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LAST OF .ILLY, THE MINISTREL.
Almost Forgotten in Life, but His Coffft
Was Piled With Flowers.
New York Times.
"Billy" Black was buried Thurs
day. Some people called him Wil
liam Hart, but to most folks he was
just "Billy." the last of the old
time black-face comedians.
He died last Monday morning of
a hemorrhage. He had been ill a
long time in a quiet house in 15th
street. Nobody renenbers the
You see people had lost sight of
Billy for the last twenty-five years,
and it was only when he died that
people recalled that there had been
such a man in the old San Francis
co minstrels, a dulcet tenor con
temporaneous with Billy Birch,
Raymon Moore, Hughie Dougher
tv, Willis Sweatman and the rest.
He had no relatives left. He had
friends, but they had drifted-like
all friends on the road. They had
met on the Rialto. They shook
hands and said:
"You? Why, I thought you were
dead long ago. .Somebody told me
you were dead, like all the rest of
'em. Good joke, eh? Let's have a
Last week Billy Black, or Hart,
was playing with a burlesque troupe
down in 14th street. He did not
turn up one afternoon-that was
Monday-and when they inquired
why, old Billy was dead.
The burlesque company which
liked him found what was left of
him in the undertaking shop. He
looked quiet and he smiled as he
always had. Somebody wondered
who was going to pay for the fun
eral. But Frank Campbell, the
undertaker, had told the Rev. Dr.
H. M. Warren, the hotel chaplain,
who always does the right thing
by people in Queer street. Dr.
Warren found the money.
Thursday when 9 o'clock came,
when Billy was to be buried, at
least 300 of "the profession" had
dropped in and dropped flowers on
the coffin. And when Billy Black~
-or Billy Hart, wvhichever name
was best beloved-went to Ever
green cemetery his coffin was piled
with wreaths and there were four
teen carriages. Who was in them?
Nobody knew-but Billy.
COLLECTS CORNER STONE DATA.
Odd Occupation of an Illinois D)eputy
- One of the oddest occupations
followed in this age is that of the
professional collector of data foi
cornerstone boxes. .?robably
Bloomington is the only town it
-America that is able to boast of such
an expert, to whose mind and hands
the packing of all boxes that are
buiried in the town is turned over.
Deputy Sheriff Stevenson is the
name of the man who likes to en
gage in this kind of work, and he
*seems to have all he can do. With
in a short time he has packed boxes
for the new county court house
public library, Livingston building
and several park structures. He is
now engaged in preparing data foi
three copper boxes that will be
placed in the corner stone of a pan
pavilion. The boxes and their con
tents will weigh fifteen pouxlds.
Mr. Stevenson has some queei
ideas about what kind of stuff
should go into a corner stone box
The daily and weekly papers are al
ways included, but there is a grea
variety of other things. He collects
a number of trade catalogues tha1
show what the people of this ag
eat and wear, how they have then~
huses furnished and whether the'
ride a horse, bicycle or in an auto
mobile. One hundred years or less
hence, should a cyclone come along
and lift the buil'dings of the towi
from their foundations, the peopl~
of that time will have a great time
in studying over the odd things tha
they will dig out of the foundations
Not long since the town suffered
a great loss of business houses by
devastating fire. Some of the 1oun
dtions of buildings that had beei
built a long time ago yielded ui
some valuable historical facts tha
kept the town interested for week
aferward. The residents becam
-ough1 enthused on the subjec
ot corner stone boxes and in the re- v
building of the town almost any r
kind of structure had a copper box b
filled with historical material stow- t
ed away in the masonry.
The I. E. Avery Booi.
The first copies of the book of se
lections from the writings of the t(
late Isaac Erwin Avery. at the time tl
of his death city editor of the Oh- )
server, were received in Charlotte
vesterday and many were sold. It
is an attractive volume. and will
be prized by all who came into pos
session of it. The selections are
from the "Idle Comiimenits." which
gave Mr. Avery so great reputation.
They were made. speaking broadly,
by a board of editors. but .the bur
den of the book fell upon Dr. Ed- b
win Minis, of Trinity college. who
did all of the detail work. and to
whom the public is indebted for the
faultless arrangement. The result
proves that it could not have been C
entrusted to more capable hands.
In the volume is embraced a great t
variety of topics-scenes, incidents, a
descriptions, reflections-sugges- '
tions of all the things that engaged t
the fertile brain of this remarkable
man. In this book he speaks again. ,
It brings him back, sometimes with
startling vividness, to those who
were his associates on this paper.
and who recall the circumstances
under which this or that "Com
ment" was written. It is as if they
were face to face with him again,
looking into his supremely hand
some countenance, his laughing eye
and listening again to the music of
his voice. At another time there i
will appe4r in these columns an ad
equate review of this most engag
ing volume, which one taking up
lays it down with difficulty. Its
master spirit "touched every chord
of human passion with the witchery:
of words," and lovers of that litera
ture which has to do with the things
that touch their lives and puts into
most delightful language the un
expressed thoughts which are in all a
of our hearts, will number it among
their treasures. a
*This brief quotation may be ap- t
propriately appended. Avery lives
in it again-it is so like him; it is
so akin to the thoughts of the hearts
of all the hard-worked and weary: .
' No big pompous tombstones,.
no high sounding epitaphs for me,
said A. B. WVilliams, editor of the
Richmond News Leader. All I a
want 'em to put over my head is:a
"'"Copy all in."' t
"To me that expresses every
thing-the end of the game. YouI
know what it means, of course. At
the end of so many weary, weary
nights I have scrawled the words as
the finale of toil and as the good- t
bye to my men. 'Copy all in'-andb
sleep. That is all-the last of life,t
and then-the rest."
seceder Piano at Abbeville. a
In the appended editorialMao
John Calvin Henmphill, editor of the'
Charleston News and Courier, an
unexceptional Seceder, an elder in
that church and a religionist who
greases his shoes with tallow-ex-A
cept that he wears boots-comes
perilously near to rendering him
self obnoixious to the charge which
he prefers against Parson Brown- C
low-that of making game of a
a particularly fine people :" but his n
touch is so delicate, in what fol- 14
lows, that we are not willing that f
the Observer's readlers should be ii
deiedl the privilege of seeing him i
when he is at his best. To abridge f
this editorial wvould be to mar it: to fi
add a word to it would be as an at- c
*tempt to adorn the lily': c
"The Associate Reformed Pres-.
bterians b)elong to that sect of J
Christians who were described by
'~the old reprobate, Parson Brown-'$
*low, of Tennessee, some years ago, f
as 'a very deserving people, who n
jsing David's Psalms, plow with b
double lines and grease their shoes i
with tallow.' It was not to be wvon- I
dered d.t that so miserable a creaturea
should have sought in this way to
make game of a particularly fine e
people. who have ever stood valiant- I
lv for the faith once delivered to t
"This particular sort of Presby- 1.
terian has always held to the use of i:
Ste Sriptural Psalmodv. although1
:e must say that. in comparatively
ecent years great changes have
een made in the poetical construc
on of the ancient songs of Zion.
Lt one time not so very long ago it
bas possible for almost any one
-ho could sing to 'raise a tune,' the
salms having been almost wholly
n)nfimed in their metrical version
Scomnion metre songs. but now
ie poetry has been so changed that
iere are all sorts of metre in the
)ok until it requires a degree of
>iritual insight to determine from
e mitusic that the Psalms as they
re sung today are not the works of
minian conposition. so readily do
Iey conforn to requirements of
Iodern musical composition.
"Last week the Associate Re
)rnmied Presbyterians at Abbeville
eld a congregational meeting Sab
Ith evening, at which the subject
f buying a piano or organ was ful
(discussed. We are informed by
ie Press and Banner that Mr. J.
[ayne McDill explained to the
ngregation that a good subscrip
on had been raised. and 'that the
pportunity of buying a nice piano
a reasonable price was presented;
herefore, he would move to ascer
tin the sentiment of the congre
ation by a rising vote as to wheth
r or not we ought to buy a piano.'
'he motion was carried by a rising
ote and without a single dissenting
oice, although one of the more
iutious members of the congrega
on refrained from voting. His
:ruples, if he has any, are supposed
) have been removed after the for
ial vote of the congregation and it
said that 'all who were present
rere in favor of buying the piano.'
'here seemed to be a doubt in the
id of some of the congregation
3 to whether or not the Due West
eople would approve the action of
ie Psalm-singers at Abbeville, but
wever that may be,'the Abbeville
eceders were unanimous in their
pproval of the piano purchase and
e instrument has now been estab
shed in the church. One member
f the Abbeville congregation, we
re told, said that, wvhile he would
ree to the piano, he would draw
ie line at a fiddle or a cornet. But
'hv should he do anything of the
rt ? There is authority, we be
eve, for the use .of an instrument
ten strings, and for the harp, and
e timbrel and high-sounding cym
als, and sackbut, and' psaltery,
hatever that wvas, but there is no
uithority, we believe, for the use of
piaio. We doubt, however, that
le use of an instrument wvith a few
:rings, more or less, would great
Saffect the acceptability of this
a't of lhe service. Scme of the
iore o!d-fashioned adherents of
i Seceder church miight object to
ie piano innovation at Abbeville,
ut the trend of the times appears
>be towards the adoption of many
1de'n methods in the service of
1e church. If the "improvements"
re to continue, it will become more
nid mo're difficult for the untrained
ul to determine the exact differ
nce between a church with a piano
nd a church with an organ."
THOSE SPANISH WAR CLAIMS.
tcorney W. Boyd Evans Has Qnite a
Batch of Them.
Mr. Boyd Evans, who has b)een
iade the state agent for the col
ction of Spanish war claims, has
led an interesting lot in WVash
1g~ton. Practically all of those
romi the First and Second and
rom the Heavy Battery have b)eenl
led andl constitute the bulk of the
laims, but there arc a number of
Mrs. Watts, mother of the late
ohn Garv WVatts. former adjutant
*enral, has filed a claim for about
1,1o. This she says is due her
or the time her son served as comn
ander of the troops of this state
efore they were actually mustered
to service under the government.
us rank during this time was brig
Mr. C. K. Newmnani has filed a
laim from this city. He states that
is pear orchard was ruined by the
r-oops camping near Shandon and
hat the compensationl allowed Iinim
ly the government at the time wxas
A clam was asoa filed1 by Maj.
Havelock Eaves. Major Eaves cam,
to Columbia with a company whicl
was afterwards turned over to Cap
tain Sawyer. He then served as
recruiting officer with the rank o
captain, but did not receive any pai
as such. Afterwards, when th<
troops were mustered into the gov
ernment service, he was given th(
rank of major. Major Eaves
claii amounts to about $5oo
The claim of a number of Colum
bia merchants for equipment 0:
blankets and bedding amounts tc
something like $6,ooo, and Mr
Evans is satisfied that practically al:
of this will be allowed. . All of th(
claims have to be in by January i.
"I am hurt more than you." said
"When I punish you. son," and
thereat the boy raised his head as
he so)bingly said. Well, there'y
some conoclation in that."-Vo
man's Home Companion for Janu
It sometimes happens that in get.
ting out of a rut a man finds himseli
in a hole.
A family row is as bad as a
church row, but the limit is reache'
when they are mixed up.
State of South Carolina,
County of Newberry.
By John C. Wilson, Esq., Probat<
Whereas J. H. Singley hatl
made suit to me, to grant him Let
ters of Administration of the Es
tate of and effects of G. Melvii
Singley, with will annexed.
These are therefore to cite an(
admonish all and singular the kin
dred and creditors of the said G
Melvin Singley, deceased, that the,
be and appear before me, in thi
Court of 'Probate, to be held a
Neiberry on Friday, January 19
next after publication thereof, a
11 o'clock in the forenoon, to shov
cause, if any they have, why th<
said Administraion should not bi
Given under my hand, this ?
day of December, Anno Domini
J. C. Wilson,
J. P.N. C.
Dr. R. M. Kennedy,
Newberry, - -S. C
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