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One of Several-Wednesday Was a
Day of Blood in WilmingtOI
Wilmnigton, Del., March 24.-Nev
er before have the criminal annals of
e city made such a ghastly show
ng as yesterday. Three murders
and violent shooting assaults that may
Tesult in three more deaths, a half
4ezen persons slightly wounded, and
two suicides comprised the startling
record. The day had been one with
out, parallel in the city's history.
The most sensational of these was
the tragedy on the Baltimore & Ohio
express train, which, starting when
the train had just passed Newark, 12
miles below Wilmington, continued
until its arrival at the Deleware av
enue station in this city, culminating
in the death of the double murderer
after he had held at bay for more
than an hoar nearly the entire police
force and a crowd of more than a
It is not known yet who fired the
shot which ended the life of J. H.
Bethea of Dillon, and probably it
never will be, for he was the target
for tle pistols of the police and for
rifles, shotguns and revolvers fired
by persons in the assembled throng.
Bethea's body still remains at the
morgue. No word has as yet been
received from his South Carolina
home regarding the dispoition of
The body of Conductor Wellmao
VMs sent to Philadelphia, and the
body of the negro porter was sent to
Washington this morning. The only
person save the conduetor and portar
of the train who was struck by one
of Bethea's bullets was Park Guard
John L. Wiley of this city. He was
struck twice by Bethea's quick fire.
His wounds are not expeeted to prove
The victims of the work house
tragedy, Guards Walter Hastings and
Thomas McCullough, are still in a.
serious condition. Physicians enter
tai no hope for the recovery of ei
ther. Stephen Foster, the negro
prisoner who shot them, is still liv
ing, but probably will die.
IThe other tragedies-4iie sujcide
of Mrs. Hattie Romnell and suicide
of Charles Tind:1, after he ha~d shot
and killed Mrs. Clara Newcomnb be
cause of her refusal to elope with
him-are without further incident.
Was Shock in Dillon.
Dillon, March 24.-The news of
the tragedy in which John Henry
Bethea was killed was a great shock
to the town and community. It was
known that Bethea had been drink
ing lately, but only his most inti
mate friends knew that he was out
of town. He had been to Baltimore
to Johns Hopkins hospital recently
for a diagnosis of a malady from
which he had been suffering. His
able was pronounced cancer of'
the stomach. This seemed to prey
upon his mind and he was bent a~pon~
having the trouble removed.
He -left Dillon with the intention
f going to Baltimore for an opera
on. It is supposed that in a state
despondency he drank too heavily
dthat he became irresponsible for
actions, .that he reached the staite
ethea was reared about six miles
* Dillon, near Little Rock. He
was the son of a prominent farmer,
John F. Bethea. For a -numnber of
years he was a successful farmer and
later gave more or less of his time to
Merptaring. He became a con
trator and did well at that. He was
fond of travel, having taken several
He had accumulated some proper
t, and had a bank- account. He was
reserved in his nature and 'of a
quiet disposition. He attended to his
His body is expected to arrive to
night and he will be buried at the
family burial ground at Little Rock.
He is survived by two brothers
and a sister, Ajlonzo Bethea of Lit
tle Roe~k, Laurin Bethea. of Latta and
Mrs. Medlin of Dillon.
Was at Hospital.
Baltimore, Md.. March 24.--J. H.
Bethea, the South Carolinian, who
shot to death the conductor and por
ter on a Baltimore & Ohio passen
ger train yesterday evening, spent
some time at -the Johns Hopkins hos
pital in this city yesterday forenoon.
His actions were so queer that the
hospital officials were convinced that
he was mentally unbalanced.
Bethea had been a patient there
about a year ago, suffering from an
abdominal trouble. Claiming that
the old ailment had returned', he ap
peared again at the hospital yester
day morning and talked about treat
ment He was restless, however, and
could give the doctors little informa
tion respecting his case.
Finally he left without making
nothing was heard of him -by th
hospital attaches until they read of
his tragic end this morning.
SHOOTS UP A MOVING TRAIN.
J. H. Bethea, of Dillon, Kills Con
ductor and Porter on Moving
B. & 0. Train.
Wilmington, Del., March 23.-An
exciting battle in which three men
were killed took place on a north
bound Baltimore and Ohio train this
afternoon. The fight began at New
ark, Del., and ended in this city.
Several persons were wounded in the
dead-ly affray, which occurred at the
Deleware Avenue station fhere fol
lowing the arrival of the train at
0. E. Wellman, aged 40, of Phila
delphia, conductor of the train.
Samuel Williams, aged 50, negro;
pullman porter, whose -home is said
to have been in Jersey City.
J. H. Bethea, aged 40, of Dillon,
John 0. Wiley, aged 40, a park
guard of Wilmington, Del., shot in
the hand and leg.
Matthew Haley, a citizn of Wil
mington, shot in the leg.
Others were grazed by flying bul
Cause of Tragedy.
iThe triple tragedy was the result
of an altercation between Bethea,
who was a passenger, and Williams,
the porter in the pullman parlor ear,
Mercury. The car was bound from
Washington to Jersey City.
Bethea, who had ,been drinking
heavily, shot the porter through the
heart, killing him instantly. When
Conductor Wedman saw the porter
fall he ran to the scene to remon
strate with the passenger, who still
held the smoking revolver in his
hand, Bethea fired a second shot into
the negro's body. Then without a.
word Bethea shot Wellman through
Clinton Rhoden Killed liy W. B.
Glenn ai Batesburg.-Crowd
Batesburg, March 24.-- Clinton
Rhoden, a merehant of this place,
was shot and iinstantly killed at one
o'lock this afternoon by W. B.
Glenn, ci'ty electrician. The shoot
ing occurred on the principal street
of Batesburg, which was crowded at
Glenn surrendered and was taken
to jail at Lexington. There had been
bad feeling between the two men
for some time. As Glenn was going
along the street past Rhoden's store
the latter called to him. Glenn an
s'iered, "If you want me you can)
come out here for me."
Rhoden then left his store and,
went toward 'Glenn. A few moments'
eonversation ensued, and then Rho-1
den was seen to strike Glenn. Sev
eral bilows passed, and then Glen
drew a pistol and fired four shots at
Rhodn. The first went wild, but
the next three took deadly effect.
The first effective shot entered un
d'er Rhioden 's chin and passed through
the neck under the left ear. The
second severed the right jugular vein
and penetrated the brain. The last
bullet entered under the left arm and
plowed its way through the body,
going just under the 'heart and pen
trateing the left lung. It was after
wards found just to the right of the
~breast-bone. Any one of the shots
would have proved fatal.
At the coroner 's inquest two wit
nesses testified that Rhoden had punt
his hand behind him. as if to draw a
pistol, just before Glenn opened fire.
The coroner's jury brought in the
customary verdict that Rhtoden
"came to his death by gunshot wound
at the hands of Glenn."
Rhoden was about 52 years old.
He is survived by his wife and five
'children. Glenn, who is about the
same age, also has a wife and five
UNCLE SAM AFTER
"Dry" Districts Appeal to President
Taft.--More Drastic Measures
to Be Taken.
Washington, March 26.-" War on
"blind tigers" and on "bootleggers"
has been declared by the Administra
tion. Hereafter persons engaging in
these forms of the liquor traffic are
to be dealt with much more dras
tically than heretofore.
This stand of the Government has
prtculr reference to violation of
t'e internial revenue lawvs in ''dry''
country, where local enactments pro
bii dealing in 1lingor. Loud comn
p1ints had come to President Taft
bly in the South and West, that the
prohibition laws were negative
through the operation of the "blind
tigers," and the "'bootleggers," and
in response to demands for remedial
measures, he direeted that steps be
taken to stop the .practices so far as
lay within the Federal power.
New regulations were drawn under
the supervision of Mr. Cabell, the
commissioner of internal revenue and
approved by Secretary MacVeagh to
iday. They set out that as the ped
dling of liquors are not covered by
the internal revenue laws, as no pro
vision is made for the issuance of
any stamp legalizing such practice,
peddlers of liquors, or "bootleggers,"
are not to be regarded as coming
within the class of unintentional vio
lators and should be arrested and re
ported for prosecution whenever
found selling liquor in such manner.
Heavy penalties of fine or impris
onment or both are prescribed for
violations of the law.
As a supplemental measure of as
sistance to the State in the enforce
ment of their prohibition laws, al
method has been provided by which
they may obtain information gathered
by the Federal government of in-!
ternal revenue violations.
KIRKLAND COMMITTED TO JAIL
Coroner's Jury Charges Him with
Camden, March 26.-The tragic
death of Mrs. Sam Kirkland was
wired the News and Courier yester
day. Since that time fuller details
have been obtained, which are shock
ing in the extreme.
In brief, Sam Kirkland was a
drinking man, according to all ae
counts, and -when under the influence
of liquor was a turbulent fellow, and
treated his wife brutally. On Thurs
day 'he is alleged to have asked' her
to get in his buggy with him; that
he wanted to talk to her.
A neighbor, who saw them in the
buggy, is reported to have said that
their actions were suspicious, and he
detected that Kirkland was drink
ing. He is said to have left home
with a jug of whiskey and imbibed
freely of the ardent spirits. When
he returned home in the evening his
wife's face was swollen, and there
were sears and~ bruises upon her. Her
bonnet was lying in the foot of the
buggy in a bloody .condition.
In 'her desperation she is alleged
to have said that she could not stand
it any longer; so she saturated her
hair with kerosene oil and' set fire to
it, dying as a result early yesterday
Coroner Dixon was notified, as was
also Solicitor Cobb, who attenided the
inquest. The verdict of the coroner's
jury was ''that Mrs. Belle Kirkland
came to her death by self-inflicted'
Black Pays I
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the South. All pass through Ricbn
go out on next train. Shipments m
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.All goods guaranteed under Pure
4 Quarts $4.0o. 8 Quarts
Red Deer Corn 3.00
Red Deer Gin 3-00
Belle Haven Rye 3 00
Sydnor XXXX Rye 4 Qts. $2.(
Sydnor XXXX Corn 4 Qts. $2.(
Sydnor XXXX Gin 4 Qts. $2.
Name 4 qts.
Old Capitol Rye$57
Fern Spring Rye 4-50
John Black's Private S. 4.00
I. E. .Goff AAAA Rye 3.50
Goff's AAAA Rye 24 Pts
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Red Deer Corn 24 Pts
Red Deer Gin 24 Pts
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712 East Broad St.,
wounds 'caused by her husband.'" A
warant was accordingly issued for
Kirkla,nd, charging him with murder,
and he is now confined in jail in
!Camden to answer for the death of
Mrs. Kirkland was the mother of
OURS, A RACE OF SLUGGARDS.
Professor Woodward Attacks Pres
ent Educational System.
KChieago, Ill., March 25.-" Our
modern system of education is re
sulting in lazy, good-for-aothing cit
This statement was made by Prof.'
C. M. Woodward, president of the
North Central Association of Col
leges and' Secondary Schools, at the
opening of the fifteenth annual meet
ing of that organization here to-day.
He ,continued: "It is not our place
to educate a privileged class of in
dividuals, but to train men to fight
their way under modern conditions
and these conditions are becoming
more and more industrial. The great
burden of the American Republic to
day is the number of edeated, un
trained floaters, who are ineapable
of efficient effort."
Laurens Lawyer Will Preside Over
-Columb>ia, March 25.-The Hon.
C. C. Featherstone, of Laurens, can
didate for governor of South 'Caro
lina, was to-day appointed special
Judge by Governor Ansel, upon ree
ommendation of -Chief Justice Jones,
to preside over the term of Court to
be held in Abbeville county, begin
ning the fourth Monday in March and
lasting for two weeks, if so much ba
NTOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT
I will make a final settlement, as
guardian, of the estate of Elmer G.
Piester, in the Probate Court for
Newberry County on Wednesday,
A.pril 6, at 11 o'elock in the fore
noon and immediately thereafter ask
to be discharged as said guardian.
D. E. Halfaere,
It Saved~ His Leg.
"All thought I'd lose my leg,''.
writes J. A. Swensen, of Watertown,
Wis. "Ten years of eczema, that 15
otors could not cure, had at Thst
aid me up. Then Bucklen 's ArnicaI
Salve cured it, sound and well.'' In
fallible for Skin Eruptions, Eczema,
Salt Rheum, 'Boils, Fever Sores,
Burns, Scalds, Cuts and Piles. 25c.
t W. E. Pelham & Son's.
t Line reach nearly every point in
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de from this point reach any place
Food and Drugs Act.
Gin 100 per et.
$7.75. ' 12 Quarts $1o
5 75 8.50
o. 8 Qts. $4-75. 12 Qts. $7.00.
o. 8 Qts. $4.75. 12 Qts. $7.00.
o. 8 Qts. $4.75. 12 Qts. $7.0o.
8Sqts. Case 12 qts.
7.6 ~ 1.50~
6.75 ~ 9-50j
$9.50. 48 Half Pints $io.o
9.00. 48 Half Pints 9.50
-90oo. 48 Half Pints 9.50
-9.00. 48 Half Pints 9.50
-7.50. 48 Half Pints 8 0o
-7.50. 48 Half Pints 8.00
-7.50. 48 Half Pints 8.oo
2 gal. 3 gal. 4 gal.
$4.75 $6.85 $9-.10
6.8o 9.20 12.20
4-75 6 85 9-Io
6.8o 9.20 12.20
4.75 6.85 9.10
6.8o 9 20 12.20
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on all goods except on beer. Send
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At the daj
Let work and
Consider the joy of t]
who, when evening cc
horses and tedious tasi
and is off to town, to
library. Strangely eni
and speed of the jour
freshed at leaving fami]
The New Rambler takes t
speed, because of offset cen
deep mud because of Rambb
an stones cannot bother w.
Rambler clearance. Tire
worry with the Rambler S
there is a certain pride in th
quality, for the New Ramb
efficiency and better thani
and comfort. These featur
for use on country roads.
you that they are not mere
NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT:
,The undersigned as execators of
the last will and testament of Wil- I
liam W. Spearman, deceased, will i
make final settlement on the estate
of said deceased-in the office of - the
Probate Judge for Newberry Coun- <
ty, on Monday, April- 4, 1910, and I
immediat(Ay thereafter apply for I
letters dismissory as executors of I
John C. Goggans,
M. A. Carlisle,
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Severe strains on the vital organu,
like strains o~n machinery, cause
break-downs. You ean't over tax
stomach, 1,iver, kidneys, bowels or
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;ake Electric Bitters the matehless
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