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VOL. XL. NO. 91. NZ"BERRY. S. C.. FRIDAY. APRIL 1-5. 1904 TWICE A WEEK. $1.50 A YEAR
Ill Fated Vessel Struck a Mine in
Port Arthur Harbor-Crew of
5oo Men Lost.
-zt. Petersburg. April 13.-The fol
lowing official dispatch has been re
ceived here from Rear Admiral Gri
gorovitch, the commandant at Port
Arthur. addressed to the emperor.
-Port Arthur. April 13.-The Petro
pavolvsk struck a mine, which blew
her up and she turned turtle. Our
squadron was zAnder Golden Hill. The
Japanese squadron was approaching.
Vice Admiral Makaroff was evidently
lost. Grand Duke Cyril was saved.
He is slightly injured. Capt. Jakov
leff was saved, though severely in
jured. as were five officers and thirty
two men, all more or less injured.
"The enemy's fleet has disappeared.
Rear Admiral Prince Ouktolsky has
assumed command of the fleet."
The following dispatch to the
czar -has been received from Viceroy
-Mukden. April 13.-A telegram
has been received from Lieut. Gen.
Stc.essel. commander of the military
forces at Port Arthur. I regret to re-,
port to your majesty that the Pacific
fleet has suffered irreparable loss by
the death of its brave and capable
commander. who was lost. together
with the Petropavlosk."
Another dispatch from Viceroy
Alexieff to the czar says:
"According to reports from the
commandant at Port Arthur. the bat
tle ships and cruisers went out to
meet the enemy. but in consequence
of the enemy receiving reinforcement.
making his total strength thirty ves
sels, our squadron returned to the
roadside .whereupon the Petropav
lovsk struck a mine, resulting in her
destruction. Grand Duke Cyril. who
was on board. was saved. He was
slightly injured. The whole squad
ron then re-entered the port. The
Japanese are now off Cape Liao
Shan. No reports-have been received
from the acting commander of the
fleet up to the time this dispatch was
A Terrific Blow.
St. Petersburg. April 13.-The aw
ful di-aster to the battle ship Petro
pavlovsk at Port Arthur. with the loss
of almost her entire crew'of over six
hundred men and the death of Vice
Admiral Makaroff. has been a terrific
blow. It would have fallen less heav
ily if the ship and the commander-in
chief of the fleet had been lost in
battle. but to be the result of another
accident. following upon the heels of
a succession of tragedies of which the
Port Arthur fleet has been the victim.
has created something like conster
"Reverses we can endure." said a
prominent Russian. "but to have the
Petropavlovsk meet the fate of the
Yenesei and the Boyarin is heart
Besides, it has just become known
that the battleship Poltava, several
weeks ago, had a hole rammed in her
by the battle ship Sevastopol while
the latter was manoeuvring in the har
bor of Port Arthur.
Vice Admiral Makaroff's death is
really a greater loss than would be
that of several warships. He wtas the
pride of the navy and enjoyed the im
plicit confidence, of his sovereign, as
weU as the men of the serv'ice. Speak
ing of his death officers here remark
ed -.:pon the strange fatility that he
should lose his life on a heavily ar
nmored battle ship, to which he had
a particular aversion. This morn
ing for the first time he raised his
flag on a battle ship. Prev'iously he
had gone out on board the cuiser
Novik or the cruiser Askold. It was
at the urgent request of his friends
that he did not risk hi: life in this
fashi''n and transferred his flag to
THE SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
Program of the State Convention To
Be Held in Columbia May
The twentv-eventh annual State
Sunday School c"Invention will be
held in Washington Street Nlethodist
church. Columbia. May 2-4.
The Sunday School association ik
interdenominational: its object
to build rp the Sunday School cause
in South Carolina. Its present aim is
to organize every county in South
Carolina. Every wide-awake and pro
gressive Sunday School of South
Carolina may send delegates.
Pastors. superintendents. teachers,
and workers are all eligible.
Following is the program of the ap
proaching niee ing in Columbia. as
issued by Dr. V. E. Pelham. of this
city, chairman of the executive com
mittee. It will be seen that several
Newberrians have prominent places
on the program.
Monday Evening. May 2-8:30. de
votional and song service: 8:45 ad
dress by the president. Prof. E. L.
Hughes. Greenville. S. C.: 9:3o ad
dress. -The Sunday School's Call for
Men." by the Rev. B. W. Spillman.
of North Carolina. Enrollment of
members. Appointment of commit
tee ov nomination of 6fficers.
Tuesday Morning May 3-9. devo
tional and song service by F. F.
Whilden: 9:30. primary teaching. by
Miss Minnie Macfeat, of Winthrop
college: 10:15. open conference and
questions: 10:30. "Teacher Training,"
Dr. George B. Cromer. president of
Newberry college: t1:3o, open confer
ence and questions: T2. "The Superin
tendent," the Rev. B. W. Spilman:
12:30. conference and questions.
Tuesday Afternoon. May 3-3:30
devotional exercises and song ser
vice: 4. practical primary work. Mis:
Minnie Macfeat. before a class: 4:30
report of officers: j. "*An Amateur
with a Blackboard." the Rev. B. W
Spilman. of North Carolina.
Tuesday Evening. May 3-8:30. de
votional exercises and song service
the Rev. F. H. Wardlaw: 8:45. "Chrisi
as a Teacher." ' the Rev. James A
B. Scherer. Ph. D.. Charleston. S. C.
9:45. "A Study of a Bible Charactei
for Sunday School teachers." the Re
B. W. Spilman.
Wednesday Morning. May 4-8:30
devotional exercises and song service
the Rev. J. P. Knox: 9. "How to En
list and Hold Young Men." the Rev,
Rev. W. B. Duncan. Laurens. S. C.:
io, conference and questions: 1o:3c
"A Look Ahead." William E. Pelham,
chair'man executive committee: IT.
"The Question as a Factor in Teach
ing." the Rev. B. WV. Spilman: 12,
Wednesday Afternoon. May 4
3:30. devotional exercises and song
service: 4. reports of departments;
A, executive committee. B. treasurer.
C. superintendent primary depart
ment. D. home department.
Wednesday Evening. May 4-8:30,
devotional exercises and song service;
8:45. "The reacher Getting Ready for
Next Sunday." the Rev. B. XW. Spil
man: 9:30. "Christ the Great Teacher,
His Subjects and Methods." Dr. H.
N. Snyder. president Wofford college;
The ofhicers of the association are:
President. Prof. E. L. Hughes,
Greenville. S. C.
Vice president. Jno. F. Tolbert,
Laurens. S. C.
Secretary. ProU. B. XW. Getsinger.
Spartanburg. S. C.
Treasurer. the Rev. WV. I. Herbert,
Superintendent home department.
H. E. Ravenel. Esq.. Spartanburg.
Superintendent primary depart
ment. Mrs. M. A. Carlisle. Newber
Fxc-.-iive committee. William E.
Pelihar. chairman.' Newberry: the
Rev. T. H. Law. ). D.. Spartanhurg:
J. E. Elierhe. Esq. Sellers. S C.: Dr.
F.. C. Jones. * Newberry: the Rev. J. \\.
Abell. Spartanburg: H F. Ravenel.
.sq.. Spartanburg: the Rev. G. A.
\Wright. Newberry: S. B. Fgell.
I.sq.. Spartanburg: Prof. E. L.
Hughes. Greenville: the Rev. W. R
Duncan. Laurens. S. C.
A NAVAL HORROR.
6 Officers and 23 Men Killed By Ex
plosion On Battleship Missou
ri, Near Pensacola.
Pensacola. Fla.. April T3.-By the
explosion today of two thousand
pounds of powder in the after 12
inch turret. and in the handling room
of the battle ship Missouri. twenty
nine men were instantly killed and
ive injured, two of whom will die.
The Missouri. Capt. W. S. Cowles.
commanding. was on the target range
with the Texas. and Broklyn. at about
practice noon, when a charge of pow
der in the 12-inch left-hand gun, ig
nited from gasses. and dropping be
low. ignited four charges of powder
in the handling room and all exploded.
and only one man of the entire turret
and handling crew survives. But for
the prompt and efficient work of Capt.
Cohles. in flooding the handling room
and magazine with water. one of the
magazines would have exploded and
the ship would have been destroyed.
Report of Committee -to Investigate
I Charges Against Congressmen
In Postoffice Investigation.
The report of the special committee
of the national house of representa
tives appointed to investigate the rv
port from the postoffice department
printed under the caption "Charges
Concerning Mlembers of Congress."
was made to the house by Chairman
M\cCall. The report is signed Iby
seven members of the committee. The
minority members. however, append
The important phase of the report
is its nnding regarding the connection
of members with the business of the
postoffice department. This finding
is as follows:
"After a careful consideration of all
cases specified in the report the
committee have unanimously reached
the conclusion that nothing has ap
peared in connection with said cases
that would justify the finding that any
member of the house of representa
tives has profited financially in the
slightest degree. or that any mem
ber was guilty of improper conduct
i in connection therewith, or that any
member has done in connection with
any of said cases anything that did
not appear to be within the line of
hs offcial duty according to long es
tablished custom. ti ocuin
I"H-av'ing reached ti ocuin
the committee feel constrained to add
that in their opinion it would be
well to make formal as may be. and
to retain within the narrowest possi
ble limits, the action of the members
in connection with .postoffce and the
details of other executive matters. and
that <'e sev'erance of members from
work of that character would aug
ment the efficiency of the house of re
Stock Burned to Death.
Three mules. the property of Cluff
Glenn.' a negro. who lives near Mr. A.
J. Gibson's place. were burned to
death "mn a fi'e wvin b dest-oyed
Glenn's barn this week. How~ the
ire started is not known.
Card of Thanks.
I wish to express my sincere thanks
t.. friends and physicians for the
many kindnesses and remembrances
shown iny wife during her last illness.
May God richly bless them!
ON THE NOMINATION
SOUTH CAROLINA NOT COM
MIT'ED TO HEARST.
Senior Senator Thinks This State
Will Send Uninstructcd Dele
gation to St. Louis.
Senator Tillman has placed a tem
porary injunction upon the claim the
Hearst managers are making to the
South Carolina delegation to the
national convention. s.ys a Wash
ington dispatch to the News and
."South Carolina will. in my judg
ment. send an uninstructed delega
tion to the St. Louis convention." said
Senator Tillman. "I have not talkea
politics for the past eight weeks."
continued Senator Tillman. "but I
am pretty well assured that the dem
(ocrats of South Carolina are not com
mitted to 'Mr. Hearst or any other
candidate. In my judgment we will
send an uninstructed delegation to
smell around for the strongest and
best available candidate. who is .not
dominated by either the Cleveland or
the Bryan element in the party. All
we want to know about a man is
whether he is a straight democrat and
has always voted the party ticket."
"Understand. I am speaking . for
myself alone." added Senator Till
man. "For I have not been able to
follow the political situation during
the past eight weeks."
"How does South Carolina regard
Judge Parker as an available candi
date for president?" asked the re
"Judge Parker is not objectionable
to me. so far as I am personally con
cerned." replied Senator Tillman.
"My views regarding our party's
nominee have not cha-ged during
my forced absence from the senate.
Eight weeks ago. before I was taker
ill and compelled to undergo a series
of operations in my throat. I then
stated that I would be in favor of
any clean. conservative man upor
whom all thc factions in the party
might unite. We have got to pui
aside Clevelandism and Brvanism. for
it is impossible to prod-uce a sati:;
factory mixture of these two conflict
"I am not worrying my head secur
ing a declaration from Judge Parker
as to, h'- position on political issues.
It is perhaps fortunate that he is
without a record on the issues which
have heretofore divided the democrat
ic party. and also an element oi
strength to Judge Parker. that he is
not required to do any talking at
this stage of the proceedings."
"The managers (of Mr. Hearst in
sist on placing South Carolina in the
Hearst column." remarked the re
"I cannot prevent Mr. Hearst's
managers from making claim to
South Carolina. but I am in a meas
ure familiar with the sentiment of
our people,regarding a candidate. and
we expect to go to the convention
and vote for the man we think has
a chance of winning in my judgment
our present prospects are bright, and
I believe that if we can unite our ef
forts in behalf of a safe, practical can
didate. who is not directly identified
with either the Cleveland or the
Bryan wings of the party. we can
This is the first political statement
made by Senator Tillman since his
dangerous illness. He returned to
Washington from his home in Edge
ield and was given a cordial greet
in the senate this morning by his as
sociates on both sides of the chamber.
In Political Harness Again.
Senator Tillman has entirely recos
ered from his recent illness. and is
ready and anxious to get into politi
cal harness again. Several weeks of
absolute rest and relaxation from the
cares and responsibilities of public
ofnce has had a good effect upon him
generally. His reception by his sena
toral colleagues toay and the letters
and telegrams of interested sympathy
he received during his absence from
the senate were very gratifying to
The Delegation's Views.
In this c-nnection it is said that
all .f the S,,uth Carolina delegation
in congress. with possibly one ex
ception. favor the nomination of
Judge Parker. Senator Latimer
while not committed to any candidate,
is favorably inclined to Judge Parker
under existing conditions. So ;are
Representatives Legare, Finley,
Scarborough. Lever and Johnson. Re
presentative Aiken has thus far re
frained from expresing a personal
preference, but at the proper time he
will join the other members of the
delegation in cordially supporting
the nominee of the party.
The report that the South Carolina
delegation has been captured for Mr.
Hearst probably originated from the
fact that some of the over-zealous
and perhaps indiscreet missionaries
of Mr. Hearst sent to South Carolina
over-estimated the effect of their in-.
One instance is cited where an at
tempt was made to intimidate one of
the members of congress by threaten
ing him with "trouble in his next
election unless he used his influence
to carry his district for a Hearit del
gation to the state convention, which
meets in the middle of May." As a
result the congressman threatened
promptly declared for Judge Parker
and organized the first Parker club
in South Carolina.
UNITED STATES POPULATION.
An Increase of Nearly 4,ooo,ooo in
Three Years-Growth of the
The census bureau has issued a bul
letin which gives the estimated pop
ulation of the United States for 1903,
exclusive of Alaska and the insular
possessions of the United States, as
79.900.389. This is an increase of 3,
905.814 since the census of igoo. The
population is estimated for 438 cities
having to.ooo or more inhabitants in
igoo. According to these estimates
New York is now a city of 3,716.139
inhabitants. Chicago is rapidly ap
proaching the two-million mark, hav
ing 1.873.880 inhabitants: Philadelphia
has 1.367.716. St. Louis 612.279 and
Baltimore 594.618: Baltimore has
531.313: Cleveland is now a consider
able distance ahead of Cincinnati,
which cities have 414.950 and 332.934
respectively; Buffalo also has consid
erably increased its population. being
credited with 331.403 inhabitants;
San Francisco and Pittsburg are close
competitors. the former having 355
919 and the latter 345.043: Detroit
has a population of 309,653, New Or
leans 300.625. Milwaukee 312.736,
Denver 14.58 Indianapolis 191,033,
St. Paul 172.038. Minneapolis 214,112,
Washington 293.217. Jersey City 219.
462. Newark 265.394
The following are the estimates of
the population in 1903 of all cities
given 25.0oo and upwards in the
Arkansas-Little Rock, 42,o36.
Kentucky-Covington, 44,759; Lex
ington, 27,809; Louisville, 215,402;
Louisiana-New Orleans. 300,625.
Tennessee - Chattanooga. 30,469;
Knoxville. 34,344: Memphis. 113,669;
Texas-Dallas. $4.159: Forth Worth
27,192: Galveston, 31.742: Houston,
50,760: San Antonio. 58.o16.
Georgia--Atlanta. 9650 Augusta,
41.283: Savannah, 64,562.
South Carolina-Charleston. 36,
Virginia-Norfolk. 35;.149; Rich
Alabama-Birmingham. 42,O87- Eo
bile. 40.686: Montgomery, 32,84
There are no cities credited with
25,ooo population in Mississippi, and