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VOL XLIV. NO 45. NEWBEfRRY. S. 0. TUE~SDA-YTIUNE 4,1907.0WO EK.$.0AYA
DEATH CAUSED BY DRUG.
That Is Vedrict of Coroner's Jury in
Armstrong Case-Armstrong Held
for Trial Sessions Court.
Mention of the deith of Mrs. Cor
lie M. Berry,t.ifter havi.ng eleven
.teeth extracted by Mr. Clint. Arm
strong on last Thursday, was made
in The Herald and News on Friday.
The coroner held an inquest on Fri
day and the testimony at the inquest
is given in full in this connection.
The facts brought out are substanti
ally the same as pri.nted in Friday's
paper. As stated, Armstrong was ar
rested at Clinton on Thursday after
noon and was brought, to Newberry
Friday morning by Sheriff Buford
and was present at the inquest, niak
ing a statement under oath which is
)art of the testimony before t1e cor
Doctors W. E Pelham, Jr., and P.
M. Ellesor submitted a statement to
e effect that Mrs. Berry died after
Oving her teeth extracted and after
vin a fluid injected in her gums
deaden the pain, but they did not
certify as to the cuase of her death.
The verdict of the coroner's jury,
however. says that. her death was
caused by the., use of the drug. Mr.
Armstrong is held on the charge of
murder and has employed Blease &
Dominick to defend him. Application
was made yesterday for bail and So
licitor Cooper waived his right to four
days notice and admitted that the de
fenda.it is entitled to bail.
Court will convene here next Mon
day when the case will be disposed of.
Selona Price sworn says: One,
Mr. Arnstrong, came to my house
and represented himself as a dentist.
He pulled eleven teeth for Mrs. Cor
rie ..er H .nd.om -
-idrg in her mouth to prevent the
pain while extracting the teeth. He
pulled the teeth about 10:30 o'clock.
*Ghe seemed to be affected immediate
ly after he was through pulling her
teet.h. She died about 12:55 o'clock.
-She complained of a smothering at
her heart. To my knowledge she had
no-t been affected this way before.
Mr. Armstrong came back to my
house about 12 o'clock. He told me
to phone for a doctor.
Selona X Price.
May 30, 1907.
Henry P. Rivers sworn says: I
was present which Mrs. Corie M. Ber
ry, died. It was then 12:45 o'clock.
I stayed with .her until sh6 died. She
died of strangulation. She never
spoke a word after I arrived.
H. P. Rivers.
Mrs. Lizzie Rivers sworn says: I
came to S. L. Price's residence about
12:30 o'clock. I found Mrs. Cprrie
Berry very sick. She could hardly
speak, but I understood her to say
to fan ,her for breath. She died about
Selon.a Price (recalled) : After
r.. Ar'mstbrong adminstered the
1rug, Mrs. Berry did not complain
fany pain while her teeth were
eing extracted. He charged twvo
lIars for pulling her teeth.
Sehona X Price.
This is to certify that Mrs. Corrie
Berry died af.ter having eleven
) -teeth extracted by a dentist, a
>stance beisng injected into her
ms to prevent t;he pain while ex
eting. This substance being un
wvn to us.
W. E. Pelh am, Jr., M. D.
P.' G. Ellesor, M. D.
ay 30, 1907.
S'Newberry, S. C.
Clint Armstrong sworn says: I
h \e to Mollohon mill about 9
ock yesterday morning, was enn
,ing' from house to house to see
/could find wvork to do, extracting
th. About 10 o'clock I came to
,I ady's .house and told her my
tess. She told me she had been
nug trouble with her teeth and
Kglad I came around .as she had
\r ihave them pulled atth
.~ She had her head bandaged
nd- she said she thought it was
Jgi case from-.e bad teeth.
her I would like to tpke her
/0ut and make her a plate when
her mouth got well. She asked n
prices and I gave them to her. 91
told me she had been sick, unable
work and lasked her her trouble
She said the doetors told her sI
had heart trouble. . told her
WOUIl('t like to use local anaesthet
if she had heart, trouble. Her sist
said she thought she had indigestic
instead of heart trouble. I told h(
if she had indigestion, it would <
10 harm to use anaesthetic. She sa
she wasn't well, but her nerves we
good. She could staid almost. an
thing. I said I didn't like much
tackle the job, but she said it lool
like if T can stand it, you can. 11
upper teeth were already pulleId. SI
said 'mr. Tayior hiad t.aken theni or
I asked her if Mr. Taylor used loe
annes,the.tic and she said lie did.
told her -to come out on the ba<
piazza and try it and see if she wou
take the anaesthetic all righ-t. SI
came out and I put the anaesthet
arouid one or two teet.h, then I as
ed how she was feeling and sie sa
she fel.t all right, for ine to go alica
and repeated that she was sicki
but that she .had a good nerve.
finished putting it around the tee
and extracted thei. Then I aski
for camphor and bathed her face
e.amplhor and cold water, as I alwa;
do, and gave her a glass ot vat
with eaiphior in it to wash hIer motu
out. I then sat down and talked
her andl her sister. I think saw h
from tle mill wi.iidow and can
home. The youn -ger sister asked il
older one if they hurt her, she sa
no, it didn't huiirt. an(] the young
sister said she had two that sl
would like to have pulled. I told h1
to let me take them out. for heir whi
I was here. I took two 'teeth o
and she went oin back to the mi
The lady thatidd d
T-Tna1 lie house) to get her pur
and pay ine. I told her not to be
any hurry as I wanted to stay aron
and see how she was going to g
along. I felt her hands and th<
were cold. I told her sister to ru
one of her hands and I rubbed ti
other and we would start circulatio
Mrs. Berry said her hands were a
iays cold, that she was-a subject I
those spells. I asked her to lie dow
and wrap up and got wai. Si
said she couldn't lie down that sli
had smothering spells. I asked hE
if she had asthma and she said n4
she thought it was her heart. I the
asked how she was. feeling. I wo
getting ready to go have some mo
ey changed. She gave me a $5.00 bi
and I didn't have any change.
said, I will get it changed and waii
to come back after a while and s<
how you are getting along,. When
came back T asked her how she wa
feeling, and she said about as we
as Usual, as she was always sick.
told her sister to get something an
put around her and they brought a
overcoat out there. I told her, we
if she thought she was all right,
would knock around and call hack I
see her again. While I was knockin
around Mr. Dodd sent word to ii
to be at his house at 12 o'clock I
see his wife. They thought she ha
a piece of tooth left in her' gum
I went to Mr. Dodd's house a fe
minutes b)efore 12, I waited for' hii
to come home. I told Mr. Dodd'
there was a piece in t,here to let
alone it would come down to su
face of gums. I talked to Mi'. TDod
a few minutes and -went towar(
Mrs. Berry's ngain. Just before
got to Mrs. Bermy's I met her fatl
er. He fa Ither t:ld me that h
dauighiter' wa4 very sick and for' n
t. go* 'in down '.-' re to see her,.
wvent d.r a" . untd her im a. li.
d cona't. .1. I told her <hie ha~
h.e:ter El' f..r' a' doctor. Herr si:
er sp)ok lijp and 3.id1 it .v. nt neCi
'i -vr. '> r H- the doctot wvouldnhi
ini her gums. I told her that woul
give her r'elief, and asked if she ha
ever had a spell that h)ad beCfor
She (Mrs. Berry's sister) shid si
had had several spells -tha.t bad bi
fore. I told 11cr well, I would rath
er fosr, her to send after the docto
that her having those teeth extrac
ed and one of those smothering spel:
mig'ht pr.ove! more serious than ia
thought. I asked her who her doi
tor was, she gave me his n ame, but
disremember who. I asked her h
te she got word to the doctor, and she
eo said she telephoionedI him from the
o mill. I asked rlici' if the doctor was
s. slow about coming when they called
le him. She said no, he was always
I Ihere inl tenl or fieftecn minutes after
i( he re(eived the message. There was
'r a young Mal in the dining room and
il i asked tie hady if that was her huis
r hanld. She said it was one of the
l family that was going' back to the
id mill. I asked him if lie was -oing
re ri:ht away and he said lie was, and
v- that le could (-all the doctor as soon
:0 as he got there. I told her I had
cs called at noon time to pull a little
w b!oY's tooth while his father , was
ie there. I Iold her that I iad done all
I. that I knew to do and I would have
l' to tin it over to i medical doctor.
I I left her and told her if I had time,
,k I would try to get back. I got out
I side and looked at my watch -aid it
te was 20 minutes past 1.2 o'clock. I
ic had ima-de arrangements to go off on
i- -hat 12:46 Irain. I told my sister
i in-law that I would come by and see
[i, her before I went. I went. back to
y, Newberry mills about 25 or 26 minl
I utes to 1 o'clock. I talked to my
I sister-in-law .a little bit and went on
d to the train. T told Hope or Cope
in and o0ler people that I was going to
,,s leave (ni t le C., N. & L. train. I
1r told him at, breakfost. anid lie told
Ih me to come back to dinner, and I
o asked w:at time the traiii left and
3r' he said 12:47, and I told him I
le woulldn't have time. Day before yes
le terday I took one drink wit.h Tim
id mermani and I also told him that I
Mi was going off on tHll train vester
ic lay. I did not drink any wh.iskey
3r at all yesterday.
le I have been practicing- this dentis
it try foi two years the 1.741 of next
l3. July. I have been usi- this medi
r, ein on- rilfferent' patients ever since
;e then. Mrs. Berry's pulse seemed all
n right when.1 was working on her and
d that, was the reason I thought she
t wa1,s going to stand it.
:3? I am not a licensed dentist. I un
,b derstalnd it is not ulawful to pull
e teeth without a license. We have a
i book on the laws of dentistry and it
says it is not against the laws of
South -Carolina to pull teeth. I
n don't know whether or not it is
e against the laws to use anaesthetics
e to kill pain inl pulling teeth. I don't
r know what kind of different medi
c eines it is composed of. I don't
n know how many times I filled my
s pump when I was putting that med
1 i,ciic in there. I ahijays puit the
11 medicine in until the gums turn
I white, then .it is ready for pulling.
It You can't tell how much you put, in
e tihe gums as you waste the medicine
some times more than goes in. the
gums, sometimes not as much.
Wliei I first started she seemed to
be all right, but of course she was
siekly, as she said heirself she was
esikly,. but she had a good nerve.
I Whenl I first started she seemed to
stand it all right. I didn't know
0whether' t.his medicine comes up to
g but she sa.id she thbought she could
C stand almost anything. I (10 not knowv
0w:hether' this medicine 'comes p to
dthe pure food law 01' nat. You can
ask Dri. Strickland, as lie mixes it.
a Q. Are you not supposed to k-nowv
Swhether the patient can stand it or
not before' you hut the medicine ini.
. . T can't tell. We have never
(1 hiad trouble in using this mnedicinie on
s a wvell person and T expect we have
I used it a thousand times. The bottle
.was something like 2-3 full when I
s started this work on Mr's. Berr'y. Af
e ferw~ards T iused thme same medicine
1 n Mi's. Bermry 's siste'. I pulled six
teen teeth for' one lady at Chin ton
I and( uised medicine out of this same
bottle and I suppose it in 1-3 full.
.That bottle was one ounce bottle. I
Shad bottle of 1-40 grain sitryehnine
.in that satchel and other' medicines
d for myself.
d C. C. Ai'mstrong.
3. Dr'. A. C. Stiiekl.and swoi'n says:
e Armstrong made a correct statemoeni
m- as .to the time lie has been with me.
-I live in Andei'son, S. C., I have been
r, pi'acticing dentistry 29 year's. Mr'.
L- A rmstrmong has been my extratoir
s pietty well al.together. I heave ex
e i'raeted very few teeth when Mr'.
Armsti'oing for six or' seven year's
been using the medicine used by
Armst rong fot six xor' seven year's
atnd have sfixed it up for othters and
have qnever had any serious results
before. The only ingredient in it
that Conhd le poisonous is cocaine
and less cocaine in it than any pre
paration I have been able to get hold
of. Tlerv is only 2 1-2 grain of co
aine 6 One minne oif Wtler. The
other fin-l-edielts i-1. it are-0 to pre
serve it mid4 nake it stable and ho
calizize it, ald to make it a nor-mal
saline siutkiion witi tlat. of the
blood. I love 1 used it tihollsands of
times and never1 had trouble with it.
A. C. Strickland.
Vordiet ''hat said Corrie M.
Berry cile to her death by drug
used by C. C. Aristrong wiile ex
tracting teeth, May 30, 1907.
J. C. C. Price,
NEGRO BURGLAR SHOT.
Enters House in Laurens County in
Broad Daylight-When Caught
He Opens Fire.
Goldville. Jhue 2.-Lanens county
hias allotlieri homicide mnarked against
'her, but the coroner's jury has re
turned a verdiet that the killing to
da* was Justifiable. Jolhn McMorris,
colored, was killed in th le lhomlie of Mr
E. Rihett Crawd,ford by Mr. John C.
Boyd. 'I'he uegro's purpose tlere was
Mr. Crawd f1ord oldticts a store
about tiree miles from o(Ioldville and
lor somle lilmiv Ias beenl missing1 arti
eles theret'r'oml. 'T1he store adjoins
and is a part of his rsidenec. le hIas
observed tlat tile rOhheries hlad oc
curred geiierally on Sundays.
To(ay lie prepared I trap for the
th ief >r thives. His brotlhers-in-law,
Messi4. -Joni C. Boyd and John L
Dickert, r.nained in the house wlil
Mr. Crawford and his fanily drove
off to ch-urch, after going - irougli
tile form of lockin.g. up the house.
When the Craw.fords were well on
their way to cliur al Goldville John
McMAlorris came out of the woods and
walkel boldly up to the house, tiking
a key from his pocket, and opening
the door. Once in the d-welling lie
would have had no trouble to get in
to the store.
When Mr. Boyd ordered the negro
to halt and' throw up his hands Me
Morris drew his pistol and fired
twice. Mr. Boyd returned the fire
with a Winchester rifle and the ne
gro fell at the first shot with a bullet
thromh his brain.
The coroner's jury, which was em
paneled this afternoon, returned a
verdiet of justifiable homicide. Mr.
Boyd regrets the occurrence very
It is believed that others were in
plieated with MeMorris in t.ieso rob
COTTON CROP OUTLOOK POOR.
E. D. Smith Issues Statement on the
Situation.--He Thinks Crop
Will be Short.
Columbia, J-une 2.-Mr'. E. F).
Smnithi. eeneral an'en.t of the Sout hern
eotton Association, who was inl the
city today, gave out the following in
reQard to the ('Ottonl crop cond1ition.s
''Unving writ ten to the state presi
deints as to t'he condition of the crop
and the outlook, T want to g'ive to
the puliic a few of tihe replies that
have' come to me from meni whose
standinw in their community at tests
their integ'rity: therefore, what they
say may he'relied u~pon.
''Fromn Hen~tderson,i Texas. JT. C.
HIieker. inesident of the Firist Na
t.ional flank, writes- under' date of
M'ay 27 ns follows: The outlook in
Texas is sorry, indeed, for cot ton.
F,ast Texas has reduced her acreage
'fully forty pcir cent, antd niany far'm
era' are' still ploughiing upf cotton. and
p)laniting peas and corn ; ma-ny have
plantted~ tlree times and still have a
sor'ry st ani . The b)011 weev'il is her'e inl
a-reat tnu rera, ind many farmner.4
hlave n1o hipes of maklinlg 'any cotton
at all. So yOnl can see why theyi are
replanting in something else. Middle
Texas-thu. lack land1 district-has
nearly alliboen replanted, and the
CrOj) will 14 necessatrilyplate. T talked
wvith s-ometrmers from Ellis County
last T.hursl y, and they' told mne [lhey
had to plam the second tice and are
not done ujatiting yet. Further weost,
in Mitchell, Volemua, Taylor and
Tom ireel, and that whole sectiion,
lh'ave hud no rnin since December, and Ai
conlseqpently eould not plant corn nor
COttonl. It tliey make anly in that
set-Ool it is yet to b planted. Sout.h
Texas uas ,o-red to replant. and, as a
vonlsequenice, thet crop is Ila te with i
ineh complaint of boll weevil. Iin my to
sec-tion they-Alie holl weevil-are 5
puneturinig tIle s<lares on, all early
eot ion. Farmers told me Satirday IM
that oin early planting they find three in
Or four to tle stalk. So tle general w
outlook ill Texas is really bad. (a
''T. (!. ljonl.. l'rom Jackson, Tenn., W
un1fder date of' May 2S, writes in part P't
.s follows: The outlook for a. cotton to
erop in Texas is extremely had. The g
entire c-op was planted over, and it di
is niot yet ill). Under Very favorable it,
conditions we may raise a half crop. tlh
This iorning tle Ie.eury is d'own W
to forty degrees and frost visible. You of
enn11 draw yvourl own Concluisionls. rle
''These two letters are inl kvopin. Ill
with those from Mssissippi, Arka ta
sas. Louisiania and Alabaia. South
arolina. North Carolina and a npor- T
tion of (eorgia seem to be the best thl
off. while outlook in these states is d(
certaiin1lv belor an1ythinig like an aver- e
a11 r1. TI'e publie will bear il 0
mind( that this is the 1st 4yf .luine. And ill
sillev tile writillg (if 1.lese lelt jers ti
(lloted (oretilal raills liave eovered w
tile enti'e cotton helt. Nve have beell e4
sA r glinl!" f,.r 11hree ye (ars to (-,t thle
Siliation ill our has1141s. It seems as VeI
it' providence has ..hie uts th po-Iat
tlnity t.o realize fiml- hopv. Fro ill hie bit
pr'eent11 (11llook alld from the( p)rill-ei- b
ples involvel it does Sevil as if the Ib
raimers anld mllerllanis wouilV4 Id refrainl 141
from sellilng vottom for 'all delivery i
at a priee w'hich neither tihe outlook m
of a erp ior t-he present priee of tl
maniufaetured goods warriats. So fir ll
as ie Soumhern Collon Assoeiation le
in its rela-lion to the (otoni of the
world is ('olecileed the majority of
lis (o not propose to take advant(a g'e. bi
If a ottol fa1i4ne and the lisastrous
ScareitY of cotton to force ih(- price a F
to unwarrantable heiglits; no more '
flhan we propose when seasons are ra
mropitions a.nd the supply over -a.bun- gr
dan.t to allow the price to be disas- th
trously depressed. As I have often to
said before i want this to be,a square wi
dl1021, I want our share of the profits 'e
that we are entitled to in, beillg the P
sourec or supply for the Wol'(l.'s fi- N<
''Yesterday I was at St. Matthews,
aind fouid inthat their ware house is fill
priaetieally conpleted, and Orangoe
bur", county iq still in linle doin.' her r
tlity. Oil August 6 they will have a
mecti'ig of aill -he (oulnties to go into
the question of preparilg for tle ti
'ming erop ill detail. I shall be pres
ent at this meetin aind hope MIPey
farmer in Orangt.'ebirig Colnty an1
vey business manl lhat canll sil
be present will he there, so that we
can start ni.te'dly in our co-oeration
with e other countlfies of the solith.
'From York County C. 1'0. Spencer
sendts mie a cop oh thieiri a pplient'o N:
for t'hiare for' t0'heiri 'are hlouse an "11f1
I would like 14o gtive to the publl)i( his ~
enlt ire c'ommuien('tion) as to thle pro'4
LtrIess of' ouri wor'k. bIi
'We have on hanid a inumiber' of
.hooks of' meber)th'ip eerifientes,
hea':rmn.e I le sea:l ofl theo Associ4'ation11t
whli ch I hope t.he pr'es1'iens of' the i
di tfe rent coun i-ies will suipp ly t hem
selves' it.h so as Ito fuish O each1
nrembecr paying his dues a criificate~ 1:
anud keelpinog a list of' thei-r namines..
4rg'anizat.ion, alo)ng the line ofI orlgani- a
iz.ation miielodini g ev'ery buisinei(ss i
ter'est., beemise ever'1y biisinIess inilter- '
'st. is to~ be benlefiterf by ourii success5I
and14 adver'sely affected by ourll fail-j al
If we eve~r i.e4t initimiate with Mrj.
R?oseve'lt, we are going to ask him tol
initiat those105 Meeklenburg lDeelara-.
13ion andu A ndrewv Jacksonl remanleers
inito his club11.
Nowi co)mes the stor'y that a carload ,,4
(of Texas hienis shiippedl to New Yor'k
laid eggs enough on t-he way to pay t
the freight. Rail bir'ds could have
done no bettor. ' th
STATE PRESS ASSOCIATION.
proaching Meeting in Columbia
President Aull Urges Large
The Son.th Carlilna rl-e.s associa
ii neets in Charleston, as Ilie edi
rs know, ()n (the 13th, 1-1th, and
th ot ;iiv.
I am1i1 delilited to ivar fron .so
ily wN.-ho expvcL to at-teild this meet
lid to see the arrangemleits,
iich atre being made for the eniter
iniieit o t.he association. It gocs
Ilhout sayi.g, of Course, that when
er ve Imieet il tie cif it v of Charles
n 11hat lie edi.lors may expoc a
Od tinic and Ilul they are never
sappoint-ed. T tirust that. every ed
irl inl the state will be present at
is ieeting, and that lie will bring
th himl) somle Imlemilbeor Iir meibers
his faitily so that we may have a
liliol of thIe vdifors in the state
At will he both pleasait a.nd 11 profi
fIl rega rd to the trip to Jamestown.
litive heard froim quite a number of
ose who ini-teld to .0o anld those who
S110, inl response to file eirenilari,
hih I mllailed tol-. some time ago.
I' COlrse thee is difereinee of op
ioll as to ithle best itime to take tlie
ip as well as Ihv Inaiieri inl which
' shall -o. 1 fiti 111.1 somie of Ilie
itolr6 ealn arrange._.v to got to .o111les
WI 111114111e4mre 4-woveniely-11 , chwap.
and lieiker. by 14n lnd(Izv01singt
Aily pair icknl: I n p t i lil ie state,
1( by 41-inl-b d1irvect I'nu)n their
imIes. I have ab mn coint-deul that
e liest arrm1:1It!"vmlen t will be for It,
lix a ti mue wh len we shall meet
Norfolk, and ht1 eah ( ed i-t or
like h1is owin arran-l.vieits to get
ere. At tile same lime we will ar
Ime for i spei'il ear, wlieli will
ve Columbia a It ftime to Ie al
11tw1eed and iiose who desire to gO
It Ithe lipality canl meet its in Coltumi
it and travel logether to Norfolk.
had thotiglit that it woid le pleas
t. to spend n1 day ell rotle at Rich
IIdI, and I amit sure if we could ar
in1e to do so, thil't no4) onle would re
Dt t.he time 11hiiu1t spent, but it seems
at (hose who intend to go prefer
-o direet. from 4their homes, and I
li, therefore, arrang.e for hotel
co1m10dationi inl NorTolk or 011
lint Comfort during our stay i6i
wfolk and also arrange for a boat
1) to Old Jamestown As well as a
at trip to Baltimore and to other
ints of interest around Norfolk.
Ce dat-es and seltedles for these
pt as well as tile rate and it le ho
will le ainotineed later. There
difference of opin.ion as to the
ne for this Irip also, and T have
nelntded Iot to i'1111onee any defi
e date uItitill the meetiug of' the
ate issoeiation, at which ime we
ii have I tree Conference and an
(.1han1ige of ideis as to tile best da1t1e
ronr trip lo the exposttion.
I ami very aixions hIat Ilh alsso
it ion shall bie rep)resenle ni'1 t thle
'el s at No rfolk on I le 10t.h of' Junet
d1 itelnodes I le week ofi our mooet
at (Chairlestonii. I wats very anIx
Is t.o attendi this mee.t ing mtyself,
iowinlg to ouri meeting in Chl es
ni, will lie unabille to do( so. T have
poinated Mri. W. E. (Oonzales aitd
.C. M. Gazlloway, of' I le Stlate. ais
o iif our reprieseindive nn'5aid they
ye (oniselnIed to( alttend4 thIe Nat ion
mee('tinu.r. T shall he crlad to 'name
o or thIiree othle rs if' lierie are anty
l1 ennt and are willing to go. WeO
veC no.1 been rep)rezel ill a Na
nail meet ing in some years, and T
ink we. shiould1( k eep in cloiser tonehCl
IhI the Nat ionail asiaS('t ioni, and4 1
5ilsre if' thlure aire any oif' our mem
rsX who cnn atutond1 itt Iiii tIme,
wy will flind( ii. pleasans lt an, pi.irofi
ile to (10 so, and T shall bie very
id to nitme t hem as representat ives
they will advisie me.
10. I1. AnlI,
Idditor-T not.ice that you say that
I women at t he ball tonigh t were
legant ly gownel(d. '' Do yout think
it "'gowned.l'' is a good( word'?
Reporter-WVell you couldna't call
am dressed.--&merville Jounnal,