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of Seoalfr Cemmiogs.
HE WAS ON BOTH SIDES
Iowan Argues Against Canadian Re
ciprociity and John Sharp Williams
Cites 1904 Speech in which Cum
miiis Favored Putting Farm Pro
ducts in Free List.
The Washington correspondent of
The News and Courier says the gen
eral opinion of disinterested auditors
of the colloquy in the Senate Thurs
day between Senators Cummins of
Iowa, and Williams, of Missippl, that
the brilHar/. Southerner routed the
Iowan, horse, foot and dragoon.
The deed was accomplished by the
apt citation of a speech delivered by
Mr. Cumming3 several years ago In
advocacy of reciprocity, particularly
with regard to farm products. There
Is wide recogi ition of the fact that
<m John Shi.*D WHiams the South
has added another tc the galaxy of
Senator Cammings continued his
argument, agslnst the Canadian re
ciprocity bill, but d<id not conclude.
He attacked this measure from the
standpoint not only of its alleged in
justice and political inexpeditVicy,
but on the grounds that It was not
properly drawn as a tariff law.
If passed in its present form, he
said, the agreement would give Can
ada the option of reorganizing one
half of it without accepting It all.
The statement, explained In detail
by the Iowan, drew the attention of
the Senate, many members question
ing the interpretation thus put upon
the bill as sent to Congress by the
Senator Cummins said the passage
o* the bill would be followed by a
storm of disapproval, against which
the Republican party could not stand.
He said it would be accepted by the
agricultural interests as notice that
the Congress had determined they
we 3 not entitled to the same con
sideration at its hands that is given
to the other producers of the land.
"No self-respecting nation can ac
cept without qualification the Cana
dian-reclprocftr agreement in the ex
act form proposed to us," declared
Senator Cummlngs. He declared he
believed in tariff revision, "but mark
my words," he said, "the people of
thiB country, with unerring judgment
and intelligence, will know who is
responsible for putting the farmer
Into (free and unlimited competition
In what he sells, while still protect
ing the things that he buys."
' Senator Williams, of Mississippi,
; Interrupted to read from Senator
Gnmming's inaugural address in Iowa
' ;-v*In this speech Mr. Cummlngs ex
pressed the belief that the Iowa farm
er would not suffer from free Cana
dian agriculutral products more than
they do from the competition of near
"I remember that speech," sala
<? "But it seems the Senator is now
most inconsistent in his views," said
"I am not," said Senator Cummins,
"ten or even seven years ago, there
was not the danger of competition
of Canadian farm products that there*
is now, when the United States al
most ceased to be an exporter of
Burglar Creates Terror.
The police of Macon, Ga., are hunt
ing for a negro burglar who has been
systematically robbing residences on
"Boundary street and Coleman ave
nue, having visited no less than five
of those thoroughfares this week. In
one instance he ransacked a room at
the home of S. L. Stripling, in which
there was a person sleeping. The
negro has twice been captured by
the owners of the house, but man
aged to escape.
Struck Below Ground.
While working 1,500 feet under
ground at one a. m. James Conroy.
of Kingston, Pa., was struck by
lightning and so badly injured that
he is not exepected to recover. He
did not know there was a storm
until his chamber was filled with a
blazing light, and he was knocked
senseless and badly burned. The
stroke of lightning had followed the
intake of air current as far as Con
Engine Jumps Track.
East bound train No. 26, on the
Chesapeake & Ohio railroad, was
wrecked Wednesday evening, one
mile east of Aden, Ky. The engine
jumped the track and turned over.
Mat F. Kelley, of Mount Sterling, Ky.,
the engineer, was killed, and Edward
A. T. Watkins of Lexington, travel
ing engineer, sustained a broken leg.
None of the passengers was hurt.
\ Struck a Snow Storm.
V Dispatches from Duluth says that
steamers down the lake are sending
in.wlreless messages stating that
they" are late because they have been
held UP by a snow storm thi? side of
the Canadian Soo. Snow fell In
abundance, according to reports, all
Thursday night. During the storm
most of the freighters anchored and
rode safe until the snowfall ceased.
PRICES ARE HIGHER
THE COST OF TEXT BOOK SOME.
But Then It Is rresamed That the
Books Selected Are Better Than
the Old Ones.
The new boohs adopted by the
State board of education for the free
public schools of South Carolina will
cost the patrons of the school some
more than the books now used ac
cording to comparative -figures made
up at the office of the State superin
i tendent of education.
The increased expense is shown in
jthe following- comparative statement
of the cost of new and old books
prepared by Mr. Swearingen:
Ccat of old Primer.12
Cost of new Primer.25
Increase over .00 per cent.
During the five year period 1906
1911 135,000 primers were sold. Up
on that basis the total increase to
the pnpils of the State will be $17,
Cost of old First Reader.20
Cost of new First Reader.25
?Increase 25 p?r cent.
Total number of Fi^st Readers
sold during the rist five years, 200,
000 copies. Aggregate increase to
the pupils $10,000.
Cost of old Second Reader. . . .28
Cost of new Second Reader. . . .35
Increase 25 p*r cent.
Total number of Second Readers
sold during the last adoption period,
129,000 copies. Aggregate increase
Cost of old Elem. Geography. . .3fc
Cost of new Eleoi. Geograph. . .45
?Increase 33 1-3 per cent
Total number sold during last
adoption period, 63,000. Increase to
In place of a two-book series a
three-book series has been adopted.
Cost of old series Elem.30
Cost of old series Adv. .50
Cost of new series, 1st book. . .35
Cost of new series, 2nd book. . .40
Cost of new series, 3rd booK. . .60
Increased cost to each pupil of the
series, .55.- Increase about 60 per
In place of <?. twi>-book series'cov
ering the work up to the high school
a three-book soxies has been adopted.
The first two books cover the work
up to the 7tb grade. Every pwil
therefore who passed into the 7th
grade will have to purchase a new
book for the one year at a cost of
Cost of old Arithmetic Elem. . .32
Cost of old Arithmetic Adv . . .40
Cost of new arithmetic Elem. . .22
Cost of new Arithmetic, Inter.. .36
Cost of new Arithmetic, Adv. . .41
Increase in cost' of the series, 47'
cents, about 06 2-3 per cent.
CAUSES SOME COMMENT.
Action of State Board of Education
Is Being Discussed.
The State says much interest is be
ing manifested in the action of the
State Board of Education in eliminat
ing about 80 per cent of the text
books now used by the free public
schools of South Carolina.
The members of the State board
of education are: D. M. O'Driscoll,
Charleston: F. Rice, Jr., Alken:
D. W. Daniel. Clemson college: A. G.
Rembert. Spartanburg; J. Lyles
Glenn, Chester: Nathan Toms, Dar
lington: A. J. Thackson, Orangeburg;
J. E. Swearingen, the State superin
tendent of education, i? the secretary
of the boa.rd and the governor is the
'Mir. Swearingen several days ago
issued a statement in which he crit
icized the hoard for the sweeping
changes in iext-books. He charged
that the board had placed an unnec
essary tax of several hundred thous
and dollars upon the people of the
State. The action of the board has
caused much comment and further
developments in connection with the
situation are1 expected.
Fatal Crap Game.
As a climax to a "crap game," en
gaged in by a crowd of negroes dur
ing the progress of a camp meeting
j on Sunday at Montague, a small
(station on the Greenville and Knox
| ville railway, eight miles above
Greenville, an unknown negro was
'shot and instantly killed by Will
I Robinson. Robinson was captured
I by the sheriff and is now in jail.
!He claims he shot in self-defense.
I Held on Serious Charge.
At Macon. Ga., Charles Doctor, the
I young musician who is charged with
[criminally assaulting Leah Cohen, a
13-year-old girl and the daughter of
Rabbi Cohen, is in jail. It was ex
pected that he would have a prelimi
nary trial Thursday, but he has not
asked for it. Doctor has offered to
marry the girl, but her relatives will
Flock to the Sea Shore.
Three hundred thousand men,
women and children slept on the
beach at Coney Island. New York,
Thursday night, driven from their
homes by the intense heat. Early
Friday, however, a cool wave brought
relief. Five persons succumbed to
STANDS BY THE BOARD
GOVERNOR B LEASE SATISFIED
"WITH WHAT IT DID.
Says the Members in Their Action
Were Just as Conscientious as
Governor Blease Wednesday after
noon issued a statement in connec
tion with the text book contract mat
tor. Governor Blease said:
"I have seen Superintendent Swear
ingen's statement I have no com
ment to make. He is entitled to his
opinion, and I have the highest re
gard for him, and, if he is a can
didate for re-election, he has my best
wishes for hia success, for I think
he is conscientious and trying to do
what he believes is right. However,
after a most careful and thorough
investigation I am satisfied that the
Beven gentlemen who represented
the State by appointment on this
board, (and who were appointed by
my predecessor,) are equally as con
scientious and as honorable gentle
men, and did what they believed was
for the best interest of the children
of South Carolina.
"I considered the changing of the
board. Certain newspapers were very
loud In their denunciation of me in
contemplation of such action and
spoke in the very highest and lauda
ble terms of these gentlemen, and it
[ appeared from their ravings tbat had
I removed these gentlemen I would
jhave been subjected to the most se
I "Now, that the adoption is over,
some of these same papers are criti
cising these gentlemen. If they can
make their position consistent, after
publishing these contradictory state
ments, all right, for it will only
be in keeping with the easing of their
conscience for their other falsehoods
and vituperation in which they have
"On the morning of the beginning
of the book adoption I was called
away from Columbia and, therefore,
was not present at the adoption of
the books on the morning of the first
day. Neither was I present when the
vote was taken on the question raised
by Superintendent Swearingen?that
each man record his vote on each
book. If I had been present I would
have voted for Mr. Swearinge-'u
plan: and, if any one is interested
enough to now, I will be delighted
to state how I voted on each book
tbat was adopted during my pres??-?-*.
I think my record in the ^louse of
Representatives and In the State Sen
ate and in the Governor's office will
justify me in saying that I have al
ways been free and open In every
net that I have ever committed, and
I have no apologies to make to any
man or set of men. I recognize no
'boss' but the people, and, when I
go before them to them alone will
I iglve an account.
"I refused on several occasions to
see book men. Notably in this class
were the agents of the American
Book Company, and I have been in
formed that Mr. Fair, one of their
representatives, was rather severe In
his criticism of my not allowing him
to see me and discuss his books with
him. When book men called, I de
clined to see them?stating to some
to see Mr. Swearingen, that he was
State Superintendent of Education,
and that the people had elected him
to perform that duty and not me.
As to GInn & Co., I guess Mr. Wal
ker will hardly say that I had any
favors for them. The only agentB
with whom I did have any conversa
tion of consequence, did not get even
a book, except Prof. White.
"As I have said before, my fight
was for Southern books, and we
i adopted Thompson's, Klnard's, Wal
lace's, White's, Sims's and other
I South Carolina authors. As to the!
Wheeler reader, while I was not pres-|
ent when they were adopted, they
are by a Kentuckian and many of
the other books adopted were by
Southern authors: and in my opinion,
our people would rather pay alittle
more and have their children taught
the truth in Southern books, than
to pay less and be taught books by
Yankee authors, and taught to be-1
lieve that their grand fatherp, andl
their great-grand-fathers were trait
ors to their State.
"I regret that Superintendent
Swearingen looks at the matter as he
"As for my part of it, ignorant
[ as I was as to the needs of the chil
Idren. I did the best I could. As for
'the balance?T refer the people to
I Prof. O'Driscoll; Mr. Rice. Prof. Dan
i iels, Prof. F.embert, Prof. Toms, Prof.
Thackston and Senator Glenn. If
this is a Bleas.e board, or If these gen
tlemen were controlled by me, or If
they are corrupt, then lay all the
blame on my shoulders, and I will
gladly carry it until the people of
South Carolina give the command
"lav it down."
1 - m c
Sonic More Hot Air.
The Augusta Chronicle says Felder
made the statement in Atlanta Wed
nesday night that he will shortly be
gin showing by oral and documentary
evidence, that "Blease is a moral
degenerate, and unfit to sit in a con
vention of 'buzzards'."
Japs in South America.
Private cable advices received on
Thursday state that the colonization
of Japanese is now going on in Nic
aragua, Hunduras, Panama and oth
er Central American states. The Jap
anese government is said to be be
hind the movement.
IURG, S. C, SATURDAY, JUL'
HEP LIVE WIRE
Dwell Harrison Lost Bis Life While
Viewing Base Ball Game.
WAS HIGH UP ON A POLE
Over Two Thousand People Who
Were Witnessing Base Ball Game
Saw the Unfortunate Man Fall
Backwards and Hang Head Down
Ward for Some Time.
The State says while perched on
an electric light pole near the'centre
field fence watching the Columbia
Charleston game Wednesday after
noon at Elmwood park, Derrell Har
rison, a young white man, qame In
contact with a live wire and hung
suspended from a cross arm, head
downwards, for about five minutes
in plain view of about 2,000 horri
fied spectators. Death resulted al
The accident occurred in the sixth
inning, about 6:40 o'clock. Ham
son and another man, whose name as
yet has not been ascertained by the
authorities, were watching the game
from the electric light pole. A light
which looked like a ball of fire flash
ed and Harrison fell backwards, his
legs catching on the cross-arm, the
other man dropping to the ground.
His hat then sailed to the street be
low1. It is ^aid that the other man
was not injured.
In an Instant the grandstand and
bleachers were in.a state of confus
ion. Women shrieked and hundreds
of others ruphed on the field for the
scene of the accident. John Burke,
centre fielder on the Columbia team,
was among the first to go to his aid.
A man climbed the pole with a
rope and attempted to tie it around
the dead man's body to lower it to
the ground, but his body was so limp
that it slipped out, falling into the
crowd. Examination showed that he
Derrell Harrison was about twenty
five year old. He was from the
Horse Creek valley of this State, but
has recently been with" his brother
in-law, G. T. Scott, in the Olympia
mill village. His wife was fn Colum
bia. After the accident the game
was resumed, but many left.
THEY TOOK 'THE FUNDS.
House Committee Advises Dismissal
of Several Men.
The recomendation for the dismis
sal from the Government Bervic? of
American Consul Gen. W. H. Mich
ael, at Calcutta, former chief clerk
of the State department, and Thos.
Morrison, present disbursing clerk,,
for their connection with the Day
portrait case, as announced Thurs
day, in which misappropriation of
State department funds Is charged,
was reported to the House committee
I on expenditures in the State depart
ment by the sub-committee, which Is
conducting an investigation of the
The sub-committee said that it had
not completed its labors, but report
ed the case of Michael and Morrison,
in the hope that their services would
be dispensed with Immediately. The
recommendation is the result of an
I Investigation by it into ' an alleged
I expenditure of the department of $2,
150 for a painting of former Secre
tary of State Day, of which amount
the artist, Albert Rosenthal, said he
received only $850, the remaining
$1,600 b?ing unaccounted for. "This
conclusion reached by your commit
tee," the report says, "seer.i irresis
tible that this sum of $1,600 was
jointly misappropriated by Michael
l end 'Morrison, or individually by
Struck in a Field.
Robert Wilson, colored, a laborer
on S. B. Crawford's plantation, near
Great Falls, Chester County, was in
stantly killed by lightning on Fri
day afternoon. Wilson and several
j companions were engaged in hoeing
(cotton when the accident occurred.
I Three of the others were kocked
j down and stunned, but fortunately
were not killed.
Convict Falls Dead.
While laughing and talking with
fellow convicts, a negro named Lee,
alias Smith, who was serving a two
year sentence on the Spartanburg
County chaingang, tumbled over
backwards and died before medical
aid could reach him one day last
week. He was joking about his ar
rest, conviction and sentence when
Elks Club Raided.
At Talladega, Ala., Thursday Sher
iff Connett raided the Elk's club, se
curing fifteen casks of beer and fif
teen cases of whiskey. This is the
largest raid ever made in the state
of Alabama. The Elks are highly in
dignant. The entire city of Talladega
is in a state of excitement as the
result of the raid.
Drown in River.
iThe bodies of Albert J. Handtman,
a prominent club man and athlete, of
Cincinnati, ad Miss Anna Kees,
known on the vaudeville stage as
Bonie Hampton, were ?found in the
Ohio river Thursday. They had been
missing since Thursday week and it
was supposed they had eloped.
Y 1, 1911.
MISSED BIG AMOUNT
TRAIN ROBBERS MADE MISTAKE
EN STOPPING TRAIN.
Only Swag Comes From Registered
Mail, No Express Being on Board.
Posso in Pursuit.
Apparently mistaking the first sec
tion of the northbound passen ?er
train No. 16 on the Southern Pacific
railroad for a southbound train said
to be carrying a shipment of $400,
000 In gold dust from Seattle to San
Franciuco two robbers held up the
northbound train on Thursday night
near West Fork, an isolated station in
Cow Creek canyon, Oregon.
The robbers rifled the mail car,
blowing up the safe, and made away
with the registered mall. They tried
I to secure entrance to the express car, |
but were foiled by (Messenger Robo, j
who refused to open the door despite
threat!, that they would use dyna
mite if he refused. The robbers after
fruitlessly prying with a crowbar at
the side door of the car, finally de
sisted and decamped with the loot
secured from the mail car.
The amount taken by the Tobbers
can not be ascertained at this time.
This train carries in its registered
mail the cash from Southern Oregon
postoffices to Eugene, Oregon, which
is their depository, and this was
probably included In the mail stolen.
The robbers boarded the train at
West Fork while the engine was tak
ing water. Soon after it had got un
der way they crawled over the tender
into the cab and directed the engineer
to stop the train.
This done one of the men kept the
engineer and fireman under cover
with his revolver while the other
one went back and uncoupled the
mail and baggage car.
Then the engineer was ordered to
pull these cars some distance up the
tract, where he was again ordered
to stop. The robbers went back to
the mail car and lining the mail
Clerk? up, took the registered mail
pounches and dynamited the mail car
The noise of the explosion warned
Messenger Robb of what was taking
p!ace and when the demand came
lor him to open his door he made no
The conductor of the train as soon
as he discovered what had taken
place went back to West Fork where
he notified Glendale and surrounding
points. Posses have been organized
to pursue the robbers.
D EPRESS PRICE OF COTTON.
A Plot for That Purpose Said to Have
A Washington dispatch to The
I State says a bull and bear war has
broken out again although on a small
BCato, because it developed there on
Wednesday in the hearing of the
committee on expenditures in the de
partment of justice that there has
been a studied effort on the part oi
Northern spinners for the last fdur
years to curtail the output of cot
ton goods in order to force down the
prices of the staple.
Fooks of the Arkwright club whi^
have just been exhibited to Congress
man Beall of Texas led him to say
i that Interesting disclosures might be
'expected any day In view of the ac
I tions of Attorney General Wicker
sham last year when the bull and
j bear movements were the issues of
I the day.
J While it Is too early to say what
(the outcome of the matter will be
! thrre is a feeling that spinners from
j both the North and South will be
'summoned to testify before the com
i mittee to ascertain whether the cot
tor market had suffered because of
thi. agreement of the Northern men
to curtail their production and to
what extent the Sojthern spinners
Owed Him Small Amount.
Jesse Kirk, a nep;ro, shot and kill
ed Will Wood, also colored, at Swit
zer, Spartanburg county, Monday.
Kirk claims that he shot Wpod, his
brother-in-law, in self-defense. He
said he and Wood had been off to
gether and were returning home,
when Wood claimed that Kirk owed
him 25 cents. Kirk claims that he
paid Wood the amount, and Wood
then claimed Kirk owed him more
than 25 cents. Kirk denied owing
him any more money.
Cotton Mills Closed.
In accordance with resolutions
adopted at a meeting of the Cotton
Manufacturers' Association of South
Carolina held in Spartanburg last
January looking to a curtailment of
(the output of cotton mills of this
I State for a period of five weeks, be
tween April and September, practical
I ly all the cotton mills of Greenville
I have closed down.
Sunday School Recruits.
One million four hundred and thir
ty-one thousand pupils have been
added to the Sunday schools of the
I United States in the last three years,
j according to statistics presented to
tho International Sunday school con
vention, which was in session at San
Buried Under Gold.
Literally buried under $9,000,000
; in gold, Wadesworth Williams, em
I ployed in the San Francisco mint,
j was so badly injured the other day
I that his recovery is doubtful.
TWO GIRLS WIN
IN RAFFLE AND ARB AWARDED
A LIFE PARTNER.
A Novel Manner of Raising Money
at a Church lx>ttery Held in Phil
It is quite the thing in Philadel
phia now for a girl to take a chance
In a husband. That sounds as if it
were not new, but the fact Is that a
girl at a fair can put her hand in a
grab bag and pull out a husband if
she is lucky.
Miss Mary Doyle did almost that
at the fair for the benefit of St. Greg
ory's Roman Catholic Church Wed
nesday night. She and several thous
and young women bought tickets in
a lottery for a husband whose identity
was carefully hidden. St Gregory's
rector vouchsafed that the prize
would make a good husband, and an
nounced that he would perform the
marriage ceremony gratis. As an
additional inducement a diamond
ring was thrown in with tne husband
The drawing for the one capital
prize was held on the porch of the
headquarters of the church fair com
mittee Wednesday night. Miss Jen
nie Woodheuse held a box full of
numbers. Miss Mary Muray. blind
folded, thrust her hand in the oox
and drew forth a number. Tbo girl
who held that number was the win
ner. The united heart pit-a-pats of
the hundreds of gir)s assembled were
almost audible. "No. 1669 wins"
announced Miss Woodhouse.
After much fluttering it was dis
covered that Mrs. Doyle held 1669.
Her envious co-gamblers in the game
of love thrust her forward and she
was directed to step on :he porch
and discover h*r "winnings" wno
was hidden behind a screen.
An orchestra played the wedding
march from "Lohengrin." With a
pretty, petulant gesture Miss Doyle
knocked down the screen.
There stood William BowerB,
known to all the girls of the church,
"the bashful bachelor." He was
blushing furiously. Besides he wore
evening clothes, except that he had on
a green necktie.
"Pshaw" said Miss Doyle in a tone
that made Bowers blush a deeper
crimson, "I know Mr. Bowers is'very
nice, but I don't want a husband that
costs me only ten cents." She gave
up the diamond ring too.
Bowers will be raffled off again,
next time to buy a new organ for)
Miss Doyle may change her mind
again. Miss Catherine N. Flanagan
did this afternoon. Pity, as well as
budding affection, seems to have in
spired Miss Flanagan, for she said:
"Nobody loves a fat man, so Iii
marry him." She held the ticket that
won Thomas Skelley as husband at
the fair of the Church of the Immacu
late Conception. Skelly 1st six feet
tell and weighs 280 pounds.
His identity which has been a baf
fling mystery for a week, during
which the fair has been in progress,
,was disclose^ simultaneously with
the announcement that he belonged
to Miss Flanagan if she wanted him
Skelly mounted a chair and said
he had entered the affair in a spirit
of fun, but since he had seen Miss
Flanagan he was'willing and anxious
to Telinguish his bachelor life. Miss
Flannagan blushed prettily and it was
JURY INVITED TO BARBECUE. ]
But Judge Spear Says They Cannot
Attend the Affair.
Announcement in the newspapers
that four prominent planters of Pul
aski county, who were recently ac
quitted of peonage in the United
States court at Macon, Ga., were to
celebrate their acquittal on July 4
with a big harbecue and that an in
vitation had been extended to the 12
jurors to be guests of honor, has
provoked from Judge Emory Spear
of the United Staffs court a warning
to the jurors not to 'attend. The
judqe takes the position that it is
against the law to tamper with a jury.
He says that the names of the men
are in the jury box yet, they are
on the jury list and may be called
upon to try a similar case. Several
of the jurors announce that they will
attend the 'cue despite the remarks j
of the judge.
Killed About Ten Cents.
In a row over ten cents, the ter
mination of a negro card game, Hamp
Jeter shot and killed Will Cnde, near
Woodruff one day last week. Jeter
was committed 'o jail al Spartanburg,
charged with murder. Jeter claimed
that Robert Green owed him 10 cents
and pulled his gun to take a shot at
Robert: however, Cade got in the
way of 'he bullet and was killed. All:
parties are color**!.
She Avenged Him.
After J. F. Hart had shot and fa
tally wounded her husband, Mrs. Jos
enh Walker, of Oarlsbud, N. M., on
Thursday attacked Hart with a heavy
rock and beat his head to a pulp
for revenge. Hart will die. Mrs.
Walker was arrested.
Hidden Mine Explode.
Seventy-two Mad?rist soldiers were
killed in the town of Jonacatepec,
state of iMorelos, on Monday, by thej
explosion of a mine planted by Fed-|
erals before the excavation of thej
place, according to dispatches recelv-.
ed at Mexico City.
TWO CENTS PER COPY.
TWO (MS ROB
Tlx; Qa si That They Were Taught Be*
to Steal Things From Stuns
BOT TM GUT CADGMT
Arrested In a Department Store Te?
Strange Tale on Instruction in
Shoplifting.?Won Prizes in Shape
of Sticks of Oandy for Proficiency
The New -Jork World says the
pretty, starched frocks of two girle,
each about ten years old. wi th anoth
er girl, about three toddling between
them, attracted the eye of Mies Mario
Young , detective, in the Greenhut
Siegel Cooper Company store at 18th
street and Sixth Avenue Friday after
noon. At the lingerie counter, Miss
Young says, she saw one o)! the girls
bide a slip in her sleeve. A moment
later the other took a similar ^-ar
meut, the detective says
She followed them and saw ihena
take garment after garment, making
frequent trips to the waiting room.
Biiially Miss Young invited the chil
dren to the office, where Miss Young
asserts she found $9.87 worth of
silk and linen slips pinned under the
older girl's ckirts and one silk gar
ment pinned to the little child's dress.
At the police station, where they
?*?ie taken, the older girlii said they
were Helen Stewart and Helen Hen
wood of No. 421 West Thirty-ninth
street, and the baby was Agnes Han
ley, of the same address. When
charged wit a' stealing one of the girls
"No, mister, we didn't take the
things. Seme one just put them
The police then gave up their ef
forts to learn anything and took the
three to the Children's Slociety.
From the time the smallest girl
reached the station house she began
I to cry for her mother and father.
[Ali attempts to comfort her failed.
I The detectives went out to look up
[ (hi ad dres 3, which was ,'oun d '-to bo
I fictitious. This was about nine p. m.
Soon after they'left the West Forty
seventh-street station called op the
Gerry agents and asked if they had
a lost chik' there, giving ft description
of Agnes. An hour later Edward Ab
eam, a city fireman, and his distract
ed v/ife, appeared at the Gerry rooms.
When they saw Agnes there was no
need for identification. The mtoher
seized the baby in her arms, crying
Mr. Ahearn said she had missed
Agnes in the afternoon, and neigh
bors told her that two little girls had
taken the child away as if for a walk.
The next morning the baby's com
panions were arraigned in the Chil
dren's Court before Judge- Hoyt.
There "Helen Stewart" said she was
Helen Birmingham, of No. 541 West
Fiftieth street, and the other said
she was Mary Murch, No. 641 West
Fifty-second street. Tneae name*
and add esses were verified by the
After telling their rigat names the
police say the two girls told them
the following amazing story: They
had been taught to steal by a Mrs.
Kiernan, who lives in Wtest Fiftieta
street. With other girls about thei?
same age they had received a regular
courtie in shoplifting. To make there
proficient in the art their Instructor,
they said, converted her parlor into
a shop. Tables and chairs were plac
ed In the centre of the room to rep
resent counters, which were covered1
with ribbons and various articles of
wearing o.pparel. Then they were
told they would "play store." The
woman's 15-year-old daughter acted
as the store detective.
"You come in as if to buy," the
girls say their Instructor told them,''
and the one who can take the most
without being caught will receive a
stick of candy."
The two children boasted that they
had won four sticks of candy in suc
cession, although the girls pitted
against in the contest of wits were
much older. Encouraged by this
achievement, the detectives say the
girls told them, they decided to "work
for themselves" instead of for their
instructor and deserted the school
and successfully pilfered articles
from several shops.
Ignored Governor Blease.
A special dispatch from Atlanta to
the Augosta Chronicle says the state
ment Is made that Governor Blease,
of South Carolina, being ignored in
sending out invitations to the unveil
ing of the monument to the "Old
Guard" there this f?dl?and Be la
the only governor in the South thus
Ignored?Is not due to the fact that
he did not attend the conference, but
rather is due entirely to his action
in and conduct in reference to the
Fatal Tramway Accident
A special from Wilmington, N. C,
says that as a result of? an accident
on the tram road of the Waccamaw
Lumber Company, near there Wed
nesday, four men were inBtantly kitt
ed and one man seriously wounded.
Three of the dead men are Italians.
Details of the accident are not avail
able at this time, but the coroner of
Bruswick county is investigating the