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YOUTH SHOOTS FATHER.
W. H. Bright, of Gaffney, Probably
Fatally Wounded by Son.-In
Defelnse of His Mother.
iGaffney, March 14.-W. H. Bright
is lying at the office of Dr. Pittman
in a critical condition, from a gun
shot wound through the bowels, fired
by his son, Travis Bright, at the
home of a Mr. Smart, in Gaffney,
-this morning, about 5 o "clock. The
twounded man and his son have been
conducting a meat market in what
is known as West End for several
months and have been doing a fair
ly good business, -except when Bright,
Sr., would get on a drunken spree,
iwhich happened pretty frequently,
and at such times he was very vio
Struck His Wife.
Yesterday he was drinking when
this wife went to help her daughter
nurse a sick child, he followed her
and ordered her, to go home at oner.
Travis Bright, who is about 20 years
of age, and who is married, was at
-his sister's also. When Mrs. Bright
refused to go, rher husband struk
her a heavy blow in the face, which
left a deep mark, and when Travis
attempted to interfere, his father
struck him also. This was about 3
a. m. Mrs. Bright then went up
town and demanded protection from
the police, asking that she be locked
in jail, as she was afraid that her
husband would kill her. She re
mained in the waiting room at the
station until almost 5 o'cloek, when
her husband came up and persuaded
her to go home.
Shot For a Slap.
Mrs. Bright refused to stop aft
home, but went to Mr. Smart's, who
lived near, where she found Travis.
Bright then came up and accused
Travis of keeping his mother away
from home, and when the young man
denied having done so, his father
slapped his face. The young man
then shot him. Immediately after
the shooting young Bright went to
the county jail and surrendered to
Sheriff Thomas. Travis has the
reputation of being a quiet and so
ber young man.
The intestines of the. wounded
man are punctured in two or three
places and his chances of recovery
are thought to be small. IDrs. Steed
ley and Pittman have, been giving
'him surgical attention and every
thing possible is being done for him.
W. H. Bright Succu~mbs to Wonds.
Gaffney, March 15.-W. H. Bright,
avho was shot by his son, Travis
Bright, in this city yesterday mnonn
ing, died at the office of Dr. P.ittman,
in this city, last night at 11 o 'clock.
Bright never roused from the shock
'of the operation. A statement was
made by him just before his death,
to the, clerk of court, but this has
not yet been made public, and its
contents are not known. The coro
ner 's inquest was held to-day, and
the verdict was 'that the deceased
came to 'his death by a gunshot
avound, inflicted .by his son, .Travis
WHY DOUBT COOK
AND) TRUST PB1ARY
Atlanta, Ga., March 14.,In view
of the fact that Commander Robert
E. Peary, widely advertised as the
- 'discoverer of the North Pole, will
be in Georgia this week on a lecture
tour, Gov. Brown's views of the
merits of his claims as an explorer
will be of general interest.
It may be said right here, by way
of 'preface, thate the views of the
state's chief executive on Aretie ex
plorations are by no means to 1be de
spised, as he has a full set of the
printed records of the Royal Geo
graphical Society of England, and
has made a careful study of them
for years. In fact, polar explora
tion is one of the governor's pet
hobbies, and it is doubtful whether
a man in the state is more familiar
with what has been attempted along
thaes'e lines than is Gov. Joe Brown.
And when it comes to Peary and
"his claim to be the sole discoverer
of the pole, the governor is very
"muchy from Missouri.'' He will
have to be shown, and he 'hasn't
been shown yet, that's certain. In
the opinion of the governor, if Dr.
Cook is a fakir, Pea.ry is all the
more one, because Peary 's descrip
tion of his trip to the pole is very
largely a duplicate of that given
by Cook; and Peary has been more
reticent about disclosing the proofs
of his trip.
"Little Joe" and the Polar Row.
In.' discussi-ng the matter the gov
ernor said to-day:
"The public, while discrediting
:Cook's story, makes the mistake of
supposing Peary 's true, yet Peary's
story is the same as Cook's. What
is the best proof that Cook's story
is correct? It is that Peary's story
conforms to Cook's, thus confirm
"Did Peary fake his astronomical
figures in the Roosevelt? He went
alone to the pole. Why?
"What proof does Peary bring
save his own word ? Cook brings
the same, and as good. Where was
Cook? Did he spend the time in a
snow housa with his dogs, etc ? If
he stayed at one place for months,
it would have gotten out.
"Peary, to destroy the value of
Cook's narrative, must first discov
er the value of his own. Two horns
of a dilemma. If Cook has handed
us a gold brick, Peary has handed
us a paste diamond, or for a silver
platter, has given us a basin made
of a very cheap grada of pewter. It
is 'up to' Peary to explain how
Cook's story can be false, and his
identical story can be true. The
American people will not accept his
smile as proof that he is not as
gTeat a fakir as he charges Cook to
"Fantastic snow shapes, rifts in
the ice, colored, ice, the sun going
in a circie, not setting, ice-covered
sea, as described by Peary, are al
most as identical with similar de
scriptions from Cook's narative.''
Congress and the North Pole.
'Certail-bly, it will not be denied by
the unprejudiced that Congress is
entitled to see the polar records of
Lieut. Peary, the government hav
ing been paying the explorer a sal
ary for the past twenty-three years
to gather this same dispated data.
We are informed nevertheless that
Mr. Peary could not-and would not
let Congress have those proofs and
things, because Mr. Peary has bound
himself up in certain contracts with
magazines and publishing houses
that will snot permit of the same. It
was pointed out that the breaking of
these contracts would entail much
financia4 disaster upon Mr. Peary.
To tell Congress all about that won
derful journey into the far north
would be but to tell to the world,
for Congress would, in, justifying its
honoring of Mr. Peary, necessarily
divulge to the people at large just
And ini addit-ion to this in.forma
tion comes the statement that Mr.
Peary will no snbmit his data to
Congress, because Congress would
~not understand a word of it if h~e
did. It would be, in fact, casting
pearls before swine. In other words,
Mr. Peary hopes, by means of this
data, to convince the world at large,
via the magazines and the lecture
platfo.rms, that he really and truly
did discover the north pole, but he
shrinks decidedly and positively
from endeavoring to convince Con
gress of it, even with the same data!
And, too, now comes one Dr. Sam
uel S. Gannett, who was one of the
three members of the committee of
the National Geographic Society that
passed on Peary 's proofs and pro
claimed him to the world. as' the dis
coverer of the north pole, .and de
elares that if this data was present
ed to Congress it would be "mean
ingless and confusing to the lay
IThat 's what happened to Cook's
records in Copenhagen. They were
"meaningless and confusing'' to the
Danes. And Congress, and some
people, will continue to doubt till
they see the records and have other
evidence beside the corroboration of
Peary and Cook, and Their, Proofs.
The cases of Peary and Cook in
regard to the North Pole :discovery
claim presents a striking ,par.alleI,
wh,ich is increased by each new de
'velopment. Eaeh returned from a
winter's stay in the far north, with
the claim of having reached the
pole, on almost the same day of the
yea.r *'twelve months apart. The
announcement of each' was received
with enthusiasm, and both were
greatly honored. Both pu4blished
stories of their journey, whieh in all
their main points were very much
alike. Both described the scene at
'Ithe pole exactly alike. And both
proceeded to coin their adventures
into money, by means of the lecture
platform and publishers' ch'eeks.
Both also were slow in submitting
their proofs. When Dr. Cook final
ly did so, and sent his proofs to a
competent and disinterested board,
they were rejected as insufficient to
sustain his claim. Peary so far has
not submitted his proofs to su.ch a
body. He did show them to a com
mittee of his friends, who said they
were satisfied with them, just as
Cook had nrevi ously shown his
proofs to his friend lRasmussen, who
~said they satisfied him. But Peary,
in all these things after Cook, has
s o far *not submitted his. proofs. to.
a competent and thoroughly impar
He positively refuses to do so.
His friends are urging congress to
bestow some great honor upon him
for his discovery, even as Cook was
ho-nored by the King of Denmark,
and the committee on inaval affairs
is considering the matter. Some
members of the committee object
to such action-having probably in
mind Denmark's experience with
,Cook--until Peary's proofs shall
have been submitted. This commit
tee learned that the friends who
had examined Peary's proofs, though
satisfied with them, admit that they
contain no positive evidence of his
having reached the pole, and they
have called on Peary to submit his
proofs to them, which he has posi
tively declined to do on the plea
that he has signed contracts with
publisherss which forbid it. He is
putting off the submission of his
proofs as long as he can, just as Dr.
Cook did, and meanwhile coining
money out of his story.
So far the parallel between the
two is complete. It will continue
still further in that Peary, like
Cook, will be at last compelled to
submit his proofs to competent and
imparti!al judge. Will the paral
lel then' continue to its final end?
Will Peary's proofs be also de
iclarod insuficient to estabih 'is
,claim beyond a dou}t ? This is
what most people are now begin
ning to expect.
Peary may put off the fateful
day longer than Cook was airle to
to because he is not being pushed as
Cook was. But eventually he must
bring them out.
A11d then, will he go to join Dr.
Cook, and the two organize a Mu
tual Comforting Soci4,y '?-Augusta
Look Out for the Comet.
As it rushes by us on May 18th
it will pass directly over the disc
of the sun.
It is not improbable that the
earth at that time may become in
volved in the nebuTosity of its tail,
but the matter composing the tail is
6o extremely tenuous that the earth
will in all probability pass through
it without any sensible effect. Th1
transit of the comet across the face
of thre sun will tak~e place during
the night on the western hemis
phere, and hence we could not see
it any way, .but astronomers on the
oppoLsite side of the earh will doubt
less observe this phenomenon with
The orbit of Halley's comet is a
v.eky .elongated ellipse, extemnding
out into space 500,000,000 miles be
yond the orbit of Neptune. At its
perihelion its distance from the
sun is 54,000,000 miles or somewhat
less than the distance of the planet
Venus. It makes a revolution around
the suno in about 75 years, though
owing to the distur,bing effect of
the larger planets on its motion, this
period may vary one or two years.
Its motion in its orbit is retro
grade; that is, it moves around the
sun in an opposite direction to that
of the pla'wets. Its orbit is inclined
about 18 degres to the plane of the
earth's orbit, and these orbits are
so related that a collision between
the earth and the comet is impossi
Halley's comet received its name
from Edmund Halley, a distinguish
ed English anstronomer, who ob
served it in 1682 and who predicted
its return' in 1759. His prediction
was based upon the fact that- its or
bit in 1682 was nearly. identical with
that of 1607 and 1531. He also
found references to remarkable
comets iii 1456, 1301 and 1066. As
the interv~al between the returns of
these comets was about 75 . years,
he concluded that they were one
and the same body, and this conclu
sion poved to be correct. 9
,The history of Halley's comet as
it has been traced back through the
ages by its period of 75 years, is
quite eventfuL. In 1066 it was re
g'arded as the forgrunner of the
wictory of William of Normandy.
Its size then was equal to that of
the full moon. In 1456 its tai:
reached from the horizon to the
zenith. and the wildest exeitement
Indc1eed, at every return of this
remarka4ble comet the nations of
earth have looked upon it with awe,
Its first recorded appearance was
was 130 B. C., when it was supposed
to her:ld the birth of Mithridates.
At this return the conditions will
be very favorable for a magnificent
view of this historical celestial vis
itor, and the impressions made upon
the minds of those who behold it
will doubtless remaain throughoul
What would be the result if this
comet should strike the earth? Thc
earth's history would be closed; all
At the Close of
Loans and discounts
Furniture and Fixtures
Overdrafts secured and unse
Bonds and Stocks
Cash and due from Banks
Is it at all probable that this
comet will strike the earth! Yes.
What is the probability? It has
one chance out of 281,000,000, so
the astro'nomers tell us. They tell
us that the world has- existed many,
many million years. It may be that I
this time it will strike the earth.
The earth would then be a burning
Ordinarily, how near is this com
et to us ? 3,400,000,000 miles.
When we see it next May how
near will we likely be to it? Fifty
times te moon's distance from the
earth. That is the calculationa of1
astronomers. Yet there is a chance
for it to strike.the earth and it is
well for all to be ready for any ea
lamity that may be caused .by the
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BERRY UNION STATION.
I and Departure of Passenger
~ins-EFdective 12.01 A. K.
Sunday January 2, 1910.
for Greenville.. .. 8:51~a. m.
for Columnbia. .10.58 a. m.
for Greenville.. .. ,2.48 p. m
for Columibia.. ... .8.59 p. m.
C., N. & L. Railway,
2 for Columbia.. . .8.47 a. m.
for Greenville.. . .12.56 p. m.
for Columbia.. ..3.20 p. m.
1 for Laurens.. . .7.25 p. n.
Does not run on Sunday.
time table sho'ws the times
ch trains may be expected to
from this station, but their
ire is not guaranteed and the
town is sub,ject to change with
G. L Rob)inson,
- Station Master.*