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NEGRO KILLS NEGRO.
Wess Williams Lodged in Jail Charg
ed With Murder in the Killing
of Nick Scurry.
Wess Williams, colored, was lodg
ed in the New'berry jail on Wednes
day charged with murder in the kill
ing of Henry Seurry alias Niek Scur
ry, in the Pomaria section of the
county. It appears from the testi
mony taken at the coroner's inquest
that the negroes were at a frolic at
the house of one Tom Koon, and that
among ot:hers Wess Williams and
Nick Scurry went out in the yard to
gamble. A dispute arose between
Nick and Wess over twenty-five
cents, it is stated, and an alterca
tion ensued, whereupon Wess struck
Nick in the head with a elub. Nick
lived until Tuesday.
The inquest over the dead body
was held by Magistrate . P. B.
Ellesor, the verdict of the coroner's
jury being "that the deceased, Hen
ry Scurry, came to his death from a
blow received on the head by an in
strumen-t in the hands of one Wes
Williams was brougt to Newberry
and turned over to Sheriff Bufori
by Constable E. H. Werts. Sheriff
Buford had learned of the killing
and had just finished telephoning to
Pomaria and stepped out of his of
fice when he met Constable Werts
with the negro.
Williams has retained Messrs.
Blease and Dominick to defend him.
Following is the testimony taken
at the coroner's inquest:
George Wicker, sworn, says: Was
at Tom Koon's in the house when
some one come in and said Henry
'had been killed off and I better go
see about -him. Nobody there but
Job Wicker and Henry. Henry was
lying on his side. Me and Job and
Will Lane and Walt Bishop carried I
him over to my house. Didn't see
any gambling at all. I saw Wess
Williams there before they begin to
George x Wicker
Walt Bishop. sworn, says: Was at
Tom Koon's on the night ,of Dec.
26. 1007. Didn't see the knocking. I
had already lef~t the fire. I was
standing in the yard. I suppose
about 100 yards from fire. I walk
ed up to fire and heard them quarrel
ing and.turned and went away. Don't
know who all were at fire. Wess and
N ick were both standing up quarrel
ine when I saw them. I helped to
carry Nick to the house where he
died. Couldn 't swear who passed the
lick.. Don at know what they were
- Walt x Bishop.
Job Wicker. sownr. says: I was a:
'Uncle Tom Koon 's on Thursday
niight, Dee. 26th, at party. The lick
was passed ,.about 9 o'clock. Wess
Williams and Henry had had a little
squa'ible about, some money. Wess.
said to Nick, You have took a quar
ter from m. Nick says, . No, .I
didnAt'. They cussed each other once
or twice apiece. Henry made no at
tempt to hit Wess as I saw. Didn't
see anything in his (Henry's) hands.
Wess got up and pieked up a limb
about the size 'of my arm and about
4 or 5- feet long and said G-d
you, get up, and struck Nick while he
was trying to get up. One more man
was there, but don't know his name.
Don't know if any others were there.
Walt Bishop and Frank Gallman had
been there. I had been there about
twenty-dirve minutes when liek was
struck. Geo. Wicker was first. to
coure -up after he was struck. Didn't
see any of them drinking. Hid be~en
game being going on around the fire.
Job x Wieker.
Tom Koon, sworn, says: Don't
know anything about the fuss. Didn 't
know the boys bad a fire out doors
till they said Nick was hit. Geo. was
in my house when :Vhe news came.
that Nick w ~ hit. I walked to my
piazza to see who was fighting but
didn't see anybody but Job and
Niek.' Suppose it was about 9 or
half past 9. Had given orders that
no fire was to be built out doors.
This was on tire 26th Dec., 1907.
Don't know who hit Nick.
Tom x Koon.
Jule Oxner, sworn. says: I am
half brother to Henry. I was at'
party for, a short while but left be
fore the lick was passed. Henry died
about 7 o'clock a. m. on the 31st
.Jule x Oxner.
Dr. Z. T. Pinner, sworn, says: I
was ae to see Henry Scurry Fri
sv\u rlock hr, . -lui . Uxiier. a
half )rother of the deceased. Re
;ponded to call. Found Scurry in the
house of George Wicker in a uncon
scious condition caused from a in
jury on the left side of the head just'
above the back of ear. I rendered
services and went back to see .Nick
Late that evening and again Saturday
morning. with no improvement of his
eondition. Saw him last Monlay
morning. Symptoms growing worse.
I held an autospy over the body of
the -deceased in the presence o-f a
jury empannelled by Mr. Ellesor.
Dpened the skull and removed skull
eap. Found a fracture of base of I
brain with a general heror.hagc and I
blood clots. The deceased was nev
?r rational and partially parailyzed.
Dying from the lick received on
Dr. Z. T. Pinner.
WOULD ABOLISH SUPERVISOR.
Petitions Circulated in Pomaria Sec
tion to Put Affairs in Hands of
Pozmaria, January 2.-The Christ
mas holidays passed very pleasantly,
but quietly, at this place.
Miss Eula Ray Sligh. of St. Pauls.
and Miss Fannie Crooks. of Newbe
ry, visited Mis Ethei Seybt last week.
Mr. Her1bert Bundrick came up
from Columbia to spend his Christ
mas holidays at home.
The resolution printed in the last
issue of The Herald and News,
which was to be offered by Mr. T. E.
Wicker in the R. F. D. Mail Car
rier's convention yesterday, has be-n
the subject of a good deal of favor
able comment. It is understood that
the following petition, likewise look
ing to the more effieient. supervision
of the roads. is being circulated in
"We, the undersigned citizens of
Kewberry county. do hereby respect
fully petition the senator and rep
resentatives of this county to exert
themselves to s'ecure the legislation
necessary to abolish the office of
eounty supervisor, and to substitute
in lieu thereof three county commis
;ioners. each to be elected from the
ection of the county over which he
hall have jurisdiction, the county
being divided into three sections for
Profs. Howe and Wideman Ligon.
the former of Pendleton and the lat
ter of the Presbyterian College of
South Carolina. spent several of the
Christmas holidays with their mother,
Mrs. R. C. Ligon. and their sister,
Mrs. B. M. Setzler, of this place.
Miss Massie Williams- came down
from Newberry last Monday with'
Miss Ollie Wedaman to visit the lat
ter's mother. Mrs. H. N. Wedaman.
Near here on the night of the 26th,
Wesley Williams and Nick Scurry,
both colored, becam-e involved in a
difficulty over 25 cents in a game ofL
ards. Williams struck Seuyry in th-e
head with a pine club, from the ef
fets of which blow the latter died
on last Monday morning. At the in
quest held by M.agist-ate P. B. Elli
sor, he finding of the jury was in ac
cordance with the above facts. Wil
lams has been arrested, and is now
in jail. '
There was a runaway marriage at
Pomaria last Sunday. Miss Rosabell
Allen, daughter of Mr. W. A. Allkn,
was married to Mr. Walter Ringer,I
the Rev. J. J. Long officjiting.
EECEIER FOR SEXABOARD.
Application Was Made by Attorneys
to Judge Waddell-To Apply
Riehmond, 'Va., Jan. 1.-CDounsel
for the Seaboard Air Line railway
and eredi-tors of the company applied
this afternoon to United States Dis
trict Judge Waddell f.or the appoint
ment of receivers and subsequently
agreed to make application to Judge
Prithard of the United States cir
cuit court and thereby obviate the
necessity of securing ancillary d-e
rees in each of the court districts
through which the lines of the com
pay operate. With this end in view
Judge Leigh R?. Watts. general coun
sel of the Seaboard, with other at
torneys, left for Danville at 6.010
o'clock on a special train to meet
Judge Pritchard at that point, it hav
in been learn-ed that he was on his
way to Richmond to consider the mat
ter tomorro.w. Judge uaddell an
nounced that h-c would appoint the
receivers on certain conditions, but
it was thought best to go to a court
with larger jurisdiction.
Richmond, Va., Jan. 1.-It is just
learned over the long distance teh
phone that Judge Pritchard and the
couse for the Seaboard are in con
1irecl a1 t i1 Sou n tr n .v i ay -
tion in Danville. They decline to
-ive out anything for publication un
til the entire matter is settled.
NORFOLK AND THE BIG SHIP
Status of the Controversy Over Sil
ver-Servicing the North Carolina
Reviewed, With a Few De
risive Hoots Thrown In.
It is a pleasure to have the hearty
support of. the Chariotte Observer in
the contention that the presentation
of the silver service to the battleship
North Carolina should be made at the
port of Norfolk and Portsmouth, if
the idea of a presetation by breach
es:>uoy at Lookout. N C.. does not
ommead itself tQ the i,avy depart
ment. That idea does not seem to
be arousing much enthusiasm -in
North Carolina. It would be hard to
;ee how it could.
We thought that the .points mahk
by he Landwark against Charleston
would be appreciated by the Obser
: particulariy the points about the
ecklenburg Declaration of Inde
p)nldenice and the birthplace of An
drew Jackson. Those who have seen
no practical vah:e in the discussions
at the Round Table will now have
to admit that the interest of the
Land1mark in such things has won
for the port 'of Norfolk and Ports
mouth a. valiant champion in North
Carolina in this important instance;
and a champion, too, in a part of the
state far from the sea, and much
nearer the- South Carolina line than
the Virginia line. This remarkable
accession ought to settle the competi
tion our way (if the breeches.-buoy
We hereby derisively hoot at the
Charleston News and Courier anent
i; siatement that it will be "much
sirprised if they (the North Car
olinians) are satisfied with the mis
erable bic which the Landmark mak
es for their favor." It is very plain
that the News and Courier does not
understand the people of North Car
olina-never did and never will. You
can't hit them over the head and she
cessfully pose as their friend. They
are not so easily fooled as some peo
Endorsing the argument which the
Landmark has been making with
such noteworthy effect against going
a hundred rmiles out of the way wheiY
a. friendly port is right across the
Virginia b'order, the Newport News
Times-Herald very naturally puts in
an oar for its own city:
''We again call attention to the
laims of Newport News in this
connection and 'submit that they are
not only worthy of consideration, but
we believe that they are stronger
and. better than either of the above
cities. The battleship is a product
of Newport News skill and labor.
Here the vessel was built and it will
be from tFhis shipyard thait she will
zo forth to perform her duties. New
port News can accommodate and en
tertain all of the North Carolinians
who will come to witness the cere
mony. and. like the Landmark, we
can never get enough North Carolina
company. On that ground alone, we
certainly have the lead on the .oth
er cities, for we think. so mueh of
North Carolina that we have elevat
ed one of her sons to the highest of
fiial position within our gift. .Mayor
Buxton, of Newport News is a native
of North Carolina.''
Of course, if this were, not .the
place for the presentation, Newport
News would be the place. ''If I
were not Alexander. I would be Dio
genes." But though Newport News
has the shipyard, yet this ,port has
the navy yard; though Newport News
has raised a native North Carolinian
to her mayoral?ty, yet Norfolk did so
before (towit: Mr. Nathanial Baa
man); though Newport News "can
entertain all of the North Carolin
ians who will come to witneg the
ceremony," yet Norfiok and Ports
mrnU can entertain still more;
though the battleship is a produet of
Newport News skill and labor, the
patcehes will have to be put on at
our navy yard-and Norfolk and
Portsmouth are themselves to a con
siderable 'extent products of North
Carolina skill and labor. Finally, this
port is geographically nearer to
North Carolina than is Newport
Senator Frazier of Tennessee tells
his stories in the committee rooms
and cloak rooins while his colleague.
"Fiddling Bob" Taylor. saves his
for the stump. As a result the for~
mer's efforts have been dwarfed by
the greater circulation given .to Tay
lor's narratives. In thre senate com
mittee on military affairs. however,
Senator Frazier is rated as one of
the best story tellers in oongrees.
si :ne., remuur o ~ ~ t -
Overman remarked tiiat in many sta
te, pardon restores tie :iviet to full
'"That is true in Tennessee," said
Senator Frazier. "I remember that
I hal it called to my attention in a
peenliar way. Just before I was
elected to the governorship for the
second time I received a letter from
a young Irishman who was serving
a ten-year sentence in the peniten
tiary on a charge of manslaughter.
He said be had six months yet to
serve, but that if he were pardoned
before that time he would not lose
his vote. He colsed his letter by
saying: 'I am a Repu'blican, but if I
am pardoned before the coming elec
tion I will take great pleasure in vo'.
ing for you.'"
As the Tennessee senator showed
no indication of continuing, Senator
Lodge called attention to the fact
that it had not been made clear
whether the young man received his
par?inn. When the laughter which
greed thrs pertinent inquiry had
suK=it. Senator Frazier said:
" Well. I will answer that by tell
in' von a story on 'Old Bill' Cul
lu:'. a; inle of Senator 'Cullum of
Ill:nois. and a great friend of Henry
Clrv. . got this from W. B. Burnett
of Knoxville. formerly assistant gen
eral counsel of the Southern railway.
Burnett says that 'Old Bill' used to
visit the courts, before the days of
railroads in the mountains of Tennes
see. on horseback, and ~his immense
saddlebags attracted a great deal of
attention. Cullum guarded these bags
pretty closely and took them into the
court room with him. As he rode
away one day his fellow-lawyers
showed curiosity as to what the bags
contained and did not hesitate to ask.
"'Old Bill' looked at his' ques
tioners a moment and th3n said: 'If
you must know, why I carry two vol
umes on criminal law on this side,'
i.dicating the left bag and on the
right side it is nobody's d-n busi
ness what I carry.''
It is needless to say that Senator
Frazier's colleagues caught his point.
Another story told by Senator Fra
zier was of the only attempt ever
made to bribe him since he has been
in public life. While he was gover
nor an old negro mammy besought
him to pardon her son who was serv
iny a short term in the _penitentiary.
Fmnally sie aWd~ there was any
thing she could do to get him tc
rajnt - the pardon. The governoi
promised to look into the case.
During the conversation the ne
gress fumbled in an old stocking
which evidently contained money
She turned it upside down on thE
governor's desk and out rolled a loi
of -small change, and she asked ii
that would, be any inducement, re
marking at,the sime time that there
was alunfost $7 there.
"Well, do you know,'' said Sena.
tor Frazier, in telling the story, ''l
was so dumbfounded I hardly kney
what to say.' Finally I said: 'Main
my, you ought not to offer me thia1
money,' whereupon she exclaimed
iM Gawd, Governor, it's all I 'st
go.' ''-New York-. Times..
GOLD DOLLA RS
Can't be had for Fifty Cents
. toan$5 Pao bem;4;;7; or $300.
GAN ELL ood iano for$250, which are fa
Or24 years of honest dealing bore I
If you dsrreibePa o rgans, wi
to us5 for caaos rcsadterms. ..
Passenger Train Schedules (Revised'
'Effective 12.01 a. m. (Eastern time
Sunday, November 24th, 1907, thi
leaving time for passenger trains on
of Newberry Union Station will bi
No. 15, for Greenville . . 9.07 a. m
N. 12, for Columbia .. .. 10.35 a. m
No. 19, for Greenville .. 1.25 p. in
No. 18, for Columbia .. 1.40 p. m
No. 11, for Greenville .. 5.18 p. m
No. 16, for Columbia ... .. 9.47 p.m
C., N. & La. Railway.
No. 85, for Laurens .. 5.19 a. in
*No. 22, for Columbia .. 8.47 a. m
No. 52, for Greenville . .12.46 p. mn
No. 53, for Columbia .. 8.10 p. m
No. 21, for Laurens .. .. 7.25 p. m
No. 84, for Columlbia .. 8.30 p. m
* Daily, except Sunday.
The foregoing schedules are giver
only for information, are not guar
anteed and are suxbject to change
G. L. Robinson,
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and see them and make your se
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THAT Dt/RiNC TNELAST
YEAR WE HAVE U$LT UP
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PRoMiSE To Do No MoRE THAN IN THE YEARS
THAT HAVE PASSED. WE NEED NoT, WE KNOW,
EXTEND ANY THING BUT THANKS To OUR OLD
PATRoNS. WE KNoW THEY NEED No INVITA
'TION To CoME To oUR STORE. To THoSE WHO
HAVE NOT YET COME oUR WAY, To THE STRAN
GER IN oUR ToWN, WE EXTEND, HoWEVER,- AN
INVITATION To-COME AND SEE US.
CoR. MAIN AND CoLLEGE STS.,
THE COMMERCIAL BANK OF NEWBERRY, S. C.,
-under call of State Bank Examiner at close of business
December 16, 1907. rg
Loans and discounts - - - - ,31 2,666 49
Overdrafts .- - - - - - 7,i99 87
Furntiure and fixtures -- - - 3,116 93
Cash in vault 35,041 03 - -
Cash in other Banks 72,674 93 - - 107,715 96
CapitaiStock - - - - - - $ 50,000 00
Undivided prfits -(less expenses paid) - 49,222 20
Dividends (npaid). - - - - - 940 00
Cashier's ceks -~---- 800 00
Deposits, Banks 7,910 74
Deposits, Individual 322,826* 31 - - 330,737 05
JNO. M. KINARD, Pres. 0. B. MAYER, Vice-Pres.
J Y. McFALL. Cashier
4 Per Cent..
Inter.est Paid in our Savings Department.