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BULL VS SEAR
Waj tSae Gafdrameot Prosecutes Oae
and Let the 0 her Go Free.
GIVES A POOR fXCUSE
Why the Man Who Tries to Raise the
Price of Cotton Breaks the Law,
While the Man Who Tries to Low
er the Price Does Not Break the
The following correspondence ex
plains itself: -?
Abbeville, S. C, Oct. 31, 1911.
Hon. Geo. W. WickerBham, Attorney
General, Washington, D. C.
Dear Sir: I note that the case
against the Wall street "'bulls" charg
ing them with cornering cotton is still
In the courts and assume that you will
push the prosecution to a conclusion.
While I do not concur in the opin
ion that it was the proper function
of the government to interfere with
the enhanced value of a commodity
that meant so much for tho wealth
of this country, I assume that you
can Justify the prosecution legally.
If then the go vernment had a legal
right to proceed against a combina
tion of speculators whose purpose was
to Zoree it has the same legal right to
proceed against a combination whose
purpose is to force down the price of
the same commodity.
Of the American cotton crop, ap
proximately one-half is sold in for
eign markets. A decline of two cents
per pound means the loss to this
country of $60,000,000 and to the
Southern farmer of $120,000,000. It
Is certain that "bear" pressure on
Wall street has forced a decline of
fully three cents per pound in the
present market, thereby robbing the
South of approximately $ 105,000,000,
and giving it to foreign spinners. This
decline has been brought about. by
the bear element overselling the mar
ket, publishing false or misleading1
statements, and combining to keep
buyers out of the market. With no
extensive knowledge of exchange
methods, I think it is safe to say
"that if a- combination may advance
the market, a combination may like
wise depress it, and the fact is, it is
now being done.
Then should' not the government
interpose? If it was right In the
former instance it is right in this;
and. when the wealth of the nation
Is threatened and the competency of j
Southern homes lu being absorbed by
the foreigners, should not the govern
ment at least place the weight of its
influence and power with its own cit
izens? An investigation of "bear"
tactics would probably reveal ample
ground for criminal action against
the leaders and prosecution would
probably dissolve the unfair combi
nation and allow cotton to resume Its
normal price. At any rate it seems
incumbent on the government, In
the premises, to throw the weight of
its power with the people.
This lei *r is not written in any
carping spirit, but in the hope that
you may see the other side oi the
question, as the cotton producer sees
it, and use the arm of the law, as far
as possible for their relief.
I would rather to have an expres
sion of opinion from you, as to wheth
er such a prosecution would, in your
judgment, be entertained by the
courts, and if it would, what likeli
hood there is, It any, of the depart
ment of justice taking such a step.
Living in this section where cotton
is the prevailing crop, it is a great
disappointment to me that the pro
ducer should be robbed of his legiti
mate profit on that crop. If the gov
ernment can extend any aid, it could
never come more timely.
Wyatt Aiken, M. C.
Mr. Wickersham's Reply.
Office of Attorney General,
Washington, D. C, Nov. 6, 1911.
Hon. Wyatt Aiken, M. M., Abbeville.
My Dear Sir: I have your favor of
31st ultimo. I quite agree with you
on the general proposition that, it
cornering a product which is dealt in
interstate commerce, for the purpose
of increasing its price, is illegal, sim
ilar cornering for the purpose of de
pressing its price is likewise illegal.
The formation of a corner for the in
creasing of the price is easily under
stood. A number of men get togeth
er and, by their combined means or
credit, buy up enough of the commod
ity to controll the market, withhold
it from sale until the demand for it
forces the price to the point at which
they are willing to let it go, and
thereby impose upon the manufactui
er, who must use the product, the
burden of an artificial price.
It is not so clear by what process a
"bear pool" is organized or conduct
ed, and I have no evidence in this de
partment of a tangible character
which enables me to form the opinion
that any designated individuals have
combined to depress the pri.:e of cot
ton below its normal figure. More
over, it is not quite clear in my mind
how such a "bear pool" can operate
to restrain interstate commerce. I
suppose the method by which such a
combination would operate would be
to throw upon the market at a given
time a quantity of a commodity in ex
cess of the demand which would re
sult in its being taken only at prices
JAIL SENTENCE FOR ABDUCTOR
OF YOUNG GIRL.
Her Preacher Affinity Doffs His Dis
graced Ministerial Garb for Prison
A dispatch from Shelby, N. C, says
Rev. B. L. Padgett, the holiness min
ister indicted under several charges
for illegal relations with pretty Miss
Carrie Stockton of Kings Mountain,
was convicted of the most serious of
the charges against him in tbe su
perior court of Cleveland county at
that place. Judge Webb sentenced
.Padgett to two years in the State
'penitentiary, and Solicitor Wilson
cancelled the other indictments
Padgett is a tall, rather handsome
man, with an intellectual face. He
first knew the Stockton girl when she
was a mere child, twelve years ago,
end has been going to her home in
Kings Mountain since that time. Some
time ago he held a series of meetings
there and boarded at the Stockton
home, several members of the family
boing members of his church. He
seemed to be infatuated with this lit
tle daughter and made gifts of cloth
ing and jewelry.
There are other indictments stand
ing against Padgett in Burke County,
N. C, and Greenville, S. C, both
growing out of. his relations with the
Stockton girl. The charge against
him at Greenville is for kidnapping
the girl, the arrest having been made
In Atlanta. He will be turned over to
the Greenville authorities when he
j completes his sentence in North Car
'olina. The charge against him in
1 Burke County is a more serious one
I than that on whicih he was convicted
(at Shelbj', having been a capital of
fense prior to a charge of statue a
few years ago.
During the trial Mrs. Padgett and
hhi daughter sat besides him and lis
tened intently to the evidence. Many
people wera at Shelby from Kings
Mountain., where the sentiment is
strong against (him, and the court
room was.crowded throughout the
hearing of the evidence. The Stock
ton holding a position as superintend
ent of the spining room in one of the
large mills there.
which the purchasers thought would
enable them to sell.at.a profit.
I don't at all know what the prac
tice is among the cotton growers In
your State, for instance, respecting
the sale pf their product. When I
last had occasion to examine the
question, which was a few years ago,
the crop was pretty generally Bold to
the cotton factors before it was pick
ed, the price being based upon the
prevailing price of the previous year,
and increased or decreased according
to the ratio between the crop produc
ed in the country the preceeding year,
and the estimated crop of the current
Generally speaking, I take It that
the "bulls" and "bears" are the bro
kers Wiho, on the cotton exchange, at
a given time, are seeking to increase
and depress prices respectively. The
"bears" are trying to beat down the
prices in order fo buy at a lower fig
ure and the "bulls" are trying to run
prices up in order to sell at a higher
The interests of the spinners would
be, generally, with the "bears," and
the interests of the factors, or cotton
dealers, would be with the "bulls." A
"bear" movement would be initiated
if, for example, concerns dealing in
cotton had borrowed very largely on
a close margin and, for some reason
or other, were compelled to sell for
the purpose of meeting other loans,
and a movement, once begun, toward
the lowering of prices, would be apt
to gain headway because other peo
ple, having cotton ou margin, would
be fearful of greater loss if they wait
ed until the price went lower, and so
would rush into the market determin
ed to get rid of their product at a
How a "bear pool" would operate,
I confess I do not quite understand,
nor do 1 know of the existence of any
such pool. By- pool 1 mean a group
of men who, for the purpose of con
trolling the price of a commodity, in
their own interest, buy a sufficiently
i large amount of the prop*';;- to en
able them to control the price in the
market. I write, giving you just my
impressions of the subject, because
you may have fuller knowledge than
1, and I should be very glad to have
you give me any detailed information
available to you, going to show the
existence and operation of any combi
nation formed for the purpose of de
pressing the price of cotton,
j In the proceeding against those en
I gaged in the so-called "bull cotton
j pool"' which the government brought
a year or so ago, the United States
circuit court In New York held that
"corners" were illegal and immoral,
but that a combination formed to
corner and enhance the price of cot
ton did not operate in restraint of in
terstate commerce even though, as
was alleged in the indictment, the
necessary effect, as well as the intend
ed purpose, of the combination was to
increase the price which the spinners
had to pay .and. as a matter of fact,
by so increasing the priie a large per
centage of the spinners had refrained
from manufacture and had thereby
been restrained in commerce among
the several States. An appeal from
the judgment of the court, sustain
ing a demurrer to the essential counts
of the indictment, has been argued in
SAYS HE WAS THE MAN
ATLANTA JUDGE SAYS GAME
WAS WORKED ON HIM.
The Case of the Want Ad. Wooing
Preacher in Atlanta Seems to Be
An Atlanta dispatch says the Fer
ren matrimonial case is holding the
minds of people of that city puzzlied,
as one development follows another
in surprising succession. Letters
have been received by Judge Nash R.
Broyles from Gaffney. S. C, indicat
ing that the man who appeared be
fore him last Thursday saying he was
the Rev. W.A. Ferrell was an im-'
personator who simply wanted to
clear the name of Ferrell.
On November 1 a man giving his
name as Rev. W. A. Ferrell was ar
rested on complaint of a young lady,
the man having answered anony
mously an advertisement she placed
in the paper asking for a position
as bookkeeper and offering to marry
her. The case was dismissed as the
man's proposition seemed to have
Last Thursday another gentleman
presented himself to Judge Broyles
with letters showing he was Rev. W.
A. Ferrell and declared that the first
man was an imposter who had used
his name without authority. The
judge gave him a letter of exonera
Letters just received indicate that
a friend of the real Rev. Ferrell who
was in fact tried in Atlanta, came
to Atlanta and obtained the exonera
tion by deception. A picrore was
sent in one of the letters?a minia
ture of Rev. W. A. Ferrell?and it
is pronounced by the judge and court
attendants as a photograph of the
man who was tried at Atlanta for his
i The case seems to be much mixed
up. Mr. Ferrell may have to ap
peal to his conference, which soon
meets at Bennettsville to look into
the matter and exonerate him. This
is the best course for him to pur
sue if he was not really the man who
was tried before Judge Broyles at
ESCAPES WITH WRONG TWIN.
Planned to Wed Mary, But Took Sis
ter Betty by Mistake.
Capt. Harry R. Edward3 of the
schooner May H. eloped from Kent
(sland Monday night with Miss Betty
Harrison, daughter of G. F. Harrison,
a farmer who lives near Anapolis,
Edwards spent his vacation last
summer at a house near that of the
Harrisons, who had twin daughters.
People living on the Island have often
mistaken one of them for the other
jnd that was what Edwards did when
he eloped Monday night. He landed
from the schooner intending to elope
with Mary Harrison. He met Betty
drst, and thinking ?he was Mary hur
ried her off to a parson and then
aboard the schooner.
The schooner is somewhere in Che
sapeake Bay, with Edwards and his
wife aboard, headed for Baltimore,
while Mary is mourning the fate that
leaves her a single woman. It was re
ported last summer that Betty was
jealous of the attention paid her sis
ter by Edwards, and it is believed
she learned Edwards was going to
marry 'Mary', and decided the best
way to stop it was to marry him her
YOUNG GIRL WAS KILLED
And Her Body Wus Thrown in the
A Miami, Fla., dispatch says that
Hattie Parcel the 15-year-old girl
whose body was found in the Miami
river was dead when thrown in the
water, was the principal testimony
brought out at Tuesday's trial of P.
C. Cox, charged with the murder.
The evidence was given by Dr. A.
G. Post, who conducted the post mor
tem examination. According to Dr.
Post, the girl's wounds indicated
that she had been killed with a sand
bag and that she had been dead about
twelve hours when found. The con
dition of the body indicated that it
had been in the watch only about
?ight hours, as there was no water in
the lungs or stomach. It is expected!
that it will he several days before the
State's evidence is completed .
the supreme court of tho United
States and ia now under considera
tion. If the court shall decide the
essential question involved and not
let the case go off on a technical mat
ter of pleading, we may have some
light which will be of aid in the en
forcement of the law against other
combinations of a like character. But,
aside from that, my greatest difficulty
I should have in dealing with the case
you mention is what I have outlined
Geo. W. WIckersham,
Attorney General .
Client Thrashes Lawyer.
When he lost his case in the police
court at Richmond. Va., Encole Su
breizi. a tailor, turned upon and vio
lently assaulted hi? lawyer, Walter
Rhodes. Justice Turner ordered Sub
reizi imprisoned for 20 days, but the
forgiving attorney sought clemency
for his client, and saved him from
URG, S. C., SATURDAY,--N0\
TAFT HIT HARD
Dtmccrals Have Jn$l as Hccb to Crow
About as ReDGblicacs.
RESULTS OF ELECTION
Tho Opinion in Washington is That
the Administration Can Console It
self But Little by the Returns from
the Late Election Throughout the
While both Republicans and Demo
crates in Washington, which includes
a few senators and representatives
who happen to be there, are able to
point out plausible grounds of com
fort in Tuesday's election results, all
admit that there is.in them but slight
consolation for the Taft administra
tion, j ,
Republicans here are felicitating
themselves upon the General Assem
Dly elections in-New York and New
Jersey, and upon the victory of Golds
borough, Republican, over Gorman,
Democrat, in the race for governor of
Maryland. All this the Democrat's
discount by insisting that these par
ticular results carry no national sig
nificance whatever except a growth
in popular revulsion against machine
Jn New York, they assert, there
was the oft-recurring revolt against
Tammany, which follows as day the
night the triumph of that organiza
tion; that there was popular objec
tion to Tammany seeking political
power and controll beyond its owii
Manhattan bailiwick, which it has
striven to accomplish in the present
legislature; that in New York, as in
I New Jersey, at the very worst for
the Democrats, the Republicans have
merely regained legislature districts
which they have habitually dominat
For themseleves, iUhe Democrats
cite -Massachusetts, where, under the
leadership of Senators Lodge and
Crane, with all the Federal adminis
tration forces, the Republicans made
almost frenzied efforts and appeals
to Ray State voters to elect their
ticket and repudiate all encourage
ment for Democratic vitcory next
year. Jn no statv -fvJection in an off
year was a national issue ever more
clearly and unmistakably forced
than by the Republicans in Massa
chusetts, when this year tlhey thrust
the salvation of the protective tariff
to the front as the paramouut issue.
Foss, the Democratic candidate,
met the issue squarely and defiant
ly, reminding voters that he was per
sonally interested In manufacturing
industries in the state and that he
waB not going to favor any policy
of rule or ruin, but would insist up
on equal opportunities for consum
ers and producers alike. In Massa
chusetts the most desperate argu
ments were used to rally the Repub
licans to the support of President
Taft in this election as significant
of next year's result. In that state
only, Democrats contend, was there
in the tariff issue a campaign of real
national importance, and naturally
they are highly elated over the re
Looked at in the presidential pros
pect, the election results are even
more interesting as affecting the per
sonal fortunes of aspirants for the
White House. For President Taft
the results in 'Massachusetts and in
Ohio hold bitter cups to his lips; but
there is nobody to be heard doubt
ing that he will be nominated, not
withstanding Che comment that his
long trip through the West and his
numerous speeches, widely and fully
published as they were, have injured,
instead of helped him.
The La Follette Republicans are
unfeignedly pleased with the disap
pointment visited upon the adminis
tration and it is not doubted they will
redouble their egorts to gain strength
in the Republican national conven
tion. There is even talk among them
of making an organized effort to got
delegates for the Wisconsin senator
in the Southern states.
As to the Democratic aspirants, it
is generally conceded that if any
Democrat has been hurt by Lhe result
is it Woodrow Wilson in New Jersey,
I because of the defeat of certain mem
bers of the legislature for whom he
made particularly earnest efforts. If
any Democrat has been aided in his
aspirations toward the highest honor
it is .Tudson Harmon, It is conceded.
The repeated successes of the Ohio
Democrats since they chose Harmon
for their leader, signalized again by
the brilliant municipal election vic
tories In Cleveland and Cincinnati,
were common topics here and it is
realized that Harmon stock is bound
to grow stronger.
Senator Robert L. Taylor express
ed himself as delighted with the re
sult in Kentucky, where he said he
had helped Ollie James to "shell the
Leg Cut Off by Box Car.
While standing on a passenger
track at Spartanburg Junction Tues
day afternoon, watching a south
bound train pull out, Genera] Fore
man J. W. Rideout, of the Southern
Railway, was struck by a box car,
which was backed up against him.
He was dragged ten or fifteen feet
and his left leg completely severed
from his body.
TILLS AWFUL SIORY
ENGLISH OFFICER WRITES OF
Lieut. Herbert Montague Declares
That European Troops Are Prac
ticing Barbarious Atrocities.
A cablegram from London says agi
tation against atrocities by Italians
in Tripoli, which has sprung up in
the British press and is supported by
a few members of the house of com
mons since uncensored reports ar
rived from English newspaper corre
spondents concerning recent occur
rences in Tripoli, received fresh im
petus through a telegram received by
a news agency from Herbert Monta
gue, a second lieutenant in the Fifth
Fusiliers. He telegraphed from
Soulkeli, via the Tunis frontier:
"I feel it my duty to send to you
the following telegram and beg you
in the name of Christianity to publish
it throughout England. I am an Eng
lish officer, now a volunteer, serving
in the Turkish army here.
"As you know already about the
ferocious resistence which the Turks
and Arabs are offering the Italians. I
will only express my admiration for
their bravery and fortitude, which
would warm the hearts of any Eng
lishman or of any true soldier in the
"Imagine my feelings when, on en
tering and driving the Italians cut of
Arab houses, which they had fortified
and were holding, 'we discovered the
bodies of some 120 women an chil
dren with their hands and feet
bound, mutilated, pierced and torn.
Later on we found a mosque filled
with bodies of women and children
mutilated almost beyond recognition.
I could not count them, but thera
must have been 300 or 400.
"Can not England do something to
stop such horror In our Christian
times you can hardly believe it, but
Is true nevertheless. I myself have
seen it, so I know. Even now we are
getting news of further massacres of
women discovered on different farms
lately occupied by Italians when they
slaughtered the innocents obviously
was one of revenge for their heavy
losses in battle. We ar at this point
under a heavy shrappel of flro, so you
must excue me If the sentences are
somewhat disjointed. There Ib also
an aeroplane circling over our posi
tion and directing the enemy's gun
firij on us." ? ?
THEY WANT FIEND'S LIFE.
Angry Mob Threatens to Lynch As
sailant of Young Girl.
At Meyersdale, Pa., hundreds of
enraged citizens surrounded the bor
ough jail Friday night, threatening to
lynch isaiah Dorman, aged 22, a ne
gro, who is alleged to have attacked
Ethel Morgan, a white child, aged
9 years Thursday night. After mak
ing two attempts to get the negro to
the county jail at Somerset, Pa., the
authorities were compelled to rush
the prisoner back co the borough jail.
At each attempt the mob intercepted
them and almost secured the negro.
At 9:30 they decided to barricade the
jail and try to keep off the mob un
til reinforcements arrive. Recruits
ore pouring in from the country dis
tricts to aid the mob, while men are
being summoned from all parts of
the country to protect the negro. *
SUGGS ABDUCTED A GIRL.
Arrested in Darlington and Carried
Back to Florence.
Winston L. ?uggs, a white man
about 2S years of age, was arrested
in Dar!in.<;ton Tuesday, charged with
abducting a young white girl who Is
a member of a well known family of
Florence. Suggs was taken up on a
warrant issued by the mother of the
child, and taken to Florence for a
hearing. A preliminary was held be
fore Magistrate McClenegan, and
Suggs was committed to Jail to await
trial. It is stated that Suggs mar
ried into a prominent family in Flor
WAS KILLED IN GIN.
Two Brothers Met Death at Ditferent
Times Same Way.
Mr. Wyatt II. Wiggins, a prosper
ous farmer and a prominent citizen
of Coats, N. C, was killed instantly
Wednesday, when ho was caught on
the line-shaft of his gin. Mr. Wig
gins was working near the gin and
in some manner his clothing was
caught in the shafting and he was
hurried to his death before the ma
chinery could be stopped. Mr. Wiley
Wiggins, a brother -;f 'ho -je<*eased,j
was killed in Georgia about twenty J
years ago in exactly the same man-;
Farmers Holding Cotton.
Many counties are making reports;
to the Slate Farmers' union at Co
lumbia on the cotton holding plan.
A score of farmers report that 502
hales of cotton have been pledged in
Anderson county. *
The steam yacht Alvina owned by
Jos. F. Cole of Duluth, Minn., has
not reported her whereabouts since
the "big blow" of Saturday and early
inquiries Tuesday failed to give any
trace of her.
GREAT PANIC AT MOT
TAOTAI CHANG FLEH TO HONG
KONG DURING NIGHT.
Fear of Poisoned Wells Allayed by
Arrival 'of Amc and British
Warships as City Passes to Bebels.
The Republican tri-color waves
over Amoy, China, now. There is no
disorder, the shops remain open and
there is a general feeling of relief.
Early Tuesday morning crowds be
gan to assemble for a conference
with the revolutionary leaders.
At 2:30 o'clock the gunboat Quen
kai, flying the dragon flag cast off
her lines and steamed out of the har
bor. Then about 1 000 revolution
ists formed in line and marched to
the walled city where they raised the
Republican emblem over the Taotai's
palace at 2:05 o'clock.
Simultaneously a few tri-colorSi
were displayed in other quarters of,
the city. Many Japanese and white!
flags also appeared.
Excitement that preceded the:
change of government was quickly!
allayed. Fear of excesses had kept
the populace in a nervous state. For
several days there had been no local |
government and the maintenance of
public order devolved upon volunteed
guards recruited from the best fam
On Sunday representatives of the
conservative element who favored the
temporary independence of the city
made a futile attempt to compro
mise with the radical faction which
demanded the surrender of the city
to the revolutionists. 'Monday night
it was plain the radicals were in con
trol and, alarmed at the possibility
of mob rule Taotai Chang fled to
Throughout the night a feeling of
uneasiness prevailed and this was in
creased Tuesday morning that the
wells of the city had been poisoned
by Manchus from Foochow. Later
in the day quiet prevailed. The ar
rival of the Ann rlcan cruiser Sara
toga, the monitor Monterey and the
gunboat Quires and the British tor
pedo boat i destroyers Janus and
Virago this morning helptd to restore
Thirteen vessels of the Imperial
fleet went over to the revolutionists
at Shanghai Tuesday morning, hoist
ing the white flag between 9 and 10
o'clock. One of the largest cruisers
steamed up the river past the settle
ment and dropped tho white ensign
in salute to the foreign warships, to
which none of them responded.
POISON IN BODIES EXHUMED.
Stronger Case^Against Chicago Wo
man Now Near Death.
Poison found in the viscera of two
more of the ten persons who had died
mysteriously beneath the roof of Mrs.
Louise Vermilya, Chicago, made more
than tangible Friday the suspicions
and accusation made against the wo
man. She still is at the county jail
hospital, where she lies ill from at
tempts to take her own life. Toxi
cologist Walter L. Haines Friday no
tified the coroner's office Uiat arsenic
was present in large quantities in the
viscera of Conductor Richard T.
Smith and nf Frank Brinkamp, the
latter being Mrs. Vermilya's son. In
the case of Frank Birinkamp, Mrs.
Vermilya's favorite son, the fiancee
of the boy induced an investiga
DEMOCRATS WIN NEW MEXICO.
Elect All State Officers nnd One
United States Senator.
In her first election New Mexico
goes Democratic. The entire Demo
cratic State ticket headed by W. C.
McDonald for governor, as well as
congressional candidates H. B. Fergu
san and Paz Valverde, have majori
ties bc-Lween five and six thousand.
With many outlying districts un
heard from, interest in Tuesday's
elections centers in the neck and neck
race between the Republicans and
Democrats and Progressive Republi
cans' coalition for the control of the
legislature, which elected two United
Latest returns give the Republi
cans 3 3 out of 72 votes in the joint
assembly and the coalition '.','> with
four seats in doubt. Should the co
alition control the legislature, it is
expected that one of the new senators
will be a Democrat.
KILLED IN GIN SHAFTING.
A Picken? Man Caught und Crushed
to Death at Gin.
Mr. Riley Porter, of the Mountain
View section of Pickens county, was
killed Thursday by being caught in a
line shaft at Iiis brother's ?in. Mr.
Porter was working at the gin at the
time of the accident. He went to
put a belt on a wheel and his right
arm was caught and broken off above
his elbow. He was carried twice
around the shaft and received inter
nal injuries. He lived about seven
hours, and remained conscious until!
he di.-d. ?
Defies Blease's Parole.
At Columbia Mayor Uibbes took is
sue with the governor of South Car
olina by refusing to release Bratton
Pettigrew, who was paroled, having
been convicted in the recorder's court
on a charge of drunkenness. Petti
grew was a frequent offender. ?
TWO CENTS PER ZOPY.
SAME OLD GAME
rra>r P^p!e Using the Uinal Teclics tf
8?a> Dfmocratic Patty.
Being Sprung to Frighten Voters of
the Country Into a State of Mind
That Will Make Them Fear to Put
In a Power an Administration
Which Will Cut Tariff Duties.
The Washington correspondent of
the Greenville Daily Piedmont says
the trust game of bringing out the
old Dogey Man called "Business De
pression"?who always is kept right
up in the front part of the stage
when ever an election approaches?
is being played again. Frctn Wall
street comes the cry thai Damocratic
investigations, and Supreme court de
cisions, and the cry for low tariff,
and a dozen other such calamities aro
constantly threatening business.
The purpose of the wails, it is be
coming more and more apparent, lb
to gradually frighten the voters of
the country into a state of mind that
will make them fear to put in power
an si J ministration which will cut
the high tariff duties.
The trusts pretend to be greatly
wrought up over recent suits against
some of ther number. They pre
tend, for instance, to be in a panic
because of the suit against the steel
trust, and are trying to make the
country believe such activities as
these against Big Business will re
sult in a general industrial depres
And while they are sending out
these alarms they know that the
suit" against the steel trust will
amount to nothing as long as a Re
publican administration is in power
to prosecute it' Similar suits w.jre
filed against the beef trust by a, Re
publican attorney general eight years
ago, and that suit hasn't progressed
an inch aince it was filed, notwith
standing that it* has been held up
dozens of times as a "horrible ex
ample" of the way the politicians
were disturbing business.
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If the suit against the steel trust
were prosecuted with all reasonable
despatch it would require two or
three years to get it before. the'Su1
preme court, hence the cry that this
suit "alarms business" becomes re
The real reason business is alarm
ed, if it is true that business is
alarmed?which is a question that is
open to argument?is the fear of
those business men who operate on a
moderate scale that the money trust
is getting a grip on the industrial
situation which no political party
will be able to break.
These small business men are ap
prehensive only in the degree that
they fear the money trust controlled
by Morgan will make some move to
discipline those who are crying for
a low tariff, and for some relief from
the abnormally high cost of living.
The Morgan crowd is standpat Re
publican to the core, and regardlesf
of what Wall street talks about now,
there is little doubt that what it is
thinking about is the possibility of a
tariff cut by the Democrats. To fore
stall this menace the billionaires are
stirring up the old cry of "danger to
business," and getting ready to make
their usual attempt to coerce an
other Stand Pat Republican victory
a year from now.
The tariff is still the issue on
which the two parties must fight it
out next year. Knowing this, Wall
street is already laying plans and
since the only weapon these money
barons know how to use, since they
have neither facts nor justice to aid
them, is the threat of slack business.
Their present wails simply are prac
tice stunts to get the old bogey in
working order for the coming cam
DODGES FANGS OF DEATH.
Bronx Zoo Keeper Ducks and Cobra
Strikes the Ground.
The New York World says a ten
foot king cobra at the Bronx /.oo gave
a performance Sunday that was en
tirely unlocked for by the throng
gathered in front of his cage. Tho
spectators had been attracted by tho
snake's hostile attitude toward a
small black snake, which he waa
handling in the manner in which a
cat teases a mouse.
Keeper Charles Snyder opened tho
d(>:<r in the rear of the cage to assist
the black snake. The cobra coiled
and (lung himself toward Synder.
Tho keeper ducked and I ho snake
landed on the ground. Then there
was action, enjoyed by the crowd
safe in front. A snake fears a shovel
or a broom. Attendants soon had ono
of each at work, but at that it requir
ed an hour to get the cobra hack in
to his cage.
Died in a Little Pond.
Thomas Kstridge, a white man,
about 45 years old, committed suicide
Friday by drowning, jumping into a
pond near the Lancaster cotton mills.
A party saw him when he jumped
into the water and attempted to res
cue him. He was in the last stages
of pellagra. He leaves a blind wife^