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ESTABLISHED 1865 KEWBERRY. S. C.. FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 12. 1904. TWICE A WEEK. $1.50 A YEAR
THE WORK OF THE
BUT ONE MORE WEEK OF THE SESSION
AFTER THIS WEEK.
Most of the Important Matters Have Al
ready Been Acted Upon-House Re
fuses to Repeal Lien Law.
Columbia, February ii.-There
is but one more week of the general
assembly after the present week.
Most of the importam matters be
fore the two houses have already
been acted upon and they will -.ery
likely be ready for adjo:rnment at
the expiration of the forty days.
Much of the time of the last few
days of the session will, as usual, be
devoted to the appropriation and
THE LIEN LAW.
The house on Tuesday killed Mr.
Kibler's bill to repeal the lien law.
The bill provoked a long discussion.
The chief argument used by those
against the repeal was that the law
helps the poor farmers, enabling
them to borrow money from the
bank at current rates of interest,
and also acts as a credit system for
NO FOUR-YEAR TERMS.
The house has also killed the bill
looking to four-year terms for its
members. It was naturally thought
this would follow in the wake of
the biennial sessions bill and that
the two constitutional amendments
would be submitted together to the
people next summer. Those against
the measure urged that the policy of
the State was to hold fr4quent elec
tions. The vote stood 62 to 32 in
favor of the bill, which required 83
votes (the constitutional two
thirds) for its passage. It, there
fore, lacked 21 votes in order to
NO MARRIAGE RECORD.
The house after passing Mr.
Ford's bill to provide for keeping a
record of marriages, births and
deaths to its third reading, recom
mitted the bill, which means its de
feat at this late day in the session.
The senate has also killed the bill
to provide for marriage licenses.
LABOR CONTRACT BILL.
The house has passed the Cooper
bill looking to the amendment and
perfection of the law for the viola
tion of labor contracts.
NO PAY FOR STOCK.
The house on Monday discussed
at great length the matter of paying
a few claims for stock killed by the
State veterinarian. The claims
were small, but they were rejected
on the ground that danagerous pre
cedent would be established by their
The Stackhouse bill to guard
against the introduction of the boll
weevil into the State was passed.
The house on Monday and Mon
day night discussed at a great deal
of length the bill to encourage the
establishment of rural libraries and
finally passed it. The bill came
over from the senate. It was the
same in substance as Mr. Aull's bill
introduced in the house and already
printed, and Mr. Aull withdrew his
bill in the house and championed
the senate bill. If all-every coun
tv in the State should take advan
tage of its terms an appropriation of
only $5,ooo would be required.
TAX ON DOGS.
The house on Monday night
without a word of debate passed the
bill imposing an annual capitation
tax of fifty cents on dogs. The pro
ceeds are'to be expendedJ for school
purposes in the several counties.
NO "GARNISHEE" LAW.
The house on WVednesday killed
the bill to provide for a "garnishee"
law in the State.
The senate ha finally passed and
sent to the house the bill to place
telephone companies under the jur
isdiction of the railroad commis
The senate after considerable dis
cussion passed to a third reading
the house bill to providd 124 bene
The senate has passed the bill in
troduced by Senator Brice provid
ing that communities may vote out
established dispensaries. The bill
was argued at length in the senate
at the night session on Monday.
Senator Brice strongly attacked the
whole dispensary system.
The senate has passed the bill
to require railroads to construct.
maintain and operate industrial
sidetracks. The bill provides that
the first cost shall be borne by the
enterprises to which the.tracks are
run, said first cost to be paid by the
railroads during the years follow
THE BALTIMORE FIRE.
Loss Will Aggregate About $125,000,000
-Baltimore Hopeful-No Aid
Needed at Present.
Baltimore, Feb. io.-The situa
tion in stricken Baltimore began to
visibly clear today after a confer
ence at the Belvidere hotel between
Mayor McLane, a special joint
committee of the legislature and a
formidable delegation of represen
tative business men.
As yet no figures on loss and in
surance, that can be regarded as of
ficial, are obtainable. A careful
canvass of insurance experts, build
ers and business men placed the
loss in roond figures at $125.000,
ooo, and the insurance at from
eighty to ninety millions. It is
probable that these estimates will
stand with slight change when the
final figures are written. Much val
uable property that lay in Monday's
firepath wa. saved by the prompt
effort .>i mrerchants.: md in that ,e
tion the stock losse:, will be lighter
than the first esi-naces.
Mayor McLane was particu!arly
.I sistert tl-. to efficientiy guard
t.e ! undred: of -milli.on, of treanre
01at lie burie,' h)er-:th the smout
ering ruinds called for the strong
arm of the federal solliers. The
announcement of the legislative
committee that it would recommend
at once the immediate passage of
the necessary resolution was re
ceived with pleasure'bv the officers
and business men present, and now
that the legislature has formally
acted there is every assurance that
a national cordon around the de
vastated region will inspire a feel
ing of hopeful confidence in the fu
From this conference came a de
cision that Baltimore for the pres
ent needs no outside help, but will
endeavor with her 'own resources
and those of the State to meet the
GENERAL NEWS NOTES.
Items of More or Less Interest Condensed
Outside the State.
Having lost a million dollars in
the great Baltimore fire the Liver
pool and London and Globe con
tributed $r o.ooo to the relief fund.
George A. Robertson, of Chicago,
is suing for divorce chiefly because
his wife has r.omadic habits and re
fused to live in one house for any
length of time. This moving mania,
says Roberts, was accompanied with
high rentals, and as a result be was
forced to abandon a te:i and coffee
business. He also says he is the
fourth husband of his wife and
oets to payingr alimony.
TEN RUSSIAN SHIPS
SUNK BY JAPANESE
j THE FIRST NAVAL BATTLE OCCURRED
AT PORT ARTHUR.
In Addition to Ships Sunk, the Japanese
Have Captured Six Russian Ships
And 2 000 Troops.
A summary of the losses sustain
ed by Russia in the first twenty-four
hours of war with Japan show that
ten Russian warships were placed
out of action in one way or another
and that the Japanese did not lose
London, Feb. 10.-Baron Hayas
hi. the Japanese minister here, has
received official confirmation from
Tokio of the destruction at Chemul
po of the Russian first-class cruiser
Variag and the third-class cruiser
The text of the official dispatch
received by Baron - Hayashi is as
"On Monday a Japanese squad
ron escorting transports met on the
way to Chemulpo. Corca, the Rus
sian gunboat Korietz. as the latzer
was coming out of port. The Ko
iietz took up an offensive att:tude
t-wards the Japanese vessel, anl
fired on the Japanese torpcdo boats.
The latter discharged t'wo torpedoes
ineffectivelv and then the Korietz
returned to her anchorage in the
"Early in the morning of Tues
day Admiral Urik comnmanding the
Japanese squadron formally called
on the Russian warships to leave
Chemulpo before noon. The ad
miral added if his demand was not
complied with he would be compell
ed to attack them in the harbor. The
two Russian warships left the port
at about 11:30 a. m.. and a battle
ensued outside the Polynesian_is
land. After about an hour's en
gagement the Russian warships
sought refuge among the islands.
Towards the evening the Russian
cruiser Variag sank and at about 4
a. i., today, Feb. 1o. the Korietz
was reported to have also sunk.
having been blown up. The offi
cers and men of the two sunken ves
sels sought refuge on the French
cruiser Pascal. There were no cas
ualties on the Japanese side."
THE FIRST BATTLE.
Che Fo. February 9.-The steam
er Columbia has arrived from Port
Arthur with additional news of the
attack by the Japanese fleet upon
the Russian fleet in the roads out
side of the harbor of Port Arthur.
The Columbia was in the roads at
the time and felt the first shock of
a torpedo explosion at ii o'clock on
Monday night. The attack contin
ued all' night and at daylight this
morning the two Russian battle
ships and one of the Russian cruis
ers wvere seen to have been disabled
and beached at the entrance of the
harbor. The cruisers were badly
listed to one side.
RUSSIAN SHIPS CAPTURED.
London, Feb. io.-Dispatches to
The Daily Mail from Tokio and
Nagasaki, dated Feb. ro, report the
arrival at Sasebo, -Japan, of two
large Russian steamers. One is the
New Volunteer Fleet association
transport Ekaterinoslav, which re
cently landed trops and arms at
Port Arthur. and the other is the
steamer Argun, belonging to the
Chinese Eastern railways' company.
Both were captured by the Japanese
cruisers Sai Yan and Hei Yan, in
the neighborhood of Fusan. Corea.
2.000 RUSSIANS CAPTURED.
London. Feb. 10.-A special dis
pitch from Tokio today says the
Iapauese have captured three Rus
sian transpotrts h'aving on hoardl
about 2.000 troops.
Death of Dr. Daniel's Father.
On the 2d of February at Mount
Gallagber. in western part of Laur
ens county, Mlr. James W. Daniel
died at th'e age of about 90. He
was the father of L. T. H. and John
T Daniel. of Laurens county, and
of the Rev. Messrs. W. W.. J. W.
and J. L. Daniel of the Methodist
church. He was a fine type of the
sterling citizen. honest in his living
and devoted to the lethodist
church. Two daughters also survive
him. Mrs. Nettie Hudgens, of
Williamston. and Mrs. W. T. Jones.
of Grenwood county.
SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS.]
Items of More or Less Interest Condensed
in the State.
An unknown negro man was
found betw,-eer.1the rails of the
Southern railioad, near Seneca,
early Wednesday morning. He
was hit by a train. Parts of the
body were found as far as seventy
yards from the main portion.
It is reported that the comptrol
ler general found the books of
Barnwel county's treasurer in ar
unsatisfactory condition, but that it
is hoped that the treasurer may
show that all is straight. He has
been physically unable to attend to
his duties for some time.
A dispatch from Beaufort says:
"Everyone here is anxous lest the
tL'nitedl States become involved in
the Russo-Japanese embroglio,
since hearing that the impetuous
Bob Evans has been sent out near
the scene of the naval engagements.
It is expected that he will put his
foot in it for want of prudence."
Small-pox has b&n reported
from Monck's Corner and other
portions of the State.
WVill Eubanks, a white man, was
killed at a negro hot supper near
Carlisle, in Union county, by a ne
ro. Silas Lyles. It is said that a
general affray took place and Eu
banks, in a place where he had no
business to be. was one of the un
The acting intendent of St.
George's having received news that
a bank in his town would be robbed
in his town by four suspicious char
acters who had got aboard a train
thereior, had his police to fire upon
the "robbers" when they appeared
in town about i o'clock Tuesday
morning. A general fusilade fol
lowed and it is reported that two of
the gang were injured, but succeed
ed in getting away.
The city council of Aiken has.
called a mass meeting of the citi
I zens of the town to be held on Feb
ruarv 18th, in order to ascertain
their sense upon a plan to build and
set aside a city park named Whit
ney Park, in honor of the memory
of the town's late benefactor, the
Hon. WNm. C. Whitney, and erect
therein a stone or plate inscribed
with the sentiments expressing the
regard of the community for the
The grand jury of Talbot coun
ty, Maryland, has recommended
the establishment of a whipping
post in that county for the punish.
mnent of those convicted of petty
offenses, the whipping to be strict
ly private and under the direction
of a physician.
Helen Willians-Post, the mental
science helaer, has been found'
guilty by the United States Court
in Jacksonville, Fla , of violating
t he post al laws The charge against
her was that she devised a scheme
to defraud divers people, and that
she used the United States mails to
further said scheme. She guaranteed
1t r nything and everything.
TIE STATE CAPITOL A
SO REPORTS LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
APPOINTED TO INSPECT BUILDING.
Recommends that Suit Be Entered to Re
cover Damages and that Repairs
TI-e special committee appointed
at the last session of the general
assembly to inspect the work doze
on the State Capitol as recently com
pleted and to consider the several
reports of the commission for the
completion of the State Hoase, has
made a spicy report, in which it is
held that "nothing short of an ac
tual inspection of the work can
conceive an adequate idea of
the monstrous swindle of which
the State is the victim."
The report is signed by the five
members of the committee, consist
ing of Senators Robert Aldrich,
Rooert I. Manniug, Representatives
J. 0. Pattersdn, J. M. Rawlinson,
and T. Y. Williams.
In beginning its report the com
mittee calls attention to the final re
port of the commission for the com
pletion of the State House. which
commission consisted of Governor
M. B. McSweeney, chairman; At
torney General G.Duncan Bellinger,
Secretary of State M. R. Cooper,
Representatives Gantt and W. J.
Johnson. Senator Mower, Comp
troller General J. P. Derham, State
Treasurer R. H. Jennings, Repre
sentative J. Harvey Wilson.
This report concluded with a res
olution as follows: "Resolved,
That it appears to the commission
for the completion of the State
House that the work is satisfactory,
and that the contract has been sub
The committee also calls atten
tion to the minority report made by
one member of the commission,
Senator J. Q. Marshall. and sus
tains his very serious objections to
the acceptance of the work.
The committee, the report con
tinues, sccured the services of Capt.'
U. S. Hunt, chief constructor of
the United States Capitol building
and grounds, who was recommend
ed by Senator Tillman. With his
aid. the building was inspected.
Among other defects the com
mittee found the following:
i. That the architect, Frank P.
Milburn, employed by the commis
sion under the Act for the comple
tion of the State House, did not
furnish suitable plans and specifica
tions for such a work.
2. The contract requires that all
of the work was to have been done
with the old work upon the com
pleted portion of the building as the
standard. It has not been so done,
but a mean, -crude and cheap qual
ity of work has been done, warring
the effect of the fine work upon the
main building, and disappointing
everyone who hoped to see the
State House completed in accord
ance with its original design.
3. Prior to the commencement of
this new work, the State had at a
great expense, in the neighborhood
of $1o,ooo, caused to be put in the
main lobby a splendid steel ceiling,
which was a work of art as well as
of a durable, lasting nature, highly
ornament'l and a delight to the eye
of every observer; by the terms of
the contract, this ceiling was to
a remained and if injured in