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VOL. XLII. NO. 7 1 NEWBERRY. S. 0.. TUESDAY -MAY 30, 190,5. TWICE AWE.$.0YA
TWELVE RUSSIAN WARSHIPS
DESTROYED BY JAPS.
One May Be Flagship of Russian Ad
miral-The Report Seems Au
thentic and the War
Special to Herald and News.
Charleston, S, C., May 29.-it has
been officially announced in a dis
patch from Tokio that the Russian
Beet has been nracticaliv annihalated
by the Japanese. Twelv warships
sunk or captured. two transports and
two torpedo boats des:rovers also
Later reports awaited with inter
est. There is no doubt of the
auth-nticitv of the news.
-News and Courier.
The following specials are taken
from The State of yesterday:
Tokio. May 29. 2:15 p. .-It is of
ficially announced that Admiral Ro
jestvensky's fleet has been practically
annihilated. Twelve warships have
been sunk or captured, an I two trans
ports and two torpedo boat destroy
ers have b'een sunk.
According to'he ;est informatio:
the battle b'etween the Japanese an:
Russian naval forces for the supre
macv of the oriental seas. on which
hangs the outcome of the far eastern
'tggl e. has begun. if it has not ter
nmated decisively. All teli dis
patches received by .Ae Associated
Press point to a Japanese victory,
though it is not vet known whether
the full force of Vice Admiral Ro
jestvensky's fighting ships took part
in the contest which. according co
the dispatches. took place in the c,n
paratively narrow waters of the
Straits of Korea. The first informa
tion came in a dispatch from the
American consul at Nagasaki to the
state department at Washington tell
ing that the Japanese had sunk one
Russian battleship, four other war
ships and a repair ship in the Korean
straits, and this was followed by a
dispatch received by the state depart
ment, the date of which was not
given, that the "Japanese government
had made the announcement that its
fleet had engaged the Russians in the
Straits of Korea Saturday and had
held them.". The state department
also received information that two of
the vessels reported to have been
sunk were the sister battleships Orei
and Borodino and that three of the
other ships were cruisers. Fronm
Tsingtau, the German port on the
Shantung peninsula, came a report
that a running naval engagement
took place near the island of Oki in
the sea of Japan, 2oo miles northeast
of the Straits of Korea, and that the
whole Russian fleet did not partici
pate, the slow vessels having been
sent around Japarn. Russian sources
give no news of the battle, while the
Japanese government, following its
custom, is silent as to either the bat
tle or its outcome.
Washington, May 28.-A dispatch
was received at the state department
today saying that the Japanese gov
ernment had made the announcement
that its fleet had engaged the Rus
sians in the Straits of Korea Satur
day and had held them.
The reported sinking of the bat
tleship Borodino is mentioned in a
dispatch received at the state depart
ment today from the consul at Na
The belief in naval circles in Wash
ington is that the Japanese resorted
to a free use of their torpedo boats
in their attacks on the vessels of
Vice Admiral Rojestvensky's fleet.
The Japanese have a large number
of torpedo boats in their fleet and
they demonstrated their effectiveness
in the operations around Port Ar
thur. Naval officials here tonight
express the opinion that it was un
likely that such serious losses as
those reported could have been in
flicted by ordinary fires.
The following is the text of the
Nagasaki dispatch to the state de
"Nagasaki. May 28.-Japanese
sunk the Russian battleships Borodi
no and four more warships and a re
The other dispatch reads as fol
"Tokio, May 27.-Japanese fleet
engaged the Baltic squadron this af
ternoon in the Straits of 'su Sima.
which was held. Cannonading heard
The News in London.
London, Mlay 29.-The correspon
dent of Th! Morning Post at Shan
ghai says that a telegram has been
received from Pekin announcing that
Rojestvensky's fleet has been defeat
ed off the Tsu islands and is fleeing
northward and that four Russian
ships. including the battleship Boro
dino, have been sunk.
The Destroyed Russian, Ships.
Washington. May 28.-From in
formation which has been received
in Washington today it is believed
that two of the Russian ships report
e'd to have been sunk in the Korean
straits by the Jaranese are the Orel
and her sister ship the Borodino.
They are battleships Of '13,000 tons.
Tl-ree other vessels reported sunk
are believed to have been cruisers,
the remaining one being a repair
The Orel and Bordino are of 13.
:;6 tons displacement each. heavily
armed. well protected and were de
signed to make iS knots. They
measured 397 feet by 76 feet, with 26
feet draught and bo:h have a lofty
spar deck fully. 30 feet above the
water line extendingr from the how
to the quarter deck. Forward is
mounted a pair of 12.44 inch guns in
a turret protected by ii inches o:
Krupp armor. Another pair of guns.
of same size, is mounted aft. There
are 30 other guns on the intermediate
battery, and the vessels carry two
submerged torpedo tubes and two
above ,ter. A special feature of
the vessels is their vertical longitu
dinal bulkheads of inch armor. run
ning throughout the whole length of
the ship at a distance of 9 or o1 feet
in board from the ship's sides. de
signed to localize the effect of a
blow from a torpedo.
Carolina Summer School.
The Carolina Summer school will
be held at Wrightsville Beach, N. C.,
from June 15th to 21st, inclusive, un
der the auspices of the Methodist
Episcopal church, South, for the
training of Sunday School workers.
Prof. H. M. H:amill, D. D., of Nash
ville, Tenn., will be in charge of the
work, assisted by Bishop A. Coke
Smith, of Norfolk, Va., Mrs. H. M.
Hamill, Bishop W. WV. Duncan and
other prominent speakers and lectur
The Atlantic Coast Line will sell
round trip tickets from all points inl
the.states of North and South Caro
lina, June 14th. 15th and 17th, good
to return until June 24th, 1905, at one
frst-class fare plus twenty-five cents.
The rate from Newberry is $7.30
"'My dear. I'll not be home to
dinner tonight, and you had better
not sit up for me. as I shall be de
tained very late at the office posting
" Very wvel1.' the woman answered.
'Before I go to bed I'll say good
night to you over the telephone:'
-The man had forgotten, you see,
that a telephone now connects his
office and his house."
"A certain man, at breakfast one
morning, said to -his wife:
MUREDERED NEAR HOME.
Mr. Wittie Walter Killed And Rob
bed Within Sight of His
The following account or the death
of Ir. Isaac W. Valter, in Wood
lawn, a suburb of Birmingham, Ala.,
Thursday night, is republished from
the Birmingham Ledger of May 26.
Mr. Walter was a son of the late Capt.
Geo. H. Walter. of Charleston, and
was well known and highly esteemed
in this city. The tragedy is still un
explained, although search has been
made for the murlerer, and a reward
has been offered for his capture. A
brief account of the tragedy was giv
en at the time. The Ledger says:
In sight of his home, and within
forty yards of the car track, while
East Lake cars were still passing. and
in the most tliicklv settled residence
section of Wodlawn.. Isaac William
Walter, connected with the Miller
Real Estate company, of Birming
ham, was shot to death early this
morning by an unknown highway
man. The tragedy occurred on North
59th street, Wood.awn. Three shots
were fired at 12:35 o'clock and the
dead body of Mr. Walter was fount
lying in a pool of blood and brains
this morning at 5 o'clock. First hand
investigations made shortly after the
discovery of the prime point to rob
b-rv as its motive. The watch of the
d,tad man was missing, its chain hav
ing been broken, and his money was
gone. What sum he had with him is
The killing ,ccurred on the west,
side of the sidewalk, some 150 feet
from the front gate of his residence.
It was directly in front of the corner
formed by the adjacent lo:s of Col.
Hughes B. Kennedy, No. 112 and of a
house, now vacant, occupied recently
by A. R. Wilson, the real estate man,
who has moved to Tullahoma, Tenn.
Walter's residence. No. 124. was next
beyond, on the same side of the street
On every side here are residences and
the inmates of nearly all these heard
he shots. W. P. Wyatt, who works
in Birmingham. usually goes to his
employment on the first East Lake
car in the morning. 'As customary he
this morning walked from his house
toward the car track. At the place
mentioned above he saw the body of
a man, his face down and head par
tially shattered, lying as he had fallen
from the sidewalk. The dead man's
feet were outside the sidewalk and
his head was turned towards it.
iIn the pool of blood about the head
iwas impossible to distinguish at
first who the dead man was. Mr.
Wyatt went to the residence of Mr.
WValter and called out to his son, G.
C. Walter, a young man 23 years of
age. The horror-stricken son recog
nized the dead lineaments as those of
The nearest approach to an eyewit
ne s was A. R. Barton. Mr. Barton
described what he knew of the matter
to a Ledger reporter this morning as
follows: "Mr. Walter and I had
.-ome from town on the East Lake
car leaving there at 12.15. We had
been talking on the car and got off at
39th street station together. I boar.
with Mrs. Frank S. Dotzheimer. on
the corner of the street and the car
line. WVhen we separated Walter
started walking briskly toward home.
Just after I went into the house I
heard two shots fired and thought
someone had shot my dog; I heard a
sound like a dog's cry. Running out
on the back porch I looked out just
in time to see a third shot.. which ap
peared to have been fired in the air.
IHearing no further disturbance 1
Iwent to bed."
The generally accepted theory is
-hat Mr. Walter was killed while
;rying to resist a highwayman. His
son said this morning that he had re
cently heard his father remark that
he intended going armed when going
out at nig-ht in future For this nur
)oC he carried a 38-calibre Smith and
\ esson old model revolver. Thit
p:stol was one of two found by the
Walter went to town last night
stating that he had real estate busi
ness to investigate, and that he might
go to Mississippi if he met a certain
friend whom he expected on a night
train. His failure to return home
created no uneasiness. It is thought
that he got off the car and started
home with his pistol still in his
pocket. The man who did :he shoot
ing was either in one of the two ad
jacent yards or was standing on the
sidewalk. This man was armed with
a 38-calibre Harrington and Richard
Sn revolver. This weapon also lay
beside the corpse. He is thought tO
have ordered Walter to halt when the.
Ia:ter attempted to draw his pistol.
The highwayman's revolver had two
chambers empty and that of Valter
had one. Three shots were counted
by all' who heard them. The dead
man's money was missing and his
watch was gone. A gray slouched
hat was found near the body.
Isaac William Walter removed to
the Birmingham district a number of
years ago from Newberry, S. C. Be
sides his widow he leaves two sons,
G. C. Walter, aged 23, and Lamar
Valter. aged 14. Deceased was 52
years of age. He was recently con
nected with the I. WV. Walter Paint
conpany. on 2d avenus. Birmipgham.
A short time ago he entered the real
estate bu-siness. going with the Mil
ler company. He was widely known
in Voodlawn and Birmingham. He
had 1ost his right leg and wore a cork
limb. but this scarcely impeded his
movements, and fe.w of his friends
knew of his misfortune. Mr. Walter
was a well-known member of the
Grace church congregation.
The above is from the News and
Courier of yesterday. The news was
received in N.,:berry Friday morning
by Col. 0. L. Schumpert. who is an
uncle of Mrs. Walter.
Mr. Walter lived in Newberry for
several years and while here married
Miss Cora Kingsmore. From here
he went to Birmingham where he has
been for a good many years.
This editor remembers very pleas
antly a visit to the home of Mr. Wal
ter while in attendance upon the Con
federate reunion when it met in Bir
migham some years ago and the
courtesies and kindnesses extended the
Newberry contingent by Mr. Walter
during our visit and we learn of his
tragic death with sadness and extend
our sincerest sympathy to the be
Letter to Mrs. Wells.
Mrs. 0. S. Wells an aunt of Mrs.
Walter received the following letter:
May 26th, 1905.
My Dear Mrs. Wells: At my dear
friend's request I write you a re.ply
to a telegram received, but Mrs. Wal
ter asked that I write: we are shock
ed. grieved and infuriated that our
dear Mr. WValter should have met
such a death.
He left 'home at 9.30 last night ex
pecting to run over to Greenville,
Miss., with an eastern capitalist on a
lumber transaction. No one knows
as yet whether he met the gentleman,
at any rate, he returned to Wood
lawn on a 12.30 car, when with in
fifty feet of his gate he was assaulted
and killed. There were three shots
fired. The neighborhood was aroused
but everything became so quiet and
a rain set im so no one thought it any
more than someodefiringoffapistol.
Mrs. Walter and Lamar went to the'
front door but thinking nothing of it
went to sleep again. At 4.30 a neigh
bor going to catch an early car found
the body. Terrible to think he was
shot at 12.45 and lay there all night in
he~ rain. Mr. WVai:er's pistol with
one empty shell and the robber's with
two empty shells along with a dirty
cap was found. His watch and $20.00o
taken from his person and his valise
one throgh.I Tis supposned to be
the work of a negro. Mrs. Walter is
prostrated, but her friends, Dr. anZ
Mrs. Rector are with her-Clarag and
Lamar seem heartbroken, but are
so manly and such a comfort to their
mother. Mr. Walter was greatly be
loved and respected. The entire com
munity are aroused. I think his bust
ness is in good shape and his insur.
ance 0. K.
He looks as if only asleep. Rests
in a handsome broadcloth casket and
the numerous floral offerings speak
for themselves of the tenderest love
of his friends.
The funeral services w:ll be con
ducted from the residence at 10.30 in
the morning, and we lay him to rest
by the side of dear Mrs. Kingsmore.
Mr. Will Kingsmore reached here at
ii o'clock a. m. Mrs. Walter asks
that I say that no one ever had such
friends as she. Poor dear soul, is wild
with grief. She asks that I write at
nce knowing your anxiety. I have
been a warm friend for sixteen
years and no one could sympathize
L:ith them more than I. It is truly a
Senator Tillman Hurt.
An Edgefield spcial to The Au
gusta Chronicle says: There
was a perfect jam of people in the
auditorium of the South Carolina Co
education Institute last night to wit
aess tle graduating exercises and tc
hear the address of Senator B. R.
Tillman. Every seat downstairs and
in the gallery was occupied and stand
ing room was at a premium.
After the close of the exercises
Senator Tillman had a riarrow escape
from being killed. He and his daugh
ter. Iiss Lona. wer: in his carriage
tarting for Trenton. The driver was
not familiar with the grounds, and'in.
tead of going out of them along thi
road he dtove directly over a steep
embankment. The fall of the carriage
and As occupants was about ten feet.
r. Tillman was bruised zrd cut
slightly about the face. Miss Lona,
o far as known, was uninjured. They
went on to Trenton.
It was almost a miracle that the
h.orses, driver and the occupants of
the carriage were not killed. Edge
ield is about the most poorly lighted
town in the state of its size. Teams
and pedestrians have to grope their
way in the dark or use,hand lanterns.
We have some street lamps, but they
are so far apart and so dim that they
afford no aid except when a person is
immediately under them. Though but
a short distance from .the public
square, there was no light at all where
the senator met with his accident.
It's tough when you order a steak
in a resturant and can't get it-and it
may be tougher if you do get it. *~
A wvoman's ideal photograp-h is one
that represents her as looking at least
ten years younger than she really is.. .
Women seldom fall asleep in :
church because the sermon is ended
before they finish sizing up what the
other women have on.
A woman's ideal of a successful
politician is one who succeeds in get
ting the pictures of his wife and child
ren in the newspapers.
The man who pays for a book on
the art of making money gets the in
Formation-but the other fellow gets
There isn't very much hope for the
man who has reached the age of for
ty and isn't more or less of a crank.
Ne York Tribune.
Congresstaan Bingham, at a dinnd
>f the Philadelphia Clover
spoke of modern life in the ~most
"The world is growing better," he
aid. "Daily it becomes cleaner,
kinder and more upright. Nearly -
everything makes for reform. Even
the telephone has a tremendous