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;DS ADVENTUROUS CAREE
Beaufort Man in New York Shooti
Prominent Broken, Then Kills
A special from New York to th
N:d Courier, under date of De
ee . savs:
I. Oliphant, head of one o:
the oldet and most successful of
Stock Exchange houses, was sho
down in his office at 20 Broad stree
this afternoon by Dr. Charles A
Geiger, of Beaufort. S. C. Dr. Geig
er killed himself the next instant
putting a bullet into his brain. To
night, after an unsuccessful opera
tion had been performed on Mr. Oli
phant, it was said that he had per
haps one chance in ten to pul
through. He came from under th:
influence of ether satisfactorily, bu
the dreadful nature of the wound, thi
bullet iav' gone through the .cen
tre of his abdomen and pierced thi
iarger intestines, made it practicall,
impossible to "xnect. that he woulc
Dr. Geiger for more than a yea
had been a most luckless trader wit'
the firm of James H. Oliphant, hi.
son, lAfred. L. Norris, and Floyd W
Mundy. As a suit case full of state
ments and daily reports, found to
uight in Dr. Geiger's room at Hol
land Hc.sse showed, whatever hA
turned his hand to went wrong. An3
stock he happened to fancy prompt
iy withered in value. If he sol
short, the particular stock was cer
tain to advance -swiftly in value.
When Geiger began to speculat<
with the Oliphant firm on Septembb3
2.5, 1906, he was worth perhaps $75,
000. When the police carried hi!
body out of 20 Broad street this af
ternoon through a narrow lane th"
reserves aut in a crowd of 10,00(
people, he was worse than ston4
broke. He owed James H. Oliphant 6
Co. $5,000 or thereabouts, and ther;
was. to his credit in the Fifth Avenu<
Bank exactly $2.50. His other visibl<
assets consisted of ,$11 in cash,
bottle of Scotch whiskey, a morphim
iayout with needles and tubes and
pair of faded blue pajamas.
The coroner, who went over witi
an observant eye the bundle of let
ters, account books, the slips whic]
represented his daily 'operations
with his brokers, and sheets of figur
es wherein he had set down profit!
and losses, earK the eonclusior
that Dr. Geiger~ lost' $80.000 in litth
more than a year, and that when hi
wen.t to Mr. Oliphant 's office today
he was no better than a crazy man
In any case his health was poor, h;
was addicted to morphine and hi
correspondence indicated that he be
lieved he had been badly used.
Dr. Geiger went down to Broai
street from t.he Holland* House al
10.30 o'clock in the morning to hay
a chat with James H. Oliphant abou
the state of his affairs. The docto:
had been coming to New York fre.
quently in the- past six months ani
was fairly wefl kniow at the Holland
They had paid no special attentioi
to him at the hotel. He paid hi:
bills and minded his own business.
Mr. Oliphant was in when Geige:
appeared and received the Souti
Carolinian in his privaite office on thi
second floor of the building. at 24
Broad street. Save James H. Oli
phant himself no one knows wha
fook place at the morning conference
Mr. Oliphant was barely able to sa:
a few words to Coroner Acitelli, ii
the Hudson Street Hospital, while
N the surgeons were waiting to operat,
on him. It appeared that Geiger wa:
* angry, insisted that he deserved bet
ter treatment, demandinz extensioi
of credit and permission to operate
without putting up further margins
:Mr. Oliphant talked to Dr. Geige:
dtwo hours in the morning, explaining
that Geiger not only had no mone:
to his credit with the firm but tha
he owed James H. Oliphant & Cc
about $5.000. At 12.30 Oliphant
having a luncheon enpgiement, ex
emied himself and left the office
When he returned at a few minute
past 2 o'clock Dr. Geiger was wait
ing for him.
Dr. Geiger. when Mr. Oliphant re
turned from lunch, was paeing nei
vously up and down the custom
* ers' room, stopiping jerkily now an:
then to finger the ticker tape. Evi
dently Mr. Oliphant was surprised t
see Dr. Geiger again, as those withil
hearing heard him raise his voice
trifle above the normal tone with
''Here again, Geiger.''
Mr. Oliph ant walked over to hi
own desk in a corner of the bi
room and Geiger followed him. The
talked quietly for five minutes. tihe
Mr. Oliphant started to walk dow
the room and motioned for Geiger t
follow. They stepped into a sma
,. l 1 \a L .ujli' i Iir 21r. ()iphant
related )riefly to the coroner.
Dr. Geiger asked me to buy
more stocks for him without his put
tii up extra margin. I refused be
cause his collateral was exhausted
3 and he owed us considerable money.
"I told him that the best I could
do for him was to keep his account
open for a month.
"He said sharply: 'Is that all you
are goinsr to do for me?'
"I s-id: 'That's all,' and started
to turn away.
"Befo're I had time to take one
step he had a pistol out of his pock
. et and close to my stomach and he
- fired without aiot'aer word. After
- that I remember hearir' two shots
I and wondered dimly if Geiger had
shot me again. or himsalf."
t Mr. Oliphant, when Geiger fired,
felI back on the table, lying there
- unconscious for a short time. parhaps
fifteen or twenty seconds. As he
r col(lapsed Geiger jerked the revolver
I to h'- own head and fired. but his
hand was shaking badly aad- th' mnz
zie of the revolver was seesawing in
th air. TiVA1 bullet furrowed his
ri,ht cheek and clipped a piece off
of his upper lip.
The next second he jammed the
muzzle squarely against his head,
.just back of and a little below tha
left ear, and pulled the trigger. The
38-calibre bullet split his brain and
he died instantly, dropping in a heap
by the table where Mr. Oliphant lay.
The News and Courier received last
night from its Beaufort correspond
ent the fcilowing dispatch, which
gives some of the details of Dr. Geig
er's career-a career which was un
doubtedly marked by a variety en
counted by few persons:
"harl.es A. Geiaei- was born in
Roswell, Ga.. in 1862. His father
was at one time a homeopathic phy
sician of Baltimore. His mother was
Miss Helen H. Barnwell, of Beaufort,
S. C. Geiger spent some time in
Beaufort as a boy with relatives La
ter he practiced as a homeopathic
physician at Roswell, Ga.
"efore returning to Beaufort, in
January, 1906, he had spent many
years abroad. He told friends at
Beaufort that he had been at one
time court physician to King Men
elek, of Abyssinia, and that while
there he became a friend of Count
Szeehenyi, financee of Miss Vand'er
bilt. In his room at B'eaufort are
many photographs of himself and the
Count taken together in Abyssinia,
as well as many curios collected in
Africa. Geiger said that he had also
Sserved as physician at the Court of
the .Sulton of Morocco. To the very
fw to whom he talked he showed
himself to be a man of culture, broad
educa.tion, wide travel and. skill in
''When h:e returned to Beaufort
two years ago Geiger was suffering,
She said, from sciatica and juangle fev
-er, contracted in Africa. For the
first year he was very much of an
-invalid, -suffered acutely and could
' h-ardly walk with the help of a cane.
SHe improved steadiIy and recently
has rambled much about the coun
:try. taking a keen interest in making
ta collection of fossils f,rom t;he phos
Sphate beds which abound in the
)neighborhood of Beaufort.
- ''The two years Geiger has spent
tat Beaufort, since his return in Jan
.nary. 1906. he has lived at the Sea
7 Island Hotel. During the entire per
1 -d he exchanged telegrams daily
Swith Jaimes H. Oliphant, 'his brok
er in New York, except during the
telegraphers' strike last August. and
- then lie went to New York. stating,
i however. that lie was going to Char
''Geiger left Beaufort last Tues
d day, stating that he was going to At
lanta. Before leaving he stated
that he had lost heavily in the panic.
t His improved health and spirits did
.not seem to be in tUhe least affected
.and1 he said niothintr abomut a zriev
- anee against any oneC. ereiaer was.
.however. nat urallv uncommunicative,
einz morose. eraitie and easily excit
- ed. but was usually quiet, nrever
drank and seenmed to live an abstem
- ious. simple and regular life.
- He has a sister. Miss Carrier Geig
- er, who is said to be living in New
i ork city. but no other immediate
o Dr. Geiger was perh'aps not so well
a known in Charleston as in Beaufo;t,
a but he had been to tiis city more
:than once, and from what informa
tion could be gathieed about him last
s niht he has always been a reserved
man, even before he went abroad for
his health several ytears ago. Mue'n
of his life was, it is undlerstood, spent
ni in Baltimore. and at one timie he liv
ed in Atlanta. It is possible that
1 Dr.. (eci'.er may hiave been partly mij
1 :ll)ibr'd. fo sun ersto om. that
s h.!le he m.y hsave attendl:d K ing"
siav in A ;inia. hie was never the
reular Court physician of the Afri
can ruler. He went to Abyssinia as
physician to the Austrian embassy,
having obtained that position while
abroad for his health, and his en
tire stay in Abyssinia was not uver
six months. It was sufficiently long,
hhowever, for him to contract jungle
fever, from the effects of whieh he
continued to suffer up until the time
of his death. His reason for going
to Beaufort was, in fac.t, the hope
that his health migiht thereby be
That truth is stranger than fic
tion, has e c - heli demon
strated in the little town of eedora,
Tenn., the residence of C. V. Pep
per. He writes: "I was in bed,
entirely disabled with hemorrihages
of the lungs and throat. Doctors fail
ed to help me, and all hope had fled
when I began taking Dr. King's New
Discovery. Then i:istant relief
came. The coughing soon ceased;
the bleeding diminished rapidly, and
in three weeks I was able to go to
work." Guaranteed for coughs and
colds 50c. ai..i $1 00 at W: E. Pel
ham and Son's diug store. Trial bot
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