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Tillman as 1 Smith Hake Rfply to En
qn'rici s of CeBgretiiai Aikca.
A VERr* SHALL HATTER
Aiken \Yt a ted to Know if Either of
the Se: a tors Said "Congressman
Johnsen Had More Sense than all
the Oth r South Carolina Congress
men Pi I Together.
'Repress atative Wyatt Aiken, of
South Ca cllna, has given out the
correspon ence which resulted from
his person illy conducted investigation
conrernin ; a statement reported to
have been made recently by Governor
Blease in a speech at Spartanburg,
for which the Governor gave as his
authority a United States Senator.
The st itement, as reported, was
that a Un ted States Senator told him
(Governo Blease) that Congressman
Joseph T Johnson "had more sense
than all the other South Carolina
Congressi len put together," which,
the Gove nor is reported as having
said, con! rmel his own judgment.
Repres- ntative Aiken, in an effort
to find or t what Senator was respon
sible for be remark quoted by Gov
ernor ?h ase addressed on July 7th
this note o Senator Tillman, also en
closing nc ?spaiper clipping of Govern
or's Bleai e's reported statement:
"Surel; Senator Tillman did not
say this. (Signed) Wyatt Aiken.."
A simi ar note and clipping were
sent to ?' enator Smith, from whom
n? reply vas received.
Senate; Tillman replied as follows:
"Trent m, S. C, July 10, 1911.
Hon. Wy itt Aiken, House of Repre
sentative' , Washington, D. C.?Dear
Wyatt: have received the enclosed
which sp ?aks for itself. I do not
know fro n what paper you took the
clipping, nor even do I understand
who was speaking. But that does
not matt >r. I have never said that
Joe John ion had more sense than all
the othe ? Congressmen from South
Carolina, for it would not be true.
He is n?.t naturally brighter, If as
bright, a j several of our Represen
tatives. '1 have complimented him on
his Indus ;ry and persistency in work
ing for I Is constituents. That is all.
J am su'prised .that you anpear so
thin-skin led, and the hot weather
must be getting in its work on your
brain, tut heretofore I have never
found yo i very sensitive or willing to
'fly off' like this. I hope you will
soon be well again and will settle
down ar d resume the even tenor of
"Hav< just returned from Orange
burg, wl ere I had a delightful time.
All the people there seem to !be
Tillman! es now. Very sincerely
yours, (Signed) B. R. Tillman."
The 1 allowing letter was sent to
Senator Smith by Mr. Aiken on the
3rd of A ugust, 1911:
"Horn e of Representatives, Wash
ington, .). C, August 3, 1911.?Dear
Senator: Not long since when Gov.
Blease spoke at Spartanburg, the
newspap ;rs state that 'When Con
gressma i Joseph T. Johnson came
upon tl 3 rostrum he said that a
United I tates Senator had told blm
. that Mi. Johnson had more sense
ti.an al the other South Carolina
Congres smen put together, and this,
he said, jonflrmed hj? own judgment.'
"Whi e I am nar thin-3klnned at
all, I ft It that it was nothing but
fair to j >u and to Senator Tillman to
inquire f the above report emanated
from eil ier of you gentlemen. Sena
tor Tillr an promptly replied denying
the stat ment so far as he was con
cerned ? ad stated further that he did
not beli ve the Governor's assertion
to be tn e.
"Aboi t that time I also sent the
clipping) to you pinned to a seperate
sheet ot paper something like this:
'Surely Senator Smith did not say
this,' ar d signed my name. I have
heard n >thing from you, and think
ing per) aps you did not receive the
clipping and note I have concluded
to write you again and ask that you
tell me whether or not you made
such a emark to the Governor.
"Wit regards, your very sincere
ly (Signed) Wyatt Aiken.
The ollowing reply was sent to
Roprese itative Aiken by Senator
"Was aingjton. D. C, August 10th,
1911. 3on. Wyatt Aiken, House of
Repres( ntatives, Washington, D. C,
Dear A ken: On account of illness at
home t nd, having just returned to
the city. this is my first opportunity
of repl; ing to your letter of recent
"In reply I beg to say that I re
mem.be . in the course of a casual
oonvers ition with the Governor, on
the car;, of speaking complimentary
of Con; ressman Johnson. Just \. hat
languai e I used I do not recall.
"I di i not receive your newspaper
clippinj, your letter being the only
commu lication I had from you on
the sut iect.
"Wit i kindest regards, I am, very
sincere' y yours,
(Sig\ed) "E. D. Smith."
Afte ? receiving the above reply
from S?nator Smith, Representative
Aiken i ad the following to say:
"I th rk Senator Smith might have
bad th manhood to say whether he
did or aot ma*.<e the remark in ques
tion, ir stead of evading the point."
Atirood Starts Final Flight.
Han y N. Atwood will start on his
flight o the Atlantic Ocean from St.
St. Lo ils Monday morning. *
paid kidnappers ransom and
got the child.
The Police Were Notified and
Twelve of the Gang Were Arrest
ed and Locked Up.
At Chicago, Angelo iMareno, six
years old, who was returned Friday
evening after a ransom of $500 in
marked hills had been paid the kid
napers is closely guarded by his pa
"I will never let my" darling get
out of my sight again until he is old
enough to take care of himself,"
sobbed the mother as she wept with
joy at the child's return after being
held prisoners by kidnappers for al
most five days.
The boy sat on his mothers lap
Saturday morning and greeted his
playmates and neighbors who called
and seemed unable to realize th6
grief his absence had caused his pa
rents. He said he was well treated
by the kidnappers. They bought new
clothes and gave him cjandy and
There was rejoicing in the North
Side Italian colony over the boy's
safe return and hundreds of neigh
bors and friends called at the Ma
reno home to congratulate the pa
Nine men and three women are
under arrest for the kidnapping and
the police expect to make additional
arrests before long. Search is being
made for the woman who guarded
and cared for the boy in the West
division house An efort will be
made also by the police to. recover j
the $500 paid as ranson.
The father of the boy received a
special delivery letter Friday. He
turned it over to the police It is be
lieved to have threatened him with
death for having cooperated with the
police in search of the child. *|
wolfe fish WI7iL bite.
Visitors to the Maine ???.?oast Warned
Summer visitors on the coast of
Maine, especially fn The ' neighbor
hood of Eastport, are advised to be
cautious In wading at low tide near
the rock-pools along the shore. If
not on their guard th-'v may be at
tacked and sevcic;y bri3.es byawolf
This, .according to Dr. Theo. Gill,
is one of the most rmnarkable of
finny creatures. Though rarely ex
ceeding three feet in length, It seems
to be much more ferocious than the
average shark, promptly attacking
anybody whom it may suspect of try
ing to meddle with It.
Anatomically, its most striking
feature is its Llarg6 and powerful
teeth, which must render it a formi
dable antagonist in a fight with any
other denizen of the ocean. Ap
parently, however, it does not feed
on fishes, but prefers such delica
cies as lobsters, crabs and whelks.
In the stomach of one individual,
caught at Eastport, four quarts of
sea urchins were fojund, most of
them whole and with the spines on?
an uncomfortable article of diet one
Large numbers of wolf?fishes are
taken by fishermen on cod and had
dock lines, but usually they are
thrown away, notwithstanding the
fact that they are exceedingly good
to eat. Their appearance is%he re
verse of attractive and they have an
offensive odor which renders them
negro fiend burned.
Attacked and Shot a Lady, Was Kill
ed and Then L'irned.
At Durant, Okla., a mob of 500
whites Sunday captured and shot to
death an unidentified negro, who on
Saturday attacked and shot Mrs.
Redden Campbell near Durant, and
afterward burned the negro's body.
The negro was killed after a run
ning fight lasting more than an hour,
in which he exhausted his ammuni
tion, returning the fire of his pur
When he fell, volley after voHey
of .bullets was poured into his body
by the advancing mob. It was then
taken to the home of his victim.
Nearly dead from her injuries, Mrs.
Campbell identified it as that of her
assailant. The mob then burned the
Fatal Train Wreck.
Two men were scalded to death
and two were seriously injured when
a passenger train on the Seaboard
Air Line plunged through an open
switch and struck a freight train on
a. siding near Petersburg, Va., on
Monday. The dead men were the
fireman and the engineer of the
Girl Dies of Wound.
The litt10 negro giri who was shot
at Kershaw two weeks ago by B.
Stradford, a negrc man, who was
shooting at another negro, died Sat
urday. An inquest was held by
Coroner King. Stradford was arrest
ed and brought to jail the day after
Many Are Killed.
At San Jose, C. R? the govern
ment powder magazine exploded
from an unknown causp. Several
persons were kill >.l aad many others
wounded. A '.arse Dumber of houses
were blown down. *
BLIND MAN CURED
pHIS SIGHT RESTORED BY HYP*
Former Policeman Retired as Hope
lessly Sightless from Atrophy of
Eyes, Reads Large Print.
Ralph Swineston, who was retir
ed from the New York police force
with a pension In July, 1903, as
hopelessly blind, was able to read
ordinary print after Dr. Alfred J.
Fox had hypnotized him in the Hotel
Frederick, Fifty-sixth street, near
Broadway, New York.
The World says Dr. Fox three
months ago treated Melchior Luy
sterberg in St. Mark's hospital and
demonstrated that he could make
the man walk though Luysterburg
had been a hopeless paralytic for
Dr. Fox, naturally dellghte-'l after
the experiment said he believed it
was the first time atrophy of the
eye had responded to any treatment.
The former policeman has had two
treatments. He lives at No. 418
West Fortieth street.
One unusual feature of the exper
iment lies in the fact that hypno
tism generally depends upon a con
centrated look into the eyes of the
hypnotist. Swineston could give no
such glance and the physician ex
experimented with ihm in a mild way
for several days before definitely
putting the six-footer into the hyp
"I fidst went to the doctor a week
ago, said Swineston to a World re
porter for the World Thursday. "I'd
heard of what he told a man in St.
Mark's and I thought he might be
able to do something for me.
"When I left the force I could
stand on the curb of a street and not
see a car pasing. I could not see
any person's full face. By looking
sideways I could get a hazy view. I
could not read anything. I could not
see an electric lamp If it shone in
"After I was retired with a small
pension for total disability I went to
making little toys. Then I got a job
in a paper box factory cutting cor
ners. That doesn't need sight. Two
of the men working with me were
"I could just see a general blur of
light. That was disappearing when
a friend read me about the hypno
tist making the paralyzed man walk.
I said, "If he can do that why can't
he make me see again?" So I came to
After explaining the case, Swines
ton droped his head on the back of
an admchair and Dr. Fox talked to
him in a low voice, making passes
before his eyes. There was nothing
spectacular about the performance.
Swineston went into a sleep that
.lasted nearly an hour. In Its course
the physician whispered to him
"The arteries that supply your
eyes are getting stronger. The
nerves are growing stronger. The
can see. You can see letters. Your
eyes are much stronger. They will
soon be allright."
The big fellow, breathing heavily
was brought out of his sleep. He
looked the reporter squarely In the
eye. He read an advertisemnt in
large type. He failed on smaller
"But my eyes are getting stronger,
sure," he said. "Wouldn't it be fine
if they got so good that I could go
on the force again." ?
PUT NUGENT OUT.
Jersey Democrats Resent Insult to
At Asbury Park, N. J., fourteen
members of the Democratic state
committee, the exact number neces
sary for a quorum, voted Friday af
ternoon to declare vecant the chair
manship of the organization, occu
pied by James R. Nugent, who was
recently asked to resign because of
his aleged reference to Gov. Wood
row Wilson as "an ingrate" and in
other opprobious terms. This action
followed rioting, which the police
were called upon to quell, and was
taken after Nugent and a supporter
had left the rom and the quoruri
had been reestablished by othter
members of the committee. *
Pays up the Cost.
A check for $42,395.69 was re
ceived Friday at Washington by the
department of justice from the Stan
dard Oil Company In payment of
costs in the dissolution suit brought
by the government under the Sher
man anti-trust law. *
Two Amercians Drown.
Advices received from the Congo
Free State say that two Americans,
Messrs. Delforge and Black, mana
gers of the American Roma company
travelling on the river Roch off Lis- i
pa. The bodies have not been re
Hurled to the Ground.
At Meneola, L. I., Bud Weinberg,
an aviator, while trying to qualify
for a pilot's license, Friday fell 250
feet with his machine. He was only
badly bruised. The machine was
Lynched for Cause.
At Farmville, Texas, Commodore
Jones, a negro, who nsed insulting
language in addressing a young white
woman over the telephone, was hang
ed by a mob Saturday night.
:B?RG, S. G, TUESDAY, AU
WILL NOT DOWN
Governor Blease Again Denies He In
sulted (he Yonng Lady
IN SPEECH TO RED MEN
Says His Enemies Concocted the
Scheme to Injure Him, and that
They as Well as His Friends Know
Why it Was Done, But He Didn't
Tell His Hearers.
Governor Blease's first address to
the people of his home county, since
his inauguration was delivered at a
Red Men's Rally, at Young's Grove,
near Prosperity, Friday, which was
attended by about two thousand peo
ple. Governor Blease was enthusi
astically received and made what was
regarded by those who heard it as
one of the best adresses which he
has e\er delivered'In that county. He
spoke on the "Principles of Red
Manship," but he branched off once
or twice to discuss matters connect
ed with his administration and per
sonal attacks which had been made
Near the close of his address he
said that he felt he ought, before the
people of his home, who knew him,
to refer to the Belton Incident, the!
acusation that he had insulted i
"I shall say nothing about her,"
he said. "She may be a spure and as
spotless as an angel, but the man or
the woman who was present on that
occasion and heard what took place
and tells the truth will tell you that
I did not insult her."
He said he wanted to tell the good
women present, many of whom had
known him since his boyhood days,
that he had said nothing on earth
to hurt her feelings or to offend her.
"Why they concocted that scheme
is plain," he said, "to my enemies
and will be understood by my
friends. They have fought me with
oveiry kind of abuse, vituperation
and slander and could not hurt me
and they 'went to that extreme, to
which all dirty, unscrupulous hounds
like them will go, thinking 'now we
wfll strike him with a woman, we
will bring him Into controversy with
a woman.' "
Continuing, he said: "Ladies,
those of you who have known me all
your lives, if there is one of you in
that crowd that believes I would in
sult a woman without cause or with
out provocation I will thank you
from the bottom of my heart if you
will stand up or raise your hand."
There being nq standing or lifting
of hands on the part of the ladles.
he said, "Men, you who have known
me all my life, if one of you, wheth
er you be my political friend or not,
believes that Cole Blease would in
sult a woman without dause or
provocation, be man enough to hold
up your hand, if you please. I want
you to do it, if you believe that."
The only response was In the na
ture of remarks to the effect that he
ought to know the people of New
berry did not believe any such thing,
Governor Blease said: "My friends
I thank you, God knows I do."
That charge, he said, had hurt
him when none of the others could,
"because," he said, "I had as good
a mother as any boy ever had and I
had as good a step mother as God
ever gave to a family of children,
and whenever I stoop so low or get
so cowardly as to insult a woman, I
hope God will paralyze my tongue."
Governor Blease defended his par
don record, taking up several cases
and going into detail and requesting
his hearers If there were any other
pardons in regard to which they
would like to hear the reasons which
actuated him or any other matters
connected with his administration
which th-jy would like to hear from
him upon, to ask him. He said he
had spoken to between 30,000 and
3.".000 peiple this year, more than
had attended all the campaign meet
ings last summer, and lie was tryin?
to get among the people and find
out their wishes nrd the policies
which were for their best interests.
In congratulating the Red Men
in-on the fact that there were no
rcrro lodges of the Order, he referr
ed to secret lodges among the ne
groes and, among other things, says
he had positive proof that there were
a man and his wife living in a dis
tant State trying to perfect organi
ations throughout the Southern
States among the negroes, claiming
the societies formed would pay bene
fits in cases of sickness or death or
distress, but before any neco could
become a member of the society he
had to sign an oath that he would
not work but eight honrs a day and
would obey the mandates of super
ior officers and he was being taught
that he was a social equal of the
He said it was not true that he
was unfriendly to the negro when
the negro was in his place, but he
wants to sound a word of warning.
"So long as you can get white
women and white men to go into
the school bouses of this country and
teach negroes and associate wtih
them side by side, so long will these
sceret orders flourish among that
class, and so long will the white
people have trouble, and it will be
"Not long since, he said, he had
passed by an institution in South
Carolina and had seen a handsome
GUST 15, \MI
NEGRO DIES AT STAKE
TAKEN FROM H03PITAL BY A
MOB AND BURNED.
The Ne gro Shot and Killed a Special
Poll ?man at Coatsville, Pa., and
Was Burned Near the Scene.
Zacariah Walker, a negro desper
ado, was carried on a cot from the
hospital at Coatsville, Pa., Sunday
night and burned to a crisp by a fren
zied mob of men and boys. The
negro, who Saturday night shot and
killed Edgar Rice, a special police
man o' the Worth Iron mills, was
first cvagged to the scene of the
shooting, begging piteously for mer
A dispatch from Coatsville says the
negro had been arrested by a posse
late Sunday afternoon after a search
which otirred the country. The posse
finally found him hiding In a cherry
tree. The neiro with the last bullet
in his revolver shot himself in the
mouth, falling from the tree. He
was inmoved to the 'hospital and
placed nnder guard..
A few minutes after nine o'clock a
crowd numbering almost 1,000 per
sons appeared at the hospital. The
leaden, were denied admission but
they quickly smashed the window
frames and crawled through the cor
ridor. When Walker was first tak
en to the 'hospital he was strapped
down in order to prevent 'his escape.
The mob, seeing this, gathered up
the bed and placing it on the shoul
ders of four men, started for the
country. When half a mile from
the hospital they entered a field and
quickly gathered up a pile of dry
grass and weeds, placed the bed con
taining their victim on it.
A match was applied and the
flames shot up quickly, entirely en
shrouding the screaming victim.
That not a vestige of the murderer
bo left, the mob tore down the fence
along the road and piled the rails on
the burning negro. After waiting for
half an hour the mob dispersed. A
curious feature of the burning was
the fact that there were almost as
many women in the crowd as men.
During the march from the hospi
tal to the scene of the burning of the
negro, not a policeman was encoun
tered by the mob. Even the man on
duty in the hospital made no effort
to stop the leaders who gained admit
tance to the institution. The only
masks worn by the members of the
mob were handkerchiefs drawn over
their faces. Coatsville is a town of
about 1 0,000 population and is lo
cated on the main line of the Penn
sylvania railroad, about 30 miles west
WANTS SABBATH OBSERVED.
Governor Bleaso Orders Sunday
Governor Blease has addressed to
Sheriff Coleman, of Rlchland Coun
v. a letter directing him to abate
alleged nuisances at Ridgewood, in
respect to violations of th eSabbath
observance laws; the letter follows:
W. H. Coleman, Sheriff Richland
County, Columbia.?Dear sir: I am
informed that there is a shooting
gallery, which Is operated on the
Sabbath, at Ridgewood, and I am al
so informed that there is a game,
commonly described as "throwing the
babies," which is also operated on
the Sabbath at that place.
You will please go there and make
an investigation and If you find this
is the case, close up these places and
arrest the operators. Please give this
matter your prompt attention, as in
my opinion there is nothing more
degrading to the morals of the peo
ple than the desecration of the Sab
bath day. Very respectfully,
Cole L Blease, Governor.
Blazing Whiskey Flowed.
In New York on Friday blazing
whiskey flowed all over the block
and the police reserves were sum
moned to beat back a mob Intent,
on rescuing some of the liquor for
personal consumption when an au-'
tumobile truck loaded with spirits
caught fire on Fighth avenue. The
whole truck load, worth about $1,
000, was destroyed. *j
Cowhided by n Wontim.
Because, it is alleged, he circulat
ed reiKirts detrimental to the charac
ter of Mrs. H. G. Sherrill, wife of a
well known citizen of S)>encer, N. C.
George L. Webb, a machinist in the
Southern railway shops there, was
cowhided by Mrs. Sherrill, who im
mediately afterwards went to police
headquarters and submitted to a
charge of assault. *
white woman walking across the
campus of a negro school, with one
arm around a negro boy and another
arm around a negro girl. That hap
pened, he said in the city of Colum
bia. Tie said he expected to recom
mend at the next session of the Leg
islature the passage of an act pro
hibiting anyone from teaching in the
schools of this State who has not
received a certificate from the State
Superintendent of Education and the
Th( greatest portion of Govcernor
Blease'8 speech was a fine effort along
fraternal lines, only the few diver
sions of a political nature being here]
givrn. He was frequently Interrupt
ed by applause and he said that the
vaim reception which he had re-J
reived at the hands of the people
ol Ms native county made his heart
JUMPS THE TRACK
FOUR PEOPLE ARE KILLED AND
MANY ARE INJURED
Passenger Sideswipes Freight on Sid
ing and Trains Are Piled Up in
Mass of Twisted Iron.
Four persons were^killed and thir
ty injured when the Pennsylvania 18
hour train, en routs "?from Chicago to
New York, fft 'd the track on the
western outs. i. 3 of Fort Wayne at
6:03 Sunday evening, while going at
the rate of 50 miles an hour.
In leaving the rails the two en
gines pulling the passenger train side
swiped a freight engine and the three
piled up in a mass of bent and twist
ed iron. The dead are:
Wm. E. Arrick, Fort Wayne; en
gineer on freight.
Peter Malone, Fort Wayne, engi
neer on flyer.
W. Criech, Fort Wayne, fireman on
Unknown passenger at St. Joseph's
The police department, the fire de
partment and every am'bulance in the
city were called to the scene of the
accident and the injured were soon
taken to the hospitals.
At least 50 doctors were on the
scene within a half hour of the time
the trains came together, and within
a short time thousands of people had
collected about the wreck.
Tho main track and the track on
which the freight train was stand
ing were torn up for a distance of
The two engines of the flyer were
torn from their trucks and thrown
down the embankment, while the en
gines of the freight reared in the
air over the trucks of the flyer's en
gines. Passengers in the seven rear
cars escaped with only outs and
SET HIMSELF ON FIRE.
Abbeville Farmer Finds Death in a
s Very Strange Way.
Charles Nlckles, son of L. C. Nick
les, of the Santuc section of Abbe
ville county, died Saturday night from
the effects of burns received last Fri
day, when he made an attempt at
self-destruction, with the result that
his father's toarn and its contents
Young Nichols had been suffering
for some time with melancholy and
Friday went into the barn on his
father's farm, covered himself with
fodder and set fire to it. Others on
the place were attracted by smoke
and with great difficulty saved" the
young man from immediate death.
It was impossible to check the flames
and the building and its contents
were burned with a total loss.
Young Nickles lingered until Sat
urday, when death ended his suffer
ing He is twenty-two years of age
and had been farming wtitib' his father
VERY QUEER ACCIDENT.
Huge Turkey Buzzard Causes Two
Cars to Leave Track.
At Los Angeles, Cal., the lives of
a score of passengers on two inbound
beach cars were placed in jeopardy
late Friday night by a huge turkey
buzzard. Just as a Venice flyer and
a Del Rey car were approaching a
switch the buzzard charged the bril
liant head lights of the flyer. He
missed his aim and crashed through
the glass door, knocking the motor
man back into the aisle just as he
was .applying the air brakes to bring
his car to a stop. The Del Rey car
was already on the switch and the
cars crashed, both being derailed.
None of the passengers were in
Will Sell It to CiV.
Authority is given the secretary
I of the treasury to sell the old post
! office and courthouse at Charleston,
! ?. C. to the city of Charleston by a
j senate bill passed Friday In the
j bouse For sentimental reasons the
'people cf Charleston objected to the
I depait'.anei's plan to tear down the
? old building. *
Jokers Were Killed.
At Detroit, (Mich., Frank J. Cook
and Daniel Vreeland, special detec
I Lives for the Lake Shore railroad,
j who were killed Saturday night by
; Si>ecial officer William Burnett, of
I the Michigan Central railroad, met
[death as a result tpf a joke they at
tempted to play on Burnett.
Negro Kills a Negro.
S At a negro barbecue just beyond
' the city limits of Abbeville, Josn
1 P( torson. a negro, wias shot and
killed by Burton Fuller, another ne
! fL-ro Fuller claims that Peterson was
. beating him with a stick when ho
i srhot. Fuller is in jail. *
Powder Magazine Exploded.
The government powder magazine
magazine at San Jose California, ex
' ploded Frday from an unknown
j cause. Several persons were killed
I and many others wounded. A large
; number of houses were blown down.*
Aviator Injured in Flight.
Pud Weinberg, an aviator, while
trying to qualify for a pilot's license
at Mineola, L. I., Friday, fell 250
feet with his machine. He was only
badly bruised although his machine
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BIG WORKS BURN
Southern Wood Produus Company Tlanl
al Conway Destroyed.
A SPZCIACULAR BLAZE
Without Warning, Explosion Fol
lowed by Rapid Spread of Flames
Results in Serious .Burning of
Several Employees and Total De
struction of Valuable Property.
A special dispatch from Conway to
The News and Courier says as a re
?Uit oi a serious fire, the causes of
which are unknown, which suddenly
?roae out Tnursday night in thei
plant of the Southern Wood Products
Company, tne day foeman, M. David
W. Tisdale, lies in a critical condi
tio?, several other employees are in
jured and the large new plant of th?i
company is a complete mass of char
All of the employees were at their
posts and the work was proceeding,,
seemingly, in perfect order when,
tnere was a slight explosion and the
names flashed and spread over tho
whole building; all materials con
tained therein being highly Inflam-,
maule and there was no hope of sav
ing the factory.
In the explosion and first breath
of the fire, Mr. Tisdale was com
pletely enveloped in the gas-laden
flames. A negro workman, near at
nand, received serious burns and oth
er minor injudies. Except for tho
coolness of other employees, who,
recognizing their danger and the ne
cessity for prompt action, seized
those who had been mos: seriously
burned and plunged them into a
tank of water, the results wou?i
have been far more serious.
Mr. Tisdale, who was almost
crazed by his burns, broke from hie
friends, and cloudy folk wed by a,
burning negro employee ran all the
way to Conway, a distance of nearly
a mile where he was given medical
attention. His condition is now con
sidered critical, while the others who
were burned are out of danger.
The fire was very spectacular, the
.rays of the flames being accentuated
by rapid explosions of tanks of ben
zine, oils and other explosives, the
products of the company, that shot
upwards immense columns of fire
and smoke, which were visible miles
away. The heat was so intense that
nothing could be saved from the fac
tory, although by neroic efforts
the old factory nearby, the office
building and the residence of Mr.
.Vlagrath were saved. A number of
railroad cars on a nearby siding
Mr. L. D. Magrath the superin
tendent and general manager of no
works, when seen, stated that t.la
loss would probably exceed $40,0')0
with no insurance to cover, as the in
surance companies have, on account
of the nature of the business, refus
ed the risk. Mr. Magrath had no
statement to make relative to the
plans for rebuilding nor of the prob
abilities, as up to this time no ad
vices had been received by him from
the New York offices.
The company's lightwood timber
holdings were extensive, suf
ficient to run the plant for twenty
years, and they were continually ad
ding to their possessions. This com
pany the oly thoroughly suc
cessful process for the extraction of
tupentine, rosin and other prod
ucts from ligihtwood, and the burn
ed plant was the pioneer factory op
erating under the new process
invented and perfected by Mr. Geo.
Walker, of New York City, preisi
dent of the company. It was reviv
ing a rapidly declining Industry of
this section of the State, that of tur
The first plant built by Mr. Walker
and his associates was erected here
six years ago. After a few months
of successful operation it was burn
ed, but was immediately rebuilt.
Since that time an entirely new proc
ess having been discovered the op
eration of the plant already in exis
tence has been discontinued. Work
was begun on the new factory a li
tle over a year ago, and the factory
has just been completed, althouish
portions of it have been In operation
for several months.
New Cotton Pest
A new cotton pest discovered near
iMacon Ge., is putzling the cotton
experts. It made its appearance first
on the farm of C. J. Langston about
si-, day ago and has destroyed about
IS acres of cotton. The bug is a
brilliant red in color and attacks tho
stalk and leaves of the plant. *
Killed in Mine Disaster.
At Hoch urn, Prussia, fifty men
were killed in a disaster at the Han
nibal coal mine Friday. Sixty min
ers were entering the pit to begin
their day's work when the cable of
the cage in which they were being
lowered broke, dropping the party
to the bottom of the shaft.- ?
The Earth Trembled.
The most severe earthquake shock
felt in the vicinity of San Francisco*
California in years was felt in that
place on Friday afternoon at three
forty. The occupants of the stores,
much alarmed, and fearing a rcoc
curence of the great shock of a few
years ago, fled into the streets.