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ESTABLISH^ IN 18
TWO MEN SHOT
iftr-a Doctor Who Had Two Pis
tols on His Person.
The Citizens of Lancaster, Where Snoot
ing Occurred. Are very Much Stir
! red Up Over the Tragedy. Tbe
Two Young Men Shot Are
A serious shooting affair took place
in Lancaster on last Saturday morning
tit half-past eleven o'clock. Dr. Edgar
McDowsbot, and it is thought fatally
-wounded, Mr. Hazel Witherspoon, and
inflicted two serioui wuuuds on a Mr.
Bronn, who is an associate of Mr.
Witherspoon in the store of Heath
Springs Company. The shooting is
said to have originated through a
inisnnderatandirtg over a baby car
riage, which Dr. MoDow purchased I
several days ago from Mr. Wither
-spoon. The carriage was unsatisfac
tory and was returned by Mr. McDdw,
but through some oversight on the
part of either Mr. Witherspoon or Mr.
Brown, the purchaser was never given
? credit for it.
No information is given as to what
words passed between the gentleman,
but it is stated that after an attempt
had been made to explain why Dr.
McDow had not received proper cred
it for the carriage, he drew a pistol
and shot Mr. Witherspoon through
the lung and when Mr. 'Brown inter
terred, the pistol was turned on him
and two shots fired, one taking effect
in the hand and the other inflicting a
serious wound in his j vw. At this
juncture Mr. George Heath a son of
Mr. 0. P. Heatn came on the scene
just in time to prevent Dr. McDow
shooting Mr. Witherspoon a second
Mr. Witherspoon was immediately
put in tbe hands of physician?, bu: it
is thought that no amount of atten
tion will save bis life. He was suff st
ing very much when the physicians
arrived, and It looked for a time that
he would die with!? a few minutes
Mr. Witherspoon is about 30 years of
age and is said to be an exceedingly
popular voung man in Lancaster and
with his employers.
Mr. Brown's condition is not
thought -.0 be critical, though he
was painfully wounded. It is not de
finitely known wb ether he was shot
twice, or whethr ii an attempt to
.-shield his face, just one bullet pene
trated bis hand and j iw.
Dr. McDo w was placed in the coun
ty jail within a few minutes after the
shooting occurred. Up until 3 30
o'clock Saturday aft?ruoon he had
made no statement regarding the un
tunate affair. It is srated that both
Mi. Witherspoon ana Mr. Brown were
unarmed and were not given an op
portunity to protect themselves in
any way, the shots having been fired
without warning. Two pistols were
found on Dr. McDow.
A message from Lancaster states
that public sentimert is very much
against Dr. McDow. There is no an
t'e pation of any violence, but it is
understood that the citizens of Lan
caster are very indignant over the
catastrophe, the general belief being
that the thooting was unprovoked.
Mr. L>roy Springs, the proprietor
?of the Hcath-Sprirg3 Company, by
whom Mr. Witherspoon was employ
ed, was at Fort Mill, S. 0., when he
was informed of the shooting. As
soon as he learned that it would be
severai hours before he could get a
train to Lancaster, he ordered a spe
cial, and was speeding to the scene
within a very few minutes after the
A dispatch from Troy, Ala., says a
tornado struck the school hou^e of
of Josie Bf a& Thursday and two boys
were killed by falling timbers. The
dead: Twtlve year old &on of Albert
PitbmaD. Aaron Lee, aged 11. Tae
school house w?s demolished and
none of the occupants escaped with
out ii j ary, tucugh the wounds of only
14 are herious. Raman Caurch was
damaged by the tornado, the resi
dence of Cito Green was wrecked,
and the. postcfiloc and m; nv outbuil
dings were damaged. When the
wind struck the school building tne
sides of the structure gave way and
the ruof fell upun the oxupants.
Wants DtptfW to ii-Bigr..
Senator Brackett, of the New York
Legislature, on Wednesday introduc
ed a r; solution demanding the resigna
tion cfCaauncey M. Depew3s United
States Senator on sccjunt or Depew's
relations with the Equitable Life As
surance Society, as d:tclosed before
the investigating committee After
several Senators had eulogiz.-d Depew
and protested against ref.-rnng tte
resolution to any committee, Brack
ett seid he was willing it should be
put over, but he did not want to be
"kissed out of existence." He subse
quently withdrew the resolution.
Killed Fattt-r *tuti fist.
Dcfcniiag hi3 mother against ter
quarrelsome husband Joseph Pollock
aged 22 years, of 138 West Cumber
land street, Philadelphia, struck his
father In the face Mouday a blow,
whici resulted in his death. Tae son
has been arrested, charged1, with mur
er, and his mother held as a witness.
nothcr son, who is a lay preacher,
as ab-ent from home conducting a
hri stmas entertainment.
Iiove Danbar of Alken Has Price oi
$200 on BUs Head.
The Colombia State says a, reward
of 8200 has been offered for the arrest
of Love Dnnbar, a negro who Is
charged with having killed Mr. E. H.
Fisher near Salley In Alken county
on the night of December 24th. The
hominide was one of tbe most shock
ing of ail of the list of terrible crimes
ofCbristmis week. Three negroes
are now in arrest but Love Danbar is
a fugitive and it is believed that he is
the one most guilty. Mr. Fisher was
a man of large means and his death
was a calamity to tbe neighborhood
in whichihe was such a prominent
citizen. Col. D. S. Henderson of
Alken called on Go v. Hey ward yester
day and put before him the matter in
such a way that the offer was made,
Sheriff T. P. Raborn wrote the gov
ernor: "Several parties have been
arrested in connection with the mat
ter, but one of the men who is believ
ed to have implicated in the mur
der has not been captured. Tnis man
is Fred Dunbar, Jr., alias Love Dun
bar. I have made dellgent search
for this man and have had my depu
ties searching for him but to no a
vail as yet. I desire to recommend
that a liberal reward should be offered
for his apprehension. In this recom
mend at Ion I am joined by the people
Attached to Sheriff Rabom's letter
is a communication from Dr. H. J
Salley, Intendant, written by a sad
coino* denes on the letter paper of the
late E. H. Fl her. Dr. Salley writes:
"Sala partly, we believe from evi
dence was one of the men who fired
upon the person cf E. H. Fisher, who
was killed on the night of Deo. 24,
1905, at the home of Barney Dunbar.
Following is the description of Frea
Du ibar, Jr., aUiS Love Dunbar, giv
en by Sheriff Radorn: "Lipht ginger
c? k , smooth skin negro, 27 years old
six feet two to three laches in height
weighs 175 to 185 pounds full bust,
thick through chest, small ears,
good, black hair: keen black eyes, lit
tle pop-eyed;- long keen pointed nose.
Black mustache;' which he wears trim
med at corners of mouth. M.ujh is
small?unujually small for his race.
Good teeth, the front tooth on right
side of upper jiw is plugged with gold
gold also shows on eye tooth. Wears
No. 8 shoes and when last seen wore
a new pair of black patent leather
shoes with tan, tops. Size of coat and
vest 42, pants 44 and 35 length. Fond
of low dives and lewd women and
drinks to excess frequently. Dunbar
Is a fine figure, neat in appearance,
often wears blue overalls with apron
front His a black nappy overcoat.
Does not like farm labor, but works
carpenter trade and Is said to be a
first class hotel porter."
Shipwrecked Seaman Wabhed
Ashore in Dying Condition.
Six days in an open yawl boat with
waves constantly dashing over then:
and with only a few tins of canned
beef and one gallon of water, is the
experience of Capt. Bodden and the
six memoers of tne crew of tne Amer
ican scaooner Nakomis. Tne men
reached Pensecola, Fia, Thursday, Oe
ing brought from St. Andrews, where
they were washed upon the beach in
an almost unconscious condition, with
iimb3 swollen and benumed and al
most dead from exposure.
They were round by a party from a
small settlement nearby and given at
tention until they were able to be
placed in a boat and brought down to
Pensacola, where the vessel is owned.
The story of the suffering of the men
is a terrible one. Toe vessel put out
from Gulfport about two weeks ago
for Cuba with a cargo of lumber.
Shortly after getting to sea a leak was
oiscovered and although tne pumps
were started, the water continued to
rise in the hold until there were sev
A heavy gale then came on and the
men began to throw tff the deck load.
The vr^uel continued to take water
and it was sjou afterward) that she
listed heavily. The men then decided
to abandon the ship and gathered
food and nautical instruments, plac
ing them on a cabin house, when a
big wave swept over the vessel, turn
ing it completely over and throwing
everytuiag into the bea. A.;m,st
by a miracle one of the lifeboats, a
jug of water and a lew cans of meat
The men then set out for shore, and
for six days aad nights, with the seas
running aln est mountain high, they
pulled the open boat sometimes nut
knowing in which direction they were
going. Towards the close of the sixch
day land wa3 sighted and although an
tff rt was made to keep the boat cIX,
the strength of the wearlel crew was
not sufficient, and a big wave cast the
boat and its contents upon the beaco
near St. Andrews. The men were un
able tu move, be.ng almost dead from
cold and hanger.
Narrow E lOape.
Henry C. Langford, agtd 19, a ma
chinist, bad a narrow escapa from
death Thursday in the engine room
of the state cipital at Atlanta. He
was inside a big boiler painting the
inside with aluminum paint. The
fumes were so overpowering that
Langford and a helper could not
stand them and decided to rig up an
electric fan to give them tresh air
while they wurked inside the hot wa
ter tank. Liugford lacked light to
see how to ?x the fan and asked for a
match. A negro struck a match and
held it to the man-hole opening of the
boiler. Instantly there was a tre
mendous explosioun and smoke and
fire poured from the opening. Lang
ford tumbled out. He was terribly
burned about the face and head. He
went to a physician, where his burns
Twenty-One Men Lost their Lives
in a Mine.
la tbe Cooper Mine at Coaidale, W. Va.
. Toe Explosion Was Very Sudden
and Its Rambling' Could be
Heard for Miles and
A special to The Times f rom Blue
field, W. Va., says: Twenty-one min
ers were killed in an explosion of mine
gas in the snaft of tbe Cooper Mine
company at Coaidale, W. Va., at noon
Thursday. Up to midnight Thursday
only one body had been recovered. Im
mediately following the explosion,
which was heard for several miles,
rescue parties set to work to explore
the wrecked shaft.
Coaidale is a mining town situated
in Mercer county on the line of the
Norfolk and Western railway and is
15 miles west of Bluefield. But once
before in the history of the Pocahon
tas coal fieid has there been such a
fearful disaster as that in the Coal
dal Coal company's shaft Thursday.
The victims of that other disastejc
sleep in the cemetary at Pocahontas.
Thursday at noon while the mines
were crowded with noen there was a
sudden and heavy rumbling a mile and
more in the depths of the mountain
and through the miles of passages and
air-shaft of that immense mine the
shock was felt. Before the detonations
had died out, Bank Boss Thomas Wil
liams, who was a long ways from the
explosion, staggered to his feet, and
feeling his way to a mine telephone,
called to those on the outside that
there had been a terrific explosion of
mine gas and asked for helD.
Gathering about the entrance, has
tening crowds urged by coal heads and
anxious hearts hurried to prepare for
the rescue of the missing ones and an
exploration of the wreck workings.
At 4 o'clock one man was brought
out. He was H. C. Conrad, and bis
body was littrilly torn to pieces. His
clothing was hanging in shreds.
Up to a late hour Thursday night
no other bodies had been recovered.
There was considerable smoke and gas
in the entries and notwithstanding
the faot that tbe big fans were in
good order and were working with full
capacity, the gas and smoke were n?-t
being driven out very fast.
Tne following are the dead and
their bodies are with the exception of
Conrad, still burled in the mine: J.
W. Larne, W. Larne, Jim Bloss,
Laraz Aladar, Hungarian; Anthony
Bruce, Pole; H. C. Conrad, Silas
White, John Patterson, Gus Harris,
W. T. Sullivan, William Price, Wil,
Item Ward, Walter Gvinn, SiDh Grayi
Sterling' Williams, Albert Biruum,
Nithan Harrlston, William Curr>,
Silas Harris, June Kelly, Lee Price.
The Ccald de operation 5s owned and
operated by the Cooper Brothers, who
are also owners of the MM Creek and
McDowell Coal and C ike companies.
The Coaidale plant is conbidered one.
of the best operations in the field. Ed
Cooper is on the ground supervising
the work of rescue.
Cannot Haul Corn Crop.
The railioads of Kantas are unable
to furnish oars to move oae-half of
the corn crop. Grain men, farmers
and millers appeal in vain for trains
in which to ship to market the 190,
000,000 bushels of this cereal. All
along the lines ot the corn belt are
heaps of corn waiting to be snipped.
AtBome temporary cribs have beea
built to store this but in the great
majority of the places it has been
merely piled up on the ground, and
some of these piles contain i as many
as 10,000 bushels.
Tnls corn has been hauled to ship
ping points with the Idea that it was
to be loaded into cars which had been
ordered, but in most instances the
corn got there before the cars and is
still waiting for them. Sturme might
seriously damage this corn, which is
Exposed to the elements, and the men
who own it are keeping the wires hot
with messages to the railroad asking
that their orders for cars be tilled.
Charged With Marder.
A dispatch from Anderson to the
State aays Robert Bird and Lon An
derson, two young negroes living in
the lower part of this county, have
been lodged in jail cn charge with the
murder of a negro worn, in at a hot
supper. It was alleged that the ne
groes were returning home from the
frolic, when they met a party slso re
turning home. Toey fired two shots
into the ciowd, one of which Btruck a
uegro woman and iUlicted injures
from which she died a day or two af
terwards. A prelimiuary hearing was
given the negroes yesterday by Mag
istrate McAlister and the evidence
was such that accused were sent to
tie county jail to await trial at the
approaching term of the circuit court.
Swept by Cyclone.
Serious property damags and loss of
life was wrought Wednesday after
noon, shortly after 0 o'clock, by a
cyclone whici swept Jacksonville, a
negro settlempnt about a mile north
or Langley. The negro Baptist church
was completely wrecked, as were also
several of the best dweUng houses in
the settlement. The wife of Calvin
Nealer, one of the most respected and
prosperous negroes in the place, was
killed in the wreck of their home and
his eldest daughter seriously injured,
5. C, WJSDNES04r, JA1
A GEORGIA CITY WITH DEATH
Two People Killed, Many Injured and
a Great Seal of Property
A tornada of terrifflc force passed
over Albany, Ga., at 1.30 o'olock
Wednesday afternoon, coming from a
southwesterly direction and spreading
ruin and desolation over portions of a
dozen blocks. Several persons are
dead, others will die as a result of in
juries and many are more or less ser
iously hurt. Viewing the wreckage
lets by the toouado, it seem9 a mira
cle that scores were not killed out
right the tribute claimed in tbe way
of outrun lives being astonish
The known dead are:
Ben Jone, a negro machinist in the
employ of the Virginia-Carolina
Jake Johnson, a 9-year-old negro
Among those whose injuries will in
all probability prove fatal are:
Luta Gladden, Jesse Davis, Annie
Davis and Jessie Woodall.
The list is still incomplete owing
to the fact that much of the destruc
tion wrought was well beyond the
city limits. Reports from the torna
do after it left Albany have not been
Hundreds of negroes in the city are
homeless tonight and many have lost
all their household effects. The in
jured are being cared for and efforts
are being made to secure shelter for
all. This is difficult owing to the
scarcity of all kinds of dwelling hous
es in the city. Under direction of
Mayor Rawson, relief will be secured
and promptly furnished those in
It is difficult to estimate the prop
erty loss. The Virginia-Carolina
Chemical company is tbe principal
sufferer, its destroyed buildings and
machinery having been worth' prob
ably 360,000. It is safe\to say that
tbe total lo^s will be found to exceed
8150,000. Very little of the destroy
ed property was protected by tornado
The southern Bell Telephone com
pany is among the heaviest sufferers.
Its lines were blown down in several
parts of the city. Some little ap
prehension is felt for Pretoria, in the
southwestern part of the county.
The tornado came from that direction
and as the telegraph wires are down
nothing can be heard from there.
BLUST BE RESPECTED.
A Snobbish Officer of the Army Re
duced, in Rank.
For requesting a sergeant of artilery
to change his seat at a theatre, First
Lieut. Roy I. Taylor of the coast ar
tillery is redue?d in rank 12 Lumbers.
He was tried by courtmartlal last
week at New York and the veralcb
was announced Wednesday. The of
fense was cummitted at a theatre In
New London, Conn., where a sergeant
of Taylor's own company, who was in
uniform, vacated a seat at the request
of Lieut. Taylor.
"It is hoped," states the decision
which Is signed by Brig. Gen. Grant,
1 'that the sentence of the court will
leave no douot In the mind of any one
that tbe uniform of a soldier is a
mark of honor which must be respect
ed in the United States."
It also stated that a sentence more
severe than the one given is warrant
The theatre Incident took place last
October. Sergt. Patrick F. Buttler
of the One Hundred and Twenty-fif ih
company, coast artillery, which was
Taylor's campany, was seated in front
of his superior officer at a perform
ance. Lieut. Taylor was not In uni
form. Nearby were a party of friend
whom he knew but who were not
members of bis party. It was in or
der to make vacancy for one of them
that he told the sc rgeant to move.
His words to the under officer, accord
ing to the printed verdict of tne court
"Sergent, you had better get your
ticket changed and get your seat
somewhere In the rear,' or words to
Lieut. Taylor pleaded not guilty to
the charge of conduct to the prt ju
nice of good order and military disci
pline, saying that he had asked the
sergeant to move but he spoke as one
might to another and did not intend
to convey to Sergt. Butlor the idea
thac he was being ordered to move.
Ail Were JbOHt.
The British bark "Pass," of Melfort,
Captain Caugal, from Ancon for Pug
et sound, drove asnore on the rcckt* of
Vancouver Island, a quarter of a mile
east of Amphltrlte i^olrt, Tuesday
night, and all on hoard were lost.
Tue vessel was making for the en
trance to the straits wnen a ter-liic
southwest gale drove her to the lee
shore on Vancouver Island and the
doomed ship drove with terrific force
onto the rocks, breaking up soon af
terwards. Tne bodies of lost seaman
are coming ashore.
A dispatch from Edgefield says a
middle aged negro man uf Colliers,
uamid Ned Thoma3, was drowuod
Wednesday night in Log creek, four
miles west of that town. He was
under the inlluence of whiskey and
his mule was drowued with him. His
daughter walked across a bridge and
got safely over. He was an indus
trious fellow and had just borrowed a
sum of money from tne Bank of Eige
deld, which money he Is supposed to
have had upon his person.
f AURY* 10, 1906.
Ugly Traffic in Chinese Laborers
For South Africa.
WILL WOBK IN MINES.
Herded Like Cattle. Ths Contractors
Furnish Them to the Mine Workers
and They Belong To Their Em
ployees, Body and Soul.
Sent to Mines.
A letter from Washington to The
Charleston Post says an Interesting
story has just reached this country
concerning the traffic in Chinese
collies in tbe mines of the Transvaal.
The methods of collecting, seperating
and shipping the coolies is fully de
scribed and tbe whole treatment of
them resembles the selection of cat
tle for the great slaughter houses
more than of human beings. Durlug
the last year the "industry," as it is
called grew to large proportions.
White labor, since the close of the
South African war has been found in
sufficient for the purposes of mining
gold in the Transvaal, and conse
quently ft has been neccessary to ex
port thousands of c xfiies to that place.
The primary work of collecting the
coolies is begun by missionary doctors,
at the expense of the contractors. Tbe
?C3epted coolies are first marched to
the nearest railroad station and for
warded to tbe sniping point. Being
taken from the trains they are placed
in barracks of different sizes, usually
large enough, however to accommo
date from three to four hundred Chi
nese. Each is then stripped and
examined by the doctors, including
tests for eyesight and hearing. Those
accepted pass into a large tank of
warm water and are there scrubbed
with soap bv other coolies. Tney are
then vaccinated, photographed and
their identification cards written up
A number is hung about their
necks, and they are ushered again
into another compound until the next
transport sails. It is said that they
are here furnished with a copy of the
contract they are to sign both in
Chinese and in English. It is even
claimed that the coolies are told what
the contract means, where they are
going, the wages they are to receive,
etc., but this is seriousty doubted.
Few coolies have enocgh intellect to
understand a contract even should it
be read to them. Opium and Chi
nese" liquor are now denied him,
though ne may ha *e all the rice and
tea his stomach is capable of holding
The day before shipping, the cool.es
are taken in lots of ten to the office
of the Chinese protector for a final ex
amination. Here they are not only
given another severe physical test,
but are asked many questions in the
endeavor to ascertain wuether or not
the heathern understands fully where
ne it going and wbat he is expected
to do after getting there.
In a large hail stand or squat some
two hundred coolies in rows along the
wall. Their oniy clotbmg is a piece
of string and a paper tag. If passed
up as being all rigat, tney are given
anotner wash aud are then given
clean clothes, shoes, belts, socks,
straw hats, etc., and reappear in
dark blue un'.forms. The paper or
temporary tag which has heretofore
been hanging around the coolies neck
is now exchanged for a permanent
leid one with a number on it. He
has no name, hereafter a number.
Tnls lead tag becomes as muc 1 a part
of him as hi i finger or any other sec
tion of his antomy.
He is now given 838 (Mexican) two
months pay, aod 88 oonu.i, and asked
again if be prefers to return home or
retain the silver. The answer is in
variably in favor of the silver. Hav
ing decided to retain the money in ex
change for a tag with a number on it
be puiihes it into a tiu pan, which
later serve him for his rice bowl, his
wushpan, and for ma?y other use to
which he may wi^h to put it. At this
point the c >oly belongs to the con
tractor soul and bod v. ? He is now
placed in a kind of jail, and here he
bids farewell to his ram?y and cred-l
itors. He receives his kit bag con
taining clothiDg. a biank.it, a tin cup
and a baxboo pillow, and id now iea
dy to take his piace In t?e gold mines
of the Transvaal.
The first' Hhipm?nt of coolie., was
m^de in July, 1904, aud tne total
numoer of shipments from all ports to
Che present time is twenty-nine Tne
total number of coolie> shipped from
all parts of C iina is 49,0??. The
deaths have been comparatively few.
Contractors are making many cliou
sands of d -liars annually out of this
slave trail! o, and as wih be seen from
the numerous pny.ncii te.its to wuich
the coolies are pu?, they endeavor to
transport only wnat are c msidered
gcod risks. On the. others uiey would
undoubtedly lr se money. \
Picked up *l Sia,
Advices were received in Charles
ton on TLurBday of the safety of four
flseermen, John Plnckney, Lawrence
Washington, Mlney Gibson and Frank
Simmons, who were picked up at sea
by a passing vessel and carried Into
Norfolk. The men were though to
ha7e been lost and thzt they were
safe was pleasing intelligence to their
relatives and friends. They belonged
to tbe fishing smack Charleston and
while off snore last Saturday, their
small boat got adrift in a sudden
squall and disappeared from view.
Tbe smack returned to port without
the men and there was only one con
clusion?thas they had been swept
out to sea and drowned.
LOOKING FOR BAD HL&Jt.
Poat< nice laapeotora and Detective t
Postoffice inspectors and secret ser
vice men are quietly workln around
in the P.'edmont section atrain looking
for Gus Daford, the noted yesrgman
who escaped fronrthree United States
deputy marshals while on his way to
Charleston for trial, by jumping
through the window of a flying passen
ger train near Cades.
He is one of the most notorious safe
blowers in the country, and bears the
traces of frequent narrow brashes with
federal officers, who have a most hear
ty respect for his nerve and intelli
gence, There are three large scars
from burns on his left fore-arm, ugly
slashes on the forehead and left jiw
and a long out on the top of the head,
extending down across the forehead.
This was made by the four inch blade
of a pole axe.
With all his scars, however, DeFord
who is twenty-three years old but
looks twenty eight, is a dapper, well
dressed fellow who has the ear of be
ing "stuck on himself" and loitors
about bowlin alleys and pool rooms.
He is an expert pool player, well
known in Richmond, Norfolk, Balti
more and New-York, under one or the
other of his numerous aliases. Some
of these are Augustus DeFord, Wm.
R. Smith, Gus B. Ford, G. M. De
IPord, W. W. P. Thorton, C. C. Carter
Lawrence Bailey, Lawrence Cockrell,
Gus Walter. Among his yegg nick
names are "Gus," "Walto" "Dick"
Deiord was wanted by the postoffice
inspectors for the burglary of safes in
the postoffice at Camaron, Rowesville,
Montmorenci, Batesburg and Enoree,
and was indicted with several other
yeggman for these burglaries in the
United States district court at Char
leston on April, 8, 1903. He was found
at Churc'Qvllle, N. Y., where local au
thorities were holding him on charge
of bank burglary and started south in
charge of three United Stated deputy
marshals, but escaped by leaping head
long from the train at Cades. He
has not been seen since, although the
inspectors have several tlme3 been hob
on his trail, and have a tip now that
he's looking about for likely spots for
his operations in the Piedmont of
The erlief postoffice inspector has
offered a reward of 8250 for his appre
hension as a fugative from justice,
and Inspector Gregory of North Caro
lina and Pulsifer of South Carolina
would give years of their lives just to
sse him ones more.
Sold a Grave.
The grave in whioh lies the body of
the man she called husband was yes
terday deeded away by Mrs. V. J.
Dubois, of Des Moines, for 840 to Mrs.
Mary Dubois, cf Denver, whose claim
as wife of the same man has been
substantiated by ? the courts. With
the transfer goe3 the Desmois wo
man's claim to-ohe body of the promi
nent and wealthy Des Moines contrac
tor, E. T. Dubois, who was found to
have three wives, one in Des Moines,
one In Denver and one in New Orleans.
It is said that Dubois also had family
connections in Naw York and Phila
delphia. It was only that the title
might rest with the legal wife that
the transfer was made. Mrs. V. J.
Dubois, firmly beiiving that the oth
er women were imposters, had purch
ased the lot in the c.metary, and the
possession cf the grave remained with
her until the courts decided that the
legal rights rested in Mrs. Mary Du
bois of Denver, and she then parted
with the remains of her supposed hus
band for 840.
Eighteen Thousand Stolen.
It has just been discovered that
818,000 has been stolen from the
Southern or Adams Express compan
ies. The money was sent from Au
gusta and consigned to New York
and was transferred in Columbia, For
this reason an investigation is being
mado in Columbia as well as in Wash
ington and New York. The money,
otner'vaiuables were In a pouci ship
pad from Augusta. In Columoii the
express from Augusta Is always trans
ferred to tuo Jo-cksoavUle-New Yo k
expresa and is again transferred to
the Adam3 Express company In Wash
ington for ohfpment to New York.
Tne money was transferred in Coium
bla last Saturday week and Monday
when the pouch should have been de
liverer! in Now York it was ml-sing.
The express officials claim that the
seal was intaot wneu the pouca was
delivered there, unless a persoa had
dopiicite seals, and for that reason
the iiiv?sr.L'atiiOu now going on there
Is most rigid.
An Old Couple.
A dispatch from W?;kes Birre, Pa.,
two of the uldest couples ever mirried
in that part of the Soate were wedded
T lursday and F;idiy. Taelr com-1
Dined a^:3 are 270 years and the ages
of the bridegrooms a'one is 150 years. I
Tnursd.iy Jerome B K illy, of Avery,
Wayne County, and Mrs Annie Ha
mill, of Duumore, were married, the
bridegroom being eltrhty and the
bride, sixty-seven. Yesterday Ben
jamin Smith aged seventy and Ribec
ci E. Haucock, age li.'ty-nlne both of
New Albany, IV, w-*re mrrrjed.
Charit Z'.mmerman, who shot and
lnstanily killed Jim Stevens just
across the Siluda line in Eigefield
county Wednesday night, was lodged
in jail there this evenirg for safe keep
ing by Messrs. W. D. aud J. G. Pad
gett. Stevens, it is said, was sitting
in nls home and was snot by Zimmer
man through an open wiudow. Both
parties are negroes.
Oa account of recent heavy rains a
landslide occurred Thursday on the
South and Western railroad, In pro
ess of constructing near Pine Bldge,
N. C, killing three men and fatally
injuring two others. The bodies of
the dead men have been recovered.
$1.00 PEE AMTJM.
Distinguished Washington Fhy?*
sician Discusses the Horror.
Many P ople Insist on Past Mortem Sur
gery to Satisfy Themselves That
Their Relatives [and Friends
Are Dead. Instances Are
Recalled by Doctors.
The Washington.Post says. lt not;
infrequently happens that persons who
have baen seriously ill are thought by
friends and attendants to have breath*
ed their last when there is still life in
the body. In fact, oase3 are on record
of premature burial, and this particu
larly so in times of war and pestilence.
So great is the horror of such a pro
bability among some people that they
have insisted upon post mortem sur
gery being performed upon them atoer
their death, something that would be
fatal itself, in order to prevent the
dire calamity of being buried alive.
There is one Instance on record in this
city where a woman, a member of a
prominent family, who at the time of
her last illness exacted a promise from
her family that when sue was pro
nounced dead her heart should be
taken from her body. This operation
was made by her family physician, one
of the bes*-- known among the old prac
titioners of former years.
There are many residents of Wash
ington today who hear well in mind
the circumstance of a certain gentle
man, a physician himself, and at one
time a Burgeon in the Confederate
army, who, when his wife died, ob
jected for several days to her inter
ment. There was not sufficient evi
dence of death to prove to him that
she was lifeless, and his contentions
that she was only in a trance, in wnica
he was sustained by others, were so
strong that only after several day*
and when there could hi no longer
I doubt of her death, disoompo3ltioa<
having become much advanced, would
be consent to her burial.
- Discussing these and similar topioi
j one day during the past week, a prao
[ ticicg physician mentioned a circum
stance that cama immediately under
his observation. "When I was pur
suing a kind of post graduate study
not very long ago," he remarked "aud
was nearing the end of my worn In
the contagious disease hospital in New
York, a call was made upon me one
oay to attend a little girl who was.se
riously ill from dlptheria, I founi the
patient in the attic of a tenamenC
house on the East Side of tne city,
not more than a block distant from
"If you have ever seen that pathe
tic picture in which you notlca tha
doctor sadly gazing upon an unconsci
ous child lying upon pillows fixed upon
two chairs, aud th? attitude of tbe
sorrow-stricken parents," he continu
ed, "you may get some idea of tha
scene presented to me when I entered
the room. Tne absence of the doctor
was the only thing that prevented the
painting from reproduction as a liv
"The mother was sobbing, with her
bead bowed over a table aud the fath
er was in a standing poslcioo abso
lutely dazei with sorrow. Tua cilld
was lying on pillows stretchad upon
two chilrs. 'Don't toucn her, doctor,'
the father said to me. 'Sie is dead!
And in heaven now, and so I tiou/at
myself," said the dooior, "jj.g upju
careful examination, I founi the faint
est indicitions of respiraoioa, aud
without any delay I inaroiuui Inno
the windpipe tne lates i surgloil in
strument invented forou^ cases, and
in a few seconds plalaly discovered
tue chili breajQing. Liter ou, hav
ing called for a hospltu amoulauoa, I
wrapped the child la a blanket and
took her in my arms to tue prop3r
"To sum it all up, the little one re
covarei, aad when her parent came
to see her tuay found nar close upoa
complete rec >very. I had difficulty in
escaping taelr embraoas wujq taey
knew for an abioluoa bruoo. that tnay
still had tnslr oaby.
" Waen I first saw that child," he
said iu conclusion, "I felt as carbaia
sue was dead as I knew I myself was
The Toy PlttoJ.
As a result of having accidentally
shut bim.self in the hand with a blank
cartridge about two weeks ago, Will
Pittman, aged 12 years, of 117 Wells
street, Atlauta 6a,, was taken to
Grady hOapital Friday afternoon suf
fering from lockjaw. He is in a ser
ious condition. A few days before
Christmas the young fellow was play
ing with a toy pistol of the kind that
shoots cartridges In some* manner
the weapon was accidentally discharg
ed and tne paper wadding penetrated
the flash of the boy's hand The wound
at first, was not considered serious,
but rapidly grew worse until tetanus,
or lockjaw, developed.
Wif? Won't Stay.
Rav. J. Soevensoa recently resolved
to face a week's incarcernatlon rather
than pay the cnurcn tax in Scotland.
He had no prop arty wnich could be
distrained upon, and on the form
waich he received on whici to state
what he was willing to hand over to be
sold he wrote: "Salf." In the next
column, in which he was required to
state the value of the goods, he in-?
sorted: "Wife won't stay."