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the progress of the work was to
have been repaired. The contract
ors boldly took and carried away
and coverted this valuable and
beautiful part of the old building,
and in its place put a cheap stamped
metal ceiling, costizg about $5oo,
and which is a blot upon the face
of this great building. On this
item the State has lost in the neigh
borhood of $io,ooo.
4. The plans and specifications
and the drawings call for two in
ner g nite columns on the front por
tico. They are not there. The
absence of them is explained by the
fact that in attempting to elevate
them into positdon the contractors
broke one of them into two pieces,
and rather than put the contractors
to the expense of replacing the brok
en column, they were generously ex
cused from putting them in at all,
they paying the State $6oo, leaving
them $3,4oo profit on that transac
tion. The office these columns
were to perform was an importani
one, namely, to support the fron1
pediment of the portico and a bond
and tie to the -nain LU:ilding, in
other words to carry a large lintel
stone securing the poitico to the
main building, and thus preventing
it from falling away, which it has
a tendency to do This estimated
loss to the building in all respects
on account of the absence of these
columns and the accompanying
parts they were to support is $4,500.
On page 61 of the report of the
commission is a letter from Archi
teet Milburn on this subject, it
which he says: "We can take these
out without in any way marring
the appearance from the exteriox
and without in any way interfering
with the strength of the structare."
Capt Hunt was asked by Senatot
Manning his opinion on this point
and answered as follows: "I con
sider that an insult to the intelli
gence of your committee."
5. The beautiful leafwork upor
the capitals of the old columns wil
stand for all time as a monument t<
the skill and taste of the artist whc
carved them; that upon the nev
columns, furnished by these con
tractors, required to be and designed
to be modelled after them, are coarse
unsightly and unfit to stand beside
the old ones.
6. The columns at the rear ol
the portico, joining the main build
ing, should correspond with the
front columns, linted stones ex
tending from one to another. The3
have none, and to fill up the spac<
between the capitals and the ceil
ing they have put in tin or shee
iron boxes, painted to resembl<
granite; while all the balance of the
work was treating the State witi
injustice, this can only be construe<
in the light of ridicule coupled witi
7. Entering the building fron
the portico in bad weather, we fint
that the roof leaks badly, flooding
the lobby after protracted rains
Ascending the roof, as we did, w<
discovered the cause of this is to b<
a roof of little or novalue. It is a
tar and gravel roof, which at al
times is an undesirable one au<
wholly inapplicable to as steep
roof as the one on the State House
A fine slate roof bought by the
State at a heavy expense, and whici
afforded a perfect protection fo:
years, was taken off and appropri
ated by the contractors. The evi
dence is that it will cost about $6,
ooo to put this roof in moderatelj
8. The dome is the crownin g
piece of this work, in more sense:
than one. Taken simply all in al
it is simply infamous. To stari
with an uglier and more unsightly
creation could not be devised, ever
if it had been properly constructed
but our observation, and the testi
miony of Capt. Hunt, shows that il
is nothing short of a miserabh
+rad He msa-s "It is done in a
very crude and unworkmanlike
manner. There was no effort made
to connect the cornice of the flat
ceiling with the cornice of the dome.
There is not sufficient framing to
keep the galvanized iron in proper
shape, the work is full of kinks and
crimps, with nothing to keep it up.
I find the work roughly done, with
but a few uprights in position, and
some of these four or five feet
apart, with but a single thickness
of thin galvanized material between
the bearings. This is not sufficient
to hold this .ork or to keep it in
its proper shape."
9. Another objection noted is
that the wood truss called for by the
drawings under the portico roof has
not been put in place, which is a
serious detriment to the strength of
this part of the roof.
io. Between the wall of the build
ing and the eaves of the roof there
is a vacant space of something over
nine inches, and but for a sheet of
galvanized iron 1-32 of an inch in
thickness there would be nothing at
I all between the interior of the build
ing and the "wide, wide world."
Testimony Capt Hunt, Page 20.
i1. We call attention to a seri
ous defect in the rear portico, be
tween two of the columns, which
support it. One of the large lintel
stones, which carries its portion of
the gable. is cracked, apparently en
tirely through, and is likely at any
time to give away.
The contractors appropriated to
their own use and actually sold
thousands of dollars worth of the
old materials upon the State House
grounds. and which came out
the building, and seek to justify
thir acts by a provision in the speci
fications which allows them to "use"
certain portions of the old mater
The water closets installed un
derneath this portion leked so badly
thev had to be removed to another
part of the building. At first this
was required to be done at the ex
pense of the architect. Afterwards
the commission allowed him $3oo
out of the State funds as a contribu
tion towards it. And the lower
passway from the grounds to the
entrance to the lower story of the
State Hot?e is covered with water
after every rain. The filling be
tween the rows of glass is breaking
up already, and a change of this
flooring is a matter of immediate
The water closets, like everything
else. are defective, and will cost the
I State more money to put them in
shape and suitable condition. We
refer to the testimony of Mr. A. W.
Edens, civil engineer and inspector
of sewers and plumbing for the city
of Columbia, which explains this.
The contract required the con
tractors to protect the interior of
the building from rain, while re
moving the old roof, by the use of
tarpaulin or canvas covering. This
was not done. and in consequence
all of the galleries and many of the
rooms were flooded during this per
iod, and the painting and frescoing
n the wvalls of the two chambers
were permanently ruined.
These contractors were required
to furnish a good and sufficient
bond for the faithful performance
of the contract. and did give a bond
in the sum of $30,000, of the City
Trust, Safe Deposit and Surety
Company, of Philadelphia, to Gov
ernor M. B. McSweeney, chairman
of the commission on, completion
of the State House, to secure and
guarantee the faithful performance
of the contract; and bond bears
date 21st of August, 1900. The
form and excution of the bond was
approved by the Attorney General
and accepted by the commission.
On the 2d of June, 1902, Governor
McSweeney, chairman of the com
mission, acting under the oral ad
vice of the Attorney General (as
testified to by D. H. Means, secre
tary.) caused satisfaction to be en
tered upon that bond and surren
dered it to the obligors.
This surrender and attempted
discharge of this bond, and State's
only security for the vast losses sus
tained. was'not the act of the com
mission, as the Governor alone, ad
vised as it is said, by the Attorney
General, undertook to perform this
act, and it may he that the State
may yet be ab)le to reaiz7e upon
Y our commhittee (do noit consoir
their duties to determine questions
of law involved in the matters em
braced herein, but would regard it
remarkable indeed if there is not
some remedy, civil or criminal, or
both. to bring these malefactors to
Justice and to some. extent to re
dress the wrongs of the State.
We feel that what we have re
ported. and the testimony taken. re
veals a dark picture. It is true, but
nothing short of an actual inspec
tion of th- wt -k can convey an
adequate idea of the monstrous
swindle of which the State is the
The committee closes with the fol
i. That appropriate legal steps
be taken to recover, if possible.
from Frank P. Milburn and Mc
Ilvain Unkefer Company as much
as possible of the damages the State
has suffered through their miscon
duct and breach of contract, and
such other legal redress as may
seem to be advisable.
2. That the most glaring and
damaging defects in the work be
repaired under the authority of the
Legislature until such time as the
finances of the State will admit of
the whole work being done over in
a manner to conform to the original
Newberry's Leading Odd Fellows.
A special to the State of yester
day pleasantly mentions the good
work of a Newberry delegation as
"Saturday afternoon a degree
team composed of 12 or 15 of New
berry's leading Odd Fellows and
headed by J. M. Davis, past grand
master of the State, came up for the
purpose of doing some floor work in
Calhoun lodge, Lodge, No. 47, 1.
0. 0. F., during the evening. The
first degree was conferred on io can
didates who had already received
the initiatory degree. The work of
the visitors is commented upon as
being exceptionally fine and very
impressive. Calhoun lodge is rap
idly forging to the front as one of
the strongest lodges in the State."
r-amination For Annapolis.
A competitive examination for
the selection of a candidate for Mid
shipman in the United States Naval
Academ., will be held at Green
wood, S. C., Wednesday morning
at the court house at ten o'clock a.
m. March Soth next. All candi
dates must, at the time of their ex
amination for admission, be between
the ages of sixteen (16) and twenty
(20) years of age and must be bons
fide residents of the District. Good
physical qualifications are as im
portant as good mental qualifica
The general character of the ex
aminations will be in Reading and
Witing, Speling, Punctnation and
Capitals, Gramnmer, Algebra, Ge
For further information apply tc
Washington, D. C.
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in asow's ear, but you can get
your money's worth when you buy
horses, mules, buggies, wagons, har
ness, etc., from
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Prosperity, S. C.
PULASKI LODGE NO. 20.
MET EVERY FRIDAY NIGH'I
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J. S. SMITH, N. G.
T. 0. Stewart, Jr., Secretary
IVE MILES FROM WHITMIRES,
98Acres of good cotton land, orn
Enoree River, good pasture land. May
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Apply to E. H. AULL,
Newberry, S. C.
W ANTED 1N EACH State sales
man to sell large line to'aoco:
permanent posItion. Central Tobacco
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Newberry, S. C.
Capital - - - $50,000
Surplus - - - 19,500
since organization 21,000
Paid Depositors in
ment since or
ganization - - $9,200
A man working by the day is paid
for the time he puts in at work, but
when that man saves a dollar for his
day's labor it works for him nights,
as well as days; never lays vff on ac
conut of bad weather and never gets
sick, but goes right on earning him
an income. It's a nice thing to work
for money, but it's much nicer to
have money working for you. Try
it-open a savings aceount with ns
and get some money working for you.
Mke a deposit in the Savings de
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work for you. Interest computed at
4 per cent January 1 and July 1 of
Small Savings are the Stepping
Stones to success and plenty
$1.00 a month deposited in our
Will in 10 years amount to $ 146 00
$5.00 will in 10 years
amount-to - - -. - $ 730 00
$10.00 will in 10 years
amount to - - - -$I460 00
We want your business.
Have ample facilities to
accommodate our cus
The Commercial Bank
of Newberry, S. C.
about the weather but
when it gets so you can
run up stalks drop in
at our place (just below
the dispensary) and
We have telegraphed
for our fourth ship
ment of MiDDLE BUS
TERS. They sell be
cause they are just
what you need. Call
and see them at head
quarters for up-to date
agricult ur al i mple
Newberry Hardware Co.
F. A. SCHUMPERT,
Sec'y & Treas.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF NEWBERRY-IN
By Jno. C. Wilson, Esq., Probate Judge
W HEREAS, Jas. J. Lane bath made
suit to me to grant him Letters of
Administration of the estate and effects
of W. H. Lane.
These are therefore to cite and ad
monish all and singular the kindred and
creditors of the said W. H. Lane,
deceased, that they be and appear be
fore me. in the Court of Probate, to be
held at Newberry Court House, S. C., on
the 19th day of February next after pub
lie tion thereof, at 110o'clock in the fore
noon, to show cause, if any they have.
wb the said Ad!ministrationl should
Given under my hand, this the
3d day of February, Anno
[L. . Domi W,ILS04PN.C
SHAPE OR STYLE.
Remember I am at the same
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Watches, Toilet Articles and every
thing to be found in a First Class
My business in Optical Goods has
gicatly increased also, showing my
knowledge and ability in fitting
Spectacles and Glasses.
New Sterling Silver just received;.
new -ideas and new goods, also,
quadruple plated goods, Whiting
Mfg. Co's, Derly Silver Co., Bene
dict & Rodgers.
Yours for a prosperous new year,
J GUY DANIELS.
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Land for Sale
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