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Eigiaes Palling Cai oliaa Special Plooge
Through I a rat Trestle
ONE MAN L3ST BIS LIFE
Fireman Bennett Was Killed, But
AU Others Escaped Unhurt. Bag
gage Car Tak s Fire, but Heroic
Efforts of Pas sengers and Crew
Quench the F. am es.
Fireman Lui her W. ? Bennett,
white, of Colurrbia, was crushed to
death Sunday i;.k the first wreck
that has befalle; i the Southern Rail
way's : Cir^cinna ttCharlestton fryer,
the "Carolina S pecial," since that
was established, about eight months
The wreck o curred at 4:45 just
when the train was due at Columbia,
both locomotive plunging Into a ra
vine, where 15 ) feet of a frame
trestle had be m burned away, at
Sueville, an ii dustrial siding four
miles north of Alston and twenty
four miles nor h of Columbia.
Nobody exce ?t fireman Bennett
was hurt. Th( passengers were not
even tjarred. A relief train sent
form Columbia returned at 9:15 Sun
day night, wit i the passengers and
baggage, and c aparted shortly after
ward for Char eston.
The train wa i crowded with a large
number of the passengers being Co
lumbia and Ct irleston business men
returning fom a Sunday visit to
their families in the mountains of
Western Nort i Carolina. Fireman
Bennett's bod r was carried to Co
lumbia on the relief train and taken
to his home, 1,410" Barnwell street,
where his wi e and babies were
Engineer J> Land G. McAllister, of
No. 1,217 Bla idinjg street, Columbia,
driving the h? id engine, saw the gap
in time to ipply the emergency
brakes and to jump with his colored
fireman, Hal Robertson, but not in
time to warn the crew of the second
Mr. UfcAlli ter's locomotive plung
ed into the r; vine and turned upside
down, and th i other locomotive also
topled over t e brink. Engineer Wil
liam H. Gre at; somehow, escaping
injury, but F reman Bennett was in
stantly crush >d to death beneath the
ponderous m ichine. The train was
in charge c 2 conductor James F.
Weaver, of I o. 1,620 Gregg street
Engineer liv s at No. 1,530 Hender
Prompt j pplicaiton of the emer
gency brakes checked the momentum
of the heav; train, without injury
ing any of t is pasengers that the
coaches wei) barely moving when
they reached the trestle. The forward
end of the baggage car, however,
projecting o 'er the brink, took fire
from the bl zing timbers and so en
dangered th rest of the train that it
seemed like y nothing would 'do but
to uncouple this car and push it into
the gulch, c i top of the wrecked lo
comotives; >ut the flames were put
out eventu-.lly by the labors of a
bucket chai i, formed by members of
the crew ar d volunteers from among
the pasengf rs.
Tn the Ii t of workers were: Syd
ney O. Izla % qf Charleston; Travel
ling PasseD jer Agent Jenkins of Au
gusta, and several Columbians, in
cluding R. B Cooner, wholesale pro
vision deal r, R. J. Blacock city coun
cilman, an t Charles H. Barron, law
Fireman Bennett is survived by
his wife, t ne daughter of Hiram B.
Mitchell, t ^cording clerk in the office
of the Secretary of State, and by sev
eral childi en. ?
As requ red by law in cases of ac
cidents i ivolving loss of life, the
wreck was promptly reported to the
South Carolina railroad commission,
which wil' make the usual investiga
tion. Th; company's investigation
on its ow l behalf has already com
PROMISIS REPORT ON COTTON.
Secretaiy Wilson Acquiesces in Sen
a-x>r Smith's Wishes.
In res onse to a resolution intro
duced Fi iday by Senator E. D. Smith
of South Carolina calling upon Jemes
Wilson, secretary of agriculture, for
an imnn diate cotton report to take
place of one recently issued and
which vas found to be erroneous,
Secretar: Wilson Saturday sent to the
senate a reply to the effect that he
had aire idy taken steps to secure one
immedia :ely. He stated that he had
sent ouJ blanks to all of the corre
sponden 5 and had urged them to re
turn them without delay.
In view of the fact that less than
one day intervened between the time(
the resc.ution was filed and the time
answer .vas made, and that Secretary
Wilson promises to respond imme
diately with an accurate cotton re
port, S< nator Smith will probably
take nc further steps toward an in
, vestiga" Ion looking into the manner
\of mak ng these reports at this time.
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? Fighting in Mexico
( With 8,000 troops engaged, a
fierce t lttle is raging at Cuernavaca.
The gc .-eminent forces are attempt
ing to :rush the rebels under Zeopa
ta.'Cas llties on both aides are heavy
Zeopat i declares that if he is vic
torioju? he will march on the City of
Mexicc, forty miles away.
MAN IN A STORE.
One of Governor Blease's Appoint
ees Who He Should Remove With
A dispatch from Sparenburg says
Thompson & Dillard's store, on Mor
gan square, one of the largest in the
city was the scene Friday afternoon
of a fight between Magistrate T. O.
Fowler, of Reidville, and Robert G.
Gibbs, a farmer of Swlizer, in the
course of which, after the men had
battered each others' faces with their
fists and-been separated, Magistrate
Fowler drew a revolver and fired four
times, missing Gibbs, but wounding
Mrs. Jones F. Thompson, a saleslady,
and breaking a showcase and a plate
The quarrel started in arguring
over the effect of the drought on the
crops. Mrs. Thompson had a narrow
escape. The bullet struck her in the
breast, but was deflected from its
course by a corset stay and inflicted
oniy a flesh wound. 'The nervous
shock is more serious than the Injury.
Both men were arrested by the police
but released under bend. Fowler
was then rearrested on a warrant
sworn out by Gibbs, charging assault
and battery with intent to kill.
He waived a preliminary investi
gation and gave bond for trial at the
General Sessions Court. Fowler's
excuse for the shooting is self-de
fence. Gibbs admits he drew a knife
but says he did not do uo until Fow
ler produced the revolver.
Fowler was appointed magistrate
at Reidville by Governor Bleasee,
contrary to the wishes of the legis
lation delegation, who recommended
Magistrate HarriBon i'or reappoint
CRUSHED VICTIM'S SEULL
He Is Also Charged With Firing
Three buildings are burned to the,
ground and a negro, Ike Sanders, lies
at the point of death, with his skull
crushed to a pulp, as the result of a
wild outbreak which occurred about
9 o'clock Friday nlight on the place of
Mr. Morgan Holley, eome ten of fif
teen miles south ef Aiken.
Sanders, it seems, had gone to the
home of one Lee about dark, and
they had been sitting on the steps
talking in a friendly manner when
Lee went to the wocd pile gathered
? an armful of lightwood and with an
!axe entering the house and turned
upon Sanders and quickly struck him
three rapid and terrific blows in the
back of the head with the axe.
Lee's wife screamed and cried for
?help and her husbard attacked her.
Dragging her Into lb e yard, he rain
ed blows on her with a heavy stick
and ended by brutally dashing her to
the ground, but she arose and fled.
Lee then proceeded to fire three
houses in rapid succession and made
bis escape and has not yet been
THREE NEGROES KILLED.
Races Clash Following! the Murder
of Town Marshal.
Three negroes, members of a parry
of blacks who barricaded themselves
in a house and fired upon a party of
whites, were killed at Jakin, Earlf
county, Saturday af ernoon and more
clashes are feared.
A race riot of serious proportions
has followed the killing of Marshal
Newberry, Tuesday night at Jakin.
Thoroughly aroused over the murder
of the officer, people have burned a
number of negro lodge buildings,
school houses and churches.
I All business at Jakin is suspended.
It is understood that the sheriff of
the county is havin ; difficulty in con
trolling the situation. The whites
are angry because the negroes re
fuse to tell the whereabouts of West,
the negro alleged to have killed Mar
TEARS UP ARIZONA TOWNS.
Several People Killed and Much
Damage hy Stornv
Destructive sto-ms visited Arizo
na in the last week. Damage es
timated at $200,000, was caused by
a cloudburst and a "twister" that
swept over Winkieman and Hayden
Wednesday night, according to re
ports received. One woman was kill
ed and her son injured by falling
timbers. The body of a Mexican
child was found in a wrecked house.
At Winklefield nearly two hundred
buildings were blown down. The
Mexican quarter .it Hayden was de
stoyed and many are reported injur
Killed on Train.
F. H. Kennedy, postmaster, prom
inent banker and planter of Cotton
Plant, Ark., was shot and instantly
killed on the Roc.'c Island passenger
train from ilrinkley at 11 o'clock
Saturday, at Saisburg, by C. R.
Lynch, his brother in law.
Trying to Stop Fight.
Conductor Thomas Hartford, of
the Stonega Coal and Coke Compa
ny road in Wu 3 county, Virginia,
was shot and fa'ally injured Sunday
while acting as rieacemaker between
two men named Evans and Hall, who
TM HELP TAFT
Tbe Denncrats Fail to Pa? Bill Over
the Presidents Veto.
THEIR ALLIES DESERT
Defection of Insurgents Gave the
Administration a Victor}' Over the
Democrats, Who Made a Gallant
But Unsuccessful Effort to Get
Some Relief for the People.
In a succession of dramatic events
the Democratic House of Represen
tatives Friday met defeat in its su
preme effort to pass the wool and free
list bills over the President's vetoes,
and virtually fixed upon adjournment
of Congress early this week.
The Democratic House majority,
with a great demonstration of en
thusiasm, marshalled it s ranks for
the great battle to override the Pres
ident and went down with flying col
ors. The party leaders failed to
muster enough insurgent Republican
support to pass the tariff legislation
over the President's head.
On the motion to pass the meas
ure over the wool veto, there were
227 affirmative votes, 32 of them in
surgent Republicans and one inde
pendent Republican, while the ne
gative votes were 129. The motion
to override the veto on the free list
failed of a two-thirds majority also,
being 226 to 127.
During the three hours of debate
on the wool bill, the corridors of the
Capitol reverberated time and again
with shouts oi! approval and derision
from the floor. Spirited discussion
between members was frequent.
Republican Leader Mann and Re
presentative Clayton, of Alabama,
had a wordy encounter, which for a
moment had a threatening aspect.
The incident was precipitated when
the minority leader objected to the
Alabama member's request to have
the newspaper editorial printed In
the Congressional Record.
That the Administration was keen
watching developments was evidenc
ed in the presence on the floor of the
House of Messrs Wickersham, Hitch
cock, Nagel and Stimson of the Presi
dent's Cabinet. All of them kept a
c'.oce fciiij on the roll cal until it was
apparent that the Democrats could
not rally the necessary two-thirds
Speaker Clark was given an ova-'
tion from both sides of the House
when he left the chair and took the
floor to the end the discussion. The
climax of his address was reached
w;hen he said:
"The President has a right to ve
to this bill, if he wants to. I am
not quarrelling with him. I am
lamenting his lack of wisdom as his
personal friend. He has raised an
issue that will raise with unabated
fury until the close of the polls in
This was the signal for such an
outburst as seldom has been known
in the halls of Congress. Again, asi
he proceeded, the Democrats applaud-!
ed, cheered and pounded desks un
til Democratic Leader Underwood,
who occupied the chair for the first
time this session, almost despaired of
Then the roll was called. The
twenty-two insurgents who stood on
their former record and voted the
President's head were:
Anderson, Davis, Lynderberg, Mil
ler, Steenerson and Volstead, of
Minnesota; Hanna and Helgenson, of
North Dekota; Haugen, Hubbard and
Woods, of Iowa; Kent, of California;
Norris, of Nebraska; Jackson, Mad
ison, Youn.g and Murdock of Kansas
LaFcllette and Warburton, of Wash
inton; Lenroot, Morse and Nelson, of
Akin, of New York, Republican,
also voted to pass the bill over the
The eight insurgent Pepublicans
who voted with their ?:olleagues for
the conference report last Monday,
but who deserted them to support
the veto of the President, were:
Nye, of Minnesota; 3sch, Kopp and
Davidson, of Wisconsin; Rees, of
Kansas; Stephens, of California;
Sloan and Kinjtaid, of Nebraska?8.
COLORED CROP REPORTS.
Commissioner Hudson Thinks Condi
Alleging that Southern crop condi
tions have been grossly exaggerated,
T. G. Hudson, commissioner of agri
culture of Georgia, has written to all
similar officials in all the Southern
States, asking that they meet and ed
vise plans for correcting these wrong
impressions of the outlook. He ask
ed that all farmers organizations co
operate with the State comissioners
It is declared that crops, especially
cotton will not have as large yield as
have been reported, and that such al
leged false reports will tend to hurt
Caused by Accident.
At Joliet, 111., four men were kill
ed, four fatally injured and nine
others received severe burns when
an explosion wrecked the Hills Steel
Company's plant and imprisoned one
hundred men. The accident occurred
when a ladle of molten lead un
set on a wet floor. In an instant
there was a terrific explosion, which
blew out the walls o? the buildings.
3URG, S. C, TUESDAY, AT.
BEATS THE TRAIN
ATWOOD FLIES FASTER THAN
Daring Aviator Nearing the End of
His Long Journey from St. Louis
to New York.
Nine hundred and thirty miles
from his starting point, Harry N. At
wood, the young Boston aviator, who
is fast aproachlng the world's long
distance record in his flight from St.
Louis to iNew York, landed In a field
in Lyons, N. Y., Sunday afternoon af
ter flying 104 miles from Buffalo
without a stop.
Ascending in Buffalo at 3:20 p. m.
Atwood, who has flown several days
without a mishap climbed to a high
altitude and turned eastward. Hit
by a brisk wind from the west, he
shot over towns and villages at a
speed which kept railroad telegra
phers busy reporting his progress.
He alighted at Lyons at 5:31 p. m.,
having covered the 104 miles in two
h'ours and eleven minutes. In one
instance he went four miles in three
minutes and on reaching Rochester,
69 miles from Buffalo, he went
around the outskirts of the city so
fast that people standing on offlce
buildings could not get more than a
glimpse of him.
A train which left Buffalo at ex
actly the same time that Atwood did
ran in sight of the aeroplane almost
all the way to Rochester but arrived
there 18 minutes after the aviator
had passed around the city and had
disappeared in the east. The train
however, had made a stop en route.
At Lyons Atwood was 335 miles
from New York, having completed
almost three fourths of his 1,265
mile flight. By tonight he hopes to
reach Albany and on tomorrow in one
day flight down the Hudson river
he expects to break the world's rec
ord for the distance and finish his
trip, landing at Coney Island in New
York before sundown. For the 930
miles already covered he has been m
?the air actually 19 hours and 58
Eighteen towns and .villages saw
the aviator as he swept over them.
A few miles out of Buffalo where he
ascended from a race track in a
breeze so strong that it carried him
around in a circle of a mile before he
he could get his speed. Atwood set
out over the New York ..Central rail
road tracks which are to fix 'his
his course all the way to New York.
It was between East Palmyra and
Newark that Atwood made the best
recorded time of the day, covering
the four miles between these points
in three minutes. Getting towards
Lyons, Atwood found he had not suf
ficient gasoline to carry him to Syra
cuse, so he picked a clear field on a
hill near the town and glided down to
?Atwood's flight today was over
Syracuse and Utica, with stops at
each of these cities and a detour to
Auburn. He intends not to reach
Albany before tonight.
Soon after he returns to Boston,
Atwood said he would prepare for a
transcontinental flight this autumn,
probably from Los Angeles to New
York. He said he thought he could
make the 3,500 miles in 15 days,
taking a Southern course to St. Louis
and coming north by way of Cincin
nati to New York State.
GALLANT OLD VETERAN.
Reaches Columbia to Attend the Con
The State says L. M. Langston, 96
years of age, probably the oldest
Confederate Veteran living in South
Carolina, and his wife, S3 years of
age, arrived In Columbia Sunday af
ternoon for the Confederate reunion,
which begins today. Mr. and Mrs.
Langston formerly lived at Piedmont,
but now reside in Greenville.
At the Union station Sunday the
a?ed couple attracted much atten
tion. Mr. Langston is totally blind,
but 'Mrs. Langston, who is very ac
tive for S3 'years, taes good care of
him. They attended the reunion in
Little Rock, Ark., in May.
Mr. Langston fought throughout
the War between the Sections as a
private, serving in Millers' company
Gregg's brigade, Orr's regiment. He
was born on August 12, 1S16, and for
a man of his advanced age is very
active. Mr. and Mrs. Langston will
no doubt be the center of much in
terest at the reunion this week. Mr.
Langston said there were several
veterans at Little Rock older than
Drops into a Hotel.
Crashing through the glass dome,
surmounting the dining room of the
Hotel Marlborough-Blenheim, while
making a parachute descent from an
altitude of 3,000 feet, Charles Ben
nett, came near losim? his life. He
landed in the dining room just be
fore the dinner hour in a mass of cut
glass but his injuries were not seri
The Boiler Exploded
At Fort Fairfield, Maine, one was
killed and several injured while rid
ing on a merry-go-round at a church
picnic. The boiler by which the
merry-go-round was operated explod
Much Grain Ruined.
A hail storm passed through Sou
thern Alberta, Canada, last week
and destroyed millions of bushels of
JGUST 22, fCfff
Senator Smith Declares Cotton Estimates
HE ISSUES STATEMENT
Presents | Statement from Principal
Cotton Growing States, Refuting
Department's Claim as to Proba
bility of Record Breaking Crop
Previous Protest Unheeded.
Setator E. D. Smith, of South Car
olina, Friday spoke at length in the
I Senate in behalf of a resolution
j which he Introduced, requesting the
I Secretary of Agriculture, if feasible,
to issue a preliminary report upon
j the condition of the cotton crop, and
j o make the same public at the first
I possible moment.
I Seiator Smith contends that it is
j only fair to the Southern cotton far
j mers that the department issue ?
I satement of the condition of the crop
now in order to atone in some degree
for the damage done the farmer by
the advance estimate on June 25. In
this connection!, the Senator read
telegrams from the agricultural de
partment of the various States tend
ing to prove that the Federal depart
ment's advance guess wa3 heavily ex
I Senator Simmons, of North Caro
I linr supported Senator Smith by
I calling attention to the fact that the
j federal department's pessimistic
I guesses as to the corn crop in the
cotton states where corn is subject
to very much the same influences as
I the cotton crop.
Senator 'Burton, of Ohio, a corn
growing State, endeavored to break
the force of the Suoth Carolinian's
argument, but with no success, and
also did Senator Burnham, of New
Hampshire, a . leading cotton mill
Senator Smith agreed to referring
his resolution to the Senate commit
tee on agriculture, If Senator Burn
ham, the chairman would promise to
call the committee together at once
to consider it. The chairman promis
ed, and the committee voted to sub
mit the matter to the Secretary of
Agriculture, asking him to report,
before the meeting of the Senate
Saturday, whether or not the request
made in Senator Smith's resolution
Chairman 'Burnham and Senator
Smith went to see Secretary Wilson
and communicated to him the com
mittee's wish and the Secretary
promised to "talk with the boys" who
make up the department's figures
and let the Senate know. In the
event of an unfavorable answer from
the Secretary of Agriculture, the
South Carolina Senator announces
his intention to push his resolution
with all his might.
Sen. Heyburn who was in the chair
when Senator Smith was speaking
asked the Jatter if his resolution was
offered as a substitute for the pre
vious resolution, asking information
as to the methods employed by the
department of agriculture in making
advance estimates. Senator Smith
replied emphatically it was not and
that he would press both resolutions
Senator Smith said cotton dropped
$20 a bale on the strength of the
Government's report of a 3,000,000
bale Increase in this year's crop.
"This estimate was made June
28," he declared, "before part of the
crop was out of the ground."
He said he protested to Secretary
Ison and was Informed the Secre
tary did not know the preliminary
report had >l>een issued and that It
would not occur again. But on Aug
ust 2, Senator Smith, added, another
glowing preliminary report was is
"I should hate to draw, in the
Senate of the United States," Sena
tor Smith said, "the conclusions that
I might feel might be drawn from
this remarkable report of the agri
cultural department. Either the com
missioners of all the cotton States,
men right on the ground and famil
iar with conditions, are utterly mis
taken or else the agricultural depart
ment is wrong in its deductions that
there will be a record crop this
On account of his belief that the
cotton growers of the South have
been heavy losers by the guesswork
advance crop estimates of the de
partment of agriculture, Senator
Smith issued the following state
ment intended to offset these enor
mous estimates as far as possible.
On July 3 the agricultural depart
ment isued its monthly crop report
giving the condition of the growing
cotton crop as SS.2 per cent of nor
mal, as compared with SO per cent as
?he average condition on June 2H
during the past ten years. The num
i ber of acres to be harvested was esti
mated at 34,000,000.
The following language as report
en by the press was used as a deduc
tion from these two facts:
"The condition indicates a proba
ble yield of 208.S pounds per acre,
which on 3-1,000,000 acres would
mean 0,895,000,000 pounds, or 14,
and ho informed me that any esti
mate as to the probable yield that
I saw the secretary of Agriculture
have been Issued from his depart
ment, based upon a condition report
was without his knowledge or con
sent and would not occur again.
On August 2 the crop reporting
(Continued on 3rd page.)
TOOK MAN FROM JAIL
WHO INSULTED YOUNG LADY
AND PUNISHED HIM.
The Nero Confessed His Guiltf and
Was Taken to the Woods and Bad
There was considerable excitement
in Abberville Friday night, when Bob
Davis, a young negro had a narrow
escape form lynching, at the hands
of a mob as the result of an alleged
Insult and improper proposal made to
a young lady from the cotton mill
Instead of lynching the negro, af
ter taking him form the jail, he was
subjected to other punishment. He
is said to have confessed his guilt.
The facts in the case are as follows:
About 2 o'clock a young lady,
from the cotton mill village; was on
her way up-town, when she was ac
costed by a negro man and grossly
insulted. An Improper proposal
was made the negro made an inde
cent exposure of his person in her
presence. She ran and reported the
matter to her farther and the hunt
Davis was finaly arrested, charged
with being the guilty party, and
and lodged in jail. [While he was
not fully indentified, little doubt was
felt that he was the guilty party. It
developed during the investigation
that he had been annoying two other
ladies recently. The crowd which
igathered was already excited, and
this increased the excitement.
About 9 o'clock Friday a large
crowd armed with guns, congregated
on the public square, but It was not
thought that any attempt would be
made to storm the jail. However,
at about 10.30 o'clock the crowd
stormed the jail, broke In the outer
door, two inner doors, broke in the
cell where the prisoner was and toon
him from the jail.
He was taken out of town, and in
about one-haif hour a volley of Bhots
was fired. Indicating that the ne
gro had been lynched. This proved
not to be the case, however as he was
only mutilated and turned loose.
Sheriff Lyon was absent in Colum
bia. The city police and other ofli
cals did what they could to protect
the prisoner but to no avail.
OUTLOOK NOT SO PROMISING.
Unsatisfactory Conditions Reported
From Cotton Belt.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal's
weekly cotton crop review says:
"Lack of rainfall in the Carolinas,
part of Georgia, and in Texas and
Western Okjaihoma I gives rise to
complaints of shedding of a severe
The natural maturity of the plant
is also being delayed and the crop
will be exposed 1o the danger from
frost if th rains continu..
"Preceeding the Inauguration of
this drought in the extreme east
and the Southwest and heavy rains
In the Central States, the plant was
well fruited and comparatively early
in growth, so that although the loss
has been rather heavy during the
past two weeks, the promise is still
good to be fair. On the 'bright side
it is also worthy of note that, in
many localities showers have been
"Except in Texas and South Caro
lina, but little cotton picking has
been done, and the bolls are open
ing slowly because of the continued
growth of the plant, due to the
rains. The 'boll weevils in South
Mississippi and ATabama now are
sufficient to stop further picking.
"Texas corespondents report that
a good, soaking rain, within the
next week, will restore much of the
FATALLY BEATEN BY THUGS.
An Ollicer Dies From Injuries In
flicted in Boston.
At Boston, Lieut. Whittier, aged
'.','2, executive officer of the United
States revenue cutter Androscogdn,
died at the relief hospital Sunday
from injuries received at the hands
or thugs Saturday ni?ht. Lieut. Whit
tier, another officer of the ship, and
two friends were returning to their
vessel from the theatre and were set
upon and renodred unconscious. The
assailants escaped. Lieu:. Whittier
did not recover consciousness and
was taken to the relief station, where
lie was operated on early Sunday,
and a blood clot was removed from
his brain. He did not survive. A
widow and one child survive.
Two Die in Big Fire.
The Opel Sowing machine and Ri
cycle works at Russelthe.n Sunday
were destroyed by fire. Two persons
perished in the flames and many
were injured. Tho loss is estimated
at between $1,000,000 and $1,2r>0,
Auto Racer Killed.
Wilson Richmond, of Champaign,
111., driving an automobile in a trial
spin at the Leroy 111 , races was in
stantly killed. He ran off the track
embankment at a curve and crashed
through a fence.
Burned by Forest Fires.
Advices from Halifax, N. S., say
that millions of feet of fine timber
were destroyed by forest fire Thirty
three dwellings and two lumber mills
are in ashes at Clyde River.
TWO CENTS PER COPY.
PASS THE BILL
Arizona and New Mexico May Be Admit
ted as faff Wishes Them.
CHARGES OF COERCION
Senator Reed Charges that President
Taft Sent His Satelltes Into Una
Two Territories to Coerce Them
Into Adopting His Views.
Statehood for New Mexico and Ar
izona, upon a basis acceptable to
President Taft, was approved by the
Senate Friday, through the passage
of the Flood-Smith resolution, pre
sented by Senator William Aloen
Smith, chairman of the committee on
The resolution passed, 53 to 8, af
ter a debate in which the House was
charged with evading a vote in the
President's statehood veto, and in
which the President was charged
with trying to coerce the people of
Arizona upon the proposed recall of
The new resolution, favored by
the President, requires that Arizona
shall elimate from its new Consti
tution the recall of Judges provision
before it shall be admitted in the Un
ion. New Mtexico is instructed to vote
on a change in its constitution,
designed to make that Act more easi
ly amendable in the future, but it is
not made a condition of New Mex
ico's Statehod that the people ap
prove the charge euggested by Con
During part of the debate four
Cabinet officers. Attorney General
PASS THE ?ILL (2)
Wickersham, Postmaster General
Hitchcook and Secretaries Stimson
and Nagel, were in the Senate cham
ber, Air. Hitchcock listened while
Senator Reed of Missouri, Democrat,
criticised the President for trying to
force Arizona to give up its recall of
Judge and read a telegram arraign
ning Mr. Hitchcock for his political
".vity in Arizona. The telegram
"Phoenix, Ariz, August 12, 1911.
?E. B. Reed, Washington, D. C?
It is a well-known fact that Hitch
cock, during the election of the del
egates to our Constitutional conven
travelled over*"the State of Arizona
with different Federal officials. Taft'a
name was freely used and insinua
tions made concerning projected Fed
eral buildings. His friends told the
Arizona Gazette to be good or Repub
can patronage wouM cease. The
Gazette refused to be coerced and
patronage did cease. Practically
every postmaster in Arizona immedi
ately became active in fighting the
progressive candidates. It is well
nown his visit influenced papers in
Tucson, Yuma, Globe and Prescott.
(Signed) C. H. Akars, acting chair
man; J. L. Irvin, secretary."
"The objection is not to the recaM
of Judges," declared Senator Reed.
The President, through his sateliteiJ
and office-holders, was unable to dic
tate the action of the people of Ari
zona, and we find him now using hin
power to prevent the people of that
State from being admitted to the Un
Despite many objections to the re*
solution, all Democrats voted for it
except Senators Bailey, of Texas, and
Pomerene, of Ohio. The Republi
cans who voted against it were:
Bourne, of Oergon; Brandegee, of
Connecticut; Bristow, of Kansas;
Clapp, of Minnesota: Cummings, of
Iowo, and Heyburn, of Idaho.
It was apparent that the vetoed
Statehood resolution could not have
been repassed by a two-thirds vote
in either house.
CORN BEING HELD.
Until It Can Re Inspected by State
With inspectors busy sampling
meal and grits in retail stores and
wholesalo warehouses in Columbia,
and with samples drawn elsewhere
in the State coming in, while a spec
ial agent is visiting mills in order
States from which suspected goodil
have come, large shipments of corn
products are being held up on sidingn
at Columbia and other points, await
ing the result of analysises being
hade by the labratory of the Stato
Department of Agriculture, Com
merce and Industries to determine
the toxic content of the corn prod
ucts being sold in South Carolina.
One manufactorer supplying largi
quantities of h:.s goods to merchants
in this state, left Columbia Friday.
After a conference on the subject
with Commissioner Watson, declar
ing he would install a labratory i.t
his plan: to make his own tests and
Four Were Drowned.
William Hamby, his wife ar.d
daughter, of Princeton, Ala., and
Dink Hill, Newmarket, Ala., were
drowned Friday night while trying
trying to ford Dry Creek near Majs
ville. The stream was swollen from
recent rains The party was return
ing home from a Confederate reun
ion at Curley, Ala.
Bolt Kills Negro.
A negro man on Robert G. Wal
lace's plantation at Belfast, in New
berry County was killed Monday by
lightning. He had gone under a tree
to escape a shower when lightning
struck the tree.