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WHAT HE SAYS I
KSwearinger I'ces Kot Meet Comparisons
Hade by the Board
I PEOPLE MOST DECIDE
Claims That he Was Ignored by Oth
er Members of the Board, by Not
Having Chance to. Egress His
Opinion When Adoption of the
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Books Were Made.
State Superintendent of Education
Swearingen returned to Columbia
Tuesday night from Rock Hill, where
he had gone Friday to attend the
Conference of County Superlnten
' of Education. He declared that he
had no intention or desire to prolong
the contreversey regarding the text
book adoptions made by the State
board of education.
"If the people of south Carolina
are willing to believe," he said., "that
? they can now exchange old text books
for new ones at an additional cost of
only 2-3 cents per child each year,
they will be undeceived when the
time comes to buy new books.
"I have not counted the words in
the primer or in any other book, but
the new basal reader contain 159
pages and sells for 35 cents. The
new bisal fifth reader contains 368
pinges ami sells for 35 cents. The
dlffrence is interesting.
"Of the old basal first reader, 131,
000 copies were sold from 1906 to
1911, and this book has been dis
placed. Twelve thousand copies of
the physical geographies were sold,
and this book has-been retained. As
far as the titles on the list are con
cerned these two books are equal,
but as as far as the pupils and pa
trons of the State are concerned,
there is a difference of nearly 11 to
1, or more than 1,000 per cent. Il
lustrations might be multiplied In
definitely, for readers, arithmetics,
and geographies form the most id
por?ant part of a text book adoption,
and these three series show that 76
per cent of the mere titles even were
"If the members had made 'up
their minds as to the best and most
desirable books, I am at a loss to un
derstand why they were unwilling to
point out the poor bocks now in use.
It is claimed that ample preliminary
discussion of text books was had in
pie books had been made. This ad
mission is highly gratifying to me,
because the absence of such?"""""?
sion and comparison at tux.
meetings led me to suppose ana u^pe
' for this condition. They, therefore
seem to admit the fact that the real
discussion of text-books was had ine
Jerome Hotel. I do not presume to
set my opinion against the opinion of
seven distinguished edlacat?rs, but
being the secretary of the board and
member directly responsible to '-he
people, T thought there should be a
frank, full and open discussion in the
meetings of the board Itself.
This admission proves that the
adoption was decided on before the
State Superintendent of Education
was given a chance to express an
opinion. It must not be forgotten,,
also, that my request for a record of
these changes was promptly refused.
I was prepared to recommend sever
al changes and to support these rec
ommendations with argument. The
board made sweeping changes, but
declined to indicate the necessity for
these chanes, by pointing out the in
ferior and undesirable books now in
use. The assertion that better books
have been adopted does not suffice,
but should be supported by evidence.
Every change of text books is unnec
essary unless a logical reason can be
"I have not questioned the Integ
rity or impugned the motives of a
majority of the board, because posi
tive proof of improper influence can
not be adduced. The private charac
ter of every man belongs to himself,
alone, but his public acts belong to
his constituents. The new policies of
the board were expensive, unexplain
ed, and without record, and against
these three charaiteristics I protest
"There are other points inviting
interesting comment, but I leave this
to be made by others. The determi
nation of the issue rests with the peo
False Story Denounced.
A*, a meeting of several Confeder
ate veterans, members of camp No.
2, Army of the Tennessee, a state
ment, said to have appeared in a
weekly magazine on Juno 10 last in
which it was asserted that a school
teacher of New Haven, Conn., was de
ruded, tarred and feathered fn a
pub.lc square of New Orleans dur
ing the civil war, was strongly de
nounced as a fa'sehood.
Never Been to Town.
Mrs. Polly Monk, 94 years of age
is dead in North Christian county,
Tenn. She had lived all her life on
a farm, outlived two husbands and
Taad never seen a train and had an
ig within two miles of Crofton. She
?had never seen a train, and had on
antipathy for "new fangled things."
Near Frankfort-on-the-Main, Ger
many ten persons were killed and
twenty others seriously injured by an
explosion in a dynamite factory Wed
VOTE BAILEY DOWII
THE SENATE KILLS ? HIS FREE
Heyburn Says the Republican Party
Is on Its Death Bed Because of its
Senator Bailey's free list amend
ment to the Canadian recirocity bilr
was defeated in the Senate late Wed
day by a large majority. So evident
was the margin against it that Mr.
Bailey did not ask for a roll call.
Pursuing the policy of forcing the
opponents of reciprocity tc* proceed
without delay, Senator Penrose urg>
ed Senator Bailey to introduce his
wool tarlg amendment a tonco. The
latter did so.
Democrats" and like terms were ap
plied to the Republican Senators sup
porting the bill, by Senator Hey
burn, of Idaho, in a speech against
the measure. He declared that when
a vote on the bill is taken, all r??u
Republicans in the Senate will be op
posed to it, when the "Semi-Demo
crats" will vote for it, along with the
"How can we educate the leader of
the party back to Republican princi
ples," asked Senate rNelson, of Min
"Who is the leader of the Repub
lican party?" asked Heyburn.
Senator Bailey declared that the
Republicans were in a state of muti
ny and did not know their leader.
Mr. Heyburn declared that the rec
iprocity bill came to Congress wrap
ped in the flag of a pirate.
"Here's the bill; now you pass It
without any change," said Mr. Hey
He declared that he opposed all
amendments to the bill as well as
the bill itself, because "every amend
ment is a splinter off the Republican
flag staff of protective policy."
"That can't be," interjected Sena
tor Clap-p; "the flag staff has been
broken and the flag pulled down."
"I'll bet you 7,000,000 Republican
votes that is not true," st.Id Hey
burn. He added that he believed
that the Republicans would ultimate
ly come together again on protective
Asked by Senator Bailey- how he
'vcsld classify the Insurgents, Mr.
Heyburn said they were "mavericks"
waiting to be branded.
"If they can be rounded up 'In the
White House lot, I.know they will be
branded," said Mr. Bailey.
Senator Heyburn. characterized
some of the progressives as "pro
-gressjng as a crab; you can't tell that
/?This is the deathbed of the Re
publican party," said Senator Hey
burn, referring to" the split in the
Republica ranks, "but it will be the
deathbed of may of the men who are
supporting this reciprocity bill, when
the-people realize that it means put
ting down of the protective system."
CHARGE LEWIS WITH FRAUD.
Charged With Using the Mails to
A dispatch from St. Louis says
E. G. Lewis, until recently publish
er of a number of magazines and
promoter of enterprises, was Indict
ed by a special grand jury in the Un
ited States district court on charges
Of fraudulent use of the mails. ? The
indictment, containing twelve courts,
covers four points in which Lewis
is alleged to have obtained several
million by misleading statements cir
oulated through the mails.
It is charged he sold unsecured
notes on the Woman's Magazine
Building and the Woman's Daily
building in the University City, oi
which Lewis is Mayor, unsecured
notes of the University Heights Real
ty Development Company, operated
a "debenture scheme," and that he
misrepresented the condition of the
Lewis Publishing Company in selling
slock in the concern.
Lewis recently put his corporations
into the hands of trustees with sole
power to handle them for five years.
Creditors have asked that a receiver
be appointed. Lewis was indicted
in 1905 on charges of conducting a
scheme to defraud through his oper
ation of the People's United States
Bank, one of his corporations. Oth
er indictments charged him with de
frauding the government of postal
funds. He was acquitted on several
of these charges and all were dis
missed later by the government.
It is charged in the indictment
that, by the debenture plan, Lewis
endeavored to recover securities in
his different companies and obliga-1
tion, most of which were due at early
dates, amouiing to $7,160,000.
Charred Bodies Found.
The charred bodies cf Arthur Per
neval, p. prominent farmer, and his
w'fe wete fomd in the ruins of their
burned farm house near Princeton,
X. C, Wednesday The discovery
was made .by neigbbors. An investi
gation is in progress to determine
under what circumstances the couple
Clemson's Big Income.
Clemson College will this year re
ceive about $260,000 ffom the sale
of the fertilizer tags. Since the first
of the year the sum of $242,683 has
been received, as compared with
$216,703 on the same date of last
year. The total vamount received by
the school last year was $248,098.
GOAT HELD BY MORUS
IN A PENCE BEFORE HE WAS RE
LEASED FROM IT.
Train Crew on the Augusta Southern
Railroad Stopped the Train and
The Augusta Herald says the trav
elers on the Au'gtusta Southern road
are telling quite a funny .but pathet
ic little story about a goat who butted
into a fence and stayed until the
crew of No, 44 came to his assistance.
Col. Henry S. Jones, of Hephiz:
,bah, while returning home from his
office in Augusta Thursday afternoon,
noticed a goat patiently standing' by
a wire fence on Mr. W. W. Hack's
place at DeBruce, a small station just
beyond the old Richmond Factory
pond, and remembered that he had
seen it there for the third day stand
ing sentinel-like with its eyes stead
fastly fixed upon the Augusta South
ern track9 which are only a few feet
He looked carefully and saw that
the goat had fastened himself in thw
wire fence anu had seemed to anait
don all efforts to gain his freedom.
The poor goat stood in the one spot
for three days and nights, lonely and
cared for by no one. He was almost
dead of starvation.
Col. Jones, taking pity cn the goat,
tasked Mr. IM. S. Bridgers, chief train
dispatcher of the Augusta Southern,
who was on the train Thursday af
ternoon with him, to have the next
train stopped and some of the train
men get off and relieve the animal
from its serious land uncomfortable
This Mr. Bridgers did. He noti
fied pasenger train No. 14 coming to
Augusta Thursday night to stop near
the Richmond Factory pond where
the unfortunate (goat was being held
and to have some of the crew get off
and let the poor animial loose. The
billy goat's life was saved by the
crew of No. 14.
MADE HIS LAST LEAP.
A Real Tragedy Caught on Film of
A real tragedy was recorded on
the film of a moving picture machine
at New York late Wednesday. As
Albert Breyton, actor and expert
swimmer and diver, leaped from a
boat In ia Staten Island pond, the
machine was set in motion, its lens
focused on the bubbling surface of
the pond where he had disappeared,
to picture his aquatic feats as he
aame to surface. The moments pass
ed and the widening circles from the
impact of his dive touched the shores.
The diver's feat had been caught on
the film. He did not appear and is
supposed to have been held fast by
the soft mud (at the bottom. The
body was igrappled for and recovered.
POISONED BY INSECTS?
Probable Cause of Death in Newberry
The sudden death of four'negroes,
three of them in one family and in
?one house near Shelton, in Fiairfield
County, is supposed to have been
caused by poisonous insects on black
berries, which the negroes had pick
ed and eaten a short time before
their deaths. It is said that the ne
groes were about grown and two oth
ers were smaller. The four had
been blackberry picking in the after
noon and that night, or early the
next mornlnigi, according to the infor
mation, they died. It is not known
what else could have caused their
death and the cause stated is gen
eral}' accepted by the community and
is supported by medical opinion.
THE GRAY AND BLUE.
President Taft Will Follow Bull Run
When President Taft goes to Ma
nassas, Va., 25 miles southwest of
Washington on July 21 to speak at
the joint reunion of the blue and gray
armies on the .battlefield of Bull Run,
he will travel over the same old turn
pike that thousands of Union sol
diers used 50 years ago. The Presi
dent will motor down from the capi
tal with Secretary Hilles and Maj. A.
W. Butt. Much of the ride will be
over the road used by Gen. McDow
ell's soldiers when the tide of battle
turned against them and they fled
back toward Washington.
They Had Hot Time.
In a free-for-all fight, at an outing
and dance given by some Polish min
ers near Adna, Ohio, three men were
stabbed to death, three more were
fatally injured and about a score of
persons, including several women, re
ceived knife wounds.
Lots of Cotton Burn.
A dispatch from St. Peatersburg,
Russia, says the fire that broke out
among the cotton bales in the port
section of the city was extinguished
after damage aggregating $500,000
had never been to town, although liv
ed in the loss.
The Mob Got Him.
Will McGriff, the negro who shot
and killed Will Washington, a white
man, and wounded two colored men,
was arrested lat Roconton Wednesday
afternoon and later killed by a mob
estimated at more than five hundred
iURG, S. C, SATURDAY, JUL
Hundreds of People Boroed to Death io
tbe Porcapioe District.
THREE TOWNS BURNED
Entrapped Miners, Seeking Safety in
Shafts Perish in Flames. Streets
Strewn With Charred Human Bod
ies and Dead Carcasses of Animal
A Toronto Canada, dispatch says
the loss of life in Porcupine district,
from Wednesday's fire is'known to be
several hundred and the property
loss will reach several millions of
dollars. Only three of the eighty
four empoyees of the West Dome
Mine have been accounted for and
200 miners, muckers, etc., in the var
ious other mines are missing.
Among the dead are Robert Weiss,
manager of the West Dome, land his
wife and child. The West Dome Mine
Company, of Philadelphia, sustained
a loss of about $50,000. Reports
from Porcupine give vague state
statements of the loss of life and
property. The property loss will
probably total millions.
Some loss of life is also reported
from South Porcupine and Eldorado.
At West Dome and Big Dome, the en
trapped miners, cut off from escape,
were forced to take to the shafts for
safety and penned In by flames, per
ished. This was notably true at ?
Dome and west Dome mines.
The streets of Sonth Porcupine are
strewn with dead persons, horses,
doge, and cattle. Along the mine
roads are the charred bodies of those
overcome trying to escape . Of the
stall of three hundred at the Dome
but a few were saved, and at the
West Dome but three out of 85 em
ployees are known to be alive.
Early Wednesday the miners saw
dense clouds of smoke to the south- ?
west, where the fires were raging.
They gave small heed. It was not
until noon that the smoke clouds be
gan to roll over the Porcupine dis
trict. Then the miners became
alarmed. Messenigers were sent out
and soon returned with the word that
the fire was travelling througjh the
forest rapidly and was lickingj up
Shortly after noon the fire had cov
ered ian area of twenty-five miles in
length and two miles in width, and
was licking} up the base line of Tis
dale sweeping over the Standard and
Imperial mines at Dolore, the Phila
delphia, Inshaw, Tldorado and Unity
When the seriousness of the situa
tion was apparent the fire call was
sounded with the Dome Mine whis
tle. In half hour the flames were
raging- on the spot. They swept over
the Foley O'Brien mine, then jump
ed to the Preston East Dome and fol
lowed over the Dome and West
Hundreds fled from the flames, hut
the smoke hung low over the land
and made progress difficult. Many
fell exhausted. The frame buildings
of South Porcupine burned fiercely.
(Twenty minutes after the flames
struck the outskirts the town was in
lashes. All who escaped the flames
made for the water, where all .sorts
of water craft, launches, canoes and
skiffs were pressed into service.
Women and children were first
huddlea into the small boats and
started og for Pottsville and Golden
City, where they were temporarily
safe from the flames. Many miners
lost their lives in efforts to save oth
ers and some were drowned.
Fifteen men were drowned at
South Porcupine, when they were
driven into the lake by the dense
clouds of smoke and rolling wave of
flame. At El Dorado two men were
burned to death, and another met a
similar fate at the United Porcupine
Three towns have been wiped off
the man and hundreds or refugees are.
facing starvation. A train contain
ing six hundred women and children
was rushed out of Cochrane for the
south, as the wall of flames advanc
ed toward the village. The town of
2,500 inhabitants was soon a mass
of fire and is entirely destroyed.
South Porcupine and Pittsv1r:= are
Golden City was surrounded by
flames for hours, and is still in dang
er, although only the suburbs! have
been burned. Part of Tisdale has
been wiped out, the fire being con
trolled only by dynamiting a dozen
houses in the middle of the town.
Two special trains have been sent
to bring the 4,000 persons who are
facing starvation or death by fire
in the Tisdale district. Communica
tion with stricken districts is exceed
The flames swept down on South
Porcupine and PIttsville almots wltn
out warnings The alarm came just
in time for the people to rush for
the lake, but they were forced to
abandon all of their belongings.
Gasoline boats, rowboats and even
hastily improvised rafts were utilized
to get the refugees, many of whom
were women and children, across the
lake to Golden City. There all are
attempting; to beat back the flames,
which have consumer the outskirts
of that place. There are only a few
days' provisions left in Golden City.
The laborers employed on the On-]
tario Government's new railroad line, |
reached the city after a desperate)
y 15, i9ii.
REAL STORY TOLD
CONNECTED ACCOUNT OF FIRE
SW3 iPT DISTRICT.
Two Cities Were Wiped Out by the
Flames and Many Were Drowned
to Avoid .Awful Death.
Eugene A. Thomson, business man
and fire chia', who Wednesday night
brought a 'party of refugees to De
troit from the burned towns of Au
Sable and Oscoda furnished the first
connected Siory.which has come from
the fire swept district.
"The firs' serious fire on the out
skirts of t.ie town was discovered
Sunday and a crew fought it until it
was under control," he said. Monday
nothing wns done and on Tuesday,
aided by high winds, it burst out
again with great fury.
"The fir^t alarm in Osceodia came
in at 3 o'clork from a private house.
President Gowley and myself pro
cured pails from the Loud Company's
office to fight the flames that had
spread to the Catholic cemetery. The
next alarm came in from Au Sable
township slab piles. Just about the
time the Lost was working well we
got an alarm from the village of Os
coda. The first to go was the Oscoda
and Au Sable canning fiactory and in
a few mlp'ites' the fire was general,
breaking out north, east, south and
west all at. once.
"Our equipment of three hose carts
land thirty-3ix volunteers fought for
an hour and a half with a good sup
ply of water.
"Then the flames reached the
pumping station and it went out of
commission. A few inhabitants
among them myself and my father
and mother, went to the steamer NI
ko, Captain Meyers, which was lying
at my own door.
"When we left the dock between
200 and 300 people were on It, 30 of
them were nursing children, cut off
from shore, with the tramway over
head afire. There was no escape for
them unless they jumped into, the wa
ter. I 3aw Peter Duval struggle down
the tramway with his aged father
in-law on his back, but the flames
forced him back 'ind I cannot tell
whether he was saved.
"I saw a woman with two children
In her 'arms rush out on the dock.
One of the children fell into the wa
ter and a young man leaped in after
it and saved it.
"When the fire started the wind
was blowing about 50 miles an hour
from the southeast. Then It shifted
co the westward and the flames com
pletely swept the towns. Two hours
afterward, it shifted to the northeast
and swept the blaze back over the
ground it already had travelled, lick
ing up the whole of Oscoda and Au
Sable city and,township for a radius
cf three mile3.
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WOMAN AND MAN DROWN.
Giant Lake Wave Sweeps Them from
At Auburn, N. Y., a gigantic wave
on Owasco Lake swept. Miss Adelaide
McCarthy, 18 years old, land her cous
in, Edward George Burke, 22 years
old, of Philadelphia, from the grasp
of rescuers, to death In the lane on
Burke, a good swimmer, had bat
tled for the life of his companion for
half an hour and was preparing to
assist her to the hands of four men
in a motorboat when a wave swept
them away, fialf filled the boat, si
lenced the engine and set the craft
"Sa*ve the girl, fellows, don't try
to take me in," shouted Burke, who
was treading water with the girl in
his arms. A moment later the wave
blotted them both from view. Their
bodies still lie at the botom of the
THEY WANT RAIN.
Indian Tribal Customs to Obtain It
Are Being Used.
The C.eek Indians in the vicinity
of Wetunika, Owla., are resorting tc
lancient tribal customs in an attempt
to obtain a rainfall.
One of tbefr customs which has
been widely followed in the last week
Is to stake mud turtles on the edge
a stream just Par enough away from
the water so that it cannot reach it.
It is the Indians belief that the tur
tle despairing of their 'attempts to
reach the water invoke the aid of the
"Great Spirit' to send rain so that
the stream will be raised and brought
Since the turtles were first staked
out several rains have fallen. The
Indians believe their prayers are be
ing answered and they are fastening
up more turtles to pray for a still
Shot by Cupid.
The Greenville Daily Piedmont
says Deputy Judge of Probate James
R. Bates issued a marriage license
to probably the oldest couple that
has received a license since the m???
riase license law has been in effect in
this State. The two were Henry
Nix, aged 74, ad Mrs. Melvla V.
Rochester, 41, both of the American
Spinning Company's village, near
fight with the flames, in which many
were badly injured. They lost every
thing but the clothes they wore.
WENT DOWN BANK
LADY GUEST AND OWNER ARE
The Big Touring Car Turned Over
When the Road Bank Crumbled
A special dispatch from Henderson
ville, N. C, to the Columbia Record
In an automobile accident Wednes
day night about two o'clock, two peo?
pie were killed when the powerful
Rambler machine of Mr. B. W. Bet
tis went over an embankment on the
Asheville road, arout two miles from
The dead are: Miss Lemie Bow
man, of Sumter, S. C, daughter of
Mr. P. G. Bowman and Mr. B. W.
Bettis of Trenton, S. C, who was
driving the oar.
There were eight people in the car,
taking a ride while returning from
Lake View Hotel after a dance, Miss
Mabel Bowman and Miss Lemie Bow
man with Mr. B. W. Bettis occupied
the front seat. Those in the back
seat were: Mrs. P. G. Bowman,
Miss Mary Pitts, Mr W. Hammond,
Newman, Miss Jennette Henry, of
Sumter, Miss Rosa Sharfson of Al
Coming to ia steep fill on the newly
built Asheville-Hendersonville high
way, the driver saw a vehicle in front
and gave room, going to the right.
The loose dirt caved with -the heavj
machine and before he could turn,
the machine turtled, catching the oc
cupants under the car.
iMiss Mabel Bowman, who receiv
ed serious bruises will recover. Mr.
Bettis' body was shipped home Thurs
day on the "Carolina Special" of the
Southern railway. Miss Sharfson Is
a graduate of the College for Women
Miss 'Bowman ^nd Mr. Bettis were
to have been married in ia few weeks.
DISAGREE WITH THE GOVERNOR.
Demand That Hosiery Mill Be Abol
Disregarding the demands of the
governor, the board of directors of
the State penitentiary Thursday re
fused to abolish the hosiery mill, and
the entire controversy will be left
with the general assembly for a de
cision. The contract is for five years
and provides for the employment of
from 200 to 350 prisoners. J. M.
Graham holds the contract with the
State. A letter embracing the posi
tion of the board was addressed to
the governor. The governor has on
several occasions stated that if the
hosiery mill was not abolished that
he would pardon all of the 300 men
and women employed in the mill.
The board finds that J. M. Graham
has observed every provision of the
contract. That failure on the part
of the State through its officers to
perform its duties Aoward the con
victs, should not be allowed to work
a hardship on J. M. Graham nor jus
tify the State in breaking the aigxee
rent with him..
That the hosiery mill is in a thor
oughly sanitary condition and the
converts therein work under more
favorable circumstances than em
ployes in similar industries conduct
ed by parties or corporations.
That deaths from tubercrlosls In
the whole- penitentiary, including the
hosiery mill, has decreased from 58
durimgi the years between 1900 and
1905 to 22 during the years between
1906 and 1910.
That a igxeater number of convicts
are brought to the penitentiary al
ready afficted with tuberculosis than
those contracting the disease within
the prison walls.
That as soon as a convict shows
ab ihlchdeT bmorniartlflhSo
any symptoms of tuberculosis he or
she is placed in one of the finest
tuberculosis hospitals in this sec
tion of the country.
That the board stands ready to
make any changes in the buildings
that may be necessary to further
safeguard the health of the convicts,
whenever they ascertain through the
board of health and their own in
vestigations the same is desirable.
That the board invites inspection
by private citizens of the State at
any time, of all the buildings within
the walls of the State penitentiary.
Refused Tainted Money.
By a six to three vote the city
council of Jacksonville Florida re
fused to appropriate money for the
maintenance of a Carnepie public 11
bralry. The philanthropist had of
fered $25,000 if Pensacola would
raise one-tenth of that amount. The
people turned down the proposition
several weeks ago on a referendum
vote. The argument was advanced
that Carnegie's money was "tainted."
Ensign R. S. Young, of Concord, N.
C, disappeared from the destroyer
Perkins, at the New York Navy yard,
Wednesday night leaving a note stat
ing that he intended to drown him
self. The young officer had slightly
overstayed his shore leave and had
been called upon for an explanation.
Convict Was Killed.
While trying to escape from the
State prison at Milledgeville, Ga., W.
H. O'Neal, a white~convict, who had
served one year of a three-year sen
tence, was shot to death by guards.
O'Neal was sentenced for stabbing
TWO CENTS PER COPY.
START TO FIGHT
rtirfy- Three Killed in Pitched Battle in
ATTACK ON THE TROOPS
Some of the late "Rebels in Mexico
Force Some Federal Soldiers to
Their Quarters Until They Were
A dispatch from Puebla, Mexico,
says fighting between federals and
Maderistas which began Thursday
night and lasted until daylight was
resumed Friday afternoon at Cerro
San Juan, close to Puebla. The bat
tle raged for three hours and is said
to have claimed more than forty in'
killed and wounded.
A party of Maderlsts who fled from
the bull ring Wednesday night after
a stiff fight with the federals, out
the interoceanic railroad at Fabrica
de Matienzo, took possession of a
train and proceeded to San Marlin,
25 miles to the north, to procure
rifles and ammunition with the avow
ed intention to return and renew the
The fight, according to witnesses,
was provoked by three men, one of
whom was said to be a son of Former
Governor iMucto Martinez, who passed
the .bull ring where th? Maderistas
were quartered and fired into the
place and into the barracks of the
Zaragosa battalion of State troops
The fight was taken up by both
sides, each thinking the other had
started the trouble. The fight was
bloody and among the 40 dead were
several women and a federal lieu
tenant colonel, Moises Breton. The
affair is laid ,by the revolutionosts
at the door of the Clentificos, who are
said to have arranged the details in
advance and calculated upon the ef
fect of the preliminary shooting.
By otbers the clash was said to
have been provoked by an attack by
a drunken revolutionists upon the
penitentiary with the intention to
liberate the prisoners, i
At the first volley the State troops
came out of their quarters but were
triven back ,by the revolutionists.
The latter kept up a spasmodic fire
battalion of federals was ordered to
their relief. The fighting ceased only
when Gov. Canete appeared with a
white flag and pleaded for peace.
A special train with Francisco L.
Madero on board arrived in the city
soon after the battle began. It is
alleged drunken Maderistias made an
attack upon the penitentiary with*
dynamite bombs in an effort to re
lease the prisoners. The Saragossa
troops stationed close by opening fire.
Maderistias from the bull ring at
tacked the federals and forced them
back into their quarters. A scatter
ing fire was kept up all night. At
daybreak the Twenty-ninth battalion
aame to the rescue of the other fed
erals and used a machine igiun to clear
the streets. At this attack the Mad
eristas fled, leaving a large number
of dead and wounded In the streets.
SENATOR TILLMAN TO SPEAK.
Annual Picnic of Old Soldiers at
A dispatch from Florence to The
News and Courier says the annual
picnic for the old soldiers will bo
held at their picnic grounds, at
Olanta, in lower Florence County, on
Saturday, July 22, at which time
United States Senator Benjamin R.
Tlllman and others will make ad
dresses. The old soldiers' picnic at
Olanta is always one of the great
events of the year in lower Florence.
Last year there were more than 8,
000 people present, and rrom present
indications there will be not less than
7 0,000 people there this year. Ev
erybody is invited, to these events,
but the old soldiers come first.
Had a Close Call.
When the first execution under the
new law providing for electrocution
in place of hanging took place in
the State penitentiary at Eddyville,
Ky., recently it came near ending in
the death of two persons instead of
one. Prison physician Moss stepped
forward to feel the pulse of the negro
who formed the first subject before
the current had been turned off and
barely missed having several thous
and volts pass through his body.
Killed by Caisson.
Elbert J. Baum of battery A. Third
U. S. field artillery, was killed dur
ing target practice Thursday near
San Antonio, Tex. Baum was drived
of a caisson. His horses took fright
vit the firing and in endeavoring to
keep them from running away Baum
fell from his sieat and was run over.
Caught on Fire.
A Washington dispatch says the
House had an exciting scene when
Representative Willis of Ohio, rushed
from his desk, his clothing afire.
Several members came to his aid and
extinguished the flames. He was un
injured. A box of matches in his coat
pocket caught fire.
Killed by Lightning.
While working in a field near Ar
thur, Tenn. ,two little boys, Will
Pierce and Link Eads, suffered severe
shocks, and the latter is not expected