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ESTABLISHED IN IS
DIED IN FIRE
fwsst Fires Cause AWfol Dis
aster in Michigan.
Belief Train Carrying Terrified In
habitants of a Little Village At
tempts to Bon Gauntlet of Flames
Only to be Ditched, Fifteen People
Losing Their Lives.
A dispatch from Alfens, Mich,
says fifteen people lost their lives
Thursday night in the burning of
the Detroit and Mackinac Railway
relief train, which was carryiug ths
inhabitants of the little village of
Metz, 23 miles north of here, to saf
ety from the forest fires which wex
sweeping away their homes.
The ill-fated train was ditched by
epreading rail at Nowicki siding,
south of Metz, and the terrified ref
ugees were forced to abandon the
cars and rush for safety either down
the track with burning forests on
either side or into the ploughed fields
near the siding.
Eleven of the victims were women
and children, who were unable to
escape quickly enough from a gondo
la car. Their charred bodies wen
found there Friday when rescuers
reached the scene. Two of the mei
?ictims were members of the train
Four additional fatilities occurred
In the nefghborhood Thursday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wagner died from
heat and exhaustion on their farm
near the scene, and Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Nowicki, lost their lives in
their burning house near the siding.
When the ,forest fires clused :n
Thursday about the little village
a special train of three empty box
cars and two coal gondolas was rush
ed to Metz, and as rapidly as poo
eible people and their goods were
loaded into the cars. Some refus
ed to abandon their goods, or the
train might have left earlier. When
, the train finally started there were
about 100 frightened people aboard.
The flames were already sweeping
through the' village. Nearing Now-'
ickl crossing Engineer Foster saw
blazing piles of cedar ties on both
sides of the track. Opening the
throttle he tried to dash through
at full speed, but the heat had caused
the rails to spread and he train
left the track Blazing piles of ties
surrodunded it and in an instant
the cars caught fire . The terror
stricken people jumped from the cars
are rushed down the track. Three
mothers and their little ones were
not quick enough. They were cre
mated in the car.
Brakeman Barrett sprang into the
water tank behind the engine, only
to be literally boiled to death as
the tlames swept over it. Engin
eer Foster and Conductor Kinvilie
fled down the track through the fire
and smoke, and were the first to
reach the village of Posen and re
port the wreck and ask for assis
tance. Behind them staggered a
burned and wounded procession of
It was a fearful march over the
hot ties with the flames and burning
woods on either side of the track
roaring and snapping in their faces.
Engineer Foster was terribly burned
about the head and face, but it is
thought that he will survive. Many
pf the refugees are suffering painful
The survivers of the frightful ex
perience seemed dazed by their peril
and sufferings and were unable to
give any coherent statement as *o
whether anybody was left behind in
iietz. It will probably be a week
or more before it is known definitely
how many peopie perl-hed in the
village of Metz.
When the relief train left Metz
It carried all the inhabitants of the
village except George Cicero, the sta
tion agent, who stayed to handle
the railroad wire and escaped
through ploughed fields only to find
his wife and three children cre
mated in the wreck of the relief
train. A fourth child, a boy, about
11 years old, had jumped from the
burning car and escaped with but
Every report received Friday nignt
from the fire-swept country to the
north of this city increases the extent
.and gravity of the fire situation, and
the death list which started Friday
with the cremating of fifteen people
In the Metz relief train. Is steadily
growing. Presque Isle and Cneboy
gan counties are all flames, and the
75 miles between this city and Che
bovgan Is reported to be almost a
solid mass of fire. Alpena County is
ablaze In every direction. Reports
of fatuities are coming from many
places. From Metz Township Fridav
night the cremation was reported ot
Henry Kemps, his wife and two chil
dren In their farm house.
Bolton, South Rogers and Metz are
among the destroyed villages. La
Rouque is threatened tonight. On'y
the cnurch Is left at the village of
Ca thro, and it is crowded with ref
A strip twenty miles wide from
Hubhard Lake to the An Sable River,
In Alcona County, is burning. More
than fiftv farmers are reported to
night to have been swept by the fire.*
today, and their buildings destroyed.
Sixty passengers on a south-bound
Detroit and Mnckinac Railroad train,
which left Cheboygan last night for
TRIES TO DODGE
HEARST REACHED BY BREAKING
Deputy Sheriff Starts to Break in
Door of Toilet Room When He
Conies Out and Surrenders.
After a dramatic scene on'a Union
Pacific train at Omaha, Neb., Thurs
day night in which the door of his
stateroom was burst open by a depu
ty sheriff, William Randolph Hears:,
millionaire editor, was served with
papers notifying him that 3iiit fo>
$600,000 has been brought against
him for slander and libel by Governor
Charles N. Haskell, of Oklahoma, in
the Douglas v unty, Nebraska, dis
trict court. j
The suit was filed with the dU-1
trict court last night, after which
the papers were immediately' with
drawn. The train did not arrive
until 11:25. A deputy sheriff was
on hand with orders to serve the
summons' on Hearst. A knock oi
the door of Hearst's state-room elic
ited the information from the edi
tor's wife that he was not in the
room, but had gone to the station
to send a telegram.
The deputy sheriff demanded ad
mittance in the name of the law,
saying, if npt admitted, he would
break down the door. There ensued
a dramatic scene. Mrs. Hearst on
the inside screamed ouit she was
alone and would admit no man, and
the deputy proceeded to carry out his
threat; using his shoulder as a bat
tering ram, he crashed through the
door and was met by Mrs. Hearst
partially disrobed, apparently on the
verge of hysteria.
Nothing daunted, although Mrs.
Hearst rushed screaming through
the door out in . the aisle. Deputy
Sheriff Stewart started to kick in
the door of the toilet room adjoin
ing the state-room. Then Hearst
emerged and accepted the papers.
To a reporter Hearst said that the
summons was unexpected, and he
had not the elast suspicion that any
thing of the kind was to occur in
"Why did you refuse admittance
to tbe officers?" was asked.
"Because myself and wife were
retiring for thre night," explained
Hearst. "I have no objection to be
ing served with these paners here
in Omaha or anywhere else." *
TURNED GRAVES DOWN.
Hearst's Candidate Tried to Speak
Amid Cheers for Bryan.
In Baltimore wide publicity having
been given the announcement that
Wm. R. Hearst and John Tempi-.-.
Graves would address a meeting of
the Independence party, the Prince.-s
Theatre was packed tonight. A tel
egram was read from Mr. Hearst
expressing his regrets. It was learn
ed later that the announcement that
he would speak was made by mis
Mr. Graves in his speech credited
Mr. Hearst with having Injected into
this campaign all the interest It pos
sessed, and then severely criticised
both the Democratic and Republican
parties. He flayed Wm. J. Bryan,
the mention of whose name, how
ever, was heartily cheered. The
speaker attacked the Democratic
vice presidential nominee, declaring
Mr. Kern to be the paid representa
tive of a railroad corporation con
victed of criminality. A man in tho
;allery was ejected for repeat
edly shouting "Are you not In tha
pay of Wm. Randolph Hearst?"
Th? ejection of the questioner was
followed by a call for cheers for
Bryan, which were given in such a
manner that Mr. Graves threatened
to appeal to the police to secure him
a hearing *
NEGROES LYNCH NEGRO
For Stealing a Bale of Cotton From
A dispatch from Hernando. Miss .
reports the lyncing near that place
last night of W. J. Jackson, a negro,
by members cf his own race. Jack
son, it is stated, was discovered white
attempting to remove a bale of cot
ton, the property of another negro,
from a gin Tuesday night. He es
caped, but was captured later yester
day, and while being taken to jail
was secured and hanged by a mob
composed of negroes.
Where Is Harry Lardncr?
If anyone knows of the wherea
bouts of Harry Lardncr, he would to
doing a favor to R. D. Lardner. a
sailor on H. M. torpedo boat No.
9, Chatham. England, by writing
him of his half-brother's location. *
Bryan Negro Club.
At Springfield. Ohio. Thursday
night a Bryan Club, six hundred
strong, was organized by the negro
voters, led by colored soldiers who
formerlv served at Brownsville. *
this city, spent a night of horror al
La Roque. Flames surrodunded the
train and hnduied in their cars, th.>
terrified passengers spent the ni^rit
in momentary expectation that the
train would be consumed. It was
saved, however, and the passengers
came on to Alpena this afternoon,
Rogers City was threatened this after
noon, but it is now hoped that the
town can be saved. ?
ON THE LIFE OF A MAN THEY
Verdict Set Aside Because Two Jurors
Resorted to Game of Chance iu
Order to Arrive at a Conclusion.
A dispatch from Aiken to The
News and Courier says William
Knox, the convicted murder of Pick
ens Penn, was given a new trial by
[judge Wilson, who heard the argu
ments for a new trial on the ground
of irregularity in the Jury room.
Knox was convicted or murder last
week In the Criminal Court, hut hi
was not sentenced at that time in
order that his counsel might be heard
in a motion for a new trial. Last
Saturday the defendant was called
up to be sentenced, but the solicitor
asked for a postponement, until yes
terday. The arguments were begun
late yesterday afternoon and end
ed this morning by the Judge setting
aside the verdict..
The ground for the new trial is
most unusual. Affidavits were pro
duced by Knox's counsel, Messr*.
Henderson and Davis, Gunter and
Gyles, from four of the jurors who
sat on the case. These affidavits
were in efTect that ten of the jurymen
stood for murder, without recommen
dation, and that two stood for mur
der with recommendation to the
mercy of the Court, thus reducing
the sentence to life imprisonment.
They could not arrive at a conclu
sion by reasoning the matter and re
sorted to the uncertain game of
chance. It was proposed that two
slips of paper, one marked "mur
der," which was to stand for no rec
omendation, and the other to bo
marked "mercy," to Indicate a rec
ommendation for mercy, were to be
placed in a hat and drawn for.
This was agreed to and'the slip-?
were placed in the hat. It was
agreed by the two that if the 'mur
der" slip was drawn they would give
In to the ten, and if the "mercy"
slip was drawn the verdict shoul 1
be guilty with a recommendation to I
Fate was against Knox in the jury
room and when the draw was made
the "murder" slip was drawn out,
and the verdict was accordingly
signed and rendered to the Court.
The defendant's counsel contend
ed that this was gambling the life of
the defendant away, and could not
have been their honost convictions,
and was contrary to the law, and ask-'
ed that the verdict be set. aside. *
TnE FIGHT WON.
Chairman Mack Confident of Sweep
ing Democratic Victory.
Chairman Mack, before leaving
Chicago for the East Friday said:
"When I came West some two
weeks ago I realized that the tide had
turned toward Democracy and every
Indication pointed to victory for the
Democracy in November. The sit
uation is far better now than then
and I return East confident in the
election of Mr. Bryan. I have not
received one discouraging report
Mr. Bryan will not only receive the
majority of the electoral vote, but.
one of the greatest popular votes evtr
given a candidate.
"The fight is won, but we must
keep everlastingly at it for the rs
malnlng two weeks of the campaign.
It is too early to give o/it figures, and
I will not attempt to do so, but I will
say now that New York, Ohio and
Indiana are Democratic this yea*
and my prediction does not take Into
consideration a number of other
States that will swing from the Re
publican to the Democratic column
two weeks from Tuesday." *
MILK DEALER IS DETECTED.
Typhoid In Family of Farmer Who
A Chicago dispatch says after dis
covering more than fifty cases of
typhoid fever among customers of
Ernest Pilcher, a West Pullman milk
dealer, officials of the department
of health have ordered him to dis
continue the sale of milk immediately
and started proceedings to have his
A police guard was requisitioned
by Dr. Gottfried Koehler, chief food
inspector, to sse that the order,
which will affect about 300 custo
mers, is enforced and that the dealer
does not send out any wagons.
Health department inspectors
found typhoid in the family of one
of the farmers from whom Pichler
obtains his supply of milk. A3cor
'Mng to Dr. Koehler, Pichler knew
of these facts as long ago as Mon
day, but continued to ditrlbute milk
until the inspectors stopped him. *
KILLED RY FALL.
Berkeley County Citizen Fatally In
jured at a Baptizing.
A dispatch from Monck's Corner,
to The News and Courier says "Mr.
<"!eor<re Mims. a well known me
"hnpie. met with an accident which
resulted in his death a few hour
biter Hs was at a b^ntlzlng a'.
C-'U'd Pri-'ge and had cMmbpd up
a 'ree to ire* heri-joa fnr the children
when a !lT,,b Voke and be fell a dis
tance of :?o root. Dr. W. K. Fish
burn was hastily summoned, who
?***oA i?n moriinni ski1' to revive him.
hut with^nt av?H. His death is very
JO, 8. C. TUESDAY, OCT
THE BRYAN FUND
Senator TIHman Gave Two Hun
dred Dollars to tho Cause.
AMOUNTS AND GIVERS
One Hundred Thousand Dollars
More Is Needed?Only Those Who
Gave $100 or Over are Named.
Bryan Second Largest Contributor.
Fifty Thousand People Gave.
The Democratic national commit
tee, through Treasurer Herman Rid
der, Thursday morning gave out an
extended statement of the contri
butions to the Democratic national
campaign fund up to and including
October, showing sums of and over
$100. The statement also" show
receipts and disbursements as fol
Received from contributors of $100
and over, $90,712.33. Received
from contributors under $100, $115,
355.22. Amount left over from Den
ver Convention fund, $42,500.
Total, $248,567.55. Amount dis
bursed, $225,962.38. -Balance on
The statement, which Is signed by
National Chairman Mack and Treas
urer Rldder.- says that 343 subscrib
ers gave $i00 or more, and the
smaller sums were from 25 cents up.
It adds: ?
"The number of contributors t)
the national committee fund Is es
timated at about 50,000 people, and
about $100,000 of the whole amount
contributed came from tbe Democrat
ic newspapers throughout the United
"It will be noticed from the fore
going statement that the cash bal
ance is about $22,000. Supplies con
tracted for!and undelivered, circula
tion of literature, the expenses of
headquarters in Chicago, New York
and Denver and the traveling and
other expenses incident to our speak
ing campaign now under way will
make necessary an additional $100,
000 to carry our campaign to a suc
cessful issue. We are confluent that
the people whom we are thus taking
into our .confidence will supply us
with this additional sum, and we ear
nestly urge a prompt and gener
ous response to this appeal.
"Subscriptions received of $100 or
more will be published daily, begin
ning October 16."
The complete list is as follows:
Alabama?Jere C. King $100
fhomas C. McLellan $100. Hon. K.
3. D. Mallory $500, J. W. Tomlinson
Arizona?Wm. E. Thomas $100.
Arkansas?Guy B. Tucker $l,00i>,
R. B. Macon, Congressman, $100.
California?John W. J. Enrlght
$100, Hon. Nathan Cole $500.
Colorado?Hon. Chas. J. Hughes
$500, Hon. T. M. Patterson $1,000,
Hon. Chas. S. Thomas $2o0, W. J.
Gallagan $250, W. A. Hill $250, Hon.
Tohn F. Sharoth $250, George R.
Williamson $200, Jos. A Thatcher
$100, Judge R. W. Steele $100,
Jane Jefferson Club $100.
Connecticut?Melbert D. Cary
$1,000, Archibald McNeill $1,000.
Florida?Arthur T. Williams $10%
P. A. Bignan $124.
District of Columbia?Cotter T
Bride $100, E .B. McGelrick $100,
N. B. Shade and wife $100, Colum
bia Democratic Club $500.
Georgia?Governor Hoke Smith
Illinois?P. W. Burn? $500, L.
W. Chambers $100, George E. Dice
son $150, Judge S. L. Dwight $.100.
Edward F. Dunne $200, M. F. Dun
lap $1,000, Judge O. P. Thompson
$100, Phil Feeler $100, F. O. Haw
ley $100, D. M. Kinsa $100, W. A.
Moody $100, A. L. Maxwell $100. F.
L. McCulloch $100, Chas. J. Mulli
ken $100, Andrew T. Phelps $100
Braley & O'Donnell $100, Roger :
Sullivan $1,000, H. R. Fowler $100,
Ervin A. Rice, $100, Harry Higbet
$100, W. E. Williams $125, Wm
Hoyt $100. Frank V. Dilatush $100.
lohn P. Hopkins $1.000,
Indiana?Thomas Taggnrt. $1,000.
Hon. W. M. Blackstock $10 0. Corne
lius Cunningham $100, Chas. C.
Fehority $100. Wm. B. Robinson
$100. Abrain Simmons $200.
1 Iowa?M. F. Healey $100, Farmer
Kansas?John T. Perldergasl $100.
Chas. Owen $100, W. A. Harris $100,
u. S. Hendricks $100, it. W. Blair
$ 100, Frank S. Themas $100, G. F.
Kentucky?W. J. Baird $100.
Urey Woodson $100. Harry Weis
singer $100, Bruce Haldeman $lf-0
\V. T. Ellis $100.
Louisiana?Senator C .C. CordiM
$250, Hugh McCleskey $100, Ba>
nard McCloskey $250, the Hon.
Albert Estrtplnal $100, .the Hon.
Robert Ewing $250. J. W. Dansigor
$100, Edmund McCullom $100. thu
Hon. Otto Breide $100. E. A. Brnn
dao $100, the Hon. P. W. Bond ?.100.
W. H. Byrnes, L. W. H. and E. C. E
C. $1flO. th3 the Hen. Martin Boh >
man $100, New Orleans bankers
5250, the Hon. Thos. O. Anderson
$100, tbe Hon .los. Vogtle $100. o
r. Williams $100, Samuel Gilmorc
UiOO. Julius Gnetsch $100. the Ho:,
lehn Fitzpatrick $100. Isidore New
man $250, the Hon. L. H. Marreiro
$100. Col. lohn H. Sullivan $1 ?0,
?he Hon. E. K. Skinner $100. Ceo.
Smith $100, Governor J. Y. Sanders
$250, the Hon. Alex. Pyrol $100, W.
(Continued on page 3.)
OBER *JO, 1908.
ALIENS FOR SOUTH
DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE
AND LABOR TAKES UP WORK.
Will Assist People of South Carolina
to Get the Help They Need in Vu
rious Lines of Industry.
The bureau of Information, of the
Department of Commerce and Labor,
has undertaken the matter of dis
tributing aliens in several States of
the South, as will be seen by commu
nications sent to the various State
officers interested in immigration.
The division of iuformation was
created by Congress for the pur
pose of promoting the distribution
of admitted aliens and other pesons
It is direc'ed that the same meas
ure of attention be given to the work
of the division of Information as is
accorded other immigraticn work.
In carrying out this plan Secretary
Strauss has directed that one em
ployee be detailed to take charge
of Information and distribu
tion, work at each immigration sta
tion, who will receive and distribute
documents and send to' the division
of information a comprehensive rec
ord of all applications for informa
tion and those who are directed to
The bureau of information today
also started the big task of getting
In touch with farmers, ..manufactur
ers and all other persons through
out the South to learn at first hand
If they are In need of help, par-'
ticularly farm laborers, common lan
orers, mechanics, etc. This work
alone will require the sending out
of 800,000 return postal cards for
distribution by rural delivery, car
riers in the States of Virginia, West
Virginia, North Carolina, South Car
olina. Kentucky. fJflorjria. Albania,
Mississippi and other States in the
South. On the cards that are re
turned will be indicated the kind of
labor needed, the bureau of Infor
mation will then assist in securing
the kind of heln wanted.
Up to this tirqe work of this
kind has been mainly carried on in
the Northwestern States, but Secrc-1
tarv Strauss said that from now
on considerable attention will be de
voted to the States named and that
If they do not succeed in securing
the kind of help they require It will
not be the fault of his department.
At an early date the officials who
is to be sent to Charleston will be
narufd by Secretary Strauss. As al
rendv stated, it will be his duty ro
assist the people of South Carolina
as the representative of the govern
ment, to find the kind of help they
want. He will also co-operate in
the closest way with Commissioner
Watson concerning the different
phases of the Immigration question,
and no doubt much good will come as
a result of the new plans. *
SMALL'S SLAYER HANGED.
A Barnwell Murder Preferred Death
to Life Sentence.
Friday at eight minutes after U
o'clock for the first time In twelve
years Barnwell county witnessed a
legal hanging. Elliott Green, alias
Bob Green, a negro, paid the death
penalty for the foul murder of
Oliver Smalls, another negro, on the
place of Hermnr. r.^0Wn, near Black
ville, last reDruary. The story of
Green's- crime for which he has paid
the death penalty as told by him
self to the correspondent of The
News and Courier a few hours be
fore execution, Is as follows:
"Some time last Spring, while
living In Wllliston, I went up to
Blackville. I found Oliver Small
(the dead man) and went with him
to his house on the place of the
Brown's, near Blackville. There I
saw Ed Furgerson and Cliff Moseley.
I did not know them before. We
played cards, and I lost all my money
and pawned by pistol to Oliver Sma.l
for three dollars. When we stopped
playing I asked him tr.r rny pistol,
and when bo did not give it to me
I hit him in the head with a piec?j
of iron. I then set the bouse on fire.
There was nn one there but me and
him. The others bad gene. I dvl
pot put kerosene on him and put
him over the wood box. I left him
on the floor by the fire, and net
the house on fire. I set the bed on
fire that set the house." *
SIX WERE KILLED.
Picking Dynamite Cap Resulted in
Dslaster to Many.
Near Fort Collins, Colo., six per
sons were instantly killed and twenty
one others injured by an explosion
of dynamite ui the Ingleslde Lime
stone Qii'-rry. The dead include two
Japanese and four Mexicans.
Five charges of dynamite had been
placed, but only four of them ex
ploded as arranged. While an at
tempt was being made to pick the
cap from the unexploded charge :t
went off. *
Would Cause Panic.
In a speech Mr. Bryan said that
the Republicans were threatening i
panic in case of his election. "Then
will be a panic in one family," he
said, "and that will be the Taft fam
ily, for Mr. Tatt's Federal salary will
be withdrawn for the first time ia
more than 20 years." *
TO SOUTH CAROLINA COMMIS
SIONERS OF ELECTION.
Insinuates That Republican Voten
Cast In This State Are Not Count
ed by the Managers.
John G. Capers, the member of the
Republican national committee for
South Carolina, has sent the follow
ing letter to the commissioners of
election for the State:
Washington, D. C, Oct. 14, 1908.
Commissioner of Election of South
Carolina.?My Dear Sir: Except in
one or two of the lower counties 'n
the State there are no accredited Re
publican nominees for office in South
Carolina to disturb your local af
fairs in the State. While in the se
lection of commissioners of election
for South Carolina the Republicans
have had no voice or choice. I hope
and believe that in a spirit of fair
ness you will allov those who wisri
to vote a national Republican ticket
an opportunity under your direction
as commissioner to cast their voJ;es
for Mr. Taft and have them countel.
That is all the Republicans ask.
Conditions which have promoted
many of our citizens to resort to
methods unnecessary to review no
longer exist, and at this time a purely
national proposition is involved. It
would seem, therefore, that a spirit
of absolute fairness and justice
should prevail, and I have confidence
that you will see to It that we are
given a square deal.
I value as highly as you do the
traditions and history of my State
and my people, and there are hun
dreds of men in South Carolina who
feel as I do and yet who can see no
earthly-form of disloyalty in contrib
uting through their ballot to a per
petuation of the financial and indus
trial prosperity of the whole country,
which seems permanent only when a
Republican presideut and a Republi
can Congress are in power.
The Panama Canal, certain fea
ture of protection, the great need
of improving o*ur river in the South,
plead to us to get for South Carolina
some national standing and enjoy
the resulting national influence and
assistance for the development of our
JOHN G. CAPERS,
Member Republican National Com
mittee for South Carolina. ?
A PREDICTION VERIFIED
About a Trust Gobied Soap Factory
In a speech at Nebraska City Mr.
Bryan compared his meeting there
this year with his meeting there
in 1900. and left with the chair
man of the committee $f> to be pre
sented to the campaign fund of the
Republican committee if they would
consent to carry the same banners
i in their parade that they carried at
At that time he predicted that the
starch trust, which was being prose
cuted under the State statue would
be likely to close the factory at that
place, and it was intimated that
physical violance would be done him
if he spoke In that city. "I told them
then that I would dencfunce the trust
even In the shadow of the starch
factory," he said. "Where are the
Republicans who mockingly wrote
to me after the election and declared
that the shadow of the starch fac
tory extended across the State? How
far does the shadow reach now?
The factory is closed down; th*
machinery has been removed and the
building is in the hands of a wreck
ing crew." *
ANOTHER NEW COUNTY
Proposed Out of Portions of Aiken
A dispatch from Columbia to The
News and Courier says the promo
ter of the project to form from por
tions of Aiken and Lexington coun
ties a new county, to be known as
"Summerland," have seized upon the
failure of the Edlsto new county
proposition as an auspicious occa
sion for the renewal of effort in be
half of their own scheme. It is
claimed that the necessary territory
with the required population and
area, can bo found in the old coun
ties, and that there should by all
means be a county seat on the rail
road between Columbia and Augus
ta. Leesville and Batesburg are the
two wings that would soon gather
around the Court House, making an
inland city with modern equipments.*
Rode to the Gallows on His Own
At Fayettevllle, Ga., on Thursday,
Jim Bennett, a negro, was hanged
for the murder of D. McEachern, a
white man. last September. Bennert
was carried to the gallows on the
coffin in which he was to be buried.
The negro also shot down Seaborn
Adams, another white man, win
attempted to disarm him after he had
killed McEachern. *
Caused His Death.
.1. Judd, said to be a wealthy
New Yorker, died at Richmond, Yi..
Friday of poisoning as a result of
drinking a beverage containing aceta
$1.50 PEG AtfNXTtf.
The Number if Casualties in tig
forest Fires May
NEVER BE KNOWN
The Fires Are Still Burning and m
Great Many People Have Been
Burned Out and Are Now Camping
in Open Fields or Huddled To
gether in Buildings.
Dispatches from .Alpena, Mich.,
indicate that the number of deaths
in the forest fires of Presque Isle and
Alpena counties will exceed 50, and
may run well up" towards 100. In
the vicinity of Metz, Bolton and Po
sen, the fires have burned out suf
ficiently to leave several hundred
women and children, camping with,
comparative safety In the open fields.
News has reached "Alpena of the
: death of an old couple named Pa
chinski, who were burned to death ia
their, home near Posey. Their charr
ed bodies were found in terrains of
their house. The badly burned body
of an unknown man was found on the
railroad track between Posen and
It is now estimated that twenty
three people lost their lives'in the
destruction of the ill fated Met? re
lief train Thursday evening. It ?
doubtful, however, if the names of
eight of the victims will ever be
Camped in the open fields or han
dled together in the few building*
and shacks left in "the little commu
nities which have been swept by the
fires are hundreds of men,, women
and children, who are in abject need!
of the absolute necessities of life.
But one fresh renort of less of
Mfe came Into Alnena tod?v. Henry
Hfups, his wife and two children are
"aid to have been cremated on their
farm near G^hro.
Between Metz and Rogers City
sevpn more bodies h?ve been found,
making a total of 26 lives that are
known to have been lest In Pro??oue
Tsle and Alpea counties since Thurs
day night. ?
CAN THIS BE TRUE?
A Farmer Arrested for Assaulting a
A dispatch from Columbia to The
News and Courier says the Governor's
office has so far received no notifi
cation of the arrest made Thursday
at Sumter of J. Z. Wooten, a Sumter
County white farmer, on a warrant
charging him with criminally as
saulting his deformed and idiot 14
year-old step-daughter, Zora Moseley,
whom Wooten had on exhibition here
last Fair week.
According to the Sumter Item of
Thursday, the arrest was made on
the arrival of the Orangeburg train
to Sumter, the girl's uncle, M. D.
Moseley, going to Wooten's home and
Inducing him to come to Sumter with
the girl and its mother. Moseley,
according to the Sumter paper, got
the warrant from a magistrate ia
New Brookland, Lexington county,
and It was .based on information
furnished by Wooten's wife, th*
mother of the child. Wooten was
placed in the Sumter jail to awatt
the officers of Lexington.
Whether he hasv been carried to
Lexington Is not known here. The
Fair week crowds- did not patronizs
the exhibition here, the result belns
that some sympathetic chorus girls
found the mother and child in a
destitute condition and exposed in a.
tent, and took them to a hotel and
fed them. ?
KILLED AT GREENVILLE.
Englishman With Carnival Company
The killing at Greenville of Fred
Ruble, an attache of the Johnny
Jones Carnival Company, at midnight
Thursday at the carnival grounds,
by a man believed to b;^ Jesse Har
rison, a street car motorman, has
created considerable excitement here.
Ruble was an Englishman, and the
carnival management has placed the
case in the hands of the British am
bassador at Washington. Harrison
is in jail, charged with the crime.
It appers that there was nothing be
tween the men that, led to the kill
Cashier Kills Himself With a Go*
in His Barr..
A special from Bradford Ark.,
says Following the closing of the
Bradford State Bank and issuance
of a warrant yesterday for the arrest
of the cashier, H. Drennan, who pras
alleged to ' e short in his accounts
to the extent of $1 0.000. Drennan's
dead body was found in the barn,
at his home today. The shotgun
with which the man evidently ended
his life was found nearby. *
Killed by n Trolley.
The Charleston Post says while
attempting to cross in front of a
navy yard car this morning in the
Meeting street road opposite Ken
nedy's farm. J. Williams, colored,
a farm laborer, was struck down and
his body nearly revered in two piec.-s
almost before Motorman Fred Mosley
realized wb??? had happened. ?