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Review of the Accident Which Oausod
Samuel Spencer's Death-Oom
pany's Rules Violated.
Th otilial investigation of the
Southern railway into the roar-ond
Collision which oveurreI at Lawyers,
Va., on Thanksgiving day and in
whieh Presitdent Spencer of the
SIouthern and six others, ineliding a
n11uher of prominent people, lost
their lives, has lien coneclitlel and
the responsibility for the wreck plac
ed tn (. 1). Mattox, black operator at
R angoon Station, Va. (Ineral Conn
sil A. P. Thom of the railroad taday
issel tUhe t'ollowing statellment an
noa11einig the official conelusion.
Mr. Thom of (he Southern railway,
who has, with other o'tficials, been en
gaged in the inveatigatian of the rear
end collisian, which oemnrred near
Rangoon Station on Thanksgiving
morning and in which Mr. Spencer,
the late president. of the road, and a
nitimber of others lost their lives, was
asked today whether any conclusion
has been reached as to the cause of
"Yes, train No. 33. bound south
with ir. Spener's ear, No. 100, on
lt rear tentd, had. by th lie block opera
tor at a tIgeIon block stat ion, (I. .
a it, been let iit o the black be
tween liangiooi and tlit next block
station to the souith, known as ILaw
yers and before the bltk was clear
ei t' hat train, Alattox also let into
the saine blAck train first No. 37,
which. nt knowing in tine that train
No. 33 was in the bick, ran into it
anti caused tlithe catastrophe.
Oomposition of Train.
A ft'ter passing iangoon that
mingilx, train No. 33, wliih besides
the eline anld ttenlder, consisted of a
postalil ear, an eTxpress ear, a combined
biaggaige ath second elass passen er
ear, a tfirst class ear, two sleeping
VAIrs at tle president's ear, NO. 100,
(hert' iinmed inI their order f'roin the
eng-ie), at a point soinethling over a
mi'le f'roml Itangoonl "tation,. seplaratted
intlh two parts tie'anse at' the pariting
o a oulplingll' betet'n tle expre0ss ear
' hi mertiency bria kes at oince ap
ph Ittl ant oiia ticay I tin both sections
%t' lit partdt'tl train, as intelled ini
caset Ot just sueh vontiiingecies, and
bothI seeltionis stoplpler.
''Under thiest irnstances, it' tile
otes' tilt, VoIllpllyu hadl beenl obeyed1
no %tIher rin i vold have passet lan
g'n or enited the block in which
this disabled traiin was.
I'lk 111l T uisput td lest im1ony shows
that no less thai throo dift'erent rules
of tilt c panjamiy were violated by Mat
tax, the operator aliangeon, the h
ser fAllk ant i ne o whikI woiilt
hke a kted the a ilckit .
- -\ when~ a trinE . eniters thle bilock
the unsr t tlhe 0aA i~ trassNo.
211 . e t la ' yst' e homeObl.'ck sip
nal e m t i v e I1 lthc tlea r at'
u . ni the Pihn' to the netxt bilotk
soein th rw ear. This infarinatio'n
iuma he entteredl t'n thie lock records.
--lTe optoriit at 1 .iayirs did noat
nive th'cis iniforimatio'n to M at tax, the
te operator at liton, as to train
Failed to Get Information.
--Mat t'x, tihert'oXre, noit having re
elved the re'quirted infoXrmnat ion in ite
gardt to the~ mnovemnits tof the trinc
Noa. 33:, v.iolated tis rule in regiart
ing the biloc.k as c'lear ot' that trail
beforelt let tinmg in the tfollowiing train,
knowin as first 37.
--1liis exenlse is that tilt operator at
L.awyers did reportiit traiin No. 33 as
'by l.awyercs, but tailted to give himii
tihe tone' it piassed,i as re'quiretd by the
rule. Therc ie is stome ct'n sion in his
before first 87 passed iingoonl ar
just afterw'iardl, but the operator at
L.awyers emphatically tdenies that he
senit any sueh message as clied by
Mat tox antd deelaredi that Mat tox had
neCver eveni inf ormeitd him-*that t rain
No. 33 wanted the black or had enter
'Wlihi there exists this conflict of
evidence, Operator Mat tax, in his own
statement, admits that ho did nat re
eive from the operator at Lawyers
the time train 33 passed out of the
block at Lawvyers, and exenses his
failure to seenre this information by
the statement that after the operator
at Lawyers had informed him that
No. 33 was 'by,' he, the operator at
Lawyers, abruptly opened his key,
and he, Mattox could not conmum
cate further' with him,
"U~er the#e .circumflstanlces the
tU itgfrom }S14 applies:
~' E[, foulth~t~Jure of a tele
g~$ j~. tw ~o)~ fse, a signal
mnio is uablo to communicate with t
the next block station in advance t
(which in this case was Lawyers), he I
must stop every train approaching in
that. direction and obtain permission t
from the train dispatcher before al
lowing it. to proceed.'
"Mat tox's plainl duty was, there
fore, to stop first 37 at. langoon and
not let it enter the block. He admits
that this was his duty, and that he
did not perform it. If he had, the
aceidenit could not have happened.
"in addition to the foregoing, rule
"'To admit a train to a block the
signal man must examine the block
record and if the block is clear will
give 1. W. (block wanted) for No.
- to the next block station in ad
'The signal man receiving this
signal, if the block is clear, must dis
play the stop signal to opposing
traims and reply S. ). (Signal dis
played) for -; if the block is not
clear lie must reply "Block is not
clear for '' '
"A train must not be admitted to a
block unless it. is clear, except as pro
vided by rule 129 or 134, or by special
",ritere is no contention that the
operator was ntnitled to admit either
train by virtue of rule 129 or 134 or
by special order.
"Prom rule 1 16, above referred to,
it will be seen that Operator Mattox
had no right even to ask for the
block for train first 37 until he had
looked at his own block sheet and seen
from it that train No. 33 had passed
out of the block at Lawyers.
"411is block sheet did not show this
"ilie admits that. it did not, and
that before he asked for the blo%k
for first 37. he had not gotten, as
requited by rule 118, the information
necessary to make his block sheet
show the facts and to complete it.
"It was, under these circum
stances, his clear duty under rule 116
to Atop train first 37 and not admit it
to the block. Ile admits this and I
that it' he had obeyed tle rule tlie - e
vident t could not have happened.
Human Factor Failed.
"It will thus he seen that from evi
delce that is not disputed, the human 4
factor failed at the decisive moment
aId Cased this great catastrophe.
"MIattox himself is a Virginian by
birth, having been born and reared in
F'ranklin county. the adjoining coun
ty to the one in whih the accident
occurred, le had been employed in
pursuance of the policy of the com
pally to reeruit its ranks from among
We Will Offer Our Stoci
ing, Hats, Shoes,
This sale is made imperative by
other quarters early in the new
large lines of goods as we don
want to sell 'em. No goods cha
out on approbation. We quote
idea how cheap you can buy fro
Calicoes, per yard ..4 1-2 and 5 1-2e,
Gliughuams, per yard . . 4 and 5 1-2c.
Dress goods.... 111, 13, 19, 23 and up.
Cashmiers, brilliantines, ete 38 to 99c.
W~hiite homespun, 6 yards for 25 ets.
Checked homespun, per yd. 4 1-2 to Gec.
Jleans tfor pants, per' yd 13, .16, 18, 23e.
Other' pants goods, per yd. 23 to 37c.
Outing, per yd. .. .... 7 to 9 cents.
l"honelet te, pci' yd. .... 8 1-2 eents.
Chlrockery, Glassware and Tiniware at
Notions, Neckwvare, etq, at cost.
We offer' tobacco in 101b. boxes at 25
cents and up.
Monkey and Parrot baking powder, 4
cents a can.
Mendleson'? Lye, 5 cents a can, 0 for
Bloy's suits, 35 cents, $1.00 $1,25
Men's suits, $3.09, $4.07, $5.00 and
All Goods at]I
The S.S. I
ho people along its lines, whose an
ecodents and environments are
"le was 22 years old, had been in
he employment of the company as In
>porator for about two years, was
iducated as an operator and before
weing permitted to undertake the du- u
-ics of an operator, was duly examin- V
ion block rules, train orders and I
ther matters pertaining to the tole
craph service by W. J. Coapman, t
"He had, at the time of the acei- I
lent, been operator at Rangoon about a
.0 months. e
"There is some conflict in the testi- (
nony as to the conduct of Jacobs, the a
iperator at Lawyers. The above con- 9
hisions, however, have been reached
vithout considering any controverted
There are Others.
Of all sad words
Of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these:
"I'll run again."
-Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Oh, No, indeed!
Here's sadder still:
"I fear the other
And sadder these
Which hero you sean:
"II'd laid ten plunks
On the other man!'"
Of all sad words
Of tongue or pen:
Finds mo broke again!"
Yon think these sad?
They ain't a bit.
The saddest are these:
"Do please remitl"
Those who win success by practice
iaveii't time to preach.
J. W. WHITE.
for TEN Days!
of Dry Goods, Cloth-i
Etc., at Greatly
ices, and .
the fact that we will move to
year and we must close outa
t want to move them. We ~
rged during this sale, or sent
i few prices to .give you an
n us during this sale, a
Mcen's $5.00 slioes for $4.37. e
Meni's $4.00 slioes for $3.43. o
M~en 's $3.50 and $3.00 shoes for
Meni's $2.50 and $2.00 shoes for
W~omeni's $3.00 Patent L.eathier
Shoes for $2.38.
W~omen 's $2.50 slioes for $1.98.
Women 's $1.50 shoes for &1.29.
Women 's heavier slioes ' $1..07.
Children 's slioes at 40 cents per r
pair and up.
Boy's aiid Men's slioes at 88 ets. I
to $1.13 per pair. c
Men's $1.50 hats at 09 enrts.
00XE AND B FOR YOURSEILF.
Ve do not chae big profits on Christmas Goods as n
a for the last eifht years, therefore you know we do
rith us, Raisins or S cents per pound. We have the
een in Newberry. We have a conplete line of articli
itrons, Prunes Flavoring of every Kind. All kinds o
nd Candies. 'he largest and prettiest line of Toys a
hat ou ever saw anywhere. Just come and take a k
FIRE WORKS FIRNE WORKS1 We have more fi
hea r than anybody else as we buy them from the i
uy em, because they Aon't buy them from the I
rticles that we have, as it would take us until aftei
Dme nearer filling your bills and still cheaper than oti
COME BEFORE THEY ALL GET PICKED OVER
'loake, Fascinators, Shawls, Evening Jackets, and a i
ome of the most elegant styles and quality in fine Sk
ur $1.50 qualit for 88c., and all of our $1.00 quality f
erchiefs and nice presents for Christmas.
We promise a red hot year for
back-biting competition. WILL "OT I
O. KLE TT
Sincere thanks for your patro
t continuance of tie same. \
iappy New Year. Yot
Where Business is Done only t
And a Good' Reason, Too.
1)ear me!'' exclaimed grandma. 'I
'onider what makes the bay cry so?"
I know, grandma,'' replied little YOU are
'omy. 'He eries 'cause lie ain't old
nough to swear vet."-Kalanazoo entS.
lazette. dies' BE
Following The Flag. Pieces,
When our soldiers went to Cuba and and oth(
lie Philliplnes. health was the most im
ortant consideration. Willis T. Mor- when yc
an, retired Commissionary SergeantW eny
r. S. A., of Rural Route 1, Concord b
I. H., says: "'I was two y'ears in Cuba desure
ndl two y:ears in the Philippines, and
eig subject to colds, I took Dr.
ing's Newv Discovery for C'onsump
on, which kept me in lpelleet hmeailth.
nd now, in New Iianmpshire, we~ lind
the best medlicine in the world forr
ughs, colds, bronchial troubles and
nd all lung diseases. (Guranteed at
'. E. Pelhami, & Son's druggist.
Price 50c. and $1.00. Trial bottle free
This world has a short miemor
nud weamthler prophets should be glad
Deadly -Serpent Bites.
re as common in India as are stomach
nd liver disorders with us. For the lat
sr, h.owever, there is a sure remedy:
dcreB ite: th geat retoatv
iediceme, of which S. Brown, of Renn
ttsville, S. C.,* says: "T1hey restoredl
'y wife, to perfect health, after years
f sufYering wvith dyspep~sia and a cIhron
.ally topid liver" lectric Bitters
uire clilils and fever, malaria, bilious.
ess, lame back, kidney troubles and
ladder disorders Sold on guarantee
y. W. E, Pelham & Son, druggist,V
D)o as you wouhll ibe done li in. -
ou discover niny tone try i n to do I ID
Death From Lockjaw.
ever follows, an injury dr'essed will, Suppii
lueklen's Arr. ien Salve. Its antisi-i
ndl healing properties >revent boo For
cisonmg. Chans. Oswal(d, merchant, Fo
ur Seth llurch, of this Place of theFo
gliest Bore on his neck I over saw."
~ures Cuts, Wounds, Burns andl Sores.F
.at W. E. Pelham & Son's drug r
If' you don11't wnt to setleo a qe-S
ion, argue about it.
An Alarmiing Situation, it Will be ti
requently results fr- cl(t i
ogged bjowels and torid liver, unti
IOWeIA Guairanteedl by W. 1'E oand
on's druggIst. PrIe 25c .Peha Of fice:
r Christmas Gdo0,
tost merchants do. You have been buying Christmas 4
mot charge big profits. We will sell YOup If o ae~~J
largest and most select stock of Christmas goods t
?a for cakes such as Raisins, London Layers and SeedAd Cux*-2
f Nuts, Orangest Applea, Bananas, and all other kinds 6~
nd Dolls that was ever in Newberry. We have the prttis
ok at them and see for yourself.
e works to burn than all the other stores in town, and 1l
lactory. We sell them, to you cheaper than other ierchid
actory as we do. We have no time to write you about all
Christmas. You can save money by trading with us, as
J ust received in our Dry Goods store $2,000 worth of Ba
iice assortment of all kinds of Jackets for ladies and chil
irts. We will still continue to have our chea sale of,s
Dr 67c. Waist Patterns for 48c. per yard. A1 kinds o
l1T H CO.,
3ERRY, S. C.
'HISK ERS 00-,i1W
IERS" SIT DOWN ON
'N EWe promise a matchless
gain year to our custom
ITY OR LOW PRICES
nage given us in the past. We sol
Vishing you a merry Christmas a
y Fair, -Square and Honest Metho,
looking for nice things for Xmas pr
emember, we have a nice line of:
h1ts, Hand Bags, Collars, Battenbe
Handkerchiefs, Combs, Silk Sha
ir things too numerous to mention,
>u are out doing your Xmas shopid
to give us a call.
PROSPERITY, S, C.
Stoucs and Furiitufi
AND BEST PRICES
arts & Sam p1
ITY LOAN AND IN VESTMENT(
8s the best Facilities.
Saving Money at a Profitable Rate of Inter
Building by lustalment:
r orrowing Money on Real Estate. 2
e of Our
And Be Cozvinced ofit
je means-of your Saving Money, and accUfl
Fund that will buy Land or Build a House.
ITY LOAN AND INYESTMN
JAMES 4. McQAUGH-RIN,
.& Adams Ssc., SebrarTra1