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VOL XLIII. NO. 16- NEWBERRY. S. C. FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 23. 190'CWC EK.$.0ArA
WITH FORTUNE NEAR
SHE LIVED ALONE
STORY READING LIK :ou MU
TUAL PRIEND" BROUGHT
Miserly Old Woman Deposited Her
Money in Bank and Eforts Are
Being Made to Recover
from her Obligations of
Uncle of Whom She
W. H. McCaw in Augusta Chronicle.
Columbia, S. C., Febriary 20.
The proceedings whieh have been
instituted before the judge of probate
here holding up a deposit of $50,000
in the National Loan and Exchange
bank by Mrs. Sallie A. Gibson until
the result can be determined of ef
forts made to revive an old judg
ment for $60,000 seeured against
Mrs. Gibson's uncle, old "Squire''
Levi- Met, will reveal a pictursque
story of an old woman worth perhaps
$100,000 living in a tumble-down old
house in an alley alone for years with
a fortune in cash in an old greasy
One of the most disastrous bank
laftres this state has known was
that of the old Commercial bank here
about 15 years ago. This was or
-ganized -by C. J. Iredell, now living
in Virginia, and associates, who are
now prominent in Columbia business
and social circles, upon the wreck of
Ahe banking firm of Metz and Iredell.
.-The <ebts of the . Metz :and Iredell
pneern were paid out of the \ new
ank, which held a Aumber of worth
ess claims besides notes signed by
-1edell as manager of the old firm.
Suit was broughtagainst Metz as the
idy AnaMcialn* responsible member
of the frm, and jadgmient was obtain
--ed against him for $60,000.
-Metz, a thrifty Jew from the Duteh
r6Ik stion of Lexington county
teross the Congaree river from this
unnty,-at one time owned perhaps a
dozen plantati6ns -in this and Lexing
ton and Newberry counties. When
Swas 'taken up in supp!ementary
*roceeding there was practically no
~tp~ ty in sight to pay the jutdgment
he slawyers got fat fees. Fi
nally tejudgment was comnpromised
for about $4,600..
*About a year ago Metz died and
his neice, who had lived alone with
*him in ths alley where she now lives,
broughts in this will drawn ten years
ago by Attorney Andrew. Crawford,
and had it probated, paying the fees
in niekles and dimes:
''First I give, devise and bequeath
to my niece, .Sallie A. Gibsopi, all of
my estate of'any riature or kind what
,soever and wherever the same may
be, whether it consist of realty or per
sonalty or ehoses in action, or 'claims
which no.w may be dbrmant but which'
later .may be developed against the
Commercial bank of Columbia or
other corporations or persons, or per
sons against whom I may have claims
"And, secondly, I nominate, con
stitute and appoint my said niece,
Sallie A. Gibson, executor of my will
with full powers hereby vested in her
'to settle, compromise or liquidate any
and all demands which I have against
others or which others have against
"In testimony whereof I have here-.
'under written my name and affixed
my seal at Columbia, in said state,
the 10th day of December, 1897.
The wvill is witnessed by Judge
Crawford, John A. Civil and Judge
Duncan C. Ray.
About -six months ago, Mrs. Gib
son, on the advice of her attorney, de
posited in the National Loan and Ex
-change bank over $10,000) in cash,
gold and silver.
A few' weeks ago a city salesman
cealled on her to sell her some sup
plies for a new frame house she was
"You look like a young man I
could trust with a secret,'' she said
to him in a confidential mood, after
finding out that he was a single man.
"I will show you something that
looks good to a.poor man.''
She dragged out that old grip sack
ad poured the ontents out on the
bed in front of his startled gaze.
He helped her count it. There was
$38,000 of all in bank notes, in de
nominations up to $500.
The young man then dutifully set
about to persuade her to deposit it
in the bank. He told her how she
might be murdered and robbed and
how safe and reliable the bank was.
She had had what she considered a
bitter experience with banks and was
at first opposed to changing the hid
ing place of the treasure. Finally.
after several days. visiting. her and
talking to her the young man induc
ed her to put the money in bank. Then
the story of the big deposit got out
from the bank, and the lawyers got
Mrs. Gibson has lived in a very try
ing atmosphere for many years, and
being naturally of a nervous temper
ament, this suit over her money will
probably completely derange her.
"When I carried that money to the
bank," she said to me, "one of those
bank-men tried to nip out a $500 bill
with one of those X-rays. He got
one bill and ran behind those bars
-before I could catch him..People used
to always be after my money at home,
reaching through the ceiling after it
with those X-rays.''
Mrs. Gibson protests that this is
all her own money; that she had mon
ey and property before she came to
live with her uncle.
She does not hold Mr. Iredell in
tender -memory. She rails against
him and his associates claiming that
they have done her uncle out of a
fortune of $290,000. A year ago she
appealed to' the railroad commsion
to force President W. G. Childs of
the C. N. & L. road to give her a pass
to Newberry, 60 miles from here.
Several years before Metz mpde his
'will he had Chief of Police Rateliffe
and a private search his premises for
$11,000 he had lost. While the chief
was'qnder the house scratching about
among the cobwebs, getting dirty and
bdmping his head, the private was
going through the things above him
with Mrs. Gibson accompanying him.
Finally, when he had about given
up hope he spied an old dusty broken
pitcher sitting on a narrow Iddge
above a window.
''What's in that pitcher?'
''0, nothing at all, that I know of.''
''I guess I'll have to see for my
Further protests that it would be
useless excited his suspicions and he
went up after it. He had not laid
hand1s on it before he realized its
weight told a story.
The pitcher was full to the rim with
gold and silver, which was poured out
on the: bed, as the private called to
his superior to come up.
*Mr. Metz came in and Mrs. Gibson
confessed and got down on her knees
to him begging him to forgive her. He
finally did forgive her.
These are the facts connected with
this incident as they were told by
Everv time one man loses .his tem
per another gains his point.
No matter how often a man 's heart
is shattered it is always good for an
A man may believe that he is better
than his neighbor, but his neighbor
never believes it.
Perhaps the longevity of most ac
tors may be due to enforced walking
as a means of exercise..
Wise politicians climb into the
band wagon rather than risk being
knocked down and being run over by
Somehow a talkative wife never
takes advantage of the many oppor
tunities her husband gives her to
After a woman has been married
about so long she ceases to pay any
attention to rumors about men neg
leting their wives.
A woman seldom has much to say
about the good qualities of her hus
band until after he is in the hands of
Signatures with a lead pencil are
The more men a girl thinks she has
been in love with, the harder it is go
ing tohiMt her when it really happens.
ON THE CAMPAIGN
WILL NOT PERMIT ANTI-DIS-'i
PENSARY FORCES TO UNITE
He Proposes to Fight for Repeal of
the Brice Law-And for the Dis
pensary to Remain.
The following is from the State's
'It is up to tpe people now," says
Senator Tillman concerning the dis
pensary situation, "and there will be
a hot time next summer," he de
The senator. who has been ill for
the past several days, got out of bed
this morning, contrary to advice, and
went to the capitol. He seemed to
be loaded up, not on the product of
the dispensary and the distilleries,
but on the subject of both, for he he
tually got up in the senate during the
pure food discussion and. -gave a lec
ture on good whiskey and bad whis
key, and how to make it and how to
secure its blessings to ourselves and
our children. But it was in his office
that he talked very freely and with
his usual fire and vim upon the South
."The campaign will be three cor
nered," says he. "There will be
three distinct elements-at least I
propose to make it that way if I can
and I think it will have to be that'
way. There will be the' advocates of
the state dispensary and these, of
course, want the Brice law repealed.
There will be those who want local
option of either county dispensary or
prohibition. Then there will be those
who want a third option, either dis
pensary,.prohibition- or highlicense._Y
- "And *here'do you stand-"
"I stand," he answered severely,
"just where I have always stood,
squarely for the dispensary, for the
state dispensary, but if any county
does not want a dispensary, .if the
majority of people vote against hav
ing one, I am not in favor of forcing,
one on them and never have been
only this, I or anybody else who be
lieves in having things done honestly
and squarely don 't want any such
law as the Brice law, which disfran
hises one-third of the people.''
The senator was asked how the is
sue would be so narrowly defined.
"Why every man who offers him
self for the legislature ought to be
forced, and he will be forced, to come
out squarely and daeclare himself one
way or another and, mind you, when
he does declare himself I want him to
stick to it like a man and like an
honest man. If he is a prohibitionist
and wants to down the dispensary, let
him stand up for his convictions and
not be entering into dirty bargains
with high license men; ahd vice versa,
if he is a highi license man. 'I respect
a high license man if he is honest and
open and above board, but let him
stick out for high license and not be
dickering with prohibitionists. I want
some straightforward, honest open
and above board politics in South
Carolina and I want the people to de
ide this matter themselves."
I desire to say to the public in jus
tiee to Mr. J. A. C. Kibler that be
fore my election to the office of beer
dispenser I did not make any trade
with him, I did not promise anything,
and lie did not ask me to pg nor
intimate that he expected anything.!
After my election and when it ap
peared that there would be a* contest,
the members of the county board
were summoned to Columbia by the
state board and Mr. Kibler wen to
Columbia. He afterwards told me
hat he had reason to believe that an
attack would be made on his conduct
ad he therefore employed an attor
ney to go to Columbia with him, and1
e had to pay his expenses as well1
s those of his attorney. After he1
went to Columbia, and without any
olicitation from him, I gave him $50
s a present and to help reimburse!i
him, though at the time he was not1
willing to accept it and I had to forcei
him. So far as he was concerned
there was no bargain and no sale1
f the office. Respectfully,
ZACH cGREE DEFENDS
HIS NATIVE STATE
RESENTS WHAT HE CONSIDER
ED A SLUR ON S. C.
Congress on Uniform Divorce-Pub
licity In All Matters Relating
to Divorce is Favored'by
Washington, February 21.-The
6ongress on uniform divorce laws for
the several states and territories to
day expressed itself in favor of all
hearings and trials in divorce cases in
open court. It was declared that such
,public hearings would have a ten
dency to do away with collusions be
tween parties to the suit for divorce
and. thatepuhlicify would tend to de
erease applications for divorce by
people. who would- shun publicity.
Other resolutions adopted follow:
"If conviction of a ctime be made
a cause for divorce it should be re
quired. that such conviction should
be foNlowed by two years' continuous
imprisonment; a decree should n6t be
granted a vinculo for insanity arising
after marriage; desertion should not
be a cause for divorce unless persisted
in for at least two years; a divorce
should not be granted unless the de
fendant has been given full and fair
opportunity by notice brought home
to him to have his day in court when
his residence is known- or can be as
certained: any one named as co-re
spondent should in all cases be given
an opportuiity to intervene."
It was decided by a considerable
mjority of the delegates that not less
tlin two years' residence should be
rOiired on the part of a plaintiff
wi as-ehanged his. or her state
domicile- since the cause of divorce
arose, where jurisdiction depends on
the residence of the plaintiff.
A warm discussion was-precipitated
over the. following:
"'An innocent and injured party,
husband or wife, seeking a divoree,
should not be compelled to ask for a
dissolution of the bonds of matri
mony, but should be allowed at his
or her option to apply for -divorce
froni, bed and board. Therefore, di
vorces a mensa should be retained.
where already existing, and provided
for in states where no such rights ex
A number of women left the room
when Miss Fanny Leake Cummings,
of the state of Washington, declari-ng
that the resolution would put a pre
mium upon vice, produced a number
of statistics ih support of her argu
ment. The resolution *was fimally
adopted with an amendment allowing
the innocent party -to apply for di
vorce from bed and board ''at any
Zach MeGhee, of South Carolina,
the only state.-having no divorce law.
resented .what he called a slur on his
state when it was said on the floor
of the congress that South Carolina
has ~a^law limiting the amount of
money a man may leave to a concu
. Shirked a Plain Duty.
In our judg-ment the South Caro
lina leQislature has shirked a plain
duty and betrayed the trust the peo
ple imposed in it by failure to abol
ish the state dispensary system. The
pportunity was afforded the body.
md particularly the senate. to enact
egislation which would wipe out the
vil, eliminate the possibility of the
lispensary issue in the approaching
ampaign and thus save the people
he unpleasant duty . of soiling their .
ands in a struggle with dispensary
olitical ring. The people of the
tat.e are certainly determined to get
he commonwealth out of the whis
ey business and there is not a legis
lator at Columbia who does not know
bhe sentimient of the people he repre
~ents is against the system.
We say, if the legislature had done
its duty the dispensary would have).
>eenl abolished at this session and the:
eople of thies tate would have been
iee to give their time and attention
: matters of higher andI ne-r worthy
ow1~. but as the situation is left they?
vim hae to stop t il l the snake. j
BACHMAN CHAPEL NEWS.
Painful Accident to Mr. Long-Suit1
Against Southern for Killing a
Dog-Personal and Other
Bachman Chapel, February 22.
Your correspondent has been confined
to his room this week with grip, and
doesn't feel very much like writing
this morning, so I hope you and your i
readers, Mr. Editor, will excuse our i
A few nice spring days the first of
the week started the plows to running
and it begins to remind u! that the
time is drawing near to begin to
seed. The Bible tells us that where
ever our treasures are, there our
hearts will be also. I have felt this
to some extent this week. - If my
treasures are anywhere, they are in
the field or on the farm. And I
would have liked very much to have
been in the field *hen the boys were
turning the soil the few beautiful past
days, but it isn't a very good idea for
a man to feel his importance too
much. There always has been and al
ways will be, somebody to take care
of these things. Let our avocation in
life be whatever it may. After we die,
the world is going on just the same
as if we never had been born.
I am glad to say that I feel consid
erably improved, and if you had been
with me for the past few &ys, you
would agree that. Dr. Dunn is by no
means stingy with his pills.
Sheriff M. M. Buford came by yes
terday and stopped a few minutes
with us on his way to Mr. M. M.
Long's to deliver to,him his cross of
Mr. S. A. Rikard, of Long Lane,
visited his brother, Mr. B. B. Rikard,
of Jolly Street, last Saturday night
and spent part of Sunday with us.
We are sorry to learn that Mrs. G.
S.." Livingston is still yery siek with
- The -oats erop looks quite promi
inc, anc we think it is now out of all
danger from .the. winter freeze.
Mr. and Mrs. M. L.. Long, of John
stone Academy, visited their brother,
Mr . M.M Long last Saturday.
Several of our young people to
ether with a part of our string band,
went up to the county home on Sat
urday night to be with Mr. Epps and
family, and entertain the inmates of
Supervisor Wicker has had the
holes in the road this side of Mr. W.
H. Bobb 's filled up ,with roek, and
there is no -need of future trespass
ing through Mr. Crotwell 's field.
Mr. Julius Koon entered-suit before
Magistrate P. B. Ellisor against the
Southern Railway company for dam
ae to the amount of $100.00, for- the
train running over and killing one
hound dog. The case was heard lastj
Friday. Col. 0. L. Schumpert- apf
peared in defense of the- R. .3. .and
the case was nullified.
'We are sorry to hear that there is
a probability of some of our R. F. D.
mail routes being discontinued. It
is beyond a doubt that this is one,
>f the greatest conveniences that has
ever struck'the country. It will soonI
be seven years since our route was es
tablished, being one of the first that
was put onl trial, not only in the coun
tv but in the state, and the strong
pport of this route, together witht
a few others was the means of estab-t
ishina- free mail .in South Carolina.
The United States mail department is s
o play thing, she is going to know
just exactly what she is doing. She 9
ouldn 't run~ her business on any oth
er principle, so if you want to keepv
p your mail route, there isn't but;
ne way to work it, and that is pat- i
onize it, give it something to do.
Our carrier, Mr. R. A. Sligh, tells uss
that he handles over three thousand J
pieces of mail a month.
A young white woman who goes byft
the name of Mary Beard, who lives in g
the Jolly Street section, was assault
ed by a young white boy last Monday a
evening at the bridge near W. W.
Kinard 's near Curl creek. It is re- f
orted that the,. young woman was v
on her way home when the ho-; ap- 3i
.roached her with a shot gun at d told
her to stop). This she failed L do. [
e then lc-ed his gun down on her t<
telling her if she didn 't stop .he
would shoot her, but she ran on. He
then threw down his gun and ran af
ter her until he caught her. In the
-neantime a young negro man by the e
name of Will DeWalt came by and
the boy fled. We withhold the name.
>f the white boy until further inves
digation, if there be any. .It is very
anfortunate for the girl that she. is of
i dissipated character.
If Dr. Cromer enters the race for
the senate, he will make it hot for
ancle Ben this summer. Dr. Cromer
is one of the ablest speakers in the-,
Thank you, Brother Kay, for your
kind words of endorsement. I have.
aever yet felt my importance so much
L to lead my mind to -any aspirations
:f a state'house nature.
Mr. Simon P. Long met witb quite
a painful misfortune on Thursday the
15th, while at Newberry. He had
bought a. young.mule, and while put
ting on the harness to 'hit6h him to the
wagon, the mule became frightene,
running over Mr. Long, and broke his
eg just above the ankle. We are sor
ry. to learn that he isn't doing well.
Mr. .J Noland Epps has about re
3overed from his fall, and returned to
his work with Mr. Suber. His broth
er, Edwin, accompanied him home
last Saturday. T. J. W.
OVER THE TETXPHONE.
Government to Keep Telephone Com
pany's Office Supplied With
Washington, February 19.-The
farmer living within reach of the
Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone
company's lines may now get his
weather fresh from the weather b
reau -every mornig.
An agreemerif ges into efet today
whereby the subscribers -of that eon
pany and all subsidiary -lines WiR get
the weather report of th6 current day
by calling the nearest eential 'offee
any tine'after 10 -o'clock in the-morn
The operators will at once furnish
the text of the report issued to cover
the forecasts up to 8 o'clock in the
evening of the next day. This gives
nearly thirty-six hours' forecast.
The benefits of this arrangement
will extend to more than 5,000 sub-'
scribers of the telephone company,
ocated mostly in the rural districts
of Maryland, from the seashore to the
mountain top. The bureau mailed last
ight notices to each of these inform
ing them' of the installment of the
This telephone weather service has
been in operation in other portions of~
the country for several years . with
~reat success. In Ohio.the system is
very extensive. .Fully 200,000 farm
ers there receive . each morning by*
telephone, shortly after 10 o'clock,
he weather forecast for the following
~hirty-six houp.s. In New York,
P~ennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Mich
gan. and Iowa the service is nearly
The telephone company will place
n its directories a notice of- the ser
Vhat She Was Doing With Water.
''It happened in a little town up in
he Northwest, the last time I was up
here,'' remarked Arthur Cunning
am. ''A lady came down from up
tairs and asked the manager of the
otel if she could get a glass of water.
'Why, .eertainly, madam,' said the
aanager, filling up a glass from the
''Two minutes later she was back
a the office again.
'''I don't like to trouble you,' she
aid, 'but could I get anlother glass of
'''No trouble at all, madam,' said.
lie manager, handing her another
''Two minutes' later she appearei
'''Certainly, madam', said the af
able manager, 'but could I inquire
'hat you are doing with so muck
'' 'I know you '11 just scream when
tell you,' said the lady; 'I 'm trying
> put 'out a fire in my room.' ''
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