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GENERAL NEWS NOTES.
items of More of Less Interest Con
densed Outside the State.
In an election held in Chicago on
Tuesday it was decided by an over
whelming vote that the city should
at once assume control of all street
The supreme court of Alabama has
decided unconstitutional the state
oil tag law.
Five persons, members of a pleas
ure party from the Florida letho
dist college, at Southerland. about
thirty miles from Tampa. Fla.. were
drowned near Anclote light house on
one night this week. President Wal
ker, of the college, had taken the
party out for a cruise to the light
house, but met with rough weather
and the boat was overturned in the
gulf. President Walker and others
The first-class battleship Virginia
was launched at Newport News, Va.,
on Tuesday afternoon, in the presence
of a gathering of more than 30.000
people. The sponsor was Miss Gay
Montague, daughter of the governor
of Virginia. Just after the launching
an aged man, who was among the
spectators, fell into the dry dock and
was instantly killed.
Damage suits for sums aggregating
$95,ooo have been filed at Clinton,
Tenn., for the widows of men shot in
the riot at Coal Creek. Tenn., on Sun
.day, February 7. The suits are
brought against the Coal Creek com
pany and several of the officers per
A desperate but unsuccessful at
tempt to escape from the Missouri
penitentiary was made this week by
four convicts, heavily armed and car
rying sticks of dynamite. No one was
As the result of the democratic
county conventions held in Arkansps
for the election of delegates to the
state convention, forty delegates are
instructed for Hearst and nine for
Parker. Nine are instructed for D
Nine thousand five hundred seats
have been provided for in the hall ir)
which the national democratic .con
vention at St. Louis will be held.
The Reynolds Tobacco company, of
Bristol, Va., one of the oldest inde
pendent companies in the south. has
been bought by the American Tobac
co company, and probably will be
consolidated with the Durham. N. C.,
Twenty of the corporations in Fall
River, Mass., engaged in a manufac-1
ture of print cloths, controlling 65
mills, have entered into an agreement
to curtail production by shutting
down two weeks. Thousands of mill
hands are affected.
. Six persons committed suicide in
N'ew York on Tuesday. Half of them
were due to despondency because of
inability to secure employment. Three
of the six victims ended t'aeir lives
with carbolic acid, one by shooting.
another by hanging and the sixth by
turning on the gas. The most youth
ful suicide was Eva Pocker, a 17-year
old Brooklyn school girl, who drank
carbolic acid after reading a letter and
the oldest was a man aged 65 who had
been ill with rheumatism.
Secretary Hester's New Orleans
cotton statement, issued on Monday,
shows the total for March to be
476,989 bales, against 710,306 last year.
The total of the cotton crop brought
into sight during the seven months
ending with the close of March is
put down at 9,205,653 bales, against
9,539,666 last year year.
A series of riots have followed a
strike at the American Can company's
plant, in Chicago, and one man lost
his life on Tuesday night by a bullet,
fired from a train on which were a
number of non-union men being taken
back to the city after the conclusion
of the day's work.
United States Senator J. R. Burton.
of Kansas, has been sentenced to six
month's imprisonment in jail and a
fine of $2,50o for using his influence
with the postoffice department in be
half of a client in St. Louis. He ap
pealed and was released on a bond of
At the annual conference of the
Mormon church, in Salt Lake, Utah.
plural marriages were again publicly
and officially denounced by the atu
thorities of the church.
The Southern Good Roads associa
tion is in session in New Orleans. The
association is to be addressed by Sen
SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS.
items of More of Less Interest Con
densed in the State.
The annual cioimencenent exer
cises ,f the Sionth Carlina .ledical
ct,llege. at Charlestn. were held tn
Monday night. when 23 men were
graduated in medicine and .2 in phar
macv. The address to the graduates
was delivered by Gov. 1). C. I eyward.
Mr. T. Garrett Talhert. son ot ex
Congressman W. J. Talbert, has an
nounced his candidacy for the state
senate from Edgefield. to succeed the
Hon. John C. Sheppard.
Two negroes confined in the Edge
field jail set upon the jailer on last
Sunday night as he was giving them
their supper, throwing cayenne pepper
into his eyes and making good their
escape. The jailer was almost blind
ed for a few hours. One of the pris
oners who escaped was sentenced to
life service in the penitentiary for
murder and the other was held on a
charge of burglary. The former has
It is reported from Conway that
truck prospects in that section are
bri,zht. but all truck will be late this
year. Lettuce was on the market a
month ago and radishes have
been coming in for fifteen lays:
strawberries will be on the aiirket
in about three weeks. Last year they
were being shipped the latter part of
March. The trucking average ha
been about doubled in the vicinity ot
Conway and the yield of everything
will probably be increased to to 15
27 violators of the dispensary law
wer fined $25 each, in the city court of
Charleston this week, with the excep
tion of one man who was tried in his
absence and fined $50 or go to jail for
o days. The police department made
out more than 40 cases and the re
mainder of the docket will be attacked
at another session if the court.
One negro stabbed another in the
heart and killed him, in Charleston.
because the latter had laughed at the
former. It sems that the deed was
done more in the spirit of a joke
than in earnest.
Charleston is actively at work pre
paring for the approaching state re
union of Confederate veterans in that
The counties of Marlboro, Marion,
Florence, Williamsburg, Lee and Dar
ington will combine their summer
The republican executive committee
of the Second congressional district
met at Aiken this wwek to consider
the question of calsing a convention
o nominate a candidate to run for
the unexpired term of the late Con
gressman Croft. The committee de
cided, in view of the short time for
registration and preparation. not to
all a convention for the nomination
f a candidate for the short term. but
o concentrate its energies in the pre
aration for a vigorous campaign to
ominate a candidate to be voted for
t the general election.
John Thompson, a negro, has been
lodged in jail in Charleston, charged
v~ith killing his wife.
Supreme Dictator John C. Shep
pard, of Edgefield, attended the a3d
nnual session of the grand lodge
Knights gf H-onor of Louisiana, which
met in New Orelans this week.
The Whitney racing and coach
orses have been shipped from Aiken
to Sheepshead Bay,L. I. The .:2
orses in the bunch were loaded into
four express cars and were accom
panied by a trainer and 5o jockeys
and stable boys.
The historic old Patrick Moilitary
Institute building, at Anderson, once
a female college, later a Confederate
sub-treasury, and after the war a mil
itary school, was sold at public out
cry on Monday and was bid in for
It is reported from Edgefield that
Mr. Charlie Dean, an aged Confeder
ate v-eteran living in the county, was
called upon by boys. under the in
fluence of whiskey, who after haras-.
sing him in other ways proceeded to
slash his coat with knives and then
to rock his house and tear off a part
of the roofing. The incident excited
a storm of indignation and a meeting
of the white citizens was called, to be
held on Wednesday, when some kind
of action was to be taken.
The body of the young man who
was found dead at Central about two
weeks ago has been identified. It de
vlops that the young man was nit
more than twenty- miles from home.
His name w~as Walter Pressley. and
he had been missing for about a
BABIES BURNED ALIVE.
Terrible Story of Crime by Philadel
A dispatch froin 'hiladelphia h-t
Ast(inishing evidence of the exi,
tence of a crematory in this cityi
where live babie: are burned. was
gven this afternoon at the hearing
before Coroner Dugan. in the case of
MNrs. Elizabeth Ashmead. David T.
Mosier. who says he is a physician.
"I saw a number of children thrown
into the furnace. Mrs. Ashmead had
them in her apron. One or two of,
them were crying. and shet tossed all
of them into the fumace."
Stolid and indifferent. Mrs. Ash
mead listened to the frightful story
of Mosier. which sent a shudder
around the court room.
"I have seen her frequently go to
the cellar of her home." continued
Mosier. "with her apron filled with
newly born infants. some of them
alive and crying, and throw them into
the blazing furnace. That's the way
she disposed of them. I have heard
them cry as they were thrown into
At this point the coroner himself
sickened at the monstrous recital and
cut off further disclosures until a
The inquest was held to inquire in
to the deaths of Sarah Hughes and
Mary B. Sloan, in which Mrs. Ash
mead and her son are involved, and
it was only for the purpose of fixing
his right to hold the prisoners that
the coroner touched upon the more
dastardly feature of their offenses.
For some time the mysterious dis
appearance of young women and
wives has been reported to the police
by their friends and husbands, and a
quiet investigation has been made
with the result that Coroner Dugan
nIow claims to have established the
existence of a chain of unlawful insti
tutions in which murder and crema
tion have been commonly resorted to
to cover up lesser crimes.
"It seems incredible," said the cor
oner today, "but it is true that babies
have been thrust alive into a redhot
furnace by those human fiends I
have the evidence to prove it or I
would not make so astounding a
statement. The members of this mur
der syndicate are without scruples
and without conscience."
He has a witness who has made a
full confession. This witness was a
member of the syndicate: he is in
possession of all the secrets of the
participants in the. crimes, and has
made a complete statement to the
coroner. including names and ad
dresses and the dates of many of the
recent horrors perpetrated by the
The system includes a bureau of
bogus death certificates, and it num
bers on its staff a corps of physicians
as well as undertakers and agents.
Dr. Joseph H. King, of No. 22to
was placed on the stand at to
day's investigation. He occupied an
office in the building at No. 26 SouthI
Twelfth Street, where Mrs. AshmeadI
is alleged to. have conducted her
crematory, for three weeks. Mrs.
Ashmead. he declared, told him it was
a fine location for physicians who had
"I asked her what she did with the
babies," said Dr. King, "and she said
she wrapped them in newspapers, let
them die and threw them into the fur
nace. When I heard this I left the
place at once. I understood that they
were making $9oo a week in the place.
Four doctors were busy all the time."
Dr. Matthew McVicar, of No. x6oo
Wharton street. admitted that he had
given a certificate of death from ty
phoid fever in the case of Sallie
Hughes. He declared he believed the
fever had catused her death.
Mrs. Ashomead was identinied by E.
Skinner as a woman wvho represente-l
herself as "Dr. Conde." whose ad
vert isement she had answvered.
At the conclusion of the inquest
Coroner Dugan held Mrs. Ashmeadi
and her son Howard Ashmead. jr..
and Dr. McVicar to appear before
the grand jury to answer for the
deaths of the two women. Grace
Ashmead. 'the pretty daughter of the
accused woman, was locked up as well
a witness. Dewitt Ashmead, another
son. wvho was arrested last night. was
disch-.- med from custody.
One of the sensational feattures of
the case is the fact that the Ash
meads are members of on'e of the olid
est and best famili.es in the city. Its
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y days. and a picture of one of the
cient Ashmeads hangs in Indepen- 1
The name of Ashmead appears on
e Assembly list, and there is a
treet in the city named after the - BR A
mily. The house in which theMA R
'orst of the crimes are alleged to-)
are been committed stands in the
eart of what was once one of the most
ashionable sections of the city. Many DEDTOOiil
fthe old families still reside in the
The police are working vigorously m.
1 the case, and additional arrests . t siu.
re expected shortly. -
Horrible Train Wreck.
Augusta, Ga., April 4.-A special to
e Chronicle from Carrollton, Ga.
;ays. "A through freight on the TEE~RA MKR
aouthern Railway ran into the ca
oose o* a local freight train at Tem
le, Ga., this afternoon, burying Mvrs.BEN USDb loa
'red Hill and two children underpate,vryoegr
:hree carloads of coal. The mother ated ostsfc
nid one child were killed instantly .gv
d the second cannot survive.to .
Letter to S. B. Jones.
Dear Sir: Would you like to hear i ~ i'~ U
a 20-year paint? F .SHMET
Mr. James A. O'Neils house, Hen
lerson. N. C.. was painted 20 years ScyadTes
go with Devoe lead-and-zinc. and _________________
evr painted again till last s ear, it
hen looked better thani commonNO OE
,aint in half the time.
The reason is: Devoe is all paiun otc shrb gvntazh
nd true paint; while the common Cut or fSprioso
aints are part true and part false.Restain wlfrm ow n
Don't pay to monkey with paint,. eti h ortHueo vr
And Devoe costs less than any of frtMna,ecp uigatr
em: not by the gallon. of course, byofcu.atwih im tebok
e house and year. That's how towilb fo dopnnth ofce f
rckon it. Go by the name. Clr of out oh C.Ggas
Yours truly Toehvn uieswt h
F. W. DOVOE &CO.Borwiltlaebathsnmnd
S ld by the Newberry Hardware B re fteBad
Co. Thos\ JU ilson Chirmn