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ESTABLISHED 1865" -7EWBERRY-, S. C., FRIDAY, FEBRUA\RY. -5 1904. TWICE A WEEK, S1.50 A YEAR
TillS WEEK'S WORK Of
THE FERTILIER TAX AND THE ROAD
LAW DISCUSSED BY THE HOUSE.
Disposition of The Proposed Labor Meas
ures-Four-year Terms of Represen
Columbia, Febrnary 4.-The
general assembly has devoted a
great deal of its time this week to
uncontested matters and in this way
a number of measures of a more or
less local nature have been pushed
through each iouse.
Only two weeks of the session re
main after the present week and
the house has adopted a resolution
introduced by Mr. Kibler that no
new bills be presented or received.
except through committees, after
The proposed reduction of the
privilege tax, which goes to the
support of tlemson college, was
discussed at length in the house on
Tuesday. By a vote of 45 to 53 the
house refused to strike out the en
acting words of the bill and on ac
count of the absence of a number
of members the debate was ad
THE ROAD LAW.
There was also a good deal of
discussion on the bill to Iegulate
the commutation tax. Mr. Pollock
proposed an amendment requiring
road work to begin at 2I instead of
x8. The house finally disposed of
the matter at the night session on
Tuesday night by fixing the service
for road duty at not less that two
nor more than eight days and the
age limit at iS to 50 years.' Min
isters, school trustees aud teachers,
students,. etc., are exempted from
the provisions of the bill.
TEN-HGUR LAW KILLED.%
By the decisive vote of 69 to 26
the house on Tuesday night killed
Mr. Toole's ten-hour labor bill.
There was a long debate on the
THE LATE MR MC'MASTER.
On Wednesday a good portion of
the session was devoted to memorial
exercises in honor of the late John
McMaster, who was a member of
the house from Richland county.
The memorial exercises were held
at noon, the senate attending in the
hall of the house.
NO LIMIT TO APPROPRIATIONS.
By a decisive vote Mr. Kibler's
bill to fix the appropriations~ for the
State colleges, except Clemson, was
continued, which means its defeat
Mr. Kibler proposed to allow the
South Carolina college $25,ooo,
the Citadel $25,000 and Winthrop
$35,0o0. He wanted to fix an
amount each year and avoid the an
TERMS OF MEMBERS.
The matter of submitting to the
people an amendment to the con
stitution, along with the biennial
sessions amendment, providing for
the election of members of the.house
for terms of four years, came up on
Wednesday. A yea and nay vote
was taken on the .measure, result
ing 78 to 26 in its favor. 83 votes,
the constitutionel two-thirds, were
necessary for the passage of the bill,
and consequently it failed. This
senot mean, however, that it is
dead and it will likely come up
again at the session today.
BICYCLES AND AUTOMOBILES.
The house passed a bill provid
ing that any person riding a bicycle
or automobile on the public high
ways beyond the corporate limits of
a town or city, and meeting any
person riding on horseback oi in a
buggy, must dismount from the
bicycle or automobile within not
less than twenty-five yards and re
main so dismounted until the horse
or vehicle has passed. The bill, it
was stated by its advocates, was
aimed at the reckless riding of bi
cycl by negroes.
IN THE SENATE.
The senate has killed the bill
providing for the payment of travel
ing expenses of circuit judges and
stenographers and has amended the
bill to indrease salorie - of supreme
court justices to $3,ooo each and
opposition to the bill has been with-.
The senate discussed at length on
Tuesday the bill to prevent treat
ing on election days but no action
OnWednesday the senate held two
sessions, one at night. Only local
and uncontested measures were
THE LABOR BILLS.
A number of cotton mill men ap
peared before the senate committee
on commerce and manufactures on
Wednesday afternoon in opposition
to the Marshall bill to apply the
remedies of the "fellow-servant"
law to cotton mill employes. The
mill men declared that it would i
simply be sayitg to their em
ployes, to go ahead and have all
the accidents they wanted and the
corporations would pay for them
It would relieve the operativ-s of
aany responsiblity. The committee
decided to make an unfavorable re
port on the bill.
A number of mill men also ap
peared before the house committee
on commerce and manufactures in
opposition to the bill to prevent
strikes and lock-outs. It was de
cided by the committee to report
th, bill favorably.
Lexington Dispatch, 3d.
Miss Elizabeth Dominick went
Ito her home in Newberry last Friday
and spent a few days.
. Mr. George W. Summer, a prom
Iinent merchant of Newberry and
president of the Mollohon cotton
mill was in town last week.
Prof. W. K. Sligh, of Newberry,
was in Peak last Wednesday on
Mr. Milton Wilson went to New
berry on Thursday for a short stay.
Fred H. Dominick, Esq., of
Newberry, was in town last Friday
enroute to Columbia.
gaeaperformance before a large
galr ada sprinkling in the par
quet in the opera house Wednesday
night. The show was simply noth
ing. A concert was given after the
show, 25 cents admission being
charged to the concert. ThM con
cert was nothing, too, the v.hole
performance being two iiothir.gs,.
which added together don't make
$5,000 BUILDING FOR
UNDERSTOOD COMMITTEE IS READY TO
RECOMMEND THAT AMOUM.
But One Other Question on Which the Peo
ple Can Now Disagree. And That
Is The Location.
Prosperity February. 4.-The
one object of thought that domi
nates all others in this immediate
community is the school building.
The committee (f twelve are still
having conferences and it is gener
ally understood now that this com.
mittee is ready to recommend a
bond issue for $5.ooo. So it seems
now that this question of para
mount consideration will be
arranged to the satisfaction of all.
It appears now there is but one
other question on which our people
could disagree-the location. Al
ready this discussion .has begun.
We believe that with the general
good feeling predominant towards
this enterprise. when the question
of location is reached its settlement
will be accomplished with the same
regard for the interests of all.
Another meeting of citizens has
been called for tonight at 8 o'clock
to hear a further report from he
Dr. B. T. Wise, of Plains, Ga.,
in company with Mr. Ralph Wise,
stopped over here this week on
their way to Newberry on some
very important and pleasant busi
ness, especially to the latter. Mr.
A. B. Wise accompanied them from
Mr. and Mrs. -S. F. Wheeler, pro
prietor of tne Columbia hotel,
spent one day recently with his
brother, Dr. J. S. Wheeler.
Miss Bettie Werts. of Saluda,
is with Miss Lola Bedenbaugh.
Miss Lucille Wise, of Saluda, is
visiting relatives and friends here.
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Wise are off
on a trip to Charleston.
GENERAL NEWS NOTES.
Items of More or Less Interest Condensed
Outside the State.
Senator Hanna is sick in Wash
ington, having'been seized with a
King Edward, ofEngland, opened
the British Parliament on Tuesday
with a great deal of ceremony. In
his speech he touched upon the far
Eastern situation, expressing a hope
for a peaceful solution of existing
World's records for a mile by
steam and electric automobiles were
broken in Ormuond, Fla., this week
when a steamer covered a mile in
55 2.5 seconds and an electric ma
chine made a mile in i .oo 3-5
It hais been announced that'
Thomas Nelson Page, the well
known Southern author? will, in
the near future, establish a techni
cal school in Hanover county, Va.,
the county of his birth. The plan
is to teach young men and girls the
different manual callings, such as
carpentering, mechanics, cooking,
The city council of Roanoke, Va.,
has offered areward of $i,ooo for
the capture of the negro who last
Saturday assaulted Mrs. George J.
Shields and her little daughter with
a raor and hatchet in their home
and left them for dead. Citizenm
have added $250 to this amount and
it will be increased by the State.
John Eastland, a wealthy p!anter
of Dodsville, Miss,, and a negrc
tenant on his place were killed by
another negro in a shooting scrape.
Tbe negro escaped but when the
posse arrived on the place there
was more* shooting and another
negro was killed. There will prob
ably be a lynching.
Hon. Win. C. Whitney, formet
secretary of the navy, died at hiE
home on Fifth avenue, in New
York, on Tuesday afternoon. He
was being prepared for a second
operation for appendicitis. Mr.
Whitney spent a great deal of his
time during the winter in Aiken' in
this State. having left there only
two weeks ago for one of his flying
trips to New York His death is a
sad blow to Aiken, in whose wel
fare he had takien a great interest
during the past several years.
SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS.
Items Of More or Less Interest Condensed
In the State.
$6,ooo of the $ioo,ooo wanted
for the college proposed to be estab
lished by the Anderson chamber of
commerce has already been sub
scribed by six gentlemen of Ander
son, provided the full amount o
$ioo,ooo could be raised
It is reported from Washington
that Columbia is have the only
complete weather bureau observa
tory in the State. The building
I will cost between $io,ooo and $r5,
Tbe executive committee of the
State Agricultural society met iE
Columbia on Wednesday night and
decided to hold the next State fai
on the new grounds at the State
farm in the Southern suburbs ol
Patsy Eligan, a negro woman i
Colleton county, went to the bed oi
her daughter and choked her tc
death one night last week. She
has been committed to jail. She
denies killing her daughter but says
she killed the devil and did so at
the command of Christ. She is nc
doubt crazy. The daughter wa.
about 17 years of age.
R. , Thornton, a white man
from one of the cotton mills near
Anderson, was killed on Wednes
day morning by being thrown from
a wagon and the wheels passing
over his body. He was moving to
the country to farm and was on the
It is reported from Bennettsville
that for several days officers and
other indignant citixens have been
> uring that section in search of
.Johnson, who is wanted for
criminally assaulting the ro-year
old daughter of John Hooks at Mc
Col. The crime was committed
on January 21, but the girl did not
make it known till last Saturday,
when she told a girl associate whc
was working in the Marie cottor
mill with her. The news soot
reached her father and he found
that she had been seriously injured.
She said she had not revealed hei
condition sooner because the negrc
had threatened to kill her if she
If you wai2t to rent a house ai
WAR CLOUD LOWERS
IN THE FAR EAST
STORMY NEWS COMES FROM THE CEN
TRE OF OPERATIONS.
If Russia's Answer Is Delayed Many Days
Longer Japan Will Issue U
Tokio, February 3--A specially
called conference of the cabinet,
elder statesmen and military and
naval chiefs, was held to-day at the
residence of Premier Katsura. The
meeting is believed to have been of
much importance, though no details
of the discussion have .been given
the public. Possibly it foreshadows
energetic action on account of Rus
Although the Governments con
tinue reticent, it is manifest that
the situation is of the gravest, and
that the crisis is near at hand. The
time in which the Russian -reply
will continue to be a factor in the
situation is narrowing.
The patience of the Government
is becoming exhausted, and if the
expected answer is delayed many
days longer, the issuance of an ulti
mation by Japan will become inevi
The Japanese feel that the exist
ing conditions have entitled them
to a more prompt reply and are
bound to infer that the St. Peters
burg Government is determined not
to yield, but is utilizing the time to
advance its-preperations for war.
PREPARATIONS AT PORT ARTHUR
Port Arthur, February 3.-In
response to the Japanese war meas
ures important naval and military
movements have been effected here.
SITUATION IN ST. PETERSBURG.
St. Petersburg, February 3
Ths statement printed abroad that
the Russian note is held back while
M. Lurino, the Japanese minister,
communicates its substance to his
Government is untrue.
The Associated Press is semi
officially assured that the Ru.sian
response will not be sent before
February 5 at the earliest.
The tension unquestionably is
increasing and the Bourse' shows a
nervous feeling, but beyond the de
cided Russian military activity
there is little definite news.
WARLIKE ATTITUDE OF RUSSIA.
London, February 3.-A dispatch
to Reuter's Telegram Company
from St. Petersburg, dated yester
day, and forwarded by way of fron
tier, says the Russian general staff
has given Viceroy Alexieff author
ity to declare war and open hostili
ties on his own responsibility if
circumstan ces render it necessary.
Mr. and Mrs. Giles M. Berry en
tertained last evening in honor of
their guest, Miss Schumpert, of
Newberry, S. C., and the guest of
Mrs. Porter Fleming, Miss Cooper,
of Indianapolis. The rooms were
charmingly and artistically dres.ed
with quantities of white carnaticns
and green ferns and smilax. There
wer sixteen tables of four-handed
euchre. The guests were among
the young and unmarried social
set. -Augusta Chronicle, 2d.
The WV. F. M. S. of the Central
Methodist Church will meet at
Mrs. Cavenaugh's residence next
monday P. M. at 3.30 o'clock.
Mrs. E Cavenaugh, Pres.
AMiss Edith Henderson, Sec.
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