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He Had Killed One or Two Men Be
fore and Was Acquitted-A Strik
ing Illustration of the Natural Re
sult of the Failure to Enforce Law
In the Courts.
Kershaw, October 3.-About 6 p.
m., Saturday John Morrison killed
Willie Floyd, shooting him three
times. It seems to have beer a
deliberate, cold-blooded murder.
Morrison, it is said, wanted Floyd
to lend him io cents, but Floyd re
iused. Morrison followed Mr. Floyd
and shot him to death.
Mr. Floyd was one of the commun
itv's remarkably quiet and peaceful
citizens. Morrison has killed one
or two persons before this. He was
tried this summer for killing a negro.
Feeling is running high. Morrison
is in the guard house and the town
is full of excited men.
He may be lynched before morn
Details of the Lynching.
The following telegram was re
ceived in Columbia Saturday night:
Kershaw, S. C.. October i.-Gov
ernor Heyward, Columbia S. C.:
Help save my husband from lynch
ing tonight. Martha J. Morrison.'
This was the pitiful appeal of a
wife to save -a husband from a mad
mob. It did no good. Tonight
ther,e o widows in the little city
of K in Lancaster county.
One is the widow of Will Floyd. a
prosperous farmer, the other is thC
widow who had appealed for help.
John Morrison. so say the snatchee
of information that come from Ker
shaw was a 'desperate sort of mani
three homicides were already to hiF
credit, when Saturday he picked a
quarrel with Mr. Floyd about the
loan of ten cents. Mr. Floyd declin
ed to make the loan and was shot to
death by Morrison. The story here
is that only a month ago Morrison
was tried and acquitted for killing a
negro, his two previous victims were
white men. With the blood of his
fourth victim on him, he was taken
to the town guard house, and there
the town marshal was put on guard.
Soon the intendant and other citi
zens joined in their efforts to quell
the rising tide of indignation that was
certain to lead to death. The mob
was soon on the town jail and there
was no help for Morrison. Pleading
did no good. Sheriff Hunter was
at the county seat, there was no
militia available nearer than Cam
den, twenty-two miles away, and
Morrison's chances were hopeless.,
Governor Heyward. as soon as ad
vised of the trouble, used the tele
graph and telephone freely, but with
-odt ,result. The military company
that he ordered to the scene from
Camden and Sheriff Hunter reached
the scene after Morrison had paid a
quick penalty for his fourth crime.
The story here is that Morrison,
just before being shot to death by the
mob, stated that he had always want
ed to get even with Floyd and that
he purposely tried to get into a fight
with him. Governor Heyward did
everything he could to prevent a
lynching, but there was nothing pos
sible. It is a most unusual thing to
lynch a white man in this state, and
.;he record of Morrison and evident
ality of the crime are given as
Wxcuses for the lynching.
- midnight Saturday night Gov
'erno$ H-feyward sitting in his library
had received the last message closing,
the story for that night at Kershaw.
He is utterly disgusted that nothing
can be done to prevent lynchings.
First Scranton, then Eutawville. then
Stewart and on Saturday night More
rison at Kershaw. It is staggering.
and Goveronor Heyward feels him
self helpless. He is bravely trying
to do everything possible. Money.
persistent effort are all spent in
vain, with such crimes as that of Sata
urday. It is small wonder, however,
that the mob ruled when Morrison,
has gone unpunished for three pre
Settlers on Puzblic Lands.
A surprising fact of national
growth in the last two years has been
the breaking of all records in patent
ing public lands for settlement under
the homestead act. In the fiscal year
ended June 30. 1904. the number of
acres so disposed of was 16.258,890.
history of the United States which
beat those figures. It was the fiscal
year ended with June, 1903. Then
the patents to homestead law settlers
covered 22,650,928 acres. In these
two years the national government
received for public lands over $ig,
350,ooo. The average was nearly
$io,ooo,ooo a year. The receipts
constituted an important item in the
business of the treasury, even with
its operation covering such immense
sums as are handled in these days of
Ameican wealth and greatness. Such
cinditions cannot last long, for the
government is gradually reducing its
landed processions to limits which
preclude the possibility of transfer
ring many millions of acres to indi
vidual owners every year. There
are vast areas remaining unsold, but
they are mostly inaccessible or other
wise undesirable for homesteads. The
Rocky Mountains will never be disp
posed of in that way. But for the
present the public domain is still
wide, and the business of providing
homes for settlers goes on at a rate
little imagined by the average rebi
dent of old and well-settled parts of
The Czar to Kuropatkin.
S. W. Cillilan in Baltimore :\meric.n.
Peterhof, September 26.--De:ar Pat,;
As you have probably noted already
by the papers, I 'have helped alOng
your Manchurian gymnastics by di
viding the army into portions and
giving half of it to some one else.
Gymnastics? Yes, I said gymnastics.
You have been having the army do
flipflops, ground and lofty tumbling,
mysterious disappearances and mar
velous sprints, and I thought I'd have
it do the split for my own amuse
ment. Some of the officers have been
lingering too much around the hor
izontal bar, also. They'll get their
reward at no far distant date. This
man I .have sent to take your
track team away from you-this man
with the influenza name-Grippen
berg, 'is a great fighter. Perhaps I
speak hastily, I should say he used
to be one. But so did you, for that
matter. But 0, what a wazzer you
have turned out to be. Sometimes
as I read your reports-necessarily
written in a running hand-I repeat
softly to myself:
How doth the busy used-to-be
Improve each shining hour
And sinfply knock the spots all out
Of Russia's boasted power.
This is a gr,eat turning time. The
leaves are turning. the turnverins are
having their various f.ests, the Jap
anese are turning your flanks, you: are
turning my stomach, and I am turn
ing you out of your job in the hope
of tarning the tide of war in our di
rection. So far all the tide has beets
against us, though you've fought
about as hard as a man who was tried
I notice, Pat, that the plot against
Von Plehve was hatched in the Alps.
No wonder it was cooly carried out
after being hatched in such a chilly
incubator. Isn't it strange that all
plots are hatched? I suppose that's
why so many of them are foul. 0,
I know that's pretty fierce, but you
see T have lost all respect for you and
don't care a whoop what I say. You
are persona non grapevine to me, and
I'm going to use you as a dumping
ground for every joke I can think of
that's so bad little Alex himself
-.ould cry if I sprung th<m on him
eve'n in his sleep. The admiral at
port Arthur has been Wiren me that
he's coming home to Europe. It's
my opinion that if any of him ever
gets here it will be on the wings of
a mighty strong east wind just after
Togo has blown him and his escaping
vessels sky high. As the weather
en route will be pretty cool and the
transit rapid, I expect such fragments
as arrive to be in fairly good condi
tion. Stoessel says he's in a dick
ens of a fix and I have no reason to
doubt him, I'd come and relieve him,
personally. were it not for the fact
that I must give some personal atten
tion tc the baby.
Wihen Statmps Were New.
"When postage stam.ps first came
into use,'' said the veteran postal
clerk, "the public didn't know how
to handle them. You remember how,
when tea and coffee first appeared
among us. the people fried the tea
leaves and the coffee berries and
served them with salt and pepper.
Well, the people treated their stamps
as absurdly in 1854.
"Som folks would put the stamps
inside their letters, out of sight.
Here is the official notice that we is
sued to stop the practice."
The clerk took from the drawer
an aged bulletin that said:
"The stamps upon all letters and
packages must be affixed on the out
side thereof and above the address
He put back this bulletin and drew
orth another one.
"People would pin the stamps on
their letters instead of gumimng
them,*' he said, "and when they did
gum them they would not do it right;
ience this second bulletin." and he
" 'Persons posting letters should
affix the requisite number of stamps
previous to depositing them in the
etter receivers, and when posted in
i damp state the stamps aro ialsle to
rub off and thereby cause the letters,
to be treated as unpaid. Do not piif
on the stamps.'
"Still," said the clerk. "the public
:lidn't understand. Think of it-did
't understand the simple matter of
ticking a postage stamp on a letter.
So we go out a third bulletin."
The third bulletin, in big, impatient
"The simplest and most effectual
method of causing stamps to adhere
irmly is first to moisten well the out
side of the stamps and afterward the
gummed side slightly taking care not
to remove the gum."
The clerk said a philatelist had of
Fered him $12 apiece for these three
Dreary Life of Poor in Russia
As a rule a Russian village is a
orlorn lookifg place, where the huts
f the poor are made of birch logs,
vith upright oak or pine supports,
:eiling of strips of the same birch
nd the walls lined with crude
ranches. In these huts there are
>nly two rooms, one of which is not
or everyday use, bu tis kept for best
ccasions. This room houses those
acred images so dear to the heart of
verv member of the Greek church,
:o which belong the grea't mass of
:he Russian people.
The other room serves the purpose
f both kitchen and sleeping room,
s one of the principal ideas of com
ort to these people, ice and snow
bo'.nd for so many months of the
year, is warmth. In many of the
;easant huts no beds are used, and
the top of a great stove, reaching
early to the roof, is a much sought
sleeping place. Although the con
litions make dirt and accompanying
results inseparable in the life of these
;easants, they are devotedly fond of
>athing. The vapor bath in a crude
~orm may be called a national insti
:ution, and a not unusual picture of
a summer afternoon is the village
>ond nilled with women and children
"Senato'r." asked one of his trusty
wnchmen. "did vou see those two
articles about you that appeared in
tw,o different papers last week? One
of them described you as a penur
ious man of immense wealth who
gave begrudgingly to charity because
it as necessary in your business, and
the other said your wealth was vast
ly exaggerated, and you really could
a't afford the style you were putting
on but that you had to present a bold
front to keep your creditors from
closing in on you.''
"My clear fellow." said Senator
Lotsun. "your lack of penetration
mortifies me. Don't you know I
inspired both those articles myself?
That sort of thing is necessary to
keep me before the public."
Mourning in Korea.
Koreans wear full mourning for
their fathers. The dress is of hemp
:loth, with a hempen girdle. A face
shield is used to show that the wearer
5 a sinner andl must not speak to any
nme unless addressed. The costume
s retained for three years. the shield
or three months. This is worn for
afather only. Secondary mourning
f worn for a mother and no mourn
ng at all fur a wife. The hat is of
vicker. During the China-Japanese
ar the TUnited States minister od-I
dered every American citizen to have
in readiness a dress of this sort for
disguise in case of flght.
Walter Kittridge, author and com
poser of the famous war-time song,
"Tenting on the Old Camp Ground,"
lives in Reeds Ferry. N. H.. a few
miles below Manchester. He still
keeps up song writing. His royalties
from "Tenting," still come in to him,
and, while not large, help to make the
old man's last years comfortable. He
offered to sell the song at first to a
Boston publisher for $15, but it was
refused. Afterward this same pub
lisher took it up, and alone has sold
more than 100,000 copies of it.
The Farmers Oil Mill Offers The
Following Exchange Rates Per
Ton of Seed.
1150 pounds of No. i meal and
goo pounds of hulls, or 1400 pounds of
No. 2 meal and go pounds of hulls.
We will not make the No. 2 meal
(that is. meal with hulls in it) but we
have just perfected arrangements
whereby we can fuinish it at that rate
to persons desiring a low grade arti
To further prove that our mill is
run in the interest of the producers,
we now announce that at the end of
the season we will substract from our
gross income the legitimate rnnning
expenses of the mill together with
io per cent. on the capital stock and
pay the rest to the people -who have
either exchanged or sold us seed and
that in the proportion to the amount
of seed furnished us. This is your op
portunity to make the mill pay and
to share in the profits. All we ask is
seed enough to run 8 months. Fur
nish them and we will pay a hand
some profit to you. You get your
share if you bring us but one load of
Beginning today we will pay 25
cents for seed at our gin. Next week
we hope to be able to have room for
all the seed offered us.
We want to express our apprcia
tion of the large business already
given us and we regret that we have
not had the room to take all the seed
Farmers Oil Mill
Newberry, S. C., Sept. 2,3 1904.
HA1TIE McIYER LEAYELL
POlDIl of Tlic Tligil Piui Schiool oilew
lort, N. 1.)
Mower Co's Store.
September 1st, 1904.
SPECIAJ ATTENTION Til BEIMNE8.
Terlls-$3.OO pr EdJt I,asson
Newberry, S. C.
Capital - - - $50,000
Surplus - - - .19,500
since organization 21,000
Paid Depositors in
ment since or
gamnzation - - $9,200
A man working by the da'y is paid
or the time he puts inat work, but
when that man saves a dollar for his
day's labor it works for him nights,
as well as days; never lays off on
account of bad weather and never
gets sick, but goes right on earn
ing 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
account with us and get some money
working for you. Make a deposit
in the Savings department today
and let it begin to work for you.
Interest computed at 4 per cent
Tnuary i and July i of each year. e
Miss Bessie L. Simmons,
(Over Pelham's Drug Score.)
Piano and Voice.
rerm beginning Monday, Sept. 5, 1904
$3.00 Per. Eight Lessons.
For Sale by
C. H CANNON.
ffo1s Fair - t -o-is
Choice of Routes,
Through Pullman Sleepers,
3top-overs allowed at Western
North Carolina Summer Re
sorts and other points.
Low Excursion Tickets.
-or full informaticni or World's
Fair literature apply to any
agent Southern Railway, or
R. W. HUNT,
Div. Pass. Agent
Charleston, S, C..
We are pre
pared to gin 125
bales per day at
30 cents a bale.
Wil furnish bag-r
ging and ties at
We invite your
buy your seed.
louuhern Cotton Seed Oil8C.,
L W. FLOYD,
Do not place your
order for these ma
:hines untill you get
ur PRICES, we have
he BEST MADE.
F. A. SCHUMPERT.
Sec'y and Treas
FREE Cos3 Offee.
Boardat Cost. Write Onick