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GENERAL NEWS NOTES.
Items of Mor or Less Interest Con
densed Throughout the State.
Relatives of Ira D. Sankev, the fa
mous singing evangelist, have decided
to take him south in the hope of pro
longing his life.
Eight officers and 25 seamen of the
British stearmer Kelvin arrived at
New York on Tuesday morning on
the steamer Ponce.- They had aban
doned their sinking vessel.
The McCue trial at Charlottesville is
nearly ended. Progress has been
exceedingly slow and the trial has
been a tedious one. The affair will
in all probability be ended this week.
John Sharp Williams, the demo
cratic floor leader in the house of re
presentatives, is making campaign
speeches in Maryland. He spoke. in
Frederick on Tuesday.
Judge Alton B. Parker addressed a
democratic mass meeting at Madi
son Square Garden on Tuesday, held
-under the auspices of the Parker and
Davis Business Men's association.
Gen. C. C. Mason, a distinguished
British officer, who served 30 years
in India with the Madras army, died
at his home, near Greenfields, CaL.,
on Monday last.
The officers of the organization of
the Slocum survivors sent a letter
to President Roosevelt thanking him
for his prompt and energetic action
in the matter.
Rear Admiral Rae, in a navy re
port this week, states that the navy
is becoming weakened by the great
scarcity of first class engineers. This
profession, he says, is sadly in need
The -American consulate at Amey,
China, has been burned to the ground,
valuable records being destroyed.
The report of the disaster reached
Washington on Wednesday.
The marriage of Lizzie Fey band
Allen May. which was to have been
solemnized in Philadelphia on Wed
nesday was checked at the altar when
the priest learned that May had been
The reservoir wall at Winston
Salem. N. C., broke on Wednesday
-morning, with the result that ten per
sons were drowned and many houses
were swept away by the rushing wave
Martin Olson, who shot himself
on October 21 after holding up the
bookkeeper of Mundy's Machine
works in Newark. N. J., and trying
to get away wvith $i,271, died from
his wound on Wednesday.
3A dozen persons were injured,
~Nthree of them seriously, in a colli
sion between two surface cars at
Norty-second street and Ninth aven
.\on Tuesday afternoon, in New
Yolk. Both cars were badly smash
Ten miners were killed in a shaft
of the Lackawannia coal company, in
Pennsylvania on Wednesday. The
car in which the men were descend
ing was attached to a cable which
broke, precipitating. the men to the
bottom of the eighteen-hundred-foot
shaft. The engineer is thought to
have :ost control of his engine.
The Japanese have crossed the
Shakhe river toward the north-east.
The Japanese center and right flank
are endeavoring to complete an en
veloping movement which will take
in the greater part of the main Rus
sian division. The Russians are
holding their own, but it is under
stood that no -further attempt will be
made to hold Mukden.
Being a great political leader is
akiihg other people believe what
SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS.
Items of More or Less Interest Con
densed in the State.
Rev. J. W. Ariail. pastor of the
Bennettsville circuit. has been given
a free trip to St. Louis by his appre
The Whitney mills in this state,
have declared their semi-annual divi
dend of three per cent. The report
shows the mills to be in a flourishing
(The Ridgewood club, a new Colum
bia organization, opened on Wednes
day afternoon with a membership of
170. An extensive club house hat
been built on the hills to the north
of the city.
The Branchville Supply company
was totally destroyed by fire on Sun,
day night. The fire was one of the
most disastrous that ever visited the
little town. There was no insur
anc.e on the company's property.
Mr. William. Pollard, an aged citi
zen of the neighborhood of Campton,
was found dead near his home in the
woodland, on Tuesday morning.
There were no marks of violence on
the body and it is thought that his
death was due to heart failire.
The tent meeting of the Wesleyan
Methodist church at Campbello has
been brought to a successful close.
Wonderfully large crowds have been
in attendance and a great deal of
good has been done by the meeting.
The Chalk will contest in Spartan
burg county has been decided by
Judge Gentr'y. The original will was
sustained. A number of counter
claims had been set up, and for that
reason the affair was of consider
A conference of the Unitarian
churches of the entire south will be
held in Charleston or the 22 of No
vember. It will last two or three
days and will be attended by repre
sentatives of nearly every southern
'Fannie Binds, colored. of Ashland,
was found dead on yesterday morn
ing, having been shot in the mouth
during the night by her husband,
Peter Binds. Te weapon used was
a thirty-eight calibre revolver. . The
couple had quarrelled before.
Mr. Seth M. Milliken one of the
leading industrial spirits of Spartan,
burg stated that considerable im
provement would be made in the near
future in the plant of the Pacolet
mills. Either new buildings wvill be
erected or the old ones will be im
A warrant was issued this week ir
Orangeburg for the arrest of David
Ott, charging him with the assault of
Miss Lula Shumaker, daughter of
Adam L. Shumaker. All parties are
well-known, and the affair is gener
ally deplored. The young man, whc
is about seventeen years of age. de
nies the charge.
The convention for education ir
the south will be held in Columbia
next year. The announcement is
made in a letter from the general sec
retary of that body to the state super
intendent of education. This will be
a great thing for Columbia and for
the state, for the greatest education
al leaders of the south will be pres
Special Judge Culbreath.
Hon. J. Y. Culbreath of this city
has received a commission from Sec
retary of State Gantt to hold a spec
ial term of court in Oconee, begin
ning on November 7.
Mr. Cuibreath is but lately home
from Pickens where he acted as spec
ial judge a few days ago. and was
highly commended by the local bar
for his universally satisfactory rul
All is Quiet at Gibraltar and the Ex.
citement Has Abated.
Gibraliar. November 2.-All ex
citement caused by the mobilizing
of troops yesterday has abated. It
is believed that the cris: is over.
The British cruiser Boomerang and
the torpedo flotilla have returned to
[he harbor. The battleship Illus
trious and .be cruiser Lee' er have
also arrived from Vigo and Malta re
Three of the largest battleships left
the harbor today sailing eastward.
The Cruiser Leander and Boom
erang and three torpedo boats left
this afternoon, sailing westward.
WILLIAMS NOT TO HANG..
Has Been Granted a Respite Till De
cember 23-New Evidence.
Aaron Williams will not be hanged
at Camden Friday. Upon the pre
sentation of affidavits which indicate
that the negro might not have been
convicted had all the evidence been
submitted at the trial, Gov. Heyward
has given the condemned man a res
pite until December 23. This is
done in order that parties interested
in having nothing but justice meted
out may go before the courts and
ask for a ne v trial on the plea of
"after discovered evidence," or evi
dence wh;ch was not available to be
procured at the trial after due dili
gence has been exercises.
Aaron Williams was accused of
1-having made a criminal assault upon
a Mrs. Langley in the eastern part
of Kershaw county in September.
There was no lawyer for the defehse
when the case was called and Judge
Purdy appointed Mr. W. D. Tran
tham to appear as the negro's coun
sel. Mr. Trantham made all the de
fense possible under the circumstan
ce., but the negro was convicted.
S-,n after the negro was arrested
on this awtul charge, the husband of
the woman committed suicide.
There were so many suspicious cir
cumstances that thr Rev. W. B. Gor
don, the Episcopal rector at Camden,
Mr. L. W. Bovkin., one of the direc
tors of the state dispensary, and other
representative citizens came to Mr.
Trantham's assistance and endeavor*
ed to get together evidence which~
would show whether or not the negrc
was guilty. On the 17th of Octo
ber the gentleman named came to
Columbia to intercede for the negro
and brought a petition numenously
signed. Governor Heyward declined
to interfere unless affiadavits could
Wednesday the gentlemen camt
back with affidavits showing tha'
there is grave doubt whether or not
the crime was committed without
consent, and the governor decided to
give the condemned man a respite
until after the meeting of the specal
term of court in Kershaw so that
the negro may get a chance to be
heard on his motion for a new trial
on the plea of after discovered evi
She Never Forgot the Lost Five.
An Atchison man lost $3 in making
change and when he went home tol
his wife about it. This happened si:
years ago, and she has never forgot.
ten it, often telling him what luxuries
they could afford if he hadn't lost
the money. Last week their sor
dropped $2.ooo in a poor investment
"Don't say a word to him abou.t it,
she said to her husband. "Poor boy
he feels bad enough as it is.
An actress may not be an angel
herself, but she doesn't object to hav
COL. HUNT TO PRESIDE.
Invited By the Greenville Bar to
Preside at Common Pleas Court.
The fnllowing is from the Green
ville Daily News:
After an informal meeting of the
Bar associat'on yesterday mornirg it
was decidl-ed to invite Co. V. H. Hunt
of Newberry to preside over the com
ing term of the court of common
pleas which convenes here November
31. A telegram was sent Col. Hunt
at once, and yesterday afternoon Oscar
Hodges. the secretary of the associa
tion, received an answer from Col.
Hunt. in which he expressed his wil
lingness to serve, but informed him
that Judge Gage was improving and
hoped to be able to fill his engage
ment here. Because of this, Govern
or Heyward will hold Col. Hunt's ap
pointment as special judge open until
just before the court convenes, when
Judge Gage will decide whether his
condition permits him to attend or
The acceptance of Col. Hunt af
fords the local attorneys much satis
faction and pleasure. He is a law
yer of ability and has frequently act
ed as special judge in several other
counties wi;h tact- and fairness. He
is popular everywhere and the local
bar will be glad to welcome him
when the court convenes.
This is not a more genuinely ad
mired man in public life in the state.
however, than Circuit Judge Gage.
He is an ornament to the bench, and
his prolonged illness ha given his
friends at every bar in the state no
little concern. No presiding officer
could be more free from prejudice
than Judge Gage. Should he ul'i
mately decide not to come, his de
termination will be learned with gen
eral regret here, because of the per
sonal regard and esteem in w hich he
There will be a great deal of work
at the coming term. There are num
erous cases on the docket already for
trial in spite of the fact that the last
day for filing suits with the clerk of
court does not expire for several
Excursion on Southern.
The two last special excursions
were so successful that the Southern
railway will operate another person
ally conducted excursion to St.
Louis, (World's Fair). Special train
consisting of coaches and Pullman
cars will leave Columbia, S. C. Thurs
day. November 17th, 1904, at 7:1o a.
in., and arrive St. Louis 4:5o p. mn.,
next day, going via Union, Spartan
burg, Asheville, Knoxville and Louis
This train will be in charge of one
of our most courteous and exper
ienced passenger agents, who will
look especially after ladies and chil
dren traveling alone. This train will
be a solid through train, and upon
application in advance, we will re
serve for each passenger one whole
seat, also accommodations and
board will be engaged in Sa. Louis,
by giving notice in advance, as to
what rate desired, length of stay in
St. Louis. etc.
This will be the la;t oppo)rtunity
to see the greatest World's Fair, as it
will close on December ist, 1904.
For fnll information as to rates,
schedules. etc.. appi. R. W. Hunt,
D. P. A. Charleston. S. C.
Notice is hereby given t.hat a meet
ing of the democratic party of N.w
berry w'1l be he'd in the c~ty council
chamnQers on the n:ght of November
the 4th :-t eight o'clock. A large
attend(ance is urge&. 'lhe meeting
is for the pumpose of providing for
the nomination of mnunicipdl officers
and for the tr;.nM'ction of other bus
iness. 0. B. Mayer,
IL H. Hunt, ' Chairman.
Governor Sets a Price Upon tie
Heads of Newberry Mur
Rewards have been offered by the
governor for the capture of Fed Her
bert anO Will Simpkins, both wanted
for murder, in this county. The re
wards were offered At the_request of
Hon. Geo. S. Mower, who brought
the matter before 'the chief executive
The Columbia papers contain a re
port of the correspondence which led
up to the offer.
Under dates of October igth Sen
ator Geo. S. Mower of Newbeny
wrote Governor Heyward that in the
last 6o days two homicides had been
committed in Newberry county and
the accussed we-e still at large. Mr
Mower. supposing that the coroner
had informed the governor's office of
the crimes, wrote that it would be
advisable to offer a reward. Gov.
Hevward wrote back for a descrip
tion and upon receipt of Mr. Mower's
reply Monday offered a reward of
$50 in each case for the arrest of Fed
Herbert and Will Simpkins.
It is singular that these two are
accused of crimes committed within
20 miles of the place where the Sa
luda tragedy occurred. and one hom
icide occurred October iith and the
other October 12th.
Sheriff M. M. Buford has given the
following description of the two
wanted in Newberry county: 7
"Fed Herbert, a negro, is wanted foi
the murder of Jim Petersc murdez
committed September 24, 1904. De
scription: Ginger cake, weight i6o,
5 feet 6 inches high, thick and chunky
has a swinging walk, been shot in
jaw or side of face.
"Will Simpkins, a negro, is want
ed for the murder of Chris Porter,
murder committed October ii, i9o4.
Description: Black, age about 28
or 3o years. weight 165 pounds.
height about 5 feet 6 inches. largL
pop eyes. has a peculiar walk, wa:
raised in Cooper township. near Old
Territory, Greenwood county. ha.
been living in Newberrv county for
last io years. Arrest and wire me
at my expense in case they are lo
cated or arrested."
Simpkins killed Chris Porter ovel
a trivial matter. The latter's hogs
destroyed a quilt belonging to Simp
kins. the article of bed covering be
ing on Simpkins' fence at the time.
The deceased was shot without warn
ing. A picturesque feature of the
1'omicide is the fact that the inquest
w as held by torchlight in the field
were the negro wa.s sot down. .
Temperature for October, 1904.
Mean maximum 74.6. .
Mean minimum 47.5.
Maximum 90.; date, 11th
Minimum 30.; date, 24th.
Greatest daily ran ge 36.
Precipitation: Total -37 inch.
Greatest in 24 hours, .20 inch; date.
Number of days with o1. inch or
me>re precipitation, 3: clear 25 fair
2: cloudy 4.
Dates of killing frosts 23. 24.
Thunder storms 6th.
Very dry month. Splendid weath
er for gathering crops. Too dry to
Rainfall 1o months I903-50-79
Rainfall ro months 19o4-a.79
Deficiency 1o months 1904-21.0o
September 1895 did not have any
precipitation. hut O?tober had some.
September and October- 9o4, is the
drvest on record at this station. T
had no rain gage in 1886 but my re
collection is that we had scaricely any
rain in September, October and No
W. G. Peteron, V 0.