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SAVES LIFE OF SNAKE.
Charles Snyder, Head Keeper at Zoo,
Does Daring Surgical Operation
on King Cobra.
New York Worli.
Charles Snyder, head keeper in the
reptile house at the New York Zoo
logical Park, took his life in his
bands yesterday afternQon and, with
out assistance, performed a surgical
operation on Rex, the deadly king
cobra. This was after more prudent
and more learned scientists of the
Zoo had decided that the risk was too
great to be undertaken.
Rex has been in the possession of
the Zoological Society for nine years
and is one of its most valuable spec
imens. Five years ago it nearly killed
Several days ago a wen-like swell
Ing developed on the cobra's neck and
grew steadily worse. Raymond L. Dit
mars, curator, realized that only a
surgical operation would save the
serpent. Dr. W. Reed Blair agreed,
but both decided that the snake was
not worth a human life.
Snyder's opportunity came yester
day. He had thrown a large black
snake into the glass front inclosure
for the cobra's dinner. Rex had diffi
culty in swallowing. It had about half
the smaller reptile down its throat
and seemed helpless to get rid of the
!rest of it. Figuring that Rex could not
sting to kill while in that predicament
Snyder seized scissors and a scapel
and slipped into the cage.
Rex was thrashing about in its ef
fort to get down the black, but Sny
der managed to stand astride the
snake just above 'his head, and then
with a few quick, deft cuts and
slashes the work was done. Snyder
Jumped back through the little door
:n the rear, which he slammed just
in time, for the cobra had conquered
the black snake and turned to kill the
man who ihad saved its life.
Scores of persons had witnessed the
operation without realizing that they
-ere looking at a man in imminent
peril of death.
When Snyder told Ditmars, the
curator said: "Man, you are crazy;
you have a wife and five children."
Supreme Court Knocked Out Charles
ton Case.-Act Not Unconsti
Columbia State, 13th.
The State supreme court met in
special session to consider the peti
tion from Charleston to enjoin the
election on the dispensairy question.
The matter was presented to Chief
Juice Jones at Lancaster and he
called the entire court to hear the
The petition'er, T. M. Jellico, a rail
Toad conductor, was represented by
J. P. Grace and W. A. Holman. The
county board of election commission
ers was represented by Senator Huger
Sinkler. Gov. Ansel designated Hon.
M. L. Smith, of Camden, to represent
the State of South Carolina. Attor
nev General Lyon had declined to
have anything to do with the case, as
at was niot a part of his duties, and
furthermore he is a member of the
State board of canvassers.
The petitioners alleged tlhat the
prohibion law of 1909 is inoperative
because it is special legislation and
also because it is unconstitutional in
that the title does not set forth the
entire scope of the act. They alleged,
therefore, that all except that part
expressed in the title was void and
Had the court sustained this view
there would be prohibition mn the
State from now uutil the general as
sembly meets, for the title of the act
says nothing about dispensaries, local
option elections, or anything else. But
the court did not take this view. No
opinion was filed yesterday, the rea
sons will be publishbed later. But the
- ourt made an announcemenit that its
decision was that the petition be dis
One point at issue was that this was
special legislation, taking the taxes
.ur property of the people of the whole
State to pay the expenses of the elec
tion in 21 counties. Senator Sinkler
replied forcibly to this argument, de
elaring that no appr.opriationl for this
specific purpose had been made, but,
that the expenses would be paid out
of taxes already impounded.
Mr. Smith replied especially to the
argument with reference to the sec
tion of the complaint that the title
does not conform to the body of the
at. He showed very skillfully that
the local option portion of the act,
while not in itself an ironclad pro
hibitioni statute. gives the possibility
of prohibition in those counties in
which there had b.en legal sale -of hi
t ettle the liquor question, while
onen counties which have already
vied out iic dispensary tan vote
again when their four years of proba
tion shall be expired.
The arguments of the plaintiff's
attorneys were adroit and skilful, but
the decisions of other courts 6ited by
Messrs. Sinkler and Smith seemed to
be convincing that the act is not spe
cial legislation. nor does it conflict
with the constitutional re. Lements
as to titles conforming to the body of
DIED TRYING TO ESCAPE.
Guard Fired at Him But Did Not Hit
Him.-Physicians Testify as to
Cause of Death.
Anderson Mail, 13th.
John Dean Hall, a negro about 40
years old, died at the county convict
camp, located near Earle's bridge, on
the Seneca river, yesterday, under
rather peculiar circumstances.- The
night previous Hall had made an at
<tempt to escape from the gang and
was shot at by Mr. James Rampey,
one of the guards, but the bullet did
not strike the fleeing man. The negro
ran on for about 30 or 40 yards and
dropped in the bushes. When found
a few minutes later he was para
lyzed from the waist down, and died
yesterday. Dr. W. H. Pepper, who at
tended the negro Wednesday night
and yesterday morning, said that
death was due to apoplexy, and this
was also the verdict of Dr. J. C. Har
ris, county physician, who went to the
amp last night in company with Cor
hor J. E. Beasley to hold an investi
A number of people who had wit
nessed the negro's attempt to escape
and later seen his condition when he
was found in the bushes, were ex
amind by the coroner, but it was de
cided after the announceemnt by
Drs. Pepper and Harris, that Hall's
death was due to apoplexy that an
inquest was unnecessary. Sworn
statements were taken by the coroner
and in company with the doctors, he
returned to the city last night.
Hall was serving a sentence of 90
days on the chain gang, having been
sent up from Magistrate B. F. Wil
son's cort an last Saturday to serve
30 days each on two charges for
gambling and a like term on the
charge of shooting on the public
highway. He was arrested near
Carswell Institute a short time ago, in
company with several other negroes
TRAINS CRASH NEAR FLORENCE
Scores of Lives Endangered in Rear
End Collision.-Engineer Jumps
anid Saves His Life.
Florence, August 13.-The tele
scoping of the rearwend of a work
train on the Atlantic Coast Line near
Mars' Bluff, five miles easi of this
ity, at an early hour this morning,
came very near resulting in the whole
Good Returning Until
Columbia, S. C..........Nor
Lv. Columbia Ar. Washington
5.2oam S-35p m
555 p. m 8 50a m
These trains consist of high class
and High Back Day Coaches.
Ten days stop over allowed at Ri
or (kad& information and Pull
number of w1ite and colored employ
ees aboard of the train.
Extra work train engine No. 321,
pulling a large number of ballast
ears. had come to a stop just north of
Polk swamp trestle, near the Mars'
BlItff switch. and tle conduetor, ae
cording to the signal from his engi
neer. Taylor, sent his flagman out to
protect the rear of his train.
It was a very foggy morning and
the flagman had gotten just a few feet
away from the caboose when ithe zec
ond section of train No. 209. engine
No. 399. and pulling engine No. S9.
with Engineer Noble at the throttle
of No. 399, loomed up. Before the
flag could be waived, it is said, the
two engines, coupled Vogether and
running as Second 209, struck the
caboose of the work train, tearing it
into kindling wood and throwing it
into a mass of wreckage in the ditch.
and ploughed its way on into the see
ond caboose, doing it likewise.
In the cars that were wrecked were
.a number of whote and colored em
ployees, some of the latter being
still in their bunks, as the train was
going on a long run up the road to
.vhere they were to unload and the
:bands would not be needed. Tihrough
some Providential cause not a soul on
/the train was injured.
The engineer of 399, it is said,
joined the "bird gang" and, of
'course, was not injured, having
jumped before the orash came.
The wreeking train, in charge of
Wrecking MNaster Alex L. Sessoms,
was sent to the scene of the wreck
at once and soon had the track cleared
and open for trains to pass and de
layed the inoming and outgoing trains
for only one hour.
The broken engine and wreeked
cars were brought back to tie city
to the shops.
The two engines. Nos. 399 and S9,
were being carried to Rocky Mount,
N. C., for an overhauling and general
Bids will be received until 5
o'clock P. M.. August 24, 1909, by
F. N. Martin. Chairman, for the erec
tion of a Graded School Building at
Newberry, S. C., and for the heating
of same according to plans prepared
by Shand & Lafaye, Architects, Co
lumbia, S. C. Bids on building to be
acompanied by a certified etheek for
$250 and on heating by check for
$100 as a guarantee t;hat, if awarded
the work, contract will be executed
and Security Company bond. given for
$5,000 on building and $1,000 on
heating. Plans and sepcifications may
be seen at the office of the Chairman~
or be obtained from. the Architects
upon a deposit of $10.00 as a guar
antee for their safe return.
The Board of Trustees reserves the
right to reject any or all bids.
I F. N. Martin,
0., Nor folk, Va,
ug. 18, 1909.
September, 2, 1909.
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folk, Va. ................. 8.00
ning ton, N. C......... 6.00
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AUGUST 18, 1909,
Charleston & Western Carolina RaiIway
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The best and most inexpensive way
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take in the Alaska-Yukon Exposition
opened June 1st, is to "Go as you
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in connection with an individual par
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July 3rd, Route.
Southern Railway, Goldsboro to,
Queen and Crescent, 'farriman
Junction to Danville, Ky.
Southern Railway, Danville, Ky., to
St. Louis, Mo.
Wabash R. R., St. Louis to Kan
3as City, Mo.
Union Pacific, Kansas City to Den-.
Denver & Rio Grande, Denver to.
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S. P. L. A. & S. L., Salt Lake City
to Los Angeles.
Round Trip Railroad Rates.
Goinig via any ticketing route se
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route as desired.
Via Portland, Seattle and Sam
turning one way via Portland and
Goldsboro .. .......$99.75
Greensbore .... ...99.75
Durham .. .......99.75
Columbia ....... ...98.20
Orangeburg ...... ...98.204
Greenwood .. ......96.65
Rock Hill ....... .. 98.35
Raleigh ........... 99.75
Salisbury ......... 99.75
Charlotte ......... 99.751
Greenville ....... ...96.65
CharleTston .. ....... 99.75
Newberry .. .. ......07A45
Chester.. .. .......98.3.3
Sumter .... .. .......75
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[29th, 1909. Lower Roud Trip Rates
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