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STABLISHED 1865 NEWBERRY, S. C., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1903. TWICE A WEEK, S1.50 A YEAR
STATE'S TAXABLE PROPERTY.
Decrease Of Assessments Of County Real
Estate, While Assessments Of City
Property Are Increased.
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Comptroller General Jones has
prepared some interesting figures t
showing the assessed value of prop- I
erty for 1903 as compared with I
1902. There is an increase of over I
eight and a half millions, but the
value of country real estate shows
a decrease of $535,520. Comptrol
ler General Jones says the only ex
planation of this is that some coun
ty auditors must have erroneously
included country property in cities
and towns. Following are the fig
ures :
Real estate not in cities and
Mtowns, 1903..................... $ 68,485,962
Real estate not in cities and
and towns, 1902............... 69,021,442
Decrease........................ $ 535,520
Real estate in cities and
towns 1903...... ...............$ 38,855,328 f
Real estate in cities and
towns, 1902. .......... ........ 18,000,108
Increase ................. ......$ 855,220
Railroad property, 1903...... $ 29,489,312
Railroad property, 1902...... 27,705,453
Increase......... ...............$ 1,783,859
Personal property ........ ..... $67,575,277
Personal property............... 61,049,273
Increase ...................... $ 6,526,C4
Total property, 1903........ ..$204,405,879
Total property, 1902........... 195,776,316
Net increase........... .......$ 8,629,563
The increase in personal property of
$6,526,00.1 covers the increase of
Textile industries..............$ 1,249,191
Fertilizer factories........... 51,830
Cotton seed oil mills........... 67,485
Telephone and telegraph
companies........ ....... ... 138,597
Southern Express Com
pany.------..................... 144,488
Pullman Palace Car Com
pany-....-. .................. 29,503
Building and loan associa
tions estimate ......... ... 300,000
Total ........- .................. $1,984,094
GENERAL NEWS NOTES.
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Items of More or Less Interest Condensed t
Outside the State.
The cotton market in New York
reached I3Y cents on Tuesday, the
highest in a number of years.
A literary recluse of Louisville
has bequeathed to the University t
of Virginia his library worth $ioo,
000.
Three people were killed and six
injured by a boiler explosion in a e
power house in St. Louis on Mon- c
day night. The building was om
pletely wrecked.
A man in the county prison at c
Philadelphia who had just been a
onvicted of using the mails to die
'ad hanged himself with a towel.(
ehad a long criminal record be
d him.
Sive officers and instructors of
Columbus college laboratories,
Chicago, have beeni arreste(l
rged with operating, in the fash-c
ble shopping district, a dlistil
contrary to government regu.
J1. Blryan was received ini au
-by Czar Nicholas, of Russia, ~
i on Monday. The audience ti
or [ 5 minutes. The czar cx- hi
most emphatically huis friend
ug for the 'United States. r,
in spent a good [nany' hours y
stoi while in Russia. a
n Monday, of the Meteor, a St
,ouis and San Francisco fast mail
rain, eight persons were killed and P
12 injured. Of the injured it was
bought five would die. The train
vas one of the finest and fastest in
lie service. It ran into a switch Sc
eft open by a freight train, th- th
)rakenan having failed in his duty C<
o flag it.
The Chicago labor unions h ve th
rone so far as to attempt to inter- he
ere with funerals. The chief of ru
>olice on Monday plainly told the "
epresentatives of the liverymen's 1
Inion, who went on strike four days fo
)efore, that picketing of houses 1n
rom which funerals were to start, th
vlhether peaceful or violent, was t
>eyond toleration in a civilized coMR. a
niunity. th
is
The famtous "'Two Nines" fire al- w,
rin, summoning more fire apparat- p,
is than any other alarm provided C,
or by New York's fire department, bc
vas sounded on Monday night for bE
. terrific fire, which destroyed tw%o G
arge factories and in which t wo T
nen were killed, one a battalion C
ire chief and the ot"jer a recently
.ppointed fireman. The fire was ca
ni the Italian quarter of twe city hi
lnd the work of re-cue was difficult.
E quarter of a million dollars' dan- th
ge was done.
.The grand jury in Rising Suni, ta
ndiana, has found true bills against
ames Gillespie for causing the in
leath of his twin sister, and a sister fo
)f the murdered wnoman and -another
vonian and her husband, all family't
lonnections, were likewise indicted s
or the same crime. All entered a w
)leaY of not guilty and were released lo
)>I bond.
SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS. of
inl
tems of More or Less Interest Condensed
In the State.
The repoit of the Hampton Mon- is
iment commission is about ready %'
or the legislature. Only $5,000 of ca
he necessary $io,ooo has been sub- pr
cribed.
Albert Thompson, who shot and th
eriously injured Albert Dearman re
n a gambling room in Spartanburg, di
tas been released from custody. d
Nhe wounded man is on a fair road bc
o recovery and neither he nor his re
amily willi prosecute the case again- tlI
t Thomson.
Col Thos. Taylor, one of the old
st and most prominent native male
itizens of Columbia, died on Tues- Cli
ay afternoon. He had been a
uaember of the legislature ; president
f the State Agricultural society,
nd master of the State Grange. Hie Cl
vas insp)ector of phosphates under lits
lov. Hampton.
- - - -at
Utah's One Leg~al Execution. co
. ~ at
In seven years, it is said, there cal
as been one instance of legal exe- n
utioin in Utah, and that took place Su
ist nAoonth, when a convicted miur
erer was allowed to decide for himii-. So
elf whether lhe should be hanged is
r shot, iIe inaturally p)referred yo
looting, and was speedily (is- tel
atched. A strange featuire of his Ch
ial was that testinmon y aginst
im was admliitted which was sup
osedl to be directed by revelattin wr
om the heavens. Sonme parts of b
rtah have evidlenthy not shaken off Th'
[1 their old traditions nad super
itions. Ib
CEUL RHODES SCHOLARSHIPS.
)f Sloan, of South Carolina, Gives Notice
of the Examinations for the
Scholarships.
Prof. Benjamin Sloan, of the
muth Carolina College, has issued
e following in reference to the
Icil Rhodes scholarships:
"'The first selection of scholars in
e United States nder the Rlhodes's
quest will be made between Yeb
ary and May, 1904. The elected
It commence residence in October,
04. In this State applications
r examination must be made to
! in January. Papers covering
e range of study exacted 1;y the
aistees will be sent me in January,
d applicants will be notified of
e (late of the examination, which
to be held by the conittee,
aicli I have already amounced:
-of. C. W. Bain, South Carolina
>llege: Prof. E. B. Setzler, New
rry College; Prof. A. G. Rem
rt, Wofford College; Prof. 13. E.
-er, Furman University, and Prof
Llomas Della Torre, College of
arleston.
"It might be well for each appli
nt to provide himself with an
storical statement of his career as
student in his college, covering
ese points particularly:
i. His litera-y ad scholastic at
ilments
2. 1-is fon(1'ess for and succcs
inanly outdoor spoil, suich ao
ot ball, etc.
3. -is qualities of m wliod,
tith, couirage, devotion to diut,
m11pathy for anld protection 4,f th1<
eak, kindliines, miselfislmnss. f-.
wship.
4. His exhibition during school
tys of moral force of character and
instinct to lead and to take an
terest in his schoolmates.
You will see that Mr. Rhodes did
>t desire merely a bookworm, who
of no use in the world, but lie
inted a real man; so let the appli
uts provide themselves with the
oper certificates.
"It may be of interest to state
at each college shall select its own
presentative ; and it is simply my
ty to forward the recommen
tions of the several colleges to the
ard of trustees, in whose hands
mains the power of appointing to
e scholarships."
ABOUT SANTA CLAUS.
tries A. Dana's Answer to A Child's
Letter.
The New York Sun reprinted on
mristmas Day thme following from
files of years ago:
We take pleasure in answering
oncee, and thus prominently, thme
mmumunication below, expressing
the same time our great gratifi
ion that its faithful author is
mnhered among the friends of the
ni:
D)ear Editor: I atn 8 years old.
ine. of my little friends say there
to Santa Claus. Paipa sas " If
a see it in the Sun it's so."' Please
I me the truth ; is there a Santa
mus? Virginia ()'Hfanlon.
15 WV. 95tih street.
i1rginia, your little friends are
ing. They have b)een affected
the scepticism of a scep)tical age.
ey do not believe except they
.They think that nothing canm
wiich is not comprehensible by
their little minds. All minds, Vir
ginia, whether they be men's or
children's, are little. In this great
universe of ours mani is a meIre in
sect, an ant, in l1s intellect, as comn
pared with the boundless world
1 about him, as measured hy the in
telligence capable of grasping the
whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa
Claus. He exists as certainly as love
aid generosity and devotion exist,
and you know that they abound
and give to your life its highest
beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary
would be the world if there were no
Santa Claus! It would be as dreary
as if there were no Virginias. The e
would be no child-like faith I then,
no poetry, no romance to muake tol
erable this existence. We should
have no e1joyment except in sense
anid sight. The eternal light with
which clilhlod fills the wodd
W:onid be extinlguished.
Not I'elieve in Santa Claus! You
might as well not believe in fairies!
You might get your papa to hire
Ilen to watch all the chimnieys on
Cli istmas FEve to catch Santa Claus,
but even if they did not. see Santa
Claus coming down, what wouli
that prove? Nobody sees Santa
Claus, but that is no sign that there
is no Santa Claus. The most real
thi(Igs in the world are thos.: that
neitlhenr children nor men can see.
Did you ever see fairie" dning
on'11 the lawn? Of course not: it
t1at's no proof fat the ft re V not
there Nobody can conceive or
Imagine all the wonders that ale
nsnad ilseLIble in the VoIld.
Vou ma.v tcar part the baby
rattle and see what makes the noise
inside, but there is a veil covering
the unseen world which not the
strongest lian, nor even the united
strengthi of all the strongest ien
that ever lived, could tear apart.
Only faith, faney, poetry, love, ro
mance, can puish aside tlir.i curtain
and view and picture the supernal
beauty and glory beyond. Is it all
real? Ah. Virginia, in all this world
there is nothing real and a)iding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God!
Ile lives, andi he lives forever. A
thousand years from now, Virginlia,
nay, ten times ten thousand years
from now, he will come to make
glad the heart of childhood.
A FLAGMAN IEHEADED.
Anl Old White Man at The Gervais Street
Station of the Seaboard Air Line in
Columbia.
Columbia, December 21-.-J. D.
Batchmoin, ani 01(1 white lmau, a
flagman at the Gervais street cross
ing of the Seaboard Air line Rail
road, was decapitated by being runm
over by shifting cars tonight. Aln
eniginie was backing with two cars
ando Bat chmiion was st andling withI
his back to it at the- street car t racks.
For sonie reason lhe walked upi the
middle of the railroad track towards
the opphosite side of the street. 1I1:
evidiently did not know that cars
were backing on the track. A negr~o
flagman was oni the rear of the last
car and,l seeinig that Batch mon did
not leave 'he track, yelled at him i
when within a few feet of him, but
it was too late, lie was about 65
years 01(d and camne from Lexington
County. He was flagging as a sub
stitute for thIe regular flagman.
THE NEWS OF NO. T.
Majority of the Negroes Under Two or
Three Contracts - Personal-Sale
of Liquor the Past Year.
Chappells, December 23.-Mr.
Dwight Smith broke a rib recently
by falling oil a fence.
The majority of the negroes up
here are mider two or three con
tracts. A fat time is predicted for
the trial justice, Mr Jno. W. Ropp,
next spring.
Mrs. Rhoda Watts, of Slighs, is
visiting relatives in this community
Messrs. Wise and Frazier, of No.
9 Township, passed through here
last week selling leather and buying
hides.
Mlessrs. Jim and Will I'pting, of
nC.1r Macedon'ia, Lexingtonl county,
have been here iuting land for
sale.
Christmas is ne.arly here and will
find :I oiher ef eope in hl cir
cumIstalnces, while others have Iaditle
money. With some it wvill be full
of happiness and pleasure, while
others u ill look back over the past
\vith sorrow and sadness. Vith
s0me people it is spent in gaiety,
drinking7 and frolicking, without
thinking that another mile stone
has been passed and that life is
S,I()It anld real 11(d carn-st.
This Corresl)o(Iclnt wishes every
reader of The Ierald and News a
Ilerry Christmas, 11( (spetialily
the hard% worked editor and1 his col
laborers inl the oflice froi the proof
reader to the devil.
I wonder how many of the read
ers of The I lerald am News noticed
the total sale of whiskey for the
past year of the two dispeosaries- --
something over $62,000. Add to
this about $20,ooo and you will
have abot the amiouit of' whiskey
drunk in Newberry coity, as a
number of people won't patronize
the dispensary and order their
whiskey.
We are drinking over $8o,ooo
worth of whiskey with about 5,000
family population. This amount
would have bought 5,ooo families
nearly four barrels of flour for the
past year. G. B. ).
Turned Over to the Magistrate.
The case against Clarence Wil
liams, Robert Long and Will Cole
man, the little negroes charged
with stealing money and goods
from Punrcell & Scott's store, has
been turned over to the imagistrate
by thme city authorities. The three
negroes have confessed. They say
that the three concealed Itemselves
in the store and when it had been
locked up they took $5 out of the
money dirawer and( someW spoons1 anid
tobacco. The case was worked up
by Poli, aan Carter. It will he
remetmbered that the sinallest negro,
Robert Long, 'vas seen trying to
sell thme tobacco and spoons onm the
street. Hie implicated Williaim-:
andl Williams imlnllica ted Coleman
and the three confessed.
The Mayor's Court.
Only t wo cases we:re dhi.sed15 of
by the Mayor yesterdlay morn in1g.
D)aii Brown. J r., colored, was seni
teniced to pay a fine of $2 or to ser ye
4 day3s for en rsi Prg and1( P'ink Smith
and Will Floyd, colored, were fin ed
$3 and 25 cenits, respecctively, for
fighting each other.

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