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DEATH OF PRESIDENT
JOHN A. cCALL
LAST HOURS Or EX-PRESIDENT
N. Y. INSURANCE COMPANY.
He Passes Away at Lakewood, N. J.
Whither He Had Been Taken in
Hope of Restoring Health
His Faithful Wife at his
Bedside when he Died.
New York, February 18.-John A.
McCall, until recently president of
the New York Life Insurance compa
nv. died at 5:35 o'clock this after
noon, at the Laurel House, in Lake
wood. N. J., where he had been taken
three weeks ago, in the hope that the
change might benefit his health, which
had suffered a break-down two
months ago. Then Mr. McCall's son,
John C. McCall, briefly announced:
"The end has come. My father has
Mr. McCall had been unconseious
since about, one o'clock this morning,
except possibly for one brief minute
this afternoon, when his eyes opened,
and he looked into the face of his
wife, who was bending over him: He
smiled, and: as he did so. his eyes
closed again, and he remained in the
coma until the end.
One of the last .persons he talked
to was his old friend.and pastor., the
Rev. Father Matthew Taylor, of the
Church of the Blessed Sacrament, in
West 71st street, this city. He went
to Lakewood yesterday to see Mr.
McCall at.the; latter's. request. Bishop
James A. McFaul, of the diocese of
Trenton, arrived- in Lakewood last
evening, but- di..not see Mr. MeCall.
who had lon been his friend. This
morning at 7 o'clock tle Bishop
said Mass in the Church of Our Lady
of the Lake, at Lakewood, offering
prayers for the recovery of the
Ten days ago Mr. McCall suffered
the first sinking spell of his illness,.
and was very low for several days.
Then hei mproved slightly. One week
ago today, however, he suffered a sec
ond sinking spell, and his life was de
spaired of, but he rallied temporarily.
The report. of the Fowler investiga
ting committee censured Mr. McCall
severely for certain acts of his in
connection with the legislative bu
reau established by him with Andrew
Hamilton at its head.
An effort was made to keep the con
tents of the report from the sick man,
but learning the statement had been
- filed, he worried so much over the
matter that it was decided early last
week to permit .him to see it. The
recommendations in the report . de-,
manding of him a fuller accounting
of the legislative work, than he had
made. are said to have been a crush
ing blow to the company's former;
president. .He-..decared to his family
and to intimate friends who saw him*
\that he was determined to get well,
that he wanted to live to get himself
right before the American people.
The strain was too much, however,
and from that time Mr. McCall 's de
eline was rapid. .
Mr. McCall's Career.
John A. McCall was born in Albany
on March 2, 1849. His parents were
of Irish extraction, His. fath~er kept
-* aAittle eo.rner grocery store in'~the
district known as Gander Bay and
was the democratic supervisor for his
Young McCall went to the public
school in Gander Bay and served for
a while as a butcher's boy in a mar
a while as butcher's boy'in a market
in Pearl street. He played first 'base'
on the old semi-professional Live
Oaks base ball team.
He entered a businless school in
Albany and was graduated in 1865.
Two years later he got a place as a
clerk in the old Albany State Curren
cy Assorting House at a salary ofr
$60 a month. A few years later a
friend got him a job as bookkeeper
in the Conn.ecticut Life Insurance
Company ageney at Albany. There
he got his first knowledge of insur
In 1869 Mr. McCall, then 20 years
old, obtained a clerkship in the ae
tuarial department of the state insur
ance 'department under Superintend
ent George W. Miller, a democrat,
with a salary of $900 a year. In two
years he had.. served his apprentice
ship in ,this department and was put
in ~charge of :.statistical work. In
1872 John F. Smyth was made head
of the state insurance department. He
was a.repuiblican and was called upon.
to rid the department of democrats
to~make room for -republican appoint
ees. McCall at that time was aisawing
a.small salary and had a wife and a
child to support. A story is told in
this connection which illustrates apt
ly his tact and his capacity for work.
The newly appointed superintend
est had aoticed on several occasions
akRta were- baig in the ae-J
partment's offices 'way into the early
hours of the morning. He went into
the offices one night for the purpose
of investigating and found young
McCall figuring away as though his
life depended upon having the job
finished before daylight.
"How does it happen that you are
working so late when everybody else
has gone home?" asked the superin
Well, there are lots of things to
do here, and when I leave this office I
want the satisfaction of knowing that
my work is done.' was young Me
"Is it you, then. who has been
burning gas here night after night?"
asked the superintendent.
"I shall have to plead guilty." was
''You are in the ,habit of working
''Yes, when I get a bit behind; I
feel miserable if I know the work is
''Well,'' replied the new republi
can superintendent, "you are one of
the few men in this office who show a
disposition to earn their salary. I
guess I'll have to withdraw my order
for your dismissal."
"That suits me," was Mr. McCall's
way of acknowledging the compli
In the fall of 1872 Mr. McCalr was1
advanced to be an examiner, and in
1876 he was,made deputy commission- I
er. Another republican-Charles G.
Fairman-sneee.ded Smyth as super
intendent, and during the terrIs of
both McCall did good work. . The life 1
and fire insurance business. in this i
state was in a badly demoralized con
dition at that time. Frauds and ill.
gal practices. were so common and <
flagrant attempts were being.made to 1
head off the supervisory powers of
the state department.
Mr. McCall was tireless in his ef
forts to lay bare the practices of the..
companies. Twelve fire insurance
companies in seven years were ex
posed and driven out of business, and:
eighteen life insurance companies in
this state and fifteen cther states 1
were forced to stop issuing policies.
Presidents of two of the large'
companies examined by Mr. McCall
were found guilty of perjnry anid sen
tenced to terms in the penitentiary.
In 1883, when Grover Cleveland
was governor, there was a~ movement
among the fire and life companies to
ask for the appointment of Mr. Me
Call as state superintendent, but Mr.
McCall .refused. A petition, signed
by bankers an'd representative busi-1
ness men, was, however, presented to
Mr. Cleveland,recommending Mr. Mc
Call's appointment. Daniel Manningul
and Daniel S. Lamont, having become
ilterested :in Mr. McCall through his
democratic friends, are said also to1
ave urged the appointment.
"His indefitigable industry, en
lightened endeavor and uncompromis-I
ing fidelity to duty have given abund
ant proof of his fitness,'' read the pe- I
tition which was presented to Mr.
Mr. McCall was accordingly ap
pointed in January, 1883, just thir
teen years after he had entered the
service of the depirtment. David B.!I
Hill, who succeeded Mr. Cleveland as~
governor, offered Mr. McCall a reap
pointment at- the expiration of his!
term, but lie turned it down and ae
epted instead ~the comiptrollership of
the -Equitabl~e Life Assurance society
at a salary of $15,000 a 'year.J
That was in 1886. Six yet fater4
e was asked to become president o
the New York Life at a salary of~
$75,000 a year. Mr. McCall was set
lected at that time as one who could
restore confidence in the integrity of
the institution. The comapny had
passed through almost a year when
attack by the newspapers. which re
sulted in the disclosing of many scan
dals and the retirement of William R.
B)ees as the executive head of the
The comp11any, when Mr. McCall be
am president, was one of the three
largest in the country, but it was in
a badly demoralized condition. Even
his harshest/ critics admit that the
work which Mr. McCall accomplish
ed in bringing the New York Life up4
to its present standing was really re-I
markable and entitled Mr. McCall to
a foremost place in the ranks of in
Wien the Armstrong committee be
gan its investigation Mr. McCall ap
peared,at its first public hearing-and.
announced that the company- would
not be represented by counsel, as it
had nothing to conceal and stood
ready to assist the investigating com
mittee in every possible way.
But trouble came to him when the
committee uncovered payments
amounting to $35,000 by the Newt
York Life to Judge Andrew Hamnil
ton, Mr. McCall's boyhood friend. Mr.
cCall testified that this money had
been paid to Hamilton on his order~
to a. ie.A euniieadfo h
"home office annex." Mr. Hughes
;howed that none of this money had
been spent by Hamilton for this pur
pose. When numerous other pay
ments to the Judge were disclosed
Mr. McCall admitted that Hamilton
ad charge of the New York Life's
bureau of legislation and taxation.
One payment after another to Hamil
ton was uncovered by the state in
vestigators, until the grand total
tood at $1,164,000.
The Armstrong committee called
upon President McCall to instruct
Hamilton, who had gone to France
before the inquiry began, to return,
and in the event of his not being able
to do so to make an accounting for
the moneys which had been paid to
him. particularly the $35,000 which
e had got on the "home office an
Mr. McCall sent his son, John C..
ecretary of the New York Life, to
Paris to get Hamilton. Secretary Me
all returned with a doctor's certifi
-te to the effect that Hamilton was
iot -able physically to undertake the
;rip home, and also a statement which
murported to account for the moneys
,vhich he had received, but which, in
!act, contained no detailed informa
ion of the expenditures.
Mr. McCall remained president of
he company until Janutry 3, when
ie retired. He admitted to the board
>f trustees in his letter of resignation
;hat he had made mistakes, but de
lared that no officer or trustee of. the
ompany' in his fourteen years' of
;ervice had ever profited improperly
:o the extent of a dollar at the ex
>ense of policy-holders.
In the early part of this month the
qew York Life's self-investigating
ommittee, which had been appointed.
-o examine into the payments to
Andrew Hamilton, brought in a re
)ort condemning President McCall"s
ittitude in this matter, and holding
iim liable for about $300,000 in addi
:ion to the $235,000 which he had
)aid back into th'e company.
To pay the .$235,000 Mr. McCall
as obliged to mortgage his summer
1ome. Shadow Lawn, at Long Branch,
1 .L., and shortly afterward he sold
t.. This place was one of the most
b:utiful summer residences in ,this
oun: ry. It was built only two years
go and is said to have cost $1,000,
)0. Yilowing his retirement from
the New 1grik Life Mr. McCall also
sposd f' a good deal of his person
1 property, including his stable and
ll his carriages.
Mr. McCall is survived by his
nother, who lives in Albany; his wife,
:hree sons, John C., Leo and Ballard,
md a daughter, who is the wife of
Darwin Kingsley, vice president of
:he New York Life. Edward E. Me
Dall, the supreme court justice, is a
Mr. McCall was a generous contrib
ator to religious and charitable or
anizations. He gave an altar to the
athedral of the Immaculate Concep
:ion, at Albany, which is said to have
rost. $0,000. On the stand before the
rmstrong committee Mr. McCall
:estifed that he was not a wealthy
nan; that if he were to die at that
ime the greater part of his estate
would consist of his life insurance,
which amounted to between $300,000
Mrs. Klubbs (severely)--Pvye been.
.ying awake .these three hoirrs waiting
or you to dome home.
r. .Klubbs (ruefully)-Gee ! And
leensty Mwg @us
waiting for you to go to ~sleep.
Reflections of A Bachelor.
The oftener a man swears off the
easier he thinks it would be to live
1p t it.
Once in a while the world has as
ood an opinion of a man as he has
.amself but it is after he is dead.
A man would have to be mighty
rich not to begin to grumble about the
stock market when he suspects some
body is going to strike him for,a char
A whole lot of foolish men think
that fun depends altogether on what
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To the head of every family who is
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>f his children, we have a Special Pro
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No Article in the home shows the
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nuch pleasure or is of as great value in
after life as the knowledge of music
mdd the ability to play well.
Our Small Payment Plan makes the
>wnership of a high grade Piano or Or
J ust a few dollars down and a small
payment each month or, quarterly or
semni annualy and the imstrument is
Write us to-day for Catalogues and
our Special Proposition of Easy Pay
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Cohl3mbin- S. C.
BRAVO rOR COL. WATSON!
Our State Commissioner of Agricul
ture, Commerce and Immigration
Stands by Poorly Paid Posi
Columbia, February 19.-Commis
sioner Watson, of the state depart
ment of agriculture, commerce and
immigration, who has declined here
tofore to make any statement in re
gard to-the offer made to him in Geor
(ia at a larger salary than he receives
in South Carolina. tonight gave to
the press the following statement an
nouncing his decision to remain in his
"The extremely flattering offor
made mc by the Chamber of Com
merce of Augusta has been given the
most careful consideration. and those
making the offer have been so kind
that it was with, the most sincere re
grc that I reached the determination
to decline it. For many reasons, per
sonal and financial, this offer was
most attractive to me and I felt that
I could not decline it. I have acted
against the advice of many strong
friends, and have voluntarily put
aside the excellent opportunity and
greater pecuniary consideration.
awaiting me in Augusta, simply from
a sense of what I regard my duty to
my state. my friends and to myself.
I have felt the deepest interest in the
vitally important work of the depart
nient of which I am the head, know
ing as I do, the present economic con
ditions in South Carolina, and this
work being in its infancy as it were,
to forsake it I felt would be depriv
ing the state of the experience I had
been commissioned to obtain for her
in an entirely new field, experience
belonging to the state, and not to
"In the light of these briefly sta
ted considerations and the opportuni
ty for a splendid development upon
all lines in South Carolina under ac
tive pr6motion, I have deemed it my
duty to' remain here and lay aside
"It was unfortunate that the news
of this offer reached the public just
as the general assemblly convened, as
it placed ine in an extremely embar
rassing position. .Had the usal fight
on the department not occurred, my
decision might have been different.
W,hile the fight .was pending and be
fore the issue was received, it became
necessary for me to choose between
the attractive opportunity awaiting
me in Attgsta and a possible adverse
conclusion here; but my decision was
made at that time and the chairman
of the board advised of it, with the
intimation that under certain circum
stances, then undeveloped, I might be
able to keach a different one.
"Inasmuch as I am remaining here
without an increade. of salary and
am voluntarily surrendering the
handsome one offered me, I trust that
the gentlemen in* Augusta who have
so honored me. and have so generous
Iv indulged me in the matter of time
asked to reaeh a conclusion, will be
assured that in declining their invi
tation I have acted solely and abso
lutely from a sense of duty.
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Does not only apply to stylish
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Shave and an.. up4to-date Haji
Cut as well. In order to make
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CHAS. P. BEECHER
Under Crotwell Hotel.
the contract for
your new build~
ring see W. T. Liv
ingston. B e s t
Lock Box No. 59.,
Nwberry. S. C.
Does your b4
contain alum I
the label. Use
whose label si
made with crc
NOTE. - Safel
only the Royal
which is the best
baking powder tha
"I would rather have gone to this
position than any that could have
been offered me-and have, since it
was made; declined a better one fl
"The legislature has given the de
partment encouraging support for the
coming year and there is much work
to be done. Though almost two
months of the year have been prac
tically lost, plans, formulated for the
most active work on all lines, are al
ready being executed, and I trust the
results will be commensurate with the
energy with which they will be pur
"If my period of indecision has&
delayed the public-spirited people of
Augusta in the execution of their.!
plans, I can only express my deepest
regret. I wish to again express to
them my sincere appreciation of their
offer, and. of the indulgence and con
sideration shown me. I may.add that
I shall ever stand ready personally to
aid them in any way within my pow
Bella-What is the matter, dear?
You don't look well.
Stella--'Im not well. The mareel
waves in my hair make me seasick.
"Your son is making a specialty of
chemistry, isn't he?'' "Yes. When'
he goes into business he's going to
start a maple-syrup factory.-Cleve
About the meanest thing people do
in th~e world is the way the red-head
ed ones pass it along to their children.:
Notice is hereby given that we will
mak3 a final settlement on the estate
of Jacob Singley, deceased, on Tues
ray,. the sixth day of March, 1906, at
11 o 'clock, A. M.. in the Probate
Court for Newberry County, South
Carolina, and will inunediately there
after apply for a final dischbarge as ex
ecntors of said deceased.
Geo. S. Mower.
J. C. Singley,
as surviving Executors of the last
will and testament of Jacob Singley,1'
Newbery, S. C.,
Among ihe variousj
forA the year 906~
don't forget to; resolv.e
to Save Every Penny
that you can. There
fore You Must Buy
Good Goods CHEAP.
This you can only ac
complish when trading
at 0. KLETTN ER'S,
H eadquarters of Genu
It will be mone
to buy from us.
0. KLE 2
only a powder
iows it to be
,am of tartar.
Ly lies in buying
cream of tartar
t can be had.
Leading Lady-Where's my SAV.
Theatrieal Manager-I'm very sg0
ry, but, husiness has been had 'W
week; ad the ghost is unable to A*
- Leading Lady-Well, I mast. bop
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Theatrical Manager-Don't woV;.
we 'l- have all -kinds of- money .nOtt
week.. We play in a seetion ot tW
country where you are not knows.
The Venus of Mifo explained. "I
wore elo:w sleeves in. the winter a"J
they fr6ze off," she vouched Th
indeed do we see what: woman
end&re for fishidn.-New York Si.
There is hardly . anything so s*
prsing as to kiss a girl. when t a
lights go o'ut and find it was somnebe
State . of South Carolina,
County of Newberry.
Court of Cqmmon Pleas.
Caroline Jones, Plaintiff,
Jason Jones, et al., Defendants.
Complaint for Partition.
By virtue of an order- of . Co4.
herein, I will sell at public auctiq~
before the Court,House at. Newberr
S. C., on Salesday in March, 1909,
all that lot or parcel of land,' of whiebi.
the late J6seph Jones died seized -a&&d
possessed, lying and being in tbla'
part of the Town of Newberry, S. O.,
known as "Gravel Town,'' and
bounded by lands of Guilford Snow.
'den, Dr. James McInt:osh and t4.
Southern Railway Co., fronting 63
feet on--treet a plat of which.wiljj
be exhibited on day of sale.
Terms of sale: One half cash and
one half on a credit of twelve months,
with interest from day of sale with:;a
bond of the purchaser and a mortgage
of the premises; with leave to pur
chaser to anticipate the payment of.
the credit.portion in whole or in part.
The building on said lot to be insured
and the policy assigned to the Ma.T
ter. The purchaser to - pay for pa
pers and recording samne.
H. H. Rikard,
Master's Office, Feb:12, 1996.
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