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VOL XLVI NO 72 NEWBRERY, S. C. FRI! AY. SEPTEMBER 10. 1909 TWICE A WEEK. $1.50 A YEAR
ARRANGEMENTS TO REBUILD
The Beautiful Building Destroyed
Yesterday Morning.-Dr. Dan
iel Badly Burned.
Special .Herald and News.
Columbia. S. C., .Sept. 9. 1909.
Smouldering ruins. with four giant
columns tottering amid clouds of
smoke, and several piles of furniture
salvaged at an early hour this morn
ing by devoted neighbors. is all that
is left of the beautiful Columbia col
lege plant located four miles north
of this city, except granite founda
tion and boiler room.
Defective wiring was probably the
cause of the fire.
President W. W. Daniel was badly
burned in saving his records and in
There was $85,000 insurance on the
The college is in debt to -the extent
of over eighty thousand dollars. Siviy
thousand of this is in bonds bearing
six per cent. and the remainder in a
floating debt and mortgages. Liqui
-dation at this -time would therefore
leave the Methodists with only their
site and the ruins,-the value of wIlhich
is not known.
Arrangements are already being
started to rebuild. Not only is a bet
ter plank: to be built, and that imme
-diately4but as little of the coming ses
sicn as possible is to be lost.
President Mitehell of University of
South Carolina has sagge4ted to Gov
ernor Ansel the gracefulness and the
propriety of offering the girls the use
of the University class rooms and
they have already taken .the responsi
bility of making this offer on behalf
of the trust'ees.
Rev'. D. P. Boyd, pastor of Kii1
rds circuit, conducted one of the
most. glorious protracted meestings ever
~held at Tabernacle ecburch last week.
He was assisted by Brother McCarty,
of Laurens circuit, and Brother Tay
lor, of Newberry. It was a wonder
ful blessing that these two serv-ants
of God were sent to us, and through.
4heir earnestnes and prayerfulness to
gether with that of the commmmity
and our pastor, four new members
were added to our dear old church.
Miss Carrie B$uf< 'd lent much .spirit
to the meeting ,by the music she so
bea utifully rendered.
I'here was qui.te a number of visi
tors in the neighborhood for the meet
Misses Rnth Langston and Lilla
Hollingsworth were the gi.iests of Miss
Ola Miller the past week.
Miss T'ez Ray, of Hurricane, spent
a few days with Miss Carrie Buford
durng the meeting
Mrs. Lilla Duckett and little daugh
!er Willie Belle and Miss Lula Mae
B ishop, of Jalapa, spent last week
very pleasantly with Miss Carrie Ox
Misses Cora and Annie Horton, and
Minnie and Nannie Belle Ray, were;
the guests of Mrs. Burr Johnson dar
mg the meeting.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Chaney have re
turned shome from a very pleasant
isit to their son, Mr. Ernes Chaney.
Mis Bessie Davis visited friends.
and relatives in this section last week.
It is quite lonely around Taberna
le siice thle visitors have all gon:
PEACE AND REST
TO JAMES T. BACON
DEATH COMES TO ONE OF CARO
LINA'S SWEETEST SPIRITS.
Edgefield Mourns a Son Whose Life
Lent Lustre to Her Name and Scat
tered Joy Among Her People.
Edgefield, Seut. 8.-Col. James T.
Bacon died at 5:30 o'clock this after
noon. The funeral will be from the
Eipiscopal church Friday -at 11 o'eloek
Col. Bacon had been ill at his home
here for several weeks.
Col. James T. Bacon was the best
known and most universally beloved
man in 'the county and his name was
synonymous with all th',t is pure.
generous, noble and good. Col. Ba
con had attained his 78th year. He
was descended from splendid revolu
tionary stock. His ancestors came
from Virginia. where the family had
been prominent among the colonis>ts
for over a century. Edmond Bacon,
for many years a brilliant member of
the Edgefield bar and the "Ned
Brace" in Longs-treet 's Georgia
scenes. was .his grandfather. Edmond
Bacon, although a Georgian by birth,
in early life moved to Souith Carolina
and he with Col. Art.hur Siikins set
tled the town of Edgefield. He had
four children, the second. Ediond
Speed, being the father of the subje(t
of this sketeh. his mc.rher being Sarah
Bacon, a cousin to her husband. she
having married twice. her last hus
band being the Rev Arthur Wigfall.
The Bacon family has been closely
connected with the counyty's and
St-ate's history. Col. Bacon had one
bro-ther, Hon. John E. Bacon. who
was secretary of legation at St. Pet
ersburg when Gov. Pickens wa min
ister, and afterwards minister to -r
guay and Paraguay under President
Clevela-nd. and a full sister. Mrs.
Baker of MeClellanville. and two
half-sisters. Mrs. Ka,te W. Cheatham
of this place. and Mrs. Dr. Trezvant.
formerly of Columbia. Col. James T.
Bacon was born here and his liiz and
useful life was spent amidst t.he
scenes of his nativity.
A Lover of Music.
After receiving an academic edu
ation a.t this place he completed his
studies in Germany. making a special
vr of music. in which he excelled. and
which was one of the joys of his beau
tifu.l life. After his re.turn from
Germany he taught music here and
at Anderson, bult it was to journalism
that .he devoted his splendid talents,
in -^ieh field he won for himself a
name and re.puta,tiont. seldom equalled
in this country. After serving with
conspicuous bravery in the War Be
tween 'the States ahe returned homne
and assumed the editorship of the
Edgefield Advertiser and the files of
that paper will best tell how .ably and
brilliantly he -per.formed the duties of
that office. Gentle as a woman, yet
brave as a lion, he could write with
all the softness and sweetness of
Washinzton Irving, but when neces
sity and duity demanded it with all
the boldness and fire of Wendell Phi-l
lips. During Reconstruction times,
when federal troops were stationed
here, and the negro and scala.wag held
hih carnival. Col. Bacon printed the
Advertiser in red letter and his "lead
er' " was filled with such patriotic
fire and defiance as to cause offense to
be federals. For this lie was arrest
ed and carried to Charleston, but no
harm ,befel.1 him. and'. ie returned
home only to continue the brave fight
for Anglo-Saxon su premiaey. He was
again prominenit in 4 hose days, as he
ever was, a gamecock. arnd never (lid
his red plume lower' its erest. After
lavinug the Advert iser. he. with his
nephew. Mr. L. WV. C'heatvham, con
ducted the Edgefield Chronicle, a pa
per that is loved and read by every
man, woman and child in tihe counity,
because back of it has been the brains.
wit and eloquence of "Jim Bacon."
His correspondence to the Columbia
State and special articles to the Sun
day News and Courier attest t,he uni
lue styvle, versatility and brilliancy of
Worthy of Preservation.
Many of his elose friends here 'have
.oftn m-r-ed him to collet and print
hns writings. but his innate modesty
forbade. TheY would make a volume
worthy of his wit and zoenius. Col.
Bacon was never married. but he was
beloved and courted by ;all for his
magnetic pe-rsonality, social attributes
and brilliant conversational powers.
One beau>tiful trait of his character
was his love and loyalty -to his im
mediate family. His venerable moth
er. the late Mrs. Wigfall, as well as
ot.her members of his family, would
often urge him to seek broader fields,
where his talent would have won high
er distinction and greater pecuniary
reward, but lie preferred to remain
with them. and with his life-long
friends, and at the home he loved so
welt and administer to their happi
ness and support.' Now tha,t he is
gone Edgefield mourns for him as
never did sTe sorrow for man before.
He has left a void tih.at can not be
filled. Col. Baeon 4leaves surviving
h.im .his sister. Mrs. Kate Wigfall
Oheatham; his nephew, Mr. L. W.
Cheat:ham: his nieces, Mrs. Fred G.
Swaffield and Mrs. D. I. Denny 'of
Colum,bia. dnd Mrs. George Sharpton,
besides several grand-nephews and
TWO MEMBERS ARE SORE.
Were Not Invited to the Greenville
Conference, and Now Feel Cold
ly Toward C. & G. Towns.
Columbia. Sept. 8.-There will be
no butting in for Messrs. Sullivan and
Caughman of the railroad commission
on efforts of the boards of trade on
C. & G. line of ;t1he Southern for a
third and fast train between here and
The Commission was not invited' to
the Greenville conferenee. and except
Mr. Earle the members t.hink it un
beeoming to :-ake a hand at this time.
\No action has been or will be taken
on'the letter Mr. Earle yesterday af
ternoon addressed to the eymmission
criticizing the Greenville coniference
on the sceore :that "misleading state
ments" were made and Messrs. Sulli
van and Cauxhman do not agree with
Mr. Earle "tihat the Greenville con
ference failed to discuss the issue in
Following is the full texit of Chair
man Earle's letter:
"Of my own volition I attended a
'metn at Greenville at 1 o 'clock on
Friday, September 3. 1909, this being
a meeting called for :thie purposes of
the different boards of trade along
the line of the Columbia & Greenville
railroad, ,between Greenville a'nd Co
lumbia, including Anderson. to dis
uss with the Sout-hern railwvay offi
ials the question of a :third train on
the C. & G. division of the Southern
"Remarks were made bly Mess rs.
Lewis W. Parker, D. C. Durhbam, John
Wood and others of Greenville and
these remarks were concurred in by
representatives from Anderson, Bel-!
ton, Honea Path. Williamston, Green
wood, Ned~erry and also to some ex-'
tent by representatives from Colum
bia. Extraneous remarks were made
by each of 'these gentlemen relative to
service on this line, whieh would
come directly under the authority of
the railroad commission, while the
operation of :the third tra'in under the
law is witihout our authority. Many
statements were made at this meeting'
by both sides which' were misleading.
After carefully lisitening to bot.h sides
I ceame to the conclusion that the
question at issue was not intelligently
"As to the proper ;toilet arrange
ments on these trains, condition of
the coaches and condition of the
drinking utensils, I would recommend
tat this commi.ssion recommend and,
if necessary, order, a correcition of
these evils. Wrhile we have no au
thority to order the Southern rail,way
company to operate a thirdl train over
the Columbia and Greenville division,
at :the same time for the benefit of the
public we have the authority to order
proper equipment and p)roper service
with proper schedules on trains now
".Personally I am loath to recom
mend a fasiter schedule on t.bis road,
with the exception of the schedule
from Alston to Columbia. for the
simple reason that the condition of
the track on the Columbia & Green
ville division of the Southern rail
way is not what it should be, and, in
mny 'ninace T have reported this
condition personally afid van easily
re.fer t.he Soutfher raihway auiLhori
ties to our file on this question which
dates back as far as May 5, 1906. We
can recall many promises which the
Southern railway compay has made
to lay heavier rail on this line, and,
w.Dth the exception of a. very short
part of the mileage which has been
'aid with heavier rail, their promises
have not been carried out and the
orders of this commission have been
ignored. On April 3, 1907, after re
ceiving numerous promises from the
Southern Railway company this com
mission ordered the line from Alston
to Greenville to be laid with heavier
rail. This has been some 17 months
ago and the order has not been car
ried out. Many excuses have been
given and one or two of them were
well taken, but I can see no further
reason now for delay. The schedule
from Greenville to Columbia, a dis
tance of 144 miles on what is known
as the night train, is now six hours
and twenity minutes. and this is
caused to a large extent bY bad track
and poor condition of the road bed.
"So far as the condition of the
coaches and other maitters complained
of is -concerned. I would recommend
that we take the'e up specifically and
have them corrected by orders, if
necessary, and I would further recom
mend that the quesition of condition
of road bed and rails be taken up es
pecially. and if necessary. this com
mission employ the services of an ex
pert engineer to accompany them and
that .they thoroughly inspect and re
port upon the condition of t.his track.
and if its order in each case is not
obeyed. thalt the matter be specifically
reported to the att.eorney general for
"After a thorough examination of
this division I am of the opinion that
this. track in many places is danger
ous for the operation of passenger
trains at any other schedule than one
wihich does not accommodaite the pub
Central Methodist Church.
(Rev. J. W. Wolling, D. D., Pastor.)
On Sunda4 morning the regular
services will be conducted by the pas
tor, who will preacih on " The power
to become the sons of God." At the
morning* hour the church conference
will be held to hear the repont of the
At the night service beginnin'g at 8
o'clock will be realized the installa
tion of the officers of the Epw6rtFh
League. The services will be largely
under the direction of <the League.
All are invited to be present at
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.
(Rev. Edward Fulenwider, Pastor.)
There will be the regular morning
and ev.ening services at he Lutheran
Church of trhe Redeemer next Sunday.
At 11 a. m. the pasor will preach on
the subject, "The Men, the Master,
and the M.an." Text, Luke 17:12-19.
(At 8 p. m. the subject will be " T!he
Four Wheels of he Celestial Chariot."
Both sermons will be practical. and
will dea with ithoughts that should
interest all hearres. There wilI be
good music at both services.
During the summer thee chu-rdh has
ben overhauled at a cost of something
over $500.Od, and now presents a
beautiful and attrae.tive -appearanlce.
The Sunday school meets now at 5
p. in.. instead of 9:45 a. mn. as -former
ly. An effort is being made to make
the Sunday school t:he largest and
best in the history 'of The church.
Features that will increase tVhe effi
ciency of the sehool will be added.
The parents are requested to birng
The public is cordially invited to
all the services of both church and
While trying aii old woman on a
charge of stealing faggots a judge
who had acquired the habit of think
i alorud unconseiously exclaimed:
"Why, one faggot is a.s.like another
aggt as one .egg is like another
eg. The counsel defending the case
heard -the observation, and repeated
it to the jury. whereupon the judge
r-ried. ''Stop.: it 'is -an .interventicn
f P,rovidence. This was the very
:hought tht passed through my mind.
3entlemen (addressing the j'ury), ac
THE OLD SOLDIER'S
By Col. D.
As I was saying, we were going up
stream like the wind, the old steers
man bending all 'his energies to keep
thenose of the boat with the gale.
The moon hung. low above the broad
vista of the dark, murky, swift run
ning -tream, our little eraft with its
white wings stretehed, bravely .skim
ming upon its surface, like some
giant water-fowl. The dense foliage,
that fringed either shore, easting its
dark shadows far out towards the
center, intensified the . silence and
gloom on the bluffs aboe. Bat tihe
loud laughter and merry clatter of
tongues along the deeks told easily
enough, that all was not silence and
gloom on board the Kitty Flo.yd.
The gleam of our head-light fell dis
torted upon the ripples of the turbu
lent water, while following in dur
wake. were great billows of 'foam and
spray, yellowed by the glimmering
lights aloft. The moon cast great
shadows on the mud banks, and the
shades of the little blue and red
stakes, sentinels to the mines below,
danced deathlike upon the petulanut
waves, while the old steersman felt
'his way gingerly along.
Ducklegs couldn't get old Model
off his mind. and I could hear him
talking to the little Mother Superior
in -dramaitic tones. "Undaunted old
Monarch, grand in isolation-tower
ing above the dark cliffs.viewing alone
e prosaic, dismantled. deslation
standing lone sentry, veiled in the
mists of the clouds, viewing from the
doma-in of the sky, the detached fleaks
of mist marshaling and re-marshal
ing. like steel clad figures in army
procession and thou old Model stand
ing upon the summit of illusive evan
Whatever old Duck meant I haven't
the remotest idea, for I was too busy
in pouring into the willing ears. my
love and constaney to Maggie. What
royal liars all men are, when tihey
plead love to woman, yet how wel
come the sound, even if they know
men are lying.
The Psalmist has said. "All men are
liars," ,buir if he had lived unto this
day, been as wise as'I, he cou-ld have
added, "from their cradle -up." They
will lie to their baby loves, to their
girl sweetibearts, they will lie to the
woman whom they expect to share
their joys and sorrows through life,
and still woman will listen and be
lieve and love, it *has ,bee.n thus since
ereations dawn. But I believe every
word I spoke at the time but then
time changes and so do men.
*Capt. Dell got in some of his guy
ing on the old steersman-and he was
so mad too, "shove her aihead old
man. '' "amr' there a branch or
reek you could tackle and make bet
ter :headway'' "run her in a cove,
till you take another drink.'' "let
me drop a -torpedo behind, and give
you a lift along." 'All such aggra
vating eussedness. the old pilot had
to stand, while struggling with t.he
wheel. Was there sure enough torpe
does in the stream?~ Plenty going
down, but none going up. or at least
no one seemed to care. Oh the girls
were in a most delightful mood and
would shriek to the old Buccaneer,
"Hello Buck, the cards are running
tame, suppose you st,rike a torpedo,
and lets have another deal.'' Then
they would start on a river song.
"The river up the cihannel is deep,
the wind blows steady and strong,
Hear>ts are light, the moon is up, so
row your boat alonz.'
Just then from the norithern bank,
ame the hail. "boat ahoy, boat
ahoy.'" Then every girl, knowing
so well, -the seamen's hail, answered
in unison. ''aye, aye, sir."' ''aye, aye,
sir.""Wh.at boat is that.'' came from~
the shore. ''Mine. mine, mine,''
elled the girls back in a chorus. Then
they began disputing among them
selves really wthose boat it was. Some
sai i as hers "no it ain't, it be
STORY OF THE JAMES
longs -to me and Bess." "I've a shar
in it,'" another would say, and so they
ha,d it to the consternation of those
When a semblance of quiet and or
der prevailed, old Capt. Buck ealled
through his horn, "Aye, Sir," "Ayez,
Sir, what's ahoy."
"What kind of a ihell's craft have
you .there,'" came from those on shore.
" The Kitty Floyd, bound tLp stream
from Drury's Bluff'"-on inspection,
called out old Bwk.
"-Wihy in the H- don't you show
your stern light?"
The old skipper gave a low whis
tle and said in an excited whisper,
"By the spirit of old Davy Jones, I
forgot that. Hang out the stern.
light," and in a moment a gleam of,
yellow ligibt shot baek over the waters
of the James.
There had been long talking on
shore, as if not satisfied with the ans
wers they had received, and some one
called back, "No, no, if you, wish to
a look ait you.'" No answer being made
to this call, they sent the challenge,
"Come ashore or we will fire into
At this bh,e 'girls just shouted, and f
caIlled back. "'No, no, if you wish to
see us, come aboard."
Then the girls all sang a most taa
kalizing song, that sounded heavenly,
as it floated over the water, and it by
"'Tis the witching hour of midnight,
The stream is calm and low,
The girls are all awake in their quar
And the men are all below.
Tiat is the way <the girls and those
on shore had it. You can better imag
ine the pranks of a lot of saucy girls
out on a lark, than I can describe
Dell ha,d been having it out with the
old steersman, who was all the while
tugging at the wiheel and cursing ev
erything in sight, ,but we kept straight
-ahead, nothw'ithstanding the threats
'of ,the guards.
When we reached the 'landing at
Rocketts the old pilot was so mad he
ran the nose .of hhe .Kitty Floyd,
against the old wharf with such vio
lence that it upset all the chairs, set
the bells ringing, and the .girls all
fell into the arms of the boys, just
to keep from falling, you know. The
old skipper gave a wild yell of rage,
"and I tihe boss of this boat you --
land lubbers, why-,'' Then he gave a
snort and leaped ashore. "Let me at
him, the -- - -- oh ! I'l-l stran
But the old pilot was on the ground
ahead of him. Now the old bargeman
was innocent of all the deviling, the
pilot had been subjected to by Dell.
"Here I am,'' said the old pilot,
"out of your d-- reach, and out of
the reach of any of that hells crew
of passengers. My only regret is I
hadn't run the old craft fernent a
torpedo and blew the whole outfit
heliward.'' then dodged out ot sight.
The city guard, those who had .hailed
us, put in their appearance, having
followed us up to the landing and de
manded a reckoning from old Buck.
Now 'these city guards were young
men. between the ages of sixteen and.
eighteen, handsomely uniformed and.
patrolled all the larger cities as a po
lice, gene rally going in squads of four
or eight. They were all nice and con
scientious boys, but were poison to
the veteran soldier. Tihe girls all
knew .hese young soldier ,boys, and
they had their innings with them, they
played them for all tbey were worth.
When the young guardians of the city
ehaiged old Capt. Buck with running
in contrary to orders, b)y failing ao
show her rear light, and refusing to
come ashore after being hailed, then
the girls let in.
"Why hello Bud. you ran away
from your mamma. didn't you."'