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A STRANGE STORY.
Desecration of a Grave Seems to B
Fulfillment of A Premonition.
A small card in the Columbia Sta
of Sundar from the town of Blair'S
in Fairfield cwuntv. says the Colum
hia Sta:e. bringzs to mind a romantii
story and one which has its pathos
Tnis card was as fc.llows:
To the Editor of the State:
The grave of Col. Provence a
Rock Creek church was dug up an
the :asket broke open a few night
ago b.y parties unknown. Ve under
;taincd Col. Provence was buried abou
Something should be done by th<
right parties, whoever they are. t<
see if the perpetrators could not b<
ap,,rehended and dealt with accord
ing to law.
Is it possible we cannot rest in th(
The friends and family will regre
tj learn this. Not knowing the ad
dress of any of the family I take thi:
way of notifying them and hope yot
will pubiish same.
Blair's, April 7. J. V. Blair.
In course of conversation yester
day, Mr. W. H. Lyles told of cer
tain circumstances which make th<
act )f vandalism doubly strange.
Mr. Lyles knew Col. Provence well
for they made their homes on adjoin
ing plantations, and although Col
Provence was at the time of his deatt
about 6o years old and Mr. Lyles wa!
a young man, the friendship betweer
the two was strong.
"The account of the desecration o:
the .grave of Col. David Provence,'
said Mr. Lyles. "arouses in my mind
sincere regret, as it seems to be the
fulfilment of a premonition which wa!
entertained by Col. Provence foi
months before his death.
"For many months before hi,
death he frequently spoke to me o:
his dread that his remains shoul
some day be disturbed, or that th<
plowshare should turn the soil abov(
his grave. At that time my famili
owned the land on the other side o
the public road from Rock Creel
church, and on a beautiful knoll op
posite to the church and a few feel
from the public road was a large roct
with a V shape opening facing th(
church. His special request to mi
was that he might be buried in tha1
opening in'order that his grave should
be protected forever from the plow
share. This was done, and when th<
tract of land was subsequently sold
a small square was reser;ed on ac
count of the grave. Now. 31 years
after his death the thing that h<
dreaded has come to pass: the caskei
has been torn open and his bones
ruthlessly scattered upon the surfact
of the ground.
"He was a man of brilliant intellec1
and of rare qualitites of heart. Hi
had served gallantly in the Mexicar
war and was promoted on the field o
battle at Buena Vista for gallantry
and received a captain's commission
He was one of the principal heroes
of the defense of Port Hudson dur
ing the War of the Confederacy as the
colonei of one of the Arkansas regi
ments holding the centre of the works
of defense of that town, and it was
said of him in this account of his lift
from which I read that during the
entire siege he left his post only wher
he sallied forth to destroy the enemy's
works or thrust the bayonet into his
loins. Although in feeble health
neither dangers nor privations, not
exposure, nor physical infirmity
abated one jot of his martial valor oi
his unceasing vigilance. Having mar
ried Miss Hall, of Fairfield district
he purchased and settled on a planta
tion adjoining my father's, and in the
troublous times subsequent to the
war I came to know him well."
Mr. Lyles said that he could in nc
way account for the desecration oi
the rude rockwalled sepulcher. Col
Provence was buried with no jewels
and enmity is hard to believe, for he
knew few who hated him enough tc
so profane his last resting place. Had
the act been committed shortly after
his death, a reason might have bettei
been sought for, but now after 31
years, it is amystery.
What He Asked For.
"I say, Mahlsticque, old fellow,"
cried Dauber, bursting into the studic
where his brother artist was at work
ays a exhane, "I suppose vot
don't happend to have a fiver that's
no use to Vol ?"
"I won't sav that I haven't. old
boy. replied NIahlisticque. cheerfully.
Let's have a look." He unlocked a
drawer. rummaged in it for a moment
and then produced a crisp ?5 note.
"Here vou are. my son." he said
handing it to the delighted Dauber.
'Take it with my blessing and don't
spend it in dissipation."
Exit Dauber bristling wth thanks.
Twenty minutes later he re-entered.
t bristling with profanity. "Here. I
sa. vou all sorts of bad words ras
cal.' he shouted. "that five-r's bad."
"I know it is,'' replied Mahlitsicque,
"Know it is!' bawled lhe infuriat
ed borrower, "then what the deuce
> did you lend it to me for?"
"Steady. lad, steady," said the oth
- er. soothingly: "don't get excited.
You asked me if I'd got a fiver that
was no use to me. and I gave you one.
I can assure that it's absolutely no
use to me whatever. You're welcome
to-" But Dauber was gone.
Lo Rates to Havana, Cuba, and Re
turn Via Southern Railway.
On March 29th, 1905, the Southern
Railway company will operate Per
sonally Conducted Excursion from
points in North and South Carolina
to Havana, Cuba and return at the
very low rate of one fare plus two
dollars ($2.00) for the round trip,
which includes meals and berth on
Tickets will be sold on March 29th,
1905, to connect with steamer night
of March 30th, i9o5, (about 11.40 D.
M.) Tickets will be limited for re
turn passage on any steamer leaving
Havana, Cuba, until April 13th, 1905,
final limit of tickets to be April 16th,
Stop-over on return journey will be 40
allowed at points in the stae of Flori
da south of Jacksonville within final W
limit of ticket. 6
For further information as to reser
vations on steamer, schedules, etc., th
address any agent, Southern railway, pr
R. W. Hunt,
D. P. A., Southern Railway, In
Charleston, S. C. tr
Very Low Excursion Rates.
Via the Southern railway to the th
Kansas City, Mo.-Southern Bap
tist convention: May Ioth-17th, 1905.
Rate one first class fare plus 50 cents PL
for round trip. Tickets on sale May O(
7 to 11 inclusive; final limit May em
'23d, 1905. CC
St. Louis. Mo.-National Baptist m
Anniversary, May 16-24, 1905: Rateo
one first class fare plus 25 cents for o
round trip. Tickets on sale May 14
15-16, with final limit May 27th, 1905
Asheville. N. C.-South Atlantic
Missionary Conference, May 17-21st,
!905. Rate one first class fare plus -.
25 cents for the round trip. Tickets
on sale May 16, 17th; final limit MayB
Fort Worth. Texas-General As
sembly Southern Presbyterian church
May 18-26th, 1905. Rate one first
class fare plus $2.oo for round trip. IN
Tickets on sale May 15th, 16th, 17th;
final limit May 31st, 1905
Toronto, Ont.-International Sun
day School association, June 2o-27,
1905. Rate one first class fare plus
5o cents for round trip. Tickets on
sale June 19, 20, 22, 23, 1905; limit
June 30th, 1905.
Hot Springs, Va.-Southern Hard
ware Jobbers association June 6-9, ..
1905. Rate one first class fare plus
25 cents for round trip. Tickets on O
-sale June 3, 4, 5; final limit June 13th,
Savannah, Ga.-National Travel- -
ers Protective association of America, Lv.
May 16-23, 1905. Rate one first class Ar.
fare pl"e 5o cents for round trip. L.v.
Tickets on sale May 13-14th; final Ar.
limit May 26th, 1905. Ar.
Savannah, Ga.-Fourth Annual
Tour'nament Southern Golf associa- Ar.
tion, May 9-13, 1905. Rate one first Ar.
class fare plus twenty-five cents for AAr
round trip. Tickets on sale May 7, ~
8, 9. Igo5; limited May 15th, 19o5. Ar.
-The Southern railway is the most -.
direct line to all of the above points,L.
operating Pullman sleeping cars, high A.
back vestibule coaches, with superb
dining car service. Lv
For detailed information apply to -j
any ticket agent this company, or i
R. W. Hunt, G
Division Passenger Agent,
Charlestn, S. C.
The great increase in pro
f duction of eggs has giver
"International Poultry Food'
a wonderful reputation all over
every State. We guarantee
that it cannot be fed to hens
at any time, winter or sum
mer, without showing a large
increase in eggs. You do not
hare to use the food at an
e. Ara expense because it will
make you more money after
deducting its cost. One extra
(egg per month will pay the
entire cost of feeding it and
often more than doubles the
supply. It contains no poison
ous or injurious ingredients
and bas very superior merits.
It Gives a Glossy
it prevents sickness, pro
motes good health, causes
young chicks to grow very
rapidly, invigorates the diges
tive organs, supplies material
for bone, muscle and feathers,
and is very beneficial during
moulting season. It invig
orates the egg producing or
gans and hens will lay more
It wil prepare your chick
ens for the market more rap
idly than any other prepara
tion and has been used for
years by prominent chicken
'hy Rob Yourself of More
lhan 3 Cents per Poundi
Do you want to get from 1 C
I I cents for cotton next fal
,ile other cotton only bring!
1-2 to 7 cts?
Do you want to grow cottor
at will bring a difference it
ice sufficient to more thar
y for the picking and fertilizer
fact will almost cover the en
e expense of makingthe crop
so, I can furnish you the
ed. Every ten bales wil
ing $125 00 to $150.00 more
an other varieties. 50 bush
s will plant 50 to 60 acres
iould make 40 to 50 bales
it in your pocket from $500
)to $750.00. One year'
:perience with these seed wil
>nvince you that this state
ent is true. I am plantini
ily Florodora this year.
Well bred Berkshire an<
:>land China Pigs for Sale.
J. A. BURTON.
est Mineral As
C. H. CA NNON,
ear G., N. & L. Depot
Dr. R. M. Kenrnedy,
Iewberry, - - S. C.
OVER NATIONAL BANK.
(schedule in Effect April z6, 19o5.)
.No- 52. Daily.
Newberry...... ...... .12.36 p. m.
Laurens ...... ......1.50 p. m
No. 2. Daily.
Laurens............. --50 p). m .
Greenwood............ 2.46 p. m.
Augusta.............. -5.20 P. m.
Anderson .. .........7.10 p. m.
Nc. 42. Daily.
Augusta. ......... ...........--.... 2 35P. m
A11endale.............. ...---------4 30 .Z.
Fairfax... ... ...... .~........4.41 p. mf
Charleston... ...................... 7.40 p. m
Beaufort...................... ...6.3o p. m
Port Royal.. .......... ... ...... 6.40 p. m
Savannah....................... 6.45 P. m
waycross ... ...... ..............10o.0o p. m.
No. r.~ Daily.
Laurens...........................- 2.07 p. n
Spartanburg ......... ...-.....-.--...3 .20 p. m
No. 52. No.
Laurens............20og p. m. 8.oo a. m
Greenv7ille ........... --3.25 p. m. 10 20 a. mn
bogPula.Car service between An.
ta and Jacksonville, Fla.
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C). T. BRYAN, Gen'I Agt., Greenville. S. C.J
REsT wILLIAMS, G1. Pass. Agt.,Augusta,Ga
v! EMERSn, TraEc Manager.
We Are Agents
Vclll Food I
And will back
up all guaran
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. . . them I ..
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Two Daily Pullman Vestil
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The Best Rates and Rout(
Via Richmond and W
Norfolk and Steamer
Louis, Chicago, New
Points South and Southwe
and Jacksonville and a:
PoSSITIVELy THE SHORT:
W'-For detailed information,
man reservations, etc., appiy 1
board Air Line Railway, or Joe
Passenger Agent, Columbia, S
C. F. STE WRT, Ass
W. L URROUGHS,Tray. I
THE SOUTH'S GREA TEST SYS~
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CONVENIENT SCHEDULES ON.
WINTER TOURISTS' RATES are
For full information as to rates, route
Railway Ticket Agent, or
R.W HUN T,' T
Which is Printed
on Every Label.
Buy, pay for and use one
5 cent box or one 50 cent box
r one $1.00 size box of "In
ernational Poultry Food" as
irected and if it fails to fWi
11 our claims write to our
ffice and we will refund your
ioney. We will pay any one
100 iE cash if we ever refuse
o live up to this agreement.
Also Cheapest to Use.
Our 25 cent box contains
00 feeds for 12 fowls. Our
1.00 size box contains 400
eeds for 12 fowls. You can
ot afford to pay 25 cents per
ox for some other kinds that
nly contain 25 feeds. 100
eeds for 25 cents is certainly
,ery much cheaper than 25
eeds for 25 cents. We save
,ou 75 feeds over other kinds.
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E to all Eastern Cities
ashington, or via
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isr ~LNE B~rE'TEE
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3 CARS ON ALL THR"UE
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now in effect to all Florldu
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