elected their mayor. Nathan Clifford,
received 4,641, as against 4.429 for
the Republican candidate.
Killed Him soil'.
At New York Allen Kllnedinst
committed suicide early Suadi7 night
by drinking cirbolic acli. Ha die!
three hours afterward! ia taa pres
ence of riis. youag wife and child.