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DEMOCRAT MEMBERS CHOSEN.
Caucus Chooses Minority on Rules
monious," Says Clark.
iWashington, March 24.--With
sear;eely the semblance of a strug
gle the Democratic members of the
House to-night elected the four mi
nority members of the enlarged rules
committee, as follows: Cbamp Clark,
of Missouri, 125 votes; Oscar Un
derwood', of Alabama, 102 votes;
Lincoln Dixon, of Indiana, 99 votes;
John J. Fitzgerald, of New York, 98
votes. There was a long list of
candidates who reecived scattering
votes, Rapresentative Slayden, of
Texas, receiving 69, the highest num
ber given to an unsuecessful candi
date. The total vote of the caucus
was 140, which required 71 votes to
'The expected fight on Rapresenta
tive Fitzgerald because of his atti
tude on the rules question at the ba
ginning of the present Congress, when
he, with twenty-three other Demo
crats, left the leadership of Champ
Clark, and voted with the Rapabli
cans, materialized early in the meet
ing, but failed to . aecomplish any
definite result. Representative Sims,
of Tennessee, headed the faction which
opposed the selection of Fitzgerald,
. and introduced a resolution propos
ing to instruct the Democratic mem
bers to support a resolution to pro
vide for the election by the House
of a committee to select all of the
standing committees, which power of
selection is now vested in the
Speaker. The maximum strength
shown by the followers of Sims was
39, which they polled against a mo
tion to adjourn before he had' an op
portunity to get it up for considera
CAUSES OF AUTO ACCIDENS.
Valuable Suggestions on "Points to
Be Avoidied" by Garage
Columbia, March 24.-South Car
olina has entered the lists strongly
when it comes to ownership of au
tomobiles. Even -within the memory
of the youngest sons of the State
there was a tie whien only a few one
horse machines were to be found in
the larger .towns of the State,but now
.every cross road has a car or two.
In Oharleston there .are several
hudred cars, in Columnbia -about 300
of various makes run aibout the
streets, and in other toxwns of the
state .the rum.ber is growing. 'Smn
.ter was the first town of the State
to 'boast of a car, it is contended. Of
ieourse some town is going to dispute
this, but it is pretty well settled that
Sumter had the first ar. It was a
poor sort of machine at that, but the
Gamecook City now boasts "some
Automobiles and the trouibles at
- taehed thereto form quite a broad
subject. Take an autoobie man
and he can talk to you for hours
'about the sparker or some other 'de
* .tail of the minute machinery of the
car. But the one item of interest to
the general pubtlic, is the expense of
owning a car--not the first cost, ;but
'the running expense.
To the dealer there is another item
of trouble, and this becomes of in
?erest in South Carolina, because of
some accidents with automobil'es re
ecently. The danger of destruction of~
machines in the garages has had in
surance men figuring for some time.
The subject is not completely known
* yet, but they say they are learning
* about it.
* .The record compiled for und'er
writers of the fires in garages is as
A workman was 'using an electric
drill underneath an automobile. The
gasoline feed pipe was struck a.cei
dentally maki.ng a hole. The escap
*ing gasoline was ignited by the
sparking of the armature on the
drill. Loss severe to building and
A short circuit in the electrical
apparatus of a gasoline car resulted
in the destruaetion of five automobiles,
.the garage and surrounding houses
Machine -broke down and caught
fire from lantern used to hunt the
Car in storage sprang a leak and
the gasoline was ignited by a nearby
Electric spark on apparatus ig
nited gasoline fumes.
Tank of ear was pierced by a piece
of pipe which flew up on the read.
The escaping gasoline was ignited
presumably ,by the sparking vibrator,
resulting in an explosion.
Garage destroyed as :: result of an
employee 'dropping a match into a
pool of water caused by overflow
from sewer and heavily coated with
Innscent light bulb, accident-)
ally dropped, 'broke and ignited' gas
oline used for cleaning several cars.
,Gasoline leaked from a ear tank
to a pile of shavings and was ignited
by a nearby light.
Careless dropping of match in
garage ignited' inflammables on floor
and caused $15,000 loss. Same cause
resulted in, bad fire in another city.
Spontaneous combustion of waste
and rags used in cleaning and paint
ing caused a $50,000 loss in one city
and' $100,000 in another.
Burning brush in rear of a stable
ignited fum-es of tank belonging to
adjacent garage, destroying the lat
Defective electric wires in the
building caused serious fire.
Car standing in street burned from
cigarette butt careless flicked aside
Drunken owner attempted to fill
his ear tank with lamps ,burning.
Gasoline used for cleaning auto
mobiles with open light in room. The
Pilot light on. a steam car set fire
to the car.
Employee stepped on match which
had fallen on saturated floor. Bad
Workman set fire to car with light
he was using.
Employee struek a match -to light
lamps while tank was being filled.
The explosion and subsequent fire
ruined buildings and contents.
Cap was accidentally left off gas
oline tank on car and spark from
parlor match used in lighting lamps
flew into the filling hole. Explosion
and bad loss.
Employee was filling car tank from
vessel of the watering pot type. A
portable lamp hanging on the ear tq.
light the operation fell and broke.
The rapidly consumed filament ig
nited the gasoline fumes. Loss, $75,
Man stepped on a match, igniting
waste. Negro boy mistaking pan of
gasoline for water threw it on fire.
Workman in automobile repair
room stepped on a match which ig
nited inflammables. Entire'building
Employee, working under machine
with electric light, accidentally broke
the bulb. Gasoline fromr flooding
carburetor was ignited by the fia
Total loss to a garage from a fire
caused by short circuit in an elec
Cigar stub laid on machine and
forgotten caused bad fire.
Pail 'of gasoline ignited by em
poyee who smoked near.
Gasoline dripping from machine
was ignited by lamp with ventilat
ing openings, which had' been plaed
on the floor.
In addition to the above, many
ases 'have come to our notice of fires
in private and public garages where
the causes have been given as care
lessness with matehes, smokers, open
lap, flooding carburator, explosions,
etc., but where the exact manner in
which each fire started was not in
dicated. -The 'examples given, how
ever, serve to show -the reaidiness
with which dfres may be started, and
they are generally severe, owing to
the nature of the materials about.
Automobile garages and their fire
hazards are considered by Mr. Al
fred G. Patton, chief inspector, the
Tew York Fire Insurance Exchange,
i.n a paper~ contributed' to the Octo
ber issue of tie Quarterly of the Na
tional Fire Proteetive Association.
He divides automobiles into three
lasses: (1) The electrically driven
machines, which present -the least
are ha.zard of any; (2) the volatile
oil vapor driven machines, which are
hazardous; and (3) the steam driven
mabines, which are the most hazard
ous of the three. Inspector Patton
suggests a standard garage, its heat
ing and -lighting artificially, and pre
cautions to be taken in hand'ling au
tomobiles, repairing and cleaning,
and in storing volatile oils.
The fact that there are a numnber
of private garages in South Caro
lina towns makes these suggestions
of interest in this State. Ther'e are
a number of regular garage's in
nearly all the larger towns of the
TWELVE BODIES RECOVERED.
Probably Fourteen .Dead as Result
of Chicago F'iret.-Fearful Death
Chicago, March 25.--Search of the
wreckage for the remaining bodies
of those who lost their lives in the
Fish Furniture Company fire horror
here to-day was discontinued this af
ternoon, owing to the danger from
the falling walls, 'but not until twelve
of the dead had been recovered and
eleven of these identified.
While earlier estimates placed the
fourth and fifth floors of the Fish
building as high as twenty, later and
more thorough investigation indicates
with considerable certainty that
there were but sixteen. Two of these
escaped with their lives, which leaves
but two more to be accounted for.
The search was abandoned, following
a report of Chief Building Inspector
John A. Short, who declared that
three of the walls, inside of which
the rescuers were working, were in a
dangerous condition. If these are
still standing in the morning the
work of removing the debris will be
A coroner's jury, which was em
panelled this afternoon, viewed the
charred and mutilated exhibits at the
morgue, but the inquest was post
poned until April 2.
Leo Stoecel, a clerk of the Fish
.company, who by accident. is said to
have started the fire, told his story
to Fire Attorney Frank Hogan this
afternoon. Although Stoeckel, who
is but 20 years of age, is admittedly
more unfortunate than erlpable, At
torney Hogan says that he will bring
some charge against the young man
to insure his attendance at the in
Stoeckel was brought before the
fire attorney with his hand, which
had been burned, swathed in band
ages. He appeared heart-broken,
and told his story with difficulty.
"Aboat 4:45 P. M.," -Stoeckel said
''Mr. Mitchell, who is a member of
the firm, gave me three piece eigar
lighters, and told me to go to the
finishing room on the fourth floor and
fill them with benzine. I had filled
two of the lighters, consisting of a
gallon can and was working on the
third, when there was an explosion.
A sheet of flame almost blinded me,
and I remem,ber only dimly what hap
pened after that. I did not fully re
gain my senses until I had reached
the street. The lighters ocntained a
contrivance to make a spark, but
whetier I ignited one of them or not,
I don't know. I either dropped the
can of benzine when the flame shot
up in front of me or it was blown
out of my hands.I
One of the victims lost his life in
a desperate endeavor to rush up
stairs to the aid of the women and
girls imprisoned above.
?ren women and girls, it is said,
were at work on the sixth floor when
the explosion occurred. The spread
of the flames was a;1most instanta
neous, and when -the girls rushed to
the stairways they found escape cut
off. They next turned to the front
of the building, smashing the win
dow. Horrified spectators in the
street saw Kmma Litchenstein step
to the window ledge and heard her
scream for help. Then she jumnped.
Failing on the awning over the front
etrance to the store, she lay uncon
sious .until Dr. Win. I. Kinsley,
erawling out on the canopy, lifted
her up. She was taken at once to
St. Luke's Hospital, only a few
blocks away, but died soon after
ward. Dr. Kinsley duffered slight
Soon after Miss Lichtenstein 's
desperate leap, a crash as if of floors
faling was 'heard, and the faces at
the window disappeared.
CAROLINA GIRL WINS PRIZE.
Miss Frances McIver Thompson Gete
Scholarship in New York Law
New York, March 25.--At the clos
ing exercises of the women's elass of
New York University Law School,
held in Mendelssohn 'Hall, eighteen
young women were graduated. John
Brooks Leavitt spoke to the stadents
on the judicial system of New York.
Miss Frances McIver Thompson, a
graduate of the College for Women,
of South Carolina, -won the two
years' free tuition scholarship in the
New York University Law School by
getting the best mark in the examni
nation for the chancellor's certifig.ate,
while the $50 for the best essay on
"Suffrage Right,'' was won by Miss
Edith Chapman, a graduate of Teach
NOTICE or LETTING BRIDGE.
Pursuant to an Ac~t of the Gen
era1 Assembly of the State of South
Carolina, approved 25th February,
1910, notice is hereby given that the
County Board of Commissioners for
Newberry county and 'the Special
Commission vested with thle author
ity to build a steel or iron bridge
and approaches by contract at a
point on Saluda. River between Bouk
night's Ferry and Kempson's Ferry
will receive sealed hids for the con
struction and ereetion of the same
until Friday, the 15th day of April,
1910, a.t I2 o 'clock noon, after
which time the said Commissioners
and the said Commission will let said
con1ract to the lowest r.esponsible
bidder, reserving the right, how
ever, to reject any and all bids. The
At the Close of
Loans and discounts
Furniture and Fixtures
Overdrafts secured and unse
Bonds and Stocks
Cash and due from Banks
4 (o Paid
awarded shall be required to enter
Into bond in double the amount of
his bid, conditioneA, for the faithful
performance of his contraet. Plans
and specifcations may be seen in
ample time at the office of the un
dersigned Supervisor. The time in
which said work shall be completed,
and the time of payment thereof,
shall be filed with the plans.
L. I. Feagle,
L. C. Livingston,
C. L. Leitsey,
County Board of Commissioners
H. C. Holloway, Clerk.
0. B. Mayer,
I. H. Hunt,
Geo. Y. Hunter,
Tho more critical the buyer, the
-more he will appreciate
i1s superior construction and many
THE REAL STANDARD
SWii cost you nothing to investigate
J. WILSON GBBES,I
General Agent, Columbia, S. C.
-.s A Store Is Known
By the Goods
You will find here, a t
all times, the freshest
stocks of the most cirefully selected
O ur reputation is built on the qual
care in fiig all order slarge or sall.
the promptest delivy service in
town, make this the most satisfactory
place to buy food suphies.'pHyi
searching out the best goods we
a superior brand that will warm the
heart of the most discriminating
Anexcusve poces sofpreaation
sres a drink f uniform excellene.
No coffee so good as Electa has
ever been offered. because nothing
to equal it is produced . N ad
tomeh in iand gedo.a pound can
E M LANE & CO.
the Business Nove
rom Report to State Bar
2,275.00 Undivided P
1,758 60 Notes and B
On Savings E
It would be well
and inspect n
Thestock is. co
Sprices are very 1
ity of goods.
THE HOUSE OF A
Bargains! Bargains f
While They Last.
A limited number of slightly used
$95 High Grade Organs for only
$58 50. These organs appear near
new and are warranted to last a lon
lifetime. Terms of sale given on a
plication. Write for catalog statin
terms desired This is an opportu
nity of a life time to possess a fineor
gan at about cost. Answer quick, for
such bargains don't last long
Address: Malone's Music House,
Columbia, S. C. Pianos and Organs.
Fully imine out of every ten cases
of rheumatism is simply rheumatism
of the muscles due to cold or damp,
or chornie rheumatism, neither of
which require any internal treaBt
ment. All that is needed to afford
relief is the free application of
IChamberlain's Liniment. Give it a
trial. You are certain to be pleased
with the quick relief which it affords.
Sold by W.E. Pelham &5 Son.
for you to cal
y showing in
mplete and the
ow for the qual
Pay us a visit
~ok Store &
NE~WBBEEY UNION STATIOL.
Arrival and Deparbare of Passenger
Trains-Effective 12.01 A. K.
Sunday January 2, 1910.
No.15 for Greenviile.. ..851 a.an i
No. 18 for Coubia.. ...10.58 a. m.f
No.l1for Greenilile.. .. .2.48Sp. 3
No. 16 for Columbia.. ....8.59 p. m.
C., N. & L. Esaway,
'No. 22 for Columbia.. ..8.47 a. m.
No. 52 for Greenville.. ..12.56 p. a.
Ne. 53 for Columbia.. ..3.20 p. a.I
No. 21 for Laurene.. ..7.25 p.ru.
*Does not run on Sunday.
This -time table shows the times
rt which trains may be expected to~
Separt from this station, but their
Ieparture is not guaranteed and the
time shown is sub.ject to ohange with
0. L Robiason,