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TWO DEMOCRATS FIGHT.
Williams and DeArmond Excha.ng+
Blows and Blood Flows-Pass
ing of The Lie.
The spirit of rivalry that for fivi
years has alter::tiely -m)ul(dered an<
blazed bet:wu oii Sharp 'iliiamn.
of Mississippi. leader of the minor
ity. and David A. DeArmoind of lis
leader tf tie minority olposi
tion. culminliated in a fist fig ht 01
Thursday o=1 the floor of the hous
of representatives. The blows o:
Representative DeArmond cause
blood to flow down the face of Rep
resentative Williams and only thi
forcible intervention of friends cu
the combat short. Mr. DeArmoni
bore away a scuffed nose.
The immediate cause of the figh
was the passi:lg of the lie by Mr
DeArmond to Mr. Williams, result
ant of a complaint by the formal
that the minority leader had broker
faith in "burying" RepresentativE
Booher of Missouri by recommendinc
his assignment by Speaker Cannon t(
the committee on coinage. weight:
and measures. According to th
statements of the principals Mr. Wil.
liams defended his action by declar
ing he had been told by Mr. Booh.
er's colleague. Representative Lloyd
of Missouri, that the committee as
signments would be satisfactory to
Mr. Booher. Mr. DeArmond bluntly
questioned the tru'th of the state
ment and after the failure of an ef
fort on his part to transfer the scene
of impending battle Mr. Williams
struck Mr. DeArmond in the face
with closed fist.
House Had Just Adjourned.
The exciting incident will not be
set down in the official record of the
Sixtieth congress. For the house had
been some minutes adjourned when
the first blow was struck. But there
was no lack of witnesses.
The organization of the house had
been completed by the announcement
of the speaker's assignments of mem
bers to committees, the Republican
committeemen having been selected
by the speaker and the Democrats by
Mr. Williams.. Groups of represen
tatives were scattered over the floor,
discussing the appointments, the
eat'nes perhaps behind them, and tire
effects maybe to follow. In the over
looking galleries loitered a score or
so of women and four times that
many men, viewing the aftermath of
an interesting session.
Mr. Williams, relared from the
long strain of allotting preferment
among the 167 fellow Democgats,
whose minority strength be officialily
leads. was seated at ease at the desh~
of Representative Wallace of Arkan
sas. on the centre aisle on the De
mocratic side of the house. Mr. De
Armond approached, greeted him,
and took the adjoining seat. At once
they engaged each other in earnest
talk:; but pitehed their voce so lon
that afterward only one or two mem
bers who were very close to thea
could recall arnything they had said,
They had been thus in conversation
no longer than a few minutes, when
both nmen snranm' to their feet. shov
ing~ their chairs ba.k and the gen
tleman from Mississippi struck the
gentileman from Missouri a glaneing
blow on the nose.
All Were Dazed at First. .
Some representative cried out:
"Look! Look at the fight!'' Every
body looked; but so startled wars
they by what they saw that no one
seemed for the moment to think ol
rushing forward and stopping it.
Meantime Mr. Williams and Mr. De
Armond wedged between two rows ol
desks, were still exchanging blows
*Blood was flowing down the face o:
the leader of the minority, while Mr
DeArmond was endeavoring to grasj
his opponent by the throat -at the sam
time receiving and vigorously re
.turning blow for blow.
Then everybody awoke to the un
seemliness of the scene and crowde.
in and made an end of it. Mr. De
Armond was seized and his armi
pinioned. Mr. Williams was pushe'
back against a desk and laced abou
with deterrent arms. Thus restrains
he relaxed his aggressive attitude
hut his adversaryv struggled in th
embrace of his friendly captors an
'ad to lash out. Then Mr. DeA2
m?ond interrogated Mr. Williams a
to what he was excited about. M1
Williams smilingly, though tears c
mortilfication stood in his eyes, d
nied that he was excited and too
out a handkerchief to staunch th
flow of blood from a cut in hi
cheek. Presently Mr. Williams we
led away in one direction, and bot
Mr. Williams' Statement.
When Mr. Wiiiams was releasa
he went immediately into the Dem'
eratic cloak ro'om at the rear of ti
chamber and while removing tb
stains of the combat made the fo
lowinlg statement of the trouble:
"This disagreement arose over
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tilltilill.r liis ("OI '.13U('lt. _4 1r- $uoIll r1
10 ; cc ne promI il elitent cominittee
than uii coinage. weights and neas
ures. I replied that I had been giv
en to understand by Gongressman
Lloyd of Missouri that Mr. Booher
>wouild he well satisfied with that as
.4i'nment. Mr. DeArmond answered
to the effect that I could have gain
-ed uch an idea. only by the opera
tion of my imagination, or by a delib
erate wish to misunderstand. I sug
-ested to him that the floor of the
house was no place for a quarrel or
scene. and asked him to desist. His
answer was that he had never had
any such understanding with me
about Mr. Booher as I had declared,
and he added that my subsequent ac
tio.n was the result either of error or
of untruthfulness. I again suggest
ed that the house was io place to
settle a personal difference of opin
ion. He retorted that it was not a
matter of opinion, but of veracity,
and said that he did not believe I
had merely made a mistake. I than
struck him, and we exchanged blows.
It is most regrettable that the floor
should be selected for so unpleasant
Mr. DeArmond's Version.
Mr. DeArmond remained in the
house for some time after the en
counter and then left the chamber,
but he subsequently returned and
then made a statement of the cir
cumstances leading up to the affair
from his point of view. According to
Mr. DeArmond's version the episode
arose over tire question of the cor
rectness of a conversation between
himself and Mr. Williams about ten
days ago regarding the committee as
signments of some Missouri member;
and particuiarly of Mr. Booher Mr.
DeArmond said he had spoken highly
of Mr. Booher and the other members
as being competent to sit on any com
mittee, but that he had not specified
to Mr. Williams any special commit
tee on which he would like to have
Mr.' Booher or any other member
placed. This. Mr. DeArmond said
Mr. Williams today denied, saying it
was a matter of recollection between
them. Upon Mr. DeArmond's in
sisting that he had not specified any
committee or committees to which
he desired to have his collieagues as
sined, Mr. Williams, he said,
brusquely repeated that it was sim
ply a matter of recollection between
the two. ''He said this,'' said Mr.
DeArmond, ''in such a way as to
leave no other inference than the one
I suggested, and I told him I believ
ed him to be a liar. He thereupon
struck me and I think I gave him as
ood. The next thing some one caught
my arm and we were separated.''
The statements of the two men im
mediately concerned constitute the
soeaccount of the discussion pre
liminary t.o the encounter. as only
fragments of it were overheard by
one or two members nearby at the
tie. Mr. Williams' blow was t-he
first sign of belligerency and while
he frankly confessed that he was the
'hs.cal aggressor there is testimony
that he forebore Mr. DeArmond 's
words to a length and sougiht first to
drop the disagreement and then to
ca'rry the dispute to some less pubnec
place; that he made no hostile move
until his veracity had been fla'tly
While Mr. Williams has for the
last five years hel the place of mim
oritv leader, a considerable element
among Democratic members has fav
ored Mr. DeArmond for the position.
Resultantly there has been more or
less rivalry betwveen them, but the
signs of it have been more marked
among their following than in the
men themselves. In their personal
relations they have been generally
friendly at least, to outward appear
ance. The factjthat Mr. Williams'
-recent election to the senate to sue
eed Mr. Money in 1909 will make
'this the Mississipian 's last term. i
the house, has encouraged friends ol
Ithe Missouri representative to believe
tthat he would succeed to the Demo
ratie leadership in that body. Th<
p)osition generally goes with the firs
eDemocratic assignment to the ways
and means committee, and Mr. Dc
Armond's friends find some caust
sfor criticising the course of Mr. Wii
lams in retiring from thait commit
ftee on the eve of leaving the houxsi
- d putting in the place vacated Mr
Iamp CIlark of Missouri, Mr. DeAr
mon d's colleague.
What are your views on cur
hrener?'' askedl the busy citizen.
"Mostly had and reminiscent.'' an
swered the man who had been to th'
ci'What became of all the buds whi
eIwere here -last year'?"
~ Some have grown into bachelor's
buttons. and some into wall-flow
I .-:- F(
from $5.00 tc
Solid Gold Ci
$2.50 and $
Chains and Lc
for doing Fan<
work for C
Buy Your Chr
They are Hea
WE CAN FILL YOUR CHRIST
AS WANTS THIS YEAR BET
ER THAN EVER. IF YOU MAKE
OUR BILL WITH US WE WILL
ELL YOU LONDON LAYER RAI
SINS TEN CENTS POUND. WE
H1AVE A NICE LINE OF CAKE
FUIT SEEDED RAISBINS FIF
EEN CENTS POUND, TWO LBS.
FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS, CIT
RON TWENTY CENTS LB, CUR
EAN1 S FIFTEEN CENTS, TWO
POUNDS FOR TWENTY-FIVE
ENTS. FLAVORING OF ALL
BRAZIL NUTS, ENGLISH WAL
NUTS, AND NUTiS OF ALL
APPLES BY THE CARLOAD.
BANANAS BY THE BUNCH, LEM
ONS, ORANGES AND FRUIT OF
944 Main Street.
L In o der l
)R change, wil
Silk Umbrellas Sa ls or
$7 00 each.
ff Euttons at ary, 1908.
.00 per pair.
ckets in Gold.
s in Scarf Pins,
at Pins ar d Pr
;hristmas. ' Our 36th car of t
arrived, making 4,
Best Half Patent..
. Choice Meal.......
Choice Grits ..
We are mating so:
__ on following goods, g
tion or misleading.
g 1908, and to be carr
All Ladies' Hat:
Dress Goods, Flan
to r e Ladies' and Misse
I e ig Machines. T
the extremely lo's
dquarters for' tic for $22.50 andi:
We have an abund
G d ments, and to reduce
18 00 Sall along the line.
DOLLS! DOLLS!. DOLLS! M
OF ALL KINDS, CHINA, KE),O S
WAX, AND RAG DOLLS. RhANGE
IN PRICES FROM FIVE CENTS
TO TWO DOLLARS.
TOYS OF EVERY DESCRIP
TION. HORNS, WAONS, TOY
MONKEYS, ALBUMLS, BIRDS, BA- - -
BY RATTLERS AM) A WORLD
OF OTHERS. 5 e
FIRE WORKS WHECH WE
WILL SELL WHOLESALE AN Our growth
RETAIL. ROMA ' WeDLEeS,
FOUR BALLS TO TWENTY-FIVE W aep
BALLS, FIRE ORAsCKERS, SA- Our interest
LUTES, FIVE AND TEN CENTWepyit
PAKAGES, JAP TORPEDOESWepynt
IOF ALL KINDS. DO NOT FOR- Our Directc
GET TO BUY YOUR FIREWORKS Our efforts:
FROM THE SMITH CO. We take the
CANDY OF ALL KINDS. WEOuparn
HAVE A LARGE LINE OF POPrptrn
STICKS AND CAPS TO POP IN We make fe
THEM. .We are proj
GROCRY SORE The Bail
Dr. Geo. Y Hun1
Mittle Corner. J. F. Brone, C
rv. SC; :EE
E IN USINESS
JARY 1, 1908.
:o reduce stock for the
1 close out Dry Goods,
hoes, Hats, Caps and
t New York cost.
and lasts to 1st Janu
>sperity, S. C.
t FOR YOUR
hat Choice Tennessee Flour has just
005 bbls., and while it lasts goes for
ry Barrel Guaranteed.
. ....~. ____ 90c. bu.
......... ..*. .** $1.85 sacka.
me cut prices to suit the "Panicky" times, 2
cement will make a clead cut of
at son the Dollar
:ods all marked in plain figures; no decep- ,
his is to last until 1st day of January(
led out to the letter, and includes.
, Feathers and Vel vets, all Wo o
nels, all Men's Hats and Caps, Men's,
Clothing, Rugs and Art Squares,
pants Goods,tLadies', Children's and
inks, Valises, Satchels, Telescopes,
Jackets, Lap Robes, Domestic Sew
lis makes our $30.00 Machine f
price of $27.00, our $25.00 Dom
s certainly best price in United Sa
ance of choice goods in all of our dep
them are making some inviting pr
rs and 10 Reasons.
has been steady.
id interest promptly.
is Four per cent.
rest computed semi-annually.
rs are well known.
are to please customers. |
ublic into our confidence.
embrace men, women and children.
large loans, preferring the sinal!.
ressive and accommodating.
ik of ProsperitU,
'rosperity, 3. 'G.
:er, Pres't.. Dr. J. S. Wheeler, V. Pres.
asr. . A. Counts, Asst. Cashr.