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WILL MAKE RACE!
Chief Justice of t he Saprk^Xoort Wi 1
URGED TO ENTER FIGHi
The Hon. Ira B Jones Quits His High
Office to See i the Nomination for
Governor < f South Carolina
Against Got ernor Blease in the
Democratic Frimary Next Year.
A special from Lancaster to The
News and Cornier says the pressure
brought to bea.* on Chief Justice Ira
B. Jones from ell parts of South Car
olina to becomo a candidate for Gov
ernor has been so great and the ar
guments emplo red so convincing that
the eminent jurist, intensely patri
otic citizen, an:i Christian gentleman,
has determined to enter the race, and
accordingly on Monday, Judge Jones
forwarded to the Governor his resig
nation to take effect on January 9
next. Tuesday che Chief Justice gave
out the following statement to the
"You are authorized to state that
if Providence permits I will certainly
be a candidate in the primary next
August for non.ination as Governor."
The announcement of Chief Justice
Jones' candidc-iy will be received
with much interest in the State.
Reftigis His Office.
The following letter was received
Tuesday by Governor Blease at his
office in Colum )ia:
Lancaster, S C. Sept. 11,'1911. '
Hon. Cole L. Blease, Governor, Co
lumbia, S. C.?Dear sir: I hereby ten
der my resfegm .tion as Chief Justice,
to take effect January 9, 1912.
Very respectfol ly, Ira R. ones.
Calls! (lease's Bluff.
The forwarding to Governor
Blease an official statement of his
resignation as Chief Justice, and
within twenty four hours the defi
nite announcement that he would
enter the race for Governor next
summer, place Chief Justice Ira B.
Jones as the : irst certain candidate
to test the issue with Governor
?Blease for the Gubernatorial term of
1913-14. Mr. Jones has taken the!
stand which Governor Blease recent
ly in Charleston declared he would
not take, and has taken the risk of
being the "sta:eman without a job,"
which the Governor said he would be
should he resij.n his position as Chief
Justice of th> South Carolina Su
The resigna* Ion and announcement
have been rumored in various quar
ters of the State for several weeks,
but they come as a complete surprise
even to those who have been expect
ing his candiracy. By many it has
not been considered that he would re
linquish the highest judicial office in
the State, of which he may have been
certain for life, at a salary equal to
that of the Governor, In order to be
come a candidate for the Executive
Friend ol Senator Tillman.
It is univer?aly conceded" in polit
ical circles tr.at Chief Justice Jones
at any time would make a formidable
If not an Invincible, candidate for
any office In t le State. He is a prod
uct of the relorm movement, one of
the ablest and most aggressive lead
ers of the wirm political fights of
the early '90V., but his career on the
Supreme Ben< h has been highly dis
tinguished for fairness and judicial
.integrity no less than for scholarship,
learning and ibility. The Chief Jus
tice is a personal as well as a politi
cal friend of Senator Tillman, hav
ing identifiec' himself with the re
form movement in 1890.
In the fall of IS75 Mr. Jones re
moved to Lancaster, where he has
since resided It was then a town
without rail'oad or telegraph facili
ties. It is said that when the future
Chief Justice reached Lancaster he
had $10 in his pocket, and no friends
or acquaintimces in the new town.
He is esentii.Iy a self-made man, in
the best senso of the term.
In 1S90 Mr. Jones was sent to the
House of Representatives from Lan
caster. He i t once took first rank
with the lead ?rs of the reform move
ment. In the house his personality
immediately :nade itself felt s ohe be
came chairmen of the most important
committee, that on ways and means.
A newspaper man who reported the
proceedings i i those stirring days re
cently said that when Ira B. Jones led
a fight in tha House, it was as igood
as won. Wi en Speaker John L. M.
Irby was ele< ted United States Sena
tor, Mr Jones was made Speaker.
Elected Asoeiate Justice.
Factional eeling ran very high ini
those days. It is related that upon
one occasion the house passed a reso
lutlon taking out of the hands of thej
Speaker the appointment of a free i
conference ( ommittee?an unheard j
of proceeding. Speaker Jones at once
threw down the gavel, took off the'
purple robe and walked down the'
stand. The House apologized to the!
Speaker, and he resumed his office. J
On January 30, 1S96, while still
Speaker, he vas unanimously elected
Associate J.istice of the Supreme
Court, sho ving the respect in which
he was held by his fellow members of
the General ..ssembly. On anuary 22
1902 he was re-elected for the full
term of eight years, and his term
would have expired in 1910, but up
on the resignation of Chief Justice
Pope Ass date Justice Jones was
WHAT THE GRAND JURY SAYS OP
Finds It Is Not Injurious to Health
\ of Convicts or That its Maintain
a:ice a Nuisance.
In speaking of the Hosiery Mill at
the Penitentiary the Richland County
Grand Jury says:
<Tn accordance with your honor's
instructions, and the performance of
what we conceived to be our general
duties and within the authority in
vested in' us, we have made a most
careful and exhaustive investigation
and examination of the alleged nui
sance existing at the hosiery mill,
devoting much of our time at this
session of the court to this particular
We oeg to report that we first
made a personal examination of the
hosiery mill, inspecting each of the
departments therein, and also the
hospitals and other buildings at the
penitentiary. Thereafter, we sum
moned before us and examined the
following witnesses: Col. D. J. Grif
fith, superintendent State penitenti
ary; Dr. Robert Wilson, Jr., chair
man State medical board; Dr. W. M.
Lester, member State medical board;
Dr. Jennings, present physician at the
penitentiary; Rev. Mr. Abney, chap
lain at the penitentiary; J. M. Gra
ham, who operates the hosiery mill;
Dr. Boyd, the .health officer of the
city of Columbia; Drs. Pope, Harmon
and Butler, former physicians at the
We find that many of the convicts
worked in the hosiery mill are those
who can not be worked either upon
the public highways or upon the State
farms) r.nd we also find that quite a
number of convicts are sent to the
penitentiary from the county jails
and chaingangs who are sick and
frequently horribly diseased and are
unfit for work on the county chain
gangs or elsewhere.
Wie made especial inquiry as to the
number of deaths from consumption,
and were agreeably surprised to find
that the mortality from this dreaded
disease had greatly decreased. We
found that the number of deaths
from consumption from 1900 to 1905,
inclusive, was 58; from 1905 to 1910,
it was 22; and during the year 1911
and up to the present time only three
had died of consumption, and two
of these had the disease when they
were brought to the penitentiary this
We beg further to report that in
our opinion the sanitary conditions
of the hosiery mill are good and
just as nearly perfect as possible;
the floors, machinery, fixtures and
other departments being neatly and
cleanly kept, and we do not find any
conditions existing which ave injur
ious, either to the health of the con
victs or to the public at large, or
any facts warranting us in finding a
true bill charging the maintenance
of a nuisance at said hosiery mill.
The only improvements we think
could be made would be the installa
tion, on the third floor, of exhaust
tlon, on the third floor, or exhaust
fans and ceiling ventilation, and we
would recommend that the proper
authorities be requested to look after
these alterations and improvements.
In our examination of the peniten
tlary buildings we were shown every
courtesy by the superintendent, Col.
Griffith, and we find that he is ren
dering the State valuable services in
the discharge of his duties, and that
the prisoners are humanely treated
and are as well kept as could be ex
pected under the circumstances."
elected Chief ustice to fill the term
expiring in 1914. He thus had more
than two more years to serve had he
Will Make Hot Fight.
Chief Justice Jones is a man of
most impressive personality, virile,
gressive, alert, absolutely fearless.
Quick in debate, thoroughly familar
with South Carolina affairs, he would
at any time and against any opposi
tion be a difficult man to handle on
the stump, and should Governor
Blease stick to his determination to
offer for re-election next year, the
candidcay of Mr. Jones makes it cer
tain that there will be at least one
antagonist able to cope with the Gov
ernor, whose stump speaking ability
is highly regarded by his friends.
What position Senator Tillman
will take with regard to a race for
Governor between Messrs. Blease and
Jones is a matter upon which there is
considerable speculation among those
interested in politics. It is conceded
that an active and avowed champion
ship of either candidate by the senior
Senator would be an important fac
tor. While the Senator is not likely
to take any active part in the cam
paign, those who are closest to the j
Senator in politics exnect hi.u to sup
port Jones, as the Chief Justice has'
been more in acord with the Senator!
than the Governor has been.
Thousands Die Daily.
The Yang Tse River, in China, is
forty-five miles wide at places. The
great flood stretch over a territory
seven hundred miles in extent. Sev
enty thousand survivors surround
Nanking, where three thousand are
dying daily. Similarly distressing de
tails are being received from many
cities. It is feared that the waters
will not subside before the middle of
October. The floods this year are un
usually early and caught the crops
before they had matured.
GOES FOR TAFT
rk President is Sbonn Up in Bis Trae
C hrs By Gwernor H?rmen.
WflO FLAYED HIM ALIVE
Before a Gathering of the Democratic
Clubs in Boston the Chief Execu
tives Attitude Towards the Tariff
Was Attacked by the Chief Execu
tive of Ohio.
President Taft's attitude toward
tariff reform was attacked by Govern
or Harmon of Ohio In a speech before
the gathering of Democratic clubs.
Governor Harmon said that the pres
ident's course in vetoing tariff bills
passed by the special session of con
gress indicated that he had been
reached by "wrong advisers." Speak
ing of the president's objections to
these bills he said: "Theso and oth
er marks of paternity suggest the
question whether the vetoes may not
have been adopted offspring, like the
defense of Ballinger."
"He needed no commissioner,"
said the speaker, "when he promised
a general reduction before his elec
tion, nor when he called the special
session to keep the promise, nor when
he signed tihe bill that broke the pro
mise, nor when he confessed that the
woolen and cotton goods duties were
too high, nor when he made the
agreement with Canada. His posi
tion Is simply that those who by
trickery of tariff making laws have
secured a license to impose exorbi
tant prices on the Amercian people
shall go on doing it, in spite of the
action of both houses of congress,
until five men who are not responsi
ble to the people, nor even experts,
shall advise him how much these fa
vor taxes ought to be reduced and
how to do* It scientifically. He then
admits they are too high on these ab
solute and universal necessities of
life, but he fears these bills may have
cut them too much. All the men, wo
men and children in the land must
continue to suffer for an admitted
wrong which affects health and corn
Art rather than run any risk of caus
ing too much shrinkage, in profits
made excessive by law. The people
must not even have the benefit of the
"If the present tariff charges had
knowledge and skill it could well be
said that an 'unscientific' remedy is
good enouigih for an unscientific
wrong, especially when those who
apply the remedy have the advantage
of dealing with actual results while
those who did the wrong acted only
on conjecture. But the Payne-Al
drich-Smoot law had a far worse sire
than ignorance. And it is a reflec
tion on our plan of government to
say that the flagrant iniquities of tihat
law shall go on defying good sense,
common knowledge and honest pur
pose until a commission without legal
responsibility or authority shall de
cide how the duly chosen law making
body may deal with them.
"I believe in the veto power. But
it. is to be employed only on the
clean and positive conviction of the
executive that the public interest so
requires. He is allowed ten days to
consider and decide. If he remains
in doubt at the end of tfnat time ac
tion of his part is dispensed with
and the judgment of the legislative
body become effective without it.
For the president to defeat the action
of congress, especially when it fol
lows the plain mandate of the coun
try merely because he is not certain
about it himself and wants to wait
for somebody else to advise him, is a
new and perilous departure from the
wise design of the consitution.
"We have had tariff commission
before but nono of them ever ac
complished anything but delay. And
if ever time is money it certainly is
to be beneficiaries of a favor tariff.
The consumers of the country were
entitled to at least partial immediate
relief. This congress gave and the j
president took away. His tenderness;
was all for the few who profit by the
present excessive rates. He harden
ed his heart to the multitude who are
compelled to pay the exorbitant
prices which include them."
"Not content with calling the ma
jority in congress unscientific, incom
petent and ignorant," continue-1. Gov.
Harmon, "though in his vetoes he
did so in parliamentary phase, the
president now, in public speeches,
ti.arges them with insincerity, em
ploying the rude- language of the
stump. He says they were 'playing
This gives a fellow feeling for
.Messrs. Clark and Underwood and
their association. For when I set
about the reforms in Ohio which I
was elected to secure I found myself
coufronted by a general assembly
Republican in both branches, which
undertook to discredit my adminis
tration in every way it could. It
smothered or defeated measures
proposed to prevent further grafting
with the treasury funds, to limit i
taxation and distribute it fairly, to |
reduce expenses and secure effective,
conduct of the public business. When'
I persisted In urging measures for j
these and other worthy objects,
though I l:ni?v the fixed purpose to!
make my efforts fruitless, I , too,
was ?,!urgf!.I with playing politics. |
?*h' I: ::.c.t'i? pursuing a curse from|
Sum* unworthy motive, and any mo
tive except to promote the general
welfare is unworthy in a public of
, S. C, THURSDAY, SEPTEM
THEY HAD ROUGH TIME
FOUR YOUNG PEOPLE WERE MA
ROONED ALL NIGHT.
Quartet of I'hiladelphians Pass Hours
of Terror While Relatives Search
Vainly for Them.
Marooned all night and until noon
Monday upon ? small island in Mid
dle River, half-way between Ocean
City, N. J., and Tuckahoe, two young
men and two young women, mem
bers of well-known Philadelphia fam
ilies, were rescued half-famished and
numbed with the cold.
The quartet was composed of Bay*
nard Kendrlck, son of John R. Ken
drick, president of the Trades Pub
lishing Company; Maurice Mulhern,
son of a Philadelphia fire marshall;
Miss Eleanore Morse, daughter of
Harrison E. Morse, and Miss Louise
Green, daughter of Robert M. Green.
They were rescued by Commodore
C. Howard Schermerhorn, former
sheriff, George Barrett, of Camden,
and George Jeffries, Commodore Sch
ermerhorn's helper, and brought back
to Ocean City. The exhausted girls
were put to bed and are recovering:
from their terrible experience.
The young people started Sunday
on a trip to Tuckahoe river in Ken
drick's motorboat, Floret. By mis
take they went up Middle river, the
two having one mouth In Great Egg
Harbor Bay. They had not gone far
when a cable afoul of the propeller
displaced a union and water began
nouring Into the boat. The boys
pumped the water out as fast as pos
sible in order to reach help at the
river's mouth, while the girls bravely
helped to bail the sinking craft.
Just as they reached Swan pond
race and as the boat was about to
collapse, they sprang waist deep into
the water and upon the meadows,
taking with them two camp stools
and a light lunch. They were all
thinly clad and throughout the night
suffered from the cold, fog and mos
quitoes. They had nothing to drink
from noon yesterday until the res
cuers reached them with stimulants
The young people had lost their
reckoning of time and as the sun
beat down on them mercilessly on
the' dreary meadows this morning
they almost gave ?themselves up for
lost. To add to the terror of the
girls a monster hawk kept whirling
near the party. The hawk had to be
fought with oars to keep him off.
At sight of Commodore Schermer
horn and Sheriff Barrett the quartet
gave a cheer. They were first discov
ered by the white dresses of the girls.
Search boats sent out by John R.
Kcndrick and Mr. Morse sounded the
waters of Great Egg harbor bay all
through the night.
''But at the first opportunity the
voters of the state most emphatical
ly declared that they 'play politics'
who thwart efforts for reforms and
not they who make such efforts, how
ever, hopeless of Imediate success.
"And talk of 'playing politics!.'
The members of the obstructive Re
publican legislature were, according
to press reports, In constant touch
with the national administration dur
ing both sessions. The speaker and
leaders frequently went to Washing
ton and conferred with the president.
Half the cabinet were sent to take
part in the campaign last fall where
the direct issue was who had been
'playing politics' and who trying to
serve the public interetss. Pet in
dispatches inspired in Washington
the claim is now set up that this great
record of accomplishment b'y a Dem
ocratic administration is due to those
who had to be twice defeated at the
polls to secure it. 'E\en from Wash
ington,' says one of these, after re
citing with praise what has been!
done, 'where it was rtaiired by thtj
Republican chieftain thai the Demo-1
crats would claim most of the creditj
?or the paisaae of sum legislation.
Republicans in the le?sl?.r.,rf> were;
ii!\-;<-<l ard advised tc sr-.p^ort pro-j
posed ia"?s vhich in thtdr ojerationl
would prove to be a benefit to the!
great masses of the people.' Tins
chieftain must have little influence
with his followers in Ohio, because
with no\v and then an honorable ex
ception* in either house, they con-!
tinued to oppose a solid front!
against the entire program of reforms j
for which the Democratic administra-j
tion was contending with its slender'
majorities in senate and house. Sure
ly trying to take credit from those
who have earned it is the worse
form of 'playing politics. ' I
"Let our friends in congress take
heart, for if what they have done Is
'playing politics,' the people will cry
'Go on with the game.'
"Take the tariff out of politics
says some. The president missed the
best opportunity there ever was to
do this by signing bills to reform the
tariff which were passed by a Demo
cratic house and a Republican senate
obeying the command of enormous
popular majorities to whioh men of
both parties contributed.
But the tariff will never be taken
out of politics so long as it is to be
prostituted for private gain and those
who get or wish to get the gain can
control the organization of one of the
great parties. For the voters will
always use the other party for their
defense and the conflict will go on
until it is settled whether privileged
classes or the people shall rule, for
those rule a country in whose behalf
the taxing power is employed."
iBER 14, 1911.
Cotton Growers Meet to Refate the Lies
About Size of the Crop.
SMITH MAKES SPEECH
At Gathering in Interest of Better
Prices for Cotton, ?outh Carolinian
Roundly Denounces Gamblers and
Criticises Department for Inaccu
racy of Cotton Reports.
One thousand men from every cot
ton growing State in Amercia met
Tuesday in Montgomery and con
ferred to devise ways and means to
rebut the figures of the Federal cot
ton report and to secure a better
price for cotton.
There were .present Congressmen,
United States Senators, the commis
sioners of agriculture or their repre
sentatives from every Southern State,
together with hundreds of farmers,
bankers, business and professional
men whose homes are scattered
throughout the South.
While nothing further than organi
zation was effected officially, Tues
day's meeting of the cotton growers
proved their earnestness by the ap
pointment of four committees to be
known as the committee on resolu
tions, marketing and financing the
cotton crop, national legislation and
statistics, estimates and conditions of
the cotton crop.
These committees were appointed
early in the day and made to consist
of the commissioners of agriculture
of each state, three delegates from
each State and ^resident Barrett, of
the Farmers' Educational and Co-op
One of the principal speakers of
the day was Senator E. D. Smith, of
South Carolina, who in scathing
terms denounced the so-called gam
blers of Wall Street, Liverpool, New
Orleans and foreign markets, and
cried that the Southern farmer must
declare his financial independence of
these people. He said the farmers
should demand a fair profit on his
cotton and ventured the assertion
that If the New England farmer had
such a monopoly crop as the cotton
crop he would demand and receive
30 cents a pound for it. J
Senator Smith also made an attack
upon the accuracy of the Government
cotton report; and said that the
Southern farmer had lost enough
money because of it to establish an
insurance department; or to insure
proper figures. He declared too, that
Attorney General Wickersham want
ed to break the so-called monopoly to
boost the price of cotton but crushed
no illegal combination to f"rce prices
When Congres meets again in De
cember, Senator Smith said, he iB go
in? to Introduce a bill to require the
Secretary of Agriculture to show in
his monthly rotton census, not only
the amount of cotton in the field, but
the number of bales in warehouses
and who owned these bales.
Throughout his speech, Senator
Smith was heartily cheered, and he!
spoke until faces in the auditor!-'
urn could not be diestinguished.
The Convention was called togeth
er at noon. Capt. Reuben F. Kolb,
commissioner of agriculture for Ala
sama, was made temporary chairman.
He presided until Comisioner of Ag
riculture E. J. Watson, of South
Carolina, was made permanent chair
man. The Rev. C. A. Stakely opened
the Convention with a prayer.
Addresses of welcome were made
by Capt. Kolb, Lieutenant Governor
Zeed, Mr. R. B Evins, representing
Governor O'Neal, President Gunter,
of the city commission, and President
Kohn of the '.Montgomery Commercial
Club, in behalf of Alabama and the
city of Montgomery. These addresses
were responded to by State Senator
I. A. Bush, of Ceorgia.
The convention will be brought
to a close Wednesday night with a
demonstration in honor of the Hon.
Oscar W. Underwood, leader of the
National House of Representatives,
who will reach this city with a party
of good roads advocates from Bir
mingham. It is thought that Sena
tor John Sharp Williams, of Missis
sippi will also be in the city by that
STRUCK BY ENGINE.
Eugene Hnckett Killetl at Crossing in
Eugene H. Ilackott, a citizen of
Greenwood, met an awful death Mon
day morning at 7 o'clock, when an
Incoming freight train struck him. as
ho was crossing the track in a buggy.
Mr. John Richter, who was in the
j buggy with hhn, escaped with his
life. The train, which was moving
j at a terriffc speed, struck one of the
back wheels of the buggy and carri
j ed Mr. Hackett with it for a distance
j of about r>0 yards, his body being ter
Young Girl's Body Found.
The body of Miss Myrtle Hawkins,
17 years old, the pretty daughter of
very prominent people of Henderson
vi 11c. N. C, was found floating on the
waters of Lake Osceola Sunday morn
ing. Discovery of the body deepens
the mystery caused by the disappear
? ance of the girl from her home last
A GOOD TRUE MAN
CHARACTER OP THE OPPONENT
OF THE GOVERNOR.
Always Has Been a Close Political
and Personal Friend of Senator B.
R. Tillnian. <
Ira B. Jones, of Lancaster, Chief
Justice of the State Supreme Court,
Monday telegraphed to U. R Brooks,
clerk of the Supreme Court, the an
nouncement of his resignation, to
take effect January 9, 1912. Chief
Justice Jones is a close personal and
political friend of Senator Tillman.
It has been rumored around for
some time that Justice Jones might
take the field for the governorship.
Mr. Jones has been a member of the
Supreme Court since 1896. He was
elected chief jusitce upon uhe resigna
tion of Y. J. Pope in 1909. Since
that time he has served with no lit
tle distinction as head of South Car
olina's tribunal of last resort.
Justice Jones, who' was born in
Newberry, December 29, 1851, is a
graduate of Erskine college. He at
tended Ne wherry college for two
years, but went to Erskine to com
plete his education. After leaving
jollege, he taught in Newberry and
Edgefield counties, at the same time
studying law. In 1872 he was ad
mitted to the bar and opened an of
fice in Newberry. He also became
asssitant editor of the Newberry Her
ald In 1875 Mr. Jones moved to Lan
From then on he began to interest
himself actively in politics. He was
elected to the Legislature from Lan
caster county and in 1890 was ap
pointed chairman of the ways and
means committee of the house. Sub
sequently he was chosen speaker,
serving in that capacity until 1896.
In 1886 he was made chairman of the
Democratic executive committee of
Lancaster county and also of the exe
cutive committee for the Fifth Con
gressional district. He was vice pres
ident of the constitutional conven
tion of 1895.
He was elected to the supreme
court by the legislature in 1896 and
became chief justice 13 years later.
In 1875 he married Miss Rebecca H.
Wyse, of Edgefield county.
Approves of Jones Course.
A dispatch from Spartan bung says
the resignation of Chief Justice Jones
was interpreted as hut a forerunner
to an announcement of Justice Jones'
candidacy for governor. State Sen
ator Carlisle, when informed of the
chief justice's action, said he had al
ways been very much impressed with
Justice Jones and he believed he was
the very man to make the race.
"And his resignation," said the
senator, "under the circumstances is
just the right thing for him to have
done. I am delighted that he has
decided to enter the race."
Ex-Gov. Evans said when told of
the resignation of the chief justice:
"That's the way to go at it," He
said he would not comment further.
Associate Justice Hydrlck was tak
en completely by surprise and said
that being in his position he could
GRANDMOTHER AT TWENTY.
Remarkable Record of Young Wo
man of Atlanta
A grandmother of two children at
the age of 2 and .>. at 30 years, Is
the record of Mrs. E. W. Bender, of
Atlanta, Ga. It is claimed that Mrs.
Bender is the youngest grandmother
on record and her case is one of the
most remarkable outside of tropical
Mrs. Bender, who is 31 years old,
was born in 1SS0 in South Carolina.
She was married to E. W. Moore, at
Columbia in 1SD:^. She was only 13
years and three months old when her
first child was born. The child, a
daughter, was married in 1909 to Ed-j
ward Sinclair, and in January, 1910,
gave birth to twins, the mother being
barely 1 ."> and the grandmother notl
In January of this year Mrs. Ben
der's daughter gave birth to another
ch Id. the third of the grand-children.
Mr. Mocre died when Mrs. Sinclair
was an infant. Later his widow mar-'
I ried E. W. Bender and that union has
been blessed by several children. Phy
sicians claim it is rare in this part
of the world that a woman become a
grandmother even in the early thir
Editor Killed Editor.
Ernesto Mendoza, editor of Bl
I Combateu, made good ihe name of
his paper by killing Rudo'fo Fertian
' dez editor of the Guines de Rumbou
I Both papers are pub'ished weekly at
: Gaines, about N miles from Havana.
I The men met in a street of that town
and Fernandez attacked Mendoza
I with a cane. The latter drew his re
.olver and shot Fernandez.
Beer Laid Him Out.
Morris Katz. aged thirty-two years,
of Baltimore, Md., undertook to drink
one hundred glasses of beer, but after
drinking thirty-five glasses, a coro
ner's jury was called in who gave it
as their legal opinion that Katz over
estimated him capacity for beer.
Tried to Kill His Wife.
Because his wife insisted on wear
ing his negligee shirt, Thomas Tullie,
a mechanic, aged 3 8 of, New York,
stabbed her eight times. She prob
ably will die.
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FLOOD IN CHINA
Great Havoc Has Been Doce Anuig
the People cf Tbat Country.
BY FLOOD AND FAMINE
It Is Estimated That More Tnan Five
Million People Have Lost Their
Lives in the Yangtse Valley in
That Unhappy Country During the
A cablegram from Peking, China,
says the, flood situation In,Chin a la
the most serious in years. Reports
state that the troops are driving
the flood refugees from the cities.
The English papers in Shanghai say: .
We supopse that half the population
of the Yang-lse Valley must be sup
ported through the coming winter
or starve. Probably this J? the most
appaling disaster in the history of
Flood and famine in the Yang-Tse
Valley have claimed at leisc 5,000,
000 souls during the last decade, ac
cording to conservative computations
of missionary societies and other
authorities who have received au
thenic reports from the death-ridden
In the famine of 190C- 07, the
most awful camp of wh'c'h history
has any record was established out
side the walls of the ancient city of
Tasing Kiang Pu, situated on the
grand canal about 109 miles r.orth of
the Yang-tse river. There 500,000
men, women and children were herd
ed into huts of mud and reeds.
Despite the efforts ""made by tho
Chinese government, by devoted mis
sionaries and well disposed foreign
ers thousands died every day and the
deaths in that section of the country
in the nine months from October,
1906 to 1907, must have run to three
quarters of a million.
A very large contingent of Chinese
and influential foreign residents be
lieved that the greatest responsibility
confronting the Chinese government
today is the solving of an engineer
ing problem that will save the lives
of the 150,000,000 people who inhab
it the Yang-tse valley and make pos
sible for continued human occupa
tion one of tfheir richest territories In
The constant ylicerugnrrgr-ing;Vth
The constantly recurring floods
are due partly to denudation of near
ly all tree life, as deforestation has
been going on for hundreds of years*
Another cause is the conformation,
throughout much of the territory
Huge dams hold the waters from
reaching natural channels In many
places and completely submerge mll
l'ons of acres evciy time the Yang
tse, fed by the torrential rains 3n the
mountains get on the rampage..
The engineering problems' re
ferred to are staggering. Here is
territory 700 miles long and 200
wide that at periods recurring at
least every three years is fully or
partly flooded. Canals and reser
voirs would seem to be the only rem
edy unless the great Yang-tse re
POOR FOOLISH GIRL.
Fooled and Deserted by a Slick Ton
The Greenville Daily Piedmont
says one of the most pathetic canes
that the police of that city have had!
to doal with In some time was that
of the arrest of a beautiful young
lady of Prosperity, who is said to
have boon n graduate of the G. F. C,
and who left her home in Prosperity
several days ago. Here is the sr.d
sto:-y as told by the Piedmont:
"it is said she had gone to a num
ber of cities in this section with a
traveling man, who bad persuaded1
the pretty young girl to leave home,
promising to marry her. After fol
lowing the travelling man for sever
al days and he failing to marry her,
the young girl came to Greenville.
While there the police receivud the
information to arrest the young girl
and hold her until the arrival of her
parentsll z z z z ?/. z
"The officers found tho girl and!
notified her parents of her arrest.
They came to Greenville and carried
her back to Prosperity. The young
lady is a handsome girl, with very
attractive manners end weil-educat
ed. The parents of the young girl
are heart-broken over tho sad
ccurrence and were surprised at her
Lost His Own Life,
While attempting to save tho life
of his sister Ethel, a.red 16, William
Lee, aged 12, was drowned in tho
Isle of Hope river near Savannah
The struggle of her children was wit
nessed by the mother, whose screams
brought assistance. Tho girl was fi
nally rescued by J. G. Hardec, but
as she was taken ashore the boy went
down for tho last time.
Swung For Triple Crime.
After he had slashed the throat of
Mrs. Albert V;iughan, daughter of a
white farmer, shot and killed one of
his own race and assaulted an aged
negress. Arthur Dean, a negro, was
taken In hand by a mob of white
men and negroes and hanged from a
mill shed cn the principal street o?