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VOLXIV.. NO.7. NTEWBERRY. S. O. TTUM80DA.T. JAMUA.RY 22, 1907.4W0 EK,$ 0AYA
OF IRS. BLAH
STIMONY TAKEN AT HEI
s That Blair Was Drunk and tha
e Struck Her and Used Threat
ening Language-The Evi
dence in Fuil.
ollowing is the testilony of Mrs
Cl B. Blair, taken at her home a
2 Marion street last night b,
'oner Walker before the jury o
rs. .Blair, being sworn, said: '' M
band came home drunk yesterda;
kt 1 o'clock as' he had so ofte1
e before. As sooni as he came i
w he was drunk. After a whil
began cursing so , asked hin t
that I had boarders in the hous
they would leave; that the geu
an would take his wife and g(
th profane language he said le
go. I told him he could not curs
und the place that way and ru
lioarders away; I had to make
ig and support my children; tha
helped ie very little. He sai
i our living, that he could liv
ether we did or not. I got so nej
s that I went into the dining root
get soie coffee, but was so nei
s I could not drink it. I went mt
. Neal's room and must hav
ted. When I camne to, Mrs. Net
standing over ine. In a fe,
utes Mr. Blair came. in, caug,
of my hand and jerked me t
side. He said 'Did you faint?'
I suppose I did. B
slapped me on tAhe shoulder an
id: 'I will kill you before the su
er sets tonight. .1 want to be frei
L.want to -pend my money as
lease. Take the -6bildren.'"
id, "Mr. Blair be careful.' He ast
me if I had paid a bill. I said -w
iu came and took all your mone
sterday and knew I didn't have
nt, you took every cent. He sai
, he'd spent it as he pleased. B
id he didn't care if I ever had an
ing, ie was going to kill me. Wit
at I got up and started in here an
e started too. It was which woul
et here first. I knew if he got t
he pistol first he would kill me as'i
ad attempted to do so on three oti
''A pistol had been on the manti
since we had been housekeepinl
which has been three years. It belonl
ed to my nepihew. I was by myself ei
ery night and had to have protei
SCoroner-Wlo was present wh'
te toll you to take the chibiirk!n1 a;1
o? A. No one.
* Q. Whlo wNas preseit whilen lie sai
te wN'11ld kill you? A. Not any one.
''1 said. ''Mr. llair don't pitt yot
Innd, on me. dont -trike ma 'au
nmore.' le said, 'I'll kill you.' I]
eachedl flor the p)istol but. I got
(* Wi~ho was present ? A. I couldni
ell you whether my niece was presel
r not. Don't think Mr's. Neal wvt
''lIe grabbhed for the pistol too.
as standlity~ by the dresser. I saji
Mr. Blair don 't put your hands e
e and I'll not shoot. ,I thought
ould bluff him away with that.
''He caught at my hand and ru
e up in the corner and grabbed ni
liawd. He pushed me over to tl
oor and grabbed my throat. I had h
ands and we scuffled over it ut
we got to the mantel post.
''After I got to the door and I
l~d one hand on the pistol and I lha
ne, the pistol went.off. It wasi
'We 'went through that roonm. TI
or into hall was closed. We wet
to the rear room. He had hold
tol and I tried to get. it awvay froi
.I twisted it in my apron.
My niece said, 'Aunt Ethel, ii
take it.' She had her hand c
tiying to get' the pistoj. I toa
pistol .out of her hand at tI
post, ran and .t wvrhitotue ET.
post, ran and threw it out tle
w into the yard.,
pouldn't tell Wvhether any or
reen during the souffle. Mr
eod to get him away. He thre
liea off and said, 'Damn. you, shoot.'
Don't think any one was present
when the shot was fired: Didn't
know. Couldn't tell whether pistol
went off after we left the room. I
knew that if he got it into his hand
I would have to die. Know nothino
ibout a pistol mid had never shol
I one .but, once. Yesterday was nol
first time he had tried to kill me
Never saw him tilke a drink yesterday
but smelt it on his breath. He hm1
brought whiskey hone with him ever
day . and kept it inl the bath room
t. Witness recognized hottle shown bi
I coroner. Saw it ill his hands. Whik
E lying in Mrs. Neal's room lie wenl
in bath room twice. Bottle was full
when I saw it first yesterday. Mr
i Blair was not drunk every day. Oi
i day lie would be sober ats a ju(Ig<
i and the pext day lie would stagger
a Never drank until he got off duty. I
) I went to depot to meet him he wou4
3 come home sober but if lie came alon(
- he would coie drunk. Made a roun
- trip every day. Caine in 10.30 ir
t morning and left at 5.20 in after
D noon. He took Chaniberlain's coli<
* and diarrhoea cure ever since hI
a cane from Knowlton 's infirmar
t three years ago. I have seen him tak4
1 too many drinks of that but it wa
e certainly different from whiskei
drinks. He would he down and go t<
a. sleep but when whiskey drunk hi
would try to take it out on me.
D "No gentleman was present. N4
0 one was present. No one else couh
I have drank the whiskey but Mr
t By Solicitor-Why did your. lus
0 band want toj,ill you? A. Becaus,
I lie said lie didn't love me; lie wante<
e to be free. Pistol was my nephew'i
ai Claude West.
i Solicitor-You and your husban
. were in Mrs. Neal 's room and it wa
I a race to get the pistol. You starte<
I first? A. No; lie started fkist and
got by him: I knew the one that go
) the pistol first would be tlie luck;
Y one. If lie got it first lie would kil
a me, but I didn't inteud to kill him.
d Q. Where was lie standing whei
e you got pistol? A. By the stove.
-Q. What were you doing with pis
hT toll A. Nothing.
d Q. Don't you remember your hus
d band sitting on this trunk? A. Nc
e Q. If your niece said she saw hii
- on the trunk would you say lie wa
not? A. I didn't see him.
Q. Wasn't lie shot sitting down
, A. No, sir; most emphatically not. H
pushed me to the door.
Q. Didn't you shoot him sittin!
dowin and then lie grqbbed you an
,you scuffled to the door? A. No, sh
D l)idn't I tell you it was while w
d were seuirflingl' I didn't say I sho
him at all. The fatal shot was firei
d when we were scuffling. Ile was try
iig to take my hands ofT the pisto
r and get it. away from me. We hai
y our hands below the waist. Don
e know hIow many shots were fired.
t (Pistol -produced and identified.
Q. l)o you know where ay ball
t look effect, in roonm? A. I do not.
t have been on my bed ever since.
S Q. Howv did you know a half-pin
of whiskey was ini bathroom ? A
Wheii lie left the room lie went int
Ibathroom with it. It is like the botti,
' lie had in his hand in here.
Q. It has been testified lie said yo
wer.e fussing about man named Armi
A. The man Arms was not mentioned
n We niever~ had any words about huii
yThere was brotherly feeling betwvee
SQ. Was Mrs Neal in roomi when yo
all were over here. A. Mrs. Neal wa
in room only once that I know o]
e whiei lhe threwv her one hide and said
a "Dain you, shoot,'' Mrs. Neal wva
Sstanding at side of me and Mr. Blai
in front. My niece was not in thi
e room at that time as I know. Mi
iBlair~ came home about 1 o'clock an<
this happened a.fter diinner, I au:
n pose half past 2 or 3 o'clock.
Q. D)o you remember when Mi
y Woodward camne in here. A. Yes, sii
n Q. Where wvas the pistol. A. In on
SQ. Was it in vest pocket? A. Nc
Q. Didn't he have you by bot!
e hands? A. No, sir, lie baa his hand
. on tL.e pi';tol, lie. didn't have hi
v hands on me at-all.
Q. Did he strike you any violei
blows yesterday. A. -He struck n
twice, once on left shoulder and on
oin the back, on right hand side. .
Apron introduced and identified i
apronl Worn by 1Mr1s. 3lairlat tinl
M1-rs. Neal, recalled.
Q. Where did you find this flask.
Lrs. Blair told her Iiece to go
hathlrooml and look whlere hier unw
kept Iiis wliiskey. Sie returned wi
M1iss Wvest, recalled.
Q. State what you know about ti
latsk. A. I found bottle and whiski
niderneath bat I room. Mrs. Bal
told me to look for it. Never saw
TO LEAVE KINGSTO:
Admiral Davis is Informed That E
Presence is Not Desir
Kingston, Jamaica, Jan. 19--Re
Admiral Davis' inission of merey
stricken Kingston come to an abru
1111d painful, conclusion today in co
equence of Gov. Swet tenliam's obj(
tion to the presenee of American sa
ors engaged inl the ,,ork of clearil
the streets, guairding property ai
snccoring the wounded and sick, e
minating in a letter to the admit
preemptorily requesting him to I
i embark all parties which had be
Admiral Davis was greatly shock
- and pained and paid a formal visit
(Gov. Swettenham toany informi
I him that the United States batt
ships Missouri and Indiana and t
gunboat Yankton would sail this a
5 . To the Atisociated Press Admii
I Davis said that immediate compliRi
[ with Gov. Swettenham's request %,
t the only course consistent with t
dignity of the United States.
I Beginning of Friction.
The friction between the goverr
i and the admiral began with the'ar
val of the American war vessels, whi
- the governor objected to the firi
of a salute in his honor on the grou
- that the citizens might mistake I
, firing for a new earthquake. He
so declared there was no necessity I
i American aid, that his gov,ernm<
s was fully able to preserve order, te
the wounded, and succor the homele
i Rear Admiral Davis, however, lai
e ed parties of Blue Jackets who p
rolled the streets, cleared the debi
rIzed the ruins, attended many of I
I wonnlded, receiving high pralise fr<
citizen.s and military oficers for i
2 cellent work.
I Relief Work is Suspended.
I New York. Jan. 20.-The -atleri
- of supplies hcre for the Kinlgst
I -artlquake sufferers by tie Kinist
1 relief committee, it is expected, V
I be discontinued tonmorrow for tle ti
beinw at least, inl view of tihe refu
) of ille gov n Io2 of Ja1 tmaica to
s aidl from American war vessels. It
[ quite probable that the supplies nm
on the way to Kingston on the steai
t ers. Alleghany and( Pinz7 JToaneh
.will never reach that port. B<i
> steamer's have been ordered to call
e Port Antonio and there await furtl
i A sp)eial meeting of the relief co
-imittee .will b)e held tomorrow wl
-the situation wvill be gone over a
-definite action taken.
Ramon Pina, the newV 1!panish m
' inster to the United btates :s 47 yel
a old and has beCen in the Spanish
~plomatic service since lie was 22 ye.
Sold. It is understood that this
a pointment to WVashington is a rewi
r for' his services to the government
a secretary to the 'Alegeires (inferenf
HuIIidson Maxim, t inventor, I
concluded evperiments fro'h which
aserts that the range of naval tori
does wvill be doubled and naval w:
fare revolutionized. The invention
r a self-propelled torp)edo, which
driven by steam generated in 1
, burning by explosives carreid wit]
the torpedo in concentrated form
a There is hardly enough mo'ney
s: the world to make it up to somne IT
for the names their parents gave ti
it BEAUFORT IS SWEPT
e BY DISASTROUS FIRE.
Loss Estimated at Five to Seven Hun
Is dred Thousand Dollars.-Losses
e One-third Covered by Insur
A The State. 20ti.
to l3ealort. .Jan. 10.---Today at. half
le past i1 o'clock 1ire hwoke out in the
Ih Iarn and stahles of 1,. W. Seliper on
Bay street and witl a stif soiitiwest
brceze it resulted in one of the most,
ic disastrous calamities that has ever
)y visited tie towin.
ir From tlhe commencement the fire
it departnicit was powerless and soon
the raging fIlamiles took possession of
the large grocery store of the pro
prietor and lapped the large three
N. story, building in the basement or
lower floor, where was stored a large
is stock of groceries and supplies, and
the People's hank, of which Mr.
Seheper is. president, was totally con
sutimed witi it's Contents.
nr The ban11k 's papeis aid property
to were saved. including the large fre
I)t proof safe. Adjoining were a row of
1- stores oin the same side of tile street,
C- anld lp to tie corner were all con
g Tie fire vcosed tle street andi the
d large and well stocked hardwaie and
il- paint store o1 Messrs. N. Christensen
-al & Sons siared a like late and half a
e- l)Iock behind it was totally IIrned.
ei The fire crossed the next street and
consumed the law ofice of Mr. Thos.
ei Talbird andl the ro wof small house"
to thatl he owned, extending to the mar
1g ket, whicli was burned entirely. Then
he- it. crossed the next street and the
te town ball and eounsil chamber were
if- a total loss and the adjoining houses
between it and the Methodist church
ce During the prevalence of the raging
'as aid fuhious flames the .sparks were
he blown in :a northeasterly direction and
several smaller homes, including the
/residence of 'ir. W. F. Sanders about
or one-eighth of a. mile off caught and
'i- from it the large and ancient, mansion
en of the Talbirds, owned by Mr. Thos.
ng Talbird, was totally consumed. The
id house on the opposite corner of the
le street occupied and owned by Mr. J.
l- N. Wallace, recently handsomely re
.or paired, was burnled and ntext. (oor to
nt it tile residence of Mr. W. J. Tioias
nd aid his two renited houses, to the
S* back, were consumed.
d- Mr. James M. rofut 's store adja
.t- cent to Mr. Ch1ristelnsen's store be
i ame a ilass of uins, id tie ] next
I store. that of Mrs. J. Levinl, also was
m11 nearly Nconsumled.
- At -lie fimle it looked as if tie
whol0e town wmu( have been conson
ol hv the muereiless at devouing
Oil Thc !4)sses ar-e e-tilliated rouhl as
o11 e1ua1 io about $506,<tt (Ir $700,ooo,
ill upon which t,hieire is n)l mnoie tihan
ie erhap one-tilird ilnl.1lea'.
a1 1 r. Scheper is pretty well insured,
'pt it. is slid.
15 Me- rs. Chr istensen('l, Thomas Tii5 al
'w bird and1( Jaes MC ~. ( roflI have n1o
n-l iinranice whatever anid thir losess
mare very great. Mr.. Thiomias, it is re
Ith port ed. is par'tiailly iinsure'd.
at Tlhis has beeni onei oft thle mo1(st
ecr fri'zhtfill calamities that has ever vs
' ted lteaufort.
nU- The flames are still visible at, a
en gr'eit dhistancie. To add to the difficul
nd ties t ho water suplply failedl andi thei
p)ipe, were deficient and incapabIle of.
doiner muich good to subdue the
i The piping of fresh air to cities is
110n longer a dream of scienitists. It has
p.been pra'cticlly t,ried, in anl experi
rdmental way, in thle c'rowdedl W~hite
schapel *district of Lond1on, under the(
e supervision oif Dr. T'. G. Lyon, one
'of London's most. eminent scientists.
The air is sucked into p)ipes lby power
uas ful suietion p)umpsl from someIi high
lhe elevation where the sanlitar'y condi
.e tions are perfect and( forced into large
".' storagie tanks simialar to gas tnks.
!s Whein stored in these tanks under
1s pressure, the pure air is distrib)uted
lie in p)1ipe leading inito diffeireint houses.
11n Thle air can be dastrib)uted through
ppes upwar'~id of fity to one thundred(
miles in length iwthiout losing any of
in its purity. Biy opening a switch the
en ceustomer gets his daily supply of
aw fresh ar in his rooms, while the foul
air is allowed to qeape through with
TROOPS GUARD BEAUFORT.
Dompany Sent From Fort Screven at
Have Quieted Down.
Beanfort. Jan. 20.-Murmuring-s of
nlegiros to(lay eallsel alpprlehelisionl of
ani iprising aid tihie aut11horities at
onlce sollg ht( to seeure military pro
tection l'or the city. The intend(ant,
telegaphed Col. 1U. W. lattersonl, in
COMIaid at Fort Ser-even, On., ask
in". for at eompaliv of1 re(Iollalll troops
to he diialltcIhed hier-e for the preser
vation of ordel. i response, at 8.35
o'elock (onigit, 4-5 men fully aried
anid el01ippeld for' service, arrived unl
der eomuianl of Capt. Joseph Wheel
e'. Tie' (lettchelinit came on1 the tug
Gibbons, and immeldiately guards
Wei established and patrols foIell(l.
The liscontent among the negroes,
which it was fearel might be fanied
into a1 filry, was calused by the killing
of William Benlnett, Colored, by a
114ard at 1 o'clock this moInllg,. The
IegO was ldiscoverel hanging around
the iIins of tlie Pepople's 1)1111k, one of
tle biiildinps (etroved by mne dis
asruis tire of yesterday. To the Cliai
lengte of, thle uard oll du1ty there nio
sat isfactory responlse was mlia(e, it
seemls, and thle guailrd fired.
An il i<iest was hld th(l is morning
over the hbdy 4f, tle niegrIo. There was
dloubt ats to which or tihe1 guard1-(Is had
shot tile mai. ie ver(dict returned
was that he hadt(] com1)e to his death at
tihe hands of parties uinkniowin to the
The arrival of ilte Uniited States
troops relieved the apprehension of
the Citizens. The Iegroes, impressed
by the presence of the regulars. have
Ceased their hostie deonimist rat ions,
and the military apparently have the
sitiationk will ill hand. Their arrival
was. welcomed .by -the citizens who
had been standing guard over valu
ables save(d from the flames, and who
had been prepared to resist as they
might have been able any outbreak on
the part of the iegroes.
Naval Militia Ordered Out.
Rumors of trobule with negroes in
Beauifort as a result of the destrue
tive fire there Saturday were receiv
ed here yes-4erday il tie form of at
telegram from Intenaint Townsend to
lov. Ansel asking for authority to
call out tie naval imilitin iaeserves to
protect property. (lov. Aisel at tihe
time the telegram was received was
Mn his way from Charleston it Co
hillbill Ind as sooll is he ar-rived.] re
peate(d thi telegram ..ent a erlier by
Secretar.y ilietiea. Ti 1 tlgrams weie
"Wirev Imle cr Lieti. ""h11epet. aIth
(rity to Call oult nvlmilitin I'mr pat
411 duty bcaulls of, paltial lestrnle
tion of town by ir.Thr-eaits of)1 vio
elev bel" 111mde by Ilegr 'nws.
IC. C. Tliwnsen(l
Secretary lilea a1 once sent tie
c'ond'bilit 1olls warrai'llt sllCh action41
preven'li. acts5 of v'iolenice to ci tizenis
" Al. . .)liet hfa.'
Late 4G'ov,(~. A nsel dec(idedl to ord'4er
1LIiut. Schleer to1 re0port tob Inutendantl
TownsVl3end( if ordered'C( to1 dio so by the
A GIlasgowv steamerCl waIs lab)orinig in
a hleavy seaI, thei waIves sometimei
sweepinig her (leeks, but1 the o)fficer'!
alsured thle pallssenige1s that11 L,here wan
(ca1lmi with ii he except Ii ofI (one meek-l
appearing lif tie man, who, every fen
Iminuites, would4 approach an officei
and1( aniiXously ingn11ire if' lhe thought
the ship) wol1d foul(er.
''No, I tell you!"1 on (ie (If them fin
ally exclaimed with imfpatienlce
" What is the matter wuithi you]? Looli
Iat those other people-thiey areo noi
scared~' to death.'"
"'Oh, I'm not scar'ed,"' the man r'e
plied, "'but if the ship was going t<
founder I wanited to know a littI<
ahead (If time."
shrid....i..,.,,,.,.,, shrdl u shridlu shrdiu
"O,wanited fo tell youri frieiid
gooid-bye anid all that?"'
"Well, not exactly," the man said
hesitatingly; " the fact is, my moth
er-inl-law is along with mii anld if thel
ship was quite sure to sink I wanted
to say a few things to her."-.
REPORT IS MADE
BY MR. I'DOIALD
WINNSBORO ATTORNEY'S rIND
INGS REGAR)ING BOARD.
Goes Into DetaiSs Concerning Pur
chases of the rormer Dis
Mr. . fe. Mcl)onald of Winnsboro,
Who was employed Some time ago by
the state board of dispensary diree
tors to investigate the legality of the
purehases mae(le by the 1'ormer board,
had his report made publie yesterday.
The report was submitted some time
'ago by Mr. McDonald but the board
did not give it out to the press at that
time. The report. says:
To the Honorable the Board of Di
rectors of the State Dispensary:
(lentlemei: Pursuant to the reso
iutions hereinafter set forth, I res
pectfully beg leave to submit the fol
At'a njeeting of your board held on
the 6th day of March, 1906, the fol
lowing resolutions was adopted:
"Resolved, That there appearing
that there has beenl a 'Very large
stock of goods ship)ped to the state
dispensary to tle 1aloulit. of several
h11un11dred thousand dollars of high
priced goods, there being no suffici
eut storale room for same, thus ex
I)osing a large amount. of such goods
to the weatiher, goods that, there is
very little sale for, an(] would pro
bably take years to dispose of at
that price; and it appearing that
there is no legal record of the plr
clase, or that, same was not ordered
shipped in accordance with law, the
clerk. is hereby instructed to notify
the members of the old board, Messrs.
Evans, Boykin and Towill, that we in
entering upon the duties of such of
fice do prot6st against the locking up
in said high priced goods. so much
money of the state; and that it is our
intention to employ the best legal tal
ent available to look into the legality
of the purchasing and ordering of
such goods, and in the event that
they were not purchased by the en
tire board and ordered in as the law
requires, an(] that we are so advised
by our.attorieys that tile shippers of
these goods be notified that their
goods are here subject to their or
ders and the same must be removed
ait oice if bvinlig Ile inleitioll of the1C
present board not, to assumle the re
s)onlsibility of (his business inl such
slial)v witioi teril.. ourll protest;
aid tle clerk is i ist v-neted ( lo pub
HiSh the omoini of oods ivill by
liteui. filie n:'lify :uid, prive of vach,
iha l o Ill. of heal ai nd, so
will sm. ilhe ::7 ir1s of, thew State
dlisjenisar t h m Ilie first of Marclh.
"lHesolved (1), That inl pul rsian lce
o I!-, resolutition of the stale board of
f Winnsbori, S. C., he, and lie here
by is, retained a1s the iaitorneiy ofi thle
stilte lioard of (Iirecltors for thle parm
Pose of ascer'ta in ing anad advising
the lbiaird whethlier or not the alle.ged
purchases of' all liquors areferred to
in saidh resolut 101n were Jegally made,
whethIier or' anot such al leged pur chiases
constitute valiid liabilities against
''Resolved (2), That an adjourned
meeting oif the state board of diree
tor's be held at the office of the board,
Columbia, on Tuesday, t,he 17th day
of April, 1906, fotr the puirpose of
affording a hearing to all parties in
initerest wiho may come to ilt tendl such
Ini puirsuance of the powler' and an
thorit.y confeirred upoin me by thec res
ohutioni of Ma rch 28, 19061, 1 proceed
ed to investigate thle facts relating to
thte alleged Hales of liquors referred
to ini youri resolution of Mairch 6,
1906. Thtere beiang lit tic accessible
data in thae .r'ecords of' the state dis
p)ensary, upon which I could base an
Opinlion, I wrote to the following per
sons, firms or corporations in refer..
eneec to the liquors shlippedl by them
to the state dispensary, Columbia, S.
C., b)eing the liquaors covered b)y the
aforesaid resolution, to wit:
Anchor Distilling company, Cincin
S. Grabfelder & Co., Lonisville, nC.