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TE WORK OF THE
IMPORTANT MATTERS IN SEN- C
ATE AND HOUSE.
State House Litigation-Cotton Seed 9
Meal-Telephone Bill-Seed Cot- t
ton Traffic-Other Measures.
The house today passed the Brice a
bill allowing counties to vote out dis-'
pensaries. The bill was amended so
that counties voting out dispensaries
shall pay an annual V2 mill tax for the t
enforcement of the law, said fund to 1
be used at the discretion of the gov
ernor and any exce' 3 go back to the
county. The bill was further amend
ed so that such counties shali not re- r
ceive any of the dispensary school r
fund except that gauranteed by con
stition to make up deficits.
Bryan In Columbia.
Special to The Herald and News.
Columbia, S. C., February i8.--Ac
cording to the present arrangement
the Hon. William Jennings Bryan will
deliver an address in the hall of the
house tomorrow morning at 11:30 h
o'clock. He vill be met in Augusta .
early tomorrow morning with a pri
vate car by a committee consisting of
Governor Heyward, Senators Good- b
win and Sheppard and representatives I
Cooper, Ma1uldin and Aull. The party 0
will reach Columbia at io:5o and Mr.
Bryan will leave for Spartanburg in
the afternoon. J. K. A. t
STAFF CORRESPONDENCE. t
Col.imbia, February iS.-In accord
ance with a concurrent resolution
adopted by both houses, the general 9
assembly will adjourn sine die on Sat
urday. This consumes the forty days. u
Both houses will be ready for ad
journment. There are very few bills
on the senate calendar. The house
calendar is very heavy yet, but it
probably be in this condition should
the house jog along for another forty
days. Each house has been in session
several hours every morning and sev
eral hours every night this week.
The house has disposed of all the
regular appropriation and supply
bills, and they are now before the sen
The senate had up the general ap
propriation bill on Tuesday night and P
amended it in a number of particulars.
The general tendency of the senate c
was to increase the appropriations.
It is a matter of note that during the
whole session both houses have been
liberally disposed. The senate ame.-1
ed by increasing the appropriatio~frI
the South Carolina college byant
$r,ooo; providing an additional $2
Soo for the erection and equipment of
a~ building by the state colored col
lege; providing an additional $x,ooo
for additional scholarships in the
South Carolina college; raising a few
salaries and making other slight in
creases. The salary of the governor's I
stenographer was increased from
$500 to $6oo. This is a just increase.
There wvas the usual fight on State
college appropriations, on Tuesday
night. The senate will further con
sider the bill before sending it back
to the house with the amendments.
The Immigration Bureau.
The house has passed the senater
bill creating the department of ag
riculture. commerce and immigration.
But slight amendments were made in
the bill and these have been concur
red in by the senate. so that the bill
is now ready for ratification. It may
be that the new department, with the
new offices it has established, will ac
complish a great deal of good. Cer
tainly: the State needs a desirable class
of immigrants. But' in the present
financial condition of the State, many
of those who have deeply studied the
xisting conditions very much doubt
he wisdom of its establishment. It
; going to take money to run it, and
E the ideas of many of its advocates
re carried out, it is going to take lots
f money. Many members would not
e in the least surprised to see a big
xtra appropriation asked of the next
eneral assembly for the purposes of
he new departmenr.
Tax On Corporations.
The senate on yesterday slightly
mended and passed the bill propo.ed
y the Tax Commission, and wh&..
as already passed the house, to re
uire the payment of annual license
ees by corporations. and requiring
hem to make reports. The bill as
- passed the house provided that re
orts should be made to the secre
ary of state. The senate amended by
equiring that the reports be made to
he comptroller general. The bill will
.ow go back to the house for concur
ence in the amendments, none of
hich affects the main provisions of
This is one of the several measures
roposed by the Tax Commission ap
ointed by the last general assembly
o look into the financial condition of
he State and to devise means where
y the deficit in the treasury could be
iade up. The commission proposed
everal measures but this and one
ther were the only two to get
hrough the house.
The other bill refered to passed the
ouse yesterday, but has not yet
ome to the senate. It is a "bill to
nprove a tax on gifts, inheritance, de
ices, bequests and legacies in certain
ases." The main provision of the
ill is that a tax of one per cent. shall
e levied on all estates or inheritances
f the value of $o,oooo and over.
The bill to impose a license on cor
orations, already referred to, de
eloped some lively opposition in the
rs who characterized it as an effort
rs who charactized it as an effort
D raise money by imposing on the
orporations because members of the
eneral assembly were afraid to im
ose anymore tax on their constit
ents. In a strong speech Sen'ator
Valker, of Georgetown, called it
rank discrimination.,' It was also
rged that it would work hardship on
he small merchantile establishments,
ho are in active competition with
idividual merchants, uponwhom the
ill imposes no tax. The bill, how
ver, passed the senate by agood ma
ority, and only awaits concurrence
y the house in the minor amend
No Income Tax.
The house on yesterday killed the
ill proposed by the Tax Commission
roviding a graduated tax on incomes.
he bill provided for a tax on in
omes of Si,ooo and over.
For Tax Dcdgers.
The ho.se has passed the TaR Com
ission's bill to provide additional
aeasures and remedies for the col
ction of past due and unpaid taxes
pon certain property which has es
Slot Machines Outlawed..
The senate on yesterday passed the
iill, already passed by the house, out
awing slot machines The bill as
mended by the senate provides that
shall be unlawful for any one to
:eep or permit to be kept a slot ma
hine on his premises. Automatic
eighing, measuring and vending ma
hines. which give a uniform and fair
eturn for each coin, and in which
here is no element of chance, are
xep.ted from the provisions of the
.State House Litigation.
*Snator .Mann:ing stated in the sen.
e yestereb'y that Attorney General
hnter had requested him to state on
he toor oi the senate that Mr. Gun.
er was very moth gratified at the ac
ion of the general assembly, in the
doption of a concurrent resolution
hich was proposed by Senator Al.
rich, providing that special counsel
e employed to conduct the litiga
ion against the architect and con
ractors who completed the addition
o the State House. Attorney General
un had told him, said Senator
Manning, that had such action not
been taken he would have requested
It will be recalled that Mr. Gunter
was assistant attorney general under
'Mr. Bellinger, who was a member of
the commission for the completion of
the State House.
Cotton Seed Meal.
A very important measure, which
had already passed the senate pa'ssed
the house yesterday. The measure
amends the law in reference to the
inspection and sale of commercial fer
tilizers. so as to include cotton seed
meal within the provisions thereof.
... . . The Telephone Bill. . . . ...
The house has passed the bill to
give the railroad commissioners juris
diction'over all telephone lines in this
State. The telcphone companies were
not very much averse to the passage
of this measure, but claimed that the
first bill proposed. which provided for
the fixing of rates, woul'd practically
drive them out of busihess in South
Interesting Miscellaneous Measures.
The house has passed the following
measures, which are of interest and
To regulate the giving of security
for loans under $25 and the charges
therefor. This measure is aimed at
the small money lenders, who charge
negroes especially high usury.
To authorize and empower mayors
and other officers to grant warrants
to break and enter gambling rooms
in cities of 5,ooo population and over.
To prohibit the granting of par
don upon the condition that the per
son pardoned shall leave the State.
Making a small appropriation for
laying off and beautifying the State
House grounds. 1
To exempt soldiers and sailors of
the Civil War from county or other
municipal licenses, as hawkers, ped
dlers or butchers.
To Increase Salary.
The senate has passed the bill pro
viding for the increase of the shlary
of the adjutant and inspector general
from $1,500 to $1,900.
Ten Circuits Bill
The senate has finally passed and
sent to the house a bill to divide the
State into ten judicial circuits. The
bill n';y be considered by the house
oday. It is proposed to conctittte
the circuits as follows:
1. '!he counties of Berkley, George
town. Dorch-ster and Orapgeburg
shall constitnte-the ist circuit
2. Tne counties of Aiken, 'amber.
3. The counties of Cilarend- a, Flor
Uarnwell, Edgefield and Hamptin
shall constitute the 2nd circuit.
#.nce. Lee, Sumter and Will,ansburg
shall constitute the 3d circuit.
3. The counties of Clarenden, Flor
lington, Horry, Marion and Marlboro
shall constitute the 4th circuit.
5. The counties of Kershaw. Lex
ington, Richland and Saluda shall con
sttute the 5th circu.it.
6. The counties of Ches'a, Fair.
field. Lancaster and York shall con
stitute the 6th circuit.
7 . Th'e counties of Cherokee, Spar
tanburg and Union shall constitute
the 7th circuit.
8. The counties of Abbeville, Green
wood, Laurens and Newberry shall
constitute fthe 8th circuit.
9. The counties of Charleston, Col
leton and Beaufort shall constitute the
Io. The counties of Anderson,
Greenville, Pickens and Oconee shall
constitute the ioth circuit.
Seed Cotton Traffic.
The senate has passed and sent to
the house a bill to prohibit traffic in
seed cotton between August 15 and
December I5 There arc now local
laws on this subject, but this bill was
made to apply to all the counties. The
house has killed a measure looking in
the same direction, but it thought that
possibly the changes made by the sen
ate will cause the bill to be favorably
received in the house.
Anti Treating Bill.
The bill to prevent treating on elec
tion days has passed both houses and
has been ratified. As finally passed,
the bil makes it unlawful to treat a
.voter" within one mile of a voting
precinct on primary or other election
Appropriations Again Discussed.
The senate has finally disposed of
the appropriation bill and has sent it
back to the house with amendments.
After reducing the salary of the gov
ernors porter from $400 to $300 the
senate reconsidered its action and
placed the salary back at $4oo. An
amendment providing for an appro
priation of $1,200 for an assistant clerk
to the railroad commissioners provok
ed a lively debate, in which the com
missioners were attacked by several
senators. who said that the commis
sioners now had more clerk hire than
they needed and who wa-nted the coin
missioners to "play clerk for a while."
The appropriation was refused.
The amount .:)i $t.ooo was added for
a State Suimmer School. This amend
ment was vigorously opposed by a
number of senators, but finally pre
vailed. Several other amendments
were made-all of them increases. It
is a fact worthy of note that not a
single amendment made by the sen
ate provided for a cut in any of the
The senate last night took up the
general supply bill and amended it in
several particulars. Newberry's levy
was reduced from three mills to 2%
mills and a 4-mill levy was provided
for indexing the records in the clerk
of courts office: provided, should the
amount received from this levy ex
ceed $1,ooo. Such excess shall go into
the general fund. Messrs. I. H. Hunt,
F. L. Bynum, and H. C. Holloway
were named to superintend this work.
$25o was provided for the pay of the
clerk of the county commissioners.
The senate last night passed and
sent to the house the Dean vagrancy
bill. The bill provides that a man
convicted of vagrancy may secure
bond for his peaceful conduct and in
dustry for the period of one year and
that during such period of industry
and peaceful conduct the sentence of
the court should be suspended. The
object of the bill is to allow vagrants
to go back to work, if they will, in
stead of being sent to the chain gang.
It was argued that the bill would in
duce a system of peonage in that a
man could give bond for a vagrant
and make of him a slave for a year.
This objection was got around by an
amendment providing that bondsmen
shall not enter contract with vagrants
except a magistrate see to it that the
contract is in writing and just.
Local Option Bill.
The house last night devoted the
whole of its session to a discussion of
th'e Brice local option measure, which
has already passed the senate. The
bill provides that counties may vote
away dispensary, but such counties
shall be taxed to pay for the enforce
ment of the law.
Jno. K. Aull.
READY FOR SEA..
Washington Dispatch Causes Excite
ment in Army Circles in San
San Francisco, Feb. 16.-Consider
able excitement prevailed in army cir
cles in this city today due to the re
ceipt of a dispatch from Warhinton
by Major Devol in regard to immed
iately placing the transports in this
harbor in condition to sail. All ves
sels are ready for sea. They are the
Crook. Mude. Warren Buford and Lo
gan. The Sherman s also here but
she has already been scheduled to sail
to Manila March Iwith the twelfth
infantry and 5oo recrmits.
Stationed at Presidio at present are
the tenth, twenty-eighth and twenty
seventh regiments of infantry. These
regiments have been drilling for weeks
in expectation of emergency orders,
and are prepared to sail on a few
The transport Warhorse here has
been loaded up with big supplies of
merchandise, clothing, provisions and
bedin for a cold climate.
THIS WAR IS
VERY HELL IN DEED
3REAT MOVEMENT OF TROOPS
JAPS TO THE FRONT.
Operations on Land Will Soon Begin
-Two More Russian Ships Tor
pedoed at Port Arthur.
Paris. Feb.. 17.-An official dispatch
received here today from Tokio an
:iouaces that one of the most import
ant movcments (4 Japanese troops yet
ma.ie i.; occurring today. One of th.:
.:..t .riches of wt army, consi6ti-ig
of three divisions --id including . di
vision of guards, is now going on
board transports. The previous land
ings of Japanese forces in Corea and
elsewhere are said to have been small
compared with this simultaneous sail
ing of three divisions, aggregating ap
proximately an army Of 30,000 to 50,
ooo men. It is believed, but this is not
sure, that the destination of this force
is a point near the mouth of the Yalu
river or a spot on the Liaotung pen
ins-fla. flanking Port Arthur.
Another official dispatch says a
Japanese transport has been sighted
off a town south of the- mouth of the
Carrying Munitions of War.
Tokio, Feb. 17.-Eight 'transports
with Japanese troops from Nagasaki
and several additional vessels carry
ing war munitions are on their way to
the west coast of Corea. Detachments
of Japanese cavalry have already land
ed at Wiju, on the Yalu river.
Sixty Thousand Men.
Port Arthur, Feb. 17.-The report
that the Japanese have concentrated
about 6o,ooo troops at Wonson (on
the east coast of Corea) with the ob
ject of entering Manchuria, is con
Attack Made in Snow Storm.
Tokio, Feb. 17-A heavy storm
spared the Russians from a desperate
torpedo attack at Port Arthur on the
morning of Sunday, the 14th instant.
During the preceding night the vessels
of the Japanese flotilla of torpedo
craft were parted by the force of the
wind and waves, in a blin 'ng snow
storm, so that only two of the larger
destroyers succeeded in forcing their
way through the fierce gale to Port
Arthur. When they arrived there
they attacked separately and the of
ficers of one of them are confident
that they succeeded in torpedoing a
Russian warship. The destroyer Asar
Ishikawa,-arrived at Port Arthur about
ishikawa. arrived at Port Arthur about
3 o'clock in the morning and was met
by a sharp fire from the fortress and
Russian ships acting as scouts. The
.argiri discharged several torpedoes
at a big warship, but the result is un
known. A cannonade was opened
upon the scouting vessels and main
tained until they withdrew. The de
stroyer Heyatory. Lieut. Commander
Takenou, arrived two hours after the
Asargiri and ran up close to the
mouth of the harbor, where she found
two warships, names unknown. She
fred a torpedo at one and the torpede
Admiral Toga, in reporting the at
tack, says although the results is un
known he feels sure the moral effect
upon the enemy will be excellent.
Commander Nagal commanded the
entire torpedo flotilla. The number
of the craft in the flotilla and point of
their departure is concealed.
Two More Ships Torpedoed.
London. Feb. 17.-A dispatch to the
St. James Gazette from Kobe, Japan,
in reporting the Japanese naval at
tack on Port Arthur, Feb. 14, says
the Russian guardship in the harbor
and another Russian warship, lying
outside the harbor, were torpedoed
and that the Japanese retired without
Caused a Fire.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 17.-A dispatch
received here from Port Arthur dated
Feb. 17, says that in the action of that
port on Feb. 14. the Russian volunteer
leet steamer Kherson was struck by
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