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TOOK LONG TRIP
From New York to Washingien ia Bis
Airship Hide by Atwoei
CREATES A SENSATION
Atwood, on Boston to Washington
Aerial Journey, Creates Excitement
Among Throng of Holiday Visitors
by Alighting Near Famous Board
walk at Atlantic City.
Thousands of visitors at Atlantic
City Tuesday saw Henry N. Atwood,
after fighting heavy winds through
out his flight from New York, and
tt.e third leg of his proposed journey
from Boston to Washington, by land
ing in his biplane on the beach front.
During his flight Atwood made three
landings for gasoline. Atwood said
that, judging from the amount of
gasoline he had used, he must have
travelled at least 250 miles. He was
In the air more than five hours.
The distance along the coast is
about 115 miles. "I hope to start
for Washington before ten o'clock in
the morning," he said. "The only
trouble I had was with my gasoline
supply. After I left Governor's Is
land I headed along the coast. A
?* .warning whirl of protest from my
engine as I neared Asbury Park told
roe the gasoline was low. I landed
and took on five gallons.
"When I rose the wind was strong.
So I took a travelling altitude of
about 1,500. When I neared Tucker
my tank became ? dry again. I bor
rowed five gallons from the owner of
an automobile and made a good get
"The wind took" me a hard chase.
It had ,been steadily rising. I en
countered bums and air bodies that
-.made the going difficult To make
matters worse, my gasoline ran out
again. I came down, narrowly miss
ed disaster when a puff of wind
caught the plane about a hundred
feet from the ground. I was almost
thrown from my side, as the wind got
under the wings again. When I
struck the ground, I felt the shock,
but found my machine undamaged
and continued, after taking more gas
oline, and made a successful landing
Atwood left Governor's Island, In
New Y6rk Bay, at 8:49 A. iMl, and
landed at Par Place, Atlantic City,
at 2:30 P. -M.
Atwood's appearance created a
sensation, as it was not generally be
lieved that he would attempt his
flight to the National Capital or that
Atlantic City would be on his route.
The Boardwalk was crowded with a
holiday crowd when he hove In sight
and when he alighted he was cheered
by thousands of people. His landing
place was close to the Boardwalk.
His machine was in fine condition
when he finished the flight.
He left Atlantic City for Washing
ton early Wednesday morning, where
he was received with enthusiasm. He
alighted in the ground immediately
behind the White House. Atwood
used the Washinggton Monument as
a guiding mark, and several dozen
square feet of dazzling white canvas
was placed on the lawn to mark the
landing place. The Comos Club and
other scientific cluhs and societies act
ed as hosts.
GREAT PRESENCE OF MIND.
Xiady Saved Herself from Most Terri
When the clothing of Mrs. F. K.
McCutchen, a prominent and popular
3'oung matron of Dalton, Ga., caught
fire from an alcohol lamp Saturday,
instead of becoming terrified and los
ing her head, she calmly caught up a
heavy rug and wrapped it around her.
Finding that this did not check the
flames, she ran to the bed and got
between the mattresses, this smother
ing out the flames. It was only this
wonderful self-possession while she
was suffering severely from the burns
that saved her life. An examination
of the burns showed that, while they
were very painful, they were not of
a serious nature, and she will suffer
no disfigurement as a result.
Fight on Street.
At Demopolis, Ala., Congressman
George W. Taylor, of the First Ala
bama district had a fight on the
streets Sunday morning with L. A.
George, in which he was struck on the
head and Mr. George knocked down.
They had just left a meeting of the
vestry of Trinity Episcopal church,
and it is alleged a remark made by
one of them misconstrued and pre
cipitated the fight.
Tell Tale Thumb Mark.
/The print of sweaty fingers on a
highball glass may lead to the cap
ture of three men who shot Julius
Weigel at his road house on Hemp
stead turnpike near New York Tues
day morning. The murderers had a
drink, one leaving a plain thumb
mark with an irregular scar on the
Deaf and Dumb Meet
A political meeting of ah extraor
dinary character was held in Berlin
last week. Deaf and dumb workers
of both sexes assembled in large num
bers to air their grievances in public
and to devise means of improving
their position in the world. (
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Vi ILL ?fc
IGOVERNMENT ESTIMATES LARG
EST EVER MADE.
I Bureau Figures Indicate Yield of 14,
425,000 Five Hundred. Found Bales
Official estimates of the cotton crop
report of 1911 indicates that it will
be the largest in the history of the
country, approximating, according to
the present figures, 14,425,000 bales
of 500 pounds each, evceeding by al
most 1,000,000 bales tht record crop
Dr. N. A. Murray, acting chief of
the crop reporting board the de
partment of agriculture, made the
following statement subsequent to
the issuance of the cotton crop re
"The report shows the condition of
the crop to be higher than on any cor
responding date in the la!tt 10 years.
A month ago the general condition
was 8.5 per cent, above the 10-year
average. Today it is 10.13 per cent,
above the 10-year average.
"The acerage of cotton this year is
r.bout 35,C'iO,000. Allowing for the
average amount of abandonment?
about 1,00.0,000 acres?the indica
tions are that approximately 34,000,
000 acres of cotton will be harvested.
The condition indicates a probable
yield of 202.S pounds per acre,
which on 34,000,000 acres, would
mean 6,895,000,000 pounds, or about
Comparisons of conditions by
State. June 25. average.
Virginia. 98 82
North Carolina .... 89 80
South Carolina .... 84 80
Georgia. 94 80
Florida . 9C 85
Alabama. 98 79
Mississippi. 87 79
Texas. 8.'; , 80
Arkansas. 89 ? 91
Tennessee. 87 84
Missouri . 90 84
Oklahoma . . .,. 87 81
California ...100 *95
MAIL CARRIER SHOT DOWN.
Body and Wagon Found Just Off the
Public Road. ;
The bullet-riddled bod.'- and wagon
of Linnle Maury, a rural mail carrier
of Edison, Ga., who has been missing
since Saturday, have been found in
a swamp several miles out of town
and just off the public road. With
the body was found a note to the
dead man's wife in an attempt to
make the crime appear i..s suicide.
Maury was evidently driving along
the public road unsuspicious of dan
ger. The wagon bottom was blood
stained. The small pouch was found
near the body. It to not known
whether it had been tampered w*th.
Posses are scouring the country
with track do,gs In an effort to cap
ture the slayer of the carrier. Maury
went-out on his route Saturday morn
ing as usual. When he failed to re-1
turn a search was instituted. The
dead man is a member of a prominent
family and is survived '.iy his widow
and one child.
FIVE KILLED, TWO INJURED.
[Electric Train Strikes Wagon Bear
ing Picnic Party.
Five persons were killed and two
injured, In a grade crossing accident
near Ozone Park, in the suburbs of
New York. The victi'ns were in a
horse drawn vehicle, which was
struck by a Long Island Railroad
train. The crossing where the acci
dent occurred is at the bottom of a
slight declivity and a clear view in
either direction is prevented. In the
wagon was a party of five residents
of the East Side, who were out pick
nicking, and a driver. Of the four
women and two men in the vehicle,
only one?a woman?it, alive and she
probably will die. The other injured
person is Richard C. Reed, conductor
of the electric train which struck th?
Queer Place to Fight.
Renewing a feud of several years'
standing, three Galamores and four
Swains began firing at each other
in a church yard at Paint Creek, Ky.
Albert and Martin Gai.imore are fat
ally shot and Wm. Swain is danger
ously injured. The members of each
family engaged in the pitched battle
had attended the services. On com
ing from the church they began fir
ing-, the members of the two families
lining up with their kin.
Killed by Trolley.
His view cut off by dense bushes
growing on both sides of the crossing,
Gustav Menzel; of Riverside, near
Warmich. R. I., drove his automobile
directly in front of a trolley car Tues
day afternoon and as a result three
of the occupants of the automobile
are dead and Menzel and the fifth
occupant are madly injured.
Lightning Hits Churcn.
During a severe electrical storm
Monday night the church of England
Cathedral, at Fredrick ton, N. B., was
struck by lightning and destroyed by
the fire which follev/ed. The loss
is about $140,000. The church was
considered the finest in existence.
VERY STRANGE CASE
YOUNG WOMAN TRIES TO LEAVE
BABY ON A TRAIN.
She Was Required to Resume Posses
sion of the Child, "Which She Gave
to a Man.
The Augusta Chronicle says a sen
sational story was told in Augusta
Monday of a mysterious attempt of
an unknown young woman to desert
an infant on the Atlantic Coast Line
train, from Savannah, upon its arrival
at Yemasse and .being prevented from
doing so by the passengers, carried
it with her on the C. & W. C. train
from Charleston to Augusta, where
she is said to have presented the baby
to a gentleman from Augusta who
to hlsid?kg'FFd.dh. .etaoinshrdlucm
brought the new member of his fam
ily to his home in this city.
Neither the name of the supposed
mother or the present possessor of
the child co^ld be learned. Accord
ing to the story as related here by
excursionists from Charleston Sunday
night, the unknown woman arrived at
Yamesse on the train from Savannah.
A number of the men who were on
the train, and whdse attention had
been attracted to the child, noticed
that the lady had got off the train and
changed to the C. & W. C. train,
bound for Augusta.
She left the infant on the train and
as she evinced no attention of re
turning for it, they sent to her and
required her to take the baby with
her. After the Augusta train had
left Yamesse and the unaccountable
conduct of the woman had been cir
culated among the passengers, the
man from Augusta became a charac
ter in the story, by offering to take
the child and provide a home for it.
His offer was accepted, the baby
was placed in his charge and he
brought it on to Augusta with him.
The lady, who was young and good
looking, left the train at Varnville, a
station in Hampton County, South
Carolina, between Yamesse end
Hampton, without any one, so far as
can be learned, having ascertained
her identity. She spoke to no one
except as related and offered no ex
planation of her strange and myster
t , t_I
WAS SHOT BY HIS SON.
Man KUIed For Threatening Treat
ment nf His "Wife.
McRay Kirkland, aged about 65,
was shot and killed early Monday
morning by Willie Kirkland, his son,
aged 25. The killing occurred at
the home of a farmer in Kershaw
county, 20 miles from Columbia.
The younger Kirkland, It is said,
killed his father to save his mother.
McRay Kirkland, it seems, drove
his wife out of doors last night. She
too refuge at the house of a neigh
bor. This morning McRay Kirk
land drove to the neighbor's house
and called the occupants out. He
Beized his wife and threw her into
his bu^gy, menacing the bystanders
with a knife. Willie Kirkland de
manded that his father release the
woman. The elder man paid no at
tention to his son and the latter fir
ed once the bullet taking effect in the
SCALES OUT OF PLUMB,
Short Weights Were Always in Favor
of the Seller.
Mayor Rhett of Charleston has re
ceived from the bureau of statistics
at Washington a report on the scales
and weights in Charleston. The re
port shows a general shortage of
weights and measures in use in
Charleston. The report criticizes the
retention in office of John Duncan,
clerk of weights and measures, who
it states is 70 years old and who it
says, has not inspected the weights
and measures, the merchants report
in 10 years. The ordinance providing
for correct weights and measures are
not being enforced, the report states.
The butter scales are especially al
luded to as being short and the re
port concludes with the usual recom
mendation for accurate weights.
Will Pay Indemnity.
The pose office Department has is
sued an order, giving notice that an
indemnity not exceeding $25 will be
paid to the owners or senders of the
third and fourth class domestic reg
istered matter, lost in the mail, be
ginning on July 1. The payment of j
an indemnity for the loss of mail is
an extension of the service, which
will popularize the mail since it in
demnifies the owners and senders of
< packages from loss.
Oil Tank Exploded.
j Tim Carroll, Frank Bla'ise andi
.Michael Leonard, a negro, all host-j
i lers, were killed by an explosion
shortly before midnight Monday at I
j New Orleans, when Carroll stuck a
lighted torch into the crude oil tank
of a Southern Pacific locomotive, to
ascertain how much oil it containod.
The explosion also resulted in doing
$1,400 damage to the locomotive.
Divorced Couple Remarry.
At Pittsfield, Mass., Geo. Gray, 63
years old, and his former wife, Mary
Long Gray, 54 years old, who were
divorced 20 years ago have been re
married by the Rev. Charles P.
Magregor of the First Baptist
URG, S. C, THURSDAY, JUI
BOOM FOR JOHN
News and Courier Wants Swearingeo for
Governor or the State.
WIDE PRESS COMMENT
The Charleston Paper Sayn Swearin
gen May be the Strongest Man
When the Campaign Opens up Next
Year Because of His Stand in Book
The Columbia correspondent of the
Augusta Chronicle says the action of
the State Board of Education in plac
ing an unnecessary tax of $400,000
on the people, while working under
the chairmanship of the governor, has
aroused general indignation through
out the State and the latest develop
ment is the proposal, editorially, by
the News and Courier, of Charleston,
that John E. Swearir.gen, of Edge
field county and State Superintendent
of education offer for the governor
ship because of his courageous stand
against the action of the state board
of education in taxing the farmers of
the State unecesarrily.
Under the caption "Swearingen for
Governor" the News and Courier,has
the following to say:
" 'Swearingen,, observes the York
ville Enquirer, 'could get a good vote
for governor if he would run, and if
elected he would make a good gover
"Right on both counts. The En
quirer knows less about meteorology,
It's name, but it is is a rule vemark
ably keen in sizing up a political situ
"It is at least not unlikely that con
ditions may be stich when the next
gubernatorial campaign opens thai
the present state superintendent of
education may be the strongest man
around whom the decent people of
the state could rally. It would be)
possible to make a very strong argu
ment In favor of his availability as a
candidate in certain cirsumstances. I
"The thiought so tersely expressed
by the Enquirer has occurred, prob
ably to many others. It Is the habit
of the American electorate as soon as
a man shows abilityln one public po
sition to consider transferring him to
"We wish to suggest, therefore, |
that in the office ..hich he now occu
pies, Mr. Swearingen has an oppor
tunity for useful service to his State
as large as any which should come to
him were he. State's chief executive.
We are glad to believe that Mr.
Swearingen realizes this. He has a
man's-slze task before him right
where he Is, and if he doesn't accom
plish it we shall be surprised as well
"He has courage, ability and con
science. He is not a demogogue and
he does not play to the galleries. The
people of South Carolina already have
reason to be grateful that he fills his
preeent position. Signs are mislead
ing if this obligation is not to be en
"Mr. Swearingen at present is not
running for office. He has more Im
portant matters to thin about."
The people of South Carolina, and
/especially those in the rural districts,
are aroused over the action of the
hoard and there may be further de
The Darlington News and Press
"While it is not known why the
change was made, It is known by all
school men who are familiar with ru
ral conditions, now that it was use
less?a reckless waste of the people's
The Allendale Herald says that
"the parents will realize next fall
when they are required to purchase
new boom that the charge is well
founded." This is with reference to
the statement of J. E. Swearingen.
The Edgefield Advertiser says that
"the sweeping change can accomplish
b enotu thing, as wetaoinestaoine
but one thing, as we see it, and that is
to take money out of the pockets of
the parents and put It into the treas
ury of the book publishers.
The Florence Times says that Mr.
Swearingen is right and "the gover-|
,nor seems to be assuming responsi
bility for the mater."
The Union Times says that thel
whole thing looks "fishy" and con-'
demns the board for the "star cham-|
The Greenwood Index says that
there ought to be some way to find
out who voted so much money out of
the pockets of the people.
The state board of education meet
ing eliminated about 80 per cent of
the text books now used by the
schools. The new books adopted are
much higher In price than the old
ones, and it is estimated that the
board placed an unnecessary tax of
$400,000 on the people of the State.
The legislature may take a hand, but
that will avail little as the. real truth'
about the matter will never be known.1
There was certainly a trick turned
somewhere, but who turned it will
never ;be known.
Have Hard Time.
A Greensboro. Ga., dispatch says
the oil niills through that section
seem to have made a failure as to |
the financial end of the business dur-:
ing the past season. It is said that
none of the independent mills have
made money, and very few of the
mills operated by the Southern Oil
,Y 6, 1911.
CAUSE MANY DEATHS
HEAT RECORDS OP YEAR SMASH
fatalities from the Torrid Weather
j Are Recorded. Over the Entire
Country, This Week.
A dispatch from Washington says I
the country over Monday early re
ports to the weather bureau indi-l
cated that hot weather records might
be broken In many sections and later
reports verified the early indications.
At Philadelphia the government
thermometer on the top of the post
office building registered 99 at one
o'clock. The hottest day since July
24, 1901 when 103 was recorded.
There were nine deaths and scores
At Pittsburg at 2 o'clock the tem
perature here hovered around the 100
degree mark. During the forenoon
four persons droppd dead, one com
mitted suicide and two were drown
ed in the river while bathing. The
prostrations run into the scores.
At Baltimore the hot weather took
heavy toll Monday, although the of
ficial maximum temperature of 95
degrees was two degress lower than
that of Tuesday. Four deaths, one of
them a suicide, two attempts at sui
cide and twelve prostrations were re
ported as a result of the heat.
Chicago sweltered and suffered as
the torrid wave, which held the city i
in its grasp, continued. One death
and half a dozen prostrations are re
ported. The death rate among the'
babies is extremelf high since the be-j
ginning of the hot waves.
At Newark, N.J., the thermometer I
registered 100 degress in the shade
at ten o'clock that morning. There'
was one death and numerous prostra-j
At St. Louis the heat wave con
tinued over eastern Missouri and
southern Illinois. The temperature
is 94 and rising. The two men died
from heat. !
At Milwaukee there were two pros
trations and one death from heat.
The hot wave prevails through out
the state. The thermometer record
between 90 and 95 dgrees.
Five deaths from the heat and
numerous prostrations were reported
in KansaB City Tuesday. A tempera
ture of 103 in the afternoon estab
lished a new record for the year. One
death from heat occurred at Atchi
son, Kan., where the mercury regis
tered 108, the hottest July 4th on
A dispatch from New York says the
cumulative effect of three days of
the hottest weather that city has ex
perienced in years manifested itself
Tuesday in a list of twenty deaths at
tributed to the heat. Prostrations
were counted by the score and nine
drownings were reported.
Philadelphia dispatches under date
says nine additional deaths from the
hot weather were reported that night,
making a total of 34 deaths within
the pas, three days. The mercuxR
recorded 9 4 degrees at 3 o'clock.
BLEASE APPOINTEES ENJOINED.
Judge Cage Issues Order in Beaufort
Through a temporary injunction is
sued Monday at Walterboro by his
Honor, Judge George W. Gage, the
township commissioners appointed Dy
Governor Blease for Sheldon, Bluff
ton and Yemassee townships, in Beau
fort county, are restrained from ex
ercising the authority of their office
until a hearing is had and either a
permanent injunction granted or the
order of Tuesday dissolved. The re
straining order was issued in response
to a petition presented through the
attorney , J. S. Griffin, of Walterboro,
by the rnen whom the Beaufort dele
gation in the General Assembly re
commended. The hearing on this
matter will likely be held September
4, the order requiring the commis
sioners to appear and show cause
why they should not be permantely
enjoined at the September session of
Court for Beaufort.
Three Killed at Dance.
A Fourili of July dance, at Cupp,
Campbell County, Tennessee, was the
scene of a bloody tragedy Tuesda>
afternoon. Deputy Sheriff W. C.
Clymer was instantly killed, his 18
year-o;d daughter was shot through
and through and cannot live, and the
man who did the shooting met death
at the hands of the deputy sheriff's
son. The dance was being given by
Clymer. The trouble is supposed to
have started over Clymer's objection
to his daughter dancing with the
stranger, who has not been identified.
They Drank Poison.
At Wesson, Miss., after drinking
poison for what they thought was
whiskey, two young men named
Brow.i and Allen are out of danger,
due to the heroic efforts of physi
cians. They went to a party Sat
urday night and hid their private
flask before joining friends. When
they went out to take a "nip" they
found the wrong bottle.
Set Off By the Sun.
At Washington, Pa., rays of the
sun focused on the fuse of a package
of firecrackers through a bubble in
a window pane Saturday caused the
explosion of the entire window of
fireworks were destroyed and the
store was ruined.
KILIEU HIS FRIEND
A DISPUTE BETWEEN RAILWAY
MEN ENDS FATALLY.
Lawrence Wise, Made Crazy With
Whiskey, Literally Shot John Dun
can to Pieces.
A dispatch to The News and Cour
ier from Aiken says one of the most
deplorable killings which ever occur
red in that county happened in the
sub-station of the Aiken-Augusta
Railway Company, near Graniteville,
about nine o'clock on Saturday night.
Lawrence Wise, made crazy by whis
key, according to testimony, walkeu
into the sub-station and literally shot
John Duncan to pieces.
There were no eye-witnesses to the
killing, but the cause of the fuss was
over the report which was to be
sent in to the manager of the sub
station. Both Wise and Duncan wen.
employed in the station, one being
the night man, while the other was
the day man. They were the best of
friends, and after the killing Wise
iremarked that he had killed the
best friend he had.
From the inquest it seems that
Duncan was substituting for Wise,
who h; gotten off to go to Aiken,
and tlu he should have reported foi
work at 6:30 in the afternoon. He
did not show up until about nine
o'clock, and parties heard the men
fussing over the report which was to
go in. Duncan was trying to get
Wise to go home, and finally Invited
him inside, and there the shooting
took place. Wise shot at Duncan six
times and hit him six times. Three
bullets passed entirely through the
dead man's body, one through his
hip, ranging upward; one passed
through his hat.
Duncan tried to escape and he was
found leaning half way out of a win
dow with his head in the sand. Rur
al Policeman Holley was on the car
which passed, the sub-station about
the time of the killing and he placed
Wise under arrest and brought him
to Aiken and lodged him In jail. An
inquest was held on Sunday morning,
and the usual verdict was rendered
that Duncan came to his death at
the hands of Wise.
The affair is greatly regretted, ab
both men are well thought of, and
both have families. Duncan has six
children and Wise has three.
HOT TIME AT AUGUSTA.
Glorious Fourth With Its Usual Ac
cidents and Fights..
Augusta's record for July 4th is
perhaps the darkest, numerically, on
the police blotter, it has been in any
year's celebration. One killing, two
stabbings, two rendered unconscious
from brickbats, one chopped in the
head with an axe and 34 cases of
drunk and disorderly. The jail was
Wm. A Lauder, aged 24 years, was
disembowelled with a pocket knife
late in the afternoon by W. S. Hall,
Jr., of about the same age, in the
western section of the city. Both
young men are fairly well connected.
It is learned that the two were in
love with the same young lady and
quarreled over her. Lauder died im
mediately after being placed in an
Two negro women were knocked in
the head with bricKs and rendered
unconscious; both of them being tak
en to the negro hospital. Neither
will die. Tuesday night two Slabbing
cases demanded the attention of the
police, in which the victims are in
the hospital but will recover. John
Cook, a negro, was chopped in the
head with an axe and may die.
BLACK HANI) FAILS.
Negro is Caught and Stolen Jewelry
Recovered by Owner.
H. T. Bledsoe. a prominent citizen
of Greensboro, Ala., received a "black
hand" note Tuesday demanding $250
and that night recovered jewelry val
ued at $500 that had been stolen
from his wife last winter. The note
was signed with the name of a well
known white man and threatened
death to Mr. B.ledsoe if he refused
to hide the $250 in a certain plac?.
and return later to get his wife's
Going to the place that night he
left a bobus package and on retiring
ran U]>on a negro, who had brought
him the original note. Seizing the
r.egro. he searched him and found
the package of lost jewelry. It is
believed the negro used the white
'man's name to the note.
Ferris Wheel Falls.
With every seat occupied a ferris
wheel, operated by a carnival com
pany at Booneville, iMiss., collapsed
and a boy on the ground was the
only person killed. Nine persons
were badly injured and several others
less seriously hurt. Frank Mahaffy,
aged 7, was killed. Mrs. Mahaffy ran
toward the machine to catch her lit
tle daughter falling from one of the
seats. Her son ran after her and
was struck by one of the iron girders.
Loses 31.000 Per Week.
Speaker Champ Clark is losing a
thousand dollars a week, it is said,
because Congress is remaining in ses
sion at a time when he had expected
it to have adjourned. The Speaker
had a contract with a Chicago lecture
bureau to take *he platform on July
TWO CENTS PER COPY.
WORK OUT WELL
Commission Government Has Help? dl Co
MUCH MONEY IS SAVED
"In Thirteen Months," Says Copt. W.
E. Gonzales, "Floating Debt of
$75,000 Wiped Out?No Debts and
no Overdrawn Appropriations. Mon*
ey Saved From Income.
The commission form of govern
ment has proved a splendid! success
Where deficits were shown under
the old council rule a surplus is now
found and tho capital city of South
Carolina will this year spend more
t'jan $100,000 on permanent improve
ments?a condition heretofore un
known. Next year the city will ap
propriate $150,000 for such purposes.
There are five men in Columbia
who make it their regular business to
look after affairs of the city. There
are four cour-cllmen and the mayor.
The councilman receive $2.000 a year,
and the mayor $2.500.
Here is the way the city's buslnesa
W. H. Gibbes?Officers, accounts
and accounting. Police and record
er's court. Taxation and civil ser
11 J. Blalock?Licences. Sanitv
tion and health Insurance and build
R. C. Keenan?Fire department.
Street department. Market and. light
R W. Shand?Law and finance.
Schools. Parks and trees.
W. F. Stieglitz?Water works and
sewerage. Public buildings, chari
ties and city jail.
Up in Trenton, N. J., the citizens
are making a fight for clean govern
ment. The Trenton Evening Times
asked Capt. W. E. Ganzales, editor of
The State, for a statement as to the
results obtained in Columbia and he
has'the following to Scy which is to
Thirteen months ago a mayor and
four councilmen t^ok over the man
agement of the municipal affairs from
a mayor and 15 alderman. Formerly,
the mayor got a salary of #1,500, the
alderm nothing. Now the mayor gets
$2,560, and each of the councilmen
We have the Des Moine? plan with
several improvements. There is civil
service for police, fire and health de
partments; initiative, recall and re
ferendum. None of these privileges
has been invoked.
Ward lines are obliterated, council
men being elected, as the mayor, at
large. The ward boss is dethroned.
In the old system there was little
or no grafting, lack of definite respon
sibility; the unbusiness-like system
resulted in waste; a thousand little
leaks. There were jealousies and
.bickerings among aldermen.
All that is changed. For four
years before its adoption an earnest
advocate of commission government,
the results exceed my expectations.
There is more in the system than in
Thirteen months ago the new sys
tem found a floating debt of about
$75,000?they always had floating
debts, the aldermen. TwontyTftve
thousand a year was all that could be
given by aldermen for street care and
improvement. In ten months, for the
first time in many years, the city got
on a cash basis. No debts. No appro
priations overdrawn. Every council
man publicly known to be responsible
for the counduct of a certain depart-*
ment. The water works, instead of
showing it deficit of $18,000 to be
paid out of general tares, is payinjg
expenses and beginning to show a
Resides $25,000 for street cleaning
and re/pairs, $100,000 was appropriat
j ed for expenditure this year for per
inature improvements, tho citizen
a>',r:g another $100,00) 'o jt ? all
out of current receipts. Next year
the city v> ill appropriate $150,000 for
Council meets often; the citizens
can have hearings at any time and
they are in direct touch with the
business managers of this affair.
Ordered business supersedes a
muddle. From the vergj of bank
ruptcy we step to a 20 per cent, divi
There are more policemen, with
three, instead of two, reliefs. The
fire department is more efficient,
power oars have supplanted horses in
a wonderful change, and a splen
jrlid success. 1
Carolina Pardon Record.
I The Governor has been in office
(since Januasy 17, and since that tftno
j he has granted executive clemency In
171 cases. Paroles, 98; pardons, 73.
During the four years of the admin
istration of Governor Ansel 8? pa
roles were granted and the records
show that he granted 38 pardon9 dur
ing the last two years of bis office.
m ? m ?_ I
Flesh Torn From Finger.
While MY. Guy Tltts was talhlng
over the telephone at his ice plant
at Clinton Tuesday lightning strue?
the wiie and gave bim a very se
vere shock. The flesh on one finger
was torn and his arm badly burnt.
The shock knocked him to the floo?
and rendered him unconsicoua for a