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GENERAL NEWS NOTES.
Items of Mor or Less Interest Con
densed Throughout the State.
The Brooklyn Eagle has published
an estimate giving New York to Par
ker by a very large plurality. The
figures are conservative.
Populist candidate Watson has is
sued a final word to his followers iv
which he says that if he gets an en
couraging vote de will go to work
in earnest to build up a reform party.
On Friday a passenger steamer
was sunk by a collision in the Medi
terranean, of Angeria, resulting in the
drowning of over one hundred peo
ple, mostly immigrants.
President Roosevelt last week pub
lished a passionate denial of Parker's
statement that the republisan party
had used trust money in the campaign
having compelled the trusts to fur
nish said money. On Saturday night,
in a speech before a democratic club
of New York, Parker renewed the
charge's, and showed that Roosevelt's
denial was inadequate and weak.
Ex-Mayor McCue, of Charlottes
ville, who has been on trial for the
murder of his wife, for the last few
weeks, was found guilty of murder in
the first' degree, the jury coming to
a verdict at about noon on Saturday.
An appeal has been made on the
ground that the jurors read and were
influenced in their decision by news
SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS.
Items of More or Less Interest Con
densed in the State.
On Saturday there was a severe
storm off Charleston. So far as can
be learned no vessels were damaged.
The Charleston trades and labor
assembly will be represented at the
ig gathering of the American Feder
ation of labor, in S-n Francisco, dur
in the latter part of this month.
The husband of Mary Binds, the
-negro woman who .was murdered at
Bisbopville several days ago, is still
at large despite the efforts of Sheriff
Smith to effect his capture.
Capt John S. Rowe, one of the larg
est and bes-known planters of
Orangeburg county, has sold his large
plantation to several gentlement from
The Anderson mills, on account of
the good rains, will soon be able to
run on full time agrin. The mill peo
pIe have been es-;ec'ally desirous for
rain because of +he lowness of the
stream which furnihs the power.'
Mr. Appelt, who has been for years
the assistant postmaster of Darling
ton, has resigned his position, and
*will soon go on the road in the inter
est of a mercantile house.
The city of Greenville is making
strenuous efforts to get the full sup
nort of the whole state in the support
of a measure which concerns the city
*of Greenville alone, and which will be
voled on at the election as o consti
Chester county breaks the record
for speedy legal punishment. Lewis
Williams, colored, committed house
breaking and larnecy last week, was
tried, sentenced to one year of hard
labor, and put to work all in less than
three days time.,
'While two negro boys were playing
with a loaded pistol in Spartanburg
county, on Friday last, the weapon
exploded with the result that one of
the boys, John Kirtendall, was shot
and perhaps fatally wounded.
The annual state convention of the
D.. A. R. is meeting in Spartanburg
this -week, commencing today and
continuing throughout Thursday.
An interesting program is being pre
pared for each day of the convention.
Mr. W. R. Dunn, of Donalds, has
the misfortune to lose ten fine mules
in a fire which consumed his barn last
week. The estimated loss is not
given, and thec ause of the fire is not
The supreme court last week filed
a decision in which it is declared that
an arrest for misdemeanor cannot be
made without a warrai b a police
officer unless the alleged crime is
committed in his sight or unless the
circumstance is peculiar because of
some special emergency.
Millie Bell, a white woman of Bay
last Thursday by a hoe in the hands
of William Bell, a male relative of
the woman. Mrs. Bell, the deceased,
was the wife of George Bell. The
killing was the result of a family feud
of long standing. Several persons
implicated in the trouble were arrest
ed on Saturday.
THE ORIGIN OF GENIUS.
Mystery Surrounding the Cause of
Greatness in Men.
The revival of interest in Chopin, due
to the appearance of a biography and
a discussion of his place among-mu
sical composers, has also called atten
tion to the fact that there is also no
discovorable origin of his genius. His
parents, while not of the lowest peas
ant class, were not remarkable people,
nor did any of his brothers or sisters
display any marked characteristics to
distinguish them from the average
human kind. Chopin, however, from
infancy, gave evidence of superior
musical development. He speedily
distanced his instructors upon the
piano, wrote stich difficult music that
he was compelled to devise his own
method of fingering, and improvised
long before he knew anything of
technical counterpoint and harmony.
His genius was. intuitive. No one
can tell whence it came. All de
lighted in its manifestaton.
What is true of Chopin is true of
nearly every other genius the world
has known.- A family pursues its com
mon place existence for , -eral gen
erations, and then, without any ap
parent reason, a son or daughter, en
dowed with faculties quite foreign to
parents and relatives, mount to the
highest pedestral of fame. Genius,
however, does not beget genius, and
so, as soon as nature has sported
with the one shining example, the
glory dies away, and once more the
dead level of, common humanity is
There was not, for instance, a
gradual ascent to nor an equally even
descent from the height which
Shakespeare reached. He stands
alone, with nothing before and noth
ing after. Neither his father, a re
putable mercant in Stratford, nor his
mother, the daughter of a respectable
land holder, was apparently destined
to give to the world so great a son.
Wagner's father was the clerk of a
police court, although he passionate
ly loved the theatre, and his- mother
possessed no especial gifts. Beethov
en'sc father was an ordinary' musician
and his mother was the daughter of
a cook. The list might be indefin
itely extended, including great lead
ers of men like Mahomet and Na
poleon; or poets, from Homer to
Tennyson; or painters, from Raphael
to all the famous artists of the present
In all of these men the mystery of
genius was present. Its presence ex
cited curiosity, as well as admira
tion, and yet its cause remained a
sealed book. All that is said and
written is mere guesswork. No one
knows what peculiar convolution of
the brain, what p.e:.ular activity of
undiscovered cells, makes the poet,
the musician, the artist, or the gen
eral. We say that a man is a~ born
poet of a born musician, and there,
we pause. .Science brings nothing
definite to our aid, and leaves the cur
tain darkly down. -
While it is true, as Carlyle said, that
genius is capacity for taking infinite
pains, it is also true that no amount
of labor can supply the missing ele
ment of genius. A man who lacks
the vital spark at his birth might. as
well accept the place which nature
as assigned him. It is not for him
to be great. Perhaps the time will
come when the researches of the
scientists will reveal to us how
genuises are made, discovering the
conditions which create the wonder
ful gifts which make the whole
world bow in admiration. Until
then, however, the mystery of genius
must be ignorantly worshiped.
It is even poor consolation to
agree with Shopenhauer that there is
a touch of genius in every man. He
argues that unless this were the case,
it would be impossible to explain
the love of humanity for art and
music and all the concrete manifes
tations of beauty. At the same time
this is merely the statement of a
fact, not the discovery of a cause.
When the birth of e.very genius the
eternal riddle presents itself unsolved.
Som of these ays when the world
is not so wholly given over to mater
ialism, as it is today, some rare,
ethereal, spiritual mind may grasp the
secret. Meanwhile, we of the gross
er flesh can simply wonder and adore.
The History of Sheep.
Of all the domestic animals the
sheep has from time immemorial,
been most closely associated with
mankind. An erudite author sixty
years ago having laboriously col
lated an assortment of allusions to
sheep made by sacred and profane
writers, concluded that "the history
of these animals is so interwoven
with the history of man that they
never existed in a wild state at all.
Bibical history from the time of Abel
is full of allusions to the flocks which
formed the chief possessions of the
Jewish people and their neighbors.
The spoils of war and the tribute
of vassal kings largely consisted of
sheep. Thus we read that Mesha,
king of Moab, was a sheep master,
and rendered unto the king of Israel
an hundred thousand rams with the
wool. Moses after his victory ovei
the Midianites obtained as loot no
less than 675,000 sheep, and long be
fore the Christian era sheep were cul
tivated in Western Europe. Spain
and Italy possessed them from an un.
known period, although the inhabi
tants had not learned to sheer the
fleece; and, until the time of Pliny,
the practice of plucking it from the
skin was not wholly abandoned, so
long had the humble shepherds of
Syria preceded in their knowledge ot
necessary arts, the future conquerorb
of their country.
Some Ancient History.
Governor Heyward's action yes
terday in granting a respite to Aaron
Williams was based upon the con
struction of law as given by the su
preme court of South Carolina in the
case of Jeff David. This is one of
the most celebrated cases in history,
and although it occurred nearly 30
years ago the facts are familiar to
It was in this case that the princi
ple of "after discovered evidence"
was established, and the convicted
person, no matter how long after the
crime, has the right to demand a new
trial upon "after discovered evi
dence." Not "cumulative" evidence,
not evidence which was neglected at
trial, but evidence which was not
available after due diligence had been
exercised by the accused and his legal
representative. Ex-Judge W. C.
Benet, now of this city, represented
Jeff David, who for three years lived
in the shadow of the gallows, who
eight times was respited, once -while
the noose was around his neck, and
whose case was passed upon by four
governors, the supreme court, four
circuit judges, and who was prose
cuted vigorously by two solicitors
with press and public clamoring for
Senator Tillman Enters Greenv;ille
Greenville, Nov. 5--A bomb was
thrown into the camp of Walker sup
porters in the supervisor contest this
afternoon when it was made known
that a telegram had been received
from Senator Tillman 'declaring it to
be the duty of democrats to support
Speegle. The message came from
Corydon, Indiana, and was addressed
to Messrs. C. L. Verdin, W. H. Whit
mire, W. E. Wright, E. P. Burbage,
W. J. Bramlet and read as follows:
"Your telegram received. The ac
tion of the commitfee, right or wrong,
is final and all democrats must bow
to its decision. If I lived in Green
ville I should vote for Speegle. As
fraud was charged and shown on both
sides the committee should have or
dered another primary.
"Walker should vote the ticket and
urge his friends to do so and appeal
to the people hereafter to right his
The democratic primary should be
above suspicion, or the negro will
come back into our politics, some
thing we cannot afford.
(Signed) "B. R. Tillman."
On receipt of the telegram the
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from the receiving telegraph opera
tor made; before a notary to prove its m
It is believed the message will have tiu
some conciliatory effect in the coun
try neighborhoods, where is fact the s
fight has been the strongest against dC
Speegle. In the city surprise is ex- c
pressed that the senator should take
a hand in what appears to me purely yc
a local factional fight. b
Experience His Best Teacher.
A Chicago man who gave advice fo
to another man's wife has been lo
named as a correspondent in a di
vorce libel instituted by the husband th
of the woman to whom the advice
was given. The husband cannot be
blamed for wishing to give the ad
viser a chance to put his advice on ke
"How a Wife Should Be Treated"
into practice. He probably is work- io:
ng on the ther that experience is'T
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from any doctor
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THE LADIES favor painting their
urches, and there' re we urge every
nister to remember we give a liber
quartity of the Longman & Mar
iez paint toward the painting.
Don't pay $I-5o a gallon for Lini
ed Oil (worth 6o cents) which yon
Swhen you buy other paints in a
n with a paint label on it.
8 and 6 make 14, therefore when
su want fourteen gallons of paint,
ty only eight of L. & M. and mix
c gallons of pure linseed oil with
and thus get paint at less than
.20 per gallon.
Many houses are well painted with
ur gallons of L. & 2M. and three gal
is of linseed oil mixed therewith.
These celebrated paints are sold by
e Newberry Hardware Co.
Mr. Jones-Mary, can a woman
ep anything to herself?
Mrs. Jones--Yes; her private opin
, of her hushand.-Philadelph