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PRESONAL INJURY GRAFTERS
A Railroad Detective's Work in
The chief detective of a great
Southern railway system had ad
journed to the smoking compart
ment of the Pullman for a final
cigar before he climbed into his up
per berth. He had just finished a
job of clever sleuthing and was in a
talkative mood, which quickly
brought the half dozen other smok
ers to attention.
"I suppose in the beginning I was
supplied with as much confidence in
human nature as the average man,"
he. began, as he settled back into the
cushions and put his feet on a chair,
"but after spending twenty years in
finding out just how much the truth
is stretched every time somebody
sues the company for damages for
personal injuries there isn't much
left for it.
"I hadn't been wearing railroad
gumshoes very long before I was
turned loose on a case where a six
teen year old boy wanted $ioo,ooo
damages because he was deaf and
dumb as the result of a railroad
"I worked on the case for two
years, 'during which time the suit was
postponed from one term of court to
another, until finally it had to be
tried. The sum total of all my
knowledge was that the boy hadn't
spoken nor apparently heard a word
for two years.
"On the morning of the trial I
advised the company's lawyers to
settle fo,r, $25,o6,- which they offered
to,o. The plaintiffs counsel refused
tho bffer, so the ~case was called.
"The evidence was. so completely
one-sided that .the case -would cer
tainly have been finished and gone
to- the jury before night but at noon
I had an idea. I thought that if we
fad one more day something might
turn up to us. I conferred with the
company's lawyer, and at about the
hour when the case was ready for
the jury our leading attorney was
taken suddenly ill. The judge ha4
no alternative but to adjourn court
until the next day.
"That night I went Lo tne pain
tiffs counsel and explained that we
were ready to settle but wanted to
make a physical examination of the
boy first. He had no objections, so
we rented a room ini the local hospi
tal and took the boy there.
"We put him upon an operating
table around which were gaihered
four white coated, white whiskered
men, alleged to be eminent surgeons,
but in reality the company's lawyers.
"After baring the youth's bosom
over the heart, thd chief surgeon
grabbed an ugly looking knife, and
"'Brethren, there is just about one
chance in a hundred that the pa
tienit will survive this operation. Are
you willing to take the chance?'
"'We are,' answered the others.
"The words were hardly spoken
before the boy let out a yell, and
cried. 'For God's sake, don't kill
"Then he snapped his jaws togeth
er and became dumb again, but the
few words he had said were mighty
costly for him, for his lawyers im
mediately threw up the sponge and
asked for the dismissal of the case
the next morning."
Then the detective relighted his
cigar, and remarked that he always
had more trouble getting the truth
out of a woman than a man.
"A few years ago a Buffalo wo
man. who was known to us as a
member of a fake injury syndicate,
put in a claim for $50.ooo against us
for alleged paralysis of all her limbs,
cc.d.~inued the detective. "She pre
tended that her spine had been jerk
ed out of kilter in a little one horse
wreck down in Tennessee.
"I was positive that the womanl
was as sound as a dollar. but I
couldn't prove it. So I had to move
to Buffalo and camp on her trail.
Finally I managed to strike up an
acquaintance with another wonmar,
who was on very intima:e terms with
the supposedl paralyzed one.
"I professed to be a member of a
band of personal injury grafters out
in Chicago. of whom she knew some
thing, and I showee such an. exten
sive knowledge of t.he gang that she
believed me. Of course, she want
tic the first thing, and I was for it
"She gave me a very effusive letter
of introduction, and I started out on
the warpath. When I found the wo
man I wanted, she was propped up in
bed, and was certainly doing the
helpless act to perfection. When I
sprung the letter she warmed up, and
we were soon merrily discussing our
experiences in taking various kinds
of falls out of railroad treasuries.
"When I arose to go I suggested
that her friends in Chicago might
like to read a little note from her,
which I would be pleased to deliver
within a couple of days. Never sus
pecting for a moment, she hopped
jauntily out of bed and dashed off
a few. lines in no time.
"Then I sprung my detective's
badge on her and she suddenly be
came the most active woman I ever
saw. She made a break for a gun,
but I pulled first, and had her in a
cell in less than an hour.
"She was arrested not long ago in
Chicago for trying to flim-flam an
TPYE THROWN AWAY.
Daily Paper Given a New Dress
The leading paper of London has
a new dress every day. Every
morning before the compositors
commence their daily work a quan
tity of new type is brought into the
place, and the old, which. was used
only the day before, is carried out
and melted over into new. ~This
has been made possible only by the
invention of a new rotary type-cast
ing machine, which -does. its work so
rapidly and so economically that it
is cheaper. to throw the type away
than to distribute it. While this is
practically true of the linotype,
which is in general use in this coun
try, it has not been the custora here
tofore to throw away the product of
the individual type machines now on
the market after a single use. Most
of these machines provide for the
mechanical distribution of the pieces
and their use over again for a num
ber of times.
The inventor of this machine is a
man named Wicks, and he is not an
engineer by profession, but a jour-I
nalist, and was formerly a member
of the gallery staff of The Times. His
original invention has been vastly
improved in the course of years' ex
perimenting. Before the invention
and perfection of this wheel a type
making machine which could turn
out 6,ooo types ~an hour was consid
ered rapid; the rotary wheel casts
6o,ooo with ease and 40 per cent.
more cheaply than the old machines.
Al! the calculations, and they are pe
culiarly complicated, since, to com
ply with the traditions of printing,
the unit is 1-72 part of an inch, are
carried out to six places of decimals,
and the men who grind the punches
or make the wheels work to 1-10.000
of an inch. The care taken.and the
quality of the machinery employed
may be guaged by the fact that the
little punch-cutting machines, which
each cast nearly 5,ooo are bedded,
to avoid vibration, on a depth of six
teen feet of concrete, which in its
turn is laid on oak piles five feet
I Birthdays in Japan.
The Japanese hav'e a queer way of
celebrating birthdcays: Instead of a
party in September for little 0 Tatsu,
and a party in December for little
UJme, there's a party in February in
honor of all the little girls and one
in May for all the little boys.
In F'ebruary every little girl re
ceives from all her grown-up rela
tives and friends gifts of dolls. and
besides these dolls her mother takes
out of the closet many of the dolls
she had when she was a child, and
some of the older dolls that the little
risganmither had when she was
a little to', and I dare say there are
dolls that belonged to the little girl's
great-grandmother-quaint dolls in
faded clothes of a hundred years and
more ago, and care.fully handed down
frmmther to daughter ever since.
Thn tthe first of May comes the
boys' festival--the fi1h festival, it is
Every family that's lucky enough
to have a boy p)uts up a flagpole in
the door-yard, or perhaps several
families combine to use the same
one than one family could afford. U1
the top of the pole is a gilt ball, o:
else a basket with something brigh
and tinsely in it. And flying fron
the pole, in the brisk spring winds
is a whole string of carp, made o
oiled paper or cloth, painted in brigh
colors and anywhere from five t<
some fifteen feet long. Each fist
belongs to some particular boy, an<
the carp is chosen because it is ,
big, Etrong fish, and not only cai
swim against the most rapid cur
rents, but in its eagerness to get ul
stream will leap straight up water
The gold ball means a treasure
which the carp, leaping and strug
gling, buffetted by the wind, is for
ever trying to reach. And th4
whole thing means that the boy whei
he's a man, will have to battle hi
way as the sturdy carp up the river
A Tip in Advance.
A small boy who had been forbid
den by his mother to go in swimming
ran away from school and had ;
bully time at the old swimming hole
When he came home his mothci
whose suspicions were asoused, tool
him to task:
"Jimmie, have you been in swim
Looking her straight in the eye th<
boy said: "Mother you may lic
me, but I won't lie to you, I was.
Remembering the story of the Fa
ther of his country, the womat
thinking she had for a son anothe
Washington, clasped him in her arm
"My boy it was wrong to disobe]
your mother, but I am .glad that yot
will not lie to escape punishment.
An hour after the boy's brothei
asked him why 'he had owned up s<
"Huh," said the boy, "that littli
tittle tale, Jim Snoops, was in wit
us and I tied his shirt up into sb
knots and he said he was a comin
over here to tell mother where I'<
been and I figured that if I didn'
tell her, I was maybe in for threo
lickings, one for goin' in swimmin
one for lyin', and one for .tyin' then
knots. I hadn't nuthin' to lose an<
everything to gain by workin' thi
George Washington business oi
To Keep Young.
Keep in the sunlight; nothin
beautiful or sweet grows or ripen:
in the darkness.
Avoid fear in all its varied form:
of expression. It is the greates
enemy of the human race.
Avoid excesses of all kinds; the;
are injurious. The long life mus
be a temperate, regular one.
Don't live to eat, but eat to live
Many of our ills are due to overeat
ing, to eating the wrong things an<
to irregular eating.
Don't allow yourself to think oi
your birthday that you are a yea
older and so much nearer the end.
Never look on .the dark side; tak<
sunny views of everything; a sunn:
thought drives the shadows.
Be a child; live simply and natural
ly and keep clear of entangling alli
ances and complications of al
Cultivate the spirit of contentment
all discontent and dissatisfactio:
bring age furrows prematurely to th<
Form a habit of throwing off be
fore going to bed at night' all the
cares and anxieties of the d,ay
everything which can possibly caus
mental wear and tear or deprive yoi
Women have a queer way of ap
proving the taste shown by othe
As a general thing, women lool
with suspicion upon the man wh<
treats them with silence.
The customers of the undersingn
ed banks and the public generall:
will please take notice that they wil
close daily at 3 p. in., beginning Jan
uary 10th., 1905, and that no busines
will be iranacted after that hour.
National Bank of Newberry,
by T. S. Duncan, Cashier.
by Z. F. Wright, Cashier.
Newberry Savings Bank,
by J. E. Norwood, Casir.
eamer 2a, re4.
1 Assessment of Personal Property
f For 1905.
t I or an authorized agent will be
> at the following named places for
1 the purpose of taking returns of per
I sonal property for the year 1905:
1 Maybinton-TueFday, Jan. 10.
I Glymphviile--Wednesday, Jan. Ir.
- Walton-Thursday, Jan. r2.
Pomaria-Friday, Jan. 13.
- Jolly Street-Monday, Jan. 16.
Little Mountain-Tuesday, Jan. 17.
O'Nealls-Wednesday, Janu.ry 18.
- St. Luke's-Thursday, Jan. 1g.
Pro.p.rity-Friday and Saturdav,
January 20 and 21.
1 And at Newberry until February
2o, after which time a penalty of bfty
per cent. will be added against part es
failing to make returns. While on
the rounds named above my office
- will be open for the purpose of tak
ing returns at that place. The law re
L quires a tax on all notes, mortgages
and moneys, also an income tax on
gross incomes of $2,5oo and upwards.
There shall be -i capitation tax of 50
cents each assessed on all dogs, the
proceeds to b: expended for school
p.irposes. All males between the
ages of 21 and 6o years, except Con
federate soldiers or those persons in
capable of earning a support by being
maimed or from any other cause,
are liable to poll tax, Don't ask that
r your return be taken from the books
the same as last year. All personal
property must be relisted and sworn
Parties moving out of towsships
in which their taxes were paid last
r year should so state to assessor, so
as to avoid their names being enter
ed in two townships.
Name or number of school district
must also be given.
There will be no assessment of real
estate this year, but be sure to make
t transfers of all lands or lots bought
or sold since last return.
Wm. W. Cromer,
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S We shall not urge you to buy,
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Doctor Knew it Could Not Be.
Dr. W. W. Keen, the Philadelphia
5urgeon, has a number of scrap
books filled with anecdotes about phy
sicians. These anecdotes are odd,
from the fact that they all throw up
on physicians a most unflatteri
light. . To illustrate their character,
Dr. Keen quoted one of em'recnt
"A physician was driving thxojgh
the street," he said. "A freon -
"'Doctor,' said the friend,' axioil
ly, 'have you heard that.e. h9pble
story -about Williamson?' .
'No,' said the doctor. 'What
story it that?' -
'A story to the effect that hewas
'Buried alive?' said the'docir.
'Impossible. He was one of my pa
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